December 15, 2005

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THE CULTURE WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON ITS HANDS: SPEED LACES, shoe lacing system

"Ordinary laces are jammed up in a matrix of friction. We moved lacing to the surface of the shoe and eliminated the friction. Now your lacing is free to flow through your shoe."

And when the lacing is in the flowing within the shoes, all is of the best in Manolo World!.

THE BIG PICTURE: Hammer of Truth » How News Travels on the Internet

LONGER ANSWER: Mightier Than the Pen

"When people ask why I recently left The Wall Street Journal to join the Marines, I usually have a short answer."

TOUGH BUT FAIR: A Message From The Ghost Of General Patton

SADLY, NO BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN HAPPY MEALS ON SCHEDULE: Narnia Happy Meal Details

"Narnia characters will appear in McDonalds happy meals from December 16 to January 12."

YOU COULD LOOK IT UP, but why would Robert F. Kennedy Jr. bother when he could just make it up?

" Kennedy said, 'A farmer sent me a copy of the American Heritage Dictionary's definition of fascism the other day, and the definition is roughly that the control of government by large corporations with right-wing ideologies, driven by bellicose nationalism. That has a familiar ring these days.'

"For the record, the American Heritage Dictionary, as available on the web, includes the phrase 'belligerent nationalism' but does not include references to corporations or 'right-wing ideology.' "

REALLY DUMB BLONDES: The Swedish girls design anti-rape belt

"A group of Swedish teenage girls has designed a belt that requires two hands to remove and which they hope will deter would-be rapists, one of the creators told AFP on Tuesday."

When the state fails to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate rapists, change your belt.

SO LONG. THANKS FOR THE KIDS: Michael Jackson converts to Islam, takes drugs and moves to Bahrain

"Michael Jackson is going to convert to Islam. The Arabian newspaper Khaleej Times reports that he decided to move to Bahrain with his three children after the notorious trial in the USA."

SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE: Male cat breast-feeds kittens

"A tom-cat called Barsik has been looking after kittens on his own. But that's not all. The strangest thing is that the heroic father "breast-feeds" them."

PHRASES PLUCKED PHROM Peggy Noonan

".... the left would be angry (rage is their ZIP code, where they came from and where they live)...."

"Howard Dean, that human helium balloon ever resistant to the gravity of mature judgment...."

"But there seems to me a thing that is blindingly obvious, and yet I've never seen it remarked upon. It is that an administration that would coldly lie us into Iraq is an administration that would lie about what was found there."

"The Bush White House treats the message of the day as if it were the only raft in high seas. Hold, cling, don't let go.... "

NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THE SHINE ON YOUR SHOES: Shoe polish

"Prior to 1906, shoe polish was not well known as a purchasable product, nor was it particularly sophisticated. While sales were not especially high, a few brands, like Nugget, were available in England during the 1800s. The practice of shining people’s shoes gradually caught on and soon many shoeshine boys in the city streets were offering shoe shines using a basic form of shoe polish along with a polishing cloth."

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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

When I was a kid growing up in Boston during the 60's, lot's of kids made their own shinebox, bought a few tins of polish, brushes and cloths and set off hitting every bar, tavern and pub in the vicinity. I started out by accompanying my older brother and just standing around looking cute. When I got a bit older it was time to venture out on my own. Our territory was under the old Orange Line trains, along Washington street from Forest Hills to Dudley Station. There were dozens of watering holes along the way. We easily earned enough money for movies, sweets and comic books, the essentials of a young boy's life then. There were dangers,too. Getting jumped and robbed, chased out by angry bartenders, beligerent drunks, and other shineboys competing for customers. Your post generated just a whiff of nostalgia.

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