If it makes you feel any better, your avatar has always deeply offended me too, although I didn't realize it was SMG. And I know that there are different kinds of stars. And I realize that yellow is a) the color GM used to use for stars; and b) a primary color, and therefore likely to be used anyway. » 4/16/14 11:18pm 30 minutes ago

On a related note, I'm about 2/3 of the way through Christopher Hitchens's Mortality, which I mentioned last week. It's far from cheerful—I haven't known that many people who have had/died from cancer, so maybe most of his observations are old hat for more experienced people—but as dismal as it can be, I really… » 4/16/14 10:04am Today 10:04am

You live in a pretty well-populated area, right? Are there any clubs that do open mics? If so, jump on that. If not, you should absolutely be writing this stuff down and sending it out—you're a heck of a writer, and I'm sure that there are more than a couple of journals that would publish your stuff. » 4/15/14 9:33pm Yesterday 9:33pm

UT alum as well...I've long since given up on the "No, it's not that—it's only because he's not Bruce Pearl!" people, although in their defense, they would have treated any black coach who wasn't Pearl the same way, so it wasn't anything against Martin personally.* » 4/15/14 6:19pm Yesterday 6:19pm

Mad Men, As Seen Through Non-Spoilerish Ledes and Pictures

I don't have cable, so I'm usually at least a seaon behind every show that's on the air until it ends and Netflix picks up the final episodes. And, since I've been trying to avoid spoilers, I have no idea what happened on the season premiere. From the production stills that the non-spoiler reviews have used to get… » 4/15/14 12:53am Yesterday 12:53am

I still love this parody menu created by the enterprising genius who squatted on the URL for Fieri's New York restaurant* after the company inexplicably didn't buy the domain name before announcing the name of the place. » 4/14/14 11:52pm Monday 11:52pm