MonkeyNose
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Sep 23, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Your iPhone Can Have a Small Chair.
Change "is launching" to "has launched"

I got it (iTunes link) and I think it's pretty great. $6 is a small price to give back for all the great reading I've found on their website. The other content is a bonus, far as I'm concerned.
Jul 31, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Overwhelming Farce.
The problem with those other films mentioned (War Inc., etc) is that they miss the point of satire by applying their morality bumper sticker. Until I saw this film, I was convinced that the ghost of Terry Southern was dead for good. What Southern did in Strangelove, but also in The Magic Christian among others, was prove the DADAist point that if the world is brutal, absurdity is the only response.

The brilliance of this film is that it manages to be flat-out hilarious while still feeling within the realm of the real. Southern used absurdity to point out the idiotic pandering to power America fell to in the mid-century. This film uses absurdity to point out that even in our cynical age, those power structures still exist and the power they have is just as real, but it does it without outright mockery of the absurd people its filming.

Not all the comedy is in the words: the characterization of English, Scottish and Americans types is spot-on and hilarious. The inner-office politics well-laid, and just for the insults alone, this is worth the price of admission. As someone who saw the film, I'll back Nelson's remarks.
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Jul 31, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Overwhelming Farce.
The problem with those other films mentioned (War Inc., etc) is that they miss the point of satire by applying their morality bumper sticker. Until I saw this film, I was convinced that the ghost of Terry Southern was dead for good. What Southern did in Strangelove, but also in The Magic Christian among others, was prove the DADAist point that if the world is brutal, absurdity is the only response.

The brilliance of this film is that it manages to be flat-out hilarious while still feeling within the realm of the real. Southern used absurdity to point out the idiotic pandering to power America fell to in the mid-century. This film uses absurdity to point out that even in our cynical age, those power structures still exist and the power they have is just as real, but it does it without outright mockery of the absurd people its filming.

Not all the comedy is in the words: the characterization of English, Scottish and Americans types is spot-on and hilarious. The inner-office politics well-laid, and just for the insults alone, this is worth the price of admission. As someone who saw the film, I'll back Nelson's remarks.
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Jul 27, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Her Shiny Earring.
David Sedaris tells the story of asking fans questions as he signs their books. One question he employed was "when was the last time you touched a monkey?"

Most people would answer "never," or perhaps, "well, there was that one time in Borneo...."

One woman, however, was taken aback by the question. "Why?" she asked. "Can you smell it on me?"
Jul 16, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on My Friend Is Still Visiting Branson, Missouri.
I saw Ms. Rigby in Peter Pan when I was young, in the 1970s in Los Angeles. I believe she has made a career of the role.
Jul 1, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on No More Rye Impostors.
I think it's dumb to block the publication. Either:

1) The book sells and is good, in which case there is a renewed interest in Catcher that makes it more relevant than its current position in 20th C canon, or

2) The book sucks and it goes away and no more is heard from it.

I hope that our young Swede starts right in on the sequel to Moby Dick. There's plenty to steal from Ishmael, and it's in the public domain.
Jun 1, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Anyone Want to Split the Cost of an ISBN Scanner?.
@12 -- there is software and scanners you can get for BlackBerry's that a lot of internet booksellers use. If you ever have a garage sale, plump middle aged ladies with horrible fashion will come and molest the barcodes on all of your books, and then attempt to talk you down since "They can't make any money on them."
Jun 1, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on Anyone Want to Split the Cost of an ISBN Scanner?.
I have Delicious Library on my mac. I just exported a CSV of the ISBN numbers, pasted it into the field, and my library is now online and searchable! Very easy.

And Library works with the built in camera, so no need to buy external reader. Not connected to Delicious Monster, just a happy customer.
May 26, 2009 MonkeyNose commented on CA Supremes Uphold Prop 8....
I am against prop 8, but I think this is a good thing:

1. They essentially have created two classes of California gay people -- those who are married within a certain window, and those who aren't. California is, essentially, recognizing gay marriage, and this is a wedge that makes it seem MORE unfair. Separate but unequal. Since they recognize gay marriage, however, they will have to recognize marriages performed in other states.

2. If the California Supreme Court had overturned the prop process, it would have driven the wackjobs even wackier, and potentially violent (it hits all their bullshit victim buttons, activist judges, etc etc). This way, a new proposition can be pushed through, and (as the rest of the country is showing) will get voted through. They will have no solid argument against it since they were beaten at their own game.

Gay marriage is coming to all of the US very soon. This is laying groundwork that will pay off.