Friday, December 14, 2018

Made up job titles

  • Stay at home astronaut
  • Butterfly therapist
  • Breathing instructor
  • Shark whisperer
  • Back hair stylist
  • Turtle waxer
  • Cat herder
  • Roomba trainer
  • Decaffeinator
  • Dominoe painter
  • Cat walker

Tapping into the subconscious

Before the Ouija board, would-be ghost communicators used talking boards, which first became popular in mid-19th-century America. That's because millions of people suddenly wanted to talk to their dead family members who died in the Civil War. Their popularity meant scientists started studying the ideomotor effect well before Ouija boards were patented in 1890.

Research has determined that the ideomotor effect is closely tied to subconscious awareness, and that its effect is maximized when the subject believes he has no control of his movements. Paradoxically, the less control you think you have, the more control your subconscious mind is actually exerting.

This is where the Ouija board’s triangular pointer comes in. The planchette makes it easier to subconsciously control your muscle movements, because it focuses and directs them even while you believe you aren't in control of them. It's also why the planchette seems to move even more effectively when multiple people are using it at once. It frees everyone's minds to subconsciously generate creepy Ouija board answers together.

The effect might also make the Ouija board an effective tool to help you tap into your own subconscious. In one study published in 2012, scientists found that using the Ouija board allowed subjects to recall factual information with more accuracy than if they weren't using the board. Participants were instructed to answer a series of yes/no questions and to rate whether they were confident in their answers or merely guessing. Later, they were subjected to another round of questions but used a Ouija board to indicate "yes" or "no", once again rating their confidence level in their answers. In cases where participants believed they didn't know an answer, they were able to give more correct answers, more often, when using the Ouija board than when they believed they were only guessing on their own.

The researchers speculate that using the Ouija board as a technique to unlock subconscious knowledge could lead to insights about the early onset of Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative diseases.

In other words, the Ouija board is potentially a very powerful communication tool — just not in the way most people think.

If not now.....

Small things 14 Dec

  • Cell division explained:

o      0      8      oo

  • Never make snow angels in a dog park.
  • Pay attention to the smell of your home when you return from a trip. That's what it smells like to guests all the time.
  • Snowmen may seem a bit obese, but they're mostly retaining water
  • Things not to say to your child: "You were a test-tube baby. The test failed."
  • Deforest Kelley..... the real McCoy.
  • Time travellers. Whenever you are, we're already then.

Hey Alberta! You don't know snow.......

Things I learned lately 14 Dec

  • The CEO of McDonald's earned 3,101 times the median worker in 2017 ($21,761,052 versus $7,017). Bear in mind that McDonald's runs stores around the world and in many places where the cost of living is very low.
  • Amazon's CEO - 59 times the median worker. Johnson & Johnson's CEO - 452x. Marathon Petroleum's CEO - 935x. Skecher's CEO - 1512x. Mattel's CEO - 4987x.
  • Keep the holiday greeting cards that you receive, and next year, cut up their covers to use as gift tags.
  • All 10 of the world's fastest growing cities between 2019 and 2035 will be in India.
  • Facial recognition cameras were used at a Taylor Swift's concert, in a bid to identify her stalkers. A camera was hidden inside a display kiosk and sent images of anyone who stopped to look at the display to a "command post" in Nashville, where they were cross-referenced with other photos of Swift's known stalkers.
  • Modern kevlar body armour was first created by a pizza delivery guy who was tired of getting shot at in Detroit.
  • The top 25 highest paid NHL players make a combined 267 million dollars per year.
  • Before creating film classics like "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick was working as a photographer for Look magazine (pictured).
  • A soccer match in Argentina was interrupted when a dog invaded the pitch and made a goal-line save like a good boy.
  • In 2016, KFC gave away 3,000 free bottles of Colonel Sanders' Extra Crispy Sunscreen. KFC CMO Kevin Hochman said, "Why not make it smell like fried chicken?"

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Green home request

This is just a request I'm making of any of my Calgary readers or anyone from Calgary that has stumbled across this blog.

As you may know, I'm really passionate about green technology and in particular, I'm quite interested in writing about homes that are built to a more efficient standard than what is typical. So if you know of, or are yourself living in a net-zero or high efficiency home, I would definitely like to speak with you to learn about your experiences with your efficient home.

You can contact me by either leaving a comment to this post, or in confidence at kplesz at hotmail.

Small things 8 Dec

  • Ariana Grande sounds like a font.
  • I have 2 questions about America's new planned 'space force'. When will Puerto Rico have electricity? When will Flint have clean water?
  • How to take the last donut at work: Hold the donut aloft and announce, "This is the last one. Does anyone want to split it with me?" Touch as much of the donut's surface area as possible before they answer.
  • If the multiverse theory is true, then there's a universe where it isn't true. So multiverse theory doesn't cover paradoxical situations. Except in the universe where it does. Ugh. This is why I never studied theoretical physics.
  • Never do anything at break-neck speed. Potential consequences are indicated in the phrase.
  • What I hate about censorship is that it XXXXXXXX your XXXXXXXX.
  • Sick of getting shocked on your carpet? Reverse the polarity by walking backwards.
  • Alcohol and irony - getting hammered with screwdrivers.
  • Engineering. Like math, with noise.
  • Add some excitement to your life. Stop the microwave with one second to go to feel the rush of a bomb defuser technician.....
  • The Beatles said "All you need is love". I still get cravings for ice cream...
  • What stays in Vegas is mostly your money

How to make tea

How the CRA scam goes

You may have heard about those CRA scammers who call trying to scare you with an announcement that your account is suddenly in arrears and that you're going to be arrested unless you deal with it right now.

But what you may not have heard is how the scam proceeds for someone who falls for the bait. This real story was passed on to me from a friend of a friend. I have scrubbed the story of specific details to protect the victim.

"Wow! My afternoon was eventful. Voicemail left on my cell with a message that sounded like a robocall, but the message had started playing before my voicemail kicked on, so I only got part of the message. Here's what I heard:
"...for a Federal criminal offence. This is the final attempt to reach you. To resolve this issue immediately, and to speak to a Federal agent, call back number 226-721-1239."

"226 area code is Kitchener, Ontario. Seemed legit. So I called them back. They told me that there had been a miscalculation in my taxes, and I was in arrears $8,998.00. They told me an arrest warrant had been issued for me by the RCMP and asked did I have a lawyer to represent me in the court case.
I said I didn't have a lawyer, but was really confused about the urgency of this call as it seemed like it had come out of the blue. I'd had no prior warning and all of a sudden we're talking about a court case.

"They suggested that they could conference me in with my accountant so I could ask them what to do, and they asked for my accountant's phone number. I gave them my accountant's phone number. They confirmed the name of the firm. Then they placed a call to my accountant and had my accountant call me. I answered the call. My phone registered the call as coming from my accountant. I asked for my accountant by name and was told he wasn't there right now.

"CRA guy was conferenced on the line and asked to speak with a certified accountant at the firm, who could pull up my file. Someone with what sounded like a Chinese accent took the call on behalf of the firm. It was a name I didn't recognize.

"Red flag #1 - CRA guy asked Chinese guy to pull up my file. As far as I understood, files are not centralized at my accountant's office. One accountant; one file. But, who am I? I don't know everything. Maybe they got a new system. So I let that one go.

"Red flag #2 - The guy posing as the CRA rep referenced a tax form I had never heard of...a WO2 something or other, and asked if they could see the amount in arrears, and confirm it. Also, could they confirm accountability.

"Red flag #3 - Chinese guy confirmed the amount, but within seconds knew it was all their fault. Talk about quick math skills, or report reading skills, or the WO2 somethingorother was just such an awesomely clear report that this guy *knew* it was completely an accounting error and they took full responsibility. But, again, self-doubt. I'm not an accountant. I don't know all the forms or exchanges between accountants and government that go on. Could be a legit thing. I let it go.

"Red flag #4 - Which didn't occur to me until later in this process - CRA guy was controlling all of the calls. I was never dialing out. CRA and the accountant were always dialing in to my phone.

"Red flag #5 - My phone initially identified the caller as "Fraud Alert" and not the CRA. When I mentioned this, CRA guy said "We have other lines. Would you feel more comfortable if I called you back on one of our 1-800 lines?" I said yes, and he called me back. My phone now identified the caller as the CRA.

"CRA guy said that he was going to have the accountant call me so we could talk about strategies, but that the option for payment was closed so the only thing left was to retain a lawyer and go to court.
At this point, I was confused and scared.

"When my accountant (though I never did speak with my actual accountant...just Chinese guy) called back, I told him what CRA guy had said, and how the option to pay was closed so I'd have to go to court. He said that I would have to pay today, but that because it was 100% the firm's error, I'd be fully reimbursed on Monday.

Red flag #6 - We're totally at fault, but you have to pay. But we'll pay you back right away, so you won't have lost anything. No negotiating with the government. No garnisheeing of wages. No installment plan. No correction of paperwork, or refiling suggested. But one doesn't think of that when one believes that one's arrest is imminent. I was fully in 'how do I solve this problem?' mode.

"I asked Chinese guy what my next step was, since the option to pay was closed. He said that he would talk to the CRA agent, and convince him to let me pay immediately through a bitcoin ATM machine. According to Chinese guy, bitcoin machine was a way to send money directly to CRA. He said CRA, if they let me pay this way, would have to clear the arrears and would immediately issue a payment receipt.

"Hung up with the accountant and took CRA guy back off hold. Told him what Chinese guy had said about the bitcoin machine (and that I'd never heard of a bitcoin machine) and asked if this was an option. CRA guy said he'd call my accountant and then call me back.

Note: throughout all of this, I'm in the hallway at work, an hour or so from where I live. Most of this so far has taken place in a few minutes.

Red flag #7 - Urgency! Now, now, now, now, now. No time to think. Just take action.

"CRA guy calls me back and, because my accountant has taken full responsibility, they're going to let me pay, and then let me work it out for reimbursement after the arrears payment has been covered.

Red flag# 8 - The RCMP are monitoring/listening to/recording this call, in case it has to be used as evidence. If the call gets dropped, we will call you back. Please keep this call active.
I could not hang up. They were going to listen to everything I did until the problem was solved.

"CRA Guy: Ok Ms. XXXXXXXXX, you have to leave work. You have to resolve this right now. But let me first ask you, do you wish this issue to be public, with a press release or statement to the media, or do you wish this to be private and confidential?
Me: Who ever opts for this stuff to be made public?
CRA Guy: So I understand you to mean that you'd like this to be handled privately and confidentially. In which case, you're not permitted to disclose to anyone that the money you're withdrawing will be used to pay taxes. You are not allowed to discuss this case with anyone. If the bank asks you what the money is for, just tell them it's to pay a worker who needs to be paid in cash.

"Long story short, I claimed an emergency at work, packed up and left early. I went to 3 banks and hit the withdrawal limit in 3 locations before I got the total amount withdrawn. This with the phone line still open and CRA guy asking for regular progress updates the whole time. Twice the signal dropped because I drove through a signal hole. But both times CRA guy called me right back.

"CRA guy directed me to a bitcoin machine in XXXXXXXXXXXX. [address withheld]. Seedy side of town.

Red flag #9 - To get from where I work to seedy side, took 2 hours...two hours of silence and thinking and brain started piecing together the flags. No calls out, no familiar voices, non-disclosure...can't tell anyone what the money is for, threats, urgency, weird CRA approach, no opportunity to check out anything he was telling me, strange forms, using this mysterious bitcoin machine to make a CRA payment, no online options, and government tax officials who work past 5 pm.

"I asked CRA Guy if bitcoin machine was used for other types of transactions besides sending money to CRA. He seemed to get confused about how to answer that question and tried to gloss it over by restating that they were making an exception for me and letting me pay this way because my accountant had taken full responsibility for the arrears.

Red flag #10 - The bitcoin machine is located at XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Next to a [pizza joint]. Open 24 hours. Not in a government building. Not in a bank.

Red flag #11 - The straw that broke the scam... This sign was on the bitcoin machine:
"STOP! The CRA and RCMP DO NOT demand payment through Bitcoin ATMs. You are a target of fraud. Unsure? Call us at 1-877-412-2646." (Just like in the picture)

"So I said to myself "Screw this. I'm calling." I hung up on CRA guy. He promptly called back. I disconnected. I called the number on the alert sign. They confirmed their message. CRA don't ask for money this way. It's a scam. In the background, call waiting was beeping CRA Guy's number continuously.

"I called my accountant's office and left him a detailed message on his voicemail. Their offices were closed.

"CRA Guy kept calling the whole time, making it really difficult to dial any other number. Then my "accountant" called back. Still Chinese guy. I told him I had called the office and they were closed. He's now mad at me. Sounds desperate. Can't I see that he's calling from a personal line. My phone says he's calling from BC now. I'm not buying his BS anymore. I hung up.

"CRA guy calls again. I finally picked up, and told him that I knew this was a scam and that I had confirmed that CRA doesn't accept payments on bitcoin machines. That their call was being monitored and that I WOULD like to consult with a lawyer.
CRA Guy: "Ok, you're fine with being arrested. The RCMP will be in touch with you."
Me: "Fine. Have the RCMP call me. Arrest away."
I hung up.

"I called the police and reported it. Then reported all the numbers to Telus as fraud numbers.

"Got a call from 'RCMP Airport'. Disconnected. Got 6 more from the same number. Blocked the number. Blocked all the numbers.

"Acknowledged that my lack of self confidence, not asking enough questions, allowing myself to be bullied and rushed, not checking things out from my end, and not listening to my niggling inner red-flag-o-meter almost got me into a really bad situation today.
I learned a very valuable lesson and narrowly averted disaster.

"Hopefully, posting this will help others avoid the same.

Now after reading all of this, you might be thinking, "How in the world could that person fall for this? All those red flags." 

The thing is, when someone puts you on the spot with a situation where you appear to be in a lot of trouble, your brain plays tricks on you. You don't think logically when in distress, you react with emotion. It's just how it is.

Had this person actually gone through with depositing the money in the bitcoin machine, the likely thing that would have happened next is they would have called back in an hour and said that they had made a mistake or something and that you still owed another large amount of money.

Crocodile tears

Things I learned lately 8 Dec

  • Guns kill more US kids than cancer.
  • Apple pie isn't actually very American. Pie was invented in Medieval England, while the modern recipe for apple pie with a lattice crust was created and perfected by the Dutch.
  • Grapes will explode if you put them in the microwave. If you split a grape almost in half and put it in the microwave, it will create an explosive fireball of plasma and lighting.
  • Chicken wings were considered throwaway parts before Buffalo wings were invented..
  • If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint via the food you eat, it's not just meat you should think about. Greenhouse tomatoes and lettuce have a big footprint. Worse, lettuce has little nutritional value for the amount of effort it takes to grow, transport and store.
  • Most people think plastics are made from oil and this is one reason why we can't stop using oil. In 2017, only 14% of the hydrocarbon gas liquids used to make plastic were derived from the byproducts of crude oil refineries. 86% were byproducts of natural gas processing. So we could still make plastics just from natural gas.
  • 75% of the crude oil used in the US in 2017 was used to produce fuels (gasoline, diesel, ethanol, heating oil, jet fuel). Which means that once you remove the need for fossil fuels, you remove the need for 75% of the oil we produce.
  • Doctors ate Lego heads to see how long it takes to poop them out.
  • You can get fined for eating, drinking, or chewing gum on the Dubai Metro. Needless to say, it's very clean.
  • Music artist Enya's real name is Eithne Pádraigin Ni Bhraonáin.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Small things 1 Dec

  • For what it's worth, I'll never get E. coli from eating chocolate.
  • Some people I went to high school with, their yearbook motto should have been: "You can retake a class, but you can't retake a party..."
  • Your fingers have fingertips, but your toes don't have toetips. Yet you can tiptoe, but not tipfinger........
  • When someone tries to suggest that people these days are too sensitive, just remind them that there was a time when if you called someone a coward, that was grounds for them to challenge you to a duel with pistols.
  • When people put their wash out on the clothesline, does the washer taunt the dryer that it's not good enough?
  • Airports are the only places where you're treated like a prisoner. You can't go anywhere you want. There's security everywhere. People ask you a lot of questions and try to make you uncomfortable (customs / immigration). The food is terrible. The furniture is hard as a rock. But if you have money, you can at least wait in a place with better everything (priority lounge).  
  • Nighttime is the natural state of the universe. Daytime is only the result of a nearby radiating ball of nuclear fusion.
  • Kids today will never know the reality of navigating by car before digital devices and GPS. We had road maps. On paper. With intricate folds you could never duplicate once you opened them. So you used them as floor mats too. And they were obsolete the day you bought them. And your passenger didn't know how to read them, if they could even see those tiny lines and print. So, basically, every trip you got lost.
  • When your car has a dent, you don't take it to the dentist.........

Overly dramatic air

The real story behind the GM closures

General Motors (GM) announced in November 2018 that they would be closing 4 auto assembly plants, one of them in Canada. Both the unions and the US and Canadian governments are acting shocked and disappointed at this announcement. I hope they're kidding.

The official reason GM said they are closing plants is because they are restructuring their operations to make way for the future of automobiles. GM said they need to get ready for the imminent reality of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. So why does that require fewer assembly plants?

To answer that question, you have to look at recent automotive trends. Ford just announced that it is no longer cost effective for them to make sedans, so they won't. Sedans just aren't selling as much as they used to. Now, the money is in SUVs and trucks, at least for Ford. The reason GM is closing the 4 assembly plants is because they're the ones producing primarily sedans.

From a bigger picture perspective though, fewer people are choosing to buy a personal vehicle at all. The youngest generation are shunning car ownership in growing numbers, and it's not surprising, considering that a typical young consumer has to make wiser choices on how to spend their money. Do I buy a house, or do I buy a car? Do I buy a car, or do I have children? These questions may seem ridiculous to anyone over the age of 40, because it had almost always been possible to do all three. But for many young people who are not earning $60,000+ salaries, you might be able to have one of those 3, or maybe even 2, but perhaps not all 3.

The fact is, with car sharing services popping up all over the continent, you can still use a car when you need one without the hassle of ownership. For example, if you're a paid member of Car2Go, you can essentially rent a Mercedes or Smart car by the minute and never have to deal with the separate costs of gas, insurance, oil changes, maintenance, tires, nothing. This is a very attractive alternative to ownership, because if you can train yourself to be disciplined enough to only use a car 3 times a week at an hour each, that's around $230 per month, all in. Driving a new Mercedes! Try getting that kind of price for a car loan, insurance, gas, maintenance, etc. In fact, try renting a Mercedes for a week for $230.

So, car companies, not being stupid, they see the writing on the wall. Although Mercedes is only partnered with Car2Go, other car manufacturers are either already partnered with ride sharing services, or are planning to very soon. Some of these ride sharing services will feature vehicles that drive themselves. Waymo is already full swing into a major public trial in Phoenix, driving more than 10,000 collective autonomous miles every day. Tesla has indicated that it intends to create a car sharing service for its Tesla owners to rent out their cars when they're not using them.

Because the truth is, in a typical week, the average consumer car is only being driven 6 out of 168 hours, or 3.5% of the time. As soon as a critical mass of consumers realize that they're paying upwards of a thousand dollars a month to park a vehicle for 96% of the time, vehicle sales are more likely to free fall.

And that's why all the disappointment and shock in the world isn't going to make an iota of difference going forward. The days of outright car ownership for many people are numbered. And car companies have to get ready for that.

Professional barber saves face

Things I learned lately 1 Dec

  • The polka dot could have just as easily been called the jive dot, the disco dot, the watusi dot, or the hula dot. It was named the polka dot because the polka was very popular at the time. Seriously.
  • The ISS has now been orbiting earth for 20 years.
  • There are nearly four times as many jihadist militants today than on 9/11.
  • Thanks to overwhelming poaching of elephant tusks, natural selection seems to be favouring elephants with shorter tusks.
  • The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway (pictured) is designed to protect a variety of plant seeds in case of a global catastrophe. Each sample pack contains 500 seeds and there are 983,524 individual samples stored there. The vault is inside a mountain and was designed to withstand the melting of the polar ice caps.
  • Compared to the Grand Canyon on Earth, Valles Marineris on Mars is nearly five times deeper, about four times longer, and 20 times wider.
  • Olympus Mons (on Mars) is more than twice as high as Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the tallest mountain on Earth from top to bottom.
  • A South Sudanese family auctioned off their 16-year-old daughter to marry the highest bidder on Facebook, which didn't notice until 2 weeks later.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small things 24 Nov

  • Why did the chicken cross the road? Because chickens don't know how to read the crosswalk signal. Poor chicken.....
  • I don't always manamana. But when I do doo doot doo do doo!
  • DO NOT ask the parents of a child on a leash if it was a rescue.
  • Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob everyone.
  • When you think about it, Yelp is just people judging.
  • I'm curious who's buying these giant 2 foot diameter Christmas ornament balls. And how big is this tree they're decorating?
  • Instead of the bride taking the groom's name, or doing the hyphenated thing, married couples should hybridize their last names. So if a Smith married a Grabowski, you could have Smabowski, or Grabith, or Grasmithski. As generation went on, the names would get pretty ridiculous. Plesz / Mulikow = Plesikow, Mulesz. Plesz / Foisy = Ploisy, Foiesz. Taylor / Conklin = Taynklin, Conklor 

Moist owlets

Things that are a part of my life now that I wasn't even aware of 5 years ago

  • Beard balm
  • Smart speakers (Google Home)
  • Glue traps (to catch mice (and spiders))
  • Spotify
  • Acai bowls
  • Little free libraries
  • Metformin

50th anniversary re-release of White Album

If you're a Beatles fan, you're in for a treat. They just re-released a new version of the White album. 6 discs of re-masters, but even more importantly, rehearsal recordings and various takes. Some of them are quite sublime and reveal the Beatles in their natural, unpolished state. In particular, I was taken by the following tracks:

Disc 5, track 13 - While my guitar gently weeps, 3rd version, take 27
Disc 5, track 3 - Hey Jude, take 1
Disc 4, track 1 - Revolution 1, take 18

The good news is, if you're a Spotify subscriber like me, you don't even have to buy the album!

Do yourself a favour and at least go listen to those tracks that I mentioned.

German wifi is the wurst

Things I learned lately 24 Nov

  • Ellen Degeneres is 60!
  • Costco employees get a free turkey on Thanksgiving (at least in the US).
  • Mark Zuckerberg has been seen driving an Acura TSX and a Honda Fit.
  • Melania Trump spent $174,000 on hotels she didn't sleep in on a 12-hour trip to Canada. The hotel bills don't include her staff or logistics team, who had $18,000 total in hotel costs.
  • If you have iOS12 on any model of iPhone, there is a clever way to edit text. Simply long-press on the iPhone's space bar. You'll get a cursor you can move anywhere by dragging your finger. Don't lift your finger, just drag it into the text area and the cursor will follow the drag. 
  • A British high school has banned Canada Goose, Moncler and other expensive luxury coats to stop students bullying other kids from lower-income backgrounds. Not sure how this helps.
  • Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year. No chants yet of 'lock her up' though.
  • There are 77,000 homeless people in New York City.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Or as I like to call it - a cookie


Small things 17 Nov

  • If they made scented candles for dogs, they would smell like other dogs' butts.
  • Puns about communism aren't funny unless everyone gets them.
  • Never eat a clock. It's very time consuming. Especially if you have seconds.
  • What if dogs destroy shoes because that's the last thing we put on before we leave?
  • If Lay's made beer, the bottle would contain 75% foam.
  • If you always vent to someone, make sure to occasionally ask how they're doing too.
  • This would be a very cruel site link to send to stoned people.
  • Saying "Aliens don't exist. If they did, they would have visited us or we would have found them by now" is like scooping up a glass of seawater and saying "There's no life in the ocean."
  • I used to help my dad fix his car. What I learned is..... KEEP THE FLASHLIGHT STILL!!
  • If the Navy only recruited non-swimmers, would they do a better job defending the ship?

Eat yer beets

Young chef Flynn McGarry talks about preparing vegetables to taste as good as meat. In particular, beets.

Incidentally, a movie is coming out about this guy (Chef Flynn).

"Vlad the Impaler" discovers marshmallows.....

Things I learned lately 17 Nov

  • Fire season in the western US is now 105 days longer than it was in the 1970s.
  • His official title: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
  • On some copies of the vinyl pressing of Atom Heart Mother's track Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast by Pink Floyd, the dripping tap at the end of the song is cut into the run-off groove, so it plays on infinitely until the listener removes the stylus from the album, an effect lost on the CD release. On the CD, the dripping continues for approximately 17 seconds after all other sounds have ceased.
  • There are 57,636 wind turbines operating in the US, and counting. There are 6,590 in Canada.
  • The 13 letters of "eleven plus two", when rearranged, also spell "twelve plus one". ~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, November 09, 2018

Small things 9 Nov

  • I know what would finally get Trump's supporters to have a change of heart. If he threatened to make America go metric.
  • The key under the doormat is the real world version of login: admin password: admin.
  • Whoever said you should take whiskey for a cold probably likes whiskey a lot
  • Grammar police: To serve and correct.
  • Would you call a half zebra, half donkey a 'zonkey', or a 'deebra'?
  • If Dracula had a cat, it would always be in the coffin.
  • I wonder if any man does not have a box of random cables......
  • Don't confuse my disdain of the hyper-wealthy for jealousy over what they have. I don't want a 6 figure sports car, or a 20 room mansion, or a gold leaf truffle wagyu steak. I want redistribution of wealth so that citizens don't have to worry about affording (and getting) health care, getting a higher education, and a living wage.
  • Is the reason we wake up the second we die in a dream because our brain has no knowledge of what happens to us after we die?
  • To remember how many feet there are in a mile, just remember 5 tomatoes. Which sounds like 5.. 2.. 8.. 0. There are 5280 feet in a mile. Or, you could just move to Canada. There's 1000 metres in a kilometre.
  • A head of lettuce is basically a lettuce lettuce wrap.