Monthly Archives: June 2007

Lite blogging ahead

Just FYI.

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Lolcat

Is this really the sum total of… of… something. Pretty soon, in six or seven hundred years, language is really going to be meaningless.

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Ooooh, schadenfreude…

“The wheels are falling off of Rocky Delgadillo’s career. Well, if you enjoy implosions, grab some popcorn. Not since Chuck Quackenbush has the state of California such a spectacular downfall of a politician. While Delgadillo didn’t garner that much support … Continue reading

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Hillary’s Hillary problem

“In Bernstein’s account the mystery of Hillary is largely explained by her fraught relationship with Bill. She was pretty enough, but an awkward, wonky, young woman; he was a brilliant, ambitious, sexually magnetic stud; and in following him to Arkansas … Continue reading

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Please support the grocery workers if they strike

“Here are a couple of reasons to support grocery workers if they are forced to strike or are locked out of their jobs: “Grocery workers haven’t had a raise since 2002, yet Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons made over $8 billion … Continue reading

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Defendez le CrackBerry!

“PARIS (AP) – BlackBerry handhelds have been called addictive, invasive, wonderful – and now, a threat to French state secrets. “French government security experts have reportedly banned – with mixed success – the use of BlackBerries in ministries and in … Continue reading

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I’d feel better if you could just buy meter cards like phone cards, but this is okay (I guess)

“The cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood today began testing solar-powered parking meters that allow motorists to use coins or credit cards. The FlexPay Parking Meters are being tested in Beverly Hills along the east side of the 300 … Continue reading

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Defendez the fuitas carts!

“So you’re saying that in a city that outlaws fruit, only outlaws will sell fruit?” From the comments of How to be a legal fruit vendor, LA City Nerd, June 22, 2007 And the answer is: you can’t. Oh well.

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And if they built one to Vegas, I’d go there occasionally

“Efforts to fully fund construction of a 700-mile high-speed rail link that would begin in San Diego, travel through Los Angeles and end in the Bay Area won the unanimous support of the Los Angeles City Council today. The proposed … Continue reading

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Book tech news

“The first annual O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference brought together a little more than 400 digital and book publishing professionals for three days of intensive and often entertaining projections about the future of publishing in the digital era—not … Continue reading

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Dehumanization

“People fighting a war dehumanize the enemy. That makes it possible to kill with a clean conscience. But by a perfect inversion, dehumanizing people in your mind makes them all the more human in reality — vulnerable, desperate, trying to … Continue reading

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Those damn illegal immigrants are at it again

“Michael Kamburowski, the Australian immigrant hired as a top official in the California Republican Party, was ordered deported in 2001, jailed three years later for visa violations — and has filed a $5 million wrongful arrest lawsuit against the U.S. … Continue reading

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Women in Refrigerators

“Because, obviously, how women are treated in comics stories is ultimately part of many larger issues. But just focusing on comics – if most major women characters are eventually cannon fodder of one type or another, how does that affect … Continue reading

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Scary quote about comics art, artists and male fans

“Male creators of comics act out subconscious adolescent male hostility toward women in their art.” (Gerry Conway) Supergirls in comics, by Istlhimank Sharma, Times of India, June 16, 2007 I was shocked by the rawness of this quote, so I … Continue reading

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Holy Gender Assumptions, Blogman!

Digby is a woman! Whoa, and all this time I thought Digby was a guy. Shiver me timbers or something. Ah, she lives in Santa Monica. It’s nice in Santa Monica, no wonder she never wants to leave it.

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Amen to that, sister

“As a radical feminist dyke spinster aunt, I am the world’s leading authority on marriage. I have other matrimoniological credentials, too. I am the offspring of two married heterosexuals who dominated me for over 18 years. I’ve read Jane Austen. … Continue reading

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Google Timeline

Visualize search results on an automated timeline.

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Your eggcorn of the day

dudgeon/dungeon I love my language but how can you be in a high dungeon?

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Here’s a boy-wonder-cott I could get behind

“Most astounding thing is how DC pretty much wrecked a lot of good character development Dixon provided for Spoiler for almost a decade. “Stephanie most definitely shouldn’t be forgotten, and there’s still a lot of work needed if she’s to … Continue reading

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Evolution at Work

“Lee did not wave a flag for his own piece but a look turned it up. He writes the WSJ’s Science Journal column. Today’s is a very good example of explanatory journalism with an edge. It explains lucidly, with a … Continue reading

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New women in comics podcasting. Yay!

“For the Episode 0 of Four Color Heroines, I’ve got a little rant I put together concerning Joe Quesada: Still an Idiot in Public, Only This Time He’s Dismissing Female Fans To Their Faces.” Episode 0: Think of the Weasels, … Continue reading

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“So. Dinah Lance is going to make a REALLY bad mistake and marry Ollie Queen.”

“So *why* are they doing this? Here’s Black Canary, and when she’d done well, you stop noticing the fishnets and start noticing that even without her power, she’s one of the toughest and smartest fighters in DCU. And she’s done … Continue reading

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This weekend

And so, for reasons even I don’t fully understand, I saw “Pirate of the Caribbean 3,” “Fantastic Four 2,” and “Ocean’s 13.” Of the three “Ocean’s 13,” flawed though it was, was best because there wasn’t a fucking wedding in … Continue reading

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The White Plague

“All good editors know that, commonly, an expert with a gift for writing can provide first-hand a punchy article whose authoritative weight augments mightily those from staff reporters. An excellent example is in the Sunday’s Washington Post where Howard Markel, … Continue reading

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People of the Bay Area

You’re SO lucky, I’d love to go to this exhibition: Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga: “150,000 pages of manga. 70 anime TV & feature-length productions. Two explosive elements of Japanese pop culture. One visionary: Tezuka Osamu. “The Asian Art Museum … Continue reading

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Scoutmasters in Paradise

“‘Orange County Boy Scouts chief Leslie Baron and 31 Scouting executives from around the nation did just that in January, with the Orange County chapter picking up the tab for more than $27,000 in banquets, cocktails, rounds of golf and … Continue reading

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How to be a newspaper comics editor

“If you hit us over the head long and hard enough, we eventually get the message, so we left this decision up to you. And you apparently decided that you would rather undergo eyeball surgery every morning than read ‘Get … Continue reading

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Is Iran next?

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Your eggcorn of the day

stock/stalk English is doomed, doomed! I tell you.

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Yeah, it will be ugly

“Is the jailing, un-jailing, and re-jailing of Paris Hilton a harbinger of anything? Has America’s Love/Hate-o-meter for wealthy celebrities swung in the negative direction? And does that swing portend something more ominous for our society at large? I’ve been saying … Continue reading

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