Monday, January 05, 2015

And worse... I've lost Latvia!

Sitting in my post queue like a sad broken promise was the most recent post that I had been working on.

I put it here in full:

Two interesting things from the blog stats that I see this fine morning.
 1) I have not posted an entry for eleven months.
 2) My readership has increased by something like thirteen times since the days when I was posting somewhat regularly.
I don't have an easy explanation for either of those things.  Actually, the second thing seems to be a combination of search engine robot jiggery-pokery, and an astonishing uptick in readership from Latvia. (Hello, Latvians!) The first thing is on me entirely, and the explanation isn't easy due to me not intending to give it to the internet.  (Sorry, Latvians!)
I see that this post was dated Aug 19, 2013.  And I have now had a quick scan of my (such as it is) readership.  I have lost whatever traction I once had in Latvia.  Sorry, Latvians!

Creeeeeeek Flutter Flutter *cough*

And this room is where I kept my blog!  Look at it sitting there all lonely.

You know...  A bit of solvent and some polish, we might be able to get this thing going again.  What do you think, kids?  Take her for a spin?

Monday, August 19, 2013


About a week ago I had a looksee at this poor neglected hallway of my internet presence and was astonished to notice that it had been close to a year since the last post on here.  So I thought it would be amusing to wait the week and have the next post show up exactly a year later.  Give or take twelve hours.

Hello everyone.  What's new?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I had a moment to watch Boxing coverage and heard one of the commenters say (and I am trying to remember the wording exactly):

"A boxer should always be cognizant of the location of the other boxer's fists."

I love that.  I am going to use that as my new motto.
For about 18 hours the other day I was under the impression that a group of badminton players had been lighting matches and throwing them at people.  Sort of like an angry street gang or something.

Learning the truth has come as sort of a letdown.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For no reason, a quote I found.

"A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused." --Nigel Short

Friday, February 10, 2012

Don't worry, they can't see you. Just take your time.

The latest in computer aided literary studies - Brian Joseph Davis is taking descriptions of fictional characters from their source texts and running them through software designed for law enforcement composite sketching.

I have just realized that Cate Blanchett really should play Emma Bovary (number four in the lineup, there).

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Trailer Parking

A couple of films that are coming out:

The trailer for the new Wes Anderson film looks exactly like a trailer for a new Wes Anderson film.  Make of that what you will:

Under African Skies is a documentary marking the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon's Graceland album.  When the album came out, I was a bit conflicted about the politics of it (I got the impression that Simon was in some ways deliberately exploitive of the situation, and in other ways an odd combination of defensive and naive). I purchased the thing nevertheless and think it does hold up as a good album - but I am quite interested in how it is looked back on.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Great moments in fictional bears

Coming at me sideways from Tardis Eruditorum:
That said, this basic aesthetic of 2000 AD is perhaps better summarized by the strip that replaced Flesh - a sixteen issue job that is rarely mentioned as one of the absolute classics of 2000 AD, despite being absolutely fantastic in every regard. I am speaking, of course, of Shako. Shako tells the story of a particularly homicidal polar bear who has swallowed some vital military hardware and is being chased by government agents. It is, in practice, nothing more than sixteen short strips of a polar bear violently slaughtering people in improbable and needlessly imaginative ways. Though really, little needs to be said about Shako beyond its tagline: Shako! The Only Bear on the CIA Death List! 
And so a quick google later and I find a spiffy overview here:
The Americans are goal-orientated and tech-savvy but fail to accommodate the difficulties and nuances of the environment in which they are battling. Could Shako be the first Vietnam analogy involving a polar bear? Perhaps. Meanwhile The Russians are blinded by unthinking subservience to dogma and the need to best the Americans. Initially they don’t know why the polar bear is of note they only know that the Yanks want it so they capture it and take it aboard their Whaling ship cum KGB spy ship. This turns out quite badly. In fact, so disputed does the bemused bear become that a nuclear interaction is only narrowly avoided. Could Shako be the first Cuban Missile crisis analogy involving a polar bear? Perhaps.
Finally a panel that I imagine has been grabbed and repurposed by many before me, but is irresistible so here it is:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This could be fun.

Legal thriller looms as Sherlock takes his caseload to New York

The part that caught my eye:

Sue Vertue, Sherlock Executive Producer at Hartswood Films, said: "We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It's interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn't resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying."
As the "unusual" and thus "protectable" elements of the current BBC series includes "modern settings and characters" as well as the use of laptops and smartphones, I think that we ought to get ready for a rumble. 

I also am willing to wager that whatever legal wrangling happens, it will be far more interesting and entertaining than the American version is in any way likely to be.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I am not the Walrus, I am not the Boss


I've found that having the "dynamic view" as a default for the blog has caused the links to individual posts to stop working.  So I am back to the old school template.

If you miss the dynamic view, you can turn it back on manually by hitting this link.

Leaping from my old notebook:

This was something that I overheard and wrote down verbatim.  I have no idea where or when I heard it, but I am guessing it was a couple of years ago and perhaps on the subway.
"So he had a stack of three chickens and they were just folded epicly. So I said 'dude, these chickens are epic!  Can you do lambs?' and he was like 'later dude.'"