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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of February 2, 2020 0





Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020
Perspicacity – adj. – quick understanding, acuteness, perceptiveness
February 3, 2020
Risible – adj. – laughable, ludicrous
February 4, 2020
Visage – n. – look, appearance, aspect
February 5, 2020
Temporize – v. – put it off, delay, procrastinate
February 6, 2020
Rhetorical – n. – concerned soley with style, with effect
February 7, 2020
Pique – n. – resentment, hurt pride, offense
February 8, 2020
Ingratiate – v. – flatter, curry favor with, be servilly friendly to


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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of November 10, 2019 0





Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of November 10, 2019

November 10, 2019
Animosity- n. – ill will, hostility, enmity
November 11, 2019
Opulent – n. – luxurious, sleek, affluent
November 12, 2019
Recondite – n. – complicated, difficult to grasp, abstruse
November 13, 2019
Voluble – n. – talkative, glib, loquacious
November 14, 2019
Turbid – n. – muddy, cloudy
November 15, 2019
Uxorious – n. – fond of his wife, demonstrative towards his wife, doting on his wife
November 16, 2019
Succulent – n. – juicy, pleasant, delicious


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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of August 25, 2019 0





Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019
Aplomb – n. – assurance, poise, nonchalance
August 26, 2019
Deduce – n. – assume, infer, conclude by logical inference
August 27, 2019
Supercilious – n. – snobbish, vain, pompous
August 28, 2019
Pugacious – n. – quarrelsome, belligerent, combative
August 29, 2019
Staid – n. – correct, sober, decorous
August 30, 2019
Repertoire – n. – inventory, list of pieces to be performed
August 31, 2019
Scintillate – n. – twinkled, sparkled, shown tremulously


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Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of August 25, 2019 0





Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of August 25, 2019
August 25, 2019
Victory belongs to the persevering.
August 26, 2019
As you dream, so shall you become.
August 27, 2019
Always be willing to pursue what you want to possess.
August 28, 2019
The truly mighty have mastered themselves.
August 29, 2019
If you refuse to risk anything, then you risk even more.
August 30, 2019
Strength grows out of weakness.
August 31, 2019
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.


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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of April 14, 2019 0





Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019
Sardonic – adj. – sarcastic, biting, ironic
April 15, 2019
Venal – n. – corrupt, purchasable, mercenary
April 16, 2019
Blase – adj. – bored, uninterested, satiated
April 17, 2019
Despot – adj. – bully, dictator, tyrant
April 18, 2019
Paraphrase – adj. – restatement, a statement in other words
April 19, 2019
Platonic – adj. – idealistic, spiritual, unsensual
April 20, 2019
Myriad – adj. – crowds of, very numerous, innumerable
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So, Let's consider: Giving your OnStar information to your auto insurance company 0






So, Let’s consider: Giving your OnStar information to your auto insurance company
OnStar, for those of you not familiar with it, is a really nice, albeit expensive, service you can add to your vehicle to help you with things like: navigation, auto problem diagnostics, travel tips, emergency assistance, etc. They use GPS technology to know where you are, where you’re going and what’s around you that you may need in an assistance call.
So, I was rather intrigued when I got a letter from my auto insurance carrier suggesting that I let them have access to my OnStar data to help them with my insurance. Frankly, my mind had flashbacks to the Lost In Space robot running around yelling “WARNING!”.
So, I thought about this a bit. Just how could giving my insurance company OnStar data help ME with my insurance?
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I do have over 30 years in IT and related lines of work including data analytics. I realized that with the OnStar data my insurer would potentially know not only where I go, when I go there, how I get there, how long the distance it is to get there, but also how fast I traveled getting there! With this information, they would, over time, know how many miles I travel, if I traveled in higher risk areas, if I traveled faster than the speed limit and any one of several other variables that could be used in calculating how much they want to charge me for coverage!
Keep in mind that ALL policies are “rated”. They all go through a piece of software called a “rater” which uses info like how many miles you’re expected to drive, where you live and work, your driving record, etc. So, if you drive more miles than they are allowing for what they’re initially charging you – guess what could happen? Or, if they determine that you got there a bit faster than you should have – guess what could happen? Or maybe you have to drive through a “risky” neighborhood or where you work is a “higher risk” area – guess what could happen? Yup, in ALL those cases, your premium rates could INCREASE.
Frankly, I can’t control what they do with any data they get, BUT I sure can prevent them from getting anything I don’t want them to have that could potentially be used against me. Further with OnStar and cell phone tracking type technology, this kind of threat is going to become nothing but something we need to be watching for more closely and frequently. I’m not George Orwell, but “Big Brother” is clearly here – and the less we tell him the better off we will be.
It’s also interesting that an email to my agent on this subject was never returned.
So, if and when you get hit with these kinds of requests, get IN WRITING a statement from your insurance carrier exactly what information they will be gathering, how frequently and exactly how they intend to use it.
It’s not 1982, but it definately IS caveat emptor!
I’m Don Rima and that’s the view From Where I Stand.


Thought(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of July 15, 2018 0






Thought(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of July 15, 2018
July 15, 2018
“Being tired is just a state of mind.”
July 16, 2018
“Parents matter.”
July 17, 2018
“Learn to unlearn.”
July 18, 2018
“Kindness is loving people more than they may deserve.”
July 19, 2018
“Good books are worth more than they cost.”
July 20, 2018
“It takes alot of courage to stick up for something you believe in.”
July 21, 2018
“Work harder than the opposition.”
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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 10, 2018 0






Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 10, 2018
June 10, 2018
Biryani – n. – an Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice
June 11, 2018
Animadversion – n. – criticism or censure
June 12, 2018
Corrigendum – n. – a thing to be corrected
June 13, 2018
Buffo – n. – a comic actor in Italian opera
June 14, 2018
Ventose – n. – the 6th month of the French Republic calendar
June 15, 2018
Machinima – n. – use of video game software for animated filmmaking
June 16, 2018
Garconniere – n. – a bachelor’s apartment or set of rooms
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Easter – are you for real or just kidding???? Bring on the BUNNIES! 0






Easter – are you for real or just kidding????
This is HILARIOUS! Uh, folks, wake up call, Easter has about as much to do with the death and resurrection of Christ as xmas does with his birth!
ACCORDING TO THE BIBLICAL RECORD: Christ died the Friday evening at the END OF PASSOVER! Uh, that’s NEXT WEEKEND!!!!
Don’t you just love it when people let preachers tell them what to do and believe and don’t think for themselves?
Also, if you look at how Passover and Easter dates are determined, it’s by 2 completely different methods! Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. If that sounds more astrological to you than Biblical, you’re right. Frankly you had Emperor Constantine convening the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD and as a result of this event, Easter is when it is. By the way, Constantine’s actions is why the majority of Protestants (an Catholics) worship on Sunday…I think 321 AD Council of Trent is your reference there.
SO, if you still want to continue to celebrate the old Babylonian and pre-Babylonian fertility rites and celebrations, GO FOR IT! Don’t forget your chocolate eggs, bunnies and viagra !!!
Just understand that neither April 1 nor Easter have anything in Biblical fact to do with the death of Christ…
Interesting that it’s APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!! How appropriate! So, have fun doing what bunnies do best!
I’m Don Rima, and that’s the view From Where I Stand.


Windows vs. Ford 0






Windows vs. Ford.
OK, I know it’s been a long time since this COMDEX and COMDEX has been replaced by CES, but since some times some things don’t change very quickly and there are just some things in history that you never forget. Enjoy a good chuckle.
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX) : Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, “If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”
In response to Bill’s comments,
Ford issued a press release stating:
If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):
1…. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash………twice a day.
2…. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3…. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4…. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5…. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6…. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” warning light.
7…. The airbag system would ask,”Are you sure?”before deploying.
8…. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9…. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10…. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.
11…. Periodically we will automagically download a new program so that things on your dashboard will be in new places we didn’t tell you about. Unless you find a setting we don’t tell you about, this will usually happen when you are going over 50 MPH. (not part of original – suggested by a learned reader )
PS – I’d like to add that when all else fails, you could call “customer service” in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!
I’m Don Rima and that’s how are From Where I Stand…