Oct. 21st, 2010 08:41 pm
dxmachina: (Calvin)
I love the fact that Live Science's blog post on Bob Guccione's death is titled:

"Bob Guccione, Publisher of OMNI Magazine, Dead at 79"

as if publishing OMNI was what he was best known for.
dxmachina: (Snoopy Dance)
Oh, man! I wish I had seen this when it first aired, but I guess that's why they invented youtube. Mary Carillo, filling time during the middle of the night on NBC's Olympics 2004 broadcast, discusses the difference between the backyard badminton and that played at the Olympics.

So true...

(ganked from Boing Boing)
dxmachina: (Charlie Brown 2)
...why I'm not a famous writer/blogger. It's because even when I'm on to something neat, I fail to get the flash of inspiration necessary to take it to the next level. Unlike, say, Joe Posnanski, who upon discovering I Write Like, submitted some of his own prose*, but didn't just stop there.

* He got David Foster Wallace, too. One can make the case therefore that I write like Posnanski, which actually makes me feel a little better.

He also submitted some passages from other authors, as I had, with similar results. Then he had his eureka moment:

In any case, I thought it might be fun to take the dozen or so most famous quotes in American sports, plug them into "I Write Like" and see what comes out.

So, he started submitting famous quotes from sports figures, just to see who would pop up. There are some truly funny comparisons, such as this:

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
– Casey Stengel

For being one of the most quotable men in the history of American sports, Stengel doesn’t really have many pithy quotes … few that would serve well as, say, titles of books. Maybe "Most games are lost, not won," would work as a book title. But Stengel was more of a storyteller … his lines take a little bit of a setup.

This is a good example of a Stengel quote: "Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."

Great quote. But it takes a little setup.

I think his quote about a manager’s job is probably as true as anything ever said about being in charge of people. It is just as true in and out of sports.

I Write Like: Oscar Wilde

It occurs to me that Wilde and Stengel would make one hell of a conversational tag team. The matchup of Ted Williams and Ernest Hemmingway seems apt, too. On the other hand, I'd guess that Satchel Paige has probably started looking behind him to make sure his authorial counterpart can't catch him. Read the whole thing to find out why. Some of the comments are hilarious, too.

I Write Like … Who?

dxmachina: (Computers 02)
This is going to screw up my first lines meme.

Oh, wait, no it won't...

The trailer (NSFW)...

dxmachina: (Element Lad 01)
So, suppose that instead of obscure Charlton superheroes, Alan Moore had based them on not so obscure comic strip characters. PVP reimagines how that might have turned out...

Ombudsmen (in five parts)

The Dr. Manhattan take off is hilarious.


Feb. 9th, 2009 09:07 am
dxmachina: (Hobbes)
Wm. Shakespeare's Five and Twenty Random Things Abovt Me

Sometimes I Feele so trapp’d by iambic pentameter... Does that make me a Freake?


Jan. 21st, 2009 09:24 am
dxmachina: (Snoopy Dance)
From The Onion:

Vice Presidential Handlers Lure Cheney Into Traveling Crate

A team of nine specially trained handlers have successfully lured outgoing vice president Dick Cheney into a reinforced steel traveling crate in order to transport him back to his permanent enclosure in Casper, WY, official sources reported Monday.

dxmachina: (Pitching)
Hideki Matsui Hideki Matsui got married yesterday.

This was apparently about a week after he made bets with both Derek "Sky Masterson" Jeter and Bobby "Nathan Detroit" Abreu that he would marry before either of them.

But it seems to me that in focusing on Jeter's and Abreu's sticky earlobes, the media have missed the real story here — Matsui's new bride is apparently a cartoon character.

dxmachina: (Snoopy Dance)
A beagle won Best in Show at Westminster. A spokesman for the beagle had this to say:

"!!!!! !! !!!!!!!! !!! !!!!!"

dxmachina: (Dawn)
Seen written on a get well card for a coworker who broke his ankle:

"Those who say laughter is the best medicine have never tried morphine."
dxmachina: (Calvinball)
As long as it's recap season:

A brief history of baseball: 1876-2007

Knee still hurts, but not as bad as yesterday. This is probably because I've been doing my impression of a turnip rather than anything useful.
dxmachina: (Hangover)
Saturday was the wedding of my oldest friend's daughter, and it was very nice. It was at Rutgers, the service in the chapel, and the reception at one of the dining halls. I was kind of surprised that Rutgers had such an elaborate chapel on campus, being a state school and all, but then I remembered how old the school is. Turns out it was founded as a religious school. You'd think that after all this time they might have installed air conditioning in the building, but no.

The dining hall turned out way better than expected. If I hadn't known it was a cafeteria, I wouldn't have guessed. I did sort of wonder why the wedding was held there, since both bride and groom are pushing thirty. Turns out the groom works at Rutgers.

Friends and Brothers... )
dxmachina: (Television)
Snagged from the Onion... )

I went nuts with this post, because it 's the first time I've ever tried to post an embedded video, and it was blinvisible in my journal. I thought I was getting the coding wrong. Kept trying different things, checking out help files both on LJ and Youtube. (LJ's FAQs are useless on the subject, as they are on many things.) On a lark I tried looking at the entry from [livejournal.com profile] quonset_air's friends page, and the video displayed just fine over there, so it had to be my LJ style that was doing the emblinvisibling. After much googling, I found that the bug was likely in my custom style layer (which is based on a very old version of S2 Flexible Squares). Sure enough, the video appeared when I switched to an unadorned and current version of Flexible Squares. The fix I found via Google didn't work, though, because it was based on a different base style. I was on the right track, however. The fix was in an LJ community devoted to the style in question, so I reasoned there must also be a Flexible Squares community, and sure enough there was, and one of the posts had the fix I needed. Good deal!


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