September 30, 2009

Better him than me

James Joyner does yeoman's work by diving into the fetid pit that Balloon Juice has become. He even links to Cole twice today (maybe yesterday- I didn't check the time/date stamp) and call's one of Cole's opinions "wrong-headed". Now I'm not disagreeing with Mr. Joyner, but calling Cole's opinions wrong-headed is not much different from stating that the sun will rise in the east.

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Which one does your cat listen to? (part 1, repost)

Cat listening to HOUSE music

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Worth 1000 words

I wonder if this is what my breakfast really thinks?


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Worth 1000 words

Courtesy of Neal Boortz:


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September 29, 2009

What he said

I'm used to Glenn Reynolds' understated way of commenting on news items. Therefore I was a bit surprised by his response to something Megan McArdle said:

“You would think we’d busted him for unpaid parking tickets. The guy drugged a thirteen year old girl in order to rape her. Perhaps the French have some sophisticated, European point of view on these things that I, with my puritan ancestry, simply cannot rise to.”

Or they could just be miserable shitheels.

To quote a puppy blending monster: Heh.

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September 22, 2009

What a kidder

Andy McCarthy makes the following statement which, I assume, has got to be a joke:

There are so many funky things going on with Obama and the people he surrounds himself with that it's hard to keep up. But the administration's transparent effort to squeeze artists dependent on NEA grants for support in pushing Obama's agenda is one to watch. At Powerline, John Hinderaker has a superb analysis, including consideration of the question whether criminal statutes (such as the Hatch Act) have been violated.

Needless to say, if something like this happened during the Bush administration, there would already be congressional hearings and screams for the appointment of a special prosecutor. We're about to see (yet again) how serious the Pelosi/Reid Democrats are about all that "rule of law" stuff they spout.

::snorfle:; Stop it! You're killing me!

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Required reading

It's Iowahawk, of course.

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September 18, 2009

Probably one of my ex-students

To be fair, I'd probably have given him/her and "A" on the test for being able to make me laugh.


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September 17, 2009

Worth 1000 words

I found this via Ace's sidebar. Click on image to expand:


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Whack job moved into the dustbin of history

I've more or less ignored the preening of self-righteous prick CJ, proprietor in chief of Little Green Moonbats these last couple of years. I'd actually forgotten that his demented little blog was still over in my sidebar; I'm terrible about updating links. Well, I've finally decided to move CJ into the dustbin, as he's decided to make himself an historical footnote, a blogging cul de sac, a veritable echo chamber in which he stands waist deep in his own poo while claiming to be the Lord Ruler of the blogiverse.

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September 16, 2009

Quote of the day

Via Neal Boortz:

Kanye just interrupted the Swayze funeral to remind them Michael Jackson had the greatest funeral of all time.

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September 10, 2009

A top ten list that I can get behind

Top Ten Greatest Cleavage Moments in TV History. Excerpt:

America has been patient long enough and I think it's time we all work together to make a 24-hour "Cleavage Channel" on Direct TV a reality. If we all contribute a little money or sign one of those petition things we can finally start watching quality TV shows like Battlestar Booblactica, It's Always Cleavagey In Philadelphia and everyone's favorite sports news show Cleavagecenter. For the price of a cup of coffee a day, we can finally feed our cleavage-hungry souls.

#10 Tiffani Amber Theissen (Beverly Hills 90210) - America truly enjoyed watching Kelly Kapowski grow into a woman and become "Kelly Boobwowski."

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Read the rest.

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September 09, 2009

Required reading

From the inestimable Camille Paglia:

Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.

How has "liberty" become the inspirational code word of conservatives rather than liberals?
But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible. The top schools, from the Ivy League on down, promote "critical thinking," which sounds good but is in fact just a style of rote regurgitation of hackneyed approved terms ("racism, sexism, homophobia") when confronted with any social issue. The Democratic brain has been marinating so long in those clichés that it's positively pickled.

She also adds some withering fire into the side of the GOP, which it well deserves.

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September 08, 2009

A GPS story for the rest of us

Yes, I have a GPS in my car. I also have that Amish thingy- a MAP- in my car, too, as the GPS has, on occasion, said You have arrived at your destination when I'm in the middle of fucking nowhere. In any event, check out this story.

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September 02, 2009

How things have changed

Want to see what some popular websites looked like back when they launched? Check out this article to see how things have changed over the years.

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Table of Condiments That Go Periodically Bad

Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad

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Click to expand. Image found here.

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Proper doneness

My years working in a commercial kitchen left helped me become a good cook and it made me a great big pain in the ass to other people. Not because I complain when someone else cooks for me. Quite the contrary in fact. What disturbs others is my answer to the following question:

Q: How long do you cook it?

A: Until it's done.

I get the dirtiest looks from people, but I'm not trying to be a jackass. I actually don't know how many minutes it takes for most things to cook, especially meat. I merely press my hand/finger/spatula/fork onto the surface of the steak/hamburger and say "It's medium rare" or "It's medium well". This little tic seems to distress people to no end, especially when they cut into the meat and discover that I'm actually right. As I tell them, it's simply experience.

Now the kitchen I worked in used to hire apprentice chefs, kids who needed some practical experience to go along with their book learning. One of them mentioned a little trick that he learned in school to determine the doneness of meat. It sounded kind of neat, but I promptly forgot it as an interesting, but unnecessary, tool. However, I Stumbled Upon this webpage and was reminded of the technique that I'm certain is still being taught.

Anyway, check it out if you're so inclined.

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September 01, 2009

Well, it's a job

I used to work in IT. While never officially part of the Help Desk crew, I somehow became the go to guy for anything and everything regarding the PCs around the office. However, I have a high regard for people manning the phones because, well, imagine having to go through this:

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Don't make her angry

You wouldn't like her when she's angry.

I've dealt with customer service many times during my life, some good, some horrifically bad. There was a time when businesses could shit on their customers and still stay "tough shit" when we complained. Not anymore. Twitter? Facebook? Email? Blogs? Have people simply not heard of these things? I'll be honest and state that my readership, while beloved by me, is teeny tiny. However, if I were to receive a big steaming pile like Maytag tried to inflict on Dooce, I will guarantee you that some of my friends and acquaintances could help my complaints go viral. One person complaining? Not a problem to a company. One million persons complaining? You've got a corporate PR and -potentially- financial debacle.

So, my friends in the business community, consider this a friendly FYI: do not continue to treat customers, real or potential, as effluent from your various bodily orifices. You need us far more than we need you and- you might want to write this down if it'll help you remember- spread your acts of neglect and malfeasance worldwide before you have your first cup of morning coffee. Remember this word: customer. And this one: service. They are related directly to your bottom line.

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