Robin Williams, 1951-2014


Robin Williams dead at 63 [Entertainment Weekly]

Tile M for Murder

Words with frenemies.Title: “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary”

“Corporate Author”: Merriam-Webster

Rank: 16

Blurb: “Updated to include new vocabulary such as fracking, hashtag, and selfie.”

Review: “This was sent to a state prison and they love it.”

Jeremiad: “Of course, what is urgently needed is a book that claims 75000 (or whatever the number turns out to be) REAL Scrabble words, in accordance with the pre-1976 rules that made the game wildly popular; in accordance with those rules, such a book would be based entirely on 21st-century dictionaries. It’s overwhelming likely that you do in fact play with the classic rules. The 1976 changes were implemented by a group of New York City ‘experts’, predecessors of today’s North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA), who invented a game unpopular even with New Yorkers (the second-largest bridge club on Manhattan has more members than NASPA does throughout the continent, even though all polls show Scrabble to be slightly more popular than bridge!). In coming weeks, I’ll modify this review to show just what the impact of the degraded rules has had on the game.”

Customers Also Bought: “Oregon 54-026 Chain Saw Bar And Chain Oil”

Footnote: Chillax, dude.

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary [Amazon]

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Kids React to Typewriters

Should’ve let ‘em try an electric one as well:

Naked Lunchroom

Peel me a crayon.Title: “The Day the Crayons Quit”

Authors: Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Rank: 16

Blurb: “Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking — each believes he is the true color of the sun.”

Review: “I read it to my first grade class and they got hung up on the fact that one of the crayons was naked. I had them illustrate their favorite part and about 80% drew the naked crayon. So although it is a great book, I would use it for grade 2 and up; the first graders really couldn’t grasp the theme.”

Customers Also Bought: “A Day With No Crayons”, “The Crayon Box that Talked”, and “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Footnote: Four out of five first-graders agree: Trolling the teacher is fun!

The Day the Crayons Quit [Amazon]

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janet-porterThey just can’t let go of the charming old racist

The president of conservative pro-family group Faith2Action last weekend announced the pre-launch of ReaganBook, a social networking site described as “the Facebook for patriots,” according to Right Wing Watch.

Porter lamented that “while tomorrow Facebook employees are gathering to go march at the gay pride parade in San Francisco,” they are censoring people with “unpopular opinions.”

Is it possible their unpopular opinions are the reason they are, ever so slowly, being forced from polite society.

Talking Points Memo

Everything is Gruesome

Minecraft is a flat circle.Title: “Minecraft: Essential Handbook: An Official Mojang Book”

Rank: 82

Blurb: “You’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?”

Review: “I have learned more about Creepers and spider jockeys than I ever wanted to know!”

Customers Also Bought: “Minecraft Iron Golem Action Figure”

Footnote: What we do is quickly head home, because clearly we’ve found ourself in the Gaslamp District during Comic-Con.

Minecraft: Essential Handbook [Amazon]

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Apollo 11

We did it … we really did, 45 years ago: