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This stands for Bullets of Random Crap:

  • While flipping through the channels, I caught a bit of Hardball. I was quite surprised to hear former senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) say of abortion, "I've always thought that women should have this right, and furthermore, I don't even think men should be allowed to vote on it." Geezalou, that is downright radical feminist!
  • Okay, this is new to me: Blogger Reaction to Libby's Indictment, links to posts collected by The New York Times. I wonder if they're going to start doing this for other stories? Or if they're thinking about following the Washington Post's and Newsweek's lead and displaying Technorati's data to direct readers to posts about given stories?
  • I got a haircut today, and I am liking it a lot. Those bangs are almost grown out.
  • I'm on a couple of curriculum development committees this semester, and I have a new appreciation for what administrators have to do. Curriculum development is a BIG job -- making decisions about majors, enrollment minimums, minors, tracks, specialties, having to balance research, teaching, and the needs of students and of future employers of students, asking questions like, "What kind of student do we want to produce?" and then having to answer them and come up with a plan on how to get there, dealing with diverse levels of student preparedness and having to take into account courses taken at other institutions in the case of transfer students, etc., etc., etc.
  • The job search is immensely stressful. Let's just leave it at that.
  • I'm going to watch Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied now. It's comfort TV (see above). You should, if you haven't already, listen to her Crank Yankers phone calls.

The Needs Meme and the Lego Meme

The first, via Badger and Wolfangel. Do a Google search for [Your first name] needs:

Clancy needs to go deeper into their minds (totally)
Clancy needs a new publisher/editor for sure if someone is pressuring [her] ... (more like, I need a publisher in the first place)
Clancy needs to hone up on actual writing skills before [she] fires up [her] imagination again (probably right)
Clancy needs [her] daily nap (Boo! Hiss! I can't go to sleep in the middle of the day.)
Clancy needs more rigorous editing. (gulp. Again, probably right)
Clancy needs you to save the world...again. (yes.)
The book nears 1000 pages and Clancy needs all of them to make [her] complex narrative come together but [she] pulls it off brilliantly. ... (well I hope I pull it off brilliantly! But there's no way my dissertation's going to be ~1000 pages.)
Clancy needs no introduction. (doubt it.)
Clancy needs to get the laser eye surgery (yes, I'd love to be able to see as soon as I wake up in the morning, but I'm still skittish about the long-term effects.)
Clancy needs to do a better job of supervising [her] ghostwriters (Ssshhh! I'm trying to keep that on the DL!)
Clancy Needs to Stop Lowering the Boom (yawn. Is this one a song, movie, or what? I've heard it before.)
Clancy Needs a Break (If only I could get a break from my own mind, which is stressed out on an epic scale right now.)

And here's how I'd look as a Lego (also via Badger):

What do you look like in Lego?

Friday Jack Russell Terrier Puppy Blogging

Look at the whole set.

Things that have made me cackle with glee today

Using the F-word and being proud of it, published in the University of Minnesota's student newspaper!

New 5ives, especially Five revelations from Rene Descartes’ LiveJournal:

  1. He used to be into Emo, but now he thinks it’s “kind of gay”
  2. He’s thinking of getting a job next summer
  3. He totally blew the math quiz on Friday
  4. He’s frenched three times now (and one time got a little tit)
  5. He’s using a Bob Marley icon some dude made

Adorable father-son moments with Steve and Alex and Mr. B. and Pseudonymous Kid.

Why have I had a splitting headache for two days straight?

Changes in the weather
11% (5 votes)
Going a little overboard with the bug spray when I saw that yellow jacket flying around my desk
5% (2 votes)
The MLA job list
34% (15 votes)
Not getting enough sleep
7% (3 votes)
Not drinking enough water
20% (9 votes)
Not drinking enough coffee
11% (5 votes)
Not getting enough exercise
0% (0 votes)
Onset of the cell phone-related brain tumor
11% (5 votes)
Total votes: 44

INSIST upon a pony!

This afternoon's used book store shopping led me to a lovely find...a companion piece, perhaps, to one of the blogosphere's greatest hits.

Back cover below the fold:

Quiz time

I am Dr. Herbert West, from "Reanimator."
I'm right. You're wrong.

Which Random Cult Movie Character are you?
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For no good reason

The 1983 Solid Gold Dancers:

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