They’re beyond ecstatic,” said Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian...– McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate - NYTimes.com Cue ominous drumbeat.
The country music at the end was a nice touch. He’s an Amurrrrican, see!
John McCain likes to say he’ll follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of...– Barack Obama’s presidential nomination acceptance speech Heh.
I give Dr. Prager’s sweet potato pancakes a thumbs up!
Hole, “Rock Star” Even though...
My Dog, the Activist
So Lee is at my parents’ for the week. I talked to my dad today and asked how she was doing and he said (in his thick Israeli accent), “Not so good. She’s not eating.” Now, this is something that my dog does every so often when she’s mad at me, or depressed. She expresses it by not eating, which is sort of a passive-aggressive move. Sometimes she’s...
Getting your John Cusack Movies Straight is a Good...
From [redacted] to firstname.lastname@example.org date Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 5:52 PM subject Freelance Payment / Better Off Dead Sorry to email you out of the blue like this, but I’m a follower on your tumblr and was wondering if you could clarify something. You see, I’m kind of in the same predicament, having not been paid for a freelance piece since April, and I also...
The '80s Canon, Now All Shot to Hell
I was chatting with Little J about freelancing and when you can expect people to pay you—I told him 30 days after publication you can start harassing people, and he told me he just got paid for something he wrote in March—and then I said, innocently, “You can be like the kid in Better Off Dead.” His response: “I don’t know that reference. :(“ Christ. ...
maura: So when I see people say things like “it’s just a blog” I get my hackles up. The whole idea of taking responsibility for what you write and say, no matter what the venue or how much of an idiot you (I) might look like if I say something that has a mistake or a faulty assumption, is, I’d argue, more important now in the “empty peddled snark vs. press-releasey bullshit” era than ever, and...
More on the Mad Men Twitter dustup
I just don’t find Don Draper’s Twitter all that clever, is the thing! Maybe also because Don Draper would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS have a Twitter. Peggy’s is better, in my opinion.
I just noticed...
That after all that, Young Manhattanite isn’t even following me! They’d better have a good excuse, or it’s curtains for them. Oh and: WHERE’S MY STUFFED ALPACA?
Perfect night to bike home. I love going over the Manhattan Bridge, except that I noticed there are several streetlights on the bike path that are out, and it is a little scary. Going into work, it always feels like that bit of the bridge just before you get into Chinatown—where the subway goes underground—is sort of like an amusement park ride.
From Slate: In a lawsuit filed last week, an iPhone owner named Jessica Alena Smith argues that Apple hasn’t been honest about the phone’s speed, either. Smith, echoing thousands of complaints logged on Apple’s Web site, says that her iPhone rarely connects to AT&T’s fast 3G network, instead staying fixed to the pokey EDGE service that was the bane of the first iPhone....
Confidential to AK, et al
Stuffed alpaca, please!!!!
Follow me... DON'T FOLLOW ME!!!!
cho: real quick q
doree: what about em
cho: some dude's blog is all about them and you
cho: *you and them
cho: are you guys beefing?
doree: they want me to follow them
cho: so i thought i would just go to the source
cho: do you follow anyone?
doree: oh yes
doree: i think i follow 45 people?
cho: JUST NOT ME?!
doree: what is your tumblr?
cho: you dont want to hear ab black people, sneakers, and the internet?
doree: i will see if it is worthy of following
cho: oh plz doree
cho: you know my tumblr
doree: do i?
cho: i would think
doree: remind me.
cho: it pops up on balks
cho: a dec amt
doree: oh yeah
doree: what's the url?
cho: dont pity follow me
AMC's Sad Men
alejandraramos: Fans of the AMC show Mad Men are all a buzz on Twitter today over a bit of distress at the fictional Sterling Cooper office. For the past couple weeks, the characters from the show have been sending tweets from various Twitter accounts. They’ve interacted with other Twitter users and sent amusing messages that hinted or played off events on the show. This kind of 2.0 guerilla...
Redefining the Gossip Girl party genre
Every so often an article comes along that completely changes the paradigm. Jonathan Liu’s piece about the Gossip Girl party at Henri Bendel on Sunday night is one of those stories.
youngmanhattanite: I feel like a shmata. Shafrir, can we get a read on the Yiddish/English spelling? I always went with schmatte (pl. schmattes), but I’ve noticed that the copy editors at the Observer always take out the c between the s and the h in Yiddish words. So whereas I would write schmuck, they write shmuck; schmear becomes shmear, etc.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention
It’s video day here at The Doree Chronicles.
Margaret Cho's Parents Are Really Cute
Seriously, I want to hug them. Also Margaret just called out her mom for having tattooed eyebrows. I am DVRing this show.
Schmaltzy movie weekend
Watched Once with my mom on Friday night, then last night I watched Notting Hill for the bazillionth time. It was really quite enjoyable, except the end, which I had sort of forgotten about, was ridonkulous. Maybe I’ll watch Love Actually when I get home, just to make it a trifecta.
The Year of the Political Blogger Has Arrived →
caro: Didn’t we take note of this phenomenon in 2004? Heh, yes. I was going to post the almost exact same story that the Times did in ‘04 but, you know, I’m sort of SENSITIVE about that kind of thing these days. (Also: it’s bated breath. Not baited. Hi, I’ll just correct your spelling all day!)
Dog protected abandoned newborn, doctors say -... →
Must resist bad fish-pun headline
Thankfully the Times didn’t go with “SOMETHING’S FISHY!” But this is an awesome story nonetheless, and not just because they manage to work in, later on, that one of the girls is the granddaughter of Kitty Carlisle Hart, “the entertainer and arts patron.” Like, I wonder how that came up? Anyway: One evening at a sushi restaurant, Ms. Stoeckle recalled asking her...
Car ride magic
On my drive up to Boston tonight—alone except for Lee in the backseat—I was comforted on the Mass Pike to hear that David Allen Bouchet (sp?) is still doing Bedtime Magic on Magic 106.7. His voice! So silky! Also the three songs that some lady requested to be sent out to her man-friend were Celine Dion’s “To Love You More,” Richard Marx’s “Right Here...
Ye Olde MTVe
Nostalgic post on Defamer about MTV stars who never would get on the channel today. The other day Moe told me that Daria isn’t available on DVD, which I can’t believe. Are teenagers no longer disaffected? Hmm. Maybe not. We had Daria, they have My Super Sweet Sixteen. Maybe it’s not a coincidence.
I STAND CORRECTED
youngmanhattanite: Damn Doree, clamp those ovariees. We’ve been on the Alpaca beat all summer! Hear that, world? Krucoff is the original alpaca lover! DO NOT THINK OTHERWISE!!!!!!
I am somewhat obsessed by the concept of canine anal glands—I think it started when someone informed me that anal glands are what make dogs able to poop without having to wipe. Think of all the toilet paper we would save if only we had these magical devices! Anyway, yesterday was the last day of the Observer’s dark week (dark weeks are probably the best perk of working there. I am...
Dear Andrew Kuo,
maura: Yes. We get it. You like going to McCarren Pool, listening to Power 105, the font choices of Wes Anderson, and abusing Photoshop. The message: Loud and clear. Now can you just… stop? Please? I agree, and this also seems to be yet another example of the Times absolutely beating what really should have been a one-off into the ground to the extent that we are all begging to be put out of our...
Exactly the truth came out, who had the nerve, the preparation, who can stay on...– Johnson Wins Elusive Gold on Balance Beam - NYTimes.com Bela’s jingoism is kind of awesome.
Wine, Whine, Wine
The most-emailed story on NYTimes.com right now is “Drink Outside the Box.” (“Wine in a box makes sense environmentally and economically. Indeed, vintners in the United States would be wise to embrace the trend that is slowly gaining acceptance worldwide.”). Funnily enough, The Times has been trying to get its readers to jump on the boxed wine train for 15 years! (Leave me...
News of his extramarital affair with a former campaign worker could put John...– Affair To Threaten Whatever It Is John Edwards Does For A Living | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source Hee.
End of an era
Wow, Lo is such a manipulative bitch. And thus concludes my analysis of The Hills this season. I think I might finally be done with this show! (They’ve made it easy. It’s painful to watch.)
Cow chases bear away from her favorite apple tree →
I have a Genius Bar appointment on Thursday morning to discuss my iPhone’s inability to access the Internet consistently, even when I have full 3G bars. I tried making the appointment from my iPhone but it kept stalling, so I had to make the appointment from a computer. How fitting.
The closest a Jamaican woman had come to winning gold was Merlene Ottey in 1996,...– Jamaicans Sweep 100; Bekele Wins Men’s 10,000 - NYTimes.com
I just called Bonita in Fort Greene to order dinner, and the woman who picked up the phone informed me that because it was Sunday (?!), they were out of a few things. Which were: - veggie tacos - veggie burritos - fish - corn - pico de gallo I think there were a couple other things in there too. Very strange. I understand maybe they got slammed, but that’s kind of ridiculous.
lefindumonde: grilled cheese sandwiches always taste 10x better when cut into triangles, dont ask me why, it’s just science. Also when dipped in ketchup, or (really!) sugar.
Yeah, I'm not going anywhere this weekend.
me: well, we’re not going the earliest we could get there was 8:30 tomorrow night Jessica: UGH LAME :( me: totes. oh well now he’s blaming himself because he got an email about it this morning but it was to an account he doesn’t check as often Jessica: awwwwwww the five stages of vacation ruined grief! me: hahahahahaha omg totes. Jessica: first: optimism second: self-blame :) me:...
A woman who made headlines by having five pups cloned and was linked to an...– Woman who had dogs cloned wanted in Tennessee - Yahoo! News In case this story wasn’t bizarre enough for you already. (Also, her lawyer’s name is Davy Crockett. Hee.)
So! Not to sound all “I started watching the Sopranos on DVD, and let me tell you, it’s AWESOME!”, but I got an iPhone yesterday and it’s pretty great. It’s not perfect though! I’m particularly unimpressed with the speed of AT&T’s network. The vaunted 3G sort of seems like bullshit; it took four minutes—FOUR MINUTES! what is this,...