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Friday, July 08, 2005

Thought of the day

From our friend and deep contact in the CIA, The Covert Comic:

"I put a dollar in a change machine in 1980. I've been afraid to put in another one ever since."

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The next time I go on vacation, I'm going to make certain it's somewhere that doesn't have cell phone coverage. Like downtown Chicago.


The 7-11 at the entrance to South Park in suburban Pittsburgh has a sign that reads, "State minimum prices on cigarette packs or cartons or lower." Lower than the minimum?


Local television news really sucks, but not as much as cable news. There is enough news out there for 24/7 coverage, but all they offer is mindless repetition. E.B. White was right: "Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing."


Finally got around to seeing the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, which is, to paraphrase a review of Jose Canseco's book Juiced, not yet the worst DVD of the year, but is, at this point, is the worst DVD in 100 years of cinema. It's a big steaming turd of a musical, miscast and badly acted. The beefcake du jour in the title role, Gerard Butler, sings like a Tasmanian Devil with croup, and the "horrible disfigurement" responsible for his unfortunate circumstances turns out to be an untreated bee sting.

It reminds me of a rich suburban high school's approach to staging a musical: throw money at it. Rent sets, lighting, and costumes from a real theatrical supplier, hire a professional string section and other key musicians to shore up the pit band, and make certain the production is technically flawless. Which is fine, except you still have to endure high schoolers pretending to be adults, and a director who should be teaching physical education.


Boy, those French are sore losers, aren't they?

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Google continues its plan of world domination

If you have a broadband internet connection and a computer less than about two years old, then you need to get Google Earth, the latest and greatest whizbang from the kids at Google Labs.

This is one of those programs where you just sit there and drool on the keyboard in stunned amazement.

Google Earth is an interactive satellite map of the whole freaking planet.

Put in an address and "fly" there. Zoom out several million miles, or down to a thousand feet or so.

It's like being God, if God used a Windows-based GUI interface.

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Quote of the day

"...Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan were forcing the Pentagon to rethink its ability to lie about two wars at the same time."
Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Quote of the day

"Elsewhere, NASA scientists said that the contact between the Deep Impact space probe and the Comet Tempel 1 was the largest head-on collision not involving Billy Joel."-Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report

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The e-mail address is now something other than saga. used to be until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up and adopting created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the domain name in 1993, and had since that time used as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that was no longer but rather which is longer than and more letters to type than and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than but actually just as functional as I sent e-mails from the address to just about everybody I knew who had used in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that no longer is the they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...


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