Recent comments by Oji

Later, House of Slytherin.



And there's no Tooth Fairy either!

In Tax Year 2012 only 16% of tax returns included a schedule C (Business Income)

To be fair, an awful lot of people freelance without submitting schedule C .

Brother(age 6) and I (age 4) found, and played with some sort of black snake. Not a big one, maybe 2' or so. Looking back, probably a rat snake of some kind, but, goodness, that probably wasn't the best thing to do.

Once saw my grandmother nearly step on a snake laying across the gravel driveway. She casually leans over for a good look, says, "Well, lookee here, a snake!" Then reaches down, like she's taking out the garbage, just 'as you please', grabs it by the tail and whips it dead against the road in one stroke. Old farm wife, about 65 at the time.

Totally altered my image of her, as I was about 4-5 and only knew her as the granny who bakes us cookies, picks strawberries, and shows me how to count sheep.

viper is such an atavistic (probably inbred) horror

They don't call it the reptilian brain for nothin'.

my feet started moving and a rattlesnake

Came upon a rattler in the high grass. Came within about one step before it popped up. Surprised/scared me so much I turned and-- stupidly--and ran, clumsily, back uphill. Lucky I didn't take one in the back pocket. Was about 20 at the time. Fortunately, too, had several companions with me.

Freelance nation: One-third of U.S. workers are freelancers - Yahoo Finance

Not that it's such a great article. Just thought Aaron Task's hair is funny. A nice 80's do...a nice 80's woman's do, that is.


Not so far from Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," in fact, since we're talking movies.

Colorado Recap & Remembering Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Paperblog

edit: spelling corrected for Phoebe

I immediately think of Ken Russell's great "Lair of the White Worm," which apparently no one else on the planet ever saw.

Was part of a 'cult movie' marathon I attended many years back.

9 of 12 ... Crying

Still pretty good, IMO.

Three of them were pretty difficult, such as distinguishing Aussie and Kiwi. I've known several of both, but it's been years since I've been around them. The Saudi accent also wasn't quite what I'm used to, but it was close enough, and none of the others were right.

A group of former military families is asking that 00O step down or be impeached for his reckless leadership as Commander and Chief of our Armed Services. Gonna get interesting.

Seriously, what do you think is going to happen? Most likely is they will be ignored, IMO.

You dont need Japanese for that info.

Depends on which station you're in when needing the info.

Carlo Ratti's personalised "bubbles of heat" could replace inefficient central heating on Vimeo

Pretty clever. However, my grandfather taught me a low-tech way to create an 'individualized bubble of warmth' decades ago. He called it "more clothing."

Wow. So THAT'S how organized people think.

Never been accused of being organized, so thanks, I think.

More thoughtful companies would provide a pre-printed label, but that might add 3 cents to the cost of production.

As you said though, universals would be best.

I have dozens of cords for dozens of old cell phones, etc. in the junk drawer. Who knows what goes to what. Impossible to find the right cord.


Try labeling the transformer with a stick-on label. Other people wrap the label around the cord itself, but I find that risks getting ripped too easily.

I guess Chavez & Co. still have some furniture to burn, but sounds like they are running out of rope.

Goldstein has been dead for some time now.

Say it ain't so, Saint Ronnie

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni | Ars Technica

Notably, Ford (and later Carter under Executive Order 12036) made it far more difficult for the US government to monitor its own people. By contrast, today EO 12333 specifically allows for broad “incidental collection” that may include US citizens. More specifically, EO 12333 allows for "information obtained in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, international narcotics, or international terrorism investigation.” The push toward this reality started in the early '80s.

Whoever posted the article on elderly Japanese athletes, thanks. Loved this part.

"78-year-old endurance runner Yoko Nakano pounded the streets in Tokyo, preparing for her latest world record tilt.....Nakano ran her first full marathon at 70 "for fun" while vacationing in Honolulu .....Her world marathon mark now stands at 3:53.42"

Crikey! Not sure I could beat that on a bicycle! (as I would likely keel over before finishing)

Some background on how UE data collection methods have changed, and how this likely (combined with shifting public attitudes) results in an understated UE rate.

- NY Times

Is the Summer of Complacency over? Stay tuned.

The R2K has been awfully weak (on a relative basis) for some time now. If Q2 GDP disappoints, could get interesting.

I've been traveling.

Welcome back. Your absence was noticed.

What would the numbers look like if we include taxes and insurance payments?

Also vote for using median, rather than average. Pretty obvious mistake, IMO.

Michael Klare: Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars | Peak Energy & Resources, Climate Change, and the Preservation of Knowledge

"Syria was never a major oil producer, but its prewar production of some 400,000 barrels per day did provide the regime of Bashar al-Assad with a major source of income. Now, most of the country’s oil fields are under the control of rebel groups, including ISIS, the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, and local Kurdish militias. Although production from the fields has dropped significantly, enough is being extracted and sold through various clandestine channels to provide the rebels with income and operating funds. "

One very sad chart.

Yet, in ten years we'll probably look back at 2014 as the 'Good Ol' Days.'


As I have always suspected:

"My thesis is that soccer is an amalgam of random processes whose net effect produces rare events—those more-or-less unpredictable events spread more-or-less uniformly in time. Whether a good or bad bounce off the bar, a goal keeper who may or may not prevent a goal, a referee who may or may not see an illegal action, a pass that may or may not be intercepted, and on and on: the game is full of random, unpredictable events. So I expect soccer to behave similarly to a Poisson process and follow a Poisson distribution. By extension, I will claim that the attention devoted to the World Cup is founded on flimsy numerology and might even be called a tremendous waste of time and money. -"

Tuning in on Noise? | Do the Math

I'll see you and raise you:
YouTube - John Ashcroft - Let the Eagle Soar

Yoko still rockin' it out after all these years.

This Is One Of The Worst Live Performances You Will Ever See - Video

Merit badge for those who reach the end without begging for mercy-- or the sweet release of death.

As of January 2014:

90% of American adults have a cell phone
58% of American adults have a smartphone
32% of American adults own an e-reader

42% of American adults own a tablet computer

Wonder what % have none of these things?

The Rise of Corporate Impunity - ProPublica

"In 2009, the Obama administration appointed Lanny Breuer to lead the Justice Department's criminal division. Breuer quickly focused on professionalizing the operation, introducing the rigor of a prestigious firm like Covington & Burling, where he had spent much of his career. He recruited elite lawyers from corporate firms and the Breu Crew, as they would later be known, were repeatedly urged by Breuer to "take it to the next level."

But the crackdown never happened. "

Hey Mary, you'll get a (tragicomic) kick out of this one.

Confounded Interest | Mister Watt’s Neighborhood: FHFA Official Charged With Threats to Kill Ex-Director DeMarco

I can't help but wonder why the headline invokes Mr. Watts, or why his (caption-less) picture accompanies the article, as he doesn't seem to be implicated in the incident-- at least not by the information as presented.

On a completely unrelated note, to be sure, have you read this one?

BTW, LeBron James dunked the ball about an hour ago while staring down Michael Jordan

What an ignorant, childish ass. Does he have any idea what today's players owe to Jordan? (and, of course, Jordan to previous generations of players and fans).

We all stand on the shoulders of those who went before. All the strutting, swaggering self-aggrandizing bullshit is why I gave up watching professional sports so many years ago. And so ingrained has become the same type of behavior across all aspects of pop culture we can't even avoid it in daily life now.

Rickards make an interesting point. His argument is that the extensive literature about barter systems in history amounts to a fabrication; instead that a simple form of credit existed before the invention of currency, and that widespread historical use of barter is a myth.

Graeber discusses this at length as well in his book. Very much recommended. Debt: The First 5,000 Years eBook: David Graeber: Kindle Store

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Oh yeah, we saw a great blue heron at the swamp today.

My favorite heron:

Himeji Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And my favorite martian:
My Favorite Martian

Just heard about waffle gardening

I use this with corn. Works well.

For watering large plants, try this: use some rebar to make a 6-18" deep hole near the plant (depending on the plant), then slide a 1/4" piece of CPVC down the hole. Pour water into pipe. If it overflows or fills, lift it gently to allow some drainage down in the hole.

Usually, I've quite a few of these spread around, so I fill the pipes in a circuit. Usually, by the time I get back to the beginning, it's ready to be done again. If not, just do a little weeding, debugging, and pruning.

You can move the hole around a bit as the plant grows, to encourage root growth in whatever direction suits your needs.

Five gallons of water goes a long way with this method.

As an African-American, I think I know bad, from bad.

Then you can tell us, please, which is this?

YouTube - Diarrhea Dance

down 25 lbs on bean/lentil diet subbing for carbs..

Congrats! Feel better too, yes?

I have a sign outside: FREE SNOW.

Like empirical social science?
Add "DEN" and see what happens.

And they are just hog wild about riding bicycles in sub-zero temperatures...

Riding a bike would require leaving the house, which means turning off the video games. Not happenin'.

Can you say Peal Oil?

Dammit, should have said, "From the makers of Glod"


Can you say Peal Oil?

Never heard of it. Avon product?

The NIKKEI has crossed 15,000 and it is only lunch. Must be a bottom.

You like Japanese bottoms too?

Much as they have been for the last 4000 Dow points. You know, the 25% that they missed.

No worries, unlike extra pounds, those 4,000pts will come off just as quickly as they were put on. Maybe quicker.

If JPM doesn't double his salary, they risk losing their top talent to a competitor.

Damn right.

Remember though, the best way to attract the best and brightest into the teaching profession is to lower pay and benefits, increase work loads, and vilify them in political speeches and in the media. You know, for the kids' sake.