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|Sunday, November 15th, 2009|
|Genius in the NYtimes
I make a real effort to post every two years.
The pervasiveness of the 'genius' theme in the nytimes-->thus America, thus the world. The Gray Lady published, in the same issue, eight articles pertaining to geniuses. Some of the most notable:
1--> noted genius stephen pinker's review of evaluative genius malcolm gladwell's book about...geniuses. Of special notice are 'minor geniuses', like the inventor of hair in a can, or something.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/books/review/Pinker-t.html?scp=1&sq=genius&st=cse
Jim Collins on receiving the MacArthur:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/19/opinion/19collins.html?_r=1
"These unrealistically high expectations extend even to children's games. After my daughter recently beat me at Candyland, she looked at me, disenchanted, and said, "Dad, I thought you were supposed to be a genius." I tried to explain that the MacArthur award was for creativity, not genius, and that my creative work did not encompass the selection of colored cards from a randomly shuffled deck. My daughter just slowly shook her head and walked out of the room."
The 60th anniversary of the '2000 year old man' comedy sketch by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/arts/television/15karp.html?scp=4&sq=genius&st=cse
REINER When he’s free, when he’s in panic, he’s perfect. I learned a long time ago that if you can corner a genius comedy brain in panic, you’re going to get something extraordinary because they fight — they don’t want to die. And he’s a genius. [He notices that Mr. Brooks is twiddling his thumbs.] Now watch this. Who was the first one to twiddle his thumbs?...
And my absolute favorite,
an article on the 'horrific genius' of Charles Taylor:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/weekinreview/02polgreen.html?8hpib
The abominable act of using children as human shields and as soldiers in some wretched power struggle is a mark of genius, creative or whatever you want to call it. There should be a Macarthur for horrific genius. I would be so excited about that, as I am about the regnant Macarthurs-->neat shit people do getting bestowed a crown of laurel in the shape of cash. The cravenness and persistent crappiness of the zeitgeist-hopeful, fad-chasing NYTimes pisses me off though.
|Friday, November 2nd, 2007|
I've wept at
the live-action flintstones movie (when fred confesses to wilma he gave their savings to the rubbles so they could adopt a child)
sister act 2
(when the nuns invade the casino to rescue Sister Mary Clarence (i.e., whoopie))
honey i blew up the baby
(when the kong-sized kid's about to attack the u.s. military, but marcia strassman -- his mom -- increases her own size and says to the baby "no!" or "down!" (regarding a helicopter the kid was holding or something)
toy story 2 (a lot of it, especialy the cowgirl doll singing about watching the kid who owned her grow up while she gets covered in dust behind the bed---fuck it tears me up to remember it)
into the west (if i told you i wept from the opening credits to the end of the film would you believe me?)
|Tuesday, March 13th, 2007|
|you know I love you
here's a link to a 16.5 mb file of high quality evidence photos from the Zodiac case. Free dl.
|Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007|
Jackass Number 2________________________Salo
of course it is.
|Friday, December 22nd, 2006|
hunh. turns out it was Stephen Wright.
not that one, this one:
|Monday, December 18th, 2006|
|Monday, November 20th, 2006|
“Bicycle Accident” by Julia Fullerton-Batten
|Sunday, November 19th, 2006|
|healed by the diaper of Christ
And the son of the priest, his usual disease having come upon him, entered the hospital, and there came upon Joseph and the Lady Mary, from whom all others had fled. The Lady Mary had washed the cloths of the Lord Christ, and had spread them over some wood. That demoniac boy, therefore, came and took one of the cloths, and put it on his head. Then the demons, fleeing in the shape of ravens and serpents, began to go forth out of his mouth. The boy, being immediately healed at the command of the Lord Christ, began to praise God, and then to give thanks to the Lord who had healed him.
from the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour
appropriate unfunny cartoon:
|Friday, September 29th, 2006|
"Modern humans share approximately 99 percent of our DNA with a chimpanzee, 90 percent with a mouse, and 40 percent with a banana."
- from _Anthropology_ by Barbara D. Miller and Bernard Wood
|Thursday, August 31st, 2006|
|Relieved of command
by Hitler for his "negative attitude towards national socialism."
"I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!” — General Kurt Hammerstein-Equord (1878-1943)
- COLONEL-GENERAL BARON KURT VON HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD
|Tuesday, August 29th, 2006|
|Warren Steed Jeffs,
prophet and leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was arrested today, after being on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted for [deep breath] battery, child molestation, conspiracy, fraud, sodomy, conspiracy, and "risk factor: homophobia."
|Friday, August 25th, 2006|
|Friday, July 7th, 2006|
"Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane."
H. P. Lovecraft
|Friday, June 2nd, 2006|
· for all intensive purposes
· absorbent salaries.
The quake was caused by teutonic plates shifting.
· The problem is that bad English makes you sound laxadaisical.
· day and day out
· But, I divest.
· I might not be able to diverge my whole attention.
· Super salad
· don't condone me just because I said
· Up and Adam.
· Dually noted.
· That cat hides under the bed all the time. She needs more socialism.
· Satanic Cult Survivor on Montel Williams: "I participated in animalistic rituals, but I did not participate in any humanistic rituals."
Woman on Montel Williams: "It is the job of parents to install good values in their children.
· I think I have a claim, the workmen drove over my skeptic tank.
· Play it by hear
· The keeping of pigs in dark, low buildings is fround a pone.
· on mass
|Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006|
|first known depiction of Christ
Graffito scratched on the wall of a Roman barracks in the Pædagogioum --where the servants were trained and the guards lived--, close to Nero's monstrous "Golden House" on Palatine Hill, perhaps thirty years after the crucifixion:
It appears to be a drawing of a man with a donkey's head, dressed in a loincloth (a perizoma) and attached to the Latin cross (the crux immissa), which looks like a lowercase t where the vertical beam extends beyond the horizontal. On the lower left is a smaller figure raising up his right arm to the crucified donkeyman.
is probably a phonetic misspelling of
["Ale / xamenos / sebetai / theon" - Alexamenos worships (his) god]. Seems like some pagan fellow was making fun of a Christian guy named Alexamenos. Early followers were often accused of onolatry, donkey-worship, adoring Deus Christianorum Onocoetes, the "God of the Christians begotten of an Ass."
If pagan guy only knew what was coming.
|Saturday, May 20th, 2006|
|Thursday, May 11th, 2006|
can't live without it.
irrespective + regardless =
using ir- prefix and -less suffix in the same word is cool
1912 in Wentworth Amer. Dial. Dict. 1923 Lit. Digest 17 Feb. 76 Is there such a word as irregardless in the English language? 1934 in Webster (labelled Erron. or Humorous, U.S.). 1938 I. Kuhn Assigned to Adventure xxx. 310, I made a grand entrance and suffered immediate and complete obliteration, except on the pay-roll, which functioned automatically to present me with a three-figure cheque every week, ‘irregardless’, as Hollywood says. 1939 C. MORLEY Kitty Foyle xxvii. 267 But she can take things in her stride, irregardless what's happened. 1955 Publ. Amer. Dial. Soc. XXIV. 19, I don't think like other people do and irregardless of how much or how little dope would cost me [etc.]. 1970 Current Trends in Linguistics X. 590 She tells the pastor that he should please quit using the word ‘irregardless’ in his sermons as there is no such word. 1971 M. MCSHANE Man who left Well Enough iv. 96 The sun poured down on Purity irregardless of the fact that it received no welcome.
|Wednesday, May 10th, 2006|
The belief in vampires of plant origin occurs among Gs. [Gypsies] who belong to the Mosl. faith in KM [Kosovo-Metohija]. According to them there are only two plants which are regarded as likely to turn into vampires: pumpkins of every kind and water-melons. And the change takes place when they are 'fighting one another.' In Podrima and Prizrenski Podgor they consider this transformation occurs if these vegetables have been kept for more than ten days: then the gathered pumpkins stir all by themselves and make a sound like 'brrrl, brrrl, brrrl!' and begin to shake themselves. It is also believed that sometimes a trace of blood can be seen on the pumpkin, and the Gs. then say it has become a vampire. These pumpkins and melons go round the houses, stables, and rooms at night, all by themselves, and do harm to people. But it is thought that they cannot do great damage to folk, so people are not very afraid of this kind of vampire.
Among the Mosl. Gs. in the village of Pirani (also in Podrima) it is believed that if pumpkins are kept after Christmas they turn into vampires, while the Lešani Gs. think that this phenomenon occurs if a pumpkin used as a syphon, when ripe and dry, stays unopened for three years.
Vampires of vegetable origin are believed to have the same shape and appearance as the original plant.
T. P. Vukanović, The Vampire; published in four parts in the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society from 1957 to 1960.
|Monday, May 8th, 2006|