So, 12 monkeys walk into an Earth Day. …

“What’s wonderful about the air, James?”
“Very fresh. No germs.”

They tell me today is Earth Day, and indeed, it seems we still have one.

An earth, that is. No thanks to us.

Yesterday I bicycled out to inspect the property and it looked pretty a’ight from just below the intersection of Tramway Road and Juniper Hill Road.

It probably helps that fewer people are motoring pointlessly around and about lately. I only start the Subie every other Wednesday, for purposes of replenishing the pantry. Though I did take the Vespa out for a spin yesterday, too (sorry about that).

The Mad Dog Media Entertainment Complex, featuring a Toshiba TV from 2008; a Mac Mini from mid-2010 (right); and an Apple TV from 2012 (left).

Today I celebrated Earth Day by not spending $150 on a new Apple TV box. HBO Now is dropping its support for older Apple TVs like ours (third generation), and so it was either buy a new one; try AirPlaying HBO Nowto the old box from an iOS device; or use the Mac Mini to stream the sonofabitch.

The last would have been easiest, if the wee beastie weren’t running an OS from 2013 (Mavericks). That dog won’t hunt, sez HBO Now. You gotta have Yosemite at bare minimum, and either Chrome or Firefox (ixnay on the Afarisay).

So I burned a little daylight this morning getting all those ducks in a row. If you monkeys smell smoke, well, that’s why. Ook ook ook.

Looking west from the foothills on Earth Day.

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22 Responses to “So, 12 monkeys walk into an Earth Day. …”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I was musing the other day that what would really be good for the earth is to completely open up all the retail all over the globe and kill off as many Homo sapiens as possible in one swell foop. Linnaean binomial nomenclature notwithstanding, I’m not so sure of the “sapiens” part any more.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Shit, I’ll have to find out from the Majordomo of the house the age of our apple box.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The mania for “reopening the economy” really does have a whiff of “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

      1. Send everyone back to work.
      2. Send everyone back to shopping.
      3. Group A gives The Bug to Group B.
      4. Group B gives The Bug to Group A.
      5. Everyone dies.
      6. A miracle occurs.
      7. Economy saved!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Hella yes. Sacrifice the old and infirm to get the country started again. Save on Medicare, and save on Social Security. Then congress can borrow that money again and load the trust fund up with 100% low interest federal securities. We didn’t spend it, we just borrowed it. Then we spent it. Timing matters, right? Of course this does not apply to those who have concierge doctors, like donny dipshit and his ilk.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Well, the good news is, the banks made out like bandits. Which they are, of course.

        Shakespeare may have been a little hasty when he wrote about the lawyers in “Henry VI.” Maybe the line should’ve been, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the bankers.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’d prefer if we got a pandemic that hit people who are in their prime childbearing years the hardest. At least that causes sterilization as a side effect. We need to nip this population growth in the bud.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          As long as we’re narrowing the focus here, how ’bout a bug that only kills eejits?

          No, that one might get me. Never mind.

        • Herb from Michigan Says:

          Jeezus Khal you must have just watched Planet of the Humans. Most depressing Michael Moore doc ever. He tries to shoot down the viability of renewable energy and comes to the conclusion that we need population controls and restrain ALL development. While those points are true, it’s sobering yet unrealistic. Pandemic it is…thin the herd. But only the richest, greediest and devious will survive.

    • Stan Thomas Says:

      Gaia’s revenge.

  2. SAO' Says:

    God bless America. Let’s save some of it.
    ~ Edward Abbey

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You can’t go wrong with a good Cactus Ed quote.

      Hal and I have been discussing his Jack Burns character lately. Dude is sort of the redneck equivalent of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion. The Eternal Cowboy, if you will. He appears throughout the Abbey works in personae variously tragic and comic, and sometimes both at the same time.

  3. SAO' Says:

    Pretty effing amazing/crazy/scary how clean the air got after a month of not driving. Even the folks who normally walk hunched over glued to their hand-held Russian news delivery gadgets are noticing.

    We’ve always had a problem on the Front Range. The air quality sucks, but you have to look at it from the right angle to see it. And it’s entirely possible to live your life commuting in the wrong direct each day and never notice. From Denver city limits, the sky looks okay, but you back off and drive into it from the north or east, and you can’t believe anyone who gave a shit about their lungs would choose to live there.

    I filled up my land yacht on Feb 28th. Still have 7/8th of a tank left.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I ’member that Back in the Day™ Bibleburgers used to sniff at the gray haze puddling around the foot of Pikes Peak and say it was caused by winds redirecting stank from Pueblo and Denver to the pristine pool that was Our Fair City. Didn’t have anything to do with the hordes of Bibleburgers motoring around and about to no particular purpose, of course.

      I can’t remember the last time I gassed up either the Subie or the Vespa. Before I broke the ankle on Feb. 21, for sure. Possibly the 19th. Of course, after the break I didn’t drive anywhere for the better part of quite some time, so, yeah, winning.

    • khal spencer Says:

      There are a few days too many when I look south from Fanta Se and it looks like there is a shit inversion over Albuquerque. I wonder what Fanta Se looks like from somewhere else.

      Indeed, a month of shutdown makes a difference in air quality. I seem to recall they had to almost ban cars from Los Angeles when the Olympics were held there in 1984 (the year Alexi Greywal won the road race) to keep all the athletes from going into cardiovascular shock.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Lots of convincing non-fake news photos from around the world (e.g. New Delhi) as to the positive effects COVID-19 has had on the atmosphere.

      BREAK/BREAK: Again I must encourage all to read the Michael Beschloss book “Presidents of War”. It spans from President Washington thru President Obama. Lots of familiar, recurring themes being played out here today. What if this hadn’t been an election year? Seems to be a risky rush to “show progress/leadership” prior to early November. Etc.

      Mark Twain: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”

      The Feds can always print $$, but they can’t print humans.

      Stay safe and healthy! 🙂

  4. carl duellman Says:

    a friend of mine sent me the book ‘overstory’ by richard powers. pretty awesome book about how trees communicate with each other and a small group of people. i’m only about half way through but i’m sucked in. great book for earth day.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    You think your Mac Mini is old school, check this out. COBOL???? I never thought I would hear COBOL and cowboy in the same sentence. Shit even I know a little COBOL, and I haven’t worked in IT in over 40 years.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/04/22/841682627/cobol-cowboys-aim-to-rescue-sluggish-state-unemployment-systems

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Isn’t that something? I read about that on The Verge a while back. Colorado had one (1) full-time COBOL programmer before The Bug hit.

      The Gazette in Bibleburg went “cold type” in the late Seventies, using “dumb” terminals and a mainframe in a secure cold room; I bet there was some COBOL in that bad boy.

      COBOL Cowboys CEO Bill Hinshaw even gives us a bicycle reference: “Modernization of mainframe COBOL is like hopping off of your bicycle and jumping onto a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” he sez.

      I never took any computer classes. Shit, when I got my first newspaper job, I didn’t even know how to type. I was gonna be a cartoonist!

      • Shawn in the Gorge Says:

        Cobol? Isn’t that one of those little snot nosed killer monsters in that old (well perhaps not so old to some of us) board game Dungeons & Dragons?

        Although old and outdated, COBOL is actually a reasonably decent machine language. It’s secure and I believe financial institutions still use it. I’ve even heard a rumor that Elon Musk has an espresso machine that operates on programed COBOL…

    • Hurben Says:

      Awesome, in the last month there have been several COBOL jobs offered here. Even when I was learning COBOL in the 70’s they were saying that it was a dead language, yet here we are, Microsoft Visual Studio even supports MicroFocus COBOL, this may be my retirement job.

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