TMI

December 16th, 2008

Shared iTunes: The easiest, and most voyeuristic, way to learn that your coworkers have seriously questionable taste in music.

("That's good...ok...meh...sure, that figures...good...oh. Maroon 5? Really?")

Open Commentary

December 16th, 2008

Okay, I've turned on free no-approval comments for this blog. I'll change that if blogspam starts to show up.

Embracing stereotypes

December 15th, 2008

Um...Republicans? You don't always have to act like evil, mustache-twirling villains, you know.

Although, yes, you are pretty good at it.

(12-15) 16:11 PST SACRAMENTO -- Republican state lawmakers unveiled a set of budget fixes today worth $22 billion that would avoid raising taxes, cut deeply into education spending and dip into voter-approved funds intended to pay for mental health services and children's health care.

Yes, because we're obviously spending too much money on education and health care. The near-total agreement on that was what swept McCain into office, right?

Random Music Recommendation

December 15th, 2008

Is an "unplugged"-style video. Of a band I've already recommended. Complain to the management.

...which, apparently, I can't embed. Ok, fine, use this link, in the ancient stone-and-chisel sort of way.

More: http://stereogum.com/decomposed/

Fried Chicken and Cucumbers

December 15th, 2008

So, I was reading Brad DeLong's blog, and he links to Matthew Yglesias, who links to Ta-Nehisi Coates, who says that white people eat cucumber sandwiches.

Which is fine. I keep hoping for a world where we can bring up racial stereotypes and all have a good laugh at how they are both true and false at the same time. I myself detest cucumber; it ruins otherwise excellent sushi, for instance. There are those who find themselves puzzled at my detestation for cucumber, and claim that, like vodka, it has no real taste, so how can I despise it? And those people are dead wrong, for cucumber and vodka both have a strong taste, namely, "yucky".

Though I do love pickles.

Anyhow, one of Ta-Nehisi's commentators observes something very true: what's the deal with the stereotype of black people loving fried chicken? Everyone loves fried chicken! If one were to single out black food, one could choose collard greens and grits, perhaps, though those are more American Southern than American Black... but who in the entire world does not love fried chicken?

I pose the question to you, dear readers. Both of you. Do you know anyone, of any race, who doesn't like fried chicken? Not counting vegetarians, who I think we can safely assume also love fried chicken but don't eat it. Or people on their third heart attack who are forgoing fatty foods. We're talking purely about taste here, people. I don't know anyone, anyone at all, who would turn down good fried chicken because they don't like the taste. Do you?