February 21st, 2006

banana

Holy God, where have I been?

I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere. I've crossed the deserts bare, man, I've breathed that mountain air. I've been working, working out, tending to my sick girlfriend, preparing to move, and rocking the microphone 'til I'm motherfucking sixty. Of travel I've done my share, man...here's a stupid post.

- I got new glasses. They are kinda "hip" and not like my old glasses at all. But I like them, and most importantly, ninafarina likes them. (And speaking of her, everyone wish her feel-wells. I command it, with special commanding supplements I picked up at a Somali health food store in Big Beaver Flats, MN.) Perhaps I will get someone to take pictures of me, someday, in my new glasses, since my digital camera decided it would be funny to stop working.

- On the subject of foreign-owned businesses, you know who hates Arabs? Everybody. Except me! I had a great time when I visited Holy Land, an outstanding Arab-owned grocery/restaurant in Minneapolis this weekend. They had a terrific selection of middle eastern food, and I really liked the time I spent there right up until I was checking out and realized I had forgotten my wallet and couldn't pay for anything so they cut my hands off. HA HA I JOKE AT THE EXPENSE OF MY PEOPLE! No joke, though: there were signs up all over the place announcing they were no longer selling any Danish products, because of cartoons mocking Muhammed that appeared in "the newspaper in Denmark", as if there were only one.

- The trailers for V for Vendetta look pretty good. The actual movie, though, I'm guessing will not be pretty good. Or good at all.

- Big round of layoffs last week at my company. A bloodletting? A bloodbath? A blood bowl? (I'm rooting for Blood Lite in the Blood Bowl this year.) Well, not quite, given the way things are going (downhill), but still pretty devastating. My time here is numbered anyway, but it makes things tense and unpleasant when the stench of the shitcan is always in the air, not to mention the extra work it makes for everybody. Last days or no, it's gonna be a rough time for a while. On the upside, tonight is the Safety Dinner (which will be immediately followed by the Safety Dance, and will conclude with the Saved By Zero), in which all of us who toil on the Safety Committee get drunk and drive to show our commitment to workplace safety.

- TODAY'S COMMENT THAT WILL MAKE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ANYONE WHO ISN'T A HUGE COMICS NERD: You know who was really good? Mac Raboy.

- Something that is very amusing about television shows is that the cast always eat at the same restaurant all the time, no matter what the occasion. This is to save money on sets, but it leads to the same sort of amusing irreality that gives you the 555 number, the lack of bathrooms, the generic Shasta cola can, and the inexplicable lack of drinking alcohol. For example, even though Seinfeld is about four semi-successful people (two of whom live in entirely different neighborhoods than the other two) who all live in New York, one of the biggest, richest and ethnically varied cities in the world, they always eat at Monk's every single time they go out. This amuses me for some reason.

- Freelancing update: one thing about pitching to national magazines as opposed to local publications like newspapers and alt-weeklies is that they work verrrrrrry, verrrrrrrry, sllllllowly. There is lots of waiting, and you don't get paid for the waiting. I hate this. But it's something I better get used to PDQ.

The abrupt end.
blowhard

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Those of you who read this journal for my fumbling, aimless political crankery: if you're not doing so already, please do yourselves a favor and read Cursor daily. The Twin-Cities-based website is perhaps the most invaluable news source I've ever encountered, with top-shelf links about highly important issues every damn day. This isn't like my site, with its sporadically amusing potshots at right-wing babbleizers, or even like Kos or Digby or Atrios, who often get bogged down in personalities or partisanship. It's a left-wing blog to be sure, but it's pure news, with really excellent organization, tons of citations and crosslinks for each piece, and a great archive for more in-depth treatment of major issues. Just today, there's links about a buried story of how Dick Cheney authorized a takedown of Flight 93 without consulting the president, an excellent piece by the always-worthwhile Dahlia Lithwick about how three major stories about abuses at Gitmo have broken in the last week and no one seems to care, and an editorial piece from Ha'aretz about the giddy Israeli response to Hamas' electoral victory: starve Palestine into submission.

Cursor, kids. Read it.
flavored with age

OMG WFT STFU LOL

I forgot to do a poll Friday. Here's one now!

Poll #677343 A poll lost in time, and lost in space

How much spam do you receive in a typical 24-hour period?

none
8(12.1%)
1-10
29(43.9%)
20-99
18(27.3%)
100+
9(13.6%)
I'm a vegetarian
2(3.0%)

Do you own a Swiss Army Knife?

No, I do not
26(39.4%)
Yes, I do
19(28.8%)
Wait, why does Switzerland even have an army if they're neutral?
2(3.0%)
I have a genuine imitation Swiss Army Knife knockoff
9(13.6%)
I prefer the Leatherman
3(4.5%)
I prefer leather men
2(3.0%)
I don't know what a Swiss Army Knife is
0(0.0%)
I have one of those huge-ass survival knives with an eight-man tent in the handle
1(1.5%)
No, but I have a French Army Handkerchief BECAUSE THE FRENCH ARE COWARDS, HA HA
0(0.0%)
The bar for 'worst question ever' just keeps getting raised higher, doesn't it, Leonard?
4(6.1%)

What is/was the best prime-time animated television comedy?

"The Simpsons"
24(35.8%)
"Futurama"
16(23.9%)
"Family Guy"
3(4.5%)
"Home Movies"
5(7.5%)
"The Flintstones"
1(1.5%)
"South Park"
3(4.5%)
"The Critic"
1(1.5%)
"American Dad"
0(0.0%)
"The Tick"
6(9.0%)
"King of the Hill"
1(1.5%)
"Beavis and Butthead"
0(0.0%)
"I Am The Greatest: The Animated Adventures of Muhammed Ali"
0(0.0%)
I can't decide!
4(6.0%)
I don't watch/know/like any of these shows
1(1.5%)
some other show I will mention in Comments
2(3.0%)

Which fictional presidents of the United States would you have voted for?

MacKenzie Allen
0(0.0%)
Josiah Bartlet
6(9.2%)
Merkin Muffley
0(0.0%)
Gary "The Smiler" Callahan
1(1.5%)
Gerald Fitzhugh
0(0.0%)
Johnny Gentle
0(0.0%)
Dewey Haik
0(0.0%)
Kang
5(7.7%)
Lex Luthor
3(4.6%)
Prez Rickard
2(3.1%)
David Palmer
5(7.7%)
Jack Ryan
2(3.1%)
Jack Stanton
0(0.0%)
other (see Comments)
0(0.0%)
this question is far too geeky for me to answer with confidence
12(18.5%)

What fast food/junk food item is your secret shame?