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.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary (or in the Kardashian family)... FDA puts brakes on major CRISPR trial on humans... Disco Hagrid would be a good name for an ABBA cover band... Cool - the world's smallest surgical robot is almost ready for the operating room... In my opinion the self-serve waffle machine is the biggest advancement in the hospitality industry in the past half-century... 24 daily habits that will make you smarter (though I would have listed #24 as #1)... Congrats to Tm Tebow on dating Miss Universe . None of my business but has anyone asked him if he's still a virgin? seems a waste to be dating Miss Universe and still be a virgin...

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Outrage Epidemic

Economist Russ Roberts succinctly summarizes why there is such an "outrage epidemic" in media these days. When you think about it this also explains why fewer and fewer people are relying on the major media outlets.

I highly recommend Russ Roberts' podcast EconTalk.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Reminder - the New York City radio station that was carrying the liberal talk radio Air America actually saw its ratings increase when it switched to an all Gospel music format... Youth is not a time in life... The "no touch" Ohio stripper laws help explain why the Cavaliers have such a hard time signing NBA free agents... The five types of wealth - 1 financial wealth (money), 2 social wealth (status), 3 time wealth (freedom), 4 physical wealth (health) and 5 spiritual health (wisdom)... In the great Twitter purge looks like I actually gained 2 followers - unlike Ray Lewis...  I can't understand the mindset of some vegans who think "meat is murder" but who can simultaneously support abortion... Geez it's almost as if the more government got involved with something the more expensive it becomes to the consumer. Who would have thunk it?...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

E.B. White

What a great philosophy! Yesterday would have been E.B. White's 119th birthday.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Frisky Biscuits would be a good name for a band or a fantasy football team... Such a great photo - Clint Eastwood, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn and the recently deceased Frank Ramsey...  The more you know - if the Earth was the size of a regulation NBA basketball then the moon would be the size of a tennis ball... Cool - Navy SEALS using sensory deprivation tanks to accelerate learning... Gloaming (twilight, dusk) is a word that should be brought back into the common vernacular... Vandalism against driverless cars is increasing and soon I predict you'll see a rash of insurance "scams" where pedestrians and human drivers learn what the parameters of the driverless cars that can be exploited for financial gain. The thinking will be that if a person or company has the money for driverless cars they are good targets for lawsuits... Tom Brady's high school went 5-5 his senior year even though they had him as their starting QB. You can never tell...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Student loans account for almost 50% of federal assets? That cannot be right! If accurate that's damn scary.

- This is what heroes look like!

- NBC's Capital Hill reporter demonstrates why so many dislike the press. How does she still have a job?

- On this day in 1804

- Outside Magazine's best fitness tips

- Joaquim Phoenix to play the Joker?

- I laughed way too much at this

Decorum in Politics

New England style Town meetings have famously been called the purest form of democracy. I would also add that Town Meetings are also perhaps the most organized and decorous forms of democracy.

We could use more New England Town Meeting style democracy in our national politics. And I do not mean the made for TV pap called "Town Meetings" - I mean honest to God New England Style Town Meetings.

Elected officials would be up front on stage and the meeting would be run by a moderator. Each "warrant" item would be brought up, discussed and then voted on.

Only a person with "standing" (i.e. a resident of the Town) would be allowed to speak. The moderator would limit each person to two-minutes and a person could not speak a second time until everyone who wants to have their voice heard has had a chance. If the meeting is dragging on someone can "move to vote" and if a majority agrees then discussion ends and a vote is taken.

People without "standing" are not allowed to speak. People who disrupt the meeting are asked by a "constable" to leave. If they refuse they are arrested for disturbing the peace.

This model leaves no room for grandstanding reporters who think they have "standing" on every issue and who think rudeness equals rightness (looking at you Jim Acosta - CNN should be ashamed for employing you). Assistants to elected officials who shout out rude things would not only be asked to leave and barred from future meetings but the elected official who employed such a berk in the first place would have their original poor decision making to hire a such a person cause them to possibly lose their next election (looking at you Senator Hassan). 

Reporters attend New England Town Meetings all the time. But they report on what happened and what was said. They do not presume to become part of the story and certainly not THE STORY.

The Town Meetings could be televised so that viewers could see which people actually know what they are talking about and which people are moonbats.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Saturday, July 07, 2018

OK I'll Say It!

Am I the only one who thinks Jennifer Rubin is slowly morphing into Helen Thomas?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Just to get this out there and ahead of the story - I have no idea how those illegal substances got into my system. It might have been those damn supplements... I really want this T-shirt... How would history have been different if England came in on the side of the South during the Civil War with the caveat that the Southern States return to being part of Great Britain?... Starting to think the Red Sox were wrong not to trade Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels a few seasons ago... Ted Nugent said that Stranglehold is really a love song. Now I have the perverse desire to see someone like Tony Bennett sing it like a love ballad... On this day in 1687 Isaac Newton published his Principia perhaps the most import science book ever printed... "The universe if full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Eden Phillpotts...

Five Years Ago

Five years ago this week Danny Ainge announced that he had hired Brad Stevens to be the new coach of the Boston Celtics. Since then Stevens has won 25 games, then 40, then 48, then 53 and last season won  55 games. Would anyone be surprised if Vegas pegs the Celtics wins over / under at 60 wins next year?

It was also five years ago that Danny Ainge made the fateful trade that has since "netted" Boston Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum and Kyrie Irving. And yet not once during the past 5-years has Ainge been voted the NBA Executive of the Year.

Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet

Man this sounds like Led Zepplin. (Really hope they get better at lip-syncing)

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Message From the Opposing Viewpoint

And the rebuttal.

Top 5 - Memorable Things that Happened on the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July. Here are the top 5 things that happened in US history on the 4th of July. Don't forget that July is American Beer Month.

1. 1776 Colonies declare independence
2. 1826 Presidents, patriots, rivals and friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die on the same day
3. 1863 The surrender of Vicksurg to General Grant (Vicksburg would not celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years)
4. 1831 James Madison, last of the founding fathers, dies
5. (tie) 1804 Lewis and Clark celebrate first 4th of July west of the Mississippi (tie) 1939 Lou Gehrig gives his "luckiest man alive" speech at Yankee Stadium

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Rolling in the Black

Adele and AC/DC remix.

Book Recommendations

If you are looking for some summer reading - here's two lists of book recommendations for your consideration.

First here's 30 books General James Mattis thinks every leader should read.

Second here's 12 books that Elon Musk recommends that changed his life.

Happy reading!

Robert Shaw Describes President Trump

Robert Shaw describes Donald Trump at a press conference:
Donald Trump comes cruising in. The reporters form themselves into tight groups. You know it's kind of like ol' squares in a battle or like being roped together at a Hillary press conference. And the idea is if the Donald goes after one reporter and then that reporter would start hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the Donald would go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes the Donald, he looks right into you. Right into the reporter's eyes. You know the thing about the Donald, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be a real politician. Until he bites into ya with those scathing remarks and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch complaining and the airways and Internet explode despite all the pounding and hollerin' that the Donald isn't a serious President. And that's when the Donald comes in and rips ya to pieces. I'll never go into a press pool again.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I didn't vote for him and have to shake my head at some of his antics but I'll convinced that if President Trump was a Democrat the media would be shouting, "It's the economy stupid!"... Bruins sign a back-up goalie. Sorry being told actually the back-up goalie they signed was Jaroslav Halak... This does put a different spin on the movie Toy Story [EDIT - link went to a Tweet that said "My daugjter just ruined Toy Story for ever. She said if one of the toys died Andy wouldnt know and he'd carry on playing with its corpse]... Just saying but doesn't Venezuela have a single-payer health system?... Seeing how Rajon Rondo has signed with the Lakers here's another reminder... And one final periodic reminder that "Joe Biden" is an anagram for "I need a job"... This basketball brawl was crazy...

Linky Links

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

- Heh Heh

- Jordan Peterson tackles Cain and Abel

- This is awesome - watch to the end!

- Six life lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg

- One picture illustrates how important Tiger Woods is to golf

- 7 traits of super-productive people

- Meanwhile in Philadelphia Markelle Fultz is trying to remember how to shoot a jump shot

LeBron James

So LeBron James has signed with the Lakers as a free-agent for $154 million over 4-years. Who could have seen this coming? Oh yeah - everyone!

Last year I suggested that Cleveland should be trading LeBron James and not Kyrie Irving. I still stand behind that.

If the Cavaliers had traded James last season this year their core would have been Kyrie, Kevin Love and Brandon Ingram. Any half decent GM would be able to make that core into an Eastern Conference contender.

Instead Cleveland will be in shambles for the foreseeable future. They might not even have their own draft pick this year having traded it for Kyle Korver (Top 10 Protected).

Just Married

A few times a year I take long trips where I drive for 5 or more hours. The next time I do I want to put soap letters on my rear windshield saying "JUST MARRIED". Keep in mind that I would be taking this trip by myself. I think people looking for the bride or asking what happened would be funny. "It didn't work out." "She slept with my brother." "She died of food poisoning at our reception." You could go on and on.

My only regret is being older - people might just think "old fool" but if I were younger this prank might be a good opportunity for some random sympathy sex.

My mind might be broken. That's the only explanation I come up with for why I think up these things.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Top 5 - Movie Theme Music

Here are my choices for the best movie theme music of all-time.

1. The Godfather 
2. The Exorcist 
3. Patton 
4. Jaws 
5. (tie) The Last of the Mohicans  (tie) Rocky 

Honorable mention to The Sting.

Other movies have had some great songs but when I hear these instrumentals - my brain automatically thinks of the movie.