The latest Cotillion can be found right here.
Some types of ongoing, inexplicable pain like arthritis are caused by intact, healthy nerve fibers rather than those that have been damaged, a new study finds.
The discovery surprised researchers. It had not been made before partly because studies of chronic pain have tended to focus on the damaged nerves.
The new understanding, reported in the Jan. 25 issue of the journal Neuroscience, could help scientists develop new types of painkillers.
The evidence so far applies only to ongoing pain associated with nerve injury and inflammation, although it may turn out to be more widely applicable, said Sally Lawson, a professor of physiology at the University of Bristol in the UK.
This didn't happen in California, people. No, this would be Minnesota with the vampire candidate!
Self-described vampire and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jonathan "The Impaler" Sharkey has been arrested on Indiana charges of stalking and escape.
Sharkey gained the limelight earlier this month with his Friday the 13th announcement of his candidacy for Minnesota governor under the Vampires, Witches and Pagans Party banner.
Among his proposals was one that would use impalement to execute murderers, rapists and terrorists.
"As governor," Sharkey said, "terrorists and criminals will live in fear of me, while the people of this state will be able to live fear free."
* Still in allergy hell
* EOM today, so very busy, less bloggage than usual (which isn't saying much these days!)
* Had a food log. Mmmmm!!
* Is it Friday yet?
* 24 last night. Who else was hoping Jack would get to start removing eyeballs? And Cummings, what a doofus! Well, so far it appears he's a doofus, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has something else up his sleeve.
* Nin had to be at work at 7:15 this morning, so for once, tea was ready for me! It's quite nice, let me tell you.
* Made a one pan Coq a Vin last night for dinner. Was pretty tasty!
* My newest 'thing' is sparkling mineral water with a slice of lime. I know I don't drink enough water, so this helps get more into me.
* I'm so out of the mainstream. I had to get down to Art Direction before I hit a movie I'd actually seen that had been nominated for an Oscar.
* New Gilmore Girls tonight! Though, I'm beginning to think Luke is going to be the one to trash the relationship, not Loreli.
You may remember the posts about the worst chocolates in the world and the office mouse. Well, they've collided. As predicted, there were a few of the fluorescent lemon yellow filled chocolates left, and finally, one of the guys decided to finish them off. He opened the box, which hadn't been entirely closed, and discovered that the office mouse had beat him to it. Now, what was funny was that the mouse had very delicately removed the top layer of chocolate, leaving the unnatural lemon filling totally alone. Even the mouse wouldn't eat it! Now that's some bad candy!
That's what I'm in. There's a slick of yellow pollen over every visible bit of standing water, and a covering of yellow dust over every surface.
Followed a referral from sitemeter to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Turns out it's in relationship to the RWN 2008 poll. What's weird? The authour of the post -- a reporter from what I can gather -- seems to think we're all connected to Anne Coulter somehow. AFAIK, this is the first time I've even typed in Anne Coulter on a blog post. Dems are just plain odd. Well, we knew that! But still, it's weird.
I got the FAQ for my House M.D. email list done while Nin got a fill for her nails. Then we watched "Best of Both Worlds" parts 1 & 2 off the DVR. After that we decided we should go do what we keep saying we are, and rent "Generations" & "First Contact" . s we went to Hollywood Video and got them, plus "Nemesis" (we saw Insurrection fairly recently on TV). When to Pho King Vietnamese noodle bowl restaurant and had a nice cheap dinner out, then came home and did our Trek marathon.
Now, of course, I have the urge to write! What was interesting, is that over the last few days, I've been working on our fic universe timeline, and that coupled with a recently refreshed memory, made me realize that where we placed stories was mostly correct. amazing how much subconscious info your brain keeps track of. But now I know when Imladris was colonized, and when Lucia was born, and T'Rayla as well.
Not sure what's happening today. Other than grocery shopping, which is a must happen today.
|Your 2005 Song Is|
"My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
In 2005, you bummed everyone out. Like you care.
Never heard the song -- that I'm aware of -- willl have to try and listen to it.
That's the title of my latest Bloodties story, and it's done and up on my archive. Y'all were so supportive last time, I think I need to make fic announcements here a habit :)
So I see this headline: Canada’s new leader takes on U.S. over Arctic. I'm not entirely sure that soon to be PM Harper isn't being sneaky. How better to do some military buildup in a country that's not been keen on the whole concept of having a strong military for a while now, than by using what they dislike even more -- us -- as an excuse to do so? Maybe it's one big fakeout.
Only time will tell....
Robert has a great post up called, "That's My Church!" on the reality of ECUSA as opposed to the version dished up on the canceled TV show, "Book of Daniel" -- or as he calls it "Desperate Housewives Go To Seminary".
I'm this close to crossing Star Trek and Firefly in the universe of the series I write in. I've thought about it for months, it can be done! And Joss saying in the audio commentary for Serenity that he doesn't know what an ion cloud is and doesn't care, just soldified the ideas burbling around in my brain. At this piont, I'm thinking it will just be alluded to as part of another story I'm working on as opposed to actually writing something with Firefly characters, but characters have been known to have other ideas in the past!
If you have a post you'd like to flog, leave a link in the comments. Please make it a hyperlink though. And if you'd just like some people to come visit your blog, you can leave a link for that too, but you need to sell us on why. Be creative! Keep me entertained!
What's not to love?
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Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.
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I got a very nice email from Garth, who's serving in our country's armed forces. He has some questions about the Narnia movie that I can't really answer since I've never read the books. So those that have, could you fill him in? He's a big fan of the books, and he'd like to know if it is worth seeing, and how loyal is it to the books?
Discovered this new blog tonight.
I like this:
.... obtaining a bachelor's degree in the unofficial major of indiana jones...
And if you'd like to plan your own Burn's Dinner, check out this site.
VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would “harm the fairies” living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again.
Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn.
He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.” The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.
“Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well,” Mr Salter said.
In fact, even as his firm attempted to work around the rock, they received complaints that the fairies would be “upset”. Mr Salter still believed he was dealing with a vocal minority, but the gears of Perthshire’s planning process were about to be clogged by something that looked suspiciously like fairy dust.
“I went to a meeting of the community council and the concerns cropped up there,” he said. The council was considering lodging a complaint with the planning authority, likely to be the kiss of death for a housing development in a national park. Jeannie Fox, council chairman, said: “I do believe in fairies but I can’t be sure that they live under that rock. I had been told that the rock had historic importance, that kings were crowned upon it.” Her main objection to moving the rock was based on the fact that it had stood on the hillside for so long: a sort of MacFeng Shui that many in the village subscribe to.
“There are a lot of superstitions going about up here and people do believe that things like standing stones and large rocks should never be moved,” she said.
More at the link.
An amusing sidenote, when I emailed the article Eudora gave it a three chili pepper warning (extremely offensive) for the use of fairie. What's with that? Goodness knows what would have happened if it had been kelpie or brownie! /sarcasm
I'm still home sick, but did want to mention the results of the Candadian election yesterday. My uncle will be happy! Check out the blogs in the Red Ensign Brigade for a full roundup.
Jen, formerly of "What's Brewing" is back blogging and in a whole new home. Go welcome her back!
Came down with a cold, or something, yesterday, so decided to stay home. Nin built a new shelf unit yesterday since we had piles of books everywhere, so I'm entertaining myself by alphabetizing CDs.
I did finish my latest fic Friday night. TamTam is betaing it for me, so hopefully it will be up and ready to read sometime this week.
Accidental Verbosity can be found at this link for the time being.
Not to mention quite discriminatory. Who are they to say that a committed, long term relationship requires sex to be 'real' to qualify for benefits. Talk about invasion of privacy! Hasn't been established that what happens in the bedroom is no ones business?
(the above is only very slightly tongue in cheek)
That photo from the Buzz Light Year ride I mentioned weeks ago is finally up on Nin's blog. Yes, it's a horrible photo of me, but the camera didn't have much to work with to start.
City of Shaker Heights, OHIO - ( Jan 17, 2006 ) Following a health trend that appears to be brewing up all over the nation, Mayor Judith Rawson has signed a proclamation for the City of Shaker Heights that addresses the issues regarding caffeine intoxication and dependency.
No, it isn't satire.
Another in my series of blogiversary posts.
Friends, that's been the highlight. In four years, I've met a lot of my sidebar in RL.
Here's to meeting many more!
Currently drinking a lovely Himalayan tea. Very Darjeeling in character
if your taste runs to music of WWII, you could do no better than get this CD: Forces Sweethearts. I got it when I was in London about ten years ago, and it's a perennial favourite of mine. It was inspired by a book by Joanna Lumley. It has everything from "In the Mood" to "Lili Marlene", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, and "White Cliffs of Dover".
I was going to post at some point in the topicality of last night's Battlestar Galactica episode. Surprisingly "right wing" with the already beat up fleet facing a new threat from their own version of ANSWER 'insurgents'. Jonah Goldberg's take was pretty much what I was thinking, so go read what he has to say instead.
One other thought: they're slowly moving Baltar in the direction of the original one from the old series. At least, that's how it seems to me.
I just found out that Tristan Rogers AND Emmsa Samms are returning to General Hospital!! [does a Ninjababe dance of glee and destruction around the room]
This is so kewl!
On the occasion of my belated fourth blogiversary, I got to thinking of all the great people I've gotten to 'meet'. And what a small world it really is once you toss in the internet. Take Temujin for example. I met him through the Red Ensign Brigade, and come to discover he lives in the same small town in northern B.C. that my mum is from! A place most people have never even heard of, but I met him blogging. (if you look at this photo on the website, that's right up the block from my late grandparent's house.) And on this page they talk a bit about my great grandparents, Fred and Annie Heal:
Gabriel Lacroix became the first non-aboriginal man in the area, arriving about 1900 to farm on the east side of the Bulkley River. Then, in 1903, the Fred Heal family settled on the east side of Tyhee Lake. In a few years, settlement began in earnest. The now-vanished village of Aldermere was staked in 1904, followed by Telkwa three years later.
If I'm feeling motivated while avoiding finishing the story I'm working on, I'll do some more "blogging and life" posts :)
I missed my own freakin' blogiversary! Number FOUR!, if you're keeping track. (It was on Jan. 13)
Happy birthday to meeeeee!
Thanks to all of you who read and comment :) Here's to the next four.
Fugitive Jen was the lovliest of brides!
Also via Maureen Ryan (hey, she's where it's at):
When Hugh Laurie won a Golden Globe for his role on “House,” he mentioned that his friend and frequent acting partner Stephen Fry was in the audience at the Globes. I asked a “House” rep if that meant that the delightful Fry might be guesting on the medical drama sometime soon (he has offered to play “a man with two limps”), but the answer, sadly, was no.
Nice interview by Maureen Ryan with Gillian Anderson on "Lady Dedlock, Dana Scully and the influence of 'The X-Files'"
I'm looking forward to catching Bleak House at some point, and it's a plus the screenplay was adapted and written by Andrew Davies, who did the BBC "Pride & Prejudice". Should be good!
The former "Dharma & Greg" star, who's in a new comedy about a single woman that will premiere on CBS this spring, says she's definitely not impressed with the attitudes of some people she sees in Hollywood.
"A lot of my peers that I've worked with, they're not on time," she said. "They think it's absolutely OK to have attitude and treat people like crap. And they think nothing of it. They have a sense of some sort of entitlement, where I don't know where that comes from."
Maybe it has something to do with not being brought up with much discipline, said Elfman, 34.
I followed a referral link to the Google Directory for Blogs, and find this blog listed, along with a description: A California native who loves travel and science fiction writes about her life. Okay, that's fine. But does someone from Google read the blogs the list and come up with some sort of description? Or is it some sort of computer generated thing? Just struck me as odd.
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1 chicken, 4 to 5 lb., cut into serving pieces, including backbone
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 Tbs. canola oil
2 yellow onions, 1 quartered, 1 diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
3 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced, stems and fronds
4 cups water
6 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 Tbs. chicken demi-glace
1 1/4 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cut 1/2 inch thick
Pinch of saffron threads
2 tsp. Pernod (optional)
1 Tbs. minced fresh chervil
1 Tbs. minced fresh tarragon
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
6 slices toasted country bread
6 Tbs. aioli (see recipe in extended entry)
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the oil. Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Add the quartered onion, garlic, fennel stems, water, stock and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the meat nearly falls off the bones, about 1 1⁄2 hours. Discard the onion, garlic, fennel stems, bay leaves and backbone.
Transfer the chicken to a colander and let cool. Cut the meat into 1⁄2-inch pieces; discard the skin and bones. Skim the fat off the stock and whisk in the demi-glace.
In a fry pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the diced onion and sliced fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the onion mixture to the stock along with the potatoes, saffron and Pernod. Set the pot over medium heat and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken, chervil, tarragon and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
Ladle the stew into bowls and garnish with fennel fronds. Serve with toasted bread and aioli. Serves 6.
This garlic-flavored mayonnaise, called aioli, makes a good sauce for peppers stuffed with rice, tomatoes and corn, and a sprightly yet simple dressing for warm white and green bean salad with tuna. It is also a classic accompaniment to bouillabaisse
Just a few tips will make preparing mayonnaise easier. First, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. Begin by making an emulsion with the egg yolk, mustard and just 1 Tbs. of the oil, then add the remaining oil very slowly and whisk constantly. Mayonnaise can also be made in a blender or in a small food processor fitted with the metal blade using this same basic method, with the motor running as the oil is added.
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup safflower or peanut oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbs. warm water, if using aioli as
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, mustard and 1 Tbs. of the olive oil until an emulsion forms. Combine the remaining olive oil and the safflower oil in a pitcher. Drop by drop, add 2 to 3 Tbs. of the oil to the egg yolk mixture while whisking constantly. Once the mixture has thickened, add the remaining oil in a very fine, steady stream, whisking constantly, until all of it has been incorporated.
Stir in the garlic and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. If using the aioli as a sauce, whisk in the warm water to lighten the aioli and make it barely fluid. Makes about 1 cup.
What happened at the point Jack sat down with Ana Lucia on the beach? We got as far as him asking her if she had indeed killed one of 'them', and then DVR ended its recording. Yes, there were screeches :)
I had no real interest in watching the "Skating With Celebrities" thing on TV, but Nin wanted to at least check out the first episode. In doing so, I discovered Scott Hamilton is the host, and one of the skaters is Kurt Browning! Probably my two favourite skaters ever. And I adore Scotty! I've been a fan of his since back in his National Champion/Pre Olympic gold days. So, I changed my mind -- I'll be watching.
From a friend:
They are running the 24 fan phone again. You can call and if you get through, (That is the hard part. It can take multiple tries.) you can talk to whom ever has the phone at the time. Several people have already talked to producer Jon Cassar. As well as some of the other cast members. It isn't a free call. But, the number is: 310-597-3781
I have a dentist appointment today. Even worse, it's another brand new dentist. And it's my original appointment -- I didn't reschedule 3 or 4 times like I normally do in an attempt to put it off.
I was supposed to walk to work this morning since Nin was off, but it was raining and I had a heavy sack to carry on top of it. So, I called "V" and he said he'd come pick me up (he was already at work). I was standing on the edge of the sidewalk looking down the street watching for him, when someone pulls up behind me. It's my boss, who asks if I'm waiting for him. I said no, I was waiting for "V". So he called "V" on his cell and said he had me. We passed "V" about halfway down the street.
I have no idea what people on the street think, since very often when I'm walking to work a variety of vehicles driven by different men will stop and pick me up. (The street is one many of my coworkers take to get to work.) I find it amusing :)
Set aside some prayers and good vibes for Margi and her soon to be born son.
This sounds like an interesting book:
Novik Mixes Sail And Dragon
Naomi Novik, author of the upcoming historical fantasy His Majesty's Dragon, told SCI FI Wire that she undertook the novel with only an era in mind—"the Age of Sail and the time of the Napoleonic wars"—and was able to flesh it out after she asked herself: What if there were dragons? (The book is due in March.)
"I've long had a passion for the language and the monumental, almost legendary quality of this time period and the contrast of enormous, world-shaping events taking place against the backdrop of an everyday life that is at the same time recognizable to us now in many ways, and yet still very alien," Novik said in an interview. "I've [also] loved the idea of dragons since I was a child reading The Hobbit for the first time, an affection that's held through many, many variations on the theme, from Earthsea to Pern. ... I felt strongly that combining the two would allow me to put an original, speculative twist on both the Napoleonic era itself and the treatment of dragons."
In His Majesty's Dragon, a naval captain discovers a dragon egg aboard a captured French ship and bonds with the creature. As a result, he must leave his beloved navy for Britain's Aerial Corps—a division of His Majesty's Armed Forces that rides dragons into battle against France's own dragon-borne forces.
Novik's book shows influences of Patrick O'Brian and Anne McCaffrey, whose Pern series was for Novik "one of those formative reading experiences of childhood that the heart never quite lets go." Novik added that there are "legions of others a few more steps removed" who influenced Dragon, including Jane Austen, C.S. Forester and J.R.R. Tolkien.
His Majesty's Dragon is the first book in the Temeraire series; the sequel Throne of Jade will follow in April and Black Powder War in May. But the series won't end there. "I really envision the Temeraire books as an ongoing set of adventures in the [style of Patrick O'Brian's] Aubrey/Maturin [novels], rather than as a trilogy or a longer series with a set start and finish," Novik said. "I'm always a little frustrated myself by very long series, so I feel strongly about wrapping up the main plot in each book, while leaving some interesting hooks behind for future adventures and to reward continuing readers, without making it impossible for someone to come in fresh later on along the way. Book four of the series is already underway, with book five mostly plotted out, and various other ideas for the future brewing on the back burner."
Via SciFi Wire
No, not really. Still no content!!
What? You expected a post with actual content?
Hah! I say, HAH!
Jack Bauer and the 'sunglasses of vengeance' -- how true!
Chloe's boy-toy is a bad guy. No, I don't know, I'm just saying.
Replace annoying Kim with annoying male Kim. Just what we were missing -- annoying teenaged character.
But I loved Michelle!
How did the baddies know that Jack was still alive? Or did they? That, I'm not clear on.
Not to expect any sort of reality, but I'd think Jack's alibi was pretty strong. Yes, I know, it's 24! I really shouldn't do this to myself.
They really need to screen close Presidential advisors more carefully.
What? Palmer couldn't have called CTU or the Law Enforcement/Intelligence Agency of your choice directly instead of attempting to confide in the slightly loopy First Lady?
Jack killing the assassin. This is why I love the guy.
Geraint doing his "Nick possessed by a demon voice" from 'Sons of Belial'. (but how I wish Peter Wingfield hadn't had to give up the part)
Nin hasn't seen it yet, so I'll be seeing it all over again tonight.
The first five minutes....
Double Crap!! The last 115 minutes :)
And seeing Ger was weird after all these years.
We watched last week's E Ring last night, and boy was it topical! They were tracking cell phone transmissions between terrorists in this country to ones in other countries, to try and stop the release of Plague. I said to Nin, "Don't they know that's EVIL! How dare they trample the rights of those poor terrorists? A little Plague is a small price to pay for the privacy rights of terrorists!"
The last two eps of Battlestar Galactica were excellent! It never fails to leave me with all mixed up feelings. Not something that happens to often in TV.
I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my fic. I got more feedback from folks here on the blog, and the wonderful ladies of the Cotillion, than I did from any of the traditional fanfic email lists. Feedback from the half dozen lists I posted to amounted to a total of one comment -- which was a great one, don't get me wrong :), but if I hadn't mentioned it here, I would have been a little discouraged. You think people not leaving comments on your blog sucks, well no fic feedback is the lowest pits! Heh.
This post at CTG's has got me remembering the All Creatures Great and Small series -- the books and the TV show.
Anyone else out there a fan? Thinking about it now, I realize it's been years since I've read the books, or seen the series show up on PBS. I need to check and see if it's out on DVD yet (And it is!!). And get the books again, since I have no idea what happened to my copies between many moves.
Later: And this looks good too!
Watching last week's ep as I try and transfer it to a tape for the boss and his kids, and have to admit, that though Daniel hasn't been a favourite of mine lately, Michael Shanks Ben Browder have some great chemistry going. The way they play off each other and the banter is great!
For those of you who have eagerly been awaiting Dr Who #9 here in the States, your wait is nearly over -- if you get SciFi that is.
I really recommend you catch this if you can, even if you've never seen the show before. It's been a hit with both old and new viewers. As I said in email earlier today, they made a Dr Who for the
people who are now grownups that watched it as a kid.
Loni Peristere, visual-effects supervisor for the SF movie Serenity, told SCI FI Wire that there's hope for future flights of the cast and crew of the movie, which just came out on DVD. Director Joss Whedon—who also created the canceled Fox TV show Firefly, on which the movie is based—expected that the movie might draw the low numbers it did in its theatrical release, Peristere said in an interview. But he added that the movie's sales on DVD, which came out on Dec. 20, are running neck-and-neck with the hit comedy Wedding Crashers, which bodes well for a possible Serenity sequel.
"We kind of expected this from our audience," Peristere said. "We did so well on [Amazon.com] with the Firefly box set and the performance of that helped us get the movie made. We wish the audience would get up and go to the theater, but it shows that they like to keep coming back and revisiting the world Joss created." Serenity made $25 million at the domestic box office after it was released Sept. 30.
Whedon and his crew are waiting to see how well the DVD numbers go before proceeding with a Serenity sequel, Peristere said. "We really hope to return to this work," he said. "We love the characters. It's fun storytelling, and we all love using our talents. ... It all depends on Joss. He's not giving up on the characters. He had incredible writers who had a million stories to tell, and we're all just hanging out and seeing what the world has to give us, and given the opportunity we'll make more."
In the meantime, fans of both show and movie can enjoy the DVD's various extras, which include an easter egg: a featurette about the making of the Fruity Oaty Bar commercial that appears in the film. "In the main menu, if you play around with the buttons you'll find a featurette of the Fruity Oaty Bar," Peristere revealed. (From the main menu highlight "play," then press left, which will highlight a marker on the right side of the menu; press enter to see the featurette.) "It's all a lot of fun," he said.
After the news there may be another incarnation of Firefly, the bit about the Fruity Oaty Bar ad is the best news! I love that jingle -- in an annoying, can't shut it off in your brain sorta way :)
Several top Wall Street analysts have dismissed speculation that the Walt Disney Co. plans to buy Pixar animation and install its chairman, Steve Jobs, as chairman of Disney, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The wire service quoted David Miller of Sanders Morris Harris as saying, "I think it's absurd. ... It would have to be an enormously compelling offer to even have Mr. Jobs stop and consider it for maybe more than five seconds. ... He looks at Pixar like you and I look at our children," Miller said. "Our children aren't for sale." Doug Mitchelson, an analyst with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., was quoted as saying, "We reaffirm our view that a Pixar acquisition by Disney makes no sense." Most analysts continue to predict that a deal between Disney and Pixar will be consummated. The A.P. observed that "the most likely reason for the delay is that a new deal with Disney is complex."
First off, I had no idea Patrick Stewart was 65. He certainly doesn't look it. Second, I see no reason why his age should keep him from playing Picard. Heck, Sean Connery is still doing action films!
The voice on officer May's squad car radio was unfamiliar at first. It wasn't Richard May's; he had just radioed headquarters minutes earlier to say he was trailing a suspect from a fight at a nearby taqueria..
The voice was that of a kid, no older than a teenager.
``Man down!'' the voice said, a bit high, but firm. ``Man down!''
It took another instant for East Palo Alto police Sgt. Alma Zamora, the watch commander in charge late Saturday afternoon, to recognize the voice. It was that of a 16-year-old Boy Scout Explorer, who was out for a ride-along with May.
And then Zamora realized -- the boy was sitting in the front seat of May's squad car with a gunman on the loose.
``At that point, we couldn't get there fast enough,'' Zamora said in an interview Tuesday.
Zamora jumped in her patrol car and sped just one block away to University Avenue and Weeks Street. As she rounded the corner, she caught a glimpse of the boy, tall and thin, talking to a policeman who had responded to the scene.
``It was almost a relief,'' she said, ``until I saw the officer.''
May, 38, a mentor in the Explorers program , lay lifeless on the pavement. He had been shot at least twice, including once in the head, police said. The crime was caught on tape from a security camera at a nearby building.
The suspect, 22-year-old Alberto Alvarez, was caught early Sunday morning. He had a gunshot wound to the leg. He was arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge.
Police won't identify the boy, who they worry could be in danger from the suspect's fellow gang members. He is a key witness
The rest of the story here.
The latest Cotillion was published. Go check it out.
One new 'House', and a brilliant one at that, and then nothing till February!! [heavy sigh]
Goodness knows, Stacy has not been a favourite of mine, no matter how much I like Sela Ward, but the last few eps she's done have connected with me. Tonight, I really felt a bit of what they must have had before the infarction. And House is different around her -- he's Greg, not House. I like getting to see the man under the 'jerk', if you get what I mean :)
There was so much I liked about this episode. Not sure if I can put my finger on it exactly. I think part of it was separating House from the Ducklings. We know he's brilliant, but tonight really brought that home for me. And him not being there gave a different look at the Ducklings too. And Wilson [sigh] I love him to death, but he's just a walking disaster when it comes to fidelity. I liked his line, "I didn't think the kids called you." [g] Oh, and House with his line about Cameron, that "their little girl was growing up" [snicker]
We left about 6am on Saturday with Cat in tow. She wasn't all that happy, but she wore herself out crying after a few hours, and mostly slept the rest of the way. About 12 hours later, we arrived in St. George. I hate traveling when I'm sick. And I was sick a good part of the week. Because of that, I didn't even get to see Rae as planned. About the only trip out of the house was for more Benadryl, another pillow, and some Vicks. On Wed., we did go to Zion and had lunch with my mum at the lodge. I really like the park much better when it's winter!! Very quiet and peaceful. Thursday we left, with my brother, for Disneyland. Roberta (thanks, Bertie!) had given Nin a three night stay at the Dland Hotel for her 30th birthday present, so we were able to justify going! I was still getting over being sick, but still managed to have a pretty good time. Thursday and Friday, it was unseasonably warm, over 80, so it was like summer almost. Saturday, the temps had gone back down to their normal. Sunday, we went back to UT, and early Monday we were back on the road for home. Sparrow was much happier on the return journey than the initial trip a week before. Every so often she would give a Meow! to remind us was there, but pretty much slept the whole way.
So much for dreams come true! I had a dream a few weeks ago that I met Peter Wingfield in line for Tower of Terror -- no dice. Gave Nin a laugh when I explained as we were standing in line :)
Thank you Russ for the box that was waiting for me when I got home! (The Collects of Thomas Cranmer if you're wondering) It was a lovely surprise!
I went almost news free for the week. It's kind of nice every once in a while.
Still unburying my desk and my computer. If you've emailed me about anything in particular, there's a good chance it will be awhile before I find your email.
Nin has a photo of us on the Buzz Lightyear ride. They have terminals set up and you can find your piccie and email it to yourself. Ours looks pretty strange.
Guest bloggers! I loved reading what you posted while I was gone! It's such a nice surprise to open the blog after a week away and scroll through your offerings. Once again, thank you!
Thus concludes my exciting trip report.
Now for the unpacking and making something for dinner portion of the evening. Will be around more tomorrow!
Thanks to all my wonderful guest bloggers! Y'all are awesome :)
May I direct your attention to this little gem, which caught my eye over the weekend?
No offense to my fellow guest posters... but don't y'all wish Ith would hurry up and get back?
No pressure, Ith, no pressure. Really.
Enjoy your trip, take your time. Seriously.
We'll all still be here when you get back. That's a guarantee.
(But... hurry. Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry. Hurry! :-) )
And whaddaya know, I still have Ith's keys! Excellent.
I thought this was pretty cool. What did you get?
|Your Mood Ring is Purple|
Purpose is known
So I come back from vacation to find Ith is on vacation and left the door open for some of us former guest bloggers to sneak in a post or two. Well I was in Vegas and did not step into a casino once. Why you ask...well because ther is actually a bunch of cool stuff to see in the Vegas Area. A side trip to the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon and the Mt. Charleston Area were all fantastic. But in the most nerdy (and impressive part to Ith) a trip up Nevada Highway 375 otherwise known as the Extraterrestial Highway INCLUDING a stop in the land or the Art Bell Diciples, Rachel Nevada and the infamous (no longer) Black Mailbox. So I say Happy New Year to everyone and with any luck I'll post something interesting.
I conclude with a very important piece of advice: Eat, Drink & Be Merrry - Tomorrow You May Be In Utah.
PrincessJami here. Hi!
Serenity Browncoat members will already know all this, but I want to share the email I found in my inbox with other Serenity/Firefly fans:
"Browncoats to Close
We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty!
Serenity was the #1 DVD upon its release! This was a huge success that would not have happened without the support and dedication of The Browncoats. On behalf of Universal, I would like to thank you all for everything you have done to promote Serenity.
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that on January 6, 2006, The Browncoats will shut down. We have had some wonderful times over these 19 months: met people from around the world, had interesting discussions about Serenity and every topic under the sun on the message boards, had lots of laughs (“I can’t believe Shepherd Book is Mal’s father *spoiler* ” was a personal favorite), and seen some sadness as well. There really has never been a community quite like The Browncoats.
Of course this is not the end of The Browncoats; there are many other sites that will allow the community to continue on. If you do get nostalgic for these boards, check out http://serenitymovie.org , a forum similar in look to this one set up by Gossi - one of our own.
All of your orders from the store are being processed, and will be shipped over the next 2 weeks. If you haven’t placed an order, please do so - your points aren’t going to be of any use once the site closes down. Remember we are at http://browncoats.serenitymovie.com
Once again a huge thank you from everyone here!
Hm. We sound like geeks. :-)
I thought of just updating the original post, but it's already a lengthy one. Let me address some of the questions and objections here, instead:
1. What were Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu Hakim doing in Afghanistan in the first place?
I haven't found a definite answer to this, but Hubris kindly offered this visual aid as a starting point:
As the Uyghurs* occupy the northwest part of China known as East Turkistan (commonly) or the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (by the Chinese officially) it wouldn't be much of a detour for them to cross into Afghanistan on occasion, perhaps accidentally, or indeed they may have had good reasons to do so intentionally:
Many Uyghurs have fled East Turkistan to neighboring countries in order to escape persecution and in the hope of exercising fundamental human rights denied to them under Chinese rule, including freedom of religious belief and freedom of expression. However, since September 11, 2001, the Chinese authorities increasingly brand anyone fleeing East Turkistan as likely to be either a “terrorist” or “separatist”, or a religious “extremist”.
For more background on the Uyghurs and their treatment by the Chinese, the Uyghur Human Rights Project is a good resource.
Not that any of this is the point, as the government's already declared these men "No Longer Enemy Combatants." Still, for you wild-eyed kids out there just dying for a conspiracy theory . . . .
2. Why would they be tortured or killed in Afghanistan?
Um, I'm not sure they would be? But Afghanistan doesn't want them, and Afghanistan's not where they're from. China, now, China would definitely like them back:
The Chinese authorities have applied increasing pressure on neighboring governments to return these refugees to China, where they face imprisonment, torture, and even execution following trials which fall far short of international fair trial standards.
3. Why should these guys get special treatment? Also, isn't it true you're just a big ol' bleeding heart liberal?
I'll let Adel's attorney cover the issue of "special treatment:"
The military people reached this conclusion [that Adel was not an enemy combatant], and they wrote it down on a memo, and then they classified the memo and Adel went from the hearing room back to his prison cell. He is a prisoner today, eight months later. And these facts would still be a secret but for one thing: habeas corpus.
Only habeas corpus got Adel a chance to tell a federal judge what had happened. Only habeas corpus revealed that it wasn't just Adel who was innocent -- it was Abu Bakker and Ahmet and Ayoub and Zakerjain and Sadiq -- all Guantanamo "terrorists" whom the military has found innocent.
Habeas corpus is older than even our Constitution. It is the right to compel the executive to justify itself when it imprisons people. But the Senate voted to abolish it for Adel, in favor of the same "combatant status review tribunal" that has already exonerated him. That secret tribunal didn't have much impact on his life, but Graham says it is good enough.
As for the bleeding heart liberal bit: If, when weighing the consequences of unlawful imprisonment versus more paperwork for federal judges, I conclude, "Damn the paperwork," and that is your definition of a bleeding heart liberal, then certainly you are right.
It's news to me, but then, I did have this little idea that judiciously limiting the power and reach of the federal government was rather a hallmark of conservatism. Forgive me.
4. When does Ith get back?
Soon, I hope. Real, real soon.
*In the first post I spelled this "Uighurs," but "Uyghurs" seems to be the preferred and "Uighurs" the variant spelling. To-may-to, to-mah-to.
". . . when you come in, you're in for good." That's a lyric that about covers what's happened to Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu Hakim, two detainees now in their fourth year at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
"So what, Ilyka?" Well, so they're not enemy combatants.
"Says who?" Well, we do: Our military does. Our government does. U.S. District Judge James Robertson does.
Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu Hakim are Uighurs originally from western China; they were picked up by the U.S. in Afghanistan four years ago. They can't go "back home," for they will likely be tortured or killed there. They can't be allowed into the United States, or at least, no judge appears to have the authority to order it; it'd be like giving them free green cards. They can't be allowed to wander free around the Guantanamo facility, because that's a military installation, and obviously we don't allow foreign nationals to hang out at those. And no other country will grant them asylum, for fear of angering China.
Occasionally people on the political right will get a little chest-thumpy about Guantanamo Bay and the rights, or lack thereof, of its detainees. "Screw 'em, the lousy terrorists," is about the attitude you'll see some places. This case, however, is a textbook example of the importance of habeas corpus.
It's a black mark on us every day that these men remain wrongfully imprisoned, and we ought to work on getting them freed with just as much speed and passion as we've brought to our other efforts in the war on terror.
I do not support removing the right of Guantanamo detainees to file habeas corpus petitions. That doesn't make me unpatriotic or weak on terror; that makes me a believer in protecting the innocent in the course of trying to punish the guilty. Unfortunately, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) thinks it's more important to cut down on paperwork and reduce "frivolous" petitions:
An amendment sponsored by Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) eliminates detainees' ability to challenge the condition of their detentions through habeas corpus petitions. Graham, asserting that U.S. courts have become clogged by "frivolous" claims on behalf of nearly 300 detainees in Cuba, favored denying foreign terrorism suspects the same rights in federal court that are afforded to U.S. citizens.
Instead, he proposed allowing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the Combatant Status Review Tribunal decisions, in which detainees are ruled "enemy combatants" or "no longer enemy combatants."
Those who are considered enemy combatants can be held indefinitely. Detainees convicted by military commissions -- of which there have been none completed in the four years the Guantanamo Bay prison has operated -- are afforded federal court review.
Got that? Instead of being able to petition the courts, prisoners must now wait for the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the decisions made by the military commissions, who aren't making very speedy decisions, and in fact have yet to make even one.
It's not a position I'd like to find myself in. Would you?
(Via Right Side of the Rainbow, who has a link to the .PDF of Judge Robertson's decision, for you legal types.)
Have you got a pen? Go get a pen. Or start up a Notepad file.
Are you ready? Good. Copy the following sentence:
I solemnly promise that I will do my best not to get kidnapped with Ilyka.
Because, if you get kidnapped with me, and I get set free, but you're still a captive?--I'm not doing this for you.
Sorry. It's all about me with the kidnapping, I'm afraid.
Russia's back to acting just like it did in the Cold War days: Arrogant, cruel, and vindictive. Now it's punishing the pro-West behavior of the Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, and other former Soviet satellites by cutting off supplies of natural gas:
Russia's state-controlled OAO Gazprom, which holds a monopoly over roughly a quarter of the world's natural gas, halted the flow of gas through three of five pipelines into Ukraine at about 10 a.m. local time.
Gazprom described the action as the result of a simple price dispute with the Ukrainian gas company, and promised that European customers would remain unaffected as pipelines would continue to send gas across Ukrainian territory.
Within hours, however, Poland and Hungary reported decreased pressure in their gas pipelines, and Italy's gas utility was warning about possible disruptions to supply.
The price dispute ain't exactly over a few pennies, I should add. From the BBC:
Russia said it had no choice but to act after Ukraine refused to sign a new deal accepting an immediate increase in gas prices from $50 to $230 per 1,000 cubic metres. The average EU charge is $240.
I'm all for market rates and if the EU average charge is $240 per 1000 cubic meters, $230 is obviously reasonable--except that if you think Gazprom's applying that price increase fairly, well, you don't know much about how Russia operates:
Ukraine's neighbour Belarus has avoided such problems, still paying $47 per 1,000 cubic metres, but that country's authoritarian regime also enjoys warmer relations with Russia and recently agreed to sell control of its pipelines to Gazprom.
Translation: Kiss Putin's ass, and you can keep warm this winter. Push for greater freedom, and you'll get that, all right--freedom from discount energy prices.
As I've said, I support free markets. I certainly favor market-based pricing. The problem is, this isn't about going along with the market; this is about punishing those countries who won't hop aboard the mothership. It's only going to get worse as Russia cements its grip on the world's energy supply:
Russia's position in the energy market will also strengthen as construction begins on a Siberian pipeline scheduled to start pumping crude oil into Asia in 2008, and an undersea Baltic pipeline connecting Russia directly to Germany. PetroCanada is also discussing a deal with Gazprom that could send liquefied natural gas to North America.
These are some nasty bastards with a wealth of energy resources at their disposal. It's not an encouraging picture for the rest of us.
Howdy, folks — Russ here. I've not posted here since Ith's vacation last April, and I hadn't counted on being able to do so during her current jaunt, but sometimes one is compelled....
Now, I can't honestly say I know for a fact where Ith has gone for her present vacation... but I don't think it's a coincidence that just when she disappears on vacation, there are suddenly reports in the media of some very strange happenings in faraway places.
If Ith comes home with khoresh ghaimeh on her breath and her clothes smelling of camel, well, it might not be too much of a stretch to call that an indicator.