Maybe It’s Secretly Ironic?

November 12, 2017

Starbucks: Recycling and "Landfill" trash literally go to the same place

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Granted, Wikipedia is greatly improved since its early days.  Often it now cites its sources; often inaccurate information is removed almost as soon as a rogue editor adds it.

Still, for anyone who carelessly assumes that Wikipedia today is simply accurate and trustworthy, occasionally Wikipedia itself provides a cautionary reminder.  From the first paragraph, the very top, of the article on Jainism:

It prescribes ahimsa (non-violence) towards all living beings to the most possible extent. The five main principles of Jainism are ahimsa, anekantavada (non-absolutism), aparigraha (non-possessiveness) and guruajna (obeyance of the preachings of the preacher).

Further down in the article, it talks about the “extreme difficulty” of “attaining true faith”.  I don’t see what’s so difficult; all you have to do is embody five out of four principles!

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Band Name

March 22, 2016

I think Sideways Headers would be a good name for a band.

NPR in One Sentence

November 27, 2015

“But sociology graduate student Nicole Bedera says she found that ad to be insufficiently feminist.”

That about sums it up…

“Also this hour, fans of The Walking Dead have to wait another week.”

“It’s impolite to take you out of the running as a mate just for that—so I won’t—but if we were animals in the wild, I might.”

Conceptual Cooking

November 14, 2014

“Yogurt is just like really runny cheese.”

NPR this week, trying to explain why Republicans beat Democrats so badly in Tuesday’s elections:

People who came out to register their distress with Obama or congressional Democrats — or with any aspect of current reality — were more likely to vote Republican for governor, as well.

Breath Taking

October 22, 2014

“There would never be a wild pug.”

Among the documents I’m reviewing for work: a four-page résumé boasting “Excellent communication & presentation skills” and “IT SKILLS –IT Software [redacted], MS OFFICE , EMAIL , INTERNET”, attached to an e-mail that says, “Pleased to forward my resume for marketing job in your ogganisation.”

(Maybe he was thinking of one of these…)


September 21, 2014

“I don’t know what that’s from but I don’t like quotes.”

NPR Freudian Slip?

September 11, 2014

Heard on the local NPR station this morning, the first day of their fund drive:

“. . . and your guilt—uh, your gift—will help cover the cost of that . . . .”

No kidding.

They also forgot to mention that we’re already paying a lot that they didn’t ask for politely (direct government spending + CPB = 16.0% of NPR’s funding).

Actual Quote

August 25, 2014

From one of the hundreds of e-mails I’m reviewing for work:

“Meanwhile, I think we are more familiar with Nitrogen Evaporator now;-)”

There must be a great story behind that, but the world may never know that story.

Band Name

July 27, 2014

I think Ephemeral Scepter would be a good name for a band.


February 9, 2014

“I think it’s registering discomfort in the efficiency part of my feelings.”

Sweeter than Wine

December 17, 2013

“If only all wine tasted like cream-filled donuts!”

SAT Analogy

December 1, 2013

“Red velvet is the Dr. Pepper of cake.”


December 1, 2013

“. . . but the rats have a sweet, attractive face.”

Band Names

November 21, 2013

Suggestions from work:

  • Crush Behavior
  • Placebo Interference
  • Sonorous Respirations

See also other band names.

“She can get the ‘yeah’ or ‘neah’ from Chuck and Tim.”