December 31, 2004

Could I get 2 hours of my life back?

I wish that were possible. I went to see Meet the Boring Fockers.... I may of laughed 4 times durring the whole thing. The best part was the end, because I got to leave. Funny how just yesterday eclectra was talking abotu movies that are supposed to be funny, but that in reality are not. I should of know what I was getting into, really I should of. It was a sequel and really had burned through all the focker jokes. Dustin Hoffman's character was like Rainman got a hold of some dope and Barb Brolin was worse than one of here political action announcements, James Brolin is one brave man to stay married to that.

It wasn't funny period, I felt as if I need a shower after watching it. Time to go throw in a movie thats stupid funny like Blazing Saddles, Undercover Brother, Super Troopers or Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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fine-feathered gentlemen

Do you not relish this want ad from the Bay Area Equestrian Network? If you've ever kept a henyard, you know how appropriate is the courtly language. We had a banty named Spike of the same feather.

"Two Fine Roosters- - $25/ pair or $15 each

"Prince is a magnificent, full-grown Barred Rock Rooster. He is a gentleman, and I understand that he is also a fine producer of Barred Rock chicks. He is deeply committed to the protection of hen and barnyard alike and takes personally the task of squelching any malfeasance. He is a strong, yet fair leader and he runs an orderly barnyard.

Jorge recently emerged from young cockrelhood to become a shiny and fine Rhode Island Red Rooster under Prince’s unerring tutelage. He is a great seducer of hens, but will also convince females of any species that he has eyes for only them. He is a persuasive leader and likes to keep everyone happy. These fine boys are for sale as a pair for $25.00, or individually for $15.00. They do not fight with each other, but will demand respect from all other barnyard (or back yard) inhabitants. We love these roosters dearly and will sell only to an approved and equally loving home."

By the way, if you want to buy them, go here.

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Happy New Year Everybody!

But just one thing before you head out to have some fun tonight, head over to World Vision and Donate to the relief effort. Its a good New Year's Resolution to help others and there are many who need it right now.

Posted by at 4:03 PM

Elevator Etiquette

I ride the elevator atleast twice a day, five tiems a week and it never ceases to amaze me how stupid people are when it comes to using the elevator. Sure I may be over reacting, but maybe its time you spend a day at school teaching people how to use the elevator. Make it a green card & visa requirement that you can prove proficiency in the operation in and around the elvevator. and to run it down a few general things I would like taught about elevator usage:

1. Once you Push the call button and it lights up, you don't need to push it again. Repeatedly.

2. The same rule applies when you push the button for your floor, once is enough. Pushing it repeatedly will not speed up the elevator or make it skip the floors before yours.

3. If your floor will be the last one reached, don't stand in front of the door. But if you must stand infront of the door because the elevator is crowded, get out of the way when people want to get off.

4. If the elevator is full, wait for the next one. Don't push the person covered in pachouli oil right up against me.

5. When you are waiting for the elevator and the doors open don't camp out 6 inches back from the exact middle of the door. Let people get off before trying to get on. Stop clipping my ankles with your stroller.

6. Don't get on for the ride. If the elevator is going up and you want to go down, don't get on. Even more so if you get on, don't push the button for a floor we already passed, while complaining the elveator is broken. It isn't you brain is.

And don't say take the stairs, we can't. Unless there is a fire.
Am I the only one who can't stand morons on elevators?

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December 30, 2004

Okay I posted, finally

Hello Everyone! the Pirate,of the ever creatively named the Pirate's Blog, here acting as space filler while Ith is off at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison for a 6 day 'visit' for some questionable stock sales, among other things. Since many of you don't know me or of me, so ask questions if you want. No I was not going to put one of those name, age, occupation, hobbies, turn ons, turn offs, blah blah blah lists. Unless specifically requested and proper incentives are provided. In fact come to think of it I don't know much about the co-guest blogger Eclectra...but doesn't find Animal House funny for some reason, $5 says Eclectra doesn't find Stripes funny either.
So many unanswered questions.

Anyways Ith left me here with no ground rules, guidelines or suggestions. I'm an engineer, we don't handle situations like that very well, need is some goal to achieve, some laws of physics that cannot be bent, broken or changed. To save my sanity and help Ith out with future guest bloggers, I came up with...nothing, well actually I had made up a list of rules and well they were more stupid than funny when I read them again, so to save you and not scare people off, I'm just winging it from here on out. But I promise I won't turn the place into anything horrid like the Daily Kos Fan Club, or say Daily Kos and use the wrong hyperlink to trick them in to seeing facts that would lead to mental complications.

As for substance in this post:
Man one-up's Ted Kennedy by blowing a BAC of .409.

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you gotta be kidding

Now's the time of year when everyone tops up a glass, plonks feet on the coffee table and delivers a Best Of list. They were doing it over at NRO a couple of days ago on the subject of funniest movie ever. And they always agree (cause this discussion happens every year) that Animal House is the side-splittingest thing ever filmed. Jonah Goldberg finds occasion to cite it throughout the year.

So I rented the legendary Animal House and watched it.

THIS was funny?

I wanted to laugh. I was ready to laugh. Mostly I stared in stunned dismay. Hey, I can relish humor of just about any variety, from Pride and Prejudice to Bugs Bunny. But...but...this was...just...DUMB. Flat. And dated.

Tell me, I beg you, what is so funny about Animal House? Why do you like it?

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A Regrettable Choice of Words

Hi everyone, Eclectra here, starting out the new year macabrely with a line from the India Times. Regarding the tsunami victims:

"The confusion over the number of dead is worst in the case of slums where a large number of people are also floating population in search of jobs."

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December 29, 2004

Oh, Right!

I guess I forgot to add the trip details. We're meeting Roberta at Disneyland where we'll be spending New Years. It's been a few years since we've brought the New Year in there, and it's a first for Roberta, so it should be fun -- rainy, but fun :)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:29 PM | Comments (3)

Hey, Kids!

I'm going away over the New Year holiday, so you can look forward to guest posting by Eclectra and the Pirate! treat 'em nice, or you'll have to walk the plank! I'll be heading out first thing tomorrow, and will be back mid-week.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:34 PM | Comments (1)

Someone's Been Naughty!

A certain someone started up blogging several weeks ago, and I'm just now finding out! Bad, "Liv"!! (I'm thinking Arwen...)

Glad you're back, sweetie!!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:56 AM | Comments (2)

December 28, 2004

There Aren't Words

Like Jen, I really have no words for the disaster in South East Asia. Of course, disaster doesn't even begin to cover it. Biblical words like lamentation, cataclysm, desolation, and calamity keep going through my head. But what to actually say? I have no idea. What can you possibly say to convey such an unimaginable thing. And now I'm reading that the death toll is over 50,000. It just gets more horrific as every day passes.

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December 27, 2004


Don't forget about the "Tales of the Black Pearl"!

If you want to blog like a pirate, here's your chance. Details here.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:29 PM

Over & Done

Xmas dinner turned out quite well -- no one got food poisoning! There was much drinking and eating and drinking. Then there were movies. Margaret had never seen "Bridget Jones" so we watched that first, then we watched "Princess Diaries", before moving on to "What a Girl Wants" (Colin Firth in leather pants. Need I say more?) Yesterday, we vegged. All hopes of sleeping in were dashed by someone moving out of their apartment starting at 8am. The sounds of the cart wheels going back and forth and back and forth over the stone pathway was too much for me. Over the course fo the day, we watched "Hero", which Nin had got for her BD, then "Akira Kurasawa's Dreams", followd by many eps of season one "Gilmore Girls". Finally, we watched "Elf" on PPV since my brother had never seen it.

Tomorrow, my brother leaves for Utah, so all my family will be gone. It's going to take some adjusting to I guess.

So, I'm back at work making sure I get everything caught up before I leave on Thursday. Of course, the rains have set in, just in time to drive to SoCal!

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December 25, 2004

Christmas Day

Nin and I went to midnight service with Eclectra, then Nin and I came home and had food and gifts with my brother. Turns out they each did get me something, so I now have a lovely watch case from Nin, and the Ed Wood DVD from my brother.

Talked to my mum in Utah and she misses me too. They're having roast beef, so we said we should trade places!

I got the turkey in, and it smells goood in here right now! Waiting for Nin to get home from work, and then Eclectra will be joining us for dinner. Right now, I'm sipping the apple cider rum punch Nin made last night and eating cheese and crackers. Almost time to turn the foil back and brown the turkey.

I hope everyone is having/had a wonderful Christmas!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:54 PM | Comments (3)

December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.


No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (5)

Pie Crust: Check!

Pie crust is done, now on to the filling.

(and don't forget my Xmas Poll)

(is it too early to start on the "Christmas Cheer"?)

Posted by Ithildin at 3:31 PM | Comments (3)


I'm roasting garlic for the mashed potatos tomorrow, and it smells sooooo!! good.

Just a little kitchen blogging for you.

Now, I'm going to go soak the dried cranberries in bourbon for the pie.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:29 PM


Carnival of the Recipes is up!

And speaking of recipes, I need to go through the cranberry pecan pie and gingerbread with maple cream recipes for tonight and tomorrow's eating!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:43 PM

December 23, 2004

My Gift To You

Maya ha ha!!!

Via the ever evil Jonah Goldberg

(apparently this is a very popular Romanian pop song) (yes, the same folks who brought us Nadia)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:25 PM | Comments (3)


'spose I should answer my own poll....

* Do you spend the holiday at your place, or somewhere else?
This is the first year I won't be with my parents since they're now in UT. So it will be me, Nin, and my brother (and he leaves for UT for good on Monday)

* What's your Christmas Dinner main course?
Turkey. And I'm not a big turkey fan actually, but it's tradition. What I really like is the gravy, taters, and stuffing :) This year it's turkey, stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatos, carrots.

* What's the dessert?
I think it's going to be cranberry pecan pie with cranberry honey sauce. Never made it before, so we'll see. I forgot to hunt up a plum pudding, which is our usual dessert, with hard sauce, flamed with brandy.

* Do you eat early or late?
Late. Usually no earlier than 6pm. Nin is working, so it will be around then this year too.

* What gift was your favourite when you were a child?
One year, I got a Chrissy doll from "Santa" and the Velvet doll from my great aunt and uncle. Both of them had hair that "grew" and I was thrilled to pieces.

* As an adult?
The digital camera I got a few years back was kewl. And last year my brother got me a freshwater pearl necklace I really love.

* What are you hoping to get from Santa this year?
No presents this year. Everything all of us had went into getting my parents the house in Utah.

* Any unique tradition you have?
We have always opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. We always had favourite fods we normally only had over the holiday, so we'd have a little buffet and then open presents till the wee hours.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:32 PM | Comments (3)

Jail Break

Surprisingly, we were set free early today. My coworkers were outta here like rats from a sinking ship. I'm wrapping up a few things before I go, then it's home to do something or other :) Maybe I'll watch Pirates of the Caribbean!! Should probably wrap Xmas pressies too while I have the apartment to myself.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:50 PM

Tales Of The Black Pearl

Okay, I did it. Now I need volunteers! I have one person already that wants to post as Jack Sparrow, so I need one or two more. I've even set up an email address just so Captain Jack can have his own blogger account. I also need volunteers to post as Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and the Ghost of Barbossa. You can also create your own character, or pick another PotC one. So if you're really bored, email me -- edithna at yahoo dot com -- or leave a comment and I'll add you to the crew.

Oh, yeah! The blog is here.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:40 AM

Sparrow Pages

This is all his fault.

I'm wondering what a blog written by Jack Sparrow would be like? If only I still got around to writing fanfic....

And here's a gratuitous Jack pic:


Posted by Ithildin at 10:51 AM | Comments (2)


So, who's at work today? [raises hand]

Who's at work and it's dead, dead, dead? [raises hand]

Yes, I guess it's another interactive post. But I'm booooored!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:31 AM | Comments (2)

Xmas Poll

It's Thursday, and quite a few of us are off tomorrow since Christmas is a Saturday, so while some folks may still be around, let's do a poll!

* Do you spend the holiday at your place, or somewhere else?

* What's your Christmas Dinner main course?

* What's the dessert?

* Do you eat early or late?

* What gift was your favourite when you were a child?

* As an adult?

* What are you hoping to get from Santa this year?

* Any unique tradition you have?

Answer in the comments, or on your own blog.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:27 AM | Comments (2)

December 21, 2004

"Edge Of Reason" 10 Second Reveiw

Chris asked what I thought of the second Bridget Jones movie, so here we go.

I liked it, but.... :) Oh, you want more than that? Hmmm.... It had some genuine sweet/bittersweet moments, but this sequel seemed to lack the charm of the first, and it had a much harder edge. A good example is the Daniel Cleaver character played by Hugh Grant. In #1 he was a rouge, a cad, and a rake, but he still had a charm, even if he was the kind of guy your mum warned you about. In this one, he's just become fairly cruel and unlikable. In fact, there's something he does in this one that I can't imagine the Daniel from #1 doing. There's a fine line in portraying a character like his, and this time I think they lost sight of that.

So I'm glad I saw it, I'll probably take a peek at it again at some point on DVD, but it's a pale shadow of the first one, as most sequels are. It won't be the DVD I pop in when I'm down like Bridget Jones' Diary is.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:43 PM | Comments (4)

Open Or Wait?

Still home with the bug of yesterday, so here's a question to entertain me.

When you get Christmas gifts in the mail, do you open them when they arrive, or do you wait till Christmas?

Me? I open them when they arrive.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:33 PM | Comments (8)

December 20, 2004


Me, Nin, and my brother all seem to have come down with some sort of stomach bug. Nin's already headed home sick, and I think I'm about to follow.

T'is the season!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:08 PM | Comments (1)

Red Ensign Review

Newest one can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:22 AM

December 18, 2004

A Movie!

Nin and I are finally going to go see the second Bridget Jones flick! Then back ehre to change for her work Xmas party. There's a big steak in my future...mmmmmm.

Time for tea!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:55 AM | Comments (3)

December 17, 2004

Words Of Wisdom

Go read what Russ said (and this is how you do it, BTW)

For myself, I just delete 'em. Cus I'm meaaaaaaaaan!!

Don't be rude! (especialy at Paul's place) (He'll have your guts for garters!)

Posted by Ithildin at 6:34 PM

At This Moment...

life is good.

Home early, sour apple martini in hand, cat in lap, listening to Los Lonely Boys on the stereo. I'll get to making dinner eventually -- ham steak, cheese grits, broiled green beans in olive oil and sea salt.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM

Additional Brrr!

To make it even better, we've had no hot water here for nearly two weeks. I just washed my lunch dishes in very cold water, and now my fingers are numb. The hot water heater has to be replaced, so of course, no one is in a hurry to make it happen.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:03 PM | Comments (2)


This is the time of year I can't keep warm at work. By this point, the cinderblocks are as cold as outside and space heater just can't keep up. It's kind of like working in a meat locker. It will continue like this for several more weeks, by which time I will have on so many layers I won't be able to move my arms enough to type.

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December 16, 2004

Speaking Of Guest Bloggers

I'm going to need a few while I'm away at the end of the month. Any victims, please email me at edithna AT yahoo DOT com.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM

Someone Needs Miss Manners

Apparently, my daring to guest post over at Rae's is offensive to certain individuals. If a blog I usually read has a guest blogger whose posts I didn't like, it would never occur to me to post in the comments anything to that effect. "Do unto others" isn't just a bunch of nice sounding words -- it's something some people should try out. Geez! Do people not learn basic good manners anymore?

Just had to rant and didn't want to do it at Rae's, since I'm a guest and I don't want to get the crockery broken and the furniture smashed!

Oh, and if anyone is ever that rude to any of my guest bloggers, they can show themselves the front door.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:01 PM | Comments (1)

I'm A Guest

Rae asked me to join the posse of guest bloggers she has over at her place this week, so pop on over and see what we're up to!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:23 AM

December 15, 2004

Day Brightener

C, bless her heart, sent me a surprise from my Amazon Wishlist today. I'm now the proud owner of "Akira Kurasawa's 'Dreams'", and a 2005 LotR calendar! I was a little down today due to having to cancel my New Year's trip to Utah, so the pressies were a real cheer me up. Thank you!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:10 PM

Big SG1 News!

This is a pretty big casting spoiler, so I'll put the info in the extended entry....

Browder Joins SG-1

SCI FI Channel confirmed that Farscape star Ben Browder will join the cast of SCI FI's original series Stargate SG-1. Browder will join the cast in the show's upcoming ninth season; no information on Browder's role was available. Meanwhile, the show's producer, MGM, is still working on a deal to bring back SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson (Gen. O'Neill) in some capacity.

SG-1 will air the remaining new eighth-season episodes, starting Jan. 21, 2005, in a new Friday 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, followed by the new episodes of Stargate Atlantis at 9 p.m. and the new original series Battlestar Galactica at 10 p.m.

Me: I'm bummed RDA won't be around much, but I understand that's a decision he's made to spend more time with his little girl. So, if he isn't going to be around as much, Ben Browder is a great addition IMHO.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:43 AM | Comments (5)

God Rest Ye Merry Street Urchins

Via those bloody pack animal guys, comes this gem of Xmas wonder and joy. I think there needs to be a little Jack the Ripper figurine, myself.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:10 AM

My Eyes!

My coworker just handed me his latest music purchase -- the Brady Bunch Christmas album on CD. It burns!!!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:02 AM | Comments (3)

Sauron On A Pogo Stick

Nin and I got a little punchy while watching the extended RotK last night....

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December 14, 2004

Soon, The Precious Will Be Mine!

The extended RotK DVD, that is! Guess who's hitting Suncoast as soon as Nin gets here?

Posted by Ithildin at 5:39 PM | Comments (2)

New Digs

Y'all probably know already, but Rachel -- she who set me up on MT and rescued me from blogger a looooong, loooong time ago -- has moved.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:22 PM | Comments (1)

It's The Border, Stupid

Since I just said in email that illegal immigration is a hot button issue for me, this article by William F. Buckley was a timely find:

.... Asa Hutchinson, an official in the Department of Homeland Security, recently cut down a Border Patrol initiative to catch illegal aliens. The reason? It was catching too many illegal aliens.

We have the piquant problem of what to do with illegals. It approaches the problem of what to do with drinkers during Prohibition. You couldn't put them all in jail because there weren't enough jails. Illegals remain largely undisturbed, and the main reason for it isn't U.S. sentimentality toward aspirant Americans. It is the market contribution to the dilemma: There are jobs only illegals are willing to perform, e.g. serving as nannies for Bernard Kerik. Much of the menial and agricultural work done in the southwestern states is done by illegals.

The result of the combined forces — the need for cheap labor, and the passion to avoid any appearance of ethnic or religious discrimination — is an open frontier. Yes, a few illegals are deported. These should get a parade, signaling such distinction as attaches to the infrequency of their apprehension. And perhaps a parade when they come through the next time, often through the same gap in the southwestern frontier.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:50 PM

Speaking My Language

Beautiful Atrocities discusses absinthe.

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Making A List, Checking It Twice...

Let's talk about Christmas and what your favourite things are (other than pressies)

Here's my list of lists:

O Holy Night
Good King Wenceslas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
Little Drummer Boy
Silent Night
Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem

Nanaimo Bars
My mum's fruit cake
Plum Pudding & Hard Sauce
See's Chocolate
Jam Tarts

Visual Media
Little Drummer Boy
Frosty the Snowman
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Bernard & the Genie

Posted by Ithildin at 10:52 AM | Comments (7)

December 13, 2004

It Could Be Worse

It really could. Two years ago Xmas, my mechanic told me the heads on the engine needed to be redone -- OUCH! This time, it looks like the ignition module is cracked. He said the ignition coil may need replaced too, but he won't know that for a bit. So it looks like I'm getting away with a bill under $500 [fingers crossed]

Thanks to everyone who has left kind words.

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December 12, 2004


On the way home last night, the truck lost power and just died on Highway One. My brother got it over to the middle median, and I called AAA and they towed us to our mechanic. We ended up getting home about ten pm. I have no ideas what's wrong, until the mechanic can look at it Monday, and I'm really hoping it's something under $500, just once! It just figures, because I'd just gotten April new glasses that she needed that afternoon, and bang! more expensesive stuff. I've been saving up a few dollars here and there so we can go away for a week over New Years, and see my parents, and see Roberta, but this may blow up that little plan. Heck, I may not even be able to afford to get it fixed period, which means back to the bus for me.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:55 AM | Comments (7)

December 10, 2004

Too Cool!

Just discovered you can put stuff from Sephora on your Amazon Wish List! This is perfect, because Sephora itself does not have a wish list. Now my family can not tell me they don't know what to get me! (Apparently, I'm hard to shop for)

Ladies, check out the "Bite Me" Chocolate line -- this stuff is to die for -- and the flavoured body powder. This I always put on when I'm in a Sephora -- it smells divine.

Later: perhaps certain commenters would prefer this one?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:04 PM | Comments (4)

Attention Xmas Shoppers!

Blue light special in aisle two on Can Can dancing Gollum doll! No, not really :)

Actually, the point of this post is to request your clicks. If you happen to be doing any Xmas shopping through Amazon this year, and are feeling so inclined, may I request you click through any of the many Amazon links over on my sidebar? The pennies add up to helping pay for the site and such other mundane matters. And of course, you're always welcome to click on my wishlist! (duh, right?)

[hands out candy canes to one and all]

Posted by Ithildin at 11:38 AM | Comments (2)

December 9, 2004

It's In The Air

The first signs of a California Christmas.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 PM | Comments (5)

Things To Love

There's lots I love about surfing my blogroll, and this post is one of the reasons why. Really one of the best things I've read lately. There's so many talented, bright writers out there -- we're truly blessed by the absolute abundance of knowledge and opinion right at our fingertips. It's like living in a library. And believe me, when I was a kid, I really wanted to live in a library!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:01 PM

Blessed Are The Left Handed

Another reason to like Michelle Malkin; like me, she's left handed. The post is actually about some new research on left handedness. Interesting stuff!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:30 PM | Comments (3)

It's A Thought

I think we need a new blogging association: The "I don't give a damn, it's only a freakin' blog!" group.

Who's with me?

(inspired by many events over the last few months)

(yes, I'm kidding -- sorta)

Later: This is for you know who....



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December 8, 2004

I Have To Say...

that my two favourite shows this year are "House" & "Lost" . I'm loving both of them and eagerly await new eps. apparently, tonight is the last first run ep of "Lost" till the New Year. I bet it's a cliffhanger!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:19 AM | Comments (11)


A very Happy Hannukah!

Posted by Ithildin at 10:07 AM | Comments (1)

My "When Pigs Fly" Xmas List

This is my imaginary Xmas list, as opposed to my firmly grounded in reality list.

A South Pacific cruise

A week here. **

One of these puppies! Oh, and one of these too. And this to complete the set.

An actual puppy just like this one.

A new truck to replace my 86 Jimmy.

All the dental work I need paid for.

New bedroom furniture to replace the air mattress I have now.

A laptop.

** (an editorial comment here: if you're ever in that part of Ontario, I can't reccomend the Domain highly enough. We stayed there for four days a few years back in the autumn, and it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Even if it was just for the bread! And the owners are the nicest people)

What's on your fantasy list?

Posted by Ithildin at 9:47 AM | Comments (5)

December 7, 2004

Just Perfect

My horoscope: You're in no mood for playful banter, and you might end up picking fights with near-strangers if you feel you've been provoked.

Oh, yeah, that about sums up my mood today.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:03 AM | Comments (8)

December 6, 2004

"Shortage" Seems To Be An Understatment!

From an email I received today:

.... As House and Senate negotiators continue to work on legislation to enact the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, English First hopes they will alleviate the Arabic translator shortage by repealing Clinton Executive Order 13166.

E.O. 13166 requires all recipients of
federal funds to provide translations
into any language at any time, including
Arabic. According to Kirk Belnap, a
professor of Arabic at Brigham Young
University, no more than 200 non-Arab
Americans in the entire country had a
professional-level proficiency in
Arabic in 2001. That shortage has not
lessened. According to The 9/11
Commission Report, "The total number
of undergraduate degrees granted in
Arabic in all U.S. colleges and
universities in 2002 was six."

"The FBI blames an Arabic translator
shortage for its inability to translate
many hours of recorded conversations
among suspected terrorists. Surely,
Congress could waive this relic of
the politically-correct Clinton era
in the name of national security,"
said Jim Boulet, Jr., Executive
Director of English First.

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has
introduced legislation to repeal
E.O. 13166, H.R. 300. Congressman
King's bill has 78 cosponsors.

Click "More" for the rest.

Calls Needed:

Senator John Warner (VA)
(202) 224-2023 (voice)
(202) 224-6295 (fax)

Senator George Allen (VA)
(202) 224-4024 (voice)
(202) 224-5432 (fax)

Senator Sue Collins (ME)
(202) 224-2523 (voice)
(202) 224-2693 (fax)

Senator James Inhofe (OK)
(202)224-4721 (voice)
(202) 228-0380 (fax)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA)
(202) 225-5672 (voice)
(202) 225-0235 (fax)

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (MI)
(202) 225-4401 (voice)
(202) 226 0779 (fax)

Rep. Jim Saxton (NJ)
(202) 225-4765 (voice)
(202) 225-0778 (fax)

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC)
(202) 225-2452 (voice)
(202) 225-2455 (fax)

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ)
(202) 225-4576 (voice)
(202) 225-6328 (fax)

You might say:

Arabic translators are in short
supply. The 9/11 Commission reports that
just six (6) will graduate college
this year. Bill Clinton's Executive
Order 13166 increased the shortage by
making Arabic translations (and other
translations) a protected civil right.

H.R. 300, introduced by Congressman Peter
King, would repeal E.O. 13166, and
thus free up Arabic translators for
critical national security duties.
The confereees on the 9/11 bill could
easily add H.R. 300 to this legislation.
Please do so.

Thank you for doing what you can on
such short notice.

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

A CA Thing

I read the beginning of this article:

INDIAN HEAD, Md. — More than a dozen expensive homes under construction were burned down early Monday in a suburban Washington (search) housing development that had been criticized by environmentalists because it is next to a nature preserve, officials said.

So I'm thinking houses that cost in the multiple millions. Then I get to this part:

Faron Taylor, a deputy state fire marshal, said investigators believe fires were set in at least four of the homes, which were priced at $400,000 to $500,000. Taylor refused to say what led investigators to conclude it was arson.

$400k? Heck that's less than a median priced home here! I guess it must be a CA thing to have such a skewed idea of what an expensive home is.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:25 PM | Comments (10)

The Results Are In

John Hawkins included me in a group of bloggers asked to pick the best blogs in several categories. The results are here.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:12 PM

December 5, 2004


I was expecting friends from the Bay Area to visit this afternoon, but they never showed -- never heard from them either. So I haven't accomplished anything since I've been waiting at home. While I was waiting, we watched Bridget Jones (a fave Xmas movie) and now we're watching XXX since my brother hasn't ever seen it. Tonight's dinner is going to be Ceasar Chicken Cups, so maybe I should start making them now I'm pretty sure no one is coming to vist. And since it's now officially cocktail hour, I should take care of that too.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:54 PM | Comments (3)

Give Me Another Banana!

Day TWO as a Playful Primate!

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Woof!! Woof Woof!! (to the tune of Jingle Bells of course!)

Posted by Ithildin at 12:38 PM

December 4, 2004

Happy Birthday!

Today is Nin's birthday!

Happy birthday, sweetie.

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Give Me A Banana!

Look! Look! I know this has to be wrong, but right now, I'm a freakin' Playful Primate!!! Nearly three years of blogging, and I break into the monkey group. Go me!!

91.Backcountry Conservative (529) details (527) details
93.Billmon (524) details
94.Absinthe & Cookies (a little bit bitter, a little bit sweet) (521) details
95.-+--bitchalicious . dot . &n (519) details
96.Chrenkoff (514) details
97.Marginal Revolution (505) details :: home of fine hypertext products (504) details
99.Pejmanesque (502) details
100.Ace of Spades HQ (502) details

(maybe that severed finger has spooky freaky ecosystem powers...)

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December 3, 2004

Good For What Ails You

Nin came home and started feeding me Rusty Nails for pain relief. She even went to the store and got me some Macallan 12 Year for the Scotch. Have to say that it's worked better than the drugs!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:32 PM | Comments (5)

Now For Some Cheery News

Look who's back!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:10 PM

Here I Be

Came down with a bit of a cold, so I stayed home today. To add to my enjoyment, my back is unhappy again :( It's probably the cold weather.

In other news, one of the cabanas here on the beach had a DNS attack yesterday. That's a first -- and hopefully a last!

The BFL is now up to 75 members! If this keeps up, the BFL blogroll is going to need its own page, 'cus my sidebar can't get much longer! And we're going to need a bigger place to meet for lunch.

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


The latest issue of Carnival of the Recipes is up over at the home of my favourite blog flower. So go check it out! And note that I'm participating this week [bows]!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:06 PM

December 2, 2004

Because I Amuse Myself

Yesterday, Robert very kindly linked to my "Severed Fingers For The Holidays" post. He said, "I'm pretty sure that if Tolkien were still alive, this would kill him." Here's my response:

Yeah, and then they'd be selling his severed fingers. I can see it now, in a velvet lined faux biscuit tin, with the certificate of authenticity stating that it's an actual replica of the finger that held the pen that wrote the Lord of the Rings! And every six weeks, another finger from the hand will be sent to you. If you order right now, we'll include a lovely pressboard display shelf embossed with genuine faux Orc skin. You'll be the envy of all your hobbit friends! Order now!!

I slay me sometimes! And I'm modest too!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:42 PM | Comments (1)

A Theme For The Ages

Via Her Most Royal & Reverend Snarkyness, comes this nifty idea: what's your blog's theme music? But before you click, I want to know what you think my theme music should be, and then you can go see what I picked, k?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:26 PM | Comments (10)

December 1, 2004

Holland, Eugenics, and Murder

The Captain has a well thought out post on the Netherlands and their policy of euthanizing children under twelve that have been deemed unfit to live.

Less than 60 Years after the horrors of the holocaust were revealed to the world, we are already back at the 1924 debate that raged in Germany over euthanaisa and who determines what people should live or die.
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Because Nothing Says Xmas Quite Like A Severed Finger

Presented without comment:


a short while later.... Hey, I'm having a Llamalanche! Eww, smelly! (j/k, they're actually very clean llamas) (the scent of pine and tequila)

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Xmas Footwear

As is my tradition, I've picked out the boots I want for Xmas (the pink ones, in case you were wondering). I don't always get them, but at least my family can't say I didn't tell them what I wanted!

But you know the problem I have with boots? Picking a size. Normally I get a 6/12 in a shoe, but boots usually require a 1/2 size bigger due to thicker socks, yet sometimes the boots seem to be made with that in mind... What's your experience?

Oh, and Merrell shoes are the most comfortable I've ever worn, so even though they're fuzzy girly boots, they be good for my back. Aye! and Yay!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:16 AM | Comments (5)