Monday, August 18, 2014

Semi-random thoughts

  • I'm always amazed how people will comment on posts without reading the previous comments. I'm not even talking about the ones where there have been dozens of previous comments. Are people so lazy that they can't be bothered to read a half dozen short comments?
  • After seven years, I've gotten a new computer. It's an HP "desktop." Quotation marks because it goes under the desk, not on top. There are a number of things I could say about this change, but for the moment I'll just mention one, which really surprised me. I love the mouse that came with it. It looks like a zillion other black mice, without even a logo. It's a tiny bit longer and wider than the Logitech I've been using. I thought this might be a problem, but it's not--maybe because it's not as thick as the old one. But the big difference is the shape of the sides. The Logitech has slightly convex, slightly inward sloping sides. The HP's sides are concave. It takes a small amount of inward force to keep a grip on the Logitech. It takes no force at all with the HP--the overhang of the concave sides keep my thumb and ring finger in place. The result is all of my effort goes to moving the mouse, and none to keeping my hand on it. It's great. 
  • There should be a rule for all journalists: If you put a Manhattan address that's on an avenue in your article, you have to put in the cross street.

Today's news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills canary

Friday, August 15, 2014

130,000 visitors!

Thanks for paying a visit!

Maybe the only cat video I'll ever post


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Glob anniversary

Today is the ninth anniversary of this blog. As of this writing it's had 129,892 visitors! If people keep visiting, I'll keep posting.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Question of the day

Why is it that some things are described as unwieldy, but nothing is ever described as wieldy?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Today's news round-up

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Question of the day

Why is the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority putting in Wi-Fi and cellular service on the subway platforms while broadcasting police announcements advising passengers to hide their electronic devices?

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Today's news round-up

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Plat du jour--guest submission



Found by Joanne.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Breakout!

I just discovered you can play Breakout by entering "atari breakout" in Google Images. That was my first video game. I could play it for hours (I still have the stand-alone Breakout box that Atari sold, in some box somewhere).

If don't post for a few weeks, that's what I'll be doing.

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The bartender didn't get it

A couple of nights ago I went to a bar and the bartender was wearing a t-shirt that said "Drinking Consultants Since 1998." I asked her what consultants taste like.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Bastille Day!



It's Bastille Day, which marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789--their 4th of July.

And happy anniversary to Helen and Rachel, and happy birthday to Johanna!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

3,000 posts!

I see that yesterday's was my 3,000th post. I don't really write much of anything any more, but people do seem to keep reading. So I'll keep posting my headlines and license plates and anything else that catches my fancy but doesn't take me very much time. Thanks for sticking around.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Today's news round-up

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Plat du jour



A Yankees fan, quite possibly.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'm back

I was in such a rush leaving I didn't get a chance to post a vacation (part 2) notice. I was in Las Vegas for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, and stayed a few more days for some more relaxed fun.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Animal headline of the day

Bear spotted lounging in hammock

Oh, Canada!

I have had a counter by country on my blog since September, 2011. Today Canada surpassed 1,000 different visitors--the first foreign country to reach this number.

At the rate it's going, the United Kingdom will be next, maybe early in 2016.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Plat du jour--guest submission



Life goes on, we guess. Found by Joanne.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vacation notice

I'm off to London in a little while. Don't expect to see anything here until the end of next week.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Thugs still at it off Somalia

Somalia: Pirates Flee Captured Dhow as EU Naval Force Applies Pressure

It's been quite a while, but it's still happening.

Today's news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

Sweden fire turns cans of rotten fish into exploding missiles

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy 450th, Bill!



It's William Shakespeare's birthday.

Monday, April 21, 2014