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Friday, October 22, 2004

Pass the Lavoisier! 

So at school today (during silent-reading time I'd reserved for the students), I was reading Manuel de Landa's excellent text A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History. Suddenly I hit this passage on p. 208:
The technical register of French would not be affected until the eighteenth century, when Lavoisier and others helped fix the way in which suffixes and prefixes should be used to coin new scientific terms.
Now, I had never heard of Antoine Lavoisier before, but I completely lost it. I was overcome by a vision of P. Diddy and Busta Rhymes wildin' out in the studio with an 18th century French scientific treatise. "Pass the Lavoisier, yo!" I had to put my head down on my desk and giggle as quietly as possible for the next three minutes. I tried to explain to the kids, but they just didn't get it. (Of course, there aren't many people in the world, I suppose, who catch both references.)


Thanks to Garrett for this page of Kerry photojokes.

And bless Diane for linking us to Ann Coulter being hit by pies. Now, where's the picture?

Diane will probably get a kick out of this video of a Diebold voting machine in action. Thanks, MeFi!

Speaking of Bush, thanks to Devoter for 100 Facts and 1 Opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration.

I don't know about the "turnabout" thing, but this Ted Rall cartoon is a very striking image.

Check out this photography montage. I was gonna use it as a TimeWaster™, but I found something even better. Still, those are some striking pix there.

And finally -- When Teachers Attack, coming soon to Fox.
After Amica wrestled the bag away, police say Rucker picked up a chair and hit her in the back, knocking Amica to the floor. Rucker then began punching Amica in the face and body.
Priceless. (TPCQ: "Your crayons are squeaking!!")


Give Bush a Brain. Well made, and filled with good quotes.

Today I'm listening to: DI Chillout!