Jun 302016
 
  • Upon viewing The Breakfast Club and realizing it was made 32 years ago about my generation, Nathan has allowed the possibility that I just might be telling the truth when I tell him I know how it feels to be a teenager.
  • Back on Windows Phone. Windows 10 Mobile, the released version, is finally available for my hardware, and the Instagram client works well. I like having Cortana and my live tiles back, and streaming my music collection from OneDrive has worked nicely so far.
  • A friend and I were discussing over lunch on Monday the related curses of absolute pitch and relative pitch. (He has the former; I have the latter.) We’re unusually bothered when recorded music is played at a not-quite-correct speed, or when an artist plays a song in a different key live. Well, I was reminded of a blessing from the ability this morning. The pitch of my starter was ever-so-slightly lower. I’ll need a battery in 60 to 90 days. That’s a useful early warning.
  • I don’t follow women’s college basketball at all, and I knew who Pat Summitt was. Thank you to a fine coach and person. RIP.
  • My sleep is improving, thank goodness. Routine has helped. Better diet has helped. I still have some way to go. I’ve a feeling evening exercise may be next. If I can’t straighten it out on my own in another month or so, I’ll ask for help.
  • Barely snuck under $300 on the electric bill this past time. We’re doing pretty well this season with this, but I’m still glad the days are already getting shorter.
  • I am finding myself unusually receptive to, and thankful for, the influence of friends with positive attitudes. It is exceptionally well-timed. You know who you are. Thank you!
 Posted by at 11:04 am
Jun 292016
 

Sitcom and motor oil commercial cutie-pie Leah Remini is working on a series exploring some of Scientology’s less pleasant aspects (particularly its effects on families).

You may recall that Remini was in the news a little while back when she wondered rather vocally what had become of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige has not been seen in public since 2007.

I’ve written about Scientology on BoWilliams.com occasionally (here and here). You don’t have to look very deeply into it to conclude that it’s quite bizarre. The established narrative includes extraterrestrials, a universe far older than any respected theory accounts for, and so forth. It’s basically what you’d think a religion thunk up by a science fiction author would be like. Hmmm.

Remini is to be encouraged in her efforts to shine bright light into the dark corners of Scientology. The Church of Scientology isn’t that big, but it’s well-financed and extremely aggressive with rhetoric, litigation, and actions against its members and detractors. (Go read about Gold Base sometime. Ask yourself if it sounds like the United States.)

 Posted by at 10:16 am
Jun 272016
 

We found ourselves at Fulin’s last night because of a dinnertime power outage at home. As we ate, they were showing competitive diving—possibly Olympics tryouts—on television. Nathan mentioned that the last time he’d been at a pool with a 10M diving platform, they weren’t letting anyone use it. Apparently this is common now; liability concerns. […]

 Posted by at 7:15 am
Jun 242016
 

As hard as I try to evaluate different views equitably, I’ll confess there are a few phrases that make me tune out nearly immediately. For example, anytime I see someone fretting about people “voting against their own self-interest,” it is invariably a lament against greater self-determination (and therefore liberty). I can’t believe the South opposes […]

 Posted by at 10:28 am
Jun 232016
 

I have a longstanding policy of keeping Thursday miscellanea posts politics-free, but I don’t think Governor Bentley has enough friends for this to be controversial with my readership. There is a blistering and sadly entertaining article in GQ on him. Couldn’t tell you the last time I watched an NBA game, but I had a […]

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