Apparently, some celebrities just don't get enough damn attention, so they name their kids something really dumb to stand out. Here are some of the weirdest.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Emil Durkeim meets "I'm Okay/You're Okay" meets "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." (In Ashtanga class at Yogaworks.)
I'm guessing the conversation would go something like this:
"Mommy, where do terrorists come from?"
"We create them when we don't share our cookies."
Where do I begin.
Despite the score, the defense played well, at one point holding USC on four straight possessions. The offense, while never really hitting it's stride, did recover and at one tantalizing point climbed to within 11 points of USC. Most importantly, merely attending the Rose Bowl is a victory in itself. Last year the Illini won only two games. Despite the drubbing, this is a sign of progress.
Kudos by the way to USC coach Pete Carroll who could be seen screaming at Desmond Reed for his showboat touchdown (he somersaulted into the end zone). Sportsmanship matters.
Typical Mike quote during the game:
If we just get five more touchdowns, we're right back in this thing!
On New Years Eve I was having dinner with my friend Dr. Ted James (among many distinguished others). As the evening developed the conversation turned to the Bhutto assassination. Dr. James said flatly that the official version of her death made no sense and that humans simply cannot get the kind of fatal skull fracture Bhutto is supposed to have had, at least under those circumstances.
I was polite but I demurred. Surely if your head hits something hard enough it will fracture in all sorts of interesting ways.
Score one for Dr. James.
The New York Times realizes that global warming may not be all that it's cracked up to be. Oops.
From the article:
A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”
"In the last few months,” Mr. Gore said, “it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that our world is spinning out of kilter.” But he was being too modest. Thanks to availability entrepreneurs like him, misinterpreting the weather is getting easier and easier.
My friend Theo Spark has relocated his to this new address. The old address will remain on my list of links as an archive and memorial. For those of you unfamiliar with Theo's work, I strongly recommend you check it out. A word of warning though, much of Theo's content is...how do I say this delicately...Not Safe For Work...at least not for puritanical Americans. I of course only go there for the articles.