Tuesday, November 26, 2002
happy tofurkey day
Well, I'm out for the holiday weekend. I may end up posting while I'm in the land of
Friday, November 22, 2002
a glimpse of the other half
Yesterday I had a cab driver yell at me for not wearing a seatbelt. "There's a law, ya know." Um, duh. But since when is that enforced in cabs?
Anyway, yesterday I had a fabulously exciting board meeting at work. The two good things about board meetings are a) the caterer makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever and b) the amazing views from the 30th floor of a posh Lexington Ave. building.
Look out below!
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
You know you have! I'm probably a total geek for thinking this is cool, but a web site called Where's George? makes it possible to track your money- who had it, and where it went after it left you. You can find out the city & state of where it went, how long it took to get there, and even what the person used it for. Crazy. Link via Saturated Lenses, who seems to use the same font and almost the same layout as me.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
the kewpies are attacking
Wo-hoo, my site is a PHOTOblog again!
I likes me some boys that cook.
In case you haven't seen it yet, check out Jenny P's redesign, which turned out to be almost as hot as she is. ;)
Speaking of updates and redesigns, I'm hoping to get more stuff added to my research page soon. Anyone know of any great feminist quotes, songs, pieces of art that I should add? (See my anti-trigger page for the general idea of what I'm looking for.)
According to CNN, the Alabama district judge finally ruled that the huge 10 Commandments memorial IN FRONT OF THE STATE COURTHOUSE had to go. He's giving the guy who put it up (also a judge, which certainly gives me confidence in the ability of our nation's justice system to uphold the values of the Constitution) 30 days to have it removed, meaning that the little monument will be destroyed just in time for the Christmas season. Have a merry merry, ya ZEALOT! Let's chip in to buy him a book explaining exactly what the separation of church and state means.
Anyway, speaking of Christmas, it's almost that time again- if you're looking for something new & special to deck the halls with this year, don't forget to check out Ebay for some tasteful yet affordable holiday decorations. If you're looking for something, um, unique, why not try a buy your own sleazy piece of fruit ornament, certain to fill you with holiday cheer everytime you see it. If more traditional icons like Santa is more your speed, what about Santa Flaws doll, made just for you by someone with far too much time on their hands. OK, so maybe that's just a little bit out there. But never fear- at least a dozen
Even if shopping the auctions on Ebay aren't your thing (?!), tacky decorations abound. Check it out:
Yes, that is a decorative plate of Santa being attacked by a horde of kewpie dolls. Oy.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
If these really are genuine, Japan must be a weird friggin place for English-speakers.
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Bowling for.... jesus
I wanted to respond to Michael's comment in my last post. You are absolutely right that "cheering" Michael Moore on won't really do much. It might raise a bit of consciousness, to go all 70s on you guys, but that doesn't necessarily lead to action. The Bowling for Columbine web site does have information about several organizations that support his ideas, which are a good place to start. Many of them are located on the West Coast, but some of the interesting-looking "general" organizations include the Alliance for Justice and the Brady Campaign. Donate some money (hey, it's tax-deductible), some time, write letters to the government, whatever.
I read somewhere that George Bush Sr. ended his membership in the NRA because he found the organization too radically in favor of guns. That should tell us something.
In other news that is making me want to abandon NYC (if not the whole country), check out the well-constructed plan the city's made up to deal with the transportation "issues" that the Olympics would cause. Um, so you usually work 9 to 5, right? Well, do you think you could do 4 am to noon instead? Yeah. (Link via No Brand Heroine.)
Speaking of signs of the coming apocalypse, it seems that Barenaked Ladies, Bright Eyes, Phantom Planet, and Vanessa Carlton have gotten together to make a Christmas Album.This is one of the weirdest mix CDs I have ever heard of. (Please note, I did say ONE OF the weirdest... you are certainly encouraged to enlighten me with tales of even weirder comps.)
And finally, your moment of Zen for the evening:
Yes, that is Jesus watching over the shoulder of Executive Man. Can't you just see it? The savior guiding his hand as he inflates the fiscal profits of his company by $9 billion, looking on benevolently as Executive Man approves a proposal to move production to China where they can get 8 year-old children to work in factories for 20 cents a day, or chuckling knowingly as Executive Man leaves a note for the receptionist to tell his wife he's in a meeting while he heads out to a sleazy motel with his secretary on his lunch break. *sigh*
Sunday, November 10, 2002
i'd like to return these
Yeah, I don't even know what to that thing. I just knew I needed to have it! You can buy just about anything in the funky vintage stores on Smith Street in Cobble Hill.
So last night we went to see Bowling for Columbine in the city. It should be declared a civic duty to go see this film. It was bold, shocking, entertaining, powerful, informative... Moore brilliantly blended elements of humor, anger, sympathy, and pain in this film to great effect. I also loved the thesis he arrived at regarding the intersection of poverty, the greedy, selfish, violent, competitive nature of our culture, and gun violence. Other highlights include Charlton Heston suggesting that the high amount of gun deaths in this country (over 11,000 last year compared to 156 in Canada) was due to the higher "ethnic population" in the U.S. and the strikingly intelligent insights of Marilyn Manson. Definitely a must-see.
Saturday, November 09, 2002
Yay, I finally have gala pictures! This is the Terrace Room of the Plaza, where the cocktail party before dinner was held... this is also someone's attempt at a long-distance reflection shot. The two of us are reflected in the right corner of second mirror from the left. *sigh*
We then moved into the Grand Ballroom.
The vegetarian dinner was pretty bland- just a dumb grilled vegetable plate. But dessert more than made up for it: something like cranberry mousse, pistacchio mousse, and a cookie plate.
After dinner, I attempted to drag Bryan's butt down from the balcony where we were seated to dance.
And I succeeded, a little!
Or, if you're interested in seeing shots of the celebrities who attended, the NY Social Diary dude posted a ton of new pictures. A shot of my boss was sneaked in there too. Perhaps he thinks she's cute?
Thursday, November 07, 2002
Happy Birthday, Jenny P! See ya tonight, girlfriend. ;)
OK, now I know that those online quizzes can get pretty cheesy... but I had to share this one I just found. You too can now find out which "obscure animal" you are! See, fun and educational! Here's mine:
So anyway. The vast majority of my friends, co-workers, parental units, etc. are disappointed about the results of the elections. Republicans now rule the world, at least for now. Many are speculating about the effect this will have on the impending war on Iraq... but never fear! A powerful and influential community is gearing up to begin a world-wide protest against the war. Yes, it's finally happened. Some complete whacko has designed downloadable protest signs for the Sims Family! *sigh* Well, at least you can't say that there isn't anyone organizing against the war.... Um.
But in all seriousness, if you aren't already an avid reader of Moby's site, you should at least check out this recent entry he wrote on the elections and the real political mindsite of our country. As a special bonus, Moby even managed to include a Simpsons reference in his commentary. Genius. Absolute genius.
More pictures will be on the way shortly, after I steal some of the ones Bryan took at the gala last night. In the meantime, you can check out the New York Social Diary website for photos of the gala, if you're interested. Not that I'm in any of them or anything, but, hey, you can see the ballroom and famous people and stuff. Anyway, it was a lot of fun- I didn't have to do any work at all, like I thought I would, so I got to spend the evening sipping free glasses of wine, enjoying one of the best desserts I've had in a while, gossiping with my co-workers, and dragging Bryan's booty onto the dance floor. The Plaza's ballroom is absolutely beautiful... but perhaps that goes without saying since, well, it's in the Plaza! I highly recommend it for your next party. :P
But Gloria Steinem didn't show. *sniff* Nor did I have enough time to go get my hair done like I had wanted. Oh well. Still a highly enjoyable evening.
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Before I get into the rest of the silly, pointless news I have planned for this entry, I wanted to share something important with y'all. Perhaps by the time you read this entry it'll be too late, but since it's Election Day and all, go check out the League of Women Voters site for info on registering to vote, info about candidates, etc. Democracy Net is also a great source of information on the candidates, and is searchable by your zip code. OK, now that I've posted something responsible for the day, I can feel free to write capriciously for the rest of this entry.
First of all, I've decided that what the Internet desperately needs at the moment is a Web Ring of Jens. We should unite, and prove to the world that while our names may be commonplace, none of our ideas or personalities are. So who's with me? How about you, Jen? Jenny? Any others out there I don't know about yet?
Also, as you may recall, I posted earlier about those SUV parody ads. In Huffington's column from 10/29, she reported that they have found a director and producer for the commercial spots, and a new, separate fund has been set up for anyone who would like to donate. To give to the SUV ad fund online, click here.
And the big benefit party for my job is tomorrow! Yay! Anyone want me to ask Gloria Steinem anything for them? After work I'm going to go get my hair done for the first time in years. I'm hoping it will come out something like this:
Yes, I do want to be Clea DuVall. Mhmm.
Friday, November 01, 2002
1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
Was I? Ha! I was in a cult! Ever heard of Roman Catholocism?
2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
It's sexist (even misogynistic), anti-choice, homophobic, promotes abstinence-only sex ed in schools, I think creationism is silly... and I just generally have no interest. I now consider myself an agnostic.
3. What do you think happens after death?
I don't know. I don't really believe in heaven or even ghosts for that matter... maybe just nothingness.
4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
Ritual? Dunno. My favorite thing that ever happened in church was when the donkey the parish rather foolishly decided to bring in to make the children's mass of the Christmas story more interesting (bet you can guess where this one is going) took a huge dump in the church. Thankfully, I think this happened out in the vestibule rather than inside the church with all the people.
5. Do you believe people are basically good?
Yes. I think that, for the most part, it's certain elements in our culture that create crime, hate, and violence.
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