Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Randomly Funny (Kind Of Like The Simpsons Has Become)

* Wil Wheaton played the unrepentantly whiny Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. As shudder-inducing as Wesley was however, Mr. Wheaton is a prolific writer and a funny guy, especially when reminiscing about his days on the Enterprise D. Even if you never saw the show, his plot synopses are worth the time to read while enjoying the twenty minute lunch hour you are allotted at your dead-end, internet-capable job.

* Unions are inherently funny once you learn to ignore the bloated costs to the consumer involved in union labor. Take this bit from an article describing an impending strike of BART workers in California:

"They point to rules requiring that two workers remove seat covers and backing for cleaning. A utility worker unsnaps the cushion. A journeyman mechanic is called in to remove two screws for the seat backing."

* If you haven't seen this video of Josh Womack doing that crazy bat swing, look at it now. The first time I saw it I thought it was a fake, but it appears to be the real deal.

* A year or so ago there was a lot of handwringing over the mysterious legless frogs. There were a lot of them turning up in Minnesota and ecologists and other scientists began investigating. Of course at the time global warming was blamed, along with evil corporations dumping chemical waste. It turns out that Occam's razor is still sharp. Bonus funny: I had to go to a U.K. news site to find a link to this story.

* Okay, I tried to keep politics out of this but I failed. It's just that I find this funny. Funny in the laugh-or-I-might-just-cry sort of way. In short, Barney Frank wants Fannie and Freddie to loosen their lending standards because currently they're too harsh and people might not buy in new developments. Now, for a dash of existentialism (pretension?): do I find this funny because I still have housing bubble residue on my clothes or because there are still people out there that, after reading the linked article, will still vote for this guy because he has a -(D) after his name?

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