Saturday, May 31, 2008

Matthew Yglesias withdrawal

So for the last 14 DAYS I have not read Matthew Yglesias's blog, an act which used to be as integral to my morning routine as eating a bagel with scallion cream cheese. This was started as a test of self-control and so far I am passing... barely. I have kept a log some of the my inner thoughts since then:

Day 1: Missing the educated liberal slant on the day's issues, but whatever I can get my fix elsewhere

Day 4: Early stages of withdrawal- the other blogs just won't do. My doctor tells me to try Ezra Klein, but it is too health care-y.

Day 6: Withdrawal starts to kick in. Having visions of occasional NBA content.

Day 9: Night sweats, need my fix of rants about the wonders of public transportation

Day 14: Full-on withdrawal, I am muttering to myself "Must have... assurances to libertarians that he's not a doctrinaire liberal... feed me... smug anti-gun-control posts"

But I'm hanging in there, just take it day by day.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day and New Fashion Options!

Despite my prep school background, it wasn't until I went to college that I realized that certain clothes were to be worn only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Now I scrupulously follow these unwritten rules, so I'm very excited that this Memorial Day weekend will allow to me to debut my Summer wardrobe- here are some highlights:

Friday, May 23, 2008

Quick Hits from Yesterday

I've been feeling the blog readership's temperature and it seems like content-dependent people out there are starving like Chinese peasants circa 1959. So here are two more quick hits from yesterday:

1. Yale Class of '50 guy telling me and Tom, "Now I would normally be alright with these two new colleges being built, but what's this Levin is saying about increasing the number of international students? I mean aren't Yalies supposed to be for God, for Country and for Yale?"

2. Tom suggested we start an information campaign about the evils of gifts like Gift Certificates and sweaters you're not sure the person will like, promoting cash as a better and more flexible alternative. Inspired by the NBA's pro-reading campaign, I suggested:

Cash is FUNgible

Flower Lady chat

Tom and I were up in New Haven as Emissaries of the Yale Club, and we were on our way to see Mr. Wrongway when we walked past the Flower Lady.
I paid the Flower Lady a dollar for a flower and asked her, "How you doin' girl, you still a meme?" She laughed and waved at me, but I'm pretty sure she understood. (p.s. I really did ask her this, Tom can vouch for me)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

CNN Content Part 2

More CNN content- this time it's in video form- Carville is defending himself in front of a judge in D.C...

Monday, May 12, 2008

CNN Content Part 1- a Scene

Setting: Motel off the highway in Myrtle Beach, SC (site of a Democratic Primary debate)

[Rhonda, a prostitute smoking a Virginia Slims cigarette, stands on the motel's terrace]

[Rhonda cautiously opens the door to room 203]

[REVEAL PEEK OF ROOM INTERIOR- S & M toys everywhere, whips, chains, ball gags, leather outfits]

[REVEAL AS DOOR OPENS FULLY THAT WOLF BLITZER is in the front of the room at the doorway. Wolf is completely naked except for a pair of argyle socks around his ankles]

Wolf Blitzer: Welcome... to the SITUATION ROOM!

Rhonda: Listen guy, it's 200 dollars for the hour. (looking around in disgust) It'll be an extra 100 if you want to use any of the shit in this crazy dungeon.

Wolf Blitzer: You mean the Situation Room!

Rhonda: Hey Beardie- in case you haven't noticed, we're in a Motel 6 off I-95.

[REVEAL LARRY KING sitting at a desk in the corner of the room]
[LARRY KING is wearing suspenders, a necktie, and a wife-beater. An old-timey microphone sits in front of him, with the cord dangling and unconnected to anything]

Rhonda (noticing Larry King): Why is this owly-lookin' motherfucker here?

Larry King: I'm an observer of the human condition. I take the bad with the good. Our guest tonight - this man has been described as "hung like Bernie Shaw in the old days"- please welcome Wolf Blitzer to the program.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


So a while back, I decided I'd try my hand at cybersquatting. When all the John Mark Karr hubbub was going on a while back, I snagged the domain name Realizing that the story was fizzling out for the moment, I decided I'd make its debut right when the story was getting HOT again. So with Karr mania sweeping the country once more, I hired Nosferatu to write - enjoy.

On another note, Finnegan has been blogging up a storm over at Check out this Finnegan-Wieseltier smackdown! I read every comment on that. Twice. Nut quote: "Uh, wow. Ontology is a subfield within metaphysics, numbnuts."