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Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008, 03:55 pm
un long samedi de funérailles...

I have decided that I want En Vogue's "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings" played at my funeral, whenever that is.

Sun, Jun. 29th, 2008, 03:22 pm

Just finished the first (and only) season of All-American Girl. Those among you who've followed Miss Cho from that to now would find it an interesting watch in hindsight.

Couple things, however:

- "Grandma" isn't as funny as I thought she was at fourteen. "OH, that feels GOOOOOOOD!"

- I didn't know B.D. Wong was gay at the time, but watching his performance as Stuart, you can totally tell.

- The writers assessed Jodi Long (the actress and Katherine Kim, the character) correctly when they made Margaret's character refer to her as a "Korean Bea Arthur." The height discrepancy between Margaret's parents always gave me a chuckle.

- Ashley Johnson (the youngest daughter on Growing Pains who quickly found herself out of a job at series' end) is still as annoying as I remember.

Fri, Jun. 27th, 2008, 11:19 pm
how can you offer me love like that? my heart's burnt

I'd forgotten how much I love Bjork's "Possibly Maybe."

Choice lines?

Since we broke up/I'm using lipstick again/I suck my tongue in remembrance of you.
Uncertainty excites me/Baby/Who knows what's going to happen/Lottery or a car crash/Or you join a cult

Wed, Jun. 11th, 2008, 08:23 am

I passed my thesis defense! Yay!

Graduation is on Saturday.

Sun, May. 25th, 2008, 12:57 pm
Not-so-immaculate collection

Much has been made about The Immaculate Collection's useless Q-sound mixing and harsh remixing (specifically, the "now I know you're mine" climax of "Into the Groove", the bongo intro on "La Isla Bonita" and the radical re-workings of "Like a Prayer" and "Express Yourself"), but has anyone cared to mention the fact that several pivotal tracks were left off?

From Madonna (1983):
"Physical Attraction," "Burning Up" and "Everybody," her first hit.

From Like a Virgin (1984):
"Dress You Up," "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," (included later on Something to Remember) and though I'm not a huge fan, the slight, giggly "Angel."

From True Blue (1986):
The album's singles are fairly well-represented on The Immaculate Collection, but HELLO? The title track? I realize it was a valentine to Sean Penn at the time it was written, but divorce aside, it is still an uplifting piece of '50s-meets-'80s sonic candy.

From Like a Prayer (1989):
"Oh Father" is arguably her finest collaboration with Patrick Leonard. Even though it only made it to #20 on the charts, breaking her string of Top 10 singles, the video is among her finest. Who can forget her singing in the snow, getting slapped by her lover and seeing her dead mother's lips sewn shut? Also, I've never particularly cared for "Keep It Together," but it's a funky tune with a good message. Finally, "Dear Jessie" was a single in Europe and in terms of sheer trippiness, it gives the Beatles' later work a run for its money.

From I'm Breathless (1990):
"Sooner or Later" won the Oscar for Best Song that year, and even though Madonna didn't write it (Stephen Sondheim did), her performance is sizzling. With "Hanky Panky," she managed to slip a ditty about sadomasochism into the hit parade. It sailed all the way to #10!

Just my 94 cents.

Mon, Aug. 27th, 2007, 02:49 pm
pour yourself all over me/and i'll savor every drop here on my knees

Wow, I am so gay. I just fell back in love with Jessica Simpson's debut single, "I Wanna Love You Forever." You know, the one where she caterwauls?

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007, 12:29 pm
hace mucho tiempo

God DAMN it's been awhile since I posted in this bitch.

How is everyone doing?

I just completed my fourth quarter (out of seven) of grad school and am seriously, but sheepishly, looking for jobs. I was all set to apply for a job in mainland China, but then I heard that they were racist-y. Can anyone confirm?

In other news, I have fallen head over heels in love with beef jerky--original, hickory and teriyaki flavors. Apart from the nitrates and next to bananas, it is quite possibly the world's perfect food!

Much love to all and more activity, I (half-assedly) promise,

Sat, Jun. 23rd, 2007, 12:36 am
rachael, paula, giada, emeril, alton and the rest...

I have recently realized that I am a Food Network whore

How have you all been?

Wed, Nov. 22nd, 2006, 12:46 am


Socio-politically, I LOVE CANADA.

However, the Canadians that I have had the (dis)pleasure to meet have been some of the rudest, most xenophobic, unaccommodating people with whom I have ever come in contact. As a thin, brown, liberal, homosexual and non-American-born U.S. citizen, I am willing to bet that the cold shoulder I received was a dumbed-down version of what the stereotypical "Ugly American" might receive. That said, I wouldn't want to be around to bear that.

I know that the desire to move there was very strong circa November 2004, but I cherish many aspects of American culture that, though not totally absent from Canadian culture, were created and perfected here, such as jazz, (rock) and its successors R&B and hip hop. There are MANY very interesting and positive cultural aspects of the U.S. that Canadians seem to ignore when they refuse to have a rational discussion with "us" ... and until they recognize that though we're not perfect, we're not as back-ass-wards as we seem, I'm going to hold my view that Canada is a great country that contains many (not all) of America's flaws, but, by some stroke of luck, isn't famous for them.

My rant. I can't change who I am, but I have "two" passports. How do you think I survived in France?

Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006, 01:02 am
rant on India v. America

The addition of a few eyesores - Whoops - shopping malls and fast food joints to the already chaotic Indian cityscape and taking pictures of a few more people does NOT mean that India has completely caved to the pressures of American-style capitalism. India votes against the US nearly 75% of the time in the UN, as it should have lately if I have anything to say about it. You were 100% right to comment on the fact that India survived centuries of one of the most brutal colonizations this world has seen and the fact that it is still on its feet should be a testament to Indian resilience and dynamism. Obviously, Indians were resourceful and creative enough to find ways NOT to cave to British pressure on some fronts (religion and food: thank god) if not others (driving on the left) WHILE watching nearly all of their wealth "mysteriously" disappear into Queen Victoria's pasty white asshole.

That said, you can bet pretty hard on India to become an economic superpower, but I must stress that they will continue to do everything the Indian way, which, despite appearances and disparaging Western-centered remarks to the contrary, WORKS! HOW ELSE could a country of more than one billion people (with about a third of China's land, I should mention) have preserved the democracy that Winston Churchill predicted wouldn't last through the fifties? There is corruption everywhere in the world, and of course India has had its share of assassinations, but HELLO, so have we! (I am kind of hoping for one right....now. Huh!)

Truth is, all of the great things that you can say about the US, you can say about India. It's got a breathtaking and varied landscape, a free press, a creative and computer-literate population, blah blah blah... what's MORE, India DOES NOT have an obesity problem, is not invading other sovereign countries for corporate profiteering and sheer greed, is a strategic point between the oil-rich Middle East and the East Asian powerhouses (what's our strategic point? Hawaii?)

On the cultural front, most of the population is MULTILINGUAL (ask your average American what that shit's about), not only due to colonization but the fact that the 'world's largest democracy' is actually a continent unto itself with fourteen languages on its currency. The fact that the twenty-nine states have held together as long as they have should be a testament to their strength. The majority of Indians eat wholesome, flavourful and nutritious food. So what if it isn't fancy. The poorest people I saw in India at least had some sort of bread or rice and lentils. That's a complete protein! Can the same be said for the latest dish on offer at KFC? What is so wrong with the US that the cheapest food is loaded with calories and the poorest Americans are the ones with the obesity problem?

With the possible exception of more gay and women's rights here (the way things are going, even those might disappear), India is set!!! I just hope that it continues to ignore the US and Europe and uses its supposed power for good. Contrary to the US and most of Western Europe, however, India has been treated like nothing but shit for centuries. She knows how it feels to get reamed and I don't think she'd want to inflict that on anyone else. We hope.

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