Saturday, November 17, 2007

1. The Mystery Fox Squirrel Strikes Again. 2. Monkeys sipping coke after opening the refrigerators

Mystery Fla. animal likely a squirrel

"Ah, ha ha, ha! I, the Mystery Fox squirrel, have struck again!"

"I'll be astonished if it's an orangutan," Holmes said. "I can quite confidently say it's probably not an orangutan."

"quite confidently say it's probably?" Holmes, you astound me...


Thieving monkeys 'out of control' in northeast India

"Monkeys are wreaking havoc in my constituency by taking away mobile phones, toothpastes, sipping coke after opening the refrigerators," Hiren Das told Assam state's assembly.

Sort of gives a more menacing cast to the whole "Here we come...walking down the street" thing, doesn't it?

"It is a cause of serious concern in my area, with more than 1,000 such simians turning aggressive by the day," fumed Goneswar Das, another legislator representing Raha in eastern Assam.

You know what I say this is?

Evolution in action.

Variations on a theme, with Eliza Dushku:

1. Moments later, the couch burst into flame.

2. Eliza Dushku making my favorite color feel cheap and dirty...and like it.

I feel stupid and contagious

Undoubtedly, this would not have hit me as hard as it did were it not for the fact that I've been reading Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross. But this evening, I went out to the library and to pick up some food.

Walking out of the Safeway, I hit my head with the palm of my hand when-

Well, suffice it to say, you have not heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" until you have heard it played by a school marching band.

Good lord-

Sometimes, even I can't resist a cheap shot

"Just Do It."

It's times like this I wish I were a photographer

From the Model Resource Network page for a model called Mary Ann; a very pretty girl in green.

fine Flickr

I found this hand-painted oil on the Flickr photo page of someone called Ann Crow. I'm not sure whether she is the artist, but I've asked in a comment and if I find out one way or the other I'll add it here.

This almost makes me think I could stand to watch America's Next Top Model.

I couldn't, but-oh, you know what I'm saying...

Venus returning from the sea

Anne Hathaway: a devil, now an angel OR Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Scarlett Johansson makes my favorite color whimper like a child

I knew there was a reason why I heard a Choir of Angels singing when I looked at her breasts.

Via San Antonio News:
Mexican actress Salma Hayek was so upset by childhood jibes about her flat-chest, she would pray to God for larger breasts.

The 'Ugly Betty' star reveals she was bullied for having small breasts as a youngster, and decided to turn to her Catholic religion for help.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The best thing about the Catholic schools is the girls.

She says, "My mom and I stopped at a church during a road trip we were making from our home in Mexico.

"When we went inside, I prayed for the miracle I wanted to happen. I put my hands in holy water and said: 'Please God, give me some breasts'.

"And he gave me them! Within a few months, I developed a growing spurt, as teenagers do, and I was very pleased with the way I grew outwards."

As were we all, Salma, as were we all...

Ms. Beasley, Moonlighting

Here's an interesting interview with Juliana Beasley, a photographer turned stripper turned photographer of strippers. I've requested her book on the subject from my library.

Chicks with multicolored hair are so hot

Third Brazilian supermodel! It's a theme!

This one named Ana Beatriz Barros. Is it me, or are those the hottest eyes you've ever seen in your life?

BTW, you'll notice she's wearing green...

Perhaps I haven't paid Amanda Bynes as much attention as I should.

Friday, November 16, 2007

We're going to unpack our troubles from our old kit bag and...

In Dardenne Prairie, Mo, there was a girl named Megan Meier. She was 13 years old. She's

described as a "bubbly, goofy" girl who loved spending time with her friends, watching movies and fishing with her dad.

She'd also been on medication for depression.

In 2006, she was contacted by someone calling himself Josh, and presenting himself as "a cute teenage boy," on MySpace. They struck up a web-friendship that continued for more than a month, until he ended it, saying he'd heard she was cruel and not nice to her friends.

Then messages from his account began appearing, saying things like,

"Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat."

Megan Meier hung herself that very day.

Her father said he found a message the next day from Josh, which he said law enforcement authorities have not been able to retrieve. It told the girl she was a bad person and the world would be better without her, he has said.


"Josh" never existed. "Josh" was a fictitious identify created by "a former friend" of Megan's and her family, including two adults. It's said they knew about Megan's fight with depression.

Six weeks after [Megan] died her parents discovered that Josh was created by a neighbor down the block, an adult woman whose own daughter had once been Megan's friend. This woman knew of Megan's depression, says Tina Meier.

According to a police report filed by the woman down the block, she created the account to check to see what Megan was saying, if anything, about her daughter. According to the police report, the woman, her daughter and an 18-year-old part-time employee monitored the Josh Evans account.

Megan's family are seeking prosecution, however the case reportedly does not fit into any current law.

Aldermen in Dardenne Prairie, a community of about 7,000 residents about 35 miles from St. Louis, have proposed a new ordinance related to child endangerment and Internet harassment. It could come before city leaders on Wednesday.

This story moves me for a number of reasons. I'm on anti-depressant medication, as most of you know. I had people I thought were my friends suddenly "turn" and start mocking me when I was a kid, and I still remember acutely what that's like.

But the story, as I see it, is not about web sites, though that's an understandable knee-jerk reaction. Just as the knee jerking the other way, to resist any sort of regulation of the internet, is also understandable.

I don't have a firm position on this. If a law could be passed that would prevent anything like this from ever happening again, my heart tells me that would be a good law. But I don't know what the legislation would be.

And anyway, the method used doesn't concern me as much as this cold-splash-of-water reality: Grown-ups went out of their way to be cruel to a 13-year-old child. To spy on her, after gaining her trust under false pretences.

It doesn't matter what kind of prosecution, if any, gets brought. Actions like that leave a stain on the soul of all humanity.

That may sound a tad melodramatic. But I believe absolutely that it is true.

Goodnight, Megan.

the very model of a modern network TV show

a. Post a list of 10-20 TV shows you love (current or cancelled)
b. Have your friends list guess your favourite character from each show
c. When guessed bold the line and write a little bit about why you like that character
d. Post in your own blog. (if you want)

  1. The West Wing

  2. Buffy/Angel (one for each)

  3. The Simpsons (Lisa). What can I say? She's just so "me." Good guessing by PJ.

  4. Life

  5. Samantha Who?

  6. Gilmore Girls

  7. House (House himself). He is the show, the show is him. I'm mad with lust for Cuddy, and some of my favorite actors have done guest appearances, but...(also guessed by PJ)

  8. The Nine

  9. Married with Children

Lopez & Co. (Butterflies)

Another day, another Brazilian supermodel (Alessandra Ambrosio)...

Oh BTW, just as an aside: If you think Kelly Clarkson is fat, you're going to hell. I'm through fooling around about this. (scroll down)

The above is from a gallery of pictures by a photographer named Marcus Ranum.

I like this picture of Jennifer Lopez (right) because it looks like something from another age.

Venus Butterfly.

This halfway reminds me of what Keitha would look like in a pink skirt. And since that's never going to happen, it's as close as I'm likely to get. The photo is by Sarah Moran, BTW, I don't know the name of the model.

(The following is an unpaid commercial endorsement.)

You ladies who may occasionally be looking for a lacey little something to reward the man (or indeed, the woman) who is lucky enough to share your favors: If you want one straight male's opinion, the outfits at this little online shop are very sexy indeed. I've never shopped there, so I can't speak to reliability, service and whatnot. However: Very sexy indeed.

And in closing, just let me say:

...I'd like to play Catherine Zeta-Jones like a piano.

PS: Oh, and I almost forgot: This is from a series of nude photos taking off on a classic statue.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fresh Life?

Two pieces of good news about Life, which as you know is my favorite new TV show of the season. For my ratings and other television news, I rely on two agenda-free sites.

First, there was this from mediaweek, about the ratings:

Worth positively noting for Life was growth out of the once promising Bionic Woman of 11 percent.

As I read that, it means rather than people who watch Bionic Woman sticking around for Life, more people are showing up for Life than for the Bionic Woman. The same article notes that Pushing Daisies is-heh-slowly dying. Thank god.

Then it was over to the futon critic where I was delighted to see that NBC-almost as if they read this blog-seems to be trying out a new day for Life.

A two-part episode of the series will kick off on Monday, December 3 at 10:00/9:00c before concluding in its regular time period on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

The former installment will have the "Heroes" "fall finale" as its lead-in.

Well I'll be damned. Now, granted, Heroes isn't what it was last year-in the ratings I mean, I've never watched the show regularly-but who among us is? However intuitively, it seems like a slightly better fit with Life than Bionic Woman (which I admit I've never watched at all).

On the other hand, I may have to either tape the last two minutes of Samantha Who? (my second fave of the new season) or the first two of Life. Thanks to those whacky two-minutes-past-the-half-hour timeslots.

But I'm in a count-my-blessings mood.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I mainly like Don Henley after he went solo...and even there, he lost me after "The Heart of the Matter"

Your Power Bird is an Eagle

You are spiritual and able to soar to great heights.
You are a true inspiration, and many people look to you for guidance.
And you are quite demanding in relationships... but you're worth it.
People know that you will become even greater than you imagine.

We -Are young but getting old before our time. We'll leave the T.V. and the radio behind...Don't you wonder what we'll find? Steppin out tonight!

So's my cat, what's your point?

Your Brain is Orange

Of all the brain types, yours is the quickest.
You are usually thinking a mile a minute, and you could be thinking about anything at all.
Your thoughts are often scattered and random - but they're also a lot of fun!

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about esoteric subjects, the meaning of life, and pop culture.

Volume 4

You Are 4: The Individualist

You are sensitive and intuitive, with others and yourself.
You are creative and dreamy... plus dramatic and unpredictable.

You're emotionally honest, real, and easily hurt.
Totally expressive, others always know exactly how you feel.

At Your Best: You are inspired, artistic, and introspective. You know what you're thinking, and you can communicate it well.

At Your Worst: You are melancholy, alienated, and withdrawn.

Your Fixation: Envy

Your Primary Fear: To have no identity

Your Primary Desire: To find yourself

Other Number 4's: Alanis Morisette, Johnny Depp, J.D. Salinger, Jim Morrison, and Anne Rice.

What Number Are You?

I actually like Alanis Morisette more in movies (Dogma) than on record.
She's rockin' the green in this image, though.

Steak and sex, my favorite pair. I have 'em both the same way -

Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)

Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.

Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.

This is, obviously, just a very nice picture of Marilyn Monroe.

There are of course many handfuls of beautiful pictures of Monroe, but I tend to appreciate the ones in which she looks like she's thinking something other than "Don't you wish you could get into my panties?"

Not that those aren't terrific too, of course (I have to be honest...)

Vampire Venus

Because any blog can run pictures of Natasha Henstridge topless...

...we here at Dictionopolis in Digitopolis choose to take the high road and remind you of her gorgeous face. This has been, as always, a public service announcement.

self-portrait: Francesca Woodman

This is the second time that I've fallen in love with a photograph of a woman only to find out that it's associated with dying.

Woodman committed suicide in 1981.

Freaky, huh?

The Trouble with Cinderella

What disney princess are you?
You are Cinderella! A princess that waits her prince at the strike of 12!

So you want to see "Suburbia" covered by a couple of delicious-looking Swedish girls... a video which looks as though it were directed by Ingmar Bergman.

With a great gay vibe, yet.

I know I do.

Just looking for a new direction...In an old familiar way!

There's nothing sexier than a freak chewing bubble gum.

Sometimes I think god made the '80s just to develop our sense of the ironic and to prevent us from judging by appearances

I like Spandau Ballet. I give 'em credit. But...sheesh!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I just wanted to quickly note...

...the death of playwright and novelist Ira Levin. Levin wrote the plays Deathtrap and No Time For Sargents (the latter based on a novel by Mac Hyman). His own novels include The Stepford Wives, The Boys From Brazil and Rosemary's Baby.

I'm fond of many of the films based upon his work; as you can see from the above list, Hollywood had good reason to love him. I don't think I have read many if any of his novels, though I do remember reading his plays and enjoying them, as well as the movies made.

I also note with a weird and completely inappropriate sense of pride that he was a writer who can genuinely be said to have added phrases to the English language.

If you're a writer, it doesn't get much better than that. If I say to you that a woman comes off like a Stepford Wife, you instantly know what I mean: A woman "perfect" to such an unbelivable degree that it becomes suspiscious.

Just as "Rosemary's Baby" has become code for a devil-child. BTW, the news item on his death ends with a clever and puckish quote about his feelings on that book's success:
According to the New York Times, Levin was unhappy with the legacy of popular Satanism that followed the release of "Rosemary's Baby."

"I feel guilty that 'Rosemary's Baby' led to 'The Exorcist,' 'The Omen,'" it quoted him as telling the The Los Angeles Times in 2002. "A whole generation has been exposed, has more belief in Satan.

"I don't believe in Satan. And I feel that the strong fundamentalism we have would not be as strong if there hadn't been so many of these books."

"Of course," he reportedly added, "I didn't send back any of the royalty checks."

I guess nothing truly is impossible

This woman manages to make "granny panties" look good.

Cough. Cough cough, cough. Nurse-oh nurse!

Supposedly, this is Natalie Portman, who I've never really liked all that much.

Gotta love that green, though.

The J-Lo look comes to India

Monday, November 12, 2007

Venus Vega

I told you it was a theme...

Why do I care if Lindsay Lohan is happy?

Has nobody in Northville Township, MI seen Nightmare on Elm Street?

(BTW, the last paragraph here has to be one of the great sentences in news)

Police said the fire was seen Wednesday night near Hidden Ridge Drive about 20 miles northwest of Detroit in Northville Township, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

The body of Daniel Gene-Vincent Sorensen, 26, of River Rouge, was found about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the end of the cul-de-sac by a township sewer and water department crew, according to the Free Press and The Detroit News.

He was identified by the Michigan State Police through a fingerprint taken from his burned hand. The print also revealed Sorensen had been a registered sex offender in Illinois.

Sorensen's head has not been found and a cause of death has not been released.

Somewhere, my teachers are laughing

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