April 19, 2014

Tolkien and the OED

I will probably never finish my note on Tolkien, because every time I try to research I run across interesting facts like this...

Google world domination plan now obvious - too late - to all

The horror

"It's interesting — perhaps even humorous — to note that "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" was not inspired by fears of miscegenation, but by Lovecraft's own discovery that his great-grandmother was... Welsh."


April 18, 2014

Preach it


April 16, 2014

Cool story, bro

We had a female blue-bellied roller with really good genes, and we were trying to maintain the species. Her family hadn't been bred a lot, so she'd have been good for genetic diversity. They brought her into this nice big aviary with a male, and she went right for him and beat the tar out of him. Pecking, wing slapping, ramming ... and not like the sexy kind of pecking and wing slapping you remember from all those bird pornos...


April 12, 2014

Greetings from Pismo Beach

Wikipedia offers two interesting tidbits:

  • The name Pismo comes from the Chumash language word for tar, Pismu' ,[5] which was gathered from tar springs in Price Canyon near Pismo Beach. The tar was a valuable product which the Chumash Indians used to caulk their seagoing canoes, called tomol, which traveled along the coast and out to the Channel Islands.
  • In the 1969 TV movie Dragnet 1966, Bill Gannon retires to Pismo Beach due to poor health. After eight months and three weeks of eating Pismo Beach clam chowder, Bill's health returns, his teeth stop falling out and he is able to be reinstated with the LAPD. Explaining to Joe Friday the reason for his restored health he states, "The clams, Joe. The clams."

Pismo Beach also figures prominently in this epistle from the Apostle Chuck, which in seven minutes gets more done on the topic of greed than von Stroheim did in 462:

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April 11, 2014


The Most of Tom Lehrer (you're likely to get)

“Things I once thought were funny are scary now,” he told People magazine in 1982. “I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.”


April 09, 2014

Surprisingly good mini doc on Operation Cobra

Who is the Home Run King?

A completely rational assessment appears here.

Selig is always wrong, and I totally have already proved that here.

Let me reiterate, for emphasis:  Peed.  In.  The.  Shower.  And the Hall of Fame welcomes him with open arms.

There is no justice.

April 08, 2014

War on the West Coast

NBA leaders in plus minus, season-to-date:

  1. Blake Griffin, LAC - 553
  2. Stephen Curry, GS - 548
  3. Andre Iguodala, GS - 541
  4. Chris Paul, LAC - 507
  5. Klay Thompson, GS - 495
  6. DeAndre Jordan, LAC - 489
  7. Durant, OKC ... etc.

Kale and qinoa fuck you up


Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called "wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk." 

Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. 

Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge? 

Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true. 

Dr. Melik: Incredible.

We have a winner

April 07, 2014

Silly humans with their feelings

Ex CIA boss criticizes Feinstein for being motivated by "emotional feeling."  


Places we're going on our big vacation

Lots of annoying questions from family about places we're going to visit on our upcoming road trip to Southern California.  Key attractions described so far:

  • The Lint Museum
  • Pancake syrup factory
  • Captain Sludgy's Squid Shack
  • Academy of Amortization Science
  • YarnWorld
Suggestions welcome...

Jungian subconscious modifies my views on Dan Snyder

At first I thought it was just a hilarious comparison. Then I began examining the two images more closely and got a little weirded out. I went to the archives to pull up the big, high-res version of the toon (below, double-click to enlarge) and compared it to the photo. I immediately noticed the face paint, the writing on the shirt, the similar headdresses, and the nearly identical right hand position of the mascot-lovin' dude. When I noticed the nearly identical pose of the Native protester in the photo and in my cartoon, I started tripping out.


Well there's your problem

[T[he very real conflict between what’s good for oligarchs and what’s good for the economy is, indirectly, having a powerful effect in distorting the debate.


April 05, 2014

But Puppies!

"Banks are the puppy mills of Capital." - My barista, Jeff, who just turned down an offer to go back to work at the bank.

April 04, 2014

April 03, 2014

March 31, 2014

Get in the face of the right Man

It's the super-rich, the top 1/10 of 1% that's the problem, not the orthodontist from Oxnard.

One interesting aspect of this is that these guys own a lot of bonds.  Bonds have risen sharply in value over the past 30 years as interest rates fell, but that story is about over.

A little inflation would sure help sort this out.  Just a little, teeny, tiny bit, say an extra 2% embedded in long-term expectations.

Don't hold your breath.


March 30, 2014

But first...we're going to need a really fast car

March 29, 2014

Sweet dreams

Slow clap.

Data analyst and sometimes pundit Nate Silver discusses data surrounding Other Pundit's punditry around Nate Silver.

Enjoy the meta.

I'm not saying it's aliens, but...

The size is very hard to determine, for example, although the image size at contrailing height suggests that it is bigger than an X-47B. However, the basic shape - while it resembles Boeing's Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system - is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman's full-size designs. 


Love this

"Noah..." (ding)



Apart from his other interesting activities, I believe Mr. Semple was the author of this dialogue from Never Say Never Again, which takes place with a pistol pointed at Bond's naughty bits:
Bond:  Well, in view of your hatred of men...  
Fatima: Liar! You know that making love to Fatima was the greatest pleasure of your life. 
B:  Well, to be perfectly honest - there was this girl in Philadelphia... 
F:  Shut up!

March 26, 2014

Regard this cat.

March 25, 2014

Cutest stampede ever


#1 son asks "who would you rather see play Batman...Arnold Schwarzenegger or William Shatner?"

I reluctantly went with Shatner because, of all the forms Batman can take, I can't accept him with an Austrian accent.

March 22, 2014

Wait, wait, why can't we say that?

Obviously, we can’t say that everyone with a large signature is a narcissist and therefore a bad leader.


Too bad there's NO OTHER WAY to deliver video content to someone's house...

CEO Reed Hastings sounded off Thursday against big ISPs like Verizon and Comcast, accusing them of compromising Internet freedom and degrading the experience of consumers.


March 21, 2014

Unsung hero

Somehow, I remained unobserved; the only way to take these photos was to remain unseen. You disappear, dressing like the crowd you're in. These people never knew I was photographing them. 



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