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December 31, 2007

Big ears = cute!

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* via BuzzFeed.

December 22, 2007

Kucoon Designs by Andrea Spratt, In Your Eyes Fashion Show December 2007, L.A.

You may feel the heat...from me beaming with pride at my BFF Andrea's recent accomplishment!!

December 21, 2007

Jay-Z's 40/40 club rulz! Omar & friends holiday-birthdays party!

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Thanks to Omar and other hosts and guests for a super fun night!

December 20, 2007

Pets who look like their owners

Here are some from the selection.

A-:

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A- for effort:

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I always think pooches are cuter than humans so I am stunned that this girl's cuteness actually rivals her pooch's!

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This is wrong:
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Hail:

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Cute:

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The winners:

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The Golden Suicides by Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair

More from the Theresa Duncan - Jeremy Blake tragedy: cuar01_suicides0801.jpg

December 19, 2007

Question: Know any good movers in NYC?

We are moving about 5 blocks south and need to secure movers right away! Know any dependable movers that you've had a good experience with? Please let me know! Thank you and last final tonight so I will be able to blog again - may need to enroll in a refresher blogging course!

December 18, 2007

Status: Three finals down, one left to go and then it's happy holidays time!!!

Remember when I used to blog??!!

December 17, 2007

Shout out to BFFs Mod & Kei!

From the ages of 5 - 9 I lived in Nagoya, Japan, attended Nagoya International School and had a BFF named Mod Noranitipadungkarn (believe it or not I am still able to spell this correctly). From ages 10 - 12 I lived in Tokyo for the first of several stints in this great city, went to Seisen International School (an all-girls Catholic School!) and my BFF was Kei Petersen - our nicknames for each other were Flo and Fro...obviously. Well, within this past week I have reconnected with both of them! Mod is living in Bangkok and Kei lives here in NYC! It is so exciting. I especially liked being reminded by Mod that I used to "like Madonna and love to sing". Ummm, good to know my inner child is still alive!

Beware of perverts

While studying for my Criminal Behavior final I have later today I looked up a word I've never heard before - frottage in the context of sexual offenders and I found a sad state/sign of affairs in Japan:

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December 14, 2007

Hilarious Courtroom Testimony

Now this is my kind of funny! Jonah found this one page for me from the entire world wide website - Imagine that!

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10 Weird Psychology Studies: Vote Now For Your Favourite!

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Psychologists are skilled at inventing unusual tests of human thought and behaviour, but some research is pretty weird. Over the past few months I've been examining some of the weirdest studies around. There's research into psychic dogs, invasions from Mars, the antidepressant properties of semen, pigeon-guided missiles and men's urination.

Have a read and then vote below for the study to be crowned PsyBlog's official 'weirdest' study. Continue reading...

December 13, 2007

Chinese food on Christmas

* Thanks to for the tip Beth!!

December 12, 2007

Sakasa Resuto (Upside Down Restaurant)

Only in the land I love!

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* Thanks to Della for the tip!

Craig Ferguson on Addiction & Britney

In case you missed this rare slice of earnest pie, it's commendable and worth watching!

* Thanks for the tip, Mary!

December 11, 2007

O2 in '08!!! Oprahbama!!

With all the recent excitement over Oprahbama I must remind you of a little post I did almost two years ago - I am prescient!!

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Status: Studying for finals

The one luxury I still afford myself everyday is the NYT crossword puzzle! Have I converted anyone to this lifelong hobby? Hope so!

An apt title for a great Daily Coyote pic!

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Crime Buster With Eye on the Future by Michael Powell, NY TImes

Interesting article on Giuliani's tenure as mayor.

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He was, to the popular eye, Eliot Ness reincarnated, an unsparing prosecutor for a crime-shadowed age. And when the United States attorney in Manhattan resigned in January 1989, he earned a tabloid salute:

“Good News for Bad Guys,” The Daily News proclaimed. “Crimebuster Giuliani Steps Down.”

Rudolph W. Giuliani waved his prosecutor’s scythe in the 1980s, and Wall Street barons, political bosses and Mafia dons seemed to fall in serried rows. He inspired cinematic characters, took ovations in restaurants and battled the Reagan administration officials who had appointed him.

Michael Dowd, a streetwise lawyer whose trial testimony about bribe-taking exposed the ethical rot afflicting New York politics, found shelter beneath Mr. Giuliani’s cloak. “No one was going to back him off,” Mr. Dowd said. “He was charismatic, relentless and endlessly loyal.”

There was, however, another side to the young prosecutor, a moralistic and carnivorously ambitious man who desired public office. Mr. Giuliani, who was 38 when he became United States attorney in 1983, threatened his targets with long prison sentences, and he infuriated judges with leaks of grand jury testimony to the press.

His agents handcuffed Wall Street arbitrageurs before prosecutors investigated them. Apology was weakness; skeptics were “jerks.”

Like a medieval crusader, he rarely flinched at hard tactics in pursuit of exalted goals. Continue reading...

December 7, 2007

Do the Thriller!

My fellow blogging cousin Angelina has created these cool little Thriller drawings so in the spirit of familial teamwork I have animated them!

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Dream: I cannibalized my goldfish

What a sad dream to have dreamed. I sat down for dinner at an unknown location with dinner mates I now can't recall but remember feeling not super comfortable with (not BFFs). I then saw that we were about to eat from a plate with a medium sized grilled fish surrounded by three little grilled fishes (it's cute to make this grammatical error). All of a sudden the possibility hit me and I asked, "Are these our goldfish?" (The fact that I am pretty sure I said "our" makes me think Jonah was there which is unnerving because why was he ok with this?! - I will have to have a talk with him immediately upon his return from California on Sunday! Everyone pretty much acknowledged that they were the carcasses of my goldfish and were completely relaxed about it. I was tortured but confused about how I should feel and I am pretty sure I felt I should suck it up since I was in the minority and I may have eaten my goldfish.

This makes me so sad!! Especially because I have been having so much fun watching them recently (endless procrastination hours served) and talking with Jonah about how at first they were nervous and shy but they know nibble at my fingertips and when I do their weekly tank cleaning they graze my arm and I get as close as I'll get to petting them! And then I eat them...ugh. I am so over myself.

December 6, 2007

Daily Coyote: My new favorite website

Daily Coyote is about an orphaned coyote cup, adopted by a woman living in a Wyoming log cabin. who was orphaned and this woman in Wyoming has adopted him. The photos are incredible as you'll see from the samples below and I am excited to follow the story.

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* Thanks to MnL Della for the tip!

China’s Turtles, Emblems of a Crisis by Jim Yardley, NY Times

Poor forgotten animals...

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Unnoticed and unappreciated for five decades, a large female turtle with a stained, leathery shell is now a precious commodity in this city’s decaying zoo. She is fed a special diet of raw meat. Her small pool has been encased with bulletproof glass. A surveillance camera monitors her movements. A guard is posted at night.

The agenda is simple: The turtle must not die.

Earlier this year, scientists concluded that she was the planet’s last known female Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle. She is about 80 years old and weighs almost 90 pounds.

As it happens, the planet also has only one undisputed, known male. He lives at a zoo in the city of Suzhou. He is 100 years old and weighs about 200 pounds. They are the last hope of saving a species believed to be the largest freshwater turtles in the world.

“It’s a very dire situation,” said Peter Pritchard, a prominent turtle expert in the United States who has helped in trying to save the species. “This one is so big and it has such an aura of mystery.”

For many Chinese, turtles symbolize health and longevity, but the saga of the last two Yangtze giant soft-shells is more symbolic of the threatened state of wildlife and biodiversity in China. Pollution, hunting and rampant development are destroying natural habitats, and also endangering plant and animal populations. Continue reading...

Unhappy? Self-Critical? Maybe You’re Just a Perfectionist, by Benedict Carey, NY Times

I have my very own definition of perfectionism you may like: Self-abuse. Plain and simple, it's an awful affliction and I am working towards rehabilitation!

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Just about any sports movie, airport paperback or motivational tape delivers a few boilerplate rules for success. Believe in yourself. Don’t take no for an answer. Never quit. Don’t accept second best.

Above all, be true to yourself.

It’s hard to argue with those maxims. They seem self-evident — if not written into the Constitution, then at least part of the cultural water supply that irrigates everything from halftime speeches to corporate lectures to SAT coaching classes.

Yet several recent studies stand as a warning against taking the platitudes of achievement too seriously. The new research focuses on a familiar type, perfectionists, who panic or blow a fuse when things don’t turn out just so. The findings not only confirm that such purists are often at risk for mental distress — as Freud, Alfred Adler and countless exasperated parents have long predicted — but also suggest that perfectionism is a valuable lens through which to understand a variety of seemingly unrelated mental difficulties, from depression to compulsive behavior to addiction.

Some researchers divide perfectionists into three types, based on answers to standardized questionnaires: Self-oriented strivers who struggle to live up to their high standards and appear to be at risk of self-critical depression; outwardly focused zealots who expect perfection from others, often ruining relationships; and those desperate to live up to an ideal they’re convinced others expect of them, a risk factor for suicidal thinking and eating disorders.

“It’s natural for people to want to be perfect in a few things, say in their job — being a good editor or surgeon depends on not making mistakes,” said Gordon L. Flett, a psychology professor at York University and an author of many of the studies. “It’s when it generalizes to other areas of life, home life, appearance, hobbies, that you begin to see real problems.” Continue reading...

Neighbors Reflect on a Death No One Noticed by Andy Newman, NY Times

This is a very sad and very lonely story.

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For the last years of her life, Christina Copeman kept to herself.

She stopped answering the door shortly after her estranged husband died in 1990. She turned away from her friends and neighbors in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, ignoring their hellos.

So when Ms. Copeman dropped out of sight altogether, people were not immediately suspicious. Perhaps she had gone back to Trinidad for a vacation, they said. Maybe she had gotten sick there, or decided to stay.

That was nearly two years ago.

Outside Ms. Copeman’s brick row house on East 92nd Street, the days grew longer and shorter again. Mail piled up in the vestibule behind the glass front door. Neighbors collected trash from her porch so she would not get summonses.

Ms. Copeman was upstairs, dead, curled in a fetal position in the hallway, where the police found her skeletal remains on Monday morning, said Peter Bishop, her nephew. She was dressed to go out, in a coat and a beret, Mr. Bishop said.

“Winter clothes on,” he said yesterday, “so I guess she died in the winter.”

Ms. Copeman had died of heart disease, the medical examiner said yesterday. The police said she had been dead between a year and 18 months. Continue reading...

December 4, 2007

Broken animals bones are sad-cute!

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* via KO.

Status: One paper down, home stretch of the term paper

Here's something LOL in the meantime, courtesy of Beth Rosenberg!

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TO: All Employees
DATE: October 01, 2007
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along.
And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 pm. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Patty


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 02, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree present. No Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoym e nt.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Patty


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE : October 03, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table ... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, 'AA Only'; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this?

Somebody?

Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.

NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 04, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party - or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from
the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.
Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table.
To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed, though. We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food we suggest for those people with high blood pressure to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics, the restaurant cannot supply 'No Sugar' desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?

Patty


FROM: : Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Fucking Employees
DATE: October 05, 2007
RE: The Fucking HolidayParty

Vegetarian pricks I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the 'grill of death,' as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your fucking salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW ! I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die,

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!


FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director

DATE : October 06, 2007
RE: &nbs p ;Patty Lewis and HolidayParty

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party.

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