Things that make you go hmmm


Yes, but would it help solve anything?



Why, yes, that device is in perfect working condition.

An original period piece, sir.

There are hundreds of films that go with the machine. Thirty-six are installed, the rest are all on spools in the library.

What you do, see, is just press the selector like that:

Yes, the gentleman is right, the song is from the 60's.

The Scopitone though is a later model...

Nineteen Seventy Seven, I think.

And, ah, imagine that, this was also the year, Jodie Foster sang that same song on French TV.

Jodie Foster was but only fifteen years old at the time:

Yes, there is an English version:



You've never been this way before

Where is the fire you built your dream on?

There's something strange, there's something wrong
I see a change—it's like when love dies.
I who have known you for so long,
I see the pain in your eyes !

There was a time you lived your life,
And no one lived the way that you did!
You had a plan, you chose a wife,
You saw the world as very few did!

You had it all—the overall!—
You seemed to know just what to live for!
But now it seems, you don't at all.
You have your work—and nothing more! ...

~Leslie Bricusse, His Work and Nothing More



Magritte Redux

The Mind, that Ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other Worlds, and other Seas...
---Andrew Marvell, The Garden



Love this tune!

Touchwood's take on it (Cristina Crawlay and Kerstein Blodig) is one of my favorites - can't be found on Youtube though.


How reassuring!

Minn. Pol With Gun Outside Abortion Clinic Says He Was Just In Area 'Checking On' His Girlfriend

A security guard at a St. Paul Planned Parenthood clinic called the cops last week after he spotted a Republican state lawmaker with a loaded gun in the parking lot. But the pol says he was only "checking on" his online girlfriend, who he thought may be on a date with another man -- a claim police have not been able to corroborate because the man did not have a phone number or address for the woman.

Police have not been able to track down the mystery woman. Hackbarth said he didn't have her phone number or address, as he only communicated with her via an online dating site. He also told police he didn't remember the name of the site.

No holes in that alibi as far as I can see!

According to the Tribune, he thought she was with another man and wanted to look around the neighborhood for her car. "I was not a jealous boyfriend," he said. "I was just trying to check up on her. It's totally a misunderstanding."

Oh, this story is just the best. There is absolutely no upside here. Either he's a would-be assassin, or he's the sort of slimy guy who cheats on his wife with women who he scarcely knows that he finds by trolling on anonymous sex sites.


I'll drink to that

Same here.

I come here for the music.

Besides, one of the bartenders is an old acquaintance of mine.



This just proves that I've got to stop paying attention to politics

Because, not only does doing so play heck with my emotional equilibrium...but it leaves me dangerously out of step with my culture.

Less Than Half The Nation Knows That GOP Took Back The House

So. How 'bout that CSI: Medium show? Oh no wait, I'm sorry that's not a real show, is it? I mean NCIS: Glee...Oh dear, I seem to be confused again. Well what about that show wherein that sorry freak Charlie Sheen plays a scruffysexycool doctor who's always dancing all the time?


With Friends Like These . . .


Yeah right!

All that's missing now is a new National Anthem.

National Anthem of Vichy France (1940-1943)



Timing is Everything

As Obama gears up for the 2012 reelection campaign, administration officials need both a fresh face on the economy and someone who can craft a credible vision for creating jobs and restoring the nation's economic vitality. Sources said the White House is considering whether to choose a candidate who could blunt criticism that the administration has been anti-business, such as a corporate chieftain or prominent investor.
---Lori Montgomery, Washington Post Staff Writer (9/22/2010)

Enters the count:




You know that's gotta hurt.

Sorry, Edward James . . .

You are a handsome lad and all. You have presence and you made a fine weatherman anchorman for ABC, but I think Keith is right on that one. asked for it.

The kind of television journalism [Ted Koppel] eulogizes failed this country because
when truth was needed, all we got were facts --- most of which were lies anyway. 
The journalism failed, and those who practiced it failed, and Mr. Koppel failed.


Still, I can't laugh too hard at this

...because it just makes me too sad. Like more than one liberal democrat, there was a time not such a handful of years ago when I actually thought I could've voted for John McCain. Fortunately, by the time I had a chance to do so, the scales, as they say, had fallen from my eyes.

Now I see a man who who has just gone from hero to hollow. And I have to say it, at least one more time: Go to bed, old man.

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I Have Not Changed

I just wanted to inform my fellow Wulfshead patrons that despite my discovery that I am of royal lineage I shall still frequent this fine establishment.
My sacred purpose is to serve the poor and middle class by fighting the republicans and their evil lies, gas guzzling SUV's , country clubs and gated communities.
Dom Peringon all around Bartender!



Tiana is wearing a Prototype Skirt

What to say?


...anytime soon, now...


Oh, pooh.

"Never mind, then," said she.



How to Keep a Straight Face

A few of these tips from wikiHow may come in handy:

- Focus on relaxing all the muscles of your face. Its easy with a little practice.

- Immediately think of a math problem that you don't readily know the answer to and try to solve it in your head. Seven times thirty-eight. One fifty-four divided by six. This will keep your brain just distracted enough until the moment passes.

- Bite the side of your cheek, or the inside of your top lip really hard. If you bite the inside of your lip it will look like you are concerned. (It worked for Bill Clinton).

- Clench your teeth and don't let your mouth open. If you do, then the greater the possibility that you will burst out laughing.

Keep at it. Don't give up. Practice makes perfect.

Look, these two guys from Utah seem to have mastered the techniques with no problem at all:

But then again, there is no knowing how many tries it took the photographer to get this one perfect shot.

You've got to love the book description, especially number seven on the list of miracles:

The last best hope of Earth? No less. Who would have thought?

It does make one wonder, doesn't it?

Doth God have a sense of humor?

Apparently so.

But can he keep a straight face?



Resistance is futile . . .

A message from the President to the "professional left."

Or whatever happened to Dennis on Air Force One:

Why, Mr. Kucinich, why? Why, why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something, for more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is, do you even know? Is it freedom or truth, perhaps peace - could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Kucinich, vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the matrix itself. Although, only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Kucinich. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Kucinich? Why? Why do you persist?



Kids, nowadays . . .


Five hundred billion little Martians...

And I and I and I

And I and I and I
Jacques Dutronc (1966)

Seven hundred million Chinese
and I and I and I
With my life, my little home
My headache, my liver pain
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Eighty million Indonesians
and I and I and I
With my car and my dog
His dog food when he is barking
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Three or four hundred million Black people
and I and I and I
who goes to the solarium
to the sauna to lose weight
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Three hundred million Soviets
and I and I and I
with my habits and my tics
in my little goose feather bed
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Fifty million imperfect people
and I and I and I
watching Catherine Langeais
on television at home
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Nine hundred million bums
and I and I and I
with my vegetarian diet
and all the whiskey I am boozing
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Five hundred million South Americans
and I and I and I
I am all nude in my bath
with a girl who is cleaning me
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Fifty million Vietnamese
and I and I and I
on Sundays on the rabbit hunt
with my rifle, I am the king
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

Five hundred billion little Martians
and I and I and I
like a Parisian fool
I wait for my paycheck at the end of the month
I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life

I think of it and then I forget it
That's life, that's life



Four and fifty years
I've hung the sky with stars.
Now I leap through—
What a shattering!
~ Dogen



Vanilla Skies

A sign of the times: Skynet Sky FactoryTM has been manufacturing these visually interesting faux-skies called SkyCeillings . . .

Click to change scene

Cons: images might look flat-ish.