"A Chimayó woman is suing the maker of novelty products over a flask that includes her likeness and the phrase ‘I’m going to be the most popular girl in rehab.’…
"Anne Taintor Inc. founder Anne Taintor is a Harvard University graduate who, according to the company’s website, has been 'making smart people smile since 1985…'”
"The secretary also outlined an effort to transform VA into ‘the best customer service organization in the world.’ As the former CEO of Procter and Gamble, he said he is tapping friends in the corporate world, from Disney to the Ritz Carlton, for advice.
"‘Have you ever heard of anyone having a bad experience at Disney?’ he asked. ‘I don’t think so.’"
"‘They talk about Russia like it’s the worst place on earth. Russia's great,’ the former NSA contractor told journalist James Bamford during an interview in Moscow for the PBS program ‘NOVA…'"
Can’t afford to send kids to school, can afford to send them to jail? Really?
"The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1BJrUU7 ) reports that emergency personnel in McCook County in the southeast part of the state spent Friday morning removing the fries from the road."
"'Rollkers are a device - not a skate - but a device with wheels that you go walking normally with, and you get twice the speed of walking.'"
I wonder how they work on escalators.
When’s the next Olympics, by the way?
(Definitely worth a listen.)
…keep a Minnesota boy away from a snow shovel, no matter how you try. But today’s installment was a mere inch or two of light, fluffy stuff, and at 17º, it’s a virtual heat wave out there. Also, I need clean socks. So can’t sit around here all day.
"On the creepier end of IoT, check out Sen.se’s Mother and Motion Cookies, a home-networking system that bills itself as ‘like a mom, only better’ — and whose Weeble-Wobble-shaped base unit has a pair of glowing eyes."
I have exactly zero idea what this paragraph is about except, well, cookies are good.
I put another four miles on the old boots today and on a 54-year old pair of black Army–issue wool boot socks, one of two identical pairs I own. They harken back to Fort Dix in January of 1961, and I’ve probably worn them at least a few times every winter since then. Some stuff, the Army does (or did) right.
"LONDON (AP) — From Berlin to Bangkok, tens of thousands took a stand against living in fear…"
Clearly, these guys are not Americans. Or maybe they just haven’t heard of Ebola yet. Or (OMG) Muslims.
"We’re proud to offer Rollover Data to our new and current Mobile Share Value customers. With Rollover Data, unused plan data rolls over for one month."
I have a low-data plan but even so, I almost never use it all. Now, I’ll have more to not use. Unless, of course, I do. Use it, I mean. I already do because, normally, I don’t.
Am I the only guy who has trouble figuring out cell phone plans?
“Monetize” is driving me bananas.
"‘This cornerstone of a building intended for the use of the legislative and executive branches of the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was laid by his Excellency Samuel Adams, Esquire, governor of the said Commonwealth,’ said Michael Comeau, executive director of the Massachusetts Archives, reading from the plate’s inscription.
"Paul Revere helped Adams plant the plate and other relics, he read. So did William Scollay, a colonel in the Revolutionary War."
Here’s a story entitled The Republican War on Kale…
…which does not mention kale. Anywhere. Not even once.
(In fact it’s about Republican displeasure with school lunch regulations attributed to Democrats in general and Michele Obama in particular—sort of a Republican war on the Democrats’s war on French Fries. So plenty of war, no kale.)
Add a nice cup of hot coffee and you’re set.
On not not do? Welcome to the motherlode.
"‘Some of them will still fall over and die, and many of them might be weird to play in a browser window,’ he said. ‘And of course you can’t really save things off for later, and that will limit things too.’"
"For many Americans, 2014 will be remembered for its multiple blasts of Arctic air and bitter winters. And this week, another bout of freezing temperatures is marching east across the country, in the first major thermometer plunge of the season.
But as cold as you may have been last year, it's now official that 2014 was actually the hottest year globally since record-keeping began. So confirmed the Japan Meteorological Agency in preliminary data released Monday."
“Tweets [are limited to] 2,400 per day. "
They’re kidding, right? What if you have something really, really important to say but saying it would be your 2,401st tweet? What then?
The possibilities are staggering. And this, from the same help page: “…there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior.” Whoa! I can’t imagine.
OK, why am I reading Twitter help pages anyway? I decided maybe it was time I learned how it worked.
Pretty much, I’m finding out, like I thought.
…but (I’m talking “steps” as in “paces” here) it’s not. If your step is a yard long, 5,000 steps would get you about 2.8 miles, a useful bit of exercise but not enough to put much wear on your boots. My own step (as calculated from iOS’s health app averages) is 2.23 feet, which amounts to 2,283 steps per mile.
But not today. Today is tiny-step-taker day, just enough snow to hide the ice patches on the sidewalks. And there are plenty of them. Ice patches, I mean. But plenty of sidewalks too, although not all of them are shoveled very well (Are you listening, Bank of America? What’s your problem?). (OK, what’s one of your problems?) So be careful out there.
Also it’s downright chilly, but that’s Wisconsin’s fault.
"The Golden Raspberry Awards aka ‘The Razzies’ celebrates the worst of Hollywood in a ceremony immediately before the Academy Awards. On Monday, the shortlist of contenders was released…‘The Interview’ garnering four [nominations] including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for both Franco and Rogen."
"Luckily for him his credit card was rejected. Unluckily for the waitress said she received no tip."
"This is the second instance in only a few months where a California woman became stuck in an ex-lover’s chimney."
"‘ACC believes we are about to see a perfect storm of increased COCOM [Combatant Commander] demand, accession reductions and outflow increases that will damage the readiness and combat capability of the MQ-1/9 enterprise for years to come,’ Carlisle wrote."
Pity we couldn’t save the language.
"‘Our cautious guess is that turnout in this year’s Congressional races will finally weigh in at around 36 percent of the potential electorate that had legal rights to cast a ballot. That’s a shocking statistic. Across the whole sweep of American history, the momentous dimensions of what has just happened stand out in bold relief. "