But I did some googling around as part of a conversation I was having with someone on YM, and came across “a transcription of the Harper’s article”:http://homes.cerias.purdue.edu/~spaf/Yucks/V4/msg00015.html that I’m fairly certain is where I first read about it.
It seems pertinent that the conversation was of the “Why are men so damn stupid?” variety.
Incidentally, I did not piss my pants re-reading it, but I came awful close.
then you would surely not understand why there would have to be “an entire web page devoted to Iron Maiden album covers with Spongebob Squarepants inserted into them?”:http://kebawe.com/wallpapers/maiden/SpongeEd.shtml
You might then think that at this time more than any other, I would be able to make a distinction between those things that I think I might want want–largely because they’re “neat”–and those things I need.
But damn, it sure does feel like I need “a nixie tube clock that looks like an H&K amp head”:http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/2005/Hughes-Kettner-Tube-Clock.html
Jim MacDonald has a non-comprehensive list of “Things I’ve learned from British folk ballads”:http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/006448.html. It includes such gems as ??Avoid situations where the obvious rhyme-word is “maidenhead.”??
Need something to help keep the kids in line, since you don’t have access to Satan, Hell, or even the milder “making Baby Jesus cry?”.
Steve Loughran has the answer: “Cthulu for three year olds”:http://www.1060.org/blogxter/entry?publicid=7AD93D71C1D3984AE33CF63B4D41D8B4.
I especially liked the caveat, though:
bq. The hard part is striving a line between providing the minimum of lies necessary for total obedience, without reducing the child to having a deep fear of darkness, docksides, attics, cellars and the wind rattling the shutters.
SNL has sketches built around the premise. And, having lived in Germany for five years, I would tend to agree, though I would also add that they also allow nekkid people.
Anyhoo, Jerry forwarded me this “fairly absurd clip from some popular-music show”:http://cowcotland.free.fr/modules/Forums/conneries/russes.mpeg. Since Anne was home sick, and I had no idea what it might turn out to be, I viewed it without sound. I suspect it is better that way–less painful, but no less strange.
Safe for work, but you must be familiar with things that are not safe for work “for this picture to be as funny as possible”:http://profgoose.blogspot.com/2005/02/how-ironicalor-perhaps-this-belongs.html.
It’s a MIDI sequencer–really, it seems more of an interactive instrument to me–that “uses six hamsters to control three channels of pitch and rhythm”:http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/eceprojectsland/STUDENTPROJ/2002to2003/lil2/.
There are wav and mp3s of the output. I wonder if you could get the base MIDI files for use as a ringtone?
…but this one was different. I was taking a course in writing Humorous Essays, but most class discussion consisted, perhaps unsuprisingly, of one-liners. I was concerned that my work was too bitterly ironic; I wanted it to be a little more generously funny. And Tina Fey was in the class. And she had a habit of standing uncomfortably close to me.
There was more, but I couldn’t remember it by the time I actually got up.
(can one imagine having any other sort with her, and then being derided mercilessly for at least 18 hours on the site?), I imagine I’ll have to restrict myself to being amused by her use of such amusing phrases as
bq. …”but that’s why the baby Jesus invented mixers, buddy.”:http://www.wonkette.com/archives/tiny-jon-stewart-and-his-crushed-self-esteem-023725.php
When you know people who work at, or have worked at, some large company, like, say, eBay, or Amazon, they always seem to get hooked into the “wierd shit” list for whatever the purveyor is.
Thus, Alex Yan brings to my attention both “weaponry”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/search.html/sr=3-5/qid=1098124101/ref=sr_3_5/002-6239427-1189612?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=3415301&rh=a%3A3415011%2Ca%3A3415301 and “mascot costumes”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=sc_fe_c_4_0/002-6239427-1189612?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=3402211&no=3402161&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER.
The inimitable “Fafblog”:http://fafblog.blogspot.com/ succeeds in making “a pointed commentary”:http://fafblog.blogspot.com/2004_10_10_fafblog_archive.html#109770844064284783 about an ideology that focuses on 3500 fetuses and yet pointedly ignores the suffering of millions.
By way of “Michael Froomkin”:http://discourse.net/, a “Guardian report on new thoughts on T.Rex’s growth patterns”:http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/sciences/story/0,12243,1281369,00.html reports the following:
bq. The T. rex in the Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic Park famously snatched and devoured a lawyer cowering in a lavatory. Palaeontologists have since heartlessly adopted the lawyer as a standard unit of dinosaur diet.
I don’t know what to say. As much as I enjoy watching the Durham Bulls, I was spectactularly ignorant of baseball’s history, other than having some notion that it was a 19th-century thing.
“Rivka fixes this”:http://respectfulofotters.blogspot.com/2004_05_01_respectfulofotters_archive.html#10843352196650749, with a discussion of it’s late-18th-century appearance in Jane Austen novels, and further references–ones that also mention “Morris-dancing”:http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/subway/4346/pages/morris.html, natch–from the earliest parts of that century.
And the Steven Jay Gould quote on the page uses the word _tendentious_. So there.