Archive for April, 2012

WoD – Haves and Have Nots, part II

Remember this chart and WoD from a few months ago, https://yiddishwod.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/wod-have-and-have-nots/?  (Ok, it has now been 18 months…)

At first I was kind of appalled by it.  I am a big believer that free markets and the private sector are the most efficient allocators of resources (i.e. not the public sector).  So it pained me to see this chart above.  However, there is something else going on worth additional thought (retrospectively now, I guess).

Basically, by having the public sector employed, and more importantly remaining employed, this is in effect a form of stimulus.  And perhaps a better one than waging a war or building roads to nowhere – at least it is driven by actual consumers consuming.  Because they had and have a steady-ish job, they have continued to take their families to Cheesecake Factory and buy G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grips.  In short, they have continued to consume.  Imagine what our economy would have looked like if their line had looked line the private sector’s line, too.  Scary.

So am I for it in the long run?  No.  But am I maybe glad the graph looked that way over the past three years?  Maybe…?

Monday:

LOKH IN KOP (LOHKH ihn KOHP)

Hole in the head

The marathoners need an 85 degree day like they need a lokh in kop!

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WoD – Easter vs. Passover

Sometimes the WoD is hard to knock out.  And sometimes it is easy.  Thank you Jon Stewart for making it easy today.  You must Must MUST watch this clip.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-april-9-2012/faith-off—adapting-passover

 

Friday:

BUBBE MAYSE (BUHBee MAYseh)

Old wives’ tale

Here are a whole bunch of bubbe mayse’s.  (For real.  I came across them at this website: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/aches/old_wives_tales.html#)

Feed a cold, starve a fever.  False.

Wait an hour before swimming.  False.

Coffee stunts your growth.  False.

Fish is brain food.  True.

Chocolate causes acne.  False.

Eating carrots will improve your eyesight.  False.  (Crap, I’ve used this one…)

If you go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold.  False.

If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.  False.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/aches/old_wives_tales.html#

WoD – Geordie’s Visor

(Today’s WoD is one of those techno-ones.  Skip if not concerned much with the future…)

First the Tricorder (http://www.scanadu.com/index.html or here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/future-is-now/palm-sized-star-trek-tech-may-closer-think-210316301.html), now Geordie’s LaForge’s visor!  Check this out:  http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/google-glass-visor-geordie/ and watch the short video on the page, called “Project Glass: One day…”

The only thing the video leaves out is the guy on the street who comes up to the guy wearing these, and completely kicks the crap out of him for looking so unbelievably dweeby.

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Ok that said, there is something kind of amazing in Star Trek, now after ~40+ years since its airing.  And it is how many of the almost-silly things Gene Roddenberry and the others on his staff cooked up or thought about that might occur in the way way future, that have actually come to pass.  Many of his wacky notions and ‘guesses’ at what the future may become are, actually, the future.  And many are even quickly becoming the present.

Except the dilithium crystals and warp speed.  And the teleportation.  And that very cool thing where you just say “green tea” and a cup of tea magically appears.  I’d like one of those things.

Thursday:

Gooteh neshumeh  (GOOteh nehSHOOmeh)

A good soul (free from hate)

My wife, bless her heart, is a gooteh neshumeh.



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