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Entries from November 2006

Illusion of watching Einstein watching you…

November 14th, 2006 · Comments Off

What scientist’s ego could possibly resist “Einstein Hollow Face” from brain-toy shop Grand Illusions?

It’s a supersized white plastic Einstein illusion that seems to be so fascinated by Y-O-U that it turns its head to follow your every movement (See movie here.)

It’s fun but disturbing, so–somewhat more upliftingly–here’s a cartoon that inspired me in 2005:

EinsteinPrinceton: Illustration by Ron Barrett: Albert Einstein stands on his porch in Princeton, shining a flashlight toward the starry sky.

Tags: Science

“You Don’t Have to Be Pretty”

November 14th, 2006 · Comments Off

Just a reminder from Erin of DressADay:

You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.

I’m not saying that you SHOULDN’T be pretty if you want to. (You don’t owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) Pretty is pleasant, and fun, and satisfying, and makes people smile, often even at you.

Pretty can indeed be fun and also heckuva useful.


Thanks to Anil for the pointer to Erin’s quote!


Tags: Sister Age

We’re in Norfolk, our suitcase is still in Boston

November 9th, 2006 · Comments Off

But I can’t stop smiling. The Democrats won–not just the House but the Senate!

It’s not just that the party whose policies I approve and whose leaders I trust is headed to Washington to curb the crazy excesses of Republicans who imagined that nobody would ever interfere with their corruption and cronyism.

It’s that Diebold machines didn’t steal this election, as people had feared. We do really have a democracy. That’s much more important.

And better than either of these wonderful things, the American people showed that Karl Rove’s ugly tricks couldn’t keep fooling them forever.

You know, it really hurt to believe that Republicans around the country really believed that I, personally, Betsy Devine, was a sleazy person who hated families and babies and soldiers and wanted to “cut and run” and was too stupid to understand the danger of terrorism and…but you get the picture.

Republicans around the country didn’t believe that about their neighbors who were Democrats. Thank you, thank you, Republicans! Let’s work together to make our wonderful country a better place for everyone!

So here I sit in my brand new Tshirt, etc. fresh from the hotel gift shop last night. Ready to go–what a wonderful, wonderful day!

I love you, beautiful, beautiful Norfolk, Virginia!


Tags: Useful

More funny ha-ha and peculiar political ads

November 8th, 2006 · Comments Off

People around the world are interested in the crazy excesses of political spin.

What was the funniest TV ad this campaign? The stupidest? The meanest?

Go to MSNBC to see some amazing candidates. Here’s one election where it’s not (yet) too late to vote.


Tags: Go go go

Eat, drink, and be merry (in Nashua, NH)

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off

It would take Democrats three turn-overs to control the US Senate. And, at 9:42 p.m. they project….

  • R — Sen. Santorum out in PA…
  • R — Sen. DeWine out in OH
  • R — Sen. Chafee out in RI

Nashua’s Crowne Plaza has free wireless–and a lot of happy Democrats here celebrating.

I now am the veteran of, not just a “visual” but (later on) something called a “knock and drag.”

I think Paul Hodes is going to defeat (former) US Congressman Republican Charlie Bass.


Update, 9:49 p.m. from the Union Leader election blog
BULLETIN: UnionLeader.com has learned that Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Bass is preparing to call Paul Hodes and congratulate the Democrat on his victory.

Woo hoo!!!! And late-comer Carol Shea-Porter is currently “tied” with Congressman Jeb Bradley! (That is, she’s ahead so far, but not by much.)


What fun. 10:45 p.m. Well, I’m headed for home. If you’re following NH election results–and the Republicans may well lose the First District to Carol Shea-Porter as well as the Second to Hodes–New Hampshire Public Radio has the best coverage I’ve seen.

Tags: Go go go

One candidate and two Republicans in Nashua, NH

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off




One candidate and two Republicans in Nashua, NH

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine.

There were a bunch of local candidates holding signs, plus some local Democrats holding signs for Paul Hodes (Democrat for Congress in NH-02) and John Lynch (popular Democratic NH Governor).

So who was there for the Republicans? Exactly one man, a campaign worker who had come up from Virginia to hold campaign signs. (Later, a woman from Mississippi joined him. But I can’t complain, since I drove up from Massachusetts.)

The other Republican in this picture is someone who came to the polls to vote for Paul Hodes.

Wow–this isn’t statistically significant, but it sure sounds good so far.



Tags: Go go go

The NH State motto is “Live Free or Die”…

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off




Live Free or Diebold!

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine.

…and I’m too busy doing election stuff to blog…



Tags: Go go go

Up in NH, couldn’t stay away…

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off

Here I am in Ward 2, Nashua, NH, doing a “visual,” my very first one.

One of the great things about being a blogger instead of a reporter is that you get to go and do stuff that interests you.

Tags: Go go go

Voters in Cambridge, MA wait outside the firehouse

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off




Voters in Cambridge, MA wait outside the firehouse

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine.

I love the smalltown look and feel of this experience, so much the same every year.

Same autumn colors around us as we wait, same people working behind the tables inside, same little funny voting booths that are fenced off from one another by mini-shower-curtains.

If you haven’t voted yet, do it!


I just posted this photo of my polling place to The Polling Place Photo Project, which I heard about via David Weinberger (JOHO).


Tags: Good versus Evil

Things to think about when you vote today

November 7th, 2006 · Comments Off

What are my issues?

Yes, I do believe terrorists want to harm us–and we can’t afford to have “emergency management” by incompetent cronies of cronies of cronies of Republicans.
Think Republican’s one-party rule in DC is making us safer? You must not live in New Orleans. The level of incompetence and disorder at FEMA still astounds–and the only staff support poor Michael Brown could get was advice from his PR team to roll up his shirtsleeves so he’d look as if he was working. Compare the government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina to their swift, hard-hitting, well-organized jump on the case of Terry Schaivo, which smelled to them like a political wedge issue.
Oil companies dictating our energy policy as we watch gas prices go through the roof
Our nation is weakened by our dependence on oil-producing nations. Our world is threatened by global climate change. Yet Republican “leadership” does nothing to help get gas mileage standards or promote fuel conservation, because the oil companies don’t want to see anything done.
“Family values” that are shocked by John Kerry but wink at Mark Foley
Mark Foley’s “page problem” was an open secret in Washington, DC. If any Republican leader had wanted to investigate further, the first thing he’d find out is that pages routinely warned one another about Mark Foley’s behavior. But Republicans didn’t want to know there was a problem, because Foley was holding a safe seat for the party. When the secret finally came out, compare the muted responses from GOP leaders to their full-throated outrage campaign about John Kerry’s remark about “stuck in Iraq.”
And finally, Iraq, Iraq, Iraq.
Osama Bin Laden was in Afghanistan. Instead of concentrating our forces there on a winnable war against some very bad terrorists, Bush and Rumsfeld trumped up a bunch of fake excuses to start a new war against Iraq, something they’d wanted to do before 9/11. Now our young soldiers are fighting without the support or equipment they need, defending with their lives the failed NeoCon plan for the Middle East.


Thanks to my brother-in-law Bill for sending me a long list of things to think about today, which inspired my much shorter version.

Tags: Editorial