Fun with Squirrels

This link is courtesy of those wonderful Madpony girls– easily my second favorite pair of Oklachicks at the moment. Sometimes, you just need to see really cute pictures of squirrels. Today was that day for me. The horrible crunch of work that I’ve been fearing since SS+K Day 1 has hit, just in time for a trip to New York next week that will make it 10 times harder to be more productive. Eeek.

But I mean squirrels!

Great PR charicature

Christopher Guest is at it again. The This is Spinal Tap and Best in Show auteur is at it again with A Mighty Wind. Click on “He’ll make it a fire” for a great skewering of my new industry.

Get Ready America

Since we’re at Orange Alert: please, please be sure to check out these handy pictograms from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating what to do in the event of a biological, nuclear, or other terrorist attack. You can never be too careful.

“Calibrate me.”

I’m hitting the Slate pretty hard today– in the midst of being wildly productive at work, I assure you. And I just found my new favorite phrase: “Calibrate Me”.

While I technically agree with Timothy Noah that this Rumsfeld coinage is a bit arrogant, I’m going to use it anyway. I am, after all, in need of frequent calibration. (Hey Paulette and Julie: “You know who else is in need of frequent calibration? I am.”) And I often depend on it from those around me.

Saying “Calibrate me” is way better than, say, insisting (like I did last night) that “Every Day is Like Sunday” is a Smiths song, not a Morrisey solo song. I even tried to bet David $50 (that I don’t have!) that I was right– thank God he wouldn’t shake on that. Truth is, I needed calibrating. Which he did, as soon as we got home.

Somehow I’d missed in my lefty pinko homo search for satire on the net, but there it is, plain as day. A collection of the usual anti-Bush rants from around the net, plus some great original content. And all set up to look like, prompting a nastygram from Cheney.

Revisionist History on the Web

I love reading stories on the Web. One of my favourites is the one about the guy who cashed a fake promotional direct-mail cheque for $95,000. To his surprise, the cheque cashed, and the mad dash by the bank to get the money back is a great story.

I was looking for this link in my bookmarks to post here, and I couldn’t find it. Not surprising, since I first read the story in the mid-late 90’s, and my bookmarks don’t always survive the transition from country to country and system to system. (For side-discussion: is a person’s bookmark list the the modern equivalent of a CD collection as a discriminant of personality?) So searched for it on the web, and after a while, came up with the link above.

Funny thing is, the story differs in several details from what I remember. From when I read it the first time, the broad details are the same: man banks fake cheque, much hilarity ensues. But I distinctly recall the guy did it deliberately as a joke (and for curiosity), but now claims he was going to the ATM anyway to bank some other cheques, and slipped this one in on a whim. He was a student as I read it last; now he claims he had a burgeoning speaking career at the time. The newspaper coverage detailed in the current story had no mention in the older version. I suspect that either: there’s been some Soviet-style revisionism over the years to make the story more palatable (and he seem less culpable); or it’s not even the same guy, and a story has been appropriated for his own use. In any case, it’s a good example of how objective truth morphs subjectively over time.

Bonsai Kittens

Bonsai Kitten is one of my favourite links to send to the gullible and/or reactionary (the two traits are highly correlated, in my experience). Check out the guestbook for the insightful commentary.

If bonsai kittens were real, I’d have one. Not only are they unique, but if you have more than one they stack easily for space-saving storage.