The Problem of Trump is Not a Problem of Politics

This Huffpost article states things very well. I haven’t unfriended many of my trump loving friends and family (although there have been a few). Some who post about him actually try to talk substance, as difficult as that may be, and I try to understand those alternate perspectives.

However, this is not about politics. It’s not about policy. It’s about humanity, decency, morality. So, please understand that whenever I see someone I know supports him, I now see you through this lens whenever we interact. Just as I question the decency and humanity of our president-elect, I ask the same questions of all who would support him, regardless of your supposed justification.

For me, the new year marks the beginning of 4 years of great uncertainty in the history of our nation (and the world). So <raises glass> here’s hoping we can get through this next little while without that knucklehead breaking anything before we can right this ship of fools.

Link to article written by Jennifer Sullivan over at Huffington Post:

I Didn’t Unfriend You Over ‘Politics’

Godless, by Dan Barker – a quick review

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists

This was a really good book.  I really enjoyed the beginning,  when he talked about his upbringing and how he became a preacher and then the process of shedding all that baggage.

The end was good.  He talked about life without religion.  How it’s possible to be good without a god,  and how you can be happy and successful without religious dogma,  and he even recounted a traumatic time in his life when he was able to find the support he needed without falling prey to a predatory belief system.

The middle dragged on a bit.  He spent a lot of time talking about this theory or that and how not only are they wrong,  but they’re often even internally inconsistent with each other.  If you’re the kind of person who aspires to be a biblical scholar,  or you intend to debate theists on the nuts and bolts of the Bible,  this will be right up your alley.  I decided I just don’t care enough about the utter crap we’re expected to believe.  I have no desire to immerse myself in something from which I have absolutely nothing to gain.

Windows 10 Preview – Installing

I was given access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. I’m very interested to see where Microsoft is going next, so I wanted to check it out.

I’m not bold (stupid) enough to attempt to install on my work computer, not to mention my boss would not be very happy with me, but my personal computer is a Macbook Pro. I decided to install it on the Mac.That’s been a bit of work.

I set up bootcamp (Dual Boot) and first had to install Windows 7 on a dedicated partition. Once I had that installed, I hoped I would be able to jump right to the Windows 10 Preview rather than running through all the Windows 7 updates. However, the preview requires Windows 7 SP1, so I had to go at least that far. I ran through the updates until SP1 was installed and tried again, but it still wouldn’t install. I found that Windows 7 needed to be fully patched. I spent the entire day installing Windows 7 and all the cumulative updates.

This morning, it finally allowed me to install Windows 10. The process wasn’t as clear as I expected. When i clicked the link, it went through a ‘preparing’ phase that took a few minutes and then said ‘reboot to continue.’ I did that, but after reboot, nothing happened. I realized I had to use Windows Update to access the update.

Once the update was available and I clicked to install, it said download size was about 2.5GB, but it only took about 20 seconds to download (maybe it preloaded?). It then said ‘Installing’ and 0% for a few minutes before switching back to ‘downloading.’ Now it’s downloading again and the numbers look more appropriate.

More to come as the install progresses.

This thing needs some dusting off

I haven’t done anything out here in a while. In fact, the last post was in April, 2011. Facebook, Twitter and the other social networks have changed the blogging landscape, and, in addition to life taking away the time I would have spent out here, I’ve spent more time consuming media than producing it.
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By Kevin Arth Posted in Misc

Who knew buying clothes could be so hard

I went out a week or so ago to buy some new stuff because nothing fits me anymore. Taylor and I hit a few stores, but, strangely, nobody sells the pants size I need. I’ve gone from a 38 inch waist with 34″ inseam to 33. Strangely, when the waist goes down, the inseam goes up. I now need a 36 inseam and that’s not generally available, except as special order.

Here’s the sad thing about this. Setting aside the pain in the butt that I now have to special order my pants, this is a reflection of our American society that, as I approach what the medical community would consider healthy measurements, it becomes more and more difficult to buy clothing because manufacturers are throwing their resources at making clothing for the ‘average’ (i.e. overweight) customer.

I, for one, am happy to special order my clothing for a change!

More out of shape than I thought

Since December, I’ve gotten my 3 mile run time down from 35 minutes to 23 and change. This was all treadmill work, so I knew there’d be an adjustment period when I transitioned to outdoors running. I could not have been more right. Between my leg injury and my transition to running outside, I’ve lost about 3 minutes and I’ve been really sore for the past week, but it feels great to be outside making real progress, and aside from the sore muscles, my legs feel as good as ever. I also continue to lose weight. I’ve lost 21 pounds since December 21st and as painful as these new outdoor runs have been this past week, I have no doubt there’s more to come. 

Here’s something I was thinking about the other day. Given the performance gains I’ve enjoyed these past 3 months, I can’t help wondering where I could be if I had never stopped running in 1992. Really too late to worry too much about that, but I can’t help but be curious about it…

I’m excited about summer. I might actually be able to buy a swimsuit that looks good on me. Guess we’ll see. I’ve already had to buy all new clothes. As expensive as that can be (it’s ongoing due to cost constraints), it’s actually an exciting place to be.