taerowyn: (Happy ME)
I've been on a kick of getting my online life organized. I'm trying to clean out my RSS reader at work into some Delicious bookmarks, trying to go through my backlog of entries here and tag them, etc.

Have to admit, tagging here is fun, if only to go back and see my Oh. Dear. God. No. entries re: Palin and chuckle in satisfaction.

In other chuckle-worthy news, something makes me suspect that the coal industry is getting marketing advice from The Onion. Cause...I mean...come on! Really? Too funny. Their Facebook page is even better. It has fans like Black Lung, Mercury Mel, and Asthma Al. They've (oh-so conveniently) removed the section where you could "review" them. I guess it doesn't pay to advertise a bunch of one star reviews that call you out on your BS. Wheeee!
taerowyn: (Amused)
funny pictures
more funny politics

So yeah...one week later and I don't think things have sunk in for me yet. I still get a little teared up reading certain articles. Just....wow. WOW!

I'm slowly weaning myself of Huffinton Post at least, though my work listservs/feeds are still all abuzz with the tech/organizing behind this historic campaign.

If you haven't checked out the transition website, change.gov you should. Though one troubling catch people have made is the recent disappearance of the in-depth info in the agenda section. The disappearance itself isn't so bad, though the lack of explanation does twig a few concerns.

The things I really like though are the participatory sections: Share your story and Share your vision as well as the focus on service ("Ask not what your country can do for you..." anyone?).
taerowyn: (Amused)
The only things that will keep me sane over the next 30 or so hours are things like this.

In my head, this is totally what Obama HQ is like tonight:



ETA Forgot to say: Totally stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon
taerowyn: (Amused)
Just confused myself...started writing livejournal, then twitter. Came up with litter.com.

Anyway, had to share the best. theory. ever: Would be funny if the Obama infomercial were just a replay of the old Star Wars Holiday Special.
taerowyn: (Amused)
Just imagine the kind of uproar an atheist bus ad would cause in the United States.

(Or should I have not pointed that out and thus proved myself anti-America...or whatever the latest twaddle is. My bad...)
taerowyn: (Default)
I've been trying to avoid posting on Palin cause there's just so, so much...but COME ON!



Do you really need to spin so bad that you can't name one single periodical you read? (And no..."all of them" doesn't count as an answer.) Just name one...anything. Even if it is just the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman of Wasilla, AK. SOMETHING!
taerowyn: (Attitude)
The Supreme Court meme

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs:

In an upcoming interview with Katie Couric to be aired this week, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) FListers, please take the meme to your LJ to spread the fun.


So totally not out of character for me, I'm going with the very recent Massachusetts v. EPA. Shockingly a GOOD decision out of the Bush-era SCOTUS. Basically, the Bush-era EPA was un-shockingly trying to avoid doing anything about global warming. They claimed they had no authority to limit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions from vehicles, which, according to them, were not covered by the Clean Air Act.

Well, let's see...the Clean Air Act states that an air pollutant is any "physical, chemical, biological (or) radioactive substance or matter [that] is emitted or otherwise enters the ambient air." In addition, it authorizes the EPA to regulate any pollutant that the agency determines to "cause, or contribute to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare." The act specifically defines "welfare" to include adverse effects on "weather" and "climate."

In a surprise move, the Court sided on common sense and said that yes, heat-trapping emissions are pollutants under the Clean Air Act and, in order to actually, you know, protect the environment as they're supposed to, the Environmental Protection Agency does indeed have the authority to regulate them

So yeah....go SCOTUS!


Adam Sandler Politics

The above was the rare Bush-era good political move...the below is one of the more all too common *headdesk* moments.

Seems that a Bush appointee used, and I kid you not, the asinine Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry as an example of why federal employees with same sex partners shouldn't get equal employee benefits. No, really...he did. If you happen to want to tell him that you'd prefer policy that wasn't founded on Adam Sandler movies...you can let him know here.


GOTV

And finally...Get out the vote...clocks ticking down on when you can register:
taerowyn: (drunk-faced)
OK, not "totally drunk-faced," but at least quite happy from [livejournal.com profile] dwarf's mead, though the man himself was not there. Had a celebratory drink and munch get together with Mrs. [livejournal.com profile] dwarf for her new job which means that in less than a month she too can leave the country and move to the Great White North (TM)

Mrs. [livejournal.com profile] dwarf is one of the most goal oriented people I know in that she will set herself specific goals and then go out of her way to achieve them. That's why I told her about National Novel Writing Month because I knew that if she knew about it, she'd do it, thus forcing me to do it. And thus:



So basically, prepare yourself for a month's worth of bitching about writer's block.

Yet another weird online thing I found to sign up for is at Pledge Bank. Basically Pledge Bank is a site where people pledge to do item X if number Y people will do it as well. Like "I will Boycott Burger King for life! but only if 100 other anti-PC people will too." So I decided to sign up for one. (Not the Burger King one, and, amazingly, not the Serenity one either. What's even more amazing is that I didn't find this place through the Serenity pledge, but through a completely unrelated online contact). Anyway, I thought is was an interesting concept, though some of the pledges are admittedly a) quite dopey and b) overly optimistic in the number of people they think they will be able to find to agree with.
taerowyn: (Moderation)
MMmmmmmm...lovely weekend and it's still got hours more to go. And, added bonus, the sun is finally back (hooray for the sun!!!).

Had an old friend from CO out to visit. She got in late Friday night...after falling asleep on the train and missing her stop, which really wouldn't be as funny if it weren't for the fact that this is the third train mishap she's had in visiting me, twice in LI and once here. It's odd that she now lives on LI and is attending the school that bought my bankrupt school. To add to the connections, her brother went to college in CO with Boy Roommate and his friend who were over last night and his friend actually knew her brother.

OK, strange coincidences and happenstances to the side. Yesterday was a fun day, despite the deluge. We joked that we should probably go from church to temple to mosque til we found the right one to repent in to stop the rain. A week of rain is a bit much, but at least it's finally stopped.

Anyway, we started off with brunch at a coffee house that does amazing crepes. Split a pesto chicken one and a nutella-banana one (mmmmmmmm!). Off to Target to try to find Red Sox Monopoly for her hubbie with no luck.

Got back to the apartment and tried to catch the T for a trip to the Gardner museum, but the deluge won and we gave up, got the car and went to see a movie. Saw Good Night and Good Luck, which is a biopic about Edward R. Murrow and CBS taking on McCarthy. Really, REALLY good. I'd read some reviews that there were undertones of political commentary on today...they weren't undertones, they were just flat out tones. But, despite the lack of subtlety, they still did a phenomenal job. It was pure genius to not have an actor for McCarthy and just use old film clips of him. The cinematography was fabulous and the messages (one about the political atmosphere and the other about the wasteland that is TV) were spot on and well-conveyed. I highly recommend the film.

Since the movie was at the Fenway theater we stopped at a souvenir store to see if they had Red Sox Monopoly with no luck. Thankfully the BU Barnes and Noble did.

After that we hit Harvard Square, which, of course, meant the Harvard bookstore. I got some great used books (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences both of which I've been meaning to read for awhile now and Beluga Days, which I didn't even know existed til yesterday, but....belugas!!!). I'm sure it'll take me forever to get around to read them considering the length of my "to read" list, but such is life. Then it was dinner at Legal Sea Foods. Yummy lobster and crab ravioli as well as some crab legs. We stopped by Finale on the way to the car to pick up dessert.

Home meant watching Mystic River with Boy Roommate and his friend. I'd already seen it and my assessment still stands...good movie, ends too abruptly and despite all the twisted minds of the male characters the freakiest character of all is Laura Linney because of her final speech...just...gah!

Off to the train station early this morning to drop my friend off. I've been relaxing all day today and then this evening is a yummy birthday dinner with school friends, work friends and even some CO friends so good times will be had. More on that after it happens. Hooray for the almighty weekend (and for the reappearance of the sun, of course!)
taerowyn: (Serenity)
Last one, I swear, but if my exhorting you to go see Serenity hasn't worked, how about Orson Scott Card saying:

This is the kind of movie that I have always intended Ender's Game to be (though the plots are not at all similar).

And this is as good a movie as I always hoped Ender's Game would be.

And I'll tell you this right now: If Ender's Game can't be this kind of movie, and this good a movie, then I want it never to be made.

I'd rather just watch Serenity again.


I'm telling you...GO!
taerowyn: (Serenity)
Well...you knew it was coming. Or, if you didn't know it was coming, you haven't been reading my journal very long. This is where I tell you all that you should go see Serenity this weekend. I'll even give you good reasons why...

10. Because I said so.

9. Because, well... pretty!

8. Because you don't have to have seen the show to enjoy the movie.

7. Because if you're a Libra (like me) it's in your horoscope...sort of.

6. Because there is some amazingly funny dialogue and a bunch of those great one liners that you leave the theater still chuckling over and repeating for days after.

5. Because what else are you going to watch this weekend...Jessica Alba in a bikini?

4. Because Morpheus will come kick your ass if you don't watch his wife's new movie

3. Because Neil Gaiman said you could.

2. Because this movie making a whole heap of money will be a gigantic F*** YOU to Fox for being stupid enough to cancel the show

1. Because it really is just a damn fine movie that anybody can enjoy. Go. Watch. Love...
taerowyn: (wowstupid)
[livejournal.com profile] ronebofh clued me into this little fiasco: Brown told congressional investigators Monday that he is being paid as a consultant to help FEMA assess what went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to a senior official familiar with the meeting.

Cause the person you want investigating a huge problem like this is someone who stepped down for being partially responsible for said problem.

Yeah...good planning.
taerowyn: (Huh)
I'm just....shocked.

This President...discussing personal responsibility...personal sacrifice...conservation...I just...wow. Never thought I'd see the day.

Of course then you get to this parapgraph:

In Washington, two House committees are expected to consider proposals this week that have been blocked in the past by environmental objections. Beyond making it easier to build new refineries, one proposal would allow states to opt out of Congressional bans on coastal oil drilling, and another would allow drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which has been controversial for years.

and realize that nah, it's still the same old administration.
taerowyn: (wowstupid)
Want to make your blood boil and have the urge to smack some people upside the head? Read this and this.

Ah yes, truly liberty and justice for all...

On the upside, the first idiot has been fired. Not because "she was a racist or an idiot,"cause for some reason her ex-editor erroneously believes otherwise, but because she apparently quoted people out of context and other journalistic taboos.
taerowyn: (Messages of Loss)
And I'm in Reverse Christmas Mode...yet again.

Although it felt like a long weekend, I'm still not ready to face work again tomorrow. Friday evening was...ok, I'm having to think harder about this than I should...oh yeah! Watching Dead Like Me. I do enjoy that show, though the lead actress has a very oddly-shaped mouth. I've already discussed my Saturday. Today I did some budgeting and went grocery shopping. Went to the movies and then watched more Dead Like Me while doing some homework (again, they shouldn't be allowed to give you homework from a full-time job *whine gripe moan*)

The movie I saw was Murderball. Boy Roommate had been gushing about it for about a month so I finally decided to go. It was indeed quite good. It's a documentary about quadriplegics who play wheelchair-rugby. The stories are told really well and it's just a terrific film, but I really lost it at the last five minutes. By then, the "plot" of the movie is over, but it ends with the team going to a veterans hospital to show the kids coming back from Iraq with missing limbs that there's still an active life ahead of them. I was crying then and I'm tearing up now because these veterans really are kids. There's one who doesn't even look old enough to drive and he's there missing a leg cause he got sent off to war. I just...I have no words to describe how that scene made me feel. Totally not the point of the movie, but definitely the image that is sticking with me right now. Anyway, if you get the chance, you should definitely check out the movie.
taerowyn: (Zoe)
From [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs:

Watch it. Weep.

You know what...just go read [livejournal.com profile] liz_marc's whole post. And if you're not angry enough...scroll back and read past ones of hers....just....there are no words.

I've been having crying jags all day now. It's time for the day to be over. I'm going to try to keep my news consumption to a minimum this weekend, just in self defense. We'll see how that goes.
taerowyn: (cry)
I need to stop reading this stuff at work...almost breaking into tears is a bit of a giveaway...

Here's the story that got me first: When I got into that boat - I'm kind of choking up now - I did everything I could to fight back tears at that point. I almost burst out. Because this little girl was just like grasping so lovingly onto this guy. She was so clearly afraid and so confused. I can only imagine what was going on in her mind. So see a little girl like that clasp onto a total stranger was really emotional for both of us. He told me he was fighting back tears, too. I mean, no words were exchanged, but I think we both knew were both trying not to explode crying right there on the boat.

I find the difference of opinion at the Washington Post fairly interesting. According to the editorial board, the federal government's immediate response to the destruction of one of the nation's most historic cities does seem commensurate with the scale of the disaster.

When you're done vomiting over that statement, you can read what one WP writer thinks: Yet in the president's thin remarks yesterday, there was no call for sacrifice, no mention of conservation, even as gas prices skyrocket and we look ahead at a period of obvious shortage. Just as he failed to call on the goodness and strength of the American people in the aftermath of 9/11, urging contributions to the Red Cross rather than far stronger forms of sacrifice, Bush has once again decided to treat Americans like schoolchildren, making this crisis sound like someone else's problem, one that we can help by writing a check instead of one that we all need to address through common sacrifice and effort.

Again I must point out the wonder that is Romenesko for all the great links they're providing. And I have to agree with [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs that some of the best and most interesting coverage is suprisingly coming out of Editor&
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