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Dizzying Intellect » 2007» June

Seriously?

Isaiah Washington is calling Shonda Rhimes (of all people) on the race card.

Keep digging that hole, man. I admit to having liked Burke, before the storyline with Yang played out to exhaustion, but at this point, I’d be pleased as punch to see you never work again.

My mistake was thinking black people get second chances. I was wrong on all fronts,” he said.

His unwillingness to act like a submissive black at work was part of the problem, Washington said.

“Well, it didn’t help me on the set that I was a black man who wasn’t a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn’t speak like I’d just left the plantation and… go around saying `Yessah, massa sir’ and `No sir, massa’ to everyone.”

Oy. Apart from what he’s saying about Rhimes here, which is absurd to the point of obscenity — that says a whole lot for (the insanely incredible) Chandra Wilson, too, right? Anyone else imagining Dr Bailey beating the holy living hell out of him right now?

In The Know

Ok, I’ve been pointedly ignoring the whole Chris Benoit thing.

I was a bartender for a long time, and for a largish chuck of that time, I was a bartender in Atlanta. I worked with a lot of bouncers, and I adored almost all of them (really, only one big exception). Being an underdressed, pushy broad who doesn’t readily back down from a fight, I probably owe a few of them my skin.

The one I hated left, and joined whatever the hell the big Ted Turner-based pro wrestling organization is/was in Atlanta. WCW? He was already a roided-out dickhead, so it was no shock. But he took a bunch of my other nice, protective boys with him, and all (except one) of them also became roided-out dickheads. That pissed me off. So I have no pity or patience with the sport or the men, or the women who tolerate their… roided-out dickheadness (which doesn’t include their poor little boy, obviously).

Ok, that was a tangent. Anyway.

I’m un-shunning the Benoit story because this is just freakin’ creepy.

An anonymous user operating a computer traced to Stamford, Conn. — home to World Wrestling Entertainment — posted an entry to pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s biography on Wikipedia.org announcing the death of his wife Nancy at least 13 hours before police in suburban Atlanta said they found her body along with her husband’s and that of their 7-year-old son

The posting reads: “Chris Benoit was replaced by Johnny Nitro for the ECW Championship match at Vengeance, as Benoit was not there due to personal issues, stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.”
[emphasis mine]

Thirteen hours before they found the bodies. And the user’s computer was local to a big wrestling organization. My first thought: did he write it himself? He was in Atlanta, obviously, but if he used their network, he could have their IP. Or did he tell someone?

Either way? Seriously creepy, and way, way morbid.

Re-shun.

MacGyverism

1 International Space Station + 1 space shuttle + 1 25-inch telescope + 1 digital camera + kids on the ground = So Cool

Hatshepsut Identified?

Eeeee!

Egyptologists think they have Hatshepsut’s mummy

Not a new find, actually, but a new identification of a mummy that was found in 1903, and then again in 1989 (I’m not sure how that part works).

The archaeologist, who asked not to be named, said the candidate for identification as the mummy of Hatshepsut was one of two females found in 1903 in a small tomb believed to be that of Hatshepsut’s wet-nurse, Sitre In.

“It’s based on teeth and body parts … It’s an interesting piece of scientific deduction which might point to the truth,” the archaeologist said.

I’ve been obsessed fascinated by Hatshepsut since I learned about her in an Egyptian Art and Architecture class in college. She was technically the king, not the queen. It wasn’t like European royalty, where the queen could either be the ruler or the consort. The pharaoh was an incarnation of the god Horus, and she was the pharaoh, herself.

Her successor removed almost every picture and sign of her name from the entire country. Seeing and walking thru her temple in Egypt was the most exciting part of my time there. Yes, I’m a geek. You knew that. This is so cool.

Update: Proven with DNA!

No Envelope Required

Huh. I just sent my Senator an email. I’ve never done that before.

It was surprisingly easy. There’s an email form right there on his website. Don’t know if it will do any good, obviously, so maybe I’ll write to the other one now…

Update: I got an email back from my congressman. It’s probably a form letter, but still. Neat!

Beauty on Film

If you aren’t watching Planet Earth, you really should be.

I know, I know. Oprah said it was good. Pretend that didn’t happen. It really is good. It’s absurdly, almost painfully, beautiful. The painful part coming mostly from watching such amazing things, that you know you’ll literally never see with your own eyes. Things like dolphins hydroplaning on top of the water to catch fish in water too shallow for them to swim. Slow-motion night-vision footage of bats drinking from cactus flowers. They had a team of videographers who spent a year in Antarctica, so they could film the entire life cycle of Emperor Penguins.

It shows no mercy or prejudice. Sharks eat seals, seals (weirdly) eat penguins, and penguins eat fish. And there’s reliably at least one totally humbling oh my god moment per episode.

It’s on Animal Planet on Wednesday nights. If you don’t watch tv, record an episode and watch it when you have time. You won’t be disappointed.

Fair To Whom?

So I’ve been hearing about the Fairness Doctrine all day. Apparently some people are trying to get it reinstated, even though it was abolished in the 80s for violating the first amendment.

Do you know what this is about? The left has found that they suck at talk radio (I have no horse in that race. I can’t even stand a DJ talking between songs, much less ALL talk). Instead of accepting the fact, and their multi-million dollar losses, and finding a new niche (and they’re obviously hugely successful in many - not the least of which is blogging), they want the government to step in and help them get a foothold.

The incompetent are just as deserving as the talented, right?

These are the same people who are constantly telling the federal government to get out of their lives. The government shouldn’t decide whom you can marry, and god forbid they try to touch your uterus (which I entirely agree with, but on a different principle), but as soon as things get tough, big government had better be there yesterday to fix it.

Can someone please shut up Ayn Rand’s ghost? Her screaming is starting to give me a headache.

Injustice!

Just when I was hoping that someone would pay me a million dollars for driving drunk. Dangit.

It could be like that episode of WKRP, but with a Bentley. Think it over, NBC.

Touchdown

Woohoo! They’re down safely and home, at Edwards AFB. And now I remember the answer to #2 below. It was 14 days ago.

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I had to laugh at this picture, by the way, because that’s exactly what my hair would be doing.

Fashion Foibles

Fug fans: This might be the greatest scroll-down fug, ever.

Cute, cute, cute, CUTE, cu… huh.