Tim Dorsey: Atomic Jellyfish

August 4, 2009

“You never want to be tied up by a obsessive compulsive person. We over-engineer everything!”

Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms, educating two henchmen as he gift wraps them with duct tape in the incredibly educational, entertaining and culturally enlightening novel Atomic Jellyfish. Dorsey’s books are often described as a roller coaster ride of one sort or another, but the analogy is true. When you take a ride on one of his stories you never know what is happening next, which way is up and where you’re going to end up. That you learn more than ever conceived possibly about Florida history and culture is just gravy on the killing spree.

If you’re having a so-so day, the dialog will lift your spirits as the bodycount rises.

Today listening to Atomic Jellyfish in the car (I read the book a year or so ago) I learned about all sorts of great places I should have visited when living in Lauderdale. Like the Wreck Bar at the historic Yankee Clipper hotel on Lauderdale Beach. Dorsey claims that the windows behind the bar show the interior of the hotel pool. Is this true? Why didn’t I ever visit such a place? Ah well, lost opportunities.


From Bill Moyers Journal

August 1, 2009

“…and I walked through the fairground gates. And I didn’t know what to expect. I just assumed that it would be, you know, like a health– booths set up and people just getting their blood pressure checked and things like that.

But what I saw were doctors who were set up to provide care in animal stalls. Or they’d erected tents, to care for people. I mean, there was no privacy. In some cases– and I’ve got some pictures of people being treated on gurneys, on rain-soaked pavement.

And I saw people lined up, standing in line or sitting in these long, long lines, waiting to get care. People drove from South Carolina and Georgia and Kentucky, Tennessee– all over the region, because they knew that this was being done. A lot of them heard about it from word of mouth.

There could have been people and probably were people that I had grown up with. They could have been people who grew up at the house down the road, in the house down the road from me. And that made it real to me.

Wendal Potter, former PR executive for CIGNA Insurance, interviewed by Bill Moyers, journalist. For the full interview, including why Potter finally left his incredibly well-paid job and is speaking out about the travesty that is our health care system, go here.


Soylent Green Is Not Coming!

July 30, 2009

futuramaprofessorGood news, everyone! According to Virginia Fox, Republican from North Carolina, speaking from the floor of the US Congress, the Republicans have a health care plan that will GUARANTEE that elderly people will not be put to death.

Whew! Cause we all know that the current Democratic plan going through Congress is based on mandatory euthanasia for everyone over a certain age. Go figure. Wonder if Obama’s mother-in-law knows what he has (deviously) planned.

Seriously. I know I have friends who vote Republican. WTF? First this birther lunacy. Now Democrats want to put old people to death? Is there a big batch of LSD in the water that I’ve missed?


Quote of the day

July 23, 2009

“If the financial media couldn’t predict the worst recession in a generation, why would you rely on them for advice about what the future holds?”

Dan Smolin, Huffington Post, as reported on Dangerous Intersection.

This is one of the reasons I rarely listen to the happy chattering voices on Marketplace on NPR. Mr. Smolin nails it.


Library book

July 23, 2009


Cover design by Abner Graboff. Paperback book courtesy of the St. Louis Public Library. There are more recent issues of this book online, but the covers on those volumes feature a cute, excessively floral image of a little old lady and little old man. I actually prefer the funky cover shown above. Who is Abner Graboff? Funny you should ask. Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog asked the same question and looked it up for us.

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Quote of the day

July 22, 2009

Finally, an explanation for all those damn drop shadows…

“Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetuated in the absence of a strong concept. A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.”

Ellen Lupton, from Quotes On Design


Graphic Gandhi

July 21, 2009


“This stamp was issued by India in the year 2000, showing Gandhi’s flowing cape taking on the shape of India. Gandhi, a firm believer in self-reliance as well as non-violence, would have spun that cape himself. His choice of weaving by the masses as an act of non-violent resistance wasn’t as curious as it seems: it required discipline, involved women and inspired his countrymen and -women to spurn British-made textiles.”

Found on Strange Maps (also in blogroll on right.) Simplicity is the epitome of design. Great design is often a simple image that manages to convey multiple meanings. Like ice skating, ballroom dancing or ducks gliding serenely across the surface of the water, the genius is where it looks easy and effortless. Like a line drawing that manages to convey both Gandhi and the nation of India.