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Posts from — August 2008

Bush and Cheney Skip Convention Because of Hurricane?

As they say, if you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Isn’t this convenient? When you thought there was no more evil left in this administration, they find another way to use a natural calmity for their own benefit. No one wanted Bush and Cheney at the convention. Now, they have an excuse not to show without having to make embarassing explanations.

August 31, 2008   No Comments

My Great Fear

August 25, 2008   No Comments

Miss Sister 2008

“Miss Sister 2008″ may be the stupidest idea I’ve heard about in long long time. It’s wrong in every way imaginable. An idiot priest is running a beauty contest for nuns. I know all priests are idiots but this guy is a supreme idiot. Quick, make him a pope. Read about it here.

August 24, 2008   No Comments

Knoxville School Shooting

It’s only been a few weeks since the shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church. Today, we have another shooting at Central High School in Fountain City. There’s an ironic twist to the latest tragedy. From the Knoxville News Sentinel web site:

Among Central parents picking up their children this morning was the Rev. Chris Buice, pastor of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, where two people were killed and six others shot when a gunman opened fire during a Sunday morning service July 27.

August 21, 2008   No Comments

Kafka’s Papers

Heres a head’s up about an article in today’s New York Times on the state of Kafka’s papers. This is a famous literary tale. Kafka instructed that his papers be burned after his death and, naturally, that wasn’t done. Max Brod took them with him to Israel in 1939. The papers have been in private hands since Kafka’s death. Unfinished books have emerged from the treasure over the years but the papers have been closely guarded, first by Max, and later by his secretary/lover, Esther Hoffe. Ester lived 101 years and her heirs may be ready share the papers with the world. Read the story in the New York Times.

August 18, 2008   No Comments

Bike Shopping

The U S of A is often a real backwater hole on this planet. When I was shopping for a new car two summers ago, I was very angry when I saw what was available from Toyota in Europe versus what was available here. Basically, not much was available here and what was available cost more. All the good stuff was overseas. It’s the same way with cell phones. Look at what you can get in Japan and then look at what is available here. Old fashioned garbage is what is available here. I’m finding the same thing is true with bikes.

I want a simple, comfortable upright bike with 7-10 speeds. Specifically, I need to have handlebars like a cruiser bike. Also, I want a bike that will fit in the carriers on the front of a bus. The type of bike that comes closest to what I want is made by a company called Retrovelo in Germany.

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Looks like a great simple bike, doesn’t it? It’s perfect for a commuter. It’s perfect for cruising about town. It’s a steel frame that will last forever. It’s simple, too. There are no fancy parts on this bike. Anyone could maintain it with a few simple tools. So, what’s the problem? The problem is there are only a couple of dealerships in the U S of A and the bikes retail for over $2000. That’s right. They’re beyond expensive. There are some similar bikes out there that are from Europe and they’re all over $1500. It’s crazy.

The only thing similar here is from Electra. They have the Amsterdam series. These are nice looking but they’ve already been recalled because the chain can fall off and hurt you. They’re also very expensive at around $900 and their elongated frame does not fit the carriers on the front of buses.

Both of these bikes are very much like the “Flying Pigeon” from China. This is the transportation backbone of India and China. It is the BIKE and it costs $50 overseas.

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So far, on line, I’ve found one dealer in the U S of A and they want $500 for the single speed version of the bike. Someone is offering one on Ebay for $275.

Why are we getting hosed? I can’t understand it. It would be cheaper for me to have a friend from India or China pack one of these on a plane and bring it to me than it would be for me to buy it here. That’s not right.

Continuing my rant, I think part of the problem is bike shops. These guys try and sell average schmoes fancy bikes that they don’t need and that make them look stupid. The last time I was in a bike shop they were working their best to sell an overweight 40-something a carbon frame road bike. That’s not right.

I’m going to find a way around this. I’m not going to pay thousands of dollars for a simple steel frame bike.

August 14, 2008   No Comments

Cthulhu – NEXT WEEK

August 13, 2008   No Comments

Bailey – One Big Beautiful Cat

I love to search PetFinder for “extra large” cats. I love big cats. I have two dogs that are the best guys in the world but I miss having a cat. I appease that longing by looking at cats on Petfinder. Yesterday, I found a really great looking big guy named Bailey.

Bailey is a Big Beautiful Boy

Bailey is a Big Beautiful Boy

Browse over to Petfinder and look at the movie they have of this guy. His coat is so shiny. He looks like a real huggable beast.

August 13, 2008   No Comments

Brett Favre and Bill Clinton

Today’s random thought: Let’s send Brett Favre and Bill Clinton to the space station and let them cry and moan far away from the rest of us.

August 6, 2008   No Comments

Dream Kitchen

As long as I’m jabbering with no purpose today, I thought I’d share a picture of my dream kitchen that I stole from the New York Times. Hold up your hands if you hate HGTV. I don’t get cable anymore. I turned it off because it seems stupid to pay for endless infomercials. Back when I surfed the channels of nothing, I grew to despise HGTV and similar channels. First of all, they’re really commercials masquerading as entertainment. Secondly, like all commercials, they want you to buy over-sized extravagant garbage that you don’t need. It’s more than don’t need. It’s garbage that weighs you down like cement overshoes. Here’s a picture of a kitchen that I love:

Misato Hamada Kitchen

Misato Hamada Kitchen

Look at the simplicity and character of this kitchen. As far as the eye can see, there is no granite countertop. There are no hideous kitchen cabinets. I love it.

August 5, 2008   No Comments