April 05, 2010

Overheard in the Hall This Morning

"Bears are godless killing machines."...
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March 22, 2010

Armand's Contrarian Thought of the Morning

Health care reform was brought to you by President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. But it was made possible by George Bush, Tom DeLay, and Dick Cheney. Without their ineptness, corruption, and unpopularity, the Democrats would never have won majorities big...
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January 27, 2010

Link Science

What, you mean those guidelines are more stupid than they sound? Gentle giants need warm weather to survive. Timmeh! Way to miss the message. Send good vibes to fellow townie John Cole. God hates shrimp. For good reason. Reproductive coercion,...
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January 23, 2010


How awesome is this? The actress - who is known for her individual sense of style - will be the face of both the label's menswear and womenswear collections for its spring/summer 2010 campaign....
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January 18, 2010

Golden Globes 2009 - The Fashion

The awards were largely a bore, and followed the money. Avatar, The Blind Side, Sherlock Holmes, Up, The Hangover (The Hangover?!?!?!?), if your film made a bundle and/or you showed up in a lot of magazines, you won.But of course...
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January 12, 2010

OMG Linkz!

OMG shoez! OMG trinketz! OMG sittingz! OMG humanz! OMG objectificationz!...
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January 07, 2010

What Was the Sexiest Romance on TV?

That's your pop culture question of the morning (apropos of a little post on Buffy/Spike being sexier than Buffy/Angel). Any thoughts?...
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November 27, 2009

Weekend Links

The best everything of the decade from Paste magazine. Not up on your MRA hijinks? Unsurprisingly, abusive tactics are oft repeated. Domestic violence correlated with football. Or more likely, with drinking, feelings of inferiority and anger which surround it. Qualifications...
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November 26, 2009


Everyone here at BloodlessCoup wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. For those traveling, be careful. The ratio of idiots with cars (near me) to idiots with cars (not near me) seems very high....
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November 14, 2009


Neguinho do Samba passes away. Not only was he behind the rise of samba-reggae in the 1990s, he helped turn the fame and popularity back into community action, including creating women-specific programs with samba music, bucking tradition. I spent some...
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October 19, 2009

Super Link Dump

Just because. A headline so good, I'll just copy it: If zombies attack, the University of Florida has a plan ready On the superiority of the iPhone Dirty money, WV style I think Baltar can identify with this Not sure...
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October 05, 2009

Things Learned/Remembered From a Weekend on the Sick Couch

So I woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning, a few hours after concluding a quite nice Friday night, sick. So apart from a run to buy sickness supplies I spent the entirity of the weekend in...
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September 16, 2009

Random links

Find your home on the toxic water map, and read about poor WV in the NYT. Memory loss is less about storage and more about retrieval. Only 3% of Oklahoma high school students can pass the citizenship test, which 92%...
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September 04, 2009

The Deification of Matthew Shepard

While noting that it was entirely predictable, Gabriel Arana has some problems with it. Arana doesn't delve deeply into one of the things I think is most problematic about the embrace of Shepard. Again, while I know it is understandable,...
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August 23, 2009

The Miss Universe Pageant Still Gets Primetime Network Coverage?

I mean I knew that, but still, it feels sort of surprising to see it as you scroll through the channels. It seems more of an era when Michael Eisner was introducing some family fare earlier on Sunday night, or...
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August 18, 2009

From Mississippi to Minnesota

How is it possible that I couldn't care less about Brett Favre and yet I'm sick of him nonetheless?...
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June 01, 2009

The Limited Appeal of Los Angeles

Reading through the story in this week's EW on the return of Project Runway, and the show's move to Los Angeles, I came across this amusing line which captures in a nutshell why I think people who rate it at...
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May 31, 2009

Links on Sunday morning

Got a few: Maybe they do it because she associates with the Democrat Socialist people Empathy! At least I am not the only one O boto: if they go extinct, who will be blamed for unexplained pregnancies? Does our food...
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April 26, 2009


Happy to see Jim Parsons and Jonathan Slavin getting some love (I've become a huge Parsons fan). Anyone you'd add to the list of the adorkable?...
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April 15, 2009

Taxation Without Representation?

Would it kill the news personalities (I won't dignify them with the term journalists) who seem to dominate a dozen channels these days to actually engage the ranters who keep crying "taxation without representation" and ask them what they mean...
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April 10, 2009

Kate Vernon's Career

Just now I realized that the actress who played Ellen Tigh on Battlestar also played Benny in Pretty in Pink. I kind of love that connection....
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April 03, 2009

Rainy Friday Links

Best space pics from the Hubble. Be more productive at work... use Facebook! Collected bathroom graffiti. And after all that clicking, blogging, Facebooking and stallwriting, stretch it out!...
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March 27, 2009

Friday Linkoblaster

Cosmos is coming is here. Even the UN watched. Influence and conventionality. Feminists and shiites and gays oh my! Colbert on Ayn Rand. And on Rand, Kung Fu Monkey has the word: There are two novels that can change a...
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March 26, 2009

Stylish Men

A morning post for Armand, who is no style slouch himself, as he takes off for 2 weeks of jet setting: 50 stylish men....
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March 22, 2009

Just How Pervasive Is the Discourse on the Economic Collapse?

Last night I dreamed I was talking with Christina Romer. Nothing against her, but I hereby call for 24/7 news coverage for weeks on end of the next Gael Garcia Bernal, Noah Baumbach, or Sigourney Weaver movie....
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March 18, 2009

This is the truth

It never fully disappears....
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March 17, 2009

What ever happened to...?

Professors wonder "what ever happened to..." a particular student sometimes, but I think it goes the other way too. One that came back to me today while reading LGM was a sociology prof I had at the University of Florida...
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March 15, 2009

Feeling Stupid

Via a card on PostSecret about getting a PhD, comes this link to The Importance of Stupidity in Science. I think it's not just important in science, but in other creative areas or relationships. If you knew everything, what fun...
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Link fever

It's not quite spring, but the link dump has been in hibernation too long: Losing my religion, but loving the military! God on the brain. In love, with an iPhone game. What's love without the gang bang? Or the McGangBang...
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March 14, 2009

It's baaaack!

Last night I was in a hipster bar in DC and noticed multiple appearances of buffalo plaid. A resurgence of grunge can be but moments away....
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March 06, 2009

Blissful ignorance

Makeup. There was a period in my life - high school, to be exact - where I would have given my eyeteeth to know how to apply and wear makeup. Then when I moved to South America in my 20s,...
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February 20, 2009

Blessed by a telemarketer

I just got blessed by a telemarketer. A telemarketer working for a charity just called my house, and started the usual "hi this is Angela with XYZ, how are you today Ms. Rasmussen?" My standard response is "I don't make...
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February 17, 2009

All by...

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February 10, 2009

The Sussex Spaniel Wins

Yay for Stump. That is one cute dog....
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February 09, 2009

The Westminster, 2009

At this point in my life I can't imagine having to take care of a dog. But put me in front of the Westminster show for 20 minutes and suddenly I am putting deep thought into which breed I'd want....
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February 05, 2009

It's Cold!

Sorry to whine, but these last two mornings have been frigid. I want mojito weather. [And yes, I know it'll be in the 50s on Saturday, but that'll be hard to enjoy as it'll be raining.]...
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February 04, 2009

Musical Interlude

Amanda Palmer "Creep" Live On Uke From Red Peters' ODDVILLE from Amanda Palmer on Vimeo....
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January 28, 2009

Your Morning Political Trivia

Which two Democratic senators voted for confirming John Ashcroft as Attorney General but against confirming Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary? The answer is below....
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January 08, 2009

Mark Ulriksen's "The High Life"

I love this cover of The New Yorker....
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January 06, 2009

It's the 6th

I need a king cake....
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December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

If this is a day you celebrate, hope you are having a lovely time with friends and family....
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December 18, 2008

Ellen Greene and Britney's Circus

So since I shared these thoughts with Ryan last night I thought I'd note them here too. First, in light of another lovely performance last night, I'd love to see Ellen Greene as an Emmy nominee for her work on...
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December 14, 2008

Weather That'll Make You Go Wacky

So I just checked, and tomorrow's high is supposed to be 62. And then Tuesday's high is supposed to be 33. It'll be wet both days, but other than that putting those two days back to back is awfully confusing....
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December 12, 2008

Gawker Redesign: Ugly and hard to read

What, was their ISP charging by font size or something? Gross....
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December 07, 2008

Music to plaster by

Specifically, to sustain one's interest in applying a skim coat to the ceiling: Drown Culture (which, by the way, you should be checking out anyway) stellastarr* As long as I don't start making up lyrics about joint compound in my...
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November 21, 2008


As previously mentioned, I go to movies with Armand, and concerts with Baltar. It's our thing. Or one of our things. Armand and I also debate the merits of Tilda Swinton and Adrien Brody, but that's neither here nor there....
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November 19, 2008

Too early

For snow. Seriously. It is....
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November 08, 2008

The Crud

Is in my chest, having migrated from my sinuses. And what is worse, perhaps, is that when I think "the crud is in my chest," for some reason, I hear it as if sung to that awful Tom Green song...
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November 07, 2008

The Coveted Raven Crown

Neat.Btw, that post on the King of Bhutan also features a list of the world's youngest and oldest leaders. You can see how many world rulers were born after your birth....
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October 25, 2008

Snot and exotic fruit

Geography is destiny. Since moving to WV my allergies have been hideous, and I have recently begun using a neti pot. And for the first time, today, in the new Kroger which is set up to look rather like a...
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October 08, 2008

Finding, photographing, recombining

Random art break: Junk drawer photographs via Kottke Lightboxes (and more here and here). Cool shit, no?...
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October 06, 2008

Pictures of Lebanon

If you are looking for a pretty distraction over lunch, Binky alerted me to these over the weekend....
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Sen. Saxby Chambliss Went to C.E. Byrd

This morning, after one of my colleagues alerted me to the fact that Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) is in a neck-and-neck race to keep his seat in the US Senate, I clicked over to his wikipedia page. And what do you...
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September 30, 2008

Got plans for Halloween?

There's always this: March of 1000 Skeletons! Want to participate in this year's March of 1000 Skeletons? Place your order for your admission, costume, t-shirt, and torch package at the Flaming Lips official online store here. Here's a few things...
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September 26, 2008

Crashing through your windshield of love

Getting ready for the debates tonight, where the bloodless crew will assemble with friends to document the atrocities. Or try to, unless we have to start drinking massively. To prepare, I am watching the Flaming Lips from last year's Bonnaroo....
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September 24, 2008

Do, Dump or Marry: The Men of Steel Edition

Since I know kikimonster is looking for distractions, I present JA's latest edition of Do, Dump or Marry. So who's it going to be out of Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and Tom Welling?...
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September 23, 2008

Armand's Favorite Dress from the 2008 Emmys

Because Bloodless hasn't had enough light and fun posts of late, fyi, I vote for this one. I like her earrings too....
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September 22, 2008

A couple of things nicked from Sully

First, he links to a piece suggesting that if people turn to atheism, they'll become more superstitious than Christians. Without more detail on the stats, what it looks like the stats really show is that there are a lot of...
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September 18, 2008

Parked on Chestnut St.

Walking home a little while ago I walked by what I presume is the most expensive car I've seen in a long time, a Mercedes-Benz SLR. But oddly enough I didn't do a double-take over the car (though it's quite...
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September 14, 2008

Amadeo Giannini

So I see Bank of America is going to buy Merrill. This reminds me of something I don't quite understand about our understanding of US socioeconomic history. How exactly is it that the name of Amadeo Giannini has largely been...
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September 06, 2008

Weekend Link Dump

It's not pretty folks. "Sambo beat the bitch". Apparently, "that's just Alaska". Driving while Hispanic: On Aug. 12 Denver county passed an ordinance that allows authorities to confiscate a car if the driver doesn't have a driver's license, or if...
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August 11, 2008

Bad Driver ID System

Tierney Lab asks the question: Can bad drivers be shamed?Those who know me IRL have long suffered with my rant about my paintball system for driving offenses. It goes like this: First, you start with a paintball system that uses...
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August 02, 2008

Armand's Deep Thought of the Afternoon

The person who's really being dissed in McCain's latest lame attempt to move the campaign from a discussion of the issues facing the country to dismissive name-calling against Senator Obama isn't Senator Obama, it's Britney Spears. I mean c'mon, think...
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July 25, 2008

Link ready

How about some interesting things to read? Nature's vibrant color Class war in the US A friend of the blog interviews Billy Bob This puts me in mind of my mom saying "sometimes mothers don't have to do a thing..."...
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July 08, 2008

The magic of the internets

Brings you urban art. And a new video from uncle Norman (who has a cameo near the end). Via and Via...
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July 07, 2008


Sand. HT...
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July 03, 2008

On stage

FSP talks about the ways in which scientists are - and are not - like rock stars. I've thought about this before, but more in terms of the similarities in being on stage and being public personalities. When I first...
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June 15, 2008


Why would anyone need or want to smoke a cigar at 7:30 am?...
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June 09, 2008

Boneless Kittehs

I haz dem. Seriously, it's like 90 inside and that's cool compared to the outside. The furbots are draped over anything not upholstered, and rotate themselves to cooler spots periodically....
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June 05, 2008

Most Unfortunate Phrase of the Day

Nothing I hear later today is going to top this (which I just heard said about 20 feet away). I think the guy's point was that senators haven't made successful presidents, but what he actually said was:There have only been...
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May 21, 2008

He's Not Dead Yet

Just stop it. I'm sure I'm not the first to make this point, but would someone remind the national news that Sen. Kennedy is not dead? All these premature obituaries that are being run are just morbid. He's ill, but...
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May 03, 2008


One of my favorite cool things vanished from the web, but on a lark I searched again and found it: organic html. It's back in the blogroll under diversions. By the way, just playing with different sites, the one that...
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May 01, 2008


I officially name that Armand's word of the day. Yes, this is a truly random thought....
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April 30, 2008

The Great Henry Winkler Endorses Sen. Obama

Personally, this makes me happy.On a more serious campaign note, what's with the Democratic candidates facing their enemies and/or hacktacular assholes this week? Barack Obama went on Fox News and was interviewed by Chris Wallace last weekend. Hillary Clinton is...
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April 25, 2008

Appreciating Amanda

So this isn't related to anything in particular. But I just thought I'd share that my love for Becki Newton's Amanda on Ugly Betty increases by the day. If there's someone working on tv today who does a better line...
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April 22, 2008

Having a Bad Day?

Chili chocolate gelato made me feel a lot better - maybe it'd work for you too....
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April 19, 2008

Not safe for Saturday night

Just back in town after a couple of days away... So, you think George Bush is an asshole, eh? Via PZ. Disney characters reimagined. Ahem....
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April 13, 2008

Red Shirt Data Analysis

Everything you ever thought to ask about the causal relationship between red shirts and death on Star Trek. Via Kottke. Warms my geeky little sci-fi loving stats crunching heart, it does....
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April 12, 2008

Saturday Night Art Break

Via Sully, some carved crayons. Coolness....
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April 11, 2008

The postmen

We have the most awesome postal worker. I think sometimes that my dogs love him more than they love me, because every time he visits, every time they see him, he brings treats. So, they have developed this habit of...
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April 05, 2008

National Geographic

From a comment thread discussion about NG subscribers: NG has a lot of features that attract compulsive hoarders. They are pretty. They carry some status. You can spend time sorting and displaying them. [whistles a happy tune and keeps moving]...
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Academic Calendar

Warning, whiny rant ahead. This time of year is the hardest to be involved in academics, whether on the consumer or provider side of things. The earth is burgeoning, bursting with color, the weather is warming, the days are getting...
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April 02, 2008

Links, Complaints, Etc.

First the complaints. Recently, our fine institution revamped its websites, from the main page to the libraries to the directory search function. Guess what? Functionality to the toilet. I should never have complained before about the online databases automatically logging...
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March 23, 2008


I know everyone else means about the Iraq war, but I just have to confess, especially to Armand, that I was terribly wrong about Buffy being "teh suck."...
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March 21, 2008

Federal Action, "Rings"

Not that I am opposed to catching criminals, but I find it awfully interesting that suddenly Morgantown is a hotbed of federal investigation into two criminal rings, one for drugs and another for prostitution....
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March 09, 2008

Sunday Linkstravaganza

No surprise here, but the Bush administration ignored lots of warnings about Bin Laden, and a new book has the details. So those missing emails from the White House? Yeah. Your choices are deliberate or incompetent, and an expert in...
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February 29, 2008

All your ads are become 9/11

Sully asks which of two ads is more offensive, linking to a criticism of a PETA ad and to a criticism of an anti-smoking ad. The latter calls the ad out as poor taste because it evokes 9/11. Looks to...
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February 28, 2008

Quote of the day

"I'm trying to figure out what part of this Univesity isn't run by idiots."...
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February 27, 2008

More Pittsburghiana

...because thinking about Myron has me in the mood. Stalin? Are you lurking? Because the first video is just for you....
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February 20, 2008


Because I am home sick, reading mindless blogs about fancy clothes and award shows and what not, I just noticed that this (taken this week at the Designers' Guild Awards) sure looks a hell of a lot like this (photoshopped...
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February 08, 2008

A Dilemma

This will be somewhat obscure, 'cause I don't want this to be public (this will make sense; just read on).I've been invited to have dinner with a gentleman being inducted to this august University's Alumni Hall of Fame (or whatever...
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January 29, 2008

What's With the Earliest Lent in Well Over 100 Years?

I just realized that Endymion will be rolling the same night the Super Bowl will be played. Either Mardi Gras is way too early, or the NFL season has dragged on too long....
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January 21, 2008

Links, Statements and Stupidity

The mainstream media does a terrible job reporting on science. How about reporting on control variables or the limits of correlation, for example? Norbiz says it's for real this time. Say it isn't so! "Six feels like zero" was not...
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January 19, 2008

Which Portraits Would You Hang in the White House?

So the latest (that I can keep track of) inane brouhaha stirred up by the Edwards and Clinton campaigns over a comment by Senator Obama had to do with grossly misinterpreting something Obama said about President Reagan. Predictably, it was...
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January 16, 2008


Wantity want want....
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January 15, 2008

Just add makeup

Scary clown....
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January 11, 2008

Almost Heaven

Drive by Truckers, Bar-B-Q sandwiches, sweet tea, cute cafes that play the Soft Bulletin in its entirety, sunshine, vintage shops, record stores and sleeping in. Now that's what I call a college town....
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January 02, 2008

The First Snow Day of 2008

I realize I don't pay close attention to the weather, but did people know this was going to happen? I'd say we've already gotten 9 inches (on flat surfaces that need to cool for accumulation - there's a good foot...
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January 01, 2008

Happy National Hangover Day!

And if that's not the official name of today, well, it probably should be....
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December 18, 2007

December 17, 2007

Sandy Claws

It won't just be ham, potato salad and sweet tea... There's also Scared of Santa, a South Florida tradition. And while not having anything to do with Florida, this does have fine examples of the kind of stylin' sweaters I'm...
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December 14, 2007

Little things

For many years, I have been a customer of Working Assets long distance. They have been a wonderful phone company, and I credit them immensely for helping me discover that I had been "slammed" by a pro-life phone company that...
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December 11, 2007

Office Christmas Parties

You'd think employers would ban them. They can't be good for their health plans (or the health and fitness of their employees). I'm now stuffed with meats and cakes and a cookie and a brownie and ... well, you get...
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December 07, 2007

Grading time out

Mel Brooks......
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December 06, 2007

Home for the Holidays

The joy of the academic schedule is the "time off" around the holidays. As most of us find, however, breaks aren't really breaks, just breaks from some kinds of work that allow us to get other kinds of work done...
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November 27, 2007

Not quite bloodless...

...but possibly therapeutic for aggravated commenters. Be sure to try out nuke and the other options. MARS ATTACKS!!! Hat Tip to punchdrunk...
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November 26, 2007

This time of year...

... there are a lot of days where this pretty much sums it up for how I feel....
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November 24, 2007

Going to a gossip blog for lessons in diplomacy

On handshaking: Some politicians (I won't name names, but you know who I mean) won't shake Hugo's hand. It's not that Sarkozy thinks Chavez is a great guy or an example of good governance, but that he appreciates that Chavez...
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November 07, 2007

It Started Snowing Today

But I prefer to think happy thoughts... Confetti, right? Nature's confetti?...
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November 03, 2007

I am stronger than my cat.

My damn cat stole a raw steak off a plate (next to the stove) last night. I first knew something was amiss when I saw him streaking by me (head down from the weight of the steak). I start yelling...
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Funniest Line I Overheard on Friday

Growing up I was not naturally social. Even today I go to a Renaissance Fair and ......
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October 30, 2007

O Mickey Feio

The beauty of ugly, via Neatorama....
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October 25, 2007


This probably tells more about me than I should reveal, but when I was a kid, I loved this shit: Yes, even though I think The Rat is evil....
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October 18, 2007

Washing a Locomotive

I absolutely love this photo....
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October 15, 2007

Want to Stay Healthy?

Then don't make your bed. 1.5 million of 'em ... ewww....
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October 10, 2007

Any Favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize?

So I think the Literature award will be announced tomorrow, and the Peace Prize announcement is just days away. Do ya'll really think Al Gore will win it? Are there other possibilities you think are strong candidates? Personally, I think...
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October 05, 2007


Deaths from amoebas are in the news, garnering attention because of public health concerns, and their possible relation to climate change. While in the last few years, if anyone had mentioned amoebas to me, I would have thought about intestinal...
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October 01, 2007


Leave it to Wonkette to create this term. And sure, she's something of a hottie. Are there any other PMILFs out there? I can't think of any off the top of my head (though the PM of Portugal, Jose Socrates,...
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September 30, 2007

Crime, students and bad advice

Several weeks ago, at the beginning of the semester, there was a story about crime in the campus newspaper. Actually, there were several. One discussed the surge of crime our town experiences when the students come back, pinning the blame...
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September 19, 2007

Weird Dreams

I don't know if it's more of a reflection of what I'm reading, what I'm eating, or how I'm sleeping, but last night I had a dream that Britney Spears moved into the neighborhood, and I called my two-doors-down neighbor...
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September 16, 2007

Summer into Fall

Not that I had anything else to do this afternoon, but I sat out in the glorious sunshine under blue skies and crocheted a sweater for my dog....
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September 05, 2007

Go Binky!

Guiding us to 24th place nationwide - that was pretty great.And yes, I am still embarrassed by my performance on Academy Awards. By the way, Shaw won in 1938 for Pygmalion....
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September 02, 2007

Nearing the End of an Era - The Audichron

"At the tone the time will be ... " California's decision to drop its audichron service means that there will soon be only one state in the country where you can hear that once familiar service - Nevada. And Nevada's...
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August 27, 2007

I have a problem

Clearly, I've been suffering from outrage fatigue and blog burnout. But now this: Puppy Whistle - video powered by Metacafe I am paralyzed with teh cute. It's all over for me....
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August 26, 2007

Scary Spiders

Actually, I usually like spiders. However there is now a brown and black one with striped legs by the basement door - one that looks truly scary....
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August 19, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust...

Another summer down. Back to school tomorrow. Less than twelve hours to go, and I'm still hunting for some motivation or something....
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August 18, 2007

I would like to spend most of my life in a hot country...

...nice weather...to dive, to swimming... ...name it, and I go......
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August 16, 2007

To (internal) bra, or not to (internal) bra

There's been quite a bit of discussion about whether or not an internal bra is a tool of the patriarchy or not. On the one hand, the pitch seems aimed at conventionally "pretty" people who are concerned about meeting oppressive...
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August 08, 2007

Seven Wonders...

...of the totalitarian world....
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August 03, 2007

Not that you were wondering,

but in case you were wondering, it's 84.4 degrees on my back porch, and 87.6 degrees in my kitchen. Yes, the time stamp is 9:26 pm....
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July 25, 2007

The Mines of Moria

Remember the scene when Pippin knocks the skeleton down the hole, and then the drums begin, beating a slow, regular cadence that heralds the imminent doom of the journey through Moria? Every summer, summer begins to end with the sound...
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July 12, 2007

Observations from ISPP

Last weekend the blog was silent because I was off in Portland (Oregon) at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. It was the first time I'd attended that conference, despite the fact that normally it's held...
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July 04, 2007

Third of July

Last night as I was busily getting tanked packing for my upcoming vacation, I was stunned to hear some boom crackle boomity booms coming from the downtown area. I should have known, given that earlier I had heard copius blowing...
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June 27, 2007

Stupid Bullshit Seen and Heard on My Trip to the Beach

1. Laura Bush: We need to get the message to girls everywhere, not just in Africa, that they have a choice, that they can be abstinent and make choices for themselves that keep themselves safe. Laura disregards that safe choices...
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June 21, 2007

This is so me

Via Pandagon, a story in the NYT about freegans: Freegans are scavengers of the developed world, living off consumer waste in an effort to minimize their support of corporations and their impact on the planet, and to distance themselves from...
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June 10, 2007

Product Endorsement

If you are the kind of person who, like me, refuses to carry a purse, and thus ends up keeping your dee-lee-shous leepy steecky in your pocket which, being the careless kind of person who doesn't carry a purse and...
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Summer Time and the Living is Doggy

School's out and everyone is traveling, students are away and kennels are full. This is how I find myself caring for over two hundrend and fifty pounds of extra dog for the next couple of weeks. This ought to be...
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May 31, 2007

Entering the Uncharted...

I now have a Mac. Technically, a MacBook Pro. I'm still trying to figure it out. Apple seems to do everything differently from Microsoft. I hope, in time, this will prove to be "better," not just "different." Thus far, everything...
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May 26, 2007

Some people stop living long before they die

Live it up this weekend, and travel safe, wherever the holiday weekend takes you....
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Interesting Jobs

This makes me a little thrilled, and a little ill....
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May 19, 2007

The Magic of the Intertubes

It's like having Antiques Road Show at your fingertips. There's this guitar that my mom let me take last year, as I was once again muttering about learning guitar. Of all the instruments - normal and exotic - I play,...
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May 18, 2007

Dissertation Surveys

In the last couple of months, I have filled out two online surveys of regular blog readers, both part of dissertation projects by political science graduate students at the same university, and both referred by Bitch, PhD. This is a...
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May 14, 2007

Dark Territory

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May 04, 2007

Weird Spam

So, I'm at that point in the grading cycle where even despamming Bloodless is a happy diversion, and my brain gets attracted by weird language in the spam trap queue. The one that got me just now was "incest hentai"...
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April 30, 2007

This could be the epitaph for the last eight years of "governance"

Even though it's technically about Katrina: "Tell them we blew it," one disgusted official wrote. But she hedged: "The flip side is just to dispose of it and not come clean. I could be persuaded."...
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April 07, 2007

The "War" on Drugs: NPR Retrospective

A couple of days ago I followed this link, from somewhere I can't remember, and fully intended to both explore the NPR stories and to blog about it. Obviously, I am halfway down my own personal road to hell (and...
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The Ultimate Statement on the "Nice Guy"

From Amp, with my favorite part in bold: The specific male quandary you've described stems from a belief that by hanging around and being "nice," a man is entitled to female affection. I have a lot of sympathy for a...
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March 22, 2007

"Dee-lee-shous leepy steecky"

OK, so my dog isn't white or fluffy, and my lip product brand was different, but what he did to it is pretty much the same as this. I never knew lip goo was so tasty....
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March 20, 2007

Mutterings, links and what not

It's been light posting for me, due to midterm grading and prepping to take a group of students to Washington DC for a diplomatic simulation. I am remiss in not attending to my duties, especially having been tagged by the...
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March 16, 2007

Ghosts from Armand's Past Promoted Within the Dept. of State

Interesting - I took Intro to International Relations from this guy....
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March 09, 2007

Abuse of Power

Or, when mods go bad. At first it seems like a funny joke. Ha ha. Maybe a little passive aggressive trolling. The cool kids picking on the drama club. And then it gets mean. And it probably doesn't feel funny...
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March 06, 2007

March 04, 2007

Sick Day Link Dump

Vandals paint the Little Mermaid pink. Return to the norm... once again marriage becomes an elite institution. And no, it's not the fault of those damn uppity women (see p. 2). The FDA fails the public once again, ignoring experts...
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My head feels like it's full of wet cotton. Anyone got a plunger?...
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February 28, 2007

Why I Aspire to Be Baron Boyce

OK, I admit "random thoughts" don't get much more random than this. But given that I am known to some as an expert on titular heads (or those with titles), it's little wonder that I am envious of Baron Boyce....
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Feeling wonky?

Picked up this link over at Crooks and Liars... a bunch of new Congressional Research Service reports: "Climate Change: Science and Policy Implications," January 25, 2007. "Foreign Science and Engineering Presence in U.S. Institutions and the Labor Force," updated January...
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February 21, 2007

Am I Still Drunk?

It's really never a good thing to wonder that - but especially when you've been up for hours, had lunch, and it's getting well past noon....
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February 20, 2007

Pit Bull Saves Family

That was the above the fold story in our local paper this morning. Good for them. That headline could have read a lot of different ways (family escapes fire, dog alerts family, barking wakes homeowner) but the paper gave a...
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February 10, 2007

Armand and Binky's Big Adventure

Ah, Texas. We scheduled the trip to take advantage of the weather differential to give ourselves a break from the sleet and snow up north, and managed to pick a week in which sleet and icestorms stopped Austin cold. On...
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In the blink of an eye

With not much to do on a cold Friday night, after doing some reading I settled down to do some surfing. I hang at a couple of music related discussion boards, and one pretty frequently over the last four years....
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February 08, 2007

A dose of IR geekery

Walzer AND Cylons... what's not to like?...
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February 07, 2007

Humidifier, my ass

The whole "get a headache when the barometric pressure drops" thing was fine when I lived in Florida, you know, great for predicting the imminent arrival or hurricanes and all that. But holy mother of, well, all thing holy, do...
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February 04, 2007

The Freeze Miser Must Be Wildly Happy

At the moment, well the phrase FUCKING COLD doesn't even begin to describe how it feels at the moment. And I hear it's not going to be this (ahem) warm (ahem) again until ... Wednesday? Oy. How exactly are we...
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Sad Week

First Molly, now Zeke....
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January 24, 2007

How Tired My Brain

As I was cleaning out the massive comment spam dump we've been getting, I paused on one that said "bullion trading" and thought "first pork bellies, and now soup??? I need to get more sleep....
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January 17, 2007

The Livonian War

If I just remembered to check Axis of Evel Knievel on Tuesdays before trivia, I might actually do a little better at trivia....
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January 12, 2007

Five Things

So I was over at Moon's place, surfing around, and I noticed that two weeks ago he tagged us with the Five Things meme. Now this presents a bit of a problem, because I tend to be the fairly straightforward...
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January 09, 2007

Good Eye, Badger

Nice catch: From kmk at TPMCafe: I find it hilarious when people who worship Ronald Reagan think actors shouldn’t have political opinions....
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January 08, 2007

What's in a Name? An Odd Juxtaposition

As I was walking to school this morning, a few thoughts crossed my mind. Some weren't all that surprising - like, "hmmmm - I'd really love a chocolate glazed donut, but I've been eating so much chocolate since Christmas ..."...
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January 03, 2007

Now I remember why I turned down that post-doc...

...Atlanta has way too many people. And they all drive like lunatics. On crack. And meth. It's good to be back in the sticks....
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December 24, 2006

Things I Love About Being Back in the South For Christmas

It reminds me of why I like living in the less populous, more rural state (which I sometimes complain about). Doing yardwork in a bikini on Christmas Eve, and needing to take pool breaks to keep going because it's so...
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December 14, 2006

This may not be how I look...

...but it is definitely how I feel....
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December 06, 2006


It's dead week, and 27 degrees, and I've been up every day at the ass crack of dawn grading. Rather than growl at everyone I'm just staying away for a couple of days....
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November 30, 2006

Idle Question

Wouldn't you rather your elected officials take an oath on a book in which they believed? I mean, it totally helped Duke Cunningham to swear on the bible, with that eighth commandment and all....
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November 29, 2006

"Oh, That's What I Was Doing Friday Night"

Armand hopes his fellow coup plotters can return to the fun of trivia Tuesdays in the not too distant future. Not only are you missing out on the razor-sharp wit and excellent timing of Mr. Wright (the title above references...
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November 23, 2006

Random Music Thought as the Tryptophan Immobilizes Most of My Brain

The Raconteurs Steady as she goes owes more than just a wee debt to Joe Jackson....
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Happy Thanksgiving

We hope everyone is with someone you love, putting on a big feed....
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November 19, 2006

More Rockin' Video

I realize that it looks like all we do is sample stuff from YouTube, since that seems to be a good percentage of what we post. I also realize that claiming we don't obsessively watch YouTube 23 hours a day...
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November 14, 2006

The Confederation of the Rhine

Fyi, that was the answer the final question at trivia tonight. Happily we all got it right and posted a decent bar score (#15 in the league, #59 nationwide), though none of us posted an intra-bar high score (I think...
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November 13, 2006

So sweet, so sad

Via Neatorama....
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November 05, 2006


So I spent the last few days in Missouri. It was my first time there, unless one counts changing planes at Lambert (which of course one shouldn't count). My impressions of the place (I stayed in Columbia and St. Louis):...
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November 04, 2006

Saturday Link Dump

Krugman on Bechtel leaving Iraq. Jon Stewart on the midterm elections. Maryland court decides that consent cannot be withdrawn. More from Feministe. From Unfogged, Let's take meth and talk about evolution. I got that John Kerry was saying "if you...
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October 25, 2006

Cutest halloween costume

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October 24, 2006

Anarchist Order

When I lived in Brazil, I always bought a calendar/agenda/planner thingy from the anarchists. It was the best calendar I ever had, with everything I needed and nothing I didn't. It also came in fun colors with a sturdy cardboard...
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October 23, 2006

Mini link dump

A couple of interesting things, about which I have been meaning to post, but haven't the time, both in my areas of interest. Hopefully I'll get back to them: Recess appointment of former Massey Coal exec as the head of...
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October 18, 2006

Music Scenes and Nostalgia

I'm sitting here getting ready to go see Wilco tonight at the university ballroom. I'm a little apprehensive, as anything in a university ballroom is likely to be a little too squeaky and bright. It's got me thinking about the...
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October 12, 2006

It really is neat

The Whitney Music Box From Neatorama....
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October 05, 2006

The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!

Since Binky has tried to movie the blog back in a musical direction in the last week (or at least in more of a Radio Indie Rock direction) I just thought I'd say, apropos of pretty much nothing, that my...
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"New Secret Diet Pill"

Huh. I thought it was just speed or coke. Who knew?...
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October 01, 2006

A geographical electoral note

Baltar and I were having an off-blog discussion about Foley's district, the 16th. And some census data to go along with it. Note that it leaves out some areas to the east in Palm Beach county, and some areas in...
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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Utterly foul. Not even a vague coffee flavor, and mostly tastes like cloying syrup. I couldn't even drink half, it was so gross. Plus, it was still September....
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September 26, 2006

This is the kind of thing that stirs my inner libertarian

...or is that just my bullshit-o-meter going off? The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on...
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September 25, 2006

Did you know...

...that there is a town called "Truth or Consequences" NM?...
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September 21, 2006

Ha Ha Funny, or Funny Funny, You make the call

Whilst checking out my wireless connection during a momentary power fluctuation, I noted that one of my neighbors has named his/her network "Rim Jobs Anonymous."...
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September 20, 2006

Hang Up Calls

In the last couple of hours, I have received three phone calls from someone who hangs up when I answer, and who is blocking caller ID. Stalker? or Telemarketer? I'm going stalker (or less malicious human weirdness). The telemarketer hangup...
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Not a bad idea...

...on a shitty cold dreary day, when I have been overtaken by The Pestilence: What are you grateful for? (And you'd better come up with five things. I know you can do it! If you're in a bind, there's always...
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September 17, 2006

Running across the savanna

My dog is running with the cheetahs. He turns on the speed. Toes flex and grip, thigh muscles contract, bulge, extend. His whiskers twitch. His breathing is deep, yet rapid, as he inhales the scent of the chase. The rhythm...
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September 13, 2006

And in the totally random video category...

Birds. It features slo mo dogs. Just go with it....
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September 08, 2006

"Left Wing Blog"

That's what I heard from my brother when I was home visiting family a couple of weeks ago. What's this I hear from [our niece] about your left wing blog? Ooh. Scary. Left wing. It's not like none of us...
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September 05, 2006

A Good Sport

So, everyone is talking about Steve Irwin. The comments I've seen in various places seem to be fairly evenly divided between those who don't care, those who will miss his enthusiasm, and those who think he harassed animals to make...
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September 04, 2006

Tired. Very Tired.

I've been at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. I left at noon on Thursday, and got back at midnight Saturday (and got 11 hours of sleep in the middle). Some comments: 1. Political scientists are mostly boring. Everyone...
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September 01, 2006

Jay-Z's HP Ad

I really think that the HP Pavilion Notebook ad starring Jay-Z is the best new commercial I've seen on TV in weeks - maybe months....
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August 31, 2006

Sleeping Funny

I can't remember it, but I must have slept funny, on an arm or shoulder maybe. My hand/fingers/wrist on that hand have been tingly all day. And now I have a muscle spasm in between my index finger and thumb...
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August 24, 2006

There are three things going through my mind about this story

It's no one's business but hers, and we (including me on this blog) shouldn't be commenting on it. On the other hand, good for her. Really and truly, good for her that she is well and happy. And on my...
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August 21, 2006


Ah, the sweet smell of exhaust as all 25,000 people try to find places to park. The looks of confusion on the faces of first time entrants to our building, as they realize the stairs don't go all the way...
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August 19, 2006

I know Baltar likes to see how many of his students can't identify California as part of the US...

...but this poll tops even that. Usually the shock is that people know some trivial pop culture factoid, but not an important political reality. In this case, it is shown that people in the US are even stupid in regard...
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August 18, 2006

One more for the "correlation does not equal causation" files

I do, however, wish that people were half as concerned about encouraging physically and mentally healthy women as they are about big tits. Women with breast implants commit suicide at a higher-than-average rate. "These findings agree fundamentally with those of...
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Is Something Wrong With Gmail?

Am I the only person who can't open gmail today?...
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August 17, 2006

The Summer Semi-Hiatus Blogging Malaise

It would make sense if summer was a time a increased blogging creativity and frequency. After all, all those daily irritations of the rest of the year are smoothed out, leaving more time and energy for thinking and writing. The...
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August 16, 2006

Just to share...

... a thought that those around me on a regular basis have heard a million times: power point is the devil....
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August 07, 2006


I kinda did, but didn't mean to. A family emergency pulled me away, and I'm on dial-up (a pulse line! not even tone dialing!) for a few quick seconds. Thanks to Armand for holding down the fort. Vignettes of southern...
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August 01, 2006

I'll just say this about that

The weather, she is brutal....
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July 30, 2006


I have work to do, and I just don't feel like it. Anyone want to subcontract on a dissertation prospectus?...
Posted by binky at 11:23 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 28, 2006

What is it about this headline...

... that's just a little, I don't know, maybe, dehumanizing? Las Vegas Makes It Illegal to Feed Homeless in Parks...
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July 27, 2006

What Would Jesus Do?

He would use his fucking turn signal, that's what!*...
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July 25, 2006

Car Ribbons Are So Over?

So have we reached a point where car ribbons are now as silly and overdone as all those old lapel pins that came in a host of colors, each expressing support for a different cause? Whereas it wasn't long ago...
Posted by armand at 07:54 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 22, 2006

Mini Update from the Garden

Just now I went out to pick some haricots verts, basil, oregano, thyme and parsley for dinner. I wasn't really gardening but I just can't help pulling a weed here, or lifting a leaf there. Just to look. And what...
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July 21, 2006

I hear thunder...

...and it's getting dark. Cross your fingers that this means rain to both break the heat and give my poor thirsty garden some relief (and replenish the rain barrel)....
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July 18, 2006

No comment

Bush: Yo, Blair. How are you doing? So, was that before or after the inappropriate touching?...
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July 17, 2006

Go Out for a Speedy Moonlit Drive

Today was the most miserably hot day in memory. Tonight, thankfully, it's finally cooling down. Sort of. And right now, it's a great time for a drive. Open up the car (including the roof if you can), crank up The...
Posted by armand at 10:32 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 13, 2006

Threats to Marriage: Teh Gay and Joss Whedon

I know that some people think teh gays are the biggest threat to marriage, but I'm thinking batshit crazy assholes have to be way closer to the top of the list with all the other A's: abuse, addition, adultery, assholes.*...
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July 06, 2006

Ah, Summer

My compost smells like lavender. I kid you not. The four avocado pits that have been languishing in the kitchen window for months have sprouted six inches of pink stalk, with pale olive leaves at the tippy top. They are...
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July 04, 2006


The other day, I read a discussion about the definition of blasphemy. Well, I think this little number clarifies it a bit....
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Your Tuesday (July 4th '06) Transformers Trivia

One year from today Michael Bay's Transformers opens in theaters across the country. With that in mind I bring the following bit of trivia - in France Starscream is known as Ego. That seems so very appropriate....
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July 02, 2006

Are there any holidays that are celebrated on the actual holiday anymore?

Just now, at 10:39 pm, July 2, 2006, the fireworks started. There's got to be small-minded bureaucratic thinking behind that decision. And of course, silly me, sitting at home, thinking that the Fourth of July fireworks might actually get set...
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July 01, 2006

And who do you look like?

Pandagon has up a post using the face recognition software that matches you to a celebrity. I hope this isn't something homeland security it using, because the results are kinda funky. My top three matches were Julia Roberts (ok), Sophia...
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June 28, 2006

What an idea

More blogs should have musical interludes....
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June 26, 2006


It's another rainy day, and this pretty much sums up my feelings about that....
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June 23, 2006

Love and Loathing

I love my family. I love my family in small doses. I love my family in small doses, and possibly could do without the teenagers. I love my family, including the teenagers, and have turned into a crabby old fart....
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June 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Mikey!

I hope your next year is your best yet. And if there's anything I can ever offer you or do to help you achieve that, never hesitate to let me know....
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June 17, 2006

Watering and Warm Rays

Inspired by Binky's post below, I just thought I'd share the following thought - one of the really nice feelings summer gives you is the feeling of the sun's light hitting your neck and thighs while you are out in...
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Garden Update

There are good and bad things about going away for a few weeks right after you've planted the garden. On the one hand, you miss you on all the little changes and have lots of weeding to do when you...
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June 15, 2006


No...black. Via Feminist Law Profs....
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May 24, 2006

Observations on Television

Who knew Sebastian Bach still had a career? Evidently it is as middle aged poster boy for VH1, because every time you click by he's on one show or another. Meat is extremely popular, and manly. Or, at least judging...
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May 23, 2006

The Last Morning of Sping?

So I think it supposedly got down to 39 last night. And today's the last day when the high might be under 70 until ... the fall? Supposedly we might see 90 this weekend. With that in mind I finished...
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May 21, 2006

The Frivolous Post

I like to think that I am immune to advertising. Mostly, I think its because I can resist the lure of TV ads. Of course, normally, I dont watch television. I have a television, but use it only for things...
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May 19, 2006

Two Words

No, make that four: Beach good. Dialup baaaaaad. I believe I will pay a visit to Cappuchino by the Sea to see if they have wireless....
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May 13, 2006


This year I am really feeling the move towards a new season. I'm always glad to see winter go, delighted to see light outside when I get up in the morning, glad not to put on fifteen gazillion layers or...
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May 07, 2006


After an adventure to buy tomato plants and herbs a few towns away, there's nothing better than asking the locals for a spot to eat, and getting an awesome chili-cheese hotdog for $1.99 at the local gas station slash diner....
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May 05, 2006

Gay Marriage is More Popular than Grading

Pew Poll: Support gay marriage, 39%; oppose, 51%.Gallup Poll: Approve of Bush, 34%; Disapprove of Bush, 63%. Via Amp....
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May 02, 2006


Looks like shit. And as long as I'm picking on other people's leaders:...
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April 25, 2006


This really looks like fun, doesn't it?...
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April 01, 2006

Animals as pawns in abusive relationships

The New York Times has a story about a new law that includes a family's animals in protection from abuse orders. "It's the dynamic of preying on the love and affection that women often have for the animals in their...
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March 27, 2006


It's inappropriate that we, as a culture, spend so much time focused on what celebrities are doing. So, it's inappropriate that everyone is so curious about what TomKat are doing for the birth of their child. And it would, of...
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March 25, 2006

The Pink Bunny Knows

Morgaine reminds us of where baby bunnies come from, and offers hope for the new: In the continuing Christian assault on everything sacred, you're going to start hearing about a "war on Easter" amidst their delusory "war on Christianity." The...
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March 22, 2006

What is hot?

I always thought this version was pretty damn hot. I suppose some people prefer this one, but I'm still attached to the early model. I can tell you this much, however. A lot of people, at this moment, are really...
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Small Blessings...

Twisty has a post up about two women who talk about weight gain and desire in terms of what they do for their husbands, or feel guilty about not being able to do for their husbands (including losing baby weight)....
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March 20, 2006

Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be...

Eh, you read it. Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a...
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"Their mistakes become magnified and their successes minimized"

Steve Gilliard comments on the article in Sunday's New York Times about why women still don't make partner at big law firms, even though there have been equal numbers of women in law school since the 1970s: The answer I...
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March 18, 2006

I have a question...

...for the backers of the anti-contraception legislation rearing its ugly head around the country these days: Are you now or have you ever been a contraceptor? I wonder what the hypocrisy factor would be? The question arose while pondering this...
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March 05, 2006

Women Are as Human as Men Are

No, I don't think I'm better than you. However, I also don't think you are better than me....
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February 25, 2006

Bill Hicks

Love him. Gone too soon. If you've never heard "suckin satan's cock," you haven't lived....
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February 24, 2006

Parental Choice and Twins

The New York Times has an article today about the practice of separating twins and other multiples into separate classrooms. The long-standing - and widespread - practice is done in order to foster the independence of children. Parents who witness...
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February 19, 2006


It's 55 degrees in my kitchen, which isn't so bad compared to the single digit temperature outside....
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February 18, 2006

A fun fisking with which to console myself...

The Mountaineers fought well, but succumbed to UCONN in the end. The article fisked at Sadly, No! fears the same. Except replace "Mountaineers" with "nice, normal heterosexuals" and "UCONN" with "teh gay." The Boston-based Article 8 Alliance has posted an...
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It's Just So Wrong: The Saturday Edition

In North Carolina, the GOP is requesting membership directories from churches. Tax exempt status...anyone? anyone? Disney is shilling some kind of mouseketeer bullshit Devo cover tween band. Whittington apologizes for being shot. Screencap. Contract for wifely expectations, via Twisty. Fucking...
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Looks like our productivity might be safe for a while longer

"A recent report from Merill Lynch indicates that the Playstation 3 could be delayed until 2007 in the United States, and may cost up to $900 at launch. All the information below is based on the released Merill Lynch PDF....
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February 17, 2006

Pet Post

One of my cats has started doing this weird thing, where if you are wearing something fuzzy like a bathrobe or a fleece, she comes up to you, sinks her teeth into the fabric, and shakes her head like a...
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February 15, 2006

Separated at Birth?

Chertoff Waters...
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February 12, 2006

And speaking of cartoonists...

...it's good to know some people could give a rat's patootie about fake controversy....
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February 10, 2006

My Resume

Binky Rasmussen Nobel Peace Prize Winner Billionaire Philanthropist Nobel Prize for Medicine Discovered Cure for Cancer Single Handedly Brought Peace to the Middle East Yes, all of it Supermodel Kind to Little Dogs and Stray Cats What? I anticipate doing...
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February 01, 2006

What about it?

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January 27, 2006

What a face!

Charlie. I swear, his is my new favorite site....
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January 24, 2006

Dumpity Doo Dah

More stuff I'd like to write about, if I had the time. Via Hullabaloo, a NYT story about profits, oil/gas, and the Bush administration: But an often byzantine set of federal regulations, largely shaped and fiercely defended by the energy...
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January 23, 2006

Post Vacation Link Dump

Good stuff I missed. Maybe you did too? A few via Hoffmania: Molly Ivins won't back Hillary. Time has photos of George Bush with Jack Abramoff. The EPA is drawing up rules for human testing where unintentional exposure of children...
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January 16, 2006

Nothing Better

There really is nothing better, on a cold day, than curling up with some homework - and a laptop, natch - with your urban zoo, watching pups have exciting dreams where you just know that the muffled barking and foot...
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January 14, 2006

Such a sucker...

..for the little furries, that sometimes random things make me sad, like the fact that a little doggie used to play here, but now it looks like this....
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December 31, 2005

Timely Quote

Happy New Year everyone! Drunk guy: Here's hoping you're in Heaven ten minutes before the devil knows you're dead. Drunk girl: What's that mean? Drunk guy: It's an Irish toast. Drunk girl: Oh. Well, here's to bread, eggs and cinnamon....
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December 18, 2005

Justification for the War on Christmas

That Santa guy is really scary. From Feministe, via Norbizness....
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December 14, 2005

I'm sure Jesus would approve

After all, he's the reason for the season. Celebrate by decorating!...
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Does anyone else remember this skit?

Their eyes were on their breasts!...
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November 24, 2005


Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Baltar has prepared an epic (dare I say, craptastic?) movie review for your holiday reading pleasure. We'll be back soon, after we wake up from the turkey toxicosis....
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November 07, 2005

Pra nosso visitante da UNICAMP

Bem vindo! Parece que voc o primeiro visitante do Brasil. Agradecemos sua visita!...
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November 02, 2005

When the Anarchists Meet, Do They Sit in a Circle or Just Wander Around?

Hey, Baltar, your people are giving up on New Hampshire....
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Has anyone else ever noticed...

...that when Rush Limbaugh impersonates a democrat he affects a falsetto lisp?...
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October 23, 2005

Ideology, Use of Force and Political Party

Digby excerpts from the Scowcroft piece everyone is talking about: "I'm not a pacifist," he said. "I believe in the use of force. But there has to be a good reason for using force. And you have to know when...
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October 11, 2005

So Now the White House Trusts Nagin and Blanco?

Am I the only one perplexed by the fact that the Bush White House, which spent weeks after Katrina decrying the political leadership in New Orleans and Louisiana, implying that that Blanco and Nagin shouldn't be trusted to organize a...
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October 10, 2005

Things Noticed on a Stormy Drive

Thought I'd pass along the following observations from my long drive on Saturday:Boston College is possibly the most underrated team in college football (now that Alabama is on everyones radar). Their victory over a good Virginia Cavaliers team was probably...
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October 08, 2005

Yay, Us!

Instead of blogging today, Armand drove a few hundred miles. Binky ran ten miles. Baltar ran seventeen. On second thought: Yay, Baltar!...
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October 03, 2005

Edith, Harriet, Edith, Priscilla, Alice, Janice ...

It might just be me, but don't the names of the Republican women who've gotten attention as possible Supreme Court nominees this year sound like some odd roll call from classic TV? I'm not saying I'd prefer discussions of the...
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September 27, 2005

It must be genetic

Or maybe it is hormonal. Perhaps it's the liver flavored perfume? If there is a stray animal to be found, I will find it. The corollary is, if there is a group of people (including me) that finds a stray...
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For the fourth night in a row. Only tonight am I visited, at 12:37 am, by the most powerful mouthwatering crazy making hunger for crunchy cheetos. Ever. MSG goodness. Powdery sticky orange goo on both hands (even though one promises...
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September 23, 2005

Pleasant Surprises on Thursday the 22nd

While I often use this blog to vent about the bad I see in DC or the media, I thought I'd start today with two things I noticed yesterday that I found to be unusually positive. First, yesterday I awoke...
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August 09, 2005

Two Stories from the BBC

First, a sad piece of news that has been out for a couple of days. Ibrahim Ferrer, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, passed away in Cuba this weekend. Several of the elderly musicians featured in the film have also...
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July 20, 2005


Too good to pass up is a quote from Chuck D in the latest issue of Bust Magazine: I think men have periods and they're called wars....
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July 13, 2005


When you are away from home and work, returning can feel like arriving in some alien landscape. Even in the smallest ways, things shift in ways that make you feel slightly unhinged. It reminds me of reading the Heinlein book...
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