I was there... Cannon Airplane Patch... for to refill my meds, of both the prescription and the non-prescription sort. So now I'm back here and the medicine chest and the fridge are both well-stocked, as we speak. We are enjoying the fruit of our labors as we speak, too. It was yet another top-down sorta day and we cruised there and back in a most jaunty manner, as befits a Gentleman o' Leisure. The trip out to Cannon and back is just perfect for a one-cigar burn; it's funny how that works.
There's this in today's "Get Off My Lawn!" category: I live amongst pigs. Not one single gotdamned day goes by where I don't have to pick up someone else's trash off of my
lawn weeds, be it pop cans, fast-food wrappers, or worse. Not one. What IS it that makes some people act like the world is their personal trash can? Litterers make me hope I'm wrong about the afterlife, in that I can visualize these bastards consigned to walking around for all eternity picking up dogshit and then being forced to eat it as their only sustenance... nicely wrapped in Mickey Dees paper, of course.
About that image: I don't agree. I think littering should be a capital offense. On some days, anyhoo.
I REALLY wish tonite's Wings game was on my teevee. Why? This:
After transitioning from a Hall of Fame playing career to the Detroit Red Wings' front office and then assembling Canada's gold-medal winning Olympic team, Steve Yzerman having the ability to turn the Tampa Bay Lightning into a contender wasn't in doubt.
Few expected him to do it this soon.
The Lightning are atop their division with 74 points -- just like the Red Wings -- heading into Thursday night's showdown at the St. Pete Times Forum, the clubs' first since Yzerman left Detroit to become Tampa Bay's general manager.
I can't imagine what tonite's game must be like for StevieY. On the one hand, he's a professional and he will do everything in his power to ensure the Lightning win, especially when this game is being played in their barn. On the other hand, how do you root against a team you played your entire career with, won three Stanley Cups with, and one that still contains a handful of players you played with for years and years? Wow. It sucks to grow up sometimes.
That said... and as much as I love Stevie (he IS in the B-rank of my heroes)... Let's Go Red Wings!
Update, 1415 hrs: Wow! How did I miss this?
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — In the end, the humans on “Jeopardy!” surrendered meekly.
Facing certain defeat at the hands of a room-size I.B.M. computer on Wednesday evening, Ken Jennings, famous for winning 74 games in a row on the TV quiz show, acknowledged the obvious. “I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords,” he wrote on his video screen, borrowing a line from a “Simpsons” episode.
Watson, specifically, is a “question answering machine” of a type that artificial intelligence researchers have struggled with for decades — a computer akin to the one on “Star Trek” that can understand questions posed in natural language and answer them.
Blog-Bud Jim, who recently tried out for Jeopardy! (again), will NOT be pleased. Here's a lil sumthin' from an off-line between us:
No, I didn't see it. The contest between the machine and Ken Jennings (and one other player) is airing next week on Jeopardy, and I didn't want even the slightest hint of a spoiler.(That means don't YOU send me one, either!):-)JimIn a message dated 2/10/2011 1:32:58 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Buck writes:
Heh. I hope Jim doesn't have to play Watson if he passes the test. It would really suck to be beaten by a machine... even if your name happens to be Ken Jennings.Buck has left a new comment on your post "Jeopardized":
Hey! Apropos of not much... didja watch Nova last night?