Vocabulary Notes

My friend Pat passed the following on this morning. It struck me as quite wonderful. Dad does “interesting vocabulary” notes. When they get big enough, he mails them to a list of people that have expressed interest. On the latest list: Verfuscht: [From the German verfuschen, “bungle,botch, make a mess of one’s life.”] ((fair-PFOOSHT)) Dad’s […]

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Blog day

Hugh claims that today is blog day. News to me, but hey, I’ll go with it. The quick 411: BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their […]

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I have such thoughtful friends

Erich gave me this packet of soup last week. It’s “spicy,” apparently.

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More Buk’

I couldn’t find my copy of Play The Piano Drunk Like A Percussion Instrument Until The Fingers Begin To Bleed A Bit today, so I wasn’t able to post my favorite Bukowski poem earlier on. Lo and behold, it was returned to me just this evening. Without further interruption, I give you Charles Bukowski. the […]

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Happy 85th, Hank

Yesterday was Charles Bukowski’s birthday (which I would have missed if Tony Pierce didn’t point it out). He would have been 85. He was America’s greatest poet despite spending the overwhelming majority of his life drunk at the track. Here’s one of my favorite Bukowski poems: born to lose I was sitting in my cell […]

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Stupid Quizzes

You know those stupid quizzes the that LiveJournal crowd love so well? Yes, I hate them also. Here’s what I got on a recent one: Woody Allen Your film will be 64% romantic, 39% comedy, 30% complex plot, and a $ 32 million budget. Be prepared to have your life story shot entirely in New […]

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Holy Crap

Hello, Dollar! has a thing or two to say about bringing your lunch to work. Long story short, bringing your lunch saves big dollars if done over time. Their back of the envelope analysis has bringing lunch four days a week savings $1,000 a year and all of that adding up to over $500,000 over […]

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William Gibson quotes Tom Waits: When people ask Tom Waits where he’s been ’til recently, he tells ‘em “stuck in traffic”. And, boy, do I ever know what he means. But then again it’s all part of the pro-cess. Now, I’m not nearly in the same league as Waits and Gibson in terms of the […]

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The Show Crash Spectacular

There’s nothing quite so pleasing as the random, unexplained SciFi homage. I just ran in to fun one in Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom: The Haunted Mansion was experiencing a major empty spell: the Snow Crash Spectacular parade had just swept through Liberty Square en route to Fantasyland, dragging hordes of […]

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1965 BSA Thunderbolt

John Scalzi points to an eBay auction for a 1965 BSA Thunderbolt. Isn’t this the kind of bike that HST rode while he was doing research for Hell’s Angels? My copy seems to have walked so I can’t confirm for certain, but the internet suggests as much. I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, […]

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