Why did anyone think of me when they saw this?


May 6, 2014 Posted by | blog humor, blogs, humor | , | Leave a comment

THANK YOU READERS! One Million Hits…

I know that this isn’t much compared to big-time blogs but:

Oh yes, a troll on the Richard Dawkins twitter account called me an idiot for being an atheist. :)
And…I got a teapartytard who didn’t understand that when a factory closes, there is often a small crew which handles outstanding back orders and handles the physical closing of the plant.

September 6, 2012 Posted by | blog humor | 2 Comments

Hoover Presidential Museum today…

Workout notes: weights only; I lifted at the Riverplex so I could be ready to go by 8:30 am. Pull ups: slightly more problematic; 3 sets of 10, then one multi-grip (changed grips) set of 3-1-3, then a set of 5 then one set of 5 plus 5. I did rows with the dumbbells (55 pounds, each arm), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 3 x 180, 3 x 180, 6 x 170, incline: 8 x 135, 7 x 135, pull downs (3 sets of 10 with 155), and I did military presses with the seated machine that used free weights: 10 x 90, 10 x 130, 6 x 180. No, I couldn’t come close to using 180 on a bar.

I did the usual sit ups and added lunches and did curls with the machine.

Once again, Paul Krugman points out that running a private equity company doesn’t mean you understand the economy as a whole.

If you look at the comments, someone challenged me to a boxing match (with headgear). What this person doesn’t realize is that he didn’t understand what my post was about: I was making the case that getting educated does help you think, but it also makes you intellectually overconfident; in short, most educated people I know (myself included) are “smart idiots” at times. Being able to understand complicated stuff in one area speaks to your inherent intellectual abilities, but it can lead to overconfidence when one looks at an area beyond one’s specialization. Example: I probably did better on my SAT/ACT tests than most football coaches. But that doesn’t mean that I understand football the way that they do, and it would take me years of concentrated effort to catch up to them in that area…IF I were ever able to at all. Oh yes: my argument that this “smart idiot” syndrome was NOT just about conservatives; it applies to liberals as well.

But my intellectually lazy reader didn’t read much beyond my headline…or didn’t understand what they read. :)

Hoover Museum
My daughter and I went to the Hoover Museum. Upshot: he wasn’t my favorite President, but his bad reputation came mostly from the circumstances he stumbled into (that weren’t of his own making). He also did a lot of good in dealing with the effects of wartime famine.

July 13, 2012 Posted by | Barack Obama, blog humor, blogs, economy, weight training | 3 Comments

I hate those little pixies…

I don’t like those little pixies that go through my blog posts and litter them with they type of “spelling errors” that spell check doesn’t catch (e. g., changing “too” to “to” and visa versa, etc.)

Stop it! :)

March 7, 2012 Posted by | blog humor, blogs | Leave a comment

Leave the Cat Photos out…

I might replace the bottom with a “sports and politics” section but then…well, that is pretty much it.
(hat tip: Why Evolution is True)

Ok, how do I actually use the internet?
1. Blogging
2. science articles
2. Political articles
2. Sports articles (spectator and endurance sports)
2. Social media (almost exclusively with people involved in 2, 3 and 4)
2. Women in spandex photos (especially those who are working out or competing in sports)
7. FAILS :)
8. Productivity (seriously; I get ideas for research and teaching from the internet and share them as well, though not on this blog)

January 11, 2012 Posted by | blog humor, blogs, humor | Leave a comment

Unusual Conversation Starter…..

Workout notes: 1200 yards of swimming:
12 x (25 drill, 25 swim) drills were kicking (front, side, side)
8 x (25 drill, 25 swim) drills were 2 sfs, 2 were 3-g (three strokes then glide), 4 were “fist” 25s.
4 x 50 on the 1:10; I actually got the feeling that I was swimming on the last one.


I admit that I sometimes do things just to start a conversation. Example: I’ll sometimes wear a race or an event t-shirt just to see if there are any others who have either ran (or walked) the race or participated in the event. It is fun!

I’ve done that too with my Obama t-shirt, but there was one occasion in which some old tea party type tried to get in an argument with me; I merely told him that he was wrong and blew him off.

There are conversation starters on the internet too; I’ve found the biggest ones have been on facebook and other websites.

But here is one conversation starter that I did not expect:

(in each case, click the thumbnail to see the full sized version)

What do these people have in common?

I’ve had back channel conversations with every one of them; topics have ranged from athletics, yoga, psychology, science, social issues, travel and humor. All of them have seen photos of me and my family and knows at least a little about me and my life, and I know at least a bit about theirs

And….I met every one of them because they posted a spandex butt-shot of themselves!

Who would have guessed that a spandex wrapped butt would be a conversation starter? :)

Oh well…back to my math paper.

Update I found one of my references online; it saved me a trip to the library! :)

May 27, 2011 Posted by | big butts, blog humor, Blogroll, blogs, Friends, spandex, swimming, training | Leave a comment

Blog Commentary…


April 11, 2011 Posted by | blog humor, blogs, humor | Leave a comment

Oh, From the Mouth of Babes…

Get your blog writing style analyzed here.
Yes, I write like an old woman. :) is probably written by a female somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.

Other blog: is probably written by a male somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is academic and happy most of the time.

September 11, 2010 Posted by | blog humor, Blogroll, blogs | 1 Comment

26 August 2010 (early am)

Runners, cyclists and walkers: be careful out there; drivers really might not be paying much attention.

This photo: from the fail blog; it is really, well, at times, in fact MOST of the time, so appropriate.

Law: no one could object to a piece that says, in effect, “judges ought to act in a civil, professional manner when on the bench”, right? You’d be wrong. (hat tip: Randazza)

Amphibians/Toads/human evolution

Notice how this tree frog reacts to this finger:

Evidently, chimps understand this reflex too.

Note: Hawaii has no native frogs nor toads; they can’t handle salt water. But some introduced frogs and toads have become pests.

Off for a walk…then PT, then back to classes!

August 26, 2010 Posted by | blog humor, Blogroll, blogs, evolution, frogs, humor, political/social, social/political | Leave a comment

28 July 2010 pm

I spent a ton of time with the Going Rogue book review so this post will be mostly links to articles I found interesting.

Humor and Entertainment

Check out this “headstone win” from the Fail Blog. Hint: this person wanted his skin to be used as a saddle for lady’s horses. Why? :)

Also, here is a case where people go door to door…pushing atheism instead of religion. No, this isn’t the “annoy the Mormons” video; you can find that video here. :)

Do you LOVE Monty Python’s Life of Brian? If so, do you like music? If the answer is “yes” to both questions, then He is not the Messiah, He is a Very Naughty Boy is for you!

We rented it at Blockbuster and watched it twice!

Economics and Big Business

Robert Reich The BP fiasco is a perfect example of why corporations shouldn’t be treated like persons under the law.

Paul Krugman:
Too timid of a response to our current unemployment situation might lead to this becoming the new norm.

The President really shouldn’t listen to the right wing’s criticism of him; they said that he was “bashing business” when he said this:

So what’s the context? Here’s what Obama actually said:

Too much regulation or too much spending can stifle innovation, can hamper confidence and growth, and hurt business and families. A government that does too little can be just as irresponsible as a government that does too much — because, for example, in the absence of sound oversight, responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system. That’s bad for everybody.

Kind of different, isn’t it? That’s only business-bashing if you believe that there’s no such thing as businesses who cut costs by ignoring the environmental impact of their activities, or take risks that end up endangering the financial system. If so, I wish I lived on your planet.

Krugman argued from the start that the stimulus was too small. This is how he new (e. g., the model and assumptions Krugman used to judge what should be adequate stimulus)

Here are rebuttals to the usual “the economy was great under Bush” statements from the right wing.

The right wing continues shamelessly lie and mislead. Shirley Shirrod said that someone was lynched. The right wing says that she lied…because the person she was talking about was beaten to death instead.

There is momentum to change the filibuster rules of the Senate.

This is from Jerry Coyne’s blog and not Conservation Report. But it is some more animal camouflage. I couldn’t resist the title: the frogmouth owl. :)

What makes humans special? Well, one thing is that we masturbate and yes, that has an evolutionary reason.

Heat wave: we are having one. Yes, air conditioning saves lives. So, does this mean that modern humans have gone “soft”? Not really; in the days prior to air conditioning, people died from the heat.

Are modern humans neglecting to do something our ancestors did to survive the heat?
I think it’s always been a problem. There’s history over hundreds of years of people dying of heat. Philadelphia in 1776 had a major heat wave that caused deaths.

We’re also living to older ages, and we’re more urban now than we have been in the history of the human species. That intense crowding can combine with the heat island effect in big cities. Our elderly people are also more isolated than they have been in the past, so those factors can play a part, too.

The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the thing that they are most comfortable in predicting, that the science is most solid for, is the increase in many parts of the world in the duration and intensity of heat waves.

Gamma Ray Bursts: I’ve watched some lectures on black holes and their gamma ray bursts. Did you know that a close enough gamma ray burst can stop photosynthesis, at least for a short time? It is a good thing that a “close enough burst” is statistically unlikely in the foreseeable future.


Here is an interesting video featuring Christopher Hitchens. Note: the Life of Brian gets mentioned.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | 2010 election, astronomy, atheism, Barack Obama, biology, blog humor, economy, entertainment, evolution, humor, movies, nature, obama, politics, politics/social, religion, Republican, republicans, republicans politics, science, social/political, space, Spineless Democrats, swimming | Leave a comment


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