Thursday, August 16, 2018

Enemy of the People (In Boston)

"Beware false prophets, who will come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:15-16
About 350 newspapers today will run coordinated editorials today telling President Trump that the media is not the "enemy of the people."  Apart from the obvious on how such a coordinated message kinda proves the bias of the press personally I know the press is the enemy of the people - at least in Boston.

I'm a huge sports fan and for years I was addicted to the Boston Globe sports section but as I got older I learned the ugly truth. The sports journalists in Boston are not to be trusted and for the most part I've weaned myself off all the major outlets (with the exception of a few trusted voices).

John Tomase literally made up lies about the New England Patriots and yet he's still gainfully employed. As far as I'm concerned as a fan of the New England Patriot's he's my enemy. Ron Borges besides being a plagiarist let his personal animosity towards Bill Belichick for choosing Tom Brady over close friend Drew Bledsoe bias ALL of his reporting. For decades he tainted whatever Boston media outlet he was associated with from the fans perspective. And don't get me going on Dan Shaughnessy who has been force-fed to Boston fans continuously. I consider the Curly Haired Boyfriend an "enemy". I could go on and on about Boston sports media who have broken trust with Boston sports fans.

And don't get me started on people like Felger & Maz and the dumpster fire that is Boston sports talk radio.

Now I'm supposed to read a coordinated editorial response and say "OK I'll trust the media to be unvarnished purveyors of the truth"? No thank you! You couldn't even handle honest reporting when it came to sports!

Linky Links

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

- So now is spanking the hippo a thing? Thankfully not according to the Urban Dictionary (yet)

- Interesting - elephants have a secret weapon against cancer.

- An argument that David Hume is the philosopher (and philosophy) we need today.

- I would counter that it is Hume's good friend Adam Smith who is the philosopher we need today. And that Russ Roberts How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life is the place to start.

- 15 skills you can pick up in a month. Already proficient in 5 on the list but in September I might just look into becoming a notary or learning to juggle.

- SEC sends subpoena to Telsa over Elon Musk's Tweets. It's always something in Musk World.

Meanwhile one of Musk's other companies, The Boring Company, announce a planned underground loop to Dodger Stadium. See this is another example why we need the weekly soap opera Musk World.

Top 5 - Songs with the Word Blue in the Title

Here are what I consider the Top 5 songs with the word "blue" in the title.

1. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
2. Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
3. Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan.
4. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
5. Bullet the Blue Sky - U2

Just missing the cut Blue Monday by New Order (I go back and forth on whether I like this song or not) and Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt (always makes me think of the great move Man on Fire) .

As you can see my musical tastes run more towards classic rock than anything else.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

VJ Day

On this day in 1945, Japan surrenders unconditionally to the allies to put an end to World War II. It used to be a major holiday and day of thanksgiving in the US. Today only Rhode Island still celebrates the holiday which was observed on Monday this week.

The Divorce Boat

Here's a free idea for Hollywood - ABC should reinvent the 80's classic The Love Boat but rename it The Divorce Boat.

On The Love Boat people fell in love and rediscovered love while the crew engaged in good natured hi-jinks. On The Divorce Boat people would get in huge fights over nothing, the ship can get attacked by pirates, cruises get plagued by weeks of terrible weather and uncooperative septic systems.  And the crew? They would be a cross between the cast of Shameless and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

I think a well written dark comedy like this could be a hit. Maybe even get it on HBO so there could be nudity. Lots of nudity.

Linky Links

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

- Interesting - foreign interests have spent over $534 million in lobbying efforts in the US since 2017. Not all of it is nefarious seeing how Tourism Ireland is the 3rd largest spending entity. China specifically targeting industries in "Red States" with tariffs and mid-term elections coming - now that's nefarious.

- Even with the apostrophe - still don't think I'm eating here

- Cool - the first dunk contest in 1976 featuring Dr. J vs David Thompson. Things have certainly changed in pro basketball in the decades since.

Watch an AI robot take all the fun out of Where's Waldo. If they ever train AI to find the G-spot men are finished!

- This is so awesome!

- This is also awesome!

- History will not be kind to the Mueller Investigation

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gary Larson

Happy 68th birthday to the one and only Gary Larson. His Far Side cartoons have become legendary and in the case of the Thagomizer part of the science lexicon.

Here are some of his cartoons displayed in real life.

Thank you Mr. Larson for all the laughs.

Hope you truly enjoy your birthday today.

The Dinosaur Wars

According to scientists more time separates stegosaurs from tyrannosaurs - 67 million years than separates tyrannosaurs from man - 66 million years.

Which means according to science it is more likely that Jesus rode a T-Rex than it is that this epic battle ever occurred. Thanks science for ruining my childhood!

Oh and that's not all. Now in science there's a big argument over whether an asteroid actually killed the "charismatic megafauna" (dinosaurs) or whether volcanoes are responsible (the Deccan Volcanism theory). [Long read]

Just goes to show that the science is never settled. Right T-Rex riding Jesus?   

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Any beer (craft or otherwise) that uses the word "mouthfeel" to describe its product is dead to me. I can't even believe mouthfeel is a real word... "Holy shit!" is right!... "Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'" C.S. Lewis... Very cool photo... Am I the only one who is disappointed that Abe Vigoda failed to rise from the dead?... I went to years of Catholic school and was never told that Saint Peter - the rock on which Jesus built his church - the first Pope - was married... Another cool (and scary) photo... Since being traded by the Red Sox Jon Lester has gone 61-34 - just saying...

Richard Harris - MacArthur Park

Richard Harris' inexplicable MacArthur Park may be the worst song in history or it could be so bad it's good. Either way - recently I've taken to playing this song on the jukebox when playing pool to throw off my opponent's concentration.

So far it's working.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Where do we find such men

- Why alcohol is the secret to humanity's success (long read)

- Socialism and autocratic rule by one man, first Chavez and now Maduro, have turned Venezuela into a shithole.

- And it looks like Turkey wants to follow the same path. Except of course they'll blame the Jews when the economy tanks.

- Organic solar cells the next big thing?

- Zdeno Chara is still the Bruins best defensemen. He's the 3rd best defenseman in Boston's history and a sure Hall of Famer. And even at 40 - there's nobody in the NHL who wants to fight Chara.

Wade Boggs vs Dwight Evans

Dwight Evans finished with more triples, home runs, RBI, stolen bases and total bases than Wade Boggs. Evans career OPS+ is 127 but if you take way his last two seasons (which were regrettable) then Dewey’s OPS+ is equal to Boggs career OPS+ of 130. Did I mention the fact that Evans had 8 Gold Gloves and is widely regarded as the best defensive right fielder of his generation? Dwight Evans was a much better all-around player than Wade Boggs and yet it is Boggs who has his bust in Cooperstown.

Dwight Evans was flat out a  better player than Wade Boggs and that is why I still say having ingrate Boggs' #26 retired by the Red Sox is a slap in the face of Dwight Evans.

Just my opinion.

Musk World

I'm fascinated by Elon Musk. If there was a daily soap opera called Musk World  I'd get cable just to watch it. There's always something and I mean always something going on in Musk World.

Last week Musk tweeted out the possibility of taking Tesla private at $420 a share. This put a scare into the people who have been selling Tesla stock short and also brought to question whether Musk should be investigated by the SEC for stock manipulation.

Meanwhile Russian retaliatory sanctions aimed at the US space program may open up some opportunities for Musk's SpaceX.

This week Tesla's board might meet to discuss the possibility of going private and asking Elon to recuse himself from the negotiations.

There's always something happening in Musk World.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Idris Elba as James Bond

There's a report circulating that Idris Elba is the favorite to replace Daniel Craig as Jame Bond.

I'm of two minds on this. I love Elba as an actor. His role as DCI John Luther makes him one of the top cops in TV history while his role as Stringer Bell simultaneously places him as one of the top criminals in TV history. That's quite an acting daily-double.

The reason I'm not sure on this is not because he's black. That doesn't make a difference. The reason I'm not sure is his age.

Daniel Craig is 50-years old and he last played Bond in 2015 when he was 47. Craig looked old and tired in Spectre. Craig's first Bond film came out when he was 38 but was shot when he was 36-years old.

Elba is about to turn 46-years old on September 6th which is why I think this rumor of him as Bond is just a ruse. Timothy Dalton was 41 when he took over as Bond in The Living Daylights. And Dalton looked too old - at 41! Elba probably would be 48 by the time a film was actually made.

If I were a betting man - I'd bet against Idris Elba being named the next James Bond. He's just too old. 

Linky Links

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

- Slack is raising $400 million with a projected post money valuation of $7 billion. I feel so stupid for not knowing anything about Slack.

- Cool - looks like the opening to a John Carpenter film

- The country of Turkey is not in a good place right now. We should also cancel their order of new F-35 fighters.

- This story on Sean Young just makes my soul ache. I hope she's able to put her life together.

- An economist does a mea culpa. Good for him.

- New cloaking technology getting closer to reality. Hurry please because our Space Force is going to need this to fight galactic Predators

- Heh Heh

Alex Jones

I don't have enough information to have a well developed opinion about Alex Jones and Info Wars being pulled from a bunch of social media platforms but damn this is funny.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Bob Cousy

Happy 90th birthday to Holy Cross and Boston Celtics' legend Bob Cousy.

90-years young and still sharp as a tack. He might not have been born here but many (including me) consider him Worcester's own.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

As a Red Sox fan it seems like it was last season that Hanley Ramirez was on the roster not just a couple months ago (Hanley played in 44 games this year before being waived)... Heh heh - love this...  Martyred by Raccoons would be a good name for a band (or a grisly way to die)... Should Zach Thomas be in the Hall of Fame? I always equated Thomas and Brian Urlacher as basically the same player. I'd say yes - Zach Thomas belongs in the Hall... Illegal immigrant rapes a child after being released by the City of Philadelphia because of their "sanctuary city" "status". Firmly believe that the elected officials responsible here should be sued by victims of crimes like these. Make them financially responsible for their actions... Things I'll never understand - people who are mean to their waiter or waitress and people who hate dogs (though I'm not equating the two things in any way)... Heh heh - now I want this painting...

The Early Leading 2020 Candidate for My Support

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Sign her up!

- The Tesla Roadster may have gotten all the press but the Rimac might be the true all-electric sports supercar

- Born 116-years ago today, Paul Dirac - the most underrated genius of the 20th century

- Fantastic tirade

- RIP Stan Mikita hockey royalty

- Speaking of sports cars - the Ford Mustang about to sell its 10 millionth!

- Saudi Arabia sells all of their Canadian stocks and bonds. This weakens the Canadian economy and puts them in an even worse spot in trying to renegotiate NAFTA with the Trump Administration. But at least Trudeau can still feign to be morally superior.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Roger Goodell believes climate change is real. And he blames Tom Brady for it... How Spygate is causing some lifelong Democrats to leave their party... Growing up Catholic if a priest said a mass in an hour he was a "good" priest. If he consistently finished in 45 minutes he developed a cult following... Good news for Red Sox fans and bad news for Yankees fans... "The best place to store extra food is in the belly of a friend" - African proverb... Still say Keith Olbermann and Milhouse from the Simpsons were separated at birth... Praise the Lord! I've now been stigmata free for over 40-years!...

Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Sports Betting Credit Cards

With more and more states legalizing sports gambling and even pro leagues like the NBA  embracing the idea I see the next big thing in sports betting as credit cards issued by casinos.

The big advantage local bookies have over legalized gambling is the ability to allow bettors to place their action on credit. You place a bet with a casino - you put the money up front and if you win then you get your bet back plus your winnings. With a local bookie you just say "give me $100 on the Red Sox."

If a casino like the MGM issues a credit card that can be used for all the normal things a credit card is used for PLUS betting then that's a big win. Say you get a Visa credit card from the MGM casino with a $2,000 line of credit - you could used that card (if betting is legal in your state) to place that same $100 bet on the Red Sox but instead of fronting the money $100 of your $2,000 credit would just be on hold. If you win then that hold is removed and $100 is added to your account. BOOM!

If you don't pay your local bookie - he has to chase you down. If you don't pay your MGM Visa card - then the interest just keeps accruing. A legal debt. The vigorish on credit card interest is actually probably more than the vig on the actual bets. Plus the card vendor makes 1-2% on any purchases made with that credit card too!

Card issuers can also have rewards programs geared specifically to gamblers. Points could be earned both for normal purchases and for bets made. Frequent flyer points but for bettors. Maybe throw in a "free" 5-team $5 parlay once in a while or something creative like that. Maybe partner with other companies and have special offers. For example maybe a partnership with StubHub for tickets to your favorite team redeemed through points earned on the card.

Sports betting credit cards are the next big thing in legalized gambling. Write it down.

Jordan Peterson

This short video is in a nutshell why so many love Jordan Peterson's message. And it is also in a nutshell why so many on the left oppose his message.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

When I saw President Trump's tweet about LeBron James - my honest first thought was that Trump either consciously or unconsciously wants to be a one-term President... God help me but I laughed at this... If Donald Trump ever goes on trial for anything in his life one of the jury pool selection questions will now have to be "Are you a fan of LeBron James?" If the prospective juror says yes then they will be shown the door... Turns out that $32.6 TRILLION cost for Medicare for All over 10-years was a best case scenario. Anyone who argues for this has no idea how the world works... "God will not have his work made manifest by cowards." Ralph Waldo Emerson... For no reason I'm suddenly curious if a reggae version of The Band's Up On Cripple Creek exists... I'm curious how President Trump going after LeBron James polls in Miami and Ohio. Sure it will poll poorly in Akron but what about in Cleveland?...

Linky Links

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

- Am I an awful person for laughing at this?

- Up to 95% of plastic polluting world's oceans come from just 10 rivers. This report is almost a year old but somehow I'm just hearing about it now because dopes in the US want to ban straws.

- Surely I'm an awful person for laughing at this!

- I didn't laugh at this (because it is also something I've wondered about)

- This on the other hand I did laugh at.

- Are you ready for some football?

- Interesting row developing between Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Jocko Willink - Motivation "Good"

This always motivates me. Good!

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Red Sox Magic Number

The Red Sox Magic Number to clinch the AL East is now just 44. And in Boston that number makes you think of Danny Ainge.

Boston fans really have an abundance of riches when it comes to professional sports these days (and for the past two-decades for that matter).

Yankees suck!

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Elvis Presley

Before there was the Lemmonheads covering Mrs. Robinson.

Before there was Disturbed covering The Sound of Silence.

There was the King covering Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Maybe the Only Day You'll Find Me Rooting for the Denver Broncos

A good cause.

Linky Links

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

- The story of how the Obama Administration blatantly lied about the status of our battle against Al Qaeda, Iran and a whole host of other serious issues makes me mad. And the media knew. They knew.

- On a lighter note - here's the story of how the Choco Taco came to be.

- String theory may create far fewer universes than thought. Of course both string theory and the multi-universe idea are both untestable.

- Interesting - America's net oil imports at 14.9% is the lowest it's been in 60-years. The change is largely due to fracking.

- I can't stop watching this. Was that an egg at the end?

- Senator Diane Feinstein employed a spy for the Chinese government for 20-years! How is this not a bigger story?

- This is awesome! Hats off to the person who took the time to do this.

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Very cool!

Friday, August 03, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

So Roger Goodell reportedly offered to let Tom Brady off for Deflategate if Brady agreed to throw McNally and Jastremski under the bus. Brady refused to ruin the lives of two innocent men. Fuck you Roger Goodell you are a despicable human... Very cool wildlife photos.... Is it just me or does it seem that CNN's Jim Acosta actually creates more content for Fox News than for his own network?... And speaking of Brady - today in an obvious attempt to troll the media President Trump will announce he's changing the name of the James Brady Press Briefing Room to the Tom Brady Press Briefing Room of Excellence in honor of Trump's favorite QB's birthday... New eye drops could repair corneas and make eye glasses a thing of the past... Can it be argued that e-evidence will follow existing extradition treaties? If so I'd look to countries that don't have extradition treaties with the US to become cloud service hotspots...

Linky Links

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

- Well Vermont isn't a real state - "true" single payer healthcare has yet to be tried. [Sarcasm off]

- Interesting - how legal pot actually made things worse for people who need medical marijuana in Oregon.

- A look at some of the issues facing law enforcement in the Internet age and new laws that try to deal with those issues.

- Charlie Munger's one way to make progress

- Royal crown jewels stolen in Sweden. How little security seems to have been in place for priceless artifacts.

- Canadian VHS era pop culture icon Troy Hurtubise passes.  I had never heard of Troy so out of curiosity I watched Project Grizzly on YouTube. Couldn't shake the idea that it was actually one long extended Kids in the Hall sketch except it was a real thing.

- Not all heroes wear capes!

Happy Birthday to the GOAT

Happy 41st birthday to Tom Brady the best to ever play the game.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

If I were a programmer my coder name would be "Biatus" and any time I hacked a system I'd leave a note "Hack from Biatus" (I have a very low bar on what I find amusing)... Interesting? Scary? The "Buffett Indicator" and why it says a market correction may be due... Still disappointed that when Burger King and Canada's Tim Horton's merged they didn't call the new company Burger Horton's... Interesting - an argument that Ken Burns PBS series on Vietnam wasn't as impartial as it claimed to be... If I ran an Artificial Intelligence company I'd call it A.I. Davis and have my "Siri" voice be that of the late Raiders owner... "The game of life is the game of everlasting learning. At least it is if you want to win." Charlie Munger... Have no idea why the Bruins have waited this long to retire Rick Middleton's number 16. And a reminder why they called him Nifty...

World Famous Detective

I have a soft spot for the movie Murder on the Orient Express. Even though I've seen the movie about 20-times there's one piece of language that gets me thinking every time. 

In the movie - when people first hear the name Hercule Poirot - the reaction is the same. They all ask "The world famous detective?" That always gets me thinking. Is there such a thing as a world famous detective? I've racked my brain and I cannot think of a single one - not past nor present. 

Maybe its just me but that realization strikes me that vampires are probably closer to reality than characters like Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes.

Oh and don't watch the remake of Murder on the Orient Express - it's shit!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Giving Things Up

I can't recall when or why I decided to do it but sometime in January I decided that I would give up beer for the month of February. No it wasn't a Lent related thing. I just decided I was probably drinking too much and for me giving up beer pretty much meant giving up alcohol for the month.

There were just a couple of times when I was out to eat with others and allowed myself a glass or two of red wine. But other than that it really wasn't that hard. When out watching a game or playing cards with friends they'd ask why I was doing it and I'd say, "Just because" then joke that I picked February because it was the shortest month.

I didn't give up anything for March since it's my birthday month and I had a trip planned for Santa Monica and the Pacific Coast Highway with my girlfriend. I wanted my full range of vices available to me. Which was nice.

For April I decided to try and give up porn. I really did try but damn it... Well let's just say I was much more successful giving up other things.

In May I gave up Keno. No problem. And I've only played Keno once since. It is a waste of money and even if you say "I'm just doing it for the entertainment value" it's a losing proposition. Now even the thought of it makes me feel like a loser. (Though I still may have those Professional Keno Player business cards printed up as a joke.)

Coffee was next. My pot of coffee habit in the morning and two large Dunkin coffees for any long drive had long been a staple of my existence. The headaches were tough in the first week and a half and my energy levels dropped for about the same amount of time but I stuck to just one large hot tea in the morning (Irish Breakfast Blend) and by the end of the month of June I wasn't really missing coffee at all. Just like beer - I've gone back to drinking coffee but the amount has been drastically cut down and now any given morning it is 50/50 whether it's coffee or tea in my morning cuppa.

July I gave up betting on sports. Like giving up alcohol in February because it is the shortest month - I justified giving up placing bets because there's only really baseball in July. Both the NBA and NHL are done and football is still a couple months away. No problem. (Giving up sports betting during football season would be different but hey let's not get carried away here.)

For August I plan to give up eating.

Maybe I should clarify. I plan to have two 24-hour fasts on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. I hope to make this a permanent habit if possible. I've already started intermittent fasting based upon some of the health based podcasts I've listened to. Now I try to eat only between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM. Between 7 PM and 9 AM just water. I've already experienced some benefits (lost 6 pounds) and am curious about adding in a couple 24-hour fasts into the regular mix.

Not sure what I'll give up for September yet but I like this giving things up deal. Maybe soon it will be time to go on a add things in kick. Trying to do something for 30-days straight is supposed to be the easiest way to create a lasting habit.

Anyway just thought I'd share. Try giving things up yourself. What do you have to lose?

History of the Earth

Love illustrations like this.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Single payer "Medicare for all" would cost 32.6 TRILLION over 10-years. Not even doubling existing taxes would be enough to pay for it. Time to put away childish things.

- On the other hand - it is getting near impossible to argue that the Trump tax cuts weren't great for the US economy

- This made me chuckle more than it should have

- NASA's space suit drama could delay our trip to the moon. This is disappointing.

- According to new study Marines drink more and f*ck more than the other military branches. That should go on every recruiting poster! Oh and despite having less sex than Marines - Navy sailors get more STD's.

- I guess calling John McAfee "tech eccentric" might be because they lawyers would let them say "batshit insane".

- And speaking of more sex (and yes I have the sense of humor of a 12-year old boy)

Harry Potter

According to the books, Harry Potter would have turned 38 years old today. Happy birthday Harry!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Grass Under a Microscope...

...looks so happy!

Public Service Announcement

I read a study once where the experts explained that putting ice cubes up the rectums of unconscious people has no physiological benefit and can even lead to seizures and stroke. Of course I laughed at such a silly study. And the more I thought about it – I funnier I thought it was.

After thinking about it for a while I came to the unmistakable conclusion that men were completely responsible for such a thing. In order for the study to be done in the first place people must have been putting ice cube up the butts of unconscious people. Who would do such a thing? Men! A woman would never see an unconscious person and think – “Instead of calling an ambulance for help I think I will jam a large ice cube up the ass to see if that wakes the person up.” Say that to a guy and the chances are his response would be, “What the heck – give it a shot.”

And who would design and OK the spending for such a dumb study? Men! Do you think they told the test subjects what the study was all about? “OK we are going to knock you unconscious and then place ice cubes of different sizes up your rectum.” How would you like to be the test subject that ended up having a stroke because you needed the $50 the experiment paid? 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

State of the Celtics

The State of the Boston Celtics right now is good. Very good. The future is so bright Celtics fans need to wear shades good.

It can be argued that the Celtics have the second best team in the NBA. Their starting five are Kyrie Irving (26), Jaylen Brown (21), Jayson Tatum (20), Gordon Haywood (28) and Al Horford (32). I put their ages in parenthesis just to show how young this team is.

The Celtics may also have the deepest roster in the league with the following regular rotation players coming off the bench; Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, plus Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis, and Guerschon Yabusele. This year's first round pick Robert Williams may not even make the NBA roster and instead might have to spend the season with the Maine Red Claws. This deep roster should keep the team fresh for the playoffs and be good insurance against any major injuries.

Of course Boston being Boston some drama has to be drummed up to satisfy sports talk radio and that drama comes from two subjects. First Kyrie Irving is a free agent after this season and there is speculation he may want to play in New York. Anyone following the situation, however, knows that the Celtics can offer him much more money than any other team because of his "Bird Rights". Not sure why Irving would want to leave a situation where he'd be competing for an NBA championship, have perhaps the best coach in the NBA and would be getting a ton of media exposure playing for one of the NBA's marque teams.

The other point of "discussion" has been the contract signed by Marcus Smart. Celtics fans are happy to have Smart back. The man always gives his all and his scrappy play makes him a crowd favorite. The "complaints" stem from arguments that the Celtics overpaid a  guy who won't even be a starter. And yes that's true but Boston is home to an incredible 6th Man legacy including Hall of Famers like John Havlicek and Kevin McHale (who started off his career backing up Cedric Maxwell). I think Danny Ainge did the right thing in giving Smart a contract that more reflects his true value to the team than the number of minutes he might play each night.

It has to be noted how excited Celtics fan are to watch Jasyon Tatum continue to develop. And now that it's been pointed out how eerie he looks like a young Kobe Bryant I'll never get that out of my head.

Let's not forget that Danny Ainge has a couple more high draft picks coming in the next couple of years and for Celtics fans this truly is a great time to be alive.

Ten Commandments of Logic

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Saying that the Hubble telescope has a new rival is incorrect. I would prefer them to say that Earth based telescope technology has taken the next step forward... Wrap your mind around this - 95% of the taxes we have today in the US did not exist 100-years ago. How many of those taxes were enacted for a specific purpose that may no longer exist but the taxes still do?... This remains one of my favorite paintings and yes I am going to hell... Prohibited means not allowed but you never hear anyone say that things that are allowed are "hibited". Not sure if "hibited" is even a word. I'll be very gruntled if it is... 12-mile wide "lake" found on Mars. Very cool and could serve as a future base of operations of  a manned base on the planet but I can help but keep thinking of the Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars...  "What can be added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience." Sage words of wisdom from Adam Smith... About time! Deadwood movie finally greenlit by HBO...

Hocus Pocus by Focus

Because rock needs more yodeling (not to mention jazz flute and whistling).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Very cool!

- I have the AllTrails app on my phone but now I'm curious to try out this Fatmap app.

- Images show that North Korea has begun dismantling a key missile site. This news seems to have been buried yet can't help but think if this happened under Obama then CNN would be spending hours comparing him to JFK and the dismantling of the Cuban missile sites.

- Interesting hypothesis. Way back when I posited that Putin invaded Crimea because he didn't have the billions needed to rent the naval base there. If he has trouble paying pensions to Russian citizens their economy might really be hurting. All the more reason for Trump to play nice.

- Find your passion? That's bad advice according to new study. The key seems to be to keep an open mind and stay curious.

- This is so true.

- WD 40 you dirty dog! I imagine this ad ran back in the day of "Men's" magazines.

Scott Adams Recipe for Happiness

Excellent life advice. Simple. Straightforward. Attainable for all.

My Dream of Jon Hamm

Had a dream this morning where the Chicago Cubs announced that they have hired Jon Hamm to play a front office role for the team.

When asked about the fact that Hamm is famously a St. Louis Cardinals diehard fan the Cubs official said that Jon Hamm is a great actor and stressed that he'd be "playing a role."

This was an actual dream I had. Just thought I'd share.

Walter Payton

Today should have been Walter Payton's 64th birthday. RIP Sweetness.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Patrice Bergeron

Today is Patrice Bergeron's 33rd birthday. Bergeron over his career has consistently and quietly been one of the best players in the NHL.

He is tied with the Canadiens Bob Gainey for the most career Selke Awards as the NHL's top defensive forward with 4.

Bergie is also 7th on the Bruins all-time scoring list with 734 points - just 59 behind Wayne Cashman. Bobby Orr in 5th with 888 and Rick Middleton in 4th with 898 are also in striking distance.

Hope Boston fans appreciate that they get the chance to watch a potential Hall of Famer in Bergeron.

As an aside it has always bothered me that Rick Middleton isn't more greatly appreciated in hockey circles but I never realized that Bob Gainey who won 4 Selke Awards and whose name is on 5 Stanley Cup Championship teams in Montreal is not in the Hall of Fame. EDIT: Gainey is in the Hall of Fame and I'm an idiot.

Anyway - happy birthday Bergie!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Instead of the vulgar MILF the correct linguistic term is "matronolagnia". Behold the power of a good vocabulary!... 8 rules to doing everything better... The things you learn from the Internet; "New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student - and he was shot and killed before graduation." Mental Floss... Yes this guy is a dumbass. But he must have known he would get hundreds of thousand of views by posting the video (someone had to post it). So is he really a dumbass?... Adolph Hitler's sister-in-law was named Bridget. Bridget Hitler. That just sounds funny to me. Like the name of an Irish punk band... Behold the power of the Thagomizer (and of the Far Side)... How to behave in real life and on the Internet in a nutshell, "Understand this, dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger." James 1:19...

Telly Savalas - If

Telly Savalas - who love ya baby! The 70's were certainly a different time.

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?...

Monday, July 16, 2018

And old joke but a good one to remember"

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?...What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend!

Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur.

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur's question thus:

What a woman really wants, she to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be spared

And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day....or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now....what is the moral to this story?

The moral is.....
If you don't let a woman have her own way...
Things are going to get ugly.