Local Gal Made Good

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Another Hit & Run commenter graduates to the north side of the blogosphere, as Jennifer starts a guest-blogging gig over at Jim Henley's Unqualified Offerings. I'm glad to see it, but the blog I'm really waiting for is John 'n' Joe's Guide to Urban Planning and Military Law.

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  1. You mean, posting in the comments threads here isn’t a dead-end job after all?

  2. Cool!

    Congrats, Jennifer.

    Someday she’ll be hobnobbing with the likes of Glenn Reynolds and Vodkapundit, and I’ll say “I totally remember when she used to give people shit in the comments section.”

    Ahhh…nostalgia.

  3. Good to hear, Jennifer.

    C’mon, joe, I think that has a mutt & jeff quality–go for it.

  4. Congratumaltations!

  5. Jesse, LOL!

    Jen, what are you getting paid?

  6. Shall we flood the comments section there?

  7. Jesse,
    Another? Who was the first?

  8. If this is our beloved Jennifer (y’know, the one I live with), then this is the first I’ve heard about it. True, she forgets to mention a lot of stuff to me, but I think she would have brought this up.

  9. How the heck did you find out about that, Jesse? I certainly told no one.

    And how the hell does that comment section work over there? I’ve been trying to post a comment and keep getting a note that I need to “fill in the name and email fields” which do not freaking exist on my computer screen.

    By the way, Jesse Walker et al–I would’ve applied for that staff job y’all had posted a few weeks back, if I hadn’t spent the last three years posting comments that are the absolute antithesis of job-interview behavior. I had this sudden vision of Tim Cavanaugh laughing so hard he chokes and dies, and then his little girl would be left fatherless, and I’d feel incredibly guilty about that.

  10. I stand corrected.
    (Hmmmm, what else don’t I know…)

  11. Jeff P,
    You don’t want to know.

  12. The real question, Jeff, is why this happened at Unqualified Offerings and not at Gravity Lens. You have to work at this relationship thing, y’know?

    Jennifer: I found out the old-fashioned way: I read his site. (Though even if I didn’t read his site, I would have found out, because Jim e-mailed to let me know about it.)

  13. Jeff, honey, my doing that posting was the equivalent of the name of my fourth-grade boyfriend; not a secret, just something I didn’t get around to telling you about. Actually, I’ve been so busy at work that I kind of forgot about it until I saw Jim’s e-mail in my Hotmail box, so last night after you went to bed I did the post.

    By the way, his name was David. Very, very cute as a kid, but he caught a serious case of the uglies once he hit puberty.

  14. Jesse: Gravity Lens focuses on comics, science fiction, and transhumanism. Three things Jennifer doesn’t gush over.
    Plus, she did an entire section on my site:
    http://www.baddaystudio.com/evilopen.html

    I’m fine with Jennifer posting where she wants. It’s just weird hearing about it on the street…

  15. That section I did on your site, Jeff, is old and outdated; I’ve been meaning to ask you to take it down. Especially since I’ve made updated and better versions of most of the pieces.

    I need to get ready for work. Blah.

  16. Also, Jeff, since I made that post last night I was planning to tell you about it today, but apparently word got around before I could. So much for attempts at modesty.

  17. I’m fine with Jennifer posting where she wants. It’s just weird hearing about it on the street…

    Heard it from a friend who,
    Heard it from a friend who,
    Heard it from another you’d been posting around.

    You blog it on the run, baby,
    If that’s the way you want it baby,
    Then I don’t want you on my blog.

  18. http://www.baddaystudio.com/evilopen.html

    AAARRRGGGHHHH! FUCKING COMIC SANS!

  19. It was THREE YEARS AGO, Mediageek. I don’t even do it anymore. Bitch, bitch, bitch.

  20. Jeff P. writes ” True, she forgets to mention a lot of stuff to me, but I think she would have brought this up.”

    Remember, when you blog with Jennifer, you blog with everyone she’s ever blogged with.

  21. I see you’ve wrapped yourself in the flag.

  22. Just another reason why someday I hope to Grow Up and be just like Jennifer.

  23. Get it??

    Another “REASON” why???

    I’ve got loads more…keep comin’ back.

  24. “All you fellas who have someone and you really care,
    Then it’s all of you fellows who better beware.
    Somebody’s out to get your lady,
    A few of your buddies they sure look shady,
    Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist,
    Aimin’ straight at your back and I don’t think they’ll miss.

    “What they doin’?
    They smilin’ in your face,
    All the time they wanna take your place,
    The backstabbers, backstabbers.”

  25. Jeff P.,

    No man is an blog, entire of itself…

  26. When Jennifer and I began co-habitating, we were both tested for Blog Transmitted Diseases.

    Mediageek: I’m afraid the Comic Sans was my fault.
    I had limited choices on the version of Homestead I was using at the time.

    Thoreau gets a penalty for evoking REO Speedwagon. Either that or he changes his Grylliade avatar to a picture of Kevin Cronin.

  27. I gather Jennifer will not be leaving H&R high and dry. Whew!

  28. Ruthless,

    Didn’t you leave us high and dry?

  29. PL,
    I don’t think so.
    BTW, I never thought about it, but how could someone be high if they’re dry?

  30. Ruthless, I’m high on life.

  31. I also considered applying for the position at Reason before deciding that I didn’t have the requisite experience, and even if I did, they might connect my real name to this one. Since I tend to come off as an asshole around here, I decided to hold off.

  32. Ruthless,

    Well, it seemed like you were absent for a long time. People commented on it even and lamented your disappearance.

    BTW, I never thought about it, but how could someone be high if they’re dry?

    It is probably a maritime aphorism originally.

  33. Number 6,

    I’ve never noticed you being an asshole.

    I sadly cannot write the same thing about myself.

  34. I was high on life, but then I developed a tolerance.

  35. I’m high on the real thing: powerful gasoline?

    over

  36. I also considered applying for the position at Reason before deciding that I didn’t have the requisite experience, and even if I did, they might connect my real name to this one. Since I tend to come off as an asshole around here, I decided to hold off.

    I’d say it’s a safe bet that future staff members will never be former commenters.

    By the way, I STILL cannot make any comments over there. Here at my work computer, I do have the fields for “name” and “email” and whatnot, but still, whenever I try to post a comment it disappears. Do any of y’all have any idea what I am doing wrong?

    I keep hearing how computers will make life so very much better and easier. I am still waiting for that to apply to me.

  37. anon2:

    What about a clean windshield and a shoeshine?

    Over.

  38. anon2,

    DO you put that into your hot rod lincoln?

  39. Over on Grylliade, Number 6 and I are posting our fantasy Reason job interviews. Here’s mine:

    RG: Are you the same Jennifer who used to be a stripper?

    Me: Well. . .

    RG: The former pothead who once posted that a good way to fight back against random bag searches on the subway would be to keep used feminine-hygiene supplies in your purse?

    Me: Er. . .

    RG: And got banned from the site once?

    Me: Um. . .

    RG: And made an absolute fetish out of not-fucking Julian Sanchez?

    Me: That was a. . .

    RG: And keeps insulting St. Ayn of Rand?

    Me: Not for three solid hours, at least.

    RG: And you thought we’d hire you?

    Me: Well, if I didn’t occasionally hope for the impossible I wouldn’t be a fucking libertarian in the first place now, would I?

    RG: Cursing during a job interview. Yeah, that’s impressive.

  40. We’re marching, marching to Shibboleth,
    With the Eagle and the Sword!
    We’re praising Zion ’til her death,
    Until we meet our last reward!

  41. You my pappy? Drink much?

  42. PHilLIP-I guess maybe ‘asshole’ is the wrong term. My comments here do tend to be very off-the-cuff and don’t represent my thinking as I would want it evaluated by a place like Reason. Also, there’s the whole not fucking Julian Sanchez thing. Had I taken the job Liberty offered me and worked there for a few years, sending Reason a resume might have made more sense.
    Right now, I suspect they’d simply release the hounds on me.

  43. Glory, glory, hallelujah,
    Glory, glory, hallelujah,
    This blog goes marching on.

    This blog’s gone to be a soldier in the Army of Lord … Acton,
    Its gone to be a soldier in the Army of Lord … Acton,
    This blog goes marching on.

  44. Congratulations, Jennifer!

    BTW, I never thought about it, but how could someone be high if they’re dry?

    Ruthless,

    I’m not sure, but I think this might be an explicit sexual metaphor for the male member.

  45. Get thee behind me!

  46. Number 6,

    So, are you saying that I am an asshole? Is that what you are getting at? 🙂

    Had I taken the job Liberty offered me and worked there for a few years, sending Reason a resume might have made more sense.

    Couldn’t you “freelance” for Reason, Liberty, etc. (or whatever the proper term for that is)?

  47. Kudos to you, Jennifer!

  48. Hee, J and J, you have such a 21st-century relationship.

    Jennifer, any other site is lucky to get you writing for them! That’s a good, thought-provoking post you’ve got over there, by the way.

  49. ‘I’m not sure, but I think this might be an explicit sexual metaphor for the male member.”

    smacky,
    For it to remain “high,” it must come into contact with wetness… pretty quickly in my case.

    Whatever, smacky, thanks for ‘splainin’.

    And Jennifer, you rock!

  50. PHilLIP- For Liberty, almost certainly. Reason is, I imagine, a bit tougher to get into. These days, it’s more a question of motivation, or the lack thereof.

  51. Jennifer, any other site is lucky to get you writing for them! That’s a good, thought-provoking post you’ve got over there, by the way.

    Thank you, Bee and everybody else. But seriously: I cannot comment over there. Can’t do it from home, can’t do it from work. Anybody have an idea why? Something on my computer I need to undo, maybe?

    I’m used to having comments disappear from this particular board. I accept it with a certain equanimity, even. But now I’m having comments disappear from a board over which I have admin powers! Christ, if I became Superman the whole world would turn into kryptonite.

  52. Don’t be gettin all “high and dry”!

  53. I was always dry when I got high, Ruthless, mainly because it’s damned difficult to smoke a bong when you’re in the shower.

  54. Jennifer, call me on my cell re: comments.

  55. ohhhhhhhhhhh!
    Hot wet redhead in a steamy shower.

    I don’t smoke and yet I feel the desire for a cigarette.

    Thanks, Jennifer.

  56. Number 6,

    An editor here asked me to send in an article one time (this was back when I was French – so the offer is probably null and void at this point). I’ve kicked the idea of sending in stuff to libertarian magazines for some extra cash; I dunno how doable that is though and I have no experience with writing outside of my poetry journal, whatever odd short stories I write and academic writing.

  57. poetry journal?

    so PL,
    Is your long name Percy Dovetonsils in Latin?

  58. Have fun, Jennifer. We’re all so proud–just don’t screw up 🙂

    A couple of shots in the dark on your comments problem: (1) Are you using Firefox? Try IE if that’s the case. (2) Could your firewall be blocking something? I’ve had weird moments with workplace firewalls.

    You would’ve gotten the Reason gig, but they like their staffers to look good in the shower 🙂 Actually, I’m sure that you do, but I’ll spare Jeff any more humiliation. Last to know, indeed.

  59. Ruthless,

    Yes, I write terrible poetry for myself, and myself alone.

    Is your long name Percy Dovetonsils in Latin?

    favete lingus

  60. Actually, I’m sure that you do, but I’ll spare Jeff any more humiliation. Last to know, indeed.

    I was going to tell him today! I was! I was! But I slept in this morning since I have to work tonight, and by the time I woke up the news was already out there.

    Seriously, I did not know that my little guest-post thing would get any attention from anybody. Had I known, I’d’ve said something to Jeff beforehand.

    I am using IE, and as I said I can’t comment from work or home. At home I don’t have the fields to fill in; at work I do, but when I try to post something it all disappears as soon as I hit the button.

    I suspect it might have something to do with my e-mail address; every time somebody posts a comment I get an e-mail telling me about it. Maybe that has something to do with it? Later on I’ll try posting a comment with a different address, perhaps.

  61. The blogosphere seems rather incestuous to me.

  62. Thinking Out Loud,

    Wasn’t that Matt Welch’s (?) conclusion in the “warblogger” article?

  63. “The blogosphere seems rather incestuous to me.”

    Is there a problem?

  64. I happen to possess a few specimens of Gunnels’ poetry. Here’s one called “Love Song #23”:

    Note that
    Shannon Love
    is quite adept at positing
    rather silly claims here

    For example
    witness her recent attempt
    to claim that the advent of firearms lead
    to the decentralization of military power
    in the West

  65. Jennifer,

    It’s cool how you threw your question to your Commenters (dig the capital C!!) and didn’t even say, “Discuss”!!

    You clearly haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be one of the peons!!

    Well, not yet anyway…

  66. Jesse,

    THAT WAS CRUEL.

    And very funny.

  67. 69’ed!

    Maybe I’ll start 69’ing over at Jennifer’s new blog, too.

  68. Jesse Walker,

    Ha ha ha. I feel slightly singed.

    Anyway, I think a lot of people actually miss Shannon Love. She was one of the more adept “pro-war”* bloggers here.

    *This likely isnt a particularly accurate description of her views, but it is a good shorthand I suppose.

  69. smacky,
    I guess that’s better than 666’ing her?

  70. Ruthless,

    I suppose so. I’ll reserve that treatment for you.

  71. I tried posting something about 69’s, smacky, and Jennifer, but the damn server wouldn’t take it.

    I suppose that’s for the best, though. 🙂

  72. FWIW, Shannon Love is a guy.

  73. fyodor,

    Huh. I didn’t know (obviously).

    How did you come upon this information, BTW?

  74. FWIW, Shannon Love is a guy.

    Wow. I’m pretty sure that other posters have referred to Shannon as “she” and “her” on many occasions. If you’re right then I assume that he has been getting quite a little laugh out of our mistaken assumptions.

    Then again, I’ve made a number of wrong assumptions about Shannon Love, including my assumption that he was some sort of expert in espionage and counter-terrorism. All of those “Anybody who works in the intelligence business knows that…” and “It has always been my experience that…” posts.

    The lesson? Never make assumptions about Shannon Love.

  75. Shannon said so, most likely on a Hit & Run thread (he also had his own blog which I visited a few times when my blood pressure needed raising), and likely to me, though I’m not sure. I don’t have a link, so you’re free to think I’m hallucinating, and maybe I am, but I assure you that I distinctly remember it happen. Not clearly, but distinctly. On his own blog I think he made references to his wife. There were definitely times on H&R that he let it slide, so, yeah…

  76. thoreau,

    …including my assumption that he was some sort of expert in espionage and counter-terrorism.

    He’s a biologist as far as I know.

  77. he also had his own blog which I visited a few times when my blood pressure needed raising

    Was this “Chicago Boys” or something? I vaguely remember Shannon linking to a blog dedicated to Chicago School economists, although I could be totally wrong there.

    Anyway, you shouldn’t trust your vague memories on this, fyodor. Anybody who works in the neuroscience field can tell you that memory is notoriously unreliable. It has always been my experience that what people recall depends on factors totally unrelated to the event in question.

    🙂

  78. Shannon Love is one of the bloggers at chicagoboyz.net. He or she does not have any posts on the front page right now, but you can see his or her posts in the archives there.

  79. Shannon Love is male. I remember him saying so, and I remembered to make a mental note of it so I wouldn’t embarrass myself by referring to him as her.

    This has been the most enjoyable thread I’ve read here in a while. Thanks guys! I feel all warm & fuzzy!

  80. linguist,

    Why is that?

  81. Thanks for the confirmation, linguist! Especially in light of thoreau’s pertinent observations on memory! Which I wholeheartily agree with despite his baffling smiley at the end of his post. Maybe he meant the smiley to mean “no offense”. But no joke, thoreau, memory sucks!!

  82. fyodor-

    I was serious about memory, I have indeed heard that memory is unreliable. But it’s nothing I have expertise in, just something I’ve heard. The joke meriting the smiley face was the style that I used: “Anybody who works in the field of….In my experience, I have often found that…”

  83. Yeah, memory sucks. When I was a crim. jus. major, that was a big thing we’d study – how unreliable eye-witness testimony could be and how you could even manipulate another person’s “memory” if you knew what you were doing. Not to mention the odd ability of some (or is it most?) people to be able to completely convince themselves of things that aren’t true for a variety of reasons – mostly as a coping mechanism, though.

    I wasn’t super interested in that aspect of my studies, so I don’t remember too much, only enough to confirm what ya’ll are saying, thoreau and fyodor.

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