Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Here is a Halloween song sung by the incomparable Eben Portnoy.

Thank you Ken for emailing the song to me today.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


The photo accompanying this post is from a hike I took last summer with my chum Chuckie V. AKA Charles Veylupek. Chuck has almost completed his PCT hike from Mexico to Canada. I have heard that there is some snow in his path.

Friday, October 27, 2006

There are a finite number of smells in the universe so, unfortunately, some things have to share - like a Subway sandwich and an armpit. Sure, in the heat of passion that smell can be tolerated but how passionate can one get about a sandwich?

Do you know what made me think of the above? I bought a Subway sandwich (Veggie Delight) and it smelled like sweat.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Adolf or Arnold

The Lillian Gish fan walked into the coffee shop and said, with his hand raised in salute, “Field Marshal Rommel reporting.” Then he said, “He probably doesn’t even know who that is. They don’t study history at that damn school.” Then he said, as if to himself, something about Rommel being faithful to his wife. Turning to (or on) two college gals he asked, “Do you know the name of Alexander the Great’s horse?” To which I said, “Trigger.” No one seemed to hear me. He continued, “or do you just study sex parties at that school?” As he exited he said, “Heil Hitler, I mean Schwarzenegger, I’m getting my fuhrers mixed up.”

Monday, October 23, 2006


One of my students today said to me, “If you have a fever you should go to the doctor.” I wondered aloud why she brought it up. She said that she has, “Hand, foot and mouth disease.”
I said, "What a mouthfull." And I wondered if it was really a disease. It is and it's a common one.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Ever wonder what happens if mayonnaise is allowed to freeze? It turns beautiful.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

To many births or not enough deaths?

The U.S. population hit 300,000,000 yesterday morning at 7:46 EST. One person will be born every 7 seconds and one person (hopefully a different person) will die every 13 seconds. To slow population growth, we need to reverse this trend.

At the time of this writing the population has grown to 300,011,026. Click to see what the population is now.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Fish Too

There are two fish species discovered every week compared with two bird species every year.
Look, my blog is developing a theme.

Monday, October 16, 2006


Luke thinks I'm avicentric when it comes to newly discovered species. Here's a little something for you mammal lovers.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Yet yet another newly discovered bird.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Abu Ayyub al-Masri

The great thing about killing the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq is that we (you? One?) can do it every few months. It makes a great news story: “US Military has killed the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, (insert name here).” The only part of the headline that needs editing is the name of the leader. It’s kind of like knocking over weebles. They wobble but they don’t fall down. If we knock over a red and white weeble a blue and white one pops up. Sure, it looks different but it serves the same purpose.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Today is the birthday of my pal Pam, and my Dad. Happy Birthdays.