Archive for December 10th, 2006

Let’s Look On The Bright Side.

At least things are going well in Afghanistan, and the Taliban is crippled and in hiding.

Oh, bugger.

Here’s a particularly encouraging quote:

So numerous are the recruits that a tribal leader in southern Afghanistan, who did not want to be named because of the threat of suicide bombers, relayed an account of how one would-be suicide bomber was sent home and told to wait his turn because there were many in line ahead of him.

That is clearly a sign of last-throes desperation.

December 10th, 2006 at 11:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics

Sports Paragraph Of The Day

From today’s NY Newsday:

…Satan got things going in the shootout, slipping his attempt between goalie Alex Auld’s legs. “I do like going first,” Satan said. “I don’t know why. But we’ve had a lot of success that way, so, you know, let’s keep it going.”

I’m sorry – I just can’t help myself.

2 comments December 10th, 2006 at 11:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

It’s All About Meme

I knew this would happen…

Donna at The Silence Of Our Friends
has tagged me with a book meme:

1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.

I went to Marshall’s, charged a new wardrobe. Loud shirts and outrageously designed pants.

I went to Supercuts, got a modified mohawk.

I had done it.

It’s from The Ignored, by Bentley Little, which I, uh, haven’t read yet. It’s about a guy who’s, well, ignored. And then he’s not, and then a Mysterious Stranger With Horrible Plans finds him. That’s about all I know about it until I actually read it.

*mutter about Donna quoting from Jane Austen to make me look bad*

I tag… let’s see… the shadowy and mysterious Codename V, oldwhitelady, and fourlegsgood.

12 comments December 10th, 2006 at 10:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Memes

More Iraqnophobia

Just a couple of brief items on Everyone’s Favorite Quagtastrophe:

1) BushCo apparently feels somehow vindicated because no-one else can figure out how to fix Iraq either. I wholeheartedly support Atrios’s conclusion.

2) If, dare I hope, a Democrat gets elected president almost-next year, will Bush do something reckless and crazy at the end of his term to ensure that his successor inherits the most disastrous no-win situation possible? Were it almost any other president, I wouldn’t even consider such a thing, but there seems to be no limit to Dubya’s narcissistic petulance, or his indifference to the common good.

NOTE: This scenario does not necessarily have to be Iraq-specific. It could just as easily be, say, some sort of disastrous covert military op in Iran or North Korea.

1 comment December 10th, 2006 at 05:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Politics,Wankers,War


I have finally finished working my way through NYT Magazine’s intriguing roundup of The Year In Ideas, and have compiled a roundup of my personal favorites. I haven’t eaten yet today, so I should be especially cogent and sharp.


Arizona guy wants to turn election ballots into lottery tickets to improve turnout, especially among low-income (non-)voters. On the one hand, turnout is good. On the other hand, completely apathetic people voting solely to get a free lottery ticket is probably not so good.

“The Southern Strategy” revisited. Is it really all about race, or is it more about class?

Terrorist Devo hat… of DOOM!!! Actually, this sounds like a fairly reasonable interpretive model. Certainly an improvement over this approach.

Sociology, or, “Those Crazy People!”:

Beware the “fallacy of the infallible collective”; or, Wikipedia is not God. Apparently there is still a niche for individual achievement and excellence.

“If you haven’t anything nice to say, come sit by me.” No, really – provided that we’re in agreement about who not to say anything nice about.

Inverse correlation between narcissism and talent among celebrities. This is not all that surprising, really…

Being immature is totally awesome and cool! Well, thank God for that, I guess.

Science Gone Wild!

Men are hazardous to women’s health, but women are good for men’s. Sounds about right.

Sexy man-on-chimp action. It would certainly explain the current state of our government.

The world’s first assematician. It’s not enough to objectify women, now we have to quantify them as well.

Great Moments In Innovation:

I desperately need one of these. The boredom and monologue detectors, too.

Bwahahahahahaha. Um, I mean: Cal sucks and is totally unethical and bad.

New frontiers in food appreciation.
Ah, the smell of it!

Anyone want to buy a CD by Glenn Gould’s robot ghost? Technology making humans more and more dispensable.

The ultimate in subversive graffiti. I love it because there’s no way to prosecute it.

Patent sampler. I particularly like the categories, and the “Device for dispensing animal attractant from behind ankle of user.” (“Umbrella having a sprinkler device”? WTF???)

2 comments December 10th, 2006 at 05:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Science,Weirdness

Stalling-For-Time Photoblogging

Well, I’m working my way through reading something long, all for a fairly frivolous post to come, so here are some more park photos in the meantime…

Geese on the wing. Or, um, ducks. I can never tell…


And yet more leaves – the damn park was lousy with ’em.

Not-entirely-successful attempt at a Beauty Sky Shot. Posted by Picasa

2 comments December 10th, 2006 at 01:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Nature,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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