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Archive for February, 2007

we probably think this story’s about us

college students are more narcissistic than ever, which is surprising to no one. and i just love proving their point by posting the story in the first place.

btw, i didn’t know i was a complete and utter narcissist:
“The standardized inventory, known as the NPI, asks for responses to such statements as “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life any way I want to.””

YES. YES. and YES.

but while we’re at it, why don’t we make up a drinking game called “find the fear-mongering, non sequiturs, and breaks in logic in this story.”

i’ve just started playing and i’m already so wasted.

NEWSFLASH: cute white woman missing …

local media frenzy follows. and psychics? really? they should get patricia arquette.

is al gore the highest ranking government official to win an oscar?

i don’t think reagan ever came close.

out of curiosity, i googled in the news section “inconvenient truth” and came up with the conservative voice holding onto the pipe dream that global warming is not real and that somehow this is all the fault of the volcanoes. aren’t we all over this stance by now? warming denial is so three years ago.

spreading the good word

this american life = crack in radio form. and now, they’re going to be on TV. and i have to say, i’ve never seen what ira glass looked like until now. i hearby declare this my firm endorsement of all things TAL.

on an unrelated note, does anyone else hate how double clicking words on nytimes.com now links to a reference center entry of that word? what if i just want to double click on words because i don’t want my finger to feel left out? or what if i want to highlight a paragraph by quadruple clicking? ugh.

dear DC taxis, i think we need a break to really get to know ourselves better

ever since i found out i could expense cab rides to us news-related events, i’ve passionately latched onto the concept. 3 cab rides in 2 days. here are their stories:

1. first ride, pretty average. awkward silence etc.
2. second ride, i get in and am hit with a distinct smell. urine. riding from the hill to georgetown takes about 15 minutes and the whole time i wanted to vomit. the windows were down, but certainly not b/c it was a nice day (although it was). someone came into that cab, with some extra-yellow pee, and just took it to town. also the driver had some monstrous hands, which i actually think is a genetic disorder so i won’t make fun, but it was interesting, to say the least.
3. third ride, i sit down and the driver tells me how happy he is that i got in his cab. he lavishes me with compliments etc and i decide i love him. then he tells me what he thinks about gay people. that he used to think that gay guys are just the ones who are too ugly to get women, so they have to settle for men. but this is of course confusing b/c the gay men in DC are very good looking, so now his whole worldview is askew. he says how there are soooo many single women in DC, but very few single men (his estimate 4:1), but assures me that i will have no problem finding someone to marry. thanks cab driver. very reassuring.

henry ford: maybe he’s been cryogenically frozen

Bob Casey from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn on NPR last week:
“Ford said at some point in the future, we’ll run out of oil. But before that time, oil will become so expensive that we’ll be looking for some alternatives. He was eighty years perhaps too early, but he was looking into the future.”

not only did henry ford basically create detroit and the entire auto industry, he also can predict the future. unfortunately clairvoyance and general awesomeness is not genetic. just look at anything his progeny touches. ugh. did henry ford, by any chance, make any predictions on how to make it to the nfl playoffs?

wimbledon = appalling

i just can’t believe that the wimbledon prize has been unequal until now. women still have a long-ass way to go. the sad thing is, at least if you ask me, women’s tennis is a gazillion times more interesting than men’s. ya see, europe isn’t that great. go america.

i sort of wonder who the best paid prof is

not exactly breaking news, but i always find it interesting to see who really are the most important people at michigan. seems as if i have to go into education to make the big bucks. or something.

1. Robert Kelch
Executive VP for Medical Affairs
This year’s salary: $656,910
Last year’s salary: $637,777
Up 2.9 percent

2. Mary Sue Coleman
University President
This year’s salary: $516,501
Last year’s salary: $501,457
Up 3 percent

3. Douglas Strong
Director and CEO, University Hospitals and Health Systems
This year’s salary: $490,000
Last year’s salary: $348,974
Up 40.4 percent

4. Timothy Slottow
University CFO
This year’s salary: $437,750
Last year’s salary: $301,084
Up 45.4 percent

5. Erik Lundberg
Chief Investment Officer
This year’s salary: $426,500
Last year’s salary: $291,434
Up 46.3 percent

6. Robert Dolan
Dean, Ross School of Business
This year’s salary: $405,000
Last year’s salary: $390,000
Up 3.8 percent

7. Bill Martin
Athletic Director
This year’s salary: $355,770
Last year’s salary: $346,080
Up 2.8 percent

8. Zelda Geyer-Sylvia
M-CARE CEO
This year’s salary: $349,818
Last year’s salary: $339,629
Up 3 percent

9. Lloyd Carr
Head Football Coach
This year’s salary: $347,619
Last year’s salary: $337,493
Up 3 percent

10. Teresa Sullivan
Provost
This year’s salary: $340,000
Last year’s salary: First year at the University