One of you – at least – had a birthday this Monday last (August 27). If I’m not mistaken, you’re now 32. Any Heathen or Knaves in the greater New York area might wish to seek out a certain Australian and buy him a pint, or at least a walker. Enjoy.
Someday, eruptions in the Canary Islands could create enormous tidal waves that threaten much of the Atlantic coast. This may be the first actual reason to consider the midwest as a vacation spot.
Correction: Longtime Arrant Knave Joe M., late of Iowa, writes:
I can’t be more adamant here….there is absolutely no good reason to visit the midwest. I would take death by an enormous wall of water over waking up one more day in this godforsaken hell hole. Please inform the rest of the Arrant Knaves.
We stand corrected. NoGators regrets the error.
Can you imagine Dubya in this picture instead?
By now, we’ve all gotten used to the weird fundamentalist thrashes foisted on the Afghani people by the Taliban; this time around, they’ve banned the Internet, which I figure means precisely squat in a country with virtually no technological infrastructure. Though I’m sure it will help with their educational trouble.
But Iran isn’t Afghanistan, and moderate forces seem to be making progress there. Of course, they’re still working through their issues with dogs.
At the risk of being culturally insensitive: Wow.
How on earth can Alabama governor Don Siegelman not realize that comments like “If God had wanted you to wear earrings, He’d have made you a girl” make him like an uneducated backwoods cracker? Link.
Who knew that Alderaan still had a home page?
The aforementioned Afroman, Mississippi hip-hop legend, has a hit on his hands with “Because I Got High.” Of course, loyal Heathen knew about him several weeks ago, but the single is climbing the charts in the wake of its inclusion on the Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack. It’s a charming ditty with lyrics like
I messed up my entire life because I got high
I lost my kids and wife because I got high
now I’m sleeping on the sidewalk and I know why
because I got high, because I got high, because I got high.
Of course, the next step is a video, presumably one clearly documenting the dangers of the nefarious weed named in the title. Nevertheless, the goons at MTV are insisting on — you guessed it — changes to avoid explicit references to or images of (right again!) smoking pot.
This from the network that gave us Jackass?
I know you’ve been waiting for a way to really appreciate the world’s amazing array of corporate news and media outlets. Fortunately, AlterNet has the answer. Enjoy!
If you have a DVD player, you really ought to check out NetFlix. The summary: DVD rental by mail via the Internet with NO LATE FEES.
Apparently, Israel is experimenting with some, er, minimalist uniforms for some soldiers.
It’s sort of a virtual mobile kit. This is distinct from a virtual Mobile kit, which I suppose would involve brackish water and a bad smell.
“I know! We’ll sell kilts to the construction industry!”
At least if you’re in Houston. Tamalalia 6 is running at Stages through September 8.
Denver-based mutual fund firm Invesco has agreed to pay $60MM over the next 20 years to rename Denver’s Mile High Stadium to Invesco Field. But never mind that; the Denver Post has announced that they’ll ignore the name change and continue to refer to it as Mile High Stadium. Denver’s mayor, while “astonished,” appears to support the move.
I’m not sure if I can express how much I like this.
I blogged this animation back in July (see archives), but their server went down at some point. (Go figure.) It’s now mirrored on a new server, so if it didn’t work for you the first time, don’t miss it this time.
Link updated 30 Aug 01; Thanks, Tom!
The Onion has an excellent suggestion.
Excellent Flash animation by Tom Tomorrow: Escape from Planet of the Dubyas!
I love the South. I really do. For all its flaws and problems, it is my home. Its rhythms and cadences resonate with me in ways I can’t completely explain. Which I suppose is why I’m so pissed off by the behavior of the ignorant slack-jawed yokels among us.
Like, for example, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, the “Ten-Commandments” judge. Moore has, in his infinite wisdom (and arrogance), decided to commission and deploy a 2.5 ton Ten Commandments sculpture/monument for the state courthouse in Montgomery — all without checking with anyone else. Great move, Roy. Way to go.
Most of the discourse I expect about this development will trivialize and marginalize the South as a region, painting us all with a wide brush. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press, though, manages to highlight the absurdity of this (via MSNBC) without resorting to such tactics.
You heard me. Go on. Click it. How often do you see a site that includes the term “understated terracotta penis cozy?”
But this is just too funny.
The Washington Post has a nice, long article on Christopher Walken that includes a few bits I didn’t know (his wife of thirty-odd years is a casting director, most recently on the Sopranos; he’s written a play about Elvis) as well as this quote:
You can’t fool Bugs Bunny. That’s all I have to say. He’s on to everybody.
We have the Internet to thank for thorough documentation of widespread perversion in the animal kingdom.
There are so many things wrong with this that I really don’t know where to begin.
I’m not sure how we ended up talking about Liberace. But this post was the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks. The Well is a 16-year-old online community. It predates the wide availability of the Internet, which means it’s ancient by net standards. I won’t say it’s for everyone, but I certainly enjoy it.
Topic 476 [popcult]: Come out, come out! #234 of 235: well-coiffed and surrounded by finger-pointing attorneys (vard) Thu Aug 2 '01 (18:48) 11 lines When I was a very little girl I was terrified of Liberace. My mother used to carry around a photo of him from a magazine, folded up in her purse, and if I misbehaved in public she would threaten to take it out and make me look at him. It always worked.
No, seriously. I’ve seen him. I own a CD and a t-shirt. He’s great. Check out
… it looks like MTV.net.ru has been hacked. (I’m assuming this would ordinarily contain MTV”s Russian mirror site.) It’s garden variety you-corporations-suck stuff, but it’s still kinda funny. GeoCaching.com is a pretty cool idea. I may need a GPS after all.
… it looks like MTV.net.ru has been hacked. (I’m assuming this would ordinarily contain MTV”s Russian mirror site.) It’s garden variety you-corporations-suck stuff, but it’s still kinda funny.
GeoCaching.com is a pretty cool idea. I may need a GPS after all.