February 28, 2013
On September 16, 2011, [Ron] Artest's name was officially changed to Metta World Peace. "Metta" is his first name, and "World Peace" is his surname. "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," World Peace said in a statement released after the name change court hearing. His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said that World Peace chose Metta as his first name because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.
Wikipedia entry for Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace
Well, the Academy Awards were Sunday night and I liked a lot of the movies that won. I thought it was a good year for movies.
But one of my favorite movies of last year – one I just thought was terrific – got completely snubbed by the Academy. It didn't even get a nomination for anything. I can see why the films that they chose won the awards that they did, but I want someone to please explain to me how the Academy left Magic Mike out of the picture for Best Picture.
I mean, I loved that movie. When it came out, I went and watched it three times in the theater the first week and then I can't tell you how many times after that. It really had a strange and profound effect on me. I can't put my finger on it, but it just moved me in a special way. I just felt powerfully drawn to that movie and, the day it came out on DVD, I bought a copy and now I watch it all the time.
Like I said, I don't want to take anything away from the Academy, but, I mean, how can you watch a movie like that and not get really excited about it? It's a mystery to me.
A couple of years ago, NBA basketball star Ron Artest went through a spiritual awakening. He donated much of his salary to mental health charities and other worthy causes that year, and he changed his name to Metta World Peace to honor the Buddhist tradition of love and kindness towards all.
It's really refreshing to see a pro athlete be such a positive role mod –
What's that? Metta World Peace just got suspended for punching another player in the face? Right: The Los Angeles Lakers star who changed his name to World Peace got a one-game suspension for hitting Detroit Pistons' guard Brandon Knight in the face.
I went on YouTube to watch it, and I saw another incident from last season of World Peace clocking Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden in the face as well.
I think it's great to change your name to promote world peace, but, you know, charity isn't the only thing that begins at home; and I just think that, if you're going to change your name to promote universal love and happiness, a good starting point toward that goal would be to stop pummeling people in the face.
I don't know if they still give out an "Optimist of the Year" award like they used to, but, if they do, I've found the perfect candidate.
He came and spoke during the speakers from the floor portion of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting last week.
A young man who addressed the board told the commissioners that they need to have the school system switch school lunches entirely to organic food.
When I heard him say that, I was shocked – I had always just assumed that the schools already exclusively used organic food. I thought that's why you had to shell out $1.85 per meal for your kid to eat at school.
I mean, who knew school lunches weren't organic? I thought that whenever they served mystery meat on Mystery Meat Wednesdays, that that mystery animal had been raised antibiotic-free, grass-fed and had spent all its days roaming happily on the bucolic hillsides of the same farm for its entire life.
I'd always just assumed that. It had been speculation on my part. But you know what they say about speculating. Whenever you speculate, the saying goes, you make a spec out of you and, uh, lating – well, I'm not exactly sure what that means but, anyway, they say not to speculate.
The young speaker at the commissioners meeting also, no kidding, requested that the board remove fluoride from the water supply, and he also asked the commissioners to put "more Whole Foods stores in the black parts of town."
Commissioner Linda Shaw politely pointed out that, in order to get the fluoride out of the water, he would need to address the Greensboro City Council rather than the commissioners.
Shaw didn't say it, but that guy would also probably be better off addressing the organic lunch issue to the school board. And I'm still researching which government body is responsible for putting Whole Foods in the black areas of town.
Speaking of Whole Foods, I can understand why someone would want more Whole Foods built, no matter the color of the community. I really do love the stores; they're beautiful, the meats are great, the service terrific and the fruits and vegetables are a rich, deep color. I shop there all the time.
I was telling that to someone and she said she likes those stores too, but she added that she doesn't shop there.
I asked why not.
"I call them Whole Paycheck," she said.
There's been a lot of raging controversy in the media lately about whether or not whales can breathe underwater. The argument has been heated on both sides, but, perhaps, as Aristotle said, "The truth lies in the middle."
Now, on the one hand, there's no question that many whales simply cannot breathe underwater.
However, recently, John Hammer, the editor and publisher of The Rhinoceros Times, sent me an interesting tidbit.
He emailed me the Wikipedia entry for the "whalefish" – a deep-sea fish that lives at very great depths off the coast of New Zealand and some other places. The whalefish can breathe underwater and there's absolutely no question that it has "whale" in its name.
Also, another interesting fact I learned recently is that "Killer whales are actually dolphins." So, while unquestionably some whales apparently do breathe air and certainly cannot breathe water, it's also important to realize that some whales are actually dolphins and therefore, being dolphins, are in fact able to breathe underwater.
For over a year, I've been searching for the instructions for my washing machine, and I have looked everywhere for literally over a year.
A few days ago, I wasn't even thinking about finding the instructions – I'd basically given up – but I finally came across them.
When I found them, I thought to myself: "Oh, OK, no wonder I couldn't find the instructions – that explains it."
They were in my filing cabinet, filed under "W," in a folder labeled, "Washing Machine Instructions."
Right after the first of the year, they held the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where a lot of new cutting edge devices were on display.
You know how I'm always worried about the Rise of the Machines taking over? Well, here's a perfect example: It used to be that you told your fork what to do, but, at the electronics show, there was a new "smart fork" on display that tells you what to do....continued on page 2