The Republican Disconnect →
The GOP will have to do a serious post-mortem of the 2008 election, because current results indicate that they don’t quite get how they’re shooting themselves in the foot. As mentioned at the link: While a sizeable majority of voters say Republicans have lost in 2006 and 2008 because they have been “too conservative,” a sizeable plurality of Republicans say, it is because they have...
Less than 100 hours until the Presidential...
Tracy Morgan was crazy on Wednesday’s Late Show with Conan O’Brien
He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him...– John Stuart Mill, in On Liberty
McCain scaling back GOTV operations in favor of... →
Obama’s probably built a best-ever Get Out The Vote operation for his campaign, and was already looking to realize a few extra percentage points over the polls before this news came out. Looks like he’ll get a bit more.
If I had known they were that good, I would have dropped out earlier.– Joe Biden on the Obama campaign’s mastery of media
The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace →
Rolling Stone has put the entire DFW article online, and it’s a must-read. (via kottke)
"What is a story?" and other interesting questions
Excerpted from an excellent blog post by film professor David Bordwell discussing narratives in political campaigns: What is a story? How does it differ from other things, such as a description or an abstract image? Are jokes narratives? Are dreams? Are riddles? Is the concept so broad that anything can be treated as a story? Why do stories engage us? What do we need to know, or do, to...
Make your hair look like Don Draper →
No skinny-tie found, or else this would be my halloween costume. :(
Situation Room to go completely insane on election... →
It’s election night, and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer is in New York talking to an Obama campaign strategist in Chicago. But instead of the split screen or window TV viewers might typically see during live remote interviews, the Obama spokesperson will be projected as a three-dimensional hologram, making it appear as if he or she is in the Manhattan studio with Blitzer. The network plans to...
Some people just have their limbs fall asleep....
netflix for books →
paperbackgirl: my brain is exploding right now. this is amazing. I hear there are actual buildings where you can do this for free if you sign up for a “library card.”
My new favorite Barack Obama rumor: that he's the... →
The article itself is incredibly long and incredibly crazy, but the VERY BEST PART is one of the comments left on that post. Pamela, I edit at Wikipedia. You stay on this birth business, and don’t stop until we get answers. Thank you. “I edit at Wikipedia.”
tuneage: Eels - “Jeannie’s Diary” Here’s a...
Re: the Association of Residence Halls meeting...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *inhale* AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Our Association of Residence Halls general body has the financial responsibility of a five-year-old. A five-year-old with $50,000 to throw around and no clue as to the normative power of a budget to reasonably constrain spending. They’re seriously planning on taking their pile o’ funds that’s...
robot-heart: indieandyy:apsies: Joe the Biden, he’s an ice cream man. “Hi, I’m Joe. Not the Plumber… the Biden!” hahahahahahahaha. God I love him! This is kind of what my dad would be like if he didn’t have a Southern accent and hadn’t done so many drugs in the 70s. Joe Biden:Ice Cream::Barack Obama:Pie
Tumblr goes down so infrequently that I get excited when it does, assuming there...– Dawnowar. Thanks, Dawn! I’m honored. (via marco) Haha, this aptly describes my disappointment at not seeing flashy new shiny things when Tumblr came back up this afternoon.
Modern Pharmaceuticals are AWESOME
I got five hours of sleep and an incredibly nasty cold, but I’m still ticking and slowly churning my way through the toughest day of the week. The hardest part won’t be my classes or work, but instead the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style antics I may have to pull at tonight’s Association of Residence Halls meeting.
People in the Middle for Obama →
A new collection of videos by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, who made similar ads in 2004 for Kerry.
Shiba Inu Puppy Cam →
jasonepowell: OMG SO CUTE. Can’t… stop… watching… puppies…
…If you can make a girl laugh - you can make her do anything…– Marilyn Monroe (via kari-shma) Just FYI ladies, this works for guys too. A good, warm-hearted laugh is the best kind of gift to get. There’s something magical in shared humor, the tossed-off quip that you both know will sound like nonsense to anyone else around. It’s intimate yet...
marc: doree: Simpsons Mad Men intro spoof! [via Videogum] The intro will run in this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode, and is a pretty spot-on parody.
The second you realize the weather matches your mood, the rest of your day...– Jessica Coen (via blakeley) SO TRUE.
When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.– Elizabeth Bowen (via skysignal)
Oh the trials of being an English minor
Today I advance-voted. It was way easier than I thought it would be, plus I got a sticker at the end! One of the items up for vote was an ordinance that would restrict smoking in public areas and restaurants, and I couldn’t help but flinch that the ballot’s summary used “breath” in several places where they should have used “breathe.” The senior citizens...
Make no mistake: irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural...– David Foster Wallace in “E Unibus Pluram”
Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time, it is the voice of the trapped...– Lewis Hyde