Saturday, May 29, 2004

Pet Peeve of the Day

I live on a corner lot, so I get to see the stupid way that people drive from most of my windows.

Of particular concern to me is the fact that our STOP signs seem to be invisible to most of the motorists that cut through our neighbourhood. Well, I suppose the signs become just a sort of pinkish blur as the drivers race past them.

I'm waiting for someone to explain to me what the deal is with running stop signs and red lights. It gets worse every year. In fact, where I live, it's pretty normal to see four or five cars breeze through every red light.

I was very pleased when the town put in red-light cameras last year. Not that I believe in outsourcing law enforcement. But the situation has gotten so bad that I figure any deterrent is better than nothing. Plus I'd like the bastards nailed.

Of course, there was the "invasion of privacy" debate. But the town installed the cameras at some of the most dangerous insections and waited for the fines to roll in.

I can't say that I noticed that they were much of a deterrent. People still ignored the red lights, just as always. By all rights, the town should have made a decent amount on the fines. But here's the thing: the freakin' cameras weren't functioning properly and most of the red-light runners were never recorded.

So, the town took the cameras down.

I don't have a solution to this problem. I just keep hoping that someone will come up with one because it's freakin' dangerous out there.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Pet Peeve of the Day

There's a particular spot in Hell reserved for movie reviewers who wreck the reveal.

The case that stands out most prominently in my mind was a jerk who was reviewing Ghostbusters and had to go and mention the StayPuft Marshmallow Man.

Almost as unforgivable is the review I accidentally caught this morning on network TV which pretty much retold the entire plot of Shrek 2.

Netiquette requires spoiler alerts. Can't we expect the same courtesy from movie reviewers?



Inspirational Art

People who know me know that I was raised in a denomination that has a strong tradition of visual art.

I recently joined a denomination that seems to have a much higher regard for web designers than for artists: the ECUSA. And, when the subject of Art does come up, it's almost always either Literature or Music that's being discussed.

As an artist, I am sometimes a bit awash as to what role, if any, Contemporary Visual Art has in the Episcopal Church.

When I feel like this, I click here .The website is called the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts.

Bookmark the site and check back from time to time. I have found the most amazing things there.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

All Is Forgiven

I've been SO disappointed that there hasn't been a new Daily Show the last couple of weeks!

But I can't stay ticked when I read what Jon S. said when he recently spoke at the William & Mary commencement .

The laughs I got from that almost made up for two weeks of reruns.


(Thanks to TonyP for the link!)

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Couldn't Have Said It Better

Ran across this item in Yahoo Entertainment:

ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel told the upfront crowd, "If this were high school, NBC would be the rich kid whose dad bought them a BMW. CBS would be the straight-A student who's going to Stanford. Fox would be the jock who's not too smart, but still gets the chicks.

"And we're [ABC] the fat kids who eat paste."



I guess that the WB would be the pastor's kid making out in a car in the parking lot. UPN would be, what, the AV Geek?






travel

I made my first trip abroad when I was 15. I sailed the Mediterranean and traveled through Europe for six weeks with only a medium-sized suitcase and a small totebag.

Over the years, I perfected the art of flying off to New York or London with only a carry-on bag. I could go anywhere with just long, blonde hair, a black pantsuit, tight jeans, a couple of black tee shirts, black heels and a pair of boots I bought in Florence during that first trip to Europe.

These days, I can't seem to ever manage without enough luggage for six months!

A recent expedition to Western North Carolina required three suitcases, a totebag, field bag and an armload of things on hangers.

That was just for me.