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Sexy Geeks

Since this is my 3rd post in a row (I really do want to weigh in on the Catholic Church’s corporate takeover communion with the Anglican Church) on the fairer sex, I guess my mind is officially in the gutter. While setting up my newsreader, I found this article on Wired where they are voting for the sexiest geek.

I won’t tell you who I voted for yet, but it rhymes with Fina Tey. We Tivo 30 Rock. Must be the glasses.


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I slept through New Year’s (st)Rocking eve. Ann recorded it, and we both watched Jennifer Lopez sing and dance in her catsuit. Ann called it body film. I wrote the following December 31, 2005:

Happy New Year to all, even Mariah Carey, who is wearing next to nothing on a frigid New York evening.

There are worse traditions.

Anyway, going through my old archives from that period, I got a little nostalgic for the blogs I used to read, such as Dincocrat, Dave Friedman, and others. I’ll take some time at some point and relink to a few old faves who still blog. Friedman has disappeared, and his email no longer works. I’ll bet I can conjure him up. Check the post tags. Give me 30 days.

There you are. Red Guy in a Blue State here. Dude. Email me.

I hope that works.

Back to New Year’s Eve:

I have mixed feelings on Clarke’s appearances on the annual show after his stroke. One one hand, it is courageous. On the other hand, he’s hard to understand. Given the choice, I think he should rightly stay as long as he wishes, if for no reason more than future generations need to know that people aren’t useless after they become less than perfect. Would we still elect a president who is in a wheelchair?

Still, some things don’t last forever, and J-Lo should consider an evening gown.

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I finally got around to watching a DVD of the latest Star Trek with Chris Pine as Jim Kirk. Since I am one of the few people in the world who knows that the original series was based on Plato’s Republic, I should have seen the thing the day it was released. Under ordinary circumstances, I might. But it’s been a little busy around here lately.

Anyway, the movie is a prequel of sorts, but set in an alternate reality when the damn Romulans invade from the future and screw things up. Damn Romulans. So there are all sorts of things you don’t expect, like Uhura sucking face with Spock. Some purists don’t like it. I did. Not the Vulcan necking necessarily, but the whole thing. The chemistry was there. The characters were young again, which is big. As much as I like Bill Shatner, seeing a 60 year old guy in a toupee doesn’t really scratch the hero itch you know? And I could just hear a whole theater applaud when Scotty or Bones say their signature lines. I just wish my brother Paul were here to enjoy it with me.

Next, when I get a chance: Quantum of Solace.

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Prom season is upon us. I have blogged previously about the excess that has become the right of passage known as the Prom. It has become, even for this product of Westchester County, astonishingly decadent.

Joanne Goldstein estimates spending $1,500 on her oldest daughter’s senior prom in 2004. She cringes at that figure, saying that in many parts of the Lower Hudson Valley the amount of money spent on the prom is out of control.

That is higher than the national average. This year prom-going couples will spend between $1,000 and $1,200, according to promspot.com, an offshoot of the wedding site theknot.com.

In terms of its importance and cost, the prom has taken on the air of a wedding rather than a simple teenage right of passage. Like a bride, many girls go for hair consultations to test their chosen style. Some dye their shoes to perfectly replicate the color of their dresses — something most bridesmaids only grudglingly agree to. (Goldstein’s daughter did it to match her bright blue dress.)

"(The) prom was very important to my daughter but (spending that much money) would not have been my choice," says Goldstein, of Armonk. "I sincerely believe as parents that we go overboard. It’s part of the culture of where we live. All of the girls feed off of each other."

As another blogger aptly put it, this must have been what Rome looked like towards the end. If these things are so valuable to these girls, I fear for my children.

One other pet peeve of mine: it is the prom, not simply prom. Ones says "I am looking forward to the prom, " not "I am looking forward to prom." Just my two cents.

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We are cheapskates, so HBO is only activated when the Sopranos is in a new season. We therefore knew nothing of the "Big Love" series it leads into on Sunday evenings. I have seen the first two episodes, and I can’t decide if it is about a polygamist in a Mormon sect in Utah, or a documentary on Bill Paxton’s fanny. I guess showing a 50-year old’s derriere every 10 minutes, as well as his Viagra-induced howyadoin’ through the sheets is art. To the producers: less is more. 

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If you are going to write an article for national consumption and feel the need to misspell "says" on purpose, you embarrass yourself more than I can express. What a sad commentary on the death of substance in our society.

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Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef in the popular animated satire South Park, has quit in protest of the show’s lampooning of religion. This seems a tad curious, since the series has been merciless toward religion since it started in 1997, but it never touched Scientology until this past Autumn. Hayes is a Scientologist.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology… He has no problem – and he’s cashed plenty of checks – with our show making fun of Christians."

I have a different take, and it has more to do with timing. Hayes had plenty of time to be offended since the Scientology episode this past Autumn and we haven’t heard a peep from him. He was most likely pressured to make a statement from his intolerant fellow Scientologists, who would never stand for his continued participation on a show that was less than devoutly reverent toward their "faith."


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