Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm Back (For Just A Sec)

So remember when I said I was going to take up old-fashioned journaling? Check out what I bought today:




This. Is. PERFECT.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hiatus

I think I will take a hiatus from blogging and take up old-fashioned journaling. Maybe then my parents won't send me emails telling me I lack common sense and am impolite regarding what I post. Oh, and tell me that I should stick to funny stuff from now on.

Sorry my blog is so offensive and boring, readers. I think I have overstayed my welcome in cyberspace.

Adios, amigos, until we meet again.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Petty Jealousies

Would I be revealing too much of my pathetic nature if I confessed that I'm jealous that my friend is getting not one, not two, but at least three baby showers?

I'm not jealous about the baby aspect. Not yet anyway, I think I have some years left before that clock starts ticking. Mainly I'm just jealous that so many people want to throw her parties and buy her nice things. It's tough being the only single gal amongst your friends; no one throws parties for me. Boo hoo, woe is me. But that's not surprising given that, among that particular party-throwing crowd, the two most exciting things you will ever do in your life as a woman is get married and get pregnant.

Do you think I could fake a pregnancy and tell everyone the fetus (1) is a girl, and (2) has been diagnosed with Benjamin Button disease? Therefore, they should all buy adult women's clothes, say, size 10 pants and medium tops? It might work...

Snippets From The Day

Family of three at Starbucks

Mom: (Carrying shopping bag) We're going to have to have another kid to justify this expense.

Dad: (Mumbling) Spend $150 to justify a kid that will cost $10,000.


I don't know that amused me enough to post, but it did. They're a cute family. Little kids in glasses get me every time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Glenn Beck and Social Justice

I've been a little busy with finals and papers and stuff, so I haven't really been paying attention to Glenn Beck's recent comments until now. If you haven't heard, Glenn Beck urged his listeners to leave any church that preaches social justice.

It's incredibly offensive that this asshole thinks he has the right to direct (not just state his opinion, but direct) anyone how or where they should worship. But what is even more disheartening is the support that he's getting from a lot of Christians. I know, I know, Internet comments as a rule feature the absolute worst of humanity, but the comments after post at Christianity Today are incredibly depressing. (If you look for it, though, someone named Deborah Dessaso has a great comment in response to Beck's supporters.)

It is people like Beck and those "Christians" who are supporting his recent comments that drove me away from churches years ago. I still consider myself a Christian, but as my own personal beliefs evolved it became more and more clear that I did not fit in to any particular denomination. Personally, I think one of Christianity's biggest problems is the way that those of us who don't fit a particular belief mold are basically left to wander around on our own. At least in my experience, there's not a lot of room for dissent at church, unless you want to feel judged. (And as a Christian who drinks alcohol and doesn't keep the Sabbath, I feel plenty judged.)

What is particularly frustrating for me is how I have often felt like I didn't fit the mold, not because of what I didn't believe, but what I did. Every time I start to question if I really should continue to call myself a Christian, I remind myself of Micah 6:8--"He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" This is what I do believe. And to me, that includes "social justice."

I get very disillusioned with weekly churchgoers who do not (from outward appearances) adhere to this. In my view, every Christian should stop worrying about gay marriage, alcohol consumption, etc, and start trying to live up to Micah 6:8. If we all did that, I think the public perception of Christians would improve.

Which finally brings me around to my ultimate point here: public relations. I think that many Christians do not realize the damage they do to the Christian brand when they support ridiculous statements like the ones Glenn Beck recently made. Outsiders aren't paying attention to your finely-drawn distinction between the duties of the individual and the duties of a government. All they see are a lot of so-called Christians raising a ruckus over the radical notion that we are called to help those who are less fortunate than us. For a religion that holds evangelism as a fundamental tenant, this to me is absurd. Let's get our heads out of our asses, Christians, and stop letting Glenn Beck prove to non-Christians that we are just a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sha la la la la la

I'm sure no one cares about my feminism rants, but I'm back with another one. Remember when I said that if you f*ck with The Little Mermaid I'll f*ck with you? Round Two!

I'm sorry, but calling "Kiss the Girl" "one of the most disturbing anti-consent songs I've ever heard" is just plain ridiculous. It completely removes the song from its context. The entire point of the song is to get Eric to kiss Ariel so she can break Ursela's curse. Ariel wants him to kiss her. Sebastian is working on Ariel's behalf to try to get Eric to do what Ariel wants him to do! If there's any anti-consent going on, Eric is the one who is being violated!

Stuff like this seriously hurts the credibility of modern feminists, in my opinion. They are so caught up looking for the deeper meaning that they end up alienating people! I could find issues in almost every single movie or song out there if I completely remove it from its context, but that would be ridiculous! Come on, people.

I am also a little pissed that my comment on that post was (as of yet) not accepted for publication. Yes, that's right, Feministing moderates comments. I can understand why they do it because they get a lot of nasty comments from really awful sexists. But now I'm concerned that the moderating is being abused. If you don't agree, you're silenced.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Regretsy

This is not the movie to watch when trying to transition out of indigent criminal defense.

Damn it.

Gross Stuff

After classes this morning, I went to the little cafe area at my law school to buy a bagel and cream cheese for a late breakfast.

Half an hour after I finished eating it, the bagel and I were almost reacquainted with each other.

This guy came and sat down at the table I was at. Not a big deal as there is limited seating in the cafe area and I was taking up a four-person table all by myself. This guy caught my attention for a number of reasons: first, he smelled awful. Why is it so hard for some people to bathe on a regular basis? ESPECIALLY if you really, really stink? Second, he had what looked like cigarette burns all up and down the inside of his forearms. Third, he was carrying what looked like his groceries in plastic sacks. Just hanging out with his groceries. At the law school.

As if that wasn't weird enough, he goes to the microwave area and returns with this:

(Something very similar to that anyway.)

He had microwaved an ENTIRE package of Italian sausages for lunch. You guys, I seriously almost vomited right then and there. Not only did they smell gross, but I'm a former vegetarian who still does not (really CANNOT) eat red meat. I can't stomach the thought of it. I had to quickly get my things and get out of there before I ralphed all over the place.

Is that not seriously disgusting? One guy! FIVE big sausages! And he had some side dish he was going to eat, too! I still feel queasy just thinking about it...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Why Feminism Gets A Bad Rep Part III

There are some things in life that I hold sacred. Like Keanu Reeves. Or Sandra Brown category romance novels from the 1980s. Or The Little Mermaid. You f*ck with The Little Mermaid and I will f*ck with you.

Enter the comments to this post at Feministing. Now, I don't really have a problem with the original post. Yes, you don't have to look too hard at The Little Mermaid to find some feminist concerns. But I would suggest not looking too hard BECAUSE IT'S A CARTOON FOR KIDS. I would definitely suggest not looking this hard:

I always bring this up whenever we discuss the little Mermaid, but there was another 'click' moment for me in that movie, which is especially awful in the aftermath of the Haitian disaster -- the role of Sebastian, the miniature Haitian helper "crab." Disney has had trouble depicting issues of race and ethnicity all over the place, but in this specific instance, we see a French "chef" (i.e., colonial forces) trying to cook Sebastian, even going so far as to puff some flour on his face so that he turns white. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Disney for some reason wanted to make a mockery of the French colonization of Haiti, and I don't think it's any more of a stretch to say, good gorgeous that's awful.

Um, what? This is straight-up crazy talk.

This kind of thinking always reminds me of the people who are willing to believe wild and crazy conspiracies to explain something that has a much simpler answer. It's like the saying, "If you hear hoof beats, chances are it's a horse, not a zebra." I.e., Disney just wanted the cute little crab to have a funny accent (as many other comments pointed out).

Oscar Stuff

You guys! The Hurt Locker won Best Picture! That's so exciting, particularly for me since that was one of the only Oscar-nominated movies I saw. Guess I picked the right one to see, huh? (I can't really take credit for that, though. I didn't want to see it because I thought it looked too dark and depressing for the kind of movie I wanted to see that day, but I agreed to go with my friend who picked it out.) I was so pleasantly surprised by that movie; it is really good. I haven't seen Avatar (mostly because I have absolutely no desire to see it whatsoever, which I suppose was kind of true for The Hurt Locker, too) but I was really hoping that it didn't win. I know the Oscars really don't matter in the long run. But I'm still pissed about Crash beating Brokeback Mountain, what, five years ago? It's pretty rare for me to leave a movie theater (or finish a DVD) and think, "Wow, what a really great film." So when I do feel that way, I like for them to win. (Because it's all about me, obviously.)

As for the red carpet, I don't really know. There wasn't anything I particularly loved or hated. I thought Sigourney Weaver looked pretty hot, and the photos I've seen of Rachel McAdams were lovely, too. I love her.

What about you guys?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Morning Musings

Kind of an odd morning at Starbucks so far. First I saw fifty-some year old lady with (1) thighs so skinny and non-touching and (2) wearing workout pants so tight that (3) I could actually see her labia. Ew.

Then I just glanced up from my computer and made eye contact with this girl that, though attractive, bears a striking resemblence to the albino in "The Princess Bride."* Her eyes were really wide open like the albino's when he's in The Pit of Despair. It was a little jarring.

And yes, my time would be better served working on my copyright paper rather than people watching.


*In all fairness, this is probably because I just watched "Twelfth Night" and the actor who played Sir Toby was the same one who played the albino.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I Hate Technology

Dear Internet Explorer,

When I type "www.napster.com" into the address bar on my browser, that means I want to go to the Napster site. It does NOT mean that I want the Bing results of a "napster.com" search.

I don't know if this is just a fluke I'm experiencing today or a bigger problem. I suspect it's the former, because it's never happened before. And yes, I'm sure that I didn't accidentally type it into the Bing search box.

If it is the latter, however, I'm gonna be pissed. That's got to some kind of trademark misuse. Definitely domain name abuse.

I hate Internet Explorer. I really, really do. (Yes, I have Firefox.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Umm...

I haven't listened to the radio in a while, but my mom got me a nice new alarm clock, iHome, for my birthday, so lately I've had the radio on at night for a few minutes.

One of the stations I was listening to for a bit tonight features Delilah's syndicated show. Apparently Delilah wants to know what her listeners are up to because she just asked them to send her a video of "what you do at night with Delilah."

Do I have my mind in the gutter, or does anyone else think this miiiight not be the best idea?