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Many, many thanks to Julia for posting an Alsmann song on her blog last year. I was hooked. Immediately!
24 November 2009
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05 November 2009
- In reference to Nick Griffin and the British National Party (right wing)
History does point rather strongly to the idea that right-wing nationalism generally ends in tears. And, quite a lot of tears.
- Cheerleading was voted #3 in the world's top activities by Gender Stereotyping Monthly.
03 November 2009
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15 September 2009
When you begin learning a language or try to use a new one, your adult power and resourcefulness slip away, and you sound to yourself, and to others, like a drooling child or an idiot. In a new language, you are first a baby, then a little child; then, if you work hard, a badly educated teenager with a low IQ.
14 September 2009
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12 September 2009
I'm using as inspiration a Mischung (mixture) of a pattern from Jocasta Innes, my painting hero, and a piece I saw in Switzerland. It's meant to be a little rough, a little primitive. Here it is in its very early stage.
Painting gives me such joy!
11 September 2009
From the BBC's this day in history:
1973: President overthrown in Chile coup
President Salvador Allende of Chile, the world's first democratically-elected Marxist head of state, has died in a revolt led by army leaders.
One report says the 64-year-old leader committed suicide rather than surrender to the commanders of the armed forces and the paramilitary police.
Pinochet's obituary. Amnesty International's report on Pinochet.
08 September 2009
03 September 2009
Do you know why dogs are so quick to wag their tails and cats are so quick to purr? Even the ones that have been lonely, abused, and betrayed?
Because, as is true of all animals, they were instilled with the distant awareness that no matter what the world shows them, they're still deeply loved and needed, that their presence alone has made a difference, and that in just the shake of a leg, seemingly without reason or rhyme, everything can FANTASTICALLY change for the better.
As is true of all people, except sometimes they tend to forget.
Oh yeah, they also instinctively believe in miracles.
02 September 2009
01 September 2009
White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar, Has Entered Depressive Phase
11 August 2009
Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!
29 July 2009
Have you ever been in desperate need of an AAA battery (your TV remote control is running out of power) and all you can find in your house are AAs or some other incompatible size of battery? Three designers claim to have the solution.
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Very cool device via wired.co.uk
24 July 2009
I don't recommend asking for what you can have, or even for what you can give, nearly as much as I recommend asking for what else you can know.www.tut.com
Because there is always more you can know and knowing it will radically increase all you can have and give.
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24 June 2009
Speaking for the assembled, Hodgman says, "We are geeks. We are defined by our passions and enthusiasms but also by our open mindedness. Now is not the time for purity tests."
04 June 2009
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01 June 2009
I am not a sports lover so I had not heard of Mr. West, a basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But thanks to the brilliant Bugle podcast, I have been introduced to the word stylings of Mr. West. He appears at 0:30.
27 May 2009
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06 May 2009
The plants are right outside our office suite.
05 May 2009
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03 May 2009
Katy said she was going to draw a clown for me. I said that was OK as long as it wasn't a scary clown. Nice listening, Katy.
29 April 2009
27 April 2009
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
I went to the show referenced in the interview. It was great! (It runs on radio the weekend of May 2-3.)
Going to see a radio seems like a strange thing to do. But it's such fun. I've seen numerous public radio shows live. Paid for tickets to see public radio shows live. I am just that kind of geek. I've never seen "Prairie Home Companion" live. It would be fun but I'm afraid it would be bluegrass night. That's the kind of music that plays non-stop in my version of hell.
21 April 2009
20 April 2009
His job is to provide unpredictable doggie high jinks for the first family, to put up with whatever silly hats Malia and Sasha try to get him to wear, and to be ready, 24-7, to present a loving, at times slobbering dog face to whichever Obama should need it at that moment.
19 April 2009
15 April 2009
parade makerWhy don't the police hand out tickets for this?
(n). A driver and/or car that goes consistently under the speed limit, causing a backup of 20+ cars, creating frustration and your ability to be where you want to be on time.
14 April 2009
My niece Katy, while walking by Pele whose tail was wagging, said "Hey, watch where you put that thing."
When her dog Billy got away from her on her walk, Tori ran after him and tackled him in the snow.
We have also adopted new names: Bertie (Tori), Cyril (Katy) and Gussy (me).
13 April 2009
Kara ran off the rails and handed her flaming caboose to Paula, whose lucidity souffle further collapsed thanks to some nonsense about "where beauty develops."
12 April 2009
Sweet things, big dreams and a happy-go-lucky spirit. All are represented in Red Velvet Cupcakes; all are reasons these are the ones for you. Keep them to yourself or share with friends.There's an awful lot of red food coloring! The old-school red food coloring made my brother Mike go batty.
11 April 2009
10 April 2009
On a related note, take a look Chuck and Peg Hoffman's brilliant work with art and reconciliation in places like Northern Ireland. I heard them speak a couple of years ago. Their stories gave me goosebumps.
09 April 2009
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25 March 2009
And another treat for a cloudy day: Father Guido Sarducci on the Five-Minute University. Oh how I love Fr. Sarducci!
10 March 2009
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17 February 2009
Accident Hash is a favorite* podcast. All sorts of independent bands. A fabulous song from Black Lab, "Perfect Girl". It's the first track after the morning-DJ-type intro (forward to 3:00 to skip it).Accident Hash
*The host can be quite annoying -- calling listeners "home fries" -- but the music is worth it.
- Peter Smith's very clever commentary about how to end the Minnesota Senate race: sumo wrestling.
- Whad'ya Know now available as a full-length podcast.
- Heard a lovely call and response between a couple of birds this morning.
- The sun is shining.
- Pele has not chewed on a library book in over a week.
13 February 2009
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages and accepting donations. We urge you to support this effort because those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Library will include:
The library will also include many famous quotes by George W. Bush:
- The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
- The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.
- The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.
- The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
- The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.
- The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able to find.
- The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.
- The Tax Cut Room, with entry only to the wealthy.
- The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.
- The Iraq War Room; after you complete your first visit, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth visit.
- The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shotgun gallery.
- The Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.
- The Decider Room, complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board, dice, coins, and straws.
- "The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country."
- "If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
- "Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
- "No senior citizen should ever have to choose between prescription drugs and medicine."
- "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is "to be prepared"."
- "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
- "We're have the best educated American people in the world."
- "Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it."
- "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
- "I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
I know you see the priceless nature of this collection. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!
Jack Abramoff, Co-Chair
G.W. Bush Library Board of Directors
02 February 2009
28 January 2009
For those who wish to spend time with the television on Sunday, but want to avoid the football broo-ha-ha, mental_floss to the rescue: What else is on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than the Puppy Bowl, the list isn't exactly the best television has to offer. But the Biography channel's program on Charles Manson could be interesting.
On a completely different note, I'm really like this song from Laith al-Deen. The official video is disabled so take a listen to this one. No need to watch. That would be a waste of time.
27 January 2009
From News of the Weird. You can get their daily e-mail which is delightful in a twisted way.
Your Daily Losers
If you're a couple carrying $2.5m worth of cocaine, you might stay on the highway itself rather than driving on the shoulder, and more important, you might anticipate what your cover story's going to be if you get stopped. Like, if you're visiting "cousins," are they the husband's cousins or the wife's? If they're yours, why don't you know their names? When did you last see them (5 yrs ago, or last month)? Thus, Jose and Virginia Melendez and their 21-yr-old daughter are in lockup. Omaha World-Herald
26 January 2009
We, the United States of America, your top-quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption in service.
The technical fault that led to this eight-year service outage has been located and the software responsible was replaced on November 4, 2008.
Early tests of the newly installed program indicate we are now operating correctly and are fully-functional as of January 20, 2009.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward to providing full service and hope to improve in years to come. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
The United States Of America
25 January 2009
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20 January 2009
This Candorville cartoon was in the Sunday paper. Totally gave me the chills. In a good way. See it larger and/or buy it here.
13 January 2009
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Nicolas explains, “I thought of a bracelet with a color that shows what time it is. Blue/green = morning, yellow/orange = noon , red/purple = evening and night. The colors rotate around the bracelet. The color on top indicates the current “time”. When one colour reaches the top for a second time, 24H have past.”
06 January 2009
05 January 2009
Buckminster Fuller saw each person as an experiment by the universe, and therefore each has important role in the greater story. Fuller believed that it was his responsibility to take on what the Universe called him to do and live as proof of what a single individual was capable of. With this sense of purpose, he was able to approach projects, successes and failures alike with gratitude and patience.
03 January 2009
02 January 2009
For this year I think I'll focus on learning more about Asia. Yes, a bit broad! I'm thinking particularly of China and southeast Asia (e.g., Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). Not just the wars but what are the cultures and people like? What are the histories? I'm hoping that in addition to being interesting, it will push my brain outside it's western-world focus. I know next to nothing about this area of the world. I'm notoriously distractable so it will be interesting to see if I can stay with this.
Earlier I thought I'd really challenge myself by concentrating on economics or something math related. I am not gifted in these areas and frankly, they freak me out. For longevity's sake it's probably best not to focus on something that makes my stomach seize up.
But for now I need to finish When the Astors Owned New York. It's not about Asia but it's another world -- ueber wealth -- I know nothing about.