FrankJ was thinking...

IMAO is a pretty bizarre site. I had read it on and off ever since my wife found it a few years ago, but I didn't REALLY become a fan until after I was on R&R. While home, I burned an MP3-CD with all of the IMAO podcasts; they killed a lot of time and brought more than a few laughs. Mostly SarahK, of course--her reviews are worth the download all by themselves; check out the pilot episode for a review of "Mr. Shiny," her favorite gun.

Anyway, I've added it to the reader, and every once in a while a real gem comes through.

[quote="FrankJ"]You know how if you have a bug infestation, you evacuate the area and use a bug bomb? I was thinking we should come up with something like a bug bomb but for Islamic radicals. Then I realized we have that already and its just called a "bomb."

We should use that.[/quote]
We also have the book, of course. When I get around to it, I will buy one of the t-shirts, which is coincidentally the same color as our uniform undershirts.


"I knew how that situation would end."

Via Blackfive, a great article about a retired cop and Marine captain who restrained some unruly passengers on a plane. The best part is at the end:[quote]When the captain announced preparations for landing, the man jumped up shouting, the flight attendant held up the handcuffs, and Hayden and the Marine came bounding down the aisle. Hayden said he and the retired Marine, whose name he never got, received an ovation from fellow passengers, and "some free air miles."

Hayden's wife of 42 years, Katie, who was also on the flight, was less impressed. Even as her husband struggled with the agitated passenger, she barely looked up from "The Richest Man in Babylon," the book she was reading.

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end."[/quote]A smackdown on the assclown is no big deal, but a good book is hard to find. I wonder if the publisher could employ this story in future marketing efforts.


Frustrated Cargo

Frustrated Cargo

From rear left: Sig, Smallville, Big Red
From front left: Basstid, our nameless Interpreter.
Not pictured: that other guy on our team.

Frustrated cargo is cargo which has for whatever reason been abandoned at a location with no point of contact or destination, if I understand correctly. It's in purgatory. We knew we weren't in purgatory, of course--it was too hot for that. We were in Jalalabad, on the way back from Operation Wayward Donkey: about halfway between purgatory and Hell.


Пилзбэри До-бой Пришел!

Some things don't require translation. I'd heard of this commercial while I was studying at DLI, but I never saw it for myself until today.

The expressions on their faces are priceless.


Ain't that the truth

[quote]This is a return receipt for the mail that you sent to
[Redacted per AR 530-1].

Note: this return receipt only acknowledges that the message was
displayed on the recipient's machine. There is no guarantee that the
content has been read or understood.[/quote]
Yeah. No joke. Anyone else have the sort of boss that responds to an either/or question with "YES!" or some other non sequitor?


Thoughts while waiting for coffee to brew

The thin line that separate the cupcake from the muffin is actually a generous layer of creamy frosting.


Good advise for to be learned a new language


KNOW ENGLISH DOESN'T OWN EVERYTHING AND DON'T EXPECT SOMEBODY WILL SPEAK ENGLISH FOR YOU ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD (even though they actually do, but you know you can't be that lame silly duck!)[/quote]

These dogs are smarter than I am.

From Darkness at Noon comes a fascinating observation about dogs who ride the metro in Moskva:[quote]As nobody followed the dog or seemed distressed by its abrupt exit, it was then that I realized he belonged to nobody. The city, however, belonged to him, as any dog savvy enough to get around town like that has some smarts. Of course, I was left to contemplate how metro dog knew it was his stop, or why he decided at that very moment that it was time to get off the train. Perhaps he had some reading to do at the Lenin Library, or perhaps, having behaved himself on the train, he simply wanted to relieve himself on the giant statue of Dostoevsky that sits outside the library. I can't blame him, as I'm not particularly fond of the statue, though I've as of yet resisted any urges to express my dissatisfaction in public...[/quote]Read the whole story--it's entertaining.

I've been getting into the Russian weblog scene, both in English and po-russki. It's interesting and usually pretty polarized on any but the most banal topics. D@N is one of the more thoughtful ones.


"Please, pay Your attention!"

Umm. Yeah. I'll get right on that. I've only got until the seventeenst, after all.

When Russian Goes Bad! (Bad Russian! Bad!)

I was searching for info on a game that I have been lent. I came across the following Russian game site. This really speaks for itself:[quote]As a whole the game created about itself excellent impression, video, sound, simplicity and complexity in single whole create unique impression about best RPG which I it saw. Nothing is compared with this, I advise all although once to sit down at this game and to take pleasure by peace Neverwinter. Pover'te, you will forget it never, in you all, even smallest details will remain in the memory. Even those, who do not love this genre, he is worth trying, but suddenly it to you to catch the fancy, although 4 this I do not doubt.

You never will be strummed into this miracle of computer technologies, with the fact that the developers about this tried to the glory. I desire to you to successfully pass it several times, and to then create their peaces, to play on the network with 64 the same amateurs of this masterpiece, and to kill more than 200 are specific diverse monsters. On this I will finish its survey, I desire to you pleasant to take pleasure by game...[/quote]Having played the game a little before, I am forced to agree--indeed, you never will be strummed into this miracle of computer technologies.


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