1000 buffalo stampede

Ramblings and commentary with all the focus of a thousand buffalo stampede

Especially in these trying days, I am thankful for my family, my friends, colleagues and the men and woman in my life who support me in good times and in challenging times.

Wishing all of you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!

This is not my America. This is not life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

From the Guardian: Occupy Oakland: “Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes Scott Olsen, 24, in hospital with fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile in Oakland”.

I don’t support the methods or actions of OWS or Occupy Oakland; and I’m skeptical of the whole thing. I also sure as hell don’t support extreme and violent police response against citizens.

This is madness.

Happy Birthday, America.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Declaration of Independence, adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776

Ghost Rider iPad, originally uploaded by BIsikoff.

The Marvel Comic iPad app is one of my favorites (among an ever increasing gaggle of favorite apps). Unlike my friend Fred, the install went smooth, and comic reading and buying fun, easy and cheap.

Then last night, problem. I downloaded Ghost Rider and it just hung (for hours) – quitting the app and restarting the iPad provided no fix. I fired off an in-application feedback comment (as an error report). Woke up this morning to an email from the comiXOlogy development team, indicating the problem had been fixed (and it was) letting me have some Ghost Rider motorcycle hero reading over early morning coffee.

Bug fix and response in about 9 hrs, after hours on a Friday night / Sat morning? Nicely done, comiXology.

My idea of a lunch BBQ over the morning coffee / chore run has morphed into an early dinner BBQ. In addition to the swank new grill brush, kosher hot dogs and English bangers, and three side salads, but I grabbed a new bubba keg cooler to keep things cool.

Charcoal is going in the chimney, my Halo IPA is cold, the neighbors will be over in a few, and the cow skull is pleased. BBQ season is on – or, in the words of Johnny Storm: “Flame on!”