Taking a moment from the pinball convention reporting: a couple days ago bunny_hugger got a plea for money from the Michigan State University alumni association. That's fair enough since she got her degree there and all, but the curious thing is that my name was on the label too. That's pretty good work of the MSU alumni association considering that Rutgers and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute haven't figured out where I am yet.
But then --- how do they know that bunny_hugger and I are married? We've kept our maiden names, after all, and yeah, they know my address from my library card. But making the leap to supposing two people with different last names and the same address are related seems like a potentially hazardous one.
As it's the Thursday/Friday post it's also time to plug my humor blog again. If you've been reading it, thank you. If you haven't, then in the past week you've missed such pieces as:
- Those Who Do Not Study The Pasta Are Sure To Reheat It, this week's major piece, inspired by that Pasta and Noodle Technology book and I know bunny_hugger now likes me less because of that title.
- Minnesota Tweeting, thinking of some stray followers I've picked up and deploying the phrase ``social bacon ninja'' for not much good reason.
- Flintstones Mathematics, wherein I'm all cranky about the pinball machine based on the movie based on the show based on The Honeymooners.
- Power Challenge of the Week, inspired by my seeing a picture of a nice-looking Brutalist building and not being able to say I honestly liked it so.
- Robert Benchley: The Rope Trick Explained, in which the master humorist talks about the Indian Rope Trick, which never existed.
- Statistics Saturday: Nations of Africa Ordered By Length, continuing my tour of the continents. I don't know why these are popular but by heavens they are.
- Betty Boop: Hollywood On Parade, revealing Betty's new actor in her second live-action appearance.
- Ridiculous Episodes Of History, last week's major piece, about what kinds of absurd things just happen in the real world.
I'd be glad if you read them after all.
Trivia: The fifth month of the Babylonian calendar, Nenegar, was dubbed Abu in the Semitic calendar and Gorpaios in the Seleucid calendar. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.
Currently Reading: User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers, Joseph J Corn.