Monthly Archive: March 2003

Wrong Number

Wrong Number

How’s this for a bizarre way to start off a week? My cell phone just rang with a call coming from the 732 area code (New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to this lookup site). I picked it up and said, “Hello, this is Ryan.” “Hi,” came a woman’s voice, obviously...

Fair and Balanced?

Fair and Balanced?

FoxNews biased? No surprise, really, there. Still, makes this little piece of satire taste extra nice. [MeFi] Myself, I’m still a little irked at Joe Moore, who irks everyone, on some level, all the time. No sooner had I read about media consultants advising outlets against appearing too negative on...

On the Homefront

On the Homefront

Okay, given the war, my latest letter to the editor published in the Star-Bulletin seems a bit trivial. But I did write it three weeks ago, before the madness began. War talk, though, has pretty much clogged the editorial pipes at newspapers everywhere. Besides, at least I got another dig...

Chicago’s Finest

Chicago’s Finest

Amy Partridge posts a brief account of being arrested and detained for over 20 hours for peacefully protesting in Chicago to the Chicago Indymedia site. “As with all of those around me that got arrested I did not want or intend to get arrested,” she writes. “At least three women...

Not Insane

Not Insane

Man, I should’ve joined that Saddam dead pool. Soon after watching the “live” address by Saddam Hussein following the unexpected target-of-opportunity strike on an Iraqi bunker (some 26 hours ago), I posted a theory to MetaFilter that the target was Saddam himself, that he was already dead, and that the...

MC Pee Pants

MC Pee Pants

Oh, god, how I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I don’t care if, technically, they’re an AOL property. That show’s a highlight of my week. It’s impossible to do anything else when it’s on… and the Danzig episode had me laughing so hard my ribs ached. “That is very wrong!...

Morons

Morons

Your tax dollars at work. Does swapping “Freedom” for “French” defame the French, or equate the French with Freedom? And why would the French care if we took their name off a food product they have nothing to do with in the first place?  [MeFi] How much more ridiculous can things...

I’m Okay, Eh?

I’m Okay, Eh?

Forgive the USA Today link, but this piece — yet another article addressing how poorly America, if not Americans, are being received beyond our borders — had a quote that I relished. In Ugly sentiments sting American tourists, Vince Vaughn recounts an encounter he had with some girls in England. They flirted...

Doing My Duty

Doing My Duty

During the (long) drive home yesterday, I was listening as usual to Marketplace on Hawaii Public Radio. During the show, former Maine Governor Angus King called in with his regular report from the road (he and his family are touring around in a RV), this time from “Big Bend Country”...

Says She

Says She

Check out the new review of the Dixie Grill Bar-B-Que & Crab Shack by my beautiful wife. She’s qualified, and is turning out to be a more reliable writer to boot. Hey, at least something on this site got updated…

Busted

Busted

An important lesson to any student… beyond the fundamental, “plagiarism is bad.” And that is, “if you are going to plagiarize, try not to steal from an author who published the original work online.” Methinks Princeton grad Ung Lee is in a wee bit of trouble. The school has already...