Some quotes from poems, for your enjoyment on this Chipotle Thursday.
"For us, there is only trying. The rest is not our business."
- T. S. Eliot, "East Coker"
"Never try to trick me with a kiss
Pretending that the birds are here to stay"
- Sylvia Plath, "Never Try To Trick Me With A Kiss"
"I am everywhere,
I suffer and move, my mind and my heart move
With all that move me"
- John Berryman, "The Ball Poem"
"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
— Kahlil Gibran,"The Prophet"
"If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me."
— W. H. Auden, "The More Loving One"
"But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
— William Butler Yeats, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"
"We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest."
- William Butler Yeats, "A Dialogue of Self and Soul"
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Some quotes from poems, for your enjoyment on this Chipotle Thursday.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Guy #1: "That's some sweet swine flu going around. Gotta catch me some of that."
Guy #2: "Yeah it's all the rage."
Guy #1: "Totally."
Guy #2: "Don't think it's quite a pandemic yet though."
Guy #1: "Yeah, it's just a demic."
And people wonder why I can't find someone to date at work.
Friday, April 24, 2009
That's right, once again it's Good News Friday!
I don't think I could possibly top Ryan's old-school clip from everyone's favorite SBTB moment.
So instead, I will share a few things that always cheer me up!
1) 1000 Awesome Things. I just discovered this site today, thanks to GalaDarling. At 1000 Awesome Things, every day is Good News Friday. As in, they literally have the same mission Ryan and I have with instituting Good News Friday. Read this excerpt from a recent post:
"We started up 1000 Awesome Things a few months back as a tiny getaway from this everyday. It’s just a brief escape from the downpour of bad news and sad news raining upon us, and I’m just some guy trying to remind myself of the simple things in life. Together we help create a place where unemployment figures, gun crimes, and rising sea levels sit backseat to wearing underwear just out of the dryer, the other side of the pillow, and old, dangerous playground equipment."
Yeah. Sounds about right. And AWESOME. Enjoy.
2) Stuff from when I was little. Yesterday Ryan sent me a clip from Kids Incorporated, and frankly it made my day. Stacy was always my favorite one, and I found out yesterday that Stacy is the person we now call Fergie. I had no idea! Check out this clip. Look through the related clips, too - you'll also find a bunch of other fun celebs on that show, including "Love Hewitt," who we now call Jennifer Love Hewitt. See, cool stars didn't only come from The Mickey Mouse Club.
3) Overheard in New York. I know I've talked about it before, but this really is a hilarious site. As my great aunt used to say, "who has more fun than people?" Just read a few - it will make you laugh and hopefully contribute to your Good News/Good Mood Friday.
4) South Park. I just recently got into South Park, and now I watch it every week. I've also been going back to watch all of the episodes I've missed over the years (you can watch every episode ever aired at SouthParkStudios.com.) But lately South Park has really been on its game. For proof, watch this week's episode, "Fatbeard," whose description reads, "Cartman's dream of living the life of a pirate will come true, if he can just get to Somalia." It's good stuff.
5) F*ck You, Penguin. I know I've pimped this before, but I read this site every day, and every day it makes me laugh. A great one of late was from last Good News Friday, about the blowfish.
6) Someecards.com. It's addicting. That's really all that needs to be said.
7) OK GO: On Treadmills. One of my favorite videos ever. Always makes me smile. Please enjoy:
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Every personality test I ever take tells me I'm an INFJ ("Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging), which is usually called "The Protector," "The Sage," or "The Confidant." I've pasted in the description below. It's right on.
You can also read about the 16 personality types for yourself here. If you want to read more about my personality type to try to figure me out (haha) you can go here. Or, you can read about what I should be doing with my life based on my personality here. I guess I'm in good company, with Nelson Mandela, MLK Jr, and Mother Teresa. Great. No pressure.
Do you know what personality type you are? If you do, leave it in the comments section below.
"INFJ: The Protector":
"As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.
INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions. They believe that they're right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves - there's always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don't believe in compromising their ideals.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.
In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not.
The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is pretty cool. Bohemian Rhapsody, played on old school computer equipment.
Atari 800XL: Lead piano/organ sound
Texas Instruments TI-99/4a: Lead guitar
8 Inch Floppy Disk: Bass
3.5 inch Harddrive: Gong
HP ScanJet 3C: All vocals
No effects were used. And these are not instruments, obviously. (Well, okay, "Texas Instruments" but... you know what I mean.) Which means some of this is a bit out of tune or slightly off-rhythm... but, um, who cares, this is freaking awesome.
Well, I learned today that some people really really hate the font Comic Sans. I don't disagree. It's a ridiculous font. As someone in the clip below said, "Pretty much anybody under the age of 8th grade could use Comic Sans effectively, but that's about it." Never has a truer word been spoken.
Don't believe me that people have so much hate and rage against the silly font? Check out this Wall Street Journal article. Or this website, bancomicsans.com, whose "about us" page says:
"We are summoning forth the proletariat around the globe to aid us in this revolution. We call on the common man to rise up in revolt against this evil of typographical ignorance. We believe in the gospel message "ban comic sans." It shall be salvation to all who are literate. By banding together to eradicate this font from the face of the earth we strive to ensure that future generations will be liberated from this epidemic and never suffer this scourge that is the plague of our time."
Yeah, see, like I said. People really hate it. For more, check out the great video below. I especially like the clips of the college students.
In other font news (yeah I like fonts, what of it), the documentary Helvetica is one of my favorite documentaries. If you haven't seen it, check it out.
And now, Comic Sans. Enjoy:
Comic Sans from Sam and Anita on Vimeo.
(PS, thanks Today on the Interwebs for alerting me to the movement against Comic Sans.)
Monday, April 20, 2009
This charming video has been floating around on the web today. It's a quick reading of a new children's book called "Blueberry Girl," written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. The book was originally written for Tori Amos' daughter Tash (she is Gaiman's goddaughter). Gaiman is the author of books like Stardust, The Dangerous Alphabet, and Anansi Boys.
The book is really a wish for little girls, that they have a happy life. I'm going to repost the same section that BoingBoing did, because it really gives you a taste of how touching the book is:
"...Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen;
Let her have brave days and truth.
Let her go places that we've never been;
Trust and delight in her youth.
Ladies of Grace, and Ladies of Favour,
And Ladies of Merciful Night,
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl,
Grant her your Clearness of Sight.
Words can be worrisome, people complex;
Motives and manners unclear.
Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right,
Free from unkindness and fear.
Let her tell stories, and dance in the rain,
Somersaults, tumble and run;
Her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep,
Let her grow like a weed in the sun..."
And now, the reading. Please enjoy:
So in case you didn't know, I have been fascinated of late by the articles about Columbine which tell us that the facts are actually different than what we've thought for the last 10 years. My journalistic mind can't resist finding out the details. I'm desperate to learn as much about it as I can, and so I set my DVR to record today's Oprah, for the first time in my life.
However, a friend asked me earlier today what I DVR'd Oprah for, and in trying to send her a link from Oprah's website that explained that she was running a special today on the truth about Columbine to commemorate the 10th anniversary, I realized the website's description of today's show sounded nothing like the teaser I saw on TV last night. Confused, I checked my Google reader, where I saw this post from Jezebel, and then I proceeded to visit Oprah's Facebook page, where I saw this status update:
"To Our Viewers: I decided to pull the Columbine show today. After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers. Today, hold a thought for the Columbine community. This is a hard day for them. --Oprah"
What do you guys think of this? Obviously I haven't seen the show she was going to air today, but I question the wisdom of pulling the Columbine show altogether. I know Oprah isn't exactly a Serious Journalist anymore, but the fact that what we're finding out about Columbine ten years later is completely different from what we thought we knew seems like something important to cover on the 10th anniversary of the shootings.
I realize that I am overly fascinated by the minds of serial killers, mass murderers, etc (mostly because I find them impossible to understand) -- and probably unhealthily obsessed with movies and articles and news coverage about these occurrences. But I also am an advocate for knowing the truth of a situation. Do you think doing a show about what really happened glorifies the killers too much, which, it turns out, is just what they wanted? If so, why wouldn't Oprah do a show with a more balanced focus, partly about what we didn't know about that day and partly about the survivors and where they are now, kind of like what the Today Show did this morning? Why cancel it altogether?
I think it's worse to pull the show. I know Oprah is just one woman, but she is a powerful woman who determines the discourse for a lot of people in this society. In my humble opinion, it's easier to prevent something like Columbine from happening again if we truly understand what happened. That it wasn't just simply the kids' parents, or Prozac, or the trenchcoat mafia, or the jocks in school, who were to blame. That a parent had called in a concern a year before the attack. That these kids were making enough bombs to blow the school to bits (as well as parents, journalists and cops who would have gathered outside), because that was their intention (the shootings were a backup plan), and that if they had more money or better directions, they probably would have succeeded. These are facts that the demographics who watch Oprah while kids are down for naps need to know. I find Oprah pulling the show to be questionable at best. But I could be totally off base. Include your thoughts in the comments.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Also, another clip for Good News Friday. The theme song to Zoobilee Zoo, which was my favorite show when I was little.
(PS: Zoobilee Zoo was only one of the shows I was obsessed with when I was little. A few more that come to mind right away are Today's Special, David the Gnome, Gummi Bears, Tiny Toons, and of course, Kids Incorporated. I could go on and on and probably list a million more, but I am now heading to a "block party" at my Very Grown Up work. :) Enjoy.)
Ryan and I were talking today about how all the bad news we've been reading is really bringing us down. We sorta wish there was a "Good News Friday" (Ryan's term), where all the news that was reported was positive. Well, no day but today, right? Here is a video for you, in honor of Good News Friday. Have you seen it?
It's a video of 200 people dancing in a Belgian train station to "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music. (The best part is when the song turns to hip-hop... very cool.) You can't help but leave this video happy. (I actually found it really touching.) I know it was a publicity stunt for a reality show to cast Maria, but it doesn't even matter at all.
Why do people love this video so much? Salon and HuffPo describe it best.
Salon: "They managed to punch right through my cynicism and show me that good things are still out there and there are good people in the world...In a small way, I have a deeper understanding of what it is to be human because of the actions of 200 fellow humans in a train station in Belgium."
HuffPo: "The producers chose the exact right song: one that harkens back to our childhoods, but also recalls Maria's unabashed upbeatness in the face of evil. We're in a global economic crisis, America's fighting two wars, there's genocide in Darfur, AIDs running rampant, and a pretty good shot that we could all be killed by bird flu in a year or two. We need this video."
So go forth and be happy on this beautiful sunny day. With jam and bread.
A few notables from the week:
1) Ashton Kutcher officially racked up a million followers on Twitter, beating CNN in the race to the top. (Which makes sense, considering the fact that only 6% of CNN's audience uses Twitter. But. Regardless.) He's the first Twitter user to gather a million followers. (Take that, Guy Kawasaki.) And so now those one million people (myself included) get to read updates from Ashton. Tweets like this one, from Easter: "I hope I can make it home without braking into these bad boys. I love candy." ... (yeah, "braking") ... great ... I mean, don't get me wrong, I love him, but I have to say I think his million followers have been Punk'd.
2) In other Twitter news, I am now following Anderson Cooper. Mmmm. 360 indeed.
3) Speaking of Twitter... in light of the epic "#AmazonFAIL" that happened this week, and considering that the actual fail was the way Amazon handled it (or didn't), AdAge's Abbey Klassenn explains the best way to weather a Twitterstorm. Motrin, Amazon, Dominos, countless others... in the age of social media, brands need to think about this stuff.
4) Dr. Denny explains a few things this week. First, why cable should stop bleeping out profanity. F*** yeah. Also, perhaps more importantly, Denny shares some poignant insights on why in order to save themselves from extinction, newspapers should hire more journalists, not fire them. Good ol' Denny. He's always right.
5) USA Today explains that the story we all know about Columbine didn't actually happen that way. Ten years later, we learn some startling details, like the fact that the perpetrators weren't bullied or on antidepressants or in the trenchcoat mafia after all, we learn that they had planned a much more elaborate terrorist attack on the school that would have killed thousands had they been more adept at making bombs, and we learn that they weren't targeting jocks or blacks or Christians (and in fact didn't shoot a girl for saying she believed in God, that never happened) - they were actually just trying to kill everyone. There's a lot more we've misunderstood for 10 years, too -- definitely read the article. It shows how media hype can sweep up a story and make a run for it, never to return until 10 years later when some people decide to write books.
6a) Scarlett Johannson joins Kate Winslet on my list of awesome celebrities. Why? Because she wrote this op-ed for HuffPo in response to trash mags who are constantly talking about her weight. A snippet, for your reading pleasure: "How are we supposed to view articles highlighting celebrity cellulite and not sulk in the mirror, imagining a big red arrow pointing to various parts of our bodies? The media has packaged for us an unhealthy idea that one must suffer loss, be in the middle of a nervous breakdown, feel pressure from friends or coworkers, battle divorce or have a bitter dispute with an ex in order to get into acceptable bikini shape... I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these 'articles' and decided she wasn't going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could 'crash diet' and look like Scarlett Johansson."
6b)Also, in related stories, see this article on RedBook's retouching of Faith Hill (from 2007). Crazy.
6c) However, for some good news, check out Elle France's no-makeup, no-photoshop issue. Yay!
7) Johann Hari says you are being lied to about pirates. Argggg.
8) Switched says that a lot of hackers are actually organized terrorist groups. Great. Just great. Where's Jack Bauer when we need him?
9) GalaDarling explains that the reason you might have been experiencing "mixed messages, insanely indecipherable behavior & strange incompatibilities" in romance lately is because Venus has been in retrograde. Phew, I thought it was just because NYC guys are assholes. (Okay, let's be honest, that's actually why.) Regardless, today at 3:35pm (east coast time), Venus is going "direct" again, so we're back in the clear. Further down in the post, Gala offers some good suggestions for starting fresh. Who knows, maybe I'll make a corkboard this weekend. Thanks Gala!
10) Also, Facebook just put its new 'governing documents' up for a vote on the site. You have till the 23rd to vote. In the meantime, read this article - "Do you own Facebook, or does Facebook own you?"
11) Two videos of late feature celebrities making fun of themselves. Gotta love that. The first is a skit from SNL last week, when Zac Efron was the host. He makes fun of High School Musical. (How could you not???) In the second video, Lindsay Lohan pokes fun at herself by making a hilarious mock eHarmony profile. Love ya, Linds.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
In case you didn't see it last night, this week's South Park was my favorite episode of the season (which has been pretty awesome in general). It made fun of Kanye West, and it was brilliant and hilarious. I watched it at 10 and then stayed up so that I could watch it again at 12.
Watch it for yourself at Prefix: "South Park Parodies Kanye West"
And here's Kanye's response, via his blog. Oh Kanye. :)
May 25 is Geek Pride Day, just so you're all aware. Start getting your festivities in order. :) I just found this out today, which got me thinking that I haven't posted a Daily Geek in a little while. Here are a few things for you to ponder:
- The origin of the term "debugging." Pretty cool.
- The first ATM card "skimmer" has been spotted. Terrifies me.
- A 90s-style flow chart. Love it:
- The tshirt I bought yesterday (but this is the boy version and mine is the fitted girl version):
- This elephant has body image issues thanks to the media:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
A few treats and tidbits of the day from across the internet:
1) 'Fair and balanced' internet ethics?: A Fox News writer is in trouble for posting on the company blog about the new Wolverine movie (which I can't wait to see in theaters!), which he illegally downloaded. Busted.
2) Mrs. Ashton stops internet suicide?: Did you hear the story about how Demi Moore supposedly stopped someone from killing herself thanks to Twitter? According to Switched, you don't have the full story. Although Demi Moore did respond, "Hope you are joking" to the tweet that was clearly a cry for help, a whole bunch of other Twitter users traced the user and called the local police authorities in her area. If you believe that what actually stopped the suicide was Demi's tweet alone, you've been Punk'd.
3) Big Brother is still taking over the world: That's right, Google is at it again. According to Mashable, they're adding a new feature to search such that when you type in "food" it will GPS your location based on your IP address and return results plotted out for you on a map, without you having to type in your location. Pretty sweet feature... but pretty creepy. Adding to my Google paranoia for sure.
4) What if science in real life was like science on TV?: This is a great comic from PHD Comics that answers that question:
5) And also, Toothpaste for Dinner likes coffee as much as I do:
Well, now I feel bad that I made fun of Canada in my last post. (Well, okay, not that bad. They're asking for it.) Because my boss was in Canada last week (she's from there), and today she brought me back some treats!
The first treat is something called "Smarties." The reason she brought these back for me is because we were talking about M&M's one day, and she said that in Canada M&M's are called Smarties. I asked what U.S. "Smarties" were called in Canada, then, and she said "Rockets."*** This blew my mind. So to prove that she was not making this up, she brought me back some Canadian Smarties. (She clarified later that there are actually M&M's in Canada too.) I just sampled a few, and from what I can tell, the difference is really the shell... the shell of Canadian Smarties is a little thicker than M&M's.
The second treat was a bag of chips called "All Dressed." I wanted her to bring me back ketchup chips, which she had here one other time and I really liked (they basically taste like french fries.) But she couldn't find any, so instead she brought back these. I've included a photo. And they are excellent. It's basically a mix of all the different kinds of chips. I don't even like chips, and I just ate the whole bag.
And Canada has redeemed itself in my eyes. For today. Well, at least its food.
*** Side note: I learned from Jeanne today, who is currently living in South Africa, that in SA "rocket" is what they call our "arugula." I thought I should bring it up here in case there are any Canadians reading this blog who are planning to visit South Africa. If you ask for your favorite sugar-filled treats in SA, you will end up with a plate of arugula. Definitely good to know.
Friday, April 3, 2009
After reading this post from CMack, I took the quiz he's referring to, which measures a person's different types of intelligence. (The quiz is produced by Service Canada's career site.)
Apparently my top three types of intelligence are:
You make sense out of the world through language and can use words effectively either speaking or in writing. Writers and editors have this intelligence.
You can create, communicate, and understand meanings made out of sounds. Composers and musicians have this intelligence.
You appreciate abstract relationships and can use numbers effectively. Scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers have this intelligence.
However, like Chris, I also take issue with the way the quiz scores interpersonal intelligence. Being introverted doesn't mean you lack interpersonal intelligence. Oh Canada.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Hilarious interview with Colbert and the head of the Newspaper Association of America. Poor newspapers.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Schadenfreude: n. Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
Let's put it this way. I did not have a great March. I won't get into it, but the whole month was pretty crappy. I'm happy it's April. Good riddance to March. In addition, my friend Ryan has had a tough year. He wrote a great post about silent battles on his blog. You can read that post by clicking here. Needless to say, we do not derive pleasure from each others' misfortunes.
However. That does not mean we can't kick April off with a little schadenfreude directed elsewhere. There is a site that I found today called FML, or "F My Life." The tagline of the site is "My life sucks but I don't give a F***" It's basically people who write in and tell a crappy (but funny) thing that happened to them that day. Some examples:
"Today, my 8-year-old sister learned how to type her name into a phone using the number key-pad. I later found my phone on the kitchen counter with all my contacts under her name. FML"
"Today, I stopped by the gas station. As I was filling up I noticed a cute guy at the pump next to me. When I was done, I gave him a wink before opening my car door. It was locked. I had to call my Dad to bring my spare keys. The guy was laughing the whole time as I waited for my Dad to show up. FML"
"Today, I went with my girlfriend to the mall. We were looking at jewelery in Zales and she came across the engagement rings. She looks at one and says, "Are you kidding me? That ring is hideous and it's the most expensive one here! Who would buy that?" Well, that would be me. FML"
So if you're having a crappy day, or a crappy month, or a crappy year, check out fmylife.com. It will make you feel better. And if it doesn't make you feel better, at least it will make you laugh. :)