Miscellany

Where’s My Yacht?

While I was pedalling into work this morning, I was listening to the morning show on KBOI radio. The talk of the day was all about “free” cell phones and other government waste. Wow. I had no idea how stupid this phone program is. Really opened my eyes. The original intent of the program was […]

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What’s Up With Microsoft?

This is a rant, and at least partially inspired by a discussion I had a couple weeks ago. Nearly every day I read some sort of new article about the failure of Windows 8, or how the replacement product, currently called “Blue”, is in the works. Why? Are they just trying to repeat the reboot […]

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Your Memory is a Movie Trailer

How does memory work and why? Think back on when you saw the movie Star Wars (I use this movie because I believe every English speaking person has seen it). What images flash into your mind? What individual parts do you remember? Perhaps it was the opening credits with the giant Imperial warship shooting at […]

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Ah, Tish!

Tish? Funny word. Here’s the story. I noticed some time ago that in the lyrics to Pink Floyd’s “Money” song, when played over the air on the radio, had been “cleaned up” a bit. The verse “Money, it’s a hit | Don’t give me that | Do goody good bullshit” had been changed to “Money, […]

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Google is Not “Magic”

A few recent posts by Becker at Source-Wave.com have confirmed my faith that at least some of the internet gurus are not complete idiots. Becker, a few others like Jon Leger, “get it” – Google is not spying on you with a all-seeing crystal ball. I know, I’m a programmer, and some of the rumors […]

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A Scratch Card Buffet

I stopped this morning to pick up some Bandits at a little Stinker station in Caldwell. I had to wait in line for this little old lady who was buying Lotto scratch tickets. “One of those, two of those, uh… one of those, hmmmm… another one of those…”, and so on. It was just like […]

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Hallelujah Song by Leonard Cohen

For whatever reason this song came up on a couple internet searches I did, and I decided to look into it further. Upon reading the information at Wikipedia, I was surprised to learn that Leonard Cohen wrote over 80 verses. The verses we’re familiar with are the ones he eventually settled on. The song must […]

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Tuesday Trivia

How about some music trivia? B-B-B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets When Elton John and his band first recorded “Bennie and the Jets”, they thought the song was pretty blah. So, their producer had the clapping, whistles, and other “live” sound effects added to the track to beef it up a bit. Although the band was skeptical, […]

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PaleoDiet Notes

Interesting article from Medline Ancient humans had healthier teeth than people do today, researchers say. This decline in oral health over the past 7,500 years is the result of changes in oral bacteria due to human evolution and industrialization, the study authors said. These changes have led to chronic oral and other health problems, according […]

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Happy National Margarita Day – Belated

I missed it. It was yesterday. But, the sentiments are still there. History: As the story goes, the drink was actually named after a woman named Margarita. Dallas socialite Margarita Sames was known hosting fabulous parties. During a Christmas poolside party at her vacation home in Acapulco, Margarita once again initiated one of her favorite […]

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Tuesday Trivia on Thursday

Ooops. Missed it. Well here goes. Mosquitos like… The color blue. So, if you’re camping or picnicking, I guess blue jeans are not the best choice for wear (or BSU gear :)) Chasing the dream. Probably best known for the Vacation movies and his stint on Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase was an early drummer […]

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Damn That Global Warming

We got a bunch of snow this winter, unlike the past few years. Of course, what we had was nothing compared to what they got on the Eastern Seaboard. So, I had to kinda wonder about this… A famous climate scientist predicted that the Arctic would be ice-free in five years. Unfortunately for him, that […]

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John Kerry Must Be Worth It, I Guess

Secretary of State “Why the Long Face?” John Kerry was under the protection of more security during his recent trip to Virginia than was deployed to Benghazi before last year’s terrorist attack. Makes ya kinda wonder, doesn’t it? On Kerry’s first day as head of the State Department, four agents were on hand when he […]

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Are You Losing Your Health Coverage?

I had a conversation with a liberal a few months ago about Obamacare. I kept asking for him to explain how we’d pay for it, he kept telling me how he was excited a lot of underprivileged people would now have health care. I never got an answer and, needless to say, the “debate” went […]

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