July 31, 2008 at 1:18 pm (anthropology)

Guess which Bronx-born anthropologist will not only be adjuncting at a small, private college this fall, but will also be presenting a paper at the Great Big Anthropology Conference in San Francisco in November?


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Women Can Be Haters, Too

July 29, 2008 at 9:19 am (Entertainment)

I have got to stop reading Yahoo news.  I can’t help clicking on the stupid headlines that emerge when I check my email.   But for my own peace of mind, I need to resist them.  Honestly, aside from the authors of my textbook, there isn’t a lazier group of published writers in the English language.

Today’s tidbit concerns a new SONY game, Fat Princess, which, acc. to Yahoo,

is a capture-the-flag game with a twist: you can thwart capture attempts by locking the once-thin princess in a dungeon and stuffing her full of cake, thereby increasing her girth and making her harder for your enemies to haul back to home base.

As you can imagine, this game doesn’t win fans among feminists and fat-acceptance activists.   As one female gameplayer eloquently commented,

Anyway, congrats on your awesome new game, Sony. I’m positively thrilled to see such unyielding dedication to creating a new generation of fat-hating, heteronormative assholes. It’s not often I have the opportunity to congratulate a cutting-edge tech company on such splendiferous retrofuck jackholery. Way to go! The Fat Princess of Shakes Manor salutes you. Source: LindseyIndigo on

“Splendiferous retrofuck jackholery.”  That is sublime.

An interview with SONY art director, James Green, revealed that the creator of Fat Princess is, GASP, a woman!  In response to which the extremely enlighted Ben Silverman muses,

Hmmm…hope the game’s detractors don’t mind eating a bit of crow.

Right, because feminism is women against men.  And women never act or think in ways that block their own emancipation.  And fat people never experience discrimination from women.  Women love everyone, especially other women.

Splendiferous retrofuck jackholery, indeed.

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Yes, It’s the Internet’s Fault

July 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

In this bizarrely illustrated story (why is Angelina Jolie’s face hovering over the paragraph about Emma Thompson?) about celebrity luddites, we learn that

Elton John is nostalgic for the low-tech vibe of the 1970s. The singer frequently talks about the Internet’s stifling effect on community and creativity and even suggested to U.K. paper The Sun that the Internet be shut down for five years to spark better quality art and music.

Now that is the pot calling the kettle black (or the old bag calling the computer putty-colored, or whatever). Really, was it email that inflicted “Candle in the Wind 1997” on an unsuspecting world?  Perhaps the first computer to be shut down should be yours, Dame John.

Also of note are Angelina Jolie’s superhuman powers. Lookit:

Jolie often jokes about her lack of technology skills, saying that partner Brad Pitt helps her navigate computers. Jolie’s admission is surprising, says Heather Dale, editor of gadget blog GeekSugar. “She’s so up on the news and involved, and it doesn’t seem like she would want to be dependent on anyone for tech help,” explains Dale. “She must get her news from newspapers and other traditional media.”

OH MY GOD. She gets her news from newspapers?  My Lord, is there nothing this woman can’t do?  Maybe tomorrow we’ll see an article about how she listens to the radio, too!

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I Have Characteristics

July 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm (anthropology)

From the teacher’s guide for the course I teach:

Older women may have less drive to remarry and they are more likely to have characteristics that affect their suitability to potential partners.

Hmm, since BOTH negative and positive characteristics affect suitability, is the book trying to tell me that older women are more likely to have characteristics in general?  And more likely than WHO, exactly?  Older men, younger women, younger men?  Whoever they are, they are characteristicless, and their suitability remains unaffected.  WHAT?

Then comes this helpful nugget:

There are three main contexts from which divorced men and women might find another partner: in the workplace, through leisure activities, and through their social network.

In other words, in the places they go and through the people they meet.  Revelatory.  Next thing the book is going to tell me is that divorcees tend to pick contemporary, live, human partners who exist in time and space.

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Tiny Achievement

July 28, 2008 at 1:31 pm (der Fuß)

Who stood on her right foot for the first time in 4 and a half months?  Yes, it’s ME!  My bare right foot actually touched the floor, and then I put weight on it.  My left leg and both arms were helping too, thanks to the bench in the PT place.  This weekend, I also stood in the kitchen for 2 minutes (gripping onto the sink) and stood in the bathroom with help from the towel bar.

It was odd, strange, and a little unsettling.  The weight felt heavier on the right side.  I mean, that I could even feel the weight was strange.  Because my left leg just feels like it feels when I stand on it.  Sometimes it feels tired.  Sometimes the knee aches.  But I never felt gravity pull straight down through my heel.

And the tendons and ligaments, they are tight.  They are unused to working in tandem.  And my right leg feels a little shorter than the left (when in fact the opposite was true before the accident).  Stretching is key.  The entire leg will get stronger before it gets flexible.  So, once I am strong enough to walk, I will probably clomp along like Frankenstein’s monster.

In other news, the car insurance company has scheduled an appointment for me with their medical examiner in August.  Way to get on that claim as soon as possible.

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Attention “Smoove” Dudes on the Dating Sites

July 21, 2008 at 10:26 pm (Dating)

The expression is “calm, cool, and collected” NOT “calm, cool, and collective.”  I am not a hive.

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What I’ve Always Wanted

July 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm (anthropology)

Cliff’s Notes for the social sciences!

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Dear Movie Producers

July 17, 2008 at 9:58 pm (Entertainment)

If there already exists a multipart miniseries that is widely considered to be the DEFINITIVELY EXCELLENT  (or excellently definitive) film version of a book, please do not bother making a flimsy 2 hour movie about the same book.  It didn’t work for Pride and Prejudice and it’s not going to work for Brideshead Revisited.

I love Emma Thomspon, but for me, Claire Bloom is the only Lady Marchmain.

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What I Did at Work Today, Part 2

July 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm (Work)

Who the hell cares?  What’s important is that, despite the scenario that played over and over in my head, I did not kill a bunch of motherfucking morons.

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July 10, 2008 at 10:54 am (Uncategorized)

Today’s Dinosaur Comic sums it up.

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