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The iPad is Here
Hey look! It's some gadget my husband will insist he needs!
The iPad, unveiled today (read a live blog here) is apparently like a giant iPhone, for old people, I'm guessing. Those little numbers are hard to push.
Also, this is a terrible name. Like Apple just came out with its own line of sanitary napkins. Which makes me wonder what kind of apps would come with that.
Balloon Fiesta Blues
When the alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I was surprisingly alert. Two years ago, I woke up at that time nearly every day, but times have changed. Though I was a couple hours short of my MSR (minimum sleep requirement), I was excited to go to the Balloon Fiesta for the first time in 18 years.
Divide and Conquer
Though Albuquerque’s mayoral race is non-partisan in theory, nobody’s fooled. Martin Chavez and Richard Romero are Democrats, while R.J Berry seems to have been manufactured in some sort of Republican factory that used no publicly financed roads to get there and where no workers or owners benefitted from things like public school or fire departments (he hates taxes, see?).
Crazy Pregnancy Stories
Babies are cute, and the other day I tried on a most fabulous coat without realizing it was maternity wear, so that’s cool now too. But what are some of the possible uncute consequences of deciding to get pregnant?
Seventy Years Ago Today
On Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland under the pretense of having been attacked by the Poles (it was staged by Nazis). This is generally regarded as being the beginning of World War II. Tens of millions of people would be killed in Europe and Asia before the end of the war.
Here is the British poet W.H. Auden’s poem “September 1, 1939” about the break-out of the war.
Crazy Moments in American History
I don’t mean the crazy stuff that’s happened to us, like Pearl Harbor or 9/11, both of which we can all agree, crazy. Instead, I’m talking about moments when the crazy level in America (a measurement of our citizens’ craziness) goes off the charts. Just this month, we’ve had the Birthers and the Health Care Town Hall Shouters, who liken Obama to Hitler because they think Obama’s a socialist and Hitler was a National Socialist (a movement which was actually fascist, but hey, words are confusing). Oh, and Sarah Palin.
So, there’s three. McCarthyism was pretty batshit as well. Also, waterbeds. What’s your vote?
What Would You Look Like in 1962?
“Mad Men” is coming back on August 16. It’s a really, really great show about advertising in the ‘60s. And sexism, racism, classism. With fabulous clothes. AMC is spreading the word through a variety of 21st century ways, like allowing you to make your own “Mad Men”-style avatar. Here is me. This is actually quite an accurate depiction of how I conduct meetings/teach class. Go here to make your own. Share them, won’t you?
Harry Potter and the Real Life Anime Character
Oh, the Internet. We’ve had a love/hate relationship for the past 14 years or so, but for this, I take it all back. I love you.
Jaysus! Frank McCourt Is Feckin’ Dead
As Nick Brown reported in this morning’s Daily Word, Frank McCourt, American Irish American (read his books if you’re confused) passed away at the age of 78. His books were funny and lively, but they also talked about poverty, the intolerance of religion, alcoholism and abuse in a way that was no less raw just because it made you laugh. When an American writes a memoir, it’s all, “Oh, my emotional scars. My therapist says I need to construct healthy boundaries in my relationship with food. Blah blah.”
May you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows your dead, Francis McCourt.
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