Friday, October 31, 2008

Missed Connections

To the Robin-costumed bicycle girl from the Depression-era apple seller: thanks for giving me some places to see in Europe, and thanks for getting all of my muppet references. If it weren't for lame social anxiety, I would have asked for your number or offered you a ride home from the party. Is it too late?

Maybe my life of coffee and books COULD use something new in it. You'll probably never see this, but Happy Halloween.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Missed Connections

Consider this a shot in the no-chance dark; to the barista at [redacted] with short black hair and black glasses, from the boy with shortish blonde/brown hair, blue hoodie, black jacket and glasses who stopped in tonight for coffee.

I'd never be so presumptuous as to assume that a little eye contact meant anything...but maybe a little eye contact meant something?

I wish I'd flirted a little, but if you shot me down I'd feel like more of a fool than I do for posting this, and I wouldn't be able to go into one of my favorite coffee shops ever again. And that would be tragic.

If there's even a chance this shot in the no-chance dark connects, then hello. You inspired someone to the point of missed connection.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Missed Connections

If you happen to be a brown-haired girl with pink streaks and glasses who may have noticed a brown/blond-haired guy in a black jacket at the Loren Coleman lecture this evening, then I happen to be that brown/blond-haired guy with a black jacket. And posting a Craigslist missed connection may be the dorkiest thing I've done since, well, three hours ago. It's a little embarrassing, but you were a row behind me and it was all I could do to stop myself from checking you out during the Q&A.

Hi.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Who says Americans wont ride mass transit?

This week in financial meltdown, Alternet looks at the human toll of the economic crisis. McClatchy reports the credit squeeze has finally hit student loans, and the Kos has a great essay on the history of global markets. The Washington Post says we've forgotten everything Keynes taught us. Slate takes a look at how the financial collapse killed libertarianism.

The Boston Review asks, what role does identity play in our politics and our lives?

The Nation has a great panel discussion on the damage done to the judiciary the past eight years.

Finally this week, is reading at risk?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Let's start this week with "do me" Feminism and the rise of raunch.

Alternet brings us Financial Meltdown 101; The Consumerist discusses the growth of credit debt vs. real wages and The Nation says we've become a debtor nation.

Slate says there are a lot of books about the English language.

National Geographic reports that a biocomputer has been created inside a living cell!

Finally this week: is this level of inernets-meme scrutiny really necessary?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

-economic apocalypse edition-

The Nation reports this week that the old order is collapsing.

Alternet reports that even if we get through this collapse, we could face another in ten years, and some of America's best thinkers opine on what can be done.

The New Republic says we may be looking at the end of Miltonian economics (god willing).

There is a new corporate threat to our water supply, and corporations have big plans to profit from global warming.

Finally this week, a progressive voter guide to the economy.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Slate, the folks who brought us The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, now bring us The Poetry of Sarah Palin.

The New Republic discusses the relationship of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

The Washington Post asks: is America too insular for great writing?

In economics, Wall Street is collapsing after "free market" conservatism imploded. Huh. On an unrelated note, this is the 75th anniversary of the New Deal. The Financial Times asks do we need a global monetary authority? The American Prospect says we need to learn from 1929.

Finally this week, working people shouldn't be the ones bailing out Wall Street.