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Wednesday Linkage

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Stuff of note from the Intertubes:

Project Rebuild LGM Archive continues. Of twenty-six posts between 7/18/04 and 7/24/04, six were written by Lemieux, seven by myself, and thirteen by djw.  In one of the first indications that blogs have real world consequences, a post of mine on gift etiquette would spell the effective end of a two year relationship, although things would drag on for another month or so.

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  • commie atheist

    It’s probably for the best that your bid for global domination of wedding registries was thwarted.

    • Warren Terra

      Took me awhile, but I recognize your double meaning.

  • Pseudonym

    The problem with globes is keeping them up to date. The other problem is that I can’t figure out how to zoom in. The other other problem is lack of space.

    • Gregor Sansa

      1. Stickers.

      2. Magnifying glass.

      3. What if it doubles as a salad spinner?

  • I, personally, dislike receiving gifts that I have no practical use for. I’ve got a bit of the hoarding tendency, and being given things that I don’t need/want means that I feel I have to keep it and can’t get rid of it.

    For gifts, I’ll either get something that’s on the registry, or give them something they can consume. Alcohol is always a good bet.

    • rea

      hat, however, could be more practical than a globe?

      • mark f

        Not if it’s a Yankees cap or a fedora.

        • James Angove

          Okay, what is the thing with fedora’s? I’ve been wearing a fedora for the best part of 20 years (since I was a 19 year old college kid, who knew from experience that his mother would shave his head if he dyed his hair). Apparently they have become a symbol for something icky. But I don’t want to stop wearing them; I like them. They keep the rain and snow off in winter, and the sun off in summer.

          Is this like the white boot-laces thing? (I dated a –crazy[1] girl in my early 20’s who understood bootlaces to be a perfect, well understood code for political association. White laces meant skinhead. I couldn’t see it, personally)

          [1]My mother was not a nice lady. Naturally, most of the first people I dated seriously were not either.

          • Djur

            The shoelaces only take on meaning when distinguishing skinhead subcultures from each other — i.e., racist skins from antiracist skins.

            Similarly, the fedora is only skeezy as part of the uniform of an already skeezy person.

      • Google Earth.

      • rea

        The 7 year old apparently got peanut butter on the “w” key . . .

  • Scott Lemieux

    Rob is obviously right. Gifts are gifts; registries are a suggestion, not a moral imperative.

    • Murc

      I’m Italian, which means that luckily, an envelope with a check inside it is always considered acceptable.

      • DrS

        Oh yeah…my wife is half Italian and the envelopes of cash came in quite handy.

        Not that we made any sort of profit on the deal, since we paid for the stupid thing, but some of those “traditional wedding gifts” don’t make much sense anymore. I mean, I’d been living on my own for well over a decade, and then we were living together. It’s not like we didn’t have a blender already.

      • elm

        I’m Jewish and a similar practice applies (although more for bar mitzvahs than weddings, but it’s not uncommon in the latter case.)

        The major difference is that our checks are almost always some multiple of $18.

      • The only time I’ve ever used the registry was the first wedding I attended as an adult, fresh out of undergrad. I got them a nice, reasonably priced pair of “wine goblets” or some such shit. They got shipped without me doing anything, and I got a nice card a couple of months after. The first (and last) time I ever saw my “gift” was two years later when I was helping the same couple move: the things were sitting, unopened, in a box on a shelf in the basement. From then on: straight cash, homey.

        Never heard a complaint, and I’ve had people thank me in person, long after the fact, because in all the hullabaloo of getting hitched, hitting up an ATM often gets overlooked. It’s practical, useful, and won’t end up getting sold for pennies on the dollar at a garage sale twenty years later.

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    kind of a cute pic of old man Bush and the kid… I imagine it’s pretty easy for the secret service people to become family, especially during the post-presidential-years

    • Mike Schilling

      It’s impressive that at 89 he had anything left to shave.

  • Pseudonym

    Also, too, I did not know that the Sidewinder had an active fuze.

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  • rea

    And the joint US/Japan amphibious assualt exercises are an example of life imitatiing art. US Marine Ospreys landing on the Hyuga!

  • Kurzleg

    Patrick is the son of a Secret Service agent, Jon, who is assigned to Bush’s security detail in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Their last names were withheld at the family’s request.)
    ———————————-
    Members of the Secret Service unit known as Bush Protective Division even launched a website to help raise money to pay Patrick’s medical bills: PatricksPals.org. They have also organized a benefit motorcycle run in Kennebunkport, where the Bushes maintain a seaside home.

    What is this all about? A Secret Service agent’s health insurance doesn’t cover all costs associated with his son’s illness?

    • That was my reaction as well. What the hell kind of country do we live in?

  • Passing By

    Read the link on a US/Japan military exercise … The exercise’s underlying scenario has the US and Japan at war with China. If so, where and why would US/Japan be making an opposed amphibious landing? Seems far-fetched.

    is it just that the Marines are all about amphibious landings, so we’re gonna have them … someplace.

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