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Penguin is Norwegian army Colonel


Offered without comment.


Enjoy a virtual vacation with semi-literate cranks

I have just discovered that TripAdvisor has a blog where they post "the stuff we can’t publish. Whether it’s funny, rude, bizarre, potentially libelous, incomprehensible, or all of the above, we love it, and we think you will too."

So far, this one is my favorite:
It looks like such a nice place on the pictures and brochures.

My new wife and I were so looking forward to a weekends stay, we had saved specially for it.

However, when we arrived we were greeted by the one of the worst receptionists I have ever had the misfortune to come across, it wasn't that she was rude and impolite, that i could deal with, but she kept making reference to the fact that we were not the type of person welcome at the establishment.

It wasn't until later in the evening that I found out why we were not the right type of clientele. At around eight in the evening I heard the roar of what sounded like a thousand blood hungry lions outside the hotel. It was to my wifes distaste to find out that the…

My Third Annual Christmastime Fun

This year watching the ramp-up to the UK Christmas single from afar has been quite interesting, as quite a number of folks seem to be hard at work attempting to rescue the spot from "The Winner of X-Factor." This seems to have caused a few ringers to appear.

I was thinking that the trend seems to be songs by people who are now dead, but looking closer we see that it is in fact duets by people of whom one are now dead.
Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua - "What A Wonderful World"

Pogues Ft Kirsty MacColl - "Fairytale of New York"

John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"and perhaps by the time I post this:
Mark Ronson Ft Amy Winehouse - "Valerie"I'm sorry. That was mean.

So here we go.

40) John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" About twenty years ago, I would have thought I would be sick of this song by now. Of course, I would have also thought that it would completed the trajectory tha…

I take a moment to step back

I've had a little blogging vacation (a vacation from blogging, not a vacation that I blog from) due to work, snow, illness and something in the basement that we have decided to rename "Frankenboiler."

As I start to nudge myself back on-line, I'm going to be taking a chance to think about just what it is that I am doing here compared to what it is that I set out to do and what I would like to do.

To prepare for the process, I notice that there is a meme going about where the blogger is required to list and discribe the first post of every month of 2007. Let's have a look.
January - I discuss my then ongoing Jean Shepherd phase. The phase died out after I hit a few too many instances of race related humor that, while not hateful, could be described as "of its era."
February - I briefly note my unwilling participation in the "2007 Boston Mooninite Scare."
March - I discover the existence of a "Stephen Fry Talking Alarm Clock."
April - A per…

Buying the New Yorker 1976 - page 60

The ads are frequently not scanned with the same care as the rest of the content. I might be the only person on the planet who cares about such things - and to be fair, if they upped the quality of the ads to the level that I would enjoy, there would be a need for perhaps another DVD-Rom or two. So it's completely understandable to treat the ads with less care so the cost of the set can be fifty bucks cheaper.

But it's times like this that make me wish that I could get a better look at the ad, just to have a better sense of the pattern. In the text, we are asked to pay attention to "the scoop neck and the tie." I've spent more time than I really want to looking for any evidence of a tie, either a necktie or anything that might be used to cinch this garment together. I'm stumped.

It would be marvelous to see this in color, particularly in the green and white, but the ad is in black and white, so we can't fault the New Yorker people for that.

I also wish …

Google street view expands!

Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. Sky water. It needs no fence. Nations come and go without defiling it. It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh; -- a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun's hazy brush -- this the light dust-cloth -- which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected in its bosom still.

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Addendum to the thing I learned yesterday

I think that if Robert Conquest and Robert Service were the same person, the world might be a slightly better place. Somehow.

Hello, my computer generated baby

One Froggy Evening, remade with CGI. Not as bad as you might think.

I'm just surprised that anyone admits to writing it

The thing I learned today.

Robert Conquest

Robert Service

Not the same person.

The statue of Ramona in Portland Oregon scares the bajeesus out of me


Buying the New Yorker 1976 - page 59

"Seeing everything wonderful and being seen looking wonderful wherever you go."

Who cares about the pull-on polyester pants and snappy print shirt? It's that sentence that just makes the ad over-the-top amazing.

Bonus: She seems to be standing in front of some sort of a cartoon duck.

I love the Kansas City Public Library's new parking garage

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Viking Kittens?



I can only think of one use for an inflatable pig.

Buying the New Yorker 1976 - page 57

And now the new style for 1976, it's 1961!

Thank you driver, for getting me here

An advertising suppliment in a recent music magazine consisted of postcards of concert photographs of some rising musical acts. Unfortunately the sponsor, Greyhound Buslines, neglected to inform the acts in question or the venues that they were performing at of their participation in the campaign.

Dan Deacon, one of the "featured" performers, was a little upset.
in the december issue of XLR8R magazine there is an ad for greyhound bus service that uses a photo of me at a show did at silent barn, a diy venue in brooklyn. no one asked me if this was ok. no one asked silent barn if it was ok to associate them with the company.

i first heard about it from jason of wzt hearts, who are also used in the ad, also without permission or even the courtesy of letting us know.But what does he think of Greyhound as a company?
greyhound bus company is one of the worst run, bullshit companies i have ever had the misfortune to use. they are a total monopoly and take advantage of that with poor …

Pop culture mysteries solved!

It is impossible to count the number of times I have woken up in the middle of the night in a screaming panic because I had no idea what happened to Nicole Kidman's prosthetic nose from The Hours.

Now I can rest easy.

Residents of Hazelton, PA do love their football.

Well, some of them anyway.

via Google Maps

I am trumped again

My piffling attempts to observe the UK Christmas single pales in comparison to Steve in South Korea, who has devoted an excellent blog to nothing but that.

It's a Muppet Christmas Miracle!

Hopefully this will be my last post on the subject, but Lawrence Miles is now back to posting on The Beasthouse and the takedown has been taken down.

Hopefully this starts to bode well for the coming year.
It's said that in the nineteenth century, actors who portrayed ghosts on stage would often use phosphorous as make-up, since it gives the skin that all-important "glow-in-the-dark" effect (q.v. the big green dog in The Hound of the Baskervilles). Of course, it also has a tendency to kill you. Any number of actors might have died from the long-term effects of phosphorous poisoning, which raises the technical question: what happens if you're haunted by the ghost of someone who died while made up as a ghost? We might imagine that the ghost-ghost would glow twice as brightly as a normal ghost - fitting, for a dead prima donna - but we might also imagine that such entities would be pariahs amongst the rest of their kind, and that walking into a meeting of ghosts while cov…

Buying the New Yorker 1976 - page 56

I stalled out on these two. We've seen both of these vendors before, so I wanted to say a little more about them, but there really isn't much.

Brazil has always seemed like the kind of place where someday someone will tell me, "Guess what! We're sending you to Brazil!" And then I say "Oh good! I knew this would happen sooner or later."

Hasn't happened yet. Maybe next year.

Not sure how to parse bow and arrow guy as an advertising element. "Come to Brazil! Get shot at by the disgruntled natives! Like Indiana Jones!"

Put your architects on danger money.


Book One, Chapter One - In the Casino at Boulogne

(Yes, you read that right - it's divided up into three books!)

Our nameless narrator is having dinner in Boulogne with his friend Bobbie Harrington, Harrington's aunt and uncle, the Boussets, and the Boussets' mysterious friend Lefevre.

The nameless narrator and Bobbie (it takes half the chapter before we can confirm that they are both male) have one more night in Boulogne before they head off in their yacht, so the five decide to have a night at the casino.

If you would like to go to Boulogne to visit a casino, you should read up on Northern France in a spiffy guidebook.

At the casino, Nameless Narrator and Mrs. Bousset are content to people watch while Bobbie and Lefevre gamble. It turns out that Lefevre is an excellent gambler, which is nice because he was a rather dull dinner guest. A pair of Germans are watching Fefevre intently. Suddenly a crazed "artist, student or anarchist, or perhaps a compound of the three&quo…

Dagwood is not a Glam Rocker

Dagwood is a Breakdancer.

Pardon me while I test something

Ghanian is a language of economy.

An item on the program for a chamber music concert that I recently attended was a piece based on folk tales of Ghana. From the program notes to the piece, I learn that
Kola Per Bir, jo kol' no optranslates to
The cat fell asleep under a tree; his enemy the mouse saw his opportunity and bit the cat's testicle, whereupon the cat promptly died.

It was three weeks before Christmas Eve in the drunk tank

The only apparently Christmassy songs on the UK singles chart this week are:
23 Mariah Carey - "All I Want for Christmas is You"33 The Pogues - "Fairytale of New York"also unrelated to Christmas:
25 Phil Collins - "In the Air Tonight"I don't think I want to know why this is happening.

if only...

Via Strange Maps, a promo for a book on world transit maps showing a transit map of the world - every city with a metro (or a planned metro) is included a world Beck Map. I would be delighted to be on the same line as Mexico City, Bilbao, Istanbul and Beijing!

The only quibble so far is the Detroit to Seattle leg. Spot the error!

Take me out to the %#^&@% ballgame

From Yanksfan vs. Soxfan, we see a piece of baseball history that is currently being considered for auction.

This is a memorandum from league management to players regarding reports of players resorting to obscenities during game play, including enough examples that they were afraid to send the document via US Mail.

A new adventure

Two problems have come up to cause me to start a new project, one that I hope I can finish faster than the others that I have been dealing with.
Frequent readers will have noticed that I occasionally provide links to I have done this not out of a sense of necessity but of "oh what the hell." Because of this, many of the things that I could have linked to have not been -- going to Amazon to work up the code is just a bit too much of a bother for me to have gotten into the habit. (By the way, Amazon has really been pushing me to put up links so that I can entice you to purchase a Kindle. Not gonna happen.) This hasn't been too much of an issue for me as I set the thing up because I was inclined to link to listings on Amazon anyway, so why not make a few bucks (or pounds) off it. A new service that Amazon has is a link that offers recommendations based on what Amazon feels the readers of my site will want to read. At first I thought that this meant that t…