Monthly Archives: September 2011

Today’s moment of snark…

… comes via the District of Columbia.  I would have never thought of using license plates for government sponsored protest against another government but I guess they really wanted to make a statement.

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Monday morning musings….

Words I never would have thought I would hear in actual conversation: “Then I used a moles to cups conversion….” The Red-Headed Menace, discussing his determination of the chemical makeup of Bisquick.  Yesterday’s quote of the day: “I’ve figured out … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

From Contagion: “Blogging isn’t journalism, it’s graffiti with punctuation.”

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Fifteen second review: "Contagion"

Go. See. This. Movie.  It’s a horror flick with next to no blood.  I haven’t been this filled with adrenaline after a film since Cloverfield. It will also make you very careful about washing your hands, much the way Jaws … Continue reading

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Well, I could do that, I suppose….

Me, after a frustrating morning dealing with the Red-Headed Menace: “Throttling children is wrong.”The Resident Shrink: “There are species that eat their young….”

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9/11, ten years on.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Helen Keller They who can give … Continue reading

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Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

The Musee d’Orsay is currently holding an exhibition called “Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde.” Pre-Raphaelites, Whistler…. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy…. How much would a plane ticket to Paris be? Think I could get … Continue reading

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How to tell you’re an art snob

One way is when you look at your son’s Art of the Western World book, which he is reading for AP Modern European History, and try to determine how many of the paintings and sculptures you have seen in person.  … Continue reading

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To state the obvious, on this day ten years ago, the world changed. There are many stories of that day of terror and loss, and heroism and hope.  None of them are mine.  I experienced the day the same as … Continue reading

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The fact of the matter.

Damning facts are still facts.   Steven C. Holtzman* Truth is difficult. Truth can be slippery, subjective, and in a larger sense unknowable. Facts, however… Once again in Facebook I am confronted with people with whom I share political views on … Continue reading

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After all, it *is* 5:00 somewhere…

I am trying to unravel a problem with my email program and GMail.  Looking things over, there is a chance that I — no, my mail program, without my freaking permission — may have been accidentally sending my intermediate drafts … Continue reading

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Role models

One of the books on last year’s Entertainment Weekly’s “Top Ten Nonfiction Books for 2010” is a book, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, the subject matter with which I have at least a passing familiarity.  Among other aspects of … Continue reading

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