Friday, April 21, 2006


Colbert meets Shakespeare.

"Drive-by Thumb-biting".



Hamlet, Again.

Hamlet, Again, Again."

Shakespeare is a bad, bad influence.

"Alias" and "Lost" meet... "Star Trek"?

Apparently, J.J. Abrams will be directing the next "Star Trek" movie, at least according to CNN. I can see it now... Kirk, Spock, and McCoy meet at the academy, where they unknowingly start working for Section 31. When they start asking too many questions, they are stranded on an uncharted planet populated by polar bears, psychics, crazed Mimbari, Hobbits, and various Pretty People with Issues.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Quote of the Day - April 20, 2006

Be seeing you.

- The Prisoner

MSNBC: Infectious Diseases Division

Hmmm, MSNBC has a whole section devoted to infectious disease. The mumps outbreak in the midwest is currently beating out bird flu and that woman in L.A. who got the bubonic plauge as the top story. Hypochondriacs need not apply.

In other news health-related news, the death rate actually declined by nearly 50,000 deaths from 2003 to 2004 (yet this Reuter's UK headline zeroes in on the fact that Alzheimer's ranking on the list of causes of death went up. Way to disguise great news as bad news, guys).

Naval Signal Flags

Over at Achenblog, the posts are known as the Kit, the comments are known as the Boodle, and the commenters are known as Boodlers. The boodlers often take over the blog, with their occasionally serious but mostly silly conversations winding away from the orginal topic of the Kit and even spilling over across the Boodles of many Kits. They have a grand old time making obscure references and mass producing puns and occassionally (ever so occassionally) having a deep conversation about, let's say, global warming or the nature of coincidences.

So, anyway, one of the Boodlers, Curmudgeon, has gotten his very own Kit to himself (Joel has previously posted Kits with the highlights of some of the comments, most likely to avoid producing a full Kit that day). Curmudgeon (who claims to have been around forever) has been promising for weeks to tell the origin of naval signal flags, and he has delivered. I will warn you, if you are allergic to puns, you may want to stear clear. There's a particularly potent one about half-way through that momentarily blinded my coworker with pain. Also, if you are tired of jokes at Bush's expense, you may want to skip the part on the Crusades and scroll down to the part where he says "You may call me Ishmael", though you will be missing out on most of the good bad puns if you do so. And, most important, if you are looking for an actual history lesson... don't bother. It's all in good fun. Congratulations, 'Mudge. The Boodlers may steal the blog from Joel yet.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Another Reason to be Nice to the Waiter

Those around you may judge you by how you treat the waiter. So when you're at that business lunch or dinner date, don't forget that the person taking your order is a person. Being nice to the people you are trying to impress is easy. But treating everyone else with respect may be the key to success.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Buh-bye, Jenna and Barbara

Bush is being encouraged to bring new blood into his administration. But who will go next? And who will take their place?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Dear Media - There Are, In Fact, Lines You are not Allowed to Cross

Two lines were crossed here, but one of them is actually a crime. A Weather Channel crew was arrested for trespassing on the property of someone who was killed by a tornado. Can we make repeatedly asking someone whose life has been turned upside-down how they "feel" while shoving a microphone in their face a crime as well? This would apply to all disaster victims as well as people whose loved ones have died. "How do you feel?" "Well, I was holding it together, but since you have repeatedly asked me to reflect on this and given me no opportunity to move on, I'm going to cry. And I hate you for it. Are you happy now?"

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Let's Be Bad Guys

Quick! Put on your British Isles/Australian accent and head here to find out how to become a movie villain!