Monday, September 08, 2014

The Blacklist

I was thinking about the TV show "the Blacklist," which is pretty exciting. I'll bet I know how they pitched it.  They said, "it will be just like the TV show 'White Collar,' except with explosions, no taboo against hyperbolic gunfights, and more ridiculous action awesome."

Friday, August 01, 2014

Ebola and Other Very Bad Diseases

There are a few things I wonder about Ebola and other especially bad diseases:

1. Wouldn't death rates be a lot lower if it spread to Western countries where we have better medical care (even if there was still no cure)? If we get those fluids and blood transfusions into you better and quicker, it seems like people would do better than 10-50%.

2. Why would any infectious disease evolve to leave a numerous or wide-traveling species like bats or flies alone while infecting a disease with a relatively small and stationary population like Humans?  I've always wondered sort of the same thing about the plague. Why not evolve to become the disease that kills billions of rats instead of millions of humans?

In general, I think diseases should find better hosts than humans or use us as natural reservoirs to kill bats, mice, and flies.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Why does everyone in the future wear vests?

I've noticed that in every TV show or movie with a futuristic setting, almost everyone wears vests. Why does everyone in the future need to wear a vest? Why does every author of some futuristic show think "hey, it's going to be the future, so everyone is definitely going to be wearing a vest"?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Weather

Do you notice what's wrong with this weather forecast?
























UPDATE: The answer is that there's a flood advisory with 0% chance of rain. Even mercurial Texas weather shouldn't produce flooding without rain. I have no idea what the weatherman was thinking here.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Soccer

Soccer is becoming ever more popular here. It's the trendy new thing, almost like lacrosse was. The soccer partisans always say there's more running, or action, or whatever. I do not find it exciting to watch a game that goes on and on and maybe the final score is 1 to 0. I watch soccer, and it's watching one side run down 80% of the field, pass around a little bit, and then watching the other side run down 80% of the field and pass around a little bit.

I was talking to my father recently. He had an interesting theory. The rest of the world likes soccer so much because we Americans don't dominate the sport. His solution to making soccer go away, hire all of the good players crush everyone else, and then force the rest of the world to go into some other sport like cricket.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lawyer vs. Attorney

Apparently, in theory, there is some difference between a lawyer and an attorney. At graduation a couple of weeks ago, someone who hadn't passed the Bar yet said that he could now call himself a "lawyer" because he graduated from law school even though he wasn't yet an attorney. I looked, and there are at least a few websites that provide this definition. But I've never heard of someone calling himself a "lawyer" just because he graduated from law school. 

I've noticed that the common usage, at least in Texas, is that there are "plaintiff's lawyers" and "defense attorneys". Similarly, folks use the term "trial lawyer", which sort of has the sense of someone who goes down and fights it out in front of juries. So "lawyer" is a bit more colloquial and informal and has a more "man-of-the-people" and "I do courtroom work" feel. Other than that, I haven't noticed any difference.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Overcoming

Some celebrity went to rehab. These stories of celebrities overcoming drugs and addictions are becoming taxing. It is not that I do not celebrate their overcoming. It is just that they should not be doing drugs in the first place. Who is the one peddling and handing out drugs in Hollywood or wherever? Folks should just stop inviting them to places where they can peddle their wares.