Wednesday, February 28, 2007

cool runnings

1. Today was another day of muddling through classes. Muddling isn't the best word, as I did do pretty well with everything, but I feel as though I get everything about half right. It makes for pretty paranoid times.

2. Some nifty things around the nets today:
  • a prosthetic beard, for a friend who shaved his beard in a fit of spontaneity and immediately regretted it
  • a designer lawn chair made of pop tabs and plastic ties
  • I have no idea why this guy has so many Macs, but it's neat in a creepy basement-dweller sort of way
  • Paris Hilton is banned from AP barring the unlikely event of her doing something newsworthy:
    NEW YORK The Associated Press decided to give up a major vice last week: its addiction to stories about Paris Hilton. In the past year, Hilton has appeared on the wire an average of twice a week.

    The wire service's entertainment editor Jesse Washington sent a memo to staffers on Feb. 13 that said, barring any major events, the AP would not run any mention of Paris Hilton on the wire, according to the memo, which was obtained by the New York Observer.

    In the Observer article Washington was quoted as saying, "There was a surprising amount of hand-wringing. A lot of people in the newsroom were saying this was tampering with the news." Washington added that one editor's response was: "This is a great idea -- can we add North Korea?"

    The AP was largely successful in the experiment, but Washington said that, unfortunately, her name did pop up in a couple of stories.
  • SomethingAwful mines its forums for stories of weird things people say in their sleep:
"The only time I've been caught talking in my sleep, I said this:

Me: ...I'm sorry.
Ex: Sorry for what?
Me: I've never seen the ending of Cool Runnings...
Ex: Oh.
Me: Did they win?
Ex: Yes.
Me: ...That's good.

She said I then smiled and rolled over, seeming very content."

3. Tonight: sitting around knitting and being boring and headachey. Tomorrow: lab lab lab lab craft council.


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