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Oh, swine flu. I haven't mentioned it because of course it's in my region! Who expected it wouldn't be? It's a couple of elementary schools near my husband's college, and some of his students have kids in elementary school and some of them are young enough to have siblings in school. We're washing our hands and carrying on.

I had gotten the impression that it was some kind of mystery as to why people from Mexico were dying from the disease and people from the US weren't, but ... errrr ... maybe not? Egads.

Whoa.

Apr. 7th, 2009 11:39 am
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The Moss Room at the Academy of Sciences (a new gourmet restaurant) made it on the SF Chronicle's top 100 restaurants list. Here's their previous full review.

[insert habitual complaint about the Chronicle's claim to be a metro area paper but massive fear of letting their staff foot in Santa Clara County lest they become uncool, man]

Anyway, I really want to try it!

(Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] museumpeople.)
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I only posted about it on Facebook, but I just realized that LJ could probably use good news too, in case you missed it.

The governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, repealed the legality of the death penalty in New Mexico. He nailed it: "Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime."

Also, the Obama administration will have the US endorse that UN statement calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.

(And you might enjoy http://www.netdisaster.com/ if you're still cranky after those two rays of sunshine--give it the URL of a website you dislike and unleash meteors, dinos, etc. all over it! Sound optional but images pretty essential. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tikistitch.)

P. S. I'm sorry I'm posting so very much, but I'm home and I don't feel well. :/

Eesh.

Mar. 7th, 2009 12:14 pm
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A casual but decent post on Chinese[s] at Language Log, if you've been curious as to my occasional allusion to the notion of "Chinese" being a single language (unified in its written form, with various spoken dialects) as essentially a myth. The comments are interesting, too--there's a really great point about status and mutual intelligibility. Relatively non-technical (well, it would help to know that "AAVE" stands for "African-American Vernacular English").

Also, this is terribly embarrassing: Clinton's gift to Russian Foreign Minister is all wrong. I often complain about English websites and manuals from international companies--"couldn't they have found someone really fluent or a native speaker to spend 5 minutes looking at it?" But apparently the US Secretary of State staff couldn't find a SINGLE RUSSIAN to look at ONE WORD and go "Oooh, no, that's not how we usually say 'Reset'--what you want is 'перезагрузка'--OK? Bye!" (Again, the comments are full of clarifying context.) See, apparently we thought we'd be clever and give them a big red button, like the ones they sell at that one office store, reading RESET in Russian, to say "Let's reset our relations!" Instead they gave them one that reads RESET in English and ... "overloading" in Russian. *headdesk*



*No, "dialect" is not a put-down in itself; everybody speaks a dialect. Or several dialects.
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Dr. Who Dalek Found in Pond

(As opposed to the other kind of Dalek, naturally.)

via [livejournal.com profile] telophase.
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Sorry guys--apparently you've got not just George W. Bush in Preston Hollow, but now Jessica Simpson is living in Irving.

(Yes, tongue-in-cheek am I.)
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Eh, kind of bummed about the whole social conservative Episcopalian breakway movement, but very hopeful that the pro-human rights, pro-gay rights, pro-social justice Episcopalians/Anglicans will remain the major, mainstream Episcopalian/Anglican group within the US.


Via [livejournal.com profile] silme, a twofer essay about Twilight book and movie that doesn't hold any punches, calling the book a "depressingly retrograde, deeply anti-feminist, borderline misogynistic novel."

Yeah, do not want.


Watch out, [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz, [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle, [livejournal.com profile] telophase, and everyone else who finds themselves in the DFW area occasionally:

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Yeah, YOU-KNOW-WHO is buying a house in Dallas and moving there in January! Oh boy! (EDIT: Oh, they've already bought it! It's up in Preston Hollow, whatever that means...)

Well, it's not like you're going to bump into him at Whole Foods, I suppose.


As a counter to that, new chapters of Chii's Sweet Home were posted in November:
http://www.onemanga.com/Chiis_Sweet_Home/
and even newer chapters can be downloaded from [livejournal.com profile] minhha's LJ (just not read conveniently online).
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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims."

...Right.

Wonder what the book itself actually says?

(I don't wonder enough to go look at the book, honestly.)
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REAL AMERICANS: Love America and don't want to be anywhere else.
D&Ders: Hate America and pretend to be in imaginary other civilizations.

REAL AMERICANS: Are Christian and go to church.
D&Ders: Are "chaotic neutral" and summon demons.

REAL AMERICANS: Vote for McCain.
D&Ders: Vote for Obama.

See? Totally logical.




(Also, raise your hand if the names in the subject line are three that you never expected to see in one sentence.)

(Edited to add the source of the quote, and also to reflect that McCain didn't write that--someone named Michael Goldfarb did.)

Ugh.

Aug. 11th, 2008 07:30 pm
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"Surprise! Half of overweight adults may be heart-healthy" (verbatim headline).

Gosh golly me! How can that even be possible, Ma? Why, next they'll be reporting with equal surprise that a quarter of normal-weight folks DO have blood pressure and cholesterol problems! What's that, Ma? They DID report that? Land sakes! Why, this is surprisinger than that time that man bit that dog! Goodness gracious! I think I need a sit-down.

Oops.

Aug. 8th, 2008 01:35 pm
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Black henna can trigger nasty allergies -- I'm sure that black henna/mehndi is what they were using at the Fremont festival this weekend. Watch out for it--apparently a dose of it on the skin can trigger a nasty permanent sensitivity that reacts with related medicines you might be in need of later in your life. Assuming this article is accurate, anyway.

If you get mehndi, you want to make sure that it is the real, brown-red henna mehndi,and not the black stuff, which is adulterated with PPD. It's a shame, because when [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward had it done at the festival last year, it looked really beautiful.

WaiWai axed

Jul. 5th, 2008 09:35 pm
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Mainichi Shimbun's WaiWai has been shut down. I didn't even notice--I usually avoided clicking on WaiWai links, because they were generally sensationalism at its worst, but once in a while there was something worth reading.

No.

Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:53 am
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This story and similar articles on a more international scale do not make me fear that the world is ending.

It makes me sure that we are awfully full of ourselves.

Talk about lack of historical perspective. "A great unraveling of some things long taken for granted" for a decade or five; i. e., no time at all.

Life is always chaotic and imperfect. Thus far, the crap that's been going on in our lifetimes is not special or apocalyptic. If it feels that way, it's only because it's in our lifetimes, and we are myopic and self-centered. If anything AT ALL is different about all the natural disasters, economic woes, blah blah blah, it's just that we hear about more of it now. (Though it's not like medieval rumor mills and superstition generators were nonexistent, either.)
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1) Yahoo had an obligation to be bought by Microsoft. Jerry Yang is a bad, bad person who is selfishly keeping the other stockholders from getting more money. The sole consideration of a board who receives a takeover bid is whether the stock price will go up afterwards. There are no possible other criteria to take into account. Things like the founders' vision for a company, company culture, employees' feelings, customer satisfaction, layoffs, etc. are wholly irrelevant if you're not a goddamn commie.

2) Although customer satisfaction with airlines is way down and much of this is the airlines' fault, part of the blame lies with customers, because customers buy tickets based on price and nothing else. Presumably, if one does not purchase a special, super-duper first-class "everything guaranteed" ticket, one should shut one's mouth if one's flight is late or cancelled or left on the tarmac for 6 hours. (One is unsure what other conclusion one should draw, but how exactly does paying slightly less for one's ticket--though still much more than one paid two years ago--cause these problems?)

Gosh, reading is educational.

(NB: The above sentiments were not expressed by journalists, but by people they interviewed. Important people. But crazy people. And still, I felt a certain lack of, shall we say, follow-up.)
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10% increase approved for the CSU system. UC is looking at one too.

If you're still in community college, I hope you're saving money, because there will probably be at least one more hike before you get there. And they are NOT improving the schools with this money, either--they're trying to keep up with budget cuts from the state (and, er, giving administrators big raises, but anyway...).

Another thing to remember is to start checking out the course listings for your areas now. They vary wildly just among the CSUs in the Bay Area. For example, this fall, if you want to take Japanese, here's how it looks:

SJSU: 6 different classes (+ multi sections)
SFSU: 13 different classes (+ multi sections)
CSUEB: 3 different classes (no multi sections--and I bet you at least 1 will be cancelled)

Of course, people make a difference, too--my CSUEB MATESOL program had very few courses and no electives, but the director of the program was so excellent that I didn't care. But I do think that going to the course schedule (not the catalog, which lists classes that they may in theory have someday) and checking the areas you're interested in for the past, current, and upcoming terms, if possible, will tell you a lot about the school. That goes for local community colleges, too--they are definitely NOT all the same.

Speaking of community colleges, by the way, I had a chance to check out Mission College in northern Santa Clara this week. Based purely on support staff (admissions, counseling, etc.) and course listings, it looks far better than Ohlone. They also have what may be the first community college "welcome center" in the Bay Area--it's a one-stop shop for students who will be first-generation college grads or have limited English. This is a wonderful thing. If your parents and such didn't go to college, it's so confusing to figure out things because the entire system assumes you already know the basic procedure, the jargon, etc. The welcome center puts you in touch with individual people who can pull together all those requirements and all the services you might miss out on otherwise (tutoring, etc.). I can't stress how valuable it would be to have access to someone who has the big picture about everything you can do and need to do at a particular school. MOST excellent.

Nice campus too (and NO STAIRS! Campus is flat!).

Argh.

Mar. 14th, 2008 10:25 am
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I want to say something about Tibet, since I have stood in the plaza in Lhasa where some of the protests are taking place, but I don't have anything to say. I am entirely pessimistic about the entire situation.
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You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord's name in vain or coveting your neighbor's wife, but also by wrecking the environment, carrying out morally debatable experiments that manipulate DNA or harm embryos," said [Bishop Gianfranco] Girotti, who is responsible for the body that oversees confessions.

The seven social sins are:

1. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control

2. "Morally dubious" experiments such as stem cell research

3. Drug abuse

4. Polluting the environment

5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

6. Excessive wealth

7. Creating poverty


(Source.)

Excuse me, but lack of birth control contributes directly to #5 and #7. Give me a break. And don't get me started on #2. Or #6.

Also: Morally debatable? So if not everyone agrees on something, nobody can do it? Er, let me introduce the Vatican to the first original deadly sin, because I believe they're rolling in it.

It is nice, though, that the Vatican and the Southern Baptist Convention are moving to support the fight against global warming. In terms of human rights issues, though, I say there's a lot to be desired.

(I know there are multiple Catholics on my f'list, including some very dear friends, but I imagine that at least some of you had a similar reaction to mine. My problem is with the policy-makers of the Church, though, not its membership--and more importantly, with the effect that these policies have in the world. I think I got in trouble last time I talked about this stuff, though. Maybe we could all agree to replace some of these with things like "Abusing the poke feature on Facebook" and "Talking loudly in movie theaters" and "Forgetting to put yourself on Away in IM," the latter of which I'd owe several penances for.)
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I'm braving LJ's post-by-web interface to bring you this story: Giant pythons attacking California! It's a very silly story, but knowingly so. I think I detect a few jabs at the sometimes desperate attempts to make national stories relevant to California, as well as nice pokes at prime-time news/AOL News headline sensationalism.

"As for other potential prey, human beings - like rodents, beavers and deer - are mammals, government scientists confirmed. ... In California, the only safe places to avoid the migrating pythons would be the colder areas - the Sierra, the Cascades or the North Coast. Such remote areas, however, could not support every panicked Californian seeking to avoid the giant snakes."

Snerk.

(The proliferation of these snakes is a real problem, thanks to stupid people who think they'd make dandy pets and then panic and dump 'em when they get big. But it's not exactly impending danger here. Wait, didn't the Chronicle run a series on zombie attacks recently? Heeheehee.)
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How to get published in science: Don't be female.

I hardy even have a coherent response to this. (And no, I'm not surprised, but I'm still shocked. If you know what I mean.)


Trying something new on your dates might help increase long-term relationship satisfaction--and no, not necessarily THAT kind of thing, either. :p Interesting article--check it out. Also cites research indicating that my mom is wrong about the inevitable heat death of the universe death of romantic love in a marriage.


Total lunar eclipse on Wednesday! Too bad I'll be tutoring. They're nifty to look at.


As for the update, well, Kooza was very good, though I liked Varekai more. I was glad we paid the Goldstar price ($55 with fees--here's a referral link for Goldstar, which you can use in the Bay Area, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, DC, NYC, and Boston metro areas). It was my first time using Goldstar and I was pretty happy with it--going to try going to some other events using it. As much as I love Cirque du Soleil, I can't believe they charge you so much (I think the cheapest regular tickets were $90) and then want you to pay $14 for a program! Unsurprisingly, none of us bought a program.

On Valentine's Day, we took [livejournal.com profile] applechailatte to SFO for her flight back to Japan. Standing in line with her there, I found I really, really wanted to be traveling and going overseas and doing something ...

After that I drove [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor to Pittsburg. There was almost no traffic on 101 or the Bay Bridge. It was amazing! He went in to teach his class and I went in search of a grocery store to buy a Valentine's Day treat for his students. I drove for miles and finally found one, and got a huge tray of 24 cupcakes. I was heading toward his classroom when I stumbled on the uneven pavement of the mezzanine-style level. The tray went flying over the edge! It landed with a *SPLAT!* on the bottom floor. :( Sadness! Magic Custodial Staff Guy suddenly appeared, looking quizzical, and I yelled my apologies down. He seemed pretty amused and had it cleaned up in no time. I was so sad though, not to mentioned embarrassed (and, now, very sore--ow). I bought a bag of assorted Ghirardelli squares from a group who was raising money for a memorial scholarship and took that to the class along with my now-useless Valentine's napkins. Bah.

I was in a pretty foul mood after that, but as I was moping around outside, I saw a female hummingbird fly across to a tree. Eventually, she landed--in a nest! I've never ever seen a hummingbird nest in person, and here I was just 1.5 meters away from one. Eek, it was so cute! The nest was about the size of a golf ball, and mama bird just sat in there and looked at me. I didn't try to get any closer, but still, it was really amazing and made me feel a lot better. Actually, she stayed there long enough that I could show her to [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor when he finished class.

And [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz has an adorable new cat. I know [livejournal.com profile] applechailatte wants to see photos, but I don't know if she has regular internet access or anything yet.

That's about it for me.

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