Friday, April 19, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 541


Friday, April 19, 2013---717 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 16 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Continuing to call them as I see them.
Virtually free of original ideas. 
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.         
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Why waste your time anywhere else.
Providing snap judgments and overreactions.
Don’t forget to floss.
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Rave: Dennis Morgan.
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Reading: “Thicker Than Water” by G.M. Ford…a Leo Waterman novel.
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Under rated: The short-lived TV show, “Karen Sisco.”
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Truism: Just because it didn't happen to you doesn’t mean it didn't happen at all.
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Rave: There is nothing like a Count Basie arrangement.
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You Know You’re Old: If you played with a wooden tennis racket…after removing the press.
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Rave: Every day should be Veterans Day.
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Didjaknow: “The Thin Man” {1934} was Dashiell Hammett’s final novel? He wrote just seven novels. With “The Thin Man” and “The Maltese Falcon,” how many more do you need to write?
Having served in both World Wars, he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Rant: Haven’t we reached the expiration date for the phrase, “situation remains fluid?”
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Truism: The truth is quite easy to remember.
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Rave: Trial and error---that’s the way life is. It’s mostly a series of highly dubious tradeoffs.
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Didjaknow: In 1991 Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.
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Hmmm: Would you rather have a dollar from everybody who listens to radio or from everybody who doesn’t?
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Quote: “They showed me sacrifice, pride, professionalism and reminded me that being part of the team and doing the job right---whether anyone is paying attention or not---are the ingredients of character.” Michael Connelly commenting about our troops after his USO Operation Thriller III tour visiting the support bases in Southwest Asia.
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Truism: It is probably safe to assume that most politicians were lawyers who couldn’t stand the thought of working for a living.
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Quote: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”—Adam Smith.
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Hmmm: Is a zebra black with white stripes or white with black strips?
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember the “hi-fi high and lights down low.” 
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Didjaknow: There is no such thing as a quiet drunk.
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Truism: There are neither rewards, nor punishments…just consequences.
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Ouch: Cutting back the bougainvillea is a bitch---due to their ferocious attack mentality.
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Reel to Reel: Among my favorite memorable closing movie lines: “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.” “Well…nobody’s perfect” from “Some Like It Hot.” From “Gone With the Wind,” “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Number one for me is, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”
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More Liberty: No one else could have sung “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” other than Gene Pitney.
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Hmmm: Every Yankee game in 2013 will be an old-timer’s game.
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Pop Culture: In sports and politics, while the TV pictures keep getting sharper, the same cannot be said for the commentary.
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One to Ponder: Why do millions who don’t know what to do on a rainy day long for immortality?
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Truism: A person can live a full and useful life without ever watching a single Thursday night NFL game.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember the joy of having a parfait for desert.
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Quote: “This book simply says perhaps a dream come true may be the worst possible thing that can happen.”---James M. Cain in discussing his novel, “Mildred Pierce.”
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Oh So True: Most women want the men in their lives to change just a little. Most men pray their women will never change, but the reverse is usually what happens.
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One Final Thought: Any man who thinks he can be happy letting the Federal government take care of him, better take a close look at the American Indian.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville--Alternative Scoring Edition


I decided to fritter away some time by seeing if different scoring systems would cause any major changes in our standings.

Carl handily won the high risk/high reward, seed-times-round method.

Using the simple one-point for each correct pick in round one, two-points for each correct pick in round two, etc.---Carl topped the list. There was some change in 2-5.

Using the method where each round is valued at 32 points yields similar results to the 1-6 value per round.

I like the high risk/high reward system. It may be tedious to score, but rewarding upsets along the way rather than giving higher value to the final rounds, has great appeal to my way of thinking.

Your thoughts!

By the way, a perfect bracket score using the high risk/high reward system was 557 points.