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March 14, 2009

Overnight Open Thread: Pre-Spring Cleaning of the Bookmarks (genghis)

We're working on getting the lace wig spam back up and running, so please be patient. I found a couple of links under the couch cushions so here they are:

Item #1: Looks like Ace has been holding out on us, not mentioning he was writing an autobiography under the pseudonym “David Matthews.” Here’s the opening from an interview he did with one Rachel Kramer Bussel from something called “Smith Magazine:” (Read the disclaimer below please before you start freaking out in the comments)

”I have to admit that I almost didn’t finish David Matthews’s memoir “Ace of Spades” about his childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1960’s and 70’s as the son of a Black Nationalist father and absent Jewish mother. On page 18, a young Matthews is forced to eat a much-hated bowl of gazpacho, and winds up puking into it. Then his father’s girlfriend forces him to consume the entire “fetid bowl,” teaching him a lesson that seems unclear but horrifying. No less dramatic is the fork plunged smoothly into the child’s back.

Hmmm. This and many other horrifying anecdotes in the book could probably explain a number of things. Such as the fixation on hobos, who are much easier on the palette than gazpacho. And I think his father’s girlfriend was trying to teach him early on some of the skills of urban hunting. Lesson learned? But if that’s not disturbing enough, let’s move on to:

Item#2: JammieWearingFool sends in this comforting Public Service Announcement. (content condensed) Ummm…thanks JWF?

” Last year, the Oregon Urology Institute got plenty of press by encouraging people to get their vasectomies while watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Since a vasectomy requires a few days of rest, the people at ORI reasoned what better time to get vasectomy than March Madness, when you have a good excuse to sit on the couch? The folks at the Oregon Urology Institute did so well last year that they are following up with "Snip City 2009." The office has 24 prime slots to get the surgery during the first couple days of the tournament. Anyone who gets the surgery, which costs around $1,000 if you're paying out of pocket, gets to take home a kit that consists of an ice chest and frozen peas.

What’s not to love? You get frozen peas. And an ice chest. Seems like an equal trade to me. And how can you not associate March Madness with vasectomies? It’s like baseball and hot dogs. In continuing good news:

Item #3: A few days ago Esquire provided us with The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own. Or burn. Yes yes, I’m sure it’s full of thoughtful and meaningful music with a social conscience that shaped the way an entire generation of music critics think. Also, it’s another one of those “click-through” slide shows that pisses everyone off.

Disclaimer and note below the fold…if you dare go there….


Disclaimer: Of course it’s not our furry little blog-friend. But if I don’t put this up, there’ll be at least one flaming scrotum-muncher who thinks it is. Seems like you have to put a warning label on everything these days. And today was actually the Celebration of Pi, not yesterday as I thought…yesterday. Hope you got out to watch your local Pi parades and then sat down with your loved ones for the traditional Pi feast. As for the lace wigs, we’re trying to renegotiate that spam account so you once again have an opportunity to purchase high quality lace wigs.

Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to xgenghisx@gmail.com. Otherwise send tips to Ace.

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