Buy Nothing (but chai) Day
November 28, 2008, 8:29 pm
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For the third year in a row I have celebrated Buy Nothing (but chai) Day. Purchasing chai is my way of showing that I am not an “extremist” while supporting local businesses…and displaying my lack of self-control. It is also my way of enjoying the season and allowing store employees to live long enough to enjoy the season.

The photo above is completely irrelevant, taken by my father this past April in response to “how is the garden.” I like the metaphor of a harvester harvesting seedlings. I’m joking, I like that this is silly.

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Draw a Turkey
November 27, 2008, 6:41 pm
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Two years ago students at University of Pennsylvania were asked to “draw a turkey” at the end of their psychology I exam. I’m not sure how well they did on their exam, but it seems that every student was able to draw a turkey (even if their turkeys were fat and stupid or looked like a cat). You can view all 275 here. Happy Thanksgiving! Eat tofurkey!

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Skinny, the


The Bennington Free Press (the only surviving campus newspaper of Bennington College) publishes “skinnys” which are basically short blurps about anything written by anyone. I found these to be especially inappropriate, and therefore decided to publish them here. Admittedly, these aren’t really very funny unless you know who violated the rules of (using) the road. These also aren’t very funny when you are an admissions intern who has to explain why there are mice in student housing. I will write more about CAPA very soon.

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Human Bodies Floating


Roughly one year ago there was an ad for several boxes of books on Freecycle. When I got to the location I found a porch full of books and folks eager to send them home with me. The books were from the attic of an old farmhouse in Woodstock, Connecticut. Many of the books were textbooks while many more were religious texts. One book is titled Twentieth Century Etiquette: A Ready Manuel for all Occasions. The book details the social graces of table manners and greetings as well as the social faux pas of invitation by telephone and the possession of hobbies by men (hobbies makes men most unbearable). It is probably my favorite book of the rather moldy collection. I will write about it later.

I found a rather curious newspaper clipping in one of the books (above). There was no explanation as to why the clipping was kept or where it came from. If you search for “spirlsman” on Google nothing comes up. I can’t think of any other time when this has happened. Luckily, when one searches for “spirlsman” now, one will find oneself here! I love the last line of the article. Everything is “valuable in proportion to its truth.” I don’t understand why more journalists do not include this disclaimer. While this article may not include very many facts regarding floating bodies, it does inform one that there were enough floating bodies in French rivers for Frenchmen to theorize about them.

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November 8, 2008, 11:11 pm
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While looking through the Pomfret historical archives I found a picture of my friend’s dad and their house.

Nailin’ Palin
November 2, 2008, 7:42 pm
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