Dad vs. Stupidity

14 Apr 2016 /

I overheard one of my colleagues saying to another, “My dad is really opposed to any kind of stupidity.”

I passed that along to my own son: “If you want to describe me in that way — ‘My dad is opposed to stupidity in all forms’ — it’s okay with me. I mean, you don’t have to if you’re not feeling it but I can think of worse ways to be remembered.”


Watching Kobe’s Last Game

13 Apr 2016 /

Lightning


It’s Not Your Head

13 Apr 2016 /
Head pain

I’m telling my doctor about these shooting pains that I get near the back of my head, behind my left ear. Sometimes they don’t happen for months and sometimes they happen several times a day.

She says it’s likely to be caused by stress and tension.

“You don’t think it’s a brain tumor?” I ask.

“No, because a brain tumor would hurt all the time and the pain would get worse over time.”

“OK . . . that’s good to know because I didn’t want to deal with a brain tumor right now.”

“I’m not worried about it. And if I’m not worried about it, you shouldn’t be worried about it.”

“That’s what my wife said this morning. She said she wasn’t worried about it. I said, ‘Of course you’re not worried about it. It’s not your head.’ She said she wouldn’t worry about it even if was her head.”

“Let me say it another way. If your doctor is not worried about it, then you don’t need to be worried about it.”


Correction

11 Apr 2016 /

Correction: April 10, 2016

An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion.


Happy National Pet Day

11 Apr 2016 /

I took some selfies for Pet Day:

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— Lightning paw


EppsNet Restaurant Reviews: Don Pisto’s

11 Apr 2016 /

Our son and his girlfriend took us to a Mexican restaurant in North Beach for Sunday brunch. Later, at the airport, when I couldn’t remember the name of the place, I googled “san francisco mexican brunch” and it came back as the first result.

Don Pistos

Don Pisto’s is (according to Google) synonymous with Mexican brunch in SF. I can recommend the huevos rancheros, breakfast burrito and the pork tamale and eggs.

I also had a margarita. Maybe because I ordered it at the bar and it was poured right in front of me, but there was mucho tequila in the margarita. I don’t always drink margaritas, but when I do, I often order a second one. That option was not even on the table on this occasion.

Rating: 5 stars


You’re Walking Around With a Mask On

10 Apr 2016 /

You know you’re walking around with a mask on, and you desperately want to take it off and you can’t because everyone else thinks it’s your face.

— Pat Barker, Regeneration

What Did Jesus Write on the Ground?

9 Apr 2016 /

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

— John 8:4-8

What was Jesus writing on the ground?

THINGS TO DO BEFORE BEING CRUCIFIED

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Rickie Lee Jones: All the Young Dudes

6 Apr 2016 /

Let’s See Some ID, Jack Nicklaus

6 Apr 2016 /

Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus posted a Facebook video that shows several Augusta National guards not immediately recognizing him and asking for a security badge.

Tomorrow we’ll have a video of Michael Jordan being asked for ID at a Bulls game . . .

Watch from behind the scenes what happened when I arrived to Magnolia Lane and the Masters this afternoon! ?

Posted by Jack Nicklaus on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


‘Natural’ Product Claims Can Be Murky

1 Apr 2016 /

Whole Foods Markets Inc. last fall started selling a new brand of laundry detergent called Nature’s Power, whose green bottle claims the product is made “with plant-derived soaps.”

Its top active ingredient, a commonly used cleaning agent called sodium laureth sulfate, is found in plenty of its mainstream peers, including Arm & Hammer, which like Nature’s Power is made by Church & Dwight Co. Sodium laureth sulfate can be produced from coconut oil, palm oil or petroleum.

“It is the same chemical compound, regardless of what it’s derived from,” says Clarence Miller, a professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice University in Houston.

A Church & Dwight spokesman said the sodium laureth sulfate in Nature’s Power “is plant-based and not the same” as the sodium laureth sulfate found in Arm & Hammer. Whole Foods declined to comment.

WSJ

Let’s also note that in addition to being made by the same company as Arm & Hammer, with the same active ingredient as Arm & Hammer, Nature’s Power sells for 114 percent more than Arm & Hammer.

In other ‘green’ product news, S.C. Johnson, makers of Windex, also sell a multi-surface cleaner under the Mrs. Meyer’s brand for 127 percent more than Windex.

‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ are marketing terms, and ‘green’ is what you have to shell out to buy ‘natural’ products.

Natural Products


Overheard (Slack Version)

1 Apr 2016 /

Employee X [8:55 AM]
I bumped the HVAC up one degree for the entire office. Got a few comments about it being too cold yesterday. Let me know how today is y’all.

Employee Y [9:18 AM]
half a degree too warm

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Religions or Cults?

28 Mar 2016 /

cult2


Overheard

28 Mar 2016 /

Overheard


The Job Is Only Half Done

28 Mar 2016 /


See You in Hell

28 Mar 2016 /

Satan

[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]

Greetings from the afterlife!

I love it when people say “Get thee behind me, Satan.”

I am behind you. I’m thinking of giving you a shove.

See you in Hell . . .

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Tiptoeing Around Reality

28 Mar 2016 /


Ruff Sex

27 Mar 2016 /

I assumed every woman with a dog (not just a wiener dog) is doing this, minus the videos of course . . .

Police charge that the South Carolina suspect got intimate with a Dachshund on her 23rd birthday…

Posted by The Smoking Gun on Friday, March 25, 2016


Stickhandling

27 Mar 2016 /

I’ve been at a lot of hockey practices, never seen this drill but I like it a lot . . .

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Why Are Anxiety Disorders So Prevalent?

26 Mar 2016 /

Evolutionary pressures led humans to develop cognitive biases . . .

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