Thursday, July 27, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
|You Should Be a Joke Writer|
You're totally hilarious, and you can find the humor in any situation.
Whether you're spouting off zingers, comebacks, or jokes about life...
You usually can keep a crowd laughing, and you have plenty of material.
You have the makings of a great comedian - or comedic writer.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
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Thursday, July 20, 2006
1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT?
One bedroom second-floor apartment
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Visitor’s Guide to New York City
3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
My mouse. =)
4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Monopoly, introduces kids to the basics of capitalism. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing.
5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?In Style and Lucky
6a. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Smells in general – coffee & food cooking on the stove or oven or grill. Perfrumes – Marc Jacobs & Issey Miyake
6b. LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS?
Rotten eggs, garbage, anything rotten
7. FAVORITE SOUND?
8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?Being cheated (in more than one context) -> makes me feel stupid
9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
“what time is it?”
10. FAVORITE COLOR?
Lilac or lavender
11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
Depends who is calling. Sometimes I don't answer it at all. Caller id rocks.
12. FUTURE Child's NAME?
Girl: Cassidy Nicole or Lorelai Cassidy
Boy: Alexander Nicolo or Marcus Alexander
13. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE?
Family & friends
14. FAVORITE FOODS?
Japanese Food (not just sushi) and Spanish Tapas and good, bloody steak
15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?If these were the only two choices, then chocolate, I guess.
16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?
Yes, but ever since my accident (that broke, nay shattered both bones in my left forearm) I’ve been driving really carefully (which means slower than I used to).
17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
No, they make me sneeze.
18. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY?
19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
1997 Toyota Corolla
20. MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE?
Angelina Jolie – she’s hot.
21. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?
Mango margarita and mango mojito
22. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
Scorpio baby, yeah.
23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Buyer for a cool boutique that I also own.
25. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR WHAT WOULD IT BE?
same color I always dye it…mahogany
26. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
27. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
depends on the situation
28. FAVORITE MOVIES: The King and I, Braveheart, Dumb & Dumber, My Cousin Vinny
29. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Nope
30. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?
Stor-it-all with a bunch of papers
31. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER? 12
32. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Trojan football. Go Trojans!
Four jobs you have had in your life:
3. financial analyst
4. real estate office manager
Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. The King and I
2. My Cousin Vinny
3. Love Actually
4. Jerry Maguire
Four places you have lived: (most recent)
1. palms/cheviot hills area
2. west hollywood
Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. amazing race
2 top model
3. project runway
4. grey’s anatomy
Four places you have been on vacation:
2. las vegas
3. boracay, philippines
4. Cagayan de oro, philippines
Four websites I visit daily:
3. Perfect Pet Rescue
Four of my favorite foods:
Four places I would rather be right now:
2. Italy Tuscany region
3. South Africa
Four things I always carry with me:
1. cell phone
4. debit card
I guess the above questionnaire doesn't really tell people much about me except what I like and don't like. Getting to know someone is an adventure that takes time and patience. It is not something that can be summarized with a few questions.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Yes, what Zidane did was just as bad. He is after all the captain and he should have acted like one (but then again one can argue that George W. Bush is President of the US and he surely doesn't act like it either). We will never truly know what Materazzi told him to provoke such behavior but if the rumors are true, then Italy should give up the Cup. Materazzi should just stop making excuses. He should stop playing like the victim (saying he's not cultured enough to know what an "Islamic terrorist" is, when that clearly has nothing to do with culture). He should just 'fess up that he cheated and now he's lying about it. But he never will. His reputation is at stake and he has to lie to defend his honor, his reputation, his World Cup victory.
For more on the history of Materazzi and racism in the World Cup, please refer to and article written by Dave Zirin (as it appeared on Znet.com):
Why Today I Wear My Zidane Jersey
Imagine Michael Jordan in his last game, with the score tied in overtime, knocking out his defender with a punch to the throat. Imagine Derek Jeter in game seven of the World Series, at bat with the bases loaded, thrashing the opposing team's catcher over the head with his bat. Our collective shock would only be exceeded by disappointment. No one, fan or foe, would want to a see a great player end their career in an act that speaks to the worst impulses of sports: when hard competition spills over into violence.
Now imagine if Jordan and Jeter claimed they were provoked with a racial slur. Does their violence become understandable? Even excusable? Herein lies the case of French National team captain, the great Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane, competing in his last professional match, was kicked out of the World Cup final in overtime for flattening Italian player Marco Materazzi with the head-butt heard around the world.
Zidane, or Zissou as he is known, became the first captain ever ejected from a World Cup championship match. The announcers denounced Zissou for committing a "classless act and the French team withered, eventually losing to a demonstrably inferior Italian squad in overtime. The following morning the international tabloids with their typical grace, gave Zissou a new nickname: "butt-head."
Less examined was the fact that Zissou was literally carrying a lightly regarded French team to the finals. Less examined was the fact that Zissou had been grabbed, kicked, and fouled all game by the vaunted Italian defense. Less examined was the fact that Zissou had almost left minutes earlier due to injury, his arm wilting off his shoulder like a wet leaf of spinach. This unholy amount of pressure is the primary reason the 34-year-old veteran snapped and planted Materazzi into the pitch.
Now the great mystery is what set Zissou off. What could Materazzi have possibly said to send him over the edge? Answers are beginning to filter out.
According to a FIFA employee transcribing what was said during the match, Materazzi's called Zissou a "big Algerian shit."
A Brazilian television program that claims to have used a lip-reader said Materazzi called Zissou's sister "a whore." The highly respected French anti-racist coalition SOS Racisme issued a press release stating, "According to several very well informed sources from the world of football, it would seem [Materazzi] called Zissou a 'dirty terrorist'."
Materazzi, in an answer that can only be called Clintonian, said, "It is absolutely not true. I didn't call him a terrorist." Of course he didn't comment on what he did call him. Zissou himself has only said cryptically that he would reveal what Materazzi said "in the coming days."
Right now, we do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt what was said but all the circumstantial evidence points at least toward a variant of SOS Racisme's claim.
Zissou is the son of Algerian immigrants who has sparred verbally with
Materazzi on the other hand, will be playing this year for the Italian team Lazio, where his father was the former coach. Lazio's fan club, The Ultras, are notorious for their Fascist-friendly politics. Lazio's hardcore Ultras, known as the "Irriducibili," have members in
It's wrong to taint Materazzi for the actions of Lazio's fans, but there is more. Earlier this season in a match that pitted
In a stirring act of solidarity, many of the Inter players immediately showed support for Zoro's actions. But one opponent yelled, "Stop that, Zoro, you're just trying to make a name for yourself." That opponent's name was Marco Materazzi.
At the start of this tournament I wrote a soccer column with my colleague John Cox, called Racism Stalks the Cup. We expressed our concern that the monkey chants, banana peels, and peanuts raining down on African players this year would continue on the sport's grandest stage. This largely did not occur.
But then in the final act, at the moment of most exquisite tension, it seems racism may have actually emerged from the shadows. I, for one, am damn glad that when it did, it ran smack into Zissou's beautiful head.
We don't know with iron certainty what Materazzi said, but if it turns out to be more of the anti-Black, anti-Muslim, garbage that has infected soccer like a virus, the Italian team should forfeit the cup. They should voluntarily give the greatest trophy of them all back to FIFA as a statement that some things in this world are more important than sports.
Racism will be the death of soccer if things don't change.
Give the damn thing back.
Dave Zirin is the author of "What's My name Fool?": Sports and Resistance in the