August 20, 2005

"She's the 800-pound hummingbird of the blogosphere."

Said about me.

17 comments:

Paul said...

I certainly buy it for one so diminutive in physical stature. You're the Big Bird of The Blogosphere, dress in yellow. I wish there were a blogographer© Althouse, around.

mcg said...

I know it's supposed to be a compliment, and certainly you are worthy of such. But even when I read it in context, it's just hard to see it :) An 800-pound hummingbird? When that bird flits, you get OUT OF THE WAY!

mcg said...

Hey, check it out, Blogger does that funny word-based verification thingy now. cool.

Meade said...

Okay but let's get the image right: an 800-pound hummingbird, blogging interstate while burning up the miles in her silvery TT and sporting a fetchingly sassy new haircut... a mind-expanding blogging experiment of one: tuned in, turned on, synapses afire.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Ann Althouse said...

MCG: Yes, you have to turn it on. Go to settings, then commenting. I'm just fending off the spambots.

Elizabeth said...

Is that like "she's a big woman, but she's light on her feet"?

Ron said...

Wow I hope there is no connection back to the old "Do I look fat" thread!

Yikes!

ziemer said...

its a good thing to be compared to a bird. any bird.

consider the disgusting alternatives.

Troy said...

I'm glad you're an 800 lb. hummingbird -- just stay away from my car windows -- and my hummingbird feeder for that matter. I can't afford the sugar water bill (besides the monthly check to Juicy Juice for my kids).

Ann Althouse said...

Ron: Yeah. This post is making me look fat. I was considering this quote for the masthead, but...

amba said...

LOL. It was just the 800-pound gorilla thing. I was driven to the absurdity of it, wanting to say that Ann was a rather formidable and dominant hummingbird, an agile-minded heavyweight in the blogosphere, and then the gorilla expression came to mind . . . but I agree, it does create a bizarre and distracting and ridiculous visual image.

Ann Althouse said...

Amba: That's the trouble with concrete imagery... people get pictures and start thinking about them.

Ron said...

Ann: I vote for putting the quote on the masthead; who else would have such a thing?

Better than "She's the Glenn or Glenda of Instapundit."

Ron said...

How's about:
"Ann Althouse -- she's like Jessica Alba only waaaay smarter."

Better than an 800 pound hummingbird, I guess!

amba said...

Interesting. We women DO want to be powerful and influential -- but if the metaphor is bigness, we back away. . . . Peculiar to our culture?

In this one's defense, it's so absurd it CAN'T be taken literally. You see the image, then you shake your head and send it away.

Charles said...

As strange backhand compliments go, I suppose it was meant well - perhaps poorly executed. On the masthead? Don't think so. Surely there are better ones out there.

amba said...

Come on. Ann got it as the total compliment it was -- in context. Out of context, though . . . it's grotesque. Even scary.