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Te’o’s story has been all over the news today—and with good reason. It’s nuts. But what’s also nuts is that the story of Lennay Kekua—the dead girl who never lived—is a bigger deal (3.1 million-plus views on Deadspin and counting) than the story of Lizzy Seeberg, whose real life ended in real tragedy (44K for this Deadspin post).

As Dave Zirin reports, Notre Dame has already scheduled press conferences and hired an outside investigator to deal with the Te’o situation, two things that never happened for Seeberg. Beautiful, selfless, perfect woman does not exist? Now that’s a story. The horrors faced by women trying to find justice for sexual violence? Sorry, ladies, that’s just boring old everyday life.

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Amanda Marcotte on the real Notre Dame scandal.

Once again, the media focuses on what’s really important: the origin of a fake dead girl, or the circumstances that led to the existence of a real dead girl. As Amanda Marcotte asks, “Could a Notre Dame football player do anything worse than make up a dead girlfriend? Yes.”

(via carry-onbaggage)

Seriously. The amount of attention that Notre Dame is putting into this — including hiring an outside investigator — when they can’t manage to even pretend to give a shit about a real live woman who committed suicide after allegedly being assaulted by a ND athlete — and who was then alternately bullied and vilified by other athletes and students, and shrugged off by administrators and authorities — is gross. And that’s just one of many stories like that. As a friend said yesterday, “I’m glad my religious-founded college isn’t so creepy and cultlike.” Amen.

(via runswithpoodles)

I suggest a little more fairness to ND.  The media cares about Manti Te’o and whatever bullshit is going on.  ND always cares about its students’ behavior and character, including the case of Lizzy Seeberg.  See, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/545569-notre-dame-football-player-cleared-in-seeberg-case-cover-up-or-witch-hunt.  

The loss of Lizzy Seeberg’s life is a tragedy, but the facts do not support wrongdoing on the part of the University.  And a broader look at ND’s disciplinary system in cases involving student athletes is far from suggesting that the University gives preferential treatment (unlike many colleges playing at the same level).

Oct 1
eataku:

Bartender at the Dundrum House outside Dublin was pushing Stella Artois’ new cider last week. He was offering a money back guarantee if you tried it and didn’t like it.
I tried it and didn’t hate it, but went right back to Bulmers!

Stella makes a Cider, whaaaa?

eataku:

Bartender at the Dundrum House outside Dublin was pushing Stella Artois’ new cider last week. He was offering a money back guarantee if you tried it and didn’t like it.

I tried it and didn’t hate it, but went right back to Bulmers!

Stella makes a Cider, whaaaa?

dearphotographer:

“Mixed Berry Gazpacho”

Delicious, whachu need.

dearphotographer:

“Mixed Berry Gazpacho”

Delicious, whachu need.

Always gets me, ja ja ja.

Always gets me, ja ja ja.

My M.-boy.  

My M.-boy.  

Let the Time Capsule Diggup Begin!

Today is the big diggup.  10 years (and a few months) ago, upon graduation from High School, my close girlfriends and I buried a box.  A time capsule, hoorah!  We put things that mattered to us in the box, answered questions about who would do what first, put items that represented the time (e.g., I’m pretty sure I have some Arnette sunglasses in there, ha), and buried them in the backyard of the parents we thought most unlikely to move.  It turned out three of the five of us did move, so we thought well (or with luck).

Tonight we will dig it up— hopefully before it gets too dark as I’m not so confident we marked it expertly.  

One girlfriend is in town from NYC for a wedding, so we must do it this very Carmageddon weekend!  I will leave work early for once, get some beer and some corn, and let the party begin.  Everyone is bringing husband/bf/fiance but my guy is in KC.  All is well though when I have FaceTime!  Got you, world. 

I’m hopeful we asked more questions than I can remember doing in a circle with separate pens and papers so that no one could influence another’s answers.  I mostly remember the who will get married first question which seems a little boring right now, but I’m sure hilarity will ensue based upon my mental state 10 years ago.  

So, hooray, today is the day!

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As a kid and again, today, I learned that life was not fair when I awoke with allergies from my sweet pug dog M.

My Mother's Source of Lessened Obama Focused Anger

Probably worth reading.

eataku:

I love when Dogfish Head does some of their more extreme “off-kilter” brewing experiments, like this collaboration with Dan the Automator, Positive Contact. And while the flavor took a little getting used to, I have to give them credit for combining cider with farro, cayenne and cilantro!

OUU I want to try this!

eataku:

I love when Dogfish Head does some of their more extreme “off-kilter” brewing experiments, like this collaboration with Dan the Automator, Positive Contact. And while the flavor took a little getting used to, I have to give them credit for combining cider with farro, cayenne and cilantro!

OUU I want to try this!

Gosh I miss Strongbow a la London.
And on a sadder note, I guess my old Mac web pics really are gone.

Gosh I miss Strongbow a la London.

And on a sadder note, I guess my old Mac web pics really are gone.