Wednesday, July 28, 2004

extensive research

of parsley's alleged hometown of tuvalu reveals some somewhat eclectic list of major industries

my hero

Friday, July 23, 2004

Next Year In Jerusalem, Maybe

But this year in Maryland

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Island Pics

Just made my first attempt at a home page.

I want to reserve a future FEAST (official or otherwise) for Shaw's lobster pound in New Harbor.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Reading The Riot, Act I

It has not escaped the notice of the Retro Punk Central Committee that posts have reached a height off which they have trailed, like streamers or strained metaphors. Perhaps Alhambra is not living up to its Xanadu-esque billing? But surely the blog could be worse. How, you ask? Herewith, examples of how it could be worse. Much worse:

Mungowitz End: Sed Victa Catoni.
Sed Victa Catoni. Roughly, "Smug Casserole."

You'll need:
various computer components, a guinness, a french coffee press, the sacrifice of your dignity.

Can a blog be worse than an overheard cellphone conversation? So glad you asked. A woman's reflections on God, divorce, and her weight; Mo describes herself as "fairly empty and waiting to be filled."

Was that self-flagellating fun? If so, check out Ter's blog, who had a "special relationship" with Mo (see the comments for the posts - precious). It also includes the ultimate way to break up with a born-again chick: In order to deepen my relationship with God, I need to go on a fast - from you!

Finally! The great taste of worcestershire - in a peripheral! The George Foreman USB iGrill provides a sophisticated web-based cooking interface. And since it runs directly off your computer's USB port, it can cover your monitor in a slippery layer of beef grease. Ah... Steakie!

The author is dead? I hope so. I hope fucking so. G.A.R.L.I.C. S.A.L.T. ~ Gents And Real Ladies In Cahoots with Short And Long Tales. Don't you see it's an anagram? Don't you?

By the way - Matt's "Let America" & my "Not the America" posts were used as the inspiration for an interesting Mark Liberman post on "snowclones". (proof here.) Hey! He used them without acknowledgment! Matt, is this what Hollywood feels like?

Help the blog. The blog would help you.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Searching For Bobby Fischer

While we're still making efforts toward the high-value targets (HVTs) like bin Laden, our government always has time to go after people who play chess without permission. I don't recall Fischer in a collectible military deck of cards. ("Do you have any Karpovs?" "Go fish. Do you have any Deep Blues?").

Thursday, July 15, 2004

jad's long lost brother

Saturday, July 10, 2004

11 July Revolution

"After 7/11, the world changed." How is it possible I have never heard about this before?

No. 1 Convenience Retailer To Serve Free SlurpeeĀ® Drinks, Beverages, Snacks on 7-11 Day

Friday, July 09, 2004

Boyos, do note

I'd like, in the future, to note blogs of various sorts on our blog. Here, then, is a blog that addresses nothing, except things found (in the dirt), along Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA:

Brian's blog

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Say Hello to my Little Friend

It's no dog, but I now have a pet

She's a scarab, but I love her. I've put some old banana in her container, but I suspect she's holding out for rotten cantaloupe. Bitch.
The Eastern Hercules Beetle

New Link on the Moore Film

To pick up on the Parsley link:

Hitchens can be, at his best, both felicitous and penetratrating, but this:

    "Fahrenheit 9/11 makes the following points ... 6) The American lives lost in Afghanistan have been wasted. (This I divine from the fact that this supposedly "antiwar" film is dedicated ruefully to all those killed there, as well as in Iraq.)"
Thus a gesture of inclusiveness is smacked away by Hitchens's highly personal (and hostile) interpretation.

Weird that Hitchens goes on to say Moore's movie is based on "a big lie," but doesn't bring the same level of analysis to the war against Iraq, which was based on a series of big, backpedaling lies (WMDs, or not, Nuclear secrets from Niger, or not, Connection with Al Qaeda, or not, Rape rooms, or turns out that's okay if done by Americans"). When official sources lie, what is the common citizen to do?

Hitchens chides Moore's quotation of 1984, a seminal text for those troubled by the controlling power of nation-states. Hitchens says:
    In general, it's highly unwise to quote Orwell if you are already way out of your depth on the question of moral equivalence.
Okay, majarajah of moral equivalence: is a lie to launch a movie the equivalent of a lie to launch a war?

Strangely, Hitchens does know this problem. He is a man who wrote an excellent book on George Orwell. Orwell warned about the threatening limits of journalistic truth and accuracy (in the Spanish Civil War):
    This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.... The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, 'It never happened' - well it never happened." [pp. 69-70, Hitchens, Orwell].
When the Leader says it did happen, how to escape from the nightmare?

Moore's answer is not to accept the Leader's lies, but to try to balance them with emotional arguments. If you must, call them emotional stories. But that doesn't make them lies - it makes them something higher - a class of fiction. Orwell would have recognized the difference.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Have Toilet, Will Travel

Sometimes the title just writes itself:
President Bush In Turkey

via wonkette

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

The Office Menace

A charming bit of zen fluff:

new computer

I actually bought a new computer! For real. I did not find it on t he desk of a co-worker. It is not tasty with cream cheese and lox. It is a G4 powerbook and I am very excited about Wi-fi, bluetooth, burning CDs, etc. JAD, as tempting as it is, I plan to steer clear of Civ III at all costs. OS X "panther" is amazing. I am looking forward to the new OS "Tiger" in the spring, most likely followed by Ocelot and Mircat.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

if he be not a god...

he must at least be some minor deity....

Friday, July 02, 2004

Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

So here's the exchange between Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and VP Richard "Dick" Cheney (R-Hothead). Trust me, the "dick" is not a nickname, it's an honorific.

The exchange went something like this:

Cheney (R-HH): I don't appreciate all this about Halliburton.

[Leahy has been calling for investigation into no-bid military contracts for Halliburton, for which Cheney's office was "in-the-loop," and by which company Cheney is still receiving deferred compensation]

Leahy (D-VT): I don't appreciate you calling me a bad Catholic.
[The administration has accused members of Congress opposing the appointment of far-right Judge William Pryor of being anti-Catholics]

Cheney (R-HH): Go fuck yourself, Leahy!

Now, I'd react just like Cheney ("You people are bad Catholics! Oh yeah, you're all Protestants. Except Parsley, who's a fish-worshipper, or some such.") But you'd think the weight of office - about 255, judging from the chins - would make some difference.

Cheney explained himself later: "I expressed myself rather forcefully. I felt better after I did it."


There's an interesting & brief note on the grammar of the above title (Joseph Welch, accusing Joe McCarthy of having gone too far)