Archive for December 14, 2008

White Castle, Brooklyn, NY

December 14, 2008


Where the scene from Saturday Night Fever was shot.

I was there that night.

Long gone. One of the victims of the Yuppie Eighties.

Photo stolen, of course, off the Internet.

The Spirit Of “Baghdad Bob” Lives!

December 14, 2008

Video: Reporter Throws Shoes At Bush

Apparently most people have forgotten the sacred vow uttered by The Greatest PR Person In All History: Mohammed Saïd al-Sahaf, colloquially referred to by his fans and admirers (like me!) as “Baghdad Bob.”

This guy daily stood before the world’s assembled press and mocked the invasion of Iraq, defied the observations of the entire world, and came up with some stunningly-brilliant lines.

One of them was:

We will welcome them with bullets and shoes.

Well, the shoe bit worked out as poorly as the bullet effort.

But damn, I just love it that some people never forget!

Mohammed Saïd al-Sahaf, pour yourself a drink.

Here’s a compilation (alas, lacking the greatest lines!):

Mohammed Saïd al-Sahaf

I actually bought the DVD put out about him!

I’m still waiting for this one:

God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.

What poetry!


We Love the Iraqi Information Minister website

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December 14, 2008


Writer Derek Raymond Tribute

December 14, 2008

Cookie, originally uploaded by Simon Crubellier.

The late Derek Raymond, Britain’s finest noir writer, in a stencil by Grafter. Cheers to bornsleepy – if he hadn’t uploaded his photo of this I doubt I’d have bothered to check it out in the first place, never mind spend several hours there over two days.

Wow, that’s really something.

Previously here:

Writer Derek Raymond

In the old blog:

Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit

Sony Reader Gets Some Ellen Love

December 14, 2008


TaxMan45 alerted me via Twitter that the Sony Reader had been featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

Smells like product placement, but still, good for Sony. As you’ll see in the video, the entire audience got a free Sony Reader and “101 free downloads” — which I suspect are 100 free classics and Ellen’s book. But still!

Here’s the video:

Ellen And Sony Reader

And here are the relevant screensnaps:





And this is from the website:

Click = big

Proving that Ellen and her audience can manage a USB cable while Oprah can’t. And I’m certain the audience was ecstatic to get a Sony Reader.