Month: August 2020

Politics

Politics are a Riot

I’m increasingly impressed by The American Mind Podcast. It has probably become my favorite “news” podcast. Now, I typically don’t listen to news podcasts, but as the riots heat up (though they’ll probably start slowing down) and the election nears, I suspect I’ll be tuning in at least once a week to see what’s going on in our country.

Yeah, I know: Politics, Russell Kirk aptly observed, is the preoccupation of the quarter-educated. I like to think I’m at least a third-educated, but still, it’s great viewing and with Trump in the mix, it’s a lot of fun. I normally loathe politics, but it’s hard not take a little bit of interest these days.

With respect to the riots, the link above shows Don Lemon stating last week that the riots are killing the Democrats. Well, they oughtta. Democratic mayors and governors have failed to stop the riots and have shown solidarity with the protests that repeatedly turn violent. Why would an ordinary voter support a political party that not only fails to disown such things but actually embraces them? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a politically-tone deaf maneuver in an election year. … Read the rest

BYCU

IMG_3150Drinking for the Taste and Playing Poker for Funsies

I gotta admit, I had no idea what this was about:

Nestlé is adding a limited-edition gin and tonic-flavoured variant to its After Eight range of fondant mints this September.

According to Nestlé, After Eights are made with 100% natural peppermint oil and are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

The brand’s ‘zingy’ new offering features gin and tonic-flavoured mint fondant covered in rich dark chocolate.

But I was intrigued.

Unfortunately,I think it’s a British thing, and the product has no alcohol in it.

I’ve never understood efforts to get the alcohol taste without the alcohol. Zing beer, for instance. For sheer taste, there are much better drinks than alcoholic drinks.

It doesn’t mean alcoholic drinks don’t taste good. It just means that you don’t drink alcohol for the taste, but rather for a more complex experience, one with a promise of some sort at the bottom of the glass.

When I was in high school, I got on a poker kick. I bought a book by a master of the game and absorbed it. At one point, he said that poker is for gambling and that, if you’re going to play funsies, don’t play at all. If there’s no money involved, he explained, the element that brings poker together as a great game is gone. There are, he said, far better card games than poker, if money isn’t involved.

That’s exactly how I feel about alcohol. It makes great beverages, but the element that brings the drink together as a great beverage is the alcohol. There are far better drinks than … Read the rest

Wokeness

Video Killed the Radio StarWokeness Killed the NBA Star

Slate magazine struggles with the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the NBA’s wokeness is contributing to its abysmal ratings.

Well, yeah. I can point to a ton of anecdotal evidence that it’s hurting ratings, starting with me. I don’t say to myself, “I’m not watching because the NBA is promoting leftist causes,” but I do say, “It’s been a long day at work. I just want to relax and watch. I don’t want to move my mind on the plane of politics.” So I watch something else.

I’m not mad, but I am tired . . . in general and of politics in particular, especially in an election year. I just want a break from it.

And I know a lot of people in my circle feel and do the same.

Added problem: I like to know who’s on the court. I don’t follow the game closely enough to be able to identify the players by their faces or even by their numbers. I want to see their names. I don’t want to see “Equality” hit a three or “Say Her Name” blocked a shot or “Enakopravnost” got the assist. It simply doesn’t help viewers do what they would be coming to do: enjoy basketball.

I think y’all know I’m Catholic. I always stand ready to defend my faith. But that doesn’t mean I harangue fellow Kiwanians at lunch with it. They’re not there to be proselytized. They’re there to talk about our town and club. For me to inject Catholicism in that setting? It would simply be out of place.

It’s a simple concept. … Read the rest

Gardening

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here, so Take Off All Your Overalls

I haven’t had many garden posts. Part of the reason: it’s been too hot.

As I’ve gotten older, my heat tolerance has declined noticeably. In fact, I think it’s the only effect of age I really feel. At 54, I can still play basketball, lift weights, sprint . . . no doubt more slowly, but I don’t “feel” any different.

But the heat? Hoodoggy. I have officially thrown-in my sweat-drenched towel. I had to spend a lot of time outdoors last weekend and felt like I was having a heat stroke . . . or real stroke . . . but still had social obligations to meet. Never again. I now have a rule: If the temperature is over 85, I stay indoors. No exceptions.

Earlier last week, I read an article that said that, if you explain to people that you “have a rule,” they will normally respect it. So, if you say, “I have this rule. I try not even to mention a person’s name if they’re not in the conversation,” people will tend to respect it. Or, “I have a rule that I don’t drink on Sundays.” Or whatever.

So I now have a rule: “I have this rule. I don’t go outside for more than three minutes if it’s over 85 degrees or, due to humidity, the inside of my thighs feel like I urinated myself.”

When the heat broke earlier this month, I ventured back into the garden and noticed that the Jester lettuce I planted was thriving.

I mean, thriving.

And it’s been hot.

This marvelous letter has … Read the rest

Miscellany

Fire Tornadoes Hit CA; Digital Tornado Hits TDE

WAIT! Don’t leave. Your browser didn’t malfunction, you didn’t click wrong, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

You are at The Daily Eudemon.

But reformatted.

After 16 years.

Back in 2004, I paid to have a custom-built website. At the time, the TDE design was cutting edge. Over the course of 16 years . . . it was showing its age. I mean, in Internet years, 16 years is like 104. While reading an article about online marketing, someone mentioned the great templates you can use with WordPress, so I spelunkered in the dashboard for awhile, found a half-dozen templates, experimented for a bit and . . . you’re now looking at the new TDE.

I hope you like it.

Fire tornadoes. That’s what they’re fearing in California, according to Wired. Sounds scary, even scarier than the conditions that led to these fires:

Last weekend’s thunderstorms lit so many fires because they didn’t always dump water to accompany the lightning strikes. Well, some did … but if that water falls from too high in the atmosphere, and the weather is warm and dry enough, it’ll actually evaporate before it hits the ground. Unfortunately for California, the state was already suffering a heat wave when the thunderstorms rolled through. So when lightning struck some 11,000 times across the state in 72 hours, there wasn’t always rain to snuff out the sparks.

My newest article at Medium.com: The Architecture of Speed. Thoughts build your everyday existence. Technology affects your thoughts. The implications? Ask Marshall McLuhan. Excerpt:

Our mental architecture is crucial to determining whether we’ll be

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BYCU

The Beer Site

The number one beer website in the world is The Beer Advocate. That, anyway, according to The Beer Now Conference..

Actually, it ranks The Beer Advocate second, but Heineken is number one, so I don’t count it. The Heineken site isn’t a beer site, as much as it’s a . . . Heineken beer site, dedicated (I assume) to Heineken products, not beer in general.

But The Beer Advocate is dedicated to all types of beers. I like to scroll through its pages, just to read the names of the different beers that are flooding the market. It’s like reading a list of punk rock bands. Just from this morning’s list of featured beers:

Pliny for President
Voodoo Ranger
Lush Puppy
NugMo

The site is awfully active, allowing for input from the public, including this open thread of beer jokes, which is definitely worth checking out. Sample:

Beer doesn’t make you fat. It makes you lean…..against walls, chairs and tables.

A bum walked up to a man and asked for two dollars. The man asked, “Will you buy booze with it?” The bum replied, “No.” Then the man asked, “Will you gamble it away?” The bum said, “No.” Then the man asked the bum, “Will you come home with me so my wife can see what happens to a man who doesn’t drink or gamble?”

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