February 24, 2017
Music Association: Tom Waits - Little ManMixed Nut Theory
February 20, 2017
Universal truths can be applied to many situations for better understandings.
One universal truth is the mixed nut theory
, in which the biggest nuts
end up on the top. Brazil nuts shake out to be on top of pecans, cashews, and peanuts. Simple idea, tons of applications.
helps explain dictatorships and big business, some aspects of
liquifaction during earthquakes, breakfast cereal, and many other
things large and small.
Open a box of corn flakes and the biggest flakes end up on top.
Music Association: The Cars - Shake It UpTwin Cities Calendar
: April 22
- Science March (local & national)Libraries Are For Everyone
February 18, 2017
Some posters have been appearing in U.S. libraries emphasizing that “Libraries Are For Everyone
.” Here are some of the posters:
Music Association: Til Tuesday - Voices CarryLibraries Resist
resource listRussia's Puppet President
February 15, 2017
Apparently, Russia can do anything they damn well please under the Trump administration:
• A Russian ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, is spying 30
miles off the coast of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton,
Connecticut. (February 15th
• Multiple Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. destroyer, USS
Porter: an Il-38 sub-hunting quad-engine aircraft, two Su-24
jets, and then a single Su-24. (February 10th
• Russia deployed two sets of intermediate-range missiles,
SSC-8, in violation of the 1987 INF treaty that bans intermediate-range
missiles based on land. (February 14th
related to the Trump administration's cozy relationship with Russia led
to Trump firing his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, late on February 13th
Flynn was fired for lying to the president and vice-president about his
Dominican-Republic phone call with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador
to the United States, on December 29th. Other Trump campaign advisers under investigation for Russian-links
include Paul Manafort, Carter Page
, and Roger Stone.
was a very eventful month tying the Trump campaign to
Russia. Trump changed only one item of the RNC platform, softening
the stance on the Russian invasion of the Crimea (July 18, 2016
). Then four days later, Democratic party e-mails
hacked by Russia were sent to Wikileaks (July 22, 2016
Five days later at Donald Trump's last press conference
election, Trump said he would consider lifting sanctions on Russia and
instructed Russia to continue to hack Hillary Clinton (July 27, 2016
if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that
are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our
have nothing to do with Russia... How many times do I have to say that?
Are you a smart man? I have nothing to do with Russia, I have nothing to
do with Russia.”
Congress should order a full, independent investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump Administration. Here's what you can do: 5 Calls in 5 Minutes
(or U.S. Senate contacts
Or follow the Invisible guide
and join a protest.
Or boycott Trump businesses (information
Or sign a petition
Music Association: Matt Munro - From Russia With LoveTwin Cities Calendar
: February 16
, 4pm-5:30pm at the Minnesota State Capitol “Rally to Protect the Right to Peacefully Assemble
”Love Takes A Trip
February 14, 2017
Love is not a destination. Love is a journey. It is wonderment and joy, hope and sometimes pain.
is pain, Highness. Anyone who says otherwise is selling
something.” - Dread Pirate Roberts (Princess Bride)
is an exchange. It takes giving; it takes work on both sides. It's
tough... and rewarding, but there are no trophies (wives or husbands).
Anniversaries are hardly a measure of love. Sacrifice can be a measure
of love. But true love is immeasurable.
It's a series of small steps, a gazillion small steps, and looking back you'll be amazed at how far you've come.
Music Association: The Supremes - You Can't Hurry LoveArt ReviewVirgil Partch
February 7, 2017Page 22 from It's Hot In Here (1945, out-of-print) by Collier's magazine cartoonist Virgil Partch.
The core problem of nuclear power is spelling.
you fix the core, it might be stabilized, but not if the computer
spells stabilized as if Liz has been stabbed: S-T-A-B-L-I-Z-E-D.
Last night's episode of Supergirl ended with a nuclear power core stablized
[sp] in big screen-filling letters.
Who operates spellcheck for Supergirl?
Property Master - Matthew Wilson
Art Director - Peter Bodnarus
VFX Supervisor - Armen V. Kevorkian
Visual Effects - Encore VFX
Music Association: Eric Clapton - The CoreArt ReviewVirgil Partch
February 6, 2017Page 53 from It's Hot In Here (1945, out-of-print) by Collier's magazine cartoonist Virgil Partch.
Art and writing are the perseverence of quality over rough work.
Creative endeavors take time. Life itself is a do over. Virgil Partch understood.
Music Associations: Climax - Couldn't Get It Right & John Lennon - Starting OverArt ReviewVirgil Partch
February 1, 2017Page 17 from It's Hot In Here (1945, out-of-print) by Collier's magazine cartoonist Virgil Partch.
Partch drew funny looking people. He drew large heads. Readers must
have been curious about who these big headed people were because the
editors at Collier's pressured Partch to create ongoing characters.
Partch's ongoing character was named Big-Head George.
Partch bodies were less important, legs were an after-thought. Feet and shoes looked like ice skates.
His cartoons were like balcony views of people. It's as if we're looking down into a special little world.
print advertising trick from the mid-20th century was to tilt the
product -- like a cereal box -- as if it's seconds away from sliding
into the viewer's lap. Partch's people were on the verge of falling off
I think of the cartoon world as being either
pre-Partch or post-Partch. In the post-Partch world, Charles Schultz
drew Charlie Brown, with a big head, small body, and uncomplicated
shoes. The Schultz-drawn viewer's angle of Peanuts characters was from
the side, at the character's level, not above like Partch's work.
And don't get me started about Fred Flintstone.
Music Association: Paul Simon - Call Me Al “Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”By the NumbersPresident Bannon-Trump
January 30, 2017
Apparently, a new president was elected ten days ago, a combination of Steve Bannon
and Donald Trump
, and gave a speech written by Steve Bannon and Steve Miller.Small crowd
: About 160,000 people
attended the January 20, 2017 inauguration of Steve Bannon and Donald Trump as POTUS. Three times more people arrived for the protests
scheduled on January 21, 2017.
The President (Bannon-Trump) lost the popular vote by the largest margin in United States history
Only four other times in U.S. history did a president lose the popular
vote, while still becoming president (1824, 1876, 1888, & 2000).
The margin of victory in the electoral college was 0.13 or the 56.5% with 304 electoral votes out of 538 (45 elections had higher margins and percentages
). Steve Bannon is registered to vote in both New York and Florida
The approval rating for the incoming President was lowest in the history of Gallup polling. And the disapproval rating was by far the highest for an incoming president
at 45% disapproval. But it has gone downhill in record time. As of January 30th, a majority of Americans (51%) disapproved
of the new President, the first Russian puppet
An online White House petition
broke the record for White House petitions with 445,630 signing to demand the President to release his tax returns
A boycott of Trump products
is changing the bottom line through Grab Your Wallet
Trump, 70, is the oldest person to become president. His medications include Propecia
, a prostate-related drug to stop hair loss (with sexual dysfunction side effects
Crestor (rosuvastatin) for elevated cholesterol, antibiotics to control
rosacea, and a daily baby aspirin for heart attacks (are pain-killers also empathy-killers
?). Dr. Harold N. Bornstein told the New York Times
, that co-president Trump “has all his hair
,” which is an alternative truth since his comb-over
comes from the drug Propecia (Finasteride) and the Kraft cheese color
comes from hair dye (Pantone 458
) held in place with ozone-depleting “CHI Helmet Head
” hair spray.
about Steve Bannon, the man running the United States as the chief
strategist and newest member of the National Security Council,
through court documents
listing his domestic violence charges.
Is anyone vetted anymore?
Music Association: Steve Miller - Joker#StopPresidentBannonTrump newsTrump executive order maker
(click on the text & type your own
)State of the StateGovernor Mark Dayton
January 23, 2017
Mark Dayton collapsed while giving the State of the State address
before the joint convention of the House of Representatives and Senate
at the Minnesota Capitol at 7:46pm this evening.
had stumbled while arriving and shaking hands at the dais at about
7:07pm. He tried
to joke that he shouldn't have missed the run-through earlier today.
His speech started with discussing the changes in the past decade and
from when he was a boy playing ice hockey in Minneapolis. The
soon-to-be-70 year old Governor talked about education for at least 20
minutes. He talked about water and roads and was just about
seven minutes into talking about health issues when he reached for his
water. He drank, set the water down, and tried to pick up where he left
off, but he collapsed
and was caught by those nearby. He was eased to
the floor. The joint convention was adjourned and the House
Governor Dayton got up a few minutes later, waved to the legislators, and was escorted out of the House chamber.
Music Association: The Beatles - If I FellFood ReviewGraprange
January 23, 2017
I recently purchased a bag of oranges, I did not read the label to make
certain of the ingredients. I picked up the unimaginatively-named,
orange-colored fruit balls. Oranges.
Imagine my surprise when I
got home and opened up what I thought were oranges. Inside they looked
like grapefruit, smelled like grapefruit, and tasted like grapefruit.
I dove for the bag to see what kind of Alternative Facts
it would throw out: “Cara Cara Oranges. Ingredients: Cara Cara Oranges.”
These are not oranges. They're grapefruitranges or grapranges or something.
Some marketing-type wrote a Wikipedia page for Cara Cara Oranges
which says “the
flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described
as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry.
That's a complicated way of saying grapefruit. Rose petals?!? The taste
did not evoke rose petals or cherries or blackberries. There was a hint
of orange under the grapefruit flavor with the same lycopene-based color
as Star Ruby grapefruit.
Cara Oranges should probably be tested for furanocoumarins, the
compounds found in grapefruit that interfere with some medications.
And the bags should not say oranges and should not be printed in orange.
shouldn't sell something to the people that's orange on the outside,
sour on the inside, full of false advertising, and potentially
Thank you for your time on this seemingly mundane issue.
Music Association: Naked Eyes - Promises, PromisesThanks, Obama
January 14, 2017
I haven't always agreed with President Obama's politics, but I have never questioned his decency. He raised the bar.
Music Association: Dido - Thank YouPresident Obama's gun confiscation final tally.See
When I was writing Hopes
and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive
, I had to imagine what a
self-driving car would see. Hopefully the
self-driving car would see a road and not the inside of a lake or the
downside of a cliff. My question was, what would the self-driving car
see on the road and need to identify?
The answer can
never be everything. You don't drive and pay attention to everything,
despite what billboard advertisers might think.
Pirsig said in Zen
and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
time we are aware of millions of things around us -- these changing
shapes, these burning hills, the sound of the engine, the feel of the
throttle, each rock and weed and fence post and piece of debris beside
the road -- aware of these things but not really conscious of them
unless there is something unusual or unless they reflect something we
are predisposed to see. We could not possibly be conscious of these
things and remember all of them because our mind would be so full of
useless details we would be unable to think. From all this awareness we
must select, and what we select and call consciousness is never the
same as the awareness because the process of selection mutates it. We
take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around
us and call that handful of sand the world.
Study in Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle:
consider that a
man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to
stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in
all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the
knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is
jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in
laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very
careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He
will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work,
but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect
order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls
and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a
time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you
knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not
to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
November, someone posted a self-driving car's view of a road,
identifying features relevant to driving.
posted a question, very relevant today in Minnesota, how would a
self-driving car behave in a snowstorm or on fresh pavement with no
Someone named Natural Justice replied:
either case the cars are specifically designed to accelerate and brake
randomly while twitching the wheel sporadically in either direction.
This sufficiently emulates how most people near me drive in those
Having written a novel about inventing a self-driving car (and more), it was great to see what one self-driving car sees.
Music Association: The Cars -