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10 November 2012 @ 03:34 pm
The problem with eyewitness testimony.

Overheard on a stakeout:

Wonder Woman: I just watched Platypus take two tries to complete an Angry Birds level! Maybe we need to drive him to the Emergency Room--
Platypus: I told you, the algorithm is off!
15 May 2012 @ 05:34 pm
A toast.
Current Mood: the ides of May
13 February 2012 @ 06:45 pm
Where does the time go?
Current Mood: coldcold
10 June 2011 @ 05:36 pm
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“America can't be the only nation that tells lies about itself <i>to itself</i>, can it? We tell the one about the East Coast, metropolitan and homogenous, all the time. Maybe if we only drive I-95, we fall for it.

But today I've seen farm villages, forests, Revolutionary-era churches with graveyards attached, summer towns, and beach resorts aging gracefully like frivolous maiden aunties. America is a giant buffet of Everything, and it's all-you-can-eat.

Now, if only the weather will stop trying to drown me.”

Transcribed by: coffeeem
09 June 2011 @ 08:01 am
You know her--she's got two wheels and goes "BRRRMBRRRMBRRRM."

She wants to go visit the Very Large Fruit, and how can a gentleman refuse? While there, I mean to do a little business of my own. But really, this trip is for her, and she demands we leave TODAY. BRRRM.

Can I fetch anything for anyone? Ray's Pizza? The good cannoli? A giant light-up ad from Times Square?
Current Mood: naughtyBRRRM.
08 April 2011 @ 01:03 pm
Because you know you wondered. 
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Ben Ottewell - Lightbulbs
07 January 2011 @ 09:12 am
I'll let the man speak for himself.

I should warn you, the linked text is a suicide note, and it is very upsetting. No, I can't say that. It's horrible, and it makes me want to write a scathing expose of whoever raped and abused him and made him think he was a monster.

I'm basing this reaction entirely on the note: I haven't done a deep background on the man. But my initial response to this is--

I think Zeller's a hero. Not for taking his own life, though I can't think less of him for that, under the circumstances. But for trying so hard to live, and to protect others from the collateral damage of what was done to him.

That's a kind of courage that largely goes unrecognized, and it's more common than we think. He could easily have been seven kinds of monster. But he had ethics, and he chose to abide by them instead. I could wish he'd found somebody he could talk to, as well. But it's too late for that, so I honor what he achieved.

His friends at Metafilter react. 

Originally spotted through Gizmodo.
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: The Beatles - Only a Northern Song
Never have I been so happy to be retired.
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: B.B. King & Eric Clapton - Ten Long Years
29 September 2010 @ 08:13 am
Life photo gallery of unpublished images of Hells Angels from 1965. A few years before my motorcycling days.

Bonus: people who became nouns!
Current Mood: restlessrestless