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"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." -Ray BradburyAnd via Entertainment Weekly...could Futurama be coming back? I would dig this. I *heart* Futurama. That dog episode (Jurassic Bark) made me bawl like a little baby. Here's an old Slate article on Billy Joel that made me think that Rand secretly wrote it.
All this came to a head in my freshman year of high school when I discovered Elvis Costello, who, a friend informed me, "writes songs about why people like Billy Joel are just so bad."And here's another one (more recent) that's sure to get the collective panties of the Christian right in a bunch: What if Mary wasn't a Virgin? The author is a woman and an Episcopal priest. I loved this rant at No NCLB.org:
But I know the inequities are there. I know that you can tell who will do well in school and who will fail by looking at the parents' bank balance. I know that in my own school system most of the native kids fail to graduate high school. But I know deep down in my soul privatized is not the way.And since I haven't gotten around to writing about the cancellation of the West Wing yet, I give you Kelly's post on the subject. I own seasons 1-5 on DVD, and am currently watching season 3 with Rand. We just watched "The Women of Qumar," which is clear proof that Allison Janney deserved her emmys. I adore Allison Janney. I haven't really been keeping up this season, what with the whole Sunday time slot and all, but I will catch up. And I'll be likely to tune in and see how it ends. Finally, don't forget to check in over at my other blog...I just finished the second Undead book and am halfway through See Jane Date. (loving it!) I'll be posting about both soon. :)|W|P|113833225581618338|W|P|Blog soup*|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. Oneman, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Susan. Be honest. What do you make?" Susan, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? "I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence. "You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them write. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math and perfect their final drafts in English. I make them understand that if you have the brains, and follow your heart, and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you must pay no attention because they just didn't learn." Susan paused and then continued. "You want to know what I make? 'I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.' What do you make?"When I was in fifth grade, I had a teacher that I absolutely adored. She was interesting and fun and everything that a great fifth grade teacher should be. One day, I got some catalogs in the mail that were clearly "teacher" material. I brought them in to show my teacher. "Maybe it means I'm supposed to be a teacher when I grow up," I beamed. She laughed. "You're too smart to be a teacher." And that little throwaway comment might have squashed a dream...might have...but instead, it just put it on hold. After I graduated from college with my communication arts degree, I went back home and worked for a daily paper. I liked being a reporter okay, but I never felt like I belonged there. I never felt like it was what I was *supposed* to be doing. I didn't have the drive, the hunger. I was (and still am, I think) a good writer, but never a great journalist. I just didn't have it in me. One day, when I was in the high school, I bumped into my most favorite teacher ever, Mrs. L. She asked me what I was doing and what my plans were, and I told her that I was thinking about back to school for teaching certification. "Oh, you'd make a wonderful teacher," she said. So thank you, Mrs. L, for being a wonderful teacher and a wonderful friend. Thank you for making a difference.|W|P|113820037457848441|W|P|What teachers make|W|Pemail@example.com
16. R Kelly Charges: As if videotaping himself urinating on an underage girl wasn�t bad enough, Kelly decided to follow up by inflicting the worst piece of music in American history upon the public consciousness. Kelly claims he is a genius for squeezing out what are so far 12 installments of his �hip hopera,� �Trapped in the Closet� like so many virtually identical turds, with no variation in musical content and a story line so patently terrible that it soon became the subject of a parody-frenzy involving Saturday Night Live, South Park, Mad TV, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Upright Citizens brigade, among many others. Even his good songs all seem to be about fucking underage girls. Exhibit A: Seriously�pissing on an underage girl. Sentence: Trapped in a closet. Eventually dies of thirst.|W|P|113805103146541643|W|P|Why the Beast is awesome|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
I had a great time at GAFilk, and I've been very excited to post some of the highlights of the weekend.
There's a pretty comprehensive entry on filk in Wikipedia, which should answer a lot of questions! And here are the highlights:
-GAFilk is the third convention I've attended with Rand, and it's the first one I've attended with both Rand and Adam. I enjoyed having the chance to just "hang out" with Adam and get to know him better. There was, of course, lots of late night hotel room overtired silliness. :) This also meant I got to see Rand and Adam play together again, which I always like. They did a bunch of old stuff, from Less Than Art, including Still Can't Buy Me Love and Dollar Fifty Movies. These are always crowd pleasers.
-I got to spend some time with Mark Osier, who, sadly (for us!) is moving across the country to Seattle. It was fun to watch Mark's face as Tony and Michelle, joined by Rand and Adam, performed Jonathan Coulton's song SkullCrusher Mountain. It was priceless.
-I got to watch Adam react to Dan Glasser's performance of his Demon Lullaby (Close Your Eyes). Apparently, Adam had never witnessed this before. The song, which is very clever and funny (if creepy), got second place in an OVFF songwriting competition in 2002. The theme of the contest--"For Our Children." BWAH!
-Always a pleasure is seeing and hearing Michelle Dockrey perform her fabulous song Girl That's Never Been. Do check out the lyrics, although it won't give you the full experience. I get chills when she sings this.
-As a special treat for me, Debbie and Jodi, with the help of Michelle and Tony, put together a performance of Library Boy, which was written as a birthday present for Rand in 2002. I adored it, Rand blushed a little, and I really, really wish I had a recording of it online that I could point you to. ;)
-The banquet was great fun. Jodi and the rest of the band were fantastic!
(Debbie has much better photos from the banquet!)
-Watching Debbie watch people perform is one of my favorite experiences in the world. She radiates a joy and warmth that fills the entire room.
-Seeing Dandelion Wine (Dave and Tom) perform. These guys are incredible
-Can't believe I forgot this, but Steve and Katy! I got to hear Steve perform Snitch-ball Wizard, from his rock-opera Harry. Hee!
-And finally, a general observation about filk circles. When you hear a song in a filk circle, it's an entirely new and different experience. You can take a song that sounds fantastic when the performers do it alone and put it in the circle...and it takes on a life of it's own. Someone adds a fiddle part. Someone else joins in on the bodhran. Maybe someone plays the flute or the pennywhistle. Six or eight or maybe even sixteen people add fantastic harmonies. Others pick up their guitars, figure out the chords, and play along. Suddenly, it's more than a song; it's a shared experience, an expression of community and friendship. And that is very, very cool.
Thank you for coming!
And thank you, both. :)
Also: *blush* :)
It was great seeing you and Rand again! And Stephanie's right...you guys ARE just so darned cute.
Here are a few more Erin pics, by the way:
So, ya going next year, Erin?
Lois has a lifetime membership to Gafilk and an invitation to return anytime she'd like. I might drop her an e-mail to remind her of that, but obviously it depends on her own time and resources to make the trip. (Of course, if a group of fans wanted to raise money to try and waif her to the con, well, I'm sure that wouldn't go amiss. I bet I could even find a spare $20 or so to send towards that. :))
It was great to see you again. Can't wait to see the photos you took!
Oh, and an English professor friend of mine (another Erin!) likes to comment how most people seem to think that an apostrophe means "look out, an s is coming!"
Debbie-great photos as always. Thanks!
Rob-I do have RSS enabled, so you should be able to pick it up on whatever reader you use.
Blogshy-I hope to go again next year...you can give me the extra incentive by saying you'll be there! Urban Tapestry will be the guest(s?) of honor, and they are amazing! Oh, and they're talented, too. ;)
Vixy-I laughed out loud at that. Awesome. It was great to see you, too. I hope you guys make it to FKO!
Allison-I'll certainly do my darndest to be there!
Ok, so Livejournalers can now pick up this blog by friending "eringobloggy".
Now I'm *much* more likely to notice when you update! :)
I think you'll like them.
What's a girl to do?
The liquor stores in PA don't sell beer...only "beer distributors" sell beer. I think you can get 4-packs of wine coolers at the liquor store, though.
Ok, you can smoke in TN, which, uh...blows.
But good grocery stores? Hey, I lived in the Bay area, and got spoiled.
Thankfully, we have an Earth Fare. And a Fresh Market, and...well, more than BiLo (which, it turns out, is here as well.)
And I love being able to go out to eat and order more than a baked potato, bread and side salad; I will 40 before I run out of veg-friendly options around here!
In St. Marys? Not so much. "We can scrape the bacon off?"
I've lived her for 34 years, and no matter what "little things" are, the big thing is, many people are fleeing to find a better job elsewhere.
I would personally love to be paid what I'm worth with 3 college degrees.
The glass ceiling here still exists.
There is patronage afoot in every job you try to apply for. (I was a patronage worker - I see the downside of it.)
I could move to Jersey and still be able to visit wegmans. Hell I would probably even have a better paying job there!
Government is rife with patronage. The private sector not so much. Unless you consider networking and professional reputation as patronage.
BS in Elementary Education from the 1990s.
BS in Computer Security recently.
I guess I have a pretty scarce education.
Mighty Taco in the 1970s was known as "Mighty Dog."
2. No, no gender distinction in the like/dislike of the show.
3. Arrested Development
Slightly to the left and about a half-step back. But yeah I watch it every night on TBS. Last night was one of my fave episodes: "The Opera." "A crazy clown is after you? Oh that's rich."
2. Do you think there is a gender distinction, and if so, what do you think it's about?
It might be a stupid humor thing or a low-art/high-art thing. I personally love stupid humor, sly humor, whatever -- so long as it's funny. I find "Seinfeld" funny. Much of the humor is character-based, which is what I like to read as well. It could be that fewer women cop to digging "Seinfeld" b/c it's not high-art enough, if that makes any sense. I love me some Austin Powers, I love me some "South Park" and I love me some "Seinfeld."
As unfortunately stereotypical as it is, I think more women would admit to watching shows like "Mad About You" (remember that pile of poo?) or "Raymond" or some other mix-n-match sitcom than a show like "Seinfeld." I honestly don't get why more women don't like it.
3. What's your favorite sitcom?
I would have to say "Seinfeld," if forced to choose one. Recent faves that come to mind are "Friends" "The Office" (UK is better but US is quite good) "Scrubs" "My Name Is Earl" (can't miss it) "The Drew Carey Show" (early episodes). When I was a toddler, my parents couldn't tear me away from "Sanford and Son."
2. Don't think so. See #1.
3. I still love Seinfeld. Favorite current sitcom: Arrested Development.
2. Now that you mention it...all the guys at the office LOVE it. I think it is similar to the 3 Stooges theory. Anything funny wil entertain men for hours, but women have to really appreciate a joke to laugh. Seinfeld has enough well crafted humor that women like it, but men really like it.
3.I'm more of a Drama girl myself.
I don't know about gender: I just felt it was a show featuring four very unpleasant characters, and as I already worked with very similar people, I wasn't going to give my free time over to them.
Hmmm...we're not actually watching many funny shows these days.
I adore Coupling (BBC version, not the crap produced by NBC), I really liked Kitchen Confidential (FOX sucks), I still laugh at M*A*S*H, and have fond memories of Soap and Benson.
Oooh...Mad About You. One of the only comedies I ever taped.
My favorites (current) are Arrested Development (pffft to Fox) and Scrubs. Past favorites include Friends and, of course, the aforementioned Cheers. I also liked Wings.
Jeff & I don't have cable tv, but we borrow tv shows from friends. Our current favourite: Arrested Development.
Past fave sitcoms, in no particular order:
Dick Van Dyke (I guess that kinda dates me, eh?)
I Love Lucy (the date thing again)
1. re: Seinfeld. I feel the same way as you.
2. re: gender distinction. Hm, don't know.
Sitcoms I've liked:
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Partridge Family
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Wonder Years
Malcolm in the Middle
The only sitcom I watch semi-regularly right now is "Everybody Hates Chris". Good writing, good characters.
2. The majority of people I know who still watch are men
3. Too tough
The Partridge Family
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
And I'm horrified to realize I left "Cheers" off my list.
2. Not that I've seen. Three Stooges? Sure. But not Seinfeld.
3. All time...I'll have to go with Yes, Prime Minister. Which probably says something about just how far out of touch my taste in sitcoms is. My favorite American network sitcom is, of course, The Simpsons. Also like the original Coupling (not the justifiably short-lived American version), MASH, Soap, and Police Squad. I remember being very fond of Night Court and Cheers, but after seeing reruns in recent years, I don't think they've aged well for me.
2. personal experience: yes. My husband LOVES Seinfeld.
3. Friends (especially the early years), Cheers, Mad About You -- but none of them come near my all-time favorite show: NYPD Blue, which was a drama.
Thanks for all the responses! :)
2. I haven't noticed one.
3. The Office (British version, of course)
2)Well, I can't speak for everyone, but my husband (Kevin J. Hosey) hates it.
3) Family Guy
1) I do not like or enjoy Seinfeld.
2) I agree with others that your sense of humor is more important than your gender to liking it.
3) I like a number of the show that were listed above, but one that I really liked and even bought the series was SportsNight.
2. Haven't really noticed a gender distinction -- the men and women I know seem to like or dislike it in near-equal numbers.
3. All-time favorite remains "M*A*S*H." Although "The Simpsons" is in the running, and "Taxi," "Cheers" and "WKRP" certainly had some great ensemble casts.
Can take it or leave it. I think it's reasonably amusing, but hardly essential.
2. Do you think there is a gender distinction, and if so, what do you think it's about?
No idea. There is a sort of "boys club" feel to it. Even Julia Louis-Dryfuss is one of the guys, so that may feed into it.
3. What's your favorite sitcom? (current or past)
All time? Probably the UK comedy "Coupling". Currently? "How I Met Your Mother", which is about three times better than it has any right to be.