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Self-Congratulatory Wednesday


My favorite day of the week: Self-Congratulatory Wednesday!

Which will be followed by Self-Abnegation Thursday and, as surely as night follows day, Self-Loathing Friday.

Part of my job, explicitly detailed in my contract, is to check regularly to see if anyone in Blogworld has linked to anything I've written, and then, upon learning that no one has, pout. But sometimes they do, and these folks should be commended for their good taste.

Here's Michael Scherer in Time's Swampland. I admit I have a hard time keeping track of the political group blogs, which always have names like the Swamp and the Corner and the Trail and the Bog and the Cesspool and the Steaming Pit of Putrescence. (Interesting item at Swampland this morning by Karen Tumulty on what kinds of financial transactions raise a red flag for the feds.)

Note the prominent reference to the grizzly story in an editorial in today's New York Times. Man, that's the big time. That's drivin' the discussion.

[ ... long blogging pause while blogger asks for raise ... ]

Got a bunch of emails. Here's one from Frank F. Kling (published with permission):

"McCain claims to eschew special interest group lobbyists; however, his voting record tells a different story. Two weeks ago McCain was the only senator to skip a critical vote on the future of clean energy in America, and this is not an isolated incident but a voting pattern. The League of Conservation voters awarded McCain a zero for
missing the 15 most important votes in 2007. Whether the topic is rapid climate change, mass extinction of plant and animal species, or Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, our country and world face environmental
challenges of civilization changing proportions. We need a president who grasps the issues and the desire to preserve our natural world. McCain is not that person. So much for the straight talk express!"

But here's another reader who wasn't so happy (normally I'd save this for Self-Loathing Friday but already got too much material for that day):

' I recently had the displeasure to read Joel Achenbach's article, "McCain Sees Pork Where Scientists See Success". The entire premise of this article strikes me as ludicrous on its face; it might well have been titled "People Who Received Money Called It Money Well-Spent", as the entire article appears to be a credulous account of various people on the government dole attempting to fend off an effort to throw them off that particular gravy train.

'As far as I can tell, there was no serious attempt to engage anyone who believes that such projects (regardless of the merit) should NOT, properly, be funded by the government (which, I believe, goes to the core of the question of whether or not something is a "pork barrel" project.) Instead, it appears that Mr. Achenbach merely quoted some campain platitudes from Senator McCain. He obviously didn't even bring up this question on his own to the interviewees -- although we did get the ridiculous quotation from Ms. Kendall that she was a "Cheerleader Turn[ed] Bear Biologist."

'Considering that this was a rather long (perhaps feature-length) article, and not an opinion piece, Mr. Achenbach did not do his job well here. He tossed mostly softball questions toward his interviewees and did not appear to research much beyond that. I suggest that he be asked to do an equally favorable article on those who oppose such projects on principle.

'I consider the Washington Post to be America's newspaper of record because of your institution's commitment to honest, effective reporting. Sadly, I feel that I have been let down in this case.'

[ I replied to the reader at length and explained why I wrote it the way I did. I told him about the many people who I interviewed who ultimately weren't quoted in the piece but helped me understand what was going on.]

Ralph Maughan has a thought. So do the folks at ThinkProgress.

Nice link to A-blog from GreatScat! where they also got a YouTube of the Stones performing Sympathy for the Devil (Brian Jones was still alive??).

Kat with a K has a lot of politics mixed with, if I'm not mistaken, knitting news.

Check out yellojkt's blog for an interesting discussion of copyright and blogging. I need a refresher course in that myself -- though you notice that lately most every image on this blog is a pic I took myself. [Do I own the pics or does the Post??]

No hyperbole necessary: Read the interview at The Comics Reporter with the brilliant Richard Thompson (and never mind that he says nice things about me: This guy is the cat's pajamas and has been for the nearly two decades that I've had the pleasure to know him).

[Whoa, pretty strong stuff here on the media as Spitzer enablers.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 12, 2008; 9:41 AM ET
 
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dbG, thanks for not outing me on the non-procrastinator front. The check will be in the mail (*not* wire-transferred). I might procrastinate on that, though.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm still sulking.

Posted by: Poodle Person | March 12, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm still sulking.

Posted by: Poodle Person | March 12, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This one is for Padouk to add to his collection of "don't fall for doubletalk" training films, and for Scotty to add to his media training repertoire:

http://www.hutton-web-design.co.uk/tanker.html

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Dave, is that 11:30 Boodle time or 11:30 DST?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I can dream of a raise. But a parking space? Not in this lifetime, I'm sorry to say.

Posted by: Achenbach | March 12, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Kurosawa family.

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, the NY Times reads an Achenbach story!

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Intellectual property law is a mess. When I left my last job my employer implied that I needed to extract a large portion of my cerebral cortex and leave it at the door.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"[ ... long blogging pause while blogger asks for raise ... ]"

I had two bucks on you not coming back, Joel. Nice to be wrong.

Posted by: byoolin | March 12, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah dr,both canidates are heading to Florida to try and get the florida delegates that are still up in the air.

But both get caught up in the frenzy that is spring break!!

Obama becomes the front man for a rock band that plays at all the wet T-Shirt contests.He is not heard from for days,it is believed he may have been lost in the maush pit. But he is found several days later sleeping in a bath tub on the 19th floor of a hotel ruled by several phratt houses.

Hillary joins every drinking and chug-a-lug contest she can find,it is believed she may have been a contestant at one of Obama's shows.She is found face down on the beach,sporting a fresh new Tattoo that reads "I'm with Stupid" pointing to a 3 dollar bill with "Bills" picture on it.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 12, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh, sure. Joel's time stamp works.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

k-guy.. that's GREAT! I have a cousin who was an undergrad at Yale. My husband loves to ask him, "Is that the one in New Jersey?"

Give k-chick the collective Boodle High Five!

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

CP, don't you think it would be nice if you gave us the outlines of the Second Annual Achenblog Pi Day competition today? Voting can be worked out later. I just worry that there's somebody out there who's NOT a procrastinator and can use the extra time to hone her entry.

Not that I'm implying in any way that I'm not a procrastinator. I just figure, odds are that someone here isn't. My bet's on Ivansmom or kbert.

Oh, also not a sexist assumption that only women will compete. I prefer "her" to "his" or "his/her." If this is the worst rule I ever break, I'm doing fine. . . at least I know enough to hide activities financial institutions might notice.

Posted by: dbG | March 12, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, k-guy! There's no greater thrill than enjoying the success of your spawn, is there?

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Testing, testing
09:50 EDST

My time stamp was working from home at 06:25.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | March 12, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Hmm Maybe not. As I recall that stamp is when Joel started the kit.

Anyways, those are fascinating links. As are the links contained within those links. "The Angry Redhead"? The mind reels.

Back to intellectual property. I did see that an 8X10 print of the picture of Kate Kendall accompanying Joel's Grizzly piece could be purchased. For $50 bucks.

I see a possible lucrative possibility by eliminating the middleman here.

Of course, assuming that wouldn't cost Joel his job. Which would be a shame, what with the upcoming promotion and all.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

...I should have written "the NYT Editorial Board reads an Achenbach story!"

I suspect that when the results of that grizzly bear study are published, it'll be highly newsworthy. It's not a bad thing to have provided a bit of a preview.

One of the wonderful things about present-day molecular genetics is that bears and other beasts leave personal calling cards (like hair or droppings) that can be used to determine how many are living in an area, and how much they're moving around (supplementing radio collars). Today's biologists are doing things that weren't even dreamed of forty years ago.

Thinking of radio-collared bears leads to Gary Larson cartoons. Circa 1987, the National Museum of Natural History had a Larson show in the Rotunda, complete with a big Bear #8.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Mo MoDo wrote: She also somehow compares Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth I. For more (including a classic 70s tune cootie):

Which really is pretty far from the truth. Here's what Maureen Dowd wrote--about *an actress* portraying Elizabeth I, and in the following graf, Dowd casts Hillary as a stand-by-your-man woman. There is zero comparison of Hillary to Elizabeth I.:

"In modern times, you rarely see any men having to stand ashenly by their women.

"But in the past, women got tangled up with sex and power. When Bette Davis played Elizabeth I, she was always sending her lovers off to the Tower of London when they made eyes at her pretty ladies-in-waiting. ...

"Hillary could not have been pleased to be in all the TV stand-by-your-man features,..."

Posted by: Loomis | March 12, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Joel, I said in the last kit that you need to take the NYT clipping to the parking office and demand a covered space. It's the least you deserve.

Thanks for the link. It was a two-part post that I didn't even pimp in the boodle, so I'm flattered that you noticed it. In case any one is reading this in the future (and I mean by more than one hour), Part One is here:

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2008/03/begging-forgiveness.html

And the follow-up is this one:

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2008/03/asking-permission.html

And I noticed the other day that Wonkette used the same Spritzer Harvard alumni mag cover that Joel used, but Joel had them scooped by several hours. Joel's getting some real blogging chops.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Political blogs are giving wetlands a bad name. Beside, Gators inhabit The Swamp.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Time check 10:57

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm such a nerd. Now I'm using Firefox, BUT I'm on my office Windows server, accessed via Remote Desktop Connection from home.

It's 10:57 am.

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

NYT, breaking: Spitzer to resign today.

Posted by: Loomis | March 12, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Even nerdier still... NOW I'm using my office desktop Mac via VNCviewer via Remote Desktop Connection from home...

It's 11:01 am

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

First two grafs from NYT:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, will resign today, some of his staff members said they have been told, though the precise timing remains unclear.

Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson would then be sworn in to replace him in Albany. But because even Mr. Spitzer's most senior aides have been so surprised by revelations of their boss's behavior, they said that they cannot be certain about a resignation until Mr. Spitzer makes it official.

Posted by: Loomis | March 12, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Its incredibly big news when Joel links a knitting blog. Mind blowing even.

News said this morning, that there is now a break in the primary process, as in none scheduled for a few weeks? Is this comparable to spring break?

Posted by: dr | March 12, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Spitzer quits, Paterson in at 11:30, says the NYT

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/11/AR2008031103123.html?hpid=sec-artsliving

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Spitzer Schpritzer! Who cares? The really big news this week is that Kurosawachick has been accepted to architecture graduate school at Yale! And she's not going! Because she's been accepted at Princeton! (Sounds of popping. Could be either champagne corks or proud parents buttons.) We raised an Ivy League certified Smarty Pants. Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Great interview with Richard Thompson, indeed. I remember well the work he did for "Why Things Are." The cartoons are what originally caught my eye. Eventually I started reading those written thingies that always seemed to accompany the cartoon, and I became a fan of that Achenbach fellow as well.

So Joel, you can blame Thompson.

One of my favorite characteristics of Thompson's work is work is how the comedy is distributed throughout the strip. It isn't a "set-up and gag" sort of thing. It reminds me of Monty Python that way.

Another thing that I find interesting is his printing. (Isn't there some sort of technical term for this?) It is so eccentric that it makes everything even funnier.

And, let's face it, talking Guinea Pigs are just cool.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

k-guy - congrats to all!

Princeton! I've heard of that place.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to k-chick. She can rub shoulders with such notable alumni as Joel and Eliot Spitzer. Really, I'm happy for her.

We are still on pins and needles here. One school announces on March 15, another on March 29, and the last one "in early April." They really know how to torture teenagers.

And I have already begged my wife for permission to drag her to the HB,WJ show. I saw the film version too many years ago to remember.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Mudge,
The drugs Kristol is on aren't available to the public. One of the side effects is quoting dead kings in French. That's too dangerous to release to the public. L'etat c'est moi.


I have just bought tickets to the March 22 matinee of Happy Birthday Wanda June just in case anyone wants to freak my family out by recognizing me in public. I'm open to gag skit suggestions.

Richard Thompson is a genius. I have scanned and posted on the internet a few of his meta-comics before. So much for my reputation as a protector of intellectual property.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

In the spirit of self-congratulatory Wednesday, I am pleased at my perspicacity shown by my thorough enjoyment and public praise of Joel's bear story when it was published. I feel my good judgment has been validated by the Times editorial board. As this doesn't often happen I will savor it for the clear compliment that it is.

I'm afraid to post anything time-sensitive, given the current temporal dysfunction, but congratulations to kurosawachick on her imminent entry to Ivy halls. May she subdue and conquer the hapless denizens thereof.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Trying a different browser. My last comment posted at the correct time (too far up in the boodle).

It's 10:48 my time.

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

If you simply read the text of Spitzer's resignation, it sounds pretty good. Contrite, atonement, etc. But his manner is so strident and forceful and kind of -- zealous -- overconfident -- whatever, that watching that performance somehow generated almost none of the natural compassion that the words ought to have generated.

If that makes any sense.

Posted by: Achenbach | March 12, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Now that's just crazy. Safari comments go under the "correct" time; Firefox comments appear an hour later.

Reposting my "earlier" comment...

k-guy.. that's GREAT! I have a cousin who was an undergrad at Yale. My husband loves to ask him, "Is that the one in New Jersey?"

Give k-chick the collective Boodle High Five!

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. M and I had a discussion (imagine that) about copyright law yesterday.

Little Bean came home from school with an envelope full of photos of her cuteness -- not the official "school" photos, which we purchased, but from an unannounced sitting with some portrait company that we never authorized or even knew about. The kicker: on the envelope is a giant neon orange sticker that says if you open the envelope, you owe the company for the pictures -- whether you return them or not -- because they own the copyright and they assume my scanner works.

Needless to say, much umbrage ensued.

Mrs. M said we should just return them with a note saying we don't appreciate this kind of guano. I, on the other hand, said we should keep the photos, send a "thank you" note and an invoice for $5000, the fee our budding super model of a daughter would normally receive for a photo shoot.

Mrs. M thinks I'm nuts (not a far cry from the truth, considering I have papers to prove it), but I think I've got a valid case here. We were never asked if our daughter's photo could be taken -- during school hours, no less -- and never signed anything or otherwise agreed to pay for this package of photos.

She then mentioned that the portrait company might turn us over to a collections agency if we kept the pics without paying, to which I giggled hysterically, imagining an umbraged guy with a camera and a rakishly crooked beret standing in line behind all my other creditors who are slowly learning that you can't get blood from a turnip.

The pictures came out great, btw (from what we can see through the window on the envelope).

Posted by: martooni | March 12, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Ah, we already knew the K-gal was a smarty pants. How could she not be growing up in the K-household. Congrats all around K-guy. Sending imaginary flowers. Saving the imaginary Champagne for graduation.


I think more stuff was added at the top. or maybe this temporal thingie has addled my brain and I just don't remember it.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, *that* Richard Thompson.
http://www.richardthompson-music.com/default.asp

DC

Posted by: strum | March 12, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

*cue Twilight Zone music*

What is going on with the time stamps? My 9:53 was submitted at the real 9:53 and didn't post right away. I come back from a meeting, hit Refresh, and there it is at the top--before the comment I was responding to. I'd try to figure it all out, but would likely just become the source of a blond joke.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Bizarre WSJ opinion piece. It seems clear to me that the author overstates the influence of press coverage just a bit.

An argument might be made that years of compulsive paid sex could be indicative of something just a little more primal in Spitzer's psyche than a swelled head from reading his press clippings.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

These events are made the sweeter by a soupcon of the ol' shadenfreude. Yale was the only place that did not accept her as an undergraduate.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from the future! My last post seems to have come one hour ahead of the current time. Now all I have to do is figure out how to use this power for good. Or do some online stock deal or something. But for now let me just say that from my perspective the future is pretty much like the present.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, k-guy. Nice news on SCW. I know you and your wife are brimming with pride.

Sorry that I parroted your nutrino post of the other day, bc, and thanks for the F1 info.

Posted by: jack | March 12, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The Boodle time-warp is a result of my failure to claim FIRST at 10:39. Mea culpa.

A colleague's kid graduated from Princeton last year. Colleague was very impressed by the university. Kid evidently really wanted to go to Columbia. Go figure.

I recall visiting the lovely campus while in high school, but there would have been no chance whatever of being admitted.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, but the Spitzer story is hardly over. Who are the other nine Johns? Or are there more? How international were the operations? How many women were transported across state lines? Did Spitzer rack up $50,000 or was it $80,000 with the Emperor's Club?

From our own local press this morning:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/columnists/krodriguez/stories/MYSA031208.01B.krod.2f22.html

In late October, SAPD seized computers, ledgers and credit card information from two Northwest Side residences. Authorities described the homes as the business center of Executive Playmates, the largest prostitution ring in city history.

No one was charged. But law enforcement sources said index cards from the raid yielded information on some 2,000 customers.

So what's the latest on Executive Playmates?

SAPD forwarded the findings from its investigation to federal authorities last week.

"We are awaiting word from the U.S. attorney's office as to what charges they will go forward with and who will be charged," police Chief Bill McManus said in a statement Tuesday. ...

No one will say if the names of politicians or public officials appear on escort service index cards. After the October raid, McManus told the Express-News: "I suspect there will be some nervous people."

Those who know if any power brokers should be nervous aren't talking. And that's not like SAPD. The department springs all kinds of leaks at the first whiff of scandal. But not in this case, which makes you wonder. ...

The case against Spitzer continues to develop. But the big name and major details have been exposed. In San Antonio, names and details remain sealed. No telling what the feds will do. But the story of former Madam Theresa Brown is worth remembering.

Her infamous local list of clients was said to include prominent public officials. But under court order in 1985, it was destroyed.

LL: Talk about one-sided justice. Shoudn't johns be prosecuted, too, rather than face only public scorn and humiliation?

Posted by: Loomis | March 12, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

And congrats to the k-girl!

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Advanced my time one hour on my computer, just for fun.

Here's a laugh and a half: In Howie Kurtz's column he quotes Neo-con deep thinker Bill Kristol as suggesting a good running mate for John McCain would be (are you sitting down?)... Clarence Thomas. Uh huh. I'm fairly familiar with the range of pharmaceuticals and psychogenic drugs, but I have NO freaking idea what Kristol could be taking to come up with this doozy.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and major kudos to K-guy and his K-chick.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This is too hard. I'll have to return tonight and backboodle.

I'm putting Son of G to work this week cleaning out the pit we call a basement. That's what happens when you run out of money and can't go anywhere for Spring Break. Maybe he'll learn his lesson. Nah.

If I don't return, send someone wearing good shoes and possibly a facemask down to look for us.

*Taking deep breath.*

OK.. later!

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

OK - I think I've got it all figured out now. I was desperately trying to figure out what happened with Kurosawachick, wondering about Kristol's latest lunacy and generally terribly confused. But in this Achenblog I guess I will just have to content myself with the knowledge that it will all become clear by the last post. Whew.

Congratulations to Kurosawachick, very impressive. Ah, schadenfreude, can't deny that sometimes it just feels good.

Great article on the wine, Curmudgadoodle! I'm a sensitive taster. I think the budometer guy is on to something.

Spitzer's wife just broke my heart. I just don't think I could get up there and do that.

ttfn!

Posted by: Kim | March 12, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Halleluiah for me and my fellow grape nuts: we're not crazy after all! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/11/AR2008031100730.html?hpid=smartliving

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Would Clarence "Coke Can" be willing to resign from the Supremes to run for Veep? That would be sweet.

Posted by: crc | March 12, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Dang - I was really waxing poetic and my comment got eaten. Now you guys will never believe that I CAN wax poetic. Sigh.

The only thing I'll repeat is my congratulations to kurosawachick. Very impressive and there's nothing like a little schadenfreude every now and then.

Posted by: Kim | March 12, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Intriguing wine article there Mudge. Although the phrase, "getting your buds done" sounds vaguely Spitzerish.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Padouk, you haven't lived until you've had your buds done.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I will not be IGNORED.

I'm going to show up sooner or later. I wonder if Omni's right...could I curse or say something really outrageous? It's risky and I'm no Eliot Spitzer wantin' to push the edge.

Does anyone else think Geraldine Ferraro has completely lost her mind? I mean, that maroon Rush got fired from some football gig because he said something similar about Donovan McNabb a few years ago, didn't he? Am I remembering incorrectly? I cannot believe that these Democrats are allowing this campaign to descend to this level.

Posted by: Kim | March 12, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

There might be something to that "bud test." Number one recommended red:

Shiraz.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like Hal's timestamp is still programmed for DST in April. It is now, by my trusty Timex, 12:44 p.m.

Posted by: ebtnut | March 12, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Spitzer's press conference has just begun. And his wife is standing by him--looks like she hasn't slept in a week.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2005/04/12/VI2005041201139.html

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Now my posts are just bunching up together, not matter when I made them.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Over already; short and (not very) sweet. He resigned, effective Monday. Took no questions.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The test told me I'm a Tolerant taster. But apparently not as tolerant as RD, because they didn't recommend the Shiraz for me. Dang! I like Shiraz.

I assume Mudge that you're Sensitive? (And I mean that only in the wine-tasting sense.)

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm still looking for the taster link. Its time stamp madness time!!!!

You know, I'm going to take the position that the time stamp issue is a semi-annual 'feature' of the Acehnblog and therefore should be preserved as something that makes this porch unique. We should appalaud time stamp madness season, and celebrate it with gifts and consumption of tasty treats.

(Or is that sucking up too much to the timestamp-masters?)

Many felicitations, kguy and family.

Posted by: dr | March 12, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Spitzer should go to the hospital. Salmonella poisoning could be dangerous.
$80k on 'hos? She'll kill him when she feels better.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | March 12, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from the Future (a.k.a. 11.57am)!

Scott Feschuk blogs in Macleans on the salient topic of "Know Your Hookers."

http://forums.macleans.ca/advansis/?mod=for&act=dip&pid=110750&tid=110750&eid=13&so=1&ps=0&sb=1

Posted by: byoolin | March 12, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

CRAP!

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Raysmom, I fall into the "Sweet" category (white Zinfandel, sweeter Moscato wines from the USA and Italy, sweet Rieslings, Lambrusco, fruit-flavored wines). But I understand your confusion; dozens of women have found me both sweet and incredibly, incredibly sensitive. And several of them didn't even charge me the full $4,300.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

While I was checking out of the Waldorf Astoria back in October of 2001 (really good rates for some reason) my wife watched a woman in full Fredrick's of Hollywood regalia come out of the elevator, march across the lobby in FMPs, and dive into a taxi. I missed the whole thing. Someday I will forgive her for not tipping me off.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Something wrong, omni?

After all, Raysmom, the last ^&%$#^%$# test I took said I was a poodle. *sigh*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I am a hyper sensitive wine drinker, but wasn't thrilled with the choices. I drink mostly French, Italian and North American Pinot Grigio, Soave, Bordeaux's, Sauvignon Blanc, but my recommended list included sweet wines, lots of Chardonnays, sparkling wine (yuck), etc.

I would also like to express umbrage that Canadian wines were completely excluded.

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm tolerant. Which is exactly right. But I won't be drinking Gallo of Sonoma Merlot 1998 anytime soon.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:11 AM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Boko, what does your 1:37 post mean?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I spent ten minutes typing a post, choosing just the right wording, checking for typos, and rewording parts, hit submit and the blog monster ate it.

That's twice now today. The first one I completely forget the second is just, well I'm just a little aggrieved (is that the right word). And it's no longer timely. It was anyways a complaint again about the common ignorance over at celebritology. It's so annoying sometimes. And the general inability to do any research of any kind before asking a question. And the fact that there's never notice of a new blog item. So I don't even know if anyone got or read my last post there.

Maybe though it's not true ignorance, but just an attempt at snark, but to me it never works, it just sounds like childish ignorance. Which is so annoying.

For instance, byoolin is a regular over there and has snark down to a hard science and never has to feign ignorance to achieve it. He's won comment of the a couple times even.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:23 AM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

SCC: comment of the week...

sigh

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:25 AM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sweet, no surprise to me. Since I don't drink coffee, taking the survey was rather difficult.

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The Gene Pool has problems of its own.

Posted by: dbG | March 12, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Seems if I include my own time stamp I can post anything I want. I bet I could even curse if I wanted. Better not though. It might make it on, but would definitely get zapped in short order.

Oops, another SCC It's PM not AM

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:28 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

slyness,
I'm sure Spitzer has to be classier than that. "Bolero" for sure.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm tempted to boycott the WaPo blogs until they fix this annoying problem.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:33 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Tolerant taster. Most of the recommended wines were cabernets. When I have wine, I like the dry types.

Posted by: jack | March 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Be careful. There's an airplane near Washington.

Posted by: Boko999 | March 12, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm the Great Carnac answering slyness's post a good 50 minutes before she makes it.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The boss posted at 11:51 and Martooni, LindaLoo and Kim a little later. Man, it's confusing.
I'm sensitive bordering on tolerant. Like my coffee black and "strong as bull".

Posted by: shrieking denizen at approx. 12:41 | March 12, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

OK, I answered the oenological survey and got the results. Unfortunately they divided wine lovers into only four categories- tolerant, sensitive, hypersensitive, and sweet, while I am firmly in the "cheap" category and therefore not represented. The budometer says I'm hypersensitive which is weird because I mostly like Cabs and Shiraz. Perhaps the ones that don't have screw tops taste even better...

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I wasn't being ignored, my comments were just showing up before other comments that I had already read before I posted.

Really weird. I hope it will all be fixed by the time I check in later this afternoon. I'm easily confused and this has really done a number on me. Does anybody really know what time it is? **backing away to get ready for work, Chicago tune cootie in my head**

Posted by: Kim | March 12, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Front page alert. This is a timely reminder. I wonder what time it will post by?

Posted by: jack | March 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Actually Kim, I was ignoring you. But in my defense it wasn't on purpose. I did go back up to look for you so I hope we can be on good terms again. I have no idea who else I may ignoring. This sucks.

And I'm getting blocked again, dang.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 12:59 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The Gene Pool doesn't have this problem.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 01:02 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations SonofCarl. A decisive trial win is always nice. For the winning side.

According to the NYT article, I'd be a Tolerant palate, even though I'm not fond of too much tannin. I like dry over sweet, and some strong-flavored wines, including some, like pinotage and sicilian/greek wines, which come from them obscure furrin parts.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

My congratulations to SonofCarl are posted seven slots before his announcement.

The Boodle should collectively harness this temporal dislocation. We promise to use it only for good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Carl Hiaasen and Ron Jeremy share a birthday today. I'm sure it's just a coinkydink.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Boko, what does your 1:37 post mean?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 01:11 PM

I dunno. I haven't made it yet.

Posted by: Boko999 | March 12, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Washington, D.C.: I just read in the NY Post that Spitzer asked the Mayflower front desk for a classical CD before he went back up to his room. Rox, I double dare you to prank phone call them right now and ask the same thing..

Roxanne Roberts: "Ride of the Valkyries"?

I know, that's just too, too terrible. But it's funny!

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Um...okay. Let me know when you do get around to posting it, Boko.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. Which figures--I don't like unsweet ice tea as much as the regular kind.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 12, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

i like animals. they taste good.

Posted by: gary | March 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm...what'll be today governor?

Ravel's "Bolero"?
Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto"?

Nah, Saint Saens' "Organ Symphony!"

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Hooked on Classics", of course

Congrats all around: JA, K-Guy, jack's MIL.

Self-congrats: decisive win on the trial of last fall

Other congrats: my friend's tour in Afghanistan has ended and he will be home by the weekend (they do a "decompression" stop)

Posted by: SonofCarl | March 12, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faun"/Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun?

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 13:54 or thereabout | March 12, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

SCC faune in the first instance.

In Cyprus SoC?

Posted by: shrieking denizen ca. 13:56 | March 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How about "Pathetique," K-gyuy? Or the Eroica." "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"? "Ode to Joy"? "Sleeping Beauty"?

I don't suppose "The Magic Flute" would be in good taste. Or "The Nutcracker," for that matter.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Good news, SonofCarl! Can you tell us a little about the case?

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Checklist:
drain accounts
unplug phone
get plane ticket to mexico
tell wife about, ahem, events
withdraw name from race

whew, I think I'm covered

Posted by: Client ten | March 12, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dancing walrus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDg7kWgs5e0&eurl=http://neatorama.com/

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Did somebody say "Nutcracker"????????

http://www.hillarynutcracker.com/

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I guessed "Bolero" before the question was even asked. Check the timestamps if you don't believe me.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

That is good news about your friends SoC, and your case.

Miserere - would be a good choice for the Governor, lyrics here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miserere_(Allegri)

Bono & Pavarotti singing Miserere,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCIs3yG9DCs

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down"? Bach's "Air on a G-String"?

Boy, I never realized there was this much $lutty classical music.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone read "The Time Traveler's Wife?" I really enjoyed it. Worth a look.

This is Chicago singing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBuUUBrC9eQ

Posted by: Maggie O'D | March 12, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Rimsky-Korsakov's "Le Coq d'Or" seems appropriate for the $5500 experience, but Verde's "Requiem" fits the outcome.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Our ISPs may be putting their own correct or incorrect timestamps on the messages, which WaPo is picking up. It makes sense for it to ignore our own computer's timestamp.

Right now it's 12:36 PDT here, 3:36 EDT.

Posted by: LTL-CA | March 12, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

RD, did you see Mudge's video clip at the top of the boodle?

If I have this correct (in simpleton English). If children were measured according to age.

Homoscedasticity would exsist if there was a standard height difference i.e. 6 inches between each age group in accordance to the mean height of each age group.

I would like to state for the record my degree is in the Arts not Science :-)

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

testing

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I tell ya what: If I win tonight's $200 million Powerball, I'm keeping out $5,500 in cash, and the FBI can kiss my a$$.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Homepage proclaims a new kit "A Grizzly Ate My Blog!" but it appears to exist only on that parallel boodle which occurs in normal time while we're stuck here in the future. Whaaa?

Posted by: K:LOTD | March 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

We'll ask Mrs. Mudge what she thinks about that, Mudge.

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of non-starter love songs-

Tiny Tim singing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"

William Shatner singing "Rocketman"

Alanis Morrisette singing "You Oughta Know"

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

sshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what we're recommending tunes for (this timeshift thing kinda ruined my ability to follow conversation), but Jim M. and the Doors are currently screaming out "Road House Blues" in the garage.

(not personally, of course... they only play "live" shows here on Saturdays)

Dang... now it's John Cougar Mellonpants of recent Rock Hall Inductee fame singing the "yeah yeah yeah" song.

What the world needs now is some Ramones. If "I'm a Teenage Lobotomy" comes on, I'll be back in about a week and probably won't smell very nice (but I'm pretty sure I'll have a new tattoo).

Posted by: martooni | March 12, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Dancing walrus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDg7kWgs5e0&eurl=http://neatorama.com/

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 02:58 PM

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

We're trying to guess what CD Spitzer requested be sent up to the room. I think.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 03:00 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Another appropriate song for Spitzer:

Time to say goodbye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp0ccQVy1og&feature=related

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine every song in the world has at some time played in the background as some couple were doing it. So it's all slûtty realy.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 03:09 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine every song in the world has at some time played in the background as some couple were doing it. So it's all slûtty realy.

Posted by: omni | March 12, 2008 03:09 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess we can safely exclude Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing."

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The piece I'm editing at the moment is boring as all get-out, and then all of a sudden up popped the word "homoscedasticity" in it. Scared the crap out of me.

In case you're wondering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homoscedasticity (I had to look it up, too)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope the rest of the document is more exciting than the definition of homoscedasticity zzzzz :-)

Posted by: dmd | March 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

omni, I'm having a hard time picturing romantic endeavors with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" as background.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, this English major read the words but they didn't convey any meaning for me.

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Got a reply, but not gonna use it. Wouldn't be prudent. Nope.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, RD, that makes sense in some vague way. I'd never be able to reproduce the definition, my statistical work was confined to crosstabulations. We are simple in the fire service, very, very simple.

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The Mayflower CD was Beethoven's Emperor's Concerto.

Also known as Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 in E-flat Major, the composition is described by the musical cognoscenti:

"I have heard nothing except good comments concerning the Emperor Concerto, but the reviews point to little else than the unique structural departure from previous concerti and the moods of the movements as robust and calm. Beethoven's intention, I feel, was primarily to produce a point/counterpoint study of that remarkable melody created with a few notes in the upper range by the right hand. It appears approximately five minutes into the first movement and again ten minutes later. The robust themes preceding and following those appearances are in themselves a study in power; a series of rich chords expressing, in effect when held against the crystalline theme, the contrast between masculine and feminine.

The second movement thoroughly searches parameters, contemplating every aspect of the two extremely different themes, gradually and eventually deciding what to do with them.

The third and final movement picks up one theme and the other, mixes and matches, hybridizes, marries them, and creates a blend of the best of both themes. It ends with a feeling of fulfillment and majestic purpose never before or since achieved in a work designed for the piano. It may have all been a subliminal expression of Beethoven's concept of finding his ultimate soul mate.

Posted by: Loomis | March 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

My 4:17 was in reference to Raysmom's 4:15.

Me either, slyness.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I admit it. I have had prior exposure to the concept of homoscedasticity.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Serious violations in homoscedasticity result in underemphasizing the Pearson coefficient."

Why does that sound naughty to me?

Posted by: Raysmom | March 12, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, your 4:15 puts me in mind of many a sea wreck ballad that would not work for love-boating.

We gotta Sink the Bismark
John B's Sails
We're bound for South Australia
Van Dieman's Land

I like the theme of songs not to be naughty to. What about this one: From Men of La Mancha, "I did it my way."

Very solo song, doncha think? Imagine Robert Goulet sining this; or Frank Sinatra.

Posted by: College Parkian | March 12, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

That Wiki explanation of homoscedasticity is pretty lame. One simple way to look at it is in measurement. Let's say you measured the height of kids in a school as a function of age. Homoscedasticity would roughly exist if the standard deviation of heights was the same for each age, even as the mean height goes up with age.


Okay, my work here is done.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Kenny-G does it for my wife

Posted by: Don from I-270 | March 12, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Is it working yet?

Its obvious what he should have been playing. He should have been playing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMUXUQpPdaE

or even this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhcR1ZS2hVo

He might have taken some warning from those, but no he was probably playing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHj7xp4NXVU

Posted by: dr | March 12, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

If we expect to read the boodle proper sequence, we should include the time in our messages.

Right now it's 12.41 PDT = 15.40 EDT = 19.40 UTC/GMT.

Posted by: LTL-CA | March 12, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I posted twice, about 3 minutes apart. One appears 3.38 pm (EDT?), the other at 4.41.

It's now 19.44 UTC.

Posted by: LTL-CA | March 12, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

homoscedasticity -- the self-boinging motion that a cartoon character engages in when trying to skedaddle away from danger but seems stuck in the same place.

Homo (Lt.same)
sceda (Gr. for I'm outa here)
dasticity (falsely elastic)

Posted by: College Parkian | March 12, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ok... now that I understand we're suggesting tunes for Spitzer's love-den mix tapes...

"Centerfold" (J. Giles Band)
"Hot for Teacher" (Van Halen)
"Two Tickets to Paradise" (Eddie Money)
"Lola" (The Kinks)
"Some Girls" (Rolling Stones)
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (Meatloaf)

and last but not least, a tune by an aquaintance of mine...

"[I Wanna Eff You Like an] Animal" (Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails)

Posted by: martooni | March 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

RDP, you describe a parallelogram. Wiki says an oval. Which?

19.47 UTC

Posted by: LTL-CA | March 12, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The definitive rock music play list for Spritzer is here (h/t to Wonkette)

http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/music/spitzer-playlist/

My only comment is that it is missing "House of the Rising Sun", but I presume David Vitter has dibs on that.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

LTL-CA - True. In my example you would probably end up closer to a parallelogram. I was trying not to get too far into the weeds.

To get the classic oval you need to take into account the distribution of the X-axis variable.

Consider the ages in months of students in a middle-school with both prodigies as well as slower students. Because there will be fewer students who are at each end of the age scale, the plot of height -vs- age will look more like an oval or a cigar.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 12, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

No, guys, no. It has to be classical music. That's what he asked for.

If you wanna makes lists of *your* fav doing-the-deed ditties, that's something else.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I would hesitate to describe Dr. Kendall as "on the government dole" --as Joel quoted from his anonymous reader-- since she is a government employee. I suppose there are some government employees who are effectively on the dole, but most of them are in Congress. Three in particular are collecting a paycheck while spending their time running for president!

Full disclosure: my friend John Shier made a documentary about Kate Kendall's grizzly bear project a few years back. "Saving the Grizzly, One Hair at a Time." http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=1

Posted by: mrradcliff | March 12, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I assume On Parenting Topic of the day would be on how to discuss this revelation:

"Kiddies, Don't you Know Daddy Ended his Career with a Hoe-Down and that's why Mommy is Crying at the Big Bad Newspapermen on the Lawn and Sharpening her Knives for a little Daddy Operation"

Work on that a bit more, and you have an Urban-country song right there.

I scored as a sweet taster-- I don't drink coffee but I drink tea and I answered the question based on my favorite cups of tea.

I wouldn't try any of those wines on this list; the major thing the sweet-taste category has right that I don't tolerate the taste of booze or bitter.

Kosher wine is my idea of a tolerable sweet wine and that's around 50% wine and 50% concord grape juice. It would also make a good poodle dye, I suspect.

Posted by: Wilbrod | March 12, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

yello, that link you posted at 4:56 crashed my IE. Just warning people there may be a problem with it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is there an "On Parenting" link under the Spitzer stories?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 12, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

None of my comments are getting through. :(

Posted by: VintageLady | March 12, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The link worked fine for me under both Firefox and IE. Sorry.

I am off to Merry Old England for a week as soon as I clear the history files off my work computer. I may drop in and boodle if the weather is too dreadful to tourist.

And in Britain they don't DST, so no Achenblog time warp I hope.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 12, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

That one went through! I'll just say congrats to Joel for his well deserved recognition for the McCain & the Grizzlies article, it would have had a lot longer shelf life if it weren't for the Spritzer story.

Posted by: VintageLady | March 12, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, see my 05:22 PM comment for the answer to your question.

Posted by: Wilbrod | March 12, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Yello, Britain does have DST, but they don't start BST (British Summer Time) until the end of the month -- a week ahead of when we used to start.

Posted by: LTL-CA | March 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Warped. We are warped!

4:50 mountain time

Posted by: dr | March 12, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Self-congratulatory and hyper-sensitive taster. Pretty interesting quiz!

Posted by: dbG | March 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

These chronosynclastic infundibula are unnerving me. I feel like a hopper, no that's not it. A moving-back-and-forth person. Hmm. No, no. I'll get it... I feel like

Posted by: Jumper | March 12, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

You know, though I'd read Vonnegut, I'd never registered - much less heard defined - the phrase chronosynclastic infundibulum until I hung around the Boodle. Thanks for the reminder, Jumper!

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

*peeking out from the bunker*

Is it safe?

7:54 EDT

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 12, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Eeep! Wonder what would happen if I set my PC's clock to tomorrow...

Or put instant coffee in the microwave.

And Ms. Ferarro has met those nice young men in their clean white coats, methinks.

7:57 EDT

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 12, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

NO SINGING!!!! :-)

7:59 EDT

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 12, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

...singing...I feel like singing!

Posted by: jack | March 12, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Whoa. Killed the boodle. I'll refrain from singing.

Posted by: jack | March 12, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't the airplane.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 12, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow. My 7:39 (6:36 here) was posted after the immortal and anonymous "it wasn't the airplane", but wound up next to the post to which it referred. Perhaps these time jumps aren't so random. Perhaps we're dealing with some sort of intelligence here.

Wonder where this one will end up. If the timebot is intelligent perhaps it can be bribed. I wonder what it would like.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

And my "8:42" was posted immediately after the 7:39, at about 6:40 here.

I'd always heard time wasn't linear.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

You are welcome, Ivansmom.

A few boodles ago, I stated we ain't got no time machines. What a fool I was to say that, I see "now."

Posted by: Jumper | March 12, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It's daytime. Or maybe nighttime. But there's a homoscedastic infundibulum that may or may not be entirely chronosynclastic involved. Boko's elevator music is a macrocreative nonfundibulatoric retroscedasticism that, syncristically, dechronolates the system. More later.

Posted by: MedallionOfFerret | March 12, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Who feels like singing?

Posted by: TBG | March 12, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Not me!

How is the basement project coming along, TBG?

Posted by: slyness | March 12, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

http://wilstar.com/midi/doesanyoneknowtime.htm

Posted by: Boko999 | March 12, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

More employee buyouts for the Washington Post:

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/newspapers/weymouth_post_regrettably_forced_to_offer_more_buyouts_79707.asp

(My clock says 9:15.)

Posted by: pj | March 12, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick note about the timestamp problem.

Einstein proved that time - really, individual spacetime experience - is relative.

YMMV.
YTMV, too.

Still, they need to fix it.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 12, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The way posts are flying around in time I may be congratulating K-guy and his daughter before he posted this morning, or I may be very very late in my wishes. Whatever, great accomplishment for her and much to feel proud of for you and Mrs. K-guy.

Have enjoyed the musical suggestions and the time trials here today. Long day involving an unscheduled trip to the doc, (got some meds, am on the mend) and handling a one-woman office as other woman called in sick. Got back from dancing lessons a while ago and I'm beat. Olbermann mentioned the McCain-bear story tonight but there was, alas, no mention of Joel or credit of any kind on the origin of the story.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | March 12, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when the Boodle goes through a time warp. Makes me queasy. Congrats to those who deserve congrats (including Spitzer and Ferraro for resigning...Fallon, not so much, but hope the best for him). I need to weave the toe of my sock...and then knit another one.

Posted by: mostlylurking | March 12, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

MedallionOfFerret!

There you go again!

Posted by: nellie | March 12, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Am a bit disoriented from reading through the boodle time warp, and that after substitute teaching today. Congrats to k-chick, and very belated good wishes for Jack's MIL's continued good recovery.

Did anyone even notice Admiral Fallon's resignation?

Off to peruse Joel's linkiness a bit then it's time to sleep. Toodles boodle.

Posted by: frostbitten | March 12, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

And let me just note that I posted at 7:49 PDT, after frostbitten mentioned Fallon. Wonder where this will land?

Posted by: mostlylurking | March 12, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I no longer have time to go through comments so if someone else has noted this, I apologize.

I would note one thing about Joel's excellent "grizzly" article that he did not mention; how unbelievably disingenuous it is to cavel about spending $3 million (ok, I'll give McCain $5 million) on a (possibly) formerly endangered species when we are bleeding $12 billion monthly to find an exit strategy in Iraq. Good god, the stories of money going to Iraqis that have fallen through the hole to arm folks not in our camp dwarfs this. Go tell it on the mountain, indeed.

I respect McCain the person and like his persona. I begin to wonder, however, if his ties to Bush have allowed the Rove slime approach to prevail.

Posted by: bill everything | March 13, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey ego..I mean...boodle...maniacs,

Station break:
I'm a juror on a rape trial and you know what? It su@ks. But I am doing my civic duty and hope we twelve make the right decision. I'll let you know.

Carry on.

Posted by: eidrib | March 13, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I went to Bartleby.com when it dawned on me that I botched "cavil" in my previous post. The word of the day there is "phlogiston" which means:

"A hypothetical substance formerly thought to be a volatile constituent of all combustible substances, released as flame in combustion."

As an Indiana University grad, in other words, Bob Knight.

Posted by: bill everything | March 13, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the mention! I don't comment much, but I'm a faithful reader.

Posted by: Kat with a K | March 13, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Dave-of-C: Yup, it's a good piece. Makes me kinda like & respect the man. (Oh wait. I actually already did so.) Of course, only the loudest, least rational folks will get the last word.

Posted by: Bob S. | March 13, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Of course, my prescient comment at: [Posted by: Bob S. | March 13, 2008 01:15 AM] refers to Dave of the Coonties' remark at:
[Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 13, 2008 01:49 AM] which consisted of: "Looks like David Ignatius has the last word on Adm. Fallon." and referred to this particular Ignatius story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031203395.html?hpid=opinionsbox1


Posted by: Bob S. | March 13, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Looks like David Ignatius has the last word on Adm. Fallon.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 13, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you gotta wonder if they get surprised every morning when the sun rises, Bob S.


Posted by: Wilbrod | March 13, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

bill everything - I cringed a bit (but bit my lip and withstood the pain with resolute stoicism) when I saw your "cavil"-botching earlier. I'm pleased that you saw fit to do the correction.

Last night I was dragged (against my better judgment and despite my explicitly stated objections) into a discussion/debate of the "evolution - vs - intelligent design" type. At some point I became unable to tolerate the tortuous use/misuse of certain words and terms and concepts. It probably won't amaze you that "theory" was one of them. I was (not at all to my surprise) accused of sophistry when I suggested that neo-Darwinist evolutionary theory draws a fairly clear arrow between the data which support it and the possible future outcomes which it predicts, in a way that intelligent design theories don't even attempt.

Ultimately, I punted the football. I said something to the effect of, "Look, if you think that the facts of the past are unknowable, and can't be used to create reliable predictions of the future, then that's fine with me. Just please don't get in my way while I try to figure it out!"

Posted by: Bob S. | March 13, 2008 3:04 AM | Report abuse

*wondering if I'll show up before Cassandra asks about me* :-)

CONGRATS K-chick!!!! *wild applause and confetti* k-guy, how does she feel about all these imaginary kudos?

*almost-through-a-particularly-hectic-and-harried-week Grover waves*

5:17 EDT :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 13, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Morning, morning, friends. What a crazy boodle to read. It made my head hurt. The time warp thing. The kit was good, JA. I forget the critics sometimes.

I've been busy and had to go back and read the comments. My dad is not feeling well. I've been trying to keep check on him, and do what I do.

Of course, the boodle does operate fine without my input. And there has been so much talk of Spitzer and his troubles on television and everywhere. We even touched on it in Bible study. Most people talk about it while smiling. I guess it's probably the subject matter. You think?

My dad even commented on how the wife looked standing beside the man. He wondered why did she do it. Only the wife can really answer that question, the rest is guess.

Martooni, glad to see your posts, Slyness, Mudge, and all good morning to you.*waving* Where are you, Scotty?

We have a lot going on here with our local school board. They've made some changes, really radical changes, and it is not going over very well with the community. There have been quite a few letters written to the local paper about these changes. With gas prices impacting everything, people are really getting ill and angry. And this will also weigh heavily on the changes. When it comes to children and any changes in the schools, parents can be really hard to deal with. I hope we can work it out as a community, and people don't start drawing lines in the sand.

Have a good day, folks. All the talk of wine, dogs, Spitzer makes a very weird conversation, but that's the boodle.

The weather here is just beautiful. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. And most of my neighbors are getting their little spaces ready for planting. I have not done one thing. I'm always so late and short.

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: cassandra s | March 13, 2008 6:10 AM | Report abuse

According to my clock it is 5:16 AM. My post is an hour late.

Posted by: cassandra s | March 13, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

The monster ate my comment.

Congrats, k-guy, and the rest. I can't remember the names, please don't hold it against me.

I see you, Scotty.

Posted by: cassandra s | March 13, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Tried several times yesterday to say WooWho to K-guy about K-dot. She can imagine low cost, environmentally benign renovation ideas for my 50s sun porch any time. For free! As in I won't charge her.

Posted by: College Parkian | March 13, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra. Good morning, Boodle.

I hope Joel will give us a new kit today, that will solve the time issues.

Two young men have been arrested in the death of Eve Carson, the UNC student president murdered last week. Thank God for good police work. One is 17, the other is 21. Three lives completely destroyed, for no good reason.

I chatted with my younger dottir last night and learned that she plans to come home this evening and bring the new boyfriend. So I have much to do today.

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

This getting up in the semi-darkness is not fun. I did however, notice a beautiful pink and blue banded sky this morning before sunrise. I am giving myself points for being aware enough to notice anything before 7 am. Have a good day everyone, sliding down to Friday!

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | March 13, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I saw that too, Slyness. And you are so right. Three lives totally wasted. That's what I talk about on the radio, young people killing young people. If we could just get these guns out of young peoples' hands. Sunday school is just as important as the other one.

It's suppose to be in the seventies today here. Spring must be around the corner.

Posted by: cassandra s | March 13, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
re. Fallon, Arkin had a couple of good points about his resignation in his blog, yesterday's post I think.

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 08:05 EDST | March 13, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Pi Day shall be observed in boodleland on March 14 (3/14). Celebrations can begin at approximately 1:59 p.m. EST as a further reminder of pi's approximate value, 3.14159......and so on and so forth forever and ever without amen.....

You may enjoy this musical romp through Pi-ness
http://pi.ytmnd.com/

----
Our Pi Contest is wordful and flourless. Please post an entry of 250 words or less telling us about a Significant Pi(e) moment in your life. Use words to create the taste, look, and feel of pie satiation. Categories include:


*Best purchased pie for pie eating (no packaged goods, as in Sara Lee or Mrs. Smith's faux-fixes do not count.);

*Most unusual pie ingredients, like the Vinegar Chocolate Moon Pie of last years;

*Worst pie ever A: savory pie; B: sweet pie (No mud and daisy petal pie from your childhood allowed)

*Most nostalgic pie (this would be your great Aunt Edna's splendid repast);

*WILD CARD: tarts, pasties, and other pie-like creations (Last year's claufouti-or something spelled similar was a runaway hit).


RULES:
Guidelines: YOU MUST HAVE TASTED the pie in the story at that time.

Geography Bonus Extra Credit Options (2)

1) 1000 points for anyone who ate pie in Pietown, NM; and
2) 500 points for mention of other geographical pie-ish locales, say, perhaps Blackberry Corners, ANYSTATE or ANYPROVINCE.

---
Finally, if someone will make a Survey Monkey page for us, we can vote in some fashion. Otherwise, I research the option to crown the pie-peeps with my own preferences intact, on the day after. I shall be boodle-pi-ruler for a day, then. Wow. Such power. Pray I be just.


Posted by: College Parkian | March 13, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I RESERVE the right to be Pi-King (Queen) makers. Off to a busy day of entropy and population genetics; and to make a pie of some sort for breakfast on Friday.

I will be understanding about the time-stamp problem.

Posted by: College Parkian | March 13, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

bc, Mr. T is close to ecstasy that the ACC tournament is in Charlotte this year. In fact, at work he is less than three blocks from the arena. He told me last night he was very tempted to purchase a pair of tickets in a good place, via the Internet. But since they were $4600 and he didn't know if I'd go in with him, he passed.

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
re. Fallon, Arkin had a couple of good points about his resignation in his blog, yesterday's post I think.

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 08:05 EDST | March 13, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"The Rite of Spring" - Igor Stravinsky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-rqOJDo0-8

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Here's what I don't get. All the ink and air time devoted to Eliot Spitzer, yet just a peep out of the press--except the Detroit Free Press--about the sexual goings-on of Detroit's mayor Kwame Kirpatrick. Why?

Why do some politicians get to keep their jobs when found complicit in sexual imbroglios while others are forced to resign? What about Louisiana's junior senator and Republican David Vitter, also involved with call girls? What about the mayor of Los Angeles Tony Villaraigosa and his affair with his Telemundo reporter girlfriend? Why do some politicans get passes, while others don't--some of those passes by papers that cover stories of national interest?

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080312/COL27/803120436

The mayor said nothing about the biggest challenge facing him -- how Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy might charge him with a crime in coming days for having lied on the witness stand about an affair with Chief of Staff Christine Beatty during a whistle-blower lawsuit by two former Detroit cops last summer.

A Free Press story in January revealed how intimate text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty indicated they had failed to tell the truth under oath.

The mayor focused instead, as he put it, on how Detroiters must rise up to stop the ugliness he says he has experienced and allow him to get busy transforming the city.

Kilpatrick went on: "And it's seriously time. We've never been here before, and I don't care if they cut the TV off, we've never been in a situation like this before where you can say anything, do anything, have no facts, no research, no nothing and you can launch a hate-driven, bigoted assault on a family."

The mayor didn't get specific, but he almost certainly was referring to the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the long-rumored-but-never-proven Manoogian Mansion party, and the ongoing civil case in federal court that is generating speculation that a Detroit stripper was killed in a drive-by shooting because of her connections to that soiree and Kilpatrick himself.

Posted by: Loomis | March 13, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

$12 million monthly looking for an exit strategy. I thought we were looking for WMDs.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Has time resumed its linear flow? Has the WaPo discovered yet that Daylight Savings Time began last weekend? According to my clock, the time is now... 8:27

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

CP, is there a jury selection for the pi day?

Posted by: daiwanlan | March 13, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I am sure most of you have seen this but I noticed it this morning - Kristen.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/13/nyregion/12cnd-kristen.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: dmd | March 13, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

As far as the timestamp thing goes, it's clear to me that there are multiple app servers posting entries to the database. And that some of those servers have the correct time, some don't. It's just the luck of the draw on which one you hit when you connect to the service.

Same problem we have twice a year...

We could have called yesterday "Resignation Day," couldn't we?

Interestingly, Spitzer's resignation came awfully early, which a friend suggested may be due to specifics of the tapped conversation.

Frankly, I just don't want to know.

Can't wait to sink my teeth into Pi day, but I have work to do first. [Trying to ignore the siren call of the first day of the ACC Men's basketball tournament and the sports bar that's across the street from my office]

bc

Posted by: bc | March 13, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

My response to bc posted at the correct time, above. This is getting to be seriously annoying.

Further thought: $4600 for basketball tickets makes a whole bunch more sense than what Eliot Spitzer paid for the service he got.

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' bc a mast and some rope in case he has to deal with any siren calls today*

:-)

8:47 EDT

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 13, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Lost another effing post. I swear if this keeps up I will start posting frakking curses.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I see gold hit a grand an ounce. Time to start taking a fresh look at Grandpa's back teeth.

And oil is up again as well. I feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, $3.50 per gallon gas puts some serious financial strain on many people and will trickle into the economy as a whole through higher transportation costs. On the other hand, lower oil consumption is good for the planet and, long term, the economy.

And, of course, several years ago I bought an energy sector mutual fund.

I feel so dirty.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 13, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

This blog isn't working right. I keep getting submission errors.

My previous post double-posted at both 08:06 and 09:06.

Omni, the outlay for the Iraq conflict is 12 billions, not millions, a month.
As they say in the Pentagon, 12 billions here, 12 billions there pretty soon you are talking about real money...

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 09:08 EDST | March 13, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

No, we're still posting through one of the Standard-Hour-in-the-Future Time Tunnel servers.

Geez, if I only had a DeLorean that could go 88 mph I could fix this thing without needing Admin access to the - well, you can figure the acronym for yourselves - servers.

bc

Note: had to repost this due to "submission errors."

Posted by: bc | March 13, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Morning boodle! It did not drop below freezing last night so we have bare patches of ground under trees and on south facing slopes. Looks like "break up" is nearly upon is. We'll know for sure when MNDOT posts weight restriction signs and the loggers have to get off the roads.

Busy day ahead and the time distortions are making it almost impossible to work and boodle at the same time. Typically I would just give up on work, but this is a bad day for that.

Thanks to those who posted leads on Fallon resignation commentary. I don't know him well, but met him a couple of times. Mr. F has had professional contact and didn't see him as quite so stereotypically "captain of the ship" in attitude as Ignatius portrayed. On a limb here, but I think if McCain is elected CENTCOM command is going to make DC Public Schools leadership of the last 15 years look like stability. Why would anyone want a job that will just end an otherwise stellar career and perhaps smear an untarnished reputation? Either that or we'd end up hightailing it out of Iraq faster than you can drop a helicopter off a carrier. (Come to think of it, I think this is my prediction no matter who is elected.)

It is 9:22 EDT.

Posted by: frostbitten | March 13, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

With the Republicans, the scandals are always about money. With the Democrats, it's always about sex. Thanks to Sen. Larry Craig for breaking the cycle. Then there's the current crop of candidates. Both HRC and BO have been accused of questionable financial dealings, while Johnny Mac got too chummy with a female lobbyist. Perhaps we are witnessing a true political scandal paradigm shift.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 13, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Kilpatrick, not Kirpatrick as I typed it. Up early this morning, ferrying my husband through the dark and commuter traffic to the airport, for what I hope is his last trip to Philadelphia--ever.

Bad element gone here. The anthropoloigy professor accused of sexual harassment here at UTSA and at his former post in Georgia, turned in his resignation Monday, according to this morning's paper.

Posted by: Loomis | March 13, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Another effing eaten post.

French Connection United Kingdom already!!!!

Four FCUKing days already. As you can see I AM GETTING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE.

Though I still haven't figured out how to do <it>Italics</it>, I have figured out to bypass the dirty wird filter. So get with it WaPo.com.


So did you all know there is a Paula Abdul look alike in Bulgaria jugding on their version of 'American Idol' called 'Music Idol'? Also has anyone heard Mariah Carey's cover of 'Ken Lee'?

Mo will love this. Or maybe hate it. I'm sure you will get a big kick. Just too funny.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I had a post eaten up last night. So...

Thanks, frosti, for the good wishes. My MIL is able to do almost everything she needs to do about the house, with assistance at this point, excepting getting in and out of their Explorer. The vehicle sits up high enough to be beyond her limits of flexibility. She's still due home on 17 March.

Posted by: jack | March 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI&feature=bz301

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

9.26 EDT...

Posted by: jack | March 13, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Yes, heard about Fallon's firing. Too bad he won't tell the public what he really thinks, though.

And have you seen the story about the GOP treasurer bilking his clients? Wow. (I'm just lovin' it, schadenfraudently speaking.) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031204051.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2008031204209

And finally somebody has figured out that math education is broken. No kidding? How long has that been going on? Gee, I'm amazed at how quickly the education community catches up with 40-year-old problems.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

tulibu dibu douchoo

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

tulibu dibu douchoo

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Is it safe?

Posted by: Kim | March 13, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

So with the price of gold so high,I guess that makes what is in Chad Johnson's mouth worth even more then what comes out of his mouth...which in my opinion is worth about less then two cents.

Of course I am off in my own little tangent world again.

10:35 here is west by god

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 13, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I think omni finally lost it.

Loomis, as I have said earlier we somehow get our major US network cable feed from Detroit stations. Let me tell you that Kwame doesn't get a pass from the media. Some days, when the text messagings were made public, it was all Kwame all the time.

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 09:37 EDT | March 13, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

omni, that's hilarious.

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

omni, that's hilarious!

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Okay, this is getting beyond annoying, all the way to cussing ridiculous. First I get a window saying I have to login to post, so I do, three times. Then I get a submission error, so I preview, then hit the post button. THEN I see that I have a double post!

Posted by: slyness | March 13, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

omni, that was wonderful. But I think you may be doing the Boodle a dis-service by only posting that one lyric. I think the Boodle needs to see/read the entire song, so we can all sing along. So here it is (I have tears welling up in my eyes), the song "Ken Lee," in all its Harry Nilsson majesty:

Ken Lee

No one ken to ken to sivmen
Nor yon clees toju malivah
When I gez aju zavateh na nalechoo more
New yonooz tonigh molinigh
Yon sorra shoo
Yes, ee shoo, ooo
Ken leee
Tulibu dibu douchoo!
Ken leee meju more!
Ken leee!
Tulibu dibu douchoo!
Ken lee!
Ken leee meju more!

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I'm strong enough to get therough the day with the time warp and a this tune cootie going through my head. I'm feeling weak. Maybe coffee will fix it.

Its occuring to me that somewhere between eastern time and Mountain time, is Saskatchewan time, which never changes (go Saskatchewan time). Does Wapo's server live in Saskatchewan or is it just visiting? Or did it come from Saskatchewan and it's just cranky at the whole DST fiasco?

8:55 MT

Posted by: dr | March 13, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

sorry Mudge but I am a very aggrieved boodler this AM!

From this:

No I can't forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows

No I can't forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrow
When I had you there
But then I let you go
And now it's only fair
That I should let you know
What you should know

I can't live
If living is without you
I can't live
I can't give anymore
I can't live
If living is without you
I can't give
I can't give anymore

Well I can't forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows

I can't live
If living is without you
I can't live
I can't give anymore
I can't live
If living is without you
I can't give
I can't give anymore

To YouTube via Bulgarian Music Idol. I've listened to it 7 times already. I may have to favorite it. Ha, I verbed favorite.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

sorry Mudge but I am a very aggrieved boodler this AM!

From this:

No I can't forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows

No I can't forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrow
When I had you there
But then I let you go
And now it's only fair
That I should let you know
What you should know

I can't live
If living is without you
I can't live
I can't give anymore
I can't live
If living is without you
I can't give
I can't give anymore

Well I can't forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows

I can't live
If living is without you
I can't live
I can't give anymore
I can't live
If living is without you
I can't give
I can't give anymore

To YouTube via Bulgarian Music Idol. I've listened to it 7 times already. I may have to favorite it. Ha, I verbed favorite.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Who needs a Delorean, bc, when you can do this?

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 13, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

bc... your explanation of the time warp would make more sense if one time were DST and the other EST, but the false time is one hour AHEAD and EST would be an hour behind (like the hard-to-reach clock on my wall still shows).

I will be sure to Command-C this post so's I can Command-V it when it's been rejected.

Son of G is taking the second load of junk to the Solid Waste Management Complex right now. Mostly old computers and computer parts that must be disposed of properly.

On one hand, it's kind of sad to see that the Little Boy Who Tinkered is growing up, but on the other hand... it's out of my friggin' house! Woo hoo!

10:04 a.m.

Posted by: TBG | March 13, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

RD said: And why is gold valuable? Because people buy it.

Do you see a pattern here?
1995-1999: Stocks
2003-2006: Real Estate
2007-?: Gold

Posted by: Raysmom | March 13, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

CP, thanks for the heads up re: Pi Day contest tomorrow, it will be my first.

Now, I see that legally I could go to our wonderful downtown Vienna Pie Gormet Shop for my pie as long as I ate and described it online. Believe me, all of the pies there are tasty, especially the fruit pies. But, I think I will, instead, submit one from our family recipe book, or maybe one my mother used to make while we children watched with excitement and anticipation.

Pasties my favorites from Torbay, hope someone can put something up on them. They also sell them at The British Pantry, but they are just not quite the thing, being frozen and all. Until tomorrow, then.

It's 11:08 am

Posted by: VintageLady | March 13, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

RD, I just responded to your 11:23 (which I assume was posted at 10:23). It disappeared. I assume we'll see it around 12:05 or so.

It is now 11:08. My head hurts.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 13, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Did Joel forget that today (Thursday) is self-denial day?

Posted by: VintageLady | March 13, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm done. If this goes through it is after 3 attempts at a math instruction post with mad links. I'll be back when I hear the rumor the time distortion is worked out.

grrrrruuuummmbllle.

9:13 EDT

Posted by: frostbitten | March 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

eidrib, re your 12:16

been there, done that, and was the jury forman, no less. We wound up hung, no less. Nobody doubted the truth of what all the witnesses said, nor what actually happened.

The problem was that the idiot DA failed to make his case properly. He was just too sloppy. So, unless you have a unanimous decision, the person (I won't say "guy" to be pc) walks.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | March 13, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, clearly there are two clocks being used. One post this morning went real time, one went an hour ahead. It is now 10:15. Let's find out.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 13, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yep RD Padouk, more than a thousand an ounce of gold. That makes it about about $100 a gram, ouch. I'm sure there are people looking at old tailing piles with concupiscent eyes.
Mind you it's as much a reflexion of the weakness of the dollar (less than 100 yen, about 0.64 euro) as the strength of gold demand on the market.
In my brief foray in the gold extraction world (summer of '85) the company I was working fo was making money hand over fist with gold around $350. They must be lighting cigars with $100 dollar bills now.

Posted by: shrieking denizen at 10:10 EDST | March 13, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

SD - yeah, just like oil. Anything priced in dollars is going up. I remember back in the late 1970s there was this huge run up in gold for similar reasons. Also, it seems as if whenever the world situation gets dicey people buy gold.

And why is gold valuable? Because people buy it. Kinda silly when you get right down to it.

Posted by: RD Padouk | March 13, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm still struck by this quote from the guy who didn't like the grizzly article: '... although we did get the ridiculous quotation from Ms. Kendall that she was a "Cheerleader Turn[ed] Bear Biologist." '

What exactly is the problem here? Is it ridiculous because she should be an inhuman science machine? Is it ridiculous because it's obvious that no cheerleader could become a serious grown-up? Is it ridiculous because it shows that she should not have become a scientist? I see nothing ridiculous in acknowledging the complexity of human life that allows a person to go from an activity that is stereotyped as shallow and trivial, to a profession that requires a person to face the daily possibility of being killed and eaten by one's study subjects. The only thing ridiculous is that this fellow thinks that this is somehow a telling commentary upon either the article or Kate Kendall.

I had to work really hard to force myself to use the neutral term "fellow."

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to remember the name of the movie that featured that fine Harry Nilsson song. I believe I have the soundtrack album. A soft-rock vampire love story, if I recall correctly.

Ah, yes. IMDB tells me it was "Son of Dracula" (1974). I didn't see any mention of this fine work on Nilsson's Wikipedia page. Perhaps he was not proud of this work?

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, my post at 11:26 was given a time stamp of... 11:26. 4 posts earlier than the last one when I posted. I wonder where this one will go. For about a half-hour, I was unable to post anything due to repeated false claims by those lying WaPo servers, claiming that I had entered neither a name nor a comment. I feel hurt by these slanderous accusations.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking of adding it to the wiki entry on the song.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Without_You

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I tried to edit Wiki, but I am apparently blocked. The message I get leads me to believe someone at my company has made malicious edits in the past and so now our server IP address is on auto block. Anyway, if someone else wants to give it a try this is what I wanted to put after the See Also section:


==Love it or Hate it==

Bulgarian TV 'Music Idol'

This is just too funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI&feature=bz301

Ken Lee

No one ken to ken to sivmen
Nor yon clees toju malivah
When I gez aju zavateh na nalechoo more
New yonooz tonigh molinigh
Yon sorra shoo
Yes, ee shoo, ooo
Ken leee
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Ken leee meju more!
Ken leee!
Tulibu dibu douchoo!
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Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Tim, the answer is that morons like that guy don't understand the nature of a feature story, especially one with traces of humor in it. So when they want to criticize a story, they use some aspect of its "light" feature-y nature to do so. That way, they become (a) arbiters of "facts" and "truth," as well as (b) critics of anyone who isn't (like them) deadly serious.

There isn't a feature article (much less a humor piece) anywhere in the world that can't be criticized by some serious-minded a$$hat because it doesn't meet "his" criteria of seriousness. Which, of course, Joel fails to do about 99% of the time, magnificently so. It comes with the territory, alas.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

TBG, the hour-ahead issue typically stems from the fact that someone somewhere is making the changes manually, rather than using an automated system/script that references standard Internet atomic clock services such as the one from the National Observatory.

It's entirely possible (in fact, likely), that the Blogging/Comments system is hosted in a facility that's not in the EST timezone, and a tech/admin set a server to their local time, or guessed wrong about what EST is in relation to their local time.

Again, a weakness of manual processes. I believe that the amount of time and effort to write and implement a script to periodically check and deploy the correct time to the servers is probably far, far less than the amount of time and effort they've spent chasing this stuff down over the past three years.

Whoops, I let the IT manager in me slip out, apologies.

I'd add that it's amazing that the reader who criticizes Joel's piece and Ms. Kendall does not recognize the fact that she brings enthusiasm and passion to her work. How *great* is it that she can bring that to her Government service, to the benefit of our Nation's natural resources, and ultimately to we taxpayers and our children. Also - the $5M budget would pay for less than 15 minutes of the War on Terror ar our current run rate.

Just a thought.

bc

bc

Posted by: bc | March 13, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey, looks like the Severe Temporal Disorientations have cleared up.

Fantabulous.
No one's going to miss their STDs, are they?

bc

Posted by: bc | March 13, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This definitely falls into the category of you learn something everyday.

Dyngus Day - who knew!

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Posted by: dmd | March 13, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Do it, omni! Do it! (You can append my lyrics, too, if you want.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Has the time been corrected? 11:38 EDST

Posted by: dmd | March 13, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Nope, not safe.

Omni, Mudge- too funny! Even though this is probably going to show up posted before what I found funny.

Backing away again, this time with a Without You tune cootie in my head. It was my absolute favorite song in my teenybopper years. I had it on a 45 and I left the arm up and it would just play over and over...

Oh, sorry, I was in the middle of backing away from the boodle.

10:38 EDT

Posted by: Kim | March 13, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Approaching normality.

Posted by: Heart of Gold | March 13, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I seem to be on time. Page up to read my 11:32


Posted by: omni | March 14, 2008 11:41 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 13, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I seem to be on time. Page up to read my 11:32


Posted by: omni | March 14, 2008 11:41 PM | ignore the next line please | | | | | | | | | March 13, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

SCC: March 13.

Do not panic. I am not posting from 24 hours ahead.

Just anticipating pi day.

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if spacetime has been fixed on the servers yet, but we have another problem:

Ever since Joel proclaimed that today would be Self-Abnegation Thursday, I can't stop thinking, "What good does that do for me?"

Posted by: byoolin | March 13, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Bill Maher has it about right: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/spitzers-trysts-stop-ov_b_91141.html

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Whew. And I thought today was "Self-Abrogation Day." I'm glad I read back a bit. That would've played out weird.

Posted by: CowTown | March 13, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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[_] Mail order
[_] Discount store
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[_] Aircraft carrier
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Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Um. That was pretty long.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 13, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Tim, but pretty funny too. Speaking of time warps, sometimes I can get lost in old email archives. It feels like going back in time.

Posted by: TBG | March 13, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

You might want to change the date of purchase to "2___" rather than "19___."

Just a thought.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 13, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Tim, the 12:16 was great. I just forwarded it to about a dozen people I know in the mil/industrial complex.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

HA HA HA HA!

"Heard loud noise, looked up"

That was great, Tim.

Posted by: CowTown | March 13, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

CP... during our basement cleanup (finished! YAY!) I came across a Mac keyboard I am saving for you.

If you are attending the March 19 kbertocci Comes to Washington BPH I will bring it for you if you so wish.

Posted by: TBG | March 13, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Tim. Anyone notice that it took two years to figure out that math ed needs tweaking?

Posted by: jack | March 13, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Jack, as far as I'm concerned it has taken them 40 years to figure it out.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 13, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah? Like education needs reforming???
*tongue-in-cheek, as it is self abnegating Thursday*

Posted by: jack | March 13, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

That was great Tim, I will be laughing all the way to work.......Thanks

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 13, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"
$12 million monthly looking for an exit strategy. I thought we were looking for WMDs."

Posted by: omni | March 13, 2008 09:21 AM
(maybe!)

Then Shriek noted it's 12 billion monthly. Now, I swore off arithmetic a long time ago, but that is $12e9 to me, and there are only 300e6 persons (12e6 illegal immigrants included?) in the U.S. 12/300 is 4/100, and e9/e6 is e3. So, every man, woman, and child resident of the U.S. is spending $40/month on the Iraq occupation. Not bad salesmanship, Mr. Arbusto! Even P.T. would be in awe of your accomplishment!

Hey, as long as I'm mathematizing, that's $480/year per resident. Some taxpayers will be getting a whole $300 rebate this year to aid in ending current economic problems. Isn't there a more impactive way readily available?

SciTim, I note that there is strong evidence that former cheerleaders can turn into far more malevolent beings than a bear scientist on $3e6 budget.

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Report in the St. Petersburg Times.
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