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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Oh wow Hallie, that's awesome! When exactly will you be around? Send me an email so we can plan for fun.

People who like Hallie's music can also check out Sarah Potenza. She's not really that much like Hallie, except that both of them make me feel like if only I put more effort in I could discover even more awesome people selling $5-$10 CDs and playing no-cover shows, and that way I could feel really cool. Anyway, Sarah plays at the Heartland every Tuesday and she's kind of bluesy.

Also, something I forgot to add to the list of awesome things from Thanksgiving is: the Illinois license plate reading "WILCO"!

Look who's coming to the midwest
Well, since i have a super laid back job, i'm going to "work from chicago" ( tasara's house) for a week and play a couple of mid-western shows while i'm out there. yeehah. for any of you back in g-town, i'm playing at the brew on december 15th. I'm also playing in Chicago at Uncommon Ground on December 10th and maybe a date or two in Michigan. I also will be hanging out in chicago for a while, so maybe i'll catch some of you around. I also hope i didn't post this photo of me so giant that it takes over the world. Or maybe it will be small. Who knows? But you can see my poor dye job.

other tourdates here:

Go grasslands!


Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I'm down!

I'm down with living in New Amsterdam

Bill is not!

Bill looks like he was colorized in 1917:

Monday, November 27, 2006
another reason why I don't do coke:
Just take a look at what goes into making it! It's like snorting a chemistry lab parking lot; cement, gasoline, and a cornucopia of caustic compounds.

Dude, Weiss, get with the game and check out!

threw out the old fax machine today
It could neither receive nor send.

Sunday, November 26, 2006
Cultural Learnings of Ohio for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Chicagoland
So, highlights from Thanksgiving break:
  • Obviously, seeing friends and family, though I will highlight hanging out in the hot tub at the Sauder Heritage Inn with K and Jules.
  • Playing with other people's dogs.
  • Listening to The Woods the entire way through. Every time I listen to that album I promise to show it proper respect in the future.
  • A 2007 Saturn Ion from Enterprise. Why buy the milk when you can rent the car for free?
  • A sign beside 117 east of Lima reading "CORN HOLE GAMES SOLD HERE." What does that even mean?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
some of my brother's art has just been accepted to a Dupont Circle gallery!! he does large metal sculptures that are totally awesome. yay!

What would you have done?
This video of an attack on an Iranian-American student at UCLA disturbed me more than any video I've seen in years. I've certainly seen more graphic footage in that time, but nothing in such a familiar setting and with so many people standing around doing nothing:

The repeated tasering (5 times) suggests more than just an unruly student. The rent-a-cops can be heard saying "stand-up" over and over again when they could easily have carried the man out. This was about asserting control and domination. "Police said they shocked Tabatabainejad after he urged others to join his resistance and a crowd began to gather." The Washington Post reports.

Watching the video I felt a disturbing level of anger at the security guards and wondered what I would have done. After deciding that my initial reaction of wanting to punch the officers in the face wasn't practical or ethical, I decided the puppy pile would probably have been the best tactic in the situation.

Think about it. You never know when you'll be a bystander in a situation like this...

P.S. Just so I don't leave you too depressed, here's a page full of cute and hilarious cats as an antidote.

Happy No Music Day!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wondered today if we could start a magazine called "Postmodern Bride." Walked to the office smiling at the idea of articles titled "Discursive Heurmentics of White for 2007!" and "Breaking the Hegemony: Which Cake is Best for You?" Unfortunately, I couldn't get much further, particularly in the area of cover photos. And more unfortunately, a Google search indicates that no one else has done my work for me as of yet.

Um, okay, that sucked. So, uh, I found $23.00 and a bus transfer in my suit pocket?

Leafs Awoken From Dream Season In NAIA National Tournament First Round
"We didn't want to see this season end like this," said Tavi Mounsithiraj, Goshen head coach, following the match. "The boys left it all out there today. We felt like we were good enough to advance. This is tough."

Friday, November 17, 2006
What can $2 get you NYC?
1 cup of coffee, 2 bannanas, 1 shoe-size bread roll and 3 ginger candies!!

I love this city.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
my first stills shoot (i was the best boy electric)
just got back from a day of shooting with Vogue! ok, so it was the italian vogue and not the US one, but it's still Vogue! skinny women and old men, yowza.

For all you people not as interested as me...
... but still potentially getting a half smile over it. The GC Mens Soccer team is at nationals today! YEAH! They play today at 4:30 in Daytona Flordia and it will be broadcast over WGCS our lovely radio station.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
the last shoot was sweet.
the gaffer, "monkey", and me, "monkey jr", climbed up about 75 feet of shelved carpeting on sunday because we were bored while shooting in a warehouse that was supposed to be a detention center entrance! it was hella fun and then I realized usually when I'm up that high with a vertical drop I either have a staircase or a climbing rope. this time I just had good luck. as if the job doesn't have enough enherent danger, we had to create some for ourselves. tonight was the wrap prty of the shoot and I'm remembering all the awesomeness. fortunatly it's over now and I have a bit of the break. yay!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Rini - Glad you read the book! I read your pages. I'd be interested to see the other references you used. And tell me more what you thought about the book.

Also kids, how's about that xmas tree at the Daley center? It's a tree made up of other trees!!!

new colours, new features

By leveraging the massive power of Google Reader I think I have found a way to make new posts on FOAS' pages show up in a new Shoup FOAS sidebar. Scroll down and to the right to see more. Basically, it is a meta feed made up of splicing in all the RSS feeds of our favourite blogs.

And, just like Shoup Pics, Shoup Radio and Shoup News it is participatory! You can manage the subscription list over at (name:, pass: shoup) or view the latest posts up at Shoup's Shared Items. The only trick is that items need to be read and "shared" for them to show up, so I'll try to do this and anybody else can do it too. So it might take a day or so to show up in the feed. BUT STILL. This is three types of awesome for people like me who aren't great about keeping in touch but still want to keep tabs on old friends.

The Shoup House blog: working for you since March 2003.

New season, new poll

Sunday, November 12, 2006

okay.. I've been working all weekend on this site... it will be done by 7p tomorrow (monday) night... but yeah.. thought I would share it now... (it's for my human sex class)...

I currently feel decent about it, but I still have 5 more pages to put info on... and unfortunately this has eaten my weekend so my jesus paper also due tomorrow has not been even started.

Oh.. I have weiss to thank. your post on Levy's book encouraged me to buy it.. .and then I turned it into my project. without you I'd be stuck writing a ten-page paper on some random topic rather than building this site.

Saturday, November 11, 2006
Weiss, this ones for you
And anyone else who has read Under the Banner of Heaven. This article compares the polygamous Anabaptist of the M√ľnster Rebellion to polygamous Mormons:

Polygamy in two restoration movements

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I love these wacky journal articles
Luck: What the nurse should know about it and how it affects nursing situations
  1. Don't rely on luck

  2. Be assertive to increase positive outcomes

  3. Promote belief in internal locus of control

  4. Teach clients to assume responsibility for health

  5. Practise an optimistic attitude

  6. Avoid situations where outcomes are determined by chance
Now you know!

If the Democrats winning the house wasn't enough
Comedy Central has posted the top 15 videos from the last 10 years of the Daily Show.

The Onion

Republicans Blame Election Losses On Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC — Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

For most of you it's already too late, but just in case you're reading this on the West Coast or in Hawaii within the next few hours, I'd like to remind you not to vote. It won't do anything. You'd just be wasting your time.

For those of you who already didn't vote: congratulations!

Friday, November 03, 2006

y'all sound like hippies!

Charletta and Weiss sing a new arrangement of My life flows On
How can they keep from singing? mp3

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Third Party 08: great idea, but uh, what's up with that gradient?
Meg, it'd be great if the idea got off the ground, but its hard to take it very seriously when the site looks more like '98 than '08. I don't like being judgmental, but why the choice of a rounded baby blue gradient tube thingy for the header and footer? And the over sized bright red and blue buttons with slightly off center white edges? I mean I'd love to see the website "serve as the casting call for a cast of possibly thousands of marginalized, radical, and subversive political figures out there," but that logo banner is about as extreme, alternative, marginalized, radical and subversive as Dick Clark.

"All you got is my hair, bitch!"
So I was invovled in my first major management the other day when two of them got in a fight over who got to push the food cart to the dorm. We're talking a hair pulling, kicking the other in face when their on the ground kind of fight. So of course the girl I managed clawed the heck out of my kidneys. it was one of those fabulous kind of days.

american idol meets political revolution

a friend of a friend is trying to start a show called Third Party '08 that will be an
"American Idol" type reality show for Third Party and Independent Candidates for The President of The United States.

I think it's kind of a neat idea, especially because if it gets off the ground, it will at least make the public aware of our flawed dual-party system. And who knows, maybe it could lead to the election of the first non-white, non-male president! Anyway, if you're so inclined, you should register yourself on the site so that the potential producers know that this show would have an audience.

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