Friday, March 22, 2019

Serendipity? Coincidence? Small World


Last time I saw Mara Tekach was riding a train into Philly.

Today, I am reading New Trump travel policy takes Cubans back to old family separation standard in the Miami Herald, and I come across this line, "Mara Tekach, the U.S. embassy’s charge d’affaires, said the change achieves reciprocity between U.S. visa rules and Cuba’s, which allow most Americans only single-entry tourist visas for up to three months." So it turns out Mara is a career diplomat, Deputy Chief of Mission in Havana, Cuba. I sense something coming. Maybe I'm wrong, but maybe I'm not.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jarrett Dodge


Some Jarrett Dodge links.

A couple of "Cars of the Month" from the 1970 GTX registry. They won an award at the final Jarrett Dodge All Mopar Show.

Car Dealership to Close After Nearly 70 Years - a sad day in Hatboro

Remnants of reviews on cars.com.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


Kavanaugh

Have you ever sexually assaulted anyone?

Not under the standards of the time, but under today's standards.

Have you ever been sexually assaulted?

Have you ever been falsely accused?

Have you ever been 100% sure about something and found out you were wrong?

Can 2 people with completely different stories both be telling the truth? Not necessarily stating facts, but telling what is true to each of them individually in their minds?


I guess it's only fair, for the first time, a rich white man has been lynched over the unsubstantiated word of a white woman.

The whole thing reminds me a heck of a lot of the Joan Allen film, The Contender.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Creep


What makes someone creepy? Inspired by Slate's, Is Robin Hanson America's Creepiest Economist? and the Fark response, I began to wonder. Robin Hanson is kind of creepy, but why? Is it simply that he compares a socially acceptable resource deficiency (money) to a socially unacceptable resource deficiency (sex)((Unless you are Rodney Dangerfield, of course)).

An internet search reveals that there has been extensive research into creepiness. Psychology Today points our that men are more likely than women to be creepy and that clowns, taxidermists and morticians have a high creep factor. Many of the other links about "creep factors" refer to the same survey. Bustle points out 8 things that you can do to be creepy (or avoid as the case may be): Stare, avoid eye contact, take pictures, ask personal questions, overshare, focus on one subject, ignore hygiene and show little emotion). OK, it's really 8 habits all creepy people have, but it could be a guide. Quora puts the question out there and gets 15 answers.

Finally, the Scary Pockets cover of Radiohead's "Creep.":