Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today's best "Overheard in New York"

Lady #1: The doctor has me on all kinds of medication for my STD.
Lady #2: Oh?
Daughter of lady #1: Mom, for the last time, it's 'SVT,' not 'STD.' You have a heart condition, not a sexually transmitted disease.
Lady #1: Shit, I really have to stop getting those two things mixed up!

--E train

via Overheard in New York, Sep 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Weird websearch of the day

Someone came to my glob looking for crossdresser nude pictures. If you're nude, you can't be crossdressed, can you?

It reminds me of the joke about the nudist camp for crossdressers. It went bankrupt.

Blogger bugs

There's a little bug with Blogger that's been bothering me for a while. I use comment moderation--comments do not appear on my blog until I approve them. Blogger is supposed to e-mail me a notification when someone leaves a comment that needs moderation.

The problem is, the e-mail isn't sent until after I go to the comment moderation screen. So it's pretty useless.

So I want to report this bug to Blogger. Except I can't. Their bug reporting screen seems to have a bug in it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Plat du jour

Outre mer: French for "overseas."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Headline of the day

Bird Brain Dies After Years of Research
When I first saw this I thought, "Gee, what a horrible thing to call a researcher--especially one who just died." Well, no, that was really the second thing I thought. My first thought was that researchers had somehow kept a bird's brain alive in a jar or something.

Actually, it was just a poorly worded headline. "Brainy Bird Dies After Years of Research" would have been much better. (EDIT: the AP originally titled the article "Gifted Research Parrot Alex Found Dead." Two minutes later they came up with this one. Maybe they wanted a separate story for their weird news category.)

Anyhow, I hope people refrain from any Monty Python sketch comparisons now. But I kind of doubt they will.

Another boost for "There will always be an England"

The Pint Lives: Metric Britain Abandoned
Does this mean they can go back to calibrating their automobile speedometers in furlongs per fortnight?

Monday, September 10, 2007

20,000 visitors!

Thanks to all the vanity plate fans, the bear (and/or moose, wild turkey, coyote, etc.) fans, the Bucky Badger seekers, those wondering about Mary Carillo or Clayelle Dalferes (not to mention the kicking testicles enthusiasts), this blog has logged its 20,000th visit.

I hope I've amused or enlightened at least some of you. As I continue to get a better handle on managing my time (it's a lot of fun being retired, but it's not as easy as one might think), I hope to get back to more serious blogging fairly soon.

Thanks again.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mary Carillo lesbian?

I've been getting a huge number of hits on my blog from people trying to find out if Mary Carillo, the CBS tennis commentator, is lesbian, married or divorced, or transgender. I see nothing to indicate she is lesbian (and I spend a fair amount of time with lesbians. My sister (and sister-in-law) is lesbian.). Carillo is certainly not transgender.

As far as I can tell, she is just a divorced mother of two, who is an assertive, excellent television commentator. She won't play the meek, deferential to men, role with her colleagues. That does not make her, or any woman, a lesbian.

The Badgers pull one out

Late Touchdown by Donovan Gives Wisconsin 20-13 Victory Over UNLV
They didn't play well, but they played well enough. The Wisconsin Badgers football team managed not to get upset by a much less-talented UNLV. Quarterback Tyler Donovan did enough. Running back P.J. Hill did enough. I never was too worried they'd lose--the size of the Badgers tends to wear down smaller opponents late the game. But it really wasn't much fun to watch. Especially with the lousy Versus commentators--half the time it sounded like they weren't even looking at the game.

Next week we play the Citadel--who we've never played before. I don't think it's being televised here.