Indiana and Apple

I was at the mall today. Right outside one of the entrances, there was a brand new Ducati Monster 821. As I was admiring the bike (I wish I still had my bike.), a young man that clearly worked at the Apple store came out to smoke a cigarette.

I said something about the bike being cool. The Apple kid said that it probably belonged to one of his coworkers. You know…, because…, “All of us Apple people are free thinkers.” Some little twerp that works retail for the most valuable company in the world considers himself a free thinker.

I hear discordant crap like this all the time. Maybe I look so old to these punks that they think I’m in serious mental decline. Anyway, I can’t believe how the Eye of Sauron’s gaze has fallen on Indiana and Arkansas.

There are better writers than I with something to say about this Indiana and Apple flap. Here’s one. Here’s another.

Submarine Cable Map 2015

Submarine Cable Map 2015.

Cool.

What I think of most Gluten Free People

This is hysterical:

Well worth your 6:17.

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World.

I’ve actually been to this one in Mauritius:

dinarobin hotel, mauritius

It’s not like I too some wonderful vacation there. I was working on the island at the time and met some people there for drinks. It’s kind of funny to me that every list of “best” hotels or resorts has one that is on Mauritius. To me the entire coast line of Mauritius pretty much looks like that photo. All the coastal/beach front hotels are wonderful.

The point of the island in this photo is just a few hundred yards down the road from the photo above.

The World’s Most Opulent Outdoor Bathtubs


The World’s Most Opulent Outdoor Bathtubs | The Go List | OutsideOnline.com
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Check it out:

tirta-ening-suite-tub

We could use a few of those tubs where I’m working now. The customers would enjoy them

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death.

From the article:

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and all the others were not available for comment.

Now that last line may be harsh on my part but if you look at the whole Ferguson fiasco, from well before the shooting of Michael Brown through to today, you can not demonstrate how government is helping the citizens of that town.

Government seems to be actively hostile to people that are on the lower end of the wealth and income scale.

How to live near the water without spending a million (or more)

Scott Burns: How to live near the water without spending a million.

Scott Burns is down in Florida again. He does this trip every so often and writes about manufactured (read “trailer”) homes. He is correct about the cost advantages. I am tempted to get in the car and go see the parks he mentions for myself. I know I can do with less space. Particularly if I could have a boat in the water within walking distance of my front door.

I have long dreamed of taking my design experience into the world of manufactured homes. When you look at the property that is available in Florida for manufactured homes, it is clear to me that there is a market for a luxury product. I don’t mean luxury as the current manufacturers define it. I mean luxury with a trailer full of premium brand names.

I’m confident people would pay for it.

I’m also baffled (well not really, as there are many reasons) at why we all don’t live in manufactured homes. I am probably not the guy to break through all the resistance to manufactured housing, but I would sure like to go to work for him.

Oklahoma U. Expels Racist Students, But Not Violent Football Players

I also believe in second chances, although it’s easier for me to grant them to people who merely said insensitive things than it is for me to grant them to perpetrators of violence against women. Boren, it seems, feels differently.

Reason weighs in.

Boren is an ass. So is Stoops. So is Rice. So is Pettit.

I really enjoyed my time in the UK…

Although it was 34 years ago. The place was different back then. Take a look at this:

CCTV cameras should be installed by homeowners and businesses to help detectives solve crimes in the age of austerity, Britain’s most senior policeman has said.

I don’t know that it is necessary to read the rest of the article. That quote is the first sentence.

The guy should lose his job over that statement.

OU: Where Football is King

“The judicial outcome and the video speak for themselves,” Oklahoma President David L. Boren said. “The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life’s experiences.”

That was President Boren recently when Joe Mixon was reinstated to the football team. Go read that whole post linked in that quote.

Here is Boren today:

“There is no double standard at the University of Oklahoma. We punish bad behavior without regard to race. He (Mixon) was suspended from the team for a year and was not allowed to play. He was also ordered to perform community service, which he has completed. We punish bad behavior without regard to whether a person is an athlete or non-athlete, black or white. It is sheer and utter nonsense to make such a statement. We are colorblind at the University of Oklahoma and make no distinction between athletes and non-athletes. We have even taken one case to the state Supreme Court to enforce the findings of our internal disciplinary process under Title IX, in a case involving a student athlete.”

Remember, Boren was a U.S. Senator and a former Governor of Oklahoma. The guy is a politician and you’ll notice he didn’t exactly respond to the accusation of a double standard.

Just remember that the video of Joe Mixon hitting that young lady has never been released. He hasn’t suffered the same two minutes of hate the SAE boys have. Also the Joe Mixon videotape hasn’t been released. I don’t believe there is video tape of Green-Beckham tossing that woman down the stairs.