Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bad English on Parade!


Friday, July 27, 2007

My New Computer!

Here!

It runs 8-track!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Voyager

Why doesn't the crew of Voyager just back up the doctor to the main computer when they make him do dangerous things?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Hey Now.

They play a drop in from "The Sopranos" on the radio every now and then. It's one of the scenes where the old men are hanging around bullshitting. And the one guy says, "you remember Fat Tony (*)? They say he invented point shaving. Back in the 50's." And then the other guy says "Yeah, UCLA versus Oregon State, 1958. Nobody beat the spread. It was groundbreaking."

(*) I've reconstructed from a flawed memory much of this. But the point was, two old guys talking about some other old guy who invented point shaving. It's funny.

Don't I remember some controversy a few years back where people guessed that the NBA officials were making suspect calls to make the playoffs more exciting?

Point Shaving in the NBA

Thursday, July 19, 2007

TV News Giggle Fest


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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lightning!

Giving this a try out, I'll report later. I like the "look" of it, hopefully the functionality will be what I think it is.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Chicago!

Photos from the Sheetrock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

The hometown connection!

Cappas resurfaces! Journalistic garment rending! Comedy!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070716rosenthal,1,3266462.column?coll=chi-news-hed

The editorial commentary:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-oped0716mcnultyjul16,1,1707777.column

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I think I had one of these

http://www.yvan256.net/soundcards/adlib/catalog/

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

HA!

Have you seen the show "Ice Road Truckers"? Crazy! Didn't know there were diamond mines up there.

My favorite part is the Canadian accents. Full-on Bob and Doug MacKenzie stuff.

Signed respectfully,
Tim Horton

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Sweet Lee Iacocca!

Regular readers might remember that I have an old Dodge Spirit that I use for work (sans "The Club", but otherwise identical). It now has over 200,000 miles on it, and has become a little cantankerous, with the smoking and sputtering. Hey, God bless 'em for building a car that went 200 large with a minimum of maintenance.

Anyway, via serendipity, I recently acquired a similar Dodge Spirit with far fewer miles on it, for part swapping purposes. Yesterday and today were designated for swapping the suspension, since struts with 200,000 miles on them behave exactly as if they were made of flubber. Bouncing!
  • 1- Good time. It took me three times as long as I thought it would.
  • 2- The aftermarket (Pep Boys, Autozone, etc.) suspension components that I put in the last time the car needed repair had failed again. Disappointing.
  • 3- Both cars had bad bearings on the right side. Weird. Gonna have to fix that.
  • 4- Don't leave a car sit for four months because you're having too much fun driving the Grand Prix. I heard sounds coming out of that thing that I suspect would literally kill the elderly or infirm.
  • 5- And of course, another rear view mirror fell off. I don't think I've ever owned a car that that didn't happen to.

  • iPhone!

    Just read that the battery in the iPhone is not user replaceable. Seriously? What's the point of that?

    Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    Hey, Aaaaallll! A-huh huh huh huh...

    [Judge Smails' voice should be used to read the title]

    Al Gore's kid got caught doing 100 in a drug-filled Prius? Toyota ought to pay that kid's rehab bill for the free advertising.

    Monday, July 02, 2007

    Quality!

    Another "best of the worst" in Wikipedia photography:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mauv2.jpg

    Random complaints

    1) Why does Firefox (or websites?) keep losing my persistent logon information? I can go months at a time without having to login to Blogger, and now for no reason I had to again.

    2) Grammar complaint/question: the pluralness of a verb reflects the pluralness of the object word, no matter whether the object word refers to one of many things, right? For example, in this case:
    "The group wants a parakeet."
    Wants is correct because it's one group. As opposed to for example (quoting from Newsweek):
    "In the last few weeks, Cheney's staff have unexpectedly become more active participants in[...]"
    In this case, 'staff' is being treated as a plural, even though staff is one thing. For that sentence to be correct (in my estimation), it should be like this:
    In the last few weeks, members of Cheney's staff have unexpectedly become more active participants in[...]
    or this
    In the last few weeks, Cheney's staff has unexpectedly participated more actively in [...]
    I've also seen more egregious examples where a company becomes plural (or there is an implied "the people at" in front of the name:
    "Now that Apple have released the iPhone, what will be the next big thing?"
    Seems like a British thing.

    2b) I hereby proclaim that the word "an" rather than "a" in front of a word beginning with "h" is only correct if the "h" is silent.
    "Hang up your coat on an hanger."
    Is silly, and is painful to write, hear and say. It's fine if you are feigning a cockney accent. And in that case, you have to write it like this:
    "I got an 'istory lesson in an 'ouse owned by an 'onorable gent named 'enry."
    Because "an" only goes before vowel sounds (yech- I just pictured Sarah Vowel) because of English's run-on pronunciation thing we've got going.

    3) Would someone please add a comment so that I know this works? Thank you.