Your predictions for 2014

Happy New Year’s!  It’s time to look ahead on the year to come and to make our annual predictions about what we expect to happen in the new year.  We will then review those predictions on December 31, as we did yesterday, heaping honors upon the best prognosticators.  So predict away!  After the jump, some reflections on predictions. [Read more…]

The snarky year in review

One of my solemn customs for New Year’s Eve is reviewing the events of the past year by reading satirist Dave Barry’s month-by-month lampoon.  I invite you to join me by clicking  Dave Barry’s Review of 2013, the Year of the Zombies – The Washington Post.

I invite you to respond in kind with your own snarky and/or satirical comments on things that happened in 2013.

What’s out and what’s in

The Washington Post has an annual New Year’s feature listing what’s “out” from the previous year and what’s “in” for the year to come.  Many of us are so removed from fashion that we have no idea what the style mavens are talking about for either year.  Here is the list for 2013/2014 (you can click at least some of the items to see what they are referring to):  The 2014 In/Out List – The Washington Post.

If we don’t like this list, let’s make up one of our own.  What seemed cool and trendy in 2013 that now seems utterly lame and embarrassing?  What should replace them?  Put another way, what in 2013 are you completely sick of?  And what would you like to see instead?

Marijuana shops to open in Colorado

Colorado legalized the possession of recreational marijuana last year, but as of today, you can buy it openly in retail shops.  Regulations that go into effect today will, in effect, create a legal marijuana industry in the state.  How do you think that will go? [Read more…]

New Year’s resolutions for this blog

I haven’t had time to monitor comments very closely, but I resolve to do so.  I also resolve to bring back this blog’s reputation for friendly, thoughtful, and welcoming discussions.  I resolve to delete comments that are off topic.  I resolve to delete personal attacks, mean-spirited cuts, and vicious asides.   If you find a comment offensive, flag it, whereupon my general policy will be to automatically delete it.   I don’t want to ban anybody if I can avoid it, nor will I censor substantive ideas.  You can disagree, but you are going to have to be kind, non-offensive, and on topic if you want your comments to go through.

I’ll probably fail at these resolutions as I do with others (especially when I’m really busy), but I’m going to give it a try with your help and co-operation.

The best predictions for 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve, time for our annual review of the predictions made by the readers of this blog back on the last New Year’s Day.  Check them yourself here.  Though they were mostly wrong, there were some good guesses and some that were right on target.  No one will get stoned for making a mistake, though this is legal now in Colorado and Washington state.

My analysis and the announcement of the big winners after the jump. [Read more…]