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A tale of two bridges…

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Someone at work pointed this out to me the other day.

Here is the world-famous Sydney Harbor bridge in Sydney, Australia, which people travel from all over the world to see, climb, and photograph the surrounding scenery from, particularly the famous opera house:

And here is the not-at-all famous Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, New Jersey, which people typically only think about if it’s mentioned on the local traffic report, and wouldn’t climb it unless they worked for the State of New Jersey and were being paid to paint or repair it:

Odd how differently we treat these two structures, given that they are almost identical bridges.

Just goes to show: context is EVERYTHING…

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Unlikely Twins, Part XVII

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

It’s hard to think of two more different personalities, and both were born on August 29th…

John McCain,
Successfully Became Known as One of the Whitest Men in America
Michael Jackson,
Tried and Failed at the Very Same Task

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New York City Sights – The Times Square Kiss

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Walking through Times Square the other day, I came across this giant statue, appropriately standing right near the famous U.S. Army Recruiting Station where the famous VJ-Day Kiss took place back in 1945:

A couple of days later, it was gone. I have no idea from where it came, nor where it went. I’m just glad I took a picture of it so I know I didn’t dream it…

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ISBS Review: The Apple iPad

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

When Apple’s iPad first came out, I wrote this:

As things stand today, if someone were to buy me one as a gift, I

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Unlikely Twins, Part XVI

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

One of these men became the leader of his country, the other became a FOX News television host. In any case, had things turned out differently, summit meetings on August 24th could have involved birthday cake:

Mike Huckabee,
Conservative American Politician
Yasser Arafat,
Former PLO Leader, Terrorist and Headwear Trend Setter

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By Popular Demand: The Mickey Mouse Watch

Friday, August 20th, 2010

In my (almost) annual post about Beloit College’s Mindset List, I called attention to an item suggesting that today’s college freshmen don’t have an instinct to look at their wrist to tell time in the same way that, er…, those of us “of a certain age” still do. This prompted my blogging buddy, Jason Bennion, and I to start a small discussion about cool wristwatches, in which I mentioned my custom-made Mickey Mouse watch. Jason said the story sounded “intriguing,” and well, as anyone who’s ever read this blog knows, I don’t need too much of an incentive to tell a story.

So, here goes: the story of my watch. First, let us take a moment to pray that the copyright gods are dealing with something much more important (like whether or not Wikipedia can display the FBI’s seal?) OK, let’s go…

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Unlikely Twins, Part XV

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Each August 19th, these two guys were likely doing very different things. OR WERE THEY?!?

Gene Roddenberry,
Boldly Went Where No Man had Gone Before
Bill Clinton,
Boldly Went Where . . . Hmm…..

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According to the Class of 2014…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It’s that time of year again – the new Beloit College Mindset List is out.

As in past years (2007, 2009), I direct you to the link above for the whole list, but will highlight my favorite items here:

Most students entering college for the first time this fall

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Can they *DO* that?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I came across a T-Mobile billboard ad the other day which contained a rather interesting disclaimer:

In case you can’t read it, here it is blown up:

…and in case you can’t read that, here’s what it says:

T-mobile and the magenta color are registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG. (c) 2010 T-Mobile USA, Inc.

So, question: can they really trademark the color magenta? If so, I can see a class-action lawsuit against every kid who ever used a box of Crayola crayons coming. And you thought those RIAA folks were bad…

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New York City Sights – Jets for Sale?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Typically, the first year of a new sports stadium brings large crowds of casual, but curious, fans out to the stadium. In the case of the New York Jets (and, to a lesser extent, the New York Giants, who share the new stadium with them), their decision to require a personal seat license for each season ticket (often running into thousands of dollars in addition to the cost of the seat for next season) has left them with some very angry, lifelong fans and quite a few available seats. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw these folks, dressed in New York Jets jerseys, on the streets of New York, handing out fliers to buy tickets to the games.

And to add insult to injury, someone on the street was harassing them about ticket prices, prompting one of them to yell “I am not a Jet! I am not a Jet!” to passersby. I’m sure this is not what the Jets had in mind for a marketing strategy…

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