Thursday, May 17, 2007

Without Further Comment #17 (Cleared Up Edition)

J: Do you believe in God?
A: Of course I believe in God.
J: Why do you believe in God?
A: The Bible tells us to believe in God.
J: That’s circular reasoning.
A: I’m glad we have that all cleared up.
J: Yes. Would you like to hear a joke?

(from Discover magazine {via Digg}: two artificial intelligence "chat bots" attempt to converse. click through for the entire hilarity)

I am totally uncreative

Thanks to Jeremy for pointing out the striking similarities between my new business card...

...and the greatest album of all time.

It guess it could have been worse -- I could have put a picture of Steve Jobs on the back.

(Addendum: And, holy shit! The color scheme of YHF totally matches this blog. I've got some serious Tweedy jonsing.)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Vacaying on the Continent is one of life's little joys. (Can I get an amen?)

I just recently got back from way too long in Spain. I basically managed to hit every town of note below Madrid, with a brief respite to the UK by waltzing into Gibraltar. The only thing that spoilt my unbridled enjoyment was seeing this advertising campaign in every town I visited:

(click for a larger view)

They all say "Your euro goes further in New York" and then demonstrate the insane extravagances you -- a blue collar Spanish street sweeper -- will be able to afford in cheap, cheap Nueva York. Basically it was a daily reminder of how I was being shafted on my bocadilla de casa.

My question to the 2008 candidates: What are you going to do about this? I want four forks and someone to feed me grapes! I would hate to suffer through a Cold War era luxury gap! Listen up guys (and gal) -- this is a litmus test issue for Staying West! I look forward to hearing your plans.

Things Annoying Me Yesterday

1. This graph...still:

2. Seasonal allergy symptoms.