November 28, 2003


Tomorrow, my Thanksgiving holiday begins. Since I worked today, I'm taking Monday off. So everyone have a great weekend!

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November 27, 2003

A Bit Of A Review

I've been listening to the Return of the King soundtrack and am enjoying it a great deal. About the only weak part, IMHO, is the Annie Lennox song, "Into The West". I like her in Eurythmics mode, all synthesized, but her voice is just to... I don't know, harsh or hard for this song. and her voice doesn't seem up to performing against symphony style music. I wished they'd used a boy soprano like they did for the end song in FotR, or someone like Karen Matheson, Loreena McKennit, Connie Dover, Triona NiDhomhnaill, or Alison Krauss. They all have strong, clear voices that would have been better suited to what the song is about -- the Elves, Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf, leaving Middle Earth to the West. Instead we get a poppish type performance on what is the last scenes of an epic three movies.

Oh well. Can't have everything I guess! Great soundtrack overall though.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:29 PM | Comments (1)


Since everyone is working, we're not doing turkey for dinner. Instead, we're having tri-tip in a garlic/Jack Daniels marinade, Laurence's beer bread (but I'm using Guinness since I don't have the beer he uses in his recipe), garlic mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, cream, and chicken broth, and Yorkshire pudding with gravy.

I've just put the garlic on to roast, and put the Guinness out to warm and flatten. Next, a shower and then I'll get the breadmaker out. I probably should eat something too!

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For The Solstice

They've set up a live webcam at Maeshowe that will be in place till the end of January. go take a look -- when it's daylight that is!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:12 PM

Knock Me Over With A Feather

What a great thing to turn on the computer/TV to just now!


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, and special wishes to the troops overseas and their families here at home.

Update: Deb nails it. When I was watching the report of the President in Iraq, I had tears in my eyes. It really got to me.

Update II: Nathan has a roundup. (Happy Thanksgiving, Pun Guy!)

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November 26, 2003

Warms The Cockels Of Your Heart

On the FOX Report, they had a snippet about Air Canada and their extreme generosity.

They decided to give 100 of their employees, selected by lottery, an Xmas bonus. That's kewl. But wait, there's more!

The "bonus" was worth about $3.78 and was a coupon for a burger! And it expires in five weeks too!

Doesn't this just fill you with the spirit of the season?

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I don't know what Nin will have to say about this.

Well, there's still haggis!

(how about some haggis sushi?)

Posted by Ithildin at 4:19 PM

Just Like Radio Shack

Except it's Michele.

You have questions, she has answers. Go bathe in her Thanksgiving wisdom.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:41 PM

Who Would?

Tsk tsk! Imagine trying to lure searchers to your blog by making them think you may have the XtraJet video tapes of Michael Jackson. Who would do that? I mean who wants to see Michael Jackson kissing Ewoks while he sings to Paris Hilton in her thong as she churns butter while J-Lo covers herself in whipped cream?

(I got off work early! Can you tell?)

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This is just silly. They have nothing better to do than pick on the President because they say he pronounced "Nevada" wrong.

News flash! Until I read this article I never knew the "Ne-vah-da" pronunciation was wrong, and I've lived in a state right next to NV most of my life, and have spent plenty of time there besides. I've heard both pronunciations equally over the years, and I've even heard the "Ne-vah-da" form used by people THAT LIVE IN THE STATE! If the natives are using it, why on earth is the President using it such a freakin big deal?!?!?

Some reporters and politicians need to get an L I F E!

Okay, I feel better now.

It's like the yearly debate over the Salinas Rodeo, which is pronounced "Ro Day O" here, as opposed to "Ro Dee O"

And then there's the Paso Robles argument, which I'm not even going to try and illustrate.

Update: The BoiFromTroy and I seem to be in agreement on this one, along with Xrlq, and Robert.

Update Mark II: Lori chimes in.

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Disturbing, But Not Surprising

This article discusses the rapid increase in immigration -- both legal and iillegal -- over the last two years.

.... According to the report, California is projected to have more than 12 million foreign-born residents by 2010. Based on current estimates, California will have an additional 3.4 million new immigrants during this decade, as the tax-paying middle class is leaving the state for the first time in its history, the report states. "Whatever flimsy arguments the proponents of mass immigration were able to concoct during the illusory economic boom of the late 1990s about immigration serving some national interest, they have been utterly dispelled by the reality of the post-high-tech bust," Mr. Stein said. "Mass immigration has nothing whatsoever to do with the economic and social well-being of the United States or the American people," he said. "There is no longer even a fig leaf of national interest to cover the explicit agenda of those who promote mass immigration."

Read it all.

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Imagine If They Weren't Our Friends

The Corner points to this link on MEMRI where they tour the official website of our good pals, the Saudis.

Dhimmis, beheadings, the superiority of polygamy, what's wrong with America, and more. And this is all what appears in English!
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November 25, 2003

Too Funny!

This from a LotR list I'm on:

"Haldir: he's really not dead as long as we remember ... TO READ THE BOOK!"


(You have to have read the books, and seen the movies for this to amuse)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:08 PM | Comments (2)

What's Good?

So you know what's great about Thanksgiving? It's one of the very, very few days of the year I have the house to myself! At least for a few hours. I'm the only one in my family that doesn't work on the holiday, so I'm FREE!!!

So that's my big Thanksgiving plan -- being alone.

And on Saturday, we're going to meet up with Jen & Dave up in Mendocino, then we'll come home Monday. Tuesday is the massive dental work day that I'm dreading, but it's also the day Pirates of the Caribbean comes out on DVD -- so I'll try and think of that instead. Then the 4th is Nin's BD, and the 6th is her work Xmas party. Busy, busy! Never rains, but it pours!

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Lucky Dog!

No, not Cosmo.

Jonah gets to see Return of the King in a preview showing on the 8th!! I'm very jealous!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:44 PM

Now What?

Geez, I suppose you expect a post now. [digs around brain] [ewww]

Sunday I watched some of the extra stuff on the Two Towers DVD. The most interesting -- to me -- was the whole "Arwen at Helm's Deep" thing. Now, we knew she'd initially been in those scenes, and had then been removed, but I never knew why. Apparently, when they were shopping the script, they weren't even going to try and explain to studio execs that their female lead had a 'psychic love connection' with Aragorn, and she had to be a major part of the story, so Arwen shows up at Helm's Deep. And she was there for a year! Liv Tyler went to sword and fighting classes with everyone else. Then they had started with the idea of the flashbacks, and then, delving into the appendices and the story of Arwen & Aragorn, they came up with the foretelling scene between her and her father. That scene is one of my favourites in the TT, and I've always loved that story in the appendices. For me it was the perfect choice, a way to include Arwen, while staying more true to the books. And as they said, Arwen had to have a presence in the TT so it flowed into RotK. So, Arwen left Helm's Deep, and all were happy.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM

RE: Going Away

I guess I should have said, "stepping away from the computer for the weekend." Well, the weekend and an added unexpected day. I appreciate all the comments left though.

If I ever decide to go away for an extended period of time, I'll be sure to be more specific. :)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:09 PM

November 22, 2003

Going Away

I've decided to do something crazy, and step away from the blog/computer for a while. My stomach hurts (I'm beginning to think I'm getting an ulcer), my eyes hurt, and I'm just generally finding that blogging is bringing me down. Maybe it's burn out?

So I'm going to read a book, listen to CMT, and try to get a fresh outlook on this whole thing.

I may check in later.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:04 PM | Comments (9)

If You Speak Tech

Please go read this post of Kevin's.

All the comments on all the blogs I host on this domain are sloooooooow! But I have no idea if it's for the reason Kevin states, or how to find out. So if you understand, could you enlighten me? :)

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Moral Support

Maripat had some bad news on the job front. So go offer her some moral support if you would.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:17 PM

November 21, 2003

Oh!! The Nerve!

I'm going to pick on Francis now!

Now, I love Francis, he's a wonderful commenter here on A&C, and a real sweetie, but he got my blood boiling in the comments of this post over at Dave's. As my grandma would have said, he got my Scottish up. Just for the record, I am not a less valuable commodity because I'm unmarried and childless. Got that?


Update: I linked to this discussion a few days back from a post where I wasn't really discussing the matter at hand, just pointing it out. Now I am discussing it, this is probably a more sensible place for the link.

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Okay, here's the deal. I'm sleepy, I want to go home, but not only do I have to wait for Nin to get off work, I'll bet she'll be late AS USUAL!! So if I get home before 7 I'll be lucky. So here I sit, wondering if I should blog, should I email, should I read my latest NRODT, or maybe I should look at the yummy Johnny Depp piccies in People for the.. [murmer mumble]... t...h time. (Sexiest Man Alive 2003, you know). Oh, BTW, it's very windy here right now. Weather turned on a dime from fairly mild, to windy and nippy in about the space of 1/2 hour this afternoon. [deep breath]

I could tell you about lunch (just like Jen). Okay, I will. Today was the annual Thanksgiving employee lunch. so the 11 of us went to the same restaurant we've gone to the last 4 years. I have yet to have a good meal here. Every time I order something that you think the couldn't screw up, they manage to anyhow. I should order the burger next time -- I really should. So today, I order the beef dip. It has thinly sliced Angus steak, how could that be bad? Welllllll.... it came, not with au jus, but a gelatin-like mixture with a ton of rosemary and thyme. Now this wouldn't have been so bad, except they drowned the meat in it before the served it. So my entire French dip sandwich was permeated with this goo. NASTY! The two glasses of wine (hence the sleepiness) helped, but not enough. And to top it all off, we were yet again seated in what I call, "the garden shed". It was musty and drafty and there were spores growing on the walls. So there. [pout].

You could go look here, at some wonderful Aurora Borealis pics. Boy, do I want to see the Aurora.

On a happy note, my Amazon order was delivered today, so I can watch the movie I ordered. I also need to watch last weeks Gilmore Girls and 24. And can you believe the voted Rupert off?!?!!? I'm not sure I want to watch it anymore. I'm also thinking off doing a tribute LotR blog theme this weekend if I'm feeling motivated. I bet you can hardly wait, huh?

And here's an EWW! A gift for those you don't like, I guess:

A Rare Gift
Looking for the ultimate holiday present? Only 1,500 copies of this special autographed edition of Senator Hillary Clinton's Living History were printed, making it not only a great gift but also destined to be a collector's item.

Amazon has an odd idea about gift giving.

Well, that's about it till I think of something else!

Same bat time, same bat channel....

Posted by Ithildin at 5:43 PM | Comments (1)

Like He Doesn't Have An Axe To Grind

Bleak Outlook for U.S. in Iraq Says Blix

"There's a hatred against the United States and you have 130,000 American troops sitting there as a big target," said Hans Blix as he leaned forward to make his point about the future of Iraq and its military occupation.

"The borders, although guarded, are not watertight. Weapons of mass destruction may not be there but conventional weapons are and the U.S. does not have the capacity to guard it all," Blix added. "The outlook is bad."

Posted by Ithildin at 7:47 AM

November 20, 2003

Go Help

Go over to Jay's and help the really teensy tiny state people think of a name for their blog association.

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Yet More Ringlets

Wow! Check out Peter Jackson's production notes for Return of the King.

And on to the merchandising! I dunno, I don't think anything can beat those bobble dolls from last year!

The high-res version of the RotK poster. (the poster is my current wok wallpaper. it replaced Jack Sparrow temporarily)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:00 PM | Comments (4)

A Nifty Ringlet

My favourite columnist. Jonah Goldberg, is going to be interviewed for a documentary that will be on the RotK DVD when it's released! How cool is that?

One of his Corner comments on it gave me a giggle:

If you're sitting there, fists clenched in rage around Frodo and Gandalf action figures wondering why I get to do this Lord of the Rings interview
while you can recite the The Silmarillion from memory, I'm sorry. Apparently the documentary's producers liked my review of the first movie. You may be more qualified -- you know who you are -- but in this instance, "there can be only one!"

Oh, wait, that's from Highlander.

(Somewhere, some LOTR geek just shouted "Argghhh! It burns!")

And he was nice enough to reply to my email congratulating him. I know he gets more mail then anyone can deal with, so it meant a lot that he took the time.

Oh, and if you've never read the review in question, you should. His commentary on Tolkien and the books was spot on and one of the best things I've read on the subject. (and boy, have I read a lot!)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:55 PM | Comments (3)

The Perks, Baby

Article on FOX News about singles and those married perks. Read if you are so inclined. It's a subject I tend to get annoyed over, but I don't really have any comments at this time.

Update: Michael has a post on the same article.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:38 PM | Comments (2)

And This One From Nick

This one is better!

Your soul is bound to the Second Totem, Luna:
The Wolf

Luna appears as a pair of coral colored wolves.
She embodies empathy, nurturing, insight,
and warmth
. She is associated with the
color coral, the season of spring, and the
element of wind. Her downfall is pathos.

You are most compatible with Doves and Ravens.

Which Animal Spirit Totem Are You?
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One From Jay

And I'm blaming him for this depressing result!

Your soul is bound to the Solitary Rose: The

"When I wake up alone, the shades are still
drawn on the cold window pane so they cast
their lines on my bed and lines on my


The Solitary Rose is associated with loneliness,
melancholy, and patience. It is governed by
the goddess Merope and its sign is The Sword,
or Unrequited Love.

As a Solitary Rose, you may be summed up as a
hopeless romantic. You desire love and have so
much love to give, but thing just never seem to
work out the way you want them to. In life,
you can be very optomistic, even when things
are gray and nothing works out to your

What Rose Is Your Soul Bound To?
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Don't Think So

Anyone expect the "peace activists" to be protesting the terrorist slaughter of their countrymen, and dozens of Turks, in Turkey today?

Nah, me either. After all, what's a few deaths amongst friends?

Posted by Ithildin at 7:48 AM


Lindsey is back on "Angel"!

And there was much rejoicing.

And Spike's corporeal again -- thank goodness!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:38 AM

November 19, 2003

Another "Food For Thought" Post

Now Nathan is being all deep and thoughtful. He has a long post on the value of human life, and I'm still sitting here trying to digest it all.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:39 PM | Comments (1)

Part VI

There's a new installment of "Diary of a Hobbit Fiend" up here.

A tidbit to whet (wet?) your whistle:

.... Suddenly, in what can only be called a moment of decadent whimsy, Wormtongue tosses the Palantir off the tower. Pippin—still caught up in the seductive power of Saruman's singing voice—grooves his way over to it.

Pippin: Merry, what do you suppose this is?

Merry: A lava lamp?

Pippin reaches down and touches the Palantir. Instantly, the “Big Flaming Eye” transfixes him.

Pippin: Whoa. Pretty lights!

Sauron's Big Flaming Eye: Who the hell are you?

Pippin: It's talking, Merry, the big flaming eye is talking!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:24 PM


BoiFromTroy has a thoughtful post on matrimony and monogamy:

I believe that marriage and monogamy are inextricably linked. Not having the expectation of marriage contributes to high levels of promiscuity in the gay community.

He has a lot to say that's well worth reading.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:21 PM | Comments (2)


This is part of an email sent to The Corner today with some musings about gay marriage:

.... Under the traditional restrictions, a man cannot marry his daughter, or, a fortiori, his son, and so if he leaves them a very large inheritance, it is taxed, although what he leaves his wife is not taxed. But under a general license to 'marry' another man, a man could marry his son, and thus pass his property to the son tax-free.

"This is a loophole that would have to be closed, if estate taxes are going to continue, and the obvious way to close it would be to eliminate the special consideration given to inheritance by a spouse. This would be an unwelcome surprise to some propents of 'gay marriage.'

"On another front, what if two men who are partners in crime take the precaution of marrying, so that they can each be sure that the other one won't turn state's evidence at trial, should they be caught?

"Marriage, with the special privileges that have grown up around it, is a potential source of advantages to the unscrupulous. The remedy is going to be, I suppose, to reduce or eliminate the privileges. Having achieved marriage, the homosexuals may find that it isn't worth having any more..."

I was thinking of similar things a few months back when I was writing a post on civil unions. I suppose there's dozens of laws that will have to be looked at. My own personal feeling is that laws benefiting married folk will go away -- not all at once, but eventually. And probably spouse/partner health benefits from employers that offer them will also go the way of the dodo. Not sure on SSI, but I could see them doing away with widow/widower benefits at some point. It's going to be every man/woman for themselves. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing from the perspective of a single person, I guess.

The world it is a changin'.

Lil Clarification: I didn't send this email to The Corner, it just got me to thinking when I read it there. (which tends to be a bad thing)

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November 18, 2003


Here's two sites with some great pictures of the Aurora Borealis from Orkney.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:38 PM

SG1 S8

There's an interview here with Joe Mallozzi about seaosn eight of Stargate. Some interesting stuff, but this is the one in particular that got me thinking....

SPOILERS! So don't click "more" if you don't want to know!

WH: We've seen the notice on the internet concerning 2 new cast members. Is this fact or rumor, and if it is fact, what impact will they play concerning the lineup of SG-1? Also, just who is this maverick General that's being talked about that is supposed to head the SGC?

JM: We're in the very early stages of season 8 and, as such, I can't really comment on specifics. That said, as for someone joining the team - maybe and then, again, maybe not. That has yet to be decided. As for that maverick…well, you've already met him.

I think it's Jack. Putting together the above with a snippet from earlier in the year about "a beloved character" being killed off and a promotion for Jack, I think the "beloved character" will be General Hammond and Jack will be promoted.

I guess we'll see!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:16 PM | Comments (1)

Oooh, Yeah!

Do you know what happens today? Huh?

Okay, okay! The extended version of The Two Towers comes out! Guess what I'm doing when I get home? (silly responses to that will either be rewarded or smacked down, depending on my mood)

And it's also part of my mum's Xmas present. She loves Gollum, and the special set comes with a Gollum statue and artwork, so I'm putting that part away and will give it to her at Christmas.

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Another 5 Seconds

For fans of the book, you'll be happy to hear that Aubrey's earlobe is nicely scarred and mangled. One of those little touches you appreciate!

Billy Boyd did a nice turn as Coxswain "something or other" :) (I can never remember names)

The boy who played Lord Blackney (?) did an excellent job.

Very much like the actor who played the Doctor.

Update: since we're sort of on the subject, Jay pointed out this great post on wooden sailing ships. With pics to!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:45 AM

November 17, 2003

5 Sec Movie Review

Just back from Master & Commander and it was great! This is one you'll want to see on the big screen. Amazing seafaring filming. Lots of tension, battle, and enough light hearted moments to keep it from being depressing.

I'm off to bed now.

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Just Me?

I haven't been able to get to Da Goddess's site for a few days. Is it just me, or is her blog down?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:48 PM | Comments (2)


Did you know alligators can be sent through the U.S. Mail as long as they aren't longer than 20'' in length?

Me either.

But that's what they keep telling me on the 1/2 hour on the radio news. I'm sure it relates to some news story, but I just keep hearing the bit about the USPS.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM | Comments (4)


You know, I've known Gennie for quite a while -- in blog terms at least. And I don't get why she gets so much grief. She's a standup gal, always there for you, & a good friend. So she speaks her mind! Don't we all? Isn't that why we blog? I've never understood the point of reading a blog you hate. Life's too short. If you don't like it, don't read it.


You go, girlfriend!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:38 PM


According to the Lady Washington website they've made it onto the PotC DVD!:

The DVD will include "Diary of a Ship", A video journal of the voyage of Lady Washington, from L.A. to the Caribbean. The crew had been hoping that this piece would be included in the DVD and I can now confirm that all sources check out. Lady Love is 100% certain that the voyage is included in the DVD.

BTW, the Lady Washington will be in the Sacramento area till near the end of this month, so go check it out if you're in the area!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:06 PM


Today's list:

Going back to work after being sick all weekend. Good news, my eyes aren't swollen anymore, bad news, they ITCH!

It's new Governor day!

Rush is back!

If I make it through the day, we're going to go see Master & Commander after work.

Filing. Much filing.

Hearing there will be no Saruman in RotK. Must toodle over to to see what's up.

Should weed out Amazon wish list after adding many items yesterday.

Drink much tea.

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November 16, 2003

The Copy

I saw "Trading Spaces" for the first time yesterday, and as luck would have it, they had Laurence Llewelyn Bowen from "Changing Rooms" as one of the designers. It's not going to replace "Changing Rooms" for me, but it's fun to watch. And the money sure goes a lot farther in the U.S. show, which is something Laurence commented on. So everything looks a little more 'done' than in the average CR ep. And to make sure I do watch next week, Anna Ryder Richardson from CR will be on TS next week. Anna and Laurence are my my two favourite designers!

Now I need to watch the American version of "What Not To Wear"! Now, I just can't see anyone being better than Trinny and Susanna, but we'll see.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:22 PM | Comments (3)

One Down!

Finished the first "Master & Commander" book!! Wooo! And it was worth ploughing through the first 2/3 to get to the meat. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:18 PM

November 15, 2003

Blast From The Past

I was looking for the CMAs that I taped a few weeks back, and what do I find on the beginning of the tape? One of Bush/Gore debates!

Really odd....

Posted by Ithildin at 2:26 PM

Naiveté C of E Style

Another fine post from Midwest Conservative Journal on the latest nuttiness from the C of E. This time, it's all about better understanding "The Religion of Peace":

I fervently pray that Muslims, both in the West and in the Muslim world, do indeed continue to "come to faith." And no civilized person wants Muslims to be treated in the West the way Christians, Jews, and members of other religions are treated in the Muslim world.

That said, the naiveté of the C of E never ceases to astound. The idea that the Muslim world will treat its religious minorities decently if they see how nice we are to ours displays a positively criminal ignorance.

Please try to get this through your head, Nick; the Islamic world does not like us. Islam is not a tolerant religion and never has been. We should, indeed, be harmless as doves to those Muslims in our midst. But according to Jesus, we should also be wise as serpents.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:07 PM | Comments (2)

A Bloody Day

Is it just me, or does this seem to have been a particularly bloody day?

Two Black Hawks Collide in Iraq, Killing 12

Blasts at Istanbul Synagogues Kill 23

13 Dead in Passenger Ship Accident

And then the U.K. is on a terror alert due to the President's visit. I know that's standard, but I still have a tickle of worry in the back of my mind.

Maybe I need to turn off the news for the rest of the day.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:00 PM

That's It!

Hillary Clinton is a tease. Now isn't that one of those things that feminists hate? Being a tease? But here's their standard bearer being the poster child for it. There she is, being so coy, batting her eyelashes: Will I run? In 2004? In 2008? I'm going to Iowa, but I'm not running. Well, maybe...

So not only is she a woman whose main qualification for President is who she married, but she's a tease too.

You've come a long way, baby. [snort]

Posted by Ithildin at 1:47 PM


Juliette is fed up and she's steamed -- big time! This is a must read Ranty McRant!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:41 PM | Comments (2)

Circling The Wagons

Justene has been threatened with a lawsuit by a company called Infotel. Xrlq has a post on the whole thing here, and Justene's original post is here.

Also check out Jay, Daily Pundit, Patterico, the Interociter, Miller's Time, & Right On The Left Beach.

Updating the List:


Boi From Troy

SoCal Lawyer

I know we've dealt with similar things where I work, so the more light that we shine on the vermin the better. My favourite is the toner scam. You get a call fro your "copier company" wanting to double check the model of your copy machine. If you give them that information, there will be a box of incredibly overpriced toner delivered within days. Then they hope someone will sign for it without checking, and then they nail your for the charges with that signature. As soon as you ask them the name of the company they come from, they hang up. One time, my boss pretended he couldn't speak English and kept them hopping for quite awhile before they realized we were on to them.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:04 PM

November 14, 2003


I can relate to this post.

I'm always struck with sadness when I visit an old graveyard. So many young people, children, and babies. Makes you realize how much we can take for granted now.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:44 PM | Comments (3)


Via Tam in email....


Stand up halfway through the movie and yell loudly, "Wait... where the hell
is Harry Potter?"

Block the entrance to the theater while screaming: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"

After the movie, say "Lucas could have done it better."

At some point during the movie, stand up and shout: "I must go! Middle
Earth needs me!" and run and try to jump into the screen.

After bouncing off, return quietly to your seat.

Play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time someone says:
"The Ring." Point and laugh whenever someone dies.

Ask the nearest ring-nut if he thinks Gandalf went to Hogwarts.

Finish off every one of Elrond's lines with "Mr. Anderson."

When Aragorn is crowned king, stand up and at the top of your lungs sing,
"And I did it.... MY way...!"

At the end, complain that Gollum was offensive to Ethiopians.

Talk like Gollum all through the movie. At the end, bite off someone's finger and fall down the stairs.

When Shelob appears, pinch the guy in front of you on the back of the neck.

Dress up as old ladies and reenact "The Battle of Helms
Deep" Monty Python style.

When Denethor lights the fire, shout "Barbecue!"

Ask people around you who they think is the next "Terminator" sent from the
Middle Earth of the future to assassinate Frodo Baggins.

In TTT when the Ents decide to march to war, stand up and shout "RUN FOREST,

Every time someone kills an Orc, yell: "That's what I'm Tolkien about!" See
how long it takes before you get kicked out of the theatre.

During a wide shot of a battle, inquire, "Where's Waldo?"

Talk loudly about how you heard that there is a single frame of a nude Elf
hidden somewhere in the movie. -Start an Orc sing-a-long.

Come to the premiere dressed as Frankenfurter and wander around looking
terribly confused.

Remove the top off your drink, then proceed to light the straw on fire and
tell people in the seats around you about a great battle that took place in
your cup long ago.

When they go in the paths of the dead, wait for tense moment and shout, "I
see dead people!"

Imitate what you think a conversation between Gollum, Dobby and Yoda would
be like.

Release a jar of daddy-long-legs into the theater during the
Shelob scene.

Wonder out loud if Aragorn is going to run for governor of California.

When Sam holds Frodo's hand (or otherwise), start singing, "The Ambiguously
Gay Duo!"

When Shelob comes on, exclaim, "Man! Charlotte's really let herself go!"

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That's all I have to say on the matter.

Confused? Don't be.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:54 PM

Osama & Saddam

My head hurts too much right now to fully digest this, but that doesn't mean you can't!

Case Closed From the November 24, 2003 issue: The U.S. government's secret memo detailing cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. by Stephen F. Hayes

11/24/2003, Volume 009, Issue 11

OSAMA BIN LADEN and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda--perhaps even for Mohamed Atta--according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

The memo, dated October 27, 2003, was sent from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith to Senators Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller, the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was written in response to a request from the committee as part of its investigation into prewar intelligence claims made by the administration. Intelligence reporting included in the 16-page memo comes from a variety of domestic and foreign agencies, including the FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. Much of the evidence is detailed, conclusive, and corroborated by multiple sources. Some of it is new information obtained in custodial interviews with high-level al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi officials, and some of it is more than a decade old. The picture that emerges is one of a history of collaboration between two of America's most determined and dangerous enemies.

According to the memo--which lays out the intelligence in 50 numbered points--Iraq-al Qaeda contacts began in 1990 and continued through mid-March 2003, days before the Iraq War began. Most of the numbered passages contain straight, fact-based intelligence reporting, which in
some cases includes an evaluation of the credibility of the source. This reporting is often followed by commentary and analysis.

There's lots of detail after this -- the parts I'll have to leave till I'm more with it.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM

The Upgrade

Our cable was finally upgraded earlier this week, and one of the many benefits is that we finally get CMT! (not to mention GAC & VH1 Country). and one of the very nice things about country music is the abundance of hunky menfolk. So here I am, sick at home, happily watching videos with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, amongst others. Just saw Keith's newest video for the first time, and while it's not quite as yummy as "Raining on Sunday", I'm not complaining. Not that his videos really do him justice. I got to meet him in person just after his first CD came out, and he's just something else. He's got the most startling blue eyes, and his accent his quite fetching :)

Yes, this is a very gooshy post. I'm blaming the germs!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:15 PM

90's Music

I've been reading Michele's list of her fav albums of the 90's, and boy do I feel clueless! I don't think I've heard music off of any of her selections, and some of them I haven't heard of at all. I always was musically behind the pack :) Anyway, it inspired me to look at my CD case, and I realized most of what I was listening to in the 90s was Celtic.

So here's a random list of a few of my favourite 90s albums:

Doing this made me realize how long its been since I listened to some of these! And a lot of the Celtic ones are on casette, so I'm thinking it may be time to upgrade to the CDs.

Oh, and Dean was the one who started it all!

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Been fighting a cold ever since Dland. Jen has been home most of the week, and Nin hasn't been doing too well herself. I woke up this morning and felt awful. My little sore throat was now a big sore throat, and it moved up into my eyes so they were all swollen and glued together when I woke up. I must be worse than I think though, because Cider won't leave my side. I don't have the heart to make him move away though -- even if he's making me wheezy. Have made a massive pot of my favourite tea, & going to have some toast. Tea and toast cures all, you know. If I can get my eyes to cooperate, maybe I'll finish the "Master & Commander" book. Or I'll just go back to sleep.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:18 PM | Comments (1)

November 13, 2003

Good For What Ails You

So I had a bucket 'o meat for lunch and it made me feel much better. One of the guys suggested the Thursday leftover tri-tip from Wed. tri-tip sandwich day at the local market. Basically, they give you a styrofoam bucket of meat. I had that with a roll. Damn fine eating!

Tri-tip is the food of the gods, and I pity you poor souls who've never had it!

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Odd how you can find expressions of your thoughts when you least expect them. Case in point: I've been thinking about wrting on the subject of a single person leading a chaste Christian life and the intolerance for that lifestyle in our modern world. It's a subject I've touched on before, but this week's episode of Law & Order: SVU really set me off! It was ostensibly about a murder and homophobia, but there was a strong undercurrent of how not leading an active sexual life was a bad thing. I haven't been blogging much, so hadn't gotten around to actually putting my thoughts down. Not to mention, it was one of those perfect posts I'd composed in my head just before sleep, only to find it had drifted away by the next day.

Today, I was reading some of my favourites, both old and new, and found so many words that spoke to me. I particularly liked this. As Peter says:

"The goals of Courage could be a credo for anyone living outside of marriage."

Amen to that! Look at #4:

"Be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life and in doing so provide encouragement to one another in forming and sustaining them."

I've been fortunate to find a "soul friend" in Nin. She's sort of like a best friend/sister/daughter all rolled up in one. Now we introduce each other as "my sister" because it seems very hard for many people to grasp that two people can have a close and loving relationship that isn't sexual in any way. They automatically assume we must be lesbians. Nope, sorry -- raving heterosexual here!

I certainly never expected to still be single at my age. But I can only suppose that this was the plan He had for me. So I try and live my life the way I think I should as a Christian woman. I just wish that the tolerance I'm supposed to have for those that choose different paths from mine would extend to those like me, who have chosen ours.

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November 12, 2003

A Bit Of A Move

My favourite punster has been deployed to Qutar and he's checked in. If you haven't read Nathan's blog before, now's your chance!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:11 PM

If You've Noticed...

...I apologize for the lack of bloggage. If you haven't noticed, then never mind :)

Why? Just plain tired and feeling a little blue. Not sure why, and hopfully I'll snap out of it soon.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM | Comments (7)

Who's at Fault?

I don't know who's at fault here... Is the patient addicted? Or is the doctor enabling the patient?

Earlier today, a patient, driving under the influence of opioid narcotics, came into our pharmacy. She was pale, incoherent & completely disoriented. She was asking for her refill of Oxycontin, the opioid she had gotten a thirty day supply of on 10/29/03. She was complaining of chest pain. We dialled 911. When the police, firemen, and ambulance arrived, we discovered that the patient had driven with her rear tire shredded. Also, she side swipped the side of the parking lot kiosk and had crashed into a wall in the parking lot. The paramedics drove her to the emergency room.

Later, one of the technicians was given another order for Oxycontin written by the patient's doctor. We were alarmed, considering she was noncompliant. In the past, she has exhibited a failure to comply with directions on her medications. The pharmacist called the doctor and spoke about our concerns. The doctor mentioned that he had spent too much time today resolving this issue. He said that she was "hanging by a thread". According to him, if she violated any terms of her contract, she would no longer be under his medical care. Since she was, she wasn't noncompliant.

She received a thirty day supply of an opiod narcotic half a month ago! The new prescription had the same directions! It caused her to crash her car!

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November 11, 2003

(CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson) Thank

(CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson)

Thank you, Brian, Marguerite, and Vince.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:36 PM



In Flanders Fields
John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:34 PM

November 6, 2003

A Few Things

Jen is picking me up about 430pm today, and then we're loading the car and heading to Disneyland. If all goes well, we should be in Anaheim about 2am. As you might assume, that'll mean no blogging for the duration. So everyone have a great weekend!

I should have looked for a guest blogger, but I never thought about it till now. So go read all the great blogs over on the sidebar while I'm away. And use the comments of this post to chat amongst yourselves if you so desire.

Oh, and Biscuits & Gravy has moved, so make a note.


Added Note: Meant to link to this yesterday. Another top notch discussion going on at Dean's. And today brings another post on on the subject.

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November 5, 2003

Another ECUSA Post

This blog, and this post in particular, was reccomended over on The Corner. Another one of those posts that left be feeling contemplative. Definitely a blog I'll be checking in on in the future.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:41 PM

Have A Look

Here's a teeny version of the Return of the King poster that's just come out. You can go here to download various wallpaper versions.


(No, it's not Dec. yet.)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:32 PM | Comments (4)

They're Everywhere

This is an email from a "24" list I'm on:

After the first season I was convinced that many of our elections are rigged in this country.

after the second season I became sure that sometime in my lifetime a
nuke would be detonated somewhere in the united states.

And now It is amazing that no one has released a bio chemical attack
in this country yet!

has anyone seen JFK and believes a cou accured when kennedy was
murdered and since that time we have not been under the control of
our rightfull government?

WE need to seriously look at ourselves and how all our freedoms are
being taken awayone by one.

I don't think I need comment, do you?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:17 PM | Comments (3)

That Memo

I heard about this on FOX late last night, and was going to post about it, but sleep called. However, I don't have to now, because Rothy is on the case.

Quick recap:

The memo, provided late Tuesday by a source on the Committee and reported by Fox News' Sean Hannity, discusses the timing of a possible investigation into pre-war Iraq (search) intelligence in such a way that it could bring maximum embarrassment to President Bush in his re-election campaign.

Among other things, the memo recommends that Democrats "prepare to launch an investigation when it becomes clear we have exhausted the opportunity to usefully collaborate with the [Senate] majority. We can pull the trigger on an independent investigation of the administration's use of intelligence at any time — but we can only do so once ... the best time would probably be next year."

The last paragraph of the memo reads, "Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq."

More later!

Update: Here's what's being said:

Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona on that Democrat memo: "This strategy memo lays bare what we've started to see for some time: an orchestrated effort by Democrats at a time of war to improperly use an intelligence investigation as a weapon against President Bush. The memo completely shreds Democrats' claims of bipartisanship in this investigation and falsely attributes ugly motives to the President, members of his administration, and fellow members of Congress. It has reached conclusions about this investigation before it's even been concluded. The Senate should examine whether its rules have been violated by this memo. It is, for example, improper under Senate rules to impugn the motives of fellow Senators. Additionally, committee staff should never be involved in partisan political scheming, most especially Intelligence Committee staff members, who in the past have always acted in a nonpolitical, bipartisan fashion. If Senators continue to attribute this memo to staff, then those staff members should be fired. Additionally, I call on Senator Rockefeller and Senate Democratic leaders to immediately disassociate themselves from this partisan attack plan. A failure to denounce this memo publicly would clearly seem to be an acknowledgement of its authenticity."

Update II: SDB weighs in on WWII & now, and what it means to be an American first, and a politician second.

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It's Deb's Birthday! So go wish her a happy one!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:27 AM | Comments (1)

November 4, 2003

This Just In!

From the journalistic juggernaut that brought you Osama and Saddam's Gay Wedding, this week's headline:


And, the picture... awww! The baby is just so cute!

Also, on the front page: Bush to make square dancing compulsory for all Americans

The 'newspaper' reporting this: Weekly World News.

I kid you not. I bought the issue just because of the shaved ape baby.


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To David Letterman and his SO on the birth of their son.

Letterman's girlfriend, Regina Lasko (search), delivered a baby boy late Monday night. He weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces and is 21 inches long, Letterman announced on his show Tuesday night.

"I could never imagine ever being a part of something that turned out this beautiful," Letterman said, according to a transcript from "Late Show," which is taped earlier in the day.

Letterman, 56, said the baby -- his first child -- is named after his father, Harry Joseph Letterman, who died at 57.

"So God bless dad and God bless Harry," Letterman said.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:21 PM

Jaw Dropper

Susie tells us what she found when she vetured onto the DNC blog.

Freakishly scary stuff!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:08 PM

Episodes VII-IX?

Got this from the latest SciFi Wire:

The Dark Horizons Web site reported a new rumor that a long-hoped-for—and long-denied—third trilogy of Star Wars films may be back on the drawing board. Citing an anonymous "insider source," the site reported that a sequel trilogy "might happen."

Star Wars creator George Lucas originally told journalists that his plan
was to create three trilogies of films: the original one that included the
first Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, a prequel
trilogy and a sequel trilogy that would pick up the story after the events
in Jedi, consisting of Episode VII through IX. Subsequently, Lucas said he never intended to do the sequel trilogy.

But now, the source told Dark Horizons, "apparently there is some talk, even to the point of [Steven] Spielberg—who was interested in doing [Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones] at one point—stepping in for Lucas, who may want to write, but probably won't want to direct." The source added that it's possible Lucas could strike a deal with writer/director Frank Darabont, who is writing the script for the proposed fourth Indiana Jones movie, to write the sequel scripts.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:52 PM | Comments (3)

Makes My Head Hurt

After fixing the latest damage wrought by "Lolita" I decided to give "Junkeater" a try. I found out about it on Serenity's Journal, and it seemd pretty kewl. But I just went to the website to see what's involved in installing it, and my eyes glazed over.

Has anyone used this progarm, and is it as hard to install as it seems? I don't want to blow up my blog.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:49 PM | Comments (6)

Around & About

I found some good stuff today, and I'm going to share it with y'all!

Jay wants to know what you think about 'love at first sight'. So go tell him!

I'm a huge Lilo & Stitch fan, and today I came across this archived post over at Truth Laid Bear. Just had to say, it made me cry too. And on the subject of L&S, have any of you caught the cartoon yet? It's very enjoyable and keeps true to the spirit of the movie.

Robert, The Mulatto Advocate, has a lot to say about the name of his blog in response to those who have been giving him grief.

And Byron has yet another excellent post up. This time he rebuts an article written about the Robinson consecration.

Byron's comments are down, so I'm putting my reaction here:
At the end, the article asks "How can the church hold its clergy to a different standard than its laity?". Excuse me? Isn't that rather the point? Jesus asked a great deal of his Disciples, and our clergy follow in those footsteps. Much is asked of those who are called, which is why so few are. I'm not sure where my Church is going, but it seems to be adopting an "anything goes" mentality that baffles me.

On the same subject, Michael Williams has a post well worth reading as well.

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Here be pics of our sailing trip on the Bay.

Nin spent her evening getting them up on the website.

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November 3, 2003

Quick Trip

So Nin and I were going to make a quick trip down to Dland this coming weekend with my mum, and now it's turning into a slumber party sort of event! Jen's driving down with us now, Roberta is flying in from Boston, and Glo will be coming over from the Simi Valley area to have dinner with us Saturday and spend the night.

Should be much fun!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:13 PM | Comments (10)

Nobody Does It Better

Well, I may get snippy commenters, but poor Paul gets accused of being an American! I go away for a weekend and come back to find Paul is ticking off more people -- and he does it with such panache too!

The latest chapter is here.

Go, read, be amazed! This is why Paul is my official muscle when I need help with troll abatement!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:03 PM | Comments (10)


Those that have no interest in General Hospital, read no farther. Those that are interested can get steamed right along with me:

Last, but not least: In its continuing effort to self-destruct in a most magnificent way, ABC Daytime has taken 90-year-old actress Anna Lee off contract on "General Hospital." She's played beloved family matriarch Lila Quartermaine since 1978 and has been wheelchair-bound for several years.

Another brilliant move for ABC. You can almost imagine the meeting they had about this. "Do you suppose she'll live forever? Let's not take any chances."

In a way, Lee is lucky; her show, unlike ABC's "One Life to Live," doesn't have a serial killer bumping off favorite characters.

This so totally sucks dead bunnies through a straw! Anna Lee is a fixture of the show, not to mention she's a lovely woman who deserves to be treated better by the network weasels at ABC!

This really annoys the hell out of me.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:49 PM | Comments (2)

A Real Doll!

Gennie is a doll!

I was seeing lots of referrals from here, and come to find that Gennie added my name to the list!

Thanks, sweetie :)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:44 PM | Comments (4)

Yo Ho Ho

The sailing trip was much fun! It was a beautiful day -- when it's nice in San Francisco (which isn't often) it's amazingly beautiful. The Lady Washington is a great boat, with a happy, friendly crew. Now I can finnaly say I've been on a Tall Ship! I'd love to do it again sometime.

There were lots of pics taken, so hopefully you can see some of the action soon.

Update: The Lady Washington website has a few pics up of Saturday's sail. If you scroll down the main page, the second and third photos, near the stern, you can see a bit of bright yellow and red. That's Nin and me!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:40 PM | Comments (2)

For Example

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:

Two questions:

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 :)

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