Technical Difficulties

My blog had some internal problems that I hope are now fixed. This is the test to see if it works.


Agatha Christie, whose husband was an archaeologist, said 
that was the perfect profession for one's spouse: "The older you 
become, the more interested they are in you."

Smart Homes

This is one person’s opinion that I read, but I can’t remember who wrote it:

“It turns out that a “smart home” is an incredibly stupid idea. If you can’t even open your front door without getting permission from a remotely processed Google login procedure that requires the smooth functioning of routers, servers and the power grid, you’ve put yourself in a stupid situation. Do you really want Google — now the most evil corporation in the world — to control your access to your own home? Do you even want Google knowing when you’re entering and leaving your home?”

David Bowie

War Is A Racket

Just in case you still believe in the fairy tale about war being about spreading democracy:

Holy Accusers

We were at the Stratford Festival (in Ontario, not England) last week to see the brilliant play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is about the Salem witch trials, and it was written when Miller had seen the effects of the Senator McCarthy Red Scare hearings.

Craig Walker wrote in the program notes:

“But what is the meaning of The Crucible here and now? Naturally, audiences can make up their own minds about this. In recent years, the phrase “witch hunt” has been used in a wide variety of contexts, some clearly more appropriate than others. But what seems painfully relevant is the stark partisanship of the current cultural tone, one in which disagreements in politics, on social media, and even in universities, are ever more frequently framed in a simplistic binary of good versus evil. With such stakes, no real differences of opinion about anything important can be tolerated. One must conform or be an outcast. Perhaps fearfulness is the cause of such absolutism; tyranny almost always justifies itself as a necessary response to imminent threat. Whatever the cause, the ultimate result can be a poisonous stew of sanctimoniousness, viciousness, and blame-shifting. The protagonist John Proctor’s rhetorical question rings out: “Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers?”

Something to think about the next time a person’s livelihood is ruined by unproven accusations via the HUAC of our day – the #MeToo movement.

This is Why I Love the Satire of Babylon Bee

They show the insanity of the world in humour.

Cultural Appropriation Madness

I had tickets for the opera Turandot today. In an email from the Canadian Opera Company, I learned that they had hired a “consultant” to deal with the made-up problems of cultural appropriation in the opera.

The oriental characters of Ping, Pang and Pong have been renamed Jim, Bob and Bill, so as not to offend.

The world, in my opinion, has gone stark raving mad.

Halloween is coming, so to avoid the SJW hysteria, everyone should go naked.


You can read more about it here.

A Warren Buffet Thought Experiment

“Buffett often speaks to business school students, and when he does he sometimes gives them the following thought experiment. Imagine that you can invest in one of your classmates, and be entitled to 10% of their future earnings. Who would you choose? What are the characteristics that person would possess? He says that most people wouldn’t simply choose the student with the highest IQ. There’s often a big difference between potential and actual. They’d be more likely to choose someone not satisfied with mediocrity, someone who is driven to excel. They would probably also have a lot of other positive characteristics, like generosity, integrity, and sociability. The point of the exercise is to show the students that the skills they’d be looking for aren’t innate for some people and not others, but are skills that anyone cultivate. Everyone has the potential to be the person worth investing in. So consciously choose to develop those positive traits, to realize your full potential, to become the kind of person others would want to invest in. Best of all, when you invest in yourself, you won’t just get 10% of the benefit, you’ll get the full 100%.”

(From an article by Thomas Murcko at

From The Simpsons

“But Marge, I swear to you – I never thought you’d find out.”

Apu “Please do not offer my god a peanut.”

“Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.”

“I don’t have to be careful, I’ve got a gun!”

“First you tell me not to get it, then you tell me to take it back. Make up your mind.”

Nelson “Society blows.”

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