Mobile blogasm
July 22, 2008, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

WordPress just released their iPhone application. Now I can post to this here blog from a practically limitless variety of locales. In fact, this post is courtesy of the new WordPress iPhone app. Will this result in increased posting volume? Only time will tell (but doubtful).

HT: Nat Sherman


“Just Lasers and Data”
July 14, 2008, 3:18 pm
Filed under: in brief, music, video | Tags: , , ,

It’s a shame that Steve doesn’t like Radiohead.  I suppose he’d rather tout his contrarian credentials than succumb to enjoying a contemporary band that’s well liked by a large swath of the human population.  Steve’s asinine musical tastes aside, it’s interesting that it’s taken several days for this video blow up.  It first appeared last week and it seems that it’s taken until today for the heavyweights to weigh in.  Rather than do some data-mining, I’ll just theorize that the iPhone 3G monopolized the attention of those most susceptible to the charms of lasers and data.

Second-Hand Smoke is Delicious

The copy for this ad, even allowing that it’s circa 1926, is outrageous. Cigarette smoke is not enjoyable second hand. Naturally, any non-smoker will quickly tell you as much. I will grant that there’s some appeal to second-hand smoke. As a former smoker I enjoy it only insofar as it reminds me of nicotine entering my bloodstream; the memory of the pleasure derived from actually smoking is what’s appealing. That being said, I’d argue that smokers don’t enjoy second-hand smoke, they enjoy first-hand smoke.

So who, exactly, would find this ad appealing? Not current smokers, they’d just as well light up their own butt rather than have some asshole blow smoke in their face. Not non-smokers, who didn’t really exist in 1926 anyway, so they don’t really factor in here. And not former smokers, who would never admit to being that weak also didn’t exist in 1926 (unless they were 6 feet under). By my count that leaves no other groups of people left to find this ad appealing. That makes sense, I suppose.


Moved to the top of Bizarro’s Wish List
July 10, 2008, 10:57 am
Filed under: books, in brief, random | Tags: , , ,

I’m fully expecting this book to end up here before too long.