Saturday, December 9, 2017


"Super moon over The Peaks"

I mostly do undusting at their house.
- williamt Castle Polish cleaning girl

I smiled at the "undusting" comment and paused because she's right. English is dumb. It shouldn't be dusting, it should be undusting. We're removing dust, not adding it. In fact, a "dusting of snow" is correct. You're adding snow. But for cleaning, it should be "undusting the shelves".

I started to explain how she was both right and wrong at the same time.
"Right and wrong? But I AM removing dust, no?"
Yes. OK. It's cool. (smile)

 1) thru 5) 

1) Snow
Snow in San Antonio.
Texas rejoices over rare snowstorm
I checked (trolled) twitter and stumbled upon some tweets about the snowfall in Texas. This is a great example of the tremendous positivity and potential of social media. It was great fun to see Trinity University re-tweet ( a bunch of pictures and videos of students having fun in the snow. Excellent.

Everything is NOT bigger in Texas. (he he)

2) Brexit
Brexit = Armageddon. FAKE NEWS!

Lefties and the media are desperate for Brexit drama and disaster. Nope. Sorry. And I called it. The Brexit will happen just fine thank you very much. This CNN headline nabob did his/her best to gussy up the obvious and the inevitable.
Brexit breakthrough in Brussels comes after week of drama
I swear, the very next article on the google news stream: Brexit is doomed! (snort)
In 10 years, Brexit will be hailed as instrumental to the resurgence of Britain and its people.

3) Diet + Exercise

Wow. Some ground-breaking research here. (cough) You can combat type 2 diabetes by eating less, exercising more, and losing some weight. Imagine that. (sarcasm sign)
Patients lives were improved without pills or medication.

The researchers found that almost half of the participants (68 total) were able to put their diabetes in remission without the use of medication after one year. In addition, those who undertook the study also lost an average of more than 20 pounds.
Rigorous diet can put type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds
Some nice Savage Chicken synchronicity on this one as well.
4) My First Vote 
I was 18 when I first voted for president. I shunned Jimmy Loser Carter and Ronald Reagan and pulled the lever for Independent John Anderson. He passed away this week at age 95. (95!)
John Anderson, Independent Who Ran for President, Dies at 95
Anderson was from Illinois. He ended up being kind of a leftie repub bust. Oh well. What can I say? I was young. (ha) And redemption: I voted for Ronald Wilson Reagan in 1984... along with the rest of the country. (cha!)

An aside - I'll brazenly flaunt my ignorance of American history here. I didn't know that 18 year olds voting was a fairly recent thing in America in 1980.  For example, my father was born in 1940, and I asked him if he voted for Kennedy in 1960. Negative. He couldn't vote. You had to be 21.

The 26th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1971 and guaranteed the right of 18 year olds to vote.

Constitution QOTD
SECTION 1 - The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. 
SECTION 2 - The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

5) Naper-crime
My trademarked slogan...
There's no crime in Naperville.

Hey, what the heck?!? That PNC Bank is at Ogden and Washington. That's a really busy intersection that's surrounded by residential areas and schools. The cops posted on Facebook because the guy was on the loose after the robbery. (which is pretty cool, actually... the posting, not the guy being on the loose, ha)

Naper-Crime OTD
Around 1 p.m., a bank robbery with a weapon implied occurred in the area of Ogden/Washington. The suspect is described as a male white 30yo 6' - 6'2" thin build, black jacket with hood, black or tan scarf, sunglasses, black jeans carrying a cross-body bag. 
He left the scene on foot north bound towards Jewel. If subject is seen in the area, please call 911.
- Naperville cops on Facebook,

I read the Trib story first and noticed something right away: the description of the robber didn't include his race! So, I found the Facebook page for the Naperville cops, and there it was. He's a white guy (as I highlighted in red above). Why would the Trib redact the guy's race? I don't know. Why does the leftie Trib do anything? But they significantly lower the odds of someone seeing and reporting the guy by leaving it out.

I don't think they've caught the guy yet. (shrug)

The World Walker

Book: The World Walker by Ian Sainsbury
Review: 2 bill-stars (out of 5)... unsatisfying

The World Walker is an unsatisfying read. It's not terrible, just kind of meh: plot, characters, writing style, etc. It's not smart. It's not funny. I made it through to the end, with some skimming. (Side note - I definitely need a better approach to dealing with books I'm not enjoying. I feel this conflict between giving up and missing something versus continuing to read something I don't like. I don't know. Processing...)

Seb, the main character, acquires superpowers and... ah, never mind. (he he)
2 bill-stars. Not a good read.

thanks... yow, bill

Pro Israel

Man, it feels good to be pro-Israel once again. Really good. Woot!

As President Trump said Wednesday, "We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved." 
The message: It's put-up or shut-up time for the Palestinians.
Another Trump Promise Kept: Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Forget the stupid stock market... jobs numbers are through the roof. GDP is north of 3% (nabobs say, impossible!) and trending up. And hopefully, my year-end Trump post will include a hearty hail for passage of his tax cut/reform plan.

Gol dang, he's on a roll. Trump is a steamroller. Huzzah!
thanks... yow, bill

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Pacman pyramid

"Pacman pyramid"

The Pacman pyramid resides at Level 257 bar in Woodfield with all the old video games. My photo doesn't do it justice. It's pretty BIG, and it's pretty cool.

And here's a good one!

I don’t pay much attention to his tweets. I’ll say this for you. He’s been one of the best presidents I’ve served under. And the reasoning is, he’s not afraid to make decisions. He’s not afraid to take on the — the big mouths around here.
- Sen O Hatch, on President Trump, breitbart post
Coming soon? Trump Tax Triumph. Oh my! We shall see.

Three By Cain       

Book(s): Three By Cain by James Cain
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... okay

This book includes 3 novellas by, my guy, James Cain. It's not nearly as good as Cain's usual fare, but it's worthy.

1. Serenade - This is the story of an American opera singer named John Howard Sharp and a Mexican beauty named Juana. Sharp is the very definition of a whiny diva which, yes, makes him a very unattractive character. There are a lot of interesting plot twists and turns in here though. This is the best story of the Three by Cain.

2. Love's Lovely Counterfeit - This is a pretty poorly-written mob story. This is the worst thing I've read by Cain.

3. The Butterfly - This is the story of a miner/farmer Jess and his daughter Kady. Or is she his daughter? It's good.

I tried to tell myself she was nothing but an Indian girl, that she didn't mean a thing with me, that if she was going off to spend the night with this cluck it was no more than she had done plenty of times before, that she didn't know any different and it was none of my business anyway. No dice. Maybe if she hadn't looked so pretty out there in the moonlight I might have shut up, but I don't think so. Something had happened back in that church that made me feel she belonged to me. I heard my mouth growl again. "You're not going."
- girl problems for John Howard Sharp in Serenade
These three stories were glommed together a decade after Cain's death. So, somebody out there is making that $$$. Not great, but still... a good read.

There's no crime in Naperville

As I've said many times...

There's no crime in Naperville.
- williamt
(um, dop)
Naperville Has 3 Armed Robberies In 2 Days
Hey, that first story is my Chase Bank, on Hobson and Naperville Rd. (yow!) That's a good hypothetical though... you're pulling out of the money machine and some guy steps in front of your car with a gun. Do you stop and let him into the car or do you floor it?
The first reported incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of Hobson Road. Upon arrival, responding officers were informed that the victim and his passenger had just utilized the ATM at the Chase Bank when a male subject, armed with a handgun, jumped in front of the vehicle and motioned for the vehicle to stop. After the victim stopped the vehicle, the suspect entered the vehicle through the rear driver’s-side door and demanded money. The offender then fled the scene on foot. No one was injured in this incident.
- Naperville police Facebook page

What's changed?

Always fun. Always interesting. Let's play - What's changed in the last 50 years?
Roundup and helicopter parenting.

Roundup - Well, the weed killer Roundup is an amazing invention: The History of Roundup. I know it's revolutionized farming, but it's also dang handy around the house. For some reason, lefties have been going after Roundup for a while now.
Europe still burns witches — if they’re named Monsanto
CA lefties have an irrational dislike of Roundup, too.

[California nabobs] did not conduct any scientific review to conclude that glyphosate is carcinogenic. California relies on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to support its decision.
Judicial extortion in California

Helicopter parenting - Parents are spending nearly twice as much time with their children as they did 50 years ago.

PARENTS these days spend a lot more time with their offspring, or at least middle-class parents do. One analysis of 11 rich countries estimates that the average mother spent 54 minutes a day caring for children in 1965 but 104 minutes in 2012. Men do less than women, but far more than men in the past: their child-caring time has jumped from 16 minutes a day to 59.
Parents now spend twice as much time with their children as 50 years ago

As someone who was a kid 50 years ago, let's be clear: time away from your parents was great! We were all pretty much free range kids  then.
Roundup does no harm. But with helicopter parenting, the jury is still out.
thanks... yow, bill

Monday, November 27, 2017

Altered Carbon

"Window squares"

Every so often Twitter recommends some people they think you should follow. Here are the intellectual giants that Twitter recommended this morning. (snort)

Chicago sports woes and lows

Hey, nice scheduling software, NBA. Your Chicago Bulls have basketball games on both New Year's Eve (at Was) and New Year's Day (v. Por). (huh?!?) 

Last night, The Bulls and Miami only scored 20 points in Q1. Combined. The NBA record low is 15 points.
Bulls and Heat score 20 first-quarter points – combined
The Bull are currently 3-15, worst in the NBA. (jeez)

Yesterday, the Bears rushed for only 6 yards in Philly. Actually, they were lucky to finish in the black.

In total, the Bears managed just six rushing yards in the game and 140 yards of total offense overall. They only got back into positive territory on the ground after an 11-yard run by Mitchell Trubisky in the fourth quarter
Chicago Bears Have Historically Bad Day vs. Eagles
The Bear are currently 3-8, which is not the worst in the NFL. (yeah, ha)

Tesla... breaking the rules

Elon Musk is breaking the rules with his latest Tesla announcements: an autonomous truck and super-fast electric sports car. YES!
Tesla’s Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

But wait, the nabobs say. You can't do that. (yet)

Tesla QOTD1
These claims are so far beyond current industry standards for electric vehicles that they would require either advances in battery technology or a new understanding of how batteries are put to use.
- nabob, Tesla’s Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

Here are the four Tesla future claims that bunched the nabobs' panties.
  • Truck Range: Haul 80,000 Pounds for 500 Miles
  • Tesla Megachargers: 400 Miles in 30 Minutes
  • Guaranteed Charging Rates of 7 Cents per kWh
  • A Tiny Roadster With a 620-Mile Range

This guy's got it right. The punchline.

Tesla QOTD2
I don't think they're lying.
I just think they left something out of the public reveal that would have explained how these numbers work.
- nabob, Tesla’s Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

BTW, Jeff Bezos at Amazon breaks the rules, too. His net worth just hit $100B. (bloomberg post)
I guess Bloomberg updates their billionaire list daily. (shrug)

BTW, Elon Musk is #42 on that list with a new worth of $20B.

This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it.
Sweet dreams…
- Elon Musk, tweeting on AI + robotics,

Altered Carbon

Book: Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Review: 4 bill-stars (out of 5)... excellent sci-fi!

Altered Carbon is a strong 4 star effort. It's dense sci-fi. That means lots of fun and smart stuff on every page, which is great. The cherry on top: there's tons of drinking, drugs, sex, and violence to spice things up. Huzzah!

The main character is Takeshi Kovacs, an ex-military guy. He's highly trained and experienced in special ops stuff. The book takes place hundreds of years in the future, so Kovacs is proficient in lots of cool tech. I really enjoyed that Kovacs is sort of like a futuristic Philip Marlowe.

The tail end of my hangover twitched, scorpion-like, fighting the slow-gathering weight of Trepp's painkillers. Trepp, the apologetic Zen killer who I'd killed and who'd apparently come back with no hard feelings because she couldn't remember it, because, in her terms, it hadn't happened to her.
- Kovacs, Altered Carbon
Some fun links:

A boffo ending would have sent Altered Carbon into the 5 bill-star stratosphere. The ending isn't bad. It's just the weakest part of the book. A good read.

thanks... yow, bill