Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hot

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dog Food




Care to know what my current food peeve is?

It's "bowls."


Sure, they have been around for a bit.

KFC had one of the first I remember, with mashed potatoes and crap.
Those Chipotle burrito bowls.

(Because I guess the tortilla is just to much when ordering food by the pound.  And that is gonna get me started on calling torillas wraps, too.  Those are not "wraps" people.  Look at them, they are clearly tortillas with perhaps some chlorophyll.)


Anyway, back on the left coast bowls are big.
I walked past a restaurant over the weekend whose whole schtick is bowls.
There is one on our list of places to try, which I resist at present, on principle.


Because of the bowl.
I don't know, man, it just bugs me.
It seems like lazy cooking and presentation.
Or I don't know...
Sure I get deconstruction and reformatting ingredients, I understand all of that.

I, maybe, just want a little more execution than what gets put into what I serve the dogs...


Let's just try to be civilized people, a bowl is only a half step away from a trough.

Have some dignity.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Never






Wait, what?

He goes to Israel, meets up with the PM of Israel, then at a photo-op for the press he say he never mentioned Israel to the Russians?

Regarding the source for classified information he spilled to the Russians...

Dude, you are doing it right now, you are mentioning Israel right now, while you say you never mentioned Israel, from Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reduce Crime

































Simple enough...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Snacks




OK, so here is a dumb transition topic of conversation for you: Lunch.

You know, I moved, across the country...
Opposite side of the continent.

I still work for the same folks, so I follow their regular schedule.
It's an early start and that would seem like the hardest part to deal with...
Starting my work day at six in the morning.

But no, that hasn't been an issue at all, really.
Sure, I wouldn't mind lounging in bed longer, but no big thing.


The hard part about that schedule is eating.
First, maybe it's because of the long days, the altitude shift or whatever...
I seem to always be hungry.
Second, what kind of eating schedule goes well with that?
My peers are off to lunch about the time I am ready for cereal.
Cravings for random foods kick in about the time most restaurant kitchens are doing prep work.

First world problem, for sure.


Thought I would share...
It's 9:00 AM here and I am craving some Thai noodles.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ha!



via GIPHY


In what has to be the most comedic global political move in history, Putin is offering to provide transcripts of Russia's diplomatic meeting with Trump to congressional investigators.


“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Putin added, “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”


That is from the WaPo, here is the story.


Of course the caveat is that the administration has to ask for them.
Which is just another layer of comedy gold...

Good stuff Vlad, seriously.

Fire

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Neighborhood




Twitch is streaming all of the Mr. Rogers episodes as some sort of fund raiser for PBS.


Wouldn't you like to watch 866 episodes of Mr. Rogers?


Monday, May 15, 2017

De La






Yeah, how about a post about almost seeing De La Soul?
Well, that doesn't make for a good story.

They were booked for a thing, here in Bend, on Saturday.
Of course I have to show up for that, right?

The stage was less than full, as most of the group had some travel delays...
We got Plug-1 and somebody to run a laptop.
Which was, you know, better than nothing.
Dude did his bit from "Me Myself and I" which was pretty funny, given the situation.
And he had everybody put their hands in the air, for maybe three more songs.

I guess I can be satisfied by that...


It reminded me of this documentary thing.
It is worth a watch, maybe...
If you are in to that sort of thing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Major Tom






















Take your protein pills.




















Also, yes, I am posting a cat pic.
Just deal with it, OK...
They can't all be winners, here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

C'mon




So, Yates, Flynn, Comey...

A reporter was arrested for asking questions of a cabinet member.

The press secretary answering late night questions from behind a hedge.

Scientist fired from the EPA review board...

White House folks deleting old press releases from the internet (like that works).

Nepotism amok.




Pick your bitch and add it to the list, because it can go on, and on.



I mean, seriously...
Is this what we are reduced to?


That shining city on a hill sounds more like a burning dumpster in a back alley, huh.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Keep Scrolling







Nothing to see here...



Monday, May 8, 2017

Coping




























Here is a random skate pic for ya...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ghetto









My sister sent me this...

I thought she liked me?


So, now I will subject you to this.

It's uhm, it is something...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tidy

























I like that...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Boston Strong




I guess Boston isn't quite strong enough to make a stand against racist fans in their stadiums...

Not really new news, but the volume of press coverage is something.
Even if the lip service out of Fenway is disappointing.


I might recommend this article on the subject.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Take Down









Somewhere, there are rooms full of lawyers racing to compose take down notices for this.

Who will get to it first, Disney or Sony?


Oh, it goes on.
The whole album...

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day




Yeah, so it's May Day.

Are you more of a dance around the Maypole kind of person?
Or an International Workers Day type?


Do people even do that Maypole thing anymore?
Somebody must be doing that somewhere, right?
Twirling ribbons while wearing special, little outfits and whatever.

How about that Workers Day bit?
You don't see too many marches for the working stiffs, really.
Maybe those Fight for $15 deals count?
I guess those count.

I think Trump declared today Loyalty Day, as well.
Given the measure of the first one hundred with that guy...
The application of May Day as a distress call seems to also work, today.
Stop trying to make Loyalty Day a thing, dude.


So, happy May Day...

If you are down with the May Day thing.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

In It




So, what have we been here, two weeks?
Maybe it's three...
It's been a blur.

Still tourists, for sure.
A "local" badge is hard earned in these parts.
It may be a while before I earn that mantle.
But as mentioned before, there doesn't seem to be much hostility towards the new guy in these parts.
In person, at least...


The unpacking keeps us busy, still.
It's kept us out of the kitchen, too.
Which is OK, a good excuse to get out and about.

I'll call it a town here, 'cause it seems pretty small
Smallest city I have lived in since the hometown kind of small.
Don't quite need to use the GPS sized town, for me at least.


We have gotten to a few of the breweries here.
There are a lot of them.
Ventured to some restaurants.

This song has been heard at more than half of the places we have hit up.


Maybe there is some sort of town playlist, that gets passed around?


Strangely, there is a homogeneous vibe to many spots we have been to, beyond that song.

Every brewpub I have been to has some sort of beat salad, a pastrami sandwich and signature (similar) burger on the menu.
I guess that is fine...
Kale, I can't think of one restaurant I have been to that doesn't have kale all over the menu.
I've probably had more kale in the past few weeks than I had last year.


On another subject, my vehicle and dogs are entirely undersized, as compared to local expectations.
Maybe not expectations, perhaps standards...

Ideally, I think a lifted, crew cab, heavy duty diesel truck would be the rig.
Color options seem to be either white or back, with any accessories blacked out.
Flatbed option not required, but does score extra points...

There doesn't seem to be a preferred dog breed, but the bigger the better.
Obviously, husky or mountain dog breeds demonstrate ones commitment to the local cause...


And one behavior note, observed only in our immediate neighborhood...
There is still a fair amount of construction around our place, residential, new homes getting built.
Those job sites get porta-johns, honey buckets or whatever your local vernacular calls them.
They are just scattered around job sites and street corners.

Now in my experience, those plastic shit pits are to be avoided at all costs.
Nobody wants anything to do with anything in those things...
But here, they seem to function as public pit stops.
Mail men, random folks passing by, driving through.
More than three times I have spotted somebody stopping for a bio break and getting on their way.
Like it's no big deal to stop and dump in a random box on the side of the road.
Which is weird...


Also, a blue Patagonia puffer jacket seems to be required.


Anyway, let's not dwell on all of that.

It's the (not so) Wild West.
Freedom and big skies.
Actual tumbleweeds on windy days.
Ice cold rivers and snow capped mountains.


So, yeah.

Here we are...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Drift











Just gonna go ahead and back into this weekend...



(Photo credit.)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cooking Tips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dagnabbit































I wish I knew this a few weeks ago...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Trike











What I fond most compelling about this picture is the look of smug satisfaction that guy has...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Days



Man there were a lot of days over the weekend...


We had Earth Day, you know, for the Earth.

There was Record Store day, for those stores that still sell records.

Of course we also had people celebrating 4/20, because that is a thing.

All important, I guess, though I will leave the prioritizing to you...


People got together to march for science, as well.

How unfortunate, that we have come to that...
If you care to bandy about phrases like "make America great again" it seems like you would embrace science, as it led to a good deal of prosperity and growth, here.


Anyway, I didn't get down with any of those events I guess.
I just took things out of boxes...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Preach It





















(Asses to asses.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sure

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bonds




OK, here is some baseball nerdery.

What if Barry Bonds went without a bat for a season?
Here is the deep dive on that question...


It is baseball season, after all.
Not that I have had a chance to see more than an inning or two, since it started.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paperwork









Just look at how satisfying that single sheet of paper is, with the study of positive and negative space.




From what I read, this was an assignment for an Albers led course...

At the Bauhaus.

Done by student Arieh Sharon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Closure



So, I guess the official closing of the Rhode Island place is now done?



Thanks for the memories Lil Rhody...
And the oysters.

Mainly the oysters.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Here




Well, we are here now...


After watching some crummy movers pack and load our stuff into a big orange truck...
We set off in two cars, with two dogs, a cat and some crucial gear.
For six days.
Through booming thunderstorms, huge winds and thankfully little spring snow...
Three thousand eighty seven miles of driving.
Then watching all that stuff from the truck spill into our new domicile.
And rummaging through some of the hundred fifty boxes populating every corner of every room...
To find the bits that make us productive professionals.

We seem to have arrived at our new lives.
Just today...


Those mountains peak out, over town, if I walk out my front door and look left.

Most of town lies between here and there.
A tiny city, full of people in earth toned jeans and puffy jackets.

People that are nice.
Just randomly.
It seems weird, but that may just be too many days back east, swaying my my opinion...


We have found the grocery stores.
Some beer and some brunch.
A pizza place that delivers.
The nearest Mexican food.

Seen rain, snow, hail and sunny skies all in the same afternoon.


Here we are.

I think I like it...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Westward Ho




Yeah, we are pulling stakes again.

Taking the Oregon Trail.
Not right this minute, but soon enough.


So, the posting will be a little light for a bit.


Maybe I will use some of those mobile options more...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Important





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Minimalism



Talking about the interior design form of minimalism.

Not the artistic movement, or genre, or whatever the heck you care to classify thusly.

No, I am getting at the whole "simplify your life" jumbo.
Declutter, pare down, yadda yadda...

Big picture, modern vernacular "minimal" lifestyle stuff, I guess is what we are hashing over in this post.

I think all of that is fine for some folks, but it also has always had a false ring.
Couldn't quite figure out why.

Then, I spot this piece from the Guardian, which got right to it with this statement:


Because let’s be clear about what the minimalist aesthetic, at least as a personal style choice, actually is: it’s a way of aping the connotations of simplicity and even, to a degree, asceticism, without actually having to give up those sweet, sweet class signifiers.

I usually don't post/link things I think aren't worth your time, as a read.
If nobody in your circle has busted out "minimal" jargon in casual conversation, you can probably skip this link and go dust your collection of knik-knaks.


There has been some purging going on around here, with the impending move.
It is a strange thing, as a person who covets odd objects.
Bits of ephemera that conjure memories or thoughts.
Trinkets that have been deemed "art" because of some random doodle.
I have piles of that around.

Yet I love a clean, minimal aesthetic, in my head.


Probably two decades ago, I declared that I could never live with my minimal intentions.

At this point, I don't know if I want to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gixxer







Well, power plant part, at least...
Is Gixxer.


That looks like a lot of fun.

Fun in both the garage tinkering and road riding categories...

Monday, March 27, 2017

That Time of Year






















Happy 327.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Right

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cool Pool










Yeah, this is a random thing I just found interesting.

All of those stairs captured my imagination.
The effort involved, the math, all of that...


So I did the reverse image search and it turns out the premise is pretty interesting as well.

You can get the highlights here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Believe





























You know you want to...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hi

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cool







Cool, or rather, ice cold...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Blarney


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Changes





So, yeah, my own changes have occupied my mind lately...
Blocking out some other news.

But I just read that Local 121 is closing.

It's the first place I ate a meal in the Ocean State.
And it was a fine meal...


I suppose, perhaps, it ran it's course?
The food there was great.
Lovely as a venue, either for dining...
Or the music, or finding a cocktail to cap an evening.

Really, just look at that bar...

Admittedly, we tapered off on it as a destination.
The chef changed and with it the menu.
Still a great menu, just not always the right stuff for us, maybe.


Anyway, a salute to this establishment...

If you missed it, it seems you have missed out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Here











This is important, you should see it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Turn

Friday, March 10, 2017

Withe




Just putting this out there...

I think "withe" should be an acceptable substitute for "with the"


That is what comes from my fingers, nearly every time I type "with the" and I think you should just go along with it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time





These guys have a new album dropping, I guess.


Thinking about that, about this band, it occurs to me that the first time I saw these guys was nearly thirty years ago.

Cripes man...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Landscape





















Well, that is pretty genius,




More here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Death Panels




You know, after all these years with the GOP trashing the Affordable Care Act, railing about how broken it is...

Pointing out that Obamacare has Death Panels.
Death Panels who will decide when the health care for your grandparents costs too much...
Death Panels that will force you to pull the plug on loved ones...

I am kinda surprised that the newly announced replacement for the ACA does not include any mention of the repeal of that whole Death Panel enterprise.
That seems like something Republicans would talk about getting rid of, after so many years talking it up.


Does that mean that the Death Panels are actually OK, after all...

Or does that mean that they never existed in the first place?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Low












How about an Impala pic?

Friday, March 3, 2017

43



So this actually exists...

W's book of portraits he painted of 9/11 era veterans.


Let's just skip the political aspects of this whole situation for moment, huh...


I actually kinda like these.
I will admit it...
The use of light and the strange way the visual plane seems to twist.
Sort of an expressionists, fun house mirror thing going on.


Anyway, you can get it here.

Proceeds go to help vets, so there is that.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wieners





Tired of thinking about, well, whatever?

Need a mental break?


How about an article on the history of the chili dog?

The chili dog’s story is actually many stories: not only one about American fast food and appetites, but also about American industrialization, immigration, and regionalism. And each component—the hot dog, the chili, even where we eat chili dogs—adds another twist.

This could actually some melange of thinking about American ideals, as well.
If you think about it...
Only with some chili dog history as background.

Maybe.



Another link.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Go West







It is that season, again...


We are pulling stakes and following the Oregon trail westward.

This time to the middle of that state.

Anyway...

Wish us luck.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trike Tuesday





Haven't had any trikes here for a minute...

How about this one?


OK, maybe it is more bike and sidecar.

Or not, it's all guesswork as to what the other side looks like...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Can't Touch This





Friday, February 24, 2017

Melons

Black Holes from NOODLES on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Big Data



Big data is one of those things that, perhaps, doesn't get the consideration it deserves from most people.

Certainly, not from me...

Sort of an amorphous term, abstract to most people.  Just a couple of words that sound techish.

I read an article a while back that got me to thinking about it more than I had.
It prompted me to go read more about the big data idea, even...
Here is a bit of it:


But it was not just about "likes" or even Facebook: Kosinski and his team could now ascribe Big Five values based purely on how many profile pictures a person has on Facebook, or how many contacts they have (a good indicator of extraversion). But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously.
 Above all, however—and this is key—it also works in reverse: not only can psychological profiles be created from your data, but your data can also be used the other way round to search for specific profiles: all anxious fathers, all angry introverts, for example—or maybe even all undecided Democrats? Essentially, what Kosinski had invented was sort of a people search engine. He started to recognize the potential—but also the inherent danger—of his work.
 To him, the internet had always seemed like a gift from heaven. What he really wanted was to give something back, to share. Data can be copied, so why shouldn't everyone benefit from it? It was the spirit of a whole generation, the beginning of a new era that transcended the limitations of the physical world. But what would happen, wondered Kosinski, if someone abused his people search engine to manipulate people? He began to add warnings to most of his scientific work. His approach, he warned, "could pose a threat to an individual's well-being, freedom, or even life." But no one seemed to grasp what he meant.

So, yeah...

The futurist in me thought technology was meant to free us.
Maybe, not so much.

I knew all this was happening, but only when you dig into it do you have to confront how terrifying the scope of it really is.


The link, again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LOL






How about an update on the murder of that North Korean dude, in Malaysia?

Another arrest and more details on the whole deal over here.




Admit it, it's a good distraction from our own political pussy power grab.


And from dwelling on the terrible things going on in Sweden...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nothing




I have got nothing for you today...





Nothing but this picture of a turkey, standing on a car in Boston.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fractals




















You can play around with a fractal generator over here...



It's based on this kind math stuff.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Here








How about a Russian music video about getting one's eyebrows tattooed, or something?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Seriously



I don't care if you are liberal, conservative, agnostic, following the paleo diet or whatever.
This summary from the Guardian is disturbing...

Trump fired off an angry series of tweets on Wednesday morning, claiming: “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”  

He attacked the intelligence community for what he saw as “unAmerican” leaks to newspapers that have written anonymously sourced stories about his and his advisers’ alleged links to Russia in recent days. “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),” he wrote. “Just like Russia.” 

That was the “real scandal”, he said. Trump also complained that the “fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred”, echoing the language of the Kremlin reaction to the latest reports.


The whole NYT article triggering this presidential tweetspurt here, if you haven't read it twice already...

Then read three related articles...
Then skimmed the Logan Act, just to be sure Flynn violated it...
And pondered who knew what and when...

This is heavy duty stuff.


Unless your fake news tells you that my fake news is fake, I guess.
Then, maybe all of this seems like libtard kvetching?


From here it seems a lot like Watergate, but with another country running the game.

Maybe that is just me though...

It seemed like a big story that got run over by the coverage of whatever the unconstitutional order of the day was, whatever dunderhead secretary was somehow being approved for a job they diametrically are inappropriate for.
Yet Flynn has floated it to the top, like a turd in a toilet.


Never mind that the other country involved just moved some missiles to violate a treaty, too.
My fake news mentioned that.  Did yours?
Probably no big deal.
Like parking missiles in the wrong lot, while going to get some snacks at a mini-mart, maybe.

Heck, it may even just be some civilians doing stuff with missiles...
You know, like in Crimea or the Ukraine.
Nothing to worry about, no big thing...


Anyway, our congress is on it...
Launching investigations.
Investigations on the source of the leaks?

What?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valetine


Monday, February 13, 2017

Moto Villa Monday





I don't think I knew this marque even existed.

Details on these V4 blue smoke machine over here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Like Butter





I watched this earlier in the week and was fascinated...

Butter, makes everything better.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Frank










How about a pic of a tasteful bike with a Crazy Franks fender?


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

First

I have been dwelling on this article since reading it...

Here is the jist:
The two embarrassing eaters had lunch at Di Frabo, an Italian restaurant in San Antonio, and were apparently pleased with their $53 lunch of chicken piccata, salmon Florentine and burrata cheese… until they discovered that owner Fernando Franco was born in Mexico, and then, their entire dining experience was RUINED. “The food was tasty and the service was attentive,” they wrote on their receipt. “However the owner is ‘Mexican.’ We will not return. ‘America First.’”

These people won't return to a restaurant, because the restaurant is owned by a Mexican.
Legally, legit, a tax paying business.
The owner has an approved Visa and is investing in a business in Texas.

An Italian restaurant, which technically is foreign food, right?

A restaurant, with paid staff, ordering products and supplies from vendors, delivering satisfying service even.
A positive input to the local economy.


And these people had an altogether pleasant experience, by accounts.
But won't return.

Because America First...


What the actual water-headed kind of fucking thinking is that?
How does that even compute, beyond base level, xenophobia?

People...


Link again.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weird/Normal






Who's ready for a walk?



Ok, let's get your shoes on Mr. Quackers...

And you go find your ducky harness for me.


While I gather up a few dogs, to carry in my pockets.


Keys, check.

Pocket puppies, check.

Duck shoes on, check.

Ducky harness and leash secure, check.


OK, let's go for a walk...







Sunday, February 5, 2017

Football






Supposed to be watching football today, right?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wonder

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Boycott




Ya know, it's a miracle that Starbucks is still in business...

I mean, like, every three months there is some
new reason to boycott them (if you are of the whackjob looner conservative ilk).

Wars on X-mas, givin' jobs to derned refugees.
Always a boycott.
From a huge majority of poeple, I am told.

Maybe they sell all that coffee to dead, sneaky zombie voters?



I guess folks are boycotting Budweiser now, too?
For the same reasons...

And Australia, probably.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Here







Behold this majesty.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Falcor




So, the trending thing I am seeing this week (outside of bat shit crazy governance)?

Falcor.

This car, a research ship I read about, stories from opposite sides of the internet and even a brief conversation the other day.

For some reason, Falcor is resonating in the universe...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Widowmaker
















It seems EJ Potter's Widowmaker is for sale, at one of the big Vegas options going on.

The thing is a fascinating bit of either engineering or lunacy.
Perhaps both...


Details on the bike over here, if you are interested.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sure









I could go for some of this action, sure...

More on this later, maybe.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wait What




So, I am looking at the inbox, spot the update from Yelp...

Yeah, I am enough of a food nerd to read emails from them on restaurants in my area.


This week's theme - grilled cheese.

Sure, I can get behind a  grilled cheese.
I might order one, if I see it on a menu.

Then I notice that two of the places highlighted are establishments focusing on the grilled cheese.
Like their whole schtick is grilled cheese...
And they are located three blocks from one another.

Really?


If you haven't been here, Providence is a small city, both measured by geography and population.
Why are there to grilled cheese restaurants three blocks from each other, downtown?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tiny






















I am just gonna guess this dudes nickname was Tiny...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Real People







These Chevy fake non-actor commercials actually make me angry.

Seriously...


This remix to include some focus group reality is quite refreshing.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Orwell 1945


Friday, January 20, 2017

Well, Here We Are

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Soft Sensuality




Having themed his inauguration "soft sensuality" which may be the creepiest inauguration theme in the entire history of inaugurations...


The president elect shot out this picture, presumably as evidence that his speech is being put on paper?



Somebody took some time to dive into what this image is trying to communicate over here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tinkering





I do enjoy a bit of tinkering in the garage...
Or shed, as known across the pond.

Assembling things, I have enjoyed it since childhood.
Legos, model cars, remote controlled things.
Even still, only I tend to assemble real, life size things.
The process may satisfy as much as the finished product, I suppose.

This video pleases me...

Everything from the basic mechanical process to the conversation on the existential duality of screws and bolts.
Good stuff...



The rest of the series is also great, if you like watching some dude mess with eccentric gears and the like.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Fix




I don't know where your head is, politically.
Your thoughts on Russian influence in the most recent election, or lack there of...

It is something worth dwelling on for a moment, I think.
There is an article on the subject, over here, which merits a read.

Here is a snippet, for you to consider.:


Under these circumstances, the reaction of anyone who actually cares about the United States has to be: We must investigate this with great seriousness and impartiality and find out exactly what happened. This requires an independent commission with sufficient funding, a broad mandate and legal authority that Congress creates but then can no longer influence.  
Nothing should be less controversial than this. Whatever a nation’s political disagreements, in any functioning democracy there’s just one position on this issue: Only citizens can participate in deciding who governs it.


Maybe we get our fake news from different sources...
There are points made here which should resonate with any participant in this democracy.



The link, again.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Enough Already



Yo, world at large...
Food or lifestyle writers in particular.

Can we cool it on all the hygge shit.


I mean, yes, it is a pleasant concept.
Sure, I will admit that.


But didn't the concept develop concurrently, around the world?
Nobody is really setting out to create cold, miserable lives for themselves, do they?  ( I guess some folks to go in for austerity and all that.)


I get it's a cute new word to use...
Just tone it down a bit.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Expertise



How about a recommended read?

There is a piece, over here, on the death of accepted expertise...
Here is a snippet, to perhaps pique your interest:

I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. By this, I do not mean the death of actual expertise, the knowledge of specific things that sets some people apart from others in various areas. There will always be doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other specialists in various fields. Rather, what I fear has died is any acknowledgement of expertise as anything that should alter our thoughts or change the way we live.

The thinking spreads, covering evolving conversational idioms, political discourse, contemporary media, plus some more.

I think it is worth a read, if you have a spare moment.

I am no expert on reading recommendations, or anything.
Just a suggestion...



The link, again.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Buzz



Well, bumble bees on the endangered species list seems grim...

One of many stories on the subject here.


I mean, they spend a lot of time rambling around pollinating things.
Things that are a big part of our food chain.
That seems bad...


They also do a good job of defining summertime, don't you think?

That droning whuz of their wings, carrying that over sized fuzz body from flower to flower...
Bumble bee might be the most fitting insect name ever.