Friday, February 26, 2010

If I hadn't already done one, it would be completely different now, too

My second-ever piece of music writing, an interview with Mexican punk/rock band Division Minuscula, is online. If it helps encourage you to read, below is their totally weird video.

If anyone who speaks Spanish wants to tell me what the song's about, I'd totally be into that, as it seems like it might be awesome.

One more for the snow

Just as the slush began to freeze last night and the snow began to be driven like little ice pellets into people's faces, I was getting on Russia Today live at their Midtown studio, which is how I know what time the slush began freezing and the snow began driving. You can see it, and my snow-and-wind-affected hair below!

More things I say

Although yesterday's Russia Today appearance isn't up quite yet, you can preview my wet-weather hair from Tuesday, when I appeared to talk about bonuses!

In the media now

Yesterday, the great folks at GritTV had me by to talk this week in media-- The Enquirer, Afghanistan and health care, to be specific. Check it out!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In my copious free time

I'm still blogging about economics at the Washington Independent, where reading each piece of depressing news I publish will make you smarter (right up until the point that you become as depressed as a stock broker in the wake of the failure of Lehman Brothers).

I did a stint on GritTV this morning and I'll make another appearance on Russia Today this afternoon (and post the videos when they are available).

And, I published an article about what there is -- and more significantly, what there isn't -- in Obama's health care plan for women at the Women's Media Center.

Friday, February 19, 2010

And now for something completely different

So, as part of my brilliant plan to pay my rent, I've been trying my hand at other types of writing. My first successful experiment: this profile of DJ Boogie Blind, a super-nice Harlem-based DJ who will be performing at SXSW 2010.

Anyway, it went well enough that Spinner hired me for a second one which, if the submission-to-publication timeline holds true, should be up in a week. In the mean time, go Google DJ Boogie Blind so you can listen to him spin, he's pretty kick-ass.

Listen Live!

At 10:00 today, I'll be co-hosting "Wilshire & Washington" with the fabulous Maegan Carberry, where we'll be talking to former Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell. You should be able to listen below (but, if not, click here).

The write-up by Maegan at the Huffington Post is here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Today is one of the few days in my life that I agree with Harry Reid, and disagree with Ezra Klein. Read why in The Guardian:

Dems' filibuster days a distant memory

And, if you haven't been keeping up on why Russia Today keeps asking me to talk about economics on the air, check out my work at the Washington Independent...

Apparently, I'm popular in Russia

So, the fabulous people at Russian Today seemingly think I'm awesome -- and they've had be on three times this week. Today, it was about my Washington Independent article on how little the stimulus has affected the African-American community:

The day after Valentines, it was all about how Goldman Sachs sucks:

Here, I start at 5:45:

Here, I'm right up top:

Not to belittle their intelligence, but having never seen them until I looked up these clips, my hosts are kind of completely gorgeous.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When I meet new people, I always tell the same few stories -- someplace I've traveled, some experience that turned out awesome. What are your best stories?

My best story is the one no one else has heard, that has the most relevance to the audience at hand.

I'm probably more self-deprecating, so if there are stories that I probably re-tell, they are ones in which I appear more clown-like than awesome.

Express yourself.

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's been a long time since I saw him. How is your beaver doing these days?

Snagglepuss, who identifies as female, is doing quite well. She's currently practicing a fan dance atop the bookshelf in my bedroom.

Express yourself.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Have you ever taken an IQ test? What do you think about those, anyways?

My parents have indicated that I took one when I was about 4: I have a late birthday, and the school wanted them to keep me in daycare for another year. They apparently came to a compromise over an IQ test, which must've come back pretty positive because I started kindergarten before I turned 5.

My parents have never told me what I scored, if they even know. The one comment my mom made about it was that, in 1981, it was very classist: she mentioned one question was about your father wearing a tie to work, for instance. Well, my father owned his own business and has always hated ties, so I hadn't ever seen one on a close family member and didn't understand the basis of the question. But, these issues have always plagued standardized tests, including the SATs, and tend to account for (at least some, if not all) of the statistical differences between some groups of students to this day.

In general, I think all standardized tests are bullshit. They're a great measure of how well you take standardized tests and, to a lesser degree, the ability to express a certain minimal knowledge base within that format. As a student, I loved them because they were easy to ace because I am a good test-taker, but even then I knew they weren't an accurate result of my knowledge of a subject or intelligence. For instance, in a required survey course for the English major I originally went to college to get, the class was so large that the teacher gave us a standardized test on either The Iliad or The Odyssey (I forget) and, despite having read no more than a few pages of the ook, I got an A based on listening to class discussion alone. That's the moment that I realized most of my academic achievements, grade-wise, were based on a house of cards and I was either really going to have to buckle down in my studies or get way worse grades that I did in high school.

So, yeah, I think they're all bullshit.

Ask me anything

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

If you were offered $100, and all you had to do was get your feet tickled for an hour, would you do it? How ticklish are your feet?

I'm going to take a wild guess that a lot of lady formspringers have gotten this "question."

I would not take money to allow a person to perform what was for them a sexual act regardless of whether I categorized that act as sexual in my own life. I prefer to share my sexuality with a partner who shares their sexuality with me unencumbered by commerce.

I would also not agree to share in a sexual act with someone who first offered me money for it, as they've already indicated that they view my sexuality as a commodity. It is not.

I also don't share in sexual acts with someone who expresses an interest in only one aspect of my physical body. I'm a whole person, and I expect and demand to be treated like one.

If you are looking for someone to engage in this with you, I strongly suggest seeking out like-minded people in forums designed to connect people with specific sexual preferences or needs rather than offering to pay strangers whose interest is minimal. If you specifically wish to pay someone to engage in this with you, I suggest finding a professional sex worker who is either experienced in this particular fetish or willing to accommodate your specific needs. Your current technique for finding partners is otherwise likely to result in more rejection.

Ask me anything

Another appearance, another hair critique

Stupid weather! Here I pull out all the stops and 10 years worth of knowledge to try to explain the interconnectedness of global financial markets and why Goldman Sachs is involved in the Greek debt crisis.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Writing, writing, writing (and a little talking)

It's been a little busy, but here's the score: I'm guest-blogging at the Washington Independent through the end of the month, writing about economics and fun stuff like that. My archive is here, so you can follow along. In the mean time, a list of what I've written:

China Threatens to Dump U.S. Treasury Bonds Over Taiwan Arms Sales
Is the Greco-European Financial Crisis Goldman’s Fault, Too?
Bernanke States the Obvious About Interest Rate Hikes, Wall Street Flinches
Swiss-Based UBS Sinks Its Claws Into Bankers’ Bonuses
Why Obama Doesn’t Begrudge Bankers Their Bonuses This Year
Hawaii’s 2007 Tax Cut Turned Into a 600 Percent Increase in 2010
How Wall Street Spun the Press on Campaign Donations to Dems
Citi to Keep Bilking Customers Despite New Regulations
Journal Lambasts Menendez for Trying to Save Bank, Buries Key Facts
Ex-Merrill CEO Thain Can’t Do Worse at Bankrupt CIT Group
How Goldman Bet Against Mortgages and Got Government to Foot the Bill
With Friends Like PIMCO, Treasury Hardly Needs Enemies

And, what else? A little thing for The Guardian on Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative:
Obesity: Michelle Obama's lost cause?

And, if that's not enough, I'll be on GritTV tomorrow at noon, too. UPDATE: Due to an explosion and fire, that didn't happen. When they get re-situated -- the windows and everything are all blown out -- we're going to try to reboot. Instead, I'll be on Russia Today at 7 pm ET to talk Goldman Sachs and Greek debt.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The best thing to happen yesterday

The Dixie Chicks retweeted me. Yes, those Dixie Chicks.

The link is to their "Not Ready To Make Nice" video, because I hear that song when crazy right-wing people attack me on the Internet a lot.

Anyway, some days, it's the little things.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More fun things to do with unemployment!

Write, write, write -- and I've done a bunch of it. My latest:

Latte-sipping liberals – it's time to grind some beans (Comment is free)
Budget 2011: What Will Women Gain? (Women's Media Center)

And, boy do I need some coffee right now.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Your take on Barack Obama's conference with the Republicans? I thought it was quite the smackdown.

It was great political television. But if the smackdown starts and ends there, it won't matter in 9 months.

Ask me anything

Monday, February 1, 2010

Budget Today, Russia Today

Here I am, talking Gitmo trials, "It's the economy, stupid" and the 2011 budget proposal.

I did my own hair this time, and you can totally tell. I wish I could pay the lovely MSNBC lady to follow me around and make me look polished.