Archive for October, 2004

Phrasing
29 October, 2004

There are a few phrases that I like but do not get the chance to use very often:

  • More honored in the breach than the observance (Shakespeare)
  • His reach exceeds his grasp (Browning?)
  • 'Tis fraught with peril
  • I like the cut of your jib
  • He's gratefully devoid of the ravages of intelligence

What Color Are Your Anime Eyes?
27 October, 2004

Purple
Purple! You have purple eyes! You're a dreamer,
artist, poet, whatever. You enjoy all forms of
art and literature, and tend to be quite good
at creating them as well.

What Color Are Your Anime Eyes?
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Discretion is the Better Part of Valor
27 October, 2004

In this entry, writes about an unintentional and unpleasant visit from the Secret Service. For reasons detailed in the entry, the actual text of the entry in question is no longer available. While it is impossible to comment on the specific situation without seeing the original text, I will offer a few general thoughts on the subject.

One, a visit from the feds is never fun. As part of previous jobs, I have had the displeasure of being investigated by Uncle Sam. A visit from the feds is so not fun that my grandma, a saint and the sweetest person you could ever meet, was pissed off afterward. Those agents were professional and nice but the very nature of being the subject of the government's attentions is ponderous. I rather suspect that an ant under a magnifying glass feels the same way.

Two, the Secret Service take their job incredibly seriously. Remember: they are willing to die for their job. (That is a courtesy I am unwilling to extend to my employer.) It has nothing to do with who is in power; they serve the country through its government. I read about a candidate to the Secret Service that was denied because he had sent a critical letter to the president when he was six years old. That is how serious they take their job.

Three, the rules are different for Those In Charge. Like it or not, that is how it has always been, how it is now, and how it will probably always be. Lacking any direct evidence that you have the capacity and intent to follow up on them, you can shout at the top of your lungs all sorts of evil things you wish to befall your enemies. (I recommend against it but it is your karma.) But there is no such freedom concerning the president. Even making the threat is a federal offense. And agents may hear a threat where others do not.

Four, people are mad. While I consider the "most important election ever" rhetoric to be hyperbole, many people believe it. Politics is an inherently inflammatory subject but this election seems to have raised the emotions to a fever pitch. There appears to be no cure for it; certainly reasoning has had no effect. But, given the tempers on all sides, now is not a good time to make injurious suggestions about government officials or political candidates, no matter how you feel about them.

Try to Not Let the Nazis Get Me down too much?
27 October, 2004

casablanca
“You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss”. Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.

What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
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You Know You're a Parent When…
26 October, 2004

you walk around all day with Shark Tale Toaster Strudel frosting on your shirt.

Scotch pragmatism gets the better of English pomposity
25 October, 2004

From Wikipedia:

“At the same time there had been a number of skirmishes around the main force as the English crossed Bannock Burn to face up to the Scots, including the clash of the English Knight, Henry De Bohun (nephew of Humphrey de Bohun, the Earl of Hereford) and Robert Bruce. De Bohun had seen Bruce mounted on a pony in advance of the main Scottish force. Tilting his lance, De Bohun rode down on the solitary figure whose pony side-stepped the charging warhorse at the last moment while its rider dispatched the knight with a blow to his helmet with his battle axe.”

They Fight Crime!
22 October, 2004

This oldie but goodie brings us:

He's a superhumanly strong Jewish paranormal investigator who hangs with the wrong crowd. She's a sarcastic hypochondriac pearl diver from the wrong side of the tracks. They fight crime!

What a Joke
21 October, 2004

The Evil Empire now threatens to disable our automobiles by putting their crap in it. I see no way that they will make any headway in the automotive industry given the stringent standards that automotive parts must meet. However, if such a thing was to happen, it would spell doom for the Evil Empire. Just imagine the class action lawsuit from the surviving family members of the people killed when their car quite literally went Blue Screen of Death.

Good Line
20 October, 2004

had a good one:

Is an aphorist someone who kills aphids?

Don't Settle for the Lesser Evil
20 October, 2004

This site has a refreshing take on the quadrennial crap fight.