Episode 25: 1.61803399!

January 24th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

1.61803399!Don’t visit today’s episode if you’re put off by coarse language. Hell hath no wrath like an Elder Thing … in a situation.

We’re officially mostly not on Vonage anymore as of today. I only had to go digging around in the NID twice and rewire just one jack to make our communications infrastructure work. Oh … and I got one warning tingle when I brushed a wire I shouldn’t have.

I guess it’s a mark of my status as an Old Person that I feel better about having plain old copper for voice again. Vonage always felt fragile. Communications involved not only the already complex stuff going on right up to the point where the wire enters the house (which the phone company abstracts away nicely, when it isn’t selling “features” and “packages”) but a whole second layer involving the DSL modem and the little Vonage/Linksys adapter/switch/router and the occasional bizarre “Oh … you called from a PBX? No wonder it dropped to a fast busy signal … it does that sometimes.”

The future may commence without me.

And we have a 503 number again.

File under “huh”:

> Liberals and conservatives can become equally bug-eyed and irrational when talking politics, especially when they are on the defensive.

> Using M.R.I. scanners, neuroscientists have now tracked what happens in the politically partisan brain when it tries to digest damning facts about favored candidates or criticisms of them. The process is almost entirely emotional and unconscious, the researchers report, and there are flares of activity in the brain’s pleasure centers when unwelcome information is being rejected.

Insert nasty jibe about the current regime’s supporters and how good they must be feeling lately here.

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