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Friday, June 22, 2007

Cartoon of the week

Well, yes, it's a routine procedure- if you routinely
have someone slice open your body with sharp
instruments and then fiddle with your insides.

(Robert Mankoff, published in the June 25, 2007
edition of The New Yorker)

I may be a candidate for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Lots of people have them, and I probably will have to at some point, but I'm asymptomatic again. The only "real" surgery I've had under general anesthesia was a tonsillectomy at age 5. I'm almost 53 and still have a perfect body... and I'd like to keep it that way for a while.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Don't you guys know we save this stuff?

The question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many.
-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney
speaking to the Discovery Institute after the first Gulf War (8/14/1992)

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Quotes of the day, birthday edition

Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980)

Anyone, at any time, may equally find himself victim or executioner.

Hell is other people.

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

The attentive pupil who wishes to be attentive, his eyes riveted on the teacher, his ears open wide, so exhausts himself in playing the attentive role that he ends up by no longer hearing anything.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

If you begin by saying, Thou shalt not lie, there is no longer any possibility of political action.

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

Three a.m. is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.


It was the day after Jean-Paul Sartre died.
(Woody Allen recalling under oath the day in 1980 he first met Mia Farrow)

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Here's the problem...

See the lady and man and their dogs? They frequently go to South Park and feed the deer bread and apples and other munchies. See the deer? She came bounding out of the woods when she heard the nice couple approach, and the presence of a horde of nearby dogwalkers left her unfazed.

This is why you'll soon have to lock your car doors in South Park, to prevent deer from rummaging through your glove compartment.

Fortunately, these are indigenous deer, not the dog-attacking ruffians obviously imported from South Jersey.

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"Hilarious" T-Shirt of the Day

Ok, a couple of things:

1. The design is not "hilarious." It's depressing.

2. If I were on a jury judging a person accused of killing someone wearing this shirt, I'd be quite open to a justifiable homicide defense.

3. ™? ™?? You're saying the phrase "Life is crap" is your trademarked property? See you in court, pally. There are about four billion people on this planet with prior claims.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Smoking gun: why you can't find a decent programming job.

A Pittsburgh-based law firm holds a seminar explaining how to hire cheap H-1B visa workers from overseas while appearing to meet the letter of the law.

"Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker.."

"In the video, a person identified as Lawrence Lebowitz, an attorney at Cohen & Gribsby, explains a method that can be used for hiring foreign workers under the U.S. government's Program Electronic Review Management process. PERM stipulates requirements for placing help-wanted ads to fill job vacancies, with the intent of either hiring U.S. workers or showing that no qualified Americans are available."

(From ComputerWorld)

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Thanks, I'll stick with diet and exercise

From the website of the makers of the new over-the-counter diet drug Alli:

Needless to say, other diet pill makers had something to say about this:

(To their credit, the networks refused to air the ad.)

By the way, when did side effects become "treatment effects?" Side effects depend upon how a drug is used: for example, if you use Benadryl for your allergies, the side effect is sleepiness; if you use it as a sleep aid, the side effect is nasal dryness. If intestinal incontinence is your goal, I'd go with plain ol' citrate of magnesia.

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Set your Tivo

7 p.m. "Gattaca"
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman live in a cold, superficial society where achievement and opportunity are based on looks and genetic purity. But that's just Hollywood. They're also in this movie about a frightening authoritarian future. (1997)

8 p.m. "Carrie"
A young girl suffers an awkward moment at her high school prom. (1976)

(The Marin Independent Journal)

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Nightmare photo of the day


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Fake news item of the day


"It was that damn kid again," a distraught Woods explained.,
"He followed me to every hole, and he wouldn't shut up.
'I love you, Tiger!' 'I'm your number one fan, Tiger!'
'Tell everyone you invited me to that American Express event,
Tiger!' If I ever see him again, I'm gonna put a ball in his
hole, I promise you that."

(from The Carbolic Smoke Ball)

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Hmm... this is interesting...

It may be gone by the time you click here, but it appears someone posted Michael Moore's new movie, Sicko -the entire film- to Google Video.

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Quote of the day, birthday edition

Paul McCartney is 65 today. Sigh.

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird.
Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Postcard of the day

More Fathers Day secrets at PostSecret.

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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

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