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Cosmic Quote #116

“One martini is all right. Two are too many. Three are not enought.”–James Thurber

I could use one right about now.

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9th Annual Poll: Funniest Names in The NFL Draft. RUNOFF!

“First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.”– George Burns

The 2021 poll, due to a razor sharp margin and no clear winner, will now go to a runoff between the top three finishers. Voting closes whenever I feel like and there will be a winner, even if I have to cast the deciding vote.

My, how time flies when you’re having fun with funny names. I can’t believe this is year #9 for this warped feature. Before you know it, I’ll be nearing the end of that George Burns sequence quoted above. You’ll know it; I probably won’t. The only consolation I have now is that some of the big lugs mentioned herein, thanks to all the knocks on the noggin they’ll be getting in the pros, will go tearing down that highway of cognitive deterioration a lot quicker than I will.

Anyway, let’s get down to it. 2021’s draft has a bumper crop of mind-tickling monikers, but there is no clear favorite. Here are the primary candidates [And of course, this feature wouldn’t be complete without my postulation of what these names might be, if they didn’t belong to football players]

Oh, and if you want to refresh your memory before you go into cognitive decline, here are the links to previous eight polls.

The true Aman-Ra?

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC– You have to wonder about his parents and their infatuation with names of Egyptian gods. His older brother Equanimeous Tristan Imhotep St. Brown was the winner of the 6th annual poll, and his younger brother, Osiris plays for Stanford and is likely to show up in a future draft. Do funny names run in the family? And speaking of running, they are all three wide receivers–maybe they are running from their names? What I think the name sounds like: the offspring of The Mummy and a British Archeologist.

Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan–Is brevity soul of wit in funny names? Paye has the shortest name of any nominee since 5th draft winner, Jake Butt. His story is rather amazing, as his family came to the US to escaped a civil war in Liberia. What I think his name sounds like: the hippo ballerina from Fantasia.

Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE, Wisconsin–If you didn’t do a double take when you read this name, then you didn’t notice that first name spelling with the double h.  Were his parents alphabetically challenged? His father’s first name is Carteze. Gesundheit! What I think his name sounds like:  A second cousin of Ezzzekial Softswill.

The best Mc name ever?

Racey McMath, WR, WR, LSU–Sadly, there are no nominees this year in the hyphenated name category. But McMath becomes the first “Mc” name in the history of the poll, and the funniest Mc in sports since the boxing Arroyo brothers, McJoe and McWilliams. And outside of the sports world, who can forget Boaty McBoatface?  What I think his name sounds like: an arithmetic-teaching Muppet on Sesame Street.

Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech–Wow. Just…like…wow. Maybe you can make up a name like this. I sure can’t. This calls up memories of seeing God Shammgod playing basketball for Providence College back in 90’s. I never forgot that name; I never will. What I think his name sounds like: A character in an online fantasy role-playing game.

Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois.–Ok, so this year’s poll is top heavy with wide receivers. In the case of Josh Imat…Imator–sorry my keyboard ran out of letters–It’s bottom heavy. Remember the line from Amadeus–“too many notes?” This name has too many letters. What I think the name sounds like: A skipping phonograph needle.

We went with six nominees this year, as it was tough to eliminate any of the aforementioned. As usual, there’s a gang of honorable mentions eligible for write-ins.  They include, but are not limited to, Creed Humphrey, Simi Fehoko, Tutu Atwell, Tommy Tremble, Chuba Hubbard, Kyhiris Tonga, Dillon Stoner, Whop Philyor and frankly, anyone else whose name you can make a reasonable attempt at spelling.

Original Results (closed). Scroll down to vote in runoff.

RUNOFF. Voting closes…um…er…eventually.

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9th Annual Poll: Funniest Names in The NFL Draft.

“First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.”– George Burns

The 2021 poll, due to a razor sharp margin and no clear winner, will now go to a runoff between the top three finishers. Voting closes whenever I feel like and there will be a winner, even if I have to cast the deciding vote.

My, how time flies when you’re having fun with funny names. I can’t believe this is year #9 for this warped feature. Before you know it, I’ll be nearing the end of that George Burns sequence quoted above. You’ll know it; I probably won’t. The only consolation I have now is that some of the big lugs mentioned herein, thanks to all the knocks on the noggin they’ll be getting in the pros, will go tearing down that highway of cognitive deterioration a lot quicker than I will.

Anyway, let’s get down to it. 2021’s draft has a bumper crop of mind-tickling monikers, but there is no clear favorite. Here are the primary candidates [And of course, this feature wouldn’t be complete without my postulation of what these names might be, if they didn’t belong to football players]

Oh, and if you want to refresh your memory before you go into cognitive decline, here are the links to previous eight polls.

The true Aman-Ra?

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC– You have to wonder about his parents and their infatuation with names of Egyptian gods. His older brother Equanimeous Tristan Imhotep St. Brown was the winner of the 6th annual poll, and his younger brother, Osiris plays for Stanford and is likely to show up in a future draft. Do funny names run in the family? And speaking of running, they are all three wide receivers–maybe they are running from their names? What I think the name sounds like: the offspring of The Mummy and a British Archeologist.

Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan–Is brevity soul of wit in funny names? Paye has the shortest name of any nominee since 5th draft winner, Jake Butt. His story is rather amazing, as his family came to the US to escaped a civil war in Liberia. What I think his name sounds like: the hippo ballerina from Fantasia.

Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE, Wisconsin–If you didn’t do a double take when you read this name, then you didn’t notice that first name spelling with the double h.  Were his parents alphabetically challenged? His father’s first name is Carteze. Gesundheit! What I think his name sounds like:  A second cousin of Ezzzekial Softswill.

The best Mc name ever?

Racey McMath, WR, WR, LSU–Sadly, there are no nominees this year in the hyphenated name category. But McMath becomes the first “Mc” name in the history of the poll, and the funniest Mc in sports since the boxing Arroyo brothers, McJoe and McWilliams. And outside of the sports world, who can forget Boaty McBoatface?  What I think his name sounds like: an arithmetic-teaching Muppet on Sesame Street.

Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech–Wow. Just…like…wow. Maybe you can make up a name like this. I sure can’t. This call up memories of seeing God Shammgod playing basketball for Providence College back in 90’s. I never forgot that name; I never will. What I think his name sounds like: A character in an online fantasy role-playing game.

Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois.–Ok, so this year’s poll is top heavy with wide receivers. In the case of Josh Imat…Imator–sorry my keyboard ran out of letters–It’s bottom heavy. Remember the line from Amadeus–“too many notes?” This name has too many letters. What I think the name sounds like: A skipping phonograph needle.

We went with six nominees this year, as it was tough to eliminate any of the aforementioned. As usual, there’s a gang of honorable mentions eligible for write-ins.  They include, but are not limited to, Creed Humphrey, Simi Fehoko, Tutu Atwell, Tommy Tremble, Chuba Hubbard, Kyhiris Tonga, Dillon Stoner, Whop Philyor and frankly, anyone else whose name you can make a reasonable attempt at spelling.

Original Results (closed). Scroll down to vote in runoff.

RUNOFF. Voting closes…um…er…eventually.

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Cosmic Quote #115

“The tiger springs in the new year.  Us he devours..”–TS Elliott

Let’s hope that 2021 is kinder to us all.  Calendar, or fiscal.

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8th Annual Poll: Funniest Names in The NFL Draft.

This post appears concurrently on The Blog of Funny Names

“I want to own an NFL franchise. I understand the business of football.”-Jon Bon Jovi

I honestly have no idea if Jon Bon Jovi understands the business of football.  But with a name like his, he should certainly understand this piece of NFL business.  Yes,  it’s that time of the year again–the 8th annual poll of the funniest names in the NFL draft.  Presented this year with a little extra voting time because, hey, what else is there to do besides stream endless 60s sitcom reruns during this social lockdown?  So vote early, vote often, and yuck it up for these great names–just make sure you’re laughing at least six feet away from the next guy.  I guarantee these monikers will all be crowd pleasers.  [And of course, this feature wouldn’t be complete without my postulation of what these names might be, if they didn’t belong to football players]

Oh, and if you run out of reruns to watch, here are the links to the past 7 iterations of this hallowed annual tradition.

Eat your heart out, Sir Galahad

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa–A rather royal European sounding name for a born and bred hawkeye.  He’s super athletic, and though he may not win this poll, he could be the highest drafted player in this group.  He’s a first rounder for sure.  At 6’5″, 322 lbs., who’s going stand in his way? What I think his name sounds like: A minor knight of the round table.

Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn–Do we see a pattern here?  This draft is loaded with talent at offensive tackle prospects, so it’s fitting we have two in our prime list of candidates.  And believe me, this is one offensive tackle you don’t want to offend.  He’s stands 6′ 7″, 305 lbs.  What I think his name sounds like: a potty training phrase for the future king of the Maoris.

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State–Ah, I just love those double-barrelled names. And compared to those first two guys, he’s a svelt 265 lbs.  That’s a good thing.  If he was the size of Tristan or Prince, he’d hardly fit into Penn State.  Oh, and he has a sister named Qeturah.  What I think his name sounds like: The great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Ghengis Khan.

CeeDee’s cousin?

CeeDee Lamb, WR, WR, Oklahoma–This name does not so much sound funny as it looks funny.  Hearing it, you would expect it to be spelled C.D., not CeeDee.  Maybe his parents were phonetically challenged.  What I think his name sounds like: a cartoon wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Leki Fotu, DT, Utah– This draft is heavy with linemen–pun maybe intended.  At 335 pounds he’s the biggest of this bunch.  And at just 8 letters for given and family name, it’s the shortest tag since Jake Butt won the title a few years ago.  A small name name for a big man.  What I think his name sounds like: a character from norse mythology.

As usual, there’s a gang of honorable mentions eligible for write-ins.  They include, but are not limited to, Tua Tagolaivoa,  Quintes Cephus, Jabari, Zuniga, Justin Strnad (no, that last name is not a typo), Bravvion Roy, Tremayne Anchrum, and if you think they might make a good offensive tackle, any Sumo wrestler whose name you can spell.  You can vote as many times as you like.   Voting closes at noon, EDT, Monday April 27.

The poll is closed.  Prince Tega Wanogho is the winner of the 2020 poll.

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Cosmic Quote #113: Pi Day

“I wanted to be clever, but being funny came first. That’s how you know someone is clever. They don’t come out and tell you pi to 13 places – they tell you a joke.”–Ricky Gervais

Happy 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 …Day.

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #41: After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler, with Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry

This post originally appeared on Seeking Delphi.™

“Future shock is a sickness that comes from too much change in too short a time.”–Alvin Toffler

The newly released volume, After Shock, features 50 of the world’s most renowned futurists reflecting on the 50-year legacy of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, and looking ahead to the next 50 years.  In this episode recorded just a few days after the book’s release, two of the contributing essayists, Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry, discuss with me their views on the legacy of Toffler and Future Shock.   Below are links to the audio podcast as well as to the unedited YouTube video of the original webinar.

The day I read Future Shock, just a couple of years after it came out, was the day that started me on the course to becoming a futurist.  Here’s what I wrote on this blog when Toffler died in July of 2016.

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episode #41,  After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler

 

YouTube vidoe of original, unedited webinar

 

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #40: Scenarios for a Post-Aging Future, with Aubrey de Grey, Elizabeth Parrish, David Wood and Keith Comito

“For me, the key to longevity – and immortality, in a sense – has to do with transformation.”–Marilyn Manson

Is transformation the key to immortality?  A better question is: will radical life extension–the end of aging–in itself be transformative?  I believe the answer to that second question is a resounding yes.

In this special Seeking Delphi™ podcast, four of the world’s biggest thought leaders and advocates for ending aging discuss implications and issues involved in achieving human rejuvenation therapy, and begin the discussion of what a post-ageing world might look like.  We only scratched the very surface on the latter issues–there will be more to come on the subject.

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Episode#40–The Dawn of Superlongevity: Scenarios for a Post-Aging Future.

 

 

YouTube video of the complete unedited program

 

Panelist Biographies

Aubrey de Grey

Elizabeth Parrish

David Wood

Kieth Comito

Mark Sackler

Panelist Organizations

SENS Research Foundation

BioViva Sciences, Inc.

Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF)

London Futurists

Association of Professional Futurists.

 

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Cosmic Quote #112

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”–Groucho Marx

What the world needs now is more Grouchos and fewer grouches.”–me

Don’t look now, but most annual deductibles for health insurance in the US now cost a lot more than most people made in a year back in Groucho’s day.  Indeed, the world needs more Grouchos.

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #39: Quantum Computing, The State of The Art

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“As an entrepreneur I like to know the next two or three things I might start a company on.  For me it was robotics, bio-hacking, and quantum.”–whurley

As one of America’s leading technologists, when whurley speaks, people listen.  Lots of them.  We first heard from him on Seeking Delphi in an exclusive interview after his SXSW 2018 Intelligent Future keynote, titled The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing.    He  was just about to announce the launch of Strangeworks, a quantum computing software company.  In this episode, we follow up with whurley to assess the progress of Strangeworks and the state of the art in quantum computing;

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Episode #9: Quantum Computing, The State of The Art, with whurley

 

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Unedited YouTube video of Zoom interview for podcast #39

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goquantum@strangeowrks.com

Quantum Computers for Babies

 

 

 

 

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