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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Sam's Dead......

Only in America, poor, but famous Sam.

For those of you who think I'm being sarcastic .... come on.... you have to feel some sadness knowing that he's been put down. Everyone loved Sam, where else would he have been loved by everyone?

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Okay, I know nobody's reading this now, since glaciers have carved lakes quicker than I've updated this blog. I have ridiculous amounts of work, no time for holidays (yes, it's Thanksgiving right now, and I'm awake at 4 am writing about fashion, how sad), finals in two and a half weeks and my girlfriend coming in a week and a half, but thought I should get something on record.

The rebellion against "Metrosexual"-ism is about to begin (or already has). The evidence is in the recent surge of down coats. I haven't decided whether this is a permanent or seasonal happenstance (not the down coats, of course THEY are, I mean the bottom line of choosing down coats over the 3/4 metrosexual choice). I give "metrosexual" as being cool for about one more year. In my opinion, it seems relatively easy to dress metrosexually in the spring and summer, but relatively harder in the winter. It's not hard to put on a crisp (recently dry-cleaned) white Thomas Pink shirt with your reasonably-flared jeans in the summer, but what in the winter??? what?? Cashmere? Camel hair? Man, that's MUCH harder if you have to pay attention to more than three pictures in a magazine on the first warm weekend in spring. I'm pretty sure that's why we see (at least in the past seven years) a lot of north face. Summer style is easy for everyone. Just buy a copy of GQ and copy. Winter is more complicated, and so, most just reach out for the latest Abercrombie-esque fad, such as North Face. To be honest, I see some homemade bell-bottoms in the near future.

That said, go out and buy a down coat. Urban. So warm. But, for those still listening, I need some help. I've been trying to find a pair of sunglasses for about three years, to no avail, unfortunately. What I want are minimalist sunglasses in the same style as those worn by the protagonist in Fellini's 8 1/2 (pictured above). Black. Perfectly rectangular (lenses of significantly more width than height). No brands. Thick frame. No curvature (all angles 90 degrees). Thanks.

Saturday, November 05, 2005


The 'fro's too big, the beard's shoddy, but hey, Bob Ross is hard to get down perfectly.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

CIA's Secret Prisons

A Washington Post article (free registration) today discusses the clandestine CIA prisons outside the U.S. AND the CIA's lack of firearm skills:

The CTC's chief of operations argued for creating hit teams of case officers and CIA paramilitaries that would covertly infiltrate countries in the Middle East, Africa and even Europe to assassinate people on the list, one by one.

But many CIA officers believed that the al Qaeda leaders would be worth keeping alive to interrogate about their network and other plots. Some officers worried that the CIA would not be very adept at assassination.

"We'd probably shoot ourselves," another former senior CIA official said.

The piece is definitely worth reading in its entirety.

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