Friday, March 18, 2011

Getting ready for spring

I haven't written a thing here in 4 days. I think I'm suffering from news overload. The ME is collapsing, gasoline prices are climbing, Japan is deep trouble, the economy remains mired in a deep recession.... A man can only stand so much...

Think I will jet off to Rio..... and did I tell you about my Final 4 picks??

Wait! That's the Prez's thingee.

Can you imagine this shit? For a while I was trying to figure out if Obamie was evil or stupid. Now I know he is just an empty suit. Oh, I know he has enabled some evil people but he isn't. He is just stupidly empty.
Thankfully he will be gone... that is if the Repubs don't do something equally stupid.... Like nominating Romney..

Obama Party

79 degrees and lovely. Spent most of the day cleaning the front yard. Back and side tomorrow after ball practice. I actually broke a sweat and discovered I have too much belly fat.... despite all that treadmill work.
Perhaps the supper table work overcame the treadmill work.

Played some poker this week. Poor results. Flopped one set... of Aces and was beaten by a lady who called my raise and went heads up with a diamond draw... One of the Aces was a diamond. She couldn't beat 2 Aces. But she could beat my 3 Aces. Such is life in the fast lane.

I was just watching Haley Barbour on C-Span2 talking to Repubs in Iowa. Yeah. Friday night and I'm watching C-Span2. I have no life. Thank goodness I couldn't foresee this happening 30 years ago or I would have probably cut my throat... Well, not really but I feel the need for saying something dramatic.

He was just full of plain old commonsense stuff. But his best was a quote from Fred Smith, founder of FedEx. "The main thing to remember is to keep the main thing the main thing."

I like Barbour. He speaks Southern. And he has no chance at getting nominated. And that is a shame. A damn shame.

And if UT doesn't fire AD Hamilton then there is no justice in the world.

I like this from Mike L!

Please be advised I am sick to death of receiving questions about my dog who mauled 3 Muslims sitting on a rug next to my back wall, 6 illegal's wearing Obama T-shirts, 4 Democrats wearing Pelosi T-shirts, 2 rappers, 5 phone operators who asked me to press #1 for English, 9 teenagers with their pants hanging down past their cracks, 8 customer service desk people speaking in broken English, 10 flag burners, and a Pakistani taxi driver.


Yeah, I know. Very unpc.

More political stuff.

The Repubs bragging about the spending cuts they have made reminds me of the old (vulgarity alert!) joke about the mouse that is riding on the rear of an elephant. They are having sex. At the conclusion the mouse asks:

"Did I hurt you, honey?"

Sorry about that. Now I will return to the clean cut old man you know me as.

But not all is bad. Now we find that lawyers can be replaced by computers.

And what's the results?

The computers seem to be good at their new jobs. Mr. Herr, the former chemical company lawyer, used e-discovery software to reanalyze work his company’s lawyers did in the 1980s and ’90s. His human colleagues had been only 60 percent accurate, he found.

NYTimes link

I opine that the computer will also give you more sympathy for its screw ups.

Computers have long been a staple of science fiction. Perhaps the most famous in the movies was Hal in 2001.

This, of course, is not a computer.

Startling Stories
March, 1951
This is obviously a girl, and any 13 year old who was not attracted to her but instead to a computer would obviously rule all of us 13 year olds who gazed longingly at her in March of 1951.

BTW - Leigh Brackett was married to Edmond Hamilton so I guess you can say this was a family affair issue.

And the artist was (Who else?) Earle Bergey who died in 1952. His style was distinctly lurid and he is known as the inventor of the brass bra. Perhaps he was who Howard Hughes was trying to imitate.

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  1. Great post...Pics, and all.

    I had written a rather long comment about my correspondance with Arthur C.Clarke, related to the making of "2001: A Space Odyssey". It disappeared into the ether. Might as well...You bring back fun memories. I usually speak about that time only with my older son who read the letters. It never occurred to me, then, that Sir Clarke and Hal would become so famous.

    What I wish to mention though is that, in my early 30s., I liked Asimov's robot stories, much better that Clarke's computer. I lacked the maturity necessary to understand Hal's psychological make-up.

  2. Things tend to disappear over time. I actually had some poetry published in a "little" magazine and that went years ago. Plus I won an original piece of art by Kelly Freas for one of my letters that was published in Planet.. That's also gone.

    And speaking of Robots... see the latest post.

    Take care!