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, July 11, 2009
Quotes of the day
Be obscure clearly.
Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
Home was quite a place when people stayed there.
Humor plays close to the big, hot fire which is Truth.
I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
In a free country it is the duty of writers to pay no attention to duty.
Loneliness is a strange gift.
No man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright.
No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.
Old age is a special problem for me because I've never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself- a lad of about 19.
People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust.
Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
The bonus is really one of the great give-aways in business enterprise. It is the annual salve applied to the conscience of the rich and the wounds of the poor.
The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for Nature to follow. Now we just set the clock an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.
The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Quote of the day
They say character is what you have after you've lost everything else. I say: if you've lost everything else, how much character could you have had in the first place?
The Covert Comic
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The argument clinic
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Photo of the day
George and Earl maintained their facade of carefree nonchalance,
but they knew the day would soon come when they would have to reveal
the dreaded secret that haunted their "cousin" Emmy Lou.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Happy birthday, Doc
Doc Severinsen, is- believe it or not- 82 today. While a superb musician, Severinsen was also a consummate showman and could hold his own with just about anyone. In this 1979 clip, he literally reduces Johnny Carson to tears:
Monday, July 06, 2009
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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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