27 September 2008
25 September 2008
Here's some Sarahlevity to get you through the end of the week.
A spoonful of sugar may help us endure the campaign season, but there ain't enough sweetener in the world for four years of this crap.
Encourage your friends to vote.
Volunteer to drive people to the polls.
Get. Out. The. Freakin'. Vote.
21 September 2008
As we were walking toward the checkout with one pattern in hand, we passed the wall of costume accessories, and Kidlet zeroed in on these masks:Yes, she can name Barack Obama on site!
Honestly, I just asked her to wave. How was I to know my camera phone would make it appear as if the Senator was flipping off the free world?
Please rise for George W. "Hear No Evil" Bush.
On a more serious note, we took an elective detour to cross the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi. It was a bit surreal. Part of me barely noticed and took for granted that little bit of road north of downtown Minneapolis; another part noted the stark newness of the concrete deck and barriers, painfully aware of the broken slabs they were replacing. My thoughts are with everyone whose lives were changed a year ago.
18 September 2008
Presenting the latest in convertible needle sets: the addi Click. From the LYS newsletter I received today:
The addi Click system provides 10 different sizes of addi Turbo™ tips (US 4 – US 15), three different lengths of our new, extremely pliable blue cord (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them.
Crikey, I don't think I want to see the price tag.
(approx. $149.95 US retail)
Apparently the cell phone popcorn video is an example of viral marketing, which is an ad (sometimes explicit, sometimes never seeming like an ad at all) designed to use pre-existing social networks to spread marketing messages like wildfire. Picture yourself hearing actors planted in a bar having audible conversations like "Ooh, this Xbrand beer is SO wonderful, blah blah blah").
Creepy, isn't it? What do we trust now?
17 September 2008
14 September 2008
08 September 2008
07 September 2008
The school year has begun.
Facebook is a fatal time-sucking black hole of doomy-doom-doom (thanks, friends).
Hopefully I'll have some actual knitting content next post. OMG. If I remember how to knit.
04 September 2008
Please read this article. It's from the AP, not "an elitist liberal blog."
03 September 2008
02 September 2008
He wasn't gored by a bull in Pamplona.
He wasn't skewered through the heart by a stingray off the Great Barrier Reef.
He fell in his own home and hit his head.
Do you have your own list of experiences you crave or places you dream of visiting? Take a minute today and, somewhere on your computer, start your list. It doesn't have to be definitive, and it's completely open to editing at any time, but just write it down. You don't even need to assign numbers. Just. Write.
After you make your list, feel free to leave a comment on this post and share as many ideas as you'd like. Simple or complex, exotic or domestic - they're your dreams.
01 September 2008
Here's some additional reading material about the VP nominee, courtesy of the London Telegraph:
The allegations [of corruption] are bound to increase discomfort among Republicans about Mr McCain's choice of running mate. His main line of attack against his opponent Barack Obama - that Mr. Obama is not ready to lead the country - has been
undermined, by the prospect of Mrs. Palin, who has been governor for only 20 months, being forced to step in if Mr. McCain, who is 72 and has suffered several bouts of cancer, were unable to fulfil his duties.
Mrs. Palin's apparent lack of knowledge of or experience in foreign affairs has aroused particular concern. When asked in an interview for her thoughts on the "surge" of American troops, Mr. McCain's support for which is a key plank of the Republican campaign, Mrs. Palin said: "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
In an interview last month, when it seemed unlikely she would be offered the role by Mr. McCain, Mrs. Palin dismissed the job of vice-president, saying that she couldn't understand what it would involve day to day.
Even Mrs. Palin's mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has said she doubts her suitability. Saying that she was still thinking of voting for Mr. Obama, she said: "I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket, other than she's a woman and a conservative."
In other Republican-based news, St. Paul is rolling out the red carpet for the (micro-)RNConvention. One little perk is double-decker tour buses which are serving as free shuttles up and down Grand Avenue. Yesterday, Kidlet and I hopped on. Why not, I thought? We were the ONLY riders on the bus, both ways. It was fun, taking Kidlet up the spiral stairs and sitting in the front seat up top, getting a bird's eye view of the Avenue. We were, however, waved at with a single finger 3 times by residents. The tack I'm taking is that these good liberals confused us for being of the "R" persuasion. I love my town!
We decided to swing through downtown to see how awkward it was. It was. We did get to see a herd of St. Paul's finest on bicycle patrol.