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More on Schlafly, Education & Beer

By on May 13, 2008 in Life, Politics

A Wash U professor wrote a very good article about how honoring Phyllis Schlafly & Chris Mathews is indicative of a larger issue: Is the University selling it’s soul – a research-oriented, intellectual, scientific award winning soul – to look cool? Also, of note, according to an alumnus who was a student rep to the Board of Trustees, the suggestion to honor Gloria Steinem was quickly shot down. Apparently, honoring individuals “from all aspects of the political spectrum” doesn’t include both sides of the feminist “debate.” As I began writing this post – using only Schlafly’s last name in the title, a burning, desparate question occurred to me: Is Schlafly’s beer, the best local beer in STL, owned by Shlafly’s family and does Phyllis have any say? The answer is yes – sort of. According the Schlafly’s...

The Dead Kennedys, Wash U, & Phyllis Schlafly

By on May 6, 2008 in Life, Politics

I just found out that my dear alma mater – Washington University in St. Louis – will be giving Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate at the upcoming commencement. (Thank you Feministing!) I can handle the fact that a douche bag like Chris Mathews is giving the Commencement address – especially since I didn’t even go to my graduation so I’m not really inclined to be concerned about who graduates and their families have to suffer through – I can even, kind of, handle the fact that they are also giving him an honorary doctorate (I mean, what for?) but Phyllis fucking Schlafly?? Seriously?!?!? As a response to this outrageous bullshit, I wrote a quick email to Chancellor Wrighton: Dear Chancellor Wrighton, I was shocked to learn that Washington University will be honoring Phyllis Schlafly this year. In fact, I double checked to be sure that it...

Visiting Beantown

By on Apr 28, 2008 in Life

As possibly the biggest nerds ever, Adam and I went to Boston this weekend to see Greg Graffin of Bad Religion receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy (Watch it here; Listen here.). I kid you not. Up until now I pretty much had a love-hate-but-mostly-hate relationship with Boston mostly informed by my early college years in Western Mass. People were rude, the punk scene was violent, and we could never find any place we were trying to go. Perhaps it’s maturity or the fact that I currently live in the densest city in the US or an outgrowing of views I co-opted from friends but Boston was pretty darn good this weekend. Planning this trip was unnecessarily stressful considering it’s 2 day/1 night duration due to the outrageous (and currently beyond budget) price of hotels, the need for a dog-sitter, fear of dying on the...

I’m obsessed #1782.3

By on Apr 25, 2008 in Life

So I’ve become obsessed with Google Reader. It’s like blogs! All in one place! Yay! Seriously though, I’ve really resisted the reading things online movement (I’m not an early-adopter as they say). Reading on the screen just seemed so bright and uncomfortable – all that scrolling and clicking – ugh. I would occasionally bookmark blogs I’d heard of and check them occasionally for a while and then forget about them. Sure there were feed burners out there but I never really had the impetus to figure it out and investigate. But then I decided I would try blogging – mostly because I’m on a writing kick. Writing a book is, after all, on my list of things to do in life. Since I couldn’t motivate myself to just sit down and write regularly (or ever), I thought blogging might be a good way to get into writing and help me find my way....

Manhattan is NOT an island!

By on Sep 18, 2007 in Life

actually there is Manhattan Island. HOWEVER, the New York City borough of Manhattan which is defined by the boundaries of New York County (side note – is New York City the only place where there are multiple counties within the city limits? I think it might be), contains a section that is attached to the mainland, better known as the Bronx. Marble Hill was once part of Manhattan Island. Then in the late 1800s they decided to redirect the Harlem River and annexed Marble Hill. Later they filled in the real Harlem River and wa-la … mainland! Apparently there was much dispute over whether is should still be part of Manhattan or should become part of the Bronx. Eventually, it was ruled that it should remain part of the borough of Manhattan although it gets services from the Bronx. I mean, who wants their firefighters coming over suspension bridges? Not the residents of Marble...