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Edison
Dec 18th, 2011 by Mike

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Alva Edison

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Cost of Education
Apr 13th, 2011 by Mike

Read in the paper this morning that a school district in Maine is giving iPads to each enrolling kindergartner. Yes, that’s kindergartner. They’re getting the $700 models. I think I’ll go back to school.

No wonder the cost per student in the US is around 10 grand each.

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A Couple of Thoughts
Oct 25th, 2009 by Mike

I just went through my many boxes of electronic stuff to organize and throw out. I don’t know how I did it, but among the yards of phone lines, miles of coaxial cable, and plethora of plugs, I found 15, count ’em, 15 AC adapters of various sizes and voltages. These do not include all the cell phone chargers, of which we have many. I must have kept them in spite of tossing the equipment to which they supply the juice.

I’m also getting real tired of this Halloween theme I’ve got going here. I’m glad October is almost over so I can change it. Maybe I’ll change it anyway.

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Once in a black and blue moon . . .
Oct 14th, 2009 by Mike

Found in The Villages Daily Sun:

Berlin — Reuters

A German man mooning at railway staff in a departing train got his trousers caught in a carriage door and ended up being dragged half naked along the platform, out of the station and onto the tracks.

Dangling by his trousers, the 22-year-old journalism student got pulled along for about 200 meters, all the while managing to keep his legs away from the wheels of the train.

The ordeal ended when a passenger pulled the emergency brake.

Rescue services were called in, causing rail services between Bremen and Hamburg to be suspended for over an hour, delaying 23 trains.

Moral of the story: When your mother told you, “Just keep your pants on,”  she wasn’t whistling Dixie.

© 2009, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

History and Governments
Jul 7th, 2009 by Mike

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” —William H. Borah

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The Road to Hell
Jun 14th, 2009 by Mike

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”— Stephen King

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Politics
May 15th, 2009 by Mike

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”1

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  1. Ernest Benn []
Tools
Apr 21st, 2009 by Mike

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”1

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Inflation
Mar 28th, 2009 by Mike

Last month Comcast changed their bills to full color. This month they raised their rates.1 I guess they figure if they look cool we won’t notice the rate increase.

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Ahh, Politics
May 5th, 2008 by Mike

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” –Napoleon Bonaparte

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Guarding The Site
Apr 14th, 2008 by Mike

I added a plugin to Major Mike’s Musings that requires that anyone making comments must be a real human. You’ve seen this on other sites. This feature displays two words from a book which you will be required to enter in order to comment. One of the works a computer can’t read.

I’m getting tired of reviewing spam posts. I’ve had over 17,000 of them. 

UPDATE: It looks like the feature wasn’t working and people couldn’t post comments. So I disabled it. It worked fine on my home server test system. Hmmmm.

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