I kicked Jimmy in the shins. You know what he did?

I was not surprised to see that Jimmy was moving on from his post as editor and manager of Chicagonow.com.  How much ranting can a person take? I doubt when Jimmy accepted my pitch to publish a blog somewhere back in 2009 or 2010 did he realize that I was going to be one of... Read more »

What is the color of war?

What is the color of war?
You can tell a lot by the way a person dresses. Similarly, you can tell a lot by the way a tank dresses.  Or a convoy truck.  Or armored vehicle. Or rocket launchers. This has been the camouflage  dress of the last fifteen years or so for not only the best outfitted tank but for... Read more »

1-900-ANY-LEFT?

1-900-ANY-LEFT?
My fat finger slipped the other day and hit a “9” instead of “8”, and I got the familiar voice telling me the number I stupidly dialed is not in service, hear me stupid? When I looked down at my phone pad I saw that I had dialed “1-900”, which immediately froze me in thought... Read more »
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My AIM is going, going, gone....

My AIM is going, going, gone....
On December 15, 2017, American Online (AOL), is pulling the plug on its “Instant Messenger”, on its twentieth birthday.   A company called Oath is killing the messenger. Goodbye, AIM.   Goodbye Little Running Guy.  It’s been a decade or better since you delivered a message to me. I wore my fingers out using you,... Read more »

You can still get "liked" on... MySpace.com

You can still get "liked" on... MySpace.com
A few days ago I thought about MySpace.com.  I once had a page there, or whatever MySpace called its account, but that was way back somewhere in the first term of George W. Bush, about 2003 or 2004. I thought MySpace had gone the way of Compuserve chat rooms.  Who knows, maybe they are still... Read more »

Apple & Tim Cook could make trillions in the weeds

Apple & Tim Cook could make trillions in the weeds
Apple needs to look closer to the earth for its next success. The new iPhone X has been introduced with a $1000 price tag, and the smart money is betting the phone will sell like-like- the original iPhone. It may.  No, it will. People want cool new stuff, and you will find my newest Apple... Read more »
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The World's Oldest Profession is threatened by robots

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There has been a lot of talk about robots usurping jobs and making large swaths of human labor obsolete. Usually, the jobs talked about are in manufacturing, such as building cars, or in fast food, where something resembling a shop vacuum-cleaner with arms will deliver your grease spot to you, but it turns out that... Read more »

More Statues Come Down and Damaged... was justice done?

More Statues Come Down and Damaged... was justice done?
Everyday we are hearing about various statues that are removed or damaged or pulled down.  Here are a few that didn’t make the news big time, but were objected to and taken down by different groups.    

These slots haven't paid out in over 80 years, but people keep shoving money into them

The first coin was dumped into the first slot in an unlikely place, at First Street and Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,   on July 16, 1935, and it’s been nothing but take, take, take ever since. Las Vegas should be so lucky. Here is what the all time winner looked like back then.  This... Read more »
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When the Test Pattern Meant the End of the Day

When the Test Pattern Meant the End of the Day
It wasn’t that long ago when television stations “concluded” their programming and “left the air”. Sometimes you would be up and awake for the announcer’s voice to tell reassure you that “programming would resume” at its regularly scheduled hour the next morning.  Sometimes you would fall asleep on the couch and wake up to the... Read more »