Monday, October 29, 2007

When was the last time YOU went to the zoo?

And, the Tenderloin does not count. Well, I went yesterday to celebrate the birthday of one of Rand's friends. Adam was turning 27 (a baby) and he wanted to have a group of people go to the SF Zoo, walk around, illegally hug the animals, and just have a general good time.

I hadn't been to a zoo since I lived in Seattle, so I was looking forward to riding the giraffes and wrestling the bears (or do we only do that in Seattle?). My highlights: the owl that we nicknamed "Linda Blair," the meerkats, the giraffes, and the kid in the kangaroo costume.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tahoe Pics

We did nearly nothing the whole 3-day weekend. It was great.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Plumpynut!

Get your mind out of the gutter. It's not what you think. I watched "60 Minutes" on Sunday and one of the segments dealt with famine in Africa. Little did I know, the lowly peanut (thank you, George Washington Carver) may just be able to save thousands (if not millions) of lives. Behold Plumpynut!

Plumpynut on 60 Minutes

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weekend in Tahoe

I've packed the Popems, some socks, long underwear, my latest Netflix movie, and some Hot Tamales.

In other words, I'm ready to go to Tahoe.

Back on Monday. Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Turning those lemons into lemonade

It's troubling to read that housing prices are plummeting (unless, of course, like me, you find yourself in a region where you could never in a million year purchase a home unless you won the lottery). Real estate auctions (don't those only happen in the midwest or during a Michael Moore film set in a union town?) are becoming more common in California. Developers are selling homes for LESS than their formerly lowest asking price. What's going on?!

Well, I'm here to tell you that there's no cause to worry. In fact, I have a silver lining for you. You see, Google announced today that its earning for Q3 have soared even higher than analysts' predictions. Silicon is the new gold, my friends. Or, at least, shares of Google stock is the new gold. So, despite all this homeowner malaise, we have something to cheer about. We can take our shares of Google to the bank! Falling home prices mean Googlers can buy even more! I'm so happy for us all.

Really, though, there's nothing like the joy that comes from wishing overpaid Silicon Valley-wags a job well done. I'm thrilled. I couldn't be more ecstatic. I can't wait to become a member of the Google slave caste.

So, go sell your Google stock, buy that dream house. Just a little warning: the Revolution is coming!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Finally, something worth reading

Rand found this in the LA Weekly and told me to read it. It's intriguing, insane, human, and shocking. Journalism at its best.

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The Life and Death of Jesse James by Josh Olson

I met Audrey back in the nascent days of the Internet, when we were both on AOL, regular contributors to a message board devoted to screenwriting. I was just starting out as a writer, and might have optioned one or two things for a few hundred bucks (if that), and Audrey was someone who enjoyed the witty banter of writers. Her posts were funny, acerbic, unsentimental and smart, and one of the many things we bonded over was our enormous admiration for author Harlan Ellison.

Eventually, Audrey (one of two people and a dog whose names I’m changing here) and I met in person, and found that the friendship we’d had on the Net translated well to the real world. She and her boyfriend Simon (the other name I’ve changed) became good and regular friends. Simon’s a nice guy — British, and a little distant and shy, but I always liked him. They were good friends to each other, but they made no pretense that it was about love. When they got married, it was more for convenience and legal gain. Simon always seemed like someone to whom love was a sticky joke, something to be avoided. And Audrey always claimed she liked it that way. She’d been through a lot of shit in her life, been married once a long time ago, and was happy with the arrangement. “He doesn’t bore me,” she’d say. “That’s better than love.”

As well as I knew them, I was dead certain about one thing all along — no matter what she said, or how much she stressed what a great arrangement she and Simon had, she was not happy. She loved him, or, at the very least, wanted love from him. She wanted what we all want — someone who doesn’t just understand us and laugh at our shitty jokes, but someone who’ll be there to hold us in the cold, dark nights and help us cope with the indescribable loneliness of finite existence.

Click here for the rest of the article

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Brrrrrr

It's chilly this morning. Where's my mink?!

Dear PETA, I'm kidding. I would never wear my mink to work.

I mean, I'm not a philistine!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Gino, call home

Gino

I don't know Gino, but this sign is up all over my neighborhood. If you know Gino, tell him to call home. :(

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Public Urination: Dogs vs. Humans

I've been thinking about this for a few days now. San Francisco has a dog population of around 120,000. Every day these dogs go outside to relieve themselves, probably twice a day. I would be surprised if there were 100,000 people in San Francisco who urinate in public.

Why, then, is it illegal for humans to do it?

If we're thinking logically, this must be due to various prejudices. Either we can't help but sexualize the simple act of urination (gasp! we might see and/or think about genitalia) or we have chosen this one act to further criminalize homelessness (generally, the homeless are more targeted for public urination).

Now, I'm no fan of homelessness. I don't like panhandling, the rants of crazy street people, nor the general urban blight that homelessness causes. I do believe, however, that there is no reason for us to have homelessness in this country. Multi-billion dollar companies evade taxes, billionaires own dozens of homes and cars, and the government spends billions on a failed military strategy (and I'm hesitant even to call it a strategy. Had the military actually been allowed to devise a proper strategy, the current situation would be much different.)

So, the next time you're walking your dog, think twice before you turn your nose up and the homeless guy who also needs to relieve himself. And consider calling your supervisor, your congress person, your senator and ask about public restroom facilities.

SNL and the "I Ran" video

In case you missed it:



Thanks to Towleroad for the story: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Blue Angels in San Francisco

Is it wise to have the Blue Angels fly over the second most dense urban area in the United States?

Take a look at the newspaper. There are human beings flying these machines. And, they are machines. This can, at random times, add up to errors. Errors over rural Savannah mean that one person is at risk. Errors over San Francisco mean that hundreds or thousands of people are having their lives gambled with.

I admire the display. I am amazed by their skill. I am dismayed by their hubris.

More about this at the SF Gate.

Fighting an early case of influenza

Yes, it's true. I'm sick. I went for a checkup about 1 1/2 weeks ago, and I probably caught it there. Just when I was rejoicing over my clean bill of health, I started getting a headache and bodyache. Great. Just what I needed. I had a fever yesterday and the night before. Today I feel a little better: I think the fever broke. But, my headache (3 days now) is still there and it's still painful to move around.

So, my advice to you all: break out the SARS face masks and get your flu shot this year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Love Fest 2007

The weather was perfect on Saturday--not too hot, not too cool. Like a Goldilocks on E, I joined thousands of other lovers of electronic music in the Civic Center plaza and danced like there was no tomorrow. Seriously, the music was great, the vibe was fantastic, and I even managed to get a little color minus the sunburn.

Here are some pics of the fun:

Monday, October 1, 2007

Hillary Clinton Rally in Oakland

I went to the rally for Hillary yesterday. One of the 14,000. It was fun with a side of gospel. Hmmm. Oh well. Hill was good. Much less robotic in real life. Here are some pics.


Fred Thompson: Clearly, A Different Choice for America

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said today he was certain former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a point of contention in the 4.5 years since the war began.

"We can't forget the fact that although at a particular point in time we never found any WMD down there, he clearly had had WMD. He clearly had had the beginnings of a nuclear program," the former Tennessee senator told an audience of about 60 at a Newton cafe.

The question of whether Saddam had banned chemical and biological weapons, and plans to acquire nuclear weapons, has been the subject of intense debate in light of inspectors' failure to find such evidence since the war began.

Thompson made the statement while explaining why he felt the war was justified, despite the Bush administration's chief justification for the invasion turning out not to be verifiable.

Thanks to HuffPo for the story.