Month: July 2005

Strangers in a Strange Land


Steve says that his friend Eric is getting married and has this astute observation on the life of the single male: The other night, I spoke to him on the telephone, and he mentioned that he’s a little sheepish about sending invitations due to the fact that he hasn’t bought many wedding gifts or baby gifts for his friends over the years. I told him not to worry about it. Single men are officially foreigners […]

U.S. Military: We [heart] Propaganda


In this news story entitled U.S. Military admits error in news releases, we see the ugly side of war: the war of propaganda. This is not new. But when it is so blatant, it is disturbing. Ultimately though the damage is done. The pass that the media gave President Bush in the build up to war enabled that war to go forward. The justification for war was Bush’s lie. Those who dissented against the […]

Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Awards 2005


San Jose State University Department of English and Comparative Literature is home of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. The 2005 awards have been announced. Basically the objective is to write, as poorly as possible, the first line of a novel. The #1 winning entry from Dan McKay of Fargo, North Dakota is: As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, […]

The War on Terror: A Thought


A thought re: the War on Terror, adapted from Jim Henley: If the terrorists really do “hate us because we’re free,” the Bush Administration’s approach to civil liberties constitutes “appeasement” of the first order. [via CrookedTimber]

My summer job gave me Mesothelioma. Now what?


During college, the summer job is a rite of passage. It’s a brush up with the real world in a controlled, limited way. When I was in college, one of the summer jobs that paid the most was asbestos removal. For a summer, you could join a crew working on taking asbestos out of a building. This was of course hot, sweaty work, but hey, it paid well. And you the summer job applicant need […]

Get yr Graphing Calculator on the Cheap


Amalia points us to a handy little site that rents out the graphing calculator of choice, the TI-83 Plus. For only $9/month you can get yr hands on one of these. If you’re a poor college student taking a stats class, there’s really no need to shell out $104.99 for one of these from (free shipping). Simply go to and rent the finest graphing calculator in the world for a couple of months […]

Random(?) Links


There’s a fun Google search I like to do every once in a while. If you have a website, you can do it too. It’s the “related:” search. So if I plug in this blog into Google like this: Google will respond with a few pages of sites it thinks are somehow related in content to my site. I’ve found some great sites that way, especially Mike Rohde’s, but mostly this search never fails […]

Bloggers Need Not Apply in Academia


Everyone’s been talking about this first-person piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education that says academics should not blog, if they want to be hireable, that is. The article, which is called Bloggers Need Not Apply, was written by “a humanities professor at a small liberal-arts college in the Midwest.” The author, who signed his missive “Ivan Tribble,” writes: The content of the blog may be less worrisome than the fact of the blog itself. […]

Good News, Bad News: Microsoft in flux


THE GOOD NEWS: I usually don’t associate the Microsoft Money Machine with feel good news stories, but here’s a nice one. A 10-year-old Pakistani girl named Arfa Karim Randhawa is the youngest known person to achieve a Microsoft certification. She’s a Microsoft Certified Application Developer, and we applaud her with certainty on her achievement. Apparently news of Miss Randhawa’s computer expertise spread, and Microsoft brought her and her father over to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, […]

Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats


After listening to a lot of Narco Tango this spring, on heavy rotation this summer at Casa Stout is Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats. It’ll get you moving. It’ll get you thinking. Interesting stuff. In this remix culture, here is some authentic folk music of the electronic variety. It’s heavy Miami Bass to get the body moving, weird samples, rough lyrics in Portuguese—it’s perfect for summer. Highly recommended. Stylus Magazine review here. Minneapolis City […]