Bus Wisdom

On my bus ride to work today I found a little religious flyer (of the Evangelical persuasion). As it seemed like an appropriate reading for the morning bus commute (not too long and easier to hold than the Metro), I actually read it. I’d like to share two and a half sentences from said flyer:

[..] The Bible is the only Book in the world that predicts the future. Thus the Bible is more modern than tomorrow’s newspaper. The Bible accurately foretells the future […]

I actually really like the phrase “more modern than tomorrow’s newspaper.” It has a nice ring to it.

Tommy Westphall’s Mind

Yesterday I stumbled across and interesting phenomenon which links over 280 different television series. The phenomenon is known as Tommy Westphall’s Mind. Who is Tommy Westphall?

Tommy Westphall was an autistic child on the TV series St Elsewhere who, it was revealed in the closing moments of the final episode of that series, had dreamt the entire run of the show.

The problem gets interesting when we realize that St Elsewhere has direct connections to 12 other television series, which in turn have their own connections. We are not talking about actors or directors here; we’re talking about fictional cast members who appear on shows other than their own or fictitious brands or places. All tallied, their are over 280 different series which, following St Elsewhere, exist entirely in Tommy Westphall’s mind.

Some of these connections are really quite amazing. For example, here’s the connection from St Elewhere to Firefly.

ii. And going back to Cheers it also spun-off Fraiser. (1) John Larroquette Show’s John Hemingway called into Fraiser’s show. (a) John Larroquette Show referenced Yoyodyne. Yoyodyne was also a client of Angel’s Wolfram & Hart. (i) Angel was a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (for more on Buffy see item 4.A.) (ii) Weyland-Utani is also a client of Angel’s Wolfram & Hart. Weyland-Utani made some of the weapons used by Firefly’s Malcolm Reynolds in the Battle of Serenity.

Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parentheticals That Cost Me Marks on My Thesis

Here’s a great tidbit from McSweeney’s: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parentheticals That Cost Me Marks on My Thesis. My favorite:

3 Who, although a gifted academic, is still a douche.

Full marks for honesty.

Via Kottke.

My New Pet

Photo found in Google Earth:

My new pet

DOJ and St. Pauli Girl Sitting in a Tree

One of my favorite parts of having a website statistics software for this site like Mint, is that I get to see all of the weird searches that people do. For instance, I can see that earlier today, somebody came to this page on my site by searching for “1997 st. pauli girl poster”. Nothing weird about that. The funny part though is the that the domain of the person searching ends in usdoj.gov. It appears as though the US Department of Justice is interested in one particular St. Pauli Girl.

1997 St Pauli Girl Poster