Miscellaneous musings from the perspective of a lefty (both senses) atheist with a warped sense of humor.

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Location: Madison, WI, United States

I am a geek, but I do have some redeeming social skills. I love other people's dogs, cats, and kids. Snow sucks, but I'm willing to put up with it just to live in Madison.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Daylight Savings Time. Why?

John Oliver of Last Week Tonight asks Daylight Savings Time: Why Is This Still a Thing?

A question I've been asking for years. Best response I ever heard was from syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in his 50th-birthday column "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years":
#2: You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe Daylight Saving Time.

True in 1997 when he wrote it; still true today.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Just Sayin'

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Little-Noticed Anniversary

We went sailing right past January 18 without anyone, including me, noticing that it was a significant anniversary. But better late than never, so here:

200 years ago, 1815 January 18, the British withdrew their troops from Louisiana after the Battle of New Orleans. There has not been a hostile soldier’s boot on American soil for 2 entire centuries. Think about that for a little while. What an astonishing record that is!

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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you're reading it in English, thank a veteran.