Hi there. Remember me?
You know, your Great Leader of Snark.
Although I haven’t been writing much lately, I’ve been expressing myself creatively via other means. To wit, I’m learning Photoshop (well, OK, GIMP 2.8). I’m also a bit of a smartass. Turns out my daughter shares my bizarre sense of humor.
This, of course, should come to the surprise of exactly no one.
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Nah. The government shutdown isn’t THAT bad. Nevertheless, I’m in no condition for 800-1,000 words of historically-themed snark tonight. John Boehner may not need no stinkin’ health care, but I certainly do.
To wit, this bottle of store brand cold medicine will soon be history.
That’s right, children’s cold and cough. I have an eight-year-old daughter, and she’ll tell you I’m a big kid anyway. The active ingredients are the same, so what the hell, right?
So I’m being a big, sniffling wuss and bagging out on History Wednesday this time around. Sorry ’bout that. Larry over at
History’s Dumpster always posts good stuff. Go check him out. Assuming the pathogens don’t completely take over around here, I’ll be back with a proper History Wednesday post next week.
If history teaches us nothing else, it teaches us the notion of “the good old days” is a myth and a sham. Need proof? Consider Charles Guiteau. He was a piece of work for the ages, one who put our contemporary wingnuts to shame.
David Koresh had nothing on this guy.
Indeed, the 1881 series of events which led to Guiteau’s place in history look absolutely preposterous when viewed through the lenses of today. Yet there they are.
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I love coins. How much you ask? Well, at one point in the late 80s I was the only Boy Scout in the entire Snake River Area Council to hold the Coin Collecting merit badge.
We’re talking a special order item here.
Image credit: MeritBadge.org
That said, in today’s cashless society, coins – especially smaller denominations – are becoming
increasingly obsolete. At this point they’re often produced at a loss to the taxpayer, in no small part because no one wants to piss off the zinc lobby.
Of course, obsolete coins are nothing new. We’ve had plenty of others in the past.
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Tagged 19th Century, American Civil War, base metal, Boy Scouts, California, cashless society, coin, coin collecting, copper, fiat money, fishscale, fractional currency, gold, gold rush, half dime, History Wednesday, hoarding, merit badge, nickel, obsolete coins, penny, post office, postage, silver, stamp, three-cent coin, United States Mint, vending machine, zinc, zinc lobby |
This week’s writing advice is short and to the point. If you’re writing for anything other than grades, don’t hesitate to promote the ever-loving crap out of yourself.
The salesman in me ain’t dead yet after all.
That said, allow me to make a plug or 20.
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Ever wonder how the American Revolution created Canada?
Well, as it turns out the Continental Army was at least as interested in Canada as it was in its own jurisdictions, at least at first. That had some far-reaching consequences. So let’s take a look, eh? Beauty!
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I have a nasty habit of over-thinking things. Like in high school, when I’d do things like turn the prospect of an innocuous prom date into a 60-year commitment in my head.
And then forget about the damn thing anyway.
Image credit: TV-INTROS
And so it is with blog entries. No one said I had to write Pulitzer Prize-winning material every damn day. So with that in mind, today’s installment of “Lane Tells You How to Write!” keeps things simple.
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Tagged Barack Obama, basic skills, blog, Boise, Fox News, geography, grammar, Hee Haw, high school, HLN, how to write, Idaho, math skills, Obama, Oklahoma, prom, proper name, Pulitzer Prize, punctuation, spelling, tattoo |
Hi kids! Once again, tonight’s Friday Crap Roundup comes straight outta the 2T.
Now with 10 percent more urban decay!
Σ says she has a full weekend planned for me, so I’d better get cracking on this while I can still get enough sleep. That’s the theory, anyway ….
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For the better part of my childhood I liberally used Yiddish insults and similar phrases in everyday speech. You know, terms such as “schmuck,” “putz,” “schmendrick” and “chutzpah.”
To this day I use the initials “FEH” when I log a video game high score.
Image credit: Ian Westcott
I grew up in the 2T and knew a grand total of zero Jews during my childhood. How the the hell did I pick this habit up?
Mad magazine of course.
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Tagged 80s, Al Jaffee, anti-censorship, Bill Gaines, childhood, chutzpah, comic book, Comics Code Authority, copyright, Don Martin, EC Comics, feh, Fold-In, Idaho, indecency, Jew, Mad magazine, Max Gaines, onomatopoeia, Prince, putz, schmendrick, schmuck, Sergio Aragones, usual gang of idiots, video game, William Gaines, Wonder Woman, Yiddish |
I’ve somehow made it to the 25th FCR. That’s nearly half a year of these posts.
Sneferu was a mere kitten when I started this blog. Today’s he’s a year old.
And he can hardly contain himself.
We’ve got a few more weeks until
Djoser’s birthday in October. I’m sure that will be equally exciting. In the meantime sit back and enjoy the FCR.
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Tagged Beelzebub, blog, cat, Cities, Djoser, Dora Hall, editing, Fear of Music, History's Dumpster, Jan and Dean, John Hagee, Justin Bieber, music, parenting, politics, rock and roll, Satanic, Slayer, Sneferu, Stop Making Sense, Stryper, Talking Heads, writing |