Thursday, August 17, 2017

I'm the mayor of Baltimore!

This is the best zoo idea ever. It's from the Philly Zoo: They have these elevated monkey trails all over the park. So cool.

"Best zoo idea"

I did it for me.
I liked it.
I was good at it.
And... I was really... I was alive.
- Walter White on cooking, from the last episode of Breaking Bad,

The mayor of Baltimore

If I was the mayor of Baltimore, this is what I'd do. This very morning, I get on the blower and call up President Trump:
Mr. President, mayor of Baltimore here. I'm calling to ask for your help. I want to work with you to help the good people of Baltimore turn around the surge in violence that we've had the past few years. Let's do something creative and new. Together, I think we can improve things quickly. And when we cut crime in Baltimore, I'll campaign for your 2020 reelection in every city in America. What do you say?

Catherine Pugh is the real mayor of Baltimore. That's her over to the right. Very nice. But she didn't help her city yesterday.
Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore
Why deal with monuments... in the dead of night? Well, she said: "They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people." (huh?)

Baltimore has been in crisis since the Freddie Gray riots in April 2015. Obama shrugged at the violence, and the Obama justice department went after the Baltimore police as racists... even though the police involved in Freddie Gray's death were black, white, Hispanic, male, female, etc.

Baltimore QOTD
The upshot is that black men in Baltimore aged between 15 and 29 are as likely to die violently as American soldiers were in Iraq at the height of the country’s Baathist insurgency. As yet, there is no sign of Maryland or the federal government taking the sort of emergency action such a disaster would seem to justify.
Baltimore’s murder rate is setting unwanted records, dated Jul 2017

At 400 homicides, Baltimore has more murders than NYNY or LA! Those much larger cities had 334 and 294 murders last year, respectively (link).  (jeez)

Baltimore and Chicago. This situation has been ignored and worsened in the last 8 years. I'd love to see President Trump take very specific action in one of these cities to reduce this violence. That's what NYNY did decades ago, and it's still working. Now that would be some positivity!

Fallen Empire #1

Book: Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... good

This is the first book in the Fallen Empire series. It's good. The author's writing style is very strong. That's the best part of the book. The weakest part is the plot, which is very derivative of things like Star Wars and Star Trek, etc. I'm talking very derivative here with the empire and rebels and blah blah blah.

But Buroker's writing makes this a 3+ bill-star book with good, interesting characters and some humor throughout. If you can add humor to what you're doing, whatever it is, it's incredibly powerful. Star Nomad is a good example of this.

"This isn't a kidnapping mission, is it?" Alisa asked. "Aside from the kidnapping you're doing right now in parting me from my ship, that is." 
"Do Alliance pilots always talk this much on missions?" Leonidas strode through the room, barely glancing at the crates. 
"Oh yes. We're a chatty bunch."
- Star Nomad by L Buroker

Here's a wonderful 40 minute interview (gasp!) of the author, Lindsay Buroker: Now, that's a worthy video. Buroker is so hard-working, entrepreneurial, and passionate about what she does and about her fans... it's very inspirational! I wish her all the luck in the world. The author Q&A section at the end of the book is very funny: "I was going to put together some fancy author notes where I talk about deep and important things, but I'm not really that deep. Or important. I just like to write fun stories."

I'll probably continue on and read Fallen Empire # 2 but not right away. We'll see.
A good read.

Leftie Summer

This is a guilty pleasure. Daniel Henninger of the WSJ is usually pretty measured, or mild-mannered, as Superman would say. In this editorial, he absolutely goes OFF on leftie shenanigans.
Liberalism’s Summer of ’17
It's nice (raise the sarcasm sign) to see Henninger highlight Chicago in his long, hot summer of leftie dogma and incompetence.

In Chicago, more than 100 people were shot over July Fourth weekend, with 14 ending up dead. So naturally Mayor Rahm Emanuel has filed a sanctuary-cities lawsuit against the federal government to protect the city’s immigrants.
- D Henninger, Liberalism’s Summer of ’17

And hey - I saw the Google guy interviewed on the teevee. The guy that got fired. I'm happy to report... he's a total nerd. Completely genuine. Never had a date in his life and could barely speak. (ha!) He said he was floored when his writings "went viral" (ugh, I dislike that phrase) and that he got fired. The Google guy is completely 100% genuine. Google, the company, is completely disingenuous.

An interesting question during the interview: Is Google the most powerful company in the history of humanity? You know, because they control what people see on the internets with their search and their ads. I don't know. The impact of Google and Facebook on society is off the charts.

I've blogged this before... it's disturbing how the internets has made tech (and society?) more centralized, monopolized and autocratic in the 21st century. And how quickly its happened! The big four are all omnipresent and support hard leftie cultures: Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.
thanks... yow, bill



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Chipmunk2 and The Postman


Stat OTD
August 9, 2017: The individual healthcare mandate requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than sign up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.
Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day: Aug 9, 2017
6.5 million Americans are paying to not have Obamacare.
What a metaphor for 21st century America, eh.

Flying stories

If I ever meet Louis CK, I'll thank him for making flying a little more fun. I rarely get on a plane without thinking of his airplane/tech skit, which I've watched a zillion times:

This absolutely happened... on our flight home. (he he)

Airplane intercom: The pilot wants to apologize that our wifi seems to be down. 
Williamt: Pfft. This is bullshit. (big smile)
- he he,

This was a first. I had my butt sniffed by a mangy TSA dog. How utterly ridiculous. Some loser is walking this dog up and down the line as it sticks its nose in your crotch. (grrr)

I almost always check my bag. (I know, I know, lame) So, with a small bag this time, I skipped it and did the carry-on thing. Well, I forgot about the hair goo and Listerine in my bag, which got me pulled out of line. The TSA matron scowled, dumped my stuff in the garbage, and sent me on my way. Oh well.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Book: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James W. Cain
Review: 5 bill-stars (out of 5)... outstanding!

This is just fantastic writing. It's a story of two losers and how there lives go off track. It's great how you read, in their voices and thoughts, the logic that drives Chambers and Cora onto their stupid and twisted course of events.

Cain's writing is classic crime noir style. There's a lot of Philip Marlowe in Chambers and the cops and the dames and all. It was totally engaging.

I snapped on the light. 
She was standing there, in a red kimono, as pale as milk, staring at me, with a long thin knife in her hand. I reached out and took it away from her. When she spoke, it was in a whisper that sounded like a snake licking its tongue in and out. 
"Why did you have to come back?" 
"I had to, that's all."
- The Postman
Two things. I've got to watch the original movie now (with Lana Turner!). And I've got to read another Cain novel. At a glance, Mildred Pierce looks the best.
5 bill-stars. A great read!


Some google-nerd writes down his thoughts on women in tech and leftie diversity shenanigans, and he gets fired. It's a nerd-drama. In that spirit, here's a very quick nerd list.
  • Williamt - Would I be fired at Google for having this blog? (shrug)
  • Hired - If an employee at Google (black, white, any color) passed around a note praising the good works of Black Lives Matter and espousing the violent removal of all white employees from the company, they would absolutely not be fired.
  • Merit - Google and other tech companies are probably some of the purest meritocracies on the planet. If you're really smart, then Google wants to hire you. Now! The idea that Google is shunning female or non-white candidates is silly. Google is largely white, Asian and male because there aren't enough qualified female and non-white candidates for them to hire. Period.
  • Dogma - Women in tech. Global warming. Immigration. Race. Religion. Debate won't be tolerated. Google is mimicking the newest college thing: safe spaces. The illogic goes like this: safe spaces are required to shelter people from harmful rightie thoughts and actions. If your opinion differs from left dogma, then it is harmful and hateful.
  • Admin - In the 21st century, we have become Admin Nation. We've ceded too much control to admins and bureaucrats and nabobs. Google's decision to fire this guy is classic admin, lowest common denominator, thinking. This is the European model. America is exceptional because of our rejection of this centralized authority approach in our government and in our lives.
  • Next - Here's the next leftie step if you're interested: The Silicon Valley blacklist. It's going on right now. This girl writes about the Y Combinator startup incubator compiling a blacklists of tech guys convicted of sexual harassment or abuse. No, just kidding. It's a blacklist of guys merely accused of any bad behavior: "...if we’ve heard from any founders that they’ve behaved badly, they are out of the network... We will never invite them." Yikes.
I probably should have put this first. But stop and think about this for a second.
What if Crooked Hillary were president?

[space for one second of thinking]

If Crooked Hillary were president, policies like Google's would be working their way into our lives via the federal government. Right now.
Trump is important.
yow, bill

Monday, August 7, 2017


This is an oldie. Flip phone pic. Minimalist. Very special. Crappy. (dramatic pause) Art shot!


Here's a super-smart guy arguing that we shouldn't feed dogs meat.
It's global warming, ya know. Oh yeah, and it's... Science!
Save the planet! (snort)

A dog doesn't need to eat steak.
- global warming nabob, uk story

Union Station

Book: Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... fun

This is a fun sci-fi serial, like a soap opera, I guess. It's an indie book (which I like) and is super light reading.

Uniquely among the biologicals, large numbers of humans either don't know what they want, or they lie to themselves about what they do want. It's why your immersives and literature do so poorly in translation. To use your own words, the rest of the galaxy just doesn't 'get' humans. Your development as a species depends on natural selection, yet your mating selections are most unnatural.
- Union Station by E.M. Foner
The two main characters are setup on a number of dates by an internet dating service run by the AI's that also run the space station. So, the setup is a cross of the awkwardness of a first internet meetup combined with aliens and tech and space stations and what not. It's fun. For example, the girl's landlord is an AI... read on.

She held up her hands with fingers crossed. "How much can I expect next payday? I'm behind on the rent again, and the smart aleck landlord program has been fooling with the water temperature when I take a shower. It's just a matter of time before it starts in with varying the room temperature and piping in nasty odors."
- Union Station by E.M. Foner
A good read.


The LA Dodger just went 43-7 over a 50 game span. That's the best ever. Hey now!

The Dodgers tied the best 50-game stretch (43-7) of any team since the 1912 New York Giants
- Dodger win, si post
Of course, the Dodger are led by uber-rook Cody B. He also leads the Naperville Roses. Cody B is cruising right now at 32 dinger. Oh my!

Cody Bellinger. (smile) My favorite player all-time is still Don Kessinger. (I should write a poem) Well, I was a leftie, so I couldn't get a Don Kessinger mitt. But I made my Dad get one. For real. Just like this one (on ebay), I think.

I guess there's a bunch of records the 2017 Dodger are racking up. So, stay tuned. (stay tuned to hot chicks on Star Trek (below))

A warm ending

There's some great rightie stuff here:

Like this table. 8 years of Obama-bashing, sometimes you forget America's position in the world. And look at the tech company domination!

Finally... a warm ending.

It’s now been more than 5,000 days (13.75 years) since Hurricane Wilma (October 16-27, 2005), the last major hurricane (category 3, 4 or 5) that made landfall in the US. That marks the longest “hurricane drought” since the mid-1800s.
Tornadoes aren't increasing either: "...there has been little trend in the frequency of the stronger tornadoes over the past 55 years." (weather nabob link)

Global warming. Extreme weather. Oops.
I guess we can feed our dogs steak if we want to, eh.
cha... yow, bill