Monthly Archives: November 2008
I know, it just doesn’t seem right. I’m barely able to keep this blog fresh, let alone the other (oh, crap, I don’t even want to count them) blogs I have suspended in lethargy. So why start a new one?
Because my friend wanted to start a new one, a blog that was mainly political . . . basically, it’s the blog you never talk about at parties. But you want us on that blog. You need us on that blog. We’ll try to keep it funny, fresh, and . . . for some reason I can’t think of a third F word that really fits.
So, we’ll both be contributing to it. I’m excited for a few reasons: The elections brought arguing back into fashion; I love distractions; I can free up this space to offend people in less traditional ways than religion and politics; But mostly I’m excited about yet another opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite people. She’s a gifted, sharp, wickedly talented writer and an all-around awesome human being.
I can’t promise a steady font of political commentary like we’re some sort of 24-7 news outlet. But when something major/controversial happens, you’ll know where to turn for an unexpected and irreverent take on the news . . . or the olds. We’ll keep you guessing like that.
So please, feel free to check out Satirically Correct at your leisure. Not much to look at yet, but it’ll get there.
This year, someone, somewhere is hurting. They’re about to lose their home, and you can help . . . yourself! Take advantage of the bad economy, and act now!!!!
Home prices have fallen back four years in the last three months. That’s faster than . . . it’s faster than Dorothy’s house came down in Oz–and just ask the Wicked Witch of the East, that was plenty fast. So . . . this is a rotten time to sell a house. But if you don’t own a house, and you’re about to move, rent an apartment, renew your lease, or make any other living decision that does not include buying a house . . . BUY A HOUSE! Do it now!
The winter is an excellent time to buy a house, because it’s naturally a slow-selling market to begin with. But an economic winter is an even better time to buy. It is not entirely unlikely that you can buy a house for less per month than what you’re about to pay in rent. So do it! Now! If you’re wondering what to get your co-worker for Christmas . . . buy her a house! Seriously, it’s worth a shot. At least take a look. There’s no reason for us all to suffer! Okay, here’s who knew that Garfield creator Jim Davis is the man behind the fur balls at Paws, Inc.:
Karen M (the M stands for Mondays Stink)
Karen H (the H stands for Hair Ball)
Nancy K (the K stands for K-9 Hater)
And here’s today’s spinoff question:
How many television series spun off of All in the Family (or spun off of its spin-offs)?
Bonus points if you can name them.
Yeah, so maybe it’s a bit hypocritical of me to chastise Yahoo! for changing their look right when I’m set to give my own blog a facelift.
Fear not, trivia nation, no matter how bad the economic crisis may get, we will never run out of Mondays. How’s that for looking on the bright side, huh?
Here’s today’s question:
The artist of what comic strip founded the company Paws, Inc.?
And here’s who knew that tunnel connects Italy and Switzerland:
Karen M (the M stands for Munich Is Not In Switzerland)
Karen H (the H stands for Hopes The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Isn’t A Supernova)
Great job, all of you. Or at least, the three of you.
Henry Smith, “Give Thanks” (performed by Don Moen)
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 100 years since Einstein proposed his theory of relativity, the equation everybody knows and no one understands . . . until now. A team of scientists professes to have proven the groundbreaking theorem using a massive block of supercomputers and a fun little game they call chromodynamics. I don’t pretend to understand it any more than I understand the economy, but as the Internets have explained it to me, only 5% of the mass of an atom comes from the actual particles that comprise its structure. The other 95% of the perceived mass comes from the energy that binds the subatomic particles together. Einstein’s theory proposed that energy and mass were equivalent and somehow interchangeable (correct me if I’m wrong, please). People have bought the idea for a long time, but now it’s undisputed, signed, sealed, delivered . . . it’s yours.
I always wondered about this. I was taught that if an atom was enlarged to the size of a football field, the nucleus would be the size of a flea resting at the 50-yard line. I never understood how there could be that much empty space between the center of an atom and the electrons circling it. By that rationale, most of what we call solid matter would, in fact, be . . . nothing. But according to Einstein’s theory and the ramifications of what I’m reading, as pathetically as I understand it, we are more energy than matter . . . more soul than substance, if you will. If the metaphysical implications don’t get your brain working and wondering about the nature of our existence and the faultiness of humanistic and naturalistic thought, then I don’t know what will. And doesn’t the nerd in you wonder how long it can be, now that Einstein has been proved right, before George Lucas’s theory of midichloreans is proved right as well?
FOR THOSE OF YOU SCROLLING DOWN PAST THE NONSENSE, STOP HERE.
Here’s today’s question:
What two countries are connected by the Simplon Tunnel that runs through the Alps?
And here’s who knew that a barrel of oil is 42 gallons:
Karen M (the M stands for Me And Only Me)
Over the 15 or so years I’ve been using the Internet, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing my favorite pages undergo changes, tweaks, and massive overhauls. But there is almost always some indication given by the Web site–some warning, some note, some acknowledgment given to draw my attention to what the change is and why it was made.
The first time I heard of Redbox, I thought it was a business model doomed to fail. DVD rental for a dollar made absolutely no sense to me. Yeah, I knew they could operate with a fraction of the work force of a Blockbuster. Yes, it removed the postal fees from the Netflix equation. And yes, they could get by carrying fewer titles than either competitor. But how could they make money?