Thursday, September 25, 2008


So this semester I'm reading Louise Meintjes's Sound of Africa!, a really fascinating ethnography of a music studio. It's about all sorts of intersecting issues about how style and genre in music are used by an oppressed people as a way of identity formation while at the same time the production of said music can involve the oppression of the same people, and blah blah blah academic blah anthropology words blah blah blah.

Most importantly, it's about how mbaqanga music fucking rocks! Seriously, listen to how awesome this music is!

I would recommend the book, though, for sure.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


You Are 80% Normal About Sex

You're so normal about sex, it's a little scary.

Your sexual attitudes and experiences match up with most other people.

Like everyone else, you're a little naughty and a little traditional.

You enjoy sex, but you're not a total freak about it!

Is that a good thing? I don't know, I was kind of hoping to be...weirder.

Via Uncool.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Still busy with school and life, but wanted to point this out.

During the next few weeks I'm sure we'll see more of this. Namely, articles that dance a veritable Fandango in order to avoid using the term "racism" to explain why some white people just can't bring themselves to vote for Barack Obama.

In this one article alone we have "Racial views," "Deep-seated racial misgivings," "negative views toward blacks," "racial attitudes," "the racial question," and "racial stereotyping." While someone quoted in the article does make a reference to "bigots," not once does the writer of the article call white people who refuse to vote for Obama because he's black what they are: racists.

Calling white people racists still remains a bigger insult against white people than being a racist against black people is an insult to black people.

Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits

And this one, my friends, isn't even funny.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yar, I be the best mothar o' the seven seas!

Me: Hey Abbie, what does a Pirate say?

Abbie: (curls finger into convincing hook) Arrrrr.


Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This is just funny

I think Tina Fey gives the best political impression on SNL since Dana Carvey's Bush the first.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Yes, I am that fashion victim who must end the summer with a gladiator-sandal shaped tan line on their feet.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


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Abbie. In this picture, she reminds me of my mother's mother, and the summer I spent at her Florida house when I was 12 or so. It was very Golden Girls. One night I won 30 bucks off her and my aunt playing UNO.

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Abbie at the easel Brian made for her for her birthday. Pretty cool, eh?

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Abbie and I, clowning. We spend about 20 minutes taking doofy pictures of ourselves.

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Brian, Abbie and I. We have so few pictures of all three of us together. Here we are!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

In which I have a small breakdown while watching video footage on the internet.

Can you do a mostly-video link roundup? Because I have some Franz Boas to read, and then some Soviet History to read (and, let me tell you, hehe, the parallels suggest themselves), and then some math to do. So I'll mostly let the people involved speak for themselves.

As usual The Daily Show says what I'm thinking. (Well, except for the part where Mike Huckabee stretches his scrotum into the shape of a sailboat. I wasn't thinking that. Before.) Um. Mitt Romney complaining about 'Eastern Elites?' Weren't you governor of Massachusetts? Rudy Giuliani sarcastically talking about cosmopolitan cities? Really? Weren't you the mayor of New Fucking York?

Especially grating is the part where Rudy Giuliani yuks it up over Obama being a community organizer (all the way at the end). How disgusting. Bwahaha! He tried to make his community better! Hi-larious!

I think I'll let Barack Obama take this one, because my response would be more along the lines of telling Rudy to fuck himself with something hard and sandpapery.

I mean seriously. How can you on the one hand mock the work done within a community by someone just out of college, and then have your nominee's acceptance speech call for people to "go out and fight" on the other? Fight for what? Against whom? Certainly not in any way that involves organizing at the community level, yuk yuk yuk. Because that would be completely ridiculous.

What do you think community organizers do, exactly?

How do your heads not fucking explode with the cognitive dissonance all the time? Does practicing all that doublethink burn a lot of calories? What the hell is wrong with you people?

I'm sorry, but if you're going to be president of the United States, you're president of the entire United States. Including the East Coast and San Francisco. I'm sorry that all of us can't live in towns small enough/are rich enough to run a campaign for mayor. Some of us have to resort to community organization. Aren't we hilarious?

Also, what brownfemipower said. And what Anxious Black Woman said.

Friday, September 05, 2008


Especially the polar bears part.

Remember kids, Sarah Palin drinks America's milkshake. She drinks it up!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Nothing to see here, move along folks.

While everyone is all het up about "ZOMG! Teenaged girl had teh sex!" (although it must be said that Sarah Palin's hypocrisy totally kicks the ass of the hypocrisy of everyone else) you might want to take a look at this.

Nothing to see here, folks. We're just arresting the journalists. Welcome to Soviet America.

Now, did you hear that George Bush was so busy dealing with the storm of the century he couldn't even associate himself with Mcain, like he totally wanted to?