Monday, March 30, 2020

Farnam Street Knowledge

- Elements of Effective Thinking

- 10 Principles to Live an Antifragile Life

- Preserving Optionality: Preparing for the Unknown

Top 5 - Moments from A Band of Brothers

If your looking for something to binge watch - why not revisit the HBO classic Band of Brothers. Here's what I consider the Top 5 scenes from the mini-series:

1. Spiers takes command of Easy - the scene of Spiers jumping through the smoke to assume command from Lt. Dike gives me chills every time.

2. Liebgott translates the defeated German General's speech to his men. A poignant speech which showed the German soldiers as similar to the men of Easy Company. The humor of Captain Sobel having to salute Major Winters was the cherry on top.

3. Easy Co takes the Eagles Nest. It was nice to see the guys enjoy some well earned R & R (and spoils of war - including a nice cache of booze for Captain Nixon).

4. Easy takes out the German 105s at Brecourt ManorDick Winters should have been awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions that day.

5. Crossroads the Island charge

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Linky Links

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

- How history will look back at 2020

- Was a fan of Toledo coach Jason Candle before this but now even more so.

- Good for Taiwan

- If you are home schooling a kindergarten student why not let Richard Pryor help them learn the ABC's 

- Good advice for 1099 employees from Mark Cuban

- Naval Knowledge

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

President Trump contacted Alex Rodriguez about the Wuhan virus because he wanted to check with A-Rod how the centaur community was handling the crisis. Next the President with check with Beto O'Rourke to check on how the furry community is coping...  Always thought a Lord of the Rings spoof about the "Mood Rings of Power" would be amusing. One mood ring to control them all! It would have the power to make people happy, sad, etc. If you wanted to make it an R rating you could also make the One Ring also have the power to make people horny... I see this and I automatically think "well that's proof they should re-open the golf courses!"... "It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent." - Charlie Munger... Heh Heh - are we sure this is photoshop?... Remember when ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote, "Robert Kraft is 'not the biggest name' involved in [last year's Orchids of Asia] prostitution bust"? Well Adam we're still waiting. Why was Kraft singled out? And people wonder why Patriots fans dislike ESPN... Memento Mori would be a great name for a life insurance company...

Cy Young

Cy Young was born on this day in 1867. Young's record of 511 wins is often cited as one of the records that cannot be broken. To me, though, the real unbreakable record of Young's is his 749 complete games. Pud Galvin is in second place with 646 and Tim Keefe is third with 554. That's a difference of about 200 complete games between 1st and 3rd place. You won't find an entire pitching staff in baseball these days with a combined 200 complete games.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ibuprofen and Tylenol

If you go to a super market chances are the items that would be out of stock or in short supply would be toilet paper, bleach, cleaning products (especially wipes), and Tylenol! How did Tylenol get to be such a hoarded product while you can still get all the Advil you want?

It is mainly due to rumors and reports (unfounded it seems) that ibuprofen (the main ingredient in Advil) could worsen COVID-19 effects.

The run on Tylenol is especially interesting given that it was not too long ago some were asking "Is Tylenol the most dangerous drug ever made?"

People are strange.

This is CNN

I would watch a "news" network where clearly mentally disturbed people rant about their take on news, politics and life beliefs. If people went too far off the rails you'd start playing the theme song to Benny Hill and cut to commercial. I would call it the Crazy News Network (CNN).

Then again the actual CNN is really just the Benny Hill theme song away from this being a reality.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Besides ordering take-out and buying gift certificates from my favorite local restaurants last night I also placed my first bet since the NBA and NHL cancelled postponed their seasons. I'm sure my bookie appreciates the action. I'm not a hero - just trying to do my part... OK this is pretty good... Has anyone started calling Ben Roethlisberger "fat Thor" yet? With the beard and beer gut - the nickname certainly fits... This could be a game-changer - Abbott Labs received FDA approval for a COVID-19 test that could provide a positive result in just 5 minutes and a negative result in just 13. I could see this test being mandatory for anyone looking to board a plane once things are allowed to open up again... Heh Heh - the population of the US in units of Canadas. Thought this was clever... "Tell me what you know. Tell me what you don't know. Only then can you tell me what you think. Always keep these three things separate." - Colin Powell with excellent advice...

Happy 3-28

Now that Tom Brady has signed with Tampa Bay - this may be the last time I celebrate today in this manner.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Linky Links

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

China angry over cornavirus cartoon in Danish newspaper. I'm angry they didn't call it the Wuhan Virus. Actually pretty good cartoon.

I laughed too hard at this.

So where is that $2 trillion from the government going?

- Am I a bad person for laughing at this?

- Interesting - NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is suing Amazon. I think Jackson has a pretty good case.

Well I'm definitely an awful person for laughing at this.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Not all heroes wear capes. "It's important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time." Heh heh "lend a hand." On a separate note - what the hell was PornHub doing with 50,000 surgical masks anyway?... US Space Force had it's first official rocket launch yesterday.  An historic event that went almost completely without notice... I've been doing this blog for 16-years now and I don't think I've ever explained that the inspiration for calling these miscellaneous thoughts and observations actually came from the title of my favorite chapter in The Lord of the Rings... In this time of crisis be sure to use both sides of the toilet paper... Babe Ruth caught the Spanish Flu in 1918 - twice! Wonder why the phrase "the grippe" went out of favor? Also note that the Red Sox team doctor did more harm than good. The more things change...


On this day in 1309 – Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population. That just sounds strange to the moderns' ear but back in the day all of the subjects of a ruler were held to the actions of the ruler. So if the ruler was excommunicated then all his subjects were as well.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

"Never play by the rules. Never pay in cash. And never tell the truth." Ross Johnson former CEO of RJR Nabisco on what he called the three rules of Wall Street. After the past few days it seems clear those three rules apply to Capital Hill too... Good on hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer for helping by making face shields for health workers fighting the Wuhan virus... "When we are no longer able to change a situation , we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor Frankl... Cool looking building in Idaho actually a nuclear reactor. If it were a home I'd love to live in it... In March of 1917 the US took possession of the US Virgin Islands (formerly the Danish West Indies) after paying Demark $25 million. Talk about great deals! That would be worth about $505 million is today's dollars... What a great movie quote for what we're all going through...

Local Heroes

Asbury Park Distilling out of Asbury Park NJ has shifted some of their operations in order to make hand sanitizer for local first responders. They have been do so for quite some time with little or no fanfare or publicity.

If you live in New Jersey and like gin you may want to buy a bottle or two of their stuff. Highly recommended. And although the bar at the distillery is currently closed when it reopens and you find yourself thirsty after a walk on the boardwalk or beach stop on by for a drink.

Good people doing good things.

Linky Links

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

- I'd seen elsewhere the connection between Italy and China and why Northern Italy became a hotbed of Wuhan virus that shut down the entire nation but this article backs up the assertion

- Heh Heh - You'd be in a bad mood too!

- SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband Starlink user terminals. Elon Musk says the terrestrial user terminals would look like "a UFO on a stick." Still haven't seen any pricing details for the service.

- Interesting history tidbit

LBJ in Texas

Love this picture of LBJ at his ranch in Texas in 1965 for several reasons. But chief among them is the lady in the background taking a picture of her husband. The President of the United States is smiling while holding a large rattlesnake but this lady doesn't care. Was this such a common experience to generate such nonchalance? LBJ was an odd duck.

HT Traces of Texas

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I Miss Hockey

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The massive stone lions outside the New York Public Library are named Patience and Fortitude. Two qualities that are in dire need these days... Recently rewatched Raiders of the Lost Ark and man does that movie not hold up well. It was sooo cheesy and let's be honest pretty racist...  Call Me a Hole - a mash-up of Call Me Maybe and Nine Inch Nails. Seven years old but still cool to listen to... "Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to exit the donut!" - Nick Fury in Iron Man 2 (a quote I'm thinking of posting on my refrigerator or coffee maker for the rest of the self-quarantine period)... In her new 1,400 page proposed package is Nancy Pelosi proposing giving up her government provided private jet by any chance? That woman is pure evil... Back in January the US signed the Phase One trade deal with China where they agreed to buy $200 billion in new American goods while the US agreed not to raise any more tariffs. Has there been any evidence the Chinese have begun to honor their end of the deal yet? If not President Trump should double all tariffs immediately and use the funds from the tariffs to help offset the damage caused by the Wuhan virus. More symbolic than practical yes but I'm thinking it would make many Americans feel better...