Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.
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Friday, December 03, 2004
So, the official dictionary folk have finally recognized the word "blog." Whoop-de-do.
Conventional print dictionaries just don't make it any more. English is evolving and mutating like a huge hunk of irradiated alien protoplasm in a bad 50s science fiction film.
I sat behind several teens on the train ride to my apartment in Chicago last night and had quite a scare. I thought they were speaking English- I mean, the rhythm and vowels were certainly familiar, but the word-like sounds they were uttering were beyond comprehension. For a few minutes, I thought I had had a stroke and had become aphasic.
Fortunately, I had stumbled upon www.urbandictionary.com a few weeks back. That's the source of the phrase above, and it's a great place to kill time. Just keep hitting the "random" button. But be aware this is definitely not a work-safe site. Some of the words and their meanings curl the toes.
Fo shizzle my nizzle, indeed.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Target vs Wal-Mart
You gotta admit, Target really seems to be branching out. Great price, too.
I just got a new pair of glasses to counter my ever-worsening eyesight, and the new lenses are proving to be a giant pain in the ocular.
Knee-deep in presbyopia, the optometrist increased the power on both my distance and near-vision prescription. I've been wearing progressive lenses ("no-line trifocals") for four years with no problem, but adjusting to the new pair is proving difficult.
As the lens power increases in progressive lenses, so does peripheral blurring. I can see marvelously as long as I look straight ahead and move my eyes no more than 10 degrees in either direction. A sharp glance left or right, though, and it's suddenly the morning after $1 beer night at the corner pub.
At first I suspected the lenses were improperly ground, but a perusal of various web sites indicates that at the astronomical magnification levels I require, they're functioning just fine.
Oh well. If I can get used to deep-dish pizza, I can get used to anything.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Quote of the day
(Julia) Roberts named (her newborn twins) Hazel and Phinneas because she doesn't like children.
-Jon Stewart (on Comedy Central's Daily Show)
When you're running late...
and don't have time to write anything, use a pic of the grandkid.
Works for me.
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The email@example.com e-mail address is now something other than firstname.lastname@example.org saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used email@example.com as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that firstname.lastname@example.org was no longer email@example.com but rather firstname.lastname@example.org which is longer than email@example.com and more letters to type than firstname.lastname@example.org and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than email@example.com but actually just as functional as firstname.lastname@example.org? I sent e-mails from the email@example.com address to just about everybody I knew who had used firstname.lastname@example.org in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the email@example.com change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which firstname.lastname@example.org was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for email@example.com would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that firstname.lastname@example.org no longer is the email@example.com they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. firstname.lastname@example.org. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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