Saturday, July 19, 2014

If there were ever a number you'd think no one would underestimate ...

“I didn’t know there were that many lesbians in San Francisco,” said Tracey Kaplan, 26, a vendor manager for Google Enterprises who was in attendance.

In the same story, how's this for a name for someone representing the progressive side of the issue?

“We’re starting some good conversations,” said Ms. Neaderthal ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Welp, we might as well try a little psywar

During a bank robbery ...

Once inside, the robbers cracked one of the two vaults and stole the $290k. The other vault, the Post reported, contained more money.

That'd be the Post's "unnamed source," which I'd wager was from the police. Or the bank.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-07-08

Anyone got a Thomas Aquinas facepalm gif?
    -- Roy Edroso

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thought balloon



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guest artist

A sequence of comic strips: one | two | three | four | five.

Back story.

(h/t: John McQuaid)

Monday, June 09, 2014

Such a good new word!


First seen on the Raw Story Tumblr, h/t TBogg.

Google says about 44,900 results at this moment. Google Trends says, "Not enough search volume to show graphs."


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lines of the Day: 2014-05-28

A couple of passages from a great and horrifying book I just finished, Patrick McGuinness's The Last Hundred Days, a novel set in Romania at the end of the Ceaușescu regime.

... I grew to hate, and it energised me. But I couldn’t make a life out of it, or not a life that was my own. So I discovered forgiveness, and the secret malice of it: people forgive not out of grandeur of spirit but as a way of freeing themselves. The forgiver always floats free, the forgiven slides a little further down the soft shute to hell. Maybe that’s why so many religions use forgiveness as a secret weapon.


‘Ah, Monsieur Midwinter? Gilbert, isn’t it?’ Ozeray loomed up between us and closed his fingers around Wintersmith’s hand.

‘Er… Wintersmith, Giles.’ The Belgian had him in a diplomatic half-nelson.

‘Ah yes, quite so. I could not help overhearing your wise analysis. I remember when I was just beginning my diplomatic career.’ Ozeray paused and closed his eyes, inviting us to join him in a prehistory where diplomats and dinosaurs roamed the same mirrored banqueting halls, ‘my mentor, Baron Henri Nivarlais, – a great diplomat – oversaw fifty years of the most radical change the world has known without batting an eyelid – the Baron, he said to me: “Young man, in diplomacy there are two kinds of problem: small ones and large ones. The small ones will go away by themselves, and the large ones you will not be able to do anything about. The biggest challenges in your career will come from the temptation to act. The test of your mettle will be how nobly you surmount it.” Very fine advice, Mr Midwinter, do you agree?’

Monday, May 26, 2014

On this Memorial Day, I would like everyone in the blogosphere to ...

... spend a few moments reflecting on Doghouse Riley.

I've never come close to being able to write a proper send-off (see Roy (and pretty much all of his commenters) for something I endorse), so I can only offer a quick search around this place for a few of the things that struck me, over the years.

Mr. Riley had some words about Memorial Day, from time to time, if you'd rather start there.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-05-18

And an especially apt name.

“Americans,” Mr. Worthy said, “have a right to know what’s going on in the world in their name.”

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Anyone have Dennis Lehane's email address?

Also, please forge the From: field to read "Jeff Bezos."

(text source: Moonlight Mile)

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-05-06

Oh, sorry — I forgot that I wasn’t writing jokes for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
    -- Paul Krugman

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A somewhat alarming piece of litter

When fully zoomed in, at least.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We got better


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rough night

[Update: follow-up]

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-04-05

Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.
    -- Robert Bloch

Monday, March 24, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-03-24

But he talks, a lot. It is a wind concerto played entirely on dog whistles ...
    -- Adam Weinstein, describing Michael Hill, in "Inside the
    American Id: Chilling With the South’s New Secessionists"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hard times at the checkout line

Got a fairly gushing compliment from a customer today.

On the ... uniformity, I think she meant ... of my "salt and pepper hair."

Might have hurt a little less had she been, say, fifteen years younger than me.

Ah, no. Probably not that, either.

Let us all describe him thus, forevermore

Bill Donohue, the president and probably sole member of the Catholic League, ...

That was from Dok Zoom's Weekly Derp Roundup. Item seven. Although how anyone will make it that far after first finding our how outraged we need to be at Honey Maid graham crackers, I have no idea.

[Added] Follow-up on the horror, the horror, that the PaPSM narrowly avoided.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-03-11

Still, I guess this ["hunger=dignity speech"] is a further nail in the coffin of [Paul] Ryan’s reputation as Serious, Honest Conservative. But I am of course a shrill bad guy, because I was guilty of premature anti-Ryanism — you weren’t supposed to figure out that he was a con man until 2011 or 2012.
    -- Paul Krugman

(previously in shrill)

[Added] More debunking of Ryan's speech from Jon Stewart, et al.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-03-04

If we are going to decide big issues, like eating genetically modified food, fracking for natural gas, responding to the prospect of drastic climate change, exploring space or engaging in ambitious science research, we are going to have to start from some common experience.

As Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the longtime senator from New York, once said, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. So where are we going to get them?

In science, as in other areas of our culture, there is no dearth of voices, but are we paying attention? In the new New Age, it’s all about which cable channels you watch or whom you follow on Twitter.

We could use a national conversation that is not about scandal or sports. If everybody watches the new “Cosmos,” we can talk about it the way we once argued about “The Sopranos” every Monday morning.

And perhaps that will happen. The early reviews of the series are glowing, and an adoring profile of Dr. Tyson recently appeared in The New Yorker. And we are not talking about tweedy PBS here; the show will be on Fox, home of “24” and “American Idol.”

It’s hard to imagine a better man to reboot the cosmos than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    -- Dennis Overbye

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Things that make your shoulder creak

A caption from an (otherwise) enjoyable report from someplace in spring training:

The Rockies’ LaTroy Hawkins, left, is the longest-tenured player, debuting in April 1995.

Come on. That's like, what, nine years ago?

</senior moment>

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Not even making this up

Or, typo of the day.

Jason Collins' jersey skyrockets to No. 1 on sales list

Happy headline! But then, an opening sentence. A lede, if you will.

Jason Collins' signing with the Brooklyn Nets as the fist openly gay professional athlete has been described as ...


(h/t: Lisa Needham)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-02-25

A Goldman spokesman, after being told that @GSElevator had been unmasked, said in a statement, “We are pleased to report that the official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately.”

Who knew a PR flack for a firm like that could make a joke in public?

(source | @GSElevator)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

An animated puzzle

Swiped from Jake VanderPlas:

"... an impressively well-adapted resident of New York City."

The flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) does not actually fly — it glides. When a squirrel leaps from its perch in a tall tree, it spreads its limbs, stretching out its two patagia (thick, furred membranes that extend from its wrists to its ankles). In this way, a squirrel less than 10 inches long (including a tail almost half that length) can, in a single bound, cover 150 feet or more, gliding through the treetops effortlessly.

Emph. added.

(source | more)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Also, I was shocked, shocked that Facebook offered no obvious way to report a misleading ad.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Oh, let's just throw this line in at the end

Apparently, there is a gas cloud that about to be sucked into the black hole at the center of our galaxy. (Well, it happened 26,000 years ago, but we're just about to see what ... will have happened?) This gas cloud is expected to form (to have formed) a halo around the black hole.


Deviations from the predicted shape of the halo would indicate that Einstein’s theory of gravity needs revision.

That would seriously be something.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No room at the inn?

Never fails to amaze me how pedestrian are the concerns of people who see themselves as among The Chosen of a deity they claim is so powerful he transcends time and space.

I mean, loaves and fishes, anybody? And that wasn't even the real Messiah!

(h/t and post title: TC)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Smells like SOCIALMALISM!!!1!

And that smells gooooood.

Go, Liz Warren.