Saturday, December 31, 2005 

#2006 in a series

Feliz y prospero año nuevo, folks.
Entry By Amy

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 





Entry By The_Lex

Sunday, December 25, 2005 

Time for

a new post.

Cuz one week without a post is bad for bloggin'.

Anyone else wanna post something?
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Monday, December 19, 2005 

Time for...

Because its still MONDAY in some parts of the world!

What song did I mosh to?
KEG PARTY By James "chunka chumbawumba" Kochalka

What did I mosh on?
A bunch of old reporters notepads I found in my bag.

Why did I stop?
Because it turned out I still needed some of those notebooks, and now some of those notepads smell like my feet. Eww...

Your turn!

Name the song you moshed to
What did you mosh on?
Why did you stop??!?!?

Your turn!
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Saturday, December 17, 2005 

Yet Another Christmas Question

The local news -- and the global, it seems -- is that the increasing tension between social behavior and religious behavior is manifesting itself in the holiday season with a vengance.

To wit: on everything from my local township's online forum, where some folks are mad that the local town tree is all dolled up but must suppsedly be referred to as a "Holiday" tree, and several people have started a campaign to respond to some local salesfolk not wishing them a Merry Christmas by proclaiming, loudly and to the poor wage slaves who cannot do anything about it, that they heretofor will never again shop there because, after all, this is CHRISTMAS DAMMIT OMG, to a recent Newsweek poll which reports that 35% of respondents are offended by the term "Happy Holidays," PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO FIGHT OVER WHETHER IT IS APPROPRIATE (OR INDEED ABSOLUTELY NEVER OTHERWISE) TO REFER TO PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF THIS SEASON AS "CHRISTMAS" - RELATED.

The question, then, is this:

What the fuck, man? Just...what the fuck?

I suppose one could restate this as: Why do issues like this never get dealt with with intelligence and aplomb, and, more importantly, why are the loudest voices in every debate the ones which represente the polar, unthinking, neanderthal ones (everyone must celebrate MY holiday vs. no one can ever pretend to assume that anyone in front of them might celebrate MY holiday)?

But I don't think such restatement is truly necessary.
Entry By boyhowdy

Friday, December 16, 2005 

What's the next question?

Entry By helioshamash

Thursday, December 15, 2005 

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

And if you don't, what the hell do you tell your kids?
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 

What was your favorite all-time toy you got for Christmas?


I was a privilaged kid.

I had the old school Kenner Star Wars toys.

While today's children have to deal with lame-o imitations.
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson


Are You Satisfied?

In the deep midwinter (which we do have in California, I promise) it's nice to remember the things you're thankful for. So: what's keeping you warm this winter? New job? New baby? Same-old sweetie? The realization of a long-held goal? Family? Friends? Kickass boots? Your ironic sensibilities? The fact that you're smarter than all those bastards? Spill!
Entry By Nora

Sunday, December 11, 2005 

Jesse Lex Needs Luvin'

Jesse Lex on his blog said that "there was no romance in E-mail anymore".

Let's all prove the guy wrong...


Even if you are a man, even if you are straight or whatever or even married, send Lex some luvin'....let's prove the guy wrong
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Saturday, December 10, 2005 

When you think of Richard Pryor...

RIP, funnyman.

Interestingly, had Pryor NOT died today, former Sen. Eugene McCarthy's death would have been the featured article on CNN's frontpage. Kudos to CNN for having the right priorities...
Entry By boyhowdy

Thursday, December 08, 2005 

When you think of John Lennon...

What do you think of?
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 

Self Destruction

I enjoy the fact that we all have access to the self destruct button on this Blog.

Now no one can really say, "You don't like it here? Go to some other damn Blog." The person who doesn't like it can just go "Screw you," then click on the self destruct button.

Now, that's democracy. =D
Entry By The_Lex

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 

Misty, watercolored

While many of us have The School That Dares Not Speak Its Name in common, not all of us knew one another while there. And then there's those who went to school somewhere else entirely, and spent their halcyon days bitching and moaning about some other academic administration and the budding lameness of some other student body that just isn't as active or engaged or eccentric as it was [insert value] years ago.

So, in the interests of fostering community, I propose we adopt a certain meme that's been making the rounds of the bloggosphere, namely:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL MEMORY OF YOU AND ME.

It can be anything you want--good or bad--BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

For our purposes, post a memory about any member of this blog, regardless of whether you knew them or not. And please, no genuine reminiscences.
Entry By Nora


I Want a New Job

And I want it to involve a lot of stomping around and yelling at people.

Anyone know of any openings?
Entry By The_Lex


It's Time To Name This Blog

Now that it's gotten to the point where the most frequent topic of discussion is what the hell the name of this blog is, I think maybe its time to once and for all just name the darned thing and get it over with. I honestly think that the original name "Stray Roundtable" was good, but I could be wrong. What should be the permanent name of the blog? Should there be a permament name of this blog? Discuss...and maybe we'll vote on all of the suggestions next week.
Entry By Shaw Israel Izikson

Saturday, December 03, 2005 

Okay...I give up.

"butter to turn out than to gay away..."????!!!!

WTF? Someone help me understand this new subtitle, eh?
Entry By boyhowdy

Thursday, December 01, 2005 

news from the darker corners of That College

Do y'all remember Connie? Cleaning crew Connie? With the glasses and the strident tone, but not really such a bad person once you got to know her? Well, bear her in mind for a few moments. The digression will make sense a paragraph or two from now.

The day after Thanksgiving, there was a baaaaad accident on Rt. 9; they road was closed down or restricted for seven hours. A car was driving near Auger Hole Road just past Marlboro carrying a young woman, her fiancee, and her five-year-old son. The car hit a patch of snow, slid out into oncoming traffic, hit a semi head-on, got bounced back into traffic then back across the road where the car hit the embankment. The woman was the only person who was wearing her seatbelt; the other two occupants -- her fiancee and her little boy -- were killed.

It's really just too horrible to contemplate. I would think I'd really rather have died along with them if I were her... though hopefully she won't feel that way for the rest of her life.

Turns out, though, that the young man in the car -- the driver's fiancee -- was cleaning crew Connie's nephew.

Dunno why I thought anyone would want to know that. The accident's been lingering in my mind for the past few days, though -- there's something about having been in a bad wreck that makes it much easier to imagine what any other would be like. Maybe I'm just trying to exorcise a few minor demons.

Wear your seatbelts, kids.

Entry By Amy


By the way...

The guy who's currently posting as scruffy_guitar is Ethan. He's a current student at That School, a nice guy who'd have fit in very well with us if he'd been born about ten years sooner.

Say hello, Ethan...
Entry By Amy



Does advertising persuade you to buy a particular product?

Does advertising persuade you to "buy into" a materialistic culture?
Entry By The_Lex