I've lived in Texas my whole life. Our so-called "state snack" is tortilla chips and salsa, which makes sense, I guess. You can't throw a rock in a town without hitting either a church or a good family owned Tex-Mex restaurant. It's a party staple and sleep-over go-to.
Ah, the summer is ending, Shark Week and it's equivalents are done by now (unless reruns are around the corner), and SyFy will hopefully slink off into its closet to get its brains bashed out and come up with better stuff. I thought this was fake when I first heard about it. I mean, Sharknado? … Continue reading #034–Blitz Q: How the hell did “Sharknado” come to exist?
Years and years of checking figures and it came down to one sentence in a webpage that I'd missed until yesterday (Yes, I was watching A Night to Remember for the umpteenth time). This is a question I'd always wondered about. I mean, the story was compelling as hell, and I get wrapped up in … Continue reading #033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?
In the Battle of the Bulge (where I attempt to vanquish the tire around my middle), this is probably the biggest question I could ask myself. My body wants good, healthy food and has no energy because I don't give it what it wants. That's mostly because of my "good intention-killing" taste buds. I've written … Continue reading #032–Can you train your taste buds to want healthy fruits & veggies instead of processed crap?
I've had this question in the back of my mind since I became a Titanic nut around age 5. It's the mythology as much as the technology that keep me coming back to this piece of history. And the biggest question in my mind is, how did watertight technology develop and how was it tested? The Titanic's design always left me scratching my head.
January 1st, 2016--I spent the morning and afternoon in Starbucks, looking at everybody who came in the door to see who had a handgun holster. That day, the open-carry law in Texas was in effect, and out of curiosity, I left the house to see it (and work on some research project of mine in … Continue reading #030–Why would anyone who is NOT a peace officer want to “open carry” a firearm?
Are the dogs trying to find a spot to poo that is close to those other dogs, or far away from them? After some more research, it seems to be either...depending on the situation.
Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?
I'm not a big sports fan, so there's not much of a reason for me to watch ESPN in the first place. But I really got wondering what the deal was when I saw the Poker championships on ESPN. Uh...I'm confused. Is poker a sport? What would make it a sport? Seriously, is it a … Continue reading #027–Blitz Q: Why do they show the World Series of Poker on ESPN?
This is a question I've been wanting to ask for years, because the older I get, the more I'm scratching my head going "wait, isn't Congress supposed to do ______?" I find it a bit dismaying that the leaders that are supposed to most closely represent our wishes at the highest levels of government seem … Continue reading #026–How much power has Congress given away to the Executive Branch?