Category Archives: Amused

Hackenblog: Whatever happened to the dayjob?

“Another British company advertised for “a call-centre Ninja, a superhero in people”, a job description which sounds a little over-the-top for what was in fact a role at an insurance broker in Isleworth. Lest you think that ad was an aberration, Indeed also featured jobs for “a black-belt prioritisation ninja”, and another demanding a “ninja-like attention to detail”. Short of turning up for the interview dressed from head-to-toe in black, and then sneaking up behind the managing director at his desk, it is hard to see how candidates could demonstrate their ninja-ness.”
, Economist, July 6, 2019

Not all of us get to have our jobs be our careers, let alone vocations, alas.

Aziraphale and Crowley sex would have made “Good Omens” better

Something like this except with Aziraphale and Crowley, and without the pregnancy, of course, because that would be unbelievable:

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From Hellblazer, Volume 6: Bloodlines, a book in which every page is completely marvelously good.

Garth Ennis totally should have written the teleplay, or whatever it’s called, for “Good Omens”. He would have had Crowley and Aziraphale in bed by the 2nd Century BCE. Garth Ennis is great, not just the Hellblazer books, but he somehow knows that if something were to go wrong in heaven, the absolute best possible place on earth for it to go down is West Texas. Ah, how well the Brits know us; it’s comforting.

Word of the times: Himpathy

“There are other ways to wage a social struggle on the lexical front. Inventing a word is one; Ms Manne has written about “himpathy”, which she uses to describe outbreaks of disproportionate concern for the future of a man accused of harassment, rape or other violence towards women. The term is pointed and memorable, and is spreading online.”
How to change a word’s meaning
, The Economist, June 22, 2019

Not bad as shorthand goes.

Recent Reading: Taking a break from the French Revolution

“Once in Amsterdam, I was chased around the stage by someone’s dog. Dogs hate clowns. I spent a lot of time on top of a chair. I approached the guy who had the dog after the show. I said, ‘How dare you bring your dog to the theater?’ and he said, ‘My dog’s got a perfect right to come to the theater.’ I couldn’t think of anything to say to him after that, apart from punching him.”
Nola Rae, from “Clowns. In Conversation with Modern Masters,” edited by Ezra LeBank and David Bridel

And you thought you were suffering for your art.

Defendez les clowns. This clown book so awesome. You’re probably not wondering why I read and really dug it. You see, I was looking for a business book mentioned in the Economist in the HV section of the library, and it wasn’t on the shelf. So I looked around a little, this book and the book on Cocteau were in the GV section, on the same shelf. I took it as a sign I should take a break from the French Revolution for a while.

“The Dance Theater of Jean Cocteau,” by Frank W.D. Ries

“Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories,” by Mari Naomi

“Fade into You,” by Nikki Darling
My adolescence rises to my teeth.

Half-way Good Omens

“THERE ARE not a lot of things at which the English can still claim to be world champions, but being twee is one of them. Even the Scandinavians, with their bicycles and midsummer celebrations and hygge, cannot match the everyday tweeness of the English, who go on holibobs (holidays) and say “soz” (sorry) because they can’t make it “tomoz” (tomorrow). The Scandinavians have dark winters and darker thrillers to balance out their twee. England has rather grim soap operas, and Brexit.”


“Which brings us to Good Omens, a book published in 1990. The authors, both legends in their own right, are Neil Gaiman, latterly of Sandman and American Gods fame, and the late Terry Pratchett, of the Discworld series. Being both English writers with a penchant for dressing in black and writing humorous sci-fi/fantasy novels, the pair’s collaboration inevitably produced a book that used twee as its narrative engine. Nearly three decades later, Amazon Prime has brought it to the screen in six very twee episodes.”
“Good Omens”: too twee or not too twee?, Prospero, Economist, June 6, 2019

Here are my problems with “Good Omens” the TV show:

1. It aired on May 30, when it was supposed to air on May 31, so I spent the first 10 minutes convincing myself it was really the episode and not yet another trailer. Then I had to convince myself I wasn’t watching a “Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy” remake.
2. My goodness, Neil Gaiman really really really wants to be Douglas Adams, doesn’t he? And his screenplay shows it.
3. Crowley should have bent Aziraphale over the hood of his vintage Bently and fucked him at least once. Or at least just one a big wet kiss. Oh, c’mon! I can’t possibly the only one who wants that!
4. It could have been 3 satisfying episodes instead cumulatively 3 satisfying episodes and 3 tedious unnecessary episodes.
5. It shocked me when I realized Michael Sheen was the drug crazed lawyer from S3 of The Good Fight. What range that man has.
6. I just love David Tennant. But I love Bill Nighy more.

Oh well, still glad I got to see it and enjoy about 50% of it (see #4 above).