August 8th, 2006


new cell

my cellphone gave up the ghost, and I was eligible for a free phone, so I just got a Sanyo 4930. A few things.

1. If you want me to have your number, email to chaircrusher at gmail dot com

2. Does web on phones ever not totally suck? I could deal with the clumsy data entry and the small screen, but loading pages feels like 1989 on a 2400 baud modem.

3, Does anyone have links to good cellphone sites that aren't all crapped up with ads and really lacking in content? Phone hacks, ringtones, etc.

4. Sprint has a bazillion ways they will try and get you to spend money on ring tones and screensavers and games. I.e. try and trick you into paying for stuff.

zen of sluggo

From BoingBoing

As inspirational as that is there's so much more to love about the Nancy cartoon strip. There's a Nancy Collection called Nancy Eats Food. and you can't get more existentially blank than that.

I took a class many years ago from a visiting professor Claude Richard where we read John Barth, Alain Robbe Grillet, Donald Barthelme, etc. This was my introduction to French lit-crit -- Barthes, Derrida, Lacan -- and since he didn't make us actually read any of their writing, it was a great class. Good for giving you talking points for when you're stuck in a party and the ponce in the beret is hogging the keg tap.

During that class a Nancy strip ran in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Sluggo is in a store and pillows are flying through the air. Next frame a salesman says "STOP! The sign doesn't mean what it says!" The third frame shows a display of pillows with the sign "THROW PILLOWS."

I brought it to class and Mssr Richard, of course, loved it. I'd love to have a copy of it, but fewer things are harder to get ahold of than 30 year old daily comic strips.