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Things That Suck and Things That Don't Suck

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Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog.

Things that suck:

  • Having one's flight delayed for 2 hours because of a big time thunderstorm in Chicago
  • Being seated on the plane next to a big guy (so, no armrest separation possible) who progressively opens his legs wider and wider... guys, keep your goddamn legs together and stop encroaching on women's already drastically limited legspace, ok?
  • Being surrounded by people who must think their disgusting habits have to be shared in public (picking one's nose, chewing gum with one's goddamn mouth open and making a lot of slushy noise, manicuring oneself by opening one's mouth really wide and shoving half one's big finger in there)... seriously, I wish there were 2 economy cabins: one of normal people like me, who just read, rest and have their Ipods on. And then one for families with kids and people with gross habits... a sealed and soundproof cabin for them... heck, different flights altogether.
  • Being then 2 hours late at one's destination so that I missed the plenary session of the day with ASA President Arne Kalleberg, Christopher Jencks, Bob Kuttner (of the American Prospect... these guys must love the ASA cuz they always show up), and Donna Shalala.... !@#$... it looked like a great discussion with a great topic: "Reinventing the American Dream" in the context of globalization, neo-liberalism and increasing inequalities.
  • Attending a Marxist Section while sleep deprived... and what a panel: Stanley Aronowitz, Douglas Kellner (blog) (the other guys, not so great)... the topic: the future of the Frankfurt School after Adorno... (following quote about Adorno at the link should be the motto for PB2.0: "In order to become a better society, we need to overcome this basic problem of communication. We need to speak the Truth, not our own personal truth. We need to rid our discussions of the stereotypes, the advertisements, the put-downs, and especially the lies. In doing so, we will be able to discuss what is really important: the ideas.") great but geez, I do NOT like psychoanalysis. There, I've said it!
  • Having 4 session that look interesting all scheduled at 2:30pm, and none at 4:30pm (although helps with the sleep deprivation thing).
  • Forgetting to get utensils at the Indian fast food where I bought dinner... I shall not reveal what I used as forks, knives and spoon to eat my basmati rice and palak paneer.

Things that DO NOT suck

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Submitted by lambert on

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

Rice with no spoon?
Clean fingers (three, right hand, please) and thumb.
What is palak paneer?

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

and no, I did not use my fingers... I'm French, I eat pizza with fork and knife, for Pete's sake!

Palak paneer is a great side: spinach with cheese cubes and spices. Demo:

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Submitted by corinne on

I'm wondering if Carla Howery attended the meeting. My first job right out of college was at ASA; Carla hired me for the Teaching Services Program because I was a sociology major.

If not, no worries. I'd heard she retired from ASA and we haven't been in touch for quite some time.

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Submitted by corinne on

She's been dealing with breast cancer for years. A co worker of mine who sees her once a while told me Carla said she'd retired. We used to have fun at national meetings. I remember selling TSP books with Ted Wagenaar and other sociology of education luminaries. Tad Blalock used to add numbers in his head faster than I could with a calculator. One of my best memories was having lunch with Carla and Earl Babbie, whose survey methods book I used in college. He's very funny.

Submitted by lambert on

Night all...

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

scribing knitting geeks; now, the sociology geeks.

Are we making you feel unwelcome?

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

has a way higher degree of geekiness!

(Although I did teach a course titled "the sociology of Star Trek" once... double shot of geekery??)

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

the whole 4 series together is a goldmine for social scientists!

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Submitted by Sarah on

Star Trek.
Star Trek The Animated Series.
Star Trek The Next Generation.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
Star Trek Voyager.
Enterprise.

Hm. Yeah, I think my geek side may be showing, here.

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

I never counted the animated series cuz it was a different animal altogether... and I repressed Enterprise because it was so totally TEH SUCK!

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Submitted by Fredster on

to that economy plus thing they had going on for awhile? Is it still around? Haven't flow in ages.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

I'm not sure what you mean, Fredster.

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Submitted by Fredster on

Well, it was supposed to be in the front of the coach cabin and the seats were spaced a bit further between rows, giving a bit more legroom. It didn't help if your seat mate was of wide girth, but you did get more legroom and if the person next to you got up, there was more width for them to get up and out of the seats.

I remember a comment by Fran Lebowitz about flying coach to Los Angeles (I think) and some comment about crying babies who smoke cigars. Yes, it was a long time ago!

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Submitted by Sarah on

in the early days of the fanfic, when it was newsletters-by-snail-mail, some writers seriously jerked the Trek-specific "Overton Window" into the slash genre, with a K/S "romance" that dabbled in everything from "brotherly love" to a "Child's Play" mental/spiritual connection wherein if one were tortured the other bled.

Friendship, trust, honor -- all those things were being tossed in favor of examinations of even more arcane angles of something TOS never showed.

TAS reminded us that McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Scotty -- along with other members of the crew -- mattered just as much to the success of the Enterprise.

And I will never forgive the BB twins -- Berman and Braga -- for damn near destroying not just Trek, but wrecking what could have been the best show ever.

Scott Bakula was perfect for the part of the exact same sort of starship Captain Jim Kirk represents (cf Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap), but those ... self-centered non-talents, Berman and Braga ... gag. They might as well be Tom DeLay clones.

Submitted by cg.eye on

because it emphasized that although the Federation outsourced its economic and warrior tasks to other species, the galaxy kept on keeping on, and kept on having complications that an utopian Earth could not solve alone.

K/S never bothered me; I could leave it alone as with most romance fiction. Kraith challenged me; like jumping into double-dutch without a sense of rhythm, I didn't get it.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

There was more influence from Ronald Moore (now of BSG) and Ira Steven Behr.

Only Michael Piller could keep things in check but when he left, things went downhill from there.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i hope you share this thread with your fellow socios, FD. you all know i'm a diehard DS9er. and a huge adorno fan, from academe days of yore. how nice to see that like minds blog in together. even when some of us can't quite blog.

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Submitted by amberglow on

he's in prison right now on tv.

It really is such a subversive movie--mocks/exposes so many different things about life/work/control/etc.

Paulette Goddard is so wonderful too--she has such a sparkle or vitality or zest or something about her (her, and Carole Lombard)

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

Beyond the story, there is always the background of the lives of the working class and their struggles...

Wasn't he blacklisted and he had to return to England to avoid being caught up in the whole McCarthy mess?

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Submitted by amberglow on

i'm not sure it was like the other blacklisted people -- http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/mccarth...

"... Charles Chaplin, the most famous face in the world, had remained a British citizen and a firm believer in the Popular Front. Although he had never been in the CP, Chaplin was not allowed to reenter the United States following a trip to Europe. He did not return to the United States until 1972, when an apologetic Hollywood honored him with a life achievement award during the Oscar ceremonies. His A King in New York (1957) satirizes HUAC. ..."

(he wasn't working in the US anyway in his later years, i don't think)

I dunno....I still have never seen the Downey Chaplin movie.

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Submitted by amberglow on

no one can compete with that : <

I first learned of Blacklisting/McCarthy/HUAC/etc specifically because of Hart to Hart ages ago--i think it was a TV Guide article or something like that too--i was in high school at the time and we hadn't learned a thing about any of it at all.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

I think part of the reason was (1) the old blackmailed folks and (2) getting some of these actors enough hours of work so they could collect benefits.

Submitted by lambert on

Somebody should post some pictures of puppies and ask her.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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"... "Who's afraid of John Wayne?" barks Stander. "I took on the whole House on Un-American Activities Committee. Now I should be afraid of John Wayne?"

It's true, Stander did appear as a wild and woolly witness before the
Committee in 1940. And again in 1953, this time hurling the hearings into total turmoil with his marathon lecture on the meaning of democracy. "I was a willing witness. I wanted to name names: the names of people in Georgia who had burned crosses in front of a Negro's house, the names of people who had desecrated Jewish cemeteries. But the Committee wasn't interested in hearing about those un-American activities."
..." -- http://moviecrazed.com/outpast/stander.html