Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I hate to be the one to bring this up, I mean I don't want to come off as the bad guy or anything here but, well, I think it's about time to get the election stickers off the cars, people. Really.
I mean, I appreciate that you want to express yourselves, and I haven't been seeing all that many, and I've gotta admit I think that W'04 design is pretty clever, but come on, it's been seven months. Move on already.
That said, allow me to continue answering the meme Old Whig hit me with.
I couldn't come up with a couple things the first time around. However I now dimly recall having a little crush on Nancy Drew as a kid. And, as far as what book I'd choose to be were I a character in Fahrenheit 451, it took a while, but I finally settled on this one.
Seems kind of obvious in retrospect. I wonder if anybody else thought of it.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Hit the shift key to toggle between the pistol and the shotgun. show those zombies (!!!) who's boss.
Monday, May 23, 2005
More Random Thoughts
You know, I'm absolutely opposed to any sort of curtailment of the freedom of the press, but I can’t help wondering if there shouldn’t be some kind of sanction for egregious abuse of that freedom. Of course I’m thinking of Newsweek’s latest tour de force. Is there some way a body could be established that would impose financial penalties on media that print false stories?
Here’s an idea: a sort of UN (no jokes) of big time MSMers, one that would elect members of a committee charged with enforcing the standards they keep talking about. The committee would have power to punish the worst examples of bad journalism through fines or suspensions (say) and the outlets that joined would agree to abide by them. We’d have the satisfaction of seeing malfeasance dealt with, the standards of professional journalism would be upheld, and the member outlets would earn a little more trust from the public. Everybody wins!
I know, I’m dreaming. Don’t drink and blog!
I was going to have a whole series of "Random Thoughts" posts, but I was reading back a little and it occurred to me that, well, my thoughts are all pretty much random. Stopping now.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Via Vodkapundit (again), I'm only posting this because I want to save the link.
Good thing they're only coming from one direction, huh?
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Random Thoughts from Mister Pterodactyl
Damn it, I can't remember any of my random thoughts.
I remember this, though: 'Wookiee' is spelled with two E's. TWO! Nerds, beware.
That thought prompted by a discussion of the new Star Wars from the redoubtable Vodkapundit (for those of you who didn't investigate the link). This suggests further Random Thoughts, such as: do I really care about Lucas' political beliefs? Go ahead and make fun, but 'Mystery Men' is one of my favorite movies. I've watched it many times. Should I allow my enjoyment to be sullied by Janeane Garofalo's inane commentary? No, I shouldn't, and yet I do. Sometimes.
But that's not really my point. Lucas has himself discussed a possible interpretation of some of the themes in Star Wars in which the Empire's rise mirrors certain events of yesterday, and today. [I can't be bothered to enumerate them. You all know what they are.] He has not, however, claimed a sagelike (dare I say 'Yodalike'?) prescience. That is, when he wrote the story he wasn't anticipating current events. The parallels, if any, are incidental and accidental. If you're seeing them, you're seeing what you want to see, not what he put there.
That said, I must apologize to Old Whig for not following up on his meme. My only excuse is that I was distracted by a comment from Liberty Bob. [Howdy, neighbor!] To wit, when people discuss the books they'd want to have when stranded on an island, why don't they choose books that might help them get off the island? Dang. I'm stuck with Aristotle and Plato (complete works, natch), my Sandman graphic novels (that only counts as one, right?) and my Lovecraft collection. I thought about the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, but it turns out that's fictional.
I can't remember the last book I bought. Probably the "Teach Yourself Latin!" text that's still gathering dust on my bookshelf. I've always wanted to learn Latin, but apparently not that bad. The last book I got from the library was "The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number."
Latin, probably not that handy on a desert island. Mathematics? Maybe.
Why 'desert island,' anyway? I'm guessing it's supposed to be 'deserted.' Which it would be, if I had a book that could get me off it.