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So Things Have Been Quiet Lately… June 23, 2017

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…but boiling and frothing beneath the surface.

Kind of.

Anyway, the all-too-reclusive Skinbad & family have been staying with me for a couple of days. They’re a higher class of people – you probably won’t ever get a chance to meet them.

Retired Geezer & wife are coming by as well, as are a few other IB luminaries, most notably laura & scott.

So this real life stuff has cut into blogging.

But soon things will pick up here.

Sooooooon…

Corey Hart is Sending Me Some Really Mixed Messages June 14, 2017

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Like most Americans, I often lie awake at night wondering what Corey Hart is trying to say with the song “Sunglasses at Night.”  For starters, here’s what Corey Hart looks like:

Hart

As you can see, he’s trying to look tough, but not too tough because he’s Canadian.  So when we get a song called, “Sunglasses at Night,” you can kind of assume we’re sticking with the tough-guy (relatively speaking) thing.  And that’s consistent with a line like, “don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no.”  See, because he’s tough enough that you don’t want to risk pulling a knife on him (but not so tough that he can’t make it sound like a polite warning).

If that were it, then I’d move on with my life, content that I had Corey’s oeuvre well enough in hand.

But then he says things like, “she’s deceiving me/It cuts my security,” and that’s more of a “betrayed by your woman” line, and then “‘Cause you got it made with the guy in shades oh no” is more like hey, join my gang and you’ll be safe from other potentially dangerous Canadians, like Snow.  And then we have “And I wear my sunglasses at night/So I can so I can/Forget my name while you collect your claim,” which might be more about the wife of an amnesiac who is getting disability insurance on his behalf.  Or at least faking amnesia for that purpose.  I don’t know if amnesia correlates to nocturnal-sunglasses-wearing; I should probably look that up.

Crazy Awesome Bass June 9, 2017

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Don’t Give Hate a Chance, by Jamiroquai.

I’m posting this bass cover version so you can see just how fast this guy is jamming along.  The band’s video is cool, too.

Unsavory Pikachu USB Charger June 5, 2017

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Pikachu, being an electrical sort of Pokemon, seems like an ideal candidate for a cute USB charger. Unfortunately the Chinese designers who decided to create such a device didn’t really think it through:

BadPikachuProductDesign

Mini-Review of Wonder Woman June 5, 2017

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The whole time I was watching I was thinking, “Man, I wish Marvel had done this movie.”

Oh well.

Exports Decline for 3rd Straight Month June 3, 2017

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This very young month of June has not been a happy one for economic reports: a downtick in full-time jobs, a pause in manufacturing jobs, and now, yet another decline in exports.

Here’s your mildly depressing chart.

ExportsJune2017Report

I, for one, am certainly craving a heaping portion of winning.

Manufacturing Jobs Stall June 2, 2017

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While manufacturing jobs had shown 5 months of growth, adding 74K jobs since the month Trump was elected, this month’s report shows the loss of 1000 jobs.

ManufJobsJun2017Report

It remains, however, the 2nd-highest number of manufacturing jobs for the past 9 years.

Here’s hoping May’s ranking slides in upcoming months.

Latest Jobs Report June 2, 2017

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While media reports that the regular unemployment rate didn’t do too badly last month, by my metric the employment situation took a nasty turn:

FullTimeEmpvsCivPopJun2017Report

More upticks please.

You Will Believe a Bunny Can Sing May 31, 2017

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Congrats to This Years’ Grads May 31, 2017

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Did you lose power? How to tell. May 30, 2017

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Well, I know I’ve lost electrical service for some short period of time when I come home and see the microwave display flashing, and asking me to reset the time.

But I’m going to be going on a real vacay this Summer, and I have a freezer full of meat. Short outages will not endanger anything. But if the power went out for a long time, and everything was ruined but later refroze, how would I know?

I was at work yesterday and I asked one of my coworkers about it. She knew the answer.

Freeze a container of water. Put a coin on top of the ice, and then place the container back in the freezer. If the coin isn’t still at the top when you get back, throw out your meat.

Brilliant. What little tips and tricks like this do you know?

The Sober Side of Memorial Day May 29, 2017

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On this Memorial Day of 2017, you could far worse than peruse this powerful photoessay on the final journey of a Marine Captain lost in Iraq in 2005.

Via Instapundit