Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Courthouse

I ran into a law school buddy the other day at the courthouse.  We had one of those cool "dude, we're both lawyers!" moments.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Auto-Playing Videos and Tabbed Browsing

Is it just me, or is the flurry of automatically playing video advertisements on websites making tabbed browsing unbearable?  Having three tabs open doesn't work when it means three different video adds start playing.  It's a cacophony.  I've had to default my computer to mute just so that I can use the internet.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Football and Tailgates

I went to a college football game about a week ago. I haven't been to one in a while. I also went, for the first time in my life, to a "tailgate." I live in a big town. I realized that one interesting advantage of a college town is that there's an activity that everyone in town participates in other week for 3-4 months out of the year. It also helps when your team always wins! 

I personally found it a bit nerve-racking and disappointing though. My team was only ahead by 10 or 20 points and only ended up winning by around 24 points. 

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.