Category Archives: Random Weirdness

Legal Tender in Liberia and Palau

We were watching a program on Court TV Sunday night and up popped a commercial for the “Corvette Dollar,” the latest release from the National Collector’s Mint. I’m assuming that these types of things have to be considered legal tender … Continue reading

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I finally get what Bluetooth is

Anita Campbell is my hero. With one simple sentence she has cleared up a mystery that’s been dogging me for at least the last two new-cellphone cycles: What exactly is Bluetooth? To quote the brilliant simplicity of Anita’s definition: “Bluetooth … Continue reading

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Sheep poo paper. No really.

From the in-house organ of a local print shop (see another classic print-shop tidbit here) comes the happy news that tree-free paper… long relegated to the realm of other plant materials like hemp, corn husks and banana peels (”Hey Cheech, … Continue reading

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A study to study studies

A technology report on CNN.com cited a study which found that people who live by the cell phone (or pager, or other mobile personal communication equipment) find less life satisfaction because work and family issues tend to blur together. Dads … Continue reading

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These are the jokes

This week I’m reading Clinton & Me, the White House memoir by political comedy writer Mark Katz (”the guy who made Mike Dukakis funny”), who tried to help Bill Clinton understand the value of self-deprecating humor by writing jokes, sound-bites, … Continue reading

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ahh-HA!!

I’ve now watched two episodes of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher’s new live discussion show over on HBO (whoa, Bill, get your makeup redone and re-shoot that photo – looks like the guy from Six Feet Under did a … Continue reading

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Republican dreams

Okay this is really strange, even for me. I had the weirdest dream this morning where I encountered President Bush at an event here in Des Moines. I was on our “freeway,” which had been turned into a giant pedestrian … Continue reading

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News in weird places

Okay, at work I sometimes have to buy printing for brochures, newsletters, logo doohickies, and stuff like that. What that ultimately means is that every commercial printer in Des Moines has me on their mailing list to receive their “house … Continue reading

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Where are they now

In the Who Gives a Shit Department, I recently read somewhere that Amy Fisher is out of the slammer and writing a newspaper column. The Amester, you might recall, made headlines a few years ago when she was having an … Continue reading

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