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Possibly only of interest to my MIT friends....xkcd special behind the cut )'

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I just watched the trailer for Religulous. I'm not likely to watch the movie, for much the same reason I didn't see Borat and walked out of Something about Mary: I'm not into offensiveness for the sake of a cheap laugh. (Also, as absurd as I think religion is, yanking people's chains seems counterproductive to me.) But I did want to pass on what is IMO the funniest (and maybe the least offensive) laugh line in the trailer. You may need to hear the delivery to fully savor it — it's roughly two-thirds of the way through the trailer. Bill Maher is talking to two guys:
Gay, Muslim activists. That is a very rare job description. You guys have big ones.
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Day No. 4:

“One word,” said the Lord God. “Landscaping. But I want it to look natural, as if it all somehow just happened.”

“Do rain forests,” suggested a primitive tribal god, who was known only as a clicking noise.

“Rain forests here,” decreed the Lord God. “And deserts there. For a spa feeling.”

“Which is fresh, but let's give it glow,” said Buddha. “Polished stones and bamboo, with a soothing trickle of something.”

“I know where you're going,” said the Lord God. “But why am I seeing scented candles and a signature body wash?”

“Shut up,” said Buddha.

“You shut up,” said the Lord God.

“It's all about the mix,” Allah declared in a calming voice. “Now let's look at some swatches.”

Who else but The New Yorker?


Meanwhile, in the "even The Onion couldn't make that up" department: The White House Counsel's office sent a cease-and-desist letter to The Onion to stop them from using the Presidential seal. See the New York Times story.
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Intelligent Design advocate: YEAAARRRRGGGHHHH! YOU BROKE MY KNEECAP!

Scientist: Perhaps it only appears that I broke your kneecap. Certainly, all the evidence points to the hypothesis I broke your kneecap. For example, your kneecap is broken; it appears to be a fresh wound; and I am holding a baseball bat, which is spattered with your blood. However, a mere preponderance of evidence doesn't mean anything. Perhaps your kneecap was designed that way....

Short, funny, and well worth reading.

Amusing

Apr. 8th, 2005 11:22 pm
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I should catch my small but loyal following up on my life. But for now you'll have to settle for some amusement.

Some child of Schoolhouse Rock went to work for an advertising agency, but clearly didn't sell his soul, brings us this gem: Get Perpendicular. Worksafe; requires flash and sound.

Tagline: "There's a name for that you know: superparamagnetic effect...."

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Courtesy of Gizmodo. "Apple iProduct. You'll buy it. And you'll like it." )


One of the nice things about being superior is being able to laugh when parodied.

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These were but together by Colin Purrington, a biology professor at Swarthmore (click on the image to go to his page, which includes a pdf of the stickers (which unfortunately don't seem to be a standard Avery label size) and some discussion, mostly oriented toward parents). Anyone care to bet he could get away with it if he worked for a State University?

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