I may be behind the curve, but I'm currently reading a book on my Handspring for the first timeCory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. (What I mean is, this is the first time I'm reading a book on my Handspring, not the first time I've read Cory's novel.) I find the experience delightful, and I don't know why I haven't tried it sooner.
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.
Say, does anyone know what you call one of those bells that sits on a counter at a window in an office and that you use to summon a clerk or receptionist? Is there a specific term for it?
From the homepage of Doonesbury.com today come this remarkable quote from Dick Cheney:
"Maybe it's part of our national character, you know, we like to have these problems nice and neatly wrapped up, put a ribbon around it. You deploy a force, you win the war, and the problem goes away, and it doesn't work that way in the Middle East; it never has and isn't likely to in my lifetime."I would like to know where he said this and under what circumstances, but on the surface it makes Bush Administration policies all the more troubling, this notion that they know military action is largely futile, if not worse.Dick Cheney, 1996
Last night my wife fell in love with another man.
We went to see Umberto Eco reading and in conversation with Jay Parini last night at the 92nd Street Y. Laura was enraptured. Eco is a very charming, self-effacing, funny fellowand the Italian accent probably doesn't hurtall of which masks an incredibly sharp and subtle mind. Heck, I was spellbound myself. I'm feeling a strange compulsion today to rush out and buy semiotics texts.
Can't wait to read Baudolino.
By dictator standards, you're not that bad. Sure you almost started world war 3, but the treatment of your people is moderate. You're a saint compared to the guy before you that you kicked out, so your people tolerate you. However, you're ability to stand up to America has made you one of the more popular dictators. Hardly a movie star… but hay, it's a start!
Of course, I would fuck up pretty badly right after posting that. I ordered a steak and chicken tostada from Fresco Tortilla for lunch, and rather than stopping when the innards were finished, I accidentally ate the tortilla shell too. Oops.
So I've been sticking fairly close to one of those trendy new-fangled low-carb diets for the last month or so. I started out at 220. (That's lbs, not kg, kiddies.) Yesterday I was 202, and although this morning I was hovering at about 203.5, I'm still pretty juiced. I'm almost back down to my wedding weight! Yeah!