I watched Margaret Cho’s Revolution last night with my friend Rachel, which left me rolling. Her comedy is cutting and daring, but her blog is surprisingly remarkable. Not that I think that comedians are not likely to write well (quite the opposite), but Cho’s blog is surprisingly wise, insightful, and exquisitely-written. Highly recommended.
March 18th is Awkward Moments Day. I’m not sure if it is designed to merely observe, appreciate, forgive, or celebrate life’s awkward moments, but it is an intriguing aspect of life to focus on, nonetheless. I suppose we can find virtues to the phenomenologically unpleasant experience that is the awkward moment: such tensions can result when we are suddenly thrown from the steady (but uninteresting) course of what is comfortable and expected, or can be the temporary product of the rejection of stale rules of decorum or convention. Often (for those who take life less seriously) the tension of the awkward moment is broken by the blessed relief of laughter (which is the lifeblood of good living).
Not that the awkward moment doesn’t have its dark side (they are often prefaced by rude, insensitive, or otherwise inappropriate behavior), but I think it behooves us to do our best to find the good in characteristically “bad” moments of lfe.
Via a post on Geek Notes, I discovered a pretty cool trick in Firefox: You can assign keywords that correspond to oft-used bookmarks. So, instead of having to meander through my bookmarks, or type out, say, “groups.yahoo.com/group/tallyfreecycle/” when I want to go to my Freecycle group, I can just type in my keyword at the address bar (e.g., “fc”).
To assign a keyword to a bookmark, open up your bookmark properties (right-click the specific bookmark under your “Bookmarks” menu, and select “Properties”). This will pull up a Properties dialogue box, one option of which is a keyword. Assign a easy-to-type and easy-to-remember keyword, and…there you go. Just type CTRL‑L to select the address bar, type in your keyword, and Firefox will take you to the bookmarked address. Neat!
What’s even niftier is that you can also set up keywords that correspond to a site’s searchbox. So, you can just type in the keyword at the address bar and a search term to search that site. Say I wanted to set up such a keyword for the FSU Library catalog search. I would go to the library’s page, right-click on the searchbox, and select “Add a Keyword for this Search”. This will pull up a dialogue box where I can assign the bookmark name and keyword. So, say I give it the name “FSU Library” and assign it the keyword “fsulib”. Next time I want to search the FSU Library, I would just type in “fsulib ” at the address bar. Wicked slick!
Just stumbled upon an article discussing some upcoming technological innovations in sex. One of these includes “under-the-skin microchips which tell if someone has been unfaithful”. Does anyone else find this incredibly distasteful? Despite the curiosity as to how such a device is supposed to work (somehow via detected temperature changes), it spits in the face of one of the most important virtues one should cultivate in a relationship: trust. Furthermore, fidelity is only meaningful if one is faithful because one wants to, not because one has a chip inside them that makes a secret rendevous impossible. If your partner is equipped with one of these chips, you can never be sure what ultimately accounts for his or her steadfast fidelity, and can thus never have any real understanding of your partner’s character in this regard. What a shame that such ingenious technology is nothing more than a blatant insult to the romantic relationship. (Sidenote: Gotta get some of that chocolate, though.)