Thursday, December 14, 2017

Behind The Wall of Sleep - The Smithereens

Wow - Pat DiNizio lead singer for The Smithereens has passed away at just 62 years old.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Great life advice - Life is Short. You should actively be trying to cut out the BS in your life because indeed life is too short... Still say that the player harmed most by inflated steroids era power number is Fred McGriff. In any other time he would have been a sure-fire Hall of Famer except his number are just shy of the ballooned numbers of people like Bonds, A-Rod, Sosa and McGwire... Awesome!... Would love to see Venn diagram of people who oppose fracking and those people who support Elon Musk's plan to bore huge holes to create a giant underground high speed transportation network. My guess is there would be many people who are in both groups. Hypocrites... Cool - the best and weirdest heists of 2017... Would love to do a trip like this Green Mountain Gravel Growler a 248-mile bike loop that links 13 Vermont breweries (but sadly I know I'll never do it)... You learn something new every day (or at least you should)...

Snooker and Ronnie O'Sullivan

Fascinating look at both the sport of snooker and of it's most interesting player Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Now I'm not really familiar with snooker but I really do enjoy playing pool. Maybe that's why the article was so appealing. Or maybe it was Ronnie O'Sullivan who to me seems a cross between Tiger Woods and Mike Tyson. Prodigies who dominated their sports but yet still seemed unfulfilled  to their potentials because of personal issues and demons.

Whatever it was - I found the article fascinating. And now I want to learn more about Ronnie O'Sullivan. And about snooker.

The Metric System

Opposition to the metric system remains strong in the US. Mostly due to the "Go Fuck Yourself" attitude of most Americans.

Nobody comes right out and says it but many Americans oppose legalizing marijuana because they are afraid that it is just a gateway drug to the metric system. All that grams of this and grams of that. I also believe that Pokemon Go died out as a fad in the US mainly because they were trying to force good law abiding citizens to participate by metric measurements. Hey Japan do we need to remind you that the Imperial System of Measurement won the War in the Pacific in World War II? Darn tootin'.

And while we're at it - you can keep your Royale with Cheese! In America it's a Quarter Pounder with Cheese! USA! USA! USA!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Patti LaBelle - Where are My Background Singers?

On a more existential plane - isn't that the question we are all asking this time of year? Where ARE OUR background singers?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Gerry Cheevers

I should have noted that yesterday was Gerry Cheevers' 77th birthday. Like many New Englanders of a certain age when we think of the Hall of Famer Cheevers the first thing we also think of is his "stitches" goalie mask. I wondered what happened to that mask assuming it was also in the Hockey Hall of Fame but no - Gerry gave it to his grandson.

My next thought was that I'd like to own a replica of the stitches mask. Then I found that Gerry Cheevers sells them but a full size replica cost $500. I then thought - well how about I just wish Gerry a happy birthday and move on.

Never Been Any Reason by Head East

A classic rock song you don't hear often enough.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Legend

Happy birthday to Larry Bird who turns 61 today. Man that makes me feel old.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Look I think Al Franken is a giant jerk but I hope he doesn't go full Slobodan Praljak at today's press conference... Violence Cake would be a good name for a band... This is nuts. Not sure if this shows how great Tom Brady has been or how pathetic the Bills are... So Jimbo Fisher says he didn't throw out his Christmas tree prior to leaving FSU. He said the guy who set up his tree threw it out because it was broken. What kind of man has another guy set up his family Christmas tree? I now dislike Jimbo Fisher... Heh heh... If you are on the opposite side of a moral argument from Mitt Romney - there's a 99% chance you're on the wrong side... What came first? The Elf on the Shelf phenomenon or the NSA spying on all of your data? Seem related. Maybe the NSA invented the Elf on a Shelf in order to get all new generations used to being watched all the time... Not a Trump fan but I would love it if he submitted Elizabeth Warren's name in to be the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Sedona by Houndmouth

Catchy song. New to me. I like it!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Venezuela and Bitcoin

I'm going to go ahead and assume that I have a fans of my blog at the highest levels of power in Venezuela.

How else do you explain the recent announcement by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro that he supports creating a new cryptocurrency to be backed by the country's reserves of oil, gas, gold and diamonds. I mean this new "petrocurrency" plan is almost exact to the modest proposal I made back in April. 

I'm guessing that they didn't come right out and credit this planned new "petrocurrency" to my genius only because they waited so long. I mean back in April all of Bitcoin in circulation was worth $17 billion but now the market cap of Bitcoin is up to $228 billion. Totally understand President Maduro being too embarrassed by his slowness to move costing the country such a great opportunity to give me my proper credit.

JFK, Trump and Joe Sr.

Many people have commented that JFK never would have survived today in the world of social media and hyper scrutiny. That JFK's womanizing would have kept him from reaching any real position of power in today's politics. Well if you want to buy into this magical time travel level of political reality - there never would have been a need for JFK to become President of the United States in the first place.

If Joe Kennedy Sr. were alive today he'd make the ultimate candidate for President. He was more ruthless than the Clinton's. He was richer than Donald Trump and would have been able to self finance the entire campaign. His moral flexibility was astonishing. And his political ambitions put them all to shame. The only reason JFK ran for office in the first place was because his dad was basically making him.

If Joe Kennedy Sr. were alive today he'd be the ultimate candidate. And you know what - I'd probably vote for him.

Linky Links

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

- This will always make me smile. Bill Laimbeer was a punk ass bitch.

- Neil Young has put his entire catalog online for free

- This photo is destined to be the centerpiece of many memes in the coming months.

- The 25 US cities with the lowest costs of living

- Heh heh

- Another example of why hockey players are the best