Faute de Mieux

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Strange Case of the Everywhere Girl

Who knew Getty Images clip art could serve as a springboard to worldwide fame? The Everywhere Girl pops up in ads all over the world, but nobody seems to know her name.
posted by Amanda, Sunday, October 23, 2005 | link | 4 comments |

Friday, September 30, 2005

Bill Bennett

I'm seeing red. The former Drug Czar and Secretary of Education said
if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.

WTF? As an American, I must respect my fellow citizens' right to free speech, but damn, I am angry and ashamed that such an ignorant bigot ever held a position in the federal government. And doesn't this guy belong to the party that's supposed to be for family values? How sad is it that the former Secretary of Education believes that race makes a person prone to criminal activity? Because it's not like poverty, hopelessness or oppression have anything to do with it. Good lord. Is it any wonder our society is so unequal when we've trusted people like Bill Bennett with positions of national authority over education and drugs?

How can we ever expect to raise people out of poverty, and give at-risk children better lives when the people with the power view skin color as a primary indication of criminality? When people with a national audience can dare to suggest genocide as a cure for social ills? The mere idea that he could even utter such words on national radio shows exactly how ignorant and biased Bennett is.

Bennett has since said that he was not actually suggesting genocide as a means to lower the crime rate. He falsely tried to blame his racist statement on an article in the book "Freakonomics" but one of the the authors has clearly stated that race plays no part in their theory on abortion and crime. (Also, see this article.) He doesn't seem to get that as bad as his supposedly hypothetical idea of forced abortion was, he also revealed his own racist bias that equates blacks with criminal behavior. So far, no apology for that.
posted by Amanda, Friday, September 30, 2005 | link | 0 comments |

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Pray for New Orleans

I just heard about the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. Most of my family members have already evacuated, but thousands of people in the city don't have the means to leave. I don't think there's anything those of us outside the city can do right now but pray that Hurricaine Katrina loses some steam before it hits land, or pray it changes course.
posted by Amanda, Sunday, August 28, 2005 | link | 1 comments |

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The Summer of No AC

One of the best things about summer is all the great frozen desserts. The heat makes Thrifty's Ice Cream, a cold Sworkachino, or a blue icee extra good. Recently, I have added two new frozen desserts to my arsenal of heat-fighting treats. The long-awaited Eagle Rock franchise Goldilocks Bakery has finally opened, meaning I can have halo-halo on hot days just like I used to when I was in high school in Cerritos (the sense of nostalgia warms my heart while all that shaved ice keeps me cool). Martin introduced us to Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert in San Gabriel. He first tried their great fruit-based desserts when he went to China, and now we're all hooked too!

Having no AC this summer has been rather uncomfortable, but, on the plus side it's kept me from sitting at home in front of the TV (leather couch + no AC = Eww!). And it's gotten me out and about. I have to keep looking at the positives here. The positives have got to last until fall.
posted by Amanda, Saturday, August 06, 2005 | link | 1 comments |

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Why Blogs, Jobs and the New York Times Don't Mix

It's happened again. Another innocent blogger has gotten fired for her on-line musings. The only new detail is that this time the employer wrote a whiny piece in the New York Times Style section describing why she fired her children's nanny. The nanny wasn't fired because she was bad at her job. As near as I can figure from Helaine Olen's Times article and the nanny's excellent blogged rebuttal, the blogging nanny got fired because she had a life and was foolish enough to write about it.

Plenty of people have commented on how unjust the firing was. Plenty of people have commented on how unfair Helaine Olen's article was. I agree with them, but I also think that this whole incident - this includes the blog and the article - is yet another symptom of the erosion of private life. Tell-all talk shows and tabloids throw the details of other peoples' private lives at us all the time - and we treat it like it's something we've a need and a right to know. We don't need to know about Jude and Sienna or Brad and Jen, or anyone we don't know. And that goes quadruple for private citizens like the guy in the next cube over, the folks next door, or the nanny - they're not as pretty, they're way less interesting, and nosing into the private details of an acquaintance’s or an employee's life can have a direct negative effect on your life.

Helaine Olen wrote:
Not only were there things I didn't want to know about the person who was watching my children, it turned out her online revelations brought feelings of mine to the surface I'd just as soon not have to face as well.
Maybe it's time we started respecting other people's privacy, even when they don't seem to respect it themselves. If you don't want to know private details about someone don't read their blog. Simple, yet profound, huh? Ok, well, then, it's at least simple, right? In this age of information, overload we do not need to know everything - we do not need to consume every bit of data that comes our way. A good old fashioned set of boundaries is great protection against TMI. Oh, and firing someone for the mostly innocuous, perfectly legal things they do in their private lives is so not ok.
posted by Amanda, Tuesday, July 26, 2005 | link | 9 comments |

Thursday, July 21, 2005

How hot is it? On life without AC

1) It's hot, damn hot.
2) It's so hot... our cats have shed whole new cats. It's like the movie Gremlins.
3) It's so hot... I look forward to going to work for the air conditioning.
4) It's so hot... our hot water heater broke and we barely even noticed.
5) It's so hot...I can't even finish this blog entry...

Wish me patience, wish me luck. Wish me air conditioning!
posted by Amanda, Thursday, July 21, 2005 | link | 1 comments |

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I can blog...really!

Just to prove I'm not a hoboblogger - Though, the very fact that I'm blogging to prove I'm not a hoboblogger probably makes me one.

What's New?
1. I'm temping at an office in Burbank.
2. I've been taking a bellydancing class (except for "snake arms", and zills, I'm lost)
3. I've been sewing like a fiend. I'll post pics in the dilettante diaries (Last post, June 2004. Eek! I can't deny, I've been hoboing it up over there.)
4. Shout out to Tiffy: I made Chicken Marsala for dinner last night. You're right, it's way easier than I thought it would be.
5. We went to the party at Hill House Saturday. Had a blast as always. Check out Kat's Pics.
6. Jared and I spent fathers day afternoon with my dad and sister eating spicy boiled crawfish and listening to zydeco and blues at Uncle Darrow's. It was really crowded, but I can't fault the crowd because Uncle Darrow's Father's Day festival is so good, in only two years, it's become a tradition.
posted by Amanda, Tuesday, June 21, 2005 | link | 4 comments |