Category: Observations

Uncovering that which often lies below the surface

Only in San Francisco.  These earnest entrepreneurs plug quarters into parking meters, set up a few tables and chairs, and rent "office" space by the half hour... Read More ➥

Sometimes the good folks who stock items at the local supermarket are too busy to look for inconsistencies in marking prices.

Do it the cheap way or spend a bundle on questionable software.

Class clowns sawing away

Try to keep your grillin’ tools free of bugs
Here’s a photo of a dude who takes his barbecue outfit along as he follows the yellow line. However, if you look closely at the highlighted area, those grillin’ tools are going to need some serious scrubbing after picking up a collection of bugs and dirt from the road, much like your windshield does.  

While the World focused on the War in Vietnam, there were daily reminders of the Cold War in Berlin
Yeah, while Vietnam was a pretty hot zone and pretty screwed up from the beginning, Berlin was a cold war zone, with daily incidents at the wall.  We had free access to the East and our visible intelligence officers cruised around in green military vehicles.
One time a car was coming through the checkpoint back to the West when the gate crashed down on the roof.  Just another harassing tactic.  The next day a Russian intelligence car was rerouted down a one-way street dead end, where a skunk was tossed into the engine while the driver was trying to turn around.  Retribution.
Have you ever seen a heavy tracked vehicle make a turn at 30 mph?  Tanks turn by putting the brakes on the inner track while speeding up the outer track.  At speed the outer track digs into the soil as it’s moving sideways and forward at the same time (commonly known as slip-skid), and the track throws up a lot of dirt.  The dirt is scraped off the surface onto the track, the gets thrown off as the track hits the driver gear at the rear.  Guys would do this in a tank range where there were Soviet watch towers 30′ away – the object was to see how far they could throw the dirt over the wire fencing.

When the music is romantic, even the players flirt

We bring you the latest in New Journalism
Today I was reading news articles on my iPad. I noticed that over the past week, every now and then there’s an article where the author appears to be paid by the word, based on the totally superfluous garbage used to set the scene, as if they were writing a play.

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The latest trendy hot topic in Silicon Valley is ”raw water”


Out of touch with Reality Silicon Valley “bros” have been smoking something bad when they manage to convince each other to pay $35 for a jug of unfiltered, untreated “raw” water.


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Round hamburger buns

I was stunned, stunned! I tell you, when I noticed this in a recent market advertising circular ☞


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