Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Friday, May 09, 2003  

I Couldn't Have Said It Better Department: Starting with the headline "NATURE ITSELF REBELS," Orrin Judd notes a Washington Post article that says "Unexplained infertility in otherwise healthy women may sometimes be caused by the presence of fetal bone fragments left embedded in the uterus after a previous abortion, according to a new report. . . Evidence has been accumulating for years that small pieces of fetal bone can sometimes get left behind after an abortion, causing a chronic irritation in the uterus that can interfere with subsequent pregnancies."

Orrin's comment: "Woman was surely not meant to be a walking ossuary."

My question: When are we (as a culture) going to wake up to the fact that abortion is an assault on the created order? The piper must be paid.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:32 PM
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Error 404 Department: Some of the best "File not found" messages on the net:

Here (Wait for it to load),
here,
and here.

Know of any other good ones?

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Nothing To See Here Department: One of the stranger searches to end up in my referrals list is "cross dressing instruction." (By the way, you want to hyphenate "cross-dressing" when you use it as an adjective.)

Well, here at DFO we aim to please, so as a public service, here are the Dispatches From Outland "Cross-dressing instructions:"

Don't.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 11:30 AM
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Monkey, Meet Keyboard Department: By now, many of us have heard the old saw that an infinite number of monkeys poking away at an infinite number of typewriters will produce the works of Shakespeare. As if the Internet isn't a sufficient debunking of that notion, a group of researchers have tried this experiment, albeit on a much smaller scale. They gave six monkeys a computer for a month. The result?

"They pressed a lot of S's," researcher Mike Phillips said Friday. "Obviously, English isn't their first language."

Where would we be without researchers to tell us this? But before they even got around to that, they spent a bunch of time "defecating and urinating all over the keyboard." And before that, the alpha male beat on the computer with a rock.

Maybe not Shakespeare, but it does sound a lot like some of the skankier corners of the 'net.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2003  

Fun With Paper Department: Eric's Origami Page. You can create much more than the traditional white cranes. Like C-3PO, for instance. While you're there, check the page that describes the relationship between origami and math.

Link via Slashdot.

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Monday, May 05, 2003  

Speechless Department: This doesn't happen often, but this leaves me at a loss for words: The iLoo.

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Sunday School Memories Department: On a Monday chock-full of bloggy goodness, the Wibsite brings us flannelgraph cartoons. Hey kids! Be the envy of your neighborhood! Collect the whole set!

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High Fashion Department: Tom White gives some advice on acceptable and un-acceptable cross-dressing over at Razormouth.

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Hot Off The Presses Department: By the way, the latest issue of Mars Hill Review is out. I'll try to post some tidbits later; right now I'm just enjoying the feast! "God in the Cape: Superman as Modern Mythic Savior" is great fun for someone with fond memories of hours wasted reading comic books, and "Wax to Burn" has given me one of the best metaphors for hope I've read in a while: a burning candle--at times the flame seems rather feeble, but there's still much wax to burn.

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How Not To Argue Well Department: Over at The Corner, Stanley Kurtz has a bit to say about how a good share of the blogosphere reacted to a recent column he wrote. It isn't a pretty picture.

The biting wit that works so well in the hands of a smart and basically fair-minded fellow like Instapundit is devolving into something shallow and mean-spirited in the blogoshere as a whole. Venom is no substitute, either for argument or for a good accounting of an opponent’s argument. It has come to serve as a way for bloggers to assure themselves that people who are not, say, libertarians, have no points worth listening to. And at some level, I think bloggers know that their insults actually protect them, by making their targets less likely to respond. After all, who wants to dignify this stuff with a reply. Insults are cowardice disguised as courage.
Is the Christian ghetto of the blogosphere immune to this phenomenon? Not on your Red Letter edition.

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