March 2006

An acting teacher of mine used to get very frustrated with our class from time to time. Since he’d studied under legendary sonofabitch Lee Strasberg, he was very comfortable expressing this frustration, especially in the form of yelling and screaming. One day, having hit his limit with some slacker inanity or another, actors showing up […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

After a half-hour fight with my gastroenterologist last night, he finally agreed to put me on short-term meds to try and control the too-earthly delights I’m currently housing in my 5’2″, 106 lb. (and rapidly shrinking) frame. While we argue a lot, a function of our positions on opposite ends of the Western Medicine Cures […]

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The stack of books I was just over halfway through reading when I realized there might be something wrong with me: Fat Girl, by Judith Moore Night, by Elie Wiesel Bait & Switch, by Barbara Ehrenreich The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion xxx c Image by TimCummins via Flickr, used under a Creative […]

Posted in: The Silly Ones

Mar 23, 2006 4

Colleen of the Future

I found a cool site thanks to Stumble Upon, my new-favorite source of time suckage*. It’s called FutureMe.org, and it’s nothing more than an email form that collects words you write, to someone else, I suppose, but mainly to oneself, and sends them to that person in the future. (The default is set to one […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Thanks to my family, I have an interesting relationship with medicine, both the kind with a small and a capital “m”. In one corner, we have my (dead, workaholic) father, whose response to any and all corporal malfunction was to (a) ignore it and soldier on or (b) have something prescribed or excised and then […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Via a sad letter* in Cary Tennis’s “Since You Asked” advice column on Salon.com, I discovered that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. As the recipient of no less than four six search missions up my asshole, I feel that perhaps I have some valuable information to offer those on the fence about whether […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

I know what you’re thinking: she went to all of those movies; no way could she have hit up a bunch of geek panels, too. Way. Overall, the interactive panels/presentations portion of SXSW was a mixed bag. There was far less actionable information than I’d hoped for, but since I was mainly interested in how […]

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Outside of plain old good times, the chief feature of SXSW seems to be overwhelm. There are more great films crammed into a ten-square-block area than I could possibly hope to see in 30 days, much less four. (The 2006 SXSW Film Festival stretches from March 10 to the 17th, but The BF and I […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

I’m still wiped out from my five-day sojourn at SXSW, and I seem to be in good weenie company. It was a notable experience in many ways: my first trip to Austin; my first trip to a real conference; my first trip when I’ve been on the precipice of a Crohn’s flare. But the most […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

The BF and I will be getting our geek on at SXSW from tomorrow through Tuesday. Too many great things to do in a city we’ve both always wanted to see, I’m getting simultaneously excited and tired just thinking about it. Not to mention the BBQ. If I can just keep away from the beer […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones