Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Warren Zevon

In my opinion it is criminal that Warren Zevon is not already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is outrageous that he hasn't even been among the nominees - unlike Chaka "freakin'" Khan!

Here's a good look at the injustice of situation.

Recently I had a post about Lawyers, Guns and Money but I just wanted to clarify - that post was about me becoming a more mature adult - not a criticism of Zevon.

The irony is I doubt Warren Zevon himself would give a damn about the Hall of Fame. He'd just want you to appreciate your sandwich.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Patriots vs the NFL

Bill Belichick is all done using the Microsoft tablets and he makes no bones about it.

The NFL and Microsoft were basically impotent in their response. But you know this rebellious act by Belichick rejecting one of the bigger sponsors of the NFL has to stick in the craw of Commissioner Goodell and others at the NFL offices in NYC.

This latest battle of the Patriots vs the NFL is just a preview to another one that is just on the horizon though.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss - Tom Brady now needs just 5 more wins to become the NFL's all-time leader in wins by a QB (including playoffs). Most likely this will come in week 12 in New York vs the Jets or week 13 in Foxboro vs the Rams. How can the Commissioner not honor that historic accomplishment? How can he not honor that accomplishment in person? But also how can he dare show his face in Foxboro?

In an interesting way Roger Goodell is now in the bizarre position  (given the fractious relationships involved) of hoping the New England Patriots go undefeated in the next 5 games so if he does have to go to a Patriots game at least it will be in New York (where he'll be safe).

As if 2016 couldn't get any stranger. Roger Goodell now rooting for the Patriots.

Public Service Announcement

Experts say putting ice cubes up the rectums of unconscious people has no physiological benefit and can even lead to seizures and stroke.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Linky Links

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

- The day a young Big Papi showed me - and his teammates - how to handle sexual harassment. I bet Ortiz probably doesn't remember this act of kindness. He probably figured that it's just the way men - real men - are supposed to act.

 - My guess is that Chuck Yeager is probably more proud of this than even of breaking the sound barrier. Read the book Yeager to fully understand the circumstances behind this great achievement.

- Heh heh

- My idea of great art

- Oral Sex in the Bible

Joke of the Day

Heh heh.
Bill worked in a pickle factory. He had been employed there for a number of years when he came home one day to confess to his wife that he had a terrible compulsion. He had an urge to stick his penis into the pickle slicer. His wife suggested that he should see a sex therapist to talk about it, but Bill said he would be too embarrassed. He vowed to overcome the compulsion on his own. One day a few weeks later, Bill came home and his wife could see at once that something was seriously wrong. "What's wrong, Bill?" she asked. "Do you remember that I told you how I had this tremendous urge to put my penis into the pickle slicer?" "Oh, Bill, you didn't!" she exclaimed. "Yes, I did." he replied. "My God, Bill, what happened?" "I got fired." "No, Bill. I mean, what happened with the pickle slicer?" "Oh...she got fired too."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Linky Links

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

- Fantastic long read on Leonard Cohen. The letters with his past love Marianne were very touching.

- The horror! The horror!

- Why you need a "Deloading" phase in life

-  Do as we say - not as we do. The liberal education system in a nutshell.

- My fingers cramped up just watching this guy. What talent!

Teddy Roosevelt

Yet another Teddy Roosevelt post. Probably the last for a while but I figured I'd add another of my favorite Roosevelt quotes:
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt (Paris Sorbonne,1910)