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Blogging From Beyond the Grave

   Here's a stunning concept: Blog in advance. This is Fisher's secret. Fisher spends 45 minutes a week, between 10:30 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday night, writing all 12,000 words (45 individual items) for his Raw Fisher blog (he writes -- this is the literal truth -- at the speed of light), and he manipulates the blogging tool to make the stuff publish at various random moments, including the wee hours of the night. Thus it seems like he's blogging constantly. What makes Fisher so good is that he actually anticipates breaking news and what his reaction will be. He schedules his spontaneity. He wrote his shocked reaction to the Cheney shooting BEFORE Cheney even went hunting. Obviously I'm envious.

    Anyway, at the science convention in St. Louis, everyone had a blog, and one blogger told me he not only favors scheduled spontaneity, he also has turned off the comments. He seemed very content with his system. Indeed he radiated so much serenity I felt the need for lead shielding.   Then there was another blogger who talked about the revenue he gets -- actual money -- from Google ads. Google puts money directly into his bank account. Until that moment I had no idea that a person could get paid by Google. I thought a Google ad was just sort of a ... growth ... a parasitic, lichen-like substance that tends to form at the bottom of the page. An occupational hazard, I figured. Start fooling around on the Internet and you're bound to get a Google ad infestation. But that's not true: Google PAYS these bloggers, supposedly, when readers click on the ads.

    Naturally I've returned to Washington with all sorts of new ideas involving scheduled spontaneity and Google revenue. But the big one is that I'm going to hole up for two days, dial the caffeine meter to the red zone, and write enough blog items to last for the rest of my life -- and beyond. This is the real genius of blogging in advance: You can blog when you're dead.

    I'm likely to live to roughly 2040 or so, but I'm going to schedule blog items for another 140 years, until the end of 2180. I've made a mental note to ask Ray Kurzweil if there's a software program that will enable the blogs to continuously generate new commentary automatically, so that the blogs will be literally immortal. Then I'll try to get one of those "revival trusts" so that I can name myself as my own heir, for when my cryogenically frozen body is thawed out. It's nice having everything planned out in advance like this. It means I can relax.

    [Meanwhile, Daniel Gross in Slate says blogs may have peaked. He links to a comprehensive blog-economics piece by Clive Thompson in New York magazine.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 20, 2006; 3:58 PM ET
 
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joel,

there are online tools to send mail from the future as well:

http://www.futureme.org/
http://www.mailtothefuture.com/

Posted by: pete | February 20, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Joel,

While your blogging into the future, would you do us a favor and tell us which stocks to buy and who's gonna win the next few Super Bowls?

Thanks
TBG

Posted by: TBG | February 20, 2006 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've ever SCC'ed before, but I've GOT to correct my "your." I started to write a different sentence then got caught in a "your."

My son has a t-shirt that says Your Stupid.

Posted by: TBG | February 20, 2006 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Now I agree that we need an "edit" button.

OK.. I"m done. Please post these tomorrow.

Posted by: TBG | February 20, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

There are spontaneous events which can punctuate the future equilibrium of your post-mortality blogs. For example, a true happening:

Little kitten, once asleep,
Jumped from my lap
Onto the keyboard,
Hitting with all four feet,
alt, control, enter and delete.
Clever kitty,
Has all my attention now.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 20, 2006 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Joel, as the recognized expert in time travel I must point out an alarming fact. In the future we are all much older.

Although your grandchildren are cute.

2040? Heck, by then 80 will be the new 60, which as we all know is the new 40. Biotechnology will have advanced so that we can achieve the ultimate dream of being crotchety old people for decades. Gosh, I'm so looking forward to that.

dr - heck of a day. It must be awfully nice to have a national anthem that people can, you know, actually sing.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 20, 2006 6:01 PM | Report abuse

With this kit, Joel conclusively establishes the Kaboodle over the caboodle.

KA, in ancient Egyptian haiography, is the spiritual component of gods and humans. When the body dies or is, in Joel's case, cryogenically frozen, the KA leaves the body.

The continued existence of the Ka after the death of its body is ensured by offerings made by the deceased's descendants and by the magic of the offering-scenes in the tombs - or the offerings, in this case, made by the boodlers in the offerings to the kit or boodle.

The Ka travels between its own magical world and the world of the living through so-called "false doors," funerary stelae shaped like porticos and provided with magical formulae that list the countless offerings received every day.

These "false doors" apparently correspond to the false names used to identify one's offerings to the boodle.

I trust this firmly establishes Kaboodle as the preferred spelling (or casting of a magical aura) of Kit and Kaboodle.

FYI: The Ka symbol is two raised arms, usually bent at the elbows, with palms out, as in "I surrender" or "I give up" and can be seen in the Ka-statue heaadress of 13th Dynasty King Hor.

BTW, in ancient Egypt, "going to one's Ka" was a euphemism for "dying."

Posted by: Shiloh | February 20, 2006 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a recently adopted motto of mine, I have found numerous opportunities to use it:

"I used to be younger."

Posted by: kbertocci | February 20, 2006 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Heating bills? We are too old to care what people think & our house is paid for. So we put blankets on the windows, like our SE Asian brethren. It's better than the so-called thermal windows & that 3M heavy plastic. The blankets like stop the cold like NOW! Blankets are cheap. & we have the lights on anyway during the day and night. So there's really no additional power spent for that. ###

Posted by: samtheoldaccordianman | February 20, 2006 6:11 PM | Report abuse

From a link off the Slate article:

Kurt Andersen:"One final point. I've always thought that particular writers (and editors) are temperamentally and intellectually suited to particular frequencies--there are daily writers, weekly writers, monthly writers, book writers. Some people can successfully and happily straddle a couple of categories, occasionally three. The blog, obviously, extends this frequency spectrum to the hourly and beyond. In other words, there is a peculiar rat-a-tat-tat blogging temperament, a sensibility that craves and thrives in the perpetual fray. Everyone doesn't have it. For instance, I really do not."

Posted by: kbertocci | February 20, 2006 6:33 PM | Report abuse

From catfooddirect.com, also at my local supermarket --

We Stuffed It! When it comes to variety, Kit 'N Kaboodle has it all! Packed with two Stuffed Morsels and two Crunchy Bits, Kit 'N Kaboodle is the 100% Nutritionally Complete cat food that makes every meal a mouth-watering occasion!

Posted by: jg | February 20, 2006 6:56 PM | Report abuse

If you are really committed to this notion of posthumous blogging, you need to consider some serious scenario planning. That way you will be assured of staying current. For example, a whole series on the proper etiquette when greeting extraterrestrial marsupials might be prudent. And why wait until you are dead? Pull a Fisher and start those President Hillary Clinton pieces today. Maybe something humorous about her decision to make castration a mandatory sentence for philandering husbands. Prepare your Pulitzer Prize acceptance column, as well as your plea to be allowed unsupervised excursions from your special hospital. Remember, the next decade will be a busy one for you. Intimidating young men who want to date your daughters is far more time consuming that you might think.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 20, 2006 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I'm at a lost for words on this one, Joel. Blogging into the future, writing kits for so many years in advance. Good luck. I have a problem trying to comment on the current ones, no chance of doing that future thing. And I have to agree with Padouk about the time you're going to spend trying to keep up with those lovely daughters of yours.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 20, 2006 7:43 PM | Report abuse

OK, that's two. RIP to Curt Gowdy, and now RIP to the actor who played Al Neri in the Godfather trilogy, Richard Bright (hit by a bus in Manhattan). These go in threes. Who's next?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 20, 2006 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Been a tough weekend here in our little corner. Horrific wreck on the interstate early Saturday morning, 2 dead, one in intensive care. Two dead were college senior about to graduate with top honors and headed to med school, and her boyfriend. One in intensive care caused the wreck by going the wrong way. Kid just turned 18, had a 12 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon in the vehicle. His blog on MySpace.com was all about drinking and smoking pot. I knew his dad, who died a couple of years ago from freak complications from knee surgery. What does it take to stop these things from happening?

Posted by: Slyness | February 20, 2006 8:08 PM | Report abuse

jg: I think "Stuffed Morsels and Crunchy Bits" perfectly describes the offerings to this Kaboodle.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 20, 2006 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I see where the WaPo won four "Edgies" for its Web site, including "Best Overall News Site"--congrats. Presume this award goes to the likes of Hal the Schemer, the esteemed Liz Kelly, etc.

But enquiring minds want to know what kind of contest blog sites like Joel's Achenblog can enter. Surly the kit and its associated boodle are worthy of at least a nomination, right? Who's with me on this?

And just what would the award be called, anyway? A Bloggie? Doesn't exactly have a ring to it, does it. I'm not sure I can see Joel with a couple of Bloggies on his mantlepiece (not that he doesn't deserve them, of course).

Would they divide the Blogosphere into categories? Best Pompous Windbag Leftwing Blog, Best Pompous Windbag Rightwing Wingnut Blog, and like that?

AWRIGHT! It's Monday evening, 9 p.m., time for Monday Night Football! Tonight's game...oh, right.

I'm not doing well on my football season withdrawl.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 20, 2006 9:06 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "Congrats." Make that "Midst laurels stood..."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 20, 2006 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks dr for comments on curling. I agree that celebration of Sports is more apt. Hooray for your country's success.

Linda Loo, Get well soon. A *hot toddy* was always my mother's cure for your ailment. She was a nurse. Camomile (sp) tea ala Mrs. Rabbit also helped as did milk toast. Comfort food. I can't remember if you feed a cold and starve a fever or vice versa.

On another tangent - Do you suppose if we send people to Moon and the Mars they will be able to blog from Space? Not too far fetched! Perhaps they could link up with the aliens inhabiting the netherworld.

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 20, 2006 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, Mudge. Call them Spheroids - from the Blogosphere.
They could look like those discs they are giving as gold silver and bronze medals in Turin/Torino but without the hole.

Ice Dancing is on tonight I think.

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 20, 2006 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Tea: good
Bath: good
Matzoh soup: good
Kahlua: good (Valentine gift arrive late)
(Jack Daniels? Who Jack Daniels?)
Nyquil: MMmmmm, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

O.Henry in his life write about Joel.
Tomorrow if code better.
Many Boodlers sweet. Good people.

Posted by: Loomis | February 20, 2006 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Our phrase of the day: scheduled spontaneity.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 20, 2006 10:15 PM | Report abuse

>blog from Space

I think NASA already has an Interplanetary extension to the Internet addressing scheme, so you'll end up with a .mars domain or something.

I'm not much in favor of manned space travel at this point. So much better ROI on the unmanned missions! It's cool that we proved it's possible to stay up for awhile, but it's quite expensive. We should wait until we get a really good propulsion/power system, and that may go a long way to solving some of the issues involved in maintaining a reasonable environment for humans.

In other words, the Discovery from "2001".

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 20, 2006 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Loomis, your last bit was kinda like haiku, but too many syllables. Was it some recognized form? (from: not an English major)

Posted by: jg | February 20, 2006 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the ski jumpers, bdl, but I'm not sure I can watch the ice dancers after last night. I saw a "highlight" clip of some of yesterday's falls--that Canadian girl's falls was as painful to watch as anything I've ever seen on Monday Night Football. Thank goodness she's OK, but I'd have sworn her hip was broken after a fall like that. And I have a suspicion we'll be seeing the Italian couple on an episode of the Sopranos, 'cause I think that woman is going to put out a hit on the guy.

I like Spheroids, but I think we can go the next step and cut it back to just "Spheros," and I think we've got a winner.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 20, 2006 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm looking forward to the thrills and spills of ice dancing tonight! It is too bad for the Canadian couple that won't be competing because of her hard fall. Wow, if looks could kill, that Italian fellow wouldn't be here today. I've also managed not to hear who won yet, so I'll have to absent myself from the computer so I won't run across it and spoil the suspense. I'm rooting for Tanith and Ben - hopefully Tanith can eat again once the competition's over...

Let's hear a huzzah for the plucky Mars rovers, still running long after they were supposed to! Now that's scheduled spontaneity...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 20, 2006 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad you're on the mend, Linda Loo.

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 20, 2006 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Anybody read Kornheiser's Olympics column (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/19/AR2006021900928.html)? Either it is one of those slyly humorous columns that is so ironic and so subtle I've completely missed the jokes, or else it is one of the most wrong-headed, chauvinist idiotic columns he's ever written--I can't decide which. If he's serious, there's so many things wrong with it, it would be hard to deconstruct them all.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 20, 2006 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Kornheiser is serious -- and those other things you say. As I see it, the USOC owns a bunch of uniforms, and gets the associations in charge of the various sports to hold tryouts to determine who gets to wear them. Does that make those athletes Our National Team, or are they individuals who use USOC and the national associations as a way to get to the Olympics?

Posted by: jg | February 20, 2006 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Spheros is good, Mudge. Now you/we can think up categories like *Most Far Fetched Blog Idea* and nominate today's Kit.

Hooray, US won the silver in ice dancing though not by much, but who cares, it was a win! Seems like it was a crash and burn competition over the last two days.

I think the Mars rovers are great, mostlylurking. I saw a replica of the first one in the Space Museum at Dulles at Thanksgiving, and remember watching it when it first arrived. You scarcely hear anything about the two there now but they are still observing away. It's amazing.

I agree with your ideas abour the manned space program, Error Flynn. Robots or unmanned vehicles could do so much and why spend the money for a man (or woman) on the moon when technology is not there yet. Besides, we could consult the cow who is there already. (Joke.)

What happens if uniforms aren't the right size? Do they search for athletes to fit the suits?

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 21, 2006 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Slyness, we must be in the same corner of the world literally, because there was an accident in my area with two young people getting killed by a guy going the wrong way on the interstate, although I didn't get the beer thing. I don't know what we can do to make young and old understand that drinking and driving will get them dead. I do believe we need to start at an early age with that message, because some kids start drinking at an early age, especially if alcohol is seen used by parents and adults, and I speak from experience. At holidays and special events my family would drink, and I would clean up, wash the dishes, glasses, so I started drinking what they were drinking, and was only in middle school. My first drunk was before the age of sixteen, and I continued every holiday, and pretty soon, anytime I felt like it. Parents really can't start too soon with messages about drinking, drugs, sex, whatever, and I suspect it may be even more important now, because of all the things going on now. It's always sad when young people or anyone lose their life in car accidents, and especially when alcohol is involved. My son died from injuries sustained in a car accident, although it didn't involve alcohol, it hurt real bad. We as parents and adults need to really talk to our young people, and today sounds like a good time. And don't believe for one minute that you are immuned because it's not so.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 21, 2006 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Linda Loo, you sound a little iffy there, but hopefully your cold is getting better, I hope so.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 21, 2006 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, thanks for sharing that. I'm sorry to hear about your son. I'll take your advice and have a serious talk with my teenager today.

In today's paper there's a story saying E.L. Doctorow won the PEN/Faulkner prize for his novel "The March," and in the article, Doctorow has a great statement about writing and reading:
"Reading is a very creative act; until the book is read, it's really not completed. Lines on the page are like a circuit that the reader's life flows through."

Posted by: Achenbach | February 21, 2006 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Some of us bloggers have full time jobs and can't allocate all of our time blogging and doing nothing else. Put me on the Washington Post's payroll with access to their databases and resources and I'll blog light years in advance. The same is true of many of us out here.

http://www.intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal | February 21, 2006 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Love that Doctorow quote--I'm glad you didn't disqualify it due to the semicolon.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 21, 2006 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I'm sorry to hear about your son. Burying a child has to be the hardest thing a human being can be called upon to do.

You said last week you're in NC; so am I. You must be somewhat north of me, though. It didn't snow here over the weekend.

Posted by: slyness | February 21, 2006 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Cur, The "Golb Awards" categories might be Golden Golb, Silver Golb, Lead Golb and the revival of the Electrum Golb for best innovation in a Blog, The Prag Golb for best blogging by a novelist, made in person by a former Iowa wrestler who challenges the nominees to fight for it. etc.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Doctorow's mention suggests a "Doc Golb" for the fishiest posting of the year.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Spirited competition for the "Dog Golb" - awarded for the best doggerel about a pet - seems appropos to this boodle (poodle boodle?) and could include best pet name for an animal (groan).

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I'm very sorry you lost your son.

Teenagers, cars and alcohol, recipe for tragedy. My youngest g-girl is 16 and is begging for a car. "All" her friends and in fact, most of the kids at her high school have their own cars. What are their parents thinking? Teenagers, even responsible ones, are risk-takers anyway. Why put them in the position of not only having to master driving skills, but also to deal with bad weather conditions, sudden blowouts, drunk drivers, road rage. Sometimes I think it is only by luck and the grace of God that our children survive the teen years.

Today, the lawyers I work for are conducting depositions in a case where a 19 yr. old who attended a fraternity party at a local bar got so drunk that he stumbled into traffic and was instantly killed. The kids **tried** to party responsibly. They had a designated driver and a van that took the kids to the party and was supposed to drive them home. But the boy was so drunk, he wandered away, couldn't find the van and tried to walk back to his fraternity house.

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 8:51 AM | Report abuse

jg writes:
Loomis, your last bit was kinda like haiku, but too many syllables. Was it some recognized form? (from: not an English major)

No form, no function when have code.

Yesterday's dialogue within our home as secretly recorded, my voice much altered, with much congestion:

Sick me: (Herding-type pooch) Hondo is backed up with excess energy. Hasn't been to the park in two days. Will you take him?

Hubby takes pooch for run, washes dishes, cleans stovetop. (Reminded of RD Padouk)

Hubby: I don't have any clean underwear.

Sick me: So? (Thinking buy some or wash some, fool...)

Sick me: We're down to our last three Kleenex tissues, and we need a-z. Will you do the shopping? (I do a load of whites while hubby goes to store.) Hubby attempts laundry when returns but needs help on sorting for hot/cold temp cycles.

Hubby: Will you fix lunch while I go to the store?

Sick me: No. I wanna be sick. (I wanna be me...I wanna be free.. of all housework today.)

Hubby fixes lunch and goes grocery shopping. I provide him list of DVD movie rentals I'd like to see. Hubby returns from market.

Sick me: Wow, remember that Kahlua you said would be so great to be drinking on Valentine's? You know, what you said you wished you'd given me?

Hubby: Will you put groceries away? (I agree to put groceries away while hubby runs to liquor store. (You think we drink liquor often? 7 kcal per gram, 28 g to oz., nutritionally empty calories)

Hubby this a.m., speaking to pooch:
Will you use your tail today to dust all the baseboards?

Score ( on scale of 10): Loomis, still with code, 2; Hubby, sympathy factor, 1
Parable factor: Code leads blind to open eyes ever so slightly.

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I had enough drinking experience by the time I started driving to know what I could handle. In my experience the most dangerous kids were the ones just starting both at 17 or 18.

Maybe I lucked out not being in a frat, I don't know. I still find it amazing you can buy enough booze to kill yourself for $10, yet we put people in jail and take away their student loans for smoking pot.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Anybody seen my coffee cup?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Intrepid Liberal writes: "Some of us bloggers have full time jobs and can't allocate all of our time blogging and doing nothing else. Put me on the Washington Post's payroll with access to their databases and resources and I'll blog light years in advance. The same is true of many of us out here."

Dear IntLib: I hear you, I hear you. The economics of blogging are complicated even for those of us with a paycheck. Because I'm supposed to write primarily for the print edition, I get sent to the woodshed (where Milbank hangs out) if I blog too much. Thus this is a part-time gig. No one tells me how much to blog, but they make it clear that my job is to write newspaper articles (and my Sunday column, Rough Draft). In that New York mag article, I was struck by the passage about the guy saying he has to work 18 hours a day to make his blog successful. The top-tier bloggers blog constantly, day and night and weekends and national holidays. It requires a certain kind of personality to desire to weigh in that often on the affairs of the world. I don't have that much to say. And often I have something to say but I'm not sure it needs to be shared with the rest of the world. I hope that the boodlers appreciate my capacity for silence. I'm kind of Cheney-like, come to think of it.

Posted by: Achenbach | February 21, 2006 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, Americans and death. What a fine way to get the "leetle grrey cells" working on a Tuesday morning. This is one of my favorite topics because Americans are so perverted about death and natural processes...

Poor Americans, doing everything not to age, not to lose their immortality (and sometimes their immorality? LOL I almost typed that, Dr. Freud). Blogging into the future is on par with freezing one's corpse and sending it into orbit, endlessly circling the moon until science catches up with God and Lazarus lives again.

Maybe we're not meant to be *here* anymore, after we've shot our metaphorically wad. Our influence on this planet is meant to be short-lived. Who on Earth would want to live forever, once the concept is truly thought out? Egads! Every stupid thought you've ever had preserved on 'tha Intranets' 4-evah!

Yippee.

But, hey, I can't imagine not existing either. However, once upon a time, before I was a glimmer in my parents' eyes, I did not exist on this temporal plane. My overweaning ego has since gotten in the way and it seems I have difficulty thinking I won't be around to share my cogent, insightful and witty thoughts with the populace at large. How dreadful!

Must.future.blog.

But what would I say/do? Give a recipe for Nanny's chicken & rice, which deserves preserving for the ages? Or should I talk about 'deep' stuff? After all this is for posterity, right? Should I keep an online journal? Chat convos? Huh? Huh?

Ah, forget. When I'm dead, let me be dead. As the tombstone says, 'R.I.P.'

Posted by: amo | February 21, 2006 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mudge, I think I saw your cup over by K-guy's glasses the other day.

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that had this tune cootie run through my head when I read the title?

Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future
Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future

I want to run like a beagle
To the porch
Run like a beagle
Let my Carbucks carry me
I want to run like an beagle
Till I'm free
Oh, lord, through the evolution

Feed the bloggers
Who don't have enough to read
Fill the boodle
With my thoughts on the news
Amuse the people
Bloggin' on the clock
Oh, oh, there's a solution

I want to run like a beagle
To the porch
Run like a beagle
Let my Carbucks carry me
I want to run like a beagle
Till I'm free
Fly through the evolution

Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future
Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future
Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future
Joel keeps on bloggin', bloggin', bloggin'
Into the future

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Loomis, hope you're feeling better.
Cassandra, I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

I was too busy this weekend to spend enough quality time on Kits and Kaboodle.

Friends in from out of town, and assisting my middle daughter in scripting, shooting, and editing a short video documentary for a class project chewed up the better part of my weekend.

I do most of my writing late at night, after the kids are in bed. When a night-time sporting event I'm interested in is on, I usually have it on with the sound off in the corner of the room so I can keep an eye on it and pretend that I'm being productive.

Joel, maybe you can get Brian Greene to set one of the Manifold You (TM) up with a nice quiet time loop to do your writing/Kitting, and a wireless tachyon network to beam all of that work back into our little temporal lagoon in the Higgs Ocean.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 10:11 AM | Report abuse

SCC:

This line is funnier:

Amuse the people
Surfin' on the clock

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 10:12 AM | Report abuse

you are sitcom, like Lone Hrenger or Prairie Homeland Securetary, you should go for osqur

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Yellojkt: Excellent rendition of the Steve Miller song, but, damn you, it's now stuck in my head. GET OUT OF MY MIND!!!

amo: The concept of blogging in order to obtain a sort of immortality seems kind of useless. Who's going to back up all the old blogs. There's a much more reliable medium for preserving one's thoughts for prosterity, it's called "books."

Posted by: CowTown | February 21, 2006 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I've also been Boodle-less for days... The DT's have subsided now, thank you.

Spent a delightful weekend skiing with my daughter and watching ice dancers fall like rain, then hopscotched down to the Lone Star State to fill in for a colleauge.

Boodling into the future?? Hey, for all we know, JA and the Man in the Basement are already IN the future and merely toying with us.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG. Monday mornings are always hell, especially on Tuesdays. Just had a staff meeting cancelled out from under me, too. (Quite literally, I was the only one didn't get the memo. Sheesh.)

amo, does it make me "perverted about death and natural processes" that I want to either have a Viking funeral or have my ashes scattered behind home plate at my neighborhood ball park, so future umpires can brush me off the plate for decades to come?

Joel, you're about as "Cheney-like" as Dave Barry is.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra: Thanks for sharing with us about your son. I'm sorry for your loss. It's every parent's nightmare. My daughters can't roll their eyes enough when I give them the safe-driving-no-drinking-and-don't-even-get-into-a-car-with-someone-who's-been-drinking speech before they leave the house. But it's worth it if they come home OK.

Posted by: CowTown | February 21, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon - Kornheiser was apparently so wrong-headed that they cut off the link you posted.

The Doctorow quote was nice. But while I'm also glad it wasn't disqualified because of the semicolon, I'd like to say that I think the quote could have been cast in a stronger way without one.

Blogging in the future will feature fewer semicolons, because they get stale so quickly.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 10:26 AM | Report abuse

jg,
You've got me curious...you in your 20s, 30s? My code posts are/were just plain ol' American telegraphing. Ancient, ancient concept, I know.

I think George Washington, whose real BD is tomorrow, invented the telegraph. Care to back me up on that, Joel? *w*

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, I found my sunglasses, no thanks to you. And I know where your coffee cup is, but I'm not tellin', not for ONE MEEEEEEEELLION DOLLARS. So there.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 21, 2006 10:31 AM | Report abuse

For anyone who possibly cares, here's the Hot Wheels thing that I told y'all about yesterday.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00020LY80.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

We got the cars back together, but now they won't go through the track the way they should. I fiddled and fiddled, but it works only about one time out of 50. My son has declared it "stupid."

In the future, the Hot Wheels people will be forced to assemble and play with their own creations.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Amo and I are going to get along just fine, our death outlook is the same.

As for recipes, this one popped up the other day when one of the cat's knocked the book onto the floor"

"Mary Hoobler's chitlins: Take the small intestine of a pig, cut it up into two-inch sections, and wash and wash them, changing the water often, until no fatty particles remain.
Boil them for three or four hours with onions, herbs, and garlic. Serve with greens and grits."


-Kurt Vonnegut, DEAD-EYE DICK

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Blogs are just entering into the CB radio handle phase of the fad trajectory zeitgeist. Everyone has one or know someone with one. Within six months there will be more bloggers than now, but then it will taper off but never really go away.

For me, blogging is just a hobby. Albeit, a compulsive time-consuming hobby. I like the format/frequency of the blog since it matches my short attention span.

Five years ago I was downloading MP3's and making homemade mix CDs. Ten years ago I was chatting on BBS services. Who knows what I'll be doing five years from now.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I've never actually seen a kid enjoy one of those Hot Wheels tracks. They seem to like just driving them on the floor and couch and any other surfaces (Mom's leg?) much better.

My son showed his true Northern Virginia heritage by always lining up his beloved "little metal cars" (or "LMCs") in traffic jams and parking lots.

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Snuke,
You're talkin' 'bout the Man in the Basement? *L while blowing nose* Great minds think alike. Hope you enjoyed your Lone Star weekend

Cassandra,
I'm sorry. But am so happy that you decided to rejoin the Boodle, since you always have such wonderful things to say.

Capt.,
Aye-aye, heading back to bed now.

Footnote:
Dropped into our new Maury Maverick branch library on Sunday. Talked to livbrarians. There's a little electonic counter at the front door to tally all those who enter. Saturday's grand opening of branch library, now 2nd largest in San Antone library system: 2,200 visitors. Wowzers. Now know where cold germs may have come from.

Spoke in passing with Castro twins/politicians. Don't know if you remember our local Twingate--story that went national--from last spring? Know them, said I to them: More "equitable" libraries for all across Alamo City!

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 10:38 AM | Report abuse

LOL TBG.

My brother and I would spend about five minutes playing with Hot Wheels tracks, then spend hours playing with them, and matchbox cars with a rug set up to look like hills and mointains and the edge where the folds would let us park the cars were actually entrances to our secret mountain hideaways. Hours and hours of fun.

Posted by: omni | February 21, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Been awhile. . .

Since I'm jumping with both feet (and, alas, only one healthy knee) into this blog, I noticed while scrolling that LL has been under the weather (for which I send just brewed karma). What saved me (sort of) from a bad, bad flu (the lung kind, not the dreadful kind) many, many years ago in Copenhagen, was a potent Danish liquor called Gammal Dansk (Old Danish). It's a bit bitter, but warms and soothes cockles of hearts and other organs sufficiently enough to chase those ugly buglies out of one's system. I actually bought a bottle at the airport as I was leaving, but haven't opened it. I think I forgot about it before now. I could have used it (and I *had* it then) 6 years ago when my early (really early) flu (in August) went straight into pneumonia, which I had for 3 months (although it didn't stop me from going up to NYC for the wedding of the son of a dear friend (and it's lucky that she is a physician -- many of her colleagues were there, as well, one of whom was a lung specialist (and I *insisted* that he sit next to me)). That trip set me back about three weeks, but it was worth it. My friend is now a grandmother to two adorable grandkidlets.

Holding my nose and going back under. Nice to have been with you for the moment. . . .

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 21, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Glad you're better, LindaLoo, and laughter is a great decongestant... *L*

But a slight clarification -- the weekend was in New Hampshire, I'm currently in the LSS. :)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO, k-guy, ROTFLMAO.

Just out of curiosity, where were the sunglasses?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 10:55 AM | Report abuse

>Gammal Dansk? Interesting.

I once killed the flu with a bottle of Johnny Walker Black and "The Prisoner of Zenda".

Your mileage may vary.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Doctors consider pneumonia the friend of the aged infirm - it carries them off in the coffin peacefully. I don't know what Doctorow thinks on the topic, i've found most of his work unmemorable.

I had it, pneumonia, a few years ago, the "walking" type, but wasn't ready to go, so I didn't, much to the regret of my heirs.

As a prolegamena to any future blog, it seems to me that biochips implanted at birth will be the likely successor to the electronic media; affording instant communication both privately and collectively in the postblogosphere.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Astonomer 1: ".....so anyway, the cop pulls me over and asks if I realized I had just run a redlight. So I said that I did not see the light as being red, because it must have blue-shifted as I was approaching it."
Astronomer 2: "And he let you go?"
Astronomer 1: "No. He gave me a speeding ticket instead."

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

That is, of course, any future metaphysical blog, as envisioned by Joes.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Joel, in case you missed this on Dave Barry's blog--I thought you might be interested:

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/news/article346362.ece

Posted by: kbertocci | February 21, 2006 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I re-kant the foregoing and apologize to Joel. I've been e-mailing a client named Joe this morning, and it just slipped in; a parapraxic posting.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I accidentally sewed the sunglasses inside one of the alien cadavers and it was almost into the dematerializer before... um, they were in my uh, my pickup truck, yeah, they were in the truck, which doesn't get driven much outside of whitewater season. That's where they were, in the truck.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 21, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Shiloh, I have an old Southern Cooking cookbook with recipes like the one you described. Issued by the Ladies of Two Egg, Florida. More interesting than the recipes are the names of the ladies who contributed their beloved recipes. Lovely lyrical names like Luvenia, Adelaide, Odessa, Viola.

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 11:07 AM | Report abuse

You should stick with the alien autopsy story, K-guy. The glasses being in the truck sounds (very) suspiciously close to where I said they were--tucked behind the visor.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Nani, Two-Egg, FL is very like the town I now live in; I know it well.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The glasses were obviously in the kayak atop the truck, 'Mudge... Note the whitewater reference. *nods*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is why my mother always made the traditional Greek Easter soup with lamb shoulder and not the traditional ingredients:

"The mouth, nose and ears of the lamb's head have to be cleaned. Get your butcher to do this for you and to split the cranium in half. Wash the head, brain, heart, lung and liver thoroughly in cold water. Run clean water from the tap through the intestines and make sure that they are cleaned completely, then using a stick, turn them inside out and clean again. Soak the cleaned head and all the organs in water with the lemon juice mixed in for at least 1 hour, then drain."

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The future of blogs is spelled out here:

http://www.careerbuilder.com/monk-e-mail/?mid=3891106

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Doctorow's Ragtime is next on my list of books to re-read (that I read as a young girl) to see what my reaction is now at this time in my life. I recently finished re-reading Crime and Punishment and was rather surprised at my response to the death of the slumlord this time round.

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

lots of urogenital waste on this blogg

Posted by: TLM | February 21, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I played with HotWheels in all forms as a kid, from the Classic Purple Clamp to Sizzlers to the drag racing with the Xmas tree and the little 'chutes under a false section of the track after the finish line. Newtonian physics lessons for grade schoolers.

Then, onto HO scale Aurora A/FX and chemistry and electromagnetism (hello Faraday, Maxwell, Lorenz, Ampere, etc.). Upgraded magnets and more copper windings for faster acceleration, but found out that grip/traction and control are more important than pure straightline acceleration, at least for the long tracks we used to build (hint for all forms of motorpsorts: after all the safety stuff is taken care of, buy the best tires you can afford). So, a short tire war escalted between my brothers and I, culiminating with experimentation involving chemical tire softening agents (bleach, etc). We always wanted to make a scale version of the Nurburgring (we'd have even settled for the Nordschleife), but even that was beyond out budgets and basement floorspace. Eventually, we settled on reproductions of Watkins Glen and Monza, and found that with long tracks and cars that suck up more than the usual amount of electiricty we had to put additional power into the track every 10 ft or so (which we accomplished by buying additonal transformers that we brought in-circuit with our existing hand controllers).

At that point, old enough to get our hands on real cars and motorcycles and learning about mechanical engineering, and forgot about our old toys (which of course are now worth some money, if they hadn't been pitched some 20 years ago).

I've been resisting getting into the Scalextric craze, though I've played with them a few times with friends' setups. They're beautiful and expensive, and just not for me. I guess I could say the same for the Gran Turismo gaming, looks interesting, but not as interesting as reality.

Sorry for the length, folks. Just remembering a bit..

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 11:30 AM | Report abuse

bc, since you have real experience in this realm, what do you think of these car country clubs? I'm thinking of joining one but it looks like the local (fill in favorite sports car type) clubs might be a better deal in the long run. Plus I don't have an extra $30k for the initiaztion fee.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Cowtown:

"The concept of blogging in order to obtain a sort of immortality seems kind of useless."

Yes, yes it does.

"Who's going to back up all the old blogs?"

We can set that up as an auto-function of the site, but...that doesn't have quite the same 'je ne sais quois', does it?

"There's a much more reliable medium for preserving one's thoughts for prosterity, it's called 'books'."

LOL, yeah but blogging is more satisfying to one's ego with all the instant gratification and interaction it entails. Books definitely rule; I may write one sometime in the future. Especially if all the blogspace is taken. It would then be a 'novel' approach. Hardee har har.

Curmudgeon:

"amo, does it make me "perverted about death and natural processes" that I want to either have a Viking funeral or have my ashes scattered behind home plate at my neighborhood ball park, so future umpires can brush me off the plate for decades to come?"

Actually, Mudge, it appears to make you quite sane. Unless you turn home plate into a plaque announcing your final resting place...

And on another note, if you *really* want to be immortal, forget blogging into the future or cryogenics. Try being a resin-covered cadaver, sliced up and displayed on the walls of a teaching hospital. We have one of those here. That guy? He ain't going nowhere. And believe you me, he'll be in my memory for some time to come. So, that's immortality of a sort...I guess.

Hey, you post a chitlin' recipe and I'm gonna have to put one up for cooter or 'possum stew...possibly squirrel. Also, there's gator tail, rattlesnake & frog legs, too....

We got good eatin' here in N Central FL.

Posted by: amo | February 21, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

This just in:

"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God.

"Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice. Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision."

------

Hey, these dudes might not be so bad after all! *keeps fingers and toes crossed, knowing they are about to discuss a late-term abortion case*

Loomis, exactly what kind of tea were you drinking for that cold anyway?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Snuke, you were in N.H.? L.S.S.? But you raised the question, however..., round-aboutly:

How did Texas come to be called the Lone Star state?

Funny, sad, ironic, contemporary/old story related to branch library opening Saturday. May tell this p.m.

Of course, 2,200 is not an accurate number of the people who visited our little library on Sat., since many may have gone in/out, and heaven knows each patron wasn't bar-coded (since alcohol seems to be one of the topics du jour)...

Back to bed to read about Alta California (and I ain't talking Haight Ashbury here, folks).

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 11:58 AM | Report abuse

P.S.
(Hint) Source of my star knowledge is the Kinkster.

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Error (OK, I still laugh about that), I remember getting invites to join the Clubs at VIR and BeaverRun and thinking "I don't have the money for that.".

My question to you is: exactly what are you looking for out of a Club?

If you can define that, I can help you get pointed in the right direction.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Working up a sweat here: blogging here, monitoring the Weingarten, Kurtz and brain maintenence chats (the latter out of necessity), eating lunch at my desk--oh, and slipping a little work in, too (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Am I a multi-tasking fool or what? *rhetorical question; boodlers need not respond*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 12:06 PM | Report abuse

This just as good as tea-for-2 story, Mudge:

Bard in deep doodoo, dramas in deep boohoo :-(

In Bard's Britain, 'Shrew' adaptation could become "Hug, Me, Kate'
Cox News Service
Shelley Emling

LONDON--You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss. Unless of course, it's in a British school play.

New guidelines drafted by the National Assembly for Wales say teachers should romantic scenes involving intimate physical contact from school plays.

According to these guidelines, which soon could be extended to all of Britain, love scenes between students should stop at a peck on the cheeck to protect youngsters from abuse. (Note: Adrien Brody to Halle Berry at Academy Awards ceremony)

But some drama experts fear the guidlines may become the kiss of death for some of the most memorable scenes in the most popular school plays.

(You can probably Google for rest of today's article.)

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Bayou: The careerbuilders site of future bloggers trapped me and I had to close down that window and reconnect. The future blogger are apparently smarter than they look.

It suggests that one consequence of global warming may be an eventual demise of the current blog specie, a return to a primordial soup and the evolutionary re-emergence to a future planet of the apes.

I have long speculated that archaeologists millenia hence, when the last remaining fragments of our civilization are unearthed, will ponder and speculate on why this strange civilization preserved its bodily waste underground in vaults, while simultaneously polluting the atmosphere. Septic tanks say a lot about our specie.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The New York magazine article was fascinating. The article was the best MSM analysis of blogging I have read. I understand that I will always be a C-list blogger. I don't intend to work hard enough to make the upper tiers.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 12:17 PM | Report abuse

bc, I still laugh about this handle too, especially given how much of my life is dedicated to preventing and handling "Error". And now with "Bonsai Kittens", I'd say Bayou Self is the king of handle-creators!

I'm just looking for a place to open up the car at some speed without endangering the locals or my license. First, it's a convertible so I'm going to avoid roll-overs, second I couldn't afford the tires to bang away for too long. Some driving classes would be nice too.

Some former F1 Malaysian race queens would be nice.

Uh, sorry maybe a little off-topic. Maybe I should stick with the slot cars. :-)

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, TLM! Good to see ya today!

Posted by: slyness | February 21, 2006 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Amo: The local handle for this town, for a variety of reasons, is "Cooter Slide" and cooter stew is a recipe we do not share, fearing depletion of the primary ingredient by yankee gourmands, or worse, plain eating Texans or Miamians who might discover the pleasure of cooter stew.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

LindaLoo, I WAS in N.H. Friday afternoon through Monday morning. I'm now south of DFW for the remainder of this week.

I dunno, do they call it the Lone Star State because it was established on Christmas Day? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 12:41 PM | Report abuse

http://www.50states.com/flag/txflag.htm

Posted by: omni | February 21, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, I think it was named for the beer. - or its rating as beers go.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I've never believed any of those stories about Texas independence and statehood.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Shiloh: "I think it was named for the beer. - or its rating as beers go."

Hahahahahah! Very good.

Posted by: CowTown | February 21, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Error,
I think you're in the Balt-Wash- NoVA area? To that end, I'm an infrequent driver's school instructor with these guys:

http://www.bsr-inc.com/

I think the Friday at the Track (FATT) is probably what you're looking for.

http://www.bsr-inc.com/FATT.HTM

Using a car on a racetrack can put some significant wear on things like tires and brakes, aside from the inherent risk of driving really fast.

email me at bc@10thcircle.com, if you want to discuss further, I'm glad to help.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Catching up after a couple of days without Da Boodle.

Linda, I hope you feel better soon.


I went to Bad Homburg near Frankfurt for two days. I didn't have any time to take photo's there, but when I drove back this morning it began to snow realy hard, so I desided to stop of at the next town to get some coffee. It turned out to be a real gem. A bit to suggery for my taste, but I got out my camera and took some pictures. (I thought you might like them.)

You (and anyone else who wants) can find them on:

http://spaces.msn.com/Eurotrash9

I have a second album on there from when I went to Dinant, a small belgian town. It's main claim to faim is that it's the birthplace of Adolphe Sax. Inventor of, you guessed it, the saxophone.
I went there with my mom after Joel's kit on his dad. It had been a long time since we did something together. (I see her all the time, but it's mostly just at her house.)

Error,
You said: "I'm just looking for a place to open up the car at some speed without endangering the locals or my license."

I had the chance of doing that on the Autobahn. Drove my Volvo V50 - The most unglamourus (sp?) car in the world - to it's limit. It can do just about 200 kmh (125 Mph). That was fun, and legal since parts of the German autobahns are unrestricted. Of course, there were BMW's and Mercs that went much faster then I did.

K-guy,

Are you still missing your sunglasses? If so, you probably did what I have done with mine. I put them on the top of my car when I put on my regular ones before getting in. A minor distraction was enough to forget about them them. Never found them again.
I have lost a wallet, the same way, on a seperate occasion.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Nani, keep talking even though the eyes roll. Sometimes it does stop somewhere in the middle. Loomis, glad to be back. Joel, you're a creative guy, so you'll find ways to make your girls understand the pitholes in this life. God bless, through Christ Jesus. Slyness, I don't know, not good at directions, but we didn't get any snow either, just looked that way. It was wet, cold rain.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 21, 2006 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the glitch, Shiloh. I didn't have any problems. And yes, there is a distinct possibility that the blogosphere of the future is controlled by damned dirty apes.

Error - Has anybody grabbed Bonsai Kitten(s) yet? If so, and even if not, bloggerofthefuture is also available for anyone who might want it.

omni, TBG - My kids would have way more fun with plain old Hot Wheels tracks than they'll ever have with the fancy schmancy thing that doesn't really work right. And then, yes, they'd get to driving the cars to the top of my head.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Eury, sunglasses were found in my truck (not above visor, where would the Meatrloaf CD's live if not there?) which does not, has not, and never will, carry anything so de classe as a stinking kayak, Snuke. "Half the paddle, twice the man!"

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 21, 2006 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Kguy: When my son and I did our whitewater week on the Colorado, from the safety of a 5 man rubber raft, the intrepid kayakers made us look like wimps. Try that in a half-paddle canoe for "twice the man" reality. We didn't see any half-paddlers on the river, but the Hohokam or Havasupai probably did it in their time.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

preposterous prepothumous blographies
bold blog robo-betting
beaten boodlers on benders

Posted by: howdydimbulb | February 21, 2006 1:49 PM | Report abuse

My new slogan, which kinda goes along with kbertocci's above:

"I'm living my life preposthumously."

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

half-paddling logy boodling poodles plotting pre-hensile paths

Posted by: ana thema | February 21, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Backstory first:

How Texas Got Its Lone Star

In 1821, Henry Smith became the first governor of the Mexican Province of Texas. He reportedly gave Texas its Lone Star, which is part of the official state seal.

Governor Smith wore an overcoat that had large brass buttons, as was the style of the time. It happened that the buttons on his coat had the impress of a five-pointed star. A few days after he was inaugurated governor, a messenger arrived with important papers. After reading and signing them, the governor said: "Texas should have a seal."

He cut one of the big buttons from his overcoat and with the sealing wax stamped the impress of the Lone Star upon the documents [much like the smiley-face emoticon used in many of today's e-mails].

So was born the Lone Star. To this day, Texas is known as the Lone Star State and her [gender-friendly...cool] flag features one solitary white stat on a field of blue, red and white.

"Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette: How to Get to Heaven or Hell without Going Through Dallas-Ft. Worth" author--you know, p. 40.

I met Kinky at The Alibi, one of the darkest, dankest barrooms in the bleakest and dungy-est necks of the woods of downtown San Antonio. As we slid into the oily leather booth, cracked with dust, age, and cigarette smoke, in the velvety and dusky depths of the bar, Kinky slid his left arm around my shoulder, still holding on to his oversized Havana with his right hand.

He slowly blew a ring of cigar smoke into the air, then turned slowly toward me, and licked his leathery, sun-chapped lips before speaking. He gazed deeply into my blue eyes, before muttering, barely above a whisper, "Money doesn't talk, it screams."

Mmm, tea good, Mudge.

Actually, I did met the Kinkster. It was at The Alibi. The Alibi is a bookstore devoted almost exclusively to mysteries not far from our house. Well-lighted, too. Kinky was seated, I was standing, but the rest of the story is true.

Before dispensing with Kinky altogether (and with deep apologies to Cassandra):

"If Willie had been Rosa Parks, there never would have been a civil rights movement in this country, because he refuses to leave the back of the bus."
(This ties into rest of story I hope to tell later today.)

Also:
Things That You Would NEVER Hear a Real Texan Say:

I think that song needs some more French horn.
*
Is that tuna dolphin-safe?
*
The tires on that truck are too big.
*
I beleive the proper word is "African-American."
*
I'll have the decaf latte, please.
*
You can't feed that to the dog.
*
Duct tape won't fix that.
*
Come to think of it, I'll have a Heineken.

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not happy with the way my past turned out...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Snuke,
Don't make me laugh about laughter being a great decongestant. Because every time I laugh, I'm getting you know what all my computer screen.

*bows...or kow-tows...to Cowtown*

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 2:02 PM | Report abuse

blogs from black holes

Posted by: beanhead | February 21, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous writes:
I'm not happy with the way my past turned out...

"A happy childhood...is the worst possible preparation for life."
--Kinky

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Euro,

Thanks for the virtual AutoBahn thoughts!

Indeed, this is the source of my frustration, as the car wants to go back to Stuttgart to play and there's an ocean in the way.

bc, the Friday-at-the-Track thing looks like just the ticket, I'll be in touch. Thanks!

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead."
-Jimmy Buffett, "Growing Older But Not Up"

I don't know where Buffett he stole it from.

On of the premises of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series was that Travis was taking his retirement in installment plans while he could enjoy it instead of lump sum at the end.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Kinky Friedman was at the first National Book Fair on September 8, 2001, presumably at the behest of his close personal friend, Laura Bush.

His signing table was on the upper floor of the grand lobby in the Jefferson Building. Before he started signing, he pulled out a large cigar and in defiance of "No Smoking" signs everywhere, lit it up.

I may have a picture of Kinky somewhere, but I wouldn't know where to look. I do have a picture of Laura Bush on her lunch break at the food vendors surrounded by Secret Service.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, the Autobahn... Such memories...

Spent several years in Germany in the Army. It was always a secret joy to watch the new arrivals with their Camaros and Corvettes, ready to "conquer the road." They always ended up meekly sitting in the right lane for weeks (or months) as the folks who tune Porsches for fun blew by to the tune of 175 mph or more... :)

And then again, the most amazing display of speed I ever saw was a high-end Citroen (really!) come from outta sight behind me and make up about 2 miles in 30 seconds as I was trying to pass someone.

k-guy: As my whitewater time's been limited to multi-man rafts, I cannot truly judge kayakers.

LindaLoo, shall I fax you some Glass Wipes for your screen? *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Error, you have one of Ferdinant's mean machines?
I am green with envy.
You should take it out on a track to babtise it.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 2:29 PM | Report abuse

hold on thar Loomis! Thems perzackly the kinda thangs a REAL Texas *would* say. (I vaguely recall a documentary about these great little bars in Texas. Kinky was featured. He drove this big old baby blue Cadillac convertible with the continental kit and his hood ornament was a huge pair of longhorns. Class, baby, class.

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Scotty,

Citroëns have a bad rap in the US I think. (not with you)
My dad used to drive an XM in the late 80's. That thing rocked. It looked different than all the other big saloons and it had so many gismo's that it looked the starship enterprise inside.

For the moment the realy small Citoëns are hot with young drivers. They are cheep but easy to tune.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Been a long day's yesterday
going gentle journey, waiting
Going nowhere, somewhere
Long day's journey
Anticipating, just prevaricating
Come so far, but only just begun
Forever and a day, so far away
and miles to go into that goodnight
now I recall: a kiss is just a kiss
before I sleep
and finally it dawned on me
there's a place for us
never too late, childhoods gate
at this rate I might faint
the future's not ours
to paint
que sera

Posted by: ohbaby | February 21, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I know about Texas is that it loves the death penalty, and the action that takes place after that penalty, death row. There's a lot of blood in Texas, in the name of justice.

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 21, 2006 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Euro, thanks but it's a better car than I am driver. For sheer perversity I'd like to bring the '68 Caddy over too. It's purchase was actually inspired by pics of one in the Netherlands. And YES, I'm working on the longhorns!

I saw a show on the old Citroen the other day and actually know a guy who has one.

Very cool design.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Loo writes:
"A happy childhood...is the worst possible preparation for life."
--Kinky

"time wounds all heels"
anon

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 2:46 PM | Report abuse

How did we get from blogging when you're dead to Hot Wheels and then Texas?

It's too hard to keep up.

I'm going to take a nap.

Posted by: amo | February 21, 2006 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Shiloh, I really don't want to go here, but needs must I fear. I assume that you are referring to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The reason that you didn't see any open canoeists there is that paddling the Grand in an open canoe is much harder than doing it in a kayak, so fewer folks do it. I know about half a dozen who have, but my skill level (not to mention back surgery last year) does not make me a candidate for that trip. When I began paddling in the late 70's, the sport was about 50/50 canoes and kayaks, but improvements in equipment and teaching methods and the relentless use of kayaks to advertise SUV's and generally stand as a symbol of adventure have made them the dominant craft. There are many things that most kayakers can do that only a few open canoeists can, but nothing that only kayakers can do. This includes truly dangerous and scary things like Great Falls of the Potomac and Niagra Gorge.

http://www.monocacycanoe.org/photo/hopley.html#

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 21, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, go to the link and forward to the Wonder Falls image. I think it's about the third or fouirth one.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 21, 2006 2:50 PM | Report abuse

it's a wonderful day to while your past away
it's a good day to die

Posted by: notsofunny | February 21, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I had to google the caddy, error.
Dang it looks cool. I want one.
Not something to drive fast but as a poser car it's hard to beat.
(I mean poser car in the best possible way.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

you most mean poseur, not poser, capiche?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 2:53 PM | Report abuse

If you don't change your direction, you're likely to end up where you're headed

Posted by: dimbulb | February 21, 2006 2:54 PM | Report abuse

if a tree falls in the forest....

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

k-guy;

I've seen some serious whitewater in my old stomping grounds of New England, but Great Falls after a hard rain is enough to require a change of undergarments. Truly amazing.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 2:57 PM | Report abuse

2:57:43 comment suggest that earlier anonymous gadfly comments about this blog's urogenital waste quotient were correct.
yechhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Posted by: vulvix | February 21, 2006 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Displays of speed and power...

I've stood on the starting line of an NHRA event when two Top Fuel dragsters leave. 12,000 HP unleashed all at once (the shockwave is amazing), four seconds and 1/4 mi later they're dots going 320 mph.

I've been on the guardrail at a CART IndyCar race in a Media photo location, with cars whipping by a few feet away at 190 mph.

Was driving one of my old race cars at Summit Point with a Porsche 962 on track (speaking of Ferdinand's heritage), I'm getting to the 300 ft brake mark for Turn 1 at 130 mph, he's a dot 'way back in my mirror, cresting the hill past the start finish line. I get my braking done, do my heel-toe downshift and am starting to turn in when I see him in my starboard sideview mirror, right off my rear quarter (some would consider this a blind spot). The 962 driver politely tucked in on my tail (rather, right under my bumper. All I could see was the tip of his roof marker light and the radio antenna), and let me have the corner. I waved him by on the exit, and he rocketed away to turn 3 and up the hill to turn 4, fireballs of an overrich fuel mixture marking gearshifts in his wake.

I caught up with the driver later, we politely chuckled about the differences between street-based cars like mine and purebred racers like the 962, and the fact that he had an 80 mph closing rate on me, going as fast as that car and I possibly could.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 3:00 PM | Report abuse

car talk is for morons.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

There's one of those old Citroens running around NW DC.

I assume the owner is or knows an expert in hydraulics.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Euro, the Caddy well worth it, although I don't know what you'd have to do to afford the gas over there. They got like 10mpg when new. And you have to like talking to people, because you'll get in a conversation anywhere. Driving around town on a Sunday afternoon people wave from their porches and kids jump up and down. Car-loads of women yell and wave, and you'll have room for 'em all!

I'm friends with a local dealer so I've driven some pretty fine (borrowed) hardware around and the reaction to that Caddy beats the heck out of 'em all.

I'm actually getting a boodle-friendly gallery together, I'll post the link soon.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Feb 21, 2006 3:02:18 PM"

Joel is posting anonymous comments, I think. :-)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

bc, I'd probably eat my balaclava if I saw a 962 coming up on me at speed. I'm a great fan, but not sure if I could deal with traffic like that.

You just have to watch one of those Daytona prototypes blow past the Porsches and Vipers to see what a difference there is...

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The IT people promise I won't time travel with this. If I do, I apologize and request that this post be drawn and quartered.
I think this blog is dangerously close to being self-sustaining. It is like a roaring bonfire upon which Joel must only toss an occasional log. I view that as an amazing achievement.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 21, 2006 3:15 PM | Report abuse

RD Padouk,

It's the China Syndrome all over again.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

And now, my best Opus impression:

AAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHHH!!!! *eyes bulging and bowtie spinning*

Eurotrash said THE PHRASE!!! *hiding under desk*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Not related to this Blog (sorry) I don't think.

Joel,
Please tell your editors to stop posting the Olympic results on the front of the WP web page PLEASE! Some people actually enjoy watching these events. At least give me the option to whether I want to see the results before I watch the events.
Thank You.

Posted by: DC | February 21, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

amo - The talk about Hot Wheels is spillage from yesterday's boodle. I apologize for the spillage and allow that much of it is my fault. But I should also note that some spillage is inevitable.

"Spillage," by the way, would be an okay Boodle handle.

bc, Error, Euro - It strikes me that when people first started walking and running, they started racing. As soon as they were riding horses, they started racing them. And now, as a result of a natural progression, anything that possibly can be raced -- tractors, snowmobiles, bicycles, Zamboni machines or whatever -- will in fact be involved with racing.

In the future, we will race with our rocket backpacks. They will eventually be in the Olympics as multiple events: 500-meter rocket backpack, 1000-meter rocket backpack, 1500-meter rocket backpack, 5000-meter rocket backpack, team pursuit rocket backpack, 2-man rocket backpack luge, 4-man rocket backpack bobsled, rocket backpack dancing, rocket backpack curling, rocket backpack biathlon, rocket backpackcross and so on.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Methinks you'd need a timer accurate to picoseconds to clock a 500-meter rocket backpack race.

And a really big airbag to catch the racers before they hit the audience.

Unless of course, the medals were awarded posthumously...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Kguy and Scotty: My canoe days were pretty much limited to those placid Florida places like the Blackwater, Aucilla, St. Marks, Steinhatchee and Withlacoochee, or the Oswego and Gennessee in upstate NY.

It was always rafts on the Chattoga, Nantahula, Tallulah Gorge, Little San Juan and Colorado.

If not, It would probably be my Ka posting this.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 3:35 PM | Report abuse

DC,
It's just gloating. How often does a print medium (even if it's the online branch) get to scoop the networks? It's NBC's fault for trying to be "plausibly live" or whatever euphemism they use for tape delaying events and then talking about them in the present tense.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

You know Eurotrash, I was going to use the nuclear reactor simile, but a bonfire seemed less, well, threatening. I also toyed with the notion that this blog might eventually become sentient. But why tempt fate.

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 21, 2006 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Scotty,

That one went totaly above my head. I hope that whatever phrase I said doesn't cause any lasting damage.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You're probably right on that one Y-jacket.

Posted by: DC | February 21, 2006 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Shiloh:

As great as the names are for some Florida lakes/rivers, I have to admit to some New England pride for the name of one lake I canoed in my youth:

Mooselookmeguntic

And no, it doesn't mean what you think. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

i'm tempted to get a life

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 3:42 PM | Report abuse

methinks scottnuke-full-'o-rads is really an active or former nuclear bomb maker or designer. We are pulsing our sources at L.A., UC, Pantex, and S. River.

glowingly yours,

Posted by: vulvix | February 21, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

bc: before departing, the market closes in about 10 minutes and I have a trip to another town to prepare for, I have to award you the guffaw of the day for "I'm not happy with the way my past turned out."

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Vulvix, Scotty is probably A.Q. Khan.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/pakistan/khan.htm

P.S. The Kaboodle is now flagged by the NSA.
(They can do this because I'm posting from outside the US.)

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

RDP;

IF one were to use the reactor metaphor, then Lonemule would be the control rod, mais non? :-)

Eurotrash, my apologies. Opus is a talking penguin in a U.S. newspaper comic strip, "Bloom County." A short-lived joke in the strip, about the time that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" was in theaters, was to have Opus respond to certain phrases with a particularly exaggerated physical reaction.

My apologies for killing the Boodle. Carry on.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, my spelling is probably off, but I am a native new englander and was later at post secondary schools there, after a Florida education, but remember my childhood summers at a grandmother's house on the Wanascatucket River and visiting Lake Winipasockee. Too far back to remember, as if in an ethereal blog.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Vulvix is pure boron. (inside joke for reactor folks) :-)

Eurotrash, the only Khan I've ever dealt with was my high school chemistry teacher.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Bayou, I have two tractors and have actually considered this. The decals have been applied, so you know it's serious.

One of my favorites: Swamp buggies! I almost wet myself the first time I saw those guys and recently found some footage of 'em going through the 'sippy hole. Everything from a Jeep with a loooong exhaust pipe to, well, I swear I think one was jet-propelled.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Does radioactive and nuclear stuff take us right back to blogging posthumously?

Posted by: dr | February 21, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

What's really freaky is that I knew about this blog post yesterday.

See? http://www.thelooneys.com/blogs/jason/archive/2006/02/20/looking_ahead_to_death.aspx">http://www.thelooneys.com/blogs/jason/archive/2006/02/20/looking_ahead_to_death.aspx">http://www.thelooneys.com/blogs/jason/archive/2006/02/20/looking_ahead_to_death.aspx

Posted by: Jason Looney | February 21, 2006 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Bayou Self, they're already on it:

http://www.rocketracingleague.com/

Error, Daytona Potatoes are pretty slow in a straight line compared to the 1000+ HP turbocharged glory days of IMSA (see 962, Toyota Eagle GTP, Nissan ZX-T, etc.). And ugly too, but that's just me.

Not that I wouldn't drive one, you understand, it's just NASCAR's vision of sportscar racing...

I've been in a 650 HP Viper going past VW Golfs and Miatas on the straight with maybe a 50-60 mph speed differential; I've seen both sides of aforementioned coin. As long as everybody does what they're supposed to and doesn't panic, it's not too terrible, even in a 50 or 60 car field on a 2 mile track.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Scotty - In honor of our fake Boodle word of the day -- brought to us by TBG, I think -- the Olympic medals for rocket backpack events will be awarded preposthumously.

Yello - The fancy insider broadcasting jargon for something on tape that is made to look live -- without anyone ever actually claiming specifically to be live and without a "live" bug on the screen -- is a "look live." As in "they did a look live from the Olympic event."

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Very close, Shiloh:

Lake Winnepesaukee (also seen as Winnipesaukee). Which is sadly unfrozen this non-winter. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Since I type this at 21h56 and you guys are not there yet, I can say that in your future Eurotrash wishes all of you a good night.

Posted by: Eurotrash | February 21, 2006 3:57 PM | Report abuse

dr, congrats on the women's hockey gold. *nods*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, Yello, that was me.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Good night, ET.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The title of this kit is "Blogging From Beyond the Grave" -- but it is currently headlined on the WaPo home page as "Blogging from Beyond the Blog." Wonder where that is.

Be a good sci-fi movie title, though: "It Came From Beyond the Blog."? Starring, let's see...Hugh Marlow as Dr. Phillips, Patricia O'Neal as Laura, Richard Carlson as Tom, and James Arness (of course; K-guy, I know you saw this coming) as It.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 4:05 PM | Report abuse

KHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!

Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk | February 21, 2006 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Forget James Arness, what about Felix Silla?

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 4:09 PM | Report abuse

No no, 'Mudge...

You play Dr. Marlow.
Tim as Tom.
LindaLoo as Laura.

And, of course... *drum roll*

I'll play It.

No-brainer.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 4:10 PM | Report abuse

One humbly bows to your casting genius. I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. deNuke.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Joel gets to play POTUS, natch.

Nothin' 'agin ye Scotty, but Felix has more experience.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget JA's cameo as "The Creator."

And we'll keep costs low, I won't even need makeup! *L*

And remember your key line, 'Mudge:

"It MUST be stopped if we're ever to blog again in peace!"

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Kguy misses a second casting call in a week. What's up?

Markets not up. All indicators down, but my alternative energy heavy portfolio is up about 2%, begrudging thanks to GWB's dog and pony show on the road about the subject; neocons probably buying into alt energy. It's a relief after last week's trickle away market economy.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Lake Winnepesaukee is where Dr. Leo Marvin was vacationing/being stalked by multi-phobic Bob. Such a funny movie - What About Bob?. The g-girls and I laugh so hard our sides ache. Bill Murray is very funny and sweet in that film.

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Scottnuke, is there a part for me in it?

Posted by: Nani | February 21, 2006 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the title of the Kit is actually, "Blogging from Beyond the GraaaAAaaave."

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I did some thing called work today.

Posted by: omni | February 21, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

In the interest of efficient low-budget moviemaking, I'll get right to work on Son of It Came from Beyond the Blog.

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Nani, you could be the visitor to Dr. Marlow's lab who innocently discovers that IT cannot stand hearing the phrase "China Syndrome."

'Salright? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Jason Looney is, well looney. Click on his link and he says "You know what, I bet that tomorrow Joel Achenbach blogs about Blogging from Beyond the Grave. I bet you anything."

His posting is dateed 2/20/2006 and joel put this post up 2/20/2006.

Ha, although the time stamp precedes this blog by 3 hours and 28 minutes it's still not "tomorrow".

What a maroon.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2006 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Joel's too young and good-looking to play POTUS--remember, this is a 1950s B movie. We need an older guy with jowls for POTUS. Joel can be his science advisor, the one who comes up with the idea of shooting radioactive isotopes into It to kill it. And he can have a nice scene with POTUS where he explains what an isotope is. ScienceTim can be Joel's sidekick and nerdy lab guy/comic relief, wearing a fishing vest with a mass spectrometer in the pocket, slide rule, other cool science-type stuff. (Think "Happy" in Tom Corbett, who, IIRC, also wore his hair like omni.)

Felix looks way too friendly for It. We need somebody scary. If you don't like Arness, what about Lon Chaney Jr.? Or Dick Cheney? (Ohhh, that's scary, kids!)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not kidding you THIS time, 'Mudge... *ROFL*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 21, 2006 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I thought my closing line (as I stroke my chin and light my professorial pipe) is, "Mankind is not yet ready to understand the Blogosphere."

Instead of Gene Shalit, we could have our movie reviewed by The LoneMule. Although I think I know what he'd say.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I can handle the jowls. I'm all over that.

DC, I agree with you about Olympic results. I'll call over to dot.com. They can signal exciting results without telling us who won.

And at the risk of drifting almost on-topic, it's interesting that what we want with the Olympics is not to go into the future but to preserve the past. (Someone who could write could make this point more articulately. Every night we want it to be 6 hours ago. I think that's what I'm trying to say. But sometimes it comes out gibberish.)

Posted by: Achenbach | February 21, 2006 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Why do I find this headline (now up on WaPo) tremendously funny: "Bush Stands Firmly Behind Port Deal"

As though, you know, he might possibly have changed his mind, or changed course, or responded to mounting criticism, or--god forbid--admit error.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Has Cur ever done a guest kit?

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

A couple times a week, I should think.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 5:04 PM | Report abuse

There are certainly enough characters here to populate a couple of movies!

>Daytona Potatoes are pretty slow in a straight line

bc, I have fond memories of watching the two Toyotas with P.J. Jones and Juan Fangio (the third?) go at it. If I recall they took the #98 engine and put it in Rod Millen's Pikes Peak winning Celica, no?

1000+ HP from a 4 banger. Wow.

Posted by: Error Flynn | February 21, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, my man, you're kidding me, right?

Silla IS It. Please to review evidence below:

http://www.triviatribute.com/felixsilla.html

*Sigh*

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

bc, you're right. I was thinking of Arness as "The Thing," but conflated him with "It." My bad.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Snuke writes:
Eurotrash, the only Khan I've ever dealt with was my high school chemistry teacher.

Just as my high school biology teacher was Dennis Miller. When I tell my coloblind tale one day soon, don't let me forget the two sets of Gifford twins--one set identical and the other fraternal.

Now returning to previous prgramming...
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Snuke, thanks for wet wipes for computer screen *L*

Posted by: Loomis | February 21, 2006 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Scottynuke, but seriously, I was cheering for the Swedes. See, we are so used to cheering for the underdog, its become the Canadian thing to do and there is after all a Canadian connection.

How is it that so many Americans are so disconnected with the Olympics and Olympic sports? It seems to get great paper media coverage. Is it simply the lack of tv coverage of the event, or is it more the lack of ongoing sports coverage of anything other than professional sports? Its got to be frustrating for the athletes.

Also, on Olympics, I won't say the event, but the podium is looking very shiny for you today.

Posted by: dr | February 21, 2006 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Error, 2.xL 4 cyl turbo Offy USAC IndyCars of the early 70's cracked 1000 hp well before the 1.5L F1 cars of the 80s (topping out at some 1500 hp in the 4 cyl BMW's case), which led to the IMSA GTP turbo madness of the late 80s - early 90s.

TRD did indeed use a version of the 4 cyl. GTP engine in those crazy Millen "9 minutes or bust" Pikes Peak contrivances (one of which was a mid-engined race car cloaked in a pickup truck body).

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Loomis asks if I'm in my 20s or 30s. Not even close -- 60s. I know of telegraphic speech for real telegrams, and my teen daughter's text messaging, but never saw it before on a blog. (I had a code on Saturday but it didn't cause me to create anything that looked like poetry.)

The hardest song to get out of your head is Piaf's Milord. My head, at least.

Posted by: jg | February 21, 2006 5:22 PM | Report abuse

'mudge - 'tis all right, my friend.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 21, 2006 5:24 PM | Report abuse

In the soundtrack to today's Boodle, John Prine ...

We are living in the future
I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper
15 years ago

And we're all driving rocket ships
and talking with our minds
Wearing turquoise jewelry
and standin' in soup lines
We are standin' in soup lines

Posted by: Bayou Self | February 21, 2006 5:27 PM | Report abuse

did scotty say he would sit on a control rod?

my word.

I don't think he's AQK. That guy is the world's enemy No. 1, yet he's a big hero in Pakistan. He performed ghastly terroristic acts, prospectively, and has gotten nothing but rewards about selling n techy to some of the most irresponsible people on the planet.

Posted by: Gargantua | February 21, 2006 5:32 PM | Report abuse

dr, I think (and this is just what I think... so I'm probably wrong, which will be pointed out to me, I'm sure) Americans have little interest in the Winter Olympics because we have little interests in sports we can't really watch in person. Unless you've got money and time, skiing is out for most Americans. We have two skating rinks in Northern Virginia (one is close, but it's also a little pricey).

We just don't have it in us to get excited about the biathlon (c'mon.. skiing and SHOOTING?) or other cold-weather sports just once every four years.

Oh yeah.. and in my opinion, NBC is the real culprit. I can't stand to watch the Olympic excess and the hype. And I love the Super Bowl!

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I second TBG. I gotta have a connection to get into sports. Being from NC, I love basketball in all its permutations, except pro. I tried to like football and failed. Now if the Olympics did snow tubing, which I really enjoy, I might watch that.

Posted by: Slyness | February 21, 2006 5:43 PM | Report abuse

bayou self - i share your building frustrations - i've been putting together cabinets that i got from ikea - no words, just pictures. i liken myself to a fairly intelligent person but it took me 3 hours to put together 5 pieces of wood... i was like "what the HECK is that a picture of" and "am i missing any pieces?" (one of the parts they show is tucked inside another part and you hafta remove it...) as for the hot wheels - i was a tom boy so i had a an electric racetrack - i remember the smell of the connectors under the little cars (that metalic burning smell) - they never stayed on the track for any considerable amount of time...

and i meant to post this last week:

i meant to say
on valentine's Day
"less than 3"
to all of thee
especially
kbertocchi

Posted by: mo | February 21, 2006 6:00 PM | Report abuse

TBG, but doesn't following that thinking take football and even baseball right out of the average joe's league? I know what hockey tickets cost and its got to be comparable with other pro sports. Here its 60 bucks per seat for a silver level season holder for each and every home game. I don't know a lot of people who can afford to go very often.

Whatever happened to the 'ABC's Wide World of Sports' concept? Each of the sports has a world cup series of events and they are just ripe for North American broadcasting. Its not a case of just once every 4 years at all. Makes me wonder though, is the winter and summer games sports coverage the same? Or is there a great deal more news and tv coverage of summer?

Posted by: dr | February 21, 2006 6:05 PM | Report abuse

mo, that's so sweet.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 21, 2006 6:29 PM | Report abuse

dr, I can go watch kids play football at the high school level (cheap) or "pee wee" level (free) any time during the season. And it's much more fun to watch a Little League or high school baseball game, where there's actually action, than a major league game any day. We have minor league baseball, too, which is a very fun, cheap family event.

Kids around here play those sports and basketball and soccer as pickup games every day in my neighborhood. We don't have ice around here very often, so there's no hockey, although street hockey was popular for a while on our street (I guess those kids grew up).

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, if you like snow tubing you should have watched the snowboard cross events. I know you'd have liked that. Looked very dangerous to me.

We connect to what we see, we tie into a sport by watching or seeing a lot of it. You get to know the players and know the rules and you just fall into it(sort of like this bolg, you just fall into it). If you saw it on tv, you'd be interested. If you were interested, it'd be on tv.

It just seems a shame to me that a nation who is currently standing third in the world in medals is so disconnected from some very fine sportsmen and women.

Posted by: dr | February 21, 2006 7:19 PM | Report abuse

bc said: There's one of those old Citroens running around NW DC.

Is the one you see red, bc? I see on now and then in the morning crossing from Virginia to Maryland on the Wilson bridge. There can't be too many of them around. It amazes me every time I see it. The tires look to be about 3 or 4 inches wide. I wonder where she gets them.

Posted by: pj | February 21, 2006 7:24 PM | Report abuse

darn! scc - hey k- take out that h ok?

Posted by: mo | February 21, 2006 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Joel, what you want is the ability to convincingly blog about the Olympics as if they hadn't happened yet. And then get a really wealthy, though slow, person to make a bet on your "predictions."

I think they once made a movie about this....

Posted by: RD Padouk | February 21, 2006 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra,

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Death has been close to my mind today. This morning's death notices in the Post include someone I worked with for most of the '80s and also one of my high school classmates. I mourn all these losses.

Posted by: pj | February 21, 2006 7:38 PM | Report abuse

On a different, but still Post-related, note today marks the release of an expanded version of "All the President's Men" on DVD. The film is the same, but there are additional features on a second DVD including commentary by Redford, a documentary on making the film, and another one on Mark Felt. I hope to watch all of this sometime this week. It's a great flick with top-notch acting all the way down the line and a great script by William Goldman.

Posted by: pj | February 21, 2006 7:44 PM | Report abuse

pj, 'All the President's Men' is one heck of a movie. It's hard to believe that it can still be such a "thriller" today. Every time we see it on TV we end up sitting down and watching every minute of it, just as enthralled as if we hadn't seen it before or didn't know how it turned out.

Posted by: TBG | February 21, 2006 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I've become fascinated with the port story. And now there's this, from the NY Daily News:

WASHINGTON - The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.

One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World - giving it control of Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port.

Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush's cabinet.

The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World's European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.

The ties raised more concerns about the decision to give port control to a company owned by a nation linked to the 9/11 hijackers.

"The more you look at this deal, the more the deal is called into question," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said the deal was rubber-stamped in advance - even before DP World formally agreed to buy London's P&O port company.

Besides operations in New York and Jersey, Dubai would also run port facilities in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore and Miami.

The political fallout over the deal only grows.

"It's particularly troubling that the United States would turn over its port security not only to a foreign company, but a state-owned one," said western New York's Rep. Tom Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee. Reynolds is responsible for helping Republicans keep their majority in the House.

Snow's Treasury Department runs the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which includes 11 other agencies.

"It always raises flags" when administration officials have ties to a firm, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.) said, but insisted that stopping the deal was more important.

The Daily News has learned that lawmakers also want to know if a detailed 45-day probe should have been conducted instead of one that lasted no more than 25 days.

According to a 1993 congressional measure, the longer review is mandated when the company is owned by a foreign government and the purchase "could result in control of a person engaged in interstate commerce in the U.S. that could affect the national security of the U.S."

Congressional sources said the President has until March 2 to trigger that harder look.

"The most important thing is for someone to explain how this is consistent with our national security," Fossella said.
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So, the answer to the question, "Why is Bush (and Chertoff et al.) so sure this Dubai deal is a safe deal?" the answer is: easy. They're his buds. Next case.

I'm so mad I need a *%@&%$#*&%$ drink.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I haven't 'boodled for more than 48 hours and I feel so out of the loop -- like I'm 'boodling from the other side of the 'boodle.

And I'm ashamed to admit this -- I should have mentioned it well before now -- but I don't even know what <3 means. (I'm hoping it's not the emoticon for cleavage.)

Posted by: Achenfan | February 21, 2006 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh! I think I see it -- it's a heart, right? Or a "love heart," as little children would say.

[OK -- now I'm caught up to where the rest of you were a week ago.]

Posted by: Achenfan | February 21, 2006 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Cur: That they are "his buds" was a given after family of OBL was assisted in leaving the US during the flight ban followig 9/11. Bush standing behind the Dubai deal is simply more of the same. DUH. I'm just one of those people never invited or vetted to a current administration "open" forum that connects to "the people." This stage managed presidency galls me, but follows patterns of history that make it transparent. I'll have one with you.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I know, Shiloh, I know. But I was at least hoping the connection would be...I dunno...subtle, tricky. Instead it's just what Hannah Arendt described as "the banality of evil." *big sigh*

Well, the good news appears to be that a lot of Republicans are ticked off about the deal, too. That's good. And Bush threatened to veto any blocking legislation. Well, let him. Then, since a very large proportion of the Senate appears to be against this (Frist, of all people, is introducing legislation!!!), then an override oughta be a piece of cake.

Pardon me, Joel, but I gotta vent some more: &*&^%$@^$#@*^% &*&^%$@^$#@*^% &*&^%$@^$#@*^% &*&^%$@^$#@*^%

OK, that's a little better. Blood pressure down to mid 100s, I'd guess.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Hanna Arendt, Cur, also prescribed remedies for that banality. They involve exactly what Joel and YOU are doing -keep It up.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 10:01 PM | Report abuse

If Frist is for it, that's a hint it's stupid.

It makes absolutely no sense NOT to have P&O run the ports. The threat of Abu Dhabi suborning staff is minuscule. Our biggest vulnerability is because the US government is involved. The nincompoops in DHS and all the gunhappy law enforcement people. Do you trust they will do a good job? And they are us. Maybe Curm. will join DHS and help to save us from ourselves. Seriously.

Posted by: Vulvix | February 21, 2006 10:10 PM | Report abuse

pj, I saw Woodward and Bernstein on Larry King the other night talking about the DVD release - someone posted the link to the transcript here (ok, in some boodle along the way). They were so interesting, I forgot I was mad at Woodward...

Posted by: mostlylurking | February 21, 2006 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The Pogo aphorism, vulvix, is passe' in the current world. Sure, "we have seen the enemy, and they is us" label is warm and refreshing, but it has been co-opted.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Meant to ask this earlier, but got distracted by my own high dudgeon:

do I deduce, jg, from your 5:22:44 that you are a Piaf fan? If so that makes three of us around here.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 21, 2006 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Four, Cur, for I like The Sparrow's nest.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 21, 2006 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Blogging from beyond the grave is a great idea. Maybe I should periodically publish the old e-mails from dead friends, like the great photojournalist Spider Martin. I saved tons of old crazy e-mails from him.

As for myself, I figure there's enough of an archive people may actually getting around to reading once I'm gone. By then, I will have produced more words than most best selling authors.

Now if only heaven was a cabin on Walden Pond...

Posted by: locustfork.net | February 21, 2006 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with your take on this port deal, Mudge. What is in a *%@&%$#*&%$ drink? Sounds like it packs a whallop. I hope it didn't throw you into the next century.

I heard a remark from someone that it would be ironic if GWB used his first veto since 9/11 to stop something connected with the security of our ports.

He'll probably say nice job Johnny when the first port is hit by terrorists.

dr, I have watched the Olympics since the 60's - both summer and winter - and seldom watch other sports on TV except tennis matches. It's a family tradition. I am amazed by the number of sport talk show hosts who have been drawn to the curling matches. They are the big hit of this Olympics.

bdl

Posted by: boondocklurker | February 22, 2006 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I would much rather watch the Olympics than the typical death and destruction that constantly bombards us. Although having Tivo would help eliminate the steady stream of commercials and mostly boring commentaries. Must we whine about everything not the norm?

Posted by: FF | February 22, 2006 1:18 AM | Report abuse

On the occasion of President Washington's birthday, it is important to recall his words from his Farewell Address: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world...avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty."

Immortal words from the only President named George who ever made any sense. Thank you President Washington

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Posted by: CHE | February 22, 2006 3:10 AM | Report abuse


BUSH THREATENS VETO,wapo,feb 22,2006,ao1

..."they ought to look at the facts and
understand the consequences of what they're
going to do," bush2 said.

ENERGY PROGRAMS TRUMP CONSERVATION
wapo,feb 22,2006,page ao1

...with bush2 making comments about facts
and consequences it must be an election
year...this WH has been a serial repeater
of skirting and obscuring facts over the
last 5 years...the bush2 WH has taken the
practice of cherry picking what facts to
use or not use and amplified it steadily
...as only within the last month was seen
over at NASA and now with this story about
the drilling permit process on federal
lands being greased for exploitation...
with consequences shunted aside the bush2
WH has been infatuated in its attempts
at promoting its dogma in review and the
revision of prior federal enviromental
standards or practices...a decided tilting
of science or compiled facts to fit the
preference of outcome...

...indeed,they ought to look at the facts
and understand the consequences of what
they're going to do...the war in iraq was
a template for subversion of fact and the
imposition of prefered outcome...the ports
story again seems to suggest that the final
outcome was decided in advance and the
process tilted to effectively sideline any
meaningful debate or discussion...and now
again with this drilling permit runup the
principles of balanced and scaled process
are cast aside...happenstance? hmmm...

Posted by: an american in siam... | February 22, 2006 5:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about this port deal, could be okay or not, just bothers so many because of the security implications, and I think, the fact that you're selling out America. That bothers folks anyway, no matter the buyer. People don't want to hear that because it sounds like we're desperate, and no one wants to think that, although it may very well be the case. We do love our illusions, and we embrace them strongly. Or it could be totally something else, but the implications concerning it just don't bode well. It akin to a bad smell. You keep smelling something, and it doesn't smell good, but you can't seem to find out where the stench is coming from, but it's there. Know what I mean?

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 22, 2006 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Make that "5" Curmudgeon and Shiloh; I saw Miss Piaf on one of those very early 1950s tv variety shows. I didn't want Le Vie en Rose to end, ever.

Posted by: Nani | February 22, 2006 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Nani, just hearing the words brings it to my minds ear.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Quand il me prend dans ses bras,
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose,
Il me dit des mots d'amour
Des most de trous les jours,
Et ca me fait quelque chose
Il est entre dan mon coeur,...

I should have said reading the words brings the son to my minds ear.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I am tripping all over my fingers this morning. I think Loomis gave me her code.
My body's all achin and racked with pain.

Piaf lyrics bring both son and song to mind's ear, her voice singing, and his asking "what is that crap?"

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Don't miss Ignatius and the evils of the American blogosphere, this morning.

Lift that barge, tote that bale

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 8:13 AM | Report abuse

This is the hour of commute,
Remembered if survived.

(apologies to Emily Dickinson)

I like having a lot of this hour to myself. Talking to myself is therapeutic and the silence of the hour is soon ended.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I expect that today's Kit will have some mention of the Man in the Basement's Birthday.

I'd have less issue with a deal to sell port operations to a foreign country if the WH didn't continue to use their Animal White House "Double Secret" teams to make tricky decisions (see Cheney's Energy Policy).

It's suprising to me that they *continue* to act like they can get away with damn near anything. Come to think of it, they may indeed have (must..not...mention...2000...Presidential Elections...again...), and we haven't found out about it yet.

"Mr. Bush... zero...point...zero."

bc

Posted by: bc | February 22, 2006 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Venezuela (not exactly the US's strongest ally) owns four refineries, which are all located in populated areas. These refineries store millions of gallons of some very bad stuff. But are there any Venzuelans actually running these refineries? Last time I checked, the managers and security personnel are US citizens.

A few questions everyone should think about:

1) What is the security posture of the ports right now under the current management?

2) How would a change in ownership affect the current security posture? "Because Arabs would own the port" is not relavant--just xenophobic.

3) Do you oppose the port deal because a foreign country is involved, or because an Arab country is involved?

4) How many terrorist attacks have originated from the UAE? How many attacks have originated from within the US?

5) Why would a US company be safer than a UAE company? Would the laws dictating security at the ports change?

Posted by: jw | February 22, 2006 8:55 AM | Report abuse

pj, I forgot about that red Citroen - I've seen it too. IIRC that person's over in the MacArthur area.

The one I saw most frequently was near VanNess between Wisconsin and Reno Rd., and it's either black or a dark blue.

Those 3" wide tires for old foreign cars like MGTDs and VW Beetles aren't so hard to find, even though it's been a long time since a new car used tires that narrow.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 22, 2006 8:58 AM | Report abuse

bc, so many things about the Bush2 regime make me sad, frightened and angry. They don't just *act* like they can get away with damn near anything, they *do* get away with everything.

I'd rather read Shiloh's early morning musings, delightful for the mind and easing to the soul.

Posted by: Nani | February 22, 2006 9:15 AM | Report abuse

jw: answers: 1)poor, 2)nada, 3)potential language/ethnicity barriers/infiltration enhancements, 4)what is the population ratio?, 5)is redundant,see number 3, and the second part is a silly question.

Posted by: Shiloh | February 22, 2006 9:20 AM | Report abuse

jw, I hear ya.
And it isn't like ships flying foreign flags (and crewed by non-US citizens) don't sidle right up to docks in major US cities every single day. I remember the old faux-news report "Special Bulletin"...

Like I said, the WH tries to sidestep responsibilty for some tricky stuff by using secret committees and groups to crystallize and document decisions that they know will be unpopular.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 22, 2006 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, love the French language but can't speak it, it sounds romantic, love and all that good stuff.


I believe the President used the "v" word in his response concerning the port deal to reporters yesterday. It was in your face, sort of. I believe the President might even be able to do "rap".

Posted by: Cassandra S | February 22, 2006 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks jw, I was waiting to hear your thoughts on this issue

Posted by: newkid | February 22, 2006 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, sure bush could rap if its composed for him. If you saw the first debate between he and Kerrey, you know he could never ever freestyle rap. He can't think on his feet so to speak.

Freestyle rap is, strictly speaking, rapping that is done in the moment at pure free flow, with no previously composed lyrics, and reflecting a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist.

Posted by: Nani | February 22, 2006 9:33 AM | Report abuse

First--read the editorial today on the ports. It's the first sane thing I've read on the issue.

The only security the port management company controls is the rent-a-cop at the front gate. And I don't really think it matters if he's employed by Americans or Arabs.

The port management has no ability to either make it easier to bring something bad into the contry, or harder. That's just not what they deal with. It's not even in the realm of what they control. They pay the longshoremen and dock workers. They pay the electricity bills. They pay the rent. They do not inspect containers. They do not screen vessels. They do not enable terrorists to enter the country, nor do they do anything to deter them. That is not their job.

This is a 100% political issue. The deal has no affect one way or another on security.

Posted by: jw | February 22, 2006 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Er...country. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by: jw | February 22, 2006 9:35 AM | Report abuse

New Kit, kids...

bc

Posted by: bc | February 22, 2006 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Our family reached a milestone this week. We made the last tuition payment for my daughter's college education. Let the confetti fly! Now, I know we've talked about this before and some folks have expressed the view that children should pay their own way, etc., but just let me say a few things- the Kurosawachick is about to graduate with a 3.8 GPA from the U. of Virginia School of Architecture, one of the best of it's kind in the nation, she has reached 21 years of age without ever getting a ticket or being in an accident, never been caught with drugs, never contracted an STD, never needed an abortion, and never gotten anything pierced except her ears, and she's held a job every summer since she was 14. In light of all that, her mother and I have felt that she deserved a debt free start in her adult life.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | February 22, 2006 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations kurosawaguy on what must be some great parenting! Sounds like kurosawachick has certainly **earned** her debt free start in adult life. Well, shoot, now I'm getting all teary-eyed. See you in the next kit.

Posted by: Nani | February 22, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

anon: I'm not happy w the way my past turned out
Loomis:
"A happy childhood...is the worst possible preparation for life."
--Kinky
Anon: "time wounds all heels"

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Posted by: tx2step | February 22, 2006 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that blogging as an industry is no where near `peaked' as has been alleged, but rather that in the marketplace of ideas, there's an awful lot of fast food, but a derth of lobster.

Posted by: Gentry | February 23, 2006 3:17 AM | Report abuse

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