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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 30th October 2003

“John Silber is the Fidel Castro of American Higher Education”

The Dowbrigade

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 6th September 2003

“The good news is that Arnold is married to Maria Shriver and now that he’s had a sex scandal, the Kennedy family has finally accepted him.”

Jay Leno

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Game of the Week

Posted by glasscastle on 21st August 2003

Office Space

An ingenious little time waster with just two rules: collect
all the missing folders and avoid supervisors.

from
Disarea.com

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 18th August 2003

Marijuana should be removed from the medical and criminal control systems. It should be legalized for adults for all uses.

Dr. Lester Grinspoon, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, in a Boston Globe editorial.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 15th August 2003

“We’re a superpower with a Third World grid”

Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor and former energy secretary under President Clinton.

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Word of the Day: Slugabed

Posted by glasscastle on 13th August 2003

There is no such thing as coincidence, right?  So I knew there
was a hidden message somewhere when I heard and read the word "slugabed"
for the first time in my life within two minutes of each other.

I read it first, in an amusing
and informative column
in the Boston
Globe Health and Science, dealing with genetic regulation of the body
clock.  It concludes with the logical assertion that having a nice
mix of morning people and night owls evolved to serve the tribe’s need
to have someone alert and on guard 24/7. The word was interesting and novel
enough that I
looked it up
.

Immediately afterward, I heard the word spoken, by Dennis Quade to a
comatose Meryl Streep in an opening scene of "Postcards
from the Edge
"
which I had somehow avoided seeing until last night.

So what is the hidden message?  Too soon to tell.  As soon
as this damn summer semester ends Friday I will be doing some in-depth
research on the whole state of being "slugabed".We’ll see where that
gets me…

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 9th August 2003

"You know, that
would probably be the coolest thing"

California Gubernatorial candidate and ex-actor Gary Coleman,
when asked about California Gubernatorial candidate and ex-actor
Arnold Schwartznegger
naming him (Coleman) as an advisor in a hypothetical future Schwartznegger
administration.

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Friedman on Google as God

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

God is All-powerful and Omnipresent, and knows all that is knowable.
God had a good 3,000 year run as the ultimate authority, repository of
knowledge, dispenser of advice and receipient of pleas, supplications
and searches for knowledge and wisdom. Today, Google is all of that,
and more…. From the NY Times

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Pynchon’s Intro to 1984

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

Some
of you (like me) may have missed Thomas
Pynchon’s rather remarkable introduction to the new edition of George
Orwell’s 1984
, as published in the Guardian
(now
off their site but I found it in Lex-Nex).  This relates to
a previous posting "William
Gibson on Orwell"
.  To
complete the circle, here is the New
York Times review of Gibson’s new novel
"Pattern Recognition", with multiple references to Pynchon.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

Speaking at a public symposium, a member of Parliament, Seiichi Ota,
recently made light of reports of gang rapes at a Tokyo university. "Boys
who commit group rape are in good shape,"
Mr. Ota said. "I
think they are rather normal. Whoops, I shouldn’t have said that.
"

From a NY
Times report by Howard French
that rampant sex abuse by teachers
goes unreported and unpunished in Japan.

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Forbidden Ink

Posted by glasscastle on 29th June 2003

Tattoos are not against the law in South Korea, but they
were a foolproof way of avoiding the draft.  Until the government
started arresting young men for ”willfully tampering with their bodies
to avoid military duty”. In old Korea, authorities tattooed ”Thief”
or ”Stealer of Government Money” on criminals’ foreheads. Go figure.

By Sang Hun Choe, Associated Press, 6/29/2003

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Here’s One for Mommy Dearest

Posted by glasscastle on 29th June 2003

The controversial science of mother-infant bonding gets a new look

A nice review of "Attachment Theory", once discreditied, newly rediscovered,
which basically holds that "children who develop strong bonds with their
parents are
likely to
form similar bonds with peers, partners, and eventually their own children".

by Joshua Kendal in Boston Globe

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