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May 18, 2004

How and Why I am an Idiot

It's my belief that the verb "to fritter," as in "to fritter away one's life," did not truly come into its own until the invention of the internet. True, people frittered away their lives in the past, just as people flew across the Atlantic before the invention of the jet engine. But the internet has made it possible to fritter away your life with an ease and comfort never before known.

If you want to see an example of my own attempts in this area, go here. Search for "Jon."

The only thing I can offer in my defense is that I'm so familiar with these subjects that this took me less time than it may appear. But still.

Posted at May 18, 2004 11:58 PM | TrackBack

There are more and more people stepping up fritter in that fashion and that's a good thing. It's nice to see the screeds of paranoid jingoists thoroughly deflated.

Posted by: Harry at May 19, 2004 05:09 AM


I agree it's good in theory. But in general I feel we should be out in the real world more. That's what will make the difference in the long run.

And that's why I started this website.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at May 19, 2004 05:50 PM

But hey, it looks like you're making cash off of it:
"I sometimes wonder that too. But some of them are for real -- for instance, Sebastian Holsclaw, whom I took the $100 off of. Plus another guy whom I bet $1000 that no more than minimal amounts of old WMD would be found in Iraq by April 30 of this year. "
Porn and betting- the only things that make money on the Internet!

Posted by: Sonicg at May 19, 2004 08:50 PM


Yes. Of course, what's even more lucrative on the internet is betting about porn. Followed closely by porn about betting.

Were those people arguing with me bizarrely unable to use English, or was it just me?

Also, what would be some titles of porn about betting?

Doubledown on 18
Three Cherries

Eh, not so good.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at May 24, 2004 09:51 PM