from the "Brevity" Dept.

2008
Oct
21

So why did I choose now

to resume blogging? Because some alleged quasi-pseudo-semi-expert of all things web-based has just declared Blogging Is Dead. This will be neither the first nor last time I commit an act of necromedia.

AND NOW A WORD FROM SOMEBODY WHO MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ME...
2008
Sep
18

Uh Oh

I just took a hit on my starboard bow. And now, yes, they’re boarding. Gotta send out an S.O…

2008
Aug
30

Follow-Oops: Minneapolis

I’m glad I updated The Incredible Truth About Minneapolis before the RNC Convention which claims to be happening there. It’s actually going to be in a North Hollywood soundstage on the same studio lot as the Big Brother house. Unfortunately, Hurricane Gustav doesn’t know that – Gus is building up strength so it can go all the way up the Mississippi River and rain on the Republicans. Payback for the “pray for rain during Obama’s speech”. But the GOP has lied its way out of the path of another disaster. Now a massive earthquake that swallows up the Faux Convention AND the Big Brother house would be nice (especially now that I live 200 miles away). But I shouldn’t wish ill on anybody. Except ex-landlords.

2008
Aug
23

An Aside to the Side

Isn’t it interesting that COMM is the first letters in Commission, Communicate, Comment, Command, Commandment, Commit, Commercial, Commute, Communism, Community, Commiserate, Common and Comma? But not Comedy? Or Comfort?

Did I miss any?

You’ll understand why this thought came to me in future posts.

2008
Aug
22

Vice Versa

Let me be take this occasion to announce that I have taken my name out of consideration for Barack Obama’s running mate.

The last time I threw my hat into that particular ring, I never got it back. The last I heard, John Edwards was using it as part of his disguise when he went to visit his other mistress.

2008
Jul
7

Mini Me Tiny Url

TinyURL now allows you to make a “custom alias” for your condensed link. Good for people who want to make clearer what’s being linked to; unfortunately also good for people who want to mislead you. There was an inevitable ‘land rush’ for good aliases, and I did get http://tinyurl.com/wendell to direct back to here. So if you need a reminder that this is still Wendell’s blog, use the TinyURL.

Or you can use http://bit.ly/wendell, brand new service also offering custom aliases AND a shorter base url than tinyurl.com…

2008
Jul
6

Latest Wimbledon Update

Late Wimbledon Update:
The Doctor beats Davros in five sets, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Jul
6

Love Dr. Who

Late Wimbledon Update: The Doctor beats Davros in five sets, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Jul
6

Weather or Nuts

I know most of my meager audience does not care, and I am way overdue in setting up a separate blog for local stuff, but the divergence of opinion among weather forecasters is just fascinating. For the purpose of recording this snapshot of weather forecasting, here are the highs for San Luis Obispo, CA for the next 4 days as of 2AM (local time) Sunday from the usual suspects:
NOAA/NWS: 84 – 84 – 90 – 92
The Weather Channel – 76 – 79 – 81 – 80
(not very) AccuWeather – 78 – 98 – 100 – 102
Weather Underground (not the terrorists) 86 – 86 – 90 – 92
So we have a 10 degree spread on Sunday growing to 19 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, 22 degrees on Wednesday. In other words, everybody’s just guessing.

UPDATE: 12:15PM Sunday… The weather sources can’t even come up with a clear consensus of current conditions: NOAA: 73, Underground: 70, Accu: 65, with a RealFeelTM of 71 (how?), and the Channel: 87… 87? Same temp as Paso Robles, 25 miles away and usually a dozen degrees warmer – after jumping around to other locations and refreshing, it reset to 73 (which makes sense; they usually get their currents from NOAA). Updated forecasts: NOAA: 84 – 85 – 88 – 89, TWC: 75 – 78 – 81 – 82, Accu: 80 – 98 – 100 – 102 (still the outlier on the high side – it’s their story and they’re sticking to it), Under: 85 – 85 – 88 – 92. At this hour, it looks like the Channel will come closest to today’s actual high, if they ever agree on what that is. Economics is not “the dismal science”; meteorology is.

2008
Jul
3

Political Evolution

HEADLINE: McCain says his campaign staff shake-up was just part of a “natural evolution”
So he admits that he DOES believe in evolution! Not only that, but also that an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs (many of whom were on his old staff). I’ll bet he just lost Ben Stein’s vote.