Board Now

Pie is a tradition of the season.

Jason Segel holding poster board of a Venn diagram of two circles labeled 'People Who Are Breaking My Heart' and 'People Who Are Shaking My Confidence Daily' with the shaded intersection reading 'Cecilia'

Okay, I know that's actually a Venn diagram, not a pie chart, but it passes on account
of being laugh-out-loud, pause-the-video-to-catch-your-breath funny. It's from How I Met Your Mother Episode 4.22, wherein Marshall develops an addiction to poster-board visual aids: "This is a pie chart describing my favorite bars. And this is a bar graph describing my favorite pies." You're welcome.

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Midnight Rambling

Title cards or logos to 'The Late Show with David Letterman', 'Saturday Night Live', and 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'

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This Is the Title of This Blogpost

I was reminded yesterday of a delightful piece of writing, David Moser's "This Is
the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself"

While I first read it in the form of some photocopied pages enthusiastically foisted
on me by a friend, I discovered not long after that it was published in Douglas R. Hofstadter's Metamagical Themas, which became one of my favorite and most frequently re-read books. It collects installments of Hofstadter's column of the same name for the magazine Scientific American, a column that succeeded — and was
named by rearranging the letters to the title of — the venerable Martin Gardner's column, Mathematical Games. Hofstadter is best known for his opus Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Gardner is the editor/curator of another of my favorite and most frequently
re-read books, The Annotated Alice; he has written many more, the latest of which is
an essay collection titled When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That, published two weeks before the author's 95th birthday. My grandfather hit the same landmark three weeks before Gardner, and I hope that my mind is as fresh as either gentleman's at that age.


DVD box of 2009 'Star Trek' with the face of Chris Pine as Kirk seen through the letters of the title

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek was released on home video this past Tuesday.

I look forward to sitting down on a cold, dark night during the post-sweeps/holiday
lull in new television and digging into its special features.

Twice-Told Tales

cover to Nikki Stafford's 'Finding 'Lost': The Unofficial Guide, Season Five' depicting the title and other copy in silver-white over a floating compass

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Red, White, and the Blues

The New York Yankees' stylized NY icon next to the Phillies' stylized P icon, with 'vs.' in small letters between them

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