Gee, I wonder what this button does? (#Blogathon)

If you’re not sure what a button does sometimes you’re better off just leaving it a mystery:

The Boeing 767-300 was undergoing a heavy maintenance check at the company’s Alliance Airport hangar, when the nose gear suddenly folded up, as it would if the plane was in the air.

[…] At the time, mechanics were running the aircraft through a series of functional tests, according to Tim Wagner, a spokesman for the airline.

Amazingly, no workers were injured when the gear collapsed. During ground tests, mechanics often sit in the cockpit or stand near the belly of the plane.

I’m sure it’s a mistake any under-trained airline technician could make.

Oops. Jerry Lewis offends gays during his most recent telethon.

Poor Jerry. Comedy is hard at the best of times, but it can’t be easy when you’re 81 years-old and in the 18th hour of a 24 hour telethon. I suppose that’s why I’m willing to cut him a little slack for the slip up he had during the most recent ‘thon:

The 81-year-old showman — prowling about the stage during the live telecast Monday in Las Vegas — was goofing around and dodging his cameraman, then went into a ramble about imaginary family members.

“Oh, your family has come to see you,” he said, speaking to the camera and gesturing toward thin air.

“You remember Bart, your older son,” he said, and motioning toward another unseen character, “Jesse, the illiterate f——-.

“No,” Lewis said, quickly stopping himself before continuing.

The folks at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation were, understandably, annoyed and released a statement condemning the reference. To his credit Lewis isn’t making excuses and has offered an apology:

In a statement Tuesday, Lewis said he was making “a joking comment to a member of my production team.”

“I apologize to anyone who was offended,” he went on. “Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard. In the family atmosphere of the telethon, I forget that not everyone knows me that well.

“That something like this would distract from the true purpose of the telethon pains me deeply. … I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses,” he said.

I’m not a big fan of Jerry Lewis and I have no idea how much good his telethon does for his “kids”, but it seems to be popular with some segment of the population and it’s impressive the man is still giving it his all at this late stage of his life. Personally I think we should let this one slide. Considering the crap that comes out of some Republican Senator’s mouths about gays, Jerry’s slip of the tongue is hardly worth getting too upset about.

Four years of email wiped out in a moment of forgetfullness.

It’s amazing how even a computer veteran such as myself can sometimes absentmindedly wipe out data he’s had forever. I thought I had made a backup when I restaged my system to Vista as I had managed to backup everything else, but when I went to access something from the archived files I found it wasn’t there. I’ve only got the mail I’ve received since I made the move to Vista and enough days have passed that any hope of recovering the files is long past. Dammit.

Oh well, the archives were getting pretty huge anyway and I wasn’t looking forward to sorting through it. I’m sure I’ve lost a couple of important things, but nothing I can’t live without. At least I still have everything sent to me through Gmail.