November 30, 2004

If There's Anything Worse Than A Comment Spammer...

it's an incompetent one! Some fool is spamming my comments and not even leaving their skanky URLs. An example:

[h1]Please check some helpful info dedicated to- Tons of interesdting stuff!!! [/h1]

I've gotten dozens of such in the last hour and it's very annoying.

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November 29, 2004

Lab Notes

Don't Fear The Gas Pump.

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Christmas Is All Around Us...

CTG wants to know what our fave Xmas movies are. However, blogger is beeing a boob and the comment link is just a hangin'. So, my answer here:

My favourite Xmas movie is.... [insert drumroll]....

GREMLINS!!

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Pilgrim On The Beach

I created a new drink last night. Even my brother liked it!

3-4 shots spiced rum
1/2 shot cinnamon schnapps
2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup plain tinned pumpkin
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 dashes of nutmeg

Place all ingredients in blender and blend (duh!)

Pour into glasses, garnish with cinnamon sugar. If you want to be really fancy you could rim martini glasses with the cinnamon sugar.

All amounts are approximate since I was sorta tossing things in to taste. Ice cream can be optional since it tasted pretty good before I added it.

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November 28, 2004

Music Map

This is a nifty little timewaster.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:33 PM

Almost Over

The hours of work freedom are slowly dwindling down....

I haven't actually left the apartment since Friday afternoon -- go me! Yesterday I did some laundry, put up Xmas lights, cleaned, and made bruchetta for dinner. It was pretty damn spiffy, if I do say so myself! There was a Rick Steve's marathon on PBS that we watched most of the day/evening, so we were all ready to plan a Europe trip after :)

Cureently watching Alison Krause and Uniotn Staion on CMT and eating cinnamon toast. I think we'll have pecan pancakes for dinner.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:56 AM

November 26, 2004

Free!

The owner called from the head office, and since I'm "the boss" today, he told me to use my discretion and close up early and send folks home. So we're outta here!

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Damn It!

Now Cassandra's quitting blogging. We're not happy, precious, no we're not! What is it with all my favourite blogers quitting all of a sudden anyway?

Cassandra, you're welcome to guest blog for me anytime! And please consider getting your own blog. Pretty please? :)

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Misery Loves Company

Where am I? I'm at work, that's where! And since misery loves company, I want a shout out from any of you who are chained to their desks today. I have no idea why we're open the day after Thanksgiving -- it's always so quiet we can hear our hair grow. But sit here we will hoping the hope that they'll let us leave early.

Now, what would I be doing if I wasn't working? For one thing, I'd still be asleep! But you can bet I wouldn't be anywhere near a store today. No way, Jose! There is nothing on god's green earth that could compel me to enter a retail establishment the day after "T" day. But back to my fantasy day off.... I'd be sleeping in, then sticking in a DVD, grabbing a book and reading and watching (or watching and reading). And since it's actually a very nice day, maybe I'd go for a walk. I would just enjoy having a day to myself.

Later: no rest for the wicked -- the Pirate is workin' too.

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November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving

A very happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. We are grateful for our freedom, grateful for our families and friends, and grateful for the many gifts of America. On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge that all of these things, and life itself, come from the Almighty God.

Almost four centuries ago, the Pilgrims celebrated a harvest feast to thank God after suffering through a brutal winter. President George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, and President Lincoln revived the tradition during the Civil War, asking Americans to give thanks with "one heart and one voice." Since then, in times of war and in times of peace, Americans have gathered with family and friends and given thanks to God for our blessings.

Thanksgiving is also a time to share our blessings with those who are less fortunate. Americans this week will gather food and clothing for neighbors in need. Many young people will give part of their holiday to volunteer at homeless shelters and food pantries. On Thanksgiving, we remember that the true strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of the American people. By seeking out those who are hurting and by lending a hand, Americans touch the lives of their fellow citizens and help make our Nation and the world a better place.

This Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude to our dedicated firefighters and police officers who help keep our homeland safe. We are grateful to the homeland security and intelligence personnel who spend long hours on faithful watch. And we give thanks for the Americans in our Armed Forces who are serving around the world to secure our country and advance the cause of freedom. These brave men and women make our entire Nation proud, and we thank them and their families for their sacrifice.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for His blessings and ask Him to continue to guide and watch over our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 2004, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather together in their homes and places of worship to reinforce the ties of family and community and to express gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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November 24, 2004

Style

I'm a Dolce & Gabanna Girl!
Dolce & Gabanna: Classy with an edge. You take
traditional ideas and give them a kick in the
ass! Always stylish and appropriate for
everywhere!


What fashion designer fits you
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Via Jami!

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A Little Levity

Canada's illegal immigration problems.

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This & That

Sitting around work when it seems the rest of the country is off already. It'll be the same thing Friday as well.

Been kinda down all week, and only getting more so as the week progresses.

Jen and Dave are coming down from the Bay Area tomorrow and we're going out for Thanksgiving since I don't have the equipment needed to put on a full blown turkey dinner.

Nin made a pumkpin cheesecake all by herself!

Watched the second ep of "House" last night, and I'm still loving it. I think I like it even more than "Lost". What can I say? I'm a sucker for a snarky guy :)

I'm just really tired these days.

My parents seem to be enjoying Utah, but I worry about them being on their own so far away.

Nin says she has a great pic of Johnny Depp that K gave her. She actually called to tell me this.

Quesadillas for dinner tonight.

I wish I was home right about now.

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November 23, 2004

Space IQ

Test your Space IQ (answers in the exrended entry)

1. We have strong evidence that our solar system is not the only one; we know there are many other Suns with planets orbiting them.

2. Some organisms can survive in space for years -- without any kind of protective enclosure.

3. Organisms have been found thriving in scalding water with temperatures as high as 235 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. We now have evidence that some form of life exists beyond Earth, at least in primitive form.

5. We currently have the technology necessary to send astronauts to another star system within a reasonable time span. The only problem is that such a mission would be overwhelmingly expensive.

6. All of the gas giant planets in our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have rings.

7. In the "Star Wars" films, the Imperial TIE Fighters are propelled by ion engines (TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine). While these spacecraft are fictional, real ion engines power some of today's spacecraft.

8. There is no gravity in deep space.

9. The basic premise of teleportation -- made famous in TV's "Star Trek" -- is theoretically sound. In fact, scientists have already "teleported" the quantum state of individual atoms from one location to another.

10. Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet in the "Star Wars" films, has two Suns -- what astronomers would call a binary star system. Scientists have discovered recently that planets really can form within such systems.


Answers

1. We have strong evidence that our solar system is not the only one; we know there are many other Suns with planets orbiting them.

SCIENCE FACT

Improved telescopes and detectors have led to the detection of dozens of new planetary systems within the past decade, including several systems containing multiple planets. So far, the limits of technology favor the discovery of large planets, and many are more massive than Jupiter and, surprisingly, hug their stars in scorchingly close orbits that last days instead of years. But some other systems look a lot like our own.

2. Some organisms can survive in space for years -- without any kind of protective enclosure.

SCIENCE FACT

A small colony of the common bacteria Streptococcus mitis stowed away for nearly three years aboard NASA (news - web sites)'s Surveyor 3, an unmanned spacecraft that landed on the moon in 1967. The crew of Apollo 12 recovered the organisms and brought them back to Earth under sterile conditions. This unplanned experiment proved that certain microorganisms can survive years of radiation exposure, the vacuum of space and deep-freeze, without any nutrient, water or energy source. Some researchers say life could have traveled from Mars to Earth inside a space rock.

3. Organisms have been found thriving in scalding water with temperatures as high as 235 degrees Fahrenheit.

FACT

More than 50 heat-loving microorganisms, or hyperthermophiles, have been found thriving at very high temperatures in such locations as hot springs in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park and on the walls of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Some of these species multiply best at 221 degrees Fahrenheit, and can reproduce at up to 235 degrees. Bacteria have also been found thriving under ice near the poles, in a highly alkaline lake, and deep underground, feeding off rock.

4. We now have evidence that some form of life exists beyond Earth, at least in primitive form.

FICTION

While many scientists speculate that extraterrestrial life exists, so far there is no conclusive evidence to prove it. Future missions to Mars, the Jovian moon Europa and future space telescopes will search for definitive answers to this ageless question.

5. We currently have the technology necessary to send astronauts to another star system within a reasonable time span. The only problem is that such a mission would be overwhelmingly expensive.

FICTION

Even the unmanned Voyager spacecraft, which left our solar system years ago at a breathtaking 37,000 miles per hour, would take 76,000 years to reach the nearest star. Because the distances involved are so vast, interstellar travel to another star within a practical time scale would require, among other things, the ability the move a vehicle at or near the speed of light. This is beyond the reach of today's spacecraft -- regardless of funding, according to. Even so, the space agency is looking into the possibilities.

6. All of the gas giant planets in our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have rings.

FACT

Saturn's rings are the most pronounced and visible, but they aren't the only ones. Check out the rings (and clouds) of Uranus and Neptune.

7. In the "Star Wars" films, the Imperial TIE Fighters are propelled by ion engines (TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine). While these spacecraft are fictional, real ion engines power some of today's spacecraft.

FACT

Ion propulsion has long been a staple of science fiction novels, but in recent years it has been successfully tested on a number of unmanned spacecraft, notably NASA's Deep Space 1. Launched in 1998, Deep Space 1 rendezvoused with a distant asteroid and then with a comet, proving that ion propulsion could be used for interplanetary travel. And the European Space Agency just put an ion-powered probe into orbit around the Moon.

8. There is no gravity in deep space.

FICTION

If this were true, the moon would float away from the Earth, and our entire solar system would drift apart. While it's true that gravity gets weaker with distance, it can never be escaped completely, no matter how far you travel in space. Astronauts appear to experience "zero-gravity" because they are in continuous free-fall around the Earth. An interesting twist (or rather, nontwist) to this concept is that the gravity of a black hole works the same way. So, while anything too close to a black hole (including light) will be sucked in and hidden from view, objects at a distance from a black hole feel no greater pull than if the black hole were a star of equal mass. Go figure.

9. The basic premise of teleportation -- made famous in TV's "Star Trek" -- is theoretically sound. In fact, scientists have already "teleported" the quantum state of individual atoms from one location to another.

FACT

As early as the late 1990s, scientists proved they could teleport data using photons, but the photons were absorbed by whatever surface they struck. More recently, physicists at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, for the first time teleported information between atoms using the principle of quantum entanglement.

Experts say this technology eventually could enable the invention of superfast "quantum computers." But the bad news, at least for sci-fi fans, is that experts don't foresee being able to teleport people in this manner.

10. Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet in the "Star Wars" films, has two Suns -- what astronomers would call a binary star system. Scientists have discovered recently that planets really can form within such systems.

FACT

Double stars, or binary systems, are common in our Milky Way galaxy. Even three-star systems exist in gravitational harmony. Among the more than 100 new planets discovered in recent years, some have been found in binary systems, including 16 Cygni B and 55 Cancri A. So far, alas, no one has found a habitable planet like Luke Skywalker's Tatooine.

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It'll Be A Long Wait

I read this yesterday over on The Corner and made a note to post about it, but spaced on it.

.... my little brother is an enlisted Marine (a sniper with 1-3) in Fallujah. This weekend he called for the first time since the battle began. He informed us that a large number of the residents of Fallujah, before fleeing the battle, left blankets and bedding for the Marines and Soldiers along with notes thanking the Americans for liberating their city from the terrorists, as well as invitations to the Marines and Soldiers to sleep in their houses.

Call it a hunch, but I don't think we'll be hearing about this from the MSM any time soon. But that's just me.

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November 22, 2004

Sisterhood

Debbye makes some excellent points:

.... I have ranted (many times) before about the bankruptcy of both those who pretend to preach tolerance and today's feminist movement which either forgot or abandoned the notion of sisterhood and attributed such to partisan politics, but now I've come to realize that the problems run deeper and I can't expect much more from those who have also abandoned the notion that all people, including Muslim women, are entitled to freedom.

The founding ideal of the modern feminist movement in the '70s was to proclaim that we had the right to determine the course of our lives, but if we don't affirm that those rights extend to our Muslim sisters then we have betrayed that ideal and stand exposed as selfish hypocrites.

I too have ranted many times on this particular subject, but as usual, Debbye says it much better.

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I Lied (aka "Finding Neverland" Review)

So I didn't come back later. Oops.

I did want to say a little bit more about "Finding Neverland" though.

First -- how come the average art house theater goer is always so glum? I suppose they were mostly depressed Kerry supporters. I swear to god the two women in front of us were talking about Thanksgiving being "a holiday about the British infecting the Indians with diseases". I take that back -- I'm sure they were depressed Kerry supporters. Anyway, back to the movie! Johnny Depp was excellent, and I'm sure there's another Academy Award nomination in his near future. The kids in the cast were equally excellent and gave the grownups a run for their money. Definitely bring some Kleenex with you though.

And since its really not "out" yet except in a few cities, click down below for some slightly spoilery stuff....

The movie shifts into "imagination mode" several times, and as I was watching the Cowboys and Indians segment, I realized that the Peter Pan parts, as Barrie is writing it, would be similarly "imagined" visually. I leaned over to Nin and whispered, "If Johnny is Captain Hook in those parts, I'm going to lose it!" Sure enough, Captain Hook! And I wasn't the only one thinking the same thoughts, because the entire audience was laughing. It was a very funny moment.

One of the touches I appreciated was keeping the costumes down to a minimum. Movies seem to always have the female charters in a never ending wardrobe. This movie was realistic in matching the number of outfits to the characters financial standing. Nice for a change.

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November 21, 2004

Only Way

The only way to cook is to drink and cook. Mmmm... red wine! Oh, and there's something odd going on over at Margi's -- just thought I'd mention it.

And did I tell you I saw "Finding Neverland" today? Damn fine movie. Really, go see this one if you have a chance.

Need to go check on dinner. Back later.

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Check Out

the latest Red Ensign Standard at Dust My Broom..

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November 20, 2004

199

There hasn't been much ecosystem movement the last few months, but today I broke into the top 200! I'm at 199 now! It's probably due to my traffic hit for the Last Starfighter yesterday, but it's nice to see.

Oh, the actual search that's bringing the visitors is: What is the name of the last starfighter in the 1984 movie, The Last Starfighter?

Nin thinks it must be some sort of contest.

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November 19, 2004

Relief

Yesterday, Nin came home and said, "Don't freak!" Yeah, right.

I'm relieved to report that the ophthalmologist said he thought her eye would heal without permanent damage.

Whew!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:20 PM

Priceless

This is great!

.... Before the election, some U.S. celebrities and numerous other Democrats vowed that they'd move to Canada if Bush were re-elected.

I hope I'm not alone in gently suggesting to those considering coming to Canada: Stay home, you pathetic whining maggots.

Particularly celebrities. Canada has suffered enough without having to put up with any of the Baldwin brothers or -- heaven forfend! -- Barbra Streisand.

And frankly, I don't know if we can afford to feed Michael Moore.

Please, oh please, read the whole thing!

A hearty AVAST! to Slings & Arrows for the link.

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Encore

For those that missed it -- or those who want to see it again -- FOX is presenting an encore showing of "House" tonight at 8pm.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:47 PM

Amusing Yet Pointless

It's Friday, so let's do something pointless! (it remains to be seen if this qualifies as amusing)

If you're sitting at your desk drinking tea (or coffee) describe the vessel in which your hot liquid of choice is contained in. If you're feeling really motivated, take a picture, post it on your blog, and leave the link in the comments!

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Woof!

Dogs, puppies, links, here.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:37 AM

Birthday Girl

It's C's birthday! She's 29 (and a few) [g]

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What The...?

I just looked at site meter and there are dozens upon dozens of searches for "The Last Starfighter"! What's up with that? Was there some momentous news about the movie or what? I remember hearing something about a musical version a few months back, and even posted about it, I think, but I can't think of what would generate so much interest.

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November 18, 2004

Shiver Me Timbers!

I'm now the Jack o' Coins! I like this pirate thing! Arrr! Where's me rum, wench? (what's the male version of wench anyway?)

And this is for the Captain...

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One More

DG also has a wonderful photo she's sharing, along with a story I'm glad I read -- you will be too.

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A Must Click

Cassandra has a photo on her blog that I'd encourage all of you to go take a look at.

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Of Ninjas & Pirates

I found the link to this comic over here, and I thought of Nin -- my favourite Ninja Pirate (or would that be Pirate Ninja?)

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Democracy Is What Divides Us

Interesting article here that explores the premise that "Europe doesn't believe in democracy".

.... The American Constitution may have borrowed much of its frame of reference from French revolutionary ideals, but the historical outcomes parted company pretty quickly. The United States ended up with a federalised system and an iron-clad Bill of Rights while France was descending into the Terror. We do not have a shared reverence for the robustness of democratic institutions because, in continental Europe, democratic institutions have been anything but robust.

That is why the EU is busily moving away from the idea of government being directly and transparently responsive to the popular will.

The monstrous global crimes of the 20th century - the collective guilt which is still the motor force of European political consciousness - were all thought to have been generated (or at least condoned) by popular will.

The political instincts of the people are far too inflammable and mercurial to be trusted. Better leave the serious business of law-making and governance to a professional class of administrators, an enlightened elite who will not be subject to the whims and volatile passions of the mob whose vicissitudes have brought such disgrace on our countries.

Public opinion manipulated by national political leaders has to take the rap for the hideous events of the two world wars and the Cold War that followed them, and so they will all be cut down to size. Democracy is all well and good in its place but the power of the people must be sieved, regulated and heavily supervised if it is to come to the right conclusions.

It may sound apocalyptic, but I do believe that the democratic experiment in continental Europe, begun just over 200 years or so ago, is coming to a close.

The European Union is creating what it hopes will be a benign oligarchy. Real political power will reside once again within elite circles (as it does already in France) which will conduct their business in the corridors rather than in the assemblies.

Meanwhile, the United States will persevere with the belief, which Europe regards as crass, that giving ordinary people power over their governing class is the only hope for peace and security. Democracy, and what it entails, is not what unites us, Mr Blair. It is what divides us.

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And Sometimes...

There are times when I think Prince Charles is nuts, but other times that he's got a point. Apparently, he's being ripped for the contents of a memo he wrote:

In the memo, the prince wrote: "What is wrong with everyone nowadays?

"Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?

"This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centred system which admits no failure.

"People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability.

Apparently this view makes him "old fashioned", "out of time", and "patronizing". Well I guess we can be old fashioned together, because I for one am sick and tired of people who think they're entitled to something they've never worked for because it's beneath them to do the scut work it takes to get to where they want to be. So they should just get that top job with no qualifications or experience.

And now you have schools not using red pens so as not to diminish the students' self -esteem, or not allowing scores on team sports for the same reason. We have a whole generation that's growing up not knowing how to deal with failure. Life is success and failure. You can't have one without the other. Learning to deal with your failings is as important as dealing with your successes. There's no shame in doing an honest day's work, even if you aren't ever going to be rich and powerful. But that seems to be a minority opinion these days.

Yes, pet peeve. Could you tell?

Quite a bit later: Amen!

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November 17, 2004

Pirate!

It's been awhile since I've done a pirate type post, so I bring you this:

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Anyone else seen it? I remember seeing it on TV when I was a wee one. I need to keep an eye out for it on AMC. Good stuff!

And in other pirate related news, something I meant to mention ages ago, but obviously forgot to -- the Pirate's Blog has me listed as Ship's Carpenter! It would seem actual skill in carpentry is not a requirement, but hey, I can say "Avast, me hearties!" with the best of them! At least I'm not the cabin boy. Me thinks a little climbing the ranks through nefarious means may be in order. Aye, indeed.

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And I Did

I did watch "House" last night, and I have to say I really enjoyed it! Still not to sure on Hugh Laurie and the American accent though. I found that aspect jarring, especially since they let the other doctor keep his accent!

A show with potential, a little different than your usual CSI/Medical style show, and since I like it, I'm sure it will be canceled post haste!

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November 16, 2004

Now I Have To Watch

I was perusing my Yahoo TV Listings for tonight, and I see a show on FOX called, "House". Curious, I clicked on the link to find that it stars Hugh Laurie of all people! I love Hugh Laurie! "Jeeves & Wooster", "A Bit of Frye and Laurie", "Blackadder". How odd he's starring in an American series. Huh.

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November 15, 2004

Gone To The Dogs

Mickey has another Canine Carnival up at her place. Check it out, and pass it along.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:49 PM

A Question For Those Paratrooper Knowledgeable

As reported earlier, I was going to try and watch "Band of Brothers" this weekend. I'm happy to report, that over Sat. & Sun., we made it through the entire series. It was much better that how I first saw it on the History Channel with all the adverts and over the course of a week and a bit. DVDs are the way to go!! (Thanks, Roberta!)

While I was watching, I was reminded of a question I had last time, and forgot to ask. When the paratroopers are jumping, the planes are at all different levels and all spread out, so how do the paratroopers not hit other planes after they jump out of theirs? Maybe it's just the perspective you get seeing it on film, but it looks like all the parachutes are falling amongst the planes. Yes, it's a stupid question, but I'd like to know.

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Ninja In The House

Hey, this is why I live with a Ninja!

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November 13, 2004

The Best Laid Plans

We had a whole day planned. Really. But both Nin and I are feeling lazy, and she decided she really didn't want to trek out to Salinas to get the coat she wanted from Old Navy. And we decided that the Lighthouse sucks enough that we'll wait till Bridget Jones starts in Salinas. Unless we go to our fave Mexican place in Pacific Grove -- Zocalo -- and have many margaritas first -- then the theater doesn't suck quite so much! Anyway, back to today. I decided to make carnitas for dinner, so I will be busy in a bit. In the meantime, I need to eat something, and then maybe I'll start on the "Band of Brothers" DVDs that Roberta got me. Oh, yeah, I need to clean the bathroom too.

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Prayers

Prayers for the Vice President who has been hospitalized.

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November 12, 2004

Dang!

Both Besmirched and Whomping Willow seem to have gone *poof*. Anyone know what happened? I'm hoping it's some temporary internet glitch....

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Nothing's Perfect

Good News: Bridget Jones is playing here in town.

Bad News: it's at the Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, which is the crappiest of theaters.

I really wish the new theater would open soon. It was supposed to be open this summer, but it doesn't look as if it will be done before the New Year at this point.

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November 11, 2004

We Remember

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click image for larger view

This post will remain at the top today.

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A Sure Sign Of Impending Winter

The hills are turning green!

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Snacks Of Yesteryear

This new site got me to reminiscing, and I was trying to remember something that was my favourite snack way back when I was a kid. I knew it was a NASA food, and it had a funky chocolate flavour, but not the name. So on a whim I did a search for "NASA energy sticks snack", and lo and behold, I found it! And coincidentally, they were called, "Space Food Sticks"! How 'bout that?

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Scarily, there is an actual domain for the preservation of Space Food Sticks, and you can buy them again too. I may have to buy some and see if they taste like I remember.

Space Food Sticks and TANG.... What more could a kid want?

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Isn't It Odd?

Why is it that so many people think that if you don't agree with them then you obviously don't know anything about the subject? I never make that assumption when someone disagrees with me. People have a right to their own opinion whether I agree with it or not -- is too much to expect the same courtesy? I guess I believe in "Do Unto Others" as silly as it seems these days.

There just seems to be a rash of such behavior these days, and it's bugging me enough to blog about it :)

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Someone Who's Not, You Know . . . Fascist

Ilyka has been a roll this week, and this post had me in stitches. You must go read this one. Really!

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November 10, 2004

And....

you should also read this.

('cus Deb is special)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:05 PM

Today....

Dean is my hero.

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November 9, 2004

Wrecked

My back is wrecked today. It didn't happen over night -- all the moving has made it gradually worse over the weeks -- but wrestling the foam onto the air mattress last night seems to have been the proverbial straw, as it were. So, I stayed home, since everything hurts, be it standing, sitting, or lying down. I have a heat thingie on my back and am taking my pain pills to the max. Not doing much except drinking tea, and listening to my Glenn Miller CDs.

Hope everyone is having a fine afternoon/evening!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:28 PM | Comments (10)

November 8, 2004

New Standard

The latest edition of the Red Ensign Standard is up.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM

No News Is Good News

I just haven't felt the urge to blog, yet feel compelled to put some words in the space in case y'all forget about me. Okay, not really. Well, sorta?

Jen came down on Saturday, and I was a gracious hostess, I tell you! Not one "neener neener" or evil chortle, or any comment whatsoever about the election passed my lips! Nin even put away her "Imagine No Liberals" mug! The only election comment was about the ticker on election night and how some guy named "Crapo" got 99% of the vote in his race and how every time his name went by at our party, we all shouted, "CRAPO!" Hey, we're easily amused.

So anyway, Jen and her spousal unit visited and we -- I -- had a really awful dinner at an Italian place down the street that's been there since 1953. The marinara sauce was sweet!! EWWWW!!! If I'd wanted sweet, I'd have asked for it on ice cream, for pity's sake! During dinner, somehow, Nin had this burning desire to see "Van Helsing", and Jen discovered we had a Ralph's which meant she could get this awesome parmesan cheese she'd found in SoCal. So off to Blockbuster and Ralph's we went so we could spend the evening eating parmesan and watching Richard Roxbourgh. (well, maybe some of them were watching Hugh Jackman)

Sunday we exchanged Nin's video game for the Sims 2 (Warning: never, ever, got to the Wal Mart in Salinas. It is hell on earth. Trust me on this). Then we went to Target where they got some more of my paycheck in the never ending quest to fully stock the new apartment. Once home, I finally caught up on all my taped shows and General Hospital, and made soup for dinner tonight.

So that's the no news post for today. Hope you enjoyed it. If you didn't, then you don't get any cookies!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:45 PM | Comments (5)

November 5, 2004

The Underground

Found this great blog via Instapundit. Well worth checking out.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM

No Kidding!

I've been on a tear today in comments and email over the hypocrisy of the left. But Jenna says it so well, I'm stealing it for me!

.... And if you're going to try to lecture me on the importance of tolerance and understanding, on appreciating differences and respecting others and their opinions, then it will not help your cause to start off with a tirade on "stupid, evil, ignorant, racist, misogynic, homophobic, idiotic, bigoted religious rednecks."

Thank you and amen!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM | Comments (4)

On A Happier Note

Go wish Deb a happy birthday!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:30 AM | Comments (1)

Pity To Anger

I think I'm going to be seesawing for awhile. I suppose it makes sense considering how emotionally draining this election has been.

This is the must read of the day. I remember the first time I had an east coaster act like I had no stake in what happened on 9/11. I didn't realize that such beliefs were so widespread.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:21 AM

A Nice Cool Cloth

Get a load of this poor troubled individual.

It's pathetic, it really is. These people don't seem to have a klew that they're the ones who are closed minded and intolerant. They actually believe they're some sort of higher enlightened being! So here's a free klew to these folks: they have drugs for your problem, you know. Maybe it's time you sought professional help, 'cus we care, we really do.

I think I'm moving past anger to pity. How can you not feel sorry for someone so obviously out of touch with reality?

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November 4, 2004

New Canada

Blue States Secede (via Fred who emailed me this)

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Posted by Ithildin at 3:14 PM | Comments (10)

True Colours

Found this over on The Corner. It's from a Salon piece, but you have to be a subscriber (which I'm not) to read all of it.

But like many liberals I'm betting on the Armageddon theory of politics. Bush and the GOP majorities in the House and Senate will make things so bad in the next four years that the country will never elect a Republican ever again. So here's hoping things get much, much worse!

This is the kind of thing that's keeping me from being a gracious winner, the kind of thing that keeps me believing that the left is hopeless and so entrenched in a Michael Moore fantasy world that reaching out to them is an exercise in futility.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:53 AM | Comments (6)

Savor This

Peggy Noonan is back with a good one.

The Democrats have lost their leader in the Senate, Tom Daschle. I do not know what the Democratic Party spent, in toto, on the 2004 election, but what they seem to have gotten for it is Barack Obama. Let us savor.

The elites of Old Europe are depressed. Savor. The nonelites of Old Europe, and the normal folk of New Europe, especially our beloved friend Poland, will not be depressed, and many will be happy. Let's savor that too.

George Soros cannot buy a presidential election. Savor. "Volunteers" who are bought and paid for cannot beat volunteers who come from the neighborhood, church, workplace and reading group. Savor.

The leaders of the Bush effort see it this way: A ragtag band of more than a million Republican volunteers who fought like Washington's troops at Valley Forge beat the paid Hessians of King George III's army. Savor.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:41 AM | Comments (1)

November 3, 2004

Fighting The Urge

Here's the deal: On the one hand, I'm actually a very kind person (honest!) I don't like hurting people's feelings or being mean. On the other hand, I've spent the last four years being called a Nazi, Brown Shirt, Fascist, Racist, Stupid -- did I miss anything? Not to mention the almost constant whining about Bush not being a legitimate President, stealing the election, etc, etc, etc.... So, I'm torn, you see. Normally, I wouldn't feel inclined to rub their noses in it, but this time around, I'm finding it really hard not to take some malicious glee in our victory. What makes it even harder is that the other side still has this smug nasty little attitude problem. Already they're on the "divided country" schtick, and how Bush needs to reach out to "the center" (code speak for agreeing to do whatever the Dems want). Well frell that! They lost -- again. They're the ones that need to be doing the soul searching and reaching out, not us. The absolute cheek of the left never ceases to amaze me. The sense of entitlement and superiority that makes you just want to smack them upside the head. Not to mention the sheer disconnect when our guy got a higher percentage of the popular vote than Pres. Bubba did, and I don't recall any talk about "reaching out" then!

See my problem? I'm getting all riled again and feeling mean.

This could be harder than I thought.

Well, niceness is overrated anyway....

Posted by Ithildin at 5:21 PM | Comments (7)

Another Musical Interlude

[snicker] Sean Hannity just played a bit of this Bee Gees classic...

Feel I'm goin' ba-ack To Massachusetts Something's telling me-ee I must go ho-ome And the lights all went down In Massachusetts The day I-I left Her standing on her-er own

Tried to hitch a ride
To San Francisco
Gotta do the things
I wanna do-oo
And the lights all went down
In Massachusetts
They brought me back
To see my way with you

Talk about the life
In Massachusetts
Speak about the people
I have see-een
And the lights all went down
In Ma-assachusetts
And Massachusetts is one place
I ha-ave see-een

Posted by Ithildin at 12:58 PM | Comments (2)

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

That's the tune running through my head right now :)

Oh, what a beautiful mornin',

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin'

Ev'rything's goin' my way.

Oh, what a beautiful mornin',

Oh, what a beautiful day,

I got a beautiful feelin'

Ev'rything's goin' my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:25 AM | Comments (9)

November 2, 2004

Wow...

An actual message that dropped into my email on a list I'm on:

hes going to win (SOB)that women hateing homophobic basterd is going to win and then lucifer's reign will start and chaos and darkness (sob) why Florida ,why again!!!!!!!!!!!!(sob) why WWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY Oh GOD i wish to end myself (hysterical sobbing) i need something to end the pain.... screw it i am going to bed maybe its just a horrible dream. (Sobs) leaveing in disgust .........(damn 2 party system)

Just... Wow... I can't think of anything else that can describe it...

Posted by Ninjababe at 11:51 PM | Comments (5)

The Bitch Pledge

Going to have to go along with Spoons on this one.

I hearby pledge that if Kerry [gurgle] is elected [choke] I'm going to be a grade "A" bitch about it. I swear! Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

That's a pledge you can take to the bank!

Who else wants to take the "Bitch Pledge"? Come on, you know you want to!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:57 PM | Comments (7)

Reflexive Reloading

I'm an obsessed political junkie, I admit it!

The sites I'm reloading over and over:

The Corner

The Kerry Spot

FNC (they have a nifty java map thingie that doesn't generate popups like Yahoo's does)

Drudge

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM | Comments (3)

Now The Nerves Kick In

Now I'm starting to get the anxiety. No, not becuase of the exit polls -- which are historically unreliable -- just because :) Until precincts start reporting, we aren't going to know anything, and even then, it's probably going to be a long night. Hopefully, I have enough drinkies to compensate!

And if you haven't voted... GO! SHOO!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:23 PM | Comments (2)

Look Who's Blogging!

I discovered, quite by accident, that frequent commenter, CalTechGirl has a new blog! Go visit!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:31 AM | Comments (2)

Nothing Left But The Tears

It's been a long haul, hasn't it? But the day is here, the cards have been dealt, and now all that's left to do is wait. I'm feeling more optimisitic today, believe it or not, than I have for months. So virtual hugs to all of you have commented and read and stood here with me through this election. Couldn't have done it without you!

Here's hoping that come tomorrow, we can all draw a sigh of relief and look forward to the next four years!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:34 AM | Comments (10)

November 1, 2004

At Least A Microwave!

I've done my bit for converting others to the cause. First, Nin, who when she moved in was a Dem, changed her party officially to Republican this election cycle and has cast her second vote for President Bush. Second, the admin assistant here at work who is a black, single mom in her mid twenties, and voting for the very first time -- for President Bush.

Forget the toaster, I deserve a larger appliance!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:59 PM | Comments (3)

What I Missed

I really missed a lot of news while I was away, but have been trying to catch up. I see Osama 's made another video -- I guess Michael Moore is moonlighting speech writing for him now, huh? The left in this country must be so damn proud! Considering he's specifically targeting states that vote for Bush in his latest, he must think we're going to be Spain -- I don't think so. Then that news about the Russians helping Saddam move weapons to Syria!! Wow! As for the election, I voted last week and all I can do now is wait. I honestly don't know how it's going to pan out. Either way I'll be crying, but for different reasons obviously. My only ray of light is that if Kerry wins [wards off evil eye], I can spend four years emulating the Dems and whine about him being an illegitimate President. Something for you all to look forward to, I'm sure. I'm going to a gathering tomorrow night for moral support, so either way, at least I won't be alone. I will be glad when it's all over, 'cus I don't think my nerves can take much more.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:43 AM | Comments (7)

Back to You, Ith

Welcome back from your travels/travails. Thanks for hazarding your blog on wannabe talent. It was fun. And thank you, worthy Denizens of Ithica, for your courtesy to a guest. Till next time—Vote Bush!

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