February 10th, 2004

drinking in the dark


Have you always wondered about why poodles have strange haircuts? I know I have! Today, the truth is revealed in Slate's "Explainer" column:
most observers trace the poodle's unique haircut to late 16th- and early 17th-century Central Europe (particularly in the region that's now Germany) where poodles were bred for use as water retrievers. (The word "poodle" is derived from the German pudel, short for pudelhund, which means "water dog." Pudeln in German means "splash," and is also the root of the English word "puddle.") [slate]

The Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show is tonight. I doubt that it will be as entertaining as the movie of the same title.
beach, outside

eternal sunshine

yesterday I took a tour of CARTAH. They are moving into a nice new space and often ask for money from the Techfee; so they invited some committee members to check it out. It was really neat and made me wish that I had some reason to integrate some digital arts into my studies.

then the usual monday of meetings, pub quiz, office stuff, etc.


today, I had the idea of working from home. In my mind, I see myself multi-tasking domestic things with academic stuff like writing code for statistical analyses and looking things up on the internet while I sit in my living room and the sun comes in through the blinds. It turns out more to be carrying laundry up and downstairs and making lunch and revising the table15 website until the laundry is over and then I go to victrola_cafe for chemical mental stimulation and reduced distractions. Yet it sort of works, and still the optimistic vision of it remains.

I really want to see City of God now that it's been re-released (a result of the Academy Award nominations?). Maybe tonight or tomorrow.
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i am not a stuffed tiger.


Carole emailed me looking for something to do; so I ended up meeting her to see City of God tonight. That it's in theatrical release again is a gift to those of us who missed it during it's brief run earlier this year. I'm sure that I would've liked it on DVD, but my little television wouldn't have done the remarkable cinematography & direction justice.

Go see it if you get a chance!
chair, apartment


other assorted notes from the evening:
I love how after a few minutes of watching a foreign language film, I forget that I'm reading the subtitles.

The concession stand guy, Ted, was really talkative both before and after the movie. Near the end, he was telling us how his favorite movies are by Japanese directors and feature people being tortured for 100 minutes.

We went to Pagliacci for snacks, but were forced to leave after about an hour when the scraping of the ovens became too much.


A Newfoundland named Josh won Best in Show at Westminster. It's only a matter of time until that dog joins the Josh Friendster Army!
the only earth?

more electability

William Saletan looks at the exit polls to analyze Kerry & the "all important" electability question:
</samp>The best way to filter out this distortion is to focus on the voters least likely to make their decisions in November based on electability. These happen to be the same voters who hold the balance of power in most elections: independents, conservative Democrats, and moderate Republicans. They aren't principally trying to figure out which Democratic candidate can beat Bush, because they don't necessarily want the Democratic nominee to beat Bush. They're trying to decide which Democratic candidate, if any, would be a better president than Bush. [slate]</samp>

The major points: Kerry rarely wins among people who vote for a candidate because "he agrees with you on the major issues" and does relatively poorly among independents and moderate republicans. Oh, Bush is back to winning the "if the election were held today" poll [usatoday].