This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

I don't get it

Posted by: James Lileks under Newspapers, Photos Updated: February 17, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Today's "Argyle Sweater" cartoon:

Michael Jackson and Elmer Fudd in 1980. I have no idea. (UPDATE: oh, man. There are TWO possible meanings.)

In related news, Sunday's example of the worst-drawn cartoon featured a woman whose use of a "Clapper" - you know, cutting edge modern tech - caused her husband's heart to stop:

Leaving aside the fact that "womp" is usually spelled with an H, the cartoon made me think of the previous week, which had the same incompetently rendered living room set:

I think he's had 30 years to get his style to this point. 

NYC  A collection of photos from NYC in the 70s and 80s, from -

Well, hold on a moment. First, an example. 

Hey, they had Instagram filters back then? No. But it’s not hard to bring them back to life. Voila:

Another:

The photos are from this site, which I wouldn’t have stumbled across if it wasn’t for a blog post about the pictures. And by “blog post” I mean the blogger took fifty pictures and put them up without comment, hoping to snag traffic for his bloodsucking website, so no link for him.

Speaking of New York: the Post revisits the infamous case of Kitty Genovese. If you recall, the New York Times “ reported that 38 of her neighbors had seen the attack and watched it unfold without calling for help.” Word spread:

The Times piece was followed by a story in Life magazine, and the narrative spread throughout the world, running in newspapers from Russia and Japan to the Middle East. New York became internationally infamous as a city filled with thoughtless people who didn’t care about one another; where people could watch their neighbors get stabbed on the street without lifting a finger to help, leaving them to die ­instead in a pool of their own blood.

Too bad it wasn’t true, as the piece reminds us. But it confirmed what people wanted to believe about other people - or at least what some people at the NYT wanted to believe.

COULROPHOBIA The Daily News says the nation may have already passed Peak Clown:

Send in the clowns — please!

As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.

Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.

Here’s the sort of thing future generations may never see.

Surely they will curse us for not curating this cultural archetype for  subsequent generations. 

ART 3D GIFs: the oldest art form of the web continues to evolve. How did they do that? Go here for details. 

STYLE People who can’t wait for the next season of “Mad Men” might enjoy this perfectly restored mid-century modern rambler. They might also wish the show still took place in that era.

SCIENCE! Mystery of the rock that appeared on Mars next to Opportunity solved. No surprises, really.

ICYMI: Friday's video of the Home and Patio show, complete with bad JFK imitation. Enjoy the day, whichever President you choose to revere. 

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