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Monday Notes

Remember Charles Victor Thompson, the death row inmate who escaped from prison? In case you missed it, he walked right out the door:

Thompson fled the Harris County Jail late Thursday, using a smuggled set of clothes and a fake identification badge to get past the guards.

His escape resulted from "multiple errors" by jail personnel, Martin has said.

Well, yes. But what's bugging me about this case is that no one -- at least no one white -- has to my knowledge made any remarks about this man's race. Stating the obvious here, but don't you think this successful attempt at escape was made possible by Thompson's whiteness? Not that I'm arguing for equal opportunity escape from prison, but still, I didn't want to let it slide by without comment.

Speaking of escaping from prison, the following was the best line in tonight's Prison Break episode:

Mob boss Philly Falzone, to Michael: You get elliptical with me for one more second, and I will cancel you.

That'll come in handy for conversations with Jonathan.

Biopics I want to see: Walk the Line and Capote (though I realize that's not a biopic proper).

I just got Halloween IV from Netflix today, and I'm going to see what all the fuss is about.

Enthymematic reasoning, Aqua Teen style

Turkitron: Is that a taco pie?
Meatwad: Mmm-hmmm.
Turkitron: Taco pie?!
Meatwad: I added food coloring cause it's a holiday, but it turned black because I added all the food coloring I had, and I ate this butter straight out of the tub, cause it tastes good. There's a reason behind everything.

From The Dressing. You can actually listen to this snippet (.mp3) at Aqua Teen Adventures; I highly recommend it.


The title of the post comes from a show I used to watch all the time on Nickelodeon to unwind, a show I wish were available on DVD, but there doesn't seem to be much support: Muppet Babies. Another show I wish were on DVD: Living Single. That one might have a chance.

On to other TV: Sunday night was the season premiere of The Simpsons. Tonight was the season premiere of House, and I was all over it. For those who haven't seen it, I can bring you up to speed butt-quick. The main character is Dr. Gregory House, a complicated and ornery diagnostician who works in a research hospital with several young doctors. In every episode, a patient comes in with an unexplained ailment. The doctors brainstorm to diagnose the condition as it rapidly worsens. They usually come up with an initial diagnosis and administer treatment that either only treats the symptoms and not the underlying problem or actually makes the illness worse. The patient is often lying about something related to his or her mental health, sexual activity, or family medical history, and the doctors always figure out the real problem when the patient is at death's door and save him or her just in time. Oh, and this season House's ex, played by Sela Ward, is on the show, and though she's married, sparks still fly between them. Now you're ready to start watching.

Next week is the season premiere of Lost and the series premiere of Chris Rock's new show, Everybody Hates Chris, and the week after next the season premiere of Alias (who is Michael Vaughn, really?!). And not directly TV-related, but the day after the Alias premiere, Serenity hits theaters!

Am I the only one watching Prison Break? It is GREAT, and I hope it doesn't suffer the fate of those other shows I was the only person who loved, like Platinum and Jake 2.0 (well, obviously given the link I'm not the only one who loved that).

There's a reason I don't have cable.

I hate TV

I hate not having cable. No, wait: I hate the fact that television stations have been ignoring the hurricane disaster since Bush's speech earlier. Here's what's on TV right now where I am:

Ch. 2 (public television): Clifford (that red cartoon dog)
Ch. 4 (CBS): Dr. Phil
Ch. 5 (ABC): Ellen
Ch. 9 (FOX): Montel Williams show
Ch. 11 (NBC): Access Hollywood
Ch. 23 (WB): some cartoon
Ch. 29 (UPN): Yes, Dear

It's driving me nuts.

Special Cookie Day

In honor of Special Cookie Day, I have Pepperidge Farm Double Chocolate Chunk (Dark Chocolate) cookies, which I'll heat up for ~10 seconds in the microwave before eating and enjoy with the end of season 2 and beginning of season 3 of The Sopranos. Someone got me hooked on it, gah.

It's going to be a good evening.

Jumble of links and thoughts

I'm in Alabama until Saturday, and while I've been working at the library here, I've also been watching too much vapid TV and too many movies (we're talking stuff like Bubble Boy, Eulogy, and Wet Hot American Summer). So I have to hit the books, course preparation, dissertation, everything when I get back. But for now, a fluff post with no interparagraphic transitions whatsoever.

Proposals are being sought for a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on Technical Communication in the Age of Distributed Work. It's going to be great once it comes out, very forward-thinking.

Note to self: I want to use the famous Margaret Mead quotation: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" in my syllabus for the class I'm teaching this summer. [Edited to add: Does anyone know what the original source for that is? I hate not having a specific page number or date/place, if it's a speech.] It's called "Group Process, Team Building, and Leadership," and it centers on work done in small groups. It's also one of the courses that fulfills the Citizenship and Public Ethics theme requirement, and usually teachers require students to do group projects on local issues, which I'm very excited about, as this will let me try out a modified version of that city writing/finds research process that Jenny and Jeff talk about. I have lots of ideas already, and a while back I used the new-for-OSX-Tiger built-in news aggregator in Safari to set up a folder of feeds from all the local publications I could think of, so that's helped a lot.

At Jonathan's insistence, I watched the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. People are shocked that I'm such a science fiction geek but I've never seen those movies. I'm already seeing Star Wars' influence on other movies and series. For example, Data on Star Trek: TNG reminds me a lot of C3PO (telling the captain the odds that some act of derring-do won't work, social ineptitude, etc.) and Moya's pilot on Farscape even reminds me a little of C3PO as well. I must see episodes 1, 2, and 3 now.

I finally created a Flickr account, and I'm wondering why I didn't do it months ago.

Check out this cool Drupal ad for the Free Software Magazine!

For anyone who was scratching his or her head about the relevance and import of the work that's being done on silence (see also Cheryl Glenn's Unspoken), this op-ed piece should clear it up for you.

Am I, like, the only person alive who had never heard of The Red Hat Society until the other day? All the stores around here have Red Hat lady merchandise -- red hats, of course, purple clothing, ceramic figurines of red hats, purple socks with little red hats embroidered on them, etc. Cookie jars, even. I saw the cover of one of the books from far away and thought, hey, that looks like an interesting Linux user/developer group! Seriously though, I told the manager of my local yarn store that they should offer special knitting classes for Red Hat Society women and classes for friends and family of Red Hat women in which they could knit red hats and other red and purple stuff as gifts for them. She thought it was a great idea. I hope they do it; I want to do anything I can to support locally-owned businesses.

My Comic Effort

ComicLife is addictive; at least for me it's going to be, I can already tell. I'm actually late for a dinner for Cristina because of this fool thing.

One day my comics might be as good as Collin's. Not today.

Here, have some links.

Last night I watched the Oscars, well, not so much watched them as had the show on in the background while I did other stuff, such as a bit of live commenting at Chuck's. Crooked Timber also has a good wrap-up of the Oscars, but today I found a funny (Oscar-inspired) post from Joe. My. God. in which Joe lays out "a list of movie genres that [he] will never see again." Ha! It's great.

I just noticed that the December 2004 issue of Meow Power is out. Of particular interest to me was Tough and Tender, Buff and Brainy: A New Breed of Female Television Action Hero Blurs the Boundaries of Gender by Diana Dominguez. Two examples of this new breed of hero discussed by Dominguez are Aeryn Sun of Farscape and Sydney Bristow of Alias. Is it any wonder that article jumped out at me?

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