Uber drivers in Los Angeles are planning a 25-hour strike

Uber drivers in Los Angeles are losing their collective minds. At least some of them. As a way of protesting new rate fees Uber is rolling out in Los Angeles and Orange County, drivers there are going on a 25-hour strike beginning midnight tonight. Why a 25-hour strike? Because Uber is lowering the per mile fee from 80 cents to 60 cents, a 25 percent decrease.

Charles Manson 1934 – 2017

Charles Manson is finally dead. He was 83.

I’m old enough to remember the fear he and his “family” caused the public. Charles Manson was clearly insane, yet he was condemned to rot in prison, not a mental institution for the rest of his natural life. He also wasn’t sent to the gas chamber, something you would think would be a no-brainer considering the death and terror he left in his wake. He was originally condemned to death, but when California invalidated the death penalty in 1972, his punishment was automatically commuted to life in prison. Then in 1978, California reinstituted the death penalty, but since Manson’s sentence was commuted to life, there was no backsies.

And yes, that was the legal term for it.

I’m glad Manson is dead. It’s one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

My favorite part about waking up this morning and finding out Charles Manson was dead was how CNN framed the story. On their website, they have a photo of Manson, followed by that awful and obnoxious Ball basketball family from California, followed by a photo of Sean Hannity looking incredibly constipated.

Of everyone shown, Hannity looks the most miserable.

The New York Post published an interesting cover.

Make room Satan, Charles Manson is finally going to Hell? Manson never personally killed anyone. His followers were the ones who did the actual killing. Manson wasn’t even present for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, undoubtedly the most infamous of the Manson Family victims.

I’d wager there were far worse people in Hell than Charles Manson if Hell actually existed.

Prepare thyself for more ‘premium’ Dungeons & Dragons releases

Wizards of the Coast will be releasing yet another premium version of a former Dungeons & Dragons product, a pricey version of the very first release of the game, Original Dungeons & Dragons RPG.

The original game often referred to as “the white box” was released back in 1974. It came in a very simple cardboard white box and included three pamphlets. It required ownership of the game Chainmail, a medieval miniatures wargame, co-created by Dungeons & Dragons creator, the late great Gary Gygax.

I never owned this version of D&D, but I remember it. The first time I saw it was in a toy store in Lancaster, California, called Jack’s Toys. It may have been called Uncle Jack’s Toys, but that seems too creepy to be real. Whatever the name, it had the game, and I remember looking at it.

This new version of the game will come in a fancy wooden box and instead of containing three pamphlets, it will come with four additional supplement pamphlets, seven in total. The covers of each pamphlet will feature new artwork, but the interiors will be as they were in the 70’s.

The set comes out November 19, 2013, and has an MSRP of $149.99.

I can’t imagine a lot of people buying this. It’s not only ridiculously expensive, it is almost nothing like the original product. What is with the fancy wooden box? I’m not sure how much nostalgia this version will bring. If they had only re-released the original white box with the three original pamphlets, all for a more realistic price, then I could see people picking this up.

Why does Texas have the Space Shuttle on their license plate?

I was driving through Hagerstown the other day when I happened to notice the license plate of the car in front of me. The driver was from Texas. At least their car was. It was a white plate with a tiny cowboy riding a horse. The was some oil derricks and some sage brush. In the top right corner was a crescent moon. What got my attention what was featured in the top left corner.

It was the Space Shuttle.

Texas has nothing to do with the Space Shuttle

What did the state of Texas have to do with the Space Shuttle? It doesn’t launch from there. The Space Shuttle launches from Florida. It doesn’t land there, even though it is shown landing on the Texas plate. The Space Shuttle lands in either Florida or California. It once landed in New Mexico.

It was not built in Texas. I happen to know for a fact that every Space Shuttle ever built was constructed in Palmdale, California. I know this because I grew up only a few miles from the actual plant where every shuttle was built.

Californians built the Space Shuttle, not Texans.

As a kid growing up, I took great pride in the Space Shuttle. I guess I still do. It bothers me to see that Texas asserting some sort of ownership on something it has nothing to do with. Something like the Space Shuttle.