And It’s Not As Cute As Emily Mark

Ken AshfordScience & Technology, Youtube1 Comment

The Italians have come up with a robotic barista that, supposedly, can make coffee for you. The above Youtube video doesn’t impress me.  As far as I can tell, it takes two humans to nudge the robot (for some reason), which doesn’t appear to be making my grande mocha frappachino with a double shot of espresso anyway.  In fact, it … Read More

Right Next Door To “404 Not Found”

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

It’s pretty common for Chinese businesses to advertise their business in both English and Chinese.  This, for example, is a photo of a typical Hong Kong street. Well, a Chinese restauranteur decided to do the same thing, and have his restaurant’s awning reflect both Chinese and English.  Unfortuately, he didn’t speak English, so he used the powers of the Internet … Read More

70’s Movies On Broadway

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

Two to look forward to: (1)  9 To 5: The Musical.  Could be cute.  The Joe Mantello-directed production will begin Broadway previews March 24, 2009, and open April 23, 2009.  Dolly Parton wrote the music and lyrics.  Will star four-time Emmy Award winner (West Wing) and Tony Award nominee Allison Janney as Violet (I love her!), Stephanie J. Block as … Read More

Obama’s Elitism

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

One of the oddest things the Republicans are trying to pin on Obama is his supposed "elitism". I really don’t understand it.  I mean, yes, Obama went to Harvard Law School and was the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. This is… what… bad? Are we back to this stupid old "I want my President to be a regular … Read More

Why Are Gas Prices So High? (In Which I Solve The Problem)

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Energy and ConservationLeave a Comment

Okay, since I’ve been on an economy/energy blogging tirade today, I think I’ll answer the question on every person’s mind: Why are gas prices so high? I’ve wondered this myself.  Energy and economic aren’t my forte, but I’ve done a lot of reading on it lately, and I think I can boil it down to (admittedly oversimplified) layman’s terms. The … Read More

Necrophilia In Wisconsin

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Crime, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

Hi, guys.  It’s quite obvious, looking at you, why you are unable to have sex with an actual living girl…. And I know, man.  We’ve all been there, especially at the awkward pimply face age. But, I gotta tell you, digging up girls to have sex with?  So, not cool. Their intended victim was a 20 year old nursing assistant … Read More

RIP Olive Riley

Ken AshfordBlogging, In PassingLeave a Comment

At 108, she was unofficially recognized as the world’s older blogger. Her blog — The Life of Riley She died this past weekend from, well, from being 108 years old.

Latest Buzz On Movie Musicals

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

Wicked, Nine, remake of Jesus Christ Superstar… Marc Platt has extended his contract with Universal Pictures for five years, according to Variety. Marc Platt Productions currently has several projects of interest to theatre plans in the works, including a film version of the international hit Wicked, a remake of the 1973 Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice film "Jesus Christ Superstar" and … Read More

Inflation, Recession, Energy and Ecology Woes, Dogs Mating With Cats….

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Energy and ConservationLeave a Comment

Inflation grows at fastest pace in 27 years Over the past 12 months, wholesale prices are up 9.2%, the largest year-over-year surge since June 1981.  Gas and food prices are to blame, since "core inflation", the economic indicator which excludes energy and food, was better behaved in June, rising by just 0.2%.  The main culprit is gas, I would think, … Read More

There’s Such A Thing As Casting Too Wide A Net

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

1,000,000?  Seriously? The "terrorist" watch list now has more than one million names. Do you feel safer now? Since February we’ve been tracking the size of our government’s list of ostensible terrorist suspects, which according to the government’s own report (pdf) has been rising at a rate of 20,000 per month. Okay.  I know we live in a dangerous world, … Read More

Kid Rock Rocks

Ken AshfordYoutubeLeave a Comment

If you’re over 30 and never thought you would ever like a Kid Rock song, treat yourself to this: Never realized that the riffs for "Werewolves of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama" were so similar…

Since When Is Ignorance A Virtue?

Ken AshfordEducation, Election 2008, Foreign Affairs, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

So here’s the latest scandal rocking the Obama campaign…. Last week, Obama said this: Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language. You … Read More