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The Number Of The Seat

We’ve had this loveseat for several years now. But, I recently noticed something sinister in the upholstery.

There are two things that look a lot like the fanciful Mexican “sugar skulls”. And around them are three sixes.

Now those skulls and the ‘666’ are all I see when I look at the chair.

Loveseat Of The Damned.
Couch! Couch! Couch! Couch Of The Devil!

Mmm. Dry-fried Pasta

According to Italian newspaper La Nazione, three 20-year-olds bought some pasta and took it back to their apartment in Florence, with high hopes for an authentic Italian dinner. But instead of boiling several quarts of water before adding the pasta—you know, step one on every set of back-of-the-box instructions ever—they emptied the dry noodles directly into the pot. (Sigh…)

Reminds me of a guy.

Why Goldman Sachs alums go into government

Regarding Gary Cohn, who recently quit the Trump administration, someone should constantly point out that one of the main reasons that many of these Goldman Sachs alumni do a brief stint in government after they retire from Goldman is that they are allowed to sell all their very concentrated positions in that company’s stock and do an asset allocation tax-free.
There’s no need to pay capital gains taxes, saving approximately $150 million in Mr. Cohn’s case.

Well isn’t that a neat little loophole!

NYT “Conservatives” Represent Nobody

When the Times opinion page pretends that conservatism is David Brooks or Bret Stephens when it maintains the comforting illusion that American politics is a contest of ideas, it is not exposing its readers to uncomfortable truths — it is sheltering them.

Do NYT readers — who mostly read mainstream sources, mostly live in cities, mostly are not exposed to right-wing media — understand that the most active voices on the American right today are filled with paranoid rage, hopped up on lies and conspiracy theories, unmoved by reason, and devoted to their total destruction? Do they understand that the values and norms they assume safe and sacrosanct are in fact under heavy siege? Do they know that American democracy is in danger of coming apart?

I’m not sure they do; I think they still imagine Republican moderates gathered in a cave somewhere, ready to swoop in and take charge again at the sight of the David Brooks bat signal.

If the NYT wants to challenge their assumptions, it should challenge those.


DeLAND, Fla. – Two men are accused of breaking into the home of a man they both dated, stealing several items, then leaving spaghetti sauce boiling on the stove with a washcloth placed near the burner in an attempt to start a fire, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim called 911 about 7 a.m. Tuesday because the security cameras in his home on Evergreen Terrace in DeLand detected motion and he believed someone was breaking in because a towel had been placed over one of the cameras, the report said.

Deputies went to the residence and saw a red Lincoln Navigator attempting to leave the area. A stop was conducted and the driver, 28-year-old John Silva, and passenger, Derrick Irving, told the deputy that they had just picked up some clothes from the victim’s home, according to the affidavit.

The victim told News 6 that Irving was wearing a bull costume.

The deputy said she could see a marijuana grinder in the center console and a vacuum, window A/C unit, flat-screen television and heater in the back seat. An empty jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce was also on the passenger’s seat, the report said.

Mrs was away at girls’ dinner last night so I got to have a little freak out in the kitchen. Made a pot of pasta, fried a very thin hamburger and topped it with mozz and fried pepperoni. Put the burger on top of the pasta, drowned the whole thing in red sauce. Thus was born the Pizza Sketti Burger.


Can I just say… is the best internet thing I’ve found in a long time. I have a bunch of old and moldering guitar junk that I don’t use, but which strangers on the internet are happy to buy! And Reverb makes it all so damned easy: take some pix, describe it and pick a price. If someone buys it, you print the label and stuff your stuff in the mail. Done.

And if my old vibrato pedal would just sell, I’d have enough cash saved up up to buy that new vibrato/phase pedal I’ve been lusting after.

Neural networks + Kittens = !!!

What happens when you train a neural network to come up with kitten names?


Snox Boops
Sonney Mrow
Jexley Pickle
Toby Booch
Big Wiggy Bool
Macha Boo
Mr Whinkles
Licky Cat
Mr Bincheh
Maxy Fay
Tim Hike
Mr Gruffles
Liony Oli
Lasley Goo
Mr Took
Mag Jeggles
Mara Tatters
Mr Tiggie
Mr. Skuffles
Mr. Hinkles
Mush Jam
Mr. Jubble
Mr O

Bad Ass Kitty Cat

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington state wildlife biologists have caught and tagged a 197-pound cougar. CBS affiliate KREM reports that the biologists tagged the massive cat on Monday north of Chewelah.

State carnivore research scientist Brian Kertson called the cat a “monster.” He said it’s so muscular that the first tranquilizer dart he shot at it popped out as the cat flexed.