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Dizzying Intellect » 2008» March

Sinister!

I had forgotten about this until I heard him on an unrelated commercial this morning, and I hope I’m not the only one who thinks it’s funny:

The guy who does the narration for Forensic Files? Also does the voice on the defibrillators that the Red Cross uses for CPR training.

Plate of the Day

Today’s Plate of the Day, on a big, black SUV with dark windows:

POLIOE

It had one of those clear plastic covers over it, and there was a smudge on the second O (which I can only assume was intentional). So you couldn’t tell that it was an O, and not a C, until you were right up on it.

I have no idea how that’s legal.

Bad Start

How do you know when a day’s not going to go well?

1. Approach the shower to find a huge, ugly bug waiting for you. Apply bug spray liberally, and wait while dust biting occurs.

2. While reaching into the bathtub to remove the many-legged corpse, knock your toothbrush into the tub.

3. Arrive at work half an hour late, due to early-morning non-poisony toothbrush shopping. Brush teeth at work.

Three strikes before 8am. Yippee.

First Condi, Now Dubya

I don’t get it.

Bush invites Palestinian leader to White House

The White House says President Bush is inviting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in an effort to advance Mideast peace talks.

Johndroe said that although details are still being worked out, the talks at the White House likely will happen around May 1.

Call me a pessimist, but I really don’t understand why this continues. The Palestinians are asked to make no changes, except stopping their violence. Israel, on the other hand, is forced to makes concessions, give up land while continuing to supply electricity and clean water to that ceded land, bow and scrape — and the attacks don’t stop.

Why are we inviting these terrorists and liars into, not only our own country, but right into the White House? Giving them a nice meal and a cajoling talk is going to make them stop dropping rockets on the homes of civilians, in a country that’s been one of our few unquestionable friends for sixty-plus years?

I just don’t get it. Giving a bully your lunch money only keeps him away from you until the next day. He’s still going to come back for your lunch money again, tomorrow.

Capitalism, Patriotism, and Smarm

I’m not going to link this yet, because I don’t know how it’s going to grok, and I don’t want anyone getting flamed.

It comes from an entertainment site, one that’s very good and funny, but one which — like many things entertainment/online — tends a little toward the liberal. The writer is talking about K.L. Cook’s choice to perform ‘God Bless The USA’ on Idol last night. (I thought it was dull as dishwater, but extremely shrewd.)

Idol haters, don’t worry about it. It’s not about Idol. It’s about all of the pro-America songs that the country artists in particular seem to write lately — which seem to have no real point to me, except to give people something to sing at ballgames if they can’t hit the high notes of The Star Spangled Banner.

Anyway, for a liberal-leaning site, this is utterly not what I expected:

America is awesome. When you trot out this bullshit sentimental warmed-over brainless hateful crap, you are seriously disconnecting yourself from America and why it’s great. It’s like Hallmark cards: the opposite of caring. You cannot let somebody else tell you what your heart says.

The real America that is made with blood and bravery and strength and love, the real America that demands that you draw your circle as wide as you can and spend every day serving it with your hands, that goes right out the fucking window when you pass the buck to some stupid shit song like this. And you know who eats it up, because it’s always the same fucking people that eat this vomit, are the people who are too lazy to think about America or love her in the first place.

I hate this fucking song, I hate this stupid girl, and I hate that this is happening, because my whole theory about how this show reflects the wider culture cuts both ways and I don’t want to think about that.

I’m a little embarrassed to this moved by something so snarky and angry, but maybe that’s why I like it so much.

Tell me what you think.

Peep peep, peep peep, yeah

The 1st place (in one of four categories) winner of the local paper’s “Show Us Your Peeps” contest.


Click for full size

Hee. Go here for the rest of the winners, and to see all of the other entries.

Apocalypse

I can’t believe I’m about to write these words:

How hilarious was Britney Spears on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ last night?

I know it was a tiny part, but she actually has. comedic. timing.

I feel a little woozy. Maybe I’ll go lie down…

New Lease

I was interested and impressed, but not invested, when this was done a few years ago. The previous patient’s injuries apparently happened in the course of her attempting suicide, and I have to admit that it biased me against her. But this is just amazing.

Modern Day ‘Elephant Man’ Tranformed by Full-Face Transplant

A full-face transplant, fascinating enough on its own merits, but applied to a young man who did nothing to “deserve” the damaged face he had. He was born with Von Recklinghausen’s disease, and his face started transforming due to massive tumors — melting, almost — when he was only six years old. And yet, he has such a good attitude and spirit.

Check out these pictures! (maybe skip it if you’re squeamish)

Amazing. Simply amazing. I can’t stop staring at his new lips, which it seems to me would be one of the hardest things for the doctor to get right, aesthetically.

“My operation was meant to have been a secret, but everybody in our neighbourhood had heard rumours about it.

“When I got out of the ambulance, there was a huge crowd waiting. They were all cheering and shouting, ‘Well done’. It was very touching indeed.” It made him smile—something he hadn’t been able to do for 24 years. “The flexibility and feeling gets better every day,” he says.

So cool.

Housekeeping

Did you know that when you combine, like, ten different blogs into one, you end up with 150 categories? Yeah, so that part’s pretty much fixed. I think. Thank god for sql.

The archives now go all the way back, almost ten years. How sad is my life? I still need to move my Vox in here, and one last blog. And I have a bunch of orphaned entries that were only saved as html after a crash, that will be added eventually.

And no, the scribble in the banner won’t be staying. It’s just a thirty second sketch, plus sharpie. But I couldn’t just leave the standard banner…

Update: That’s better. That guy’s expression matches the domain. Doesn’t he look like he just dropped his keys?

Wouldja Like To Take A Survaaaaay?

My corner grocery store, every two years, becomes the local political corner. There’s always someone there to register you to vote, and usually someone with a petition. I can’t complain, they registered me to vote when I first moved here.

I usually ignore the petitioners, or give a polite “no” when they ask me if I’d like to hear what they’re selling. I live in a very blue city, in a swing state, so I’m usually not exactly their target audience. There’ve been a bunch of young girls there this year, and I’ve passed them by every time.

Today, it was an older woman, and she either has years of experience, or she’s just crazy smart. (I’m betting the latter.) She did something that I’ve never seen any petitioner or surveyor do. Instead of saying “would you like to sign a petition?” she said:

“Ma’am, I’m sure you’re heard about eminent domain.”

Damn right I have. And it’s one of the few things that I’d actually stop for. Smart woman. Smart.

Incidentally, she also told me that the Arnold Dentist lost his fight. *sigh*