September 30, 2005

I Loved Mike & the Mechanics

I just heard "Silent Running" on the radio and thought I'd share. Great song!

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LCA 8

Lights, Camera, Auction 8 is fast approaching! This is an excellent event, and you'll have a blast if you attend.

Check out the latest guest list:


Juliet Landau "Drusilla" Buffy / Angel

Rockne O'Bannon - Producer/Creator/Writer Farscape, Alien Nation, seaQuest DSV

Nicholas Lea - "Krychek" X Files

Mitch Pileggi "Walter Skinner" The X Files / "Col. Steven Caldwell" Stargate: Atlantis

Mary Lynn Rajskub "Chloe O'Brian" 24

Reiko Aylesworth - "Michelle Dessler" 24

Roger Cross - "Curtis Manning" 24 (Official Web Site)

Greg Ellis - "Michael Amador" 24

Howard Gordon, Executive Producer 24

David Fury - Executive Producer Buffy/Angel/Lost/24

Joseph Hodges - Production Designer 24 (Official Web Site)

Gregory Itzen - "President Charles Logan" 24

Louis Lombardi - "Edgar Stiles" 24 / "Skip Lipari" The Sopranos (Official Web Site)

James Morrison - "Bill Buchanan" 24 (Official Web Site)

Bill Smitrovich - "Gene McLennan" 24 / "Lt. Bob Bletcher" Millennium

Sarah Clarke - "Nina Myers" 24

Xander Berkeley - "George Mason" 24/ "Sheriff Rory Atwater" CSI

Marti Noxon - Producer - Buffy/Angel/Point Pleasant/Prison Break

Anthony Cistaro - "Kenneth Irons" Witchblade (Official Web Site)

Ellen Dubin "Jeri Slate" The Collector/ "Giggerota" LEXX (Official Web Site)

Torri Higginson - "Dr. Elizabeth Weir " Stargate: Atlantis

Garett Maggart - "Blair Sandburg"The Sentinel (Official Web Site)

Dean McDermott - La Femme Nikita/Tracker/Due South

Victoria Pratt "Shalimar Fox" Mutant X

TJ Scott - Director Xena/Mutant X

Eric Etebari - "Ian Nottingham" Witchblade

Ryan Scott Greene - "Brandon" Queer As Folk/ Nikita/ Mutant X

Christopher Shyer - Monk/ CSI: Miami/ Traffic

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September 29, 2005

Tinkering

Found the breadmaker I want, along with some pots I need, and fantasy pots I'd like, but can never afford! If you want to see what I chose, head over to my Amazon wishlist, and choose the House & Home one from the righthand sidebar. The breadmaker is at Target and Macy's, so I may check out the Cellar at Macy's tomorrow when I'm at the mall. As for the pots, all I currently have is the cheap T Fal starter set I bought when we moved. The two largest pans aren't quite big enough for a lot of what I make. So two larger, everyday sorta pots are very much needed.

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And the Reviews Pour In!

Err.. trickle in :)

Here's Jami's review of Serenity.

As promised, I'll post a link to your reviews of Serenity, or you can trackback to this post.

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A Bit Lost

Boss pointed out that the symbol from "Desmond's" pad was on the shark! My TV wasn't good enough or big enough, to catch it, but he sent me this link to a screen grab.

Now, for "Desmond" -- I don't think he's the guy Jack met in the FB last week. I'm thinking twin or clone. The shaft apartment is very much mid to late seventies, and the way "Desmond" asks Locke if he knows what the computer is makes me think he's been down there since it was a new and shiney thing. Now, Jack is younger than me, and I was a teenager back then, so the FB from last week couldn't have been that long ago. And he certainly didn't seem to recognize Jack, but Jack sure remembered him.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:57 AM

Firefly Thoughts

Jim Geraghty muses on Firelfy and Serenity.

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SoCal Fires

Everyone down there affected by the wildfires, stay safe and I'll be keeping you all in my prayers.

I hate fire season. One of my most vivid childhood memories was the Oaklnad Hills fire when I was in second grade. It was horrible. I remember everything being this gray blue colour from all the smoke, and bringing toys to a classmate who had lost his home.

Mum called last night and said the ridge next to them is on fire. She says they're safe, but it's pretty bad.

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I'm Just Saying It, Since I know You're Thinking It

The fires in SoCal = global warming. Cus it's what? Uh huh... it's warm! And fires are....? That's right! And the Santa Anna winds? Yes! They're WARM! So it's obviously George Bush's fault. That, and Karl Rove's lightening machine. You can't hide the truth from me! No siree bob. And speaking of Bush -- where is he? I saw people sitting in the Von's parking lot this morning on TV. They'd been there all night. Why hasn't he shown up yet to hug a single one of the refugees? It's because he hates Southern Californians. Damn it, he hates all Californians! I think we need to travel to D.C. and meet up with Cindy and protest! Who's with me? And we can take out Rove's lightening machine while we're at it!

(this is my brain on no tea yet)

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September 28, 2005

Lost, Yet Again, ARGH!!

The back half of the plane, I presume?

Posted by Ithildin at 10:10 PM

Oh, Yay

Left-Handedness May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

When I first heard about this a few days ago, it sounded much worse than this article seems to think it is. Looks like I don't have much extra to worry about after all.

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A Message From Joss

Well boys and girls and boys dressed as girls and girls dressed as Kaylee, the time is almost upon us. This Friday we take that old rust-bucket out of the shipyard and see if she can breach atmo. It's been a long (to paraphrase a band I like) strange trip, and it'll be nice finally to show everybody what it is we've been tinkering with all this time. You already know you have my thanks, from the hardcore fans to the softcore... fans.... let me try that again. From the people manning the booths, buying DVD sets for their friends, getting banners seen everywhere on Australian TV, raffling artwork for ticketholders (Adam Hughes, take a bow), to the most casual fan who just wants to see the flick and won't ever even read this. You guys are the fuel in the engine, the Fire in the Fly, the weird green stuff coming out of Serenity's butt. (Hmmm. Forget that last one. I'm a little bit out of control here.)

Everyone needs something to keep them going. Mal has his ship. Zoe has her integrity. Jayne has Vera. And I've got you guys.

So what now? There have been so many posts about seeing it, seeing it again, the first weekend, the second weekend, being enthusiastic without being obnoxious (and yes, it IS hard to see over the pom-pom of a Jayne hat), buying tickets in advance, making a noise... I honestly wouldn't know what to add. I can tell you this: the movie will play in about 2200 hundred theaters, which is a good number. Too many, and you get empty theaters with no energy -- not enough, and you get, well, not enough. It may be hard to find in some areas but it'll be out there. Leave no multiplex unturned! This is going to be a ground war, peeps -- we have to hold the valley for a long while. However it opens, it needs to HOLD. Instead of the Alliance we'll be fighting viewer apathy, fear of something new, the urge to wait for DVD, and Jessica Alba in a bikini. (Although I have it on good authority that she spends 90% of the film in a huge wooly parka. Make sure that gets out.)

The day this puppy opens, I'll be seeing it with my family (don't worry, there's a lot of them, and they're all paying) and then I'm off to Europe to learn the word 'Browncoats' in nine different languages -- 'cause like I said, it's all about holding. I'll never be far from a computer, though, so I can check in with y'all. Thanks for every damn thing.

And remember, amidst all the urgency to make this an event, all the work and the worry, to take two hours and just enjoy yourself. That is, after all, what all this fighting's about.

-joss.

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Awaiting My Food Log

That is all.

(they better remember the cheese this time!)

Posted by Ithildin at 9:07 AM

September 27, 2005

I HATE Baseball!

I can not believe they are pulling House for stupid baseball playoffs!!! November! It's pulled till November! GRRR! ARGH! With 18 jillion sports channels, why do sports still mess with the regular TV schedule?!?!

/vent

House, on the other hand, was excellent. This season is stacking up to be just awesome.

House M.D. email list.

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The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

The words of Huey Lewis have come to pass: It's finally hip to be square

There was a time--yes, my children, the legends are true--when J.R.R. Tolkien was not cool. Really. Very much not cool. Also video games, and Spider-Man, and the X-Men. There was a time, not even that long ago, when you could get beaten up by jocks in the woods behind the backstop for being down with the X-Men. Not that this happened to me personally. Friend of mine. Friend of mine's cousin, actually. Lives in Canada. You wouldn't know him.

The point is, things like that don't happen so much anymore. Over the past few years, an enormous shift has taken place in American culture, a disturbance in the Force, a rip in the fabric of space-time. What was once hopelessly geeky--video games, fantasy novels, science fiction, superheroes--has now, somehow, become cool.

[....]

Just ask two of the ringleaders of this bloodless, prom-dateless coup: archgeek Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the science-fiction movie Serenity, which opens this Friday; and Neil Gaiman, creator of the classic comic book Sandman and author of the fantasy novel Anansi Boys, which comes out this month. Gaiman also has a movie opening this Friday, the Dark Crystal--flavored fantasy Mirrormask. "It will be national geek day!" he says.

Whedon and Gaiman agree that the line between dork and non-dork has become hopelessly blurred. "When I started doing Sandman, I could look at a group of people lined up to get my autograph, and I knew who was my fan and who was somebody's mum there to get a signature," says Gaiman, who's English. "It doesn't work that way anymore. They're people. They're us. That's what they look like."

"They're a lot more attractive than I am, actually," Whedon deadpans. "Which kind of disturbs and upsets me."

Well worth reading the whole thing, and an interview with Whedon and Gaiman here.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:17 PM

A Special Email

Look what Beth got in her inbox.

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Behind the Scenes

There's a special tonight on SciFi that's behind the scenes of Serenity. For those that are on a pre Serenity buzz like I am :) Check your local listings for time. It's on here in Monterey at 7p and 10p, but we get the eastern feed, so you do the math.

On another subject, I see that the SciFi production classic, Chupacabra: Dark Seas, is on again!! I've never seen it, but of all the ads for all the goofy SciFi produced movies, Chupacabra is my all time favourite. Nin and I came up with all sorts of variations, and it entertained us for weeks.

Just look at the expression of terror -- or is that a bit too much rum? -- on John Rhys-Davies' face! Now imagine the face with Gimli's beard. Now drink some of that rum.

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(click for larger version)

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2008

For me, 2008 is still too far away to think about, but this is an interesting concept. It has a lot more angles than the usual internet straw poll.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:17 PM

Isn't He Cute?

I love hedgehogs! Look, he follows the curser around -- isn't he well trained?



adopt your own virtual pet!

A hearty AVAST! to phin for the link.

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Two

Two blog happenings to note:

The Red Ensign Standard

Carnival of the Recipes

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September 26, 2005

Speaking of Bread

I found two books I need to get. One to create, and one to bake.

Who wouldn't love to build their own mud oven!

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Not Your Father's Contacts

I had no idea there were this many 'unique' contact lens out there.

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Amen

Via Fugitive Jen, this post on dealing with church and the single reality:

... But they have to stop pretending it's just temporary until everyone gets married, and focus on what a single person really needs: to know they do not have to face their life - in the the weeks/months/years ahead - alone.
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Odd Desires

Last night, about 6pm, I had a burning desire for fresh bread. So I ended up making rolls. They came out of the oven at 1045pm. By then, the desire was not so much. They were good though! But, dang, I need a bread maker. 10 minutes of hand kneading, not to mention the blending, is hard work. Especially since the counters are a little too high so I end up on tip toes, trying to get enough height to knead.

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September 24, 2005

Expectation

So, according to this article, a crowd of 2000 showed. And they got a nice big report out of it. Now, I've been to sciene fiction conventions with a bigger crowd than that, so can I expect that next time, ABC will give us a couple pages on filking in the ballroom and demands for a manned mission to Mars? Nah, I didn't think so.

(apparently more showed up later, so they got another article!) (I've always wondered, how do these people afford to travel to all these protests? Do they not have jobs and responsibilites?) (just wondering)

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How Dare They!

Greece looks to heavens for security

Racists! Fascists! How dare they try and keep out the undocumented masses. I demand the UN step in and stop this travesty! Imagine trying to protect your country's borders. The nerve.

/sarcasm off

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Smells Yummy!

I'm making my first ever pot roast using the slow cooker that 'Berta got me. And using a recipe I got from the Carnival. I haven't made pot roast since I was a teenager, and those I made using the grandma's old pressure cooker. Will be interested to see how this works.

Now, I need to get something to eat!! After 1pm and I haven't even eaten brekkie yet.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:15 PM | Comments (5)

Pegasus

I'm going to write something about last night's mid season ender of BSG (it's going to be a long time till Jan. and the end of the season!) but till then, Darleen has it more than covered.

I will say I found it incredibly disturbing, This isn't simplistic television.

Later: Jonah Goldberg's reaction.

And more later: Excellent post and comment thread here. At this rate, I may never write anything.

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September 23, 2005

Fancy That

I'm a free agent tonight. Nin works till 1130 and both Saturday and Sunday. It's been months and months since I've had the place to myself. What shall I do? Play ABBA? Drink? Have a party?

Perhaps live blogging the excitement is in order!

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Don't Laugh!

You are a

Social Moderate
(55% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(60% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

I swear I'm not a centrist! It was rigged, I tell you!

Via Jay

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Google Ads?

Anyone have any input on Google Ads? I'm pondering signing up for them and was curious.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:10 PM | Comments (4)

Just Resting

I'm hoping she's just pining for the fjords.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:53 PM | Comments (1)

[pout]

One of my favourite bloggers, and even more importantly, one of my favourite people, is giving up her blog. This is not happy news.

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September 22, 2005

How I Wish!

Of course, since I don't live in a major metro area, it doesn't do me any good, but if you're itching to see Serenity -- early even -- and you're a blogger, you're in luck!

And via CB, you can get a countdown counter.

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So De-Lurk Already

According to CTG, it's National De-Lurker Day. So drop your cloaking device and leave a comment, k?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:38 PM | Comments (5)

I Like!

I love watches and I collect them. These are very nice indeed -- they appeal to my sense of whimsy and oddness.

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'In a Hole In the Ground, There Lived a Hobbit...'

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo & Frodo! A pint of the Green Dragon's best to you both!

Besides being a birthday, it's the first day of Autumn as well.

Fall is my favourite season. In a way, it mirrors my favourite time of day; twilight. Autumn and Twilight, two spans of time that usher in dark and sleep. A time to cast aside the cares of the bright light of day and to lull your thoughts into dreams.

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Lost Premiere

ARGHH!!!

That's all I have to say :)

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September 21, 2005

Creative

I saw this on the news a few days back, and just came across a 'print' version.

Anti-Mafia Law Used to Fight Illegal Immigrants

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Maybe the Calamari Listened

An excerpt from The Corner this morning:

September 21, 2005 -- SEN. John Kerry doesn't need to listen to President Bush to criticize him. Kerry sat down to dinner at Café Milano in Georgetown last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with three other men, and never glanced at the TV set at the bar during Bush's address from New Orleans. "Mr. Bush's speech ended at approximately 9:25 p.m. local time," Washington Times columnist John McCaslin noted. "Lo and behold, when he was still seated at the table wiping squid from his chin, Mr. Kerry responded to the president's address with a statement of his own, issued at exactly 9:54 p.m." Buried in Kerry's statement was this nugget: "Americans want an end to politics as usual." Pass the calamari.
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Still

I'm still jazzed about last night's episode of House. Hugh Laurie is freaking brilliant, and the writing...! Dang! I still think this is up there with the best of last season's episodes -- even Three Stories. Not quite as good as 3S, but close.

Good review of the episode here.

House M.D. email list here.

House M.D. fanfiction list here.

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September 20, 2005

"Autopsy"

Was House bitchin' tonight, or what? This was right up there with Three Stories. Absolutely totally intense. Hugh Laurie better damn well get his Emmy next year! He was robbed.

House M.D. email list

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Hurricane Alpha?

They're running out of names for this year's hurricanes, so the Greek alphabet is next.

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Dancing Queens

The latest Cotillion, for your dancing pleasure.

Fistful of Fortnights

Knoweldge is Power

Soldiers' Angel

A few days later: And a late addition here

Posted by Ithildin at 3:29 PM

Book Shelf

A few of the books I've read and enjoyed over the last weeks.

Sharpe's Tiger

American Gods

Island in the Sea of Time

Against the Tide of Years

Sense and Sensibility

And currently, I'm reading The Murder Room, which is the latest by P.D. James. I freely admit I'm in love with Adam Dalgliesh :)

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September 19, 2005

In Honour of "Talk Like a Pirate" Day

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(he can talk like a pirate to me any day) (just sayin'!)

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I'm Here

Never got around to posting over the weekend since I actually went out and did stuff -- concept! Right now, I'm home, watching the Dish Network guy set up our new system. DVR!! DVR!! Then I'm going to work.

What did i do this weekend? We took my coworker who's going through the messy divorce to the movies. He loves Reese Withersppon, so we went to see "Just Like Heaven". Good flick. Worth the price of the ticket. Yesterday, we went to see Nin's fave authour, Terry Pratchett, in Capitola. She enjoyed it a great deal.

More later.

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September 16, 2005

Waiting

Nin just called and she's heading home, which means dinner!!! We're splurging and having Carl's Jr.. Western Bacon cheeseburger and criss cut fries for me! Mmmmmmmm! Hungry!

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Doggy Day

The latest Carnival of the Dogs, or as I like to call it, the Parade of Pooches :)

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A Modern Take on Lord of the Rings

Most excellent! Go read, go!

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Scary News For The Day

Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic?

One the one hand, it's like any disaster, and we should prepare. But unlike an earthquake, this makes me feel more than a little hopeless. It's going to kill me regardless, so why bother? On the other other hand, pandemics are one of my life long 'big fears', so that probably fuels the 'hopeless' aspect. But what really upsets me is thinking about protecting my family, and if I get sick, what will happen to them? One of the downsides to being the family 'fixer,' I guess. My mum was ill a great deal, in and out of hospital, when I was young, and my father was emotionally useless, so I was the grownup at a young age. So my first reaction is to circle the wagons and organize the crap out of any given situation :) Can't really do that in this case.

Welcome to doom and gloom corner.

A little later: I've been mulling after reading a few things on the potential Avian Flu pandemic. What are we actually supposed to do? I'd like to know beforehand, as opposed to during, myself. For example, let's say you have your supplies and there's a pandemic. Should you self quarantine? I know back in the day, people would just stay home as much as possible so they wouldn't get sick. So do you stay home, basically quit your job, to hell with the creditors, and batten down the hatches? What about face masks? Will they help at all? What should, and what can we do, as far as caring for the sick in our own families since the medical system is going to be overwhelmed? Are there any medicines that could aid that you could actually get in advance to put in your emergency kit? What if you're someone like me who's had pneumonia twice and has asthma? Is there any other precaution we should take in dealing with a disease that kills by heading straight to the lungs? Should I get an oxygen tank? Heck if I know!

See? This is how my brain works, frightening as that is.

Later: World has slim chance to stop flu pandemic

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Remebering Cody

Stacy has been writing this week about her nephew, Cody, who was killed, along with seven of his friends, by a drunk driver four years ago. Take a moment to visit her blog and share her memories of a beloved young man.

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Food

Carnival of the Recipes here.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:04 AM

Things That Make You Look Twice

So I'm on the phone with a client, I glance out the window and see a guy getting out of his pickup and walk away, then I look again because I realize he's wearing a bathrobe, bedroom slippers, and a baseball cap.

I kid you not.

Geez, you think he could have worn a nightcap to complete his ensemble.

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"Great Scott"

Great Scott: James Montgomery Doohan (1920—2005) by Mark Steyn

(you can only read part of it unless you're a subscriber -- which I'm not)

Via The Corner

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September 15, 2005

A Pal

Johnny Depp Lurves Captain Jack (and don't we all? ed.)

And more here.

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Dang!

That was fast: Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney Split. And I gave it two years.

You know what they say: Marry in haste, repent in leisure

(It's kinda sad though. I admit, I'm a closet romantic)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:22 PM | Comments (1)

It's A Test

This today in Best of the Web:

Here's an unwittingly amusing "newsview" piece from Ron Fournier of the Associated Press:

It's August in Crawford, Texas, and President Bush is on vacation. His poll ratings are slumping. He hears warnings of a looming crisis that will soon change the course of his presidency.

Is this August 2001? Or August 2005?

The answer is both. Historians will ultimately judge Bush's presidency based on his leadership through two tragedies--the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, plus a conflict of his own design: The war in Iraq.

Historians will judge Bush by his response to the hurricane? Hmm, OK, let's try a little test. Who was president during each of these events:

* The Galveston hurricane, which killed some 8,000
* The Great Okeechobee Hurricane, which killed more than 2,500
* The Johnstown, Pa., flood, which killed at least 2,200
* The San Francisco earthquake, which killed 700

You have no idea, do you? We had to look it up, and we're almost an expert on American presidents. The answers are William McKinley, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt. Do you remember ever hearing or reading a single word about how the president responded to any of these events?

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Breastfeeding Absinthe?

That has to be one of the odder google searches to bring someone here.

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Furry & Feathered Refugees

Our local aquarium has taken in two otters and a passle of penguins from an aquarium wrecked by Katrina.


....The otters, Buck and Emma, could possibly end up going on display, too, but that's a much iffier proposition. For one thing, they'd have to share quarters with some of the aquarium's resident otters, who haven't been on birth control since they all happen to be females.

The co-ed living arrangements might make Buck happy, but not the aquarium staff. Since the aquarium is already working overtime to return stranded sea otter pups to the wild successfully -- or to find homes for them in captivity -- it's a bit counterproductive to let one be born right under the staff's noses.

Besides, Murray said, the aquarium's Fish and Wildlife Service permit for handling sea otters doesn't allow for any monkey business, so to speak.

The obvious question: Is Emma, Buck's longtime significant other, on birth control? The non-obvious answer: No.

"We don't know why they haven't bred," Murray said.

But even if romance didn't have to be squelched, he added, things might not go swimmingly. "Even when we just put females together, they can bicker. And bickering otters can hurt each other."

If Buck and Emma are kept to themselves, their pool will be smaller than it was in New Orleans and they won't get to play to the crowds that they've been used to.

"So we want to provide as much stimulation as we can," Mayer said. "Toys and ice and live food... And we'll work with them on some of the behaviors they're trained to do... That's vital for these guys for maintaining their demeanor and well-being."

Tuesday, as Buck rolled around in the ice and Emma wriggled around on her "raft," their demeanors seemed playful, and their well-being seemed not to be in question.

You can find updates on the new arrivals here.

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Tag, You're It!

You click on the wall, add your own message, and if you reload it here, you'll see it appear.

Lil update: doesn't seem like the grafitti font is a full one. No exclamations or questions.

Via Michele at ASV.

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September 14, 2005

"Acceptance"

Last night's premiere of "House" lived up to my expectations. Enjoyed it. Still don't like Stacy, glad to see continuity with Cameron's issues when it comes to the terminally ill, House was in fine form, the "Broes over Hoes" line was a classic, looking forward to more back story on the ducklings and Wilson.

House M.D. email list.

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Iran Spam?

Anyone else been getting email about Iran in, I'm assuming, Farsi? Usually with a graphic or what appears to be a newspaper clipping scan? I've been getting a couple pieces a week, all different as far as I can tell -- not speaking Farsi and all.

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Afternoon Chuckle

This got a laugh from my more conservative than me coworker and my leftist coworker:

Q: What is George W. Bush's position on Roe vs. Wade?

A: He really doesn't care how people got out of New Orleans.

Via The Corner

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Lonely Days

Jonah Goldberg predicts lonely days ahead for us.

Can't say I disagree. But I'm very much an "Eeyore" when it comes to international relations.

(The glass isn't half empty -- it's going to shatter into a million pieces)

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Channeling Bob Barker

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The house pictured above is in my neighborhood. Now, I don't live in an awful neighborhood, but it's not what you'd call high end either. It's a mix of apartments, motels, small houses like the one above, and even the area's only adult theater! This particular house is about two blocks from the county fairgrounds, under the airport's flight path, on a very busy street that connects two even busier main streets. It was probably built in the 1930s, and it's tiny. I'd say about the size of my apartment, if that. Two bedrooms, one bath.

Now, how much do you think it's selling for?

I'll put the price in the extended entry for those that want to play!

And the price is....

$690,000

No, I didn't put too many zeros in.

Consider this Exhibit A as to why I can't afford to buy a house here.

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September 13, 2005

I Love Weddings!

Drinks all 'round!

Ilyka's such a romantic!

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ASPCA Rescue Update

ASPCA CARES in New Orleans The ASPCA CARES mobile spay/neuter van took to the road last week, but instead of the usual New York City neighborhood stops, it was driven down to New Orleans by Mobile Medical Unit Manager Chris Fagan and Special Events and Outreach Manager, Allison Cardona, to assist in rescues and transport. The entire week has been filled with challenges, but yesterday was a particularly challenging day in the Big Easy. While out with a water rescue crew, Allison heard mewing but couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Finally, she spotted a four-month-old kitten clinging to a bush, up to his neck in muck and soaked to the bone. Little more than a skeleton, it was unlikely he could have held out much longer. Allison swaddled him in a towel and gave him some dextrose. In the blink of an eye, he lay head on paws and fell into a deep sleep on her lap.

With the water rescue over and the van loaded up with 16 rescued dogs, Allison and Chris began to head back to Gonzales. The streets are littered with broken glass, metal shards and other refuse—and the van blew not one, but two tires. Chris and Mike West from the disaster response team Code 3 went hunting for tires from abandoned vehicles. Poor Chris had to do a "water rescue" to obtain the second tire! Exhausted and now very late, the crew headed to Lamar-Dixon to unload their canine cargo. But when they got there, they were met by armed guards denying them access. Lamar-Dixon had reached its maximum occupancy and their orders were to turn away anyone coming with animals. They were instructed to head to Baton Rouge where they could leave the animals at LSU—or so they thought. This time they were turned away because the LSU site is for owned animals, not strays. After pulling a few strings, they were finally able to unload their precious cargo and call it a night. They were luckier than many of the rescuers, who ended up caring for their rescued animals in the parking lot of a strip mall down the road from the Gonzales facility. The rescuers are awaiting the departure of California- and Houston-bound animals, which will allow space to open up at Lamar-Dixon for their rescuees.

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Pretties!

Jema sent me a link to this artist's site. Lots of great Absinthe and Art Nouveau themed things. I love Art Nouveau!

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Thank You For The Music

I knew there was something I liked about her.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:05 PM

I Know You've Been Waiting For This Post

Season Two of HOUSE starts tonight! Weeeeeeeeeeee! WOOOOOOOOOO! YAYYYYYYYYY!

"Acceptance" Episode #201. When death row inmate Clarence mysteriously collapses after hallucinating, House jumps at the case for its difficulty and because he thinks it is ``cool.''

Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Sela Ward, LL Cool J, Christie Lynn Smith, Bryce Johnson, Marshall Bell, Mustafa Shakir, Anesha Ndiaye , Michael J. Gonzalez , Warren Davis, Tony Ross , Jody L. Millard , Adrienne Janic, Joseph Williamson , Michael Dietz.

I've seen adverts, and it looks goooood [insert TamTam voice]

Now, if you love the show, and want to talk about it, feel free to check out my House M.D. email list. Open 24/7 all year!

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Gotta Dance

The latest Cotillion can be found at:

Portia Rediscovered

e-Claire

TFS Magnum

Mary Katharine Ham

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Oh, The Horror!

"Ill Wind May Not Blow to the Whitehouse"

As the full horror of Hurricane Katrina sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if this is the end of George Bush's presidency.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that every copy of the US Constitution was destroyed in the storm. Otherwise President Bush will remain in office until noon on January 20th, 2009, as required by the 20th Amendment, after which he is barred from seeking a third term anyway under the 22nd Amendment.

As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if the entire political agenda of George Bush's second term will not still be damaged in some terribly satisfying way.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that the entire political agenda of George Bush's second term consists of repealing the 22nd Amendment. Otherwise, with a clear Republican majority in both Houses of Congress, he can carry on doing pretty much whatever he likes.

As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if the Republican Party itself will now suffer a setback at the congressional mid-term elections next November.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that people outside the disaster zone punish their local representatives for events elsewhere a year previously, both beyond their control and outside their remit, while people inside the disaster zone reward their local representatives for an ongoing calamity they were supposed to prevent. Otherwise, the Democratic Party will suffer a setback at the next congressional election

As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if an official inquiry will shift the blame for poor planning and inadequate flood defences on to the White House.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided nobody admits that emergency planning is largely the responsibility of city and state agencies, and nobody notices that the main levee which broke was the only levee recently modernised with federal funds. Otherwise, an official inquiry will pin most of the blame on the notoriously corrupt and incompetent local governments of New Orleans and Louisiana.

As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if George Bush contributed to the death toll by sending so many national guard units to Iraq.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided nobody recalls that those same columnists have spent the past two years blaming George Bush for another death toll by not sending enough national guard units to Iraq. Otherwise, people might wonder why they have never previously read a single article advocating large-scale military redeployment during the Caribbean hurricane season.

Read it all here (no registration requred for this link)

Via The Corner.

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September 12, 2005

Grabbing My Chance

Since Nin is buried in her game system with a new game, I have the computer!!

I made apple crisp. It's warm, anmd yummy, and covered in heavy cream -- much better than sweetened whipped cream.

and then I read this:

Harry Potter Playing 007?

Contact Music reported a rumor that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is one of the young actors under consideration to play James Bond in his teen years. Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell is also rumored to be up for the role in a movie based on Silverfin, the first in a series of books by British comic Charlie Higston about 007 as a 13-year-old, the site reported.

Citing an anonymous source, the site reported that the film's storyline would center on Bond's time in Britain's public school Eton, but movie producers are planning to raise the age of the teenage spy to secure either 16-year-old Radcliffe or Bell, 19, in the lead role, the site reported.

And remember to watch the Emmys! How can you miss this?:

Shatner To Sing Trek

O riginal Star Trek star William Shatner will sing the theme from his show at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on CBS, TV Guide Online reported. Shatner, now on the cast of ABC's Boston Legal, will be joined by opera star Frederica von Stade.

The stunt is part of a segment called "Emmy Idol," in which actors will perform classic TV theme songs throughout the telecast and viewers will pick a winner.

And now I'm going to go read a bit and go sleep. But maybe some more apple crisp first....

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Stranded

I've been meaning to plug "Stranded with Cash Peters" for a while now, but keep forgetting. Anyway, it's on the Travel Channel on Monday nights and it's a hoot! I don't think there's anything else quite like it on TV -- which is probably a good thing. The premise is he is dropped off in some foreign local with no money, no luggage, and he has to convince the locals to feed and water him. He finds the humour in the places he visits without being mean spirited -- not an easy balance to strike, but he manages.

You can check out his website (designed by clowns even) here.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:33 PM

A "Hideous Sociological Disaster"

From the Sunday Times: Black poverty is the result of 30 years of misguided welfare rather than racism, says John McWhorter

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Random Weekend List

* Watched "The Pacifier". Not bad, worth the rental. Didn't know Lauren Graham was in it, so that was an added bonus.

* Why is it when you go to Circuit City and want to buy something, you can't get the time of day, but when you're just looking around, you get bugged constantly?

* Went to Target and got some containers for the herbs I've been drying for the last three weeks. I now have fresh dried oregeno, basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsely.

* Friday's SciFi was good, especially Battlestar Galactica. I'm totally hooked.

* Watched "Return of the King"

* Used the Borders gift card I got on my birthday and bought lots of books! First up was "Island in the Sea of Time", and I got a few chapters into the sequel, "Against the Tide of Years".

* Managed to avoid any real house cleaning, but did do muchos laundry

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September 11, 2005

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September 10, 2005

"Our People"?

This was the last line of an article about the telethons last night, this referring to the BET one:


"There's been a lot of telethons," Diddy said, "but this is our telethon. These are our people."

The whole concept of our people really rubs me the wrong way. The money I've donated wasn't earmarked for anyone of a certain colour. I wasn't thinking, "gee, I hope this goes to help white people. 'Cus, they're you know, my people". Should there be a telethon that's ours? Should there be some sort of extra feeling of do-gooding for helping your own people? Call me naive, but "my people" are Americans. Not white, or black, or brown, just Americans who need help. Silly, huh?

I'm hoping what he meant was people who live in the Gulf in general, but somehow, I doubt that's going to be the case. I'm not quite that naive.

Oh, and BTW, money raised for *our people by our people:

Less than two weeks after the storm hit the Gulf Coast, private gifts have soared to nearly $700 million, a pace exceeding the response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The American Red Cross alone had received $503 million in gifts and pledges as of Friday, nearly equaling the $534 million collected for its Liberty Fund over two months following the Sept. 11 attacks.

*our being my definition, not Diddy's.

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September 9, 2005

That Was Different

Juan Williams defending the Bush administration and the President against the racism charges steming from Katrina in particular and in general.

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"Best Friends" Volunteer Reports

Best Friends is a wonderful organization and they're doing amazing work trying to save New Orleans pets.

Time running out for our boat in St Bernard Parish

September 9, 2005 : 1:14 PM ET From Paul Berry: We had two teams out on boats on Thursday. Troy Snow has written about his crew in an earlier posting. Ours was similar, so I’ll keep this brief.

Our team was me and Dr. Debbie Rykoff DVM. Also aboard and helping out was a crew from the Salt Lake Tribune. Leah Hogsten took photos for the Trib and gave these to us. (Thanks, Leah.)

The thing I want to say is simply that there are thousands upon thousands of animals stuck out here, on car roofs, on porches, cats on roofs of houses. We saw no other animal rescue orgs anywhere. I know they’re all doing good work on the peripheries … but, oh man … you see and hear these fluff pieces on TV of people being reunited with their pets, and you look around out here on the boats at this vast, endless wasteland of toxic water and animals hanging on, 11 days after the hurricane, and their time is running out.

The only other boat we saw yesterday was an airboat from Fish & Game. They were scouting the ground behind. Rumors are they’re beginning to shoot the animals today. I believe these stories are now true. That’s what’s going to be happening.

These animals only have days at most, and are clinging to life. They are the forgotten ones. They’re emaciated, starved, dehydrated. Literally “water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” Dr. Debbie revives them in the boat as they start to lose consciousness. Gives them fluids. All those we took yesterday have survived.

Keep us in your prayers,

Paul.

There's a message thread with information on how to help here.

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Race Against Time

On the flooded streets of New Orleans you can hear the dogs barking for miles. They are trapped -- in houses, on roofs, tied to porches. They are frightened and hungry.

For the pets left behind after Hurricane Katrina, relief is on the way, but it's a race against time.

"It's a dire situation," said Melissa Seide Rubin of the Humane Society of the United States.

Rescue workers are worried most about pets locked inside homes and whose food and water supply may have run out. For them, rescue is their only chance of survival.

"It's one at a time, and it's fairly slow work," said Michael Mountain, president and CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, one of the first animal organizations allowed into the city to rescue pets.

"They are certainly all frightened," Mountain said. "The most difficult ones to work with are the cats who hide under furniture. The dogs tend to be easier. You can put out a treat for them, you can generally bring them to you."

With federal agencies and law enforcement agencies overwhelmed with rescuing people, it has been left to animal welfare groups and civilians to help stranded pets.

"We weren't allowed into the really bad areas until just recently, so now we are playing catch-up," said Rubin, the Humane Society's vice president of field and disaster services.

The American Society for the Protection of Animals, the Humane Society, the Louisiana SPCA, and the Texas SPCA are involved in the operation.

The Humane Society has 200 people in the field to handle the more than 2,000 requests it has received from people who have called a hotline or sent information.

The rescues are being conducted mostly by boat. Teams using inflatable rafts locate stranded pets and take them to a drop-off point, where they can be transported to a shelter.

Since Tuesday the Humane Society has rescued 90 dogs and 34 cats. Mountain estimates his group has rescued between 800 and 900 animals since entering the city on August 30.

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A Few Ideas

Housing for Katrina Victims: Ideas from Science Fiction.

The shipping crate house is kinda kewl.

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Worth Your Time

A visual chronicle by a NO resident.

Via The Corner

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September 8, 2005

Just Thought I'd Mention It

Jesse Jackson is a buffoon.

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... A Refreshing Iced Tea

This made me spit my soothing hot tea.

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Serenity

The official movie site is now up and running.

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September 7, 2005

Thank You

Also just heard on the same radio newscast: I didn't catch what country, but apparently a 90 year old man came into one of our embassies and donated a $1000 to Katrina relief. He said it was because he had been liberated from a concentration camp by Americans, and had been cared for two months after that, by Americans.

It reminds me of my first visit to the UK, more than 15 years ago now, I guess. We were driving to Scotland, and we stopped in this small town and went into a local pub for some dinner. It was a local place, not a tourist type place. During our dinner, a man came up to us, who was deep in his cups, so he was quite emotional, to thank us, as Americans, because when he was a little boy during the war, he'd gotten apples sent by the States to British children. He was actually crying by the time he was done telling his story. It was only apples, but to him, it might as well have been gold.

I know we mostly only hear stories about 'how they hate us', so it's good to remember that isn't always true.

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Get Out The Electric Heaters

According to what I just heard on the radio, natural gas will be up 71% of last winter, heating oil 33%, and electricity only 17%. Guess who's not using her furnace this winter and will be getting a few electric radiators? Thank goodness for the new double paned windows! Of course the walls are still uninsulated, but thank heaven for small mercies, eh?

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Secret VRWC Meeting Tonight

Tonight is our monthly Townhall Monterey/Salinas chapter meeting. If you're in the neighbourhood, you're more than welcome to join us.

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What Great News!

Roy Hallums Rescued in Iraq.

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AAC Relief Update

One of my chosen charities for hurricane relief was the American Anglican Council. They're posted an update of their relief efforts on their website here and here.

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September 6, 2005

This Week's Dance

All your Cotillion needs can be met here, here, here, and here.

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September 5, 2005

Pet Help

FNC just did a segment on LSU and the pet shelter they're running. If you go to the Louisiana Veterinarian Medical Association you can make a donation to support the shelters. They need everything from food to brushes. They also list resources for people trying to find their pets.

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Reporting

We went to the mall last night to pick up Nin's contacts. From what I could see all the stores were collecting relief money. Macy's, when I went up to the cashier, was actullay asking you if you'd like to donate. Whole Foods had signs on the cashier counters for donating as well.

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September 4, 2005

It Is, Isn't It?

I keep forgetting it's a holiday weekend.

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Breaking The Camel's Back

I've never been a fan of Anne Rice, and am I glad of that right now. I've read so much nastiness over the last week, and I've kept my peace, but I think this was the proverbial straw. Here's what she has to say about us:

But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.

Should I ask for the money I donated this week back? Since I don't care and all.

Actually, Ann, I went to New Orleans once and once was quite enough. I don't want your Jazz Fest, or your Mardi Gras. So no, I don't want anything from you or your city. But despite that, I still care about the people there. And the people of Gulfport, and Biloxi, and all the other towns and cities devastated by this disaster. And so do millions of other Americans --- they're fellow countrymen, just like me, just like you. I know it must be a difficult concept for you to grasp with all your wealth and fame, but we care even without wanting or getting anything in return. And despite your small mindedness and nastiness, we'll still keep caring, and keep helping. Sorry to disappoint you. If you honestly believe we dismissed the suffering of the victims of the hurricane, then you're a sad and deluded person. Maybe you should stick to your fantasy world, because you surely don't seem to grasp the real one.

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September 2, 2005

Losing It

Shep Smith and Gerlado seem to be at the end of their rope. Geraldo was nearly in tears. I don't think it's possible to maintain your objectivity after days of interacting with the victims of Katrina. Just sitting here at home watching it on TV is overwhelming, I can't even imagine what it's like to be there.

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Supporting

I want to add Noah's Wish to the list of charities I'm supporting. They're solely dedicated to aiding animals after a disaster.

And speaking of our pets and disaster, the ASPCA has a guide on how to prepare for saving your pets. I've discovered they have something called an "Evacsak" for cats that I need to look into getting.

A bit later: you can get Evacsaks and other pet transport and emergencey supplies here.

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Good Sign

The Salvation Army's donation servers are so busy, I can't get on.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:57 PM

So True

We're always told that if there is some sort of cataclysmic disaster -- in my case it would be an earthquake -- that you need to be able to take care of yourself for several days becuase it's going to take at least that long for any official help to get to you. You hear it over and over again, but I'm not quite sure it sinks in. It has now.

Time to restock my emergency supplies.

Earthquake preparedness info here and here.

Later: John on the reality of logisitcs.

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September 1, 2005

Aftermath

this post will remain at the top of the page today -- scroll down for new stuff.

I haven't blogged much since getting home, but like everyone else, I've been following the news. I don't have much to say that so many others haven't already said. The pictures coming out of Gulfport/Biloxi are heartbreaking. A few years back, Nin and I took 10 cross country. We got into Gulfport about 2am, got a motel room, totally unaware of what the place looked like. I woke up, pulled open the curtains, to be greeted by blue skies, a white beach, and palm trees. It was incredibly beautiful.

As I mentioned in the post below, you can donate money through the American Anglican Council.

Funds collected by the AAC will be used for relief assistance and will be channeled at the local level through congregations, chapters, and other individuals and groups associated with the AAC as suddenly as specific needs are identified. We expect AAC efforts to be complementary to the efforts of the Anglican Communion Network, and we will be working in close communication with them.

If you're local here in Monterey, KTOM is running a fundraising drive in the Orchard parking lot in Sand City. They'll be there till 6pm. (As of 445pm they've raised $26,000) And if you want to help the pets, the ASPCA is rasing money here.

Evening Update: According to the FNC reporter just on from the Astrodome, the Red Cross is looking for donations of kid friendly DVDs. Apparently, they're playing movies for the kids there to keep them entertained.

Florida Cracker is holding a matching donation drive for our dear furry friends.

Update 9.2.05: Noah's Wish &
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Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Day

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Such A Sweetheart!

CB is a doll. She sent me the first season of House on DVD as a 'thank you' for hosting her blog here! This is in addition to the pressies she gave me a few months back for the same purpose, and a few months before that. Not to mention she buys me drinks :) Thanks, CB!

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