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2013 is another matter entirely.

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 06.06.09

My dad went to college in 1960. On his first day there, he saw a car belonging to some fellow entering freshman, with a bumpersticker which read "Class of 1964". Dad shook his head and thought, "1964, that will never get here." For some reason I'm infinitely tickled by that line: 1964, that will never get here.


 

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Revolting!

Posted by Ben
on 06.05.09

No cocoon, even!


 

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Gouda

Posted by Becks
on 06.05.09

I know reposting links from metafilter is deprecated, but I'll make an exception this one time. Read the comments.


 

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Pointless Fantasy

Posted by LizardBreath
on 06.05.09

You know what I want the Administration to do with Guantanamo? Pack everyone up, let the prisoners go, and then hand the keys back to Cuba. It'd be a nice gesture toward normalizing relations, and then we wouldn't have to keep looking at the damn place anymore, which at this point is simply humiliating.


 

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What would Jesus pack?

Posted by Apostropher
on 06.04.09

Sure, that sounds like a swell idea.

A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment. New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety. [...] He said recent church shootings, including the killing Sunday of a late-term abortion provider in Kansas, which he condemned, highlight the need to promote safe gun ownership.

Ahem.

Pagano, 50, said some members of his church were concerned that President Barack Obama's administration could restrict gun ownership, and they supported the plan for the event when Pagano asked their opinion.

Awesome. The whole thing sounds promising, in a Darwin Awards Hall of Fame sense of promise, but then Reverend Hot Lead deflates the balloon, noting that "guns must be unloaded for insurance purposes and safety reasons." Lame.


 

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Scorched Earth

Posted by Becks
on 06.04.09

Fuck gardening. My time outside of work is far too precious to me to spend it on extra chores. I have plenty I'm behind on already. Unfortunately, the Flophouse has been cursed with a back yard that turns into a waist-high tangle of weeds if left unattended for more than a week. This isn't just inconvenient for BBQ and outside party reasons -- any signs of weeds and our neighbors like to call the city government and have them threaten us with fines for providing "potential harbingers [Becks - OK, whatever that word should be. I suck.] for vermin".

I don't want to have to deal with the constant struggle against this growth this summer. I want Everything. Dead. We chopped up all of the existing weeds and mulched over everything a couple of weeks ago, hoping that would block out the light and keep things from growing, but already the weeds are back. How can I take care of this once and for all without (1) too much work, (2) doing anything our landlord would object to, like paving, (3) killing the dogs, and (4) harming the environment too much?


 

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Embrace Your Inner Red State

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 06.04.09

To help 'Smasher rebuild his library, but really for any of you with a yen for something country, here is a mix. None of this stuff is particularly obscure; I am a connoisseur of the radio. But it's a toe-tappingly good time.

1. Am I Blue? (George Strait)
2. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line (Waylon Jennings)
3. My Maria (Brooks and Dunn)
4. Blue (LeAnn Rimes)
5. Tight Fittin' Jeans (Conway Twitty)
6. Jolene (Dolly Parton)
7. Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) (John Michael Montgomery)
8. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (Dwight Yoakum)
9. Long Time Gone (Dixie Chicks)
10. My Own Kind Of Hat (Merle Haggard)
11. My Baby Thinks He's a Train (Roseanne Cash)
12. A Better Man (Clint Black)
13. Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On (Mel McDaniel)
14. Suds in the Bucket (Sara Evans)
15. Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson)
16. Luckenbach, Texas (Waylon Jennings)
17. Right or Wrong (George Strait)
18. Little Bitty (Alan Jackson)
19. Write This Down (George Strait)

(Also because it's been bugging me that I didn't know how to post playlists, so I wanted to learn how to do it finally.)


 

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Move-ees

Posted by Stanley
on 06.03.09

'Round here, June seems to be the season of changing abodes, and thus am I left with other peoples' Netflix movies that I ought to send back. But, hey! They're here! Why not?

Your drive-by takes on:

The Other Boleyn Girl - eekbeat's pick that landed in my lap (even though she's already seen it via instant).

Synecdoche, New York - departing roommate's pick; it's been sitting on my coffee table for weeks.

The Edukators - my pick due to a suggestion, I'm guessing, from you lot.

Any of these worth watching?


 

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Other Side

Posted by Alameida
on 06.02.09

What happens when you're the subject of a Modern Love column? Eh, kind of boring in this case.


 

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Spare tires

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 06.02.09

I've got about fifteen more pounds that I'd like to lose. I know of a study which gave participants a spectrum of sillouhettes, from emaciated to extremely fat, in a line-up. They had to select which picture resembled themselves most, which picture they'd like to look like, their current height and weight, and how much they'd ideally like to weigh. It turned out that most everybody said they'd like to lose ten pounds, which in actuality would not get them very far towards their ideal sillouhette. Usually it would not leave them looking very different. (I'm just sharing the study because I think it's interesting, not because it pertains to my situation.)

Anyway, dieting sucks. I'm not doing anything particularly dramatic, just getting back into soccer, cutting down on sweets, and loosely keeping an eye on my daily total calories.

How much weight do you want to lose? Or gain? Are you happy with your weight? Or unhappily resigned that your current weight is what you're stuck with? (I am a firm believer in general that diets don't work, for the record. I'm excusing myself here because I'm returning to my set point, and not trying to alter my biology. Which would imply that I don't need to conscientiously diet, anyway, but I'm impatient and a product of American society, and so I'm dieting.)


 

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Blank Slate

Posted by Becks
on 06.01.09

'Smasher had a tragic accident where both his iPod and the external hard drive where he stored his music died within days of each other, leaving him with no music. It's a terrible situation, but raises an interesting question: if you were suddenly left with no music, what would be the first stuff that you'd try to reacquire? What wouldn't you bother replacing?


 

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Asymmetries

Posted by Becks
on 05.31.09

Something is deeply wrong when the implied promise of one of the two major political parties in a country is that electing their members will mean a reprieve of its leaders or surrogates inciting their followers to violence against that country's own citizens or its government.


 

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Putting Things Away For Awhile

Posted by Stanley
on 05.31.09

Through my self-devised rigorous research methods (um, I asked Ryan, my cob-logger from over here {I asked him in person, not on the internet, to clarify}), I have discerned there are three main decisions that go into the placing of a time capsule:

  1. What to include in said capsule.

  2. Where to place said capsule.

  3. Whether to make said capsule's placement a stealthy matter or something with some sort of "official" legitimacy (e.g., the backing of a local parks & recreation board or something similar thereto).

These are the pressing issues weighing on me this Sunday afternoon as I struggle to salvage my bedroom from what appears to be a very curious pile of clothes and books and generalized clutter. I should think you lot might care to think about it, too.


 

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