Bits & Bytes


GARY SINISE: “Grateful American:A Journey from Self to Service” – Gary Sinise is well known not only for playing Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump”, but also for his tremendous support for our military. In 2010, he was confirmed into the Catholic Church.

2017 Russia collusion mirage by Branco

NO COLLUSION: Both Republicans and Democrats agree that, after two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee has found nothing to suggest the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

The media’s take on this is, “But they haven’t found any evidence exonerating Trump either!” So there! Apparently, there are two standards for justice now.

  1. “Innocent until proven guilty” for Democrats.
  2. “Guilty unless proven innocent” for Republicans.

2018_09 BHO scandals

THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT EVER: From Joe Hoft at Gateway Pundit – “As layers of information are uncovered and unscrambled, the facts behind the Russia collusion scam come to light.  As the light begins to shine on the truth,  a silhouette of former President Barack Hussein Obama appears.” Read the rest here.


9th CIRCUIT AGREES WITH TRUMP: Who woulda thunk?!?! – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump’s proposal to expedite construction of a wall at the southern border violates environmental laws. The 9th “circus” court said nope, it doesn’t. Even more juicily ironic, they cited a law signed by BILL CLINTON to justify their ruling. Up until now, border efforts have been focused on repairing and upgrading bad fending. But last week, we began building the first new barriers in places that previously were unprotected.

Media deception

FAKE NEWS: CNN lied – For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Roger Stone’s home ahead of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid was a combination of “luck” and good reporting. Evidence now points to the “shocking” revelation that the FBI colluded with CNN to taint the jury pool with film of the absurd, heavily armed, 29-member, FBI strike force that showed up at Stone’s home to arrest him on non-violent process crimes.

2019_02 Media difficulty

MEDIA OOPSIE: “USA Today ran a surprising story on Tuesday headlined ‘Can the middle-class revival under Trump last?’ It’s surprising — shocking really — because it might just be the first time a major news outlet has admitted that there has been a middle-class revival under Trump,” the Investor’s Business Daily editorial board writes. “It’s a safe bet that had a Democrat been in the White House over the past two years things would be different.”

2019_02 13 Trump tweet

CA CANCELS HIGH SPEED RAIL: AOC’s Green New Deal calls for building so much high speed rail there would be no need for airplane travel. But high speed rail projects have repeatedly been utter failures. California just canceled their proposed line from LA to Frisco after the projected cost ballooned to $77 billion. Yeah, billion … with a B. The whole high-speed rail boondoggle was subsidized with billions in tax dollars and President Trump says, if California is giving up on the train, then they should give the money back.

2019_02 12 AG Holder

WORD NERD: The Greek word phōnē means “sound” or “voice.”

  • Euphony = Sweet sound (with the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good”).
  • Cacophony = Harsh sound (with the Greek prefix kak- meaning “bad”).
  • Symphony = Harmonious sound (with the Greek prefix syn- meaning “together”).
  • Polyphony = Two or more independent melodies juxtaposed in harmony (with the Greek prefix poly- meaning “many”).

Cassette surgery


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10 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. Nice collection of news today.

    “Pencil” — How old is that cartoon? There must be now at least a couple of generations of young’n’s who wouldn’t get that. Who might not even recognize an audio cassette.The latest generation doesn’t even know what a DVD does. Sigh! My very first computer storage device was the audiocassette.

    Grampaw regaling the youngsters with tales of the olden days: “We had 5″ floppy disks, and we’d punch a couple of extry holes in the sleeve* so we could make ‘flippies’ and use both sides of the disk (not both sides at once, though). We’d get almost one and a half Megabytes that way!”

    Grandkid stares at tiny solid-state memory chip with several Terrabytes capacity. “Sure, grampaw, sure.”

    [* Wow. I just read on Wikipedia there were actual tools to cut that notch in the side of the disk sleeve. I just used a hole punch.]

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I thought it would be fun to see how my readers responded to the cassette toon and it was. Thanks for memory lane, but I think Dearest has you beat. His first computer storage was done on punch cards. And heaven help you if you dropped the box! They had to be put back in order by hand.

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      • I remember those punch cards! I dated a computer guy for a while in college, back in the days when you needed a separate room to contain the computer because it was so big and noisy.


      • chrissy, bluebird,

        cth: Dearest has you beat.

        Challenge accepted! 😉

        First term at college, my roommate was a Computer Science major. I wish I’d known what that meant, and I could’ve done that instead of wasting my time as I did on whatever liberal-artsy nonsense I was thinking to major in.

        Yes, the computer was in the basement of the science hall and was huge. Yes, it used those punch cards. My roommate had stacks of them, rubber-banded together. I don’t know if I ever actually, you know, switched around a couple of cards just for fun. Probably not. That would be cruel. 🙄

        What I do remember is, one day, he let slip his password. I don’t think he ever knew that I would go to one of the teletype-like terminals on campus and play games on them. A lot.

        Okay, so I didn’t do what Husband theHyphenated was doing with the punchcards — I was playing the games guys like him wrote.

        But, I figured out how to save a game on a strip of hole-punched paper. Just like a player piano roll I’d feed the strip back through to return to the game.

        So, my first computer data-saving device was actually not the audio cassette I used in 1978 with my first desktop, but the paper strips I used at those terminals in 1970. (If we don’t count playing rolls on Gramma’s player piano in the 1950s as digital music. Which it was!)

        But well before college…

        I couldn’t save or retrieve anything on the terminals at the 1964 NY World’s Fair IBM exhibit, but I did figure out a sort-of hack. After playing every primitive word-game they offered, I started pecking at keys, like, what does CLR (CLS?) do? Oh! A blank screen! (Rubs little 12yo hands together in glee.) There was no way to hack the mainframe or anything, but I realized as long as I didn’t hit “Return/Enter,” I could clear the screen, use the arrow keys to position the cursor, and otherwise type any message I wanted. Don’t know what message I left, but I did it on every public terminal.

        That’s right, I was hacking IBM in 1964 at age 12. Cue gangsta music and that silly overlay of low-rez shades and a spliff candy cigarette.

        Oh yeah… the year before that… as I commented on this very blog, back in 2014, I built my first ‘computer’ — a mechanical adding machine kit. I just learned there’s a Yahoo discussion group for the Digi-Comp, and a company that made new (“retro”) versions of it. So I’m not the only one whose blood got infused with 1’s and 0’s at an early age by that “toy.”

        Well, sorry for the long nostalgia trip. “Never push the Nerd button!”

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        • I had never seen a computer before I went to college. I hated the thing. To me it was nothing more than a rival for the attention and affection of my boyfriend.


        • chrissythehyphenated

          Loved it! LOL I never thought about player pianos, but you’re so right!

          I’m envious of your trip to the 1964 World’s Fair. I wanted to go SO BADLY, because Michaelangelo’s Pieta was there! My mom promised but then something came up and my burning desire to see a since-damaged masterpiece went to the bottom of the pile. ::sigh::

          The Pieta was damaged my freshman year in college. My roomie’s dad was a professional sculptor. I was bummed about the attack, but she actually went to bed and wept.

          One of my bucket list wishes was to visit Nantucket and see her dad’s studio. Dearest let me have that for our honeymoon trip. I mean … what a guy who thought it was cool to go visit some old people and look at statues on his HONEYMOON. Could be one reason we’ve lasted. 🙂

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