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Institute of Official Cheer

06 February 2004 » In Funny » Comments Off on Institute of Official Cheer

If you have never heard of James Lileks and his Institute of Official Cheer, it is worth setting aside a few hours and browsing through the site, where “old pop culture is subjected to our patented Re-Ironization Process, and converted into chipper, spiffy, feather-light postmodern commentary on commercial culture.” Be prepared: it is funny. Very funny. He digs up old recipe books, tourist guides, advertisements and unleashes his merciless humor on them, describing a particularly unappetizing meat dish as “…a segment of an intestine from some creature that ingested the fender from an old DeSoto. In any case, it’s alarmingly aerodynamic, this meat; very modern and streamlined.”

The Gallery of Regrettable Food section has been made into a book, which has many more examples of egregious culinary failures. I have a copy and can wholeheartedly recommend it. Also, do not miss the Grooviest Motel in Wisconsin. Do not.

Beer Rescue

20 January 2004 » In Funny » 1 Comment

It’s good to know that in these times of adversity, Russia has its priorities straight.


19 January 2004 » In Funny » 3 Comments

Dilbert right on the spot again. I actually came across a hotel clerk like that at the W Hotel in Seattle.

Brains Tempura, anybody?

15 January 2004 » In Funny » 4 Comments

Now that is just asking for punishment. If you are enough of a moron to want to eat cow brains, I am not going to stop you.

The Fat of the Land 2

06 January 2004 » In Funny » 2 Comments

The Onion rules again.

It blew my breath away!

30 September 2003 » In Funny » Comments Off on It blew my breath away!

Ah, the wonderful idioms of the English language..I have to admit that sometimes I catch myself saying one and then thinking, “Was that right? Is it really jumping at the bit?” In fact, that’s how I found the referenced page, by searching for an idiom that I butchered mercilessly. Oh well, no skin off my teeth.

Now reading: Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and a posthumous collection of Douglas Adam’s writings Salmon of Doubt.

MS Car 2003

07 September 2003 » In Funny » Comments Off on MS Car 2003

Full Disclosure mailing list had a posting by Bill Borton who made the best “What If Microsoft Made Cars” analogy that I have seen on the Net.

Common Man’s Gold

30 June 2003 » In Funny » 3 Comments

Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility. — Sheik Abd-al-Kadir, In Praise of Coffee, 1587

I think this Dilbert cartoon paints a good picture of what would happen if coffee was removed from our lives.

Fo’ sheezy

24 June 2003 » In Funny » Comments Off on Fo’ sheezy

Thanks to this I can now reasonably well understand the speech patterns of my brother. Although Sterling, who apparently is intimately familiar with this aspect, says the list is somewhat old.

I am going to re-read one of my favorite books, Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Such a great work.

Matrix Reloaded: The Abridged Script

10 June 2003 » In Funny, Movies » 1 Comment

After I posted my rant about the latest Matrix installment, it acquired a few comments from individuals who believe that firstly I am a moron who does not appreciate the artistic sensibilities of the Wachowski brothers and has a personal vendetta agains the movie, and secondly that the movie is a bridge that provides brain candy for people to nibble on while they wait for the next one. To which I say, learn to spell and read the abridged script of Matrix Reloaded that summarizes my own and many other persons’ feelings about the movie far better than I could express myself.

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