Archive for December, 2011

Built from whatever was lying around

December 11, 2011 8 comments

I was cleaning up and found this still screwed to the wall in my basement.  I don’t remember building it but from its purpose it probably dates from around 1985 and was slapped together out of miscellaneous recycled parts plus one item from Radio Shack.

Any guesses what it was for?


2 readers have called it - it's an alarm. I thought the battery corrosion was pretty.

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“But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judges?”

December 4, 2011 3 comments

A New York law firm specializing in forecloseures had a homeless-themed Halloween party last year that mocked the homeless. Really. Pictures leaked and wound up reported in Joe Nocera’s New York Times column.

OK, you’re thinking; that’s fairly horrible. How could people who specialize in foreclosures mock the homeless? But wait…

Since Nocera’s column came out the law firm’s business has gone straight in the toilet. They’re closing, and the firm’s founder blames the newspaper columnist for the closing:

“Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC,” said the letter. “It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down.”

Sure mister Baum, blame the media. Or yourself for having done something monstrous in the first place.  Before that party we might have spun your specialty as “a sad but necessary part of the financial process.” But after you threw a catered party making fun of people who live in makeshift shelters?

Commenters on the net have been saying mean things like “Hope you kept your homeless-person costume, mister Baum!”

Schadenfreude is often taken to be a character flaw. But in this case I’ll make an exception.

(Title from James 2:6, King James Version)

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This was the year that was

December 3, 2011 3 comments

The most powerful photos of 2011

It’s hard to believe all of it happened just this year:

Japanese tsunami,
Osama Bin Laden killed (and the unseemly celebrations that followed)
Same-sex marriage in New York
Riots, Earthquakes, and whatever the hell Uganda is up to now
Giant Blizzard the first of many giant storms
The shooting on Utoya island
Phoenix vanished from view under giant dust storm
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, gone. Finally. At last. Good riddance you monstrous injustice of a law.
Arab Spring: Good riddance Gadaffi, Mubarak
Steve Jobs not responding, force quit
Lots and lots of police in full armor bravely protecting us from unarmed protesters.
A starving child, said to have since made a full recovery.  Sorry, I doubt it.  Childhood is brain-development time.

And I still have no idea who Amy Winehouse was.

I would have added an image of Gabby Gifford on her feet again.  What would you add?

(H/T Dan J)

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