Constabulary Notes From All Over

I was skimming through the Jan 9 New Yorker this evening (reading “This Is No Game” by Jack Handy) and came accross this little item at the very bottom of the page in small print. For some reason, this amused me more than the Jack Handy item:

CONSTABULARY NOTES FROM ALL OVER
From the Lewisboro (N.Y.) Ledger

A Flintclock Ridge Road man said he saw a bear in his backyard. Police could not find a bear when the officer arrived. Police said it was possible the man saw two turtles.

How can you not love it?

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Constabulary Notes From All Over

I was skimming through the Jan 9 New Yorker this evening (reading “This Is No Game” by Jack Handy) and came accross this little item at the very bottom of the page in small print. For some reason, this amused me more than the Jack Handy item:

CONSTABULARY NOTES FROM ALL OVER
From the Lewisboro (N.Y.) Ledger

A Flintclock Ridge Road man said he saw a bear in his backyard. Police could not find a bear when the officer arrived. Police said it was possible the man saw two turtles.

How can you not love it?

Lois & Clark: Season 2

Lois & Clark Season 2 comes out on DVD one week from today and I placed my order through Amazon.com this evening. Smallville is currently one of my favorite shows, and I can recall watching and enjoying Lois & Clark back when it was originally airing, but I only saw the last two seasons, never the first two. I bought the first season when it first came out on DVD and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to getting season two once it’s shipped.

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Lois & Clark: Season 2

Lois & Clark Season 2 comes out on DVD one week from today and I placed my order through Amazon.com this evening. Smallville is currently one of my favorite shows, and I can recall watching and enjoying Lois & Clark back when it was originally airing, but I only saw the last two seasons, never the first two. I bought the first season when it first came out on DVD and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to getting season two once it’s shipped.

More writing

I spent about an hour this evening rewriting the first section of “The Graveyard Shift”. I did about 1,000 words and it’s much better than it was before. Now I’ve got the first two sections of the stories complete and I think there is enough glue to hold the reader through the rest of the mystery. I’m stopping now because House is coming on soon, but I’m not looking forward to getting to work on the remaing story. I think I’ve got the toughest part out of the way (although I have three more major characters to introduce).

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More writing

I spent about an hour this evening rewriting the first section of “The Graveyard Shift”. I did about 1,000 words and it’s much better than it was before. Now I’ve got the first two sections of the stories complete and I think there is enough glue to hold the reader through the rest of the mystery. I’m stopping now because House is coming on soon, but I’m not looking forward to getting to work on the remaing story. I think I’ve got the toughest part out of the way (although I have three more major characters to introduce).

Please Put Litter In Its Place!

Every so often–perhaps once every few months–I emerge from the Metro on my way home from work, climb the six flights of stairs to the level of the parking garage on which my car is parked, and find every windshield (mine included) papered with a some sort of flier. Like today.

I have never once found any of the offerings of these fliers even remotely useful.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even look at them anymore. I simply crumple them up and toss them in the back seat, to be disposed of later. Truthfully, I am often tempted to toss the paper on the floor of the parking garage. After all, it’s the garage people that grew lazy in their security patroles and allowed people to make such a mess in the first place. But two wrongs don’t make a right, and so into the back seat they go.

It never ceases to amaze me the ridiculous lengths people will go through to sell a product. Is this type of advertising so effective that it requires repeating every few months? Or is it just cheap? There are just over 1,000 parking spaces in the lot. That means that someone has to be paid to pepper the parking lot with fliers. Assuming 5 seconds per car, that’s 5,000 seconds or nearly an hour and a half spent littering. Assuming also, minimum wage, that means someone was paid around $10 to perform this task. Like I said, cheap.

I wonder how much these fliers actually improve the businesses who splash them about. Do people actually buy things, or order services, attend seminars, etc. based on what they see in these things? I can’t speak for what goes on in anyone else head when they see a flier on their windshield, but I can tell you what goes on in my head:

Having just climbed six flights of stairs, I somewhat out of breath but really, the sooner I can get into my car and get home, the sooner I can relax. It’s been a long day. Productive, but long. I need a break. Fumble for the keys, unlock the door, toss in the backpack, sit, shut door, seatbelt. Ignition! Finally I look up and see this thing stuck to my windshield. I roll down the window, but it’s conveniently out of reach. $#!+! Why can’t I just go home? Unbuckle the seat belt, unlock the door, open and out, grab the thing off the windshield, nearly ripping a wiper blade off, crumple, toss, back in the car, let’s go. But it’s too late. Now I’m in a foul mood.

As a matter of principle, I don’t think I could ever buy anything or use a service that was advertised on a cheap piece of paper stuck to my car windshield. To me, it’s blatent littering, no better than tossing an empty Coke can onto the street and it annoys me to no end. Isn’t there something like a $1,000 fine for littering in the State of Maryland? How is this not considered littering?

I’ve got to admin that curiosity got the best of me today. Before crushing the page into oblivion, I glanced at it. It was advertising a Church of some kind. And I wasn’t as upset as I normally get when I find trash on my car. I found a kind of perverse beauty in the irony of it all.

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Please Put Litter In Its Place!

Every so often–perhaps once every few months–I emerge from the Metro on my way home from work, climb the six flights of stairs to the level of the parking garage on which my car is parked, and find every windshield (mine included) papered with a some sort of flier. Like today.

I have never once found any of the offerings of these fliers even remotely useful.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even look at them anymore. I simply crumple them up and toss them in the back seat, to be disposed of later. Truthfully, I am often tempted to toss the paper on the floor of the parking garage. After all, it’s the garage people that grew lazy in their security patroles and allowed people to make such a mess in the first place. But two wrongs don’t make a right, and so into the back seat they go.

It never ceases to amaze me the ridiculous lengths people will go through to sell a product. Is this type of advertising so effective that it requires repeating every few months? Or is it just cheap? There are just over 1,000 parking spaces in the lot. That means that someone has to be paid to pepper the parking lot with fliers. Assuming 5 seconds per car, that’s 5,000 seconds or nearly an hour and a half spent littering. Assuming also, minimum wage, that means someone was paid around $10 to perform this task. Like I said, cheap.

I wonder how much these fliers actually improve the businesses who splash them about. Do people actually buy things, or order services, attend seminars, etc. based on what they see in these things? I can’t speak for what goes on in anyone else head when they see a flier on their windshield, but I can tell you what goes on in my head:

Having just climbed six flights of stairs, I somewhat out of breath but really, the sooner I can get into my car and get home, the sooner I can relax. It’s been a long day. Productive, but long. I need a break. Fumble for the keys, unlock the door, toss in the backpack, sit, shut door, seatbelt. Ignition! Finally I look up and see this thing stuck to my windshield. I roll down the window, but it’s conveniently out of reach. $#!+! Why can’t I just go home? Unbuckle the seat belt, unlock the door, open and out, grab the thing off the windshield, nearly ripping a wiper blade off, crumple, toss, back in the car, let’s go. But it’s too late. Now I’m in a foul mood.

As a matter of principle, I don’t think I could ever buy anything or use a service that was advertised on a cheap piece of paper stuck to my car windshield. To me, it’s blatent littering, no better than tossing an empty Coke can onto the street and it annoys me to no end. Isn’t there something like a $1,000 fine for littering in the State of Maryland? How is this not considered littering?

I’ve got to admin that curiosity got the best of me today. Before crushing the page into oblivion, I glanced at it. It was advertising a Church of some kind. And I wasn’t as upset as I normally get when I find trash on my car. I found a kind of perverse beauty in the irony of it all.

The Most Popular Myths in Science

I came accross this link on digg.com earlier today:

Most Popular Myths in Science

This is the kind of stuff that the skeptic in me thrives on. All sort of goodies here. This site debunks or confirms the following “myths” of science. How many of them do you think are true?

  • It takes seven years to digest gum
  • The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space
  • Humans use only 10 percent of their brains
  • Adults don’t grow new brain cells
  • Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth’s rotation
  • Animals can predict natural disasters
  • A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian
  • A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s
  • Men think about sex every seven seconds
  • Lightening never strikes the same place twice
  • A falling cat will always land on its feet
  • Yawning is “contagious”
  • Eating a poppy seed bagel mimics opium use
  • There is no gravity in space
  • Chicken soup can cure the common cold
  • Seasons are caused by Earth’s proximity to the sun
  • Chickens can live without a head
  • The five second rule
  • You get less wet by running in the rain
  • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death

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  • The Most Popular Myths in Science

    I came accross this link on digg.com earlier today:

    Most Popular Myths in Science

    This is the kind of stuff that the skeptic in me thrives on. All sort of goodies here. This site debunks or confirms the following “myths” of science. How many of them do you think are true?

  • It takes seven years to digest gum
  • The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space
  • Humans use only 10 percent of their brains
  • Adults don’t grow new brain cells
  • Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth’s rotation
  • Animals can predict natural disasters
  • A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian
  • A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s
  • Men think about sex every seven seconds
  • Lightening never strikes the same place twice
  • A falling cat will always land on its feet
  • Yawning is “contagious”
  • Eating a poppy seed bagel mimics opium use
  • There is no gravity in space
  • Chicken soup can cure the common cold
  • Seasons are caused by Earth’s proximity to the sun
  • Chickens can live without a head
  • The five second rule
  • You get less wet by running in the rain
  • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death