Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Truly Outrageous!

No, not Jem...(although Jem and her Holograms were indeed quite outrageous).

I'm actually talking about this article, which reports an Italian teacher who cut off a misbehaving student's TONGUE.

Seriously, where is the outrage?? "Suspension" as her punishment thus far?

What does it say about me that my first instinct was "If this were in the US, she and the school district would be sued for all they're worth"...?

Monday, February 26, 2007

Oscar Aftermath

As an aside, I came home tonight to a hallway that smelled DISTINCTLY like weed, which raised two questions: (1) What the heck kind of jobs do people have where they get high on a Monday night and (2) where do I sign up [for that kind of job, not to get high all the time, I mean!]?

Separately, thoughts on the Oscars:
1) Toss up for best dressed: Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren. (And it's not just the accents!)

2) Toss up for worst dressed: Kirsten Dunst and Jessica Biel. (WTF is Jessica Biel doing at the Oscars??)

3) What's up with the messy, I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-spritzed-my-hair-with-salt-water hair?
4) I LOVED those light/dance shadow interpretation things! Happy Feet made me inexplicably giddy, Snakes on a Plane made me laugh, and The Departed was just SO. COOL.
5) Reese Witherspoon is looking more and more like a valley girl. Is this reverse aging??
6) Is Clint Eastwood really fluent in Italian? If so, that's so hot.
7) Kind of morbid question: How do they decide who's going to be in the "In Memorarium" section where they honor the dead people?
8) Note to self, based on that 10 second clip for "Best Picture" nominees: Watch "The Queen."

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Marshall v. Marshall, Part II / T&E Entry, Part II

In the wake of her death, Anna Nicole Smith's will was released to the public. I can't help but feel a little disgusted by the ridiculous media and courtroom circus that swirls around pretty much everything left in her life that can be debated by her lawyer, estranged family, or number of supposed lovers. I hope she's finally at peace.

That being said, it's quite diverting to consider the number of law blogs (or shall we call them blawgs?) that contemplate the contents of her will. Take, for example, these truly excellent posts, complete with extensive analyses. I would not be surprised if, long after memories of TrimSpa and Playboy fade, Vickie Lynn Marshall leaves a lasting legacy for T&E students across the country.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Late Late Night Ramblings

Two thoughts on this lovely early morn:

- I am seriously a huge fan of Nicolas Cage action movies. You heard me -- Nicolas Cage action movies. See, e.g., The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, National Treasure, and, yes, even Gone in Sixty Seconds, which, in case you didn't know, has three Oscar winners in it. Shocking to consider, no?

- From what I can tell, now is about the time when people start sniffing around the infamous "Casual Encounters" section of Craig's List for, how shall I put this?, anonymous nocturnal companions (*coughs* NSA sex partners *coughs*). Now what I'm wondering is...what happens if you show up or, perhaps marginally less embarassing, exchange pictures and you actually know the person? Or, even more mortifying, the person is your boss? Sure, maybe this isn't as much of an issue in a large city of eight million like NYC, but what about in some of the other places in which Craig's List has a listed presence such as, say, the ENTIRE STATE OF WYOMING, population 493,782? I mean, what do you do then? Move? Guess it's a good thing that, if there's anything Craig's List is more famous for than "Casual Encounters," it's "Apartments for Rent."

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"We are one step closer to having sexbots."

Direct quote from my friend upon watching this video.

So the $3925 question for those allergy sufferers is...would you rather pay $75 for a Yume-Neko Smile or $4000 for a hypoallergenic "lifestyle" cat?

The $3925 Question
$75 Kitty Robot
$4000 Hypoallergenic "Lifestyle" Cat
$0 Pound Kitty, allergies be damned!
Free polls from

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


"[G]round-based lasers might be used to zap debris."

It's really depressing to me to consider that we're not only trashing our planet, but we're also spreading our garbage out into the atmosphere. And, I'll be honest, it's also a little disappointing to realize those movie photos from Armageddon, Red Planet (no, uh...of course I didn't see this movie...), and the like are apparently inaccurate in their portrayals of the vast untouched universe beyond our Mother Earth.

Monday, February 05, 2007

New Yorkers are WEAK!

As Turgid and Trevor so eloquently put it, Chicago's high today was 2 degrees. Yes. Two.

And New Yorkers are saying their faces are freezing off at a relatively balmy 15?


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Is it really worth it?

Work's been rough, let's just say.

Then again, I got to take this picture today, which just makes my heart melt. Yes, I am definitely a cat lady at this point.

Friday, February 02, 2007

No, really, ONLY in New York

I never thought that my short walk to the subway would be ripe for people watching, but in the span of one block this morning I saw (1) youngster throwing up into a garbage can with hair held back by [presumably] mom, (2) teenagers having a fight in the intersection with girl storming off, guy calling out "so should I go back to school?," and girl screaming out "do whatever the f*** you want!" (ah, young love), and (3) older gent with the worst teeth I have EVER seen outside of Halloween dentures (actually, possibly even worse than some Halloween sets). What a great city. [/sarcasm]