March 06, 2005
Instapundit: Now DENIES being InstaPropagandist! Update!
Apparently lots of people have been noticing Insty's suspicious selection of only hot babes to represent the demonstrators in Lebanon. I just blogged on it yesterday, myself.
Insty denies that he's going out of his way to select hotties, and cites evidence that the "Beautiful Pro-Democracy Demonstrators" theme is spreading. Who the hell are these photographers, and where have they been for the last three years? Oh, well — they're here now, and it's never too late to make positive developments look good, instead of focusing on angry faces, tearful babies, and smoking ruins, as they've been doing for as long as I can remember.
To atone for his chick-centric posts, Insty throws the gals a bone at last. Hell-ooo, handsome! Have I told you how much I hate Basho whatzisface? That Syria guy? Yeah, he's awful. Hate 'im! Listen, after the demo, let's go to your place and discuss further uprisings...
March 05, 2005
You know you've made it as a blogger when...
.... people rip off your name.
EtherHOUSE, EtherPUNDIT — accept no substitutes!
February 28, 2005
EtherHouse does "Trading Spaces"!
[covering eyes] Okay... I'm not looking... just guide me in...
*oof!* ... Sorry, couldn't see the doorway!
How do I feel? I feel blind! [laughs] Uh... well, I guess I feel kind of nervous, you know... Why? Well, because, y'know, it's my house! [laughs] It's my EtherHouse! And if they've messed it up, I'll have to kill them! [laughs] No, seriously, I think it'll look great. I'm hopeful.
Okay. Tell me when I can look. I'm not looking yet.
Yep, ready. Okay! Here goes nothin'!
[removes blindfold; looks around, dazed]
This is amazing! How did you guys do this? This is amazing! Look! It's got -- the bridges! Oh my God! How did you know? Two Brooklyn Bridges! Oh! Right, sorry, I meant both bridges, you know, the Brooklyn and... [trails off, distracted by looking around] ... and, uh, Manhattan, and, uh... is that fog? Oh, God, you guys! This is so cool!
Redesign based on these photos I took. Comments welcome. — E.P.
December 08, 2004
I'm not a pilot and never aspired to be one. Still, I'm fascinated by the message boards of PPRuNe, the Professional Pilots Rumour Network. It's a voyeuristic thrill to eavesdrop on what these macho dudes talk about when the self-loading freight (as they call passengers) aren't around. PPRuNe is the first place I check when anything avaition-related is in the news; often the posters have an inside line, or more knowledgeable theories than you'd read anywhere else. (And they frequently ream the MSM for inaccuracy in aviation reporting.)
Poking around, you'll find discussion topics from wind shear to queries about which Singapore bars have the most pilot groupies. There are some intriguing political threads too. A couple years ago, for example, there was a drawn-out row on the board over whether pilots on commercial flights should be armed. The American pilots, most of whom are ex-military, were generally in favor of arming pilots. The British and European pilots tended to be violently against it, though it seemed to me their stance was based more on a visceral revulsion to handguns than on practical considerations. Of course, this topic had been discussed in the MSM, but who cares what reporters and pundits think? It's much more interesting to hear from the pilots themselves.
December 06, 2004
Fundie Fun: Create your own church sign!
I know posting's been light; I'm currently walking the Trail of Tears that is a TypePad-->Movable Type migration.
But here's something to make it up to you.
A church sign generator. You can create a church sign, and even order it as a magnet. I trust you all not to write anything blasphemous. I'm sure you wouldn't even be tempted. You seem like a trustworthy lot.
November 30, 2004
Fake bands, from the Banana Splits to the Way-Outs
Someone with apparently limitless time and patience has chronicled just about every fake band known to man. The focus is on TV and movies, but the Miscellaneous section includes fake bands from novels. They even include fake bands mentioned by real songs, like "Benny and the Jets" and "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."
November 26, 2004
EtherHouse: Seethe Hour
"Seethe Hour" is but one of many anagrams for "EtherHouse."
I've always been fascinated by word games, and anagrams are one of my favorites. A really suitable anagram is more than just wordplay -- it seems to reveal hidden truths about its subject.
Like "I, Rearrangement Servant" -- an anagram for Internet Anagram Server, a site I love to waste time at. There are other anagram sites, but this remains my favorite because of its simplicity, speed and power. I do find that the human touch is still required, but the program does some of the legwork for you.
More EtherHouse anagrams:
Treehouse "H". Any Simpsons fan will recognize this nickname for the "Treehouse of Horror" series.
There, sue OH. We all know Bush stole the state with the help of his minions at Diebold. Let the writs fly!
He tore US, eh? Our Canadian neighbors express their typically meddlesome opinion about the starkly divided electoral map.
Hetero hues. Hey, I can't help the sexual orientation I was born with! Lighten up, anti-breeder bigots!
Sheer Tue OH. Yes, Ohio was a tight race indeed on Tue Nov 3. I believe they didn't call it, in fact, until early Wed morning.
Hush Roe tee. I'm as pro-choice as the next person, but really: these kinds of garments do more harm than good.Update: I anagrammed EtherPundit, too, and got slightly better results.
November 09, 2004
Kentucky Fried Cerebellum: Insane interpretations of the Colonel's legacy
The problem with Limeys is that they're snotty, smug bastards who spend their time just knocking down the efforts of anyone who dares to aspire to anything.
The great thing about Limeys, on the other hand, is that they're snotty, smug bastards who spend their time just knocking down the efforts of anyone who dares to aspire to anything.
Case in point: BadGas plumbs the depths of KFC-wannabe signage in the decaying urban areas of the UK. First, their ground rules:
- Only use red, white and blue if possible. This creates a strong association with America. Which is a "good" thing.
- Ensure that the words "Fried" and "Chicken" appear in your shop's name.
- To avoid alienating illiterate chicken lovers, make sure the sign has a nice big picture of a bird.
- Strengthen that KFC association by ensuring that your shop's name includes the name of a southern US state.
- If all the southern states have been used up by your many competitors along the street, pick a state from somewhere else in the US.
- If you can't think of any more US states, use a word that has some kind of southern US resonance.
- If all else fails, throw in a word that suggests quality, friendliness or corporate success.
Examples are evaluated on their merits, categorized, and soundly mocked as necessary.