Monthly Archives: November 2007

Fred Astaire – fashion and dance

Dandyism is having a Fred Astaire festival. By the way, this isn’t news, but Rita Hayworth is a goddess. She makes tap dancing sexy.

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How to shop for effect

“According to Hsee (1998) – in a paper entitled “Less is better: When low-value options are valued more highly than high-value options” – if you buy someone a $45 scarf, you are more likely to be seen as generous than … Continue reading

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Excessive tree love in Glendale

“The report also said some of the trees were worth as much as $100,000. I’d like to go on the record as being in favor of trees, but if the Collards really have more than $1 million worth of trees, … Continue reading

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Wow, this guy Shepard Fairey is shameless

“Most well known for his ‘Obey Giant’ street posters, Shepard Fairey has carefully nurtured a reputation as a heroic guerilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be. Infantile posturing aside, Fairey’s art is problematic for another, … Continue reading

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That light is not a frieght train

“Maria Ortiz’s civic awakening began when her husband fired a pistol into their front yard to ward off a gang member who had insulted him. “Jose Ortiz hailed from a mountain village in Durango, Mexico, where residents were sometimes forced … Continue reading

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I like to think I’m smart enough to understand Harper’s Weekly

But maybe not. “Citing Schrodinger’s cat, cosmologists speculated that humans’ observation of dark matter, beginning in 1998, might bring about the premature destruction of the universe.” Harpers Weekly, November 27, 2007 “One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A … Continue reading

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So much to fear, so little time

“It was Keynes, too, who anticipated and helped prepare for the ‘craving for security’ that Europeans would feel after the three decades of war and economic collapse that followed the end of the Gilded Age. Thanks in large measure to … Continue reading

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This just in! Humanity does not exist!

“In the early 1980s, Gray, who teaches European thought at the London School of Economics, was the most capable defender of Friedrich von Hayek as a social philosopher rather than just a propagandist for free-market policy. But he later became … Continue reading

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Pope Rat can do the right thing

Or not. “In Iraq itself, we have succeeded in destroying a formerly prosperous and secular country, and creating the largest refugee problem in the modern Middle East: 4m Iraqis have now been forced abroad. “Elsewhere in the Middle East, the … Continue reading

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Elevating Homelessness

Now, here’s a novel solution: KROB 2007 Winner (Via BldgBlog: ” A project by Brendan O’Grady/nocturnal design lab, suggesting what an inhabited billboard mast might look like.” Also see this. Y’know, I’d take a shot at living in these if … Continue reading

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The Big Rat hates working class people

“Lori Condinus already knows which way Tuesday night’s Anaheim City Council meeting will go, and it won’t be her way. But that doesn’t mean she won’t be there to lobby for a doomed housing project in Anaheim’s resort district. “‘We’ve … Continue reading

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Has the LA Times absolutely nothing better to do?

“Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and television news reporter Mirthala Salinas have ended their romantic relationship, two sources familiar with the situation said Friday. “Months after revelations about the affair damaged the mayor’s political standing and devastated Salinas’ broadcasting career, the two … Continue reading

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I’m just blogging this for the Keynes quote at the end

“As for what I wrote in 1996: the world looked very different then. On one side, Social Security projections were much more pessimistic than they are now, basically because the projections assumed that the 1973-1995 era of very slow productivity … Continue reading

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More fear, more terror, and ever more stupidity

There has got to be a better way to fight the war on terror: “In the UK: “A man who had gone into a diabetic coma on a bus in Leeds was shot twice with a Taser gun by police … Continue reading

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Greed and stupidity still big in LA County agencies

This could take awhile to fix. The entire County apparatus will have to evolve to a higher level. An entire generation might have to die of natural causes before anything gets better in LA County. Am I kidding? Even I … Continue reading

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How to see nothing that’s verrrrry far away

“Detecting nothing—even when it’s 1 billion light-years wide—is not easy. It took observations of radio galaxies, temperature, and a bit of conjecture. Lawrence Rudnick, the astronomer who led the team that found the void, was studying data from the Very … Continue reading

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Happy whatever you celebrate this week

Tiny Little Division

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“And They Cook, Too” in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

“When Ginger Mayerson heard that an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale had hit Pakistan in October 2005, she immediately wanted to help. “Ms. Mayerson, a writer and blogger who lives in Los Angeles, knew that aid workers from … Continue reading

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Is your heart as big as your vocabulary?

FreeRice.com, as seen on Snopes.com

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Lawdy, what does Facebook think it’s doing?

“Well, what my friend Ari discovered is that some of the personal details listed on your Facebook profile aren’t things that you listed, or things that you even knew were listed about you at all. In fact, they’re details about … Continue reading

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Hey, kids, it’s cruel and unusual and sick and twisted State sanctioned punishment for y’all

When most 14-year olds are worried about their grades, Antionio Nunez must be living every waking moment in utter terror: “The issue is being litigated in court. Last March, two criminal defense lawyers filed a petition for a writ of … Continue reading

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New Homeless program in LA

“Los Angeles County supervisors are poised to approve a program that will identify the 50 most vulnerable homeless people on downtown’s skid row and move them within 100 days into apartments with readily accessible support services. ~snip~ “The county has … Continue reading

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Meet your governor…suddenly

“So I’m at work, right? And preparing a post on LiveJournal as I am want to do during business hours. I was editing a post for my writing journal when I sense someone sort of standing over me (across from … Continue reading

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This is going to be even uglier than I thought

“Yet the Giuliani campaign springs back after every wound, like Rasputin. I admit, it’s making us nervous.” ~snip~ ”What’s more, voters I talked to didn’t particularly care that Romney has done some serious flip-flopping. “‘”Don’t they all?” said Loraine Battey … Continue reading

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My kind of movie review

“If you opt for the extra D version (or maybe 2 extra D’s, I’m really not sure how many D’s there usually are) be ready to sit with some hard core geeks. I saw geeks of all ages and genders … Continue reading

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Tell it, Barbara!

“What this means is that even the very rich cannot escape into their own little bubble of purity and excellence, of ‘haute’ this and ‘haute’ that. Ride around in a limo and you still have to sit in traffic created … Continue reading

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Y’know, those paper things you hold in your hand and, um, read

In honor of the Writers Strike, I thought now, as a public service, would be a good time to announce the publication of a collection of gay cuddle porn edited by moi.

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Support the WGA

Or this guy will be your boss someday: (Via Liz, chez Siva)

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Don’t forget to get your (drive through) flu shot

“Instead of fast food, it was fast flu shots Friday for hundreds of motorists converging on drive-through vaccination clinics at community colleges in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “At Moorpark College, about 100 cars idled in the morning chill, snaking … Continue reading

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Kos in the MSM

“I beg your indulgence, as I state the excruciatingly obvious. If Markos Moulitsas challenged even one significant aspect of ‘conventional wisdom,’ if he dared to question one critical element of what the Establishment itself regards as essential truth, he would … Continue reading

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