Category: Journal

  • Kellog Madness

    I have eaten an entire box of Special K with Strawberries in the last 12 hours. That is all. Further bulletins as events warrant.

  • Angry Flight Attendant Nicoderm Commercial

  • Night Terrors

    I was having a dream last night that I was watching a film’s credits and if a certain name came up I’d be killed or something awful would happen. It was one of those dreams where you can’t scream so you take a deep breath and push and try to make some sound – any […]

  • 24 Day 6 6:00 AM – 8

    When I watched the first season of 24 years ago, I was impressed with how the writers burn through the entire canon of plot twists, themes, archetypes and reversals  – sometimes in just one episode. So tonight, for the sixth season, I’m starting a list called 24 Tropes. A trope is a common pattern or […]

  • Portions Pre-Recorded

    Midway through watching Seacrest and Dick I noticed that before they showed a musical artist they’d say: “Portions in New York and Hollywood Prerecorded.” Screw that.

  • AP/AOL Poll: 35% Predict Draft, 25% Predict Christ in 2007

    35 percent predict the military draft will be reinstated. 25 percent anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ. Another terrorist attack, a warmer planet, death and destruction from a natural disaster. These are among Americans’ grim predictions for the United States in 2007.  

  • White House Tries to Stop New York Times Op-Ed That Cleared CIA

    Excellent – I can start using my ‘fascism 14’ categories early: The CIA reviewed the article and cleared it for publication, but the White House put the brakes on it, saying it contained classified information that the CIA missed. Leverett cried foul: "All of my publications on Iran — and, indeed, on any other policy […]

  • Societal

    I am really liking Guns, Germs and Steel. I like ‘whole systems’ explained to me and having trends pointed out. I never really understood what it meant to domesticate a crop. Or considered how early hunter-gather groups figured out farming. Or how crucial domesticated animals were to pretty much everything. So far what I find […]

  • 100 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Year

    From BBC: 2. Mohammed is now one of the 20 most popular names for boys born in England and Wales. 20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood. 73. One in six children think that broccoli is a baby tree. 76. The day […]

  • Interspecies Cooperative Hunting

    Totally cool: The giant moray eel is normally a lone hunter in the dark. Now scientists find these eels may at times hunt in the daytime in the Red Sea, and surprisingly cooperate with another predatory fish, the grouper, which is also normally a solitary predator. This is the first example of coordinated hunting seen […]