JAN
2009
30

Apropos of Nothing 4

A clever graffiti artist painted a sign in my neighborhood like this back in 1989 when the first Tim Burton Batman movie came out.

JAN
2009
29

The Scratch Papers, Page 70: “Cow Punk!”

2001, with apologies to Rancid.

JAN
2009
29

Link Laffs

Here are a few links worth sharing: And You Thought Jessica Alba Wasn’t Smart  . . . Bill O’Reilly recently called Jessica Alba a “pinhead” for suggesting that Sweden was neutral during World War II.  O’Reilly, according to The Scoop’s Courtney Hazlett, assumed Alba meant Switzerland. However, Alba really did mean Sweden, because Sweden really was neutral.  Who’s the pinhead now?  Actually, O’Reilly has always been, and always will be, a pinhead. Drama at Chipotle The Onion released a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism this week, entitled, “Chipotle Employee Just Gave Guy in Front of You More Rice.”  I’m sure…

JAN
2009
28
JAN
2009
28

Some Brief Political Thoughts

I haven’t had the chance to write anything about politics lately, but I did have a few brief thoughts I wanted to share. First, Jon Stewart had an especially interesting discussion with Gwen Ifill on The Daily Show last night.  To be fair, Stewart didn’t bring up the conflict of interest created by Ifill’s moderation of the Vice Presidential Debate back in October; she had a clear interest in an Obama / Biden victory given that she had written a book entitled, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, which was released on the day of Obama’s…

JAN
2009
28

“I Am an Amanuensis” 57: Eugene V. Debs

These are the gentry who are today wrapped up in the American flag, who shout their claim from the housetops that they are the only patriots, and who have their magnifying glasses in hand, scanning the country for evidence of disloyalty, eager to apply the brand of treason to the men who dare to even whisper their opposition [. . .]. No wonder Sam Johnson declared that “patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He must have had this Wall Street gentry in mind, or at least their prototypes, for in every age it has been the tyrant, the…

JAN
2009
26

What I’m Working On Today

Fun, cartoon characters based on things that are good for your teeth! Created for dental marketing.  I’ll have the full version up soon.

JAN
2009
26

My Girlfriend Loves Me and Draws Me Real Good

Audrey recently drew a picture of me: She really captured something about my face and expression, which you can see in the following photo comparison: (Regular readers of Jesse Bloggs will recognize said photo from my recent post, “Incontrovertible Photographic Proof Documenting the Fact that I’m Not a Nerd”) Audrey then drew this picture of me, which I didn’t like so much: But if she drew me so well the first time, who am I to deny she drew me well the second time?  Which forces me to wonder if maybe I am a bit nerdy.

JAN
2009
25
JAN
2009
25

“I Am an Amanuensis” 56: Star Trek

“‘Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.’” Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy, played by Karl Urban, in the upcoming Star Trek movie, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.  It’s a good line.  Growing up we had neighbors who were huge Star Trek fans.  When The Next Generation came out in 1987, the mom was quoted on the news saying that she raised her children according to the principles of Star Trek. I wouldn’t go that far. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.