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Jeremy R. Gilby

June 13, 2015

State of the Geek (2015)

From the "Jeremy-Gilby-dot-XLI" Department

Google was kind enough to inform me that it is someone’s birthday, so I guess I should write another one of this missives which no one reads.

And now, for entirely unimportant reasons, I would like to give my 41th annual State of the Geek address.

The occasion for this address is the fact that the Earth is in a specific position in its yearly orbit of the sun.
Today, the Olsen Twins celebrate their 29th Birthday.
Kat Dennings also turns 29.
Tim Allen turns 62.
Also, Malcolm McDowell turns 72.

May 13, 2015

WordPress 4.2.2

Filed under: Administrivia,Geek-Fu,Mindless Banter @ 10:47:03 PM Tags:
From the "Four-point-two-point-two" Department

After much urging from the developers at WordPress, (2 emails sent to my domain name) I finally decided to upgrade my self-installation.

You may remember my last update was Version 3.8.3, and I was starting to get about a dozen spam comments a day (up from two or three a week). So it was probably time for an upgrade.

In my old age, I’m hesitant, now, to update/upgrade to the latest version, because while new features are neat, I find functionality falls away to user-friendliness. And this compounds version over version.

April 21, 2015

A Case for Introverts

Filed under: Personal,Pontifications,Rants @ 9:37:53 PM
From the "Don't-let-the-World-change-who-you-are; Change-the-World" Department

I’ve talked about my introversion before, and my angst about living in an extrovert world. (I’ve also talked about being tall person, and living in a short person’s world. The parallels are fascinating).

In my unfrequent perusal of Twitter, one of the web authors I follow is Katherine Timpf, a rather snarky analyzer on things feminism.

She published the following article on NRO:

People Now Whining that Extroverts Have ‘Social Privilege’

It is criticism of another article on **shudder** EveryDayFeminism-dot-com:
6 Examples of How Extroverts Benefit From Their Social Privilege

You might be surprised to note, I do not agree with the original author’s analysis.

March 22, 2015

Jane Austin’s Punch of Persuasion

Filed under: Local @ 11:04:02 PM Tags: ,
From the "Works-better-than-Pride-or-Prejudice -or- Jane-Austin's-Punch-in-the-Face" Department

Another occasion arrived and the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Vicinity celebrated another birthday in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com circle of friends.

This time was “Bear” @BearIsAPerson.

The organizer of the party (The-Not-So-Nameless-Not-So-County-Employee) approached me earlier to solicit a punch, and I was glad to accept. The only clue I got for the event, was “gin”.

So Jeremy’s Test Bar went to work.

February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy :: March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

Filed under: Laments,TV @ 10:06:41 PM
From the "I-am-and-forever-shall-be-your-friend" Department

Star Trek was and is a large part of my life. It has been hard to see the cast of the Original Series depart, more so for Leonard Nimoy.

February 1, 2015

SuperBowl IL (XLIX)

Filed under: Football @ 9:33:31 PM
From the "Settle-it-the-Usual-Way" Department

I knew going into the 49th Superbowl I really didn’t have a horse in the race.

I had equal reasons to like Seattle and to dislike them.

  • Best Defense
  • NFC Champion
  • No known issues with rogue PSI
  • vs

  • Pete Carrol is probably my least liked coach in the NFL
  • Marshawn Lynch, while a great athlete, was being quite the jerk
  • Richard Sherman

I was also curious to see what a Brady/Belichick style offense could do that the Broncos Manning-Style offense could not.

In the end, I found myself cheering for whomever was losing at that moment. I would be cheering for the Seahawks, then the Patriots, then in the end cheering for the Seahawks again.

Overall, the defense won the game. However, this time, it was New England’s Defense that had the final say.

January 31, 2015

A Tribute to Old Bay

Filed under: Personal,Pontifications @ 7:14:58 PM
From the "I-See-Food-Then-I-Eat-it" Department

Its rare when I can stumble on an old tradition which I’ve enjoyed most of my life, but never really appreciated it until some random moment.

So there I was, grilling a chicken breast and looking through my spice cabinet I came across my trusty can of Old Bay Seasoning.

I’ve always had an affinity to Old Bay. I can trace it back to my youth. So while I was enjoying my tasty protein, expertly seasoned, I thought, I should use this downtime and look up the history of one of my favorite seasonings.

Revisit the Past »

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