Solar Eclipse Talk And Mr. Pessimism
A solar eclipse will be making its way across the United States. Here in the Twin Cities we won’t be getting the see the total eclipse. We’re too far north, but we should be able to see more than 80% of the sun covered by the moon. We should, but…
It’s looking like it’s going to be raining up here on Monday. Just great.
That led to me talking about the pessimistic way of viewing things. You’re prepared to be disappointed, so when things turn out better than you thought, well, that’s even more better.
Statues, Racists, And Our Child President
Last weekend wasn’t one of America’s better moments. And it certainly wasn’t anywhere near a better moment for Pres. Trump. He did condemn the violence that led to a white supremacist carrying out the terrorist act of driving he car into the gathered anti-racist protesters, killing Heather Heyer. But, then he went on to say, “on many sides.”
What? I tell you. I just don’t have the words to express how frustrating and infuriating this guy gets. There seems to be no end to his non-presidential behavior. This guy is supposed to be our leader.
I also talked about the removal of Confederate war heroes being the reason the racists gathered to protest. There are those crying about the erasing of history. I don’t see it that way. It’s more a correcting of history. Put the statues in museums.
More Statue Talk
The western New York town of Celoron’s claim to is that TV legend Lucille Ball grew up there. The city officials decided to commission a statue made to honor their hometown gal done good. What they received did not resemble Lucy at all. The townspeople took to calling it “scary Lucy.”
I defended the original artist a little. That’s because it seems clear to me that sculpting famous people in which their likenesses are captured is not where his talent lies. His online portfolio does not include any examples of his capturing likenesses. I wondered how he was picked and didn’t he show someone the sculpture before setting it in bronze.
Another artist as commissioned and she delivered a lovely sculpture of Lucille Ball.
Pedantic Moment: Won’t Get Fooled Again
On a recent episode of Penn’s Sunday School, host Penn Jillette began reciting the lyrics of The Who’s great anthem song Won’t Get Fooled Again.
He got a few lyrics wrong. As it turns out, so did I.
You May Not Be As Smart As The Internet Quiz Says You Are
I did an experiment on a clickbait site (women.com) after I guessed on two of the multiple choice answers and got 100% as a result. It seemed pretty lucky and someone else on FB questioned how it was some many people did so well.
My experiment was to take the test several times, each time purposefully answering an increasing number of the questions incorrectly. Answering six questions incorrectly still gave me 100% results. In a 15 question test, six wrong answers is not 100%. Neither is getting one wrong
I recommend not trusting any internet quiz that doesn’t show you the correct answers. Women.com doesn’t show the answers.