Revisionist History

March 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm (Comics, History, Humor, Movies, Music)

As I have only two readers, I’m trying to be more sensitive to your tastes in what I post. Unfortunately, your tastes differ dramatically. ;o) So, Shannon, I’m warning you in advance that this particular Youtube video will probably NOT be your cup of tea, and I’d suggest keeping the kids away from it, too. Mary, you’ll love this. It is a… somewhat novel take on our dear first president, George Washington, and is solidly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.


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Comics Comics Comics

February 27, 2008 at 11:15 pm (Books, Comics, Family, Horror, Humor)

About a year ago, I went cold turkey and cut down the number of webcomics I was reading by about 80%. I was reading 20 or 30 a week, and could easily drop 45 minutes a night keeping up on all of them. And, frankly, if I’m going to blow 45 minutes a day, every day, I’d really rather I have something to show for it, like maybe MY DISSERTATION. It’s the regular updates that kill you, because you get sucked into the story, and then you have to go back every couple of days to see what else is new! So, I’ve worked really hard to keep my reading list lean, with only the choicest gems of comedy and adventure at my fingertips. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve Seen Stuff Like This Happen

February 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm (Humor, Travel)

And trust me, it isn’t pretty. But it sure is funny! One time on the excavation, our foreman came in with some tarps that he was setting up. After a minute or so, I could swear that I smelled smoke, but I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Our foreman insisted that it came from the fields being burned in the area (even though there weren’t any actively being burned). After another minute, one of my diggers smelled it, too. But the foreman still insisted that it came from the burning fields. Finally, I insisted on looking around, and quickly realized that the smoke was coming from him! He’d been smoking a cigarette outside the site before coming into my dig area, and had accidentally tossed his cigarette butt onto the tarp he was preparing. The but had then ignited the tarp in a few areas. It was easily put out, after which Massoum (the digger) and I spent the next two minutes rolling on the floor with laughter. It felt like one of those Looney Toons where Daffy or Bugs sets his tail on fire and doesn’t know it. Or, maybe you just needed to be there.

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I’m Not the Only Crazy One

February 27, 2008 at 9:26 pm (Comics, Humor)

Maybe it’s people named Jo(h)n.  Maybe it’s cat lovers.  Whatever the reason, “Garfield Minus Garfield” (which, as the name might suggest, is the Garfield comic strip with Garfield himself removed) is genius.  Perhaps (dare I say it?) even funnier than the original???

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Valentine’s Day, Old-School…

February 14, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Books, Humor, Languages, Music)

Well, the wackos at America’s most dearly beloved publisher of academic material about the Ancient Near East decided this year to create a Valentine’s Day contest.  The rules were, you had to submit a Valentine’s Day message in one or more Ancient Near Eastern languages (including Greek), and they would judge them and award prizes to the best.  Well, you can see the results here, and it’s funny enough that pretty much any nerd will appreciate the results, and the commentary!

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Creepy birds are appropriate for “Valentine’s Day,” right? Right?

February 14, 2008 at 11:21 am (Arts, Books, Horror, Humor, Movies)

Bryan over at Infocult clued me in to this particular gem:
Nothing says undying love to me like, well, undying love. Actually, now that I think about it, that undying love thing is a little creepy…

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The Greatest Movie Ever?

January 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm (Horror, Humor, Movies)

Yes, I have now added a new film to my list of “the greatest movies of all time.” But I warn you in advance, it’s no Casablanca. Hot Fuzz, written by and starring Simon Pegg (the guy from Shaun of the Dead), should be on the wish lists of anyone who claims to like mystery, horror, comedy and absurdly-over-the-top action (really, all four are best, but if you score at least three, it’s worth looking into). It is essentially three movies in one: A creepy mystery, a hard-boiled action thriller, and a brilliant comedy that skewers both genres through and through. And surprisingly, it actually manages to succeed at all three. Read the rest of this entry »

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Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, anyone?

November 23, 2007 at 9:16 pm (Humor, Sports, Travel)

A month or so back, Penny Arcade linked to an old US military Titan missile base that was being sold.  I, of course, was immediately interested, not JUST because it still has the three missile silos intact, but ALSO because the bulk of the complex consists of a series of massive underground hangers and buildings.  I immediately began thinking about hosting Ren Faires and fantasy LARPers there, since what nerd would turn down a chance to hang out in a mothballed missile base?  It’s like the news that NORAD was being turned over to the National Park Service.  Camping in a cold war stronghold, anyone?

George, however, one-upped me.  He suggested turning one or more of the old silos into an underground climbing wall.  Then, we’d turn most of the underground hangers into hotel space, and make the whole thing a luxury outdoors/action sport resort.  People would be able to get their “game” on either above or below ground, and relax after a hard day of climbing or biking or whatever in the massage parlor, or the 5-star restaurant, or perhaps in the underground swimming pool.  So, if anyone has 1.5 million dollars that they want to use to fund this project, just get in touch with me…

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Just Desserts

October 24, 2007 at 11:04 pm (Arts, Horror, Humor)

When I managed to miss Tom Wait’s “The Black Rider” twice, I decided that I would never again hesitate to buy a ticket for any spooky, dark or macabre-sounding show that came through town. So imagine my anger when I thought I’d missed Erik Sanko’s “The Fortune Teller,” currently playing at UCLA. (a) I was leaving for Connecticut halfway through its run and (b) by the time I heard about it, all of the shows that I could attend were sold out, anyway. But a series of fortunate events (realizing that my plane reservation was for Friday, not Wednesday, and being the first person in line for rush tickets) allowed me to see the show, thereby assuaging my guilty conscience and returning to some semblance of self-respect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adventures in Riesling

July 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm (Humor, Travel, Wine, Writing)

Note: This entry is a fuller description of a story synopsized elsewhere in the blog. Please forgive me repeating myself as I play around with storytelling.

During a recent trip to California’s Central Coast region, my wife and I dined at a well-known restaurant, the name of which I feel inclined to withhold. This isn’t because our meal or the service was in any way lacking; in fact, the opposite was the case. It just seems more… polite, if you will, to grant the sommelier in question a certain amount of anonymity, since the experience, in the final analysis, wasn’t negative, just rather bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

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