Thomas Galvin
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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. -Carl Jung

This Week on the Web brings you True Blood and Teen Wolf news, a bunch of trailers, clips, and concept art, corgi cross-breeds, spineless hedgepigs, Cthulhu, another Nook review video, the story of Paul Revere they were too afraid to teach you in school, and more!

Pop Culture

The first three minutes of True Blood: So looking forward to the new season. Please don’t screw this up, Alan Ball. Please.

Who should Sookie sleep with: Now that Bill is out of the picture, who do you want Sookie to knock boots with? (via Ramona Harnish)

Teen Wolf will be Buffy plus Spider-Man: I think I DVRed this last night, so I might have a recap for you later this week.

Watch the first eight minutes of Teen Wolf: Or watch the whole thing on DVR. You know, whatever.

The Hunger Games to be split into four movies: I really cannot imagine what justifies splitting the last movie in two, except wanting to cash a bigger check.

How Game of Thrones gets written: A handy flow chart.

Donald Sutherland cast as President Snow in The Hunger Games: I am officially all right with this decision.

DC Comics hits the reset button: Every single title is starting over at issue #1, and there will be an all-new continuity, which should make it easier for new readers to jump on board. I Might actually check out a few issues, just to see where they’re going with this. I also wonder if Superman will receive some drastic changes, since the rights to that character are so tangled up in legal wrangling. Topless Robot has more.

NSFW trailer of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: I tried to read this book, but after the first three hundred pages of intense Swedish banking, I gave up. Maybe the movie will be worth my time?

The Old Spice guy wants to be Luke Cage: Honestly? I support anything this man does, just because his name is Mustafa.

New Riddick concept art: I am apparently the only person in the world that liked Chronicals of Riddick, and I’m glad they’re making a new movie.

Drawing Lovecraft: This guy intends to draw every weird thing that HP Lovecraft wrote about. And since I know you all want the money shot right away, here’s Cthulhu.

The Saga of Devil Corgi

Awesome Corgi cross-breeds: The Fiancee and I might look into a Corgi-hybrid, in order to help tamper some of the breed’s more… aggressive tendencies. Also: less inbreeding.

Squee

Look At This Dog-Paddling Dog of the Day: Your weekly dose of squee. (via AJ Wiswell)

Bald hedgepig abandoned by her peers: Your supplemental does of (rather sad) squee.

Curious owl is curious: A special third helping of squee.

Technology

Nook: this is the e-reader you want: A Gizmodo review, with video.

Windows 8 touch interface: We now live in a world where Microsoft is putting out things that are almost as good as Apple, and with less lock-in. Somebody please stop the world, because I’d like to get off.

Wicked Sith Laser: What happens when you take two very-high-powers lasers and tape them ass-to-ass? Well, don’t look at it with your remaining eye, is all I’ll say.

Scientists observe light behaving as a wave and particle simultaneously : This was supposed to be impossible, and now my head hurts.

Religion

Harold Camping predicts mass zombie outbreak on October 21st: This is totally serious, by the way.

Politics

Some inconvenient truths about the national debt: Why is our deficit as high as it is? Two things: Bush’s tax cuts, and Bush’s wars.

No vacation nation: Americans get less vacation time than nearly any other modern country, and we don’t even use up the time we’re given. The result: we’re actually less productive.

Please make my school a prison: A school superintendent asks the state to treat his students like prisoners… and provide them with free meals, free health care, free internet, free cable, access to a computer, the ability to earn a degree… (via Slashdot)

Tennessee makes sharing your Netflix password a crime: Because why the fuck not?

Why you should care about the Main Street Fairness Act: Executive summary: congress will probably start taxing Amazon soon… and that might not be a bad thing. This article is very good, and very balanced.

Sarah Palin on Paul Revere: I’ll just go ahead and blockquote it, because it’s awesome:

He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.

There are people that believe this woman should be the President of our nation. There are people that believe this woman should have access to nuclear weapons. Jesus.

Palin fans deface Wikipedia: What do you do when your favorite Presidential Candidate Barbie fucks up basic history? Change history, of course. (via Slashdot)

0 Responses to “This Week on the Web – 06 June 2011”

  1. charlie says:

    urgh. Sarah Palin makes me facepalm…
    Good luck with the corgis – fingers crossed the next one isn’t poisonous.

  2. Dayna Barter says:

    Without climbing TOO high on the soapbox, the main problem with “hybrids” (i.e. mutts) is that you lose any predictability in appearance and temperament. Another thing to consider is that reputable breeders — who are the ones doing the testing for genetic diseases so they can work at eliminating them — do not allow their stock to be used for designer crosses. The “hybrid vigor” argument is a myth. A cross-breed can inherit unhealthy genes as easily as healthy ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for finding a nice family dog, be it a purebred or a mixed breed, from a shelter or rescue organization. But please please PLEASE do not hand a bunch of money over to someone who is advertising a designer cross. Please.

    Okay, rant over. We now return you to your regularly scheduled comment reading. :-)

    Lots of Squee this week! Poor Betty, destined to die a hedgehog virgin. Though, in the male hedgehogs’ defense, she does look exceedingly rat-like without the spines.

    Fingers crossed that True Blood doesn’t suck ass this season.

  3. Brian In Shortsville says:

    With unemployment at 9%, the benefits of the trickle down economics pushed for 28 straight years of Republican and DLC-influenced administrations ought to be kicking in anytime now. If not, it’ll all be Obama’s fault he couldn’t fix 30 years of fuckery in two. I almost slugged the TV during the roundtable on This Week with Christianne Ammanpour.

    If you really want to make yourself sick, look at Denmark’s productivity and standard of living (or any of the Scandanavian nations really). 37-hour workweek, five weeks mandatory paid vacation, paid maternity leave, free health-care, minimum wage $10/hr, average wage $26/hr. It’s 80% union and business is regulated in detail. The CEO still makes a good bit more than the janitor, but not an obscene 500 times more, like we routinely see here.

    The catch? The Norwegian government owns the oil. Oil pays for the government and all the social programs, keeping taxes down, keeping employers from having to bear the expense of providing health care and pensions to their workers. Instead of Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, Conoco/Phillips etc. selling oil and the profits going to their shareholders, every man, woman and child in Norway (and every native business) sees a benefit.

    THERE’s a model to try and follow, but our owner class would never let it happen. They like the Chinese/Indian model where you’ll gratefully accept a 40-hour workDAY. There’s a neat metric called the ‘GINI index,’ but don’t wait for Thomas Friedman to explain it in the New York Times, google it. SPOILER: We’re more like China (a prison/sweatshop economy) than an ‘advanced nation.’

    I saw a guy on a message board gloss Madame Palin “the Abominable Snow Snooki” and awarded him one innernet.

    And, even though I inadvertently talked you out of an Aussie (Brian: that went differently in my head.) I stand by what I said about no GOOD dog being the wrong color/size/breed, and everyone has their own definition of what a ‘good dog’ is.

    The best I ever had was an Aussie on his dad’s side and a lab/rottweiler mutt for a mom. He cost me $30 and was perfect the day he came home – he just somehow knew how to act and behave. Jake was less active that a purebred Aussie, but owing to the lab and rottie blood, he was also 25 lbs heavier than the biggest purebred Aussie, which probably cost him 3-5 years of life expectancy (smaller dog usually equals more longevity).

    I still have his half-sister (pointer/setter dad – their mom got around), and her hips are going (she’s 12), which his never did (his kidneys finally went).

    A breeder (any breed) that’s ON it will totally eliminate the guesswork of genetics (won’t accidentally end up with Aussie pups that have the ‘fatal double white’ gene for example). My vet always had to be careful prescribing meds for my mixed breeds (example: one of the common flea/tick/heartworm preventatives is harmful to the Aussies/collies/shepherd family – and dogs with those genetics in the family).

    There are advantages and disadvantages to weigh either way. Just be sure to keep the fun in it, and don’t stress the analytics. Whoever your next dog turns out to be, you’ll probably know it when he climbs up into your lap.

  4. I loved the Riddick films as well! To be fair… Vin Diesel in tight clothes and hurting people. What? I watch for the plot! *ahem* I didn’t know they were making another film. Excited. :D

    – Ellie.

  5. Thomas says:

    Thanks charlie :-) I think we’re back to wanting a purebred Corgi now. Just one that’s slightly less… hostile.

    Yeah, she drives me nuts, too. I don’t even know how she could possibly be considered a viable political candidate.

  6. Thomas says:

    Hey Dayna :-)

    That’s what I love about the internet, and the blog in specific. So many smart people hanging around.

    I didn’t know that breeders were actively screening for genetic defects. I mean, I knew that something like that was theoretically possible, but I didn’t know that it was actually common practice. I thought that the cost was prohibitive, but it’s been a while since I’ve priced a home eugenics kit ;-)

    From what we’ve heard, a good breeder will actually select a puppy for you, based on your needs and its temperament. We might actually visit a couple of breeders this summer, just to get to know them and their dogs. The Fiancee is still in love with (100% genuine) Corgis, but I still need to reacclimate myself to the idea.

    The hedgepig is so cute, the way she balls herself up even though she’s totally lacking in spikes. I feel bad for her.

    True Blood suffers from two main problems: shitty side stories, and no-payoff endings. I’m still worried that Sam, Tara, and Arlene’s different plot lines are going to drag the show to a halt again, but I’m really looking forward to Eric, Pam, Jessica, and Alcide, so…

    As for the ending… god dammit, people, why wasn’t there an epic throwdown with Russle Edgington last season? Wasted opportunity.

  7. Thomas says:

    Hey Brian :-)

    That’s one of the things that drives me absolutely insane about the discussion on the economy. The Republicans are straight up blaming Obama for not fixing the mess they’ve been creating for the last three fucking decades in his first two years. Jesus.

    There is so much we could learn from so many European nations. This country is so stuck in its ways sometimes… real change, the kind of change we really need to thrive in the next few decades, seems just about impossible.

    Like energy independence. We should be covering ever square foot of desert in solar arrays, but no, we’ll just keep burning old plant matter. And yeah, the way and amount we work is insane, and we have pretty much nothing to show for it.

    That’s the problem with the “American exceptionalism” meme. People think that the way we do things is automatically the best, just because we thought of it. There’s no room for self-criticism or self-improvement.

    As for dogs, that’s pretty much how The Fiancee’s family got one of their mutts. The litter (I think it was a litter; it might have just been a collection of random strays) was full of a bunch of rambunctious little bastards, but then this calm, quiet little guy wandered over, put his paw on The Fiancee’s Mother’s knee, and laid his head on her lap. She was just like “we want this one, please.”

  8. Thomas says:

    Hey Eleanor :-)

    Yeah, Vin Diesel is definitely man-crush worthy. Or crush worthy, as the case may be. We need more stoic badasses in the world. He’s one of the very few classic action-hero types left in Hollywood.

  9. Jennifer says:

    That letter from the superintendent is AWESOME!!

  10. Misty says:

    I have recently read the Millennium Trilogy and hope they do a good job with the “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” movie. I do agree, however that the first half of the first book is excruciatingly boring and frustrating. But it does get better from there. If you feel so inclined to peek at the trilogy again you can honestly skip the first book and jump right into “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” without too much trouble. Although the second half of the first book is definitely better than the first half, the last two books are better and more exciting by far. You do obviously get an introduction to some of the characters in the first book, but the goings on are not really critical to the next two.

    Or, you can just wait for the movie. :)

  11. Dayna Barter says:

    That’s what I love about the internet, and the blog in specific. So many smart people hanging around.

    I didn’t know that breeders were actively screening for genetic defects. I mean, I knew that something like that was theoretically possible, but I didn’t know that it was actually common practice. I thought that the cost was prohibitive, but it’s been a while since I’ve priced a home eugenics kit ;-)

    Which tests are done generally depends on what is prevalent in the breed, but yes, the good breeders do. Hip x-rays are common, as are elbow x-rays, to check for dysplasia. Pembrokes have a higher than normal incidence of a disease called Von Willibrands, which is akin to hemophilia in humans, so I expect Pem breeders will test for that. Eyes are generally checked to clear for PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). There is also a disease called Degenerative Myelopathy in Pems and, to a lesser extent in Cardigans, for which there is a test which will show if a dog is clear, affected, or a carrier.

    Is this expensive? Um, yeah! As an example, to do just a set of hip x-rays, it will cost me around $300, then there is the submission fee to send them to either OFA or PennHip for a rating.

    Something else to keep in mind with respect to Corgis, of either variety, is that they are a dwarf breed, meaning they have a genetic form of dwarfism referred to as hypochondroplasia. This has implications beyond the cute little short legs that make them adorable. It also means that things like their cartilage and connective tissue are affected, which gives them a high incidence of IVDD (intrevertebral disc disease). They are prone to back problems because of this that can mean a mild problem which results in a round of steroids and a month of crate rest (which occurred with my Ian) or complete rear-end paralysis in a severe incident. This isn’t a genetic disease (ergo no test), but a propensity due to the dwarfism. There is a theory out there that by periodic spinal x-rays, you can check the degree of ossification and somewhat predict who is more likely to have an occurrence, but I don’t know that it has been 100% established. The dog’s weight and general conditioning play a big part in that; I am HORRIFIED to see how fat some people let their corgis (and dachshunds, and basset hounds) become for just this reason.

    Another expense for your reputable hobby breeders is showing a dog, which most of them do, because if you’re not putting your breeding stock up against someone else’s to see how closely you are meeting the breed standard vs. how closely someone else is, you have no way to compare how you are doing. One show entry, for one dog, averages $30. I typically go to a 4-day cluster, so I drop $120 just in entry fees for that cluster. It’s generally several hours from home, so I have 3 nights in a hotel. Gas, meals, etc… you can imagine how fast it all adds up. And I may have to enter 10-20 shows to put a championship on my dog. I won’t even get started on proper diet and how much that costs. Suffice it to say that I feed my dogs a raw diet, and I probably spend twice as much on their food at the grocery store as I do on mine.

    In short, what I’m trying to say is, while many people looking for a puppy hear that breeders charge $1000 give or take and fall over at the sticker shock, We Do Not Make Money Breeding Dogs. Because whatever we sell the litter for is only a drop in the bucket compared to what we have spent to show that our dogs are up to the standard, are health-tested, are well-fed and well-trained members of our households. And God really help you if you end up with a c-section, etc.

    You know who DOES make money breeding dogs? Puppy mills. Backyard breeders. People who make “designer breeds.” Why? Because they are not health-testing, they are not showing their dogs, and in the case of puppy mills, they are giving them inadequate care. Fact: Pet Shops will almost always charge more money than a breeder, yet they get their puppies from puppy mills. And they can do it because people don’t realize what they are buying when they buy from them.

    It IS generally true that a breeder will pick out which puppy you are getting. If it is a large litter and there are several candidates with a comparable temperament then there is some room for choice. But they do consider things like whether the puppy has show/breeding potential, because they want to place those puppies in homes where they can contribute to the breed. They keep a careful eye on temperament, because the puppy who would be an awesome dog for someone who wants to compete in agility is most assuredly NOT an awesome dog for someone whose main form of exercise is walking to a fridge and back. They want to place the right puppy with the right person.

    Another thing that any good, reputable breeder should not only offer but demand is that if it does not work out, for any reason, at any time during the life of that dog, they will take it back. Not because they can re-sell it and make twice the money, but because they are responsible for bringing it into the world, and they would be horrified if one of their dogs ended up in a shelter.

    Wow, didn’t realize I was writing a dissertation. Sorry about that. *sheepish grin*

    Anyway, all that being said, there is nothing wrong with going to Joe Smith’s house down the block if his family pet got herself knocked up, and bringing a puppy home. There are no health guarantees obviously, but the puppies probably spent their first 8 weeks in a box in the kitchen, with the family kids, cats etc. all over them, and that is GREAT socialization. Getting a wonderful family pet doesn’t have to cost a right arm and a leg. It’s just a matter of knowing what you’re getting and knowing what you want going in.

    And, since I’m a) risking breaking your blog by prattling on, and b) pontificating like some blow-hard asshole at this point, I’m going to shut up. But you’re welcome to email me or call anytime, whether you get brainwashed to cardidom or whether you want a referral to good Pem breeders, or just want to talk health stuff, etc. Phone is 207-975-5927.

  12. Thomas says:

    Jennifer: Agree. It really puts things in perspective.

  13. Thomas says:

    Misty: I really think I’m in “wait for the movie” territory here. The part of the book that I did read was so boring that I honestly cannot give a good god damn about the whole thing anymore. And at least if I watch the movie, I’ll only lose another two hours of my life. Reading the rest of the book would take me… roughly the rest of the year.

  14. Thomas says:

    Dayna:

    I was thinking about the cost of raising a litter (properly) last night, and while The Fiancee and I did balk a little at the cost of a fluffy new Corgi, the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. You aren’t just paying for the puppy, but for the time, energy, resources, and care it took to get that puppy ready to go home, and for the relationship that continues afterwards.

    Are all of those tests – genetic screening, x-rays, etc – done for every dog, or just dogs that are going to be bred?

    The Fiancee is more heavily involved at The Search for the Perfect Corgi than I am right now, but I think we are going to visit a couple of breeders over the summer. Thanks for all the insights and info… we may be looking you up in the near- to mid- future. :-)

  15. Dayna Barter says:

    Generally you perform the tests on your breeding stock so that you lower the likelihood that you’re passing along anything nasty. However, if you’re looking for something that does not have a simple clear/carrier/affected paradigm, then you might test a litter of offspring to try and nail down the incidence of something undesirable.

    Another time you might test a whole litter is with something like DM or PRA. If you have bred a Carrier to a Clear, then you would want to test the puppies so you know which ones carry and so that you don’t sell one as a show/breeding prospect without the buyer knowing what they’re getting. Not that everyone does that, because it IS an added expense, but it is something that I would personally do if I were using a Carrier. And to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with using a carrier when there are other good traits that you want in your breeding program; you just want to make sure you know what you are working with so that your carrier is only bred to a clear, and so forth. Knowledge is power, and all that.

    X-rays aren’t done before 6 months (PennHip) or, for a final rating, 2 years (OFA), so that’s not something you do on every dog coming out of a litter. Also, hip and elbow dysplasia are not governed by a single genome, so you could breed two dogs with hips rated Excellent and come out with a puppy who has a Fair or worse rating; likewise, you could breed two dogs with a Fair rating and wind up with an Excellent. That’s where knowing your lines really comes in handy because you have the knowledge of several generations to work with.

    Hip ratings in Corgis are, honestly, of limited value in my opinion, because it is seldom that the person who is assigning the rating is an expert in dwarf breeds, and they ARE different. I would always x-ray anyone I was considering breeding, and I will share that x-ray with whoever owns the bitch or stud I’m breeding to, but I’m pretty comfortable looking at an x-ray and making my decisions accordingly without sending to OFA.

    And you’re very correct: You ARE paying for “service after the sale” with a breeder. Magnum’s breeder has a “Call me 24/7″ cell phone number that she gives out, and she is dead serious about helping her puppy buyers work through whatever issues may arise. She even offers free boarding for the life of the dog (which I’ve taken her up on). By knowing what you should expect from a breeder, it makes it easier to spot the good ones.

  16. Brian In Shortsville says:

    I can pick up on this. One of the Aussie breeders I told you about has individual pages for their dogs and bitches. You see a bunch of hieroglyphics that look like:

    Red Merle
    DOB: 9/28/08
    Height: 20 inches
    Weight: 47 pounds
    AKC – ASCA
    Full Dentition/Scissors Bite
    OFA Elbows Normal
    OFA Hips Good
    HSF4 Clear by Parentage
    Eyes Normal (checked yearly)

    And it’s all confusing at first, but you get comfortable with it.

    Red is obviously her coat color, and merle is the distinctive mottled pattern that’s pretty distinctively Aussie. Measurements, (this is Lulu, she’s a beauty queen in dogdom). She’s AKC and Australian Shepherd Club of America registered (and so both of those organizations have her genealogy on record),

    Her bite is perfect (the pup I got from these guys had a miniscule overbite. Nothing harmful, but one of the 1st things a judge looks at when you watch a dog show, ergo, “pet quality” puppy),

    OFA is the hip/elbow x-ray. This is not a positive for Lulu. Some breeders won’t breed a dog rated less than “excellent” here, they’d have sold her as ‘pet quality’ and required her to be neutered in the contract.

    HSF-4 is a marker for cataracts and eye defects. Aussies have something unique about their eyes I don’t understand well enough to explain but they are known to have a pre-disposition to cataracts. Ergo, Lulu has her eyes checked yearly. If she turns up with an eye problem, she’ll probably be neutered and retired as a breeding bitch. This is one of the benefits of going purebred through a breeder. They’re trying to get these defects out of these breeds through selective breeding.

    Now past performance doesn’t guarantee future results and all that, but keeping track of all this with respect to your puppy’s parents, and their parents and on back, you have a pretty good idea what you’re getting. Not all that different from people medicine actually, I’m sure your family doc has asked you about whether things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and whatnot run in your family history.

    Testing/x-raying for all this stuff is NOT cheap (these guys were getting $900/pup last I knew -for pet quality), then toss in pre-natal care for mom, a couple or three vet trips with mom and the whole litter and often, first worming and first shots… They’re breeding Lulu to a specific male looking for puppies that fit the dog show blueprint. Those with the eyes, hips, coats, teeth etc. are going to show homes only, the ones with the floppy ears you think are cute, are actually out of proportion compared to the breed standard, and are classified “pet quality.” Or like my puppy, whose overbite didn’t keep her from chewing cellphone chargers.

    All of their dogs are sold with a health guarantee, and a spay/neuter contract with the ones to family homes.

    They have a shockingly handsome eight-week old male right now available (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/252015_1896765192023_1628402859_1833320_8254732_n.jpg), but not to you or me. They know I’d make a happy home for him, but he’s going to someone who’s going to show him, and will sign a much different contract than I did/would. His littermates may have gone out as family dogs, but he won’t.

    It gets easier. Once you’ve researched the breed you’re interested in, you’ll know what they’re predisposed to, and know to ask the breeder how they monitor for it in their breeding dogs.

  17. Brian In Shortsville says:

    oops, forgot one.

    There’s also the CERF that’s an acronym for Canine Eye Registry Foundation. The rating you want to see is “clear.” It means a veterinary opthalmologist has certified that the dog is free of heritable eye defects. How big of a deal it is depends on how prevalent eye disease is in the breed you’re interested in.

  18. The Fiancee says:

    Dear Brian and Dayna:
    You are both very awesome and I would like to have drinks with you sometime :D

    I’ve been looking into buying from a breeder and you’ve basically confirmed everything that I’ve read and been told by good breeders around here. We’ve just been contacted about another rescued dog, and we’ll probably go meet him but be very cautious about diving into another relationship with an adult dog. This one isn’t AS old as Wishy, but still old enough to have some behavioral issues (they think he’s two or three years old).

    -The Fiancee

  19. Dayna Barter says:

    Dear Brian and Dayna:
    You are both very awesome and I would like to have drinks with you sometime :D

    Aw, back at ya, babe!

    If you really want to see dog insanity, try taking in a dog show. I go to shows in W. Springfield, MA quite often. There is a 5 day show July 6-10 that I may take in part of. If you can make it, give me a shout. I can meet up with you there. You really need a tour guide, because dog shows are utterly incomprehensible to anyone who doesn’t already know what’s going on. :-)

  20. Brian In Shortsville says:

    LOL, even I don’t claim awesome, but thanks and likewise. It’s just that the late-winter/spring/summer of 2009 wasn’t THAT long ago, was MY first foray into owning purebred dogs, and is still fresh in my mind.

    Like I said in a previous comment, I’ve had no fewer than two dogs, and as many as six, continuously for the last 14 years. Dammit, I KNOW dogs. And I’m reasonably intelligent and educated, but purebred dogworld has it’s own lingo and idiosyncrasies. And I remember feeling like an idiot trying to follow a conversation with a lady who was, essentially, a dog’s pimp. I’m guessing it was only about as disorienting as having a stroke would’ve been.

    A translator would’ve been helpful. Suffering is only noble if it benefits someone else? Something like that? Ain’t no sense in both of us having to go through it.

  21. Dayna Barter says:

    I hereby offer my services as translator. ;-) Because yes, it is a world unto itself. That movie “Best in Show” doesn’t even come CLOSE to showing how crazy it is.

    And now, for some puppy pic spam:

    My friend Mary’s current Pem litter: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2106441543731&set=a.1963467609472.114364.1326322670&type=1&theater

    My friend Kate’s current Cardi litter: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150280953427534&set=a.10150280949542534.386221.583172533&type=1&theater

  22. Brian In Shortsville says:

    HYSTERICAL movie. Christopher Guest is a genius.

    Just checking back to crow that our economic model was endorsed by Fareed Zakharia on the Daily Show last night. If you missed it look for a clip.

    Nice to know we aren’t asking for the impossible. I said Scandanavia, you said Europe, he said Germany. Mr. Galvin goes to Washington?

  23. Jawly says:

    Want a vacation? Read Vanabode by Jason Odom. Very inspiring book on vacation and travel. You should definitely feature it.

    As for Palin, I never cared for her. I’m an independent. The duopoly between the Demoncrats and the Retardicans is just a ploy to keep us broke to make us depend on them. Don’t vote for Democrats, Republicans, or incumbents. They’re all clowns. Pick someone who isn’t in the mainstream media’s press (ie, an honest politician, if such a thing exists).