Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

A Steaming Train Rolling Down the Track Towards You Clarifies the Mind

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* Also on the Climategate front: Break-in reported at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. More here and here. Remember how the first step the Vs took way back in the original miniseries was to slander and discredit scientists? Me neither.

* The revision in Obama’s Copenhagen schedule is being optimistically read as proof a deal will be struck. More: Three Ways The Copenhagen Talks Could Succeed (Or Go Bust).

* It should be a crime to use the words “Springsteen” and “retire” in the same sentence.

The group is the foundation of Springsteen’s weightiest work and the backbone of his live marathon performances, many of which exceed three hours without interruption. The singer takes great pride in the band’s longevity and recoils when asked if this recently concluded tour might be the last with the group.

“Are you kidding me? There’s still fannies in the seats out there! People want to see this [bleep]. They want to go away and say, ‘Wow, I don’t believe what I just saw.’ And that’s something we still do.”

He lets the last word hang as if to emphasize that he is speaking of the band in the present tense, not the past.

“We’re musicians to the bone,” Springsteen says. “It ain’t easy to get us to go home. We’re traveling musicians. Everybody in that van has got the same thing in their blood and in their bones. And there’s many miles to go before we sleep.”

* Fantastic Mr. Fox the best film of 2009? That seems overly generous, but as a rabid Anderson fanboy, I’ll take it.

* ‘AirTran “hero” wasn’t on plane, airline says.’ Via Mitch. Josh Marshall had some fun with this one earlier today.

* Take David Foster Wallace’s grammar challenge. Answers here. (via Kottke)

* Statistically speaking, it was easier to get into Harvard than to get a job at this Applebee’s in the Bronx. (Thanks Maggie!)

* Max Baucus steps in shit.

* And please be advised that today cell phones don’t cause brain cancer.

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  1. I’d like to see the “authority” on those grammar exercises. I find rigorous grammatical stricture not only to be worthless, it’s also generally wrong. Usage determines grammar, not vice versa.


    December 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  2. Particularly questionable are numbers 1, “each other”/”one another” and 8, on the split infinitive. I’ve seen many linguists defend the split infinitive as a perfectly valid form of usage.


    December 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  3. Question 1 was so dumb I didn’t bother to actually take the test.


    December 5, 2009 at 8:58 pm

  4. “Statistically speaking, it was easier to get into Harvard then to get a job at this Applebee’s in the Bronx.”

    THAN to get a job, gerry! DFW would be ashamed.


    December 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  5. Oh snap, he would be. In my defense I copied the text from someone else.


    December 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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