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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Saturday, February 16, 2008
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...
Unless American culture begins placing the same value on intelligence that it does on singing, dancing, throwing a ball, or pounding each other insensate in an octagon, it can expect a rough time of it. This is the 21st century, Skippy. We nerds, geeks, brains- whatever the epithet du jour may be- have had it with you cretinous, over-socialized oafs. I'm not a one-trick monkey you can treat with thinly-veiled derision as I perform an act which, ironically, is beyond your atrophied, rudimentary reasoning skills. No, I won't fix your damned computer. Now crawl back into the cave from which you emerged and use the crudely drawn, stick-figured pornography that amused your uni-browed, chest-thumping ancestors.
Ah. That feels better.
In case you're wondering what set me off:
"Not only are citizens ignorant about essential scientific, civic and cultural knowledge... but they also don't think it matters." (New York Times article)
Quote of the day
Clemens probably did it. But that fact should not obscure larger questions: Since when is it Congress' bailiwick to run banana trials? After all, drug users typically rat out drug dealers. Why is Congress wasting its time on a single supposed user? Are there no congressional pages left to molest? No lobbyists left to schmooze? No tax dollars left to misplace? br> -David Harsanyi, Denver Post
(via "picaro" on the alt.quotations Usenet newsgroup.)
Friday, February 15, 2008
Cartoon caption of the day
(Psychiatrist to dog on couch): How did it feel to find out the invisible fence never existed?
-The Wall Street Journal
Assorted quotes of the day
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
-President Harry S Truman
All dancing is belly dancing, given a sufficiently large belly.
-The Covert Comic
Put yourself in Hamlet's shoes. Suppose you were a prince, and you came back from college to discover that your uncle had murdered your father and married your mother, and you fell in love with a beautiful girl and mistakenly murdered her father, and then she went crazy and drowned herself. What would you do? Go back for a masters?
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter
of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.
But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and
if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it
and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Quote of the day
Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra.
Suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath.
At night, the ice weasels come.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Quote of the day
Government in America has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and
decent men. (1926)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Speaking of snark..
This is just plain mean. And accurate. Hopefully someone will have one that trashes male efforts in this area:
Cute, GOP. Then again, it probably wouldn't have taken him three days to get food and water to the Superdome in New Orleans...
The world's best-selling drug "makes women stupid"
Cognitive side effects like memory loss and fuzzy thinking aren't listed on the patient information sheet for Lipitor, the popular cholesterol-lowering drug. But some doctors are voicing concerns that in a small portion of patients, statins like Lipitor may be helping hearts but hurting minds.
"This drug makes women stupid," Orli Etingin, vice chairman of medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, declared at a recent luncheon discussion sponsored by Project A.L.S. to raise awareness of gender issues and the brain. Dr. Etingin, who is also founder and director of the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center in New York, told of a typical patient in her 40s, unable to concentrate or recall words. Tests found nothing amiss, but when the woman stopped taking Lipitor, the symptoms vanished. When she resumed taking Lipitor, they returned.
"I've seen this in maybe two dozen patients," Dr. Etingin said later, adding that they did better on other statins. "This is just observational, of course. We really need more studies, particularly on cognitive effects and women."
News story of the day
Update: This includes her scheduled March 3 concert at the Benedum Center here in Pittsburgh.
Quote of the day
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Quote of the day
As many of you know, I first started singing when Lincoln was president.
-Cher, at the Grammy Awards
But her best quote remains:
"I've come back so many times. Someone once told me that after World War III, the only things that will still be around are cockroaches and Cher."
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Say it ain't so...
One major source of fun and hilarity around here involves collecting all the shelties in the living room and waiting until the cat has fallen asleep in the doorway leading to the cellar and the back yard.
Once the feline is suitably insensate, a human in the living room will sit bolt upright and announce in a clear, loud voice: "What's that? Where's Timmy? Is Timmy down the well?"
This instantly causes the shelties to congeal into a large, roiling mass of wildly barking fur and appendages, not unlike the appearance of the Tasmanian Devil in the old Warner Bros cartoons. The swirling brown and white maelstrom erupts from the living room and rockets down the hallway, does a hairpin 180 through the cellar door and absorbs the stunned cat like a trailer park in a tornado.
The cat is ejected from the vortex as the spin of shelties (my collective noun for the breed) spill out the back door and down the yard to the imaginary well behind the shed in the back yard.
You can imagine my consternation when Cindy came across this little tidbit:
The world's most maternal dog was portrayed by six male collies (apparently the males shed less than the females). The first "Lassie" TV series ran for 19 seasons (1954-1973); almost all of the canine actors were descendants of Pal, star of the six Lassie feature films. And, just so you know, Timmy never actually fell down a well. (Emphasis added.)
Ok. Fine. Well, I'm not going to tell them about the Easter Beagle, either...
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The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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