Category Archives: 10 things

5 Things for a Monday

1. Michael Connelly’s book, The Lincoln Lawyer, is a lot of fun.

2. Michael Connelly’s The Brass Verdict is a lot of fun too.

3. Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer has been made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey. The trailer look pretty good:

4. I love RiffTrax. Three of the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back making fun of movies. But instead of only riffing on old movies, they riff on new movies and some popular movies as well. Their riffs make The Matrix Revolutions and Battlefield Earth actually watchable and their riffs on Harry Potter are fun too.

5.  Here’s Coca-Cola’s original recipe.

5 Things for Thursday

  1. If only I spoke Tamil, this super incredible, super awesome, action sequence might be even cooler. Or not. But you really should watch it because it’s amazing.
  2. Thank goodness I left at 3:30 and not 4:30 from work. It took a woman 13 hours to drive home because of the snow last night on my preferred route home.
  3. Roger Ebert is done talking about 3-D. Thank Goodness.
  4. Gil Meche walks away from at guaranteed $12 million contract. “I don’t deserve $12 million.”
  5. Dungeons and Dragons threaten prison security, a court rules.

5 Facts and Thoughts

  1. Note to Silvio Berlusconi: in Italy, the age of consent in Italy is 14, but it is still an offence to pay for sex with a prostitute aged under 18.
  2. H.L. Mencken: “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it.”
  3. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again: Florida passes an amendment mandating 25 students or less per teacher in a class. Schools get around that by having “virtual classes” with computers doing the teaching.
  4. I guess I should have taken some ginger after working out last night.
  5. Obama claims he wants to shed rules that hurt job growth. Now if he only meant it, he would roll back his new automobile fuel efficiency mandate, EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, EPA’s “guidance” that eliminates new mountaintop mining, and the stalled drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico. These are just a few of the job-killing regulations he supports.

10 Facts and Thoughts

1. Sting’s Symphonicities is a pretty good album.

2. Fact: If all of the coal in the lower 48 states were mined, it would be enough coal to last 3,800 years at current U.S. consumption levels.

3. Despite what Time thinks, trade works two directions. We get benefits not only for exports, but imports improve our lives as well.

4. Andruw Jones might be worth a few million if the Yanks decide to pick him up.

5. Installing a solid state drive as your main computer drive is a fantastic upgrade

6. NOAA says 2010 tied with 2005 for warmest year in the surface temperature record

7. NASA’s surface temperature record also sets a record in 2010

8. USA drops to 9th in the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom

9. 20% of the world’s phones use Gorilla Glass made by Corning in upstate New York

10. The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb starts slow