I’ve been absent (if not notably so) from this or any other intertubz locale lately — a combination of end-of-semester madness* and exactly what John was talking about in this post. Some days, I can’t do more than pull the metaphoric blankets over my head, get my schadenfreude jollies by reading NY Jets blogs, and blast songs like this:
But I’m better now. Or rather, the world is worse, and I’m levelling up, ready to go. I’ve got a bit more substantive stuff on tap, but just to get going, I thought I’d share this bit of advertising brio, reported under the headline, “Babies Cost More Than Condoms”:
(h/t the Economix blog at the NYTimes.)
Enjoy — and I guess, this is the kind of frivolity that could be considered an open thread.
*Over the last couple of days I’ve spent time discussing whether the threshold for a given requirement should read “most if not all” or “all major assignments.” I burbled with colleagues in a team-taught course over the implications of a B+/A- on a given paper counts for more or less than an A-/B+ on a different project. And this morning I had to affirm a decision to flunk some kid. After which I kicked a puppy.
Ahhh…the life of the mind.
I’m not complaining, never, and certainly not in this economy. I do work I enjoy, indoors, there is a feudal quality to my employment security. But even so, there are days when one’s stream of consciousness turns into a fetid ooze…
…and on those days? Silence is a virtue.
(and of course, this entire footnote is here just to get another Weird Tales cover up on the blog. ;)
Image: Virgil Finlay, Cover of Weird Tales, March 1953, volume 45, number 1.