Nomological Net

Stray thoughts from here and there. The occasional concern for construct validity. No more logic. Fish.


faults in the clouds of delusion

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hope kicks fear's ass

Back in August I was chastised by one of my favorite people, a 70+ year old man, for referring to myself as a cynic. Okay, then, so maybe I'm not technically a cynic. Call me a pessimist, been around the block, seen it all, show me the money. I've worked with and for the dream merchants, studied the stuff, teach it to eager young hucksters, that's how I pull my weight.

But maybe I'm not a cynic after all. Not enough to be sold a little moonshine, anyway. Because that's what last night's 'infomercial' was -- a brilliant, luminiscent, picture-perfect, tone-perfect piece of mass communication. (Click the link to see it if you haven't; read the comments as well.)

Help me, it was a piece of history. History, right in the making. I have never felt affected in this way by any public figure. (Musicians excepted, possibly, as I hear a familiar voice while I type... I don't know, it must have been the roses...) Things will probably get a lot worse before they get better. But last night, I felt as if they might. Things might get better.

I hope they don't kill him.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Scientific progress goes boink

"$4/$5 = x/25 -- find x."

It's not surprising that they ask to use a calculator for this.

When you take into account the facts that:
a) all their i-phones have calculators, and
b) they get it wrong anyway.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Bill Maher's new movie -- think of it as a cross between Borat and a Michael Moore film, intelligently done and funny. Pity it's only going to preach to the choir, though (ha ha), and sink without a trace. Still, I'm glad someone did it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Just stopping by to share a couple of comments from the latest post at 538, my new favorite site.

brooklynjoe said...

It's a sad day indeed when the local chapter of "Ohio Christians !Against! Baby-Murdering Muslims For-President" can only muster one rather despondent looking protester. Unfortunately, the photo has been cropped so you can't see his companion protester with the sign that read, "Ohio-Christians !Against! the Misuse of Hyphens and Exclamation-Points!"
October 13, 2008 10:02 PM

Shap said...

Without the hyphen one would be talking about baby muslims who are murderers.

October 13, 2008 10:09 PM

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gramps gets philosophical

I've come to expect all kinds of brain-twisters from the GOP-ers this presidential season, but I hadn't thought I'd come across one that was actually thought-provoking. Here's something that the angry old man threw out yesterday:

"What I don't know is what the unexpected will be."

I've been thinking about this all night and I still don't get it. Does that mean he does know what the unexpected currently is, but he's a bit lost about what it will be tomorrow?

Friday, October 03, 2008


TPB: "Don't mistreat me. I'm middle class. I'm Sixpack Joe."

(Aw shucks, there I go again. Better start un-rearing my ugly maritime head, or whatever it is that Washington people do.)