I'm having a damned good start to the year. The new job is great. I have finally come up with an idea that will make me extra money on the side that I will enjoy doing, and that seems quite likely to succeedit fills a niche that nobody else is filling, so far as I can tell. I'm coming up with article ideas regularly, including one that should actually get me a byline (you'll be among the first to know, bubelahs).
And there's going to be a new Babylon 5 series, which may very well star Bruce Boxleitner again. (Please, Joe, forgive Claudia Christian for not coming along to season 5, and bring back Ivanova.)
Life is good. permalink
From the Jerusalem Post: IDF lifts closures over W. Bank cities except for Nablus.
From Reuters: Israeli Army Lifts Blockade of Jenin in West Bank
Regarding that last paragraph: Astonishing how Reuters can report on Israel easing restrictions and simultaneously report that they are not doing so, isn't it?
Oh, those promised steps. Never mind, I thought that "easing restrictions" counted as one.
Once again, palestinian spokesliars prove their mettle, and Reuters reporters prove their lack of reporting skills. The Jerusalem Post article was taken from the AP wires, where the AP reports that the IDF did coordinate with the PA.
Yes, throwing stones. We've seen pictures of them throwing stones. They're brick-sized and able to kill a man.
Finally! The proper use of scare quotes!
Reuters has actually been including quotes like these, and descriptions like the above, on a regular basis. The Mad Hatter part comes in where they expect Israel to ignore the terrorists openly stated goals of destroying the Jewish stateexcuse me, the "Zionist entity."
The mind reels. permalink
Girl say she taking break from blogging. Hulk not know what blogging is. Girl tell Hulk that blogging is writing. Hulk not know how to write. Girl say we get someone to write for Hulk. Hulk think that stupid. Girl gets girl to sit in front of computer and smash keys. Hulk like that!
Girl says Hulk should talk about news. New what? Hulk ask. News! News! girl says. Says news is things like earthquakes and fires and wars. Hulk know that stuff. Hulk make earthquakes, then start fires, and Hulk has smashed many soldiers. Stupid soldiers. Always firing guns at Hulk, making Hulk mad. Hulk smash soldiers. Hulk smash tanks. Hulk can throw tank far, far away. One thing movie got right. Also liked the way movie-Hulk leaped through desert. Hulk leap just like that. But movie Hulk not as strong as real Hulk. Hulk is the strongest one there is!
Girl say she was working today and boy showed her Thing bean. Girl tell boy that Hulk beat Thing every time they fight. That right. Rock-man cannot defeat the Hulk. No one can defeat the Hulk! Hulk tell girl next time, make sure boy have Hulk bean. Bean. That stupid. Have Hulk toy, like girl has. Everyone should have Hulk toy. Hulk better than Thing. Better looking, too. Orange. Ugh. Green much nicer.
Hulk not like this blogging thing. Hulk not think he will do this again. Bah! Go find something to smash. Hulk bored. permalink
Listen, if Andrew Sullivan can have a guest blogger, and Kate can have a guest blogger, then dammit, I can have a guest blogger. If you've been a regular reader of this blog, I think you can guess who my guest blogger is going to be.
And yes, you're right. See the next post. permalink
That must be from my publishing days. It's a lot of fun to make headlines from the titles of books and movies and clichés and the like. Of course, some are more fun than others, and some are downright awful, but hey, what's life without a little bit of referential wordplay? Dull, I tell you. Dull, dull, dull. Except for Star Trek in its new incarnations. Most of their referential plots sucked giant, hairy mooseer, wait. Family blog. Stop there.
I recently watched the ST:TNG episode where they went back to early 20th century San Francisco and ran into Mark Twain. The writer made Twain out to be a technophobe whose mind was changed after he met the Trek crew (and wound up on the Enteprise). Twain is my favorite author. I have read many biographies. It wasn't just a clever plot device, it was an outrageous character assassination on the man who wrote "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," which was (among other things) a paean to technology by a man who believed strongly in building a better mousetrap (or a better typesetting machine, which was, alas, part of the reason Twain blew through the millions his books earned).
You may have figured out by now that I'm not in a news-posting frame of mind. That's because I worked half a shift today, and have a headache, and want to sit down and watch my soap tapes on my newly fixed 27-inch television set after having suffered with a 13-inch loaner for the past two weeks. (Thanks, Sarah and Larry!) At last, I can read the subtitles all the way from the kitchen again!
Y'know, I just realized that I'm starting off the new year with a new job. Yay me. However, I will not be writing about it much at all. Too many asshats out there who have made too much trouble for other bloggers who make the mistake of writing too many particulars about their jobs. And since I was threatened by one of the crew that lost Moxiepop her job, I guess I'll just keep my mouth shut. Oooh, I'm so terrified I can't sleep at night. That Dawn's one scary person. Okay, not really, but she sure thinks so. Yeah, whatever.
No, actually, the reason I won't post about my new job much is for the same reason I don't post much about my teaching job. People I work with can read this website, and you never can tell what people will take offense about. So the most you'll hear from me is "Busy working today, posting will be light" or some such thing. Although I will say that I'm enjoying the hell out of it so far, and there is potential to enjoy it even more as the weeks go by.
I'll see if I can't get some of those changes I promised done over the weekend. In the meantime, hey, enjoy yourselves. It's the end of the 2003 holiday season. Time to get started with a new year, and that means no more holidays until spring. Nothing. Nada. Bupkus. Yes, I know, a cheerful thought for all you nine-to-five wage slaves. That's me, working hard to bring you as many cheerful thoughts as possible.
Okay. Stopping now. permalink
The first day of the new year, and I am back home in Richmond (made it in record time, too, as I was able to drive a pretty steady ten miles over the limit for most of the trip). I've updated the archives and added a folder for 2004. And I'll be revamping the standard copy and maybe sprucing up the site a bit over the next few weeks. I'll also finish putting up my highlights of 2002 and get started on 2003. Yes, I procrastinate a bit. But not nearly as much as the United Nations. Get this: an issue has come up for consideration in the UN General Assembly's 2004 agenda: The Israeli bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.
Yes, the new year will be much like the old year, in a lot of ways. permalink
Last week's blogs are archived. Looking for the Buffy Blogburst Index? Here's Israel vs. the world. Here's the Blogathon. The Superhero Dating Ratings are here. If you're looking for something funny, try the Hulk's solution to the Middle East conflict, or Yasser Arafat Secret Phone Transcripts. Iseema bin Laden's diary and The Fudd Doctrine are also good bets if you've never been here before.