Category Archives: randomthoughts

Firefox hangs after Mac OS update

I recently updated my 2010 MacBook Pro all the way from Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9.1.

Today, I updated Mavericks to 10.9.2 in order to fix the nasty Mac OS X SSL vulnerability.  Sadly, after the update, when I tried to start Firefox, it would hang.  I tried repeatedly, but I would get no window, no error, just a Firefox main menu with no File, Edit or other menus.

I did a lot of research but could find nothing that explained precisely this behavior.

I tried installing a second copy of Firefox.  I tried deleting my original installation.  I tried turning off my firewall.  I tried deleting my profiles.  I went through all kinds of machinations, but nothing worked.  No matter how clean a start I seemed to give it, Firefox would (a) hang, and (b) fail to quit.  I had to Force Quit every time.

Well, here’s the “funny” part of the story.  After all that, I somehow ended up swiping to a second desktop on my Mac (by scrolling to the right with three fingers).  And what was there?  Firefox.

Coming from Snow Leopard, I’m a little fuzzy on exactly why, how, and when Desktops come into being and how apps get allocated to them.  But, for whatever reason, Firefox acted for all the world as if it was hung, while it was actually just running on a different Desktop.


Win or Lose, We’ve Already Lost

I hope and pray with all my heart and soul that Obama is soundly, decisively, unequivocally rejected today


English: President Obama just about to deliver...

Behold, the emperor has no clothes. And the fools who admire his invisible raiments are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.


by the people of this once great nation.


But, win or lose, we’re a nation in deep, deep trouble. The fact that this socialist celebrity who desires a weaker America ever got elected, combined with the fact that his four-year term of destruction has not resulted in his leaving office in shame, tells me that this country is not what it once was.  Nixon was driven from office for far less than what Obama is hailed for (his sleazy, sleazy shenanigans in passing Obamacare) or gets away with (his deadly bungling and subsequent Benghazi cover-up).


How on Earth can this election actually be too close to call?! The United States of America in which I grew up, the country that I know and love, respect and honor, would never have elected this sham president with his hollow, meaningless promises of hope and change.  (And his adorers claim that Romney is not specific!)


And, certainly, after four years of his sleazy politics, lies, cover-ups, and destructive policies, the country that I know as the United States of America would never consider reelecting this anti-Capitalism, anti-America wolf in sheep’s clothing.


We have a long road to restoring this country to its greatness, considering that it seems half the country doesn’t even get it anymore. If Romney wins, we have to hope that we can deprogram the Obama supporters and teach them the joys of pride, honor, self-respect, and self-reliance. If Obama wins, I fear all is lost.


As for the Liberal media and the so-called journalists who have covered up all that they actually know and have failed to investigate all that they don’t know about this cult of personality, you are complicit.  It seems that you can fool half the people all the time with the help of an adoring media, and that may just be enough to topple the union.  A plague on all your houses.

The only bit of schadenfreude will come from watching the 99% wonder what happened when they find that all the producers have moved on to friendlier climes. I guess then it will be the 98-percenters against the remaining 1%. And then the 97-percenters… Until there’s nothing left but takers.  And who will they take from then?  “Tax the rich, feed the poor, ’til there are no rich no more.”


I mourn for Truth and Honor.  I feel for our Founding Fathers, for the Patriots who fought and died for this nation, and for my kids.


Take a spin around the Solar System

First, a Steven Wright joke:

The Solar System at the moment of my birth

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The sign said “Breakfast anytime,” so I ordered French Toast during the Revolution.

What does that have to do with this?  Well, if you want to see what the Solar System looked like on the day you were born, or if you’d like to make sure that the world doesn’t actually end in 2012 (at least in simulation), you can take a very attractive peek at


Over-ambitious machines suck

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I was just polishing up a four-paragraph reply to a post that so desperately needed to be set straight, and I was getting the job done.  It was full of the typical wit, wordsmithing, and some other word starting with “w” that is the hallmark of my way with words.

But now it is gone.  The ignoramus poster will never be set straight.  You will never get to read a fine dressing down.  I will never enjoy the many accolades commensurate with such a reply to a comment to a post.  My blog will never have that backlink back.  My comment was struck down before it ever got uploaded.  All because of Yahoo!‘s (air-quotes here) helpful auto-refresh on their news pages.  One minute I was typing.  The next I got a fresh new copy of the same damn story, sans my text box, my text, and my time.

Thanks for your help, Yahoo!! <– one exclamation point for them, and one for me

To Remove a Toilet Seat Cover First Pull Up Th...

In the visitor’s men’s room of the Progress Software headquarters at 14 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, there is an overachieving autoflushing toilet in the stall closest to the waterless urinal that is responsible for far more than its fair share of fresh water and protective toilet seat covers.  This toilet eats them like crinkly doughnuts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned to sit down just as the toilet gulps the sheet that I had just put down not three seconds before.  “Not this time, you gluttonous bastard!” I think to myself, as I ride out the splashy tsunami while holding the next seat cover in place.  “You can have it when I’m done with it!”  And then, a quick shower as I tuck my shirt in and one more quick rinse while buckling my belt.

Thanks for your help, hyper-sensitive toilet!! <– Both of these are for me

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10/10/10 == 42!

Tomorrow has got to be a profoundly important day!  The date 10/10/10 only occurs once per century.  And not since 10/10/1010 has there been a date cooler than 10/10/2010.  Regrettably, they probably weren’t even impressed by it 1000 years ago.

But even more significant, 101010 in binary is 42 in decimal.  And that, I’m sure you realize, is the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything!!!

Have a meaningful day!  (I’ll be doing my taxes.  Ugh!)