Those of you who've read my blog for a while know of my love for Bonny Doon's 'Cardinal Zin' Zinfandel wine. I just found out they've discontinued it! I may cry [sniff] Seriously, I just might.
This was said in regards to the Egyptian blogger who has been imprisoned and now convicted:
"I was hoping that he would get a harsher sentence because he presented to the world a bad image of Egypt. There are things that one should not talk about, like religion and politics. He should have got a 10-year sentence," said lawyer Nizar Habib, who attended the trial as a member of the public.
No, you moron, Egypt has a bad image because he was arrested in the first place! Never mind brought to trial and actually convicted!
Nahhh... it's way too late to be worrying about my IQ!
I've had to turn the 'moderate all trackbacks' function on since I'm being flooded with spam trackbacks. Even after boosting the junk filter up to +4, they're still coming through. I just upped it to +6. I still have to deal with them, but at least they don't hit the blog. Now watch it start rejecting perfectly okay comments. Piece of junk.
Honestly, the new MT anti-spam functions are utter and complete crap. The older version with Blacklist was so much more reliable and efficient. If only I had a time machine and could go back. Bleah.
Very interesting article on "preferential patrilateral parallel cousin marriage" and how it relates to Islam.
.... In this first in a series of essays on Muslim cousin-marriage, I want to begin to make the case that Muslim kinship structure is an unexamined key to the war on terror. While the character of Islam itself is unquestionably one of the critical forces driving our global conflict, the nature of Islamic kinship and social structure is at least as important a factor — although this latter cluster of issues has received relatively little attention in public debate. Understanding the role of Middle Eastern kinship and social structure in driving the war not only throws light on the weaknesses of arguments like D’Souza’s, it may also help us devise a new long-term strategy for victory in the war on terror.
The whole thing here.
And finally joined a wine club! I'm very excited and looking forward to my first shipment. Now I just need a cheese club, and I'm set! Actually Williams-Sonoma has a cheese club, but it very expensive.
Oh, and if you continue to run itno problems with comments or whatever else, please let me know. Can't get it fixed if I don't know it's broken :) You can email me at edithna AT yahoo DOT com
Missed it with all the blog problems I was having -- my fifth blogiversary! A month late, but there you go.
[passes around champagne]
that they'll be offering birth control pills over the counter as well?
(Now, they may already, but BCPs aren't listed in the article as something already done OTC)
Thanks to everyone who's emailed me. I hope to personally respond to everyone, but till then, I'll try and hit the points most often brought up.
Getting trapped in the comment/registration revolving door, where you sign in at Typekey, it sends you back, and the blog says you can't comment because you aren't registered. That's still in the 'to be fixed list'. The way to get around it at this point is to sign in at Typekey, exit the blog entirely, come back, and then it will show you as registered and let you comment.
The side bar has broken links/graphics missing. Yeah, I know, and it's something on my to do list. After the rebuild/upgrade from hell, a lot of stuff got hosed. I need to comb through all that at some point, just haven't had a chance.
The RSS Feed isn't working. That one, I'm klewless about. I thought it was an automatic thing with MT, so if it's not working, I don't know why. Will try and find out.
I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging, but seemingly with only limited success. Maybe I need a co-blogger? I dunno. Would anyone even want to be one?
What did people like best when I used to blog regularly? The political stuff? The everyday stuff? TV/Movie discussion?
Well, until I get back my groove, things may be a bit slow around here.
101 year old building and 20+ businesses. Alavarado is shut down until they can stabilize what's left of the building. And it's AT&T/Crosby Golf tourney week, so the town is packed.
The perfect Valentine gift.
Don't have much to say on the whole Edward's campaign blogger chick kerfuffle. Pretty much it's been covered by many much more eloquent than I am. But all the coverage did lead me to one conclusion: there's no way in hell I'd want to ever be an official blogger for anyone ever! I may not be crude and rude, but I am odd. I freely admit it. The last thing I'd want is to have national exposure of my eccentric and quirky personality! [shiver] So no, I'm quite happy to trundle along in virtual anonymity -- easier on the nerves. I may never be famous, but I'll sleep better, not to mention spend less money on booze.
Look, two posts in a day! Wheee!
Rick Moranis has an op-ed in the New York Times. You can read it on his website.
12 Rms, 8Bths, 38 Wind Turbines
To: The board of directors, 814 Park Avenue
From: Lydia Katherine Powell-Watley, Apartment 10 C-D
Dear Beloved Fellow Neighbors,
As much as it pains me to needlessly waste paper products, here are the suggestions I discussed at the annual shareholders meeting last week. I apologize for having spoken at such length; I’m just so incredibly excited about the idea of having our whole co-op reduce its carbon footprint.
(Fake points to whoever gets the reference in the subject)
doesn't make him real.
Go read CTG's most excellent post on the 'global warming' hype.
Seen on my walk to work this morning: a bumper sticker that said "I'm Already Against the Next War".
Not sure why, but I was remembering a favourite sweet from my childhood. They were round, like a small Eggo waffle, sort of graham cracker crusted with marshmallow filling covered in chocolate things, and they were called Wagon Wheels. Haven't seen them in years, so doubt they even make 'em anymore. But they were good!