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The pursuit of goods and possessions has completely corrupted the human experience, along with religion, which I think limits the intellect. With those two things in place as firmly as they are, I don't see any hope for getting around them short of some sort of interesting cataclysm. So I root for a cataclysm, for its own sake, just as entertainment. I don't even care if it has a good result. We're circling the drain, and I just like seeing the circles get faster and shorter all the time.
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Saturday, August 09, 2008
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Communication is everything
Unfortunately, I can't send it to any couples I know without causing some grief for someone. Maybe I could send it anonymously. Well, not any more. Sigh.
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Friday, August 08, 2008
Quote of the day
I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
End of world conflicts
The news that CERN is going to fire up its Large Hadron Collider is somewhat disturbing in itself. Some people claim the device may generate a microscopic black hole that will cause the destruction of the Earth and generally mess up the entire space-time continuum in our area of the universe.
The scheduling is really, really bad. The device is set to go online September 10, a day before my birthday. Worse, we have tickets for Wicked on the 12th, and the new season of House begins less than a week later, on the 16th.
Those Europeans. They take off the entire month of August, then destroy the world less than two weeks after returning to work. They could at least wait a month, until a few weeks before the US Presidential election. Now that's what you'd call an "October Surprise."
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Quotes of the day
Garrison Keillor, (b. August 7, 1942)
A marriage, to be happy, needs an exterior threat. New York provides that threat.
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
God is a great humorist. It's just that he has a slow audience to work with.
I believe in comedy as a humane art and as a profound craft, despite the fact it is considered by most academics as a sort of bastard stepchild of literature, to be kept in the basement and fed cold cereal.
I favor marriage between people whose body parts are not similar. I'm sorry, but same-sex marriage seems timid, an attempt to save on wardrobe and accessories.
If life is a journey, then your 60s are the homeward leg when you're hung up in an airport and thinking bad thoughts about your travel agent.
If tofu adds years to your life, they probably wouldn't be the best years.
If you're going to follow the herd, you'd better watch your step.
In romance, as in life, you only learn when you're losing. When you're winning, you just sit there and grin like an idiot.
It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
March is the month God created to show people who don't drink what a hangover is like.
Marriage is like a feast where the appetizers are better than the main course and there is no dessert.
May your soul be forever tormented by fire and your bones be dug up by dogs and dragged through the streets of Minneapolis.
My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than were permissible under English law at that time.
Nature doesn't care about your golden years; it's aiming for turnover.
Never insult a writer. You may find yourself immortalized in ways you may not appreciate.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
One day Donald Trump will discover that he is owned- lock, stock and roulette wheel- by Lutheran Brotherhood, and must negotiate his debt load with a committee of silent Norwegians who don't understand why anyone would pay more than $120 for a suit.
Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn.
Some days you need to look reality in the eye, and deny it.
The relationship between truth and a newspaper is like the relationship between the color green and the number seven. Occasionally you will see the number seven written in green, but you learn not to expect this.
They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.
When it comes to finding available men in Minnesota, the odds are good, but the goods are odd.
When the chips are down, the buffalo are empty.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
How not to win back a subscriber..
Junk e-mail of the day
Signs of the Apocalypse, # 781
Paris Hilton has a cogent, workable energy policy.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Quote of the day
Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.
-Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962)
Monday, August 04, 2008
It's a sad state of affairs...
When Paris Hilton's mother is the voice of reason.
A McCain contributor, Kathy Hilton responded to the anti-Obama ad featuring her daughter and Britney Spears with a rather scathing observation:
I've been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses. It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States.
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Sunday, August 03, 2008
Quote of the day
In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.
Lenny Bruce, (October 13, 1925 - August 3, 1966)
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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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