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Shaenon: Okay, I didn't have a new wallpaper design last month, but I hope you'll forgive me and enjoy the May wallpaper, up in time for my birthday weekend.

As usual, if you make a donation in any amount to the Skin Horse Tip Jar, I will send you a link to the wallpaper. Each wallpaper design comes in two different aspect ratios (regular screen and widescreen) to fit most computer monitors, and in both Mac-friendly and PC-friendly orientations. Here's the wallpaper page.

Channing: ...Sweetheart is looking at us. I hope she approves of what she sees, although I admit the odds of this are not good.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

I'll go put on a nicer shirt.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: So Tip fulfilled his dream. I wonder how long it'll last?

And: Happy Birthday!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Macavity" from "Cats", Andrew Lloyd Webber and T. S. Eliot)

This federal facility is hidden from the eyes
Of journalists and auditors and other nosy guys ...
From quitting time on Friday 'til the Monday morning dawn,
If you know where to find the place, a party's going on!

Facility, Facility!  The secret Fed facility
Where federal employees can abandon their civility!
On Friday nights, we're dancing to the DJ and his crew;
There's Disco Party Saturdays, with karaoke too;
On Sundays, there's a champagne brunch with hors d'oeuvres to devour;
And well drinks for a dollar every weeknight Happy Hour!

Facility, Facility!  The secret Fed facility!
For handicapped employees, it's got full accessability!
It's always open 'round the clock, the doorway never shuts!
When Wilkin sings Madonna, then the crowd is going nuts!
Investigative journalists are searching in despair,
Each time they think they've got a lead ...
    The party ...
        Isn't ...

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Sweetheart's dark glasses are 'almost' as cool as goggles.  ;-)

(And Unity look kinda 'hot' in a dress!) 

Sean Kinlin (seaking) says:

This image makes me think of the comic series "Mister X".  I think it's the shape of the glasses.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

re Ed; Somehow, at first I thought that you were riffing off of one of T. S. Eliot's cat poems.  (I've forgotten the name of the collection.)  Which, in turn, are wonderful homages to Kipling.  Which suggested to me that, in the spirit of Peter Bellemy, there's no reason that you can't filk directly from Kipling.  Which would raise substantially the number of your filks that meant much to me.  Since I'm pretty damn ignorant of popular music that's less than a century old.

(Not that your filks aren't generally awesome anyway, mind you!)

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

@Carl: "Macavity" is indeed originally from Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."  The Webber musical is an adaptation of the book.

The more you know! *ting*

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

@Carl:  Also, it seems to me from certain collections I have, that any poetry by Kipling is prima facie filk.  And therefor suitable both for performing in front of fen and for spawning filk of its own.


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