I Affirm and Aver the Following is Poo

The Whole Poo and Nothing But the Poo

I Had To Laugh
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While finishing up the latest long post, I answered the phone. Yet another telemarketer. Ah, but when I asked why she was calling, she said she was from Pro Life, an organization that helps protect the lives of unborn children [et cetera, et cetera]....

I put that in brackets because I started laughing really, really hard. I finally got a word in edge-wise, saying "Oh, boy, have YOU called the wrong house!"

Strauss & Howe May Have Called It Again
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I've mentioned before that I found William Strauss and Neil Howe's Generational Theory pretty darned compelling. I think I've found yet another place where it could be applied to help explain if not the actions of certain individuals, at least the words they use. My bloviations begin here.Collapse )

Let's Follow Up!
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Hey, LJers! Long time, no see words from me. I'm not dead yet, just busy. I've got a few moments, though, to insert into the journal that is mine some details for readers such as yourselves. Details, Ho!Collapse )

When The Frogs Start Singing, We Could All Croak
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I've been on a mental dive down the ant hill lately. Ant hill? Don't I mean "rabbit hole?" No, I do not. I strongly suspect we get that term "down the rabbit hole" from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and if so, that would mean that a logical, rational exploration of a topic would be simply to run along with the Red Queen; the faster you run, the slower you get; all logic gone. So, while I love the deliberate whimsical suspension of logic for purposes of allegory and entertainment, I'm leaving the rabbit warrens unexplored. Go read Watership Down if you want to dive into a bunny nest.

Ant hills, though. That's another story.



They are complex, far more complex than most realize. So, I shall explore.Collapse )

Once Again, I Predict Doom
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A pedestrian has been hit by a bus. And killed.

Five years ago, there was a similar accident in Portland, Oregon, though that one was far more deadly. That crash served as a wake-up call to transit operations everywhere. As a direct result of that crash, for example, we drivers in King County had a mandatory "pedestrian awareness" training class concerning the most likely causes of crashes and how to avoid them. I remember that class very well. The instructor told us that we should always be tired after work. Why? If we aren't tired, we weren't paying enough attention.

There is logic in that. There is also a problem.Collapse )

Let's Return To A Simpler Era
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From Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God, we learn about the kick-off to Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign in Abilene, Kansas.

The town staged a massive parade in his honor, with a series of floats depicting events in h is life, ending with one carrying a replica of the White House with him inside. His parents had long since passed away, but the candidate made an appearance at their old clapboard home, using it as a shorthand for his humble upbringing, his family, and his faith.


You get that kind of political spectacle today, of course. What you do not get, especially in this silly era, is the timing.

All of the above happened in Abilene, Kansas, in June, 1952.

Eisenhower secured the nomination in July, 1952.

The next time you feel obliged to comment on the presidential candidacy of anyone, please wait until June of next year. Do not sit through news that contains any campaign information, at least not until June of next year.

Do not feed the beast of silliness.

Etymology Question
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Anyone else think that the word hirsute might just be a bad spelling for "hairsuit"?

What I Think About When I Should Be Working On Stuff
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Is anyone out there a fan of documentaries? Is anyone else out there getting disgusted with docs repeating images?

I'm not talking about a pic here or there (though that happens). I'm talking about sequences mostly of computer reconstruction and animation repeated 2, 3, and even 4 times in a one-hour format. (I've never done a complete catalog of images by second, so I'm not sure, but I think one really bad one repeated a sequence 5 times.)

Seriously, I know that computer stuff can be expensive. That said, use it once, please, or at least modify the sequence to avoid the repetition. Otherwise, it looks like you producers just don't care.

Anyone else find this peeving?

Strange Sound Effect Choice
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Somewhat Not Safe For WorkCollapse )

The above video is a how-to guide to using a grapefruit to get a male partner off sexually, made by someone named Angel. It is of mediocre quality, except for one bizarre choice of sound effect. I'm sorry, but that belongs in a monster movie. Putting it here? That is incongruous enough to be freakin' hilarious.

Enjoy.

Ariely On Perception v. Reality v. Expectation
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There's a lot of crap at the TED talks, given how many tiny splinters have formed; but the good stuff is really, really good.

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