Thursday, August 21, 2003

No, you insensitive clod, Mr. Lileks!

The ATEX program survives in emulated form; when we write at the paper we call up a little window that pitches you back to the era of dumb terminals, clackety-clack keyboards, Members Only jackets and Weird Al Yankovic fever. It’s nostalgic. It’s pathetic. Green glowing letters on a black screen, obscure commands, a complete & utter refusal to play nice with the other programs - eh. I’ve been writing in ATEX since 1987, and I’m damn glad to see it go. [More . . . ]

I can honestly say I never saw a Members Only jacket within 25 feet of a TRS-80 or an AppleIIe. Okay, maybe in WarGames.

Mr. Zevon, I presume?

There are only three Warren Zevon songs in my repetoire, and they are all from the same album (which I do not at this time possess), Excitable Boy.

Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this

I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock and the hard place
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck

Now I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan

Send lawyers, guns and money...

Another great song deals with a warrior from the land of the midnight sun, named Roland the Headless Thompson gunner. The last one was a top 40 hit.

Send lawyers and guns, then?

Immediately caught the references, telling me that I still have enough brainspace available to learn Flash. Cool.

Nice pic of Dresden.

Warren Zevon, right?

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Send Money?

<nelsonmuntz> Ha ha! </nelsonmuntz>

If Brian and Michelle's credit report were a German city, it would look something like this

Good luck, tho. Remember, the Children are our future - and our best investment!
Not to make light of your plight, but the lady from MasterCard Collections said it best - "Oh, you mean back when we all had money?"

There were three Simpson's references in this post and one Free Enterprise reference. Pop culture uber alles!

Can he?

Get a job, that is? I am unprecedentedly close, currently working at Time magazine stuffing envelopes for a Time of Kids presentation. I have one major consultancy thing that is still in the works. And I have the tantalizing opportunity to work with my brother-in-law. So close. So very close.
Send money in the mean time.