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A Tub of Mail; Some Items Not Entirely Useless

I try to check my mail here at the Post at least once every couple of months. For a long time my excuse was that the mailroom was located on the fourth floor, and my desk was on the fifth. But then I moved to the fourth floor, and that explanation was exposed as a feeble prevarication. I don't check the mail because, as I noted a while back, the mail is almost always irritating, weird and/or useless.

Back on the 5th floor, I slipped into mailroom avoidance mode again and finally was ordered to get rifle through an entire tub of unopened mail.

Some of it was intriguing and I mentally filed it in the Might Try to Read Someday category. Some was more likely to go into the category of Might Peruse Conceivably on Hypothetical Rainy Day But Probably Won't. Some went straight to the Ignore Intensely file. Several of the books look promising: too bad I'll be stuck for DECADES just trying to click on all those web sites Tony Grafton just told us about.

Here's what I found:

Books:
Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth
It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump
Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It
Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs
The Squandering of America
The Intellectual Devotional: American History
Welcome to Your Brain
Down to the Sea
In Defense of Hypocrisy
Allies For Armageddon
Douglas and Lincoln
The Middle Way
The Perils of Peace
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!

A binder full of documents from someone who claims to be the victim of age discrimination

The National Review

The Futurist

Snapshots: Research Highlights from the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund

McFarland book catalog Fall 2007 and Spring 2008

Meeting announcement for American Anthropological Association

Symmetry (physics journal)

Carnegie Institution events brochure

Three miniature screwdrivers attached to a key-shaped information sheet about how much time people spend tuning their vehicles.

Discover Copper (industry newsletter)

A press kit for the 2010 international Convention On the Global Commons

Fact sheet headlined What the Clintons Fear

--

Michael Pollan skewers the Farm Bill:

"For the first time, the public health community has raised its voice in support of overturning farm policies that subsidize precisely the wrong kind of calories (added fat and added sugar), helping to make Twinkies cheaper than carrots and Coca-Cola competitive with water."

Don't forget to read Pollan's article from the Times, earlier this year, on what people should eat:

'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

'That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I'm tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I'll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice. Like: A little meat won't kill you, though it's better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you're much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That's what I mean by the recommendation to eat ''food.'' Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you're concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it's not really food, and food is what you want to eat.'

--

Norah Ephron thinks it's better to confirm no one as AG than someone who won't call waterboarding torture.

Via Arts & Letters Daily: Baby Boomers are tasteless.

--

Ruh-roh.



By Joel Achenbach  |  November 5, 2007; 12:45 PM ET
 
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Joel, you present the phrase "irritating, weird and/or useless" as if it were a bad thing.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Baby Boomers are tasteless? Jeepers, is it time for the annual cannibalism kit already?

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Baby Boomers are tasteless? My lawn flamingoes and velvet Elvis say otherwise.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 5, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

As long as the legs aren't gamey, I'm sure Baby Boomers make fine fare.

Posted by: Scottynuke in a white wine sauce with shallots | November 5, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

That New Yorker link is fascinating. Heck, the Betty Boop cartoons alone are enough to keep one entertained for days.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday, while waiting at the Wal-Mart deli counter, the lady in front of me was getting American cheese. Sure enough, she had kids (male, teen) who would balk at Swiss, much less nice smoked Provolone.

So the rising generation is tasteless, too. The mom did have a ray of hope: the kids knew about Korean food.

I've lately been indoctrinated in the Eat Plants doctrine [excluding potatoes, pineapple, and a few other items that cause blood sugar to skyrocket]. So of course I was waiting at Wal-Mart for that rarest of delicacies, now available after an absence: Lebanon bologna.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | November 5, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

This Grafton fellow is extremely linky.
I was virtuous at lunch, I had some leftover lentil and rice with caramelized onions. No animals were hurt in the production of this dish. Can't say the same for the lamb chops the rice&lentils accompanied.

Posted by: shrieking denizen à la dijonnaise | November 5, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I understand this. People who work for newspapers get free books? What a wonderful fringe benefit. For even if the books themselves are not worth reading, think of the many useful things that one can do with books. I mean, everyone loves pressed flowers.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I'd like subsidies for lychees and mamey sapotes, not to mention Japanese persimmons and better mangos.

Meanwhile, the weekend's food finds were
* a five-pound box of straight Taiwan wheat noodles
* half-price sale on Barilla pasta
* crisp apples. They're everywhere. What happened? A few years ago, the supermarket apples were underripe, mushy, or both.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | November 5, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

And Wal-Mart is selling frozen pizzas from Italy. Good bread without the soggy mass of goop. I like artichokes now.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | November 5, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Joel, if you don't want the Scott Adams "Monkey Brains" book, let me know and I will be pleased to take it off your hands.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Also, I absolutely love that "Arts & Letters" page. I vaguely recall it being mentioned in an earlier kit.

Well, gotta go sit in a meeting for the rest of the day. That oughta be good.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

For areally hard rock quiz try this:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17177243/the_almost_8212_impossible_rock__roll_quiz#

My score: 32 which rates me as a whiz. Don't see how.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

There's one book in that list I've heard of: Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It

It's written by a dog named Scoshi. John O'Hurley's Maltese: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_%28dog%29

Posted by: omni | November 5, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the very next dog I get is going to be called Fergus M. Clydedale! What a moniker! 'Course we'll have to wait for Mr. Growlypants McFuzzybutt (Mick for short) to pass on. He's not into sharing.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | November 5, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"get rifle"?

Far be it from me to be picky, but .....

Posted by: Don from I-270 | November 5, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I wish my mail were only half as interesting. We do get some irritating, weird and useless catalogues this time of year. In fact we get mountains of catalogues, most of which go right to the recycling bin. Some serve as sort of "wish books" - like the old Sears Roebuck did when I was a kid - before being scrapped.

I think the headline suggesting Baby Boomers are tasteless misunderstood the point of the article. With all that spicy and flavorful food I expect we're brimming with flavor.

I do enjoy spicy and flavorful food more as I grow older. I've always had a high tolerance for heat in chiles, peppers, etc. but now I also enjoy strong cheeses, etc. I prefer to think of this as the benefit of a mature palate. The Boy insists this stuff just isn't food, but he eats Nerds and sour Pop Rocks type candies so his palate is clearly not to be trusted.

Two small unpleasant insects have just wandered out from under my computer. Excuse me a moment.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 5, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Getting old is getting old. I hate it.

But craving spicier foods is fun. The Whole Foods store got it right first with regard to the boomers. I try to limit myself to once a month at that store. Expensive but oh, so good. *smacks lips*

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy Dave's food adventures. My new vegetable trick is

thin green beans (frozen work fine)
gorgonzola cheese crumbles
slivered almonds

Yummy hot or cold. Go light on the cheese and almonds and you are eating diet veggies.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

It was too hard for me so I just randomly clicked answers and scored 16 (9/58 right). It said I was still smarter than Bush...hahaha

Posted by: omni | November 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

birdie;

So Whole Foods charges more for Rotisserie Boomer?

*taking notes*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 5, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Scotty. Haha. Maybe. Hey, would that help prevent aging? Probably just make us dizzy. But somebody would make a lot of money I'm sure.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I get mail delivered to me that should be delivered to a different apartment in the same building but the letter has my apt number instead of his. And he's been dead for two years but that doesn't stop it. I also get mail addressed to my apartment addressed to people that do not, and as far as I know never have lived in this building at least 2-3 times a month. Always different names.

Posted by: omni | November 5, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The most irritating, weird and useless things that I find in my mail, constantly, are these nasty little notes from people who tell me to send them money, now, or they are going to turn off my eletrictiy, or something.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | November 5, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I doubt I'm very spicy, ivansmom, but I'm d@mn sure I'm well marbled.

13 out of 58 on the quiz. Which was easily three times higher than I expected.

martooni: answer to your question from previous kit: what to do with old neckties. My wife (I'm married to the Martha Stewart of Southern Maryland, as I may have mentioned) use a bunch of my old ties to weave a cover for a foot stool. It's actually kinda neat, in a kitchy sort of way.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Omni...you need a chat with your mail delivery person!

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge;

I would have guessed salty over spicy in your case, certainly...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 5, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Poor Don from 1-270. "Turn off those lights" was my dad's mantra.

Mudge--well-marbled--hahaha---then you must taste pretty good.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

*thumbing quickly through my recipes to see if I have one for Beer Butt Boomer, and wondering if my grill is big enough*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Salty like a giant Philly pretzel, scotty.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about 'Beer Butt Boomer' but this book has a recipe for 'well-muscled Cowboy': http://www.amazon.com/Serve-Man-Cookbook-People/dp/1880448823/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/002-3915748-8268856?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194292447&sr=8-2

Posted by: omni | November 5, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

BBB--hmmmm...I thought that stood for Better Business Bureau.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I've wondered if the boss didn't get some free reading material as promotional material. But knowing there were books in the mail would send me looking for them, even if I didn't want to deal with the mail.

I think I'll have to start an official home for unwanted and abandoned books.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Omni...now yer tawkin!

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Mudge--and crusty, too.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I love my books but they cost a fortune to move across the country.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of Pollan's "eat plants" rule, an Australian book (from CSIRO Publishing, the national scientific press) is titled "Why Does the World Stay Green? Nutrition and Survival of Plant-Eaters". The author argues that most plants are lacking in nutrients or just plain yucky. It just isn't possible for herbivores to live very well by eating plants, after you make allowances for the cases where plants feed their seed dispersers (fruit bats, grey squirrels, cedar waxwings). Then again, some homeowners have Jack Russell terriers just to save their mangos from squirrels.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | November 5, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

If you count the weight of the shelves there on my books probably weigh more than everything else I own combined.

Posted by: omni | November 5, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

From the previous Boodle:

With all the Boodlers eating coffee beans, I wonder if there's a market for Achenblog Boodler Coffee? [along the lines of civet cat coffee, butt (oops) with the additional benefit of the beans already ground. Mostly.]

Er, more later.

bc

Posted by: bc | November 5, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, with ties you say? Silk ties? Try selling them, I kid you not. As a 'lot' of silk ties on etsy or ebay. There are all kinds of things that can be done with ties. Of course you'd have to have a LOT of ties to cover shipping.

Otherwise, ties make lovely dresses for fashion dolls who shall remain nameless. If bean has one, or will be getting one in the future you might consider hanging on to them. A couple cuts at the right dimension of fabric, a hem, and a wee thread of elastic, ought to make some bang up dolly clothing.

I have been waiting to share this knowledge for since I was in grade 4 and had a business making dolls clothing (curtailed when mom found out I was charging money or bubblegum for the work made from her scraps and castoffs). I had sons, so I have a lot of useless knowledge like this stored within my brain. I tell you, its not just doilies in there.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Same with me, omni. I purged my shelves not too long ago and parted with...less than 25. Gotta be more narrow in what I want to keep, but jeez.

Posted by: Slyness | November 5, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"The Natural History of Madagascar" must weigh ten pounds, paperback.
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/15522.ctl

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | November 5, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Like a three-week-old loaf of Grosinger's rye bread, birdie.

Padouk and dr, one of the better-kept dirty little secrets about the newspaper business is how much free stuff (a.k.a. graft) people send you, especially books. And also how easy it is to call up a publisher and ask for a review copy. (Of course, there is a certain moral obligation to write a review. Of course, not all journalists feel that burden as strongly as others might.

The other neat freebie reporters get all the time are fancy-schmancy press kits for movie and TV shows, complete with lots of glossy photos and stuff. When I was a small-town-newspaper editor, I used to give those press kits to my kids, and they'd use the fancy covers for school stuff -- the only kid in school with a Spiderman cover, say. When I was at Pax River, there was one publisher who would routinely (and without being solicited) used to send us miltary-related books four and five at a time, and we'd divy them all up amonmgst us. Got some good stuff that way.

Reporters are also notorious (make that, great-white-shark-like) in scarfing up freebies and giveaways, as well as food and drink, at any available opportunity.

Also, if one plays one's cards right, you can get to attend the movie reviewers' advanced screening of new movies (I saw "Master and Commander" that way--and then wrote a review, of course).

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, I scored 30 on the rock quiz, and I probably guessed at 80% of the answers. Guess the rock/n/roll culture infiltrates us even if we're not really aware of it.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 5, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Addendum: that's one of the few (very, very, very, very) few advantages of working for a small-town paper in East Jeebus Township rather than a big paper like the Post. Big papers have "rules" and "policies," and stuff, and it's hard to freelance your own assignments; it can even get you fired. On small papers (if you're the boss), it's easy. Backstage pass? Piece of cake. Press box acess? No problem. (One year I had a press box pass AND a sideline photographers pass to all eight home Redskins games at Fedex Field, including a parking pass. Oh, it was shameless, shameless. Never wrote a story. Oh, and they give you free food, all you can eat, at Redskins games.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Mudge--and that's why you are now salty and crusty. :-) But Redskins passes and free parking? Wow.

It's the connections! I get free stuff, too. But almost everything has a logo or a presentation one must sit through. I do get some nice free trips.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"they give you free food, all you can eat, at Redskins games" This is to compensate for what happens on the field.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

JA, you don't like my binder full of documents from someone who claims to be the victim of age discrimination?

Listen, they can discriminate just as forcefully against someone between the age of 44 years, 2 months and 44 years, 4 months as they can against someone over the age of 65, you know.

Scottynuke, I'd still rather eat Hodges.

Posted by: byoolin | November 5, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Long ago and far away I made an a-line, circle skirt out of neckties, winning a Best in Show ribbon at the fair. 4H anyone?

However, the ties that I used include some that my mother wanted off the tie smörgåsbord. My dad did not notice the missing -- and belovedly tacky -- ties when they were hidden in plain sight. However, he would ask occasionally about that "great tie with swirling circle dots" etc.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

A Byoolin sighting! What is the best line on the Science of Celebrities blog these days? Besides yours, of course.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Still no clue as to the source of the insects. They may contain protein, but they don't look tasty.

Not that this Kit has my mind running on odd concepts of food.

Speaking of "food", as opposed to food products, some marketing genius now sells prepackaged raw sugar snap peas all year round. The Boy would rather eat a handful of these with dinner than a salad any day (though I force the latter upon him), so they are worth (a) the price for convenience and (b) the guilt at eating out-of-season produce with large hidden shipping ecological costs.

On my recent car trips, I have enjoyed natural flavored water type beverages, bought in giant gas station convenience stores. I worry about drinking water type beverages, but they apparently haven't harmed me.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 5, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mudge is on to something with the free food at 'Skins games. Maybe instead of trying to play football, they could turn the field into one big tailgate party, and just cook food (and non-food, keeping on-topic) for the fans. With TV revenue, and the cookbook royalties, they might make a buck.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | November 5, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Completely off-topic. Looking out my office window, I note that the crows are into their afternoon collective flight to their evening rookery. For many years, they perched in a group of trees that had been preserved largely because they were in a reserved road right-of-way. Finally, about a year and a half ago, the County finally approved the Montrose Parkway and down came the trees. Not sure where the crows relocated to, but it must be near the old perching ground since they still fly that direction.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 5, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, my cursor is back to "normal" - thanks, Joel, bc, Timbuktu techies.

dr, I went to a fabulous yarn store in Issaquah (you would have whizzed by it on I-90) yesterday. Bought some (large) wooden double pointed needles, practiced with them on (large) cotton yarn, and think I have that figured out. Also got a 16-inch circular bamboo needle for doing hats and such. I'm still working my way up to socks.

Posted by: mostlylurking | November 5, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I share The Boy's love of the packaged Stringless Sugar Snap Peas, it is the busy season for us with evening activities so anything that can provide good nutrition quickly is worth the price.

Posted by: dmd | November 5, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The amazing thing about circulation numbers is how steady they are -- steadily declining -- no matter how many widgets we invent:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003667952

Posted by: Achenbach | November 5, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

ebtnut--I am always sad to hear of bird lost habitat but crows are very resourceful. I can picture them all perched on the, now deleted, trees and talking to each other. Ever see the Windex commercial with the crows and the guy who bangs his head on the sliding glass door?

Regarding the Redskins at least they are doing a little better than the Broncos. Boo hiss. It appears New England has the corner this year on winning teams.

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Joel, are the webpage views increasing? That will be the important metric, if not now, then definitely in the future.

Posted by: Slyness | November 5, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like only USA Today and my old alma mater, Philly Inquirer, are up. That's very discouraging. (I wonder what the heck they're doing in Philly, except laying off my old buddies?) Gotta be printing photos of topless women on Page 3, like Murdoch does.

Joel, have you suggested to Len Downie some good old fashioned sexists sleaze?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Joel, Sorry to see those numbers. Not sure what the answer is for the dead tree version since the next generation is being raised on techno-everything.

As Slyness indicates the Web is where the action is. My older son reads the online WP daily.

Mudge, I'm sure you were kidding. :-(

Posted by: birdie | November 5, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Uh..............................

[But yes, of course.]

[How would you feel, ya know, about bikinis?]

Found somebody who agrees with me: Mark Bowden, the guy who wrote "Blackhawk Down," writing an op-ed in the Inky:

"Truman was wrong [about the Russians being unable to build anuke], of course. He was determined to keep America's nuclear advantage, but knowledge cannot be forever sealed in a safe somewhere in the White House basement. It wasn't true in 1949, when the Soviet Union exploded its first atom bomb and kicked off the Cold War, and it is even less true today, when the globe is so electronically interconnected that information can circle the Earth instantaneously. Detailed knowledge of how to build a nuclear weapon is already widespread. The genie has been out of the bottle for decades.

"Yet somehow we persist in believing the opposite. Just weeks ago, President Bush famously remarked, "I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."

"The WWIII mention got the most attention, but it was the last part of his comment that was the most startling to me.

"It is possible to impede the transportation of enriched uranium and plutonium, the key ingredients, and it is also possible - as Israel has demonstrated - to set back the construction of reactors, enrichment facilities, and other industrial plants necessary for the development of a nuclear arsenal. But in the long run, powerful states like Iran that feel their national security hinges on the bomb will figure out a way to build one. It makes sense to use international leverage to dissuade Iran, and it may even make sense down the road to use military force to slow its progress - but no matter how hard we wish it, we cannot put the nuclear secret back in the safe.

"It was never ours to keep.

"The physics behind the bomb came from an international scientific network. During the war, owing partly to the justness of the Allied cause, partly to the stupidity and murderous anti-Semitism of Hitler, some of the greatest scientists in the field emigrated to the United States, and to Oppenheimer. Intellectually, the bomb was an international production."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

That australian never met a grizzly bear, who gets 80% of its calories from vegetation (and 20% from meat).

And "yucky?" Sounds like somebody who hates broccoli. I wonder if he drinks coffee (vegetarian), tea (vegetarian), eats bread (vegetarian), or nuts etc. Heck, what does he think his beer is made from, possum roadkill? (Although as it's Australia...)

I visualize the author as somebody who eats decomposing crocodiles and grubs raw.

That said, I don't think it's feasible for a major chunk of humanity to go vegan unless massive famines and malnutrition is within the category of "feasible."

Mmm, grubs. And certainly, a salad doesn't have the snappy taste of croc sushi.


Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

But yes, plants make a business out of not being eaten. Thats why if you eat the wrong plant, you can die, or get really, really far out.

But then, animals are the same way, only they mostly try to evade or kill you before they're eaten, not afterwards.

Although if you lick the wrong frog, you die or get far out, etc.

Some plants are sneakier-- they produce phytohormones (phytoestrogens for one) or other antinutrients that can impair digestion or fertility.

Tannins, which give wine and tea their "body", tend to impede digestion because they reduce stomach acid, and caffeine is a diuretic and stimulant which also helps suppress appetite short-term.

The result: eat too much, get a bellyache and move on to find something better to eat later. The plant thrives, having kung-fu'ed the herbivore into leaving it alone.

Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm developing a theory that most of what ails the newspaper business is simply USA Today. End of the mystery.

I disagree that Americans getting into spicy foods "means" something. I think the avoidance of flavor is a historical anomaly that is merely shifting to the center.

I don't agree with prejudice against American cheese, either. A decently aged Wisconsin cheddar is very, very good. I should note I believed this before taking a cheeseless year. Now, if you are talking about the wrapped slices of "cheese food" of course that's something different. I hope we don't export that stuff. It could be Why They Hate Us.

It's completely feasable to go vegan if enough people want to. Going vegan in a culture full of non-vegans is very difficult. I have noticed it is almost impossible to buy prepared foods at restaurants that include anything green, yellow, or orange, before 11 a.m. Sure, there are fried potatoes, grits, oatmeal, cereal, but that's not what I'm talking about. It's difficult enough to find beans for breakfast (hint: Mexican lunchwagons go out early) I wouldn't have any problem eating vegan if I had someone willing to make the stuff for me and sell to me. Takes a good cook. Lots of recipes. Sure, I'd have meat on occasion, just like a bear. It wasn't too long ago that some people here had a pig per family per year, and chicken on Sunday, and not too much more than that.

Posted by: Jumper | November 5, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I saw this on the news the other day, and thought some of you may consder this very newsworthy.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2007/11/01/hops-shortage.html

We are facing a world wide shortage of hops, which means your beer supply is going to decline in quality and go up in price.

Oh the humanity.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, here's something to cheer you up. They're making a Thomas Kinkaide (i) movie (/i)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0999872/

I thought it was funny to read this:

"Plot Synopsis: This plot synopsis is empty."

Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: SonofCarl | November 5, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Mostly, I think I am going to start a list of all the yarn stores I go by. Mr dr is deeply resistant to stopping, and unless we go to somewhere like Cabelas, I suspect he will continue to be resistant. Never fear, you'll get to socks yet and you will be all the way down that garden path.

(Insert nefarious laughter as we wily Canucks once again plot to take over the world one little thing at a time)

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - it isn't the proliferation of nuclear technology that is of most concern, but rather the proliferation of fissile material. No fissile material, no bomb.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

41 on the quiz. A wasted youth. Har har.

Posted by: bill everything | November 5, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

There is a book review of a new Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran on Arts and Letters, that is darn tootin' boodle worthy. It was so good I almost cried.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I have been to the Cabelas near Mitchell,South Dakota more times than I can count. No knitting store in sight.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

There is a book review of a new Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran on Arts and Letters, that is darn tootin' boodle worthy. It was so good I almost cried.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double post. I should know better.

Yeah CP, I believe it, but to get there, I'd have to pass at least 12 yarn stores. And just so you know what kind of tricky guy mr dr is, he would then find a way to avoid driving through a community of more than 100 people all the way home. It can be done in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and I'm certain he find a way to do it the rest of the way.

Posted by: dr | November 5, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

dr, you have a finely honed subversive streak! Boodle worthy, indeed.

Posted by: mostlylurking | November 5, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I confess to having purchased yarn from China off Ebay: gorgeous light green wool. Mo, our Mo, sports a scarf made of this stuff. I still feel guilty. However, yarn shops near me -- and I do buy when I can -- are very pricey. No one knits by necessity anymore, as the prices mean that we are crafting wearable art.

I only purchased one lot from China and am still working my way through this. I hope that no one was chained to the loom. I hope that they wear masks to keep the fibers out of their lungs.

I have also purchased sweaters from the thrift store to felt into hats or even purses.....my friends are used to use odd projects qua gifts.

Pardon this yarnie moment. ML and DR and some others will understand.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Dave of the Counties!
Ikea is selling this:
CYCAS REVOLUTA
Potted plant
$9.99

Should we be worried? Should we buy it? How do we care for this?

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"Lick the wrong frog..."

D@mmit, now ya tell me. *sigh*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Silly Mudge, not lick the frog, KISS the frog and wonderful things will happen.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 5, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, CP, that's certainly the line I used to tell the ladies.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, sure, NOW you say that, CP. But read Wilbrod's 5:56. She clearly wrote "lick the frog." So for the last hour or so, I've...

OK, never mind. It isn't about "me." I understand that. A little miscommunication. Happens all the time. No harm, no foul.

But still...

*ptooey*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

And Joel. I understand that the reduction in subscribers to the WaPo is an alarming trend to someone employed by said newspaper, but fear not. You have mad skills. There will always be a market for folks like you who can help the rest of us make sense of the world.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

A curious glitch. For the last several posts, when I hit "Submit" Movable Type pops up with the message, "Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive 'Weekly20071104000000' failed: Build error in template 'Date Based Archive': Error in tag: Can't find included template module 'wpnitop624'"

And then when I hit the "back" button and then refresh, my post is right there where it oughta be.

I just love it when the IT wizards get in there and "fix" things.

Oh, hello...Newman.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Are you ready for some football? It looks like it is going to be a rainy night in Pittsburgh, #1 defense against #2 defense.
should be a smashmouth old school style tonight.

I sure love Monday Night Football!!

Posted by: purplewithenvy | November 5, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, my friend from India follows the traditional definition of "vegetarian", which means somebody who has never eaten meat, poultry, fish, or eggs IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE.

Indians do consume a lot of dairy for the vitamin B-12 and other products that are difficult to obtain from vegan sources.

There is no known human culture that has ever been exclusively vegan and survived.

Therefore, it's unlikely being vegan is feasible because it
1) restricts food production to arable land, rather than grazeable land
2) makes food transport costs higher. You can drive pigs or cattle to market pre-car. Vegetables don't walk.
3) Ties supply more tightly to the vagarities of climate and season. A pig can be kept and slaughtered when a food shortage is expected; you can't keep vegetables in the ground past the first frost.

If you eat meat only rarely, you're not a vegetarian, but an omnivore that tends to be predominantly vegetarian.

Of course, it was my bad luck to get seriously ill with bronchitis week 3 into my vegan-for-lent plan, but now I'm completely off the idea forever; I went ovo-lacto-vegetarian far longer than that and never was that sick.

That was the MOST ill I've been since I was 7 years old. I was barfing every hour from the coughing.

Now, I do like and eat vegan meals, that's not a problem, but I'll never put myself in a diet where I have to take pills or "non-food" to have a balanced diet.

However my ancestors certainly practiced mediveal Lent:

http://anvil.unl.edu/agnes/RecreatingLent.htm

They'd have eaten meat, fish, milk, and eggs, even if they ate 90% vegetarian due to income issues; meat once or twice a month is better than vegan health-wise.

Note that the diet would have been strictly vegan for a while, except for fish and other approved meats... no milk, no eggs-- not even butter or lard. People compensated by growing local oil crops, but there's only so long oil lasts, and the more northern countries wound up with either rancid oils OR buying heavily adulterated olive oils from the south.

It may not be so surprising they were the countries that would embrace Lutheranism with high speed. Anything to avoid Lenten cooking.


Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I see the same thing Mudge.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 5, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Mudge is correct. I meant the poison dart froggies, CP.

"The frog's poison is secreted through the skin and even a lick can sometimes prove fatal. Poison dart frogs have about 200 micrograms of poison in their systems. It would take only 2 micrograms to kill a human."

I don't think the Choco Indians ever tried frenching those frogs. The ones who did, were called Choco-lates.

http://www.nashvillezoo.org/blfrog.htm

On the other hand, their poison is really a good pain blocker. I guess dying does solve that pesky pain issue for anybody.

And there's always cane toads if you want to branch out into tripping, or so it is claimed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoactive_toad

And here's a Lady who found her Toad prince priceless...
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6376594


Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Thus we understand when Grahame wrote in The Wind in the Willows about Mr. Toad's wild ride in a motorcar, he was sending the very first anti-DWI message ever recorded.

Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Purple, those retro Steeler uniforms are a bit...well...ugly.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

//I'm developing a theory that most of what ails the newspaper business is simply USA Today. End of the mystery.//

Exactly right, Jumper. I thought the same when I saw that list.

Posted by: nellie | November 5, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

//I'm developing a theory that most of what ails the newspaper business is simply USA Today. End of the mystery.//

Exactly right, Jumper. I thought the same thing when I saw that list. Like a vampire, the non-newspaper is sucking all the news out of the real papers.

Posted by: nellie | November 5, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Getting the same Moveable Type thing that Mudge and RD reported.

Posted by: nellie | November 5, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

SCC "sucking all the news" should be "sucking all the readers."

Posted by: nellie | November 5, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, green/purple, but that game's over. Man.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Man, those helmets aren't yellow, they're chicken.

Posted by: bob dylan | November 5, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Man, those helmets aren't yellow, they're chicken.

Posted by: bob dylan | November 5, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Man, those helmets aren't yellow, they're chicken.

Posted by: bob dylan | November 5, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, those helmets aren't yellow, they're chicken.

Posted by: bob dylan | November 5, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive 'Weekly20071104000000' failed: Build error in template 'Date Based Archive': Error in tag: Can't find included template module 'wpnitop624'

Posted by: frustration | November 5, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

This thing could get even uglier than the Redskins-Patriots humiliation.

Bob, I liked your lyrics to "Positively Fourth Street" better than "Man, Those Helmets Aren't Yellow."

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Ain't it just like the moveable type to mess with you when you're trying to boodle.

Posted by: bob dylan | November 5, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse


Ahem, I just want to know if the Steelers are going to be accused of running up the score?

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | November 5, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

It's not the repetition part, Bob; that's cool. It...I dunno...it just doesn't go anywhere, ya know? It needs some devlopment, some plot, some existential angst or a cri d'couer about unrequited love, escaping town with a Mexican chick, watchtowers. Something.

Ben Relentlessberger has just thrown five touchdowns in one half, a new record. (Which is more TDs than Baltimore has all year, Kornheiser says.

I fear I must avert my eyes.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

FYI Ephron's first name does not have an "h." I only know this because her unsufferable column appears in our Gannett rag on Saturdays.

A vote of the most insufferable columnists would be fun some day.

Posted by: bill everything | November 5, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, bill. I think Coulter, Krauthammer and then Novak (in that order) pretty much have a lock on it. But yeah, the next seven could be a little more competitive.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 5, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

UGLY

Posted by: purplewithenvy | November 5, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I dig the Steelers' throwback unis.

I think the Steelers do, too. They seem to score a lot when they're wearing 'em. 35 in the first half.

On the other hand, they're not nearly as ugly as the Iggles throwbacks...

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/photos/index.asp?section_id=1256

bc

Posted by: bc | November 5, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

College Parkian - my mother is an entire decade of yarnie moments.

I so relate - understand - not so much - but then again mother does not relate to my obsessions - so I've always considered us even.

The children have joked that mothers house is insulated floor to ceiling by bags of yarn and partially completed knitting projects.

And then there is the wool that she will eventually spin into something.

Posted by: Pacifica | November 5, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I am the idiot. Was thinking of Mona Charen. Yikes. Still, no "h."

Posted by: bill everything | November 5, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go on the ca''a''rt. I'm not dead yet... I'm feeling much better!

I'm leaving in less than 24 hours.

dbG, how did your sale go?

dmd, love you too.

TBG, your old TV must be wonderful.

shrieking denizen, I had to go back and back to find your proper transliteration and transcription and translation of the Aufray song. And I was lost in admiration (of both you and me). You used my "I fain would open my heart" line, which was excellent. And my French does suck, but not as badly as I think. Thank you. I admire more than you know your willingness to play the game. Thank you!

But... I'm worried that our Curmudgeon might have been left out of the game; he should have been the one to contact Aufray. So both of you extend hands to the other, and figure out a way that Joel can profit from 'Mudge's detective work and Shriek's understanding. K? I expect you to be bestest friends before I get back, lest "I need to come up there."

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go on the ca''a''rt. I'm not dead yet... I'm feeling much better!

I'm leaving in less than 24 hours.

dbG, how did your sale go?

dmd, love you too.

TBG, your old TV must be wonderful.

shrieking denizen, I had to go back and back to find your proper transliteration and transcription and translation of the Aufray song. And I was lost in admiration (of both you and me). You used my "I fain would open my heart" line, which was excellent. And my French does suck, but not as badly as I think. Thank you. I admire more than you know your willingness to play the game. Thank you!

But... I'm worried that our Curmudgeon might have been left out of the game; he should have been the one to contact Aufray. So both of you extend hands to the other, and figure out a way that Joel can profit from 'Mudge's detective work and Shriek's understanding. K? I expect you to be bestest friends before I get back, lest "I need to come up there."

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go on the ca''a''rt. I'm not dead yet... I'm feeling much better!

I'm leaving in less than 24 hours.

dbG, how did your sale go?

dmd, love you too.

TBG, your old TV must be wonderful.

And I've tried to post this comment thrice, and have been confronted by the following error-message (but goodness, wouldn't I be grateful to get a message from Error).

Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive 'Weekly20071104000000' failed: Build error in template 'Date Based Archive': Error in tag: Can't find included template module 'wpnitop624'

shrieking denizen, I had to go back and back to find your proper transliteration and transcription and translation of the Aufray song. And I was lost in admiration (of both you and me). You used my "I fain would open my heart" line, which was excellent. And my French does suck, but not as badly as I think. Thank you. I admire more than you know your willingness to play the game. Thank you!

But... I'm worried that our Curmudgeon might have been left out of the game; he should have been the one to contact Aufray. So both of you extend hands to the other, and figure out a way that Joel can profit from 'Mudge's detective work and Shriek's understanding. K? I expect you to be bestest friends before I get back, lest "I need to come up there."

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2007 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go on the ca''a''rt. I'm not dead yet... I'm feeling much better!

I'm leaving in less than 24 hours.

dbG, how did your sale go?

dmd, love you too.

TBG, your old TV must be wonderful.

And I've tried to post this comment thrice, and have been confronted by the following error-message (but goodness, wouldn't I be grateful to get a message from Error?).

Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive 'Weekly20071104000000' failed: Build error in template 'Date Based Archive': Error in tag: Can't find included template module 'wpnitop624'

shrieking denizen, I had to go back and back to find your proper transliteration and transcription and translation of the Aufray song. And I was lost in admiration (of both you and me). You used my "I fain would open my heart" line, which was excellent. And my French does suck, but not as badly as I feared. Thank you. I admire more than you know your willingness to play the game. Thank you!

But... I'm worried that our Curmudgeon might have been left out of the game; he should have been the one to contact Aufray. So both of you extend a hand to the other, and figure out a way that Joel can profit from 'Mudge's detective work and Shriek's understanding. K? I expect you to be bestest friends before I get back, lest "I need to come up there."

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the boodle that never ends,
Yes, it goes on and on my friends
Some people started boodling it, not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue boodling it forever just because--

Posted by: Wilbrod | November 5, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse


Wilbrodog was here!!!

Posted by: Wilbrodog | November 5, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go on the ca''a''rt. I'm not dead yet... I'm feeling much better!

I'm leaving in less than 24 hours.

dbG, how did your sale go?

dmd, love you too.

TBG, your old TV must be wonderful.

And I've tried to post this comment thrice, and have been confronted by the following error-message (but goodness, wouldn't I be grateful to get a message from Error?).

Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive 'Weekly20071104000000' failed: Build error in template 'Date Based Archive': Error in tag: Can't find included template module 'wpnitop624'

shrieking denizen, I had to go back and back to find your proper transliteration and transcription and translation of the Aufray song. And I was lost in admiration (of both you and me). You used my "I fain would open my heart" line, which was excellent. And my French does suck, but not as badly as I feared. Thank you. I admire more than you know your willingness to play the game. Thank you!

But... I'm worried that our Curmudgeon might have been left out of the game; he should have been the one to contact Aufray. So both of you extend a hand to the other, and figure out a way that Joel can profit from 'Mudge's detective work and Shriek's understanding. K? I expect you to be bestest friends before I get back, lest "I need to come up there."

Posted by: Yoki | November 6, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

\\And I've tried to post this comment thrice, and have been confronted by the following error-message (but goodness, wouldn't I be grateful to get a message from Error).

Every year, on Chin Min (Chinese equivalent of All Souls Day) the ethnic Chinese in this region would burn all kind of things for the dead, especially things they were using when they were alive. For example, dvd players, tvs, telephones, shoes, clothing etc. Paper money with many zeros are a must. Also, lots of "one cents" - 5"x5" pieces of paper with a small silver or gold square painted in the centre.

Every year, two of my sisters will go shopping for my parents. One thing my eldest sister absolutely refused to buy is a telephone. I knew why but just to be cheeky I asked her why but she won't say it. She probably watched too many ghost movies. As if my parents are going to call home in the middle of the night.

Posted by: rainforest | November 6, 2007 3:20 AM | Report abuse

These darn time shifts always discombobulate the servers...

*rolling-my-eyes Grover waves*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Too funny, rainforest!

Mudge, Mudge, don't make me burn a phone for Error so he can give you a set-you-straight-on-IT call.

I've never attended a class on all the systems I manage, and WaPo's people probably haven't either. Sometimes it takes a while to solve problems, lacking, I don't know, a stylebook? :-) We have a little saying in the profession:

Mechanical Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a light room.
Chemical Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room.
Software Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room in which there is no cat.
System Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room in which there is no cat and someone yells, "I got it!"

Yoki, thanks for asking. It went well. My friend and I sold a lot of jewelry and hope to be asked to return next year for this and a related show. Unpacking all the supplies I took, that's a different story!

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Too funny, rainforest!

Mudge, Mudge, don't make me burn a phone for Error so he can give you a set-you-straight-on-IT call.

I've never attended a class on all the systems I manage, and WaPo's people probably haven't either. Sometimes it takes a while to solve problems, lacking, I don't know, a stylebook? :-) We have a little saying in the profession:

Mechanical Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a light room.
Chemical Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room.
Software Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room in which there is no cat.
System Engineering is like looking for a black cat in a dark room in which there is no cat and someone yells, "I got it!"

Yoki, thanks for asking. It went well. My friend and I sold a lot of jewelry and hope to be asked to return next year for this and a related show. Unpacking all the supplies I took, that's a different story!

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 5:16 AM | Report abuse

"I got it!", twice.

Hi, Scotty!

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Virtual black helicopters have taken away the Boodle for questioning.

I'm going back to bed for a while. Let me know how it all turns out.

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 6:00 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Yoki, no worries about me and Shriek--I'm grateful to her for e-mailing the Aufray people. I only found her translation late last night, but was too weary to go over it carefully. I will today. But anything that advances the research is fine by me. I was thinking about contacting PPM to see if I could get somebody to respond and shed some light on the song. I'll do that today, too. (I'm probably working from home today--got a tooth that went bad last Friday and I've been surviving on oxycodin until I can get in to my dentist this morning. That oxywhatsis sure is good stuff.)

To paraphrase ivansmom, Yoki, "Flya con queso."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 6, 2007 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Hi Pacifica -- feeling affection for your mother across the miles. Yarnophilia: harmless, really.

Yoki is off to the Old Sod and sure to feel right at home. Hope for a sighting of Roddy Doyle or Colm Toibin. But, you will be really charmed if you have find and have tea with our own Maggie O'D.

Rained all night. I hope I can bike to my rounds and assorted eceteras....take care everyone as leaves are slippery.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I fear people aren't posting because of that *^$#^@#$ Movable Type glitch. Remember, the trick is after you hit the submit button and the MT message comes up, hit the back button once, then the refresh button.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | November 6, 2007 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Hit the back button once, then the refrest button. Got it, Mudge!

Have fun at the dentist's! Now there's a scary thought.

Good morning! Today I woke up at 6:30, instead of 5:15 like I did yesterday. Falling back is always easier than springing forward.

Cassandra, hope you enjoy a pleasant day. It's supposed to be really cold tomorrow.

I'm going to take my morning walk and swing by the school to vote. Lots going on in this community. The most important is the referendum on the transit tax. I'm voting to keep.

Posted by: Slyness | November 6, 2007 7:21 AM | Report abuse

So I have to move my type backwards and then freshen it up? What?

*scouring the cafeteria for more caffeine*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Good for you DBG and other boodler-prenuers. Yoki wrote "thrice." Yummy.

Mudge, the new Korean Air ads are bizarrely Channelish. I cannot tell what they are selling us, but that shade of blue is truly Tiffany-aqua. Which, of course, is your blue.

Rainforest, I always love hearing what you have to say.

Mornin' to the AM crew.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Ironically, I have the opposite problem from what Joel describes. I seldom get mail.

I mean, we have ways to keep me off mailing lists at work, so the only thing I ever receive is boring official stuff.

And at home my wife, who handles the bills because she doesn't trust me to do so, always intercepts the mail before I can get to it.

I guess this explains why none of those catalogs ever show up.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 6, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, the software is reporting a spurious error as it tries to update the html code to reflect new comments.

But I am sure that the Washington Post has highly trained professionals working diligently to fix this annoying problem even as we speak.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 6, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

You're fortunate, RD. This time of year, my recycling bin is groaning with the weight of all the (mostly useless) catalogs. I swear those companies are like seagulls. Not only do they keep coming back, but they bring all their friends, too.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 6, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

*&^%# Moveable Type. Back button and refresh does bring it to its senses, though.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 6, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hi Raysmom,

RD is talking about the spendiferous catalog that sells fripperies and other delectable froths and suspensions of fabric, lycra, and spider silk.

You know, what replaces the Sears catalog for allowable viewing.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:27 AM | Report abuse

CP: Maybeee....

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 6, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Pardon my denseness, I missed the reference to "those" catalogs! Perhaps she's just trying to maintain a realistic body image for the RD-dot.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 6, 2007 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Credits were offered Yoki, just didn't have an answer yet. I'll try a different angle and report soon.
I watched Rainy Night Football first half then fell asleep during halftime. I didn't miss much, 3 lousy points in the whole half after scoring 35 in the first.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | November 6, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

And then there are the catalogs that I like to browse through with no intention of purchasing. You know, like the woodworker's catalog where they will sell you a precision file. For $736 dollars. (But it's really, really precise.)

My wife feels that I have more productive things to do.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 6, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Is Ann Coulter a real columnist? I count her as someone famous just for being famous, like Paris Hilton. I find Bob Novak amusing in a supervillain kind of way. Despite what you think of his politics, he does break and make news.

Mona Charen is pretty bad, but nobody is worse than Cal Thomas. I can never make it to the end of one of his columns without gagging. Funny how all the really bad columnists are conservative. Is that because of or despite their ideology?

Posted by: Mo MoDo | November 6, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only person who actually reads the voters guide ahead of time and knows who and what I want to vote for? There were three people in line in front of me this morning and three voting machines. Yet it took almost 20 minutes for me to vote. The three people already at the machines stood there, stood there, staring, like monkeys attempting calculus. Meanwhile, my chances of getting to my train on time dwindled.
Really, I'm OK now.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 6, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Good point, Raysmom, since most of us are not eligible for that job and with good and natural reasons.

RD, my neighbor now owns a set of Italian wood rasps....more than a dozen. This keeps him from the dreaded midlife crisis and so the wood-worker's wife sighs and ignores the credit card evidence.

Raysmom, I am just about done putting the garden to bed. I leave stalks for birdlets, which drives my tasteful-foundation-plantings neighbor quietly crazy.

Now, because of RD and Raysmom, I am wondering if her nether garments are as tasteful .....

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Call me when the boodle is fixed.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

This moveable type is some robust software... This non-sense pops up after a simple time adjustment. Wasn't it the Daylight saving time adjustment last Spring that transformed MT into a Random Time Generating machine?

Posted by: shrieking denizen | November 6, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Mo Modo, pardon my cluelessness, but are you the one and only original blogger named Mo? Or are you simply a boodler who need generous portions of MoDo served up hot and homestyle?

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

*sad SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/05/ice.costume/index.html

*rolling-my-eyes SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Mo Modo, pardon my cluelessness, but are you the one and only original blogger named Mo? Or are you simply a boodler who need generous portions of MoDo served up hot and homestyle?

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

CeePee,
Mo Modo has an evil twin: Pop Socket.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | November 6, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Yello -- Ron Paul surged forth financially with amazing web-based contributions. Pass it on to Sock Poppet, Esq.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Is Yello off his/her meds and channeling multiple personalities again? Why can't human resources keep me on the need-to-know memo list.

Off to hardware store. Send rescue squad if you do not hear from me by 2.

Posted by: College Parkian | November 6, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope that all the registered voters take the opportunity to vote.

I mean, the repercussions should unqualified people end up as Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Directors are too onerous to contemplate.

And I agree with Raysmom (just kidding about *those* catalogs by the way) regarding voters. They seem to take an awful lot of time at these local elections.

My theory is that they are used to voting party lines, and find themselves confused to see so many candidates without party affiliation.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 6, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I like the sound of opening mail, the risk of a paper cut...

http://emilyharveygallery.com

Posted by: emilyharveygallery.com | November 6, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I like the sound of opening mail, the risk of a paper cut...

http://emilyharveygallery.com

Posted by: http://emilyharveygallery.com | November 6, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I like the sound of opening mail, the risk of a paper cut...

http://emilyharveygallery.com

Posted by: emilyharveygallery.com | November 6, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I like the sound of opening mail, the risk of a paper cut...

http://emilyharveygallery.com

Posted by: emilyharveygallery | November 6, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I got a MoveableType submission error (couldn't find an include template) so I kept trying - sorry for those duplicates, totally un-intended.

"I like the sound of opening mail, the risk of a paper cut...

http://emilyharveygallery.com

Posted by: emilyharveygallery.com | November 6, 2007 08:54 AM "

Posted by: http:.//emilyharveygallery.com | November 6, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey, somebody give poor emilyharvey a hand here. She's going to bleed to death.

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

shriek, you're correct that the folks hosting WaPo.com's MT comment system don't seem to have a grip on DST. There are similar problems twice a year, every year...

I'm not going to get started in on that again.

I did notice that Pitt did take steps to avoid running up the score, even though there are scenarios where it could potentially hurt them in the long run (e.g. several playoff seeding tiebreakers involve point scoring and differentials).

FWIW, Pats Head Coach Bill B-chick thinks about stuff like this, and does not hesitate to bring every possible advantage to his team, just in case a tiebreaker is employed...

bc

Posted by: bc | November 6, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Election day, folks! Get out there and VOTE!

Take your time, too. Nice to hear that off-cycle folks are actually there and trying to be careful about who they vote for.

Going off to work the polls for my school board candidate today. I've learned this year how much fun the local elections really are. That's where you get to know the candidate and the real nitty gritty.

I mean when you have to decide what your one mailing is going to say or whether you can afford that ad in the local-local-local rag... that's politics!

Posted by: TBG | November 6, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Since the topic of newspaper columnists came up, it seemed appropriate for Mo MoDo (who is NOT the lovely lady of darkness we don't see enough of anymore) to answer. Pop Socket doesn't blog much because the competition in deranged Ron Paul websites is too tough. He does share commenter duties at Wonkette with MoMoDo where he does keep track of the Paultards, but only as a disinterested cynical observer.

MoMoDo has also been keeping up with National Blog Posting Month. There's plenty of Dowd related umbrage out there to keep track of.

http://dowdreport.blogspot.com/

Someday that blog will refute once and for all the meme that Maureen Dowd singlehandedly defeated Al Gore.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Have fun TBG and good for you for getting involved.

Speaking of mail I came home yesterday to find out my kids school fundraiser this year is selling magazine subscriptions. I have a feeling this fundraiser is going to significantly raise the amount of mail we receive. Can't help being a little leary of this fundraiser though, reminds me of the annoying phone calls I get from Magazine subscription scams.

Posted by: dmd | November 6, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Have fun TBG and good for you for getting involved.

Speaking of mail I came home yesterday to find out my kids school fundraiser this year is selling magazine subscriptions. I have a feeling this fundraiser is going to significantly raise the amount of mail we receive. Can't help being a little leary of this fundraiser though, reminds me of the annoying phone calls I get from Magazine subscription scams.

Posted by: dmd | November 6, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to say earlier, great kit! And I believe Nora Ephron has a great point or three.

Here in Philadelphia, from what I can tell every single mayoral candidate is an "I did it my way" Guiliani-style narcissist, although each lacks RG's overwhelming tooth veneers.

My councilman is under siege from a newcomer, who visited my house a few weeks ago and became visibly angry when I said that our current councilman has truly represented me (and my area) a number of times in the 5 years I've been here. One of his volunteers had to pull him away. Guess I know who I'm sticking with.

Hope everyone has a good Election Day and votes for their beliefs.

Posted by: dbG | November 6, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse


I read this in the Miami Herald but it originated in the Post--Richard Cohen compares and contrasts some of Republican candidates' positions on waterboarding and sleep deprivation. I thought he did a pretty good job of summing it up.

http://www.miamiherald.com/851/story/297190.html

Posted by: kbertocci | November 6, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Dance to Les Rita Mitsouko 'Marcia Baïla' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FVlfOgTo8 French punk rock synth pop style.

Posted by: omni | November 6, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What is frightening about the Ron Paul cash haul is that it was done on Guy Fawkes Day, the celebration of a failed attempt to overthrow a tyrannical British government. Says mountains about the simmering anger of the electorate.

Posted by: Pop Socket | November 6, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Dance to Les Rita Mitsouko 'Marcia Baïla' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FVlfOgTo8 French punk rock synth pop style.

Posted by: omni | November 6, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

http://encarta.msn.com/quiz_97/The_Language_of_Politics_A_Word_Origins_quiz.html

Posted by: omni | November 6, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday afternoon, I began to come down with a good cold or a bad sinus infection. The throat is less raw this morning, and it is too tiring to have my eyes open or think for any length of time. I would like to talk about the Texas Book Festival when I am able.

Posted by: Loomis | November 6, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

9/10 on the politics quiz. There is a good website that explains the origins of bunches of phrases.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/

It's got a uk top level domain, but it seems pretty pond-side independent.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Man, having all KINDS of tech problems with the blog this morning.

Please stand by.

Do not adjust your set.

New kit coming as soon as Newman or Corones or somesuch heroic dot.com person figures out what to do. Where's the Schemer????

Posted by: Achenbach | November 6, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

9/10 on the polspeak quiz. I can understand almost all of the mustelid languages- skunk, weasel, politician, although I do sometimes have a problem with the regional accents in Old Stoatish.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | November 6, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The sleeping giant in the electorate, I believe, is the illegal aliens issue. We know the war(s) is the obvious issue, but it appears that folks out there are in a real Know-nothing mood. It may have some effect on elections for the House and Senate, but it may have a more insidious effect on local elections; see, Prince William County, VA.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 6, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Movable Type is still giving us fits. Got 8 of 10 on the quiz; missed the origin of filibuster and "pass the buck". Gotta run. "Fun" meeting coming up.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 6, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Pop Socket, I read the Ron Paul news and immediately thought of you. Glad to see you weighed in.

Posted by: dr | November 6, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

7/10 on the quiz... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

OOOH! No Movable Type issues this time! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, New Kit...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, have a wonderful time over there. Its one of my dream vacation places. Raise a Guiness for the boodle, or two.

Posted by: dr | November 6, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I just couldn't help sharing the last line of Howard Kurtz's colum today: "Perhaps therapists will have a new problem to deal with. But Time wins the hype sweepstakes with this story: "Facebook: More Popular Than Porn."

Posted by: CowTown | November 6, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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