[John Doe] will be out of the office until Tuesday, August 2. He mayh read his...– You “mayh” need to re-read your out of office message. :)
Anonymous asked: Do you think pornography is damaging to society?
a peeps profile
This is the second part in a series for Joe’s birthday; earlier today, “a miju memoir.” In late 1998, a small black-and-white cat was born, and Joe Grossberg adopted her two years later from the Washington Humane Society. Records indicate that Joe paid $65, provided by his mother, since the cat was a Chanukah present and (meant to be) a friend for her big brother. She was being fostered in the...
a miju memoir
This is the first part in a series for Joe’s birthday; later today: “a peeps profile”! In the summer of 1999, a small orange cat was born, and Joe Grossberg adopted him the following July from the Montgomery County SPCA. Records indicate that Joe paid $75, made a $20 donation to the organization, and spent an additional $5 on a “box.” The kitten still had the rather...
To be blind to color is to be blind to the consequences of color.– Julian Bond
the magic button →
I’ve really needed this lately — and especially today.
N.B. If you are Gay Lee Pearce, please stop reading immediately. I am currently participating in Randi Buckley’s “Maybe Baby” coaching program, for woman who are ambivalent about having children. I haven’t told anyone except for my husband — partly because I’m not ready to talk about it, I think, but also because I’m afraid I’m the only one in the world...
I shall be away in New England from June 28th till July 19th, 2011. Starting...– A sweet out-of-office reply from a monk(?).
A Modern Sexual-Assault Tale
Man: Hello, I'd like to report a mugging.
Officer: A mugging, eh? Where did it take place?
Man: I was walking by 21st and Dundritch Street and a man pulled out a gun and said, "Give me all your money."
Officer: And did you?
Man: Yes, I co-operated.
Officer: So you willingly gave the man your money without fighting back, calling for help or trying to escape?
Man: Well, yes, but I was terrified. I thought he was going to kill me!
Officer: Mmm. But you did co-operate with him. And I've been informed that you're quite a philanthropist, too.
Man: I give to charity, yes.
Officer: So you like to give money away. You make a habit of giving money away.
Man: What does that have to do with this situation?
Officer: You knowingly walked down Dundritch Street in your suit when everyone knows you like to give away money, and then you didn't fight back. It sounds like you gave money to someone, but now you're having after-donation regret. Tell me, do you really want to ruin his life because of your mistake?
Man: This is ridiculous!
Officer: This is a rape analogy. This is what women face every single day when they try to bring their rapists to justice.
Man: Fuck the patriarchy.
Time-lapse video of Washington, D.C.: In which I find myself posting another video. This is just gorgeous. (And only a few locations are not technically in the district!)
strip club in ivy city
This morning WAMU aired a story about a neighborhood group in Ivy City that is fighting a recently licensed “gentleman’s club” in the area. I don’t really have an opinion about whether strip clubs are “good corporate neighbors” (as the club’s owner and the ward’s councilmember both claim) or about whether such a business could lead to the creation...
I would normally not talk about my undergarments with, well, anyone besides my husband. So it’s odd that I find myself announcing to the internets that I just bought a new bra, by Spanx. But it is awesome. I read about it in The New Yorker profile of Spanx founder Sara Blakely. (I would normally link to the story, but it’s behind a firewall, and TNY’s archives are designed...
Over a decade of experience has taught me that overuse of email is the worst...– This might be one of my all-time favorites: “Email is distracting, so don’t email me. Instead, call or fax or … email my colleagues.”
Thank You for your e-mail If you do not receive an answer to your e mail Please...– In which I begin my series on the … interesting … out-of-office replies my organization receives and I monitor as part of the “customer service” portion of my job.
five fiction faves
Inspired by this post on the New York Times Magazine’s blog, here are my five favorite works of fiction. The introduction to the lists bills them as contributors’ “best fiction of all time,” but I like the distinction a commenter makes between “favorite” and “best.” I’m going with the former, but in no definite order. I could read all of these...
i don't understand the internets
On Tuesday, my dear friend mazzie replied – with what I thought was a pretty damn funny response – to a fairly sexist tweet by Roseanne Barr (yes, that Roseanne Barr) about why Casey Anthony was acquitted (to wit, that the defense confused the women on the jury). Roseanne immediately began a vitriolic, ad hominem attack on her, including a great deal of fat-shaming, which mazzie responded to...
I am rewatching Firefly — and have arrived...
The Amazing Pixie →
This is the website for my friend Joe’s dog, Pixie, who is unequivocally the best dog in the whole world.