Re: Optical Intercourse

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What the —! This is a dark horse!

I blame Apo.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:32 AM
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Also, is there a third-tier religious college anywhere in the country that the DoJ didn't scour for political appointees? We've seen Liberty, Patrick Henry, now this... Are there any Ave Maria School of Law grads kicking around the White House?


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:37 AM
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guten morgen
so BPhD didn't tell what she claimed she knows, i feel kinda cheated
my bones hurt and i don't feel my taste buds :{
maybe it's just a common cold, i feel always so cold in summer all these f. aircons can't they keep it a few degrees warmer


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:39 AM
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opps, wrong post


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:40 AM
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This as-told-to (by his wife) article by Robert Kurson about her experiences at Bob Jones University and her slow loss of faith (just like everyone predicted!) has stuck with me for years.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:41 AM
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New posters can cause feelings of disorientation and vertigo. Luckily, Google reassures me. Thin, prissy, scholarly, with the look of a Prohibitionist Methodist clergyman, Meekins would eventually command respect.


Posted by: Nakku | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:42 AM
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First post and already pwned.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:45 AM
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The happy feature of that article is that the punishment for eye babies, for running into friends at McDonalds, or whatever, is expulsion. Everybody wins!

Also notice that "making eye babies" in the school dialect means staring into the eyes of another student. Optical buttsex, then, would feel like this.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:49 AM
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6: Oh I was assuming it is this Frederick Meekins

Frederick's research interests include Worldview Applicaiton, Christian Apologetics, The Implications of Aberrant Theologies & Ideologies, Futurology, Eschatology, Science Fiction, Terrorism Studies, Environmentalism, Education Policy and America's Judeo-Christian Foundations.

Recent writings include:
"Hispanosupremacists Infiltrate Evangelical Movement"

"And Will Obama Save Us From Our Sins?: Adoration Of Candidate Borders On The Fanatically Frightening"

I note without comment that the Meekins surname has historically been concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:49 AM
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7 and 8: welcome to the blog!


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:51 AM
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The post linked from 7 was a good post.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:52 AM
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The nice thing about optical buttsex is you get to take full advantage of your extra optical inch.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 6:55 AM
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And what is this? w-lfs-n announces he's going away for a while, and then this Meekins character shows up. Has anyone ever seen the two of them in the same place at the same time? I call shenanigans.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:00 AM
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9: There's a Meekins Shoal off the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:01 AM
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Blessed are the Meekins, for they shall inherit the blog.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:04 AM
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10: Indeed, welcome to the blog, Meekins. Those of us who know your secret identity are excited to have you aboard.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:04 AM
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Those of us who don't are eyeing you suspiciously.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:06 AM
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Those of us who don't are eyeing you suspiciously in the butt.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:08 AM
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I have some guesses, but I want to read more posts by meekins first.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:10 AM
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Of course, those guesses won't be posted to the blog.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:12 AM
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Meekins is secretly Ben, going "on hiatus" to find an outlet for lowbrow buttsex posts without breaking character.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:15 AM
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Those of us who know your secret identity are excited to have you aboard totally rubbing it in the faces of those who don't.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:17 AM
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22: Even the ingroup must have an ingroup, mrh.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:21 AM
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"Meekins" is the name we put on ensemble efforts written "exquisite corpse"-style. OR IS IT?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:30 AM
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24: Meekins=Penelope Ashe?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:32 AM
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23: seriously, it's gotten a bit much lately.


Posted by: Katherine | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:38 AM
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This other Meekins chap I found is proving to be quite amusing (and prescient!). Turns out he is a participant in a favorite speculative activity.
From an essay: "Does Winfrey Ride The Beast?".

Progressives will no doubt ridicule conservatives speculating how close Obama, Winfrey, and their crowd might be to the revelation of the psuedo-messiah foretold in the pages of Scripture.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:43 AM
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optical buttsex to prevent "accidents."

Uh oh. Meekins is trying to sandbag you people. Optical buttsex can definitely lead to butt babies.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:53 AM
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27: Now that Meekins would make an awesome new poster.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that this Meekins is either (1) an old commenter with a different name, (2) someone one of the current posters knows personally, or (3) a blogger on a blog traditionally intertwined with Unfogged, also under a different name. This place doesn't exactly have a long history of promoting from outside.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:54 AM
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stras, that's not going out on a limb, it's making sure all your bases are covered.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:56 AM
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This place doesn't exactly have a long history of promoting from outside.

What is this outside that you speak of?


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:57 AM
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It all starts with an anal wink

A term I learned from reading the comments at Volokh


Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:59 AM
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Meekins is either (1) an old commenter with a different name


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 7:59 AM
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Has Unfogged jumped the shark? Probably yes. When did it happen? That's something we should discuss. The fascistic hand of Ogged is sorely missed.

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I just realize that I've never seen a movie with either Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson, my two favorite atheists. They are entirely internet phenomena to me.

Word is that Scarlett is stalking Obama in guise of political support. Either that, or their torrid affair has come to an end. Certainly Obama can't be an O.J. without a hott blonde. Whereas he's immunized him against Monica rumors, because Bill's pproblem was that Monica wasn't hott enough.

Johansson has dual Danish-American citizenship. Someone has to confront her about the Danish aggression at Hans Island.

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Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:02 AM
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30: The new posters could, theoretically, come from blogs that haven't had much interaction with this one, but that the current posters just thought were good.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:05 AM
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That's something we should discuss.

YES! Should we have another earnest, nine hundred comment long thread about The Fate Of The Blog, or should we just all drop our handles for the day?


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:06 AM
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should we just all drop our handles

IYKWIM.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:07 AM
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From the thread apo linked to in 33: holy crap.


Posted by: Grumps | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:07 AM
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We haven"t had a switch handle day for a long time. I'll start.


Posted by: No Clue | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:12 AM
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But this time, each person has to pick some other person, and write in their style.


Posted by: No Glue | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:13 AM
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The no-handles day was a total disaster, wasn't it?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:15 AM
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No imitating other commenters!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:15 AM
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The no-handles day was a total disaster, wasn't it?

Why, yes, yes it was.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:16 AM
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OK, I'll play. You who live unclean lives of unholy madness are on the path of death.


Posted by: Cotton Mather | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:18 AM
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The article linked in 5 is pretty good.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:20 AM
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The no-handles day was a total disaster, wasn't it?

I thought it was kind of awesome, actually.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:21 AM
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Will carp take over North Dakota?.


Posted by: Cotton Mather | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:22 AM
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It was both awesome and disastrous, I seem to recall.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:22 AM
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Stras likes 7500 comment long meta-threads about the nature of discussion on this blog.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:22 AM
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IIRC, we lost at least one favorite commenter because of that thread.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:25 AM
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49: The endless meta-thread was dumb. "New Handle Day" had a neat sort of clean slate effect, though, which I enjoyed quite a bit.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:25 AM
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Who did we lose?


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:26 AM
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I don't know how much confidentiality was involved. One woman was bitterly unhappy with how things worked out.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:29 AM
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I don't think it was that thread, John.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:30 AM
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She made some confessions and was very upset by the response. Her leaving may have been from a different thread.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:33 AM
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As I recall she was quite lewd.


Posted by: Cotton Mather | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:34 AM
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I can understand how a lot of people were pissed off with New Handle Day; I just wasn't one of them. The effect of everyone using new handles was that everyone's status within the commentariat was reset, so no one knew how they were "supposed" to treat a given commenter. This worked to the disadvantage of commenters who were traditionally held in higher regard than other commenters, and to the advantage of commenters who, well, weren't. That this became so apparent so quickly that the usually politely-glossed-over pecking order within Unfogged became fairly noticeable through its absence, which was pretty destructive to the blog's social order. But in the short term I kind of liked it, because people were generally a lot nicer to me under my temporary handle, and being as human as anyone else, I like it when stuff works out like that.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:39 AM
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I'm clearly misremembering this thread, because I thought the commenter John's talking about in 55 was still around.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:40 AM
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57: Indeed, it was great.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:41 AM
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Dude, change your handle if you think it's got too much baggage. It might be discouraged, but no one is stopping you.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:42 AM
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60: There's a host of reasons why changing my handle in isolation wouldn't achieve much.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:44 AM
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Change it in company, then.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:47 AM
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Wait. Meekins is totally Stras.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:48 AM
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Maybe I'm bitter about new handle day because it was totally obvious who I was.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:49 AM
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64: Next time don't go by "Tifu Sweety."


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:50 AM
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DC gets guns!!! Woot!


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:50 AM
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I didn't even try. I'd have had to have changed my actual commenting style.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:51 AM
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Tifu Sweety is a much better handle than Sifu Tweety.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:51 AM
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Tofu Sweety.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:53 AM
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66: Becks et al, you still have time to get out of Yglesias's house before the inevitable "accident."


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:54 AM
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Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to change my handle.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:55 AM
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Sweeney Todd-fu


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:58 AM
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Seafood Eatme.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:58 AM
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I've already gotten 4 twitters of the form "Woo! Gun shopping this weekend!"


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:07 AM
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Now you know who to kill first, Becks.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:08 AM
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I've already gotten 4 twitters

You know, I've never been an IM kind of guy, but I'm not John McCain about them, either. But this "twitter" shit is just baffling to me - it's the first internet/computer thing that's really made me feel old and out of it.

I was on the Web when there were like 10 public pages, dammit! Respect your elders!

And keep your twittering off my lawn!


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:16 AM
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I was at an outside office on the no-handles day - I saw that it was happening, but couldn't even spectate, much less participate. Disaster or not, I was bummed to miss it.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:18 AM
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Don't feel old, JRoth. Twitter is stupid.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:18 AM
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this "twitter" shit is just baffling to me - it's the first internet/computer thing that's really made me feel like the rest of the universe is on the verge of turning into some Cronenbergian man-machine nightmare. Go out and play, assholes!


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:20 AM
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And keep your twittering off my lawn mountain laurel!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:20 AM
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Um, I guess 78 and 79 make me feel better?

Actually, I think the practical reality is that I'm more computer-oriented than most of my IRL friends, so there's no real opportunity for all this social networking BS.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:30 AM
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Twitter is, in general, stupid. It only provides value if you have a critical mass of people who live in the same neighborhood and want to know what bar people are hanging out at that night.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:31 AM
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42: apo, that was a mean tease.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:31 AM
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It only provides value if you have a critical mass of people who live in the same neighborhood and want to know what bar people are hanging out at that night.

A function which could not be adequately served by IM, email, or text messages?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:37 AM
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78 gets my emotional reaction exactly right; on the other hand, Becks' use of Twitter led to Rah knowing where to find good used books during UnfoggeDCon2. I'm torn.

Fuck it, it's stupid.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:38 AM
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Don't feel old, JRoth. Twitter is stupid.

So sayeth Sifu Twitter.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:39 AM
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42: apo, that was a mean tease.

But I was writing in his voice!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:40 AM
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33 seemed to suggest that we would be given more potential options as to the identity of Meekins. We're waiting ...

I'm wondering if Meekins might be a recently idled blogger who is well-regarded around here. The clincher would have been if Meekins had chosen the pseud "Good Meekins".


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:40 AM
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BG! I had a dream last night that you got engaged, and for some reason you sent me an email about it.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:42 AM
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89: not a Twitter message?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:43 AM
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Meekins is Ogged, come back to us, but too embarrassed to admit it.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:44 AM
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Twitter and Facebook are stupid. Myspace is ugly. I am not old, these are simply facts.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:44 AM
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Twitter and Facebook are stupid.

To me, Facebook is just a medium for Scrabble.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:46 AM
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90: no, it was definitely the gmail interface.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:48 AM
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Tofu Sweety?

Now that is something that I might actually buy.

Nah. The Sweety just doesn't overpower the tofu.

Yuck. Does anyone else shudder when the see the "Silk" pouring out in the soy milk commercial?

Ewwww.


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:49 AM
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Meekins is secretly Ben, going "on hiatus" to find an outlet for lowbrow buttsex posts without breaking character.

I resent the implication of this execrable comment. Staying in character is not limiting -- it is the only authentic freedom.


Posted by: F. Winston Codpiece III | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:56 AM
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Ewwww.
it's good for one's bowel movement and if you are concerned, for facial skin


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:58 AM
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96: Staying in character is just another name for nothing left to lose.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 9:59 AM
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Twitter is awesome, haters, allowing people to maximize our cocoon-related fun as they waste away the day.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:00 AM
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it's good for one's bowel movement and if you are concerned, for facial skin

Mouseover text?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:01 AM
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well, for men though more estrogens maybe not very good, could couse that, gynecomastia
though just normal cow milk can cause the prostate cancer too, if it's true


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:03 AM
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it's good for one's bowel movement and if you are concerned, for facial skin

Ewwww.

As if anyone cares my bm's are just fine since I started the "five fruits and vegetables" thing and laid off the opiates.


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:08 AM
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99: twitter


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:10 AM
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bm
wow, there is an old joke iirc that even ballerinas have bowel movements


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 10:22 AM
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By the way, welcome aboard, Meekins!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 11:36 AM
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Twitter is mostly full of idiots, like most of the internet; but there are some users who have mastered the art of 140-character hilarity. I find the enforced brevity of twitter can make it an interesting experiment.

Also, it's a good timewaster.


Posted by: hexameter wrench | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 11:46 AM
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89, 90: Not engaged, but I am going to Canada next month to meet the family.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 12:28 PM
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The family? You're going to meet the queen? Goodness.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 12:30 PM
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Isn't it treason to marry a Canadian during wartime?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 12:50 PM
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Isn't it treasonforward thinking to marry a Canadian during Bush's wartime?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 12:52 PM
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Remeber, BG, you could get dragged into the Hans Island business. That hasn't broken yet, but when it goes, it will be a monster.

Not a female Hillary-type monster, but a neuter or male monster.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 12:57 PM
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Oh, I love twitter. I find there's something comforting about knowing what mundane shit my friends are doing. If you have a twitter account, do follow me (username as below) so I can follow you too.

It worked really well last year on a camp, sending out update tweets so people knew exactly when and where things were happening. Texts are much less useful for that kind of mass communication, and IM and email don't work so well in a field (though that's increasingly untrue).


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 2:05 PM
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'e' is suspiciously so close to 'r', at least on my keyboard, that I fear I will inadvertently type "merkin" instead of "meekin" at some point.
This could be a clue.

I had a cat named Merkin. There was a 60s band, Colorado I think, called "Merkin Manor". There may be other meanings.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 5:59 PM
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Hi, Meekins. You *have* read the archives in their entirety, right?


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 06-26-08 8:48 PM
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Hi, Meekins. You *have* read the archives in their entirety, right?

Hey, kids! Just remember that les Ancien RĂ©gime could launch a bloody conservative counter-revolution at any time!

So say yes to show trials and and just say no to fox-hunting bans and dressing down at the opera!

max
['Those aristocrats really dig weird shoes!']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 06-27-08 12:55 AM
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Not engaged, but I am going to Canada next month to meet the family.

Wow, cool, sounds like things are going well. (Talking in the 'next month'!)


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 06-27-08 6:04 AM
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Hi, Meekins. You *have* read the archives in their entirety, right?

I thought this site was new?????


Posted by: Meekins | Link to this comment | 06-27-08 9:25 AM
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