Archive for October, 2005

Heavier Than Air Object

Monday, October 31st, 2005

There was an article in the news today about a tragic hot air balloon accident. The initial paragrah in the news story was: “A woman helping her husband launch his hot-air balloon was critically injured when her leg got caught in a rope and she was pulled up into the air and fell through the […]

Unexpected Twist

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Yesterday, Pat and I went to watch a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion”. This show had something of a Halloween orientation, including a number of songs that focused on “darkness and morbidity”. An interchange before one of these songs included: Garrison Keeler: “Does this song include death?” Adam Granger: “No, but it does […]

Evidence of Maturity, and the lack thereof

Friday, October 28th, 2005

One clear indication of a lack of maturity is calling something xxxGate. Watergate was a long time ago. It demonstrates a lack of creativity to refer to something as PlameGate, for example. In a similar vein, you clearly mark yourself as a slack jawed goober by claiming that something is going to be the Mother […]

Signs Along the Road

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Seen in Alexandria, Minnesota: Serving Breakfast and Noon Lunches Noon Lunches? Choice of entrances to the Mass Pike, just outside Boston: Boston Points West Sign for a dentist’s office on Long Island: Modern Dentistry

Commercial Air Travel Suggests Premeditation

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Last week members of the Minnesota Vikings held a “sex boat party” on Lake Minnetonka. The local press is now reporting that a number of women had been flown in to attend the event. The Star Tribune is suggesting women were brought in from both Atlanta and Houston. In other words, this wasn’t spontaneous depravity […]

Another Attempt at Defending Harriet Miers

Friday, October 14th, 2005

This morning the NY Times carried an Op-Ed piece by Mathew Scully, a former speechwriter for President Bush. A major point made by Scully is that Miers is incredibly good adept at paying attention to details. This is a skill of some real consequence, and Scully tried his best to argue that this skill would […]

Computer Generated English, Rough Approximation

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Suppose you had a friend who had written a program that was claimed to write sentences in English. Suppose the output from the program includes the following: “When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved.” “There is always a necessity to tend to a myriad […]

Double Down

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Last night the Vancouver Canucks were in town to play the Minnesota Wild, a game the Wild won 6-0. In an interesting scheduling twist, Vancouver is staying in town for another game against the Wild tomorrow. I’m not sure I’ve seen that sort of scheduling before.

State of the Vikings

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Allegations have emerged concerning the behavior of the members of the Minnesota Vikings during a recent sex party held on cruise boats on Lake Minnetonka. Behavior at this event is alleged to have included: public sex heavy drinking urinating in public aggressively propositioning femals members of the boat crew One reaction might be that the […]


Monday, October 10th, 2005

This afternoon I got home from a bike ride and went inside to get the dog to accompany me on a brief cool down walk. When we got outside, we saw a fox walking right down the middle of the road.