Saturday, January 30, 2010

it really snowed in norfolk 
i used that same title on the other page for the post with my pics, but it is pretty cool. i wasn't believing it until yesterday morning when up to a foot was forecasted. we've had our fair share of playing in the snow today.

here's a pretty cool time lapse video taken in va beach. maybe it was just because of traffic at this intersection, but we tons more snow here in norfolk.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

parts of the body in song 
fleshmap puts together a unique map of the frequency with which body parts are mentioned in music. the size of a circle corresponds to how often that part is mentioned in each music genre. take a look.

va lottery 
an eastern shore woman won $100,000 on a scratch-off. wish it was me.

[thanks for the link HW.]

Monday, January 25, 2010

today's quote 
i really feel this one:

"Reality continues to ruin my life." -- Bill Watterson


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

today i discovered this french (or at least lives in france) sculptor, jennifer robinson. she's great. it's too bad she is across the atlantic, i would love to have these cats adorn my shelf!

update 01-21-10: it's the next day and i am still looking at these things. some people may know that i have a recent obsession with owls (as part of the animals i have a particular affection for - cats and giraffes) and i have been searching for just one perfect owl thing (object, painting, etc.) to have. her owls are adorable.

Monday, January 18, 2010

liberal professors 
"The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may have been asking the wrong question. Instead of looking at why most professors are liberal, they should ask why so many liberals — and so few conservatives — want to be professors."

the answer is typecasting. the article explains that some occupations, such as nursing, are "gender typed.” Further, “professors and a number of other fields are politically typed. Journalism, art, fashion, social work and therapy are dominated by liberals; while law enforcement, farming, dentistry, medicine and the military attract more conservatives."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

felony disenfranchisement 
from washington state:
In a move that could see Washington inmates voting from prison, a federal appeals court has thrown out the state's restrictions on felon voting due to civil rights concerns.

Under the Washington law at issue, citizens convicted of a felony lose the right to vote until they are released from custody and off of Department of Corrections supervision. The 2-1 ruling by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel puts those restrictions in doubt, the majority reviewing the voting rights lawsuit found that the state restrictions unfairly penalize minorities.

Attorneys for six Washington state prisoners, Circuit Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima wrote, "have demonstrated that police practices, searches, arrests, detention practices, and plea bargaining practices lead to a greater burden on minorities that cannot be explained in race-neutral ways."
oh my. this will lead to an uproar, i'm sure.


the beginning of another 
class begins for me today. for some reason, my class is at 3:00 in the afternoon. stupid 3:00. i would much rather go now, early in the day, and get it over with.

i wonder what the students will be like at 3:00. will they be tired from classes all day? or awake because they were able to sleep in all day?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

after writing the last post, i decided to look at the notes i made in the middle of the night last night of things that had to get done (including those things from the previous post). on the page were also some notes from who-knows-when, that i don't remember at all. along with shorthand of a dream i once had involving troy aikman and joe buck (thankfully, not that kind of a dream), i found a notation that read "matt in big trouble." having no idea what this means, i google these words and discover the note must have referred to the character matt in the movie "big trouble" (which i also don't remember watching, this must have been during an episode of sickness). i find out the part of matt was played by a guy named ben foster. (still have no idea who this is).

but here's the interesting part. as i was reading about ben foster and that he had a brother named jon foster - just as i was clicking on his name to see who he was - jenna elfman's voice came from the tv, stating that her co-star was named jon foster on her show.

how about that? never even heard of these people.

this week means back to work 
making a syllabus, writing a book review, starting an article about student opinions of the criminal justice system... oh yeah! and paying the rent.

Monday, January 04, 2010

tv stuff 
it seems that Law and Order will live another year, running then 21 years. with another season, it will break the 20-year record for a dramatic series (Gunsmoke).

as with comes this time of year, there are 'best of the year/decade' lists everywhere. accordingly, tvsquad as a slew of posts of the best of the 00s. since i love tv sitcoms, i eagerly checked out two of their lists. for best comedic actor, they note, "If you want to be a great comedic actor, you can never let on that you know you're being funny. Your character never knows what the joke is." i love that description. and for them, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) wins. the category also includes Matthew Perry, William Shatner (cheers for Boston Legal), Stephen Colbert, and Larry David.
similarly, for best comedic actresses, they list Julia Louis-Dreyfus as first but also include Portia di Rossi, Jane Kaczmarek, Megan Mullally, and Tina Fey.

in other news, i'm excited that fringe returns on thursday, a week earlier than i thought. and i learned something new about the actors while perusing the fox website for info. i knew that anna torv was australian (which explains why her voice/accent bothers me), but i didn't know john noble was as well.


first post in 2010 
is it twenty-ten or two thousand ten? i bet most people will say the latter as we are all in the habit of such.

happy new year.

you made it down here?

what? you want a reward?