Monthly Archives: December 2005

John Spencer: 1946-2005

John Spencer
John Spencer died of a heart attack on Friday. He was 58. He has played one of my favorite characters on The West Wing since it came on the air. His character, Leo McGarey, was being set up to be the new vice president on the show after the election later this season.

This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey, you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole. Can you help me out?” The priest writes a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can you help me Out” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you nuts? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before – and I know the way out.” — Leo McGarry (John Spencer), The West Wing

American Currency is Ugly.

American Paper Currency is Ugly. It always has been, and apparently always will be. Yes, the new bills that have some color in them are nice, but, they’re still ugly. Compare a US $20 bill…
US $20 Bill, FrontUS $20 Bill, Back
… with the newly selected design of the Swiss 20 franc note…
Swiss 20 franc, front Swiss 20 franc, back.

Your honor, the prosecution rests.

I mean, seriously. Look at it! It’s pretty! I’d want to have them in my wallet. Hell, I’ve been trying to score a £20 note for years simply because it’s music themed. Some of the other new francs have images of a embryo, the AIDS virus, and a skull. They’re all very colorful, contain a ton of security measures (including microperfs, small holes in the paper), color shifting ink, two-toned ultraviolet reactions, and more.

I know it’s a pipe dream that the US will jump on the neat currency bandwagon, less the world shudder like when the US announced a new $100 bill design. Until then, I’ll continue to pine for cooler currency

(via BoingBoing)