Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Scotty Dog Now has Something to Fear


Monopoly proposed five new game pieces, and let people vote for their choice via Facebook. Because Facebook users are the most discerning folks on the planet, overflowing with wisdom.

The results were announced February 4. It’s the cat, which got 31% of the vote.

But there can be only eight gamepieces, so one piece had to be retired. That fate fell to the lowly iron, whose function in contemporary society is akin to that of the butter churn.

I guess I’m not surprised that the cat won, but I expected it to be the robot. I thought the robot was very cool.

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Saving Cursive


Amidst the many pressing world crises, my thoughts go to the insidious War on Cursive, which threatens to undermine Western civilization.

Two years ago, Indiana made teaching cursive writing optional, instead encouraging students to learn the arcane skill of “typewriting.” But vigilant state senators have approved a bill to require that students be taught cursive writing. And thus shall be preserved our way of life.

I agree with teaching cursive writing, based on scientific studies which show that that’s what I was taught. Not that I’m any good at it–just look at how I scribble my name with a stylus on those credit card thingies in the checkout line. But I’m aware of the concept of cursive writing, and I use it extensively every time I sign my name. And no other time, come to think of it.

It’s like mandating that kids be taught to change the oil, or speak French, or write haiku, or churn butter–things you’ll rarely need to do, but which older folks had to learn when they were in school, so they think it’s a Vital Life Skill.

Indiana, while mandating cursive writing, also dropped license and educational requirements for school superintendents. The intent is to give school districts the flexibility to hire “nontraditional candidates” as school superintendents. Meaning, “persons who are not trained to be educators, but whose uncle is the mayor.”

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A Respite from Reverse Discrimination


Yesterday at break time, for the first time in probably a couple of decades, the men outnumbered the women. It was 6-4. Two of those guys come to the office only one day a week, but still. The other men travel a lot, and frequently, I’m the only guy at the break table. So yesterday was a treat for my longsuffering self.

I have solitarily endured numerous breaktime conversations pertaining to gardening, home remedies, parenting woes, hygiene products, etc. So it was nice yesterday, with the preponderance of testosterone, for the conversation to focus on sports, with accompanying grunting, snorting, and general Neanderthalism. The women, for once, had to endure.

I hope my stereotyping doesn’t come across as sexist, though it most blatantly is. I will now continue through my day, confident that whenever I ask one of the gals for assistance, I will be met with a stony, “I’m busy. Find somebody else.”

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Parking Meter History


Here’s some arcane knowledge: a history of parking meters. I read it on Collectors Weekly. I came across it via

One piece of trivla: the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City in 1935. Because, apparently, there is a shortage of wide open spaces in Oklahoma.

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A Good Day for Global Warming Sarcasm

polar-bearJon Stewart said something like this the other night: “Global warming is a fraud. You know how I know? Because it’s cold, right now, where I live. That’s just science.”

I’ve not been hearing sarcastic global warming comments this winter; maybe the reality of climate change is finally getting through–the very hot summer, and now two very mild winters.

In years past, tobacco companies succeeded for many years in creating doubt in people’s minds that cigarette smoking was bad for you. But eventually, the science caught up with them, and now the tobacco industry is on the ropes.

In the same way, the oil/coal/auto industries work to create doubt in people’s minds–doubt that climate change is occurring, or doubt that it is caused by anything mankind is doing. It’s all about creating doubt–not about proving anything scientifically, but in saying, “Scientists don’t 100% agree on this.” (The book “Climate Coverup” illuminates all of these tactics.)

But we’re getting there.

Today, it was 4 degrees when I left the house. So today would be a good day for sarcastic global warming comments.

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