Archive for the ‘Humor’ Category

Still Not Funny

April 28, 2016

A painful but true bit of perspective to start your day, particularly if you have kids in college or anticipate having kids in college.  I blogged about this issue a few months back, but it seems to be getting only more true, and less funny.  If you think that sending your kid to college is the way to broaden their horizons and expose them to a diversity of ideas that will improve their thinking as well as their character, you should probably be watching the news and reconsidering this rationale.

There are bright spots here and there, signs that the efforts to destroy free speech and free thought in the quest for some illusory and dangerous “safety” will not be totally capitulated to.  But they are few.  Unless people are willing to stand up for their actual rights, rather than caving in to demands for fear of hurt feelings or economic damage, things are only going to get worse.

 

 

 

Defining Reality

April 18, 2016

Culturally we’re having a lot of difficulty right now grappling with the idea of reality.  What makes a person who they are?  Do I have the ultimate right to determine my identity, and on what basis?  Should other people have not only the right but the responsibility to say that my self-identification is incorrect, or at least that my self-identification does not automatically entitle me to be treated completely as I would prefer to.

Gender and sexual self-identification have been the primary elements of this confusion.  Does a man become a woman – or does he have the right to be treated as a woman – just because that’s what he likes?  Should a woman expect to be accepted as a man just because that’s what she prefers?  And if so, then on what basis, and are there lines we should expect not to be crossed in regards to self-identification creating reality?  While young people are being increasingly forced to accept (or brainwashed) this idea of self-defined reality, there are clearly areas where they recognize that there is a problem when the same precepts are extended, logically.  Unfortunately, they have no means of being able to say why they have a problem.  They end up trying to roll over their natural recognition of something amiss and stay in step with cultural assertions, but without any way of really supporting the cultural stance – or their instinctive one, for that matter.

Here’s a cute video showing this phenomena in action.  Yes, it’s painful to watch, but very instructive!

 

Time Sink II

March 11, 2016

Sermon preparation almost demands interruption.  This time, instead of album cover locations, it’s a site dedicated to the premise that almost any movie could end with Dire Strait’s Walk of Life.  Now, I enjoyed this song  a great deal when it first came out, but it’s hardly what I’d call Dire Strait’s best song.  But I gotta admit it’s a humorous concept, and you may enjoy reliving the final two minutes or so of some of your favorite movies.  With a musical change.

Optimistic

February 29, 2016

I found this in my bookmarks bar from a month ago.  Boy, was I optimistic.  Needless to say, I haven’t needed this handy guide.  Tragically.

No Laughing Matter

February 1, 2016

How bad is the climate of political correctness in institutions of higher learning?  So bad that you can’t even laugh about it.  Famed comedian John Cleese has stopped making appearances at colleges and universities (presumably in Great Britain).  Because student sensitivity to anything that could possibly be understood as critical of anyone is so high, that comedy ceases to function.  “All comedy is critical,” Cleese observes.

Take My Money

November 13, 2015

OK, for the nerd in your life, here’s an alternative to dressing up like Iron Man or some other such hobby.

You’re welcome.  It’s hard to imagine the amount of clay that would be wasted to convert this blog!

Art Is Complicated

October 15, 2015

But some art is more complicated than other art.  Which is why sometimes it is helpful to get some insight into the artists thoughts.

And sometimes, it isn’t.

Lazy? Because Freedom?

July 4, 2015

A lighter note for this retrospective Fourth of July post.  Thanks to The Onion for a bit of ironic insight into our culture of freedom.  I wish that this was more purely hilarious and less insightful!  Happy Fourth of July!

Dear General Electric

June 20, 2015

I am not a do-it-your-selfer.  The prospect of trying to fix things that I did not myself in some manner create is very intimidating.  I am ashamed to admit that if something quits working my first assumption is that it’s time to get a new one.  I am also not the kind of person that writes letters to manufacturers thanking them for their products.  I believe it is the manufacturer’s job to create a good, quality, long-lasting product.  For that they should be compensated fairly and expect to make a reasonable profit.  Everyone is happy.  Kudos are not in order in this arrangement.

However, there are exceptions to everything.

We were blessed to purchase our home and said home includes one of your 1959 wall-ovens.  We jokingly asked the man we bought the house from if the oven even worked.  He assured us that it not only worked, if anything it was a bit on the hot side.  His words proved true over the past two-and-a-half years of baking and general food creation.

However I was not surprised when a few weeks ago the oven quit heating properly.  It’s over 50 years old.  Of course it’s going to break!  And, typical to my nature, I presumed that we just had to buy a new oven.  Until I realized how expensive those puppies are now-a-days.  Which prompted me to do a bit more troubleshooting.  I discovered that the bottom element had corroded in one spot.  I then discovered that this is called the bake element (as opposed to the top element, which is the broil element and still worked fine).  Half-heartedly I Googled to see if you could get a replacement bake element for a 50+ year old GE oven.  The Home Depot carries one that looks like the old one, and has the same measurements.  I ordered it, still fairly convinced that I was wasting $37 because it wouldn’t work or be able to connect to this ancient oven.

I was wrong.

I installed it in about 5 minutes, flat.  The connectors are exactly the same as 50 years ago.  The plate that secures the element to the back of the stove was designed in such a way as to accommodate the original mounting screw locations.  I have rarely had any project go so smoothly and easily.  I am amazed and so very, very grateful.  Thank you for not gratuitously changing the type of elements and connectors and what-not in your ovens, or at least for continuing to provide elements that are compatible with your older models.  You made me feel like a genius in solving this problem, but the real genius is your engineers.  I hope you’re paying them their pensions as you promised them.  They’ve earned it.

P.S. – Your electrical schematics were exactly where you claimed they would be – hidden behind the control panel in a very, very brittle little envelope.  I have no idea what they mean, but I’m impressed that after 50+ years of baking, the schematics were intact and readable.  Impressive!

Coincidence?

June 3, 2015

I’m starting the process of grant-writing to support campus outreach in my town along with international student outreach.  I downloaded the grant application and the guidelines from the grant organization.  It was kinda funny to see that as a sample guideline, they utilized part of a grant request my wife and I put together 15 years ago for an international student outreach.  I’m hoping that’s a good sign in terms of getting funded next year!