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Punditry


Aren't pundits interesting people? Well, they don't always interest this person! I have heard some really whacky analysis from some pundits in my lifetime. First off, what is a pundit? According to dictionary.com... Pundit: 1. a learned person, expert, or authority. 2. a person who makes comments or judgments, esp. in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator. (I can't tell from the two definitions if they are they are mutually exclusive or complementary - is a pundit an expert, or does he only make comments?) The word pundit comes from a Hindi (Sanskrit) word pandita: a man esteemed for his wisdom or learning; a title of respect.

I like the word pundit itself because it contains the word pun. Again I appeal to dictionary.com... Pun: 1. the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words. 2. the word or phrase used in this way.

As much as I like puns, though, I don't always like what pundits say. They can draw some of the wildest conclusions from a set of facts or events, suggesting a different meaning, much like a punster does, only it doesn't always bring laughter. Their conclusions sometimes leave me scratching my head or talking back to the radio or TV. (Just ask my wife....)

Here in the upstate of South Carolina we've broken some records this week for cold temperatures and are experiencing a bit of "Indian Winter" - a term I use based on the term "Indian Summer" to describe having a bit of winter in the middle of the fall, rather than a bit of summer in the middle of the fall. This has to drive the global warming crowd as crazy as having to postpone a global warming conference because of snow this past spring - read the story here.

I ran across a map recently from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a federal agency. It shows temperature trends from January through October of this year in the continental USA. Below is that map:

map of temperature trends

As I looked at it, I thought of the map I'd seen of the county by county election results in the 2008 presidential election. Below is that map:

map of 2008 presidential results

Would I be going out on a limb as an amateur pundit to say that it appears that Obama voters may be causing global warming? I appeal to the collective wisdom of my readers to make their own comments about either or both of the maps. What conclusions do some of you pundits draw from what you see? Feel free to be as whacked out as professional pundits would be. Have you heard some punditry lately that you think is whacked out?

quotation...

"Claiming to be wise, they became fools." Romans 1:22

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Rob

OK, who put a "stop payment" on my reality check?


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Computer Woes


Recently I came upon some pictures that would make any electrician cringe.

tangle of wires

more tangles

such technology

Those pictures are scenes from India. It's where you probably end up calling when you have a technical problem with your computer!

Here's a story I heard recently about someone fortunate enough to have local tech support:

SUPPORT: Hello, this is Tech Support. How can I help you?

COMPUTER USER: Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noise at me so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on it started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing.

SUPPORT: I'll have a technician come over first thing this morning, just leave the computer just like it is, so he can find the problem and fix it, or change it out with another computer. Give me your address and phone number. The technician will be there just as soon as he can.

When the technician got there, the woman showed him where the computer was and repeated what had happened to it. This is what the technician found wrong. Take a look at the pictures... you won't believe your eyes!!! !!

strange computer problem

quite a cable

snakes are for plumbing

YIKES!

And you thought you had computer problems!

The technician told her: It must have been after the mouse!

The woman didn't think that was funny at all.

divider

Since my summer job is being a PC tech on campus, I find myself hoping I never have to face something like that!

The other day a fellow tech sent me a cartoon that made me laugh out loud. When duty calls, one must answer that call....

Imagine ... someone being wrong on the Internet

quotation...

"I serve a living God, and He can get a hold of me any time He wants to." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing.


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