Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Melts in your mouth, not in your ... MRI?

I think I would've liked science a lot more if I'd gotten to do experiments like this:

N.J. researchers use M&Ms to test physics

Wonder if I can volunteer my services to eat, er, dispose of the M&Ms once they've been used? *grin*

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Friday, February 20, 2004

A writer's SOS

Help wanted: one Muse to encourage, prod, and inspire grad film student with severe writer's block. Ideal candidate will be efficient, detail-oriented, and versatile enough to handle both creative and analytical assignments. Pay inversely proportional to time spent doodling, writing blog entries instead of scripts, etc. Minimum of four years' commitment, position available immediately. Apply care of this blog. Only serious inquiries, please.


Thursday, February 19, 2004

The unabridged Bard

There are Shakespeare fans, and then there are Shakespeare fans:

Wellesley College succeeds in reading entire unabridged Shakespeare in less than 24 hours

Unfortunately I didn't hear about the marathon until yesterday, so I couldn't go. But if they do an encore next year, I'll drag my SO to a reading or two.

If sprints are more your style, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has just the script for you. The most straitlaced purists might be offended (hey, Shakespeare had sex jokes too), but most people will find it hilarious, and it's even funnier when performed.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004


One usually associates bed-and-breakfast places with comfort. Pampering, even. Unfortunately, one particular B&B (which shall go unnamed) either needs a bigger water heater, or caters to a more cold-resistant crowd.

Despite the cold shower, though, it was a relaxing weekend, and it was exciting to come back home and hear news about the gay weddings in San Francisco. Naturally, a couple of conservative groups have already filed suit. Thank heavens for Strunk and White.


Tuesday, February 17, 2004


Rodriguez joins Yankees

I know in the grand scheme of things this isn't a huge deal (Bush, anti-gay marriage activists, etc. top the list). Doesn't make me feel better about it, though. Grrrrrrrrr.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Showing the flag

(Boston Globe photo -- building in rear is the State House)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Hop, flick, trip, oops!

Unless you're a professional (or have a really good leader/follower), do not try these swing steps at home:

Sliding doors: Requires the ability to triple-step sideways without crashing into your partner (who is triple-stepping, either behind or in front of you, in the opposite direction). Also requires the ability to, after said triple-step, stop your momentum in time to grab the other person's outstretched hand. Not absolutely required, but highly recommended, is a very, very wide practice area.

Tunnel: Involves all sorts of turnings, bendings and contortions. Requires extremely loose arms and shoulders. For followers, also requires the ability to, while bent almost double, maneuver through the tunnel formed by your partner's arms, then backward and around said partner. Highly recommended on the follower's part: the willingness to look utterly ridiculous.

Woodpecker: Consists of two forward triple-steps, two hops, one flick-replace, two backward hops, one drag-back, and a rock-step. No word on whether a "hop, skip, jump" version also exists.


Monday, February 09, 2004


I hadn't known very much about my state legislators before. But the senator for my district has just earned himself a thumbs-up on the issue of gay marriage:

Shannon: Gays should be allowed to marry (Somerville Journal, 2/5/04)

Nice to know that some people won't let their personal preference get in the way of the law ...

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Defend, don't amend!

Two days to go before the Massachusetts legislature takes up a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The anti-gay activists had 2,000 people, most of them clearly bused in from out of state, spewing messages of hate and bigotry on Boston Common. I went to the counter-rally across the street, where we shouted slogans (like the above) and sang.

It was discouraging to see so many people who, under the guise of "letting the people vote," are willing to write discrimination into the constitution. Where the hell is Michael Moore when you need him?

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Friday, February 06, 2004

Celebrating V-Day

I'm a little sleep-deprived today, but going to The Vagina Monologues was worth it. The show was a benefit for the Second Step, which offers housing and support for victims of domestic violence. I'd never seen the play before, so I don't have anything to compare it with, but all the actresses did credible jobs, and the pieces were in turn serious, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Good theater for a good cause.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Gay marriage yes, civil unions no

In an advisory opinion, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has stated that only full marriage rights will satisfy its November ruling.

As expected, the opinion hasn't discouraged conservatives, who are still demanding a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. If you're in Boston tomorrow (Feb. 5) and want to make sure legislators hear all sides of the story, the Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts is holding a lobby day at the State House. If you're not sure you can see your representatives in person, you can also contact them by e-mail. Either way, I urge you to make your voice heard.

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Monday, February 02, 2004

I don't believe it (part 2)

This headline speaks for itself:

Bush and Blair are Nobel Peace Prize nominees

If they win because of Iraq, I swear I'll up and move to Canada or something.


I don't believe it! (part 1)

If I didn't know better, I'd think that Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri had planned the whole thing. How else to explain the ending to yesterday's fabulous game?

Toeing the line

Thank heavens my dance class ended at 9 instead of 9:30 -- otherwise I probably would've missed that wonderfully dramatic (if heart-attack-inducing) finish. Hurrah Pats!

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