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Have you checked out the Radiolab podcast (from WNYC)? I adore it, and based on your descriptions of Stuff You Should Know and The Night Air (both of which I just subscribed to), I think Radiolab may be their long-lost lovechild.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2009 on Podcasts I love: The Night Air at WWdN: In Exile
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Something that occurred to me earlier today is that we're moving from an administration that has treated Americans like children, using fear to try and make us behave a certain way, to an administration that talks to us as adults and expects us to act like adults and take responsibility for helping to bring about the changes we want. I think it's more than fair to feel pissed about the last eight years, and about some of the decisions that were made on Tuesday (living in a red state where more than 20% of voters said race was an important factor in how they voted, I know whereof I type). But I think we do need to rise to the challenge of being responsible. Because you know what? We're better than that. We're better than name-calling and shouting matches. And I don't mean that in an us-vs.-them way. I mean all of us flawed, human Americans. I think those of us who believe in progress and equality have the responsibility to talk to people who voted for Prop 8, or who think all Muslims are terrorists, or whatever the issue happens to be. They have their reasons for believing what they do, but maybe if you tell them your story, it will nudge their worldview a bit. That's how lasting change happens: little by little, you chip away at intolerance. Forty years ago, we had civil rights activists marching in the streets, having police dogs and fire hoses turned on them, being called ugly names, being denied all kinds of rights and opportunities, and probably sometimes feeling like it would never get better. And yet, just half a lifetime later, we've elected an African American president. I think that's pretty frakking amazing. It's natural to feel anger, but we need to do like our future president says and focus on hope and hard work, not negativity.
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As a long-time resident of Massachusetts, I can attest to the fact that the effect of gay marriage on straight people's marriages, children's likelihood to "choose" to become gay, the fabric of space-time, etc. has been pretty much zilch. People got all up in arms about the idea of gay marriage, then it happened, everyone realized the universe hadn't imploded, and except for a few die-hard hatemongers, people got over it. I suspect it would be exactly the same in CA.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2008 on Californians: Vote NO on Prop 8 at WWdN: In Exile
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I saw a Wii ad while flipping through a copy of Woman's Day at the auto shop the other day. It was focused on the boxing game, so it had both fitness and social elements to it. I don't typically think of video game ads being targeted at the soccer mom demo, so it really jumped out at me, though now that I think about it, I've seen other Wii ads geared toward older people and whole families... not your stereotypical gamers.
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Re: trump cards... There's not a lot that "driving over a cliff" can't be applied to, either. Speaking of wacky and slightly perverse card games, have you played "Falling"? It involves a lot of throwing and yelling and screwing over your loved ones to hit the ground last (as the tagline says, "It's not much of a goal, but it's all you could think of on the way down"). It's great for when you've got a punchy crowd on your hands.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2007 on family circus at WWdN: In Exile
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I think you hit it right on. Also, I didn't particularly need Dave Foley wringing every last drop of humor out of it by pointing out the parts he liked after each sketch. (Hint: Explaining the joke after you tell it makes it not funny anymore.) I would have much preferred to see him up on stage. Kind of a shame... I was looking forward to the show, too, but, well, eh.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2007 on thank god you're here . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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