Daily Archives: June 6, 2012

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Today is National Running Day!

What is  National Running Day you ask?

From the National Running Day website:

“National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.” Continue reading

Ray Bradbury, August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

Ray Bradbury lived most of his life in the Los Angeles area. Starting in 1950, when he lived in Venice, he took the street car twenty miles to attend a writers’ group that met in a library in Torrance. For the rest of his life he returned to that library every year to give a public lecture.

I saw him there in about 2003, when he was in a wheelchair, but despite that he stood up at the lectern to talk to us. As soon as he was done, he got back into the wheelchair. Continue reading

Name Bristol Palin’s New Puppy!

Hey y’all, America’s Baby Mama, Bristol Palin, has aquired* a Newfoundland** puppy for her fiancé, Gino***, and she needs your help in naming it. Go!

*Buying a purebred puppy stimulates the economy. It is The American Way.
**Newfoundland is in Canada, therefore this puppy is a Socialist.
***That sounds foreign. Has she run him past Joe Arpaio, The Donald, and Orly Taitz? I think she should.
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Preparing for the End of the World In Just One Bag

Ever wonder just what the hell you would do if the Apocalypse came? And we’re not talking about some little natural disaster, oh, no, we’re talking about seas boiling, clouds of tear gas, dogs and cats plotting their revenge, and all other manner of indescribable horror, or just your run of the mill zombie outbreak. What would you need to survive? Or better yet, what would you need to survive that could all fit into one pack? Continue reading

QOTD: What’s The Title Of Your Biography?

The fourth volume of Robert Caro’s immense biographical series, The Years of Lyndon Johnson was just published; it sits at number three on The New York Times non-fiction best-seller list. Entitled The Passage of Power, it joins Caro’s earlier entries The Path to Power, Means of Ascent and Master of the Senate. Such strong, manly titles! Each one is more muscular than the last, what with all that “power”, “ascending” and “mastery”. Without even reading the books (yeah, that’s not gonna happen) you certainly get a sense of Johnson; he seems like a marble statue ever shouldering uphill, a towering force of absolute forward momentum.  Continue reading

A Detroit Skyscraper Costs Less than a Condo

The Penobscot building in downtown Detroit just sold for $5M to a Toronto based company. The selling price was $5.00 per square foot for the 1M square foot building. Detroit office space vacancy rates are currently around 25%. But for the same amount of money you can get 173 Perry Street, Unit 4N in Manhattan. Assuming you live there or can rent it out the vacancy rate should be zero. Continue reading