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21 May 2013

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No. 6,746 (cartoon)

I’m standing at the edge of the abyss.

You need to move forward.

22 May 2013

Dominique Venner’s Fine Example

I never heard of Dominique Venner before, but it sounds like he was a reactionary and a homophobe. I used the past tense because he walked into Notre Dame Cathedral and shot himself in the head (through the mouth; nice touch!) to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in France. Et voilà! As Tobias Smollett said, “a good riddance of bad rubbish.”

I think others should follow Venner’s fine example. If all the homophobes killed themselves, no more homophobia! If all the racists committed suicide, no more racism! And so on.

As George Patton recommended, “Don’t die for your country, make the other poor bastard die for his.”

23 May 2013

Wrapping Fire in Oil

Dahlia is still upset with me over the little incident at her party last weekend. Why is it that a faux pas involving mayonnaise always seems more problematical than the other ones? I tried to make amends, but to no avail.

“You can’t wrap a fire with paper,’’ she declared.

“Ah, but if you wrap the fire in oil, it can be very illuminating,” I replied.

“We’re never going to get anywhere trading Chinese proverbs,” she said. “I quit.”

Later, I realized that I should have told her that the fire and oil comment was from David Bowie’s song, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire With Gasoline).” Ending the debate with a fake proverb would have annoyed her even more.

24 May 2013

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Gratuitous Photo of the Weak: Sprinkler

Oh dear; I hate to sound like a photo weenie, but I’m nevertheless going to mention I shot this at f1.4. That means that most of the image is not in focus, but a thin plane is quite sharp. It’s ironic that photos made in the f64 stylee reproduce fairly well on the Internet in a small size since on can assume that everything is clearly defined. Conversely, a picture like this needs to be enlarged for the details to become apparent.

And that’s quite enough talk about a tedious photograph.

25 May 2013

Cazry Dadido!

One of the stooopidest things one can do is to mindlessly repeat something seen on the Internet without checking its veracity let alone the possibility it might actually be true. But, since I’m not reticent to engage in stupid behavior, that’s exactly what I shall do in the following paragraph.

Xoccdrnig to a Cmabrigde Uinervtisy sudty, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be taotl coahs and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae we dno’t raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Cazry dadido!

26 May 2013

My Phone

The phone I used for the first decades of my life cost ten or twenty dollars and was quite technologically advanced: I could use it to communicate verbally with someone almost anywhere in the world. My new phone cost six hundred dollars, and features a camera, maps, games, and Internet access. About the only attribute it lacks is clear voice communications.

What’s worse, my phone never rings unless I’m asleep or in the shower. In retrospect, I made a common mistake: I mistook technological advances for progress.

27 May 2013

Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus Form Triangle

Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus Form Triangle: that’s one of the prominent headlines in today’s news. Why is this news? Three points will always form a triangle unless they’re forming a line.


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