The Speckled Mind

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

One small step for women... giant faceplant for gender equality

Actually overheard today at Bethel:

"Books are so expensive. I'm just gonna be a trophy wife."


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Monday, January 29, 2007


I hate being sick. All I can do is sit around, watch TV and wait for the fever to subside. Maybe more cowbell would help.

It's weird though...I didn't even have coffee with Joel this time. Guess I should've gotten a flu shot.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

In Which My Sports Options Are Limited...For Now

Football season, while still ongoing, has been dead in Minnesota since about mid October. Let's face it, folks--this was about the worst season of Vikings football in Minnesota's history. The worst part is that the future looks about as bright as Ralph Wiggum taking an abstract algebra exam.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, friends. Baseball season--and with it the return of our beloved Minnesota Twins--is not as far away as one might think. Twins Spring Training begins soon, with pitchers and catchers reporting in mid February, and the first pre-season game on February 28th vs. Boston.

Now, you may be thinking, "Who cares about spring training?". Well, I do...and you should too. After all, it relieves us all from the dreaded sports dry spell in which our only options are the NBA, the NHL, or...Nascar. And, in case you're like me and need something objective to help you measure how long you will need to endure the aforementioned three sports, I have embedded a handy dandy countdown clock in the sidebar. Who says a music major can't figure out HTML code?

For those who do still care about football--who are you picking to win the Super Bowl? My money--were I a betting man--would be on the Colts. I think Peyton Manning will find a way to get it done this year, despite the America-feel-good-storyline that would occur with a New Orleans win. Step right up and place your 'nothing to gain but bragging rights' bets, folks.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

I'm going to see this movie tonight. I pretty much could not be more excited about it. Check here for a plot synopsis. The cinematography and storytelling are supposed to be amazing. Speaking of amazing--my wife got four free tickets for the show at the Lagoon in Uptown tonight. What's more, it's a pre-screening, so I get to have that feeling of superiority and exclusivity--ultra important when watching an art film.

Seriously though...

Check out the trailer below and tell me this doesn't look amazing. Jess said it got a 20 minute standing ovation at the Cannes film festival this year. I am absolutely giddy.


Monday, January 08, 2007

Word to Your Mother

In case you were wondering, "plutoed" was voted as the word of the year for 2006. So...if you ever get demoted from...say, a planet to some lesser heavenly body, you can say that you've officially been 'plutoed'. This is a big step forward from last year's winner--"Truthiness".

I just hope astronomers never downgrade Uranus.