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Jul. 15th, 2010 12:11 am
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I still lurk from time to time and lolaraincoat sez that lj might be deleting inactive accounts, so this account is no longer inactive. There.
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Ten Top Trivia Tips about The H1N1 virus strain!

  1. Four-fifths of the surface of The H1N1 virus strain is covered in water.
  2. The H1N1 virus strain is the world's smallest mammal.
  3. The Vikings believed that the Northern lights were caused by The H1N1 virus strain as it rode out to collect warriors slain in battle.
  4. Most bottles and jars contain at least twenty-five percent recycled The H1N1 virus strain!
  5. The H1N1 virus strain is often used in place of milk in food photography, because milk goes soggy more quickly than The H1N1 virus strain.
  6. Finding The H1N1 virus strain on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.
  7. The H1N1 virus strain is 984 feet tall.
  8. The H1N1 virus strain is actually a mammal, not a fish.
  9. It's bad luck to whistle near The H1N1 virus strain.
  10. During World War II, Americans tried to train The H1N1 virus strain to drop bombs!
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Yes, I'm worried about the swine flu, not so much because of it's potential as a pandemic (which, of course, worries me), than the fact that it is already epidemic in the DF one of a short list of my homes away from home (wherever that is). So, I'm worried about my loved or just-kind-of-liked or not-actively-hated ones who live there, and more than a bit apprehensive about my plans to travel there in a few weeks. I have heard, variously, that no one is wearing surgical masks because they don't believe the epidemic is real, or that no one is wearing them because the stores ran out within hours. I'm not sure how effective they are anyway... and Mexico City is not the best venue for, er, controlling people, which is, of course, one of the things we so love about it.

But... I am vicariously proud to say that within hours, the following song was on the radio...



I also wonder how long before La Gripe Porcina becomes someone's nombre de batalla.

*Walks away slowly, whistling Mexico Lindo y Querido off key, and reflecting on how much less she tends to worry, generally, about "muriendo lejos de [el]" than muriendo cerquititita.*
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Ten Top Trivia Tips about Twotoedsloth!

  1. Japan provides over thirty percent of the world's twotoedsloth supply.
  2. Women shoplift four times more frequently than twotoedsloth.
  3. Reindeer like to eat twotoedsloth.
  4. Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of twotoedsloth in a day.
  5. Ideally, twotoedsloth should be stored on her side at a temperature of 55 degrees!
  6. There is no lead in a lead pencil - it is simply a stick of graphite mixed with twotoedsloth and water!
  7. Without twotoedsloth, we would have to pollinate apple trees by hand.
  8. Only fifty-five percent of men wash their hands after using twotoedsloth!
  9. There are six towns named twotoedsloth in the United States!
  10. Twotoedsloth was first discovered by Alexander the Great in India, and introduced to Europe on his return.
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I just saw a few photographs of me when I was between, say, 5 or 6 and 8 or 9. Somehow I hadn't been trained to smile for the camera, so I have the most amazing expression. It's an expression that is saying one of two things, either:
I am thinking very intently about something much more important than this photograph... or...

As soon as I'm old enough, I am so going to kick your ass.
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My old boss from my old job is now on facebook posting surrealist aphorisms. Possibly Persian in inspiration if not in origin. Actually, I'm not sure if they are surrealist or surreal.
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I have students in my facebook. Students! So I have to be careful what I post there. So this is a few random, but incredibly important thoughts.

1. I have reflected upon a year's worth of information from the NYT science 'n' health section. It is clear that vitamin supplements are, at best, useless. At worst they are harmful. On the other hand, longevity and coherence seem to be clearly correlated with the consumption of dark beer, red wine, chocolate and coffee. As a belated New Year's resolution, I vow to increase my consumption of all four, but purely for my health. I am waiting for the evidence vis a vis tequila anejo and single malt scotch, although I plan to maintain or increase said consumption, just in case.

2. Today, for the first time in nearly a decade of teaching, I had a Catholic student (more than one, really) who knew what the doctrine of transubstantiation was. It's kind of tiring always having to explain to the various theists what it is, specifically, that they are supposed to believe. All in a day's work, I guess.

3. I read and was dutifully appalled by that thing about the PA judges taking bribes to send mischievious teenagers to juvie, like, a week ago, but didn't think to post it in LJ of anything. I'm claiming retroactive outraged post dibs.

4. I am a little bit jealous of my friend who does a combination of ethnography, archeology and intellectual history, who found a whole bunch of juicy gossip in an archive today. Many is the day that I wish I was a historian, because they get to be MUCH bigger gossips than we do.

5. I had an idea for an AAA panel for next year, but it's not in anything I want to write about. Do you, o flist member, know of anybody writing about Jerry Springer/Oprah type shows in, ya know, transnational perspective. I ask, because I heard a talk yesterday in which someone mentioned a Chinese TV show entitled something like "Because of you I am miserable." Between that and Laura en America, there has GOT to be a decent panel. No? New Guinea perhaps? Please? Oh god, I want there to be a PNG version of Laura en America.

6. Why did that incredibly cute chick from NYC at who listened to the open mic tonight, and came up to me afterward to talk about dance have to keep saying the word "husband" in reference to some man who was, apparently, living with her in some romantic fashion. Harrumph.

7. I've been invited to speak at Hahvahd. At the David Rockefeller Center. I feel sorely tempted to make tasteless remarks about the food. Please remind me not to, when the time comes.


ETA: Oops... that was Michael Rockefeller. Nevermind.

I wonder...

Feb. 4th, 2009 04:35 pm
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How do people get nominated for the Margaret Mead prize? Do they nominate themselves, or do other people nominate them? Because I'm kind of wondering...
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I had decided that I should dance more... So, I found I small, friendly, cheap weekly lesson in lindy hop and blues dance. Tonight the lesson was blues dance. Conclusion? Lindy hop is just plain fun. Blues dance would be really fun if you were partnered with someone you really liked. I mean really liked. In that way... because the closed position in blues dance is a lot like what, back in New England I believe we called dry humping. If you don't especially like your partner, it's a bit awkward.

It was a long, long bus ride home in the snow. But victorian Germantown translucent in the crystaline powder? Oh my god, I nearly wept.
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Re-establish the principle that torture is a violation of human rights and, as such, illegal.

Done.

Hey, that was pretty quick.
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I feel less then completely alienated. What a strange sensation.
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...and I remembered how, at least in the early nineties (okay, maybe late eighties), it was said that you were making an appropriate income if you were earning your age. In thousands, that is... I realize that inflation might have adjusted this a bit, but I was thinking about the fact that I only managed that once in my life, and it didn't last too long.

And then I thought...the thing with that formula is that it assumes that your salary is somehow negotiable, but that your age is not. So then I thought, what if your age was negotiable, but your income had to be pegged to your age? Obviously, in this system, nobody would be terribly wealthy. But, say you could choose to be any age from, say, 18-80, and that would determine your income. You would be subject to age appropriate health probabilities, and so on. So, if that were the case, what would you choose?
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I saw her perform in SF about 15 years ago when she was in her mid-sixties, and she was amazing. My mother saw her perform about 30 or 35 years ago when she (my mother) ducked into a bar to get out of the rain in P-town. It turned out to be a gay bar (in P-town, of all places!), and Earth Kitt happened to be performing. She said it was the best entertainment she had ever had for the price of a cup of tea.

RIP...


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Is anybody assigning anything new or especially cool that you can recommend me this semester? Anything undergraduate friendly in general, or on war or violence in particular?
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I've been engaged in introspection. I've decided that part of the problem is that I don't fully identify as human. I think, to a large degreee, I'm a large, kind of stupid dog most of the time. Either that or a squirrel. I'm not sure which.
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I usually don't get those nightmares about the apocalypse... you know, the ones where the world is ending, and everybody is just waiting for the mass die off? Actually, I haven't remembered a dream in ages, but last night I had one of those apocalypse dreams, until it morphed into an almost worse dream in which Christian Nazis were using the apocalypse as a pretext for the assumption of dictatorial powers, so everybody was both waiting for the world to end, and waiting to be carted off to concentration camps in the meantime. Somehow there were rottweilers involved, but I don't remember which side they were on. Anyway, "our" side was beyond losing...we (whoever we were) were just waiting for the hammer to fall. I suppose it was like being on the losing side at the end of the "Left Behind" series, except, you know, without being a demonic minion as such. Not as such, no.

Could somebody get the thing out of my head, please? I still feel vaguely anxious.
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Hey, [livejournal.com profile] stillwell! Guess what? My bankruptcy hearing will be ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!!
I feel that E.S. should buy us drinks, but he may disagree. Or maybe we should buy him drinks. Or maybe someone else should buy all four of us drinks.
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I just got a review where somebody gave me the nicest compliment I can possibly imagine regarding my writing. To whit:

"But [livejournal.com profile] twotoedsloth has a singular ability to condense a story to its most basic facts and transform it into a kind of haiku."
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HAPPY 100th BiRTHDAY, CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS!!!
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