What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Please check the following CNN story and tell me if you can spot the problem.

Here, let’s zoom in a bit closer:

Yes, that’s right — there apparently exists a sufficiently large portion of the buying populace willing to subscribe to a periodical entirely devoted to large, immobile buildings that rarely change and are seldom built anew. Let the “periodical” part sink in, then picture yourself strolling up to the office watercooler, asking “Bob” if he’s seen the latest “LD” and what those Mainers have in store for the ol’ upper New England coastline, a-yup.
There’s just no accounting for taste, now is there.
I’m probably going to get some hatemail over this one, just like when I made fun of Ron Paul or Smalltalk — you know, the Lighthouse Digests of the political and computer science realms, respectively.


Fark tossed up a link today to an NY Post story under the headline “Is “Cloverfield” this year’s “Snakes on a Plane”? All signs point to yes”. The resulting discussion is par for Fark discussion, with the notable exception of the following:

submitter: Is Cloverfield this year’s Snakes on a Plane?
No. Ron Paul is this year’s Snakes on a Plane.

Heh. Other threadgoers awarded the commenter The Internet in appreciation for his efforts. A statement full of win, for certain.
(As with all humor, think about it for a bit. It ain’t funny if I have to explain it…)
Cites: Cloverfield, Snakes on a Plane, Brawndo (it’s got what plants crave) (winning at YELLING).

Shut It All Down. Internet’s Over, “Unamerican” Wins.

Wonkette, that foul-mouthed site founded by a certain foul-mouthed D.C. gutter snipe, ran a collection of links yesterday, one of which pointed to an article called “Ron Paul: One man, one vote”. Frequent readers of digg, reddit, etc. will readily recognize Dr. Ron Paul’s name, as he has become the Presidential contender of choice among the frothing Libertarian/libertine set on the ‘Net. Said set has taken it upon themselves to astroturf every possible article and pad each online poll in a desperate “Pay attention to meeeeeus, daddeeee!” ploy, so much so that digg and reddit’s respective front pages have become overwhelmed with Ron Paul Spam. I’ve had several coworkers vow never to return to digg in particular, so obnoxious has the Paul Spam gotten. Those of you that aren’t avid readers of those above-mentioned sites likely have not heard of Dr. Paul, as he consistently polls at 0% of the American electorate. (Trust me, you’re better off that way.)
Now, Wonkette is a site known for its sarcasm and snark and so it is with little surprise that I noted, and promptly just about cried myself silly from laughter at the snark on display in the comments attached to that post. To wit:

BY AVERY AT 07/23/07 11:43 PM
Oh boy, another story about how Ron Paul votes against things on principle. Tell me more! I’m fascinated!
Ron Paul: One man, one vote. That’s the most accurate prediction of his election results I’ve seen yet. Two votes if there’s not a Firefly rerun on that day.
@Avery: Have you noticed the internet has started to sound like Matt Damon in Team America? ‘RON PAUL! RON….PAUL!’

Bwahahaha. Now I’ll never be able to shake the image of Matt Damon’s puppet uttering “RON PAUL!” It sure will make reading digg fun again.