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Lost "Monty Python" skit found

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Outstate, Technology Updated: September 26, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Whenever someone says “lost,” they usually mean “laying around plain sight until someone pointed it out.” It’s more like early Python, which wasn’t Python at the time. They hadn’t quite gotten the rhythm down yet; it drags. But you cna see what’s they’re starting to assemble.

Interesting how laugh-tracks in England seem to have about six people. Eventually this morphed into the Dead Parrot sketch; details on that process here.

TWEET OR FLY, YOUR CHOICE PAL Tweet a complaint about an airline while waiting to board a plane That’s a bannin’:

Leiser was booked on the 9.20pm flight from Glasgow to London but it was hit by delays. He tweeted late on Tuesday night that delays had prevented a serving soldier - who was on route to take part in active service - making an essential travel connection and easyJet had refused to help pay to get him to his destination.
A short time later, he tweeted that he’d then been told by a manager that he couldn’t board a flight because: “You’re a lawyer. You know you can’t tweet stuff like that and expect to get on an easyJet flight.”

Fun on the internet resulted. More here. Then again, it could be worse; could have gotten decked in the mug.

Comedy headliner Dan Nainan -- a professional comedian who in the past has performed for President Obama -- got into a skirmish with Newsweek Daily Beast Correspondent Josh Rogin. Rogin sent out several Tweets during Nainan’s set. “Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad [George W. Bush] impression,” Rogin wrote. “Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians [can’t] distinguish between letters ‘L’ and ‘R.’ Election, erection we get it,” Rogin added.

Nainan then approached Rogin, who was sitting at the back of the DC Improv comedy club and punched him.

More here. Note the stock photo accompanying the article, which is supposed to make you think of a comedy club, if you need glasses and took them off for a while to wipe away the tears of laughter.

APPS Apple is doomed! because someone hacked the fingerprint sensor; I’m sure there will be 4.5 million returns this week. Sell! Sell! Sell! Also, people will realize that the small, flat, powerful computer should not be dropped in the toilet. From Cult of Mac:

A fake iOS 7 advert that promises iPhones will become waterproof after being updated to Apple’s latest software has reportedly fooled owners into destroying their beloved smartphones.

The poster, which went viral on social media sites after iOS 7 was made available to the public last week, claims the update “prevents any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry” when it is exposed to water. Surprisingly, some believed it.

If you believe a software update can make your phone waterproof, you probably believe a new haircut makes you bulletproof.

ARCHITORTURE

Via Althouse, a visualization of the completion of Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona, scheduled to be finished in 2026. It’s a new video just released.

It’s a remarkable building, and it gives me the creeps. It looks like termite mounds. I know everyone is supposed to love Gaudi, and when I was touring Barcelona I was excited to see it. There’s nothing else like it on the planet. And it gives me the creeps.

In related Spanish architectural news, here’s “Spain’s Craziest Building Fails,” which includes this:

Castellón airport: At the opening of this €150-million airport, the ex-president of the region of Valencia, Francisco Camps, said the town found itself at "the high point of Spanish history". However, two years on, the airport is empty and not a single passenger has ever checked in.

The list includes the Pants Building, and repeats the erroneous rumor that the 47-story building has no elevator. The first few Google search returns for the InTempo building repeat the fiction. (As did this blog, at first, but it was corrected.) The truth: “The building was originally designed to be 20 storeys high but was extended to 47 storeys. In 2012 it was realised that no provision had been made for extra lifts to service the increased number of floors which will result in long waiting times for residents. The architects, Perez Guerra and Olcina and Raduan, resigned.”

Took the stairs down, probably.

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