Monday, September 26, 2005

Conversation of the episode

from Arrested Development...

(probably not EXACTLY, but well, you'll get the idea).

Talking about GOB's recently discovered son...

Michael, "Could it be, GOB, that this feeling that you’re feeling is ... a feeling?"
GOB, "I don’t know what this is. It’s not pain, or even hunger."
Michael, "Could it be that it is love?"
GOB, "No, Michael, I know what an erection feels like! This is like the opposite, like my heart is getting hard."

There were also hilarious references to Andy Grifith (Ron Howard narrating), and to "meaty leading-man parts."

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Thank you Dean Kamen

Is that how you spell your name? If not, I'm sorry. But thank you. I'm sure you didn't intend your really complicated, technically spectacular invention to be a tourist's mode of transportation in random cities. I'm sure you had loftier goals for this invention. And they are probably being realized elsewhere. But on Tybee Island, we had a great time on the off-road XT version. So, thank you.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ivy-Leaguers Staying Home

Here's an interesting critique of the article I posted earlier this week.


Off to here for a couple days. It may not be the nicest hotel in the world, but it only needs to have one thing to make me happy ... a beach out front. It does. I'm set.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Thank you, Erica

I have to give a big thank you to Erica for letting me buy her Keane tickets, so she could go see the Doves tonight. What a show! There are few bands or singers who put on live shows that illustrate how woefully inadequite recorded music can be (is). Well, CDs, actually. My dad has a reel-to-reel of Madame Butterfly that is the best recording I've ever heard of anything. I digress.

Turns out, Keane is one of those bands whose CDs do them no justice whatsoever. And I like their recorded music. But live. Damn. Just damn. The lead singer's stage presence is incredible. The band's presence as a whole isn't choreographed or contrived. Even the lighting is well-done. Their stage show is on par with some of the best, but they do it in places like the Tabernacle instead of Philips Arena (for now).

"Successful" Women

It seems that many women are deciding they want to stay at home with their children, even - gasp - women graduating from Ivy League universities.

First of all, I must put aside my initial reaction about best laid plans, especially those we make in college. After that, it's very interesting to see what's happening, at least anecdotally.

Thankfully, this is a balanced article. There are a couple of folks on one side who seem to believe that the definition of success for a woman can mean many things. The president of Princeton, for instance:

For example, earlier this month, Shirley M. Tilghman, the president of Princeton University, welcomed new freshmen, saying: "The goal of a Princeton education is to prepare young men and women to take up positions of leadership in the 21st century. Of course, the word 'leadership' conjures up images of presidents and C.E.O.'s, but I want to stress that my idea of a leader is much broader than that."

She listed education, medicine and engineering as other areas where students could become leaders.

In an e-mail response to a question, Dr. Tilghman added: "There is nothing inconsistent with being a leader and a stay-at-home parent. Some women (and a handful of men) whom I have known who have done this have had a powerful impact on their communities."

But this one in particular is my favorite:
"They are still thinking of this as a private issue; they're accepting it," said Laura Wexler, a professor of American studies and women's and gender studies at Yale. "Women have been given full-time working career opportunities and encouragement with no social changes to support it.

"I really believed 25 years ago," Dr. Wexler added, "that this would be solved by now."

Permit me to build a straw(wo)man...
This quote says so many things about the way people with this view see the world. To them, how a woman chooses to raise her own children is not a private choice for her to make. Let's not even talk about this being a choice she would most likely make with her husband. How dare a modern woman view this as her own choice. Anyone notice something interesting here? I'm guessing that Dr. Wexler screams from the rooftops her support for a woman's right to choose many other things in her life. Once she becomes a mother, though, she no longer has a right to her own private decisions?

Or is she saying that these women are brainwashed by our patriarchal society and, therefore, incapable of making their own decisions? If so, who should overrule a woman's decision to stay at home with her children?

She also says there are "no social changes to support [working mothers]." I wonder when was the last time she worked in corporate America. Any guesses? I know of many organizations that strive to keep women onboard once they've had children. In order to do this, they build lactation rooms, and they implement teleworking and flexible scheduling policies. They offer more maternity leave than legally required. They understand that these women are contributors they don't want to lose. So companies do what they can to keep these women. I work for one of these companies. Many of the mothers that have come back to work after maternity leave haven't done so because of financial need. They love their jobs and our company, and our company makes it possible for them to be both successful mothers and salespeople, programmers, and customer support reps - to name a few.

And finally, Wexler hopes this "would have been solved by now." First, she assumes that women choosing to stay at home with their children is a) a problem and b) something that women are forced to do. I'd also be interested to know what exactly Wexler has done to create a solution for this problem that so disturbs her. Maybe she's not a very good women's studies professor if she hasn't been able to teach even the smartest women (students at Yale, for instance) that being a stay-at-home mother is clearly the wrong decision.

link via Wall Street Journal Best of the Web Today.

You got people coming at you from the front, from the back, from the side, at the condiment exchange; kids on bikes

Reality Bites is the 90s' Breakfast Club, no? It probably lines up more appropriately with St. Elmo's Fire, the whole post-college adjustment thing, but I was more into Breakfast Club than St. Elmo's Fire. So I'm feeling the Breakfast Club vibe. Can't really explain it, I guess.

Is it wrong that I want to not go back to work from lunch because it's on AMC right now. Damn, college was fun.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Feeling posty tonight

Stretchy Kitty

The Other Show

My other show started tonight. Great, bizarre humor, as usual.
George Sr. is a Blue-Man
GOB has a son
Kitty is off her post-pardum meds after 32 years

Favorite line so far...

When asked why she has stopped taking drugs for post-pardum depression 32 years after her youngest son was born, Lucille answers,
"Mood altering drugs lead to street drugs, according to a handsome doctor on the Today Show."
Michael, "Mom, that was Tom Cruise."
Lucille, "Oh, they said he was some kind of scientist."

I'm Oscar is the website Oscar started in prison to convince people that he's not his twin brother George. Anyone recongnize that inmate number?

What did I learn this weekend?

That frat boys at Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn can buy seersucker shorts in orange (pardon me, that's melon).

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Politicians Suck

Many despicable things happened before, during, and after Katrina. This is one of them.

From The Agitator, as usual.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

As Usual

Radley Balko says it best.

Everyone is screaming about what the government didn't do for the victims of Katrina. But the real tragedy is what the government - local, state, and federal - did do. And that is stand in the way of those willing and able to help.

In his column, he also points to a fantastic visual presentation of why exactly the government cannot possibly respond quickly or appropriately to, well, anything, actually.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Working late

To say the least, I'm working late tonight. This is not usual for me, but this is a funny situation. I have been slammed at work lately. Spinning the wheels, ggetting lots done, but not getting anywhere. Well, I'm taking tomorrow (today in three minutes) off, but there is one item I wan't able to do today before I left for a dinner engagement with family. So, here I am - typing up meeting notes. I just absolutely don't want to do any work on my day off. Well, not after I wake up in the morning, anyway. There's plenty to be done around the house, and errands to be run.

Anyway, just felt like posting.