Saturday, May 03, 2014

Entrepreneur and Social Justice: A Chart

So, looking at NGRAM.

Checked "entrepreneur" and "social justice" and came up with this:

Click for an even more up-trending image.

It means pretty much exactly as much as other NGRAM images, I realize.  Just thought I'd share.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Men Are Just Different

I think it is safe to say that the idea to try this, and certainly the willingness to continue it once it turns out to be a pretty bad idea, is strongly connected to maleness.

With a nod to S. Wilson.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Whacking Day

I posted this on FB, and thought I would share it here.

Walked out into the garage to get some cold drinks for my evening repose of news and baseball scores. Heard a hiss/slither near my feet, looked down expecting to see a mouse. Saw instead a copperhead, about three feet away, on the floor. 

Went back inside, got the Remington 870. But of course the snake is in the garage, right beside the car. So I can't really shoot it. So I beat it into a pulp with a metal broom while also shrieking like a 13 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. 

Not the most manly thing I've ever done, but the snake is dead. About 18 inches long, not a big copperhead but plenty big enough. He was sitting right where the dogs run past for their evening constitutional, too. 

We just got lucky, I guess. The snake, not so much. I think I'm going to have 5 or 6 of those cold drinks, now. 

Which suggests that I share "Whacking Day," a remix.  Enjoy.

Bachelorette: Grand Strategy

Duke students turned this in for their final class project in my good friend Peter Feaver's class.

Long (it's a full "episode" of Bachelorette, with the US looking for her new forever "grand strategy"), but entertaining.  Full of insider bits for you IR folks.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

If We Could Be As Good as Our Dogs Think We Are

The link was botched on this story (#16) from yesterday.

So, here it is.  Guy was tired.  Dog was ready to protect him.

Things Italian Moms Say, Parts II and III

I, myself, have heard, "Hey, get a mopina and clean that up!" more than a few times.  (As always, the "a" at the end, like ricotta, pronounced "rigot" in Southern Italiy/Sicily, is dropped:  mopeen).

(Some other interesting background.  For example, I have heard the phrase "chigoots" or something like that.  It turns out that is "che cazzo vuoi," which in Southern Italy/Sicily slang is shortened to "chigoots" because the c becomes a g, or almost a g.  It means, literally, "What the penis do you want?"  but colloquially can be used in many contexts, such as "What are you doing?  You are an idiot! Get away from me!"  Now THAT is a phrase that will come in handy, people.)

With hugs to Jenn Merolla.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Psycho-Separatist Performance Art

With gratitude to Chris Lawrence....

A simulated takeover, by a guy who must have been pretty brave, but turned out not to be brave, because there is no actual security.  In fact, when there IS security, they just give up their armored vehicles if someone looks at them mean.

You have to like:
1.  The "honor system" checkpoints, just on the one main road
2.  The lady who gives directions to the target
3.  The polite policeman who explains "It is not allowed."
4.  The frightened policemen who say, "We have pistols."
5.  The "Fight Club" as idiot juveniles reference, just for Scott de Marchi
6.  The ribbons.  They put ribbons on the antenna, fercrissakes.

Once you have read the piece, you can follow the video:

Problems....with Jeggings

NSFW.  Aggressively, exuberantly NSFW.

But pretty funny.

Link 3

Nod to Angry Alex. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday's Child

1.  Don't worry so much about banks....Or worry more, or something.

2.  For the LMM:  Foot surgery.  We may not have come that far from this.

3.  Love, and marriage.  Because they may not be the same thing. A follow-up on the first story...

4.  More people should do this.... I like the new Delta video, I have to admit.  There are several allusions in it to previous videos, but even if you just lived through the '80s you'll laugh.

5.  Stop asking her when she is having a baby. I'm getting a little sick of this whining thing, like it's just so hard to decide.  Decide.  And then STFU.  Of course, she is quite right be chapped when people rudely ask her about it.  But it sounds like the reason she is mad is that she just doesn't want to have to decide.  That is NOT right.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Deerfield Swat

As far as I can tell, everyone in Deerfield Beach, FL is from NY or Canada.  Of course you only HEAR the New Yorkers, because they are so loud, and distinctively incapable of speaking grammatical English.

Still, the point is that there is not really much danger here.  It is about as whitebread a place as there can be (some of the whitebread is unleavened, but still, this is not a dangerous place).

So...why in the world do they have this thing?

The answer, of course, is because they can-can-can.  I like the "Tonka" truck sticker on the hood.

Then, check out this "pursuit" vehicle.

Note the "confiscated" sticker.  They are actually proud that they stole it.  Impressive!  Photo credits:  The LMM.

Deerfield Beach

An "urban legend" is when there is this "fact" which, on examination, turns out not really to have a source.  People who at first assert the "fact" with great confidence, as if they themselves saw, experienced, or heard the thing, quickly back off, and admit it was a FOAF, or a cousin's friend's hairdresser.

So, hearing we were visiting Deerfield Beach, three people told us to check out a GREAT restaurant, The Whale's Rib.  On the menu, on the website, and pretty much everywhere there is a flat surface, TWR reminds you that Guy Fieri visited for "Triple D."

And the reviews are pretty good, overall.

Stil, when pressed, our recommenders backed off a bit.  "Well, I'm not saying it's great.  But other people like it.  People...I....know.....from somewhere, I'm not really sure."

So, we tried it.  Got there a little later than we intended, and there was a long line.  (Violating one of Tyler's key rules, about lines....Plus some more rules, if you want)  Still, we thought we would wait.  Even though, as Tyler said, "Places with lines can be quite good.  But when they fall, they fall hard."

Some actual facts, as opposed to "facts".

1.  We were told the wait would be 30 minutes.  The actual wait was 50 minutes, and the reason was that "We had to seat a party of 25 ahead of you."  Did you, now?  It was just a fib.

2.  They have stone crab on the menu.  That's the reason I went.  I really like fresh stone crab.  But the waitress said that there was no stone crab.  Even though the menu said they DO have stone crab, until May 15.  This was April 26, mind you.  The reason was that "All we have is frozen, and we don't serve frozen fish!"  Don't you, now?  It was just a fib.

3.  So I ordered the oysters Rockefeller.  $12 for six anemic oysters that had been allowed to get cold.  Tiny little useless lumps.  Given that oysters Rockeller stays hot for a really long time, it required a bit of effort to leave these on the counter instead of serving them.

Okay, three strikes.  However.....

4.  I also ordered the rock shrimp.  The rock shrimp were room remperature, and the drawn butter was room temperature.  But the rock shrimp were so rockin' wonderful it really didn't matter.  Top five seafood dish, all time, even with the problems.  I mean, seriously, fantastic.  Just wonderful. Perfectly cooked.

5.  The LMM had blackened tilapia.  It was also just warmer than room temp, but it was very tasty.  In fact, very VERY tasty according to the LMM.

6.  They serve water, if you ask for it, in a medium size plastic pitcher with a straw.  I suggest that this innovation is AMAZING.  You don't have to keep asking for water, and the ice actually melts so that they are not constantly pouring 2 tablespoons of water on top of pure ice.

Overall, and given that it was Saturday night in a tourist area, I'd say this is a "B."  Not very good, but probably pretty much what it aspires to be.  And my understanding from a FOAF is that the grilled or fried mahi is worth the trip  also.  It's a "fact."