HARD ROCKERS: THE GRADE-SCHOOL YEARS


Any White Stripes fans out there ever given a close listen to "We're Going to Be Friends" in the middle of the White Blood Cells album? It might as well have been written by Dan Zanes (his new album came out this week, BTW):


....Well here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there's dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
at playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height
against the wall


PLAN YOUR SUBWAY SUMMER NOW

New York City Transit has a couple of summer traditions: The weekend shutdown of half the lines in the system, and super-cool outings for families in and out of the Transit Museum in Brooklyn (admission free if you listened to us and got a New York Hall of Science family membership). You can get all the details here; highlights include nostalgia rides to Coney Island on vintage subway cars on July 22 and August 20.

IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A LITIGATOR


BusinessWeek reports that FAO Schwartz has been hearing pitches from new toymakers and game designers as executives attempt to freshen the store with unique new product. One recent presenter was Tina Eskreis Nelson, a lawyer, like her husband, who created the game to help teach her three preschoolers about what mommy and daddy did all day. In contradiction of all logic, the game has gone into wide release:

She started with three pieces of cardboard, Velcro, and blank business cards, eventually designing a game where players proceed through law school, run a practice, and try amusing, family-friendly lawsuits. Draw an "Appeal" card and you may find the Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial -- and this time your client got an additional $2,500. Pick one from the "Lawsuit" pile and you may find your client's trade secrets on how to make a book out of candy have been divulged.

Draw a "Verdict" card and you may find the judge sentences you to play outside and never open this game again.


CLEARLY, THE ARMY NEVER SHOULD HAVE ASSIGNED BARBIE TO GUARD DUTY AT ABU GHRAIB


Agnes Nairn provides us with one of our favorite recent out-of-context quotes:

On a deeper level Barbie has become inanimate. She has lost any individual warmth that she might have possessed if she were perceived as a singular person. This may go some way towards explaining the violence and torture.

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT, LLAMS WOLLEF HAS A NICE RING TO IT


In case you missed it (and how would that be possible), the Times reports that the name Nevaeh (heaven spelled backward) has made an almost unprecedented leap into the ranks of the nation's most popular girl baby names, landing last year at Number 70. African-American and evangelical families are in large part responsible for the name's rapid rise.


Fifteen years or so ago, the Times does not go on to report, many evangelical parents had named their daughters Heaven, but that trend has been all but abandoned since that first generation of girls entered high school and began facing the inevitable jokes: "How do I get into Heaven?"; "Is there room for all of us in Heaven? "; "Will I find my dog in Heaven?"; "I'm finding it hard to believe we're in Heaven"; "Who Are the Five People I'll Meet in Heaven?" etc.

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