12.12.2017

Lines

Here we go again

I wonder if there’s a market for geezers

'Rentable parents' will meet your teacher or significant other | New York Post


China, already known for rented girlfriends and boyfriends, is now offering people an opportunity to rent fake parents to avoid potentially awkward situations.

12.11.2017

One reason they’re called Great

Dave Sandford photographs the chaos of Lake Erie - Business Insider



H/T Sam Guy

Thank you, Onion, we are feeling much better now

MTA Officials Assure New Yorkers That Today's Subway Will Run Just As Fucked Up As Normal


https://goo.gl/22XqV5

I still don’t get this. Can you stick one in a coffee machine?

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

CHICAGO (AP) — Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract...

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12.09.2017

Ooops

Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery, 2 arrested


https://goo.gl/jVKkWS

12.08.2017

Nostalgia


Maybe we ought to just skip the whole thing and get right to the Super Bowl

Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year's Holiday Parties - Bloomberg


Vox Media Inc. is limiting employees to two drinks apiece at its Dec. 12 holiday party to curb "unprofessional behavior," but so far it's the exception. 

12.07.2017

Jargon alert

Inside the demise of Al Franken - POLITICO


https://goo.gl/SchnQS

It's painful to do it," Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Wednesday after urging Franken to step down. "But here are these courageous women who have come [forward]. It's a fact pattern that is pretty obvious."

That's the second time in 24 hours I've heard that phrase, "fact pattern." Some other congresscritter named Gowdy said it the other time. 

Two times is twice too many. 

First things first: Before we solve the North Korea problem, the Mid-East problem, the Alabama problem, and the Starbucks Christmas cup problem we need to quash that phrase.

If we don't it will make us all craZy.

12.05.2017

What you get for congregating with geeks

I dictate to my iPad. On the whole, it's easier than typing on the virtual keyboard and the dictation software is pretty accurate, so there's a minimum of encounters with autocorrect.

But a moment ago I used the phrase "keep and eye on," and the iPad heard "keep an ion."

So there's that.

What's the Singular of 'Scissors'? | Merriam-Webster

"The shenanigans of English are myriad."