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posted by Mike on April 10th, 2006

Thomas Gumbleton Tuesday: The controversial retired bishop/peacenik will be Holy Week speaker at St. Rose of Lima parish, 244 West Main Street, Northborough, Massachusetts, April 11 at 7pm.

Holy cow, this is great: MIT steals Fleming’s cannon. I guess this was meant as a prank against Caltech, but it feels more like a prank against Fleming. Which makes me smile even wider.

Holy cow, this is lame: The March 30 Worcester Magazine “Blog Log” had pix and analysis of City Councilor Joff Smith’s MySpace page. This is a new and creative use of the log.

On April 6, one of the T&G metro columnists covered the MySpace page, uncharacteristically admitting that the story idea was ripped off of WoMag.

The WoMag piece was 248 words and a screenshot. The T&G piece managed to fit less analysis and context into 854 words. The T&G loses one “web awareness point” for general cluelessness, and loses another for printing a column about MySpace written for people who don’t give a damn about MySpace.

Stairway at St PaulsNeveah ot Yawriats: Finally had a chance to watch the DVD of short films that’s part of The Believer #30/Wholphin #1.

It included Jeroen Offerman’s “The Stairway at St. Paul’s”, the grandest tribute ever to “Stairway to Heaven,” itself the grandest of Zeppelin songs.

Offerman’s “Stairway” is pretty much the best movie I’ve ever seen in my entire life. If you like the short clip linked above, order the Wholphin DVD and see him “look to the West.”

#15,000: After a little more than a year in operation, we had our fifteen thousandth visitor.

Slither: Last weekend, Scott, Bruce, and I went to see “Slither”. This is the best pro-vegetarian movie I can remember since “Babe.”

Beforehand we ducked into the remake of “The Hills Have Eyes” for a couple minutes. To learn why deformed people make poor movie monsters, see Mark and Sarah’s analysis of “Wrong Turn.”

More signs: Check out this story about people trying to disrupt an outdoor press conference. Say what you will about the disruptors, they can’t make signs for shit. Their strokes are too narrow, and they used thin cardboard that flops around, obscuring the message. Paintbrushes and foamcore, my friends. Throw your wide magic markers and posterboard away. And read How to Make a Sign.

Even more signs: Kevin Ksen has a great Worcester stencil photo essay at Indymedia. Thumbnails follow.
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  1. On April 10, 2006 at 11:16 Adam (Southern California) said:

    I like how London’s Times has the subheading “Jolly Japes.”

  2. On April 10, 2006 at 20:55 Mike (Worcester) said:

    Flems get small-scale revenge. Note that the letters in the windows are FLEMING, not CALTECH. You can tell the bloggers who don’t get the context of the cannon prank by two signs: they call it the Caltech, rather than Fleming, Cannon, and they pull that old “CalTech” CamelCase BullShit.

  3. On April 11, 2006 at 11:23 Adam (Southern California) said:

    Did the Flems fire it before taking it back? If not, shame on them.

  4. On April 28, 2006 at 08:46 Dr Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    “Official” web site of the prank: http://www.mitcannon.com/ or http://www.howeandser.com/

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