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"Did you know who Bernie Mac was, or did you think it was another mortgage lender?"
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Justin E.H. Smith

That's right. It's time for all of us who consider ourselves even mildly progressive to get at least a little bit Maoist on the occultists' asses, confident in the singular correctness of the scientific world-view, and intolerant of 'difference' when all this manages to give us is muddle-headed obscurantism.
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But the problem is precisely that horoscopes are written by people, to wit, uninspired hacks, who then submit their humble work to publishers in media with vested ideological interests and advertisers to please. Why is this so easy to grasp when reading the editorial page, and so easy to forget when reading the 'fun' stuff? Or is it not so easy for most to grasp in the former case? Could it be that the most docile readership, the public best conditioned to allow the rise to power of fraudulent and cynical leaders, is the one that inadvertently permits its uncritical, just-for-fun reading of horoscopes to spill out of that frivolous section and into the ostensibly serious pages of those ever so un-fun features, like national and international news, the education supplement, or the business section? Could it be that the horoscope is not meant as a break from the seriousness of the 'real' sections of the newspaper, but indeed at its most effective serves as a sort of legend for how to read these other sections? Don't question. Swallow. We're here to amuse and comfort you (and, when useful, to worry you), not, dear reader, to promote some sort of awakening.
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So says this Washington Post article, bylined Holyoke and making references to Springfield and bits of Vermont directly north.

(As colorful geographic phrases go, I think I like WRSI's "the Tofu Curtain" for the Holyoke Range better).
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This ad (quicktime) (described here) is one of the coolest bits of marketing and film I've seen in a while. I might quibble a bit with the idea that Guinness is, in fact, the endpoint of evolution, but beer generally? No argument here.
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.... stank, to high heaven, and it wasn't just the ambient agriculture going on in Hadley.

I was originally prepared for it to be bad. Then reviews started coming in that it was better than expected; certainly better than I and II. This raised my hopes that it wouldn't be terrible.

I don't know if I'm willing to make a relative judgement between it and I and II. I just know that I didn't like any of them, and any hopes I had for this one were misplaced.

You can find enough criticism of the movie elsewhere, I'm sure, so I won't go into details. But I have a new theory, which is that after the success of the original movie, the rest have just been vehicles for Lucas to express his amputation fetish.

Metamedia

May. 2nd, 2005 06:37 pm
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It definitely says something about my media exposure that my first awareness of the "runaway bride" story was from political blogs - complaining today that it was overshadowing new revelations about US-UK discussions in the runup to the Iraq war.

Also, there's some irony in LiveJournal's spell checker not knowing the word "blog", or, for that matter, "LiveJournal".

Very weird

Mar. 19th, 2005 02:33 am
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The DVD of Phantom of the Paradise that I picked up at Newbury Comics turned out, when I put it in the player, to actually be a copy of Predator. The printing on the top side of the disc is right, but the contents aren't. I've never seen this flavor of production screw-up before. Did they both come out on DVD at the same time? They're both Fox films, but that's the best idea I can come up with.
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WHFS Changes Its Tune to Spanish

To the extent that I have any understanding or appreciation of the world of pop or "alternative" music, circa 1992-1994, it was because of this station. To this day it is the radio station I've listened to the most (okay, maybe WBUR is catching up, but it's not the same). They successfully warped me for life. I went to the 1993 HFStival (Belly, Velocity Girl, Matthew Sweet, Iggy Pop, Stereo MCs, Posies, X, Neds Atomic Dustbin, INXS) - my first live concert experience. Even if I hadn't kept pace with them in the past decade, I still recognized some of what they played - which perhaps is the indicator that they were fossilized, but we still have stations that cover older eras than that, with hordes of listeners.

It's just one more reason not to bother going home.
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Today I finished the first and largest stage of what should be a big and exciting contract and delivered the result to the customer. That means slightly less deadline pressure in the immediate future, which is good. The project itself wasn't bad; the schedule was somewhat demanding for the variable task of debugging an OS on novel hardware.

I can use some free time, because DDR Extreme (US) is supposed to make it out to our hinterlands any day now. The living room has been cleared out in preparation.

It'll also be good to have more time to think about cooking, and to push along the process of getting a gas stove installed. It puzzles me that both the price I'm paying and the price in Consumer Reports are higher than the listed MSRP.

After the project was "delivered" (bah, Comcast uplink speeds), we went out for dinner. The restaurant, Judie's, was described by a review book as "aging gracefully". It certainly had a lot of 1977 still going on, mostly unashamedly. My feelings were mixed. What was a gustatory revelation in America in 1977 is not so exciting now. My dish was decent (lamb shank), though I'm not sure they know about flavors other than salt. They also claim to be "home of the popover". But in my heart, the home of popovers is the Jordan Pond House. I would like to go there again, but I hear that it is no longer as nice as my memory of it from 1983.

Finally, we went to see a movie - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It was overdone, but I enjoyed it. It was so pulpy that it hurt. Retro-future is totally my genre of choice (see also my fascination with the Wasteland and Fallout games). The really evocative bits were towards the beginning - The movie went quickly enough that there wasn't time to dwell on any of the ridiculousness that went on, even beyond the things that are part of the pulp genre.

Spoilers )

At any rate, I have to go reread The Gernsback Continuum now.

Capitalism

Jun. 9th, 2004 11:19 pm
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The bar underneath my office has been advertising, for Boston Pride week, "rainbow martinis". Today I got around to asking them what the heck they put in a rainbow "martini". It turns out that it's not one multi-colored beverage, but an entire suite of colored martinis designed to separate the prideful from their pocketbook. I don't know whether to be impressed or appalled. Without further ado, here they are:


$8 Red
The one you can't keep your eyes off. Call him eye candy, call her hot. By any other name, it's the one we lust after to get into bed: this is not just another notch, this is the trophy! This martini of Southern Comfort, Amaretto, orange juice, and a drizzle of grenadine will be sure to pop that cherry. Now take it off, take it off!
$8 Orange
You're not quite sure. He catches your eye when he walks into the room: she gives you just that hint of a smile that keeps you guessing. Are they checking you out or are you checking them out? Smirnoff Orange, Grand Marnier, and orange juice will give you a nice kick to get your juices flowing. All of them!
$8 Yellow
We've all had that moment when we just can't seem to gather up enough nerve to make the first move. Even though we know we would regret not doing it. Get over it! This Lemoncello, Absolut Citron, sour, and a nice little surprise will give you that kick in the mouth that will be sure to make both of you pucker, f*ckers!
$8 Green
Whether it's envy, jealousy, or in this case, just plain horny. You want people to see you eating green shelled chocolate covered peanuts so that you can ever so slightly drop the hint that you're hard up. Dive into this mixture of Midori, pineapple, and Smirnoff Watermelon. You're sure to get some legs in the air. Yours or theirs!
$8 Blue
No, not the sad one, lonely one, or the one in dire need of an upper. This is the one that plays coy and shy, but inside they are just waiting to shock the shit out of you. You think you've had amazing sex? Try this Smirnoff, cranberry, pineapple, and Blue Curacao brew and you will be more than surprised. You know you want it.
$8 Purple
Sometimes it's more than just about sex. Sometimes we want to wake up next to someone and say "good morning" and not wonder what time they're finally going to leave. We've won a big battle this year. Let's celebrate with this Smirnoff Raz, Blue Curacao, and cranberry Martini, topped with a little bubbly. Cheers, Queers!


The nerd in me is bothered that it's "purple" and not "violet" at the end. Oh well.
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I just watched last Friday's Nightline - the special edition that was solely a reading of names and display of pictures of all of the US military war dead in Iraq.

But I watched it on TiVo's 3x fast-forward speed, which is slow enough for me to read the names, but I didn't listen to them being read. Is that less respectful, somehow?
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"And now, your moment of Zen."

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  • Nickel and Dimed
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Reefer Madness
  • Bowling Alone
  • The Two-Income Trap


What am I missing? I note that only Reefer Madness addresses sex or drugs, nothing addresses rock&roll, and health would appear to be missing entirely.
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... I'm floored that there's a fragrance called "Big & Dumb: Eau de Gigolo".
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My cousin Alex and his new-but-recently-revealed flame Amanda are on the cover of TV Guide this week. I don't think I've ever bought one of those before, but I've got to know...

It'll have to do until I can corner him at the next big family gathering to get the real inside story.

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