January 23, 2009

You can't ask questions in here! This is the press room!

Ha ha. Funny — or scary — how often "Dr. Strangelove" allusions have been coming up.

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I've made a "Dr. Strangelove" tag. There are now 12 movies I've done tags for. I suppose I should have done more along the way. When I first started doing tags, I tried to make them very general, using "movies" over and over, until it's up over 1000 posts (and is the second largest tag here). It becomes useless at that point to anyone but me, because you can only display one page of posts by clicking on the tag, and the lack of specificity makes it rather uninteresting anyway. I'm into specific tags now. I like the way they dig up diverse old stuff. I made "beer" a tag today. That's part of my effort to be specific about food and drink, instead of just "food" and "drinking." And the old "animals" tag is uselessly large. Even "dogs" is large. I've made "poodle"! Another stupidly large tag is "Obama" — closing in on 1000. I've started all sorts of sub-Obama tags like "Obama is like Bush," but it's hard to remember to use them all. There's no need for you to appreciate any of this. I'm mainly amusing myself.

40 comments:

Joe said...

I'm devastated. I always assumed there was an Althouse Master List of tags, continuously reviewed, updated and consulted, and that no post was ever made public until all tag possibilities were exhausted.

Sometimes it's best not to know what happens behind the scenes.

Original Mike said...

But he'll see everything! He'll see the Big Board! (OT, maybe, but I've always loved that line.)

dbp said...

"I'm mainly amusing myself."

That is the beauty of the blog. Before all this existed, you might fill a notebook with thoughts and it truly would only amuse you.

Now you entertain us and the comments sometimes amuse you.

Meade said...

"There's no need for you to appreciate any of this. I'm mainly amusing myself."

You really do need a boyfriend.

Or at least a dog.

Trooper York said...
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Pogo said...

This author has been removed by the post.

Host with the Most said...

This removal was posted by the author

Host with the Most said...

The author's intelligence is one step removed from a post

Host with the Most said...

Posts is Good! Theys Full of Vitamins!

Author's not so much.

Host with the Most said...

Titus will now speak on "removal".

Revenant said...

You need a "tags" tag, for posts about tags.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann,

I know exactly what you mean, but it's hard to know what to do with tags until you get there. I've tried to wheedle them down but, as you've said, they become useless as just "books" or something. The cool thing about my subject (cultism) is these idiots are always up to *something* so even though I may think I'm making a tag for a one-off, like a book by Luna Tarlo, her son is the crazy cult leader, Andrew Cohen, so his name will show up in the oddest of places. Anyway, now I just make tags without a thought, and if the list gets huge, so be it.

I appreciate this post because, as a blogger, it's a subject I've never seen addressed.

SteveR said...

My town has an ordinance against tagging. They'll make you clean it up with a toothbrush.

Rohan said...

I don't bother with tags. I think that if you're really interested in a topic, doing a search will pull up all posts on that topic.

It's at least as good as manually tagging, and a lot less work.

Doyle said...
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HelenParr said...

Andrew Cohen. Is he a Never-Slept-With-Cohen or not?

JohnAnnArbor said...

You need a taxonomy of tags, clearly. A hierarchical system, perhaps?

Trooper York said...

You don't want to become a tag hag.

Then a bunch of people will hang around just waiting to get validated by being acknowledged and getting a tag.....oh wait a minute....nevermind.

ricpic said...

With the exception of blacks and his hard left followers Obama's I am royalty shtick is gonna wear thin fast with ordinary Americans.

Keep it up you vainglorious zero. 2010 can't come fast enough.

jdeeripper said...

"This is worse than the Middle East," he joked, alluding to the territorial claims staked on the cramped corridor. "Who's sitting where and all that stuff."

Great. Can you imagine Bush or ANY Republican joking like that and not getting flailed mercilessly for it.

This is what the Arab world sees and seethes about.

Crimso said...

Was just flipping through the channels and saw that "Dr. Strangelove, etc. etc." is on Turner Classic Movies in about 40 min. Haven't watched it start-to-finish in many years, but now feel I must. It's like I'm being sucked into a vortex or something...

Lem said...

Lame Tag..

Consider yourself warned.

Lem said...

OT..

If they could do this to a governor, they could do this to anybody..

Blago has become a self parody.

Original George said...

Dr. Strangelove is on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 8 p.o.e.

vbspurs said...

Dr. Strangelove is on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 8 p.o.e.

Oh. Nice! Thanks OG.

My father is the most intelligent guy I ever met. He's really a genius. But like many young people in the '60s, he was overly impressed by Dr. Strangelove.

He really and truly believes that the way the world worked was that the US President picked up a phone, and he coordinated world events with his Soviet enemy.

Hello, Dmitri?

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Robert Osbourne is on. I wonder if Titus would do him.

Chip Ahoy said...

This removed post author the by was.

Wait, here oh! still It's.

Chip Ahoy said...

I have my own take on the press room umbrage, which I just now tweetled, just in case you're a tweetler, it's the same thing.

jeff said...

"Robert Osbourne is on. I wonder if Titus would do him."

Depends on his hog I guess.

Although what his motorcycle has to do with anything is beyond me.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

We also need tags for hanging tags, dimpled tags and pregnant tags.

Michael H said...

Isn't there a Dewey Tag System? A library science major a the Univ of Bucky could help answer that.

Library science. Now there's a tough major.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Library science. Now there's a tough major.

And your sarcasm is based on what?

Michael H said...

Library science. Now there's a tough major.

And your sarcasm is based on what?


Engineering.

And your defensiveness is based on what?

Kirk Parker said...

"There are now 12 movies I've done tags for."

But still nothing for Hot Shots Part Deux? What's up with that???

Original George said...

We'll meet again. Don't know where. Don't know when.

So will you please say "Hello"
To the folks that I know?
Tell them I won't be long.

"The bomb has almost no reality and has become a complete abstraction, represented by a few newsreel shots of mushroom clouds."


-Stanley Kubrick

Tom Perkins said...

jdeeripper wrote:

"This is what the Arab world sees and seethes about."

Then they need to give up on destroying Israel, eliminate Hamas and probably Fatah, then representatively create Western style rule-of-law. Then they'll quit seeing things like that.

BlogDog said...

I'm already working on the new version:
"Dr. Changegov, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bama"

comatus said...

"Before all this existed, you might fill a notebook with thoughts and it truly would only amuse you."

Not a notebook. File cards, 3 by 5. With little index markers on the top, to sort them by subject, which were called (wait for it): tags. Any library science major could tell you that.

Now an engineer might not know...

Jim C. said...

Joe and BlogDog, just freakin' brilliant! ROFLMAO!

If only SNL could write something that funny.

Wes said...

I think the term is "strangelovian." Really, google it and you'll find it.