Hurricane Sandy has caused some folks in the immediate vicinity to soil their britches. The University Near Here has curtailed operations for Monday and Tuesday, giving us non-essential personnel a sweet long weekend.
I can't (however) figure out how that even makes sense, given the current storm-track maps at NOAA's Hurricane Center. But nobody asked me so,…
Pun Salad's official (but unaware, and uncompensated) mascot
Poulin has been spotted giving a $5K check to St. Anna School
in Fitchburg, MA. Good for her, good for her employer.
Picture at right. Usually they take the picture of the (literally) Really Big Check, but this time they took the picture of the Really Big Thank You Card the school gave in return. Sweet.
For the uninitiated, Cathy is the Director of Public Relations
Discount Furniture, a chain with multiple locations in the
Northeast. She also appears with Bob himself in their irritating
advertisements. And our ISP-provided stats tell us that Googling for
"Cathy Poulin" is the number one reason
people come to Pun Salad.
Bob's advertisements may be irritating, but right now I'd prefer to
watch five hundred of them in a row than see one more dumb political
ad. Thank goodness for TiVo and Netflix.
The occasionally-amusing McSweeney provides "Election 20,012
Where the Candidates Stand On the Issues.". Sample:
Q. Why crop not grow for four season now?
Gog, leader: Terrible magic visit village before Gog become leader. Gog take ancient Horse Crown not knowing full extent of bad magic. Gog pray for guidance; sent vision that virgin sacrifice please gods, bring rain. Opponent say virgin sacrifice never work. But Gog see many sign of turnaround, like evil spirit leaving cave and people buying wheel again. Opponent say stop killing virgin or become like Land That Money Forgot. But Gog consult many Wizard. Them say: Grow crop, then stop killing virgin.
Mog, opponent: Gog not make crop die. Mog know this. Mog know Gog inherit Bad Times after sorcerer enchant puppet. But Mog say Gog make problem worse with stone tablet that have many word on it. Gog also ask for our virgin. Tell us he can bring crop back. We give him many virgin. But no crop! Now Gog want another chance? Mog have 5-step dance to bring back rain. Mog understand dance; Gog no understand dance. That difference this election. Also, Gog must be toss from mountaintop.
Plus ça change…
While others (I'm told) drop a small fortune on PC games and the
high-end hardware necessary to run them seamlessly, I usually just
against 3 opponents, each cranked up to "Tycoon" strategy.
Very old style: Mediterranean and Baltic are purple, not brown,
Luxury Tax is $75,
and there are no fancy dice rolls.
You may know that the inventor of Monopoly was a follower of Henry George and his oddball tax ideas; the game was meant to illustrate/advocate for the "single tax" Georgist position.
But have you ever wondered how a "true" Georgist single tax might work in Monopoly?
As so often happens, the Web brings us things we didn't know we needed: economist Bryan Caplan writes: "How Would a Georgist Single Tax Work in Monopoly?"