Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Yeah, that last one is probably the way to go. But here's another option: garments that let women disguise themselves as vending machines!
Genius. Leave it to the Japanese. Via.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I am sure you were probably on a time-sensitive, possibly life-saving mission to the Super Target. I myself was on a hunt for a double-wide cat scratcher and coffee creamer, so I'm not insensitive to urgent commerce quests. And I can well imagine how the lot's gauntlet of stop signs in such circumstances becomes frustrating; no doubt my poky insistence on coming to a complete stop at all of them—rather than plowing through the PetCo owners, pets, and HomeDepot do-it-yourselfers—ground on your very last nerve.
But, but, not withstanding all of the above. I would like to strongly suggest that it is stupid, nay, dangerous, in these situations for you to pour on the speed and pass me, freeway style, in the lane for oncoming traffic. Particularly when the aisles for parking are all on the left, and I'm about to turn. So that's why I followed up our interaction with the finger, cursing, and beeping.
Thanks for your attention in this matter.
It is obvious and wholly understandable that when people approach you they want to present themselves as separate from the herd: they are not aware that the more they attempt to be different the more they are in fact identical. When I had a crush on Donny Osmond I was convinced that if he could only get to know me he would discover that I was so different from everyone else around him that he would understand how we were meant for each other. This is Stance A, the Standard Defining Fan Feeling, and covers the beliefs of all fans from obsessive to faint admirer.God, I love the internets.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Those of you motoring to or through Chicago, good news: The Dan Ryan is done.
The worries of the rich affect us all, non-New York Times edition: Yes, it's hard to decorate that vacation home, and sure, you can't spend too much on building Fido's deluxe doghouse. But have you seriously considered the ethics of dividing your inheritance?
German septuagenarian "playboy" sues 19-year-old woman for refusing to sleep with him because "After all, there are laws against discrimination." Indeed there are, for just these injustices.
My master plan to groom a tiny fashionista meets societal disapprobation. I am undeterred.
1. chicken wire, pernice brothers
2. chalkhills and children, xtc
3. clubland, elvis costello and the attractions
4. ferris wheel, pernice brothers
5. i'm a honky tonk girl, loretta lynn
6. the child is gone, fiona apple
7. sex, the pipettes
8. sweet thing, rufus with chaka khan
9. age, x-ray spex
10. love on a farmboy's wages, xtc
Yay, Pernice Brothers! WOOt XTC! I swear, I really do have a lot more artists, but my iPod is apparently in a rut.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Rudy Giuliani is the guy you'd get if you put George Bush and Dick Cheney into a wine press and squeezed out their pure combined essence: unbounded arrogance and self-righteousness, a chip on his shoulder the size of a redwood, a studied contempt for anybody's opinion but his own, a vindictive streak a mile wide, and a devotion to secrecy and executive power unmatched in presidential history.
I don't suppose any of you have seen a bunch of important papers that I carefully put in a special place because I knew I would need them later?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Mine usually involves bloodshed and—I believe this part qualifies her for genius status, and I may hook her up to start doing my taxes—swatting my alarm clock.
Also, this, via Mamablue via Lynette. One of the lesser-known books of the bible, definitely of the Apocrypha:
An Ceiling Cat sawed that weedz ish teh good stuff, so, letz tehre be weed. (and catnipz 2, so wen i makes kittehs they can getz hai.)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
1. the bleeding heart show, new pornographers
2. we must have been out of our minds, george jones (with melba montgomery)
3. see in you, the album leaf
4. wherever i go, the album leaf
5. number two, pernice brothers
6. the promise, when in rome (napoleon dynamite soundtrack)
7. dig a pony, the beatles
8. energy, apples in stereo
9. stay, alison krauss and union station
10. folk singer, brendan benson
It's a strong showing for the Album Leaf, who obviously feel that Fridays require the mellow.
And fresh off the cd presses, this dude's latest (the top two tracks are on it) features someone a couple of us (okay, Lynette) know playing guitar.
Finally, if I ever get famous and find myself sitting down face-to-face with, say, Terry Gross, I will arrive with prepared notes and cards of killer jokes and will not, under any circumstances, turn out an interview like the poor dudes of Sigur Ros do here.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have a theory, uncontroversial though it may be. We are the geese being stuffed for the foie gras.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
In 2001, Orr lauded Bush's proposal to stop requiring federal employees' health insurance plans to cover birth control, telling the Washington Post, "We’re quite pleased because fertility is not a disease. It’s not a medical necessity that you have it."It goes without saying that her position involves overseeing reproductive health issues.
In a similar vein, but in a shocking contrast to expectations, African Americans "respond to other things besides race." You don't say?
And yet, fascinatingly, among black women, Clinton soundly beats Obama. Truly, it was all so much easier when everyone was white and had a penis.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
And any music geeks who haven't already seen Yacht Rock should hustle on over. My friend and I blew an afternoon at work once plowing through these. Smooooooth.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I must be well balanced. She started off counter when I got there, then I looked away to read and she was spinning clockwise. It was kind of transfixing.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
So I find it depressing to see that, still, despite efforts and in the face of attempts to dismantle affirmative action, elite colleges remain bastions of privilege:
Researchers with access to closely guarded college admissions data have found that, on the whole, about 15 percent of freshmen enrolled at America's highly selective colleges are white teens who failed to meet their institutions' minimum admissions standards.A portion of these kids are recruited athletes. But a larger share of them are kids with connections, who gained acceptance based on favors to donors, alumni, administration, faculty, or politicians.
Five years ago, two researchers working for the Educational Testing Service, Anthony Carnevale and Stephen Rose, took the academic profiles of students admitted into 146 colleges in the top two tiers of Barron's college guide and matched them up against the institutions' advertised requirements in terms of high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and records of involvement in extracurricular activities. White students who failed to make the grade on all counts were nearly twice as prevalent on such campuses as black and Hispanic students who received an admissions break based on their ethnicity or race.
And we all like to think we gained admission into our schools based on our own merit. The truth, however, by and large, is that
Except perhaps at the very summit of the applicant pile - that lofty place occupied by young people too brilliant for anyone in their right mind to turn down - colleges routinely favor those who have connections over those who don't. While some applicants gain admission by legitimately beating out their peers, many others get into exclusive colleges the same way people get into trendy night clubs, by knowing the management or flashing cash at the person manning the velvet rope.And it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle, with schools wooing children of people who can financially support the school later on:
Just 40 percent of the financial aid money being distributed by public colleges is going to students with documented financial need. Most such money is being used to offer merit-based scholarships or tuition discounts to potential recruits who can enhance a college's reputation, or appear likely to cover the rest of their tuition tab and to donate down the road.I find this all so disheartening. Given all of the doors that can be opened by attending an elite college, it's absurd that we're taking chances away from deserving, talented students from less monied backgrounds. But apart from being unjust, it's self-defeating for society.
Friday, October 12, 2007
2. punk, gorillaz
3. o my soul, big star
4. get him back, fiona apple
5. she's so modern, the boomtown rats
6. burgundy shoes, patty griffin
7. gone for good, the shins
8. the mariner's revenge song, the decemberists
9. one with the freaks, the notwist
10. it's all wrong but it's all right, laura lee
Hmm, the random music, eeez not so exciting today.
A Friday thought. I would like to inquire of random head-snapping or, in isolated incidences, harassing dudes on the street (not that any are represented here): how is it that my normal cloak of invisibility disappears when (1) I have the flu or severe allergies and feature a wad of tissues and a bright-red, runny nose or (2) it is cold, I am covered head to foot, and usually wearing something, if not exactly androgynous, not particularly exciting or sexxxay? I don't think this is atypical for women. One of life's eternal mysteries.
Another random Friday thought. Here's the point when you can stop kidding yourself that your eyesight without glasses or contacts isn't so bad that you can't get by without them. Say you're carrying a small armload of clothes to dump out and sort on the bed, and to make a neater pile, you dump them out onto the pile that's already there. When the already-existing pile turns out to be the cat, then you know you should probably ensure you have glasses at all times.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My life is such that one of the pleasures I have is new work gizmos. I know, it's sad. Pity me. So it was with great excitement that I anticipated the arrival of my honcho-chosen new computer to replace my 5-year-old one. Sure, I'd glanced at the spec sheet and given him vague feedback about more RAM when he was ordering. But otherwise, I trusted his judgment; he's a man who likes to stay on the cutting edge of technology.
When the box arrived, we all blinked. It was, well, massive. Bah, I scoffed. You know how they like to pack these things within fifty feet of styrofoam.
Tech Dude came today to try to set it up, wheeling away the box on a dolly to a distant back room. Moments later, he knocked on my door: "um, have you seen this thing?" No, I told him. Why, was something wrong? "Oh, no," he said quickly. "It's just a little . . . big. I'm not sure it's going to fit under your table."
So while Tech Dude was at lunch, my coworker and I raced down to peek into the room and behold it. Friends, it was the biggest computer I've ever seen. And it had red lights down the entire front. It looked like a skyscraper at night, lit by blood-red Halloween lights. It was garish, it was horrifying. It looked like I could misdirect government satellites in my downtime and possibly control the weather.
Apparently, however, it's absurdly fast. I don't know this for certain, because he couldn't set it up. But I feel a lot like some bozo who cluelessly ordered an ostentatious and too-fast sports car that everyone's waiting to see plowed into a tree.
It all reminds me of that horse, barn-door saying, but seriously, this is the kind of stuff the RIAA has to do in this digital age to wield the iron fist of copyright enforcement:
This is not the first time the entertainment industry has gone over the top to try to enforce copyrights. A few years back, it had a Russian computer scientist arrested at an academic conference for presenting a paper that explained how the industry's encryption codes could be broken. It has gone into college dorm rooms and teenagers' bedrooms looking for evidence of unauthorized copies of recorded music. It has coerced colleges into having propaganda classes on the virtues of copyrights for incoming freshman (no doubt led by experts from North Korea). It has even prepared a new curriculum that seeks to indoctrinate kids as early as kindergarten in the merits of copyright protection.I'm feeling especially bitter today about this ridiculousness, because I was dealing with my own copyright demons. I'm blaming Sonny Bono.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The Bush Administration, however, was not of the same opinion.
Siding with big business, President Bush overruled the commission, contending that to allow such investor claims to go forward would lead to billions of dollars in potentially abusive lawsuits.It's admirable, really, this single-mindedness of purpose, this loyalty, this unswerving adherence to the donor base.
It seems to me the way to go is to take up a really big collection to buy off a political party. Who's with me? We spread it around enough, it should be really affordable.
She did a half dozen laps across the house—at breakneck speed—riccocheting at last off a doorway.
I'm thinking that can't be quite right.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Other random thoughts: This wonder twins power has me confused. Hiro's story is striking me as a bit too Cyrano (and I feel sorry for the love of his life last season who met her untimely end; he moved on fast). And Peter's amnesia and accompanying Irish adventure is just making me impatient. Although it looks like things are kicking into gear.
But, Silar! He does liven up a party.
UPDATE: You guys are killing me. I'll be forced to debate myself.
We have gone backward since the '70s. In the '70s, in the decision on lead in gasoline, the court said we could use experimental evidence that something was a threat to human health in order to prevent harm. The court repeatedly ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could use theories, models and estimates to prevent harm.
Now, we have to prove that harm has already happened before taking action to prevent additional harm. In the area of cancer this is a travesty, since most cancer in adults takes five, 10, 20 or 30 years [to develop]. It means that we have no opportunity to prevent cancer, because we must prove through human evidence that it's already happened. I think that is fundamentally wrong public policy. Ninety percent of all claims now for toxic torts are denied.
What the court decisions have done is to make the burden of proof close to impossible when it comes to human harm and environmental contamination.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
It's interesting. Most of these dudes make me shiver a little, and not in a good way. I'm not sure whether it's the age gap or whether the contrast to their current incarnations has rendered them completely horrifying to contemplate in hotness terms (Mel Gibson??!! Tom Cruise??!! Kevin Costner??!!). It's a puzzle.
Ultimate male (and female) hotties of the 90s to 2007?
But, Pat Benatar? Really?
Friday, October 5, 2007
Kurt Cobain Breaks His Silence Over A Decade After His Death
Followed by, similarly,
1. action time vision, alternative tv
2. psycho killer, talking heads
3. when your mind's made up, glen hansard and marketa irglova (once soundtrack)
4. what do you want me to say, dismemberment plan
5. girl, the beatles
6. you don't send me, belle and sebastian
7. ring of fire, johnny cash
8. the engine driver, the decemberists
9. hanging on the telephone, blondie
10. sacrificial bonfire, xtc
Mine, in this case, says, "hey, didn't someone give you that punk compilation cd set?"
Thursday, October 4, 2007
As we know, I'm on the skinny side, and my friend mocked me for this display. In reply, I observed that a person can generally see his or her stomach pooch out after eating, thus the necessity of stretchy pants at Thanksgiving, etc.
He responded by asking me, in all seriousness, whether, as a skinny person, I could actually see food moving through my digestive system.
Yes. Yes, I can. And I spend hours watching it under the surface of my scaly, irridescent skin. SSssssss.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, told the jury that copying even music you paid for – as in, say, uploading it to your MP3 player or adding it to your iTunes playlist – qualifies as "stealing." "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song," Pariser testified.That ought to go over well.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
As the housing market cools, homeowners looking to save money on renovations are hosting parties where they invite friends over for an evening of ripping out walls and laying floors. But when novices who've had a few drinks get a hold of crowbars, drills and Sawzalls, the results are sometimes less than satisfactory.And my dad can no doubt sympathize with this poor soul
Sometimes the problem is inexperience, not alcohol. Although she missed her friends' official "Demolition Party" in Columbus, Ohio, Suzanne Cohan, a 38-year-old massage therapist, dropped by later to pitch in. She was trying to yank a piece of lath from an exposed wall with a crowbar when the wood snapped and popped her between the eyes. Ms. Cohan, who'd taken off her safety goggles, had to go home and put a bandage on her face. "I violated the safety code, so it was pretty much my fault," she says.This kind of blows my mind, though:
Jason and Jennifer La Fleur of Oak Park, Ill., are renovation party veterans. They've hosted more than a dozen in the last two years, including a New Year's demolition event called the "Wallbanger's Ball" during which they served vodka cocktails and distributed sledgehammers.Methinks that when one is averaging a friend conscription event more than once every two months, it's time to shop for a contractor.
The good news is that she's got a couple more years before problems start setting in, so, as Toby notes, he'll have the opportunity to get yakked on again by her yet.