Saturday, April 21, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

If President Trump replaces Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket with Nikki Haley he would almost all but guarantee re-election... Complaining is not a strategy... The hospital in the Harry Potter books was called Saint Mungo's. Did you know there was an actual Saint Mungo? He's the patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland... Never thought about it this way... A life without meaning is like a foot without a big toe. And Tom Brady is always going to be here to be that big toe for us. I think we owe a big round of applause for our newest, bestest buddy and big toe - Tom Brady... An oldie but still makes me chuckle... One Jackie Robinson nugget to keep in the back of your head - when Jackie Robinson was first on the Hall of  Fame ballot 22% of the BBWAA did not vote for him...

The Golfing Nun

A nun walks into Mother Superior's office and plunks down into a chair. She lets out a sigh heavy with frustration. "What troubles you, Sister?" asks the Mother Superior. "I thought this was the day you spent with your family." 

"It was," sighed the Sister. "And I went to play golf with my brother. We try to play golf as often as we can. You know I was quite a talented golfer before I devoted my life to Christ." 

"I seem to recall that," the Mother Superior agreed. "So I take it your day of recreation was not relaxing?" 

"Far from it," snorted the Sister. "In fact, I even took the Lord's name in vain today!" 

"Goodness, Sister!" gasped the Mother Superior, astonished. "You must tell me all about it!" 

"Well, we were on the fifth tee...and this hole is a monster, Mother - 540 yard Par 5, with a nasty dogleg left and a hidden green...and I hit the drive of my life. I creamed it. The sweetest swing I ever made. And it's flying straight and true, right along the line I wanted...and it hits a bird in mid-flight not 100 yards off the tee!" 

"Oh my!" commiserated the Mother. "How unfortunate! But surely that didn't make you blaspheme, Sister!" 

"No, that wasn't it," admitted Sister "While I was still trying to fathom what had happened, when this squirrel runs out of the woods, grabs my ball and runs off down the fairway!" 

"Oh, that would have made me blaspheme!" sympathized Mother. 

"But I didn't, Mother Superior!" sobbed the Sister. "And I was so proud of myself! And while I was pondering whether this was a sign from God, this hawk swoops out of the sky and grabs the squirrel and flies off, with my ball still clutched in his paws!" 

"So that's when you cursed," said the Mother with a knowing smile.

"Nope, that wasn't it either," cried the Sister, anguished, "because as the hawk started to fly out of sight, the squirrel started struggling, and the hawk dropped him right there on the green, and the ball popped out of his paws and rolled to about 18 inches from the cup!"

Mother Superior sat back in her chair, folded her arms across her chest, fixed the Sister with a baleful stare and said...

"You missed the fucking putt, didn't you?"

An old joke but a good one.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting look inside the mind of Donald Trump

- Speaking of Trump - I have to agree that he's been vastly better than Obama on Foreign Policy

- Uganda's President wants to band oral sex - says mouth is for eating (Well we had a President who said oral sex didn't count as sex.)

- The men who didn't disarm Syria but said they did

- The freakishly strong base (or the power of compounding). Wish someone gave this to me when I was 20 years old.

- Great advice for men.

- $17 for tolls on the Verrazano Briadge? That's crap!

Donald Trump the Killer Rabbit

It occurred to me that perhaps a good metaphor for Donald Trump is Monty Python's Killer Rabbit. Prior to the election the left wasn't afraid of Trump at all. What was he going to do to the Hillary jugernaut - nibble her bum?

Then he won the election. Then he put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, then he passed a wildly popular tax cut and now he may be about to bring peace to Korea. Now the Democrats are all "Run away! Run away!"

They hope each new manufactured scandal will be their Holy Hand-grenade of Antioch. James Comey - nope. Stormy Daniels - nope. The Mueller investigation - maybe but then again that one is just as likely to explode in their hands.

And the great wizard who some call Tim? That's Dilbert creator Scott Adams in this metaphor. He's the only one who saw the real power of the killer rabbit Donald Trump.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Barbara Bush

That cartoon brought a tear to my eye.

This thread also helped exemplify the type of person Barbara Bush was.


Andre the Giant

Watched the HBO documentary Andre the Giant and I give it two big thumbs up! If you were a WWF fan in the 1980's you knew Andre was the man. If you are a fan of the movie The Princess Bride you got a glimpse of the gentle spirit behind the "brute squad".

If you don't want to take my word for it - the documentary also has a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- An oral history of Patriot's Day 2013. This is indeed our fucking city! Never thought about how Andrew bailey's blown save that day may have saved some people's lives. Great job by Tim Britton.

- A urine test to spot cancer? Yes please!

- 3-D printed house goes up in a day and costs $10,000.

- Remembering Harry the Hat - an appreciation of Harry Anderson

- Hipster Ninja Bats

- Heh Heh

- Recovering valuable metals from used electronics may be cheaper than mining for these metals in the first place.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

When did playoff beards go out of fashion in the NHL? How is the average fan to tell which team wants it more now?... Advice on how to get the best Rx prices... Prediction sometime in the near future the punchline from that famous joke is going to be changed from  "the Aristocrats!" to "Florida!"...  Why hasn't Taylor Swift commented yet on the James Comey book? What is she hiding?... 12 bad decisions you make every day without realizing... "Beware the IoT (Internet of Things)" is bound to become the modern equivalent to the ancient saying "Beware Greeks bearing gifts"... Starting to get the feeling that if Hillary Clinton was a Game of Thrones character she'd be Littlefinger who was eventually undone by just too much scheming and formerly naive characters finally waking up to his true character...

Barbara Bush

George and Barbara Bush's wedding photo in 1945.

- Statement from President George W Bush on the passing of his mother.

- Statement from President and Mrs. Obama on the passing of Barbara Bush.

- A reminder on the type of person Barbara Bush was.

- General Chuck Yeager has a couple of anecdotes on how fine a person and how down to earth Barbara Bush was.

- Five years ago George HW Bush shaved his head in support of the son of a secret service agent. It should be remembered that George and Barbara lost their first daughter Robin to childhood leukemia. Now after 73-years of marriage George has lost the love of his life. Reportedly he was holding her hand as she passed.

My prayers are with George HW Bush and the rest of the Bush family.

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies

Well done.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Enhancing memory in humans by 40%. As an aside - Memory Prosthesis would be a good name for a blog (because that's basically what I use mine for).

- Funny and disturbing because it was true!

- Lois Lerner should have to stand trial for the way she ran the IRS

- Fascinating and inspiring - how two Irish brothers turned 7 lines of code into a $9.2 billion start-up

- Hackers stole casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank. Beware the IoT (Internet of Things)

- Bob Montgomery you sexy beast

- This looks pretty cool

Harry Anderson

Magician Harry Anderson has passed away at age 65. I say "magician" and not "actor" because to me Harry Anderson was first and foremost a magician.

Anderson started off as a street magician in San Francisco but I first saw him doing his magic on the original Saturday Night Live. (That was way back when they had magicians like Anderson and Penn & Teller on the show.)

Then came Anderson's occasional appearances on Cheers as Harry "the Hat" a con-man who was at heart still a fast-talking street performer. Then came Night Court where he played the affable Harry T. Stone. Night Court remains an under-appreciated sitcom but I think much of its success was from people thinking that Anderson was basically playing himself. He was that likable.

Anderson had other acting roles but for the last decade he's been basically out of "the business". The joy he brought to people in the 1970's and 80's would be tough to match by any performer from that time. 65 was way too young. He will be missed.

Tax Day

When you waited too long to get your taxes done - your options may be limited.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Cool - Story Time from Space

- Marlins Man takes his feud with Derek Jeter international. I'm rooting for Marlins Man in this one.

- Heh Heh

- Trump announces support for legalized marijuana. This news should be getting more airtime.

- Boston fans are the best!

- Random thought but I've always felt the flag of Greenland looks more like a corporate logo than the flag of an actual country.

- I am not saddened at the passing of R. Lee Ermey. He lived a very full life. Semper Fi Gunny!

The New Patriots Day

April 16th really should be a holiday in the New England states. The date is both the anniversary of Tom Brady being drafted by the Patriots in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft and Bill Belichick's birthday (today's his 66th). Easily could be a holiday.

Problem is Patriots' Day is already a holiday in Massachusetts which is celebrated since 1969 on the third Monday in April. The holiday is supposed to celebrate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord but that anniversary is technically the 19th of April. Locally this holiday is more known as Marathon Monday as it is the day the Boston Marathon is run (and the Red Sox play a morning game at Fenway).

There should be a way to incorporate Brady and Belichick especially since every once and a while (like today) the existing holiday will fall on the 16th anyway.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I keep waiting for some MSM reporter to explain where the chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. I bet much of the stockpiles came from Saddam but reporting that would ruin the idea that there were never any WMD's in Iraq... Hopefully the Zuckerberg hearings in Europe will be broadcast in the US... Could dark matter simply be the leftover quantum entanglement from the matter and antimatter that was annihilated just after the Big Bang?... Elon Musk might end up being President Trump's biggest supporter if Trump can get Musk a manufacturing plant in China without giving up ownership and if Trump can get the NTSB off Tesla's back... "Tiger" running amok in Manhattan was actually a raccoon.  And the existential threat to the fabric of Western Civilization was actually just a Chick Fil-A franchise... Historically - which rock band was more dysfunctional The Kinks or The Ramones?...  The truth in advertising back cover to James Comey's new book...

Tom Brady

Tom Brady visited the troops at the Al Udeid air force base in Qatar. A couple of observations:

- I'm glad he took his son so that he can see firsthand the respect his famous QB dad gives to the servicemen and women in uniform.
- If you look closely at the picture in the article - it looks like the three female service members are taking their own selfie. I just hope there was one they could all agree on was acceptable
- Brady also took time out for individual photos.
- And supposedly he even had time to autograph a bomb that was later dropped on Syria.

How can you not like Tom Brady?