Monday, December 26, 2005

Gayest Puppy Ever!

Josh's mom knitted this doggie sweater in the unfortunate color of lavender. But hey, I love my adorably gay dog. He's quite the happy camper in Miami right now, living it up in my parent's big house with a yard and plenty of cats to chase. I think he's going to be depressed when we get back to DC.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

“I’m not going to let the Patriot Act die,”

Bill Frist said. I am really starting to belive that we are living in some Orwellian nightmare. I don't think the general population really cares about civil liberties. The pigs are in charge!

On a lighter note, we go to Miami today! Yay for 80 degree wonderfulness!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Book Banning and Other Facist Fun Times!

When I was in middle school I was reading Clan of the Cave Bear...which I checked out from the library at my synagog. All the other girls were jealous. Oh those were the days! Now we have these idiots at Carroll County banning books in a school library. 'Cause you know, teenagers might find out about S-E-X!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Aslan, the sexist!

After seeing The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe yesterday I returned home vaugely disappointed. I had a sense that the movie got it wrong somehow, yet the movie was very faithful to the book. It took me a while to figure out what I didn't like. The movie attempted to update Lewis's very dated gender roles but in doing so it turned the story of four children into Peter and Edmund's story. Yes, they take out the line "Battles are ugly when women fight," changing it to "Battle are ugly things." Yes, Susan gets to actually fire her bow and Lucy bravely flashes her knife. But what is lost is Lucy's close relationship with Aslan and her role as the ultimate beliver, a Mary figure, if you will. Now, I am not one to go touting the movie as religious allegory but C.S. Lewis was certainly drawing on the New Testament as a source and that can't really be denied. In the books, Lucy's faith sets her apart from her brothers and sisters and in a way makes Narnia hers more than anyone else. Peter's character is rather wooden in comparison. He's a bossy square and he doesn't change much over the course of the book. Then in the movie, all of a sudden the whole Narnia adventure is a story of Peter's heroic deveopment. The battle scene, which is only recounted after the fact in the book, becomes Peter's shining moment of heroism. He dramatically rushes into battle with the White Witch as the sound stops and everything happens in slow motion. Nope, sorry in the book Peter was just not that important. Yes, the books were dated and traditional gender roles were staunchly adhered to. The White Witch is certainly an example of women with political power gone unchecked. But at least Lewis saw a role for girls as the imaginitive and spritual power of Narnia. I felt that the movie did not even give them that.

Monday, December 05, 2005

White was everywhere....

It started snowing this afternoon and it's pretty georgeous outside right now. Driving home from work was a bit of a terrifying experience. First, I really wanted to look around at the trees and sky instead of at the car in front of me. And then there was the fact that it's a bit hard to see with the air full of white flurries. But I got home safe and sound and now I am happily gazing out at the cold, wetness from the warmth of my apartment and from here is it quite a sight.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dogs are not babies!

Michelle sent this to me. I should make a poster and hang it on my door.