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, June 28, 2008

****+* Wall-E

Pixar is like the sun. Unless something goes horribly wrong with the fundamental underpinnings of the universe, you can always depend upon it.

Wall-E is secretly a date movie, a screwball comedy where the characters actually have screws. But it also deals with the ageless topics of loneliness, sacrifice, loss, love, and the dangers of uncontrolled capitalism.

It's definitely not a kid movie. Kids will love it, but- like Chuck Jones' classic Warner Bros cartoons- there's much more there than slapstick humor and exceptional photo-realistic animation.

Wall-E is destined to become an iconic character, instantly recognizable, like R2D2 or ET or Bugs Bunny.

And despite the anti-capitalistic undertone of the movie, Pixar and Disney are definitely going to make some money off me on this one. Wall-E replicas have already been demoed at toy fairs, and some of them have impressive capabilities.

Someone better warn our dogs and cats. It's going to be an interesting Christmas..."

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Quote of the day

You know the one group I never criticize? Politicians. Politicians are put there by the public. Garbage in, garbage out. You get the leadership you deserve.
-George Carlin

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Quote of the day

On the other hand, getting found in the shuffle isn't necessarily all that hot, either.
-The Covert Comic

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Photo of the day

Hmph. What good are opposable thumbs if you can't always land on your feet?

(Original photo and caption at, via Leslie)

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Quotes of the day

Pearl S. Buck, (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973)

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

It is better to be first with an ugly woman than the hundredth with a beauty.

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.

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Photo of the day

Outside the parking garage at Mon Valley Hospital:

I just hope the handicapped valet's disability isn't like, you know, impaired vision or something...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

E-mail of the day

From my friend Peter Stumpf, commenting on the post revealing I have an outstanding balance on the hospital bill for charges related to my birth:

"The doctor shouldn't give you a hard time about the $1.10 still owed for your circumcision. After all, he did get a nice tip."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More on Carlin

George Carlin was more than a comedian... he was a philosopher and a staunch defender of the truth. He was particularly incensed at the way in which the English language has been distorted by "smug, greedy, well-fed white people [who] invented a language to conceal their sins." And he had a very clear vision of what America has become.

These blunt, not safe for work rants are how I'll remember him:

Quote of the day:
"Jeez, he was just here a minute ago."
-George Carlin, suggesting his epitaph.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Quote of the day

People say when you die, you can't take it with you. Well, that depends on what it is. If it's your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you.
-George Carlin, May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008

More Carlin quotes here.

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Television dialogue of the day

From Fox's House, MD:

HOUSE systematically opens the freezers,
checking the bodies.

What are you looking for?

I called my mom, she didn't pick up.
What did the angio tell us?

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

29¢ gasoline, $5 circumcisions...

I'm converting all my paper records into digital formats, and yesterday I stumbled across something I hadn't seen in quite a while... the bill for the maternity charges associated with my birth in Homestead, PA on September 11, 1954:

Mom accumulated the bulk of the charges, of course:

A whopping $184.50. It's actually much worse than it seems. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index comparisons, $184.50 in 1954 dollars is equivalent to about $1,481 in 2008 dollars. If you look at the bill, you'll see dear ol' mom spent eight days in a semi-private room. The charge for a semi-private room in 1954 was $12 a day. The average price of a semi-private hospital room in Pittsburgh today is $342. If medical fee inflation had tracked with the average CPI, that semi-private room should only cost $96 in 2008 dollars.

As for Baby Boy Barkes:

$47 total. You can't make it out on the scan posted here, but in red pencil, someone added: "Patient owes for circumcision. $5.00 Dr., $3.90 credit, Dr. $1.10 balance."

I'd like to see them try to collect...

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So there.  
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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eat wisely

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