A Whole Nother Thing

Seldom at a loss for words.


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*A WHOLE NOTHER THING:
A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Remember These Numbers

With about 36,000 deaths in the United States EVERY YEAR from the REGULAR flu, I'm wondering if this Swine Flu (H1N1) is just a media event gone overboard. (Click on the title of this blog entry to see statistics.)

It'll be interesting to see how many people die from the Swine Flu, compared to the regular flu...


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/29/2009 06:36:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

The LIVE link to a reporter

I love it, how when there's a LIVE feed on a newscast, the reporter gives his/her report and then says the obligatory "...back to you..." at the end.

But then, after the reporter is supposedly "done" with the story, the Anchor in the studio has ONE MORE question for the reporter-- just to make it all thorough and professional-looking. Like the anchor has this spontaneous inspiration to ask this really informative question...

But, if the anchor has that question (as they almost ALWAYS DO), doesn't that infer that the reporter didn't do a thorough job?


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/26/2009 06:08:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Swine Flu

What's the deal with this Mexican Swine Flu? When the bird flu was happening a number of years ago, it took weeks before people got serious about it. And now, it's been only a few days and they're already talking about evacuating the PLANET for goodness sake (seemingly so, anyway).


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/25/2009 09:30:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Capital One Ad

As a person who should know, I would like to state that the Capital One ads that feature the idea that the most important issue in obtaining a Credit Card is what the card LOOKS LIKE (i.e., what kind of picture is on it) are simply and totally OFFENSIVE.

WAKE UP PEOPLE! If you're in debt to the credit card companies, it DOESN'T MATTER who's picture is on the card!


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/22/2009 08:13:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Please, please: Twenty-ten, NOT two-thousand-ten

2010.

I need to get started now, because we're already way into using these dates even though we aren't there yet. But PLEASE, next year is 2010; 20-10; TWENTY-TEN.

It is NOT Two-thousand ten (and it certainly is NOT, as the British love to put it, "Two-thousand-and-ten").

Twenty-ten is less syllables and it's much easier to say. It's also consistent with how we've all been raised, to say 1986 (for example). Say that date out loud, and then be consistent when you say, "2010."


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/19/2009 06:29:00 PM | 1 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

President Obama: One of US?

President Obama released his 2008 tax returns today. In 2008 the Obamas made some $2.7 MILLION. In 2007, they made $4.2 MILLION.

Contrast THAT with what President Bush made in 2007: Under $800,000!

Yeah, Obama is one of us... he's a President of the people...

Such hypocrisy. Such total hypocrisy.


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/15/2009 08:06:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Blind Guy is Voted Off

RE: Tonight's American Idol results:

I do not believe that having a handicap excuses one from the requirements of any given position; in this case, talent.

Scott McIntire is voted off.

Call me crazy...

And at the end of the show, Ryan asks him what he thought of his performance this week. His answer?: "I really won't know until I see the tape of the show."

Until I see the tape of the show? I thought he was blind! Maybe this little slip-up was a telling sign that this whole thing was a ruse!


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/08/2009 09:45:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


Saturday, April 04, 2009

UPS 30 (heavy)

Yesterday (4/3/2009) was my 30th anniversary as an employee of UPS.

Still looking for steady work, though...  :)

Speaking of UPS, etc., the Mt. Redoubt eruption in Alaska has caused problems at the Anchorage airport and thus, some of UPS's planes coming from Asia have been diverted to PDX. I've found a cool site (http://www.liveatc.net) that lets you listen to air traffic control in various cities, including Portland. It's fun to hear a 747 coming in, contacting the Portland Tower, "UPS 68 Heavy, clear for landing on runway 28 Left."


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/04/2009 06:53:00 PM | 0 reflections. CLICK HERE.


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