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Nerd Spot

A shout out to the nerdy and proud.

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Lifelong nerd, shameless Constitution-hugger, unreconstructed Democrat and thoroughgoing misanthrope

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Subservient Chicken


Try explaining this to your parents....

Subservient Chicken Is this the most bizarre website you have ever seen? If someone can explain to me why this should make me want to buy a BK sandwich, I'd love to hear it.

And speaking of BK, Dane Cook does some great standup on working at BK. You can listen to it for free on his website www.danecoook.com. "Where do I go?" (currently clip #4 on his site) is hilarious.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Nobody puts Lennie in a corner!

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Adventures in Briscoe County

So Friday and Saturday were the glorious kinds of days that make you wonder why it is that people stay in New England when other parts of the world have this weather all the time, and we settle for a few short weeks. The sun was bright and warm, almost too warm. They were the kind of days that make you thankful to be alive and fill your heart with hope and happiness. Then, of course, today was cool and rainy. Fitting as we mourn the weekend and prepare for drudgery of work tomorrow.

as i am geriatric in attitude if not so in years, i stayed in watched the season finale of SNL. I am quite heartbroken that Jimmy Fallon is leaving. Farewell Sully and Denise! Good Night and Have a Pleasant Tomorrow, Tina & Jimmy. You're welcome, Nick Burns. (yeah, i know he's not kenneth branagh and his tendency to laugh during sketches borders more on annoying than cute sometimes, but he is adorable.) Also waiting with mixed emotions (again, i know they're only t.v. shows) for the last law and order with jerry orbach as lennie briscoe. even though he supposedly will be on yet another l&o spinoff, the 2-7 just won't be the same without him, although jesse martin is fantastic. Check out some really cool pictures of Mr. Orbach as he films his last scene from Gothamist.

So in a totally awkward transition, i found a really cool turn of phrase that i have never heard before when i was looking up Troilus and Criseyde after watching a show on Troy today. "What really concerns us is that, in this poem, Chaucer, though still playing the part of hermit-crab—in a manner strange to modern notions, but constantly practised in medieval times and by no means unusual in Shakespeare—has quite transformed the house which he borrowed and peopled it with quite different inhabitants." How cool is that?

I also stumbled upon a cogent commentary on the media's fear of being labeled as biased driving reporters to abandon investigation, reflection and analysis of basic factual assertions by the Kerry and Bush campaigns. Check it out at the Columbia Journalism Review.

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Why do I look so serious when I'm going to be so rich?

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Opportunities at Wernham Hogg

Even though the BBC and BBCAmerica sites for The Office are actually pretty good, I found a great site that has plenty of downloads including Free Love Freeway and some deep thoughts from Gareth Keenan on knobrot and sharks. Check it out before NBC ruins this great show (even with the stupendously talented Steve Carrell).

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This American Life

From WBEZ in Chicago | This American Life This American Life is some of the greatest radio you will ever hear. Every week they choose a theme for a one-hour show and ask different writers and performers to contribute stories about it. There is usually some fiction, some documentary. It may sound boring but it's not. It's where I first heard David Sedaris who is so funny I had to pull over in my car from laughing. You can listen for free with realone player. Try "How to Win Friends and Influence People." (Episode 198, aired 11/2/01)

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?

Lydia the Tattoed Lady, that is. Excavating a Nubian cemetery at Hierakonpolis (400 miles south of Cairo), archaeologists discovered the remains of a 30-to-50-year-old woman that is tattooed virtually everywhere her skin is preserved. This is what the tattoos they were able to discern looked like. Researchers noted that tattoos are associated with entertainers in Egyptian culture, but are unsure whether that holds true for the Nubian culture at Hierakonpolis. Check out Archaeology Magazine's interactive dig for more.

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Tiny Dancer

According to Archaeology's Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis, "musical entertainers and acrobats are often shown with tattoos in New Kingdom Egypt. This drawing of an acrobatic dancer (Ramesside period, ca. 1300 B.C.) is of especially interest. Note the tattoos on her lower arm and across her rib cage, and take a good look at her "loin cloth.'"

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Nerdliness is next to godliness

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Main entry: nerd
Pronunciation: 'n&rd
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps from nerd, a creature in the children's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits (computer nerds)

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