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Fighting the monster

It is a typical day at work. I'm caught up, for the most part. The weather is good. I had a good lunch, and by many measures all is well.

Except for the monster.

The monster is a thief of good emotions. It is difficult to keep the monster at bay, but I keep trying. I go to the Doc, I take my meds, I meditate, and I try to keep myself reasonably fed and watered.

It isn't easy, and it is never done. That frustration alone can make it worse.

So, why write about it? In my own way, I am trying to defang the monster by not keeping it a secret. I don't hide my depression or treatment, I'm upfront about it... without being in your face about it. Many folks suffer in secret, not wanting to deal with unfair stigmas associated with the disease. I was there a long time ago, and I do know that it can get better, albeit imperfectly sometimes.

So, I'll keep fighting the monster. Like many other situations involving monsters, fighting is much better than surrendering to it. If yo…
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Marketing e-mail that might be a bit too curious for work

A company that I do business with apparently is introducing a new product or rebranding itself. They sent the e-mail shown above (and below) to me a day or so ago. I don't normally expect bulk e-mail questions concerning my orientation.

/me falls out of my chair laughing

Bomb Shelter Radio will be broadcasting at 8PM US/Eastern on Thursday. I hope you can join us.

https://bomb.shelter.radio.am/ for all the details

Cheers,
Illya


9/5/2019 Show Is Cancelled

Just quick note to let you know there will not be a show tonight. Nothing serious, I am just feeling under the weather and three hours of rant won't do my sore throat any good. See you next week!

BTW, If you haven't already, read The Andromeda Strain and see the original film. Both are quite good.

If we can't blow the hurricane up...

REMINDER: TAD AND CRAIG'S EXCELLENT PARTY IS THIS WEEKEND IN STERLING, VIRGINIA. DETAILS AT https://barkingmad.org/

Last week during BSR we discussed reports that administration officials had inquired whether we could destroy a hurricane by dropping an H-Bomb on it. Here is a bit of background on that ridiculous concept:

Can a nuclear bomb stop a hurricane? No, it’s a myth that has persisted for decades - from Politifact Florida

https://www.politifact.com/florida/article/2019/aug/26/can-nuclear-bomb-stop-hurricane-no-its-myth-has-pe/

How the U.S. Military Could Stop a Hurricane: Destroy it with a Nuclear Weapon? - National Interest

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-the-us-military-could-stop-hurricane-destroy-it-nuclear-22624

And an old favorite... Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them ? - NOAA

https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html

After an intensive investigation, Bomb Shelter Radio is now aware of a new plan to spare Florida from the ravag…
I'm currently waiting to see when my car will get out of the shop and was reminded of this train wreck :-)

As a reminder, Bomb Shelter Radio will be dark (aka No Broadcast) on July 25th, 2019. Our next broadcast will be on August 1st, 2019 at 8PM US/Eastern Time. I hope you will be able to join us then!

Cheers,
Illya

The current pulse of the country

Saw this today and it really scratched an itch I have been having about "Life in the USA" right now...
http://www.dorktower.com/2019/06/18/outrage-outage-dork-tower-18-06-19/

Cheers,
Illya


Gibberish

Friday July 18th, 1969 14:46 - Apollo 11 mission day 3 of 9 - 302,400 Kilometers from Earth, 3,807 km/h, Command Module docked with Lunar Module. 


I'm 67 years old. Every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past... even the grimy parts of it... keep on getting brighter. --