Obligatory Cat Pictures

Two of my favorites from HappyAcres:


and the always appropriate


Don’t ask “Why do they hate us?” ask “Why do WE disgust them?”

Written sexual consent codes, and scoundrel cascades, oh my!

“I try to become more cynical every day, but lately I just can’t keep up.”

Hooray for Norway!

My hat goes off to the people of Norway, who recently withdrew their bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, after receiving an insulting set of demands from the IOC, including

  • Separate lanes should be created on all roads where IOC members will travel, which are not to be used by regular people or public transportation.
  • A welcome greeting from the local Olympic boss and the hotel manager should be presented in IOC members’ rooms, along with fruit and cakes of the season. (Seasonal fruit in Oslo in February is a challenge …)
  • The hotel bar at their hotel should extend its hours “extra late” and the minibars must stock Coke products.

It’s about time folks stopped knuckling under to this band of Eurotrash grifters.

Tip from The American Interest

Presenting HORG, the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group

Dr Bruce Ragsdale, of the Central Coast Pathology Laboratory, encountered a plastic bread bag fastener in a patient’s colon.  What followed was a creative explosion in abiological taxonomy.


Tip from Language Log.

Busting the myth of Genius

Truer words were never said:

The cult of genius tends to undervalue hard work and the productive persistence that psychologists nowadays like to call “grit”—not to mention creativity, perspective and taste, without which all those other virtues may be wasted on pointless projects.

I purely wish my students weren’t intimidated by the myth.

Tip from Gary Jones.

Here’s to Toast!

OK, so I sometimes succumb to fads.  While munching on toasted pan de xocol with crunchy peanut butter for breakfast, I mentioned to my lovely wife that we were honorary hipsters, indulging in the latest bistro trend, fancy toast. “You’ve gotta be kidding,” she said.  “Toast? Toast?!  What happened to muesli and quinoa and cupcakes and kale all that other hippy-dippy stuff?”

I assured her that cupcakes were passe, kale was s-o-o-o yesterday, and tapas were, well, toast.  I confess, toast is a trend I can get with, mainly because it’s always been with us*–who doesn’t like toast?–now it’s just more so.  And now my oversized bagel toaster is vintage hipster gear.

*In her fractous childhood, my baby sister (the oncology nurse) subsisted entirely on toast and chocolate milk for about two years with no ill effects.

Obamito Goes to Washington?

Rumor has it that San Antonio Mayor and Democrat Latino Heartthrob Julian Castro is being considered to become the next Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.  Naturally, there’s already speculation in the Alamo City corridors of power about who will replace Little Obama when he leaves.

Aren't I a clever boy?

Or is really leaving?  The Internet has made opposition research cheap and easy, so Castro’s financial ties and lackadasical management of federal funds have already been exposed beneath the nearest rock.  Who knows what another week may bring?

Check out the mugging when Spurs Coach Greg Popovich had lunch with Castro, Henry Cisneros, and Bill Clinton.  A perfect opportunity for the older heads to give some good advice: “Keep your eye on the ball” and “Don’t let your little head do the thinking for your big head.”

Update: It’s semi-official. If the comments are any indication, there will be many a dry eye when he leaves.