Look for the Blue Moon tonight. I’m sure I’ll be having one with Ash at Oya for Happy Hour and giving it a wink for old Mr. Armstrong. Who, I’m sure, no one made fun of as he aged. Fuck ’em Clint. You’ll always be Josey Wales to me.
Along that line of thought, something hilarious is happening. There’s desperation in the wind from those who would prefer Romney and Ryan not be so attractive as contenders. And they are getting ugly, man. Which, as Pops was telling me this morning, will only work toward proving who these jackasses actually are. And that this will only hurt them in the long run. Because, ultimately, no one likes an asshole. But if you want to test that theory, by all means. No one should stand in the way of your own self-destructive destiny.
Here’s a little anecdote of what’s been going on: all the flak about Ryan’s speech and how he lied and blahdiddty-blah is no doubt familar to most people by now. These charges were roundly refuted and de-bunked, all day yesterday (which, remarkably, didn’t keep Stephen Colbert from repeating the canard on his show. Why perpetuate the stupidity Stephen? You’re better than that.), and The Coach posted a kind of final thought on the matter that I thought capped things off nicely this morning. But yesterday, I posted something I thought addressed the charges pretty handily. And I got a comment on that post by someone who is a mathematical physicist (read: super-smart!) and his one take-away was this:
“A funny quote from this webpage: “So is it true? Barely.”
In other words, yes it’s true.”
Yes. This is the grand lesson he took from a piece that basically rebuts all the charges and finds one charge barely true because the detractors found a way to rhetorically make it stick. Never mind that it’s basically irrelevant. Whatever works. It just put me in the mind of another conversation I was partially engaged in yesterday based on a comment by another friend (also a physicist, who writes computer code as part of his work) but, as you will see, is a bit better at examining the big picture as it were. Apparently my friend had a co-worker ask him to remove the I/O statements from his code to clean it up. My friend was like — um, how bout I just give you two sheets of blank paper? The point is, you can’t be so focused on some tiny detail because you think that’s the problem. You may find that you’ve shut the whole machine down in your quest to be brilliant. Which, of course, is what removing the input/output statements would do to a program. These two conversations, occurring so close together yesterday, reminded me of one of the scariest things I’ve ever heard, said to me by a doctor friend of mine: he said, “You know how in most offices, there are some people who are really good at their jobs and really know what’s emerging in their field, and really dedicated to being the best they can at their chosen profession; and then there are others that you wonder how they are even employed? It’s like that with doctors, too.”
And physicists I would imagine.
Anyway, other things.
If you prefer to deal in the things that really matter and would like to avoid the smear campaigns and crap fact-checking, here’s something.
So…If it’s all shadow money and undisclosed, how is this happening?
Next on the list. I haven’t used my food processor in a while…
Want. (I’m going to wait till it goes on sale…)