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That's Grand, Baby!

Steinway movieYoutube is full of great little short videos about how things are made. Bubble gum, marbles, potato chips, you name it, there's a video giving you a bird's eye view of the process. I love these things.

So last week I was digging deep into the Netflix library when I found a film called "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037." It sounded good so I added it to the queue, and Beloved Girlfriend and I watched it this past Saturday night.

It was WONDERFUL from start to finish!

This film is nominally about how Steinway pianos are crafted, which is fascinating enough, but it's the multi-cultured work force which gives the instruments, and this movie, its soul. It's also about the piano industry, featuring a handful of well-known professional musicians discussing their craft, and I learned much that I never heretofore suspected.

The movie doesn't reveal as much technical detail about construction as I expected but, from what I've seen, they'd need much more than just 90 minutes to do it justice. Still, it sufficed and left us both with a warm glow when it was over.

If you don't have Netflix you can find copies of this award-winning movie at Amazon. You won't be sorry.


Ends and Odds

ice story from The Atlantic  reminding us all once again why Dick Cheney should be composted alive and buried in scorched-and-salted earth.


The good old Smirking Chimp offers three eye-opening charts you really, really really need to show to your conservative brother-in-law. Neener-neeners optional. Here's one to pique your curiosity:


Michelle "Vote for me! I'm stupid!" Bachmann quipped ever-so-hilariously that the recent earthquake in the northeast U.S. was a warning from God that we're not giving rich people enough tax breaks... or something.

In reaction to Ms. Bachmann, Pharyngula's PZ Myers reminds us that there have been almost 3000 earthquakes in the U.S. so far this year.

So exactly which earthquake was that again, Michelle?


larry powellFinally, three cheers to Fresno County Schools Superindendent Larry Powell, who's taking a voluntary $200,000 pay cut in order to help his school system.

They don't make the eyes of needles big enough for this guy.


Note about today's comic: Appearances to the contrary, it hasn't escaped my notice that making fun of closely-held beliefs like religion and gun-fetishism is an inefficient way of garnering a broad and diverse readership. So why do I continue to do it?

Let me put it this way... I'd much rather spark neurons into hate-mail fury than go softly into that good night of cat, and sex jokes.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #73 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(73) 8-31-2011: When the GOP returns from vacation they plan on voting every week to gut every government regulation within arm's reach because, you know, "regulation costs jobs". What this means, of course, is that regulation has been proven to actually create jobs.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're continuing to give credence to the long-ago debunked Climategate. Good grief!

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Dupe: I'm being eaten alive by sharks, but it's okay. They're Christian.

Dupe: I'm being consumed by an ananconda, but that's okay. He's anti-abortion.

Dupe: I'm being sucked dry by a colony of giant Amazonian tarantulas, but it's okay. They support the Second Amendment.

Dupe: I'm being devoured by lions, but it's okay. They hate homosexuals.

Dupe: I'm being rendered destitute by Republican policies, but it's okay because, uh, because...

Republican: Because you're stupid.

Dupe: Yeah! Because I'm stupid!