A little Cultural Edification (Pun! Funny!)


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

There he goes again

Hey all, I'm back from my work-induced hiatus. Much has happened since I left blogging - strange mysterious circumstances, like my devilfication at the hands of Google (click here for details) to much more mundane things like going to Nevada and Maine. So as I get back in to the swing of things here, a brief question: Who would win?

Confronting Your Inner Daemons

Apparently, my inner daemon is a raccoon. According to the "Golden Compass" movie website. I enjoyed those books, although they were massively depressing in the end. More info on my daemon's bad self:

The coolest machine EVAR

This is exactly what I needed this morning. I could have turned on this machine, gotten in the shower, and ran upstairs to a piping hot bowl of Ramen noodles. And the kitchen in flames. But whatever, HOT SOUP! NO EFFORT! RUBE GOLDBERG! WATCH WATCH WATCH!

What's most important in this upcoming election?

The Onion always amuses me. For those at work, beware! There be salty language here.

Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters

Bushido Beef

Wow, I need to go to Ninja New York. This video is more or less self-explanatory.

Fairfield County Ron Paul Meetup in the Media

All right! We made the front page of The Norwalk Hour! Thank you to Amanda Pinto, staff writer from The Hour, for writing this fair and balanced piece. Text follows:

Area supporters rally to boost Paul campaign

Beside a row of glossy lawn signs supporting local Common Council and Board of Education candidates, a hand-scrawled poster board hung on a Main Avenue telephone poll.

Its message was simple: "Google Ron Paul."

Paul, a Texas congressman vying for the Republican presidential nomination, has been the subject of some attention as his burgeoning support on Web sites such as YouTube and Facebook seemingly contradict less than 1 percent backing shown in recent polls.

The anti-war GOP candidate also garnered $5 million in fundraising over the past three months, due perhaps, to a groundswell of grassroots support growing throughout the country.

But if these masses are so dedicated to Paul's campaign, why such a meager showing in Republican primary polls? Who in Norwalk is trying to get out the message to run an Internet search for the Texas politician and one-time Libertarian presidential candidate?

Brinck Flattery, 23, runs Ron Paul Meet Up groups in Fairfield County, New Haven and Hartford, and even he can't be sure which one of the local Paul faithful is responsible for the unconventional campaign signs that have cropped up throughout the area.

"It's a lot of people with a lot of initiative," said Slattery, a New Canaan resident who works in Stamford. "A lot of people are going forward with their own projects and when we get together we make a big impact."

There are nearly 200 people in Slattery's three groups, but their efforts are not always organized, he said.

Members have recently handed out fliers, made signs and worked to increase Paul's name recognition.

"Seventy percent of American people probably haven't heard of him but the ones who have and take a look at the issues, they support him," said Walter Reddy, 55, a Weston artist who is active in Paul's campaign.

This accounts for the straw poll numbers posted on Paul's site -- numbers that claim the candidate receiving a 65-percent, first-place nod, in a New Hampshire straw poll.

Local supporters -- though their numbers may pale in comparison to those of major party candidates such as Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain and Mitt Romney -- seem passionate about their cause.

"(Paul is) like a modern-day Thomas Jefferson. If the Republican Party is smart enough to nominate him, he's the only one who could beat Hillary (Clinton) in a general election," Reddy said.

Slattery, who said he has not been an enthusiastic political participant in the past, spearheaded local Paul groups because of the congressman's support of limited government and the abolition of federal taxes.

"It was really refreshing to see an actual politician saying things I agree with," said Slattery, a Libertarian. "It's really rare (Paul's campaign). It's the general freedom, you own your body, you control your own life and the government should just stay out of your hair."

Reddy, who said he posted a 4-foot by 8-foot sign on the side of his van, switched his party affiliation to Republican so he can vote for Paul in the primary.

He hopes other residents will follow suit and help boost Paul's poll numbers.

So far, Slattery said, flier campaigns have been successful and sign-waving events are planned in both Greenwich and Stamford.

"There's been some real good reception," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Staff writer Amanda Pinto may be reached at (203) 354-1045 or apinto@thehour.com.