Utterly Meaningless

TOO BAD, SO SAD, SUX2BU

Filed on May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am under by dcobranchi

The whiners at the FRC have made CNN’s Belief Blog. They’re claiming that Christians (their flavor of Christianity, anyway) are becoming a hated minority.

I hope they’re right.

Edit: It has come to my attention that some folks are misreading this post as a condemnation of all of Christendom. It always helps to click the links and read the articles. But for those not so inclined, the post (and the linked article) is about the Family Research Council. They have been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Any group earning that title deserves to be a hated minority.

GMAIL CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

Filed on April 2, 2013 at 7:16 am under by dcobranchi

Hey Gmail programmers,

The new “compose” plain sucks.

Yours truly,

Daryl Cobranchi (formerly dcobranchi@gmail.com)

GO, GOOGLE!

Filed on March 31, 2013 at 8:39 am under by dcobranchi

Google has the American Taliban up in arms today over its doodle. Darn!

SHOCKING RESULT!

Filed on March 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm under by dcobranchi

Vaccines still do not cause autism.

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics Friday may put them at ease. Researchers found no association between autism and the number of vaccines a child gets in one day or during the first two years of the current vaccine schedule…

“When we compared those roughly 250 children with ASD and the roughly 750 children who did not have ASD, we found their antigen exposure, however measured, were the same,” said DeStefano. “There was no association between antigenic exposure and the development of autism.”

The researchers also found no association between antigenic exposure and ASD.

I’m sure this will finally satisfy the anti-vaxxers. Right?

MUST READ OF THE DAY

Filed on March 20, 2013 at 5:54 am under by dcobranchi

For dads.

HOLE IN ONE

Filed on March 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm under by dcobranchi

He’s in the hole!

QOTD

Filed on March 9, 2013 at 10:09 am under by dcobranchi

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.” — William Shakespeare

YET ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

Filed on February 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm under by dcobranchi

This little girl’s life is complicated enough without adults making it more difficult on her. Five or maybe ten years from now, this will not be an issue. But, for now, homeschooling is a really good (and safe) option.

AMAZON’S KINDLE DEAL OF THE DAY

Filed on February 3, 2013 at 7:29 am under by dcobranchi

Interesting that AMZN is pushing this book:

In this chilling novel, Anderson (Burger Wuss; Thirsty) imagines a society dominated by the feed a next-generation Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain. Teen narrator Titus never questions his world, in which parents select their babies’ attributes in the conceptionarium, corporations dominate the information stream, and kids learn to employ the feed more efficiently in School. But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break. There Titus meets home-schooled Violet, who thinks for herself, searches out news and asserts that “Everything we’ve grown up with the stories on the feed, the games, all of that it’s all streamlining our personalities so we’re easier to sell to.”

So, a company that thrives by selling us stuff that we probably could live without, using push/internet technology is selling a book about companies that thrive by selling kids stuff that they probably could live without, using push/internet technology.

And an HEK shall lead them.

SCIENCE IS APOLITICAL

Filed on January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am under by dcobranchi

But we scientists know which side respects science and which side doesn’t.

One of the great political shifts in the past decade has been the move of scientists toward the Democratic Party, a casualty of the Republican Party’s war on reality. It’s not about politics for scientists, it’s about the fact that only one party accepts scientific findings on everything from global warming to evolutionary theory to what does and doesn’t prevent pregnancy. Only 6 percent of scientists identify as Republican, whereas 55 percent identify as Democratic.

NOT EVEN AT $2.99

Filed on January 16, 2013 at 7:14 am under by dcobranchi

Amazon’s Kindle deal-of-the-day is Glenn Beck’s Agenda 21. If they were paying me $2.99 to download, I might consider it. Maybe.

WOLVERINES!

Filed on January 12, 2013 at 9:40 am under by dcobranchi

Neo-con hack Thomas Sowell has determined that public school teachers are sapping American kids’ will to die in a nuclear war. Apparently, when Iran drops the big one, we’ll all turn French.

In France between the two World Wars, the teachers’ union decided that schools should replace patriotism with internationalism and pacifism. Books that told the story of the heroic defense of French soldiers against the German invaders at Verdun in 1916, despite suffering massive casualties, were replaced by books that spoke impartially about the suffering of all soldiers — both French and German — at Verdun.

Germany invaded France again in 1940, and this time the world was shocked when the French surrendered after just 6 weeks of fighting — especially since military experts expected France to win. But two decades of undermining French patriotism and morale had done their work.

American schools today are similarly undermining American society as one unworthy of defending, either domestically or internationally. If there were nuclear attacks on American cities, how long would it take for us to surrender, even if we had nuclear superiority — but were not as willing to die as our enemies were?

WAITING FOR SANTA ON A SNOWY MORN

Filed on December 22, 2012 at 11:27 am under by dcobranchi

Ash & Jynx, hoping for some new toys

THANKS A LOT, MIKE

Filed on December 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm under by dcobranchi

Farris is a tool. And he makes us look evil.

BETTER ODDS WINNING POWERBALL

Filed on November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm under by dcobranchi

There are approximately 314,860,079 people in the US. I’d say that Mitt Romney’s odd of being named the next Treasury Secretary at slightly less than one in 314,860,079.

DEAL OF THE DAY

Filed on at 12:55 pm under by dcobranchi

Area rugs at Lowes for $10!

AS USUAL

Filed on November 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm under by dcobranchi

Michael Farris makes homeschoolers look bad.

MORE WAL-MART EVIL

Filed on November 26, 2012 at 2:07 am under by dcobranchi

Ran into an interesting problem on the Wal-mart website. I could not check out with my purchase. Clicking on “Proceed to checkout” merely refreshed the screen. This happened under both Chrome and Firefox (Aurora). I contacted customer service to let them know about the bug. They had a solution right away: Disable DoNotTrack+. Apparently, Wal-mart requires an ability to track you across the internet before they’ll sell you something.

Guess which online retailer is now auctoris non grata.

ANYONE HAVE $175,223,510 LYING AROUND?

Filed on November 25, 2012 at 9:47 am under by dcobranchi

The Powerball jackpot is likely to hit almost $500M by Wednesday’s drawing. With odds of 1 in 175,223,510 it might make sense to play every possible combination (if you think there won’t be another winner). Of course, the jackpot is in the form of an annuity, so the present value is probably closer to $250M. So, maybe it’s not worth the gamble.

I think I’ll keep my $175,223,510 safely hidden away in my mattress.

BLACK FRIDAY BLEG

Filed on November 18, 2012 at 11:24 am under by dcobranchi

I have a favor to ask of the 2 or 3 readers left. I want to get Lydia a k-cup type coffee brewer (Keurig or other brand) but am having a helluva time deciding. Reviews for the Keurig machines are all over the place. Every machine gets great reviews and awful reviews. So, I figured I’d turn to some folks I trust: you. Does anyone have any experience with these machines? And, if so, which features are worth paying for and which aren’t?

Thanks.

NICE PREDICTIONS, ROB

Filed on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 am under by dcobranchi

I may be a jerk, but I’m pretty sure the Teabaggers have cost the GOP control of the Senate. Go on, keep demonizing minorities and antagonizing women. I’m sure that will be a winning strategy next time.

MOVEMBER

Filed on October 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm under by dcobranchi

I’m helping raise money during Movember. It’s for a good cause. If you’re feeling flush, here’s the link.

BTW, I’ll try to post pics of my lame attempt at growing a ‘stache.

PETER HECK IS A BRAINLESS DOLT

Filed on October 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm under by dcobranchi

ONN is getting desperate. Check out one of their latest:

Is it a sin to vote for Obama and the Democrats?

The author seems to believe the answer to that question is a “no brainer.” My take is that it’s the author who is in a permanent vegetative state.

He even violated Godwin’s Law!

I imagine these Democrat apologists writing similar essays in the 1930s of how the Nazi Party was doing great things for infrastructure and social welfare programs in Germany. “Never mind that killing of the Jews thing,” they would essentially argue. That’s the underlying current of the Christian Democrat defense — “never mind the killing of the unborn beings made in God’s image thing.” That’s not to say that Democrats are Nazis, of course.

But, of course.

I AM A THROWBACK

Filed on October 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm under by dcobranchi

I shave with a 60-year-old razor using a brush and mug to lather up. I wear a 40-year-old old style wind up Timex (21 jewels!). And I write with fountain pens exclusively. So, here’s your chance to be a bit of a throwback, too. November 2nd is Fountain Pen Day. If you’ve never used a fountain pen, now’s the time to try. And if you have just gotten away using from the best writing implements of all time… For shame!

These disposable Pilot pens have a good rep. If you order in the next 24 hours, they should be there in time for FPD.

If you don’t want to go the online route, inexpensive fountain pens are also usually available at the larger office supply stores.

50 – 46 = 0?

Filed on at 2:07 pm under by dcobranchi

CNN is apparently a devotee of New Math. Check out the latest hed:

CNN Poll: Obama 50%-Romney 46% in Ohio

One would think that Obama was ahead. Not so, according to the chyron. It’s a tie. Yes, because the difference is within the margin of error, CNN thinks the candidates are tied. What idiocy! There is just as much chance that they’re tied as there is that Obama is up by 12%.

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN

Filed on October 25, 2012 at 6:24 am under by dcobranchi

Yesterday was the 1st day of early voting here in WV. Of course, I did my duty and voted for President Obama.

THE BRAINDEAD HOUSEWIFE

Filed on at 3:07 am under by dcobranchi

This may be the dumbest thing ever written. In history. In any language.

A GOOD CAUSE

Filed on October 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm under by dcobranchi

I’ve had only good luck making micro loans through Kiva. Here’s the latest. If you follow the link and donate, Kiva will kick in an extra $50.

And here’s a link to the #1 team on Kiva.

ROMNEY’S TAX PLAN

Filed on October 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm under by dcobranchi

Get all the details here.

PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE

Filed on October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm under by dcobranchi

Must watch video!

ANTI-VAX

Filed on October 7, 2012 at 10:06 am under by dcobranchi

Parade Magazine(!) has a pretty good article today about how anti-vaxers are killing kids. Their own and other parents’. I hope some of the anti-vax folks read the article and see themselves.

MICHAEL FARRIS, MITT ROMNEY AND A TICK WALK INTO A BAR…

Filed on September 29, 2012 at 9:53 am under by dcobranchi

And the results aren’t pretty. Does it surprise anyone that Farris rejects the consensus medical opinion?

TODAY’S HOLIDAY — 9/29

Filed on at 6:13 am under by dcobranchi

It’s National Coffee Day. Free cups of Joe at lots of places including McD’s and Krispy Kreme.

VISIT A NATIONAL PARK TODAY

Filed on at 6:07 am under by dcobranchi

It’s free.

THE BEST POLITICAL AD YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR

Filed on September 21, 2012 at 5:17 am under by dcobranchi

Trust me. Click the link.

THOSE SAFE SCHOOLS

Filed on September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm under by dcobranchi

Better call Saul.

Stupid teacher tricks. A junior high chemistry teacher was busted for cooking and then selling meth. The moran was busted selling it in the school parking lot.

AHOY, MATEY!

Filed on at 7:48 am under by dcobranchi

Just a reminder that tomorrow be talk like a pirate day.

OH! MY! GOD!

Filed on September 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm under by dcobranchi

Creationists have their panties in a wad over a Dr. Pepper ad. Seriously.

A NOTEWORTHY TREND?

Filed on August 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm under by dcobranchi

Are 4% of all students really HEKs?

And CNN owes Tim Haas a nickel for the photo.

FREE COLLEGE CLASSES

Filed on August 17, 2012 at 8:48 am under by dcobranchi

Lots of free online classes being offered by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. No college credit, but it probably would be ideal for an advanced HEK. Details here.

BACK TO UNSCHOOL SPECIAL

Filed on August 5, 2012 at 9:36 am under by dcobranchi

A usable laptop for $250 plus tax.

QOTD

Filed on August 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm under by dcobranchi

“Every indication is that the economic policies adopted and pursued by this president are creating jobs at a very high pace. And so the people of America have to ask, ‘Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?’” — Mitt Romney

QOTD

Filed on July 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm under by dcobranchi

Ugandan Pentecostal pastor Martin Ssempa says, “People who claim to be God are either impersonators or comedians.”

Hmmm. Did Jesus ever say “claim to be God?” Yes, he did.

“The truth is, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58 NLT)

So, which one was he? An impersonator or a comedian?

NO NEED TO POUND SAND

Filed on July 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm under by dcobranchi

Anyone who searches the archives here will note that I’ve never been a particular fan of the American Community Survey, which I think sometimes crosses the line into intrusiveness. But I have to admit that this census timeline is pretty cool.

89 STEPS

Filed on June 8, 2012 at 7:51 am under by dcobranchi

American society is doomed, without doubt. Evidence from today: I had to stop at the local Walmart around 5:50 this morning on the way in to work. I parked down on the opposite end from the grocery section, since I needed some supplies for a business trip. As I pulled up, another car parked a couple of spots away. The rather large woman approached the store doors just as I did. They were locked since it was so early. I headed down to the doors at the other end of the store. She turned around, got back in her car, and drove to the other end of the parking lot.

I counted my steps. 89 between the two sets of doors.

STUPID POLL QUESTIONS

Filed on June 4, 2012 at 6:55 am under by dcobranchi

Anybody else see the flaw in this one?

Quick Vote
What’s the surest way to reach $1 million?

Invest in stocks
Buy real estate
Own a small business
Win the lottery

COMPLETELY GEEKY

Filed on May 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm under by dcobranchi

Just watched Season 2 of “Breaking Bad.” What a great series. And I love that chemistry plays such an important part. So far, I’m really impressed with the chem geek level. My favorite bit was a tad more subtle than Mr. White blowing up a drug kingpin’s house with mercury fulminate. In the last episode of season 2, when a female character ODs, her father enters her apartment to choose a dress for her to be buried in. There are examples of her drawings all over her bedroom. And right on top is a drawing of a snake swallowing its tail. That imagery, of course, is one of the most famous in chemistry. Kekule supposedly dreamed it when he figured out the ring structure of benzene.

ONLY HALF SATANIC

Filed on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 am under by dcobranchi

The Carnival of Homeschooling v. 333 is up.

CONGRADULATONS

Filed on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 am under by dcobranchi

That’s what the banner read on last night’s “Glee.” They can sing, but they cannot spell.

IT WAS 20 10 YEARS AGO TODAY

Filed on May 9, 2012 at 8:48 am under by dcobranchi

This blog was born. That 1st post was just as inane as most of the rest of them.

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