28
Jun 17

It’s been a while…

I’v sorely neglected this poor blog. Hoping I can get back on track! Stay tuned…


28
Mar 15

My Weight Loss Success

2015-03-28 Annotated Sizes


01
Jul 14

Selfie – 07-01-2014

Me at Morrell Park


10
Aug 13

A Cat, a Shark Costume, a Duck, a Dog… and a Roomba


18
Oct 12

Debate Ballet…


30
Apr 12

lol, rofl, :-), and brb

CD ED BD Ducks?

MR not Ducks.

OSAR, CD ED BD Wings?

YIB, MR Ducks.

 
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22
Mar 12

The Sad Truth…

Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011

Age of Ignorance
Charles Simic

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

An educated, well-informed population, the kind that a functioning democracy requires, would be difficult to lie to, and could not be led by the nose by the various vested interests running amok in this country. Most of our politicians and their political advisers and lobbyists would find themselves unemployed, and so would the gasbags who pass themselves off as our opinion makers. Luckily for them, nothing so catastrophic, even though perfectly well-deserved and widely-welcome, has a remote chance of occurring any time soon. For starters, there’s more money to be made from the ignorant than the enlightened, and deceiving Americans is one of the few growing home industries we still have in this country. A truly educated populace would be bad, both for politicians and for business.

It took years of indifference and stupidity to make us as ignorant as we are today. Anyone who has taught college over the last forty years, as I have, can tell you how much less students coming out of high school know every year. At first it was shocking, but it no longer surprises any college instructor that the nice and eager young people enrolled in your classes have no ability to grasp most of the material being taught. Teaching American literature, as I have been doing, has become harder and harder in recent years, since the students read little literature before coming to college and often lack the most basic historical information about the period in which the novel or the poem was written, including what important ideas and issues occupied thinking people at the time.

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03
Mar 12

NY Strip Steak & Brussels Sprouts – Project Flickr: 8/52 – Patterns

Hot off my grill! The steak is nicely patterned with criss-cross grill marks and perfectly rare.

I also grilled the Brussels Sprouts on skewers and tossed them in an onion-bacon marmalade before serving. The marmalade will make a Brussels Sprouts hater into a believer!

The recipe can be seen here: Patio Daddio BBQ


02
Mar 12

Orion Exposed!


29
Feb 12

Dimples – Project Flickr: 9/52 Patterns

Dimples on a golf ball serve to actually create less drag as it flies through the air, giving more distance. Most golf balls today have 250-450 dimples. There are no regulations about how many, the pattern, or even the depth and shape of the dimples.

Golf balls didn’t always have dimples. It was discovered by early golfers that their drives went further after they got nicked and scored during regular play.

Patented in 1905, it wasn’t until 1930 that dimpled golf balls became de rigueur in the game.