American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Tuesday’s random artistic attempt

I’m so busy lately that I can’t even meet friends for lunch (though I did manage that today). So, when a friend suggested we meet tomorrow, we ruled out lunch, dinner or coffee.
She asked, “How about a cigarette break without cigarettes.” Just walking around the block seemed less than productive, so I suggested we [...]

O, Housing Bubble

Slow day, eh? Everyone’s already in holiday mode.
I went on a LOOOOONG lunch today and got to talking with a new friend about the follies shows we put on (most recently I posted about the Bloomberg parody video and Gawker picked up on it, too).
She asked how long it took me to write the song [...]

Welcome to November

So, it is here, November is upon us. And while usually that means that fall is in full effect (just ignore the 60 degree temperatures outside), apparently it also means that it is National Novel Writing Month.
If you participate in NaNoWriMo (as those in the know call it), you are taking the month of November [...]

10 x 10

So, 10 x 10 is a pretty interesting website/blog.
Basically they trawl the web and find the most popular and newest news content represented by a single word and image. It is all then displayed in a 10 x 10 grid of thumbnailed images. When you click on one of the images the top head lines [...]

A Sad Day for the English Language

Jiggy was bad enough.
The Eleventh Edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has 100 new words and re-definitions of words added to it this year. A lot of the words were added because they have become part of our vernacular and are used on a regular basis. Some of them, on the other hand, seem to [...]

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