Monday, July 23, 2018

Nomar Garciaparra

Today is Normar Garciaparra's 45th birthday.

There was a stretch of 5-7 years, just before Tom Brady led the Patriots to his first Super Bowl, when Nomar was the biggest star in Boston.

It saddens me that his greatness has been largely forgotten.

Happy birthday Nomar!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I hope President Trump knows what he's doing with these tariffs because to paraphrase economist Russ Roberts - we tried buy local only once before in history - it was called the Dark Ages... If I ever find myself in Sherwood, OR I am going to make it a point to eat at Fat Milos... In Minneapolis there is an adult gift/toy store called Lickety Split. I have a 12-year old's sense of humor because I found that funny. Still do!... Heh Heh... Who knew? Great Britain was once the world champion at ice hockey. They won the gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics... Heh heh - dolphins can be such dicks... Speaking of Russ Roberts, "If you want to get better at this thing called life, you have to pay attention. When you pay attention, you can remember what really matters."...

The Pope and the Crossword Puzzle

The Pope is working on a crossword puzzle and asks his assistant, "Can you think of a four-letter word for 'one type of woman' that ends in u-n-t?"

"How about aunt?" says the assistant.

"Oh, yeah," says the Pope. "You got an eraser?"

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Top 5 - the 1970's

Here's a Top 5 of things that were big in the 70's but now - not so much...

1. Burt Reynolds movies
2. People on TV in danger from quicksand. Did global warming dry up all the quicksand? When's the last time you saw someone on TV who had to be rescued from it? Used to happen all the time in the 70's.
3. The word "ghetto". Nobody uses the word "ghetto" today unless it is in the title of some bad black porn.
4. Mood rings
5. Columbia House Record Club mailings

Just missing the list - bell-bottoms and Saturday morning cartoons.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I don't know anything about soccer but I do know class when I see it. This was 100% class... It still blows my mind that Ronald Reagan was the first choice to play Rick Blaine in the movie classic Casablanca... 15 secrets of commercial divers. I always wanted to be a commercial diver... 80% of all insects live in the jungle. Ergo I will never live in the jungle... I ALMOST do this all the time. It happens when you're not really paying attention on a call... Next season on Game of Thrones a great wizard and conjurer will be introduced. Some call him Tim... Heh Heh - very clever...

Neo Hides from Lumbergh

Saturday, July 21, 2018

How the Economic Machine Works

An excellent video by Ray Dalio that is the equivalent of a semester's worth of Economics 101 knowledge in just 30 minutes. Well worth your time.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Aggressive Prophesies would be a good name for a sports betting website... Naval Ravikant's book recommendation list... Can you imagine how good Dave Cowens would have been in today's NBA? He was an 8-time All-Star, 3-time All-NBA and 3-time All-Defensive team who could both guard 7-footers and shoot from the outside. As it is he was a Hall of Famer but he would have been even greater in today's game... Nice resume Mr. Hendrix but... Jimmy Hoffa disappeared on July 30th 1975. I have a perfectly good alibi for that entire day... The ancient Greek philosopher Chrysippus died of laughter. He got his donkey drunk and then couldn't stop laughing while watching the donkey trying to eat figs. That was the ancient equivalent of watching David Hasselhoff trying to eat a cheeseburger I guess... This is another of my all-time favorite baseball photos...

Top 5 - Hemingway's Books

Today would have been Papa's 118th birthday. May have a drink or two in his honor today. Here's what I consider my 5 favorite Hemingway books.

1. The Old Man and the Sea
2. A Moveable Feast
3. The Sun Also Rises
4. By Lines (Journalism for the Toronto Star)
5. To Have and Have Not

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Not saying Putin isn't a bad guy (he is) but I can't help remembering that he tried to warn the US Intel agencies about the Boston bombers and was completely ignored... 62 of the world's most beautiful libraries... Serious question - can anyone name one single Foreign Policy success during the Obama Administration? I mean the guy did win a Nobel Prize Peace Prize. When the history books are written what will they say that was for?... Potential DNA damage from CRISPR has been seriously underestimated according to new study. Think this is a time to take the pledge of "first do no harm" to heart... From now on I'm going to introduce myself as a "minor celebrity" - Chris Lynch Minor Celebrity. Who is to argue? I may even have cards printed up... Scientists have found quadrillions worth of diamonds in the ground (small print: But we'll never ever get to them)... Still the big unanswered question from the 2016 election - did John Podesta ever find those discount Viagra pills he was looking for when he fell for the Russian phishing scams?...