Friday, May 25, 2018

NFL and the National Anthem

Probably going to have more to get off my chest on this later but I agree with these thoughts and the above from PoliMath to start.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

When is Consumer Reports going to do an all tazers issue? I want to buy only the best... You do have to wonder how history could have been different if Hillary's top aide hadn't married a sexual predator. Really think we as a country dodged a bullet... I've said this for a long time but I think all candidates for Congress should first have to take and pass the citizenship test immigrants take as part of the Naturalization process.  And the results of the test should be public. That would both weed out candidates who don't know our history or how our system works (looking at you Maxine Waters) but also provide an easy metric for people on the fence to make a choice (pick the candidate with the higher score)... Speaking of Hillary...  Many Democrats would like for Hillary Clinton to just go away so they can concentrate on the 2018 elections but with people like James Clapper saying the Russians stole the election she sticks around and hampers progress like a drug resistant cough or STD... Firmly believe that history will not be kind to the Obama Administration as the truth keeps coming out... GO CELTICS! No matter what happens this season has been a huge success but I know the team will not be satisfied with just taking Cleveland to 7 games. Win tonight! GO CELTICS!...

Happy Towel Day

Today is Towel Day - an annual tribute to the late author Douglas Adams.

In his honor here are 25 Douglas Adams quotes to live by.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shart Demons

Allie Reynolds was a top MLB pitcher for 13-seasons. He was chosen for 6 All-Star games and won 6 World Series with the Yankees (going a stellar 7-2 in 9 starts with a 2.79 ERA). But it's not his prowess on the pitching mound that interests me - it was his battle against the dreaded Shart Demons!

This used to be posted on his Wikipedia page but it has since been removed:
At the age of sixteen Reynolds achieved a degree of regional notoriety when he and fellow high school teammate Odassus McCutcheon began a local tradition of burning household furniture to ward off what local Creek Indians referred to as "shart demons". Reynolds would later incorporate the ritual into his pre-game mound preparations.
The people at Wikipedia are living in denial about Shart Demons. But Hall of Famer George Brett can testify that Shart Demons are very, very real!

Beware the Shart Demons!

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- I've never watched any Soap Operas but I think I would if there was one based on Elon Musk and his companies.

- One of the Marine Corps most iconic enlisted leaders just retired.

- Interesting - how the Duke of Marlborough inspired Winston Churchill to greatness

- Cool? Not Cool? - Damon Lindelof is bringing Watchmen to TV

- Heh heh - Bad Lip Reading's Royal wedding

- I could watch Larry Bird highlights all day

- Holy cow - a ship wreck worth potentially $17 billion!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Crossover movie idea - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Infinity Stone... Happy birthday Ethernet! Arguably the most important invention of the past 50-years... Just saying but a Blake Bortles led team has never lost to the Vegas Golden Knights... Heh heh... Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! (Those words will always be magical to me)... How Netflix will save billions by spending billions... Kids today don't know some of the simply pleasures in life - like rocking on through to Electric Avenue...

Sports Betting Prediction

As sports betting in States becomes the rule and not the exception - I can foresee something happening probably in the not-too-distant future. That thing is an overzealous State Attorney General bringing a suit because the popular home team lost a controversial elimination game. And his evidence that a crime was committed? The game tape! I wish I could bet on this happening (because it will).

Picture this: NBA referee takes the stand, the State AG hands him the rule book and has the ref read the rule on "travelling". The State AG then shows example after example of a player taking several steps without a dribble and asks the ref why there was no call. The State AG then does the same thing for "three-seconds."

The NBA is already notorious for having certain ref crews getting certain outcomes. If a LeBron James team is 17-2 "straight-up" when a certain ref is the lead official (actual example) - how hard would it be to have a statistics and probability expert testify on the unlikelihood of this not being a case where the ref is purposely influencing the outcome? And why was this official assigned this game by the league office if that wasn't the outcome the NBA was looking for? Fun times subpoenaing all the calls, texts and emails from the NBA offices.

Here's an excellent example - the 2007 Phoenix Suns lose controversial NBA playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs.
The series would later be mired in controversy due to one of the referees involved with that series, Tim Donaghy, being involved with a betting scandal that was announced after the playoffs. He would admit that the series had very poor officiating involved from the beginning of the series to the end of it. He would also state in a book that Donaghy would release in 2009 that his group supervisor during the series, Tommy Nuñez, had a huge dislike over Suns owner Robert Sarver and a growing love for the culture San Antonio had, to the point where he wanted to make sure the Spurs continued their playoff run that year.
You didn't think I wasn't going to bring up Tim Donaghy did you? Now picture the situation if Arizona had a sports betting law and the State AG was up for election that fall. Why not charge Supervisor Tommy Nunez with a crime (like fraud maybe?). [Insert your name here Mr State AG guy running for re-election] vs the NBA on behalf of the People of Arizona who lost money on the Suns (and who are registered voters). Bound to happen.

I wish I could bet on it!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- More reasons why reading should be a daily habit. My daily goal is 30-pages of non-fiction or 50 pages of fiction.

- Interesting comparison of the GDP of individual US States vs whole countries.

- This was the only thing from the Royal Wedding I found of interest.

- Why are gas prices so high and what happened to fracking?

- This remains one of my favorite albums of all-time

- US, China agree to abandon trade war. Looks like we got some concessions from China who also exerted pressure on North Korea. Abandoning the trade war talk is probably the price we paid in the Korean negotiations.

- Impressive was the right word to describe this

Donald Trump and Crest Toothpaste

I keep waiting for President Trump to have some petty Twitter beef with Crest Toothpaste or their parent company Proctor & Gamble. Or conversely I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Crest is really behind the Steele Dossier. Why? Because of this story from 14-years ago. Both Trump and Proctor & Gamble are known to hold a grudge about this awful PR:
A spy tells Lowdown that after handing out tube after tube of the decay-preventing dentifrice to passersby, the "Apprentice" team enlisted a plump 51-year-old woman to haul the unsightly empty boxes back to a nearby truck and haul back armsful of sparkling-new boxes. 
For this, they offered her $20. 
As the woman lumbered from the table to the truck and back - "working her a- off," says our spy - she was overheard mumbling, "I have to do a good job for Crest." 
After about an hour, she had worked herself into a beet-faced, sweaty daze. At one point she tumbled over and began to roll around on the ground, chanting "Crest! Crest!" over and over. 
"It was just spooky," said our spy.
This story always makes me laugh.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Let's Go Celtics!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

This is amazing... If I were a CSI investigator every time my wife handed me something I'd bag it and declare "Now it's evidence!" until my wife stopped handing me things or divorced... "True evil has a face you know and a voice you trust. El Mano Negra." Long read but a chilling account about a deadly hit man responsible for about 35 murders... They say that Saint Augustine did something very bad as a youth and it was his guilt that turned him to Christianity. I wonder if what he did was worse than the re-make of Murder on the Orient Express... Heh heh - David Sedaris as Billie Holiday... One of life's great mysteries is how simply placing a piece of white bread with a batch of home-made cookies can keep the cookies from going stale in the cookie jar... Brain Grenade would be a good name for a band (or a hipster poet)...

Heh Heh