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Dizzying Intellect » 2009» August

You have to wearing something

Two completely unrelated tshirts that I like…

In case you wondered.

Misimagination

I first blogged about John Yettaw over at the Green Room (I know, I know. I need to blog more. I know.) back on May 7th. I raved about how fascinated I was with this whole bizarre story, and frankly, I’ve stayed fascinated this whole time.

But this is the first time I ever saw a picture of him.

Dude. He’s 53. (And actually looks a bit older.) Why did I completely assume he was going to be, like, 24?

Anyway, I’m glad he’s apparently coming home. And any good he’s done for the amazing, brave Aung San Suu Kyi — which I think he has, if for no other reason than American publicity — is just more power to him.

Beauty

I don’t rave about it as much as I do American Idol, but I kinda love So You Think You Can Dance even a tiny bit more than Idol. If for no other reason than because it’s so much more physical — but there’s also so much more potential emotion in it.

If you haven’t seen these, please trust me and watch. Not everyone gets dance, so maybe you’ll see it and get nothing. But maybe you’ll see something new. In any case, they’re performances that moved me.

Melissa and Ade - Tyce Diorio’s piece on breast cancer. This isn’t the version that aired on tv. It appears to have been filmed from the audience, and it’s a remarkable angle. If you can’t hear the music, turn it up and start over. It’s “This Woman’s Work,” and it’s worth it.

Unrelated, for those of you who are old enough to remember, how much does this sound like Marillion? (And the dance is lovely too, obviously. Love Ade.)

Finally, just breathtaking. O’Fortuna. And by far the shyest guy of the lot, proving that it really
is
the quiet ones.

“When you get old, these kids - they’re going to be running the country”

“He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or since,” Stein said on Fox Business Network. “It’s incredibly sad. He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. I don’t think anyone has come close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age.”

Ben Stein, on John Hughes.

And every word true.

Basics

Ok, this blog is turning into all bad news all the time.

I’m not sorry for sharing my crap days with you (it’s my blog and I’ll vent if I want to). But I am sorry for not showing up when things are going well, or at least neutral — it’s been a bad year — and letting you in on the good stuff too.

I saw this on the way home last night, and remembered to stop and get a picture today. It’s one of those digital billboards that have like ten different ads in rotation, so I had to park and wait for it.

How insanely cool is that?! Many thanks to whoever paid for that, or to the billboard company, if they did it themselves. Awesome.

damn it.

Did I mention we do cancer in my family?

Yeah.

My cousin Mike’s decided to stop fighting his, and go home.

His brother Bert did that a few years ago. I don’t understand and it makes me so mad I could scream. And yet, I don’t know that I wouldn’t do the same myself. Mike had prostate cancer last year, and then had surgery for bladder cancer a few weeks ago, and they thought they got it all. But the scarring caused an obstruction. The doc thought it could be solved with a strict diet, but they ended up opening him up again and finding that the cancer was back, and had spread.

So he’s giving it up. He’s got four kids. One of his daughters just got married a few weeks ago.

With all of the crazy experimental treatments right now, that are getting some people five, ten, twenty years. He’s going home.

When I was a kid, he used to play Piano Man for me, on the piano, and sing.

I love him.

I’m so pissed that I don’t know what to punch.

And I think maybe I ought to fly out, after his stitches are healed again, and play a round of golf with him while I can.

GOD DAMN IT.

Update 8/12: Wow. Mike died last night. That was… man, his mom said she didn’t think he had long, but that was so fast. He just sent an email a few days ago. That was so, so fast.

Me, me, me. Them. You.

I haven’t mentioned it on here, but many of you probably know from twitter that I’m a volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

And that same group of you also knows about the pit bull rescue. I don’t know how much this has made national news — I’m sort of in an echo chamber, here, and it feels like it’s not getting nearly enough coverage. The hsmo broke up a multi-state pit bull fighting ring last month, and it was the single largest dog fighting raid and rescue in US history. They rescued over 400 dogs, who had never known anything but fighting and torture and abuse.

I know that pit bulls have a terrible reputation, but if you’ve never met one in person, you owe it to yourself to do so. They are extremely affection-driven and will do anything for their beloved family — even if it means fighting to the death. This, in itself, makes the dog fighting “sport” obscenely cruel.

Perhaps the one benefit of this heartbreaking ordeal is the opportunity to prove to the public that these dogs aren’t monsters. Some of them have been bred specifically for aggression, but the vast majority of the breed has not. They’re just dogs, who want nothing more than love and affection, and a friendly face to lick.

If you have any way of helping us, please do. We need supplies and money to care for these dogs every day until their case is finished. (Amazon has amazing prices on extreme kongs — and you could buy three and get free shipping to the shelter! Or toss your old mismatched, unwanted bath towels in box and send it, that’s great too.) If you can’t give money or supplies, please contact your local government offices and encourage them to make stronger laws about dog fighting and animal abuse. And if you have the time, visit your local Humane Society and cuddle with a homeless pit bull for a while. I promise they’ll change your mind.