Just realized that, like an idiot, I chose a window seat on the south (sunny) side of the plane on the flight back. And that I’m seated in a left-side window seat on every flight, meaning my neck’s going to be a complete mess by the time I get back.

It’s like I’ve never flown before or something…


Somebody in our building has an electric bike. A homemade one. It’s a women’s bike with four motorcycle batteries on a plywood shelf over the rear wheel, solar panels in place of a rear rack, and a charging system that involved a cheap digital multi-meter secured to the handlebars with packing tape – not duct tape; packing tape. The wiring appears to be something salvaged from a lamp. I have no idea how the owner got permission to use one of the charging stations in our garage, or how he or she has not yet thrown the breaker repeatedly.

(Of course, it’s not all bad. It also has a Louisiana licence plate hanging off the back and beads wrapped around the down tube. Because, why not?)


Last night in my own bed until next Saturday. Yee-haw.

(I know I should be excited about this trip, but I’m really not feelin’ it.)



acmesalesrep ever try this?

Nope. Too busy trying to get my langoustines to hold hands:

It doesn’t always work out, though:

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Still working on my talk. My wife was kind enough to drop dinner off – the four-year-old had had a late appointment with the dentist, so she picked up burgers on the way home. I’m now sort of wishing she hadn’t. All I want to do is take a nap.

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Why isn’t anyone talking about this?

This happened in a small town here in Utah, and the only real news coverage I’ve been aware of is from NPR.

One of the local papers, The Salt Lake Tribune, covered his funeral which happened yesterday, and addressed the fact that an independent autopsy performed shows that Darrien was shot 6 times in the back, contrary to police reports.

Darrien Hunt was a faithful member of the Mormon church, and while his local bishop presided over the funeral, no members of the higher leadership of the church were present at the funeral. It’s fairly common for a high-profile funeral of an LDS person in Utah to have at least one member of the Mormon General Authority present. 

Also, no police representatives attended, nor did the former mayor of the small town where he was killed attended. She is a black, LDS woman, and many in the community are disappointed that she did not attend to show support. She has further political ambitions, and it’s believed that she is staying clear of this situation our of self-preservation.

Just heart-breaking all around. Darrien Hunt was a loving, faithful person who seems to have been well-loved by all who knew him. Such a tragedy. 

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Finally heard back from the conference organizers. No confirmation number, but they promise that a room has been reserved. I guess that’s better than nothing…


Well, there’s about half my talk done. And I haven’t burned it to the ground and started over yet.

Um, wait…









A Texas man is under arrest after gunning down a SWAT team member as the officer quietly tried to climb in through the apartment’s window during predawn hours.

Police State USAreports  that a resident fatally shot Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie as the officer climbed in through a ground level window as part of a “no knock” raid. The officers were there due to suspicion that residents were in possession of controlled substances.

Upon hearing a noise, resident Marvin Louis Guy, 50, opened fire on the unidentified officers, shooting three others as well, although only one fatally.

Guy is currently being held on capital murder charges in connection with Dinwiddie’s death, even though it’s unclear how Guy was supposed to know that the men crawling in through the window were police officers since they hadn’t identified themselves.

The evidence sheet lists a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, but no drugs were found. Given the evidence, why did police deem it necessary to seek a “no knock” warrant and why did a judge sign off on it?

Very little is known about Mr. Guy, but Dinwiddie left behind two children, all because his SWAT team went creeping into a home where the residents didn’t even have any drugs. Is that the best use of law enforcement tax dollars?

Guy’s bond has been set at $3 million dollars.


Thank you lieutenantnorals!

"cop breaks and enters with state approval, gets his ass shot"

brah………………. BRUV……………………..

this happened in Texas where it is perfectly legal to shoot and kill someone who is breaking into your home

Literally everybody knows that in Texas you can open fire on someone who comes onto your property without permission. What in the hell did they expect??

Where the NRA at? In the largest pro-gun state of Texass, those second amendment rights only apply if you’re white.

Oh no stand your ground for the homie right???? NO STAND YOUR GROUND FOR THE HOMIE RIGHT????!????!!!!

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