A new word for today

“”Thirteen percent of U.S. adults are “semivegetarian,” meaning they eat meat with fewer than half of all their meals.” The Great Vegan Honey Debate I certainly qualify under this rule. I probably eat meat 2-10 times in a given week, but the idea that I’d qualify for any back-formed variant of vegetarian is astonishing. I’ve always thought of myself as firmly omnivorous. What’s even more astonishing in is that it is only 13% of the population that meet this standard. Add in the 3.2% that are actual vegetarians and you find that about 84% of Americans have meat at half their meals or more! I’m honestly having a hard time wrapping my mind around that. I mean, most people have vegetarian breakfasts (at least most days of the week) — right? People eat a lot of pizza, baked ziti, and other vegetarian pastas like those with pesto. Does fish count? It is hard to tell, but for the sake of American health I hope so. The idea of having pork, chicken, lamb, veal, and beef for 11 or more meals a week seems unbelievable.”

Snag-It tangling with Microsoft Word 2007

It seems that certain plug-ins and templates into Microsoft Office can cause Microsoft word to be unable to select text with the mouse and have it crash on exit. I’m grateful to the posting Annoying Word 2007 problem: can’t select text for helping me to understand and solve the problem. First disable the add-ons in word using regedit: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins Then change the value of the LoadBehavior key from 3 to 0 for each add-in. That should take care of the selection problem. Then to solve the crash on exit, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Data, rename this key to Old_Data. and Restart Word. The problem plug-ins and templates all appear to be from Snag-It, an otherwise excellent application for taking screen shots in windows. If you use that application, avoid installing the plug-in functionality.

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Update 2009, I don’t seem to have any of these problems since upgrading to version 9

Big Families

“I’ve mentioned the Duggar family and their 17 kids before (their 18th is due in January). It turns out that there is competition for the biggest family in North America. Canadians Alexandru and Livia Ionce just had their 18th child. I wonder what Alexandru does for a living and if the grown contribute to the family budget. It seems that Jim Bob Duggar is a motivational speaker on financial independence.”

What has Obama acomplished?

“”Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech. Richard Cohen at Obama the Unknown A president Obama would surely get a lot accomplished and rack up many achievements. But who wouldn’t, given the power and profile of the job? Given his legislative and personal record, it seems fair to worry how little he’ll achieve. And if I take him at face value on what he’ll do about NAFTA and taxes, I have to worry about how much he’ll archive. Looking at the current electoral estimates, it appears that I will have my curiosity satisfied.”