The week that was

New analysis determined that the past 10 years are the top 10 years on record for the world’s oceans or, to put it into terms we could understand, “the amount of heat being added to the oceans is equivalent to every person on the planet running 100 microwave ovens all day and all night.”

A medical marijuana farm in Arizona literally turned the sky above into a purple haze. (queue Jimi Hendrix)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert put the kabash on an HIV-prevention campaign that involved handing out 100,000 free condoms after negative reaction to the packaging that “did not go through necessary approval”

Not quite Utah’s style

The San Francisco Giants hired the first full time female coach in Major League Baseball history.

Louis Vuitton announced a partnership with the NBA.

Ben & Jerry’s have a partnership with Netflix – I’ll let you guess the name of the new flavor they launched.

A company called Mojo has been thinking about shrinking a video display and embedding on to your eye as a contact lens. They’ve reportedly have released their first prototype.

First it was pigeons in cowboy hats in Vegas. The mystery deepens this week as pigeons in sombreros have been spotted in Reno. Viral casino ad campaign or new ICE initiative?

Apparently there’s a killer squirrel on the loose trapping Houston residents indoors.


The week that was

Danni Morritt asked her Amazon Echo to teach her about the cardiac cycle of the heart. To her horror, someone had edited the wikipedia page that the Echo uses for source material so the Echo told Danni not only that heartbeats are “bad for the planet” but that she should, “stab herself for the common good.

Police in Colorado Springs arrested a bank robber who robbed a downtown bank, then stepped out and tossed the cash in the air while saying “Merry Christmas”

The US Patent Office awarded Nike a patent for blockchain-verified sneaker line they are calling CryptoKicks.

Scientists have figured out how to edit tomato genes to make them grow into bouquets, like flowers.

A New York state assemblyman wrote an editorial to the local paper on Christmas Eve about the dangers of drunk driving. On New Year’s Eve he drove his GMC Acadia into a ditch and police determined he was drunk driving.

Headlines with the words Iran and attack triggered high frequency trading algorithms to rapidly sell off dollar/yen before traders grabbed the wheel and brought it back.

A Florida beachcomber brought home what she though was an old rusty plate but later discovered it was a landmine.

A Spanish television reporter won the lottery and quit her job, live on air. “Natalia doesn’t work tomorrow. Woo!” she declared while wagging her finger. Natalia later found out her payout was only $5,500 after discovering she was sharing her earnings with hundreds of others, “It’s unclear if [she] is still an employee at RTVE”



Happy New Year!

Since flipping over into 2020 I’ve been on a bit of simplify kick. My goal is to either upgrade, give away or throw away one thing, each day this year.

So far Izumi and I donated several bags of old clothes, upgraded the alarm and thermostat systems (allowing me to rip out aging control boxes and yards of wires) and also upgrade this ol’ blog to run SSL (finally) on some new hardware. is still hosted with Laughing Squid (going on 13 years!) but on their new Managed WordPress partner, Pressable which allows them to offer a sweet deal for $12/month.

  • Jetpack Premium (with video hosting)
  • CDN
  • SSL
  • Daily backups

The site is much faster now and I’m happy to finally join the https world.

To celebrate, here’s a video of the Bay Area’s very own Space Lady performing Imagine on a tram in Helsinki.

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He’ll never get over this one.