Re: I see the next New Yorker has arrived early

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the execution is flawed because it makes me think of John McCain's ass

Labs, Labs. *Now* you quail?

Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:14 PM
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Oh I don't know. His ass looks very pert.

Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:19 PM
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Awesome. I posted my idea at CT, but Eric's a full professor so unlike me he can beaver away at photoshop on a Monday afternoon, whereas I have to ... um ... never mind.

Posted by: Kieran | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:21 PM
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Much too pert for a man of his age.

Okay, I guess Labs is right. Flawed execution. (Also, the polluting smokestacks look far too much like the twin towers at first glance.)

Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:21 PM
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the polluting smokestacks look far too much like the twin towers at first glance

That's what I thought they were until my third or fourth glance.

Posted by: Kieran | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:26 PM
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There's not enough about his personal life. He should be walking with a blonde woman who is gulping down pills, while throwing a paper airplane with DIVORCE written on it at a woman in a wheelchair.

Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:27 PM
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You all have carefully constructed opinions about McCain's posterior?

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:35 PM
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Grammar bleg:
"Given two apples A_1 and A_2, we say that A_1 is happily sitting near A_2 if a cumbersome mathematical condition is met."

Should there be a comma after A_2?

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:38 PM
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6: Why must you neglect the illegitimate babies?

Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:38 PM
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8: yes.

(but what do I know?)

Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:41 PM
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The second A_2, you mean? No. But I want to see a comma after "Given two apples"

Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:42 PM
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10: I had one in, but then a proofreader took it out. SCREW THEM!

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:42 PM
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11: No, the first A_2. Should there really be a comma after "Given two apples"?

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:43 PM
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"A_1 and A_2" is an appositive, right?

Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:43 PM
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7: no, we have ill-conceived reactions that we cover with obsessive rationalizations.

Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:44 PM
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Where is W-lfs-n when you need him?

Posted by: Belle Lettre | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:44 PM
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"A_1 and A_2" is an appositive, right?

That depends on what appositive means.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:45 PM
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7: Not "you all." Labs. Who has carefully considered opinions about everyone's ass. As you know. Full well, iykwim.

Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:46 PM
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I think you think too much about McCain's rear end. And commas.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:46 PM
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They might be, but I'm notta positive.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:46 PM
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I would punctuate with two commas, as Sybil suggested in 11.

Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:47 PM
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Who has carefully considered opinions about everyone's ass

I better start wearing my baggy trousers around here.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:47 PM
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"Given two apples A_1 and A_2, we say that A_1 is happily sitting near A_2 if a cumbersome mathematical condition is met."

Should be:

Given two apples, A_1 and A_2, we say that A_1 is happily sitting near A_2 if a cumbersome mathematical condition is met.

If the sentence is meant to define "happily sitting" then you could to \emph{happily sitting}, too.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:48 PM
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I'm notta positive.

Chico Marx humor never gets old.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:48 PM
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Those weren't the twin towers? And what's the deal with the smallpox?

Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:48 PM
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Appositive means a noun or noun phrase that immediately follows another, more general noun, clarifying the former. E.g. "Obama's problems, race and Muslim-ness,..." where "Race and Muslim-ness" is an appositive phrase.

Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:48 PM
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I better start wearing my baggy trousers around here.

I'm forming opinions about your trunk by the minute.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:48 PM
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P, wn3, d.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:49 PM
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27: Cheeky.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:49 PM
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Those weren't the twin towers?

Which you can tell because there are three of them.

And what's the deal with the smallpox?

You've never seen an elderly person from a sunny climate, have you?

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:51 PM
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29: This could get hairy.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:51 PM
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31: Unless properly analized.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:52 PM
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On the other hand, if the phrase isnt an appositive, e.g. "Given choices A and B, I chose C" then you don't want a comma.

Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:52 PM
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I'm forming opinions about your trunk by the minute.

Gosh, this is worse than RMP.

Besides, you can see at least part of my trunk on the blog, somewhere.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:53 PM
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32: Oh man, my spelling error will be the butt of a future w-lfs-n joke.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:53 PM
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these double-entendres are really assinine

Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:53 PM
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I had to look at the picture for a couple minutes before I saw either the "twin towers" OR the "smokestacks". Apparently the negative space between the blinding beams of light on the left side are the smoke stacks.

I had interpreted the blinding, unearthly light and the mushroom cloud as both representing the nuclear war that McCain's policies would make inevitable.

Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:53 PM
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For future references, I propose that McCain's ass be referred to at "the Panama Canal".

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:55 PM
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at s/b as

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:55 PM
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You've never seen an elderly person from a sunny climate, have you?

Where "elderly" = "38 or over". Or maybe that goes without saying for "elderly" in general.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:55 PM
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We can't keep up these jokes. We're starting to crack right down the middle.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:56 PM
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38: Teh awesome.

40: I DENY IT.

Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:56 PM
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A man, an ass, a canal: McCainama!

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:57 PM
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37: Me too.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:57 PM
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Coincidence? Or intentionally bitter pill? Knowing Gonerill's literary reputation for sharpness I fear the latter.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:58 PM
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He really does appear to be prepared for an enema of the state.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:59 PM
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37: Me too.

Well, I give up. No career in New Yorker cover art for me.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 8:59 PM
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Now don't go mooning about over it.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:01 PM
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45: Coincidence. Who's 38? Not you, I hope.

Conjectures about my literary sharpness have, as you know, been refuted.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:01 PM
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No career in New Yorker cover art for me.

Your attempt was a flash in a pan.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:03 PM
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Who's 38? Not you, I hope.

Consider your hopes dashed, matey.

Goneril's sharpness is indeed literary legend, though.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:03 PM
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McCain had to put some ointment on his Panama Canal because the locks were acting up again.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:03 PM
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Just to be safe, no masturbating to John McCain.

Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:04 PM
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For some reason the \emph is cracking me up. Probably because this is what counts as entertainment in my life.

Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:04 PM
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Just to be safe, no masturbating to John McCain.

It really does make you wonder who he'll choose as his number two.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:06 PM
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McCain had to put some ointment on his Panama Canal because the locks were acting up again.

I hear there's a long-standing plan to widen it.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:07 PM
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Also, I heart Cala.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:07 PM
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Oh I don't know. His ass looks very pert.

He'd definitely be strong in a pinch.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:13 PM
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Ypud think that McCain would be doing better among latinos after that traitor Jimmy Carter handed them control of the Panama Canal.

Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:14 PM
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Ipud, pud I?

Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:18 PM
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60: I think FL was trying to link to this.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 9:20 PM
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Goneril's sharpness is indeed literary legend, though.

The version from Pogo is better.

Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 11:00 PM
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I'm for "Given two apples $A_1$ and $A_2$ we say that $A_1$ is happily sitting....", because my impression is that it's standard mathematical usage. Maybe because somehow "$A_1$ and $A_2$" is really the name of what you're given, and "two apples" is just sort of playing a clarifying role. Am I wrong? I agree that appositives are ordinarily set off by commas in normal English, but mathematical writing is not normal English. "Given an apple, $A$, we..." just looks awkward to me.

Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-14-08 11:16 PM
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re: 54

Yeah, me too. And the $foo_subscript$'s from essear.

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 12:33 AM
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This whole thread is making me smile, top to bottom.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 3:19 AM
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small pox
i thought secondary lues maybe, and that he should sue if it's implied something

Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 6:24 AM
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I mean, it's kind of funny, but I still think it's gross that people here contributed to the general and generic feeling of outrage!!!1!1 over an issue that merits no more than a "bfd." I wish I'd had more time yesterday to discuss but I feel sore about this.

Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 8:24 AM
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67, in its outrage!!1!1 over the outrage!!!1!1 over the cover, is as silly as any of it.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 8:29 AM
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Your face is as silly as any of it. Your John McCain ass face.

I don't know if it's a feed-the-beast thing or it stems from some need to have a lede story and I'm going to say this although it is one of the least original things ever said about the blogosphere but its lens effect can really distort the significance of a story. When it comes to art and editorializing art, though, this kind of story can have a big impact on what can be published. A day or two later, it turns out that no one actually cares at all but this is gong to hang over artists and editors.

Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 8:38 AM
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Dude, The New Yorker can take it. Controversy sells 7500 word John McPhee pieces about rail freight!

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 8:39 AM
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I'm not so worried about the New Yorker, but further down on the rack?

Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 8:44 AM
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Should we really lose sleep if magazine editors start worrying that people won't understand when their racist jokes are only meant ironically?

Posted by: Gabriel | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 9:35 AM
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OT: Hey, is this the underwater sex blog?

Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 9:41 AM
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71: further down on the rack nobody's worried about them. The frustration was a product of the prominence of the platform.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 9:46 AM
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it's kind of funny, but I still think it's gross

Everyone's a cri-- oh, wait, 'smasher actually is a critic.

Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 07-15-08 7:28 PM