Jun 29, 2004

St. Petersburg Will Let Me Sleep at Last!

Thank heaven, St. Petersburg is vastly preferable to Moscow. Cleaner, with traffic signals that pedestrians and drivers actually refer to, if not completely abide by, and we have a lovely suite and comfortable beds.

Jun 22, 2004

Ugh. Hungover.

Hangovers in Vienna are no better than in the States.

Jun 20, 2004


Wiener schnitzel is, considering its unusual name, surprisingly bland.

I would just like to point out to all of you naysayers (you know who you are), that I am on vacation and am still posting. And some of you said that my blog wouldn't last a week. Who's dedicated? Who's dedicated? I am, bitch.

Jun 17, 2004

So Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye!

I shall be out of the country until early July, hence the plethora of posts today is merely an attempt to assuage my guilt over the next couple of weeks.

Here is a parting gift from Engrish: I, too, know some people who will smoke just about anything.


Freaky Celebrities and Their Freaky Religions

Madonna is now Esther. What the hell? I don't even know where to begin the derision.

Beam Me Up, Baby!

Okay, so I guess I'm being a bit overoptimistic if I think that I'm going to get beamed anywhere any time in the near future. It's promising that busy little scientists are making progress, though, even if only with individual atoms. Oh, it would be wonderful . . . No commuting, no schlepping home after a late night.

Jun 16, 2004

More Vocab Lessons

Thanks to Gawker, we now have an excellent new word used to describe our collective boredom with the whole Reagan-is-dead phenomenon: Ronnui.

Jun 14, 2004

Moore Controversy = More Publicity

What the fuck? Michael Moore supposedly had footage of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners months before the Abu Ghraib story broke but didn't release the information because he was afraid it would look like he was promoting his movie. And now he wonders if he made the right decision.

Just unfreakingbelievable. If he'd released the info immediately, it might have looked like a publicity-grabbing tactic, sure. But at least he would have seemed honest. Now it looks like he held out for pure I-told-you-so value.

Jun 11, 2004

This Must Be Where Homer Simpson Works

My guess is that this place runs on Li'l Lisa's Slurry. (Well, the sign is kind of vague.) Boy, Engrish is always good for a couple of laughs.

Jun 10, 2004

Pigeons: The Scourge of New York

So a bunch of us were playing Taboo last Saturday. Someone gave the clues flying and dirty and I immediately said pigeons, which, of course, was the right answer. I detest pigeons. I'm not an active pigeon-hater; I don't try to kick them or contemplate shooting them with a BB gun. I just wish that they would suddenly disappear from New York. So, even though I generally think of myself as being quite compassionate toward animals, I can't help but not care that some people are illegally netting pigeons and selling them for hunting purposes. The Times is bang-on with its headline: Who's Kidnapping the Pigeons, and Who Cares?

As one woman so eloquently commented about a massive flock of pigeons, "Them shits is nasty."

Jun 8, 2004

Oh No! Not Creating and Making!

The long-term strategic threat to the entertainment industry is that people will get in the habit of creating and making as much as watching and listening, and all of a sudden the label applied to people at leisure, 50 years in the making — consumer — could wither away.

This sentence (from this Times article about an alternate Harry Potter soundtrack) raises a few questions, doesn't it? Now you know-- next time you want to fight the man, just get a "creating and making" habit.

Jun 7, 2004

Erudite Bush-Bashing

The highlight of this interview with Tony Kushner is what he calls Bush: "our thought-disordered bloody, greedy, little plutocrat-slash-soulless-theocrat of an unelected President." Classic, man.

Sore But Done

Yeah, I moved yesterday. Again. Up three flights of stairs. The U-Haul wouldn't start. We waited, they replaced the battery. We moved lots of stuff up narrow, crooked staircases. We wound up sore and tired. I have a blister on one foot and my other knee feels all gimpy. So I'm uniformly busted.

Jun 4, 2004

Evidently the J Stands for Jerk

I cannot tell you how angry this interview made me. This man is totally off his rocker. But television execs are even crazier if they're seriously contemplating giving him his own show. I thought most reality tv was bad, but how desperate are we for cheap entertainment that someone might give O.J. Simpson his own show?

Harry Potter: Flying Jock

In honor of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, here's something to consider. It's an old article, but a good one. It perfectly expresses so many of the things I found bothersome after reading the books.

Jun 3, 2004

What a Stretch

It seems that Ab Fab's Patsy was right after all: the Beatles' songs were all about drugs.

Jun 2, 2004

For the Honor of Grayskull, Please Show She-Ra!

This is a copy of the message I sent to Cartoon Network last July. (Yeah, I know it's old news, but it's still totally valid.)

To Whom It May Concern:

I have a suggestion for an addition to your programming: She-Ra. As you currently play an updated version of He-Man, I assume that you probably own the rights to She-Ra as well. [Note: They don't.] Not only would I love to have She-Ra on the air again (it was my favorite cartoon in the '80s), but I have heard similar comments from a number of college-age and post-college Cartoon Network viewers.

If you consider the idea, it seems pretty logical. She-Ra is a great role model (and didn't the Powerpuff Girls complain that there was really only Wonder Woman to admire in the superheroine department?), and the series was entertaining, not sententious. Also, the original series wouldn't require a makeover like He-Man did. His haircut had to go, but She-Ra and her friends were attractive and trendsetting from the beginning, sporting lavender hair and snazzy outfits in addition to displaying their stellar ass-kicking skills.

For support of my proposal, just take a look at any one of the many She-Ra fan sites and the bootleg She-Ra episodes circulating online. Girls want to be She-Ra and guys think she's hot. It's a natural choice for the Cartoon Network program lineup.

Thanks for listening to my suggestion.

The bastards never replied.

Note to Self: In Future, Get Car

At some point in my life, even just once, no matter how briefly, I want to own a hot car. I've never owned a car, have very seldom driven cars, and really have no need for a car in New York. Yet the sight of some gorgeous, souped-up (or the term nowadays is pimped, isn't it?), shiny, preferably vintage car is enough to bring me to my knees. (Not literally-- I'd be run over.)

Jun 1, 2004

'Twas Memorial Day Weekend, and All Through the House . . .

I was moving. Hence the lack of posts.