Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

seen and heard

apr
28
2005

seen: criminal evidence

Headline of the day: Pants Left Behind Yielded Pivotal Link (Washington Post, 04/28/05) I have to ask, what kind of dumbass leaves his knickers at the scene of the crime? Then again, this is the same person who felt compelled …

apr
13
2005

seen: cloned beef

Headline of the day, seen at Wired.com: Cloned Cows Yummy and Safe

apr
12
2005

heard: shout out

Heard at the beginning of Monday night’s edition of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Welcome to another … intellectually stimulating Daily Show. Perhaps you could write a thesis on it … Or, perhaps you could try and pass your …

mar
30
2005

seen: mmm … donuts

I’m in a proactive mood tonight, so, among other things, I’ve gone through the Big Stack of Mail on my counter. Among the things I unearthed: a recruitment postcard from a local church. On the right side of the postcard, …

mar
26
2005

heard: oughta

I oughta edit you! - Shawn, to Rob in a “Why I oughta…” tone of voice, at dinner.

mar
10
2005

seen: pop tart tip

Seen on a “Taco Talk” flyer advertising Pop Tart Day (March 23) at California Tortilla: But PLEASE, heed the warning on the package: Remove the wrapper before toasting! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten and had to …

mar
08
2005

seen: so there

This cracked me up. Seen on the LiveJournal of someone I know: “Turns out I Googled every band you know, and I stole their music, and I listened to their music and deleted it! What do you think about THAT?”

mar
06
2005

seen: on top of the world

The NASA Web site offers an “Astronomy Picture of the Day.” Today’s is astounding: a panoramic photo of the view from the top of Mt. Everest, by Roddy Mackenzie. Absolutely breathtaking. (Link found via Fark.)

feb
26
2005

seen: a new revolution

The remnants of a novelty sticker on the backside of a sign near the Tidal Basin reads “Liberaché: Revolution in Rhinestones.”

feb
25
2005

seen: kitties

Headline of the day, seen on the home page of azstarnet.com (Web site of The Arizona Daily Star): Big cat reported in city; search finds only kitties (The story was about a mountain lion sighting.)

jan
26
2005

heard: light bulb

My friend Shawn passed on this joke that made me giggle: Q: How many Bush Administration officials does it take to change a light bulb? A: There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its condition is improving every day. …

jan
19
2005

seen: level of access

Washington Post columnist/blogger Joel Achenbach writes about the types of users defined by his blogging tool (TypePad): So anyway, theres junior author and author and owner, but I think theres an even higher level than that, an uber-owner, with a …

jan
18
2005

seen: streets like thunderdome

The Washington Post today reports on likely traffic problems in the District this week as a result of the presidential inauguration on Thursday. Traffic watchers said people should think of it as something like a regular weekday rush hour and …

jan
14
2005

seen: awkward

I saw this today in Amy Joyce’s weekly “Life at Work” chat at washingtonpost.com: Miami, Fla.: Do you think it’s unethical and/or tacky for a top executive to bring their daughter to make the rounds and sell Girl Scout cookies? …

jan
11
2005

seen: dietary recommendation

Seen as a postscript on the Web page for the new iPod shuffle: Do not eat iPod shuffle. (Near the top of the page, the new iPod is pictured next to two packages of chewing gum.) Also funny: The super-enthusiastic …

jan
10
2005

seen: we're no dummies

Last night, driving Dari home after our customary Sunday night dinner at Kabob Bazaar in Clarendon, we passed an Arlington County police car parked alongside Hudson Street, near Nam Viet. Eagle-eyed Rob noticed something amiss: Sitting in the driver’s seat …

jan
05
2005

seen: alert system

Seen on a friend’s IM away message: my boss just made siren noises at us. i guess that means it’s meeting time or something.

dec
29
2004

seen: remedy of last resort

Seen in the “Today’s Headlines and Columnists” e-mail digest from washingtonpost.com: New Drug Is Approved To Treat Chronic Pain Synthetic Snail Venom Is Considered a Last Resort (The Washington Post) Ewww. I have to wonder who would have thought up …

dec
15
2004

seen: this day in history

On this day … 15 December. In 1980 members of the Truth Tabernacle Church in Burlington, North Carolina, staged a mock trial, charging ‘Satan Claus’ on 10 counts, including child abuse, impersonation of St Nicholas, Baal idolatry and falsification of …

nov
14
2004

seen: job requirements

Jim Romenesko’s media news blog last week pointed out an article in the Washington Post about the people who write those newspaper and magazine headlines that entice you to read (or, conversely, dissuade you from reading further) the entire story. …