Entries from July 2010

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLIII

This is well done:

Categories: War and Peace

The Latter Day IPO

Work part time as a council member in a (working-class, mostly Hispanic) town of 39,000 and make $100,000; get a job as the police chief and make $457,000; get elected mayor and make nearly $800,000. Truly California is the land of opportunity.

Categories: Politics

Dave Seems To Be Enjoying Himself

Looking at the photos accompanying the Times article about the Prime Minister’s trip to Washington. Wouldn’t it be funny (funny ironic? funny haha?) if Dave is to Obama what Bush was to Tone. What is it about the co-politicals rubbing each other the wrong way? In other news: There isn’t any. It’s 10 pm and […]

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLII

I love Kevin Spacey. I really do. I think impersonations must be the best kind of comedy. One doesn’t even have to say anything funny, just a good impersonation is enough to make everyone shriek with laughter. Why is that, I wonder.

Categories: Entertainment

Journalists Struggling to Cope With This “Democratic” Modern Age

Telegraph – Raoul Moat and the unacceptable face of Facebook In David Cameron’s clash with Facebook we can see the key cultural question of our time, says Jenny McCartney So, she goes from describing the elitist but responsible days of old journalism, where: Letters to newspapers that were full of violent views, or just plain […]

Categories: People and Current Events


I was at Ikea the other day and couldn’t find where they’d put their damned 100 watt bulbs. Ikea – IKEA TO PHASE OUT INCANDESCENT LIGHTING IN ALL US IKEA STORES BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2010 EFF. *howls* Now I’ve just discovered a WHOLE LINE of products that they don’t carry at the Seattle store and […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Worst Remake Ever

The Times – This new Karate Kid kicks where it hurts, by Sathnam Sanghera This is the most incredible tale of WTFness, but this really takes the cake: One of the biggest problems with the new film is the change of setting. Instead of moving from New Jersey to California as a result of his […]

Categories: Entertainment

I Have Met With THREE Contractors

And a fourth one perhaps next week. Anyone know if there are any good tells to look for that they’ll disappear halfway through the job and leave you with no functioning sinks and a mountain of broken concrete in the yard? Like maybe a narrowing of the eyes? A twitch of the hand? An expensive […]

Categories: Wildcard

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLI

This Old Spice video. (They’re doing a lot of these and perhaps it’s funnier if you watch a bunch of the responses to random YouTube commenters and Twitter and Facebook people and then come across this George Stephanopoulos one.)

Categories: Politics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXL

Curtsy: Brett McS. Update: Brett sent this to me THREE WEEKS AGO! How did this NOT GET PUBLISHED?! Why is it STILL IN MY DRAFTS?!?!!?

Categories: Politics

More WWII Parallels!

ABC’s Jake Tapper: President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist “Additionally, U.S. intelligence has indicated that al Qaeda leadership specifically targets and recruits black Africans to become suicide bombers because they believe that poor economic and social conditions make them more susceptible to recruitment than Arabs,” the official said. “Al Qaeda recruits have said […]

Categories: War and Peace

Peeking Over the Paywall

Uh oh: Michael Wolff – What’s Really Going on Behind Murdoch’s Paywall? My sources say that not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself—who have free access to the site—are not going beyond the registration page. It’s an empty world. The wider implications of this emptiness are only just […]

Categories: Business & Media

There’s a Very Large Balloon In Here

It’s shaped like a bird. It’s at least three feet long from beak to filagreed tail. Been to the zoo, been baking a cake, been taking the day off. Tomorrow: house stuff!

Categories: Wildcard

I’ve Left It Too Late Again

So this time I give you a picture of a baby sea otter, sucking a pacifier. Curtsy: ZooBorns. Baby turns one tomorrow. We’ll be at the zoo.

Categories: Science and Nature

I’ve Left the News Until 10.30 So Instead I’ll Tell You More About the House

Friday, LUNCHTIME: The house gets listed. Friday, LUNCHTIME: Our real estate agent calls us. Both of us. I’m at Peter’s work for lunch so we’re there together. We agree to meet her at 4.30 that afternoon. Friday, just after LUNCHTIME: I drive past the house on my way home. I don’t see it. But I’m […]

Categories: Wildcard