Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Funny Stuff



Salma Hayek's line at the end of this clip makes me laugh so hard. So funny.

Swine Phew

Sometimes I find out that I really take things for granted. Lately I've been noticing this in regards to medical and health issues. See, I grew up in a medical family. My dad is a nurse anesthetist, his two sisters are nurses, an uncle is a doctor, and my sister is a doctor now, too. For one or all of these reasons, I have always felt rather plugged in with it came to medical things. I've always been interested in medical things; that's probably why I became a science major in college.

So I am always, always bewildered when I meet people my age who are so ridiculously clueless about common medical conditions and facts. For instance, one of my friends didn't know what cerebrospinal fluid was (or at least, not that it was around your spine). Another friend who is pregnant with her first child apparently just recently became aware of an episiotomy. Is it just me, or is that something you want to know about before there's a child growing inside you? Then again, I knew about it, so maybe that's why she's pregnant and I'm not... (not to mention that she's obviously getting action and I'm not).

So this whole panic over the Swine Flu is annoying me as well. One of my friends thinks that you can get it from eating pork. I had to explain to her that influenza is a respiratory virus. And the panic? As we've all been told repeatedly, people in the U.S. are not dying of this in large numbers! Everything I've seen says that people respond well to anti-virals. WHY ALL THE PANIC? Good God. This is getting ridiculous.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lyric of the Week

Not only does your body bang,
But I miss the conversation, too.

-Jesse McCartney's "How Do You Sleep"

Jesse, I appreciate the effort to not completely objectify the lady of your dreams, but somehow it just didn't come across as sincere.

Hot Dawg

As my friend once pointed out, the character of Edward Cullen is absent for much of New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series. And that could be a problem, considering that the actor who plays Edward in the movie version, Robert Pattinson, accounts for probably at least 75% of the film's popularity. How are all the Edward fans going to deal with the absence of his handsome visage?

Oh, I think we'll manage just fine. Hot dawg(s).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Reason to Be Thankful We Don't Live in 1929 Alabama

"What would be a caress or a mere assault as between persons of the same or similar social standing would become of much graver moment as between persons of a different social status and of different races."  Richardson v. State, 123 So. 283 (Ala. Ct. App. 1929).

Or, to paraphrase, when a black man rapes a white woman, it's aggravated assault.  But when a black man rapes a black woman, it's merely simple assault.  Something tells me that this distinction wasn't enforced too much when the alleged rapist was a white man...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wait A Minute

I somehow got roped into attending an Easter play called "No Greater Love."

I'm wondering where the icebergs are.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Boom

I downloaded a Taylor Swift sing today.

Is the end of the world near?

Awesome

I just saw a bike parked downtown with a can of PBR in the water bottle holder.

I should have tracked the owner down. He just might be my soulmate...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Yet Another Zombie Post

Okay, seriously, this zombie book is amazing. Either that or I am easily amused. There is a scene between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth that probably would have made me cry with laughter if I had not been in a public place.

OMG

I'm on page fourteen but so far "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is delightful!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Feminise This

I am intensely annoyed by this

Although, to be fair, it's unclear whether Starkey is referring to history in general or the history of Henry VIII. If it's the latter, he has a point to some extent. Most people do known about Henry VIII because of his six wives. But is that necessarily because history has been "feminised"? Or is it because most people are woefully uninformed about history? I remember watching the movie "Amazing Grace" with a friend, and when William Pitt's character was introduced, she was astounded that I knew he would eventually become Prime Minister. Even after I explained that I took History of England for my history credits in college.

My point is, history is a mystery to many people. Robust characters like Henry VIII catch our attention much more than sensible characters like William Pitt the Younger. I'm not sure it is feminisation by female historians that is to blame for Henry VIII famous wives. (I'm particularly annoyed by the reference to Alison Weir. Yes, she wrote a book on the six wives of Henry VIII, but she also wrote an entire book about Henry himself.)

And if Starkey WAS talking about history in general, I think he could have found a more tactful way to get his point across. Because he comes across sounding like he has a problem with books about female historical figures, and that's concerning and annoying. I don't care if men were the ones with all the power--that doesn't mean the women's stories don't deserve to be told. Personally, I think part of the fascination with Anne Boleyn is that, despite her huge sexual influence over Henry VIII, in the end she was still at his mercy and couldn't save herself when his favor turned. Maybe Starkey doesn't understand that that is part of what draws us in. I take issue with what he says about Elizabeth, as well. So what if the Victorians thought she was a failure? I think her story is interesting if for no other reason that her father was obsessed with getting a son, but she turned out to be one of the longest ruling monarchs.

I'm not a historian, but I think that women like Eleanor of Acquitane (sp?) and Margaret of Anjou had an influence. And I care to hear about it. I fail to see how that is feminising history. But then again, I'm not a historian. Maybe there is something going on there in HOW the stories are being told. But even so, that comes across as rather condescending to female historians like Weir and Antonia Fraser, as if he's saying "You gals don't know how to get it right." Starkey talks about how he has a problem with ascribing modern values to history, but each historian ascribes their own values to the story they tell. Isn't there room for different viewpoints without implying that one is less accurate than another? Most of the historical accounts were written by men, so how can we be sure that THEY are accurate?

I don't know, I feel like I'm rambling now, but something about that just really rubbed me the wrong way.

News Flash

There is cabbage juice in my ice cream.

Red cabbage juice concentrate for color, but still. Cabbage juice. Ew.

Also, the second ingredient is "liquid sugar." I am intrigued, especially because I always refer to Smirnoff Ice as liquid sugar.

A Perfect Combination

I'm not very good at sticking to my convictions. I cannot diet as sugar is what I live for. I never keep up my gym attendence because there's always something more interesting to read or watch. I even succombed to reading books about vampires after squawking for years about how stupid they are. (Oh Edward Cullen, you changed so many of our minds...)

But one thing I have always held strong to is avoiding Jane Austen fan fiction. (Okay, I read part of one book my aunt got me for Christmas and I thought it was terrible.) I don't have anything against fan fiction, but there's just something so off-putting about people who think they are worthy of writing (and publishing!) about Austen's characters. Would I try to paint a companion piece to the Mona Lisa? No.

However, I bought this yesterday, and I'm pretty excited about it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Permission

If I ever do any of the following things, you have my permission to bitch slap* me:

1. Have so many children that I require a minivan or sport utility vehicle to drive them around.

2. Place stick-figure stickers meant to represent my family on the back of my minivan or SUV (yes, two bitch slaps will suffice).

3. Get a vanity plate that has "GRL" in it anywhere, such as "SEXYGRL," etc. No wait, get a vanity plate, period.

4. Buy a Yorkshire terrier and start wearing giant sunglasses to walk all over town in.

5. Date a Republican.

If I think of more, I will add them later.


* I'm sure this term has sexist origins, but I'm using it anyway because it gets the message across.