Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Pupdate

After a long night's sleep,
time for a morning leap.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Chicago wasn't affected, but I watched with fascination while New York was spared and Boston got just another big snow.

Snowpocalypse has gone by.
What's left is not that high.
What blasted in as scary dread,
Was ordinary snow instead.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Sniper

I liked the movie. It was very engaging. It was pleasantly unironic. Chris Kyle was the kind of guy I would want covering my back if I were trying to check buildings door-to-door in Fallujah.

I didn't serve in the military, but I've heard that ex-military types think this film gives the most accurate view of what it's like to fight in these modern Middle Eastern wars we've been getting into. As Hollywood movies go, it's got a very matter-of-fact feel to it. But the combat scenes are intense.

I'm told Chris Kyle wasn't a saint.
I'm also told that heroes often ain't.

I Fall For NY Times Clickbait

The NY Times has a story up about an apparently minor mystery surrounding a woman who died in 1961. The headline pitches the story as being connected to Ayn Rand's following, which she evidently was, but the story is sort of rambling and speculative. I imagine it was a good idea to put Ayn Rand's name in the headline, to get viewership. It worked in my case!

The woman, Vivian Grant, died of a botched abortion, at a time when abortion was illegal. And, what's really odd, is that she wasn't pregnant.

The big question from the story, I guess, is who was the man who didn't get her pregnant. Her death was a big news story at the time... so why was the non-father never identified?

The doctor, a gynecologist, doesn't strike me as being a model of competence. Why didn't he test to see if the woman was really pregnant first, before attempting an abortion? Pregnancy testing technology did exist in those days, even if you couldn't buy a kit at the supermarket. And then there's this:

"One year after Ms. Grant’s death, Dr. Friedman, while out on bail, would perform another fatal abortion, on a woman named Barbara Covington."

Seems like he needed another line of work.
Perhaps a department store clerk.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Flight Tracker

My 10 week old puppy is doing something I haven't noticed a dog do before: watching the airplanes on the Midway landing path.

It can't be unique, but the dog looks right at the plane, which after all is visible and noisy, and watches it for a few seconds.

Well, she is a retriever.

Perhaps she thinks that noise she heard,
is just a great big silver bird
and when she finds out where it lands,
she'll bring it to my waiting hands.

One Thousand Of Them

My trillion dollars in cash, which gives me constant thrills, is stored in a tidy stash, of Billion Dollar Bills.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Her Specialty

So if there's an NFL deflation threat,
have we got Janet Yellen working on it yet?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DNA Labeling

I saw a weird poll result today, where they got 80 percent of respondents to say that they wanted mandatory labeling for all food that contains DNA. I guess water and diet soda might be the only exempted nutritional items. And maybe salt.

I think some people were unclear on the distinction between GMO food with purposely manipulated DNA vs non-GMO food with DNA that came about the old fashioned way.

My daughter-in-law the food scientist suggested that maybe we could go further and require that complete genetic sequences be printed on the labels. Which would require extremely fine print or extremely big labels.

I like to stay away
from food containing DNA.
But sad to say
I ate some just today.