Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Quote of the day

If we really care for our kids, we should deny them health insurance now to immunize them against expecting it as adults. If we don't, when they grow up, who knows what other unrealistic things they're going to expect? You know, if we fund Head Start now, later, they'll expect education. If we fund school lunches now, later, they'll expect food.
-Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Am our President Dumb?

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?- George W. Bush, 2000

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured."
-George W. Bush, New York, Sept. 26, 2007"

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Just a friendly word of advice...

If you publish a free newspaper or advertising flyer, perhaps it's not a good idea to deliver it the night before rubbish pickup.

Every Friday morning I take out the garbage. Every Friday morning I find a newspaper, neatly inserted into a plastic bag and wrapped with a rubber band, carefully placed at the edge of my driveway.

As a former paperboy, I'm impressed. A lot of care and effort went into the preparation and presentation. Every Friday I pick up the package, admire the tight wrap of the newsprint, the snugness of the plastic sleeve, the double twisted wrap of the rubber band.

Then the cognitive processes kick in. I awoke a half-hour earlier than usual in order to rummage through the house and gather the previous week's debris. A lot of that debris consisted of printed material. Do I really want to carry this newspaper into the house where it will have the dubious honor of being the first item of needless clutter for the next week?

I open the garbage bag, look at the pristine package of potential news and money-saving offers, and toss it on top of last week's New Yorker and this morning's coffee grounds.

But not without a tinge of regret.

Change your delivery to Wednesday evenings, whoever you are. I already have to deal with enough guilt.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

News item of the day

"Sun Microsystems Inc., through case studies of two large corporate data center operations and anecdotal analysis of efforts with many customers, believes that 8% to 10% of all servers in large corporations have no identifiable function." (Computerworld)

Which means that computers have finally achieved parity with human employees in large corporations. Betcha the servers in question perform middle-management operations.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quote of the day

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?-Marcel Marceau
(via David Kifer on alt.quotations Usenet newsgroup)

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Cartoon of the day

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Out of the loop

Ah. There actually are modern protest songs. My faith in the youth of this nation is partially restored...

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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...


Crystal Methodist

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

I canna change the laws of physics

As a matter of fact, I *am* the boss of you.
(as a matter of fact, i AM the boss of you.)

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without signficant intelligence

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Left wing liberal nut job

Flies spread disease. Keep yours zipped.

Eff the ineffable, scrute the inscrutable.

If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

If evolution is just a theory, why am I surrounded by monkeys?

Nutrition makes me puke

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