Saturday, September 30, 2006

i like 'Two and a Half Men' 
Charlie Sheen is about to be the highest paid sitcom star.
Sources said Sheen will earn in the neighborhood of $350,000 per episode this season under the new deal, a big increase from his previous salary in the low six figures ... The top of the sitcom actor pay scale remains the nearly $2 million per episode Ray Romano pulled in for the final season of CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" in 2004-05.

i'm one of those 'list' people 
this week's link of the week is blender's list of famous firsts in music. a sample:

1965: First Recorded Rap Song: “RAP DIRTY” by Blowfly
1967: First Rock Album with Printed Lyrics: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
1970: First Rock Star to Choke on His Own Vomit: Jimi Hendrix
1982: First Rock Album Released on CD: 52ND STREET by Billy Joel
1990: First Rap Song to Reach No. 1 on the Pop Charts: “ICE ICE BABY” by Vanilla Ice*

while browsing the lists, i found this one, too: 10 Songs You Were Probably Conceived To. there's some good music on this list.

* how sad.


Friday, September 29, 2006

white names, black names 
at ABC News: Top 20 'Whitest' and 'Blackest' Names:
Studies of resumes have found that people with black-sounding names are less likely to get callbacks. '20/20' put 22 pairs of names to the test, posting identical resumes except for the names at the top.
The resumes with the white-sounding names were actually downloaded 17 percent more often by job recruiters than the resumes with black-sounding names.
i'm gonna tell my friend kate that she's already ahead.

learning to skate? 
this is a terrible ad (click to see this pic of an ad for vodka).

bad attitude 
How's Your Attitude?: Your Attitude is Better than 65% of the Population

You have a good attitude. While a realist, you do see the positive side of most things. People love to be around you.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

what is TO up to now? 
Terrell Owens reportedly tried suicide

this guy attracts publicity like an actor with a movie coming out.

update 09/28/06: i was right. owens says it was an allergic reaction.

last night on Boston Legal 
[which you guys know is my favorite show] new characters were introduced, and they were terrific. the new girl was bugging me though. i knew i knew her from somewhere. turns out it's Constance Zimmer. hmmm. that didn't do it for me either. then i checked her imdb profile. still nothing at first.

she was on Good Morning, Miami which i only vaguely remember. i think the show must have been on Thursdays on NBC, which would explain why i saw it at all. but i remember Penny. she's hot.

yesterday i read Blackface, a novel by Q.B. Wells. it was an interesting and good story [and a quick read]. but my problem is the amount of typos and mistakes printed in the book. it was almost awful to read. there was one page where the entire sections [several paragraphs] were out of order. not to mention all the times a line was started with " and never featured a closed ".

i would personally help you to edit/fix these mistakes, mr. wells.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

lying for all posterity 

cameras for fat people?

it's not just for tv and magazines anymore, anyone can be instantly slimmer! with hp cameras, you can now have photos that flatter. from the site:

They say cameras add ten pounds, but HP digital cameras can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that can instantly trim off pounds from the subjects in your photos!

With the slimming feature, anyone can appear more slender—instantly.

- The effect is subtle—subjects still look like themselves
- Can be adjusted for a more dramatic effect
- See a before and after version, then decide which to keep

Sunday, September 24, 2006

it's banned books week 
go read something.


Friday, September 22, 2006

war and peace 
if you were to google 'war' and 'peace,' which do you think has more hits?

war gets 83,700,000 to peace's 25,900,000.

that can't be good.

if you ate perdue chicken 
at the tyson plant, would they fire you?

man, she's looking rough.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

marijuana bust 
what did police think they would find when pulling over willie nelson? 'A search of the bus produced 11/2 pounds of marijuana and 0.2 pounds of narcotic mushrooms, according to state police.'

in related news, marijuana arrests reached an all-time high in 2005, according to the UCR. 42.5% of all drug arrests were for pot and those arrests have doubled since the 1990's. NORML breaks it down like this: a marijuana smoker is arrested every 40 seconds in America.

Monday, September 18, 2006

i have mini-heart attacks each football season 
i'll say this about week two... the eagles seemed to have forgotten there was 60 minutes in the game, but the redskins [and the cowboys] seemed to have forgotten how to play.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

how well do you know your neighbors? if you had an emergency, how many people would come to help you? how many people at a time do you 'entertain?' are we a society of strangers? where's the milkman? the friendly 'first name basis' we are on with our mail carriers, grocers, shop clerks, etc.?

is this what technology has done to us?

would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot back again? 
for sure. how much is that in canadian dollars?

Friday, September 15, 2006

when was the last time you filled your gas tank for $20? 
i did that yesterday. $2.26. awesome.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

my daughter would lose it 
i cannot fathom not having a country radio station - in a major city. i had no idea it was like that in new york as well. that would never happen here in virginia. maybe i should move?

Shocked fans dismayed at loss of LA's only country music station.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

say what you want about 
Anna Nicole Smith, but this has to be terrible.

uh oh 
The Imagination Test: Jessica, your imagination is fueled by a subconscious desire for Innocence.

The stories in the deepest recesses of your imagination suggest that you have a strong longing to feel innocent and to have a clear conscience. They may also indicate that you are unable to forgive yourself for something that happened in your past.

Your subconscious feeds your imagination. It is where your deepest thoughts and feelings are housed and it has great power over how you experience and interpret the world.


i am 0% hypochondriac  
What's Your Political Persuasion?: You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian

You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party.
Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both.
You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter.
You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

is bush an idiot? 
i came across this DevilDucky video that answers the question with a collection of bush-isms.

on the same site i found this video with colin mochrie titled 'apology to america.'

Sunday, September 10, 2006

how the hell did your family get on this show? 
i believe Richard Dawson said this in this old clip of family feud. watch Dawson crack up majorly. very funny.

they even have purple duct tape 
at the purple store. awesome.

adorable photo of the day #14 


Saturday, September 09, 2006

you know when you are surfing the web and come across an error page 404? some of these, i've noticed, are good.

i remember making a 404 page years ago. it said something about aliens having abducted the page.

if you should ever want to read about the history of 404, read it at the 404 research lab. they've also got a collection of 404s where you can find some interesting stuff. like this grewe 404 and want ad 404.

Friday, September 08, 2006

and right handed 
The Brain Test: Jessica, you are Left-brained

Most left-brained people like you feel at ease in situations requiring verbal ability, attention to detail, and linear, analytical ability. Whether you know it or not, you are a much stronger written communicator than many, able to get your ideas across better than others.

It's also likely that you are methodical and efficient at many things that you do. You could also be good at math, particularly algebra, which is based on very strict rules that make sense to your logical mind.


quote for the day 
"Just locking folks up is not reducing our drug problems, but it's sure costing us a lot of money."

from here, an chicago tribune article about Illinois incarcerating more people for drug posession with one of the largest racial disparities in the country.

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three things i love to hear 
a baby's laugh
a cat's purr
'i love you'


Thursday, September 07, 2006

15,000 episodes 
tvsquad informs me that Guiding Light hit an all-time record this week. haven't seen the show in years, but i imagine all the characters in springfield are up to the usual mischief.

Monday, September 04, 2006

it's labor day - no labor here, just quizzes 
Are You Right or Left Brained?:You Are 55% Left Brained, 45% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

What Color Purple Are You?: You Are Lavender

You are a sweet person with a very soft personality.
People become easily entranced with you. They seem to glow around you.
You have a quiet energy that can keep you active late into the night.
Even if you aren't the life of the party, you definitely keep the party going.

What Planet Are You From?: You Are From Saturn

You're steady, organizes, and determined to achieve your dreams.
You tend to play it conservative, going by the rules (at least the practical ones).
You'll likely reach the top. And when you do, you'll be honorable and responsible.
Focus on happiness. Don't let your goals distract you from fun!
Don't be too set in your ways, and you'll be more of a success than you ever dreamed of.

How's Your Taste in Music?: Your Taste in Music:

80's Rock: High Influence
Classic Rock: High Influence
Hair Bands: Medium Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Medium Influence
80's Pop: Low Influence


Sunday, September 03, 2006

free association #33 
Wiggle :: squirm
Face :: about-
Adjustable :: comfy
Room :: to breathe
Easy :: score
Store :: front
Maid :: brigade
9 pm :: 'the right time'
Challenge :: adversity
Debt :: owed


is this for real? 
the CitySkirt™ Company

adorable photo of the day #13 


Saturday, September 02, 2006

the latest news from my hole in the universe 
there's always something going on. click here to find out what else has happened.

a risky move 
UK network to do fictional Bush assassination film:

British public broadcaster Channel 4 is courting controversy with what it calls a 'shockingly real' drama about the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush.

'Death of a President,' shot in the form of a documentary examining the assassination, will use a blend of archival footage and computer-generated special effects to portray Bush in October 2007 arriving in Chicago during an anti-war rally.

quote for the day 
"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." - Galileo Galilei


deja vu 
it's september! honestly, i had no idea.

Friday, September 01, 2006

critics are chiming in 
on fall tv. they are talking about all kinds of things, including the number of straight and gay characters. what caught my eye was the names of the critics/organizations. i had no idea that there even was a 'Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Unattractive People.'


you made it down here?

what? you want a reward?