Κυριακή, Φεβρουαρίου 29, 2004

I just made the Engineering Dean's list for the 5th or 6th semester running. For those of you keeping score at home, I stopped being an engineering student 5 or 6 semesters ago. Wonder if they'll give me a degree...

Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 28, 2004

"Dear Katie,

We would like to invite you to join us for our applicants weekend March 19th through the 21st . We will be holding our opening meeting the evening of March 19th at 7:00PM and will conclude our weekend by the late afternoon on Sunday, March 21st. This invitation assures that you will either be accepted into the Program or placed on the waiting list (assuming your academic credentials are in order). Each of our past classes have included a number of applicants from the waiting list. An indication of either your acceptance or placement on the waiting list will be sent to you shortly after the applicants weekend.

We strongly encourage you to make every effort to be with us for the weekend. All of our current students found the experience they shared at the weekend extremely valuable. This visit allows you to spend some time in the NYU environment, meet future classmates and faculty, find potential roommates, and participate in a collaborative writing assignment that gives us a very important perspective on you as a collaborative writer. It is also an excellent opportunity to explore housing alternatives and to discuss Financial Aid and other concerns. Individual student interviews with faculty will also be scheduled.

We will be giving out the weekend writing assignment on Friday evening and would suggest that you not overbook your evenings until you have understood how much working time you and your collaborator may need to complete the assignment.

We look forward to meeting you!

The NYU Musical Theatre Writing Department"

Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 21, 2004

I'm leaving the country in about 3 hours. You know you'll miss me. I'll be back in a week. Leave me comments.

Παρασκευή, Φεβρουαρίου 20, 2004

The Resplendent Mango is proud to present....

The Lobster Cam!

(hat tip Dave Barry)

Τετάρτη, Φεβρουαρίου 18, 2004

Great Acts of JournalismThis is possibly the funniest act of serious journalism I've ever seen.
(WARNING: Liberal use of both 'arse' and 'wedgie')

This is a hoot: The 1000 fighting styles of Donald Rumsfeld. Not just a poet, folks.

An Iraqi's tribute the the American troops-- here.

Greek of the Day

In Greek, the word for 'opinion' is 'gnomi.' 'Opinion Gnome' or 'The Gnomic Punditocracy' would be great names for rock bands.

BONUS - Spanish of the day: 'resplandor' which works out to resplendence, roughly.

Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 17, 2004

Dogbert describes Phelps Full-time

Actually, the 'Phelps Center for Innovative Disruption' would have been an accurate description for my middle school.

The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night!

And I caught him on the bunnycam! Hopefully Susan will post him soon.

And now, a rant

Why go to all of the trouble and take a census and try to get every American household to fill out a form, and compile it an analyze it, and then make it available in ways that are completely incomprehensible? Let's say that, for purely academic reasons, you wanted to know how many snake handlers there are in the US. Would the census tell you that? No. If the website is correct, "some of your friends or family members might be snake handlers--try to be understanding." I want to know exactly how many snakehandlers there are so that I know how likely it is that I'm gonna find a friend doing devos with a death-viper.
Here, you can read about the "famous snake handling pastor Punkin Brown." Rule #1) Do not trust a man named Punkin. Rule #2) If a man's religion bites him and he drops dead at the age of 34, and it had already bitten and killed his wife, get yourself a forked stick and an ax kill it. Also a ride-on lawnmower. Anyway, back to the census: if people thought that by filling out the census thoroughly, interesting, useful information might result, they might just fill it out. But no, the census tells us the about the TIGER - Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system: Information and Documentation whatever that is.
I don't really have a point. If you want a point, go to my other blog.

Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 16, 2004

Great Name for a Rock Band

'Abigail and the Unseen ASCII Devils'

Κυριακή, Φεβρουαρίου 15, 2004

In Greek, the expression for "she gave me the cold shoulder" is "she was a heavy melon." I think we can all agree that "Heavy Melon" would be a great name for a rock band.

Nothing says love like a lung-shaped Valentine.

Gotta love Sherman's Lagoon!

Παρασκευή, Φεβρουαρίου 13, 2004

A letter I wrote on gay marriage got posted by Andrew Sullivan!

Πέμπτη, Φεβρουαρίου 12, 2004

Proof that the marketing people at Mattel need more to do: A decent-sized story on CNN.com that apparently Barbie and Ken have broken up. Seems like it should have come from the Onion...

Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 10, 2004

Nordic Walking -- Because if you're going to wear that outfit, you'd better have poles to defend yourself.

This is the best thing I've ever read: The Battle Hymn of Al Gore

I promise that it would be Most Unwise and Probably Wrong to visit this site.

(Dave Barry's the best!)

I distinctly remember being locked in the now-defunct speech office with Chris and Braz and having the numbers dance and the pencil twirl and dance. The Forbidden Fruit Dance. Thus, I believe Agnes.

"'Stalk' and 'AAAGH'"

Cute...very cute.

Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 09, 2004

This includes a photo of an elderly St. Louis pastor with his hair in red and blue dreadlocks.

Also an article on the new mp3 player that clips on your AK-47. Unfortunately, it only plays the music of Barry Manilow, Kenny G, and Clay Aiken.

Great Moments with Churchill:

"During a 1938 House of Commons debate about the defense budget around Munich-time, Churchill was demanding more air defense. Someone shouted out, "How much is enough?" The future prime minister replied that he was reminded of the man who received a telegram from Brazil informing him of the death of his mother-in-law and requesting instructions. "Embalm, cremate, bury at sea," the man wired back, "Take no chances." "

-- From the National Review

Further proof that some people should not be permitted to reproduce:

"I have three sons, and I'm very happy for them that they were able to see one of Janet Jackson's breasts in their lifetime" --Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy

Κυριακή, Φεβρουαρίου 08, 2004

I've created a second blog, this one devoted purely to the presidential campaigns. For those of you who don't really know what's going on, I'll keep you up to date on it. The Mango Votes. Go there. Tell your friends.

Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 07, 2004

One of the best articles on bat saliva I've ever read.

Anyone who didn't know me as a small child and is curious should read Agnes regularly.

Important lesson of the evening:

Before engaging in an emotionally intense conversation on the phone, make sure both participants have sufficent cell phone battery achieve some sort of closure.

Παρασκευή, Φεβρουαρίου 06, 2004

From a comment on Dean's BlogForAmerica:

"1st Timers,
Donate $5 or $10. Let's get the number of contributors up!
Howard is the most electable Democrat running. Karl Rove knows this, why don't other Democrats."

Okay, let's deconstruct this. First line, fine. Plea for money, normal. Exhortation to boost number of contributors, dumb. While it's nice to say you have lots of little saintly donors instead of a few big evil ones, in real practical terms, it means nothing. Final line, trouble. Now, I could be wrong here, but I've always felt that 'electable' referred to the ability to be elected, presumably in elections. As far as I can tell, based on the elections that have happened over the past few weeks, Dean is less electable than Kerry and Edwards, and I think Clark (I know he's got more delegates if you count superdelegates, but I don't for this analysis because they weren't determined by people electing) because less people have voted for him. Now, I don't know what this guy thinks Karl Rove's been smoking, but I'm fairly sure that Karl Rove is currently snickering as Dean implodes. Or weeping, because he thinks Bush could beat the pants of Dean if he ever had to try and spanking Dean seems more fun than, say, Lieberman. (Incidentally, "Spanking Al Sharpton" would be a good book title. And if he were ever to become a professional wrestler, he could be 'Spankin' Al Sharpton.')

From CNN.com:

"A banker from Knoxville, Tennessee, filed a class action lawsuit against Jackson, dance partner Justin Timberlake, CBS, halftime show producers MTV and the networks' parent company, Viacom. Terri Carlin said the 'sexually explicit conduct' by the performers caused millions of people to 'suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury.'"

Now, I'll give her outrage, anger and embarrassment. But serious injury? I realize that phrase is tossed on the end of claims in lawsuits like mail fraud is tacked on to every federal charge ever, but when I think of serious injury, I think, bare minimum, compound fracture. Something that requires a transfusion. Grafting. A major redirection of internal organs. Something.

Interesting article on John Kerry. You should read it.

This too.

My new slogan: "Be dead or be moist...It's your only choice."

Thanks, Agnes!

Πέμπτη, Φεβρουαρίου 05, 2004

Susan, read this and remain alert.

I've added a link to Abigail's brand-new blog!

Great Acts of Journalism:

"I'm on record as believing that Paul O'Neill is a feckless crapweasel, and I stand by that." - Jonas Goldberg in the National Review.

Other snarky comments from the same article:

"I know people think Ted Kennedy is the 'conscience of his party' (that's the Democratic party; any other party where Ted's involved you're gonna want to bring your snorkel). "
"Kennedy, on the other hand, is not new to anything — including, I believe, all seven of the deadly sins and the naughty side of at least nine out of ten of the Ten Commandments. "

Τετάρτη, Φεβρουαρίου 04, 2004

As a Responsible Blogger, I feel the need to warn you that it would be a Very Bad Idea to visit this site.

...follow the bouncing yeti...

From the Michigan Daily:

"LSA freshman Mary Fox doesn't think that the Democratic Party stands a chance against President Bush in November.

Fox is just one of several Republican students on campus..."

Really? There are several now?

Interesting Sign of the Day II:
BAMN, in an attempt to whomp up a protest to anti-affirmative action plaintiff and speaker Jennifer Gratz posted the following signs:

"Is Jennifer Gratz so racist that she wants women to recieve $0.73 for every dollar her male counterparts make? Yes!"

Um... think about that.

Interesting Sign of the Day I:

An ad for an '30s-'60s a capella contest. Each group would get a chance to sing 3 songs from those years. The options, as stated on the sign:

a) sing 3 songs from the same decade
b) sing 3 songs from three different decades
c) sing 2 songs from one decade and 1 song from another decade

Can anyone think of an option d?

A full article of bad puns on the name Joe, in honor of Joe Lieberman. You should read it.

If you happen to prefer your yetis strong, your men good-looking, and your children above average....

...Go here.


Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 03, 2004

This seems like something you'd all be good at... Try it, you might like it.

Great Moments on the Howard "Sane and Normal" Dean Blog:

New Campaign Manager Roy Neel says:
"After tonight's election results come in only 10 percent of the delegates for the Democratic nomination will be chose[sic]. The voices of millions of Americans in states like Wisconsin, Washington, California, New York and Florida, have yet to be heard."

...leading someone to post the following comment:

Although Dean looks dead, he's really only begun to die!! We still got 90% of the delegates to thumb their nose at Dean! Keep it up team!!!"


In other news, tonight Kerry and Edwards live, Clark and Dean think they do, and Lieberman's gone. Kucinich and Sharpton are still chugging along. Fun.

Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 02, 2004

On the Super Bowl:

The halftime show was perhaps one of the worst attempts at entertainment I've ever seen, and I did sit through a tone deaf high school dress rehearsal of Into the Woods. First off, the choice of entertainers just sucked. Jessica Simpson yelling one sentance wearing the most tasteful outfit of them all, which is not saying much. P. Diddy (cringe) in a parka. Nelly grabbing his crotch. Janet Jackson in her dominatrix with a neck condition outfit. We were looking forward to Justin Timberlake coming out, because we figured he HAD to be an improvement. And we were wrong. Justin, Janet could be your mother. Please don't fondle her. Gross. So then, of course, at the end, he rips off one of her cups and there she is. They (JT, CBS, MTV, etc) promptly issued a statement saying that it was a TOTAL accident, unplanned, etc. Right. "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl," Timberlake said in a statement. "It was not intentional and is regrettable." Wardrobe malfunction my posterior. If you go to Drudge, he's got a close-up, and the cup was obviously meant to snap off. I myself when I perform in front of millions of people prefer to make sure that both cups of my bodice are secured in such a way as that they will not accidentally come off. Generally, this is not a problem because most costumers do not make garments that can easily have the cups ripped off. Also, generally when I'm performing, as I do not expect my top to give way (except for that little incident at the murder mystery...) I do not wear a decorative sun pasty. That seems like the sort of thing you would only wear if you were intending it to be seen. And Justin, if you keep your hands to yourself, this shouldn't be an issue.
I feel like something should be done to them. Penance. 10 points to the best idea.

Also.... to what demographic was that aimed? I watched with an exclusively 25-and-under crowd and not a soul there liked it. I can't imagine anyone older did. Perhaps it was aimed at the 12-17 year old group, but it was too risque, and anyway, what percentage of the Superbowl viewing audience do they make up anyway. From the ads, it seems like they're pretty much going for the 30-50 group. And also the 50-70 year old men. So who okayed this?