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Cosmic Quote #99

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”–Hunter S. Thompson

And when their names get weird–or funny–they go in the first round of the NFL draft.  Just ask Barkevious Mingo, Jadeveon Clowney, and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.  They were all first rounders, and all top performers in the annual poll of funniest names in the NFL draft.  Oh, yeah. Don’t forget: the 6th annual edition of that venerated tradition will appear on Monday of next week. Same time, same channel.

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Cosmic Quote #98: R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”–Stephen Hawking

Hawking–his sense of humor was his secret to survival

Boy, can I ever relate to that philosophy.  It’s what underlies this blog.  It’s what keeps me going.  It  has kept my marriage alive for 40 years–so far.   Forget all his cosmic stuff–that quote is the best part of his legacy.

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Cosmic Quote #97: R.I.P. Ursula Le Guin

“There are no right answers to wrong questions.”–Ursula K. Le Guin

Photo© Marian Wood Kolisch

I only ever read a single Ursula Le Guin book.  But it was the only one I ever really needed.  The Lathe of Heaven remains–now and forever–my favorite Science Fiction novel of all time.  It is must reading for anyone seriously interested in how things interact in our complex world, and what that might mean for our future.  Systems thinking, unintended consequences, and “think globally, act locally,” resound as themes throughout.  Read it.

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Cosmic Quote #94

“Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.”–Gary Allan

Santa would never dare mess with my lawyer.  And I had naughty nailed decades ago.  Naughty or nice, enjoy the holiday season.  In a few days, we return to reality.

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Cosmic Quote #93

“We view ourselves as separate from the cosmos, and separate from each other. The truth is, we are a continuum.  One line of code in an enormously  complex computational system.”–Gray Scott

 

Let’s just hope that code isn’t corrupt.  I have my doubts.

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Cosmic Quote #92

“I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don’t let anyone tell you different.”–Kurt Vonnegut

I always knew Kurt Vonnegut was a class guy.  As for the kid in the cartoon? I think that’s an 8-year-old Benny Hill.

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Cosmic Quote #91

“Have you ever noticed you never get laid on Thanksgiving? I think it’s because all the coats are on the bed.”–George Carlin

Or in my house, because all our dogs are on the bed.  Drive safely and enjoy your turkey.

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Cosmic Quote #90

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”–Woody Allen

On the other hand, if you’re failing all the time, it’s a sign you’ll probably get re-elected.  And they say banker’s hours are easy.

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Cosmic Quote #89

“This you may say of man –   having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.” –John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”–boilerplate investment disclaimer

The last time I took a half step back, I tripped over the lawn sprinkler and almost sprained an ankle.  But I managed to recover.  As for the current state of Western society, I’m not so sure that past performance will save us.  For deeper analysis of what all of this means for the future, visit my other blog (and podcast) at Seeking Delphi.™

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Mark’s Neologisms #8

“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.”–Homer

Ah, my dear Homer, a good sentiment.  But what if those empty words are absurdly hysterical?  It will take more than a dead Greek poet to stop me.

Everything is being done with Artificial Intelligence these days, some of it profound, some of it scary, and some of it downright ridiculous.  You’d know this if  you followed my Seeking Delphi™ podcasts and blog.  AI is being used  for early disease diagnosis, protection of the power grid, and facial recognition to catch criminals and secure our cell phones.  But it’s also being used for some pretty silly things, too.  How about a sex robot that tells jokes, or a robodog that sniffs your feet and passes out if they stink?

This brings me to the latest effort in the Mark’s Neologisms series.  I didn’t invent the terms below.  An AI program devised by Colorado researcher Janelle Shane was programmed to create convincing sounding disease names.  The results were, well, both hilarious and alarming.  But here’s the thing–it only created the names.  So in the great tradition of my sicko mind, here are some of my favorites from the list, with the actual definition of the malady added by yours truly.

Sexursoma Ear–The Latin name for hickey of the ear.

Joint Pseudomalabia–Inflammation of a prosthetic joint

Ear Poop–A side effect gotten from listening to political speeches.

Teenagerna Vain Syndrome–Well, that’s obvious.

Catdullitis–An affliction that causes pet owners to prefer dogs.

Ankle Bladders–Caused by severe gout

Seal Breath–Not fatal if you  have it, but possibly fatal if the person next to you has it.

Testicle Behavior–A mythical condition never afflicting heterosexual males.

Eye Stools–A pandemic caused by televising  political debates.

Hoot Injury–A bruise or contusion obtained when bumped into by a Hooters waitress.

Vertical Hemoglobin Fever–What most residents of Colorado, Alaska, Washington DC and other locales suffer from since the legalization of pot.

Cold Glock Allergy–An aversion to being held at point blank range.

Some of the names were so ridiculous I couldn’t begin to define them.  A few of the most bizarre are listed below. See if you can come up with something for any of the following.

Mardial Denection 

Gumpetic Surpical Escesion

 Vertical Pasocapheration Syndrome 

Helritis and Flatelet’s Ear

Milk Tomosis     Black Bote Headache     Excessive Woot Sweating 

Stumm Complication     8 Poop     Herpangitis

Wamble Submoration      Osteomaroxism     

 Bacterial Fladular Syndrome              Asteophyterdimentricular Aneurism       

 If nothing else, these are sure to make The Blog of Funny Names     

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