Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dumbest Presidential Candidate Ever?

I don't know. But I think so, since fellow Texan Rick Perry is apparently not running. I'm talking about Ted Cruz (of course).

Here's what he said on Late Night With Sean Meyers last week:
I just came back from New Hampshire where there’s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple: Debates on this should follow science, and should follow data. 

And many of the alarmists on global warming, they got a problem cuz the science just doesn’t back them up.

And in particular, satellite data demonstrates that the last 17 years there’s been zero warming. None whatsoever.

It’s why—you remember how it used to be called global warming and then magically the theory changed to climate change? The reason is it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.
 Unbelievable. Except ... he's a pandering politician ... and pandering to a not-very-bright audience, apparently.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weird Word of the Week: Chyron

You know that streaming line of information that trots across the bottom of your screen during newscasts, distracting and annoying you so it's hard to focus on the program you're trying to watch?

That's a chyron, named for the company that invented it, now called the ChyronHego Corporation.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for this information.)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Poetry Jam at the White House: Alexander Hamilton

Yes, I know I've got this bee in my bonnet. Lin-Manuel Miranda performed this song from what would become the musical "Hamilton" at the White House Poetry Jam in 2009:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

More About the Musical "Hamilton"

From the interview of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Chris Hayes at MSNBC:

Hamilton on Broadway

 I really want to see this when it comes to Broadway this summer. Anyone else? If we get 15 or more people, we get a group discount.

No, I'm not kidding. No, I don't know where we could stay. No, I don't even know where I'll get the money to travel there and stay there and get even one or two tickets.

I'm just saying, I really want to see this.

Here's a longer bit. Watch it and you'll see what I mean!