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Soooo…it’s a Jewish banana, then?

Repper is a design program that makes it easy to design big, complex, repetitive patterns. It works like a kaleidoscope — or a bunch of them — and then outputs a high resolution file suitable for textiles production and other fun artsy stuff.

Why anyone would use it to laser-engrave tiny Stars of David all over a banana, I could not say.

Anyhow, they’ll let you play with a trimmed-down online version for free. Which is fun. For about five minutes.

Hey, five minutes of fun! You’re welcome!

What, you expected me to weigh in on Egypt? I don’t think so. Too early to tell, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this one (mind you, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this one” is pretty much the only intuition I have. About anything. Ever).

Question: how come the US always seems to support the bad guy in the Middle East.
Answer: because they’re all bad guys.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 31, 2011, 9:48 pm

Try uploading your avatar to Repper, for a start. To get recognizable objects in your pattern, they’ll have to be pretty tiny samples.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 31, 2011, 10:53 pm

Lucky you didn’t put it on a phalic symbol…

(or maybe you did, depends on your point of view…. 😉 )

Comment from Skandi Recluse
Time: February 1, 2011, 12:17 am

…anything to get that poor, dead, dessicated animal off the top post…

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: February 1, 2011, 12:40 am

To expand on your last, in the Middle East, at least when it comes to every place that isn’t Israel, we have the choice of supporting: 1) oppressive military-backed despotic rulers who are sort of secular (they wear Western-style suits and uniforms); 2) the “pious” Muslim opposition that is backed by “the people,” who will turn out to be totalitarian theocratic murderthugs once they get into power, leaving the country worse off than before (see: Iran); 3) various Communist groups that no one likes except university students and some professors who spend more time in prison than in the classroom for their political activities. In other words, wtf are we supposed to do.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 1, 2011, 12:44 am

Exactly, Andrea. There are no good choices.

Bush’s idea was to go in and make a “clean spot” in the Middle East and see if it spread. From the beginning, I couldn’t figure out if going into Iraq was a good idea or not. And you know, I think it’ll be twenty years before we can answer that question.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 1, 2011, 12:48 am

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this one”

So you are actually….Velma? I’d always pictured you taller.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 1, 2011, 12:51 am

Come on, Gromulin. She’s a WEASEL. Not a wolverine.

Comment from anniebanannie
Time: February 1, 2011, 2:26 am

A jewbana….who’dathunkit!

Comment from jwm
Time: February 1, 2011, 4:07 am

That Zionist banana will offend the muslims.

Watch your back.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 1, 2011, 4:46 am

@ Andrea Harris

You left out two groups.

1) Hereditary monarchs, who (at least presently) aren’t actively bad. (Some have lots of oil money, and spread a fair amount of the wealth around.)

2) Actual rule-of-law reformers. They’re the weakest group, but they have the most prestige – the other groups all want to be thought of as RoLRs. Outside of darkest Africa, there are no governments which openly and completely repudiate the rule of law.

Incidentally, under Bush, the U.S. had a small fund to suppport democratic reformers in Egypt. The Obama administration cut it off, and also dropped ongoing contacts with opposition figures.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 1, 2011, 6:56 am

There’s 83 million Egyptians, of whom 80 million or so want to see Israel turned into a charnel house. This is going to end badly.

My Dad despised them, having been stationed there during the war. If ever there were a stand-out example of ‘familiarity breeds contempt,” this was it. Just in case you thought lily-livered political correctness was a recent invention, he and his unit were not allowed to carry live rounds in their rifles even though the place was a violent hell-hole (they were tooled-up all the time he was in Iraq and Persia with either SMLEs or Thompsons.) He and a buddy nearly got lynched in Alexandria and if it hadn’t been for a jeep-load of Suffolk Regiment troops going past I wouldn’t be here. According to his recollection, the Egyptians were the thievingist bunch of bastards you ever set eyes on. This isn’t racism, by the way. Dad wasn’t a racist. He just knew from douchebags.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 1, 2011, 1:04 pm

Neat. Here’s a map of all the blue plaques in London.

Heh. Uncle B’s last house was somewhere near Emile Zola and Marie Stopes.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: February 1, 2011, 3:47 pm

Rich Rostrom:

The first group, hereditary monarchs, are not a native class in the Muslim Middle East. Arabs were a desert people of tribes who had chieftains — some tribes had more prestige than others, but that’s not the same as there being a “King of the Arabs.” Monarchs as we understand them today are a European addition to the region. That king in Saudi Arabia? A glorified chieftain — if it wasn’t for oil money and the power that comes from it the “Saudi royal clan” would be just another head of a tribe among other tribes. I classify the Arab “royalty” as despotic “secular” rulers with the trappings of traditional religious leaders.

Or perhaps you’re thinking of the Caliphate and the various claimants to be heir to that title? Well that’s under the category of “theocrat.” There isn’t a caliph today, but the theocrats want one.

That’s the Arabs, anyway. When it comes to other Muslim countries in the area, like Iran, they did have a traditional monarch of their own. But he was deposed by said Muslim theocratic regime, and the family of the Shah isn’t, I believe, much of a player in politics these days. Anyway, I classify the Pahlavis and other monarchs like that as being part of the secular-type rule I was talking about above. We got severely slammed back in the day for supporting the Shah because while his reign was like Disney World compared to the current one, but he was still no shining light of democracy.

On to your second category: yeah, I’m sure there are people in the Middle East who want a democratic rule-of-law type government. I am also sure that somewhere, someday, we will find a herd of unicorns. You’ve just gotta believe. (Seriously, I’ve seen some of these “rule of law” type people over there drop the mask to reveal yet another Jew-hating commie and/or Muslim Brotherhood or its like supporting shill. I am cynical.)

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: February 1, 2011, 4:32 pm

Does making a “clean spot” involve dropping a large amount of high explosives on said spot? That may be the only way to clean up any of that mess.

Comment from mojo
Time: February 2, 2011, 12:04 am

“This friend of yours – is he trustworthy?”
“Sure, he’s trustworthy! You just gotta keep an eye on him.”

Comment from Ugly Animals
Time: February 13, 2011, 5:25 pm

Wow I could never imagine this.. lol

Well maybe cleaning up that mass might results in just more space to dropping more explosives 😀 lol

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