Monthly Archives: December 2007

Double-ought seven

Merry belated Christmas and early happy New Year to you all. Are you doing the resolutions thing this year? I’m considering it but it’ll probably go by the wayside like all my other best-laid plans. Well, we found out that … Continue reading

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So last night we decided to commemorate two occasions with one stone: the Finishing of the Christmas Shopping and the Last Night of Irresponsible Childlessness. (Technically, the Second-to-Last Night, but since we’re heading out tomorrow morning early, we won’t be … Continue reading

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This sister goes to 30

In keeping with the "going to…" theme of the last few posts… Happy birthday to the world’s greatest sister and mother of the world’s cutest nephew! You are an amazing mom, sister, writer and friend. I only wish I could … Continue reading

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It’s all COD’s fault

because he pointed me in the direction of this fine and amazing CD boxed set. Heavy Metal! Four discs tracing the evomalution/devolution of metal from the earliest mutterings (Iron Butterfly’s "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida;" disappointingly, this collection includes only the abbreviated single version … Continue reading

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This blog goes to 500

Where was I? I was reflecting. Reflecting, dammit. Anyway: part of the reason for reflecting, rather than blogging, is that this is the Pic-Dem‘s 500th post. Five hundred. Um, twenty-five score, right? Five hundred posts, 2204 comments (thx gyz), ample … Continue reading

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Science Friday: Suicide Thigh Cream edition

Let’s get scientific!And talk about how to do science! Because there aren’t enough Brazilian models in the world already: Brazilian researchers have discovered that a cream containing a 7% caffeine solution can apparently reduce the circumference of women’s thighs. In … Continue reading

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Happy Prohibition Repeal Day!

On December 5, 1933, after thirteen years of what Herbert Hoover called "the noble experiment," Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Prohibition Repeal Act. His signature officially ended the reign of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which had … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Fish Girl and the Consumption Crew!

The winners of the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology were announced yesterday. Taking home the top prizes of $100K scholarships, for the first time ever in both the individual and group categories, were… a bunch of GIRLS. … Continue reading

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Because I am far too lazy, I mean overworked

…to write a real post, here are some videos instead. Rudy. It’s about security. "Shining"–the feel-good movie of the year!

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Jaan Pehechaan Ho

The greatest musical number ever, from the 1965 Bollywood flick Gumnaam. If you’re thinking this looks or sounds like the clip used in Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 film Ghost World (one of my favorite movies ever! Love you, Thora Birch and … Continue reading

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