My Latest A-Salt Weapon

I ordered one these Bug-A-Salt “weapons” for use against insects around stately Hoge Manor. I’ve found mine to be very effective. Click on the image on the left to order one from Amazon.

The Bug-A-Salt shoots ordinary, non-toxic table salt accurately to a range of about 3 feet. No batteries are required. The sights pop up to indicate that it’s cocked and ready to fire.

Mmmmm … Coffee

I’ve had several questions asking which coffee maker I use. Based on a recommendation from Glenn Reynolds, I bought a relatively inexpensive Cuisinart model for use at stately Hoge Manor, and it has provided excellent service—and it makes good coffee. It’s available from Amazon.

There’s no Cyber Monday deal on it, but the price is right anyway.

Mmmmm … Popcorn

Here’s a special deal for today from Amazon. The Microwave Popcorn Popper by MrLifeHack is a BPA-free silicone popper that makes hot-air-popped popcorn in 2 minutes. Click on the image on the left to order one (or more) today.

CYBER MONDAY FLASH SALE COUPON: Save an EXTRA 20% off by using coupon code MRCYBR20 at checkout limited stock expires November 27th at 11:59 pm!

Hate and Defamation

The Southern Poverty Law Center has taken upon itself the role of defining what it is to be a “hate group” and to publicly identify such organizations. As best as I can tell, opposition to the SPLC extreme left-wing agenda will qualify a group for listing. Some otherwise responsible organizations have begun using the SPLC determination of hate group status to filter business decisions.

Amazon has a program called Amazon Smile which allows customers to designate 0.5 percent of the purchase price of qualified items as a donation to a charity registered with the Amazon Smile program. When the D. James Kennedy Ministries tried to register to receive donations, it was turned away because it has been designated as a “hate group” by the SPLC. More info here. The reason that ministry has been designated as a “hate group” is that it opposes same-sex marriage. That opposition is based on the ministry’s religious belief stemming from it’s interpretation of the Bible. The ministry claims that it teaches love, even for one’s enemies, and not hate.

The ministry is suing the SPLC and another organization that collects and reports information on charities called GuideStar for defamation. It is also suing Amazon and Amazon Smile under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 under the theory that it has been blocked from the benefit of a public accommodation based on religion. The suit claims that Amazon’s business of providing entertainment such as movies online qualifies the company as a public accommodation just like a brick-and-mortar theater.

This could get interesting.

UPDATE—Corrected the name of the SPLC in the first sentence. I HATE autocorrupt!

SJWs Always Lie

Vox Day SJWsSocial Justice Warriors have plagued mankind for more than 150 years, but only in the last 30 years has their ideology become dominant in the West. Having invaded one institution of the cultural high ground after another, from corporations and churches to video games and government, there is nowhere that remains entirely free of their intolerant thought and speech policing. Vox Day’s new book about SJWs is available from Amazon for $4.99 on Kindle.

You can download the Kindle app for free for your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Or you can buy a Kindle for only $79.

It’s Prime Day!

Amazon is holding a big online sale today.happyprimedayYou must be a member of Amazon Prime to get the deals. Amazon Prime offers special benefits for just $99 per year:
• Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
• Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists
• Borrow Kindle books
• Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

To sign up for a free 30-day trial, click here. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, please consider doing your shopping via the link on the Home page.

Music for Mother’s Day

R-S201BLMrs. Hoge is remodeling her landscape design studio, and I figured it was time to replace the 20+ year old Radio Shack receiver she was using for an office radio.  I bought her a Yamaha R-S201BL from Amazon. The tuner section is amazingly sensitive, clearly pulling in DC and Baltimore FM stations that are noisy on our other radios. The old receiver delivers a whopping 5 W per channel. The new Yamaha provides a very clean 100 W per channel.

Dealing with Butthurt

It has come to my attention that there are some folks out there on the Interwebz who are upset by some of the posts and comments on this blog. While Hogewash! isn’t in the business of giving offense for offense’s sake, I do understand that not everyone likes the way this blog covers certain topics.

In an effort to help such people deal with their issues, I’ve included this handy link to Amazon which may help soothe their pain.PreparationH96ct

On Authorship

Bill Schmalfeldt is very impressed with the fact that he has self-published several books that languish near the bottom of Amazon’s charts.


donkey_consThe Cabin Boy wonders whether or not Stacy McCain has written a book. He has, and you can click here to buy it from Amazon. BTW, his snarky question shows how feeble the Cabin Boy’s research skills are; it took less than 30 seconds to find Stacy’s book on Amazon.

Schmalfeldt also wonders if I have published a book. No, I haven’t, at least not an unclassified or otherwise unrestricted one, but I actually have a couple in the works now that I’m retired. I’m expanding the essays that you can read under the Science & the Bible tab above with the intention of publishing the larger work as a book. I’m working on an engineering text as well. I also have a body of technical papers published in refereed journals and popular magazine articles that dates from the early 70’s.

Big deal.

UPDATE—I’ve been asked about stuff that I’ve written that isn’t publicly available. I’ve done a lot of work as a government contractor. Much of what NASA does has so-called dual use for civilian and military purposes, so it is covered by the International Trade in Arms Regulations. Also, there’s a piece of equipment I helped design on display at the National Cryptologic Museum at Ft. Meade.

The Acme Catalog

the-acme-catalogFrom the purveyors of “legal” advice to Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfledt—iron birdseed, anvils, fake holes, and more—for years The ACME Company has been the sole purveyor of the fine products used by Looney Tunes characters. Chronicle Books is proud to present an exclusive catalog featuring ACME’s must-have, best-selling line of items, each guaranteed to promote a happy* life provided that they are used properly.** Including ACME classics and entirely new and untested items, the ACME Catalog showcases 100 products untarnished by government regulations. There’s something here for everyone. An extruder that doubles as a pasta maker for Grandma. A roof-mounted catapult for Dad. And what about a little jet-powered pogo stick for yourself? Each item is matched with a thorough product description, the price, and the shipping cost. As always, the ACME Company brings corporate identity sans responsibility to everything sold with its label. Please note that the ACME Company has no retail outlets or web site. In other words, this catalog is the only way for consumers to access this highly sought-after ACME line.

*”Happy” being relative to the level of one’s acceptance of fate.
**Liability is limited to the competence of the user.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Click here to order from Amazon.

marvin_acmeUPDATE—Marvin Acme wore bow ties.

Shameless Commerce

HSRWTJust because I’ve retired from full-time work doesn’t mean that I’m not still doing consulting. If you happen to need someone to design high-performance analog electronics, RF gear (up to 2 GHz), or a loudspeaker system or need help with room acoustical design, I’m available. Click on the link on the Home page for more information.

While your on the Home page, feel free to hit my Tip Jar or to shop via the Amazon link.