The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Quote of the day

"It is sufficient that we understand clearly the strategic lack of logic of the fundamental idea of the crusades and that we understand their genesis. The mystical-transcendental trait of mankind is capable of developing a gigantic force, but the ability to direct this force to practical, down-to-earth goals is lacking, and the force is consumed fruitlessly,"

Hans Delbruck, writing in 1923, in Germany, Geschichte der Kriegskunst im Rahmen der politischen Geschichte. Dr. Delbruck died in 1929, sparing himself the irony of a first-hand view of the subject.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

He's not a jackass, he's just Type B

The Japanese official who resigned after a week for, essentially, being a jerk, claims it's his blood type that made him do it. His wife reminded him of it, he says. Incidentally, I'm a type O. See what the article says the Japanese think about that.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The revolving door keeps on rollin'

Back and forth, back and forth.

The content-industrial complex against which President Eisenhower warned us continues to trade execs in a pathetic effort to avoid obsolescence.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

With the troubles at Borders ...

... one small casualty has been the video link on Bob Sparrow's web site to some Ann Arbor interviews with Anthony Bourdain. I took a few minutes this AM to poke around the net and came up with one video and a blog entry. In the first one, you'll see fleeting glimpses of Bob and also Mike Monaghan, the Fish Market king.

Bourdain eats smelt, disses Food Network

Ok ... that appears to be all Utube has. Here's a Bourdain blog entry about Grange.

Anybody have anything other than the video on Utube? The reason I ask is that it was described to me as "Bourdain interviews Bob Sparrow," and that's certainly not in the link here. Just a quick cameo of Bob, plus Mike delivering a plate of smelt.