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Nothing to Kill or Die For

I drive past this sign every day, weirdly located in the suburbs — which are more politically conservative than the city, so maybe not so weird. And I finally took a picture this week.

I actually think it’s pretty. I’m a sucker for stained glass. Personally, I don’t approve of atheists being so confrontational, but whatever. First amendment and all that. And while there haven’t been any Christian signs in the area, there was a very pretty and simple digital billboard wishing a blessed Ramadan. (Placed by a local grocery store that has luscious samosas.)

It always makes me laugh that it’s right next door to a McDonalds, but I don’t know exactly why…

Misimagination

I first blogged about John Yettaw over at the Green Room (I know, I know. I need to blog more. I know.) back on May 7th. I raved about how fascinated I was with this whole bizarre story, and frankly, I’ve stayed fascinated this whole time.

But this is the first time I ever saw a picture of him.

Dude. He’s 53. (And actually looks a bit older.) Why did I completely assume he was going to be, like, 24?

Anyway, I’m glad he’s apparently coming home. And any good he’s done for the amazing, brave Aung San Suu Kyi — which I think he has, if for no other reason than American publicity — is just more power to him.

Beauty

I don’t rave about it as much as I do American Idol, but I kinda love So You Think You Can Dance even a tiny bit more than Idol. If for no other reason than because it’s so much more physical — but there’s also so much more potential emotion in it.

If you haven’t seen these, please trust me and watch. Not everyone gets dance, so maybe you’ll see it and get nothing. But maybe you’ll see something new. In any case, they’re performances that moved me.

Melissa and Ade - Tyce Diorio’s piece on breast cancer. This isn’t the version that aired on tv. It appears to have been filmed from the audience, and it’s a remarkable angle. If you can’t hear the music, turn it up and start over. It’s “This Woman’s Work,” and it’s worth it.

Unrelated, for those of you who are old enough to remember, how much does this sound like Marillion? (And the dance is lovely too, obviously. Love Ade.)

Finally, just breathtaking. O’Fortuna. And by far the shyest guy of the lot, proving that it really
is
the quiet ones.

“When you get old, these kids - they’re going to be running the country”

“He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or since,” Stein said on Fox Business Network. “It’s incredibly sad. He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. I don’t think anyone has come close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age.”

Ben Stein, on John Hughes.

And every word true.

Obligatory Cuteness

Yeah, ok, not exactly cuddly widdle fuzzy kittens. Two-toed sloth and flying fox, in fact. And yet bizarrely, adorably, hilarious — and potentially huggable if you ignore the claws.

Caption, if you like.

New one?

Seen this weekend:

Nice.

mom and pop > big corp

I’ve had this in my drafts for a while, and unfortunately I have no idea where I found it. But it’s neat.

Chain Retailers’ First Locations

It’s a series of photos, showing the original locations of some of the mega-chains, when they were just a one store mom-and-pop operation. Target’s pretty neat, and there’s “Bed ‘n Bath” (without the eventually realized “Beyond”). And I used to shop at the original Home Depot, back when I lived in Atlanta, a lifetime ago. But the original Macy’s is simply beautiful. So historically grand and cool.

Go check them out. Gives you a little perspective on the evil, eeeevil corporate overloards and their humble beginnings.

Scrape Scrape Scrape

Also:


(Click for full size)

Now I like it even better.

[xkcd]

Hyphenated

Awesome.

When NOT To Hyphenate Your Name

Butts-McCracken is my favorite, for sheer entertainment value — although many others would be much more awkward.

Consistency

Vatican: Gaza is now ‘concentration camp’

Cardinal Renato Martino, the Vatican’s justice and peace minister, was quoted by the online Italian daily Il Sussidiario. “Let’s look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp,” said Cardinal Martino.

“So, to be fair,” he continued, “we’re going to do the same thing we did last time we were confronted with Jews and concentration camps. We’re going to ignore it completely and refuse to interfere in any way. Carry on.”

Try to keep it under twelve years, Israel.