Saucers of Mud

January 24, 2008

SUNY Theme Song

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 6:35 pm

I heard they needed one, so here goes. Notice my emphasis on their high academic standards.

On the Lake Erie Shore
There’s a school called Buffalo
That’s where you wanna go
To get a college degree

You won’t have to cram
For a midterm or a final exam
If you’ve been studying hard
And there’s another campus in Potsdam
as well as Buffalo

Cayuga, Fredonia
Baby let us loan ya
tuition; you want to
go to Oneonta
Niagara, Oswego
Baby why don’t we go
down to Buffalo
we’ll take some classes and see what we know
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Buffalo

Stony Brook, I wanna take a look

[sax solo]

January 19, 2008

A Joke

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 6:28 pm

When Gwen Stefani was complaining loudly in the produce section, what did she say?

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January 17, 2008

I ♣ Huckabee

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 9:27 pm

Charming; Huckabee is drawing support from a group that supports flying the Confederate flag. The anti-McCain ad condemns McCain for saying that his Confederate ancestors were “on the wrong side of history.” Which seems like about the mildest thing you could say about people who were fighting on the pro-slavery side. (Note: Some, perhaps many, Confederate soldiers were forcibly conscripted. They were still on the wrong side of history, even if it mostly wasn’t their fault. History is like that.)

Says Greg Sargent, “Huckabee has not distanced himself from the ads. Huckabee’s position on the issue is that the Federal government should stay out of states’ disputes over the flag.” I would say that this is a craven evasion, because you can believe that the Federal government should stay out of an issue and still condemn the side that takes the morally wrong position on an issue. But I don’t think that Huckabee does believe that you can take a moral position on an issue and still think that the federal government should stay out of it.

(NB: This blog does not endorse any of Huckabee’s rivals for the GOP nomination. The official position of this blog is that all the GOP candidates are the worst, except possibly for all the others.)

January 15, 2008

In Case You Were Wondering

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 10:09 am

John Hagee is a nutty divisive bigot.

Mike Huckabee has directly embraced John Hagee. His disclaimer of Hagee has been unusually mild — he has said “I’m going to let Pastor Hagee speak to that because, you know, I can’t speak for him anymore than he could speak for me. I’m sure that there’re things I’ll say that he disagrees with.”

Richard Cohen has never mentioned Hagee in his column.

[UPDATE: To be fair, Cohen has taken shots at Huckabee for capitalizing on religious intolerance. But there's a big difference between Huckabee's direct embrace of Hagee and the degrees-of-separation game Cohen is playing with Obama.]

January 10, 2008

A YouTube Video

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:24 pm

via a random search, this is cute:

Does anyone know where I can find the Charlie Brown clip with this music?

(And I wondered this too.)

January 7, 2008

Out with the frog, in with the orange man

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 10:16 am

James Fallows complains about Hillary Clinton’s use of the boiled-frog myth here. When making the point that “people can get used to slowly worsening circumstances that would shock them if confronted all at once” (Fallows), people often claim that if you put a frog in hot water it will jump out, but if you raise the temperature of the water gradually you can boil it. The problem with this vivid metaphor is that it isn’t true. So we need a new metaphor to describe the real underlying phenomenon.

I’m surely too late for Fallows’ contest, but I thought of an image: the orange man. A man ate so many carrots and tomatoes that, over a period of years, he turned orange. This was the first thing that the doctor noticed when he saw him. But when he told the patient that he was orange, the man looked down at his skin and said “I’ve always been ruddy.” A change that was remarkable when you’re confronted with it all at once went unnoticed because it happened gradually.

[The analogy with the sorites paradox is obvious; maybe I should post this at my philosophy blog.]

Some of you may remember this as a subplot in the premiere of House, M.D. House’s conclusion there is wrong — in real life the man’s wife was perfectly faithful, but the change was every bit as gradual for her as it was for him, so she didn’t notice either. That episode raised the question of why, given that House is known for being abrasive, the director of the hospital would have the first patient he talks to be an important donor. The whole series made me think that having Hugh Laurie play an American is like having Charlie Chaplin do voice-overs; he may be very good at it but it doesn’t play to his strengths.

January 3, 2008

Jack of All Trades

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 3:41 pm

I was poking around TV Tropes and I noticed the claim that “The Bruce Campbell vehicle Jack Of All Trades had possibly the best intro sequence ever.” And indeed:

I had never heard of this show before. Could it possibly live up to the intro?

Something I Learned Today

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 12:13 pm

Don’t leave a full water bottle in your car in Vermont in January.

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