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I Wonder… June 1, 2011

Posted by BrewFan in Commenting Tips, Crime, Economics, Music, Sex.
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…how a senior executive with a global telecommunications conglomerate could be counted on to formulate something daily for this blog but a retired ne’er-do-well can’t find the time to write a stinkin’ weekly main page comment? Discuss among yourselves.

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1. harrison - June 1, 2011

I was wondering that, too.

2. daveintexas - June 1, 2011

You can’t force mediocrity. It has to happen.

3. skinbad - June 2, 2011

What with morning bingo, afternoon shuffleboard, the early-bird special and to bed by 8:30? Who has the time? Retired means retired.

4. xbradtc - June 2, 2011

Maybe you’re just not as smart as Michael?

5. wiserbud - June 2, 2011

Michael is adamantly opposed to drunk blogging.

So he refuses to post a new thread here until he sobers up.

6. skinbad - June 2, 2011

What with morning bingo, waiting for the Dulcolax to kick in, afternoon shuffleboard, the early-bird special and to bed by 8:30? Who has the time? Retired means retired.

FIFM

7. Michael - June 2, 2011

Just feeling lazy is the short of it. After 1,767 posts, I’m running out of gas, and the novelty of publishing a post, getting linked, watching traffic stats, etc., wore off a few years ago.

8. lauraw - June 2, 2011

When my dad first retired, he went through a supremely lazy phase. Even stopped shaving and grew a white beard.

After a while, he snapped to, cut his whiskers, and started doing things again.

9. BrewFan - June 2, 2011

After 1,767 posts, I’m running out of gas, and the novelty of publishing a post, getting linked, watching traffic stats, etc., wore off a few years ago.

And here I thought it was a labor of love.

10. Cathy - June 2, 2011

After a while, he snapped to, cut his whiskers, and started doing things again.

Laura, do you recall how long that took?

*looks at calendar*

11. Cathy - June 2, 2011

*looks at watch too*

Heh.

12. sandy burger - June 2, 2011

The real reason is the flag counter. Earlier this year, Michael finally got a page view from the Vatican.

Mission Accomplished.

13. Lipstick - June 2, 2011

Did the royal wedding stuff kill it?

14. Cathy - June 2, 2011

Did the royal wedding stuff kill it?

Maybe doing a cover was involved?

*looks for Andy and Wiser*

*darts across room to hide behind couch*

15. Lipstick - June 2, 2011

No, I think it was the hideous hats.

What’s up Cathy? How did the dogs take the kennel/boarding?

16. Cathy - June 2, 2011

They did very well. The place is ‘unleashed’ with no collars either, so it’s a pooch-party. They even have a playground with a little wading pool.

They only put them in kennels for night time sleeping or eating time.

17. BrewFan - June 2, 2011

I think Sandy nailed it.

18. Lipstick - June 2, 2011

That sounds like a great place!

19. MCPO Airdale - June 2, 2011

I find retirement to be very taxing. The internet “cranky old fart” part takes up much of my time.

20. Tushar - June 2, 2011

Dave, in case you are around.
Re. Your post at Ace’s, it is spelled Gurkha or Gorkha, not Ghurka

21. Retired Geezer - June 3, 2011

*searches for horse photos.

22. sandy burger - June 3, 2011

Has Michael lost his IB mojo?

A. Yes, it’s all over.
B. No, he’ll snap out of his funk.
C. Only the hostages can save us now…
D. Whatever. The real question is, whose banana trees are truly superior?

Man, if I could retire right now, I think I would do absolutely nothing for a year or two.
Then I’d tentatively dip my toe in the water by doing something little, maybe once every week or two. Within reason, of course, time permitting.

23. wiserbud - June 3, 2011

It was inevitable. I mean, seriously, how long could Michael expect IB to last when faced with the awesomeness that is The Hostages?

I give him major kudos for lasting as long as he did. Truly a valiant effort on his part, albeit futile.

24. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - June 3, 2011

He’ll be back.

Mediocrity, like a fine wine, takes time to get right. Not everyone can write something that will keep the reader engaged as long as no one dangles something shiny in front of them, and yet be completely forgotten five minutes later.

That takes skill. That takes talent. And if ANYONE can accomplish it, Batman can.

25. reason - June 3, 2011

Michael doesn’t make “THE CHART” anymore, does he?

Because I came by here about a month ago, looking for THE CHART. I wanted to use it to make a point on WUWT about how effective using someones’ own chart against them can be when their predictions go way off the rails.

Anyway, all I could find were year-old versions of THE CHART. And a lot of the usual stuff one can expect to find around here. Fluffy pillows, lace doilies, ducks blowing in the wind…

Do I have any clout here? Can I make a special request of an updated THE CHART, and have it actually happen? Doesn’t anyone around here still love me?

(Don’t answer that, sohos. I know you never loved me. You only wanted me for my body.)

26. reason - June 3, 2011

“…After 1,767 posts, I’m running out of gas…”

Does this mean the dog doesn’t get blamed anymore?

27. lauraw - June 3, 2011

geoff is on an extended hiatus, reason.

28. harrison - June 3, 2011

Don’t hiatus the player;
hiatus the system.

29. Michael - June 3, 2011

Do I have any clout here?

No.

Can I make a special request of an updated THE CHART, and have it actually happen?

No.

Doesn’t anyone around here still love me?

No.

(With the last answer, Reason, I’m strictly complying with your awkward negative sentence structure to create a double negative in my answer. My answer means: “Yes, we still love you.” You should have simply asked, “Does anyone around here still love me?” By inserting “not” in the question, you created a conflict between correct grammar and colloquial usage.)

(I would not explain grammar to you if I did not love you.)

30. Cathy - June 4, 2011

(With the last answer, Reason, I’m strictly complying with your awkward negative sentence structure to create a double negative in my answer. My answer means: “Yes, we still love you.” You should have simply asked, “Does anyone around here still love me?” By inserting “not” in the question, you created a conflict between correct grammar and colloquial usage.)

(I would not explain grammar to you if I did not love you.)

Sumbunny got tackled by the GrammarNazi™

And Michael has a Reason for which to comment.

31. BrewFan - June 4, 2011

*groan*

32. reason - June 4, 2011

Geoff could at least give THE CHART source file to someone else to maintain.

Aww, thanks Michael. This was never the worst blog I’ve read. There once was a day when my grammar was always flawless. Once I got married, I really let myself go…

33. daveintexas - June 4, 2011

A professor of ancient languages is delivering a lecture on the construct of the double negative. “I know of some languages where a positive and a negative combination of words is interpreted as ‘positive’, and have seen other cases where the same positive/negative structure is intended to be negative. Almost all negative/negative structures are precisely that, always negative.

But I have never seen, in any language dead or in use today, an example where a positive and a positive combination is actually intended to be a negative.

And a kid in the back of the class says “yeah, right”.

fin

34. lauraw - June 4, 2011

heh heh heh

Last night I was thinking about my deceased friend Alla S., a wonderful lady who had that typical Russian knack for cynical humor and sarcasm. She used to crack me up pretty good.

Miss her.

35. Lipstick - June 4, 2011

What drives me crazy is “I could care less”.

And don’t even get me started on the epidemic of incontinent and incorrect apostrophe use.

There is a tool store on Tropicana that has a big sign that says “TOOL’S”. Every time we pass it Mr. L has to pat me on the knee and administer blood pressure medication.

36. Dave in Texas - June 4, 2011

>> administer blood pressure medication.

So that’s what he calls it.

37. kevl - June 4, 2011

I am also a grammar Nazi and proud of it. Misused apostrophes, especially in possessives, make me apoplectic.

38. daveintexas - June 4, 2011

Subjects must agree with they verbs.

39. Lipstick - June 4, 2011

So that’s what he calls it.

Administered by injection.

40. Michael - June 4, 2011

The two mistakes I hate the mostest:

1. The misuse of “methodology.” It used to mean a branch of the science of Logic, i.e., how knowledge is acquired. Now it means “my half-assed approach to creating this PowerPoint deck.” If someone uses this word (and it is commonly used at the highest levels of business) you can be 99.96% certain they do not know what it means and they are just a pompous prick with a PowerPoint slide deck trying to sound like their stupid project proposal actually makes sense.

2. “Weather advisory.” If you ever hear about a maniac who went on a nationwide killing spree and beheaded half the weather newsreaders in America, feel free to call the cops and tell them it was me. “Advisory” is an adjective. Why did you let assholes doing weather reports turn it into a noun just to make themselves sound more important than giving “weather advice” or maybe “here’s my best guess about what’s going to happen, but I don’t really know”?

41. Cathy - June 4, 2011

I cringe when people…

1) use an adjective to modify a verb instead of an adverb. (Incorrect: Drive slow. Correct: Drive slowly.)

2) use of the wrong preposition. (Incorrect: with Sam and I. Correct: with Sam and me.)

42. Cathy - June 4, 2011

…feel free to call the cops and tell them it was me.

You meant to say, “…tell them it was I.”

*cringes*

43. Cathy - June 4, 2011

^ I DID NOT PLAN that.

Heh.

44. Michael - June 4, 2011

Heh.

You are evil. That right there is why our marriage is probably not going to work out.

45. Cathy - June 4, 2011

You are evil. That right there is why our marriage is probably not going to work out.

So that 39 year trial period is over, huh.

Bring it on.

46. Michael - June 4, 2011

Actually, no. The probationary period is 50 years. You still have time to shape up and fly right.

47. Lipstick - June 4, 2011

haha, better hop to it Cathy — that lawn is not going to mow itself. *mails Cathy a tazer*

At my Trader Joe’s (aka The Hippie Store), somebody slapped a hand-made “fewer” sign over the “less” on the “12 items or less” sign.

48. Dave in Texas - June 4, 2011

Incorrect: Drive slowly.

Correct: Slow the fuck down.

49. Lipstick - June 4, 2011

Well, yeah, in Texas…

50. Cathy - June 4, 2011

Not quite right: Slow the fuck down.

Perrrrr-fect!: Slow the fuck down, asshole.

51. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - June 4, 2011

Actually, no. The probationary period is 50 years.

Another 11 years should pretty much cement her beatification.

52. daveintexas - June 4, 2011

perfected even more: AIYEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

53. reason - June 5, 2011

“Utulize” drives me bonkers. Completely unnecessary word.

54. reason - June 5, 2011

…am I the only one who just noticed the irony in the fact that the “why is IB slow?” thread has evolved into a grammar discussion?


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