29 September 2011

Failure on Civil Liberties

I've been saying this for two years, but nobody paid attention. Why doesn't anyone listen to me?! Anyway, a liberal writer (Turley) in a liberal paper (LA Times) is calling Obama, former liberal darling, to account for his flagrant failure to follow through on his campaign promises to reverse previous administrations' policies that may be damaging to American civil liberties. Turley concludes that continuing Democratic support for Obama in the face of his repeated assaults on liberal values amounts to nothing but a personality cult. OH SNAP! I'm not one to count Mr. Obama out of the 2012 presidential race at this juncture, but when his once-slavish acolytes are now raking him over the coals, his chances are looking ever dimmer.

Technology again

It's great to be able to blog on my phone but now I can't think of anything to write. Technology isn't an end goal; it's only the means to an end. Humans will never become obsolete because they provide the telos.

11 September 2011


I'm blogging. While at the zoo. Just because I can. Mind-blowing.

I'm in the reptile house and it's bedlam in here.

08 September 2011


Got an app.

Joined 21st century.

And there was much rejoicing.

06 September 2011

10 Day "You" Challenge: Three Films

Candace is doing a daily meme that requires lists on a daily basis. I'm joining in the fun rather late, as she's already at #3 and it starts with #10. I might play catch-up, but for now, I'll list three films that I love (or enjoy).

1. Legally Blonde - I despise cheesy romantic comedies with inane plots and dialogue, unlikeable characters, etc. You know the kind of movie, churned out by the dozens and often featuring repeat offenders such as Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, or Julia Roberts. I have my idiosyncracies, however, and I'm allowed an exception to my rule of loathing. Legally Blonde is my exception. I love that movie, because it transcends its genre in a way that few films do. It's fresh and funny enough that I can watch it again and again, and some of the dialogue still cracks me up after all these years. One time I said "My hair's so now" and my sister automatically knew what I was quoting. Reese Witherspoon's fantastic performance is part of what really makes the movie. My one little complaint is that I find Luke Wilson 100% unattractive and unappealing, so I really wish they had found someone handsomer and more compelling as the male lead.
2. It Happened One Night - I'm doing a random sampling of movies I love, but this might make a list of my top ten favorite films of all time. What can I say? It's a classic, and if some of the elements (e.g. runaway bride, wisecracking newspaper reporter, flirty banter, upending of class/social conventions, to name just a few) seem cliched now, it's only because It Happened One Night did it first and best, and all those other movies copied its successes. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert won Oscars for their roles, and they're more fun to watch with every viewing. If you've never seen It Happened One Night, give yourself a treat and see it soon!
3. Ball of Fire - Since I've wandered into the light comedy camp, I'll just stay there for my third pick. Ball of Fire is another classic rom-com, this time with deft performances from dependable performers such as Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, ably assisted by a whole host of some of classic Hollywood's greatest character actors. What do you get when you mix a houseful of nerdy professors with a nightclub performer on run from the police? This movie! And when you add some gangster shenanigans, conga dancing, and a high-speed chase? More of this movie! A lot of the fun focuses on linguistic research, so clearly this is a crowd-pleaser, folks. But don't take my word for it. See it!