Thursday, April 23, 2015

Royals pride is on display in #KansasCity #Missouri #ClassicCup #ClassicCupRestuarant ##countryclubplaza #countryclubplazakc #Royals #flag #flaginthewind #lamppost #kansascityroyals


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U.S. Space & Rocket Center of Huntsville, AL

On a recent trip to Huntsville, AL, I was able to squeeze enough time for myself to visit the world famous U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  When you first walk into the museum, the first couple of exhibits are a little underwhelming, given the grandeur of the purpose of the site.  There is a display of patented inventions, then a tribute to Dr. Wernher von Braun.


It is interesting, but very museum-like.  Where's the rockets?

Well, once you are thru there, you can go outside!  Rockets!  Rockets!  Rockets!  None of them blasting off, but still impressive, nonetheless.








Of course, there is a lot more than just rockets that go into space.  Without giving too much away, here's a few more photos.  This is really a place you should visit just to see the shear scale of these massive machines.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Begs the question is the idiom that you aren't using wrong, but some think you do

Are you begging the question?  What is begging a question?  Well, it depends.  There are two different terms that are very similar, but have very different uses.  The first is beg the question fallacy.  This is the traditional use of the term. This is a type of fallacy where a premise includes the claim or assumption that its conclusion is true.  (This is covered in some brief detail at Fallacy: Begging the Question.)

For example, "All cats are evil, otherwise you would not see cats do evil things."

The premise of this statement is that cats are evil, and the justification is that you see cats do evil things.  The statement forms a circular argument.

But, there's another common use of the term that often appears as , "begs the question", as in, "your statement begs the question of who will do this work".  It means that there is an obvious or ignored question that arises from a statement.

There are grammarians and logicians that will argue that this is somehow the wrong use of the term, such as the website begthequesiton.info (which dedicates itself to this topic).  Ironically, these individuals often employ logical fallacies to disregard the modern usage of the term.  There are people that seem gleefully unaware of how English works.  Common usage is correct usage. Dictionaries now list the modern usage on equal weight as the logical fallacy definition.  See idioms area on freedictionary.com.

There is often a claim that using the phrase in the modern sense is somehow confusing (see some of these claims on QuickAndDirty.com by Grammar Girl). However, common usage is so prevalent, there is no confusion as to when the term is being used one way or another.  If someone wishes to distinguish between the logical fallacy and the assertion of an obvious/ignored question, then they do so with context, just as they would for the use of any other common terms with multiple meanings.  This begs the question, why is denial of the validity of the modern definition so important to some people?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#Fountain and #tower #countryclubplaza #countryclubplazakc #kansascity #missouri


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#Sexy #Pig - #Bore #Boar #Statue #funnypose #kansascity #missouri #cityart


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Brief stay at Nashville, Tennessee

While travelling last week, I had the opportunity to stay in Nashville, TN for a couple of days.  It wasn't long enough to explore the town, but long enough for a couple of hours visit to the Grand Ole Opry Convention Center.  Unfortunately, there was also a cheerleader competition convention in town at the Grand Ole Opry Convention Center.  Nonetheless, I was able to explore the amazing site, though I eventually had to retreat to a wine bar to escape the otherwise madness.











Monday, April 20, 2015

No words. #JoesKansasCityBarbecue #joeskansascitybbq #joeskansascity #bbq #barbecue #kansascity #missouri #ribs #awesome


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There is literally no way for me to know this without first seing it in a cab. #cab #cabbie #irony #ironic #ironicsign #sticker #label #carlabel #carsticker #cabsticker #window #windowsticker #illegal #illegaltooperate #kansascity #missouri


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Perhaps a bit over-teched airport @ # MinneapolisSaintPaulInternationalAirport #msp #airport #internationalairport #Delta #DeltaTerminal #ipads #ipad #ipadseverywhere #nowheretosit #overteched #technology #tech #flight #modern #whereamisupposedtosit


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Ever notice how people unnecessarily drive in #packs on #freeways or #highways, as though they are schools of fish. When one person speeds up to get out of the #school, they all seem to speed up too. #schoolsoffish #highwaydriving #Interstate90 #driving #drivinghabits #drivinghabit #baddrivers


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Dang CFL bulbs

Back in the day, unnerving bugs in the room would eventually go to the light fixture & die. No so anymore. Modern CFLs aren't hot enough.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dinner with cuzins @ Santana Row

Get together with my cuzins at The Counter in Santana Row.  It was great catching up. Too bad we only got to spend a couple of hours with them in February.  

Here's a bit of trivia.  In the photo above, who's the only person without at least 1/4th Asian descent?  Here's a clue.  It's not nearly as obvious as you might think.

#GrandOleOpry #grandoleopryconventioncenter #nashville #tennessee #Tree #trees #hotel #hotelrooms #balconies



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Hotel rooms and such #grandoleopryconventioncenter #grandolropry #nashville #tennessee



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Horse people #statue #statues #horse #horsepeople #horses #grandoleopryconventioncenter #grandolropry #nashville #tennessee



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Poor coy #goldfish have to avoid being pelted by pennies from "heaven". #coy #pond #fish #coin #coins #penny #pennies #dime #dimes #nickel #nickels #quarters #quarter #penniesfromheaven #heavenlycoy



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#GrandOleOpry #grandoleopryconventioncenter #nashville #tennessee #Delta



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And this is only what we know about, being in a #museum and all. #usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #Military #huntsville #alabama #drones



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#usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #space #nasa #huntsville #alabama #big #reallybig #realyrealybig #huge #boosters #shuttle #spaceshuttle #bluesky #clouds #beautifulday



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I like the #vegas slogon better #whathappensinvegas #huntsville #alabama #usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #Military



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#helicopter #notarocket #usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #Military #huntsville #alabama #nasa



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#helicopter #notarocket #usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #Military #huntsville #alabama #clouds #cloudy #cloudysky #sun #backlit



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Tranquility Base replica #tranquilitybase #nasa #usspaceandrocketcenter #moonlanding #moon #liberty #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #space #huntsville #alabama #redhead #shades #selfie #selfies #ginger



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A deadlier kind of rocket #usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #Military #sam #samdefense #huntsville #alabama



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#usspaceandrocketcenter #rocket #rockets #rocketmuseum #monkey #monkeysinspace #huntsville #alabama



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