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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 15 February 2005
It’s been a little over a year since I last rode the NYC subway. Boy, do I miss it. You ride around underneath Manhattan long enough, and you’ll see a bit of everything. An example: The Fourth Annual No Pants! Subway Ride.

[spotted at kottke.org]
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Friday, 11 February 2005
When I visited Paris in 2001, I was told ahead of time, “Just be friendly and try to speak the language, and you’ll be treated well.” Uh, no. Pretty much everywhere I went, I was treated with disdain. This piece in The Observer is fantastic in that it both (a) makes it clear your poor treatment is probably not your fault and should not be taken personally and (b) gives you specific tips for vanishing that snooty little garçon’s attitude.
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Monday, 07 February 2005
aroused statueOne of my guilty pleasures is Jon Carroll’s column in the Chronicle — which of course I never read in the Chronicle, but instead on SFGate. Today’s column is fantastic for at least three reasons:
  1. He refers to “fine East Bay people,” which many City dwellers think is a mythical species. No, friends: We exist.
  2. He speaks of folks who send him angry e-mails about his columns. My own column (very different from Carroll’s, and orders of magnitude less exciting) only posts once a month, but still generates messages from malcontents who write like this: “CLEARLY you are one of those PATHETIC tech journalists who has ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what he’s talking about.” As Carroll notes: “Clearly they are not trying to persuade. I know what persuasion looks like … and it rarely involves words like ‘pathetic.’”
  3. When he gets to the meat of the column, so to speak, he never actually names the thing that he’s talking about. It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode “The Contest,” which was all about masturbation but never used that word or anything close to it. Here’s Carroll:
    Here is the problem: A naked female actor can mime erotic involvement with another person and be completely convincing. A naked male actor cannot, because the deal-breaker, as it were, is right out there in the open. Are you unhappy to see me, or is that nothing at all in your pocket?
Today’s lovely dose of Carroll reminds me that we are coming up on the five-year anniversary of the greatest Jon Carroll column ever. Stay tuned for coverage.

[Ya like that statue? $79 gets you one of your own.]
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Friday, 21 January 2005
The Buffalo Beast brings us the 50 Most Loathsome People in America (the 2004 edition). I don’t think I disagree with a single choice they’ve made. Some excerpts:
Colin Quinn: “Blamed cancellation of his awful show on reverse racism, ignoring his pathetic ratings, stumbling speech and the fact that his entire C-list entourage couldn’t beat Pamela Anderson at Trivial Pursuit.” … Dick Cheney: “The kind of guy who starts talking cannibalism the minute he steps on the lifeboat.” … Ben Affleck: “His uncanny ability to produce an unending stream of shitty movies and still get work rivals that of even Kevin Costner.” … Dan Rather: “Made Peter Jennings the most credible anchor in the business.” … Jessica Simpson: “The aesthetic equivalent of vitamin D milk.” … Donald Rumsfeld: “Carries himself in press conferences like a cranky grandfather who is sick of hearing his daughters whine about how he molested them every now and then.”
Any additional nominees? Oh, by the way, you should give this a read, just in case you’re on the list too…

[spotted at MetaFilter]
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Your screen is looking kinda filthy. Here: Clean Your Screen For Free, Now.
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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
My vote for Idiot Parent of the Year goes to “Confused in Virginia,” who wrote to Dear Abby this week:
My 16-year-old daughter went to a party at a frat house where she was given a great deal to drink. Feeling “woozy,” she went outside. One of the “boys” suggested she go back to his room to lie down. She had known this fellow before that night and trusted him. She was drunk, and he had sex with her. It was her first time. She claims she tried to make him stop, but he wouldn’t. more...
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Tuesday, 05 October 2004
Issy is not yet displaying all 30 Hallmarks of Felinity, but she’s definitely got 1-5 and 19 down pat. How ‘bout your cat?
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Monday, 09 August 2004
This is apparently making the rounds today, as I spotted it at both the J-Walk Blog and Kottke.org this morning. Shopsin’s is a New York City diner that has the most extensive, all-inclusive, wacky, eleven-page menu you’ve ever seen. I am so definitely stopping in the next time I’m in New York. Looks like a Downtown 1 or 9 to Houston St. will get me there…
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Tuesday, 27 July 2004
The Washington Post answers one of the great questions of our time: Who Was General Tso and Why Are We Eating His Chicken?

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Wednesday, 16 June 2004
…a man who never lived had a relatively ordinary day. Happy Bloomsday to everyone, especially all my friends partying down in Dublin tonight! (Shouts out to DS, KC, SC, JH. Y’all have a cheese sammich and a glass of burgundy for me, y’hear?)

[Kudos to Google for the celebratory logo they’re sportin’ today. And finally, beware the Bloomsday virus!]
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Tuesday, 15 June 2004
I keep an eye out for duck-related foolishness on the Web, to send to my friend the_lucky_duck. This here page may be the greatest duck posting ever.
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Thursday, 10 June 2004
Ten foods you should never eat. I am pleased to say that I have only eaten two of the ten (#7 and #8), and neither of those within the past year or so.

[spotted at The Morning News]
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Wednesday, 09 June 2004
Here we have the online presence of the New York City establishment that inspired the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. Do not miss the rules or return policy.
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Wednesday, 02 June 2004
Parents attend son’s funeral. Parents go home. Parents receive phone call from son.

[spotted on The Morning News]
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Tuesday, 18 May 2004
According to Beliefnet’s 25-question “What’s Your Spiritual Type?” quiz, I am a Spiritual Straddler, with “one foot in traditional religion, one foot in free-form spirituality.” Sounds about right, actually. (Now where did I put my zafu?)

[spotted at J-Walk Blog]
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