October 30, 2011
Dr. Kapital tweets:
Perfectly normal...for a client state.
A laser powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space could be built in Britain.
October 28, 2011
Dr. Kapital tweets:
Funny, if it weren't so sad.
October 27, 2011
The Return of Sportswriting
Grantland.com has a lot of good stuff.
October 26, 2011
Paul "Bearer" Krugman, extra scary for Halloween.
October 25, 2011
Spot the Ringer
Eisengeiste Football League: number of players on the Can't Cut List -
- Hammer of Talc: 6
- Kleptocrats: 5
- Aggressionators: 4
- Rally Cap Timers: 4
- Hairy Limes: 4
- Desmo Retards: 4
- Steaming etc.: 3
- They Might Be Dwarfs: 3
- Expatriates: 3
- New Quay: 2
October 24, 2011
In May's Britain, a lonely authentic voice
We're now on the third generation of Englishmen A.E. - After Empire. The 40-somethings of the UK are the grandchildren of the Men Who Lost the British Empire, somewhere between Jutland and Malaya.
- His approach to picking up women.
- His disregard for fine distinctions. "All this is yours for 140,000 pounds. Now that is quite a bit more expensive than Porsche's four-door, the Panamera, but, there are two very good reasons why you should choose the Aston Martin. Firstly, and unlike the Porsche, it does look rather magnificent. And secondly, most importantly, this is quintessentially British. Despite the fact that it's made in Austria. Which I think is in Germany."
- His Lego house.
- He's had his delinquent moments, too, but with a few exceptions they affirm a positive view of the man.
May's book Car Fever, a compilation of recycled newspaper columns, is lightly entertaining.
October 23, 2011
Memo from Europe
Economics of car collecting
October 22, 2011
October 21, 2011
That odd feeling again
I know, it might be a cynical lie by his handlers, or a calculated leak of true events by someone on his staff for political gain...
Don't care. Still feel proud.
Review of Jamie Bollenbach's "The Amplitude of Time," From Visual Art Source
From Visual Art Source..
Seattle painter Jamie Bollenbach exhibits sixteen paintings that began with that traditional cynosure of male artists, the female nude, and evolved during the painting process into abstract landscapes or skyscapes — swelling, undulating membranes or tissues composed of flickering, fluttering black and white brushstrokes in perfect balance: M.C. Escher meets Roberto Matta. The artist’s multiple responses to the motif (“sound, scent, color, glimpses and memories of intense but uncertain emotions – fluid, eternally transforming, winking in and out of being”) are recorded in works like “Population,” “Intracosm,” “Manifest Interstices,” “Forms of Man and Woman Against a Cyclic Landscape,” and “Priscilla.” As a group they stand midway between figure-based abstraction (from cubism, futurism, and abstract expressionism) and ambiguous figuration (from surrealism).
Bollenbach, who studied with the contemporary portraitist Ann Gale, takes her analytical, fragmentary approach — it’s also that of Cézanne and Giacometti — and uses it to explore the “inscapes” of the psyche. A pair of World War II sky paintings (“The Bombers” and “Americans’ Planes Are So Mush Prettier Than the Germans’”) featuring minute but deftly summarized B-17s (which veterans in Seattle and elsewhere are quick to decipher) summon historical memory. The title for the show derives from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself:” “To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow, / All are written to me, and I must get what the writing means.... I laugh at what you call dissolution, / And I know the amplitude of time.”
October 20, 2011
Thanks for noticing: Eisengeiste's first link to Fox News
For President Obama, after the death of Bin Laden, Al-Awlaki and now, indirectly, Qaddafi, he's left with a terrific narrative in terms of making the case that Democrats aren't weak on national security and that he has pursued a number of President Bush's policies in terms of being aggressive. This has been in service to America's national interest and the best outcomes for every American. If you look at the president's use of drones, for example, the decision to keep using Guantanamo Bay to house detainees, these are things that have absolutely antagonized the left in this country.
But if you're looking at results, you can't argue with the results. A man who was America's enemy, who was a destabilizing force in the Middle East and a supporter of anti-American forces has been removed from the stage.
How do we get started on a constitutional amendment that says corporations aren't people?
Have a good Veteran's Day
NFL Films is there for you.
October 19, 2011
How about this
The first draft pick goes to the third-worst NFL team.
The worst two teams get relegated to the Canadian Football League.
October 18, 2011
Rabbi Nachtner says
We don't know.
Sign from Hashem?
October 17, 2011
Bound to end well
"Although Iran continues to stockpile enriched uranium in defiance of U.N. resolutions, two new reports portray the country’s nuclear program as riddled with problems as scientists struggle to keep older equipment working." (link)
October 16, 2011
October 15, 2011
Great story, also true
Almost 9 year-old guest blogger says:
"This new book, Heart of a Samurai, is filled with so much action that in the first five minutes of reading it I almost fainted. It does have some sadness, but it does have some funny parts, too. If you want to read a book about the first Japanese boy to ever set foot in America, you've got the right book. All his adventures will make you crack up. If a romantic book is also what you had in mind, then go ahead and get it - it has a bit of everything."
Map of His Travels - Nakahama Manjirō
Also, interestingly, the story is true. The Japanese remember him pretty well.
Einstein says: Get Off My Lawn
Relativity stands. Who's next?
Elaine May interviews Woody Allen and Ethan Coen
"My challenge will be to ask the probing questions that will reveal the deeper, more complex nature of both men in a way that will not hurt ticket sales."
October 14, 2011
This country is so fucked up
Goat doping. Really?
You heard me. Goat doping. Fucking goat doping.
It has come to this.
Gramps: And then, it got so bad, they had to resort to goat doping.
The Twins: Was that before or after they had to drink their own urine?
Gramps: Right before...just a few weeks before.
The Twins: Goat doping? Really? Come on, Gramps.
Gramps: Goat doping. I kid you not.
The Twins: (holding their heads in mock anguish) Graaamps!
But they'll get the Laird's Tatupu jersey when they pry it from his cold, dead, fingers.
Movie screenplays edited for realism
In his review of the just-released remake of Footloose, Roger Ebert points out that the premise of the film is unrealistic:
A valid, thought-provoking point.
INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY
Jack, eyes puffy, face pale, sits before the Doctor,
who studies him with bemusement.
No, you can't die of insomnia.
Maybe I already died. Look at my face.
You need to lighten up.
Can you give me something?
Okay... (writes) here's a prescription for Ambien.
October 13, 2011
Tweet from Latouche
Oui, s'il vous plaît. (link)
October 12, 2011
Mitt's gotta round up the crazy vote
[C]onsiderable obstacles stand in Romney’s way to the nomination, namely winning over social conservatives and tea party activists who have been uneasy with the health-care overhaul he championed as governor of Massachusetts, as well as his shifting positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Great Conservative Writers
Too Involved for a Comment, But There's No Money for Comprehensive Research. And "No money for comprehensive research" is where a lot of these posts are going to stop.
I'm trying to think of great conservative writers in English: Churchill comes to mind, and a limitless fucknut on India was he, but he was also conservative of liberal democracy at shall we say a key moment.
Some I can think of many would be conservative if transplanted in time, but absolutely not relative to their time: say Kipling. I've heard puddingheads argue, quite stupidly, that Mark Twain was conservative. Shakespeare- Liberal catholic, I suppose by modern standards.
Now Patrick O'Brien comes to mind- a shelf of books in love with the British navy of 1810. He's anti-revolutionary as far as Napoleonic France; but that doesn't qualify you as a modern right-wing conservative. With his unflattering portrayals of aristocratic privilege, at best, he's basically Whigish- and approving of the need of defined social roles. He's conservative in the long-gone literal sense of conservation- the slightest reading of Maturin shows no possible love of anything in the GOP.
Here's your test: would Patrick O Brien have voted for George W. Bush? How about Winston Churchill? No? How about Ezra Pound?
People argue Shakespeare was essentially conservative because he did not challenge the state. But of course he did: he presented kings as flawed, doubt-twisted human beings, as something far, far short of the divine. Radical really, and beloved of Elizabeth I suspect for that deniable but humanizing recognition. People also argue he was secretly another man, an aristocrat, because a commoner could never be that educated. People say all kinds of self-inflating things. And by people I mean actual elitists.
Great writers do not idolize wealth and power - that's as dull as the souls of the saved praising God all day forever. Great writers attempt universal empathy. That's pretty well it. When they don't, they aren't great. I mean that literally- their ideas and stories and subjects are not large, lasting, in-depth or encompassing, nor are they potentially valuable to any reader that might come along. If you are short of some form of attempted universal empathy, your concept is going to be small and forced and limited. Even Homer, HOMER, covered both sides of the war with empathy.
There are of course exceptions, no doubt you can think of some- in the same way there are Vatican Astronomers. Maybe the guy that wrote all those "Left Behind" books.
October 11, 2011
Bachmann's onto us
She outed our mole!
Today in Fuckwittery #2: David Brooks
David Brooks, NY Times toolinist, caricatures Occupy Wall Street to make a further caricature of critics of American plutocrats, all wrapped in glowing gauze of let's all work together- of course completely ignoring the gigantic shift of economic and political power that is making political desperation necessary.
As the Laird pointed out recently, Brooks skipped-to-my-lou'd down the path of triangulating centrism after being a reporter who satirized and then worked for William F. Buckley, because he was very, very impressed by wealth and power.
Compare and contrast with Beardy on the same topic.
October 09, 2011
My Pandora thinks I'm dead
I set up a station on Pandora based on the Miles Davis tune "Freddie Freeloader". As it plays, it is displaying ads for...
- Meet women over 50 in your area (with picture of exceptionally hot middle-aged woman)
- Mercedes Benz
- Aetna Medicare coverage
- Safeway: get your flu shot
End of an era
Most of what I love about football happened in the 70s and 80s, and most of it is gone now. Al Davis brought me:
- The AFL
- John Madden
- Ted "The Mad Stork" Hendricks
- Jim Plunkett's comeback
- And a few hundred other cool things
October 07, 2011
October 06, 2011
Tomas Tranströmer wins the Nobel Prize for literature. Bless him, Baltics is as good as modern poetry gets. The opening bit (mostly Robin Fulton's translation, but I can't leave well enough alone):
It was before the time of radio masts.
Grandfather was a new-made pilot. In the almanac he wrote down the vessels he piloted –
names, destinations, drafts.
Examples from 1884:
Steamer Tiger Capt. Rowan 16 ft Hull Gefle Furusund
Brigg Ocean Capt. Andersen 8 ft Sandöfjord Hernösand Furusund
Steamer St. Petersburg Capt. Libenberg 11 ft Stettin Libau Sandhamn
He took them out to the Baltic, through the marvelous labyrinth of islands and waters.
And those who met on board and were carried by the same hull for a few hours, or days,
how well did they get to know each another?
Conversations in misspelled English, understanding and misunderstanding but very little conscious lying.
How well did they get to know each another?
When it was thick fog: half speed, half blind ahead. At one single stride the cape emerged from the invisible and was right on them.
Every other minute a bellowing signal. His eyes read straight into the invisible.
(Did he have the labyrinth in his head?)
The minutes passed.
Shallows and skerries he memorized like psalm verses.
And that feeling of "we're right here" that must be kept, like carrying a full pail without spilling a drop.
A glance down in the engine room.
The compound machine long-lived as a human heart toiling with great supple movements, steel acrobatics, and the smells rising as if from a kitchen.
There is a good article on Tranströmer here, and Robert Hass wrote an excellent piece about him in Twentieth Century Pleasures.
- Aaron Rodgers (8.7) - Best QB Green Bay has ever had
- Tom Brady (8.0) - Rains fiery death on his enemies
- Eli Manning (7.7) - ytd interceptions: 2
- Matt Hasselbeck (7.6) - but he's not Tarvaris Jackson
- Matt Schaub (7.2) - Matt Schaub. Has. Seven point two.
- Colt McCoy (4.8) - Leads league in attempts (172).
- Tarvaris Jackson (4.8) - How much did Hasselbeck want again?
- Kyle Orton (4.5) - Big letdown from stellar 2010, 6 INTs ties for league lead. But...8 TDs.
- Kerry Collins (4.4) - Only one pick, but no one's catching the ball: 49% completion percentage.
- Blaine Gabbert (4.2) - Same as Collins. Only two interceptions, but league-low completion percentage of 47.8%.
- Matt Cassel (3.9) - Worst in league interception percentage of 4.5%.
This operative...has outlived her usefulness...
October 05, 2011
New Feature: Today in Fuckwittery
1. Herman Cain. It's Your Own Fault.
Today on Eisengeiste, we introduce this handy graphic logo as a mark of quality for examples of unambiguous ignorance, maliciousness, bigotry, cruelty, naked prevarication, stupidity, arrogance, bull-headed foolishness, avarice, sociopathy, boot-lickery, and all the many flavors and smells of the fuckwittery for which the word "fuckwittery" had to be invented.
Today it's Herman Cain, with the timeless fuckwitted classic: it's your fault if you're not rich, or if you're jobless. If only the unemployed would just go out and get to work!
2. Tom Friedman. President Obama has once again, like he always does, run back to his far left-wing base, which is why they are so happy with him, and doomed all those prospects for that moderately-moderate centrally centrist centrism which everyone is begging for, and by everyone I mean me and David Brooks.
October 02, 2011
The nightmare to come
I was at UCLA last week, and encountered some awkward moments when their parking personnel noticed the Palo Alto address on my driver's license (which must be submitted if you want to park). After assuring them I had no affiliation with Stanford University, and no desire to have one, they let me leave my car with them.
Why the bad vibes? Why the static? I suspect the Jungian subconscious had already let them in on the Very Bad Saturday waiting for them, as Andrew Luck faced off against the Vespa Clowns:
Stanford: 45Luck: 23 of 27, 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, IAYPA: 8.4
Stanford has now won twelve in a row, the longest streak in the country, an observation that will be filed in the Mean Regression Archives. This too shall pass, my Bruins friends, although I hope not too quickly.
October 01, 2011
That stubborn concept
I always twitch a little when I agree with Ron Rosenbaum, so it feels odd to acknowledge I'm mostly on board here.
Marks' paper warns of "aggressive marketing" of fMRI scans by intelligence-contractor types as "lie detector" substitutes that could be used to select candidates for "enhanced interrogation" if their fMRI indicates potential deception under ordinary interrogation.
And he offered what I thought was one of the wisest responses to the debate over the existence of evil (and thus free will):
What he suggested is that we ought to act as if we had free will to choose good or evil.As the kids say nowadays...
Your check, sir
Next time we suggest you skip the baccarat table...