Archive for November, 2008


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Sacher Torte

2664681937_22af4b0bba_mI am reading “Mortals” by Norman Rush.  On the back cover are all the out-of-context quotes by various literary types.  Karen Heller writes for the Philadelphia Enquirer and says “Dazzling . . .  A thick, delicious Sache torte of a novel.”  It is a good book, but this Austrian delight has it’s own web site.

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Vespa amarela

Originally uploaded by microlito

I like this, but your shot is still way better, P.

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The Moth

I listen to The Moth podcast weekly, and love it. It’s not for everyone, but if you like a good story and don’t have a lot of time these five – ten minute long podcasts are great. This week they featured two stories in their first East Coast v. West Coast SLAM-OFF. If you are familiar with Ventura County and know what a jail is like, you would probably vote for the West Coast story. If you have never been there or done that, the story gives a humorous insiders view on how things really work behind bars. I listen on an iPod, but you can use any MP3 player for these and other stories, all free.  I can’t post the podcast, either because I don’t know how or Apple won’t let me. But below is an example of the kind of stories found on The Moth.

Note of caution – not suitable for children because of strong language and adult situations.

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At the current price of $1.79 per gallon, gas is far less expensive than the other three main liquid commodities in this country – cola, beer and milk. While all three of the latter are essentially renewable products, fossile fuels are not.

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Nothing New Today

I don’t have a single think to post today. The weather is cold, but clear and sunny. It is the day before Thanksgiving and Gerda has to work. The store will be filled with last minute grocery shoppers, but I don’t think the floral department will be busy. Who gives flowers on Thanksgiving?

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and when you’re thinking of a mother.

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There are all kinds of maps. Here is a different map. It isn’t especially useful if you want to go somewhere, but it is colorful in a cartoon-like way.

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Ashton Park Golfer

Ashton Park Golfer

Originally uploaded by Maciek 1955

Like an upside-down lightning strike.

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In a Word . . . No

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

No is an English/Old English word indicating rejection, disagreement, refusal or making a negative response or exclamation. In most cases it is the opposite of yes.

No has 41 entries in the Urban Dictionary.

No is tied for 2nd place on (no spelled backwards) a long list of short words, beaten out only by A and I

No or similar spellings may also refer to: 

  • A song by Shakira
  • Norway in ISO country code
  • New Orleans
  • Nitric oxide, a molecular formula

No started out on its own, but today can be found hiding in many other words such as:

  • not
  • another
  • economics
  • chronology

No Country for Old Men is the title of a novel by  Cormac McCarthy, adapted for film by Joel and Ethan Coen, and the first line in Sailing to Byzantium by W.B. Yeats.

No is an ice maker, not breaker.

No is often the first word learned and last word spoken in life.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts.
I came across a blog which uses anthropomorphism in a mildly PETA-like way. The people at Suicide Food describe it as –

  . . . any depiction of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed. Suicide Food actively participates in or celebrates its own demise. Suicide Food identifies with the oppressor. Suicide Food is a bellwether of our decadent society. Suicide Food says, “Hey! Come on! Eating meat is without any ethical ramifications! See, Mr. Greenjeans? The animals aren’t complaining! So what’s your problem?” Suicide Food is not funny.





I agree, it’s not very funny. And a lot of what I saw there looks cannibalistic rather than suicidal, but in either case I probably won’t stop eating meat because of silly logos. But I do wonder about the illiterate cows in the Chick-fil-A ad campaign encouraging people to “eat mor chikin.”

Is this inter-species Murder Food?

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