Re: Internet traditions: are you aware of them?

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I left a comment on LGM and all I got was this stupid meme.

..whatever that is.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:06 PM
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Ah yes, the Moran Man.

It's a darn shame that the once-proud Moran family got dragged into this. Most of them don't deserve it.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:07 PM
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If you were as aware of Internet traditions as you claim to be, you'd know that that's a prairie dog, not a hamster.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:08 PM
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They all look like marmots to me.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:09 PM
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I believe you have reversed the first and last links in your post, Labs.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:12 PM
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I see you are now laughing at cripples, FL. Ogged has taught you well.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:15 PM
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5: I believe you have reversed the first and last links in your post, Labs.

As is traditonal, noobsauce. (Actually I assumed he meant to link the LGM thread.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:16 PM
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In addition to knowing all internet traditions, I'm making some of my own. For example, right now I'm wearing a pink bonnet.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:16 PM
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I assumed he meant to link the LGM thread

Ah yes, probably.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:18 PM
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I'm wearing a pink bonnet

IYKWIM.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:19 PM
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8: I'm wearing a pink bonnet *and* a pearl necklace.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:21 PM
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I just told my wife that when she hears about this Internet meme 18 months from now, that I was there for the birth. (Memes take surprisingly long to propagate across the entire internet. She just found out about lolcats 6 months ago, for example.)


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:21 PM
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oops. I did mean to link to LGM with the last one. Fixed.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:22 PM
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Memes take surprisingly long to propagate across the entire internet living room


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:23 PM
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6: He is aware of Unfogged traditions.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:23 PM
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I've been looking for Shermanesque declarations from Cala, Witt, and Tim. Haven't seen them yet.

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Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:25 PM
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Look, the "new bloggers" aren't going to be shocking surprises or anything; they're going to be either (1) longtime commenters who hang around enough to count as front-pagers anyway, or (2) other bloggers who live with/work with/sleep with/scrounge food and money off of the various Yglesioids. The suspense is an entirely manufactured byproduct of the fact that ogged's replacements weren't announced this time around; we're not going to wake up tomorrow to find dueling posts by Kristol and Cockburn.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:37 PM
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I'll play w-lfs-n- it seems to me that the whole thing was a case of bad grammar or poor sentence structure. He wasn't saying "I am aware of all internet traditions," full stop, but rather, "I am aware of all internet traditions... in which placing something in quotes or in a blockquote means that your are quoting that person." He was talking specifically about how d (or is that a penis?) used a blockquote for a "shorter" when blockquotes usually indicate a direct quote.
It's much more entertaining this way, of course.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:41 PM
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Stras, must you destroy all our joy?*

* Actually, "wake up tomorrow to find dueling posts by Kristol and Cockburn" is giving me plenty of joy. But what about Hitchens?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:41 PM
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There's actually only one new blogger: Bill Clinton.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:44 PM
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"Please enjoy your thread with trolls. The traditional and typical of internets glonous history and cultual."


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:44 PM
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17: Capps gave the game away with his n, n-1 bit. I assume w-lfs-n is devising a suitable punishment, like throwing the sexiest blogger title to some hated rival.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:48 PM
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The big reveal will be that only LB makes it off the island, w-lfs-n is the twelfth Cylon, that Labs is the Cigarette Smoking Man, and that Becks is really a werewolf.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:49 PM
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If Capps knows, it's because Becks spilled the beans, and if Becks spilled the beans, I'm stripping her of her posting privileges and changing the password on the server.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:50 PM
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22 -- That's not how Gen. Sherman explained it.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:53 PM
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I just told my wife that when she hears about this Internet meme 18 months from now, that I was there for the birth.

And does she think you're cool now?


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:53 PM
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17: Look, the "new bloggers" aren't going to be shocking surprises or anything

Jeez, do ya think so stras? We've all been so stupid.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:53 PM
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I just told my wife that when she hears about this Internet meme 18 months from now, that I was there for the birth.

Your illegitimate child may be an internet meme, but that won't make your wife any happier when she finds out about it.


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:56 PM
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18 months from now, that I was there for the birth.

Your illegitimate child may be an internet meme, but that won't make your wife any happier when she finds out about it.

18 months? Some kind of elephant-baby?


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:57 PM
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Few people have noted that Cockburn is an amusing last name.


Posted by: F. Winston Codpiece III | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:57 PM
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They're going to be more & more unable to live up to this buildup. Maybe the first post will be announcing a hiatus....There's a reason Josh Marshall stopped posting "coming soon--huge new developments!" previews.


Posted by: Katherine | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:58 PM
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30 - Amusing until it happens to you.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:58 PM
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I was talking about Battlestar Galactica.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 12:59 PM
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I was unable to turn 29 into a cock joke as well. I leave it to the professionals.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:02 PM
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we're not going to wake up tomorrow to find dueling posts by Kristol and Cockburn.

No, it will be a man with the given name of "Kristol", who goes by the manly pseudonym of Cockburner.


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:02 PM
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Kristol Cockburner is the name I use when neither real name nor pseud will do.

. . . laydeez.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:03 PM
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32 to 29


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:06 PM
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27 is curiously vehement.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:16 PM
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27 is curiously vehement

...for a new blogger.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:25 PM
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Isn't "Cockburn" pronounced "COH-burn" or something like that?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:26 PM
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I thought Bruce Cockburn was "COH burn"; Alex Cockburn was "COCK burn" and Armsmasher was "HOLY SHIT MY COCK IS BURNING"


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:31 PM
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40- Cock joke blocker.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:37 PM
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41: According to wikipedia, Alexander's Cockburn's last name is pronounced "koh-burn".


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:39 PM
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From a later vanderleun (aka the "I am aware" guy) comment in the linked post:

"That said I cannot see how you can possibly claim that your condensation of neoneocon's post is at all justified. "

There is nothing worse than unjustified condensation.


Posted by: Annie | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:42 PM
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Unjustified condensation can cause rust.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:44 PM
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38: 27 is curiously vehement.

That's because I found 17 curiously* and earnestly condescending.

*not really


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:44 PM
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stras loves you, JP. He loves you very much. Take out your hurt feelings on Ari.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:45 PM
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The new bloggers are writing these comments


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:47 PM
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46- At least 17 had some sexy time in it.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:53 PM
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I curse Ogged and his antecedents and descendents unto the third and the fourth generation too. How cruelly he left us.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:54 PM
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48: Yeah, I blogged that, but maybe the real humor is that it's actually an open question. But speaking of Internet traditions, have people seen the Barack Obama facts?


Posted by: Jeff Rubard | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:54 PM
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Half Kobe has hurt feelings, I have annoyance and irritation.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:55 PM
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48- Compromise? How about refurbishing some current bloggers?


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:55 PM
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Half Kobe + 2


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:56 PM
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I was reading those Obama facts just fine until "he travels mostly by FORKLIFT" which cracked me up. This is a man about whom Brad Neely will someday do a video.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 1:57 PM
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JP, I'm just not into you. You'll have to move on at some point.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:00 PM
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50- Trust me, it's for the best. We're going to be missing blogs on picking out invitations, bands, guests, etc. You of all people, John.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:02 PM
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I have annoyance, irritations and internet traditions.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:04 PM
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uhhhhhhh
Obama, Barack Obama
He wears a FLAG PIN,
His wife wears big pearls
He's quite the sensation
with all the boys and girls
Travels by FORKLIFT
HUNTS the SHIT out of BEARS
Proud that JESUS was American
And we all knows he cares.

I heard, one time, at a party,
he HELD HIS HAND OVER HIS HEART
while holding a Republican's hand in acid....


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:08 PM
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58: dammit that might not be that close to fitting to the tune of "Kokomo" but it's just close enough.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:09 PM
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He'll save the children, but not the HONKY CHILDREN.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:11 PM
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we're not going to wake up tomorrow to find dueling posts by Kristol and Cockburn.

I didn't know how much I wanted this until after you established its impossibility. Shit.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:13 PM
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No, better yet: duelling posts by Cockburn and Gary Brecher.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:14 PM
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This blog was always already founded by Cockburn.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:15 PM
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This blog was always already founded by Cockburnblocks.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:18 PM
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Even better yet: duelling posts by Cockburn and Eli Lake.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:18 PM
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I misread "posts" in 66 as "poetry", and was profoundly frightened.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:20 PM
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They're street poets, yo.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:22 PM
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Sesame Street, in Lake's case.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:24 PM
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Isn't "Cockburn" pronounced "COH-burn" or something like that?

Yes. Like Coburn, a variant spelling of the same surname. I'm surprised nattarGcM ttaM hasn't turned up to insist upon this pronunciation.

Are there no newbloggers? I crave novelty.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:25 PM
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69: ugly... muppet! That's it! That's what we've been missing!

UGLY MUPPET ELI LAKE.

It all fits.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:26 PM
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I yearn for the newbloggers to rise up and overthrow the old, like the Olympians chaining the Titans.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:29 PM
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Just cuz, you know, that'd be all dramatic and shit.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:30 PM
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And then for the IOC to ban the Olympians for steroids and replace them with cyborg sprinters!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:31 PM
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... in space!


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:33 PM
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... in space on a hotdog!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:37 PM
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I made you some new bloggers . . .

but I eated them.


Posted by: Unfogged | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:37 PM
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70:
Yes, Mary Catherine, there are new bloggers.
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No new bloggers! Thank God! they live, and they live forever. A thousand years from now, Mary Catherine, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, they will continue to make glad the heart of the unfoggedariat.


Posted by: jim | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:41 PM
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In following a link in one of the comments, I found this evil thing.

I know I'd better ready myself for much, much more but, damnit, I don't want to.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:42 PM
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67: I misread "I misread 'posts' in 66 as 'poetry'", as "My robot is coming to kill you all right now" and was profoundly frightened.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:42 PM
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Don't talk to me of internet tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.


Posted by: Winston Churchill | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:43 PM
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Wait, has anyone made the obvious cockbloggers joke?

It's pronounced COH-bloggers, you see.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:44 PM
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I yearn for the newbloggers to rise up and overthrow the old, like the Olympians chaining the Titans.

... it has already begun.....


Posted by: Caprica-Cala | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:45 PM
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80: I misread "My robot is coming to kill you all right now" as "My robot is coming right now" and was profoundly excited.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:45 PM
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In following a link in one of the comments, I If I read Apo's blog like a *real* American, I would already have found this evil thing.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:45 PM
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45 -- Gen. Sherman did say that, though.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:46 PM
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85: If I read Apo's blog like a *real* American, I would already have found this evil thing.

Or the comments to this very blog last night.

Now I'm hurt.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:50 PM
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I believe Sir Kraab was crediting you Mr. Stormcrow.


Posted by: sam k | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:51 PM
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I implore my fellow commenting comrades not to be hurried in welcoming the new bloggers. They must first abide by internet traditions requiring that they live with/work with/sleep with/scrounge food and money off Ben. Patience.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:51 PM
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85, 87: Look, like ogged, I have a life. Unlike ogged, I'm only abandoning the odd thread here and there and not forsaking hundreds of loyal and supportive readers who have created a unique and beautiful community asshats who depend on me to make that life worthwhile.

(Also, since it was on Sadly, No! I should have realized it was old-ish news.)


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:56 PM
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79: the good news is, the Texas GOP has disingenuously claimed they would have stopped it from being sold, had they noticed it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:56 PM
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90: an asshat without an ass is like a countryless ship without a fish-bicycle, Kraab.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:57 PM
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88: Crap, now you're going to tell me that Stormcrow is behind SN! and I've insulted him again?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:57 PM
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He'll save the children, but not the HONKY CHILDREN.

Cala! I heart you.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 2:59 PM
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Did anyone hear Fresh Air today with the food allergy segment? Is this the first time that they've kind of had a "news you can use" sort of segment?

I want my jazz musicians I've never heard of, dammit!

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Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:02 PM
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93: No, I took "In following a link in one of the comments" to mean a comment from one Unfogged. Perhaps not, then.


Posted by: sam k | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:02 PM
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96: Oh, right! Of course that's what I did. Thanks, sam.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:04 PM
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the good news is, the Texas GOP has disingenuously claimed they would have stopped it from being sold, had they noticed it.

Riiiiight. Because it's soooo much more offensive than the "Press 1 for English, press 2 for deportation" pins being sold at the same event.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:04 PM
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79: the good news is, the Texas GOP has disingenuously claimed they would have stopped it from being sold, had they noticed it.

Sure, and it doesn't matter now anyway, because it's too late. The buttons sold out.


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95: I want my the estranged children/ex-wives/sixth cousins/ of the long-since dead jazz musicians I've never heard of, dammit!

Now that's the Fresh Air I know and tune out.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:06 PM
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100: I stand corrected.


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:07 PM
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100: Kobe, that's a great question.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:07 PM
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79 and subsequent: on the bright side, I feel premptively absolved of any shame over the joke I plan to make after election day, the one about how McCain is better off not winning because he wouldn't have been able to raise his right hand to swear the oath of office.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:09 PM
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I have a life.

NO EXCUSE.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:09 PM
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I yearn for the newbloggers to rise up and overthrow the old, like the Olympians chaining the Titans.

And then ages later some careless commenter, digging for treasure among forgotten archives, can awaken the Old Ones from their unquiet sleep. It's like a great circle of ftaagn!


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:09 PM
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Are you saying today's show didn't end with a movie or TV review that would have been humorous if read in print, but was unbearably awkward and stupid when read aloud? Interesting.


Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:09 PM
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Mark Ames and the Exile crew are finally being chased out of Russia. Golden opportunity to get vicious, embittered blogging talent for cheap!


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:10 PM
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Estragon. - Allons-nous-en.
Vladimir. - On ne peut pas.
Estragon. - Pourquoi?
Vladimir. - On attend les blogeurs nouveaux.
Estragon. - C'est vrai.


Posted by: jim | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:11 PM
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104: I dont noze all intrnet tradishuns. Halp.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:12 PM
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105: So that's what happened to Bob....


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:15 PM
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This piece would have been one of the all-time great Modern Love classics, but they missed out on it. Too busy pursuing these earnest, boring college students.

Will must see people like this all the time.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:16 PM
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109: Inturnet tradishuns: let me show you them.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:18 PM
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Lara Logan is perfectly wonderful in every way. It's not that there aren't any good American journalists. It's just that the bad ones are much more famous, more influential and better paid.

Because this is America goddammit. That's the way we do things -- the American way.

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Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:21 PM
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Lara Logan is perfectly wonderful in every way.

Including being SMOKING HOT and having the world's SEXIEST VOICE.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:29 PM
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102: I hate to keep underscoring my noobishness (noobosity?), particularly after all the tutoring you've given me, but, huh?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:35 PM
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115: I've been commenting here for a couple years now and lurking for longer than that, and I've still no idea what "Kobe" means.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:37 PM
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116: Thanks, stras. Solidarity is comforting. (Comity, not so much.)


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114. stay away from my woman


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:44 PM
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117 was me. I'm commenting on my new MacBook Air, which has to learn who I am. (And please, because solidarity really is comforting, don't tell Cala and LB that I got rid of my eeeeeeee. My manly hands simply overpowered that tiny keyboard. Which is too bad, because I loved that machine. Anyway, it's Air time now.)


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:45 PM
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119: Aw. Ari and I can be Air siblings now.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:47 PM
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The "kobe" thing comes from this era. It was our own little way of sending a little karma to the rapist one of the NBA's greatest scorers in hopes of a 100-point game.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:49 PM
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Lara actually isn't American. She's South African, like Charlize Theron. But I am sure that there are good American journalists.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:49 PM
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114: Damn. I'm suddenly in love with the American media. Or at least a small portion of it.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:49 PM
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You're a historian, Ari. Read the archives.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:50 PM
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The possible accuracy of 114 has reminded me that I watched Metropolitan this week and it was great. And it also contained an actress in a major role who both looked and sounded exactly like Scarlett Johansson. She does not appear to have had a career since then. Came along ten years too early! (and was probably too short or something)


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:51 PM
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121 brought to you by the "be aware yur internet traditions" campaign.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:51 PM
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You're a historian, Ari.

That's why I don't read the archives, eb. I come there to relax not work.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:52 PM
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See, I carefully concealed my political message in a smoking hott package. Do I know my Unfoggetariat, or what?

Lara would be wonderful even if she looked like Mickey Kaus, guys.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:53 PM
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And by the way, I'm not sure that understanding the archival context for "kobe" will help me fathom 102. I'm just a bit dim, I'm afraid.


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128: But not "in every way", as you said.


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129: Yes, it is a bit odd that 102 seems to imply that 100 contained a question./


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:54 PM
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look carefully at the number of your comment to which Sifu was replying, ari


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:55 PM
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Maybe Jetpack was referring to Terry Gross's penchant for saying annoying things? Who knows; Jetpack contains multitudes.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:57 PM
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My manly hands simply overpowered that tiny keyboard.

By day a mild-mannered history professor, by night a Regency rake from a bodice-ripper: Ari led a double life, and nobody suspected a thing.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:59 PM
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132: Ah, an internet tradition, you say, and my ignorance thereof. Thanks. Like I said: I'm pretty damn slow.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:59 PM
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113 et al: wasn't that interview awesome? This is why it annoys me that everyone acts as if she and, oh, Chris Matthews, or Lou Dobbs, or Nedra Pickler, or Marc Ambinder, or Candy Crowley, or Mark Halperin or anyone on FoxNews, or Jonah Goldberg, are part of one profession called "journalism".


Posted by: Katherine | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 3:59 PM
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Lara hasn't learned American ways yet. She's like Mary Catherine, baffled by the higher civilization she has stumbled into, struggling desperately decipher its sophisticated rules and standards.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:06 PM
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Kobe is overrated. This has now been conclusively established.

Lara would be wonderful even if she looked like Mickey Kaus, guys.

But thank God Mickey Kaus doesn't look like Lara, or he'd have his own talk show on CNN. Hot blonde conservative "contrarian"!


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:24 PM
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While all you were lazing around with Kobe, I was procuring high-quality cardamom, that I might make my new favorite cake again and again and again.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:27 PM
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Did you post the cake recipe somewhere, rfts? Because I love cardamom.


Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:36 PM
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Yes! On AWB's recipe wiki.

http://ybwwwe.pbwiki.com/Cardamom-Cake

Password is "wmybsalb"


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:39 PM
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Saffron is the miost expensive spice in the world, and can also be used as for dying and poisoning. It's related to the autumn crocus ("aked lady"), which is even more poisonous.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:41 PM
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There's nothing hotter than Lara Logan leaning into close to you and saying that if she had to watch american news, she'd blow her brains out.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:43 PM
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I have a fair amount of saffron in the house at the moment -- I had some already and got more as a gift -- and should really make an effort to make use of it, since it's lovely. I do not have enough to use it as a poison, however.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:44 PM
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I am skeptical of the crunchy cardamom seeds in that recipe--in my experience you don't actually want to eat a big piece of cardamom. I think part of the taste I don't like is from buying the seeds outside their pods & letting them sit in your cabinet for years, but isn't it a pretty harsh flavor even when you're using the pods?


Posted by: Katherine | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:45 PM
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It's not Terry Gross, but the former host of a NPR talk show of ideas is working down the hall from me at a law firm this summer.


Posted by: ed bowlinger | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:48 PM
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It's not a wispy flavor, no, but they have been baked, so it's not quite the same as eating them raw. You can choose how much you want to bash them in the mortar, too, so you could make it more the texture of coarsely ground pepper, rather than of merely cracked pepper. That might even be ideal.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:50 PM
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It's probably too expensive for routine poisoning, but might be right for that special person. For routine poisoning and the poisoning of large groups, crocus roots are advised.

"I'm horrified and struggling to come to grips with this. I had no idea that the root of such a lovely garden plant could possibly be poisonous. I plan to devote the rest of my life to crocus awareness."


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:52 PM
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Dude, Emerson, I have done a silly amount of research on saffron, and never once have I seen a reference to it as poison. Never once. Maybe the ROOT of the crocus of which saffron is the stamen, but that's a different matter entirely.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:55 PM
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because he wouldn't have been able to raise his right hand to swear the oath of office


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:55 PM
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141: Thank you! Maybe this weekend.


Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 4:59 PM
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At the link:

In high dosage, saffron exhibits toxic qualities. It has even been used as an abortificant in doses of five to ten gramms; such amounts, are, however already severely toxic. Due to its high price and the much smaller amounts used for cooking, accidental saffron poisoning seems to be very rare, though..... Although saffron can sometimes be found wild in Europe (more precisely, escaped from former cultivation), it is not advisable for the botanically unminded to collect "wild saffron": Chances are high that the plant turns out to be the much more common autumn crocus, which is also known as meadow saffron or naked ladies (Colchicum autumnale).


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:04 PM
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Lethal dose 20 grams (2/3 oz.)


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:07 PM
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Link

So anyway, now you know, and are known to know, and will have to use some other poison.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:08 PM
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At $315 / oz retail, tops, it would cost up to ~$200 to off someone. At that price it would have to be a very special someone, but I can see it being worth it.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:11 PM
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oudemia, I just noticed 120. Do you like yours? Did I make a mistake? I'm trying to figure out whether I should embrace my humdrum buyer's remorse or allow the bliss of the Air's lovely design to allay all of my hardheaded concerns.


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Although saffron can sometimes be found wild in Europe (more precisely, escaped from former cultivation),

So just call it feral.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:14 PM
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What do you expect when Saffron Toxicologists have been routinely hounded out of the business by the goose-stepping hegemony of the Analytic Toxicologists. For instance, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Toxicology, relying on formal credentialism as it does, does not even have an entry for any of the leading Saffronologists.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:15 PM
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There are no coincidences, JP.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:17 PM
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Just "incidences."


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:37 PM
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156: I do like it! Where does your remorse lie? I love its keyboard and negligible weight and outsize trackpad. Design wise I dislike that its very thin edge makes me look like a cutter after all-day use.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:38 PM
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This is weak. I WANT THE NEW BLOGGERS.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:39 PM
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I am not advertising my services for evil purposes, but I am a descendent of the Father of Chronic Toxicology.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:39 PM
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I read that as "Chthonic Toxicology" at first, which sounded so much cooler.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:42 PM
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It seems that the clients of a divorce lawyer would often be tempted to use your ancestor's knowledge.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:42 PM
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I do not come from cool people.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:44 PM
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Unfortunately, due to their failure to post and possible failure even to exist, I have put an elaborate curse on all of the newb-loggers and their kin. However, I might be willing to deal.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:45 PM
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116 is exactly right. Kobe! Baise-moi.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:50 PM
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161:

I dislike:

that its battery can't be removed and so therefore I can't bring a spare with me on a plane.

that it was very expensive, even though research money paid for it (I'm a penny-pinching Jew, it turns out).

that it's keyboard is so BIG (I'm used to my 12" G4).

that I worry that it will break if a strong wind blows just so.

that I'm so fond of it. I'm not very materialistic usually, and don't like when toys capture my fancy.

All of that said, I think it's my favorite toy ever. (Take that, stupid, little-keyboarded Eee.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:52 PM
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Also, JRoth, "cockbloggers" is very good.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 5:52 PM
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169: Aha. We switched from the very same computers it seems. Yeah, the big keyboard was hard to get used to but now I love it. I never use my laptop on a plane, so the battery deal doesn't bother me so much, but I am sure that it some point it will. And yes! Fucking pricey, eh? Mine was a gift, but beyond that, I am spendthrift on both sides, so wev. If it's any consolation I have dropped mine several times and it is just fine!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:04 PM
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The new bloggers were always already Bob.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:10 PM
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If it's any consolation I have dropped mine several times and it is just fine!

That helps. Thanks. And why, pray tell, do you not bring your computer on planes?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:21 PM
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173: I do bring it on planes! But somehow can't be chuffed to bust it out mid-flight. I wind up watching Arrested Development episodes on my ipod or something. Oh gosh, Ari -- do you manage to work on airplanes?


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170: Woot!

I just couldn't believe that, by the time I thought of it, no one else had.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:32 PM
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174: I have two kids, oudemia. Long flights without my family are the only times that I do work. Plus, I'm terrified of flying; writing helps me pass the time.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:33 PM
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I work it on airplanes.


Posted by: MileHighPimp | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 6:39 PM
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Ari I answered your upthread question on Standpipe's gently freewheeling public radio talk show, and was just so pleased to be asked.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 7:28 PM
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178: Why oh why must you be so cryptic?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 7:52 PM
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Because I was on my phone and couldn't look up the relevant links.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 7:59 PM
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See, that's what I thought you meant. But Michael confused me. That guy's a total jerk.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 8:25 PM
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If it helps, I'm using a MacBook Air right now. Ain't mine, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 8:27 PM
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You should really get one. Have the taxpayers of the State of California foot the bill. They're generous.


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Well, snarkout, no apparent reason to worry about Matt Capps this week - it seems that the Bucs are going for an all-blowout series. Yay!

Tour de France starts in just 3 weeks.

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Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 8:37 PM
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from the wilds of Mississippi


Posted by: TomF | Link to this comment | 06-18-08 8:57 PM
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I am aware of owl internet traditions.


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