Monthly Archives: February 2008

not with fists or firepower, but with love

The Wonder Woman Story:

In the early 1940s the DC line was dominated by superpowered male characters such as the Green Lantern, Batman, and its flagship character, Superman. According to the Fall 2001 issue of the Boston University alumni magazine, it was his wife Elizabeth’s idea to create a female superhero: “William Moulton Marston, a psychologist already famous for inventing the polygraph (forerunner to the magic lasso), struck upon an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. ‘Fine,’ said Elizabeth. ‘But make her a woman.'”

 

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hey, i like mos def too!

lizzyandmos.jpgIf you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
— Samuel Johnson

stuff white people like — once or twice a day for the past two weeks people have mentioned this blog to me. a cursory review of the “stuff” on it reveals that i like about 75% of said stuff. my question is: are my asian, black, hispanic and “other” brothers and sisters equally amused, entertained and represented by this site and the stuff on it?

hot chicks with douchebags — the name says it all.

http://www.hillaryismomjeans.com — endless auto-generated imprecations against hil (or anyone, really). thanks laurs

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more to like

ilikemike.jpg“As a businessman, I never believed that either party had all the answers and, as mayor, I have seen just how true that is.” — Mike Bloomberg

I’m Not Running For President, But…

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desultory thoughts

  • I like to think of it as a wonderful world. But some days, if some jerkoff goes too far I feel the need to kick ass.
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  • Perception is NOT reality. As Roger Evans aptly stated: “There are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently.” Come to think of it, lots of people are lying to themselves and others. Enron, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Adjustable-Rate Mortgages. These large-scale lies are accumulations of little lies.
  • I want Hillary to win because I want a woman in charge of the world. Is that an “emotional” choice? Yes, and that’s a GOOD thing. Also, let’s face it, tough bitches get shit done! Though Obama ain’t a shabby option at all, at this point I am still all about ho’s before bro’s.
  • Am totes obsessed with In Treatment. SOOO friggin’ good.

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monday morning dance party!

miss alice and i attended the will ferrell funny or die comedy tour at radio city music hall last night. dawsome! the highlight for me was when ron burgundy interviewed tom brokaw. t bone was a good sport, and it was really funny to see ron try to one-up him. demetri martin was the most entertaining of the three standup acts. very high-brow/clever which i dig. nick swardson is a better comedic actor and standup comedian, but he seemed drunk or hung over. sloppy … not as sharp and he is in those comedy central specials. at the end they all came out wearing capezio jazz pants (black spandex), ugg boots, mock turtle necks and giant gold chains with crosses on them, singing alicia keys’ “no one.” that was a pleasure and a delight. so, in an homage to will this morning, i chose “what is love,” the 90’s club hit by haddaway, which was made extra famous by the SNL sketch (and the resulting film) featuring will and chris kattan as head bobbing guidos. the haddaway video itself is also a source of hilarity. remember: each day you have a choice – hilarity or insanity.

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the winds of change

Everything’s changing. I accept it. Not sure where it’s heading, but it feels really good to stay true to myself and keep blazing my own path. Coincidentally, I just finished Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. It was totally satisfying to see the concept of elevated consciousness validated by an expert. It’s something I’ve felt and perceived and struggled to discuss with others, but haven’t always found a receptive audience. Reading the book reaffirmed what I felt in my gut, and put words to concepts that I sensed but couldn’t articulate. It is a gift. Here’s an excerpt towards the end that’s helping me cope with my current reality.

There may be a period of insecurity and uncertainty. What should I do? As the ego is no longer running your life, the psychological need for external security, which is illusory anyway, lessens. You are able to live with uncertainty, even enjoy it. When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. The Roman philosopher Tacitus rightly observed that “the desire for safety stands against every great and notable enterprise.” If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness and creativity.

 

Another thing that’s changing is the seasons. In another month or so, winter will subside and I’ll once again be pounding the pavement along the Hudson River. Then, along with Bro Kev and his darling GF Tara, I’m doing the San Francisco Half Marathon on August 3. Yay!

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woz on pranking

woz1.jpgKnowledge@Wharton: Is it harder to be a prankster now than it was back in the ’70s?

Wozniak: I believe that it is. A lot of my old pranks and jokes are forbidden in today’s schools. The schools underwent this big [change where] the kids cannot do [anything] random, outside-the-rules, outside-the-pages-in-the-book. They can’t be that individualistic.

In California we [have] so little money for schools. And when you don’t have much money, you have to have large classes and you don’t have enough teachers to allow the kids to randomly go in the directions that they’re made by God or by nature to go.

If you imagine something beyond the boundaries you can see — like future products or space travel — you get taught from an early age, “This is disallowed.” You have to do it secretly on your own.

Allowing some level of mild pranks — with a rule that it’s not going to harm anyone — would be a good policy.

Steve Wozniak on Apple, Steve Jobs and the Value of a Good Prank
Knowledge@Wharton

http://www.woz.org/

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