Archive for July, 2009

Passage of the day

July 31, 2009

KESEY, KEN, - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

I’m reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest right now. It’s good so far. I’ve never seen the movie, so when, of all of the Spaced pop culture references, this is the one that flew over my head (it was most of an episode), I knew I needed to give it a quick read. It’s been said Ken Kesey has never seen the movie either. It’s also been said he wrote the first three pages after eating eight peyote plants.

“Some mornings–Mondays especially–I hide and try to buck the schedule. Other mornings I figure it’s cagier to step right into place between A and C in the alphabet and move the route like everybody else, without lifting my feet–powerful magnets in the floor maneuver personnel through the ward like arcade puppets… “

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July 30, 2009

Can the artist who created the charging bull statue by Wall Street really win an infringement claim when someone takes a picture of it for their book cover on Lehman Bros.’ collapse? It’s an interesting question, and one I’m entirely too tired to think about tonight. Without thinking, I’d say possiblymaybe. More likely yes than no.

July 30, 2009

I haven’t been able to write on this blogamajig much lately… too many classes, too much work, too much hiking. While on a hiking trip, we also stopped by the waterfall from Twin Peaks. Of course we’d also eaten at the diner from said show. Damn fine cup of coffee.

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Awful library books

July 30, 2009

Awful Library Books  is a pretty funny blog. It compiles real books found in libraries. Saw it on Why That’s Delightful.

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Speaking of a passion for aminals, did you hear about the guy who got busted for second offense having-sex-with-someone-else’s-horse? It was the same horse, and he was still on probation from the first conjugal visit. He’s nothing if not loyal.

Real good moments in journalism

July 30, 2009

Bill O’Reilly explains for us that, of course Canada has a higher life expectancy, there are 10 times as many people in the United States. Did you really need Bill to explain that for you?

Speaking of golf…

July 10, 2009

Jim Horwat: “The Big Lebowski” Prints available here. [JH.via.] Earlier: “Save the Clocktower”

"The Jesus" from The Big Lebowski Licks His Bowling Ball on Black Velvet, A Custom Hand-Painted Tijuana Black Velvet Painting from Indignico Inc. by Indignico.

I like the Big Lebowski, but that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

Justin Timberlake’s writing book about golf?

July 10, 2009

Justin Timberlake just might be able to top Britney Spears’ literary output if the rumor is true. Really though, he seems to be a pretty smart guy… he could write a book about himself, which would be boring and typical, or he could write about something sort of off-the-wall and have the chance of being interesting. Go for it, JT.

Unauthorized Catcher in the Rye sequel blocked in U.S.

July 1, 2009

J.D. Salinger, now 90, wins one step in a court battle to keep an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye from being published. Taking the judge’s quote to be true, that is, that the book’s jacket itself called it a a “marvelous sequel to one of our most beloved classics,” the decision makes sense. Adding “and zombies” to an old book is borderline, and I would feel bad making money that way. But that is far removed from the making of an unauthorized sequel to a book that is still under copyright protection, and thereby making use of the characters, plot, style, and title to make profit. Beyond the legal argument, though, how memorable is a book going to be if it’s artificially propped up by someone else’s creativity?

Real Good Moments in Journalism

July 1, 2009

Journalists get their say when they print their opinions–when they get flack, they can choose to ignore it, but it’s bad form to “double dip” and use their mass media outlet to go after people who subsequently say they disagree with the journalist. That said, I’m forced to watch CNBC at work (finance job) and I almost never get anything of worth out of listening to Dennis Kneale being  an “expert” on every subject thrown in front of him. Now this “epic rant” against bloggers who disagree with him, as reported on the HuffPost. Sheesh.