Monthly Archives: January 2011

Taking Pictures

NAVA BRAHE: I’m not a picture person. I’ve never been one of those people who always has a camera with her, or albums of photos strewn about my house. Actually, all my pictures are in boxes right now, and that’s fine with me. Maybe that’s because I used to see so many stereotypical tourists in Manhattan wearing socks and sandals, with 35mm cameras hanging around their necks. Or, maybe its because my parents weren’t camera people. Don’t get me wrong, there were always plenty of pictures around, but my mom and dad were never jostling for position with the Kodak Instamatic at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other events. Therefore, neither am I.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’ve found myself becoming concerned in recent years about the dearth of actual printed paper photographs. It seems as though in a world where we are increasingly living our lives online, our photos are now stuck there too. As there is almost never a situation in which there isn’t a screen handy on which to pull up a picture you wish to show someone—either on a phone, a laptop or an iPad—hard copies of photographs are becoming few and far between. Continue reading

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CT-Senate Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL: With the news of Senator Joe Lieberman’s retirement, it is time for Democrats to dream. Sure, Chris Murphy looks to be the early leader. But a Senate seat with Ted Kennedy Jr., Keith Olbermann or even Alec Baldwin would feel like karmic payback for the nonsense liberals put up with from Joe Lieberman lo these past few decades. Continue reading

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The Return of Dinosaurs: Would You?

AKIE BERMISS: Some days its difficult to tell reality from fantasy.  Like when I hear real scientist using terms like “dark energy” or “dark matter” or like when US Senate Candidates are formally denying their own…

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Paul Ryan/Matthew Morrison

JESSICA BADER: If the opposition party’s official response to the State of the Union address is memorable, that is usually not a good thing for the politician who delivered that response. Just ask Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and onetime rising star of the Republican Party. Tapped to respond to Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress two years ago, Jindal’s speech is remembered for an ill-advised remark about volcano monitoring (which would end up looking even worse when a volcano erupted not long after the speech) and for his uncanny resemblance to Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth the Page character on 30 Rock. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee, steered clear of mocking efforts to manage natural disasters in his response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but he couldn’t escape the resembling-a-TV-character trap.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Ryan’s resemblance to Matthew Morrison is both unsurprising and apt. Both have been greatly overhyped in comparison to the substance of what they provide-in Morrison’s case, the sophomoric Glee, in Ryan’s case, a budget guru whose basic math doesn’t add up. Continue reading

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In Briefs: State of the Union

JESSICA BADER: And there’s the Eliot Engel sighting!

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’m so proud. He’s my Congressman.

JESSICA BADER: Interesting choice to dive right in with the Tucson/civility segment at the very beginning.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Boehner is watery already. I cannot…

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Palin as Frontrunner?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Mike Huckabee’s advisor has jumped ship, leaving a gap among religious GOPers that’s free for the taking – in theory. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is inching ahead in all-important New Hampshire, but the Huckabee gap is the perfect place for Sarah Palin to shoulder her way into the front and center of the GOP nomination race.

HOWARD MEGDAL: So let me get this straight: despite no evidence of a drop in support among Republicans, Sarah Palin’s inelegant response to the Arizona shootings is the moment her chances of receiving the 2012 GOP presidential nomination disappeared?

Sorry, I don’t buy it.
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Dan Uggla’s Contract

CHRIS PUMMER: Dan Uggla is a good hitter and a passable second baseman. Even with a glove that’s not going to remind anyone of Roberto Alomar, he’s well worth the 5-year, $62 million contract extension the Braves just gave him.

HOWARD MEGDAL: A pair of things would scare me about Dan Uggla’s contract- one relative to position, the other merely a factor of age generally. Continue reading

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AFC/NFC Championship in Review

Packers 21, Bears 14

JASON CLINKSCALES: Addressing the Jay Cutler dilemma isn’t something I prefer to do, so in reference, here is one of the better takes on it.

With that said, he wasn’t terribly…

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Online Dating Study

AKIE BERMISS: We’re all very sensitive about what makes us attractive, aren’t we? As a pretty average looking guy (or less-than, depending who you ask!) I’ve always been pretty curious about what an attractive woman could possibly be seeing that would make her want to be with me. Especially with so many better-dressed, better-shaped, better-acting candidates available. I suppose there are all sorts of prickly issues there if you’re talking about male attractiveness in our patriarchal society with a heteronormative bias. Nevertheless, I manage to find admirers somehow. Yet a recent article on Jezebel.com has me reconsidering what I may or may not have been doing right. The article uses female pictures on a popular online dating sight to create an algorithm that correlates levels of beauty to levels of interest from men. And the results are kind of weird.

ZOË RICE: Good gracious, OK Cupid Blog. Do you know how long it took for me to be able to look at a photo of myself and think, “Hey, that’s cute”? “Cute” was that lofty goal throughout my adolescent years and even my blossoming early 20′s. And then I got there. I got to cute! And now you’re telling me that’s not good enough? OK Cupid, are you trying to make us all neurotic freaks?
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