So yesterday I found that 2003 CD compilation of my articles. That was fun.
The idea Mac proposed and Comrade X seconded about making copies and selling them is interesting. I’ll think about that as I read through the disc’s contents. Some of the pieces are definitely outdated, though even those might have nostalgia value.
There’s “Land Mine Legislation,” for instance (aka “Pearl Harbor Legislation” and a gazillion other titles). It came out in 1996/7 right after 101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution. I was still dizzy from the unexpected notoriety of the book when that article went viral — before anybody knew that “viral” could refer to something other than the black plague or a bad cold.
Man, did that thing get around! I quickly lost track of the titles various sites kept giving it.
Yeah, some of the articles on that CD are still … not bad. Worth a new look.
I thought y’all might enjoy another one that feels amazingly current despite being written about and shortly after the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. It seems FEMA’s fumblings, political correctness, and the obligation of the fedgov to peddle money at people who don’t need it are … sadly durable.
What follows is absolutely true (except for the ketchup bottle; no ketchup bottles were harmed in the the writing of this article). A few details were changed to protect the innocent. The guilty didn’t need their details altered — though they did need some good old mocking.*
Without further ado, I present for your entertainment, “A Cut of Catastrophe.”** Enjoy!
* With some of the best wisecracks stolen from two people who are credited at the bottom of the article.
** There’s some lovely formatting on the CD — graphics that didn’t make it onto that html file. The navigation links aren’t active, either, on the version posted here. But that’s as it should be. I might see if I can do something about the missing graphics eventually. But for now …