June 2006

The Story of Goody Two Shoes. goody two-shoes (GOOD-ee TOO-shooz) noun A smugly virtuous person. [After the title character in The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, a children’s book believed to have been written by Oliver Goldsmith.] In this moralistic nursery tale, Margery is an orphan who has only one shoe. One day, when she …

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Harry Potter Dies? The Guardian passes along a hint that Harry Potter may not make it past the end of book seven, based on something J.K. Rowling said in an interview. “Jesus, Grandpa. What did you read this to me for?”—The Princess Bride

Cell Phone Hell. I heard at work today that effective July 1, businesses may start soliciting people’s cell phones. Not sure whether this is true or not, but I’ll post the link to the National Do Not Call registry anyway: www.donotcall.gov You can also go here to register complaints — but remember, it may take …

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MDA News. News from the Missile Defense Agency: “Missile Defense Test Results in Successful “Hit to Kill” Intercept“ And here‘s a link to an overview of the MDA. The sphere-thingy is radar.

Johnny Bench. Somebody asked me who Johnny Bench was today. Major League catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, 1968-1983, according to some the best catcher of all time. “I want to win, but there’s the grind. There’s so much responsibility for a catcher…My arm feels good. My legs will be all right. How long will I …

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The Hitler vs. Coulter Quiz. Now, while I do not back liberals wholesale (liberal doesn’t have a dang thing to do with compassionate), I am always quick to despise current conservative leadership. Maybe it’s a knee-jerk reaction, but there you go. That having been said, I had fun amusing myself with the Hitler vs. Coulter …

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Night Watch. I got Lee the Russian horror film Night Watch yesterday. He’s watching it as I type. He just said, “If you were going to write a Russian horror movie, this would be it.” Which, from other comments he’s made, is a compliment. I’ll have to watch it later…

Write what you know; know thyself. I’ve been thinking about the old adage “write what you know,” which, for the purposes of today’s mental tangent, shall mean “write what you love.” Because really, why would you expect anyone to love something you wrote if you don’t? If you’re writing something according to someone else’s opinion …

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Baxter Black, Cowboy Poet. I recommend Baxter Black’s recent commentary on NPR, “Why Not a Court of Average People?“ “The only big word [in the Constitution] is ‘enumeration.’”–Baxter Black.