Better Know a Schakowsky

June 6, 2007 by

What’s up! Did you all see MY congresswoman on the Colbert Report the other night?

I don’t know how to stick videos in here (if you even can on WordPress), but you can find a link to it, plus reactions of some Chicagoans, here on Chicagoist.

I don’t know what I’m proudest of: her performance on Colbert’s show, Colbert’s repeated insistence that she was on drugs, or her partnership with my boy Kucinich in an effort to impeach evil warlord Cheney.

This one goes out to A.

June 5, 2007 by

Actually, i think both Jeanmeanie and her co-habitator A would like this bit from the Guardian. Why can’t the silly bloggy parts of the New York Times and other American newspapers be this awesome? Rule Britannia!

an uncomfortable snakeskin boot?


Continuing our uniquely unreliable interactive knowledge resource.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas “Nic” Cage is an American overactor of astonishing range, capable of running the gamut from melancholic brooding to whooping insanity in the blink of an hour. The human equivalent of  Cage is physically reminiscent of a three-way cross between a Teddy Ruxpin doll, Elvis Presley, and a sexually excited tooth salesman.

A career alternating left-field art-house meanderings with eardrum-pounding action spectaculars has assured him a unique position in the Hollywood firmament: despite being one of the most recognisable A-list names on the planet, he refuses to linger in the memory, making it easy to forget he exists at all until he pops up to promote his next movie.

This may explain why he has the saddest eyes of any movie star. Indeed, no matter what the rest of his body is doing, his eyes perpetually remain those of a lonesome hound locked inside an abandoned car, mournfully padding at the window and failing to gain the attention of countless unconcerned passersby.

Despite appearing in the odd bona-fide classic, Cage has also starred in many of the world’s worst and loudest movies – so many that his name has become a piece of cultural terminology: audiences suffering through one of his many overblown clunkers – excruciating chambers of high-concept idiocy from which there is no escape for at least two hours – are said to be trapped within the “Nicolas Cage”.

The first part of that webpage is great, too.

In other news, I am not dead. Just, er, resting from all that exhausting blogging way back in April.

i can has serch enjin?

June 2, 2007 by

so, it appears at least ONE of my kitties has learned to use the interwebbs:

Your search – ssssssssssssssz0 – did not match any documents.


  • Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
  • Try different keywords.
  • Try more general keywords.

i will determine the culprit by keeping my ears open for more erudite-sounding, yet ultimately ill-informed hissing.

so totally last week

June 1, 2007 by

i am so excited about the TONY extra-special hipster episode!

hipsters and their interests, tastes, and needs have been under-represented in the new york media, and certainly on the internet, so this is a very welcome development. it is especially welcome for ME, because i have never quite been hip enough to know exactly what a hipster is or how to spot one.

i haven’t gotten the chance to read the articles yet. but the whole thing strikes me as ridiculous/awesome.

Disgusting or Awesome? You Decide!

May 18, 2007 by


Because politics can no longer just be politics, but like everything else has to emulate reality TV, behold: the Food Stamp Challenge!

In this episode, my own congresswoman Jan Schakowsky learns what millions of poor people already know: you can’t really live on food stamps, and you certainly can’t eat nutritiously!

Ok, I kid, but I actually don’t think this is as silly and insidious as some others do. Yes, it somehow manages to make the issues of poverty, hunger and public benefits all about HER, but maybe it does require stunts like this to get people’s attention.

What do you think: disgusting or awesome?

p.s. I am actually a fan of Jan, despite (or because of?) the Pirro-esque shady past of her husband Robert Creamer. She always seems to vote the right way on lots of issues I care about.


May 16, 2007 by

the song Karma Police is in my head today. not only won’t it go away, but I keep catching myself almost singing it out loud.

why? why me? help!

fashion skamergency!!

May 16, 2007 by

dude, i am gonna go see the TOASTERS tomorrow night!

i’m so psyched, i’m gonna pretend that it is 1994 and the Bush2 years never happened!


but here’s the question — what does one wear to a 3rd wave ska show in the oughties?

Also, why didn’t the phrase “the oughties” really catch on?

p.s. i don’t care if you don’t watch this show or know what i’m talking about.

May 11, 2007 by


part of the conceit of the awesome, and awesomely predictable reality show Top Chef is that the winner uses his (or her, theoretically) $100,000 prize to open a new restaurant. then everyone wants to eat there, because the chef is already a celebrity. should work beautifully.

courtesy of gawker, we find out that hot, yet strangely boring Top Chef 1 winner Harold has finally opened his restaurant.

now, much as i love the stoic harold, i can’t really see eating at an expensive place like that, so i’m just waiting for the runners-up to open their restaurants. especially Mike… i’m sure it’ll be beer & wings all the way!

What do you know about this man?

May 11, 2007 by


So, Marvin Krislov, general counsel of UMichigan is most likely going to be the next president of Oberlin College.


Does anyone have an opinion about him? Oberlin holds a very special place in my heart, so I want to know whether any of my millions of loyal readers (all five of you? four? c’mon, three??) has had any personal experience with him and has anything to say, pro or con. Nothing dirty, please.

Voicemail is down…

May 10, 2007 by


quoting an e-mail from tech support staff:

“We’re currently running a consistency check on the drive array. We’ll keep you posted as to our progress.”

It is awesome that they assume these words will mean something to me.