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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Bush jokes at holding Cinco de Mayo party on 4th - Yahoo! News

Bush jokes at holding Cinco de Mayo party on 4th - Yahoo! News


How did a man who can't read a calendar manage to get himself elected President? How can we trust a man who can't read a calendar to be President? As they said on Koffee-Tãlk, 'I am getting all farklempt, discuss amongst yourselves.'

The New York Times > Technology > Technology Special > Form & Function: As Cellphones Bulk Up, How Much Is Too Much?

The New York Times > Technology > Technology Special > Form & Function: As Cellphones Bulk Up, How Much Is Too Much?: "In surveys of cellphone users, respondents say there are three things they always take with them when they leave home: wallet, keys and cellphone. A recent survey conducted for BBDO Worldwide, the advertising agency, found that 75 percent of cellphone owners in the United States kept their phones turned on and within reach 16 or more hours a day. And when asked if they had ever answered their mobile phones during sex, 15 percent said yes. Go figure."

Only in my twisted mind would I wonder if in countries where people are heavy text messengers, what the percent of people who text message while having sex?

Lets not even begin to start about the Jewish mothers who complain when the children don't pick up the phone. When you call them back, should you tell them that the reason you didn't pick up the phone was the you were in the middle of the act that has the opportunity to bring them a grandchild. What is the good jewish mother going to say;
"That wasn't a good reason for you not to pick up, you could have been dying and in need of a bowl of chicken soup. You were in bed, during the day none the less! Pick up the phone when I call you."

The New York Times > Technology > Technology Special > Form & Function: As Cellphones Bulk Up, How Much Is Too Much?: "In surveys of cellphone users, respondents say there are three things they always take with them when they leave home: wallet, keys and cellphone. A recent survey conducted for BBDO Worldwide, the advertising agency, found that 75 percent of cellphone owners in the United States kept their phones turned on and within reach 16 or more hours a day. And when asked if they had ever answered their mobile phones during sex, 15 percent said yes. Go figure."

Only in my twisted mind would I wonder if in countries where people are heavy text messengers, what the percent of people who text message while having sex?

Lets not even begin to start about the Jewish mothers who complain when the children don't pick up the phone. When you call them back, should you tell them that the reason you didn't pick up the phone was the you were in the middle of the act that has the opportunity to bring them a grandchild. What is the good jewish mother going to say;
"That wasn't a good reason for you not to pick up, you could have been dying and in need of a bowl of chicken soup. You were in bed, during the day none the less! Pick up the phone when I call you."

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Reading Jewish

The New York Times > Washington > Election 2004 > On the Avowed Left Coast, a Feeling of Being Left Out


I will leave my personal politics off this blog, and only comment on other subjects. Which means that I can comment on the quote of Wilder Schmaltz that ran in this article in the NYTimes.

"Given the gravity of things, there was really only one thing that Wilder Schmaltz, a 25-year-old Portland artist who had refused to remove the anti-Bush button from his lapel, felt he could do. He called a friend and headed straight to the Red and Black Cafe, an all-organic, wheat-free, vegetarian coffee and food shop, which is run as a collective and is a popular hangout of the Socialist Party USA's candidate for president, Walt Brown.

"I figured that in this place we wouldn't run the risk of being around any cheering Republicans," Mr. Schmaltz said.

Upon entering the cafe, Mr. Schmaltz, who is Jewish, grabbed off the cafe's bookshelf "A Beggar in Jerusalem," by Elie Wiesel, and read it glumly over a bowl of vegetarian chili. "Something Jewish will do me good right now," he said."

Why does one need a reason to read Jewish? And why does it matter that Mr. Schmaltz is Jewish . (And with a name like Schmaltz, why is that even a question.

I mean, what could be more Jewish than Schmaltz. (Schmaltz, for those of you would don't know is rendered chicken fat. Normally kept on the stove in a pot with onions and garlic. Think of it as the Eastern European Jewish equilivant to Lard in the Southern United States.) I wonder if because Schmaltz is such an obscure word if that means that one isn't teased that much about it growing up?

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The Chronicle: My Own Private Library

I think I may have this man's disease [which I believe is both a good thing, and in my family hereditary.] Now if I could only limit myself to one medium instead of two I might be better off. Currently I collect both sound recordings and printed words. My small space of America is over filling with books, magazines, CD's, and LP's. My collections are always growing at a faster rate then I am able to consume them, either by reading them or listening to them. Then there are the times when for weeks on end my collection doesn't grow at all, and I think that there is something wrong with me. Which there isn't at all, because in these weeks I have been productive in going through some of my piles of materials and cutting them down to size.

So I look at my piles of books and recordings, and think you know I could have a ton of more floor space if I put in more shelves. So I figure out what I need and start getting it. But living in a city and carrying things home on the subway has its disadvantages. You see the best places to acquire new books, CDs, LPs, etc. are near these same stores where I am getting the new shelving supplies. So can you guess what gets picked up?...



And another article for the chronicle to add, am I headed towards this path? And if I am not, how can I be? The Chronicle: In Praise of Eccentric Professors

Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Observer | Magazine | Richard Dreyfuss

There is something about the way that Jews interview, I can say what it is. I don't think of Richard Dreyfuss as a comedian, but he can still tell some good 'jokes.' Think Myron Cohen.

It is a shame that Richard Dreyfuss has retired from film, he has the right hair cut to play Myron Cohen. Not that a hair cut should dictate the parts that actors get.

The West Wing + Yiddish Theater

The West Wing and Yiddish Theater is not something that one expects to hear in the same sentence, let alone hear a joke about Yiddish Theater on The West Wing. But yet, in the season opening episode, "NSF Thurmont" (Episode 2T5001), Leo (John Spencer) makes a crack about how you need something, and a bunch of raised eyebrows and we can start a Yiddish Theater troupe. I will try to head back the to TIVO and figure out what the first thing was, though the 'raised eyebrows' I think where the key.

I would think the key to starting a Yiddish Theater troupe would be Yiddish, but I guess raised eyebrows are more important. (When I think of raised eyebrows I think of a Marx Brother, but they weren't Yiddish speakers.)

Monday, October 18, 2004

Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Online censor says no to the Horniman

Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Online censor says no to the Horniman


This really is too funny, I saw this first on ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News and just had to repost it. I won't even try to write something pithy about the subject, I will just let your read it for yourself.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Gastronomica | The Egg Cream Racket

Gastronomica | The Egg Cream Racket


What scholars will write about on there road to tenure. To think, that this type of work can even sustain its own semi-scholarly publication. Nothing like an article that makes you thirsty, time to go get an Egg Cream.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Supertitles


baltimoresun.com - Audiences hang on opera's every word


This article is wonderful in describing the issues that designers of supertitles have. (And even the technological issues). It is a good read for people who want to know how these things work, and why you shouldn't be scared of foreign language productions that have them, both as the cast and the audience. They are so much better than any headphone based systems, as they keep the cast in the center of the attention of the audience.

 
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