Some people have seen my black yoga mat and asked me where I got it. Not that any of those people read Goth House, but this is where I got my black yoga mat. I got the thicker foam, which is comfier, but it also makes for more lugging to and from class. Anyway, the experience of ordering from them was pleasant enough that I would recommend it to others.
I was going to write something about this article about how much other people hate us but then I didn't. Results from the Pew Global Attitudes Project show that majorities around the world think Americans are greedy, violent and rude, and fewer than half in countries such as Poland, Spain, Canada, China and Russia think Americans are honest.
But I still think it's tacky to wear a Canadian flag patch when you travel, unless you actually are Canadian. And even then it's kind of tacky, really. I don't travel the world wearing an American flag patch, after all. If you really want people to think you're Canadian, wear a Tim Horton's t-shirt. (Although, in that case, it would be mostly Canadians who thought you were Canadian. Sort of defeating the purpose.)
Okay, honestly, you know what? If you want people to like you when you travel, don't act like a jerk.
Why do I have this link? Oh, yeah, they have good prices on keen goth stuff. Including Gravestone Artwear.
Here are some transcripts from presidential debates.
A decade ago, some people were skeptical of the promise that fans, not taxpayers, would pay off the renovations to what is now KeyArena. The skeptics were right.
Technical information about the LiveJournal Server. I used this to set up scripts that would automatically update my LiveJournal blog with posts from the Parlour. Then I had to change my password and I haven't bothered to update the scripts. So, I'm lame. Lame, lame. Or possibly lamé.
A Rolling Stone article in which historians debate who is “The Worst President in History?” Hint: it's not Warren G. Harding
The Comics Curmudgeon critiques comics -- of the daily, comics-page variety. Entertainment galore! Great snark, and you also learn interesting tidbits, such as the fact that the guy who draws Mallard Fillmore just got arrested for DUI!
Now, I dislike Mallard Fillmore -- I think it exists only to “balance” comics pages that run Doonesbury. And, simply as a comic, it's so lame in comparison to Doonesbury that it ought to make any conservative reading it seriously question his ideological orientation.
Prickly City is even worse than Mallard Fillmore -- the art is dreadful, the writing pretty much comes down to “dramatize this week's official Republican talking points,” and the overall concept is just reminiscent enough of Calvin and Hobbes, or Bloom County, that it makes me heartsick to behold it. But, I don't hate Prickly City quite enough to write a daily blog about how bad it is.
The New York Times is always hiding things behind subscriptions, so I don't know if this link will be available forever, but for now, you can read about the horrors of living in a nation (El Salvador) where abortion has been criminalized. It is not a pretty sight. And, incidentally, criminalization doesn't actually keep women from having abortions. It just makes life a little worse for everyone -- especially women with children.
I was trying to talk Paul into getting a pair of vintage eyeglass frames for his next pair of glasses. Alas, he is unlikely to do such a thing.