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  • Oct 19th, 2020 @ 7:28pm

    Re: Trump Derangement Syndrome

    Heh... After reading your overly long missive, I see I hit a nerve.

    TDS indeed.

  • May 29th, 2020 @ 9:54pm

    Re: Re:

    So do I. Hence the three apostrophes.

  • May 29th, 2020 @ 9:52pm

    Re: Re: The Problem Is Bias

    Hate to say this Mike, but you obviously haven't been paying much attention to CNN\MSNBC commentators these past months (or maybe I should say years).

  • May 28th, 2020 @ 10:17pm

    (untitled comment) (as Paul Gratton Stout)

    I tend to agree with quite a few things that the writers tend to write about here, but I gotta tell you that the last two or so years have shown one very interesting thing.....

    Most of you are decidedly suffering from a bad case of TDS!!!

  • Sep 27th, 2019 @ 9:46pm

    (untitled comment) (as Paul Stout)

    OH God. That has to be the funniest commentary video I've seen this year.

    If Mr. Palmer was mad before that video he has to be foaming mad at the mouth furious now!!!!

  • Jul 10th, 2018 @ 11:10pm

    Re: Re: We can all agree that the NRA is an odious organization. (as Paul Gratton Stout)

    Well, this comment is a little late to the party, but I was on a 3 week road trip.....

    We can all agree that the NRA is an odious organization with an odious message, but let's not dismantle the First Amendment just because of that group's ridiculous and dishonest methods for defending the Second Amendment.

    Geez Mike, I know you don't like Trump and haven't minded saying so in the past on occasion, but this snide attack on the NRA was really over the top. You had some good commentary going there until you wrote that paragraph.

    So, no, we can't all agree.
  • Jul 7th, 2016 @ 4:20pm

    Re: (as Paul Gratton Stout)

    "People do realize that there are more than 2 parties than the major parties such as the libertarians and the greens."

    Well, yes, but then again those two parties only count if one is actually silly enough to believe their candidates can do any better than being voted Dogcatcher!!!
  • Jul 7th, 2015 @ 4:02pm

    Re: How the Cable TV stole Internet Streaming (as Paul Gratton Stout)

    Oh Lord, just saw your comment!!!

  • Nov 30th, 2012 @ 7:51pm

    Good Lord... All that verbiage to say something simple! (as Coasty)

    Ya know, after reading Piper's article, it sure was a long-winded way of saying "I don't like ebooks"!!!

    I don't much care for them myself but, GEEZ, who cares...
  • Nov 17th, 2012 @ 6:32pm

    Re: (as Coasty)

    OOPS! Forgot to sign in before I sent that comment...
  • Aug 27th, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Authors Guild Continues To Battle The Present; Attacks Another Legal Service As 'Infringing' (as Coasty)

    Basically, to put this discussion into a 'short and to the point' average person view point...

    Who gives a good damn what the Authors Guild thinks!

    This can also be stated in common parlance as:

    Go piss up a rope and see if you stay dry in the process!
  • Jul 31st, 2012 @ 3:38pm

    Motivation is the Key (as Coasty)

    I'd say that to a good degree I'm one those people this professor was talking about.

    Way back when (late 50's, early 60's) my problem wasn't algebra. Even at that age I understood the need for algebra in every day use, so learning it wasn't hard at all.

    It was geometry and higher math I failed miserably at (biology and chemistry too for that matter). I just couldn't see the relevancy of it to myself, as at the time I couldn't see myself working in a field that needed it (I didn't have a clue as to what I wanted to do). Nobody, including my Dad, was able to give a compelling reason why it did matter. In a nutshell, at that time my motivation to learn advanced math was entirely lacking and the 'powers-that-be' were singularly lousy and/or uninterested in explaining the need for it.

    It wasn't until I was about 19 that I finally realized what I was both good at and interested in pursuing as a career, which was electronics and computer science. Once I figured that out I was motivated and advanced math somehow became very easy to learn.

    What I'm pointing at here is that replacing algebra is not really the answer. Motivation is the key, and teachers/student advisers etc weren't all that particularly good at motivating and explaining why those subjects were important back when I was a kid. I suspect that is mostly still true today.

    Heh, especially bad at explaining it to a lackluster going nowhere high school student and pig-headed plus clueless teenager, i.e. me. ;-)
  • Nov 8th, 2011 @ 5:31pm

    (untitled comment) (as Coasty)

    Gee, I wonder if some time in the next 5 years I might see a digital re-release of Ferrante & Teichert albums I can legally purchase because of Mr. Brandvoid's comments? I've only been waiting for over 20 years for that to happen!

    Of course, in the mean time I've already gotten every single song they ever recorded, all illegally downloaded because EMI (plus several other record label companies) very politely told me to get lost the multiple times I tried to purchase them. The original LP's were burned up in a fire, I didn't want to replace them that way, but I was left with no choice.

    So, yeah, I'm one of those unhappy, unsatisfied, customers Mr. Brandvoid was referring to.

    I've always wondered how many other people, like me, were in the same situation, it's gotta be millions!!!
  • Nov 8th, 2011 @ 4:01am

    Amazon screws up twice in one go!!! (as Coasty)

    Just as an addendum to my above comment....

    The sales, according to the figures in Mikes blog, grossed $36,634.84. I don't know what type of royalties Amazon pays authors, but let's say it's 5%. At 5% the royalties owed to the author would be $1,831 and change. Now, for a measly $1,831, why does Amazon want to buy themselves this kind of bad publicity?

    The only thing that people reading this are going to see and remember is that Amazon is purposefully ripping off an author. Things like this, like their deleting books from Kindles debacle, are not forgotten.

    I can't fathom how presumably intelligent executives could be so stupid!!!
  • Nov 8th, 2011 @ 3:45am

    Amazon screws up twice in one go!!! (as Coasty)

    Well, I suppose by a literal reading of the contract Amazon may not feel obligated to reimburse the author, but it would be the moral, ethical thing to do.

    Covering the same territory as AC in the 2nd comment, I could see Amazon's position if the mistake happened 30-40 times, or something like that in the low numbers, but 6,000 times!!! Uh huh, Amazon is being disingenuous at best.

    Amazon's response does not say anything remotely good about their ethics!!!
  • May 25th, 2011 @ 5:17am

    (untitled comment) (as Coasty)

    Dang... Don't you ever go to bed Mike!!!
  • May 9th, 2011 @ 3:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: (as Paul Stout)

    Ummm... Let's say your facts are actually correct, something we can't know unless you're very specific about where they came from.

    But, saying they are correct, please inform me on how this makes it a doctors business? If ones uses the logic, as posted here by many users, then the doctors might as well ask if you own a car, a plane, a boat ad infinitum.... Any you'll likely get uninformed opinions on every one of those subjects due it not being the doctors area of expertise.

    And before you ask, yes I'm both an owner of multiple firearms and also a life long member of the NRA.

    With only one or two exceptions here, all of these replies (plus Mikes article, which is a bit of sloppiness on his part that I'm not used to seeing) ignore the fact that the bill has nothing to do with outlawing a doctor asking that question. It has everything to do with outlawing a doctor being able to refuse treating a patient if the person involved says "none of your business" or just flatly refuses to answer the question.

    Geez people, at least get your facts right.

    Mike, you should have a done a better job of researching this particular article.
  • Mar 31st, 2011 @ 10:57am

    (untitled comment) (as Coasty)

    It seems to me that the appropriate reply from Zite to the letters signatories should be:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Kiss my ass. Have a good day.


    Unfortunately, in the real world, the response from Zite will probably waste 3 pages of legalese speak to say exactly the same thing.
  • Feb 14th, 2011 @ 6:17pm

    (untitled comment) (as Coasty)

    If you're ever up in Seattle Mike you really owe it to yourself to go see the JPQ play live.

    The first time you mentioned JPQ here I went to their web site because I love jazz, have lived in Seattle for years, and had never heard of them. Loved the free samples on the web site and bought the CD. When Jason let us know about his new project and its being set up on Kickstarter I kicked in some bucks for it. Later on in Dec he did a preview of his version of Nick Drake and it was great, listening to it live was a real kick. It had a pretty good turnout too. Met the quartet and they were all pretty cool dudes. Heh... Not to mention that all four of them were nice enough to put up with this old dude's probably stupid questions with a smile...

    Listening to a CD is nice, but hearing it live and watching the players/audience really get into it is even better.

    If it hadn't been for your mention of the JPQ on the blog, I would never have heard of them, or had the opportunity to make a contribution to the new upcoming CD. It was sort of nice knowing that in a very small way I was able to help make something happen that I love and could _never_ do myself. A big thanks to you for showing me the way to them....

    I'm also looking forward to the release party. ;)
  • Feb 11th, 2011 @ 4:34pm

    (untitled comment) (as Coasty)

    As much of a slimeball that Evan Stone undoubtedly is, one would hope you wrote that with tongue firmly in cheek.

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