Monday, February 21, 2005

Secret Secret. Shh.

PostSecret is a project designed to get people to open up anonymously. Visitors are asked to create a postcard, write a secret on it and mail it into the project team. From the website:

You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to the PostSecret project. Each secret can be a regret, belief, experience, fear, betrayal, desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.
Steps:
Create your own 4-inch by 6-inch postcard.
Tell your secret anonymously.
Stamp and mail the postcard.
Tips:
Be brief – the fewer words used the better.
Be legible – use big, clear and bold lettering.
Be creative – let the postcard be your canvas.
Advice:
Please only put one secret on each postcard. PostSecrets are more likely to be displayed if they are easy to read, short, and artistic. (Can't draw? Try including an old picture, memento, or collage).
Mail your secret to:
PostSecret
13345 Copper Ridge Rd
Germantown MD 20874


There are several examples of submissions on display at the website. Many are funny, some are touching, some sad. All are fascinating.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Pappy Taught Me on the Trapping Wheel

I am so behind. I just started watching Tom Goes to the Mayor and now there aren't any more episodes on for who knows how long? Thank Zogg I found timanderic.com. Same humor, different settings. Eat some spa-GET-tuh and watch.

The Positively True Adventures of Dr. EAP (Part 1)

So I have been working on my English degree for... ever now. That's what happens when you work full time and are terminally lazy. And addicted to reality TV. Anyway, I am taking this Anthropology class to fill a degree requirement and my professor is extraordinary. Extraordinarily awful. Extraordinarily Awful Professor (EAP) has a PhD. in Anthropology and insists we call her Dr. EAP. A few highlights thus far:

- Writing the word "Darwainan" on the chalkboard.
- Totally fucking up Malinowski's hierarchy of needs - twice.
- Referring to the Egyptian queen, "Nephreeti."

But my personal favorite, being an English major and all is this fine gem. While discussing language, the subject of jargon came up. Dr. EAP proceedes to describe jargon in this way:

"Jargon is, you know, the language used by a particular field. Like, in anthropology, anthorpologists have jargon, but (giggling) I don't pay attention to that stuff, cuz it's like, you know, big words. And they use anthropology jargon in their writing and stuff, but if I am reading some of that and the words are too big I just quit reading."

Uh huh. Stunning, isn't it?

Friday, February 11, 2005

French Pop est le merde!

France has some kick-ass pop music. Oui, c'est vrai. An excellent example: Manhattan Kaboul by Axelle Red and Renaud. Written in 2002, after the September 11 attacks, this song shows the kind of universal solidarity felt towards the United States by people completely removed from the actual events. It is also pinpoints the overarching theme of war:

Gods, Religions,
Wars of civilization,
Weapons, flags, homelands, nations,
Always make us the flesh to cannon

It is well worth your time to search out this song and give it a listen.

Friday, February 4, 2005

Reinventing my childhood, one sappy story at a time.

So I haven't posted in a while. C'est la vie. That's French, because I am taking a French class. Ooh la la.

Anyway, this guy has taken a classic children's book - The Little Golden Book About God - and turned it into something... deeply satisfying. I had the original book as a child and remember finding it sort of creepy then - but cute. I have always been a sucker for cute.

And now on to The Cuddly Menace.