Monday, April 28, 2008

Happy Name Day To A Wonderful Mother-In-Law -- ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΠΕΘΕΡΟΥΛΑ

It's St. George's Day In The Orthodox Church

But if Patterico wants to make it "Post Like Instapundit Day" I'll play along.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:41:01 a.m

Patterico likes the new Nikon 3000 Turbocharged Emulsifying Antioxidant Moustache Trimmer.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:41:02 a.m

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:41:03 a.m

The Instawife made ChiliMac according to the InstaRecipe.

UPDATE: Reader nk emails “I like to let my ChiliMac sit for exactly three minutes and eighteen seconds for the perfect consistency”. Yup.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:41:04 a.m

Nanotechnology as a cure for the summer-time blues.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:41:05 a.m

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Take, receive Light
From the Eternal Light
And give Glory to Christ
Who is Risen from the Dead.

Christ is Risen
From the Death of the Dead
Trampling Death
And Granting Life to the Dead.

Christ has Risen from among the Dead,
Trampling Death with Death,
And to those Entombed,
He has Granted Life.

(Thanks to Takis in Comments.)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Have You Ever Had The Feeling That You Have Overstayed Your Welcome

But does it really matter? When your internet personality is less "you" than your shadow is on a cloudy day? And when you have lived for 49 years before knowing that your internet host even existed?

Today Is The Passion Of Christ In The Orthodox Church

Life entombed.
The Resurrection will be tomorrow at midnight.

The Troubling Thing About Faith

Is that it works. But only up to a point. It is a fact that it helps us survive. And even live. And even live well. But it never has and it never will help us be like the Beings we worship. To feed the hungry, to clothe the poor, to free the prisoner. To reach the stars. Only knowledge can do that.

Dafydd ab Hugh critiques Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" here and here very thoroughly and thoughtfully.

And I like what Eric Clapton had to say on the subject too.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Unrelated Thoughts On Happiness And Other Foolishness

It seems to me that the hardest part of a Sultan's job is keeping up the morale of the harem.

The Coyotes Haz Crossed The DesPlaines River

My village is so sleepy that April 4's news don't come until April 23. That coyote is about a quarter of a mile from my house.

The Knife That Killed A Lion

It was a simple kitchen/butcher knife that he had built a sheath for. Today, the Forschner 6" stiff wide-bladed boning knife is available for about $20.00. Mine is the only knife I use in the kitchen and I've had it for about 17 years. I refresh the edge with a file every couple of months.
To paraphrase an old friend: The settlers, pioneers and mountain men who tamed this country used knives that you can buy today for about the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I Should Be Doing My CLE

But there are cardinals singing outside my window.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Least Bad Of Who's Left

Beldar endorses McCain on his site. (Right sidebar, may need to scroll down). Killer quote, "he's least bad of who's left".

A. Ok, here's the lineup. Who is left, What is moderate, I Don't Know is right.
Q. Who's left?
A. Yes.
Q. Who?
A. Exactly.
Q. What is the name of the guy that's left?
A. What is the name of the guy that's moderate.
Q. I don't know.
A. Right.

Sadly, least bad of who is left is right correct. (Moderate language warning.)

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Girls In Their Summer Dresses

Are the best part of summer. We had a beautiful, sunny, warm day, today.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

America Loquitor Est

That Is A Gun In Your Pocket And You Are Happy To See Me!

SayUncle links to an article which asserts and supports the position that gun-owners are happier than people who do not own guns. The reason, possibly, that the more people feel that they have control over their lives the happier they are. Intuitively it makes sense, and my experience is that it is true.

Whoever said "hell is other people" was dead wrong. Hell is being helpless.

I Didn't Know The Boss Had Endorsed Barack Missed-It-By-That-Much Obama

Very funny video. [But the embed was again ruining the page.]

H/t Instapundit.
(Special thanks to DRJ.)

Friday, April 18, 2008

First Lions, Now Earthquakes

Something woke me up early pre-dawn, today. A weird sensation that, half-asleep and groggy, I could not figure and a strange rhythmic sound like a playing card between the spokes of a bicycle but much louder and more resonant. It turns out it was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

I think these may be signs. Do we dare further renounce the Obamessiah He-Who-Tethers-Catastrophes-Using-A-Snake-For-A-Rope-From-Whose-Navel-Springs-The-Lotus?

My Neighborhood Is So Upscale

That the crazy person who rants at us the corner drives a Jaguar XJ-6. Honest. I won't ever ask him but I wonder whether he once studied art at Yale.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Health Warning: Don't Eat In Restaurants In Canada

What's Important

Me: I need to go shave and shower.
Wife: Why now?
Me: Because I have an appointment with [my dental hygienist].
Daughter: Daddy, no. You need to brush your teeth. When you go to [your dental hygienist] you need to brush your teeth. Not shower. Brush your teeth.

I Ain't Lyin', We Gots Lions

Chicago police killed a mountain lion in Chicago's Roscoe Village which is fairly well inside the City and although residential definitely urban.

We've had deer and foxes, along with the ubiquitous raccoons, skunks, woodchucks and opposums, in our yard this winter. They were extending their range because of the unusually harsh weather and deep snowfall. I suppose the puma was doing the same thing.

According to the linked article, it was well-nourished. I guess it found the food it was looking for. Owners of missing cats and dogs might be able to find "closure" now.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Why I Don't Link Instapundit

Because he often links horseshit.

The Greeks themselves were more forthright. They believed, Mr.Spivey suggests, that “all games were war games.” At a conference at Yale this month about Greek “hoplite” warfare — in which a wide array of Greek citizenry supposedly maneuvered together in vast, linked phalanxes — one hypothesis was that this reflected a revolutionary view of an interconnected citizenry. In this light all war games also became social games. At any rate all games were as serious as war, and none were about the brotherhood of all mankind.

The original Olympic Games were a few days during which the Greeks would stop killing each other and gather to celebrate youth, health, strength and beauty. Poetry and music were also events.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dispelling The Myth That All Jews Are Smart

Only one out of four is:

( Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has turned down a request from former American president Jimmy Carter for a meeting during his visit to Israel next week. The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni both said that their schedules will not allow a meeting, but an anonymous Israeli official told the Washington Times, "You draw your own conclusions." Other officials have expressed anger at Carter's proposed meeting with Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

However, President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Is Our Home (Yisrael Beiteinu) leader Knesset Member Avigdor Lieberman have scheduled to meet with the former president, whose recent book compares Israeli policies on the Palestinian Authority (PA) with former apartheid policies in South Africa.

UPDATE: Maybe three out four.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Continues To Cheat Its Customers's browser hijacker is more persistent than an insurance salesman. I whack it down and it pops back up. It hits its own ads, making it seem that I am doing it.

Having Windows Task Manager running all the time does seem to help, though.

UPDATE: Its headless, blood-drained carcass may now be littering my hard drive if that's what "Error loading ...atgban.dll[, t]he specified nodule could not be found" means.

Friday, April 04, 2008


Fight targetedbanner ads

Let the clients of targetedbanner ads know that their popups and browser hijackers are driving you away from their businesses and not towards them. That targetedbanner ads is a waste of money and a fraud on its customers.

What Is Life?

(Please read this post by Beldar first.)

What is life?

Survival? Propagation?

Pain when we threaten it?

Pleasure when we advance it? Or just so we can endure it?

Thursday, April 03, 2008

We Have A New Member In The Family

Her name is Scooter. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

"I Am So Over You Sarah Marshall"

Publicity stunt or the most pathetic dweeb ever to be born with XY chromosomes?

I'm driving west-bound on Addison Street in Chicago and at the southwest corner of Addison and Narragansett I see a full-size billboard with the black letters "I am so over you Sarah Marshall" on a white background. My first thought is the billboard owner is advertising his billboard for personal messages. Closer look, nope. The websight is Click and draw your own judgment about this twerp, Peter Bretter.

UPDATE: Is is "viral" advertising for the new movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". Peter Bretter is a fictional character.

No Country For Old Men Coin Toss Spoof

Click to see very funny video. Sorry, the embed does not fit well into my page.

Internet Ad Fraud Part 2: An Open Letter To Morons Who Hire

Dear Morons Who Hire

Do you think that your annoying pop-ups which interrupt my browsing will make me want to buy your product? Would you like to consider that your ad-server is cheating you by forcing your ads in a manner which makes people who see your ads hate you? And wanna bet that he is not doing something way worse -- like using browser hijackers to make it seem as though a hundred times more people are clicking on the ad than they really are?

I mean, just how godawful stupid are you?