Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Some times, with age, folks tend to speak of things past and find humor in things no one now has no frame of reference.

Like the doctor asking me where and when I was born. I told him I was a Grapes of Rath kid, and two of the nurses, and the doctor, said: “Say what?”

So I had to explain that the reference was to a book written by Steinbeck and was about the depression.

All four of the medical personnel backed off and treated me differently. To bring a semi-balance of friendly atmosphere in the room, I said, “Well. I’ll give you one for one. You have no concept of the depression. So. I saw my first iPad this morning.”

In the spirit of sharing new knowledge, then, and perhaps in forgiveness of people not knowing who Steinbeck was, I’ll post this:

Couple sues over internet glitch at Kansas farmhouse

POTWIN, Kan. (AP) — A couple who rented a Kansas farmhouse is suing a company over an internet glitch that brought them numerous legal problems.

The glitch put the coordinates for the center of the U.S. in the front yard of James and Theresa Arnold near Potwin. The farmhouse became the default location for any website owner that didn’t have a specific IP address.

The Arnolds allege in a lawsuit filed Monday that glitch meant more than 600 million IP addresses became associated with the farmhouse. That led to them being accused over the years of internet-based crimes such as computer fraud and tax fraud, as well as making pornographic films.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2aYXcOm ) the couple is suing MaxMind, which they say is responsible.

I had some idea that the center of population was around here somewhere, but none that a computer was responsible for bogus addresses of so many.

A clash of cultures, for certain.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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