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Archive for March, 2008

starting a gchat revolution

on gchat, appropriately.

Ben: you also wish you had a yellow dot
me: yes
me: i was thinking about this a lot
me: i wish we could choose from many dots to portray our emotions chromatically
Ben: all I want is a yellow.
Ben: I don’t need no f’ing mood ring
me: why yellow?
Ben: Yellow means “I’m probably here and welcoming your attempt at conversation with me, but don’t be offended if I don’t respond to you within the next 10 nanoseconds
Ben: well, we have green and red. yellow was the next logical “in-between” choice.
Ben: the political moderate of gmail status indicators.
me: hm
me: then what is orange?
Ben: orange is what red wishes it could be.
me: yeah
me: no one pays attention to red anymore anyway
me: i’m trying to start an anti-red revolution
me: so red means something again
Ben: I like that idea.
Ben: from now on, if I’m red, Im not talking.
me: hm. good idea
me: or at least respond in 30 min
me: as punishment
Ben: hahah.
Ben: and all the responses will be to berate the offender
me: yes
me: all caps
me: actually, green and red are unfortunate colors for the color blind
Ben: well, that would make for an interesting world.
Ben: at least the red/green color blind people.

the conversation then devolves into confusion over colorblindness, but you get the point. let’s give the red dot meaning again!

the sartorialist

one of my favorite blogs, the sartorialist, will be on exhibit at the adamson gallery around the corner from my house.


the concept of the blog is so simple it hurts: run around fabulous cities and take pictures of beautifully dressed people. the guy who runs it is one of time magazine’s “top 100 design influencers” (whatever that means) and is generally very famous in the fashion world now.

there is an open reception tonight, and i might as well go check out the scene. i’m not sure why i’d go look at 8 1/2×11 prints of the photos i can already see from the comfort of my own home/computer screen, but i suppose it’s good to be part of the world every once in a while. maybe i’ll run into some protesters.

and seriously, what’s with my newfound artsy fartsy interests? don’t worry, i’m keeping it real w/ a jeopardy marathon later and three flag football games this weekend. word.

fame. up next: fortune

building the brand.

i think NYT is telling me i’m right

in “Postfeminism and Other Fairy Tales,” the new york times sort of agrees with me that this spitzer thing might be the aha! moment many women (and men) needed to wake up from their “sexism isn’t that big of a deal anymore” haze.

Weren’t we in what some people have long called a postfeminist era, when we thought the big battles were over, or at least that the combatants had reached some accommodation? And wasn’t the younger generation less hung up on the stereotypes and issues of the sort Mrs. Clinton taps into among older women?

Not so fast. No matter how historic the prospect of electing a woman or black man as president this year, if the rising volume of chatter in the news and entertainment media is any measure, women are doing a little re-tallying.

“Like lots of other twentysomething women, I’ve been an unswerving Obama girl from the get-go,” wrote Noreen Malone on The XX Factor, the Slate magazine blog written by women. “Oddly enough it’s taken Spitzergate — not Hillary’s tears, not her scolding — to make me less dismissive of the feminist ‘obligation’ to vote for a woman.”

speaking of the XX factor, does anyone else think it sort of sucks? i’m sure someone else has said this (in fact, it’s slate, so i’m sure they talked about it themselves in that narcissistic gen x meta thing they’re so good at), but the existence of a blog written by women seems condescending itself. is there something revealing about aggregating the mind vomit of slate’s female writers on political gender issues? is there something special about what they are saying because they are women? seems to pander to the dangerous “women and men are different, so we should treat them differently” argument that makes sexism so easy to accept.

but mostly, i dislike this blog b/c of asinine posts like “How Is Spitzer Different From Bill Clinton?” and “Spitzer: Pathos, Not Power.”

maybe if this blog actually contained smart commentary on gender issues (emphasis on “smart”), i’d complain a lot less. instead it’s a handful of great points mired in half-ass pseudo-intellectual dreck.

mariah’s back. again.

mariah carey’s new album, E=MC2, is coming out april 15. no one knows what “E” stands for in this equation, but i imagine it’s something awesome.

for all you 30 rock fans out there, check out the video from the first release, “touch my body.”

and yes, she still looks hot, and is turning 38 on march 27. “I mean, she looks like a living Barbie doll. A beautiful, caramel-colored Barbie.”

selling out with google ads

yes, i’ve gone and done it and put some ads on my site. i’d tell you to click on them so i can get money, but that’s illegal, so i’m not telling you to do that. i’m more interested in what kind of ads google finds appropriate for my site. want a pet skunk? well now my blog tells you how to find them …

spitzer scandal: the saddest part

from the new york times:

Silda Wall Spitzer gave up a high-powered career as a corporate lawyer to raise three daughters and support her husband as he sought elective office, yet has always had deep reservations about his political career. Time and again, she has found herself in the particular bind of encouraging him during critical junctures in his public life while still holding on to some regret that he had chosen to put himself — and their family — there in the first place.

a cautionary tale? i’m putting a feminism tag on this, but i’m not sure if i mean it in that way. seems related though.

also related: people seem to think that this spitzer thing will hurt hillary clinton because it reminds us all of the whole WH intern thing. (remember that?) i actually don’t think this is the case at all, and speculate this might even help her, especially if spitzer’s wife continues to do the literal “stand by my man” bit as the scandal unfolds. can’t help but think that clinton is helped by the spillover sympathy vote, especially from women. maybe i’m overthinking this one, but i’m not so quick to conclude this is terrible for clinton.

also coming soon: i come out in defense of kwame kilpatrick. spitzer might be a freak, but kwame’s behavior is classic political corruption. epic, even.

hip hop at the national portrait gallery

the smithsonian institute just got super fly with its RECOGNIZE! exhibit.

i must go to this. i especially like the portraiture; it sort of looks like dali drinking hennessy. ice t looks particularly fierce.