The Economy is Literally Solid-State H2O

October 30, 2008

Two artists on Wednesday installed a 1,500-pound ice sculpture that spelled the word “Economy” in Manhattan’s financial district.

The “Main Street Meltdown” was to remain in Foley Square until it melted — about 24 hours. By Wednesday evening, the E and the C had already thawed and vanished.

Artists say an ice sculpture is a literal representation of the nation’s financial crisis.

Grammar nazis, however, say that that’s an entirely incorrect usage of the word “literal.”

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Don’t Waste Your Life on Your iPhone

October 16, 2008

John Piper is one of my favorite pastors and authors, but one who’s known for not trying to be particularly polite. He wrote a book called Don’t Waste Your Life, talking about God’s purpose for your life, and how so many things can distract us from it. One of the examples he frequently cites is computers and technology.

Today, on Piper’s blog RSS feed, I saw the following headline:

Don’t Waste Your Life on Your iPhone

Immediately I got convicted. Is my latest technology interest really keeping me from God’s purpose for my life? Am I wasting my life on Steve Jobs’ latest gadget?

Then I read the post:

The full text of Don’t Waste Your Life is now available online for free in a format optimized for the iPhone.

Oh. Right. I guess Piper wasn’t calling me out after all. Maybe it was just the Holy Spirit.


Maoists Strain Out Gnat, Swallow Camel

September 29, 2008

I couldn’t help but notice the juxtaposition about the following two articles about Nepal’s Maoist government today:

Why Maoists are taking a dim view of Miss Nepal contest – Would-be beauty queens in Nepal express their disappointment over the postponement of the Miss Nepal contest for the sixth time this year.

Maoists appoint ‘living goddess’ – Nepal’s Maoist-led government authorises a six-year-old girl to be a “living goddess” in a town near Kathmandu.

One of the reasons for postponing the beauty contest is that it “demeans women.” On the flip side, I guess, technically, it’s not demeaning to a woman to be appointed a goddess. But it’s not like she was chosen for her “great personality:” the article says one of the requirements is to have “32 beautiful physical attributes.” Including “eyelashes like a cow.” Try that one on the little lady next time, guys.

Who Me? Couldn’t Be!

September 3, 2008

Found in BBC News:

An attempt to kill Pakistan’s PM could be a warning shot.

Actually, according to Wikipedia, a warning shot is “a harmless artillery shot or gunshot intended to call attention and demand some action.” So an attempt to kill someone is, by definition, not a warning shot.


It’s Supposed to Stick

August 30, 2008

Joseph: Ever since Dave Thomas died, Wendy’s food quality has gone down the flusher.

Joel: Their advertising, too.

Kimberly: Now there’s just that cartoon girl.

Joseph: …”Wendy”?


The Road Less Travelled

August 29, 2008

Australian hikers following a trail in Papua New Guinea find the suspected remains of a WWII airman hanging in a tree.

Doesn’t a trail imply that people have walked on it? You know, like some time more recently than WWII?


The European Schedule

August 29, 2008

A conversation about scheduling lunch:

Ken: 12?
Josh (not me): sure
Ken: awesome
Josh: 10-4
Ken: um
Ken: i can’t do a 6 hour lunch ;-)
Josh: hah