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 MSNBC's New Look Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 14 2003 @ 03:29 AM PST
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KitschAfter using MSNBC.com (they've apparently dropped the hyphen) for about ten minutes, I felt compelled to send them the following missive. I wonder if I'll get a response...

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Most Recent Post: 12/17 04:53AM by matt

 Presented without commentary Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 14 2003 @ 02:29 AM PST
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PoliticsNothing more to say, I covered this three months ago.

CNN Article

 Just in time Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 14 2003 @ 02:08 AM PST
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Kitsch...for the holidays, what almost every man wants: power tools.

Trust me, it's worth the download if only for the WTF? factor.

My favorite bit is when one of them breaks a nail.

 Snow Driving Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 07 2003 @ 08:46 AM PST
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TravelI originally wanted to have this done before this last storm, but real life got in the way, and this... grew.

This is intended to be a guide of sorts to the different factors that are involved with driving in snowy weather. Hopefully it will have some reasonably interesting information, but because I'm not too confident of that, and due to its length, I've divided it up into sections so that you, gentle reader, may decide what kind of information you want to know. An interactive table of contents, if you will.

The impetus for this was, of course, my rant the other day, and my own desire to put my money where my mouth is, or something like that. As an aside, the word count on this works out to about a tenth of a short book, so if I find nine more topics to blather on about, maybe I'll publish them together and start giving autographed copies as Christmas presents. Man, I'm overtired.

Disclaimer: This may be bad advice. It has, in general, worked for me. No lawsuits, please.

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 Mr. Picassohead Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, December 05 2003 @ 05:59 PM PST
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KitschLink stolen from WWdN: Mr. Picassohead.

Here's mine.

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Most Recent Post: 12/07 12:22AM by Dan4th

 Latest Terror Attack Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, December 02 2003 @ 03:26 PM PST
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KitschA mysterious white powder fell out of the sky today, causing motorists to fear for their lives in what they may have perceived as an airborne terrorist anthrax attack. Highways were clogged during rush hour, and...

Aw, fuck it.

["Set the pump to 'vitriol', please."]

What the hell is wrong with these people? It's not as if we've never seen fucking snow before.

It's New England.

It's December.

Snow. Fucking. Happens.

For all the grief I've given people in more southerly states that get into traffic wrecks because they've never seen snow before, I hereby apologize. If New Englanders can't drive without falling off the side of the road because of a fucking dusting... A DUSTING! then I can't reasonably expect any different from anyone else.

If it were just a slowdown or something, I wouldn't be nearly this acerbic. I didn't even intend to write anything about the fact that it's snowing today, because it's fucking obvious. It'd be like, "Hey guys, guess what? The Sun came up today!", or "Hey everybody, politicians are crooked!" Not exactly newsworthy material.

The fact that hundreds of people, native New Englanders, were colliding with each other and otherwise driving poorly because of a weather pattern that these same people would be thankful for in February ("Hey, at least it's not sticking.") is fucking inexcusable. I'm ashamed to be associated with them.

Bah. Humbug. Thppppt.

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Most Recent Post: 12/05 02:00PM by stacey

 Malkovich! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, December 02 2003 @ 03:29 AM PST
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MoviesAs most of you know, I'm a big fan of movies. I like pretty much everything about them (except the fact that they get made in L.A., but that's a rant of its own waiting to happen.)

Someday, I hope to write a decent screenplay, but I'm realistic about the likelihood of getting one on film. One thing I don't think I'd want is to send a script in and have a well-respected actor mock it on national television. On the other hand, I'm all in favor of that happening to other people (being the hypocritical bastard that I am), so I'm looking forward to a show that's coming on AMC called Malkovich's Mail.

It basically boils down to a half hour of John Malkovich mocking the very worst of the pitches he's received in the mail, and the ad I saw for it made it look pretty damn funny.

 RFP Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, December 01 2003 @ 01:17 AM PST
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KitschThat's "Request for Proposal", for all of you that have thus far managed to avoid the world of business.

I think at some point in the next month or two I'm going to attempt to write a children's book.

"Why?", you ask.

"Why not?", I counter smugly.

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 Revolutions Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 12 2003 @ 05:11 PM PST
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MoviesI went to see The Matrix Revolutions last night.

On my way out of the theater, I popped into the local men's room where I had a mental image:
CYPHER: I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why did I get the LARGE coke?

It was probably funnier in my head.

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Most Recent Post: 11/22 08:08PM by matt

 Chrestomathy Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, November 11 2003 @ 12:38 PM PST
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KitschI found this description to be far more amusing than the dry depiction that you'll find in your dictionary.

(from World Wide Words)

This word has been staring me in the face for years, as it forms part of the title of a book on my shelves: A Mencken Chrestomathy, a selection of the choicest writings of the American journalist and writer on language, the late H L Mencken. Other than that, you may have to search a bit before finding another example, since it is a word of singular shyness, venturing out only rarely from inside our dictionaries to slip itself on to the cover of a work here or there. It was formed and first used in Greek, from the words khrestos, useful, and mathein, to know, hence useful learning. Its most frequent sense these days is that of a selection of passages designed to help in learning a language, so you may find titles such as Chrestomathy of modern literary Uzbek or A Chrestomathy of Pre-Angkorian Khmer. When H L Mencken used it he claimed he did so in part to wrest it back from the linguists. To critics who argued that the word would not be understood he replied in splendid arrogance: “Thousands of excellent nouns, verbs and adjectives that have stood in every decent dictionary for years are still unfamiliar to such ignoramuses, and I do not solicit their patronage. Let them continue to recreate themselves with whodunits, and leave my vocabulary and me to my own customers, who have all been to school”.


Oddly enough, the implied Mencken reference had utterly escaped me until I saw this.

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Most Recent Post: 11/12 10:37AM by Forrest

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