apparently they really sleep like this!!!
* Thanks for this photo Heather Grossmann!!
apparently they really sleep like this!!!
* Thanks for this photo Heather Grossmann!!
The Men's Vogue article about my super hubby Jonah Peretti whom I am ceaselessly proud of is now available online so read up if you're interested!
In case you haven't noticed...everyone's having babies!!! One of my oldest and dearest friends Stuart and his wife Erika just had a baby boy with a commendably cute name - Monte! Here he is the cuteness:
* Thanks to Sally for these pics from her wallet!!
* Thanks to Aunt Susan for this investigative report on rearing a panda in captivity!
I dreamed last night that I flashed the peace sign everywhere and all the time. I'd flash it tilted of course and I'd say it like I thought I was cool, not hippie. It was kind of liberating to just be that person who does that. I may have been brain damaged too.
The family that plays together, stays together couldn't be more true and karaoke is the best kind of play!
This came out of his mouth during his speech at Columbia University on Monday:
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have that like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."
What a total Loser-Moron. Ugh. So annoying.
Part of last week's reading assignment for my Social Psychology & The Legal System class is this article about the infamous Kitty Genovese murder over 40 years ago in Queens during which there were supposedly more than 30 witnesses, none of which stopped the crime.
Kew Gardens does not look much like the setting of an urban horror story. Nestled along the tracks of the Long Island Rail Road, 16 minutes by train from Pennsylvania Station, the Queens neighborhood is quiet and well kept, its streets shaded by tall oaks and bordered by handsome red-brick and wood-frame houses. At first glance, the surroundings appear as remote from big-city clamor as a far-flung Westchester suburb.
Forty years ago, on March 13, 1964, the picturesque tranquillity of Kew Gardens was shattered by the murder of 28-year-old Catherine Genovese, known as Kitty. The murder was grisly, but it wasn't the particulars of the killing that became the focus of the case. It was the response of her neighbors. As Ms. Genovese screamed -- ''Please help me! Please help me!'' -- 38 witnesses did nothing to intervene, according to reports; nobody even bothered to call the police. One witness later explained himself with a phrase that has passed into infamy: ''I didn't want to get involved.''continued...
* Thanks to the New York Times for opening up their archives!!
It's remarkable how much I am stimulated by and thoroughly enjoy every one of my classes! I come home from school super energized (almost manic) about all that I've learned that day and I recount every detail to Jonah who fortunately is the most intellectually curious person I know and delights in seeing me so happy! My most intriguing class continues to be Kirschner's Psychology of Criminal Behavior. We've watched videos of prime suspects in recent homicide cases being interviewed by an Assistant District Attorney after which Kirschner drills us, in that laid-back Socratic style, on what mental illness or illnesses we think the suspect has (in each of these interviews it's clear the subject is the killer). All the interviews we watch are from cases for which Kirschner was retained, either by the prosecution or the defense, to evaluate the suspects mental state at the time of the crime . The following image is from the first interview we watched and did our best to diagnose.
This was a fascinating case (oh wait, I use that descriptor for all the interviews but this was especially fascinating!). The story goes like this. 19 year old Mr. Smart (real name) was charged with killing his grandmother by beating her to death with a mallet in the Bronx apartment they shared with some other relatives. Mr. Smart who was neither loquacious nor clearly withholding information and more just kind of there, explained with the help of the ADA's focused questions, that he woke up at around noon, hung out and watched TV then left the apartment at 4:30 and strolled around his neighborhood, got some rolling papers, smoked two joints, said "what's up" to a few people but never engaged in conversation with anyone and then returned to his apartment at 9pm to discover cops there wanting speak with him about his grandmothers dead body, his clothes sitting in the building incinerator covered in blood and the blood splatter on the bandanna he was still wearing. He claims that he didn't do it and that someone must have taken his keys when he left them somewhere, had them copied, then returned to him without his knowing and then using those copied keys entered his apartment, put on his clothes and murdered his grandmother. Even after repeated questioning by the ADA that went something like, "Mr. Smart, do you understand that it's hard for me to believe that that's what really happened?" he would answer, "Yeah but that's what must have happened." The questioning went on like this for a few minutes and then concluded.
Our class made fools of ourselves trying to diagnose him considering we still know nothing! but it great fun nonetheless. In the end, Kirschner told us that of course he knew much more about this case than we were exposed to and had met with Mr. Smart on several occasions to evaluate him and this is how he diagnosed him: Schizophrenic with some elements of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Mild Retardation. The strange thing was that he was below average intelligence (quite clear in the interview) which most schizophrenics are not. In line with typical onset time of schizophrenia he was 19 and I asked if he had any record of criminality in the past and sure enough, there was nothing. What was plain to see above all was his utterly flat affect, lack of emotionality and his delusion that enabled him to sincerely believe he did not commit the crime.
Kirschner then asked us if he seemed dangerous and we unanimously agreed that his mild manners and all 150 lbs of him on his 5'9'' physique did not seem threatening to us. Kircschner then told us that while Mr. Smart was being held in jail awaiting trial, a 250 lb, 6'2'' guy who had violated a restraining order was put in his cell with him. Mr. Smart stomped the guy to death. When the guards got there and he was questioned he said, "I didn't do it. I don't know who did it but someone must have come in here and done it."
So how did you like your terribly abridged, blog version of Psychology of Criminal Behavior 101??
Keep in mind that only a small percentage of crimes are committed due to mental illness versus character pathology but more on that later!
Yay for JP!!
Jonah would like to state for the record that he was wearing his shirt first when he showed up at Duncan's shortly before the party started. Then Duncan changed from a t-shirt into this shirt and when asked why he chose a nearly identical shirt to Jonah's he replied that he had to wear a purple shirt to represent Yahoo!
Is this a hoax? I mean, if there were one place in the world this would happen, it would be Japan of course (Go, weird Japan!) but still...the first article claims that the same pig that was squealing a second ago (ew and poor pig) was roasted and served on a plate a few minutes later...the question is...how long does it take to roast a pig??? I think longer than a few minutes!! What do you think?
OMG. I am desperado to see this!!!
* via BuzzFeed.
Jonah's been fortunate enough to observe me watching this treasure trove of National Geographic YouTube videos while I narrate, in my own special way, the intense dramas of the underwater world. He suggested, "maybe you should be an Aquatic Forensic Psychologist!" Hey, great idea! I'll market myself as an Aquatic in addition to a Terrestrial Forensic Psychologist!!
While watching the second of the three tests, Jonah said, "maybe it'll be smart enough to tip over the container in order to get the crabs out" and then we see that the octopus is able to squeeze in and capture the crabs. I said to Jonah, "the octopus is smarter than we imagined! Had it tipped over the container the crabs would be harder to capture and eat!" And Jonah said, "So you're saying the octopus is smarter than me?" "Yes" :-)
Check out its strategic tentacle placement - brill!
You know how I know I have good ideas? Because the few I've thought through seriously have been implemented several months later by people and companies in much better positions than I am in to do so. Case in point:
I've always said this would be a good idea anywhere there are lots of wealthy people. I'm certain that wealthy people in New York would prefer to dish out more money to guarantee a nicer movie going experience. While it may be sad for a minute to squash a democratic vestige - movie theaters - people will get over it in a quicker minute. And us plebeians can overcompensate by repeatedly mentioning how great Loews theaters are.
Apparently I sometimes grind my teeth while I sleep and Jonah's stopped me a few times, mid-grind. It's unfortunate that I'm such a stress case even while I sleep - one's nature is a bitch, isn't it?!
Any suggestions for for the teeth grinder??
P.S. All my teeth have become nubs.
* At an izakaya called Hokkaido in Shibuya.
* via Seth Godin.
* Thanks to Lily for this photo!!
* Broadway & Prince.
* Elizabeth & Grand.
* In super great Hakone!
* Hakone rulz.
This video makes me want to wrap my spindly arms around all this cuteness and encourage better enunciation of "you can't touch this."
* via my cousin Angelina!
Loved these until I found out they were Alligator Sausages. Then, all I could imagine was that I was taking a bite out of an alligator's side. Still pretty yummy - just more weighty of a bite/thought:
My favorite were these Jambalaya Won Tons - delicious sauce:
Shrimp Po' Boy:
The cutest thing in the restaurant:
Chicken Po' Boy:
* NoNo Kitchen in Park Slope!
* 15 minutes Cessna flight from Nantucket to Martha's Vineyard.
My heart flutters with delight - love you guys!!
* Nantucket Labor Day Weekend '07
* More remote blogging from Brother & Mother in Japan please!!
Say hello to BuzzFeed's mascot for a day and night - he was released back into the wild (Chinatown) last night. We're still not sure if he was a baby mouse or baby rat.
This has been a very strange experience. I was listening to the names of the victims who died on 9/11 and it was absolutely devastating how long it takes to read them all. I wanted to do a blog post listing all the names so I started copying and pasting the names from September11victims.com but noticed it kept cutting off the names at Paula Morales from the World Trade Center group and I realized it was just too much text for the entry body of the Movable Type template. Depressingly symbolic. So here are the names and profiles of all that died that day.
This captivating image reminds me of a similar image seared in my brain from that day six years ago. After walking around in a daze for the few hours after the towers went down I stumbled into Duke's Deli on Broadway between Prince & Houston which is usually maniacally busy and frantic but was eerily quiet and close to empty that day. The sense of numbness I'm certain all the patrons and workers felt that day was broken when a firefighter, covered head to toe in dust, debris and ash walked in and sat down. His face struggled to carry the horror that had already changed him. A deli worker swiftly brought him something to eat and drink - she intuited exactly the right thing to do and performed her task with an elegance one evinces only when guided by their heart. He gratefully and silently ate and on our way out the few diners including myself each walked past him either touching his shoulder or whispering thank yous.
* Susan's sweet Hrairoo.
* John's parents' gorgeous garden!
Nothing makes me wish I were a fly on the wall more than some good old fashioned polygamy.
Amber Clark, 28, an Army veteran who moved here from California about two months ago and who described herself as an active Mormon, said she thought polygamists should be left alone, so long as no one was under age or coerced into marriage.
“I’m liberal in that respect,” Ms. Clark said. “If it’s legal in some states for people of the same sex to get married, why is it not legal to marry more than one wife?” continued...
While in Japan last month my mom made the most delicious salad and then taught me how to make it. This was very exciting for me because I don't usually like salads but I realized that I actually do like salads as long as they are Japanese flavored salads! I made it for dinner the other night (I have a little ways to go to get it totally right) with a side of zaru soba and it was delicious and nutritious!!
Once a week Zee and I get together to drink bubble tea and speak only in Japanese. This treasure can only be credited to too many bubbles/too much caffeine.
Welcome to the first in the series of Remote Blogging! In this case, my parents took a trip to Xinjiang for my Mom's 60th birthday and have sent in photos and a description via email. The area looks breathtaking - hope to visit it one day!
For your info, we stayed in Urumuchi, the capital, and made day trips to Shiheze and Turfan. The capital and Turfan were key stops along the silk road from China to the Middle East and Europe. The native population are Uighurs, Moslems since about the Yuan Dynasty, but Buddhist before that. I think I saw something to the effect that Urumuchi is the place on the planet most distant from any ocean. The city is at the northern foot of the Tianshan mountain range (in which sits the lake). There is enough rainfall on the northern side of the range to support agriculture, crops like corn, cotton, and fruit. It's very much like California's Central Valley. Turfan is known for its grapes and raisins. But the high mountain range, with the Tianshan peak towering about 3000 meters above sea level, prevents precipitation to the south. There the landscape is "gobi," the local term for rocky desert, for hundreds of miles.
Had a lovely time getting to know Stuyvesant Town and its great communal resources and soaking up Fenkel/Ankori hospitality - thanks again Dave and Shani!!
Had a great get-together at Josies (aka Mark & Tams)...thanks again guys!!
My phone's never looked cuter and more relaxed...
* Part of a gift from Lily for my birthday 3 years ago!
* Mini-mirror present from my Mom - can be found at Yojiya!
I've been buried in law reading for the past few days which has been new, challenging and exhilarating! While getting into the nitty gritty of stare decisis I was reminded of a brilliant idea I had a few months ago: A band that plays great cover songs (precedents) and ready?? The band's name...Starry Decisis.
Starry obviously has to be spelled as such because it's cooler that way. I'm thinking Motown, Elvis...Let me know if want in!
* At the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Yebisu Garden Place.
* Harajuku/Meiji-Jingumae area
* On walk from Shibuya to Aoyama
* Jyangara Ramen in Harajuku/Meiji-Jingumae
* Across from Jyangara Ramen, Harajuku/Meiji Jingumae
* Shibuya's Dogenzaka area
* Shibuya Sakuraya
Waiting in Martha's Vineyard airport for our delayed flight to LaGuardia after taking a tiny Cessna from Nantucket - the turbulence made me cry I squeezed Jonah's hand and thigh simultaneously but that's a whole other fun story! Upon landing here I said to Jonah that the only good thing about the flight was that our pilot was a woman because I feel more comfortable with female pilots. And Jonah said, "Are you talking about a pilot or a gynecologist?"
And I responded, "Both!"
Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend and had enough travel fortune and financial means to take only nonstop flights!!