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08/04/2018 - 10:36pm Wrong pronunciation.

Wrong pronunciation.

I’ll give a try at phonetic pronunciation:


Emphasis on first syllable with no long vowel sounds

03/21/2018 - 12:56pm Saw him at Second City in Chicago....

Saw him at Second City in Chicago about 25 years ago before he made it big. One of the funniest people I’ve seen there. Unforgettable! (Also saw Chris Farley and Tim Meadows a few years earlier, but don’t remember Chris Farley, believe it or not.)

01/02/2018 - 1:03pm No

I haven’t attended in 15 years, but already then the “other” convention had officially split off of CES. And since then I believe they no longer coincide like they used to.

11/24/2017 - 1:27pm Nice Straw-man

Nice Straw-man.

I'm not advocating anarchy -or absolutely zero governmental oversight. 

Of course there are ~some~ things that the Government needs to do.  However, acknowledging that there are some things that the government needs to do over against private industry (and even there, some of those things are debatable) does not mean that it is necessary for the government to do ALL things...nor does it necessarily indicate that the government would better handle the things that ~you~ want to want the government to handle.  The fact remains: in general, the goverment is incredibly innefficient compared to private industry.

Furthermore, throwing out "Net Neutrality" does not mean that there will be absolutely no governmental oversight over the internet.

The fact that the FCC imposed Net Neutrality in the first place kind of indicates that they do.  In other words, I'm not stating that the FCC has no ~authority~ to impose "Net Neutrality", I'm simply stating it's a bad idea that holds back freedom and progress.

11/24/2017 - 1:17pm Not really ironic...

...since Net Neutrality was originally enacted by unelected government regulators.  The fact that former FCC chair Wheeler kept his Net Neutrality plan hidden from public view until after the FCC vote in 2015 lends more credibilty to my statement re: unelected government regulators.   

In contrast, current FCC chair Pai has already released his plan to the public.


11/21/2017 - 9:18pm I trust...

I trust the market more than I trust unelected government regulators.

And, yes, that means I trust corporations (regardless of size) more than I trust government entities.

(Comment written on phone conceived, designed and manufactured by a very large corporate entity...not by a government entity.

I'm kinda put off by this railing against "big evil corporations when we are all benefitting from them in amazing ways....the government, not so.

09/06/2017 - 9:11am Calvin?

There's no hope! There's no hope! There's no hope!

08/25/2017 - 6:40pm It's a perfectly legitimate

It's a perfectly legitimate question.  And not the least bit offensive. 

The only thing that is tiring is people asking "What color is this?" when hearing I'm color blind.  Since I see some percentage above 50% of colors accurately, people often claim I'm not colorblind.

And, for the record, the vast majority of colorblind people are male.  It's a genetic thing.  Men get the deficiency from their mothers who are carriers of the gene at issue (and then not all her sons will be colorblind....of my two brothers, only one is colorblind.)  Mothers will not pass the gene on to their daughters unless the father is colorblind...and then again, it's not guaranteed.


08/25/2017 - 6:39pm Getting info now for planting

Getting info now for planting next spring.


08/25/2017 - 6:38pm Thanks.  Won't be planting

Thanks.  Won't be planting anymore this year.  But working on the back yard in the next few weeks in preperation for then.

08/25/2017 - 6:37pm Thanks!



08/25/2017 - 6:36pm Thanks!



08/25/2017 - 6:35pm I once T-boned a white car

I once T-boned a white car after a fresh snowfall on my way to class in college.

Yes, I came to a complete stop at my stop sign and looked both ways.  Didn't see him.

And, fwiw, I need to be careful at those lights, too.  Especially at light when you can't see the positioning until you're right near the intersection.  The worst ones, however, are the single blinking red or yellow lights.  Gotta look for the stop sign and then you can't assume the stop sign didn't get knocked down the day before....

08/25/2017 - 6:32pm I think evergreens would be

I think evergreens would be too boring and would take up too much space.  I'm thinking of bushes, so you might have something else in mind.

Plus, maize and blue are preferred colors over green!

08/25/2017 - 6:30pm Do these stay in bloom all

Do these stay in bloom all summer/fall?

08/25/2017 - 6:28pm Well, to me, purple can often

Well, to me, purple can often look blue.  It depends on the hue. 

So, that might work, for me.  



08/25/2017 - 6:26pm See other post for more

See other post for more complete description....but I see everything in color...I might be seeing the color wrong, but I still see it in color.

Not a rude question at all.

08/25/2017 - 6:16pm No.  Total colorblindness, to

No.  Total colorblindness, to my understanding, is very rare....and, IIRC, not what is commonly known as "colorblindness".

Colors are made of different wave lengths of light.   Eyes contain "rods" and "cones".  The "rods" distinguish between levels of light (grey scale, if you will) while the "cones" distinguish between the varying wavelengths of light that determine color.

The eyes of colorblind people are missing only some of the "cones" that would distinguish one color from another color.  Yet all the vision is in color (except for items, such as old black and white photos) that do not contain color.  It's just that sometimes/often some of the colors are wrong.

The best way to describe it?  It is hard for non colorblind people to understand.

But go back 15+ years to our old CRT "tube" tv's.  (Current HD TV's do the same thing, but pixels in the old CRT tv's are larger -making this a more obvious analogy.)  

Remember as a kid, maybe, taking a magnifying glass up to the tube?  You could also see this just by looking closely.  Remember the 3 different pixels?  Red, Green and Blue?  Those pixels being so small and so far away from our eyes effectively made it a single point of light.

Let's suppose that all of the "blue" pixels are not working.  (yes, not a realistic occurance as those phosphor pixels were all passive and didn't go "out"...but just humor me....)

Anyway, let's suppose all the "blue" pixels were'd still see the color, but the wrong one as just the "red" and "green" pixels were doing what they normally due, but the "blue" pixels were not there to give their input (or, more correctly, their 'output'.)

Reverse that, and you basically have a colorblind eye.  Though I should note that we have thousands of different "cones".  The lengths of the "cones" are what determine which frequency of light they "see" and colorblind people happen to be missing all of the same type of "cones".

So, yes, everything is in color...and if the colors do not involve the "cones" that are missing, the color is accurate....if they do involve those missing "cones", the color is inaccurate.

Hope that helps.



07/25/2017 - 10:26pm 500 years ago

500 years ago in Geneva, once the initial discovery phase showed the case should go to trial, the accuser would be jailed alongside the defendant. And if the defendant was found not guilty, the accuser would automatically be given the sentence the defendant would have received if found guilty.

07/19/2017 - 12:51pm Magnovox/Philips

Magnovox/Philips Odyssey^2

(Somewhat seriously)

sports games better than the 2600. Arcade games hold their own. O^2's version of Pacman infinitely better than the 2600's!!!

07/04/2017 - 9:57am Ribeye and a Cuban.

Ribeye and a Cuban.

06/15/2017 - 11:46pm #1: Joe Walsh -bouncer at a

#1: Joe Walsh -bouncer at a night club he had a concert at.  Got his autograph on one of his "greatest hits" cd's.  Escorted him out to his bus after his concert.  He signed the front and I asked him to write "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" on the inside of the cd's liner notes.  He wrote, "The Smoker You Drink" and then paused.  I tried to remind him by saying, "The Player You Get."  He responded by saying, "No, I'm trying to think of something funny!"  I felt an inch tall.

So, inside my "Joe Walsh Greatest Hits" it reads: "The Smoker You Drink, The Less You're On Fire! -that makes sense, too!"

#2: Ian Anderson -working crowd control/security.  After the concert and meet and greet with the local supporting radio station, walked him out to an empty passenger van behind the venue.  No one was in the van.  Offered to wait there with him.  He said he was fine and proceeded to wait in the van alone.  Asked him one question:  "What does the 'M.U.' mean in the title to the 'M.U. -The Best of Jethro Tull'?"  Reply: "Musicians Union"

Really nice guy.

#3:  Miss America 1991 Marjorie Judith Vincent.  Working for same security company that I met Ian Anderson.  Escorted her to and from her "booth" at local vendor show for large area retailer.  Went to her hotel room to meet her and her "personal companion".  Little known fact: Miss America is almost always accompanied by her personal companion (at that time, two ladies alternated months during her "reign"). This is to protect both the "Miss America" brand as well as Miss America's reputation.  I did this escorting to and from the show booth for the 3 days of the vendor show.  On the last day, the personal companion left us alone to go to local restaurant.  I proceeded to walk alone with her the remaining half mile or so to her hotel room.  I carried a big stuffed animal someone gave her as well as the official "Miss America" crown.

 I can say I'm one of the few people to be alone with Miss America at her hotel room (though not "in" her hotel room).  I'm honored that they (rightly) trusted me in that way.

Actually met Miss America 1992 the next fall at a similar event.  Didn't get to know her, however.  Spoke with her briefly. It was a crowd of three  -Miss America, me and Joe Namath. Had to interrupt Joe Namath -who was I presumed was hitting on her- to do so.

06/15/2017 - 11:44pm My mom grew up in his

My mom grew up in his childhood home.  Her family moved in about 10 years after his family moved out.  

A close family friend was in D.C. during a high school civics class trip.  Was able to meet with Pres. Ford in the oval office.  He gave a picture of the house that my parents had to President Ford.  It included a letter from my mom.  Pres. Ford sent a personal letter back to my mom.

This is the picture on the website of the Ford Pres. Library in Ann Arbor:

The website says it's "ca 1923", but it's actually from the late 40's.  It's the photo the real estate agent took when my grandparents were selling the home.

The chair on the porch is my grandma's.  

Side note:  The house went into disrepair in the 60's and 70's.  It was purchased in the 80's and renovated.  Ford came to visit the (current) owners who renovated the house.  I've had a tour by those owners.  It's beautiful inside.  The house sits on the edge of GR's "Heritage Hill" neighborhood -featuring large older estates.

06/03/2017 - 6:24pm I'm no longer 285lbs.  On the

I'm no longer 285lbs.  On the plus side (pun intended), I'm not all that far off.

06/03/2017 - 5:42pm That reminds me...

That reminds me of when I threw shot in college.  

Whenever I mentioned to various friends/acquaintances that I was on the track team, they'd say, "Oh really?  Which event?"

My 6'3 / 285lb self would never miss a beat when I replied, "The hundred."

06/02/2017 - 5:09pm Going against the trend, but:

Handel's Messiah -especially the Phillips recording by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir -not only the best rendition, but the best recording my audiophile ears have ever heard (can't listen to any other recording, now, actually).

While I listen to all kinds of music (mostly rock) except country (with a very few exceptions) and christian contemporary (with absolutely NO exceptions), this recording is my desert island disc.  

I never get sick of listening to it -ever.

It helps that it's more than just music to me.

05/27/2017 - 8:45am All my dogs were/are

All my dogs were/are great.

But the one that stands out was my Whippet named Devo.

Nicest dog I've ever known.

05/26/2017 - 12:58pm Massive Attack (Mezzanine) on

Massive Attack (Mezzanine) on the Revox reel to reel.

05/17/2017 - 9:08pm Juvenile Corrections

Juvenile Corrections

04/27/2017 - 4:31pm Gods and Generals was

Gods and Generals was actually panned for being ~too~ historically accurate.

One of my favorite movies.  But then again, I ~am~ a Calvinist....


03/22/2017 - 4:00pm Go Eagles!

I second that!!!


02/20/2017 - 11:32pm I see what Harbaugh did here!

Looks like Scott Turner only played 3 years in college and never went on to play any form of professional football.

He just might have one year of eligibility left.

Harbaugh hired the guy as an assistant not to get his kid to play for Michigan.  He hired the guy as an assistant to get him to commit!

Harbaugh is just brilliant!

Take THAT Pete!


07/22/2016 - 7:28pm DeKNEE Green, RIP


06/04/2016 - 7:29am Amadeus


04/14/2016 - 7:32pm lol


04/14/2016 - 7:30pm I'm a snobby audiophile!!!

I'm a snobby audiophile -yes, really.

Guys above who said don't go beats or bose are right -mostly right about bose.  But don't tell bose that -they'll sue you!! 

I'm the kind of guy that sits and listens to music for the sake of listenting to music on fairly high end equipment (I don't have the $$$ for the $$$ stuff....).  A lot of times, I sit and listen to my stereo -music is the means to do that.

My advice.  Yes, there are lots of better values:  Sennheiser, Grado...

But, you're WORKING OUT!!!  You're not attempting to sit and listen critically like an audiophile.

So, if I'm happy with my $15 Skullcandy ear buds when I'm working out, maybe you can save a lot of $ and be happy with a cheaper pair of buds as well.  In reality, you'll likely be happy with almost anything while working out -including Bose and Beats.

They really have come a long way in the past 10 years!



02/29/2016 - 7:39pm I grill extensively and use

I grill extensively and use almost exclusively charcoal for direct grilling and wood for smoking.

I have a large Brinkmann direct griller that is probably too large for what I need.  I also have a Chargriller with a smoker side box.  (A few years ago, I took the CharGriller to Ann Arbor and smoked a 15lb prime rib at the golf course.)

I also have several portables for nomral tailgaiting purposes.

Just getting my credentials out of the way.

If you are an occassional, once per week, griller, no need to spend $500.  A small $100 grill from anywhere is fine. 

I'd like a gas grill as it is very convenient to do a quick round of burgers, but charcoal is king if I want to do it right.

I'd like to downsize* and when I do, this is what I will get:

The Best of Both Worlds!!!

*(I'll likely keep the Chargriller for it's voluminous capabilities -the Brinkmann, while a better grill, is getting old and rusty...)

01/29/2016 - 9:17pm It looks as if he certainly

It looks as if he certainly had training at a previous job. 

The problem, however, is what kind of policies Wyoming H.S. had for these kinds of situations.  Though I am not an attorney, maybe his previous training could put his actions into context and give him some legal shelter -but it might have been beyond the policies (if any) of Wyoming H.S.

In either event, due to the likely fact of his previous training, it is certainly premature to assume he assaulted a student.  While that might end up being true, it shouldn't be assumed.  Like I said earlier, some of these types of physical actions look bad to untrained eyes.

01/29/2016 - 4:16pm Do you know for a fact that

Do you know for a fact that Reuben has "never had the proper training" or that he "knew how to place the kid in a proper hold"?

Since your girlfriend knows how to properly restrain a young person, then you would know that legitimate restraints that have been learned through training can often look like assaults to those who are not likewise trained.

Maybe Reuben has been likewise trained.  Perahps someone should verify that before passing judgment.


01/29/2016 - 3:33pm "throw" can mean many

"throw" can mean many things.  Video would be helpful.

Sometimes, what might be a legal physical restraint can look to the untrained eye as "throwing" a person to the ground.

Just saying.....


01/29/2016 - 3:22pm Just a little thought.

I wonder what his training in his current position or in any related previous positions might have been for these types of situations.

Perhaps someone should look into that.

Just a thought.

06/10/2015 - 9:33pm As I suspected:   

As I suspected:

06/10/2015 - 9:22pm Just read the description on

Just read the description on the campus den website. 

It is the copper foil/solder type of construction.  And the "Michigan" and Block M are silk screened on -not stickers.

Shoulda read that first. 



06/10/2015 - 9:20pm I'll also add that the lamp

I'll also add that the lamp in Post #8 is a mass produced light.  I can't tell the type (lead came or copper foil/solder -though it kind of looks to be the copper foil type) or the quality of the glass (for $700 I would hope it's actually real glass).

I will also note that the "Michigan" and Block M looks like they are photo-shopped on for advertisement purposes (meaning the maize and blue are also likely photoshopped colors as this light is likely made for many other schools/teams).  It's likely to be a pretty accurate representation, but those are stickers and not actually part of the glass (if it's REAL glass).

It has a metal frame on all 4 sides which is what supports all the glass.

We do the copper foil/soldering method.  And it would be all glass with no metal frames -reinforced, of course, where necessary. 

The more difficult (and time consuming) thing would be to make actual "Michigan" or Block M patterns with the glass itself -not putting on stickers.  But, I will note that you simply can't cut glass holes in the shape of "Michigan" or the Block M inside another piece of glass.  Perhaps these days they can do that with high tech laser cutters or some such new technology that wasn't (and isn't) available to us -but that takes away from the traditional appeal of stained glass, IMHO.

The pattern used would be designed by us and, of course, be approved by you.  As would be the specific glass used.



06/10/2015 - 8:59pm Though I am trained and made

Though I am trained and made stained glass (REAL stained glass) projects for a summer many years back as well as other various personal projects (all BEFORE youtube), I can't say a lot -and it's been a while.  That being said, it is kind of like riding a bike... (It also was something that offered a unique and personal date from time to time.)  But, I do have a full stained glass workshop at my disposal as well as the (now retired) perfectionist master craftsman who trained me also at my disposal.  And, yes, we have experience with pool table lights.  (It was a family side-business.)

And this would be FAR better quality than what you get through Amazon.  There is a difference.


06/10/2015 - 8:24am I'll make you one....

A ~REAL~ (custom) stained glass pool table light.  But it probably would be a bit more costly than what you'd find on line.  And, it would take a bit longer to deliver.....




05/15/2015 - 7:05pm The sound this thing makes:

02/17/2015 - 10:21pm Formerly, when you did not

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.

-Galatians 4:8-11

01/13/2015 - 9:15pm Progressive?

I believe Detroit would be the most Progressive city in the state.  It's been run by "progressives" for decades!

01/11/2015 - 7:00pm Well said!

...and Sennheiser deserves their (good) reputation -along with a slew of other high(er) end manufacturers.