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April 06, 2018

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Joan

Finally! :-)

David

Finally! :-)

Yes, apologies for the tardiness. The scheduled posting decided not to work. Presumably a result of last night’s Typepad outage.

JuliaM

"They’re gaining on us."

Dog we had that needed an ear operation never learned the trick of going through a door wearing the Cone of Shame. Cats simply ditched them at the first opportunity.

JuliaM

"Look behind you, Dr Floyd."

"This is not at all a common occurrence," he added, but said they were prepared for the event.

Translation: had packed extra underwear.

[+]

jars of handcrafted hump fat and other unappealing products.

I'll pass on the hump fat.

But the flask gloves are awesome.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789R3NDT/ref=?tag=drsynth-20

David

Now available at the bar.

TimT

Door shits in Shoreditch?

David

Door shits in Shoreditch?

Previously.

Hal

I have to say, those really are impressive balls.

"What do youngsters do there?" "We make perfect balls of aluminum out of boredom, and you?" "We eat Tide Pods"
Hal

Four minutes of concentrated YouTube.

This video has been removed by the user.
Sorry about that.

This is why we can't have nice things.

TimT

That grain elevator reminds me.... they've started painting old disused or underused silos in country towns in my state of Victoria. I don't always like the results (I actually really love the simple industrial beauty of silos and think smothering them all with paint is more than a little tacky) but some of the works aren't so bad. Check them out here.

Hal

Look behind you, Dr Floyd.

Oh, yes, and, Something wonderful.

Albeit, no surprise, the book was better.

David

Albeit, no surprise, the book was better.

I was actually surprised that the film, 2010, isn’t bad. It ain’t Kubrick, and the ending’s a tad schmaltzy for my taste, but there are moments of genuine tension. As when Jupiter is being upgraded.

David

Incidentally, Typepad will be down for maintenance for a few hours on Tuesday morning, around 4am. Or 10pm Central on Monday evening, if you live in the States.

TimT

"For fun."

David

The BBC’s Justin Webb is corrected by Jordan Peterson.

Though I’m not sure that Mr Webb is able to process what he’s hearing.

David

“For fun.”

The words simulated pus should pull in the customers.

JuliaM

Ah, 2010. Helen Mirren & Roy Scheider make anything watchable.

bilbaoboy

Thanks for the Cordon Bleu potato cooking class. Very useful!

David

Orange and green flavour.

Daniel Ream

The words simulated pus should pull in the customers.

Well, now we know what the market for the hump fat is.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Who has the better 80s hair?

David

Who has the better 80s hair?

It’s close but I think Patti wins, what with the jumpsuit.

MC

It’s close but I think Patti wins, what with the jumpsuit.

Never mind the jumpsuit, what about the fur!!

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll rattle the spam filter.

David
When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT’s headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.

Here.

R. Sherman

I'm trying to remember when, exactly, Michael McDonald went off the rails. The Doobie Brothers had some good albums, but then, out of nowhere McDonald got all . . . disco-y.

Tim Newman

I’d watch and so would you.

In Nantes there is a strange curved football pitch on a patch of grass, which when viewed in a giant curved mirror mounted behind appears normal. There's a photo of it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yozhik66/35124125414/in/album-72157684121136930/

Tim Newman

Battleships solitaire.

*Writes off afternoon*

PiperPaul

The Heard it Through the Grapevine rendition is exclusively and totally Gaye.

ftumch

what

https://twitter.com/IHLaking/status/979138955181371393

David

exclusively and totally Gaye.

I see what you did there.

Sam

jars of handcrafted hump fat and other unappealing products.

I don't know whether to get the ingrown toenail phone case or the Kim Kardashian human centipede T-shirt.

David

I don’t know whether to get the ingrown toenail phone case or the Kim Kardashian human centipede T-shirt.

I did toy with the idea, briefly, of buying a jar of hump fat, as a gift. Alas, it’s currently unavailable.

George

Vanessa Slothouber

Seems an appropriate name somehow.

Franklin

Why The Independent hates independence, by Moz.

David

Continuing the toilet-related motif:

Via Obnoxio.

WTP

Good God, the reasoning in the comments on that Shoreditch tweet. "He might be homeless", "You're lucky you live in Shoreditch". Like any of that justifies having someone shit on your DOORSTEP? WTF. Homelessness has been a thing since pretty much forever. Shitting on people's doorsteps, not so much. I am quite certain there are plenty of other places for the homeless to shit. Not familiar with Shoreditch but if one is "lucky" to live there, I presume the homeless need transportation to these doorsteps on which to shit? This is insane. Again, I'm not so much surprised that people shit on doorsteps. That anyone would defend such for any reason is the real problem.

David

Again, I’m not so much surprised that people shit on doorsteps. That anyone would defend such for any reason is the real problem.

Excuse-making is a defining vice of our age.

Trevor

...simulated pus ...

Has Simulated Pus ever been touted as a band name?

pst314

Excuse-making is a defining vice of our age.

There are always people ready to make excuses, even when the criminal was using a gun or beating a victim with a baseball bat. No matter how vicious the violence, the criminal has friends and family who will condemn his victims for successfully defending themselves.

The comments in the linked item describe the victim as a "poor old sod". I've always wondered: Is "old sod" always or nearly always an affectionate expression? I get that impression from the few instances I have read.

WTP

If I had a band, and a bajilliion dollars, I'd pay another, lesser band to change it's name to "Her Beautiful Legs" and then take them on tour with us. That's what I'd do. If I had a bajillion dollars...and a band.

David

Is “old sod” always or nearly always an affectionate expression?

Usually, as in this case. Though it can also be the opposite.

David

There are always people ready to make excuses, even when the criminal was using a gun or beating a victim with a baseball bat.

I, for one, tire of parents trying to excuse their own monstrous children. I believe the phrase “aspiring rapper” has become a meme.

Governor Squid

Falling down the twitter rabbit hole, I ran across John Barrowman pitching a fit because the manager at the Hollywoo Target told him not to buy stuff for the homeless guy outside. Now everybody in the world is losing their minds, Target's PR bot is doing damage control, and the virtue signalling meter has been reduced to a smouldering ruin.

And all because some Target drone had the gall to internalize the advice given by the "DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS" sign at the park he visited when he was growing up.

Darleen

An archive of antiquated sounds.

That was fun ...but the 8mm film projector is off - that loud & tinny means something wrong. I spent many a Sunday night, after dinner at my grandparents where grandpa set up the screen & showed home movies he shot (then spliced into long reels) he took with his Bell & Howell 8mm camera. (I still have the camera)

[me in the Princess Leia buns, 1961]

David

[me in the Princess Leia buns, 1961]

I see you’re supervising the carving.

R. Sherman

@Darleen

That movie brings back memories of the '60s for me. (I was a bit younger.) Still, I remember my parents hosting dinners in our rather humble (as seen now) middle class suburb, where the ladies were dressed well, the gentlemen wore ties and the conversation was adult in the extreme. It was picture of the stuff Professor Amy Wax talks about. Most of the adults are now deceased and their kids are in their late fifties with kids and grandkids of their own. The funny thing is--shock!--the vast, vast majority of those then children turned out OK and their descendants with them. Imagine that.

Daniel Ream

Apropos of nothing but our host's stated fondness for The Blacklist, I ran off the end of fourth season this week. I have progressed beyond the point of being appalled by the blatant pandering; I have now reached Charmed/Switched at Birth levels of assuming that the entire show is deliberately Poe's Law trolling.

David, if you're enjoying the relationship between Navabi and Aram check out NBC's Chuck (2007), which was clearly the template for it. I'm rewatching it now.

David

Can’t talk. Watching The Blacklist.

No, really.

David

our host’s stated fondness for The Blacklist,

I’m assuming the rest of you don’t have guilty pleasures…?

Darleen

It was picture of the stuff Professor Amy Wax talks about.

For all the things wrong with the Mad Man era (heh, that young man, my dad, was in advertising) the bourgeoisie traditions and values really helped kids grow up to be good and successful people.

It is no wonder that Jordan Peterson's 12 rules is a roaring success -- young people instinctively know there's something missing from contemporary culture.

Funny how it is conservatives are now the counter-culture.

Darleen

Also, I knew when my parents were planning a dinner party -- Sister and I were being shipped out to the grandparents' for the weekend and mom would be getting out the ashtrays with the barely naughty cartoons on them from the back cabinet.

Great memories.

Governor Squid

The wife and I have been mainlining BoJack Horseman for the last several nights. Man, is that some wonderfully twisted stuff!

Sam Duncan

The envy of the world.

Darleen

Wait a second ... I thought this was a satire site?

Spiny Norman

I believe the phrase “aspiring rapper” has become a meme.

As has his momma claiming "he din' do nuffin", aka Dindu Nuffin as a catch-all name for thwarted thugs.

lotocoti

Great memories.

If we stayed out of sight and out of mind, there was the After Dinner Mint reward.

Sam Duncan

“Continuing the toilet-related motif:”

This is why I don't worry about AI. There's a good little passage in Neil Stephenson's The Diamond Age that mirrors my feelings about it, in fact:

Supposedly Finkle-McGraw still kept up with things and would recognise the abbreviation for pseudo-intelligence, and perhaps even appreciate that Hackworth had made the assumption.

Finkle-McGraw brightened a bit. “You know, when I was a lad, they called it A.I.: artificial intelligence.”

Hackworth allowed himself a tight, narrow, and brief smile. “Well, there's something to be said for cheekiness, I suppose.”

“I’m assuming the rest of you don’t have guilty pleasures…?”

I'm sure I've mentioned these three oriental ladies before.

Spiny Norman

David,

I think someone needs to cajole the spam filter for me.

Or did Typepad think I said a bad word?

David

I think someone needs to cajole the spam filter for me.

Freed.

Jen

"Why are cyclists in London typically white?"

https://twitter.com/NewStatesman/status/982319023353417728

Everything MUST be about identity politics.

David

“Why are cyclists in London typically white?”

So apparently it’s “strange” and problematic that human beings aren’t entirely interchangeable or equally distributed among all possible activities. And it’s “strange” that members of some immigrant groups tend to regard cycling as an indicator of poverty, not status. And it’s “strange” that Muhammadan women in shrouds don’t regard cycling as terribly practical, assuming they’d be allowed to attempt it by their equally Muhammadan husbands. And so, for reasons that aren’t made clear, London’s “cycling boom” can’t be considered a “success” until it “becomes more representative of London's population.” Because people must be made to behave in accord with baseless leftist presumption.

Such are the agonies of the New Statesman readership.

sH2

“Why are cyclists in London typically white?”

Thanks, New Statesman. Now do crime.

David

“Why are cyclists in London typically white?”

This came to mind. There seems to be some overlap in basic assumptions.

David

One of these things is not quite like the other.

David

Oh dear. For reasons beyond my control, I’m about to watch The Hurricane Heist. It looks every bit as classy as you’d imagine.

Franklin

For reasons beyond my control, I’m about to watch The Hurricane Heist.

That was quite a trailer. Someone should send a written apology to The Scorpions.

David

That was quite a trailer.

I think it’s safe to say it’s not the pinnacle of cinema. I’ve now retreated into another room.

Jim Whyte

From the tweets below L. Shepherd's post on Tempo-rarily Fat:

"...did I go to school too long? This just looks like a normal article, and interesting. and since so many people today are obese it's extremely relevant."

Yes. Next question?

Academic affiliations: York is a punchline in Canada. Western usually considered legit. WLU, see this blog passim.

David

“...did I go to school too long?”

It’s quite funny to watch professed egalitarians instinctively and repeatedly using arguments from authority as a kind of mic drop, by invoking the status of institutions that their own politics have rendered worthless and absurd. As if the Clown Quarter were the measure of probity and intellectual heft.

pst314

"Why are cyclists in London typically white?"

Reminiscent of this classic joke:
Hitler is giving a speech, ranting (of course) against 'the Jews':
"And who is to blame for all our troubles?" he shouts.
"The cyclists!" replies someone in the crowd.
"Why the cyclists?" he replies.
"Why the Jews?" comes the rejoinder.

In some ways, the New Statesman seems to resemble Der Sturmer, although I wouldn't want to go too far since it still bears much resemblance to any Soviet propaganda organ.

Spiny Norman

As if the Clown Quarter were the measure of probity and intellectual heft.

Well, there certainly appears to be a surfeit of heft in the Clown Quarter, but "intellectual" doesn't enter the picture.

Mags

invoking the status of institutions that their own politics have rendered worthless and absurd.

David

Heh. Quite.

Darleen

When 1960's Leftists are confronted by their heirs.

“I didn’t pay attention in class after that,” she says.

David

When 1960’s Leftists are confronted by their heirs

Well, leftism does have dysgenic effects.

PiperPaul

"invoking the status of institutions that their own politics have rendered worthless and absurd"

The fact that "journalists" don't question the madness (or only ask 2-level-deep questions in interviews, ones that always seem to get packaged responses that sort of almost make sense) only adds to the problem, and... oh, wait - most journalists also took Clown Quarter classes, so what should we expect?

Plus controversy, conflict and provocation makes for great TV.

Spiny Norman

When 1960's Leftists are confronted by their heirs.

At some point, these institutions of higher learning will be forced to face the fact that Grievance Studies departments are cancerous. Unfortunately, when it comes, it will almost certainly be too late to save them.

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Well, leftism does have dysgenic effects.

This.

Spiny Norman

This

The comments below that video review reaffirms my belief that YouTube has the worst and most idiotic commentary on the entire internet. Seriously.

David

YouTube has the worst and most idiotic commentary on the entire internet.

I try not to look. Of course you’re accustomed to the fragrant and rarefied air hereabouts.

[ Makes generous use of a nearby can of Oust. ]

Regarding Idiocracy, when I finally got around to seeing it, a few months ago, I was rather disappointed. The opening ‘family tree’ gag is hilarious, and biting, but nothing that follows comes close to matching its punch, whether in terms of sight gags or ominous satire.

Spiny Norman

The Brawndo gag was funny enough, but not nearly as funny as the internet meme of it. Oddly.

Daniel Ream

Regarding Idiocracy, when I finally got around to seeing it, a few months ago, I was rather disappointed.

Try Demolition Man.

Spiny Norman

Cribbed from the AoSHQ ONT:

http://cheezburger.com/5263365/21-people-who-are-having-a-rough-one

Some of those are funny, some of those are (O_O)

JuliaM

"Excuse-making is a defining vice of our age."

When you click on the first link, and see in the first few comments two bloggers sadly no longer with us... :(

Nikw211

Ephemeral:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"

Tim Newman

I believe the phrase “aspiring rapper” has become a meme.

“Promising footballer”

David

“Promising footballer”

Regarding our deceased burglar, the story gets more bizarre. A cousin of Mr Vincent is quoted as saying, “He was such a loving person… he shouldn’t have died out of it.” “It” being a long career of thieving, violence and criminal predation, such that the Vincent family’s unfortunate neighbours lived in fear of being targeted next. Some might argue that Mr Vincent’s death should have happened much sooner, say, during his very first attempt to violate someone’s home.

And of course the police have issued the usual statement implying a perverse moral equivalence. It’s “a tragic case for all of those involved,” they say. Apparently, the “thoughts” of the police also extend to the family of a thug who preyed on the elderly with - wait for it - the assistance of his father and other family members. Some of whom were also arrested in 2003 for thieving, burglary and conning pensioners out of their life savings.

It’s almost funny. But I can’t help thinking a little shame might be in order.

pst314

A Celebration of C3PO and His Impact on American Masculinity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CgDCWMOmNs

MC

Promising footballer. Aspiring rapper.

Tragic - and indeed remarkable - that the violent gangsters murdering these prodigies don't pick on their own sort. Instead they're always going after good boys who love their Mum. And Dad presumably, although he never seems available for comment...

WTP

A Celebration of C3PO

Heh. You can't spell "Woke" without "Ewok". Word.

Hal

Beware: local weather can be dangerously capricious.

I'll grant that this is an election year, with the situationally requisite speeches, but it is still a little early.

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