Friday, June 28, 2013


The sound of birds singing their hearts out by my window is perfect for those days when I want to get up at 5 a.m. to start my day early.

I've never wanted that, though, so really those birds are just a bunch of sleep-depriving jerks.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I always mess up some mundane detail.

Seeking a provisional arrest warrant for Snowden, the US government submitted documents referring to Edward James Snowden, the Wall Street Journal reported. In another document it just used his middle initial. According to his passport, however, Snowden’s middle name is actually Joseph.
- Jake Maxwell Watts,

NSA officials then requested that they scoop up everyone named Edward and have some analysts sort out who's what later.

it's vs. its

Almost made an its vs. it's error in an online dating site message, potentially incurring the wrath of any single that loves to travel, enjoys sarcasm, lives life to the fullest, and spends Friday nights either out with friends or at home with a bottle of wine and a movie.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fixed in transit.

While on a trip to Finland today, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters that wanted NSA Leaker Edward Snowden is still in the transit area of Moscow's airport, and thus, technically not on Russian soil. He also confirmed that Russian law enforcement will not arrest him or extradite him to the United States, saying he is "a free man," but the sooner he chooses his final destination, the better.

- The Atlantic Wire
Preparing my pitch for a gritty reboot of 2004 Tom Hanks film The Terminal.

Monday, June 24, 2013

An Finance Leaders Group

Whatever the intentions of this mass e-mail may be, the first sentence strongly suggests that they've never met me.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sorry Sarah.

My apologies to Sarah, I believe I have your venti iced coffee. Though in all fairness, I'm pretty sure you have mine.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Adrift and clean shaven main character stands over bathroom sink. Looks in mirror. Grows long hair and unkempt beard with increasing vigor and determination.

Splashes water on face, emerges refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Corollary: Spy played by Matt Damon dyes girlfriend's hair blonde and adds extensions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How Does Superman Shave

LOS ANGELES — How does Superman shave? If he is a “Man of Steel,” impervious to nearly everything, what could possibly remove that formidable stubble?

Brooks Barnes, New York Times re: Gillette ad campaign
Every Gillette/Man of Steel subway ad reminds me of Superman IV, in which a strand of Superman's hair is exhibited holding up a one ton weight. Lex Luthor clips off the hair using a pair of wirecutters. Conclusion: Superman shaves using Lex Luthor's wirecutters.


Friday, June 07, 2013

We know who you called last summer.

Together, the unfolding revelations opened a window into the growth of government surveillance that began under the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has clearly been embraced and even expanded under the Obama administration.
U.S. Confirms That It Gathers Online Data Overseas
New York Times
June 6, 2013
The image refers to the phone record collection program. The Times article is about that the revelation of the collection of data on foreigners overseas from internet service companies, though their quote captures one of the more disappointing things about both programs. While Bush may have started a number of 1984-ish surveillance programs, Obama continued and expanded them.