Oh, the education.

August 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Over the last half a decade it seems as if the administration has been playing 52 card pickup with the school’s future. Dress uniform days relocated thrice in that time, uniform dress codes oscillate like political polls, staff turnover is increasing (though this is likely due to the gutted housing economy in California), the million dollar hellion of a science building that stands – limps – on the outskirts of campus, a WWI style barrage of misguided drug talks, and not one but two conspiracy theorists (condoms & Zodaic) hijacked assemblies to reach the student forum. Whew.
As recent speaker, CNN honcho, Jonathan Klein, might agree: at least one equation seems balanced. The 07-08 assembly speaker roster is a great improvement on recent years. I’m not just saying that because Larry King’s projected face referred to me indirectly. Twice. The speakers’ fame however did not prove to be the tipping point. Klein’s presentation was “eh” (frankly any journalist could have delivered his speech) and the Q&A brief. Somers, Dallek, Rev. Kyle, and Cantus combined in a fairly well mixed cocktail of engaging and intellectual if not bearable assemblies. Cheers to that. And while I take issue with the standing ovations that have risen to follow those presentations this season, that’s for another article, another late out-fishing-for-topics night.

Leave the Starving to the Artists, Not the Art.

August 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For his exhibit in the Bienarte 2007 in Costa Rica, “artist” Guillermo Vargas Jimenez kept a captured dog chained under a sign “Eres Lo Que Lees” (“You Are What You Read”) spelled out in kibbles. The dog, which he named Natividad, was a stray. The exhibit was a response to what the artist saw as a desensitized population to the many dead and dying dogs (and sometimes people) that line the Costa Rican streets. Said Jimenez, “An animal becomes the center of attention when I put it in a place where people go to see art, but not when it is in the street dying of hunger.”

The dog’s fate is shrouded in internet backlash and exhibit cover up. In one article Jimenez refuses to disclose whether the dog was ever fed. The same article reports that the dog died during the exhibit (whether it was due to starvation is unclear). In one source the exhibit manager reports that Natividad was fed frequently and “escaped” during the night. Navitidad’s story went viral, causing incensed YouTubists to post videos of the exhibit and animal lovers to start a petition to prevent Jimenez from displaying his art at the Bienarte 2008.

Jimenez called the outraged reaction to his art the very hypocrisy he was trying to exhibit. Was it art? You decide.

Sources:
http://www.zootoo.com/petnews/starvingartisttakesonnewmeanin
http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2007/octubre/05/noticias/revista/219438.shtml

Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

August 19, 2009 at 3:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hooboy. Felicia Day, Jed Whedon, and The Guild webseries crew have plunked down on the internet yet another hooter. Their music video, “Do you wanna date my avatar?”, follows the same vein as the webseries, which involves a hodgepodge group of MMO players who are in the same guild online in a WOW-ish game. “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?” is pretty much what the title suggests – Felicia Day posing as her “WOW” avatar and luring the viewers into lighthearted hilarious sedecution (amongst fake falling coins and her “plus five two dexterity vest”).

The song will be stuck in your head for hours, trust me. The YouTube video is a great first view but please support The Guild cast and buy the song and music video from Amazon.com or your friendly neighborhood iTunes.

Music, Movies, Tv, and Holiday 2008 Coke.

June 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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A few film and music recommendations.

What I did on my summer vacation.

Film.

12 and Holding. 5 stars.

Directed by Michael Cuesta. 2005.

Directed by Michael Cuesta. 2005.

Anabella Sciorra

Marcia DeBonis

Conor Donovan

Zoe Wiezenbaum

Jesse Camacho

“After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a disfigured 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, hormones, and family dysfunction.” – IMDB

So many layers in this film that after the end you’ll want to watch it again for the brilliant acting and great story telling.

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An open letter to book publishers everywhere.

June 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear Publisher,

I’m someone who blows a lot of money on books. Books I buy because I’m in the aisle and on either side shelf upon shelf offers me hours of insight into a new world for $7.99. Those short sexy blurbs on the back like little black things seducing the reader to open the spread and jump right in. But, see, Publisher if you leave that little black thing out there’s nothing to entice me into bed. I have to thumb through the pages looking for a taste of what’s to come, reading the actual product which is like revealing whats in the box inside the box inside the box inside the box no unwrapping necessary. Continue Reading An open letter to book publishers everywhere….

Millie the cow suffers from Turrets Syndrome.

March 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Brought to you by YouSillyGoose comics and Microsoft Paint.

My great-grandmother is a zombie. There is no way to vanquish Alzheimers.

March 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Posted in health | 1 Comment

Last night while on the phone to my mother an image struck me of my great grandmother. She was pointing to the traditional M&Ms bowl she kept on her coffee table when my sister and I were kids. We called her Nanny and a visit to her house meant candy (naturally), card games, and small ceramic clowns that decorated furnature around the house.

She was a jump-roping woman even at the age of 80. Wrinkles in her eyes, in her face, in her hands. I have a picture in which I am about 6 and have covered Nanny, who is sitting peacefully in a chair, with beanie babies. On her head, shoulders, and lap beanie babies abounded.

I was lucky to know my great grandmother while she lived.

By the time I was old enough to appreciate how awesome my great grandmother really was, Nanny was diagnosed with Alzheimers. She had a heart attack when I was 12. Hospital visiting hours; this was the first time she forgot my name.

While her memory wasted away, Nanny’s spunk remained quite intact. My mother, sister, and I visited her at her daughter’s house (my great aunt). Nanny asked how we were getting home and insinuated that she’d drive us. My mother said, “No, Nanny you can’t do that.” to which my great grandmother responded “Don’t give me that shit Kathrine, where are my keys?” Continue Reading My great-grandmother is a zombie. There is no way to vanquish Alzheimers….

Here, have my belly button. Organ Donation.

March 17, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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So a belly button’s not exactly an organ, but you can have it anyway.

I’m officially a registered organ donor in the state of California. I’m a little unclear on the reach of the registry: if I die in state other than California does the donor registry still apply?

Currently in the United States one must opt in to become an organ donor. Usually this is done by checking a box when you get or renew your license. You can also go to organdonor.gov for information on organ donating. Almost all 50 states have state donor registries. This page lists links to state registries.

I believe very strongly in organ donation and think that the United States should adopt an opt-out policy, where at birth every person is registered as a donor with the option to remove their name from the registry at any time. Continue Reading Here, have my belly button. Organ Donation….

i recently discovered my disturbing inability to draw a frog.

March 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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the fuckit tadpole.

the fuckit tadpole.

i’ve a snuggie. now, for cultish doings.

February 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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My stepmom got me a Snuggie for Christmas. It’s a blanket with sleeves – or as some prefer: a bathrobe worn backwards. The snuggie is in the minority of late-night and early afternoon commericials selling “buy now and get X added for free!” products that made it big. How did a blanket with sleeves, originally marketed as a Slanket according to Wikipedia, make the jump from an absurd commercial to real life?

Good question.

This is a product whose commercial lauds it as a substitute for those pesky blankets that “tangle up your hands”  when you’re reaching for the phone.

Snuggies look more suited for couch potatoe cults, Halloween, sky diving. This parody commercial (of what they call the “WTF blanket” ) plays off the Snuggie’s wizardly structure.

When I tell people that I have a snuggie I get one of three reactions:

The WTF blanket: “I think you just lost status points.”

Hmm: “I don’t know how I feel about you having a Snuggie.”

Opposites Attract: “That’s so fucking dorky. You’re AWESOME.”

I’ve worn my snuggie on a few occasions. Ultimiately, it’s as a simple blanket. I don’t need the sleeve upgrade. It makes things complicated and now I sure as hell do get “tangled up”. At least it came with a book light.

My hallmates want me to wear it around town for a day. They want to document the day in a Snuggie. It has its uses.

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