Saturday, January 16, 2021

Linky Links

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

-VDH: Assault on the Capitol Has Let Loose the Electric Octopus

- Warning:Facebook and Twitter are "Dangerous" Even if You Never Used Them.  "There's no court of law for trying bots and algorithms." There should be! Also WhatsApp is no longer safe to use (thanks to Facebook)

- State Department Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Guilty fuckers! Don't trust China - China is asshole!

- Excellent point 

Heh Heh


 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Team Purple would be a good name for a new third-party political organization. Not Team Red and not Team Blue but a centrist party with the best of both. Team Purple would also be a good name for a political blog that objectively looks at both the Democrats and Republicans...  Patriots defensive coach Jarod Mayo had an interview with Philadelphia as a candidate for their open head coaching position. Mayo is held in very high regard in New England and I could easily see him as potentially the next head coach of Tennessee where he's an alumni (haven't seen this prediction anywhere)... Don't the people in the GEICO pipes commercial own a gun? Problem solved...When Einstein graduated from our equivalent of high school - he finished second in his class. The name of the person who was valedictorian is lost to history. I can't help but think of someone back then saying, "Sure Albert Einstein was pretty smart but you should have seen this other guy"... No actor has ever looked worse running than Liam Neeson. Seriously -he runs like he's trying to hold in a crap... 

Friendship


 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Linky Links

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

- Spending time outside - especially during winter - is a key to good health.

- Bari Weiss - The Great Unraveling. (HT Execupundit

- Interesting read - Mystic Chords of Memory: Learning from the American Story

- Heh Heh 

- The Big Lessons from History by Morgan Housel. Some excellent wisdom in this piece. Highly recommended.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Two thoughts come together. In the old days a person's last name was often also their occupation - so someone named Smith was most likely a blacksmith. Also in the old days the term "roger" meant to have sex with usually in a rough manner. Which now begs the question - what exactly were Aaron Rodgers fore-bearers known for?... Speaking of Aaron Rodgers - here's an interesting thought - why not Aaron Rodgers as permanent host of Jeopardy!... Who could have foreseen that "Fight the Power!" would become a Republican rallying cry?...  PC Magazine reports download speeds of 79.5 Mbps for Starlink service which is very good but comes with two big caveats, as far as I'm concerned. First that's on a mostly unused shared network. Once the network is loaded with subscribers the download speeds most likely will be greatly reduced in speed tests. Second the advertised upload speeds is just 20-25 Mbps which is much slower than a comparable symmetrical fiber connection...   Funny, sad and maddening all at the same time.... Sexual Anorexia would be a great name for a band. Dry Spell could be their opening act... 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation." - Naval Ravikant

"A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason."- J.P.Morgan

"Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn." - Shane Parrish

"I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante."- Frank Miller

"Excuse me. I believe you have my stapler."- Milton Waddams

"The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion." - Paul Coelho

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Pretender - Foo Fighters

 

The awesome Dave Grohl turns 52-years old today. Happy birthday Dave!

Linky Links

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

- Interesting - Sci-Hub is now on the "uncensorable web." (HT Stephen Landry who now has a blog

- This was an epic troll of Twitter by Gab

- What Big Tech did to Parler should bother you. It should bother you very much. 

- This has all the makings of a modern-day Frankenstein-like horror story.

- Be curious how James Harden reacts when he gets his first tax bill.The trade to Brooklyn will cost him about $14 million in additional taxes. 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Thinking of forming a social media company where people can communicate with messages of up to 240 characters. It will be a politically neutral platform where only the true bad actors like Holocaust deniers, the KKK and organizations connected to the State Department list of terrorist organizations are banned. It would be managed with a very light touch. I'd call this new service "Twiller" and each message would be a "Twill"... Funny how you never hear Eric Mangini's name floated in connection with any NFL head coaching jobs. He's only 49-years old but he screwed the pooch so bad with the Jets his name is now toxic... One of those stories that sound too good to be true but actually is. In his 20's Elon Musk went to Russia to look at buying some retired ICBM's as space transports but was spat upon by the Russian Chief Rocket Designer. Elon didn't get mad- he got even by building SpaceX...  First they came for the Parler app -how long before they come for the Chick Filet app? (Only kind of joking.)...  

Farnam Street Knowledge

- The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Honest Trailers - Wonder Woman 1984

 

Pretty sure I'll never actually watch this movie.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Douglas Adams had an asteroid named after him - Asteroid 2001 DA42. The name combines the year of his death, his initials, and the answer to the Ultimate Question of life, the universe, and everything... Facebook market cap tumbled by $34 billion after Trump ban. I could see them continue to tumble from three main factors: A - subscribers are their product and many are logging off Facebook for good because of their heavy-handed censorship; B - foreign governments (Germany and Mexico to start) have called out the banning of Trump as unacceptable and the move will only make Facebook doing business in foreign countries more difficult which will harm the bottom line; and C - people understand that social media in general and Facebook in specific is actually detrimental to mental health. Many of those people won't be coming back to the platform... Hats off to Notre Dame - the only team to hold the Alabama juggernaut under 35-points on the season...  Maybe President Trump got banned from Twitter because he Tweeted "Learn to code." Ever think of that?... 

Linky Links

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

- What's it like to be a college Athletic Director (during a pandemic)

- This is so true.

The restaurant industry lost 372,000 jobs in December. "More than 110,000 restaurants, or 17% of the industry, have closed permanently or long-term." This is madness!

- Good on Tim Berners-Lee - I really hope this succeeds. EDIT: Here's a more recent article on Tim Berners-Lee's efforts.

- I'll never look at the show the same again.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Bill Belichick and the Medal of Freedom

I hate that politics has permeated every aspect of American life - including sports, However, I completely understand why Belichick acted the way he did. 

There's nothing the Patriots dislike more than either giving opponents bulletin board material or turnovers especially unforced errors. To accept the Medal of Freedom in this charged political atmosphere would have been detrimental to the team. Like it or not many free agents would have considered a Belichick /Trump relationship a reason not to sign with New England this coming off-season. And other teams would have played up that angle too in their attempts to win over those same free agents. Accepting the Medal at this time would have been an unforced error.

Belichick was put into a bit of a "damned if you do - damned if you don't" situation but has seemingly made the best of it.

The motto in New England is "Do your job!" And this week part of Bill Belichick's job was to decline the Medal of Freedom.

Voltaire's Warning

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

Absurdities like the Fine People Hoax, the Drinking Bleach Hoax, the Russian Hoax, Antifa is just an idea, and that there were no irregularities with the 2020 election? Absurdities like those and others?

Holding my breath waiting for the atrocities they would be willing to have others commit. And by others I mean mobs.

Flotsam and Jetsam

 Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Looking back I think the phrase that best overall sums up 2020 was "Stuck on stupid." I know that phrase first came to prominence 15-years ago but somehow I fear we as a nation never got "un-stuck"... Matt Taibbi - We Need a New Media System. There is a real vacuum for people who just want "news" not propaganda, slants, or "hot-takes"... Feel like big tech companies like Twitter and Facebook are making the ultimate "Go Woke - Go Broke" experiment. Even the Germans are saying "dude what are you doing?" Will be interesting to see how tech stocks do in the next few months.... New England Patriots fans of a certain age thought of Hart Lee Dykes as a punchline - a first round pick who only lasted 2-seasons due to breaking a kneecap and injuring his eye in a bar fight. But Dykes' two seasons look like Jerry Rice in his prime in comparison to N'Keal Harry's production in Foxboro... Johannes Factorum (jack of all trades) would be a good name for a blog... And speaking of the guys in Foxboro - the way things are going is it too much of a stretch that some people will protest against the team name? In a couple of years of Biden's America will they be forced to be known as the New England Football Team? Only kinda kidding... 

Quotes for Today

 Some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"The best revenge is not to be like your enemy." - Marcus Aurelius

"How painfully funny is that Apple 1984 ad now?" - Joel Engel

"But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future." - Seneca

"The most effective way to do it - is to do it." - Amelia Earhart

"The political left's attempts to silence ideas they cannot, or will not, debate are a confession of intellectual bankruptcy." - Thomas Sowell

"The less scheduled you are, the more creative you're going to be." - Naval Ravikant

Monday, January 11, 2021

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

"Is Baker Mayfield an elite QB?" is the "Is Joe Flacco an elite QB?" of this generation... 12 Epic Facts about David Lynch's Dune. Love the book Dune and I had no issues with David Lynch's film. Some interesting tidbits at the link... Speaking of questionable "elite QB's" - What's next for Ben Rothlisberger? My guess, being the diva I've long thought he is, Big Ben will hem and haw about retirement all off-season, may even show up to training camp out of shape and then call it quits. Guessing all fans of other AFC teams hope Roethisberger comes back for another season... The question also has to be asked - is Ben Roethlisberger a Hall of Famer? My first instinct was to say "Yes" but drilling down on Big Ben's numbers makes you wonder if he's just Matt Ryan with a better defense and supporting cast? Would you consider Matt Ryan a Hall of Famer?...   

Dad Jokes

 Cant let Borepatch have all the fun:

I say "mucho" to all my Hispanic friends.

It means a lot to them.

And:

What do you call a magician who has lost his magic?

Ian

Other Side of Town - John Prine

 

Thought a little John Prine would be a good way to start the work week.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Cities would never give their fire departments quotas of how many fires they need to put out - that would just give incentive to firemen to set fires of their own in order to meet the quota. Yet those same cities have no compunction to giving the police quotas. It makes no sense...  The Only Real Way to Acquire Wisdom... I've said it before but given recent circumstances - if DuckDuckGo came out with a politically neutral video platform (I suggested the name DuckDuckShow) with the same privacy settings as their browser to complete against YouTube I think it would be an immediate hit... Flashback - Democratic "dirty-tricks" trial as 4 take plea deal. This has been a cancer on the body politic for years...Inaugural protocol reminder - at the after inaugural reception whoever catches the President's flower bouquet becomes the Ambassador to Sweden... 

Linky Links

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

- Interesting - Space Force's reported role in foiling Iranian missile attack.

Abraham Lincoln on living with loss.

- Buddy Hackett's duck joke

- Do the real thing. Excellent advice.

EDIT: Adding this link as well. Forward it to the people you think may be interested in this info.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The real secret to success is enthusiasm." - Recent Fortune Cookie

"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." - Albert Einstein

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"If women knew what men were really thinking - they would never stop slapping us." - Larry Miller

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man," - George Bernard Shaw

"Silencing the people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country." - Nikki Haley

"As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding, like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood.'" - Enoch Powell