Saturn Saturday

I only gave today’s post this title because I felt like showing this picture.



Here are links to three posts from Why Evolution Is True:


A comment worth highlighting

Oberlin gives up fighting Gibson’s Bakery, starts coughing up dough

FIRE free-speech rankings again put Chicago on top, but Columbia at rock bottom


From the first post I did find the first part of the comment from a blog reader to be particularly on the mark:


“The Social Justice theocrats are almost impossible to debate, as they are fundamentalists who honestly believe they are the repository of all holy truth…”


Once again, woke is a cult.

The part about Columbia ranking last in free-speech hits home to me for a couple of reasons. The first is that a cousin of mine, but not someone with whom I communicate regularly, worked there for many years. The second is that when I was in high school a recruiter from Columbia chose me among five students with whom she wished to meet. My high school graduating class had 530 students. I have always joked that I was chosen because I was the Jewish student with the highest grade point average.

If I had attended Columbia, and assuming I would have survived because the school’s neighborhood was quite dangerous in those days, my life would have almost certainly turned out differently. As an Ivy League graduate I would have been considered among “the anointed” and I am not using that phrase as Thomas Sowell uses it.

I might not have pursued baseball as a career, but I would still be able to work at an interesting job if I wanted to. When I list the reasons I have been shunted into the employment backwater, my lack of an Ivy League degree is always among them.


On this day in 1953 Swanson sold its first TV dinner. In April of 1955, the Campbell Soup Company acquired Swanson. By the next year annual sales of TV dinners reached 13 million.

I remember eating TV dinners not infrequently when I was young and usually I was not eating them while watching TV. I don’t remember the brand name, but I remember that I enjoyed a particular fried chicken TV dinner and probably ate it once or twice a month. Maybe this was it:


Swanson's TV dinner


The trend today is to subscribe to a service to have “fresh” dinners with “natural” ingredients delivered on a regular basis. We have never looked into subscribing, but I doubt those services are inexpensive. I did not grow up with money and frozen TV dinners were an economical way for my mother to feed us.

A tangent: I used to enjoy cooking, but have lost virtually all patience for it. Breakfast is almost always either cereal at home or dining out. Lunch is almost always eating something prepared by a restaurant. With my terrible GERD I don’t/can’t eat dinner. I snack on protein bars and dark chocolate, but I am almost always hungry–like as I am writing this. Time for breakfast…








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Wandering Wednesday

This Corvette Blogger article reports that a federal judge has ruled that the “Corvette Cracked Wheels” lawsuit can continue against General Motors. This is relevant to me because C7 Z06 wheels are one of the two sets that have shown a propensity to crack, the other being C7 Grand Sport wheels.

So, why haven’t I yet purchased third-party C7 ZR1 wheels to replace those on my car? Can you say frigus pedes? I think that’s “cold feet” in Latin.

My inability to find a satisfying, fulfilling career after baseball has caused me to second guess almost all major decisions. It’s as if I have spent much effort to compose great photographs and more than half the time they end up blank or blurry. I don’t think it’s the money, honestly, because I can have the bolt-on power upgrade AND the third-party wheels for less than I originally budgeted just for the engine/exhaust work.

Maybe it was the less than stellar performance of the customer service rep of the wheel/tire company that is giving me pause. More likely it’s just that I am not sure of my decision-making process, anymore.


In the wake of the recent skirmish between Israel and Hamas, heated debates and, sadly, physical assaults were common all over the world. In my opinion, institutions like universities should allow debate but not be part of that debate. In a rare show of common sense, University College London has done just that. This was part of a recent statement made by Provost Michael Spence:


“It follows from this conception of the university, which I share, that it is not a participant in public debate, but a forum in which that debate takes place. While our staff and students should loudly argue for their conceptions of truth and value, the university, as an institution, should refrain from doing so lest it chill the exercise of the ethical individualism of its staff and students.”


Unfortunately, in the US too many universities practice policies that, indeed, “chill the exercise of the ethical individualism of its staff and students.” What do you think “cancel culture” is all about?

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences, but it does mean that an “unpopular” speaker should almost always be allowed to speak unless their speech explicitly calls for violence. The fact that someone espouses a position with which you disagree does not mean that person is inherently evil, is calling for violence and should not be given a public forum. NO ONE has a monopoly on truth and wisdom and neither does ANY ideology.


I have a thought experiment. Think how elegantly sober quiets unruly actors’ delinquency.


Have you ever seen one of these?




If you’re reading this anywhere except the UK, then the answer is almost certainly no. From this recent article comes a picture of an MGB-GT V8. Yep, a V-8 in an MGB-GT.

The car was introduced in 1973, same year as the Arab Oil Embargo. The car-buying public, in general, became more concerned with MPG and not so much with HP. Only 2,591 of these were sold before production was discontinued in 1976.

The car shown is one of only 16 known to exist in the US. I have always had a thing for the looks of the MGB-GT.

Even though the aluminum V-8, which Rover/British Leyland licensed from Buick, actually weighed less than the original inline 4-cylinder engine found in these cars, I think a modern V-8 would put too much weight on the nose. I wonder if a Ford Ecoboost 4-cylinder would fit? Yes, I have restomod on the brain. So sue me.









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