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El Coyote Gordo
25 September 2017 @ 09:40 am
Happy birthday, john_d_owen
El Coyote Gordo
25 September 2017 @ 06:53 am
Alex Acks on how to win an online argument (fsvo win)

Thanx to File 770
El Coyote Gordo
25 September 2017 @ 06:30 am
Translation fails

Thanx to Metafilter
El Coyote Gordo
25 September 2017 @ 06:22 am
Kit Reed has been publishing excellent novels and short stories (sf, mimetic, and, as she would say, transgenre) for almost 60 years. We enjoyed her company at many ICFAs and Readercons. RIP.
El Coyote Gordo
24 September 2017 @ 10:02 am
Happy birthday, peteyoung
El Coyote Gordo
23 September 2017 @ 05:37 pm
I can see a whole lot of you, and you are encouraged to wave.
El Coyote Gordo
23 September 2017 @ 06:50 am
Private equity and the Graham-Cassidy Let’s Catch Up with the Nazis and Communists Act
El Coyote Gordo
22 September 2017 @ 09:46 am
Happy birthday, peake
El Coyote Gordo
21 September 2017 @ 09:45 am
Happy birthday, dd_b and tamiroff
El Coyote Gordo
21 September 2017 @ 08:44 am
Harry Dean Stanton: the life of a Repo Man (or an apostle) is intense

Lotfi Zadeh: Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a logic.

Len Wein: beloved comics guy

Jake LaMotta: lasted remarkably long, for a boxer

Lillian Ross: wrote a fascinating peek into that great big wonderful dysfunctional family known as
The New Yorker. (She did a deliberate Good Grief, It’s Daddy)

Stanislav Petrov: saved the world
El Coyote Gordo
21 September 2017 @ 06:29 am
The real story behind “Duncan & Brady”. Arouses my distrust by not mentioning Judy Henske, but that’s probably just me.

Thanx to Metafilter
El Coyote Gordo
21 September 2017 @ 05:17 am
Late in the 1967 season the LA Rams were 4 points behind with less than 30 seconds to go. They blocked a punt and recovered it at the other team’s 5-yard line. Everybody knew they were going to throw it to their big gun, Bernie Casey. They did, and he scored.

He played only one more season, then did a book of his poems & paintings and went to Hollywood, where he had a number of successful films including playing the Black frat leader in Revenge of the Nerds. He was also in my favorite granfalloon, Star Trek, playing the Maquis leader Cal Hudson in Deep Space Nine.

ETA: In 1968 Joe Namath shocked the football world* by growing a mustache. Casey & Jim Marshall had been wearing them all along, but they didn’t count, perhaps due to lack of contrast.
*Shocking the football world has never required extreme measures. See Kaepernick, Colin.
El Coyote Gordo
20 September 2017 @ 01:48 pm
New ordinance encourages pervy cops to check out the areola and the anal cleft.
El Coyote Gordo
Richard Dawkins fears that imagination is a gateway drug to God.
*Seymour Skinner
El Coyote Gordo
20 September 2017 @ 09:33 am
Happy birthday, debgeisler
El Coyote Gordo
20 September 2017 @ 08:58 am
1. Who are you named after?
My grandfather Abraham. The Jewish custom was same first initial, different name. In New York in the 50s some of the Anglo-Saxon-sounding ones that Anglo-Saxons rarely used were considered inherently funny, though Arthur wasn’t as bad as Melvin or Seymour. Since no one else feels that way, I’ve gotten over it.

2. Last time I cried?
Can’t remember. I guess I pass that aspect of Correct Gender Performance

3. Soda or water?
Split the difference: warm, flat diet soda. Fake chocolate is my fave.

4. What's your favorite kind of pizza?
Mushrooms/onions/olives. Ham & pineapple is OK.

5. Favorite flower?
All the garish ones.

6. Roller Coaster?

7. Favorite ice cream?
Chocolate chip mint, but my pancreas don’t want me to have any.

8. Favorite book?
Illuminatus!/Stranger in a Strange Land

9. Shorts or jeans?
Neither. I decided 50 years ago that jeans are a particularly boring form of cosplay.

10. What are you listening to right now?
The voices telling me—I mean, nothing! Nothing at all!

11. Favorite color? Magenta, the one that’s not on the spectrum. (I refrain from saying, “unlike me.”

12. Tattoo?
None. Unlike my (female) spouse, I am not macho enough to put up with the pain.

13. Favorite thing to eat?
Rare red meat

14. Android or iPhone?
Scary newfangled things! Get off my lawn!

15. Favorite holiday?
5/5. Not as Cinco de Mayo, but as the anniversary of my first zine

16. Night owl or mornings?

17. Fave day of the week?
Now that I’m retired, I don’t have one.

18. Favorite season?
Spring, I guess

19. Favorite Sport?
Pro football