Dude and Dude Time Capsules: Week 4

The Dudes, with their abject failure of a literary agent, O Ceallaigh (aka OC and The Amoeba), first descended onto the blogosphere from a rented room in Berkeley, California on New Year’s Day in 2006. They’ve moved from California to Maine to Washington to Hawaii to Washington again to Hawaii again (where they’ve finally managed to stay put, for now anyway), picking up a Quilly along the way. They’ve stayed on the blogosphere (on four different sites, two of which have since vanished), while the thing that was the blogosphere in 2006 moved to Facebook to Youtube to Twitter to Instagram to Tiktok. And a lot of, um, stuff has gone down. O Ceallaigh thought it might amuse someone out there to see just what kind of stuff has gone down over the last fifteen years, and how it looked at the time to OC and the Dudes and their gaggle of weird buddies.


One year ago this week.  Amoeba’s Lorica: The Thread On Which It Hangs

Five years ago.  Amoeba’s Lorica: Meme-ories 8 (Taking Exception)

Ten years ago.  Reg and Syd: Aurora Borealis

Fifteen years ago.  In Every Amoeba, There’s a Joe Six-Pack Trying To Get Out


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Dude and Dude: The Big “D”

“Dude?”

“Yeah?”

“Wuzzat?”

“New poster, dude. Can’t drive down tha street noplace wit’out seein’ a bunch ‘a ’em on trucks an’ cars an’ stuff, so I got one fer tha pad.”

“A.K.”

“O.K. whut?”

“Not ‘O.K.’ ‘A.K.’ As in, howcum ya didn’t get one wit’ tha pic a tha AK-47 on it?”

“‘Cause it ain’t a AK-47, it’s a AR-15. ‘Cause ‘Murica. An’ I didn’ get one a those ’cause I didn’ feel like shootin’ up taday.”

“Ya mean, shootin’ up bullets?

“Shut up, dude …”

“Ya wish, dude. ‘Cause I gotta question.

“Ain’t they worked out a vaccine fer that yet?

“An’ if’n it costs as much an’ works as little as tha COVID vaccines?”

“Don’ go there …”

“Dude, stop worryin’ ’bout fake news, yeah? They ain’t no real news no more, dig? ‘Specially none that nobody’ll buy. So, what’s a ‘Fend’?

“Say whut?

Whut’s a ‘Fend’? Ya know, ya deBug sumthin’, ya try ta get alla tha bugs outa it. So whut’s this fend ever’body’s tryin’ ta get rid a?”

“They’s tryin’ ta get ya ta take a shower, dude.”

“Riight. Where’m I saposed ta take it?”

“Someplace so’s ya won’t of-FEND so much, dude! Sheesh. Where ‘n how do ya come up wit’ this stuff, huh? They ain’t tryin’ ta get ya ta get rid a anythin’, they’s tryin’ ta get ya ready fer sumthin’. Namely gettin’ ya all riled up an’ ready fer a defense!

“Well, dammit, dude, why didn’t ya jus’ come out an’ say so? Defense Hawaii makes perfect sense. Ya take all tha fences offa island properties and yer done! Though I don’t know how that’s gonna make tha cattle ranchers happy. Ya ain’t got fences, yer gonna get cows tryin’ ta horn in on tha deals at Costco and Walmart. Could mess up traffic.”

“That ain’t tha half a it, dude.”

“It ain’t?”

“Nah. Ya ain’t got no fences, how’re ya gonna keep tha tourists from wanderin’ where they shouldn’t, yeah? Hard ’nuff tryin’ ta keep ’em doin’ whut they should. Didn’t some poet dude write sumthin’ ’bout good fences make good neighbors?

“Only if’n their prices ain’t too high, an’ they ain’t ripped off tha wrong ‘ohana. Dude, I thought you wuz talkin’ ’bout deFENDing Hawaii, not deFUNDing it! So howcum yer haulin’ off on tha tourists all a a sudden? Ya want us ta be livin’ in tents on tha beach?”

“Karma, dude. Afta years a takin’ tha tents away from tha homeless, now they’s puttin’ peeps back in ’em.”

“Includin’ us?!?

“Virtually.”

“[…] Cute, dude. Cute.”

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Dude and Dude Time Capsules: Week 3

The Dudes, with their abject failure of a literary agent, O Ceallaigh (aka OC and The Amoeba), first descended onto the blogosphere from a rented room in Berkeley, California on New Year’s Day in 2006. They’ve moved from California to Maine to Washington to Hawaii to Washington again to Hawaii again (where they’ve finally managed to stay put, for now anyway), picking up a Quilly along the way. They’ve stayed on the blogosphere (on four different sites, two of which have since vanished), while the thing that was the blogosphere in 2006 moved to Facebook to Youtube to Twitter to Instagram to Tiktok. And a lot of, um, stuff has gone down. O Ceallaigh thought it might amuse someone out there to see just what kind of stuff has gone down over the last fifteen years, and how it looked at the time to OC and the Dudes and their gaggle of weird buddies.


One year ago this week.  Amoeba’s Lorica: One Fine Day at the Filling Station

Two years ago.  AI: Election Results

Five years ago.  Dude and Dude: Apollo-ver the Town

Ten years ago.  Dude and Dude: The Dole-drums

Fifteen years ago.  Dude and Dude: Choice


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