Archive for Uncategorized

Buzz word

Craigslist made it onto the Yahoo! buzz log, and rightfully so. I am not sure how any of us got by before craigslist. If you are not familiar with the craigslist phenomenon, I recommend you head over there right now and introduce yourself. My personal favorites are the bartering section and of course, the Best Of Craigslist.
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Comments

People are so sensitive

Apparently D.C. Comics is not terribly happy about Mark Chamberlain’s “Gay Batman” watercolor series currently on display at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about, it is just someone else’s perception of the dynamic duo (and by someone else’s I mean EVERYONE else’s. Really, who hasn’t had the thought cross their mind? Especially in the Adam West days).

One of Stay Free Magazine’s readers, Larry, was particularly distraught.

AS USUALL THE F*CKING QUEERS HAVE TO F*CKIN RUIN IT FOR EVER ONE ELSE.BATMAN HAS NEVER BEEN GAY SO WHY IS HE BEING PROTRAYED GAY…MAYBE IT THE INSURCURITY THAT COMES WITH THE GAY PEOPLE…ME I CANT STAND GAYS AND NO IT HOMOPHOBIC WHICH BY THE WAY IS ANOTHER THE GAYS CAME UP WITH FOR PPL LIKE ME THAT BELEIVE MAN AND WOMEN WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER

Wow Larry I really appreciate your articulate argument. So you can’t stand “gay people”? You don’t say! I would have never guessed. I suppose having a childhood hero’s sexuality challenged is just a little too much for you to handle especially because, as everyone knows, if you like something “gay” then you may as well consider yourself a card carrying member of the homosexual community.

I personally think the gay Batman series is a great idea and somewhat amusing. I hope that Chamberlain, Cullen and D.C. Comics can come to an agreeable solution that does not include D.C. confiscating all the remaining paintings as well as the cash for the items already sold.

Comments

Where is the love?

Comments (1)

It really is the thought that counts

A recent study shows that “If you want to win the object of your affection, an extravagant gift that has no resale value is the way to go”. That is to say that gifts of shared experiences or gifts that required thought and preparation are more valuable to most people than gifts that are simply expensive. I like that they specify that men can “avoid gold-diggers” this way because lord knows there are NEVER instances where a man is using a woman for her money. Ultimately I agree and find the gifts that are dearest to me were the simple ones that were full of thought or personal meaning.

Comments (2)

Painting finally acts its age

American Gothic by Grant Wood turns 75 this month. It is on display at The Art Institue of Chicago. Stop by and wish it a happy birthday. If you would like to delve a little deeper into the life and times of this famous painting, check out Steven Biel’s book “American Gothic: A Life of America’s Most Famous Painting”

Comments

More fun with Googlemaps

Now you can track routes you might walk/run/bike with this Gmap Pedometer tool and it will give you your mileage. (Thanks Jake)

This really comes in handy because I have been doing a decent amount of bike riding lately and am never quite sure how much mileage I have put in. Although, I did find that a ride I was particularly proud of was about half the number of miles I thought it was (I blame mapquest). Oh well, better luck next time.

Comments

Major threat indeed

So it looks like Nike with its bazillion dollar marketing budget decided they should just go ahead and steal some old album art work from the band Minor Threat to promote a skateboarding tour they are sponsoring. The irony of this situation is unbeatable. Ian MacKaye (front man for Minor Threat and Fugazi,

as well as lesser known Embrace) has always promoted anti-establishment ideals. Even though both Minor Threat and Fugazi gained enormous underground popularity, the bands always refused to sign on with big labels. I remember when Fugazi was still touring, their shows never cost more than $5 and their albums were always priced considerably lower than even their Indie counterparts. Needles to say, MacKay is pretty pissed off, and rightfully so. I hope that they sue the hell out of Nike and get a chunk of cash.

Speaking of, Tom Waits has had a few issues that I might compare to this. He has been approached on a number of occasions to use his distinct and highly recognizable voice for advertising, which he has always refused. Waits says, “Commercials are an unnatural use of my work. It’s like having a cow’s udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating.” Waits has gone to court on more than one occasion to defend his stance on the issue. Hopefully MacKaye and his record company Dischord will have as much luck.

Comments (5)

A good wife always knows her place

This sounds like a bunch of bullsh*t if you ask me, considering there is probably a plus or minus 3% margin of error, but I found it interesting all the same. Married men earn more if wives do the chores? I mean really, do I want to do all the household chores just to increase my future husband’s salary by 3%? That does not sound like that great of a deal to me.

But that wage premium disappears if wives go out to work themselves or don’t do most of the housework.

But wouldn’t our household income increase considerably more than 3% of his salary if I were out working for a living too? I don’t get it… sounds like some plan to encourage women to get back in the kitchen, where they belong!

Let’s not forget Housekeeping Monthly’s “The good wife’s guide” (circa 1955) (you might have to zoom to read)
Some of the more important duties:

• Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him
• Listen to him… Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours
• Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity… You have no right to question him

I get a kick out of that list every time.

Comments (1)