Category Archives: humor
From Skype chat:
I’m in USA now…
[6:52:24 AM] Jordi Comas: Dreading the long task of sorting, organizing, cataloging, printing blogging, blog-to-booking all the photos. And then the videos. Oy Vay! Fuck it…. it was easier when you just sent a roll of film to the shop.
Also on my FB feed…
Burrito thought. is there some sort of Burrito aesthetic I don’t know about? That dictates the ingredients be like in strata inside the burrito? Because I’d rather have more mixing. Why not put all ingredients in a bowl (at like an eatery), THEN nix them and then into burrito. More bite similarity across the eating experience.
Comment thread from FB:
So, several important themes are here.
1) Why have no burrito joints created this innovation? are there costs to bowls and cleaning that make it not viable?
2) If people want it, why have the markets not provided what we want?
3) Are there proper aesthetics or culinary philosophies guiding burrito creation and consumption?
Through BeyondPod, I can get the official White House feed of speeches. That is more political geek than CSPAN. Still, I wish that someone could pass a law banning applause during the SOTU until the very end. It is SO tedious to listen to.
Brad Tuttle, in this 2010 blog post, counted 18 minutes (!) of applause in that SOTU.
I can’t say “shades of grey” anymore thanks to that annoying book. I’m looking at you EL James.
Can we sue her for changing the language and the connotations of an idiom?
Being a minor or XX chromosome-d seems to impede developing the life skill of plunging.
A low flush toilet (Gerber Toilets, I’m looking at you), that requires five flushes for every #2 is a pile of shit.
Subject lines from a senior colleague that are likely to make a junior colleague hit the ceiling.
- “Bad news for you.”
- “There is no such thing as too much teaching.”
- “How about chairing the X committee?”
- “PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON!”
Which one did I get today?
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Someone posted on a bulletin board for academics how to balance a great job and a yuck location. Here is what I wrote back:
Some people would say I have a yuck location: small town in mid Atlantic state. Not a great college town (no indy bookstore), but some college town qualities. I TAKE recycling to Saturday recycling and it is this totally social time. I will see 15 people I know, 2/3rds of them university people. I have been here ten years, raised my kids so far here, and it is a good place for me. Three-four hours to big cities, lots of natural beauty, etc.
But we loose people all the time, younger, gay, needing more cosmopolitan atmosphere, people of color who are not welcomed enough OR who just don’t feel at ease.
For people who complain ‘there is nothing to do” I am kind of dismissive. Between this university and others, you can go to SOMETHING almost every night.
BUT, I grew up in a lilly white suburb of a sunbelt city. “Pinko commie” was how my HS classmates often taunted me. I went to college in the mid west. I’ve lived in European cities too. But, when we got the offer to come here, I sort of made peace that it is my destiny to be a bright light of minority thinking and being in a sea of Sarah Palin’s “real America.” But that is a fantasy too, the “real America.” There are interesting folks and quriks and interstitial moments everywhere.
But the life of the missionary of enlightnement and tolerance among the savages of wonderbread cuisine, unproblematic flag-waving, and we-don-t-like-furgners squints is not the life for everyone.