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And now, the weather

Today is a hot sticky muggy day. The air outside feels like you're breathing through a sponge. It is absolutely horrible.

I have never liked hot weather all too much, especially when it gets muggy. Here in Connecticut, the air gets really thick during the warmer months. Because I don't have any air conditioning where I live, it makes it tough to deal with.

Hot weather isn't good for cars, either. You have to be careful not to overheat the engine and make sure to let your car have a "breather" every so often. When I drive in hot weather for a long period of time, I usually stop at a convenience store or something and let the car sit for 10 minutes or so with the hood open. Maybe that's a bit of overkill, but I think it's worth it.

I have heard that the air is much easier to breathe during the hotter months in places like Nevada and Arizona (not that I would want to live in those places) because the humidity is much lower. Makes me wonder if that's better for your skin or not when you stand outside. Does less humidity mean you will be sunburned less, or more? Hm...

The A/C will be running in the car on my way home today from work. This sucks for two reasons: A) It makes the engine work harder and run hotter. I never like it when the engine runs hot, at all. It's not that the engine can't handle it, I just avoid running a hot engine whenever I can. B) Gas prices are through the roof right now. I paid $2.23 a gallon in Norwich yesterday (for a total of $25 bucks to fill the tank). Running A/C is not exactly good for gas mileage.

But, I'd rather be able to breathe than save money. Breathing is definitely more important. (grin)

Depressed

Wow am I depressed today. The doldrums of life seem to be taking their toll on me. On the drive into work today all I could think about is everything in life that I've missed so far (and it's a long list, to me at least). It seems that more and more I've been getting these feelings of being lost, which leads to depression later. I am hoping that good fortunes will smile down on me soon to break me out of this funk. If anyone is listening up above, I could use positive movement in my life. :-) (Wishful thinking, but dreaming is not a bad thing.)

Sick of linked politics

While I am in support of free speech on the internet, what pisses me off more than anything else (and in turn ruins a good web site, almost) is when someone decides to link to a political web page of some kind. My definition of a "political" web page is any page or web site that pertains to:

- The war in Iraq
- The government of any country
- "Rights" being lost
- "Rights" being gained (by the wrong people usually)
- Trying to free someone in jail
- Censorship

..and I'm sure you can think of a few more.

Why does this piss me off when people "link politics" like this? It's for the simple reason that it's so convenient and easy to link to a page rather than write something about what you care about.

Example: Over the years, I have literally seen what is probably thousands of web pages with the "Free Speech Online" classic rotating blue ribbon banner from EFF. Most people don't even know what EFF means (which is Electronic Frontier Foundation by the way). If you feel the need to link to that web page from your web site, then you should explain on your web site WHY you are doing it, even if it is only one sentence long. Most web site admins when asked why they have that banner on their web site will state "to support free speech". Well, if that's the case, explain yourself. You shouldn't expect a link to do all the talking for you.

The proper answer if ever asked why you put an EFF banner on your site should be: "To protect my digital rights so I can freely state whatever I want on my web site." Note the word digital in there. EFF has everything to do with electronic free speech.

To all web site admins out there: If you're gonna link to a political web page or web site, explain your reason for doing it. When you do, you will attract more people to click on the link. I mean, sheesh, I would if you gave me a good reason to do it.

Here's my link to EFF, and here's my explanation of why I linked it: I support the right for anyone to place anything they want on their web site(s), because remember, the right to free speech does not protect the content you want to see or hear, it protects the content you don't want to see or hear, like Ogrish. So, before you start waving the "I want my free speech" EFF banner, think of the most vile, grotesque, disgusting and morally obstinate web site you can think of. Would you support their right to free speech? I would, because it's their right to do it.

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