- As you suffer through your taxes (or their aftermath), be of good cheer. You have much less chance of being audited than you’ve had in years.
- Church in a wealthy community installs a “homeless Jesus” sculpture. Woman reports the bum to cops.
- Notice to thieves: It’s not a good idea to burglarize the Pena household.
- In many places this would not be news. In darkest blue, gun-loathing New Jersey, it’s a bigger miracle than seeing Jesus’ face in a tortilla. (H/T jw)
- I think some school officials are going to be in trouble over this Sure hope so. (PT, who sent this, said she was reminded of Tonio Carolina from Hardyville. Yeah, me, too!)
- Bet you didn’t know that Jim Bovard did stand-up comedy. But he pretty much did that at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Little rough in the first few minutes. Gets better as it goes.
Archive for the ‘Arts and Aesthetics’ Category
- Beaded guns. Yes, very, very weird.
- Cops in Hawaii assert that they really, really, really need that law that allows them, and only them, to have sex with prostitutes.
- So what exactly did Erdogan think would happen when he tried to ban Twitter? Didn’t somebody say something about “can’t stop the signal”?
- I see the point. Larry Page would rather leave his billions to Elon Musk than to charity.
- Dog names (per jed in comments). Belladonna Squishypup. Definitely beats Maggie. Or Max.
- Okay, now I’ve gotten some fabulous deals at garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, rummage sales, or jumble sales as this article prefers to call them. But I must admit I’ve never just picked up some random little item for … $14,000??? Fourteen thousand dollars? At a junk sale? Are you kidding me? Still, if that’s your idea of a bargain, well, in this case, you’re amazingly correct.
Where were we now? Oh yes, back on the job in California, shortly after my trip to Ireland. Dealing with writers.
I hope not to disappoint after yesterday’s cliffhanger. But this really is about writers and not about defiance and resistance — though it is possible that my old friend Maurice could make another appearance before this story is done.
Not long after returning, I was making my way down the pile of short-story manuscripts when I ran across another from one of those “two percent” writers — the almost-wonderful ones.
This manuscript told a charming tale, perfect for the kind of magazine we were working on.
- Open carry = fewer guns on the street?
- Um … maybe its because that “art” actually was trash?
- NSA will allow us to laugh at it, after all. Or rather, after discussion with its lawyers.
- Glenn Harlan Reynolds says Americans are taking up “Irish democracy.” Which has nothing to do with v*ting.
- This guy is lucky police didn’t kill him.
- The crazy is strong with this one.
- “Obamacare and my mother’s cancer medicine.” This is insane. This is cruel and unusual punishment. This is becoming too typical.
- Despite being a government school initiative that PBS praises, restorative justice is a good idea. (Never mind that us anarcho-types have been promoting justice-through-arbitration over arbitrary punishment forever and being called right-wing nuts for it.)
- How did this (ahem) “anti-gun” spokesguy keep such a straight face? (H/T jb)
- Anybody seen The Lego Movie? Critics and audiences are loving it. Foxians have ranted that it’s anti-business. This review say’s its a hilarious and inspiring romp that savages crony capitalism and promotes all that we hold dear.
- Sure. You’re an anti-gunner and you just “forgot” you carried your gun into an elementary school.
- Yet another state proposes a law to make it lights out for the NSA.
- LOL! Best comment yet on the latest unilateral delay by the Obamaites of their “signature” sort-of-a-law-until-we-say-it-isn’t.
- “They” really do hate us for our freedom. It’s just that the “they” in question aren’t international terrorists.
- Patreon.com. The Netly equivalent of old-time art patrons, one dollar at a time. Great idea. (Via Ellendra in comments.)
- Dog sculptures. Made of salvaged bike parts.
- A most marvelous obituary. (Via JDZ at Never Yet Melted, which today also offers — you gotta hand it to the Internet — a recipe for a previously fictional, but highly useful, survival food.)
- Google Glass and facial-recognition apps. Not completely evil yet, but how long before they get there? (H/T MJR)
- I love movies. So of course I loved the talent and quirky presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, you ass, how could you die in such a damn, stupid, entirely avoidable way? Two good articles on his admirable talents here and here.
- Gun control: “Un-American and anti-Negro.” The Dutchman finds treasure and truth in a American Rifleman article.
- Just when you think anti-gunners couldn’t make themselves sound more obviously stupid.
- Good reason to get a Finnish passport. :-)
- Four minutes. Four. To crack Obamacare “security.” Eh. No surprise, really. Fools.
- I became a writer by accident. For two years, I wouldn’t admit I was one because in my experience, they were mostly a bunch of drunken ne’er-do-wells. But maybe that’s a good thing.
- This focuses on what will trigger the next stock market mess. Implications (about triggering effects) go way beyond that. You’ll see what I mean.
- How to get rich and stay rich Again, not what you’re probably thinking.
- The entertaining McDonnell indictment. The good governor and his charmingly frugal (and subtle!) wife could have taken a lesson from that last link.
- Andrew Cuomo vs “Boo” Burnham. And the media vs reality.
- When graphic designers get bored.
Tyger Gilbert is a freedomista and a superb photographer who specializes in nature and especially Arizona landscapes. He has long allowed widespread use of his images without a ton of strings. Now he’s published a gorgeous 2014 scenic calendar. He also has a recent book on the beauty of Arizona.
NFI on my part. But he’s a good guy and this is good work, so if you’ve got somebody on your gift list …