Category Archives: popular culture

Cartoon of the day. (Swine flu panic edition.)



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Photo of the day. (Swine flu edition.)

a433_m1More where that came from.

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Keep it classy Florida.

Via Wonkette comes this “classy” new “vanity plate.” Jesus hanging on the cross with an orange behind him.  Sweet!


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Cynicism watch.

The definition of cynicism is:


And this NY Post column comes close to being shown as the dictionary example.  Maybe I just don’t want to believe this could be true.

But there is something disturbing about the collective rejection-embrace-elevation of Susan Boyle. There is the element of self-congratulation in the viral spread of this link around the Web, the idea that we, the secondary viewers, the judges of those who are judging, are far more evolved. There is the clip itself, suspiciously ready-made for online consumption: A 7-minute movie, slick and pithy in its perfect execution of the underdog narrative. (That something like “Rocky” took two hours to tell now seems antediluvian.) There is the classic David vs. Goliath subplot, the primal satisfaction of seeing the bully (Cowell) slain by such a seemingly inferior force. And there is the profound desire for this entire thing to be authentic, which in and of itself suggests that it probably isn’t. Not since P.T. Barnum has there been a show business master of the trompe l’oeil like Simon Cowell.

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Pet peeves.

This one bugs the heck out of me.

their-graphThanks to Ellie.

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The hills are alive.

Well at least the Antwerp Central Train Station.  To me there is something both infectious and spiritual about this.

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Pay to pray.

You pay so you don’t have to pray. From Yahoo News:

Information Age Prayer is a site that charges you a monthly fee to say prayers for you. A typical charge is $4.95 per month to say three prayers specified by you each day.

“We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying,” the company states. “Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen.”

Prices, however, are dictated by the length of the prayer. As noted in the Information Age Prayer FAQ, “A discounted prayer will cost less than other prayers of similar length.”

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