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Judging books Tue, Oct 20, 2009
I've heard it's not a good idea to judge a book by its cover.  That's why I've recently started judging books by their first few pages.  Is that fair?  I don't know, but it's at least better than simply looking at cover art and reading the quotes from famous people.  What's the alternative?  Depending on other people's reviews?  Perhaps you missed the news:  People are stupid, and their opinions are wrong.  That's why they made a sequel to Transformers.  But seriously, if a book can't capture my attention in the first few pages, it's not worth reading.  As Wendy likes to say, "Life's too short to read a bad book." #entertainment

Wedding buffet Tue, Oct 20, 2009
As much as I dislike weddings, I have this one positive thing to say:  Wedding buffets are quite awesome, and not because they were featured at my own nuptial celebration.  They're just a great idea.  You don't have to force-feed yourself the typical 16-course meal, and you get to choose exactly what you want.  I realize this is a fine example of a White Whine and that there are starving children in Antarctica, but hey at least I'm being slightly positive. #food

Schadenfreude Tue, Oct 20, 2009
Schadenfreude is a German word meaning "pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others".  I must remember this. #language