Sunday, December 16, 2012

One Good Thing

 If you search long enough with many things that aren't too great, you will find the one good thing about it.

So i've been searching for the one good thing about my computer, Ol' Bessy, being so slow, and i've finally found it.

For anyone who doesn't know, Ol' Bessy is slow as molasses.  She sometimes has to be restarted multiple times when she freezes.  She cannot run more than two programs at a time, is allergic to most downloads, and overheats when trying to show videos.

If i leave her alone long enough, she freezes up, especially if she can't decide whether or not to go ahead and start the screen saver or not.

Ads slow her down mightily, especially the ones that have things moving around to attract your attention.

In fact, she had to be rebooted once and Firefox restarted three times during the composition of this blog.

But i have found one really good thing about it all.

When you are waiting for a page to download, if you click on the icon that stops the page loading at the right moment, you get the whole page, but not the ads, because they take the longest to load.

So if i'm careful, i can surf without as many ads, and it doesn't slow her down as much.

The silver lining to poor Ol' Bessy's clouds.

Today is:

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day -- if you need an explanation, you don't have kids; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Beethoven Day -- celebrate the anniversary of his birth by listening to one of his fine works

Bijoy Dibosh -- Bangladesh (Victory Day)

Day of Reconciliation -- South Africa

Day of the Republic -- Kazakhstan (Independence from the USSR)

Festival of Sapientia -- Ancient Roman Empire (personification of wisdom and knowledge)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Pottasleiker -- Pot-licker, who tries to snatch unwashed pots and lick them clean

Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society Annual Meeting

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

National Day -- Bahrain

Posadas Navidenas (Fiesta of the Virgin of the Lonely) -- Mexico (celebrated through the 24th, "pilgrims" go house to house seeking shelter to commemorate the search of Mary and Joseph for shelter in Bethlehem)

Simbang Gabi -- Philippines (Christmas festivals that last until Three Kings Day)

St. Adelaide's Day (Patron of abuse victims, brides, empresses, exiles, in-law problems, parenthood, parents of large families, princesses, prisoners, second marriages, step-parents, and widows)

Stupid Toy Day -- make sure you aren't giving any of those to any kids you buy for

Tea Party Day -- Boston, MA, US (anniversary of the 1773 Party)

Third Sunday of Advent -- Christian
     Lighting the Candle of Joy

Vijay Diwas --  India (Victory Day)

Wan Kila Haeng Chat -- Thailand (National Sports Day)

Birthdays Today:

Michael McCary, 1971
Benjamin Bratt, 1963
William "Refrigerator" Perry, 1962
Billy Gibbons, 1949
Benny Andersson, 1946
Steven Bochco, 1943
Lesley Stahl, 1941
Liv Ullmann, 1939
Arthur C. Clarke, 1917
Margaret Mead, 1901
Noel Coward, 1899
Wassily Kandinsky, 1866
George Santayana, 1863
Jane Austen, 1775
Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770
Catherine of Aragon, 1536

Today in History:

An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China, 755
Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000, 1631
Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector, 1653
The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan, 1707
A big tea party in Boston harbor -- Indians welcome -- is "celebrated" (Boston Tea Party), 1773
Fire burns over 600 buildings in NYC, 1835
In New Zealand, the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, 1850
The Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution, 1862
Antonín Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World is given its world première performance at Carnegie Hall, 1893
The first submarine with an internal combustion engine is demonstrated, 1897
The "Great White Fleet" sails from Hampton Downs on its round the world tour, 1907
The first credit union in the US is formed, in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1908
The first US postage stamp picturing an airplane, a 20 cent parcel post, is issued, 1912
Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity", 1915
The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000, 1920
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again, 1937
Thailand joins the United Nations, 1945
William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor, 1947
Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era US city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks, 1978
An episode of Pokemon, "Denno Senshi Porygon", aired in Japan induces seizures in 685 Japanese children, 1997
George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law, 2003


  1. MM, try AdBlock Plus. It helps tremendously to keep those ads at bay. It even tackles those commercials that we have to endure more and more these days before viewing the video for which we opted. I'll paste below what my longtime geeky friend, Stephen said about it to convince me to try it. He was right.

    "If you use firefox, one of the things I can't recommend highly enough is an Advert Block plugin.

    Its very simple to use, install it. Choose one of the lists to use which it comes pre-configured to use and restart your browser. You'll find it will vastly speed up your browsing experience as it will remove all those annoying pesky adverts all over the shop.

    I'd recommend that for anyone who uses Firefox or chrome. Install it and you'll never go back.


    You can find it here:

  2. Hahaha, you got me there. I was wondering about the Barbie and Barney Backlash Day.

  3. Thanks, Hilary! The problem is, if i use that, i'm violating the terms of service of the website where i am a moderator. If it can be turned off and on, i'll do it, so i will check it out.

    Angelika, for all the parents who are sick of Barbie and Barney, it's a day to, out of sight of the kids, get some revenge (Barbie in a blender or unstuff a Barney toy or something).


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