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My mom would be so proud

Inspired by this tweet. Did I say “inspired”? I meant “stolen.”

Yes, I’ve put it on stuff, but Zazzle hasn’t kicked any of it loose yet. Hey, you know all that “DEFUND PBS” merchandise I promised? I made a bunch of it and they pulled the lot. “Trademark violation” for using the name PBS.

Stupid Zazzle.

I’m still soldiering on manfully with Twitter, the way one brushes one’s teeth or eats one’s broccoli. I haven’t really “got it” yet, I guess. Too many blind links, too much repetition, way, WAY too much pointless attention whoring. Marketing never was in my skillset.

And I’ll tell you this for free: there are several people on Twitter who would be well-advised not to be. People who come across as decent and thoughtful in long posts and as screaming assholes in the rapid world of 140-char interchange.

sock it to me


Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 9, 2010, 11:57 pm

People who come across as decent and thoughtful in long posts and as screaming assholes in the rapid world of 140-char interchange.

Sorry about that. I’ll try to tone it down.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 10, 2010, 12:03 am

No, YOU just give me wicked knife and hat envy.


Comment from Zippit T Doodah
Time: November 10, 2010, 12:14 am

So, ummm, tweeting turns some folks into twits?


Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 10, 2010, 12:26 am

Yeah…Twitter is good when news is breaking fast, and when Iowahawk is on a meme-roll..but that’s about it.


Comment from Allen
Time: November 10, 2010, 12:58 am

You can’t have Los Macheteros without a che.

Funny that, when you need some blood spilled you always need a che.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: November 10, 2010, 2:56 am

Down in the Mexican State of Michoacan, near to the Guatemalan border there is a nasty war in progress. Guatemala being the nation where the rapacious, jugular ripping MS-13 Gangs were birthed. It is there in Michoacan that the Sinaloan drug cartel has thrown down a bloody gauntlet, calling out the intrusion Columbian / Venezualan cartels. MS-13 claims to be the ones who have brought the South Americans into Mexico.

Point being this: The text/twitter/tweet shorthand is the “streetspeak’ of these drug lords. It is as mercurial and changeable as the phases of our moon…..and one helluva lot more deadly.

Che must be smiling in his grave.


Comment from Ric Locke
Time: November 10, 2010, 4:35 am

Che must be smiling in his grave.

I dunno, Sven. There’s a very old science fiction story (Theodore Sturgeon???) entitled “Rum-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee”. The punchline is the old witch doctor messaging from Hell, “Dear descendant, they made me stop it. It was starting to catch on down here.”

Ernesto’s shade may not be as pleased as it might seem.



Comment from scubafreak
Time: November 10, 2010, 8:22 am

Stoatie, I think I have found the most important scientific study in history….

Something as simple as a mug of beer may have lubricated to world into civilization. A recent study credits beer with the rise of civilized peoples.

For a long time experts have believed that famers in the Stone Age were actually domesticating grains for beer and not for food. Now, they have even more evidence that beer is actually what spurred society.

Archaeologist Brian Hayden said that “Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies.” His study found that the tasty ale was a huge reason why agriculture started about 11,500 years ago. The groups of peoples settled down and began creating communities and social customs, which often included feasts complete with beer.

Interestingly, until the advent of farming, cereals made up very little of the diet due to how labor intensive they were. However, there are instances in which ancient people went to great lengths in order to get the grains, and beer for feasts seems to have been one of the driving factors in producing and gathering the grains.

What a surprise that such a simple yet almost universally enjoyed beverage may have been the spark that led to the civilization we enjoy today. Who would’ve guessed that beer lubricated the rise of civilization? Even in more modern times, beer has been something people have begged, borrowed and stolen for. Do you believe these ideas? Could beer rather than food have been the driving force behind what we have here today?

© Copyright: News Today Online by Kate James at Gather.com


no beer, no civilization.
Know Beer, Know Civilization



Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 10, 2010, 4:52 pm

Man, I do NOT like knives.


Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 10, 2010, 5:08 pm

*Regards Scott T. Badger with open-mouthed horror and revulsion*


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 10, 2010, 6:04 pm

These are creepy and hypnotic: animated gifs. But clever, subtle ones. Beautifully done, the way they isolate the movement (which also helps keep file sizes small).

Via Kottke.


Comment from The Dread Pirate Neck Beard
Time: November 10, 2010, 7:15 pm

My darling wife condenses 500 word reiterations of what she’s read over the previous 48 hours into 140char incomprehensibilities.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 10, 2010, 11:45 pm

Must be a badger thing, Scott. I have an absolute hatred of knives, too.

Guns, on the other hand….


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 10, 2010, 11:50 pm

UB, anytime you come to Colorado, you are more than welcome to shoot any gun that I own. They are in the closet – behind the swords….. 😉


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 10, 2010, 11:58 pm

Huh! 🙂


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:00 am

In a Defense And Arrest Tactics (DAAT) traing, we went through the Surviving Edged Weapons course. Things turn very nasty very fast when knives get involved. If a person gets to within 21 feet of you with a knife, there isn’t much you can do, if you haven’t already got your sidearm in your paws. A person with a knife can really slice you up, too. It boils down to that a person with a gun is most likely using it at least in part as a force multiplier, and when confronted by armed force will probably back down, while the person who chooses a knife as his weapon in committing a crime has already decided that he isn’t bothered by the idea of sticking it into someone. A knife carrier only gets the DROP THE KNIFE command once, and then Messers Heckler and Koch take over the argument.

I really have no idea how English LEOs can function, armed ony witha 12 inch baton.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:08 am

I gladly accept your specialist knowledge, Scott (which accords with my amateur view) – that and tentatively add that knives do seem to be the weapons of choice for scumbags the world over.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:11 am

Actually Scottie, in my house, it will either be Mr Mossberg or Mr Tanfoglio addressing the situation.

Unless Mr Kalishnikov is feeling muscular at that particular moment….. 😉


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:16 am

In my house, Mrs Handbag and Mrs Skillet are the best I can come up with 🙁


Comment from Spad13
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:24 am

I still occasionally wear my “Che! Still Dead” shirt that I bought from Val @ Babalu long ago. I would wear it more but it is fading bad and I would rather amuse myself looking at it in a drawer than to try to educate idiots these days.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 11, 2010, 12:29 am

I really need to find that one with Che, in red, picking his nose……..

It would probably get my ass kicked, but why not have fun in the meantime?


Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: November 11, 2010, 2:17 am

“The text/twitter/tweet shorthand is the “streetspeak’ of these drug lords”

What is this “text/twitter/tweet shorthand” you speak of? I speak English on Twitter. Mostly. Sometimes I lapse into Gibberish. I don’t think anyone notices. Twitter is like a huge, noisy club full of loud music and people you don’t know and you can’t hear yourself think much less make a conversation and now that they’ve installed the new light system (a.k.a. “New Twitter”) it’s giving me migraines and my computer whatever the computer equivalent of migraines is.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 11, 2010, 2:21 am

Oh, wow, Andrea Harris, can I steal that description of Twitter? Properly attributed, of course. . .


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: November 12, 2010, 2:48 am

Edged weapons still constitute what rides on my belt, given that “Open Carry” is no longer legal in the People’s Republic of Colorado.

Concealed carry….yah.

Scubafreak…the good Rabbi Mossberg stands at the ready by the door. His 12ga. “00” Buck bark ready to bite.


Comment from MikeW
Time: November 12, 2010, 5:50 pm

Cute design with the Che-bag.

I finally checked out your Zazzle site, too bad they don’t do shorts in addition to shirts. Your ‘Flies’ design, in the little cluster arrangement, would be absolutely perfect on a pair of shorts. Either front or back, can you just imagine the reactions it would get? And who wouldn’t love to give someone that little gem at an office party?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 12, 2010, 6:15 pm

No underpants on Zazzle 🙁

They’ve just started offering Christmas ornaments, though, if anybody has ideas for snarky things to hang on the tree.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 13, 2010, 5:26 am

They’ve just started offering Christmas ornaments, though, if anybody has ideas for snarky things to hang on the tree.

[eyes get big and round, and mouth purses up hopefully]. . .Oooooooohhh!! Any chance for a skull-smiley ornament? OK, I can only promise to buy one, because I can’t think of anyone I could safely give one to. . .but I would sure adore to have one!


Comment from Mark
Time: November 17, 2010, 2:32 am

How about an “underpants” ornament to throw them for a loop?


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