A sad tale
"Fred the Shred" loses his knighthood.
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
"Fred the Shred" loses his knighthood.
A letter from a former slave to his former master. The last line is priceless.
I was down in LA last week and flipped on the radio. They were talking about the Lakers - in troubled, fearful tones. Something's wrong, the team is struggling, and this violates the natural order of the universe. For most of the past half century, the Lakers have been one of the two or three best teams in basketball. Now, under a new coach and trying to learn a new offense, the team is not performing as well.
Radio Guy #1: Kobe's turnovers are up a bit this year.Good point there. Despite the injury Bryant has been able to lead the team in points and assists. And the Laker's aren't bad - they're 12-9 after all, and in second place in the division.
Radio Guy #2: Well, they say his injury's worse than people say. They say he can't feel his hand.
Radio Guy #1: Too bad his teammates can't get their own food.
(With due respect to Robert Hass.)
I told my kids the story of Shakespeare's family coat-of-arms, and his choice of motto:
Well now, let's get down to it. This week, my dear little souls, Uncle Woggly is going to put you on to a good thing. We all want to make a spot of easy money these hard times, don't we? Well, here's the lowdown, straight from the horse's mouth. All you have to do is get hold of some mug and lure him into betting that a quart whisky bottle holds a quart of whisky.
Sounds rummy, what? I mean, that's what you would naturally think that it would hold. So does the mug. But it isn't. It's really more, and I'll tell you why.
First you fill the bottle. This gives you your quart. Then you shove the cork in. And then—follow me closely here—you turn the bottle upside down and you'll find there's a sort of bulging-ion part at the bottom. Well, slosh some whisky into that, and there you are. Because the bot. is now holding more than a quart and you scoop the stakes.
We're going to push hard to make sure someone making over a million dollars a year aren't getting tax breaks and tax subsidies they don't need, not out of envy, but out of a sense of fairness and a sense of mutual responsibility and a sense of commitment for the country's future, and that's what we're fighting for. The American people understand that.
The views and opinions expressed by GWAR do not reflect those of the Pentagon Channel or the Department of Defense. (link)
An academically struggling South Texas school district has decided to cancel student sports and use the money for improving education.
Between Romney's corporatism and minority religion, and Newt's basic Newtery, Tea Party and evangelical enthusiasm is drying up fast. Its already reflected in consistently low turnout. If that happens, the GOP's goose is cooked.
Newt can make America what it once was: lorded over by carnivorous lizards.
I found a really nice room in the Louvre, today. It had a bench, and no art in it whatsoever.
"I'm personally down 20% which was exactly the right level to piss me off but not enough to make me dive across the desk and beat my boss to death."
Newt's angry again. Angry that people say he appeals to racists. Angry that some irresponsible person would claim he wanted an open marriage.
Watching this clip of Groucho on the Cavett show, Groucho stops the proceedings to tell Dan Rowan he is one of the greatest straight men who ever lived. "I watch you and I marvel at the equanimity and style and class."
I've had the pleasure of reading two superb books to the kids over the past few months.
Demonstration by Author.
|Get a knife, and a pencil worth sharpening.|
Jamie adds "featured here is the splendid Blackwing 602- cheap pencils, dull knives and inferior quality wood make for fewer fingers!"
|You cut around this bit here.|
|Cut in firmly...|
|Work around the barrel to narrow the tip.|
Jamie adds: "The more even your starting cuts, the better. Also, your cut is not flat, but curves away from the central graphite shaft as you dig down."
|Keep narrowing down to the lead.|
Adds Jamie: "You are making an extension of pure graphite. A very sharp knife is essential to this. Caution!"
|Wood should taper...|
|...exposing approx. 87 mm of lead.|
|Trim up the nib.|
Jamie Adds: "You are making a small cone at the tip, like the Apollo capsule, by scraping carefully. You can do the same thing by rolling and shaping the tip on sandpaper. "
|...to a sharp but solid, point.|
Today's quarterbacks...name / yards / rating / IAYPA / TDs
Wow, that new overtime rule is getting people worked up. Here's Easterbrook:
Pittsburgh at Denver was the first game played under the new overtime rules intended to ensure each team at least one possession, and needless to say, the Steelers never touched the ball. For the second time in three seasons, a 12-4 visiting team lost to an 8-8 home team in the playoffs when the game went to overtime and the 12-4 visitor never got a chance at the ball. (San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17 in overtime in 2009 was the other case.)
A year ago, TMQ warned , "The new format does not guarantee each team a chance at the ball. If Team A receives the opening kickoff and scores a touchdown, the game simply ends." Back to the drawing board for overtime formats, please. How about alternating possessions beginning at the 50, and no kicking plays allowed?Or...how about shutting the fuck up?
[He] raises his arms, Moses-like, to the glorious friezes that surround the interior of the ceremonial courtroom. And then Waxman points to one sculpted classical stone lawgiver after another as he guides the justices through the fleeting bottoms that pervade their lofty spaces: “There's a bare buttock there, and there's a bare buttock here,” he marvels. “And there may be more that I hadn't seen. But frankly, I had never focused on it before.” To which Justice Antonin Scalia grits out, “Me neither,” while all of the justices gape up at the walls above them, like bemused Muppets on Veterinarian Hospital.
Airbus: Those are cracks in the wings are "non-critical".
Victor Hugo said "forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age." I mentally passed the latter milestone last year (link), and did so under the western system this week.
From the very fine Apes Angels And Victorians (link, other link), picked up for a buck at a church book sale:
1856-7-8 must still be "Lehrjahre" to complete training in principles of Histology, Morphology, Physiology, Zoology and Geology by Monographic Work in each Department. 1860 will then see me well grounded and ready for any pursuits in either of these branches.
It is impossible to map out beforehand how this must be done. I must seize opportunities as they come, at the risk of the reputation for desultoriness.
In 1860 I may fairly look forward to fifteen or twenty "Meisterjahre," and with the comprehensive views my training will have given me, I think it will be possible in that time to give a new and healthier direction to all Biological Science.
To smite all humbugs, however big; to give a nobler tone to science; to set an example of abstinence from petty personal controversies, and of toleration for everything but lying; to be indifferent as to whether the work is recognized as mine or not, so long as it is done—are these aims? 1860 will show.