Sunday, April 30, 2006

love it or hate it 
i stumbled across this political cartoon: abortion.

i thought about swiping it [with credit, of course] and showing it here, but i figured someone out there wouldn't think it to be funny.

does anyone find it strange 
that i have a tooth growing in?

kelly’s revenge 
i got this Kelly’s Revenge Shiraz the other day, after a long hard day. really, it was. i will say i bought it only because of the label:

Had a hard day? Kelly’s Revenge is perfect at the end of a long day.
This great new range of Australian wines is packed full of fruit flavours and finished off with a hint of attitude. Kick back, relax, forget about the pressures and take revenge with Kelly.

It’s all about you now. Are you up for it?
honestly, the wine wasn't all that good, but how was i to pass that up?

Saturday, April 29, 2006

it's good that they go together 
quiz time via tickle:

The Multiple Intelligences Test reveals that i am smartest when it comes to visual/spatial intelligence.

Others may take their environments for granted but not you. Because of your visual/spatial intelligence you really see the world around you. This strength often helps you better appreciate the beauty and detail in everyday things. From shapes in nature to the structure of a fine automobile, a countless variety of things hold your interest.

Having this particular kind of heightened awareness can allow you to form accurate mental images of existing places and objects. In extreme cases, one might call this strength a photographic memory. Being visually/spatially intelligent also means that you likely have a vivid imagination that can be put to use in a variety of creative or professional endeavors.

The True Talent test says that my true talent is numerical ability.

You're great with numbers, whether you enjoy math or not. Your results show that you're not only good at calculations, you are much better than most people at understanding how to use numbers to your advantage.

How do we know that's your true talent? While you were taking the test, we calculated your responses to each test question and rated your skills in 5 areas. You scored highest on numerical ability.

People like you manage their personal finances with ease. In the work world, your numeric skill can help you in a variety of ways. Because so many other people have trouble understanding numbers and figures, you really have an opportunity to shine and use this talent to your advantage.


celebrity news from people 
rosie o will follow meredith on the view.

gillian anderson splits with hubby.

by now everyone has heard that angeline jolie has topped the most beautiful people list. but did you know that kirstie alley made it on, too? remember, i told you she was looking good. let us also not forget to point out that julia's on the list as well. george clooney and matthew mcconaughey also made it. and did anyone notice that this year's list is of 100? wasn't it always 50 people?

drug decriminalization in mexico 
mexico has passed legislation decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and peyote.

police will not penalize people for possessing up to '5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine. People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan.'

i see some problems here (half a gram of cocaine and less than a quarter ounce of marijuana as the limit on personal use, everyone else is considered a drug dealer and will be penalized harshly) but it's a start. the US should follow suit. i say this, not to condone drug use, but because we should treat drug abuse and addiction as a health problem and save our prison space for those who really need it.


did the lightbulb give consent? 
jeremy f is now accepting nominees for the answer to the riddle 'how many sociologists does it take to change a light bulb?'

if you are one of those creative people, go ahead and give your answer. he's already received a few submissions and they are worth checking out. for instance:

Q: "How many sociologists does it take to change a light bulb?" A: "Our purposes are (1) to describe the state of the light bulb, (2) to explain how the light bulb came to be that way (e.g., 'burned out'), and (3) to provide some insight into how the light bulb might respond to different interventions. As scientists, it is not our purpose to "change" the light bulb.

Friday, April 28, 2006

reverse pickpocketing 
i hope this true. it's awesome. David Copperfield was almost robbed.

'Two armed robbers allegedly got out of the car and demanded the group's belongings. One woman handed over $400 from her pockets and the other gave up her purse with 200 euros, $100, her passport, plane tickets and a cell phone. Copperfield refused to empty his pockets, the report said.

Copperfield says he turned his pockets inside out to reveal nothing in them, even though he was carrying his passport, wallet and cell phone.'

Thursday, April 27, 2006

movies meme 
the LOTW [over there] is a list of movies ebert says you must see so that you know what people are talking about. not a list of the best, but those everyone must see. i saw that other people made a meme of it and i thought i would play along. however, due to the fact that i have seen so few of these, instead of bolding the ones i'd seen, i thought it would be a shorter list if i just listed those i'd seen.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) Stanley Kubrick
"Alien" (1979) Ridley Scott
"Bambi" (1942) Disney
"Carrie" (1975) Brian DePalma
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971) Stanley Kubrick
"Do the Right Thing" (1989) Spike Lee
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Steven Spielberg
"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Irvin Kershner
"The Exorcist" (1973) William Friedkin
"Fargo" (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
"Fight Club" (1999) David Fincher
"The Godfather," "The Godfather, Part II" (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
"The Graduate" (1967) Mike Nichols
"Halloween" (1978) John Carpenter
"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra
"Jaws" (1975) Steven Spielberg
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
"Psycho" (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
"Pulp Fiction" (1994) Quentin Tarantino
"Scarface" (1932) Howard Hawks
"Schindler's List" (1993) Steven Spielberg
"Some Like It Hot" (1959) Billy Wilder
"Taxi Driver" (1976) Martin Scorsese
"West Side Story" (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939) Victor Fleming

yes, that means i have not Casablanca or Gone With the Wind. i am making it a special point to not see these movies before i die.


2 weeks to vancouver 
that's 14 days. what a pleasant thought in the midst of so much stress.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

music in 1995 
everyone knows that i think very little good music has been made in my time. most of what i like was made 'before i was born.'

but i have been looking through billboard's hot 100 lists for the years since 1991. and i have determined that excluding the good music mentioned above, 1995 was a good year for music. i like 88 and 90, too.

i've been in flashback mode for a few hours now.

too bad i missed this 
since i have been putting off filling up.

Gas Sold For 93 Cents In Radio Promotion

filed under student stories 
some of my students are doing a media journal with crime related articles. the media journals were due on friday. this assignment was known to the students since the beginning of class, as it's described on the syllabus.

perhaps they don't realize that by using newspaper articles dated thursday that i would catch on the fact that they waited until the last minute.

midnight red 
i have to make up on quizzes, too!

[quiz] What Color Red Are You?: You Are Apple Red

You're never one to take life too seriously, and because of it, you're a ton of fun.
And although you have a great sense of humor, you are never superficial.
Deep and caring, you do like to get to the core of people - to understand them well.
However, any probing you do is light hearted and fun, sometimes causing people to misjudge you.

[quiz] What Time Of Day Are You?: You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.


it's a crazy time of year 
and i have been real busy as of late. but since i have the chance, i wanted to pop up on you today. here's some stuff i've/you've missed:

  • i heard on the news last night that david blaine will spend a week living under water. he will also attempt to break the world record for holding his breath, which if i remember correctly, was almost nine minutes. what is with this guy?

  • in texas, a teen was sentenced to life in prison for smoking pot once while on probation for a $2.00 stickup. unbelievable.

  • did you know that the rate of suicides is lower during democratic presidencies?

  • j-walk has posted voting facts. interestingly:
    - 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
    - Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
    this reminds me of a quote from Stalin: 'It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes.'


  • Sunday, April 23, 2006

    advertising for a virgin bride 
    Michael Thelemann, 45, of OK has put a sign in his yard offering to pay $1,000 for a virgin bride between the ages of 12 and 24.

    12 years old? he claims he's not a pedophile or anything. maybe he feels he must look that young to still find virgin girls?

    Thursday, April 20, 2006

    try this 
    type 'failure' in a google search box and hit 'i'm feeling lucky.'

    it's hilarious.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2006

    forced birth control 
    i was talking with a couple of my classes about forced birth control for mothers convicted of drug crimes and child abuse. i was shocked at how overwhelmingly the students were in favor of the idea. even when confronted with the parallels between the state forcing birth control and the state making the decisions over a woman's body [abortion].

    the students felt that because these women were criminals, then it was okay.

    just thought i would share 
    a student told me a while ago that i had an A+ grade on myspace. i wasn't sure what she meant exactly and the info slipped from my mind like everything else. tonight i logged into myspace, a rare occasion of it's own, and saw a link to grade your professors. of course i check it out. and with only two 'grades' thus far, i do get an A+.

    the history of Dr Pepper 
    did you know there was a Dr Pepper Museum? astonishing.

    Dr Pepper Company is the oldest major manufacturer of soft drink concentrates and syrups in the United States. It is America's unique flavor and was created, manufactured and sold beginning in 1885 in the Central Texas town of Waco.

    this is making me thirsty...

    i like yellow 
    [quiz] What Color Flower Are You?: You Are a Yellow Flower

    A yellow flower tends to represent joy, friendship, and playfulness.
    At times, you are childlike, as a buttercup is.
    And at other times, you are fickle, like a dahlia.
    And more than you wish, you tend to feel bittersweet, like a marigold.


    Tuesday, April 18, 2006

    though the zoo is not at fault 
    A 2-year-old zebra drowned in a moat at the Virginia Zoo late last week, becoming the third animal to die that way in less than two years.

    this is sad. but what gets me is something that is said later in the article. the mayor has asked the zoo to stop issuing news releases when animals die. he said "these things happen at every zoo."

    yes, these things happen and although four or five animals have died in the past few years, the zoo has been determined to be not at fault. i'm okay with that. but i think we should know.

    Monday, April 17, 2006

    did you see this coming? 
    Heather Locklear and David Spade together. hey, i like david spade, he's funny. i admit it was a bit of shock to me, but he's a huge step up from tommy lee.

    Sunday, April 16, 2006

    adorable photo of the day #7 
    happy easter.



    Saturday, April 15, 2006

    what in the world 
    was going on when this picture was snapped?

    Friday, April 14, 2006

    i know this, but can you have too much? 
    [quiz] How is Your Self Esteem?: You Have Low Self Esteem 4% of the Time
    Which can be translated to mean, you have high self-esteem and a healthy sense of self worth.
    You believe in yourself, and you know how to be the real you. You love yourself, imperfections and all.
    i only checked one box on this quiz. if you know me well, it isn't hard to figure out which one.


    i'm not trying to get all religious 
    or anything, but this is good. for background info, you should know that this guy has waged a war against easter. it's from a conversation on a conservative radio show:
    FLEMMING: God doesn't exist any more than the Easter Bunny, they're both--
    CARLSON: --Hold on there! That's crazy. I can disprove the existence of the Easter Bunny. You can't disprove the existence of God.
    FLEMMING: You can disprove the existence of the Easter Bunny?
    CARLSON: Of course.
    FLEMMING: Do it.
    CARLSON: The Easter Bunny is said to do certain things. We can observe that these things are not happening. Therefore the Easter Bunny does not exist.
    FLEMMING: Name one thing God does that I can observe.

    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    adorable photo of the day #6 


    it's interesting 
    how soon after the storm that the sirens start.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    movies in twos 
    assuming this is real, this is another addition for the movies-in-twos. but this is worse since they have the same name: zodiac.

    i was once sick of the movies-in twos, those that are released around the same time that are almost identical in plot. like twister/tornado, dantes peak/volcano and deep impact/armageddon.

    here's news you can use 
    A harmless bacterium that lives in rivers produces a biological superglue stronger than any ever measured.

    it can hold an adult elephant.

    in my next life 
    i will be a rhino. [via j.]

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    i want to point out 
    this week's link of the week is spoiled movies . but movies are just one category, spoileverything.com has 'spoiled' tv shows, video games, etc. the tv ones are good, for instance, the seinfeld one and the golden girls one.

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    Monday, April 10, 2006

    odu salaries: do you know what your prof makes? 
    the student newspaper at ODU published a story analyzing the salaries of all university employees. an online version of the story is available here, but the print edition inlcudes a hard-to-read-because-of-tiny-print-size chart revealing the exact annual salaries of all full-time faculty and administrative staff.

    the paper came out last tuesday and was mysteriously pulled from the 'shelves' soon after. i can't wait for tomorrow's edition to find out the official and unofficial response. thanks to the student who gave me a hard-to-find copy. it's very interesting...

    three things in my purse 
    yearly planner/calendar
    dental floss


    Sunday, April 09, 2006

    free association #29 
    Buck:: rogers
    Harry:: potter
    Play:: a part
    Monstrosity:: awful mess
    Nightclub:: party
    Missing:: children
    Sprout:: vegetable
    Flavor:: ful
    Identity:: theft
    Saucy:: and spicy


    Friday, April 07, 2006

    today in history 
    in 1978, Jimmy Carter signed legislation extending the mandatory retirement age from 65 to 70. hmmm... what is it now?

    generation sex 
    A new survey shows four out of 10 city kids say they have had intercourse before age 14, and have engaged in oral and even anal sex by 17.

    Thursday, April 06, 2006

    press the button and find out 
    [quiz] What Will Your Famous Last Words Be?: "I dunno, press the button and find out."

    [quiz] What Color Is Your Lucky Underwear?: Your Lucky Underwear is Blue

    You are caring and extroverted. You've made relationships your number one focus, and your lucky blue underwear can bring some balance to them.You thrive in one-on-one situations. You are a good listener and a natural born therapist.
    Sometimes you let the concerns of others become too important in your life, leading to stress and worry.


    bad boys 
    philadelphia eagles' donovan mcnabb and jeremiah trotter were found guilty wednesday of parking their trucks in handicapped zones. mcnabb had to pay a $256 fine while trotter was ordered to pay $512 (for a second offense).

    Wednesday, April 05, 2006

    adorable photo of the day #5 


    child porn charges filed 
    we hear of another guy soliciting girls on the net. this time, though, it's Brian Doyle, the deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. he is facing charges of using a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor.

    jeez, is everyone doing this?

    i think undestructive should be a word. because not everything that is not destructive is constructive.
    using this definition:

    con·struc·tive adj. 1. Serving to improve or advance; helpful.
    i could have a habit or hobby that is not constructive (as in to improve or help) but is at the same time the opposite (as in not damaging). and this is not the same as nondestructive. undestructive sounds cooler.

    Monday, April 03, 2006

    incompetent, idiot, and liar 

    the chart shows one-word descriptions for george w.

    in summary, '48% use a negative word to describe Bush compared with just 28% who use a positive term.' and you can see that the word incompetent has moved up the list, while honest has moved down.

    six people described the president as president. that's funny. so is integrity.

    [click the chart to read the full report. there's more political goodies inside. from the The Pew Research Center.]

    i like numbers 
    This will happen only once: On Wednesday, at two minutes and three seconds after one in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

    This will happen only twice: On Thursday, June 6th your clock may display something like this: 06:06 06/06/06.

    [via j-walk.]

    remember when 
    people would tape songs off the radio?

    Saturday, April 01, 2006

    april fools 
    in honor: The Top 100 April Fools Day Hoaxes of All Time. the worst ones are interesting, too.

    and now for some random thoughts:

  • it's interesting that we often do not visit the tourist attractions/events in our own town until someone comes to visit.

  • george clooney is hot.

  • i took a handwriting quiz and the results revealed that i was orderly.

    updated to add more thoughts:

  • i was never a chris farley fan, only because that kind of humor doesn't appeal to me, but this is cool - his image is on billboards to advertise a drug addiction treatment.

  • why do people still write checks in a store?


  • quiz results: it's my mother's fault 
    according to The Freud Test, Freud would say my strongest unconscious conflict stems from events that happened when i was a toddler.

    He would also conclude that relative to others, your personality today is moderately affected by the events of your childhood. It appears that your biggest unconscious conflict that still afflicts you stems from what Freud defined as the anal stage of development that occurred when you were between a year and a half and three years old. Freud would say that this conflict can manifest in your personality by giving you a tendency to be especially orderly or clean, or "retentive." You may also harbor a strong rebellious streak. This normally happens when parents toilet-train a child on some kind of schedule, rather than at the child's natural pace and the child naturally reacts by struggling for their autonomy and the legitimacy of their needs.

    by that logic, my daughter will not have a rebellious streak.


    you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?