If You Drive Like This, You STINK!

Driving protip: If you can’t see ANY oncoming traffic when trying to cross a 50MPH street, don’t zip out into the lanes at 30MPH.  Slowly ease the nose of your car forward until you can see what’s coming at you, or wait.  Don’t do with this jerk did to me this morning.

My little hot rod will usually come down from the top/right of this scene, then turn right onto the street heading to the top/left of the image.  Usually there is zero traffic here.  Today there was a concrete mixing truck and a concrete pumping truck trying to make my right turn, with a couple of cars behind them.  Decision: I’ll go straight and head on to the next place I can get around this block.  It’s going to be too slow to follow all these trucks and cars down the side street.  There was also a concrete mixing truck in the left-turning lane, also trying to go down this side street.

What I couldn’t see was there was a typical Central Texas driver sitting in the side street, wanting to make a left turn and go up and off the top/right of this picture.  Significantly, the driver of that car could not see ANY oncoming traffic in either direction.  Their view was entirely blocked by huge trucks and piles of stuff on the ground nearby.

So this genius decides to ZOOM across to the other side of the street.  A safe driver would inch out until they could see, or better yet make the right turn and go HALF a block down the road, and make a u-turn where there is a clear sight line.  No, they wanted to go by-god-right-now.  50MPH cross traffic be damned.

This is about where our cars were, the first time we saw each other.  And I’m going 50ish miles/hour here.  If I were much less attentive of a driver, this would have been a T-bone collision.  STRAIGHT into the driver’s door at 50MPH and they might well have died right there.  My whole day and car would both have been ruined.  I could give a [deleted] about killing someone when they deserve it, but I like my car.  They saw me and stopped IN the lane where I was going to be in half a moment. The truck waiting to turn left was farther away than the car suddenly blocking my lane, so I slammed on my brakes and cut left.  Physics declared I didn’t have enough room to stop, and the oncoming lanes were empty so I ditched left again.  I was ready to go up on the curb and empty sidewalk area across the street, but the lanes continued to be empty.

Suddenly, a wild car appears!  They were in the #2 lane or there would have been a nasty crash – me sideways with my passenger side, into the cement mixer to avoid the oncoming car.  But they were in the #2 lane.  I steered right and they steered right and nobody hit anyone.  Thank GOD.  The person who had been coming down the road behind me a couple of seconds ago was now stopped, waiting to see the movie-special-effects explosion of car parts.  As I was reversing into the left turning lane, they waved me into the lane where I had been a moment before.  Thanks, buddy!  Somebody with some courtesy around here yay!  Notably, the dummy who would have caused the collision had made their left turn and was gone.  Took off between the car that almost killed them and the one that almost rear-ended that one, and away like nothing happened.  Jerk.

Total elapsed time: probably 3 seconds.  Enough time for the airbags to deflate, if my car had airbags and I were as bad a driver as the other guy.  It seemed like it took a minute and a half, at the time.

Bernie Sanders, Nazi?

I don’t usually quote other bloggers, which goes a long way toward explaining the scarcity of recent new posts here.  I figure if you want to read someone else’s take on a subject, you will go to their blog vs. mine.  But this one is solid gold.

On the tail end of a lengthy quote from (socialist) Bernie Sanders:

“I think from a moral responsibility we’ve got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.” -Bernie Sanders

Glenn Reynolds quips about the logic employed by Sanders: “So it’s okay to have socialism, but it can’t be international socialism, it has to be socialism in one nation. A sort of national socialism, I guess.”

h/t: Instapundit

If you went to a public school in the last few years, the reference is to this.


Hey, I Know That Guy!

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I had a chance to spend a few hours with Greg Hamilton today.  He gives every impression of being a good guy.  The caption in the picture is almost verbatim what I told him.  He said he’s not sure he’s a democrat anymore, because of the Democrats they have these days.  I’m not sure I did anything to increase the rolls of the Republican party by pointing out the people running for President are actually not democrats, they’re Socialists.  But he’s been running (and winning) on the Democrat ticket in solidly-Republican Texas for a long time now, and he is disappointed in the candidates they have.

Like you probably are, too, if you are a Democrat voter.  Maybe now is a good time to remind everyone of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz (which you should take, if you haven’t recently).

We’re about to vote for Sheriff again.  Do us all a favor and vote for Sheriff Hamilton again.  He said he appreciates it.


And I now know first-hand in an amusing house-is-not-really-burning way, that the fire sensor in his house works, and his home’s security alarm is very loud.

What Would He Do Differently?

… or, “With Friends Like These…?”

So we have signed a deal with Iran that has the same effect as an international treaty.  It guarantees Iran will be able to have nuclear weapons.  It guarantees we will not inspect their research sites.  It guarantees we will defend Iranian nuclear sites against attack – including the most likely aggressor nation Israel, our best friend in the entire region.  Oh, and our Secretary of State never actually read the whole bargain, and never even KNEW about the side-deals that make it even worse.

And now we have word that to make the Jews feel better, the Obama offered them a bunch of ballistic missiles.

Um, derp hello?  If this President were TRYING to start World War Three, this is the sort of lamebrained stuff he might pull.  And he still has a year and a half to go.

Solved: Photoshop Image Disappears After Crop!

This has plagued me for ages and I FINALLY figured out why it happens.  I have not seen this explained anywhere online.  It has affected me since CS2, and I’m using CS5 now.  Other versions are probably also affected.

You may have already found that you can fix this problem by pressing the button to Clear the Crop tool preferences.  But it doesn’t always stay fixed.  Somehow it keeps putting a 1 in one of the Crop Tool dimension preferences.  You go to make your crop and. . . the image is gone, reduced to 1 invisible pixel onscreen.

WHY!??!!?  Adobe why u do dis?

You’re doing it to yourself.  I just got a new keyboard and it has an enter key where I sometimes hit it by accident.  Not a Return key like you normally have over the Shift key.  An ENTER key, like you find on the tenkey area on your keyboard.  These are not the same.  Striking the Enter key puts a zero in the Crop Tool preferences, which is an invalid entry.  It doesn’t do whatever you were wanting to do when you hit Enter by accident.  The usual action to take when Photoshop messes up somehow is to hit Escape to make it exit whatever it was doing.  Hitting escape after putting a zero in the crop tool dimensions tells photoshop “whatever dude, just figure out what size I wanted to crop my image”.

Hitting escape changes the zero to the next-valid number: 1

Then you hit your image with a crop, and Photoshop faithfully crops to one pixel, just like you told it to do.  Instead of a ragequit, hit Clear again, and try to avoid striking the Enter key, or any keystroke combination that adds up to Enter on your keyboard.

I Thought We Were Done With Slavery?

The big deal with Greece is they are broke.  German banks have lent them a pile of money so  they can pay off their creditors which are primarily German banks.  The question is how much money Greece will borrow from Germany to pay Germans.  The answer is, as much as Germans are willing to lose.

Because as stated before, Greece is broke.  They couldn’t pay back 46 billion Euro, and they sure as [deleted] can’t pay back 400 billion Euro.  So the German banks are going to lose in the end.  They are trying to get as much interest money from Greece as they can before it leaves the Euro zone.  Which it will.  The only question is, who will be blamed.

Will Wonders Never Cease?

Thanks properly belong to God of course, who designed the human body to be a self-healing machine – and who also instills the germ of wisdom in the inventive mind.

But I know a woman who underwent hysterectomy on Friday afternoon and was able to walk herself from the car to the pew before and then back to the car after church.  Because laparoscope.  Instead of slicing the abdomen open and (literally) laying the guts out on the table, these days a normal hysterectomy has two inch-long incisions and a smaller one in the belly button.  Advances in medical technology are a blessing to be sure, and in some ways it’s a good time to be alive.