Friday, May 29, 2015

So far, the race between really stupid automobile technology and the self-driving car...

... is being won by the stupid, such as windshield displays...

Charles McNeal

He was playing some tunes from Miles's Kind of Blue at Cafe Stritch in San Jose last night with a local all-star band. A fast, fluid, and creative soloist, he also has performed the public service to jazz saxophonists everywhere of transcribing a large number of great sax solos.

Now residing in Vegas, he gets to sit in. The fun starts at 2:30. I always loved this tune.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Gladys!

This one sends a chill down my spine every time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Public service reminder: College pays!

The NYT publishes yet another annoying commentary about the lousy career prospects of college grads. Professor Bronson's heart is in the right place, and clearly she believes she is doing her students a service in her composition courses. But then we have the following:
Over all, their goals are fairly reasonable for anyone investing money and time at the university level. 
But are they realistic? 
Probably not, according to Richard Vedder, the director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. “There are too many college graduates for the kinds of jobs they expect to hold,” he said.
Vedder can say what he likes, and realistic expectations are a good thing, but the bottom line is that the college premium in both pay and employment prospects is now as high as it has ever been. On top of that as a bonus you get to learn cool stuff that might make you a happier, more interesting, and more well-rounded person. Stay in school and get that degree! Does it seem like I am repeating myself? I am! See here, and here.

Monday, May 25, 2015


Not much of a sports fan, am I. No home-town loyalty either. But hoops is my favorite sport, and I gotta say I like these Warriors. I hope Curry is OK. Bad fall, gutsy game. The Rockets are doomed. Looking forward to watching Steph go up against LeBron.

Destroying California on Screen

Bring it on. Hollywood knows we can cash in on your envy of our great state. While y'all are sitting in the theater rocking your schadenfreude, just remember that heat waves, floods, and tornadoes are going to carry you away in vastly greater numbers than our measly little earthquakes. Not to mention the earthquakes you are inflicting on yourselves with your fracking. And sure, our drought will be unpleasant, but we'll get by, and then we'll charge you an arm and a leg for our wine and tomato paste.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pickle report

Not long ago I was singing the praises of Paulie's Pickles, a fine fresh pickle in a tangy-spicy light vinegar brine. But when it comes to a pickle I can be fickle, especially when the new contender is as good as Sonoma Brinery's Manhattan Style Fresh Pickles. These are the real deal, fermented in brine without vinegar, just some spices and the natural tang provided by the fermentation process. Mild, with a nice snap. It's hard for me to imagine a better basic cucumber pickle. They are ridiculously expensive for a damn pickle, but you're worth it, aren't you? And they are probiotic, so (if you believe in that sort of thing) it will make you healthier. A sense of wellbeing certainly comes over me after consuming one of these... or two... or three...

In the refrigerated pickle section of a fine grocer near you.

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's not just a generational thing

Yes, younger folks are much more comfortable with same-sex marriage than most oldsters. But the dramatic tip in support within the last decade has occurred in comparable magnitude within all generations. Indeed, the oldest cohort seems to show the largest proportional increase. Remarkable.

Plot source here. Click the link for better scaling.
<br>Which Generations Support Same-Sex Marriage...