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September 28, 2006


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Nobel season is upon us, notices Derek Lowe. According to Derek, the smart money thinks it's a race between the green fluorescent protein folks and the organometallic crowd.

* The only two movies Rachel has ever walked out on were arty sex films. That's my favorite genre!

* Geeks in need of a few tips about how to approach girls might want to schedule a session with these folks.

* Lewis Beale thinks it's too bad there aren't more hot-Jewish-dude roles, but celebrates what he thinks is an era of Hot Jewish Babes.

* It seems that the Photoshopped-together ad parody is one of the premier art forms of the 21st century.

* Reid Farmer testifies that, when encountered in sufficiently large numbers, bats smell like wet, dirty dogs.

* Rod Lott can't play chess worth a damn, but he loves reading about the game.

* Lynne Kiesling shares some wisdom about tea bags.

* Is there a difference any longer between a pop show and a porn video?

* I loved the reasons Cowtown Pattie gives for being a blogger. My favorite line in her posting: "Some of us are waiting for that big catch, but most of us just enjoy the fishing." That's for double-sure.

* Being a Baptist is hell on the waistline.

* Searchie decides that Crocs are beautiful after all.

* Digital photos aren't going to yellow or fall apart. What does that mean for memory? asks Nate Davis.

* Asiatown77 -- who has been around -- shares some national stereotypes with us less-traveled sorts.

* On the road in the Southwest, Claire snaps some nifty shots of the spectacular Arches National Park.



posted by Michael at September 28, 2006


I'd go on at length about the training for geeks in how to meet girls, and how it's all part of the Woman Shortage, but I'd be saying nothing that I haven't said already in any number of forums, so I'm not even going to bother trying.

Posted by: Peter on September 28, 2006 8:16 PM

Get Molly to write some more for 2B.

Posted by: Lexington Green on September 28, 2006 11:01 PM

"Digital photos aren't going to yellow or fall apart. What does that mean for memory?" Well for one thing they probably won't be misty water colored.

Posted by: Rick Coencas on September 29, 2006 9:35 AM

Actually Michael, the overpass where those bats hang out is Hollister Ave. just east of Patterson - somewhat near your in-laws house. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Reid Farmer on September 29, 2006 9:49 AM

Peter -- I'm still struggling with the idea that 1) hanging out where members of the other sex hang out, and 2) learning a thing or two about how to relate to the opposite sex could possibly hurt one's chances. But maybe you're right! In twenty years, maybe there'll be hordes of single, lonely, angry geek guys around. Wait: are there such hordes around already?

Lex -- I'd love to. Smart, funny, an artist and a model/burlesque performer ... That's a fun and saucy resume.

Rick -- The whole passing-time-means-faded-colors thing will be no longer. Weird, no? Of course the file formats might become obsolete ...

Reid -- I think I know that underpass. I was wondering about that. The Wife and I used to jog through it.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 29, 2006 11:00 AM

Actually we are not really sure what they will do in 100 years. Formats can change or hard drives lost and digital print longevity is still a question mark. If you really care about this kind of stuff, Wilhem Research is the leading authority of digital longevity.

Files won't fade, but prints still will. Especially those made on home inkjet printers. I also recently had a photography instuctor inform me that acid free papers are often less than they claim to be. Sometimes it is only the coating on the printable side that can make that claim.

Posted by: Rick Coencas on September 29, 2006 1:42 PM

I have to share:

It was a cold winter day. An old man walked out onto a frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice, dropped in his fishing line, and waited patiently for a bite

He was there for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice next to him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later he hooked a Largemouth Bass. The old man couldn't believe his eyes but chalked it up to plain luck.

Shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled in another large catch. The young boy kept catching fish after fish. Finally, the old man couldn't take it any longer.

"Son" he said, "I've been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You've been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen fish! How do you do it?"

The boy responded, "Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm."

"What was that?" the old man asked.

Again the boy responded, "Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarrm."

"Look," said the old man, "I can't understand a word you're saying."

The boy spat the bait into his hand and said... "You have to keep the worms warm!"

And the bait is always smokin' right here at the 2blowhards!

Thanks, Michael!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on September 29, 2006 2:20 PM

Thanks for the link, Michael. It's a nice motivator to write up the rest of that trip. There was so much spectacular scenery to shoot along the way...

Posted by: claire on September 29, 2006 2:47 PM

You count "Wild Orchids" as an ARTY sex film? Puh-leeze. Sex, yes (although stylized and fake as to be boring), arty, no.

Posted by: MQ on September 29, 2006 4:36 PM

Reid -- I think I know that underpass. I was wondering about that. The Wife and I used to jog through it.

Posted by Michael Blowhard at September 29, 2006

One evening as I was watching the bats seething out of the underpass, a teen-aged girl came jogging along the path. She pulled up short, horrified by the spectacle of hundreds of bats. She apparently didn't think she could go around, so she bent double, put her hands over her head, and ran screaming through the tunnel.

Nice story, Pattie.

Posted by: Reid Farmer on September 30, 2006 8:18 AM

Author of this article sort of agrees with Lewis Beale on the much needed adjustment of Jewish man' public image, but does it from observing Jew' perspective.

Posted by: Tat on September 30, 2006 9:16 AM

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