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.

network solutions made me a child pornographer!
The sordid details...


Requiem for a fictional Scotsman

Oh my God! They killed Library!! Those bastards!!!

Elegy to a Mostly Maine Coon

It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day

A Pittsburgher in the Really Big City

Da Burg Annat

I Have Issues

Yeah, yeah, I'm inspired

At least the rivers freeze in Pittsburgh

He knows if yinz is a jagoff

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Cool Spinny Thingy!

KGB, CIA linked

The Carbolic Smoke Ball
Superb satire, and based in Pittsburgh!

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

"No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
Article VI, U.S. Constitution

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Geek of the Week

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Cruel Site of the Day (7/15/2000)


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Deal of the day

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"2012" is a dog

Specifically, a Labrador retriever. Big, handsome, clumsy, stupid and incredibly destructive. But a lot of fun. Emmerich finally got one right.

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Quote of the day

Sarah Palin's book is big, 400 pages. She wrote the book herself and agonized over every word. And so will you.
-David Letterman.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

I've been recalled to the mothership

Actually, I'm heading to Chicago next month to teach a class at my employer's office. I think it's been almost two years since I've been back there. It was a one-day visit which involved getting up at 4 am, flying to Midway, attending a company meeting, and returning to Pittsburgh that evening. I vowed never to do that again. I'm hoping I can get score some H1N1 vaccine prior to my departure. I'm traveling to Chicago via Southwest, which is akin to riding in a petri dish with wings.

For five years I commuted between Chicago and Pittsburgh, and I initially resided downtown at Presidential Towers, a huge four-skyscraper apartment complex. I've rented a studio apartment there for next month's visit, and I'm interested in seeing how things have changed since I moved.

The only photo of the place I can find is this one:

That's Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) being struck by lightning in August of 2003. The buildings in the foreground are Presidential Towers. I lived in the one on the far right, from October 2000 through October 2003.

I had a lovely view to the east from my apartment, the skyline dominated by Hancock Tower. Then ABN AMRO built a stinking skyscraper directly across the street which completely blocked my view. So I moved north up to Edgewater, right below Evanston, to the Sovereign Apartments. Originally a 1920s hotel, it was situated in an interesting old neighborhood and provided even more stunning scenery from my window:

I returned to Pittsburgh in November, 2005 and have only been back to Chicago a handful of times since then.

December's a great time to visit. The city's decorated for the holidays, there's lots of stuff going on, and it's significantly less hostile than New York.

Click here for a summary of the fascinating things I learned while living in the Windy City.

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Inspirational secret of the week

I've been to the homes of many successful people, but although I've looked, I've never seen any books about 'the secrets of success' on their bookshelves... Probably they keep those books locked in a special safe in their basement.
-The Covert Comic

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little song, a little dance, a littlle seltzer down your pants...

Goodbye, David Lloyd.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fox Fabrications... er, News

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Crisis

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Phrases never heard in our household. >Cough<

And since we're on a roll...

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Muphry's Law...

...also known as Hartman's Law of Prescriptivist Retaliation: "any article or statement about correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling is bound to contain at least one eror."

Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe

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All rights reserved.
Violators will be prosecuted.
So there.  
The e-mail address is now something other than saga. used to be until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up and adopting created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the domain name in 1993, and had since that time used as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that was no longer but rather which is longer than and more letters to type than and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than but actually just as functional as I sent e-mails from the address to just about everybody I knew who had used in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that no longer is the they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...


Crystal Methodist

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

I canna change the laws of physics

As a matter of fact, I *am* the boss of you.
(as a matter of fact, i AM the boss of you.)

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without signficant intelligence

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Left wing liberal nut job

Flies spread disease. Keep yours zipped.

Eff the ineffable, scrute the inscrutable.

If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

If evolution is just a theory, why am I surrounded by monkeys?

Nutrition makes me puke

Feral Geek

eat wisely

Dyslexics have more fnu!

It's here!

Eff and Scrute

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Eff the Ineffable, Scrute the Inscrutable

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