sunday tidbits

I thought that I would try something new (new for me) and set aside Sundays for small thoughts or comments that don’t always fit in a regular post. We’ll see how it goes.

I bought a new bird feeder for my deck – a very cute John Deere colored barn that holds, it turns out, the whole 10 pound bag of deck friendly seed. T didn’t know what deck friendly was – it’s seeds, nuts and berries without shells so nothing goes to waste and it doesn’t make a big mess on your deck or patio. I used to buy naked sunflower seeds but I think this is even better since it attracts a bigger variety of birds.

Of course it’s nearly impossible to take a good snap of it through the patio window…

birds

The kitties enjoy sitting on their cat tree watching the birds up close. Charlie mostly sits on the bottom as Zoe smacks him from above. I’ve seen him on the top level but he is pretty easily controlled by her.

bird-watching

And as I was sitting here typing about birds I looked out the patio door and it’s freaking snowing! BIG honking flakes of snow. That wasn’t in my forecast!

snow

And well, okay, by the time I snapped a picture and finished my phone call, the snow stopped and melted but that’s about the most snow I’ve seen this winter.

And I wanted to tell you about my wireless plan. As you know, I’ve been talking about getting a smarter phone and changing carriers forever, but I’m also trying to save money and even the plans that you re-load your minutes on are pretty expensive. Well I found a plan that was tailor made for people like me. For $20 per month I get unlimited talk, text and wifi data plus 1gb cellular data. What the phone does is connect to any wifi that you’ve used before in preference to cell towers. It will switch back and forth between them if it needs to but for someone like me, I use the phone mostly at home – where I have wifi – and while I may check email or messages when I’m out, I’m not streaming music or video. Last month I used like 5mb of my cellular data. Score! The only drawback is you have to use one of their approved android phones, at least for now, which does the switching thing that allows them to charge so little. Oh, silly me – it’s Republic Wireless if you happen to think this plan would be right for you.

Zen Koi, by the way, is my phone time waster. There is something very relaxing about swimming around eating those little fishies. And there’s no competition or stress with the game. You grow your fish, he ascends to become a dragon and you hatch a new egg. I suppose you could spend a lot of money if you were all anxious about having more egg or fish slots to collect the different koi, but hey, it’s supposed to be Zen.

So that’s our tidbits for this week.

in which I demonstrate what a catty bitch I really am…

My favorite news story of the day… week… month… possibly forever.

From the New Yorker

DECEMBER 17, 2015
Lawyer for Martin Shkreli Hikes Fees Five Thousand Per Cent
BY ANDY BOROWITZ

ROOKLYN (The Borowitz Report)—A criminal lawyer representing Turing Pharmaceuticals chief Martin Shkreli has informed his client that he is raising his hourly legal fees by five thousand per cent, the lawyer has confirmed.

Minutes after Shkreli’s arrest on charges of securities fraud, the attorney, Harland Dorrinson, announced that he was hiking his fees from twelve hundred dollars an hour to sixty thousand dollars.

Shkreli, who reportedly received the news about the price hike while he was being fingerprinted, cried foul and accused his attorney of “outrageous and inhumane price gouging.”

“This is the behavior of a sociopath,” Shkreli was heard screaming.

For his part, Shkreli’s lawyer was unmoved by his client’s complaint. “Compared to what he pays for an hour of Wu-Tang Clan, sixty thou is a bargain,” he said.

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At first, not being very familiar with Mr. Borowitz (I’m now a fan), I figured this had to be from the Onion. Such a pity it was satire.

The real story is nearly as good. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.

Shkreli from the New Yorker
Blatantly stolen from the New Yorker article – I hope this is considered fair use.

A few months ago, Martin Shkreli, the thirty-two-year-old founder and former C.E.O. of Turing Pharmaceuticals, became a poster child for everything that’s wrong with American business when his company raised the price of its drug Daraprim, which is used to treat life-threatening parasitic infections, by a cool five thousand per cent. But, while Shkreli had to weather plenty of bad publicity, he had a ready-made defense: though his strategy for Daraprim may have been egregious, it was also perfectly legal. Unfortunately for Shkreli, the same cannot be said of securities fraud and wire fraud, the crimes with which he was charged on Thursday. The government’s indictment alleges that Shkreli deceived investors in hedge funds that he ran prior to founding Turing, and that he paid some of his hedge-fund investors back with money that he took from Retrophin, a biopharmaceutical company he started in 2011. (Shkreli denied the charges, and was released on a five-million-dollar bond. On Friday, he resigned as Turing’s C.E.O.)

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I wouldn’t normally revel in someone’s misfortune – but this guy, who so heartlessly price-gouged a life saving medication seems, at least from what is reported, to totally deserve what he’s getting. Read the full article as I cannot hope to sum up the charges against him in a reasonable way. And I hope that I don’t get on Santa’s naughty list by doing a little dance.

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cape fair fall

I am longing for autumn. It’s been upwards of 100° for the past couple weeks and actually above 100° the past couple days. It’s August, what do I expect? But it was not hot when it was supposed to be hot in late July and early August. I hope September brings us cooler weather.

It has been stressful as I’ve tried to prepare for surgery tomorrow. I did not get to everything I wanted to get done, but enough that I can relax and recover. My neighbor told me yesterday that she didn’t think she could drive me and suggested I drive myself and they’d come drive me home on Thursday. I agreed because I just don’t want to stress her any more than she is, but I figured I was going to have to reschedule because I’m just not certain I’m capable of driving myself in the early morning with the amount of pain and lack of sleep I’ve been experiencing. But I decided to wait to decide and she came over today and said she wants to drive me. We’ll see in the morning. I don’t have to leave until 8 AM (yay!) so it’s possible that if she doesn’t feel up to driving me I can try driving myself. My biggest concern is that lately my right foot gets really painful when I try to drive any distance. We’ll see. I have told her repeatedly that if she can’t do it and I decide to reschedule it won’t be the end of the world.

And I’m leaving you with a fun link for the logophiles among us. 25 words for other words.