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That’s some catch, that Catch-22

Woman’s Last Stand: Dodge Charger Commercial Spoof (via mackenziefegan, which I learned of via ScareHouseScott)

The sad thing is that the more we keep talking about the original ad, the more effective it will have been. But not talking about how unoriginal and hackneyed its theme is comes across as accepting it as correct.

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. ‘Orr’ was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” Yossarian observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

Whaddaya think?

I’ve been planning for some time to revamp the layout of this website.

The BlogHer ads are going to go, for example. I don’t think they’re tuned to the readership of this site, and they come loaded with stringent requirements that make it hard to do many other things. The sidebar needs an overhaul, and maybe there should be two sidebars, and so on.

While the BlogHer ads aren’t interesting, I think there may be some other ads that would be of interest. But then again, maybe ads — even well-tuned ads — would just clutter up the site.

Ultimately, what I think about the site matters much less than what you, Dear Reader, think of it. So now is the time for me to ask your opinion.

Can you imagine any ads that would provide value for you?

Or maybe a list of recommended books/music/films/etc. with my notes and links to buy them? Or do you get that kind of information elsewhere?

Google does send a lot of people here, so maybe I should post some ads/links to send those people to the items they actually want (apparently: 80s style workout attire, information about Drambuie and Frangelico, and info on how to make really strong coffee, plus of course information on pretty hats; also today someone arrived here from the search "are all of the good men taken?" which is kind of heartbreaking).

And aside from ads, what else would you like to find on this site?