A bizarre and unfortunate story of a Westpoint man that went from being a cornerback for the Black Knights to being demoted and deployed due to a confrontation with Patti LaBelle. The Westpoint kid is suing, LaBelle is suing back.

Macross Plus comes to life. Macross Plus is an anime where the major pop star of the day is an AI robot named Sharon Apple. Perhaps the best take on it came from a Facebook friend: “It’s not so much that they made the computer image look real, it’s that they’re trying to make the real girls look faker, so the Idoru doesn’t stand out.”

How can this surprise anyone? There are a lot of reasons that the south has a bigger obesity problem than the rest of the country. But it’s not entirely related to the heat!

Louisiana almost made littering an impoundable offense. It failed in the state house after clearing the senate by a near-unanimous vote. Astonishing. Even for Louisiana.

News of the Weird from a few weeks ago. Identical twin pastors die within hours of one another on the same day, at the same hospital.

A man in Utah was fined for trying to pay a $140 bill with pennies. It’s reminiscent of a man cuffed and arrested at Best Buy for wanting to pay with $2 bills.

This is a particularly weak argument against legalizing drugs. I’m not even sold on decriminalization (outside of pot), but come on. The end of prohibition didn’t destroy the mafia, but it made the mafia something that could be fought.

There’s apparently a documentary about the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. It’s called Hot Coffee, which makes me wonder if I will get any typo traffic. The film is coming strictly from the pro-litigation point of view, so there’s some pushback, pointing out that they’re not exactly telling the whole story. I don’t begrudge the lady her money. Or even the industrious lawyer(s). She suffered for her money and the lawyers played the game and they won. What kind of pisses me off, though, is how difficult it is to actually get a hot cup of coffee these days. The lawyers involved in the case say that anything that can quickly burn you is too hot.

Our cultural fascination with Camelot. As I’ve been diving into Game of Thrones, it reminds me of the love I had of the Arthurian legend. Nobody understood why I hated the Sean Connery movie that came out. Because it wasn’t King Arthur! Not in any meaningful sense.


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10 Responses to Linkluster XLIV

  1. Peter says:

    It’s not just coffee that can be served dangerously hot. A few months back I got some hot-and-sour soup from a cheap Chinese takeout joint, and in addition to (presumably) being made with cat it also was served so steaming hot I had to let it cool for almost an hour before it was edible.

  2. Linus says:

    Funny that you mention Macross Plus. I just listened to its soundtrack today after not having thought about it for years.

  3. Brandon Berg says:

    A man in Utah was fined for trying to pay a $140 bill with pennies.

    Fined $140 for trying to pay a $25 medical bill in pennies, rather. Now he has to come up with another 14,000 pennies.

    I once tried to pay my cable bill with a single $75 bill, and the police got on my case about that, too. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  4. Sheila Tone says:

    “It’s not so much that they made the computer image look real, it’s that they’re trying to make the real girls look faker, so the Idoru doesn’t stand out.”

    Her eyes are subtly too big, and her face and nose are too small and narrow. She is beautiful, but in the way that when you see poople who look like that in real life, you can tell they had too much plastic surgery and look weird because their face is unrealistically proportioned. Like women with oversized boob jobs.

  5. Peter says:

    Like women with oversized boob jobs

    Better women with oversized boob jobs than women without … oh, never mind.

  6. trumwill says:

    Linus, I’ve had the soundtrack in my mind ever since hearing about this. It’s a shame that they don’t have an official English recording of the flagship song.

  7. Mike Hunt says:

    What kind of pisses me off, though, is how difficult it is to actually get a hot cup of coffee these days.

    (plays violin for Trumwill)

    ===

    Who is more obnoxious about his fetish, Gannon or Peter?

  8. trumwill says:

    The subject came up in my conversation with Hiram. As a trial lawyer, he seems to be of the mind that lawyers can take credit for practices that improve our way of life (increased safety and all that) but when corporations respond by going overboard (by serving lukewarm coffee), they shoulder none of the responsibility.

    Peter’s emphasis on his issue makes me feel less fanatical about mine.

  9. Brandon Berg says:

    Huh. When I order a hot beverage, which isn’t very often, it’s usually far too hot, and takes some time to cool off. The bottom line for me is that if it’s hot enough to burn your skin, it’s too hot to drink.

    But I don’t drink coffee or eat at fast food restaurants. Maybe people learned too specific a lesson? Or maybe it’s just a big chain thing.

  10. Brandon Berg says:

    Are you against women shaving in general, Peter, or do you prefer women with prepubescent legs and armpits?

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