Oh my God, I so should be in bed but I am too excited about the flooring being installed tomorrow. (Holy shit, I am getting grotesquely old to be so thrilled.) So: postiness since I have glutted myself on a heaping helping of Seth Cohen already this evening and cannot sleep yet.
What were the hott topics amongst my friends this afternoon, you ask? Who is the sexier pundit: Thomas Frank or Lawrence O'Donnell? I am going with Lawrence O'Donnell all the way, he is very dishy! And did you see him eviscerate the lesser intellects on "The McLaughlin Group" last week? That is just plain hot.
Picked up the new Vogue-published Knit.1 magazine this afternoon. It is about 40% of good, 60% of hideous old-people-write-for-young-people-style hackery and unabashed product placement for Lion Brand yarn. Which, you know, whatever, I know they need to pay the bills, but Jesus, who is going to make a fucking earflap hat from Fun Fur? Ick. To those of you who care, you know the kind of patterns I am talking about. Good tutorial on knitting flowers, some good-to-great sweater patterns, etc. But what is truly and mind-blowingly disturbing is the poorly formatted "articlet" (not quite an article, it's an articlet!) from a sex-therapist about how his mother's knitting circle jolted him into sexual awareness when he was ten years old. Oh my God, on so many levels: heinous! I wanted to gouge out my eyes after reading it, and this is coming from someone who fully intends to see that movie where Nicole Kidman takes a bath with a pre-teen.
Oh, and some serious content: The Lancet (a highly respected medical journal) is publishing its study of civillian deaths in Iraq. The methods and findings and comment are available now online and in their print edition tomorrowish. You have to register (which is free) to read it, but here's the deal: by using scientific methods (which, to be published in such a journal, are peer-reviewed and held up to very high standards), the authors of the study determine that the estimated civillian deaths in Iraq are upwards of 100,000. That's 100,000 people dead. Incredible, in the way that senseless death always is.
OK, I think maybe I will try and hypnotize myself into sleepyland. Kiss!