Author: haiku

Speaks little and then only in tech haikus

Haiku’s Saturday

1. Poppies

2. Haiku notices some real shortages:

https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/06/1133209/the-disappearing-american-grad-student

https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/11/06/1441223/a-global-shortage-of-magnetic-tape-leaves-cassette-fans-reeling

3.  The obvious question – do they ever learn?

The University of Missouri, where I teach and which I dearly love, is in crisis. Freshman enrollment at the university’s Columbia campus (Mizzou) is down by a whopping 35% from two years ago. Missouri’s governor and legislature slashed Mizzou’s state appropriation by $22 million this year.

Administrators have responded by cutting Mizzou’s operating budget by 12% and laying off 307 employees (474 across the entire University of Missouri system). They’ve also closed seven dormitories to students, instead renting out the rooms for football games and special events like the recent solar eclipse.

Suffice it to say, morale on campus is low.

The primary culprit, of course, is Mizzou’s reaction to the student protests of 2015.

https://oberlinreview.org/14052/news/enrollment-drop-creates-financial-shortfall/

4. Aurora:

The reason this thought even occurs is thanks to a confluence of little things.

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Sage advice

Maxine via Gordon:

Everyone concentrates on the problems we’re having in America lately
— illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida…

…not me, I concentrate on solutions for the problems, it’s a win-win situation.

* Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
* Send the dirt to Florida and Texas to raise the level of the levees.
* Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today? Yes!

Think about this:More here ...

Edinburgh Tattoo 2017

Worth watching as always, especially the stunning performances by Leading Private Michiko Matsunaga.

The BBC broadcast is the best, but if not here is Ms Matsunaga:

Japanese Military Band, with “Annie Laurie” (5’20” mark):

Finale, with Hallelujah (8’00” mark):

BTW where do they grow the so-called “photographers” ? They should be shot – as part of the show, perhaps ?… More here ...

Touched by an angel?

Courtesy Gordon (motoring journalist):

I had one just before 06:00 today. It was still dark and I was out driving the MX-5 RF (Miata) with the lights on high beam and automatic dipping. Just into the second to last bend before Nottingham Road, on the Midlands Meander route, and almost at the Bierfassl, I saw headlights and emergency flashers of a truck in the opposite lane.

No need to panic, I thought, but then I noticed that it was completely dark on my side of the road. No lights on in ye olde country inn.

Little voice said BRAKE (in big block capitals just like that). So I did, quite hard and with a touch of left-hand Body English just in case.

A split second later, the auto highbeams kicked in to reveal a mechanical horse and two articulated trailers; one completely across my lane and the second still exiting the driveway of the hotel.… More here ...