Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Don't Speak German.

Can someone help me with Der Spiegel's opinion of the Republican field? 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Twitter Calling. For @MarkDavidson"

This has been flying around Twitter, deservedly, this morning. @markdavidson is probably not happy about it.
Is it true? I don't know. Perhaps it's a juvenile prank. But anyone who has done any ghostwriting will enjoy it. I figure it won't last the day in the original spot, so I post the clip here. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Explanation for UK Riots?

O.C. man upset with church teachings convicted of hate crime - "Izad Chavoshan, 32, who lives in Huntington Beach, set trash cans on fire in front of the Orange County Church of Christ on three separate occasions in October 2009, prosecutors said.

Chavoshan was a former church member who disagreed with the church's teachings against masturbation, according to the Orange County district attorney's office."

Three and More

Olympic Logo

I'm a sucker for a nice hat.

Well done.

Though I didn't see these at the Tumblr photoshoplooter , these and more riot-inspired fun image manipulations can be found there.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Few More-or-Less Amazing Things.

  • Coming in 2013, a film of At Swim-Two-Birds. It's one of the two or three funniest Flann O'Brien books, which makes it among the funniest things ever written.
  • I saw i/Fran_Liebowitz">Fran Liebowitz today. In a K-Mart. Impossible to fathom.
  • BBC iPlayer is soon going to launch in countries other than the UK. Make it to the US soon, please, and expand from just the iPad. I will be glad to pay for that service (just don't make it extortionate, Auntie Beeb).
  • The resolution of the debt ceiling is terrible. And most terrible of all, variants of it will get played out for the rest of our lives and it appears Democrats can't play to win any of these hissy fits. Looks like the long decline of America will feature a few people on platinum-armored yachts kept afloat by compliantly dysfunctional instutions and the destitution of millions of dolts who vote to thicken the platinum cladding.

Edited to add: After I wrote "variants of it will get played out for the rest of our lives..." Yglesias wrote a post explaining.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Anna Crilly Radio Controls Porridge

Anna Crilly (probably most well known as Magda from Lead Balloon ) is on Radio Five Live. Anna asks the host if she can try something with her dog, Porridge.

Someone at home with Porridge films the results.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Fastidious. About Taxonomy.

Man with dead weasel accused of assault
"The victim asked, 'Why are you carrying a weasel?' Police said the attacker answered, 'It's not a weasel, it's a marten,' then punched him in the nose and fled."

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Simon Greenall and the World Service


Simon Greenall is one of those "Hey, it's that Guy!" performers in the UK. He's excellent in a great deal of quality -- usually comic -- material. But he's not a star per se.

He appeared on the BBC World Service program The World Today on 27 May, 2011. The stated reason was because Cheryl Cole was dropped from the US version of The X Factor due to her Geordie accent. Since Greenall is famous for doing the unintelligible Geordie accent of Michael in It's Alan Partridge, he showed up to speak. Here's the video of the Michael-Partridge bit they played on radio:

It was an inspired choice by the producers of The World Today. In about seven minutes, Greenall performs an array of accents and accent-variants, including Geordie, Lancashire, Northern Irish, Glaswegian, American newsreader, and more. It's an entertaining display and he manages to make a few points that I largely agree with about the relative friendliness of the UK and the USA to regionalism in accents.

It's criminal that the UK Government cut the World Service budget.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Management Tips of the Stars

By Ken Levine: Roseanne's latest insane rant:
"Since there was so much turnover in the writing staff and she had no desire to learn anyone's names, she made them each wear numbers around their necks during runthroughs."


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Graham Parker

Graham Parker: Hotel Chambermaid

Not related to recent news, really. I've just been hearing the title phrase more in the past week than I have previously in my life. And it's a good song. But unrelated.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monuments of the 16th Century

Click for larger image.

Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing, ca. 1515
Giovanni Francesco Caroto (Italian, ca.1480-1555

This is one of those paintings I wish I could view in person. Even on the screen, I spent minutes trying to divine the expression on this child's face and imagining the sounds emanating from the subject. Giggles? Sighs? Italian?

Found at's Art History site.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monuments of the 21st Century

Behold the Venn Pie-agram created by reddit user HungryHungryHippy.

I first saw it thanks to Duncan Geere

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Peter King, meet Kenneth Salvesen

Plaque in honor of those killed in the
1985 IRA bombing of Harrod's in London.

Peter King, who is now busy on Capitol Hill generating much heat but little light about Muslims, was (and is) a fervent supporter of the terrorist group the Irish Republican Army. King "still insists the rebel army was a "legitimate force.'"

As to how he can support such a band of murderers, King told The New York Times:
Of comparisons between the terrorism of the I.R.A. and that of Al Qaeda and its affiliates, Mr. King said: "I understand why people who are misinformed might see a parallel. The fact is, the I.R.A. never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States."
However, in addition to killing many Irish, English, and others, the IRA did kill and injure US Citizens. For instance in the Harrod's bombing about a week before Christmas 1983, three American citizens were injured and Kenneth Salvesen, a US citizen from Chicago, was killed.

A bit over a year after that bombing, Peter King was grand Marshal for the New York St. Patrick's Day parade. The Irish government boycotted it due to King's support for the terrorist IRA.

Many people, including Americans, were killed and injured by the group King supported. I hope someone questions King about whether he knows who Kenneth Salvesen is and can bring himself to justify his support of terrorism to whatever of his family still remains.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


One this page which bears the legend "Mind blown," there is a comment that is even more mind-blowing to me than the image up top:
While we're at it, the volume of a pizza of radius z and thickness a = pi.z.z.a
Astounding, really.

Original link via Graham Linehan.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We Had All the Good Signs

Satire from bystanders may cut both ways, but satire and humor from participants can be simultaneously funny and apt.

From Wisconsin:

Photo by Dave Weigel

Oddly enough, the sentiment in the placard may be in response to some "pox on both houses" satire by Jon Stewart in recent days.

There is quite a lot of funny stuff from Wisconsin, intentionally and otherwise.

I noticed that the uprising in Egypt was full of comic protest, too. Anna Louie Sussman writes about humor in the Egyptian revolution for the Atlantic, including this little jibe travelling in email:

Dear Egyptian demonstrators,

Please do not damage the pyramids. We will not rebuild.

-The Jews


The title of this post is a variant of a line from Tom Lehrer's song "The Folk Song Army.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just a Second -- Tickle in my Throat

As previously investigated here, bygone times are full of hilarity -- if one didn't have to live through them. For instance, we've previously spotlighted Habitina, a concoction sold to help drug fiends kick the habit by ingesting a blend of morphine, heroin, and alcohol. I fear it didn't work as advertised.

There is little doubt, however, that The Allenbury's Throat Pastilles (tin pictured above), did indeed provide relief for sore or scratchy throats. The blend of diamorphine (another name for heroin) and cocaine would certainly combat throat discomfort.

I found it via the enjoyable twitter feed @VictorianLondon, curated by Lee Jackson. In recent days he's been on a tear with countless riddles and jokes from Victorian sources, such as:
"Why should a teetotaller not have a wife? Because he cannot sup-porter." joke, 1900
Which reminds me of one of my favorite jokes, as written by Samuel Beckett in one of his novels:

Why did the barmaid champagne?
Because the stout porter bitter.
Lee Jackson has been kind enough to set up the Random Victorian Joke Page. It's worth a page refresh or two.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Cumberbatch as Rickman

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Benedict Cumberbatch performs Candle In the Wind in the style of Alan Rickman.

Happy New Year, 2011!
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