Saturday, August 30, 2003

Consuming mass quantities

I see that my friend Kevin has discovered what happens when you have two eating machines--aka teenage boys over for supper. Six pounds of food...gone. Still hungry.

He's another devotee of spaetzle, those little Eastern european dumplings. Ironically, I rediscovered spaetzle as a side dish in the cookbook How The World Cooks Chicken.

Friday, August 29, 2003

I was lucky

Colby Cosh is still owed some money by the Byfields:

There is no word from the former publishers of the Report on back vacation pay or statutory severance, even though the 60-day "temporary layoff" we were coerced into observing has now ended. No doubt you'll be reading more about this on other sites quite soon. I'm puzzled that they have chosen to handle the matter this way (i.e., by not handling it), even granting that the remaining assets of the company don't amount to much. I'm owed at least C$8,000, by the most conservative possible accounting. Because I'm in such a tight financial fix, I would happily sign away the debt for a good deal less than $8,000, if it arrived (a) quickly and (b) in cash. Go ahead, guys, exploit me! I'm just sitting here!

Hmm...that's odd. I was only owed a few hundred dollars and was finally paid earlier this month. No kill fee for the stuff I was working on, but hadn't filed yet...but I guess that I got off relatively lucky.

Funny...the GST rebate that the government owed to the magazine was supposed to pay everyone off, I understand.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Is Ben Mulroney gay?

Xtra, the Toronto gay newspaper, reports that Ben Mulroney is not gay, or at least not talking about it.

It doesn't matter to me if he is or not, but maybe everyone using search engine variants of "Ben Mulroney, gay" to stumble onto my weblog will know to look at the above linked article now. I seem to get a hit per day looking for information on that subject, so hopefully this is helpful to the curious.

Arnold Watch

"I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman."

--Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Sean Hannity radio show Wednesday, according to NewsMax.

Why is it that Arnold can say something like this yet not be laughed at as Dan Quayle was. Oh, he's not a conservative right-winger. Never mind.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

How intercessory prayer helps businesses... article from Christianity Today.
Come up with your own Dynomite! joke

Jimmie J.J. Walker has a weblog.

Thanks to Enter Stage Right.
Where's a rewrite desker when you need him?

22 things that need correction in The Bible.
ESPN's list...

...of the best sports-related inventions ever.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Does this mean I can keep the TV set too?

Thursday is the Holiday Inn Towel Amnesty Day. Not only will the chain forgive you for swiping their towels, they are also soliciting your favourite stories and anecdotes about your stolen towels.

Thanks to The G Spot.
Back to English lit

Evereybody's memorizing poetry over at National Review Online's Corner.

I wonder what poems my friend The Ambler would suggest that you memorize or read. He enjoys a lot of poetry.
No smiles please, we're Canadian

AFP is reporting that due to security concerns, the Canadian government doesn't want any expressions, let alone smiles, in passport photos.

Our facial muscles are all supposed to be frozen solid, I guess.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Donald Duck, Christian worship singer

Off several pages from have to register, providing an e-mail address, to hear the music:

Tim Gibson Tim writes Christian worship songs and plays them solo with his guitar. They are songs to awaken the spirit to God and to be used in congregational worship or one's own quiet time with the Lord. He also sings like Donald Duck!

A fun version of Amazing Grace sung by Donald Duck.Please don't think this is trivializing the song asI don't think it is, but it's using a talent that I've used for kids camps that I believe will create a fresh interest in this beautiful song.

Story Behind the Song

When I saw there was an Amazing Grace radio
station on MP3 I thought it would be great to produce
a kids version and one that would also appeal to adults
using my talent of speaking and singing like
Donald Duck. This is the result.

Well. If you are brave, you could download Duck Praise, Mr. Gibson's "Donald Duckyfied" seven song CD. Here's the link.

He seems like a nice enough guy though. Here's his website.


Nice Tits--Pictures of Tits.

Thanks April Winchell.
"The balcony is closed"...minded

The Rightwing Film Geek is dismayed by the liberalism of film critic Roger Ebert.
Canadian Press belatedly discovers...

...the problem of judicial activism, in a story that moved on their wires this weekend.

For what it's worth, The Report, in its various incarnations, was all over this story for many years.
I'd have named this "Moses joins the Red Army"

From the online collection of Russian, Chinese and Cuban political posters The Chairman Smiles.
For all your Stalinist visual propaganda needs

An online collection of Stalin-era posters and artwork from the Socialist realist school: Propaganda Art.

Thanks Exclamation Mark.
Porn ain't fun

Tracy Lords' new autobiography reveals that she is having second thoughts about her career as an underage porn star, reports The Globe and Mail.

Thanks to Relapsed catholic, featuring a spiffy new redesign for the tip.

Friday, August 22, 2003

Sorority eye for the straight guy

Two nice young ladies write on their blog about how their makeover helped a male friend become more hunky looking.

I would ask for their advice myself, but I fear that they would advise the "We had to destroy the village in order to save it" approach.
If I were Glen Reynolds

Blogger Jay Solo tries to get noticed by the Lord thy God of Blogdom, aka Instapundit, by writing a song in the latter's honour.
The Lifecycle of a News Story

The Lemon's amusing take on this subject.
"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor...?"
"Forget it, he's rolling."

Many of the featured players in Animal House reunited to participate in a recent parade.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

As featured on Fark

Holy Vision In Toilet Saves Gal From Suicide

A tribute page dedicated to the female Fox News Channel Anchors.
"....One might as well as ask a member of the shopping-cart community why his personal effects include a garbage bag filled with hundreds of pieces of plastic cutlery...."

The Ambler manfully tries to explain Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien's
recent pronouncements on morality and politics. The operative word here being "tries", as Mr. Chretien seems to run his thoughts through a blender set to "Puree" before opening his mouth to utter them.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Run away from your inbox, screaming

Is this the ultimate horrible spam e-mail. If not, it's dismayingly funny anyways...

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

For my singing frog readers

Here's a link to the sheet music to Hello! ma baby, the Warner Brother's Singing Frog's favourite song to sing. Disclaimer! Now you will find out why the cartooon warbler only sang the chorus of the song. Ewww...what lyrics!

It's part of the University of Colorado at Boulder's otherwise neat online Digital Sheet Music collection. Time to polish up The Aeroplane Rag or The Angle Worm Wiggle?

Thanks to Speckled Paint.

A very neat, retro, blog

I agree with Exclamation Mark...Speckled Paint is a neat weblog/website with lots of old, but intriguing, things to look at. Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2003

How to make homemade versions of brand-name foods

I like the Top Secret Recipes books, which show you how to make secret restaurant recipes at home. Some of the books' recipes are posted online at the Top Secret Recipes website.
Pacman fever online

Looking for something fun to do online at lunch? Play a flash version of Pacman here

Sunday, August 17, 2003


The best thing on the ESPN webpage, Gregg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning Quarterback, returns with some amusing suggestions for future movies Arnold Schwarzenegger can do.
But it's *holy* fecal matter

US evangelist Leroy Jenkins is in trouble for handing out well water from his farm that has been condemned by health officials. The story on this is here.

Friday, August 15, 2003

A new meaning to the term "radiant beauty"

A 1918 newspaper ad that promotes Radium Face Cream, with "a definite amount of Actual Radium--nature's greatest aid to Beauty" can be found at the online Gallery of Art and Illustration from the Pages of American Newspapers.

Thanks to Exclamation Mark.
"When politicians speak of children, hide the spoons."

National Review is unimpressed with Arnold and still likes Bill Simon

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Time for book lovers to cry

My favourite Portland bookstore is Powell's, but Jeremy's affectionate tribute to the recently closed Fritzler's bookstore makes me wish that I had known about that bookstore too.

Not that it would have helped much, as whenever I have gone on a daytrip to Portland, it's been with my grandmother and she likes to stay in downtown Portland where Powell's--a used bookstore the size of a large department store--is. No usedbooks megastore where I live, unfortunately. If I ever hit the lottery, maybe I should open one.

Orgasm watch

"....In any event, it is my strong belief that the moment when Western Civilization became obsessed with the female orgasm coincided exactly with its final collapse...."

Kevin Michael Grace's post commenting on a response to his piece on The Vagina Monologues is very interesting reading.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Penthouse asks for bankruptcy protection

News item: Penthouse Publisher Files for Bankruptcy.

What, you can't make money on sex? What gives?

It's almost as odd as Hustler for the Lord, that quickie Christian publishing house's book celebrating Hustler publisher Larry Flynt's alleged conversion to Christianity in the 1970s.

Memo to fellow Report-sters: one slightly used magazine publishing empire, for sale, cheap! :). I can just imagine..."Dear editor, I am a student at a small Midwestern college. I never believed any of the letters that I read in this magazine until I had a recent experience of my own. One day the pretty girl who lives next door to me accidentally left her copy of The Conservative Mind in the common room of our dorm...."
Beware a "cult of personality"

I like how Rush explains that Arnold isn't another Reagan.

I would like to add however that some strong California conservatives thought that Reagan was a liberal in conservative's clothing. Kent Steffgen's book Here's the Rest of Him develops this thesis interestingly.

I'd much have another Reagan than a Governator, though. To paraphrase Jack Warner: "No, no, Ronald Reagan for governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger for best friend!"
Former Report-nik acquires power to decide who lives and who dies

My former colleague Jeremy Lott has some neat news about his new editing job. Check it out!


Monday, August 11, 2003

Good ol' free enterprise

Want Arnold for governator, er governor, bumper stickers? This site has 18 non-official ones.

It only took four days after his announcement. Are they slow or what?

I liked this bumper sticker, which opens for $5 on eBay.

Meanwhile, der Arnold has one webpage for his campaign. No position papers, but you can donate money.

I wonder if Arnold has slipped up. Does he plan to make no bumper stickers or other campaign stuff that he could sell around the world? Well, perhaps if he had ordered these to be produced that would have meant that a leak would have spoiled his surprise announcement on the Tonight Show.
"Hasta la vista, Grayby"

Mark Steyn's take on der Arnold's prospects:The Gubernator?

This might be Arnold's best chance to be elected governor, writes Steyn.
That will buy a lot of Humvees

Columnist's Daniel Weintraub's California Insider is following everything about the California gubernatorial election, including der Arnold's tax returns from 2001 and 2002. In 2002, he earned $26 million US!
Can you guess which one of these I own?

Yes, I own one of these Incredibly Strange Religious Records, which I bought on cassette? The page is fun to read at any rate, if you don't care to hazard a guess....
Do that to us one more time

Britney Spears is being considered for her own talk show, according to this weblogger, who is, shall we say, kind of sceptical.

When do I get my own talk show?

Sunday, August 10, 2003

"I will throw you like the hammer throw!"

Kathy Shaidle has come up with a neat idea as she compiles the best quotes from the SCTV TV show. Are your favourite SCTV quotes or moments there yet?

Watch out, it's raining TVs!
Rachel Marsden watch

If you have come here looking for the latest information on Republican Babe Rachel Marsden, you may be interested in this National Post article, which shows that she likes to fudge and mislead in regards to her past.

Alas, I am not a hottie, so I must get by with the truth.

Saturday, August 09, 2003


My condolences to anyone who has to get up this early to go to I just did. Anyways, I hope to have more posting and less kvetching soon.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

What you running for, Willis?

Gary Coleman is running for goveror of California too, as a protest against what he says is the silliness of the recall process.

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

California governors race will end in tie--one vote each--after everybody in state runs

In a quick moving day for politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger announces that he will run for governor of California, as will Arianna Huffington. Jerry Springer, meanwhile, has withdrawn for his Senate bid and plans to concentrate on his TV show.

Friday, August 01, 2003

Buns ahoy!

By the way the aforementioned weblog below has weekly photo caption contests. See how you do!