Clinton: Hillary Would Be Great President
If you must read the article, it's here. And if you're feeling so inclined, you can share what you imagine Bill is really thinking about Hill being Pres. Consider it a sorta contest for you all to amuse yourselves with while I'm busy working.
Awesome pictures from Mars here.
This one is amazing -- look at the glaciers!
click on pic for full size
Claire has an interesting post up on the connection between Home Depot and certain questionable groups with a little Tom Ridge thrown in for good measure.
Finally taking a break here. since I got up, I've been cleaning the apartment and doing food prep for tonight, and for meals I have planned for the rest of the week. Nin is making chocolate chip cookies, and then I believe a sour apple martini is in my future! I told Nin she needed to make a cocktail as a reward for all the work I've done today so she doesn't starve :)
We're having my patented carnita and mushroom quesadillas with homemade guac and tomatillo salsa for dinner tonight. Tomorrow is going to be goat cheese tartlets after we actually leave the house to go see a movie.
Fugitive Jen turned me onto a promotion that Adagio Tea is running. Basically, you put a link to them on your webapge, and based on your google ranking, they send you a thank you gift. Nifty, huh? So I put two links on the sidebar -- one for tea and one for teaware.
Will blog for tea! (and for tequila) (duh!) (wine even)
I saw it at IMAO earlier in the week, and Margi so does it justice. "There was this keg party...."
Robert at Llama Butchers has a post on the latest in the ECUSA/Anglican Communion wars, and points out the latest news. I don't have much to add, other than what I said in his comments section, other than it's all very sad.
It's Jay's second blogiversary! For some reason, I thought he'd been around longer than that. Congratulations!
How often does the Sec. of State get a column about her clothes and the image of sex and power they engender? In the Fashion and Beauty section of the paper no less.
....Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual.
Rice challenges expectations and assumptions. There is undeniable authority in her long black jacket with its severe details and menacing silhouette. The darkness lends an air of mystery and foreboding. Black is the color of intellectualism, of abstinence, of penitence. If there is any symbolism to be gleaned from Rice's stark garments, it is that she is tough and focused enough for whatever task is at hand.
Handmade Trackback for Jenna: "S e x and power"
Oops, read that one wrong! That would be "Republic Commando" as in "Star Wars: Republic Commando"
Ithy got a Llama-link! Though that sounds like some sort of sausage, no? "Coming soon to your grocer's freezer section: Jimmy Dean Llama Links! It's what's for breakfast."
So expect a lack of bloggage today.
In the meantime, a few questions for those of you old like me :)
What was the first TV show you ever saw in colour?
What was your favourite board game?
For the gals: do you remember wearing hat and gloves for holidays/church/special occasions? Short dresses with "hot pants" underneath (aka shorts)
For gals and guys: anyone else have one of those faux leather jackets with the fringed sleeves?
Birds Eye chocolate pudding! (that was good stuff)
What was your favourite toy?
(Obligatory Wednesday House Post) (Or, it's all about the "H". Cue overly tanned woman dressed in white, talking about the joys of House) (Does anyone else hate those Overstock.com adverts like I do?)
I'm number two on Google for "House M.D.". I've been getting lots of referrers for that search, so I guess that's why!
Okay, last night's ep, "Sports Medicine" :
Some more personal life tidbits revealed -- "Stacey".
The monster truck thing was a hoot. -- "race you to the parking lot" & the cotton candy.
We hardly ever see them away from the hospital (except
when they're snooping) and in this ep, we see apartments, bars, and
Boy, House was hurt when he found out Wilson had lied -- not
that he'd ever admit it!
This is one of the worst weeks at work every year, and this year is no exception.
Unremitting head pain.
Stupid people and then some.
Still they haven't finished the new windows! 8 days and counting.
It's going to rain again -- probably just in time to walk home.
A big stack of payables.
Did I mention stupid people??
Cassandra is talking about Eminent Domain Abuse. Think it can't happen to you?
Err, types. Or does he have to actually type? He is a droid after all, and he probably just beams his thoughts to the computer. Or maybe R2 does it for him....?
It's that season again, and there's much worry (yet again) about the lack of popular female bloggers (Ilyka sums it up quite handily). And then there's Susan Estrich and her hysteria over the lack of women, not to mention the right kind of women, writing at the L.A. Times. And let's not forget the brouhaha over Lawrence Summers' remarks at Harvard in regards to women in the sciences. And I suppose somewhere, "feminists" are still rallying over being allowed to play golf somewhere or other. Oppression is all around, it would seem. At least it is to certain segments of our "Blue" populace. I don't know, do you think maybe they could muster a small amount of outrage for -- just a tiny portion of their righteous indignation. It's not asking much, is it?
.... Suddenly, the woman in the backseat of the Buick opened the door and stepped out. Her abbaya was unfastened. Her scarf and veil were gone. She had long, thick, black hair. She was a young Saudi woman, maybe seventeen or eighteen. She reached up to the sky and she cried, "Momma! Momma!" Blue nylon cord dangled from her wrists. The white-haired driver got out again and scrambled back around the front of the car. In a futile effort to resist, the young woman sprawled out on the road, stretching her arms out in front of her on the baking summer asphalt. The man pulled her arms behind her back and deftly tied them to her ankles. Then he opened the trunk of the Buick, lifted her up, and dropped her in. He closed the trunk, made a U-turn at the intersection, and disappeared into the sunlit afternoon. It was over in the time it takes a traffic light to change from red to green.
Or this one:
....Last week a Kuwaiti named Adnan Al-Enezi murdered his 13-year-old daughter, Asma. After handcuffing and blindfolding his pleading daughter, Adnan Al-Enezi cut her throat in front of her two brothers and sister. He thought she was not a virgin. I wasn't surprised to hear that Mr. Enezi supported jihad and had established connections with known militants. Mental derangement rarely confines itself to a single segment of a person's life.
The Al-Arabiya news reported: "The murder report was the talk of the town in Kuwait, especially after people learned that forensic tests proved the girl was still a virgin and that she had not suffered any sexual assault." The italics are mine. Perhaps if forensics had found the girl was not a virgin, there would have been much less talk, though I'm sure for the sake of propriety the talking public would have preferred a pillow had been used instead of a knife.
"The desert is full of voices"
I read this and imagined the outrage there would be if it was a Christian tent with a Baptist minister.
I'm off, but they're still working on the windows. so this is my last look at the 'puter before I need to turn it off, since it's too near the construction zone.
I am so bored, I went to Mapquest to get driving times to different cities from St. George, so when we move, I'll know how long it will take.
I am so bored, I cleared out old catalogs for the recycle bin.
I am so bored, I'm writing this post.
This afternoon's musical selections were:
Tchaikovsky vol. 2 Greatest Hits
Capercaille, "Get Out"
Cyndi Thompson, "My World"
Keith Urban, "Golden Road"
the recipes, that is, I'm on a banana bread baking spree. I'm trying out two recipes: Banana Chocolate Tea Bread & Banana Cranberry Bread. I think the cranberry one will be muffins though instead of a loaf. Meanwhile, the rain continues to fall, and fall, and fall, and will for the next three or four days. And I have a new Keith Urban CD to listen to while I bake. Considering the weather, ironically enough, it's the one with "Raining on Sunday" on it.
I'm tired of handwritng recipes out [whine]
More weekend posting, just for you (if you're the "you", you'll just know).
Movie director Peter Jackson is backing residents in Matamata who are opposing Transpower's proposed 400kV line and rumours are rife that he intends to return to the area to film The Hobbit.
There are two proposed routes up the centre of the North Island, one of which will run alongside Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours near Matamata, a tourist attraction made famous by Jackson's filming of The Lord of the Rings.
Owner Russell Alexander said he had spoken to Jackson who was "very supportive" of what was being done to oppose the lines.
The Herald understands Jackson has indicated he would not look at returning to the site to film The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien's preclude to Lord of the Rings if the pylons are erected.
I missed this article on "House M.D." when it first was written back in December, but better late than never.
Our Friend, in your Happy Place,
We're really comfortable with who you are.
May you realize your vision and find closure,
in our delicate eco-system, as within your own personal environment.
Read the whole thing here. Make sure no beverages are passing your lips at the time.
Last night's Stargate was a clip show, but they've always had a way of doing creative clip shows, and last night was no exception. It was touching and funny, and there several places where they poked fun at themselves and the show. The guest star was quite good, and held his own, which was a good thing since he anchored nearly the entire ep.
Atlantis was a good one. I love seeing more of the Ancients, so I enjoyed last night's offering.
Battlestar Galactica was also very good. I'm finding the Cylons religious beliefs fascinating (not to mention the fact that they even have them) and am looking forward to more on that aspect of the show. I still can't figure out what the point is with the Boomer Cylon and the human pilot guy on Caprica.
A whole night of SF programming! Who's have thunk it?
I knew I was going to be back to Mammal status in a few days, but geez!! I dropped from 94 to 277 in one night!
When you click on the wrong button in a program? You intend to do one thing, but as you zone, your subconscious takes over and you do something else.
Well, I'm still a Playful Primate! I figured it would be a day or two sort of thang :) But I'm pretty sure by next week I'll be back to Mammal status. I was in the 80s, and now I'm dropping into the 90s.
I've been repeating the same thing for nearly 14 years, and no matter how I word it....
Typical phone call:
"Do you rent screens?"
Me: yes, we do.
"What size are they?"
Me: we have 5, 6, 7, or 8 foot square tripod screens.
"So how long/tall/wide would that be?"
Me: [bangs head against desk]
[blah blah blah]
"I need something bigger!"
Me: we also have ten or twelve foot pole and saddle screen.
"Yeah, that's more like it! Give me a ten foot!"
Days pass... customer comes in to get screen.
"It's TEN FEET LONG!!! I can't get that in my car!"
[bangs head against desk]
This is my life.
So who else thinks Syd's sister is going to end up being a bad guy? Maybe I'm just paranoid. And poor Weiss! [sniff] He's so cute all in love.
I'm glad they finally gave some sort of rationalization on why on earth Dixon would work for Sloane, cus that's been bugging me.
Faux Francie is still alive?? Piffle!
Think we'll be seeing Will anytime soon?
I just sent an email via my Yahoo account, and I had to enter a code before I could send it. Is that new, or is it just random?
So here I sit waiting for the window guys to finish up for the day. Apparently the new door isn't closing properly, so they have to tweak it. Plus, they're clean freaks! They've been through here twice with the shop vac picking up every stray bit of debris. Now the whole crew has congregated, all to work on the door. Two more days of work to go.
Hey, the suits must have been listening to me! I've been wanting a cold weather version for a while now.
.... Here's another possible first: a cold edition of "Survivor" set in Canada.
"One day we were gonna run out of beaches," said Probst. "It would be a lot more bleaker. You're not gonna have any sexy water challenges. I think we'll have to seriously think about it. Creatively, it offers something totally new. Our audience is loyal so I think our audience would stay with us."
There is a person in our head office who makes me want to scream like Howard Dean on a regular basis. If I did my job the way they do theirs, I wouldn't have a job! They will call and ask me the most inane questions and after I've gotten aggravated over the idiocy of being called on the subject at all, then I have to try and give them an answer that they can understand after I repeat it a few dozen times. All this while dealing with very poor English and a heavy accent.
Right now, I want to kick something while screaming!
House: can we say, "Emmy"?
Gilmore Girls: heart wrenching with more to come.
For some reason, the last few hours I've thought it was Friday. I just realized it isn't. Isn't that just a bummer?
The new window install keeps on a going, and while I'm happy about the heat that will stay in, I have to say I'm not all that happy that the windows all have a brown tint. Now, if you live someplace with lots of sun, that's probably a cool thing, but here? Here, when we get some sunshine, we want to see it! And when it's dreary like it often is, the apartment is now as dark as a crypt. Okay, maybe not that dark, but you get the idea. And I lost all my window sills! And the patio door -- which is the main (and only) entrance -- is being turned into a glass door on hinges, which means the nice screened access to the patio is gone. On the plus side, that means a much sturdier real lock than we have now.
I guess you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, huh?
Back to pinning up sheets over the windows for the night.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: "House," 9 p.m., Fox.
By Mike Hughes
Lansing State Journal
Colleagues have looked the other way as Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) gobbled pain-killers.
Now comes an attempt to stop him. It comes as House gropes with the near- impossible case of a teen who is bleeding to death.
Always a tough and irritable soul, House is now crumbling completely. It's another brilliant performance by Laurie, who was known in England for comedy, not drama.
It's also a reminder that great drama has curves and detours. There are bursts of humor and surprises, as the others react to their wobbly leader.
Another good article here: Master of 'House'.
House M.D. email list
Jonah Goldberg has a good column out today: Raines, Rather, Jordan...
The whole thing is good, but I keep coming back for the chipmunks.
This is a nice sentiment from David Frum:
"I’ve never liked the Valentine’s Day holiday. Our culture celebrates romantic love morning, noon, and night 364 days a year – and then sets aside one special day every February to really rub the lovelesses’ noses in it. Not so nice. So: if you are lucky enough to have a sweetheart, of course you must kiss her (or him) today. But if you want to do a good deed, give a thought to the many lonely people around you: the divorced, the widowed, the unlucky – and maybe, if you have a spare dollar or two, you might want to send a small anonymous bouquet to one of them. Oh – and send it to the office, where everybody can see."
Thanks to everyone who offered their opinion over the weekend on the subject of freezing sandwich meat. I had no idea I'd get that much information!
I've been a Playful Primate for two days now. Usually it's a hiccup that rectifies itself in a day. Well, I'll enjoy it while it lasts!
You are Rizzo the Rat.
You have few friends, but are loyal to those you do
have. Maybe if you didn't smell like sewage
you would have more.
Rodentia Digesta Lotta Grub
"Rat On A Hot Tin Roof"
"The Pest Is Yet To Come"
You got it, I'll eat it.
See "Favorite Food".
I just saw Jesse Spencer on Fox News. It's almost always on on the weekends and I'm sort of a 1/4 listening and the rest playing on the computer. Eventually, my brain kicked in and I realized I recognized the voice! He was there to publicize his new movie "Swimming Upstream". They talked a bit about his movie -- it's about a famous Australian swimmer, and then the anchor brought up "House" and how popular it's becoming. He said if he hadn't become an actor, he would have been a doctor since he comes from a medical family. Then he talked a bit about his character and some of what's coming up for him in future eps. The anchor then mentioned it was his 26th birthday today, and wished him a happy one.
Not that he's unattractive on the show or anything, but he was quite fetching today. He had more of a scruffy outdoorsy look going. He was also quite personable -- great accent. and he was much more relaxed than his persona on House.
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It's interesting to compare a name like "Ruby" which was very popular in the early part of the lasy century, to a name like “Rhiannon” which only starts to register in the last decade or so.
Can you freeze that thin sliced deli meat? I was given a pound of each instead of 1/2 a pound and there's no way two of us can eat it all before it goes bad.
Okay, let's try it this way.
(I keep trying to leave comments on your blog, but I keep getting bounced to this site and I have no idea why)
Ramesh Ponnuru is saying he's heard Eason Jordan has resigned.
like Margarita blogging.
(Yes, it's a teeny pic, but it's all I have access to at work. When I get home, I can peruse my photo files for something better)
(And the timing of this is quite ironic considering my first post today!)
(Come get me U.N.!! Neener Neener)
USA Today is having an online chat with him at 10am PST/1pm EST
Neo-Prohibition is one of my pet topics, and I came across this article today on how the U.N. is getting in on the movement. Here's an excerpt:
The U.N.'s Neo-Prohibitionists
The United Nations is coming for your booze and it’s starting to fabricate the kind of factoids that the international health nannies will no doubt try to spin into "conventional wisdom."
"The amount of death and disability caused by alcohol globally is similar to that caused by tobacco and high blood pressure," trumpets the media release for a study in last week’s medical journal "The Lancet."
"Overall, four percent of the global burden of disease is attributable to alcohol, 4.1 percent to tobacco and 4.4 percent to high blood pressure. Alcohol is causally related to more than 60 different medical conditions, including breast cancer and coronary heart disease. In most cases, alcohol has a detrimental effect on health," claims the release.
The study authors, from Sweden, Canada and the U.S., claim there’s a "growing contrast between the treatment of alcohol in trade agreements and disputes as an ordinary commodity and the more restrictive treatments of such other commodities as tobacco and pharmaceuticals, which also entail public health risks."
They end their study with a call for a "new international treaty on alcohol control, along the lines of the [United Nations’] Framework Convention on Tobacco Control."
All the best to Prince Charles and Camilla for a happy marriage. I'm glad to see them finally being able to "make it legal". After 30 years, more or less, it was time. And when a lot of powerful men of his age are chasing women young enough to be their daughters, it's nice to see Charles staying with somone he's known for so long, and in the same age bracket!
In an attempt to be a better guest blogger for Juliette, I actually posted this morning!
For your reading pleasure: Tales From The Workplace.
Fox Prescribes More 'House'
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox has ordered an additional four episodes of its fledgling medical drama "House," bringing the total number of episodes ordered to 22, a full season's worth.
Fox said it hoped to have fresh episodes of the show to air in April. Hugh Laurie ("Flight of the Phoenix") plays the title character, a pill-popping doctor who hates his patients
"House," which debuted in November, hit its highest ratings yet on Tuesday with the benefit of an "American Idol" lead-in.
(House M.D. email list right here)
This one made me cry. My list of things that stood out:
So House isn't a hermit. We've had clues as far as him knowing Wilson's wife, but now we know he's met his parents and knew about one of his brothers.
He's nosy and annoying, but he cares. Him with their files was classic House. "Twerp with a limp" [g]
What was going on under the surface between Wilson and Foreman was just as fascinating to him as the patient.
I forgave Foreman for being a jerk by the end.
Rabies! I guessed just prior that that's what it was.
Far be it for me to expect a medical show to be accurate, but I could have sworn that the shots in the stomach weren't necessary anymore.
Watching the OC [snicker]
The medical students!! A nice little addition to the usual clinic comic relief. "Get me a box of thin mints."
More as I think of it (or not)
I know blog content has been pretty lame lately, but RL has left me more than somewhat emotionally drained. That seems to leave me with little fire for deep and thoughtful posting. So expect light and fluffy for awhile, folks! Hopefully, I'll be feeling more like myself soon, and things will get back to normal -- on all fronts.
Found a nice pic of Johnny Depp at the SAG's here. Looks like he's growing in his Jack Sparrow hair and beard.
Tonight, we dine on Pumpkin Soup and a fresh La Brea Bakery baguette from Whole Foods. and if we're dining on pumpkin soup, I suppose I should get a move on and actually start making it, huh?
I'm attempting to savour this week as next week, they start putting the new windows in. They're doing the two apartments next to us this week. We're getting double paned windows and door as part of an agreement the airport made with residents in the flight path. Me, I don't notice the noise, but I'll be very happy for the reduction in my heating bill! It's supposed to take five days to complete, and we have to remove all our blinds and curtains and move everything 4 ft away from the windows and door. Gah!! Still trying to figure out how to move my TV since it took me, Nin, and my brother, to get it in in the first place. Now it's just me and Nin, and we're puny!
Okay, enough chatting, it's time for soup!
Dirk Benedict on the Donny & Marie show, singing with Marie. Yes, I remember it. Though I didn't know I remembered it till five minutes ago.
(They were engaged at the time, you know)
(I was heartbroken when they split up)
Pirates Sequels Detailed
The upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel film will be called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and will open in summer of 2006, followed by a third film in summer of 2007, Disney studio chairman Dick Cook revealed in a conference call with investors. The two sequels are being shot back to back.
In Dead Man's Chest, Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, who owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, ruler of the ocean depths and captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. The sequel will also bring back Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, according to a report on the ComingSoon.net Web site.
Jerry Bruckheimer will again produce, and Gore Verbinski is back to direct. Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Alex Norton round out the cast.
Sounds promising! [fingers crossed]
A bit later: I like Keira Knightley (as my long time readers know) a great deal. In a world of spoiled, irritating starlets, she's a nice down-to-earth young woman. We could use a few more like her.
Even Later: Checking out the IMDB listing, and Yun-Fat Chow is listed in the cast. That's interesting.
Tonight is the 100th episode of Gilmore Girls and it's supposed to be a doozy. Then turn your channel to FOX for tonight's "House". As always, you can chat about the episode here.
Three new faces on Stargate and Atlantis next season: Beau Bridges, Lou Gossett & Mitch Pileggi.
Bridges will join SG-1 as Gen. Hank Landry, the new head of Stargate Command, when Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) is promoted to oversee Homeworld Security. Bridges will have a regular role on SG-1 and will also appear in a few episodes of Atlantis.
Oscar winner Gossett joins the cast of SG-1 in a recurring role as a
Jaffa leader who vies with Teal'c (Christopher Judge) for political
control of the new Jaffa nation.
Pileggi, best known to SF fans for his recurring X-Files role as
assistant FBI director Walter Skinner, takes on a recurring role in
Atlantis as a hard-nosed colonel who butts heads with Dr. Weir
(Torri Higginson) and Maj. Sheppard (Joe Flanigan).
It's pouring rain this morning, and what does that mean? It means it's AT&T Pro-Am week, that's what!
Anyone out there other than me who didn't watch the Superbowl?
I baked and cooked and watched second season Gilmore Girls DVDs and then we watched Sense & Sensibility (the Emma Thompson version). Great movie!
Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris are boarding Walt Disney Pictures’ back-to-back sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The sequels reunite the main players in the 2003 blockbuster: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley star, Gore Verbinski directs, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio write and Jerry Bruckheimer produces. In the new films, Skarsgard will play Bloom’s long-lost father, and Harris will play a gypsy queen. Pirates 2 is scheduled for a summer 2006 release. Shooting is to start early next month in Los Angeles and the Caribbean.
I did go to work today, didn't feel great, but toughed it out.
Watched taped stuff last night, including Gilmore Girls and House. I have to say, House was very good. It was definitely more character driven than some have been. The "disease of the week" was more of a vehicle to explore a little deeper into the characters personalities, and I loved that. Here's hoping this is a trend.
Too tired to cook tonight, so it's going to be grilled cheese sandwiches, made with sourdough, sharp Tillamook cheddar, and chopped onions.
Going to catch up on this week's General Hospital episodes. I'm about three behind at this point.
Sorry, dudes and dudettes, for the lack of posting, but I'm sicker than a dog today. Last night I was thinking food poisoning, but now I'm leaning towards a stomach virus. Nin wanted to take me to the emergency room last night, but I managed to avoid it. If I'm not feeling better by tomorrow, I'll try and get in to see a doctor.
Yes, I'm drinking lots of liquids! Cus I've already been told that a few dozen times! :) Even my landlady wanted to bring me 7 Up.
I'm going to try some toast and go lay down again.
Any of you who have the keys to the blog, feel free to guest post here if you're feeling so inclined.
Internet Guru, Kathy Kinsley, has been installing some new spam countermeasures here, and on other blogs living on the domain. So over the next couple of days, you'll notice a change or two. Probably most noticeably will be having to hit "preview" before being able to hit "post" on comments. The extra step does wonders for stopping spam, I'm informed. I'm also going to be able to close old comments, so if you've been wanting to make a comment, don't wait! :)