Monday, November 19, 2012

Oh how things have changed

Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Reminder

“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR, and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah.. Me neither.” - Commenter Michael D on Balloon Juice back in June of 2011. It's still relevant.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

R5 Turbo 2

A buddy of mine sent me these. He saw the car in Deerfield outside the DMV.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Missed Opportunity

In my third at bat tonight I hit a double down the right field line. The pitcher - who I had been jawwing good-naturedly with all night - says, "Nice hit."

"Thanks" I replied.

"You know a real athlete would have got a triple."

This was SOOOO the time to pull out the John (1 - 0) Kruk line, "I'm not an athlete. I'm a baseball player," and I totally missed it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Breakdown of Communication

I received an email from my project manager this morning.
Subject: B 4 U R busy - C me
Text Body: :-)

A few years back a couple of us at work had to explain to an intern that it is unacceptable to use leet speak in an email. Furthermore, it is entirely, 100% unacceptable to us it in a work email.

For the love of FSM, there is little to no use for it at all. Leet Speak was improvised when texting had to be done on a standard phone number pad. “YOU” used to take 7 key strokes. “U” only took 2. Then, through the miracle of computer programming, the world was gifted with various predictive text applications. At that point “YOU” only took 3 key strokes.

Now, between Smart Phones and cell phones with full QWERTY keyboards it is very easy to type in full sentences, punctuation and all. I admit text messages are “limited” to 160 characters but very few texts take more than that. Plus, every phone I’m aware of through the miracle of computer programming breaks up messages longer than 160 characters into two texts automatically.

Most importantly, the computer programmers that created email applications saw fit to NOT limit emails to 160 characters. One can see that by just looking at this email. I surpassed it several paragraphs ago.  So again, there is absolutely no reason a professional business person trying to communicate with another professional would say, “B 4 U R busy – C me.”

Monday, June 04, 2012

RIP Richard Dawson

I remember always liking the Family Feud and loved Hogan's Heros when I discovered it in reruns. Why was the Feud so great?

See here.

And here

Today In Automotive History

Around 4AM on June 4, 1896, Henry Ford took his first automobile for its first drive.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Heave the Hawk

In a little extra Random Baseball, White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson remains an embarrassment to all of baseball. It is long since time to heave the Hawk.