Friday, June 29, 2007

Don't hurt yourself

I'm trying to think, but it's hard!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Campfire - Long Exposure


(Taken 6.23.07. Thanks to J$$$ for letting me try out the tripod.)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Things we can do without a baby

I'm thinking we can go gambling, drinking, to strip clubs and vote.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Trapped in the Drive-Thru

If you know R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet, you'll get a kick out of this:



Now, I'm not an R. Kelly fan, specifically, but Trapped in the Closet is a wildly interesting experiment, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. Strangely reminiscent of Dickens's serialized novels, and at least as entertaining (search YouTube for "Trapped in the Closet", and you should be able to watch most/all of it, if you so desire).

With that, I'm off for the weekend, going camping. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What the French, Toast?!



If you didn't catch everything said, here's the gist of a transcript from SplendAd.com:

Wife bursts into an office holding a box.

Wife: You son of a biscuit-eating bulldog.
Husband: What the French, toast?
Wife: Did you think I wouldn't find out about your little doodoo head cootie queen?
Mistress: Who are you calling a cootie queen, you lint-licker?
Wife: Pickle you, kumquat!
Husband: You're overreacting.
Wife: No, Bill, overreacting was when I put your convertible into a wood chipper, Stinky McStinkface!
Mistress: You Hoboken!

They fight.

Orbit spokeswoman: Fabulous!

Lit Blogs, Po Blogs, & Martha Argerich

I should apologize to Rob Arnold for using the term "po" in the title of this post. That said, his comment on this post about lit blogs is both insightful and sad. It is true that more people are directly affected by, and concerned with politics than poetry, and the fact that political blogs outnumber poetry blogs and lit blogs in general (right?) kind of makes comparisons of quality a moot point. Still, there aren't plenty of hard-working poetry bloggers out there doing good work--Ron Silliman and Amy King (current poet laureate of the blogosphere) come to my mind from my limited experience--so dig around. The poets are out there.

I love Martha Argerich, and in case you're wondering why:

Monday, June 18, 2007

WWCND

Who doesn't love a good Chuck Norris fact? Now, thanks to the guys at WWCND, you can be like Chuck by applying the facts to yourself.

For example, did you know:


Friday, June 15, 2007

Photosynth

I'm not sure if being really interested in this makes me a nerd, but if it does, well then, break out the pocket protectors!



Josh's words, on recommending the video above:

In the article about the particle accelerator in the [New Yorker] (maybe a month ago or so), one of the physicists was talking about how the world of physics is interconnected, i.e. the same force that makes an apple fall from a tree holds the moon in orbit. I couldn't help think about this when I saw the photosynth technology. The idea of a collective of images creating a comprehensive reality in cyberspace seems strikingly similar to the value of perspective taking in the postmodern, relativist thinker. In essence, as more perspectives emerge the metaphorical building of reality is viewed with greater clarity. Moreover, a relativist would appreciate the egalitarian value each image is given.
And my response:
I love the concept of so many pictures (literally, perspectives) being linked to each other in a meaningful way. I've long said that one way of thinking about knowledge, capital K, is as an infinite series of interrelated perspectives (though one would have to include temporal as well as spatial). Granted, it's a rather negative view of knowledge, as true knowledge would require, essentially, omniscience and omnipresence, etc. What i love about this project is that it opens the door for people to start thinking about the ways to bridge the gap between godlike knowledge and finite, human-style functional knowledge. Of course, the amount of information with a project like that quickly becomes so massive as to become nearly useless to the individual, so I'm already excited to see what kind of technological and social tools are put in place to help bring it to a manageable scale.
Thoughts?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Which one is it?

Already, my wife has come through with new material:

Me: Which one is it?
Her: It's the smaller bigger one.

Welcome, Intro, and a Classic

Welcome to Mlog, my new(est) blog (which, for future reference, you will be able to find at both matthew.laffertywhistle.com--that one probably by the 15th--and matthewlafferty.blogspot.com).

Operations on my three previous blogs have all but universally ceased, and I think that's for the best. Life is offering me (or rather, I am carving from the day's short hours) very little time for cleverly compartmentalized niche blogging, so I'm changing my order to à la carte, more or less. The difference being, of course, that my selections of blogging material will not be limited to any silly French cards. The world is my "carte", as it were.

On to other matters: my wife recently bemoaned the cessation of a particular feature of a now defunct blog of mine. Because I'm a nice guy, I thought I'd use this blog to bring the feature back to life. Sadly, no recently coined Lis-isms spring to mind, so here's a classic, to start this blog off right:

“You’ll be able to picture it when you see it.”
There, that just about wraps up a solid first post. Check back for more of my wife's incredible insights, and plenty of other... things. (I knew I should have stopped with the previous paragraph.) And while you're online, be sure to check out LaffertyWhistle.com--family of Lisa or myself, and friends, spread the word!