Kathleen asks in the comments for a recap of the last House episode, "Heavy". But I'm a lousy recapper, so how about we all try and do a joint recap for her in the comments of this post, and between the lot of us, maybe we can give her an overview.
And for all your House needs, you can always check this out :)
He sure didn't last long.
LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Christopher Eccleston has quit his role as time-travelling hero Dr Who after just one episode of the new series was screened, the BBC says.
Eccleston, who took up the ninth reincarnation of the Timelord, feared being typecast.
He said he was planning new projects and that he found filming the 13-part series gruelling.
"The audience's response for the new Dr Who has been incredible and I am really proud to be part of it and I hope viewers continue to enjoy the series," Eccleston said in a statement on Thursday.
Talks to replace him with period drama "Casanova" star David Tennant for the second series were taking place, the BBC said.
Hey, it's "National Blog Comment Week" according to ASV! That means y'all need to comment like it's 1999! Well, no that won't work 'cus there were no comments in 1999, were there? Whatever. Just comment!
First off, I wanted to clarify something. You do not need a Yahoo account/profile to participate. If you don't have one, and don't want one, email me directly, or leave your email address in the comments, and I will sub you manually. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion than last time. The list is set to announce only. The only email you will get will be from me . You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. As an example: I set up the Tartan Blogs list at the beginning of March and a total of 3 emails have been sent. That's it, 3. Honest :) The other thing I'm using Yahoo for is to store the blogroll codes and the banners and buttons so all you need is in one place. I hope this clears up any confusion there may have been.
Okay, now the reminder: Friday is Scottish Fashion Show Day! So get those pics ready to go.
Next week is Tartan Day itself, April 6.
I have put up the Gathering 2005 blogroll. This has everyone on it that I know is participating up to today. If you don't see your blog listed, and you thought you'd told me so, let me know.
All you need to know is here.
This was supposed to be a comment in response to comments left on my House post from last night, but it got so long, I'm making it a post!
Kathy, this is why I relate to Cameron. I'm quiet and people assume, passive. I worked for a big hotel before my current job, and I ran the A/P department -- I was a department of one -- where I was efficient, always had my work done in half the time, and would help out other people when I was twiddling my thumbs. Well, they decided to try and get me to take the A/R clerks job because the credit manager was an incompetent idiot, but they didn't want to fire her (for reasons too complicated to get into here). The plan was that I would carry her, basically doing her job and mine without the pay and title. It never, ever occurred to them I'd say no. I was nice, and quiet, and agreeable, and I always did what I was told. The expression on their faces when I turned them down was priceless! The Assistant Controller even took me out of the office for "a walk" to try and wheedle me into taking the job. Then the controller tried. I dug in my heels and astounded everyone. I was quite proud of myself. I may be quiet, I may be nice, but I'm not a pushover. When Cameron chewed out House, he had a similar look to my boss when I stated categorically I wouldn't take the job. Another amusing similarity -- the paymaster was a bitch and a backstabber. I didn't trust her at all, but the auditor, a friend if mine did. The paymaster ratted her out to our bosses during the course of the whole thing. Except it didn't have the desired affect -- getting me fired -- it blew up in her face because it became public knowledge she was untrustworthy.
CTG, Deb, I so related to that girl. I was terrorized from 7th grade on till I quit school in 10th grade. There's always somebody that's the target, no matter if they're fat, thin, or in between -- I was the chosen one. School was literally hell for me, and I wouldn't want to relive those years for anything.
Jay, since the original number of episodes was 15, last week's, where he was told he'd have to fire someone would have been the season ender, if my figuring is right. Then they ordered three more episodes, for a total of 18, so that would last night's and the next two. Then FOX ordered a full 22. It will be interesting to see if we end up with three "ends".
I didn't know Amazing Race was two hours tonight. So if anyone wants to fill me in at about the lion park?
House was excellent tonight! And my girl, Cameron, she rocked! Good for her, giving him what for. If she keeps this up, I may become a dedicated Cameron/House shipper! [waves to Kathy] And what can I say about Chase? Here I was willing to at least give him the benefit of the doubt, but he's even more of a weasel than I thought he was.
Repeat next week. Bleah.
Apparently, this Drambuie recipe was given to members of the MacKinnon clan in gratitude for their help after Culloden. When I got it, it was written in a less than clear manner, so I guessed at some of it. Since no one had any left on their plates, I'm assuming I guessed correctly!
4 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
2 or 3 tablespoons of Drambuie
Half cup chicken stock
One cup whipping cream
¾ stick butter
1 ounce chopped/flaked almonds
A little flour, salt, pepper, paprika
Flour and season the chicken breasts and fry in hot butter on both sides. When they are well browned, sprinkle with Drambuie, add the chicken stock, cover and simmer for ten minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, peel and core the apples. Cut them into thick slices.
Remove the chicken to a serving dish, cover, and finish cooking in a 325 degree oven (I had fairly thick chicken breasts and they needed about 1/2 an hour. Your time may vary).
Place apples in the pan you removed the chicken from and cook gently until fairly soft - do not stir to avoid mashing. (At this point, I added a little more butter.) While the apples are cooking, place the almonds in a pie plate or on a piece of foil and lightly brown them in the oven, remove when you think they're toasted sufficiently. Move apples to serving dish with the chicken, cover, and place back in oven to finish cooking.
Make the sauce by adding more Drambuie, and stock, if required, to the mixture left in the pan and gently stir in the cream. Heat but do not boil. Add the roasted almonds. Cover the chicken and apples with the sauce and serve.
This is an excellent recipe for Tartan Day & the Gathering of the Blogs 2005!
Okay, the regular bobbleheads were bad enough, but know they're churning out "hand painted" ones. Where will it end?!?!!?
I had a dream last night that crossed Forever Knight and Firefly! Oddly enough, it worked. No, I refuse to write it! I don't need any more xover universes in my fanfic!
We had two free movie tickets to use before the end of the month, so Nin and I went to see "Hitch" Saturday night. It was cute. Good movie to take my mum to -- no cursing or nudity. A very nice change from the usual Hollywood fare.
ORLANDO BLOOM's dream of becoming the next JAMES BOND looks set to become reality - but he'll be playing the young 007.
The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN actor has confirmed he has been in negotiations to star in YOUNG 007.
He says, "I love the idea, in principle, as he can be far more adventurous and do more stunts. This is as near as I think I will get to playing the grown up James for the next 20 years."
The first Young 007 movie will be based on new novel SILVERFIN and will be set in the 1930s, years before Bond discovered he likes his Martinis shaken, not stirred.
The film will follow the young Bond from school at Eton, England, to his uncle's house in the west Highlands.
Meanwhile, Aussie actor JULIAN McMAHON and Brits CLIVE OWEN and GERARD BUTLER remain the current favourites to take over from PIERCE BROSNAN as the grown-up Bond.
I haven't written any fanfic in ages. My muse seemed to flee about the time I started seriously blogging. The last few days, I've been watching my Season Two Forever Knight DVDs and I have the urge to start up again. Of course, I don't have the urge to finish the third part of the trilogy I started a few years back, I have whole new stories banging around my brain [sigh]. Maybe if I ignore them long enough, they'll go away!
I could talk about how I almost got hit by a car whilst in a crosswalk on my way home, or I could let you read about the newest craze sweeping the UK: Pole Dancing! But is it seedy or sexy? Hmmm....
Peter Sean passes on the link to this interview with David Klinghoffer, who has a new book out — Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History. Sounds like a book to add to the Wish List!
Scientists have made a breakthrough in efforts to prevent allergies caused by cats, it emerged today.
They have developed a protein that could block the allergic response – and the technique could be adapted to other situations such as food allergies.
In the research, reported in the April issue of Nature Medicine, they found that mice treated with a newly developed part-cat, part-human protein did not develop an allergic reaction.
Andrew Saxon, of the University of California in Los Angeles, said in today’s Guardian newspaper that the technique could be extended to develop cures for potentially deadly allergies to food such as nuts.
The allergic attacks occur when the immune system mistakes cat or pollen allergens for germs, producing large amounts of an antibody which triggers the release of a chemical called histamine. This causes symptoms such as inflammation, rashes and swelling.
Dr Saxon fused the cat allergen with a human protein that tends to slow down the immune system. The cat part causes the immune system to produce the antibody – but the human part calms the reaction, resetting the immune system.
His cure is still several years – and many clinical trials – away from becoming a mass market treatment, The Guardian noted.
Taking a break while the dinner "gets happy" :) I'm making Bonnie Prince Charlie chicken, a new recipe for me. It's basically chicken with Drambuie, apples, and almonds. We're having it with garlic mashed potaoes, and tomato cucumber salad. And I made a dessert: chocolate, orange, and whisky mousse. Do you sense a theme here? I'm taking my Tartan Day obligations very seriously!
I made some kickass cream scones this morning. I got my mum to read the recipe to me over the phone last night. I'd done a web search for a similar recipe, but couldn't find one. This recipe comes from my mum's falling apart, circa 1940's cookbook, and it my favourite scone recipe.
I've always admired folks who have their blogrolls divided up in clever categories. Today, through Sitemeter, I discovered Fistful of Fortnights (a kewl blog name) and the very nifty Quentin Tarantino themed blogroll.
(this is probably where I should admit I've never seen one of his movies) (but I did like him on Alias!) (one of these days I'll catagorize my blogroll, but I have yet to think of anything clever enough to make it worth doing)
I guess what I keep coming back to, that in a country that's seemingly fixated on "conflicts of interest", that it isn't one for Michael Schiavo to be married in all but the "I do's" to another woman and have children with her. It would seem that even if his intentions were as pure as the driven snow, that fact alone would be enough to disqualify him from making death decisions for his, in all but the divorce papers, ex-wife. We keep hearing what "Terri would have wanted", so would she have still wanted to be legally married to a man who had a new wife and family?
Not really looking for answers, more I'm just thinking out loud. But don't let that stop anyone from contributing their 2 cents.
"loving women in a warm country"??
Michelle Malkin has a very helpful post up on living wills and durable powers of attorney. Nin and I have been discussing this a lot, as you might imagine, and that was one of the things I brought up last night: I'm not a doctor, so how can I knowledgeably indicate each and every possible treatment I might or might not want should the worst happen? How do I make allowances for advancing technology and the differences in treatment versus what medical condition I may have? Lots to think about before writing it all down in a legal document.
this is just so silly! I guess FOX must be doing something right to drive this guy to such lengths. Still, seems like someone this clever could put his energies towards something meaningful. Whatever. I guess it really does take all sorts to make the world go round.
I wonder if he could make a filter for talking baby ads? Now that would be a service to all humanity!
The latest recipe extravaganza is up and ready for business! Check it out.
Since they can't accuse Ralph Nader of being a rightwing, hysterical Christian fanatic, what will they call him?
Look what I got meself!
Stolen from Contagion with much zeal!
I discovered The Anchoress about ten days ago, and have found a great deal of comfort in much of what she's written on the subject of Terri Schiavo. She's Roman Catholic, and I'm not, but there's not a great deal off difference in our core beliefs, and I've enjoyed reading her thoughts.
I'm not a lawyer, or a constitutional scholar, and this is something I'm honestly confused about. I'm hoping someone out there can explain it to me in little tiny words I can understand. My confusion is basically this: conservatives who are angry with the President and Congress for taking on the Terri Schiavo case. They say it's "big government". Now, I'm all against big government, but to me big government is huge programs like trying to run local schools from a Federal level. Not sure that's the best example, but there you go. To me, this seems like "small government" -- our elected officials taking the time to be concerned with one woman, one citizen. Not some huge bureaucracy, but a single person, like you or me. Who, if not our elected representatives, should we be able to turn to when all else fails? Isn't a matter of life and death worth the time and attention of those we elect to represent us? I frequently get notices in the mail from my congressman with his office hours and contact information if I need to ask for his help with something. Seems to me that's what they're there for. Are we supposed to be at the mercy of the courts? Are they the final arbiters of all aspects of our lives?
So explain it to me if you would.
Next Friday, the 1st of April, is our "Scottish Web Fashion Show". So get those photos of you, or your pets, friends, family, in your best plaid duds ready to go!
Then, fast after that is Tartan Day itself, on April 6th. It's going to be a lot of fun, so I hope you'll participate. Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to discover blogs you might not already know about, and to bring a little extra traffic to your blog. All the information you need is here. Feel free to email me if you you have any questions.
I got nearly 300 trackpack spams overnight. I'm still working on deleting them.
You know how I love pugs. I was just doing some general web surfing on the subject, and came across Kingsley's story. It just about made me cry right here at my desk. I will never understand how people can treat their pets so horribly.
Excellent article here that attempts to dispel some of the myths of the Crusades. Seems to me, the more I learn about the real history behind the Crusades, that we're essentially in the same war today.
So, Cameron and House. I have to say I like the idea better than House and Cuddy, which seemed where they were heading in the beginning of the series. I'm kind of surprised Cameron told Chase about it though. Of course, we don't know if she has a lot of friends outside her work, so maybe he was the only person she could really talk to about it. But she had to know he'd probably be dismissive of her feelings. Him telling Foreman was pretty crappy, IMHO.
As far as it goes, I think Cameron and House could work, if that is indeed where this is all heading. It would certainly be interesting to say the least. I like the idea of going against the stereotype that most shows use -- in this case it would be Cuddy since they seem to fight all the time. As a "nice", quiet girl myself, I'd like to see Alison get the guy! Just for once, it would be welcome occurrence. Of course, this could all be moot if she's the one House fires. Hmmmm... That actually has possibilities. She wouldn't work for him anymore, and some other post in the hospital could open up...
The next few episodes will be interesting!
Rusty Nails are of the good.
I go sleep now.
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are set to take part in a round-the-world yacht race.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean stars will set sail on-board a replica of the film's Black Pearl ship - complete with a giant skull and crossbones sail - later this year to promote the movie sequel Dead Man's Chest as part of the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race challenge.
But the superstar trio will join the race at different legs of the journey to compete in one of seven in-port races rather than complete the full 48 280km global trip.
Sexy Knightley will board the boat when it docks in Europe, followed by Bloom, who will cover the South African leg and finally Depp, who will join the boat when it reaches south America.
Walt Disney chairman Dick Cook said: "Given the film's high seas adventures and nautical themes, this marathon sporting event is a great way to make some waves and generate awareness among the millions of viewers."
Over the next few months the trio will undergo rigorous training sessions at the race headquarters in Britain - before being treated to the relative luxury of the yacht complete with "Hollywood-style berths".
Tonight's episode is "Mob Rules" and looks to be another humdinger!
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To get in the mood for the fast approaching Tartan Day on April 6, and the Gathering of the Blogs 2005, here's a recipe for Scottish Drop Scones. Enjoy!
4 cups Plain flour
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cream of tartar
2½ cups Buttermilk
Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar into a bowl. Gradually add the beaten egg and the buttermilk, beating well with a wooden spoon, until it is an even creamy consistency (similar to that of thick double cream). Allow the mixture to stand for a short while (half an hour to an hour).
Lightly grease a hot griddle (or large heavy frying pan). Drop on the batter, a spoonful at a time, until griddle or pan is full, taking care that the batter is in neat, round shapes. When scones are covered with bubbles on the top and golden brown underneath, turn and cook on other side. Leave on a clean tea-towel and keep covered until cool. Use remaining batter in the same way.
If you have a blog or journal, I hope you'll join us for the "Gathering"!
SIR Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, is under police investigation after officers raided his kitchen - and discovered he had prepared a dead swan for his dinner.
Sir Peter said he found the electrocuted bird beneath power lines and was planning to make it into a "delicious" terrine.
His menu has not impressed the authorities, however. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which applies across the UK, the whooper swan is a protected species and according to ancient laws only the Queen is allowed to sample the delicacy.
But on Orkney, where Sir Peter lives, a Viking law says swans are the property of the people and not the Crown.
The rest of the tale here.
Jen's arrived for a girl's weekend, and she and nin have gone to pick up sushi while I test out the sake. Haircut tomorrow and shopping, then home for cheese grits and shrimp and some sort of chocolate dessert. Movies and random DVDs in between with our usual three hours of Scifi channel tonight.
You scored as Celtic Pantheonic Pagan. Your answers leaned very close to that of the Celtic Pantheon. Very popular now among pagans, the Celtic Gods seem to draw those who are sensitive and insightful, but also very passionate about their beliefs. Many Pagan Holidays are named for this pantheon and here is where you'll find many stories on Horned God, Green Man, and Druids. You likely either have been or want to visit Stonehenge one day. Many Arthurian legnds include references to the Celtic faith, as well.
Celtic Pantheonic Pagan
Norse Pantheonic Pagan (Asatru)
Roman Pantheonic Pagan
Egyptian Pantheonic Pagan
Sumerian, Babylonian, and Mesopotamian Pagans
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What kind of Pagan are you?
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Via the one, the only, JAY, the Zorro Worshipper!
George Lucas is saying the last film will be "a real tearjerker" and likens it to "Titanic in space" according to this article. Then I get to this:
If Lucas's comparison to "Titanic" is to be believed, there must be heartbreak in "Revenge of the Sith" because 1997's tale of the doomed ocean liner stirred audiences with its tale of an ill-fated affair between characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Well freakin' DUH!! Have these people never seen the original three movies? How could it end in anything but heartbreak and tragedy? You know, before he started working on the second trilogy, this was the movie I most wanted to see. It's like any movie or book on King Arthur -- you know it can only end one way, but I'm glued to the story regardless. But, considering how little I enjoyed the last two films, I'm almost dreading this one. If it follows the pattern of the last two, it'll be a huge disappointment. More so due to my prior hopes in finally seeing this story presented. While I refuse to get my hopes up for this one, a little part of me is virtually crossing my fingers. Yeah, I know, I'm a sap :)
Fascinating article on gene sequencing, the X chromosome, and gender differences.
Can someone please explain to me why our elected representatives are wasting so much time on baseball players and steroids? With all the pressing issues our country faces, I'm at a loss to figure out why this issue deserves this sort of high level attention. What's next? A Senate hearing on illegal drug use use in Hollywood? Binge drinking during Spring Break?
(About as sick and tired of this 'news' as I am of Michael Jackson & Scott Peterson)
| Bacardi 151 |
Congratulations! You're 139 proof, with specific scores in beer (60) , wine (133), and liquor (121).
All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.
| My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender: |
|Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid|
All those years of watching my father when he worked as a bartender obviously paid off!
Via Misplaced Keys
a reminder to join in on the Tartan Day blogging festivities!
Last night's House may have been one of the best yet. Over time, it's become more and more layered, with every new episode adding a new dimension to the show as a whole. Several things weren't resolved by the end of the episode, -- Chase's seeming perfidy for one -- and I'm looking forward to how it all plays out.
If you're a fan looking for House chat, check out my email list.
According to the "Gender Test" I scored 33% masculine
This is based on how you scored on a variety of traits that, founded on classic research and our own studies, are typically associated with men.
You're also 67% feminine, which is based on how you scored on traits that are typically associated with women. When we compare your results with other women it shows that you are somewhat more masculine than other women.
Everything you need to know is right here. Hope you will join the rest of us in what I'm hoping will be a lot of fun!
I came home early yesterday with the cold from hell. By last night, it was so bad it had gotten into my eyes, and my right eyelid was so puffy, I couldn't really see out of it. Needless to say, I stayed home today, but am still feeling poorly.
The new Red Ensign Standard is up at Rue's.
Oh, and I made a "Canadian Content" post this weekend that may be of interest if you're a Canadian living here in the States.
I was watching "24" last night, and I'm shocked, angry, and appalled! How dare they portray a pale, red headed man conspiring with terrorists! I think FOX needs to do some groveling and air some PSAs to atone. Towards that goal, I hereby announce the formation of CRHAPP -- Coalition for Red Headed And Pale People. I urge you to give generously so we may fight the bias in Hollywood. I mean, who do they think they are? It's like how they always portray IRA terrorists as well, Irish. This anti-Celtic bias must be stopped. Again, I urge you to give generously so I may quit my job and spend that time wrting press releases and traveling the country to speak on any TV news program that I can coerce into having me on. I'm willing to make this sacrifice for you. Won't you join me?
Remember, if it's nay Scottish, it's CRHAPP! (I have no idea what that means really, but once the foundation is flush with funds, I'll pay some researchers to find out)
I just realized the new Harry Potter book comes out on my birthday! I wasn't planning on getting it right away, but maybe I should get it as a pressie to myself?
I got this from an email list for a local pet rescue organization:
We have been alerted about a sad situation at a Pet Sanctuary in Kingman, Arizona. The sanctuary which has been operating for 9 years was home to 100 dogs. The sanctuary has lost it's permit and all the dogs need to find a place to go before April 30 or they will most likely be euthanized.
We know there are plenty of dogs in need in our own county that we are
concentrating on, but we feel this is an extreme situation and the more
people that know about these Kingman dogs, the better chance they have
BelowHere is a link with photos of the dogs that need homes or foster
homes. Please let any of your friends, family, or coworkers know about
these dogs in need. Maybe one will be just the dog they're looking for
to join their family. It is an overwhelming situation, but instead of
feeling helpless we need to remember that when it comes to saving lives
we need to stay focused on "one animal at a time". If this email
results in just one of these 100 dogs finding a safe haven it will be
Won't be much in the way of posting this morning, but I posted lots over the weekend, so you have time to catch up :)
A few items:
Mario from American Idol -- who I thought was fairly mediocre -- left the competion under his own steam, rumour has it that he was offered a big contract by someone else. Can't imagine why, but that's just me.
Nin and I watched "The Notebook" last night. Yes, everyone was right -- it's a three hankie movie.
Still waiting for them to finish our windows -- one month and counting.
| The Paladin |
You scored 36% Cardinal, 30% Monk, 55% Lady, and 51% Knight!
You are highly moral but also don't shy away from using force if your lord commands it. You are honourable to the point that you would readily sacrifice yourself for a noble cause. Your name will be the subject of tales and song for generations, however their concentration will be less on your deeds in life as on your martyrdom. You scored high as both the Knight and the Lady. You can try again to get a more precise description of the Knight or the Lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.
| My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender: |
|Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid|
Via the Jayster.
As an addition to the planned Tartan Day festivities, let's also have a fashion show of sorts. Friday, April 1st, I'm going to put up a photo post, and if you have a pic of yourself in some sort of Scottish attire, post it on your blog and link back, or leave your URL in the comments. So you have plenty of time to dig up that photo of you in a kilt, or plaid of some sort, to put up on your blog.
Here's what I finally came up with last night. I tweaked a couple of recipes to come up with the following:
4 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 heavy cream
Bring the stock to a boil. While it's heating up, break eggs into a large bowl and whisk the living daylights out of them, then add lemon juice and blend. After the stock comes to a boil, turn the temp down to simmer. Slowly ladle half the stock into the eggs to temper them, whisking the entire time. Now, pour the egg/stock mixture back into the remaining stock -- you got it -- whisking the entire time. Now, add the cream, still whisking. Switch to a spoon, and stirring constantly, wait for the soup to thicken and heat through -- but don't let it boil! Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Notes: I used turkey stock because that's what I had, but you're supposed to use chicken. Most recipes use rice, but Nin doesn't like rice, and I remembered having it once without, so.... Most don't use cream, but I like it, and since I omitted the rice, I wanted to give it a bit of body. I didn't add any extra salt, since the stock was salty enough. This is quite lemony, so you may want to reduce the lemon to a 1/4 cup if tart isn't your thing. Try and use fresh juice, since it really does make a difference. If you do use the bottled kind, you may want to half the amount of juice to start with and see how it tastes. Rue tells me this doesn't freeze well, so be warned.
When I was in 8th grade, I had a friend who was Greek, and it was at her house I discovered my love of Avgolemono soup. I always order it if it's on the menu at my favourite Greek place. But I've never tried to make it before -- till tonight. I'm christening the stock I made last weekend to do it too. We'll see how it goes!
I had read huge spoilers for this ep, so I knew what was coming, but Jacob & Selmak dying really got to me anyway.
Yay, Pete goes bye bye! You know I liked him till he spied on Sam to figure out what she did in the USAF and I've disliked him ever since.
Boo, the Jack/Sam shippy stuff. Bleah!!!
Geez, how much of Daniel in "the diner at the end of the universe" did we really need?
Liked how Jack said he wasn't falling for Daniel being dead again.
Jack finally gets to have a relationship with a woman from this planet and they bust them up after five minutes! What was the point other than to wave more shippy stuff around? Bleah! I say again.
Yay, no more Replicators! (one can only hope)
I liked it, yet at the same time, thought it could have been done in an hour.
As longtime readers know, I'm American born of Canadian parents who lived in Canada when I was a teenager. Not to mention I spent every single summer growing up with my grandparents in Victoria (when I wasn't at the grandparents in Smithers). So when I read articles like this one, I nod and wince all at the same time. Hey, I've been there -- a lot of the anti-American sentiments expressed I got directed at me by my father's family (the ones in Victoria) and by the kids in school, and not a few teachers. I guess I was an easy target. On the other hand, I have a great deal of love for my other country. I have wonderful Canadian friends, in RL and on-line, I'm proud of the role my forbears played in settling British Columbia. Yeah, I guess I'm a little conflicted :) What I'd like to see is something similar written from the perspective of Canadians who left Canada for the States. People who left for the very reasons many American ex-pats went to Canada for. People like my parents, and my uncle who is planning the big move, and the many others I've had dealings with over the years.
Not being a journalist, only a lowly blogger, I'd like to invite any Canadians who left to explain a bit about why in the comments. For balance, don't you know.
(via Jonah Goldberg on The Corner)
I know a lot of you like chatting about Battlestar Galactica, so feel free to discuss last night's in the comments.
My comment: looks like Lornkanaga was right about the breeding thing! Morning sickness, anyone?
I was going to reuse the banners and buttons I made last year for the Gathering of the Blogs/Tartan Day, but just realized I put 2004 on them [pout]. I know what I'm working on today!
The 2005 Gathering of the Blogs, April 6th! Everything you need to know here.
We had 37 entrants last year, so let's aim for 57 this time around!
My House M.D. list is going so well, I had to create a fiction list to go along with it!
Don't forget to add your bit to the Round Robin in the post right under this one.
For those of you that watch Stargate, it's on for 90 minutes tonight, so adjust your recording devices accordingly! And after you've watched, if you want to discuss, check out my latest email list.
kinda popular demand, I bring you the second week of the Friday Round Robin. Here's the last snippets from last week's outing:
.... Once armed, he'll need to finish stocking for his expedition to retrieve the long lost Nebulus Crystal, which holds the secret of eternal life, (or is it the worlds best spaghetti recipe?) in its core. Only those pure of heart can retrieve the secret, which leaves out Dan Rather, so he will have to seek out one of the few that he knows fits the description, someone named Owen Lucas, no relation to George or to the Oracle of Virginia. But where was Owen to be found?
No one knew except Owen, of course. Turns out he was being held by Customs agents who mistook him for the Oracle of Virginia, who is a wanted man.
Now, in the comments, continue the story. It can be a sentence, it can be a couple of paragraphs. On Sunday, I'll put the entire thing in one post, along with the links of those that contributed.
Knock yourselves out!
Gennie has a pic of the British adult cover of the new Harry Potter novel, and the book on the table is "Advanced Potion Making". I wonder if that's significant?
The things that keep me awake at night: disease as a weapon, especially some sort of weaponized smallpox. I don't talk about it much, because frankly, it does bring people down. Most people I know don't really give such things a second thought, and probably think I'm a tad morbid for giving them as much thought, as much worry, as I do. I was pretty sure, when I was a teenager, that some bio-weapon would escape a lab and nearly wipe out the human race (rather like in the Brit series, "Survivors"). I used to plan in my head what I would do, how I would try and protect my family. Yes, I was a cheery child, huh? Now those dark imaginings are much more real to me. It would seem Peggy Noonan is having similar feelings:
.... Man has never devised a weapon he hasn't eventually used. When you live in the age of WMDs you have to assume they'll eventually be used. And if you assume that, then you have to take steps to keep people as safe as possible as long as possible, and you have to be thinking about how to help them if the next big bad thing happens. Right now, a wise man recently complained, we're essentially waiting to be attacked. Waiting does not seem prudent.
I am not saying nothing is being done. We are searching out the wicked in foreign lands; we are attempting to break terror cells; we are attempting to get imprisoned terrorists to talk. We have a Homeland Security Department but it is in a continual gearing-up stage, as new bureaucracies, as bureaucracies in general, tend to be.
As citizens I think we should ask questions every day. What is the status of vaccine production? Most of our children have never been vaccinated against smallpox. But we know smallpox is one biological weapon that terrorists may use against us.
To this day I don't think there is a politician in America willing to sound the gong consistently on civil defense, because to build up support for toughening our civil defense you have to tell people the facts, again and again. Politicians don't want to sound like fear mongers. They don't want to look eccentric or obsessed. And they don't want to be tuned out. I think the general feeling among political leaders on civil defense is they're afraid America will look at them and say, "You are ruining my high. You are so bringing me down." No one wants to hear again and again that you're a target. But we are a target.
will Jami get? So in the comments to the completed round robin, Nebulous Dreams", from last week, Jami said she was looking forward to doing it again this week. So here's the question: should we continue on with another chapter in last week's, or start a brand new one?
And take this as your warning to put your creative thinking caps on for your segment.
So what are Jack Bristow and Arvin Sloane up to anyway?
Get used to it, guys! This is the first of what will be many reminders about Tartan Day and the Gathering 2005 (not the Immortal kind) All you need to know is right here.
Not Black Enough
Students at Bowdoin College in Maine are shredding the College Republicans there for inviting a black conservative to speak on campus during Black History Month, according to the student paper there.
The critics say North Carolinian Vernon Robinson is not really a black guy; he is, they say, an "Uncle Tom" who has no right to speak on campus. One writer said (with a straight face, presumably) that the Republican student group "displayed its lack of openness by inviting" him.
"To have Robinson speak at this school as a representative of Black History Month destroys the racial peace movement that has been formulating on this campus," one wrote.
I'll be the first to admit I love Whole Foods, or as we call it around here (and according to the article, we're not the only ones!) Whole Paycheck. Their cheese section alone can keep me ecstatic for hours. I can't afford to do my "regular shopping" there, but for special stuff, it's the place! Well, they've upped the ante. They just opened something new, and I can't wait to see one! "Disneyworld for Food" indeed! You'll probably have to send a search party in for me -- I'll be with the cheese.
The last few months, there has been a major brouhaha over Salinas closing all their public libraries due to lack of funds. The story is now on the FNC website.
I discovered you can add blogs to your My Yahoo! page via RSS. So to test it out, I added mine, and now I can read myself via Yahoo. Now to pick which blogs I want to add....
A good-natured Halle Berry, Oscar in hand, showed up Feb. 26 to claim her Razzie "award" for worst actress for her performance in last year's Catwoman, which also took the prize for worst film of the year, the Associated Press reported.
I caught the mini-series when it repeated last year, and really enjoyed it, but I didn't realize it was going to be a regular series.
SA Network's highly rated SF series The 4400 will begin production on its second season soon and returns to the cable network in June, Zap2It reported. The show, about 4,400 people presumed missing or dead who return to Earth looking exactly as they did when they disappeared, is scheduled to premiere June 5.
When it comes back, The 4400 will pick up six months after the events of the first season, with Homeland Security agent Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) having been reinstated to his job and continuing to investigate the returnees with partner Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie).
Meanwhile, would-be 4400 leader Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell) has published a book about the abductees containing some rather controversial allegations about the group, the site reported.
Last week, in an email thread, someone mentioned "SLO" as a place name here in CA and I drew an absolute blank. Turned out it was San Luis Obispo. Other than a brief stint as a teenager in Canada/Washington state, I've lived in California my entire life, and it was a new one on me (maybe it's a SoCal thing). It reminded me of a few months back when a friend of mine from the East Coast came to visit and was talking about "the PCH". Now, the only thing "PCH" means to me is the Port Charles Hotel form General Hospital, and I figured that wasn't what she meant! Turned out she was referring to the Pacific Coast Highway. To me, it's "One" or "Hwy One", or the really long way to Hearst Castle (when I worked in the hotel business I spent a lot of time explaining to touristos just how long it was really going to take them to "pop down the coast to Hearst Castle and back". ). Then there's "Marriott's". That's how you can tell how long someone has lived in the area: when they call Great America amusement park (currently run by Paramount), "Marriott's" (as in Marriott's Great America, which was what it started out as in the seventies) instead of "Great America". And you can gauge nativeness by the responses as well.
What regional shorthand do they use where you live?
Little bit later: Talking with two coworkers who are from the south end of the state, and they say that "SLO" is more of a SoCal thing. And on an unrelated note, we just realized that everyone that works here is a native of the state. Kind of odd in a state where everyone is supposed to be from somewhere else.
Nin has the flu, or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I have a sinking feeling that I'm about a day behind her. I just made her go lay down again since she was propped against the computer desk looking all glassy eyed (not too much different than she usually looks... ) So check back tomorrow to see if I've been stricken as well.
American Idol tonight! The guys, who I'm finding more interesting than the gals this year. Particularly Bo and Constantine. Who will rule? I still haven't watched the girls on tape from last week, and at this rate, probably won't. Then "24", which has rocked this seas.
House tomorrow -- "Occam's Razor" -- is a repeat, so for those of you coming late to the series, it's a good chance to catch up. I think it was the second ep to air. and if you're smitten and want to chat about it, then there always this -- my House M.D. email list.
Oh, did I mention I switched hair colour yesterday? I went for a reddish blonde this time for a little change.
I suppose I should make dinner before I feel any ickier.
After some gentle prodding from Jen, I've decided to do a "Gathering of the Blogs" for 2005. If you missed it last year, you can check out the final product here. This year, I'm starting a lot earlier -- a month compared to the week last year -- so I'm hoping I'll be a bit better organized this time! So, here's how it'll work:
First off, if you want to participate, subscribe yourself here(or, I can subscribe you directly. Leave your email address in the comments of this post) (Update 3.30.05:You DO NOT NEED a Yahoo account. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion than last time. If you email me directly I will subscribe you manually. It is set to announce only. You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. There has been some confusion on this, and I just wanted to clarify) Last year, the number of email addresses and URLs to track became a little bit unwieldy, so I'm getting a little help from Yahoo this time around. Just a note -- this isn't an email list for people to post to. So if you're worried about getting a ton of unwanted email, please don't. It's set to announce only. The only email you'll get will be from me with what you need come Tartan Day.
There will also be a blogrolling blog roll this time in addition to the hand coded roll of last time. A week before Tartan Day participants are encouraged (but not required) to start making Scottish related posts on their blogs, and put up the Tartan Day blog roll. On Tartan Day itself (April 6), all participants should have a Tartan Day/Scottish related post up, and I will send everyone the final list of participants for posting on their individual blogs.
We had a lot of fun last time, and I hope we will double the fun this year!
A few days later: your contribution on Tartan Day can be anything from a photo, a recipe, a bit about your Scots ancestry, or some Scottish activity or food you're fond of. It can even be a link to an article about Scottish history, travel, or culture. Basically anything that somehow has some Scottish content is cool. And if you do post your favourite Scottish recipe, don't forget the Carnival of the Recipes! Sort of killing two birds with one post :)
Later still: As an addition to the planned Tartan Day festivities, let's also have a fashion show of sorts. Friday, April 1st, I'm going to put up a photo post, and if you have a pic of yourself, or your friends, family, pets, in some sort of Scottish attire, post it on your blog and link back, or leave your URL in the comments. So you have plenty of time to dig up that photo of you in a kilt, or plaid of some sort, to put up on your blog.
Here's the completed Round Robin from Friday. Thanks to everyone who participated!
It was a dark and rainy afternoon, and Mitzie was just sitting down to her computer, getting ready to do a little blogging. Unexpectedly, the doorbell rang. Mitzie went to the door, wondering who could possibly be visiting her today of all days. She opened the door, gasping in shock at seeing who it was.
"Omigosh!" she exclaimed, "The escort!"
The entertainer was 6 hours early for the party. The guests hadn't even arrived yet and the chicken wings were just put in the oven. However, the beer keg was tapped and a couple of frosty mugs were ready in the freezer.
Her ex-husband stood like a ghost in the doorway, seaweed sticking to his blanched wet skin. She really should have made sure he was dead before dumping his body in the river, she thought just before he shot her dead.
He then heard a sound. Someone else was in the house!
Otto, Mitzie's pet monkey, leapt off the loft ledge onto the ex-husband's gun, inadvertently shooting the remaining bullets into the wall before running under the computer desk. Otto sat by Mitzie's cold knees, gibbering and clasping the still-warm weapon in his monkey grip. Startled, the ex dropped...
Suddenly, Otto awakened from the strangest dream, in which he had been a monkey. It felt like something right out of Dallas, yet here he was, still here in his old life, holding Michael Jackson's umbrella. There had to be more than this, there had to be! Maybe if he took a chance, if he finally had the nerve to tell those damn mice glaring at him from the rafters to find another patsy to annoy.
He wasn't taking it anymore. Soon, his gun license will be approved and he'll be able to exercise his natural right to self-defense. Not to mention show Michael Moore exactly what he thinks, he jokes to himself.
Once armed, he'll need to finish stocking for his expedition to retrieve the long lost Nebulus Crystal, which holds the secret of eternal life, (or is it the worlds best spaghetti recipe?) in its core. Only those pure of heart can retrieve the secret, which leaves out Dan Rather, so he will have to seek out one of the few that he knows fits the description, someone named Owen Lucas, no relation to George or to the Oracle of Virginia. But where was Owen to be found?
No one knew except Owen, of course. Turns out he was being held by Customs agents who mistook him for the Oracle of Virginia, who is a wanted man.
For the answer, and much much more, tune in next week for the continuing saga.
Original concept - Me!
Marketing & Promotion - Jay
If you haven't checked out the Round Robin, you're missing the monkey and murder. Agatha ain't got nothing on us, babe! There's still time to contribute, and I'm looking forward to what you all come up with!
Post about Battlestar Galactica that is.
How come last week, it took a few minutes to run the Cylon test, and now it takes 11 hours? And how come Baltar is going to lie about someone coming out Cylon? I understood why he lied last week, because blonde chick scared him into thinking that Boomer might kill him since he was alone with her. But why lie now?
I love the fact Starbuck is still injured. Most shows would have had her all better by the middle of the next ep.
The President is becoming quite ruthless.
Helen/Ellen? -- Cylon? She seems like an older, less stable version of blonde chick cylon. I think she is.
Very amusing at the end in Baltar's lab where they're all confessing and telling Adama that they thought he might be a Cylon.
And Debbie asks in the comments of this post:
I'm not figuring out the purpose of the sub-plot of the Boomer cylon and the other guy trapped on that planet. It's not tracking for me...anyone got any theories?
Debbie, I asked that a few weeks back. One of the commenters said she thought it might be a breeding attempt. That makes more sense than anything I've come up with.
On a related SF note: SG1 and Atlantis were both awesome! If you'd like to discuss either further, you can check out my Stargate email list.
Which is kewl in and of itself of course, but then there's a whole night of SF in store. when Nin gets home, I'll make dinner, watch my tape of General Hospital and settle down at 8pm for Stargate.
Talk at y'all later!
Add your snippet to the Friday Round Robin. It'll be up all weekend, so plenty of time for it to grow. Feel free to add another section if you've already played today.
Yesterday, I posted about a phone conversation at work that revolved around "Baby's Mamas". Today, I came across this article.
Someone came here searching for "photos of the Lone Ranger without clothes".
This works on paper, and in email, but I have no idea how it will work as a blog thing. Usually what happens is someone starts a story, then passes it on to the next person, and they write a snippet before passing it on, and so and so forth. Now normally, you can only read the snippet from the person before you, so that when you put it all together you get something more than a little odd. Since there's no way to hide previous comments, you'll just have to be on the honour system and try not and read all the comments before yours. (assuming anyone participates, that is!) At the end of it all, I'll finish it and post all of it in one entry. Hey, it's something to do on a rainy Friday! And it just might be fun. Maybe.
To see the beginning of the story, click on the extended entry.
It was a dark and rainy afternoon, and Mitzie was just sitting down to her computer, getting ready to do a little blogging. Unexpectedly, the doorbell rang. Mitzie went to the door, wondering who could possibly be visiting her today of all days. She opened the door, gasping in shock at seeing who it was.....
Seen all over and in email.
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BOFFINS have confirmed that a "hobbit" discovered on a remote Indonesian island is likely to be a new species of human.
Remains of the 3ft-tall creature were found in a cave on the island of Flores, along with stone tools and evidence of fire.
The female specimen found is thought to have lived 18,000 years ago and has a mixture of traits from the early human ancestor Homo erectus and the modern day human.
Yippeee!! FOX just ordered a second season of "House"!
The network has given a second-season pickup to the medical drama starring British actor Hugh Laurie as a pill-popping maverick who often alienates patients and colleagues with his acerbic tone and antisocial behavior.
Since its premiere in November, "House" has showed steady ratings growth, accelerated by the arrival of "American Idol" in January as its lead-in. This week, the series drew 15.6 million viewers, its largest audience to date.
Let alone "raw Vietnamese mushroom salad". (thank goodness!)
What am I talking about? It's like this. I was reading "Best of the Web" and a bit about the Moveon (please!) guy. Apparently, he was eating lunch at the Berkeley Museum of Art:
.... The magazine likens Boyd to "someone who spends all day in an Internet chat room and assumes the rest of the world is as psyched as he and his online compatriots are about, say, the Lord of the Rings trilogy." But our favorite bit is about Joan Blades, MoveOn's co-founder and Boyd's better half:
"The GOP is painting us as socialist radicals," Blades tells me with seeming disbelief over Thai chicken salad at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Surely a real socialist radical would have ordered the raw Vietnamese mushroom salad instead.
Why do I care? Well, I don't really. At least not about him. But mention of that museum brings back fond childhood memories. See, it was almost directly across the street from the hotel I grew up in, and my brother and I spent a whole lot of time over there as a way to kill time. It was almost new then, a butt ugly building that the city was so proud of and a collection of "art" that always left my brother and I in fits of giggles. Ahhh... the memories.
A phone conversation I'm currently being forced to listen to:
He's got three baby's mamas now, right?
No? I thought he was "S's" baby's daddy.
So he has two baby's mamas then?
(Babies mamas or baby's mamas? I have no klew)
Right here. Awww, go on, click! It's for the children and the blue fuzzy critters from Andromeda.
Get a load of this one. I don't even know where to start.
Via The Corner
The sales assistant chick is taking off her nail polish in our very small enclosed office. I can't smell anything but polich remover/acetone right now, and I'm not happy.
In Carlisle, they're thinking of destroying a sculpture called "The Cursing Stone" due to a string of misfortunes that have befallen the city since it was installed:
.... The stone, a 14-tonne granite slab intricately engraved with a 16th-century diatribe against violent raiders, was commissioned by city councillors for the Millennium celebrations.
Created by Carlisle-born artist Gordon Young, is now stands at the centre of the city, near its castle.
The 1,069-word curse was originally levelled at "reiver families", who raided Carlise and other parts of the far north of England from just over the border in Scotland in the 16th century.
However, since the work of art was installed, Carlisle has suffered the worst local flooding for more than a century, an outbreak of livestock disease foot and mouth and a rash of local job losses as factories closed.
Even the city's beloved football team, Carlisle United, has endured their own famine of goals, leading them to be relegated from the Football League, The Times newspaper said.
The artist is understandably upset that they want to destroy his sculpture, but this comment cracked me up:
"If I thought my sculpture would have affected one Carlisle United result, I would have smashed it myself years ago."
You just gotta remember what's important!
Latin America's first animated 3-D movie -- a swashbuckling Peruvian yarn about a boy battling Dutch pirates -- is eyeing distribution in the United States and China after becoming a box office hit at home.
"It has grossed half a million dollars and 100,000 viewers in the six days since it opened," producer Hernan Garrido-Lecca told Reuters. on Wednesday.
That makes "Pirates in Callao" second only to "Shrek 2" in terms of animated box office hits in Peru "and if things continue like this, I think it'll overtake it," he said.
The 78-minute picture tells the adventures of a 21st century boy who travels back to the 17th century and takes on legendary Dutch pirate Jacobo Clerk, known as L'Hermite (the hermit), who looted Spanish galleons full of Peruvian gold.
The boy hooks up with another boy from the 19th century and the pair help the Indians avoid the pirate's clutches in what was a key Pacific trading post in colonial times.
The rest of the article can be found here.
I tashte like Alcohol.
Heh. Heh. I taste like beer. I like beer. Buy me a beer. I'm not drunk, I can drink plenty without... What was I saying? Beer. What Flavour Are You?
Blame this one on the Livster.
But instead, I'm reading this. And that would be Ilyka's fault (isn't it always?) (but I can't hate you, even hysterically). Speaking of Ilyka, I got an email today from an "Ilya". No, no point, just saying is all. But to get back to the point (if there is one) (I may have lost it) of this post, the above link. You must go read it. Really. It's a two glasses of wine and I'm late making dinner because of it sorta thang. And now I've said my piece, I really am going to make dinner since you know what's on tonight!
Later! It's bruschetta making time.
By all that's holy, comment for gosh darn's sake! I'm with Lori, I love getting comments. They make me all warm and fuzzy -- like a tribble. Or maybe a dust bunny by the heat vent....
And Fugitive Jen realllllllllllly wants you to watch "Amazing Race". Me? I want you to watch "House", and tape AR!
And here's the latest Red Ensign Standard for your reading enjoyment.
Kathy has much food for thought on the topic of casual sex and the old double standard.
Then there's dating and blogging. Lori has a question.
Nin has BIG music news. (I know, believe me. I live with her)