October rambling #2: absquatulate

I have a stuffed lion with a wild mane which I named Lenny.

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The office move is mostly complete, but the inner offices are chaos. The recovery goes well, so now I’m trying to catch up on everything that got put on hold.

How Propaganda Works.

The Rise and Impact of Digital Amnesia.

Re: Hassan v. City of New York lawsuit against the NYPD over its surveillance program targeting Muslims. Plus the dreadful Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Greenland Is Melting Away.

MIT Technology Review: Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

There are No Innocent Black People.

Buck Rogers and the Copyright Trolls. Continue reading “October rambling #2: absquatulate”

Halloween 2015

There’s only one thing you’ve never done but are guaranteed to do.

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From JEOPARDY! Show #7149 – Thursday, October 15, 2015. HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS
*Dye some gauze in black tea for an aged look & wrap yourself up as this guy whom Abbott & Costello met in a 1955 film
*Why not dress up as this Barrie character, the boy who would not grow up
*Roll up the sleeves of a blue denim workshirt, put a red bandana in your hair & you can be this feminist WWII icon
*A costume for 2: this double-crossing pair from Mad magazine, one in black & one in white, created by Antonio Prohias
*If the guys are gangsters, wear fringed dresses & be these ’20s gals found in a Fitzgerald title

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Music Throwback Saturday: Sweet Inspiration

The song Sweet Inspiration was the biggest hit for the group The Sweet Inspirations.

Sweet_InspirationsThe Sweet Inspirations were an American R&B girl group founded by Emily “Cissy” Houston (née Drinkard), mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick).

“The group sang backup for many stars, including Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Esther Phillips… [They] provided the back up vocals for Van Morrison on his classic hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’… Continue reading “Music Throwback Saturday: Sweet Inspiration”

Baseball by the (uniform) numbers

Only three players each have worn numbers 78, 79, 81, 91 and 94.

Ed GlynnThis is a picture of Ed Glynn. You probably never heard of him, and I barely remember him myself. He was a journeyman pitcher, for the New York Mets in 1979-1980, and other teams over a ten-year career.

I mention him only because my friend Walter is Glynn’s cousin, and he mentioned that the current #48 for the Mets is the great young pitcher Jacob deGrom. If one goes to the page about the Mets at baseball-reference.com, one finds all sorts of information about the team’s history, including the fact that they’ve retired the number of only one Mets player in its history, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, #41.

Further into the minutia hole Continue reading “Baseball by the (uniform) numbers”

P is for popularity of names

“Roger” was the 31st most popular boy’s name in 1953.

roger_name My friend Arthur did this some time back, based on this TIME magazine article, which, not incidentally, is US-centric.

“The popularity of your name is likely far different today than it was the year you were born. Maybe you’re one of those men born in 1983 and named Michael, the most popular name of the year.

“Today, if you were given the most popular boy’s name, you’d be named Noah. The following interactive shows you which name had the same popularity in the past year and every decade since 1890 as yours did the year you were born, using [then] newly released baby name data for 2014.”

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