Friday, April 30, 2010


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ovation Inflation

I just went to see a touring production of Avenue Q here at Purdue, and I've been struck by something I've noticed out here in Indiana. Apparently the audiences here are willing to give even average performances a standing ovation. Tonight's show was good, but it certainly was not extraordinary. I've even seen the ovation given to below-average performances (e.g. the orchestral piece based on "Flags of Our Fathers" where the balance was so far off one couldn't hear the narrator half the time). I feel like if I ever see a performance that is truly amazing, I'll lack an appropriate way to express it, with the standing ovation having been so severely devalued. Grump.

Also, those dang kids need to get off my lawn. *brandishes cane menacingly*

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This is my life

From PhD Comics:

Except the last frame should really have a "(sort of)" appended to the end of it.

Quote of the Day

This is what I think of pretty much all Congressional hearings:
The statements from the Senators make it clear that they are not holding this hearing in order to find out what happened; that's the SEC's job. They're holding this hearing in order to be televised yelling at investment bankers.
Just an excuse for populist grandstanding.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Color me unsurprised

File this one under "shocking reports nobody could have seen coming":
Report: Health overhaul will increase tab
Health and Human Services experts say plan falls short of controlling costs

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Funny, and yet not

I think if I went to a workshop like this, I wouldn't be able to keep from laughing at it.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

You have got to be kidding me...

Good grief:
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is afraid that the U.S. Territory of Guam is going to "tip over and capsize" due to overpopulation.
What a moron.