Archive for July, 2012

“All In The Family”

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

This is the most pitch-perfect theme song in the history of television. I’m waiting for the day that some politician uses it, completely unironically, to appeal to the “things used to be so much better” voting bloc.

Cardboard Bicycle

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Here’s a neat little article that a friend posted on my Facebook wall: a man who came up with a design for a fully functional bicycle, made out of cardboard. Total materials cost of nine dollars.

Yang’s Yen

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A feel-better story after this morning’s Aurora disaster…the CEO of Lenovo, Yang Yuanqing, shared his bonus (worth approximately 3M USD) with about 10,000 junior-level employees.

It’s amazing that there are CEO’s around who would do this sort of thing. It’s like something out of a feel-good-movie-of-the-year, or something.

Aurora Shooting

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A dozen people are confirmed dead after a gunman kicked in the emergency exit of a movie theatre, set off a smoke bomb, and started firing into the crowd.

Election year political grandstanding will begin in 3… 2… 1…

Heard on NPR, verified on Fox News

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

In a refreshing change of pace, this week it was President Barrack Obama making a major public gaffe (instead of Mitt Romney, the usual victim of foot-in-mouth disease) with his statement:

“If you’re a business, you didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen.”

Obviously, this implies that the collective input of many sources combines to make a business prosper. Which is true- to an extent. But especially to people wary of Mr. Obama’s capitalistic intentions already, it hints at something perhaps a little less Lockian and a bit more Marxist. Personally, when I heard this statement, I felt a small twinge go down my spine. I wonder how the small business owners I know feel about it.

Now, in fairness, here’s the full context of the speech.  Not quite as bone chilling, but I still don’t feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Yes, we live in a society, and yes, we all contribute to that society for the benefit of all.  But Apple would not exist without Steve Jobs, nor Ford without the original Henry.  Throughout history, we celebrate the entrepreneurs, the risk takers, the great men and women who took that societal infrastructure and made something great within it.

 

Embrace the Opposition

Monday, July 16th, 2012

One of the interesting side effects of the tremendous number of information outlets on the Web is that fact that you can easily construct an ideological echo chamber, where only news that confirms your existing beliefs reaches your screen.

To combat this, I have a suggestion: log into iGoogle, or Facebook, or whatever portal you use to get news from, and subscribe to a feed from an organization that is diametrically opposed to your views. Tea Partier? “Like” The Atlantic. Borderline socialist? Welcome to Fox News. Find a news source that you vehemently disagree with, and read it. You might learn something new.

Budgets

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

In the “be careful what you wish for” department, it’s probably not wise to cut the city comptroller’s salary by 75% to save money. Because it’s likely that he’ll quit, and then you’ll have nobody legally empowered to pay the rest of the city’s bills. Nice work, Lackawanna!

Contrast

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

An interesting pair of articles in the main section of the Buffalo News this morning:

The first, Falls is victim in casino funds standoff, describes how a poor city dependent on paybacks from the Indian casino is being strangled when the Senecas refuse to pay their agreed percentage back to the state. A little less than $20 million per year is at stake.

The second, NYC’s St. Pat’s cathedral to get $177M restoration, describes the extensive renovation of a single church in New York City.

Ah, well, the big man said the poor will always be with us, right?

Health Care Quiz

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Think you know what evils Obamacare will wreak upon our democracy? Take this fun quiz and find out!

Six-kid bike.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

A woman in Portland (of course) has perfected the art of traveling with six kids, by bicycle.

Man, this makes my commute feel slackery.