Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Dumb criminal story

I guess anyone who tries to rob a bank is lacking in the common sense department. However, some criminals have less smarts than others:

Alleged thief mistakes copy shop for a bank

Love the quick thinking of the clerk who took his note, conferred with a co-worker, and told the robber, "Do you know you are in a copy store and all we can give you is copies?"

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Monday, August 30, 2004

GOP graphics

In honor of this week's Republican National Convention, some designers have come up new GOP logos. Since the elephant's 130 years old, it's about time he got a makeover. My favorite so far is #7:



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Friday, August 27, 2004

Wow, part 2

The wife and I left for Scotland on August 14, and came back two days ago. While we were gone, the Sox won 9 out of 11 games, putting them back in the wild-card lead. I think we should go on vacation more often. *wink*

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Wow

Just got back from my honeymoon in Edinburgh ... had an even better time than expected. With all the castles, museums, street performers, etc. we were kept quite busy and happy, if a bit tired from all the walking. We were back home by 9 every night, while our more energetic neighbors (who took the bus everywhere) stayed out until 1. Speaking of B&Bs, we had a wonderful one: Ardmor House, which had tasty filling food, a king-sized bed, towel heating racks, and a really nice, helpful host.

Best quote heard while in Edinburgh

"He's dressed up as Mel Gibson."
-- A woman speaking to her son, about a blue-painted warrior who was collecting donations for cancer research.

Best quote heard on the way back from Edinburgh

"It's an Orange Alert."
-- A fellow passenger, speculating about the delay in letting us off the plane.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Another Bush joke

Saw this on Tribe.net (the No George W. Bush tribe):

One sunny day in 2005 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench.

He spoke to the U. S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The old man said, "Okay," and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush." The Marine again told the man, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."

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Monday, August 02, 2004

Discussing documentary

This week's New Yorker has a piece by Louis Menand on the documentary tradition. A lot of folks have criticized Moore's film for being biased, but Menand shows that documentaries aren't purely objective: "There may be a neutral style, but there is no neutrality." Even if a movie-maker doesn't suggest or manipulate events, s/he still chooses what to shoot, what footage to include, and how to put shots together. It's not a question of presenting fiction (unless, like John Flaherty, you've staged events for the camera), but of choosing which truths to show.

Menand's article mentions Documentary, a book by Erik Barnouw that's a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the non-fiction film.

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Cinematic Moore

Just saw Fahrenheit 911 Saturday, and thought it was overall very good. Those who are completely in favor of Bush probably won't be swayed (they'll be put off by some of Moore's more showy tactics), those who haven't decided will want to at least do some research, and those completely anti-Bush/pro-Kerry will be even more confirmed in their beliefs. Myself, I hadn't been that angry/depressed since -- well, 9/11. Luckily my wife and I got a copy of Singin' in the Rain as a wedding gift, so we used that as an antidote.

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Adios, Nomie

Well, the writing has been on the wall for a while, though I couldn't have guessed that Nomar Garciaparra would go from one cursed club to another:

Sox trade Nomar to Cubs at deadline

Practically speaking, the Sox probably did as best as they could. As the latest Sporting News points out, Nomar and the Sox have been heading towards a breakup ever since the offseason; rather than let him walk for nothing (see Clemens, Roger and Vaughn, Mo), they tried to shore up first base and get at least a stopgap in shortstop.

And though it's a bad move for public relations, it may be better for clubhouse chemistry. Nomar, as intense as he is, has never seemed to embrace a leadership role, and does his best Ted Williams impression whenever he talks to the media.

However, the Sox are losing a great hitter and a good defender, as well as one of their best home-grown talents.

To Nomar: you did great for us in Boston. Let's hope a change of venue translates into a fresh start.

To the Red Sox: I hope you guys know what you're doing. Only time will tell.

To the Cubs: If this works out, see you in the Series.

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