I started it, but (for some reason) couldn’t get into Blogger for much of this evening, so the list is downstairs in the other computer, saved as plain old HTML on the desktop. I’ll post it tomorrow.
I collect these things, in a desultory fashion. This isn’t quite up to the level of my all-time favorite (“Headless Body in Topless Bar”), but it’s in the running. (Ouch, did I really just say that?…)
[State Trooper Don] Newcomb took the driver to the patrol car, then chased the passenger, eventually kicking him from behind. After falling to the ground, the passenger threw both of his legs at Newcomb, the report says. One hit the trooper in the chest.
(Insert the predictable joke about your right to bear legs [here.])
If you ask me: but then I’m biased.
It’s a humanoid, Nita thought, as the figure came toward them through the smoke. What’s that hanging off its head? Humanoids don’t usually have tentacles there. And it doesn’t look like it’s armed.
It wasn’t a very big humanoid, either. It was only a little bigger than Nita. As it came through the smoke, Nita could have sworn it was actually human — the skin color was one of the possible ones, the eyes and other dimly-seen features seemed to be in the right places, and the clothes — Jeez, will you look at those, Nita thought at the sight of the cropped black T-shirt, the cargo pants in a truly eye-jangling hot-pink-and-green floral print, and the strappy, high pink boots. And the “tentacle” wasn’t a tentacle at all, but, hanging down in front of one shoulder, a single long, thick, dark —
A little more about the details of what’s going to happen with The West Wing:
Spencer’s absence will be explained by the death of his character — a plot development that sent West Wing writers scurrying to their constitutional law textbooks. Spencer’s character McGarry was Santos’ vice presidential running mate, and the writers had to figure out what happens when a vice presidential candidate dies. The answer is, nobody’s quite sure.
”There’s certainly no constitutional provision with how to deal with the death of a vice presidential candidate during the electoral cycle,” said Wells.
The closest thing they could find was the 1972 election, when Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, was driven off the ticket of George McGovern by disclosures that he’d undergone electroshock therapy. In that case, several months before Election Day, the Democratic National Committee chose a replacement.
But in a case so close to the election that ballots can’t be reprinted, Wells said, the politicians that West Wing writers consulted said the candidate would probably be wise to wait until after the vote to name a replacement, then ask Congress to confirm him under the provisions of the 25th Amendment, which governs presidential succession.
Makes perfect sense. It’s still going to be a sad set of events both in the fictional sense and the real-world one: John Spencer was such a tremendous actor… Also interesting to hear that they actually considered ending WW early when he died.
During a late-night session of the World Economic Forum in 2004, Bill Gates said the Internet spam problem would be solved within two years.
…The statement did cause a great deal of excitement at the time, and Hamlin – perhaps not surprisingly – argues that Gates was correct. “I won’t say spam is dead, but we can say spam is contained,” Hamlin said. “If you use the latest anti-spam technologies and educate yourself on how to use them, you should not have a problem.”
Contained? Contained??? He hasn’t seen my spam box lately, that’s for sure… (mutter)
It’s mostly investment and stock spam this week. but the usual p@n!s spam is there as well. Scads and scads of it. (eyeroll)
A charge of insulting his country levelled against the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk was formally abandoned on Monday, ending an embarrassing chapter in Turkish criminal justice that has drawn sharp criticism abroad.
Mr Pamuk’s lawyer said the writer’s trial had been abandoned after a court decided that it could not hear the case after a political decision that it should not be pursued.
Others will doubtless discern the EU’s pressure being brought to bear as regards this issue. Maybe so. In any case…the right result. Shame it took so long.
NBC’s fantasy White House drama “The West Wing” will end its seven-season run on May 14 with the inauguration of the new president, executive producer John Wells told television critics Sunday.
The election will be covered on April 2 and 9 and viewers will know by the end of the latter episode whether the presidential candidate played by Jimmy Smits or Alan Alda won the election — a decision the producers “have only really in the last couple days made,” at the end of “quite a brawl,” Wells told critics at the very last session of Winter TV Press Tour 2006.
The story goes on to say that the producers are doing something I rather hoped they’d do: both killing John Spencer’s character, Leo, and keeping in the continuity the last work he did before he died. It just somehow seems…more right this way, to me at least.
(sigh) It was great TV. Less so when Aaron Sorkin wasn’t working on it: but great TV nonetheless.
I could watch this for hours: it’s a shame the video is so brief.
Sachiko has taken this idea of liquid architecture more literally with these stunning sculpture made from Ferrofluid which changes its state by the introduction of electro-magnetic waves into the fluid, turning it solid.
“He usually rides [the cablecars] on Sunday down to the Powell Street turnaround…He likes to check and see how the tourists are being treated.”
…At one point, he even kept two recycling bins in the trunk of his town car so he could scoop up litter he spotted while driving from meeting to meeting.
But apparently some people, like the Chief of Police, are less than impressed with this whole civic-minded thing (which apparently came to include the mayor getting irate about all the drug dealers he kept seeing when jogging through the Tenderloin).
“With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, we could put a cop on every corner, and the drug dealers would just deal in between them,” Delagnes said. “But if you are really tired of seeing drug dealers, there is one solution I could suggest.”
“What’s that?” the mayor asked.
“Try jogging somewhere else.”
Just no pleasing some people…
I have fine potatoes, ripe potatoes!
Will your Lordship please to taste a potato?
‘Twill advance your wither’d state,
fill your honour full of noble itches.
From The Loyal Subject by John Fletcher
(heh) That Fletcher. Always digging you in the ribs with one elbow, going nudge-nudge-wink-wink in the Pythonesque manner. He was of course referring to the early rep potatoes had of being an aphrodisiac.
Never mind that. I’ve never made this dish before — one of those archetypal cold-weather dishes. It’s essentially potatoes (matchsticked / julienned), anchovies, and cream, with some breadcrumbs on top to make a nice crust. We’ll see how it comes out. I’ll take some pictures, and if one or two come out well, I’ll post them.
While it’s baking, I’ll put a couple of things up in the eBay store. This house is full of galleys and manuscripts: I don’t see why interested parties shouldn’t have them.
(BTW, apparently there’s some way to generate an RSS feed of the store’s contents and changes. I’m still struggling with figuring this out…as soon as I do, I’ll put the link up in the central column of the weblog under the store’s link.)
The blogroll is full of links to acquaintances of mine, friends, buddies past and present, and just plain folks I know. Here are some news headlines:
- Michael Reaves is co-writing the new “Star Trek: New Voyages” episode starring George Takei as Sulu.*
- C.J. Cherryh continues to work on her ice skating and installs a new reef tank
- Bob Greenberger goes job-hunting (Someone please hire him quick, OK? You’re letting one of comics’ great talents just sit there, and there’s no reason for it. You ask me, his firing was unwarranted.)
- The news about Dave Stewart’s tumor is better than we were afraid it might be, thank God
- Charlie Stross gets cranky about ads and spam (and why not?)
- The Incredible Hulk is up in arms about a toy
- Kathryn Cramer looks into black ops in Haiti
- Peter David wonders idly if his name’s big enough on this cover (Is he nuts? No author’s name is ever big enough on the cover.)
- Jim Swallow gets weird (paper) mail
- Joey the Accordion Guy is trying to find out about Roztez
- Bruce Willis is offering $1 million for info leading to bin Laden’s arrest (I don’t know Bruce, but this was on Joey’s blog and I just had to link to it… Someone commented, “In the old days, Bruce would just have hunted Osama down himself…”)
What a busy world…
*Scroll down on this page and look at the guy they’ve cast as the young Sarek. Woo Woo.