Monday, June 27, 2016

A Pierce Arrow, Tesla Model X and Two Stanley Steamers

Only at Great Falls, VA on a Saturday morning at Katy's Cars and Coffee will you see a Pierce Arrow, Tesla Model X and Two Stanley Steamers and it is not a big deal.

When I refer to Slim in the Pierce Arrow video above is because that is what I call my father and he is looking at trading in his Ford Windstar for a Pierce Arrow :-)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Patent Scam Intro Video

Huge thanks to npg for sending this video to me.

This explains EXACTLY why patent trolls are just one femto-notch above a child molester:

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Led Zeppelin winning the lawsuit against Spirit's Taurus - Time To Remember Led Zeppelin

With Led Zeppelin winning the lawsuit against Spirit's Taurus, I thought it would be appropriate to share the 2012 tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center which was attended by President and Mrs. Obama:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Future of Manufacturing Video

A very nice 3 minute video on the future of manufacturing. It demonstrates where 3D printing makes sense and how it works.   This video is at the Wall Street Journal.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congrats to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA World Champions

The city of Cleveland deserved a championship and the finally got it.

LeBron is "King James" for his AMAZING final game and amazing series.  The Cav's Kyrie Irving proved to be the perfect partner for LeBron and had one of the clutch shots of all time at the end of last night's game. 

Coming back from a 3-1 deficit was an NBA first.

Last nights 93-89 win was one of the best game 7's of all time.

Congratulations Cleveland!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Republicans Complete Lack of Moral Backbone

You can be on the TSA No-Fly List or you can be on the FBI Watch List, BUT THERE IS NO PROBLEM IF YOU WANT TO BUY A GUN!?!!!

The Republicans in Congress absolutely have blood on their hands.  It's interesting that Republicans LOVE to talk about "American Exceptionalism", yet they are NOT exceptional when it comes to standing up to the F*CKING NRA and this INSANITY!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Orlando Shooting

Samantha Bee on the Orlando shooting speaks for ANYONE who has common sense.

Romney and Warren Are Right On Trump - Where Is Paul Ryan's Moral Compass?

How many times do Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren agree?  

On Donald Trump, they are both correct.

As reported on ABC News:  "Speaking to a crowd of roughly 300 political and business leaders at his annual summit in Park City, Romney said he worried about the example a Trump presidency might set for future generations, that it would lead to "trickle-down racism."

As reported by the Boston Globe:

"Warren addressed the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington. She relentlessly attacked Trump, especially for his recent description of a federal judge as biased against him because the US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is of Mexican heritage.

“Judge Curiel is one of countless American patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country, sometimes at great risk to his own life,’’ Warren said. “Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself.’’  Warren said at the American Constitution Society of Law and Policy National Convention in Washington just before endorsing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president."

As CNN reported:
"House Speaker Paul Ryan ripped Donald Trump's recent remarks saying a judge presiding over a lawsuit involving his business was biased because of his Mexican heritage as "the textbook definition of a racist comment.""

The article continues:

"I disavow those comments," Ryan said. Pressed on whether he regretted his own endorsement of Trump that came last week, Ryan added, "I regret those comments he made."

Let's be clear, IF you support a racist, THEN YOU ARE A RACIST AS WELL.  There is no "well, I like the other ideas that Trump has" and you get a pass on being a racist BS.   You're a racist, just admit if you are voting for Trump.  You CAN'T have it BOTH ways. Period. Hard stop.

The problem is that Hillary is certainly no saint and I blogged on March 4th, 2015 that this personal email server issue should disqualify her for any future offices.

Unfortunately, the only rationale answer in 2016 is to hold your nose and vote for Hillary. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why Has Siri Gotten So BAD?

My bride sent this article to me at USA Today to me because I have been complaining how absolutely bad Siri has gotten - not staying the same - not getting better - BUT WORSE!

In Jefferson Graham's article he quotes James Niehouse, the director of photography for A Beautiful Planet, the first IMAX film to be shot digitally :

“I’ll get an occasional answer or two that I want, but most of the time it’s things I have to read,” he says. “I don’t want to read a website while I’m driving.”

I agree!  Way too often, I get a website!  I don't want a written answer to a verbal question!

Mr. Graham also quotes Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons.

"Siri doesn’t even know who Marge Simpson is!

"This thing sucks," Reiss said."

I agree.  Apple needs to fix this NOW.  Steve Jobs would have never stood for such incompetence....

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Billy Crystal's Amazing Eulogy For Muhammad Ali

This is a must watch on today's funeral for Muhammad Ali -- absolutely touching and hilarious.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Passing of "The Greatest"

If you were born in the 50's and loved sports, there was no one, and I mean NO ONE, that was bigger the Muhammad Ali.

Everything that should be said, is being said today. 

One of my favorite memories of Muhammad Ali is sitting in a living room in Trenton, Illinois in the 1960s listening to an AM radio with my father to his fights. 

There have been and never will be a better interview than when Howard Cossell would sit down with Mohammad Ali.  You could feel the love and the tension on who would get the better of the conversation.

Below is from Jon Saraceno of USA Today Sports - who I know because our sons played baseball together for a number of years in Ashburn, wrote an article titled:

Boxing's odd couple: Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell

Jon writes:

Cosell: “Are you taking Zora Folley too lightly?”

Ali: “Why would you say that?”

Cosell: “Because every indication has been that you’re confident that you can beat Zora.”

Ali: “I’m confident I can whup ’em all. This ain’t nothin’ new. My image has been confident. What you tryin’ to make it look like something new for? I’m always confident. I’ll whup all of ’em.”

Jon continues with one of the classic exchanges seen on TV:

"America watched with great anticipation as the outsized personalities crossed verbal swords — but without enmity and, oftentimes, with humorous bluster.

Once, Ali peeled back Cosell’s famous toupee, pretending to peek at his scalp.

Or the champ would make a threatening gesture.

“Don’t touch me,” Cosell teased with a pseudo-glare. “I’ll beat your brains out.”"

Muhammad Ali was physically and mentally quicker than any other person on planet earth.  

I often wonder how things might be different if Muhammad Ali had not lost his ability to speak and think from Parkinsons disease.  Would we be having a vary different conversation on religion?

Are there ANY athletes that would have given up YEARS of their revenue at the PEAK of their physical abilities for what they believe in?  I cannot name a single one. 

For those of us who worshipped Mohammed Ali as a kid, today is a mixed day.  It is very sad to watch his passing, but when you watch these black and white highlight films of him at his absolute peak, how can it NOT put a smile on your face?

God bless The Greatest....

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Silicon Valley - Tabs vs Spaces

From the folks at Silicon Valley -- a short video on whether tabs or spaces should be used in writing code.  You have to love the vim vs emacs comment as well :-)