It has been one year since Hellx posted

► Posted by | May 28, 2014

…about it being one year since the last Norlos post.

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It’s been one year since the last Norlos post

► Posted by | May 28, 2013

I now live in Manhattan with Rachael and am slowly pedaling through the streets of New York City on heavy blue bicycles.

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The Zombie Apocalypse is starting!

► Posted by | May 27, 2012

From the AP:

A Miami police officer on Saturday fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a downtown causeway off-ramp, police and witnesses said…

The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying that the officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he ignored the demand, the officer shot him. Witnesses said that the naked man continued his attack after being shot once, and the officer shot him several more times.

After the attack, the victim was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. If I’ve learned anything from zombie movies, it’s that this dude is also going to turn into a zombie next and all hell is going to break loose.

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The Atlantic asks, “Why aren’t cities littered with dead pigeons?”

► Posted by | May 18, 2012

In an important public service, the Atlantic explains what happens to all of the pigeons that die every day in cities across the world and includes an awesome video of a turtle eating a pigeon.

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Solar Flare

► Posted by | May 14, 2012

The Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this awesome video of a solar flare on April 16, 2012.

 

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Spirit in the sky

► Posted by | May 6, 2012

Driving home on Friday, Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum came on the radio.  I cranked it up, since it is an awesome driving song.  Since it was just after a rain storm, I realized that between the wet road, heavy traffic, tire spray, and glare from the sun on pavement, it was kind of a dangerous commute.  Some things occurred to me:

1. If I was going to die in an auto crash, this would be an awesome song to go out on.

2. That’s a little over-dramatic, don’t you think?

3. If I was watching a movie of a guy driving and this song was playing and then he died, I would say, “man, that was really pretty lame”

4. Do you suppose there is some counter-acting force, a spirit in the sky, if you will, that might protect me from dying in a fiery auto crash while listening to this song, not because it’s about Jesus, but because that would just be too cheesy?

About that time, the song ended.  But meanwhile, I was also listening to the lyrics.  Apparently my irony-meter is tuned up a little better than it used to be, because it never occurred to me before that this might have not been entirely a song of praise, but rather a little dig at religion:

“Never been a sinner

I never sinned

I got a friend in Jesus

So you know that when I die

He’s gonna set me up with The spirit in the sky”

Seems kind of obvious now, though.  And actually makes the song even more awesome.  Especially since the guy that wrote it is Jewish.

In perhaps an unrelated matter, I pose the following question to the group that’s been bothering me lately:

Are “Fast Car” and “We are young” musical matter/anti-matter?  Would the universe implode if Tracy Chapman and Fun played a song together?

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“No one we went to as an investor said, ‘Oh, your dad is Mitt Romney, I’m going to give you $10 million”

► Posted by | May 1, 2012

That’s a quote from Tagg Romney whose mom’s blind trust gave him $10 million to start a private equity firm. So, at least one investor said that…

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I missed this!

► Posted by | April 27, 2012

When I was 7 or so, my family made a pilgrimage to KCI to see the Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise so I was very excited when I heard that OV-101 was going to be flying over NYC last Monday.

A strong spring storm, however, delayed the flight and I missed the fact that it was rescheduled for today! Oh well, at least I’ll get to see it everytime I ride down the west side bike path…

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Two interesting perspectives on recent stories in the news

► Posted by | April 24, 2012

1) Regarding the photographs that US soldiers took with dead Afghan insurgents, a US veteran of Afghanistan says that it’s just something that soldiers do. I’m inclined to agree, since even the greatest generation did shit like that.

2) When the Swedish Minister of Culture cut into a cake shaped like a racist caricature of a black woman, it wasn’t an “OMG! what were those Swedes thinking?” moment but a bit of brilliant social commentary through performance art.

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Does Romney really want to go here?

► Posted by | April 23, 2012

I think that a lot of the oppositionto Obama’s healthcare plan is due to two reasons: ideology and fear of change. That’s why I’m surprised that he’s not focusing solely on repealing the health care law, but advocating for more radical change by eliminating the link between employment and health insurance.

Let me say that I don’t think that healthcare should necessarily be provided by one’s employer, but it’s preferable to finding insurance on one’s own. As an individual consumer of health care, one’s health care costs would be driven be the state of one’s health. If you get sick, then your costs are going to go up.

At least in a health care program run through one’s employer, an employee is part of a pool where the lower health care costs of healthier workers help subsidize the higher costs of the more sickly employees not to mention that the individuals running my company’s plan are much more skilled at purchasing health care insurance than I am or even care to be.

Conservative ideologues and business owners may love Romeny’s proposal, but does he really want to risk alienating the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on their jobs for their health insurance and prefer the devil they know to the devil they don’t?

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