Mar 31, 2005

Racist Dogs and Dawgs

I know it's old news, but I hadn't read it before, so it's new to me. This article explains so much about the phenomenon of racist dogs. And I'm glad to know that my family isn't alone in our former predicament. We used to have a dog who was prejudiced against: tall bearded men, nuns and priests, and black people. I always used to point out to him that he was really quite hypocritical, being a black lab himself, but to no avail. He'd still bark his fool head off and try to snack on every black man who crossed his path. Reminds me of a King of the Hill episode.

Possibly the Most Tasteless Entry I've Ever Posted

Well, Terri Schiavo died today. In memoriam, why don't we take a look at the poor woman's blog?

Yes, yes, I know I'm going to hell, where I'll no doubt be tormented for eternity by Trey Stone and Matt Parker. (Just catch a rerun of last night's episode to see why.)

So Far, So Reasonable

The committee formed to evaluate the validity of the anti-Semitism claims at Columbia has turned in its report. And, overall, it seems pretty reasonable, largely focusing on how student grievances should be better addressed, rather than getting into an Israeli/Palestinian debate. For a decent, less involved summary of the report, check out this Times article. Now we'll just have to see what sort of actions are taken. I suppose that's the real test, but I have high hopes, since I think the whole matter has been handled extremely well thus far.

Mar 30, 2005

Relapse

Every so often I rediscover Law & Order, and each time I come to the same realization: it's like crack. Totally addictive and really easy to score (since it and its spinoff shows are on multiple times a day on several channels). Of course, now it's a bit depressing to watch since Jerry Orbach died. But addictive nonetheless.

Family Guy Live

Ooh, I want to go to see Family Guy Live! But with tickets at $55-$65 a pop (excluding those asinine Ticketmaster fees), I'm seriously debating the matter. Personally, a live script reading of a show that's often based on visual gags doesn't set me afire, but the idea of a Q&A with the cast sounds awesome. Especially if Seth MacFarlane is so dazzled by my wit, sparkling personality, and fetching looks to propose on the spot. No, scratch that. He's too much of a drama queen for me. I just want him to hire me as a writer for Family Guy.

Mar 28, 2005

Bunny, Bloody Bunny

Damn, yo. Sounds like this kid has seen Mallrats one too many times.

Mar 25, 2005

A Silly Post

This poor kitty must have demanded extra Tender Vittles for allowing himself to be subjected to this.

Mar 24, 2005

Bully for Bolli!

Though, compared to Austin Quigley, International Dean of Mystery, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger is a bit of a wet blanket, I have to tentatively commend him on his remarks in the Spectator and those in the Times. It sounds like he's walking a fine line between appeasing disgruntled students and protecting professors, but he seems to be very supportive of academic freedom despite external pressures. (Incidentally, my approval is tentative only because Bollinger's comments are rather vague and we have yet to see what, if any, actions he will take. As far as speechifying goes, though, Bolli has a gift with PR.)

And I wholeheartedly agree with Gothamist's assessment, unrelated though it may be.

Lost in Translation

Does this image strike a chord with anyone? (Thanks, Don and Genie.)

Mar 23, 2005

Shadow Sculptures

Ooh, I really want one of Randy Cooper's shadow sculptures. The pictures on the site really don't do justice to the sculptures; when there's a spotlight shining on the mesh, it creates a detailed, almost dimensional shadow against the wall. Just gorgeous. I must remember to try to make one of my own (as I can't afford an original). I bought the window screen years ago, but then forgot to do anything with it. So nifty.

Mar 22, 2005

The Post in Which I Try (Unsuccessfully) to Analyze My Dreams

Incidentally, I keep having dreams that I'm a kid in an orphanage run by evil old ladies. Wtf? Unsurprisingly, I keep escaping. I wonder if this is supposed to signify anything, other than a hyperactive imagination. According to this site (which is probably not the most reputable way of deciphering dreams, but whatever):

If you appear as a child in an orphanage, the connectivity of your waking relationships is worth examining. Do you have a sense of belonging and rootedness in the world or a sense of trying to find your place?

But I rather feel like that's a crock, or at least doesn't apply to me, since I had parents in one of the dreams-- they lived in the orphanage, too, just in a different part.

Tasteless But Funny

Yesterday, I read that carmaker John DeLorean (yes, of Back to the Future fame) had died; today, I got a glimpse of this hypothetical picture of his coffin. Made me giggle (guiltily, but heartily).

Mar 21, 2005

Lament

Jesus, I'm busted. I have a migraine, two holes in my tights, a shitload of work to do, and the remnants of a cough. At least I'm wearing cute shoes.

Mar 18, 2005

A Tortoise in a World of Hares

Sometimes I get the feeling I'm stuck in Slo-Mo, that short I posted about a while back. Everything around me is speeding by and I'm moving at the pace of a turtle. Slow and steady wins the race, huh? Let's hope so.

Mar 17, 2005

Oooh, Chandeliers!

Man, I'm such a girl. I'm absolutely in raptures over this morning's Times article about chandeliers. Oh, I've wanted one for ages. (Although my family did briefly have one hanging over our bathtub when I was small&8212;don't ask.) My current favorites are the cluster of starburst chandeliers in the Metropolitan Opera lobby and any of Tord Boontje's ethereal Swarovski Blossom chandeliers.

Goddamn, I'd better be loaded someday.

Mar 16, 2005

Crappy Movie, Fond Memories

I'm currently watching the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and it is, as the reviews said, rather dreadful. (At least thus far, though I don't have much hope of its improving.) I had forgotten how bloody many couplets Shakespeare put in it, though. I do love the story, but the abundance of rhymes is overkill. Regardless of the absurdity of the film, it reminds me of when my fifth grade class performed A Midsummer Night's Dream. I was Helena and, in my own modest opinion, was quite good. How sad is it that I still remember some of my lines. Well, some of most of the characters' lines, actually. Jesus, I'm a dork.

Mar 15, 2005

Unbelievable Stupidity

When I read this entry (last item) on Gawker yesterday, I thought it was a joke. Upon following the link, I discovered that Britney Spears actually made that very comment in an Allure article. Jesus. I wish my travails involved telling the maid and the pool boy what to do.

Mar 14, 2005

The Weather Has Never Been Funnier

I would watch the news constantly if Triumph did the weather report every day.

Maureen Dowd Has One Point; Misses Another

I definitely sympathize with her complaint that there aren't many female columnists out there. (With any luck maybe I'll be able to help redress the balance in the future.) I also agree that women pundits are often unfairly depicted as castrating harridans. What Dowd fails to address is that perhaps the reason so many of us loathe her is that she customarily writes snarky, snippy, pompous columns. So in her case at least, there's a damn good reason for disparagement.

Mar 11, 2005

A Lesson in Value

Instant oatmeal is a great invention. I know it's not as good as the slow-cooked kind, but it's infinitely more efficient. However, I just noticed something: McCann's is a much better deal than Quaker. It's cheaper, tastes better, and each packet contains more oatmeal. Keep this important lesson in mind next time you buy oatmeal, my friends.

Mar 10, 2005

More Pearls of Wisdom from Strong Bad

Strong Bad has a tendency to be pretty damn perceptive sometimes. In his most recent email, he totally nails the character of emo fans. Yeah Chuck-Taylor-wearing low-self-esteemers.

Mar 9, 2005

Update

Am juggling work and periodic coughing fits. Don't expect much from me for a few days. Play Bookworm instead.

Mar 3, 2005

Damn You and Such . . .

I'm sick, so screw you. I'm not posting anything witty today.

Mar 1, 2005

The Razzies, Where the Losers are Winners

I forgot to post this yesterday, but I was highly amused. Halle Berry just skyrocketed in my estimation. She evidently has a sense of humor and of class. Nice. (Thanks, Don.)