random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  William Faulkner: He [Ernest Hemingway] has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.

Ernest Hemingway: Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?

  —Ernest Hemingway (on William Faulkner. ), Fighting Words, p.100.

one of jon stewart’s better moments

Friday, March 6th, 2009

In a career of many many good moments of political commentary, surely one of the highlights of Jon Stewart’s career was the Wednesday March 4 episode of The Daily Show, which was almost entirely Jon Stewart doing commentary & interview about the financial situation. I particularly loved his comment to Joe Nocera about CNBC’s “journalism” […]

doing some old school css & ca…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

doing some old school css & cackling about ted stevens. still. even after 24 hours.


Monday, May 5th, 2008

This is highly amusing. A Constitutional flaw in the way that patent appeals judges have been appointed since 2000 (by persons without authority to do so) threatens to invalidate all the decisions made by a panel that includes a judge appointed since 2000. [My initial hearing of snatches of this made me think there was […]

elsevier is now part of elsevier

Monday, April 28th, 2008

the bear stearns of organized pedophilia

Monday, April 14th, 2008

It’s a bit dicey to find anything funny in the sexual slavery / prostitution ring known as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, aka, the Mormon child abuse cult). Bill Maher managed to do it by pointing out the discrepancy between society’s treatment of misbehavior by “cults” and misbehavior by “religions”. If you […]

io9 discovers expelled conspiracy

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

conspiracy revealed

on insanely stupid, homophobic, racist, white Republican legislators

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Bloggers & media have been all over the latest in a long, long series (at least as long as i have been reading the news, which is 20+ years now*) of sexcapades by Republicans and religious right leaders: Florida state legislator Bob Allen (R), who solicited an undercover cop for a blowjob in Titusville, FL, […]

turnabout for mormon missionaries

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Over on Dan Savage’s blog I caught this video with Australian comic John Safran sharing his thoughts on Mormon missionaries — and then making his point in person to assorted Salt Lake City residents by knocking on their doors to talk to them about atheism. Hilarious.

Introducing the book

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

For the bibliophiles and geeks. Credits posted on YouTube: It’s from a show called Øystein & Meg (Øystein & I) produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting television channel (NRK) in 2001. The spoken language is Norwegian, the subs in Danish. It’s written by Knut Nærum and performed by Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad.

we knew it would come up eventually

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

A recent court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin distribution of copyrighted dildos, noting that dildos are useful articles, and separating the copyrightable expression from the unprotectible ideas would be … difficult. Bill Patry excerpted some of the best parts of the decision. Conwest Resources, Inc. v. Playtime Novelties, 2006 WL 3346226 (N.D. Cal. 2006). […]

Death gets a time-out

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

My friend Liz Henry (aka badgermama) took this very funny picture of a costumed Death in the schoolyard.   

it’s not FCC “fair use”

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

(It’s the anthem for fccfu.com … and, relatedly, you all know about Eric Idle’s ‘The FCC Song’, right?)

Kent “Dino” Hovind arrested on tax fraud

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Despite being firmly warned to not post on blogs this week but to focus on my deadline, I found this too delicious to not post: On July 13, 2006, Kent Hovind was arrested and indicted in federal court on 58 charges. Of the charges filed, there is one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and […]

jon stewart lambasts piracy

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

on the oscars, just now, jon stewart on movie piracy (i paraphrase): Let’s face facts. It hasn’t been the best year for Hollywood. The box office was was a little bit down and piracy continues to be a problem. If there is anyone out there involved in illegal movie piracy, don’t do it. Take a […]

Reader, I married fafblog.

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

It was the only thing to do, after such postings as: There’s No “War” in “Warrant”1 (12/17): So George Bush secretly authorized the NSA to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight. Oh, it violates your civil liberties, oh, it illegally breaks the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, oh, that tape of you and your […]

potential evidence for intelligent design

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

questionable authority reviews a pro-’intelligent design theory’ entry that describes a future history of the fabulous medical and scientific breakthroughs generated by ‘intelligent design theory’ and the abandonment of ‘Darwinism’. While the whole post is highly recommended, it was one of the commentors who really tickled my fancy. Responding to the future history’s assertion that […]

mouse songs verified by at-home cat test

Monday, November 7th, 2005

BoingBoing recently posted about the songs sung by male mice during courtship, linking to the PLOS Biology article, and the audio files of the actual songs. We independently verified the actual mouse-nature of the songs by performing a Spontaneous Audio Performance Test (SAPT) with a feline experimental audience.* Sure enough, four sleeping cats roused, lifted […]

sunday morning reading

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Forbes apparently publishes an annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities and creators. They note that Shakespeare would be way up there: [Forbes] calculated what the Bard’s heirs might collect each year if he were still under copyright and estimated it at $15 million with over 5,000 performances of his plays and hundreds of thousands […]

help stop massive infringement

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Concerned about massive copyright infringement? The folks at unhappy birthday.com are, too, and have some suggestions for how you can help. [link from sivacracy]

divine licensing: god and the gang of four

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Two great tastes that taste great together. Many “Daily Show” fans (well, okay, me) have been concerned about the future of “This Week in God” now that Stephen Colbert is leaving “The Daily Show” for his own spinoff. Today’s NYT (10/12) explains that the segment is going to stay, but with a new correspondent — […]

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