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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wouldn't "No Bike Parking" suffice?

This was on a fence in front of a World Bank building. Overplaying their authority a little, or just an overenthusiastic sign maker?

Monday, February 23, 2009

On to Richmond!

Yet again, I will heading down to Richmond for the annual Old Dominion Open modelfest. If her lungs hold up, Merujo will be accompanying again, possibly against her better judgment. Although I neglected to put up any photos from 2007, I have shots from 2006 and 2008 in case you're even remotely interested.

You can see photos from the 2006 trip here (along with a side trip to the house where Stonewall Jackson died). Enjoy.

Actual headline: Brain-damaged woodchuck missing in Omaha

Is it considered cruel to laugh at this? (I mean the headline, not the actual state of the animal in question.)

Here's the story, in case you want more details (and I want to avoid violating NTV's copyright):

Brain-damaged woodchuck missing in Omaha (February 23, 2009)

Monday, November 10, 2008

TSA question: Which is it? 3 ounces or 100 ml?

According to the TSA website, the amount of liquid you're allowed to bring on a plane is "bottles 3 ounces or smaller (or 100 ml)."

Here's the interesting bit:

3 fluid ounces are equal to 88.72 ml, not 100 ml

So which is it?

If I bring a 100 ml container to a U.S. security checkpoint, is some security person (in his newly-minted and freshly badged-up uniform) going to hassle me? It may sound like a petty question, but to date I have yet to be all that impressed with the level of knowledge possessed by the TSA's front lines.

I just want to know before I go, as they say.

Every time I travel by air, I'm sure the face police (aka the Behavior Detection Officers) have been tempted to pull me aside, because I always find myself gearing up to go through security. It's certainly a mental challenge, trying to hold it together as my Fourth Amendment rights slowly disintegrate.

If the TSA is trolling blogs for mention of their august institution, I would actually appreciate a real-deal clarification of the "3 ounces doesn't equal 100 ml" issue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

RIP Neal Hefti (1922-2008)

It's not often that someone composes a TV theme that absolutely everyone knows. He wrote the "Odd Couple" theme, too. Oh, and he used to play with Woody Herman and Charlie Spivak, and did arrangements for Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, and Steve Allen. Not bad for a Nebraska boy.

Get the full scoop on the man here. His legacy is only as far away as any countless YouTube videos and garage bands.


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

From this morning

This must be one awesome cnidarian...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How many houses does it take?

How many houses does it take before you forget how many you have?

Today Politico reported that it asked John McCain how many houses he and his wife owned. His response, according to Politico: "I think -- I'll have my staff get to you. It's condominums where -- I'll have them get to you."

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Is it funny that he's a little doddering and can't quite remember how many properties he and the Stepford Wife own? Or is it pathetic and sad?

The mother of a very good friend of mine is 71. She says that she doesn't have the mental stamina to be president, and for this reason (among others, probably) feels that McCain is too old.

I think she's right. But she also needs to factor in the money. He's too old and perhaps too rich. Oh, wait--it's his wife who's rich (estimated worth of $100 million).

Whether he's rich or not, he's certainly one thing: out of touch. When you have too many houses, I tend to doubt you can relate to ordinary Americans.

Some may argue that Obama can't relate either, but at least he's only got one house.