I was sent this link via the Susan B. Anthony List.
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.
From my inbox this morning:
1. I will not poke Hufflepuffs with spoons, nor will I insist that their House colors indicate that they are "covered in bees".
2. No matter how good a fake Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of Magical Creatures class.
3. Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms is not "an extra credit project for Herbology".
4. "I've heard every possible joke about Oliver Wood's name" is not a challenge.
5. Putting up Doug Henning posters in Filch's office is not appropriate.
6. I will not go to class skyclad.
7. The Giant Squid is not an appropriate date to the Yule Ball.
8. I will not use Umbridge's quill to write "I told you I was hardcore".
9. I will stop referring to showering as "giving Moaning Myrtle an eyeful".
10. Polishing my wand in the common room is acceptable. "Polishing my wand" in the common room is not.
11. If a classmate falls asleep, I will not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.
12. House elves are not acceptable replacements for Bludgers.
The rest in the extended entry...
13. Starting a betting pool on the fate of this year's Defence Against Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a clever money-making concept.
14. I will not start every Potions class by asking Professor Snape if
today's project is suitable for use as a sexual lubricant.
15. "Liften Separatis Crotchum" is not a real spell.
16. I will not claim Chick Tracts are an accurate presentation of Muggle life.
17. Seamus Finnegan is not "after me Lucky Charms".
18. I will not refer to the Weasley twins as "bookends".
19. I will not refer to the Patil twins as "bookends".
20. I will not call the Defence Against Dark Arts teacher Kenny, even if he
is wearing an orange anorak.
21. There is no such thing as a were-thylacine.
22. I will not provide Luna Lovegood with Coast-to-Coast AM transcripts.
23. I will not bring a Magic Eight Ball to Divination class.
24. I will not place anything by Silver Ravenwolf on the library shelves.
25. Tricking a school house elf into stripping does not mean that they are
now mine, even if I yell "Pwned!".
26. I am not a sloth Animagus.
27. I am not a tribble Animagus.
28. I am allowed to have a toad, rat, cat, or owl. I am not allowed to have
a reticulated python, snow leopard, Tasmanian devil, or pirahna.
29. I do not weight the same as a duck.
30. Remus Lupin does not want a flea collar.
31. I do not have a Dalek Patronus.
32. I will not lick Trevor.
33. I will stop asking the Arithmancy teacher what the square root of -1 is.
34. The Ravenclaws are not "Mentats in training".
35. Any resemblance between Dementors and Nazgul is coincidental.
36. I will not change the password to the prefects' bath to "Makes getting
clean almost as much fun as getting dirty".
37. There is no such thing as an Invisibility Thong.
38. Professor Flitwick does not wish to be addressed as "Admiral Naismith".
39. Asking "How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?" and walking away is
only funny the first time.
40. I will not offer to pose nude for Colin Creevey.
41. I will not offer to pose nude for Dean Thomas.
42. It is a bad idea to tell Professor Snape he takes himself too seriously.
43. It is a bad idea to tell Professor McGonagall she takes herself too
44. I am not to Owl copies of the Evil Overlord List to suspected Death Eaters.
45. I will not offer to prepare tandoori owl.
46. I will stop asking when we will learn to make "Love Potion Number Nine".
47. I will not ask Dumbledore to show me the pointy hat trick.
48. I will not teach the first-years to sing "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob
On The End".
49. If Ginny Weasley wanted to borrow my Darkover books, she would have
said so already.
50. I will not take out a life insurance policy on Harry Potter
(if anyone knows who this belongs to, let me know. none of the emails I've gotten have any attribution)
And I now have an answer to that question! Atalanta Pendragonne wrote the list and you can visit their website here.
Via email from Dan, this link to a Favourite Movie of 2005 poll.
I got an invite to a Yahoo Group this morning that raised my eyebrows. Check it out:
Hey, we're waiting for you!
So you've been online a while, looking for that just right person and wondering where in the world are they???
You know he/she is out there, but you just can't seem to connect.
One reason is that many people can't access adult groups from work, so they are not in the groups you're joining.
This group was created to solve that problem. We don't post your nude pics, so we don't get an Adult rating, but feel free to ask for them and they'll be emailed to you. Remember, you can say anything you like and you just might find that person to hook up with you've been searching for.
Basically a Married But Looking group, we do allow singles. If you can't keep from "preaching" to married but looking folks, please do not join.
Married but looking? Asking for nude pics? Yeah, sounds just like a group I'd want to join. Not!
Tina sent me the link to this photo of William Wallace's sword (there's also a small article with the photo).
It's going on tour in the U.S.A. as part of Tartan Day celebrations.
And, of course, you can celebrate Tartan Day yourself by joining the 2005 Gathering of the Blogs!
My last day on the blog before the return of our most excellent hostess Ith... and I have FINALLY attracted some trolls! That must mean I'm doing something right!
Notice that they're both just a little bit hysterical in tone, and do not offer to debate the issues. That's fine... just remember the old adage: When you throw a rock into a pack of trolls, the one that yelps is the one that got hit!
Ahh, life is good. I just wub it. :)
And a big THANK YOU to Ith for letting me play in her sandbox!
And yet more email from this morning (I rarely get blog related email, so two in one days is kewl!) (yes, I'm easily pleased):
Operation Shoe Fly
I received an email invitation today to paticipate in this project. I thought it was an interesting concept and something well worth passing along to you, my gentle readers :)
This was emailed to me, and I thought I'd share it with my 'following' [g]:
OFFICIAL 2004 DNC CONVENTION PROGRAM
6:00pm - Opening flag burning ceremony.
6:30pm - Anti-war rally no. 1.
6:40pm - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
7:00pm - Tribute theme to France.
7:10pm - Collect offerings for al-Zawahri defense fund.
7:20pm - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
7:25pm - Tribute theme to Spain.
7:45pm - Anti-war rally no. 2. (Moderated by Michael Moore)
8:00pm - John Kerry presents one side of the issues
8:25pm - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
8:30pm - Terrorist appeasement workshop.
9:30pm - * Intermission *
10:00pm - Flag burning ceremony no. 2.
10:15pm - Re-enactment of Kerry's fake medal toss.
10:30pm - Cameo by Dean 'Yeeearrrrrrrg!'
10:40pm - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
10:50pm - Pledge of allegiance to the UN.
11:15pm - Maximizing Welfare workshop.
11:20pm - John Kerry presents the other side of the issues
11:30pm - 'Free Saddam' pep rally.
11:59pm - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
12:00am - Nomination of Democrat candidate.
Cassandra is emailing me about "incommunicable insurgent".
You don't say....
The subject line of my latest piece of email spam:
belt sedimentary cheese bourgeois gullible
Why do people feel the need to ruin a perfectly valid comment with totally unnecessary snippiness? If I disagree with someone and post a comment on their blog, I try to be polite, make my case, and call it a day. Is it too much to ask for the same here on my own blog?
In the comments of this post, Drew says the following:
Q1. Who's paying for the war and reconstruction of Iraq?
Q2. Do you really believe the 7.3% growth figure will be standing by next month?
I'll answer both:
A1. You are. And after your government has run up its credit cards to the max and can no longer function, you'll be bailing it out. This is inevitable, and lefty-righty name-calling won't stop it.
A2. I don't. At the first revision next month it's back down to a 3.5% gain. The second revision, two months from now, will bring it down to 2%. That news will be buried on page 67 and no one will pay attention. That's how the spin game works--every piece of news is carefully crafted.
That's kewl. I don't agree with him, but he's representing an alternative POV. I have no problem with that. But then he goes and ruins any impact his statement might have had with my by not leaving well enough alone. He just has to finish with the following little snit:
STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. And PAY ATTENTION. When the train comes, maybe you won't get run over.
He's just lost me. Not only is he being snippy, but he's SHOUTING AT ME to boot. Now I don't know about you guys, but I dislike being shouted at, most especially when it's in my own place!
I suppose I could go return the favour over at his blog, or email him on the matter, but -- big surprise!! -- he doesn't leave an email address or a URL.
So for future reference, don't shout at me on my own blog, and use that snippy little attitude on yours on your own family and friends. Don't inflict it on mine.
Normally, I ignore commenters like Drew, but this time it was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back! And I'm not as ticked off as I was when I read his comment this morning. 9 hours helps the cooling down process :)
I got another email from this place and thought I'd share part of like I did the last one.
Click "MORE" for the rest:
72 Women Charge Sexual Assault by Airport Screeners
In Atlanta, Georgia, 72 women have filed charges against airport
security screeners charging, them with sexual assault.
The women say their breasts and genitals were fondled, and in several
cases security screeners rubbed against their bodies.
Since 9-11 – and particularly since the federal takeover of airport
security last year – molestation of airline passengers and theft of their
property have increased dramatically.
Columnist Rebecca Hagelin reports that a female airport security guard
"ran her hands across my breast and up my thighs." Then her 9-year-old
daughter was subjected to the same treatment. WorldNetDaily.com
publisher Joseph Farah says his 15-year-old daughter was "told to unbutton
her pants and roll them down below the beltline."
“When John Latta flew to Reagan National Airport from Miami last month,
he discovered that a $1,000 pair of binoculars were missing from his
“‘What can I do?’ he asked an airline agent who took a report. Her
answer, Latta said, was : ‘Nothing. Zero.’” (Sara Kehaulani Goo, “Eye on
luggage thefts,” Washington Post, 6-29-03)
In the six months since the federal Transportation Security Agency
(TSA) has taken over security at airports and ordered that luggage be left
unlocked, over 6,700 travelers have lodged complaints of theft. To
date, only about 10% have been resolved.
Perhaps these intrusions might be tolerable if they meant that airport
security has been dramatically improved. It hasn’t been.
Knives, boxcutters, guns and other weapons are still getting through
security even more frequently than before 9/11, according to the latest
FAA “Red Team” reports – despite the fact that screener’s salaries have
been more than doubled to a mind-boggling average of over $70,000 a
year! (Far more than most police veterans and FBI agents receive.)
Even worse, there is virtually no screening of service personnel and
maintenance workers, who have free access to airliners.
The abuse of hapless airline passengers and faltering airport security
are just two of the problems with federal attempts to make us safer.
Even more troublesome is the loss of our precious Constitutional rights,
thanks to the USA Patriot Act and other new laws which not one American
in 10,000 has read.
Like everyone, I get my share of Nigerian scam letters. This one caught my eye, and gave me a giggle:
FROM: THE DESK OF MR.JAMES IYERE. UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC LAGOS NIGERIA BIG, STRONG, RELIABLE. PRIVATE EMAIL:email@example.com
He's big, strong, and reliable!! Or is that his bank he's talking about?
Remembered to check the email account for Gaggle today, and I found this. Tara asked me if I would pose her question here, so I'm just going to let her say it in her own words :) (her question was in regards to embedded reporters)
also I know you get a lot of hits from military families I would like to add a page on my site with things from military families or anyone out there that has relied on the two of them for a real look at the war. Im not sure how to pose that question on your site…but I was wondering if you could ask it for me and have them email their stories to me or even post them there with consent given that I could add their stories to my page.
If you'd like to help Tera out, drop her a line.