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Archives for August, 2006

Is it just me, or has there been an almost annoying increase in the number of “Let’s see how smart you are” ads on the Web these days? From self-propelled pseudo-IQ tests to numeric sequences to who-knows-what-else, I see these little buggers pop up on all manner of pages. I find them to be a…

The Pain on Pluto

Tim Kreider took a break from his cartoonist’s luxury vacation to comment on Pluto’s debasement. In case you missed it, check this out: The Pain – When Will It End?

Friday Flower Porn

She waited, yearning, quivering, and she spread her vivid pink petals wide. Then she heard the buzz of his wings then felt the caress of his six legs. “Yes, yes, that’s the spot,” she cried as she strained and lifted her tender pistils toward him. “Damn,” he thought to himself. “Those babies are as red…

My wife and I went to a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert the other evening at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It was a great show in spite of a little rain. You can read a local review of it here. What does this have to do with photons and pressure waves? I’ll get…

Do I Get a Badge for This?

My elder kid will leave for college this weekend. I’m going to miss the sprog something fierce. I’m sorry. I’m a little verklempt. Please talk amongst yourselves. Here’s a little story about our mother and son camping adventure which you can read while I go wail and rend my garments. Addendum: pre-departure photo (08/26/2006) of…

Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin

A pant-hoot of appreciation goes out to United Kingdom bonobo, grimupnorth, for passing this along. Adam Kay is a junior doctor from the UK who passes his limited spare time by writing songs, including one about a new wonder-drug called Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin. He’s built up a cult following, and he’s currently selling out at the Edinburgh…

After being buggery-augered with no lube by the New England Journal of Medicine’s finest, it’s refreshing for us minions of Big Bad Pharma and our small company lampreys to read an article in that august journal which moves beyond Angellic knee jerk histrionics. Alastair J.J. Wood, M.D. offers a proposal for radical changes in the…

Friday Flower Porn: Adults Only

Petals and sepals…do you know what your buds are watching? Please see The Perry Bible Fellowship for more of Nicholas Gurewitch’s comic strips. A pant-hoot of appreciation goes to SiBling Karmen of Chaotic Utopia for reminding me of this bit of florotica.

30 Days, of Hell in Heaven

If you haven’t seen it, 30 Days is Supersize Me author Morgan Spurlock’s show on FX. The premise is straight-forward: immerse someone for 30 days in a situation opposite to what they’re used to. Ostensibly, the idea is to learn “how the other half lives”, so to speak. The August 9 episode featured a woman,…

“Arf!”, he said

So, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut lost his Democratic primary bid to Ned Lamont, 48 to 52 percent. Many have suggested that it was Lieberman’s apparent “cozyness” with the Bush administration that did him in. I was never either a fan nor a detractor of Lieberman, but I thought that maybe he was not the…