Oh, it was another pitching program. Yeah, they're annoying, but they're also absolutely necessary. And if you think they're annoying to hear on the air, think about how annoying it must be to actually have to do them!
I prattled on about how I may actually be retired now. I can't get the Social Security Web site to confirm that I'm retired now, but someone called and we talked. He tried to talk me into some crap, but I said I wasn't buying. We'll see what happens next, I suppose.
We talked about the latest LSB meeting, with all the usual contentions and one faction operative freaking out.
We talked about the bitcoin exchange site Mt. Gox collapsing. We talked about bitcoins themselves. Pickles of the North said she thinks that bitcoins are pretty sketchy. She's right. Mt. Gox wasn't the first bitcoin exchange to collapse, resulting in clients losing all or most of the bitcoins they'd accumulated. Maybe bitcoins would be most appropriately used to buy castles in the air.
We talked about the analysis that is showing that some very tiny zircon crystals found in Australia are about 4.4 billion years old, not much less older than the Earth itself. These crystals indicate that the Earth cooled off enough to develop a crust earlier than scientists had thought. This raises the question of whether or not life began around then. Of course had it started around then it would have been wiped out by one of the subsequent huge impacts that melted and rearranged the Earth's crust.
We did talk about that stupid bill that was passed in Arizona, Senate Bill 1062, which I'm glad to say was finally vetoed by the Governor of that state this week. That thing wasn't just anti-gay, it was anti Constitution! They called it the Religious Freedom Act, but in reality it would have been a violation of religious liberties. It would have allowed people to discriminate on the basis of their religious ideas, and that could start applying to more than gay people. Well, Arizona has some real troglodytes in its legislature.
We drew some parallels between the current crisis in the Ukraine and a certain dictator in the 1930s, who ratcheted back the oppression for the Olympics and then insisted on occupying a nearby nation-state on the pretense that some of his fellow ethnics were living there.
We did pitch and we raised some amount of dough. We'll probably find out how much next week. Thanks to all who pledged.
We talked about our electric bill. It's suddenly huge! The cost per kilowatt hour has sky rocketed over the past couple of months. Apparently the cost of the natural gas they use to generate the electricity is what's at the root of these crazy prices. We're paying almost twice as much as we were paying only two months ago.
Hey, I've got 23 followers on Twitter. Wowee!