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Life

April 06, 2014

"The Collected Wisdom of Bill Murray"

Samples:

Acting

Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.

Failure

I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing. 

Bonus: "50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time".

April 03, 2014

"Top bridge player, 80, collapsed and died at card table after being dealt 'once-in-a-lifetime' winning hand"

Not to nitpick a sad but interesting story--but hey, that's part of the reason why I'm here--but the two references to a "29 point game" should be to a "29 point hand" and the statement near the middle of the piece that "The maximum points total for a bridge hand is 37" should be "The maximum points total for a bridge hand is 40".

UPDATE: as the commentors correctly point out, the maximum points in a hand is, in fact, 37. I thank the commentors and apologize for my mistake.

March 30, 2014

"At this burger stand, the thrill may be gone, but the grill is not"

At 87 Bill Elwell is a bit cranky, but he's still cooking.

Bill Elwell doesn't want any more customers, but they just keep coming.

"Is McDonald's closed today?" he likes to grunt to those lined up outside his tiny burger stand in an industrial pocket of the San Fernando Valley. "Why is everyone here? Go down the street!"

Elwell is 87 and cranky, and folks can't seem to get enough of him.

March 16, 2014

"The Surprising Places Married Couples Meet"

"School" being just 10.97% is sad

March 15, 2014

"For Holocaust Escapee, a 'Fairy Tale' Come True"

Lovely story: at 11, Simon Gronowski escaped from a train taking him to Auschwitz.

This week, at 82, he got to play in Woody Allen's band

March 14, 2014

"27 People Who Are Way Worse At Parenting Than You"

"These 'parents' will make you feel like a freaking Huxtable."

March 07, 2014

"African aircraft test flight"

Is the guy an embodiment of all that's wonderful in the human spirit or a fool? You decide.

Link via commenter John at Jerry Pournelle's blog

March 06, 2014

For many years I visited my parents in South Florida . . .

. . . so this made me laugh.

By the way, I don’t blame them for wanting their kids and grandkids down – otherwise it’s boring as hell. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Boca before but the basic idea is you wake up, eat breakfast and then spend the whole day bickering about where you’re having dinner. Then at 4:30pm you get in the car and go to Matteo’s, family-style Italian, and they bring out penne a la vodka by the trough until you pass out. Or if it’s somebody’s birthday, maybe you go to Ruth’s Chris, whatever.

February 17, 2014

"21 Things You Don’t Get About Young People If You Were Born Before 1980"

"Either we’ve gotten really old or they’ve gotten really weird."

I'd say it's a bit of both. 

February 15, 2014

Two nice stories for a Sunday morning

"Pikus-Pace rides positivity to silver medal, dream ending to career".

And Pikus-Pace was happy. So happy. Happier, perhaps, than I’ve ever seen anyone up close. 

"‘Our hearts are overflowing’: The touching moment garbage man surprises five-year-old autistic boy with his own toy truck".

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