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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
  Over at...

...I am Dr. Laura's Worst Nightmare, Grace has an interesting comment thread going on in reference to the Flickr observation:

"Look at the two of these photos on Yahoo News - notice anything different between them? According to Yahoo, black people "loot" -- white people "find." "

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
  "Hey you guys!!!!"

from The Baltimore Sun

"If The Electric Company was your childhood PBS TV favorite, you'll have to wait until Feb. 7, to get your fix. That's when Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) will release 24 of 780 episodes of the kid (and adult) classic in a four-DVD boxed set.
The 24 episodes will have the most memorable skits, least repetition and best representation of celebrities (including Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno), says Heather Hanssen, a spokeswoman for Sesame Workshop.

From 1971 to 1977, The Electric Company entertained and educated young minds who had graduated from Sesame Street in basic reading skills. The soundtrack won a Grammy in 1972, and the writers won an Emmy in 1973. The show's vibe is totally 1970s, complete with trippy colors and cartoon characters with Afros.

The DVD has been in the works for years. It's part of a new initiative to focus on home entertainment, says Hanssen. "In the past, our efforts have been focused on our core audience of preschoolers," she says. Now the company is focusing on the adult nostalgia market, she says.

"We're not intending for this to be something that kids can watch, although I'm sure they would enjoy it," Hanssen says. "It's really for ... the person who grew up watching The Electric Company on PBS."

Interview with Paul Dooley

Awesome news via Pop Culture Junk Mail
  Thank GOD!!!

I am so relieved that our President is in a nice, safe, DRY area. I am so thankful that he is wellwellwellwelllllll rested, and his compassionate self is sacrificing time off from further rest to pray and...pray. Pray for not only the citizens of Alabama and Louisiana, indeed, he prays for all Americans!

Woo freaking hoo.
Monday, August 29, 2005
  Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon...
All I want is loving you and music, music, music!*

It's the Music Meme - in this case, I found out about it from Norbizness. Go to Music Outfitters and search for the year you graduated from high school. I wrote some of my thoughts in the comments thread over at Norbizness.

An interesting alternative meme was to look up the top 100 from when you were 13 years old. Here, I must confess, we hit upon a few songs I am still quite fond of.

11. Tainted Love, Soft Cell
16. 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
67. I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
68. Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne (only because it reminds me of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which I saw when I was 13)
79. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police (probably my favorite song by The Police)

In 1983, I was very into popular music, because I loved a lot of the songs that were in the top 100 that year:
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
13. Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
17. Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance, David Bowie
23. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
25. Little Red Corvette, Prince
26. Back On The Chain Gang, Pretenders
32. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Human League
36. Mickey, Toni Basil
41. 1999, Prince
42. Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
48. Dirty Laundry, Don Henley
51. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
52. Rock The Casbah, Clash
53. Our House, Madness
55. Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
62. China Girl, David Bowie
84. (She's) Sexy + 17, Stray Cats
91. Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth

By the time 1987 rolled around, I was no longer listening to much popular music.

*I'm channeling my mother, who has a song to go with any word you mention.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
  Quoting Roger Ebert

"The Village"

"To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It's a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It Was All a Dream. It's so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don't know the secret anymore.

Sex, romance, music, drama and other crap"

This review cracked me up! I have not watched the movie...
  Maybe this is what he did on vacation?

Click here

via Planetdan

This is pretty cool.

via Growabrain
  "Honor system with the Devil. How did Johnny get sucked into that one?"

I love McSweeney's!

I love the silly lists. They remind me of those pre-teen late night conversations you have with your sister in the bedroom that you share while under the influence of the punchy atmosphere produced by stupid SNL skits.

I particularly enjoy this list because it concerns "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". I remember that song playing endlessly one summer, the summer we happened to be up in the Catskills for the "family vacation" (aka, Irish Festival). I remember it was playing on the radio and my sister and I were looking out the backseat of our station wagon and a facially hairy young man flipped the middle finger up at us, probably because we were singing this ridiculous song and staring at him.

Another song that reminds me of the storytellin' is "Fire Lake" by Bob Seger...I wonder who ended up telling 'ol Aunt Sarah about Uncle Joe?

Tipped to list list via Fresh Hell
Thursday, August 25, 2005
  We can all use one (or two) of these...

"The "Bullshit Protector" flaps are a great way to protect yourself from GOP or punditry bullshit and spin, when spewed by the likes of George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, or even your local home-grown GOP wingnuts. It was inspired by Bill Moyer, a 73 year old vet, who was seen wearing "Bullshit Protector" flaps over his ears while Bush addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Donelly Idaho."

via Growabrain
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
  For the children...

"Would you let your child read blatantly liberal stories with titles such as "King & King," "No, George, No," or "It's Just a Plant"?
Unless you live in Haight-Ashbury or write for the New York Times, probably not. But with the nation’s libraries and classrooms filled with overtly liberal children’s books advocating everything from gay marriage to marijuana use, kids everywhere are being deluged with left-wing propaganda.

"Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" is the book conservative parents have been seeking. This illustrated book — the first in the "Help! Mom!" series from Kids Ahead — is perfect for parents who seek to share their traditional values with their children, as well as adults who wish to give a humorous gift to a friend.

Hailed as "the answer to a baseball mom's prayers" by talk radio host Melanie Morgan, "Liberals Under My Bed" has already been the subject of coverage in The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s magazine. Written by a self-proclaimed "Security Mom for Bush" and featuring hilarious full-color illustrations by a Reuben Award winning artist, it is certain to be one of the most talked about children's books of the year."

via J-Walk
  Online writing workshop
This is slightly old news, but the Phantom Professor is offering an online writing workshop on her blog.

My answer for assignment 1 is in the comments, and if it sucks, you should know that I spent maybe 45 seconds on it. (As always, my enthusiasm for a subject does not necessarily translate into action).

I'm looking forward to participating! It will hopefully be a good warm-up for my second year of NaNoWriMo.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
  Rufus redux

Show New York, NY / Beacon Theater
Rufus will be playing his full band. OK GO will be opening. Tickets on sale 8/13/05.

Just an fyi, Maurinsky.
  Ooo! Scissor Sisters on SNL tonite!

Not sure if it is a new ep, I haven't watched SNL in ages, so...tune in, the Scissor Sisters are worth the view
  While you are rolling coins to pay for gas...

"Heartfelt congratulations to President Bush, who on Friday August 19th breaks Ronald Reagan's all-time record for most vacation days. The old record was 335 days, though Reagan took his sweet time of eight years to accomplish this feat. President Bush did it in nearly half the time. And with another two weeks of vaction on tap, he's obviously not content with simply breaking the record, he's going to smoke that record right out of the hole.

Great going, President Bush! We knew you could do it!"

source : The Daily Pick
Thursday, August 18, 2005
  Semper Fi-geddaboudit

Former Marine Carl Basham remembers his two tours in Iraq like yesterday.

"Three mortars every single night that were landing within a couple feet of your living area. Pretty scary," he said.

Basham, now home with his parents, wants to start a new life with a quality education.

When he enrolled at Austin's Community College to become a paramedic, they told him he'd have to pay out-of-state tuition, because of his time in the military.

read more

found over at J-Walk
  For Elliot

(painting by Bruce Harman)

Please keep my friend, Elliot in your prayers/thoughts...send out good healing vibes as he has a long recovery ahead of him from major surgery.

and some healing power from the sun!

and for Kim:

Lots of love to you guys!
  "100 things to do when ordering pizza"

a sampler:

"If using a touch-tone, press random numbers while ordering. Ask the person taking the order to stop doing that.

Make up a charge-card name. Ask if they accept it.

Use CB lingo where applicable.

Order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal.

Terminate the call with, "Remember, we never had this conversation."

Tell the order taker a rival pizza place is on the other line and you're going with the lowest bidder.

Give them your address, exclaim "Oh, just surprise me!" and hang up.

Answer their questions with questions.

In your breathiest voice, tell them to cut the crap about nutrition and ask if they have something outlandishly sinful.

Use these bonus words in the conversation: ROBUST FREE-SPIRITED COST- EFFICIENT UKRAINIAN PUCE.

Tell them to put the crust on top this time.

Sing the order to the tune of your favorite song from Metallica's Master of Puppets" CD.

Do not name the toppings you want. Rather, spell them out.

Put an extra edge in your voice when you say "crazy bread." "

and more at:

via the always informative Growabrain
  Any thoughts?

"Composer Adam Guettel and screenwriter William Goldman will collaborate on a musical version or the hit fairy tale film "The Princess Bride," the New York Post reported."

article here:

Princess Bride Musical

heads up via:

Oh No They Didn't!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
  Summer Love

My daughter, newly turned thirteen, was just asked to go out with a boy. As in, boyfriend/girlfriend...*thud*

She met him at her friend's grandmother's cottage by the lake, where she has gone most Sundays this summer.

My mom asked her a series of questions. once she heard the news.

Mom: "What color eyes does he have?"

Daughter: (said dreamily) "Turquoise"

Mom: "What kinds of grades does he have?"

Daughter:"Only A's and B's"

Mom: "What kind of clothes does he wear, I hope not those pants falling off of his fanny!"

Daughter:"I don't know...I've only seen him in a bathing suit."

I don't know if I am ready for this.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Recently I posted about my experience with a bat inside the house. If you read that post, you know that it ended with our cat, Casmir, making a big kill.

Cas has apparently acquired a taste for bats since then, because 4 times this week, we've found a dead bat on our back porch. Cas has never left treasures for us before, but he is really proud of his bat killing abilities.

Because I really would prefer the bats around our house to stay alive and eat lots of little bugs, I've decided that Cas just can't be allowed outside at night anymore. I really don't need to start another day with the clean-up of a dead bat.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
  Two more Ben Folds opportunities...

Brockport, NY
SUNY Brockport - Tuttle Gym North (on sale 9/30)

Elmira, NY
Elmira College - Emerson Hall (on sale 10/7)
Monday, August 08, 2005
What a great shirt!

(spoiler for Potter fans who've not read the last book *cough* )

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
  myths for modern times
Well, how typical. My first post - which I worked on for over an hour - was just deleted. So I will delete the expletives, as well.

Why Loki? For one thing, we're in the middle of summer at the moment, nearing the end of one of the classic "dog days of summer." "Lokabrenna" refers to Loki's star, the Dog-star Sirius. Since my original post is now lost, here is a quick summary of where my thoughts have been wandering.

The Cold War was a real-world analog of the Norse Ragnarok, the "Twilight of the Gods," the end of the world. Loki, the god of free-wheeling thought and inventiveness, was foretold to be one who would help bring about that final reckoning. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Loki was the spirit of dissent in Asgard, the voice of the loyal opposition. He could never support what George H.W. Bush referred to as "a new world order," whether that world government should come about under the aegis of corporatism or Communism. There should always be a rival point of view, ideas challenging those holding power with what they'd prefer kept under lock-and-key: the truth.

The blogosphere is the repository of alternate points-of-view, of ideas held in opposition to the mainstream and to those who wield power over the marketplace. This is the cauldron where ideas - especially ideas considered "dangerous" by the Powers That Be - can bubble up out of the chaos and burst on the scene with decisive impact. The Ragnarok, that final show-down between the gods of capitalist democracy (Asgard observed the Althing, a democratic assembly, and ANYTHING was subject to a blood-price, even the end of the world, the Götterdämmerung) and their rival lords of chaos (the Soviet Union, the region known as Jotunheim to the ancient Norse) - this battle never took place. A glorious rebirth was to occur after Ragnarok, in which the giants drank good ale and renounced violence, while Asgard's survivors presided over a world-wide peace and a renewal of life on the planet. In reality, of course, no such rebirth could be possible after a nuclear Armageddon. We have sidestepped Ragnarok in favor of something else.

A "new world order" may not be the best outcome of a Cold War or any other kind of war. The awful "terror" which today is called Islamic fundamentalism can stand in well enough for the giants eager to end the world. The scary thing, however, is that George H.W. Bush's "new world order" may require opposition, even opposition from such as these. They certainly aren't good, but neither is the world dreamed up by George Bush, Sr., and his "Project for a New American Century" neoconservatives. So where do we go from here?
  Nellie McKay news

NEW NELLIE McKAY album PRETTY LITTLE HEAD features duets with Cyndi Lauper and k.d. lang - In Stores Tuesday, October 18Featuring a kaleidoscopic selection of tracks culled from 23 new songs written by McKay for the album, Pretty Little Head premieres duets with Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer") and k.d. lang ("We Had It Right") as well as an assortment of provocative new compositions including "Columbia Is Bleeding" ("...it's turned into a real rock tune..."), "Cupcake" ("...about gay marriage..."), and "The Big One" ("...about a tenant's rights activist...").
Working with a group of "wonderful musicians," Nellie McKay sings and plays piano--as well as cello, vibes, and synthesizer--on Pretty Little Head.

Nellie McKay On Broadway

Nellie McKay has recently been cast as "Polly Peachum" opposite Alan Cumming ("Mack the Knife") and Edie Falco ("Jenny") in Wallace Shawn's new translation of Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera" opening on Broadway in April 2006.
(via Nellie's website)

Oh! We have to go!! On a related note, Alan Cumming just came out with a new cologne, named "Cumming" :-)
  From Radar

As read in Radar:

Selected readings from the Scientology Handbook

Ridding yourself of trapped Body Thetans - those pesky evil spirits from your past lives - is never an easy process. The procedure, developed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, requires disciples to answer 343 questions while hooked up to an E-meter (essentially a tricked-out polygraph machine). Below, a sampling of those questions from an internal church document labeled "HCO WW Sec Form 4"

Have you ever enslaved a population?

Have you ever debased a nation's currency?

Have you ever killed the wrong person?

Have you ever torn out someone's tongue?

Have you ever been a professional critic?

Have you ever wiped out a family?

Have you ever tried to give sanity a bad name?

Have you ever consistently practiced sex in some unnatural fashion?

Have you ever made a planet, or nation, radioactive?

Have you ever made love to a dead body?

Have you ever engaged in piracy?

Have you ever been a pimp?

Have you ever eaten a human body?

Have you ever disfigured a beautiful thing?

Have you ever exterminated a species?

Have you ever been a professional executioner?

Have you ever given robots a bad name?

Have you ever set a booby trap?

Have you ever failed to rescue your leader?
  Worst Mom

That is what I feel like today.

I completely missed Joe's first football practice. That is a BIG deal to him, he likes to be the first one there, to acclimate I guess.

I don't even know if I spelled acclimate correctly.
Shakespeare's Sister had this post up about bats, and if you read the comments, you will read a fond reminiscence of my childhood, when my sister and I would stand outside at dusk, standing still while the bats flew around us. We thought it was very cool. Well, I thought it was cool, I can't really speak for Tree.

Interestingly enough, as I was sitting here playing freecell on the computer last night(because I had insomnia), out of the corner of my eye, I saw something flittering around, and I looked up and there was a bat flying around my kitchen! Would it surprise you to know that I did not say "cool!"? No, I believe I shrieked a very high pitched scream and possibly let out a stream of words that my mother has never heard me say. Bats outside = cool. Bats in my house = most definitely not cool!

I figured I would either attempt a capture and release, or I would run up the stairs and close all the doors behind me. The cons to my second plan included waking up to find the bat was captured by one of our cats, who would most definitely not attempt a release, unless I mean release as in "release the bats organs from within the confines of its skin."

Phew, I'm feeling less anxious now.

UPDATE: Not for those who don't know want to know what happens on Wild Kingdom when predator meets prey.

First, I opened all the doors on the main floor, to provide ample exit opportunities for our nocturnal visitor. Then picture this, if you will: your intrepid blogger, dressed in cotton pajama pants featuring a purple hibiscus print on a fuschia background and a non matching blue t-shirt, a pair of black boots, wearing a grey knit hat with earflaps, wielding a large stainless steel bowl in one oven mitt clad hand and a large frying pan in the other oven mitt clad hand, as she approaches the the swooping mammal with all the enthusiasm of a Young Republican headed to the recruiting office.

For what seemed an interminable amount of time, I attempted to herd the bat towards one of the exits. Then Casmir, our older cat, came hopping down the stairs, and before I could stop him, he jumped up and caught the bat in his mouth. He didn't play with it, he just bit down hard, and then acquiesced when I told him to drop the poor creature. I scooped up the bat and took him way out back, to the point where our backyard meets the backyards of 3 of our neighbors - a small no-man's land that no one rakes or trims or fertilizes, we just leave it as a boundary between our yards. And there I unceremoniously dumped the poor bugger, because between the bat and the dark and spiderwebs I walked through to get through the yard, I was seriously freaked out already.

Although I should probably go scoop up the bat and take it to make sure it didn't have rabies, right?
Monday, August 01, 2005
  Ohhhhhhhh, now I get it
I always wondered why the Irish American Home Society chose to have their big Irish festival the last weekend in July. In my personal observations, Irish people are amongst the most heat sensitive, sweatiest people in the world - I was sweaty even in the dry heat of Las Vegas. So I always wondered why the Irish Festival was held during a time that was almost guaranteed to be sweaty weather.

But it all came clear today when a pagan friend of mine wished me a Happy Lughnasa. Traditional Lughnasa festivals lasted from July 15 to August 15, but the official Gaelic holiday of Lughnasa is today, August 1st.

Interestingly, the festivals celebrated to the sun god Lugh have something in common with the Seinfeldian holiday Festivus - feats of strength are displayed at both. And to bring this full circle, apparently Festivus was invented by an Irish-American, who no doubt would have been sweating his ass off at the Irish Festival this weekend, had he been there.

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