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Harvard students outraged over switch to off-brand cereals

Boston.com / News / Education / Higher education / Harvard students want their snap, crackle, pop back

Life is just not fair.

Angry cereal fans are lashing out after Harvard University cleared its dining halls this school year of brand-name cereals, such as Fruit Loops and Cap'n Crunch, and swapped them for less expensive, apparently healthier options like Tootie Fruities and Colossal Crunch.

''I was shocked to see they had done this to our cereals," said Harvard senior Cameron Moccari, who last week launched the group ''Harvard Students for the Reimplementation of Brand-Named Cereals" on Thefacebook.com, a popular website that allows students to meet new friends or form study groups. ''They replaced all of the familiar cereals with ones that have weird names and don't taste good."

For Harvard sophomore Allison Kessler, it's annoying to pay more than $4,000 for a meal plan that scrimps on her favorite breakfast foods. Particularly since, Kessler, like many college students, eats cereal several times a day.

''I used to eat Lucky Charms for lunch and dinner," she said. ''The fake stuff gets real soggy, and I've just stopped eating cereal. This is not fair."

. . .

At this point, Harvard does not seem to be in the vanguard of a movement toward alternative cereals. Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops are still available at Ivy League sisters, including Columbia University and Dartmouth College. ''We wouldn't do that," said Larry Levitas, Columbia's director of dining services, which spends $65,000 annually on brand-name cereals from General Mills and Kellogg's. ''That's what the students expect. And that's what we use."

June 09, 2009

waxy.org | Meme Scenery

Meme Scenery - Waxy.org
So I had this silly idea to isolate the backgrounds from famous Internet memes, removing all the subjects from every photo or video. I'm pretty happy with the results. Like Jon Haddock's porn sans people, these photos are banal out of context. Only someone familiar with the original memes would sense something's amiss, like the set of a play waiting for the actors to stumble into history. Can you name all 23?
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Ellis' Do Anything 002 - Kirby, Lucas, Druillet

Bleeding Cool � Do Anything 002 by Warren Ellis
... In a 1979 interview, George Lucas explicitly cited [French writer/artist Philippe] Druillet — but not Kirby — as a visual influence on STAR WARS. Publicity images for the latter three films in that sequence (which I’ve never seen) look like photographic versions of character designs from Druillet’s SALAMMBO. But Darth Vader exudes the stench of Darkseid, and those huge spacegoing wedges could easily be Kirby’s. I like to think they would have found something to talk about. ... Druillet was already doing New Gods, five years before Kirby’s NEW GODS. And more, he was doing the postmodern, deconstructed version, Kirby with gravemoss grown over him and his towers and starships, designing STAR WARS ten years before Lucas had beaten out the first awful draft of the film (the one whose treatment begins “The is the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Ophuchi who was related to Usby C. J. Thape, a padawaan leader to the famed Jedi.”).

The Plight of the Orphaned Twitter

" href="http://www.slate.com/id/2219995/">People who sign up for Twitter, post once,...

Slate is Slagging Jay-Z's New "anti-Auto Tune" Track

. . . but I kinda dig it. Of course,...

June 08, 2009

Korean model sured posthumously for "failing to maintain a decent image"

Model and domestic violence survivor sued after death for "failure to maintain a decent image" - Feministing

Choi Jin-sil, a South Korean actress and model who died by apparent suicide in 2008, is being sued posthumously for failing to maintain a decent image while working as a spokesmodel for the Shinhan Engineering and Construction Co, LTD.

What's worse is that the South Korean Court ruled in their favor. The heirs of Jin-sil are being forced by the courts to repay the damages requested, totaling the equivalent of almost $400,000.

So what is it that Jin-sil did to fail in maintaining a decent image? She was a survivor of her husband's abuse. Pictures were released after Jin-sil ended up in the hospital as a result of this abuse.

Tim Wise on Obama and Race

Tim Wise on Obama and Race

From just before the election.