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Chris Lynch's slanted view on sports, politics and entertainment. Please send thoughts or comments to chris.lynch@gmail.com



Updated: 2018-01-20T14:57:36.412-05:00

 



The Metal Detector Guy

2018-01-20T10:21:09.505-05:00

A guy with a metal detector on the beach gets lots of people curious enough to greet him with the same question, over and over. "Do you ever find anything good?" The metal detector guy (sometimes its a woman) is always friendly. "Sometimes." "Every once in a while." And if the metal detector guy is extra friendly or if he just craves some sort of human contact he may launch into a list of some of his best finds.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

I would think that if the metal detector guy was as successful as he tries to make it sound - he would be less willing to share. I imagine if metal detector guy was finding valuables on a regular basis he'd be more likely to tell people he never finds anything - just to keep others from poaching on his metal detecting beaches and special places. If I saw a guy intently using a metal detector and when asked if he ever finds anything good - answers "Never!" I might be tempted to go out and buy a metal detector because that guy is on to something.

I'm suspicious of the metal detector guy.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-01-20T09:35:29.794-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Personally I don't think I'm very effected by a government shutdown. I kind of like the idea... This is awesome!... I'm also not a military family or someone living on a fixed income dependent on a government check. Seems vastly unfair to be using these folks as pawns in political disputes. The people doing so should be ashamed. Should be but they won't feel any shame at all... The wife of Moses was Zipporah. It is amazing how lost to history she has become. We really know zip about Zipporah... Today's word of the day is "Ambit" meaning circumference, boundary, or sphere of influence. It's also the root of the word "ambition"... Patriots coach Matt Patricia on new endorsement deal with Gillette, "I use razors all the time. Use your imagination."... This is what Matt Patricia looks like without a beard...

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-01-19T10:42:38.973-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Sorry Steelers fans but you know in your hearts that if either Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia was your head coach instead of Mike Tomlin - you'd be playing for a Super Bowl berth on Sunday... Heh heh... If you watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird backwards it is the story of a black man brought back from the dead to break up some furniture...  Marie Curie was badass... OK I'll say it! Who else forgot Bob Dole was still alive?... 29 of the best small cities in America according to National Geographic... CNN reports that Covfefe Harambe was one of the most popular baby names of 2017...

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Linky Links

2018-01-18T00:14:36.028-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Really hard to stop watching this

- Victor Davis Hanson on "Nobama".  The results are tough to argue.

- Heh heh

- How to be better than "good enough"

- I agree with this 100%

- Interesting - what they eat on US submarines

- Heh heh - this is not how I want to die! What? OK - where was I?

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Jo Jo White 1946-2018

2018-01-17T09:55:36.110-05:00

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Really saddened by the passing of Celtics legend Jo Jo White. His accomplishments included:

- Olympic Gold Medal Winner
- 7 NBA All-Star Teams
- 2 NBA Championships
- 1976 NBA Championship MVP
- NBA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Number 10 Retired by the Boston Celtics

More impressive than any of the above is the fact you'll never hear a single negative word about Joseph Henry White the man. Because he was a "gentleman" in every sense of the word. Also forgotten about Jo Jo White is that after college he first served in the Marine Corps before being able to join the Celtics to play in the NBA.

He will be missed.

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Battle of Cowpens

2018-01-17T00:30:27.007-05:00

Today is the anniversary of one of the most significant battles in the history of the United States and nobody seems to notice. A short history of the Revolutionary War could read like this:- The British surrendered at Yorktown after being surrounded by the Continental Army on land and bottled up by the French fleet at sea.- The British were stuck at Yorktown because they had been so long occupied in the South by battles like the disaster (for the British) at Cowpens- Cowpens was made possible by Valley Forge and the victory over the Hessians at Trenton- The French navy was brought into the war because of the overwhelming victory over the British at Saratoga.- Trenton was made possible by the Continental Army slipping out of Long Island where they really should have been trapped and destroyed by the British- Long Island was made possible by the victory over the British in the siege of Boston which in turn was made possible by the guns taken from Fort Ticonderoga and by the start of the war at Lexington and Concord.Of the above - the Battle of Cowpens (which happened 237 years ago today) is probably the least remembered.If it is remembered it is probably the version that was put forth in the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot. In the movie there is a battle without a name in which Gibson's character asks his irregular infantry to get off two shots and then retreat to trick the British into chasing after them. This is the same basic "plot" to the Battle of Cowpens. The Jason Isaacs character of the dark-hearted Col. Tavington is loosely based on Col. Banastre Tarleton who led the British troops at Cowpens. Unlike the battle in the movie, however, in real life Tarleton (nee Tavington) escapes to fight another day.One other note that may only interest me. In the movie The Patriot, Gibson's character uses straw soldiers to convince the British to let captives escape. In real life this trick was used but it was used by the British to allow the "captive" loyalists to escape Boston via ships in the harbor under the cover of "troops" placed overlooking the city on Bunker Hill. The troops later turned out to be straw dummies.[...]



The Weed Economy

2018-01-16T08:52:50.894-05:00

Parts of the country where marijuana is not "legalized" but "decriminalized" may be heading toward a weed economy nonetheless. This article from yesterday describes how the "free gift" economy is working in Washington DC. You "buy" a near worthless item like a key-chain for $60 and the vendor "throws in" a bag of marijuana for "free" (of course the street value on the bag of weed is also $60). This is just one step below the legal sale environment of places like Colorado.

I think things could also evolve into a more pure barter economy type arrangement. (As an aside did I really use the terms "evolve" and "barter economy" in the same sentence?) In Massachusetts you are now allowed to own 6 cannabis plants for personal use and consumption - or 12 plants per household. Is it really a stretch to think that people you already do business with wouldn't be open to some trading? A haircut could be worth an eighth of an ounce to your barber or hair stylist. Work done on your car? You pay for parts but your mechanic will take a half ounce for the labor. There are many such transactions this barter could apply to.

Even in places where weed is legal you could still have these barter transactions - because avoiding taxes is as old a practice as taxes themselves. 

Too bad I don't have a green thumb.

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Ave Maria - Dolores O'Riordan and Pavoratti

2018-01-16T08:15:10.966-05:00

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This is beautiful on so many levels. Not many could hold their own singing with Pavoratti. Hearing Latin sung with an Irish accent adds to the beauty.

RIP Dolores.

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Linky Links

2018-01-16T00:30:24.450-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

Here's a list of 91 things to in Worcester before you graduate (Worcester is home to 10 colleges so kind of a college town but also not if that makes sense.)

- Heh heh - you have to admit this is a possible explanation

- Was Aragon the legitimate heir to the throne of Gondor?  I say yes because both Elron and the King of the Dead recognized him as such.

- Heh heh

- Speaking of Lord of the Rings - you can now live in your own personal Hobbit hole

- It's funny because it's true!

- Heh heh

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Linger - The Cranberries

2018-01-16T08:15:34.593-05:00

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Shocked at the news of the passing of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan.

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Linky Links

2018-01-15T12:47:44.089-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Agreed - this is an awesome prank

- This would be another awesome prank. To be fair the question should also be asked of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

- 8 rules to do everything better. Excellent life advice.

- Cool science demonstration. "Cancel Momentum" almost sounds like a Harry Potter spell.

- I love Andre the Giant. I wish I got to meet him.

- Wondering what former Patriots and Raiders great Richard Seymour has been up to? He's been trying his hand at being a poker pro (with success)

- Heh heh

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The NFL Playoffs in a Nutshell

2018-01-15T11:40:03.262-05:00


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Linky Links

2018-01-14T14:00:29.687-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- This CNN segment brought to you by KY Jelly

- You learn something new every day (or at least you should)

- Environmentalist website Grist comes out in favor of nuclear power

- Heh heh - you just knew moron Sean Penn wouldn't be able to shut his pie hole. Same guy who supported Chavez in Venezuela (which has since turned into a shithole country). And who can forget about Penn's staged humanitarianism during Katrina

- Why saunas are really good for you

- Wait I though Canada welcomed everyone with open arms? Maybe all these immigrants can stay with Sean Penn?

- Heh heh

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-01-14T11:27:28.969-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

How about them Patriots? Is there any doubt that Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all-time?... Every postseason TD Tom Brady has thrown (except for the 3 from last night). GOAT!... Offseason announcement all true Red Sox fans are waiting to hear "Today we placed Wally the Green Monster on irrevocable waivers"...  Scientists name newly discovered Brazilian cave spider after Aragog from Harry Potter... Keith Jackson may have been the second best announcer of my lifetime. The best being Vin Scully. Rest in peace Mr. Jackson... Krill oil 48 times better than fish oil? I might have to try some of this... Just saying but the one common thread among "shithole' countries is not skin color but the fact that they all seem to play soccer. Like I said - just saying...

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Murder on the Orient Express and the Worst Movies I've Ever Seen

2018-01-13T09:31:41.826-05:00


So last night I finally saw Murder on the Orient Express and it was awful! How awful? This was an actual conversation with my girlfriend:

Me: This movie is awful compared to the original.
Her: This movie is awful compared to anything.

I really couldn't disagree. We saw the movie at the Elm Street Draught House a fun, funky theater where they serve pizza and beer. We would have walked out on the film but I had ordered a pitcher of Bud Light and I wasn't wasting good beer. The experience did make me think of the worst movies I've ever seen in a movie theater though.

1. Murder on the Orient Express - gets top spot because it's freshest in my memory. The acting was terrible and they made changes to the characters and plot from the book and original film that only served to further upset me. Hard to believe this movie is at 58% on Rotten Tomatoes because this flick was crap.

2. Basketcase - had a date pick this movie back in high school. We didn't last very long as a couple.

3. Ruby Sparks - can't believe this dreck is at 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was so bad that me and my girlfriend walked out.

4. Birdman - I know people loved this Michael Keaton vehicle but I thought it was horrible. Oh one long pretentious shot - crap!

5. Batman vs Superman - I walked out of this disappointing experience about an hour forty-five into the movie.

Really couldn't think of a bad sixth movie so I guess my track record isn't that bad. Your taste in movies may differ.

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Linky Links

2018-01-12T12:53:05.076-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Heh heh - the Illuminati is not a frivolous subject. Hey Charlie what do you think about Taco Bell maybe bringing back the Black Taco?

- This is an interesting story on many levels. Is Trump taking a shot at US newspapers? Canada? NAFTA? All at once? What do US newspapers have against buying American paper? Maybe this is in retaliation for the US media fawning so much over Trudeau winning the handshake battle?

- Interesting look at the Celtics' one-man European scouting department

- Heh heh

- Speaking of Trump and NAFTA. Have to hand it to Trump - he's really maximizing the US's leverage heading into talks.

- Am I a bad person for laughing at this?

- Have to wonder if this is not just a reaction to the Republican Tax reform but also partly because of the upcoming NAFTA talks.

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Shithole Countries

2018-01-12T09:18:26.004-05:00


Let me say from the jump that the phrase "shithole countries" the way President Trump used it is racist. Yup - to argue against that is to be in denial. It is also true that a place like Haiti is a shithole country. Both things can be true at the same time.

Let's try this hypothetical thought experiment and see how outraged you'd be:

Wife: Honey how do you feel about a trip to Haiti?
Husband: I don't want to spend my vacation in that shithole country.
Wife: How about Norway?
Husband: Ooh - that sounds good.

Are you outraged at the husband for being a racist? Or did you think "Yeah - I'd much rather vacation in Norway than in Haiti." If you were outraged - my advice to you is to get a grip because Haiti is a shithole complete with a State Department warning against visiting.

If Trump had singled out Venezuela instead would the racist overtones have been lessened? Because Venezuela has become not just a shithole under Leftist rule but an utter shitshow. My guess is if he did single out Venezuela that Bernie Sanders and the Socialists would all be up in arms. Sean Penn might even have come out of hiding to Tweet mean things.

Are you upset because the use of the word "shithole" is un-Presidential? Were you equally outraged when Barack Obama used the word "shitshow" to describe Libya? If not then you are a hypocrite. Are you in the "think of the children" brigade? Well then I'm guessing Bill Clinton saying oral sex doesn't count as sex and the news of the day being about nothing but Presidential blowjobs made you a Republican for life. No? Then you are just a hypocrite.

Again I am not a Trump supporter and I did not vote for the man. I'm just not going to fake outrage at every little thing. 

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Bernie Supporters Love the Republican Tax Plan

2018-01-10T00:30:17.753-05:00

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Heh heh.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-01-09T10:25:23.097-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I might be crazy but if Donald Trump would just randomly Tweet lyrics from Jethro Tull's Aqualung - that would really make my 2018... Heh heh... If the Harvey Weinstein story isn't called Grotesque Violations - someone is missing out on a great title... If the Democrats want to fight to give back the right to vote to felons - shouldn't the NRA be fighting to also give these felons the right to own guns legally again? Compound bad ideas... Heh heh... Secondhand Alcohol would be a good name for a band... As I get older I find myself peeing in the shower more often. Boy does that make the people who own my gym angry... The biggest unanswered question from John Podesta's "email hack" is whether or not he ever got that knock-off Viagra he was looking for. Second biggest question is if he ever changed his password from "password"...

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Top Movies On Netflix

2018-01-09T10:18:24.813-05:00

Sometimes I have to comment on something I've seen, heard or read just to get it out of my head. This is one of those times.I read this list of the 10 Best Movies Currently on Netflix and the more I thought about the list the more it bothered me. The list starts with The Godfather but then nowhere on the list is The Godfather: Part II which is also on Netflix. There's some argument about which movie is better but everyone agrees The Godfather: Part II is one of the 10 best movies ever made - never mind currently on Netflix.Then the list ends with Nicholas Cage's National Treasure at number 10. National Treasure? Are they saying the films currently on Netflix are shit? Did National Treasure beat out Bruce Willis' Armageddon for the last spot?All of these lists are subjective but outside of The Godfather the top rated movie on the Mental Floss list according to the IMDB Top 250 is Memento at number 50. Are the other Top 50 movies on the IMDB list not on Netflix? Other movies on the IMDB list include Sunset Boulevard at 54, Oldboy at 66, Full Metal Jacket at 90, and Inglorious Basterds at 97.Sure all good movies but Top 10? Come on. How about an all-time classic like JAWS or The African Queen? How about something like Ip Man (84% on Rotten Tomatoes), Gangs of New York, Dead Poets Society, or how about freaking The Shawshank Redemption (which just happens to be freaking #1 on the IMDB list). Or what about freaking Schindler's List (#6 on the IMDB Top 250). Or how about To Kill a Mockingbird (another all-time classic).That's from a quick perusal of the movies on Netflix and I just named 10 that are obviously better that National Treasure. And I didn't even look at Comedies, Documentaries or International Films. Thanks for nothing Mental Floss.Rant over.[...]



Top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

2018-01-08T12:01:46.052-05:00

Another thing that makes me feel old - Schoolhouse Rock just turned 45-years old. It debuted on January 6, 1973 on ABC. Here's what I consider the top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs1. I'm Just a Bill2. Conjunction Junction3. My Hero, Zero4. No More Kings5. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here[...]