Thursday, March 15, 2007

Duke loses in the first round. How about that?


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I have to admit to a bit of misting over when I saw this: Gene Wilder at a book signing today.


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National Sex Offender Registry
If you have kids, identify the problems. If you are a sex offender, find friends.


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Bam Margera's wife naked.


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Stills from 300 compared to frames from the comic book ... er ... graphic novel.


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The latest celebrity to show her crotch: Joan Rivers


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Beware the Ides of March. Wait, what the fuck is an Ide anyway?
OED weighs in: "In the ancient Roman calendar, the eighth day after the nones, i.e. the 15th of March, May, July, October, and the 13th of the other months. The days after the nones were reckoned forward to the ides; hence such expressions as ‘the sixth of the ides’ (or ‘the sixth ides’, or ‘the sixth ide’) ‘of June’, loosely rendering L. ante diem sextum Idus Junias = June 8.

The original Roman Calendar was based on the moon, and all months were the same length. The full moon was called Kalends and began the month, and the new moon was called Ides. There was another marker called Nones which was actually nine days before the new moon. They counted the time forward until the next marker. Thus, the day before the Ides was called "pre-Ides", and the day before that was called "third day of Ides" (not the second. Ides itself was considered part of the cycle), and so backwards to the "eighth day of Ides." The day before that was the "Nones."

By the time of Caesar, the Romans had adopted a standardized solar calendar, with months of varying lengths, but the old terms were kept as part of tradition, albeit with a slightly different meaning. The three "marker" days retained special significance. The Kalends kicked off every month, and the Ides marked the approximate halfway point. (To be technically correct, it occurred on the 13th in 30 day months, and the 15th in 31 day months.) The Nones remained exactly nine days before the Ides

It was a clumsy system, May 21 would be called "ante diem XII Kal. Jun," literally "the twelfth day of Kalends of June, counting backwards" but rendered into modern English "eleven days before June 1."

Here's OED's history of usage and spelling:

c1330 R. Brunne Chron. (1810) 341 Idus þat is of May left I to write þis ryme, B letter & Friday bi ix þat Šere Šede prime.

1483 Caxton Gold. Leg. 215b/2 It was the iii ydees of Juyll.

1502 Arnolde Chron. 65b/2 Somer+beginnithe the vij. Ide of may and lastith vnto the vij. Ide of august.

1576 Fleming Panopl. Epist. 40 Dated the .7. of the Ides of June.

1601 Shakes. Jul. C. i. ii. 17 Cæsar+Beware the Ides of March.

1641 Howell Vote in New Vol. Lett. (1650) Iij, The soft gliding Nones and every Ide.

1776 A. Adams in J. Adams' Fam. Lett. (1876) 160 The 19th of April, ever memorable for America as the Ides of March to Rome and to Cæsar.

1834 Lytton Pompeii i. iii, ‘It stands fixed for the ninth ide of August’, answered Pansa.

1847 Emerson Woodnotes i. 45 Foreteller of the vernal ides, Wise harbinger of spheres and tides.


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Ron Mexico opens a restaurant - with no Mexican food.


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Is Howard Stern helping Sanjaya (one truly awful singer) advance in American Idol just to screw with the show?


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Sarah Silverman: Humanitarian of the Year
"In order to upstage Jay for winning a Humanitarian of the Year award, Sarah invites a mentally unstable homeless man, Zach Galifianakis, into her home to prove she is a caring person."


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An unexpected Spartan joins the standoff in the movie 300.
From the Kimmel Show


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Condi Comes to Harlem
"Condoleezza Rice goes to Harlem to fight Kim Jong-il. From MADtv."


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Play it online: You Don't Know Jack 2


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Time to fill out your bracket - for Miss USA 2007


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April Scott as Daisy Duke


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The top excuses to stay home (or in a bar, of course) and watch the NCAA


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"This is Why Duke Sucks"


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CRACKED.com - Who's Who in Your NCAA Office Pool


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Parody of The Office - The (Oval) Office


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Possible a useful bookmark: March Madness - real-time NCAA Tournament Scoreboard


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The Weekend Warrior's box office analysis for the upcoming weekend
He predicts that 300 and Wild Hogs will hold on to #1 and #2 against the three mediocre newcomers. The Sandra Bullock movie is expected to be the best of the newbies, given her name recognition and the fact that it's in far more theaters than the other two.


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Slight Breeze Shatters Ken Griffey Jr.'s Femur
"Reds manager Jerry Narron has stated that, upon Griffey's return to the Reds, he will be fitted with a personalized protective bubble to be worn for the remainder of the season."


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ROTTEN TOMATOES: Movies Opening this week
The mainstream releases are apparently complete crap again.

  • Dead Silence: not pre-screened for critics. A ventriloquist with an evil dummy.'Nuff said.


  • I Love My Wife: 18% positive reviews. General consensus: "WTF? Chris Rock directing and starring in a remake of a French art film?"


  • Premonition: 10% positive reviews. General consensus: "Why would Sandra Bullock agree to appear in crap like this?" Scoop's note: "You're surprised that Sandra Bullock is in a bad movie? She has probably been in more bad movies than any woman alive."



  1. (5.50) - In Love and War (1996)
  2. (5.50) - The Net (1995)
  3. (5.42) - Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) (TV)
  4. (5.41) - Loverboy (2005)
  5. (5.40) - Practical Magic (1998)
  6. (5.40) - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
  7. (5.31) - Gun Shy (2000)
  8. (5.21) - Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
  9. (5.20) - Hope Floats (1998)
  10. (5.10) - Forces of Nature (1999)
  11. (4.96) - Making Sandwiches (1998)
  12. (4.93) - The Preppie Murder (1989) (TV)
  13. (4.92) - Two If by Sea (1996)
  14. (4.81) - Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005)
  15. (4.58) - Who Shot Patakango? (1989)
  16. (4.56) - When the Party's Over (1992)
  17. (4.26) - Who Do I Gotta Kill? (1994)
  18. (4.14) - Religion, Inc. (1989)
  19. (3.33) - Fire on the Amazon (1993) (V)
  20. (3.21) - Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
  21. (3.02) - Hangmen (1987)

That's a record of bad movies you have to envy, unless of course you happen to be Eric Roberts. That's a shame, too, because she seems like a nice person and I always like her on screen, but I almost always hate her movies.


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RATING WOES FOR 'GRINDHOUSE'
"Later, a frisky cheerleader climbs onto a trampoline and begins stripping naked as she jumps up and down until she does a split and her skirt blows up without panties underneath. "You get the full 'Britney Spears-getting-out-of-the-limo' view," our source says."


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Next celebrity rehab ... (following her own sister) ... ? Mischa Barton "tossed her cookies on several smokers' shoes"


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Drudge Gets Death Threats for Publishing Report That the Surge is Working
We need to take this with an entire salt mine, since it is from Rush Limbaugh through Matt Drudge. My guess is that Drudge got one crank letter from some insane dude and told Limbaugh, "Now I'm getting death threats," whereupon Limbaugh turned it into headline news.

But I am surprised by one thing. If Matt Drudge is getting death threats, that means he must still be alive!


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Hoteliers To Grow Daytona's Spring Break Without Chamber's Support
"Kegs in hotel rooms, alcohol everywhere and damaged beachside properties ..."

... all the things that make life worth living.


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Hugo Chavez says it was "nothing personal" when he called President Bush a devil, a donkey and a drunkard.


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The Great Global Warming Swindle - the home page at Channel4.com (see the film below)


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The Great Global Warming Swindle Part 1 (of 8)
This is the controversial Channel 4 broadcast which you have read about. You can find the remaining parts at YouTube by searching for "Global Warming Swindle"


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"Here's a compilation of deleted scenes from The Office to tide you over until its return in April."


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Liz Hurley topless paparazzi pics
The story makes these seem new, which they are not, but the quality is excellent, and she's topless, so there ya go


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The story of Deimos the Petrified - the forgotten 301st Spartan
"The Spartans often feigned retreat to lure enemies within striking distance. But Deimos himself never dropped the pretense, and feigned retreat all the way to Kandias, twenty miles from the conflict"


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The Lost Bloom County Adventures - strips that appeared in newspapers but were never reprinted


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Olbermann on Pete Rose
Patrick and Olbermann missed the key question. Rose admitted he bet on the Reds every night, and neither of them asked, "Did you bet the exact same amount every night?" The real question is whether Rose's actions gave out info to bookies and gamblers. If he bet a dollar with Gullickson on the mound and a hundred grand on other nights, then it is exactly the same as betting on some games and not others.


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Tom DeLay assails Newt Gingrich as an 'ineffective' House speaker with a flawed moral compass.
And when you're assessing moral compasses, DeLay is the man to consult!


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A new clip from the Kim Kardashian sex tape


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Dem Caucus chairman tells freshmen reps to avoid Stephen Colbert


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Your favorite game, all grown up: Where the Fuck is Carmen Sandiego?


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