Sunday, June 29, 2008

Guide for former vegans

When I first saw the title, I thought it had to do with etiquette for barbeques. I mean, it might be conceivable that a person unaccustomed to eating poultry might pick one up by the meaty end (perhaps thinking that this is the best way to do it if one were actually planning to play some drums with the thing), though it is hard for me to picture the scenario. Anyway, perhaps one should start a new wikiHow article with this in mind, going into all the regional variants, sauce vs. breading considerations, dipping technique, and so forth.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


A-Litter at 6 weeks old.
A-Litter at 6 weeks old.,
originally uploaded by djitl.
Zimbabwe is much in the news these days, and when I think of Zimbabwe, I think of Rhodesia, and when I think of Rhodesia, I think of Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Shouldn't these be called Zimbabwean Ridgebacks by now? The wikipedia article gives no inkling that this might be the case, though it seems that I am not linguistically alone in this notion .

The problem, I feel, is that the breed would miss out on the delicious alliteration of the R sounds. I briefly considered “Zimbabwean Z-back” until I considered that it sounds too much like “zweiback”, an unfortunate and disturbing association. “Zidgeback” would be a possibility were it not for the naysayers would would point out that zidge is not a word, and does not convey the essence of the salient physical feature of the creature.

Zimbabwean Zagback works, however. The rest of the fur zigs, but in the middle of the back it zags. (Or perhaps it is the other way around and the dog could be called a zigback instead.) And while it might seem harder to say than Rhodesian Ridgeback, it makes up for that in coolness. Plus, it scores points on the political awareness front.

Still thinking about the csae of the Burmese Tiger.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What passes for a movie review

I was IM'ing with my buddy D the other day and this transpired:

(6:23:58 PM) me: I did go to see Iron Man this weekend tho

(6:24:04 PM) D: How was it?

(6:24:38 PM) D: The comment I heard was that, unlike many superhero movies, the lead character is not a teenager/young adult trying to fit in.

(6:24:45 PM) me: Worth a matinee price. Robert Downey Jr: good. Jeff Bridges: pretty good. Mrs. Coldplay: did not have much to work with.

(6:24:58 PM) me: No, he's a CEO.

(6:26:01 PM) D: We definitely need more entertainment that helps boost the self-esteem of insecure CEOs.

(6:27:02 PM) me: I kept wondering whether it will get released in Germany under the name Eisenmensch

(6:27:18 PM) D: Everything sounds more sinister in German.

(6:27:23 PM) me: Eisenmann sounds like a person of the Jewish faith.

(6:27:41 PM) me: But he does turn into a mensch in the 2nd half

(6:27:56 PM) D: Is mensch German, or Yiddish?

(6:28:04 PM) me: Probably the latter.

(6:28:59 PM) me: Someone pointed out that Puccini's Madama Butterfly seems completely different if you refer to it as Frau Schimmerling instead

(6:29:00 PM) D: Superman was Ubermensch in Niezsche. He wasn't Jewish.

(6:29:09 PM) me: Oh, that's right.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

The most ironically named species ever

Taxidermy Mouse
Taxidermy Mouse,
originally uploaded by Vanderlin.
was the Indefatigable Galapagos Mouse.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Colorblindness, colorblindness, colorblindness!

originally uploaded by Brother O'Mara.
The most popular page on this blog, by far, is one which people are attracted to because of the image of the random dot colorblindness test by Shinobu Ishihara. The two volume publication containing those illustrations, which was printed originally in the 1950s, is rather difficult to find at the major retailers (you know who they are), but those who are truly interested can buy used copies on the Web.

If only brand new will do, there is this place too.

Hope this helps you all.