- I had to watch a movie from 2002 for work. It was weird to see a
"high tech" room full of CRTs.
- Toru Iwatani, creator of Pac-Man, on how he came up with the premise
of the game: I thought about something that may attract girls. Maybe
boy stories or something to do with fashion. However, girls love to eat
desserts. My wife often does! So the verb "eat" gave me a hint to create
- I am on record saying that one thing I don't like about my current
residence is that people are always pounding on my front door. That said,
I certainly didn't object when I ran out of cookies and five minutes later
there was a knock on the door and it was the Girl Scouts.
- Vermont state auditor Tom Salmon on the possibility of running against
Bernie Sanders for the U.S. Senate: I need to be an authentic
self-utilizing power along the lines of excellence. Man, don't we all.
- I wish French food weren't so meat-o-centric. It occurred to me
recently that a lot of my favorite places around here are French —
La Note, La Bedaine, Grégoire — but I've only sampled a
small fraction of their fare. Pretty much the only thing I can get at La
Note after breakfast is the ratatouille; at La Bedaine, I'm pretty much
limited to the desserts (but what desserts!); at Grégoire, it's two
lunch items plus one dinner item per month. Hélas !
is a picture I took last year in Crescent City, California —
you can even see my reflection in it. I took it because I wanted to get
a closeup of the upper icon with the guy flailing helplessly in the face
of the onrushing tsunami. As it turns out, Crescent City was the site
of the one tsunami casualty in North America, a guy who disregarded
this very sign, ran out to get pictures of the waves, and was
swept out to sea.
- So one morning I woke up to find a tsunami alert, and the next I woke
up to alarms as the apartment building two doors down from me caught on
fire. It was a big deal: fire trucks from Albany, Berkeley, and Richmond
all came to my corner, the streets were all closed off, and the neighborhood
smelled like burning vomit for hours. It was the first time I've ever heard
someone screaming, "HELLLP!!" in real life, and I later learned that one
- I Don't Recognize Any of Today's "Celebrities" Department: There's a
"Nate Dogg"? Isn't that a little close to "Scott Evil"?
- I guess my lot as a screenwriter could be worse. I may not be a big
fan of the various studio strictures I have to work under, but at least I'm
not handed the premises I saw on someone else's CV, which included such
gems as "a coyote is the only thing standing between the U.S. and nuclear
destruction" and "a wise but prissy cat helps children in trouble while
teaching about foreign cultures."
- AP: "I don't think there was any luck involved," Tyndall said. "We
were just very, very fortunate"
- Much as I like the idea of people knowing and interacting with their
neighbors in theory, in practice I am way too much of a hermit to deal with
that sort of thing. This month I was disturbed on multiple occasions by
the sound of metal clanking right outside my door, and finally I went out
to find that there was a big metal chain attached to my patio fence. So I
took it off. A few minutes later the neighbor, this wizened little
chain-smoker with a thin mustache, pounds on my door and demands to know
what the big idea is. I asked him, politely, if he could maybe stop waking
me up by messing with my fence. "All right," he sneers, "then I won't mow
yer lawn either!" Uh... wtf was he doing mowing another house's lawn in
the first place? I guess he worked out some deal with my landlord wherein
he could tie his dog up to my fence and let the dog crap in my yard so long
as he mowed it every so often, or something? Do not want.
- space.com: Saturday's full moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30
percent bigger than the smallest full moons Earth sees. Not to mention
48 percent greater in size!
- Speaking of the moon, I was pretty wowed by
that William Safire wrote for the Nixon White House in case the
Apollo 11 astronauts wound up marooned. It
on for a bit after the part I posted... Elizabeth was particularly
struck by the reference to the astronauts' wives as "widows-to-be."
- I keep misspelling "Aeolic" as "Aoelic" because the latter is so much
easier to type on a Dvorak keyboard.
- Kathryn Elizabeth Tuggle of foxbusiness.com
suggests using this line at your next job interview: "I enjoyed reading
about your corporate achievements in the paper last month."
- I was amused at just how amazingly patronizing this old
is: "Some mice have two buttons. Macintosh has one. So it's extremely
difficult to push the wrong button." Sheesh. I guess I should just be
glad that Apple never branched out into
- I had one of just 5536 out of over 5.9 million ESPN brackets to
have six or more Elite Eight teams correct. Why? Because I picked USC
to make the regional final, and when VCU inherited that line by winning
the play-in I forgot to go back and fix it.
- Have you ever looked at a map of Malta? Those place names! Mġarr!
Iż-Żebbuġ! Ħal Għaxaq! Ta' Xbiex!
- And speaking of names, I guess it stands to reason that
Qaddafi / Gadhafi / Kadafi should come from
Surt / Sirt / Sirte / Syrte.
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