30 November 2006
I wonder about all the hype regarding the "n" word. Last Xmas season the controversy was about whether Wal-Mart greeters should welcome customers with "Merry Christmas." Now it's whether we should ban any usage of the "n" word. Is that counterproductive? Did we learn nothing from Lenny Bruce some 30 years ago? Banning the word gives the word more power and influence. Use the word freely (as Lenny Bruce advocated with the "f" word) and it loses power and meaning. It's in our nature to be attracted to the taboo. In some strange way, that how we growth, break boundaries, evolve.
If we heavily restrict usage of the "n" word, we give it strength.
And perhaps that's just fine. Perhaps we want the word to ellicit powerful emotions when uttered. I can see how that might make sense. Perhaps that's what some people fear most, that the meaning will be lost, and with it the memory of all the atrocious attitude the word represents.
Totally mesmerizing Infinity of Mega Pixels
Story about where Bare Naked Ladies band got name, Dylan concert, pretending to be concert/band reviewers, made up names of bands, included Bare Naked Ladies, band broke up before fund raiser--depending on them--yes! but new name for the band...only name that stuck out from Dylan concert was BNL.
29 November 2006
What to do. The spin of Bush and the war gets worse. Powell declares Iraq is in "civil war." Not sure why that matters. People are dying. What more needs to be said. Senator-elect Webb says he almost punched out Bush at a reception for freshman senators.
Great live, stop-action film of a two friends fighting....
28 November 2006
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is promoting a book: Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. I listened to an interview with Jimmy Carter. He spoke of governments having interest in peace, but differences on how that is achieved. He spoke of the human rights atrocities in Palestine by both sides. Jimmy Carter is a good, well-meaning man. Most judge his presidency as a failure. I'll take his post-presidential life as a model for all good people.
27 November 2006
25 November 2006
Video from YouTube on why you need to buy a laptop....
23 November 2006
Very interesting PassiveCoolingTechniques. And here are some 25 Worst High School Essay Analogies.
We're watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on our new big screen TV. Looks awesome. Vote for the best float and balloon on IVillage.com
19 November 2006
Is it just me or has toy design gone bonkers? What is Dora exploring?
18 November 2006
About 20 or so years ago, I would have tried to do this stuff. Clever stuntwork in the opening scene of some flick. What a chase.
17 November 2006
I'm sure I'll get in trouble for this one: How to Make Love in the Morning
14 November 2006
13 November 2006
Saw a headline that Bush won't agree to diplomatic talks with Iran until the agree to stop their nuclear program, or some similar condition. I always thought the agreements were made AFTER the diplomacy. In other words, agreements are the products of diplomacy. While I am no diplomat, it seems illogical to not be willing to talk until an agreement is made...However, as part of an overall diplomatic strategy, I can see it. Is our relationship with Iran such a case? Dunno.
12 November 2006
Listening to Tim Russert interview on Meet the Press with Republican Senator John McCain. Tough, direct interview by Russert, as expected. McCain stays firm that we should not reduce troop numbers--rather, he says we need to increase our presence. However, if he doesn't get support for that policy, he says we should get out quick to avoid more US losses. However, he stressed that such an approach will lead to extreme chaos in the region and would have terrible consequences for US and the world.
Interesting that he sticks to his guns. You expect that from him, but it may cost him. Certainly cost him now. What the mood is two years from now during presidential election...Who knows?
And it's a wonder to me. Did we really expect to lead democratic reform in that region, given Iran and Syria. I suppose the hope was that free Iraqis would lead that charge. But that has never worked before. Didn't Britain try it, or is my history messed up?
Would we be better off with Saddam? He fought with Iran, kept them from taking over Iraq. I suppose that was the strategy for a long time, let the dictators fight each other, so we didn't have to get involved.
I didn't know Bruno Kirby died.
11 November 2006
And here's Denmarks very sexy answer to the public ignoring speed limits:
9 November 2006
Dems win house and senate. Is gridlock in our future? Will they manage their power intelligently? Will Bush work with the Dems? It's the only way he'll ever recover a legacy. Will the Dems work with Bush? That's the big question.
'Office Space' cut as thriller
8 November 2006
7 November 2006
While we're celebrating these rocking old folk, here are 18 Ways to Trick Your Body.
5 November 2006
Found out that Monica Bellucci played Parsephone in Matrix Reloaded. She's described as...
Here's my favorite Nerf gun.
Andrew Sullivan on Chris Matthews' said this election is not an election but an intervention. LOL!
Saw this hilarious collection of celebrity quotes related to the philosophy of sex.
And here's a performance of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia with sign language assistance from Johann Lippowitz.
2 November 2006
BeYourOwnShrink or laught at 21 Funny Airline Announcements.
This is a fascinating idea, sort of a cruise ship that flies: Aeroscraft Air Ship
1 November 2006
Halloween was busy. I dressed as J.D. on Scrubs...easy choice.
Here's the Bitter Acknowledgments of Olin Shivers
Trivia - Do you know "why" purple is/was the royal color. Because of its great rarity and value. Phoenician's traveled all over Med trading.. and the one thing traded in is blue/purple die made from rain snail, Fast non-fading die. Used ceremonial robe.