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Geoff’s famous chart, now with 100% more commercial exploitation

If you hang around the Moronosphere, you’ve seen this chart. Or this chart’s baby-daddy, anyhow. This is what happened when geoff (who usually posts at Innocent Bystanders) took the wishful thinking unemployment chart the Obama administration used to sell the dreadful porkulus and plotted actual unemployment figures on top of it.

It reads better in color.

Anyhow, someone recently came to geoff and inquired if he could get the chart on a shirt or a mug or something and geoff thought to himself, “do I know anyone venal, desperate and masterful in the construction of line charts?”

Me! Yay! I give you: geoff’s famous unemployment chart merchandise.

Notice the postcard and greeting card. I hope sending one to your Congressman becomes all the rage, because every one of those represents twenty American cents of cha-ching in my little piggy bank.

It’s through November, 2009 — the most recent period we have numbers for. I have a bad feeling we’ll be updating that chart a time or two. I can’t see the red line coming down to touch either of those blue lines for quite a little while.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:22 pm

Actually, I should come up with a “what part of WE DON’T WANT YOUR STUPID OBAMACARE don’t you understand?” postcard first.

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:31 pm

The sledding on the “you are here” hill is much better! Why would we want to sled on the wimpy “with the stimulus” hill?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:52 pm

Song in praise of December 23.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:54 pm

Stoatie dahhhling. Don’t forget your “Don’t blame me, I voted for Sarah and that Old White Guy” bumper Sticker…


Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:59 pm

It reads better in color.

I’ve always wanted to ask…why the monochrome blog?

It’s an artard thing huh?

And since I’m already off topic…

I can has the little leather-helmet ‘tard on a T-shirt someday, please?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 7:43 pm

Given that I’m a artard, Gromulin, I knew whatever I did would be picture heavy. Black and white is one way to cut down on image sizes. I was quite ruthless at first — I think I tried to keep all sidebar graphics under something like 7K so the page would be nice and quick. I still try to keep any post pictures under 40K (not always successfully).

When it was brand new, I tried to make it look like a pretend newspaper (hence the “weasel times and stoat intelligencer” masthead). That got boring quick. And was a marketing mistake — nobody knows whether to bookmark me as “s. weasel” or “sweasel” or “weasel times and stoat intelligencer.”

I have to say, though, I got used to the whole grayscale page and wouldn’t change it now. It’s soothing. And only occasionally inconvenient.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 7:46 pm

As for Moron Billy…eh. I’ve never had a good feel for where “the line” is and eventually decided I’d crossed it with him.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 23, 2009, 8:16 pm

Damn. My mellow has now been harshed. And I already had TWO sold for you.

…and I did not know that B&W images were, by nature, smaller files. I learn something completely useless to me every day here.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 8:39 pm

Yes, telling the file it needn’t bother about color information strips out a little data.

But it’s Christmas! Don’t be harshed of mellow on Christmas! We can make fun of handicapped children again some time…

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 23, 2009, 8:49 pm

My Secret Santa totally rocks:


The shirt looks great in real life…and on the internets!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 8:54 pm

ZOMG, Pups! Wear it in good health. And don’t scratch your ass when you’re wearing it, either — you are Weasel’s representative on earth now.

I’m opening a can of pinto beans with my supper tonight. You can tell your good lady she bought me that can of beans.

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 23, 2009, 9:10 pm

Do you guys get Jerry Springer on the telly in Jolly Olde?

I’m gonna wear this bad boy on the next “Hillbillies Gone Wild with Farm Animals” episode.

What? I’m just in the audience.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 24, 2009, 2:22 am

I thought Moron Billy was one of the most brilliant things I’d ever seen. I love it to bits. Surely it’s OK to call yourself a moron?

That stupid graph was one of the biggest hostages to fortune in history. Talk about the oh-so-savvy Obama team leaving a completely open goal.

Oh, and Gromulin, check “information theoretic entropy” for the B/W vs colour image size thing. Glad to be of help.

And Happy Christmas, y’all.

Comment from Michael
Time: December 24, 2009, 7:56 am

I’ve been drinking coffee every day for years from the same University of Michigan coffee mug because I am a fan of Michigan football.

But let’s face it, Michigan football sucks these days, and The Chart is a winner. So I have ordered 2 Geoff’s Chart mugs, a regular “ringer” model (in Michigan blue) and the travel one for my commute to work.

Weasel, I hope you enjoy the lavish lifestyle which you can now afford.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: December 24, 2009, 10:58 am

You know, Weas, when that random IB commenter requested chart swag, I suggested geoff talk to you. So, I think I should get a commission. Say, 1%?

*sits back and waits for her $0.01 check to come in*

I must admit, I am tempted to buy some postcards for my congresscritters…

Comment from Nicole
Time: December 24, 2009, 12:57 pm

Whoohoo! Got postcards for my congressthings and shirts finally. 🙂 I is a happy panda.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 24, 2009, 1:13 pm

I wish I could think of a good anti-Obamacare slogan to send them. Although, if they back-burner healthcare, there’s a good chance it’s dead. NOBODY is going to want to handle that shit sandwich in the run-up to an election.

Anyway, thanks for the purchases, y’all. I just got my first check from Zazzle — first moneys I’ve made in over a year. That’s a cool forty-eight bucks!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 24, 2009, 1:38 pm

David, I agree about ‘lil Billy. I just love the humor inherant to the image. No “moron” references needed. It’s just cracks me up, but I see Weasel’s point.

Oh, and Gromulin, check “information theoretic entropy”
I did. Neat. I think I get it…

Well, the whole fambly is sick, and I’m are trapped in the office until noon, or until the bloody mary mix runs out – whichever comes first. It’s gonna be a boogery Christmas, but the kids are stoked and thats all I care about. I’m going to say goodbye to 2009 by sending several hundred rounds downrange over the next week. I’ve finally found a good use for 2009 calendars!

Merry Christmas, all!

Comment from Michael
Time: December 29, 2009, 12:07 am

That stupid graph was one of the biggest hostages to fortune in history. Talk about the oh-so-savvy Obama team leaving a completely open goal.

Except, nobody actually remembered the original chart by Obama’s team, or thought to do something with it, other than Geoff.

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