Category Archives: Random


Political activism starts early here in Washington, D.C.: Okay, okay, it’s the parents talking. Still, kinda cute.

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How messed-up would you have to be to even consider taking advantage of the services offered here on Connecticut Avenue? Or am I being an insufferable snob? You simply must ask what the Blue Plate Special is. For the record, this sign didn’t last long. Either the doctor(s) moved, or a better sign was made and […]

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“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Thus spake Chase Jarvis. And nowadays, more often than not, that camera is your phone. For Jarvis, it’s an iPhone, and he made an app for called … Best Camera. I have only owned Android phones, and I don’t particularly like applying cutesy filters before I don’t […]

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In anticipation of a new category to be dreamed up in 2016, here’s a Phone Photo from a walk in the neighborhood:

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Cars were stopping in the middle of Key Bridge this morning. Some people got out, others just craned their necks from inside. They were doing what the pedestrians and cyclists on the walkway were doing: watching the space shuttle Discovery make its ceremonial passes around Washington atop a 747 before heading out to pasture at the […]

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You may think this is about a linguistic nicety, the bit that comes before the main part and imparts a nice twist—something came before, or after (pre-, post-); or the word sort of applies (pseudo-); or the action is being done again (re-); and so on. No. It’s about a dinner that come before another dinner, apparently—a […]

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You’ve heard of artisanal food, right? No? Good for you! But surely you’ve been told not to play with your food. I see you nodding. You did it anyway, right? Good for you! Sometime last year, some folks in Italy really went to work on some watermelons—you can see their handiwork here. This carving isn’t even the […]

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The Dell Inspiron mini, maddeningly, does not include a numeric keypad. This is what you need to enter so-called Alt-codes to produce special characters (e.g., ê, —, “). The workaround you see most often is to use the Character Map and copy-and-paste. Frankly, that sucks. You might also add an external keypad, but as one commenter online […]

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From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Dept.—headline, 28 December 2011: Police storm Church of the Nativity to break up brawling priests That’s the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. Not Pennsylvania—the Holy Land. It seems the Armenians wanted to use Spic and Span, but the Greeks insisted on Murphy Oil Soap. Neither of which works as well or as […]

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Some guy at Slate went to a lot of effort to let us know the ten worst catchphrases of 2011. I confess that the only reason I looked at it was to see if it included an annoying tic I see a lot, especially in online comments. It almost always closes the anonymous burst of […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman