Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.


When I find a bug in a piece of software, I usually want to report it. Some software producers make this easy. Others put the burden of proof on me.

Here’s a fun negative to try and prove: prove that the issue you’re trying to report would not get fixed by the fixes to any one of these we already have in the backlog. It sounds easier than it is. And it doesn’t even sound very easy.

Companies: I have a better idea. Accept all the reports. Your QA staff are better equipped to evaluate them for duplication than we poor users. What’s that you say? QA is understaffed to handle this task? Then QA is just plain understaffed… and that’s how we got here in the first place.

Try Not to Breathe

The title was my first impulse on November 9, 2016, for the duration. But Jill has rules including one that requires me to breathe.

For Four Years? srsly?

In the age of COVID-19, the advice does seem all the more pertinent.

Postal Disservice

The mail will figure large in this upcoming election. Pumpkin rails against mail-in voting but then tells people to use absentee balloting, which is handled by… mail.

His new Postmaster-General, Louis DeJoy, is beyond corrupt.

Click through for NBC News story

Already I am seeing online reports of serious delays in non-junk mail. (story here) Small retail businesses who use the USPS for shipping are especially hard hit. I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but this “tracks” (as the kids online like to say).

If the Rethuglicans choke off the mail, they can make sure to count only the votes they want (editorial from Portland). And democracy in the US will be finished, drowned in a sea of lost or delayed mail-in ballots.

Liberal Bias

Put in a search in your favorite search engine for “universities make leftists” and see the array of shrill right-wing hate speech that pops up.

Reality has a well-known liberal bias, after all.

Nurses are the Heroes

My daughter-in-law, K, is a nurse who is on the front lines at a major US teaching and research hospital, treating COVID-19 patients.

Here’s an interview with another nurse who has not yet been sent to “the front.”

Click through for an interview with a nurse in the UK

The orders can come at any time. K was happily doing completely different work and one day a supervisor told her to organize her area for the existing patients to be moved out and a batch of COVID-19 patients moving in.

I don’t feel any different than if she were an infantry soldier in a “hot” war zone. That’s a blend of pride, fear and mostly a disgust at the idiot whose idiotic decisions led to the unnecessary danger she’s in.


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