Elitists on parade

November 12, 2008


The Sierra Club has a new “green” cooking quiz: “How Green Is My Cuisine”. I have nothing against helpful hints to help you save energy. That only makes sense. But then I read the questions…the smug meter is off the charts here, folks.

One of the questions:

You want to enjoy a mug of tea while you’re steaming carrots (which you’ll douse with a vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon juice, toasted ground coriander, and rose water and top with chopped fresh mint). If you’re heating just one mug of water for your tea, which of these is the most energy-efficient way to do that?

My answer (which wasn’t one of the choices):

I don’t care. You already bought olive oil, vinegar, rose water, lemons, fresh mint, coriander AND carrots. That long grocery list of items with which you doused those humble carrots takes a hell of a lot of energy to produce too. Why are you worrying about how you are heating up the water for tea?

(h/t Kate)

(for those of you still worried about how you should heat your tea, the answer is a microwave)


Tomato, Tomahto

June 17, 2008

When Americans speak, they think that they are the ones speaking English without an accent. I’m sure that goes for other English speaking countries, as well. The English you speak is the “correct” pronunciation of English and everyone else has an accent. Here’s a series of youtube videos where non American English speakers have a go at the American accent and my judgment (or judgement, as the case may be) of their degree of success.
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Love ya. Mean it

November 20, 2007

Teh gays so understand (or at least expect) passive-aggressive behavior.  I think that’s why I like this site so much.   Here‘s an example:


The hearts and “XOXOs” make this delicious.

(thanks again to col for the link)


How can someone be so attractive and yet so repulsive at the same time? 

For example, here we have this nice looking guy. Good looking, yes, but I still want to hit him in the face. Maybe it’s because of this:

Is it just me? 

Black is the new green

August 9, 2007


Jamie has a post up over at I must be dreaming about Blackle.  Basically, it’s Google with a black background and white text, instead of Google’s white background with black text.

The point of Blackle is to save energy (i.e. a white screen on your monitor uses more energy than a black screen). While saving energy is a good thing, it turns out this is only true for CRT monitors (the big ugly ones). If you have a LCD monitor (like I do), there is no energy savings.  My thanks to Jamie for making me do my homework.

In addition to Blackle, others have jumped on the black screen search bandwagon. In no particular order:

Blackgoogle (fight the power?)

Darkoogle (is that dark-oogle or dar-koogle?)

Greenergle (even harder to pronounce)

Greygle (for those who can’t make up their mind)

Searchincolor (for the friends of Dorothy crowd)

If that’s not green enough for you,  you can also offset the carbon footprint of your own blog/website here:

Websites can seem like quite abstract, ethereal entities that live ‘somewhere in cyberspace’, leaving some people wondering just how they can contribute to global warming. In fact, a number of factors involved in creating and running a website produce significant carbon emissions.

Capital punishment

August 7, 2007

In a recent post over at Gay Patriot, frequent commenter ILoveCapitalism (I’m guessing the name refers to the economic system and not to style sheets) opined on the tendency of the detractors of the site to not use capital letters in their screen names (at GP, they’re known as the “lower case clan”). :

What is it with lefties and the whole lower-case thing? Seriously – what point do they believe they are making?

It can’t be a statement of self-negation – since, in most contexts, the effect of lower-casing is very slightly to grab attention for themselves.

(the link references miriam cooke, a professor of Arabic literature at Duke University)

This got me to thinking (stand back folks).  Pre-internet, the only other lower case (self)named people I had heard of were e.e. cummings and k.d. lang (who I had always assumed was inspired by e.e.).  Thanks to Google (God, I love googling), I’ve found some more.  Here’s the list so far:

bell hooks –  “an African-American intellectual, feminist and social activist”

elinor peace bailey – scary doll/puppet maker

kat swift – Green party candidate for president

john johnson – “He doesn’t capitalize his name because he doesn’t believe in capitalism”

barbara findlay – “lesbian feminist lawyer committed to making the law work for all of us”

danah boyd – whose “research focuses on how people negotiate a presentation of self to unknown audiences in mediated contexts.”

That list can definitely be described as leaning to the left.   I’ll keep googling and will probably have an update (or two) on other discoveries. Also, if any readers are familiar with other examples (left or right), I’d love to see them.

Oh the mundanity!

July 18, 2007


I saw this site mentioned in the paper today and had to bring it to everyone’s attention.

According to the site:

This is the world’s largest online collection of found grocery lists. In fact, we wrote the book on found grocery lists. Why? Other peoples’ grocery lists are fascinating. Plus, the internet is a great place to do stupid interesting things. So far 1,600 funny, crazy, weird, sad and/or mundane discarded scraps of paper have been posted.

Some of them are funny simply for the spelling errors. Others are just bizarre. And I’ve only looked at the tip of this iceberg.

(I picked the pictured list because it closely resembles my shopping list (just add cat litter and beer).)