“I read the news today, oh boy …” (Pomp and Circumstances Edition)
A lot of the kids are graduating from college, high school, grade school, pre-school (huh?) right about now, so here's some inspiration for them in case they get a real loser for a commencement speaker like those poor kids in Topeka. Admiral William H McRaven, USN, Commander of the U S Special Operations Command, has some wisdom inspired by the Navy Seals for his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:
• John Tyler was President of these United States from 1841 to 1845, but his grandchildren are still alive today. You have to wonder how they pull it off. [Mental Floss]
• If you're wondering how many extra shots of expresso you need with that cup of high-priced joe in the morning, here's a concoction that will last for ... [The Washington Free Beacon]
• A man in Port Orchard, Washington, suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal, friended her on Facebook the next day. Creepy. [AP]
• You've seen those maps of the USA telling you how first names have changed over the years. It's only natural that you can now use them to tell a woman's age, which should either cut down on awkward moments, give up the game for women who don't want you to know, or all of the above. [FiveThirtyEight]
• Advanced safety and guidance features in automobiles once unimagined a decade ago are now standard, but "the final solution" is coming soon, courtesy of the folks at Google. Can you say "liability issues"? [Time]
• Finally, His Catholic Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain (yep, they really call him that, and the Queen gets to wear a white mantilla for a papal audience) has abdicated his throne in favor of his son, Philipe. Americans are unaccustomed to monarchy, but it does have its place, even in this century -- believe it or not. [The Telegraph]
And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.
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