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Friday, June 20, 2003
A PARTING SHOT: A journalist spy spotted this in the newsroom of a big daily: A genuine New York Times "Stringer's Handbook" tacked up to a bulletin board with the following scrawled on the front:1. Go to site of story
SOMETHING ELSE FOR TREACHER TO DO IF HE'S BORED WITH ALL THAT NOT-COMMENTING HE'S NOT DOING: There's another one of those "hey-all-you-slacker-artists-make-an-anti-war-poster!" things sputtering along over here. Guess it makes all those unemployed graphic designers feel like that shiny G4 is good for more than housing their Rage Against the Machine mp3s.Wednesday, June 04, 2003
I KNEW I SHOULDA MADE A LEFT TURN AT INSTAPUNDIT! Looky here at this little blog map! Layne and Welch to the right of Sullivan! Who woulda thunk it? Also, LGF appears to be to the right of itself! And to the left of itself! Good job, Charles!
ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT. JUST NOT IN OUR, Y'KNOW, ACTUAL NEWSPAPER: Isn't it a bad sign when other newspapers have to start running corrections for you? Update: Also here and here! (via Sully's Bathroom by the Sea)
IRONY ISN'T DEAD, IT'S JUST VERY HUNGRY: Wow, New Yorkers are even starting to eat ironically!Wednesday, May 28, 2003"We come here a lot," Leja Kress said with a nervous giggle as she, her sister and a colleague dined at Applebee's in Battery Park City before going to a movie next door.
MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP WITH TREACHER? Well, of course! But, you know, he's moved!Tuesday, May 27, 2003
THE OTHER BLAIR MEAT: You all already know this, but, for the record, Australia's most-loved shark has a new home!
HONESTLY: I would claim that instead of emptying bottles of Spanish red, I've been traveling around, posting up a storm the past week, and then blame the absence of said posts on Blogger and its problems. But then I might end up with my face on Newsweek or Jack Shafer waxing snarky about me. And, well, we can't have that!Tuesday, May 20, 2003
IT'S A MAN THING: Go the Welch comments here and watch all the guys (and Seipp) jawin' about the L.A. directions! Don't they just sound like a buncha old farts? "Well, we took the 110 to LaBrea and hung a left on Vermont down to the Quickie Mart. But I'm bettin' that if we'd'a taken the 10 to the Crenshaw cutoff we'd save at least five minutes! (NOTE: Not real directions!) Oh, and you kids get offa my lawn!" And on a linguistic note, what's this tic of adding a definite article to freeway numbers? You don't get on 5 or I-5, you get on "the 5." This just a So-Cal thing? I never heard this from any S.F.-ites who smelled good enough to go near (except in Layne's filthy novel, but that may have just been the Australian translation).Friday, May 16, 2003
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
WHILE WE'RE TIMES-BASHING: Times corrections, mostly shorter than Sunday's behemoth, from this amusing book:February 18, 1989: A brief article about the visit of Prince Charles to the United States misidentified a member of a group that was to meet with him in Washington. The member was Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., deputy publisher of The New York Times, not Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the publisher.
UP AGAINST THE WALL, REDNECK MOTHER: A couple weeks ago, Layne was all (justifiably!) moist about a cool web radio station that played his type of filthy redneck music. If that's your bag and you've got the DirectTV or the AT&T digital cable (or Comcast or whatever it is I'm writing all those damn checks to), check out the Americana channel on their Music Choice dealie. A recent half-hour was chock-full of alt.country goodness. In order: The Jayhawks, John Prine, Kelly Willis, Wilco, Kathleen Edwards, Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle. Also heard today, Hiatt's "Tennessee Plates," the late-and-lamented Picketts, those lovely Canucks The Be Good Tanyas and classic first-album Lone Justice! Hell but wasn't that album was one of the best things about the '80s? Ain't it just wicked cool they can give you all this (plus the innernut and Laurie Dhue) through a tiny little wire? Whine all you want about the soulless corporations, but right this minute they're filling my house with some of the finest music there is. If they're evil, hell's gonna rock!
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
AS THAT ONE GUY SAYS, "HEH:" Top Ten Signs Something's Wrong at The New York TimesMonday, May 05, 2003 Friday, May 02, 2003
EE! EE! EE! I plugged in an e.e. cummings poem and couldn't tell the difference:Picasso XXIII Picasso XXIII Picasso you make us
POETRY MEN: OK. While all you self-absorbed jackasses are busy plugging your own URL's into the magic poem machine (You know who you are!), I'm providing a service for humanity! For instance, Robert Fisk, Poet and Gutter of Protestors!Thursday, May 01, 2003Going on themAnd his lung-buddy John Pilger starts off bold but gets himself so worked up he collapses into a quivering mass of HTML!
TYPOS OF THE TIMES: Remember last week when we, the almighty New York Times, said so unequivocally that "at least 170,000 artifacts were carried away" from the National Museum of Iraq? Actually, it looks like it was more like, um, maybe twenty-five. Whooooops!Wednesday, April 30, 2003
WHAT'S KEN LAYNE DOING IN MY IPOD? Nice tune there, Mick. And actually fits very nicely in the ITunes library sandwiched between The Pogues' "Worms" and Kelly Willis' "Wrapped."
Thursday, April 24, 2003
JAFA: (JAF-eh) n. Slang. Term used by locals in certain Canadian ski resorts to refer to a class of people known to frequent such towns and dominate many service industry jobs. Acronym for "Just Another Fucking Australian."
MUCH SCREEDY GOODNESS: If you're one of the poor souls crawling into toilets and evacuating yourself into buckets because of Lileks withdrawal, you may want to go take a gander at his political columns. I rarely see anybody link to them, but they're all online if you know where to look! And I'll give ya the love right here! Note, however, that it's a Newhouse site, and like most anything Newhouse-related on the web, it, well, sucks (no disrespect to Jarvis). So bear with me. The Lileks page is here. It's got columns up to March 26 (right on top of things, they are!) The columns since then are here, here, here and here.
BLEAT ME! So I can get my daily dose of Lileks from the computer in my tastefully appointed home, but when I try from my desk at Evil Corporation Inc., I just get some damn domain hosting site. This is going to severely cramp my rigorous regime of Goofing Off On The Man's Time!
MY PUCE THEORY: I think Treacher's Puce and Pucewatch! Great coup, there, ya punk! Update: Ding!Wednesday, April 23, 2003
ONE MUST ADMIT, MERLE NEVER LOOKED THIS GOOD: I love the First Amendment! (via J.A.F.A.)
DAWN SPAWNS! Woohoo!
HOLY CRAP, BLEATMAN! Just tried to go to Lileks and got some page saying the domain expired! This would really, really suck, people! Update: The Prof sez he can still get there (sure it's not just your cache, buddy?) but e-mails to Lileks are bouncing back. Hopefully he's just down at the Target with Salam Pax! Update2: OK, he's back. But Instantman steals my joke!Monday, April 21, 2003
KEN LAYNE FOR PRINCE OF DARKNESS '04: Some of youse out there think that great Ken Layne poster over on the peacenick site is some sorta foul insult. Buddies! Am I nuts to want a poster-sized version? It's hysterical! Plus with "'Touche' said the coonass to the yat" she gives a little hat-tip to the opposition! (The artist, Melanie Goux, is a Baton Rouge native, what some Cajuns might call a "coonass;" Layne's from New Orleans, where the "yats" live; also note the "Larry Jonestowne" reference: Peace chick does her homework!). And in her blog she writes:Finally, during the course of this project, (rules be damned) I received a small number of pro-war posters, some of which were very well done and thought provoking. Although I disagree with the sentiments expressed in these pieces, they deserve to be shown. Therefore, at some point in the near future, I will post them on a special page, to be dedicated to my favorite staunch conservative, my dear father. In spite of our differing political views, we love and admire each other very much.So hey! Let's all have a group hug!
WHY YOU SHOULD GO HIT LAYNE'S TIPJAR:"Personally, I blame everything on Ken Layne, who got me into blogging in the first place." - Dave Barry