Digital Chum - Virtual fish guts and other nonsense

March, 2010:

I don’t think it means what you think it means

Via the Washington Post:

Rove says the allegation that the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction "is a pernicious political attack launched by cynical and hypocritical individuals."

I wonder if he said that with a straight face.

Reality is fuzzy for Bachmann

I’m really ashamed that this woman is even electable in this country.

“The media wants you to believe that tea party patriots are toothless hillbillies,” said Bachmann, who instead cast the tea partiers as intelligent, educated and professional people. “This is a very sophisticated crowd. And then these charges from Democrats that they were spit upon, that there were racial epithets — there’s no one who saw anything.”

– Michele Bachmann


Sure, “toothless hillbillies” is over the top (and I haven’t seen the media make that accusation, anyway), but to say that they are “intelligent, educated, and professional people” is just as over-the-top as the hillbilly comment.

I’m sure there are some intelligent, well-educated tea partiers (well… I assume there are), but if there are, they are being grossly overshadowed by their ignorant (and sometimes bigoted… and sometimes borderline psychotic) counterparts… and it’s not the fault of the media.

Michele Bachmann fits neatly in the “ignorant” slot, though at the risk of being accused of ad hominem attacks, she’s been said to fit neatly in the “bat-shit crazy” slot, too. Bachmann’s ignorance, lies, and misguided rhetoric combine to demonstrate a perfect example of one of the big problems in our country.

That she actually got elected is equally dire.


Magic on Megan’s birthday

Friday evening, Megan had a sleepover birthday party with 3 friends and I performed a short magic show for them. I set up a video camera to capture it, but some of the show is lost because of the position. However, it went fairly well, I didn’t bork anything up, and the girls seemed to think it was a lot of fun.

Here are the videos (two parts due to Youtube restrictions on time).

Part One:

Part Two:

Sleeping or dead?

Megan and I were out running errands last weekend and, when we pulled into a parking lot at Five Below, we saw an older man sleeping in another car in the lot. As I turned off the engine, I pointed at the man and said to Megan, "So do you think he’s sleeping or do you think he’s dead?"

Now, when I relay that story to friends, almost invariably, the reaction has been one of shock. "Oh my god! You actually asked her that?!"

But Megan, who is nine years old, simply gave me her best eye roll, accompanied by a snicker and a withering What a silly question look, and said, "Sleeping. Why would he be dead?"

As we walked to the store, I said, "He could have had a heart attack or it could have been like on television and someone sneaked up on him and killed him."

Megan simply rolled her eyes.

Walking back to the car, we saw another man sleeping, so I asked again, "Do you think he’s sleeping or dead?"

Another eye roll and a laugh. "Sleeping."

At this point, I was pretty much done with the joke, but as luck would have it, I got a perfect setup for a punchline.

As we were waiting to pull out onto a main road, a funeral procession was stopped at a red light… with the hearse in perfect view.

I pointed at it. "Do you think he’s sleeping or dead?"

*ba-dum ching*


 Note: For the record, we saw both of the sleeping men move, so it’s fairly certain they weren’t dead. As for the hearse, we saw a casket, but obviously couldn’t see a body, so we don’t know if there even was a body, much less if it was sleeping, dead, male or female. I think it’s a pretty safe bet to go with "dead," though.

I made my d20 saving throw

Saving throw vs... Megan is reading the first book in the Warrior Series, a fantasy series about clans of cat warriors, and I asked her if, when she finished the first book, she was going to start the second one right away or if she was going to read one of the new Bella Sara horse books she just got.

She said, “I already started one of the Bella Sara books. I’m dual-wielding books.”


I’m so proud.

90 Second Public Service Announcement

Embrace Life – What a great way to hammer home the message.


What if Twitter… came to life?

Twitter: The Criterion Collection

What if Twitter… came to life?

We asked some of our friends to film their favorite tweets. We didn’t care how they did it. They could read it. They could act it. They could do it with puppets. Whatever they wanted. The only rules were it had to be a tweet written by someone else and it had to contain the entire tweet and nothing but the tweet.

This is what they gave us.

We hope you enjoy it.

@poeks & @sween

(via Moltz)