July 13th, 2008

krazy koati

Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon

My father's bought hot dogs. A pack of fifty Sabrett's, just as last time. I've broken the pack down into three resealable plastic bags full. One of them went to the freezer so that hopefully we won't get such an urgent push to eat nothing but hot dogs until they're full. Transferring the hot dogs to plastic bags also reflects slowly accumulating experience: while there isn't much problem in just puncturing the original package in a corner and pulling hot dogs out of that, there is the problem of the extracted juice falling over the rest of the things in the meat-compartment bin of the refrigerator. This is a trick we won't forget until the next time we get a fifty-pack of hot dogs, which will probably be Thursday.

The local news was showing off a highway traffic jam which certainly did not look exactly like every traffic jam on every highway ever, although this one was caused by one of the Constructicons having passed out drunk across one of its lanes. I looked at the on-screen graphic a little too quickly and got excited because I misread it as saying there had been a traffic tie-up on the westbound Long Island Expressway due to an ``overturned black hole''. I knew the Large Hadron Collider was setting off all kinds of objections, ranging from lunatic to just plain silly, but that they might mess up Long Island's already overcrowded infrastructure with rips in the fabric of spacetime were being tossed recklessly onto the road surface.

Trivia: Besides prohibiting slavery the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 guaranteed the freedom of religion, trial by jury, and due process of law. Source: Measuring America, Andro Linklater.

Currently Reading: The House That Roone Built: The Inside Story of ABC News, Marc Gunther. It was published in 1994, so nothing recent. But it is a bit amusing to see discussions of the early days of Wide World of Sports (Roone Arledge's first big job at ABC television) and discussions of how with skilled presentation you could get an audience to care about championship barrel-jumping or baton-twirling, and to realize, hey, yes, I've seen Cheap Seats going over that Wide World of Sports footage.