Category Archives: Wisdom

the greatest Alluser Request of the moment

cc by-nc image from NCinDC on Flickr
cc by-nc image from NCinDC on Flickr

To: All Employees
From: xxxx

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Dry Cleaners will be discontinued as of Friday, April 30.

If you have anything to be picked up please do so as soon as possible.

Nothing more will be accepted to be given to the Cleaner or shoemaker.

The Auxiliary would like to thank those many people that supported the cleaners so faithfully.

We had a shoemaker?

prohibited for disposal

image by misterbisson on Flickr
image by misterbisson on Flickr
The following items are prohibited for disposal at the Alpha Ridge Landfill:

  • ammunition
  • dead animals
  • engine blocks (over 2′)
  • explosives
  • hot ashes
  • infectious waste
  • pathological waste
  • radioactive waste
  • radiological waste
  • septage waste
  • surgical hospital waste

These people are clearly mad. I never let perfectly good ammo or explosives go to waste, and engine blocks are critical to the construction of my many infernal devices, so I don’t have to worry about the first three. As to the rest, well, that’s a bloody damn inconvenient policy. I guess it’s back to my neighbor’s basement with a shovel…

weekly rounds

  • What was set to be an epic return to post-blizzard life after Farpoint ended up becoming a week-long boss battle with a stealthy fever plague-demon. While some point and invoke the word “irony” when I become ill, remember that my job is killing diseases for a living, and given that they take a dim view of this, means that they send assassins after me on occasion. I take these bullets for you, people.
  • Laura went to an event at Studio Inspire today, and among other things, came home with this, which makes me happy:
rocket ship henna tattoo, image by Laura Burns
rocket ship henna tattoo, image by Laura Burns

weekly rounds

  • I think Laura said it best:

    Hello Feb 1! Can I pretend that this is the start of 2010 and that January didn’t happen?

    And so I shall leave it at that.

  • Apple also happened to announce a shiny new thing this past week. Ken encapsulates exactly why I’d want one, while Chris examines why the iPad (and, to a lesser extent, the entire Apple product line) are less “computers” and more “appliances”… and why that may be a bad thing.

on Palpatine

Photo by Manuel Harlan via

“When you are playing a character of solid blackness, that in itself is very interesting, in the sense that you have no other motivation other than the accumulation of power…¬† It’s not so much about not having a moral center, it’s just that the only thing that mattered is increasing power.”

“I’ve been trying to find a redeeming feature to Palpatine, and the only one I’ve got so far is that he’s clearly a patron of the arts because he goes to the opera.”

Ian McDiarmid on Palpatine, from Homing Beacon #137