Category Archives: stuff

October 6, 2008, 6:23 pm

The greatest of these.

As of yesterday, I am entitled to wear this shirt. Many thanks to all of you, including anonymice and pseudonymice, who pledged money to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland. I’m sure they’ll get after you pretty soon. And thanks especially to my friend who swam too and realized about halfway through she could, in fact, swim a lot faster than me. This left me with an official time of 26 minutes, which I think was rounded down; on my own watch it was about 26:29 but still a lot faster than all my earlier times, clocked without a competitor.


September 29, 2008, 1:33 pm

Bérubé’s back.

No, really, he is. My Monday just got a lot better.

Scott adds: What was Ari thinking, not linking to Michael’s new profile picture?  It’s a thing of great and topical beauty:

September 28, 2008, 10:59 am


About six weeks ago, a friend of mine offered to give me some mature roses he didn’t want. “But it’s the middle of August,” I said. Not exactly, in other words, the best time for a transplant. But it was this or straight to the compost heap. As it happens, six weeks on, five of the seven are doing fine—most recently, the oldest-looking one decided it might as well live.

This is, if I count correctly, the third time someone has made such an offer to me, to get rid of mature roses. There are always various reasons, but they generally include, “they take so much work.” This puzzles me. Any plant that can get uprooted and dumped into the dusty Davis mid-August clay and six weeks later have a full complement of branches and flowers is a pretty hardy thing.

Which has always, both in our old house and here, been the case. Despite appearances, roses are tough and take care of…

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September 20, 2008, 5:59 pm

Backwards in high heels (which make her look like a porn star!)

Hmm, this seems to me to be wrong,

I get what she’s trying to say, but here’s Hillary Clinton: “I think you have to ask yourself and it’s a little exercise I’d like everybody in the press, and really all of us, to go through: Would the same thing be said about a man in a similar position and the answer 99 times out of 100 is no. I think it’s been a long time since anybody covered what Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or John McCain wear or their hairstyle or any other personal characteristic like that.”

Yes, you have to go all the way back to 2007, when the press spent a month talking about John Edwards’ $400 haircut.

… Wait, no, you don’t have to go that far back. On September 1st, a network news reporter told Barack Obama that he doesn’t like beer.

… Whoops not even that far. This Monday, Jon Decker said Joe Biden does not “help[] his case when he’s making the argument on economic…

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September 15, 2008, 6:41 pm

Keep beholding!

Will Arnett effectively reprising “Gob” Bluth on Sesame Street. If I need to say more, you won’t get it.

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Also, if you can find better quality video, lemme know.

September 12, 2008, 8:37 am

Studies show the media lean slightly conservative, overall.

Not only is the election supposed to be about culture and not substance, but when we talk about substance, we must not say anything true.

My favorite part is where Hannity calls Kuttner “sir” while bullying him.


September 10, 2008, 7:03 pm

Is it just me . . .

. . . or does something seem different around here?

September 10, 2008, 5:00 pm

Now, the CNN edit.

When you’re all watching Jay Smooth on your own, I’ll stop posting this stuff. But here, from a roundup of old posts he has, is some genius media criticism on the difference between Fox News’s failings and CNN’s.

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September 10, 2008, 4:03 pm

The stupid things that you do because you think that poor is cool.

As I said before, it’s worth the wait till Joe Jackson comes in.

Because, even if we all have a little Elvis in us, I think Shatner has more than most.

September 9, 2008, 10:51 pm

Golden State real estate update

From the day’s papers:

Berkeley protesters come down from the trees peacefully, after nearly two years.

Overnight stay for two at Hearst Castle, up for auction on eBay.

Photo by Flickr user brainchildvn used under a Creative Commons license.

September 8, 2008, 6:15 pm

This will make people vote Republican.

I had to read this article three times to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Am I? Ezra and Matt add their kudos to a proposal to cap the speeds at which cars can go at 75 miles per hour. The reasoning?

30% of all traffic deaths can be attributed to speeding.

Note the lack of absolute speed mentioned. The deaths could be caused going 40 mph in a 25 zone on a rainy night and sliding on wet leaves, or blowing through a traffic light at 50.

I’m guessing that the writers here don’t drive much, and when they do, they’re either in a city, where they’re not driving fast because they’re stuck in downtown traffic, or they’re driving on the highway, where they’re going fast and enjoying the open road. They’re surely not going to speed while gridlocked; ergo, the speeding crashes must be happening at highway speeds. But there’s a lot of driving that doesn’t fall into those categories: …

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August 17, 2008, 4:10 pm

Pacific Coast Harry.

Noble beast. Who, you know, eats dirt and stuff. But still.

On the Cross-Marin Trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

August 14, 2008, 10:20 am

There are second acts in American gardens.

I think Kelman can have this batch. Who says I don’t look after my people?

And yes, that’s a flamingo.

August 8, 2008, 7:29 pm

Sweet charity.

If you read the blogs I get mocked on do, you already know this, but I’m going to swim a mile in the fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center for Oakland. Please give of your your charity here, and your mockery here, or here, or as normal, right here. Every little bit helps.

Again, donations received here.

August 8, 2008, 8:43 am

McCain Portrait

Hi, everyone. This is not really Neddy writing, it’s Eric. But this was Neddy’s idea, and he started this post, which originally read, “I think it would be moderately amusing to execute this concept.” But then, we got carried away and actually executed said concept. Moderate Friday amusement in the political humor vein follows, with apologies to Mr. Copland; we really do ♥ you.