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Dizzying Intellect » 2005» November

Where did you hear THAT?

The Book of Daniel looks SO good.

And I predict its first and only season will last approximately 47 minutes.

Richard Parsons, phone your office

You know, I always really liked Jamie Foxx. Right up until today. You know what he had to say about the upcoming and long-due execution of Crips co-founder Tookie Williams?

“If Stan Tookie Williams had been born in Connecticut in the same type of situation, and was a white man, he would have been running a company,” Foxx told the AP when the film aired last year on FX. “But, born a black man who has the capability of having brute strength and the capability of being smart in the ways of the world, he’s going to get into what he gets into.”

What the fucking fuck? Because he’s black and he wasn’t born in Connecticut, it’s ok for him to be a murderer? Poor widdle Tookie.

That sure says a whole fucking lot for the million and millions of black men, born in Connecticut or Compton or elsewhere, who don’t kill people for a living, huh? And teach little boys that it’s ok to kill someone for their shoes? Or because they happen to be wearing red?

Not to mention the thousands of black men and women who ARE running their own companies. Companies that don’t involve “shoot[ing] a young man execution-style and mock[ing] the gurgling sounds the victim made as he lay dying,” that is.

Fuck Tookie Williams. May he burn in hell. And fuck Jamie Foxx too.

Wicked!

I just got back from seeing Wicked at the Fox. It was nothing like the book, but it was still excellent as a freestanding entity. Loved it. Loved the songs, the characters, the scenery. The Time Dragon was gorgeous and I wanted to steal him and hang him in my room.

And I had a front row seat. I knew it was the front row of the second orchestra, but I didn’t realize the first orchestra was going to have an orchestra in it. So I was literally as close as humanly possible without playing a viola or getting arrested. I bought the soundtrack and listened to it on the way home, and I actually like the voice of the girl I saw play Fabala, better than the one on the recording. Gorgeous voice.

Anyway, nothing like the book. You might as well tack a happy ending onto Hamlet. But still really exceptional. Just different.

Finito!

My Black Friday shopping is done. My tree is bought and up.

The guy made such a perfect fresh cut, it went up in one try. One person + a nine foot tree usually means at least twenty minutes of sweating and swearing, and that’s only because I have a lot of practice. This cut was so level, it took about five minutes from car roof to standing in the living room.

I actually called the nursery and asked them to thank him again for me. They think I’m nuts, obviously, but hopefully they’ll really tell him. (God knows he’ll have enough assholes saying the opposite in the next few weeks…)

Anyway, off to find the Xmas CDs…

p.s. I got a gorgeous wreath, too. You know how hard it is to find one substantial enough to hang on a fifteen foot door?

p.p.s. Yes, I’m an atheist. And yes, my tree’s up before yours.

p.p.p.s. two hours later - The house smells so good. I love this time of year! :o)

Even I rolled my eyes at #2

Top 11 Signs You’re Having Thanksgiving Dinner with a Geek

11. Dark meat is separated from white meat using a light probe.
10. Everyone mentions broadband, Linux or dual-core processors in their “I am thankful for…” speech.
9. A round of Counter-Strike: Source determines who gets to carve the turkey.
8. House decorated with plush microbes to celebrate the pilgrims bringing diseases to the new world.
7. Someone constantly keeps saying “The pilgrims had coffee, didn’t they?”
6. Plates have a heatsink attached to them so you don’t burn your mouth.
5. The cranberries are caffeinated.
4. Whipped cream for the pumpkin pie made with Dremel.
3. Three words: Lego gravy boat.
2. Pilgrim decorations have red hats instead of black ones.
1. The turkey is given the opportunity for a saving throw before being butchered.

Have a lovely holiday, folks.

“…I love magic.”

I went to the 9am showing of Harry Potter, obviously.

It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m one of the people that said “make it four hours and have an intermission” because I thought it couldn’t be done in less than that. It didn’t feel at all like 2-1/2+ hours, but it didn’t feel butchered, either. They just stuck to the main story, and did it beautifully. The special effects, needless to say, are fantastic. And Cho is freakin’ adorable. Her accent is so…. freakin’ adorable. It all just works.

And, 9am show on a schoolday = no kids. Primo.

If you have the opportunity to see it in IMAX, do so.

Barely at all.

Everyone’s heard, by now, about the guy who killed his 14 year old girlfriend’s parents and then kidnapped her.

I tried, but I just can’t let this gem go….

Stephanie Mannon, 16, said Ludwig and Kara Borden had been seeing each other secretly.

“Their parents didn’t approve of them being together” because of the age difference, she said. “It wasn’t because he was a shady character, because he wasn’t.”

No, clearly not.

Update 11/15:

[Kara's 13-year-old sister] Katelyn said she saw Ludwig shoot her father, and then ran into the bathroom, where she heard a second shot, presumably the one that killed her mother, court papers said. Ludwig then ran through the house calling for Kara, she told investigators.

See? Nothing shady here. Move along.

Animations

So neat.

The Real Tuesday Weld’s Bathtime in Clerkenwell - the song is brilliant, but the video is pretty amazing too. (And very cute!)

Interesting.

When she was at Wellesley College, Hillary Rodham was President of the College Republicans.

That’s an eerie thought.

I Want A New Drug

MERD | Panexa (Acidachrome Promanganate)

PANEXA is a prescription drug that should only be taken by patients experiencing one of the following disorders: metabolism, binocular vision, digestion (solid and liquid), circulation, menstruation, cognition, osculation, extremes of emotion.

Go read the rest, and ask your doctor.