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I want to be this good at blogging. I have only managed to read about a quarter of the site and it is fantastic. There is a distinct point of view, a broad selection of subject matter and there is tons of fresh content around the links. I can't stop reading it.

I have a looong way to go.

*Update 4/24/2011. Aaron Hawkins, who ran that site, died six years ago, but this site has been kept up to honor him. I am glad they are doing that. A heck of a guy.

asdf is worth 8 points in scrabble.

Macdonaldus senex fundum habuit.
et in hoc fundo, nonnullas boves domesticas habuit. e-i-e-i-o.
cum moo moo hic,
cum moo moo ibi.
hic una moo, ibi una moo,
ubique una moo moo.
Macdonaldus senex fundum habuit.

Pithy Quasi-Latin and

Q. Cur gallina per viam transire maluit?

R. Ut in altera parte viae ambularet.

latin riddles.

Plus, why people who use the phrase:

"Illegitimi Non Carborundum"

are wrong.

*Updated 4/24/2011. Removed bad link.

Amount Congress allocated Blue Springs, Missouri, this spring to help the town combat "gothic culture" : $237,437

Miles from Blue Springs to the nearest Gothic cathedral : 4,280

More goodness from the Harper's Index.

To learn more about goth culture, visit religioustolerance.org.

*Removed some links that weren't working 4/24/2011. Post isn't as fun without them, but what can you do?

I tried the pyrads system on blogger.com. I got 8,000 impressions free with my blogger pro signup. Based on the results, I am very glad it was free, so I am not pissed off about wasting money.

They did run my ad for 23,000 impressions over 16 hours today, though. I got a whopping 11 clicks (0.04%). Now I will grant you my tag line on the ad was not the greatest ("Commentary presented with laughter and love."), but only 11 clicks! 23,000 impressions has a street value of just under $30. If I am going to pay over $2 per visitor, I at least want people to leave some comments!

I think pyra will have to do some reworking of the pricing structure on this one. Are any of you using the pyrads? Did you have better luck?

*Removed link 4/24/2011. Kept for historical purposes.

Listen to me just hear me out, if I could have your attention
just quieten down for a voice in the crowd.
I get so confused I don't understand
I know you feel the same way you've always wanted to say
but you don't get the chance, just a voice in the crowd.

---"Vigil", Fish

Found this over at Mia's Quotes File.

Sure, you won't like everything, but I will guarantee you will find plenty of signature content here.

*Updated link 4/24/2011

Friends don't let friends play banjos.

Banjo Players Anonymous

Banjo: a Vicious Habit

The Choice is yours!

I have a relative who plays banjo. He does not find any of this even remotely funny.

If you have a local TV station that broadcasts on Channel 6, try tuning your radio to 87.7FM. I regularly listen to the Simpsons on a Fox station on my way home from work. Even though I know most episodes by heart, the Simpsons can throw so much at you at one time that you miss things. I now realize how much the audio track contributes to that show, over and above just the dialogue. At lunch, I can also listen to the various Judge shows and the Feud.

*Update 4/24/2011. With the advent of digital TV, this is no longer the case.

Made it.

Surfing late at night can cause you to click on the wrong link.

I thought I had a stroke for a second.

BBC translates their site into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Welsh.

Man, they sure do use the letter 'y' an awful lot.

"Play the best song in the world, or I'll eat your soul."

Here it is:
Tenacious D - Tribute

*Updated link 4/24/2011. Added song name since everyone now knows what it is.

This guy claims to have "The Best Page In the Universe." I don't know about that, but this is right on - I am better than your kids

---It takes a village to raise a child.
---------------It takes a child to raze a village.

*Updated 4/24/2011. Removed bad link.

Metafilter is allowing new users again. There are only 20 lucky newbies a day. The feeding frenzy starts daily at noon pacific time.

I have composed dozens of comments in my mind to the various threads and comments at mefi. I have been witty, erudite and, at times, genius. Now push comes to shove and I have to decide if I am ready to play with the big boys of blogging. I had better get prepared.

Flame-proof suit - check
Position on Israel/Palestinians - check
Learn who ev, meg and matt are - check
Search Mefi before I post - I don't want to read "More comments on this are here, DUMBASS." - check
Search Plastic before I post, just in case it was there first - check

I kid because I care.

Lawyers are buying evidence on ebay.

It's impossible to know how many lawyers are plying eBay for evidence, but it's hard to believe anyone spends more time - or money - at this form of discovery than Mark Lanier. The Texas lawyer paid $1,025 recently to win a 47-year-old pack of sealed cigarettes believed to have asbestos filters. The 1955 Kent Micronites might become Exhibit A in litigation he is preparing on behalf of more than 20 clients who have asbestos-related cancer and who smoked the brand.

A grand for a pack of smokes. The only interesting one I could find tonight was a waterlogged pack of Kools for $9.00.

A copy of the naval manual mentioned in the article is going for $250.

(found on fark)

*Links removed 4/24/2011. No longer extant.

F--- your Macintosh.

*Link updated 4/24/2011

Penny Arcade has summed up my feeling about the Apple Switch campaign.

These people are very annoying. It would seems as though Apple is preaching to the choir on this one. Anyone who looks like these people and talks like these people already has a mac. And what is with the 45 adapter doo-hickey jewelry on this one?

I have been using Windows XP for months, never had a BSOD. Only saw two with w2k. I have helped relatives with macs. I have seen the little bomb icon and had to reboot alot. I don't really see the difference. This is purely a coke and pepsi debate. Except, of course, the pepsi costs twice as much.

*Updated links 4/24/2001 -- Also have to confess that for a few years, I totally switched to Apple. MacbookPro, mini, nano, iphones galore. Back to normal phone and Windows 7 now. Happy about it. I do go to my bootcamp OSX partition to play with LAMP, but that's about it.

Holmes and Yoyo was just named the 33rd worst show ever by TV Guide. For Shame!

Mister T and Tina did not make the list, nor did Providence. I also see no signs of Donny and Marie, Eight is Enough and Sonny and Cher.

And what were they thinking, putting Hogan's Heroes as #5. They know noooooothing.

*Links updated 4/24/2011

Rob over at cockeyed.com has added an epilogue to his expose of herbalife. He did a real good job of showing how sleazy this company is. The letters he received from angry herbalife distributors are amazing. Especially the one that says:

You can tell you've never been a herbalife distribuotr, you are making uop the buggest load of crap and putting it on a web site. The normal person can live the life of their dreams through herbalife. I think you may be a little jealous because you cannot!

There is this guy who only has one eye. He goes to a doctor who recommends a glass replacement. The guy cannot afford it, so the doctor fits one made one out of wood. He is really self conscious about it and becomes a bit of a recluse.

One day his friend sets him up on a date. His friend warns him that the girl is a hunchback and is real sensitive about it, so he should not draw attention to it. Knowing how he feels about this wooden eye, he says he understands.

When they meet at a club, he goes up to her and says, "Want to dance?"

She looks really excited and says, "Would I!"

The guy get angry and yells "Hunchback! Hunchback!" then leaves.

A musical selection, courtesy of the good people at epitonic.com.

*bad links removed 4/24/2011

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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