August 11, 2004

Berlin Bands 4

Bands that recently played in Berlin (previous lists: 1 - 2 - 3)

Weirdo Stompers
Tuxedo Horny Horns With Band
My Unsaid Everything
Man In Search Of The Legal Weapon
Lost Leg Found
Los Leopardos del Silenciador
Iron Cow
Gorilla Monsoon
Fuzzy Casino
Funk Yourself
Frogs for Snakes
Dusty Gray & His Rough Ridin' Ramblers
Doctor Confusion
Comedian Pharmacists
Chief Master Sun featuring Ron Spielmann
Mr. Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband

August 10, 2004

I get searches

Here are some search strings folks have entered that brought them here; in almost every case they must have left quite disappointed.

stephen harper body language
gaelic word what does sneachd mean
what does agus mean
what does vaughan mean in german
how to cast a chi spell
Birth place of Condoleezza Rice
Brent Scowcroft's son in law
Brent Scowcroft accomplishments
minibus 9-12 seater, london
tim horton mission statement
him hortons drive thru stats
horse tim hortons animal cruelty
anilingual
joel plaskett "good looking"
checkout lane statistics
give me some pictures of a 17 years old guys who an't dating or married
swingers Shelburne county Nova Scotia
ways of torturing teddy bear

In case any of these searches are repeated, here's a tip or two:
  • sneachd means "snow"
  • agus means "and"
  • vaughan is not German but Welsh, from fychan (mutation of bychan), meaning "little"
  • I do not know Stephen Harper's body language, but it probably isn't French
  • Condoleezza Rice was born in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island
  • Tim Horton's mission is to bring Maple Cream donuts to the US (at least it should be)
  • Yes, Joel Plaskett is indeed good looking
I'm guessing that unattached 17 year-old guys were easier to find than Shelburne County swingers, but then I haven't spent much time in Shelburne County.

score one for Chomsky

Koko, the 33 year-old gorilla who learned a rudimentary form of sign language, had a tooth removed recently. She was able to communicate this problem, and the level of pain she was feeling, to her guardians - a remarkable feat, to be sure. But some of the finer points of symbolic interaction yet elude Koko and her ilk:

Her teacher, Francine Patterson, was at her side when the anesthesiologist prepared to put her under in the morning, and apparently Koko asked to meet her specialists.

They crowded around her, and Koko, who plays favorites, asked one woman wearing red to come closer. The woman handed her a business card, which Koko promptly ate.

Otherwise, Koko was calm, Liang said.

You can lead a signing gorilla to a cocktail party, but you can't make her shmooze.

August 06, 2004

Champagne Unit Veterans for Truth

Following on the success of the new ad by the desperately-named Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, here is another Bush-friendly 527 coming to a swing state near you.
Dick Cheney: If you have any question about what George W. Bush is made of, just spend 3 minutes with the men who served with him.

Al Freedom: I "served" with George W. Bush.

Bob Younger: I "served" with George W. Bush.

George Ellicott: George W. Bush has not been dishonest about what happened in Alabama.

Al Freedom: He is not lying about his record.

Louis Jetson: I know George W. Bush is not lying about his last physical because I gave him my urine sample.

Van O'Doull: George W. Bush did not lie to get a bronze star ... I know, I was there, I saw what happened.

Billy Chenoweth: His account of what happened and what actually happened are the difference between Bud Light and Miller Light.

Admiral Goffman: George W. Bush has been honest.

Adrian Balboa: And he does not lack the capacity to lead.

Larry Thurdlow: When the chips and salsa were down, you could count on George W. Bush.

Bob Younger: George W. Bush is a war hero.

Grant Hubbard: He did not betray all his fellow pilots ... he did not throw his service records and pay stubs over that fence.

Shelton Gray: George W. Bush did not betray the men and women he served with in Texas.

Joe Pounder: He did not dishonor his country ... he most certainly did not.

Bob Hildruth: I "served" with George W. Bush ...

Bob Hildruth (off-camera): George W. Bush cannot be distrusted.

Announcer: Champagne Unit Veterans for Truth is responsible for the content of this advertisement.
(It strikes me after reading this over that the White House years of 2001-2005 will bear a striking historical resemblance to that era of the Crusty the Clown Show that featured Bart Simpson's "I didn't do it" character.)

and neither do we

Back from a Bush-length vacation from the hard work of blogging. Instead of clearing brush outside my apartment, I spent part of last month in Scotland, attending a Gaelic studies conference in Edinburgh and eating smoked salmon in South Uist. I flew back into Boston on the evening of Kerry's speech at the convention. I had expected a snarling mess at the airport and on the roads, but there was nothing of the sort. The traffic was light, and the office towers were unusually unlit. Not quite eerie, but slightly unsettling.

And speaking of nominees' acceptance speeches, I see the White House is already at work lowering expectations for Bush's performance later this month:
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
So apparently all Bush has to do in New York is not say the exact opposite of what he means to say, and the punditocracy will exclaim "home run!"