Monday, March 27, 2017

Quack, New Monopoly Tokens!

Say it isn't so, Hasbro. According to the company that sells Monopoly, the 1935 board game it acquired from Parker Brothers in 1991,  a recent online vote led to discontinuing three of the game's original tokens: the Boot, Thimble, and Wheelbarrow. The new tokens replacing them?  A Tyrannosaurus Rex, Penguin and Rubber Ducky.

Online posters are fuming, with some saying the vote and changes reflect modern Americans' ignorance of commerce and aversion to hard work, and the larger imbroglio of "takers," welfare, and entitlement programs. What's next, renaming the corner Jail a Safe Space?

Will playing with Rubber Duckies make it harder to become monopolists and plutocrats?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

One Two-Millionth of the Night Sky

Trump, Obama, Ambassador Kislyak, golden showers, emails, wiretaps . . . a tempest in a teapot on our pale blue dot.

In 1995, Nasa pointed the Hubble telescope at a small dark area near Ursa Major, better known as the Big Dipper. This area represents just one two-millionth of the night sky. 150 hours of Hubble recordings revealed more than 1,500 galaxies, each with billions of stars.

Somewhere, something is tuning in to Meet The Press this morning, shaking its head or tentacles and thinking, "Maybe we'll visit in a few million years."

Monday, February 27, 2017

La La Land Wins Best Picture!

You can't make this stuff up. Or maybe you can. Fake news!

And poor Warren Beatty, his karma ran over his dogma.

"Our goal in politics is the same as our goal in art, and that's to get to the truth."
Warren Beatty