Atlantic Antic 2017

September 24, 2017


I’ve blogged about this so many times, please refer to prior year posts. The kiddos are getting older so we actually got to sit down at one place to enjoy food and drinks. It was hot this year, but overall a very nice antic. Food roundup for me:

  • alcupurrias (Spanish church)
  • corn (who knows, it’s everywhere)
  • empenanda (second pass by the Spanish church, seriously good)
  • oysters (from French Louie – they said they had 3,000 oysters and ran out)
  • fries (same place, really good)
  • bratwurst (random German stand)
  • pizza (Brado, my local joint)
  • gumbo (The Gumbo Bros)

What makes this the best street fair in NYC is that on top of the generic street fair food (not that there’s any wrong with the sausage and peppers truck), the local joints are providing the food, drinks and music. Crazy good fun. I need to burp…


How Not to Land a Rocket

September 14, 2017

From SpaceX, a blooper reel of the failed attempts to land a rocket…

Jackasses of the Week

September 13, 2017

I first heard this via a political writer on Twitter:

In response to:

He followed the first tweet with more amusing snark, but then I read John Gruber’s post, Jackasses of the Week, on Daring Fireball:

I don’t write much about “Silicon Valley” as a culture, because I don’t live there and, frankly, I don’t care. But the fact that this startup is being taken seriously is absurd. It’s a company named Bodega, and Fast Company’s headline says it all: “Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete”.

First, all they’ve done is make a fancy vending machine. That’s great. Vending machines are a real thing, and maybe there’s a market for better ones. But better vending machines are still just vending machines.

Second, what kind of sociopaths are these people that they want to put mom-and-pop corner stores and bodegas out of business? Local family-owned stores are what make for great neighborhoods. They’re good people running good businesses that people love. Good startup ideas are things that replace products or services that people hate. Taxis suck, for example. That’s why ride sharing services are so popular and successful. Bodegas and corner stores are great.

Third, as Helen Rosner argues in this thread, they’ve got a crummy business model.

Fuck these guys.

Can’t top that.


One Born Every Minute

September 12, 2017

I’m sure I never would have heard of this, except a science writer posted something mocking this product for claiming to use the same material used in NASA space suits (claim since retracted). There is a product called Body Vibes. They are wearable stickers. It is believed by some they might do something.


According to their site:

Body Vibes contain frequencies believed to have various harmonizing effects on the human body. Of course, not all human bodies are the same, so the effects may be different. Through a proprietary technology, these frequencies are recorded, condensed, and stored within the Body Vibes sticker, in much the same way that you would save a file to your computer’s hard drive. When the Body Vibes sticker is properly applied to your skin, it begins broadcasting the stored frequency, which may influence the mind/body bio-field with signals transferred through sympathetic resonance. This interchange of frequencies is believed to have balancing effects on particular systems within the body.

That’s the most spectacular gibberish I’ve read in a while. It manages to be meaningless while still hedging the benefits with “may” and  “believed to”.

The Anti-Anxiety 10 pack is only $60, so get them while you can…

I Love Art Because…

September 7, 2017

Via SMBC, as usual…

It's a shame there wasn't ever a snake-biting-someone's-dick movement in art.


August 27, 2017

Via, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, which thankfully my wife does not read…



August 10, 2017

When I was in college I recall telling my roommate that Guam was just an inherently funny word. I felt all jokes were funnier if they had the word Guam in them.

I’m obviously reminded of this today since current Guam references are very much not funny.

And I’m also amused by all the “where is Guam?” articles in the news. Some folks that know me well, know that I worked for Ringling Brothers on a Japan tour. We had about three weeks off while everything moved from Osaka to Tokyo, so the trumpet section (of which I was a part) took a vacation to Saipan.

No one in the U.S. has heard of Saipan, but it’s a popular Japanese tourist destination and it’s right by Guam. Being Americans we were a novelty and made friends with all the folks who worked there. And we literally had a pizza delivered from the Domino’s in Guam. It took more than 30 minutes (not official delivery, a guy had a boat and got it). I’m not a big Domino’s fan, but after months of no true American pizza, it was awesome.

Saipan was awesome too. Crazy gorgeous.

Hopefully the Guam Domino’s will be OK…