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[Thursday, November 11th, 2010 01:05 am GMT -5 | 4 Comments | 7,487 views]
In the living room there was a piano

This song is One of These Days by Michelle Branch. It’s not a great song, it might not even be a good song. I’ll never know because it means so much more to me than the derivative pop that it probably is. For me it’s wrapped up in a story, in a moment of meaning that I’ll never forget and from which this song cannot be extricated.

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[Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 10:42 am GMT -5 | 2 Comments | 9,110 views]
The Bechdel Test Reveals Sexism in TV, Movies

You would think that in 2010 popular TV and movies are not sexist. In many ways that’s true. There are strong female protagonists and female actors are very respected. Then you hear about something like the Bechdel Test and you start to wonder.

Named after Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist from the 80s, the Bechdel test asks three questions about a movie or TV show:

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[Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 04:46 pm GMT -5 | No Comment | 2,617 views]
“Free Food in the Kitchen!” – An Anthropological Phenomenon

The minute any food shows up in the kitchen at work, a fascinating anthropological event transpires.
First comes the discovery: Someone walks by and sees the plate, which has appeared as if by magic. The alert is instant, epic, and never detailed. “FOOD IN THE KITCHEN” is broadcast with the aplomb of an archeologist who just discovered a T-rex skull.
But sometimes alliances form. If its you that discovers the food, who do you tell? Is there …

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[Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 12:41 pm GMT -5 | 14 Comments | 7,772 views]
I don’t like to talk on the phone

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I dislike phone calls. I don’t mind a quick call here or there (though I prefer a text message,) but any long call that involves important decision making or conversation I dread. I wasn’t sure if it was just me, or even why I felt that way. It seems like I’m not alone as D. Keith Robinson recently discussed a similar dislike and got a resounding …

Food, Social Studies »

[Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 09:40 am GMT -5 | 2 Comments | 5,560 views]

Devoted Customer Upset Jimmy Dean Downsized Sausage 16oz To 12oz But Charges Same Price.
This is the greatest thing I’ve heard in awhile. This poor Texan just wants to feed his plump wife and 600lbs of men in his home. How could you Jimmy Dean?
PS. Those Jimmy Dean “Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick” are the nastiest thing I’ve ever seen. Chocolate and ground meat never go together.

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[Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 11:07 am GMT -5 | 2 Comments | 1,674 views]

Most of my friends in college were film and photography majors. I am, therefore, intimately familiar with modern hipster culture. And I hate it. I won’t go into all my problems with it, that’s for another day. Chances are that you either feel the same way as I do, or you’re a hipster yourself. At least that’s what I thought.
Talking to people at work, it seems that there are those out there who, through some …

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[Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 10:26 pm GMT -5 | 20 Comments | 82,114 views]

After over two months, $320, and countless failures, stalls, bummed rides, and weekends spent at home, my car is finally fixed. I salute you Buick Century, you glorious bastard, this is the second major breakdown you’ve survived. Let the record show I never gave up on you, even though all logic pointed in that direction.
It all started April 15th. Not being able to find a ride to the airport I decided to leave my car …