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I don’t think I like this remake of “Superbad”

Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch flanked by two women
The two in the middle? Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch.
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“Hey, Rupert — you know those stories where the girl wakes up the next day and goes ‘I was so shit-faced that night, I shouldn’t have fucked that guy?’ WE COULD BE THAT MISTAKE!”

Need context? Here’s the Superbad trailer:

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Every complaint about critical race theory boils down to this

…and when I hear the people complaining, I think of Hank Hill’s common refrain about Bobby: That boy ain’t right.


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Comic book cover of the moment

Thanks to Alistair Morton for the find! Tap to view at full size.

This note-perfect parody of Conan the Barbarian pokes fun at the Jacob Angeli Chansley, who’s better known as the “MAGA Viking” from the Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

One thing that you should know about Chansley: He’s a QAnon conspiracy theorist, a failed actor, and “failed to launch” — that is, he’s 33 years old, unemployed, and lives with his mother.

In short, he’s a pretty good MAGA mascot.

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They’re high in protein, low in sugar, and not processed

Thanks to David Janes for the find!

The party poopers at CNN have since revised the headline’s phrasing.


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Pictures aplenty for Saturday, November 28, 2020

Don’t understand this photo? Remember that’s a protest against police brutality — then read the musical notes.

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Book of the Day / A Proposed Patron Saint for FailCamp

Cover of the book "How to Avoid Huge Ships", featuring a picture of a huge ship

The reviews of the book How to Avoid Huge Ships on Amazon UK won’t tell you very much about the actual content within its 122 pages, but they are quite amusing. For example, here’s J. Courtney’s review:

Instead of falling into the same trap that other authors of this subject fall in to, such as "stay on land" or "move out of the way", John Trimmer offers thought provoking, deep insight into the complexities of Huge Ship avoidance.

If you or anyone you love plans on setting out to sea any time soon, and are worried about encountering a huge ship – then I cannot encourage you enough to read this book.

Here’s another review, this one by Gordon Hawk:

Trimmer’s book is deceptively simple, take his opening passage for example:

"when walking down a local thoroughfare, or perhaps on a day out to your local dock, and suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, a 40ft metallic compound hull emerges in your line of sight, it is most likely, if not definitely, going to be – a huge ship"

It’s theoretical groundwork like this which lacks from today’s ‘pick and choose’ postmodern discourse. Trimmer unleashes this devastating examination with relative ease; most interestingly with chapters such as "Avoiding the ship itself: Moving Left or Right?" which comes up with a flurried and meticulous deconstruction of ethics and theoretical obstacles, for instance "is there anything on either side of the huge ship? – if so, and there is, it is probably, if not definitely, going to be – difficult to move round to that side of the huge ship".

A must for those with an eye for Naval pragmatism and/or a small ship.

Jessica Watson aboard her boat

I was led to the book by a comment from a wag about the snag in Australian teenager Jessica Watson’s attempt to become the youngest person to sail around the world. Less than 24 hours into her journey, she collided with a bulk cargo ship, snapping the ship’s mast and damaging the deck. She is unharmed, the ship is getting repaired and she still intends to go through with the trip. That’s very good news, considering how many people I’ve seen give up on something after the most minor of inconveniences, snags and bumps in the road.

Jessica, I salute you with a filet mignon on a flaming sword, and nominate you for patron saint of FailCamp!

(And yes, plans are in the works to have another FailCamp. Watch this space!)

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Congratulations, America!

Here’s a greeting card for my American friends to commemorate the inauguration of President Obama:

Greeting card: "We can finally stop pretending we're Canadian."

Yes, you can!