Archives for: May 2011

From Elsewhere

May 31st, 2011

Image from for the love of bikes. Maid Marian Muffins as written up by for the love of bikes. Reminds me of this pic. This seems cool. An auction of stuff that was once on the walls at the deceased Handlebar Grill. Not sure why Breckenridge… more »

Sunny Day

May 31st, 2011

Image by onesevenone. Some rights reserved. more »

Another Approach To Reducing Car Killings

May 30th, 2011

Image by Ojisanjake from his blog: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan. Jake (of the spectacular blog, More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan) says that rituals for car blessing and driving safety are common at shrines in Japan. more »

We Need Some New Holidays

May 29th, 2011

We need a day to honor the innocent civilians our mercenaries kill. And, maybe we need another holiday to do whatever is appropriate for our mercenaries so the mercenaries don't get confused with the drafted butcher, baker, and candlestick makers we… more »

The delightful whine of summer days

May 29th, 2011

I'm willing to bet that whatever my neighbor has been vacuuming or blowing for the last 30 minutes could be handled with a broom. I'm also willing to bet that a guy with a Cheney bumper sticker who spends his days shooting squirrels off his bird… more »

Watermelons & Cyclist

May 28th, 2011

Image by Justin Beck. Some rights reserved. more »

Old Folks Do Indeed Drive Horribly

May 27th, 2011

Interesting. Not unexpected that older drivers drive unsafely. Yet, perhaps this research suggests a remedy. [R]esearchers . . . using a novel method to gauge how well people drive, have concluded that serious errors are alarmingly commonplace. ?We… more »

Great Title

May 25th, 2011

My Ten Years in a Quandary AND HOW THEY GREW by Robert Benchley. I was astonished to find that someone wrote a book with this title and that that someone wasn't me. more »

Watched the News Last Night, Oh Boy

May 25th, 2011

Just the local TV news. No wonder people have irrational fears. It was like a parody of a news show. The lead story? Hooligans attack a Dunkin Donuts and steal doughnuts and drinks! more »

Good Plan

May 22nd, 2011

Heh. Heh. Heh.

May 20th, 2011

From the NYTimes: On Thursday, in a report on the ?CBS Evening News,? [Lance's team mate Tyler] Hamilton said he had seen Armstrong inject himself with the banned performance-enhancing drug EPO to win those Tours. A full interview with Hamilton… more »

A Source of Wonder

May 19th, 2011

Michele Bachmann has a law degree. She went to Oral Roberts Law School. I wonder what classes are like at Oral Roberts Law School. more »

Lest we Forget

May 18th, 2011

Eschaton: I'm quite happy bashing the media, as usual, but I think they're getting a bit of a bum rap. They're covering the deficit in large part because both major political parties are mostly talking about the deficit. If some charismatic politician… more »

University of Denver? Get serious.

May 18th, 2011

A demonstration in favor of University of Denver having a library. The University of Denver has become a punchline among the young people who chat around our dinner table. ("For every student, there's a different reason to love DU." But all of them… more »

Poetry and Barf

May 18th, 2011

If I read again of "silent music" or any metaphor involving the word "fruit," I shall barf. Also, if I can read a poem aloud as a prose story (though the poet has oh so cleverly broken the sentences into fragments and arranged them to look like… more »

Nuclear Love

May 16th, 2011

California's Diablo Nuclear Plant. Image by dirtsailor. Some rights reserved. Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant. From a good report by Miranda Spencer at FAIR on the one-sided media coverage of nuclear power v renewables: One might imagine that the… more »

How to Make Friends And Influence People, While Killing Their Children

May 15th, 2011

We used to be involved in unprovoked, moronic wars, ignoring environmental regulations, doing nothing about climate change, imprisoning people without trial, and giving irresponsible tax cuts because the President was an asshole and a moron. What's the… more »

The Zen of A Six Pack and Sleeping in the Park

May 15th, 2011

Image from Allen Giese. Checking in with Allen Giese again: [We realize it's graduation weekend so finding a hotel room tomorrow] is going to be tough. What we should have done next is start calling for hotel reservations but we decided to finish… more »

Driver Kills Cyclist On Straight, Dry Road. With State's Attorney's Cooperation, No Criminal Charges, Driver Pays $2000, And Keeps License.

May 15th, 2011

Image by Smile Politely. Looks as if as long as Julie Reitz is in the State's Attorney in Champaign, drivers killing cyclists will get off with a slap on the wrist. Or more accurately, drive off with a slap on the wrist. [Via Urbana-Champaign Cycling… more »

Putting Kids and Hockey in Perspective

May 15th, 2011

Rick Smith's Yehuda Moon. more »

China Today?

May 14th, 2011

'coca cola vase' 1997 Vase from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) FAKE studio This "defaced" Tang Dynasty vase is by Ai Weiwei. Ai is a prominent Chinese artist who disappeared after his arrest by Chinese authorities in April. This work is from an… more »

Raising Children With Sticks and Masks

May 14th, 2011

Lots of congratulations passed around Gerty's family this week for a nephew off to some sort of semi-pro hockey training team. Is a game that employs "fighters" a sport for children? I don't think so, but I am definitely in the minority in Gerty's… more »

Obama Adopts "Drill Baby Drill!" Energy Policy

May 14th, 2011

One of the reasons I was impressed by Obama was his reaction, during the campaign, when Clinton signed on to McCain's moronic proposal for a federal gas tax "holiday," as a reaction to higher gas prices. Obama took the politically more challenging… more »

Another Whine About Jobs

May 13th, 2011

From Dean Baker: At this point, the data are clearly giving a warning of weakness in the labor market. It is also worth noting that many newly unemployed workers will not be eligible for benefits since they have been unemployed for much of the last… more »

Thank You Allen . . . .

May 12th, 2011

I know. I know. If you like his journal you can just read it yourself. But Allen Giese had me laughing again today with this photo caption: Rest stop in the middle of no where, which was where we were most of the day. I can't really explain why I… more »

Speaking of Academic Integrity

May 12th, 2011

But it is actually. Image by Carlos G. Casares. Some rights reserved. I was shocked that David W. Rasmussen, dean of the Florida State's College of Social Sciences, would sell his sister (sorry, faculty positions at his college) to a Koch foundation.… more »

But What Fun Would That Be?

May 12th, 2011

From the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: There's an easy way to stop the increasing deficit -- let the idiotic Bush tax cuts expire. As an alternative, we can talk about reducing the deficit, slap poor people around, screw up social… more »

Florida: "It's very sandy"

May 11th, 2011

"Sitting on my trailer pad fry'in up a steak. I told the locals it was raccoon and now we're all buddies." Image and caption by Alan Geise. Most accounts of bike tours tend to focus on weather, miles, and how the rider felt. I understand. The basic… more »

Speaking of Florida

May 11th, 2011

Unbelievable. From the St. Petersburg Times: A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and… more »

Good Idea

May 10th, 2011

Our Bags Are Packed (And There's A Heck Of A Lot Of Them)

May 8th, 2011

Image by Rupert Taylor-Price. Some rights reserved. Gerty and I have our bags packed for a "shakedown cruise." We're preparing for our first self-supported tour together. (And Gerty's first tour ever.) Seemed pretty simple. Get some panniers,… more »

Pound Rocks, Gerty!

May 1st, 2011

Gerty and I are planning a tour. Each time one of us places something in the "to be packed" pile, the other asks "Are you sure you couldn't find something lighter?" or "Do you really need that?" or, most often, "WTF! I'm not carrying that just so you… more »

Our new Budget Plan Will Make Us Rich

May 1st, 2011

Image by dotpolka. Some rights reserved. Since the government's budget is just like our household budget (if you don't believe me, just ask our idiotic senators), we've developed a plan to cope, should our household income drop because I lose a job.… more »