Category Archives: amused

Tom Toles as R.D. Laing

“But people only want small cars when gas is expensive! And it wasn’t expensive before! Of course, we could have raised gasoline taxes and reduced the deficit. Reducing the deficit is the thing that everybody says they want more than … Continue reading

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Heroines and the men they love (alas)

“And she was lucky to get her man at all. Often women who stray from more traditional female territory have a tough time romantically. Jo in Little Women, everyone’s favourite tomboy, does not marry Laurie; her beautiful, spiteful little sister … Continue reading

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Christ, I’m old

NYT Bestsellers for a certain day in July 1960: Fiction 1 HAWAII James Michener Fiction 2 ADVISE AND CONSENT Allen Drury Fiction 3 THE LEOPARD Guiseppe di Lampedusa Fiction 4 THE CHAPMAN REPORT Irving Wallace Fiction 5 THE AFFAIR C.P. … Continue reading

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“All right, then, I’ll go to hell”

“NewSouth Books and noted Twain scholar, Dr. Alan Gribben, have come together to create a new edition of Huckleberry Finn in which the ‘N’ word — present 219 times including the table of contents — is replaced with the word … Continue reading

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Banished words for 2011

LSSU suggests we do 2011 a favor and banish these words: – Viral – Epic – Fail – Wow factor – A-ha moment – Back story – BFF – Man up – Refudiate – Mama Grizzlies – The American people … Continue reading

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Of Cats and Christmas Trees

Me-yow. Happy holidays, everyone.

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Science Cheerleaders

There’s no way I could make this up: (via)

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Random Roundup

I think we all need one of these Colors in Cultures charts. (via of all places) And of course The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions.

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Random Roundup

Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things and does he evah. (I really should stay the hell away from Tumblr blogs) Obama: What happened to the guy named Obama who wanted to lift the cap on Social Security contributions? L.A. Unified project … Continue reading

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The very model of a US President

Who knew we’d get to Gilbert and Sullivan this soon? Via Mad Kane

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Meg for Meg (not for California)

(via and via) “Paid for by California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee.” MegForMeg.com Who knew the prison guard union could be so witty? And effective. Bravo, bulls, bravo. And thanks, it’ll take days to get that song out … Continue reading

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Just say no to plastic bags

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Makes wonderful archival never-yellows paper, too (I’m told)

“The 200,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers, Western States Council, on Wednesday announced its support for Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize marijuana in California. “‘The Western States Council is endorsing Proposition 19 based upon our previous support of the … Continue reading

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Amazon Wish List

I finally got one. Yay!

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Mac history lesson

(via)

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Nicely sums up the old Facebook situation

(via) Also, Al Franken Teaches You About Critical Facebook Privacy Settings. By Meg Marco on May 7, 2010 7:25 PM

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The SFPD must have been busy that day

Or SF is a very patient town: Flash Mob Boycotts Westin St. Francis(via) Cute idea, but I don’t need to boycott the St. Francis. I can’t afford it in the first place.

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Shanghi Chinglish

There should be more restaurants like this.

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PowerPoint makes us stupid

It needed to be said, but I’m surprised at who said it: “‘PowerPoint makes us stupid,’ Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke … Continue reading

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The Hackenblog on Tumblr

www.hackenblog.tumblr.com, also on the sidebar. I know, another microblog, but I think I like it better than Twitter (I know, that’s not saying much, but still). And if Swanksalot is doing it, I have to do it, too. I just … Continue reading

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“Beat It” in Legos

And the original for comparison: I embed; you decide.

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Why voting is important, episode 55,646,846

“The election then. You’re probably already bored rigid with talk of it even though it’s not happening for another three and a half weeks. “You might be one of those non-voters, giving it all that ‘Yeah, doesn’t matter who you … Continue reading

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Disney Decisions

“This is pretty darn big… The Beat reports Marvel has left Diamond Book Distributors. Marvel had easily been DBD’s biggest account. No particular reason was given for the change, though DBD’s Kuo-yu Liang claims the distributor has been ‘prepared’ for … Continue reading

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As a composer, I should be appalled…

But as a secretary, I’m fascinated. The ending is a little weak, but who cares?

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Laurel Sutton Illuminates Trademarks

“Why did Sony give up on Arc? It’s unlikely that they thought consumers would be confused; the MS Arc products aren’t hugely popular and don’t have a lot of brand recognition. (In fact, before the PlayStation Arc name was floated, … Continue reading

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Should you buy an iPad?

I wouldn’t know. I’m not buying one until it can clean my house, get me off, and pay the rent.

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Betty Bowers Explains the Mormons

The fabulous Betty Bowers says it all and better than I ever could.

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The Luckiest Dog in LA

“‘Whether he got scared by the thunderstorm and jumped the fence, we don’t know,’ he (Animal Control Officer Justin Guzman) said. The dog was never really swept away, but managed for the most part to maintain his footing on a … Continue reading

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Cindy McCain comes out against Prop 8

“Gay rights supporters in California say they have found an unlikely ally in Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who lent her name this week to the cause of same-sex marriage. “McCain’s support comes as … Continue reading

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Who are these people?

embiggen 1. Willie Brown (?); 2. Tiger Woods (?); 3. ?; 4. ?; 5. Harpo; 6. Chico; 7. Groucho; 8. Gray Davis; 9. ?; 10. Gumby; 11. Ahnold; 12. Barbara Boxer; 13. Antonio Villaraigosa; 14. ?; 15. DiFi; 16. ?; … Continue reading

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