Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm not gonna lie

I wrote this post about carnivorous furniture for io9 because made me think of a Zombie Cherry the Chair chasing down terrified humans.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The below "Thiller" video is a poor substitute for the original which, naturally, I can't embed because music companies are fucking stupid about this shit.

Anyway, my "Thriller" story. From my mouth and my attitude, you'd probably never know it, but I led a pretty sheltered childhood. My parents still don't have cable; they don't listen to Top 40 stations. We watched a lot of "Murder She Wrote" and the family-friendly shit ABC aired on Fridays and I used to sneak downstairs at an ungodly hour to watch "Dukes of Hazard" and "Jem" on the teeny TV in my dad's workshop because I didn't think they would approve.

I saw the Thriller video when I was 5, at a winter camp thing that involved a bunch of father-daughter bonding with other fathers and daughters (a YMCA Indian Princesses sleep-away, though I'm sure they call it something else now). The girls ranged in age from 5-12 (or so), and I was the youngest. They gave me a Pepsi -- and my parents didn't let me drink caffeine, so I ended up high as a kite and up all night.

I also ended up scared shitless. It was at least 15 years before I could hear the Vincent Price interlude without shuddering and having nightmares. I may have cried. I'm pretty sure this is why I still can't really stand zombie movies, despite an overwhelming love of gore and action pictures.

That summer, our babysitter's kids had the vinyl record. I couldn't listen to that song, but we danced around their basement like crazy to the rest of it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Health care in this country sucks

I was on Live yesterday, talking health care, single payer plans, the public option and why it all sucks.

Yes, when it's hot and humid, I wear my hair curly because it's too hot to blow it dry and it won't stay straight anyway.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Moral dilemmas

Now, I promised I would visit my grandfather this weekend. Promised! But Werner Herzog! Speaking! I want to say my grandfather would understand, but he wouldn't. Sigh.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The (Re-) Start of Crap

Crappy Hour is back! Today with Spencer Ackerman; tomorrow... well, you'll have to read!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sample things said when seeing this sign

"Yeah, if your child doesn't grow over 5 foot"
"'My girlfriend thinks it's creepy, but it was an investment!'"
"If your child dies young, sure."

Breakfast of champions

Coffee and a pomegranate mimosa -- 2, and Johnny D's let's you keep the glass. I'll be keeping the glass.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Lunch at Gloucester House

Beer and bacon-wrapped scallops, nom nom nom. Gotta bring your own awesome friends, though.

Drunken music

Regina Spektor: "Beneath the stars that came falling upon our heads, but they're just old light. They're just old light"

Friday, June 19, 2009

Food blogging, cont'd

Two whole chickens, brined whole in salt and sugar with lemon juice. Garlic and quartered limes under the skin; rubbed in mint, kosher salt, thyme and oregano. Grilled on charcoal, bitches. JC is the man.

I am obsessed with food right now

It used to be, when I was employed full time, I ate out all the time. Recently, this has not been the case, save special occasions. Today, though, blogging from Boston I ordered a small pizza and it cost me $7. This is a $7 pizza, dudes, it is 3 meals easy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Yeah, we went to a bar and seriously just ordered a side of motherfucking bacon. Sue us.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer memories

Drinking a Kolsch off a Hofbrauhaus coaster... Ahhh 1998.

Rapunzel, Redux

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

This was probably a really creative name

20 years ago.

Also, my driver is playing Oleta Adams. You know he doesn't listen to this on his own. I feel somewhat insulted that he deemed this my taste in music. Only somewhat, because I do own this song BUT it is not on my iPod, which I feel is the definitive list of what I really listen to anyway.

Friday, June 5, 2009

You Should Have Bought It

But if you didn't, the full-text version of my Ms. article on Hillary Clinton is finally available online.

Gene-stealing, Bat-language and Vampire, oh my

The folks at io9 keep asking, so I keep writing: on gene-patenting and bat languages.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It Won't Eat Your Face, But It Will Shit Your Car

My newest io9 post, on how scientists are trying to create bacteria or algae to shit scarce metals, like manganese and colbalt, and avoid armed international conflict.

Related: do you know where the metals in your cell phone were sourced from? (Answer: no).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fatboy Slim, Christopher Walken and Nuclear Annihilation

And my other io9 piece on our ability to actually destroy the Earth with nuclear weapons, with bonus "Weapon of Choice" video.

[With special thanks to my friend Dan, who fact-checked my incredible rusty math skills]

I'm a huge geek...

Do you read io9? 'Cause I do, and I've written my first piece for them, on beating futuristic lie detectors. There will be more to come...

I want you to be crazy, 'cause you're boring, baby, when you're straight

So many reasons this song, and that lyric, means something to me, and so few I will write about in public. Best explanation: never be with someone you loves a version of you. Be with someone who loves you with full knowledge of who you are and loves you because of it, rather than in spite of it.