12.31.2007

Things will be great in '08

Funny Pictures
moar funny pictures

I can feel it....

EDIT: Yah, I know the pic has f*cked up the page. I'm late and I can't fix it now.

*shrug*

12.29.2007

I've been wondering the *same* thing for years....

"It was always a question of recruiting; you've got to get the players," [Dick Butkus] said. "It was always a question that I tried to figure out: 'Why don't we get good quality players?' But it seems like we have that now, and talking with Ron Guenther, this is like a year earlier than what was expected."
From today's N-G.

I'll be celebrating with year-end festivities over the next few days. I hope to moblog as well. Out with friends tomorrow. NYE party at sagefool's Monday night. Rose Bowl party in Danville with one of my college roommates on New Year's Day.

Intuitively, I predicted a January 2nd hangover and won't be returning to work until the 3rd.

Oh, yah---and two more days until smoke-free is the choice for me.

I'm probably gonna get *real* annoying for a while, so let me apologize in advance.

:)

12.28.2007

And we're done....

Apparently, the Marathon on Prospect and Kirby is closing (or is already closed---haven't seen in open in about a week, I think). Don't know if it's opening back up or being converted into something else or being torn down.

Dom's will close after New Year's Eve.

As will Garber's.

The White Horse closed a few weeks ago. Sorry I didn't get to that one sooner---the N-G link is already truncated.

Anything I miss?

We do have some new stuff I'm happy about this year---Body Shop, Carmon's. I've heard mixed reviews of The Timbers (in the old Ned Kelly's building in Urbana), so jury is still out on that one.

Maybe I'll have to see if anyone want to grab some Dom's before it closes....

Found out about the Marathon when I went in to buy...*cigarettes*.... Only a few more days to go and then it's smoke-free for me.

And the rest of Illinois' business establishments.

Honestly---it freaks me out a bit that Chantix is using a *turtle* for its marketing campaign.

12.27.2007

Paris Hilton news you're gonna *love*

Grandpa Hilton just announced he's donating 97% of the Hilton fortune to charity.
Jerry Oppenheimer, who profiled the Hilton family in his 2006 book "House of Hilton," has said Barron Hilton is embarrassed by the behaviour of his socialite granddaughter Paris and believes it has sullied the family name.
Sounds like the money will end up buying more than hair bleach and video cameras.
The foundation supports projects that provide clean water in Africa, education for blind children, and housing for the mentally ill. Its aims, based on Conrad Hilton's will, are "to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute."

12.26.2007

Blech....

This guy. Can't stand this guy. I miss Turpin. Call me a codger, call me averse to change, but don't have this guy call the games.

Please.

I can't *listen* to him. His laugh drives me insane. And I know how ridiculous that is for me to say with my cackle and all, but *I don't make a living with my voice.* It's kinda like when someone pointed out a former basketball coach's lisp to me. I never actually heard it before. After that, I couldn't hear anything but.

Why this guy gets a big old article in the Trib's online vehicle is beyond me.

Wait---I know...it's because when people tune into the game they'll want to know who to name in their complaint letters?

Thank goodness Musberger is doing the game on the idiot box. I can listen to him.

Well, I guess this accounts for something....

Generation Xers have fewer sexual partners and are less likely to be unfaithful according to some study out of University of Chicago.

First of all, I quibble with their definition of Gen X---they say 1965 to 1985. I always heard it ended by 1980 at the very latest and starting a bit earlier. If you've been living under a rock for the past 15 years, Gen X is basically the generation *after* the Baby Boomers. My guess is that if you are mid-forties down to about late twenties, you're Gen X. Basically, if you're a kid of Boomers, you're Gen X.

Marked as the first generation heavily impacted by divorce, two working parents, the introduction of widespread technology use (home video game systems, mass production of home computers, VCRs, etc.), and other fun stuff, sociologists have now tried to identify sex habits of Gen Xers. As much as people hate labels, there is something about a shared culture. When talking with people I know, it's hard to make pop culture references or compare similarities with those who don't share your history. That Smurf joke is gonna go right over a 20-year-old's head.

A common history can be a shorthand to convey humor or provide an example in a discussion. If you have to explain to someone what "mall hair" means, your context is lost in translation.

I remember a Star Trek episode in which Picard and the rest of TNG cast encountered a species that communicated *solely through shared historical examples.* In order to interact with each other, it was necessary for the two species to engage in a shared event so they had references to work with.

There is a lot of discussion in the Times article about living through the first big AIDS scare and rejecting the Boomer's "free love" ideas, but there's a little tidbit from the article that I think strikes at a different aspect of Gen X "culture," if you will.
According to Laumann, this generation built surrogate families among closed circles of friends in their twenties: the benefit was comfort; the cost, sexual opportunity. He said closed social circles---as depicted in dramas such as This Life on the BBC and Friends, the hit American series---curbed sexual adventures because of the problems of introducing a lover into the circle. “There is a lot of frank talk about sex but surprisingly little action,” he commented.
According to the wiki entry, Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Dell, Youtube, and more were founded by Gen Xers. These all have aspects of social networking---similar to the "closed circles of friends" referenced in the article.

Honestly, I don't know if I believe Gen Xers are having less sex or are less promiscuous, but I can see this tidbit in myself---and other Gen Xers I know. Perhaps it's not a rejection of free love, but rather a more encompassing idea of coupling---less about the individual and the now and more about the group and the future. Because we had to think about sex in the long-term while growing up (AIDS, etc.), short-term isn't as tempting as it once was. Because we endured the consequences of adultery (divorce of parents/friend's parents/BF-GF's parent's), the consequences of engaging in cheating gets entered into the equation.

I don't see mention of porn in this article. Apparently, the full study will be published in 2008, but it would be interesting to see what the interviewees thought about porn. They don't call it a pornbox for nothing....

12.25.2007

Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina!

Apparently, there is actual *debate* about whether to put genitals on NHS interactive body maps across the pond.
























Cuz, you know, there aren't any medical issues with genitals.
























One of the comments to the story had me snorting up my beverage this morning:
If Doctors were educated with the genital-less models they'd get a huge surprise when they ask to pull your trousers down:

Doctor-"Don't worry sir there's no need to be embarrassed I've been trained under new NHS guidelines. Now, let's get this check up started, if you can just pull down your trous---HOLY S**T! WHAT THE F**K IS THAT?! WHAT'S THAT GROSS DANGLY THING AND THAT PATCH OF WRINKLY SKIN UNDER THERE?! EHEHEHEWWWWWW IT'S SOOO GROOOOOSSSSSS! PUTITAWAYPUTITAWAY! PUT IT AWAY!!! ... Ok then if you talk to the receptionist outside she will book you for your next check-up, I'll see you soon, bye."
You know, it wouldn't kill them to throw some pubic hair on those models, either. Yeesh....

12.22.2007

I'm feelin' festive....

Happy Holidays!

AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!

My internets is crappy. I can't keep a connection. For the past 18 hours, I been restarting and restarting and restarting. Sometimes (like 3 times) I get internet. Sometimes I get squat. Even when I *do* get internet, it drops me shortly thereafter.

Kinda hard to do my Christmas research without internet.

I'm I the only one?

P.S. While writing this post, I lost my internet. Again. Right after I called Insight and they had me re-start my modem and everything worked fine.

*sigh*

And now it's back.

12.21.2007

*Big* news via Smile Politely

The Common Ground Food Coop is moving from the IDF to a place to be named later.

Just the other day, a co-worker was bemoaning the loss of the Strawberry Fields deli. According to Smile Politely, the CGFC's new location will have a deli---plus twice the current space, 20 parking spots in "one of the two downtown regions," and more local produce and products. The new CGFC will open this summer but we'll find out where it'll be located next month.

Even better news?

I discovered by reading their past newsletters that my favorite lip balm is probably being sold at CGFC. I've been lost without it.

:)

And...if you haven't subscribed to the Smile Politely feed---you should.

12.18.2007

So....

I haven't blogged in a while and part of it is because I'm busy but part of it is because I'm pondering something.

I subtitled this blog "A meandering mix of serious and not" when I started it because I had no idea what I wanted to focus on. I have a lot of interests and I didn't want to pigeon-hole myself. And I like the mix of shit I put up here. And I'm grateful to have so many friends and co-workers and fellow bloggers and strangers read this blog. Really---I post stuff because I want to share things I find interesting. I'm always happy when someone else finds it interesting as well.

But that's sort where I've run up against a wall. I want to blog about stuff that might make people uncomfortable. I used to write a lot. I enjoyed it. But I stopped at one point in the past because my writing upset people close to me who read it and, in some cases, it made my life hell. So I stopped writing. Probably not the wisest decision in retrospect, but live and learn.

This blog, while neglected often but never forgotten, suffers right now because I want to do more personal blogging on it. And I don't mean personal blogging in a "Bridget Jones' Diary" way, but more like I want to put more of myself in my writing.

Here's an example. I'm planning on quitting smoking soon. I've quit before and, since I'm quitting again, you can tell it hasn't taken yet. Some friends called me on my quitting plan by asking me simply "What's different this time?" I couldn't really answer. Another question they asked me was "What is it that I want to achieve by quitting?" Another valid question that I, frankly, couldn't answer at the time. But after pondering it, I have the beginnings of an idea. And those ideas are more than just about quitting smoking. But delving into all that is personal---and that's why I've been hesitant to post stuff lately.

I'm wondering what people who read this blog are expecting when they visit and if I should just start a second blog for that kinda stuff.

But my other brain says---no, post it all *here.* Why should I have two blogs to neglect when I can have one blog with lots of varied content---just like me. Sure, I post political stuff and tasty tidbits and bizarre inside jokes. But I also post stuff about music I like, trips I take, and odds and ends I run across. None of that really fits together---other than the fact that it's all stuff I post.

Why should my personal writing be any different? Why should I segregate it?

What do *you* think?

Reminds me of the patio chairs at Cowboy Monkey

I would wet myself laughing at anyone who bought this purse:























For those of you who can't read it---it costs $31,000. I joked the other day that my purse shouldn't cost more than the amount of money I've got in it. In this case, we'd have to throw in my car and everything else I own....

From my favorite guilty pleasure, Jezebel.

12.16.2007

Let's put engineering to good use....

Apparently, English papers run lots of stories about bras. Who knew?

This article brings up a discussion I had a lunch today with a couple of women:
Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia said: "A consequence of current bra design is that the brassiere straps bear much of the load generated by breast momentum during physical activity.

"As breast mass increases, breast bounce momentum also increases, placing large loads on the straps and, in turn, excessive pressure on the wearer's shoulders.

"Apart from strap-related pain, many females, particularly large-breasted women are restricted from participating in physical activity due to exercise-induced breast pain associated with excessive vertical breast displacement."

They have now designed a special fabric with in-built sensors to detect movement as women walk and jog.

This could help manufacturers produce more comfortable bras.

The fabric was tested on two women, aged 30 and 39, with size 36D and 38DD bra sizes respectively, as they walked on a treadmill at 4mph and jogged at 6mph.

Movement of the chest during walking ranged from 0.4 inches to almost one inch. But when they ran, the larger woman's chest moved by up to 2.7 inches compared to the smaller woman's which moved up to 2.1 inch, the study found.
I don't care *what* sports bras promise, unless they're made outta steel, they ain't gonna help when you run if you have "breast mass" of *any* kind.

12.04.2007

For some reason, this sounds like the beginning of a great horror flick

AT&T is phasing out pay phones by 2008---65,000 pay phones in 13 states will either be removed completely or sold to independents. From the Chicago Tribune:
These days there are no visible pay phones along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Ontario Street. The closest phones are on Ontario at LaSalle Street and are owned by Schaumburg-based Express Telephone Systems, a five-employee outfit that operates roughly 600 public phones in Chicago and Milwaukee, according to company President Mike Simon.

Simon said pay phones remain important for public safety, especially in emergency situations when cell phone networks suffer major disruptions or overloads, like on Sept. 11.

"We're just trying to survive and provide a good service I think is necessary," Simon said.

He acknowledged that the boom in cell phones has caused pay-phone traffic to drop off sharply, but Simon said the real culprit is the growth of toll-free dialing. Simon estimates that 70 percent of calls made from pay phones and 80 percent of call time are toll-free calls. On his pay phones, it costs 50 cents to make a 10-minute local call.

...

Because most people carry a cell phone in a pocket or purse, few bother with putting 50 cents into a public phone to make a local call. Five years ago, AT&T stopped allowing people to make long-distance calls from pay phones using coins, requiring that they use a credit card instead.

Ward said that much pay-phone traffic these days comes from people whose cell phone batteries have gone dead or who are getting poor reception, as well as from people who don't own cell phones.
First of all, the whole credit card thing for calls seems like a great way to *lose* business. Second, I can think of a slew of occasions upon which having a pay phone nearby has saved my hide---before and after the time of cel phones. Cel phones don't always work, batteries die, coverage can be poor in some areas, etc. and so forth. I hope that perhaps the independents that buy these pay phones can keep them around.

12.03.2007

Finally some *fabulous* news for Champaign

In today's N-G there's an article by Mike Monson about Champaign's new draft transportation plan, Champaign Moving Forward. Apparently they had an Open House November 27th, but I never heard of it. I actually hadn't heard of this plan either, but I work with and know *several* people who either bike or walk rather than drive. We've discussed the sorry state of bike travel in Champaign.

Part of the problem lies with few safe routes to cross arterial streets. Crossing Prospect is a nightmare, and Kirby, Green, Springfield, and University aren't great. Let's not even discuss Bradley.

If you want to put your two cents in about this plan, there is an online comment form you can use. You can also download the plan from the CMF website and read it. They've got some good maps in it---including one pointing out my biggest pet peeve, "Existing Pedestrian Facilities." That's fancy-talk for sidewalks, if you couldn't decipher it. It's not light reading---the draft Champaign Transportation Plan is 106 pages long. It's definitely worth checking out.

12.02.2007

Famous Male Shag Fest

I've been tagged by Ryan over at Steam Room Quantam Mechanics for this survey. I gotta admit---for a dirty old lady, I didn't know a lot of these guys on the list. I can't believe neither Ryan *nor* moon_grrl bolded my absolute *fave* hot guy: David Boreanaz.

*sigh*

The rules:
1. Bold the names of guys you'd definitely shag.
2. Italicize the names of guys you might shag after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the guys who don't do anything for you alone.
4. Put a question mark after the guys you've never heard of.
5. Strike the guys you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
6. Add three of your own at the end.

01. Stephen Dorff
02. Wesley Snipes
03. Denzel Washington
04. Samuel L. Jackson
05. Hayden Christensen
06. Ian Somerhaulder ?
07. James Van Der Beek
08. Ashton Kutcher
09. Sean William Scott
10. The Rock
11. Brendan Fraser
12. Oded Fehr ?
13. John Hannah ?
14. Hugh Grant
15. Colin Firth
16. Liam Neeson
17. Daniel Day-Lewis
18. Leonardo Di Caprio
19. Billy Zane
20. Harry Connick Jr.
21. Sean Astin
22. Dominic Monaghan
23. Karl Urban ?
24. Vin Diesel
25. Paul Walker
26. Joshua Jackson ?
27. James Marsden ?
28. Shawn Ashmore ?
29. Hugh Jackman
30. Will Kemp ?
31. David Wenham ?
32. Viggo Mortensen
33. Elijah Wood
34. Tobey Maguire
35. James Franco ?
36. Alfred Molina
37. Harrison Ford
38. Sean Connery
39. Shane West ?
40. Stuart Townsend
41. Richard Roxburgh ?
42. Ewan McGregor
43. Jonathan Rhys Meyers?
44. Christian Bale
45. Jared Leto
46. Colin Farrell
47. Ben Affleck
48. Josh Hartnett
49. Bruce Willis
50. Billy Bob Thornton
51. Dennis Quaid
52. Jake Gyllenhaal
53. Patrick Swayze
54. Keanu Reeves
55. Gary Oldman
56. Tim Roth
57. Steve Buscemi
58. Michael Madsen
59. Rick Yune ?
60. Pierce Brosnan
61. Robert Carlyle ?
62. Jonny Lee Miller ?
63. Jude Law
64. Matt Damon
65. Clive Owen
66. Ryan Phillippe
67. Benicio Del Toro
68. Johnny Depp
69. Orlando Bloom
70. Sean Bean ?
71. Eric Bana
72. Brad Pitt
73. George Clooney
74. Mark Wahlberg
75. Jason Statham
76. Edward Norton
77. Ben Stiller
70. Owen Wilson
79. Vince Vaughn
80. Joaquin Phoenix
81. Russell Crowe

82. Billy Boyd ?
83. Paul Bettany ?
84. Heath Ledger
85. Mel Gibson
86. Jason Isaacs ?
87. Alan Rickman
88. Kevin Costner
89. Christian Slater
90. Antonio Banderas
91. Tom Cruise
92. Ving Rhames
93. John Cusack
94. John Malkovich
95. Charlie Sheen
96. Kiefer Sutherland
97. Emilio Estevez
98. Rob Lowe
99. Matt Dillon
100. Kevin Bacon
101. Adam Brody
102. Andy Serkis ?
103. Alan Cumming
104. Josh Groban
105. Sean Biggerstaff ?
106. Zach Braff
107. Harry Sinclair ?
108. Gerard Butler ?
109. Marton Csokas ?
110. Jeremy Sumpter ?
111. Sean Patrick Flanery
112. Cillian Murphy ?
113. Hugh Dancy ?
114. Ioan Gruffudd ?
115. Mads Mikkelsen ?
116. Enrique Murciano ?
117. Jamie Bamber ?
118. Craig Parker ?
119. Dean Cain
120. James Marsters
121. David Boreanaz
122. James Spader
123. Kevin Spacey
124. Al Pacino
125. Jim Caviezel ?
126. Josh Holloway
127. Will Smith
128. Matthew McConaughey
129. Patrick Wilson ?
130. Milo Ventimiglia ?
131. Jason Dohring ?
132. Brandon Boyd ?
133. Tom Welling ?
134. Sean Maher ?
135. Tré Cool ?
136. Billie Joe Armstrong
137. Mike Dirnt ?
138. Adrienne Armstrong ?
139. Jason White ?
140. Matthew Fox
141. Peter Sarsgaard
142. Derek Jeter
143. Travis Fimmel ?
144. Michael Vartan
145. Rob Thomas
146. James Purefoy ?
147. Michael Rosenbaum ?
148. Jensen Ackles ?
149. William Fichtner
150. Patrick Dempsey
151. Ace Young ?
152. Francis Capra ?
153. Ryan Hansen ?
154. Robert Pattinson ?
155. William Moseley ?
156. Ryan Gosling
157. Nicolas Cage
158. Leigh Whannell ?
159. Wentworth Miller ?
160. Jack Davenport ?
161. Michael J. Fox
162. Kevin Federline
163. Liam Cunningham

164. John Barrowman ?
165. John Rzeznik
166. Sendhil Ramamurthy ?
167. Stephen Colbert
168. Jon Stewart
169. Brandon Flowers ?
170. Henry Ian Cusick
171. John Krasinski
172. Michael Trucco ?
173. Benjamin McKenzie ?
174. Adrian Pasdar ?
175. Jeremy Piven
176. Justin Timberlake
177. Naveen Andrews
178. Vincent Cassel ?
179. Adrian Paul ?
180. Gabriel Byrne
181. Adrian Grenier ?
182. Daniel Craig ?
183. Nathan Fillion ?
184. Adam Baldwin
185. Ed Quinn ?
186. Eric Szmanda ?
187. George Eads ?
188. Omar Epps
189. Jared Padalecki ?
190. Christian Kane
191. Jeffrey Dean Morgan ?
192. Geoffrey Rush
193. Brandon Routh ?
194. Chris Lowell ?
195. James Callis ?
196. Justin Chambers ?
197. Michael Muhney ?
198. Matthew Goode ?
199. Bradley Cooper ?
200. Burn Gorman ?
201. Christopher Eccleston?
202. David Tennant ?
203. Tom Felton ?
204. Daniel Radcliffe
205. Rupert Grint
206. Kevin McKidd ?
207. Gaspard Ulliel ?
208. James McAvoy ?
209. Zac Efron ?
210. Jonas Armstrong ?
211. Ed Speelers ?
212. Penn Badgley ?
213. James Lafferty ?
214. Bryan Greenberg ?
215. Chace Crawford?
216. Joe Jonas ?
217. Toby Hemingway ?
218. Dane Cook
219. Travis Wall ?
220. Brad Paisley
221. John Mayer
222. Blake Lewis ?
223. TR Knight
224. Hugh Laurie
225. David Duchovny
226. Damien Rice ?
227. Ozzy Osbourne
228. Tim Daly
229. Matthew Rhys ?
230. Robert Downey Jr.
231. Goran Visnjic
232. John Corbett
233. Michael Emerson ?
234. David Hewlett ?
235. Robert Knepper ?
236. Nestor Carbonell ?
237. Robert Sean Leonard ?
238. Zach Gilford ?
239. Paul Rudd
240. David Sutcliffe ?
241. Christopher Gorham ?
242. Andrew Simpson ?
243. Henry Cavill ?
244. Daniel Vosovic ?
245. Max Minghella
246. Steve Carell
247. B.J. Novak
248. Rainn Wilson

Just in time for the holidays

Apparently, you can recycle your wine corks. Right now, Yemm & Hart Green Materials aren't paying for corks, but if they can make a sellable product, tiles for flooring or walls, then previous donors will receive "preferential pricing" if and when they do start paying for cork. They are based in Missouri and here's a photo of the finished product.

























A friend recently had natural bamboo floors put in and I think they are lovely.... I could see her putting cork tiles in as well. I doubt these tiles will be widely available anytime soon, unfortunately.
This program, as of the end of September 2007, has collected about 346,667 Lbs of corks. In terms of Wine Cork Tiles 36" square and 1/4" thick, one ton of corks will make approximately 4337 square feet of tiles.
I would think they would want a much larger supply before paying for corks. But don't think this means they *won't* succeed. They have done this before.
The recycled materials produced by Yemm & Hart are wholesaled worldwide to dealers and/or end users. The materials are also converted into a variety of specialty and promotional products. In addition to the production of materials, the business produces restroom partitions, counter tops, contract furniture and store fixtures all from 100% recycled materials.

My *hopeful* prediction....

11.28.2007

What she said....

This Promotes Rape
Let Lusty Linda the pen holder sun-bath on your desk. When you stick in a pen, she will moan, groan or say any of 10 different things. A switch on the bottom lets you set Linda’s mood, from good or bad. (too bad all women did not have such a switch).

Lusty Linda The Pen Holder Says 10 Different Things including:

* ooow (ouch)!
* Get out you, you dirty old man!
* What are you looking at?
* Help! Help!
* Oh ooh (excited)
Found via Feministing.

*Bleep*

Technically, this *is* safe for work....


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Sent to me from sagefool. As is this:

Sometimes fact really *is* funnier than fiction....

Course, it's also sadder.

Trent Lott's Likely Replacement Featured in Borat

On a theme

For you tech people out there, there's a new local blog that may soon become a group blog. sexygeekspeak is looking for people interested in posting stuff that is "somewhat sexy, geeky, or techy." Apparently, the blog will partner with a weekly show on WRFU 104.5 every Tuesday from 11am to noon.

Speaking of sexygeekspeak, narciblog has a great post up about Joss Whedon and the writer's strike.

I'm sorta feeling a *bit* techy this week. Not only did I help free a friend's hard drive from a *wicked* internets venereal disease, but I also set up a wireless network at our house.

Also, I've been playing some online thing lately called NationStates. You get to form a nation and then help shape it by deciding on issues.

Here's a description of my nation, GameraGirl:
The Republic of GameraGirl

Motto: "Do unto others"

Civil Rights: Superb
Economy: Struggling
Political Freedoms: Superb

The Republic of GameraGirl is a large, socially progressive nation, notable for its strong anti-business politics. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 23 million are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whoever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Social Welfare, although Education and Healthcare are on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 48%, but much higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Door-to-door Insurance Sales.

GameraGirl's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, military funding has been stripped back, and the tenet of free speech is held dear. Crime is totally unknown. GameraGirl's national animal is the turtle and its currency is the testudine.
Sounds about right.

:)

If you are interested in joining, I'm a member of a region you can join after you create your nation. Someone on a messageboard I'm on started the region and we have 12 nations already. Since it's a liberal messageboard, most of the players are liberal, but a few of our conservatives have joined as well. It's kinda fun. I have mine set up so I get to decide on two issues a day.

The game is apparently based on the book, Jennifer Government.
Welcome to paradise! The world is run by American corporations (except for a few deluded holdouts like the French); taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; the Police and the NRA are publicly-traded security firms; and the U.S. government only investigates crimes it can bill for.

Hack Nike is a Merchandising Officer who discovers an all-new way to sell sneakers. Buy Mitsui is a stockbroker with a death-wish. Billy NRA is finding out that life in a private army isn't all snappy uniforms and code names. And Jennifer Government, a legendary agent with a barcode tattoo, is the consumer watchdog from hell.
Gonna have to pick up that book....


11.25.2007

And *you're* going, too

I'll be there with bells on....

;)

Holiday apparel is mandatory! A Santa hat is not enough. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Paint on a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit.

No money? Be creative!

REMEMBER SHARING IS CARING

Bring an extra hat and assimilate others!

My Vajayjay is Painin'!

Heard about this video from a NYT article.



Regardless of the origination, I really like this word.

Fight the Powers That Be

David Zirin will be speaking here in C-U this Wednesday night in 319 Gregory Hall at 7:30pm. I've heard Zirin on Chuck D's Sunday night show on Air America (you can download podcasts of Chuck D's show for free through iTunes or here). He's funny, he's smart, and he's really interesting. With Zirin's writing, sports and politics collide. He's promoting his newest book Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports. He also recently wrote an article about the chief controversy and Illinois Homecoming.

Here's a YouTube clip of David Zirin when he spoke at The Schomburg Center for Study in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC this past May.



Should definitely be an interesting talk. If you are interested in going, let me know. I plan on attending---I'm also going to pick up a book before then and see if he'll sign it.

Sunday morning mindframe

Listening to music Sunday morning.

Thought enters.

It's time to start cutting out what doesn't work in my life anymore.

I was talking with sagefool the other day and I would have to be *insane* to recount the conversation entirely correct, but basically the idea of "having a million projects in a state of incompletion takes over your brain" came up. You have to use energy to hold something in a state of limbo. Every time you run into an instance of where having that project finished would save time/money/etc or when you actually have to look at said project in its stagnant state, you think about it and are reminded of it. You never are truly ignoring it.

I've run into this with other people as well. Things have emotional value that goes *way* beyond practicality, sensibility, or value. People---myself included---will hold onto shit way past its expiration date until that very valued thing is in the way of living life as you live *now.*

And it's not just things. It's ideas. Self-concepts. Self-identifiers. Self-images. Self-imposed roles that may or may not work for us anymore. Being "tall." Being "young." Being "nice." Being tall can lose its importance. Being young can lead to being experienced. Being nice can get you screwed over.

That's not to say we should leave these things behind. Just that we need to finish the tasks at hand before they become self-identifiers as well. In a few weeks, I'm going to quit smoking---again. I've quit before---once for almost a year and a half. I'm also attempting better food choices (my substitute for the word "diet") and trying to incorporate exercise into my life in a regular way. I'm also trying to finish the myriad of unfinished projects I've got lying around or stashed away.

It's time to let go....

11.24.2007

Any Comic Book Fans out there?

I'd heard about this before, but apparently the Angel (Season 6) comic series has begun. The first issue---written by Joss Whedon---came out the day before Thanksgiving.

I have to get an issue. Gonna have to talk to my sources and get me one of 'em. They apparently will be canon. Here's what Whedon said when asked about it:
Canon is key, as is continuity. If you are massive nerd. Which I am. I believe there's a demarcation between the creation and ancillary creations by different people. I'm all for that stuff, just like fanfic, but I like to know what's there's an absolutely official story-so-far, especially when something changes mediums, which my stuff seems to do a lot.
Here's the wiki spoiler entry describing the comic. Read it at your own risk.
Los Angeles has been a demon war zone for months after Wolfram & Hart literally sent the entire city to hell in retaliation to Team Angel's actions in "Not Fade Away". Angel, having tamed a dragon, rescues citizens from the destruction and sends them to Connor, Gwen, and Nina for sanctuary. Meanwhile, the deceased Wesley is now an incorporeal representative of Wolfram & Hart, and Gunn has been turned into a vampire.
Numfar! Do the dance of joy!

11.23.2007

I think I'm going to puke....

Found via Jezebel. Yah, Jezebel has a lot of useless gossip crap on it---but it's got stuff like this on it as well.
Authorities in Brazil are investigating reports that a young woman was left in a police cell with some 20 men for a month and repeatedly sexually abused.

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Media reports suggested that the girl was placed in a police cell in the town of Abaetetuba on suspicion of theft.

But human-rights groups say there is uncertainty about what offence the girl was accused of and she was not formally charged.

They say that she was raped relentlessly and forced to have sex in order to obtain food.

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Gov Carepa said the girl's age did not matter.

"Whether she was 15, 20, or 100 doesn't matter. A woman should never be left in a jail with men," she said.

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Jails in Brazil are notorious for overcrowding and appalling conditions, and this is not the first time that there has been a controversy over a female prisoner being detained alongside men.

However, on this occasion, the seriousness of the allegation has caused shock and considerable public anger, the BBC's Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says.
On a related note, can't *wait* to see this new comedy/fake horror movie now....

The Eternal Optimist

Sorry I've been away so long---my internets at home took a big old crap lately and I haven't been online for extended periods of time. Mostly because the connection seemed to go out *every time* I wanted to post/publish/send something....

:(

So...saw a tidbit in the N-G this week:
CHAMPAIGN – A vacant Campustown building that long housed Bidwell's tavern and later Cochrane's tavern is expected to be torn down next year to make way for a five-story retail/office complex.

The three-story building at 619 S. Wright St. will likely come down "in the next couple of months" so construction on Campus Centre can begin, said Laura Pime of Northbrook-based Gregory Realty Group, which is developing the new building.

Pime said the company is close to signing a "gourmet" fast-food tenant for the first floor. The second floor is intended for retail space – perhaps a hair or nail salon – and the third through fifth floors are expected to house offices, she said.
Can I dare to dream? Go fill out a request online. Post a link to this story in your Additional Comments. I want a Trader Joe's---how about you? It would be perfect---smaller, more intimate space (which seems to be the standard for TJ's), on campus, on the buslines, and with the projects at Fourth and Springfield (and Green), in an area that's going to become more dense population-wise.

I'm kinda amazed at all the growth right now in Champaign. Fourth and Green, Springfield and Green, the old Cochrane's, the new Convention Center south of the Assembly Hall, the new building downtown, and the Champaign Public Library---all brand-new multi-story buildings going up.

11.16.2007

Seriously wrong....

Here's another tidbit relating to the writer's strike. Apparently, Fox is going to finish and then run three episodes of the Family Guy that Seth MacFarlane was working on. The shows weren't finished---nor were they voiced prior to the strike---but Fox is going to have others do the voices and then run the shows.
The overlords at Fox have announced plans to air an original Family Guy episode this Sunday and move forward on three more without the participation of mastermind Seth MacFarlane, who not only serves as show runner but supplies many of the key voices.

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"It would just be a colossal dick move if they did that," Family Guy's creator told Variety, noting that the next three episodes of the animated comedy are "relatively close to completion, but they have not had a final pass."

MacFarlane acknowledged that both the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are "legally within their rights" to finish new episodes without his input, but doing so, he said, could not only affect the show's creative direction and thus alienate viewers but also harm the successful partnership MacFarlane and Fox have built up over the years.

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Given that he's been in talks with the network for a new long-term contract for the past year, MacFarlane does have a little bit of leverage.

"I'm technically in breach of nothing," he added.

Fox has a tough balancing act producing the show and keeping MacFarlane happy. Aside from solid ratings, Family Guy was one of the first TV series to do blockbuster business on DVD, becoming the top-selling TV DVD of the year for 2003. That success led Fox to revive the series after canceling it. On Nov. 4, Family Guy celebrated its 100th episode.
If you watch Family Guy, you know Seth MacFarlane *is* The Family Guy...and Brian...and Stewie...and a bunch of others. Plus he writes the show. He frigging *created* the show. And it got back on the air because of DVD sales---you know, the DVD sales writers want to get paid for?

The other interesting tidbit in the article was this:
The Screen Actors Guild has quite a bit at stake in how the current work stoppage shakes out. The acting union's contract is due to expire in June (as is the Directors Guild's), and they want the same thing as writers—a larger share from the burgeoning new-media market.

"Everyone knows the Internet is the future," said Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer. "If we don't get a piece of that, we're doomed."
Here's Seth talking to a rally last Friday:

11.12.2007

So I got *that* going for me...which is nice....

Yah...okay...so the article is inconclusive and a bit odd, but still....
Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests.

Researchers studied 16,000 women and girls and found the more voluptuous performed better on cognitive tests - as did their children.

The bigger the difference between a woman's waist and hips the better.

-1000 points if you didn't get the film reference in my post title.

PS: I started back on the gym routine today. Been trying to eat better---we'll see if it makes me *stupider*....

11.10.2007

*Huge* wtf moment....

Skynet military launch delayed

Thank gouda!

IMCFest tonight, tomorrow























I'm hoping to hit this up tonight with some friends. It's in the old post office in downtown Urbana by the courthouses and Lincoln Square. All ages, $10/person, and a *crapton* of local music.

If the lighting isn't horrendous, I'll moblog.

11.08.2007

Writer's Strike

Found a few videos from United Hollywood featuring people from my two favorite shows, The Office and Lost.

The Office


Lost and Desperate


I know sagefool bought at least a season's worth of shows from iTunes. A few other people I know watch shows on the internets. If what these writers say is true, they were never compensated for any of that. Granted, it sounds like the creative solution was for these items being deemed "promotions," but looks like the writers tire of not being compensated for all the extra revenue these companies have been making at their expense. Without the writers, there is no Lost *or* Office.

But we'll still have A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila....

11.07.2007

My Knoxville Trip

Here's some pics---this time a little *less* fuzzy....

Knoxville has shuttles, buses, and trolleys. They trolleys are free. We took this trolley the long way so we could get a glimpse of the campus (University of Tennessee is in Knoxville). We also got a glimpse of many drunks. Our trolley ride was an entertaining exercise in eavesdropping. We had a blast.
















Here's the amphitheater next to the Convention Center.
















We ate at Downtown Grill & Brewery.
















We went to Pigeon Forge to eat one night. It seemed like the Vegas of the Smoky Mountains.
















We went back the morning we left while waiting for people who were riding back with us.
















After some shopping, we picked up the two people riding back with us, and then broke down about 45 minutes north of Knoxville.
















We were sorta lucky. This was the one sort of straight length of road without crazy drop-offs or curves. After waiting 3 hours, getting picked up, riding back to and through Knoxville to the airport to pick up our rental car, we left town 6 hours later than the first time and got back around 12:30am. I rushed over to sagefool's house where jam weekend was in full swing. I proceeded to get absolutely *blasted*....
















I actually intended for the above pic to be blurry. Not so much with the last. I tried to take a picture of the moon at the end of the night---but I was drunk and giggly. Apparently, my giggle looks like this:

I guess it's *technically* NSFW....

This is the funniest stuff I've read in a long time. Apparently, there is a movement afoot, along with devices and tips, to help men "regrow" their foreskin. Highlights?

Manual Tugging

This method is a simple way to get started. With this method one pulls the shaft skin forward and holds it there for 10-15 minutes or more, once or twice a day. This can be a good way to stretch out the skin before using other methods or can be a complete restoration method in itself.

...

ManHood

While not a device than will restore your foreskin the ManHood is an undergarment that acts as a foreskin substitute. Visit www.manhood.mb.ca for more info on this product.
By the way, the ManHood site says ManHoods help protect against embarrassing wet spots while pleasantly scenting the member.

10.31.2007

Happy Halloween!

I am missing all the fun this year but I still get pics from my sis. Scary, huh?

10.29.2007

Umm....

So...odds and ends---*tidbits,* if you will. I honestly have no idea how many Tasty Tidbit posts I've done nor do I care to look. Maybe someday when I'm *really* bored, I'll look it up. But probably not.

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Mom is good. Foot is healing. Wrist still a bit of a problem. The crisis is over. We are into recovery mode and she is healing well.

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My sister is good. Had her sonogram---she's having a girl. Yay! I, on the other hand, am apparently a fembot. I guess because I haven't replicated yet, I'm "emotionally unavailable." Because only people with offspring care about other individuals. Absurd.

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Life is busy. I'm headed to a conference in Knoxville on Wednesday to sling books---gone 'til Saturday. This will be my last trip for work until spring. We're staying about 20 minutes from Smoky Mountain National Park and I hear Dollywood and Gatlinburg are nearby. Expect another fun and confusing installment of fuzzy moblogging.

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It's jam weekend for sagefool and our old college buddies. I hope to make it back in time to see them all. By the time I get back, they should be drunk *and* deaf. Always fun.

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I recently had some blood work done and my cholesterol is high---as is my sodium. In my preparations for my new exercise and diet routine (which started today), I found this great blog, zenhabits. Check it out---it's got all kinds of good stuff. Also, I'm back on FitDay in an attempt to keep my sodium/cholesterol/calorie intake/exercise levels in check. It's *super* helpful. I just use the free online version, but you can buy it for $30 if, for some odd reason, you don't like free.

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Since a bunch of my favorite local bloggers seem to like lol pics, here's another site---LOL DJs. Cuz sometimes you need more than cats.
















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And finally, yah, he's still a tool.

10.17.2007

Birthday girl and her baby

Tonight we celebrated Crispy's 40th birthday. We surprised her at Milo's for dinner. We had appetizers and wine and dinner and wine and cake and wine. Her family and co-workers and friends all showed up for the happy occasion.


Then Crispy, her husband "Cheeto," her daughter, a friend, and I went to the Squire for shots and drinks. We had a great time. I've posted a few pictures from our time at Esquire. They were talking about my blog, so I decided to put them all on it.


Crispy's had a hard time with this birthday. She said she kept thinking she'd wake up today and look in the mirror and be like the guy on Heros that sees a bloody beat-up guy in the mirror. I think she looks great. It's a biggie, for sure, but I think by the time we left the Squire, she was feeling a lot better.

Happy 40th, Crispy!!!!

Aron---Isn't he a cutie?

Birthday girls hubby

Crispy and Aron

10.12.2007

Fuzzy pics

Walking down to the Grotto:















The Grotto:





























Some sort of administration building next to the Basilica:















Post-sight-seeing activities (yes, that's my Ketel and Cranberry sitting there):















Happy to be home....

10.11.2007

One more for the funnier if it happened less category

Well, I've been gone for a bit and rather than wait any longer to blog about why I've been gone, we'll just do a nice daily breakdown for all the would-be stalkers out there...catch me if you can!

One week ago: Went out of town with moon_grrl and KJ to sell books at a conference in South Bend. Had a good time there. Sold books, saw the Grotto and Basilica but didn't get to see Touchdown Jesus up close. I'll post my pics later. Haven't downloaded them yet. You'll see why.

Saturday: The day before we were to drive back, I got a phone call that my mom had fallen twice and broke her right ankle and left wrist. Get home at 11pm and my mom, sister, and nephew are at my house because the hospital sent my mom home even though she couldn't walk, go to the bathroom by herself, nor feed herself. My house is an old two-story house and I live on the first floor while my sister lives on the second. You can't even *get* the chair in the bathroom. This means you get to the bathroom and then half to work your way to the toilet. Great fun.

Sunday: Me and sagefool spent over 12 hours organizing, moving, cleaning, fixing my mom's apartment so she could get around it in her wheelchair. I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for finding a sub to work for him, not sleeping, and working like a dog to help get my mom back into her apartment. I got to bed around 3:30am, I believe....

Monday: I stayed home from work to watch my nephew (no school) and so I could help my mom go to the bathroom as needed and, you know, *feed* her. Plus, we took my mom to see the orthopedic surgeon re: mom's broken foot. The ortho was about 2 hours behind schedule, but when we finally saw him and his team, they were great. Cut the casts off---one was so tight it was cutting off circulation to her thumb. Put her in a special shoe and a brace. Said wrist wasn't broken, but because she's had 4 surgeries on that wrist/hand, there's not enough structure to the wrist and it's collapsing. The fall probably only moved everything around where it's painful because there is a gap in the middle of her wrist. The fifth metatarsal has an oblique fracture that will be difficult to heal. That means it's a lengthwise fracture of her pinkie foot bone that will split apart if she puts too much weight on it. Could need screws. Ortho suggests that a walker with a platform adjustment for her arm will work better than a chair and that she *can* use the foot to pivot and whatnot, but not to walk. Suggests consults with podiatrist, primary doctor, hand surgeon, home health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and neurology. Suggests that loss of balance and increased incidence of falling may be neurological in basis. Take mom to apartment for the first time. Get her settled in. Go home and crash.

Tuesday: Take mom and wheelchair to primary doctor's appointment. She's only running an hour and 10 minutes late. She thinks mom should be in the hospital. Load mom and wheelchair back into car and go through Mickie D's drive-thru. Did not win $1,000,000 via Monopoly promotion---not surprised at this point. Take mom to podiatrist appointment and arrive 45 minutes early. Podiatrist is *on time.* Says surgery to put pins in to fix foot adds more risk than necessary. Puts giant black boot with velcro and metal on her foot. Says if not better in a four weeks, revisit surgery. Really nice guy. Load mom and wheelchair back into car and go back to mom's. Get her ready for bed, organize her stuff, and receive call that mom is to be admitted to Carle. Re-dress mom, load her and wheelchair back into the car and drive to Carle. Unload mom and wheelchair at Carle and check her in. Get mom settled in. Go home and crash.

Wednesday: Decide to sleep in and get laundry/dishes/etc done today. Write email to work. Receive phone call from mom 15 minutes later that they are discharging her today and that I need to pick up a quad cane and her prescriptions for her. Go get mom's car, run errands, pick up nephew, pick up mom, get mom home with her quad cane and wheelchair. Get mom settled in. She can now basically do everything she *needs* to if we aren't there. Go home and crash.

Thursday: Went back to work today. She got her walker delivered today and she's pretty mobile now. Enjoyed my work...sitting at my desk...listening to music...not worrying. Doing laundry and chores tonight but might pop out for a bit to blow off some steam.

What a week. Definitely TGIF.

9.29.2007

The Shock Doctrine

From the October Harper's:

Alfonso Cuarón, director of Children of Men, and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, present a short film from Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. An essay adapted from the book will appear in October’s Harper’s Magazine and is available on the web now.

9.27.2007

Happy Birthday, Jimmy!

















Yah, his birthday isn't until this weekend, but we are throwing him a surprise party tonight.

Currently on heavy rotation

Downloaded a new mix this weekend. Been listening to it ever since.

Paint by BPM

I hate trying to describe music, but it's downtempo, rap, jazz, neo-soul, hip hop, and other goodies all rolled together.

It helped spur my urge to purge.

There's tons of other stuff to download on the newly re-designed 217mafia site as well.

9.26.2007

Fall means time for change....

Right now, I'm in the midst of some serious fall cleaning. I've gone through all my books and I'm taking two boxes and a big shopping bag full of books to work tomorrow for people to rummage through and take what they want. The rest will go to B2P.

I'm pitching/taking to Goodwill knick-knacks and stuff "I *should* save" and clothes and blankets and dishes and rags and towels and toys and games and crap.

I'm paring down, letting go, and releasing the need to pack like a rat.

I'm organizing, changing out, switching seasons, removing clutter, and recharging my batteries.

But tomorrow...I'm getting this and this....

i can't help myself

In theory, they will help me do the same things to my computer and car. My computer is clogged up with tons of music and photos. That stuff will go on the external. And my car is filled with CDs with music or photos or work stuff burned on them. The flash drive will help with that.

That's still paring down, isn't it?

9.24.2007

Like I said before....

In an interesting court case, bloggers cannot be sued for libel over content posted by anonymous commenter. Even more interesting is the basis for this lawsuit.

The opening paragraphs of Dalzell's opinion offer some jaw-dropping descriptions of the two colorful players in the case---the blogger, Tucker Max, and the plaintiff, Anthony DiMeo III, the scion of a New Jersey blueberry farm owner who operates a publicity firm.

As Dalzell put it, "Tucker Max describes himself as an aspiring celebrity, 'drunk' and 'asshole' who uses his Web site, www.tuckermax.com, to 'share [his] adventures with the world.'"

DiMeo's lawsuit stems from a series of anonymous postings on the messageboards of Max's Web site that discussed a Dec. 31, 2005, party thrown by Renamity---DiMeo's publicity firm---that Dalzell describes as "the New Year's Eve party from hell."

According to court papers, Renamity held the party in Le Jardin, a restaurant located in the Philadelphia Art Alliance gallery. Planned as a four-hour fête for 325 guests with food and an open bar, the party ran into problems.

As Dalzell described it, "twice as many people appeared. When alcohol and food ran out well before midnight, attendees -- who had paid $100 each -- became disenchanted."

The party soon became a subject of discussion on Max's Web site, and anonymous posters directed a steady stream of nasty remarks at DiMeo.

In his lawsuit, DiMeo claimed that six of the postings were libelous.

Perhaps the harshest of the comments, according to the opinion, was one that read: "'You threw an absolutely disastrous party on New Year's Eve precipitated by false advertising and possible fraud.'" Another said: "'I can't believe no one has killed him yet.'"

Although DiMeo conceded that Max had not authored the comments himself, the suit alleged that Max was nonetheless liable because he had published them.

Hat Tip: Americablog
They get a +1 for getting in a Bill O'Reilly joke as well....

Oh, for the love of cheese....

Tell me this is good news for us pathetic Trader Joe's hopefuls....

Looks like Urban Outfitter's has been looking at non-traditional markets for their new stores. This is an excerpt from an article that ran in an Omaha paper this past April:
The company plans to open at least 38 new stores in the coming year, the Web site says.

"It's clear that to expand, that Urban Outfitters is choosing to go to some nontraditional metropolitan areas," said Fleener, the retail analyst. "I could see where a lot of people say 'Geez, can that market support an Urban Outfitters?' And I'm saying that some of those markets have been underserved for that type of fashion."
Hello? Are you listening Trader Joe's?

*sigh*

9.23.2007

F*&%ing people....

So, I work two main jobs. Primary job entails sitting at a computer most of the time. It's a sedentary job that doesn't require me to interact with the public much *except* when I travel to conferences. Secondary job is catering/bartending for a friend of mine who owns a catering business.

Over the past weekend, I bartended at two catering events.

First, I catered a happy hour function for a local business. Approximately, 200 people attended for free hor-dovers and FREE WINE AND BEER. There were both hot and cold appetizers and three types of wine and two types of beer along with soda and water. I was bumrushed from the start. We busted through 8 cases of beer in 45 minutes.

One individual hit me up for water 8 times and talked to me about her diet---Debbie Sue. Whenever I run into Debbie Sue, she talks to me about life and dating. I'm always polite to her, but I have a hell of a time not looking at her slipped wig or painted-on asymmetrical eyebrows or smudged lipstick. This time, her badly painted nails were difficult to not stare at.

In addition, we ran out of white wine and beer and had to purchase some more. One woman cursed at me even though I told her we had two other kinds of wine and would have the white in about 10 minutes. Once we got the back-up wine and beer, people started double-fisting it so they wouldn't get caught without alcohol again.

While the melee was going on regarding the alcohol, we later discovered that someone (or some people) were eating the fruit and returning the munched-on watermelon rinds and half-eaten strawberries to the tray rather than using a plate or napkin to dispose of the waste.

Ick.

The kicker was that this was a *high-end* event. I wore the classic catering uniform and half the crowd was in suits and dresses. In other words---we are talking real money here. Granted, the majority of people were nice and friendly, but there was a high asshole-quotient at this function. I suspect the free alcohol brings out more freeloaders which always carry a sense of entitlement with them. It's not specific to the crowd, but rather more because of the nature of the event. Get as much as you can when people give it away. Most events are portion-controlled---you average out so many pieces per person. If you end up with a lot of freeloaders eating 20 portions, it begins a sort of "free food panic" that can spiral out of control when you throw alcohol into the mix. This event was a prime example of that.

The second function was a wedding reception of 250 people. I bartended this event which had free beer, wine, and soda plus a cash bar for mixed drinks. The wedding was between two people from small towns surrounding C-U. The bride and groom were in their mid-twenties as was a large portion of the folks at the reception. This crowd was very fun and lively. Weddings are always a good time.

We busted two kegs in 5 hours. We knew it was coming so we ran to pick up more beer. There was about 5 minutes in which we *didn't* have beer, but we still had wine and mixed drinks. The difference in reaction was dramatic. Most were prideful in the fact that they had killed two kegs. It was cause for celebration! And, since there was only 1.5 hours left til the event was over, we bought cases of cans rather than another keg which *probably* won't have been finished off.

They loved it. "Very sensible," and "That's probably a good idea," were the responses. It kinda helped make up for a *very* long day and the bad mood the previous evening's event had put me in. I think part of the difference between this event and the previous event is that people actually had personal relationships with each other at the reception while the happy hour was more anonymous in nature.

People can be completely bewildering. I love catering because it gives me a chance to people-watch and I get to put myself in different environments in a *very* unobtrusive way. When you are catering an event or waiting tables or working a checkout counter or selling stuff to the public, you get to blend into the background and observe people live their lives.

Sometimes, it's depressing and sad and infuriating.
Sometimes, it's interesting and fun and enlightening.
Sometimes, it's both.

9.19.2007

Boy, all those Freeper threads are gonna pay off now!

Dan Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS
Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in March 2005. He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the flawed Guard broadcast and, in the process, “seriously damaged his reputation.” As plaintiffs, the suit names CBS and its chief executive, Leslie Moonves; Viacom and its chief executive, Sumner Redstone; and Andrew Heyward, the former president of CBS News.

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Instead of directly vetting the script he would read for the Guard segment, Mr. Rather says, he acceded to pressure from Mr. Heyward to focus instead on his reporting from Florida on Hurricane Frances, and on Bill Clinton’s heart surgery.

Mr. Rather says in the filing that he allowed himself to be reduced to little more than a patsy in the furor that followed, after CBS — and later the outside panel it commissioned — concluded that the report was based on documents that could not be authenticated. Under pressure, Mr. Rather says, he delivered a public apology on his newscast on Sept. 20, 2004 — written not by him but by a CBS corporate publicist — “despite his own personal feelings that no public apology from him was warranted.”

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Over the next year, Mr. Rather would have eight segments broadcast on the main “60 Minutes” — including reports that took him to North Korea, China and Beirut. While that would seem to be a substantial portfolio of work, Mr. Rather notes that other correspondents had more than twice as many reports appear on the program during the same period, and that several of his reports had been effectively buried, broadast on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when far fewer people than usual were likely to tune in.

“He was provided with very little staff support, very few of his suggested stories were approved, editing services were denied to him, and the broadcast of the few stories he was permitted to do was delayed and then played on carefully selected evenings, when low viewership was anticipated,” the filing contends.

I'm hoping Rather will "beat [CBS] like a rented mule."...