Short Jabs

May 19, 2004

This whole internet thing is a busy place. I’d like to capture all the interesting happenings around the web in a jar, like so many buzzing bees, and find the time to both form an opinion on them and write that opinion down. But, alas, that isn’t going to happen.

To compensate, I present a couple of short shots at some of the interesting things I’ve been reading about lately. Now, I’ve heard that doing this short form of communication is often called “blogging” but breaking all of this up into separate posts isn’t really my style (if, in fact, I have a style at all). I’m long-winded, even if I need to combine many short thoughts to form one longer, and likely incomprehensible, one.

So here it is, all in one big bunch, my short jabs of the week.

Just Desserts
This is incredibly disgusting as well as awfully stupid. That’s a perfect combination.

I love the quote that Hope, over at the Appalachia Amulni Association, left about children.

The hardest thing about having children? Its constant.

The rest of her day leaves me with something to look forward to. I know the wife will appreciate this one.

Talking Football
Shannon Sharpe will be leaving the football field for the broadcast booth. Oddly enough, he’s quite likely to make more money talking about football than playing football. I was fan of his during his two year tenure with the Ravens — his easy going style and flair for smack talk was never anything less than amusing — and even I didn’t appreciate the incredible career he’s had. His big mouth will one day be enshrined in Canton.

Say Something Good for a Change
At the bottom of yesterday’s Bleat, James Lileks chats about the positive aspects of the Iraq war, noting that we only hear about the negative.

The only news that hits the front page is bad news; the innumerable small fragments of good news donít make A1 because papers have their standards, you see. We are expected to repair Iraqís dilapidated electrical grid, so replacing an old generator and turning on the power to a neighborhood thatís had brown-outs for ten years is not news.

And he champions a possible solution, which includes a radio show he in which he participates.

Iíd also pump for the occasional story of heroism, but I suspect that this would make editors uncomfortable. It might be true but itís not . . . helpful. It would seem like cheerleading.

And we canít have that.

Well, I’d like to have that. Let’s get rid of one or two of the useless, rehashed interviews on CNN and replace them with something a touch inspirational. I’d guess that something positive is happening over there but you wouldn’t know it if you watched TV … or read the newspaper … or listened to the radio.

In the Stop Making Us Look Bad Department

This sign says it all, really.

Father’s Day
Now I don’t want to make a habit of begging for presents, but I absolutely love this shirt. It’s unapologetic, kind of like me.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Porter
    May 22nd, 2004 at 12:59 am #

    That’s an awful large gap that shirt leaves between 1945 and 1991…

    That shirt’s not a bad idea, though. It’ll work something like this one:

    Not as well as the Ann Coulter one, but it’ll do.

  2. Porter
    May 22nd, 2004 at 1:01 am #

    If only someone had written a book that could show you how to autolink URLs in your comments… :)

    It came out this week, BTW.

  3. Tina
    May 23rd, 2004 at 5:06 pm #

    Autolink URLs? And give the comment spammers more hits from Google?? Yeesh. Don’t do it! Regardless of what any such esteemed author advises….

  4. Porter
    May 23rd, 2004 at 7:53 pm #

    Ken does, at least, use MT-Blacklist, so comment spamming shouldn’t be that big a problem. Easy enough to nuke their comments before they’ve had a chance to get a Googleboost. Besides, you only get a really good Googleboost from links on important sites. ;)

  5. Ken
    May 23rd, 2004 at 8:49 pm #

    Hmm, it didn’t seem to catch your spam, now did it? I might consider picking it up (you can get it from Amazon by the way) but I’d feel better if the author actually used MT themselves. ;-)

  6. Porter
    May 23rd, 2004 at 11:01 pm #

    Stay tuned… I’m going to be flipping the switch to my other server soon.

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