Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine is a “this changes everything” event. 9/11 was a “this changes everything” event. They happen, and at that moment most sentient people recognize that the way we lived before is going to need adjustment. That was the opening paragraph in an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. And I can’t… Continue reading Some thoughts about Ukraine
Do we live in a wonderful time or what?! — P.T. Barnum (probably, if he weren’t, you know, dead) Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal introduced me to the newest kraze that all the kool kidz are jumping on: yats. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more outlandish than NFTs…they somehow manage to do… Continue reading Got Yat Yet?
Last weekend we met friends in San Antonio and spent a few days enjoying some quite varied activities and events in that amazing city. If you haven’t been to SA before, or if your exposure has been limited to the often frantic and always touristy downtown portion of the Riverwalk, the following is a sort… Continue reading A San Antonio Travelogue: Food, Music, More Food, More Music
I hate to disappoint you if you came here looking for tips regarding scorched bread, but while I am an acknowledged — yet exceedingly humble — expert on the subject, I’m actually here to warn you about the app named Toast. You may have encountered Toast at a restaurant that has adopted it as its… Continue reading Toast Alert
Sorry; I don’t know what the post title means either. Howdy, buckaroos, and happy Thursday to you. Today is, of course, International Bow Day, so feel free to take a bow, look for a [rain]bow, grab a bow (arrows are optional), and hye thyself to the nearest boat bow. Oh, and today is also when… Continue reading Random Thursday: Spreading jam on the toast of life
Note: This is an abbreviated edition of RT because alert Gazette readers deserve a break. Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal has a report about the significant increase in cheating in schools and colleges as a result of…well…many things, including the pandemic-induced shift to online classes. I was struck by the lengths that some… Continue reading Random Thursday
*whispers* 2020 wouldn’t even rank in the top 1000 worst years in human history — Kyle Mann (@The_Kyle_Mann) December 31, 2020 For all its faults — and, yes, there were multitudes — 2020 could have been much worse. For example, the Patriots could have won the Super Bowl. The Walking Dead could have turned out to be… Continue reading Adios, 2020. Thanks for trying.
I apologize for being unable to come up with my usual pithy yet insightful yet whimsical alliterative title for this post. If you can find a relevant alliteration to go along with “HIPPA,” I’d love to hear it. Here’s an equation that I recently developed while sitting in a medical waiting room. See if you… Continue reading Missing the HIPPA Mark
My Discover card expired recently and when I popped over to their website to request a new one, I discovered (ha!) that I could choose from about 150 different designs. My initial thought was “well, this is sorta lame,” the same reaction I have to folks who order checks decorated with puppies and hummingbirds (the… Continue reading AMEX Centurion Credit Card? Ha! A mixtape card is way cooler.
These are strange times we’re living in, and in recognition of that fact, the Gazette is relaxing its rule against publishing material that might be considered thoughtful and relevant. We apologize in advance. Toilet paper not to scale. Or, maybe the man isn’t. It’s not important. We’re seeing reports that several of the major grocery… Continue reading You might be a hoarder if…