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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So I was over a Pharyngula reading a very entertaining piece that handed Deepak Chopra, the rap master of woo, his butt.  (again)

I was reading the comments and enjoying the science-nerd pile-on when suddenly THIS lept out at me:

"Hmmm... Now I know where the really bad, sciency sounding dialog for the character Mohindar Suresh in Heroes comes from."

Dan misses some very important points in this comment:

 

1) Mohinder Suresh is smokin' hot (see exhibit "A"), and Deepak Chopra is NOT (see exhibit "B").

 

2)  Mohinder Suresh is a fictional character in a story that specifically suspends the laws of science so that the world can work very differently than it actually does...and to that end there is a need to supply enough technobabble to drum you into a state we call "suspension of disbelief"...whereas Deepak Copra is a real person that is creating a story that specifically suspends the laws of science so that the world can work very differently than it actually does, and to that end there is a need to supply enough technobabble to drum you into a state we call "suspension of disbelief". This will cause you to pay lots of money for him to tell you his pretty pretty story about how you can live forever and be healthy the whole time.

3)Until recently, Mohinder Suresh was a character of unfailing moral fortitude selflessly working to redeem his father's life-work, discover the truth, and benefit all of humanity...and Deepak Chopra writes lots and lots of stuff about what he thinks science doesn't know, and provides PZ Myers with many, many opportunities to point out that just because Mr. Chopra doesn't know how something happens, that doesn't mean that SCIENCE doesn't know how it happens.

 

4)  Mohinder Suresh's use of eyeliner is organic, subtle, and alluring.  Deepak Chopra's use of eyeliner is heavy, harsh and scary.

 

5) So, in summation:  LEAVE MOHINDER ALONE!  Thank you, and I rest my case.

 

Exhibit "A":

(Image from here)

Exhibit "B":

(image from this site)

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Friday, July 25, 2008

PZ Myers has a link to this article about Harry Potter and an accompanying rise in the popularity of "Witchcraft".

 

I read it, but its kind of long.  There's a lot of hyperventilating about the popularity of fantasy in the current culture, some self-righteous pontificating....but the really significant quotes are as follows:

 

"In these standby novels, girls fret over friends, popularity, sports, parents, boyfriends, jobs and homework—or a neighborhood "mystery." But in this new darker world, girls don’t simply ask a friend’s advice, hang out at the soda shop or give the team their best effort. That would be too boring and too passive. Today’s girl takes charge, even in the heavenlies—these young priestesses cast spells. The paperbacks are laced with actual spells and rituals suited to many teen occasions. They are also packed with sexual innuendo and activity;"

 

uh huh...'cause hanging out at the soda shop had nothing to do with sexual innuendo and activity...and "boring and passive" girls never get into trouble.  Seriously?  You want your little girls to be boring, passive door-mats who know nothing about sex and hang out at the soda shop? (I think they actually hang out at coffee shops nowdays)  Jesus people, you might as well tattoo targets on their vaginas.

 

"It’s a seductive method of manipulating human envy by ensnaring naïve youth: if you’re a misfit, it’s not because you are lacking something; it’s because you are "above" the rest in a unique way."

 

Yeah...the other kids didn't pick you up and stuff you in the trunk of your car because you're an asthmatic shrimp with a 135 IQ, and they're a bunch of muscle-head jocks whose daddies told them they had to live it up 'cause these are the best years of their lives when they get to rule the school and have no consequences for their actions, and they know they'll have to spend the rest of their lives answering to people who are smarter and more educated than them.  They did it because YOU are lacking something.

 

But my favorite is this one:

"As adolescents peak in self–absorption, our panacea is to hand our offspring the sorcerer’s wand to wave away all troubles. They can use it to raise that already inflated self–esteem."

 

Obviously, this lady hasn't read the books she's condemning.  At no point does Harry simply "wave his magic wand" and have his troubles disappear.  Harry is initially protected by the loving efforts of his parents to shield him from danger, and prepare for his future.  Later, he learns to draw on the wisdom and advice of his teachers, and ask for help when he gets in over his head.  His loyalty to his friends and their resulting loyalty to him helps him through situations he could never have survived on his own.

In the end, he has to put his life on the line and risk everything...and it has nothing to do with his powerful magic.  It has to do with giving back to all of the people who stood by him what was given to him.  Giving love freely, and being willing to risk everything for the good.

Magic has nothing to do with Harry's final triumph.  It is achieved through love, trust, and courage.  The whole point of the ending is that he doesn't even raise his wand in order to win.

Geeze lady.

 

And, of course, no hyperventilating, hysterical scrawling are complete without the faint-hearted whining about D&D:

"Too numerous to mention are sites specific to role–playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and toys, CDs, DVDs and video games with occult themes."

OH NOES!  CHILDRENS CAN HAZ IMAGINASHUNS!  IM IN UR COMPUTER BRINGIN TEH DEBIL!

 

But how oh how do we stop it?

"Today we are urging parents and educators to prayerfully consider a general boycott of Scholastic materials in homes and schools country–wide." Kathi, a former witch who is now a Christian, has strong opinions about the Potter books. "Anyone who allows their children to read these books and participate in related activities is allowing their children access to the occult."

 

Of course!  Boycott the Scholastic-sponsored school bookfairs which is usually a primary vehicle for funding literacy programs in the school district! What we need is more illiteracy and less funding for the schools!  Naturally.  Genius.

 

Ill skip over the part where she bends herself into pretzel shape to involve Planned Parenthood, the feminists and homosexuals, and the ACLU in the plot to make your kids witches.  It's entertaining, but too self-satirizing to need my attention.

 

"And if your teen isn’t an activist or practitioner in middle school or high school, college is a fertile field for the growth of witch sympathies. Your daughter or son who takes a religion or women’s studies class at a non–Christian college can expect to be exposed to the benefits of alternative religions, mostly occultic, in overcoming the "oppression" of the entrenched Christian mainstream. "

 

For reals?  The University of Minnesota must be a Christian college then!  Except for my comparative religions class (which spent more than half the time on Christianity, 'cause there’s so many flavors).  Whatever.  Has this woman even BEEN on a college campus except maybe as a crazy mall preacher?

 

"If you are "as gods," you can make your own rules. Forget parents! Forget teachers! We’ll just live for the moment, the latest sensation and party on down. So witchcraft is a perfect fit for a paganized, pleasure–centered, shallow America.

 

I swear, everytime I hear a Christian's description of what their life would be like without Christianity, I thank God that they have Christianity.  People who have such a vivid imagination for depravity should certainly have a religion that makes them able to repress it,and keep it decently confined to airport men's rooms.

 

And I just have to say..."party on down?"  For real?  Linda, You. Are.  ADORABLE!

 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

 

Discalimer:  This entry will make no sense unless you are a fan of Torchwood, and up-to-date on the Dr. Who universe.  The video will only be funny if you have a warped sense of humor...and even then, you will feel guilty for laughing.  Sorry.  I can't be alone in my Schadenfreude.  The Scott Lively connection is just one of those random association firings that my brain subjects me too...but if you can't mock the Rev. Scott Lively, who CAN you mock?

 

 

OK, a while ago I heard about the Rev. Scott Lively, and his book The Pink Swastika and I thought "Who the hell would buy this?  It's ridiculous.  It's completely craven, ahistorical re-imagining at it's most cynically manipulative.  I've seen sand-choked engines run more smoothly than this guy's logic."

But then I see this, and I realize the horrible truth!

NSFW  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!   (seriously, the ways in which this is not safe for work defy numbering gravity description)

 

Also, my understanding of the German langauge is even worse than I thought!

 

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Well, sometimes...

 

(Hat Tip : Dracut)

Comments:

1) If you could get a crowd that size together in one place in Bemidji, that's what they would look like.

2) If you could get Northwoods Norwegians to dance...that's what it would look like.

3) Rural Ojibwe, rural Norwegians and rural Swedes and rural Germans are not really that big with the running and screaming.  They are most likely to give a put-upon-sounding "yup" or "oofda" that sounds sort of like a sigh...and then blow your head off.

4)If there were a place where werewolves ran around in bright sunlight, it would be Bemidji.

 

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Friday, December 21, 2007

A charming little tale full of whimsey and adventure.  Steamer-punk elements.  A little disjointed in parts, and with a tepid ending that screamed sequal.

In other words, a good story burdoned by it's condition as a movie adaptation of a novel.

Cool effects.  Some really good performances.

Skanky blond villian named "Coulter".

A certain scene I like to call "bowling for cossacks".

All-in-all, it was a nice little family outing.

Awaiting final verdict until after the sequal.

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Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007

Adventure Boy came home a couple of weeks ago, and informed us that he was going to try out for a role in the school play.  I thought that auditioning would be a great experience, so we sat down and surfed the Internet for a good, dramatic monologue for him to use.  I printed it out, and he took it with him, along with a ton of study materials and homework, on his trip to Spain with Rocky.

(Yeah, haven't told you all about that yet, have I?  Adventure Boy and Rocky went to Barcelona for 9 days over Thanksgiving vacation).

Anyway, I told AB that it was great that he was going to audition, but since there are a few thousand kids in his High School, and since he is a Freshman, and since he hasn't had any experience with acting except for one drama workshop last summer, he shouldn't expect to get a role... but should try his best to get the most out of the experience of trying.

Needless to say, he returned that evening and informed me that he had a call back the next day.  They would be performing "Rebel without a Cause".  So I helped him research the plot and the characters on the Internet, and the next day he went off armed with a fair understanding of the sort of stuff he'd be asked to read.

He got a part.

Not only that, but it is a pretty good part.  A small but important role.

He's the female love-interest's abusive father.

Needless to say, he's a little creeped out by the role. 

Anyway, I guess it goes without saying that you all will be informed of the date and time of the performances so that you can attend if you wish.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

For those of you who do not believe that our great Republic benefits from the constant infusion of culture, language, and perspective of our alien residents, I offer a challenge to your closed-minded ways.

On December 8th, 2007; At 7:30 PM; for the mere pittance of $20 USD (effective price dropping daily) you can witness the charming and immortal tale; "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

But this isn't just ANY rendering in ordinary English.  No it is not!

 

Come to the University of MN Saint Paul campus

Student Center Theater

2017 Buford Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108

 

There, you will witness the moralizing, liberal, whiney, orphan-hugger words of Charles Dickens transformed!

Commedia Beauregard will give that pallid old Englishman an infusion of Klingon-American honor, courage, and (I assume) bloodlust!

That's right "A Klingon Christmas Carol".

See it Dec. 8th at 7:30 PM  Tickets at:  www.ticketworks.com or (615)209-6689

Oh, did I mention that this is a fund-raiser?  Proceeds from this performance will assist in funding future productions, commissioning new translations of foreign-language plays, and helping to further the understanding of the world's cultures, and (I assume) other world's cultures.

Don't miss it! 

Oh, and...Q'aplah!

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

So now Oprah has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

Here’s the Wikipedia page for hypothyroidism.

I feel bad for her, I really do.  I know what this condition does to a person, and I know how it feels to have it go undiagnosed.  Depression, fatigue, a sense of impending mental break-down or dissipation.  I remember with horror the inability to focus thoughts, inability to discipline oneself.

I understand how much willpower it takes to drag your body out of bed and meet the demands of the day, force yourself against the screaming drag of your own body to force yourself to exercise…only to gain weight.

No amount of make-up can hide the bad skin, no amount of careful self-maintenance can get rid of the blue bags under the eyes, the dullness of the hair.

“You look tired” gets to be like a mantra chanted by everyone you meet.  Sometimes with sympathy or concern, more often with a bit of the gloat behind it.  What they really mean is “You’ve really let yourself go”.

Going to the doctor to find out what’s wrong, you’re told the only prescription you need is more self-discipline and will-power.

Even the Oprah show, which made its name singing the praise of persevering in the face of insurmountable problems manages to slap you in the face, when Dr. Phil says “You’re not fat because of your thyroid.  That’s just an excuse.”

I actually went to the website and left a comment.   I said it was irresponsible for Dr. Phil to say something like that.  I went back later to see if there had been any response to my comment, and I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I assumed it had been deleted.

 I had gone for years with an undiagnosed thyroid problem because of just such a response from a Doctor, who refused to administer a simple blood test, despite the fact that I have a family history of low thyroid, and all the symptoms.  And I DO mean all of them.  The CNP who eventually ran the test said that I was in s life-threatening situation, and not just because of the suicidal thoughts.

But this doctor just gave me the smug look, and the condescending encouragement to do more push-ups…push up from the table.  He actually SAID that.

Normally, I would have stormed out of his office and went to find a doctor who would run the test.  Unfortunately, depression and fatigue caused me to simply shut down in shame and never mention it again…until my friend Sue kicked my ass and told me that she didn’t know what was wrong with me, but I’d better figure it out soon, because she didn’t like who I had become, and she wanted her friend back.

I’m sorry for Oprah that she has to go through this.  But I’m glad that finally, she might address this really important subject, and empower women with knowledge and encouragement to speak up for themselves and demand to be tested if they suspect they have a thyroid problem.

Thyroid disorders require constant maintenance.  I recently went in for my annual test, and found that I might have to have my dosage upped again.  Not a big surprise.  I’ve gained weight, and I’m tired and cranky when normally I would be chipper and happy.    I’ve been unable to focus at my usual level in normal times, and become downright useless in times of stress.  Things that were once easy, have become difficult.  I’m confused, forgetful, and sad.

But I’m going to get a second test done, and it’s likely that a simple dosage adjustment will fix the problem.  It’s such a simple solution.  All you need is the knowledge of what your condition is, and the support of knowledgeable people to help you treat it appropriately.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

 

 

 

Adventure Boy must have enjoyed the Rush concert very much.  Here is his sketch of Geddy Lee that he did today...from memory.

In a conversation I overheard him having with Grasshopper, he said "I didn't watch the monitors, because you're at a live concert...why would you watch a screen?"

Pretty awesome, huh?

[update:  My Sunday Devotionals sometimes involve Rush - check out these lyrics by Neal Peart]


"The Way The Wind Blows"

Now it's come to this
It's like we're back in the Dark Ages
From the Middle East to the Middle West
It's a world of superstition

Now it's come to this
Wide-eyed armies of the faithful
From the Middle East to the Middle West
Pray, and pass the ammunition

So many people think that way
You gotta watch what you say
To them and them, and others too
Who don't seem to see things the way you do

We can only grow the way the wind blows
on a bare and weathered shore
We can only bow to the here and now
In our elemental war

We can only go the way the wind blows
We can only bow to the here and now
Or be broken down blow by blow

Now it's come to this
Hollow speeches of mass deception
From the Middle East to the Middle West
Like crusaders in a holy alliance

Now it's come to this
Like we're back in the dark ages
From the Middle East to the Middle West
It's a plague that resists our science

It seems to leave them partly blind
And they leave no child behind
While evil spirits haunt their sleep
While shepherds bless and count their sheep

Like the solitary pine
On a bare wind blasted shore
We can only grow the way the wind blows

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Looking for new music nobody else you know has heard?  Looking for music you can't get in a store?  Looking for music unsullied by corporate focus-grouping?

Looking for music from a couple of mid-western family men?

Looking for music that is free AND good?

Look no further.  The Sidetracked project is available.

 

Also, as far as I know, this is whats available from Jagged Spiral, who are also new, unavailable in stores, unsullied by focus groups, free, good and mid-western, and one of them has a family as far as I know...

...but they are a little evil.  PLEASE read the disclaimer before you play the music out loud.  The world doesn't need anymore dead chinchillas than strictly necessary.

Days from Evil

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Ahhhh....RUSH!

Rocky, Adventure Boy, Tara and Rick were there with us!!!

High points of the concert (in no particular order): 

"Witchunt" with the guys on a stage lit up like a firey furnace.

Some completely new and un-Neil...or should I say "super-Neil"? sounds coming from that magnificent new drum kit during the "All Neil Show" portion of the show.  Always in motion, is the Neil.

YYZ! (always)

ONE LITTLE VICTORY!  (always)

THEY PLAYED "BANGKOK"!!! (And they NEVER play Bangkok).

Geddey Lee in a kilt. (NEVER thought I'd hear myself say that.)

Alex and Neil waking up with each other (Also, not something I'd hear myself say)

GeddyCartman.

The LIGHTS! the ACTION!  The LAZERS!  The VIDEO IMAGERY The ROTISSERIE CHICKENS!!!  (but how did they clean their clothes between shows now?)

*sigh*  Happy Trees has Rush fix now.

Jason Bock seems happy too.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

PZ Myers is going to be in Expelled!

Turns out, they interviewed him fo rthe movie.

The whole sordid story is HERE.

Lookin' less like a spoof all the time.

[Update:  Neil at 4Simpsons is giddy about Expelled.  I thought about pointing out that the makers of the movie felt they had to lie and misrepresent themselves to get people to participate in the interviews...but it wouldn't do any good.]

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Foo Fighters are HIV/AIDS denialists.

Mother of God!  Will the hurting never stop?

I suppose next I'm going to learn that the band Rush is anti-vaccination, the Dixie Chicks believe in Morgellon's Syndrome, or Queensreich are Holocaust deniers or something.

No, no.  that would be too terrible.  I couldn't bear it.

(Hat Tip:  Denialism. com)

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Rush's new album, Snakes and Arrows is AWESOME!

The concert is coming up!  I can't wait!  Saveau and TempleViper are joining us.  Woo!  and might I add...Hoo!

I'd also like to thank Jenny for her effort in making sure we didn't miss the concert.  We already knew about it, but suppose we hadn't?  Catastrophe!

It's nice to know Jenny is looking out for us.

Oh yeah, another CD Change-out now in changer position one:  Rush's "Snakes and Arrows" in - Godsmack's "Godsmack" out! 

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Mandarin Chinese word for “I” is “Waa” with a falling/rising tone.  Grasshopper and I had trouble remembering the tonal component, (as Americans often do).

 

Until I remembered Jon Stewert, and his trademark response to some woefully stupid or incomprehensible action/statement/position by a politician or media talking-head:

 

“Whhaaaaaaa?”

 

Forgetting the tone of that word is no longer a problem.

 

Jon Stewart.  Cute, funny, impeccably well-dressed, and the best darn mnemonic device out there for the Mandarin personal pronoun.

 

There should be some sort of award.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

argh.  shortbread cookies, with a chocolate layer on top.  I am powerless before them.

They are my Jadarite.

(Hat Tip:  A Blog Around the Clock)

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Friday, April 20, 2007

"No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no! You don't understand. You can't possibly because you're irreligious."

Um.  Interesting.  Yet most of the irreligious people I know were RAISED religious.  They learned religion at the knees of their parents.  In fact, we can understand religious thought very well.

Our rejection comes not from MISUNDERSTANDING...but from understanding it TOO WELL, and going in search of something that makes more sense.

One thing Rush can explain to me, though, is how the shooter deciding that he wants to "die like Christ" could possibly be the result of too little religion.

The boy was crazy.  Adding more religion would have just made him express his craziness more religiously.  Just as he would have expressed his craziness in secular terms if he had been immersed in secularism.

Secularism didn't make him kill.  Religion didn't make him kill. 

We all want answers, we all want solutions, we all want this to be a perfect world (from a human perspective).  It's not.  Blaming secularism might make you feel better Rush, but it does nothing to address the problem.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

I have a six CD changer in my car.  Yet, it seems like for the last few weeks, every single person who gets in the car, no matter what is playing, says "Is this the only CD you have in here?"

So I'm making some changes.

Slot number four WAS Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Once More with Feeling"'.  It has been changed for Indigenous: Chasing the Sun

The slot number three change-out was in honor of Conrad Zero, because I know it will make him happy:

Bruce Springsteen's Greatest Hits was changed out for Revolver Modele: Discotheque Crypt.

More changes are likely on the way.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

From Conrad Zero I get a link to this article in the Washington Post.

A world-class violinist playing on a priceless violin, posing as a street musician, and his value is only recognized by a few people...a handful who have dabbled at being violinists, and one who recognizes the musician.

People who rushed past, perhaps flipping spare change, perhaps trying to shout over the annoying noise of this bothersom begger...what would they have done if they had realized that they were getting a free front seat at a performance that they would never get another chance at again?

What do people simply throw out as useless, meaningless, even stupid...just because they don't have a reason to really look at it's value?

How much of our "junk science" is the public policy equivilant of a virtuoso with a nearly priceless instrument being ignored by commuters too busy to bother knowing what they are missing?

[UPDATE:  Michelle gives us a link in the comments to a blog entry that expands on the "framing" aspect of the WaPo story.  She says that in order for the audience to respond to a classical musician in a street musician setting, he needs to develop skills for presenting to that audience appropriately for the kind of audience they are, and in the situation they are in rather than actually expecting them to respond to a performance just because it is good and worthy of their attention.

This is EXACTLY what I've been trying to say.  Thank you, Michelle.

Quote from the blog entry:

A busker is someone who can turn any place into a stage. Obviously, Joshua Bell needs an actual stage. As a busker one needs to interact with those around, break walls of personal space, and lure people into a collective and spontaneous group experience on the street, in the moment, with you. A bad busking act is when the performer doesn’t make an effort to connect with the audience. Like musicians who play for themselves, not acknowledging the audience, just burying their heads in their instruments.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

 

I was going to be done with "300" commentary from conservatives...but Karen sent me this one and I couldn't resist.

It's by Victor Davis Hanson.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/VictorDavisHanson/2007/03/22/300_fact_or_fiction

It is thoughtful, measured, sensible, and doesn't invent opportunities to smear "liberals" with defamatory characatures.

Now, I promise I'm done.

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At this point, I've found the "conservative" reviews to be almost as entertaining as the movie itself. They're tying themselves into knots trying to twist and beat and cajole it into being either a political statement they can praise, or an example of our decadant popular culture that they can decry...or some monstrous hybred in between.
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
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Someone sent me this Townhall article by Ben Shapiro in my e-mail (since I still can't view their sites due to my IP address being blocked by them.  Which is certainly not because they are a bunch of weeenies who can't take mild criticism, or because they are vindictive little bitches who like the feeling of power they can get from banning IP addresses with small numbers of users.  I'm sure there is a reasonable explination.  I'll let you know what it is just as soon as they answer the e-mails I sent them asking what it is.)

Here’s a fun link to a spoof site that addresses Ben Shapiro.

Anyway, Ben Shapiro doesn’t like the movie “300”.  But he likes that he can read into it stuff that he imagines “liberals” don’t like.  And he has (I imagine) a fair amount of fun quote-mining and torturing an alleged “liberal” quote, and a quote from someone in the Ahmadinejad administration in order to produce a shadow of the “liberals agree with the terrorists” cannard.  But let’s let Mr. Shapiro speak for himself.

"300" is not a particularly good movie. The comic-book tale of the battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.) brims over with excessive nudity and violence. The dialogue is often laughable -- lines like "This is madness! This is Sparta!" leap to mind.

Oh, I don’t know…stilted and over-blown dramatic dialogue is, after all, one of the literary hallmarks of the epic.  Beowulf's swaggering challenges to Grendel come to mind.  Although in fairness, you might have to be a public-schooled liberal in order to see that.  After all, public schools don’t teach what cultural conservatives call Judeo-Christian values, but they DO familiarize you with all those pagan Gods and Goddessses so you can understand Greek literature, as well as non-Greek epics such as Beowulf, or even “Christian” work rife with pagan imagery like the epic poetry of John Milton.  If only liberal public schools didn’t love the roots of Western Culture so much, we might all agree with Ben Shapiro, and the world would be a better place.

As for the nudity and violence, I am surprised.  I would have thought that Ben, a (presumably) red-blooded American boy would have loved it.  But as a cultural conservative, I guess he’d rather it be suppressed and sublimated as religious zeal that only occasionally expresses itself in excessive binges that can be blamed on temptation by demonic forces.  Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

David Wenham, who plays a Spartan soldier, narrates throughout the movie; his narration is guffaw-inducing. "Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard . Only the strong ," Wenham gravely intones. At another point, over footage of Spartans graphically slaughtering the oncoming hordes of Persian dictator Xerxes, Wenham intensely growls, "We do what we've been trained to do. We do what we've been bred to do. We do what we were born to do." There are no descriptors for this kind of purposeful anti-subtlety.

Shorter Ben Shapiro “hu-huh…he said ‘hard’ hu-huh.”

“There are no descriptors for this kind of anti-subtlety”?  Um.  Yes, there are, in fact, descriptors for it.  Literary imagery, for instance.  You might, if you were the product of the liberal public school system, have come across it while studying literature.  If you had, you would realize that those words were drawing a parallel between the mental and physical “toughness (or “hardness”) of the Spartan people as depicted in the story.  You may realize that literary imagery uses certain qualities of descriptive language that are independent of what springs into the blood-engorged, hot-throbbing brains of young conservative weenies who simper and whine about sex and violence.  I’m sure that all this has a terrible effect on your delicate constitution, Ben, but try to hold it together, buddy.

Nonetheless, "300" is drawing a crowd. It is drawing a crowd for two reasons: First, the movie is visually interesting, combining over-the-top comic-book imagery with live-action realism in the same way "Sin City" did. Second, Americans are interested in watching movies that pit good against evil.

OK, no argument there.

The Spartans of "300" are brutal. The opening scene of the movie depicts a Spartan soldier, standing on a cliff overlooking a valley of skulls, inspecting a baby to make sure it is hardy enough. If the baby is too weak, we are told, it will be left for dead. This isn't exactly civilized conduct.

It is if you are a Spartan, living in the time when the movie is set.  Oh, I’m sorry.  That’s liberal moral relativism isn’t it?  I forgot.  We are supposed to judge cultures and history by our own measure, and our own values, rather than learning to see them as they saw themselves so as to understand them and actually learn something about humanity.  Just judging them from our own perspective so we can hold up our example as elevated above the rest of human history is so much better.  That way, we can see ourselves as having some sort of divine writ of exceptionalism.  Yes.  Excuse me.  Please, go on.

But the Persian hordes make the Spartans look like members of a British tea club. Xerxes is an androgynous giant of a man with more body piercings than Christina Aguilera. His camp is full of decadent bisexual promiscuity. He seeks worldwide dictatorship and threatens Sparta with mass murder of its male citizens, rape of its female citizens, and use of women and children as slaves if Sparta fails to submit to his rule.

Ben, you ARE aware that this is an obvious conscious interpretation of how the peoples often depict their opponents?  This couldn’t possibly be the result of a tradition in nationalistic epics of depicting one side as being completely right, and depicting the opposition as being completely without merit, right?  You define what you are, and then you selectively define your enemy as that which you are not.

The Spartans, by contrast, say they are fighting for "freedom." In which case, "300" is an old-fashioned battle between the forces of freedom and the forces of oppression.

Yes.  That is one possible element of an epic story.  Having one side champion a virtue, and the other side is inherently everything that is antithetical to that virtue.

And the left doesn't like it at all. Many reviewers have panned "300" not on artistic grounds, or even on grounds of inanity, but on the grounds that the Spartans in the film are a bunch of jackbooted thugs; that the tyranny they fight is less tyrannical than Sparta; that good vs. evil is too simplistic. "His troops are like al Qaeda in adult diapers," writes Kyle Smith of the New York Post. "Keeping in mind Slate's Mickey Kaus' Hitler Rule -- never compare anything to Hitler -- it isn't a stretch to imagine Adolf's boys at a "300" screening, heil-fiving each other throughout and then lining up to see it again." A.O. Scott makes the obligatory racial point: "It may be worth pointing out that unlike their mostly black and brown foes, the Spartans and their fellow Greeks are white."

Who is this “left” of which you speak?  The last time I checked, The New York Post was one of Rupert Murdoch’s little fiefdoms.  You don’t really think that the “liberals” who work for Rupert Murdoch actually represent liberal opinion, do you?  Really?

The Iranians don't like "300," either. Javad Shamqadri, an art adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, proclaims that "300" is "part of a comprehensive U.S. psychological war aimed at Iranian culture." "Following the Islamic Revolution in Iran," explains Shamqadri, "Hollywood and cultural authorities in the U.S. initiated studies to figure out how to attack Iranian culture … certainly, the recent movie is a product of such studies."

Yeah.  Megalomaniacle nut-bags tend to see themselves reflected everywhere, view themselves as attacked and embattled where they actually are not, and tend to read far, far too much into things, while at the same time missing the actual cultural relevance of the intended references and giving inappropriate weight to incidental facts.  (shrug) What ya gonna do?

Ben now ends his commentary on the movie “300”  by taking a paragraph or two to let his lips flap uselessly, making a lot of meaningless noises interspersed with specious swipes at liberals, confusions of Islam and liberalism, and spiced up with a little useless sophistry in a grumbling ramble that just sort of trials off into a feel-good re-frame of a nice-sounding platitude:

Of course, "300" is not meant to be a historically accurate portrayal of the battle of Thermopylae. It is a cartoonish movie with a simple theme -- a theme that resonates with the American public. It is no surprise that the Iranian regime -- the embodiment of evil in today's world -- objects to a movie depicting a conflict between ancient Western civilization and ancient Persian civilization as a conflict between good and evil. And it is not surprising that the left objects to any movie pitting freedom against tyranny and coming out squarely on the side of freedom.

"300" is not as morally murky as movies like "Syriana," "Babel" and "Kingdom of Heaven." The movie has many weaknesses, but its strength lies in its affirmation that there can be good, there can be evil, and that good must be willing to withstand evil's best efforts to annihilate it.

 

Is anyone else surprised that Ben had nothing to say about the fact that the movie also depicted the great weakness of Sparta to be a "evil" hold-over of reliance and delegation of too much power to religious leaders and superstitious mumbo-jumbo that will give it’s “spiritual” stamp of approval to the advantage of the side that gives out the biggest payday?

 

Or that the most slimy of all the politicians misused and abused moral principles that he himself didn’t value to silence opposition?

 

I suppose I could go through and point out all the "real reasons" why conservatives who hated the movie chose to hate it.  Or I could go through the movie and catalogue all the "real reasons" that the conservatives who liked the movie liked it (for instance, the hero was a despotic leader who made a unilateral decision to go to war against the advice and council of his allies and the deliberative body of his government AND, within the context of the story, was right to do so)...

 

...but that would just be silly.

 

Sorry, Ben, it’s just a story.  A re-telling of a timeless, compelling, epic story that was well told for what it was, preserving some classical elements and re-imagining others as would fit the purposes of the story-tellers (which was to entertain a modern audience that had some passing knowledge of both comic books and classical literature, a fondness for high production quality, stunning visuals and the occasional exposed breast and  death metal riff) and has no real meaning beyond that.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:41:05 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] | #
Sunday, February 18, 2007

I'm sure everyone has heard of the strange case of how two young bloggers got hired by John Edwards to blog for his campaign, and the right-wing smear machine kicked into high gear.

In the case of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen, the right-wing blow-hard cry that saying the Pope and other religious leaders obstruct gay rights is “anti-catholic”.  Hey!  You can’t say something that is true but unflattering of the Pope!  That’s anti-Catholic!  Plus, these women use bad language and are independant Freethinkers.  The religious right couldn't have that.  So they round up their posse to send out rape threats and death threats to two young women to show their Godly support of The Church.

Eventually, the young women resign from the Edwards campaign.

We’re getting dangerously close to mob rule rather than rule of law, here people.

So I’ll leave you with a little quote from Black Sabbath.  Just call it a little consolation for the fact that bands like Black Sabbath were seen as the CAUSE of the destruction of civilization, rather than prophetic foretellers of it: and  that their  “Christian” accusers are the ones carrying the torches and pitchforks.

 

Close the city and tell the people that something's coming to call
Death and darkness are rushing forward to take a bite from the wall, oh

You've nothing to say
They're breaking away
If you listen to fools...
The Mob Rules
The Mob Rules

Kill the spirit and you'll be blinded, the end is always the same
Play with fire, you burn your fingers and lose your hold of the flame, oh

It's over, it's done
the end is begun
If you listen to fools...
The Mob Rules

You've nothing to say
Oh, They're breaking away
If you listen to fools...

Break the circle and stop the movement, the wheel is thrown to the ground
Just remember it might start rolling and take you right back around

You're all fools!
The Mob Rules!

--Black Sabbath “The Mob Rules”

Sunday, February 18, 2007 9:43:23 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #
Monday, January 29, 2007

He has an article in the Washington Post.

 

Ya know, I heard him on MPR just today.  I was listening as I put the second coat of paint on the walls of the guest room.  I didn't agree with everything he said, but at the very least, he was speaking more-or-less reasonable and measured and refrained from acting anything like Ann Coulter.  And I actually agreed with some of his basic ideas.

 

So I followed the link at Pharyngula to the WP article, and to my surprise, he comes off as a megalomaniacal nut in print:

 

The second reason can be gleaned from the common theme in the reviews: that mine is a dangerous book. But if a book says things that are obviously untrue and can be disproved, then it is not dangerous -- it is merely fiction and should be ignored. A book is dangerous only if it exposes something in the culture that some people are eager to keep hidden.

And what is that? It is that the far left seems to hate Bush nearly as much as it hates bin Laden. Bin Laden may want sharia, or Islamic law, in Baghdad, they reason, but Bush wants sharia in Boston. Indeed, leftists routinely portray Bush's war on terrorism as a battle of competing fundamentalisms, Islamic vs. Christian. It is Bush, more than bin Laden, they say, who threatens abortion rights and same-sex marriage and the entire social liberal agenda in the United States. So leftist activists such as Michael Moore and Howard Zinn and Cindy Sheehan seem willing to let the enemy win in Iraq so they can use that defeat in 2008 to rout Bush -- their enemy at home.

When I began writing my new book, this concern was largely theoretical, because the left was outside the corridors of power. Now I fear that the extreme cultural left is whispering into the ears of the Democratic Congress. Cut off the funding. Block the increase in troops. Shut down Guantanamo Bay. Lose the war on terrorism -- and blame Bush.

Pointing this out is what makes me dangerous.

 

He must have given that part of the speech while I was out of the room replenishing the paint in my paint tray.

He's all, you know, ooooh look at me, I'm a big scary subversive.  As if opposing a Gold Star Mother best known for camping in a field, a documentary maker, and a Poly-sci professor while supporting the guy who has all the trained troops under his command is soooo subversive.

Here's another quote:

 

 One radical sheik even told a European television station a few years ago that although Europe is more decadent than America, the United States is the more vital target because it is U.S. culture -- not Swedish culture or French culture -- that is spreading throughout the world.

 

It's dangerous to say that American Culture is pernicious, infectious and offensive to religious fundamentalists?  Well, maybe.  It might inspire some Eric Rudolph wanna-be to set of a dirty bomb in L.A.

But I have to wonder, how is it that WE get saddled with the pop culture?  I mean, when I list the five or so people who I personally know who don't own televisions; only one considers himself a conservative - and he's not opposed to gay marriage, thinks Bush botched the handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis, and is disgusted at the management of the war in Iraq despite the fact that he was all for it before it happened (I think he just doesn't like to pay taxes).

Most of the liberals I know consume very little mainstream culure.  Most of them are voracious readers of books across a wide spectrum of subjects and styles.  Almost all of them are married and in bed by ten o'clock most nights.

They still think Brittney Spears is the current teeney-bopper pop star.  Many could not pick Brittney Spears out of a Tiger Beat line-up.

Seriously, make up your mind people, are we the "Intellectual Elite" in our Ivory Towers with our tweed jackets and plether elbow patches, or are we the mainstream heartbeat of America’s decedent culture?  Or are we just everyone you don't like lumped into a big stew pot you call "liberal" and there's really no reason to it at all?

Seriously, I think you should all just get together, have a meeting, decide once and for all who the "liberals" are, and what their REAL agenda is (we can't build the fire while we're pouring the water, now, can we?)

At any rate, the one that burns me up is this: how is it that "liberals" want us to lose in Iraq so that we can defeat Bush at home?  Who do these people think we are?  Do they think we don't have friends and family fighting that damned war?  No, we may not have wanted it to begin with, and we might want it to be over as soon as possible…but we DO NOT want to lose this war.

And, intellectual elite that we are, we would know that it was a bad deal to sell out our men and women in uniform to defeat a guy who can't even stand for re-election.

Monday, January 29, 2007 10:00:37 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #

No more watching "Rome" and "Battlestar Galactica" in the same night.

I can't take that much of man's suffering and inhumanity to man (or Cylon) due to his petty, short-sighted, self-serving nature.

I was in and out of sleep with terrible dreams all night.  Between Adama on Galactica, and the prostitute/assasin boy on Rome (and what's become of Verinus), I was completely done for as far as a night of restful sleep.

Monday, January 29, 2007 8:16:38 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  | #
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Adventure Boy has always had a problem with Math.  Math has always been difficult, painful, frustrating and elusive for him.

Last year, the C- he eventually scored in Math was kind of a triumph.  The first time he had gotten better than a D in math.

This year, he got an A in Algebra for the first quarter.  Indeed, his lowest grade is a B-.  He has two "A's" (Algebra and Art) and the rest are B's and B+'s.

Yesterday he shuffled up to me with a hang-dog sort of expression and  presented me with a certificate informing me that he has earned an "honor point" in his Algebra class.

"What's this?"  I asked.

"I don't know, some stupid thing, I thought you might want to see it."  He answered.

On the certificate there is a list of attributes that go into earning an honor point.  Several of them were circled, indicating that those are the traits that earned him the Honor Point:

Consistent Effort, Initiative, Helpfulness, Positive Attitude, Participation.

If you get enough honor points, you become a "Student of the Month", and your parents can get one of those smug little bumper stickers to put on their car and brag to total strangers stuck in rush-hour gridlock.

Apparently, Adventure Boy told Rocky "That's the worst thing that can possibly happen to you."

So I guess if he WERE to earn enough honor points, and became a student of the month, I would probably not say anything to anyone about it.  But you know, I think Adventure Boy was still proud of himself, and secretly proud to get the honor point certificate.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:28:47 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Thursday, November 02, 2006

zeFrank makes my brain hurt.

Go.

Watch, laugh, learn.

Embrace the pain.

I started with the first episode about two weeks ago, and I'm almost caught up.

The space between my eyeballs just went numb.

Thursday, November 02, 2006 10:25:02 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Monday, September 25, 2006

The ancient Babylonian batteries have confused, and mystified archeologists for decades...those who don't outright reject their authenticity, that is.

For one thing, they don't appear to have served any useful purpose, as there have been no discoveries of ancient Babylonian motors, or ancient Babylonian wiring, or tablets full of ancient Babylonian building codes (other than the ones declairing that any house broken into have the body of the burgler sealed into the breach).

But I know what they were used for.

Don't tell anyone, but they were used to fuel the Stargate.

Thank you, thank you, ladies and gentlemen.  Yes, you may tell Dr. Jackson that I will gladly accept a position on his research team.  Late nights are not a problem.

Monday, September 25, 2006 8:53:45 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  |  | #
Friday, September 15, 2006
And Teresa is a geek...moving on.
Friday, September 15, 2006 6:53:10 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
Thursday, August 10, 2006

“What are you implying Jon?  That O’Reilly and Geraldo are narcissists enthralled with their own overblown egos?  Projecting their own petty insecurities onto the world around them?  Inventing false enemies for the sole purpose of bolstering their sense of self-importance; itty bitty Nixons minus the relevance or a hint of vision?  How DARE you.”

 

-          Stephan Colbert

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:33:42 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Meditations on the Bible episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit!
Saturday, June 24, 2006 7:26:59 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  |  | #
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
same as the old boss...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 9:59:57 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Will someone please remind me of this entry the next time I whine about feeling lonely and isolated?
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
We CAN agree on Flogging Molly, Box Car Willy, and The Dixi Chicks.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006 9:22:11 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  | #
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Or: I had no idea that my youth was so glamerous.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 6:15:22 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [18] | #
Is it hot in here?
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 5:34:54 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  | #
Monday, May 08, 2006
I heard the kids who grow up here get to spend one year at MySpace when they turn 18. Boy do THEY cut loose. Nudge nudge.
Monday, May 08, 2006 10:40:53 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Monday, May 01, 2006
Balls. Of. Titanium.
Monday, May 01, 2006 9:43:26 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Just to spread the love around a little.
Saturday, April 08, 2006 2:22:36 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Goodbye G'Kar
Thursday, February 16, 2006 9:29:48 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  |  | #
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
...well...OK, he is. But he appears to have been right about this.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006 9:17:07 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  |  | #
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Dance Monkeys, dance.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:43:08 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #
Sunday, January 29, 2006
teach your children well...
Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:25:01 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Monday, January 23, 2006
Your daily dose right here.
Monday, January 23, 2006 10:26:29 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Fast Animals, Slow Academics"
Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:12:39 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  | #
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
and some of it is recycled crap.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:09:04 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Thank God I missed this one, and thank God for MPR.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:47:22 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Sue writes an entry that will clearly spell out why I have referred to her as "Lucy to my Ethyl"
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 10:15:51 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  |  | #
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
What happened to variety shows?
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 11:52:16 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Just because sometimes it's the fun way to be.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 10:15:25 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Thursday, December 08, 2005
God bless my TiVo.
Thursday, December 08, 2005 11:25:36 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Monday, November 28, 2005
There was just something undeniably charming about Pat Morita.
Monday, November 28, 2005 12:18:11 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I liked this movie
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:42:34 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Monday, November 07, 2005
"Boy, you dreamin' about making the white people riot again?"
Monday, November 07, 2005 10:52:25 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I'm down with the shorties, yo.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:27:57 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Really good movie, all.
Saturday, October 22, 2005 11:06:00 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
I've waited long enough. If you still haven't seen Serenity, don't read this is spoilers will bum you out.
Saturday, October 22, 2005 10:36:21 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Serenity serenity serenity...geek geek geek....you know the drill. My brain is going to be the "all Firefly" channel until Friday.
Thursday, September 29, 2005 2:55:08 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  |  |  | #
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Watch the trailer, and take note of this cast!!
Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:11:11 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Just a country girl from the Heartland.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 8:49:21 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Saturday, August 13, 2005
See? I can be a self-important twit too...
Saturday, August 13, 2005 9:50:14 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
My 2005 Summer Movie
Saturday, August 13, 2005 9:42:16 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:04:19 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
My reactions to a very good movie.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:51:15 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Cake is good, and earnest and true.
Thursday, April 07, 2005 11:37:54 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Pretty pretty pretty....
Tuesday, April 05, 2005 10:56:09 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Sunday, November 28, 2004
...no really, tell me the truth here...
Sunday, November 28, 2004 12:03:11 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Really, it can't.
Saturday, October 02, 2004 9:38:39 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
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