A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Here are the most important increments to knowledge gained by the Curmudgeonly Professor today:
The sweet potato fries at Fargo Burgers on West Sunset near Santa Clara are even better sprinkled with cinnamon sprinkles and dipped in warm marshmallow sauce. No kidding.
Grocery shopping is hard work. I don't know how the checkers have the stamina to keep going hour after hour and keep a cheerful disposition. I usually ask them how they're doing.
For all practical purposes, the basketball season is over. Much as I love the Utah Jazz, their imploded team still has strong individual performances but cannot close out a win. Maybe next year. Meanwhile, the Wiz picked up their second (2nd) road win of the year in SLake last night against the hapless Jazz.
I have one pathetic little red tulip blooming in my front flower space.
I had to replace my American Express card one more time since some idiot lost it. I've had an AmEx card since 1965.
That about exhausts any learning possibilities for the day. I hope your day was just as edifying and growth-promoting.
Someone who obviously did not have enough to do and wanted to tinker with the schedules, biological cycles, hours, health, and general well being woke up one day and said to him or herself, "Why don't we move the clocks up in the spring and back in the fall?" Obedient legislatures (except for a smart state or two) fell into lock step and obeyed the impulse to mess up peoples' lives.
I hate daylight saving time. As far as I know, only so many hours of daylight exist anyway and the way the sun and earth revolve or whatever they do (I can't remember from 7th grade science and Mrs. Strong's little model of little balls whirling around each other) so why does it matter? I hate getting up in the dark. The birds are tweeting their silly little heads off in the dark, complaining. I have to turn the porch light on to see to get the newspapers. Scientific research apparently shows that changing an hour in our cycles screws up our biological cycles and could cause untold miseries, not to mention changing a dozen clocks or so every six months. I solved the problem with the clock in my den. The time stayed on 3:20 for about six months and today I proudly put a new battery in so now it is 11:20 a.m. and I am most proud of myself.
Inventors ought to spend their time fixing real problems like potholes in the streets and eliminating obnoxious TV ads, changes that would really and truly benefit us in significant ways instead of messing up our lives. Daylight saving time? Bah! Humbug!
Too many people assume they are correctly eyeballning every word, phrase and senntence that they type, and that they never make errxors, so they never proofread. Wrong! Wrong! Wrongg! A term I learned in graduate school is this one: Every unproofread word and page could be, and often is, plagued with miosspelled words and errors. So hear are five reasons everyone: secretaries, lawyers, business persons, trash collecktors, and anyone else who types or writes a word or a page or a book should proofread: (More than once: else why do printed books still have errorss in them?)
Errors are embarrassing. The reader knows yyou didn't doublecheck, that you don't know how to spell, and that you were too lazzy to fix stuff before you finished it and sent it outt.
Errpors cost money to fix.
Mistakes take up wasted timme, postage, telephone calls, and such, and cause headaches, stomach crampps, cussing, bewilderment, bad thoughts, delays, wrong information, and general consternation and havoc.
Mistakes can actually cause extremely serious problems, misinterpretations, legal actions, much expense to correct, and extgreme and irate anger.
Proofreading is the most efficient use of time you can make. Knowing that every word, every page, every document, every letter, every form is typed exactly correct means you never have to worry about causing the multitude of problems that errors can instigate.
I had two special secretaries during my work career, each of which worked for me for at least six years. Each of them asked me if I had any suggestions or directions for them when they started. I told both of them to remember that "any unchecked, unproofread page or typed information is wrong." I imagine a minor mistake or two might have been found, but I don't remember them. The first secretary typed thousands of pages of research monographs and technical tables. The second one was our departmental secretary and received the all-university award for outstanding secretary on the BYU campus at the age of 26, to the great consternation of the hundreds of senior staff in a large university. A simple rule. When obeyed meticulously, this rule leads to profound and outstanding results. And those who follow this rule can sleep soundly at nights.
Here are the Curmudgeonly Professor's nominations for five words and phrases that should be banned:
You know. Inserted after every sentence. Even Hillary Clinton was doing so during the last election, you know.
To be honest. I've been lying up till now. Now I'll be honest, but how will you know, to be honest?
Like. Like this, like that, like something else, inserted during every brain wave, thought, and utterance, like.
That's what it's all about. Egregious use of two indefinite antecedents, never knowing what either that or it is all about, and that's what it's all about.
Enjoy. Sorry, this is a sixth word, so enjoy.
Of course, you know, to be honest, like, a plethora of other egregious words and phrases are roaming around out there, indiscriminately and overly used by vocabulary-starved folks, so we may have to add to this list as time goes by, so enjoy. Sweet! And that's what it's all about.
I taught all my college students to use two words, at least, which they all regurgitated to me in exam answers, in the hallways, in my office, when I would see them years after they graduated: plethora and egregious. Smart alecks. Though a plethora of reasons exist as to why the Curmudgeonly Professor is hacked off today, here is a smattering of the most egregious:
The Curmudgeonly Professor is a poor sport and a bad loser despite all the Pollyanna stuff about how "it isn't whether you win or lose, etc."
Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars didn't quite have the gas to pull out a win over Florida in OT in the Sweet Sixteen.
San Diego State is not a team I normally love since they whomped the Cougars disastrously but more because some of them have made impolite references to some of my beloved BYU Cougars. Nonetheless, I was hoping they would get to the Elite Eight just because I am sick of the same teams always showing up there, like Connecticut, and SDSU didn't make the grade.
The Utah Jazz continue their downward spiral into oblivion and lottery team status by not being able to pull off a win against NOrleans last night. Though the Jazz have some talented players and a couple of star performances in every game, at least, the Jazz season is obviously doomed.
The BYU women's team lost to USC in the women's NIT.
Though the list was supposed to stop at five, I ask the NCAA finals selection committee if they think they were possibly, maybe, ridiculously biased in team selection as two of three Mountain West teams made it to the Sweet Sixteen and, what, maybe two of eleven (or so) teams from the heretofore mighty and now anemic Big East made it that far? No bias here, right?
Here are five reasons why every sports fan in America should watch the BYU-Florida NCAA basketball playoff game today:
Jimmer Fredette is one of the most iconic, superb basketball players to come along in decades. Win or lose, the game is worth watching just to watch Jimmer Fredette.
The Las Vegas line has Florida 3 over BYU. While BYU was also an underdog to Gonzaga, today could be the last time we get a chance to watch Jimmer play college basketball and we shouldn't miss the opportunity to watch this gifted player.
Jimmer is not only an exceptional once-in-a-lifetime kind of player, he is also a humble, self-effacing, and incredibly decent young man who merely goes back down the floor after making an impossible shot. He does not require or exhibit the usual methods of behavior exhibited by so many egotistical players.
BYU also has several other strong role players who, when on their game, are simply exceptional players such as Jackson Emery,Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock, and others who are capable of making outstanding contributions.
Coaches Dave Rose and Dave Rice both went to the final four as college players themselves and it is fun to watch these exceptional coaches see if they can outwit their opposing coach and team.
With Jimmer, the love for and mastery of the game of basketball are the shining motivations in his life. We can all be uplifted by watching this superb athlete try for the stars one more time no matter the outcome of the game. We're all cheering for you.