December 20th, 2005

Mercurial

Updatus Generalus

This morning I had a doctor's appointment because I thought I had an ear infection brewing... turns out I was wrong, just more post-nasal drip. So I got some more Flonase samples and a prescription from the doctor and was on my way... which meant I had time to eat an Egg McMuffin and drink a cup of Mickey D's coffee. Yay!

Not so yay... I have gained 15 pounds since my Otcober visit... oy! Diet after the holidays for real this time! (Who am I kidding?) (I should also point out that some of that is merely the difference in the time of the month that I was wieghed last time versus this time...

In other, happier news, lots of icons to go up at monstericons in the next few days... If you haven't joined up yet please do, I love new members! [/pimping]

Today is my last day at work until January 2nd. I know I will be watching the clock ALL. DAY. LONG.

Entertain me s'il vous plait?
Mercurial

Surfing stops

Barbie Torture:
Death by dismemberment was always my favorite...

The Melting Pot:
Just how successful assimilation has been in America may be more clearly visible from outside. In 1988 I was taken to a press dinner in Washington at which President Reagan spoke. He gave what was no doubt a well-rehearsed set-piece speech: ''Every immigrant makes America more American," he said. You can't become an Englishman by going to live in England, or a Frenchman by going to live in France, ''but anyone can become an American." It may have been corny; I was moved almost to tears.

Indeed Reagan's words were truer than he may have realized, and even nomenclature is telling. A friend of mine was born and bred in Vienna before he left quickly and for good reason in 1938. Having spent the rest of his life in London and, in the fullness of time, as a subject of Her Majesty, he used to say drily, ''I've become British, but I know I can never become English." But anyone can become an American.


The Economics of Escapism:
Sociologists and anthropologists have written about MMORPGs before, but Mr Castronova looks at the phenomenon from a new perspective: economics.

Mr Castronova's thesis is that these synthetic worlds are increasingly inter-twined with the real world. In particular, real-world trade of in-game items—swords, gold, potions, or even whole characters—is flourishing in online marketplaces such as eBay. This means in-game items and currency have real value.


^This is an interesting thesis and something I have wondered about for a while now...

Owen Wilson Update:
Count me already in line for the Wendall Baker Story... and yes, even Cars.

Puppy Smuggling:
Sadness