Archive for March 10th, 2008

He Steals From The Rich, And Sets Bizarre Records For The Poor…

Inexplicable.

More than a thousand people helped to smash the official world record for the number of people dressed as Robin Hood in one place at one time.

Record breakers clad in tights and tunics gathered at Nottingham Castle to pay tribute to the city’s most famous outlaw.

A total of 1116 people took part, almost double the previous world record of 606.

Nottingham Castle manager Dave Green said: “There is a fantastic atmosphere today. We are delighted.

“We had no idea how the attempt would go, but to get more than a thousand people involved is brilliant. It is a real achievement.

“It was all about bringing people together and we have certainly done that.

“Nottingham is obviously very proud of Robin Hood and we wanted to show how proud.

“There were people from further afield here too. One man came over from Holland specifically for this event, and we had visitors from Australia and Canada.”

(…)

Mr Green added: “We are in the position now of being the unofficial record holders. All the paperwork needs to be done and given to Guinness World Records.”

All participants wore a hat with a feather, a green or brown tunic and green or brown trousers or tights.

WHY IS THIS EVEN A RECORD??? I mean, it’s cool and all, but who decided that this was the sort of thing the Guinness Book would keep track of?

(h/t OFF/beat)

1 comment March 10th, 2008 at 10:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

I typically don’t post Google searches unless my blog is on the first page (I have my pride!), but I was rather taken aback by the search itself and thought it was worth mentioning: according to the bible, are massages ok before marriage?

I reckon the Bible probably doesn’t take an explicit position on this, but that would seem like a pretty prohibitive restriction there. If you can (presumably) kiss and make out before marriage, I don’t see why a massage would be a problem, assuming it’s not, like, a Naked Sexy Massage. Not that I personally would object to that…

March 10th, 2008 at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Quote Of The Day

From a Daily News story about FDNY pressuring the Red Hook station to change their nickname from “The Happy Hookers”:

FDNY brass ordered the station to change its nickname and logo two years ago amid a crackdown on monikers like the Bronx’s 90 Proof and Staten Island’s Southern Comfort.

(…)

As the Daily News reported Sunday, the FDNY has again ordered the station to paint over the name on its door. None of the firefighters there would talk yesterday, but neighbors were quick to defend them.

“All the problems in Brooklyn, and the government is worried about a logo on a door?” asked Amanda Rival, 38.

“The question should be, ‘Would I trust these men with my life?’ And the answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’ Besides, they’re happy hookers, not depressed or abused hookers or anything like that.

Yes, I think the mental state of the hookers is a vital distinction here.

UPDATE: Um, I should probably mention that I actually wrote this before the Spitzer story broke, and set it to “time-release” tonight…

March 10th, 2008 at 08:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

Obligatory Spitzer Post

Just remember, when the Republicans and the news media start wringing their hands and howling for Spitzer’s head, that his actions were not markedly different from David Vitter’s, and I don’t see any Republicans or pundits calling for his head. And his actions surely were nowhere near as bad as Mark Foley’s, and how long did House Republicans cover for him?

Consorting with prostitutes is either an unforgivable offense that should be cause for immediate resignation, or it should be a private, personal matter with no repercussions for one’s public office. I lean towards the latter, but it’s more important that whatever the standard may be, it should be applied equally to politicians of both parties.

If Spitzer resigns over this, he will be demonstrating far more honor and integrity after his fall than any Republican. If his party or his colleagues force him to resign, then they are showing far more honor and integrity than their opposite numbers in the GOP. If Spitzer chooses to brazen it out and the Democrats make excuses for him, then they’re no better (or worse) than the Republicans.

My point being, whatever the members of the Family Values Party decry about Spitzer and the Democrats, they decry about their own.

1 comment March 10th, 2008 at 07:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Media,Republicans

Random B&W Photoblogging

And yet still more random photos with absolutely no theme at all other than being in B&W:

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The support beams for one of those big green highway signs.

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Elevator lobby.

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I was mainly looking to see if the new camera handles what I call “backlight gradient” as beautifully as the old one did (examples of what I’m talking about here, here, and here). I was worried that the D300’s use of a CMOS sensor instead of CCD might affect that, and I fear that I may have been right. More study is needed.

1 comment March 10th, 2008 at 06:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Hooray!

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Just what I’ve always wanted!

(From Married To The Sea)

March 10th, 2008 at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Economy

Monday Media Blogging

Yeah, I know it’s kind of a ripoff of an SNL commercial, but I still like it. 1-900-NERD-GIRL:

“I failed my saving throw! Now I’m helpless!

March 10th, 2008 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Hot Johnny Love

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Hubba hubba.

March 10th, 2008 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,McCain

Wonderful Terribleness

This is absolutely delightful:

Some years ago, a group of frustrated people in Scotland decided that the pleasure of playing in an orchestra should not be limited to those who are good enough to do so, but should be available to the rankest of amateurs. So we founded the Really Terrible Orchestra, an inclusive orchestra for those who really want to play, but who cannot do so very well. Or cannot do so at all, in some cases.

My own playing set the standard. I play the bassoon, even if not quite the whole bassoon. I have never quite mastered C-sharp, and I am weak on the notes above the high D. In general, I leave these out if they crop up, and I find that the effect is not unpleasant. I am not entirely untutored, of course, having had a course of lessons in the instrument from a music student who looked quietly appalled while I played. Most of the players in the orchestra are rather like this; they have learned their instruments at some point in their lives, but have not learned them very well. Now such people have their second chance with the Really Terrible Orchestra.

The announcement of the orchestra’s founding led to a great wave of applications to join. Our suspicion that there were many people yearning to play in an orchestra but who were too frightened or too ashamed to do anything about it, proved correct. There was no audition, of course, although we had toyed with the idea of a negative audition in which those who were too good would be excluded. This proved to be unnecessary. Nobody like that applied to join.

Some of the members were very marginal musicians, indeed. One of the clarinet players, now retired from the orchestra for a period of re-evaluation, stopped at the middle B-flat, before the instrument’s natural break. He could go no higher, which was awkward, as that left him very few notes down below. Another, a cellist, was unfortunately very hard of hearing and was also hazy on the tuning of the strings. As an aide-mémoire, he had very sensibly written the names of the notes in pencil on the bridge. This did not appear to help.

(…)

Our initial efforts were dire, but we were not discouraged. Once we had mastered a few pieces — if mastered is the word — we staged a public concert. We debated whether to charge for admission, but wisely decided against this. That would be going too far.

So should we go to the other extreme and pay people to come? There was some support for this, but we decided against it. Instead, we would give the audience several free glasses of wine before the concert. That, it transpired, helped a great deal.

We need not have worried. Our first concert was packed, and not just with friends and relations. People were intrigued by the sheer honesty of the orchestra’s name and came to see who we were. They were delighted. Emboldened by the rapturous applause, we held more concerts, and our loyal audience grew. Nowadays, when we give our annual concert at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the hall is full to capacity with hundreds of music-lovers. Standing ovations are two-a-penny.

(…)

Even greater heights were scaled. We made a CD and to our astonishment people bought it. An established composer was commissioned to write a piece for us. We performed this and recorded it at a world premiere, conducted by the astonished composer himself. He closed his eyes. Perhaps he heard the music in his head, as it should have been. This would have made it easier for him.

There is now no stopping us. We have become no better, but we plow on regardless. This is music as therapy, and many of us feel the better for trying. We remain really terrible, but what fun it is. It does not matter, in our view, that we sound irretrievably out of tune. It does not matter that on more than one occasion members of the orchestra have actually been discovered to be playing different pieces of music, by different composers, at the same time. I, for one, am not ashamed of those difficulties with C-sharp. We persist. After all, we are the Really Terrible Orchestra, and we shall go on and on. Amateurs arise – make a noise.

I just love this. It’s a lot like my approach to softball and blogging.

1 comment March 10th, 2008 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Music,Weirdness


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