Category Archives: Get off my lawn!

Three beefs

I believe the correct term for the plural of beef is actually “beeves”, but if I put it above nobody would read this.  Anyway, Jerry Has Three Beeves (a good title for a children’s book). 1.)  Toothpaste prices.  One of the biggest ripoffs you can experience in American merchandising, besides bottled water and Starbuck’s Fancy […]

Duhhh. . . . Guardian touts a “new” finding that thylacines are more closely related to kangaroos than to dingos

Below is the headline of a new science piece in the Guardian (click on screenshot to read it), reporting on a paper that was just published in Nature. I haven’t read that paper, so I won’t comment on it; rather, I’ll comment on the science writing, which in this case is abysmal. It’s sensationalistic, misleading, […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

We’re at Ceiling Cat’s Day today, which means a day of Napping and Nomming on this third of December, 2017. It’s National Peppermint Latte Day, a drink that I’ll try one day so you won’t have to. It’s also a UN observance day: International Day of Persons with Disabilities. My tum is on the fritz today […]

Grania has two beefs

Grania is cranky today because she has a sore throat and a stuffy nose and her computer at work is operating at minimal speed. Therefore she offers us two rants, both of which I share. The quotes, links, and screenshots are hers, and her beefs are in bold: “1. Everyone is acting like a British […]

This is not starting well

The good news is this: I went through TSA Precheck at O’Hare Airport quickly and without a hitch, and not a human hand touched my buttocks. The bad news is that I came three hours early to enjoy the amenities of the United Club Lounge, which, I was assured by United on the phone (who […]

Another word I hate

As I recall, I heard this on the NBC Evening News the other night, and again on National Public Radio this morning. It is a dreadful word: IMPACTFUL Yes, some dictionaries have it, like Merriam Webster online, which defines it like this:  “having a forceful impact; producing a marked impression (impactful song lyrics, impactful humanitarian efforts)” But seriously, does it […]

Two pet peeves

This one I’ve noticed a lot lately since I’ve been traveling: 1.) The plane gets to the gate, the captain turns off the seat belt signs, and immediately everyone STANDS UP IN THE AISLE, even though it’ll be 5-10 minutes before they even start their egress. It’s too crowded to remove luggage from the overhead […]

In what world is THIS good music?

Yes, it’s Taylor Swift’s hot new song, “Look what you made me do,” which, as they say, “just dropped.”  This is what passes for hit music these days, and it’s dreadful.  Now I have no idea what it’s about, since Swift is constantly involved in some drama or other, including dissing her exes in songs and […]

Ice cream versus “frozen dairy desserts”?

For years I’ve been buying Breyers ice cream, thinking that it really was “ice cream”, which, according to Business Insider (BI), is legally stipulated by the Food and Drug Administration to be this: In order to qualify as ice cream, a product must meet two criteria: 1. Ice cream must contain a minimum of 10% dairy […]

Friday’s verbal infelicity

I heard this phrase twice yesterday, which reminded me that it’s quite common—and I don’t like it: “The thing is, is that. . . . “ It’s used for emphasis, as in the sentence, “The thing is, is that I’d already done the job but I still got chewed out.” Now this is just wrong: the […]