It’s fish-fry-Friday, but I had turkey.

Let’s clear some links:

  • Occam’s Razor: a webcomic, the first I’ll post today, but not the last.
  • In Praise of Bullshit: it cites On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt.
  • Pinky TA: a second webcomic, but not the last.
  • A Lesson Is Learned: webcomic number three … the one with the best, most surrealistic and beautiful art.
  • Hamas TV makes a martyr out of Mickey Mouse double: “A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children’s television program was beaten to death in the show’s final episode Friday.” And: “In the final skit, ‘Farfour’ was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a ‘terrorist.'” And you wonder why most of us have NO sympathy for Hamas, and, alas, equate them with all Palestinians. Cl.. Hamas’s tactics are no better than the Nazi’s in their portrayal of Jews. And as long as they use such xenophobic rhetoric, they’ll never gain international respect (except in the eyes of Iran).
  • not included: webcomic number four!
  • Dresden Codak: I’ve posted this comic before … it has great moments.
  • poor thing must go through a ton of razors: an interesting work of “art.”
  • Beautycheck: virtual attractiveness (with Virtual Miss Germany)
  • Double uterus: “In a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ — the uterus. Sometimes, however, the tubes don’t join completely. Instead, each one develops into a separate cavity. This condition is called double uterus (uterus didelphys).”
  • Films that may be more interesting with a letter or two missing: from McSweeney’s — including “Aging Bull,” Who Framed Roger Rabbi” and “The Earless Vampire Killers.”
  • Grass’s Fact and Fiction, Fighting to a Draw: The NY Times on Guenter Grass’s recent memoir, in English — “‘Peeling the Onion’ is a verbally dazzling but often infuriating piece of work, bristling with harsh self-criticism, murky evasions and coy revisions of a past that, Mr. Grass steadfastly insists, presents itself to his novelist’s imagination as a parade of images and stories asking to be manipulated.”
  • Tolkien tales come alive in Denmark’s Faeroe Islands: It would be lovely to visit.

My Firefox window has too many open tabs.

This morning I had a meeting my adviser; it went very well, and lasted four hours. I came away feeling optimistic about my work and some future prospects. I then walked to town and wrote for a couple hours while sitting at Fair Trade drinking two glasses of iced coffee and people watching. And there were some glorious people-watching opportunities — it is summer, after all. We met earlier at Ground Zero, which had that great punny coffee shop name long before 9/11. After Fair Trade I took a walk up to Cosi; I hadn’t yet eaten at the Madison Cosi.

When I was in Chicago last fall I pointed it out as a place I’d been to years ago but I’d forgotten the name; Leena refused to eat there because it was a chain. The next day the grad students (including me) stopped there for coffee before heading out of town. At the one here in Madison, which was mostly deserted this evening, I ordered the grilled turkey and brie sandwich … and, as I described the people watching … it was glorious, a great mix of meat and cheese with a spicy honey-mustard sauce of sorts that seemed more like horseradish but was delicious on their “artisan” bread. The cashier was friendly and almost witty, perhaps bored by the lack of customers. I finished and walked nearby to Four-Star and spent the better part of half and hour picking out action-oriented films to watch this weekend. I might just brave the “director’s” cut of Alexander because I’m really rather curious. Shortbus and a few other things had to wait because they’re still “new” DVDs, and while I could have fit one or two on the coupon, they’re due back earlier.

Tonight: The Verve (I finished the Transsylvanians last night).

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