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The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they`ve found it.
Terry Pratchett

  • Just can't wait for "The End of Time"
    Regular readers here know that I'm a long time Doctor Who fan. That's why it's with some sadness that I await the approach of the two-episode finale for David Tennant's tenure as the Tenth Doctor. Over his four full seasons and multiple specials in 2009, Tennant redefined the role and even began to rival Tom Baker for my favorite Doctor. This time, fortunately, BBC America will be showing these episodes one day after they air in the U.K.; so I don't have to choose between waiting several months to see them or getting them by BitTorrent. In any case, there are some tantalizing clues about what might happen and how the Doctor might be forced to regenerate in these trailers:

  • I’m sorry but we blew up your laptop (welcome to Israel) (tip to inwit)

  • Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World (tip to inwit)
    Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth.

    According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians—the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government—were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization.


  • Steal These Books
    Like many teenagers, I went through a brief shoplifting phase, pilfering a Maybelline Kissing Potion, a pack of Adams Sour Apple Gum and, as my final heist, a Toffifay candy bar. But I never would’ve considered stealing a book. Books, I believed, were sacred.

    Apparently, not everyone shares this idea. With the recession, shoplifting is on the rise, according to booksellers. At BookPeople in Austin, Tex., the rate of theft has increased to approximately one book per hour. I asked Steve Bercu, BookPeople’s owner, what the most frequently stolen title was.

    “The Bible,” he said, without pausing.




 

Comments

I wonder if Applecare covers it...?

The responses to the laptop story are amusing. I liked this one:

“Hi I’m an apple”

“Hi, i’m an M16″ BAM!

wanna see a rw jewish blog on this issue where the famous me is a commenter? sure you do.

http://muqata.blogspot.com/2009/12/did-you-pack-that-mac.html

How could I resist?

You mean 'infamous' don't you? ;)

The Sumerian-God story is hilarious too:

"I do not understand," reads an ancient line of pictographs depicting the sun, the moon, water, and a Sumerian who appears to be scratching his head. "A booming voice is saying, 'Let there be light,' but there is already light. It is saying, 'Let the earth bring forth grass,' but I am already standing on grass."
"Everything is here already," the pictograph continues. "We do not need more stars."

Frankly, the entire series of 10 historical stories in the Onion is terrific:

"Our research indicates that da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Galileo basically hoisted the entire intellectual transformation of mankind onto their shoulders while everyone else just sat around being superstitious nimrods," said Sue Viero of the Correr Museum of Art in Venice, Italy. "Here's da Vinci busting his ass to paint such masterpieces as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, while some loser like Albrecht Dürer is doing these dinky little woodcuts that are basically worthless."

the entire series of 10 historical stories in the Onion is terrific:

amen!

oh - that's where jb got this to show me.

You probably won't like this, but I hate the new Doctor Who. I am a huge fan of the Classic series (enough so, that I've written fanfic). The new one just put me off. I couldn't get into it. I did try, it was awful. So I gave up. A few years later, I found out that Gallifrey was gone, giving me even less reason to watch it. It dawned on me that the show had become it own put down. It's a paraphrase of something the Doctor said to the Cybermen in “The Revenge of the Cybermen” “You've no home planet, no influence, nothing! You're just some geezer whizzing about the galaxy in an ancient TADIS.” When a show becomes it own put down, it's jumped the shark. Then there's this quote from Nicholas Courteny about the new show: “The technology's wonderful - they've a damn sight bigger budget than we had. There are some good performances. Great ideas. But I think where it loses out is in doing a whole story in 45 minutes. It appears too rushed and has what I call the "restless camera".” Not what I would call a ringing endorsement of the series.

Enjoy the show. I'll be watching “Robot” instead.

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