(O)ur inexorable path toward robot domination becomes ever more clear. LG has announced a series of smart appliances that will be “controlled” by your Smart Phone and can do things like… even suggest recipes based on what is in the fridge.

Now that is awesome! What’s for dinner? Let’s ask the fridge. I love you LG.

Travel Day with Quote

Newt Gingrich, in the 80s, wrote this:

“The third-generation shuttle of the year 2020 should offer… a typical couple… a honeymoon trip into space for around $15,000.”

To the moon!

Watch Your Language

A Phoenix native living in Franklin, Mass., or thereabouts, schools you on your cactusey language.

The general public would (be) more surprised to learn that cactuses is an acceptable plural form of cactus, not just cacti.

So true. Also, cactus is both a singular and a plural form and cacticularies is an archaic plural. I just made up that last one.

Republican Quote of the Day

I don’t do these very often any more, but sometimes politicians get pretty bizarre. From Mitt Romney we find out the startling truth:

‘I’m Also Unemployed’

Wow! An extremely wealthy man running for President is now “Unemployed”. Does that mean he’s sending out resumes and checking craigslist?

Quote of the Day

A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teabagger and says “Watch out for that union guy—he wants a piece of your cookie!”

This version via Balloon Juice, although I’ve seen it elsewhere too.

Moscow's Street Dogs

But the last group of Moscow’s dogs is by far the most amazing. They are the beggars, for obvious reasons. In these packs, the alpha isn’t the best hunter or strongest, it’s the smartest. The most impressive beggars, however, get their own title: ‘metro dogs’. They rely on scraps of food from the daily commuters who travel the public transportation system. To do so, the dogs have learned to navigate the subway. They know stops by name, and integrate a number of specific stations into their territories.


Quote of the Day

What the heck, another video today because of the rain. It’s been all over the Senator Stevens Memorial Inter-Tubes today.

And the quote of the day is towards the end of this lovely middle class jewish video,

Cute m-f-ing baby.

Thank you and good night!

Political Argument of the Day

The New York Times makes stuff up again.

What so many liberal critics really want in a Democratic president now is someone who will denounce the wealthy and punish the barons of industry (and insurance).
Matt Bai, NY Times

Name them. No, what we liberal critics want is not to denounce and punish, but actual policy progress in the form of a new regulatory regime to prevent this kind of financial meltdown from happening again.

If a company, and especially a bank, is too big to fail then it should not be allowed to get that big, and if it is that big and must be bailed out, it should also be broken apart at the same time – not to punish anyone, but to prevent it from happening again.

If a company fails and must be bailed out, then the executives should not be getting multimillion dollar bonuses – not because we want to punish them, but because they are now receiving taxpayer dollars and nobody on government welfare should be receiving such sums, least of all the individuals most responsible for the global financial meltdown.

The only way to stop this kind of looting is to reregulate and enforce the antitrust laws that were put in place 100 years ago to prevent exactly this kind of meltdown from happening after the experience of the 19th century’s series of meltdowns.

Random Succulent Quote

Kathleen and Don have been applying Pendulum to the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society xeric garden at The Arboretum for several years. …

I don’t know what that means, or where that is, but I like the poetry of the line. If you click through and figure out the details, let me know in comments, OK? I don’t have time to read the whole article right now, what with a retail nursery business to run…

Quote of the Day

I’ve avoided using any of the many fine recent quotes from Gov. Sanford of SC, and Gov. Palin of AK, until today.

I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” (Palin) said.

(via Atrios.)

Here, have a picture of a cactus flower:


Opuntia subulata

Michigan Middle School Student Quote-of-the-Day

First the setup:

About 90 Krueger Middle School students got an early jump on the activities at this week’s BioBlitz at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The event, sponsored by National Geographic, is bringing in thousands of scientists and other volunteers to catalog as many plants and animals as possible….

Now the quote of the day:

“We even have cactus in the dunes,” Jaden Lance noted.

I like that. “We even have cactus in the dunes” would be a good title for my next book. (OK, my first book, but you get the idea.) Now how about a coda:

A seventh grader found a ladybug crawling along a blade of grass and showed it to a few classmates.


Clipped Quote of the Day

…the student-run nursery offers water-smart succulents, propagated by the kids themselves…

Shall I explain? Shall I tell you it is in Santa Rosa and the sale was last week? Shall I go further and provide a photo?

NO! I shall not.

But I will tell you how smart those kids are, propagating water-smart succulents.

Supreme Court Justice Quote-of-the-Day

Sometimes I wonder.

‘Today there is much focus on our rights,” Justice Thomas said…. “Shouldn’t there at least be equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”

Looting America Quote-of-the-Day

There’s so much recent news of the looting of the American taxpayer by the banking, insurance and financial companies. Geithner’s lack of action to AIG’s bonuses could be the precipitating cause of some serious pushback. But anyway, this little article in the NYTimes really gets right to the heart of the ongoing screwing of the American public by those responsible for crashing the system.

A 29-year-old man who works for a large investment management firm and was at Bagatelle’s brunch (racking up four- and five-figure tabs) one recent Saturday and at Merkato 55’s the next, put it another way:

“If you’d asked me in October, I’d say it’d be a different situation, and I don’t think I’d be here. Then the government gave us $10 billion.”

via Dailykos

Quotes of the Day

I haven’t done any political quotes in a while, and I don’t really want to. But then along came these 2 quotes from the Conservative Political Action Conference. I must quote them. You cannot stop me.

“My Bad”
Michael Steele (RNC) on the last 8 years of Republican governance.

Followed up with:

“Michael Steele! You be da man!”
Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Congressional Quote of the Day

From my parents’ congressman (at least my Mom votes for him):

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “[Obama] says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.”

June 2023

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