January 2007 Archive

I can hear you even through earplugs. Plus, follow-ups.

27 January 2007, 1:20 pm
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On the T on my way home last night there were two young women in enormous parkas. One was doing something that was a little too subtle to really qualify as a pole dance per se. The other was wearing headphones and vocalizing very loudly, monotonally, and repetitively with a raunchy song on repeat.*
It sounded […]

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tag, i’m it.

23 January 2007, 7:07 am
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via The Shy Turnip:

Each player of this game starts with “6 weird things about you”. Each person who gets tagged needs to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things as well as clearly state this rule. After you state your 6 weird things, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged […]

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book report: David Schickler; Kissing in Manhattan

15 January 2007, 8:11 pm
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I’ve tried several times, unsuccessfully, to write about the fiction of Jonathan Carroll. It’s even difficult to articulate why it’s so difficult for me to write about Carroll. I’ve studied his technique and themes enough to learn something about them, but those easily-isolated surface attributes don’t explain Carroll’s bewitching power. This book — something less […]

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new year’s resolutions: buy nothing days

14 January 2007, 1:43 pm
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I’m infuriated by the official U.S. Buy Nothing Day (read about it at Wikipedia, Adbusters). The organizers promote the day after Thanksgiving — i.e., one of the biggest shopping days of the year — as a good day to try to get people not to buy anything.
I think this is the same run-before-you-crawl error […]

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a muggy summer evening. in January. in the Northern hemisphere.

6 January 2007, 3:18 pm
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Look, I understand statistics at least as well as the average bear. I’ve been reading some, using this National Weather Service climate statistics tool.
For example, from the most recent “Record Event Report” (Select “Record Breaking” under “Recent Conditions” in the left navigation bar) I learn that:

1005 PM EST FRI JAN 5 2007
AT 247 PM. . .A RECORD […]

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Healey vetoes bike bill; Summervillain infuriated

6 January 2007, 12:11 pm
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I was initially tempted to consider Kerry Healey’s veto of “An Act Relative to Bicycle Safety” a parting shot of willful malice, but reading her note, it seems clear to me that it’s the result of cluelessness and incompetence: Healey thinks of bikes as a means of recreation, not transportation.
Given the price and environmental impact […]

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book report: Peter Dickinson; The Seventh Raven

2 January 2007, 6:07 am
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An illustration of the power of context:
Lately I’ve been writing quite a bit about fantasy novels marketed to young adult audiences (probably to the dismay of many readers, but that’s beside the point for now). I was on the Amazon website perusing lists of people’s favorite young adult novels, and in a list with a […]

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