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“The Simple Grace of Sharing a Meal” Or, My first gig as a guest blogger

November 6, 2009 random

Tweet Velva over at Tomatoes on the Vine kindly asked me to be a guest on her blog.  I had to agree because if she was crazy enough to ask me, who knows what’s going to happen if I had said No to her? So, please hop over now (but NOT like a frog) and […]

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When will this thing end?! NaBloPoMo #6: In which I talk about google doodle

November 6, 2009 random

Tweet This is me cheating again. It’s only the 6th day of NaBloPoMo, and I am already resorting to PHOTOs. Not even photos I took, but photos that I found on the Interweb!  Yeah, like y’all don’t have google at home?…  Since I have never cheated in my entire academic career, well, not technically anyway, […]


Got Pigtail? Ugh. Halloween Costume Conundrum

October 31, 2009 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

Tweet Every Halloween, we saw news reports and editorial comments on offensive costumes du jour.  What I call Halloween Costume Conundrum. HCC. This year, the HCC award went to Illegal Alien: It was such a brouhaha partly because, in my opinion, it was sold through Target’s website.  Target, the one mega store that does not […]


Popular Halloween Costumes. Multiple Choice: Which one does not belong?

October 29, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words



Twinkies got a bad rep ’cause we find the name irresistable

October 23, 2009 random

Tweet In the American Pop culture conscious, there is this curious obsession with Twinkies.  One of the new exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is about Twinkies.  Putting our obsession with this oddity on view. For once, let’s scientifically study the myth that Twinkies will never die.  Observe and report.  (I […]


Fall in Chicago. It is back!

October 18, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Fall arrived in our neck of the woods towards the end of September.  That was when I realized our maple tree was the first one on the block to start turning red. Living in Chicago for over a decade has taught us to appreciate a sunny mild day with a blue sky dotted with […]


Herald to Halloween? Walnut that looks like Jack Skellington

September 27, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Originally uploaded by The Absence of Alternatives. My youngest went tramping in the woods with daddy this weekend and came upon this great looking walnut.  He was very excited since, at least to him and all of us in the family actually, it looks like Jack Skellington in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas… […]


OMG Gmail is DOWN!

September 1, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Gmail Fail, originally uploaded by Rammikins!. Who you gonna call?

Step 1. I went to Walmart for my Bacon-Flavored Vodka Experiment…

August 30, 2009 random

Tweet To recap, I decided to follow the recipe for Bacon-flavored vodka… Why? Because I love Bacon. And I love Vodka. So it seems like a no-brainer… I went to Walmart to gather my supply. Why Walmart when we know they are evil? Because Walmart was the only place where I recall for having ever […]


Do you know who started the famous Bobbed haircut?

August 30, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Louise Brooks, aka Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu”, 1929. Nobody, I mean, nobody, does it better… I have had the same postcard on my bookshelf since college.  I included it as one of the images for a self-portrait collage that I put together…  Now come to think of it, I started having identity crisis since that […]