In the parking lot, man with a Lord and Taylor shopping bag says to his wife, "Do you want to go to the Dollar Store?"
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
... but, just sayin:
The group that Pew finds most underrepresented on the Hill is those without a religious affiliation -- comprising 20 percent of the public and 0.2 percent of Congress.
Eh, what's two orders of magnitude of under-representation among friends? Have some pie.
I think Bouton's angst may finally have been beaten:
Alexey Shved, who had some good, subtle advanced statistics, was promptly traded for [blah, blah] and the rights to a Ukrainian playing in Spain.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tossed off, almost as an aside, in an AP bit about Florida (Florida!) being overruled by the liberal activist United States Supreme Court:
... and gay marriages are occurring in about three dozen states.
My heterosexual bachelorhood is being soooo threatened by these people.
Monday, November 24, 2014
"Good News on Energy," that is. Read it and congratulate yourself for all the little steps you've been taking.
... total energy use in the United States peaked in 2007 and has trended downward since. ... economic growth decisively outpaced any increases in energy use over recent decades ... Improvements in energy efficiency over the last 40 years have done more to meet growth in America’s energy needs than the combined contributions of oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power. ... Since 2000, growth in electricity use has dropped well below growth in the population ... Moreover, oil consumption by vehicles, homes and businesses is down more than 12 percent from its 2005 peak ... More than one-eighth of our electricity supply is now in the “renewable” category, which is growing faster than any other.
Keep up the good work. We've got a ways to go yet.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Fortunately, it was early in the morning when I voted, so I just went with another coffee and cigarette
Fellow in-stater Thers pretty much nailed it last fortnight, though:
For governor I have Andy Cuomo running against some nondescript GOP meathead. "Slab Angioplasty," I think he's called. Or "Buck Fistorino." Something like that. Time was, and it was not so long ago, the NY GOP could have run a similar meathead to the populist left of Cuomo and made this a race, but these are simpler, shittier times. Nobody likes Andy Cuomo, probably even his immediate family; he has all the personal charm of someone who would rather hard-sell you a timeshare than just fucking pass you the salt. Talk of Andy Cuomo aspiring to higher office is absurd; he's not quite as much of a prissy ass as Giuliani was, but he's not really a different person, unless you squint hard. Fuck him. For the House I get to choose between Richard Hanna and nobody. I vote gin.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The essay's other distinguishing feature is a higher-than-usual count of intentional jokes, most of which sound like P.J. O'Rourke failing a competency hearing.
-- Roy Edroso
Yeah. Kinda mean. Until you realize it's about Jonah Goldberg.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
From a summary of yet another gambling operation that, shockingly, has failed to deliver on its sellers' hype, a brilliant bit of just-the-facts from Jesse McKinley and Charles Bagli, and props to whoever did the layout, too:
The reality has been far less rosy. Seven years after opening, the Mount Airy Casino Resort has fewer than half of the hotel rooms envisioned by developers, and a third of the slot machines promised in news releases. It has generated about half of the slot revenue forecast by Pennsylvania officials, and little economic spillover has occurred outside the resort. Expansion plans have long since been shelved. The much-heralded charitable foundation has raised a grand total of $1, federal filings show.
Those funds have not been distributed.
Not to worry, though! The next four casinos are sure to fix all the things!
P.S. Aside to Gov. Cuomo: Your father was once courageous enough to call legalized gambling -- lotteries, in his case -- a cowardly attempt by politicians to balance the budget on the backs of poor people.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Just noticed this string that appeared in the Gmail search window after I clicked on one of the thumbnails in the "Recent photos" sidebar while looking at a new message from ... let's say firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks like a handy way to find that picture that person sent you that one time.
from:email@example.com filename:(jpg OR jpeg OR png)
Works whether the pictures are attached or embedded in the body of the message, despite what it says here.
You might want to add gif and other extensions, of course.
Note the parentheses, the colons and the absence of a space after them, and the capital ORs. Not positive, but I think those might all be requirements.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The lede didn't grab me ...
WHEN was the last time you saw an anti-smoking ad?
... because my immediate and then also considered answer was "the last thousand times I watched any baseball or basketball game for at least fifteen consecutive minutes."
But apparently, my evident non-membership in the article's target audience notwithstanding, there are all kinds of shenanigans associated with that lawsuit thing a few years ago, against Big Tobacco. I am too tired, right now, to really get what's being described in the article, but superficially, it appears to be: billions of dollars won, then lost, and it's probably only going to get uglier.
As in, way uglier.
Let's hope a night's sleep and then some coffee will make it at least a little better. But I'm betting on nightmares.
[Added] Sadly, related.
Friday, October 03, 2014
... wow, just when you thought Peak Wingnut was almost nearly maybe in sight (sorry, JC), it apparently became time to come out of the fort built from couch cushions to bellow about that noted liberal spearhead of political correctness run amok, the NFL brass.
And also, "... because corporate America is, itself, liberal ..."
Bless you and your cast-iron stomach once again, Roy Edroso.
... or reflection, I guess ...
... that catch by Nori Aoki might be the greatest catch I have ever seen.
The GIF here will remind you, if you, too, were lucky enough to see it live, but it doesn't come close to doing it justice. I've seen a couple hundred more prodigious feats of sheer athleticism, but I've never seen one outfielder back up another that close to the wall. In any league. And certainly never to that good effect.
If memory serves, none of the three fine commentators even knew who, if anybody, had the ball, until a certain grinning rightfielder was halfway back to the dugout and, off-handedly?, turned his glove the other way.
Not even an ice cream cone. In the web, all the way.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Bottom of the fifth, two out. You've been pitching your usual well, but you're down one. Tying run on third didn't get driven in when it was one out. Now you're up to bat. You're leading the division, but your magic number is irritatingly still in existence, and you're playing your contender.
Triple, all the way to the wall, right-center gap.
DAMN YOU, KERSHAW.
[Later] Also, that Yasiel Puig can muthafuckin' throw, can't he?
Friday, September 19, 2014
Hard not to blockquote every last word of Masters of Earth, Alone in the Universe, but here's a taste:
Human beings are not wicked by nature. We have enough intelligence, goodwill, generosity and enterprise to turn Earth into a paradise both for ourselves and for the biosphere that gave us birth. We can plausibly accomplish that goal, at least be well on the way, by the end of the present century. The problem holding everything up thus far is that Homo sapiens is an innately dysfunctional species.
Chances are, if you visit this blog regularly, that you will find yourself saying, "Yes, I know that" many times during your reading. Read it anyway. He says what you know succinctly and well. And maybe, just maybe, you'll think of someone to pass it on to, who may not yet get the big picture Wilson paints.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
What say you about the multiverse?
It’s hard enough to have a theory for one universe.
-- Peter Higgs
We (if I may be so presumptuous as to include myself with a hero's hero) are being flippant, of course. It's a good article, though. Overbye is worth more than whatever they're paying him, as I hope you already know.
In which it is argued that we should consider adding lithium to drinking water, because, among other things, it might decrease suicide, homicide, and rape (at least among Texans, so who can say?), a fun fact that I had never heard:
Lithium drinks were in huge demand for their reputed health-giving properties, so much so that the element was added to commercial drinks. 7-Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda and contained lithium citrate right up until 1950. In fact, it’s been suggested that the 7 in 7-Up refers to the atomic mass of the lithium. (Maybe the “Up” referred to mood?)
Not as sexy as marching powder in Coca Cola, but still, better living through chemistry, amirite?
Monday, September 15, 2014
Seen on Ars:
Engineers from Stanford and Berkeley Universities have figured out how to make radios the size of an ant, which have been created specifically to serve as controllers and sensors in the Internet of Things.
The radios are fitted onto tiny silicon chips, and cost only pennies to make thanks to their diminutive size. They are designed to compute, execute, and relay demands, and they are very energy efficient to the point of being self-sufficient. This is due to the fact that they can harvest power from the incoming electromagnetic signal so they do not require batteries, meaning there is no particular lifetime associated with the devices.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Is it me, or is the Overton Window getting as narrow as it was pre-Iraq invasion?
[Added] Next thing (via @edroso) that I saw after clicking publish. Don't know whether to be comforted that I'm not the only one thinking these things, or distraught that I'm not the only one thinking these things.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The latest spam comment on this blog just got blocked. From this post.
Does rickrolling seems really long ago to you?
A larger mystery: why spam comments appear on posts from five years ago, and not on the latest ones. (This is usual, and regular if not particularly frequent.) Do the spammers think they'll have a better chance with the old posts of sneaking in unnoticed? But if so, why would they think anyone would ever see them?
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Or, you know, not:
“Over the next decade,” Mr. Meinrath said, “U.S. consumers may overpay by over a quarter of a trillion dollars for worse levels of service than customers in other countries receive.”
USA! USA! USA!
Over the course of my work I have come to the realization that it is very difficult to endanger or kill large numbers of people except with a claim to virtue.
-- Robert Jay Lipton
The piece from which I swiped that is ... I dunno. Either meh, or too much of a 101-level course when I'm looking for 102. It's about shifting attitudes regarding climate change, if you're interested.
But I did like that line.