Cell Shock

We bought some refrigerator magnets for The Squirrelly. They required batteries. I'm not kidding. Modern parenting is often dumb. Update: Okay, I have to grudgingly admit that this Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set is kinda cool. The batteries go into a big barn that has a rectangular area in the middle of it; the other magnets are animal halves. So

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Movies: Sin City

I like comic book movies, even when I don't particularly care for the comic books they are based on. Hellboy, Blade, The Crow -- even The X-Men is an example of a film I enjoyed way more than the source material. I've read a couple of the Sin City trade paperbacks, and found them largely uninteresting. The characters, action, and

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Spam Update

Out of curiosity I dug around in my gmail Spam folder a bit and found three legitimate messages squirrelled away in there. I labelled them "Not Spam," but since then gmail has been all pissy, like, "well well, look who's the expert on Bayesian filtering. Maybe you'd just like to sort your own email, Mr. I'm-better-at-identifying-spam-than-100,000-servers." So now all "Sma|lCap

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Breotches

Sweet Betsy From Pike Folk Song c. 1870 Oh don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike, Who crossed the wide prairie with her lover Ike, With two yoke of oxen, a big yellow dog, A tall Shangai rooster, and one spotted hog? Well Ike and Sweet Betsy attended a dance, And Ike wore a pair of his Pike County pants

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Tricks of The Trade on NPR. Maybe.

If you (1) have submitted a Trick of the Trade that I've used (a) either in the original article or (b) on the Tricks Of The Trade website and (2) live in Seattle (or thereabouts) and (3) are interested in being interviewed for a NPR radio piece, please drop me a line. If you (1) only meet the latter two

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For Whom The Bell No Longer Tolls

The Squirrelly's teeth have extruded or protruded or whatevertruded, so he's feeling a hundred jillion times better* than he was last week, and is once again as delightful to have in your company as a case of Pilsner. And he's already putting the new choppers to use. This morning he became mesmerized by my wedding band, and after struggling to

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Wearing That Cross Must Have Been Uncomfortable

Me and The Queen chit-chat after work:The Queen: Have you heard the Pope speak? Me: Which Pope? Q: The one who just died. M: Have I heard him speak? Since he died? No, have you? Q: Yeah. They had some clips of him on NPR today. M: What's was he saying? "Braaaaaaaaaains! Braaaaaaaaaains! But no condoooooooooms!" Q: No, these were

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Books: Oracle Night

Note: This review is part of the Booklist 2005 Project. I hailed Cloud Atlas as "the best book I've read in years." For a week, at least. Then, seven days later, I finished Oracle Night by Paul Auster, and that novel usurped the "best book" title. I'd never heard of Auster before, but after mentioning my admiration for the novel

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Idea!

You know what would be really funny? If someone made a comedy movie and the bad guy character was named Richard and everyone called him Richard throughout the whole movie but then at the end when the good guys wins he (the good guy) said "See you later -- Dick!" and the bad guy looked all steamed because in addition

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