Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Alton Brown disappoints me

As loyal readers of The Wisdom know, I”m a big fan of Alton Brown and Good Eats (although the current season is kind of disappointing. Whole fish? No thanks. Didn”t even watch that episode). And I enjoyed the heck out of the first season of Feasting on Asphalt, Alton”s motorcycle tour / eating show. But [...]

It looks good on you, though

With the 2007 football season a scant month away, I need to think about refreshing the old LSU merchandise closet. And with not having been in Louisiana since … I really can”t remember, I turned to for help. What I saw in the hat section disturbed me. No, not this: Or even this: … [...]

Hard to have sympathy …

It turns out that St. Louis Cardinals” pitcher Josh Hancock had a blood alcohol level of 0.157, wasn”t wearing a seatbelt and may have been talking on his cellphone when he killed himself by slamming into the back of a tow truck going 68 miles per hour (in a 55 zone). That”s a whole lot [...]

Clearly, all CNN was missing was Kiran Chetry

CNN”s American Morning goes Mark III tomorrow with the O”Briens (Soledad and Miles) getting kicked to the curb in favor of two new robo-anchors: Kiran Chetry and John Roberts. Because, clearly, the problem with American Morning is that the anchors haven”t been white and plastic enough. American Morning is in a tough spot. CNN wants [...]

Evolution of an AJC executive pay story

Going through my RSS feeds last night, I was surprised to see a fairly rational account of The Coca Cola Company”s proxy filing and executive pay disclosures in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But, alas, that was just the initial filing of the story. The original piece, which my reader said came across at 1:36 p.m. (maybe [...]

How bad is this hospital?

So the wife and I were up in NashVegas this weekend to help welcome a new niece into the world. On the local next yesterday morning there was this rather strange bit about the shooting of a Springfield police officer: Springfield Police Officer Shot March 5, 2007 12:53 AM A Springfield police officer was recovering [...]

Interesting terms of service at

I”m pretty fascinated by the fact that a huge stash of Paris Hilton”s private photos, videos, diaries, etc. have been turned into a gawker/porn site after being auctioned off to settle a mini-storage bill. Talk about the perfect marriage of celebrity obsession and technology. And surely lots will be written about all this. But what [...]

Least popular PIN numbers

I was pretty amused by this PIN pad I saw at a retailer today: So I guess that means 4, 5 and 9 are used less often in PIN numbers? Mine has one of those digits, so who knows?

How the terrorists are winning

There”s a nice opinion piece at Wired News today about how the hysteria over recent “security threats” shows the terrorists are winning. Of course, I wrote about this two years ago, but the Wired guy does a good job of framing his point in the context of recent non-threat “threats”. Not to be a spoiler, [...]

I love a parade

As Baton Rouge leaders work on a set of rules for local parades aimed at fostering public safety and welfare, I”d like to relate my experience as a participant in the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. The year was 1985. I was working at a little crawfish boiling, poboy making, snoball shaving, pig lip selling, [...]

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