We did it … we really did, 45 years ago:


A likely story.

You don’t fool me. Benghazi!

I believe the headline at the time was “Man Lands on Fucking Moon.”

The barbaric news from the Grand Canyon State proving yet again that you can’t spell crazy without AZ.


And by the guy who did “Alien Autopsy.” Pretty much explains everything and the morons who actually believe it.

There is extraterrestial life out there, no question. I just think they’re above giving drunken farmers anal probes.


@ManchuCandidate: Bill Hicks: “I’ve been on what I call my UFO Tour, which means, like UFOs, I too have been appearing in small southern towns in front of a handful of hillbillies lately. I’ve been doubting my own existence.”


In high school my brother had a bowling ball engraved with the word “Eagle.” Whenever he made a strike, he’d say, “The Eagle has landed.”

What a terrible week. Can I come out from under the covers now?

@Dodgerblue: I wouldn’t risk it. The only thing that kept me going this week was playing with a friend’s new kitten.

It’s going to get so much worse.

Monsoon weather in So Cal, rain, hail, thunder, lightning. Nojo, is Stinque World Domination HQ still up and running?

@Dodgerblue: Our heat came on the other night. In July. I don’t dare tell my relatives that live in the South–they’d send around the men in white lab coats before one could say “well, gaaahhlee!”

@Dodgerblue: We got a simulacrum of that this morning — much sound, little fury, precipitating nothing.

@nojo: <3

@¡Andrew!: It felt pretty weird turning on the heat.

@nojo: Some poor schmuck got hit by lightning at Venice beach yesterday and killed. Another in critical condition. Similar weather today . . .

@Dodgerblue: Eeshhh!

TJ/ ATTN: Nerds! The kiddo is going to be applying to CS grad schools this year. He’s looking into PhD programs, but as I have no experience whatsoever with the application process or the CS grad school experience, we ask for your help.

We respectfully ask for anyone who has run this gauntlet, or anyone who knows someone who has, to throw down some knowledge.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
JNOV and her boy

@JNOV: Is he looking at the Farm? That’s the only program I know about, and said knowledge is pretty minimal.

@JNOV: Does “CS” mean computer science?

@SanFranLefty: Yup.

@Dodgerblue: Yup.

Annnnd…”The more I think about it, the more I realize that folks tend to ask me what I want to do with my education a whole lot. I think the question kind of misses the point in that I want the education for its own sake more than for the career’s.”

So. Yeah. Booomerrrrannnng. I’ll be living in a hut, but there’s always room for one more.

But it’s refreshing to see that it’s not about the $.

@JNOV: You may have seen this squirted all over the tubes, but here’s photos and video anyway of Bear Grylls and Zac Efron after they strip naked and do it. Rappel off a mountain cliff, I mean.

I don’t get the whole Zac Efron thingy. He may have been grown in a Disney lab, or he’s just a focused point of interdimensional energy, like the Key from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer school of self-reinforcing plot devices. Either way, he’s not real.

Bear Grylls–on my other hand–is sizzlin’.

@JNOV: UW has one of the top-ranked CS programs in the country, but that’s all I know about it.

@¡Andrew!: Oh!

Man, he’s so antiSeattle. I mentioned UDub, and he was like, “I don’t like it here.”


@¡Andrew!: Zac Efron ick. His head is weird – like one of those Lego people.

@JNOV: Having trained as a journalist and ended up a (self-taught) geek, I don’t have much to say about formal education. But I was early on the career-hopping train, and I can say that both journalism and philosophy taught me mental discipline that I still find very useful.

This much is certain: Any specific thing you’re taught today will he obsolete in ten years, because geeking is a moving target. But every language is much like any other language, so it’s the general sense of the thing — program structure and behavior — that you want to nail. In that respect, the high school BASIC class I took in 1974 still comes in handy, too.

Speaking of bear: went out this morning with the dogs about ten to six and found a black bear tearing apart a peach tree to get at the as-yet unripe fruit. The boxer went on full alert and, with the help of pug 2, chased him off. I doubt that the tree can be saved which is annoying as it was in its 7th summer and was really beginning to take on character as well as bear fruit.

I see that noje is taking the high road again.

@Benedick: Pug v. bear and the pug won? Awesome!

@JNOV: U.C. San Diego has a great computer science program. My super-geeked-out second cousin went there and now has his generation’s dream job — working for a big electronic gaming company. He even has a girlfriend!

@Dodgerblue: UCSD: Feed your head. Get some tail.

@¡Andrew!: Best part of that clip? Bear Grylls saying, “We started together, we’re gonna finish together.” No possible way to read anything homoerotic into that, no siree. As for Zac Efron, he struts around in his underwear a lot in The Paperboy (which is intensely, comically weird, but in the best way), and I certainly didn’t mind. See also The Lucky One.

@nojo: That sounds like one of those hilarious new ads for the Seattle Aquarium. The latest one is a giant billboard featuring a starfish that states “it blows my mind that I have no brain.” There’s plenty of reps in Olympia on both sides that need to have that slogan slapped on their campaign lit.

@mellbell: FILTHY! This is a family show. I will say though that Zac’s looking much, much better since he stopped waxing his chest and slightly reduced his cocaine intake–and of course I totally would hit it, obviously.

@Dodgerblue: Mrs RML has a friend whose brother used to play computer/video games allthefucking time. Mom used to take him food in his room. Dude is now pulling down major bank from Microsoft and has a hot Australian wife. They moved there from a Seattle suburb for her. She and I bonded because we’re both rockers. Me and the friend’s brother hit it off and did major damage to friend’s dad’s bar at friend’s wedding.* I still feel like I owe him a bottle of gin, maybe some single malt as well.

@¡Andrew!: Dude! Bear’s outdoor gear is kind of laughed at or viewed with condescension because he licensed anything that would take a logo. Knives that snap above the handle are kind of frowned upon.

@JNOV: New Mexico has this crazy ass place called New Mexico Tech in a shithole called Socorro south of Albuquerque. How weired is that place? A fucking UFO landed there in the 50s, and Mythbusters go there on a regular basis to blow shit up.

* She married Mexican Iraqi war vet whom I’ve mentioned before. Fucking hell of a wedding.

@Benedick: Is The Carbon Offset Willow okay?

@redmanlaw: “A Shithole Called Socorro” sounds like a rejected Eagles song.

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