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  1. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy 4 days ago

    Doing the right thing out of fear of consequences is a good start. And the consequences of doing the wrong thing are as natural and inevitable as gravity. When God intervenes, it is to mitigate the damage (which sometimes means removing a lot of people from this earth).

  2. Stuart Gathman commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    Imagine that a sizable minority of Lunarians belonged to a cult with a deep religious commitment to kill or enslave all Earthlings, so that Lunarians can rule the earth. You can’t tell just by looking which Lunarians belong to this cult. That is closer to today’s dilemma.

  3. Stuart Gathman commented on Annie 14 days ago

    We had some young hoodlum’s bashing all the mailboxes on the street with a 2×4 from their car on a regular basis. Our neighbor got heavy steel pipe, sunk it 4 feet into a concrete anchor, and filled it with concrete, and painted it brown. The next time, the line of broken mailboxes stopped with his. The steel pipe had some wood splinters on it. That little bad habit of some youngster stopped as well.

  4. Stuart Gathman commented on Gasoline Alley 14 days ago

    I’ve seen a blue tooth jukebox. You pays your $.25 to be able to connect your device and supply the next few minutes of programming.

    It was homemade (real ‘50s juke box with some modern electronics jimmied in) – I’m not sure if the labels would like the arrangement.

  5. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy 20 days ago

    All of my kids taught themselves to read, and I did also. The alphabet is not at all needed to learn to read. However, the alphabet is useful also.

    if asked to list all the letters, you probably couldn’t do it quickly without knowing the alphabet. You spend 20 minutes thinking of stuff you’d read and trying to remember which letters you hadn’t already listed.

    Having a canonical order of letters makes alphabetizing and dictionaries possible.

  6. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy 21 days ago

    Wait, that was “One city, invisible, …” It’s been a while.

  7. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy 21 days ago

    During the pledge of allegiance, some kids were heard to recite an alternate version:
    I pledge allegiance to the city of Los Angeles,
    and to the smog under which it stands.
    One city, under smog, with teardrops and coughdrops for all.

  8. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy 21 days ago

    At my school, they used to sing:

    “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school,
    we have tortured every teacher,
    we have broken every rule,
    We even told the principal that he’s a big fat fool,
    as we go marching on!

    But despite being nearly 50 years ago, the teachers did not like that song, and hushed kids who sang it.

  9. Stuart Gathman commented on B.C. 24 days ago


  10. Stuart Gathman commented on One Big Happy about 1 month ago

    Make sure the oil is hot before adding the corn. Add 3 kernels and wait for them to pop to be sure. 3 T oil per ½ cup popcorn.