Tuesday, February 26, 2013


On last Thursday's Daily Show the first segment (which you can watch above) focused on the congressional hold-up of the approval of the new Secretary of Defense over from an Oregon senator over releasing memos about the drone program. The joke that Jon Stewart made (about 2:31 in to the clip) suggested the president should watch out for a strongly worded letter on "artisanal hemp paper" (lampooning the hipster image of that state's largest city).

I enjoyed the humor of the segment, but also that particular joke caught my ear because it included a word that recently had inspired some rumination on its pronunciation: artisanal.

Yeah, that's how my mind works.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Solving the problem of weight loss: Loose pants

If you exercise and lose weight, your pants will start to loosen so that you need to tighten your belt another loop. However, don't worry: You can simply stop working out and eat out a lot and your pants will start to fit better again.

Problem solved, and without having to spend a bunch of money on new pants.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Getting "Better": Listening to the Beatles

I've been familiar with the Beatles since I was a child. I have heard all of their studio recordings more times than I could even aspire to recollect. I have sung along with every song of theirs (with the exception of "Flying"—because that's an instrumental—and "Revolution 9"—because I'm not sure repeating "number nine… number nine… number nine…" counts as singing along). In many respects I interact with their music on a subconscious level.

As is my brain's inclination, the song "Getting Better" popped into my head one morning, and as it "played" and got to the lines "I used to be cruel to my woman/I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved" I found myself snap to conscious thinking: Oh yeah, Paul's protagonist admits to being physically and psychologically abusive, and what is "getting better" is how he's "changing [his] scene" about being "mean" and "doing the best that [he] can." Then I think back to the "angry young man" and being "mad at [his] school" mentioned in earlier stanzas, and it's clear that, in short, it's a song about not being as much of an asshole as one used to be, all thanks to the person to whom the line "since you've been mine" is directed.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


Some weeks ago on the The Big Bang Theory, in the episode "The Bakersfield Expedition," there was a scene where, while the guys are away, the girls go into the comic book store in order to better understand what the guys enjoy.

As you can see in the video, they walk into the shop and all the male customers stop and gawk, only to stop when admonished by shop owner Stuart.

While I'm sure that moment was very amusing for much of the viewing public, I had a slightly different response, even though I'm not sure I deserved to.