More overdramatized news: the sleeping air traffic controller

If you haven’t heard, last night, the sole controller at Reagan National airport was apparently asleep while two planes tried to land. As bad as that sounds, the local news here is way overdramatizing the danger to the airplanes and passengers, in my opinion. They are interviewing people at the airport who are saying they […]

Safe landing

Pretty incredible landing yesterday by the US Airways pilot after the bird strike.  It was great to see everyone get off the plane safely with only minor injuries.  I’m not sure the media is getting across just how great a job the pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, did in getting the plane down and getting […]

Yes, the Rainbow Room Grill is closing, I know…

Three people have told me that the Rainbow Room Grill is closing and I wanted to assure anyone else that I am now well aware of this fact.  The reason it is significant is that on my birthday for each of the last three years, I have taken a group of friends to dinner at the Rainbow Room […]

My favorite news anchor

Charles Osgood.  Hands down.  Kelly and I have been spending a relaxing 90 minutes each Sunday morning watching Charles Osgood’s Sunday Morning program on CBS.  I think it’s probably the best news program out there, and for my money, the only one worth watching. When I lived in L.A., I used to listen to The Osgood File on […]

Blood, sweat and tears (not necessarily in that order)

Up at 4:20 AM after getting to sleep after 10 PM. When I woke up, I was in no mood to go to the gym, but I ate breakfast, got ready, and headed into the office. By the time I got to the office, my mood was better and I went to the gym. 25 […]

We’re cheating on video games now?

This has probably been going on for quite some time, right under my nose, but my attention was drawn to it by this Yahoo!Tech article I saw this morning. Apparently, cheating at video games has been steadily on the rise and has become enough of a problem that cheaters are being punished. Set aside the […]

Study links drop in test scores to decline in time spent reading

Duh! See the New York Times article. Via SF Signal.

You shouldn’t read this

I’m a pretty mellow, easy-going guy. It takes a lot to get me really agitated and even more to get me down right pissed off. One thing that almost always does the trick are stories of censorship. Apparently, a school board in West Virginia is trying to ban Pat Conroy’s books so that high school […]

A nation of cowards?

Yes, I am referring to our nation. Anyone who says that our freedoms are not shrinking daily is either deranged or so completely out of touch with reality that they might as well be deranged. It’s always the little things that bug me the most because they are insipid. When seemingly harmless activities are banned, […]

Some good news, for a change

I’ve grown to hate network TV news broadcasts and hate news reported in newspapers almost equally as much. It all focuses on depressing topics. We could do better. But today, finally, some good news!

62nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Today, August 6, marks the 62nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I have read 3 books on the history of the atomic bomb, those involved in building it, and those involved in trying to prevent its proliferation thereafter. It gives me a bit of hope that in the 62 years […]

A good excuse to be disillusioned

As my Grandpa would say, Oh boy!