The Non-Existent War on Police 

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

When someone makes the ridiculous claim of a “war on cops”, this data will prove them wrong.

A Tourist Story in Four Pictures

Monday, September 28th, 2015

This is an ad for “Old Town Trolley Tours”, seen on garbage receptacles around town.

The ad features two children on the trolley, waving back at the camera.

They’re probably having fun, right? After all, it’s “Boston’s Best Sightseeing Tour”.

Oh shit, send in the hostage and rescue team! Go Go GO!

Endorse Him for Cartoon Captioning 

Friday, September 25th, 2015

A third universal New Yorker cartoon caption has been found, courtesy of Frank Chimero.

People All Over The World (Everybody), Join Barrels 

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Start a dog train (dog train).

Dog Train
[Photo credit: Tiffany Johnson]

Fun with SiriusXM

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Modern rental cars often include SiriusXM radios, and they can be fun to fiddle with it. In addition to a decent variety of music, you can catch baseball games, tune in to terrible talk radio, or simply marvel at the ridiculous number of channels on offer. Sadly, a once-humorous divide in political channels is no longer as ridiculous as it once was. Years back, Sirius offered “Sirius Left” for left-wingers and “Sirius Patriot” for right-wingers. Now they’ve got the more ambiguous pairing of “SiriusXM Progress” and “SiriusXM Patriot”.

My favorite way to enjoy SiriusXM is with the alerts it can pop to inform you when music you want to hear is playing. When you begin a road trip, just star your favorite songs and artists as you hear them. When that song or artist plays again, on any station, the radio will pop an alert. With a quick tap, you can tune in and get that party started. Now, my rule is that you must tune in, which can have some interesting consequences. If you star enough artists, or the song of the moment (currently it’s The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”1), you’ll get very frequent pop-ups. You might not hear a full song for some time, but you’ll be amused to flip repeatedly, possibly from a song to the same song starting on another channel. See how many tracks you can chain together, without ever hearing the end. My record is thirteen different songs.

Of course, given that these are rental cars, sometimes you’ll find other people’s favorites still on there. You can clear these out easily enough. Of course, when you do, you might just be presented with something like this “Who’s On First?”-esqe dialog.

Delete Yes

I like to think that whoever favorited this artist did so solely to make some future person see this ridiculous dialog box. I’ll certainly be favoriting “Yes” whenever possible, explicitly for this reason.


  1. The Weeknd, I think you may be having a stroke. This is no laughing matter. Please stop singing, and seek immediate medical attention. ↩︎

Bring Us Home 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

On Sunday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a sneak preview of a movie before it was released in theatres. The only problem is that movie was “The Martian”, a tale about an astronaut stranded alone on Mars, left for dead. It doesn’t exactly seem like appropriate viewing for those currently in space.

On a related note, I was fortunate enough to see the movie myself yesterday. It’s well worth seeing, particularly if you enjoyed the fabulous book.

Overengineered German Crap 

Monday, September 21st, 2015

No, it’s not a story about luxury import cars from Deutschland. It’s the tale of U-boat U-1206, which was brought down by a malfunctioning toilet.

Give a Little Piece of Your Skin

Friday, September 18th, 2015

I am very much not a tattoo guy. Today, I’ve learned that I’m also not a “preserve your tattoos after you’re dead” guy.

What Kind of God Would Allow a Thing Like This to Happen? 

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Well, this is fantastic. The Atlantic has collected 16 photos of various popes having amusing wardrobe malfunctions.

Pope Gaga
Her Holiness, Pope Gaga

Losing While Running Unopposed 

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Last week, Randy Richardson ran unopposed for the Riceville Board of Education in Iowa. Despite not having an opponent, he managed to lose the election, receiving no votes.

“I didn’t vote because I was too busy,” [Richardson] said Wednesday.

Richardson said he hasn’t changed his mind about being on the School Board and would like to be appointed.

If you can’t make the time to vote yourself into the job, you don’t deserve it.