June 29, 2009

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Wretchard on Orwell.

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Aquaman doesn’t get any respect.

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This reminds me of the discussion on the Battle of Athens (TN).

You People Are Old

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Kid reviews a Walkman:

It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.

Hat tip from about eleven different twitter and facebook peoples.

I get an even more entertaining reaction when I bring out the portable Victrola. And no I’m not kidding–comes in handy when the power goes out, y’know….

June 25, 2009

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And the cartoonist calls for a pox on both their houses and the rest of the whole neighborhood while he’s at it. Bravo.

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Yeah, here in my tiny corner of the Middle East I’m hearing lots of dismissal and subject changing from people if I ever bring this subject up…

June 24, 2009

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Hitchens on Iran from earlier in the week. I’m much more up on this via Twitter than I am here.

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I’ve mentioned this guy and his photos before, but here’s another site with the turn-of-the-last-century color photos of Russia. Some beautiful stuff.

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Some really nice nature photos here.

June 23, 2009

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Oh this is gonna be good.

Sullivan, who has worn dozens of hats in his lifetime, is truly unique. He stands astride the worlds of politics, journalism, theology, foreign policy, and applied obstetrics like the Colossus of Rhodes.

June 22, 2009

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Dude has a point but the real point is bigger–almost no really disruptive innovation has been used the way it was expected to have been used, particularly in warfare.

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Yeah, I worry about schools for wherever the Navy sends us sometimes.

June 21, 2009

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Aw man this is the last thing I need to read during an unaccompanied tour on Father’s Day.

(h/t Insta)

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This is like Evil Bert showing up in Pakistan back in the day: one of John Cox’s cartoons wound up at an Iranian demonstration. (Details here.)

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I like Tony Hawk, as far as I know him–his public image is pretty centered, and he’s made a business from nothing. I can see how he’s been a role model for some folks, and I enjoyed his turn in the kid’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. However, Gutfeld’s not happy with how he’s being feted.

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CDR Salamander shows us a guy who knows how to write, and also knows when to stop writing. I sometimes wonder if I should have done the same about 2007 or so.

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Neptunus Lex introduces us to his dad, while reminding us that Lex can write well, in a remembrance of his father for Father’s Day.

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“As a prank.” Yeah, I believe that. This is a really, really cheese-laden video of what the ad guys say is submarine ops in the 80s. Serious velveeta, man. I have a bad enough time when movies screw up what it’s like on a boat, much less these guys.

June 20, 2009

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I did not know that. Although his documentary, or “movie” if you will, certainly deserved the qualifications it did achieve.

I believe it was Ken Burns who observed that documentarians are the most important people in the known universe. But as a humble member of the esteemed Documentarian Community, I’ve always had my doubts about that statement. Today, with some embarrassment, I must admit that my humility may have been misplaced. There is now overwhelming evidence that my award-qualifying 2003 documentary, The Old Negro Space Program, has influenced, if not goaded, President Obama into nominating General Charles F. Bolden. Jr. as the first African-American to lead NASA.

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If you know the comic Achewood, these two panels would do great on a T-shirt.

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