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August 31, 2007

August 30, 2007

Oh yeah, I remember politics…

Fred Thompson to finally announce his candidacy on September 6th.

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I think we have a winner in the competition for my football fandom. My good friend SMVP claims that he has purchased, for me, a Cowboys tanktop as well as a t-shirt. I think I’m going to look adorable in this and this. I already like how I look in SMVP’s hat:


SMVP is the same friend that got me the Carolina basketball shirt. It just seems like he’s more committed to spreading his fan love than the rest of you people. I’m not officially a fan until I’m wearing the shirt but since we’re pretty close I’ll say: let’s go Cowboys!

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Variety is the spice

I know I’m very late to the party but I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink” and “Tipping Point”, and promptly became wholly obsessed with his ideas. If you haven’t read those books, do, they changed the way I think about so many things. Also, check out this video (hat-tip JC) where Gladwell explains the key to happiness using spaghetti sauce.

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I love the Yankees

The last time I attended a Yankees-Red Sox match-up, I ran into Stephen Spruiell and Nathan Goulding. Nate was furtively wearing a Red Sox hat for which Stephen and I mocked him pretty mercilessly.

Last night, finding myself again at a Yankees-Red Sox game, I texted the National Review boys to see if they too were attending the game. They both texted back that they were not and Nate added “I wish”. The score at that point was Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, so I texted back “look at the score, I’m not sure you do.” This was enough to rile up the Sox fan to offer me a $10 bet that they win the game. Easiest ten bucks I ever did make.

We sat in front of this incredibly loud and obnoxious Red Sox chick. Peter, aka the nicest guy in the whole world, delivered the funniest line of the night when he said in a perfect Boston accent “wow, she’s wicked annoying.”

We ran into my friend Sam The Dealer (we should maybe add the word “poker” into his moniker as otherwise it’s an unfortunate acronym and also makes him sound like a drug dealer) who works at Yankee Stadium but roots against the Yanks. Dirty Mets fans.

A million years ago, I read my brother a Thomas Wolfe quote “All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken” and asked him what he thought it was about. He was maybe nine years old at the time and answered that it sounded like it was about baseball, all things pointing home in old October, walls and fences, field, etc. It’s not, of course, but it’s nice to imagine that’s what Wolfe meant. May all things for the Yankees point home in old October.

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Song of the Day

“The Tide is High” by John Holt. It’s been a reggae-riffic summer.

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August 29, 2007


I’ve got the best readers in the world so I’m confident you guys will be able to help out with this:

I’m spending the upcoming weekend in Annapolis, MD with something like nine Russians. The only thing currently on the agenda is eating at Cantler’s. Any other suggestion for things to do in the area?

Let’s go Yankees!

And not just because I’m going to the game tonight.

Shelley Duncan

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August 28, 2007

Fark headline of the day

I love the Fark:

“Bill Clinton to appear on Oprah to discuss new book, “Giving.” No word on whether “Receiving” is forthcoming or if it is a foregone conclusion”

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Song of the Day

“Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell” by The Flaming Lips.

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Where’s the 9/11 conspiracy episode?

John Hawkins compiles a list, including clips, of the ten best South Park episodes of all time.

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The end of Big Love

Click on for thoughts on the finale.

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August 27, 2007

Song of the Day

“This Mess We’re In” by PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke.

A perfect summer-is-ending-in-NY song.

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The Dissident Frogman has an excellent instructional video for those who invent the news.

Hat-tip Drew.

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August 26, 2007

So, which is it?

In case it wasn’t obvious by my frequent posts on music, the beach and relationships, I’ve basically taken the summer off from politics. But the recent Hillary quote is too good not to mention. She said:

“It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world.”

There are only two options here. She can only be saying that the Democrats are unserious on terrorism and voters know it, or, she’s saying that voters are stupid and will actively vote for the party which mishandles the terrorism threat. Either way, it’s a winning message…for Republicans.

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August 24, 2007

What my friends are blogging

*There’s some scandal going on in NY politics but hell if I care.

*Not all redheads are crazy. It just seems that way.

*How do you get out of a bad date? Yeah, Ari doesn’t know either.

*Pretty Numbers wishes she could stop playing games.

*Batman movie good, Simpsons movie bad.

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