The 25 major components of the four-stroke engine

September 26, 2011

1. valve rocker
2. valve spring cap
3. valve spring
4. valve guide
5. piston head
6. piston rings
7. crank face
8. shaft buckle
9. wankle wrap
10. pinwheel
11. carrying case
12. shackleford
13. flying buttress
14. stimpmeter
15. neutrino drive
16. septic shock
17. bailiwick
18. sneeze guard
19. apostolic successor
20. pitching wedge
21. winger
22. horizontal hold
23. Fremantle
24. small rod
25. large rod


Advice for New Parents

June 8, 2011

Don’t sign your kids up for T-Ball. If you really think they should play baseball or softball, sign them up for baseball or softball.

Oh heck. Just sign them up for hockey.

The rapture is nigh

May 21, 2011

Or not.

The one thing that I find compelling about all this rapture talk is that it represents one of those rare occasions where some subset of fanatical religious types make concrete statements about something that’s actually quantifiable.

Seems like a dangerous activity, though. It must wear on the credibility of a religious leader when such concrete predictions based on “credible information provided in the bible”. And they must know that they’re putting their credibility on the line, which makes me think they must really believe it.


Fun with categories

January 7, 2011

Let’s see how many hits this one gets us…


File under “sexy”

January 5, 2011

I’m confused.

I haven’t been on this blog in donkey’s years.  Figured I’d stop by to reacquaint myself with the place (and the purpose of the place as well).  So, how come our “Categories” box currently consists of permutations of either “slam poetry,” “sex,” or “erotica?”

Care to explain… Rusty?

Oh, I forgot “uncategorized.”  Seems pretty much everything should go there – apart from the poetry and the smut – and the smutty poetry…


P.S.  More to come, honest.  I really, really, really mean it this time.


Boys and guns

January 4, 2011

I am the trainer for my son’s minor hockey team. Being a trainer is very much like being a flight attendant. You’re there just in case something bad happens, and the meanwhile you serve drinks (in my case it’s just water). I guess that the main difference is that I also tape sticks and occasionally tie a pair of skates or two.

On Sunday, my son’s team was playing a fun sort-of-inter-squad game with their billet team from Finland. It was nice to see them just have fun without the pressure of having to win. They were playful and silly. It was a lot of fun. I had to leave the bench briefly during the game. While I was away, one of the parents came up to me to express a concern. Apparently, one of our boys was using his stick like a gun. He was pointing it at the coaches and making “bang” motions. This parent asked me to speak with him.

Now… If you give an eleven year old boy a pen, he’ll pretend it’s a gun. He’ll pick up a twig and use it to cut down all of this friends in a frenzy of imagined violence. Is this good? Probably not. But I’m not at all convinced that it’s bad. Yes, bad things happen. I’m reminded of terrible gun violence that happens in schools, post offices, and other places. That’s bad. But I’m not convinced that an eleven year old pretending his hockey stick is a gun necessarily leads to extreme violence later in life. I’m no psychology expert, but I don’t think that stopping an eleven year old from pretending to shoot a gun is going to stop gun violence. In fact, I wonder if extreme sensitivity is the worse of the evils. Isolation, humiliation, beratement, and the like at the hands of peers and elders probably does more harm. But what do I know?

I continually wrestle with these issues. My brother and I used to play “war” growing up. My Dad bought me a pellet gun when I was young. I still have it. I don’t let my boys play war-related video games in the house, but fantasy games like “Force Unleashed” (in which you slash down thousands of poor clones) is apparently okay. My kids have a respectable arsenal of Nerf guns, but I won’t let them get one of those new-fangled “Airsoft” guns. I take them to play laser tag and infrequently let them play paintball.

The line is grey. Guns are apparently fun. But guns are serious business as well.

Being a parent is hard.

We want to change the world.

November 21, 2010

Any ideas? We’ve already tried leading by example and thinking globally while acting locally.