Western Conference Finals, Game 5: Rockets 98, Warriors 94

Posted in Whatever Else on May 25th, 2018 by bill

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Wait, what?

He’s Your Back Door Man

Posted in Whatever Else on May 22nd, 2018 by bill

So this morning I was reading a Serious News story on the New York Times about the uneasy alliance between Israel’s Netanyahu government and evangelical Christians, who don’t really like each other but find it convenient to work together in pursuit of their respective goals. But shallow person that I am, it was the following paragraph that really caught my attention:

“You have this evangelical who ends his prayer knowing full well that it’s inappropriate, that the Jews there are going to be upset that he did that, and not able to answer ‘amen’ to his prayer,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Such an explicitly Christian prayer, he warned, revived old fears of many Jews that evangelical support for Israel is “a way to sweeten us up and get us soft to get Jesus through the back door.”

Brain Stew for Dinner

Posted in Whatever Else on November 20th, 2017 by bill

Sure, the late Charlie Manson did a lot of bad stuff. But he also inspired this, one of my favorite comedy bits ever. So he wasn’t, like, all bad.

Overheard in the Cafe Today

Posted in Whatever Else on September 11th, 2017 by bill

And this is probably not what the person said, but this is what I heard:

“There’s a form of happiness that’s free, but it’s really crappy.”

Overheard on the Arcata Plaza yesterday

Posted in Whatever Else on June 15th, 2017 by bill

First Little Girl: Tag!

Second Little Girl: We’re not playing tag.

First Little Girl: Oh.

Song of the Week, 4/29/2017

Posted in Whatever Else on April 29th, 2017 by bill

Richard Berry (no relation to Chuck), best known as the writer and original performer of “Louie Louie,” was an artist of stupendous talent and breadth. This romantic number, for my money, is one of the most criminally underappreciated songs of all time.

Statement of Policies and Principles, 2017

Posted in Whatever Else on January 7th, 2017 by bill

So yet another year is upon us. Reviewing last year’s output, I found that there was more of it than I thought, and that it was mostly of reasonable quality. This was heartening. There will be more to say and do, I think, but first I want to get a few things straight.

First off, I do not approve of my country’s recent choice of president. I do not consider his election legitimate, given that a) he lost the popular vote by several million and b) he was aided and abetted by the FBI, Russia, and Anthony Weiner’s penis. But what’s done is done, and I may on occasion have to make reference to him; so I have decided that on those occasions, I will use Jon Stewart’s apt coinage “Fuckface Von Clownstick.” President Von Clownstick is scheduled, barring deus ex machina, to take office in just over two weeks. The forecast is for, at minimum, corruption, mismanagement, and institutionalized racism; nuclear war does not seem out of the question, but I do my best to remain hopeful.

On that note, let’s move on to a happier subject, your Golden State Warriors. When last we saw the W’s, they had lost the NBA Finals but gained a Kevin Durant. I haven’t written about them since then because my officially stated position is this: There’s no point getting all worked up about the regular season again. Putting up gaudy win totals is nice, but the games that matter will be played in April, May, and June. I’ve still watched most of the games, but I’ve also missed a few, and it is — again — my officially stated position that this is fine.

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The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 10

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch, Whatever Else on November 14th, 2016 by bill

breakfast-of-champions

Goodbye Blue Monday, indeed.

Breakfast of Champions (which I am pleased to note shares its initials with the Blue Oyster Cult) beckons. Let’s meet up next Monday at the end of Chapter 8, where we’ll see the emblem of the Pluto Gang on the back of a jacket.

Three words expressing how I feel about the election

Posted in Whatever Else on November 10th, 2016 by bill

Really, America? Really?

The Best Paragraph About Food I’ve Read This Week…

Posted in Whatever Else on October 31st, 2016 by bill

…is also the most pretentious. But I love it anyway.

From an article about the Italian chef Massimo Bottura:

Lunch ends with “Camouflage,” a dessert whose original bud of development in Bottura’s febrile mind goes back to a conversation between Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein — something he once read about. It is arranged on a plate in the colors of military garb, and made out of powdery and custardy layers of chocolate, spices, foie gras, red wine, and the blood of a wild hare.