Archive for December, 2010

Outnumbered

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Via clips on YouTube, I have discovered an extremely funny British sitcom. It’s called Outnumbered, and it’s about a couple and their three kids. That description makes it sound like every other sitcom (especially every other bad sitcom) on the air. What sets this one apart is that it’s funny. The best member of the [...]

They Paved the Lily Pad and Put up a Parking Lot

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

(From The Full Bug) It saddens me greatly to report the demise of my second-favorite blog. Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes is no more. Bing McGhandi has announced that his fiery, flamboyant assault on the self-stupid has ceased production. He is shifting focus and will be starting a new blog under his real name. The [...]

Christmas Test

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Maul Santas (Part 3)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

I went down to the local mall a couple of days ago to see how the Santa racket works these days. It’s like a production-line portrait studio now, with big signs showing all of your options. You can get any size print, you can get it printed on keychains or Christmas ornaments, and you can [...]

Maul Santas (Part 2)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

From Scott’s Mind Santa has consolidated, like any good monopolist. This allows him to cut costs and drive his competitors out of business. These days, there is one Santa Claus in the entire mall, and he sits somewhere in the middle, not affiliated with any store in particular. It was not always thus. Back in [...]

Maul Santas (Part 1)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

It has always struck me as odd that everybody keeps asking kids the same question this time of year: “Do you believe in Santa?” Why? Nobody asks them “Do you believe in Barack Obama?” or “Do you believe in J.K. Rowling?” or “Do you believe in the +8 oxidation state of ruthenium tetroxide?” The fact [...]

Office Christmas (Part 2)

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Actually, this is almost what it looked like. Yesterday, I mentioned that somebody at work was so fearful of offending any coworkers that she was afraid to put up a few Christmas decorations in her cubicle. That reminded me of the days when I used to be offended by Christmas. I haven’t celebrated Christmas since [...]

Office Christmas (Part 1)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We have a relatively new employee at work. Let’s call her KC. She’s probably in her early 50s. She is very obviously Catholic. She doesn’t advertise this. It just comes out in her expressions and anecdotes every so often. This is her first Christmas season with us. A few weeks back, she said to me: [...]