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Pronunciation: 'shä-d&n-"froi-d&
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

ex. Paris Hilton being sent back to jail to serve out the rest of her sentence fills me with a smug sense of Schadenfreude.


What I’m watching on TV (that you should be too)

1) The Simple Life Goes to Camp– Trust me, there is nothing more hilarious than watching a 90-pound Nicole Ritchie giving a 300-pound man an enema. At first, I thought the producers were pretty sadistic sending these stick-thin, gorgeous girls to a fat camp, but the campers seem to like them just fine! Especially since P & N sneak off the camp with the fat campers and buy trashbags full of candy. And Nicole, god love her, brings a flaming red Chanel classic flap bag with her to the rustic camp. Watch some scenes here:


E! channel, Sundays at 10:00PM EST

2) Rob and Big– Reality show about a famous skater, Rob Dyrdek, and his bodyguard, “Big Black”. Favorite episodes so far- Rob finds Big making breakfast one morning (bacon and eggs) while he’s eating a pre-breakfast of a burger. Rob tries to get Big to lose some of his 416-lb bulk. Another great one- Rob gets a mini-horse as a pet, so Rob and Big play Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” soundtrack, get all dressed up in cowboy gear and dance around, and keep the horse in the living room.

robandbig.jpgTuesdays at 10:30 PM EST on MTV, but they play repeats on weekends. Check out past episodes here:

I bel.. I bleeve you have my stapler?



Waiting for the Wii…

Well we have ordered the Nintendo Wii and are anxiously awaiting its arrival. I feel like Eric Cartman in this episode of South Park:

Watch Future Cartman call himself in the past here- hilarious: Cartman Calls Himself – video powered by Metacafe

Dying to play this game: Rayman Raving Rabbidsrabbids2.jpgrabbids.jpg

Harry Potter mania!! Books and movies and theme parks, oh my!

Complete Harry Potter overload!

Coming in late 2009- Harry Potter Theme Park in Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida. Read more about it here.harry-potter-1.jpg

July 11- “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” movie hits theaters. See the trailer here.


July 21-“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book hits bookstores- preorder yours now on . My official prediction: Dumbledore isn’t really dead, Snape is really good and helps Harry find the horcruxes, Harry and Voldemort fight, Voldemort dies, Snape dies


Who will be America’s Next Top Model? And do we care?

The ANTM Season 8 finale is on tonight at 8:00 PM EST. My official guess is as follows: Jasleen will be in third place, Natasha in second, and Renee will win.

I was going to add in a nifty little poll, but balked at the idea of trying to figure out CGI/Perl Script. So just add comments about who you think will win.

Check out one of my all-time favorite sites: Television Without Pity. The writers are absolutely hilarious. They have episode descriptions and forums for everything from The Bachelor to Flavor of Love: Charm School. You will laugh until you have Diet Coke coming out of your nose. (learned that from experience)



Jasleen in dominatrix mode




EDIT: Boy was I wrong!! Jaslene won- congratulations to her! She can be edgy, sexy, pretty and sweet, and her runway walk is killer. Yay!

The AD’s third attempt at reading James Joyce’s Ulysses


When they handed me my degree in English, I was afraid they would say, “Waiiit a minute-have you read Ulysses?” and I would stammer, “Umm well I tried but haven’t gotten past page 37” and they’d snatch it back. Luckily, this didn’t happen. But, as Ulysses was named the best novel of the 20th century, I am going to read it and this time I will get through it.

Now if you have ever tried reading Ulysses before, you have come up against a passage like this:

“that was a relief wherever you be let your wind go free who knows if that pork chop I took with my cup of tea after was quite good with the heat I couldnt smell anything off it Im sure that queerlooking man in the porkbutchers is a great rogue I hope that lamp is not smoking fill my nose up with smuts better than having him leaving the gas on all night I couldnt rest easy in my bed in Gibraltar even getting up to see why am I so damned nervous about that” (Joyce, 736).

Alrighty then. It’s like William Faulkner and e.e. cummings had a bastard child.

Good thing I have help this time- “The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses” by Harry Blamires (available on
Anyone want to sum up the plot for me? Anyone?

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