Google Knows When You’re Sick

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Google has discovered that they can accurately predict the incidences of flu throughout the United States, simply by tracking flu-related Google searches.  It is just as accurate as the method used by the Center for Disease Control, as this graph illustrates: Writes Google: We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many … Read More

Having Sex For God

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values3 Comments

The New York Times is writing about this, so it's — you know — serious. The story is about the Rev. Ed Young – author, a television host and the pastor of the evangelical Fellowship Church. On the November 16 service, he urged the married couples in his congregation to have sex once a day.  As Young sees it, "congregational copulation" brings people … Read More

Say What?

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

Sentence contained within the Chicago Tribune's article on the increases in hate incidents since Obama's election: Even some white supremacist leaders who describe themselves as moderates say they are alarmed. Yes, the moderate supremacist leaders.  Not to be confused with the conservative or liberal white supremacist leaders.

Macy’s Float Gets Rickrolled

Ken AshfordPopular Culture2 Comments

I think it was pre-planned though…. By the way, enjoy vintage photos of the Macy's Parade from days gone by here. And, apropos of nothing (except Thanksgiving), one of my favorite scenes from The West Wing: and this is good, too….

No Blog Day

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

November 29th is supposed to be "No Blog Day", where people refrain from blogging in a show of unity, as well as protest against the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Yeah, that'll show 'em!

Black Friday: Hazardous To Your Health

Ken AshfordWar On Christmas1 Comment

No kidding: A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said. The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the store opened at 5 a.m. Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He … Read More

Turkey Lurkey Time

Ken AshfordTheatre, Youtube1 Comment

The original, from the 1968 Tony Award Show (with Donna McKechnie): The same, as dissected by Seth Rudetsky: Same song, but with different choreography, except for the wicked neck shit at the end, as performed by the University of Michigan musical theater majors: The same, with the original choreography again, as done by the cast of "Camp": This is also … Read More


Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Blahblahfish takes some English, translates it to another language, and then back to English, so you can see what gets lost in translation. Earlier today, I wrote a post entitled "Vatican Forgives Lennon". Here's the same post, after a Blahblahfish translation from English to French to English: The Vatican forgives Lennon Nice, if not little one late.  But in a … Read More

Where The Jobs Be At?

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit2 Comments

It's quite simple.  All you have to do is think of every place in America where vaudevillians were born, and chances are it has made the CNN list for the 25 best cities to find a job. Sioux Falls, Bismarck, Lincoln (Nebraska), Des Moines, Sioux City — they're all on the list. Pocatello, Idaho, where Judy Garland was "born in … Read More

Depressing Economy Fact Of The Day

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Almost half of the homes sold in the United States last month were foreclosure sales. UPDATE:  Speaking of the economy, figures like 700 billion (which is the number given to the Bush bailout, as well as the additional bailout under Obama) cause one to turn white. But, believe it or not, that was apparently just peanuts: The U.S. government is prepared … Read More

Rent: The Stage Musical

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

A DVD of the final live Broadway performance will be out February 9, 2009. And there's yet another Rent tour.  But this one might be worth attending, even if you're getting a little sick of Rent: it stars original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal.  With heavy make-up and canes.  That starts in January 2009.  (Coming to Charlotte, January 27- … Read More