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10 Things

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10 random things about me… because some jerk (or jerkette browbeat me into it):

1. I’m a hugger, but I rarely initiate a hug.
2. People either like me or hate me, but the ones that hate me usually do so because of my reaction to something they said or did.
3. If someone doesn’t like me, I won’t lose a minute of sleep over it, life’s too short.
4. Most of the jokes I know are ones I probably can’t actually tell anyone…
5. I’d rather help build up someones ego than help prop up an ego that’s already overgrown.
6. It’s easier for me to find something I like about someone than something I dislike.
7. Will Rogers never met a man (person) he didn’t like, I’ve found them, but never really found someone worth the trouble of actually hating, not worth my time.
8. If I’m looking at you, odds are I’m thinking of the bests ways to take your picture. If I’m looking at you and smiling, I’ve figured it out.
9. Most people that think they’ve seen me mad have only seen me irritated, irritated is bad enough, you wouldn’t like to see me angry. (apologies to Bruce Banner for the misquote)
10. I have a ridiculous amount of patience for things that interest me, and not very much at all for things that don’t, which is why I can spend long hours working on the little details in pictures of people, and can spend up to an entire minute looking at a picture of a building.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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All and Sundry and Labels

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Categories: Observations, Philosophy, Politics, Rant, Tags: , , ,

I tend not to join things very often, mainly because not too many (if any) organizations have opinions that I can support across the board.

Part of the problem with group labels is that there’s a modern tendency to lump everyone associated (even remotely) with everything that anyone (even remotely) associated with a group says or does. Not all Christians/Muslims are trying to impose their religion on the rest of the world, not all feminists are man-haters, not all pro-choicers favor abortion, not all pro-lifers want to picket or blow up clinics, and the list goes on and gets really blatant when we start looking at political parties.

The implied (all) is something I think needs to go. “(All) [insert name of group here] are [insert label here]” or “(All) [insert name of group here] want to [insert action here]” are a couple of the templates of labeling, because not (All) of anything believes in everything, and quite frankly some that join groups are their own special little bag of issues all to themselves.

Hitler was a vegetarian, big deal not all vegetarians are Hitler.

Lumping people together under the birds-of-a-feather philosophy used to have a name, it was called prejudice. Prejudice used to be seen as something to oppose, now it seems that many feel that the only forms of prejudice to oppose are those that they don’t hold themselves.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Snippet: Grant & Lee

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Categories: Military Arts & Equipment, Observations, Snippets, Tags: , , , ,

Him: “US Grant was a butcher that destroyed his own army to win.”
Me: “Actually, Grant ended the war with an Army, Lee ended it with what was left of one. Through the war Grant had around 190,760 killed, wounded and missing and Bobby Lee lost 240,322. So, by the numbers Lee lost more than Grant. At the end, the scoreboard says Grant winner by a surrender.”
Him: “Lee was a better general!”
Me: “He had a better reputation, he’s one of the most venerated generals to have lost a war in history, more die hard than Cubs fans in fact. But, once Grant was given overall command of the Union armies and transferred to face Lee directly, Lee stood no chance and what little chance he did have were slowly whittled away at places like Gettysburg, and then the losses in men he took in battles that he won. Grant shed blood to win and if he lost a battle he gathered up his army and kept moving forward anyway. Lee shed blood to try not to lose, which is the same as losing even when you win, because he didn’t have any to spare. He prolonged the inevitable for the sake of honor alone when it was clear that winning or even a stalemate was beyond his reach. Pride will get your ass kicked pretty hard.”
Him: “Where do you get this stuff?”
Me: “Books, you might try one for yourself, you might like it! 🙂 They even tell you things like facts and figures! Whodathunkit?”

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© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Dino-whining about Jurassic World

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Categories: Observations, Rant, Reviews, Tags: , , , , ,

If Jurassic World had said they were bringing back dinosaurs, then I’d see the points made by the ‘science’ critics. Since the movie says, several times, that they didn’t actually bring back dinosaurs, they fiddled with DNA and created species by mixing and matching more for crowd appeal than any attempt at accuracy. If the science crowd wants to bitch, they should be pointing out just how badly it showed the combination of science and business. People in labcoats and suits were pretty much portrayed as amoral, unethical profit chasers, but that was missed by people that didn’t apparently pay attention in the theater, if they even saw the movie. The science critics should quit walking into the trees and notice the forest!

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Wolf Whistle

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Never, in the history of mankind, was a woman so overcome with lust that she threw a stranger down on the sidewalk and had him right there after a he wolf-whistled at her and shouted lewdly descriptive praise of her body parts. There, fantasies shattered, continue with life.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Riding with the Voices

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Categories: Goofing Off, Memoirs, Observations, Tags: , , ,

So, driving into Boise this morning and a car load of ladies is passing me, I ease up on the gas because it’s snowing and the road isn’t all that it could be, and then I notice that there’s a truck right on the car’s ass. She gets barely past me and his front bumper is even with my side mirror. That right there is a dick move, a lot of people do it, get up on somebody and try to intimidate them into getting out of their way. It’s a dick move, especially under these conditions, but it worked. There wasn’t much clearance as she merged into my lane, so I got off the gas entirely.

“What an asshole!” Says Id, looking at the truck.
“Something isn’t right,” Says Ego.
“We’re seeing an awful lot of the side of that car,” says Super-Ego.

Yeah, she’s sideways now and the idiot in the truck keeps me boxed in, now he’s suddenly not interested in passing anymore, it seems safer to him to leave me boxed in.

By this time my three observers are paying more attention to the car and its three occupants.

“Ladies!” Says Id.
“Their eyes are the size of pie plates,” says Ego.
“They’re getting really close,” Says Super-Ego. “And they’re more like pizza pans now.”

“STOP” Says Id.
“Better tap the brakes,” says Ego.
“Its going to suck,” says Super-Ego.

So, I tap the brakes and the back-end starts to swing toward the ditch and by this point I noticed that the passenger in the front seat of the car was wearing hoop earrings and had a bit of dental work. Her mouth was open that wide. We both left the road at this point, not a huge deal because this was a nice flat area with barely any drop-off. She’s got some spin going and I’m just following my rear bumper.

“Whee!” Says Id.
“This is like Sherlock deciding to fall forwards or backwards,” says Ego.
“Is this really the time to think about Sherlock?” Chides Super-Ego.

Since there’s now distance between us I use some brakes and stop fairly soon. Back to park, get it started again. Okay, so far so good.

“AGAIN!” Says Id.
“Damage report!” Says Ego.
Super-Ego was quiet, except for swatting Id with a rolled up newspaper.

So, I hop out and look over at the other car and motion for the driver to roll down her window. The lady in back did instead. “Everyone Okay?” I ask.

“We’re fine,” she replies then eyes my cane. “You?”

“Oh yeah, I already had this with me.” I reply as I check tires and all the various dangly bits under the truck.

“She’s not really sure about winter driving yet,” the back-seater said as I finished my walk-around. She was doing the same and the driver was sliding into the back seat, hiding her face.

I nod at that. “Well, that wasn’t it,” I allow, but I was laughing so she took it like I meant it.

So, back on the road and not far after that spot the road was completely clear. Cool, sped up to the speed limit, checking how the truck drove and noticing it wasn’t pulling to the right like it normally does. Have to check that out later. Anyway, I passed everyone that watched me hit the ditch and now drove about 20 under. I passed a few semis and as I passed the lead semi I saw a white pickup between the two big diesels find the only patch of ice for miles and make its own ditch run.

Odds are everyone thought it was me again.

See what happens when I forget my coffee? If I’d have pulled back into the driveway and run in for it I’d have been a mile or two behind where I was and we could have avoided the whole thing.

© 2014, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Ponder: Religious Science and Scientific Religion

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Categories: Observations, Philosophy, Politics, The WTF??? Files, Tags: , , , , , ,

The only thing stupider than injecting religion into science is injecting science into religion. I came to this when I watched a documentary that reported that many scientists were rethinking the Big Bang theory, and as I listened to the reasons given, their disagreement stemmed from the fact that TBBT read too much like Genesis. Admit it, that’s a stupid reason to rethink a theory; its simple, either disprove the science behind the theory or admit that there are similarities and move along.

The major problems with science and religion is the practice of both by humans. Otherwise how would we have peer-reviewed research supporting both sides of global warming? This is where science and religion are so similar, human nature and money have a huge bearing on the “truths” they reveal.

Trying to substitute science for religion is to try to reduce facts and laws to beliefs; it doesn’t work, and that’s why its stupider to substitute science for religion than to contaminate science with religion; because, people claiming to follow science should possess the rudimentary intelligence required to differentiate between a belief system and physical laws. Something that evangelical atheism needs to take to heart.

© 2013, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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