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Saturday, December 29, 2007
Some things never change
Who says American foreign policy is inconsistent? This brilliant ditty was written and performed by Tom Lehrer in 1964.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Warning of the day
Beware of topless female sunbathers in public parks who put their feet on your shoulders and ask to see your genitalia. Some may not consider it just friendly reciprocation.
(Which reminds reader Doug Elrod of Crow's line in "Aquatic Wizards": "Say, you are friendly, aren't you?" See here around 5:24.)
Quote of the day
Helen Keller said that whenever one door closes, another door opens.
Please God, don't let me start wondering how she discovered this concept.
-The Covert Comic
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
And don't get me started on that "full moon" crap...
The idea that the "holiday blues" could drive one to consider jumping off a bridge has been with us since the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. And, like the movie, it's fiction. Studies show suicides go down over the holidays by as much as 40 percent. One Oxford researcher told The Los Angeles Times that studies contradict the popular view of Christmas as a time of stress and arguments. And remember, George Bailey didn't jump. (via NPR)
Monday, December 24, 2007
Lost in translation
Sometimes it seems the purpose of religion, especially in the hands of fanatics, is to wreak havoc on the very fabric of civilization. I've always been bothered by the term fundamentalist, because persons fitting the contemporary definition of that word actually seem to have abandoned the fundamental tenets of their beliefs.
So, to my friends and readers who have embraced the philosophy of Jesus Christ, please consider the following, from the Christmas carol O Holy Night:
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
My daughter Sara Salopek performed the song yesterday during our church's early morning contemporary service, accompanied on piano by my good friend Peter Stumpf. You can listen to it here. I suggest you right click on the link and save it to your hard drive; it isn't a streaming site.
Merry Christmas from the whole cast here at KGB Report...
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Quote of the day
Christmas is a strange season. We sing songs in front of dead trees and eat candy out of our socks.
-Maxine greeting card (by John Wagner)
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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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