Monday, August 30, 2010

Cinematic DOOM!!!

What the fuck??? Robert Rodriguez has directed a film titled Machete (2010) featuring has-been sellout Robert De Niro and the long-time lumbering oaf misogynist wannabe cop Steven Seagal. Has anyone seen this film? I urge you to report on it here.

Please end the world now.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fortune Cookie contra Bret Michaels

A possible counterexample to Bret Michaels' celebrated thesis, from a fortune cookie I just opened:

"The only rose without a thorn is friendship."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hilarious (?) line from book review

I came across this while browsing the recent posts to Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which, as I've mentioned before, is on the whole a fabulous resource, especially for those of us who spend most of their research time working through journals rather than books. The book under review is by one Edward Mooney. And the reviewer writes:
Noting what I experience as analytic gaps in Mooney texts, I feel I am noting not failures but aspects of the book's identity. . . .
Unintentionally hilarious, intentionally hilarious, or further evidence of disciplinary DOOM?

Your call.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Open Letter to the US Press

Dear US Press,

Sarah Palin is irrelevant. There's a difference of kind between the Press proper and People magazine. Get back to reporting news-- there's plenty that needs to be brought to the attention of the American people-- and leave the gossip column to someone else.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Do Not Anger the Juggalos

Reality TV star Tila Tequila suffered facial cuts when she was pelted with rocks and bottles while performing at a music festival in Illinois early Saturday, according to a witness and a law enforcement official.

"She's pretty cut up," said a performer who saw the violence at the "Gathering of the Juggalos" in rural Hardin County, Illinois. The witness asked not to be identified so that he does not anger the juggalos.

Tequila, a Playboy model who also sings, posted a Twitter message Saturday, saying she would sue the festival, which is organized for fans of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse.

h/t 729 & Guy from Cornell

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Poem (Kinda)

Our own correspondent is sorry to tell
Of an uneasy time
That all is not well
On the borders there's movement
In the hills there is trouble
Food is short, crime is double

A rise-up in prison as the government fell
Casualties increase as the enemy shells
The climate's unhealthy
Flies and rats thrive
And sooner or later the end will arrive

This is your correspondent running out of tape.
Gunfire's increasing
Looting, burning, rape

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Overheard in Academia

"When I left his house, I took my clothes... but I totally left my underwear"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Time to Degree

There's still a few weeks of summer left, but I suppose it's time for jobless hopefuls to gear up for the job market. I'm afraid that this year will be just as bad as last. Anyway, a few students have already asked me about time to degree. How long is too long to be in graduate school? How long is too long to have been ABD?

My position has been that more than seven years overall in grad school may look odd, but is not a deal-breaker if the work looks good. However, anything over two years as ABD is bad, something which recommendation letters must address directly and in detail. Any views?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Best Book Cover Ever?

I can't wait to be seen somewhere in public reading this book....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dear Sting, Please Stop.

I was in a chain bookstore this afternoon and they were playing the truly horrific new Sting album, Symphonicities. You guessed it: "symphonic" renderings of classic Sting hits, including some Police staples. I sat in a comfy chair and listened to the whole thing.

What a pathetic piece of money-grabbing shite. The best part of "I Burn for You" is of course omitted. I'd go so far as to say that Sting's new album makes the Police a worse band.

Ronnie Dworkin once argued in favor of euthanasia on the grounds that a bad ending to a long life can ruin the the whole life that came before. If memory serves, his view had the unwelcome consequence that one might be morally permitted (obligated?) to end the life of a quite content Alzheimer's patient simply to save the integrity of the life that came before the disease took hold. I have now gained a new appreciation for that argument.

Someone please stop Sting.