Glenn Beck Attempts to Spell a Word

Watch it though for the payoff.

On a side note, despite linking to several YouTube clips, I’ve never watched Glenn Beck on his Fox show. (the seizures, the seizures) That’s some studio setup he has. Flipcharts, blackboards, “redrum” scribbled several hundred times on the wall behind the flipchart… It’s like they gave a tv show to the homeless guy in Harvard Square who keeps asking tourists if they’ve seen his shoes.

What Are You Reading

I’m wallowing in my annual late-August apathy where I don’t seem to be interested in anything. Which means I don’t feel like posting anything. I don’t even feel like reading anything. I just finished Clan of the Cave Bear (Which apparently, I’m the last person to read it. I didn’t even know it was made into a movie until yesterday) and now I have a bookshelf full of books to read and not one of them is calling out to me.

I spent most of July with my nose buried in a volume of Raymond Chandler novels. I think I read just about every Philip Marlowe novel out there including his short story collection, The Simple Art of Murder. After I had my fill of fedoras and main characters being sapped, I read a few Neil Gaiman novels. American Gods was first and was much better than I expected it to be. I then read his Neverwhere which I couldn’t finish. I think the problem was that American Gods was a much better book and it was difficult to read a story where the characters were barely developed and the plot was…. I don’t even remember what the plot was actually. So I went from Gaiman to Neaderthals and now I’m at a loss where to go next.

I’m thinking about reading The Lensman series which has been collecting dust on my bookshelf for a few years now. Not sure I’m in the mood for space opera. Anybody reading anything good?

Afterbirthers Demand To See Obama’s Placenta

From a legitimate news source:

WASHINGTON–In the continuing controversy surrounding the president’s U.S. citizenship, a new fringe group informally known as “Afterbirthers” demanded Monday the authentication of Barack Obama’s placenta from his time inside his mother’s womb. “All we are asking is that the president produce a sample of his fetal membranes and vessels—preferably along with a photo of the crowning and delivery—and this will all be over,” said former presidential candidate and Afterbirthers spokesman Alan Keyes, later adding that his organization would be willing to settle for a half-liter of maternal cord plasma. “To this day, the American people have not seen a cervical mucus plug, let alone one that has been signed and notarized by a state-certified Hawaiian health official.

Anthony Bourdain on Vegetarians

From his excellent Kitchen Confidential:

“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”