Monday, February 23, 2009

Research and Commentary

Did you know that a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1837 earned about $592 per year? I do, and now, so do you. Don't misuse this knowledge.

Yes, I went back to the Library today, and it was almost as much fun as it was last week. The day was marred only by extreme cold (for here) and a Metro issue. I meant to look at the news to see what might have been happening outside the Supreme Court this morning. There was a gathering of people on the steps, and it appeared that a photograph was being taken. I didn't see any Justices (and I'm sure it wouldn't have been a picture of the Justices. First of all, I think that Justice Ginsburg is still in the hospital. Secondly, I think that Supreme Court Justices have enough pull that they wouldn't be forced to submit to outdoor picture taking on a 25 degree day), but a District police officer told me that I had to cross the street; no one was being permitted to walk past the Court building. I told her that I was going to the Library, which is next door to the Supreme Court, and she smiled and said "cross the street". So, I crossed the street, but I still don't know why. I'm apparently suffering from an appalling lack of curiosity. (that is a line from a movie, but I cannot remember which one...leave a comment if you know).

We're finished with Frankenstein, and on to Pudd'nhead Wilson and New Historicist criticism. Of the three critical theories we've examined so far, I'm interested in zero. This thing just isn't my bag, baby.


As always, I watched the Oscars from start to finish, and as always, I'm completely mystified by the fashion post-mortem. I guess I have abysmally bad taste, because I thought Frieda Pinto, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, and Penelope Cruz looked beautiful. All of them appeared on various "worst" lists compiled by red carpet fashion observers. There is no accounting for taste. Although perhaps the critics were examining the red carpet from a New Snottyface perspective.

14 comments:

FranIAm said...

Your paper chase sounds at once both more and less interesting than my own!

pidomon said...

I could have used that 2nd LT knowledge at Trivia tonight!

And egads it was cold and windy here toady.

I've decided that wind just blows!

Lisa said...

You know who suffers from an appalling lack of curiosity? Those red carpet snarkers, that's who.

I mean - you're a hoodie fan. You know beautiful when you see it.

pistols at dawn said...

I already told the communists about the 2d Lieutenant. Clearly, I can't be trusted.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I am SO taking that salary information to VEGAS and betting on it.

CDP said...

Fran--you're exactly right. Right now, the non-school-related work is FAR more interesting

pidomon--see, I am always providing useful information

Lisa--I know! I've really started to disregard all aesthetic judgement with which I don't 100% agree. It's easier that way.

Pistols and Veggie--you two have clearly misunderestimated my strategory. This was obviously a trick. Veggie, you're banned for life from both Vegas and Atlantic City (but they'll still let you play the quarter slots in West Virginia). Pistols, you should probably just defect.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I agree, all those actresses did look beautiful. The people who said they did not are jealous hacks.

Cid said...

I'm jealous of your research, I need something to get me out of the house and into the real world.

Michaéle said...

I was enthralled when Jennifer Aniston was on stage and they cut to Anglelina Jolie's face....priceless!! Funny they didn't show Brad....yikes, look at me....how People Magazine of me. Oh, and yes, I DO watch TMZ.

CDP said...

Dr. Monkey--I agree. And I blogged about this last year...those people are the whole reason why awards shows have lost a lot of their "anything could happen" charm. Everyone's so afraid of the snarkocracy that they keep everything overly safe.

Cid--Now that I'm at home, I know exactly how you feel. I like being at home for the most part, but every so often, I crave the chance to get properly dressed and go somewhere.

Michaele--Angelina looked like she was totally expecting that...I think that she started to smile benignly as soon as Jennifer Aniston took the stage so that no camera would catch her sneering or rolling her eyes.

enc said...

Fashion is subjective, we all know that. I wonder what these "experts" who put people on the "worst-dressed" lists wear on Sunday mornings when they realize they're out of Cocoa Puffs and must nip down to the shops to replenish their supplies.

I suspect it's Uggs, Juicy track suits, and scrunchies.

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