Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

Jack Handey's Nature Documentary

One of my favorite sections in the New Yorker is "Shouts & Murmurs"  which features short satirical pieces that range from the so-not-funny-Im-not-going-to-bother-finish-reading-this to the hysterical (most fall closer to the latter than the former).   Last week's entry, My Nature Documentary, by Jack Handey definitely fell to the right of the spectrum. 

Jack Handey is probably best known for his "Deep thoughts" pieces that were shown between skits on Saturday Night Live in the 90's.  Heres one of them.

Handey's piece in New Yorker is short and should be read in its entirety but to entice you further here is a snippet (the conceit is someone detailing the set-up and making of a nature documentary focusing on a monkey and giraffe):

Narrator: “The monkey and the giraffe have been separated.”

Show monkey wandering around, injured, lost and alone. Make him trip, using fishing line attached to his leg. (Try to get this on first take, because after that monkey will probably try to bite off fishing line.)

Show giraffe being chased by a lion. If not too expensive, use full-sized, realistic robotic lion, able to run at full speed. Otherwise get a man in a lion suit.

 

Pau for now.. 

Tuesday Mar 20, 2007

The Other Three are...

In answer to Saturday's Bar Bet, the Patron Saints of Scotland, England and Wales are: Andrew, George and David.

    
 St Patrick - Ireland
 St Andrew - Scotland
 St George - England

St. David - Wales

 

Whats particularly interesting, which my boss Simon (I had to put in this glam shot ;-) turned me on to, is the fact that Union Jack (technically the Union Flag) is actually made up of the flags of the three of the four guys above:

Flag of St George + Flag of St Andrew + Flag of St Patrick = Union Jack

Turns out the reason St David didnt get his flag included is because Wales was a principality and not a kingdom.  Thats a bummer cause I think it would have been totaly cool to have a dragon right in the middle of the Union Jack! 

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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