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Monday, November 3, 2008

Let freedom reign

"The people reign over the American political world as God rules over the universe. It is the cause and the end of all things; everything rises out of it and is absorbed back into it." — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
November 3, 2008 at 10:01 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


"At times, one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid." — Friedrich Nietzsche
October 14, 2008 at 1:02 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

An obligation

"In a country that has, at best, a conflicted relationship with public support for the arts, we are made to think more and more every year that art is a luxury. I was raised to believe it is a necessity. Art, in all its forms, is the expression of who, why, and where we are at any given time in history. It allows us to question, in a nonliteral, academic, or linear way, who we are, why we do what we do, and where we are going. Incorporating art into the fabric of everyday life is an obligation and a sign of a healthy democratic society." — Stanley Tucci
July 30, 2008 at 1:46 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Friday, July 18, 2008

Not a theater man

"...when another artist asked what I had against actors, I said writing for them was like painting not in oils but in colored mice; after the painting was finished the mice began running around. It was dawning on me that I was perhaps not a theater man." — William Gibson, The Seesaw Log
July 18, 2008 at 9:35 PM | (1) |
Categories: Theatre
Tags: quotation

Monday, June 30, 2008

Heart and reason

"The heart may have its reasons of which the reason knows nothing; but reason all too often has no heart." — Alan Jay Lerner, The Street Where I Live
June 30, 2008 at 10:08 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it." — Maya Angelou
June 24, 2008 at 5:42 AM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Who knew the storm

"They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm." — Dorothy Parker
June 19, 2008 at 12:23 AM | (2) |
Categories: Reading
Tags: quotation

Friday, May 23, 2008

The key to a long life

An acquaintance of the nineteenth-century French composer François-Esprit Auber once stopped him as they were coming down the grand staircase at the opera.

"My friend, we're all getting older, aren't we?"

Auber sighed.

"Well, there's no help for it. Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long time."
May 23, 2008 at 10:16 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation | aging | age

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Make arrangements

"If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." — George Carlin
May 15, 2008 at 4:29 AM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Friday, May 9, 2008

I do not know.

"Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know." — André Maurois
May 9, 2008 at 4:15 AM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


"The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell." — Simone Weil
May 7, 2008 at 10:13 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Aye! Arrgh!

"There comes a time when every man feels the urge to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and start slitting throats." — H.L. Mencken
May 7, 2008 at 7:47 AM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Monday, May 5, 2008

Proverbs 27:17

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." — Proverbs 27:17
May 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation

Wednesday, September 16, 1998

September 17, 1998

"Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play." -- Immanuel Kant

Just finished reading: The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Now in the middle of: Media Circus: The Trouble With America's Newspapers. Added to the to-read stack: Gossip by Christopher Bram; The Men From the Boys by William J. Mann; and The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up by Andrew Tobias (nee John Reid).

I can't say I'm terribly impressed with The New Hollywood Squares. Whoopi Goldberg is funny, but she's just going through the motions here. She's certainly no Paul Lynde, but then, who is? And, "Rosie O'Donnell to block" is no replacement for Rose Marie. (In St. Louis, you can see the travesty at 11:35 p.m. on Channel 4.) Maybe I should subscribe to the Game Show Channel, where George Gobel lives!

Macintosh columnist and inveterate smart-ass Andy Ihnatko has landed over at MacCentral with a weekly gig. His hilarious supersite Colossal Waste of Bandwidth is still homeless, but promised to return soon.

A problem for the Information Age: What happens to your files after you die? A surviving daughter contemplates what to do with her dearly departed dad's disks.

Burning Man 1998 is now a memory, and Halcyon, one of the Internet's most compelling egos has his own photo album and reflections from what passes for the counterculture this decade.

Another empty promise? The Daily Instigator sez it's finally going live on Monday. Will it be worth the wait?

<SITENEWS> The Ice Rhapsody page has been updated, with new photos and news of the team's exciting win at ISI. </SITENEWS>
September 16, 1998 at 11:36 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation | television | books | Halcyon | Burning Man

Friday, September 4, 1998

September 5, 1998

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." -- Henry C. Link

(Quote thanks to the A.Word.A.Day listserv.)

Ch-ch-changes: I'm contemplating a redesign of The BradLands, primarily to better integrate some new on-going features. Given my schedule, it may be awhile coming, but I welcome suggestions.

I mentioned the St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival last update, and they refreshed the site the very next day. Check out the diverse lineup of films coming to the Tivoli Sept. 9-17. Also noted, Lileks.com is back up and with a wonderful re-design.

Holiday weekend reading:

Don Marsh, possibly St. Louis' finest broadcast journalist (in an industry where that's increasingly an oxymoron), called it quits at KDNL a few weeks back. In this RFT interview, he candidly reflects on the status quo in local TV news. [The Riverfront Times]
Within the past week, two things have happened --- and I can give you 1,000 of them. Just before I left Channel 30, I was asked, "How do you spell 'Maryland Heights'? Is it M-A-R-I-L-Y-N?" And I went, "What?" And this is by somebody who's been in this community for four years. Another one of our reporters asked me, "I did an interview and a name came up that I didn't recognize. Have you ever heard of someone named James Michener?"

When James Reston died, I said to the 10 o'clock producer, "We ought to have something on that - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner." And he said, "Who is James Reston?" And this is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and didn't know who James Reston was, but could make a graphic sing on the air.

Is it possible that purity remains in America's pasttime? The Arizona Diamondbacks' Travis Lee, profiled in the long piece, seems almost too good to be true. [Phoenix New Times]
He's as innocent as a saint. He is devoutly religious. He doesn't smoke or drink. He rides his bike to the field and lets his high school buddies crash at his apartment. He bakes chocolate chip cookies for his family. He chews Dubble Bubble gum, which he frugally buys by the case at Costco. Although he's a multimillionaire, he calls home only on Fridays when the rates are lower. He'd like to meet a nice girl and settle down and buy a house with a couple of golden retrievers in the yard. He volunteers to work with children at middle schools -- though he calls it "hanging out" and not "work."

And what of the fast life and death of Philly dentist Stephen Grosse? The former frat boy and party doyen met with an appropriately dramatic end. But did he have to? [Philadelphia Weekly]

(These last two links courtesy of the ever-fabulous Obscure Store & Reading Room.)
September 4, 1998 at 11:20 PM |
Categories: Jurassic Weblog
Tags: quotation | television | media

Monday, August 31, 1998

September 1, 1998

"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept." -- Samuel Butler

Yay! I just discovered one of my favorite humorist-columnists has a piece o' the web. Of course, with my usual incredible timing, I run across the site just after he's suffered a catastrophic server crash, but he promises to re-build. Check out the daily ruminations of the author of Notes of a Nervous Man and Fresh Lies, James Lileks.

Who knew? KMOV-TV (Channel 4 in St. Louis) has a website? Looks to be mostly CBS-stock content, but it's nice to welcome another local station to the web. (KETC, I note with some vestige of former employee pride, was first among St. Louis teevee to stake out a website, followed shortly thereafter by KPLR. Perennial ratings leader KSDK's site has been "under construction" and devoid of content ever since it went up. And where, oh where, is KDNL? KTVI? KNLC? Huh? Hmm?)

Speaking of sites under construction, the 7th Annual St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival comes up September 9-17. The film lineup hasn't made it to their site yet, but I've scanned a bunch o' stills for the webmistress, so it should be there real soon now.
August 31, 1998 at 11:19 PM |
Categories: Jurassic Weblog
Tags: quotation | television | SLILAG | Lileks

Wednesday, August 26, 1998

Young and sexy recreational drug users encouraged to apply.

Future-schlock? "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." — Alvin Toffler

Sorry, sorry, sorry. Lately my brain just hasn't had all the RAM it needs to run many applications simultaneously, and this website is the process that got dumped. I'll try to do better as my life settles down appreciably for the fall. Your patience over the past couple of weeks is, as always, appreciated.

So, let's clear the cache (short takes on links I've been accumulating):

This web-based guide to, well, everything fancies itself the Earth-bound equivalent of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but in recent weeks, it's become less promising as a concept and more of a geek-clique inside joke club. Oh well.

A nice gathering of short pieces and essays by progressive writers, performance artists and assorted others, all bearing Witness.

Esprit descalier gotcha down? Coulda, shoulda, woulda-pangs? Come up too late with the witty or bitchy retort to the devastating personal affront just dealt you? There's hope! So There.

A nice, short profile of writer David Sedaris, bard of the bitter. [LA Weekly]
It happened in Nashville, where he recently appeared on a local variety show. "I was on with somebody who made fish out of scrap metal," he recalls, "and an elderly couple who had just won Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition. They were in their mid-80s, and they got up there, and they said, 'When we were first contacted with the news that we had won the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition, Curtis and I were just floored!' And then, 'We're going next weekend with the other four finalists of the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition on a cruise!' And 'On the following Sunday we will announce the final winner of the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition!' I was just beside myself. I wanted to ask them, like, 'How many times are you going to say I can't believe it's not butter?'"
From the Department of Ridiculous Double-Standards: A Sandy-Eggo newspaper rejected an advertisement for a new movie because the ad contained a picture of two guys apparently about to kiss. Puh-leeze. [San Francisco Examiner]

What's the deal with all of these dreadful lesbian hairstyles? [Washington Post]

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and apparently Jon Carroll agrees with me): the best way to get people to watch local TV news is to make it local and to make damn sure it's news. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Quite fun: A top-notch Matt Drudge parody-portal, The Drudge Retort.

Monica, Schmonica: You want an interesting practicum? Try interning for the King of the Gonzos. Fear and Loathing, indeed. [P.O.V.]
Wanted: Editorial Assistant job description: Must enjoy late-night hot-tubbing, chain-smoking, binge dessert eating, drinking hard alcohol, mixing margaritas and driving large cars in a reckless manner. Should be able to withstand frequent yelling and loud noises, unintelligible rantings, and handle firearms and exploding targets with ease. Knowledge of soft porn a plus. Curiosity about the limits of sleep deprivation helpful. Knowledge of housecleaning and faxing imperative. Young and sexy recreational drug users encouraged to apply.
I WANT MY WTV: The Brunchers look at the line-up on the new cable web, White House TV. [Brunching Shuttlecocks]
August 26, 1998 at 1:44 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: humor | quotation | television | David Sedaris | Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, August 4, 1998

On what? On fire?

"Some women hold up dresses that are so ugly and they always say the same thing: 'This looks much better on.' On what? On fire?" — Rita Rudner

Oh, where to begin, where to begin? Well, first off, an apology to both of my faithful readers for the long hiatus. Work, work and rehearsal for the play have intruded on the time I'd alloted for writing pithy intros to weblinks this past week or so. The show goes up on Thursday, so things should calm considerably. Stay tuned!

Big news on the TV front: I've seldom laughed harder than when watching the British comedy improv "game show" Whose Line Is It Anyway? which used to run here in the States on cable's Comedy Central. Now Drew Carey is bringing the show (and a chunk of its cast) across the pond for a summer tryout on ABC. Woohoo! (Since many of the cast will be Brits, this English-to-English translation guide might be helpful.)

Toaster oven, anyone?: As you know, we homosexuals are a wily breed (ahem!), and hell-bent on converting as many hapless heteros as we can. There's even an incentive program — sort of like S&H Green Stamps. And now, someone besides Ellen DeGeneres has taken note: '98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal [The Onion]

Of course, our competition is equally keen on converts to "their side," and it appears their message of E-Z change sexuality is gaining some currency, too: Juice: Make Me a Lesbian [Orlando Weekly]

Wrong Answer: Has this ever happened to you? [Brunching Shuttlecocks]

Philip Michaels is the hands-down funniest smartass on the Web (present company excluded, natch. He even manages to stand (barely) above the rest of The Vidiots, the zany crew who produce TeeVee. You can follow his travails at Philip Michaels: The Loser Chronicles — where his current essay, "Service Economy, My Ass!" is rocking the house, or browse vintage Philip in this early Intertext Your Guide to High School Hate.

Electronic "books" are a bad idea, at least in their current conception, writes Jakob Nielson. I agree that the whole book metaphor is wrong for electronic distribution of literature, but — metaphors aside — you will never get me to give up real live books! Jean-Luc didn't! [Alertbox]
August 4, 1998 at 1:43 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: humor | quotation | ebooks | improv

Sunday, July 19, 1998

For the last time

"I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain." — Carol Leifer

"Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents." — William Coronel

"I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else." — Lily Tomlin

For the Last Time: Yep, the skeptics—which included just about everyone except some of the more gullible on-line and traditional media—were right. The "Our First Time" soon-to-be-former-virgins were hoaxters after all. The site's host ISP posted a wrap-up. (On the other hand, we may yet discover that even the hoax was a hoax and all a publicity grab by the ISP. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.) "Mike" is still a hottie, though.

Incidentally, the controversial site's supposed brain-man was Ken Tipton, a former St. Louis area actor (or, as his bio avers: "[He] grew up in the small St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Missouri.")

Meanwhile, Time Magazine finally got around to running the look at Missouri transgender politics that reporter John Cloud visited here months ago to research, featuring fellow PREP board member Shannon Ware. [Time]

There may be redress for we spam-drenched wretches yet: Seattle man makes spammer pay [Seattle Times]

Sam Williams suggests Hollywood take on the potential armageddon behind Y2K. Let us hope that Sandra Bullock is available. [Upside]

MacWindows has turned out to be a particularly useful site for helping my marketing Macs survive and thrive in the realm of COCA's peecee/Novell network. Props, too, to Three Macs and a Printer.

Site News: Some added info on the bio page, the reprise of a popular sidebar from the original BradLands site, and general tweaking all around. Oh yeah, and despite the fact I want to keep these pages quick to load, I'm experimenting with the graphic header and other bits here and there. Thoughts?
July 19, 1998 at 12:58 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation | BradLands | Macintosh | spam | transgender | Our First Time

Thursday, July 9, 1998

Sez Ms. Tucker

"From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash." — Sophie Tucker

Oy! What a busy week...rehearsals, work, more work, social obligations, yet more work. No time for a proper update, but there'll be plenty to discuss tomorrow, I promise.

Meanwhile, it's MacWorld Expo time, or—as it's turning out—iMacExpo. Check in with MacAddict or Macintosh News Network for all the latest poop. (No new zippy CPUs announced yet, but some pretty spiffy Q3 profits. Yay!)
July 9, 1998 at 1:30 PM |
Categories: General
Tags: quotation | Sophie Tucker

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