Musings from Brian J. Noggle
Friday, December 16, 2005
Dammit, I Wanted to Be First
Curse the literary in the world who beat me to calling the new Heath Ledger and Jake G. movie Beast With Two Backs Mountain.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Book Report: Mommy Knows Worst by James Lileks (2005)
I bought this book at the local Borders at full price because I enjoyed Interior Desecrations, and I cannot handle a day I don't start with a Bleat. Also, Lileks' is the life I want to live, to the point that I am shaving myself a high forehead to go totally all Single White Female. Perhaps I'm revealing too much and strengthening the case for a restraining order.

But anyway.

If you read it on the Internet, it must be true; ergo, I came into this book with a different set of expectations than a casual readers, and Lileks, like a jeweller with a loupe in, took his little hammer and shattered my crystalline acceptance about my upcoming next twenty years. There's so much upon which I had not already dwelt. Like teething. For crying out loud, that's going to last forever, and like the teeth will burst forth all snaggled from sealed gums....Although history has proven that most have survived this ordeal, I'm not looking forward to it.

So instead of reading this book with a knowing humor, with the shared knowledge of travails past, I have to look at it as a set of future tribulations, knowing that many of the quaint solutions we will apply will one day be the subject of Gnat's sequel to her father's work.

Monday, December 12, 2005
Who's My Libertarian Candidate Next Time?
My Republican Senator, Jim Talent, thinks the Patriot Act requires fighting meth:
    A conference report by Senate and House negotiators to extend for four years provisions of the USA Patriot Act includes a comprehensive anti-methamphetamine package restricting the sale of products containing ingredients needed to cook the drug and providing new tools to police and prosecutors to combat dealers.

    Sens. Jim Talent, Missouri Republican, and Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said the Combat Meth Act -- together with anti-meth measures championed in the House -- were included in the Reauthorization Conference Report filed Thursday.
Yea, verily, I shall not vote for Jim Talent in his re-election bid. And if that elevates the latest incarnation of Carnahanism (Russ, no doubt) to the Senate, who is to blame?

No doubt the Missouri Republicans would put me on that cross.

(Link seen on Instapundit. Click there, little brother; that poor Tennessee law professor needs the traffic.)

Old School or Damn Kidz?
Dennis Franz:

Old School: Norman Buntz
Damn Kid: Andy Sipowicz

How you answered the question certainly bespeaks your age, if nothing else.

Check out this guy. Trying to bask in my reflected fame, brah, is no way to read a book, as you'll strain your eyes.

That's right, it's my semi-literate brother starting a blog. He's got one insightful post with post-therapy recovered "memories", but never fear, ladies....he's got a full profile so you can see what a chunk of man he is.

Sunday, December 11, 2005
Christmas Shopping Tip
Having trouble finding that gift for someone who has everything? Come on, you're insulting the Franklin Mint and the assorted collectible industries. As a matter of fact, they've created something just this very second that they guarantee that person does not already have.

But order now!

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."