Posted: February 25, 2017 in Ramblings
There is always a lot of talk about great inventions. Sliced bread, for example. I can remember in college everyone felt the post-it note, ATM, and microwave ovens were the greatest things ever. (I still believe microwave ovens are in the top 5!)
But recently, since I got my iPhone, I have added a new thing to the list, and this is…remote check deposits. With our banking app, I can now submit a check for deposit by taking photos of the front and (signed) back, selecting an account to deposit the money to, and typing in the amount manually as a double-check function. One quick push of an “upload” button and I’m done! It is such a relief not to have to get to a bank (or an ATM) to deposit it.
What are your favorite inventions?
Posted: February 14, 2017 in Ramblings
Tags: etymology, Pogo
For years…probably since I read my first Pogo book at about age 8…I have understood this expression as Walt Kelly did. Let’s have an example.
“This concert is so bad that Beethoven must be turning in his grave!”
Kelly explained (through his characters) that this meant “things are so bad that Beethoven is turning his grave in.” Returning it, so that he could come back to life and either punish the person playing the music, or play it himself correctly. He is “turning it in” or exchanging it for a different situation.
Recently I reread this phrase in Pogo so I went online to look it up. I can’t find a single thing to corroborate this! Everything on the internet talks about “spinning” in his grave, or “rotating,” never mind that those don’t even make any sense. I hesitate to put Kelly’s version on Wikipedia (even as an alternate interpretation), mostly because I feel unqualified to tinker with Wikipedia. I’m not enough of an expert to claim the precise knowledge. (Not to mention I can’t quite concisely phrase it. You see how rambling it came out in this blog post.)
So I was wondering…for those of you who do not know Kelly’s work – have you ever heard of his version? Has anyone else ever heard of this, besides Pogo fans?
Posted: January 22, 2017 in Ramblings
Those of you who monitor atmospheric conditions in the netherworld may wish to stand back from your display equipment. It is firmly believed that Hell is about to freeze over…
…I have just purchased an iPhone.
Posted: January 22, 2017 in Ramblings
If we called it “Jasper,” Chris would not be able to make all the “My big orange Willy” jokes he’s been making for the last 24 hours.
Posted: January 21, 2017 in Ramblings
Yesterday Chris and I each got the electronic notification that our 2017 car license tabs were due. $400 for Chris’ car and $300 for mine. We also spend $175 a month on parking ($100 for the first car and $75 for the second). And about $800 a year on C’s insurance and $600 a year on mine.
Yet we walk everywhere.
So I did a little math. I bought that Fiat last April. Have therefore owned it for nine months. Not counting the gas expenses, I paid about $1575 over that time frame (insurance, parking, tabs). I have driven it only 2200 miles. That is a cost of 72 cents a mile! That’s insane.
I didn’t bother doing the same math for Chris’ car, but suggested to him that we get rid of my Fiat and have only the expenses for one larger car. Well…you know us, one discussion led to another, and today we traded in my Fiat and his Range Rover for one new Range Rover Evoque.
We chose to do this because his car had been purchased used and is nearing the end of its warranty, and because they had a new orange one on the lot 🙂 The financials worked out all right, too. Our new car is nicknamed William (because he’s orange). But he’s not traffic-cone-orange, more like a pumpkin…so you can call me Cinderella!
(I know some of you already do call me that. So just go right ahead and keep doing it.)
Pics tomorrow. Too lazy to go take them now.
It’s time for another one of my philosophical rants.
Why does February only have 28 days? I realize for the true answer to this question I’d have to time-travel back to Caesar’s Rome, when the current calendar was set, but it still bugs me. Why didn’t they pilfer 2 days from the ’31-day’ months and whack them into February to make it 30 days? February could still be the leap year month by turning it into a 31-day month in leap years. It just seems so sloppy.
In “Pogo,” Churchy is constantly trying to reform the calendar (usually into an entire year of October, because that’s when his birthday is), and I read two different sequences about that, last week. Then today I’m reading John Maddox Roberts’ “The Year of Confusion,” which deals with Caesar’s implementation of the new calendar. So this got me thinking, and this is why I came to write this post.