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July 19th, 2004

chair, apartment

past, present, conditional

The major accomplishment of this weekend was finishing 8 1/2. The worst part about this being an "accomplishment" is that the movie is really good, but I kept falling asleep every time I started watching it. This has been going on for something like a month. I even tried to play it on the plane to Michigan, but the subtitles didn't work on my iBook. The routine went something like: "hmm. let's watch that DVD," then "oh, this is interesting, but my eyes are tired" followed shortly by "you need to read the subtitles because you don't speak Italian" and finally "oops. wake up stupid."

The relative heat and humidity didn't do much for my wakefulness or attention span. Basically, I was a sleep junkie all weekend.

Now that I made it through all of the pieces, I want to watch again with the commentary. I am NetFlix's favorite customer.

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Yesterday's chapter in the brunch book focused on Cafe Flora, where we were presented with shots of orange juice and the servers were very attentive. I think that we might have invited this when we started our visit by ordering water and passing packets of sweeteners around the table as part of a taste test (results: splenda & equal, unequally chemically; real sugar, good).

According to Chris, my wearing of khaki pants apparently signified a love of Jesus.

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At breakfast, everyone was talking about the greatness of Salumi [menu], which I haven't visited mostly because of the whole not eating flesh of beast1 situation. But, I did pick up a fake turkey salad sandwich made by Vegete for dinner that was just fantastic even though I'm not generally a fan of fake meat products.

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(1) this phrase is probably only funny to those who learned rules of composting at the MSU Student Housing Corporation. And even then, not that humorous.
OS X

techno remorse

damn. now I wish that I'd waited a couple months to replace my broken iPod. Apple announced the next generation, which eliminates the weird four button + scroll wheel design in favor of the mini-style click wheel. [maccentral]

In coverage of the new iPod, there's this:
It's been seen on innumerable TV shows, movies and music videos, so much so that Fox TV recently informed Josh Schwartz, producer of its hit series "The O.C.," that future depictions of music players would have to forgo the telltale white ear buds. [newsweek]

since when does Fox hate Apple? Doesn't Seth have an iMac? Are they going to disguise that too?
i am not a stuffed tiger.

follow the money

The segment on tonight's NewsHour with JimLehrer about presidential ad spending was fascinating. Terrence Smith interviews Ken Goldstein of the University of Wisconsin about his new study:
This presidential election is being concentrated on 19, 20 battleground states. There's 210 media markets in the United States and we're seeing advertising in only 93 of those media markets, and that translates into only 40 percent of Americans being potentially exposed to television advertising and 60 percent of Americans, those Americans who live in big states like California, Texas and New York, not seeing any political advertising at all.[pbs]

The press release [pdf], available at the Wisconsin Advertising Project home page, includes several graphs and analysis of the results of the survey.