Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New $10 Bill

The news is there will be a woman on the new $10 bill. So Alexander Hamilton will be thrown off the current version. When you look at it, his portrait actually came out nice.

The first woman to appear on our currency was Martha Washington. She was on a $1 bill.

Lady Liberty has appeared on more than one piece of coinage. Here is the Mercury dime—a misnomer, since Lady Liberty was mistaken for the Roman god Mercury, and so the dime is known by a popular but mistaken name.

I actually don’t think it would have to be a woman on the $10 bill. Before you throw brickbats at me, it would have been a worthy goal to have a different shade of man on there—perhaps Frederick Douglass, or put Chief Joseph on the $20 bill. Don’t know who they are? Read a book.

So, who should be on the new $10 bill? Since ships are referred to as “she,” perhaps the Mayflower.

by William Halsall
public domain

Or there’s Captain Kirk’s favorite woman.

photo by Julo

Friday, June 19, 2015


This is what it looks like when a sprinkler head comes off.

Funny, what one can spot while going somewhere. It’s funny mainly because it’s not happening to us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Hobbit: Why is the Movie so Different?

Those of you who read The Hobbit and loved it probably became impatient at the immense amount of scenes in the movies that weren’t in the book. And those of you who didn’t read the book probably wonder if the incredible blow-by-blow battle scenes were really described in such detail. Now someone gets to the root of the differences.

Kayleigh Herbertson in her blog post describes in detail the more curious features of the movies. And she gets to the heart of the differences. As someone who has read The Hobbit twelve times, I can testify that she knows what she’s talking about. This is all the more amazing since she never read the book. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Space is a Vacuum

Okay, summer blockbuster season is coming, and for some people the bigger the special effects, the lower the I.Q. they end up with.

What’s with those sound effects in space movies? They give people a distorted view of space. How many times has a movie set in space been nominated for an award for best sound effects?

public domain 

I once mentioned to someone who was attending the University of Washington that space is a vacuum.

He said, “No it’s not.”

I looked at him, thunderstruck.

He said, “I could hear the explosions in Star Wars.”

Dum dum dum.


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