the (il)legality of ugly food

November 20, 2008

A downward spiral in the global economy does some interesting things to the legality of unaesthetic food (in Europe, of course).

attention university presidents: don’t take pictures! Duh

August 29, 2008

Oh yeah – he got fired (but a $400k severance package). Highlight of the story is that he said, “the keg was malfunctioning” (uh . . . yeaaaaah). He is the one holding it.

Paxton, president of the Fort Dodge school for 13 years, signed a three-year contract days before the photo was taken. As part of his severance package, he will be paid for two of those years and get health benefits for a period of time.

I’m not sure, but I think I am considering getting a job as a community college vice president, having a raging party with my friends, resigning, and taking the $400k.

PS — why I am looking at the fox news website? because I assume they will get the story about McCain’s VP choice first.


July 30, 2008

You have not lived until you have seen Jeff doing Elvis Karioke.

Headline of the Day

April 7, 2008

From today’s NYT:


Among the admirable aspects of this headline, note the correct use of ‘s to make a possessive out of a singular noun ending in s.

Chinese food inspections…. and bonus link

March 18, 2008

News hit the food-law airwaves today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “following approval from the State Department” will install EIGHT (not a lot, but better than the zero that currently exist) inspectors, associated with diplomatic posts, in China, who will be granted “access” to Chinese food production facilities.

One might well believe that this seems late-in-the-game, but I say better late than never!

And for those who like Chinese food, and are thinking about maybe traveling to Beijing at some point soon, an extra special bonus link for you, compliments of the UK’s TimesOnline.

Our competition

March 18, 2008

Slate has started a new blog on legal issues, “Convictions,” clearly in response to our growing influence in the blogosphere.

OK, they have some pretty big guns on staff. But so do we. And isn’t our blog’s name so much better?

Black Markets

March 17, 2008

Ok, so Raleigh, NC has banned garbage disposals.

Why?  Because houses with disposals put 20% more grease into the sewage system.  That grease can lead to sewage backups.  Then the city has to spend money unclogging the grease or putting chemicals in the sewage system. 

People caught installing or replacing garbage disposals face fines of $25,000 PER DAY. 

Appropriate use of law?  Will a black market in in-sink-erators emerge?  You decide.  And discuss. 


March 15, 2008


One of our favorite lurkers/occasional commenters is 37 today!!  He bemoans midlife in a post on his blog, but yo Jeremy, I am almost 38, and don’t yet (cross fingers) have tenure.  (Yo, jeremy!! — get it?)

I don’t know why, but when I googled birthday party images to find one, this one caught my fancy.

Happy 100th!!!

March 14, 2008


Congratulations to us!!  We have hit our 100th post!!  It was my Mom’s 2 posts ago!  To celebrate, we have our first blog party Sunday at 2:00 at Nevin’s and I will also regale you with some of the search terms people used in google that helped them find their way to our humble little blog.  these are just the most ridiculous ones:

Matt Gonzalez hot

Midget wrestling

Bet on U.S. Election

Do I have a discrimination case

Marsha Marsha Marsha

Modern song that says before you go

Sharkey Apartment

I am also in the uncomfortable position of tell you, dear readers, that our best day in the first 100 posts was the sex scandal day. 

Blog party

March 8, 2008

We are having a blog party.  I think it is the only way to get Bob to buy us those Guiness (Guini?) he owes us from a few posts ago.  The Irish pub of my choosing is Nevins (of course).   Posters, commenters, and lurkers welcome.  This would be in Evanston, IL for our far away audience.  Sunday, March 16th – 2:00 PM.  Kids play pool, grown ups drink guiness.