Monthly Archives: November 2008

Trying to avoid comparisons to Dance Company, I bring you: “Dance your PhD”

This is an annual YouTube contest where scientists film interpretive dances of their PhDs.

Here’s my favorite of this year’s winners:

View the rest here.


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Filed under Dance Party, I admit it I was in Science Club, Nerds, Uncategorized

You really should see “Slumdog Millionaire”

Admittedly, now seems an odd (although not necessarily inappropriate) time to urge someone to see a film based in Mumbai — especially one where the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a featured location.  However, Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best films I’ve seen in ages (and the critics seem to overwhelmingly agree with me).

Joe Morgenstern says:

I’ve never seen anything like “Slumdog Millionaire,” and I welcomed the spectacle with open eyes. In these worsening times for feature films, timidity and mediocrity often vie for bottom honors at the multiplex. “Slumdog” breaks through to the top.

Poor Melissa got stuck seeing it with me and, like “Traffic,” I had to duck out a few times since I tend to get squeamish during torture scenes, violence, and things that I suspect might scare me without first seeing them.  Please don’t think that the whole movie is like this either; it’s just an incredibly rich and well-woven tapestry with a compelling story, deep and truly human characters, and a fascinating backdrop.


Filed under Indians, Movies, Must See, Uncategorized

I mean, it is a valid answer, eHarmony…

(Via Bits & Pieces)

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I may not be Oprah, but I’ve got a favorite thing

Overpriced, but I had a 30% off coupon… absolutely divine.  If you can dig up a coupon (and maybe even if you can’t), treat yourself.

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Filed under Bathroom, Picking Favorites, Things I Want, Uncategorized

Pre-Thanksgiving Reading List!

Sorry, guys, work has been insane so I’ve been behind on my own reading.  But I do think you’ll enjoy these:

Amid all the political and media hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that much — or at all — when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are.

We are not talking about the Great Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25 percent.


Herbert Hoover did what Barack Obama is proposing to do. Hoover raised taxes on high-income people and put restrictions on international trade, in order to try to save American jobs. It didn’t work then and it is not likely to work now.

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Filed under Economist, Holidays, Obama, Reading List, Republican Propaganda, Tech Porn, Uncategorized

I’m not sure how I feel about this one, but I get a kick out of the fact that it was proposed

The two councilman, Vincent M. Ignizio and James S. Oddo, both of Staten Island, called on Tuesday for the stadium to be renamed Citi/Taxpayer Field. The two men will soon be the only Republicans on the 51-member Council; the only other Republican, Anthony Como of Queens, was recently defeated in a special election.

“Perhaps a name change is in order, since it will be the taxpayers of the country who will foot the bill for not only part of stadium, but for the company itself,” Mr. Ignizio said. “The taxpayers are spending billions for this company to maintain its operations and deserve the recognition for their largess.”

(Via NYT)

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Filed under Field Trips, Identity Issues, Mr Met, New York Times, Stadiums, Uncategorized

Bill isn’t the only Clinton who likes cheeseburgers

So despite 40-degree temperatures and the fact that another indoors Shake Shack exists, Mike and I went to the original one so he could finally eat some humble pie a shackburger.

How did the Shackburger do?

Well, Mike admitted it was very good but still thinks Melon’s is better.  Shake Shack wins for shakes (obvi) and Melon’s wins for fries.  This is probably the closest he’d come to admitting Shake Shack was superior, so I’m counting this as a win.

More interesting than eating cheeseburgers and milkshakes in the FREEZING cold, however, were two other notable incidents:

  1. While we were waiting, a bird pooped on me.  Gross.  As was noted, no, I would not have had that problem at Melon’s.
  2. While we were eating, Chelsea Clinton came to the Shack.  I would include a photo of her in line, but someone refused to send me it because I may have been a little critical of him playing paparazzi…

Long story short, I have to go to Melon’s to settle this once and for all, but comme toujours, Shake Shack did NOT disappoint.


Filed under Birds, Clintons, I have excellent taste in burgers, Mike, Uncategorized