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In journalism, you must be prepared for anything.

Mar. 5th, 2008 | 06:01 pm

This is a photo from today's New York Times:

There is a part of me that looks at this photo, and laments the end of the analog era in journalism, the era when newspaper men wore fedoras, kept a Lucky Strike perched on their ear, and took notes with notepads, dammit. Those days have passed us by, and now the digital recorder has become the more popular (and unbelievably easier to use) form of recording interviews. With ease comes less reliability, and it is always best to have backups. This can be done by using more than one recorder. Its a good idea--after all, one must be prepared for emergencies. But perhaps this phenomenon is being taken too far? Please note the woman on the right.

Five recorders? In one hand? And one more in the left hand? That seems excessive. I highly doubt that all of those recorders belong to that woman, but I must wonder why she has to hold so many.

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Don't ask me how I found this

Feb. 19th, 2008 | 09:10 am

Aged 104, Hitler's favorite cabaret singer returns home for concert

In the long, embarrassing history of dubious honors, "Hitler's favorite singer" ranks pretty close to the top. From the sound of the article, it seems like this guy was comfortable being the apple of Adolf's eye. Yikes. But that's not my favorite part. No, my favorite part is the revelation that at his most recent concert, the audience included protesters...and "a few Neo-Nazis."

Now, I don't pretend to know what exactly it is that makes Neo-Nazis tick. But I was reasonably certain--until I read this article--that when asked what types of music they like, most Neo-Nazis would not respond with an enthusiastic, "Cabaret!"

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Feb. 15th, 2008 | 01:02 am

Please oh please oh please, let there be Lego Nazis...

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Am I Missing Something Here?

Jan. 7th, 2008 | 12:53 pm

Apparently Juno is now a runaway hit, and more and more I'm seeing a lot of praise being heaped on the movie and the screenplay. Problem is, I didn't really like the movie. I really did not like the screenplay. It seemed like somebody cut off all the worst parts of independent movies and stitched them together to create a hip, sarcastic Frankenstein's monster that wears Chuck Taylors and listens to Iggy Pop. And people are falling for it. Or, I might be out of touch. Am I out of touch?

Don't answer that.

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"Let's put a smiiiile on that face!"

Dec. 28th, 2007 | 03:52 pm

Sorry that I haven't written in so long, but I just found out that this "writers strike" I keep hearing about only applies to screenwriters, not all writers. My bad.

I wanted to share the most recent cover of Parade magazine, featuring Katie Holmes, who judging by her expression in this photo was miscast in Batman Begins and should have been given a shot at playing The Joker. Sorry the pic is so small, its the largest I could find:

"See to them, you're just a freak. Like me!"


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Oct. 6th, 2007 | 11:16 am

You know, you think you're well-read musically and have a pretty broad catalog, and then someone gives you Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order.

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She will be missed. And by "missed," I mean "not missed."

Oct. 4th, 2007 | 08:42 am



Yes, Whoopi Goldberg has retired from acting. Sadly, she is retiring "to concenrate on her broadcasting career," so this doesn't mean we're rid of her completely. However, if this means less Whoopi Goldberg, it can only be a good thing.

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New Blog

Sep. 25th, 2007 | 11:39 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to introduce What Looks Good?, my new food blog.


Check it out.

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Changes are underway

Sep. 24th, 2007 | 10:35 am

Just a quick word to say that I have been inspired to create a new blog, which is currently under construction. It'll be devoted only to food and food-related news, and I'm not sure yet if this means I will abandon IN OTHER NEWS, since the gimmick is now old and I am much more passionate about food than about recycling weeks-old links and making silly jokes. More details will come when the first few posts are up.

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Adventures in Antiques

Sep. 21st, 2007 | 11:54 am

Yesterday my Material Culture class took a field trip to Charlotte for some hardcore museum-hopping: the Spencer Transportation Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South and the Mint Museum of Art. It was at the Mint where I spied this beauty in the Winterthur gallery:

This is called a Sucket Fork, and it was "a utensil used to eat food that might otherwise stain the fingers." Such as sucket, otherwise known as "sweetmeats," whatever those are. There is nothing funny about that. However, there is something funny about the way you can say this object's name, like the way one of my friends said it: "SUCKET, FORK!" This caused my to start giggling like a sixth grader, and inside an art museum, too.

This is one of those examples of "its not what you say, its how you say it." Another example, from Zach Galifianakis: "She had a crack baby." Versus: "She had a crack, baby."

Here endeth the lesson.

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