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June 22, 2007

Random Crap 6/22/07

I'm about to head off to get a plane and fly to DC, so in lieu of coherent thoughts, a bunch of little things:

* This happened yesterday while I was visiting my friends Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier. Also while I was visiting them, at least a mile of skateboarders went skating by -- no really -- but Scott doesn't have any pictures of that up yet. It was still pretty damn cool. New York, what a wacky town.

* Emo Crayolas are amusing.

* David Goodman passed along an interesting article about book blogs in the Guardian newspaper, and I wrote it up in the Ficlets Blog.

* Regarding Dick Cheney suggesting he's not actually in the executive branch: Man, I wish.

* Oh, and apparently Citizen Kane is still the best movie ever. Somewhere the makers of Freddie Got Fingered are muttering about how they got robbed, again. And weren't they? Weren't they?

* Incidentally, some people were asking me how I knew about "Goatse double-penetration felch hentai," either as individual concepts or in the particular horrifying combination. People, it's okay to know them. Just don't live them. That is all.

Posted by john at June 22, 2007 09:14 AM

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theophylact | June 22, 2007 09:30 AM

If Cheney isn't in the Executive Branch, he doesn't have executive privilege. Subpoena the sumbitch already.

Pablo Defendini | June 22, 2007 09:58 AM

That was my thinking when I read the news yesterday, too. But we all know Congress would never have the testicular (or ovarian?) fortitude to actually do it.
I'm reminded of a comment by Jon Stewart sometime this week, where he shows a clip of some member of congress or another stating that it would be unthinkable to bring the President down to Capitol Hill to answer a few questions. Stewart's response: "You say that like it's a bad idea..."
Maybe I'm just still reeling in anger from having watched 'Sicko' on Tuesday night. Moore really takes US politicians to task, particularly during the 'history of health care in the US' segment of the film.
Oh well. Anger is good. It's just too bad it's accompanied by a sinking feeling of impotence, since I don't have millions of dollars to throw at these clowns to make them do whatever I want them to when it's time to make some laws.

Annalee Flower Horne | June 22, 2007 10:18 AM

For the record, I'd just like to state that I have no idea what goatse or felch means. And I'm really okay with that.

Chang, for rizzle. | June 22, 2007 10:26 AM

You know, the day started off crappy enough and now this. I wish that fucking vampire wasn't part of the executive branch. Why can't we have a nice vampire like Jukka Sarasti as Vice President?

CJ | June 22, 2007 10:42 AM

So can we visit you in DC? Got any cool stops on your itinerary there?

Inquiring minds want to know - authors.

No, this doesn't quite qualify as stalking, really.

Steve Buchheit | June 22, 2007 10:45 AM

I just can't wait until Congress starts thinking, "Hey, that means he can no longer claim Executive Priveledge on those Energy Committee meetings."

Or, that government budgets have line-items which are assigned to various "pots 'o money" in different categories. I wonder if the VP's salary, residence at the National Observatory, and office expenses are listed under the executive branch line numbers?

That would be a fun spin-cycle to see.

Schloi | June 22, 2007 11:07 AM

but john, what about the concept "don't dream it, be it"?
and regarding the executive branch, it seems to me that the whole idea behind it is that there is a branch of the government that is supposed to be accountable for things going on, but no one wants to take the blame for bad things going on
and Dick Cheney, well, he's just scary beyond reason, making me glad that I'm half a continent away from any alleys he may be lurking in

Patrick Shepherd | June 22, 2007 11:10 AM

I think it's time to retire Citizen Kane from the top spot (at least William Randolph Hearst is well past retirement age). OK, it's good, but the best of all time? And The Godfather at #2? Lawrence of Arabia or Casablanca would look better in that top spot. But I guess my opinion doesn't count very much versus the collective wisdom of all those directors and actors.

Still, it's not a bad list, and all those directors muttering about why their grade 'C' film wasn't chosen are just going to have to suck it up and get back to work.

Mary | June 22, 2007 11:19 AM

Chang: "Don't blame me. I voted for Sarasti"?

Yeah, that would make a great t-shirt.

Nathan | June 22, 2007 11:30 AM

but john, what about the concept "don't dream it, be it"?

If it's all the same to you, I'd really prefer neither.

And on one of the other random posts, why should a little thing like a bldg. collapse delay getting your couch moved? Try this on for size.


Matt | June 22, 2007 11:37 AM

Just something to think about...

"A bush will never be a tree. It will always be low on the ground and obstruct some views. That's nature."

Caitlin | June 22, 2007 11:39 AM

Are you sure they were skateboarders and not inline skaters? There is a street skate every week in New York (and in other cities too like London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Sydney) but it's mostly inline skaters, not skateboarders. The Paris skate gets 10,000-15,000 skaters every week, year round, lasts three hours and is marshalled by police.

Mark Terry | June 22, 2007 11:44 AM

Somebody suggested that since Dick Cheney isn't part of the Administrative Branch and nobody in Congress wants to claim him, he's apparently acting as a rogue nation and we should invade him.

Gets my vote.

shane | June 22, 2007 12:09 PM

June 21st was "Go Skateboarding Day." No, really.


Monty | June 22, 2007 12:38 PM

Is it cool for non librarian types to catch you at the ALA thing , or even to drop into the ALA thing at all,this weekend??

Ryan S. | June 22, 2007 12:38 PM

As a temporary DC resident, I would like to second the motion that you reveal your DC activities.

Johan Larson | June 22, 2007 12:52 PM

He's leaving? On a jet plane? Do we know when he'll be back again?

Johan Larson | June 22, 2007 01:00 PM

See what you've done, John? First you mentioned Goatse Double-penetration Fetch Hentain, and next Mark suggests invading our vice president.


Chuck Wahl | June 22, 2007 01:02 PM

I have posted on my website a video I got from YouTube of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown, discussing the whole Dick Cheney thing. Included are the terms rogue nation, and invasion. You can click on my name and the video will be the top listing on the page. I love watching Countdown. I get depressed every time I watch the video because it makes me laugh every time.

Suzanne M | June 22, 2007 01:36 PM

I, too, am in New York and soon (well, more like 7 hours from now) to board a plane and fly to DC. Coincidence? You decide.*

And Mark? In light of John's last bullet point, your proposal to invade Dick Cheney has made my brain go in very, very bad directions. Excuse me, I must go find some bleach.

*Yes. Entirely. Ah well.

Pablo Defendini | June 22, 2007 02:31 PM

he's apparently acting as a rogue nation and we should invade him.

He's got his own private Death Star (in keeping with the whole Darth Cheney meme). We're gonna have to round up some X-Wing fighters, if he's to be successfully invaded. Some light sabres all around wouldn't be a bad thing, either.

zakur | June 22, 2007 02:56 PM

Aaah, yes...good ole, reliable Citizen Kane. I took a film appreciation class once and the final assignment was to write our own review of a "great American film." My classmates all wrote about Citizen Kane, or Gone with the Wind, or some other "classic" from that top ten list. My paper was on Raising Arizona. I got the only A.

Rhiannon_S | June 22, 2007 02:57 PM

Why can't we have a nice vampire like Jukka Sarasti as Vice President?

Nah, never mind the vampires, next time Vote Cthulhu! For once he'd be the lesser evil.

Or if you prefer a more UK-centric option. Vote Saxon.

Jay | June 22, 2007 03:01 PM

Constitutionally, the office of the VP does seem to be more of a Legislative position, as they're President of the Senate and not much else. Of course, that doesn't excuse Cheney from trying to get the best of all possible worlds.

I love the rogue state idea.

John H | June 22, 2007 03:07 PM

When we decide to invade Dick Cheney, will it be with a two-pronged attack, penetrating deep into his...

Oh, never mind.

lex | June 22, 2007 03:36 PM

Hmm... Conference is at the Convention Center... what decent bars are near there? Rocket Bar? Sounds like it's got a sorta sci-fi theme to it...


Joseph | June 22, 2007 08:41 PM

The emo crayons were amusing... but for some reason "Dorian Gray" made me laugh really hard.

Malcolm Tredinnick | June 23, 2007 12:18 AM

So what you're really saying is that your mere presence in NYC made a building fall down and a large group of people started to flee the city. Okay... that's got to be a little worrying.

Jim Winter | June 23, 2007 09:41 PM

Yanno, Dick's gotten kind of pathetic since the shotgun incident. I understand senators visiting his table in the Senate Cafeteria liken the procession like mourners at a funeral.

CHUCK HAGEL: He's so lifelike.
SHERROD BROWN: Yeah, those White House morticians are good.
JOHN MCCAIN: Um... Guys? I think he still has a pulse.
HAGEL: Did they turn off the defibrilator?
MCCAIN: White House microwave was broken.
CHENEY: [That incoherent growl Jon Stewart always does.]

Barnesm | June 24, 2007 12:04 AM

Wow, do you know what you find if you enter Goatse Double-penetration Fetch Hentain into google image.

Maybe I shouldn't have done that at work, and I work in a brothel, to breach our internet policy you have to go some.

Abe | June 25, 2007 02:01 AM

I'm angry--how did Christopher Nolan's Momento(2000) not make the list?

That movie was pure genius: It goes backwards and forwards at the same time to simulate how the main character has lost his short-term memory and forces you to put together the pieces. I watched it the first time and was blown away by the ending. Then the DVD lets you watch everything in order and it blew my mind again. But then I watched it a third time, paying attention to tiny little details(I was clued in to watch very carefully) only for the plot to turn on a pin-needle and completely blow my mind again even on the third viewing.

Am I the only one who thought Momento got robbed?

Martyn Taylor | June 25, 2007 07:35 AM

Rhiannon_S - what this country needs is a Doctor... any country, yours, mine, theirs.

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