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  1. puddleglum1066 commented on Rudy Park 1 day ago

    True. We don’t listen to people who just make stuff up.

  2. puddleglum1066 commented on Tarzan 1 day ago

    Why would there be a pulse in the jugular? It’s a VEIN!

  3. puddleglum1066 commented on Non Sequitur 4 days ago

    You mean that “liberal” health care plan that originated in the Heritage Foundation and was prototyped by Mitt Romney before the “Blue Dogs” proposed it as a Republican-compatible alternative to an actual health care plan?

  4. puddleglum1066 commented on Doonesbury 4 days ago

    At least for me (having spent too many years having to pretend that business-babble has some significance), the joke is the ongoing inversion: most big innovations are in some way disruptive (by definition). Clueless wanna-be entrepreneurs invert this, supposing that anything disruptive must therefore be an innovation. They are wrong (most disruptions are just disruptions with no lasting effect or value), and the disconnect between their HBR-spawned world view and reality is funny (unless you made the mistake of investing in them).

  5. puddleglum1066 commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 6 days ago

    One of the Apollo astronauts repeated the experiment on the moon, using a rock and a feather. In the vacuum, of course, they did fall at the same rate.


    Re blaming anti-science attitudes on religion: I’m skeptical. Most of our science actually got its start in religious orders (for a really entertaining story of how earnest attempts to understand the story of Noah’s flood led to the development of modern geology, see “The Rocks Don’t Lie”). And many great scientists of the past and present had/have strong religious beliefs. They just follow the advice of St. Augustine (yes, that one, back around the 4th century, who’s also the patron saint of beer), who said that if what you observe in the natural world contradicts your interpretation of the sacred writings, then your interpretation is wrong.


    Anyway, these days the “religion” that seems most opposed to science is the worship of money and power… which is probably our true State Religion anyway.

  6. puddleglum1066 commented on Candorville 11 days ago

    Medically speaking, teeth are more likecskin or nails than bone. Which matters not at in the alternate universe of insurance contracts, where “we make our own reality” (figured I ought to work in a Bush reference on principle).

  7. puddleglum1066 commented on FoxTrot 11 days ago

    Which is why pretty much all American cars and trucks (and other industrial products) are assembled using the metric system. The Market spoke a long time ago, and it chose metric. We just officially stay on this awkward system based on the length of the king’s foot and barley corns because we Americans are “exceptional.”

  8. puddleglum1066 commented on Shoe 11 days ago

    Groundhog Day: if Phil sees his shadow, then wecwill have 6 more weeks ofvwinter. If he does NOT see his shadow, then we will have six more weeks of winter instead (note the difference). If a wolf eats Phil, then (and ONLY then) we will have an early spring. In other words, it’s all PETA’s fault.

  9. puddleglum1066 commented on Shoe 11 days ago

    Groundhog Day: if Phil sees his shadow, then wecwill have 6 more weeks ofvwinter. If he does NOT see his shadow, then we will have six more weeks of winter instead (note the difference). If a wolf eats Phil, then (and ONLY then) we will have an early spring. In other words, it’s all PETA’s fault.

  10. puddleglum1066 commented on Ink Pen 11 days ago

    I assume some management consultant proved they can save a tenth of a second per transaction by handing your change back this way. Of course, this doesn’t consider the extra ten seconds the customer spends putting the change into its proper place (while standing at the counter).