Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Blogger has decided to cap its label structure at 5000 labels per blog, which, believe it or not, renders this blogging platform almost useless for me as a research tool. So I've decided to finally bite the bullet and move to WordPress, effective immediately. I haven't got things looking quite like I want yet, but the basic idea is up and new posts are going to start appearing over there beginning immediately.
NEW URL: http://gerrycanavan.com
NEW RSS: http://gerrycanavan.wordpress.com/feed/
If you were using Feedburner, Facebook, or Twitter, those should have already updated automatically.
Sorry to force the update to your bookmarks. Hope you'll follow me over.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 8:47 AM
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today's coolest ten-year-old in the world.*
* award subject to revocation if it turns out his parents put him up to it
The wisdom of the market has determined originality is overrated.
Which is the only original feature film to make it into the the top 20 grossing films of this decade (so far)?This is my surprised face.
Finding Nemo, which lands at #15 with $864.6 million.
If you take a look at the top 30 films from this decade, there is only one other original film property among the bunch, that being…
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, #30 spot with $631.7 million.
In fact, out of the top 50 grossing films of this decade, there are only 9 movies based on original properties. And five of those nine films were created by Pixar Animation Studios.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 11:08 PM
Mistakes Obama has made: Timothy Geithner.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 11:02 PM
Health insurance obscenity of the day: a twelve-year-old boy who has already spent his lifetime maximum benefit.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 10:58 PM
* The headline reads, "Las Vegas Nervously Watches The Water Drop."
* More likely that not, there will no major international climate deal at Copenhagen.
* NJ-GOV '13: Cory Booker drops the murder rate in Newark.
* The Nation considers the Palin effect.
* New York, after the flood. Via io9.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 7:47 PM
People or entities that share my birthday: LSD.
How close is your state to committing Californiacide? Kevin Drum has your chart of the day.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 2:59 PM
How to speak like a 1950s hipster.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today's the last day of my twenties. Tomorrow, I am old, as depicted in the following synopsis-of-my-life Spiegelman comic that was given to me by Amalle when I passed my exams:
Now entering panel four. Banana peel approaching. Abandon all hope.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
* The TSA has finally put an end to the terrorist's favorite toy: snowglobes.
* When your neighbor is unemployed: Bob Herbert has a good column in the New York Times today about the disparate rates of unemployment on different socioeconomic groups.
* 2010 will be the year of the deficit hawk.
* Poetry fight: Stephen King in Playboy vs. an ode to Megan Fox.
* "History should record that whether through unprecedented administrative incompetence or orchestrated mendacity, the American people were misled about the nation’s response to the 9/11 attacks."
* As of July 2009, California's budget shortfall was 49.3% of its general funds. States have considered drastic options to fill such gaps. "I looked as hard as I could at how states could declare bankruptcy," said Michael Genest, director of the California Department of Finance who is stepping down at the end of the year. "I literally looked at the federal constitution to see if there was a way for states to return to territory status." Via Edge of the American West, where eric asks, "Seriously, though, what does it mean—this is not a rhetorical question, I’d really like to know and don’t have an answer—when it seems more plausible to engage in constitutional shenanigans than to, for example, restore the vehicle licensing fee to its full former level, and other measures of that sort?"
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 9:08 PM
* Tentherism goes even more mainstream.
* Republicans vs. America's changing demographics.
* There's another excerpt from Žižek's First as Tragedy, Then as Farce online, this time at the London Review of Books.
* Why I Am Not A Catholic: "Catholic Church Says It Will Stop Charity Work If D.C. Passes Gay Marriage Law." Steve Benen isn't above quoting the Book of Matthew over this.
* In Obama's America, people wear hats on their feet, hamburgers eat people, and criminals are tried in courts of law. I should note that Glenn Greenwald says this isn't quite the big step forward it appears to be.
* What happened after Kelo vs. City of New London?
* Fantastic Mr. Fox reviews. Oh, to live in New York.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 12:59 AM
Friday night infodump of all the links I want to keep out of the papers.
* SciFiWire says the new Prisoner disappoints.
* Salon says it's time to bring back Marx. He went somewhere?
* NASA says that explosion last month turned up quite a bit of water on the Moon.
* Jermaine Clement says Flight of the Conchords was almost completely different—but it seems clear to me he's joking.
* And the RNC says it's not subsidizing abortions—anymore.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 12:52 AM
Friday, November 13, 2009
Plemons was tall and skinny and good-looking, with light brown skin. He had joined the Army late, at twenty-seven, after discovering that his master’s degree in writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro didn’t make him employable. “I wanted to pay off some debt and also be part of this war,” he said. “Whether it’s our war or Obama’s war, I’m kind of glad the focus is on Afghanistan. Not so much fighting war as providing security. I believe in the United Nations and NATO and the diplomatic side. It’ll take a couple of generations for real progress to come about.” His attitude made him “what the Army calls a liberal douche-bag—a term of endearment, I guess.” He went on, “A lot of guys here are eighteen, nineteen years old. They were twelve years old when 9-11-2001 happened. They’re ready to be warriors, they’re young—part of it’s posturing. They want to make a difference in the way they can, and the way they were trained to is to fight.”One of my very best friends (and a personal superhero) is interviewed this week at the New Yorker's "Interesting Times" blog about his service as a medic in Afghanistan.
Plemons had been one of the speakers at the service. I had been struck by his remarks. He had said that soldiers had “dual lives” and had to hide one of their identities from their loved ones, “like superheroes.” He had concluded, “We cannot be swayed by feelings that could corrupt us: feelings of guilt, anger, and revenge. In the end, grief shall not take us, and we shall remember.”Come home safe.
Posted by Gerry Canavan at 9:25 AM