Thursday, November 16, 2017

Green with...

Learning. Deals at the grocery store aren't always what they appear.

Say they sell bagged salads. There's an offer: buy one get one free. All well and good if you're a family and can consume both in a week. If not, check the sell-by date really well.  Not that it's a lot of money, but you do have food spoiling on your hands.

Actually if I had a still and was indifferent to taste, I might be able to get drunk off this.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Senseless bling

I saw some daytime chat show today. They were talking about this new product. It's a jewelry box for an engagement ring that's also a phone box. That way your phone comes out when your proposing so you can immediately post video on social media. So to sum up, the world makes less and less sense to me by day. First of all, what if she says no? Second of all, is there no such thing as a private moment now? Third, the first two combined.

To be fair, one of the hostesses also seemed less than dazzled with the idea.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Seen a little

Recently at a friend's house (actually the house of a couple of friends and their kids) I saw the first two episodes of Stranger Things. Netflix show, set in Indiana. Seems to be sort of a cross between ET and the works of Stephen King, especially IT and Firestarter. A brief breakdown.

Best thing: The acting. Fair dialogue, too. Even the characters who come off as sort of jerky are pretty well drawn. I liked Barb, although I knew from hearing things that she wouldn't be around that long.

Worst thing: The suspicion that I had just watched the opening act of a nine hour story Rod Serling could have wrapped up in 25 minutes.

Middle thing: While the show is supposed to have a "summer movie" feel, the video cinematography undercuts it. The picture is sharp and clear, but flat with no feel of a world beyond the edges of the frame. Sometimes this works for the mood of the story. Other times less so. And the teenage makeout scenes wind up looking like porn.

Still, I can see why people have gotten into it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Connect for

So I finally hooked up the new router I'd gotten from the broadband company. Didn't go well at first. I couldn't keep the coaxial cable connected so I tried using an ethernet cable. Which didn't work because apparently the ethernet port is dead. Long story short, I finally made a breakthrough on how to use the coaxial cable. Probably no closer to hanging out a shingle as an electrician, but it was satisfying.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Potent potables for $400

Today I picked a liquor bottle off the street and took it home for eventual recycling. Not a little nip bottle, either. It could hold, like, a quart. And it used to hold pineapple vodka.

I've never been a big vodka drinker. It doesn't have much of a flavor and the flavor it has is unpleasantly medicinal, like cough syrup that doesn't do anything abut your cough.

Apparently even a large portion of those who do drink it agree, because the market has been flooded with variants that just add one soda poppy flavor before you even start mixing. Pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, etc. And if you wonder whether the trend has hit the point of absurdity yet...
...wonder no longer.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Two persons of average appearance and demeanor walk into a drinking establishment. One turns to the other and says, "That's 'bar' you idiot! It's always '...walk into a bar.' You've blown our cover already!" They turn and leave, the senior still cursing the junior as their ship rises into the ionosphere and beyond. The junior vows to rise above this scapegoating.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

? again

Not sure when it happened that teenage boys started calling each other "nigga" all the time, but it's gotten dirt common. And this is, like, independent of race, so you hear it from and to white kids, black kids, brown kids. This is better than one group hurling it as a weapon - which obviously still happens - but the whole unthinking nature of it has some serious downsides. That kind of thing is all well and good with everyone until it's not.

Plus, job interviews. I don't think "Nigga just look at my résumé" is going to fly.