Tuesday, September 29, 2009

funny looking animal of the week!

Friday, September 25, 2009

i am absurdly proud to have been twitterpic'ed by someone I don't know.

Someone I've never met posted this picture of me, Mallory and Mayo to TwitPic. Apparently he goes to IC now, and found this in the college's photo database?

I do not really remember who took this photo or why...but I think the real question is, why isn't IC using this gem in all of their marketing collateral? I guess it's lacking the obligatory kid in a wheelchair and native american, but I'm pretty tan in this photo, I could pass.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

fattest baby ever!

Almost 20 pounds of joy here people.

Like baby Colleen!

(thanks to Hoover for finding this)

women are unhappy.

Maureen Dowd's article in the NYTimes about the happiness of women around the world gives us ladies some big time Debbie Downer news:

“Women have lives that become increasingly empty,” Buckingham said. “They’re doing more and feeling less.”

Cue wah wahhhh sound effect.

Dowd talks about how as the gender gap closed, women were given more and shit to do and think about. For instance, Dowd says, "if they once judged themselves on looks, kids, hubbies, gardens and dinner parties, now they judge themselves on looks, kids, hubbies, gardens, dinner parties — and grad school, work, office deadlines and meshing a two-career marriage."

That's a lot to think about. And great news for all the women in the world.

But there is a solution, perhaps... The article mentions:

“Across the happiness data, the one thing in life that will make you less happy is having children,” said Betsey Stevenson, an assistant professor at Wharton who co-wrote a paper called “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.” “It’s true whether you’re wealthy or poor, if you have kids late or kids early. Yet I know very few people who would tell me they wish they hadn’t had kids or who would tell me they feel their kids were the destroyer of their happiness.”

Kids really do ruin your life. It's been proven by research.

....sorry Mom.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

go get 'em olive oil

via ffffound

assist to the fans

What the Bucs coach had to say about Sunday's loss to the Bills:

“We got hurt with penalties on offense. This is a loud place and we knew that all week. The false starts hurt us and stopped a couple drives. The crowd noise was definitely a factor. Discipline was an issue and we need to clean it up.”

I helped the Bills win! Put me on your fantasy football team, stat.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"busy" g chat status

Today I conducted an unofficial study that asked the question:

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the busiest), how busy are you?

The question was asked to a 3 person sample that had indicated on their g chat status that they were, in fact, "busy."

The mean answer was: 7.3 repeating.

Keep this in mind next time you chat someone who is busy, because in the words of g chat, "you may be interrupting."

funny looking animal of the week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Miserable Marci’s Monday Rant – women and children first.

I went to the Buffalo Bills game yesterday, which was amazing. But one thing that WAS NOT amazing was getting into the stadium. Sure, there will always be a lot of people waiting to get into a large sporting event, but at the Bills stadium they make men and women separate to go into the stadium.

What year is this? I mean I can see that they don’t want a big lawsuit for a security man poppin’ a feel on some lady Bills fanatic, but honestly most of the people going in there are so drunk they wouldn’t know the difference. Instead, they have ONE WOMAN guard to search every single female entering through that specific gate.

This system is flawed for many reasons. The first being that if you are in a group with both men AND women (gasp!), you have to separate and lose each other through the crowd in order to get in the stadium. I for one found that irritating. After successfully making our way through the parking lot with our group intact, despite pausing constantly to yell praises of fans wearing jerseys that matched our own, or to be utterly confused about the guy in the Eagles shirt, we were forced to separate right before we made it to our destination.

Another reason the system is STUPID is the fact that they only have one woman guard at each gate. And like, five male guards. And since a lot of women actually go to Bills games, this means all the men get to enter the stadium rather quickly, while the women’s line goes back and back and back and CAT FIGHTS ensue as the ladies vie for position on line.

And Buffalo women are tough cookies. Putting a bunch of drunk Buffalo ladies into an essential bottleneck where they are constantly getting shoved into the person in front of them is just asking for a fight to break out. It’s like dangling meat in front of two pitbulls. Or letting Michael Vick dogsit.

It just doesn’t make sense. Ralph Wilson, I know when you were young girls weren’t even allowed to go to school and electricity wasn’t invented yet, but please change this security policy!

I mean, it probably wouldn’t bother Hasidic Jews so much, but since their numbers in Buffalo aren’t so high, maybe the Bills shouldn’t be so uptight about male guards checkin’ out the ladies.

End rant.

spoiler alert?

found this on craigslist:

Is someone in SATC2 having twins? My money's on Samantha. She would be the worst mom ever.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

use two hands to double your pleasure and double your fun.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Heard Kofi Annan speak at UB last night. His first speech was well thought and elegant, but spoke of broader overarching themes that although would be ideal, are hard for the average person to relate to and act upon.

Once the question and answer session began, Kofi was able to use more specific examples to make his points and teach his lessons.

Given the question: "What one thing can every average person do to help create peace in the world?"


Tolerance, empathy and to be engaged in what's happening in the world.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

funny looking animal of the week!

by Chris McVeigh

Monday, September 14, 2009

that horrible familiar feeling is back...

Just got home from watching the Bills lose. Again. As a Bills fan you kinda forget what it feels like every year, but then it happens again and it sucks. So frustrating.

You go into a game not expecting anything at all except a blowout, and think "well at least I'll drink a few beers have a slice of pizza and have some fun." Then the Bills decide to start playing like a team who knows how to score. Even the defense makes big plays. Then things start getting crazy. The Bills shout song rings in your ears, and you can't help but dance, throw high fives all around, and text your nay sayers with taunting words.

Then the clock ticks down. Just like always. And usually we're winning by less than a TD when we let the opposing team drive down and beat us at the end. But tonight, we let the Pats do even better than that.

We were winning by two possessions. And we let them come back and beat us. BY ONE POINT. THANKS TO A FUMBLE. On a kickoff where we just NEEDED TO TAKE A KNEE.

And even though my heart is being torn up inside of me, there is something important that everyone should remember:

The Bills were supposed to get blown out tonight. They should have lost by at least 20 points. And yet the Patriots, with MIGHTY Tom Brady, risen from the injury dead, had to claw their way back to beat us by just one little point. That's pretty embarrassing.

And as the ESPN announcers flip-flopped back and forth, first talking about how atrocious the Bills were, then talking about how much they liked the Bills once they started winning (fair weather fans indeed), I knew that no matter what the outcome... even if it ended as badly as it did tonight...even if i wish those arrogant Pats fans could have all gone home with the knowledge that they just lost to the Buffalo Billls... that this was an important game.

Because we only lost by one to the Pats. And we lost on a dumb, dumb play.

Imagine what happens next.

I think 3-13 haiku prediction guy should be feeling a little worried right now.


Friday, September 11, 2009

a little piece of business advice

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

bad bills forecast

Some guy on espn.com predicts the NFL season using haikus. At first I was kind of amused, until I read what he wrote for the Bills (who he predicted to finish last in their division):

Rebuilding for tenth
straight year. Are shovel-ready.
The Buffalo Bills.

What a horrible haiku.

He also predicted that the Bills would only win three games this season, going 3-13. Come on...even the Bills aren't that bad.

I've written a little haiku about this prediction:

You are wrong, you douche.
Nobody circles wagons
Like Buffalo Bills.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Scientists in Papua New Guinea ventured into a remote volcanic crater and discovered a basically lost world, untouched by humans for 200,000 years. They found over 40 new species of animals, which is pretty incredible considering how small it feels the world is becoming. Maybe it's because I'm a nerd, but I got kind of excited when I read about this.

Cause when you're little and you learn about all the different animals of the world it's so fascinating, and now it seems like there's not a lot left to discover in the natural world.

But there was! The scientists found 14 new species of frogs, a new kind of bat and a GIANT RAT species! Word on the street is these rats are as big as cats. GROSS! They also apparently were not afraid of humans, which made the scientists believe this habitat really hasn't been touched by humans in the last 200,000 years.

Here are some photos of what they found (photos courtesy of The Guardian):

a fruit dove

the HUGE wooly rat!

common tube nosed bat

an endangered frog

Read the full article here.

funny looking animal of the week!

Monday, September 07, 2009

one of the biggest debates of all time

Did Dottie drop the ball on purpose?

I think so. Discuss, discuss...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Gmail server down - CRISIS

Yesterday for approximately one to two hours the gmail server was down. As a result, people could not sign on to check their mail or gchat. GASP.

The reaction to this was a little like when Michael Jackson died. I got a text message from my friend about it, an IM from my office mate, and someone actually walked up and asked me about it as well. People everywhere were freaking out. If gchat is down, how are you supposed to avoid doing work?

Thankfully, the server seemed to right itself after only about an hour of mild anxiety bordering on the verge of excruciating stress. We needed a gmail fix.

Yesterday we all learned a very important fact - gmail is like crack. And thank god it's back.

On an unrelated note: the apples from the organic Asian market taste so much better than the ones from Shop Rite.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

badass looking animal of the week!

Is this polar bear eating the remains of a whale? Or some other giant creature? Either way, it's mouth is blood stained. That's pretty badass.

photo via National Geographic