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Kids don’t like green beans.

those do not look fresh

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1. Vibrating Mascara. Apparently this is so last year, but I guess I am behind the curve in the vibrating cosmetics world. But this is great, because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye!

Because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye.

2. Why does Toyota feel compelled to inform the public that this is a dramatization?

Are they trying to avoid this scenario?

Dear Toyota,

I took my new Prius for a drive in the country, and let me just say, there was NO rhythmic vocal soundtrack, the grass didn’t sway in my direction, and not one flower looked up at me with a baby face. I declare false advertising, and I want my $23,000 back.

Sternly,
Al Gore

3. Why I didn’t see the “from URL” tab when I tried to embed the hulu clip of Alec Baldwin as Gary, the oldest Jonas in this post.  I tried the embed code, then looked around online, but a lot of stuff I found was for WordPress installations on your own server, not WordPress.com. I was ranting wildly about “so-called web2.0” where social sites are supposed to integrate and connect not be irritating and stupid. It was a well-thought-out and eloquent rant for sure. Also, it was just in my head, as I was home alone with a cat, and I am not ready to be “she-who-yells-to-her-cat-about-the-Internet.”

But, seriously, look at this:

I didn't have my glasses on.  (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.

I didn't have my glasses on. (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.)

4. Why it took me two weeks to properly format this post.

So I guess I have been M.I.A., but not THIS M.I.A.. I could NEVER pull that off. Well, no one can, but I digress.

Anyway, I have still been taking screenshots like a mad woman. (Do mad women take screenshots?) So here is a bit of a screenshot explosion, with a Web 2.0 theme.

Twitter

No wonder Twitter keeps breaking . . .. poor little birdies.

No wonder Twitter keeps breaking . . . poor little birdies.

Facebook

The comment quote bubble looks like a thumbs down to me.  So I look at this and see that two people hated it and one liked it.  Every time.

The comment quote bubble looks like a thumbs down to me. So I look at this and see that two people hated it and one liked it. Every time.

WikiHow

Wait, what?  What constitutes an oriental baby carrier?

Wait, what? What constitutes an oriental baby carrier?

MySpace

Is this really a thing that he said?  Is this based on a quote at all?  I hope it is.

Is this really a thing that he said? Is this based on a quote at all? I hope it is.

I have been trying to make what should be a simple post for four days now. I have no idea what is wrong, and I want to be able to use some freaking css.

Grrr.

Here’s a Monday mini-Playlist (for when I’m feeling literal)

  1. I don’t like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas & the Papas
  3. Monday, Monday, Monday – Tegan & Sara

I promise that some day soon I will have that post up, but it is no longer funny to me AT ALL.

Someday little children, someday soon.

(This song used to really mess me up as a child, it made me feel alone and hopeless. I think it was even worse than Puff the Magic Dragon. Thanks Sesame Street!)

I am so excited to get to put up more
Google News screenshots!


Can’t you tell I’m excited?! I used an h1! Ooh I wonder if I can make an interrobang in HTML, let me Google. (hold please)

Yes! Man, it looks beautiful in Palatino Linotype. Thanks Wikipedia! And thank you depreciated font tag for making this possible. There’s just something about spending 5 hours knee-deep in XHTML and CSS that brings out the uber-geek in me.

Anyway! Back to our normal font, and our actual subject – MORE HILARIOUS GOOGLE GAFFES! You (didn’t) ask for em and you got em!

I'm sure there is an iPhone app that makes the creepy breathing.  That would have made it a lot easier for my brother to torture me as a child.

I'm sure there is an iPhone app that makes the creepy breathing. That would have made it a lot easier for my brother to torture me as a child.

Jonas Brothers app?

Jonas Brothers app?

AND! I cannot mention Jonas Brothers without mentioning my favorite Jonas, Gary – the oldest Jonas.

Even though it’s free, it might just not be the best day to go to Barton Springs . . .

there are a lot of things to think about here

I love the “local favorites” section on Netflix.

Apparently my neighbors are:
learned, ironic, lesbians, stoned, and British.

I <3 this town!

Sounds about right.

The library emailed me and Riding Lessons is on hold for me.  Yay!  This is my 2nd Sara Gruen audiobook.  I was completely engrossed in Water for Elephants for a few days this winter.  My kitchen was the cleanest place ever.  (I tend to work in the kitchen while audiobooking.)  I am excited to check out this one and figure out if I loved Water for Elephants because of 1) Sara Gruen’s writing, 2) the actors that read the book to me, 3) the circus setting.  Although I did love the actors and there is something so dirtily exotic about the circus, I hope that Gruen’s writing is as awesome as I think it is.

“Human devastation as mass entertainment” – Ani DiFranco

It’s almost noon, I’m watching the local news, and they keep running a teaser for a story on a controversial art exhibit at a public library in Texas.  I’m not sure if it’s the ALA Annual buzz running through my Facebook minifeed, or that I’ve been really using my public library a lot since graduation, but I’ve been feeling extra library-y lately. 

I have been waiting about a half hour for this story, and finally decided to consult the Internet.  I just read an article on CNN.com Sculptures reflect violent life on the border — and death that presented the case in a completely different tone than my local news. The news story was about 2 -3 minutes long, and was in the last “newsy” slot of the broadcast. In the teasers they didn’t ever mention or hint at context, it was just images of disembodied heads peppered with bullet holes and brilliant splatters of red paint. I understand that they wanted to keep us watching, and it’s more enticing and inflammatory to let our imaginations figure out the meaning behind these images on our own. I know my imagination went to the worst possible option for me.

I think that all library people have these locations where the personal clashes with the policy. I think at times most of us caveat our stance on intellectual freedom. Yes, you should be able to access any information you want, and I will help you and won’t judge, but I’m a feminist, and I’m a subset of feminists that finds pornography troubling. What do I do with that when I’m working at the reference desk?

Also, I’m a person whose life has been altered by suicide, and I see images of heads with bullet holes, and my stomach lurches and I want to grab all the children and “wrap them in a blue cloud cloth away from the too rough fingers of the world” (shout out to L. Hughes). So I was prepared. My stomach was steeled. I was ready to become indignant. But, when I read the article, and finally saw the entire news piece, my opinion immediately changed. “Oh,” I thought, “that’s about Juarez. So, it’s poignant.”

Other people’s tragedy is apparently ok. I do understand that talking about things that aren’t talked about, or expressing one’s feelings through art are incredibly important. I have a gender studies degree, a field born out of consciousness-raising sessions, I understand the power of thinking, feeling, sharing, and speaking.

I can’t help but think about a show I heard on public radio – I think it was This American Life, but I’m not sure. There was a woman whose family had been devastated by murder, talking about all of the cop/crime shows – Law and Order, CSI, Homicide, The Wire, The Shield – and how we as a culture seem to find murder one of our favorite forms of entertainment. For her, these shows made light of the tragedy her family went through. I don’t think she expected everyone to watch their words around her for the rest of their lives, or for all pop culture to change to reflect her tragedy, but she was just sickened by how common, accepted, and routine murder was.

I get this. When my stressed out friends and colleagues put their fake finger gun to their head my stomach bubbles with acid, and I feel the lurch from my intestines to my throat. “You just don’t know,” I think, “if you knew. You couldn’t do that. You would never be able to do that, say that, or make light of that if you knew.”

We all have our tragedies, we all have those “button issues” that chip away at our hearts. Who are we to think that ours should be the only protected category? And what would happen to us if we were unable to discuss ANY button issues? I don’t know. I really don’t. All I know is that I steer clear of Law and Order: Rape as Entertainment (aka SVU), don’t like things that are inflammatory for inflammatory’s sake, and will always always always be keenly aware of any reference to my personal list of tragedies.

People who want to help

There are many things I would rather do than think about student loans. It’s one of those necessary evils. (Although we’ll see in a year or two how “necessary” I think they are. Cross your fingers, let’s hope I still value my education after I’ve been paying for it for years after graduation.) Anyway, as you may have heard the government has made changes in interest rates and such, so I browsed on over to ed.gov land and did a bit of reading. I clicked on a link and got this fabulous warning:

If I default on my loan, will Rod Serling show up at my door?

If I default on my loan, will Rod Serling show up at my door?

THE INTERNET ZONE!

Watch out kids, keep your pets inside and away from the computer!

*tweet tweet*

  • RT @ghweldon: October: Linus is the Aleister Crowley of a pagan gourd-cult. December: Linus is all "THAT'S the true meaning of Christmas!"… 41 minutes ago
  • RT @michaelianblack: "Mr. President, when will you release your proof?" "At the appropriate time." "When is that?" "A couple weeks." *Eons… 16 hours ago
  • RT @RevDrBarber: Our president wants us to say ‘Merry Christmas’ but his policies wouldn’t take care of Mary, Joseph & Jesus. 16 hours ago
  • RT @jennyslate: If u feel uncomfy about saying "Dont speak that way about women" while in a social setting, imagine what it feels like to b… 1 day ago
  • Let’s expose, prosecute, and blackball all the sex offenders. Hollywood, athletes, the Supreme Court, 45. I’m all f… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 3 days ago