Because Iceland is really just one big family, it’s simply annoying to go around asking Icelanders if they’ve met Björk. Of course they’ve met Björk; who hasn’t met Björk? Who, for that matter, didn’t know Björk when she was two? “Yes, I know Björk,” a professor of finance at the University of Iceland says in reply to my question, in a weary tone. “She can’t sing, and I know her mother from childhood, and they were both crazy. That she is so well known outside of Iceland tells me more about the world than it does about Björk.”
Anyway, the whole thing is fantastic and you should all go read it immediately.
- The close relationship between my mom and me since I moved to NY
- The unconditional love (as long as I keep feeding her) of one Miss Pollycat, purring contentedly on my lap as I type
- Friends, new and old
- Haley Bug gets her very own bullet. She knows why.
- So does Rebecca
- A job that challenges and excites me
- A thoroughly unexpected Thanksgiving bonus from said job
- Wonderful boss and coworkers
- The financial security that allows me to buy the occasional skein of yarn or pretty shoes or nice dinner without worrying about paying rent
- The astonishing potential of a ball of yarn and a set of needles
- Crisp days perfect for showing off handknits
- Perfect red velvet cake, my favorite ice cream in the world, awesome middle eastern food, and the platonic ideal of a coffee shop--all within a two-and-a-half-block radius of my apartment
- Ample reading material
Birthday 2.0, guys. I can haz it?
2008 can officially bite me. Plz to validate my existence, Internets.
Today, I spent twelve hours straight copyediting a manuscript. I worked through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I didn't move from my chair except to acquire food or go to the bathroom.
I am still not done.
I kind of want to die.
I need to go put on a mindless DVD and scrub the lines of text from the inside of my eyelids. I don't even think I have the hand-eye coordination left to knit. Oy.
I need a vacation so bad it hurts.
As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.)
Brown Vs. The Board of Education of Topeka was the historic case that overturned the "separate but equal" doctrine and declared racial segregation in educational institutions to be unconstitutional.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court, which overturned earlier rulings going back to Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, by declaring that state laws that established separate public schools for black and white students denied black children equal educational opportunities. Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court's unanimous (9-0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." As a result, de jure racial segregation was ruled a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This victory paved the way for integration and the civil rights movement.
( Excelsior! )
Huh, looks like I do better with the old/dead white guys, who knew? I'm surprised The Handmaid's Tale isn't on here, but otherwise, good list.
2. Neil Gaiman's reading at Columbia Teacher's College a week from today, at 7PM. Is anyone interested in joining me? It's "free and open to the public," which means if we're going to snag good seats, someone's probably going to need to stake out territory pretty early, and I won't be able to get there before 6.
I am also, in my grand tradition of contemplating literary and/or grammar-nerdy tattoos that I wouldn't mind gracing my body for the rest of my life, now considering getting a tattoo that says, simply, "This is water."
RIP, DFW. The thought of your passing gives me the howling fantods.
(This is as good an excuse as any to link to one of my favorite Onion articles ever: Girlfriend Stops Reading David Foster Wallace Breakup Letter At Page 20)