Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals In Western Art History

From The Toast. Below are a few samples but you should definitely follow the link back to their original post for a belly laugh or two. Especially for the red tights guy.

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Star Wars vs. Avatar

[from the stabenow.com vaults, July 10, 2011]


Big conversation yesterday at knitting about Star Wars vs. Avatar. (Talking about the first Star Wars film, here.)

My main objection to Avatar is that there isn’t one quotable line in the whole shebang.

In a film speculated to have cost anywhere from $230 million (The New Yorker) to nearly $500 million (The New York Times), it seems like spending a couple of million on a decent writer wouldn’t have been a bad idea. Avatar is beautiful to look at, the new film tech is spectacular, it is unquestionably a game changer, definitely a, um, Star Wars moment in film history, but there is isn’t a single line in it to compare with

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

or

Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?

or, hell, even

May the Force be with you.

Don’t get me wrong, I will forever revere James Cameron for Aliens

and Terminator 2

the sources of many great lines, like

They can bill me.

and

Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day.

but there is nothing remotely approaching this caliber of dialogue in Avatar. Although at knitting yesterday Marian did remind me there was one memorable word.

Unobtanium.

Obvious, much?

Home from above. Way above.

The Kenai Fjords National Park from space.

image from wired.com

More national parks as seen from space here. Effing amazing.

I spent a lot of my childhood in the Kenai Fjords before it was a national park. I wrote about it in “The Gift,” an essay in Alaska Women Write.

Metaphysical Product Perfection.

Love Wired.com‘s product rating system.


Metaphysical Product Perfection, that’s what I’m going for, every time, even if I always feel like it’s A Complete Failure in Every Way.