Are You Kidding Me?

 

No. You’re probably not. I kinda want blood for this. It’s not that they did it. It’s that they felt they could do it without recriminations. They are probably right. More

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Quote of the Day: Easter Wings

 

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England, writing poetry in English, Latin, and Greek. Last year we discussed his poem Easter, split into two parts by composer Ralph Vaughn Williams in his 1911 work Five Mystical Songs. Herbert also wrote Easter Wings, published posthumously in The Temple (1633). As […]

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On the Road Again

 

This afternoon, I find myself at either the end, or the halfway point of a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Boom-boom Skinner, the progeny previously known as L’il Skinner (all 6’-4” of him—he grew another inch in basic training) finally got his first leave to come home from the Navy. It’s been about 15 months […]

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Quote of the Day: Facts and Feelings

 

“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” – Ben Shapiro

The reaction to the release of the Muller Report reminded me of this quote. There seem to be a large number of people whose feelings conflict with the facts presented. As a result, many have rejected the facts in favor of their feelings.

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Saturday Night Chick Flicks: The List

 

A couple of years back, I made a few posts titled “Saturday Night Chick Flicks”. The purpose was best stated by the lead-in for the first post: Are you male Ricochetti out there often tormented by the prospect that your girlfriends, fiancées, and/or wives want to watch a chick flick on Saturday night instead of […]

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Scully Doesn’t Care: Why Men Loved ‘The X Files’

 

“You disparage Scully?”
“Who?” my wife asked.
“Gillian Anderson, she was Scully on The X Files,” I said.
“You mean that gross show?”

My wife is not wrong, “The X Files” was often gross. In fact, it was downright disturbing at times. In retrospect, it was also pretty badly produced, often poorly acted, and occasionally made no sense. None of that matters to me. I’m sentimental about “The X Files” and it has nothing to do with the quality of the show. It holds a special place in my heart because, despite its flaws, it was always there for me.

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Paul Cantor on The Godfather, Breaking Bad, Huckleberry Finn, and the American Dream

 


“[America], which promises freedom, can’t guarantee that freedom won’t be misused.” So argues Paul Cantor in our new Conversation. Drawing on his new book “Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies,” Cantor explains how a country that offers a fresh start to everyone inevitably produces many false starts and opportunities for con men, along with tragic examples of freedom misused and talent thwarted. Cantor traces this theme through American popular culture, focusing on Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” movies, and Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad.” These works, Cantor argues, exemplify what he calls the “dark side of the American dream.” This is a must-see Conversation for anyone interested in American culture and ideas.

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About That Apology…

 

Here is a good article from KayDeeDub on apologies. Read it first, then my post. Or not … I don’t care. It’s your life.

Years ago, at a job I no longer work at, I did something that I knew was wrong when I did it and knew I could get fired if someone found out. I won’t give details I’ll just say it was about money, so you won’t think I was doing something untoward in a closet. Anyway, I did get found out. I sat down with my boss and simply confessed. Yes, I did it. Here’s why I did it. I knew it was wrong to do. I’ll fix it. And you can and probably should fire me, I deserve it. I’m sorry.

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Being the Curmudgeon

 

I sent an email to the metro editor at the San Antonio Express-News this morning, about the following passage from an article about a board dispute at a local school district. Quote from the article:

Rep. Roland Gutierrez wrote a letter to Sen. Flores, which he shared on Twitter, calling the senator’s efforts to reign in the South San board “ill-conceived, ill-advised, and poorly received by your peers.”

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On Arson and Notre Dame

 

Thank you for your warm, kind, and compassionate comments about the fire at Notre Dame. For most of the world, this was a tragedy in a far-away place; for me, it was a devastating fire in my neighborhood, one that’s left everyone here, including me, quite shaken up.

I’ve received several e-mails, and seen in the comments, suggestions to the effect that “it’s hard not to wonder if the fire were started by Muslim terrorists,” along with comments that say, “We’ll never know the truth,” because were this so, it would be hidden from “the likes of us.”

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The Mueller Report in Four Summaries

 

Noted Ricochet Poster and Arizona Attorney Jerry Giordano pointed out to me that he simply didn’t have time to read the entire 448-page Mueller Report. Columbo and EJHill raised the same point. Fair enough. However, happily Robert Mueller provided an Introduction and Executive Summary to Volume I and Volume II of his Report. As a […]

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‘Hell Took a Body, and Discovered God’

 

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

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Mitt Romney’s statement of courage on the Mueller Report.

 

“I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction. It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice. The alternative would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential […]

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“Why is tonight different from all other nights?” A Passover Seder.

 

I went to my first Passover Seder tonight. A very sweet experience. We have great and friendly potlucks at my church, but the level of inclusion at the Seder was incredible. Almost immediately a gentleman introduced me to his wife and invited me to sit at his table. I said that I was waiting for […]

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I’m Proud of the Stately Homes of England

 

It seems that, after a brief intermission, the Gilet Jaunes are throwing things and setting fire to cars in the streets of Paris again (apparently they didn’t like being upstaged by France’s grande dame, and they’re peevish about the amount of money that’s been raised in very short order for the purpose of fixing her […]

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Woo! My (Pending) Patent Is Listed!

 
A polynomial clothoid

In 2015, I did some research on curves (the sort of curves made if you play with a guitar string or a piece of springy wire), and my employer, Robert Bosch GmbH, decided to patent it. The patent application is now listed. Here’s a blog post describing my work.

Honestly, I don’t know if my patent will make any money for Bosch. The computer graphics industry doesn’t really buy patent licenses (a lot of companies would rather make do without), but other engineering fields sometimes will (e.g., the animation industry won’t license T-Splines, but engineering firms do). Anyway, I just thought I’d share this; I’m so excited.

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