Sunday, February 26, 2006
Speaking of Which
On this week's SynCast, we feature a talk by Arundhati Roy delivered in New Mexico in September 2003. Background tunes provided by yours truly. Thanks to DLF for helping me get the mix right.
(Check it out -- Arundhati's looking at my recent posts!)
March 8: Mark Yer Calendar
Speaking of DLF, she's been instrumental in organizing to bring Afghan parliamentarian and noted human rights activist Malalai Joya to Madison on March 8. If you're in town, you gots to check this out. The BBC didn't call her "the most famous woman in Afghanistan" for nothing!
Thanks also to DLF for linking us to this interview with Boots Riley of The Coup. New album under construction -- woo! (TPCQ: "Woo! Rumaki!")
Why on Earth do I have giant plush microbes playing chess against Newcastle bottles bookmarked? Am I on drugs or something?
For some reason I have a review of The Vagrant bookmarked. (Probably because someone who shall remain nameless who is a bigEjerk sent me a copy of that turd of a film.) But the review is spot-on: "It's far better to give a dollar to a real vagrant than spending it on this crapola." Amen, brother.
It's All About the Words
One of my favorite phrases of late is "on drugs". It's so terribly vague and amorphous, referring to anything from Rogaine™ to crack cocaine™. You can besmirch and ridicule anyone's argument, position, or opinion by simply asking "Are you on drugs or something?" It immediately stations the recipient on the other side of sanity and worth-listening-to-ness. "What is wrong with you?" works in a similarly fun way.
I also like the word "besmirch".
Check out the Word Disassociation video. Kind of a dumb song, but it's a neat approach for a video. You can tell they kinda ran out of ideas toward the end.
Today I'm listening to: Me!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
CW Bloggers: The Next Generation
Today I'm taking my second-semester Creative Writing students into the computer lab so they can set up their blogs. I figure I should have something new up here so they believe that I blog at least twice a week. (Those who know better can leave comments where you call me a liar.)
Why the picture from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers? Because they rock, and they give me inspiration. And I was looking through some old posts and I found that MegaMeme I did a while back which people may want to go look at again. Ah, good times.
Kohl Like That (or: Like That, Kohl?)
Check it out -- Anti-War Activists Storm Kohl Event:
Calling themselves members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, seven anti-war protesters interrupted Kohl as he was about to speak to supporters at the Orpheum Theatre Wednesday evening.While I myself would probably not have the guts to jump up on stage, I think it's appropriate to put pressure on Kohl, who has been supremely wishy-washy on Iraq (among other issues). This part amused me:
Kohl was preparing to make brief remarks before debuting a 10-minute campaign video to a crowd of about 150 supporters in the theater's lobby.I didn't realize Kohl had 150 supporters. I figured people just voted for him because he was barely the lesser of two evils.
Here, for some reason, is a series of photos showing Russians shooting a pig from a cannon. (Yes, the pig makes it through okay.) Via MonkeyFilter.
Today I'm listening to: Alex Cortiz!
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Beers, Steers, and a Meme
Make sure'n you check out this week's SynCast, featuring lots of great stuff from all your favorite artists (provided your favorites include obscure not-really-hip-hop from the 1980s like George Kranz).
Oh, you didn't know Eileen's wearing a cowboy hat now? Yeah. She's also wearing glasses. (TPCQ: "Probably misses his old glasses.")
No, Iron Monkey didn't pass this to me -- I'm taking it!
Four jobs I've had:
C'est magnifique, les gens sur la nourriture! (Just click on the word when it's done loading, then use the menu in the lower right.)
Today I'm listening to: Groove Salad!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Love and Irk
Hurray for snow days! I take back everything bad I ever said about snow. Sliding across intersections and shoveling snow may suck eggs, but in Florida, you will never wake up to the news that you get to go back to bed unexpectedly because of the weather (or, if you do, your house has been blown apart and missing school is a tiny consolation).
I love snow days! Huzzah! I think we teachers love them even more than the students do. I mean, I like being at school, reaching young minds and all; but it's so very nice to have a sudden arbitrary day to lay around and watch Creature Comforts and play Gun and drink hot cocoa. And blog. Of course we blog.
Pic from here.
The following things have been bugging the crap out of me lately:
Please to enjoy BrokeBack to the Future. Via ABS.
Today I'm listening to: Breaks! Thank you, DI! (Would you believe they're playing Baby Anne right now? Aiiieee!)
Sunday, February 12, 2006
A Few Good Songs
Because I am today filled with some sort of amorphous fatigue/yuckiness, I've kinda just slopped together this week's SynCast, but I've included some dandy music which you should enjoy. (If I hadn't said anything about being in a yuck-mood, would anyone notice anything different about the show?)
Image from (I hope you recognize it) Toothpaste for Dinner.
Why Acknowledge Facile Criticism?
Because I can't help it is why. A couple of posts ago, someone called him/herself only "dudefly" wrote: "Actually, what you are is a pathetic, slackjawed loser. Thank god I got out of Madison Public Schools before you got there...." Insofar as this individual doesn't realize that I teach in the Sun Prairie Area School District and not the Madison public schools, I must assume s/he doesn't know very much about me. So it doesn't make any sense for me to feel this comment at any significant depth.
Alas, it's who I am. I can take criticism -- indeed, I seek it out. So when someone makes a claim like this, I want to know more. In the unlikely event you are reading, then, "dudefly," please tell me:
Waste some time with BubbleGeorge. I'm not sure why it's GWB; but the effect is fairly mesmerizing. If he gets stuck, you can click and drag him through.
Today I'm listening to: Teh Cheat!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
A Word on Evil
Well, look who got published in The Capital Times. As I was walking my dog today, I wondered if there were anything in the piece that might elicit a negative backlash from the community. (You know, aside from my defiant leftist rhetoric in defense of Ralph Nader.)
I realized that I called Bush "evil" -- and when I saw the thing in print, I found that they had picked up on this for the headline. Well, as Shakespeare put it in Romeo & Juliet (Act II Scene III):
For nought so vile that on the earth doth liveI try to instill in my students an awareness that simplistic good/evil dichotomies are unhealthy for democracy, so I feel like I really goofed when I used such a binary phrase to describe our president. (TPCQ: "Only the Sith think in absolutes!")
I should have simply called him a liar, a spin doctor, and a war criminal, and left it at that. I apologize if my use of the word "evil" offends anyone.
The new Strong Bad Email is pretty funny.
Today I'm listening to: Alex Cortiz!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
On Teaching: Part Three
What The Teacher Is
The American public school teacher is a unique species in the social world. Nowhere else can be found a parallel set of directives, impulses, and objectives.
You are my student. What, then, am I?
Just for the record (since the newspapers and radio reports aren't saying this enough: It is considered a great insult in Islam to depict Mohammed's face in any form. Some people seem to think the recent brouhaha is centered around how He has been depicted.
In other news: Happy birthday, Mark! Here's your [expletive] Publix Sheet Cake!
Why have I suddenly become so enamored of Minesweeper? Well, enjoy the online Flash version (space=tag).
Today I'm listening to: David Cross!
Sunday, February 05, 2006
You're Locked On 103FM, WESP -- Goliath Radio!
Hey there, fans and other listeners! Crazy Captain J here, welcoming you to yet another SUPER BROADCAST from Madison's BEST rock station, 103FM Goliath Radio: WESP!
We've got a great show for you this week, featuring CLASSIC HITS from:
Don't forget, WESP 103FM is teaming up with RealRadio in Scotland to present the first annual RealRadio Cruise to Bruges. Get those entry forms mailed today so you don't miss any of the Caribbean/Scottish fun!
We also still have some WESP 103FM Goliath Radio T-shirts for sale here at the station. Sorry, sizes S and XXXXXL only.
I'm Sick of Being a Hungry Vegan! Well check out this ad!!
Today I'm listening to: WESP 103FM Goliath Radio!!!
You'll Buy a Widescreen Monitor and You'll Like It...
MadWomen for Peace (incl. Diane)
Die Puny Humans (Warren Ellis)
Random Pictures (Photoblog)
Satan's Laundromat (Photoblog)
This Modern World (Tom Tomorrow)