Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Access Research Network Announces: Rich Source of Irony Discovered

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

(Image from Rose Cantine) Colorado Springs, CO, March 10, 2009 — In a major announcement today, Access Research Network reports that the depletion of the world’s irony supplies is not as imminent as some experts are predicting. “Your Seinfeld reruns will be safe for decades to come,” said Kevin Wirth, of ARN. “Although known irony […]

Child Training

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I was searching the web for old books for a non-BoF project, when I came across some books by a 20th century educator named Angelo Patri. As you can see from the Wikipedia page, he is the translator of several Pinocchio books. You can get a PDF of Pinocchio in Africa here. Beware, though. The […]

Your Newest Senator Says: “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot”

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Buy at Powell’s! Sometime in 2007, I picked up Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, by Al Franken, at a used book store. I generally like the book, although his writing style is a bit too casual for my taste. It’s a bit too conversational, and it meanders a bit. I […]

Jackasses with Word Processors

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

(Image from AhaJokes) One of the minor battlefronts in the culture war turns out to be Amazon.com. As I mentioned in a recent article about Expelled, you will see the massively deluded fighting with the rationalists over the ratings for a product. You end up with bimodal ratings distributions like this: The product might be […]

Strike Up the Banned

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

If you’re like me, you probably wonder about Bill Johnson of the American Decency Association. Things such as: How can anybody be that sexually repressed? Have he and his wife … um … you know … “done it”? (I’m betting no) And: What does he do all day, when he’s not busy trying to ban […]

Don’t Buy from Amazon Unless You Enjoy being Anally Raped

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Amazon customer service This is just a friendly consumer warning. You might want to shop anywhere else but Amazon. Their customer service is poor, and they do not stand behind their promises. I ordered volumes 1 & 2 of a DVD series. They were being offered at the pre-release price of $24 each. Right next […]

Kevin Wirth has the Vapors

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Kevin Wirth telling us about his book There’s a standup comedian (I’ve forgotten who) who says this (I’m quoting to the best of my memory here): In the old movies the people have such interesting diseases. You know what I always thought would be cool to have? “The Vapors”! Characters were always getting that. Scarlett […]

Reichenbach Falls

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The above is a funny diagram from the blog of Jessica Hagy. That’s her whole shtick. The entire blog is Venn diagrams and x-y graphs scribbled onto index cards. Some of them are pretty funny. You ought to read the comments people left on that post. It’s a replay in microcosm of all of the […]