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Batting 1000

About 10 years ago I was called to jury duty.

Before the trial, both the defense and the prosecutor get a certain number of potential jurors they can dismiss for whatever reason.

The first time the defense didn’t like me.

This time the prosecutor didn’t like me.

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Lex’s wish list

Posted by lex, on November 26, 2006

Other blogger’s put wish lists up. Things from Amazon, DVDs and the like. Widgets. Gewgaws.


I want the same thing I wanted when I was a little boy: I want a jet.

In fact, I want an A-4 Skyhawk. And you, gentle reader, can buy one for me. For around $149k from EBay,* unless you want to go through the high drama of the actual auction. Which, you know: Be my guest, if that’s the way you’d prefer to handle it.

Oh, and the seller says that I’ll need around ~$750k to make her airworthy. Maybe you can all pitch in on that.

He also says that he “has a line” on a TA-4J cockpit that can be used to “convert a single.” Which is just enough to queer me on the whole enterprise, because that makes it clear that he has no idea what he’s talking about. You don’t just slap a -J cockpit into -C and call it a day. Wouldn’t fit **sigh*

So. DVD?

** 09-14-20 Links gone; no replacements found – Ed.

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Posted by lex, on June 14, 2006

You just get lucky:

Drinking coffee protects alcohol drinkers from developing liver disease, says a new study carried out at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, California, USA. According to the researchers, one cup of coffee per day lowered the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%. 

News you can use. I’m a four cup a day guy, myself. Have been since finals, plebe year.

Starbucks, anyone?

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Sometimes, retirement beckons

Posted by lex, on June 6, 2006

And other times it bellows.

Right now? BELLOWING!

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Posted by lex, on May 6, 2006


He’s taking a mid-term.

“Engineering Risk Benefit Analysis.” Decision trees, probs and stats. Binomial, exponential, Poisson and normal distributions. Random number generations, excel spreadsheets and simulations. Graphs.

And he’s not half stressing over it.

So. Shh.

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It’s all these things…

Posted by lex, on September 21, 2005


Severally, in combination.

I’m in the mood for a right good screed tonight, the stars having combined in their splendid variety. And anyways, I’ll share a secret with just the two of you: I like the screeds that Lileks puts out the best, and go there looking every day or so as a guilty pleasure. Not because there’s not enough of that in the world (heaven forbid) but because nobody does it better. If asperity had a copyright, you’d be begging him for permissions.

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63% Dixie

Posted by Lex, on July 21, 2008

I’d have thought a little more.

Now you go.

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What’s Your Consumer Score?

No, I’m not talking about your credit score.

Years ago, 46 to be exact, I found myself one early morning at the draft reception station in Oakland, CA. Even though Vietnam was winding down, there was a Marine LT there. There were times when people would be drafted for either the Army or Marines – they would count off by 2. (During WW2 they would go into any of the services)

Anyway, the Marine LT told us about the “10% Rule”.

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Manicurists and Movie Stars

In California at least, go by any strip mall and if there is a manicurist, the odds are overwhelming that the owner and employees are Vietnamese. In fact, I have never seen one in years that wasn’t staffed by Vietnamese.

I always wondered why this was inevitably so, and yesterday got my answer.

H/T to one of the Lexicans


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Making It Cheaper

Last evening, I had yet another small revelation about something that had a rock-solid reputation for years. I blame MBAs and conglomerates.

I’ve had a 22 year old Mercedes-Benz SL500 for the last 5 years – and have put 70,000 miles on it in the interim. Only the last few years I had been plagued by a rattle that was driving me nuts (is there any other kind?) . At slower speeds it  sounded like metal clanking on metal, and just to show you how in our diagnosis (of anything really) we can get tunnel vision, and not look for anything “outside the box”, I “assumed” all this time it was a loose heat shield either lining the engine or exhaust system.

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