Paul McCartney & Kanye West. Where My Generation Is Getting It Wrong.

It seems that one internet explosion leads to another. Wasn’t it Issac Newton who said that? I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant, if he didn’t just say it outright.

Last week, the net blew up with the news that Kanye West and Paul McCartney had recorded a song together. Then came the word that some Kanye West fans had communicated the idea that they had no idea that McCartney existed before he recorded with West. And then it started – a Mount St. Helens level eruption by the over fifty set (or the section of the over fifty set that knows how to use “The Twitter”) excoriating the younger generation for not knowing exactly who that talented guy performing with Kim Kardashian’s current husband was.

I know he’s someone, isn’t he? (image by rich007, CCbySA3.0)

And you know what? They’re right to do that, to a point. Read the rest of this entry »

Art Criticism: How About That Putin Fella?

I don’t criticize every piece of art that I see, or even every piece of art that needs criticism.

I should clarify that. I don’t criticize every piece of art that I see, or even every piece of art that needs criticism, as far as most of you know. After spending a day with me, you’d know that I have something to say about most art. I save my written critiques for truly special works.

There really isn’t art that is more special than the pieces created for an exhibition honoring Russian president Vladimir Putin’s sixty-second birthday. These paintings, produced by artists who chose to remain anonymous, depict Putin as a Herculean character taking on modern issues facing his nation. I’ll be discussing my impressions of these pieces for your benefit. I’m also hoping that my criticism will help the artists who produced these paintings be better artists by Mr. Putin’s sixty-third birthday.

Painting One

(artist unknown, photo credit – BBC)

The first painting depicts Mr. Putin fighting Terror. He is literally in a fight with Terror. Putin doesn’t care for metaphors; when it is time for a fight, he’s going to fight. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Card, Red Card. Life Gets Less Hard

Like so many of us here in the United States, I know so little about soccer. I’m not even sure why our country is the only one which calls the game soccer. Sure, we have a completely different game that we call football, but perhaps we could have compromised on this name thing since all the other cool kids have settled on what to call the sport.

Face it. Most of you don’t really know if he’s got a peg leg or not. (image by jasonwhat ccbysa 2.0)

Despite our indifference to the sport at any other time, the nation becomes obsessed with soccer when the World Cup tournament starts. We really have no idea if cutting Landon Donovan hurt or helped the US team. The truth is that most of us forgot he existed after the last World Cup. For all we know, the man has a pirate style peg leg now and is no longer much of a ummmmm…whatever position he played. But during this period where soccer is in fashion, we’ll debate such matters as if we had the knowledge to do so.

I find myself thinking more about the game, even as I laugh at us for our quadrennial interest in it. I’ve advocated that we adapt soccer’s tradition of exchanging jerseys with an opponent after a match so we can use it in every day life . What better way to let someone know you appreciate their efforts than by giving them your shirt and wearing theirs around?

And that’s not the only idea I’m taking from soccer. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am A Candidate For Mayor Of Toronto

Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, greeting a nun at ...

“Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man” – ZZ Top(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not a fan of politicians. No matter what end of the spectrum they purport to represent, in the end, they represent the people who paid to get them elected. They represent those who contributed in proportion to the amount paid.

A few years ago I dipped my toe in politics. Some of you may remember that I ran for president against Donald Trump. I announced my candidacy. A few weeks later, the Trump campaign went into a tail spin. A week later, I drove him out of the race. In just over a month, I vanquished one of the richest men in the United States.

Today, I come before you to announce that I am a candidate for the office of Mayor of Toronto, Canada.

We all know that fine city is currently being run by a Mayor who is short on sense, but has plenty of vices. Mayor Rob Ford has admitted that he has smoked crack, but claims he is not addicted to it. Yeah. He’s the one human on the planet who hasn’t become addicted after smoking crack.

There’s also talk of sexual harassment, physical attacks, drunk driving and prostitution. Just in the past few days he’s made some unfortunate sexual references and bowled over an elderly woman. Surprisingly, those last two were not in the same incident.

He’s got to go.

Dispensing With A Technicality

I’m certain that my lack of Canadian citizenship is the first issue that came to mind for many of you. That could be a deal killer. But before we throw me out of the race prematurely, let me argue that my opponent, Mr. Ford, is not much of a Canadian citizen either. Read the rest of this entry »

Cancer Sniffing Dogs

I love dogs, but I don’t actually have one of my own. It is an issue of space for me. I’d want my dog to have room to go do the things that dogs do in their free time.

Also, I don’t want to pick up poop.

Looking A Gift Dog In The Mouth

U.S. and coalition servicemembers, civilians, ...

Dogs, just for a point of reference in this discussion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dogs are great, not just because of their loyalty, but because of their eagerness and versatility. They can be trained to do so much. Dogs work to keep us safe and detect smugglers at airports. They assist the blind. Companion dogs improve the lifespan of the elderly. I knew a dog who assisted a war veteran in managing the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.

You don’t see that sort of thing from a parrot.

The work that canines do is expanding. I read that dogs are learning to sniff out and detect ovarian cancer. That is very cool; I dislike cancer more than I like dogs. As cool as it is that dogs can help us in that way, I’ve decided that I do not want a cancer smelling dog. Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists Implant False Memories In A Mouse

Word got out last week that researchers have found a way to cause mice to have false memories. Most of the world read the headline announcing this discovery and asked “what’s the point?”. My question was different. I wondered what it was like to have memories that didn’t really happen.

I got in touch with one of the mice involved in the experiment. Unfortunately, he did not show up for our appointment because he didn’t remember that we’d set up the meeting. It was awkward when I called to confirm. I later found that this was not an isolated experience.

While I wasn’t able to speak with a mouse who’d participated in the experiment, I did speak with some who were close to one of those mice. It seems those closest to this mouse are not as enamored with the result as the scientists are.

“He Used To Be Fun…”


The black mouse and the white mouse
(original photo public domain)

Neither of the mice I spoke with would give their names. They worry that by speaking out, they are putting their ability to make a living at risk.

“We’re all risk takers. It’s what lab mice do” said the black mouse I spoke with. “We know when we go to work in the labs we’re never going to be exactly the same.”

His friend, the white mouse, agreed and added “yeah, but what they did to Mark – come on, that’s not what he signed up for. No sir. They put stuff in his head that never happened. He believes that stuff and it has caused a ton of problems.” Read the rest of this entry »

Exclusive News About The Navy’s New Laser Weapon.

A few days ago, the U.S. Navy announced the development of a new weapon. A very impressive new weapon that is one hundred percent accurate in downing enemy aircraft.

Here is a video of the Navy’s new laser weapon being demonstrated:

Pretty amazing, huh? If you watched the video all the way through, you probably learned something that we’ve been told is the truth, but had no way of knowing. This video is proof positive that some folks really do see a bright light right before they go.

What’s The News?

The interocitor, before the guy with the big forehead commenced to blowing things up. (image via martian drive in podcasr

Here’s something you might not know about this new laser invention. It isn’t new. It was first demonstrated in the 1955 film, This Island Earth.

Consider how great it would be to call someone on Skype, then blow up their stuff with a laser while you’ve got them on line. That’s part of what the old version of the laser weapon has over today’s naval version.

The weapon demonstrated in the film was called an interocitor and it caused destruction just like the Navy’s toy – laser beam, flames, explosion. But it doesn’t stop there. It was also used as:

  • an intelligence test
  • a video communication device
  • an auto-pilot for a plane
  • plucks an airplane safely out of mid-air

The film’s star even theorizes, as he flips through the blueprints for the interocitor, that the device could construct four lane highways at a mile per minute. The interocitor seems capable of about anything.

So, Navy, nice job on your new weapon…but I’m not impressed. Call me when you’ve got a weapon that can make me some Pad Thai for lunch while I talk to Kim Jong Un and blow up his television just to make a point.

Soup Or Bowl II, The Super Bowl Live Blog

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX troph...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning, it is 6:30 am, Super Bowl Sunday. I’m at work. Somewhere there is coverage of the big game on some channel. I’m not watching, yet.

This is where I’ll be blogging and responding to comments about the game, the ads and whatever else comes up. I’ll update through the day and make continuous updates throughout the game.

In response to a comment in my previous post, I am running a contest. I don’t know what the prize is, perhaps it is my deep and heartfelt respect. Here is the proposition. We all know that the opposing coaches in today’s game are brothers. Yes, same parents, raised in the same house, the whole deal. How many times will we be reminded of that fact?

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