1. "Does your coffee maker brew so hot that over the course of the day it burns off like a gas flare on an offshore oil rig?" 

The flammable sign on the coffee tanker, and the really unfortunate tire flaps, and sometimes everything ‘n stuff comes together.

    "Does your coffee maker brew so hot that over the course of the day it burns off like a gas flare on an offshore oil rig?"

    The flammable sign on the coffee tanker, and the really unfortunate tire flaps, and sometimes everything ‘n stuff comes together.

     
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    …Podcast like that you don’t listen to all at once.
(Though over the afternoon you may’ve listened to it thrice in full.)

    …Podcast like that you don’t listen to all at once.

    (Though over the afternoon you may’ve listened to it thrice in full.)

     
  3. 02:33 30th Jun 2014

    Notes: 11

    Tags: rotl

    $2.89 to fix your ski sweater and liberate a sauna without the potential awkwardness of dropping trou? 

How can you go wrong?

    $2.89 to fix your ski sweater and liberate a sauna without the potential awkwardness of dropping trou?

    How can you go wrong?

     
  4. Noted: The Rail-Road Reform Problem-Space varies from country to country.

    Preemptive Answer:
    Statistical analysis of the estimated/actual arrival/departure consistency, which would determine appropriate tonality for saying “At least the trains run on time,” was inconclusive due to sample size. Sorry!

    (The Flintstones-Animal-Technology tone of bemused resignation is not so bad in terms of constant use anyhow. The Pegasus honors the culture of the region, I suppose.)

     
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    Ten Timezones: Timeless Taste*
Given the relatively globular screenprint target, why would they have used this projection?  Look at the Mediterranean!  Look at it!
*burnt meat, sour tap water, dirty Mercedes exhaust, diesel, bus station seat, German car, Kenyan Tang, bonhomie, etc.
[I love crappy, freely distributed recrystallized paper tube coffee, though: I was drinking Nescafe packets for a month and a half after my last big overseas install.  It’s one of my favorite parts.]

    Ten Timezones: Timeless Taste*

    Given the relatively globular screenprint target, why would they have used this projection? Look at the Mediterranean! Look at it!

    *burnt meat, sour tap water, dirty Mercedes exhaust, diesel, bus station seat, German car, Kenyan Tang, bonhomie, etc.

    [I love crappy, freely distributed recrystallized paper tube coffee, though: I was drinking Nescafe packets for a month and a half after my last big overseas install. It’s one of my favorite parts.]

     
  6. Plays: 19

    (130s) Heir Apparent In About an Hour.

     
  7. Plays: 69

    (136 seconds)

    The ambient noise in my memory palace at some point became primarily podcasts, but—every once in a while—I’ll hear something that sounds like it could have been part of a quick swell of horns and have a half-formed thought* that is located in a very specific and a very cluttered corner, and then I can literally feel myself being swept up by a tiny tempest of obsession

    It usually passes eventually.

    It’s probably for the best. I pretty much never sweep.  

    *While they are kind of distinguishable, I feel that at this point I don’t know enough to accurately identify the 16. 

     
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    "…so, does one of these have a daughter in it?"

    "…so, does one of these have a daughter in it?"

     
  9. Plays: 19

    A scant 80 episodes later, Punk Rock Davy emerges and explains John’s confusion with what still might have been off brand “Emmanuelle”. 

    Like organic chemistry.

     
  10. Introductory coursework for a degree of Mastery of Management in Hospitality (MMH) at The Scat Academy School of Hotel Administration is probably as inscrutable as one would imagine.

    I’m a pretty rigorous note taker and all I’ve got here is:
    "SUMMARY: Hamburger hamburger! Bang bang!"

     
  11. 18:50 16th Mar 2014

    Notes: 5

    Tags: rotl

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MDM: …but, every time we buy one of these the same thing happens: I bring it home, I take it out of the plastic, and it’s like a giant plastic vulva opening. The entire house is enveloped in this smell. And so you’ve got things like—JMR: Ugh, Why would you use vulva as a metaphor!MDM: John, it’s a plastic vulva, I’m not being normative. Plastic vulva— tell me what a plastic vulva would smell like: it would taste like a 9V battery and smell like a bath mat. Let’s be honest.JMR: Eeeeuuugh. (RotL057,007:20.)

I chuckled but sorta dismissed this phenomenon back then. But: hoo.  This new foam business? That’s a “fresh” smell, alright.  Even at 30 hours with open windows.
I stand corrected.

    MDM: …but, every time we buy one of these the same thing happens: I bring it home, I take it out of the plastic, and it’s like a giant plastic vulva opening. The entire house is enveloped in this smell. And so you’ve got things like—
    JMR: Ugh, Why would you use vulva as a metaphor!
    MDM: John, it’s a plastic vulva, I’m not being normative. Plastic vulva— tell me what a plastic vulva would smell like: it would taste like a 9V battery and smell like a bath mat. Let’s be honest.
    JMR: Eeeeuuugh.
    (RotL057,007:20.)

    I chuckled but sorta dismissed this phenomenon back then. But: hoo.
    This new foam business? That’s a “fresh” smell, alright.
    Even at 30 hours with open windows.

    I stand corrected.

     
  12. …She would sing for the soldiers up by the front and then they would drive her back to Paris and wine and dine, you know, for a week or two; and then go back and sing for the soldiers again: there was not a tremendous amount of hardship. But, she was being squired around by generals and, you know, she wrote a book, ‘A Nightingale in the Trenches’, which is a terrible book¹, um, but it tells these fascinating stories about ‘oh, and here comes John Pershing in the back of an open car' and they go off together to, uh, you know, go to the Moulin Rouge, and et cetera et cetera, and it's all very glamorous.  But then she meets my grandfather…”

    …At least at cursory levels, it seems to check² out.
    "Excellent Text, Many Great Black and White Photos."

    (Also: trappings of culture and elegance are all over the search result.)

    *¹—I wonder if John doesn’t like it because of the Junius factor.
      ²—Always ²check:
    "Any bright girl who really applies herself to the handling of the checking problem can have a very pleasant time with it and fill the week with happy moments and memorable occasions"
    — Ed Kennedy, Time

     
  13. 18:13 16th Jan 2014

    Notes: 6

    Reblogged from frakintosh

    Tags: rotljohn roderick

    frakintosh:

    capnmariam:

    …While the selection does include the word “sexy” it does not just say “boobs boobs boobs boobs boobs”, which is what I would have joked a braille Playboy mostly says.
    … I can only imagine the nonplus left in my wake when the elderly lady flipped them over after I was well out of the door and maybe even already in my car. An exclamation point probably appeared over her head. Never was I so skilled at dropping-the-gun-and-walking-out-of-there-and-moving-to-Sicily-just-‘till-this-blows-over as I am right now.
    Peak Ninjutsu.

    I knew they were a real thing. I just knew it.

    "…In fact—like a lot of men in my family—if you start to doubt that those stories are true, then a guy will walk in off the street and be like ‘oh absolutely, I watched your dad shoot a Zero down with a .45.’; like I waited for my whole life for that guy to come in and say like ‘yeah, sure, I saw it happen,’ because his stories were constantly confirmed by independent sources, by these weird situations.” —JMR RotLE40~m60

     
  14. 19:36 13th Jan 2014

    Notes: 2

    Tags: rotl

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    Oh, Ginsberg.  If I lived in 1967, I would read all the ads. 

    Oh, Ginsberg.  If I lived in 1967, I would read all the ads

     
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    ♫ Model Citizen, zero discipline ♫

    ♫ Model Citizen, zero discipline ♫