Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The demise of SwiftKey

I love this keyboard and I suppose I should celebrate the developer's success but ... all that glitters is not gold and this pretty much ensures its further development will be shit.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Scalia As Stand Up

Scalia's ire over the marriage equality decision led to some (unintentional) hilarity this week. In commenting on Kennedy's opinion Scalia said, "The world does not expect logic and precision in poetry or inspirational pop philosophy; it demands them in law" Seriously?

But that's not the kicker - he concludes that the decision diminished "this Court's reputation for clear thinking and sober analysis". Isn't that  precious? He believes this Court has that reputation. Seriously (can you get right on that Amy? Seth?)? Hilarious.

Oh Antonin, that ship sailed with the Rehnquist court at the very least - and the Roberts court? Seriously? The current conservative fatuous five have demonstrated the reading comprehension and cognitive prowess of a non-precocious 9 year-old. Hard to sully that reputation.

By all means, Antonin, hide your fat head in a bag; preferably plastic.

Friday, March 13, 2015

And Off The Rim He Slid


'night, sir.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Mistakes Were Made

Back in 2004 when NBC was replacing the retiring former journalist-turned-hack, Tom Brokaw, they decided to go with a congenital hack, Brian Williams.  Now they could have opted for John Seigenthaler but then they might have had a (the only) reputable news program and we couldn't have that now could we? Will the latest from Brian Williams von M√ľnchhausen be a tale too far? Not bloody likely.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Unforeseen Consequences

We have done numerous things over the years to reduce our carbon footprint (composting, bicycling to work, adding energy-efficiency to our home, etc.) but our latest move has resulted in a complication that we hadn't considered.

This year we purchased a *Fiskar's reel mower and the absence of both noise and air pollution is wonderful. We can mow at 5 am if we desire (which we most decidedly do not) because we wouldn't disturb a soul and it's good exercise though it does take a bit longer.

The real problem (for lack of a better term being retrieved from my brain) is that our Golden Retriever who was afraid of our gas-powered lawn mower and would stay as far away from it as possible -even remaining on the patio in the back yard while we would mow the front, is no longer afraid of the mower.

In fact, having the threat removed and being the velcro dog that he is, he not only follows us around while we mow but has developed an amazing capacity to plunk himself down precisely in the 18-inch wide swathe of lawn currently being mowed and, when asked to move, places himself precisely 18-inches further into the un-mowed portion of the lawn. So, we've been playing a marvelous game we call The Pick Up Your Ball and Move, Please Loop since the commencing the lawn-mowing season.

Surprisingly, I think he's going to give up first -as the last time I mowed he moved to the sidewalk after the 3rd iteration and remained there for the duration.

*You haven't tried a reel mower until you've tried this one. Great features include: wheels inset from the blades so you can get up very close to obstacles and edges, an amazingly generous reel height adjustment (up to 4 inches) and an ease of pushing that while not as effortless as a self-propelled mower it's exponentially easier than any reel mower I've ever tried.

Blowing Down the Road

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

B.S. of A Splinters?

Conservatives, aren't they cute? Now they want to form their own alternative to the Boy Scouts ... I'm thinking they could call it HAUs Scouts (Homophobes Are Us).