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Monday: January 31, 2011

Most Pathetic Spam of the Year?

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This was left as a comment – unapproved, of course. I have also redirected the link:

It’s so hard to get backlinks these days, honestly i need a backlink by comments on your blog / forums or guestbook to make my website appear in search engine. I am getting desperate Now! I know you’ll laugh while reading this comment !!! Here is my website download youtube videos I know my comments do not relate to the topic, but PLEASE HELP ME!! APPROVING MY COMMENT!

I suppose the only one more pathetic than this spammer would be a blogger who fell for the plea and approved the comment out of pity.

Saturday: January 22, 2011

A Familiar Type

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Ada Spelvexit was one of those naturally stagnant souls who take infinite pleasure in what are called “movements”. “Most of the really great lessons I have learned have been taught me by the Poor”, was one of her favourite statements. The one great lesson that the Poor in general would have liked to have taught her, that their kitchens and sickrooms were not unreservedly at her disposal as private lecture halls, she had never been able to assimilate. She was ready to give them unlimited advice as to how they should keep the wolf from their doors, but in return she claimed and enforced for herself the penetrating powers of an east wind or a dust storm. Her visits among her wealthier acquaintances were equally extensive and enterprising, and hardly more welcome; in country-house parties, while partaking to the fullest extent of the hospitality offered her, she made a practice of unburdening herself of homilies on the evils of leisure and luxury, which did not particularly endear her to her fellow guests. Hostesses regarded her philosophically as a form of social measles which everyone had to have once.

(Saki, The Unbearable Bassington, VII)

Friday: January 21, 2011

Dear Xerox and Competitors:

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Please provide a ‘default’ or ‘override’ button on all copy machines. The machine is not smarter than the user, at least when I’m making copies. I’m sick and tired of using machines that won’t copy my stuff at normal size. Yes, I know the newspaper clipping on the platen only covers a small portion of the copy area for 8.5 x 11 originals. That doesn’t mean I want it done at 250% magnification, or 50% for that matter. Is is too much to ask to have it done without magnification or – what’s the opposite of that, parvification? If the machine had a ‘default’ button, it would speed things up enormously and avoid wasting paper on copies that are entirely the wrong size or cut off portions of the original. I also know that the workbook I’m copying a page of is slightly larger than 8.5 x 11. Just copy the part on the platen and don’t make me push four different buttons to tell the machine to do the copy at the default settings.

Thursday: January 20, 2011

A Cheerful Thought

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As of noon today, Barack Obama’s first term and almost certainly his entire administration are now half over. A lot can happen in the next two years, and a lot of very nasty things will surely happen once he is a lame duck and various enemies realize they don’t have much time left to do damage, but so far he has accomplished nothing irretrievable.

Dear Barnes and Noble:

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Please don’t send me an e-mail telling me my order is “on the way” at 11:18pm if the book was already on my porch when I got home from work roughly seven hours earlier. You do this a lot. On the other hand, it does provide an opportunity to use the word ‘otiose’.

Wednesday: January 19, 2011

Camouflage Cat . . .

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. . . thinks a salmon-colored couch is nice, but a couch made entirely out of salmon would be nicer:

Tuesday: January 18, 2011

Help the Downtrodden

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Ann Althouse has been asking for parodies of the Gadsden flag, designed to mock the new civility. Here’s my submission (get it?):

Being lazy, I stole the snake picture from Hazy Dave, whose own flag (seen in this Althouse post) inspired mine, and just updated his caption.

Should I add a line? “I’m crying because no one will tread on me.”