Monday, August 31, 2009

Dan Harris Bill Maher

I'm watching the TV news more lately because of the fires, and I keep seeing this newscaster who reminds me of someone. Dan Harris. Looks like... sounds a little like... who is it... who does he remind me of?

Oh, Bill Maher. Does anyone else get the same impression? (Yes, they do position their hands differently in relation to their heads).

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Who Needs a Printing Press when We Have Computers?

Did you know thousands of great literary works are in the public domain? And did you further know you can download them for free - and then read them?

Well they are, and you can, and you can. It's called "Project Gutenberg".

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Value of "Each"

Check it out! You get eleven sandwiches and five salads - that's like, a few bags of food, and all you have to pay for all that stuff is $3.65! That's not just an every day value, it's practically a miracle - especially at Whole Foods! That place is pricey!

This ad was posted as-is on a website in August, 2009. I have not doctored it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Appendix: Safe Harbor for Healthy Bacteria

...among other helpful functions

I knew it! Turns out the Appendix is not extraneous!

It's like this realization: Early astronomers with brand new telescopes saw little blotches between the stars and planets in the night sky. The blotches were catalogued by Messier as "nebulous" meaning "clouds" as in "just nothing." He was looking for comets and these smudges were catalogued as, "What not to bother looking at."

Later, astronomers with better telescopes said, "We have a correction. Those blotches are galaxies."

In an infinite *universe, **conclusion is not absolute.

Of course the Appendix has a purpose. Otherwise, it wouldn't be there. Duh!

*As to the concept of the "multiverses", as "infinite" includes everything, so batches of verses are included in the edgeless everything.

**Yes, I know, neither is that one (or this) <--- or that! (ad infinitum).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Engineering Gluttony

I'm enjoying this book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler.

It's not a diet book, it's more about the neurology of our food desires and the food industry's engineering of our culture's gluttony. It is a good book (especially with a little ranch dressing...) If you follow this link to Amazon you will also find a four minute video of the author. It's inedible!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sampling from Ironic Times

This from Ironic Times.

U.S. Tops 153 Other Countries in Health Care

Only France, Italy, San Marino, Andorra, Malta, Singapore, Spain, Oman, Austria, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Monaco, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia, Sweden, Cyprus, Germany, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Morocco, Canada, Finland, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Dominica, Costa Rica rate higher.

Ironic Times is written & edited by Larry Arnstein, Matt Neuman and Lane Sarasohn. Many funny notions in your head may well have been generated by these guys - the quiet comedy writers who gesticulate effectively though not necessarily wildly.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Visiting My Stuff (While Revisiting Father Junipero Serra)

My stuff is in storage and I felt the need to visit it, so I did. This is my journey and reflections along the way, about stuff, peace, toys, traffic, and gratitude. (The statement written on tile near the end of this video is at the Serra Retreat in the hills above Malibu.)

This is wide screen so it plays better if you doubleclick on the youtube link and play it from the youtube page.