Why can’t I ignore trolls?

You couldn’t find a clearer example. A new user joins the boards at RPGNet and posts bog-standard Republican spam about Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright. The smart move is to wait for him to get banned for a personal attack–how long could that take? But no, I have to read everything he writes, go into details of how he’s misinformed, how his posts are knee-jerk copypasta neocon talking points. Discussing anything with him is a waste of my time, effort, and intellectual energies. But, but . . . he’s WRONG ON THE INTERNET!!

One of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard

and you can hear it too. Kevin Smith filmed his college lecture tour a few years back and released it as An Evening With Kevin Smith. Kinda like a concert film, only with a tubby, chatty filmmaker instead of rock stars. Smith shares some great stories about making movies and he’s a very skilled oral storyteller. There was a while in the late 90s when he was working on a Superman script. His stories about whackjob producer John Peters’s ideas for the film have to be heard to be believed. If anyone is really against Kevin Smith and all he stands for, post a comment here and I’ll tell the story so you don’t miss out.

Why this morning is awesome

1) It’s August. It’s beautiful. Sunny, high 70s, green grass and trees just beginning to fade out.

2) Suri made me a BLT this morning. It was country French bread beautiful, ripe grape tomatoes, fresh romaine lettuce, and bacon from Vermont Smoke and Cure. Really, other bacon should just call it a day and go home. Also had two cups of fantastically strong Peruvian coffee from Equal Exchange.

3) I get in the car, start the long drive to work, and turn on the radio. Right at that moment, one of the best morning songs in the history of the world begins: “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. It’s a great song under any circumstances, but I’m particularly fond of it because my dad’s old band used to play it at every gig. I have great memories of listening to that song while eating chicken drumettes and drinking Shirley Temples at the wedding receptions of strangers.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects

43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Note: the only reason I wouldn’t try the lobster is because I’m deadly allergic to shellfish.

Thanks, Russia!

I tell you, participation in the world community and striving for prosperity is for suckers. What you should do is fan the flames of nationalism until your neighbors cower around you, threaten Poland with military strikes, and try to overthrow the popular leader of a sovereign nation. Oh, and start a new cult of personality around Vladimir Putin; that Stalin guy worked out GREAT. I’ve really been missing that Cold War fear of T-80s rumbling through the Fulda Gap and Backfire bombers heading God knows where. The warm, paranoiac feeling is just flooding back.

Local radio–who knew?

So the old Suby I got has deep technology from before the dawn of time: a cassette deck. I’ve divested myself of all my old cassettes, so until I get a digital music player to hook in through a cassette adapter, I’ve been listening to the radio on my beautiful, overlong commute to Essex Junction. I knew the local stations already, of course. There’s mp103, a station with the new, fairly eclectic Jack-FM format; the Buzz, an alternative station with an emphasis on harder-edged rock and emo; and the Point, one of the best Adult Album Alternative stations in the country. (The college stations often have good shows, but I can only get signal for about 10 minutes of the drive). I’ve relied on CDs of the music that I love for a long time, and I miss listening to them every day . . .

But. I’m hearing some great music these days. I occasionally have to listen to ads, but I’m surprised that I can find so much stuff I like just by restlessly switching stations. I’ve found out about Flobots, an alternative rap band playing Burlington in a couple of weeks. Check out the video for “Handlebars” if you don’t know the band. I’ve heard Coldplay’s new hit “When I Ruled the World,” an earworm that absolutely will not get out of my head. Just this morning I heard “Add Me,” a witty, biting, shuffling song that I never would have guessed came from Chumbawumba. I know that one day soon I’ll have access to all my CDs and mp3s, but I think even then I’ll need to pay a little more attention to the wisdom of program directors.