What I Learned Today – Thursday, October 29

Just a few quick ones today.

Yeah, what Jared and Kayleigh say here are terrible, but what really annoys me about this clip is the shock that Woodward tries to conjure up about Trump actually thinking something so horrible. I mean, Woodward literally wrote a book full of the awfulness that is Trump two years ago and he still acts like he just met the man a few weeks ago? The media has been doing this all along.  Trump says or does the worst thing imaginable, the media is shocked that he would say/do something this terrible, and then the cycle repeats the very next day.

This is a must read article discussing how Covid is spread in different situations using different measures (ie masks, ventilation) with some amazing visualizations.

Jon Ossoff murdered a guy on the teevee last night.

Sigh, Florida…..

Fork Calligraphy and Frozen Trump Supporters – What I Learned Today – Wednesday, October 28

A baseball player finds out that he has tested positive in the middle of a game and is moved away from the other players for a few innings before the team wins and Mr. Covid then decides he’s going to celebrate with the rest of the team despite carrying a terribly contagious disease. He tweeted that he feels fine though!!!!  So nothing to worry about.  It’s not as if asymptomatic carriers are the biggest spreaders or anything.

We have had half a million new cases of Covid this past week alone:

And it’s spiking elsewhere in the world. This is just terrible.

And the White House has declared one of their accomplishments was ending Covid-19:


Trump supporters left out in the cold (literally) when a Trump rally fails to have enough buses to bring supporters back to their cars after Trump left. People had to walk several miles to their cars in the cold while others were taken to the hospital.

And Trump seems to be perfectly fine with people who attempt to kidnap a governor:

Fork calligraphy!

The Skeleton Dance in 4K:

Tenacious D does the Time Warp:

VOTE!: What I Learned Today – Monday, October 26


It’s almost over. Eight days remain. So many emotions are running through me about this. First of all, part of me is just glad that all of the craziness that happens as a precursor to the election is just about over. I hate how long the Presidential election cycle is and how it is covered in the media. It’s just excruciatingly neverending. And it’s even worse when you factor in the absolutely worst person in the world who has proved again and again how much disdain he has for everybody whose name isn’t Donald Trump. I know it’s a cliche to say that this election is the most important one of our lives, but given how Trump and his crew of racist sycophants have responded to the pandemic, or more accurately, how they haven’t responded to it, I don’t see how this isn’t the most important election of our lifetime. The current numbers are the worst we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic and Trump and his ilk have completely given up at even trying to pretend that they care.

So what can we do in the home stretch?  Firstly, vote!  I voted two weeks ago. I received a vote-by-mail ballot and put it in the ballot drop box at my town hall. (Easier for me to do that than trusting the mail at this point)  But there are many options this year. Please, do early voting if you can. And if you can’t do it early, vote on November 3rd. Don’t let your vote go to waste this year. There is just too much at stake.

Ok, you voted.  EXCELLENT!  Now what can we do? Personally, I donated a few extra dollars this past weekend.  I donated to Biden/Harris and also donated to Jaime Harrison in South Carolina. I rarely donate to out of state candidates but Lindsey Graham has just been such a snake that seeing his ass booted out of the Senate would be the most fun I could possibly have without waking up with a headache the next morning. I think a lot of people don’t donate money because they feel like they have to donate a lot to make it worth it. But even just a few bucks from a lot of people make a huge difference though. I donated $15 to Harrison. (As a side note, what is annoying about donating is as soon as you do, the next email is them urging you to give more. Dudes, I just gave.  At least give me 24 hours before you try bleeding more from me.)

So we donated and voted.  Now what? Urge your friends and family to do the same. Or at the very least, get them to vote. So many people just don’t vote because they don’t think they will make a difference.

Use the comments to let us know what you have been doing, or what you intend to do to make a difference as this election cycle winds down.

The 60 Minutes interview with Trump is just a mess. Let’s put it this way, a President of the United States who is in the final weeks of his reelection bid, runs away from an interview on one of the most top rated news shows because he was asked if he could do some tough questions, and took that question as the tough question.

If we think he’s bad now, he’s going to be so much worse if he gets a 2nd term.  VOTE!

But at least he has a big binder that details his healthcare plan. Oh, wait:

The White House has given up trying to control the pandemic.

A grocery store in Dublin has a glass floor that gives shoppers a peek into some history:


Shoppers at a new Lidl store in Dublin will get a unique insight into the city’s medieval past. The remains of an 11th century house are clearly visible beneath a glass section of the floor of the store on Aungier Street in the city centre.

Debates and Haunted Book Nooks, What I Learned Today – Thursday, October 22

I’ve been a little busy with work projects but mostly have just been tuning out news for the last week or two. And it has been AMAZING. Now that we have under 2 weeks before all hell breaks loose in early November, I guess it’s time to start wading into the cesspool though.

I will be watching the debate tonight, so perhaps I’m not wading so much into the cesspool than diving in headfirst.  That’s if there is a debate. Trump has been whining about it all week and now that they have decided to cut the microphones for those who won’t stfu when it’s not their time to speak, I can see Trump doing something stupid like walking off, or going over and grabbing Joe’s microphone.  His base would love that.

Rudy Giuliani, who runs a security consulting firm, got caught on film with his hands down his pants in Borat’s new movie coming out tomorrow on Amazon Prime. Rudy says he was just tucking his shirt into his pants. And in his defense, who doesn’t thrust his shirt deep into one’s pants while lying down on a bed with a young woman hovering over you?

So Rudy likes tucking his shirt under his scrotum I guess?

Oh, America….

Oh, Amerikkka…

This is my favorite monologue of all time and this is wonderful!

The making of the Haunted Mansion Book Nook.  I can watch these videos all day.


RIP Amazing Randi

Oh no 🙁

James Randi, a magician and illusionist known as “The Amazing Randi” as well as a scientific investigator who debunked paranormal and occult phenomena through his organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has died. He was 92.

The James Randi Foundation announced his passing in a tweet, saying he died of “age-related causes” on Tuesday.

Randi was remembered on Wednesday by magician Penn Jillette in a pair of tweets, which you can see below, as an “inspiration, mentor and dear friend.”

Trump says if Biden’s elected, “he’ll listen to the scientists”

I’m trying to stay away from the news as much as possible because it’s such a cesspool, especially given that the election is about 2 weeks away. But my god, what a headline.

Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to listen to anybody who may have some kind of snotty expert information and could help solve a problem would we?


Looks Like I Didn’t Miss Much From My News Embargo

Ok, I admit, I’m kinda curious about the Mr. Rogers talking point.

In other news, I filled out my ballot, put it in the local OFFICIAL ballot drop box at city hall, and it has been accepted according to the website. And yes, of course I voted for Biden.  Biden was not my first choice during the primary, nor my second or third, but compared to a pathological lying narcissist who was impeached in his first term, has said that white supremacists were very fine people, who has done everything in his power to make this pandemic far worse than it could have been by disregarding all of the science, who has fucked up everything possible, placed people in power not from their experience but their loyalty to himself, and makes every single thing about himself no matter how small of a slight, well, then Biden looks pretty damn good. Let’s just say, Biden, the only real competitor in this race, outclasses Trump in every single way possible and I’m pleased with my vote.