August 31, 2007

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Ith asked for guest bloggers. And my login still works. So here we go.

A word to the wise. You might want to be careful how you place your bumper stickers.

I didn't have the camera, so I can't prove it... but the car in front of me just now had two stickers on the rear window. The one on the left read "Obama '08." To its immediate right: "He's not MY president!"

Interesting message. Somehow I don't think they meant it the way it comes out.

Cross posted at Coffee with CrankyBeach

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Holiday

Going on holiday till the 11th. If any of you want to guest blog, have at it. But if you haven't done it in a while, you may want to check and make sure your login still works. If it doesn't, let me know, and I'll fix it before I leave.

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August 27, 2007

I Forgot!!

[sounds of smacking forehead]

I'm sure you all have seen this, but just in case...

The Dissident Frogman explains -- with visuals -- the whole pointy end versus non-pointy end in the boomstick thing.

A must watch!

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Lacking in Intestinal Fortitude

You can always count on the MSM to take a stand [cough] [sputter] Check out the comic strip they wouldn't run for fear of offending that wacky 'religion of peace'.

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August 23, 2007

When 'Romance' Is A Dirty Word

'Girls Gone Mild'

There were parts of this that just made me want to cry for these girls and women. Like the excerpt below:

...Irene, fifteen, hooked up with a boy for some time—"we basically became friends with benefits," she confided to a reporter for The New York Times. Unfortunately, the boy never got around to asking her out on a real date, as Irene was hoping, so she was "devastated." But she says, "Since then, I've become really good at keeping my emotions in check. I can hook up with a guy and not fall for him."

How extraordinarily sad -- and she's only fifteen!

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August 22, 2007

Eastward Bound

In about two weeks, I'll be in Philadelphia to see the King Tut exhibit. I've been doing pre-trip research (duh!) and was wondering if anyone has any 'must sees' they'd like to pass on? CTG has already informed me of the necessity of seeing Ben Franklin's privy hole, but other than that... :)

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August 20, 2007

Never Say Never

Paper: New Line Approaches Jackson

New Line co-chairman Robert Shaye told the Los Angeles Times that he has been quietly trying to mend fences with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, months after telling SCI FI Wire that he'd never work with Jackson again.

When asked if it was true that company insiders had been in talks with Jackson's representatives, Shaye told the newspaper: "Yes, that's a fair statement. Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in The Hobbit."

Jackson withdrew his name from consideration for helming the Rings prequel movie in the wake of Jackson's lawsuit against New Line over Rings profits. That prompted Shaye to tell SCI FI Wire in January, "I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me. It will never happen during my watch."

But Shaye's latest admission suggests that New Line is eager to get The Hobbit going again with Jackson.

Via SciFi Wire

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August 15, 2007

For Pity's Sake!

NHS staff told to eat away from desks for Ramadan

Every day that passes makes the UK seem more like one big Monty Python sketch!

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Join Me At the Apocalypse

Here are five fictional characters that I want on my side when the apocalypse comes:

Methos
LaCroix
Samantha Carter
Amanda
Jack Sparrow

How about you?

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August 14, 2007

New 'Skara Brae'

Experts uncover Orkney's new Skara Brae and the great wall that separated living from dead.

Like I needed a reason to take another trip there!

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August 11, 2007

Cheesy

Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million

I'm sorry, but if I were deathly allergic to cheese, I would sure as hell check the burger myself before biting into it. Just like I check to make sure there's no mayo on my burger. I do that for just something I don't like the taste of, so if it could kill me? Come on!

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Freeman Dyson: Heretic

HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.

Read the whole thing. Having always been an admirer of Professor Dyson's I'm thrilled to see that his writings are on a website. Very cool!

Via LJ buddy, CaptofmyHeart.

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August 9, 2007

August 8, 2007

Wince

I watching Giada's Weekend Getaways on the Food Network tonight, and she was in London. The show starts out with her in a cab touring the city. she asks the cabbie to take her to the lion statues, which, she says, "Commemorates the battle of Trafalgar Square"!!!

I guess history wasn't her subject in school [sigh] Not to mention all the people who put together her show.

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August 7, 2007

'There Can Be Only ... Five Movies and Counting'

Highlander' Back on Television ... Because Theatres Didn't Want It

Fans of Adrian Paul and the whole Highlander continuum should be happy to hear that he'll be chopping off more heads in the near future. "Highlander: The Source" is scheduled to air on SciFi on September 15th and again on September 20th.

The film features Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod (insert your "of the Clan MacLeod" here) bemoaning his life after the loss of his great love. One hopes that means Tessa, but who knows. He joins up with Methos (Peter Wingfield) and Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes) on a quest to find the first Immortal and the Source of their Immortality. Everyone who's seen the second movie, think of this as your way of pretending it never happened. Speaking of the movies, apparently this was originally scheduled to be a big-screen release but Lionsgate pulled it from distribution. This should be interesting.

I've seen the Russian release, and it is glorious in its absolute badness. The one saving grace is that Methos is in lots of it and is very very nice to look at :)

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Too Funny!

I'd heard about this, and Nin found it on YouTube. It's The Fray doing a very, uh... unique version of Shakira's 'Hips Don't Lie'. It's hilarious!

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August 4, 2007

Five Character Deaths

Did this on LJ last night, and in lieu of any real posting, shall share it here as well!

List five character deaths that affected you.

~ Helen Burns, Jane Eyre's best friend. At age seven, that had a fairly profound influence on me.

~ Boromir in Lord of the Rings.

~ Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

~ Aragorn, and then Arwen in the appendices of LotR

~ Beth in Little Women

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MT for Dummies?

An email from a reader reminded me yet again my RSS feed is broken. I've tried to figure out how to fix it over the last many months, but have had no luck. I need MT for dummies or something.

Again, I apologize for the broken bits, and I swear I'll try and get them fixed one of these days :) Hey, at least I kinda sorta got the comments working! That's something.

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