things you should know

    Or you can watch her in action.   Or you can read her words in plain text: There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the [...]

Slow News Day

Have you ever seen mean comments left by irate YouTubers for people who videotapes the television as a show was going on and uploaded the footage of that onto YouTube? "Hey loser. Why are you taping your own TV and then put that on YouTube?!"   I am a loser so I take pictures of [...]

I suspect that you have been seeing this picture popping up on your Facebook and/or Twitter stream this week. I did. Like you, I had a visceral response to it. FUCK YEAH! Was exactly what I said to the monitor as I responded to the plea on Facebook "This was an ad made by bodyshop. But Barbie [...]

Source: I saw this cartoon via Paul Rieckhoff today.   My 13-year-old is working on a debate project for school. His topic? Support for Death Penalty. (He has turned in a written article against death penalty last week. The teacher wants them to be able to argue from both sides for the topic they are [...]

National Jukebox

Did you hear about the National Jukebox project unveiled by the Library of Congress earlier this month? When I heard it on NPR, I was so excited I almost crashed my car into the truck with a Calvin peeing sticker in front of me. The National Jukebox is, according to NPR, "the largest collection of [...]

This paragraph from A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award (ETA: AND the 2011 Pulitzer Prize!) for fiction, is one of the most hauntingly vivid descriptions of a marriage that I have ever read. At the same time the description sounds clinical, meticulous, it strikes me [...]

Things You Should Read

Instead of reading my blog, here are two things I came across today that you should read over the weekend: From the New York Times, A Gay Former N.B.A. Player Responds to Kobe Bryant, by John Amaechi, who in 2007 was the first NBA player to come out. We have all heard that Kobe called [...]