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Too Stupid for Words category archive

Whiplash 0

Oh, my.

Facebook Frolics 0

Photo phrolics.

One more time, the internet is a public place.

Facebook Frolics 0

Contemptible frolics.

Fools of the Road 0

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving home on the Expressway at about 8:30 p. m.

As I started to overtake a pickup truck, I noticed a rectangle of light through its driver’s side window. As I gained on it, I could see that the driver was holding his “smartphone” in his left hand, typing out a text with his right hand, and steering with the back of his left wrist.

Smart phones.

Dumb people.

Walleye Pikers 0

People who live in glass houses . . . .

The glamorous $5 billion campus, called Apple Park and built for more than 13,000 employees, was championed by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as a temple of design. He believed that the campus’ glass-encased, ring-shaped centerpiece could become “the best office building in the world.” But in January, as office workers began moving in after five years of construction, several employees walked into glass panes. It is unclear how many people hurt themselves, but The Chronicle found at least three incidents in a review of 911 audio and incident reports obtained from Santa Clara County in a public records request.

Three people suffered head injuries, including a middle-aged man who hit his head so hard against a glass window that he was bleeding on his eyebrow and expected to have stitches, according to 911 audio (for a transcript of the calls, click here).

Subtitular Substitution (Updated) 0

Last night, we watched an episode of Perry Mason.

We had the subtitles turned on, because we often watch BBC shows and some of us find the accents problematic. The subtitles were screwy.

Here’s an example (I’m ferinstancing here):

    I’d like you to meet Detective XXXX Tracy. He’d like a Manhattan XXXXtail.

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

Addendum, Later that Same Evening:

In another Perry Mason that we watched this evening, the word “suspicious” was rendered “suxxxxious.”

The stupid, it burns.

Facebook Frolics, Hens in the Foxhouse Dept. 0

Why Love a Parade 0

Alfred Doblin discusses Donald Trump’s desire to play with his soldiers. A snippet:

Trump wants a grand military parade because he saw one in France with French President Emmanuel Macron last July on Bastille Day. How ironic that the “America First” president who wants to restrict imports, export immigrants and build a wall on the nation’s southern border to keep out Mexicans, wants a French parade.

The Return of Snake Oil 0

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Lisa Fullam exposes the duplicity behind Donald Trump’s advocacy for “the right to try” unproven “medical” treatments.

Turtles All the Way Down 0

Thom gets a caller who seems to arguing in favor of the flat earth theory.

Facebook Frolics 0

Man on the run.

Cat Check 0

Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.

A Small Note about How Libel Laws Work in the United States 0

Truth is a defense.

Captions Outrageous 2

Last night, we watched an old episode of Perry Mason. (I guess all Perry Mason episodes are old at this point. At least there are no SWAT teams running around like Star Wars storm troopers . . . .)

In one bit of dialog, the word “tycoon’s” appeared.

The closed captions displayed it as “TYXXXX’S.”


One of the characters was named “Eula.” Why a character would be named “End User License Agreement” is beyond me.

Twits on Twitter 0

Sui DeGeneres twits.

Facebook Frolics 0

Hate-full frolics.

Twits on Twitter 0

You can’t make this stuff up.

Twits on Twitter 0

Legal twits.

Twits on Twitter, Reprise 0

Rat:  To improve the veracity of social media postings, I'm establishing firm journalist standards for all of my future tweets.  Goat:  Great idea.  What are the new rules?  Rat:  If it feels true, tweet is.  Goat:  Oh.  Good.  Rat:  And even if it doesn't feel true, tweet it anyways.

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Droning On 0

Boys and their toys:

The man, who was not immediately identified, sent his drone soaring over Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara during the second quarter of the game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, police said. Later he hightailed it to Oakland, where he deployed the drone over the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos, according to police.

“It was something about free speech and his belief that television stations are corrupt,” said Santa Clara Police Lt. Dan Moreno.

I think he’s missing the boat on television stations. Incompetence and shallowness do not necessarily stem from corruption. They can exist very nicely on their own.