I am making caveman mead, thanks to DU. As long as it's more drinkable than cooking sherry, it will have found a place in my liquor cabinet.
My friend shared the Madvillain CD, and I think I should buy it.
I'd never really read The Atlantic much, unless I was taking a bus or something and needed a crossword. I sort of assumed it was the same as Harper's, but I read through an old issue (9/03) I'd had lying around this weekend, and was surprised at how conservative a lot of its politics are. I'd read Caitlin Flanagan's March cover story, "How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement," and found it silly, but didn't realize that her harangues against "feminists" (a group comprised, in her world, of all the other wives at the country club) were regular features. Hitchens' essay on how Edward Said should really helped bridge the gap between West and Other was just exhausting. And Gregg Easterbrook is a contributing editor. So much for middlebrow journalism.
But yeah, their crosswords are great, so maybe I'll subscribe.
I'm giving up on South Park. I've now viewed at least two episodes, the most recent being the LOTR parody and "The Passion of the Jew." The LOTR one was pretty funny at points, but "Passion" was a real disappointment. I thought I'd really like it, since part of the premise is that Mel Gibson is a raving loon, but the Jew jokes don't really do it for me, even with the "hey check it out, we're making Jew jokes" winking and nudging. Also, the portrayal of Passion of the Christ fans marching and shouting Nazi slogans comes across as critical of anti-Semitism, while undermining the actual, legitimate fears of anti-Semitic reaction. Disappointing. And not funny.
For one reason or another, I was googling for fake college degrees yesterday. After thinking about it, I'm largely in support of the easy availability of cheap, "meaningless" degrees; it's a predictable effect of the unfortunate tendency of some employers (and landlords, dates, &c., but I think mostly employers) to judge people by paper credentials rather than investigate and evaluate the actual abilities or achievements for which those credentials are supposed to stand. Of course, where there is a public interest in ensuring qualifications (as in medicine or law), licensing standards should be (and AFAIK are) maintained separate from paper degrees. Okay, all that said, these testimonials are extremely depressing; Mark Trenton, "Ph.D.," my heart weeps for you.
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