Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina

I hope everyone's friends and family down south are well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Media is Dead! Long Live the Media!

I know y'all get the Daily Show on the actual day it happens, but we get it with a bit of a lag, so you might have heard about this already. In any case, I think it's really interesting how military blogs are the new journalism. Check out this Wired article.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Darwin Award Nominees

Okay, now I'm not one to sit around wishing criminals were more intelligent, but dude!

You just shot the prison guard that was escorting your sweetie-pie, and you're on the lam. Do you:

A) Get disguises

B) Steal a different car every 3.5 hours

C) Take a 100+ mile cab ride to a hotel and wait for the police to pick you up.

Seriously, did they NEVER watch CSI, even once? Christ.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/11/hyatte.details/index.html

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The lovely ladies of the right

OK. Add Jeanine Pirro to Suzanne Vitadamo as conservative women to whom I'm inappropriately attracted. Apparently, and perhaps only in this respect, I'm not alone.

Caution, depending on where you work, the third link might not be appropriate for office viewing.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Audioblogging

This should make us all feel better about our humble blog.

A festivus for the rest of us

So, I'm writing this big book report about arts festivals in the UK. And I just came across this classic quote from an organiser of one of the smaller festivals that pretty much sums up how misguided arts funding is (but at least there is arts funding here!).

"You won't get a penny out of anyone with a Bach violin concerto. If we put on a troupe of Sengalese one-legged musicians, then we'd get money from everyone – the disability people, arts people, etc. But that's not what we're about. I'm not sure our audiences want that."

I'm just picturing the Sengalese one-legged in the musician in the pub after the show. I'd buy him a pint!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Vaccines

Given the millions that have died of disease over the course of human history, one would think that we'd have all agreed that vaccines are a good thing. Not so. Concerned parents who are angry about their child's autism are looking for something to blame, and that something is vaccinations. Today in Slate, Arthur Allen gives the best overview I've seen so far of the issue.

The scary thing, is that vaccines only work if everyone gets vaccinated...a few holdouts screw us all.

There's also folks who believe that children shouldn't be given new vaccines that are effective against HPV infections (that's genital warts to you and me) and cervical cancer. You can read about that in MIT's Tech Review here .

The Carnival of Culture

The writer Hanif Kureishi wrote an excellent article in The Guardian today about the stultifying education of British Muslim youth. He's such an amazing writer, and the world he describes is rather scary in my opinion. Just as any closed-minded, monocultural, religious dogma is scary to me. What's also scary is the patronising Western response that can only worsen the situation. Read the piece here: The Carnival of Culture

Here's the nutshell: "You can't ask people to give up their religion; that would be absurd. Religions may be illusions, but these are important and profound illusions. And they will modify as they come into contact with other ideas. This is what an effective multiculturalism is: not a superficial exchange of festivals and food, but a robust and committed exchange of ideas - a conflict that is worth enduring, rather than a war.

"When it comes to teaching the young, we have the human duty to inform them that there is more than one book in the world, and more than one voice, and that if they wish to have their voices heard by others, everyone else is entitled to the same thing. These children deserve better than an education that comes from liberal guilt."

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Does Everyone in the World Know This Already?

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas was in one of the cheesiest shows in the world: Kids Incorporated. She played the annoying blond girl, Stacy.

Seriously, WTF?

Monday, August 01, 2005

Eight Elements of an Exemplary Wedding

The bride and groom are wonderful people both individually and as a couple. They are perfectly matched.1

The weather is beautiful.

The ceremony is performed by a friend.2

The flowers are wild.

The reception is at an art museum.3

The children are cute and well behaved.

There is no throwing of either a bouquet or a garter.4

The bride looks lovely and elegant whether she is sipping champagne at the reception, or munching fries at a diner.



1In spirit and attire--not to say they both wore gowns, of course, but their outfits complemented each other. Formal wear is known for being terribly polite.

2By having a friend officiate, the bride and groom can be sure their ceremony design will remain intact. My cousin had a priest who decided to throw in 20 minutes of obscure bible trivia halfway through the ceremony. I pray he was drunk.

3A kickin’ art museum. However, guests were discouraged from sloshing wine on the paintings…most inconvenient.

4Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but it's horribly tacky.