As of yesterday, Pajama Media’s editorial board is missing one member.


Simple decision, really. PM needs people who can devote themselves full-time to rescuing the project after a launch that was, to say the least, problematic. It would be wrong for me to continue any involvement without being able to help to that extent. Hopefully PM will turn things around; I’d love to see it succeed. Meanwhile, in other semi-related US/Pajamas developments:

* The completely wonderful Emmanuelle Richard (who yesterday wore a t-shirt bearing the slogan “Childless Whore”) captures my and Matt Welch’s delight upon hearing the tune Wake Up America;

* James Lileks tells the story of a Thanksgiving I won’t soon forget, God bless his beautiful family;

* Clive Davis admits that I was right all along about jet-lag cures;

* Young Curmudgeon libellously claims that I’m “nice” and “friendly”;

* Alarming News is similarly loose with the facts;

* Kesher Talk even ventures that I’m courteous;

* And La Shawn Barber also will be a target of my planned class-action libel suit.

* Just as well Dr Alice hasn’t posted anything yet. The Doc turned up last night at the Welch/Richard compound to reveal many insider LA medico stories; another absolutely sweet Angeleno.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/28/2005 at 06:37 AM
  1. Well Tim.  I think you’re well out of it.  I predicted that there would soon be a defector, but I had my money on a certain brilliant law professor.  No matter, the second part of my prediction, that the first defection would be followed by a mass diving-for-the-doors, may yet prove true.

    Good luck to you.  I feel a lot closer to our far flung family in the outer ring of the antipodes by checking in with your blog everyday and would dearly love to come for a visit to meet the Aussie members of our Anglosphere family.  It’s great knowing you’re out there watching our back.

    Posted by blerp on 2005 11 28 at 08:46 AM • permalink

  2. Prononcez Tim Bleah?  Sacre Bleu!

    Posted by slammer on 2005 11 28 at 08:57 AM • permalink

  3. I still think it’s creepy that you know Lileks.

    I’d sort of hoped someday to introduce you two.

    Posted by Rittenhouse on 2005 11 28 at 10:05 AM • permalink

  4. Sex fgollowed by a good sleep cures jet-lag. nothing else.

    Posted by Susan Norton on 2005 11 28 at 10:07 AM • permalink

  5. Thanks Tim! I had a great time. Too sleep-deprived to post yesterday. But, um, compared to Australian jet lag I guess that excuse won’t wash. :)

    Posted by Dr Alice on 2005 11 28 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  6. Well, our betters in the media said you were oafish and infantile, not stupid.

    And I gather you went straight to work from the airport and haven’t had a good look at what Wronwright did to your house…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 28 at 11:33 AM • permalink

  7. I had hoped Pajamas Media would be a smashing success, if only to stick it in the eye of the MSM.  Oh well, no pain no gain, eh?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 28 at 11:47 AM • permalink

  8. Well, Tim, you have a chance to salvage your reputation when you go to Austin. enough Shiners ought to do it.

    I am here for Thanksgiving and having a wonderful time hiking in the greenbelt in 80 degree weather.

    Posted by Yehudit on 2005 11 28 at 12:27 PM • permalink

  9. Tim, loved the Lileks Thanksgiving Day Podcast, starring yourself - I could feeel the luurrve.  And the Modo, sorry, that’s Dodo testicles sounded delicious.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2005 11 28 at 06:09 PM • permalink

  10. Tim, I’m glad Lileks provided a sobering family atmosphere after all those hookers and smokers and drinkers in New York. What a pity you couldn’t have stayed there with a nice family, one to look after your best moral interests.

    Posted by Phranger on 2005 11 28 at 06:48 PM • permalink

  11. I truly do wish the Pajama’s crew the best, but I’m sure glad you’re out of it, Tim.

    Posted by Sortelli on 2005 11 28 at 06:48 PM • permalink

  12. The Pajamas thing confuses me. I confess this unwillingly, but I don’t completely understand the idea of founding an alternative media which might, once established, become exactly like that which caused it to be: MSM. Do I have this wrong? Aren’t the members of the blogosphere too independent (read: weird) to work together except to meet once a year in places like New York or Sydney where the liquor is plentiful and the hookers speak English? I’ve always thought of it as a maverick confederacy with no strong central government. Like Tim, I’d scarper (is that a right usage of strine there? Plz correct if wrong).

    Posted by ekw on 2005 11 28 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  13. ekw—that’s because you don’t understand the groundbreaking importance of using the Internet to tell the world that Harry Potter is Boffo, turkeys should never be deep-fryed indoors, and that parades need to be live-blogged…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 28 at 09:09 PM • permalink

  14. ekw, “scarper” is more English than Oz.
    A more mellifluous term for running away quickly is to shoot through like a Bondi tram, which is a bit strange, as the last tram to Bondi ran in 1960.

    But then again, Strine has never had any rules, it just gets made up as we go along.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2005 11 28 at 09:17 PM • permalink

  15. #4
    Are you sure you don’t have a one-track mind, Susan? Here’s a short poem, apropos of your recent vacation on “Rotto”

    Susan said “My weekend hit a snag
    Had the sleep but missed out on the shag
    Just as well on this earth
    Rotto’s quite close to Perth
    Or I might have to cope with jet lag”

    Posted by BS on 2005 11 28 at 09:46 PM • permalink

  16. (shoots through like a Bondi tram)

    Got it. Thanks. I was thinking over the use of the verb, to root. Thr meaning which we use it is described in the American Oxford Dictionary as something called a phrasal verb, thusly:

    root for informal support or
    hope for the success of (a
    person or group entering a
    contest or undertaking a
    challenge): the whole of this
    club is rooting for him.

    root someone on, informal
    cheer or spur someone on:
    his mother rooted him on
    enthusiastically from ringside.

    ORIGIN: Old English wrätan,
    of Germanic origin; related
    to Old English wrät ‘snout,’
    German Rüssel ‘snout,’ and
    perhaps ultimately to Latin
    rodere ‘gnaw.’

    I now see the hilarity of the mother rooting her son on. Thanks a lot for ruining my life with this peculiarly Australian meaning. I do remember using the word “root” as a slang word for cock, back in the Sixties. As a verb, sorry,  phrasal verb, well, thinking of a pig snouting about, and the Latin thing, “gnaw.” Mmm-hmm. Yup. Makes perfect sense. I’m convinced. Rooting = drunken, perverse sexual congress. Now, as to the meaning of “congress”...

    Posted by ekw on 2005 11 28 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  17. I’m glad you’re out—you are one of my favorite wild men of the internet.  I shudder at the thought of you trussed up tight in the corporate suit…

    Posted by Patricia on 2005 11 28 at 11:06 PM • permalink

  18. But Tim LIKES being trussed up…and any Australian conservative that consistently claims to be drinking chardonnay to reclaim it from the left, well, we all know what happens to them, don’t we?

    Posted by CB on 2005 11 29 at 08:36 PM • permalink

  19. Tim, let me get this straight… You’re going to sue all those people who called you a nice guy, and you’re not suing the one who called you a surly SOB?

    Jeez, maybe you’re a surly SOB after all.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2005 12 01 at 11:02 PM • permalink

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