yesterday's activities

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.

  1. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Sorkin writes the way he thinks smart people talk, not the way smart people actually speak. He's like the anti-Joss Whedon, who goes for "clever" instead of "erudite" and both get really tiresome after a while when their schtick gets old. (Also I am told another reason people don't like some of Sorkin's shows is because the minute he leaves as primary runner everything goes downhill. I don't know, I don't like any of them. Of course pay-cable shows have also ruined my standards for pretty much everything about a production, so...)

    Last NIGHT's activities: rescue dogs from Kitty Olympics. Why do cats decide 2:30am is the appropriate time to run obstacle courses?
     
  2. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    That's not really weight gain, that's just water retention/puffiness. Weight is gained by adding mass (fat or muscle), the swelling goes away. I'll stop feeling puffy when the drug's out of my system, if I don't burn the calories off, that'll stick. At least I'm skating again (not today, boo, there's a hockey tournament, but tomorrow. And I can go Wednesday while doggies are at the vet getting their teeth cleaned. Poor doggies. They have such a rough week.)
     
  3. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    This. We're all smart people, here, but I don't see anybody coming up with profound pronouncements about the nature of politics in America today ... often. lol
     
  4. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    I do not like "The West Wing" for slightly different reasons. (I will admit I've only seen it maybe twice, and one of those was the post-9/11 episode, so this may be unfair.)

    I feel like a lot of the liberal characters on that program are very smugly self-congratulatory and self-righteous about their values. I am quite liberal/lefty, and this is my worst nightmare of how I come off to other people. I really hope that is not how I am perceived by others when they ask what I am doing and I say "I'm going to rehearsal for 'Vagina Monologues.'"

    Don't get me wrong: I am proud of what I do. But I don't think that makes me a special morally superior person. I just think it makes me a person trying to do the best she can.

    In the post-9/11 episode, I felt like the tone was very preachy and self-congratulatory: "Look what good people we are. We don't hate all Arabs and Muslims just because they are Arabs and Muslims!" Don't get me wrong: it's clearly better to be self-congratulatory for having that attitude than to be beating Sikhs and other brown skinned people in the street...which happened. But I don't think you get a special gold star next to your name just for not being overtly racist.

    Again, it could really be that the two or so episodes I've seen are in no way representative of the series as a whole. But I don't watch much tv anyway, not at this age. I watched more in my 20s. Now there is very little on television that seems to me more appealing than reading, surfing the web, spending time with my kid, dancing, working out, writing in my diary, or playing with my pets. When I have time to decompress, tv is not my go-to option.
     
  5. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    SUNDAY:
    -Launder placemats for entire upper elementary. (It was our turn.)
    -Grocery store.
    Etc.
    11:30--Watch half of "Quantum of Solace" over lunch with the family. (I have decided watching half of a movie at a time is fine.)

    Workout. At my last workout, I ran a full hour at a 6.2 mph pace (i.e., 6.2 miles), so I decided to go for 6.3 mph. (Baby steps!) It felt pretty easy. Then, at around 1.85 miles, the treadmill dropped pace, VERY noticeably-then picked it up again-then dropped again, for no reason. Then I thought I smelled burning. Hit "STOP." Called Husband on the walkie talkie. (Yes, we have walkie talkies in our house as an intercom system. Don't judge.) He said "I'm not going to be able to smell anything; I'm sick." But he put his head near the machine and said he smelled it too. He unplugged it from the wall.
    So Nordictrack will be paying us a visit! It's under warranty, so I'm not overly concerned...but it did ruin my workout plans! (And there was a very bitter, cold wind blowing, so there was absolutely no way I was running outside. Going to the grocery store was bad enough!)

    4--Grading.

    6--WORK-RELATED DINNER with external review team. We went to O'Lordans, an Irish pub. I must say I think it was a good choice! (I picked it.)

    9--Home. More grading, until 11 PM. Ugh.
     
  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I think there are moments of brilliance to West Wing, and I don't have a problem with it being smug, lol...that being said, I have a problem with most shows that have that sort of rapid fire rat a tat banter...as I prefer things to occur at a pace where I have an opportunity to be reflective during, not just after, the show.....andI appreciate that it was a show that didn't cater to the lowest common denominator in terms of writing and content so I am more than willing to overlook the flaws...my son has the entire set of every season
     
  7. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member



    The West Wing can be very preachy. The episode you're talking about, Isaac and Ishmael, is probably the worst I've seen, in that respect. *shrug* In the wake of September 11, a lot of people made poor judgments, IMO. The only really good memory I have of that time is Paul Simon singing The Boxer on SNL.

    My take is that, overall, TWW was a good show that represented the political process in the US pretty well. There's a multi-part documentary on youtube. I forget the name of it. In it, lots of high power political people from both sides of the aisle talk about how accurate The West Wing was. It is what it is. Partisan politics aren't pretty all the time. And, no matter how honest or earnest I am, there are going to be people who see me as a preachy, bleeding heart, liberal.

    That's about them. What I actually do is about me. *shrug* :cool:
     
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  8. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    I think you're looking for Charity Navigator. They have info and evaluations on all sorts of charities, so people can see where there money is going before they donate.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/
     
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  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Thanks. That's it. Komen got four out of four stars. Roughly $350 million in. $30-ish million to admin costs. Roughly $30-ish million to fundraising costs. Not bad, IMHO.
     
  10. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    10% is a good margin in this industry
     
  11. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I'd be more comfortable if the percentages to fundraising and admin weren't 9.8 and 7.6 percent each. But still. Not bad.
     
  12. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting that name, Charity Navigator. (I think I incorrectly told a class last week that it is called Charity Finder. Whoops. Will correct myself next time.)

    I was also pleased to see that V-Day also got a 4 start rating, with scores of
    OVERALL: 68.95 out of 70.
    FINANCIAL: 68.52 out of 70.
    ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY: 70.00 out of 70!

    Program expenses: 85.2%
    Administrative expenses: 10.4%
    Fundraising expenses: 4.2%
     
  13. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    With huge NFPs, and I'm not saying Komen (which I don't like for a variety of reasons anyway) is perfect, you do have to remember when comparing overhead you're basically operating something like a Fortune 500, only you're not producing anything of value to sell and are relying on people giving you money to keep afloat. So you need to put a LOT towards hiring and keeping talent and resources without generating anything that brings in money to pay for it. So some of the charity "percentages" people will throw around and complaints about OMG it's a NON-PROFIT, how DARE anyone working for them make six figures, are a little disingenuous. Working for the good NFPs is a full-time job.
     
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  14. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    West Wing. Blah. I can't stand to even watch the promos. Has a more insufferable TV show ever been created? It's apparent from watching the thing that everyone from the producers down to the extras is utterly convinced that they are SAVING THE WORLD. Gag me.
     
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  15. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    What a hoot!
     
  16. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Here's a link to part one of the documentary I was talking about, btw.

     
  17. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    yes ....Greys Anatomy!!!
     
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  18. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Haven't watched it in years. What's her face is so freaking annoying. Plus I can't get over the feeling that the writers are making us watch ushy stuff while using inaccurate medical jargon. No idea if this is true, but still. Blech. I'm supposed to believe that once in a lifetime, freak accidents occur every week? Amongst a svelt and beautiful cast that has enough time for hot, hot sex lives while they're going through residency? Seriously!?!?
     
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  19. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    my biggest pet peeve

    at least ER was accruate
     
  20. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    And at least The Big Bang Theory hires actual geeks to write the show. Authenticity is important. :D
     

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