March 2004 Archives

Damned Id

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I had a veeeeeery interesting dream about Ben Afleck last night.

First of all, it turns out that in my subconscious, Ben is well-read and very interested in the process of teaching English literature. Also, he thinks I have great, um, assets.

Anyway, we're on our way upstairs to, well, y'know, when I WOKE UP.

So there you have it. Apparently extramarital adventures, even with celebrities, are off-limits. I can't even have dream sex. Stupid morals. :P

One of many beautiful

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One of many beautiful pix on my dad's site. Go there. Gaze in wonder.

Does this make Celine Euro-trash?

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According to a recent article on the BBC web site, "The music industry is to take legal action against 247 online song-swappers across Europe in the biggest crackdown against music piracy outside the US...

The first wave of legal actions will affect Germany, Italy, Denmark and Canada, and will be implimented according to that country's law."

What's a few thousand miles of ocean between friends?

Oh, and I think I'm professionally obligated to cringe at the the "according to that country's law" error. Should be "according to each country's law," or something like that - unless the legal actions really will be implemented according to Canada's law.

via Jiiiiim, via a blog from a broad (happy birthday, and happy Roman holiday, Lisa!!)

Hunka hunka burnin' luve

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Turns out Elvis is Scottish.

"Paul Downie, spokesman for Scotland's Elvis Touch Fan Club, said fans have suspected for years that their idol was connected to Scotland."

What I want for Christmas

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A new doll action figure.

Via Steve

Carpe Diem

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Two news items made me giggle this morning:

1. Drunk Texas dad asks 11-year-old son to drive - any bets on how long before the ex-wife takes this guy back to court?

2. Attack carp - Perhaps inspired by recent "preventative measures" in the international news, carp in the lower Missouri River are leaping out of the water when they see a boat coming. And they're not trying to jump out of the way.

You know you're getting older when:

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1. You're invited to a friend's birthday dinner and it begins at 6 p.m.

2. It ends at 9:30.

3. The highlight of the evening is when one of the party calls home to find out who is the new leader of the Conservative Party*.

4. A lively discussion ensues.

5. Later, while watching SNL (and not, I might add, 'til the end), the only thing you can think about the rappers clutching their crotches is "do they have to pee, or are they just trying to hold up their ridiculously baggy pants?"


*Stephen Harper.

The second nail's always a bitch

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Apparently, this guy is too dumb even for the Darwin's, since he didn't, technically, get dead.

"When he realized that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911."


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just a sweet transvestite
You are Dr. Frank from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
You are the epitome of mad science. And a damn hot sweet transvestite.
Choose your henchmen carefully.

Which Cool Evil Guy Are You?
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via Poohlogs

Silly me

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Recently, I pointed out that the Bush campaign ads feature blacks, Latinos, whites and Asians, but no Arab faces.

I was wrong.

This ad, released March 11, does feature a Middle Eastern face - just when the voice over says John Kerry wants to "weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America."

Oops, my bad.

Planes, trains and automobiles

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AKA the Rides of March

It's the March Monkey!

This month, blork and Martine have suggested posts about "those memorable rides when you were a passenger and you did not know the driver."

They're looking for taxi rides, but being the generous souls that they are, will accept other passenger prose - which is good, given that most of my taxi rides have been, well, mundane. Ask Dr.T about the stag night cab, though!!

On the other hand, I have had my share of memorable transport episodes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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They're serving free Irish coffee in the staff lounge.

I went in to fill my kettle to make an innocent cup of tea. Vanilla Earl Grey, even.

Two cups later...

Teehee. Man, am I glad I don't have to teach today.

I love my job!

The mummy

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Well, it's Monday. It's just after 10 a.m. Which means that I am in the car, on my way to work for the week...

But wait - no I'm not! I'm at home, tending to flu-ridden child and hubby. Sigh. At least Colin is now old enough to appreciate why one runs to the toilet, so there's been a lot less sheet and comforter washing.

Frankly, the hardest part is keeping Robert, who is not sick but who is four, occupied.

Another Pleasantvalley Saturday

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Went to the Atwater Market.

Stocked up on fresh veggies and sesame seeds.

Scored some 'nip for the cat.

Happy day for all concerned.

But I play one on TV

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Jennifer Garner is hustling for the real-life CIA.

Instance of Irony: given the recent anti-Kerry slurs that use his bilingualism against him, I found it amusing that this ad - which emphasises the CIA's role in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Americans - specifically encourages US citizens with "foreign language skills."

C'est la guerre

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I saw another Bush league campaign ad the other day - this one was anti-Kerry, rather than pro-Bush. According to the ad, Kerry is "wrong on terrorism" because he supported the idea of waiting for UN support for an Iraqi invasion.

What a bad man.

The latest Republican slur against Kerry, in the ongoing attempt to make him look bad, is that people outside of America like and support him. That can only be bad, right?

Specifically, the GOP accuses Kerry of having family in Europe - France, damningly - and of having the support of the European media:

Dammit, woman...

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It isn't a poem
Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema.
"I don't care. If it doesn't rhyme, it isn't a poem."
You are a type A personality. You like bright things, you don't call in sick to work, and you have devastating opinions about art.

Which Weird Latin Phrase Are You?
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Y'know, if Bill would stop taking these damned quizzes, the rest of us could get back to work. :P

You said it, sister

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"Now that is a bad idea," said Simi Nakbari, a teacher and mother whose husband reluctantly allowed her to attend the meeting.

Thanks to Francois for the heads up

Yeah, right

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Book 'em, Danno

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You're Prufrock and Other Observations!
by T.S. Eliot
Though you are very short* and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

*Though not as short as Bill, who is my inspiration (at least for this post).

Off with their heads!

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You're the United Kingdom!
You're a much weaker person than you used to be, but you still act like you did when everyone looked up to you.  Despite this, you're probably a better person than you were when you had so much power over those around you.  Though you do have a strange fascination with jewels and monarchs, which lets you play in castles, but also end up leading a sort of tabloid lifestyle.  You really like the Beatles, even more than you like Oasis.

Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

Via Shatnerian

Bush league advertising

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Now that Kerry has clinched the Democratic nomination, the Republican party is gearing up for the campaign. There are three new ads to remind people what a great guy George W. is - two of which include images from 9/11, which the Bush league had promised not to use for political gain.

According to Alternet, on a CBS morning show, "Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman told reporters that using images of Ground Zero was fair game because '9/11 was the defining moment of these times. Because of that day, America is at war and still is.'"

I'm not a fan of Bush (I know, the surprise is a little underwhelming), and I am not at all surprised that his campaign is exploiting the images of Ground Zero - but after watching the ads, I did wonder that no one has commented on the complete lack of Arab Americans in the ads. There are blacks, Asians, Latinos, whites (naturally), but not a single person of discernibly Middle Eastern heritage. Hmmm...

Anyway, as I said, I'm not surprised, or even particularly put off by the use of 9/11. After all, Mehlman is right; it was a defining moment in Bush's first term, and arguably the catalyst for the current war. It's certainly a more compelling argument for war than, say, going to war cuz Dad did first. Given the perceived American collective self-image as a country born on the battlefield, images of war are just part and parcel of any evocation of patriotism; as such, using images of the WTC devastation is no better or worse than relentlessly using the Star Spangled Banner in the ads (which they do, believe me).

On the other hand, if you promise that you're not going to do something, don't do it.

It's funny because it's true

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Thanks to Bill, I am still laughing out loud at this.

My son is a cheap date

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Colin and I are both enjoying our Spring Break, albeit without beaches or cabana boys. Yesterday we took the Metro all the way to the eastern end of the Green line, and today, we're going all the way to Angrignon - and we're stopping at every station along the way to get a transfer, just to show we've been there.

Have I mentioned that Colin is six?

Math is hard

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I noticed yesterday that my smoke-free counter was getting ahead of me - the original code would have made today the three-week mark, which it is not. I quit on Friday the 13th, so 21 days has to be another Friday, no?

Perhaps it has something to do with the leap year...

Anyway, this morning I went to Dynamic Drive and found a better code that seems able to count. While it would be nice to say it's been three weeks, it hasn't.

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