Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I'm not a fan of fear mongering, but this scares the crap out of me.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Goodbye, Willie

William Safire died today.

The headline that revealed this news to me prompted a heartfelt, audible gasp.

William Safire's regular contributions to The New York Times Magazine's "On Language" section were always a treat for someone interested in language, grammar, etymology, or the general progression of cultural phenomena.

What's strange, however, is that the article made only a brief mention of that widely popular language column. Instead, it focused on Safire the way may parents' generation might remember him: for his speechwriting for Nixon, his criticism of Hillary Clinton, and his political contributions in the 70s.

But I think my generation knows Safire differently. He was a conservative, yes, but I think if you asked any well-read 20-something or 30-something about William Safire, they would know him as "that dude who writes that column on language and stuff." (Except they would, of course, say it more eloquently).

Safire's unique, intelligent, and stimulating observations on the English language examined etymology in the most immediate sense - as it was happening. It's a shame that the article made such little mention of Safire's most scholarly - and nonpolitical - contributions.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Already Hate Myself

Yay, for Energy Conservation!

Watching Megan Fox on Fallon right now.

She just said, "'Cause I, like, ya know, keep all the lights on all the time."

Thanks, Megan.


In the midst of Emmy week, there was at least one event with an eye on Eco-goodness.

I was lucky enough to go to the Eco-Emmys last week, and I was happy as pie in a flotilla of eco-minded friends.

I chatted with the owner of RC Green about sustainable countertops (guys, consider quartz instead of granite!), the people from LifeSource about eco-friendly home water filtration (old school water softeners leave too much salt waste!), and, of course, I got my eyebrows threaded by Marco Ochoa (even eco-girls gotta look good!)

We do what we can in our everyday lives, but when companies who create products for hundreds - or thousands - of consumers take the initiative to create eco-friendly products, it's pretty awesome. Plus, they're smart, because archaic, wasteful products are only becoming more and more outdated.

Thanks to the Eco-Emmys for having me. It was a super fun event. And I will take 20 more of those vegan chocolate cupcakes from Luscious, please.

"Hot chick from the newspaper"

My character on Parks and Rec was referenced in tonight's episode.

Does that mean I get residuals?


Best Heckler Ever

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Girls Are Funny, Especially Drunk

Why does this Drunk History have so many fewer views than the other ones? It is by far the funniest one.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For the Kids

I'm hosting CAREOKE for the Kids again at Irving Plaza to raise money for the Valerie Fund. It's TONIGHT (Thursday) in NYC. For tickets, please email me at abecker99 (at) hotmail, and I'll put you in touch with the right peeps.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Trailer for an Improv Movie That I'm In!

Starring (among others) Horatio Sanz, Rob Riggle, Owen Burke, John Gemberling, Matt Walsh, Jack Helmuth, Jackie Clarke, Rob Huebel, Bret Gelman, and more.

Better Than a Cosmo Quiz


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Michael Vick is Scum

The Philadelphia Eagles made an irresponsible decision. Michael Vick's torture of animals should not be excused. Please join the boycott of Eagles games and merchandise.