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Thursday, April 30, 2009

H.O.U.N.D. D.O.G.S.

With the current heavy focus on the advancement of the feminist cause, it's timely to propose the creation a brother Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to A.W.A.R.E.

Hung & Original, Urbane, Non-Denominational, Dignified Oriental Gentlemen Society (H.O.U.N.D. D.O.G.S.) is an organization dedicated to the pro-family cause for men. The aims of this society are, among other things, to inculcate healthy, pro-family values in males. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Health (MOH), and various, other associated unaccredited quasi-medical bodies, student workshops will be regularly held on topics such as why masturbation leads to blindness, weak knees, and insanity; how the use of proper fitting, loose boxers instead of tight jocks facilitates a blessed bountiful brood for a young man's future family; and a husband's dutiful responsibility in the proper selection of kitchen flooring for his barefoot wife.

The first 14 members will receive a partially eaten Easter Bunny from Octomom. A signed and numbered Fred Phelps lithograph comes standard as a door gift for every member.

Be a H.O.U.N.D. D.O.G. now!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Being AWARE, the morning after


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frequent flyer tip

How to handle irritating seat mates on your flight

If you find yourself sitting next to someone who annoys the crap out of you, follow these simple instructions:

1.  Quietly and calmly open up your laptop case.
2.  Remove your laptop.
3.  Start it up.
4.  Make sure the guy who is annoying you can see the screen.
5.  Close your eyes, tilt your head up to the sky; spread your hands, palms facing up; and move your lips as if you are praying.
6.  Then hit the button.

Note:  do not attempt this if you suspect your seat mate to be a US Air Marshal.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Cody Smart wanted to feel something, and so with $430 in the bank, an aversion to "popular society" and a thirst for the open road, he set off to hitchhike from New York to Alaska.

He was robbed and nearly raped and killed, just as the naysayers said he would be. He then put together a magnetic "photologue" on to remember and share his story.

Cody takes us into the kind of travel that some adventurers only dream about. The photos are captivating and you have to wonder how he got such good light all the time. His portraits are deep and show a side of Americans rarely presented in other media. I particularly enjoyed the shots of Alaska fishermen from his stint on a salmon boat out of Kodiak Island. Cars and trucks weren't the only modes of transportation that Cody hitched a ride on. He also hitched on seaplanes out of Lake Hood, Alaska, and trains between California and Arizona.

The photos are so dynamic you want to know more about them. Where were they taken? What are the landmarks in them? Who are the characters? What state? What city? The short "Trip Summary" at the top is a mere tease, and without specifics attached to photos, you're left to guess what's what. In terms of functionality, I would have enjoyed a slide-show option. Cody does leave a way to contact him on his Web site and you can buy a few of the photos as well. But it's not obvious. Go to the "Archive" section, click on a photo, and you'll see "Buy Prints" on the right-hand side. Prices start at $35 for an 8-by-12 print.

         (Leo, Jen. "Cody Smart's hitchhiking adventures in pictures." Los Angeles Times 1 April 2009.)

Ghosts can't hurt you

Real-Life Pac Man Terrorizes People

But golf clubs certainly can. LOL!

(Hat tip: crufty)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

Taking a cue from the opening paragraph of Mr Wang's Good Friday post, here are two quotes from George Santayana: the first, found in the title of this post; the other, after the image from page D4 of The Straits Times, 11 April 2009;

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.