Every time I think I’m out…

I’m still determined to stay aloof from the presidential contest. But it occurred to me today, while digesting with appropriate shock the news of McCain’s hilariously poor vice-presidential pick, that he just might be sending the Democrats the message that he can nominate a pumpkin on a stick and still win, with the help of a bit of the old “election fraud.” After all, I’ll never forget — I was there, in Florida in 20001.

I don’t actually believe it for a second — in fact I think history will show that it’s one for the foot-shooting hall of fame, and this thing is as good as over — but I just want to be on record as having said it, so I can’t possibly be disappointed by the results.

Postscript: yes, I went there. Check out my upcoming 9-part series on electronic voter fraud in Ohio 2004, and also a lot of really excellent “first!!1!” comments on Atrios.

 

1) — I was not there. But I was covering it for talk radio at the time2, so I know what I’m talking about.

2) — Actually I was a producer3, not a host or a reporter per se, but I think you’ll still find I’m uniquely qualified to offer my opinion.

3) — A “technical producer” in fact, which if you get right down to it means that I was responsible for keeping the microphone signals within a reasonable range, and also pressing buttons and causing things like commercials and traffic reports to be played. I believe my original point still stands.

18 times more lethal than death

Chris Morris had an article in the Guardian about the Large Hadron Collider1. I have no idea why.

I had written something like an introduction to the Chris Morris phenomenon for my fellow Americans but then I got carried away watching Brass Eye and The Day Today on YouTube. Go and watch them, and find your comedic life changed forever.

 

1) yes he manages to find a moment for the obvious Large Hardon Collider joke.

Coffee is for winners, go-getters, tea-ignorers, lunch-cancellers, early-risers, guilt-ridden strivers, money obsessives and status-driven spiritually empty lunatics. It is an enervating force. We should resist it and embrace tea, the ancient drink of poets, philosophers and meditators.

That’s Tom Hodgkinson. Relatedly: A Nice Cup of Tea.

Only the big issues

Coffee is for winners, go-getters, tea-ignorers, lunch-cancellers, early-risers, guilt-ridden strivers, money obsessives and status-driven spiritually empty lunatics. It is an enervating force. We should resist it and embrace tea, the ancient drink of poets, philosophers and meditators.

That’s Tom Hodgkinson. Relatedly: A Nice Cup of Tea.

The seal, it is broken

While casting about for a killer idea for a high-concept single-issue blog1 I came to realize that what the world actually needs most of all is another totally unfocused ego-driven blog featuring day-late smart-ass comments on the same stuff that everyone in the blogosphere (how I love that word) is covering.

Ideally it will have no connection at all with anything in the real physical world. And lots of robotic comments about online poker sites and v1@gr@. My cat pictures with hilarious slogans, let me show you them. All your something are belong to something. I am aware of all internet traditions, and so on. Is it too early to ask for PayPal donations?

 

[UPDATE 23:45 GMT 08/21/2008] FULL DISCLOSURE ETHICS IN BLOGGING I added a blank line above the footnotes because the spacing was bothering me END UPDATE

 

1) — Unfortunately carstereo.wordpress.com2 already exists, and is, I must say, doing an admirable job of rendering completely redundant all possible future comment on car stereos.

2) — Which, along with all the other orphaned single-post blogs out there, makes me want to just leave this post up, all by itself, forever.