Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon's 70th

For Lennon's 70th, NPR has a great interview with David Sheff:

In August 1980, writer David Sheff flew to New York for a big assignment: an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the magazine Playboy. Every day for three weeks, Sheff, often with his tape recorder running, talked with the couple in their Central Park West apartment, on the street, in coffee shops and in recording studios. The Playboy interview hit the newsstands on Dec. 6. Two days later, Lennon was shot dead on the street in front of his apartment.

Sheff's interviews with Lennon and Ono were collected in his book All We Are Saying. The book is being re-released as an e-book.

All We Are Saying: Three Weeks With John Lennon

Explore John Lennon's full NPR Archive

Also, here is John Lennon's Site

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sports Injuries

Don't push your frog so hard.

Boobies Bouncing Along

I've posted these before, but they deserve an encore. Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Baseball Prayer

Let Timmeh Smoke!

(Go Giants)

Prop. 203

Once again, the people of Arizona will attempt to legalize medical marijuana (it's been passed by the voters three of the four times it's been on the ballot, but courts have intervened) this November:

The 2010 Arizona election is looking once again, at a long held debate over the legalization of medical marijuana. If passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act would authorize the use of marijuana for individuals with medical conditions and written certification from a physician. Most controversial to the election outcome, is the fact that Prop 203 would establish a regulatory system under Arizona Department of Health Services to create and license medical marijuana dispensaries.

My views on this are quite clear: for humanitarian reasons, there should be no question about medical marijuana. Compassion demands that it should be legal. I can see a legitimate moral argument against recreational marijuana (I disagree, but I can see a valid debate), but it's a very different issue.

Of course, this being Arizona, there are some serious flaws with the law. For one, it's way too restrictive:

Unlike California, where it's possible to get a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana for almost any condition, only patients with a limited number of serious and debilitating conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's Disease, glaucoma, Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS) will be able to acquire medical marijuana in Arizona.

It would not be an initiative that would implement any immediate and wide sweeping licensing, so it is not going to change anything over night. Nor will Arizona become like California in status over medical marijuana, as some conservatives fear might happen.

Still, I support 203 as a starting point. It will be interesting to see how the vote turns out.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Quite a Year

It's been quite a year for weather here in Flag. Blizzards, wildfires (OK, technically they aren't 'weather'; rather 'events'), floods, and now tornadoes. Haven't seen anything quite like it in my sixteen years here. My only question is: what next?

Good Morning Tornado

Nothing like waking up to a tornado warning, even if the tornadoes are outside of town. So far, three are being reported, in the area of Parks and Bellemont (about 8 miles outside of town). Interstate 40 is closed, and "extensive damage" is being reported. The tornado watch is in place until 11:00 am local time.
Tornadoes are not something we're used to around here. I realized that my tiny apartment lacks a storm cellar, like most housing in the region. We'll see what happens, but for now there's not much I can do. More coffee, anyone?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Post

I'm a lazy slacker of a blogger. Or I haven't had much to say.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


They did it! My beloved Giants are in the playoffs!