My friend, Dave, and I went to see our first MN Twins game Saturday at their new ballpark. Very cool. Dave’s friends have season tickets and they gave him their tickets and he asked me to go with him. Awwww. And the Twins won!
Behind Blue Eyes Part 2
Townshend’s arrest story was all sensations at first, juicy and lurid, but when the investigation had been completed and Townshend had been essentially cleared of all charges, the media reported it almost as an afterthought. That kind of reporting leads the public in general to mainly remembering the opening salvo and forgetting the wrap up. This phenomenon leaves the public thinking ill of Pete and he doesn’t deserve it.
To be fair, Pete Townshend has been fairly rehabilitated in the public eye. If he hadn’t the 15 different versions of the TV show CSI wouldn’t be using Who songs for their themes and The Who wouldn’t have been booked to play the last Superbowl’s halftime.
RIP Martin Gardner I talked about the loss of Martin Gardner at the age of 95. He was a founding member of CSICOP (now CSI) and a leading light in the skeptical movement. His contributions were many, most notable was his 1952 book ‘Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science’.
Read more about him here, here and here.
I also took this opportunity to talk about the mistaken notion that celebrities die in threes. What makes someone a celebrity? How close together do the deaths need to be to be clustered? And so on.
My new friend in skepticism
Chris Brown had me check out a couple YouTube videos that really demonstrate what poor observers we human beings can be. We just aren’t that good. We stink! We’re awful! Lousy! Crappy!! Almost worthless!!
I finished up the show talking about how much I like the original Jonny Quest animated TV series. It was great. I liked the art, the characters (Ok, Bandit got a little annoying), the creatures and villains, the music and, most of all, I liked the fact that people died on the show. Pretty blood thirsty, eh?
Music heard on the show…
First ad break bumpers: ‘Town Called Malice’ by The Jam & ‘Come Again’ by Au Pairs
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Age Of Consent’ by New Order & ‘The Mayor Of Simpleton’ by XTC
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle