May 24, 2008

Oh no she di'n't

Oh yes she did:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defended staying in the Democratic nominating contests Friday by saying that her husband did not wrap up the nomination until June 1992 and that, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

Unbe-fucking-lievable. "I'm staying in this nomination fight because we all know Obama is getting shot to death sometime, probably sooner rather than later." If she thinks that, no wonder Bill is pushing for Hillary to get the veep slot.

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May 22, 2008

Why are there more chocolate stains on my clothes now than there were when I dropped them off?

The logo of a Manhattan cleaning company:


And the logo of one of Hershey's various brands:


I've passed the storefront of this cleaners before, and have always wondered at what exact point the decision to copy the candy bar logo took place. Did they pick the name Symphony first, and then decide, "You know what, someone has already figured out a font in which that word looks good; let's just go with that," or were they wandering the candy aisle looking for inspiration? "How about '5th Avenue'?" "Well, that's pretty good, but we're not located on 5th Avenue. Just use the one next to it."

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May 20, 2008

In non-red panda news

When there's a tragedy like the earthquake in China, sometimes it's too easy to put the human cost out of our minds. So we must be extra mindful not to forget about the panda cost.

(Link from Jens, via Rose)

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May 17, 2008

All the slang that's fit to make the hell up

Last night I saw that someone had left their copy of the New York Post on the train. The headline on the front page read:

Trooper big facing grill kills himself

And I thought, well that allllllmost makes sense. Except for the word "big". What part of speech is that? An adverb? Like, "Trooper totally facing inquiry commits suicide", but "big" instead of "totally"? We seem to have determined that it is a noun in Post-speak. The headline of the actual article reads:

TROOPER SUICIDE Ex-big was due on grill

And the article reveals that the trooper was "a former top State Police official", so, a big shot, so, a "big", I guess. The Post really is amazing in its willingness to completely make up new usages for words and just act like they're normal.

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May 16, 2008

For the gen-X indie music dork, pretty much the greatest thing that could ever happen, ever

That is, Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Partridge collaborating on an album. I feel so amazingly target-marketed to by the universe.

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May 09, 2008

Available separately: Indiana Jones's Dinner With Andre

Stumbled across this at Amazon today: the Indiana Jones Adventure Collection, which helpfully collects all the Indiana Jones movies which are adventures and none of the ones which are not.

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