Friday, June 15, 2007

Title Envy

Great minds think alike?

Also, I'm sure this is ancient, but I'm happy that someone figured out what the heck they were singing:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Beware A Stiff Wind

It looks like the last of the voluptuous sex-symbols has gone Twiggy on us. Angelina Jolie on the Daily Show looked frikkin' skeletal. Ok, so she was never of human proportions, but at least she used to have curves aside from her boobs.

And she didn't really seem as bright as I had been led to believe.



I loath sending the "You didn't get your 'A'" emails. I actually don't mind the "You failed" emails or the "You plagiarized so I'm hoping to get you kicked out of the university emails" nearly as much. It's so hard to explain to students - the ones I respect and know that worked hard - that they did really well, but slipped up on a minor but testable item. I know that so many students at my school just don't get A-s. Their parents are going to freak out. They think their chances for grad/med/law school are completely shot. I hate being the guy that gets to explain it to them.

It would be so much easier if I really didn't like them.

Kinda makes Deal or No Deal seem Pathetic

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Won't My Mommy Besoproudofme?

Funny story. So yesterday I went wandering and found a funny sign. Here it is:
Ha ha very funny, right?

I think I offended the bee gods. Out for a morning run, they had obviously set a trap for me. I'm sure they scouted my path. I run it often, so there'd be no problem there. The best place for a special assault ambush would be on the part of the trail that weaves around the shrubbery (ni!). I was completely unawares, happily bopping along while a lone courageous bee made her final arrangements.

Finally I passed the go-point and she rushed at me. Into my mouth! I reflexively coughed her out, but by then it was too late. She had made her glorious attack striking deep at the back of my throat and would no doubt be a heroine mourned well and long at one of those honey-soaked bacchanals we've heard so much about.

So. Anyway, it doesn't seem too bad. I'm not allergic, thank goodness. I checked my throat in the mirror and I can see where I got stung. It's a bit swollen, but it doesn't seem to be affecting my breathing or swallowing. The cool thing is that my voice has dropped an octave.

Personally I think this calls for ice cream and movies.

Bonus points for anyone who can sing the rest of the song from the title.

Monday, June 11, 2007

The Luring

Ah yes and again. Ahem... I am attempting to lure an old and dear friend out from the darkness into the blogworld. Well, she has a blog, but it's only got a couple of entries. Anyway, the excuse I'm using to post about her is that she's coined one of the bestest words evar. In her excuse for probably not posting, she said that she was blogshy.

Blogshy. Genius

Ok, a quick googling show that she ain't the first to use the word, but it's the first time I've heard it so, I say she wins.

Feel free to use the word in your daily conversations.

That is all.

For Crying Out Loud


Ok, I know you are terrified of the students coming back to argue grades. I know we must have evidence of all the ways in which we evaluate students despite the fact that we are in a very subjective course. However, I simply do not understand your eldritch tome of GRAADBUK. Seriously. I'm ok in excel, I'm good in all the possible online versions you could be using, I would even be happy with a pen and piece of graph paper, but ye gods, what we use is a monstrosity. I know it was lovingly crafted for you years ago by an OCD TA you must have truly loved, but well, I must simply fall far short of that person.

So after round one going over my grades, I am chastised. I return home to repent and call on the spirits above and percentages below to reform my numbers. I shall return to your office and begin round two.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Proof That I Must Be A Lesbian

So, Maxim put out their Top 100 Hot Women of 2007. Hot, sure. Pretty, but pretty shallow. I much prefer the Top 100 Hot Women list provided by voted on by their much more lesbian-friendly audience. Well, I guess I should say that the readership of Maxim is also probably pro-lesbian, but not in the same way.

Proof here: Maxim's #1? Lindsay Lohan. Yeah, there's nothing hotter than a coke addict.

Also in objectification news, China, ever the bastion of equality and haven for the oppressed, has decided that hostesses for the Olympics are not allowed to have big bottoms. Or tattoos.

"Bone structure and height should be uniform," she said. "For example, we don't want any wide bottoms."

Good lord, the US will never be allowed to host again.

Know Your Blogger

I know most everyone got done with spring classes a long time ago, but I just got done with mine. Well, all but the grading. So thus ends my first academic year at USU. I don't think I'm ready to put together a full review of the year. Hopefully that will come later.

That being said, when I thought the blog was gone, I figured I would start a new one. I was going to start off with a State of the Overread. Anyway, the blog was saved, but I still feel like I should do a bit of a status report.

Overread, one each.
  • Physical Characteristics:
    • Body:
      • Shortish, a touch on the heavy side.
    • Hair:
      • Brown hair everywhere
      • I can sing most of the musical 'Hair.' Badly.
    • Other:
      • bad eyes (also brown)
      • legs that can run for a long time when forced
  • Family:
    • Older brother, Older sister, mother and assorted others that aren't online and thus won't be mentioned. All amazing people. Some even have blogs if you know where to look.
  • Personal Life:
    • Undetectable by modern scientific means. It's probably time to head to the online matchmaker site, or.... the mail-order bride sites?
  • Point of Origin:
    • Smack dab in the middle of the US
  • Current Location:
    • Urban Sprawl University
  • Education Status:
    • First attempt at university (Kashyyyk U) with a theatre degree terminated due to opportunity to make fame and fortune in NYC.
      • Sidenote: fame and fortune not made in NYC or elsewhere. Well, yet.
    • BA (Partyschool U) in Gruub Studies
    • MA (Partyschool U) in Gruub Studies
    • 1 year of PhD completed in Gruub studies
  • Current Projects:
    • Paper on [REDACTED] due in the spring: Very interesting, possibly dissertation feed-in material (which is very cool and terrifying at the same time). Unfortunately, only partially finished and most likely to be delayed
    • Paper on [REDACTED] due in the fall: Also very interesting, but a very big stretch for me (You mean I have to research what? Umm... How exactly?), and probably not particularly useful for the dissertation.
  • Plans for the Future:
    • Summer: still up in the air. There are hopes for a 8 week trip to [To be announced later]
    • Fall:
      • Seminars out the wazoo
      • Another year of TAing (the same class I TAed this last year. Hopefully that means less class prep)
    • Lottery win.