Gray Flannel Dwarf


It was inevitable.

When Kanye West’s song “Gold Digger” hit the airwaves, it was an instant hit.

Of course, when that happens, the parodies ensue.

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Big dizzle for da main nizzle.

She could be earnin’ her man and learnin’ her man… and at the same time turn in her man: Snoop Dogg sued for assault.

Personally, I think he was just set off after not being able to figure out when to add the fabric softener.

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honey-dews and dewn’ts

We finally got our wedding pictures today. The wife was looking through them. Choice quote of the night:

“Here’s the one of the utility candle.”

She meant “unity candle”, but the more I think about it, the more “utility” seems apropos.

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fun with premillennial dispensationalism

I came up with a good bumpersticker today.


Your car and all your toys belong to me.

Alternately, here’s an image you can use.

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Instant Replay

Got to talking with a friend of mine regarding the ups and downs that “instant replay” has seen in the NFL over the years. This year is the most confusing yet, with something like a team getting a third challenge for free, if they get the first two overturned, and Saturn is on the cusp of Leo, etc., etc… it’s all just way too confusing… so I came up with some alternates.

1. When a play is challenged, the TV puts up a 1-900 number on the screen, where fans call in and vote. Of course, they will be charged $2.99/minute for this.

2. Alternately, maybe they could tie the replay to a skill question, like in a Canadian sweepstakes. Perhaps it would add a bit of a cerebral aura to the game. I can see it now…

“Well, we made our decision, and yes, we will overrule the call on the field, but in order to get the ruling, you will be required to answer this arithmetic problem…”

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The once and future… Firefox?

<mij^> wtf, mozilla changed firebird's name again
<mij^> it's now firefox
<sethk> what!?
<sethk> are they trying to screw up their own productization or something?
<sethk> to avoid overlap with another open-source project, hrm
<chaley> firebird firefox thunderbird wtf?
? chaley/#whiteboard head spins
<chaley> since firebird (or firefox or whatever-the-fuck) started as mozilla minus all the crap, it should be called "mo"
<sethk> heh
<ibri> thanks Unfurl
<epw> or less_zilla
<chaley> would it be lesszilla or fewerzilla ?
<chaley> or lessismorezilla
<mij^> stopchangingyourfuckingnamezilla
<Bill> Wait... Firefox was that lame movie with Clint Eastwood.
<xPhase> what are you talking about, firefox was the greatest movie of all time!
<xPhase> (or something completely unlike that)
<Unfurl> fox force five?
<mij^> heh
<sethk> shoink!
<teedz> fox as in it's a sexy browser, force, as in it's a force for IE to reckon with and five, as in we'll change our name one, two, three, four, five times before 1.0 is released
<chaley> LOL
<Unfurl> teedz: hahah

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Everything Old is New Again.

The song was a soulful limerick from the “Purple Rain” days of Prince, whose voraciously fey Jheri-Curl Lothario act worked its spell even on the most suburban set. It was, at the time, the dirtiest song we knew.

Way back when, my aunt dubbed Purple Rain for me. Man, I forget how old I was, but it must have been around third grade, because I remember listening to this bad quality tape (it was recorded, literally, from one boom box to a tape recorder, over open air) in my friends basement, in the old neighbourhood.
During those years, I thought it was “master bedroom in a magazine”. I thought she was flipping through an old issue of Home and Gardens, or something, from the lobby. :D

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Silly Beijingren

This is what happens when you live with your news filtered through one authoritarian organisation your whole life. What’s even funnier is that the original ‘story’ mentions Toronto as a “long shot”.
Beijing paper falls for gag in American tabloid

BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters) – Beijing’s most popular newspaper has unwittingly republished a bogus story about U.S. Congress threats to skip town for Memphis or Charlotte unless Washington builds them a new Capitol building with a retractable dome.

The source? America’s celebrated spoof tabloid, the Onion.

The Beijing Evening News, which claims a circulation of 1.25 million, translated portions of the Onion’s tall tale word-for-word in the international news page of its June 3 edition.

The reprinted version of the May 29 article, which parodies Congress as a Major League Baseball squad, also copied the Onion’s would-be blueprint for a new legislative home that resembles a ballpark.

“Don’t get us wrong: We love the drafty old building,” the Onion jestingly quoted House Speaker Dennis Hastert saying.

“But the hard reality is, it’s no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch. The sight lines are bad, there aren’t enough concession stands or bathrooms, and the parking is miserable.”

The spoof from the brazen entertainment tabloid, which dubs itself “America’s finest news source,” apparently took in the Evening News.

“The story was written by one of our freelance writers,” an editor at the Evening News told Reuters on Friday. “His stuff has been pretty much reliable before.”

The editor said he had received other calls from readers about the article. “They were also suspicious of the contents.”

Told the story came from the Onion and was not true, the editor said, “We would first have to check that out. If it’s indeed fake, I’m sure there will be some form of correction.”

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train of thought.

I. !Sex = !Mozilla
I ran across this bug report. I guess now we know why the mozilla project has turned into such and arduous task.

II. “Who is Keyser Soze?!”*

In reading the recommended fixes, I looked up references to Keyser (albeit improperly spelled again). I found this somewhat amusing, if not slightly insightful as well..

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