Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Beep Drill... and a whiskey chaser

"Winner Wall"

Start out with some positivity! The power we all have within us. Honest Abe knew.

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
- Abe Lincoln, goodreads quote

The Beep Drill

What's a Beep Drill?
It's cool.
The concept is simple. They line up on a back field, listen for a beep from a speaker, run 21 yards to a cone, turn around and run 21 yards back, trying to cross the line before another beep. After a break, they do it again. And again. And again. Until the last player is standing.
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Greg Allen, a minor leaguer won the Cleveland Indian Beep Drill.

In 2016, Greg Allen played on the Akron RubberDucks (www.akronrubberducks.com) and the  Lynchburg HillCats (www.lynchburg-hillcats.com). (snort)

The Siren

Book: The Siren by Tiffany Riesz
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... ok
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1920717296

I can't remember exactly how I found The Siren. I always seem to forget how I find these books. (sigh) Well, The Siren is supposed to be kinky, erotic fiction, and it had high reviews. So, that's probably a big part of why I gave it a try.

The book is okay. I give especially high marks to the writing style. It's really quite well-written. It's pretty wild in some parts. More mild in a lot others. As the book went on though, it turned from erotic fiction into more of a traditional rom-com movie. I kept envisioning Hugh Grant as the male protagonist. (dop!) The book limps to the finish line with a sugar sweet ending.

"Nora," he gasped a warning that she didn't heed. He flinched hard and came with a ragged breath. Through the haze of alcohol and orgasm he saw Nora sit up on his thighs. She picked up the whiskey, poured it and down him and the shot in one swallow. 
She looked down at him. "I love a whiskey chaser."
- The Siren, hard at work (ha!)
I'll risk being boiled in oil here... I think the lady's might enjoy this book more than I did.
Still... a good read.

Snarky Maths

From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediant_(mathematics)...

It is sometimes called the freshman sum, as it is a common mistake in the usual addition of fractions.
Snarky maths! (ha)

Howard Beale

I got home late and Network was on. Faye Dunaway. She looks fantastic. Yow! The whole movie is outstanding. Watching the movie, I wondered... Who's Howard Beale here in 2017? President Trump? Or lefties losing their minds over Trump? Or both? (ha)

So, you listen to me. Listen to me!
Television is not the truth.
Television's a god-damned amusement park.
Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players.
We're in the boredom-killing business.
- Howard Beale, Network, en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Network_(film)

Thanks to The Morning News for this link.
State Department = Losers. Drain the swamp!

Drain the Swamp (DtS) QOTD
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization. 
The news sent shock waves through the agency and has left career officials on edge, in part because of its abrupt nature -- taking place before their assignments end this summer and replacements have been found -- and in part because these officials help the secretary, a government novice, work with policy experts throughout the building.
Tillerson presides over abrupt shakeup at State Department
And the $$$ quote (very funny!):
"The motivation was to move people way from idle roles into productivity."

Trump Tweet OTD

Firing State Department nabobs.
Poking the media with a sharp stick.
One month of Trump... he's exceeded any expectation.
What a beginning!
peace out... yow, bill

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No mouth. Must scream.

"Cabo waters"

Locke Booke

Book: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... okay
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1910749966

This is your prototypical 3 star book. Good, not great. Worth reading, but you wish it was a little better. It's a fantasy genre book.

The author intersperses flashbacks between chapters. He calls them interludes, which is kind of clever. Each chapter begins with a quote. Chapter 4's quote: "I pitch like my hair's on fire." - Mitch Williams. Classic.

"You're mad," the assassin whispered. "You'll never beat the Gray King." 
I'll do more than that. Whatever he's planning, I will unmake it. Whatever he desires, I will destroy it. Every reason you came down here to murder my friends will evaporate. Every Gray King's man will die for nothing, starting with you."
- Locke Lamora
Locke Lamora didn't live up to its sky high Goodreads rating (4.30!). So be it. Still a good read.

Harlan Ellison

Audio Book: I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Review: 4 bill-stars (out of 5)... very good!
Video: https://youtu.be/Vgc5PDtIii8

This is an audio book on youtube. It's pretty cool because Harlan Ellison is reading (performing!) his own book. It's a short story really. The story is surreal and interesting. Ellison's performance is amazing! His reading is energized and passionate.

I am a great soft jelly thing. Smoothly rounded, with no mouth, with pulsing white holes filled by fog where my eyes used to be. Rubbery appendages that were once my arms; bulks rounding down into legless humps of soft slippery matter. I leave a moist trail when I move. Blotches of diseased, evil gray come and go on my surface, as though light is being beamed from within. Outwardly: dumbly, I shamble about, a thing that could never have been known as human, a thing whose shape is so alien a travesty that humanity becomes more obscene for the vague resemblance. Inwardly: alone. Here. Living under the land, under the sea, in the belly of AM, whom we created because our time was badly spent and we must have known unconsciously that he could do it better. At least the four of them are safe at last. AM will be all the madder for that. It makes me a little happier. And yet ... AM has won, simply ... he has taken his revenge ... 
I have no mouth. And I must scream.
A good read. A good listen? It's about 40 minutes long. Weird and worthy!

68 billion reasons

There are 68 billion reasons why Trump's most contested cabinet nominee was Secretary of Education.
The Department of Education has approximately 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $68 billion (2016).

Follow the $$$. Dems and teacher's union leaders aren't about to lose control of that cash. We shall see about that. School choice leader B Devos was confirmed as Sec of Education. Wow wow wow!
Why GOP Must Win The Fight Over DeVos
American education is at a crossroads. If the teachers' unions and their allies can defeat the nomination of Mrs. DeVos... a historic opportunity will be lost, and may never come again in this generation.
Thomas Sowell: Education At A Crossroads
Sowell is right: a historic opportunity!

Pretty cool. The US "intelligence community" has joined the cadre of Trump attackers. His administration is under surveillance by our own CIA/FBI/NSA/???. Anything and everything is being leaked to a supplicant media. I saw Trump on the tube describe a meeting where he told absolutely no one, not even his long-time personal assistant, and it still would up being leaked. So, these leaks are coming from surveillance inside theWhite House.

All good! This stuff is why Trump was elected president. I believe the slogan was "Drain the swamp". That means wresting $68B from the clutches of teacher's unions. And it means getting our intelligence services back in line and under control.
If Trump wasn't under attack, something would be wrong.

This week I heard my first and only (so far) positive report on Trump's presidency. It was on CNBC. Some investing nabob was raving about Trump's economic plan and how it will grow the US economy. I was shocked. I think the talking heads were a little thrown as well. Ha!
thanks... yow, bill

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Don't Play With Aggressive Coyotes

Headline fun

Kudos to you headline writers out there...
Don't Play With 'Aggressive' Coyotes

After the Super Bowl, I guess (giggle) that some of the Patriots (giggle giggle) were wearing Roger Goodell clown t-shirts. (snort)
NFL execs 'seething' at Patriots' Super Bowl antics, clown T-shirt

A Day in the Life

A fun/weird day this week... do you get much text spam?

Cellphone Spam OTD
Hey hew are you? Just wanted to let you know we have a schedule appointment tomorrow and what time of morning world you like 9 or 10
- cell spam I received today
I checked out with my favorite lady at the Jew-el. I don't even know her name, but she's always nice and pleasant and all. Not a teenage zombie.
But jeez, she's really aging. I guess I hadn't seen her in a while. Maybe she felt the same way about me. Ha!

"Inedible" garbage can at the car wash. (scratch scratch) You know, because Naperville is so chockful 'o dumpster-diving hobos, that you have to label that your garbage doesn't include food. Maybe it's labeled so Naperville squirrels won't bother it. Hmm.

I don't write often about people in my life. It doesn't seem right/fair. So, I'll be intentionally vague here, but I was at school...
"What's an undocumented student?
Is that someone who's in the country illegally?
Like an illegal alien?"
We received a school-wide email blast from some nabob titled "assistance for undocumented students". The quotes above are from the new guy in the department. He's a legal immigrant, and it was both funny and telling to here the response of someone unaware of the politics and the political correctness of the situation. He was honestly incredulous over why in the world we would be aiding people who came to this country illegally.

The department head was flustered. But he quickly recovered and gave the new guy a quick, firm political correctness massage. "That's not the proper term"... yadda yadda. This conversation lasted a long time (I was in a neighboring office) and built into a hate-filled leftie rant against Trump and Betsy Devos and religious people and... well, you get the idea.

I'll jump on the fake news bandwagon. This "fake news" flew by in my google news. Check the QOTD below. "Some Naperville residents"... that's your clue. It's a false, made-up anti-Trump story. Two people tweet something, and it's turned into a story in the Chicago Tribune. And then it scrolls by on Google news. There won't be a report on Toby Keith's sold-out show at Ribfest this summer.

Fake News QOTD
Some Naperville residents decried the choice too political on social media.
Toby Keith decried as too 'political' for Naperville Ribfest

More fake news. Google News again. They posted a story by the Daily Kos. The Daily Kos?!? When the Daily Kos appears in "google news", then I am left to believe that Google considers the Daily Kos a legitimate news source. False!

Here's Toby Keith helping a group of young ladies with guitar lessons or something... (he he)

Giga Snap

Have you ever snapped?
Yeah, me neither.
I do have a twitter account, but I've never actually tweeted. Just lurked. (snort)

Snap QOTD1
2.5 billion
- snaps sent per day, Amazing Snapchat statistics (February 2017)

Even cooler? To support all this snapping, they're spending HUGE $$$ on cloud computing.

Snap QOTD2
In addition to the $2 billion Snap committed to spending on Google cloud infrastructure over the next five years, the company also revealed today in an amended filing that it expects to spend $1 billion on Amazon’s cloud services over the same time frame. However, the company clarified that it may choose to build its own infrastructure in the future.
- Snap will spend $1 billion on Amazon cloud services

Snap is going public soon. They're raising $3B and shooting for a market cap of $25B.
Snapchat Likely the Most Expensive Big Tech IPO Ever


Elections have consequences.
And at the end of the day, I won. So I think on that one I trump you.
- Obama, link
Chelsea's husband shut down his hedge fund shortly after the election.
Hedge Fund Of Hillary Clinton's Son-In-Law Has Shut Down
Ditto for Bill and Crooked Hillary's charity.
The Clinton Global Initiative’s Ignominious End
Imagine that. Clinton businesses lagging after she's out of office. That's a puzzler. (sarcasm)
Consequences - the election cost the Clinton's BIG $$$.
Ironically, it'll cost Trump $$$ too. At least in the short run.

Day in the Life conclusion... I saw a car with a Hillary/Kaine bumper sticker parked at school.
I smiled and laughed to myself... Crooked Hillary.
snort... yow, bill