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Carried Away By Imagination.  From the always amusing, frequently outstanding Tragedy Series webcomic.

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The iPad Commode Caddy.  Only 99.95 from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog.  If the roll runs out, you can log onto drugstore.com and order more.  Or, if you're actually thinking of ordering one of these (or, actually, anything from the H-S catalog), you might realize you have just too much money.  (Sending half that money to me instead would help relieve that problem.  No, don't thank me.  I'm just that kind of guy.)

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Harry Connolly writes REMO WILLIAMS: The (Problematic) Adventure Begins, about the 1985 movie based on The Destroyer, a series of "Men's Adventure" paperbacks published since the 70's.  Harry says he hasn't read any of the books, but I read a fair number back in the day.  They were actually more of a satirical series in adventure clothing; the authors (Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, mostly) routinely used issues of the day as springboards for the books' plots.  Politically incorrect and definitely not sophisticated, but frequently amusing; the interaction between Remo and Chiun was often laugh-out-loud funny.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of the books, but trying one or two when you're in the mood for brain-candy might be worthwhile. 

Since I was working as a letter carrier and "going postal" was one of the social concerns back then (there were numerous incidents where postal workers cracked mentally and went on shooting sprees); I had a special appreciation for the particular volume pictured here. (Postal employees plot an armed revolt against the US.)

The first Destroyer adventure is available online as a free e-book: Created: The Destroyer.  Several dozen other early volumes are available as e-books for $0.99-2.99.  More recent physical books, including a 2010 fan-written anthology, are available from Amazon and other booksellers.

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If Your Dog Could Text:  Via Accordion Guy Joey Devilla, Text From Dog.

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At Kung Fu Monkey, John Rogers writes "ARCANUM: Immortality Is So, So Creepy", an interesting post about some of the thinking behind his ongoing webcomic for Thrillbent.  A quote:
"In 1900 the percentage of the American population over the age of 45 was 17.8%. In 1950 it was 28.4%. As of the last census the share of the US population over 45 is 36.4%. Hell, the 65+ share's gone from 4.1% in 1900 to 13.3% in 2010. More and more people still in the society, with greater and greater influence, still constructing societal and legal norms based on emotional, psychological, cultural and technological frames of reference that are less and less relevant."

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In 1934 the newly formed Decca Records signed Bing Crosby as the first artist on their label.  The second artist signed had a name that must have been a joy to small children and immature adults everywhere:  "Whoopie John" Willphart, American polka pioneer:

Why, yes, the vocals (by Don Burqhardt) are a little creepy, aren't they? 

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