comedy and cultural commentary

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.

happy awkward moments day!

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 awk¬≠ward moment does¬≠n‚Äôt have its dark side (they are often pref¬≠aced by rude, insen¬≠si¬≠tive, or oth¬≠er¬≠wise inap¬≠pro¬≠pri¬≠ate behav¬≠ior), but I think it behooves us to do our best to find the good in char¬≠ac¬≠ter¬≠is¬≠ti¬≠cal¬≠ly ‚Äúbad‚ÄĚ moments of lfe.

firefox bookmark keywords

Via a post on Geek Notes, I dis¬≠cov¬≠ered a pret¬≠ty cool trick in Fire¬≠fox: You can assign key¬≠words that cor¬≠re¬≠spond to oft-used book¬≠marks. So, instead of hav¬≠ing to mean¬≠der through my book¬≠marks, or type out, say, ‚Äúgroups.yahoo.com/group/tallyfreecycle/‚ÄĚ when I want to go to my Freecy¬≠cle group, I can just type in my key¬≠word at the address bar (e.g., ‚Äúfc‚ÄĚ).

To assign a key¬≠word to a book¬≠mark, open up your book¬≠mark prop¬≠er¬≠ties (right-click the spe¬≠cif¬≠ic book¬≠mark under your ‚ÄúBook¬≠marks‚ÄĚ menu, and select ‚ÄúProp¬≠er¬≠ties‚ÄĚ). This will pull up a Prop¬≠er¬≠ties dia¬≠logue box, one option of which is a key¬≠word. Assign a easy-to-type and easy-to-remem¬≠ber key¬≠word, and‚Ķthere you go. Just type CTRL‚ÄĎL to select the address bar, type in your key¬≠word, and Fire¬≠fox will take you to the book¬≠marked address. Neat!

What‚Äôs even nifti¬≠er is that you can also set up key¬≠words that cor¬≠re¬≠spond to a site‚Äôs search¬≠box. So, you can just type in the key¬≠word at the address bar and a search term to search that site. Say I want¬≠ed to set up such a key¬≠word for the FSU Library cat¬≠a¬≠log search. I would go to the library‚Äôs page, right-click on the search¬≠box, and select ‚ÄúAdd a Key¬≠word for this Search‚ÄĚ. This will pull up a dia¬≠logue box where I can assign the book¬≠mark name and key¬≠word. So, say I give it the name ‚ÄúFSU Library‚ÄĚ and assign it the key¬≠word ‚Äúfsulib‚ÄĚ. Next time I want to search the FSU Library, I would just type in ‚Äúfsulib ‚ÄĚ at the address bar. Wicked slick!

Here is anoth¬≠er how-to on Fire¬≠fox book¬≠mark key¬≠words, and here is a Mozilla/Firefox Cus¬≠tom Key¬≠words Direc¬≠to¬≠ry: an exten¬≠sive list of links to to all kinds of inter¬≠net searches. 

fidelity frankenstein

Just stum¬≠bled upon an arti¬≠cle dis¬≠cussing some upcom¬≠ing tech¬≠no¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal inno¬≠va¬≠tions in sex. One of these includes ‚Äúunder-the-skin microchips which tell if some¬≠one has been unfaith¬≠ful‚ÄĚ. Does any¬≠one else find this incred¬≠i¬≠bly dis¬≠taste¬≠ful? Despite the curios¬≠i¬≠ty as to how such a device is sup¬≠posed to work (some¬≠how via detect¬≠ed tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture changes), it spits in the face of one of the most impor¬≠tant virtues one should cul¬≠ti¬≠vate in a rela¬≠tion¬≠ship: trust. Fur¬≠ther¬≠more, fideli¬≠ty is only mean¬≠ing¬≠ful if one is faith¬≠ful because one wants to, not because one has a chip inside them that makes a secret ren¬≠de¬≠vous impos¬≠si¬≠ble. If your part¬≠ner is equipped with one of these chips, you can nev¬≠er be sure what ulti¬≠mate¬≠ly accounts for his or her stead¬≠fast fideli¬≠ty, and can thus nev¬≠er have any real under¬≠stand¬≠ing of your part¬≠ner‚Äôs char¬≠ac¬≠ter in this regard. What a shame that such inge¬≠nious tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy is noth¬≠ing more than a bla¬≠tant insult to the roman¬≠tic rela¬≠tion¬≠ship. (Side¬≠note: Got¬≠ta get some of that choco¬≠late, though.)