Support The Troops

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

In every GOP debate, it seems, the audience steals the show with their insane outbursts. Two weeks ago, debate attendees cheered executions. Last week, some in the audience backed letting uninsured Americans die. And last night, the audience booed a U.S. Army soldier fighting in Iraq.   It's funny about these debates — you learn more about Republican debate audiences than you … Read More

Facebook Urges Users To Use Google Plus

Ken AshfordSocial NetworkingLeave a Comment

Well, what else can account for their recent changes? Take a look at your Facebook page today, and let us know if you laughed or smashed your screen. Facebook has changed its look, adding a “top story” listing of the newest postings by your online friends, and the reaction is … well, not warm. The” top stories” on each person’s page, automatically generated by … Read More

Facebook Urges Users To Use Google Plus

Ken AshfordSocial Networking1 Comment

Well, what else can account for their recent changes? Take a look at your Facebook page today, and let us know if you laughed or smashed your screen. Facebook has changed its look, adding a “top story” listing of the newest postings by your online friends, and the reaction is … well, not warm. The” top stories” on each person’s page, automatically generated by … Read More

Netflix Is Fucking With Its Business Model Again

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Not content to remain successful, Netflix has decided to split its DVD services from its streaming service: The mail order plan will be renamed "Qwikster." In a few weeks, Netflix subscribers who want to get DVDs by mail will go to a separate website to access Qwikster. The streaming business will continue to be called Netflix. Members who subscribe to … Read More

Nanotechnology Is Cool

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have created 'microbots' that can manipulate tiny objects: The robots, which are only half a millimeter wide, are controlled via magnetic fields and can perform simple tasks such as opening their jaws or moving around a container of liquid. They are among the smallest robots ever created. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), which … Read More

My, Aren’t We Productive!

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Every so often, I come across a statistic that blows my mind. Today was such a day.  You ready? Take all the goods and services produced in the world since the year 1 A.D. up to the present day.  The output of goods and services is a rough measure of economic output. Did you know that almost 25% of all … Read More

NYT Looks At Bachmann Messaging Problem

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

You see, one could go with the assumption that Michelle Bachmann is batshit insane.  I mean, that's my theory. But the New York Times is better than me, I guess.  They dug hard to found out exactly why Bachmann says the stupid things she says. Part of it, it seems, is her staff.  They tell her stupid things, like when she spoke in … Read More

Today’s Google Logo Explained

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

As most people know, the Google logo on the main Google search page is often changed to note a holiday or significant event.   Admittedly, sometimes the occasion is a bit random… like last week, when this showed up on September 5 That was to honor Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday. And a few weeks before that, we saw in honor … Read More

Pat Robertson: Divorcing Someone With Alzheimer’s Is Okay, Because They’re Kinda Dead Already

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Compassionate conservatism and family values: During the portion of the show where the one-time Republican presidential candidate takes questions from viewers, Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from the incurable neurological disorder. "I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, … Read More

Who Gets The Blame?

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

GOP and Tea Party supporters are giddy about the recent GOP wins in congressional special elections, as well as Obama high dispproval numbers (he's at a 55% disapproval rate). To them, I would point out some comparative numbers. First of all, Bush's disapproval rate at the end of his presidency was %69.  Obama is nowhere near that number. But more … Read More

Samaritans

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

You know, I heard about this on the radio, and dismissed it as some sensationalist story. But honestly, when you see the video, it is pretty sensational. The background.  Car and motorcycle crash.  Motorcyclist is trapped under the car, which is on fire.  Bystanders lift car to rescue motorcyclist.