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Monthly Archives: April 2009
Last day of classes! HURRAH. And I have “Singing in the Rain” stuck in my head, in my head.
Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s been a long week, and I’ve been busy having real-life feelings. Don’t worry, though. I still hate plenty of stuff.
Still having homework even though it is supposed to be 85 today. All I want to do is go back to bed – but outside.
Racism. In the course of about a week, my university has: suggested dissolving the African- and Afro-American Studies department, undergone an internal trial in which white students protested the position of a Racial Minority Senator because it made them feel discrimated against, and published a student editorial in which the author says he “fails to perceive any benefit from interacting with people of other racial backgrounds.” Jesus Christ. I don’t even know what to say.
The ending of Grease. What the fuck, Sandy?
Miss California. I think I’ve only watched any of the Miss America pageant once; all I remember was Miss Massachusetts singing opera. Why couldn’t Miss California have just done that instead? “For my talent, I will confirm the rest of the nation’s suspicions that my state is full of homophobic assholes.” Also, what is Perez Hilton doing there? Maybe I don’t really understand how this works.
Cleaning up after other people’s parties. Are you listening, people whose party I had to clean up after last night?
Driving children to suicide. In the past few weeks, two eleven-year-olds have killed themselves after prolonged taunting and abuse from their classmates, which their respective schools did little or nothing to stop. Both Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and Jaheem Herrera were the targets of cruel, and specifically anti-gay, bullying at their schools; it got bad enough for both of them that they managed to kill themselves at only 11. Neither of these boys identified as gay, but that doesn’t really matter. Combined with the case of Lawrence King, it’s becoming ridiculously obvious that schools which ignore anti-gay slurs and bullying are not only negligent, but completely unconcerned with the physical safety and emotional well-being of any student who might even be perceived as gay.
How stain-y hair oil is. It is so good for my hair, and so bad for my clothes
How expensive pressure cookers are. Guys, I am looking for help. Which would be a better investment – a slow cooker, a rice cooker, or a pressure cooker? I want something that’s really multi-use; like, something that I could cook a lot of different foods/meals in. A slow cooker obvs does that, but sometimes you don’t want to wait 8 hours to eat. A rice cooker would only cook rice – or so you would think. This intriguing article implies otherwise – and also is written by Roger Ebert? A pressure cooker can be used for anything from brisket to potatoes to steaming broccoli, and is supposed to cut your cooking time by 2/3 or something. But they also cost as much as a plane ticket and are kind of intimidating/scary. Thoughts? –
Returning from vacation. Man, did I miss people.
Those Aren’t Muskets!. Recommended for your viewing pleasure: the Internet party and the subsequent intervention for Myspace.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Rereading it after a few years and am delighted with Michael Chabon’s language. “It’s the beginning of the summer and I’m standing in the lobby of a thousand-story grand hotel, where a bank of elevators a mile long and an endless red row of monkey attendants in gold braid wait to carry me up, up, up through the suites of moguls, of spies, and of starlets, to rush me straight to the zeppelin mooring at the art deco summit, where they keep the huge dirigible of August tied up and bobbing in the high winds. On the way to the shining needle at the top I will wear a lot of neckties, I will buy five or six works of genius on 45 rpm, and perhaps too many times I will find myself looking at the snapped spine of a lemon wedge at the bottom of a drink.” THAT IS ONLY PAGE TWO, GUYS.
11 Points. Sam Greenspan writes 11-point lists of things, from types of women the Kama Sutra advises you against marrying (spoiler: your mom) to things the Back to the Future sequel predicted correctly to actual literary references (score!!). Hilarious and a bit addictive.
The Billy Bob Thornton bitchfest of a radio interview. Seriously, what is his deal? I’m surprised the host didn’t throttle him with a stray cable.
(Honorable mention this week: That’s What She Said. A female-written blog about zany celebrity antics. Haven’t had much time to check it out in-depth, but I already have inclinations to envy due to its title –– seriously, why didn’t I think of that first?)
Only 11:10! Score, I’ll have enough time for a leisurely sandwich before class and still check Cracked before I go!
11:45? Dammit. Class is in fifteen minutes and I have no bagel.
Good thing the bagel place has no line.
Aw, but wait. You have to eat this in class. You should’ve gotten butter. I mean, we all know you can’t eat bagels like they’re sandwiches, because they over-cream cheese the bagels here and it will bulge out everywhere and end up all over your face. It will be a distracting embarrassing mess. But if I put the halves asidde to eat like a real bagel then I’ll have to smooth out the cream cheese and it will be a whole production.
YES! Discussing the derivation of the historical concept of “sensibility”: FTW.
Is the girl behind me drawing her own comic? That is so boss.
I should buy new socks. Also, finish that comic. It’s been almost a month; get on that.
I’ll be the grapes fermented, bottled and served with the table set in my finest suit, like a perfect gentleman. I’ll be the fire escape that’s bolted to the ancient brick where you will sit and contemplate your day.
Blogging is an inherently narcissistic activity. Why should Rachel or I believe that people would be interested in reading about us? Does blogging make me a narcissist? What about the several hundred million other bloggers out there?
And you could say a similar thing about art. Why do we go see bands put on shows or read a writer’s stories or attend a painter’s exhibition? Not that blogging is an art.
Man, Bloc Party is awesome.
I wish Art Bechstein and Arthur Lecomte were real people, so we could all go to classy parties.
New personal mantra: never mix Pokemon and nakedness. (BACKSTORY: Our school has a dance recital each year in which the dancers wear only paint, in lieu of clothing, and the program included a Pokemon-themed number.)
Huh. That Pokemon number went way better than I thought.
BEDAZZLER! I always wanted a Bedazzler.
Rick was a singer
Yeah, I know he’d done
A good song in ‘is time
But lately something’s changed
It ain’t hard to define
Rick’s screwed with his spellin’
And I want to make it right
‘Cause Jessie‘s a girl’s name,
And Jesse for boys has no “I” (I just know it)
Not to bring up gender roles again, but…
You know I wish Rick Springfield
You know I wish Rick Springfield
Why can’t he find a name database?
Legendarium. Turns out it’s a real word! How exciting. According to Wikipedia, it was created specifically for “Tolkien scholars” to discuss the legends of Middle-Earth (!). Which takes me to
Any time Stephen Colbert and Neil Gaiman debate the merits of Tolkien characters. “Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo! Bright blue his jacket was, and his boots were yellow.”
Jason Segel. I finally saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall this week, which confirmed what I already suspected: Mr. Jason Segel is a bundle o’ laughs. You know he wrote that entire movie himself? Couple that with the hilarity of I Love You, Man, and you get a dude I would totally hang out with. So: Mr. Segel, if you happen to have stumbled upon here in your perusal of the Internet (perhaps in a routine self-Google? hey, I don’t judge), the offer stands. Mabes we can make piña coladas!
That Ben Gibbard made a cover of “Thriller.” Can it get better? No.
Today’s XKCD. Secret: I love the Internet.
Being a lady. Seriously, this week has been one long romance with archetypal femininity! I am living in a chick lit novel, or something. First I wore a rare skirt on Easter (my mom: “Ooh! You look like a girl!”), then chopped all my hair into bangs and spent the rest of the weekend either watching comedies or shopping for things to wear. What is going on?
Skype. My friend the Doctor is fourteen timezones away right now, studying le science, so I haven’t talked to her all semester. This week, we’ve Skyped three times. (EDIT: I would like to make some kind of joke here but can’t think of any corny, stereotypically Australian things to say. I guess since she told me how worried she was to eat a whole lamb for Easter, I could make a “lamb on the barbie” joke, but come on. Rachel and I are better than that.)
Making fun of Matthew McConaughey. The bongo thing is dead. Here, instead, let us mock his actual career! (Oh, Dan O’Brien. Where would this weekly bit be without you and your cohorts?)