Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Taking Steps

Me being choreographed
gives other actors a chance to laugh.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Back to Nuclear

I kind of expected this:

"Japan is officially restarting its nuclear energy program, after shutting down its reactors in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis."

Germany is in the same boat. Decided to dump the nukes... found out they needed the nukes.

Apparently it's still hard to run an industrial economy on windmills and solar panels.

They denuked
but got rebuked
when they couldn't produce
enough juice.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spare Me

For a year or more I saw a lot of online ads for testosterone supplements. Maybe targeting me as a male over a certain age. Judging from the ads, it would help me date twenty-somethings.

Today I saw an ad from a law firm, asking if I'd suffered a stroke or heart attack from taking testosterone supplements.

They sell all sorts of pills
for real and made-up ills
but be careful which you pick
it just might make you sick
and then - why, lucky you -
you get to sue!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Running Stuff

I still haven't returned my "recalled" fitness bracelet gizmo. I show no signs of rash.

Today I took it with me as my only gizmo on a long run. At the end it was estimating maybe 16.5 miles completed. It doesn't have a GPS, just a 3-axis accelerometer.

To check its estimate, I traced my route at the USATF Map-It site, which gave me 15.94 miles. Since I don't really run in perfectly straight lines on the road, that number was surely a bit low.

So, the gizmo is pretty accurate.

I run on the grass, I run on the road,
my path isn't perfectly straight.
I run around cars that are parked on the street,
and when there's a red light... I wait.

Friday, April 11, 2014

1327 West

I went to see a collection of short plays called 1327 West: Six Modern Cityscapes With Prologue.

I thought it was uneven, but there were flashes of clever writing, and a lot of vibrant performances. I especially liked Karolyn Ake for her stage presence, or, perhaps, for the way she seemed to be utterly absorbed in whatever she was playing. I think my favorite piece was actually the prologue, which opened with an all-too-heartfelt debate on how the work "pumpkin" is properly pronounced.

And... only ten dollars to get in.

I feel
ten dollars really
was a steal.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

After

Headline at the Chicago Trib online tonight:

"Obama's health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes"

I want to focus on that preposition, "after". My father keeps complaining that modern journalists use "after" in place of "because". Possibly they've been exposed to Hume's theory that you never really know a causal chain - all you ever know is a sequence of events.

But what strikes me is how long after the "launch woes" it took for her to leave. Or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe we've only begun to know what a mess we've landed in.

Someone has to be the goat -
they'll wipe their sins upon her coat
and send her off - look - there she goes -
bearing the blame for our woes.