September 2, 2015

Spell check

I have a colleague in a branch office who "communicates" via email. However her grasp of English is tenuous at best. Her emails usually do not container capital letters or punctuation, except a single period at the very end. She ALWAYS uses the wrong form of are ("the repairs our complete") and substitutes where for were AND we're every time. Her syntax is often confusing as well, so reading these emails is a challenge. It's difficult to comprehend that she was born and raised in the Midwest.

All that said, I wonder if she reads my emails and thinks that I use too many commas and spell everything wrong.

September 1, 2015

Sinus infection

I'm taking antibiotics the size of a small rodent. 
Or a penny. 

Whatever. They're HUGE!

August 31, 2015

What's in a name?

Ohio Rep. Mike Turner (R) is "furious." And it's all Obama's fault.
...President Obama will restore the native name of America's highest mountain. Since 1917, the peak known to Athabascans as "Denali," or "the Great One," has been named for the assassinated President William McKinley, an Ohio native whose visage also graces the $500 bill. Since 1975, Alaskan politicians have attempted to restore the Denali name, the one Alaskans typically use anyway.
[...]
"This is an issue that was resolved in 1917," [Turner] said. "Mount McKinley was named for an assassinated Republican president by a bipartisan action of Congress. It was signed by Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat. It was accomplished by a group of President McKinley's contemporaries, to dedicate something to his service. President Obama’s actions toss aside the sacrifice of President McKinley. Imagine the outrage if in 100 years, a Republican would undo John F. Kennedy’s name from landmarks?"
  1. In case you didn't know, McKinley was assassinated. In fact, to hear these politicians talk, that is his single greatest claim to fame. Aside from the annexing of the Philippines and Guam which they frequently forget to mention...
  2. This issue is clearly NOT resolved. Nor was it resolved in 1917. In fact, had Mr. Turner (or Mr. McKinley for that matter) ever visited Alaska, they would have noticed that no one in Alaska calls the mountain "McKinley." 
  3. Turner's comparison to JFK is specious, since no natural formations (including mountains) are named after Kennedy. In fact, to throw the McKinley descendants a bone, why not rename an airport for McKinley? Or a school? Something to get them to stop whining that we are returning the name of this mountain to the original in place of what began as a campaign slogan concocted by a Republican prospector.

August 27, 2015

Does the KKK have a tumblr?

The problem with social media is the same thing that makes it awesome. It give us the ability, no matter how remote we might be -physically or emotionally- to connect with other people who have the same frame of reference, or opinion, or illness, or issue, or favorite music, or hobby, or... .
This is great for mom's who like to make crafts for their kids or kids questioning their sexuality.
The downside is that it also makes the wackos who think that all Mexicans are rapists and all blacks deserve to be killed by the police on the side of the road believe that they are in a majority.

Please tell me they are not a majority.

August 26, 2015

Votes for Women!

It's the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. That's right, 50 years --one half century-- AFTER freed (male) slaves got the vote, women were deemed human enough to cast a ballot.
Two things:
  1. Why did we throw it away on a doucheticket like Warren Harding?
  2. Why do we share this momentous anniversary with 'National Dog Day'?

voting is for the dogs women

August 25, 2015

Cramps are getting to me

Do you know what would be awesome?
Elective hysterectomies.

Someone needs to make this happen.

August 24, 2015

All I'm saying about that man

I've been tempted to write about Trump recently, but have held back simply because too many people are talking about him. So I'm just going to say this: 
The fact that this arrogant, ignorant asshat is the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is so horrifying and desperately sad, that I fear for my country. Seriously.
If the racist jerks who feared an Obama presidency felt even ONE QUARTER of the trepidation and revulsion I feel for "the Donald" then I empathize. The difference being, Obama wasn't an incompetent buffoon who made our nation a laughing stock, whereas --even before the election-- by virtue of his leading in the polls, Trump has managed to elicit the scorn of every civilized country on Earth.
Enough. Please.

August 19, 2015

bio terrorism

THE PLAGUE! As if attempts to destroy our power grid and drive us off the road by darting out in front of vehicles is not evil enough. Squirrel-Qaeda is now spreading the plague. Yes. Plague.

August 18, 2015

The message your tank top is sending

School's back in session around here. (Awfully early!!!) And dress codes are back in the news.
Most schools establish dress codes to prevent harassment. They decree that girls need to cover their knees and collarbones, shoulders and cleavage to keep randy young boys from oggling them. Because of course, if the girls are revealing some thigh, it must mean she wants to be leered at and stared at and have rude suggestions thrown at her. (You surely weren't wearing those shorts because it's hot outside.) Those skirts are tempting the boys.
The only dress code that I support is no visible undergarments. That can be applied equally to boys and girls. If a school is getting complaints from female students that some boys are making rude and offensive suggestions, they should address it with the BOYS. Yes, even if it's easier to make the girls wear burkas, the solution to sexual harassment isn't a dress code; it's establishing immediately that tank tops are NEVER an invitation to objectify a female.

The message restrictive dress codes send is: if a girl is exposing cleavage or buttcheeks or (heaven forbid) collarbones, she ought to be harassed. She's asking for it.
It's 2015. I'm pretty sure that's the wrong message.

August 17, 2015

Empty nest

 The woodpeckers in my neighborhood (both red-headed and red-bellied) are out of their nests and coming to the feeder all day. I know the technical term for these guys is "juvenile" but that seems so detention-center. Until their red fills in, I'm referring to them as tweens.

August 13, 2015

We must have our toys and bedding segregated

So, the same group of people that thinks that all blacks who die at the hands of police somehow must've brought it on themselves, and that the Confederate battle flag is totally not racist, are now completely outraged that Target is no longer labeling Matchbox cars as "boy" toys and Barbie dolls as "girl" toys, but instead labeling the entire lot as "toys."

I'm beginning to think that allowing these people access to the Internet is not a good idea.

August 12, 2015

What I did on my summer vacation

Today is the last day of my staycation. The weather was perfect. I read three books, and time really does fly when you're having fun.

August 11, 2015

Not-so-idle musing

Why are we taking Donald Trump seriously as a candidate for President of the United States?

He can't even run an effing beauty pageant and a majority of likely GOP voters think he can run the country?
God help us.

August 10, 2015

To Do

I took three days off work starting today. Whenever I do this, I feel I should have grandiose plans. But I end up at home doing dishes, scrubbing the toilet, reading a book. Don't get me wrong. The reading is great and the other stuff needs to get done, so it may as well be at a time of my choosing instead of after a long day at work, but I feel like I should DO something.

So tomorrow, I plan to visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden. I need to climb a tree.

August 6, 2015

That explains it.

So I read this article in the Wall Street Journal online (which I will graciously assume to be opinion) about the "anti-science" certitude on climate change. The author shares the story of the planet of Vulcan which was theorized to exist based on Newtonian physics and later disproven by using Einstein's theory of relativity. This anecdote from the annals of science history is supposed to illustrate that climate change is only a theory and could (totally) be disproven 100 years from now just like Vulcan was.
He also argues that because climatology as a discipline is only 170 years old, we can't predict stuff on such short history (even though we have --and use-- the ability to get a reliable historical model on temperature fluctuations and climate data from ice cores, sea floor cores, and old-growth forests).
Finally, he points out that calling people who deny that climate change is real "climate change deniers" is mean.


The reality is, 99% of all climate scientists agree that climate change is real and potentially catastrophic. Why would so many scientists agree? What do they gain by warning us of  possible doom? This was the one thing that I could never comprehend. I see all these conservatives denying the reality of climate change in the face of so much evidence. And their argument is that the "evidence" is self-serving. What? Thousands of scientists are talking about climate change to get grant money? Hundreds of "liberal" politicians are trying to pass legislation on emissions because their goal is not mitigating damage to our planet, but to "increase government control over the economy and the personal lives of citizens." What?




August 5, 2015

Questionable loyalties

Why doesn't Squirrel Girl use her squirrelly powers to infiltrate squirrel-Qaeda? Instead she is fraternizing with the enemy.

August 4, 2015

Butterfly

I have a giant clump of bronze fennel in the garden that appeals to the papilio polyxenes. We have no fewer than six black swallowtail caterpillars chowing on the fennel right now.




Edit to add best pic of all:

August 3, 2015

It wouldn't kill you to skip a day

I participated in a lively discussion about showering today on a friend's Facebook page.
What struck me the most about it was not the whole back-and-forth of how often it's appropriate to shower, but how many of the posters considered a daily (or even twice daily) shower as a necessity. And how very arrogant and wasteful that is.
There are places, even in our own nation, where water is a precious commodity, but some of us treat it as if it were unlimited and all ours. Even though our pocket of the world is not suffering from drought, doesn't mean that we should treat water so cavalierly. We are all interconnected and water is valuable whether you have a little or a lot.

August 2, 2015

The highest bidder

We cannot allow 60 likely psychopaths to decide the fate of our nation.
If you are not registered to vote. Do it. (your local library can help!)

Once you are registered, VOTE.

Prove to these guys that our government is not for sale.

July 29, 2015

Unattainable

Happy birthday to Punkinhead's favorite gentleman, Tim Gunn.
Gunn was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Nancy (née Comfort) and George William Gunn, an FBI agent during the administration of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Gunn was a champion swimmer throughout high school, and later attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design, receiving a BFA in sculpture.
Gunn, who is gay, was raised in an intensely homophobic household and viewed homosexuals as predators. According to a video Gunn created for the It Gets Better project, he attempted to commit suicide at the age of 17 by swallowing over 100 pills. He denied his sexual orientation until his early 20s, and did not share it with his family until he came out to his sister when he was 29.
Tim Gunn always makes Punkinhead smile a little bit brighter, so let's celebrate the 62nd birthday of the gay man my 20-something daughter wants to marry. (Anything's possible in America, right?)