Friday, January 16, 2009

News Nits

"All the news that's fit to reprint."

Lots has been going on in the news this week. A plane crashed into the Hudson river, but all 150 people on board were rescued. A rare nit of bad news turned good. I wonder if anyone used their flotation devices? I thought those things were just a joke. Talk about a bailout, the captain of the plane is already being hailed as a hero. Quite an incredible story.

Where are you right now? I can tell you where I am. I am inside. Just after lunch, here in the Twin Cities, it's finally gotten up to -3. It was -18 when I got into school this morning. These are not wind chill readings, these are temperatures. It has been like this all week, and it's insane. Even the DJ's at MPR's the Current are getting more sarcastic and snarky than normal. My administrative assistant who grew up in Fargo assured me that it's no big deal, -20 is when you start to worry about frostbite in under 10 minutes. Hmmm. Tell Canada they can have their air back. I need to go get some more coffee, be right back, or as the kids these days IM, "brb"...

Speaking of coffee, it appears that moderate amounts of coffee are good for your brizzain. This is excellent news, as I was planning on continuing drinking coffee even if that Canadian swimsuit chick begged me not to. Perhaps if she is really nice, I will not drink more than 3 cups a day. If a hallucination convinces you to stop doing the stuff that's causing you to hallucinate, is that like a paradox? Sounds like Marty McFly and Doc need to explain this to me. But until they do, here are some other good articles about foods you should be eating and ways you can protect your heart
(physically, not emotionally). Also, this device will not only improve your posture, but it will make you look more Swedish.

No matter how many pretty speeches O'Bama gives or how big the stimulus packages talk gets, the economy is still a real thing, and it has bitten off a huge chunk of poisonous food that it is now trying to digest and purge from its system anyway possible. Except no one wants to take the hit in that process. Circuit City is liquidating itself, sorry if that sounds disgusting. The financial sector is also taking additional hits as Bank of America and Citigroup stick their chubby little hands out for more money after posting bigger losses. I'm trying not to inject my personal comment here other than for entertainment's sake, but why do these guys deserve a bailout, but not Circuit City or Detroit? Or you and me?

If things get too bad in the economy, we can always sell whatever we've got left, put on our favorite jumpsuit and move here. Just zoom out one click at a time to get a good sense for where it is. I'm sure they've got DSL there, so your subscription and dependence on The Loop and the Lou would not be interrupted.

But News Nits wouldn't leave you high and dry like that before the weekend. So here's a rare reco from TLATL, if you haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire, go on and treat the lady to a really entertaining movie and story. (Don't worry, it's in English.)

"I don't have an English accent because this is what English sounds like when spoken properly." -- James Carr

[Update: Heard about this new Windows Worm -- known as Conficker, Downaddup, or Kido -- over the weekend and it's now popping up in my RSS feeds. Practice safe computing, America!]


Marty said...

How did you find that place...the island that is....and where did you find that candadian...anyways, I appreciate the nits, and the frequency of posts that come along with them...I must say though, that I find it tough to argue against a bailout for anybody after the precedent that they have set now. I get that there are arguments to be made about the good of the nation and safety in its citizens' finances as a reason to bail the banking industry out and not larry flynt and the girls gone wild guy. However, once this ridiculous sum of money was doled out, it seems that an argument can be made for just about every industry to get there hands on some of this dough.....regardless, its not much better weather in the loop and i'm sicking of freezing my nits off...

Roller said...

3-5 cups of coffee reduces chances of Alzheimers, but more than 3 cups increases chance of hallucinations. What's next - alcohol is bad for your liver? You just can't win these days.

The whole bailout saga disgusts me so much, I can't even blog about it.

Some video of the plane crash. Those pilots are incredible.

Marty said...

My sister and brother-in-law saw the plane crash into the river from their office in manhattan and said the mood got very quiet, somber, and you could tell everyone was on edge, as you could imagine....anyways, just watched the inauguration, is there an inaguration post in the near future...from a non-republican member of this're all...