Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Fashion Arrest?

I don't get the big, fancy glasses that have been in this past year. I know they say it was for drugs, but I'm starting the rumor that George Michael was under fashion arrest:

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Best Rummy Quotes

While writing a fictional missing chapter to Candide, where Candide meets up with Donald Rumsfeld in Iraq, I came across some great quotes from Rumsfeld. Some are actually insightful, while some are just plain funny (in a sick way :P). From BrainyQuote:

"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."

"Control your time. If you're working off your in-box, you're working off the priorities of others. Be sure the staff is working on what you move to them from the President, or the President will be reacting, not leading."

"Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it."

"Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems." (spoken like a true boss :-D)

"Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership."

"Don't say "the White House wants." Buildings can't want."

This one's for Cooper:

"From where you sit, the White House may look as untidy as the inside of a stomach. As is said of the legislative process, sausage-making and policy-making shouldn't be seen close-up. Don't let that panic you. Things may be going better than they look from the inside."

"I don't do quagmires."

"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."

Keep your rules limited to the number of fingers you have:

"If you develop rules, never have more than ten."

"Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost. "

"People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction. "

Kind of scared to see the Powerpoint that goes with this one (pruning people :O):

"Prune - prune businesses, products, activities, people. Do it annually."

Say this one three times fast:

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. "

Did Rummy work in academia?

"Watch for the "not invented here" syndrome."

Okay, maybe not because they all seem to be vacant this long:

"Watch the growth of middle level management. Don't automatically fill vacant jobs. Leave some positions unfilled for 6-8 months to see what happens. You will find you won't need to fill some of them."

"You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck. "

Guns Don't Kill People, Guys in Mittens, Hats & Scarves Do

When you have an hour to kill, check out ThreadBared. My favorite pattern pic has to be this guy holding a rifle in mittens:

I love the added caption on this one:

A Simple Vow

If any man has a reason why I should not eat Trader Joe's "Way More Chocolate Chips" cookies for breakfast, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.

I do.

Friday, February 24, 2006

How I Rate

My life is rated PG-13!

Your life is rated PG-13!

What is your life rated? (MPAA Scale)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Stupid Romantics/Jealous of the Moon

Maybe if I blog about this, I will feel better. Here goes...

My boyfriend and I broke up a couple weeks ago. It was my doing and I don't have a right to be mopey. I'm taking a class and we're reading from the romantic period. I am not in the mood. I just want to stick all the whiney, romantic characters in the eye with something sharp. "Take that fool! Why did you think it would work out?!!"

My new favorite song is "Jealous of the Moon" from Nickel Creek's new album:

Trying on a brand new dress
But you haven't worn the old one yet.
You've come too far, to turn around now.
Giving up a good fight.
You're as strong as anyone.
You're back when you started from,
I see you're back where you started from.

Staring down the stars, jealous of the moon
You wish you could fly.
But you're staying where you are,
there's nothing you can do,
if you're too scared to try.

Drag your pretty head around
Swearing you're gonna drown with a beautiful sigh and a river of lies.

I hate to see a friend of mine,
Laughing out loud when she's crying inside,
but you've got your pride.


I think blogging nullifies the pride claim :P.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

A Top 10 Worst List San Diego Did Not Make

We may have our financial woes and corruption scandals, but San Diego is not the most irregular city in the US. From Slashfood:


Dannon's new yogurt, Activa, contains a special bacterial culture known as Bifidus Regularis that helps to regulate the digestive tract. To help promote their new product, and perhaps to locate potential markets for this breakfast-food-come-Milk of Magnesia-competitor, Dannon commissioned a survey to determine the most irregular cities in America. The survey defined irregularity as not going to the bathroom for two or more days and found that the ten most irregular cities are:

1. Orlando, FL
2. Memphis, TN
3. Greenville, NC
4. Tampa, FL
5. Raleigh-Durham, NC
6. San Antonio, TX
7. Oklahoma City, OK
8. Jacksonville, MI
9. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
10. Philadelphia, PA


What I want to know is, how did they determine which cities are most irregular? I can't think of a single source of that information.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

New Word: Malversation

I saw a new word used to describe Randy "Duke" Cunningham:

Malversation: corrupt behavior in a position of trust.

Now check out the origin: based on the latin for badly "male" plus behave "versari". It's a fancy way to say "men behaving badly".

First Freedom Fries

Iranians have renamed danishes (pastries) "Roses of the Prophet Muhammed". Clerics can't name food anymore! Roses of the Prophet Muhammed and coffee, just doesn't have a ring to it.

Iranians rename Danish pastries

Bakeries across the capital, Tehran, are covering up signs advertising the pastries and replacing them with ones bearing the dessert's new name.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Don't Go There

Going to break with my usual rule of no friend stories. This exchange was priceless. KC was trying to straighten out the oriental rug runner in my entryway tonight. He put one foot at each end and almost went into the splits.

Damien: Ah, you're trying to do a David Lee Roth.

Me (to KC): I want to see you in those pants!

Damien: Those assless chaps?


KC: They're called "bottomless chaps".


Damien: No, assless chaps.

KC: Bottomless chaps.

Me: I meant the parachute pants! (from the Might As Well Jump video)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Most Romantic Valentine's Day Gesture

The Ralph's by my house is the worst place to be anytime near or on Valentine's Day. Yesterday I completed my big shop for the week. I was glad to not have to go back. The store is decorated a la Valentine's Day on steroids... in the sort of way that gets you down. To my horror, I discovered that I was almost out of worsteshire sauce. I ventured over to Ralph's about 8:30 p.m. and found lines 10-20 people long. Just insanely long lines of people buying strawberries, alcohol, balloons, etc. Except for the guy behind me in line. He was standing in a 20 minute line with one box of tampons. That is love! On top of that, he watched my basket while I ran to get the elbow macaroni I'd forgotten on my pass through the store.

No winter..

No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn.
- Hal Borland

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Glu Was Missing

Superglu is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. It can take multiple feeds, such as blogger and flickr, adding them into one view. Check me out:

Baglady Glus It Together

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Blinged Out Water

Okay this is the DUMBEST thing I've seen in a while (via Slashfood):

Bling H2O

You'll just have to see for yourself. Oh, and hear for yourself. Dig the jazzy song you can't turn off.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

More Vacation Than I Know What To Do With

Thank goodness for clerical errors! I have an extra 132 hours of vacation. I'm taking tomorrow off for no particularly good reason! Here are the thoughts I've had so far:

* Mail my Christmas newsletter. Hmmm, more like my Valentine's Day newsletter now.
* Sleep.
* Work on my jigsaw puzzle.
* Catch up on Netflix. It seems wrong to spend sunny days indoor watching TV.
* Taunt my friends at work over IM.
* Do homework :P.
* Cook something really good for dinner.
* Recover those three unmatching dining room chairs.

Any suggestions about what I should do tomorrow? How would you spend it?

Saturday, February 04, 2006