Saturday, September 26, 2009

How have I earned this reputation?

Kate: I can't believe you gave my daughter nun-chuks!

Me: She was swinging a wooden spoon around. I thought nerf chuks would be an improvement.

Kate: Oh, they're nerf? It's fine, then.

Me: You thought I gave a four year old real nun-chuks!?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

9/12

Hey, remember Glenn Beck's "9/12 Project", where a whole bunch of right wingers went to Washington to talk about how the federal government is the enemy of the people, and there are all these secret conspiracies among the left to destroy the country using ACORN, the census, healthcare, etc.? Yeah, good times.

While that was going on, a Census worker named Bill Sparkman was found hanged in rural Kentucky. With the word "Fed" scrawled across his chest.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Messed up idea of the day

The Republicans not only don't care if they win elections; they actually want to lose them. They are, after all, the party which believes that government is the problem, not the solution. When that is your core principle, actual governing is difficult, if not impossible. They're much more comfortable in the minority, where they can satisfy themselves by stopping the Democrats from governing.

The weekend that wasn't

I came down with a 102 fever in the middle of dinner friday night, and my temp didn't come down to normal until Sunday night about 7, so I spent as much of the weekend horizontal as was practically possible.

On the bright side, I watched some TEDtalks on the Tivo, and heard this great quote in the middle of a great talk:

"I'm an ignostic. I refuse to be drawn into the question of whether god exists until someone properly defines the terms." -John Lloyd

(The Rebecca Saxe talk on reading one another's minds is very good as well).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gettin' Old

Was at a school thing recently, and somebody brought cookies from Hot Box, this cookie place downtown that was started by a couple of recent college grads. Christie asked me if they were as good as mine, and I said, "No, but they're good."

In my head, I was thinking, "Please, I've been working on my chocolate chip cookie recipe since before those kids were born."

Tonight, I realized that's actually true. Damn.

Hopping Robot

Nifty.

Nice Obama Moment

Very human, very funny: Obama Calls Kanye a 'Jackass'.

One more. I can't begin to tell you how many ways this photo makes me smile.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Cool tools

Remember The Milk keeps getting better. In fact, I'm thinking of getting a pro membership just for the iPhone app.

Speaking of iPhone apps, here are some things that help me get stuff done:

Evernote. I use it to remember articles I want to ready, clip recipes I like, flag videos I want to watch, things I want to blog about, stuff to post on Facebook, or really just about anything I want to remember. The text recognition is nice, but I wish there was a "save as text" option for handwritten notes and pictures.

Google Reader. Three things rock about Google Reader. 1. I subscribe to RSS feeds of my favorite NPR podcasts, so I can hear them whenever I want. 2. I can easily see which blog posts and news articles I've already read, and have things filtered so only new articles show up. 3. The search engine lets me search within the articles I've read, or flag articles for memory, so I can easily refresh my memory about that thing I read that one time by the guy about the place. You know the one.

ShopShop, a free shopping list for iPhones. You can do multiple lists, so I have three: to do, shopping, and packing lists. Easy peasy.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tin Man or Scarecrow?

I hope somebody reading this lives in the Kansas 2nd district, and can call Rep. Lynn Jenkins and ask her why she told one of her constituents, a 27 year old single mom who can't afford health insurance, but makes too much for Medicaid or SCHIP to "go be a grown-up" and buy herself some insurance.

To be fair to Jenkins, she clearly seems to think that doing everything she can to derail health reform is no contradiction to "we need to reform the system right now" and that her imaginary proposals will actually do something to help, instead of making things worse. Unfortunately for her, while that is fair, it stills shows that she's a moron. Or heartless. Hard to tell which.