Sunday, May 30, 2010

BP knew about DH well problems 11 months ago

Ouch. Apparently BP knew about indications there were problems with the Deepwater Horizon well up to 11 months before the incident occurred. IMO the government should simply find BP negligent in ignoring all those indications and hold them 100% liable for all costs of repair and clean-up. And then slap the industry as a whole with regulations requiring all those things that BP ignored or didn't want to do that could've prevented the blow-out, plus increased inspections and oversight. And give the inspectors the power to order the work done directly, with the company being billed for it, if the company doesn't want to do it on their own.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cleaning and dust

One thing I've noticed about the new apartment is the dust. Here there's very little, even with the doors and windows open, and it's all a light-grey dry powdery stuff. The old apartment always had lots and lots of a nasty black stuff that accumulated fast. In a week it'd be as if I hadn't cleaned at all. And this stuff wasn't dry, it was kind of oily and adhered to things so you needed soap or a cleaner to get it off (plain water just pushed it around and made a mess). I thought it was carbon from cars in the city, but down here I'm right beside a fairly major road and I'm not seeing any of it. Makes me wonder more about the building I was in.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Political wackos

You may have thought the birthers were crazy. But no, that's nowhere near as crazy as the fringes get. This is how crazy they get. Seriously, clones? I don't know what these guys are on, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to. Nor do I want anything to do with this Restore America Plan of theirs, not if it involves America being in any state they'd be comfortable in.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Voter registration change

Well, it's official. I used to consider myself a Republican, way back when. Then, as the Republican party changed, I wound up registering as non-partisan/independent. The recent antics of the Republicans and their supporters have finally convinced me: I've opposed them for years, but it's time to make that opposition official.

I'm changing my voter registration to Democrat.

If the Republicans want to know why they've lost me: go look at your own supporters, your own policies. Go look at your own screeches of outrage over how dare anyone disagree with what you want.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Deleting a Facebook account

Normally Facebook just has you deactivate your account. It still exists, all the data's there, it's just not accessible. Sounds like a bad idea to me. If I leave Facebook, I'd prefer my account really be gone, or as close to it as Facebook will allow. Unfortunately that may take jumping through some hoops:

  1. Delete all your Wall posts.
  2. Go through your photos and delete all of them, and any albums you've made.
  3. Go through your profile and clear everything out of it.
  4. Remove access to all applications you've allowed to access to. Remove them from the list entirely.
  5. Go into your account settings, Edit Friends, look on the left for Lists and select the Friends list. Remove all your friends from this list. Clear out any other lists you've got too.
  6. Wait for a week.
  7. Finally, go to which displays the real "Delete account" form. If you're truly sure you want to be gone, hit Submit.
  8. After having deleted your account, clear all cookies from your browser. Don't go back to Facebook or try to log on to it for 14 days (2 weeks).

Hopefully at this point your account is solidly deleted.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

It's quiet. Too quiet.

That pretty much sums it up. The place isn't quite mine yet, if that makes sense. The apartment's bigger than the old place, I'm kind of rattling around. And I haven't quite settled in yet. Everything's not quite where I'd've put it, it'll take a bit to get to where everything's natural to me. Feels weird. But I'll manage. A week or two and the place'll be mine.

Now I just need to get slippers that aren't too long that I can actually get over my heel at the same time.