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But sometimes, you just gotta give the guy the friggin' fish.

Ich bin ein Frankfurter
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 07/19/18 11:17 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

I usually try to avoid beef and eat as healthy as I can, but yesterday was National Hot Dog Day, and you might say, I fell off the weiner wagon.

I started off the day by checking out my local 7-11 for lunch, fully intending to buy one hot dog, only to discover upon reaching the store that to celebrate National Hot Day, their 1/4 pound Big Bite hot dogs were only $1 each.

I got two.

Having already transgressed, I talked a friend of mine into joining my National Hot Dog Day celebration, meeting him for dinner at a Southern California tradition, the Original Tommy's.

Tommy's hot dogs cannot be beat, but the few times I treat myself to Tommy's, I can't resist their chili cheese fries.

My friend complained the chili makes the fries mushy, but I think that's the best part of the wonderful combination. Unlike normal fries you can eat with your fingers, these you have to use a fork.

All in all, best National Hot Dog Day ever.

Now, if we could only get to the bottom of why they sell hot dogs in packages of ten, but they sell hot dog buns in packages of eight.

He's in the Honor Group of the Day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/25/18 12:03 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

Today's a sad day for anybody who grew up listening to Top-40 AM radio in the New York City area in the sixties and seventies, including myself.

Easily the most famous disc jockey in the history of American radio, Dan Ingram passed away yesterday.

Dan spun discs at a few stations in the late fifties, most prominently KBOX in Dallas, before landing the gig that made him famous, WABC in New York, on July 3, 1961. He held court at WABC for more than twenty years, his last show was May 10, 1982.

His quirky sense of humor, unbelievably quick wit and a voice that always sounded like he was your best friend, made him unlike any Top-40 disc jockey before or since.

Listen to tapes of Dan Ingram on WABC

He was great at making fun of the records he played, he called Elton John's song "Someone Shaved My Wife Tonight," and during the time Barbra Streisand had a hit with "Evergreen," I remember him making a lot of fun of the size of her nose, actually muffling the sound of his voice to go "up inside her nose" commenting on the spaciousness, as he was announcing the song.

Dan had several running gags he did every day in his show, including Word of the Day, which included words like Gestetner and Amanuenses, and Honor Group of the Day, which sometimes included people that had hacked him off, like people who made him late for work, but more often than not people he admired, like New York City's firemen.

Thanks, Dan. You were New York radio for me when I was a kid growing up on Long Island. We'll never forget you.

You are in the Honor Group of the Day.

Too Much Information
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 04/12/18 1:26 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

I don't think they understand the concept...

The future has arrived
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 01/05/18 2:56 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

This must be a load off this guy's mind!

This was published in the Detroit Free Press newspaper on September 29, 1935:

One has to wonder, could this judge do math? We don't know how old he was, but if Mr. Hepper was only 20 at the time, he'd be 103 years old now! What's the likelihood he could have ever completed paying his debt to society?

On the other hand, according to the official US consumer price index, $1.00 in 1935 would be worth $18.40 today, making Mr. Hepper's $2.50 monthly payment worth $46.00 in today's money. In 1935, gas cost 10 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread went for 8 cents, and you could buy a new car for $625.00. I guess that $2.50 could have been considered a lot of money in 1935.

Working hard for the money
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/20/17 1:40 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

I resemble that remark...

Romans always knew X was 10
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 08/16/17 10:52 am] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

Um... I think that was too easy...

102 degrees in the valley and no air conditioning
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 07/09/17 11:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

At about 6:53 p.m. this evening, an explosion at a power distribution plant in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles caused a major blackout that affected 140,000 people, including me.

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Firefighters said they could not pour water on the fire because it was burning in 60,000 gallons of mineral oil, which is used in the cooling process at the high voltage power facility. Before it got dark, the large plume of dark smoke from the fire could be seen from many miles away.

Power was back on for most of the Valley after about 3 hours, which is pretty impressive on the part of the LA DWP, when you see what it looked like at the scene of the explosion.

Now, pardon me, while I go and reset all my clocks.

(Image thanks to KABC TV, Los Angeles.)

Every corn dog has its day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 03/18/17 9:05 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

Today, March 18, is National Corn Dog Day.

According to, National Corn Dog Day started in Oregon in 1997, and is held each year on the first Saturday of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament.

The holiday was started by two guys in Corvallis, Oregon, who celebrated watching the March Madness basketball games by eating corn dogs and tater tots, which they claim were both invented in Oregon. Since then, National Corn Dog Day has grown to include thousands of fans across America and around the globe.

Staple of state fairs across the country, my favorite place to get corn dogs has been the ubiquitous Hot Dog On A Stick stands which can be found in almost every mall in the western and southern United States.

Hot Dog On A Stick girl hand-dipping corn dogs

The first Hot Dog On A Stick stand was located on the beach in Santa Monica, California. Another Southern California institution, Der Wienerschnitzel, also has great corn dogs, but I have especially enjoyed their mini corn dogs.

Does a mini corn dog qualify as a real corn dog even though it doesn't have a stick? I'm pretty sure it does.

And, does a veggie corn dog qualify as a real corn dog, even though it doesn't contain a real hot dog?

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If it's one of these veggie corn dogs, made by Morning Star Farms, I definitely think they do!

I try not to eat beef and pork these days, and so I discovered these veggie corn dogs. I personally think these corn dogs taste as good, or, dare I say it on National Corn Dog Day, even BETTER than corn dogs made with beef and pork hot dogs. I highly recommend them!

Happy National Corn Dog Day, everybody!

Night of the living dead wax
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 11/03/16 5:29 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

There is a company that makes it possible for you to save the memory of a loved one on a vinyl record, inviting you to "live on from beyond the groove".

The name of the company is And Vinyly (a play on the phrase "and finally", I assume). They advertise that for just 3,000, they will press the ashes of a deceased person into a vinyl disc. You pick the music or speaking audio message for the disc.

Grandparents finally become groovy

Or, you can keep the record silent. The ashes are sprinkled on the vinyl just before it's pressed by the record stamper into a translucent disc. So, the pops and crackles you hear on the record are a result of the dear departed's actual ashes. You can actually see the ashes if you hold the record up to the light.

The UK-based company has been offering this service since 2010. Ashes from dead pets can also be used, and you can also have your record sent to shops around the world to be sold just like any other album.

And Vinyly creator and music producer Jason Leach says, "It's a bit more interesting than being in a pot on a shelf."

Teetering on the brink of the unknowable
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 07/11/16 12:37 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

In the early hours of Friday morning, July 8, police killed the suspect in the shootings of five Dallas police officers using a bomb disposal robot, by causing the robot to explode nearby the suspect by remote control. This is believed to be the first use of such a device for this purpose on U.S. soil.

The device was (it perished along with the scumbag suspect) probably a MARCbot IV, which stands for Multi-function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot, or a unit very much like it. These were originally made for use by the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The MARCbot IV

The MARCbot was designed for situations like the inspection of suspicious objects without having to wait for a bomb disposal team, or putting one in danger.

MARCbot looking for a bomb in car

In the US, these robots are now used by local police departments for its originally intended purpose, and also, equipped with 2-way communications, for armed-suspect negotiations.

To me, this story of using the bomb disposal robot against the shooter in Dallas is very scary, because although the action was apparently warranted in this circumstance, this kind of thing, robots being used to kill people, is exactly the dark future foretold by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in his robot stories, especially his novel The Caves of Steel.

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The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Originally published in 1954, and still in print, The Caves of Steel takes place on a future Earth where humans have gone off to colonize other planets, and later come back as beings that are thought of by the remaining earthlings as superior. While still shunned and feared on Earth, humanoid robots are common on the "Spacer" worlds.

The book is about an Earth detective, "Lije" Baley, who is reluctantly teamed with a Spacer, Daneel Olivaw, to solve a murder. Daneel's full name turns out to be R. Daneel Olivaw, the "R" standing for robot. An important aspect of the story is what is now called "Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics" (which they just call "the Three Laws" in the story). They are:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
In the course of the story (this isn't a spoiler, you've had since 1954 to read the book!) Baley figures out that his own boss, Chief of Police Enderby, had gotten around the Three Laws in a very ingenious way and used a Spacer robot to kill a Spacer.

The Three Laws and the breaking thereof is a recurring theme of Asimov's work and much of the science fiction which followed him (including, especially, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), stories of robots taking over the world or otherwise causing dangerous havoc, because of their mis-use or mis-treatment by humans.

And now, we have the use of a robot in Dallas to kill a bad guy.

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