the truth about Thanksgiving

You all know how I feel about holidays (if you don’t, here’s a summary, I LOATHE them), but out of all of them, I hate Thanksgiving most of all. I enjoy the practice of it (I am still remembering the vegan feast Erin and I made last year and gorged ourselves on), but hate the myth it is based on. So, before you start dressing up like Pilgrims and Indians and thinking that your dinner is like the first one where the “Indians” showed the pilgrims how to make popcorn and shit, have a gander at “The Real First Thanksgiving” from the awesome book Lies My Teacher Told Me. Yes, it’s a bootleg scan (thanks to Brandon), but would you expect something else from me?



go blue hens?!@!?!?

Some weird stuff going on with the social justice/diversity programs at U of D. Gosh, I feel so disconnected. I barely remember being an RA there. All the info I can find right now is from conservatice orgs, so it’s hard for me to find out what is going on.

…of the day

STUPID IDEA of the day

Boy’s Family Upset At Unflattering Awards – Education News Story – WCAU | Philadelphia and I thought I hated children


strange maps

WHAT I’M READING of the day

Diabetics risk health to feed obsession with thinness Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me.

SONG of the day

Shannon, “Let the Music Play

the media is inexcusable

As the nation mourns, media producers wet their pants with excitement over the details of the VT tragedy. Most major news stations are stationed down there ripping each other apart trying to get a crying student on camera.

Was it truly nexessary for the video that Cho Seung-Hu made before the killings to go public?  How is that for the family and friends of the victims? They most certainly could have just turned that over to investigators. No, the nightly news had to have the best rating.

Stores are already taking advantage of the demand for “Hokie” wear.

And don’t even get me started on this.

insiginificant info

I know my earlier comments about VT may sound insenstive, but seriously, if you know me, you know that I have widely innapprpriate emotional responses. Those of you that were with me during 9/11 probably remember my dumb comments during that. I am not taking it back, it’s just how I deal with things. It still hasn’t sunk in, even though I have been watching CNN for about three days straight now. [Also, have you noticed how some prouction intern has designed all sorts of fancy logos for them? Ridiculous. And the two reporters in the scene trying to grab a reaction from any grieving student they could get their hands on.]

So what’s my way to deal with it? Totally indulge in trivial shit.

I’m torn. Lucky You looks like the crappiest movie ever, but Eric Bana, you make my heart pitter-patter. I may need to catch like a 10am viewing of this so no one sees me.

Trainspotting sequel? Danny Boyle…just stop. No.

Could you die from cuteness?

I think I may already have a contender for my favorite album of the year.

This is interesting. Some guy writing a fad diet claims that cardio training is a complete waste of time. At first I thought that was ridiculous, but…I didn’t really start losing weight until I did weight training. Hmmmm. It can’t be that bad for you. I don’t know.

Also, I will be in the Bay Area in the first week of May. Isn’t that crazy? Me, actually leaving the East Coast. My crazy notion of wanting to move to California is actually coming closer to a reality. It was like some zany idea that I had one day, and then when it actually may happen…it’s weird. Especially when I stumbled across this. It’s not exactly my story, but a lot rang true.

Virginia Tech

Along with you, I am also pretty freaked out by the Virginia Tech shooting. My heart goes out to everyone there. But my question is, can we get these kids to take a public speaking course?

student: “I was in Shanks Hall, which is located in the upper portion of campus, and we were having class, and all of a sudden we had e-mail saying that, like, there was a shooting on campus and then we were updated with it saying that, like, classes were being canceled and to stay where we were. … Right after we got that e-mail we heard five shots on campus, and we could hear the emergency speaker system. So we all got down under the desks and moved away from the windows.

There must have been at least over 20 or 30 cop cars and ambulances. Like, every street was lined with them. I did not see like openings at all, like, it was really scary. All the cops had, like, vests on, and some had guns in their hands and everything. I felt like I was in a war zone, or in the middle of like the city, or something. It was just very, very unsettling.”

I’m watching CNN and MSBNC simultaneously, and is it just me or are the producers jumping for joy about the coverage this will bring them? I think they already have a logo. And how many times are they going to play the tape with the gunshots and the screaming? And then the anchor saying “listen to that CARNAGE!”. Jeez.

Another update: I am really sick of all the press criticizing how the police handled it. How in the hell does anyone prepare for something like this? Now they are criticizing them for not having security guards at the dorms at all times. Practically every school on a suburban campus has a dorm that is easily penitrable. They were criticising them for not doing a radio boradcast. Who the hell listens to the radio? Also, how do you lock down a campus of 30,000 within minutes? Lay off. It’s a tragedy that no one expected.