Category archive: Humor

Agents of SHIELD political commentary

I've been really enjoying the current storyline in Agents of SHIELD. It's doing a virtual-reality take on a sort of... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs," by Leonard Richardson

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Let Us Now Praise Awesome... (More...)

Queering Fluellen

Last night, I rewatched the Branagh Henry V, which led me to look some stuff up in the original play.... (More...)

The Vampire Attacks

Timothy shivered, and not only because of the chilly March winds. In the pre-dawn light, he could just make out... (More...)

Hamilton cast album!

Back in May, I posted about Hamilton, the new hip-hop Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ever since... (More...)

Tech is bad, nature is good

For a long time, we've been reading stories and books about how things mediated through technology are bad and being... (More...)

Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

I just picked up the printed book of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, and so far it's regularly... (More...)

Radio/audio drama at half price!

Short version: All CDs of ZBS audio productions are now available at half price! If you like Welcome to Night... (More...)

The Lonely Goatherd and the Bechdel test

I wrote this the other day for a discussion of (among other things) works that do and don't pass the... (More...)

Fathers and stories: "Emerson's Chevrolet"

I've written before about marvelous storyteller Willy Claflin. Today in the car his story “Emerson's Chevrolet” came up in my... (More...)

Occam's Razor revisited

Last night I was pretty upset because the radio in the room I was renting wouldn't turn off. My friends... (More...)

Optimistic pessimist haiku

A couple months ago, I was riding my bike home from work and I made some kind of minor interacting-with-other-people-in-traffic... (More...)

Harold and Maude

(I wrote this entry in July, but was reluctant to post it at the time. Now that I'm ready to... (More...)

The octopus and its friend

Kam and I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium's new Tentacles exhibit over the weekend. I was telling Arthur about it,... (More...)

Books vs pajamas

Pat (Spencer Tracy) and Jamie (Katharine Hepburn) are on a sleeper train, and the following dialogue ensues: Jamie: Would you... (More...)

The Dead Phone: A comic monologue in one brief act

Me: Oh, no! My phone has run out of battery! Me: Alas! I cannot read while I walk, as I... (More...)

Chatroulette Guy does Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey

First there was Call Me Maybe (3-min video). This guy Stephen Kardynal went on Chatroulette (the site where you can... (More...)

More from _Happy All the Time_

Still enjoying Laurie Colwin's 1978 novel Happy All the Time. Here are a couple more bits worth snipping for my... (More...)

The wombat and the box that must not be opened

I'm reading Digger, and just reached the part (about halfway through; p. 451 of the Omnibus edition, p. 491 of the webcomic)... (More...)

Excellent Easter egg in Vogue and GQ websites

This was probably my favorite thing that I saw online yesterday. Requires a computer keyboard. Go to the Vogue UK... (More...)

What spotlights are for

Many years ago, Arthur E and I were driving somewhere, and we saw a spotlight sweeping back and forth across... (More...)

Overheard in First Class

On Wednesday, as I was walking to my seat on the airplane, I passed through the first class section (as... (More...)

Seven things about me

There's this thing going around on Facebook, where you post some number of pieces of information about yourself that other... (More...)

More remixed trailers

I was having a frustrating evening, dealing with tech stuff. But yesterday, I posted a link to a trailer remixing... (More...)

Concluding my Gilmore Girls rewatch

Back in 2009, over the course of eight months, I watched all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls for the first... (More...)

Law and Downey on the Sherlock/Watson bromance

Every time I try to link to this quote, I discover that none of my links to it are easily... (More...)

My favorite April Fool's items

My favorite April Fool's items this year were some great products from Think Geek: Play-Doh 3D Printer Dharma Initiative Alarm... (More...)

Zombie breaths

I was driving back from Uvas Canyon County Park this evening and found myself behind an SUV that had a... (More...)

Manliness satisfies? (NSFW)

I think it's interesting that so much spam is phrased in terms of heterosexual men making themselves better lovers. A... (More...)

Is it fully operational?

I knew about the awesome White House response to the build-a-Death-Star petition, but I hadn't bothered to follow the links... (More...)

Princess name

While driving home last weekend, I listened to the Maynard Moose story “Sleeping Beastly.” It has some flaws, but I... (More...)

Not the scorpion and the frog

I liked this bit from The Good Wife (season 1, ep 14, “Hi”): Cary: I can't help it, you know,... (More...)

Cute Gilmore Girls bit

I've been collecting Gilmore Girls quotes as I rewatch the series, and some day I hope to put together (I... (More...)


Am sitting around my house in my bathrobe on a Sunday afternoon. Doorbell rings. I consider not answering it; almost... (More...)

Adults lip-sync kids' stories

Start by giving two or three kids a scenario to play out. Record them for about two minutes. Then create... (More...)

Niels Bohr on coincidence in movies

Mary Anne and I were discussing coincidence in story plots, and this quote came to mind but I couldn't quite... (More...)


Maynard Moose's story “Pegamoose and the Gorgonzola Medusa” just came up in iTunes. I was especially tickled by this bit,... (More...)

Cat Kirk

I'm back to occasionally rewatching Gilmore Girls episodes as I enter submissions into the database. (Um, I should note that... (More...)

Who should recuse on Prop 8?

Riffing on something someone said a while back (in a comment on, I think, a Joe.My.God entry), here are some... (More...)

Animals playing the ant-crushing game

In November, someone posted a video of their bearded dragon playing Ant Smasher, an iPhone game in which ants crawl... (More...)

Easter eggs in December

Three unrelated-to-each-other Google easter eggs (may not work in all browsers): Search for [askew]. Search for [let it snow]. (And... (More...)

Not too late to see Noises Off!

Tonight I went to see the Palo Alto High School theatre production of Noises Off. The short version of the... (More...)

Whoopi Goldberg's Broadway show

Some years back, I bought or was given the VHS version of the 1985 HBO special broadcast of Whoopi Goldberg's... (More...)

Awesome HTML5 HAL 9000 pastiche

There's a nifty HTML5 Showcase site that shows some cool demos of what's possible with HTML5. Unfortunately, at the moment... (More...)

More Lost

As I've mentioned here before, Kam and I have been watching Lost, which we didn't see when it was airing.... (More...)

Bots in love

Back in June, Ben posted a conversation between a chatbot and the benrosen supercomputer. Not long thereafter, I got pinged... (More...)

A message from Severus Snape (+bonus trailer)

Naomi just showed me a rather entertaining It Gets Better video featuring Severus Snape. Warning: Contains enormous spoilers for at... (More...)

To see our sites as Google sees 'em

In some contexts, it can be very useful to be able to view your site the way that the Googlebot... (More...)

Obama still funny

Just watched the video of President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Much of the first six and... (More...)

Being funny

Is it important to you to Be Funny? It's always felt like part of my self-identification that I'm the kind... (More...)


I was looking at a news story just now, and a disconcerting link caught my eye: In case you can't... (More...)

Great storytelling recordings, super-cheap!

Info about a bunch of excellent albums of the stories of Willy Claflin and/or Maynard Moose—and how you can buy some of them for $2 apiece. (More...)

Tiny Cars of Palo Alto

Many years ago, Arthur E asked me if I had been to Tiny Cars of Palo Alto. I had never... (More...)

Do the Funky Alpaca

I'll post at some point about yesterday's adventures. For now, suffice it to say that alpacas really don't look real.... (More...)

Video roundup

It's that time again: my browser's getting slow from all the videos in open windows. So here's a bunch of... (More...)

Undercovers banter

Here's a bit of entertaining byplay from tonight's episode of Undercovers that had nothing to do with the plot. The... (More...)

Rain on Me

Just found this in a note file from January: Some- Times in our lives We all have rain We all... (More...)

Pink Panther quotes

Back in March, I watched the original Pink Panther movie, and didn't like it much. But it did include a... (More...)

Mini-review: Despicable Me

Friday evening, Kam and I went to see Despicable Me, and we enjoyed the heck out of it. It was... (More...)

Writers With Drinks

Ended up dozing for much of yesterday afternoon, alas—which would've been fine if I'd actually been getting restful sleep, but... (More...)

Cute flash fiction

Encountered this a while back on; no idea whether it's by them or by someone else: And the princess... (More...)

Acronym overloading

I'm filling out the disclosures form for my condo, in which I have to mention anything and everything that a... (More...)

Cute NCIS exchange

I'd been told that NCIS was mildly entertaining, and every so often I figure I ought to take a look... (More...)

Quotes for the day

Any minute now, I'm going to get up and finish the last of my packing for WisCon. Leaving for the... (More...)

The secret life of Jane Eyre

I cannot but read the following innocent passage from Jane Eyre with a certain inappropriate amusement. It's a scene in... (More...)

Lego Star Wars trilogy in 2:13

The latest video making the rounds: "The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told," covering the entire original... (More...)

Today's Google features

As usual this time of year, there are a whole bunch of nifty new features and other changes in various... (More...)

Mean Disney Girls

If you've seen Mean Girls and you like Disney stuff at all, you must go watch this two-minute mini-remake of... (More...)

More epic win: dragon coffee, Lincoln, Vader, Death Star pumpkin

In my previous entry, I forgot to link to one of my favorite items from Epic Win FTW: an artist... (More...)

Fun and funny photos: Epic Win FTW

Various people have been linking to a newish site, Epic Win FTW, that features all manner of cool and fun... (More...)

When Carcassonne pigs fly

We were playing Carcassonne yesterday, and we started discussing the real-life city of Carcassonne, and the following conversation ensued (loose... (More...)

Hallelujah Choruses

A few days ago, Amy S linked to a video of a fabulous performance: silent monks performing the Hallelujah Chorus.... (More...)

Three videos, with music, that made me laugh this morning

On the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien has been having William Shatner read Sarah Pain's tweets aloud as if they were... (More...)

Paleface anthropology

I'm reading William Tenn's 1958 story "Eastward Ho!" (as reprinted in the 60th-anniversary volume The Very Best of Fantasy &... (More...)

Woofer, Twitter, Squeaker

Courtesy of links from a discussion thread on Otavia's recent Facebook post: Woofer: Just like Twitter, except that any given... (More...)

How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan Opera

While I was driving yesterday, Anna Russell's "How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan Opera" came up on my... (More...)

Alexander the Great and...

Alexander the Great and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Day (thanks to David W for the link!). Opening paragraph:... (More...)

Leverage + Dr. Who

One of the things that I like about Leverage is that the hacker, Hardison, is a geek. This is particularly... (More...)

Monty Python on Jimmy Fallon

Just happened across an article discussing a bit of a Monty Python reunion, apparently related to a new documentary about... (More...)

Entertaining but very NSFW videos

Unless you have an unusually enlightened workplace, you probably don't want to watch the belowlinked videos at work. You may not even want to read this entry at work. (More...)

Items: Friday morning linkery

A few cute and/or fun tidbits (mostly visual) from skimming the last couple days' worth of Twitter: Neat videos of... (More...)

Items: Miscellaneous

Really must clear out some browser windows. Squirrels: Y'all know about Crasher Squirrel? This couple was on vacation in Banff,... (More...)

Billing anxiety dream

This morning, had a very brief dream in which I opened a bill from AT&T and it included a letter... (More...)

Charles Eliot's entertaining views on sports

In the LARP on Friday, I played Charles William Eliot, who (in the real world) revolutionized Harvard and the American... (More...)

Geek feminism blog and wiki

Cool new group blog: the Geek Feminism Blog, featuring Liz H, Sumana H, and a bunch of other interesting writers.... (More...)

Cthulhu online

The search engine man was not meant to know: Cthuugle. And for more Internet Cthulhu goodness: LOLTHULHU. Some of my... (More...)

Video roundup

Some more unthemed videos for your delectation and amusement: The South Pasadena Unified Grade "A" Jug Band, consisting of students... (More...)

Two flu

Happened across an article this morning, "Will two flus mix in Indonesia?": Indonesia's first cases of the new H1N1 flu... (More...)

Best Trekfic EVER: litcrit slash

I wasn't going to post any more tonight, but this is way too good not to share: The idea of... (More...)

Pixar, girls, and awesome girl-movie titles

Excellent open letter to Pixar from Linda Holmes, asking for a movie featuring a girl who is not a princess.... (More...)

Grilled cheese sandwiches, the euphemism

Two kinda-NSFW items whose juxtaposition amused me: At some point in the past couple days, I happened across a post... (More...)

Items: Video roundup

My backup system makes my computer unusably slow if I have too many Safari windows open that contain videos, even... (More...)

More New Hampshire news

Yesterday, Gov. Lynch of New Hampshire stated that he would sign the same-sex marriage bill—but only if the legislature adds... (More...)

Quick video break

Courtesy of Kam: How to get up, eat breakfast, and get ready for work in five minutes, from a Japanese... (More...)

Fun video: BMWoW!

Apparently there are these ads featuring a guy named Vince, showing off products like the ShamWow and the Slap Chop.... (More...)

Alternate-reality teen comedy

I'd like to see a John Hughes-style high school comedy set in a universe in which it's the smart kids... (More...)

Darths and Droids

Back in 2006, a guy named Shamus Young posted a couple of strips of a photonovel-style webcomic with the following... (More...)

Newspapers online in 1981

"Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, [and] turning on your home computer to read the day's... (More...)

Welcome back to Temptation

The other night I was stressed and unhappy, and found myself reading through some old journal entries, one of which... (More...)

Chaucer hath a blog

I just happened across Geoffrey Chaucer Hath An Extreme Blog ("A Directorie of Wondirful Thinges that are Loial to Engelonde").... (More...)

Fafblog FTW

Maybe it's just the end-of-Daylight-Saving-induced punchiness (I meant to be asleep an hour ago), but Fafblog Interviews: JOHN MCCAIN made... (More...)

Fey vs Palin

The opening segment of Palin's appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, featuring both Tina Fey and Sarah Palin, is... (More...)

McCain and Obama are funny

I'm not normally a fan of roasts--they tend to get nastier than I enjoy--but the McCain and Obama comedy speeches/roasts... (More...)

Fake Presidents unite!

It all started with McCain's ad a couple months ago accusing Obama of being a celebrity like Paris Hilton. As... (More...)

Palin/Couric sketch on SNL

Most of you who care have presumably seen the segment of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin in which Palin... (More...)

Wicked fairies and christenings

Way back in late 2000 or early 2001, Palo Alto mainstay Stacey's Bookstore was having a going-out-of-business sale, and Nao... (More...)

Beaker sings "Ode to Joy"

For the past couple years, this guy wzauscher has been posting videos of himself singing various classical works in multiple... (More...)

Fun interview with Roger Moore

Happened across an interview titled "Roger Moore: I'm the worst Bond, apparently" at the Telegraph just now, while looking for... (More...)

Tom Lehrer videos!

A whole collection of rare footage of Tom Lehrer on YouTube, apparently with his permission. Thanks, BDan! As I noted... (More...)

Ikea: adventure and song

Over at The Morning News a few years ago, the Non-Expert provided a walkthrough of the IKEA adventure game: IKEA... (More...)


Earlier, Twig said something like, "What did I do with the cup?" And I had a flashback, as often happens... (More...)

Today's new Google features

Some interesting new time-related features from Google today: Google Wake Up Kit--have trouble waking up? This new Google Calendar feature... (More...)

News and notes from all over

Time for me to close some browser windows, by posting some items with no particular theme. The Year in Newsbreaks:... (More...)

Here Comes Another Bubble

Cute and entertaining music video: "Here Comes Another Bubble" (as in tech bubble), by the a cappella group The Richter... (More...)

Hamms OK with gays

A couple weeks ago, I happened across a brief article from 2004 at, about Olympic athlete brothers Paul and... (More...)

Assorted parenting commentary

A few weeks back, I happened across an excerpt from Mommies Who Drink, by Brett Paesel. My favorite bit is... (More...)

Dr. Who church service

"[St Paul's Church in Grangetown, Cardiff] is to host a Doctor Who-themed communion service aimed at young people. [The church]... (More...)

Two commercials

I was going to put the first of these in my much-neglected "Links of Interest" section on my journal's main... (More...)

dign 2 china brb

I have a lot to do tonight, but figured I'd do a little websurfing while having a late dinner. David... (More...)

Funny spam

Got an amusing piece of spam this morning--though I imagine it's not so amusing to people who don't know much... (More...)

Safeword: "Palomino"

Saturday Night Live did a sketch recently showing a message from "Nancy Pelosi" (played by Kristin Wiig), about "San Francisco... (More...)

Greek suffix meets Lingua Terra

Sometimes people complain that the word polyamory is a mix of Latin and Greek roots. I've been known to make... (More...)


An assortment of mostly cute photos, mostly of animals: JustALittleGuy, which is sort of like Cute Overload except that the... (More...)


So enough about pirates. As I was walking back to my desk this evening, I saw a guy dressed somewhat... (More...)


Arr, me hearties! Today was, of course, Talk Like a Pirate Day, as I'm sure you all knew. One of... (More...)

Motivational posters

Okay, so you all know those motivational posters, where they put a big photo on a black background with some... (More...)

Hugo voting deadline impends

The deadline for submitting a Hugo and Campbell Award ballot is Monday, 31 July. As always, I encourage those of... (More...)

Video roundup, part 2

Here's the promised second set of videos. If you're short on time, skip down to the cute pet videos at... (More...)

Video roundup, part 1

It's been a while since I've posted a collection of videos, and the links keep rolling in. So here's a... (More...)

Things to do on dates

A friend recently pointed me to a webcomic called xkcd. (In the same email, she asked how I was doing,... (More...)

Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly

Back around the end of March, I bought Willie Nelson's recording of the catchy gay cowboy song "Cowboys Are Frequently... (More...)


Elliott M. sent out the following particularly silly email long ago; for some reason I had occasion to quote it... (More...)

Five-minute summaries

Peter W. pointed to the Five-Minute "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries" comic. Sort of in the style of the old Fotonovels,... (More...)

Items: Art

Some assorted links, under the very broad heading of "art": Google recently bought the company that makes SketchUp, an application... (More...)

Slashdot, cuteness, etc.

Meanwhile, in perhaps-related news, Slashdot has discovered Cute Overload. And Slashdot itself has decided on an all-pink look, to appeal... (More...)

Contextual dating and ads on the moon

Two items just in: First, Google to advertise on the moon, a article by one Arif Pollo, published today.... (More...)

Items: Video

Links to a bunch of cool online video items, for your delectation and enjoyment. Some of these require Flash; some... (More...)

Earworm: Somewhere That's Green

The other day the song "Somewhere That's Green" (from Little Shop of Horrors, though I have the movie soundtrack rather... (More...)

Africa, the Other, and sf

Some items that may or may not add up to more than the sum of their parts: Okay, so there's... (More...)

Lockpick Pornography: The Novel

I've posted a couple of times in the past year about Joey Comeau's short novel Lockpick Pornography--first when I first... (More...)

Star Wars misconceptions

While checking the quote in that last entry, I stumbled into a forum thread on The misconceptions you had about... (More...)

California Winter: The Album

It occurred to me Sunday morning, after being awakened by a windstorm that was related to the flooding that's happening... (More...)


Luke H. just pointed to a New Yorker humor piece from mid-2004, "New Details Surface," by Paul Simms, that made... (More...)


Back in May, I posted some links to a few entries at Hitherby Dragons. I still haven't gone back to... (More...)

Separated at birth?

I truly do not have any sort of political agenda here. I was just struck by what seems to me... (More...)

Ballot measure drinking game

I started this as a postscript to the previous entry, but I got a little carried away and decided to... (More...)

Things that have made me laugh this morning

The morning's just barely begun, and already two things have made me laugh: (More...)

Spam notes

Noted in passing: got spam this morning from one Ereshkigal Browne. Who knew that the goddess of the underworld had... (More...)

Meme in my pants

There are two long fairly serious entries I want to write soon: one about the origins of my zeppelin story... (More...)


It just occurred to me that my biggest problem is a lack of perspective, an inability to determine which problems... (More...)

Knock knock

Mary Anne told me this knock-knock joke recently, and it instantly became my favorite knock-knock joke: Ralph: Knock knock. Sally:... (More...)

Short hair belongs to men

I was having dinner with a group of friends a couple months ago when I realized that, in a reversal... (More...)


Someone's mention of Gormenghast reminded me that I didn't especially like Titus Groan (the first book) but that it did... (More...)

Chocolate milk!

On Sunday evening, I finally remembered to tell the "chocolate milk!" joke: There are two penguins on an ice floe,... (More...)

Unwitting Cyrano

People in our workshop mix up Zed's and my names all the time, to the point where even I once... (More...)

Leonard I

I said, "They ended up watching Get Shorty. I've seen it twice, but I stayed for the opening. Ten minutes,... (More...)

IBM finds prime factors of 15

According to a Reuters article, researchers at International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) have developed an advanced computer which has found... (More...)