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Cartoons and Trolls

Today’s cartoons were unusually good: we have masters degrees that don’t help one’s employment prospects, science, a true fact about the memory-less-ness of the Bernoulli trial and the lack of effort on the part of students.

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Then we have troll pages. One of the best troll pages is the Your Tattoos Make You a Horrible Mother Facebook page. People have fallen for it so hard that they become enraged and try to get it shut down; for those of us who like to laugh at clueless outrage, it is an almost endless source of amusement. Yes, I know; I should have better things to do with my time; but this is a bit like a train wreck. I don’t want to look..but I can’t help myself. :-)

The page attracts outraged people who, well, aren’t the most educated and who don’t write all that well. The usual response is:

1. “I’ve got tattoos and I am a GREAT (or AWESOME) mom and my kids are all geniuses” or “having a tattoo doesn’t make you a bad mom”
2. “YOU SUCK” or some version of “Your (sic) and idiot”, often followed by obscenities, most of which are spelled correctly and
3. Some wish that those who run the page and like the page have a violent demise.

All of this is written at about a 3’rd to 6’th grade level, with a few exceptions.

The idea that the page isn’t advocating that someone do something illegal doesn’t phase the visitors; all they know is that they are offended and therefore want the page shut down.

June 3, 2015 Posted by | blog humor, blogs, humor, statistics | , | Leave a comment

Chester and Spike in Jumble

Chester reminds me of…well..me, when I am around a really smart, accomplished person (and I mean a truly smart, accomplished person; those who call themselves smart are a dime a hundred dozen).

Well, Chester and Spike appeared in today’s Jumble.

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For the full cartoon: click here.

March 15, 2015 Posted by | humor | , , | Leave a comment

Ok, what is going on here?

interesting question

The issue: there are some inherently illogical statements (example: “This statement is a lie.” )

Ok, say the correct answer is “B”. Then that means that you have a 25 percent chance of getting that right, which is A and D, but you have a 50 percent chance of selecting either A or D by choosing at random.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | brain, humor | , , | Leave a comment

Good cartoon day: Tuesday 13 January 2015

Our local paper carried some good cartoons yesterday.

frazzscience

Yes, I’d love to scream “cheap shot”, but remember the shills that the tobacco industry hired? And, of course, a single study rarely means much. Now established scientific consensus is usually right, much to chagrin to climate change deniers, creationists, advocates of “alternative medicine”, rabid anti-GMO crackpots and other assorted woo-woos.

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Yes, distinguishing between adjectives and verbs matters. :-)

pbs5000years

See point one. :-)

January 15, 2015 Posted by | creationism, humor, science, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Drunk FAIL, sheep WIN

December 4, 2014 Posted by | humor, social/political | , | Leave a comment

If you get this joke…you are probably my kind of person

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October 27, 2014 Posted by | humor | , | Leave a comment

Halloween 2014…my attitude towards charity

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Ha! I can always add the gu/powerbar samples that come in running race “goodie bags”. :-)

Really, this is a time for teenagers to shake us down for candy?

Oh, I admitted that I enjoyed Randazza’s rant in response to the “Dear Prudence” letter (which I think was a troll letter):

Dear Prudence,
I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?

—Halloween for the 99 Percent

Now lest you just see me a spoil sport: the neighborhood that I live in (and have since 1991) has been taken over by (mostly) student housing; hence we have few trick-or-treaters anymore. There was a time when we had a mix of neighborhood kids and kids from poor neighborhoods.

And yes, some of the “poor” moms were pretty bold; they brazenly asked for “one for myself”; from their size, I wonder how much of the collected candy was actually getting to the kids. And yes, I told them “no…kids only”.

Now about the charity No, I am NOT wealthy; together, my wife and I have a household income that puts us in the 85-90’th percentile or so. Put another way: we can go to an NFL game, but we stay in non-luxury hotels and sit in Democrat seats. :-) (first row of the upper deck mostly; good sightlines).

But I’ve always been uncomfortable with the social division that enables panhandlers to see me and, on visuals alone, think that I have money to give them.

I am much more comfortable helping “peer to peer”; in this setting, there is no “one person is better than another person” but rather just “helping someone out who is having a rough time”; sort of “we do it for each other when someone is in need.”

I am just not comfortable at all with social stratification.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | humor, social/political | | Leave a comment

Dunning-Kruger effect: The Flipside with Michael Loftus

You might have head that the Dunning-Kruger effect was “stupid people aren’t smart enough to realize that they are stupid”. But in fact, the paper was titled Unskilled and Unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self assessments.

The first example was …humor. The clueless amateurs thought that they were just as funny as established comedians.

I was reminded of that when I saw a clip of a right wing attempt to mimic The Daily Show. The attempt is called The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Judge for yourself. :-)

October 16, 2014 Posted by | humor, political humor, republicans | | 2 Comments

Math/Science humor

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October 12, 2014 Posted by | humor, mathematics, physics | , , | Leave a comment

One (of many) reasons I was never successful with the ladies

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September 28, 2014 Posted by | human sexuality, humor, relationships | | Leave a comment

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