Sunday, November 28

Week 12 Football Picks

[Week 12 Football Picks]
  • Philadelphia over NY GIANTS
  • PITTSBURGH over Washington
  • KANSAS CITY over San Diego
  • Indianapolis over DETROIT
  • NEW ENGLAND over Baltimore
  • SAN FRANCISCO over Miami
  • ARIZONA over NY Jets
  • ATLANTA over New Orleans
  • Tennessee over HOUSTON
  • DALLAS over Chicago
  • SEATTLE over Buffalo
  • DENVER over Oakland
  • GREEN BAY over St Louis
  • MINNESOTA over Jacksonville
  • Tampa Bay over CAROLINA
  • CINCY over Cleveland
I'm 2-for-2 so far.

Saturday, November 20

What a Week | Week 11 Football Picks

[What a Week | Week 11 Football Picks]

It was a sucky week, really:
  • didn't accomplish much at work except add to my to-do list
  • haven't been sleeping well, and it's affecting both my higher-brain functioning and my mood
  • am thoroughly cash strapped
  • am horny
  • am drowning in ennui
It will be very good for me to get away for a week over Thanksgiving.

Anyway, Football. I'm tryin' this again [thanks Chris, I needed the smack . . . . I'd almost given up]. As usual, in order of preference:
  • San Diego over OAKLAND
  • Denver over NEW ORLEANS
  • Pittsburgh over CINCY
  • BALTIMORE over Dallas
  • TAMPA BAY over San Fran
  • SEATTLE over Miami
  • PHILLY over Washington
  • Green Bay over HOUSTON
  • Indy over CHICAGO
  • MINNESOTA over Detroit
  • NY Jets over CLEVELAND
  • JACKSONVILLE over Tennessee
  • Atlanta over NY GIANTS
  • Arizona over CAROLINA
  • St Louis over BUFFALO
  • KANSAS CITY over New England
One can hope . . . . 

Sunday, November 14

Big Fat Zero

[Big Fat Zero]

I flaked and forgot to make my football picks for week 10. Now, I may be out of the running for the end-of-the-season big prize. That's just so fucking sad.

Friday, November 12

Drink Drank Drunk

[Drink Drank Drunk]

Going out for one drink after work always goes as planned: closing a downtown bar and stumbling in, cursing the aether and mock-repenting over the things one should have done instead. I say as planned because let's go out for one drink has become a politese for let's get completely shitty and rant.

It goes like this:
  • One suggests to a few persons familiar with the process that it seems like a good idea to go out for one drink.

  • Generally, a few people agree that going out for one drink would be a good idea at the end of this long day.

  • Participants pack their bags, including, of course, work they intend to do once they get home after having one drink.

  • Sometime between 5pm and 7pm the participants queue up in the reception area and head out to the bar together.

  • The participants walk to the bar discussing, among other things, the work they intend to do later, after this one drink.

  • Upon arriving at the bar, beverages are ordered and the ranting commences. Four Manhattans [up, extra cherries, extra cherry juice, shot of bitters, shaken until bruised] or Martinis [up, filthy, four blue cheese stuffed olives, vermouth in the glass] or Irish Car Bombs later and the participants are thanking the gods that the bar is closing because each has lost the will to decline anything proffered from the snarky waiter [why yes, you're correct, we would like another! appetizers do sound like a good idea! water? why thank you!].

  • The bar closes.

  • Participants stumble outside and into taxis and head to their homes.
The safety net for this process has been the bar of choice: it closes at 9pm. So, even on the worst of evenings one can make it home before The Daily Show starts, should one be inclined to watch it, and should one not be heaving when it starts.

About once a week, I go out for one drink. Last week, I didn't. This week, on Thursday, I made the suggestion and when I rolled in just before 2am, I was truly shocked. I'm unsure, exactly, how things went awry, but I do know that the glitch happened the final step: instead of heading home in taxis individually, we ended up heading to another bar together in a car.

Monday, November 8

The Pictographic Now

[The Pictographic Now]

10x10 is — especially for those among you who, like me, have attention difficulties — a terrifically satisfying way to browse the news.

[via fimoculous]

What Passes for Presidential

[What Passes for Presidential]

Just a quick QuickTime to start your week.

[via MUFF]

Sunday, November 7

Week 9 Football Picks

[Week 9 Football Picks]

Again I took very little time to make my picks. I looked at who I'd want to win and picked all of those I thought had a chance in hell to make it [again, noting my likes and dislikes]:
  • New England over ST LOUIS
  • Kansas City over TAMPA BAY
  • CAROLINA over Oakland
  • DENVER over Houston
  • BALTIMORE over Cleveland
  • Dallas over CINCINNATI
  • Seattle over SAN FRAN
  • MIAMI over Arizona
  • NY Jets over BUFFALO
  • DETROIT over Washington
  • New Orleans over SAN DIEGO
  • Chicago over NY GIANTS
  • Minnesota over INDY
  • PITTSBURGH over Philly
Maybe it's time to turn on the TV.

The Chosen Path

[The Chosen Path]

This terrifies me:
Men with buzzcuts and clad in their camouflage waved their hands in the air, M-16 assault rifles beside them, and chanted heavy metal-flavoured lyrics in praise of Christ late on Friday in a yellow-brick chapel . . . . 

"Thus David prevailed over the Philistines," the marine said, reading from scripture, and the marines shouted back "Hoorah, King David," using their signature grunt of approval.

The marines drew parallels from the verse with their present situation, where they perceive themselves as warriors fighting barbaric men opposed to all that is good in the world.

"Victory belongs to the Lord," another young marine read.
Ponder this: the people who voted for Bush — the ones who gave provided him the "political capital" he intends to spend — are happy about this and think it's a good thing. It is baffling to me that over 59 million of my fellow Americans are more afraid of homosexuals than they are of engaging in a holy war. They want a holy war. They're fucking praying for a holy war. I am aghast.

Wednesday, November 3

Le Big Sigh

[Le Big Sigh]

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.

— Dresden James

62,400 repetitions make one truth.

— Aldus Huxley in Brave New World

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

— Thomas Jefferson

Every culture gets the magic it deserves.

— Dudley Young in Origins of the Sacred

Monday, November 1

Judging the Judges

[Judging the Judges]

Although I wouldn't dream of telling anyone how to vote, I am morally comfortable with forwarding published recommendations.

I don't have time to research judges' behavior and records on my own, so I tend to take the voting recommendations [those for whom it recommends NOT voting] of the LGBA of Chicago [although I am physiologically mostly straight, I am politically entirely bi].

I got more info this year when the Chicago Reader printed the voting recommendations [see the October 29th issue] of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Bar Association.

Also, NOW has posted judges it recommends voting for in Chicago.

Here we go . . . .

This year, the LGBA of Chicago recommends that we DO NOT vote for:
  • Dorothy F Jones
  • William Maddux
  • Susan Jeanine McDunn
  • William Michael Phelan
Both the CCL and the CBA — like the LGBA — call for ousting Jones and McDunn. In addition, the CCL recommends the OUSTING of:
  • William D O'Neal
  • Melvin J Cole
  • Arnette R Hubbard
  • Leida J Gonzalez Santiago
  • Edna M Turkington
Next are the recommendations of judges TO VOTE FOR . . . .

First, from NOW:
  • Patrick T Murphy
  • Sheryl Ann Pethers
  • Mary Lane Mikva
  • Jeanne R Cleveland Bernstein
  • Michelle Jordan
  • P Michael Kimmel
Finally judges that have been endorsed as APPROPRIATE FOR RETENTION by the bar groups:
  • Mary Jane Wendt Theis
  • Thomas E Hoffman
  • Sheila O'Brien
And now it's time to think of something other than politics.