Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Linkee-poo can't get these memories out of my mind, and some kind of madness has started to evolve

Todd Wheeler's new novel is out.

Why do people love their iPhones? Let me count the ways. Here's 15 to start with. Shake to undo, brilliant. (Grokked from John)

An article on why we should start taking the Millennials seriously. Hi, Millennials, I'm from Gen-X (referred to as the "Silents" in the articles). Don't be demeaning to us. Gen-X has been there before. We can help, but not if you're pissy and all puffed up about it (like you Boomer parents). If you want to play that way, we're all willing to watch you drown (don't worry, you'll eventually pull through, but it'll be a lot tougher). Also, you know that Social Media thing you like to tout, yea, we were there first. Also, we built out the infrastructure it plays on. That's our little red ball you've got there. Don't taunt happy fun ball, savvy?

"Results and Discussion: In total, Calvin caused an estimated $15,955.50 worth of damage over the duration of the comic strip (Figure 1)." Using Calvin and Hobbes to determine the added cost of items destroyed by children to the costs of raising a child (around $245,000 per the U.S. Department of Agriculture). Your research dollars at work. "… it should be reiterated that Calvin is presented as a worst-case scenario. If you believe your child does more than $1,850.55 in damage annually, then you may want to consider professional help, alternative forms of punishment, or, at the very least, take away their stuffed tiger." BTW, I approve of this use of research grants. (Grokked from John)

This is the crux of the matter. This is the Gospel According to Tim & Jerry. But it is not the gospel of Christianity.

Passing for white in America. No history of racial segregation here (just in case someone says that to you in the near future).

What happens when the founder of the birth control movement, a controversial scientist, a Catholic obstetrician and a wealthy feminist walk into a bar? You get The Pill. A history of the development of The Pill. Note everything these people saw in society and know that if the social conservatives get their way, that's where we're headed to.

He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him. Al Franken is polling a sizable advance over his GOP opponent. In Michigan, the NRSC is pulling it's ads after seeing the GOP candidate slip in the polls. "Republicans stressed… that the move was not really a sign of Republicans calling it quits, rather it was just a reallocation of resources because of Land's strong ground game as well as her fundraising" I'm sure it has nothing to do with that dip in the polls at the end of that chart. These guys should be told, "past performance is not indicative of future action." Well, at least the academics still think the GOP will gain the Senate and increase their lead in the House. And the currently conservative led and overwhelming conservative majority Supreme Court is too activist for Ted Cruz. You keep banging on that drum, Ted (I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day). I'm sure if Karl Rove would be apoplectic, if he still mattered in elections ("The Math" anyone?), to see his favorite tool of ginning up the base go bye-bye.

And just for the hell of it, "Carrot… It's not just a vegetable, it's what a vegetable should be." (Grokked from John)

Hey, remember all those people who fought against new energy standards for light bulbs (you know, after they fought to pass them)? The people who helped pioneer the blue LED just won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Why? Because at least the Swedes see how it'll change all of our lives for the better. "'It's just huge — worldwide we could close or not build over 500 large power stations,' if everyone used LED light bulbs, (Colin Humphreys, an LED researcher at Cambridge University in the U.K.) says. Now do you see the connection with both retrovision politics and the Koch Brothers? One group of people want to keep us irrevocably tied to the past.

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