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Though we’re not sure how the day came to be, we are all well aware that for
several years now August 10th has been Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Each
year we are continually thrilled that we have our own day, and as a way of
thanking you this year, we wanted to share a snippet of the song “Runway”
from our upcoming record.

Thank you for letting us have our day, we couldn’t celebrate without you.

Simon, John, Roger & Nick

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Writer's Block: Front and Center

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What summer concert would you love to watch from the front row?


Writer's Block: They had it coming

If you could drop a character from your favorite TV show, who would you off and how would it happen?

Jenny Humphries on Gossip Girl. I'd have her get hit by a bus because she fell into the street in a drunken stupor.

I cheated a little, because I don't know that Gossip Girl is my favorite TV show, but Jenny is definitely my favorite person on a show that I want to die.

Writer's Block: More than words

Cephus and Reesie
Which song lyrics send shivers down your spine and really hit you emotionally?

"Neither One Of Us" by Gladys Knight and the Pips


I am somebody
A baby boy and his puppy play nice with each other. The baby giggling is TOO MUCH!!!

Poor South Korea

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Go home proud knowing that your team was good, and waaay hotter than all the others. Except Argentina. You and Argentina are equally hot.

I am somebody
Awesome. As a kid who grew up in the era where the Crayola "Flesh" color crayon was nothing close to my actual flesh color, it's nice to see a company that realizes that skin color is variable.

Memorial Day


In honor of fallen service members, in honor of Medgar Evers, in honor of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, in honor of so many. For every soldier who gets a story in the paper, there are so many who are known only to grieving family and friends. For every Medgar Evers, there are many families that still mourn, a story that is still told, and tears still shed all these years later (mine included). For every Chaney/Goodman/Schwerner, there are thousands of Johnsons, Smiths, Williams and others we don't have pages for on Wikipedia.

They fought for freedom and justice for ALL. Some in foreign lands, some right here in America. Some fought fascism overseas, only to be murdered in their uniforms when they got home. Every ounce of blood that was spilled in my behalf worldwide will never be taken for granted, and will never be forgotten. I am grateful and I am blessed, to be on this side of the planet and this side of history.

Equal justice is still elusive, but it is more equal than it once was.

I am not seething with jealousy.

The first lady of Covent Garden
Dance has been looking for a star to succeed Darcey Bussell. With Tamara Rojo it has found her, says Alice Jones

Monday, 26 April 2010

Tamara Rojo clearly remembers the moment she first thought that she might be quite good at ballet.

It was at a parents' evening at her ballet school and her teacher suggested that the class should have a go at a set of 32 fouettés (when the ballerina balances on one foot, kicks her other leg out and spins herself round, 32 times). By the end, there was only girl left standing. "I tried and I did it," Rojo arches a darkly elegant brow. "And I suddenly thought, 'Huh, I'm not that bad'." Ballerinas take years, their whole career even, to master the bravura move. Rojo was just 11 years old.

From that moment on, to borrow from the dramatic plotline of many a classical ballet, Rojo's fate was sealed. She toyed with a couple of other ideas – geologist and antiques restorer, apparently – but aged 16, she had already turned professional and joined the Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid. "There were other things that interested me, but they didn't... ", she clutches at her neck as if to strangle herself, " ... hold me ransom like ballet did."

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Fave line: From there she landed a job with Scottish Ballet ("I spoke no English but it didn't matter; neither did they... ")

ROTFLMAO!!!! I like her immensely. ;)


Pam Grier is HERE!
Seen at parlance's link round up:

Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions
Filed by: Kate Kendell
April 17, 2010 4:00 PM
Updated at the end of the post

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I don't know why this surprises me. Some people are just evil.

Things I never think about

Bookish girl
Seen at tuluum:

Arresting, moving and unforgettable. We do take so much for granted, and I will never wonder what chronic illness "feels" like ever again.

Heartbreaking story

Mentally ill Holocaust survivors' suffering lingers on 65 years later
RON HELLER Associated Press Writer

6:50 a.m. CDT, April 11, 2010

PARDES HANNA, Israel (AP) — Some patients refuse to shower because it reminds them of the gas chambers. Others hoard meat in pillow cases because they fear going hungry.

At the Shaar Menashe Mental Health Center in northern Israel, it's as though the Holocaust never ended.

And Louisiana remains Louisiana...

Bookish girl
Did a Racist Coup in a Northern Louisiana Town Overthrow its Black Mayor and Police Chief?
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 02:25 — Jordan Flaherty

The answer would be a YES.

Long, painful article.

And I think of my beloved Grandpa, who left Northern Louisiana in 1923 because of the racism and didn't go back to visit family at all until the 1970s.

Those dang Black people are EVERYWHERE!!

I am somebody
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Very kind of you.

Earth Hour TONIGHT!

Izzard So Yeah <--- global site <--- US site

Anyone else doing it? Does it really matter or help? I'm gonna be in bed anyway.

This explains sooo much

Bookish girl
Face of the tea party is female
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 3/26/10 6:29 PM EDT

When the tea party movement burst onto the scene last year to oppose President Barack Obama, the Democratic Congress, and the health care legislation they wanted to enact, some liberal critics were quick to label its activists as angry white men.

As the populist conservative movement has gained a foothold over the past year, it’s become increasingly clear that the dismissive characterization was at least half wrong.


“No longer is it only the liberals. Conservative women have found their voices and are using them, actively and loudly.”

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I am somebody
Maya Angelou was at St. Sabina Catholic Church this week.

"It's come to me to say to each of you, that each of us, we have the possibility of changing somebody. Remember it. Stop it. Don't pretend that you've always been free. We have a responsibility to those who went before us, and those yet to come. If you really know who you are, that you've been paid for already, you'll be a kinder person. You'll be more generous. You'll look after the children.",CST-NWS-maya26.article

Bold emphasis mine.

Glad I wasn't at the church when she said that, because my initial response was a hearty FVCK YEAH!

Bring it full circle, why don't you?

Bookish girl
As I watch the rising tide of racial anxiety and secessionist sentiment I am not so much reminded of the Bloody Sunday protests as I am reminded of D.W. Griffith's Birth of Nation. This 1915 film depicts the racist imagination currently at work in our nation as a black president first appoints a Latina Supreme Court Justice and then works with a woman Speaker of the House to pass sweeping national legislation. This bigotry assumes no such government could possibly be legitimate and therefore frames resistance against this government as a patriotic responsibility.

Pardon my squee

Silent Bob ROX
Hugo Weaving ("The Matrix") is in talks to play Captain America's nemesis, the Red Skull.



I see what you did there!

Social Security to start cashing Uncle Sam's IOUs

Best line:
"Those bonds are protected by the full faith and credit of the United States of America," [Barbara] Kennelly said. "They're as solid as what we owe China and Japan."

I bet she said that sh!t with a straight face, too.

If China or Japan called our debts in today...there is *no* phrase known in the English language to describe the massive, unprecedented amount of fvcked up we'd be.

Spring forward

JT Phone
My friends in Europe: when do you move your clocks forward?

I hate Ravinia...but LOOK!

Cephus and Reesie



Cephus and Reesie
Ray Davies

Riviera Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Saturday March 13 / 8:00pm
General Admission (Limited Seating)

Full Price: $49.50
Our Price: $24.75*

In his three decades as frontman of the Kinks, Ray Davies' unerring sense of melody and literate, witty lyrics earned him such hits as "You Really Got Me," "All Day And All Of The Night" and "Waterloo Sunset." In this show, he'll play acoustic and electric versions of hits spanning his career.

First batch of shirts is listed now

JT Smile

Cute summer crop top, bright pink, Small, VG

Licensed 25th anniversary WOODSTOCK shirt VG

Genuine 1997 Rolling Stones tour shirt

Vintage 1987 Aerosmith tour shirt AERO FORCE ONE

Vintage 1991 MetallicA album collage shirt MINT!

NICE! TKE Tau Kappa Epsilon TEKE Spring rush shirt VG

Vintage Grateful Dead NYE 90/91 shirt VG

GORGEOUS Grateful Dead Jerry Jaspar design shirt MINT!

RARE Grateful Dead Philly 1992 St Pat's shirt MINT!

This looks AWESOME!

Bookish girl

Order the Journey Book, Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground

This book shines a light on the realities of slave life, freemen, nationally acclaimed artists and civil rights leaders, revealing three hundred years of untold contributions to our American heritage.

Robert K. Sutton, PhD, Chief Historian for the National Park Service said, “After three years of extensive research, this remarkable book brings to the public a rich and complex component of our American narrative by looking beyond the bricks and mortar of historic sites to the people who—through courage, creativity and conviction—helped shape our nation.”

Written by Dr. Deborah Lee, Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, is a 248-page book that was produced with the keen insight and expertise of 34 historians and academicians. It includes fifteen easy-to-use maps, fascinating profiles as well as archival images depicting many of the indelible contributions made by African Americans who lived within the four-state Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area that runs from Gettysburg, PA to Monticello, VA.

“Generation after generation, the people of this amazing region have been called upon to define what it means to be an American,” said Cate Magennis Wyatt, president of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. “Yet we found many of these extraordinary stories were untold. Accordingly, we sought and fortunately secured funding to ensure we had the finest scholars and the most dedicated team to more fully uncover this history”

Dr. Lee said, “Understanding the African American experience lends new dimensions to the phrase ‘hallowed ground.’ We owe gratitude to the many African Americans, famous and anonymous, who have enriched our world in so many ways. Through their lives and work, their struggles and achievements, they hallowed this ground. Through this project, and through visits to the places they knew, we seek to honor their paths.”

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This is a call, signal boost

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Here's your chance to be part of a new exciting reality series about Fangirls. Record a quick video about yourself, being sure to include the answers to the 10 questions listed in the video and post it at the YouTube page.


JT Cracking Up

I saw the last 4 laps, but I didn't know until I read the article why that took half an hour.

Best lines:

the track PA found Larry the Cable Guy

After getting his car stuck in the soggy infield grass while doing victory doughnuts,

When asked how he was going to celebrate, he replied, “After [last year’s win at] Talladega, we went to McDonald’s. I think tonight we’ll have a Big Mac.”

And that is why NASCAR is still mocked, even while it brings in zillions of dollars for sponsors.


JT Lyric
When James Mitchell died, it was all over the news.

Frances Reid, Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives, died February 3rd and I just read it in the new Soap Opera Digest Online.

I am so, so sad. She was such a huge part of the show, and I feel like I lost a cousin.

The evasive goddess speaks

Cephus and Reesie
The Beautiful Dichotomy of Betty Davis: A Rare Conversation with the Elusive Mistress of Funk

Food experiments during Snowmageddon

JT Smile
So, me and karnythia went to the store on Monday afternoon ahead of the storm.

While at Target I picked up the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread she got on the trip before and raved about.

In her ravings, she neglected to mention it tastes like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in a sandwich.

I just tried some, I put the chocolate spread on one slice and regular peanut butter on the other.


All my life I wanted to make a candy sandwich, and now I can. *SWOON*


Silent Bob ROX
The Saints did it! My second favorite team of the 70s has vindicated my long-suffering faith.

Can't get a call through to the 504 area code for awhile so if you wanna reach anyone, text them. ;)

Now, time for the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. It's much cuter with the sound off.


JT Smile
I got a couple of anonymous LJ gifts recently. A year's extension on my paid account and a virtual gift.

Thank you Anonymous! *hugs*

Death and dying

Tweet Grad
That was the title of a course they taught at SIUE. I never took it.

But with all these distinguished types passing on in so many industries and areas, I can't think of anyone who can pick up the flag and run with it. Or assume the mantle, or any other cliche about carrying on the work that so needs to be done.

We're fresh out of 'em. That makes me sad.


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"All My Children" actor James Mitchell dead at 89
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Seven things about the economy that everyone should be more worried about than they are
COMMENTARY | January 22, 2010

Dan Froomkin explores the likelihood of an anemic recovery, a double dip recession, another stock market crash, more financial-sector follies, deficit hawks stifling growth, the death of the middle class as we know it, and/or other dire possibilities reporters should be writing about furiously.


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We finally get the game we shoulda got for Super Bowl XLI.

Just in time for Mardi Gras... if you want your official Super Bowl gear, here's a code for NFL.COM.

Save 20% off any order. Use coupon code NFLWIN20 (case sensitive) at check out. Expires 12/31/2010

ETA: it was working on the League championship stuff, now it isn't.

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Because we ALL KNEW what was the real story...

Edwards admits fathering employee's child

YAWN. Now maybe they can all get on with their lives and STFU.

Heard over the weekend

Cephus and Reesie
I totally forgot about this song!

LOCALS, anybody else need a job?

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Career Fair – JPMorgan Chase – 1st, 2nd & 3rs shift (Loop)

High demand for clerical and data entry staff for government lockbox.
All 3 shifts needed
7:00 am – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
11:00 pm – 7:00 am (Must have previous experience working 3rd shift in order to work 3rd shift)
Extensive and thorough background check, credit check, drug test and fingerprinting
Must complete the above to work at this site.

Please come to our Career Fair on Thursday, January 21 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at:
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
Steamboat Room - 14th Floor

Bring your resume with you.

Dear internets

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Do people still send money with sympathy cards? I know they did when I was growing up, but is this still the norm?


Izzard WOT?
So, if an earthquake hits in Haiti, doesn't the Dominican Republic feel it too?

Or was the 7.0 magnitude not enough to affect the whole of the island?

The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, and some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes. But no major damage was reported there.

In eastern Cuba, houses shook but there were also no reports of significant damage.


KISS Pandas



Letting her cat smack her dog like that, taping it and thinking its FUNNY? BOO, B!TCH! BOO!

Emma, again

Bookish girl

Jane Austen's Emma
Tue. Jan 12 at 6 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Join us for a premiere screening of the first hour of the new Masterpiece Classic adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, considered by many to have the most perfect of Austen's blissifully romantic plots. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with Elizabeth Lenckos of the University of Chicago Graham School and Jonathan Gross of DePaul University's Humanities Center. Enjoy the show and then read the book! This program is co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library, The Great Books Foundation, WTTW11 and Masterpiece.

When Suze Orman Barks, I Listen

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Suze Orman's (Ridiculously Easy) Financial To-Do List
By Suze Orman

On the list, and near and dear to my heart (for obvious reasons)?

Challenge Your Property-Tax Assessment

Why it's important: Your tax is typically a percentage of your home's assessed value. If that assessment doesn't reflect today's market—home values are down an average of 30 percent since the 2006 peak—you may be overpaying. The National Taxpayers Union reports that more than half of all assessments are too high.

Do this now: Contact your county tax assessor to learn how to challenge your assessment. The National Taxpayers Union also has a booklet on the topic ($7;

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P.S. when I say she barks, I don't mean she's a b!tch. I mean her manner of speaking sounds like she's barking at me, especially when she gets loud on camera.


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I found it really interesting, as opposed to eye-rollingly annoying.

Writer's Block: I'm with the band

Gaiman trust story
If you could be a member of any musical group, past or present, which group would you choose and why?


Presuming I could also be fictionally talented enough to not ruin the career of said group:
Steely Dan, because I've imagined myself a tenor sax in their horn section my whole life
Earth Wind and Fire, because I've imagined myself a tenor sax in their horn section my whole life
Madness, because they wouldn't notice one more person
Funkadelic, because they wouldn't notice one more person
AC/DC, because ANYONE can be their drummer
The Ramones, because ANYONE can be their drummer
Girlschool, because OMG! GIRLSCHOOL! best NWOBHM band EVAR! I'd play rhythm guitar, sorry Kim.
Garbage, I'd be their touring background singer and be Shirl's BFF
The Gossip, I'd be the bass player they obviously need ;)
Tom Tom Club, because working that studio magic with Chris and Tina would rule
The Supremes, so I could WHOOP DIANA'S ASS one good time!
Public Enemy, so Chuck wouldn't have to do all the lifting by himself
The JBs, because playing tenor next to Maceo Parker's alto would be the business
Def Leppard, so I could wear that ridiculous Union Jack shirt and shorts outfit circa 1983
The E Street Band, because I wanna be on those sessions for The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle, especially on "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"

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