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May 31, 2014

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Spiny Norman

No, thank you. This "rickety barge" is always a treat! =^D

::rattles tip jar::

Mojo

Look at it this way: it's better than waking up in a bathtub full of ice in a cheap motel...

svh

this rickety barge is kept afloat by the kidneys of strangers.

A disturbing mental image. Can't spare a kidney but I have thrown some cash in the tip jar.

Neil

Happy to chip in.

Karen M

Come on, David. Surely you're tempted?

https://twitter.com/PennyRed/status/472419449568772096

David

Thanks to all who’ve chipped in so far. Much appreciated. It makes a big difference to how much time I can spend banging on and loitering in the comments with the punters. And I think this is one of those blogs where what happens in the comments is often much more interesting than the actual posts.

Come on, David. Surely you’re tempted?

Heh. I somehow doubt Ms Penny would oblige.

A disturbing mental image.

Based on a real typo and the wonders of spellcheck.

Nikw211

*hits tip jar*

David

Why, thank you kindly, sir.

rjmadden

Have a drink or two on me, David.

Em

Gladly. Your blog has been a regular read for seven years. Some great comments here too.

Theophrastus

A respectful tenner for you as a small incentive. Just don't tell my wife...

David

Just don’t tell my wife...

Donations appear on your credit card statement as “Farmyard Erotica,” so you’ll be fine.

Theophrastus

"Farmyard Erotica"? No problem: separate credit cards. Phew!

Cathal

Thanks David, some very funny stuff indeed, both above and below the line. Your blog is my one stop shop for all my Idiot Left needs!

I'm sure I recall you mentioning a book that you were working on?
Any update?

Oh, have a drink on me too.

dicentra

Oh, I dunno.

All these years on this blog and STILL I never learned this important tidbit.

Not until I get my money's worth, is what.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Unfortunately I don't have the money to hit the tip jar right now, so I'll link to this Twitter debate.

My favorite bit:

The Y chromosome is a Y chromosome. Calling it male is a cissexist convenience.
David

Cathal,

Any update?

Shelved, I’m afraid.


dicentra,

this important tidbit.

The incline of randomness is quite steep.


Ted,

The Y chromosome is a Y chromosome. Calling it male is a cissexist convenience.

Oh my, it’s much too early for that. [ Rubs eyes, sips coffee. ]

Geoff of Canberra

My capitalist leanings make me happy to shed cash on things I find worthy. Keep up the worthy work.I hope this donation works with antipodean currency.

Nube

The monkey must keep dancing. *hits tip jar*

Joan

Tipped. Happy to.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Oh my, it’s much too early for that. [ Rubs eyes, sips coffee. ]

You said the most interesting stuff happens in the comments, so I was trying to make the comments interesting for you. :-)

David

You said the most interesting stuff happens in the comments, so I was trying to make the comments interesting for you.

And happily, seven years in, they still are. No small feat.

Jonathan

I wish to know more of this dancing monkey. ( Tosses coin to organ grinder)

WTP

There's a story about Sammy Shark who was swimming in the English channel when he met his friend Sidney Squid who looked decidedly ill. "You need to get down the the Med where the water's warm," he said. "I'd never make it, Sam," said Sid.

So Sammy Shark invited Sid to hold on to his fin and said he'd take him in tow.

The water warmed as they went further south and before long they'd passed the Pillars of Hercules and Sam swam straight up to Barney Barracuda.

"Hey, Barney," he said. "Here's that sick squid I owe you,"


Best I could do this month. BTW I thought GoE project DM was still on the QT.

witwoud

Tip jar, uh, uh, de de de de, dink … clink!

SB

After taking a deep breath I stumped up what I thought was a generous serve of Australian dollars only to learn after I hit the button that it was GBP. Oh well, still happy to pay for something I really enjoy.

Rafi

A year's supply of Farmyard Erotica, please.

*hits tip jar*

Adrian

Like Geoff of Canberra, I'm also happy to pay for something I actually like and want (AUD$50 'rattle'). BTW for those put off by the PayPal logo - fear not: clicking on the button also allows a traditional pay by credit card transaction. Let's keep David on his soapbox please!

sH2

*slaps money on counter*

Two, please.

Nikw211

OT

Just saw this headline on io9's Twitter feed :

"A Handy Chart Showing Every Tawdry Encounter Ever On Penny Dreadful"

Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be some nonsense about a steampunk TV series ...

Nikw211

OT (x 2)

More wisdom from Miss Barlow - the primary school teacher who believes that Nazism represented "the blood lust of unfettered capitalism":

"The Plutonomist Manifesto"

JL

Ah, so there's a credit card option hiding behind the PayPal button...

"OK duck, make with da eggs"

dicentra

Turns out SOME hashtag activism makes purrrfect sense.

UP THE CATRIARCHY!

Nikw211

Oh, Dicentra!

That has just made my day! I can't resist putting up a few gems …

    #YesAllCats because shedding hair shouldn't be looked at as an inconvenience. You should accept us the way we naturally are. Good and bad.

    #YesAllCats Because when I get injured "Owners" shrug it off saying we have nine lives instead of trying to protect our lives.

    We shouldn't have to teach cats not to barf on the rug, but we should teach humans not to put the rug where cats can barf on it #YesAllCats

    #YesAllCats because I don't lick myself so you can enjoy the view, I'm trying to look nice in case better owners come along.

    People need to stop making fun of our poor grammar. #YesAllCats

dicentra

Moar!

Because you expect me to come when you call but yell at me when I call you! Stop the #doublestandard #YesAllCats

Violence against dogs, if it ever occurs at all, is totally justified because it is only trying to stop the hatred against #YesAllCats.

#YesAllCats because even today, degrees in Cat Studies are not taken seriously in the workforce.

#YesAllCats Because a Google search shows what our culture thinks of us linky

Not all humans have petted a cat but #yesallcats have been petted by a human without giving consent first.

#yesallcats because the right to have kids is STILL being taken away from us by our human oppressors

#YesAllCats I need #felinism because it's noble to be "dogged" but not to be "catty". Cats are noble animals too!!!!

#YesAllCats because I have to bury my faeces with shame but dogs get their own personal turd butlers. PICK MY SHIT UP!

#YesAllCats because dogs thinking they deserve a reward for being a "good boy" are part of the purrblem.

#yesallcats because there are like 10 Air Bud movies

If you use a similar hashtag but for human probllems, you're probably the type of person who steps on tails and laughs #YesAllCats

#YesAllCats because human girls culturally appropriate our appearance on Halloween in order to facilitate mating

#Yesallcats because dogs are valorized in movies 23 times more often than cats. Where's the Bechdel Test for that?

Any criticism of #YesAllCats justifies the existence of #YesAllCats. (Yes, felinism/feminism is literally unfalsifiable like this.)

#YesAllCats because it's still illegal in the US for a cat to drive a car or vote.

#YesAllCats Because old ladies who love us are referred to as "crazy cat ladies"

Consent, strictly defined is about how I feel about it the next morning #YesAllCats

#yesallcats have been permanently traumatized by seeing the bottom of their food dish

Purring is not permission #YesAllCats

Because you would never, NEVER think about declawing a dog. #YesAllCats

#yesallcats because Hollywood celebrities think it's ok to have us sterilized. Our bodies, our choice.

Entire internet is fueled by feline cuteness. Yet, no cat receives a single residual check. The man is keeping kitties down. #YesAllCats

#YesAllCats live in fear of the vacuum cleaner, yet are expected to just "deal with it".

#YesAllCats because every creature deserves to vent about their "problems" linky

#YesAllCats because I choose to walk down the street with my tail in the air doesn't mean you can stare at my arse linky

The depressing part is, of course, how easy that hashtag is to parody. Copy, paste, swap out a few nouns.

Nikw211

Oh My Christ I'm crying with laughter here, these are absolutely astounding - have to do it: my favourites from the list above:

    #YesAllCats because I have to bury my faeces with shame but dogs get their own personal turd butlers. PICK MY SHIT UP!

    #Yesallcats because dogs are valorized in movies 23 times more often than cats. Where's the Bechdel Test for that?

    #YesAllCats because I choose to walk down the street with my tail in the air doesn't mean you can stare at my arse linky

    #YesAllCats Because a Google search shows what our culture thinks of us linky

    #YesAllCats live in fear of the vacuum cleaner, yet are expected to just "deal with it".

David

Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be some nonsense about a steampunk TV series

Which I’ve actually been watching, once the wine has been opened. It’s not exactly Hannibal, but it’s been brisk and diverting so far. The camp Egyptologist made me laugh. And my impression is that Laurie leans more towards mid-Eighties cyborg fashion nightmare.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

David - I'm fine with the Farmyard Erotica bill, it's bound to be less embarrassing than when me and some mates went to see what I assured everyone would be a blue movie. It was called "Naked Lunch" and it put me off both nudity and lunch.

On a completely unrelated note, thanks for the Laurie picture. I didn't realise they had cast somebody for the role of Vera Webster in the forthcoming Superman III remake.

The pre-op transexual dominatrix look isn't for everybody, but I think she pulls it off.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

Nikw211 - The Plutonomist Manifesto eh?

And dicentra - delightful kitties, you say?

http://m.memegenerator.net/instance/43785763

#YesAllCats because nobody ever threatens to curb the bonuses of "fat dogs" :(

Nikw211

mid-Eighties cyborg fashion nightmare.

Egad! Well, she's certainly somebody's electric friend in all that get up.

And no offence meant to your latest evening viewing.

The Plutonomist Manifesto eh?

Heh. Well, there seems to be a lot of that kind of thing flying around at the moment.

And speaking of #YesAllCats stuff, don't you have a cat called Madame Fluffybottom?

David Davis

Er yeah, old man, you can have a pint or so on me (sent.) You are arguably the second most amusing classical liberal blogger out here, so yeah. Keep buggering on, won't you.

Patrick Brown

"The Plutonomist Manifesto"

That was the first Star Wars prequel, wasn't it?

Hal

mid-Eighties cyborg fashion nightmare.

Egad! Well, she's certainly somebody's electric friend in all that get up.

Weeeelll . . . actually while that may not be widely practiced, that's entirely current.

Entirely by contrast, among the failures of the 'Empties were the American football pads stuffed into everything, and the additionally surreally tacky arm seams, as if the wearer's shoulders were erupting straight out from the mid ribs . . . in that picture one can actually see her actual shoulders instead of cancerous appearing lumps, and also the very normal and expected shoulder seams . . .

David

And no offence meant to your latest evening viewing.

It’s basically The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but with more cleavage and shagging. And so it bounds from tea, crumpets and intrigue to post-séance erotomania and man-on-man tongue action. What’s not to like?


You are arguably the second most amusing classical liberal blogger out here, so yeah.

Heh. I should put that in the brochure. According to one blog ranking site, this is the “30th most influential blog” in the category of “other.” Imagine my excitement.


[ Checks weight of tip jar ]

I’m suddenly feeling a warm benevolence towards my fellow man. Thanks again to all who chipped in. Don’t worry, the benevolence will pass. Most likely while rummaging through the Guardian.

Nikw211

It’s basically The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but with more cleavage and shagging.

Even more shagging? That must be some serious amount of shagging …

David

I suspect Game of Thrones has forever raised the bar for how much shagging a TV series can take.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

Nikw211 - "don't you have a cat called Madame Fluffybottom?"

Yes! She can be Madam or Princess Flyffybottom, depending on how regal she feels. But that's not her only name. I don't think you can do justice to all aspects of a cat's essential catness with just one name.

She's also known as Lady Purrington, Earth, Wind & Fur, and Cheetara.

But I think her real name, the secret name she calls herself, is Rrrrooowwwlllprr, Destroyer Of Soft Furnishings

She also has a suitor, a big one eyed tomcat who hangs around my bins. I call him The Governor.

WTP

Big Joe a Turner had a one-eyed cat that would go peeping in seafood stores. Doubt they're related, though.

Nikw211

I suspect Game of Thrones has forever raised the bar

Heh. I guess that's true of the series as a whole. However the most astonishing scene they ever did was giving something like a whole three minutes of screen time to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) to deliver a solid block of exposition (covering about four chapters of one of plot from the books) while two women were going at it like randy weasels in a sack in the background.

Destroyer Of Soft Furnishings

Puh-ha ha ha ha … Cats.

Nikw211

OT

In London for the day and have dropped into the ICA on the Mall, and as a consequence have just seen this Tauba Auerbach exhibit about which the blurb (is that the right word?) on the gallery wall says, amongst other things, that these sculptures of hers:

    circumnavigate the impossibility of reflecting a 3D object without flipping it over in 4D space.

Just ponder that for a moment.

Then look at the artist standing next to what is actually being described here.

And that's just downstairs. Upstairs there was this

Make of that what you will.

Quick note: just an hour earlier I was looking at Velzquez and Manet in the National.

David

circumnavigate the impossibility of reflecting a 3D object without flipping it over in 4D space.

That sound you hear is the screaming of several thousand physicists and mathematicians, some of whom may boast a passing acquaintance with mirrors.

Excuse me while I tunnel into hyperspace to check my hair.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

WTP - no, that was a cool cat from America. The Governor is an English cat who likes sunbathing on my bins, and raising a cat army to subjugate all mankind.

Nikw211 -

http://24.media.tumblr.com/a3a79861ea82a771da3efd2869139c17/tumblr_n4669jf4SS1qbaer4o1_r3_1280.jpg

She just bought that from Homebase, didn't she?

Sam

So it's a hyperspace dish drainer?

Rafi

It's the towel rack of the future.

David

Mick Hartley has more exciting art news. It’s life-enhancing stuff.

Kevin B

"Heh. I guess that's true of the series as a whole. However the most astonishing scene they ever did was giving something like a whole three minutes of screen time to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) to deliver a solid block of exposition (covering about four chapters of one of plot from the books) while two women were going at it like randy weasels in a sack in the background."

And they laughed at Bob Guccione when he tried that in Caligula. Civilisation advances, or at least, moves on.

Steve 2: Steveageddon

"A group of art enthusiasts are introduced to the complexities of Bill Woodrow's meditation on colonialism"

Colonialism? What is this, the 1960's?

Was this timely musing on colonialism next to the Penny Farthing display and the compendium of waxed moustaches?

Steve C

Done. Please keep up the good work

Ed Snack

Ah, we are donating aren't we in the (hopefully NOT mistaken) belief that doing so will remove us from the "kidneys please" list ?

Newbe

Please don't take my kidneys. *throws money in tip jar*

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