Rated BLG

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Because of the snow over much of the US yesterday, I received several visits to my How to Drive in Ice and Snow posting from people doing Google searches on How to drive in the snow.

I gather that the fact my tongue was planted firmly in cheek while writing this post wasn’t completely apparent, because a reader left the following comment:

I was driving and certainly I was on top of that black ice you can’t see. Car started to spin and when I open my eyes my car was stopped by two others cars inside an auto shop. Nice try to tell people what to do in a snow storm. If a driver is not experience in driving in hazard conditions not tell them what to do. You know how teenagers are and they will go out there and practice what you guys are telling people to do. Be a little more responsible when posting things that young people could read.

That got me to thinking that a lot of my posts could influence young people to act in a contrary manner. For instance, there’s probably a teenager out there right now telling their Dad not to vote for George Bush. Ever. And there might be a teen girl who doesn’t blush and giggle because a group of boys whistle at her as she walks past.

My own irresponsibility shames me.

What we need is a weblog posting rating system — just like the ones the movie, music, and computer game industry use. You know, the ones that attach a Mature rating to a computer game about stealing cars and killing people, which parents then ignore because Joe Jr. keeps nagging them about it?

So here’s my proposed rating system. Please feel free to extend the list as you see fit:

G – Highly innocuous content unlikely to offend — or inspire — anyone

PG – Some independent thought could result from this posting, use caution

R – Post includes coverage of violent topics, such as war

ISM – Post uses language that some readers might find offensive or lacking in humor

TECH – Post contains technical material that may not be suitable for young children and people who go “Gah! Not Again!” when they see acronyms such as: RSS, RDF, XML, XHTML, and CSS.

WAR – Post is about the War on Terror. May not be suitable for those with a low burning point and a heart condition

ME – Post is about me and may not be of interest to people who aren’t interested in me

INTL – Post contains a lot of big words and covers a lot of really intellectual stuff that might cause real pain to some people.

CAT – Post contains some reference to cats. Use ~Cat when referencing dogs or kids

BLG – Post is about blogging, and my not be of interest to people who don’t like to read about blogging

SEX – Post contains material related to sex. Additional ratings associated with SEX are: SEX-R — risque; SEX-M — really risque; SEX-XX — Suzy down on the farm stuff

WTF – Used to gently remind the reader that not everything they read on the web is real


Fire and Ice

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

One unusual quality to weblogging is reading about summer fires one day, and major ice storms the next.

I must check my map before calling out greetings to friends, such as “Stay cool” to Jonathon and Victor; and “Stay warm” to RyanSharon, and Jeneane.

As for me? I exist in a perfect state of being at this one moment, for which I feel no guilt; but can scrape together enough empathy to wish my friends coolness. Uh, warmness. Wait. Wait! Coolness. No, no. That’s not right. It’s warmness…

“Do not seek for warm fire under cold ice” – Samuel Rutherford

Update: I had forgotten that Mark Pilgrim also lives in the Carolinas. To my surprise, Sam also was hit with the ice storm (for some reason, I thought Sam lived in the West Coast — my powers of observation must suck). Joe Gregorio is also in N. Carolina. So my warmest thoughts go out to them, too.

I lived on Grand Isle in the middle of Lake Champlain in Vermont during the Ice Storm of ’98. We were without power for close to four days, which was a real problem because we had an electric pump system for water. No water, no flush toilet. Believe me, there are worse things than not having heat. Just after the storm, the only movement on the island was National Guard helicopters, called in by the governor. That, in itself, was a bit spooky. We felt as if we were in a war zone.

Most of the trees in our area were decimated in that storm. But oh, that ice was beautiful. Deadly, but beautiful.

I feel for all those caught in yet another “storm of the century” ice storm.


O’Doul’s takes Australia

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I had books to ship out to friends and family and took them to the local mail service shop. As the counter person was typing in the shipping information, I asked about several boxes next to the counter, all with Australian addresses.

It would seem that an American living in Australia missed O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer so much, he had his sister ship him 13 cases of it.

Cost? $600.00 for the beer, and $1300.00 for the shipping. That’s US dollars.

All I can say is that the man must love O’Doul’s.