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November 26, 2006

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* I loved this combo artist's notebook / journal / scrapbook by a Vancouverite.

* Bob recalls the days when he assumed that everyone would soon own a flying car. I remember those days too.

* MD evokes a visit to Northhampton, Mass.

* Blue-eyed men prefer to mate with blue-eyed women, while brown-eyed men have no preference in eye color.

* Steve Bodio offers a heartbreaking tribute to an early love.

* It's the latest YouTube thing: showing off your double-jointedness. Today's kids get to perform not just in front of their fellow junior-high students, but in front of the entire wired world.

* Dan Santat's demo of how he created this year's Macy's Parade poster is a nice lesson in the kinds of constraints that commercial art is often produced under. Renaissance art was created under rather similar circumstances.

* Lordy! Imagine getting in the ring with this Russian behemoth!

* Progressive liberal Joel Hirschorn thinks that, where illegal immigration is concerned, super-rightie Pat Buchanan is onto something.

* Nice pigtails!

* A well-turned sentence from Toby: "I have come to the conclusion that much of the trophy art of the contemporary art world ... has a lot to do with dick size."

* Speaking of dick size ... Rod Dreher recalls meeting porn king Al Goldstein.

* John Massengale reviews Alain de Botton's "The Architecure of Happiness." John also provides a short summary of what the New Urb / Chris Alexander crowd is all about, namely always returning to the question: "How does the building (neighborhod, park, whatever) feel? How does it affect you?"

* The Cranky Professor has some tips for those who want to learn Latin.

* The new-style sex-education film. (Link thanks to Charlton Griffin.)

* In a joint posting, Richard S. Wheeler has found what he considers one of the greatest of all western novels, while Ed Gorman raves about Harry Whittington.

* The holidays, as they are all-too-often really lived.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at November 26, 2006




Comments

Nicolai Valuev has one of the alphabet-soup heavyweight championships mainly on account of the weak level of competition in the heavyweight division. He's slow, with mediocre defensive skills, and despite his massive bulk doesn't hit particularly hard. Size or not, I doubt he'd do well against Muhammed Ali or Mike Tyson, among others, as they were in their prime.

No one is actually double-jointed. Some people just happen to be especially flexible.

Posted by: Peter on November 26, 2006 11:37 PM



Re: Russian Boxer.

I'm reminded of a story from one of Spike Milligan's books about his wartime experiences. When of his friends got into a boxing ring, he took one look at his opponent and said "I'm not fighting that till I hear it speak."

Posted by: Mild Colonial Boy on November 27, 2006 4:54 AM



If Al Goldstein has a big dick, I'm Nicolai Valuev.

Posted by: ricpic on November 27, 2006 4:37 PM



Peter -- How would a good fighter fight Valuev, do you think? Get inside those long arms and then hit upwards? He seems helpless to do anything but hug you once you get close to him ... I wonder how he'd react to getting slugged in the jaw from underneath.

MCB -- That's a really funny line.

Ricpic -- Isn't Goldstein famous for yakking a lot about what a small dick he has? I guess he's one serious over-compensator ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 28, 2006 1:52 PM



Valuev is undefeated, with one "no contest," though he's faced relatively weak competition. He won his title with an unimpressive majority decision over John Ruiz. He indeed showed a vulnerability to inside punches, though getting past his jab is not easy.

Posted by: Peter on November 29, 2006 10:05 PM






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