January 19th, 2021
UD’s take on QAnon:

She plans on lobbying the Supreme Scrabble Court to make “qanon” a legitimate game word. There are very few q and no u words allowed in Scrabble, and even though QAnon is a proper noun, UD‘s hoping the SSC, cognizant of the paucity of q and no u words, will at least agree to take the case.

May 28th, 2015
See what you can do with SEPP BLATTER.

Has to be relevant in some way.

So far I’ve got



BERATES PPL [internet slang]

November 24th, 2014
‘There’s where I labored so hard for my Massas, / Day after day in Phi Kappa Psi’s …

back room…’

The Eastern theater of the American Civil War rages again, as the traditional fraternal order goes to war against campus pussies.

Men lining the patio of a bar on The Corner were quick to yell “insults and slurs” at the [anti-rape] protestors as they walked by, said Carl Goette-Luciak, a fifth-year student who helped to lead the march.

Others volleyed comments scorning the actions of the crowd as it marched through the streets, but Goette-Luciak contends that facing such a reaction was the protest’s way of “confronting the issue where it lives.”

“If male students at [the University of Virginia] will deride the people who are demanding change, [if they] won’t take seriously how important this moment is, it just stresses the gravity of the situation we’re facing,” he said.

Later in the night, Goette-Luciak said he saw five students, both male and female, tearing down a memorial that students had created at Peabody Hall. In support of those who had been sexually assaulted, students had covered the doors of the administrative building with Post-it notes filled with stories of their experiences and encouragements toward survivors, he said. They also placed stones, creating a “small mountain” in front of the building, to symbolize survivors they knew.

Goette-Luciak said he walked past the memorial an hour or two after the protest when he saw students tearing down the notes and discarding the stones.

“We confronted them and they were very aggressive, very violent towards us,” he said. “One young man in particular, with chest puffed out, kept screaming, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ and then left.”

Baby, you go up against our way of life and you’re gonna hear about it. We’re here and we’re beer, get used to it. We even got girl camp followers.

March 22nd, 2013
Cheat Fiercely, Harvard.

Cheat fiercely, Harvard,
cheat, cheat, cheat.
Demonstrate to them our guile.
Although it’s neither just nor meet
It’s obviously the Harvard style.
How we shall celebrate our victory,
We shall all smirk at teams less sly than we
(How jolly!)
Say ‘unstable’ if you’re caught, and
Cheat, cheat, cheat!


Sigh. Another cheating scandal at Harvard.


My talented readers are invited to add verses.

October 9th, 2009
At this point, I’d have a bit of a problem keeping my ego in check.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.

October 8th, 2009
“She is from the German minority in Romania and from that experience, she writes extraordinary accounts of being an ethnic minority in a totalitarian regime. But this is not overtly political writing; it’s very poetic and elliptical. She’s an extraordinary writer.”

Herta Müller’s British publisher reacts to her having won the Nobel Prize for literature. 

Details here, and I’ll see what I can find of hers in English today — maybe something I can blog about.


Two Updates:

First, from an email I just got from Vladimir Tismaneanu, a colleague of Mr UD’s who knows Muller:


Harsh critic of Communist dictatorships in EE.  As she put it, she lived for over 30 years in a dictatorship. This topic haunts her writing: fear, anxieties, courage, survival, dignity.

One of her best known novels, Der Konig veneigt sich und totet (The King Bows and Kills).

It’s a most appropriate decision twenty years after the fall of the Wall of Shame (the Berlin Wall), a tribute to all those who refused to bow…

And second, excerpts from an interview with her on Radio Romania.

January 13th, 2009
Don’t Forget There’s a Contest Going on Down There!

Down there! A
few posts down!
Take a look, and
think of something

An inscribed copy
of this book shall
be your reward
should you triumph.

January 10th, 2009
Another CONTEST!

The last one was way successful, so here UD goes again.

Please read the following article from Ontario’s Daily Commercial News:

With a nod to [Waterloo’s] industrial past, and an eye to a green future, designers unveiled plans on January 7, 2009 for an uptown school that aims to attract sharp minds from around the world.

To be built on land where whisky barrels used to roll, the Balsillie School of International Affairs will transform an empty Seagram’s distillery site into a tree-lined campus with understated brick buildings, living roofs, a public auditorium and central courtyard.

“This is an institution that will go head to head with the rest of the world,” declared Shirley Blumberg, principal architect for the project.

Speaking at a packed open house at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Blumberg said the school was designed to be “functional but not fancy,” as per the wishes of its namesake and chief bankroller, Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie.

Balsillie is giving $33 million to the new school, while University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will add $25 million over 10 years.

The site connects to the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The project will be built in phases, with ground preparation beginning by the end of this year.

City council will be asked to approve the site’s master plan on Feb. 23.

Although the economic downturn will affect the timing of later construction, the section housing the Balsillie school will be the first to be finished.

It’s designed to hold about 25 faculty, plus 70 to 100 students.

Future plans call for another academic wing to hold other university programs, plus a proposed 12-storey building that would serve as housing for faculty and students and an underground parking garage.

Okay, so here you have a new university rising from the ashes of a whisky distillery. A … frothy atmosphere for puns… In fact, ol’ Shirley up there already did it… The place will go head to head…

So — Readers are invited to come up with a university motto, presidential inaugural remarks, copy for promotional brochures… stuff like that.


As with the last contest, the prize is an inscribed copy of Teaching Beauty.

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