This Could Be A Real Tourist Attraction 

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Recently, John Oliver took a cheap (but amusing) shot at the city of Danbury, Connecticut. Following that, the Mayor of Danbury jokingly vowed to rename their sewage treatment after Oliver, “because it’s full of crap just like you, John”.

The comedian played a video of Boughton saying the offer was a joke and said, “Wait, so you’re not doing it?” Oliver said he hadn’t known that he wanted his name on the sewage plant, “but now that you floated it as an option, it is all that I want.”

I didn’t know that I wanted this either, but now I do. It appears that Oliver will be making donations to Danbury-area charities, and the re-naming will indeed take place. I sure hope so.

Coming to You Live From His Mother’s Basement 

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

OK, it’s not quite as ridiculous as the headline would suggest, but Dodgers announcer Charley Steiner is broadcasting the 2020 season from his own living room.

We Don’t Need This Right Now 

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities recently announced the discovery of 13 completely sealed coffins dating back 2,500 years. The Egyptians are being urged, by me, to put them back where they came from and not make 2020 any worse than it already is.

The Lowest Bar 

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

The headline on this Guardian piece is really something:

  • John Kerry on Biden’s foreign policy: ‘He’d never lavish praise on dictators’

That is the lowest bar I’ve ever heard of. At the same time, it’s also a valid comparison to use between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.


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Lacrosse’s Greater Good 

Monday, September 7th, 2020

When Ireland Lacrosse received an invitation to the International World Games tournament, it came at the expense of a better-ranked opponent deemed ineligible to compete. The Irish didn’t feel right about that, and sacrificed their spot to set things right, allowing the Iroquois Nationals to compete on the world stage.

What You See Depends On Where You’re From 

Friday, September 4th, 2020

I don’t often link to things that are nearly a decade old, but I was recently linked to an interesting post about Hokusai’s “Great Wave Off Kanagawa”, the inspiration for this site’s art. A simple act of mirroring produces a markedly different image.

Donald Trump Is a Coward 

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

As William Saletan astutely notes, “[w]hen the president is a coward, people die”.

Used Pumpers Are Available Immediately 

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Apparently the idea of a privately-owned fire truck is not quite as outlandish as I previously thought. Better still, if you have a pressing need, used models are available far faster than buying new.

Help Get Out the Vote, With Vote Forward 

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

American’s general election is just over two months away, and if you’re an American citizen, your voice should be heard. If you’re not registered to vote, or if you’re unsure of your current status, visit vote.org.

Once you’re ready to vote, why not encourage others to vote as well? This year, I’ve been writing letters with Vote Forward, to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.


[Photo courtesy of P. Kafasis]

I’m working to get to 100 letters, and I’m now more than halfway to that goal. You can send as few as five letters, though, so the barrier to entry is very low.

Sometimes it can feel difficult to know just what you can do to make things better in this world. Working with Vote Forward to get out the vote is a concrete action you can take, and I hope you will. Visit https://votefwd.org to sign up and get started.

Beautiful Blue Skies and Golden Sunshine 

Monday, August 31st, 2020

In 2020, why wouldn’t you watch a weather report for Los Angeles from eccentric filmmaker David Lynch? This makes as much sense as anything else right now.