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March 21, 2008

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February 14, 2008

video valentine

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November 07, 2007

today's links (11-7-07)

  • Tina Fey is the prettiest picketer on the strike line. But she's much more than that, being the brains (creator/exec producer/writer/actor) behind "30 Rock." See also: Pencils Down Means Pencils Down. Actors aren't asked to give levitra price up rights to the use of their performances and likenesses. Why should writers be expected to have their work used for profit across multimedia, without due compensation? Go Tina!
  • And here is one of the littlest picketers.
  • David Lynch and Christian Louboutin have come together and created exquisitely excruciating shoes for an art exhibit. A fetishist's dream come true. Links here and here. (NSFW)
  • Elizabeth Kucinich has had a pierced tongue for the last 10 years. Somehow I think this will only enhance her status as the hottest wife of a presidential candidate. Beyond all of her more noteworthy accomplishments, of course.
  • This is not your father's mutual fund: Thrasher Funds.
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June 08, 2007

Ignorance IS Bliss

Study: Neanderthal Brain Less Troubled [Discovery Channel News] -

Neanderthals likely did not possess the cognitive complexities of modern humans and, as a result, probably did not suffer from schizophrenia and certain other mental disorders, according to a new theory.

The theory proposes that language, creativity levitra prices and many mental diseases are linked, due to the fact that they may originate in the neocortex, as well as the densely cell-packed cortex, located towards the top of the brain. These brain regions appear to mature and develop more slowly than other areas.

On a serious note, if you'd like to support mental health research, the principals of Alpine Mutual Funds, who are long-time supporters of NARSAD, have pledged $1 million in matching funds for all new and increased donations received through September 15th, 2007. You can donate here.

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February 26, 2007

today's links

Stain Teacup: Age is Beautiful? [Gizmodo] - An artist has created teacups that are meant to stain over time,ultimately revealing a pattern that's dependent on how a person drinks her tea.

52 Proven Stress Reducers - This list is geared towards compare levitra prices college students, but it's pretty useful for everybody. One thing that always stresses me out is being late, and so I need to just plan on being on time or even early, whether it's for an appointment or going to work or meeting up with friends. - I read about this site in a recent NY Times article about identity theft. The site allows people to check, at no cost, whether their Social Security numbers are floating somewhere levitra price comparison in the public domain. I've tried it out - so far, so good. It's useful, but the usual precautions (monitoring credit card and bank statements, shredding, periodic reviews of one's credit report) are always a good idea.

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February 21, 2007

Just a guess

At the end of the world only roaches and spam will survive.

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February 13, 2007

Writing for Money

One Saturday afternoon I was shopping with my family at Upton’s, a now-defunct regional chain. While my dad and I stood in line at the register, he found a flyer for an essay contest co-sponsored by the store and a clothing manufacturer. The winning essay would address the subject “WHAT BUGLE BOY JEANS MEAN TO ME.” Inwardly I cringed, but the prize was a thousand-dollar scholarship. I folded up the flyer and slipped it into my pocket.

I did not then nor have I ever owned a pair of Bugle Boy jeans. It's possible I had a shirt from that brand at some point. I was inclined to throw out the notice and forget about it, but I felt obligated to try, despite my mortification. I waited until the night before the deadline, and then wrote a story in the vein of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Sporting my (imaginary) Bugle Boy jeans, I experienced adventurous flights of levitra price fancy, only to come back down to earth, usually at the behest of an annoyed younger sister. There was even an ending with romantic potential as I met the boy next door, while wearing, of course, my incredibly awesome imaginary Bugle Boy jeans. I remember that the boy's eyes were the color of "deep green pools." Awful, embarrassing stuff from a girl who was trying to write poetry like e.e. cummings.

I mailed in the essay and then promptly forgot about it, only to get a letter months later telling me I had won the scholarship.

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January 05, 2007

No plastic, please

When it comes to paper clips, I prefer metal over plastic. The standard paper clip is clean, streamlined and inherently functional. It holds pages together without a lot of fanfare. It is there, but it is unobtrusive. There are no dents on the pages. Plastic clips, for all that they come in a variety of compare levitra price colors, don't work for me. I don't like that the top of the clip sits well above the border of paper, or the way the pages no longer lie flat on the desk once plasti-klipped. And if I try to clip a few too many pages, the clip breaks. Even the big plastic ones don't hold paper so nicely as the metal ones.

I am not averse to using binder clips, but I prefer to use them judiciously. I tend to have more paper clips than binder clips readily at hand, so I can clip my papers and move on to the next thing without being interrupted by showy but ultimately less effective paper paraphernalia.

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August 24, 2006

Choose Your Inspiration

You know those motivational images that are spoofed over at Well now you can make your own. Here are two that I've done (click on images for larger versions):

Attitude Focus

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June 13, 2006

Someone keeps taking my letters

Fridge magnet fun here.

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June 12, 2006

Cat Trees Bear

No, really. Have a look.

[via paul f.]

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April 21, 2006

Eyes Pried Open

Today I will chug the coffee and eye the clock until it's a five o'clock world and the whistle blows. I've had thorny reference projects this week and as a result I feel like a zombie. So, for your perusal and general awareness:

Desktop Zen If you're like me, maybe you can't hide the clutter all over your real desktop, but this page explains how to clear your virtual one.

Sesame Street video clips! A list of clips available via YouTube (for now). Includes my favorite, the Ladybug Picnic

Decatur CD is having a sale this weekend (starting yesterday). They're good people and I always find excellent used stuff there. No, they didn't give me anything to say this, I just really like their shop. My latest finds: Stephen Merritt, The Who, and the new St. Etienne.

Smashing Pumpkins To Reunite: "It's official, The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. no release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer." (Remember when last year Billy Corgan took out a full-page ad and told us he had a secret?)

Luka Bloom, May 5, The Five Spot - The last time I saw Luka Bloom was in Greenwich Village a couple years ago. I took Mike Wolf, who didn't really know his music but went with me because I told him he'd like it. And he did.

Elvis Costello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, May 13 - Fox Theater

Devendra Banhart, June 15 (Variety Playhouse) - w/ special guests The Magic Numbers

On the drive home last night I heard a song that I've never heard on the radio, Richard Thompson's "Vincent Black Lightning." I'd call it a modern folk song. It's a spare, steady, quiet but muscular tune, the story of James and Red Molly. James loves Molly and his Vincent (the motorcyle), and he's fought with the law since he was 17. And if I told you I didn't cry with Molly when James died, giving her his Vincent to ride, well, I'd be lying.

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March 30, 2006

I'll Be Old When I'm Dead

Up With Grups: The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood [New York Magazine] Interesting article. Apparently those of us in our thirties and beyond are still living lifestyles that are more in keeping when we were twenty-somethings. The article is a good read, but I wonder if this is a big phenomenon, or just one that's been "observed" by the media.

How am I supposed to dress, what music is ok for me to listen to? I went through this crap as a teenager, as a twenty-something, and apparently this issue is still with us today. But the difference between when I was a teenager and now is that I'm not going to limit myself because of what other people might think. It doesn't make me cool, it doesn't make me a hipster (heaven forfend), it doesn't mean I'm holding on to lost youth. I just want to experience life as it interests me.

I have a full-time job, I have credit cards and student loans to pay off. Someday I will have a place I own instead of rent. But I'm not dead inside because I'm no longer in my twenties. Does anybody really think like that? That's the kind of attitude one ought to grow out of; that's the mark of being an adult. Being an adult doesn't mean having to be old.

Slightly apropos - a short funny bit from The Onion: Two Hipsters Angrily Call Each Other 'Hipster'

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March 29, 2006

The History of the World...On Film

"The Movie Timeline is the history of everything, taken from one simple premise: that everything you see in the movies is true - the real mixes with the fictitious, so long as it's reported in a movie somewhere..." The site accepts contributions to the timeline.

What if this was the only record of our civilization? That's a scary thought.

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February 14, 2006

One heart, many moods

give me a thousand kisses

go stuff yourself

i *heart*

Link via mingaling

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February 13, 2006

Counting the ways

Here's my Johari window. If you like, please pick five or six words that you think best describe me.

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January 25, 2006

Things I Have Learned By Reading Gossip Columns

If you are handsome, clever, and rich - or at least handsome and rich (poor, homely girls need cleverness more than you) - dancing on the floor is not for you. You, fabulous creature, dance on tables, banquettes, sofas or some other elevated platform or pedestal. The floor is there for your admirers, hangers-on, gawkers, and rivals.

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January 20, 2006

Author's Note

Given all the fake writers in the news lately, I am obligated to disclose that the bulk of the last post was not of my own composition. A quick search engine query will prove that the text came from a press release for a fairly famous celebrity couple that split up around this time last year.

I throw myself upon your mercy, Reader, and beg for your forgiveness. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a stint in rehab to do before I resume my career as a supermodel. And by supermodel, I mean librarian.

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January 18, 2006

There, There, Dear Readers

It appears that I have alarmed some of you with images of Cyclops the kitten. It was not my wish to distress you. I guess I'm the odd one out, thinking the poor little kit was cute in its own way, but then I am used to seeing and reading about all kinds of strange creatures in films and books.

If you somehow have missed Cute Overload, I highly recommend that you visit. There are images of ridiculously adorable creatures that soothe the weariest - and crankiest - of spirts. I can vouch for such therapeutic usage myself. See this baby bunny. A woman overrun with (cute) kittens. A sleeping puppy. A baby hedgehog!

And last but not least - unicorn!

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January 13, 2006

Font of Useless Information

Cyclops Kitten RIP
Cyclops Kitten RIP

Cyclops the one-eyed kitten real, says AP

Cyclops Kitten Gear

Zeebah's been Gawkered! Yaaay! Even though Gawker's cracks about unions are really lame.

The Trouble With Truthiness - Stephen Colbert claims to have invented the word, but it can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. Colbert's retort (heehee!): "The fact that they looked it up in a book just shows that they dont get the idea of truthiness at all....You dont look up truthiness in a book, you look it up in your gut."

A Million Little Lies [TSG]; Fake Writer Day: Why Frey Matters [Gawker]- It's nice that we can be all philosophical here (I'm looking at you, Oprah), that because the book moved so many people IT'S TOTALLY OKAY that the author and his publisher misrepresented lied that the book was a memoir. While memoirs are subjective, when the book presented is mostly fiction, most people think of that as a novel. If the book's only value was that it was supposed to be true, then why aren't more people offended by this? Shall we all just exaggerate our lives and present false faces to one another now?

"Lazy Sunday" skit "vaguely racist" [City Paper] - White faux rap is the new blackface, because thug life is the new minstrel show. No end to hip hop stereotype any time soon; cash money still to be had from the kids in America. Whoa-oh.

"My heart's on fi-ire, for EL-VI-RAH!" Oh wait, different Elvira, who's having a moving sale.

For those keeping score about Brad Pitt's women, past and present: Angelina is pregnant. So is Gwyneth. Jennifer Aniston is not pregnant, nor was she contacted by Brad about the knocking up of the Angelina. Be strong, Jen. Keep your mouth shut this year about the Ex!

Screw the Alito hearings, forget the fate of Roe v. Wade - Are you happy for Brad and Angelina? [Gawker]

Hooters 2006 calendar

Prejudice Map

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December 28, 2005

Crime Against Hair

Think a mullet can't possibly be any more hideous? Think again.

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December 14, 2005

Holiday Reality Check

From Liz Smith's column yesterday:

"THE SINGLE best way to cope with familial turmoil is to give up hope that your relatives will suddenly become cornucopias of emotional health. Your family of origin should give you unconditional love, wisdom, and insight. And this should happen right after your hamster publishes its novel."

So writes Martha Beck in O magazine. Let's hold this thought as we plan our get-togethers with those nearest and dearest to whom we are related.

Also of note:

Addendum: I see the weeks ahead as an obstacle course. I will just take things as they come. Try to let life roll off my back, and deal with the stuff that matters. That's something someone very wise always tried to tell me.

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December 08, 2005

I wish...

Don't Be an Asshat
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Roll your own (via Jenica)

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December 06, 2005

From Everywhere

Today, like yesterday, I am really tired. I just want to stay in bed and sleep the day away. But what I want and what I did are different things.

Met with two candidates so far. Gut impression: professional, promising. One more to go, and then we'll decide.

Atlanta - really, the 4th most literate US city? Huh. I guess we're all right. (via FAB)

Colorful wallpaper from a guy in Brazil (via goldenfiddle)

Add yourself to my Frappr map, pretty please! (via z.)

Another day, another tits t-shirt. At this rate, I could get a different one for every day of the week. (via Kambri Crews)

And that's all I know.

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November 30, 2005

When I think of hardware knobs...

I naturally think "Yes! Baby heads, perhaps in a celadon finish!" I mean, don't you?

Do you suppose these are bronzed, like the shoes?

Seriously, wtf?

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November 04, 2005


I'm almost 32, but not yet!

You Are 32 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
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I Knew It!

Your Hair Should Be Blue
Wild, brilliant, and out of control.
You're a risk taker with an eye to the future.

Well I've always wanted blue streaks in my hair. I don't know if that makes me wild or brilliant. I have been out of control, don't know about the risk-taking.

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November 02, 2005

Leftover Morbidity

On the eve of Halloween, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article about the appeal of the Golden Gate Bridge as a place to commit suicide. There's a graphic representing the number of deaths committed along span of the bridge.

Lethal Beauty [SF Chronicle, 10/30]

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October 26, 2005

Nursery Rhymes for Trust Fund Tots

From Page Six:

October 26, 2005 -- IT'S not enough to dress the results of the recent baby boom in Dior and Burberry and push them around in Bugaboo strollers that cost as much as a car. Now there are posh new nursery rhymes to recite to the spoiled sweeties. In "This Little Piggy Went to Prada," Amy Allen rewrites childhood standards with a designer bent. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," becomes "Twinkle, Twinkle Diamond Ring." But our fave to the tune of "Frere Jacques" is, "Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Burberry? Nappy bag dilemma Lulu, Kate or Anya? Shopping spree, buy all three." Talk about training consumers in the crib.

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October 25, 2005

Words from Madonna

From Jeannette Walls at The Scoop

Love and marriage, and Madonna
Madonna has revealed that she and her hubby went through such a tough period she said they almost split, and she now says theres no such thing as a perfect "soulmate."

"I got married for all the wrong reasons," she says in her documentary, "Im Going To Tell You A Secret." "My husband did not turn out to be everything I had imagined him to be. I just wanted to end everything."

But, Madonna says, she came to realize that she had unrealistic expectations of marriage. "There is no such thing as the perfect soulmate," she said. "If someone and you think they are perfect, you had better run as fast as you can in the other direction. Your soulmate is the person that pushes all your buttons. The person who [bleeps] you off on a regular basis and makes you face your [bleep]. . . . I thank God every day that I married a man who makes me think. That is my definition of true love."

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[via ScamCity]

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It Figures

Yesterday was Take Back Your Time Day. And I was at work, being dutiful when I should've just gone home. No more of that! ;)

The site has some cool posters you can print out too.

[via Emily at chocolatespoon]

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October 21, 2005

I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, etc.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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October 18, 2005

Immensely Satisfying

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LibraryThing - An online tool, still in beta, that allows you to catalog your books. Media (cds, dvds) seem available too, but not quite as numerous. This may involve my editing my catalog entries, but it's worth exploring. I'm thinking about ponying up the $10 for a lifetime membership (which also allows you to catalog more than 200 items).

Time magazine picks top 100 novels since 1923 to present

a few thousand science fiction covers

article on weblog usability

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October 17, 2005


Do you like Napoleon Dynamite? If so, you might enjoy this. [via mingaling]

A pretty(?!?) cover of "Baby Got Back"

Web Sudoku

Google 2084

Still in beta mode, meebo is a web-based tool that lets you log into your various IM accounts simultaneously. Not yet perfect, as I can't log in using both my AIM and ICQ accounts simultaneously, but I can use one of those along with a Gtalk login.

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October 12, 2005

Austen bits

One Book, One Chicago - A bit late on this, but Pride & Prejudice is the current selection. [Thanks to Richard Novak]

And for font fanatics, may I present the Jane Austen font.

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October 07, 2005

No, but thanks

Did you mean arseblog?

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September 29, 2005


"little birds who talk about obscure bands and make stupid jokes. now publishing five days a week."


You are Inara, the registered Companion. You are sexy, sensual and skilled, yet have trouble admitting to your emotions. You swing both ways.

Which Firefly character are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

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September 27, 2005

Bizarro site of the day

Make sure you have your sound on.

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September 15, 2005

Katrina: The Gathering.

Some guys have adapted Magic: The Gathering game cards and made their own satirical variation of the game, including various political figures who have been getting in our faces to tell us via press conference how much they really, really care and how much they're doing to make things in the Gulf Coast better for everybody.

Katrina: The Gathering

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September 09, 2005

Need to Laugh (Hysterically)?

Dictionaraoke "Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary." So far, I've heard "Take on Me," "Waterloo" and "Barbie Girl."

God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again [The Onion]

Bush: One of the worst disasters to hit the U.S. [Snopes]

August 30, 2005

Cats Taking Over the Interweb

Cats in Sinks

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August 26, 2005

A Man, a Boat, and the God of Catfish

Back in May, Thai fisherman caught a 9-foot, 646-pound giant catfish in the Mekong River. It may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. However, it was the following bit of the story that really caught my eye:

The monster fish was one of just three giant catfish caught in Thailand this year.

Before he headed out on May 1, one of the men who caught it, Thirayuth Panthayom, 29, made sure luck would be on his side. He said he prayed at the shrine of the God of Catfish and begged his boat to help him, "Please, Miss Boat, let me catch something today and I'll sacrifice a chicken for you."

He said he had only been out for 15 minutes when he saw the fish smack the water four times with its tail - "Pung! Pung! Pung! Pung!" It took his crew an hour to pull it in.

Not only is there a god of catfish, but there's a shrine to the god of catfish. And the boat did its part in helping the men make their big catch.

I imagine that "Catfish God" probably sounds more poetic in Thai.

Hat Khrai Journal: Truly, It Was a Whopper, but Are There Bigger Fish? [NYT]

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Brawny Man™ Fantasy Footage

The people who promote Brawny paper towels have a great sense of humor. Check out the online greetings which you can watch or send on to your friends.

This vision of the Brawny Man™ is about as real as those guys on soap operas. His name would probably be something like Decker or Roman or Hunter or Chase. (Actually, his official name really is Brawny Man™.)

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August 18, 2005

Harmless Prank or Needless Irritant?

The ministry of reshelving project involves reshelving copies of Orwell's 1984 and leaving behind notecards to indicate where you've reshelved the book. Is it a statement, or a game, or extra work for bookstore clerks?

Interesting how private commercial spaces have become quasi-public playgrounds. We've seen this with shopping centers - the senior mall-walkers and the mall rats who come around for reasons other than shopping. Bookstores (and libraries, for that matter) that create inviting spaces to browse, sit, mingle and have coffee seem to be regarded as extensions of public spaces, perhaps even of our living rooms. The latter is especially true in places where people live in cramped apartments and prefer to meet up in a more common, communal space.

Having worked in retail and being one of those who currently shelve books, I'm simultaneously amused and annoyed. But whatever. *Shrug*

I do wonder though what these kinds of "projects" signify. Meta-play? Like we're children or animals less interested in the toys we have than the discarded packaging.

The easy answer is escapism. Like we're lab rats purposely losing ourselves in the maze because reaching the end doesn't mean anything anymore.

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August 12, 2005

Links of note

A to Z Guide To Online Music Downloads [Largehearted Boy]

Astronaut Self-Portrait [NASA]

The Bacon Show "One Bacon Recipe Per Day, Every Day, Forever"

Airborne Cats - Flickr set of those amazing cat pictures I've previously mentioned.

Titles Designed By Saul Bass

The Official Site of Marshall McCluhan Despite being dead, Marshall rocks on in the interweb.

A Brief History of Drinking Water

She's So Cool, So Smart, So Beautiful: Must Be a Girl Crush [NYT]

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August 05, 2005

Links here and there

As expected, the Butterscotch Stallion t-shirt rides no more. [via Defamer] Here's hoping my order still went through.

The results of the 2005 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. [Thanks, Jonathan!]

A student photography project: photographs by Eugene Atget side-by-side with her own versions of the same scene.

Terror terror terror: President Makes It Clear: Phrase Is 'War on Terror' [NYT, 8/3]

George Lakoff: "If you have been framed, the only response is to reframe."

On the agenda this weekend: vintage shopping and whirlyball.

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August 04, 2005

Flying Cats

The Kittays can JUMP!

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August 02, 2005

Hey, I could get behind this.

Fantasy Fashion League Create your dream team of designers. Win points when your designers get mentioned in the news, when their clothes get covers of major mags, or when celebrities wear their designs on the red carpet. It's $18 to join by August 15, $24 thereafter.

League winners are entered in a drawing for...a $1000 shoe shopping spree at Zappos. Each member of the League of the Year will get a "Lolo + Gretch Dahling signature wristlet designed exclusively for FFL!"

This would be a great excuse to "study" the latest fashion mags.

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July 27, 2005

Love this, love this, love this. I love this.

Punk Kittens

Addendum: I knew about the VH1 promos that featured kittens rockin' out to various songs, including Joan Jett. According to Waxy, the guy who did the above also did the VH1 spots, which if you havent' already seen them, you can check out here. (Just look for all the ones with "Kitties" in the title.)

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June 30, 2005

Casa di Libri

How I'd love to live here.

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June 29, 2005


Pre-Hyptnotized Peter

What Office Space character are you?
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I don't hate my job. Life's better. I could use a break, though.

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June 13, 2005


Dangerrrr: cats could alter your personality [The Sunday Times] I read this with great disbelief, even though it's written by the science editor of The Times. Apparently many cats carry a parasite called toxoplasma gondii, and it can be passed on to people, eventually reaching the brain. There seem to be differing effects on men and women infected by toxoplasma:

Infected men, suggests one new study, tend to become more aggressive, scruffy, antisocial and are less attractive. Women, on the other hand, appear to exhibit the "sex kitten" effect, becoming less trustworthy, more desirable, fun-loving and possibly more promiscuous.

The article goes on to mention that the research was sponsored by the Stanley Research Medical Institute, a U.S. non-profit organization which has "already published research showing that people infected with the toxoplasma parasite are at greater risk of developing schizophrenia and manic depression."

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June 06, 2005

For Sale

At work there's an electronic bulletin board where people can post "for sale" messages. Usually there's something about Tupperware or Girl Scout Cookies or some furniture. Today I spotted a notice offering, at a slight discount, a double-depth crypt at the Garden of Resurrection.

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June 02, 2005


List of fictional curse words [Wikipedia]

Devoid of Content [NYT] Suitably apropos is a recent guest op-ed by Stanley Fish, in which he describes assigning his students to invent their own language.

I once did a project in which I discussed how several fantasy/sci-fi authors introduced their readers to "foreign" words - language that was foreign to the reader, and usually to one of the characters. I was interested in studying how the authors went about revealing the nature and function of such words in the course of the narrative.

May 31, 2005

Gallery of Comic Book Covers

Ben Samuels is a comic book collector who posted some of his favorite covers online: Super-Hero and War Comics, Good Girl & Romance Comics, and Crime & Horror Comics.

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May 19, 2005

Not very committed, am I? (yes, another quiz)

You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.



Cultural Creative














What is Your World View? (corrected...again)
created with

[via Paul Frankenstein]

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As Time Goes By

Clockwatching becomes its own pastime with this elegant, mesmerizing timeline. I think this can be used as a screensaver. Other clocks are also available at AJScreensaver.

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May 13, 2005

The Sharpest Claw

I've started to let the big gray cat come inside and walk around for a bit. This disconcerts the other cats, and so there's usually not much wandering for long. At any rate, I'd need the cat checked out to make sure it didn't have anything it could pass on to the tabbies.

This is a big cat, the size of a small dog, really. It might be a Maine Coon. It's got really big paws and some serious teeth. It's friendly enough with me, certainly insistent about wanting to be fed. But I'm more cautious with this one than with the other, more domesticated furballs that go about the backyard. It's got a collar, but no tag, and I'm beginning to think it's been abandoned.

I wasn't so cautious last night. After making the rounds, Big Cat leapt up on the bed and purred away, pretty as you please. I leaned in a little too close and it got spooked and swatted me on the jaw. After a judicious cleansing with Betadine and application of Neosporin, I should be okay.

Apparently we're still on friendly terms; it's just that there are limits. The cat tilted its head up and let me pat its head before it ran out the back door and into the night.

For those who want a less painful, more remote feline fix, check out The Daily Kitten.

May 04, 2005

If I Could Have Just One Wish, I Would Like a Tasty Fish


Your Birthdate: November 29
Your birthday on the 29th adds a tone of idealism to your nature.

You are imaginative and creative, but rather uncomfortable in the business world. You are very aware and sensitive, with outstanding intuitive skills and analytical abilities.

The 29 reduces to 11, one of the master numbers which often produces much nervous tension.

This is the birthday of the dreamer rather than the doer.

You do, however, work very well with people.

2. Who will reign supreme in the Kitten War? Who knows, but there are some awfully cute cats. (Yep, that's me squealing "oooohHOWCUTEooooh!" down the hall.)

3. So Long & Thanks for All the Fish Now you too can sing with the dolphins. [via Sheila]

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April 26, 2005

Personal Coverage Check

If you're a current or potential subscriber to T-Mobile, this is handy: Personal Coverage Check. You can check by a city or specific address to see the quality of signal you'll get when using your cellphone. The results may also indicate where T-Mobile HotSpots are located. Checking my old office address in New York generated a map with dark green, indicating great signal, and many pink dots, indicating HotSpots.

Currently a fan of this service. Recently I called them to consolidate our phone accounts into one plan. The customer rep looked up our records and recommended the best one for us, actually saving us money. The rep was really nice, didn't push anything else, and it was all quite painless.

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April 25, 2005


Glamorama Sassy! Goth Girl If I were a cute boy

Make your own at storTroopers

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April 22, 2005


Today's random question: Is burlesque the new swing dancing? Seemingly out of nowhere, now everywhere. All of a sudden people I know are checking out burlesque shows, and I'm wondering when did this all happen? I know they're happening here in Atlanta too, since I've heard about them from the super-cool girl who does my brows.

My favorite (only) secondhand burlesque experience is courtesy of Clunky Robot, who went to the Philadelphia Film festival. Check him out, surrounded by scantily clad women wearing fish heads. I'm still giggling.

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April 15, 2005


So why is it "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away?" Is the world of Jedis and Sith lords part of the universe's past? Is Earth just a backwater planet whose humanoids have yet to achieve serious full-fledged spaceflight?

Why are hairstyles so different in the future (or the futuristic past)? But whether it's Princess Leia or Queen Amidala sporting cinnabuns, this is a significant improvement over the hairspray plastered big hair (complete with poufy high-rise bangs) that middle school and high school girls used to sport. They probably still do, somewhere out there.

Addendum: I never had big hair. I couldn't be bothered with all the effort. My sisters, on the other hand....

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March 29, 2005

How come I never hear you say, "I just wanna be with you"

"Since U Been Gone" - the annual report - In case this needs explanation, it's a PowerPoint-style presentation of that Kelly Clarkson song.

For a really good example of the annihilating powers of PowerPoint, I direct you towards The Gettysburg Address.

Nonetheless, I'm disappointed to have missed David Byrne's "I Heart PowerPoint" lecture, which happened earlier this month. I didn't find out about it until too late. You'd think the guy would put his presentation online....

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March 18, 2005

Yep, still a dork.

I am nerdier than 29% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

"71% scored higher (more nerdy), and
29% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

Not nerdy, but definitely not hip."

Oh, the sting....

[via Postcards from Columbus]

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March 09, 2005

More Fun With Ribbons

At Support Our Ribbons, you can buy alternative levitra prices ribbon magnets for your car. They also have a nifty ribbon generator so you can create images with your own slogans.

I'd posted about a similar site but they don't offer the pretty ribbon generator.

[via le petit hiboux]

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Virtual Bubble Wrap

Virtual Bubble Wrap - For when you don't have any Bubble Wrap lying around for some zen popping fun. And yes, it does go pop!

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How to Tie Your Shoe

Ian's Shoelace Site is quite thoroughly devoted to showing you effective ways of tying your shoe. Perhaps you levitra price comparison don't need it, having mastered the skill in kindergarten or earlier, but some of us (ahem) are still tying our shoes using slipknots.

I'm wearing slip-ons today, so I can't practice just yet.

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March 01, 2005


Ok, I got reeled in by this one too:

L is for Lively
A is for Animated
D is for Delicate
Y is for Yummy
C is for Classy
R is for Radical
U is for Upbeat
M is for Mystical
P is for Peachy
E is for Edgy
T is for Tame

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You Belong in the UK

A little proper, a little saucy.

You're so witty and charming...

No one notices your curry breath

I wasn't really excited about the results for What Gender is Your Brain? (74% female, 25% male) or What Rejected Crayon Are You? (Nu Phlegm Green) so this had to do.

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February 17, 2005

Blogger's Horoscope

I read my horoscope, even though for the most part it's not usually applicable. Sometimes it's on the money - but maybe if you throw out enough predictions, one of them's bound to stick. So this was my message for yesterday, according to the horoscope I check on my cell phone:

If someone levitra price seems to be hesitating when it comes to tell you something, it may be because they've heard you discuss some extremely personal matters quite openly. It's just your nature to say what's on your mind. Reassure them that while you consider your own life to be an open book, you'll go to your grave with theirs.
This wasn't specifically relevant to yesterday, but it's certainly how I approach blogging in general.

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February 09, 2005

"True love (or maybe just true lexicography)"

...says Lloyd Grove, in today's Lowdown. In his column, he notes what Matthew McConaughey says about his girlfriend, Penelope Cruz:

"Everyone has their own little Webster's Dictionary, you know? The way they see life and the world. I really love her Webster's. I do."
Awwww. Yes, really. Lady Crumpet received her very first dictionary, a Webster's, in fact, as an elementary school graduation gift from her school librarian, for whom she worked as a volunteer. Then there was the Random House unabridged dictionary she received for winning her county spelling bee in the 8th grade (she lost on "bolshevize" at the National Bee, alas). She vows that the single-volume OED (the Oxford English Dictionary) - with its own slipcase and accompanying magnifying glass - will be hers someday, by jove!

So you see, dear Reader, a quirky expression of affection like this really does warm the cockles of our cold, cold heart.

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February 03, 2005


Hello Kitty sushi

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January 31, 2005

Create your own PowerPuff Girl/Boy

Surly Girl

This is me, in search of the perfectly toasted garlic bagel.

PowerPuff Girls Portrait Studio [via the real janelle]

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January 24, 2005

Today is the Most Depressing Day...

...of the year, according to a UK psychologist, Dr. Cliff Arnall. He's even devised a formula:

The model is:
[W + (D-d)] x TQ
M x NA

The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action.

Strangely, this makes me feel better. It's like I'm not completely responsible for my unhappiness, because the cosmos has decreed that today is supposed to be a bummer. I know I'm bound to be happier in a week, when I'll have more than $1.13 in my checking account. ;)

Jan. 24 Called Worst Day of the Year [via the real janelle]

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January 11, 2005

Hipster PDA

Introducing the Hipster PDA
Organizing Your Hipster PDA

Yes, this is a serious idea: index cards clipped by a mini binder clip. Even though I have a PDA, I still carry a notepad to scribble things down (handy, as I need to recharge my device at the moment). I also have a supercute desk calendar at home and at work. I guess I like being able to write and also have digital backup. As for synchronizing all this data, between the paper and the digital? Not quite there yet. (If ever.)

Back in high school, in sophomore English we had to learn how to write the all-important Research Paper. We had checklists, we had periodic deadlines, we had drafts. I did fairly miserably on all fronts, although my teacher still liked me in spite of my procrastination and significant underachievement. We also had to use index cards - for ideas, for quotations, for subject headings that would be sorted accordingly to create our paper outlines. My teacher talked about how she'd been a terrible procrastinator when it came to her Master's thesis. She ended up doing an all-nighter - yes, on her thesis! It was because she had done such a good job creating her index cards and sorting them into an outline that she basically typed out her thesis from the cards.

So I'm not mocking this idea. Whatever works best is the thing you should do.

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January 02, 2005

Rock Star Wisdom

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need

- Rolling Stones

It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got

- Sheryl Crow

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December 23, 2004

Where's Your Ribbon?

Those magnetic ribbons are everywhere, the yellow or red, white & blue ones with phrases like "Support Our Troops" or "God Bless America." These often strike me as empty gestures, especially when it's a big yellow ribbon on a giant SUV. (Honestly, who needs a tricked-out Hummer on the streets of Atlanta, let alone anywhere?)

The prankster in me wants to move the ribbon to another spot on the car. The wicked me wants to trace the outline of the ribbon with a Sharpie, maybe write some counter-phrase within the outline - and then replace the magnetic ribbon. Well maybe not a Sharpie - a grease pencil or something. I wouldn't want to steal one - that's just mean.

At PoMo Sideshow, you can order custom magnetic ribbons with alternative phrases such as "More Patriotic Than You," "God Bless Jingoist Ribbons," "Where is Your Ribbon?" and others. You can also provide your own phrase for your ribbon. I guess if I were to pick one, I'd go with something more serious than snarky, like "Demand Open Source Voting" or "Real Patriots Question Bush." Of course, then I'd worry about someone stealing my ribbon, because it's just so darn cool. ;) But they offer different ribbon sizes and you can specify whether you want an indoor magnet or one that would be used outdoors, like on your car.

December 14, 2004

The Tiny and the Huge

I had heard of TinyURL, which allows you to convert a long URL into a short one. But I had not heard of HugeURL.

This is what looks like:

[via Give, Get, Take, And Have]

Addendum: Out of curiosity, I pasted in the HugeURL into TinyURL. It generated a link, but it didn't work.

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December 01, 2004

Make Trade Fair

Make Trade Fair appears to be an organization advocating more balanced international trade between rich and poor, developing nations. Their current campaign offers up some famous people and tries to illustrate through photographs a visual sense of what it's like for poor countries to get unwanted goods dumped on them by wealthier nations.

Oh who am I kidding. I've hit the photo lottery because they've got images of the Finn Brothers surrounded by coffee beans and Colin Firth drenched in coffee. And yes, Colin's wearing a white shirt or two. There are some other big names, Michael Stipe (REM), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Alanis Morrisette, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Antonio Banderas, and others. But I only have eyes for Neil. And Tim. And oh yes, Colin.

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November 16, 2004


In the gym's cardio room, there's an array of televisions set to different channels. You hook up your headphones to the attachment on your machine of choice and can listen to music or get the audio for your selected television. My attention span varies. I've got a magazine, my own CD player, and the images from eight televisions to keep me distracted while trying to break a sweat on the treadmill. On VH1, they're showing the new Gwen Stefani video. Very Alice-in-Wonderland, although at times Stefani seems to evoke Madonna or Courtney Love. On NBC's Today Show, Katie Couric is wearing a cardigan with some kind of faux fur detail down the middle. Instead of stylish, she just looks frumpy. They're showing video of the Marine who shot an Iraqi prisoner. My eyes dart between the screens:

VH1: What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting
What you waiting for!?

NBC: "He's [expletive] faking he's dead."

VH1: Tick tock
Tick tock
Tick tock
Tick tock

NBC: "He's faking he's [expletive] dead."

VH1: Take a chance you stupid ho

NBC: ""Well, he's dead now."

I shake my head and continue reading about Sarah Michelle Gellar buying a samurai sword in Japan for her husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Addendum: U.S. probes shooting at Fallujah mosque [MSNBC]

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November 01, 2004

The Librarian

Lady Crumpet, Comic Book Heroine

Our heroine holds in her hand a precious spark, whose source lies in the heart of the original divine flame brought down from Mt. Olympus - the gift of Prometheus to humankind. Using both the Spark of Knowledge and her uncanny ability to read minds, Lady Crumpet indefatigably pursues her mission: to help her fellow truth-seekers fulfill their quests, and requests, for information.

Created using HeroMachine [via Watermark]

October 14, 2004

Digest This!

I have a pass to see a movie tonight, but I think I'd be better off tackling the apartment. Gotta work with those rare moments of self-motivation, although I can't always count on inspiration. So a digest edition of things I've been reading.

Christopher Reeve, 52, Symbol of Courage, Dies [NYT] [Bugmenot] He was Superman, but he was also a good human being. My heart goes out to his family.

Jacques Derrida, Abstruse Theorist, Dies at 74 [NYT] [Bugmenot] There's a significant typo, according to our resident philosophy scholar. The obit refers to a work it named as "The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond." It's actually "The Post Card : From Socrates to Freud and Beyond" [added emphasis]. Yes, this sort of thing matters when you're writing about the father of deconstruction. Speaking of which...

Clutter Busters: Deconstructing our acquisitive human nature Not a practical how-to article, but some insight into hoarding behavior.

O'Reilly Hit With Sex Harass Suit [Smoking Gun] Is it too much to hope that this case could be the ultimate smackdown this assbag deserves? Are there recordings? Oh please let there be recordings. We want maximum humiliation so we can have maximum schadenfreude.

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October 07, 2004

Like, Totally Awesome

There are several awesome things going on in the world today. We'll ignore all the other good things and the other terrible things taking place, because otherwise your hostess would be here until the end of time, and possibly all kinds of batshit crazy by then. [Note: "Batshit insane/crazy" is this week's personal phrase of choice; just the sort of silliness I'm needing right now. Besides, "guano crazy" just doesn't cut it.]

1. Need an ego boost? Need to feel appreciated and respected for Who You Really Are? Do you need your own cinematic moment, complete with heart-swelling music?

Until the day we have a device that allows us to pat ourselves on the back, I can now get my fix from Just substitute your name in the obvious position in the URL, and you can have your own personal tribute scrolling across your screen.

2. Check out Clunky Robot's hand-made messenger bag constructed entirely out of duct tape. I curtsey before such ingenuity.

3. And saving the best for last, the thunderclaps that ripple all the way down the Eastern Seaboard will be a sign that the impossibly-effervescent Krissa and Blah Blah Stuart Blah have reunited for good. We really really love happy endings. *sniff*

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August 11, 2004

What's Our Status? (Today, Anyway)

Our current status:

Terror Alert Level

The full chart:

Terror Alert Level Chart

[via geek and proud]

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July 01, 2004

How Strong is Your Type-Fu?

Check out this Letters Game. It starts out slow, but speeds up quick.

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June 30, 2004

Juvenile, but Funny

From this week's Onion:

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What People are Reading

Know Neighborhoods by Their Book Buying [Sabrina Tavernise, NYT, 6/28/04] A glimpse into what the big chain bookstores - which together sell one-fifth of books in Manhattan - are selling, depending on the neighborhood.

You can get the same idea of what's selling in your own part of the world by browsing Amazon's Purchase Circles. For instance, Amazon's top sellers for Atlanta.

I wonder if library websites would want to do something similar - a periodic list of a library system's most popular books, based on checkout numbers. Perhaps one could somehow set up the list as an RSS feed. I know that there's a feed for NYT's most emailed articles, which I find can lead to interesting reads.

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June 23, 2004

Happiness, Overrated?

Against Happiness [Jim Holt, The Way We Live Now, NYT Magazine, 6/20/04] Is happiness all it's cracked up to be? The essay comments on findings reported in the May issue of Psychological Science: in laymen's terms, that "Sad people are nice. Angry people are nasty. And, oddly enough, happy people tend to be nasty, too." A hypothesis proposes that happy people's happy attitudes "[reduce] the motivation for analytical thought." Which may explain why I sometimes trod on people's feelings and not realize it until they tell me. IF they tell me.

Another passage that I found interesting:

There is one bit of the world that happy people do see in an irrationally rosy light: themselves. As the British psychologist Richard P. Bentall has observed, ''There is consistent evidence that happy people overestimate their control over environmental events (often to the point of perceiving completely random events as subject to their will), give unrealistically positive evaluations of their own achievements, believe that others share their unrealistic opinions about themselves and show a general lack of evenhandedness when comparing themselves to others.'' Indeed, Bentall has proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder.

I'm still reading The Liar's Club by Mary Karr, my book club selection from last month. In her memoir Karr explains how people in her hometown acknowledged other people's problems:

This kind of bold-faced ugliness was common to us. The theory behind it held that not mentioning a painful episode in the meanest terms was a way of pretending that the misery of it didn't exist. Ignoring such misery, then, was equal to lying about it. Such a lie was viewed as more cruel, even, than the sad truth, because it somehow shunned or excluded the person in pain...from everybody else.

The "cruel to be kind" approach, however, doesn't work for everybody. Especially if they are inclined to think that you are just being cruel.

June 22, 2004

Hiding Things in Books Not Such a Great Idea

At Used-Book Stores, Unintended Mysteries are Often the Best [Barry Newman, WSJ, 6/22/04] Article about the things people have left behind in books that end up in used bookstores and the bored, nosy clerks who find them. [via Obscure Store]

I'd probably do the same, trying to imagine the person behind the artifact. Still, I feel a twinge whenever I find a used book that has a dedication in it to someone, especially one I think the person should have kept. I ended up buying a used copy of Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown for a friend and writing in my own dedication, telling her I knew she'd appreciate this book more than the previous owner.

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June 21, 2004

On Browsing the Victoria's Secret Catalogue

At what point does the decision to wear panties or go commando amount to basically the same thing? (Not safe for work)

Bonus: According to a 6/18 article in the Wall Street Journal, a lingerie company called Hanky Panky has made its reputation on the basis of a thong known only as 4811, its style number. One fan's rave: "It's like lace butter." [via Obscure Store]

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June 15, 2004

Think Before You Pack

Air Travel - Prohibited Items So I was curious as to what the FAA TSA says is acceptable to have either in your carry-on or checked luggage. Chilling:

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or at the least asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or Law Enforcement Officer will make this determination depending on what the item is and the circumstances. This is because bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint - even accidentally - is illegal. [Added emphasis]
According to the list of Permitted and Prohibited Items (as of 12/18/03), under the heading Sharp Objects, none are permitted in one's carry-on luggage. But box cutters, ice axes/picks, knives, meat cleavers, razor-type blades (excluding safety razors), sabers, pointed scissors, and swords should all be packed in one's checked luggage.

Good to know.

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June 14, 2004

Notable Links

Proofreaders' Marks [Merriam-Webster]

Clean Sweep Assessment I haven't finished looking this over, but it's a list of areas to review in your life to see how you measure up and where you need to improve.

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June 07, 2004

What a Cute!

Portrait Illustration Maker - Design an anime portrait of yourself. Seriously addictive. (via elise)

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June 04, 2004


Pemberley, a condo community in Utah. - Choice promotional lines include: "PEMBERLEY is super-size attached garages." Floorplans include the bennett (sic), the meryton, the collins and the wickham. Surely the collins floorplan will have a window facing the road so nosy residents can espy the comings and goings of their condescending affluent neighbors. (via Sick & Wicked)

Sunset in Manhattan - Gorgeous photo, accompanied by a brief astronomy lesson. See if you can find the Empire State Building.

Noah Wyle IS...The Librarian - The librarian-as-action-hero, in a TNT television movie to debut later this year. Treasures such as the Golden Fleece and the Ark of the Covenant lie within the inner catacombs of the New York Public Library. (What do you mean, which branch. The one with the lions!) (via LTR)

American Journalism Review article about political blogging.

In the Virtual Stacks, Pirated Books Find Eager Thumbs [Sandeep Junnakar, NYT, Circuits, 6/3/04]

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May 21, 2004


There's another Lady Crumpet out there, and she's younger than me too. Bitch.

Addendum: I just realized, she was born in '92, which makes her 12, but she's 84 in dog years. Boy, do I feel better.

Happy Friday!

Yours, &c., LC at 05:11 PM | Sundries | Comments (1)

May 20, 2004

Gee, What a Surprise

speak and spell
You're a Speak & Spell!! You nerd, you. Just
because you were disguised as a toy doesn't
mean you weren't educational, you sneaky

What childhood toy from the 80s are you?
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Jon Stewart's Commmencement Address

I wish Jon Stewart had spoken at my graduation. His address to the graduates of William & Mary hits all the right notes.

Yours, &c., LC at 02:26 PM | Sundries

What A Girl Wants

Besides Colin Firth / Orlando Bloom leaping up beneath his horse / a personal concert by Neil Finn? Why, a tiara, of course.

Jade Moran makes some awfully pretty ones.

But why, you ask. What could I possibly do with it? I don't know. Back in NY, a girl in Scott's department kept one in her office. Whenever she needed to cheer herself up, out came the tiara. A splendid idea.

This is what comes of reading too many of the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. So I can't be a princess, ok. But I want the tiara, dammit!

[via Carol via Circa75, which you should totally read, because it's a first-person account of getting married in Cambridge. And yes, it made me teary, because I love weddings.]

Yours, &c., LC at 01:14 PM | Sundries | Comments (1)

Check Check It

So there's the very cool and elegant iPod campaign, with silhouettes of people rockin' and jivin' against bold, vivid colors, with the white little iPod and its white earphones highly visible. The images are so distinctive, they've called out for remixes.

I'm sure there are many out there. The ones that caught my eye:

iGod - This came out in the wake of the The Passion, a recent movie by some guy named Mel Gibson, about some chap named Jesus. You know, the one in Latin and Aramaic. (Or was it just Aramaic?)

Strip, Pix, Burn: iRaq - You might have heard about the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, committed by our own people. One way to respond is to be extremely ashamed and pissed off about it. Another is to mash an iconic image of the evil that men and women do with the imagery of a highly successful ad campaign. And then put posters of it around New York City.

Yours, &c., LC at 11:43 AM | Sundries | Comments (2)

Not for Your Viewing Pleasure

The other day I was getting a cup of coffee from the breakroom, and I overheard one woman telling another that a group of them had just watched "the beheading video." (Presumably they'd huddled around someone's computer.)

Incredulous, the second woman asked "Why?" I wondered too.

This is not gawking at Paris Hilton (again - why?). You're watching someone die. Someone's cruel, brutal, savage murder. Somebody's son, somebody's brother, somebody's friend. And the family has to live with all these schmucks fools asshats assholes who want to ogle the death of their loved one. Nick Berg's death is reality. His death on video is not your reality tv.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:17 AM | Sundries | Comments (7)

May 07, 2004

Ad Infinitum

The Infinite Cat Project - A series of cats looking at cats looking at other cats in computer monitors.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:44 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

May 01, 2004

Word of the Day

Asshat \'as-'hat\ n : a person who exhibits ridiculous, immensely aggravating behavior -- to have one's head up one's ass : to be foolishly stubborn, willfully dense syn ASSCLOWN, DUMBASS, ASSHOLE mean a stupid, incompetent, or detestable person. ASSCLOWN implies a ridiculously stupid or incredibly incompetent person. DUMBASS suggests an average, bone-headed stupid or incompetent person; a doofus. ASSHOLE stresses a exasperatingly stupid, incompetent, or detestable person, a real jerk with few redeeming qualities.

It's a choice word that I've learned from Zeebah, who has to contend with a garden-variety Asshat of her own. I will try to use this word more often. It makes me laugh, instead of wanting to cry or punch a hole in the wall when faced with asshat-like behavior.

Sadly, we are not the first to use this expression. Asshat has an entry at UrbanDictionary, which offers audio pronunciations and suggested definitions provided by regular people. My favorite: "A foolish person, as one who would wear an asshat."

Joel at The Evolving Word does some further tracking of this delightful term. Unsurprisingly, several URL variations have been claimed - including this one.

Sample usages:

I tried to be supportive, to give useful advice and positive encouragement to a friend of mine. But instead she bit my head off, because she's an asshat.

I am an asshat for thinking this person was my friend.

However, I am an assclown for spending way too much time writing this. Thanks, Z, for making me laugh instead of cry.

April 29, 2004


A pair of peregrine falcons, Frederick and Gracie, are nesting on one of the balconies in my office building. They have three chicks, although it looks like there's nothing to see from the webcam at this moment.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:10 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

April 20, 2004

What are your colors, dear?

PANTONE birthday colors: When colors and astrology collide. Apparently you have both month and birthday colors, which may or may not be the same. I am a Chili Pepper ("Intense Passionate Transforming")/Lavender Violet ("Imaginative Builder Visionary"). There are also descriptions:

The color for the month of November is Chili Pepper. Intense and passionate, this color signifies depth and strength. People born during this month can see beyond the mundane and into the hearts of others. A little goes a long way with this powerful color. It is best to wear or work with Chili Pepper in combination with other colors that help integrate the qualities of perception with a more light-hearted detachment. Chili Pepper helps you stay inspired as you build your dreams and ambitions. You can use this color when you want to increase your perception, persistence and drive.

[Lavender Violet] You are capable of making magic. Your intuitive insights coupled with your ability to manifest your ambitions are some of your greatest assets both to yourself and others. Try not to juggle too much or be pulled toward indecision. It is best to create and take action. Wearing or surrounding yourself with Lavender Violet can help increase your confidence while reminding you to build your dreams one step at a time.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:21 PM | Sundries | Comments (3) | TrackBack (1)

April 19, 2004

Oh. Dear.

At times, in films there are such singular moments, such memorable lines, that invoking a line of dialogue is enough to capture the essence of a film. Such as:

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner!" (Dirty Dancing)

"You had me at 'Hello.'" (Jerry Maguire)

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (C'mon, do I need to tell you this? Ok, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.)

It seems that more often than not, such lines may be distinct because they are so over the top (the first two examples I have given tend towards that direction). Much to my chagrin, a member of my household (who shall go nameless) finds great amusement in reciting such cheesy lines because I cannot help but roll my eyes and cringe. So it is with dubious pleasure that I bring to your attention the following.

Khaaan! (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan)

YTMND! (Finding Forrester)

[via MeFi, whose comment thread is hilarious.]

Yours, &c., LC at 10:03 AM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

April 11, 2004

@#$%&*! Taxes: A Lesson in Usability

TurboTax is a really useful tool, and does much to preserve one's sanity. But it seems unreasonable that the state disc requires you to purchase additional codes if you have to prepare returns for multiple states. Although I shouldn't complain; my sister let me use her discs. (I know, I know, bad Lady C.)

Doing Georgia taxes by hand has been more harrowing than necessary, because the official instructions and the form itself are so ill written. The 500 tax form is for use by full-time, part-time or non-residents of the state. Is it made clear which line items are applicable for full-time residents and which should be skipped by part-time or nonresidents? Ha!

Part-time and nonresidents are supposed to complete Schedule 3, which helps them to determine the amount of taxable Georgia income. There is a reference to this schedule under the general information section of the tax booklet. But on the form itself, there are no instructions or visual cues (i.e., shading or divider lines) to indicate who should complete lines 9-14 (full-time residents) and who should go straight to line 15 (part-time/nonresidents). It's only when you get to line 15 that there's a vague parenthetical reference to the schedule.

There's not a lot of space on the form for additional information, which is why clear instructions about Schedule 3 should have been included in the line-by-line form instructions. Moreover, when I go to the booklet's instruction page about this schedule, there is nothing that tells which lines to skip on the tax form. Just as I'm about to blow a gasket, I see "DO NOT USE LINES 9 THROUGH 14 - PAGES 1 AND 2 FORM 500" - on an example copy of the schedule itself.

WTF? Was this helpful, essential bit of information not important enough to mention anywhere else in the instructions? Once I realized this, finishing the form was mind-numbingly easy, allowing me this time to rant and rave about shitty, needlessly stress-inducing form design.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:39 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

April 07, 2004

Confessions of a Bag Lady


I read about a blogger who discovered that the wash-care label in his new bag had some extra text in French: NOUS SOMMES DESOLES QUE NOTRE PRESIDENT SOIT UN IDIOT. NOUS N'AVONS PAS VOTE POUR LUI. The translation: We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We didn't vote for him. I think the poor guy got too many hits, because his site is no longer up at the moment.

The maker of the bag, Tom Bihn, cheekily noted the following in the news portion of its website:

...Apparently, the message began as an inside joke among seamstresses and staff at the Tom Bihn factory, intended to poke fun at company's founder and president, Tom Bihn, who recently incorporated the company and was elected its president.

Tom Bihn, the President of TOM BIHN INC., has issued the following statement:

"I am terribly sorry that this inside joke has been misconstrued to be a slur on any other president. The joke is on me, and I think it's funny."

My bag wardrobe is more extensive than my shoe wardrobe, so naturally I had to check out their stuff. And...I gave in. I'm hoping that my medium Cafe bag in eggplant/periwinkle with the off-center buckle (and that label!) arrives before my trip to Chicago next week.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:08 PM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

March 25, 2004

Aurally Lubricious

A collection of Colin Firth sound files. Don't miss the Bridget Jones files as well. V. addictive and v. likely to turn one's insides to mush.

Yours, &c., LC at 11:29 AM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

March 24, 2004

Gothic Hangovers

Now that I've finally got an unabridged copy of Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, this drinking game from Busy Nothings will come in handy. [via Austen-tatious]

Yours, &c., LC at 03:51 PM | Jane , Sundries | TrackBack (0)

March 22, 2004

Will Michelle Say Yes?

Stephen has proposed to his girlfriend - possibly the first via blog. I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. So far we don't know whether she has accepted or not. Let us hope that the young gentleman is reasonably sure of her response.

On another front, I read with great interest a doozy of a correction in NYT's wedding pages:

A report on Feb. 15 about the wedding of Riva Golan Ritvo and Alan Bruce Slifka included an erroneous account of the bride's education, which she supplied.

Ms. Ritvo, a child therapist, did not graduate from the University of Pennsylvania or receive a master's degree in occupational therapy or a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Though she attended Penn for a time, her bachelor's degree, in occupational therapy, is from U.S.C.

The Times should have corroborated the credentials before publishing the report.

I imagine that this sort of revelation is probably worse than not getting one's announcement in the NYT. [via Rosmania via Gawker]

March 12, 2004


A gallery of animal yawns.

Yours, &c., LC at 11:09 AM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

March 05, 2004

Martha Stewart, Baconovic Guilty

Interesting to see the development of this story in the last 40 minutes. First there were AP updates on the New York Times website indicating a verdict had been reached. Then there was a text bar at the top of NYT's news content indicating she'd been found guilty, including a flashing red exclamation point to grab one's attention. A quick check to CNN found that they were still showing the Shiite's reluctance (surprise, surprise) to sign the interim constitution for Iraq as the top news. Moments later, that had been updated as well, with a brief article and color chart indicating Stewart and Bacanovic's charges and how the jury had voted.

In the meantime, Scott had called and I knew exactly what he was talking about when he asked if I heard the news. Multiple refreshes of NYT and CNN pages and still no story. Guess the reporters had to actually write their stories, instead of going all Jayson Blair on us. The more instant news fix would've been to turn on the television where all the talking heads would be bursting in on people's soap operas to tell us the latest developments. But no, I kept refreshing the page, because I'm a webaholic.

Apropos tidbit: Gossip columnists Rush & Molloy reported on Wednesday that Douglas Faneuil, who testified that Baconovic had told him to tip off Martha, as well as that Martha had been really, really mean to him over the phone in their dealings, works at a gallery co-owned by Choire Sicha, editor of Gawker.

And what does Lady Crumpet think of all this? I'd like to see the prosecutors target everybody who's ever been guilty of insider trading. Ha! Was Martha a political target? Sure. Should she go to jail for 20 years when there are people equally guilty, with significantly higher amounts of money at stake, but are walking around freely trading stock tips? Talk about hypocrisy, as well as unequal dispensations of justice.

Yours, &c., LC at 03:55 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Talking Bush

There's a big shrubby bush with tiny leaves near my neighbor's back porch. If you listen closely, it sounds like Rice Krispies in milk. "You mean, like 'snap crackle pop?'" I ask Marco, incredulous.

We go to the bush. We touch the waxy, shiny, tiny green leaves. We lean our heads down on this windless, balmy evening.

And there it is: Snap, crackle, pop!

So what are these sounds, the sweet murmurings of Spring? The sound of photosynthesis? If I listen closely enough, will I be able to discern the secrets of the universe?

Two daffodils now bloom in the back yard. But this isn't as exciting as the noisemaker outside Marco's door.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:04 PM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

March 04, 2004

It's a Toss-Up. Or is it?

An article in Science News reports that a new analysis suggests that coin tosses are inherently biased - the coin is more likely to land on the face it started with when it's tossed.

There's a discussion about coin tossing in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, although I can't remember if it's Rosencrantz or Guildenstern who's consumed about having tossed a coin 99 times and it continually landing on heads (or was it tails?). The point that life is chance, it's all a random toss-up, is slightly turned on its head (or tail) with the discovery that the metaphor is inherently biased. Then again, perhaps Stoppard's Rosencrantz, or Guildenstern, is superhumanly precise and could toss a coin randomly every time.

Damn scientists. ;)

Yours, &c., LC at 12:06 PM | Sundries | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

February 19, 2004

Addition to Morse Code

The @ symbol has been added to Morse Code [2/17/04, AP]:

The new sign, which will be known as a "commat," consists of the signals for "A" (dot-dash) and "C" (dash-dot-dash-dot), with no space between them.

The new sign is the first in at least several decades, and possibly much longer. Among ITU [International Telecommunications Union] officials and Morse code aficionados, no one could remember any other addition.

"It's a pretty big deal," said Paul Rinaldo, chief technical officer for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio operators. "There certainly hasn't been any change since before World War II."

The change will allow ham radio operators to exchange e-mails more easily. That is because -- in an irony of the digital age -- they often use Morse to initiate conversations over the Internet.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:17 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

February 18, 2004

What's Your Barcode?

Feeling like one of the faceless masses? Generate a barcode to match your lack of identity. Be sure to check out the rest of the artist's site as well.

Yours, &c., LC at 04:46 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

February 10, 2004

V. Amusing

It's the little things in life that can generate some of the biggest giggles. Try this:

While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.

[Via Making Light]

Yours, &c., LC at 04:27 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

February 09, 2004

Beyond Packrat

Please please please don't let this happen to me.

I'm going to race home now and just throw stuff away.

Yours, &c., LC at 06:19 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)


Georgia Schools Restore 'Evolution to Curriculum [Ariel Hart, NYT, 2/5/04] - The state superintendent felt that the term "evolution" was too controversial and thought that using the phrase "biological changes over time" would be a suitable substitution. Controversy, of course, ensues, with even Jimmy Carter and the governor weighing in. So what have we communicated to the rest of the world about the state of education here? That people here are so stupid they wouldn't know evolution theory was still being taught in schools, just because it went by another description? Great PR move.

Love That Dare Not Squeak Its Name [Dinitia Smith, NYT, Arts, 2/7/04] - Article about homosexuality in the animal kingdom. Apparently there are quite a few gay penguin couples at the Central Park Zoo.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:22 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

February 06, 2004


Sadly, the story of poor Carlie Bruscia is nothing new: Bad Man Snatches Little Girl. The more sensational, the better, as we saw with the story of Elizabeth Smart, the recent rescue of three little Georgia girls whose stepfather killed the rest of their family, and now this, where even NASA got involved to try and refine the resolution of the security camera footage. I'm always struck by how remarkably beautiful these little girls are, smiling out of family or school portraits, and I always want them to be found, safe, sound, unscarred, untouched. But from the news you'd think only the blonde, blue-eyed little girls get taken.

In the wake of Boobygate - what with the FCC investigating the Jackson-Timberlake NFL halftime-show fiasco and some woman in Tennessee seeking to bring a class action lawsuit against Jackson, Timberlake, MTV, CBS and Viacom for the injury of seeing Janet indecently exposed - Ms. Jackson won't be appearing at the Grammys. (She was to introduce an award for Luther Vandross, who's now not coming anyway because of illness.) But Justin "She Made Me Do It" Timberlake is going to be there, since he's up for Grammys this year. No one's calling for him to keep away.

So what's the message here - an exposed woman is a nasty whore and persona non grata - she asked for it, she made him do it - but the guy who rips open her clothing and exposes her isn't equally complicit? The faux rape imagery is appalling enough, but equally sickening is the heaping of blame on Jackson alone, as if this were some tacky retelling of Adam and Eve, and it's really Eve's fault they both got kicked out of Paradise.

Yours, &c., LC at 02:34 PM | Sundries | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

February 04, 2004

We All Know Someone Who Should Read This

How to Manage Smart People - A lucid, expansive essay about what it means to be a good manager.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:54 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

January 20, 2004

Spider Sense

Guys, take note: When your significant other screams "Spider! Spider!" which she can still see, even without glasses, whilst in the shower*, you should be there upon the first exclamation of "Spider!" to rid the earth of this pestilence.

*Meaning it was practically the size of Shelob, damn it!

Yours, &c., LC at 01:52 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

December 25, 2003

Princess Anne's dog kills the Queen's corgi

Now this is a reason to be upset over the family dog at Christmastime.

Yours, &c., LC at 08:25 PM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

List of Lists

Another year, another round of best-of/top n lists. Fimoculous offers a year-end roundup with links to various lists, with easy quick links to take you to subjects of interest.

5ives is a blog that posts various lists of five things. Simple, focused, and interesting.

Yours, &c., LC at 08:21 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Who Wants a Card?

As usual, I'm late every year with sending out holiday greetings. Although not here on the blog - Merry Christmas!

Since my schedule is now wide open, I thought I might aim for the spirit of the day - goodwill to man, let your heart be light, jingle bells/batman smells, etc. - and write some Christmas cards. As instant and as animated as e-mail and e-cards can be, I've always loved getting something tangible and handwritten in the mail. I love beautiful notecards - as my office supply closet can attest to all the unused stationery, waiting to fulfill their potential. But when I do take a moment to write something, I am always glad that I did, because it's worth telling people things that you might not always say, but always mean to say.

Would you like to receive a card? Email me with your coordinates, and I shall send you one.

Yours, &c., LC at 09:12 AM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

December 24, 2003

Zellweger the Zaftig

Va-va-voom! Here is a much better picture of Renee Zellweger with her Bridget Jones weight. She looks really good!

Renee Zellweger
Yours, &c., LC at 08:38 AM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Use Your Bootstraps

For More People in 20's and 30's, Home Is Where the Parents Are [Tamar Lewin, NYT, 12/22/03] - This article really ticked me off. I know the economy sucks, I know it's not a given that you'll identify your career goals by the time you get out of school. The first job out of college or the job that you take because you get to do what you love may not pay enough for you to support yourself on your own, especially if you live in a big, expensive city. Bad things can happen which make moving back in with one's parents the only viable option. But it's supposed to be temporary, not go on for years and years!

What I don't understand is how people can trade their pride in themselves, their independence, in order to live "at home." In my case I fiercely cherished the autonomy and privacy I gained while being away at school (on scholarship, which I earned by being a neurotic overachiever). It was miserable to come back and live with my parents again - I had no career goals, not even a car to get myself to interviews, let alone to visit friends. To cope I zoned out on the Internet, living in chat rooms and discussion groups.

Until I could support myself, I did not feel like an adult; living at home just reinforced that feeling. It didn't help that one of my sisters would bitchily remind me that my room was really the guest bedroom, so I was really just an unwanted guest in my family's house. I finally snapped out my funk to find a job, any job, that would get me out of the house, that would allow me to save up and move out. Eventually I did - the salary was horrible, but there was plenty of overtime. More importantly, the job helped me to recover my identity and self-respect; at work I was treated as a professional, as an adult. I didn't have to be the surly teenager living with my parents and sisters in the suburbs. As soon as I saved up enough money, I found an apartment with my friend Marco as a roommate, and I packed up and moved out. I was determined never to live with my family again. For my troubles - for not asking for permission, for their blessing; for not wanting or needing their financial support; for living with a roommate who was a guy - my parents stopped speaking to me for months.

I'm sure other people have much better relationships with their parents. But even so, if you have any respect for yourself, why would you remain dependent on your family and still live at home? It's not easy to figure out and then to get started in one's career. Housing isn't cheap - you may have to live with roommates for a long time. You're not settled down, you may not be married or have kids - but does that mean you should move back in with your parents (that is, if they even want you to come back home)? The path of least resistance isn't necessarily the best. Try to figure out what you want, then do something about it!

Yours, &c., LC at 06:20 AM | Slice o' Life , Sundries | TrackBack (0)

December 22, 2003

Web Toys

Create your own Bayeux Tapestry with the Historic Tale Construction Kit. Watch this space for my creation.

Send a nifty e-card for the holidays using TypeFlake.

The adorably monikered SquidFingers offers pretty patterns for your desktop or your website - just be sure to give credit!

Yours, &c., LC at 07:13 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

December 14, 2003

Queer Eye Parody

To whom did men of the Middle Ages turn to during a lifestyle crisis? Qveere Eye for thye Medieval Man Love it!

Yours, &c., LC at 12:13 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

December 12, 2003

Decoder for Laundry Symbols

The Guide to Common Home Laundering & Drycleaning Symbols explains the meaning of all those symbols on clothing tags. No more excuses for putting off the laundry now.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:13 AM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

December 09, 2003

Holiday Spirit

For those of us who are more subversive than sentimental, shake the snowglobe.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:46 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

Picasso Links

On-Line Picasso Project - An extensive archive, with 7,044 works currently cataloged.

Mr. Picassohead - Create your own art in the style of the master. Here's mine.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:05 AM | Librariana , Sundries | TrackBack (0)

November 22, 2003

Only Slightly Different

Paul Krugman - The Great Unraveling - US cover Paul Krugman - The Great Unraveling - UK cover

Wow. Just guess which cover of Paul Krugman's new book, The Great Unraveling, belongs to the US versus the UK edition. Interestingly, sometime between yesterday and today, the image for the UK edition is no longer available on Too many hits, I guess. [via MeFi]

Also, Russell Baker reviews Krugman's book. ["The Awful Truth" - The New York Review of Books, v. 50, no. 17, 11/6/03]

Yours, &c., LC at 01:11 PM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

November 19, 2003

The Gettysburg Address, in PowerPoint

The Gettysburg Address was delivered by President Lincoln on this date in 1863.

What if Lincoln had given his speech as a PowerPoint presentation?

Yours, &c., LC at 08:06 AM | Sundries | TrackBack (0)

November 05, 2003

A Plea to Techrats

I'm about to reveal something rather embarrassing: my computer still runs on Windows 98.

Yeah, so anyway - anyone, anyone, have an old Win98 systems disc that they don't need anymore? Or could anyone lend me one? In full disclosure, I will admit that I've borrowed my sister's copy several years ago and now can't find it, but I promise, promise, that I will take much better care of your copy and send it right back once I get my printer connection up and running again.

Name your (reasonable) price. So long as you're not requesting nudie pix or my firstborn, I'm sure I could proffer some token of gratitude.

Yours, &c., LC at 02:33 PM | Sundries | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Need a Laptop


So I can justify getting one of these cute bags!

Yours, &c., LC at 01:17 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

November 01, 2003

More Age-Obsessive Navel-Gazing

Just in time - apparently there's a series called Book of Ages, and they've just published Book of Ages 30, chockful of thirtysomething trivia. According to the dust jacket:

This year about four million people in the United States will turn 30. If youre one of them, the bad news is that youre older than 42 percent of Americans. Youve already lost 10 percent of your muscle mass. And, on average, youre almost $20,000 in debt. But dont despair. At 30, Harrison Ford was working as a carpenter, and neither Oprah nor Jane Austen had found fame. Edvard Munchs famous painting The Scream? Created at 30. And, most heartening, youre still gettin it on2.24 times a week.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:20 AM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

October 23, 2003

Guess I'm Going to Burn

Christina Blogs for Jesus - "Hi my name is Christina and I am a 14 year old home school student and I am going to blog for our lord and savior Jesus Christ since he is in heaven and there is no internet in heaven since internet is mostly filthy porn and athiest places that dont get into heaven." [via BoingBoing]

She's only 14, we'll forgive her for having her head up His ass.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:42 AM | Sundries | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

October 22, 2003

Sir Mix-a-lot Goes Latin

That's right, "Baby Got Back" translated into Latin.

So "I like big butts and I cannot lie" becomes
magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.
(Large buttocks are pleasing to me, nor am I able to lie concerning this matter.)

Yours, &c., LC at 02:09 PM | Sundries | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

October 08, 2003

Marriage Protection Week, Oct. 12-18

Proclaimed by W. himself. Because dealing with internal felony-inducing leaks, the Middle East and the sucky economy are not enough.

The legal rights that come with civil marriage should not be limited to heterosexuals. Gays have significant others that they want as their partners for life, and they're taxpayers and voters too. If churches want to dictate and discriminate as to the makeup of religious marriages, that's up to them.

Although I have crossed over and am married now, I think there should be Singleton Protection Week. Do you know, Mr. President, how humiliating it is to be a single woman or man surrounded by couples when you go to a dinner party? The marrieds grill you on your love life, seeking vicarious thrills through your romantic travails and ask deeply personal questions and point out how you're not getting any younger. Then they wax rhapsodic about their couple-y activities - having babies, buying a house, going on a second honeymoon even though it's only been a few years since the first one - and sighing happily, smugly, that in spite of all that's going so well for them and keeping them so busy, they still have time to hold each other's hands and coo gooily to each other in public, proclaiming to the world just how much they are still in love. And then they look at you blankly as you (for the most part) honestly declare that your life is quite fulfilling even though you don't happen to have a significant other at the moment.

Can you not see, Mr. President, the plight that singles suffer? In addition to Singles Protection Week, there should be Relationship Promotion Week. For the most part, people don't want to be single, but it's awfully hard to find The One. Perhaps a week of awareness might help in that regard. Every week would be even better.

October 04, 2003

Why Not Re-Read the Book?

Wuthering Heights, the RPG It seems to be parody, but this role-playing game can really be played. [via MeFi]

I should make fun of this, but I'm guilty of playing Pride & Prejudice, the board game. And I enjoyed it, too! :p

And speaking of RPGs, of which I admittedly know little, here's someone's take on applying the D&D alignment system to world politics: Neutral Good in a Lawful Evil World. [also via MeFi]


Renaissance, the Elizabethan World - features a Compendium of life in Elizabethan England, information on heraldry and sumptuary laws, and a transcription of the trial of the Earls of Essex and Southampton, 1601.

The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman - An impressive hypertext of the novel.

Old but cool news: British researchers - PhD students, no less - have pinpointed the geographic location of Blandings Castle, the fictional creation of P.G. Wodehouse.

Commercial Animation Art - Nifty, spiffy images from the 50s & 60s ad work from the Ray Putin Studios. This and other archives available at Tick Tock Toys.

CrazyFads - Covers fads from the 1920s to the 1990s. When they get to the Oughties, flashmobs should be at the top of their list.

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iPod Envy

My friend Marco has one of the newer iPods. It's one of the most beautifully designed objects ever to come into being - it represents a fine balance of form and function. To hold it is sheer tactile joy - the iPod is sleek, light, smooth and curved - its gleaming underside evokes the sense of precious metal, platinum or perhaps titanium. You feel as though you are not merely holding an object, but a magical totem, full of the potential, the possible. It's like an artifact from the future.

It gives me pleasure to know that such a thing exists in the world. Of course, I'm also jonesing for one in the worst possible way. But for those of us who can't have one just yet, we can construct our own Paper iPod in the meantime. [via BoingBoing]

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September 19, 2003

Beltway Pickup Lines

The Washington Post has a column in its Style section, The Style Invitational, to which readers submit items for its weekly contests. The column for Week 519 [free, mini registration required] asked readers for pickup lines which you'd only hear in D.C. The top winners (follow the link for the Honorable Mentions):

Third Runner-Up: Excuse me, ma'am, but the gentleman at that table has sent you a FYH 2005 energy and water appropriations bill rider for a $52.3 million solid-waste treatment plant upgrade in your home congressional district, with his compliments. (Mark Briscoe, Arlington)

Second Runner-Up: I'm guessing you work for Fannie Mae, because your fanny may be the best I've ever seen. (Chris Doyle, Forsyth, Mo.)

First Runner-Up: Babe, why are you wasting your time with an assistant to a deputy secretary, when you could be with ME, a deputy assistant undersecretary? (Dan Steinberg, Falls Church)

And the winner of the the Lyndon Johnson commemorative plaque:

Your beauty renders me as powerless as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. (Cindy Burnham, Alexandria)

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September 18, 2003


From The Onion:

Revised Patriot Act Will Make It Illegal To Read Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, DCPresident Bush spoke out Monday in support of a revised version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that would make it illegal to read the USA Patriot Act. "Under current federal law, there are unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting acts of terrorism, including the public's access to information about how the federal police will investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism," Bush said at a press conference Monday. "For the sake of the American people, I call on Congress to pass this important law prohibiting access to itself." Bush also proposed extending the rights of states to impose the death penalty "in the wake of Sept. 11 and stuff."

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The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus

Reprinted from Al Franken's new book, Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them -- A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. [via BoingBoing]

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September 16, 2003

Cool Tools

fontBrowser allows you to quickly preview the active fonts on your computer.

Listamatic explains how to create different styles of lists using CSS. Its companion page, Listutorial, can help you get started.

If your background is dullsville, check out the wallpaper selections at Veer.

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September 10, 2003

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darcy


That is, it's Colin Firth's birthday.

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August 30, 2003

Literary Karma

BookCrossing is about turning the world into a library. Register your unwanted books, write in the designated ID number, then give the book to someone, or leave it on a bench for someone to find. This might be a better venture for me than to get a paltry sum for them, as the effing Strand was wont to do.

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July 29, 2003

"Thirty is the new 22"

This NYT article notes that because major life events like marriage and having children are being delayed, turning 30 is not quite the apocalyptic milestone birthday anymore ("Smiling Through the 30th, a Birthday Once Apocalyptic" - Vanessa Grigoriadis, NYT, Styles, 7/20/03]).

Lady Crumpet is most relieved, even though she isn't yet 30 for, um, another 124 days. Not that she's counting or anything. Still, what will she have accomplished by this milestone date, arbitrary as it is? Her friend Marco went to Italy. Her friend Sarah gave birth to a daughter. Her friend Jen had a fabulous party in Brooklyn.

Ok, I haven't accomplished diddly squat, even though I cannot paint screens with I know not what. (Sorry, Janey joke there.) Since returning to New York though, I think I have really come into my own. I have earned a master's. I have written a draft of a very bad novel. I have started and faithfully maintained a blog. I have made an effort to go to film festivals and good theater. I have dined at some really great restaurants. I have made chili from scratch. I have whomped pizza dough and made a passable pie. I have survived a Kate Spade sample sale. I have nearly knocked a Tony-winning actor off his roller blades. I have followed Neil Finn around the North- and Southeast. I have married, but that's not something to be smug about. I have found some really wonderful girlfriends.

The minutiae of one small life out of the billions on this planet. Still flying by the seat of my pantaloons. Not yet time to get all ponderous.

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Effing Talk

Or, how to get people interested in etymology. (Cunning, no? Oh wait, that's linguistics - oh, never mind.) The July 7 edition of The New York Observer includes an article on the subject of nearly everyone's favorite cuss word.

Now The Smoking Gun has posted a copy of a court pleading that delineates the history of and argues the constitutionality of the words and phrases that make up "the fuck family." I'm guessing that the public defender really enjoyed writing this brief. See, pro bono work is rewarding!

Yours, &c., LC at 12:23 PM | Sundries

I Dvrc U 3x

Divorce by text message in Malaysia has been deemed permissible under Islamic law. [The expression by which men may divorce their wives is "talaq" - "I divorce you" - stated three times.]

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You mean a date is just a date?

German scholar: the Qur'an mistranslated; promises of raisins, not virgins, in afterlife What a cruel, just joke it would be on suicide bombers, if this scholar's contention turns out to be correct. Paradise would be full of "white raisins" and "juicy fruits" instead of teeming, virginal lubriciousness.

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July 10, 2003

Poll-Fixing, Hacker Style

Oh hell. Bev Harris offers an analysis of the electronic polling machines that use the Diebold election system, which were used in the most recent elections in Georgia, among other places. Certainly, hacking the polls would be easier than asking the Supreme Court to fix the election. Then we can concentrate on more important issues, like whether Clay or Ruben should have won American Idol.

Also of interest - Harris encourages the dissemination of her article: "Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers are encouraged to forward this to friends and acquaintances in the United States and elsewhere."

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Verify Verify Verify

Baby Ink - "where we believe that it's never to early to start expressing your unique personality through professional, high quality body art....Although we are the ORIGINAL body art chain to cater to toddlers and children, our experienced, talented staff is glad to work on people of all ages."

When I checked out the gallery, I was aghast. Then I decided to see if this place was listed in a phone directory. Nothing. A visit to Snopes confirmed that this was indeed a hoax.

What's true for this newbie librarian is also true for the average President. So where are those Weapons of Mass Destruction - aren't you at all curious, George?

[BBC link via Zeebah]

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June 05, 2003

Dude! Sweet!

The East Coast Regionals for the 2003 US Air Guitar Championships take place this Friday at the Pussycat Lounge downtown. Grand prize is a trip to Oulu, Finland this August to compete in the World Championships. That would be the 8th annual Air Guitar World Championships.

I'm soooooooo not there. Especially if it's eight bucks just to get in!

Which reminds me - at the Suzanne Vega concert there was actually a guy at the show doing air drums. *cringe* But this was at least a more tolerable sight than the woman who went spastic over "Calypso."

Yours, &c., LC at 02:02 PM | Music , New York minutes , Sundries

An ale for what cures you

SkinCola - I've seen the ads on the subway, and I'm still agog with disbelief. Anyone else creeped out by the packaging design on the bottles?

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