Oct 272016
  • I see the apocalypse World Series is upon us, and it’s tied 1-1 so far. Just kind of have a feeling the Cubs and the Indians will go seven games, don’t you?
  • I’m making friends with Android. The only other time I used it daily, it was an early version with lowball hardware and an unpleasant experience. It’s much more robust and responsive this time around, though I still don’t care for how “sprawled out” the UI is. Presumably I’ll care less as I get it configured like I want it.
  • The washer needed a water inlet valve. Online prices for the genuine part ranged from $24 to $50. I installed an aftermarket one that feels every bit as robust as the failed part I removed, and it came to my house for $11.
  • I’m sure this is an independently-conceived activity that is not new, but my younger son and his friend play a game with Wikipedia. They come up with some target. Could be anything—Terry Bradshaw, pomegranates, Minneapolis, what have you. Then, click the random page link on the Wikipedia front page, and try to click to your target’s page. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way for them to study for Scholars Bowl. (Blue Diamond, as in the almond people, took me about 15 minutes the other night.)
  • Didn’t Gary Larson write a Far Side about this? It seems a parrot may have exposed his owner’s marital indiscretions by repeating flirtations between him and the housekeeper. Adultery is illegal in Kuwait, so his wife went to the police, but they said the parrot could have heard that stuff on TV. No arrest.
  • Had to turn the damned air conditioner on before I left for work this morning. I can turn it off shortly after sunset and run window fans, but still. Can this please be the last warm weather this year?
  • Alabama is off this weekend. I guess Clemson-Florida State and Nebraska-Wisconsin are the games in which I’m most interested. No idea what to make of Georgia-Florida. That’ll be an interesting one to check out too.

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