Friday, July 31, 2009
In the reader response to this article many posters point out that it is American drinking laws are so completely out of whack and not literary description of booze in Harry Potter.
Someone pseudonymously as Hermione has this response to the "life lessons" in literature.
and Quidditch encourages kids to jump off buildings.
and eating chocolate to ward off Dementors encourages emotional binge eating.
Does Hogwarts have a drinking problem? No. The people who came up with this idea need to swallow a few potent shots of Chill The **** Out.
Nancy Goodman seems to to agree the writer with Colbert enthusiasm.
Whoever heard of 16 year olds drinking “butterbeer” and “mead” and getting “tipsy”? Shame! When I was that age such behavior was unheard of. I spent my free time using Bible verses to derive my family’s direct lineage from Adam and Eve. I for one refuse to watch such filth lest the good Lord see fit to burn my eyes from their sockets with a finger of fire. Harry Potter is the Devil and anyone who would subject innocent children to such a debauchery deserves to burn in Hell.
Michael gets in such a good shot the author of this oped cries ouch.
Did Dolores Umbridge write this article?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Father In Mass. Ran Fight Club For Son James Dexter Says He Supervised Fights, Intervened When Someone Was Clearly Losing
NEWBURY, Mass. (CBS) ―
A father who helped his son set up an ultimate fighting club in his home may face serious charges.
James Dexter of Newbury admits 15 to 20 high schoolers gathered to fight in his living room, but he says it was just a sport.
"We had moved all the furniture to one side, and put a cushion on the wall. I set rules that they couldn't be using their elbows, their knees, and they couldn't lift them up off the ground and slam them to the floor," said Dexter.
He said his 16-year-old son had been planning to hold the fights in a nearby field, when Dexter intervened and said they had to do it under his supervision.
"I was standing there and if one kid was losing obviously, I broke it up right away rather than letting them get extra hits on him."
The kids wore fingerless boxing gloves and mouth guards, and fought in the style of the popular Ultimate Fighting Club.
"It's a hobby of mine," said Dexter. "We enjoy it. It's a sport."
Dexter faces four counts of reckless endangerment of a child, but a judge is giving him a chance to clear his record.
He's on probation for two years, during which he can not have anyone under 18 in his home.
As long as he obeys the conditions, the charges will be dropped.
This terrible story has a moral, don't let teenagers join fight club because can't follow rules 1 & 2, Don't talk About Fight Club. Lousy punks.
Here are the rules of Fight Club.
Has anyone else read the book the World Without Us. What has been happening here and what is discussed in the book gives hope for the future, with or without us.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Other recruiting ads, official and otherwise that I came across tonight.
A NSFW US Navy ad put together by some sailors that emphasizes the congenial "cruise ship" lifestyle in the Navy.
A comparison between Japanese and American Navy recruitment ads. The Japanese ad, official ad, has bright colors and uptempo. If anything it is like that old song, In the Navy, only with more dancing.
There were also a number of vile anti-militaristic ads out there. Often it is claimed that activists who have the objections to the various wars going on in the middle east are in favour of peace. Many of the same groups and individuals also support the activities of the many and varied moslem terrorist groups in the same area. Not the work of peaceniks but traitors who will always side with our enemies.
Finally check out this low key Russian recruiting ad. It is not a recruiting ad per se, the Russian army relies on conscription not just to fill its ranks but also the NCO slots. However since the collapse of Soviet order there has draft evasion on a large scale with parental approval and help. In this ad a young man packs some clothes, hugs his mother, leaves his apartment building and gets the quiet approval of old men playing chess outdoors.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I forget where I found this illustration except that it was on a nerdy bulletin board. See how many of the Doctor's companions you can name and/or recognize.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Emperor Norton I
And that's why you don't let rednecks in the army.
As I already said : Every period of history apparently has it's own Warhammer 40K fanboys...
That is so completely stupid, that it loops around the other direction and becomes awesome. I feel conflicted.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The guy who made the chainsaw bayonet, pfcthiel, has other test videos of his working chainsaw bayonet at his youtube page. He is also willing to build these small rifle mounted chainsaws for $300. Here is a picture of another working chainsaw bayonet.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Here is another one that could be a motivation poster.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I think time and only time is the true test of a classic work. If someone writes a book and many copies are sold and 50 years later people are still buying many copies of that book, that may be a classic.
There are of course other reasons people might buy many copies of a book, for instance the writer happens to be a politician, maybe a Senator for instance. The Senator does one of his constituents a favor, but he doesn't want to be seen accepting kickbacks, so what does he do? He writes a book, not a particularly well written book, but somehow it still sells lots of copies, imagine that, in fact the author makes $6,000,000 from the sales of his book, and then just as mysteriously the book sales plumment, but the Senator is still happy, he deposits his money in his bank account, and then asks other wealthy and influential constituents if there is anything he can do for them, and then he mentions the book he has written.
I have no one in particular in mind, its just a hypothetical example of how someone may well many books without being a good writer.