Archive for the ‘The Lighter Side’ Category

A joking Dutch message to Donald Trump

January 27, 2017

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Everybody needs a hug

September 17, 2016

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Hat tip for these to Elizabeth Mummert and Joyce Mummert Ireland.

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When (if ever) will Donald Trump self-destruct?

August 8, 2016

It’s a good thing we have photographic evidence of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump being in the same room at the same time.

Otherwise you could really convince me that after a blowout electoral loss on Nov. 8, “Trump” will walk onstage and pull off a rubber Scooby-Doo-type mask to reveal that it was really Bill Clinton all along, acting like the dumbest candidate in the world, just to guarantee that Hillary Clinton got into the White House.

The real Donald Trump is somewhere tied up in a Brooklyn, N.Y., basement, guarded 24-7 by Clinton surrogates, wondering why he’s allowed food and drink but no access to Twitter.

That’s more believable than the idea that out of all of their options, Republicans nominated a Gold Star-family-attacking, non-party-endorsing, baby-kicker-outer to face off against an ethically challenged policy wonk who barely connects to her own party’s base.

Source: Jason Johnson | The Root

In the early days of Donald Trump’s candidacy, I never thought he would get the Republican nomination.  I thought he would soon do or say something so offensive and outrageous that his followers would turn against him.

I’m still waiting for that to happen.

The daily news cycle seems to go like this.

  • Donald Trump says some shocking and offensive thing.
  • Washington press corps and respectable politicians denounce Trump for shocking and offensive thing.
  • Donald Trump refuses to back down from shocking and offensive thing.
  • Next day: Donald Trump says or does another shocking and offensive thing.

DonaldTrumpInstagram(JPEG Image, 1160 × 629 pixels)What Trump manages to do with all this is to keep public attention focused on himself.   He says so many shocking and offensive things that it is hard for the ordinary busy person, who has a job and family responsibilities, to keep them straight.  What remains is an impression of Trump as a strong person who doesn’t back down.

Hard-core of Trump supporters believe anything and everything he says, including that President Obama is a secret Kenyan-born Muslim socialist and that Muslim sharia law is a real and present danger to the USA.   There is no way to convince them of anything different because they are not interested in separating truth from falsehood, and have no criteria for doing so.

Their support is what Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls anti-fragile.  No matter what Trump’s opponents do or don’t do, their faith in him grows stronger.

Another group supports Trump not on his merits, but because they think anything is better than the status quo.  The more he outrages established politicians and journalists, the better they like it.  The size of this group is a measure of the failure of American government during the past 15 or so years.

By the standards of the past, Trump would have been a fringe candidate, as would Bernie Sanders.  Their strong showings are due less to their own qualities than to the discontent of the American public.  I don’t think Trump supporters’ will cease to be angry at the status quo because Trump makes disrespectful remarks about a Muslim Gold Star mother.

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Funny signs at the Los Angeles Zoo

July 30, 2016

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A prankster named Jeff Wysaski left these fake “animal facts” all over the Los Angeles Zoo.

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Yes, they are

May 7, 2016

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Source: eBaum’s World.

An example to live by

April 23, 2016

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

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If Sir Isaac Newton had a Smartphone

April 21, 2016

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Via Nusaireyat.

An Abraham Lincoln quotation for today

April 1, 2016

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A musical instrument based on 2,000 marbles

March 26, 2016

Via bored panda.

Martin Molin, of the Swedish band Wintergatan, built this machine, which uses 2,000 marbles to make music.  It looks like an Animatron video, but it is real.  It is made out of manually-operated levers, pulleys and wheels, mostly wood but including some Lego parts.

Hat tip to Avedon’s Sideshow.

Our eight-legged friends

March 19, 2016

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I set out ant and roach traps, but I never interfere with spiders, except maybe to brush away an overly conspicuous cobweb.  Spiders catch and eat bugs I want to get rid of, so why should I treat them as nuisances.  It would be as foolish the United States government picking fights with countries that are  fighting ISIS and Al Qaeda.

So I enjoyed reading An Open Letter From a Spider to All Humans Everywhere and maybe you will, too.  (Hat tip for the link to Mike the Mad Biologist)

Sculptures that look impossible

March 12, 2016

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These photographs, which I got from my high school classmate Joyce Mummert Ireland, remind me there are other things in life besides politics.

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Click on 25 Mind-Boggling Sculptures That Defy The Laws of Physics (not really) for details and more sculptures.

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THE ANGRY MAN: a poem

February 27, 2016
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By Phyllis McGinley

The other day I chanced to meet
an angry man upon the street —
a man of wrath, a man of war,
a man who truculently bore
over his shoulder, like a lance.
a banner labeled “Tolerance.”

And when I asked him why he strode
thus scowling down the human road,
scowling, he answered, “I am he
who champions total liberty—
intolerance being, ma’am, a state
no tolerant man can tolerate.

“When I meet rogues,” he cried, “who choose
to cherish oppositional views,
lady, like this, and in this manner,
I lay about me with this banner
till they cry mercy, ma’am.”  His blows
rained proudly on prospective foes.

Fearful, I turned and left him there
still muttering, as he thrashed the air,
“Let the intolerant beware!”

The secret of Donald Trump’s hair

February 26, 2016

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Trump’s evolving hair

Donald Trump, according to biographer Michael D’Antonio, had an abiding fear of growing bald.  This wasn’t the image he wanted to project to the world.

Starting about 30 years ago, his hair become thicker and thicker, and blonder and blonder.

Trump always denied that he wore a wig or that he had hair transplants.  In 1990, a Time magazine reporter interviewed New York hair stylists about how the Trump look could have been achieved.  The diagram above is the result.

A role model?

A role model?

Many men three decades ago would have thought Trump was strange for devoting so much time and attention attention to altering his hair.  Now both men and women dye and shape their hair without embarrassment.

Trump’s distinctive hairstyle has served him well.  It has become part of his brand.  Because of his hair, Trump is instantly recognizable.  He would not be confused with somebody else.

The hierarchies of knowledge

February 21, 2016

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I lifted these two cartoons from the Biology vs. Theoretical Physics post on the Sans Science web log, which is now private.

The top cartoon is, of course, from Randall Munroe’s xkcd series.

How should you tell the temperature?

February 16, 2016

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Source: xkcd

Love and weirdness

February 14, 2016

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The power of validation

February 13, 2016

Who are the most important people?

January 29, 2016

I thank my old high school classmate Joyce Mummert Ireland for sharing this bit of philosophy from Charles Schultz.

1.snoopy1.  Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3.  Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4.  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5.  Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6.  Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

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How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies .. Awards tarnish …  Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

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The legend of the Triumph Rocket 3 (funny)

January 16, 2016

Hat tip to Avedon’s Sideshow.

Husbands and wives as last-minute shoppers

December 13, 2015

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For details, go to The Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

Hat tip to Kevin Drum.

The large philosophical idea collider

November 9, 2015

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A monster house in southern California

October 31, 2015

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An artist named Christine McConnell spent four 12-hour days transforming her parents’ southern California home into this for Halloween.

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A homemade dragon mask for Halloween

October 31, 2015

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Source: Wintercroft Masks.

Unlike many of my neighbors, I don’t take much trouble over Halloween.  But this looks pretty cool.

LINKS

DIY Geometric Paper Masks for Halloween by Wintercroft Masks for Bored Panda.

We Organized An Eerie Halloween Photo Shoot Wearing Hand-Made Masks by Wintercroft Masks for Bored Panda.

Mary Poppins quits

September 18, 2015

An example of a positive campaign ad

August 28, 2015