Sunday, May 31, 2009

Short quote: ramblin' man

Wherein literally

not you, the person next to you:
"I believe so strongly, as you may recall when I was here in October, not in you particularly but your generation, that I don’t have a single doubt in my mind we’re on the cusp not only of a new century but a new day for this country and the world."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Blog post memorial

Wherein not worth the hassle

This space represents all the recent topics and blog posts that I wrote or made notes on and upon reflection decided not to print. In chronological order:

A moment of silence would be inappropriate.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Short quote: sanity

Wherein I fully endorse the implementation of banning items on this list

From the The Might Be Giants email list, "These are all things we are not allowed to say within the band":
too much information
off the hook
that’s what (s)he said
my bad
game changer
that’s how we roll
I can’t work under these conditions
playing the (whatever) card
throw under the bus
drinking the kool-aid
phone tag
don’t go there
it’s all good
it is what it is
talk to the hand
think outside the box
off the reservation
oh no you didn’t
I threw up a little in my mouth
one hundred and ten percent
no worries*
jumped the shark
voted off the island
(anything) on acid
(anything) from hell
(anything) on steroids
literally (unless it’s actually used properly)

Of course the list itself is now on the list.

*No worries enjoys a unique "workplace dispensation" where it can be used with a co-worker to help decompress a work situation.

Monday, May 25, 2009

short quote: glad I never spent money on this technology

Wherein if a map and a compass were good enough for the Donner party they're good enough for me

GPS close to breakdown:
US government officials are concerned that the quality of the Global Positioning System (GPS) could begin to deteriorate as early as next year, resulting in regular blackouts and failures – or even dishing out inaccurate directions to millions of people worldwide.

The warning centres on the network of GPS satellites that constantly orbit the planet and beam signals back to the ground that help pinpoint your position on the Earth's surface.

The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the GPS network since the early 1990s. According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means that some of the crucial GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next year.

"It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption," said the report, presented to Congress. "If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected."

The report says that Air Force officials have failed to execute the necessary steps to keep the system running smoothly.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last week: 7 for 7

Wherein woo

  1. sunscreen
  2. ?
  3. ?
  4. square
  5. Is Coney Island in Brooklyn?
  6. M*A*S*H
  7. all escaped crazed rodents thanks to glider flying nazis

Tierney Lab: Name the next two letters in this sequence: ST ND RD . . .

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quoting songs

Wherein because this is my density

Electronic musical device thingy set to random and skipping over
instrumental tracks.

Mike Doughty, Tremendous Brunettes
Praise now the baby genuis, she skips in the shade of the
lonely sour apple tree while she snaps on her gum

Brenda Kahn, Dead Can Dance
The dead can dance, just not that well

Trip Shakespeare, The Slacks
Could you both turn down the distortion because you
know I wore the pants

Talking Heads, Slippery People
This part is simple; Try to recognize What is in you

John Wesley Harding, Robert Frost Rag
It's a map of colors with no key and America is hard to

They Might Be Giants, Pencil Rain
The thunderous clatter of splittering wood and the lives
that are claimed

Slick Rick & Outkast, Street Talkin'
You need to get your ass on the dance floor this

Suzanne Vega, Widow's Walk
That line is the horizon, we watch the wind and set the
sail. But save ourselves when all omens point to fail

Cake, Pentagram
Your feet are dry with the ashes of dead babies who have
passed the test just like all the rest but never reallyunderstood the
reasons why they took it in the first place

The Time, Pandemonium
Fellows, I'm back, the aristocratic black

Jimmy Buffett, Hippolyte's Habitat
But my work waits: please the ingrates. They're all a part
of my plan.

Sean Na Na, Princess and the Pony
Remember to bring your flask and pour a sot for your dead

Tracy Bonham, Tell it to the sky
So you fcked all, all that we had, I took the ball and

Enya, Shepherd Moons
oooooh aaaaaaah

Paul Getty, The Scofflaws
It's a total culture shock. I'm the only rude boy on the
block. Got any Ganja, Rastaman?

Wolfgang Press, She's So Soft
Like a dream. She's a waltz. She's a man. Oh, she's so

Barbie and Cast, Connected
It's not an accident the time we spent apart

Grandpaboy, Natural Mean Lover
She's diving at nothing, The night is wild, She's hanging
out with that other guy

Rick Springfield, Jessie's Girl
I'll play along with the charade. There doesn't seem to be a
reason to change.

Har Mar Superstar, As (Seasons)
Go take off your sexy snowsuit, put back on your moonboots
and we'll play this winter day

John Delafose Pere Et Garcon Zydeco
[Just a whole bunch of Cajun I don't understand - wait,
there's something in English] Ohhhh, bye bye

The Chips, You Make Me Feel So Good
You Make Me Feel So Good

Har Mar Superstar, DUI
These are the broken promises I won't recall when the sun
comes up

They Might Be Giants, Your Racist Friend
I know politics bore you but I feel like a hypocrite talking
to you and your racist friend.

Malcolm McLaren, Algernon's Simply Awfully Good At Algebra
And if he meets a lady he can tell her age at once. He
calculates just what she'd like to be. Then he adds on seven winters
and one summer and one spring and then he multiplies the bloom by

Brenda Kahn, The Bridge
If I had you I'd want somebody else

Boiled in Lead, The Microorganism
God is good God is great, God's a big

The Cufflinks, Guided Missles
You weakened my defenses with your tender

The Robustos, Let's Get Back
Let's get back to the way it used to be, let's get back to
the way it used to be

Rank and File, Post Office
I've been working like a slave every day, some joker comes
and lays me off. Begging for food that's not my style, I'm gonna have to
start breaking the law.