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calendar   Tuesday - December 31, 2013

Sincere best wishes to all for a very happy new year

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/31/2013 at 01:58 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 25, 2013

a very merry christmas to very special people

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The rain has stopped for now ... there is no wind today.

Am off to a traditional Christmas dinner at a friend’s house.  Even before I came on the scene, wife’s family went to village friend every Christmas, and I’ve been attending since 2004, only missed one year and even then, I was sent a plate.  What a spread.

Later in the day, early evening I guess it is ... our friends will be coming here for coffee, tea whatever and two different kinds of chocolate yummies.

When things Brit in food say cream .... they really do mean cream.

So that’s it for the day and I want to say again for anyone passing our way ... Merry Christmas.

To our regulars .... you folks really are quite special.

Have a safe day as well.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/25/2013 at 06:36 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 16, 2013

is it just me ?  and btw … is there an alterntv. to Quick Time?

Does anyone else have problems here?  I can’t believe how difficult impossible it is.

I downloaded iTunes for not other reason then to buy ONE track, which is allowed.

Here’s what happened so you understand.  Understand too that I’m in the UK so things could be a tad different from what some of you look at in the USA. Although I wouldn’t know from any experience.

I once had a recording by Jazz/Blues singer, Lizzie Miles, and the record is long lost.  (I don’t have to give nobody none of this jellyroll) It isn’t even listed in lots of places although almost all her other recordings from the 20’s to the 50’s are.  She did a lot.  It’s partly sung in Cajun btw. Great tune and it isn’t as nasty as imagination might create.

So, this one recording wasn’t anything I could find at AMZN/UK.  I haven’t tried USA yet but will time permitting. Well heck, I’ll make time.

The thing that boils my brain is how Apple does things. Now ok ,,, some of you are well experienced with the product and the apps etc. so you’re used to their eccentricity.

With the help of a friend in Belgium the track was tracked down and it seems (so far) only iTunes has it.

However ... one must have an Apple account or an iTune account. Whatever.  SO ok I tried that and got a message informing me that the password used wasn’t valid. The message further said to read password requirements. OK ... sure.  Uh .... scuse me but ....

Where the F are the “requirements” to be found that I’m supposed to read?  Cos they certainly are not on the page I am reading now. But there isn’t any way ask them because .... one needs an account.

After some time I managed and don’t quite know how, to overcome that hurdle, went back to a create an account page.

Here’s what flashed upon my screen.

Solve a problem with iTunes

iTunes has stopped working properly.

A newer version of this software is available for download that solves this problem. Apple Inc. recommends updating to take advantage of security and stability improvements.

Tap or click to download the update from the Apple Inc. website

Oh yeah?

Well .... I did as I was asked and it turned out that I merely downloaded another that was exactly the same as my original download.

In other words, I had the latest version listed to begin with.

But there seems no way I can find to tell the rocket scientists at Apple about this little glitch.

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You need an account for that.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/16/2013 at 07:19 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 05, 2013

Damn

Peiper spotted it the other day and emailed me.  “I can’t get the blog to load properly. The Neoworx thing isn’t working properly!”

And he was right.

Neoworx, the company that provided the nice animated Visitors Online thing here on top of the right sidebar, has gone out of business.

Your humble correspondent probably had an obsolete primary e-mail address in the database. However, other users received the following e-mail today:

Dear user,

It saddens me to inform you that after 9 years of services, I am stopping my web counter activity. The shift from blogs to social networks and the overwhelming competition of free services has dramatically decreased my customer base to the point where I can no longer pay for the hosting of my servers.

I will do my best to refund you pro rata of the time elapsed since your last payment. Please wait for an email from the designated company liquidator.

I thank you wholeheartedly for the interest you have shown in my products during all these years. It was a great adventure for me.

Please find here-after your most recent visitor count. I am sure that you will find a suitable replacement for my counters.

Roberto


Well, I would like my list or database. In total, the counter was showing almost 10 million visits from something like 240 countries – many more than the folks in the United Nations are able to enumerate. wink

Yeah, me too. The other country counter down at the bottom of the page shows that BMEWS is/has been read in nearly every country on earth; I’ve even received a ping from somewhere in Antarctica. I’m rather proud of that actually.

But I will miss the animated background of Texas oil pumps as the slow ticker rolls up showing all the folks stopping by BMEWS, and where they’re all from. And I’ll miss how it always misreported my location, as my service’s ISP portal shifts around the county in several locations.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2013 at 10:03 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 30, 2013

trying

Bit of writer’s block here. Having trouble taking the blog approach to writing: find a news story, grab a short quote or two, gin up two or three lines of opinionated text, figure out a snappy title or one with a cheesy pun. Throw in a picture and a couple links. Next post.

No, I get bogged down. Want to investigate the whole story. Background. History. Counter-opinions. And that takes forever. And then I wind up writing 5000 word essays that almost nobody reads. Gotta keep it short and tight.

So, I’ll try to do the Doe Run story ... even though to me it looks like the EPA just managed to do an end run around the Second Amendment. Which is the kind of analytical take-away that comes from digging too deeply. For now, I’ll just leave it as a bunch of Greenies getting their just comeuppance, and an arm of the government essentially destroying a town trying to save it. Which is what Lt. Calley said, isn’t it? Like I said, digging too deeply.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/30/2013 at 01:01 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 16, 2013

Just Sayin

I’m always happy to register new members as quick as I can (a week), or help old members with forgotten passwords or changed email addresses or whatever.

But please, if you think that maybe you joined BMEWS once upon a time, ask me. I can look your account up, even if you can only remember part of a user name or email address. I don’t keep any real personal information other than your first name, which not all accounts have. So I can’t actually find your old membership based on your actual name. But if you signed up with the handle “Zyborg 27” I can search even for “g 27” and find it. We don’t actually have a member with that tag though.

Not that I’m cranky if you by chance get to have two memberships here. But I’d rather keep it to one. That’s all. You can even change the name if you want something new, or I can do that if you can’t.

Now, is ANYONE with a membership having problems logging in? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?  Email me if you are; I will fix things within a couple days. Promise.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/16/2013 at 06:47 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 11, 2013

Missing Blogger

Where’s   Waldo   Christopher?

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Haven’t heard from blogger #3 here in a while ... hope he isn’t having a ... chess problem ...




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/11/2013 at 12:36 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 08, 2013

help a Mac brother out

Reader can’t make the “more” link work on BMEWS. Not being a Mac user, my suggestions don’t help. Any ideas, all you Mac-daddys?

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It’s Aliiiiiive!



My newest suggestion is to make sure your browser can run Javascripts, and that Java is running! I know there was this thing a couple month ago, with people shutting off Java for some reason or other.

from an email sent to me ...

“I have never been able to open any of the below the fold things on your page- When I click on them as links nothing happens. If I click on them and direct the link to be opened in a new tab or window it just reloads the page.

I have a Mac and use ICab 2.99 most of the time, I tried but do not like 3.01 I also have but do not use a lot Classilla. They do not make Firefox, Chrome or Safari for my computer to the best of my knowledge- IE is a microsoft program and I do not have any of those on my computer. I do not have any ad blockers and I do not have any script.

Thanks for the reply- though it just might be something to annoy people.

He did not say if the “more” link worked on other web pages or not. All mine does, and it’s the thing on a large post that says “See more below the fold” as if you’re reading a newspaper”, is to reload the page but to show the full post, instead of just the first bunch of lines.

I had suggested checking his browser settings, and checking his ad blocker settings, to make sure that a web page had the ability to open a new page or to refresh the main page on demand. I figured that would do it. Guess not.

So, any good ideas? Has anyone else had this issue before?? I remember that some people had problems with pictures in posts hiding some of the text, in the past. I’m pretty sure I’ve fixed that. And there was a problem with the log-in once. And some folks have a bit of a problem with the registration concept sometimes (it isn’t a link, you actually sit down and write me an email. Give user name, screen name, password, and I register you). So problems do occur here once in a while, and once in a while I have to reach out to the members and ask for their help.




Help! Help!



This is the link he’s talking about:

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/08/2013 at 08:31 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

They’re Starting To Breed

And Then There Were Two



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2013 at 06:56 PM   
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calendar   Friday - June 14, 2013

Thanks Allan

Good grief.

Y’all remember Batty?

Batty was our little barking moonbat dude waaaaay back when.

I just found him ... online ... at Cafe Press. Seems Allan was working on setting up a line of merchandise. I never knew. He got the batty image uploaded, and it’s available on coffee mugs. I set up my own line there ages ago, with the Barking Moonbat Early Warning System mug over there on the right sidebar. And as far as I know, in all the years since, I’ve sold exactly ONE mug. To myself. Cafe Press has never come across with so much as a penny for my part of the profit sharing.

Anyway, if you want a Batty mug as designed by Allan Kelly, you can go right to his page and buy one. Right HERE. Still up and running, after all these years. Since 2006 actually, which is so long ago the BMEWS mast head looked like this:

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Of course, if you’d prefer the more modern, more artistic Barking Moonbat Early Warning System mugs - or hats, I have hats too!!, then go Right HERE.

One. Mug. Sold. Sob. 6 years. So sad, so lonely.

Golly but this blog has been around a long time. Does the VRWC even still exist? Because we were always a part of it.

Yup, ages

Nine and a half years, actually [some early posts had to be wiped once upon a time, but I kept the first one. Blog space used to be costly!]

and in all those years ... one ... measly ... lonely ... coffee mug. Sigh.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/14/2013 at 10:10 PM   
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calendar   Friday - May 24, 2013

New Member

BMEWS welcomes new member and fellow blogger ScottCarp. Scott can be found right here sounding off about Obama and other injustices every day. And he has some good graphics, like the one below I quickly stole from him.


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Seems like our kind of guy. Let’s hope he’s a prolific commenter who visits often. Or else we’ll just have to call him.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 10:53 AM   
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calendar   Friday - May 10, 2013

Time Out

Act like a brat, get treated as one.


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You can have your toys back when you agree to behave.


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 05/10/2013 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 08, 2013

Blog Notice

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Now that I have your attention, if you are looking for Vilmar’s other blog, he can be found at Antz In Pantz for now.  His old blog, Kicking And Screaming, is shut down and is not coming back.


And yes, you sharp eyed TV watchers, the girl in the pic is Aussie spokesmodel Lisa Gleave, formerly holder of Briefcase #3 on Howie Mandel’s game show Deal or No Deal. Vilmar posted her dressed entirely in string, and not much of that, in case you needed a “reason” to visit his “new” blog. Which has been up for years now, but was mostly used for vacation pics and stuff like that. We have got to teach Vilmar how to do the embiggenify thing.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/08/2013 at 11:21 AM   
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calendar   Monday - April 29, 2013

Fix Your Inbox Please

Hey RAFFS@i*****d.com

I’m really getting tired of getting an inbox full of Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender

It’s not like I don’t know who you are, E.R..

It’s just that I have no other way to contact you. Because every time I send you an email ... d’oh!!

At least please uncheck the “reply” box on the comments thing, so the system doesn’t try to send you email. I thought I had it set up so that that box was NOT checked automatically, but maybe it doesn’t always work right.

Thank you.

And if your inbox is full, clean out some space so you can get the response mails you’re asking for. Thank you twice for that.

Drew


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2013 at 07:06 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
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