Saturday, April 10, 2004

I may hate newer country music, but I have to admit that Nashville Stars (or whatever that show is called) is infinitely better than American Idol. These contestants are older, know how to play various instruments, and get to sing their own songs. American Idol has got to set an older minimum age to enter the contest. Diana DeGarmo (sp?) is just creepy.

It's "too bad" I'm graduating this summer. Hmmm, it's election year and JEB is governor...seem suspicious?

Friday, April 09, 2004

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate
I wonder if notifying the public that a prison work crew is in our presence has any affect on either the prisoners or public. I just saw a prison van today, which is why I ask. For me, it doesn't. I don't think to myself "shame on you," etc. I can't say that I've done much research in this area, but I would assume that many of the prisoners out there are most likely non-violent offenders. As a proponent of labeling theory (think George Herbert Meade), I'd have say that this policy will have negative consequences if any at all. Reinforcing the notion that these guys are criminals and only criminals doesn't do much to rehabilitate. Our prisons predominantly house non-violent offenders (i.e. drug offenses), and they're the ones most amenable to treatment. The problem is that our treatment consists of incarceration and efforts to repeatedly stigmatize once they've re-entered society. So, not only will these offenders remain addicted to drugs, but they'll feel even shittier about themselves because they perceive themselves as hopelessly a criminal. Thus, they recidivate. I'm sure I've talked about this before, but prisoner re-entry is a big issue right now. I've kind of got policy implications on my mind (it's my thesis topic).

Thursday, April 08, 2004

It's not just the rapid, witty dialogue and the addition of Chris Eigeman (aka Max) that attracts me to the Gilmore Girls. Next Tuesday The Shins are performing during Spring Break. The writers have impeccable taste in music. I can't believe this is on The WB.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Average Joe=Total Choad
He and that Bridge-and-Tunnel trash he wound up with deserve each other.

On the itenerary for today:
Mud mask
Lots of coffee

Monday, April 05, 2004

Day one of official Spring Break 2004:
Consoled Big Gray after the robin he tried to save from the clutches of our cats eventually died while he watched.

Spent two hours chasing after my friend's 3 year old and taking pictures of him. I sang the ABC song about 30 times.

Saw Dawn of the Dead, screamed only a few times but wanted to so much more.

Made zombie noises with BG as we drove around the Wal-Mart parking lot looking at the shoppers.

Heading to Ms. C's to cut her hair and watch some reality show finale. I told her I had never seen any of the other ones. She replied, "I don't really think it matters."
I've been promised wine.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Ga Ga Ga Goo
So, why are SNL sketches increasingly unfunny (with the exception of a few good ones), yet their "commercials" are always hysterical? Remember Clucky's Chicken? When he took you through the cooking, eating, and digestion process of him? I have no idea why I'm reminiscing about this.
SNL still hasn't recovered from the Martin Lawrence show Fall '93--that episode marked their downfall.

I've had Le Cercle Rouge for nearly 2 months. I've made several attempts to watch it, but finally forced myself to finish it the other night. It's a very slow 2.5 hours. Stylistically Rouge is great, but I can't agree that it's as groundbreaking as the critics say. Don't they know that Riffifi was the first crime movie to film a robbery in complete silence? The blur between criminals and investigators wasn't exactly a new concept to 1970, as well. It's definitely worth a viewing, but I'd see Riffifi first.

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