Thursday, October 27, 2016

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I'm grabbing my musket if Donald Trump loses the election. Oh wait no I won't - I don't have a musket. And I am also not insane... Heh heh... How the mighty have fallen - the Boston Globe sports department doesn't have a single reporter at the World Series. The paper that gave the world Peter Gammons, Gordon Edes and Bob Ryan is not represented at baseball's biggest event... Interesting advice on how to bet on horse racing. Can't wait to test this out... If the Indians wins the World Series look for the Paper Lace song The Night Chicago Died to have a sudden resurgence on Cleveland radio stations... I agree that this would make a great Scorsese movie. I picture Jeremy Renner as the lead...

Missouri Executive Order 44

Extermination Order Day:
"...the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace—their outrages are beyond all description."
Missouri Executive Order 44 passed on this day in 1838. The law made it legal to kill Mormons in Missouri. The law was not repealed until 1976.

It blows my mind to think this law was on the books for 138 years!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Steven Den Beste

The greatest thing about the Internet is the way it opens up new ways of thinking to a person's world and new exciting thinkers. In the early days of blogging Steven Den Beste was one of the most influential - to me - thinkers on the Internet.

Whether it was explaining why we are fighting in Iraq, riots in Paris, or heroism. Steven's logic was always almost flawless. When I learned of his passing I looked through my archives for essays of his but unfortunately the links to those articles and his old site, USS Clueless, no longer work.

I first learned of Steven's passing from Borepatch. With the passing of Den Beste - the Samurai Jack of the Interwebs - the world is a lesser place.

Larry Goes to the Market

This always makes me laugh.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks

This is the most I've laughed at an SNL skit in years.

Linky Links

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

- One of the better political ads I've seen.

- Go eat some Dick's (yeah I've got the sense of humor of a 13-year old boy)

- This is the future of medicine in the US - using IBM's Watson as a second medical opinion

- Heh heh

- The things nightmares are made of

Something That Always Bothered Me

Couple of years ago there was an AXE shampoo commercial that claimed that 85% of girls found dandruff on a man to be a turn-off. What the heck was wrong with that other 15% of women polled?

Did they find dandruff on a man to be a turn on? I mean it seems like it was a yes or no type of poll.

Given the profitability of niche marketing - shouldn't AXE have been marketing fake dandruff to men trying for sexy time with that 15% of women by now?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Top 5 Songs with the Word "Under" in The Title

Top 5 songs with the word "under" in the title.

1. I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
2. Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones
3. Under My Wheels - Alice Cooper
4. Under Pressure - David Bowie and Queen
5. (tie) Under the Milky Way - The Church (tie) Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Didn't mean it this way but I think these songs are also ranked in the order they were released to the world.

EDIT: Donald rightly points out that Under the Boardwalk should be on the list. I 100% agree and would probably put it fourth and bump Under the Milky Way and Under the Bridge off the list. Under My Wheels stays at three because it's one of my Karaoke go to songs.

King of Spades

Did you know that the King of Spades on a playing card was originally supposedly designed to represent King David from the Bible? The sword he holds was supposed to be the sword used to cut off Goliath's head after young David killed him with a rock from his his sling.

During the early parts of the Civil War - Robert E Lee was given the nickname "King of Spades" because of his propensity to dig trenches as part of his strategy. At first the nickname was derisive because soldiers hate to dig. Later when the effectiveness of his tactics saved the lives of many of these same soldiers - the nickname became affectionate. Reportedly Lee always loathed the nickname.

And he didn't play cards.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Has to be described as one of the worst trades in history. In 2012 the Red Sox traded Theo Epstein to the Cubs for Chris Carpenter. No - not that Chris Carpenter. This Chris Carpenter... Rob Gronkowski needs just 1 more receiving TD to tie Stanley Morgan for the all-time lead in Patriots history. Gronkowski is in just his 7th season with the team. Morgan played 12 seasons with the Pats... Done and done!... I'm still disappointed that "the Junk Mailer" never caught on as a nickname for Brett Favre... If I were President I would make Bobby Orr my Ambassador to Canada. Not kidding. Who can you think of that would be better? And I don't care that he's not a US citizen... Heh heh... My favorite Cubs fan is not Bill Murray - it's Bob Newhart...  Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows... ESPN reports that 11 out of 12 Microsoft tablets the Patriots were using were defective... It might surprise you but I think many more Boston fans are rooting for Terry Francona and the Indians than for Theo Epstein and the Cubs. Me among them...

Worcester and Women's Rights

On this date in 1850 Worcester, MA was host to the first National Women's Rights Convention. That put Worcester on the forefront of the woman's suffrage movement. Seeing how Worcester was also the birthplace of the birth control pill - it can be argued that Worcester was one of the most important cities in terms of woman's rights in the entire US.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Linky Links

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

- 100 of the best leadership quotes of all-time

- Interesting tidbit

- The inside story on David Ortiz's injuries. This should put to bed the idea of him coming back for another season.

- 19 beautiful bookstores in the US. I've only been to one listed - 18 more to go!

- Speaking of books - 52,000 books being re-shelved at the NYC Public Library

- Heh heh