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Monthly Archive for February, 2007
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It is almost Koufax time again. I just wanted to talk about what makes me happy about 3B. Certainly not the 0.5 assunit content (save plover’s 0.97 assunit content and UC’s Hammer of Thor smackdown Musican Poop Shooters). What makes me most happy is the creative and funny audience that does the occasional drive-by. Certainly we don’t make a lot of sense, some would say Dada, others would say…The point being the post that made me the most happy in the last year was Snack Cake Dictators or “Snacktators.” It wasn’t really a post of consequence whatsoever, but the comments were amazing. And what made me really proud was that Blue Girl said she was going to nominate the post for a Koufax Award. What I want to say is that if we should happen to win, 3B isn’t the winner, you are. It’s an honor to even just be fake nominated.
So for some reason I have found myself within the clutches of Dumas and his Musketeer novels. They are all quite entertaining, if you are into that sort of thing, that sort of thing to some may merely mean “reading” while to others “historically inaccurate romantic swashbuckling adventures of courtly intrigue, etc. etc.” A couple of notes: at page one million you do find yourself occasionally hoping that Robespierre will come along and lop off everyone’s head.
So far I have read:
The Three Musketeers
Twenty Years After
Ten Years After/The Vicomte de Braggelone
The above can be divided into several volumes depending on the edition, I have read the first portion, The Vicomte de Braggelone and have started the second, Louise de La Valliere. The epic finishes with The Man in the Iron Mask, which the stupid endnotes of LdLV have already ruined.
HOLY CRAP UPDATE So after 50 straight chapters of Fragonard-ish sudsy scenes of blushing and swooning, deliciously evil plottery, meetings in trees, including some allusion to teh gay, we get a massive about face with a darkly sinister meeting of the Jesuits! DUN DUN DUH! Alert Bill Donohue, 3B exposing the world to both the Chevalier de Lorraine and secret Catholic orders of doom and destruction, hello! How can 17th century France be so bigoted??
“Oh, thank you kind sir for recovering my hankie.”
“It is my pleasure, my lady. But I am puzzled: why does your hankie have ‘Ignatius Loyola is a cobag’ embroidered in one corner?”
“Oh dear! You weren’t supposed to see that.”
“There appears to be a knife protruding from my ribs. Why would you do such a thing, my lady?”
“My apologies, but it is quite a long story and you appear to have little time to listen.”
“I do so hate it when they do that.”
MIT Prof and UC stem cell bete noir Jim Sherley is starting a hunger strike today for the purpose of ending racism at MIT and advancing his hopeless case for tenure. One of these positions is more noble than the other. Anyone out there with some inside poop-scoop from MIT? We’re looking at a particular someone with our eye-spy.
UC adds from the Boston Globe online article:
“How can we accept that we have so many well-trained people and so few are tenured?”
“What I have discussed here is that if you are African-American, part of a minority group, it is acceptable for you to have insufficient lab space … and it is allowable for your accomplishments to be ignored.”
The official email response from Chancellor Phillip Clay:
To MIT Students:
This morning, Professor James L. Sherley has begun a fast to express his disagreement with the decision not to promote him to tenure and with the outcome of his grievance process. Three reviews have concluded that the tenure process in his case was fair and proper and that there is no evidence that race influenced the process. The Provost has reviewed the history of the case in a recent letter to the faculty, which is available at .
Like F. M. Althouse at a MENSA convention.
Delicious but ridiculous! (THERE WOULD BE A PAGE BREAK HERE Continue reading ‘Kiwiana!’
In 1672, the Dutch assassinated and, er, ate their prime minister and his brother1.
No, really. (Go read the link, if only because it includes the phrase “snacking on burghers”.)
I didn’t see that one coming and it happened more than 300 years ago.
Johan De Witt was raadpensionaris2 of Holland3 for almost 20 years starting in 1653. His brother Cornelis De Witt was an important deputy. In 1672, William III of Orange decided to seize power after France and England invaded Dutch territory. Johan was ejected from office and Cornelis was imprisoned on trumped up treason charges. A conspiracy that is thought to have involved William arranged for a mob to capture the two of them, and then shoot, stab, hang, carve up, and otherwise fold, spindle, and mutilate them both. Bits of the De Witts were then passed out as souvenirs and to be cooked up for snacks. One of the conspirators kept both their hearts on exhibit for many years afterward. William of Orange went on to be King of England.
Was this something the 17th century Dutch were into? “Oh, lets go for a nice walk along the canal. Look, they’ve slaughtered another government minister, perhaps we can score a bite to eat.”? Were any other Europeans of the time getting their cannibal on? I mean, for all the festive atmosphere that often accompanied public executions, I’ve never heard of the victims being used as hors d’œuvres before.
UPDATE from Brando: The widening threat
Double Update: Clif has funny.
From plover, in comments:
A terrorist planning map was discovered today showing an extensive set of targets color coded by street. These targets apparently included railroad depots, electric and water stations, a jail, a police substation, a parking structure, hotels, and even residential homes.
It appears that some bombs were to be disguised or hidden in common objects such as a shoe and a hat. Other plans to plant bombs in a cannon and a vintage automobile may be clues as to possible locations for attacks. Tragically, it appears that some of the bombs may be intended to be carried by animals, including a horse and a small terrier.
A cache of unfamiliar paper tickets, shaped and numbered like some kind of money was found with the plans and may indicate that terror networks are developing their own currency system. Payments to the bombers appear to be quite complex, though it is clear that some kind of payment is triggered by an operation reaching the “Go” stage.
Investigators also found small cards which may help them trace how the attacks were to be funded: there are references to bank “errors” and corporate board elections. The cards which caused the most concern, however, are the ones labeled “Get out of jail free”, as these may be indications that our criminal justice system has been infiltrated or compromised in some way.
Police are currently looking for a recent beauty pageant runner-up for questioning.
Additionally, further analysis suggests the US Rail system will be targeted, or that some funds may be passed through transfers from an estate.
Deafening silence from LGF and others.
Let me first comment on the continuing analogy between Boston Terror and Chuckles’ Tucker incident.
The lite brites having “electronic parts”:Bomb
Chuckles blog post:actual threat
As related to the post below, Seitz had an awesome line in comments about the terrorist potential of a spirograph:
“The abstract code of the terrorists has so far been uncrackable.”
“The terrorists have been able to create tiny, smugglable pictrographic representations of various devices, possible blueprints of important installations, drawn in tiny marker lines.”
I think etch-a-sketch would be a goldmine!