Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Indoor Plumbing

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 Stay Inside

“Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.”  

—Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), film maker 













 • Editorial Comment: Like toilets.







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Fishboys
















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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Pope says, “Shut Up”

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Holy Intervention

“Pope Francis on Thursday warned that journalism, when based on rumors, can be a form of terrorism, meaning a ‘weapon of destruction’ of both people and nations.  

‘I have often spoken of rumors as ‘terrorism,’ of how you can kill a person with the tongue,’ Francis said.”

Ines San Martin, Pope says journalism based on rumors and fear is ‘terrorism’, The Crux, Sept. 22, 2016 (Thanks to alert WORDster Steve Marston)


 • Editorial Comment: Meus deus.


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Kneeland Glen













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Friday, September 23, 2016

Short Attention Spans

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Anyone Listening?


“In an era in which attention spans are short, it is going to be hard because you’re going to have to figure out ways to make it more entertaining, and you’re going to have to be more creative, not less. Because if you just do great reporting and nobody reads it, that doesn’t do anybody any good, either.”

—Barack Obama, addressing annual gathering of Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting,  Obama’s speech on press, politics at Syracuse University event,” 2016


 • Editorial Comment: What’s on Netflix?


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Beachtime













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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bovines

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Mooo


“Writers maybe just stare, like cows — just staring. Most people don’t stare. A writer is unembarrassed to just keep looking.”
—Barry Hannah, novelist












 • Editorial Comment: I’m staring right now. I see too many bovines.






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Neckflex













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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Movies Are Weird

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Double-Take


Sundance is weird. The movies are weird — you actually have to think about them when you watch them.” 

—Britney Spears, philosopher-princess-singer in Nate von Zumwalt, “Your Guide to a Summer of Movies that Britney Spears Would Find ‘Weird,’ June 8, 2016

 Editorial Comment: Man, I hate that thinking thing.


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Weird










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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Snowden & The Post

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Double-Take


“[T]he Washington Post has achieved an ignominious feat in U.S. media history: the first-ever paper to explicitly editorialize for the criminal prosecution of its own source — one on whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. But even more staggering than this act of journalistic treachery against the papers own source are the claims made to justify it.”

—Glenn Greenwald, journalist, who won a Pulitzer based on Edward Snowden’s NSA document leaks, “WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer), The Intercept, Sept. 18, 2016. See Washington Post editorial, “No Pardon for Edward Snowden,” Sept. 17, 2016



 Editorial Comment: We changed our mind.


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Seasonal Cards













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Monday, September 19, 2016

Craven Symbiosis

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The Drumpf’s on Us
“I polled a number of journalists and scholars, and there was a broad (though not universal) view that we in the media screwed up. Our first big failing was that television in particular handed Trump the microphone without adequately fact-checking him or rigorously examining his background, in a craven symbiosis that boosted audiences for both.”

—Nicholas Kristoff, columnist, “My Shared Shame: The Media Helped Make Trump,” The New York Times, March 26, 2016




 Editorial Comment: We all thought he was a joke. Joke’s on us.








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Kibitzer













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Friday, September 16, 2016

Insert Brain Here

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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose

“‘Dave, my mind is going,’ HAL says, forlornly. ‘I can feel it. I can feel it.’” 

“I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going — so far as I can tell — but it’s changing. 

“I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. 

“Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.”

—Nicholas Carr, crazy person and writer, Is Google Making Us Stupid? The Atlantic, 2008


 Editorial Comment: I’m sorry . . . I’ve lost track. What were we saying?



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The Crabs










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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crack Me an Egg Plant

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Crazy Talk

“Let’s face it — English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England, nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

“We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.”

—Richard Lederer, wordist, “English Is a Crazy Language,” Anu Garg’s A.Word.A.Day (title stolen from the Bible and Today's WORD...)


 Editorial Comment: Wait . . . .what about hot dogs?



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Lazy Hog, Brookings, Oregon









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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Quiet Life

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Quiet Down



“I loved the life, the secret life, of the typewriter when the house was quiet.”

—Barry Hannah (1942-2010), novelist










 Editorial Comment: My typewriter is not that quiet.



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Front Window












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