...is apparently a girl.
Observations by and for the vaguely disenchanted.
Risking the wrath of the whatever
from high atop the thing.
My oldest granddaughter, Leanna, has two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16. This genetic condition caused a mutation in the MC1R protein.
In short, she's a redhead.
While none of her parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents have red hair, it's not really a surprise, given her ancestry. There's a lot of the British Isles in her. According to Wikipedia, 13% of the population of Scotland has red hair and 40% carry the recessive redhead gene; 10% of the Irish population has red, auburn, or strawberry blond hair while a whopping 46% of the Irish population carries the recessive redhead gene.
After a generation or two of dominant eastern European genetic influence, the Scots/Irish ancestry is making a spectacular comeback.
The photo is by Melissa Butscher Photography. Check out her website and blog, which explains "Project Red."
Apparently, Captain Marvel has arrived in Pittsburgh. (Twitter photo by @timbetler. Taken from USX, July 16.)
Batman has apparently downsized, lacks collision insurance, and works the early morning shift at a 7-Eleven south of Pittsburgh.
The first day of seizure-inhibiting phenobarbital treatment really zonked her out, and she's still kinda stoned and shaky, but Lucy ate all her breakfast, had a long drink of water, did her business, and made her daily inspection of the back yard.
I'm not sure she even realized it snowed last night but hey, haven't we all had mornings like that?
The other two dogs and the two cats spent the night with me in my office. Lucy was the only one who really got any sleep. The lesser mammals are now all unconscious under my desk, while I have to spend the next eight to ten hours writing a MacroSPITBOL function definition to create, name, and populate multiple table structures at runtime.
That phenobarb is looking mighty attractive...
Pittsburgh's three rivers are visible from space, even at night. Photo by Commander Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station."
It's also probably not safe. Scrape the gray matter off the wall behind you, go back out to the kitchen, and get yourself another cup of coffee. Then go check out Reddit. I hear there's some good stuff over there.
KGB Report welcomes you to 2013: May this arbitrary, transient point in your solipsistic sense of the space-time continuum delineate the initiation of a series of random events which trend in a manner which you perceive to be favorable.
This might be what finally motivates me to get a Blu-Ray player. The third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation was when the show finally jelled. Most of my favorite episodes come from that year: "Who Watches the Watchers?"; "Déjà Q"; "Yesterday's Enterprise"; "The Offspring"; "The Most Toys"; and the terrific cliffhanger, "The Best of Both Worlds".
(YouTube video: Star Trek: Next Generation - Season Three Blu-Ray trailer from CBS Home Entertainment. Turn off the lights, be sure you're in hi-def, go to full screen and crank up the sound.)
Photos encountered during the past week:
That's quite a choice.
Granddaughter Lea has yer crescent rolls right here, pally.
Spock was not impressed long before it was cool to be not impressed.
Why yes. Yes, it does.
Actual set of random questions presented on the mobile version of the government's disaster assistance site.
In the case of New Jersey, the correct answer is "all of the above."
Random stuff, as we await the arrival of Sandy Frankenstorm:
God is so busy making sure women get pregnant, I don't know where He
finds time to make a hurricane.
Bill Maher: "You once called Mitt Romney the most intellectually
dishonest man in politics. Do you still believe that?"
Barney Frank: "I would strike the word 'intellectually.' "
-(Real Time with Bill Maher, 10/26/12)
If you are having trouble multi-obsessing over both the hurricane and
election I will be visiting my mom and will get some tips.
Bloom's Taxonomy defines educational objectives in terms of three core
domains: knowing/head, feeling/heart and doing/hands. These categories
are also useful in dating.
-The Covert Comic
How Not To Get A Picture Of Me.
Lesson 1: poke my girlfriend in the back at baggage claim and offer her money.
-Sir Patrick Stewart
There are few things more laughable than a political party that can't
get its lie together.
If they just called it 'Survivor: Evil/Dumb/Hot/People.' people would
start watching again.
Good thing Zooey Deschanel just sang the anthem cuz it's not like
Detroit has a rich and vibrant musical history to draw from or anything.
Detroit gave us Motown, Aretha, Bettye LaVette. But none of them has a
Fox TV show, so, hey, let's get Zooey Deschanel to sing the World Series
Romney promises Hurricane Sandy will not unfairly target rich people.
Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once and space is
what keeps it all from happening to you.
BREAKING: Weather Forces Romney to Shift Lying to Other States
However, we had them in the past and will probably have them in the future, so if you have a time machine, no problem!
I made the Federal income tax electronic filing deadline with three minutes to spare last night (we had an extension), and my experience underscored the lunacy that is our tax code.
I did three returns; one joint filing, and two married filing separately. The tax liability varied from a $5 refund to owing nearly $1,500. All were accurate and all were legal, and, frankly, that's just crazy.
$1,500 may not seem like much (especially to someone who makes $10,000 debate bets on health care), but that's what I spent in prescription drugs last year. Which, incidentally, I could not deduct from my taxes because my total medical expenses didn't exceed 7.5% of my adjusted gross income.
I should start drilling for oil in my basement.