Wednesday, April 19, 2006

From The Onion
Redundant features built into TV show to prevent failure
An engineering joke. Reminds me of a critic’s blurb on one of the Austin Powers films: he claimed that every joke was repeated literally four times! Most American sit-coms are that mind-numbingly stoopid except maybe ‘Scrubs’ (that and Sarah Chalke make it worth watching... it’s cool enough to lose the laugh-track, a naff cue left over from radio) and even that’s running out of steam now that the main characters aren’t students anymore. Shows in the UK have much shorter runs and fewer episodes per series, which would have been perfect for that story arc. That and they should have brought J.D. and Elliott together at the very end when they ‘graduated’ instead of turning the former into a berk of the first order by having him sleep with and then dump her.

Pope asks if it’s too late to change name

Quotations
As a daycare provider, I sympathize with Rumsfeld. 2,500 kids die on your watch and suddenly you're not qualified to do your job?

If we don't protect freedom of speech, how will we know who the assholes are?

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