Thursday, September 15, 2005

The anablog

In the next few days I'll be blogging from my moleskine in Val David. Every year I end up spending a weekend at this hostel. It's just so darn relaxing and laid-back (and oh-so cheap). We decided not to care about gas prices.

September was never considered a month of leisure, but I find that taking a mini-break out of town when everyone is intensely in work-mode is doubly satisfying.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Caspian study


Sketch was made yesterday on kitchen table while dinner was cooking itself on stove. This is a nonexistant scenery. Jeff decided it should be a town in the Caspian Sea Region, and added the people and the caption.

I share this commentary by Bill Maher with you

Sent in by a friend:

"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend -- you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans [plus the entire federal treasury -ef]. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.

"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.' "

-- Bill Maher

Libraries are cool, damn it.

The article begins: "From now on, whatever you check out of the Seattle Central Library will play in color-coded streams across six big plasma screens on the library's fifth floor". Read more about the new art installation at the Seattle Public Library, an information visualization initiative. Only the Dutch could ever think of that.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Today in a nutshell.

Our current moment in history includes kooky stuff:

-riots in Belfast
-blackout in Los Angeles
-publication of evidence that one of the New Orleans levees may have been blown up with high-tech underwater explosives
-the actual resignation of someone in the Bush administration, FEMA guy Mike Brown
-the ongoing total evacuation of New Orleans and occupation of the city by a mercenary army
-a massive battle in a place called Tal Afar in Iraq
-what did I forget?

This news report sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel.

Monday, September 12, 2005

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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