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4.27.2015

Aziz at Madison Square Garden

Really liked his performance from last year at Madison Square Garden, which surprised me.  Watched it twice.  (It's on Netflix).

Maybe I could identify with his topics; he discusses the selfishness in social interactions ~ people responding 'maybe' chronically to invitations, since something better might come up, and he shows a strong partiality to the single life.  When the audience applauds after he announces that he's in a relationship, he tells them not to, as he never received any applause when he used to tell an audience that he was single.  

4.21.2015

Full Body Burden by Kristen Iverson

This was a pretty engrossing listen.  Iverson tells stories of her childhood growing up near Rocky Flats, Colorado, interspersed with facts about the Rocky Flats nuclear weapon facility.  

Probably one of the most disturbing take-aways from this book is the huge amount of plutonium released from the plant from fires and leakage; more than was used in either of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The irony; in order to 'protect' ourselves by creating these deadly weapons, we're in fact harming ourselves even more than our enemies.

4.14.2015

Women in Comedy

Watched Bonnie McFarlane's documentary "Women Aren't Funny".  (You've seen it, right?)  And I know that I shouldn't say this, but one of the most memorable bits was the guy at the end riffing on Christopher Hitchen's.  The scenes where Bonnie stands in a meadow without any pants (or underpants) and her husband and toddler looking on really grated on me.  Couldn't see any point to her nakedness other than to make a cheap joke; 'isn't it hilarious that I'm partially naked' and it didn't help promote her premise that women in fact, are funny.  Since any woman can take her pants off.  But not anyone can write a good joke.  And even in a cheap kind of a way, it wasn't funny.

Probably the best scene
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