October 24, 2016

2016 is the crap gift that keeps on giving

Via Bill Quick comes the news that Steven denBeste has died.

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December 07, 2013

Still here

Haven't been posting here too much due to a) being blocked at work during lunch and b) that third child takes up a bit of my time. Much like the other two, of course. In any event, my wit and wisdom (stop laughing) can be found most days on Twitter. However, I really have a hankering to do some more long form posts in the near future. Right now though, I'm going through popcorn by the truckload while watching the Titanic-sized disaster that is Obamacare. Actually, that isn't really fair to the Titanic: the passengers at least had some ice for their drinks before the ship sank.

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May 11, 2013

What he said

Russ over at Ace's place makes the following observation, which I'm going to excerpt in full because it's short:

A peer-reviewed study comparing/contrasting the effectiveness of various lubricants in easing the pain of having Comprehensive Immigration Reform jammed up America's collective squeakhole. In descending order of effectiveness:

1. Astroglide

2. Vaseline

3. Spit

4. Nothing (control group)

5. Assurances that "Hispanics are a natural GOP constituency, and will rocket conservatism back into the White House for the next 50 years"

6. Sand

I noticed that he didn't add a seventh entry for "broken glass". I'm sure it was just an oversight.

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January 07, 2013

Pay attention

jackass whisperer.jpg

It's good advice.

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November 14, 2012

Well this is sucky news

Steven den Beste has suffered a stroke. Hat tip to the Instamonster.

Get better, Steven, or at least don't get worse. The world will be less without you in it.

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November 10, 2012

I weep for the future

I wasn't sure how to categorize this story. Suffice it to say that Darwin was horribly, horribly wrong.

Because We Can, That's Why: In September, the National Geographic cable TV show "Taboo" featured three young Tokyo partiers as examples of the "bagel head" craze in which fun-lovers inject saline just under the skin of the forehead to create a swelling and then pressure the center to achieve a donut look that lasts up to 24 hours before the saline is absorbed into the body. Some adventurers have injected other areas of the body -- even the scrotum. [Daily Mail (London), 9-25-2012]

Parts of my body are attempting to seek refuge inside the rest of my body after reading that last bit.

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September 03, 2012

My not so secret fantasy

I'm a happily married man. If I weren't and I were richer, better looking and someone else entirely, I'd definitely go for Summer Glau. Hotness below the fold.

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August 24, 2012

Buttercup is evil

I had managed to live until today without hearing about the Legend of Lemmiwinks. Now, sadly, I'll be having nightmares about small furry animals and bodily insertion methods. Thanks.

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July 14, 2012

Friday the 13th and autocorrect

Bad combination. Excerpt:

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June 19, 2012

Well, what would you do?

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August 18, 2011

Word

Harvey is onto something here.

And please, Lord, make people stop saying #10.

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July 10, 2011

Still here

Okay, I'm found more often on Twitter these days because (a) it's quicker and (b) it's not blocked at work. However, I have no desire to let this block completely die, no matter how withered its corpse may appear right now. In any event, stay tuned because I plan to renew my brewing beer series. Hopefully some of you will want to join in and brew with me.

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May 05, 2011

That took too long

I posted- or rather, tried- to post a few days ago. MT says is published and I even rebuilt the site. It finally shows up today. Nice

Oh, and does anyone have a decent replacement for Blogrolling? I could hand code the entire thing, but I'm essentially lazy and am looking for something else to do the heavy lifting.

Eh. I'll probably do it anyway. There are some links to update and some- sadly- to remove because those bloggers have gone away and are never coming back. Unlike this awesome chick, of course.

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November 30, 2010

Poop

So Blogrolling has gone the way of the dodo. Now I have to rebuild my blogroll. From scratch. And I'm lazy. Oh well, time for more beer.

Oh yeah: I plan to blog on a regular basis again. Child #3 has been taking a lot of my time, for which I'm immensely grateful, but it's time to hop back in the saddle again.

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August 01, 2010

Help needed

Stogie is in dire need of financial assistance. Any shekels that you can send his way would be greatly appreciated.

My finances aren't great right now, but they're a lot better than Stogie's. There are bound to be a couple of things I can do without.

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July 28, 2010

Updating the blogroll

I really need to work on the blogroll: prune a few, add a few, other stuff. However, I would be remiss to note that Risawn/Kami has moved from Blogger to a real hosting service. So yay! and update your links.

On, and congratulations on getting hitched. May your days be filled with wedded bliss.

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July 07, 2010

Still here

I find that three kids and two jobs cuts into my blogging time a wee bit. Also, I used to post during lunch at my day job. Sadly, they've recently tightened the firewall, meaning I have to blog early or really late, neither of which has been working for me. However, things will settle down soon enough. Keep stopping by, if you like, and I promise not to post naked pictures of myself. Because really, that would just be gross.

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May 17, 2010

Let's rock

Back in the mid-1980s, I heard that AC/DC was reforming the band to make a new album; saw a short blurb in USA Today. Considering that their last few albums since Back In Black had pretty much sucked, I figured that this venture was doomed to obscurity as best and monumental suckage at worst. Anyway, I came home from school for a brief break before heading off to work that night and turned on MTV-

You remember MTV, right? They used to play music videos instead of bullshit "reality" series.

- and this video came on. I left early to go buy the CD before going into work that night.

Sorry I cannot embed the video. Apparently that capability has been disabled "by request" for this video. Enjoy anyway.

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May 04, 2010

Hye, what about physics majors?

So the Puppy Blender is willing to help out chimps with their social problems, but not physics students. I find that almost as appalling as women found my major back in college.

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March 19, 2010

The end is upon us

This article linked by the Puppy Blender is wrong on so many levels that I cannot actually believe someone was stupid enough to put it in print:

Research published in Personal Relationships found that when a father spent a lot of solo time with his child and the mom perceived him to be a competent caregiver, the woman had a lower self-competence rating.

Translation: If you're a good father to your children and like to spend time with your kids, and the mother notices both of those things, the mother then feels worse about herself.

Seriously? This is research? This sounds like something that person suffering from a psychotic break would write. If mothers actually have their self worth reduced because the fathers of their children happen to be good parents, then there is a sickness in society in general and women in particular that nothing short of a world-killing asteroid can fix.

Personally, I don't believe it. It defies all logic, common sense and empirical evidence. Instead, I believe that the "researchers" worked backwards from a conclusion that they desired, one which doesn't look on fathers as anything more than sources of money for the mothers and children.

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March 18, 2010

Jeff Goldstein in a nutshell

I give you this from Protein Wisdom:

I really cant tell you much about where I am exactly, because I was pretty fucked up when I got here, and I kinda kept passing out during orientation. If I had to guess, though, Id say Im in Heaven. Because already I was able to score several ounces of crystalized Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and I didnt even have to blow Carrot Top under the table at Nate n Als to do it.

I think Im going to like Heaven.

Oh wait a minute. What I really meant to link to was this. Excerpt:

And if it passes and then somehow withstands the legal challenges its game over for this American experiment.

And thats not hyperbole. What weve been witnessing is a kind of ideological coup decades in the making that will culminate in a takeover of a vast portion of the US economy. This takeover will lead to a proliferation of government unionized labor, which in turn will lead to a perpetual progressive majority wherein Democrats will be able to redistribute wealth in exchange for votes, essentially trading money for power in the form of legalized theft and bribery.

Thats why a short-term defeat in mid-term elections doesnt much bother the leftwing ideologues driving this reform debacle (to the point where we are all of us now daily counting votes for what we all know to be a cowardly and unconstitutional procedural gambit); because in the long term, the left has set itself up for a checkmate: as the economy moves more and more toward government-run jobs, competition will die out, and the left will have a stranglehold on the means of production. They will control you in exchange for the promises of cradle-to-grave protections.

Go for the dick and fart jokes and stay for the thoughtful analysis.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm ALWAYS into fart and dick jokes.

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March 17, 2010

Great news

So Mr. and Mrs. IMAO are expecting. Totally awesome. Nuke the Moon: the Next Generation.

Anyhoo, stop by and wish Sarah K. your best wishes. Also, stop by and tell Frank to start banking some extra sleep.

Update: I should have guessed that the dad-to-be would have stolen my Star Trek joke already.

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March 16, 2010

Time for a list

Okay, this is a repost from years ago in response to a link at Michele's old site, but I was curious as to how people would respond today.
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"Chick flicks" movies that I, a guy, love:

Children of a Lesser God(shut up)
When Harry Met Sally
Sleepless In Seattle
An Officer and A Gentleman
Steel Magnolias
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Princess Bride
(I'm not convinced that this is actually a chick flick since I've read the book, but stay with me here)
The Truth About Cats and Dogs


"Guy" movies that I, a guy, do not like:

Rambo
Rocky V
Rush Hour
Platoon
Fight Club
Fandango

Movies that I, as a hardened, cynical, unfeeling, soulless person tend to break down in tears while watching:

The Green Mile
Schindler's List
Dead Poets Society
Terms of Endearment
Forrest Gump
Brian's Song(original version, not the abortive remake)
It's a Wonderful Life
E.T.
One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest

Anyone else willing to share their lists?

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March 08, 2010

What he said

I saw Steve Forbes speak at the Richmond Forum this past weekend. Excellent stuff, unless you're a socialist money grabber. Anyway, his article here hits on many of the same points that his speech did, probably because he's been hammering those points for a long time. Sadly, not enough people in government bother to listen.

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March 03, 2010

So no one else with a screechy, whiny voice was available?

I enjoyed the Olympic closing ceremonies right up until Canada decided to inflict Neil Young on the world. Again. Anyway, he wasn't too bad this time due to my muting the TV while Neil was "singing". I did manage to find a copy of the song that he meant to sing on Sunday. He must have used his second choice instead. In any event, here are the lyrics to Northern Man:

Northern man better wear your tuke Celine Dion makes us want to puke Northern games had to end at last Now our pucks were sliding fast Northern man

I saw curling
and I saw ice
old Vancouver
was kind of nice.
Northern man
was it
worth the price?
I saw skiin'
and pucks asliding'
Third place? Third place?

Northern man
better wear your tuke
Celine Dion
makes us want to puke
Northern games
had to end at last
Now our pucks
were sliding fast
Northern man

Li'l Crosby,
your hair is golden brown
I've seen your wrist shot
swingin' round
You won the game
and didn't let us down!
I saw skiin'
and pucks asliding'
Third place? Third place?

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February 01, 2010

Sad news

James Joyner's father passed away this weekend. James typed a remembrance in his usual thoughtful style. Drop by and offer your condolences if you're so inclined.

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January 11, 2010

Good news?

Assuming that the main page here is correct, we could be treated to the re-emergence of Asparagirl back onto the blogging scene.

asparagirl is getting a makeover
Check back in the spring to see the tenth anniversary redesign!


I hope that it's true. She was one of the first blogs that I read every day and I found Bill Whittle (and from thence to Rachel Lucas) and Stephen Green via links at the top of her former location. You might say that Brooke was patient zero in the creation of my addiction to blogs.

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December 17, 2009

That's just... creepy

You do know that beer is "living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," right? Did you also know that God has a wicked sense of humor and, more importantly, he freaking hates Al Gore? The timing is uncanny and, dare I say, lovely. Why lovely? Because Gore is a pretentious, bombastic, know-nothing douche of a politician filled with a completely undeserved sense of self-importance and I giggle like a little girl when I see him get Godslapped upside his carbon-emitting-by-the-freaking-truckload cakehole.

Thanks to Ace for the link.

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December 09, 2009

*(&%*(^ on a pogo stick

I don't know what to say about the recent Patterico/Jeff Goldstein/RS McCain dustup. I cannot believe that this little tempest has been allowed to boil over to the point that we might be witnessing the Frey-Goldstein Rumble II beginnings. Suffice it to say that I'm in agreement with Big Lizards and Little Miss Attila's assessment, but also understand-to a point-where Mr. Frey is coming from. But I'm going to side with Stacy in that you cannot allow someone else to define the rules for engagement. To do so grants authenticity to their argument, at least to some degree. Once done, you're merely arguing about whether you're a cheap whore or an expensive one, not whether you are one at all.

And no, I don't see fit to link to the people mentioned above. I dig them all, but can't really bring myself to add to the feeding frenzy.

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November 25, 2009

The horror! The horror!

What follows below the fold is a grim video. Think pit bull, small child and unconsciousness and then check out the extended entry in the proper frame of mind.

Don't say that I didn't warn you.

Somehow, I get the distinct impression that Eric would appreciate this video.

Hat tip to Neal Boortz for the link.

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November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving proclamation (repost)

The fifth annual repeat of this post, just because.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789


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November 19, 2009

Happy birthday, Moose and Squirrel

So Rock and Bullwinkle is 50 years old now. Holy crap, I'm really getting old.

"Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!"

More topically, since everyone's talking about Sarah Palin:

Look, I'm a Palin fan, but that's pretty darned funny.

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November 12, 2009

I don't do Nyquil but...

Nyquil makes me want to bark. Frankly, that's not a good trade-off to make for the "sniffling, sneezing, coughing, stuff head-fever-so-you-can-rest" medicine. However, I know that many people swear by, rather than at, the stuff, so here's how to make your own.

n place of Acetaminophen (pain and fever reliever), Dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppressant), and Doxylamine succinate (sleep aid) we used green chile, ginger, citric acid and booze -- all herbal, if subtler, forms of the chemical stuff. A couple shots, errr, doses, of the stuff is perfect for sitting on the couch in a sweatshirt and sweating out your germs. Take that Big Pharma!

2 cups fresh mint leaves
1 cup water
1 cup agave nectar (sugar, honey work)
1 small ginger bulb
1 lemon
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. roasted green chile
2 shots Pastis
2 shots Southern Comfort

1. Start off making a mint simple syrup. Pluck 35-40 mint leaves off their stems, this should yield about 2 cups of mint. Roughly chop half the mint (set half aside for later use) and add to a saucepot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the leaves out. Put just the mint tea back on a medium heat and wait until back to a full boil. Add agave nectar, mixing, and let cook 1 minute before removing. Set aside to cool.

2. Ready your other veggies for the blender. First peel the ginger and slice into matchsticks. Next, zest your lemon, place the zest into a small dish and cover with 1 tsp. of good quality olive oil.

3. Toss the ginger, green chile and remaining cup of fresh mint to the blender. Add lemon juice. Finally add half the mint syrup, setting the rest aside for garnish. Pulse thoroughly for up to a minute. (Note: If you do not have the luxury of having authentic green chile, try subbing in a roasted jalapeo. Remove the seeds and use half in place of green chile.)

4. Strain the mixture into a bowl. Use a spoon to slush it around, allowing it to pass through the sieve or fine mesh strainer. Now you have the fresh juice part of your elixer! Taste it with a spoon, if it seems too tart or spicy, add more mint syrup one teaspoon at a time.

5. Mix. The basic proportion is one-part juice to one-part pastis to one-part whiskey. For a single dose: measure out a tablespoon of each into a cocktail shaker. Add a teaspoon of lemon zest oil. Complete with 3 ice cubes and shake fervently. Pour into a shot glass or desert wine snifter.

Tip of the blog to Lifehacker.

If it tastes at all like the original, maggots everyone will be committing suicide rather than be forced to gag over it. However, have at it if you're so inclined.

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November 05, 2009

Unless your heart is stone, this will make you weep a little

Frankly, I couldn't categorize this story found via Ace, so I shoved it into my catch all "errata". Actually, I put it there because my vision was blurry after reading the article and I knew that "errata" was at the bottom of the list. Anyway.

Short version: A little girl is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and dies about a year later. Since then, her parents have been finding notes she wrote and stashed all around the house, such as this:

iloveyoumomdadandgrace.jpg

My little girl writes me notes like this all the time. It's beyond sweet and makes my heart swell with joy. I cannot imagine how much it would hurt me if something were to happen to her, nor can I imagine my reaction to finding notes like that. I'll guess that they would make me cry and smile at the same time.

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A new twist on removing a cork

I've opened beer bottles using my hand and the edge of a table. I've ruined a cheap Swiss Army knife knockoff using the tinfoil corkscrew to open a wine bottle. And I've even pushed the cork down into the bottle just so that I could get to the grape. However, I've never in my entire life opened a bottle of wine with my shoe:

Kudos to Lifehacker for finding this gem.

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Woof!

Jay Stephenson of Stop the ACLU interviews Misha, someone who I've been reading since blogging was still in its infancy. I almost didn't recognize the Emperor's tone, because a few choice Anglo-Saxon invectives were missing from the text.

I keed, I keed. Misha's always a worthy ready, but I really enjoy when he gets his dander up. I get that this interview wasn't really the venue for that.

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October 29, 2009

Huh?

I just checked my Sitemeter log, something that I rarely do because it's freakishly depressing. I noticed the average number of visits was way up - for me- and I checked the past seven days. Turns out that my traffic tripled on Saturday? WTF?! I didn't actually post anything over the weekend. Hmm. Maybe that's the secret for me. Anyway, since I don't pay for the Sitemeter premium service, I have no idea what drove people my way this past weekend. If I knew, I'd do it again.

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September 30, 2009

Better him than me

James Joyner does yeoman's work by diving into the fetid pit that Balloon Juice has become. He even links to Cole twice today (maybe yesterday- I didn't check the time/date stamp) and call's one of Cole's opinions "wrong-headed". Now I'm not disagreeing with Mr. Joyner, but calling Cole's opinions wrong-headed is not much different from stating that the sun will rise in the east.

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September 08, 2009

A GPS story for the rest of us

Yes, I have a GPS in my car. I also have that Amish thingy- a MAP- in my car, too, as the GPS has, on occasion, said You have arrived at your destination when I'm in the middle of fucking nowhere. In any event, check out this story.

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September 01, 2009

Don't make her angry

You wouldn't like her when she's angry.

I've dealt with customer service many times during my life, some good, some horrifically bad. There was a time when businesses could shit on their customers and still stay "tough shit" when we complained. Not anymore. Twitter? Facebook? Email? Blogs? Have people simply not heard of these things? I'll be honest and state that my readership, while beloved by me, is teeny tiny. However, if I were to receive a big steaming pile like Maytag tried to inflict on Dooce, I will guarantee you that some of my friends and acquaintances could help my complaints go viral. One person complaining? Not a problem to a company. One million persons complaining? You've got a corporate PR and -potentially- financial debacle.

So, my friends in the business community, consider this a friendly FYI: do not continue to treat customers, real or potential, as effluent from your various bodily orifices. You need us far more than we need you and- you might want to write this down if it'll help you remember- spread your acts of neglect and malfeasance worldwide before you have your first cup of morning coffee. Remember this word: customer. And this one: service. They are related directly to your bottom line.

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August 07, 2009

BItchslapping a worthy target

John Cole tries to play a game of economic "gotcha" with Megan McArdle. Whatever disagreements I might have with Ms. McArdle, I would never try to play that sort of game because, well, it's a fool's errand which, I suppose, is why Cole tries to play it.

So yes, John, the Atlantic's economics expert didn't realize just how much the kind of regulations Democrats are now pushing had managed to screw up New York's health insurance market. In trying, while writing a blog post on the fly, to err on the side of charity towards my ideological opponents, I grossly misled my readers. Massive state interference in the insurance market is clearly much, much worse than I--the eternal pessimist!--managed to imagine. Thanks for calling that oversight to my attention.

Gigantic asshole: nothing. Megan McArdle: Two.

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July 24, 2009

Sad news

Rachel's beloved dog, Sunny, has passed away. Stop by and offer her your condolences. Small comfort to be sure, but I'm certain that offer will be appreciated nonetheless.

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June 25, 2009

Back in the day

Back in the day, Today...

1638
A lunar eclipse becomes the 1st astronomical event recorded in US

1672
1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass

1788
Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

1798
US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

1953
1st passenger to fly commercially around the world &

1962
Supreme Court rules NY school prayer unconstitutional

1968
Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)

1975
Mozambique gains independence from Portugal (National Day)

1991
Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

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June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Just got off the phone with my stepdad, a nice long conversation. Two things struck me:

1) I don't think that he feels particularly well
2) He didn't say anything about it because he just isn't the type to complain, and never has been

There are a lot of things that I could say about this man who has been a giant during most of my life, and I don't want to save them all for when he finally passes on. However, I say all the important things to him, which is as it should be. I don't feel much like sharing them with everyone right now. Jonah Goldberg, though, had a pretty good column about his father a few years ago. It's well worth reading.

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May 04, 2009

A week that I can get behind

Robert Stacy McCain has created a new national week of celebration. Personally, I think that it should be extended to an entire month if it manages to upset the strident misandric harpies at places such as Pandagon.

Heh. Dan Collins does his level best to send the Pandagonettes into a frothing rage.

As for me, I'll simply add create Rule #5 entries every single day of this week.

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April 06, 2009

Look, a gift!

And it's for little old me.

The more I drink, the better everyone else looks, so the rest of you slackers start pourin'.

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March 12, 2009

What he said

Vodkapundit posted this a couple of years back and I just had to quote it here because, well, I've got a cute newborn at home:

Imagine you're on a date with a supermodel. I grew up in the '80s and I dig brunettes, so I'd choose Paulina Porizkova. You choose whoever you like.

Now imagine you're having dinner somewhere really nice. Fine food, fine wine, perfect service - the works. The conversation sparkles like the crystal, and you yourself are shining like the silverware. You're pretty sure that if you don't score tonight, she's at least going to give you a second date to try again.

And then she rips a fart so nasty it makes waves in the tablecloth.

That's kind of what it's like being the parent to a really cute kid.

At least I haven't been shat upon yet. Then again, the day isn't over yet.

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March 11, 2009

Quote of the day

And it's from the 3/9/2009 Woot of the Day:

I was happy to notice a marked improvement in the color, consistency, and bouquet of my stool. But not as happy as if Id been in the bathroom at the time.
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March 09, 2009

Puppies cried out in terror

At five little words: I need a new blender.

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March 05, 2009

Ann Coulter, 1

Public jackoff, 0.

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March 02, 2009

Blessed event

Physics Geek junior junior junior is here!



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February 19, 2009

The year in review

Patterico does his usual bang-up job dissecting the egregious L.A. Times. Excerpt:

It happens every year: I read every post Ive written over the past 365 days about the Los Angeles Times . . . and I think to myself: this is just unbelievable. Theres something appalling and eye-opening about seeing an entire years worth of the papers bias, omissions, and distortions gathered in one post.

This year, L.A. Times editors slammed Sarah Palin, John McCain, and McCains ally Joe the Plumber while they protected Barack Obama and his allies, including unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and radical Palestinian Rashid Khalidi. The paper described a 19-point margin in opposition to gay marriage as a narrow margin, and displayed the usual politically correct attitudes on race, abortion, and crime. We watched the paper overreach on the story about Judge Alex Kozinskis porn collection that wasnt. And the paper retracted a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chuck Philips, in one of the most embarrassing incidents in the papers history. This year saw a campaign of relentless distortions on DNA evidence; the bankruptcy of Tribune Company; and a collection of errors like none weve ever seen before.

Yup, it was a fun year for liberal bias and incompetence at the local rag.

Read the whole thing.

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January 10, 2009

We're back. Thank you for your patience

Thanks for checking in during my longest blogging absence these last 6+ years. Christmas time is always busy for me; this year was no difference. Add in the new upcoming 3rd child and my free time has slipped away.

I still find time for beer, of course. Let's not be stupid. A man's got to have his priorities.

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November 26, 2008

What my college years were like

I just read- for fun- the stuff on this page. Take a look; I'll wait.

Now think about what you just read, and then know this: I not only worked with the stuff in college, I liked it. A lot. And I still do.

My time-dependent Schrodinger Equation fu was second to none at one point. Yeah, I was a chick magnet back in college, if by chicks you mean mind-numbing loneliness and by magnet you mean black hole of despair.

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November 14, 2008

Thanksgiving proclamation

The fourth annual repeat of this post, just because.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789


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November 06, 2008

A sign that something has gone horribly awry

I checked my Sitemeter referral logs and discovered that someone had stumbled onto my site with the following search terms:

rudolph the horny gay reindeer

Words fail me. Also, I'm reminded that it's time to start reposting holiday jokes and images from previous years.

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October 28, 2008

This is just plain creepy

A spider captures and eats a bird. Urk. I just had a William Shatner flashback.

Image below the fold:

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Sad news

I noticed the awful news about Dean Barnett's death just minutes after Bill Kristol posted it over at the Weekly Standard. While it might sound strange to say, since I never had the opportunity to meet him, I will miss Dean. A lot. He was funny, insightful and full of life, notwithstanding- or maybe because of- the lifelong illness which finally claimed his life.

Go here to read some tributes to Dean from his friends and colleagues. Go here to purchase and read a funny and inspiring book: "The Plucky Smart Kid with the Fatal Disease: A Life with Cystic Fibrosis". And go here to give money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, if you're so inclined.

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October 21, 2008

Ever have one of those days?

Yeah, it's a repost. Sue me.
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When your give-a-shit factor is in the picofuckit range and dropping like a stone, here is the solution:

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October 14, 2008

My 15 seconds are about over

Sure, most people get 15 minutes, but this is me we're talking about. Anyway, it's time to break out the following quote based on this post from Dave In Texas:

Physics Geek: The new pool ranking's here! The new pool ranking's here!

Dave In Texas: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.

Physics Geek: Nothing? Are you kidding? First Place - Geek, Physics! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this blog every day! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name on Ace of Spaces HQ - that makes people. I'm on Ace of Spaces HQ! Things are going to start happening to me now.

Of course, Dave did throw a little cold water on my soon to be short-lived fame by mentioning the aliens who are sure to take me first. On the other hand, anal probe and all, so WIN!!!!

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October 07, 2008

Technical difficulties

My main email server is struggling right now. I cannot retrieve emails past September 19. Apparently, something is bogging the server down in the worst way. I will clean it off tonight, but in so doing, I'm likely to erase any emails that anyone has sent to me during the last month. In other words, don't take it personally. I really would like to respond to you, but I'm simply not able right now.

Yes, I have another email address that I could post here, but I'm not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent. Too many spambots, don't ya know.

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September 22, 2008

Well, this sucks

Maybe he wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but I always found Bane to be interesting and entertaining. I was horribly shocked to see that he has died.

Go in peace, Bane. Y'all should stop by and offer your condolences to the family he left behind.

Update: From Vox, who first introduced me to Bane, comes this poem in memoriam.

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September 11, 2008

Seven years later

It's been 7 years since the Towers came tumbling down, and I still want to believe that it's a dream that I just cannot wake up from. Anyway, Ace reposted his 2007 memorial. It's worth reading in its entirety, but I'll excerpt a few bits below to whet your appetite:

For a time, for a week after, we were all united. There is no tragedy that does work some small amount of good by bringing people together, if only for a time, if only because the pain of enduring is too much for any one to bear alone. It was a false unity, of course. We would later learn that we had not come together closer -- at least, not more than superficially, and not more than temporarily -- and had in fact moved further apart than ever before. The problem was, of course, that 9/11 had profound implications for Americans' divergent worldviews. For conservatives like us, it confirmed -- like nothing, nothing had done before, at least not since World War II -- that there were monstrous evils in the world for whom the only acceptable solution was purposeful and relentless violence.

For another group, the liberals, 9/11 was a blip, a short-term disruption of their worldview. For a while we believed we were united, but we were not. Liberals held that greater than any enemy was warfare itself. The necessary implications of this were that all possible courses of action were preferable to the United States engaging in acts of warfare, and further, that it must be true that the United States had within it the power to avoid all war simply by modifying its own behavior. One must believe that if one is truly pacifist: If one believes war can and must be avoided at all costs, one must by implication believe one can and must avoid war at all costs by changing the behavior of one's own country, for changing the behavior of other countries can only be accomplished via war and lesser, but still warlike, means.

Update: No 9/11 remembrance would be complete without a link to Michele's Voices Project, a great collection of stories and essays. Be sure to check out her PJM article as well.

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September 10, 2008

And now for something completely different

Rather than discuss -again- the ugly nature of politics, I'll mention something that's a great deal more important to me: my wife and I are expecting child #3. It's an exciting time, to be sure, but I'm already preparing for the inevitable comments at his/her high school graduation:

"Oh, isn't that sweet. Your grandfather came to your graduation."

For the record, I consider that a feature, not a bug.

Update: All of you are making be blush. Thanks for your well wishes. Like I did with #2, I'll post a newborn picture as soon after birth as I'm able to take a breath. Considering that I'll be caring for 2 other children, that might be sometime around 2020.

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August 26, 2008

Because I can

Interestingly, some douchebag self-important dickbag judge in NZ has ruled that the names of of accused murderers Nathan Tuiti Reo Mutunga Williams and Daniel Bobby Tumata cannot be published on the web. I think that that is going to prove quite problematic to this judge. I anxiously await his next ruling in which he will declare "the sun shall not rise in the east".

Thanks to Bill Quick for the link.

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August 22, 2008

Bizarro world news

I wasn't even sure how to categorize this article:

In a press release, Crystal Mangum's manager has announced plans to release a tell-all memoir entitled "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story. ... Were it not for the Duke Lacrosse Case, she likely would be described as a bright, young woman from Durham, North Carolina, who has had a difficult life."

I'm sure that this basket case will get lionized on all the liberal talk shows. The fact that the lacrosse players were exonerated will mean nothing to the hosts, much as it does now. In any event, I hope that the players sue her for the proceeds.

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August 19, 2008

I'm way ahead of this curve

It was legal for 18 year olds to drink (beer, anyway) back when I was 18. I've long advocated lowering the drinking age or, barring that, repealing the amendment which gives 18 year olds the right to vote, trying 18-20 year olds as juveniles and increasing the age of registration for selective service to 21. If you can't treat someone like an adult in one little facet of his life, then fuck it: treat him or her like a child. Completely.

Anyway, the Instamonster links to an article which states:

"College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth, and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age to 18 from 21, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus."

Can I get a No Shit from everybody?

Update: Mike and Jeff weigh in on the subject. I'll leave you with some of Jeff's words:

After the Orioles won the World Series in 1983, Storm Davis, a then-20-year-old starting pitcher for the Birds, who played an integral role in Baltimores success, could not partake in the post series champagne and beer celebration.

Mother Against Drunk Driving would likely counter such a seemingly arbitrary and incongruous segregation among teammates by noting that the ritual of celebrating with alcohol glorifies drinking, and so should itself be eliminated.

And at that point, it should become clear that MADD is no longer worried about drunk driving per se, but is rather become a neoprohibitionist organization trafficking in emotional arguments to convince cowardly politicians to force change upon the culture change that has the effect of taking away individual freedom and responsibility, along with the role of parents in teaching young adults how to handle certain freedoms, in exchange for a government run mandate, complete with police powers of the state or municipality, that presumes to usurp those responsibilities by a kind of 3/5 rule on adulthood.

Exchanging white hoods for big buttons and a lot of emotional appeals merely suggests a change in rhetorical strategy from those who seek to build society to match their own personal hobby horses.

Update: Holy fucking shit! Excerpt:

Unfortunately, there is considerable precedent for such pre-emptive measures. In 2005 a Pennsylvania court rejected an appeal from a man whose driver's license was revoked by the state after he told doctors he knocked back more than a six-pack of beer a day. State law requires doctors to report any of a patient's physical or mental impairments if the doctors think it could compromise his ability to drive safely. Keith Emerich hadn't gotten in any legal trouble, related to drinking, driving, or anything else, and his job attendance was as exemplary. Yet a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was justified in taking away Emerich's license-not because he had driven while intoxicated but because he might.

Hell, I haven't been arrested for being a leather-faced, chainsaw-wielding maniac, but that doesn't mean I couldn't become one. I guess that I should get the chair, pronto. Who knows how many scantily clad Jessica Biels might be in danger.

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August 02, 2008

It wasn't just physics

Turns out that I learned a few words along the way, too:

Your Vocabulary Score: A-
Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.
How's Your Vocabulary?

Thanks to Ken for the link.

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July 24, 2008

It wasn't a pop top

And it wasn't my heel, but I did cut the crap out of my foot on a *$^$(*&% shell. Not cruisin' back home for a few more days, though. In the meantime, check out this passable re-cut trailer for Crocodile Dundee:

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July 21, 2008

I'm just resting

I'm currently on vacation at Atlantic Beach, NC. Posting will be sporadic, but not completely absent. I may post pictures of all the fun I'm having, just to piss some of you off.

Hey, what can I say? I'm a giver.

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July 16, 2008

I hope never to find out

Via Mike comes this heart-rending column from Mike Gallagher. Excerpt:

Tony Snow's death packed a particularly hard punch to my gut this week. Because during the past year, Tony had been warmly and graciously corresponding with my precious wife Denise, who had also been battling cancer. When Tony found out about her diagnosis, he asked for her email address so they could exchange words of inspiration and advice.

They did. And she relished every word. Here was my wife, a frustratingly liberal-leaning woman and wife of a conservative radio host, sharing a bond with a fellow cancer fighter, one of the giants of conservatism. It was proof that a life-threatening disease is the great equalizer, a reminder that there are more important things than Democrats and Republicans. Denise loved Tony. She admired his faith, his optimism, and his "live-for-the-moment" approach to life.

I imagine right about now, they are arguing politics face-to-face. Because my beloved died almost two weeks ago.
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Like most married couples, Denise and I had a bunch of little rituals. One of mine was to say the exact same thing every single night that we turned out the lights to go to bed. I literally didn't sleep very well if I didn't say it to her.

"Good night, my princess. Sleep safe."

I saw Mike on the O'Reilley show one night. He appeared with his wife and they chatted a bit about their political differences. Throughout the entire discussion, the smile never left his face because he was so obviously devoted to his wife. And now she's gone. I hope to God that I never, ever get to know such pain.

Mike at Cold Fury is all too well acquainted with such horror. Whether or not he posts about it again, I'm certain that he'd appreciate any well wishes that you'd like to send his way.

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July 03, 2008

Rightwing bloggers sucketh the mostest

I've seen links to this survey reviewed on several blogs. James Joyner offered his normal measured thoughts:

Further, as Ive discussed perhaps ad nasuem in posts over the past five plus years, most blogs are frankly unreadable by those not sympathetic to the point of view of the author. This holds true even when one excludes the 90-plus percent of political blogs that are unreadable, period. Few people have an appetite for being rudely insulted on a regular basis, having their intelligence, decency and patriotism questioned.

Of course, the lefty blogs are, once again, having a orgasm over more proof as to their inherent superiority and open-mindedness. Such irrationality used to irritate me, but now it simply bores me. The fact that the sun will rise in the east is less predictable. Anyway, I'll let Ace have the final word:

As I've said before, the rightwing blogosphere is the leftwing blogosphere's MSM. They can't really critique the media, because they know it's very leftwing and they don't wish to undermine it all that much. They count on the MSM to deliver their messaging for them. So instead they attack the MSM's harriers, the rightwing blogs, the rightwing blog commenters.

But, of course, the left is once again very, very impressed with itself for... well, pretty much anything at all. These people don't take a wet shit without gazing wistfully at their highly nuanced discharge.

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June 18, 2008

Lovely plumage

Ah, to have such a wardrobe as this.

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June 13, 2008

Not that anyone cares, but...

Ever since his Dumbasscus road conversion, John Cole has become increasingly hard to read. I thought it was merely that our opinions on certain subjects had diverged, but after wading today into the morass of inanity, insanity and moronity that Batshit CrazyBalloon Juice has become, I've come to the conclusion that the DU has simply moved its website. Not the regular DU, though, but rather one reserved for those whose idea of a coherent comment is to sputter "ChimpyMcSmirkyHitlerburton", all while giving the special DU/Indymedia high sign. I've got a high sign for them myself ::pantomimes jacking self off::

Yeah, I could remove him from my blogroll, but I don't like being mean to the mentally incompetent. And there is something to be said for having an automatic point-and-laugh website handy.

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June 05, 2008

V-blank-blank-d-o-o? Anyone? Anyone?

From the fertile mind of Jerry Pournelle comes this essay. Or rather, I should say "comes again", since he first wrote it back in 1988. Anyway, excerpt:

"I wouldn't know anything about politics," my friend said the other day. "I'm only an engineer."

He happens to be a very good engineer, but he named his profession as if he were ashamed of it. I see this a lot. The social scientists are automatically assumed to know more about society and politics than the hard scientists--even when the subject matter is something like nuclear power.

I wouldn't be so sure.
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You can prove anything if you make up your data. You can prove nearly anything if you are allowed to select your evidence and forget embarrassing facts.

The social sciences have made an art of forgetting embarrassing facts. If a fact doesn't fit the theory, leave the fact for another discipline. Sociology has nothing to learn from anthropology, which has nothing to learn from social psychology. None of these has anything to learn from the mathematics, physics, or chemistry departments.

The solution to C. P. Snow's dilemma seems clear. Scientists must learn something of the humanities. That, I think, is done rather more often than not. Scientists do read books. I have met the maniac scientist bent on discovery no matter the harm far more often in literature than in the laboratory.

Secondly, the humanists must learn something of science. This is less common, but it does happen. It isn't necessary that the humanist become a scientist, or even learn how to do science; it is necessary that he learn the principles of scientific reasoning.

I would be far more willing to believe that the two cultures could coexist, however, were it not for the contamination of the "social sciences," which pose as sciences to the humanists, and humanities to the scientists, but which are not in fact much good as either. The poet who believes he knows something of science having taken "Sosh 103" and "Ed Stat" is far more dangerous than ever he would have been if he had remained ignorant.

Meanwhile, novelists have as much right to be called "experts" on human behavior as any social scientist, which is to say we can learn as much about our fellow humans from a good novel as from a sociological treatise; and I know which I would rather read. Similarly, the poet may find beauty in the theory of probability, and will learn something of the difference between data and evidence while studying it; "Stat for Social Scientists" teaches nothing, and is dull in the bargain.

When the social scientists are challenged as unscientific, their usual plea is that their subject matter is very complex and thus the methodology of physical science won't work. This is an interesting argument, but it would carry more weight if students of social science knew something of physical science's methodologies. Granted that the "social sciences" have an intrinsically more difficult job; is this any reason to abandon the tools of science?


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May 28, 2008

A reason to celebrate

Okay, everyone, get ready for Carbon Belch Day.

June 12 looks like a good day for a cookout. For the entire neighborhood.

Update: I see that Ace has some of the same reading habits that I do.

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May 21, 2008

The end is near

Via Hot Air comes this court ruling: "U.S. currency is discriminatory towards the blind."

Wow. No one saw that coming.

I can't say that I'm surprised. Ever since I saw Braille drive-up ATMs, I've known that common sense and reason had decided to take a permanent vacation. Also, since websites have been sued under this stupid fucking vague-ass on purpose law for not being blind accessible, I've merely been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Update: Via Gabriel Major comes this link to Hans Bader. Money quote:

The appeals court wrongly gave short shrift to the burden imposed on third parties, suggesting that it did not even need to be considered, even though other federal court rulings recognize that an institution is not required to accommodate a disability or religious practice if doing so would unduly burden third parties. ...As Judge Randolph noted in dissent, There are approximately 7,000,000 food and beverage vending machines in the United States; by one estimate, it would cost $3.5 billion to retool or replace these machines.

I'm gonna sue the estate of Gary Gygax for making me like Kryptonite to women. D&D is discriminatory against social misfits and losers because, well, I'll simply ask the clowns in the 9th Circuit to make up some shit for me. It's what they do and they're good at it.

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April 23, 2008

How to celebrate in style

Someone asked me how I celebrated Earth Day. He seemed quite offended when I told that I burned 100 gallons of kerosene and 200 pounds of coal while running the AC in all of my cars and my house, with the windows wide open. Also, I ate a crapload of beans so that I wouldn't ignore the methane production. After all, I can't have a bunch of bovine farm animals leading the way, because that would be just wrong.

In case you were wondering, the person in question avoids eye contact with me now. I'm at a loss to explain as to why this is the case.

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April 21, 2008

Getting better

Today, the lovely and talented Rachel Lucas celebrates her [computer error] birthday. Go buy her something. Better yet, give her some cold hard cash.

I'd ask y'all to give me something, but (a) it's not my birthday and (b) I don't have any links up for PayPal or Amazon. Besides, I'd feel bad at the number of people who'd swallow their tongues from laughing hystericall, so consider it a public service on my part.

Update: Okay, Rachel publicly posted her age, which I already knew. However, I will continue to be a gentleman and not mention that she's now 36 years old. Yeah, I'm good like that.

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April 18, 2008

And on the seventh day he said SUVs were killing the planet

Maybe, just maybe, the Pope should stick to what he knows, such as spiritual matters, rather than lecturing me on the virtues of accepting whatever pronouncements the dictator-fellating fuckwits at the UN have to say about pretty much anything, including, but not limited to, global warming. Excerpt:

Countries that act unilaterally on the world stage undermine the authority of the United Nations and weaken the broad consensus needed to confront global problems, Pope Benedict said on Friday.

From your mouth to God's ears.

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April 14, 2008

Teh grammar sukz!!

John Scalzi, noted grammar authoritarian:

Dear writers in the English language:

Alright is not a word. Youre looking for all right. For everyone confused by reading in the dictionary that alright is a non-standard usage, thus maybe okay to use, you should know that non-standard usage is polite lexicographer speak for version used by illiterate hamster pokers, and when youre not looking, they all point and laugh at you. Yes, they do. Ive seen them do it. And it was mean.

In a followup post, Mr. Scalzi displays the picture that is worth a thousand words:

hamster butt poker.jpeg

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April 02, 2008

Apparently, some people are too stupid to realize that they're also crazy

And by crazy, I mean absolute batshit, bugfuck, should be in a wraparound coat in a padded room crazy. Jonah Goldberg links to some nutjob who forths at the mouth in her hatred of Firefly. Now, I've got no problem with people not liking Firefly. Such a person is, of course, a moron, but that doesn't mean he/she is insane. In this case though, we've definitely left reality far, far behind. And check out this reply in the comment thread:

Very articulately written. You've really untangled the woman-hating mess of this show, not an easy thing to do when there's so many levels of it.

Normally, I wouldn't link to such drivel, but I got an enormous laugh out of it and figured that you might need a chuckle today, too.

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Help someone in need

Andrea Harris needs a little help. I've seen bloggers offer some spare change when others have been in trouble, such as Lileks, Dean and Jeff Goldstein, among others. Well, our little Twisted Spinster could use some of your extra quarters right now. Go now.

If you don't have any spare cash (and I've been there more times than I'd care to remember), post a link and spread the word.

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April 01, 2008

Dogs and cats living together

Okay, I get that Rachel Lucas' site is a bit more potty-mouthed than mine, if for no other reason than I tend to cuss in her comments, which probably tends to raise her score. But Dr. Helen? I came in behind the pleasant Dr. Helen's blog on the Cuss-O-Meter?

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?

Seriously, WTF? It's time to break out the Seven Words You Can't Say On TV: shit-piss-fuck-cunt-cocksucker-motherfucker-tit. Also, fart, turd and twat, because George Carlin felt compelled to add those later.

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March 18, 2008

New to the blogroll

Okay, old-sort of-to the blogroll. Kim du Toit reopened kimdutoit.com, but under a new name this time: Geopoliticus.

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March 17, 2008

Finally

So training is finished, as am I. It was a grueling 2 months of no life and no time with the wife and children. On the plus side, the lack of sleep and intense stress- my job kind of depended on my passing all of the training- combined to wreck my immune system, so I guess everybody wins. In any event, posts unrelated to pretty much anything will resume in the very near future. My thanks to anyone who stopped by to check on me. If you sent me an email, well, I've got about 1,500 to wade through, so don't be offended if I haven't replied. I likely just haven't read it yet.

Oh yeah, one more thing: UNC still sucks, but they are the ACC champs. My only consolation is that the East bracket looks murderous, so the odds are stacked against them reaching San Antonio. If they make it this year, they will have earned it.

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March 05, 2008

Is this blog on?

Anyone heard what happened to It Comes In Pints? Ken left a message, but I don't have his or Emily's email address. This is what I see at their site:

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Update: Ken left a message that he can temporarily be found here, whilst the lovely and talented Emily kicks someone's ass gets things straightened out.

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March 04, 2008

I'm old fashioned

Also, I'm old. At least, my birthday last weekend reminded me that I haven't been 20 for a while. In any event, in the comment thread to this post, Bill Quick posted the following comment:

Me? Im busily emptying out my bookshelves, except for those items simply not available in electronic format. Im an early adapter, but I expect that within ten years the only people still reading everything on dead tree will be the hopelessly stubborn old fogies who babble on about things like the feel or the smell of a real book.

Guilty as charged. When I learned to read, a vast new world opened up for me to explore. I go anywhere, any when and be almost anyone, all while sitting comfortably in my favorite chair: I was there at the Alamo; I saw stars being born; and I took part in intergalatic civil wars, fighting methane breathing aliens. Holding the book was part of the experience for me.

And that hasn't changed. I love sitting with a book not, unlike Giles on Buffy, for the smell or touch alone, but rather because the tactile sensation is part of the reading experience for me. Have I ever read e-books? Sure, and I'll probably grab my own e-reader some day. But I think that that day might be delayed a bit. I have too many books that I love lying around. Too, too many books. So many books that I might have to add on to my house. Sigh. But I'll keep on aquiring more because it's just what I do.

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Words fail me

Okay, they actually don't, but I might try to reduce the profanity I post on this blog.

Of what do I speak? This post. Bask in the sublime idiocy and arrogance wrapped in its cocoon of blissful ignorance.

It would be wrong of me not to note that Tim F. has the post listed under several categories, one of which is General Stupidity. While I find that category accurate, I suspect that I do so for entirely different reasons than Tim.

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March 02, 2008

I'm back

Thank you for your patience. For the record, I finished all of my training and passed all of my tests. I've always been pretty good at school, but covering 600 pages of new material every two days got to be a bit grueling; I'm glad that it's over.

In completely unrelated news, Duke and Carolina square off next weekend for what will likely be the #1 seed in the ACC tournament. VCU won its regular season title again and now heads to the CAA tourney needing, most likely, the tournament title to receive an NCAA bid. Right now, people are projecting VCU as an 8 or 9 seed, which puts them on track to face off against a #1 in the second round. Again. Guess who might be waiting for a rematch? Yeah, there's a better than average chance that Duke might receive a #1 this year. I'll bet that the team is itching for another shot at VCU. Then again, this VCU team might be better than last year's, so it would be a very interesting game.

In case you haven't figured it out, I love college basketball. March Madness is my favorite sports event of the year. I can hardly wait.

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February 09, 2008

FYI

Posting will be sporadic over the next few weeks. I'm in intensive training out at the plant the entire month of February, so only 3 weeks to go. I have found time to make a few comments at other blogs, but that was pretty much after my only test last week. Five more tests to go.

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January 28, 2008

I remember

Bryan Preston relays his still vivid memory of the Challenger disaster. I remember it clearly, much like my mother remembers when she heard about Kennedy. For the record, I was in a tanning booth at the time.

Allow me to explain.

In 1986, my mother and I owned a small business, a combination ice cream shop and bakery. One of the other businesses in the strip mall was a tanning salon and she offered all of us merchants a deep, deep discount to use her place. I had been in an 8:00 a.m. class that morning and had a break until around 2-ish or so. A good friend of mine wanted to head to the tanning booth and I offered to drive, figuring that I could get a discount for her while taking advantage of a little radiation drenched snooze time. We got there, I put on the radio headphones, climbed into the tanning booth and drifted off. I was startled awake by the horrific news bulletin. I lay there for a few minutes more listening to the updates and then headed home to catch the news. It was a bad, bad day. As it happens, I vaguely remembered the Apollo mission where 3 astronauts died on the launch pad. I say vaguely because I was wee little child at the time. In any event, the Challenger disaster will stay with me until I lose what little wits I possess.

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January 25, 2008

Updating the bloroll

Andrea Harris performed her usual blog move on January 1. What with vacation and family obligations, I didn't notice until today. Once again, the blogroll has been updated to reflect this change. Please visit her at, once again, Twisted Spinster.

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January 16, 2008

Congratulations

Susie is celebrating "the anniversary of my 23rd birthday" . Stop by and wish her a big Happy Birthday.

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January 10, 2008

Food for thought

I'm on vacation in sunny St. Augustine, Florida, right now but I saw this comment over at Ace's place and couldn't resist posting it:

"Arguments from design don't even get off the ground. There have been many versions over the centuries, from St. Augustine to William Lane Craig, but they are self-refuting, and can be demolished with one simple but devastating question: who or what created this "intelligent designer"?"

You're kidding, right? I'm agnostic, and I think that's an idiotic response. Atheists aren't one iota less obligated to come up with one hell of an improbable First Cause than theists are.

Now back to the sun and beer, but probably just more beer.

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January 02, 2008

Nice way to kick off 2008

Bill Whittle has a new post up. No excerpts because I want you to read it all.

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December 27, 2007

New to the blogroll

Sorry that I've been away, but family gatherings and reaquainting myself with the sin of Gluttony have taken up most of my time recently. In any, event, I stumbled onto a new blog that's worth reading called Back Talk. Thoughful analyses make for an interesting read. Here's an excerpt from an earlier post called What Does Torture Mean?:

What about waterboarding? Arguing about whether or not that interrogation method constitutes torture is like arguing about whether or not a flat rock is a table. The problem is that there are good arguments as to why this technique should not be lumped in with the methods described in al Qaeda's interrogation manual and some good arguments (I guess) as to why it should be. But just as a flat rock does not magically become a table if we force others to suppress their opposition to using the word in that fashion, waterboarding does not magically become torture if we shame everyone into remaining silent about their objections to using the word "torture" for that method of interrogation. ... In cases like this, and there are many, there is no right answer. Even so, as a legal matter, the line needs to be drawn. Drawing the legal line is the job of our elected representatives. That's why I consider George Bush to be a serious participant in this debate and consider Democrats to be nonserious hysterics. From the beginning, George Bush has been clear that he supports the use of harsh interrogation techniques like this, that he understands how others could disagree, and that he wants congress to clearly draw the line so that CIA interrogators would know what techniques they could use without placing themselves in legal jeopardy. Until now, however, Democrats were much more interested in pointing the accusing finger at Bush and portraying him as supporting "torture." They wanted to apply the word "torture" to waterboarding so they could then accuse Bush of being "no better than the terrorists." That political game works (i.e., in a time of war, the Democrats have succeeded in their deliberate effort to tarnish their own president in the eyes of the nation and the world), but it is not a serious approach to the problem. This is why I must now applaud the Democrats for finally taking steps to draw the legal line. I disagree with them, but, as I said, drawing the line is one of the reasons why we have elected representatives:
House Passes Bill to Ban CIA's Use of Harsh Interrogation Tactics

The House approved legislation yesterday that would bar the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, drawing an immediate veto threat from the White House and setting up another political showdown over what constitutes torture.

The measure, approved by a largely party-line vote of 222 to 199, would require U.S. intelligence agencies to follow Army rules adopted last year that explicitly forbid waterboarding. It also would require interrogators to adhere to a strict interpretation of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war. The rules, required by Congress for all Defense Department personnel, also ban sexual humiliation, "mock" executions and the use of attack dogs, and prohibit the withholding of food and medical care.

This is what the Democrats should be doing. They should also do one more thing that they will never, ever do: define the harshest interrogation techniques that the CIA is permitted to use because they fall short of torture. If they would do that, the Democrats would be completely serious in addressing important issues of national security. But they never will take that step because, the moment they do, they will be accused of condoning torture by the far left elements of their own party. And accusing others -- Republicans in particular -- of condoning torture is an essential part of the liberal experience (which, as a said before, requires a villain).

Bang, zoom. Into the blogroll with ye.

Update: I'm a moron and I'm sure to catch crap from Harvey, but somehow I've managed to NOT add Iowahawk to my blogroll before today. I visit there so often that typing "I" in my browser's address bar automatically fills in the rest. Imagine my surprise when I went over to my blogroll and didn't see a link. Ugh. Anyway, consider that oversight corrected. Not because I'm trying to garner a cabinet position, either. So far as you know, anyway.

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December 19, 2007

Heartwarming

Helen typed another good Christmastime post, one which I can full understand. Go over and read it.

Merry Christmas, Helen. And I still believe, too.

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Is it the NY Times or is it Memorex?

I've always enjoyed Gregg Easterbrook's football insights in TMQ, but I think that he really excels when he does his non-NFL schtick. Excerpt:

William Jennings Bryan Secretly Behind the Wicked Witch of the West? Actual correction from last week's New York Times: "A television review in Weekend on Nov. 30 about 'Tin Man,' a mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum, referred imprecisely to an interpretation of Baum's having Dorothy wear silver shoes on the yellow-brick road. While the juxtaposition of the colors has been seen by some as indicating Mr. Baum's support for the monetary system of bimetallism, he is not known to have advocated that system."

Here are corrections expected to appear soon in the Times:


  • "A television review about 'Tin Man,' a mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum, referred imprecisely to an interpretation of Baum's having the Cowardly Lion wear both whiskers and eye makeup. While the juxtaposition has been seen by some as indicating Mr. Baum's support for bisexuality, his views of gender issues are not known."
  • "A television review about 'Tin Man,' a mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum, referred imprecisely to an interpretation of Baum's depicting an animal that is a cross between a bird and a monkey. While the juxtaposition has been seen by some as indicating Mr. Baum's advocacy of stem cell research, he is not known to have taken a position on DNA splicing."
  • "A television review about 'Tin Man,' a mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum, referred imprecisely to an interpretation of Baum's having the Emerald City guards wear green and black. While the juxtaposition has been seen by some as indicating Mr. Baum's advocacy of anarcho-primitivism, whose flag is green and black, he is not known to have advocated that system."


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December 16, 2007

Christmas info memo

Yeah, it's an oldie, but it's still on my list of favorite holiday repeats.
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CHRISTMAS INFO MEMO 12/21
IT CAME UPON A SERVER CLEAR...
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Archaeologists working in the Holy Land have discovered an ancient
diskette mixed up with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Here is what they found on the diskette:

Date: Mon, 2 Dec

To: all@gol.com

From: Caesar_Augustus@Rome.gov

Subject: Taxes, Census

I decree that all the inhabited world shall be counted and taxed. You must
every one go unto your own city.
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Date: Wed, 4 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: Reservations

Please reserve room for two, perhaps three, for December 24 to
January 6.
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Date: Fri, 6 Dec

To: nazrthjosph@gol.com

From: Inn@Bethlehem.com

Subject: RE: Reservations

Sorry, no room available. We've got the Hanukkah rush and the census crowd.
Thank heaven Athens beat us out for the Olympics this year! Why not come in
the off-season and get our special rate? Anyway, if you have a forms-capable
browser, you can register for the census and pay your taxes on the Med Wide Web
at http://mww.Caesar.gov/render.html.
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Date: Sun, 8 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: RE: RE: Reservations

Forms-capable browser? You must be kidding! It'll probably take
Galilee OnLine a couple of thousand years to work out access like
that. Please place us on waiting list for room.
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Date: Mon, 23 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: healthdept@ci.beth.judea

Subject: Temporary Permit

Due to the crush of taxpayers and holiday visitors, you are hereby
granted a permit to use your stable, barn, or any agricultural outbuildings
for temporary lodging or shelter for up to 30 days from this date.

Address any appeals to:
Herod@Jerusalem.gov
ATTN: Manger Manager
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: Webmaster@houseofdavid.net

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: It's a boy!

Unto us a son is born.

Let the family know. He came upon a midnight clear, away in a manger.
Hope to upgrade room.

Love, Joe
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heraldangels@lord.org

Subject: Hark!

Tidings of great joy: Unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour.
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heavenlyhost@lord.org

Subject: Praise the Lord ...

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
men.
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heavenlyhost@lord.org

Subject: ... and Pass the Admonition

If ye do not act now, rates for heavenly hostingWeb sites will go up
January 1. Sign up now to lock in current prices, so ye can make known
abroad (at our famous low rates) the saying which was told you
concerning this child, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that ye have heard and seen, as it was told unto you.
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: heavenlyhost@lord.org

From: shepherds@nightwatch.com

Subject: RE: ... and Pass the Admonition

Angels we have heard on high. We'll sign up, but only if you can get
us the domain name we want: FirstNoel.com.
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: nazrthjosph@gol.com

From: melchior@magi.edu

Subject: Star sighting

We've seen the light! Heading your way. May take a few days. Caspar wants
to pick up some gold, frankincense, and myrrh before leaving. And for some
reason, everything seems to be closed today. Also, transportation is heavily
booked westward leading, still proceeding. We just got bumped off a caravan
because Balthazar wanted a non-smoking camel. See you January 6 or so.
Sorry we'll miss the bris. So, what are you going to name the kid, anyway?
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And his name shall be called Jesus.
That's what this is all about...
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December 06, 2007

Defending science fiction

I've listened to and read way too many elitists who think that scifi is a crap genre. I will grant you that a lot of what is written sucks, but I would add that most of what pretends to be literature also blows great big enormous chunks. Anyway, Megan McAardle links to what she calls "a stirring defense of science fiction". I can't disagree. Excerpt:

The big problem with being sniffy about SF is that its just too important to ignore. After all, what kind of fool would refuse to be seen reading Borgess Labyrinths, Stanislaw Lems Fiasco, Orwells 1984, Huxleys Brave New World or Wellss War of the Worlds just because they were SF? These are just good books, irrespective of genre. But they are also books that embody the big ideas of the time both Wells and Lem were obsessed with human insignificance in the face of the immense otherness of the universe, Huxley with technology as a seductive destroyer and Orwell with our capacity for authoritarian evil. Borges, like Lem, suspects we know nothing of ourselves. Interested in these things? Of course you are. Read SF.

As an addendum, here's a link to the short story Answer referred to in the article above.

Update: It appears that both Vox and Bane have started related threads, which mainly state that the vast majority of new scifi writers suck. A lot.

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November 26, 2007

Not surprising

I could have predicted the results of this quiz, especially since I answered an emphatic YES to the "Do you like redheads?" question:

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

























Spider-Man
80%
Green Lantern
75%
Superman
65%
The Flash
65%
Supergirl
60%
Hulk
60%
Robin
55%
Catwoman
45%
Iron Man
45%
Wonder Woman
40%
Batman
35%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

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November 13, 2007

Sympathy and well wishes needed

I dropped by Moxie's place today and saw the awful news that Bentley passed away. What I found revolting is that none of her L.A. friends - translation: self-absorbed dickheads- could rouse themselves from their narcissitic stupors long enough to drive Moxie and Bentley to the vet's office for cremation. I did see via Steve that Aaron drove over to help, because Aaron is good people. So it turns out that not Moxie does have some real friends on whom she can depend.

In news that's related only because it deals with one of my furkids, Diego's long incarceration is about to end. Animal control and I are arguing over the release date: they say 6 months, while the health department says 180 days. Regardless of who wins this debate, Diego will be running free no later than November 21, which means that I'll have something extra special for which to be thankful for this Turkey Day.

Now I almost feel guilty celebrating Diego's release because I know how much Moxie is greaving. But I can't deny the happiness that Diego's upcoming release will give to me. I just wish that there was something I could say or do to help Moxie right now and I also know that there isn't.

Take care, Moxie. Bentley knew that he was loved and that's the best thing that can be said about anyone.


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November 07, 2007

Some common sense on a touchy subject

Despite the caterwauling from the usual suspects (you don't seriously expect me to link to those douchebags, do you?), I've never favored torture. And though Abu Ghraib provided those yammering nincompoops proof that "the US is just as bad as Saddam, mayb even worse!"™, it remains an isolated incident. Since the military resembles our country in a microcosm, it's no surprise that the occasional evil person manages to slime their way into the armed forces. The fact that no such event has occurred since would lead you to believe that this was, in fact, the reprehensible actions of some people who would probably be pulling the wings off of flies if they hadn't joined the military first. Hopefully, being in the service will give that minority what they sorely lack: a moral center.

Anyway, onto the topic at hand. I've watched with interest for several years the dizzying arguments about people being pro or anti torture. It shouldn't need saying, but I'm willing to bet that almost everyone opposes torture almost all of the time. Where we run into disagreement is over the definition of what constitutes torture. Many people who I respect think that waterboarding is torture; end of story. Others who I respect feel differently. That discussion is worth having. What I find irresponsible and hypocritical are those who refuse to actually define what constitutes torture. More specifically, our beloved elected officials decline to pass into law exactly which acts should be legally considered torture. Why do they fail to act? Because taking a stand for or against a particular action will set them up for abuse as either (a) too eager to pull off fingernails or (b) more than willing to give warm oil massages to terrorists. Instead, failing to put themselves on record for/against a particular activity allows our leaders in DC to pompously preen, strut and moralize at length about anything and everything. So it's not about defining torture. Instead, it's about seizing the political low ground. And to those people I have something to say: fuck you. You think that something is torture? Fine, pass a law against it, as well as any other actions that horrify you. Then enforce those laws. Otherwise, have a Coke and a smile and STFU.

Stay with me, I'm actually going somewhere with this rambling post. J. R. Dunn wrote an article about how many have been "defining torture down". He makes many valid points which, of course, will continue to be ignored. Either that or shrieking ninnies will claim that he's an Evil BushBot. Regardless, here's an excerpt:

"Torture" is one of many current topics of significance that have been abandoned to the left. Leftist commentators have been allowed to set the terms, make the definitions, and generally run the argument without much in the way of serious opposition or debate. ... "Torture" is probably the most egregious of these cases. That's the explanation for the sneer quotes. Because, quite simply, in much of the debate over "torture", we're not talking about actual torture at all. We're talking about rough treatment, harshness, or coercion.

The American left has defined these upward until they mean the same thing as torture, all as a part of their efforts to undermine the War on Terror in general. The core of this stance is the assertion that a slap on the head, several days without sleep, or hearing Rage Against the Machine played at full volume is fully the equivalent of torture in the classic sense. (Well... maybe we should reconsider that last....)

Of course, it's no such thing. Torture is easily defined as physical assault carried out over a prolonged period against a victim under complete control and holding the possibility of permanent physical or psychic damage.
...
The left has succeeded, through a relentless media campaign (is there any other kind?) in obscuring this distinction. According to the latest criteria, torture is anything unpleasant that occurs to a prisoner while in American custody.
...
The most recent uproar concerns waterboarding, a practice that has become a media favorite because it is the only activity approaching torture known to have been carried out under official auspices. Waterboarding has played a large part in Judge Michael Mukasey's bid to become attorney general when he refused to define it as "torture". A number of Democrats, including the party's entire presidential slate, have declined to support Mukasey for this reason.

Waterboarding may be brutal, it may be nasty, it may even be uncalled for. But it's not torture. It does not inflict physical pain or damage. It does not destroy the victim. Its sole purpose is to create a sense of terror by arousing deep instinctive reactions against drowning, instincts shared not only by almost all mammals, but almost all vertebrates who don't happen to be fish. It is effective, it is quick, it leaves no scars and should revolt no one's conscience.

There's plenty more to read. In fact, I suggest that you get busy right now.

Thanks to Mike for the link.

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October 31, 2007

True dat

Lileks is always a treasure. Every now and then though, he really hits it out of the park. Excerpt:

Whats this Bunco thing your wife does? Its a hen party. They meet at different houses, roll the bones, eat, enjoy cold libations. It is the absolute antithesis of poker. In poker men sit in silence, studying their cards and the other players; in Bunco everyone is talking, and no one is paying attention to the game. You could film six men playing poker, and sixteen women playing Bunco, and you would learn everything you need to know about the difference between the sexes and the nature of each. By our games do we know ourselves.

I'll admit it: I'm a Bunco widower every other Tuesday. ::sob::

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October 17, 2007

Get well soon

Looks like Susie is back home recuperating from having old vermiform removed. Stop by and wish her well.

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October 16, 2007

I'm baaaccckk

For once, I didn't announce-exactly- that I'd be out of town, although I did make repeated references to the GABF in Denver from which I've recently returned. I have a number of photos to post about my experiences, most of which have caused my liver and kidneys to revolt. Viva la revolucion! In any event, stay tuned for post-drinkiness daily GABF diary entries.

Sheesh. I drank so much that I actually haven't wanted a beer all day. Then again, I'm at work, so it's probably just as well.

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October 04, 2007

Happy news

Our lovely hostess at Everyday Stranger gave birth to the Lemonheads via emergency C-section. Be sure to stop by and congratulate our newest MuNu mother.

Helen, here's a long distance electronic hug from me to you.

In honor of the Lemonheads, I present the following:

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The style? Parent Casual.

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September 21, 2007

What I miss on the weekends

I almost never check my Sitemeter statistics because (a) I blog because I enjoy it and (b) the low numbers are usually depressing. In any event, I clicked to see my traffic levels for the last week and saw an enormous abnormality: I had over 1,400 visitors on Saturday, September 15. Now when I almost never get such large numbers- I don't do porn, although I will post the ocassional naughty picture of some hot women- and, since I don't have the premium Sitemeter account, I have no way of knowing from whence this traffic came. Can anyone out there help me? Is there some way to track down where the boost in traffic came from? Sitemeters only goes back 100 clicks.

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September 19, 2007

Those climate change denialists are sneaky

Apparently, some of the pagans who don't worship at the altar of Gaia, the godess most likely to bitchslap us because the US didn't sign Kyoto, have managed to bend our great green Earth to their will. How else to explain what's in this post? Extended excerpt:

Global warming alarmists have repeatedly warned us that if we don't act now to stop global warming, we place our lives at increased risk.

Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, for example, wrote: "Many American coastal communities may face more intense storms as the oceans continue to warm in the decades..."

Others, such as Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, claim that global warming is a "major factor in the increasing number of Atlantic hurricanes."

Since the planet has warmed since the end of the Little Ice Age in the mid-19th Century, one might expect, based on Staudt's and Holland's warnings, to have seen a rise in -- I don't know -- maybe the frequency and intensity of storms hitting American communities.

But we haven't.

In fact, right now, the continental United States is in the midst of its fifteenth longest sustained period without a hurricane strike. (For purposes of this post, a "hurricane strike" refers to a hurricane affecting the continental U.S. The eye of the hurricane may not necessarily have made landfall, but there will have been hurricane force winds on land.)

It is not the first such extended hurricane strike-free period in recent years.

In fact, four out of the 15 longest periods without hurricane strikes (that's about 27%) have occurred since 1983 -- when the planet was presumably in full overheat mode. Lengthy strike-free periods extended through 1983 (1105 days, ending with Hurricane Alicia), 1995 (700 days, ending with Hurricane Erin), 2002 (1084 days, ending with Hurricane Lili) and 2007 (688 days and counting).

Nothing to see here, just move along.

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September 17, 2007

I've been busy this past weekend

And not just with the everyday stuff, either. More of the "happens once a year" stuff. More specifically, my wedding anniversary, number seven if you're keeping track which, of course, I am. Seven years of being married to a warm-hearted, wonderful woman who smiles and laughs and endures my, err, idiosyncracies as best she can. Seven years of happiness that I could not have imagined before I met her. I hit life's lottery and convinced someone too good for me that I was the one for her. And to this day, she'll tell you that she's the lucky one.

Let me borrow a few words from a John Denver song:

Your kisses that I live for, your love that lights my way. The happiness that living with you brings me.

It's the sweetest thing I know of,
just spending time with you.
It's the little things that make a house a home.
Like a fire, softly burning,
Supper's on the stove.
It's the light in your eyes that makes me warm.

So that was my weekend. How was yours?

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September 13, 2007

A man's got to know his limits

Interesting discussion going on over here at Vox Populi about the plusses and minuses of high intelligence. The comment thread is large so I haven't read them all, but I found that this particular comment by Vox really hit home:

It's always interesting to witness the blindness of the 2 SD crowd, who don't seem to understand that 3-4 SD intelligences see them as being every bit as stupid as they view normal people. I'm not a gambling guy, but I would bet $500 that Dawkins has an IQ below 3SD.

I had the benefit of knowing two people in the 5 SD+ range pretty well, which is one reason why I never got overly carried away with my own intelligence.

I've long been used to being the smart nerdy kid, getting flogged for that little bit of social outcastery many times growing up. I always knew that I was brighter than most of the dicks who took delight in pummeling me. Even surrounded by other nerds in college who also majored in physics, I felt that intelligence were a footrace, I could keep them in sight. A couple of them might be way ahead, but none of them would disappear from view. And then I reached graduate school, whereupon I was reminded of just how smart someone really could be, and how stupid I was by comparison: I met Bo.

Let me state for the record that I came to know just how inferior in intelligence that I could be to another person. I was completely outclassed in every way in terms of raw, native intellect. If our brains were in a footrace, I wouldn't have even laced up my shoes before Bo would have accepted the trophy, gone home, taken a nap and then come back to run again. And he would have finished first, second and third against me. With only the two of us running. It was a completely humbling experience. However, everyone should experience such a thing once in while to remind you that no matter how good you are, there's always someone faster, stronger and much much smarter.

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September 11, 2007

I haven't forgotten

Notwithstanding my previous usual geeky post, I'm well aware that today is the sixth anniversary where some evil worshippers of a Cult of Death rained destruction, terror and death on this country. Each year on this day, I feel anger, a deep burning anger which can only be quenched with the blood our enemies. I want this country to wage war against its enemies in such a horrific, disproportional way that when some camel fucker says, "Hey Achmed, let's go kill some Americans", his friends silence him out of fear. I want these would be rulers of the world to wake up crying in sheets soiled with their owned terror excreted urine that the US is coming to get them. I want those medieval death merchants to fear us in such a way that they never, ever again think that attacking us is a good idea.

I still remember that day. I remember my friend popping his head over my cube wall and telling me that two planes had hit the World Trade Center. I remember standing around a television set with another 50 or so people, watching an image made fuzzy by a lack of any cable or antenna. I remember watching a broadcast from the Pentagon when the jet hit that building. I remember watching people jump and fall from the tops of the Twin Towers. I remember watching those towers fall down. And most of all, I remember those ass suckers in the Palestinian settlement cheering and passing out candy, celebrating the deaths caused by their goat fucking friends.

Yeah, I remember. I move on and keep living, but I remember. And I will never forget.

Ace and Misha have their own worthy posts on this topic, as do many others around the Intertubes today. And I wouldn't want to forget Bill's post, as the graphic masthead on his blog serves as a constant reminder to what happened, and should never happen again.

Update: And let's not forget Mike at Cold Fury, who provides us with some great links to go along with his analysis.

Update: More links from Bill.

Update: Be sure to check out this post from Billy Hollis. Follow the link to the video.

Final update: A little excerpt from the Bleat back when it happened:

Gnat is rubbing her eyes; I put her down with Winky. She coos and gurgles and shes off to sleep. I think: in the New York of her lifetime, there are no Twin Towers. This sort of landmark subtraction has no parallel.

Theres not a single part of this story that doesnt induce wave after wave of nausea and horror.
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So when I heard a plane overhead tonight, it was wrong. Turns out they were military jets circling around, securing the airspace. Just heard an unusually loud one, and I flinched; what had been an ordinary sound, an ordinary annoyance, was now a dire portent. Is this the future? Fearing the sound of every jet?

HELL no. I am not going to live in fear. They want my freedom, my peace of mind? Come and get it.

I won't do your work for you.

Update: Okay, I lied about the previous update being the last one. However, I feel so angry and sickened at what Pam links to here that I want to vomit. Via Strategy Page.

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September 06, 2007

It was fun while it lasted

So Weekly World News has gone the way of the dodo. Bummer. It was perfect bathroom reading material. My favorite supermarket checkout headline from WWN? Famous Psychic's Head Explodes! Probably a little less famous than the Bat Boy cover, but still entertaining.

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Welcome back

Mike is back posting at Cold Fury after, in his words, "the unimaginable horror of this summer's mutiple personal catastrophes".

I can't begin to imagine what he's been through, but it's good to have him back. And I really like the Chris Muir created image of Christiana at the top of the blog.

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August 30, 2007

Well deserved kudos

I like to run. Not that anyone would confuse me with a real runner these days, as I'm older and slower-much slower- than I used to be. However, I move a little bit faster "running" than I do walking, so running it is.

Anyway. I have narrow foot (B width) and have had difficulty in the past finding a shoe that (a) fits and (b) provides sufficient cushioning and support to run in. I've been extremely satisfied with New Balance shoes and have been wearing them for more than 15 years. However, as others are likely to attest, New Balance suffers from the same diseased mentality that infects other running shoe manufacturers: "Hey, we've got a popular running shoe that everyone wants to buy. Let's discontinue it and make another less comfortable, uglier shoe!"

No, I'm not bitter. Much. I've merely learned over the years to buy at least two pairs of shoes when I'm in the market. If I don't, and I really like the shoe, I'll get pissed off when I can't get it anymore. Regardless, I've been buying my shoes from Road Runner Sports in San Diego for the last 20+ years. They usually have a good selection and decent prices. However, they've been awful lately in terms of running out of stock on shoes that I can wear. I don't pronate or supinate my feet; I don't need special support; I don't buy trail shoes; and I need a B width shoe, especially if I'm going to fork over $100 or more. And recently, when I went online to buy another pair of shoes, not only had they discontinued the shoes I'm currently wearing, they didn't carry any B width shoes in the style that had replaced my shoes. The shoes that RRS had that I COULD wear were horribly expensive and freakishly ugly. I mean, really: do they employ the blind and stupid in their marketing department? Eesh.

Regardless, I started searching around the web and stumbled across, via Amazon, If the Shoe Fits. not only did they have the style that I was searching for, the M881, they had it in my size. And it was marked down 25%. Yay!. So I ordered two pair of shoes. The next day, I received an email from customer support saying the following:

Dear ________,

We regret to inform you that we are out of stock in New Balance running shoe M881, in the width that you requested, 11B. However, if you are interested, we have the shoe which replaced it, the M882, in your size and would be glad to ship them to you and no extra cost. Please let us know if this would acceptable to you.

So I get the improved version of the shoe that I like best for a price substantially less than I would have had to pay anywhere else, delivered right to my door. I'm quite pleased with the customer service at If the Shoe Fits. I highly recommend them if you're in the market for running shoes.

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August 29, 2007

Happy b-day

QandO celebrates its 4th anniversary today. Very cool. Here's to many more years.

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August 24, 2007

)(*$&( on a fucking pogo stick!

Look at the title of this article and tell me what's wrong with it? Take your time; no rush.

Okay, time's up. Here's the title: Stanford EyePassword Protects PIN Numbers.

How stupid do you have to be to print a headline like that? What's worse is I will guarantee you that no one even thought about the abject stupidity inherent in the title. For the last time, PIN stands for Personal Identification NUMBER!. A PIN number is a Personal Identification Number Number. I mean really, WTF?! Does that even look remotely sensible to you?

Don't even get me started on the "VAT Tax" commenters. They're too stupid to have their own sign.

Update: Arrrggh! I just read the comments and someone mentioned another one: ATM machine.

Shit, I really picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Update: Heh. A friend of mine just emailed me this:

My pet peeve is the word coconspirator. Do I have coclassmates or cofriends as well?

Final update: I watched Monk last night. Entertaining as usual, except for one thing: the police kept referring to the VIN number of the car. The vehicle identification number number.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to pour Chlorox into my brain to remove the memory.

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August 20, 2007

Trust us: we're professionals

Via McQ comes a tale of delicious irony. I won't bother to excerpt; you simply have to read it for yourself.

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August 14, 2007

I have a musical regret

No, not the fact that I own some Debbie Gibson compact discs. What I'm referring to is the fact that I gave up playing the cello after putting in 8 years of practice, practice, practice. I'm considering picking up an inexpensive one and have seen several within my price range at Amazon. I might nudge the spouse into putting one under the Christmas tree for me.

My current employer has an electronic bulletin board wherein us worker bees can post classified ads. Someone recently posted that she had some reconditioned violins, violas and cellos for sale. As it turns out, she was a professional violinist for 20 years and only deals in absolutely the highest quality instruments. Her prices for cells started at $15,000. After I pulled my tongue back out of my throat, I wrote her a thank you, but no thank email.

Yes, I'm aware that a better instrument will cost more. It's also true that I was a pretty fair cellist at one time; I went to NC Governor's School because of it. However, I wasn't the best at the time I quit playing, and I'm willing to bet that the decades long layoff hasn't improved my skill any. I'm simply looking for something serviceable.

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August 01, 2007

PSA

Sorry about the sporadic posting lately. Between caring for my wife and kids, a quarantined dog and 5 more pets besides, I've been cramming for some challenge tests to prevent my having to drive waaay the heck out to the middle of nowhere for classes. So far, so good: I've passed my first 3 tests. One more and I'll have a break for a couple of months which will allow me to do some actual work. Regardless, I'm appreciative to all who still drop by.

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July 13, 2007

Word of the day

Paraskevidekatriaphobia. If you're hiding under your bed today, you may suffer from this affliction.

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July 09, 2007

That is some serious monkey lovin'

So, IMAO is 5 years old today. Very cool. And apparently Frank J. and the lovely and talented Sarah K. will be moving to Texas soon which means, of course, that you should send them money.

Or monkeys. Whatever you've got the most of.

Anyway, here's hoping for 5 more.

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July 05, 2007

"All four stanzas"

A belated 4th of July post includes a relatively large excerpt from an article about Isaac Asimov and The Star Spangled Banner.

Were you aware that there are 4 verses to our national anthem? And do know the words? If not, read this article and become aquainted with both the background to the song- which you probably do know- and all of the words. If you already know the entire anthem, sing it aloud. Piss off a moonbat.

So now let me tell you how it came to be written.

In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain, primarily over freedom of the seas. We were in the right. For two years, we held off the British, even though we were still a rather weak country. Great Britain was in a life and death struggle with Napoleon. In fact, just as the United States declared war, Napoleon marched off to invade Russia. If he won, as everyone expected, he would control Europe, and Great Britain would be isolated. It was no time for her to be involved in an American war.

At first, our seamen proved better than the British. After we won a battle on Lake Erie in 1813, the American commander, Oliver Hazard Perry, sent the message "We have met the enemy and they are ours." However, the weight of the British navy beat down our ships eventually. New England, hard-hit by a tightening blockade, threatened secession.
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The British reached the American coast, and on August 24, 1814, took Washington, D. C. Then they moved up the Chesapeake Bay toward Baltimore. On September 12, they arrived and found 1000 men in Fort McHenry, whose guns controlled the harbor. If the British wished to take Baltimore, they would have to take the fort.

On one of the British ships was an aged physician, William Beanes, who had been arrested in Maryland and brought along as a prisoner. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and friend of the physician, had come to the ship to negotiate his release. The British captain was willing, but the two Americans would have to wait. It was now the night of September 13, and the bombardment of Fort McHenry was about to start.

As twilight deepened, Key and Beanes saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. Through the night, they heard bombs bursting and saw the red glare of rockets. They knew the fort was resisting and the American flag was still flying. But toward morning the bombardment ceased, and a dread silence fell. Either Fort McHenry had surrendered and the British flag flew above it, or the bombardment had failed and the American flag still flew.

As dawn began to brighten the eastern sky, Key and Beanes stared out at the fort, trying to see which flag flew over it. He and the physician must have asked each other over and over, "Can you see the flag?"

After it was all finished, Key wrote a four stanza poem telling the events of the night. Called "The Defence of Fort M'Henry," it was published in newspapers and swept the nation. Someone noted that the words fit an old English tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" --a difficult melody with an uncomfortably large vocal range. For obvious reasons, Key's work became known as "The Star Spangled Banner," and in 1931 Congress declared it the official anthem of the United States.

Now that you know the story, here are the words. Presumably, the old doctor is speaking. This is what he asks Key


Oh! say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
W hat so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

"Ramparts," in case you don't know, are the protective walls or other elevations that surround a fort. The first stanza asks a question. The second gives an answer


On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mist of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep.
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream
'Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

"The towering steep" is again, the ramparts. The bombardment has failed, and the British can do nothing more but sail away, their mission a failure.

In the third stanza, I feel Key allows himself to gloat over the American triumph. In the aftermath of the bombardment, Key probably was in no mood to act otherwise.

During World War II, when the British were our staunchest allies, this third stanza was not sung. However, I know it, so here it is


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footstep's pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


The fourth stanza, a pious hope for the future, should be sung more slowly than the other three and with even deeper feeling.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation, Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n - rescued land Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, for our cause is just,
And this be our motto--"In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I hope you will look at the national anthem with new eyes. Listen to it, the next time you have a chance, with new ears.

And don't let them ever take it away.

--Isaac Asimov, March 1991

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June 24, 2007

Yippe kay yay

I see via Jeff that Michele has cast a reincarnate spell on her former blog, instead of a resurrect spell. The results? The blog A Big Victory. I love Faster Than the World, but I'm glad to see Michele back with her very own place.

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June 16, 2007

Look what the cat dragged in

I smell Harvey all over the comment thread in this one.

If you'll excuse me, I have to clean up some flaming manure.

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June 07, 2007

Breaking a cardinal rule of blogging

Well, time to slow my trickle of traffic to an even smaller trickle: I'm headed out of the country on vacation tomorrow. The kids are coming with me and the wife this time, which means that the trip will be more fun. It also means that I won't get much rest until I come back to work. Such is life.

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June 06, 2007

Give

I've noticed some things over the last few years while clicking through the blogosphere:

1) There are some pretty smart people. And freaking stupid ones.

2) The political divide on blogs is vast, even more so than I anticipated.

3) Bloggers tend to help each other out when the chips are down.

Some of you may remember other bloggers requesting help/money these last few years: Dean; Misha; Lileks; Kevin; Jeff; and other who I cannot remember right now. People came out of the woodwork with donations. It was touching and, more importantly, the donations helped.

Why do I mention this? Because Rick Moran has made a similar request. He would like to keep writing for a living, but he also wants to keep him and his wife fed, clothed and housed. This fund drive could provide Rick with the wherewithal to keep on blogging, pissing off amusing readers on the right and left. Anyway, please go here and give, if you're so inclined. Every little bit helps.

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June 05, 2007

Save money while shopping

Ever go shopping and see something that looks like a good deal? You decide to buy the item and take it home. Later that day, you see the exact same thing for about 20% less somewhere else. However, you've already unwrapped and installed/used the item in question, so you're pretty much screwed.

Well, be screwed no longer (except for, umm, in the good way). I give you Frucall. Excerpt:

"It seems like a great deal, but maybe it's cheaper somewhere else?" I've said those words a lot, maybe not out loud but certainly in my head. The thing I love about shopping online is that I can instantly see if something is cheaper at another store. But, when you're out and about, how do you do the same thing? How do you keep your advantage? Well, if you take your cell phone with you, FruCall may just be the answer.

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FruCall works off a very simple premise - barcodes. Almost every product has one. And if you were smart enough to set up a database, matching products to every published price available, well you'd have a database with which to comparison shop, just like the online sites we all use. FruCall has such a database.
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The automated voice takes a little getting used to. It's a cross between a human and a speak 'n' spell. But once you get used to her strange voice, you soon get the lowdown on the bargains out there. She'll tell you the price range of the item you're currently looking at, new and used, and where to buy it. So, if you see a cool TV for $1000 and find out someone else has that same TV for $800, not only do you know of the deal, you can actually order it right there and then through your cell phone. You can also use the service using text messages and mWeb. Handy.

Did I mention that the Frucall account is free? Now go forth and save money.

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May 22, 2007

Taking no prisoners

Lileks offers some analysis of the immigration bill like only he can:

I. (7) (3.14) There shall be a fence stretching 356 miles. The fence shall be three feet high. Paper mache crocodiles shall reside on the other side, arrayed in a threatening manner ($400,000 shall be appropriated to determine the optimum angle of the opened jaw; the final crocodile shall represent a consensus among herpetologists, and reflect a crocodile who is defending his position but showing his teeth to warn off, and not necessarily threaten violence.) Every nine miles, there shall be a sign that reproduces the FBI warning that precedes all DVDs and videotapes and warns of criminal liability for breaking the copyright law. (It has worked so well thus far the language might as well be used intact.) The fence shall be raised to four feet in the event the population of any state becomes 51% undocumented Xenonationals. The fence shall be raised to five feet in the event GOP presence in the Senate drops below 4 seats. The fence shall be raised to ten feet after a nuclear device is smuggled in from Mexico, providing the yield of the bomb is at least 4 (four) kilotons. A bomb with a yield between 3 and 3.99 kilotons will be a sufficient trigger to raise the fence only if the attendant radiation is carried by prevailing winds a distance greater than 20 miles.

Even better, Lileks reivews the season finale of 24:

UPDATE: THERE MAY BE A MOLE IN CTU. There might also be a prize in each of these specially marked boxes of Lucky Charms. I suspect the rotting corpse of Edgar, using neural implants from the graveyard.

UPDATE: Stupidest question of the year, or ever, from Nadia. Jack escaped? How? By using the Power o Bauer, lady. If they were smart theyd spell Power P-A-U-E-R. But they dont, because the covert community is institutionally incapable of public manifestations of gratitude, man.

Update: Dave Barry also reviews the last 2 hours of 24.

UPDATE: Hard to believe such a foolproof, well-thought-out plan could have gone wrong.

UPDATE: "It blew!" Yes, it did.

UPDATE: Just to recap: CTU, the nation's crack counterterrorism unit, which has a huge staff and vast computer capacity as well as helicopters and satellites, and which knew exactly where the bad guys were going to strike, was once again easily defeated, this time by two guys in wetsuits and a motorboat.

UPDATE: I still can't believe Melinda got voted off American Idol.

UPDATE: Another White House scene. Padpadpadpad.

UPDATE: The old Bloomfield Oil Platform! That's IT.

UPDATE: Three Hummers! He's still in the plot!

UPDATE: If anything bad goes down on the oil platform, the actors can just grab chunks of dialog and use them as flotation devices.


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May 21, 2007

Nuking fish in a shot glass

Glenn Reynolds, the easiest-going puppy blending fool on the planet, has finally had enough of Excitable Andy's incessant caterwauling and arguing in bad faith. In short, he's finally come to the same conclusion that the rest of us reached a long time ago:

I've tried, honestly, not to get in these pissing matches with Andrew, but apparently he can't help himself with this stuff. But to be clear: I'm against torture. I'm also against moralistic, dishonest, self-righteous preening about torture. Andrew is a repeat offender in the latter category, and it's gone beyond embarrassing to pathetic.

Various people in and out of the blogosphere have wondered exactly when, how, and why Andrew lost it. But lost it he has.

Dan Collins wonders when the rest of us thought that Andrew had lost it. For me, I think it was the incessant Andrew vs. Andrew posts, wherein he completely contradicted himself in ways that allowed him to screech hysterically about things of which he once approved. I'd be glad to have given him a pass because everyone's allowed to change his or her mind. But the dishonest prick would simply pretend that he'd never taken his prior position and that the rest of us were simply lying.

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May 15, 2007

RIP, Jerry Falwell

Allah reported earlier in the day that Falwell had been found non-responsive in his office. Apparently, he has passed away.

I'll be honest: I always found Falwell a little bit disturbing and creepy. And I say this as one of those evangelical types in good standing with my church. He deserves the credit, as James Joyner rightfully acknowledges, for helping bring religious conservatives into the realm of politics And I actually met the man once, on the day of my graduation from college. It turns out that his daughter was graduating from VCU/MCV's medical school that day and he had parked right next to my sister's car; we all arrived back at our vehicles at the same time.

What's the point? I don't really have one. He seemed nice enough in person, but I never much cared for him. However, he has left family and friends behind who love him and I know that they're grieving. They have my condolences.

Update: Not surprisingly, the sinestrophe side of the blogosphere is popping champagne corks and celebrating. I haven't seen that much happiness from the perpetually aggrieved since Reagan died which, I guess, shows how completely vile, heartless and full of shit those people are.

Update: I know that John Cole, much like me, never liked Falwell, but he's taken the high road:

You all are better than that. And the thing that people need to remember is that despite what we may think of him, a number of people are grieving. If you cant muster the sympathy to behave decently for their sake, well, I got nothing.

Sadly, not everyone can be bothered to extend sympathy for those who've just lost a loved one. Sadly, but not surprisingly.

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May 12, 2007

Free Ice Cream Day

And it's on May 15 this year. The only two flavors are Cinnamon Dulce de Leche or Sticky Toffee Pudding, the latter of which is really delicious. So go next week to your local Haagen-Dazs.

Update: Date corrected to May 15.

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May 10, 2007

My lost weekend

Okay, it was only about 35 minutes, not a whole weekend, but I had my role as navigator revoked as a result. I'm still not certain if the revocation is permanent or not.

Anyway. My buddies and I drove down to Raleigh recently for the World Beer Festival. The weather was pretty much perfect for an outdoor festival: it was sunny and the temperature was in the low 70s. And there were lots of breweries, most of which had beers which ranged from good to great. Abita, Sierra Nevada, Chimay and lots of others besides. Also, there was a lot of good food, which proved useful in washing down the beer.

So we sipped and supped for a few hours, being careful to not become drunk because we had to drive back home to Richmond, and then we hiked back to the car and got started on our return journey. And this is where the... fun began.

I remember getting into the front seat and relaxing, closing my eyes a bit while the three of us started some chit chat about Highlander cards and-

I DID mention that they were friends of mine, right? You shouldn't be surprised at nerd games being discussed. Probably none of you are.

- then everything kind of blanked out for a while. For me. To me, I was asleep. Oddly, and unfortunately for my friends in the car with me, I continued to speak. According to them -and I have no reason to doubt- I even waved my hand in front of the driver's face a couple of times to see if he was awake.

I know what you're thinking: this sounds like something that I could be mocked about, but no real harm done. That's where you'd be wrong. In my somnolent, yet conversant, state, I apparently replied a couple of times to, well, here's a sample of what was said:

Driver: Are you sure that we're going the right way?

Me: Sure, you're fine.

Well, the statement was true as a point of fact. Jeff was fine and dandy. Physically. However, we were NOT going the right way. In fact, we were going in what would best be described as the opposite of the right way. We wanted to go north and we were seeing signs for US-1, south, which sort of tipped us off. And by us, I include myself because I finally woke up. Despite assertions to the contrary, my higher brain functions were not working during that period. You could make the argument that they never work, but that's a different argument. In any event, we stopped at a Quickie Mart or something and asked the guy how to get to I-95. He wasn't sure, but he did laugh out loud when we told him where we wanted to go.

To the backseat I went. Being fully awake now, I made some comments about which exit to take, which lane to be in; my sister lives in Raleigh and I'm more than little familiar with the area. To each comment, Jeff asked, "So other guy not named Physics Geek, which way do we go? Or is the cause of our 1-1/2 hour delay in getting home actually correct this time?"

The mocking is certain to follow me to my grave, but it's well deserved. I'm still curious as to how I managed to give the appearance of being awake while not actually being so. It would allow me to catch up on my sleep at work. Then again, sleeping next to the Big Red Button would get me fired, so maybe I'll think on it a little more.

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May 04, 2007

And the farewell tour continues

If you haven't been reading Annika lo, these many years, you've been missing out. Anyway, her blogging is circling the drain as she heads towards her new career- after the bar- as a lawyer. I'll miss her posts, her pictures and her sense of humor. And I'll never forget that she was the first blogger to leave a comment or add me to her blogroll. Not because I deserved the attention, mind, but just because she's cool like that.

In any event, here's a post in which she links to the Round Mound of Retard, and then makes a pretty cogent observation about SloMoRo:

There is no convincing one who has abandoned all reason and logic in exchange for fear and superstition.

I think that she left out the part about the parasite attacking Rosie's tiny brain, but otherwise the comment was spot on.

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April 30, 2007

Still another Bigfoot sighting

Bill Whittle posted again and this time he has


  • promised to start posting again on a semi-regular basis
  • announced the soon to be release Silent America, v.2, and
  • reopened his comments

I was wading through the comments when I stumbled onto this particular item:

You are going to save the world, Whittle! Whether you like it or not.

Posted by: Rachel Lucas | April 27, 2007 4:15 PM

An honest to god Rachel Lucas sighting? And a recent post by Bill Whittle? Crikey, it's like getting actual footage of Bigfoot playing badmitton with the Loch Ness Monster, although I'm fairly certain that neither critter possesses either Rachel's big smile or her incredible ability to use "asshat" as a a noun, adjective and a verb, all in the same sentence.

Yes Rachel, some of us still miss your blogging. A lot. Hopefully you're busy creating lots of little Republican voters.

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April 26, 2007

Saving money

Having two small children at home, I always appreciate new ways to find bargains which, in turn, save me money. Well, Paul Michael provides a link to a new Firefox gadget which will automatically compare prices from four pretty big sellers. Here's the scoop:

Anyway, recently my life was made an awful lot easier by those clever techno wizards at howtobewebsmart.com . They've come up with a cool Firefox Toolbar gadget that allows you to search for prices on 4 well-known sites at the same time. That's right. One search does it all.

"What are the four sites?" I hear you ask. Well, they're small. Tiny. Ebay, Amazon, Shopping.com and Shopzilla.com. I'm sure you may have at least heard of them, they've been around a while.

Saddle up and get shopping. Or buying, if you're a guy.

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April 20, 2007

Improving geek social skills

Sort of, if you can classify getting it on with a prostitute as improving your social skills, that is. Excerpted in full because Ananova has a habit of dumping their stories:

A Dutch escort agency is launching a special virgin service for computer geeks.

Sociology student Zoe Vialet, who set up Society Service last year, says she has had a lot of demand from virgins.

She says most of them work in the IT sector and added: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared.

"Every booking lasts three hours minimum. Longer is possible, shorter not. We take the time to take a bath together, do a massage and explore each others body.

"When the date is over, you will have had a fantastic experience, and you will be able to pleasure a woman."

Zoe and her colleague Marieke have specially trained five girls to look after the needs of virgins, reports De Telegraaf.

She added: "You better practise before having a girlfriend. Woman expect men older than 30 having had some experience.

"Some men need a little bit of help. But it makes them happy and they are glowing .There is nothing more terrible than dying as a virgin."

Oh really? What about a 20-sided die that consistently rolls a "1"? Because let's face it, the losers using this service are far more likely to actually hold a painted plastic polyhedron than the actually feel touch of a woman without paying for it.

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April 18, 2007

How smart is your right foot?

Received via email:

Just try this...............

This will boggle your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't. It's preprogrammed in your brain!


1. WITHOUT anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY......) and while sitting where you are at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction.

I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it!

You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

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April 17, 2007

Part-time fathers

This post at the Evangelical Outpost really hit home. Not because my wife and I are splitting up; we aren't. In fact, I couldn't imagine life without her now. But Joe Carter's post crystallized the fact that being a father isn't a weekend only gig. Excerpt:

I want to start with a basic premise: When your first child is born, your life stops being about what you want and starts being about what they need. If you disagree, then you can stop reading now. The rest of what I say will only make sense to those who understand that this is the foundation of fatherhood.

The problem, of course, is not with your kids but with your wife. You may be having a tough time in your marriage. You may be thinking that you no longer love or can live with your wife. You may believe that divorce is the only remaining option. I dont know your situation. I won't pretend to be able to understand what you are going through. I only know this: you're children need you at home. Your sons and your daughters need your presence. Real fathers dont leave their children

I'm fully aware of how unpopular such a claim will be. Our society tells us that you shouldn't "stay together just for the kids." Our culture tells us that progress has made fatherhood a vestigial artifact. Our hearts tell us that we deserve to pursue our own bliss.

Such an unpopular sentiment bears repeating: When your first child is born, you're life stops being about what you want and starts being about what they need. They need you at home. If you're a man and aspire to being a dad, that is all you need to know.

Every night before I go to sleep, I check in on each of my children. I usually give them a kiss, too. And I kiss them both before I leave for work each day. They're sort of fatherhood bookends to my days. I can't imagine going through days without them. If you can, in fact, imagine such a thing, I will posit that maybe. just maybe, you shouldn't have children.

Thanks to Vox for the link.

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April 13, 2007

Batteries not required

Or men either, for that matter. Excerpt:

Scientists say they have successfully made immature sperm cells from human bone marrow samples.

If these can be grown into fully developed sperm, which the researchers hope to do within five years, they may be useful in fertility treatments.

It seems fitting somehow that this headline appeared on Friday the 13th.

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April 12, 2007

Required reading

Bill Whittle has a new post up.

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April 10, 2007

Lost in spaaaccceeee

So James Doohan's remains will finally be blasted off into space on April 28. Cool.

Vaya con Dios, Scotty.

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March 26, 2007

Bigfoot sighting

Or maybe it's just another Bill Whittle blog post.

Good news: Bill says that he's going to post twice between now and April 15. So start checking his site regularly again.

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March 23, 2007

Good music

I've been listening to a CD from some young musicians who go by the name Mountain Aires. If you went to last year's state fair in North Carolina, you might have had the pleasure of seeing them live. However, you can now listen to their music wherever you go. It turns out that they released a CD recently, Echo the Legacy. It contains a collection of bluegrass and folk songs, most of which you'll recognize immediately.

Maybe you don't want to buy music sound unheard. Fortunately, the group's CD is hosted here, and you can listen to 20-30 second pieces of each song on the album. You even have the option of downloading the album in MP3 format, or individual songs if you prefer.

Full disclosure: I know the band members personally and they're a great bunch of guys, but I don't get any financial return, no matter how rich and famous they become. I just want to see them do well.

Here's the album cover:

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March 21, 2007

Book review

Steve at Hog On Ice recently had a book published, The Good, The Spam and The Ugly, wherein he tackled those irritating Nigerian email spammers. I've read with great amusement his blog posts on this topic for a long time, so I expected a lot from his book. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. My story doesn't involve bathing in diarrhea, nor does involve the manly lifting of bedsheets via prolific manly wind.

Sorry to disappoint.

I started reading Steve's book, as I usually do, in bed next to my wife. Beloved spouse is a, God forbid, morning person, so she usually drops off long before I do. What this means is that I'm free to do whatever I like, as long as it's quiet and relatively motionless; waking my wife in an untimely fashion tends to rouse the Sybil in her, so I take pains to stay very still. Normally, this is pretty easy. Unfortunately, I was reading Steve's book.

I knew that laughing out loud would cause me lots of grief, so I tried to keep quiet. I succeeded in not making a sound, but I was unable to keep my body from responding, which, in turn, created the dreaded bedquake. The first couple of times I was able to convince my wife that the shaking had been caused by one of our cats. Pretty soon, though, I ran out of cats, which meant I had run out of excuses, so it was time sleep or move into a different room. Fortunately, the bathroom was close.

Don't say it: every woman I know wonders why men like to read in the bathroom, while every man I know doesn't understand the question. Regardless, I finally finished the book last night, which was too bad because I was laughing until the very end.

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Good work, Steve. I look forward to your next effort.

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March 19, 2007

Terrible news

It appear as though Cathy Seipp will finally lose her battle with cancer. Her daughter, Maia, posted this entry. Her doctors are simply trying to make her comfortable right now.

Godspeed, Cathy. You will be missed.

Update: Cathy's fight ended yesterday afternoon. Her daugher, Maia, posted information about the service this Friday, as well as links to the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Humane Society, the latter of which is where Cathy requested that people send money, rather than spending it on flowers.

I'll finish this post by paraphrasing some words from George W. Bush:

"Now she belongs to the ages. We liked it better when she belonged to us."

Update: Okay, I had to link to Michelle's post, if for no other reason than the picture of just how pissed off Cathy could make some idiots become.

Read all of the obits.

Tangential update: Apparently Elizabeth Edwards is still struggling with her cancer. Please offer her your prayers and well wishes.

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March 15, 2007

Go strong

I assume that, by now, everyone has seen the Wired article about the Glove, which can be used to cool off you body between sets. Nomadlife has a theory of his own, which seems reasonable to me:

"You can increase your resistance training between sets by getting a bucket of ice in your gym and cool your body by putting your hand in the cold water. Give it a try."

Link via Sullivan.

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March 14, 2007

Happy chip and pi day

This is of no practical use whatsoever, but today happens to be National Potato Chip Day. Here's some history of the chip, which dates back to 1853. Thank you for your marvelous invention, George Crum.

March 14 also marks Pi Day, since pi is approximately 3.14. So if you haven't had lunch, I guess you could celebrate by buying some Doritos and discussing Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler. Sounds like a banner Wednesday to me.

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March 13, 2007

Bring out yer dead!

Animals, that is. Meryl Yourish reminded me that this Thursday, March 15, is the 5th Annual International Eat an Animal for PETA Day. More details can be found here.

I like Meryls' idea of givng her cat tuna as part of the celebration. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, all of whom would love some tasty animal parts. Guess that I'll have to stop by the store tomorrow to grab us all some grub.

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I don't think it means what you think it means

When Dr. Ruth tells you, "I'd hit it", she might be referring to her skills as a sniper from her days in the Israeli Defense Force.

In a tangential note, reading about Dr. Ruth reminds me of Sam Kinison's little jab at her:

Who is this dried up old woman offering sex advice to people?

::mimicking Dr. Ruth:: First, you must take the man's penis...

Yeah, when's the last time you saw a man's penis? Were there cars back then, or did you suck dick on horseback, Annie Oakley?"

I had the pleasure of seeing Kinison live in concert, back before he became a household name. He was quite funny, and incredibly loud. I swear that they de-amplified his voice, because he sound quieter when yelling into the microphone.

Let me leave you with Kinison's appearance on Married With Children, part 1 and part 2.

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March 09, 2007

Sad news

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:


  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
  • Why the early bird gets the worm;
  • Life isn't always fair and,
  • Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 -year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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March 07, 2007

Sun rises in the east again

Lots of people have linked to this article about the results of the Great Diet Off. Excerpt:

The largest and longest-running comparison of diet plans found the low-carbohydrate Atkins regimen produced greater weight loss than three other popular programs the Zone, the Ornish and the U.S. nutritional guidelines.

The average weight reduction was small, and participants started regaining pounds by the end of the one-year study, according to the report in todays Journal of the American Medical Assn. Still, Atkins dieters who consume prodigious amounts of long-demonized saturated fats but shun carbs, such as pasta and breads experienced significant drops in blood pressure and cholesterol.

The finding showed that even a small weight reduction can improve overall health, researchers said.

Atkins dieters lost an average of 10.4 pounds after one year, according to the report, compared with 5.7 pounds for those on a traditional balanced diet based on federal nutritional guidelines, 4.8 pounds for the high-carbohydrate Ornish diet and 3.5 pounds for the Zone diet, which calls for a set ratio of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Let me state for the record my experience with the Atkins diet. About 12 years ago, I had stopped exercising and put on some extra pounds. I'd had tried going lo-cal, but my body absolutely hoards its fat reserves in the absence of heavy duty exercise. I stumbled across a copy of Atkins Diet Revolution book and decided to give it a try. Here's a brief synopsis:

1) I love meat in all its forms, except for haggis, although technically that contains meat the way Vienna Sausage contains "meat". Anyway, eating lots of high protein foods sounded great to me.

2) I also love baked potatoes, rice, pasta and bread, all of which were a complete no-no on the diet. That part sucked. A lot.

3) I learned to make sandwiches thusly: piles of meat stuck between two slices of cheese, slathered with mustard. A poor substitute for a great big hoagy, but it was better than nothing.

4) My kidneys worked overtime, nights and weekends, too. Since I don't add salt to my food, I became washed out due to the seemingly incessant stream of fluid being emitted by my body. Eventually, I started sprinkling a bit of salt onto my meals; I felt much better.

5) I lost a lot of weight, around 35 pounds or so. I lost 4-5 inches off of my waistline. I then started exercising and eating better because, let's face it, a diet low in fruits and vegetables just isn't healthy.

Anyway, I've read many articles from people, who should really know better, that Atkins doesn't work, that all of the weight lost is simply water weight. I read just such an article in Runner's World, which is a fine magazine, but was completely wrong in this case. Willful ignorance and self-delusion aren't pretty, especially when actual, you know, facts contradict you. Because Atkins works. You will lose weight, and quite rapidly I might add. But it's a sucky diet, especially for someone like me who likes to run long distances. Carbohydrates are fuel for the body, and a diet lacking carbohydrates is lacking in fuel.

For the record, I will state that a fruit, vegetable and pasta filled diet is the ideal, especially when combined with some vigorous exercise. But if you simply want to lose weight, Atkins will get you there. Anyone who claims otherwise is either ignorant or lying.

Update: I had forgotten that Ace was a proponent. He makes a pretty good point about the whole diet thingy:

Diet gurus similarly criticize the study as subjects seem to have cheated on their diets, too, and thus didn't really follow "their diets." But the piece notes that, in practical terms, a diet is not merely a plan, but rather a plan plus the most likely realistic implementation of that plan. And in that sense, Atkins seems to win -- it's simple, it's more livable than other plans (though pretty damn annoying), and easier to avoid cheating on.

Annoying yes, but effective.

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March 06, 2007

I resemble that remark

I'm one of those conservative nutters, but frankly I hope that Helen stays.

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I got nuthin'

However, I didn't want to leave all(both) of you with nothing, so I've decided to add a little cheesecake today, as I have from time to time in the past.

No beefcake, though. Sorry, Val.

Anyhoo, I was bumbling around IMDB to get some background on the new series that Nathan Fillion, captain of the long-lamented cancelled series Firefly, will be starring in on Fox.

Umm, after the way that Fox screwed the pooch with Firefly, I'm not certain how gung ho I'd be about signing onto another TV deal with them.

Where was I? Oh yeah: Drive, the series. Anyway, I checked out the cast and saw that Amy Acker had a part that, based on the last name of her characters, is probably the wife of the main character, played by Fillion. I clicked on Amy's link and saw some quite fetching photos of our beloved Winifred, which whet my appetite for some more Acker shots. My internet search engine immediately returned some even more appealing photos of Amy in a somewhat less covered state. Turns out that Ms. Acker appeared in FHM. Now I don't actually read FHM(not for the articles, anyway) on a regular basis, but I do occassionally check out the magazine rack while standing in line at the local 7-11, just to see who might be gracing the cover. I have no idea how I managed to miss Fred's issue, but I've decided that, as penance, I will post some pictures here.

Amy #1

Amy #2

Amy #3

Back to your regularly scheduled geeky posts soon.

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February 28, 2007

One more down, hopefully a trillion left to go

Steve at Hog On Ice has his newest book out. Here's the Amazon link. I'm fairly lazy, but I will put up a sidebar ad sometime soon. Not that anyone reads this blog, of course. Anyway, as a reminder, I'll post the book's cover right here.

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Update: Very cool. Lucianne gave prop's to his book.

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February 06, 2007

I knew a little bit

But not all. It appear that the Bard of the Internet has had quite a career.

But Penthouse? Really? I was always more of a Playboy guy myself.

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January 30, 2007

I've got a fever

And the only cure is more cowbell.

Michele correctly notes that disco got what it deserved. Unfortunately, the rest of us have horrid, horrid lyrics seared- seard, I tell you- into our memories from that thankfully gone era.

How badly seared? Check out what I can do without using a search engine. And then weep for me.

I'm glad you're home. Well, did you really miss me? I guess you did by the look in your eye (look in your eye, look in your eye) Well lay back and relax while I put away the dishes. Then you and me can rock a bell.

You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.

The night is young and full of possibilities.
Well come on and let yourself be free.
My love for you, so long I've been savin'
Tonight was made for me and you

You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell .
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell .
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell .
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell .

You can ring my bell, you can ring my bell, ding, dong, ding, ah-ah, ring it!
You can ring my bell, anytime, anywhere, ring it, ring it, ring it, ring it, oww!
You can ring my bell, you can ring my bell, ding, dong, ding, ah-ah, ring it!
You can ring my bell, anytime, anywhere, ring it, ring it, ring it, ring it, oww!

You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.
You can ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell.

I would pay good money to have that erased from my brain.

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Through the looking glass

Alexandra Pelosi takes a walk through Jesusland with her camera. Much like a chimpanzee reading Nietzche, she has zero understanding of what she sees.

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January 25, 2007

What he said

Ace types a letter to Paris Hilton that echoes my own thoughts.

I know what you're thinking: you were a physics geek in college; you'd have hit anything. While that sounds reasonable because, umm, well, physics majors and girls are the twain that don't meet, you'd be wrong because logic is a physicist's forte. And logically speaking, I wouldn't hit something that makes the a $10 dollar crack whore on the street corner look reputable by comparison. PH reminds me of the girl who effed the entire football team in high school and then followed that up by humping the team mascot: a pot-bellied pig. Poor pig.

Let's face it: PH has the morals of an alley cat on Spanish fly, the muscle tone of a cadaver and enough creepy crawlies in and around her cooch to kill most of the first, second and third world. The fact that some people think she's sexy disturbs me quite a lot.

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January 23, 2007

Nude body oils

And edible, crotchless panties worn by ALL NUDE!!! ALL THE TIME!!! Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie Jello-wrestling. Okay, so it's not up to this guy's standard of Google baiting. Then again, what is?

Now I'll start checking Sitemeter every 10 minutes.

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January 18, 2007

Free information

Tired of paying for each call to information? Try this on for size:

Tired of paying $1.50 or $2 for every directory assistance phone call? Then don't. There truly is such a thing as free directory assistance, though it may cost you a little in time and patience. Jot this down:

1-800-FREE411.

A Boston-based company called Jingle Networks offers this free alternative to expensive 411 calls via your cell phone or land line. How and why do they do what they do for free? Just as radio and TV shows are supported by advertising, the directory assistance service is sponsored by companies advertising with the service. So, yes, that means you may hear a short, audio ad when requesting a phone number, but not every time.

When I tried it out, the automated system got the name I was requesting wrong, but a live operator quickly came on the line and found the phone number. I heard (and ignored) an ad for a credit card before I got my number, but it didn't drone on too long. Generally, you'll hear ads related to businesses you're requesting to contact and will be given the opportunity to connect to the advertised business. But an ad here and there seems worth saving $1.50 a pop.

Cool. May the Verizon and Sprint 411 operators rot in hell.

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January 12, 2007

Things that make you go WTF?!

From Chuck Shepherd's column that, sadly, my local newspaper no longer carries, comes this little tidbit:

According to prosecutors, Irenia "Lamb" Cotner, 34, managed to enlist four adults in rural Claremont, Ill., to help her murder a pregnant 16-year-old girl, by convincing them they all had hexes on them that could only be lifted by killing the girl before a candle with her name on it melted down. (They failed, but a man died fighting off the attackers.) One defendant said the hex was real because she got migraines every time Cotner came by. Another defendant said he learned about hexes and spells so that people would like him and said Cotner planned the murder for a remote location so that the gates of hell could open for the mother's and fetus's souls. In December, Cotner was sentenced to 57 years in prison, and two others go on trial soon.

Other bizarre crap:

I don't know what the class was about. but a student handed in a disc containing kiddie porn as his final examination.

If he ate the soup, then I want the special.

Today, January 12, is Feast of Fabulous Men Day. Apparently crack has become more ubiquitous than I thought.

The Restaurant At the End of the Universe is one step closer to reality.

No word on whether Cop Rock was on the air at the time.

A blowtorch is not an FDA approved insecticide.

When asked by reporters if Governor Crist found the typo embarrassing, he replied "Not at all" and then proceeded to feed the entire press corp with a pack of M&Ms and a can of Diet Coke.

And let me finish with this thought.

Hey, how did that get in here? More to the point, how can more get in here?

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Best beer in the world selected

And it wasn't because of the taste.

European men are flocking to Bulgaria to buy 'breast-boosting beer' after EU accession led to customs duties on the drink being abolished.

The millet-ale called Boza which is made from fermented wheat flour and yeast is being snapped up by bar owners, shopkeepers and shoppers from across Europe.

They are said to be keen for their wives and girlfriends to benefit from its reported ability to make women's breasts grow.

Constantin Barbu crossed the Danube from Romania to buy Boza in the Bulgarian border town of Ruse.

He said: "I've bought a case for my wife to try out. I really hope I see an improvement."

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January 10, 2007

Movin' on

It's a new year and all, which means that it's time for Andrea's annual blog move. For the first time since I've been reading her stuff, she moved back onto an old site: Victory Soap. Please update your blogrolls.

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January 08, 2007

Happy News

Go here to find out what it is. And then offer your congratulations, if you so desire.

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January 03, 2007

This is pretty cool

Thanks to the breaking of copyright laws everywhere magic of YouTube, someone has compiled the Top 12 Band appearances in movies. Very, very cool stuff.

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December 19, 2006

In case you were wondering

Sorry for the non-existent posting lately. I've been training like crazy, working like crazy and my kids have been sick. Add in the required family get togethers and the quality of this blog has simply skyrocketed by the sheer absence of my postings. Anyway, thanks for everyone who has been checking in periodically. I dig all you folks in a big way.

General crap to resume in short order. I've got a bone to pick with some of the effete Linux snobs in the "help" forums and I'm getting ready to start brewing again. Maybe a few unlucky people can help me taste the results. And yes, Harvey, you're still on the list, as is our former Alliance mistress, assuming that she wants to be. Anyway, see y'all very soon.

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November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving proclamation from 1789

The third annual repeat of this post, just because.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789


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November 17, 2006

Dogs and cats living together

And that ain't all they're doing together.

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November 16, 2006

Public Service Announcement

Time for my 3rd annual post about The Great American Smokeout.

Do you want to quit smoking, but don't think that have the willpower to quit forever? The Great American Smokeout is for you. All you have to do is refrain from smoking for one day, just to prove to yourself that you can do it. Excerpt:


The Rules of the Game

The rules are simple: You just quit smoking for the 24 hours of the Smokeout. The wonderful thing is that you won't be alone; you can swap advice, jokes and groans with the other "quitters," nonsmokers and the American Cancer Society volunteers who will be cheering you on. Even if you don't go on to quit permanently, you will have learned that you can quit for a day and that many others around you are taking the step, too. Contact the American Cancer Society for information on how you can participate, either as a "quitter" or as a volunteer.

My grandmother died of cancer, as did several other members of my extended family. A few people I know have emphysema. I would rather not add to the list of people who suffer and/or perish from these diseases.

This post will remain at the top of this blog until November 16 has passed.

Note: In no way should my antipathy towards smoking be considered as


  1. An attack on smokers in general, as many of my friends smoke
  2. An indication that I condone the relentless attack on smokers by every branch of government, including the bans on smoking in restaurants and bars. Last time I checked, cigarettes were legal. Make them illegal, or STFU.

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November 09, 2006

They're baaaacck

It's time for the the Weblog Awards again. The current list of categories:

Best Blog Best New Blog Best Group Blog Best Humor/Comics Blog Best Liberal Blog Best Conservative Blog Best Media/Journalist Blog Best Technology Blog Best Culture/Gossip Blog Best Sports Blog Best Photo Blog Best LGBT Blog Best Military Blog Best Blog Design Best Podcast Best Video Blog Best Religious Blog Best Parenting Blog Best Law Blog Best Business Blog ... Ecosystem Based

Best of the Top 250 Blogs
Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs
Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs
Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs
Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs
Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs
Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs
Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs
Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs
Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+)

I guess that I can nominate myself in a category, but it might be better coming from someone else(hint, hint).

Of course I'm shameless. I'm a blogger; it comes with the territory.

Oh, and you might want to suggest some more categories, if you can think of any. Go here for that.

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November 07, 2006

He's baaaacckk

Bill Whittle has a new post up. And even though his comments are closed, you can still chit-chat with Bill-so to speak- at this discussion group.

Great reading, as usual.

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October 20, 2006

My kind of thread

If Emily didn't exist, we'd have to invent her. Check out this thread and contribute, if the spirit moves you. Or if you're just pissed off and want to rant. Or if your underwear chafes. Crap, just go already and stop bothering me.

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October 04, 2006

The temperature at which your brain burns

Oh joy, someone else wants to ban/burn books.

Douchebag.

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September 20, 2006

Time to reinstitute flogging

Although I'm not certain that it would be sufficient punishment for the asshat in this article. Excerpt:


Thornton was charged in August with felony animal torture for pulling the head off a kitten owned by his girlfriend, a 30-year-old woman who lives at the same address.

Thornton and his girlfriend had a fight the night of July 28, and she left the house. When she returned, she saw the animal's head and body in the front yard.

A veterinarian documented that the head had been forcibly ripped off.

Are you fucking kidding me?

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September 19, 2006

Today's the day

Did you remember that today was Talk Like A Pirate Day? Arrrgghhh!

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September 08, 2006

Lookee here

You know how things work: someone doesn't post for a while and you start checking their site less frequently, even though you expect that something big is about to happen. Then you get caught up in your new job activities and forget to check in for a long time. When you(me) finally do check in, you notice that missed the notification of something special by almost a month.

Well, better late than never, I suppose. Congratulations, Kelley. I'm certain that Spiderman is looking forward to his new future playmate.

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August 29, 2006

The truth about Katrina

Paul at Wizbang has taken a beating from assorted bloggers for a variety of reasons, which I won't go into here. However, he's provided the best information related to New Orleans and its levees. This time, he's compiled all of the data into one post, which details where, when and why the levees failed. You might be shocked to learn that George Bush isn't to blame. Shocked, that is, if you're a complete frigging imbecile.

Kudos on a well documented post. It's the kind of work that actual reporters in the MSM could do if they weren't busy trying to shoehorn stories into the "Bush sucks!" template.

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August 02, 2006

Escaping your past

I've followed the buzz about Mel Gibson's DUI and subsequent anti-Semitic rants. The only thing that could even remotely be considered a positive is Gibson's apology, which included this line:

I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable.

Many people aren't in the forgiving mood, figuring that whatever Mel said when drunk reflects his actual feelings. I have to say that I agree with that sentiment. However, I believe that it's more complicated than that, as I'll attempt to illustrate using some examples that hit close to home for me.

My grandmother was born in 1904. She lived through the Depression, Two World Wars, a multitude of presidents and one presidential assassination. She outlived her husband by 25 years. During that time, she suffered through two mastectomies and two rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Through the whole ordeal, she didn't complain once. In fact, she worked up until about a year before her death, at which time the cancer and its treatments made such a thing impossible. She helped raise me and my sister, as my mother usually worked two or more jobs to keep a roof over our heads. She was one of the strongest, best people that I've known in my entire life. She was also an inveterate racist.

I know what you're thinking: how in the world does this relate to the Mel Gibson meltdown? Allow me to explain.

My grandmother's prejudice against blacks was deep, firmyl embedded in her psyche. I'm certain that she didn't see it that way, of course. To her mind, that's just the way things were. Let me offer an example:

As I mentioned, my mother worked a lot to keep a roof over our heads. There were times when her job would keep her late, preventing my mother from being able to pick us up. Since my grandmother worked during most of that time, she couldn't pick us up either. However, she'd known this particular cabbie, Thomas, for decades. Whenever my grandmother would call the cab company and request his services to bring me or my sister home, Thomas would drop whatever he was doing and come to ferry us home. It didn't matter where he was in the city, it didn't matter what he was doing, he always helped my grandmother when she called. Thomas had enormous respect and affection for my grandmother. And my grandmother? Well, she liked Thomas in her own way, but her way of expressing it was none too pleasant: "He's one of the good darkies."

My grandfather was a different sort of bigot. While my grandmother tended towards the they're-not-as-good-as-us-but-they're-okay-as-long-as-they-know-their-place sort of racism, my grandfather was more blunt: "God, I hate n*ggers." Pleasant, I know.

Imagine that you were born and raised while racial segregation still existed. Now imagine that your parents were openly scornful and condescending towards blacks. Now try and imagine that you'd grow up with absolutely no ingrained racial prejudice. I'm going to bet that it wouldn't be easy.

That was my mother's environment. She grew up in a household where bigotry wasn't treated as such, but rather regarded as a fact of life. To her credit, she's done yeoman's work trying to not be her parents, at least in this one regard. But there have been one or two occassions when my mother would drink and her inner demons would come out and she would say some things about blacks that, were she sober, she would never say.

Maybe there is truth in wine. Maybe this is who, in her heart of hearts, my mother really is. But I will tell you right now that it isn't who she wants to be. It's not even who she thinks she is, at least on a concious level. And so the struggle continues.

Anyway, I've been thinking about this ever since Mel Gibson started blaming the Jews for all wars and whatever else sprang to mind. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Mel's dad is, to be blunt, a raving anti-Semitic Holocaust denying loon. Let that be the major influence in Gibson's life growing up.

Now imagine that you've worked in Hollywood for about 30 years. Despite working in an industry with a large jewish population, you haven't offered public evidence of anti-Semitism(no Passion comments, please, because I don't believe that the film was anti-Semitic). And then one night you get a bit tipsy and the mask slips, revealing the ugly beast within. Is that who you really are? Probably so. But is it who you want to be?

Gibson's comments give a fair indication that he has some serious issues with Jews. There's really no other way to interpret his words. But he's somehow managed to work for more than two decades surrounded by the people that he dislikes deep down without somehow getting quoted, recorded or reported for anti-Semitic remarks until recently. So is it likely that Mel wants to be an anti-Semite? There's no question that he is, but is it who he wants to be? Or has Mel been, apparently unsuccessfully, trying to escape his past?

People are rightfully beating up Mel for what he said. Some of Gibson's critics, though, have apparently fallen on their heads. I offer Ann Althouse, an otherwise sensible person, as a prime example:


What artist has ever crashed like this? Not Michael Jackson. Not Woody Allen. Not O.J. Simpson. You’ve shown an evil heart and it changes the meaning of all of your artistic work. How horrible! How painful!

Uh huh. Gibson drove while intoxicated and spouted some anti-Semitic garbage. Stating that that is a worse offense than either a double-homicide or pedophilia pretty makes me think that you should switch to decaff.

Update: James Joyner weighs in with similar thoughts:

While the nature of his remarks, combined with the radical notions of the sect to which he adheres, makes it impossible for me to believe that he is not anti-Semitic, it’s not implausible to me that Gibson–who, after all, has made his living for the past thirty-odd years in an industry where Jews are not strangers–honestly believes otherwise.

Update: Entered into the Beltway Traffic Jam here. Go for more interesting links.

Update: Here I was set to make a snarky post about Abraham Foxman and he comes out and says this. Kudos Mr. Foxman.

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July 26, 2006

Did I miss something?

Or is it 2007 already? The only reason I think so is that Bill Whittle has posted again.

So I wonder when this book goes on the market. It'd make a dandy Christmas present.

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July 23, 2006

Bringin' on the pain

Well, it looks like two the blogs that I read regularly are engaged in a flamewar. The comments here at Q&O contain some truly priceless excerpts, including this one from Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0:


I’m embarrassed for you, Dale. This is like 3:00 a.m. USENET masturbatory obsessiveness.

Really, I’d suggest you get a life, but there doesn’t look like there’s much hope for you.

Patterico and Jon Henke have tried to play peacemaker. Alas, it appears not to be. Anyway, more here from Ace, if you're so inclined.

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July 14, 2006

Cool news

Looks like the Alliance Fitness Instructor has a new workout buddy.

Stop by and congratulate Heather and Brian.

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July 12, 2006

Technical difficulties

If you've left me a comment, or tried to send me an email, I'm not ignoring you. My account went kaboom and I'm trying to get it resolved. I just changed jobs and didn't notice until tonight. Whoops. Anyway, I'll have the issue resolved as soon as possible.

Update: In answer to Frank's polite question in the comments, I will state that I'm finally putting my graduate degree to use. More than 12 years after graduation, I've finally become a nuclear engineer. What this means is that I've dropped to the bottom of the totem pole and have tons of training to attend and lots of catching up to do. But I'm pleased at the turn of events. I'd pretty much given up on every doing this.

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July 06, 2006

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is nigh

Do you miss your dearly departed loved ones? Don't you wish that you could give them just one more hug, but find grappling with the unearthed grisly remains a touch disturbing? Well now you're in luck, because we've got a product that grants you the ability to hold your dead ones until you too pass: Huggable Urns. God knows that everyone wants grandpa's ashes stuffed in a teddy bear and then given to the baby.

"Isn't that sweet?! She's playing with grandma."

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June 30, 2006

I weep for the future

I visited YouTube today and discovered this video from Hope is Emo: Words Are Dying.

Did you watch it? Amazingly pathetic, wasn't it? Now go this website and check out the contents. Scared yet? Imagine that this little "gothtard" might someday sign your paycheck.

Scared now? Okay, then click on this link and calm down a bit.

Jim Treacher thinks that You Tube Is Going To Destroy Our Society. He might be on to something.

Update: Looks like Ace finally stumbled onto this, this thing.

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June 26, 2006

Horrible news travels fast

I heard a rumor earlier today that Acidman had died. Like Steve, I hoped it was just an evil troll. Unfortunately, it is true: Rob Smith has passed away. His daugher Samantha posted this entry.

So long, Acidman. You will be missed.

Update: There are some things that I always appreciated about Rob was his bluntness and honesty. One, you always knew where you stood with him. He said exactly what was on his mind, consequences be damned. I know that it rubbed some people the wrong way, but I found it refreshing. My favorite aunt, who I helped bury last year, was the same way.

There was one other thing about Acidman that was obvious in his writing: he loved his children. He mentioned several times how proud he was of Sam, and how glad he was that she was with someone who made her happy. That's one of the things that you most hope for as a parent. And it was obvious that Rob missed and loved his son. The estrangement left a hole in his heart that was obvious to anyone who read Rob's posts. Recently, Rob wrote that he'd given up on hearing from his son. I will guarantee you that if Quinton had reached out to him, or given him a call, that Rob would have been posting the equivalent of cartwheels.

Godspeed, Acidman. You go to a place where there are no hangovers, or addictions, or physical ailments, and where your loved ones always stay in touch.

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June 19, 2006

Finally

A new Bill Whittle post is up. Enjoy.

Update: Okay, I never excerpt a Whittle column, but I couldn't resist this:


People of good will on both sides value peace and freedom, yet we have diverging choices to make, and we have to make them now. We have to chart our course, a course for our country, and ultimately, a course for the entire world.

We need a map. Several are for sale. How do we choose?


Actually, it’s not so difficult. We can choose the map that best conforms to the coastline we see unveiling before us. We chose the map that best matches reality – the objective, external, indisputable reality of bays and promontories, capes and gulfs and rivers and shoals.

We can, indeed, lay out competing philosophies on the table, and see where each conforms to reality and where it does not. No maps are without distortions; none of these are likely to be, either. And one map may conform perfectly to the coastline in one area, and be dreadfully amiss in another. We can cut and paste them as we wish. This is too important for us to be arguing about who is right – all our energies must go to getting it right.

And before we start, we must agree to one thing: we will never be so full of arrogance and blinded by pride that we dare confront a place where our map does not match the coastline, and proclaim that the coastline must be wrong.

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June 14, 2006

The list

Last week, Kate posted her list(you know the one) and asked for ours in return. I've answered this question several times over the years and my answers haven't changed much. Anyway, here's what I posted at Kate's Place:


1) Angelina Jolie- I have the hots for her since Hackers, or whatever the heck it was called.

2) Lucy Lawless/Renee O’Connor/Hudson Leick- Yes, I’m claiming a Xenaverse exemption. It’s my fantasy after all.

3) Jennifer Love Hewitt- I was kind of glad when she turned 18 so that I didn’t feel dirty watching her anymore.

4) Heather Locklear- ‘Nuff said.

5) Jennifer Connelly- One of the most beautiful women on the planet. Period.

Someone asked me if my wife wouldn’t mind if Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lucy Lawless showed up for a 4-way with me. I told her that my wife would be more upset that I’d actually gone insane and was experiencing hallucinations.

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June 09, 2006

You know that you're having a bad day when...

You fall headfirst into a septic tank and open your mouth to scream for help. Or you could simply be a conservative wading through the detritus clogging up the KosCon.

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June 05, 2006

No dick and fart jokes today

Crikey. First, Jeff Goldstein stops with the daily Martha Stewart prison diay entries. To be fair, she is no longer in prison and continued postings in that vein might be construed as a mental disorder. Anyway, Jeff now posts thoughtful, eloquent dissertations, quietly ripping his shrieking lefty opponents to shreds. So I hopped over to Ace's site for the best in potty humor. And now he's posting thought-provoking editorials. Where's a guy supposed to go for entertaining shit?

Actually, I'm bullshitting you. I enjoy well-reasoned posts, as opposed to feces flinging that I typically find on most lefty sites. That's probably the reason that I avoid most blogs of that type. I like reading posts written by thoughtful liberals, if for no other reason than said posts force me to examine my own opinions. Unfortunately, the number of reasonable liberals seems to diminish every day.

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We're back

Thank you for your patience.

I was on vacation with my family up in the mountains. No computers, no news and no blogs. As much as I enjoy this blog, and all of you readers and commenters, I've gotta say that I enjoyed the peace and quiet. A lot. Now it's back to my daily demented postings.

I followed one of Harvey's blog rules and didn't mention that I'd be gone. Amazingly, my traffic didn't really diminish, even though I didn't post anything for 2 weeks. That's probably an indication of something, but I'm loathe to admit the implication there.

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May 24, 2006

Record snowfall in Hell

Hey, it's a lot more likely than Lastango's request of Madonna found here.

As I type this post, thousands of Christians are gathering rope, pitchforks and burning torches in preparation of tarring and feathering Ms. Ciccone. Whoops, my bad.

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May 23, 2006

One cool Byrd

I've been waiting for Lori Byrd's reappearance on a group blog ever since the dustup at Polipundit recently. She's now roosting, part-time, over at Wizbang. Stop by and give her the old Wizbang welcome.

Not that one, you pervert! The nice one.

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May 19, 2006

Site under construction

I've finally decided to move to a 3-column display on this blog. However, I don't have tons of time to devote to the completion of this task. If you're looking for links right now, they're at the bottom of this page.

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May 17, 2006

Still not getting it

Lots of people, including Captain Ed, have jumped all over Vox's case about this column(linked here because the WND column was edited). He merely uses some historical perspective to debunk the assertion that "we CAN'T possibly deport 12 million illegals". What seems to have people's panties in a wad is that the reference was to the Nazis's attempted extermination of the Jews.


And he will be lying, again, just as he lied when he said: "Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic - it's just not going to work."

Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society


While I would have looked for a different example, I find the facts to be on his side. Nowhere does Vox advocate exterminating the Mexicans. In fact, he doesn't even favor mass deportation. He merely compares the numbers, 6 million versus 12 million, while pointing out the societal differences today that, one would think, would make identifying illegal immigrants much easier than identifying European Jews sixty years ago.

If you want to read into the article that

a) Vox really wants to herd up and kill the Mexicans or
b) He thinks that massive deportation should be issue #1

then go ahead. But don't pretend that you actually read the article as it's written. Read into whatever you want to, but don't pretend that it's actually what's written.

Update: It turns out that Rob at Say Anything did read it correctly, but he's still against the turn of phrase.


I, for one, believe it is totally possible for America to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. If we sealed off the border, empowered local law enforcement to arrest illegals and sped up the deportation process we could probably get most of them out of the country within five years or so. That being said, backing up one's support for mass deportation by citing the success Nazis had at exterminating the Jews is not exactly the best way to win over fence-sitters on this issue.

Okay, I will admit to my ignorance now, but will someone-anyone- please give be a better 20th century example of a country systematically rounding up a particular group of people, numbering in the millions, within a few years time, that was not predicated on the extermination of the aforementioned group. I mentioned above that I'd have sought a different example, but for the life of me, I cannot come up with one. Please, I really want to know. If you cannot provide me with another example, I will assume that you just don't like the Nazi reference, period, which is certainly your perogative. The factual accuracies contained within that reference can therfore simply be ignored because you find it horribly distasteful.

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May 10, 2006

And now for something completely different

I might be changing careers again. This time though, it would actually allow me to use my master's degree. I'm mulling over the life-changing implications of this decision. Good thoughts and/or prayers are always appreciated.

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May 08, 2006

It's a good idea

But it's not a new one. Breitbart.com has a story about people pre-paying for gasoline to try and head off higher future prices. If prices go down, you're stuck with having paid high prices. For the record, Priceline did this first; it was a pretty good program. However, Priceline decided to burn through all of its capital quickly, leaving lots of unhappy former customers.

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May 05, 2006

A little history

Many people believe that Cinco de Mayo is the date that Mexicans celebrate their independence from mother Spain. Like most other commonly accepted "truths", this one is false. For the record, Mexico gained independence in 1821. Cinco de Mayo celebrates something else entirely. Excerpt:


France invaded at the gulf coast of Mexico along the state of Veracruz (see map) and began to march toward Mexico City, a distance today of less than 600 miles. Although American President Abraham Lincoln was sympathetic to Mexico's cause, and for which he is honored in Mexico, the U.S. was involved in its own Civil War at the time and was unable to provide any direct assistance.

Marching on toward Mexico City, the French army encountered strong resistance at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. Lead by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a small, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men were able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date's celebration.

"The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862."

Add Mexicans to the seemingly endless supply of people able to defeat the French in battle. Included in this list are the Quadruple Amputee Girls Elementary School, the Paralytic School for the Blind and pretty much any local Cub Scout troop. Den mothers are prohibited because the French invariably wet themselves when confronted with opponents standing over 4 feet in height, weighing more than 50 pounds, or possessing the bodily strength of your average two-year old.

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May 04, 2006

AAAHHHHH!!!!!

A 33-year old man married a 104-year old woman. Excerpt:


A 33-year-old man in northern Malaysia has married a 104-year-old woman, saying mutual respect and friendship had turned to love, a news report said Tuesday.

Sounds like a May-1865 romance. Hey, I wonder how the groom's gonna like the wedding night? Probably like an old wallet. Leathery & dry with the possibility of a velcro-like strip. ::shudder::

And here's a photo of the happy couple, hidden below the fold.

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Thought for the day

" Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?"

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May 03, 2006

Sign up

Your personal information is just that: personal. No one should post your private information on the web. The dickheads who thought that it was just fine and dandy to post Michelle Malkin's home address/Google maps/etc. should be flogged, painted in honey and then tied down to an anthill. After that, we can start with the actual punishment. Sound harsh? You betcha. Even if you don't agree with my suggested solution, you probably agree with the whole privacy premise thing. If so, go here to sign the Online Integrity petition.

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Hip, hip, hooray!

I've so busy that I failed to notice that April 25 was Susie's 3rd blogiversary. Stop by and wish her well. If you already have, do it again. NOW!

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May 01, 2006

Dain bramage

Ever visit a site frequently only to discover that oops, you'd never actually added it to your blogroll?

Why am I the only who experiences this phenomenon? Inquiring minds want to know. In any event, I've rectified the situation and added Stop the ACLU to my blogroll.

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April 28, 2006

Sounds about right

From VW Bug comes this:

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:
"I dunno, press the button and find out."
What Will Your Famous Last Words Be?

Aparently my friends are somewhat at risk simply by hanging out with. Crap, I knew that already. I'm not certain that they know yet. But they will...

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April 27, 2006

A lost cause

I'm with Jonah on this one:


Irrespective and regardless of numerous objections from readers, I stand by my position that irregardless is not a word. As this explains it is at best "nonstandard" English. The most I am willing to concede to my critics is that the war to keep irregardless out of common usage is surely a losing one.

For a longer explanation of the "word's" controversy check out World Wide Words

I grit my teeth every time that piece of claptrap dribbles from someone's mouth. Gah.

Update: Derbyshire has more:


---Irregardless. A lost cause. I saw the wonderful movie Hester Street soon after it came out in 1975. At the point where the smart-aleck lawyer says: "Irregardless, as we lawyers say..." everyone in the movie theater laughed. Today, nobody would see the joke.

I'm reminded of time back in the 1990s when Websters essentially said fuck it and stopped to point out the distinctions between imply and infer, finally listing them as synonyms. I knew then that the end times were upon us.

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April 26, 2006

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Beer manufactured specifically for dogs.

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Say it ain't so!

Experts claim that astrology doesn't have any "connection between the traditional sun signs of the zodiac and characteristics of individuals."

No shit.

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April 25, 2006

Important announcement

Gregg Easterbrook and TMQ return to ESPN's Page 2 after a two year hiatus at NFL.com.

That is all.

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April 19, 2006

Food resource

An infomercial coming soon to a TV near you:


Cue the music. The curtain rises and it's Tom Cruise!

::applause::

Tom: I'd like to thank everyone for coming today.

Host: Tom, we're so happy to have you on today. You're here to show us your new cookbook, right.

Tom: That's right, and here it is: After Lunch. After Dinner. Yes, Afterbirth!. Placenta, one of the great untapped food resources in the world today.

Host(clapping): That's great, Tom! Isn't it, audience?

::crickets chirping::

Put it on right after one with the spray-on hair. It'll be huge.

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April 17, 2006

Free grill

You can get a free BBQ grill from any of the following stores:

A&P

Albertsons

Costco

Food Lion

Fry's

Kroger

Meijer

Publix

Safeway

Sam's Club

Target

Vons

Wal-Mart

Winn-Dixie

I especially like the higher shelf which can be used for keeping things warm!


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The sky is fallying!

Then again, maybe not. Chresten Anderson links to an open letter to the Canadian Prime Minister. I'll excerpt briefly:


The problem is very clear since “observational evidence does not support today’s computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future. Yet this is precisely what the United Nations did in creating and promoting Kyoto and still does in the alarmist forecasts on which Canada’s” as well as all of Europe’s “climate policies are based.”

The 60 experts, many of whom are European, go on to say that “even if the climate models were realistic, the environmental impact of Canada delaying implementation of Kyoto or other greenhouse-gas reduction schemes, pending completion of consultations, would be insignificant. Directing your government to convene balanced, open hearings as soon as possible would be a most prudent and responsible course of action.

That must have been a BIG check from the fossil fuel industry.</sarcasm>

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April 14, 2006

Up your's!

I've noodled over the whole Mohammed cartoon issue for a while. I believe that it's more complicated that most people seem to think. Do we have the right to publish them? Unquestionably yes. Does that translate into must publish? Survey says: BZZZZZ!. And I understand why some companies would choose to err on the side of caution. Gerard provides a great illustration of this with regards to Borders. To wit:


Is it really the case that your guys expect me, after months of watching this global governmental cowardice in the face of Islamic intimidation go down, to pin a big "Kick Me" sign on the backs of every one of my employees? Dudes, I worked in the grocery business for most of my career and if I am the last line of defense here, log off and head for the mountain redoubt with a box lunch because the terrorists have won.

However, I believe that, in other cases, capitulation to the Islam uber alles crowd is the order of the day. Patterico understands Borders's position, but finds Comedhimmi Central's cowardly groveling might damned pathetic:


Which brings us back to South Park. One of the most dangerous ideas in the world right now is Islamic exceptionalism. The pernicious notion that Islam is a force above and beyond all human law–and above all human rights–drives terrorism, empowers fascist movements, and immiserates a huge swath of the world. What insufferable airs. What an indefensible pretense. What a ridiculous pose.

What a laugh. Its consequences are tragedy and atrocity, but radical Islam’s source is a farce.

The same is true, to a much lesser degree, with Scientology, which hasn’t killed anyone but still regards itself with all the touchy, priggish self-importance of a bunch of new-age Ayatollahs. What a bunch of censorious ninnies. Get over yourselves.

If ever there were creeds that needed taking down a notch, these are the ones. Good for South Park for laughing at them. I don’t like South Park because they are indiscriminate with their scorn and insult things for the sake of being insulting, but they sure got this one right. And jeers to Comedy Central for shutting them down. Not only does Comedy Central scorn the things that don’t deserve it, but unlike South Park, they turn away from insulting the things that really do deserve it. As a civic institution, they’re a complete failure, and they’ve misused this important freedom we are fighting to defend.

Cowards.

Update: Michelle Malkin posts some proposed new logos for the network that fellates camels. And although these images are probably copyrighted, I feel certain that their creators won't mind if I share them with both of my readers. So here are two from the Maker of Worlds:

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I was hoping for an image of Mohammed screwing a camel bearing Cowardly Central's logo, but that's probably a little too disgusting for Michelle Malkin to post.

Update: Kudos to Damien Penny for coining the prhase Cowardly Central.

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April 13, 2006

Max Dugan Returns

Or maybe Michele. I can't remember which. Regardless, it's good news.

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April 05, 2006

Cool news

Everyone else probably knows, but Heather and Brian are expecting, so Yay. Heather's thinking about dropping her blog, which isn't so cool, so go let her know that you'd like her to stick around.

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April 04, 2006

Dewey beats Truman. Again

Looks like Amazon.com employs some rabid UCLA fans.

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A bit of sanity in an insane world

An Op-Ed in today's Washington Times. Excerpt:


We reprint this false alarm not to suggest that the current arguments about global warming are wrong. We don't know them to be right or wrong; there is too much scientific uncertainty clouding the issue. Rather, we simply wish to point out that scientists and the journalists and government agencies who cite them have been wrong on the subject of climate change before, quite recently in fact.

The judgment of the scientific community -- much less the judgment of international political entities or scribblers who cite them as authorities -- should not control this debate. "The science is settled," say the proponents; the consensus exists. But too often the disclaimers and scientific qualifiers get edited out of those press releases. And science is not about consensus in any event. It is about testing hypotheses and building evidence through experimentation.

No shit.

Update: Related links found at the Corner: here and here.

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March 31, 2006

I'm reminded of something

And Oliver has run himself over.

I can't be the only one who was reminded of that when reading this story.

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For what it's worth

Today, March 31 is . . . . Bunsen Burner Day and National Clams On The Half Shell Day.

Okay, I'll admit: it isn't worth much.

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The beauty of blogs

Some people tell me that they don't read blogs, believing them to be a waste of time. My point is that if you're not reading blogs, you're missing out on some truly exceptional writing. Like here, for instance.

Despite this blog's evidence to the contrary, I'm actually quite skilled at composing a well-crafted dissertation on a particular subject, when I put some my mind to it. However, I simply do not have the ability to convey tenor, tone, or emotions like Helen does. When I read her blog, I feel like I'm there with her.

Not convinced? I suggest that you read this post, this one and this one before you decide.

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March 27, 2006

One of these things is not like the other...

See if you can spot the not too slight difference in the reporting contained in these two articles, which I found via KJL at the Corner. First report:


German scientists said on Friday they had isolated sperm-producing stem cells that have similar properties to embryonic stem cells from adult mice.

If the same type of cells in humans show similar qualities the researchers from the Georg-August-University of Goettingen believe they could be used in stem cell research which would remove the ethical dilemma associated with stem cells derived from human embryos.

"These isolated spermatogonial stem cells respond to culture conditions and acquire embryonic stem cell properties," Gerd Hasenfuss and his colleagues said in report published online by the journal Nature.

Second report, title only:


Embryonic Stem Cell Success

I was trying to come up with something snarky, but my brain just imploded. Repair crews are adding back the logic and truthfullness that got sucked out of them by the Waskington Post.


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March 23, 2006

Amazing juggler

I know that when many of you hear the words "juggler" or "juggling", your eyes glaze over from the boredom you're anticipating. Well, check out this video. You might be impressed.

Update: Or maybe not. Via a commenter, here's a pretty good smackdown of Bliss's performance, complete with video of someone doing the exact same routine with five balls.

Valid points, but I still enjoy the original, notwithstanding how much more difficult the diss video is.

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March 13, 2006

Is that all?

Via Bane comes the quiz that gave me the following result:

I am 51% Asshole/Bitch.
Sort of Assholy or Bitchy!
I am abrasive, some people really hate me, but there may be a group of other tight knit assholes and bitches that I can hang out with and get me. Everybody else? Fuck ‘em.
Take the
Asshole/Bitch Test
@ FualiDotCom

51%? I must not be trying hard enough. Trust me: I can be an enormous asshole.

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What she said

A former social worker went off the deep end. Excerpt in the extended entry:

5) The crack addict who prostituted her 8 year old son to support her drug habit: Congratulations! You have just managed to turn me into a supporter of the death penalty! What's that? You're concerned about having your little boy placed in an abusive foster home? Oh don't worry, your son is fine, dear. He won't be going to a foster home after all. You see, we had to place him in an institution because he now likes to save his feces in plastic bags so he can use them as lubrication when he jacks off onto women's panties. He also tries to rape other children. What causes him to do such awful things, you ask? Well, I'm not sure dear, but I'll hazard a guess. I could be wrong, but perhaps his current behaviors have something to do with the fact that his MOTHER RENTED OUT HIS ASS TO HUNDREDS OF PEDOPHILES TO SUPPORT HER CRACK HABIT!!!! Bitch, I hope you get ass-raped by Genghis Khan in hell for all eternity. I'd love to beat you upside the head with a tire iron and take a big steaming shit on your chest. I'd probably lose my license if I did that, though.

Unlike American Digest, I picked one of the "more grisly" excerpts.

I have a friend who is currently doing her practical work in preparation for becoming a social worker. She has no idea what she's in for.

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March 07, 2006

Intemperate thoughts

So I hear that It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp these days. You know what else is, apparently, even harder? Writing a second effing lyric for your song.

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This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Lego Brokeback Mountain.

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March 06, 2006

Bon voyage, Mr. Puckett

Kirby Puckett passed away today at the age of 44.

So long, Kirby. Rest in peace.

Update: Powerline remembers Kirby.

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February 27, 2006

This just in

Actually, it isn't, but I just got around to noticing it: our good old Suburban mistress is expecting a new playmate for Spiderman.

I'll offer the following as an excuse: when a favorite blogger stops posting for a while, I'll stop by the site weekly for a while, then I'll simply forget to check in, assuming that life happens and that hey, I'll check in again. Of course, I then forget to check in again. It seems that I've missed a couple of months of posts. Whoops. Anyway, go and wish her well, especially with her newfound food cravings. I vividly remember my wife's second pregnancy, so I can empathize with two words: ice cream. All you men out there with pregnant wives would be well advised to remember those words.

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February 22, 2006

This is certainly good news

Annie, via Jennifer and Cassandra, posted her answer to this question: "What was the #1 song in the U.S.A. the day you were born?" It turns out that my song is "Walk Like a Man". I'm justnot certain whether the title was prescient(I've been upright for years) or merely suggestive. After all, many women have accused me of dragging my knuckles, so it's not too off base.

What was your #1 song?

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February 16, 2006

I took some steps, too

Harvey started something with this post, wherein he asks people to tell him the very first word in his or her first blog post. My first post pretty much sucked; things went downhill from there. Be that as it may, here is the first blog body word from my very first post: "Well"

What was your's?

FYI: Read quickly, as you will be auto-forwarded back to this blog in about 30 seconds.

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February 14, 2006

I'm a bit surprised

I really thought that DS9 would be #1:

You scored as Babylon 5 (Babylon 5). The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesnâ??t matter, because no matter what you have your friends and youâ??ll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

88%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

81%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

75%

Serenity (Firefly)

75%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

69%

SG-1 (Stargate)

69%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

56%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

56%

Moya (Farscape)

56%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

44%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

44%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

38%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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February 06, 2006

I question the validity

Via Bane comes the quiz whose results are listed below:

You Are 40% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!
How Weird Are You?

Only 40%? Umm, no. Not even freakin' close.

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January 31, 2006

I laughed, I cried

It was better than Cats.

Note to Euroweenies: stop pissing off Emily. You know not what you do.

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This could get you killed

SOTU drinking game, v.2006. Excerpt:

EVENT

# of Drinks

Every time he says....

“The state of our union is strong…” (or some version of this)

1

troops

small 1

Iraq
1

Iran

1

terror (however it’s pronounced)

small 1

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2 (+1 if he pronounces it correctly)

Saddam Hussein or Saddam

1

democracy
2
"elections" 3 or more times within one minute, when referring to the Iraqi or Palestinian elections
2
freedom
1

There's more. Lots more.

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January 30, 2006

Me, too

Via CalTechGirl comes this quiz, from which I received this result:

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Spider-Man
85%
Green Lantern
75%
Superman
70%
The Flash
65%
Iron Man
65%
Supergirl
63%
Hulk
55%
Robin
53%
Catwoman
45%
Wonder Woman
43%
Batman
35%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

So there is some common ground between UNC fans and Duke fans. Will wonders never cease?

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January 18, 2006

Technological breakthrough

If, like me, you spend a lot of time in front of your computer, it's likely that you take some of your meals there as well. Now your monitor is probably a little messy, what with flecks of food and spray from soda littering the glass. I've developed something that will automatically clean your CRT screen. Open the extended entry to see this invention.

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January 15, 2006

We're back

Thank you for your patience. Or in some cases, not. :->

Hey, I'm entitled to a little vacation with the wife and children sometimes, and I don't own a wireless enabled laptop.

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January 03, 2006

Coming soon to a court near you

A guy in in the UK sued a locality for compensation because he soiled his pants. I am not making this up.

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December 29, 2005

Mazeltov!

Stephen and Melissa Green now have a bouncing baby boy, Preston Davis Green. Stop by and congratulate the happy parents.

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December 28, 2005

It's just that simple

Uh no, it isn't. Michael Crichton offers both insights and some stubborn facts concerning the current state of the world. Excerpt:


Now, if we are to do better in this new century, what must we do differently? In a word, we must embrace complexity theory. We must understand complex systems.

We live in a world of complex systems. The environment is a complex system. The government is a complex system. Financial markets are complex systems. The human mind is a complex system---most minds, at least.

By a complex system I mean one in which the elements of the system interact among themselves, such that any modification we make to the system will produce results that we cannot predict in advance.

Furthermore, a complex system demonstrates sensitivity to initial conditions. You can get one result on one day, but the identical interaction the next day may yield a different result. We cannot know with certainty how the system will respond.

Third, when we interact with a complex system, we may provoke downstream consequences that emerge weeks or even years later. We must always be watchful for delayed and untoward consequences.

The science that underlies our understanding of complex systems is now thirty years old. A third of a century should be plenty of time for this knowledge and to filter down to everyday consciousness, but except for slogans—like the butterfly flapping its wings and causing a hurricane halfway around the world—not much has penetrated ordinary human thinking.

On the other hand, complexity theory has raced through the financial world. It has been briskly incorporated into medicine. But organizations that care about the environment do not seem to notice that their ministrations are deleterious in many cases. Lawmakers do not seem to notice when their laws have unexpected consequences, or make things worse. Governors and mayors and managers may manage their complex systems well or badly, but if they manage well, it is usually because they have an instinctive understanding of how to deal with complex systems. Most managers fail.

Why? Our human predisposition treat all systems as linear when they are not. A linear system is a rocket flying to Mars. Or a cannonball fired from a canon. Its behavior is quite easily described mathematically. A complex system is water gurgling over rocks, or air flowing over a bird’s wing. Here the mathematics are complicated, and in fact no understanding of these systems was possible until the widespread availability of computers.

One complex system that most people have dealt with is a child. If so, you've probably experienced that when you give the child an instruction, you can never be certain what response you will get. Especially if the child is a teenager. And similarly, you can’t be certain that an identical interaction on another day won’t lead to spectacularly different results.

If you have a teenager, or if you invest in the stock market, you know very well that a complex system cannot be controlled, it can only be managed. Because responses cannot be predicted, the system can only be observed and responded to. The system may resist attempts to change its state. It may show resiliency. Or fragility. Or both.

An important feature of complex systems is that we don’t know how they work. We don’t understand them except in a general way; we simply interact with them. Whenever we think we understand them, we learn we don’t. Sometimes spectacularly.
...
And for that matter, who believes that the complex system of our atmosphere behaves in such a simple and predictable way that if we reduce one component, carbon dioxide, we will therefore reliably reduce temperature? CO2 is not like an accelerator on a car. It’s not linear (and by the way, neither is a car accelerator.) And furthermore, who believes that the climate can be stabilized when it has never been stable throughout the earth’s history? We can only entertain such an idea if we don’t really understand what a complex system is. We’re like the blonde who returned the scarf because it was too tight. We don’t get it.

Fortunately, studies show that we can learn to manage complex systems. There are people who have investigated complex systems management, and know how to do it. But it demands humility.

And I would add, along with humility, managing complex systems also demands the ability to admit we are wrong, and to change course. If you manage a complex system you will frequently, if not always, be wrong. You have to backtrack. You have to acknowledge error. You’ve probably learned that with your children. Or, if you don’t have children, with your bosses.

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December 23, 2005

I believe in Santa Claus

Okay, maybe I just need to believe in Santa Claus. In any event, I believe that this editorial should have put the question to rest, permanently. Thank you, Virginia O'Hanlon:

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon
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Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus?Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

I'm certain that I will repeat this story many times to my newborn daughter, who coincidentally is named Virginia. Yes, I believe, too.

Yes, this is essentially a retread from last year's post. Sue me. I plan to post this little gem every year.

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December 16, 2005

Christmas info memo

CHRISTMAS INFO MEMO 12/21
IT CAME UPON A SERVER CLEAR...
***************************************************
Archaeologists working in the Holy Land have discovered an ancient
diskette mixed up with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Here is what they found on the diskette:

Date: Mon, 2 Dec

To: all@gol.com

From: Caesar_Augustus@Rome.gov

Subject: Taxes, Census

I decree that all the inhabited world shall be counted and taxed. You must
every one go unto your own city.
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Date: Wed, 4 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: Reservations

Please reserve room for two, perhaps three, for December 24 to
January 6.
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Date: Fri, 6 Dec

To: nazrthjosph@gol.com

From: Inn@Bethlehem.com

Subject: RE: Reservations

Sorry, no room available. We've got the Hanukkah rush and the census crowd.
Thank heaven Athens beat us out for the Olympics this year! Why not come in
the off-season and get our special rate? Anyway, if you have a forms-capable
browser, you can register for the census and pay your taxes on the Med Wide Web
at http://mww.Caesar.gov/render.html.
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Date: Sun, 8 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: RE: RE: Reservations

Forms-capable browser? You must be kidding! It'll probably take
Galilee OnLine a couple of thousand years to work out access like
that. Please place us on waiting list for room.
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Date: Mon, 23 Dec

To: Inn@Bethlehem.com

From: healthdept@ci.beth.judea

Subject: Temporary Permit

Due to the crush of taxpayers and holiday visitors, you are hereby
granted a permit to use your stable, barn, or any agricultural outbuildings
for temporary lodging or shelter for up to 30 days from this date.

Address any appeals to:
Herod@Jerusalem.gov
ATTN: Manger Manager
-----------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: Webmaster@houseofdavid.net

From: nazrthjosph@gol.com

Subject: It's a boy!

Unto us a son is born.

Let the family know. He came upon a midnight clear, away in a manger.
Hope to upgrade room.

Love, Joe
-----------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heraldangels@lord.org

Subject: Hark!

Tidings of great joy: Unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour.
-----------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heavenlyhost@lord.org

Subject: Praise the Lord ...

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
men.
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Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: shepherds@nightwatch.com

From: heavenlyhost@lord.org

Subject: ... and Pass the Admonition

If ye do not act now, rates for heavenly hostingWeb sites will go up
January 1. Sign up now to lock in current prices, so ye can make known
abroad (at our famous low rates) the saying which was told you
concerning this child, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that ye have heard and seen, as it was told unto you.
-----------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: heavenlyhost@lord.org

From: shepherds@nightwatch.com

Subject: RE: ... and Pass the Admonition

Angels we have heard on high. We'll sign up, but only if you can get
us the domain name we want: FirstNoel.com.
-----------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 25 Dec

To: nazrthjosph@gol.com

From: melchior@magi.edu

Subject: Star sighting

We've seen the light! Heading your way. May take a few days. Caspar wants
to pick up some gold, frankincense, and myrrh before leaving. And for some
reason, everything seems to be closed today. Also, transportation is heavily
booked westward leading, still proceeding. We just got bumped off a caravan
because Balthazar wanted a non-smoking camel. See you January 6 or so.
Sorry we'll miss the bris. So, what are you going to name the kid, anyway?
------------------------------------------
And his name shall be called Jesus.
That's what this is all about...
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December 14, 2005

Tools of Satan?

The author of this insane screed thinks that cats are E-V-I-L. Excerpt:


It is a well-known fact that cats are impossible to tame, teach or raise in the truth. The cat has a rebellious, independent spirit. While the animal itself may be unaware of this tragic condition, it serves only its true master - Satan, the Devil.

I look forward to this guy being interviewed by Katie Couric as a fine example of all God-fearing people in this country.

Now go away. My cat asked me to hang my crucifix upside down.

Link via The Rage Diaries.

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December 09, 2005

Christmas questions redux: copy, blog, repeat

Submitted by: Name withheld to protect the quilty.

It's a matter of my opinion that Yule love the game we're about to
play. In each sentence below, fill in the blank or blanks with an
expression commonly used at Christmastide. Answers repose at the
end of this column.

1. On December 24, Adam's wife was known as _____ _____.

2. In Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Scrooge was
visited by the ghost of _____ _____.

3. An opinion survey in Alaska is called a _____ _____.

4. What does Santa Claus do with his three gardens?
_____, _____, _____

5. What Christmas message is conveyed by these letters?:
ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. _____, _____

6. When the salt and the pepper say "Hi!" to each other,
they are passing on _____ _____.

7. A holy man bereft of change could be called _____ _____.

8. When you cross a sheep with a cicada, you get a _____ _____.

9. A quiet medieval armor-wearer is a _____ _____.

10. A cat walking on the desert is bound to get _____ _____.

11. People who tell jokes on December 25 might be called _____ _____.
12. An airplane disaster in Israel is a _____.

13. Actor O'Connor and actress Channing are known on
December 25 as _____ _____.

14. What do Spanish sheep says when they wish each
other a Merry Christmas? _____ _____.

Meretricious to all! And don't forget that There's
No Plate Like Chrome for the Hollandaise.

Answers
1. Christmas Eve
2. Christmas Present
3. North Poll
4. Hoe, hoe, hoe.
5. Noel, Noel (no l, no l)
6. seasons' greetings.
7. St. Nickleless.
8. Bah! (or Baa!) Humbug!
9. silent knight
10. sandy claws
11. Christmas cards
12. cresh
13. Christmas Carols
14. Fleece Navidad!


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December 08, 2005

It just occurred to me...

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
my Bonnie lies over the sea.
She's a real tall girl.

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That's entertainment

I hear that Jennifer Aniston is suing a photographer for taking pictures of her while she sunbathed topless. The lawsuit is for invasion of privacy and not for embarrassment, which is a good thing: these pictures show nothing to be ashamed of IMHO, Derbyshire's creep comments notwithstanding.

Update: Yes, I realize that by showing these pictures I'm also invading her privacy. I'll repent of my evil ways whilst taking a very cold shower.

One other thing: if you think that Jennifer is too over the hill to get excited about, I've got a special joke just for you in the extended entry:

A guy comes home from work one day and finds his girlfriend packing her things into a suitcase.

"What are you doing, sweetie?"

"I'm leaving you. I found out something about you today that makes me sick to my stomach: you're a pedorast!"

"Pedorast, huh? That's a might big word for an eight year old."

Update: Pictures can now be found here.

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December 06, 2005

Shop elsewhere

I never advocate boycotts. However, I personally will not to shop at Target this Christmas season. Your decision is, of course, your own.

target.jpg

Thanks to Debbie Schlussel via XLRQ for the update. Oh, and the image swiped from there as well.

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Bring out yer dead!

Time to submit your rosters for the Dead Pool, v.2006. Here is a new rule for 2006:


Players must be bloggers and willing to expend an effort in promoting the game and cheering on their picks as they appear in the headlines, flirting with death. All players must join this site as contributing authors are welcome to with the understanding that shameless self-promotion of their own blogs in the process of making posts about their rosters is not only welcome, but encouraged.

Every player must blog about each of their picks at least once per calendar quarter (January - March / April - June / July - September / October - December). This means 15 posts per quarter times four quarters = 60 minimum posts. Failure to blog about a particular pick during a quarter means the loss of that pick. There will be no reminders or status pages of blogged picks, so track your roster carefully during the year.

If a pick dies during the year, then you no longer have to blog about that pick.

I think that the new blogging requirement will come back to bite me in the ass, but that's my problem.

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December 05, 2005

"We used to be a free country"

In deference to Jerry Pournelle

OTB/Radley Balko link to a story of a woman who got tasered by the police for refusing to take a blood alcohol test. Here is a link to the video. I can't make out a lot of what's being said. Except for, of course, the woman's screams of "OH MY GOD!" as she's being tasered.

Hey Barney! Here's some free advice: knock it off. If you and partner can't handle a 100 lb. woman, find another line of work.

Update: James Joyner politely mentioned in the comments that I had linked to the wrong story. Whoops.

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December 01, 2005

May I have your attention

Time to rack up Dots

Please read the press release below.


Dec 2, 2005: Slingdot.com goes live! 


SlingDot is a gaming community built around on-line casual gaming, chat, contests, cash and prizes.  SlingDot features a Free Games section open to unlimited play for all gamers over the age of 12 and a members-only gaming area called the DotSpot.  DotSpot membership is available Dec 15th and is only $4.95 a month or $29.95 a year.  Full membership benefits include access to exclusive games, member contests, enhanced chat features, no advertising, and greater opportunities to win cash and prizes.


All levels of gamers earn Dots for their play.  The better you are, the more you'll earn, and DotSpot members earn triple the Dots of free account players.  Beginning Feb 1, 2005 Dots can be used to enter daily, weekly, and monthly drawings for cold hard cash.  In coming months SlingDot will unveil many other benefits and personalization items that players can access using their Dots.  And as the old saying goes - he who dies with the most Dots wins!  How many Dots you got?


Dec 2 is a soft launch for the site with more features and games being added every day.  Visit us, check the news area for upcoming additions, and share your thoughts with us.  This is a gaming community, and the players will drive the look, feel, and feature set as this community grows.  Our goal is to make your gaming experience the best it can be!


As a special introductory offer, all players get a 14 day free trial membership to the DotSpot, giving everyone access to the members-only games.  Play them all, rack up Dots, and save them for the future. 


FYI: I'm not an employee in this venture, own no stock in it and am not on the payroll.

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November 30, 2005

It's that time of year

Yes, it's here again. As Christmas approaches, I find that my admittedly limited ability to create new stuff absolutely craters, leading me to repost things from holiday season's past. However, it's new to some people every year. Anyway, if you think that you're experiencing deja vu over the next 30 days or so, don't worry: you're probably just going crazy. Start drinking heavily and it will all get better.

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No, really?

Shouldn't everyone's reaction to this article be No Shit?

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He's baaacckkk

Acidman is back and blogging. Go by and wish him well.

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Bringing bad things to life

Remember the good old days when air guitar was huge? Unfortunately, I do. I had hoped that the craze would go the way of the dodo. That seems unlikely now that some Finnish students have created a computer system to add sound to your fantasy instrument. Excerpt:


Finnish computer science students have devised a system which enables air guitarists to hear themselves 'play'.

The Virtual Air Guitar project, developed at the Helsinki University of Technology, adds genuine electric guitar sounds to the air guitar.

Using a computer to monitor the hand movements of the 'player', it adds riffs and licks to match frantic mid-air finger work, reports New Scientist.

The Virtual Air Guitar project? If that isn't a sign of the end times, I don't know what is.

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November 28, 2005

Seems right to me

Enzyme
You are an enzyme. You are powerful, dark,
variable, and can change many things at your
whim...even when they're not supposed to be
changed. Bad you. You can be dangerous or
wonderful; it's your choice.


Which Biological Molecule Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Thanks? to CalTech Girl for the link.

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War on reason

I have mixed feelings about legalizing drugs, despite conservative proponents such as Bill Buckley. However, this War on Drugs™ has long since passed the point where people can think that most anti-crime measures are reasonable. Case in point is this article by Jacob Sullum. Excerpt:


At my local drugstore, shelves of cold and allergy medicine have been replaced by merchandise cards hanging from metal rods. If I want to buy one of these remedies, I have to take the corresponding card to the pharmacist's counter, wait in line, show my ID and add my name to a register.

This procedure, required by an "emergency order" from Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, is supposed to prevent me from using the pseudoephedrine in products such as Sudafed and Dayquil to cook up a batch of methamphetamine in my garage.
...
Hard as this collateral damage is to justify, it pales next to that suffered by other innocent victims of the government's war on methamphetamine. Last summer, for instance, state and federal agents arrested 49 convenience store clerks and owners in Georgia on charges they sold pseudoephedrine and other supplies to informants posing as meth cooks.

The supplies, including matches, charcoal, antifreeze, coffee filters, aluminum foil, and cat litter, were all perfectly legal. The charges, carrying penalties of up to 25 years in prison as well as fines and asset forfeiture, are based on the doubtful premise the defendants knew or should have known what the fake customers pretended to be planning.

All but a few of the defendants are Indian immigrants, and many have a weak grasp of ordinary English, let alone the slang of black-market meth manufacturers. Several said they assumed the guy who bought matches and camping fuel, saying he needed to "finish up a cook," was having a barbecue.

This is the logic of the war on drugs. By criminalizing possession of a substance readily manufactured using innocuous everyday products, the government created the illicit labs it is trying to shut down by criminalizing the sale of those innocuous everyday products.

Perhaps recognizing that the lives of most Americans have not been affected by the "meth epidemic," prohibitionists are determined to spread the pain around.

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November 27, 2005

Quote of the day

And it's from Hog On Ice:


Here’s how it works. Dan Rather tries to palm off a memo written in crayon, and one blogger notes that Crayola didn't make that color back when Bush was in the Guard, and another blogger says they did, but it was only available in the mental institution where Bill Burkett used to spend time, talking to the kitties printed on the wallpaper. Sooner or later, we figure out the truth, and then Dan gets a gold watch and a paint-by-numbers kit and some new slippers.

Okay, more like an extended post theft than a quote. But it made me giggle like a schoolgirl.

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November 22, 2005

Thanksgiving proclamation from 1789

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789


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Smoking really is bad for you

Doubly bad, I suppose, if you attempt to open the door of an airplane in mid-flight so as to have a puff.

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Buckhead responds

I'm probably the last person on the Internet to have noticed, but Buckhead, he of Rathergate fame, has posted Clues for the Clueless on his webpage, detailing his investigation into the forged documents. Check out this excerpt from Part I of his explanation:


Ever since the controversy over the CBS use of forged memos erupted, those disappointed by the exposure of the forgeries have wondered if the whole thing wasn't some sort of set up perpetrated by the Dark Lord, Karl Rove. Integral to this paranoid theorizing was their slack-jawed amazement that anyone could have observed and commented that the documents were fake based on typography as quickly as I did. How could anyone not on the inside have articulated a technical and convincing explanation that the documents were fake within a few hours of the broadcast? Well, here's your answer. It's probably too late to make any difference, but I am no longer able to stifle myself now that Mary Mapes' has written a several hundred page book parading her venomous disregard for those who exposed her lies and her delusional self-image as the Joan of Arc of investigative journalism.

So, how did I know?

The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot.

Personally, I think that he should stop beating around the bush and get to his point. Strictly my opinion, of course.

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November 18, 2005

Definition of a bad day

Graumagus created a new one. Excerpt:


Some time later this week I'm scheduled to be struck by a frozen meteor of blue feces released midflight from a faulty airline toilet resevoir. I won't be lucky enough to die from the hit, instead it will permanentally stain my head and face blue and give me brain damage so I wander the earth like a slack-jawed, drooling, Pictish village idiot complete with stank ass lumpy woad paint. It will forever limit my career options to begging for sandwich crusts and ketchup packets, being a Wal-mart greeter, or becoming economic advisor for Governor Blagojevich.

My advice? Start drinking heavily.

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November 16, 2005

Objects in drinking glass are smaller than they appear

A new phase in post-victory celebrations is at hand. I dunno about you, but I'm waxing nostalgic for the day when people simply set fire to random cars. I guess that makes me an old fogey.

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It's that time of year again

It's time for the 2005 Weblog Awards. Nominations are now open.

Personal request: someone-I have no idea who, because it sure wasn't me- nominated me last year for, I believe, best humor blog. Notice the 2004 Weblog Award Finalist image in the sidebar. It sure would be nice to be nominated again this year....

Okay, I can be tacky and nominate myself. Feel free to move about the cabin now.

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November 15, 2005

Required reading

Are you reading the Dilbert Blog? If not, you're missing out. Check out this post and its followup.

Sure, Scott Adams makes with the funny every day, but you might not have noticed that the guy can actually write pretty well.

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November 14, 2005

Helpful advice

Tape a chocolate bar to the outside of your microwave. If the chocolate melts you will know that the microwaves are escaping and it is time to have the oven serviced.

A mouse trap, placed on top on of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep.

Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don't know.

Before attempting to remove stubborn stains from a garment always circle the stain in permanent ink pen so that when you remove the garment from the washing machine you can easily locate the area of the stain and check that it has gone.

Lose weight quickly by eating raw pork and rancid tuna. I found that the subsequent food poisoning enabled me to lose 12 pounds in only 2 days.

Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.

High blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for a while, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.

Olympic athletes. Conceal the fact that you have taken performance enhancing drugs by simply running a little slower and letting someone else win.

Heavy smokers: Don't throw away those filters from the end of your cigarettes. Save them up and within a few years you'll have enough to insulate your ceiling.

Create instant designer stubble by sucking a magnet and dipping your chin in a bowl of iron fillings.

X File fans: Create the effect of being abducted by aliens by drinking two bottles of vodka. You'll invariably wake up in a strange place the following morning, having had your memory mysteriously 'erased'.

A sheet of sandpaper makes a cheap and effective substitute for costly maps when visiting the Sahara desert.

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November 10, 2005

Best wishes

Stop by and wish Cal Tech Girl a Happy Birthday, a birthday that she shares with the US Marine Corps, God love 'em.

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I'm always the last to know

But the news is so good, I don't care: Steven Den Beste is back blogging again, this time at Red State. Check out this excerpt in his bio:


Yup, it's me alright. Accept no substitutes.

By the way, please show some couth and don't gush all over the comments.

What is this couth thing, and why is he talking about it?

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And so it begins

The first Avian Flu death was reported in Anaheim, California. Look at the picture in the extended entry. It's horrifying.

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Update: Welcome Vodka Pundit readers! I wondered why my traffic for the day looked like this.

Update: Welcome, Dean Esmay readers!

Update: Link to the Carnival of the Trackbacks.

Update: Best decsription of this photo can be found at The Ramblings of a Geek. Excerpt:


Apparently the first avian birdflu death has occurred in California. A former Navy man and the primary caretaker for triplets too.

Mheh.

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November 09, 2005

Worthy read

From Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Excerpt:


The American male is broken, and in his own brokenness, he is compromising his marriage and crippling his children. Immersed in a culture which is obsessed with success through competition, he is trained to forever feel like a failure. Rather than peering inside himself to discover his own unique gifts, he stares in front to see who has surpassed him, and behind, to see who is gaining on him.

The modern American male has little self-esteem and is a muddle of broken dreams. He lives in a society resembling not a circle, in which all are treated more or less as equals, but a pyramid, in which only a tiny few are perched at the top and the overwhelming majority are made to feel that they are at various stations of the bottom.

He is painfully aware that the recognition and respect of his peers will not come from assisting his kids with homework, or remaining faithful to his wife. All around him, the culture glorifies men who have built businesses even as they have abandoned wives, like Jack Welch and Donald Trump. Treating his co-workers with dignity will never bring him into the Forbes 400. Reading his children a bedtime story will not get him an invitation to the White House.
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Bereft of inspiration, he fails to inspire his children. He does not parent them so much as admonish them. So they are reduced to searching for substitute heroes, and like him, they become TV addicts. The company of friends soon becomes far more fulfilling than their father's company, further isolating parent from child.

The great tragedy of this daily scenario is the fact that all along this man was a hero, only he never saw it. He got up every day to feed his children. He struggles with temptation, yet came home to his wife. But that never made him feel good about himself, because he bought the lie that a man is only important if he is rich or famous.

Read it all.

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November 07, 2005

I love science

It leads to experiments like this one: What is the Ultimate Jell-O® Shot?

This experiment shows promise as well. Paraphrasing an old line from Dennis Miller: I wear two condoms all of the time and, when I get ready to make love, I take one off, which makes me feel like a wildman. It's kind of like a batter in the on-deck circle swinging two bats so that one bat will feel light by comparison.

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I passed

You Passed the US Citizenship Test
Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!
Could You Pass the US Citizenship Test?
Link via Dean.
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The honest boss

How does your boss stack up against this one?

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November 03, 2005

Interesting list

John Henke finally posts a followup to his review of left-wing blogs. This time, right-wingers are in his sights. Notable excerpts:


(1) Instapundit— right-leaning, pro-Iraq war (neo)libertarian; essentially, Glenn Reynolds is the managing editor of the right side of the blogosphere, and linkage from Instapundit can make or break a post, a blog or a controversy. As Reynolds has noted in the past, "InstaPundit is not an unbiased news service. It consists entirely of my opinions and such links to factual items as I find interesting." Fortunately, Reynolds reads and links widely, and, if not unbiased, he's at least relatively even-handed.
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(5) Hugh Hewitt— If you were to combine all three Powerline bloggers, Sean Hannity and any given Republican Party Chairman in some sort of GOP experiment to create the most reliable Republican pundit ever...you'd have Hugh Hewitt: the distilled essence of The Party Man.
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(13) ScrappleFace; IMAO; Lileks; Cox and Forkum— Republicans are funny, too! Granted, they can't draw like Ted Rall, write like Mark Morford, or make people laugh like Michael Moore. But, really, that's a compliment.

Read the rest.

Update: I checked out the left-wing blog review again and I simply have to post this excerpt:


(8) Oliver Willis —- Ridiculously partisan shill who spends a lot of time complaining about how partisan other people are. Worth reading, if only for the frequent pretzel-logic and double-standards.

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November 02, 2005

I can review that movie in...

Four words or less. Check out the reviews for Serenity:

River: the Reaver Slayer

Whedon' need no Alliance

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Darwin award nominee

Okay, so the incident happened three years ago. An inquest is in progress, though. Excerpt:


A UNIVERSITY student died after being hurled 100ft through the air by a medieval-style "trebuchet" catapult, an inquest heard yesterday.

Kostydin Yankov, 19, an Oxford University student, suffered multiple injuries and serious spinal damage when he fell short of the safety net.

He was on a day trip with the extreme sports club, The Oxford Stunt Factory, to Bridgwater, Somerset, in November 2002 when tragedy struck.

A jury at Taunton Coroner's Court in Somerset heard that Kostydin - Dino to his friends - was the fifth person to be "fired" by the device on the day of his death. All four people who went before him landed at the nearest end of the safety net.

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October 31, 2005

Your turn

Outside the Beltway hosts what is quite possibly the best caption contest in the history of the Internet. OUtside of midget pr0n sites, that is. Anyway, go be creative. Or perverted. Your choice.

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When the cat's away...

It's comment party time!

Harvey, you know not what you've done. Mheh.

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Time waster

Via the Corner comes this little game: Tetris with cats.

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October 28, 2005

Help Meryl find a job

Meryl Yourish is now looking for work. Having been in that unfortunate position before, I'm willing to do what I can. I've forwarded the link to her online qualifications to a few friends of mine in the area, and am posting a link here as well.

Anyone else out there think that they can help? Click here.

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'Till we kill the white people

The recent comments by the brain donor from N.C. State reminded me immediately of a classic SNL skit starring Eddie Murphy. He was the "last minute replacement" at what looked like, if memory serves, an American Legion get together. Can't find the video online yet(although it's available to purchase at Amazon), but I did find the lyrics with guitar chords. Good stuff.

Update: Found a copy of the video, but it's huge(around 40Mb), which is a ton if you're still using dial-up. However, it's not TOO bad on broadband, so check it out if you if you're into that sort of thing.

Probably something smaller to be found on BitTorrent. Just an FYI.

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Words that do not belong in the same sentence, in this particular order

The Healthy Human Flesh Alternative. WTF? I mean really, WTF?! Not to go into too much nausea-inducing detail, here's an excerpt from the FAQ:


What does Hufu ™ taste like? Does it taste like human flesh?
Hufu™ is designed to resemble, as humanly possible, the taste and texture of human flesh. If you've never had human flesh before, think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture. Contrary to popular belief, people do not taste like pork or chicken.

People: the other white meat. Ugh.

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October 27, 2005

Test your coordination

Interesting little hand-eye test found here. Made it to 19.358 seconds on my third try and decided to stop

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Gag me with a spoon

Or a donut; whatever it takes.

Tip of the bile to Ace.

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October 26, 2005

This could be trouble

For all you men out there who, like me, hate shopping with a passion, there's a new invention that may one day force you to utter the words, "Sure, honey. I'd love to spend all day in frilly little boutiques instead of watching football."

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The answer should be obvious

The question is this: how in Hell did Universal expect to recoup the cost of making Serenity by limiting it's release to less than 900 theaters. I checked the average box office receipts for several movies(ones that have been out at least 3-4 weeks), the number of theaters and box office gross. Some of the numbers leap out at you:

Serenity: 887 theaters, $1.2k/theater, $24.2 million

Tim Burton's Corpse's Bride: 1702 theaters, $1.1k/theater, $50.5 million

In Her Shoes: 2237 theaters(WTF?), $1.7k/theater, $26.2 million

Corpse's Bride is in week 6, so it's first run price per theater has leveled out; In Her Shoes will likely continue to plummet, probably dropping to around the $1.2k/theater mark this week.

Anything leap out at you? Do you notice the most pronounced difference between Burton's movie, which will likely be considered a box office success, and Serenity, will may end up looking like a box office dud? Survey says.... DING-DING-DING! Why yes, that IS the number one answer: double the number of theaters and you might double the box office gross. Crap, even The Fog, which looked like it would suck, got released in almost 3000 theaters.

Maybe next time, if there is a next time, Universal will go with a wider release.

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New Law

With the high rate of attacks on women in secluded parking lots, especially during evening hours, the Minneapolis City Council has established a "Women Only" parking lot at the Mall of America. Even the parking lot attendants are exclusively female so that a comfortable and safe environment is created for patrons.

Below is the first picture available of this world-first women-only parking lot in Minnesota.

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And they just keep coming.

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October 23, 2005

Latin translations of the names of some famous bands and television shows

Cimictus
The Beatles

Inlecebrae
The Temptations

Lapides provolventes
The Rolling Stones

Ille quis
The Who

Mortui grati
The Grateful Dead

Simitatores
The Monkees

Pueri litoris
The Beach Boys

Illi silices
The Flintstones

Insula gilliganis
Gilligan's Island

Zona crepusculi
The Twilight Zone

Opus: quod fiere non potest
Mission: Impossible

Dies felices
Happy Days

Navis amoris
The Love Boat

Iuvenes inquietesque
The Young and the Restless

Pretium iustum est
The Price is Right

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October 21, 2005

The first step is admitting that you have a problem

Looks like Acidman has checked himself into recovery. Good. And it was because he wanted to, not because other nagged him into it. Even better. Excerpt:


I'm following the philosophy I've always preached on this blog. Actions have consequenes. YOU are responsible for your own life.

When I was on my kitchen floor Saturday night in a puddle of ice water and broken glass, unable to get to my feet, I thought, "What would Samantha think if she saw me now? What would Quinton think? What would MY MAMA think, for crying out loud?"

I made my choice then and there. All three would be ashamed of me and I was ashamed of myself. I don't want to go there again.

Even when you're all fucked-up, you can un-fuck yourself if you try. That's what I intend to do.

In case you haven't heard this type of thing before, I'll clue you in: this is how grownups behave. Admit when you've screwed up, kick your own ass and get started fixing your mistakes. I have a bit of experience with this sort of behaviour, although not from the position of an addict. Trust me: there are lots of ways that you can try to fuck up your life. Drugs and alcohol comprise only a small fraction of those ways.

Good luck, Rob. For what it's worth, my prayers are with you. Now go get well.

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Would I sell it?

In a freaking heartbeat. Problem is, who'd be stupid enough to pay this much for my blog?





My blog is worth $128,150.58.
How much is your blog worth?


Thanks to Ace for making me laugh and cry at the same time.

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October 12, 2005

I'm breaking a rule here

Harvey once posted some rules for bloggers to follow, one of which I'll paraphrase: Don't tell people that you'll be gone for a while because it gives them a built-in excuse to ignore your blog.

[Sorry for any error in translation, but I'm too lazy right now to search Bad Example]

In any event, my wife and I are headed to the Bahamas for a week to celebrate, albeit a bit belatedly, our fifth anniversary. I may have pictures and/or stories to share when I get back. Then again, pictures of me could be used to scare small children, so I'll probably be a bit selective in what I post.

So grab some Geek tomorrow, because it'll be the last time for about 10 days.

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Memo to Ohio officials

Blow me.

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October 11, 2005

Don't screw with me

Some website in Asia hot-linked an image of Kirsten Dunst on my blog. After all, why bother to upload the image to your server when you can steal someone else's bandwidth? I decided to do a little file renaming. Check out the picture that they're linking to now.

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Do you believe...

In angels? Look at this picture before you decide.


Still not convinced? Then check out this one.

What? That one was supposed to make you believe in Hell

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A good friend is gone

Tacitus tells a tale that many pet owners can relate to.

My mother has 4 cats. Recently, she adopted a fifth: Penny, a tiny little spit of a Maine Coon female. Penny had been abandoned in my mom's neighborhood, but had been fortunate enough to stumble onto my mother's deck. My mom fed her and took her in. The first visit to the veternarian's office provided the same bit of information that Tacitus had: Penny had an irregular heartbear, a 5 on a scale of 10. The vet said that she might live 15 years if her luck held. It was about twice 15 days. My mom left in the morning, with Penny sitting up in the window sill, watching my mom's car drive away. When she arrived home that afternoon, my mother found Penny dead, stretched out in her window seat. The short time together didn't matter. What did matter was the impact that my mother and Penny had on each other.

I have no words of comfort to offer; they'd fall flat and wouldn't convey how sorry I am for Tacitus. All I can say is that it's five years that he'll always remember fondly, because friends have a way of making things better.

Rest in peace, Oscar.

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October 10, 2005

Well said

Vox's commentary today at WND is one that many women-and men- will find informative. Excerpt:


Fortunately, as we have not yet reached Nerdvana, there are a number of steps that a woman whose priority remains marriage and children can take in order to happily achieve those goals:

1) Don't engage in casual dating relationships after 18. They're fun, and they'll also prevent you from pursuing more fruitful relationships.
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3) Settle earlier rather than later. I can't tell you how many women I know who blew off good men in their late teens and early 20s who now regret doing so. Those who are not still single at 35 are now married to men generally considered to be of lower quality than the men they spurned before. Remember, your choices narrow as you get older, while men's choices broaden.
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4) Let everyone know that marriage and children is your ultimate goal. Too many women, fearing the wrath of the Sisterhood, secretly wish for them while publicly and piously professing feminist-approved cant to the contrary.
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6) Don't hesitate to end relationships that aren't leading toward marriage, or with men who are less than completely positive about the near-term prospect of children. If he hasn't proposed in 18 months, he has no intention of doing so. Cut your losses. Most men know how to string women along and know they'll have no problem replacing you when you finally call their bluff. Never confuse the masculine desire for conflict avoidance with malleability.
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8) Be brutal when assessing the men who are interested in you. Too many women make the mistake of looking only at a man's desirable traits and ignoring his weaknesses early on. But it's not the first kiss that matters – it's the happily-ever-after part. The way he treats others is the way he will eventually treat you.

Let me address the points that I listed above in order:

#1: Friends of mine at work used to ask me, "Why don't you ask her out? She's hot and has the hots for you[note: this didn't happen often]. When I replied that I didn't see any future in such a relationship. other guys would look at me like I'd lost my mine. What I would tell them is that a 2-year relationship that tanks when you're 25 is a learning experience. A similar failed relationship when you're past the age of 30 is a waste, a lost opportunity to notice when the right one comes along. Consequently, I only had 3 relationships after the age of 30, all serious, with the last one becoming the best one: my wife. If I'd been busy chasing skirts, I probably wouldn't noticed when the real deal came around.

#3: Lots of women I knew in their 20's would routinely dump guys that were handsome, had good jobs and treated them like queens, replacing them with ill-mannered cads with whom they had "good chemistry". These women are now in their late thirties, lamenting the lack of "good guys". It offends them when I point out that they dumped plenty of good guys early on, but really, boo effing hoo. When they look back on the emotional wasteland that their lives have become, they need to realize their part in the whole mess instead of whining.

#4: This is true for both men and women. Before I proposed to my wife, I knew that she wanted children as much as I did, which was a good thing. Women aren't the only ones who want children, and men better make certain that their prospective spouse is on the same page.

#6: I met this smart, funny, pretty woman when I was at the GABF this year. She'd been living with a guy for four years, and they'd been dating for almost seven. I told her that her boyfriend better upgrade from girlfriend 1.0 to fiance 1.0 pronto; I told him the same thing, too. He seemed a little pissed that I'd broken the guy code, but too bad. Maybe because he's in his twenties he doesn't realize how many men are actively looking for intelligent, funny, pretty women, with marriage as the end goal. He'd better wise up, though, because it's a seller's market for that type of woman. Someone with a better head on his shoulders will come along and steal his girlfriend away from him, at which point he'll be lamenting the lack of free milk because, you know, all women are bitches.

I know, I know: I've lost some guy cred here. Too bad.

#8: I've lost count of the number of times women have complained to me about their SO's. The reality is that many women still harbor the illusion that they can bend a man to their will, and change him into what they want, rather than what the man actually is. A good friend of mine- okay, a former girlfriend- was living with a guy and told me the following:

"He's so nice some of the time. About 20% of the time, his real personality comes through and he's sweet and attentive. The rest of the time, though, he drinks too much and is a real bastard. I just wish that the real him would show up more often."

I made the point that if he was a dick most of the time, the odds were pretty high that he was, in fact, a dick. The fact that he was nice some of the time didn't make him a good guy, it made him a pretty good manipulator of someone who didn't look at the relationship through the lens of reality.
[I know what you're thinking, and no, my exceptional bluntness isn't what ended our relationship. In fact, we get along much better now as friends than we did as boyfriend/girlfriend.] The dose of reality helped her recognize that it was time to move on and she's been happily married to a really good guy for the last 4 years.

Vox's advice isn't just for women; men need to pay attention to what's important, too, or they'll end in the retirement community bragging about the year that they bagged 20 chicks, while looking on with resentment when the families of other seniors come to visit.

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October 07, 2005

Welcome back

I never removed Insults Unpunished from my blogroll because I assumed that Robert Prather would be back eventually. Turns out that I was right. Cool.

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October 06, 2005

Because I can

I'm struggling to come up with anything useful to blog about today, so I've decided to go with the eye candy instead. Click on the extended entry to see more.

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October 05, 2005

For all you Serenity fans

Science Fiction Weekly has an interview with Joss Whedon and the cast. Pretty cool stuff. Excerpt:


In the film you answer question that the series raised, like the Reavers and River. Were those the answers we were going to get if the TV show had lived?

Whedon: Very little has changed for the movie. Obviously, things were dropped, and ... most importantly, things were distilled into a fine two-hour liqueur instead of a more watered-down longer version. ... That was where I was going with the idea of River and her secret and the Reavers and theirs and how it all connected. I had planned to get there in a couple of years instead of a couple of hours. But apart from ... not being able to service all the subplots with all those different people, that is exactly where I was going with it. ... That was the easy part of structuring it and pitching it. This is where this series was building to, and I think if you took this as a separate story, it is an epic story and it has a great deal of meaning for today.
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How much did you guys have to practice or work out to get back into the characters and get back into the mind space you were in?

Baccarin: Well, I had a lot of sex.

Torres: God bless you.

Baccarin: I had to say it. It had to be [said]. There's the whore thing. Now it's done and over with.
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Are you all signed for another movie or two more?

Baccarin: Two more.

Torres: Two more.

Fillion: You are? This is awkward.

There's a whole lot more. Go check it, if you're so inclined.

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September 26, 2005

"Find a human"

And idea whose time has come

Check out this page. The information contained therein will make you weep. With joy. Thanks to Neal Boortz for the link.

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September 23, 2005

Some good news today

The cast of Serenity have signed on for at least two sequels, assuming that the first movie does well at the box office.

And now some crappy news: I was almost giddy when I heard that bloggers would be given press credentials for a pre-release screening of Serenity. Until, of course, I remembered that the class I'm teaching this fall starts THE SAME EFFING NIGHT!!!

Does that sound bitter? If not, I didn't say it right.

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September 15, 2005

How to sleep at your desk and not get caught

This is pretty clever, although I think it took more effort to avoid work than to actually do it.

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September 14, 2005

Assorted assholes, nothing

Glenn Reynolds? 100

Of course, you can replace "assorted assholes" with Andrew Sullivan. Excerpt:


Okay, I take it back. The dumbest statement of the week comes from Andrew Sullivan, who doesn't seem to get the difference between "today" and "yesterday" in a post from this morning criticizing something I quoted last night, but which he attributes to "today" as, I guess, evidence of my obliviousness to this morning's terror bombing in Iraq.

Sorry Andrew, but I'm not capable of precognition. On the other hand, I can read a clock. Jeez. I confess that I don't understand why Sullivan is so desirous of scoring cheap points at my expense these days, but this is pretty lame. As Jeff Goldstein put it in a different context: "Andrew Sullivan is completing his transformation into a Kos Diarist."

If you're familiar with the Puppy Blender's understated tone, you'd recognize that this is a whopper of a bitchslap, and quite deserved, too.

It's a bummer, too. Sully was the first blog that I read regularly. That is, until he went yip-yip-yip, barking at the moon, batshit insance.

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It's that time of year again

Yes, it's "show me the boobies!" day again, better known as Harvey's birthday. Well, I did supply some nice images last year, as well as a little dessert this year, but I'm no piker. Harvey wants boobies, he's gonna get 'em.

Just so no one gets fired by accidentally opening some NSFW images, I'm putting everything in the extended entry.

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September 12, 2005

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

Think that you're pretty good at know what's an Urban Legend and what's real? Take this quiz and find out. No fair using Google, A9, or any other search engine.

For the record, I missed two.

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September 07, 2005

Too much time on your hands

That's the only explanantion that I can find for this.

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September 06, 2005

Looks like more than a 3-hour tour

Bob Denver has passed away. Bummer.

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September 05, 2005

Best analysis that you will see

To no one's surprise, it's from Bill Whittle. Excerpt:


Because to say we are responsible for the terrorists in the world is a way to say we can control this wolf. If we believe we made him, then that means we control him. We can unmake him. Such a worldview appeals to the left, because it gives them Godlike Mental Powers. All we have to do is act differently and he will go away. It’s complete moral cowardice, of course – but it’s understandable cowardice. It’s denial, because if all the sins are ours then all we must do is repent and the wolf will go away.

But that’s not what the wolf says. The wolf is not interested in what we do. He does not spare little lambs because they rub up against his leg and make cooing sounds. The wolf wants to swallow us whole. He wants the fight. He wants the war and the conflict. And he will keep on huffing and puffing until one of three things happen: We show him our throat, for him to rip out; or we convert to Islam and become part of his Caliphate; or we head out into the forest with a shotgun and blow his fucking head off.

I made my decision by about 8:00 eastern on September 11th, 2001. I have never regretted it.

It takes courage to fight oncoming storms. Courage.

Courage isn’t free. It is taught, taught by certain tribes who have been around enough and seen enough incoming storms to know what one looks like. And I think the people of this nation, and those of New Orleans, specifically, desire and deserve some fundamental lessons in courage.

Because we are going to need it.

Let me reiterate: Bill Whittle is a national treasure. Go read it all. Now.

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August 28, 2005

God be with you, New Orleans

You're going to need all the help you can get. Right now, Divine Intervention is about all that stands between you and the creation of Lake New Orleans.

I go away on vacation for a couple of days, heading to a place where I purposely wouldn't watch television. When I left, Katrina was a TD/ Cat-1 hurricane getting ready to irritate the tip of Florida. When I arrived back home, Katrina had become Camille on steroids, bearing down on the Big Easy. The #3 scenario of the worst disasters this country might face(SF earthquake and terrorist attack on NYC being the others) is about to become a reality. This is likely to be the worst natural disaster this country has ever faced.

Update: Katrina veered east near the last minute and New Orleans, while suffering significant destruction, will survive. This time. Maybe now is a good time to start working on some protective measures.

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August 24, 2005

Stress test

I am not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate. Read the full description before looking at the picture.

The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress level at St. Mary's Hospital. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical.

A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress.

Look at the photograph in the extended entry and if you find more than one or two differences, you may want to take a vacation.

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No Need to Reply, I'll be on Vacation.

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August 18, 2005

Public introspection

Jeff Goldstein put up a poll to determine whether or not he's too profane. Personally, I consider a day without a dick/fart joke to be a waste of time.

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French excellence

As this story aptly demonstrates, the French are still the best in the world at running away.

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True friendship

1) When you are sad - I will help get you drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.

2) When you are blue - I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3) When you smile - I will know you finally got laid.

4) When you are scared - I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5) When you are worried - I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to quit whining.

6) When you are confused - I will use little words.

7) When you are sick - Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8) When you fall - I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

Remember: A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn.... that was fun!"

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August 15, 2005

Office fun

Boring meetings got you down? Then consider the items found at this site, which are guaranteed to liven things up, possibly to the point where you get arrested. Be aware that I do not advocate the use of the items you'll find at OfficeGuns. Now stop bothering me; I have to go raid the supply cabinet.

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August 09, 2005

Speaking of things that bite

Or more to the point, things that currently don't, Kate needs some more contributions to her Fang Fund.

Get well soon, Kate.

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Spider envy

I stumbled onto this post by Meryl Yourish and flashed back to an ugly incident that I had with a large spider.

About 10 years ago, I lived in a 50 year old house that had a detached garage. The garage contained a Smithsonian quality vintage refrigerator inside that surprisingly still worked. The 100 or so bottles of beer that I brewed each month had a nice, cold place to live without preventing me from storing perishables. One afternoon, after a long day at work, I walked out to the garage to grab a chilly one. When I placed my hand upon the doorknob, I noticed something sticky, which reflect a bit of sunlight. My eyes moved up until I noticed that I was staring at grayish blob, somewhere between the size of a silver half-dollar and dollar, and about 6 inches from my face. I knew right away that it was a spider(middle of the web and all), but I wasn't certain if it was still alive or was simply a clinging, crumpled legs corpse. So I grabbed a stick and took a swing at the thing. My aim was a bit off, what with my being in shock and all, but I noticed that the form shrunk in on itself a bit. Great; it's alive. So I swung again. Must have gotten a bit closer because the fun began in earnest.

The spider extended its legs ::SPLANG:: and started making for the top of the garage. I hesitated for a split second due to two things:

1) The thing was freaking enormous. It's splayed legs covered an area greater than that of my hands with all fingers fully extended. And

2) The knowledge that another 1/8 of a step would have placed that bad boy squarely on my kisser.

Fear is a great motivator, but so is good beer. If I didn't somehow kill that mutant extra from Kingdom of the Spiders, I would be unable to enter my garage until winter. Being cocooned as an after dinner snack just doesn't appeal to me. Anyway, I swung one last time at the swiftly vanishing creature, applying extra force due to my thirst. The vile beast exploded into pieces, which thankfully landed nowhere near me.

Here's the kicker: my best friend was living in my house at the time. When I mentioned my arachnoid encounter, he replied, "Yeah, that thing was huge. I had to duck really low to get into the garage."

"WTF?! Why didn't you tell me about it? What would you have said if I told you the spider had jumped onto my face?"

"I'd have said, 'Gee, that's too bad'."

Yeah, I love the bastard, too.

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Harvey doesn't suck

But apparently he does blow.

Sorry, Harvey. I just couldn't resist

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August 07, 2005

Informational post

To whom it may concern:

This blog is a hobby, something I enjoy doing. It gives me chance to post whatever interests me, and it's allowed me to make some great cyber-contacts. I get some great dialogues going with frequent visitors; comments are always welcome. Having said that, I'll get to my point: you trackback spammers are really pissing me off. I find that I'm having to add about 50+ comments and/or trackbacks to MT's Blacklist every week. Assuming that last month's trend continues, I'll eventually be buried under an availanche of crap. I know that I could beg Pixy Misa for some help by adding something along the lines of a Turing test. Instead, I've decided to bend you folks over and shove something really hard up your collective asses. Any valid email address or website URL that I find buried in commercials for online gaming or Internet porn-but not restricted to those- will get either get one of two treatments. Both if I have the time:

1) Email addresses will be submitted at every pr0n listserver or website that I can find, including ones that refer to special relationships between humans and animals. As an added bonus, I'll sign you up for online mortgage quotes and free samples of penis-enlarging materials. Have fun with your spam filter.

2) I will fucking Googlebomb your website's name so that all searches for your site will automatically point to sites such as Stormfront. Maybe the IRS, if I'm feeling generous.

I realize that these activites will take away from the limited blogging time that I have, but I'm okay with that. Bitchslapping you cretinous pieces of human excrement will make my days just a little bit brighter.

And before anyone mentions it, yes, I'm aware that I'll be shoveling shit against the tide. I don't care. If it mucks up at least one or two trackback/comment spammers so that they have to switch sites/email addresses, I'll be happy.

P.S. This is, of course, a joke. I would never knowingly conspire to commit acts that might run me afoul of laws that protect the human debris using my blog as a wastebasket. Of course I wouldn't.

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August 04, 2005

I missed it

I was watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie and wanted to see what his next project was. Much to my Google surprise, he needs extras for Lady In The Water. Much to my horror, the casting call was in late June. Worst of all, the casting call info appeared in my hometown newspaper.

One plus that I see this movie is that Bryce Dallas Howard will once again be starring. Whether or not you liked The Village, Opie's daughter delivered a stirring performance. I look forward to seeing her work again.

One final note: the release date is set for July 21, 2006. Only 350 days to go.

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August 02, 2005

Little bastard

The poor defenseless babysitter being mauled against her will by her 8-year old charge. Excerpt:


After hiring the teenager to baby sit, Grosbeck got the feeling something was wrong.

“It was just that sense that something wasn’t quite right with this 14-year-old girl,” she said. She asked her son what had happened. “He just came right out as if nothing was awry, and just started talking about what had happened.”

Grosbeck went to police and child protection workers, and the case went to the district attorney, after which her son, age eight, had been charged with an act of lewdness with a minor.

Grosbeck says the Salt Lake County District Attorney told her both the child and teenager were equal participants. But Mrs. Grosbeck didn’t believe that.

Do you wonder if the Salt Lake County DA subscribes to NAMBLA Monthly, or am I the only one?

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July 19, 2005

"Join the browncoats"

Some of you know that of which I speak. All others need to look here. Excerpt:


In Serenity, Browncoats are Independent Faction soldiers, a body opposed to the AngloSino Alliance in the Unification War. Defeated at Serenity Valley on Hera in 2511, Browncoats are forced to live as galactic outcasts. A small band of them skim the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed until they find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds is a hardened veteran on the losing side of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. Mal takes on two new passengers-a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister, and gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the telepathic sister.

As a Browncoat, you'll access insider information, exclusive content and collect Credits (a form of currency) to win cool prizes. The Current Missions and Offline Tasks sections offer ways to earn Credits that can be redeemed in the Store for movie merchandise. You can also earn Credits by testing your Serenity trivia knowledge and participating in the polls. Stay tuned for updates to the Links, News and A/V Room sections, and compare notes with other Browncoats on the message boards.

Be sure to check out this portion of EW's 2005 Must List.

As an aside, I cannot believe that it's been almost 3 years since the show stopped airing. And I cannot wait for September 30 to arrive.

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Explain this to your boss

Mheh.

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July 18, 2005

Man of the Year Award Nominees

Reposted from my old site. Why? Because I'm feeling lazy.
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Too bad I don't have Photoshop or I would have made these pictures a Filthy Lie about Evil Glenn, proving that he loves women almost as much as he loves puppies. In any event, if any of you single ladies out there are still searching for Mister Right, I submit the following 3 entries for your approval. #1:

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It's not often that you see such love and compassion, protecting those women from the discomfort that they would suffer on the hard seat of a tractor. Now it's time for #2:

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A chauvinist would have carried the larger carton of beverages, thereby demonstrating that he thinks women are the weaker sex. This man is a true feminist. And now for the final entry, here is #3 nominee for Man of the Year:

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Such a man. He allows this woman to get the exercise she craves, all the while pacing steps ahead so as not to bother her while he indulges in his vice. Truly, a man among men.

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Exercise your brain

Mine complains when I take it out for a 5-mile jog. The problems start when I forget to put it back in. Anyway, interesting commentary from Orson Scott Card. Looks like my years as a vidiot weren't completely wasted.Excerpt:


When you play videogames, you're giving your brain an intense workout, and the skills you're developing are useful across the board.

It's not like riding a bike, where the muscles you develop are useful for riding a bike. When you're playing a videogame, you're stretching your ability to notice things with your peripheral vision (useful for driving cars without killing people), recognize patterns, remember intricate series of events, and to delay instant gratification for greater rewards later.

Most of all, you're practicing learning.

Compare it to homework, where you simply repeat what you've already learned until it's boring. It never gets faster. And if you're making mistakes, you don't get any feedback until the teacher grades your work and hands it back.

With videogames, you get instant response to your mistakes and a chance to correct them right away. And when you've mastered a pattern or figured out a puzzle and moved on, the next puzzle is more challenging and the next pattern is faster or more complex ... or both.

Videogames keep you constantly on the edge of your abilities, stretching, growing.

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Tell me: what is it about your terror-lovinh comrades that makes them so Sassy

Ace has the scoop, and the photos to boot.

I'm reminded of the USS Cole attack almost every day because I drive over this bridge on the way home: "Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter -USS Cole Bridge". You can find brief bio's of all the victims here, including photos.

I typically bash most actions taken by politicians, because most of it's just political posturing. Sometimes, though, they do the right thing. This was one of those time.

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Ugh! story of the day

Were you aware of the fact that in 17 states in this country, sex with animals isn't illegal? And one of those states is Washington.

This story gives me the creeps. The ick factor is a little too high for a Monday morning. Come to think of it, it's too high for any day.

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July 14, 2005

Bloggers on the move

I'm a little slow this week, but it appears that One Happy Dog Speaks has moved into its nice, spiffy MuNu digs. And VW Bug is the hostess for this week's Carnival of the Recipes. Send you entry to recipe-dot-carnival at gmail-dot-com.

I've simply got to remember to submit an entry this week.

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Start those Christmas lists early

I think that this item will be under my tree this year, even if I have to buy the darned thing myself.

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Oh Wilburrrr...

Horsemeat: it's what's for dinner.

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First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers

Better yet, let's flog all of the jag-offs filing frivolous lawsuits like this one: women who car-pool are getting sued by a transit company for lost revenue. Excerpt:


They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution.

Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition".

The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated.

Two years ago a business tribunal threw out the company's case. It is now pursuing the women in a higher court, claiming that their action has cost it €2m (£1.4m).

The women explained that for many years cleaners used the TSE line for the 40-minute ride across the border, which cost them €110 (£76) a month.

"Using our cars is quicker and at least twice as cheap. And on the bus we didn't have the right to eat or even to speak," said Martine Bourguignon. Odette Friedmann added: "In the evening instead of coming to get us at 9.30pm the bus would arrive at 10.30pm. If you made any comment to the driver you'd get a mouthful of abuse."

"It's absurd and ridiculous," said the women's lawyer, Cécile Klein-Schmitt. "I don't see how any magistrate can find any legal basis for this case."

TSE is also suing the women's employer, Onet-Luxembourg. "They've basically accused us of inciting the car-sharing scheme when we have nothing to do with the method of transport used by our staff," said director Frédéric Sirerol.

The court case will be heard in January next year.

Related update: Apparently it's illegal in Japan to mock the French. That's okay. I'm glad to pick up the slack over here in the US. Bashing those cheese-eating surrender asswarts makes me smile. A lot.

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July 13, 2005

Sports update

I was flipping between the All-Star game and whatever Skinemax movie was on. Turns out that I should have been reading Protein Wisdom's live-blogging extravganza instead. Except Jeff doesn't usually post pictures of boobies. I guess that the movie channels still rule.

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Dogs and cats living together

Michelle Malkin reports on something that I've have thought as likely as the sun rising in the West: Molly Ivins an apology and and correction.

I'd long since relegated Ivins to the Kossacks bin of frothing and insanity. However, kudos to Molly for doing the right thing and admitting that she was not only wrong, but egregiously so. Anyway, Ms. Ivins, this one's for you:

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This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Roadhouse 2. I Know What You Did Last Summer 3. Hollow Man 2?! Check out this article for the gruesome details.

You know what's really bad? Jennifer Love Hewitt won't be appearing in the third installment of IKWYDLS. Being a student of fashion, let me just say that her bikini top in the first sequel was quite eye-catching. If you don't know of what I speak, check out this link.

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July 11, 2005

Updating the blogroll

Andrea has moved. Again. I'm just glad that she leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for me to follow. In any event, be sure that you add Least Loved Bedtime Stories to your blogroll, if you haven't already.

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July 09, 2005

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Blogging was the topic of choice in Yahoo's Tech Tuesday column. Sadly, no mention of Physics Geek or MuNUviana. Sigh. Our time will come.

Update: Recommended dowload: FeedDemon for RSS feeds.

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July 06, 2005

Words of wisdom

Found at Hog On Ice. Excerpt:


A lot of men allow women's cruelty and dishonesty turn them into users; guys who nail as many women as possible, while shielding themselves completely from emotional involvement. This generally happens in high school. I may be an evil sexist, but I haven't done that. It's because my emotions are involved that I'm careful. I may be bitter, but I still think of women as people, not "pelts" or "slags" or whatever the latest slang term is.

Finally, I realize not all women are bad. I figure a man meets about two women every five years whom he should beg to marry him, and those women are true blessings. Unfortunately, I have a habit of missing the boat. I was too old when I finally understood what women are, and how important it is to pursue the good ones when you have the chance. I always knew what I wanted; I just didn't know how rare it was and how to separate it from the decoys.

Lots of my friends-especially my female friends- used to wonder why I was still single at the ripe old age of 35. I didn't have any prospects at the time, either. Some accused me of being "picky", like that was some sort of character flaw. I'll let you in on a little secret: finding someone that you might want to go out on dates with is easy. Finding someone that you actually envision spending your life with is hard. And when you're 30+, you need to be more discriminating that when you were 18. Let's face it: if you date someone for two years in your 20's and it doesn't work out, it'll hurt, but you'll recover. If you're 30+ or 40+, wasting a couple of years of your life on a relationship that you know won't last is just plain stupid.

I've never believed that there's only one perfect someone for each person. There are probably several thousand out there. Problem is that they aren't always available when you meet them. The trick is to be ready when they are free. Trust me: good women/men aren't usually on the market long. If you diddle around always looking for the greener grass and discover too late that you discarded the best lawn in town, well, that's just too bad. Keep looking. If you're lucky, you'll run into another one of your soulmates. Try not to be so stupid next time. You may not get another chance.

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This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Mother of God, no!

Update: I should have guessed that someone with her finger on the pulse of today's culture would have noticed this first. And Michele's reaction is pretty much the same as mine.

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From the wayback machine

Found an interesting historical tidbit in the Corner this morning. I remember the Rigg-King tennis match. Bobby Riggs showed up with a 6-foot candy bar and told Billy Jean King that it would be something for her to eat during her imminent retirement(something like that- I was young and it was over 30 years ago). However, Roger Clegg mentioned something that I did not know. Excerpt:


An article on Title IX in the Wall Street Journal today includes a brief discussion of how Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs in a September 1973 tennis match was a milestone in women’s sports. Maybe so, but it is less and less noted that, just a few months before, the 55-year-old Riggs had defeated in straight sets the then number-one ranked women’s player, Margaret Court. (And of course there is the school of thought that Riggs, a notorious hustler, threw the match to King, either because he had bet against himself, or because he wanted to be able to hype a rematch. Riggs denied this.) Just trying to keep this out of the memory hole.

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I was expecting stun

Instead, I get a phaser ray gun that induces pain. Ehh, it's a start.

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July 05, 2005

Law enforcement's finest hour

Or not. You decide. Excerpt:


A man who rescued a swimmer caught in swirling river currents found himself in trouble soon afterward when he was arrested by authorities who claimed he was interfering.

Dave Newman, 48, disobeyed repeated orders by emergency personnel to leave the water, police said. He was charged with interfering with public duties.

Funny. I didn't know allowing someone to drown was a public duty. My bad.

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This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

Snow White and the Seven Matrix Constructs. Or something like that.

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June 29, 2005

Google results

Checking my Sitemeter logs, I discovered some oddities that I thought I'd share with you:

1) I'm #8 for erotic girl scouts

2) I'm #5 for Michael Jackson games

3) I'm the top four searches for Physics Geek

Pity. It should have been the top ten. But I'll get there soon enough.

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I think my score is low

Found a quick and dirty IQ test via Susie. And while I don't drink coffee, I did have some caffeine today. Here are my results:

Your IQ Is 140
Your Logical Intelligence is Genius Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius Your General Knowledge is Genius
A Quick and Dirty IQ Test
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Very cool

So Tiger's novel is available for purchase. Kudos. And it's scifi, no less, which is pretty much my favorite genre. That or fantasy. Either way, I win.

Check it out.

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Marketing genius?

Or extreme stupidity. I have a feeling that the commercial mentioned in this story wouldn't go over so well in the US. Excerpt:


A spokesman for the company said Regional has no plans to apologize for running a television commercial that said the difference between a wife and a lover was 30 kilograms (about 66 pounds), the newspaper El Universal reported.

Women called the advertising misogynist and demanded.

The Regional spokesman said the company wouldn't apologize unless it is forced to do so by the courts. He added: "I bet all these women's groups are run by women who are at least 30 kilos overweight."


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Condolences

Edloe has passed away. Stop by and offer Laurence your sympathy. Excerpt:


Think about an empty collar at the pet store. Will it look good on the cat? Will the cat like it? Is it a safe collar for the cat to wear if they get tangled in something?

Sometimes, a collar wears out. Or it breaks. Those empty collars are just junk, and you just toss them away.

But every now and then, an empty collar means something else:

A friend is gone.

The front page is a memorial for Edloe.

Your pets aren't animals that happen to live in your house; they're members of your family and should be grieved for as such.

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June 28, 2005

Drinks for vets

And Stuart Dahl is buying.

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Browser and personal info

Interesting link here. Depending on what browser you're using, this site can tell you:

1) your connection speed

2) information about your hard drive and CD-ROMs installed

3) spyware or parasites infecting your system

4) and a lot more

Worth checking out, even if several of the tests only work in IE.

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June 27, 2005

Customer disservice

I'd been having problems renewing my XXXX account online, so I finally called the help desk. The woman was very cordial and accepted my payment information gladly(unsurprising). She also noticed the problem with renewing my account. Something to do with the "current through" date being set to sometime in 1899. She said that my account have been submitted to customer service to correct the database snafu, and that I should call back today to verify my account had been corrected.

I called back and the fun began:

Me: "Hi. I paid to renew my account last week. The phone rep had asked me to call back to verify that everything was okay."

Rep: "I see. Sir, your account has expired."

Me: "I know. That's why I paid to renew last week. There was some weird database issue and I wanted to know if it had been resolved."

Rep: "Sir, your account has expired and you need to pay to bring it up to date."

Me: "I paid the account last week."

Rep: " The charge didn't go through. You need to pay to renew your account."

Me: "I'm sorry, what?"

Rep: "You need to pay to renew. The charge didn't go through."

Me: "What do you mean, it didn't it go through? You would have told me if the payment failed."

Rep: "It didn't go through. You can pay to renew if you want."

Me: ::peeved:: "I paid last week. The rep was unable to update my account due to the expiration date being in the 19th century. '

Rep: "Your account has expired, sir. You can pay to renew right now if you want to."

Me: ::voice rising:: "Listen closely. I can pay AGAIN to renew this account, but if two charges show up on my bill I will call back and demand to get my money back, and I won't expend a lot of energy being polite about it!"

Rep: "Hold, please."

--> While the Muzak played, I considered the possible error of yelling at the phone rep on the phone. She could put me on hold until the sun goes nova, if she so desires.<--

Rep: "Sir? You are correct. You DID pay last week and the funds have been applied to your account. And there is some odd technical issue with your account which our customer service reps are trying to fix."

Me: "So when should I call back to verify that my account has been fixed?"

Rep: "It should be okay sometime tomorrow. Why don't you try calling back then?"

Me: ::deep breath:: "Okey-dokey. Sorry for raising my voice to you earlier."

Rep: "No problem, sir. I wouldn't want to pay twice for the same service. I can see why you would get upset."

No shit. We'll see tomorrow if this problem gets resolved.

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June 23, 2005

More on starting a blog

Harvey has compiled lots of great posts on how to get started blogging. Others are also on the job. Excerpt:


1. Determine a theme. Most bloggers take one of three approaches. Some write on whatever happens to interest them at the moment. In this sense, their blog is truly a “web journal.” Others, select a single theme and stick to it. Frankly, this takes a lot of discipline. Still others, like me, focus on a primary theme but occasionally deviate from it. If you want to develop a following of loyal readers, I think the latter two approaches are best. People who have similar interests will keep coming back for more.
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7. Publicize your blog. You’ll want to make sure you’re “pinging” the major weblog tracking sites. Most of the blogging services handle this automatically, as do the offline blogging clients. Don’t worry if you don’t understand this process. You don’t need to understand it to use it. (Here's a simple explanation.) Basically, your service or software will send a notification to the tracking sites to alert them that you have posted a new entry. If your software doesn’t allow this, you might want to make use of pingomatic. This is a super-easy service that will ping fourteen different services. All you have to do is enter your blog address whenever you post a new entry. If you want to manually enter a comprehensive list of ping services, here’s a list to get you started.

8. Write regularly. This is the best advice I could give you for building readership. If people like what you write, they will come back. However, if there’s nothing new to read, they will eventually lose interest. So, the more regularly you post something, the more your readership will grow. I suggest you schedule time to write. It won’t happen on it’s own. At some point, it comes down to making a commitment and sticking to it.

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April 14, 2004

Waffles R'nt Us

Just say no to Waffles this November. Remember, he's not just for breakfast anymore.


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Waffles


Also saw this over at A Little More To The Right and it's in line with the theme of this post:



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You don't want this to happen, do you?

And courtesy of Kevin I give you this:



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