Wednesday, April 30, 2008

regarding the teen queen 
i have only one opinion on the miley cyrus photo controversy: if the media had not made a big deal about it, her young fans would have probably never even knew the photo was taken. i mean, who reads vanity fair? or better yet, who among the age group that adores miley reads vanity fair?

i have refrained from writing anymore on the hillary-obama nonsense, primarily because i think too much of it is out of hand. what i am thinking, however, is that by the time either one of them receives the nomination for democratic candidate, there will be little time left for a campaign against mccain.

he must be loving this.


Monday, April 28, 2008

via email, i thought this was cute 
there's quite a few of these in the email, all from various songs.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

onto a new week 
this weekend was eventful! the little girl's birthday party and all associated events went well this weekend. she had lots of fun and ended up with lots of stuff, of course. i am actually looking forward to getting back to the normal routine of reading and writing papers. oh, that's almost over, too! yipee.

since a friend of mine approaching an engagement, here's 10 bizarre wedding rings.

there's also these stupid warning labels that gave me a chuckle. i especially like the one that says "Use care when operating a car" (on a bottle of dog's pills) and "We are sorry that our president is an idiot, we did not voted for him" (on an american clothing label, in french).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

i guess this is in chicago 

what an awesome pic.

you definitely have to click this one and see it at full size.

[via j-walk, with a clever caption.]

friday five, though it is not friday 
What do you see when you are looking out of the window closest to you? the other side of the apartment building, sometimes a kitty in the window over there.

Who was the last person coming into your room? my daughter.

What is the most predominant colour around you? white, the walls are white.

What is right behind you? two reclining chairs and a stack of board games.

What is on today's calendar sheet? my daughter's birthday is today!!

this site debunks those mom-isms we've all heard so much about. read the list, then think of calling your mother to remark, "so there." here's a few:

cracking knuckles does not lead to arthritis.
sitting too close to the tv will not make you go blind.
chewing gum will not get stuck inside your stomach.
coffee will not stunt your growth.
carrots will not improve our vision.
you can't get warts from a toad.

Monday, April 21, 2008

miss bimbo 
well, lookie here. another thing i do not like at all.

Miss Bimbo, an online game, that encourages young girls to buy their avatars plastic surgery to be the "hottest, coolest, most famous bimbo in the whole world."

recent media attention has obviously encouraged some changes in the game. on the front page: "...we have decided to remove the option of purchasing diet pills from the game. We apologise to any players whom this may inconvenience but we feel in light of this weeks proceedings it is the correct action to take."

guns on campus 
there was similiar talk around here [i'm not sure when, maybe after VA tech last year?]. i do not like the thought of this at all.

Students want chance to defend themselves

Thursday, April 17, 2008

three recycled links 
considerate thieves
have you ever looked up the definition of 'the'
random points


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

it's funny how families are getting smaller and homes are getting larger. this article is an old one, but the point is still valid. given the housing market now, i guess many of these homes are just sitting there.

Behind the Ever-Expanding American Dream House

quote for the day 
“The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another.” - Sojourner Truth


Monday, April 14, 2008

you are going to die 
click to make bigger if you cannot see
this "accurate" watch reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the doors. it is called "someday soon" and features the line, "and I hate to remind you but you're going to die."

my mother used get so upset with me for singing this song. but it is the truth!

barbershop talk 
at the sociology meetings i attended last week, there was a woman presenting on the damaging effects of incarceration. i, of course, ate it up. she mentioned that inmates are often trained in cosmetology and barbering in prison, but were restricted from holding a barbers licence once released. how ironic! i find this very interesting, and now must research this to see if it is true in all states.

i will let you know.

update: well, it's true in New York.


Friday, April 11, 2008

rules of thumb 
No black person has ever used the term "Bumfuck, Egypt."

this made me laugh so hard... i'm sitting in a hotel room in richmond (in town for sociology conference). i thought this would be a great time, since i am alone in a strange town, to make some progress on my papers that are due next week. but i am thinking of sleeping all night instead. wait- dinner first.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

for some reason, numbers count 
as a group, we decided mid-way through the semester to track the readings for the three classes and divvy up the notes to make life easier on us all. in doing this, two of my classmates, the one from state and the one who likes sex workers,* designed a spreadsheet to do this.

i noticed it shows a total of 3,368 pages that we read since beginning this system. not too bad.

* i gave pseudonyms to my classmates as i thought they may not enjoy their business being spread via my blog. for those in the know, however, these names are not only telling, but quite comical.

Monday, April 07, 2008

gender trumps race 
race may be easier to overcome than gender. i believe i have mentioned before of my discussions with students, etc. who believe that we will have a black male president before a female one. [these discussions took place well before either was a possibility.] i just recently had a conversation with a man who felt the opposite. but the author of this article doesn't seem to agree.

i have recently studied how the brain categorizes to save energy and how this, over time, has influenced our stereotypes of groups of people. the author points out that experiments have shown that the brain categorizes people by race in less than 100 milliseconds, about 50 milliseconds before determining sex. evolutionary psychologists believe we’re "hard-wired to be suspicious of people outside our own group, to save our ancestors from blithely greeting enemy tribes of cave men. In contrast, there’s no hard-wired hostility toward women, though men may have a hard-wired desire to control and impregnate them.

Yet racism may also be easier to override than sexism. For example, one experiment found it easy for whites to admire African-American doctors; they just mentally categorized them as “doctors” rather than as “blacks.” Meanwhile, whites categorize black doctors whom they dislike as 'blacks.' ...

"The challenge for women competing in politics or business is less misogyny than unconscious sexism: Americans don’t hate women, but they do frequently stereotype them as warm and friendly, creating a mismatch with the stereotype we hold of leaders as tough and strong. So voters (women as well as men, though a bit less so) may feel that a female candidate is not the right person for the job because of biases they’re not even aware of."

see, Hillary never had a chance.


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