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Friday, February 04, 2011

The Great Struggle

My mission today:

Don't get too upset when you're talking to a part-time minimum-wage-earning high-school-dropout who doesn't know his own equipment.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Samcro-Sasquatch Connection

Another sighting (sounding?) of Sasquatch on Sons of Anarchy.

It's like they know me....

Cahokia

From the National Geographic article by Glenn Hodges:
Cahokia was the apogee, and perhaps the origin, of what anthropologists call Mississippian culture --a collection of agricultural communities that reached across the American Midwest and Southeast starting before A.D. 1000 and peaking around the 13th century. The idea that American Indians could have built something resembling a city was so foreign to European settlers, that when they encountered the mounds of Cahokia --the largest of which is a ten-story earthen colossus composed of more than 22 million cubic feet of soil-- they commonly thought they must have been the work of a foreign civilization: Phoenicians or Vikings or perhaps a lost tribe of Israel. Even now, the idea of an Indian city runs so contrary to American notions of Indian life that we can't seem to absorb it, and perhaps it's this cognitive dissonance that has led us to collectively ignore Cahokia's very existence. Have you ever heard of Cahokia? In casual conversation, I've found almost no one outside the St. Louis area who has.
Since I'm interested in the subject of Pre-Columbian America (both north and south), it's not shocking at all that American Indians once built cities. I've toured a few myself.

Couldn't Disagree More

Bob Cesca says:
Sorkin + Cable News + HBO = WIN! Big excellent win!
No, Sorkin + Cable News + HBO = A talky, unwatchable show where everyone talks in cleverly-written speeches and the only drama comes from people shouting at each other.

(Note: People shouting at each other is dramatic...but it's not drama.)

Haven't Gone Anywhere, but Jet Lagged Nonetheless

At the risk of being uninteresting, I shall report that I was able to stay up past 8PM last night, but I still woke up at 3AM. I tried to go back to sleep, but just sat there, staring at the ceiling, mind racing.

A couple more days and I should be good.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Yes, Yes, and More Yes

I subscribed to National Geographic magazine and got my first two issues today.

On one:
Population 7 Billion: How Your World Will Change
Quieting a Noisy Ocean
Bleached Reefs Bounce Back
Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu
Conquering Vietnam's Megacave
America's Lost City

On another:
Under Paris
New Brain Science on Football Concussions
The Curious History of Feathers
Can Afghanistan Win the War Against Opium?
Why Fish Flock to Sunken Ships
China's snub-nosed monkeys

Knowledge, gimme more. More more!

Ten bucks says, "America's Lost City" is about Cahokia.

And it is!

Idiot of the Day

Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican ambassador to London, who apparently has never seen an episode of Top Gear until he saw the one about Mexico.

He wrote a letter to the BBC, complaining about --to be honest-- some decent Mexican jokes. The offensive content?
"Why would you want a Mexican car? Because cars reflect national characteristics don't they?," said Hammond as they discussed the Mexican sports car, the Mastretta.

"Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."

The trio then described Mexican food as "refried sick" before suggesting Mexicans spent all day asleep.
Come on, Eduardo, that's funny. You should hear the stuff they say about everyone else.