September 18, 2008


Sarah Palin rocks! Watching her on Sean Hannity's interview, and I have even more respect for her than before. How proud I am to be an American woman!

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My friend Sea Rover from LJ will be blogging here now, so please welcome her! Maybe with two of us, the blog will be a tad more active. Maybe!

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August 17, 2008


Darra Torres rocks! I was so impressed with her last night watching her races, and am equally impressed listening to the interview she's sitting for now. It's not often you get to see someone over 40 compete for Gold at the Olympics.

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August 5, 2008

Guess What?

No, not regular blogging. But I did get the new anti spam plug in to work, *and* I managed to install a plug in that allows me to automatically close old entries. What a relief! Between the two, my spam problem has almost totally disappeared. Go me!

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August 3, 2008


House Republicans to Resume Floor Protest on American Energy Monday

Finally, our people are showing some damn backbone! Way to go! Now keep it up!

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May 20, 2008

Big Time

How cool is this? Jane's in the NYT!

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May 18, 2008


I think I have the feed fixed, thanks to Jay. He sent me some instructions, which I managed to implement without blowing up the blog.

Give it a try.

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November 20, 2007

It's Only Funny Because It's So True

Wake Up Cat. Nin emailed the link to me a few minutes ago.

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October 16, 2007

LOL Cat Does Genesis (Not the Band)

Boreded Cieling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs

1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat waz invisible, An he maded the skiez An da Urf, but he no eated it.

2 The Urfs wus witout shapez An wus dark An scary An stufs, An he rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

3 An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.

4 An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stufs, An seperatered teh lite from dark An stufs but taht wuz ok cuz cats can seez in teh dark An not tripz ovr nethin. an Ceiling Cat sayz u mus hav da moneyz 2 git da milkz.

The rest at the link.

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October 9, 2007

Long Time No Blog

I wrecked my back, then I was sick, and then I was away. Now I'm back!

Spent the weekend in L.A. at LCA, which was very awesome. Got to hang with friends I hadn't seen in over five years.

Down in the extended entry is my Friday con report. Saturday and Sunday to follow.

We got to Woodland Hills around 430pm, after a really quick drive. We actually made it in a little under six hours, which was excellent time. After checking in, we called Jen She answers her cell, and I hear her shouting that it was okay, it was Ith and Nin! Turns out she was being scolded for having her cell on and was telling Jayne it was okay, because it was us and we'd arrived. We head down to the ballroom, and come to find there's a panel going on with Torri Higginson and two other guys, and that Jen was on one side of the room and Jayne on the other! Oh yay, we're famous [g] Turns out that our ringtone is the Imperial March too boot! We checked in, got our event bags and badges, hugged Bev, and took our seats.

The panel was just wrapping up and the auction segment started. I'll admit, I'm not a big Weir fan. It's not that I dislike the character, I just don't mind much one way or the other. But Torri is an absolute delight. Funny, sweet, engaging. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to meet her. I won my one and only auction item, a Riddick crew jacket. I've been wanting a windbreaker/rain jacket sort of thing and this was that, so it was practical. And it's a nice dusky blue with grey inserts. Torri came up to me after I'd won and shook my hand and thanked me. Very nice of her!

At this point, I need to explain the 'smut bucket'. It's an LCA tradition to have a smut bucket. Basically it's a receptacle for participants to put money in it whenever they have a naughty thought about one of the guests. One way to create more naughty thoughts is to place bills in front of the guest, and when they bend over to pick it up, more naughty thoughts and more money for the bucket. This year's 'bucket' was Jack Bauer's man-purse aka 'the magic bag'. Over the course of the weekend, there were guests as well as attendees tossing money all over. In front of each other, into the bag, you name it.

Okay, so, cash had been placed in front of Torri and she wanted to be creative about picking it up. So, she did the splits, then picked it up with her teeth! What a gal!

The session ran late, so we dashed back to the room to freshen up before the party/buffet that started at 7pm. Had a drink in the bar, then headed up. The food was great. Finger food, but substantial with an awesome cheese display! I'm a fan of anything that give me cheese. There were also little fancy cakes and tarts and chocolate covered strawberries. The DJ lights were giving Nin a headache, so we hung out in the seating areas on the mezzanine so we could still socialize, but not be blinded. Nin and Jen did drink runs down to the bar (they had a specialty cocktail Jen and I were very fond of, and of course, single malts for Nin), and I ate more cheese. So, I'm sitting there, by myself, and who do I see at the party bar? Why Fayed! Actually it was his portrayer Adoni Maropis, but I didn't know his real name then [g] He's absolutely gorgeous! Pardon the fangirl squee here for a moment... SQUEE! And I'm happy to report, he's also a really nice man as well.

After a little more drinking and eating, and visiting with Jayne for a while, we decided to head for our room. Glo had gone on a few hours before since she wasn't feeling well, so Jen hung out in our room for a bit before we all decided it was time to hit the hay!

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September 19, 2007

Civic Literacy

Not too bad. I took this civics test:

Students at many of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities are graduating with less knowledge of American history, government, and economics than they had as incoming freshmen, with Harvard University seniors scoring a "D+" average on a 60-question multiple-choice exam about civic literacy.

According to a report released yesterday by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the average college senior at the 50 colleges and universities polled did not earn a passing grade.

"At the most expensive colleges, they actually graduate knowing less," the executive director of the Jack Miller Center at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Michael Ratliff, said. "Colleges and universities are not directing students to the courses that would educate them. We want to know whether after getting $300 billion to do their work, universities are actually educating their students."

At universities such as Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Berkeley, seniors scored lower on the test, available here, than freshmen, living proof of the broadening relevancy of the old Harvard adage that the university is a storehouse of knowledge because "the freshmen bring so much and the seniors take away so little."

I never finished high school, and my last years of schooling were in Canada to boot. Yet, I managed a fairly respectable 86.67 %!

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September 14, 2007

Back Home

Had an awesome time in Philly. What a great city! I actually got teary eyed when I saw the Liberty Bell for the first time.

Hope everyone is well!

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August 31, 2007


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

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August 22, 2007

Eastward Bound

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

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July 12, 2007


Tea 'healthier' drink than water

I've always gotten grief from people bugging me to drink more water, despite the fact tea is water -- just with flavouring. I don't use sugar, and I drink about six cups a day. So now I have my very own study [g]

Posted by Ith at 3:25 PM

June 14, 2007

We Has Tribbles

So I've been peripherally aware of the whole Lolcats thing, but
hadn't paid too much attention. A few weeks back, Nin kept bugging me
to go look at the Lolcats 'Trouble With Tribbles' 'episode' and I
kept forgetting. So finally, tired of being pestered, I did. And just
about fell off my chair laughing. So then I went to the 'I can has
' site and 'meme cats' and ODed on Lolcats!

But she's very sorry now that she did, because I'm captioning
our cat, the neighbour's cat, her, me, TV shows. [rubs hands together
in evil glee] There is no end to my Lolcat mania! That'll learn her!

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June 12, 2007

You Have To Love It

Working at a place where you can get one of your coworkers to explain the ins and outs of breaking someone's wrist when you're researching for a story.

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June 7, 2007

Did I Mention?

That I now have a region free DVD player? And it rocks! It's much nicer than the bargain basement predecessor. And now, I can watch HEX, the entire season of which Nin got me for Xmas. I was at Amazon UK and discovered many box set series at half the price of what they are here as well. Right now, I'm waiting for the first season of Rome to arrive, which was nearly half of what it was here. I had the opportunity to see a few episodes a few months back, and decided it was worth getting the season.

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I got a bunch of perfume samples from Lucky Scent in yesterday. Last night I tried Burning Leaves, and today is In the Library. I thought I'd post about them as I go, or until I forget.

Burning Leaves really does have a scent of well, burning leaves. I like it, but at the same time, can't imagine smelling like that.

Burning Leaves notes:
The smoke of burning maple leaves

And that's it! I may try it one more time, just out of curiosity.

Today, I'm wearing In the Library and it's pleasant, but not to my taste.

In The Library notes:
Russian & Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish

Both scents, and most of the samples I got, are from a new line called CB I Hate Perfume, if you were interested in more information. Each scent comes with an essay on the website from the creator.

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May 3, 2007

LCA 10

This is an absolutely awesome event, and I can't recommend it highly enough:

Jon Cassar has promised an all 24 Sunday. He is going to get as many cast members as he can from all 6 seasons to show.

April 29, 2007

MPICA® is pleased to announce that registration for "Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 10!"
October 5-7, 2007 in Los Angeles is now open.

Our recipient charities will be the Actors Fund of Canada and the Stroke Association of Southern California.

To register, please go to the LCA 10 page for links to the registration page and hotel reservation information.

Please check the web site for more information on the auction and other featured weekend activities.

Our preliminary guest list is:

Ellen Dubin "Jeri Slate" The Collector/"Giggerota" LEXX
Ryan Scott Greene - "Brandon" Queer As Folk/Nikita/Mutant X
David Fury - Writer/Co-Executive Producer Buffy/Angel/Lost/24
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer 24
Barclay Hope "Col. Lionel Pendergast" Stargate: SG1/"Peter Axon" Psi Factor
Gregory Itzin - "President Charles Logan" 24
Steven L. Sears - Writer/Producer Xena: Warrior Princess/Sheena

All guest appearances are subject to professional commitments.

Please stay tuned for further announcements.


501c Non-Profit Organization 31-1588233
Lights, Camera, Auction, Take 10!

Posted by Ith at 10:20 PM

February 15, 2007

Treated Myself

And finally joined a wine club! I'm very excited and looking forward to my first shipment. Now I just need a cheese club, and I'm set! Actually Williams-Sonoma has a cheese club, but it very expensive.

Oh, and if you continue to run itno problems with comments or whatever else, please let me know. Can't get it fixed if I don't know it's broken :) You can email me at edithna AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by Ith at 11:35 AM

February 5, 2007

I Wonder What the Moose Think?

Look, two posts in a day! Wheee!

Rick Moranis has an op-ed in the New York Times. You can read it on his website.

A snippet:

12 Rms, 8Bths, 38 Wind Turbines

To: The board of directors, 814 Park Avenue

From: Lydia Katherine Powell-Watley, Apartment 10 C-D

Dear Beloved Fellow Neighbors,

As much as it pains me to needlessly waste paper products, here are the suggestions I discussed at the annual shareholders meeting last week. I apologize for having spoken at such length; I’m just so incredibly excited about the idea of having our whole co-op reduce its carbon footprint.

(Fake points to whoever gets the reference in the subject)

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December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas!

(I'm still hopeful, that come the new year, I can get the blog fixed, so I haven't quite yet given up hope.)

Posted by Ith at 12:24 PM

August 23, 2006

How Cool!

I'm a big fan of the show 4400, and one of the stars Billy Campbell. But he hasn't been around much this season. Why? Turns out he spent thirteen months crewing on the Picton Castle. How cool is that?

An excerpt from a recent interview:

As for Campbell, who was a crew member of the Picton Castle, he said he appreciated being able to go on his adventure. "I don't remember the precise conversation, but I do remember saying to my agent, 'You know, I'm going to be on a boat for 13 months,' and being shocked when she came back and said, 'Well, they're OK with that,'" Campbell said. "I thought for sure I'd never hear from those guys again. And then, of course, the conversations after that sort of went, 'But they want to know if they need you a few months earlier than 13 months, is that OK?' I said, 'Well, let them know that I'm circumnavigating the planet, and the moment I get back to my starting point, I'll be happy to come back.' And the next conversation was, 'Well, if they need you a few weeks earlier ... ?' But it kept on, and I kept thinking, 'Well, they're probably going to cut me off at some point and say, "You know what? We've thought about this again ... ."' But it never happened, so I was thrilled. It must be one of the only jobs in the world that I could have that would allow me to take a year and sail around the world."
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August 16, 2006

I Love This Thing

A friend turned me onto last week, and it's kewl! Never again will I lose track of that particular article I read a few days ago that I wanted to read again or blog about. and I don't need to email myself links from work to home anymore. Now I have one set of bookmarks I can get to froom anywhere.

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August 8, 2006

In Love

I get lots and lots of catalogs, mostly filled with the same sort of stuff, so not so much in the temptation to buy category. Until today. I got a catalog from a place called Boden in England, and they have a U.S. catalog branch-- whether it's new, I don't know. Oh. My. Goodness!! The clothes are perfect, exactly to my taste, and the kinds of things I never really see here. Then there's the shoes and boots! I could do some serious damage to my bank account if I let myself. So I'm going to file the name of the place away for the day I do have some spare cash for clothes shopping, and in the meantime, just drool over the catalog!

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July 7, 2006

Gone for the Weekend

It's POTC weekend! Yay! We're going out of town today and will be gone till late Sunday. If you have the keys to the blog, feel free to post while I'm gone.

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June 27, 2006

Wonderful News

Jen and Beau are expecting!

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June 22, 2006

If This Is Global Warming...

more please!

We are having one of the nicest summers I ever remember having. Instead of almost constant fog, and never getting much above 68, it's been sunny! And warm enough to walk to work in the morning in nothing but a sweater! I'm enjoying the heck out of this odd, but lovely summer :)

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June 13, 2006

Calling All Trek Fans!

They're having a fund drive on The Corner this week, and if you're a Star Trek fan, there's even more reason to make a donation:

If by noon L.A.-time on Friday (an olive branch to our left-coast friends) NROs Star Trek fans have donated $10,000 cumulatively, we will host a Star Trek Day on National Review Online later this month. Our lineup that day will include a package of piecesfrom some familiar faces, and some surprisesall about Star Trek. As you donate, just be sure to write pro-Trek in the comments somewhere.
Posted by Ith at 3:27 PM

June 8, 2006

Ditty Bops

My new favourite group: The Ditty Bops! Discovered them while going through a listing for all the music that's been on Grey's the last two years. It's kind of a 21st century take on music from the 1940s and 50s. Kind of Andrews Sisters-ish.

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June 4, 2006

Weekend So Far

So yesterday, I did go out and clean down the porch. I dragged the hose in and washed and scrubbed the chairs and the table and all the other surfaces. Then I made a grilled cheese sandwich, and then attacked the bathroom with bleach to get rid off the grunge. Took a break, stuck in Finale II, and decided to make 'Indian Tacos' for dinner. Mistake! They're yummy, but I always forget how long it takes to make the Fry Bread. We ate at nearly 10pm! I also drank three raspberry mojitos in the process. From the time Finale went in around 3pm, we watched HL eps straight through till Chivalry at 2am. Even Nin watched with me, and dug out an old copy of the "Watcher Chronicles" to provide background narration on the Immie of the week [g]

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June 1, 2006


We just got this candle. It's delightful! A great kitchen candle.

I love Illuminations!

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May 30, 2006

Dream Trip

What I wouldn't do to go on this trip! Cowboy Junkies rock! And on a train! I love trains!

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May 8, 2006


They're airing Historyonics again on History International! YAY!

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April 29, 2006

I'm Outta Here...

till Monday. Going to Jen's. Taking the cat. She's not going to be happy!

Posted by Ith at 1:49 PM

April 26, 2006

Waiting For The Weekend

We're going to Jen's this weekend, with cat in tow since we can't leave her alone. It's been a year since we visited, when we used to go up every other month before. There's a new hot tub and a new 52'' TV! A weekend of actually leaving the apartment and actually talking to people. Quite a concept.

Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM

April 9, 2006

I Love This Sort Of Thing

A diaelct survey with maps and such.

I absolutly love this sort of thing. One of the things about LOTR that was such a draw, was all the extra stuff about language. When I was about 17, a friend took me to her linguistics college class, and I loved it. Yes, I'm a geek :)

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March 29, 2006

It's A Hit

Geez, is my new haircut popular with the guys at work! Three days later, and I'm getting repeat compliments.

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March 27, 2006

Hair & Stuff

Nin and I got our hair cut on Saturday and our stylist kept the shop open just for us. She's been doing my hair for nearly twenty years, and over the years she's become very much in demand, so it's hard to get an appointment with her. So when her assistant told her I was asking about an appointment for Saturday, she just went ahead and took us after the shop closed. How cool is that? So it was fun with just the three of us. We chatted and gossiped and had a great couple of hours.

As for the rest of the weekend, not much to report. I cleaned a bit, I worked on my Grey's Anatomy/Methos fic, we watched first season Grey's DVDs, and then watched the second season ender of Slings & Arrows.

Posted by Ith at 9:33 AM

March 22, 2006

Sometimes Procrastination Pays!

Two years ago, I figured I should renew my passport, but I'd missed the 12 year issue cutoff by a few months. So I put it off since I had to start all over. Well, today, Nin and I decided we'd procrastinated long enough -- hey, you never know when some handsome stranger is going to want to whisk you to Tahiti or something! -- so we started filling out the forms online. Surprise!! Now the cut off is 15 years! Which means I can renew now, instead of starting all over. HAH!

Posted by Ith at 4:19 PM

March 17, 2006


When I got to work today, it was pouring. So I leapt over the 'river' to get out of the truck and see my boss smoking under an umbrella. He actually walked over to me so I could walk to the warehouse under the umbrella. Isn't that sweet? Manners aren't totally dead :)

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'The "L" Word'

Just a note to my fellow Peter Wingfield fans that he's in this week's episode of The "L" Word on Showtime. It's on several times over the next few days.

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March 15, 2006


I have to thank Rue for sendng me the most wonderful perfume samples. I adore them! Now, if only I could afford to buy the actual product! Something to save my pennies for.

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March 14, 2006


Seems I'm a bit behind on the news, but better late than never! So, without further ado: congratulations Jen and Beau! You'll be wonderful parents!

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February 24, 2006

A Little Friday Girly Posting

I must have these -- perfect for my colouring, and I adore purples and fuchsias.



Both from my favourite makeup company, Smashbox.

And thanks to the lovely Rue, I'll soon have some new scents to try. She's the best! [smooches]

Told you it was going to be a girly post!

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February 22, 2006

'Monty Pythons Personal Best'

Monty Pythons Personal Best, a series of six outrageous one-hour specials showcasing the groundbreaking comedians with new footage and original clips, will premiere on PBS February 22, 2006.

Each episode will include members of the original Monty Python troupe performing in favorite clips from their unorthodox television series, Monty Pythons Flying Circus, repurposed with exclusive new material. Each of the five living Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin produced and wrote his own episode, and collaborated to create the sixth special in honor of deceased member Graham Chapman. The episodes will air over a three week period in two-hour blocks on PBS on February 22, March 1 and March 8.

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February 17, 2006

Olympic Ice

If you like figure skating, you realy should check out Olympic Ice on USA every afternoon. First off, it's a lot of fun -- nice mix of pro skaters talking about Olympic figure skating events and humour. And then, you can watch it the next day and only see the skating from the night before, and not have to try and watch it with all the interuptions and ads.

Good stuff!

(And it has Scott Hamilton!)

Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

A Genuine Authour

Fellow Cotillion member Holly has written a book titled "From Here To There":

This book is a non-fiction book, and I very much hope that it will inspire and encourage its readers to support our troops on an individual and personal level. The name of the book is From Here To There and is a collection of true short stories from my personal experiences supporting our troops as a Soldiers Angel, and also includes letters from our troops as well.
Posted by Ith at 9:47 AM

February 16, 2006

Meeces Update

I thought I'd give you all an update on my little mouse pal at the office. Every few days, he'd go rooting around in my trash can, and this morning, I was able to cover it so he couldn't jump out. I took him out to the front yard, and left the trash bag. Little guy must have been terrified, because he didn't come out for nearly two hours. He's now out of the bag, and I left him a little stash of nuts to get him started in his new home.

I'm gonna miss the little fella [sniff]

Posted by Ith at 10:12 AM | Comments (3)

February 3, 2006

Everything Old Is New Again

I've been watching General Hospital since the early 80s. I tape it every day and watch it when I get home. But for a while now, it's been more habit than anything, with lots of fast forwarding. Too much Carly -- BLEAH -- too much mob stuff, no characters I care that much about. But! that's all changed. First they brought back Rick Springfield and Kimberly McCollough, and now, my all time favourtie GH star is back -- Tristan Rogers! Emma Samms is following, and rumour has it, Finola Hughes as well. It's so nice that my old favourite has got some electricity back!

And for lots of good GH discussion, check out Captain Anne's GH blog.

Posted by Ith at 3:41 PM | Comments (4)

January 25, 2006

Happy Birthday, Robbie Burns

And if you'd like to plan your own Burn's Dinner, check out this site.

Posted by Ith at 12:22 PM | Comments (2)

January 22, 2006

Very Nice

Currently drinking a lovely Himalayan tea. Very Darjeeling in character

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January 21, 2006

A Great CD

if your taste runs to music of WWII, you could do no better than get this CD: Forces Sweethearts. I got it when I was in London about ten years ago, and it's a perennial favourite of mine. It was inspired by a book by Joanna Lumley. It has everything from "In the Mood" to "Lili Marlene", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, and "White Cliffs of Dover".

Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM

Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!!

I just found out that Tristan Rogers AND Emmsa Samms are returning to General Hospital!! [does a Ninjababe dance of glee and destruction around the room]

This is so kewl!

Posted by Ith at 12:56 PM | Comments (2)

January 19, 2006

I Changed My Mind

I had no real interest in watching the "Skating With Celebrities" thing on TV, but Nin wanted to at least check out the first episode. In doing so, I discovered Scott Hamilton is the host, and one of the skaters is Kurt Browning! Probably my two favourite skaters ever. And I adore Scotty! I've been a fan of his since back in his National Champion/Pre Olympic gold days. So, I changed my mind -- I'll be watching.

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

January 18, 2006

The 24 Phone is Back!

From a friend:

They are running the 24 fan phone again. You can call and if you get through, (That is the hard part. It can take multiple tries.) you can talk to whom ever has the phone at the time. Several people have already talked to producer Jon Cassar. As well as some of the other cast members. It isn't a free call. But, the number is: 310-597-3781
Posted by Ith at 4:53 PM

January 4, 2006

So I was rummaging around in a drawer...

And whaddaya know, I still have Ith's keys! Excellent.

I thought this was pretty cool. What did you get?

Your Mood Ring is Purple
Clear mind
Purpose is known
Mood Ring Generator
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January 1, 2006

Ith's Adventures

Howdy, folks — Russ here. I've not posted here since Ith's vacation last April, and I hadn't counted on being able to do so during her current jaunt, but sometimes one is compelled....

We know, of course, that in April she visited Rome, the UK, a national park, and otherwise entertained herself in various and sundry ways.

Now, I can't honestly say I know for a fact where Ith has gone for her present vacation... but I don't think it's a coincidence that just when she disappears on vacation, there are suddenly reports in the media of some very strange happenings in faraway places.

If Ith comes home with khoresh ghaimeh on her breath and her clothes smelling of camel, well, it might not be too much of a stretch to call that an indicator.

Posted by Russ at 10:07 AM

December 23, 2005

This Is A Special One

Last night, Mickey told me she was engaged. Today, she has a blog post up, so I can finally SQUEALLLLL about it here. I've know Mickey for nearly ten years, and no one deserves such happiness more than she does. Go read her story. It proves that true love is timeless.

Posted by Ith at 9:35 AM | Comments (4)

December 15, 2005

Another Aisle Walker!

Jami's getting married! I'd link to the announcement post, but I canna find it, Captain! So go find a random post over there to offer your congratulations! :)

Posted by Ith at 1:16 PM | Comments (1)

December 13, 2005

Snowball Fight!

A timewaster for your amusement.

Via The Corner

Posted by Ith at 10:48 AM

December 11, 2005

Sailing Away

We were able to reschedule our canceled Lady Washington trip, and went out yesterday. It was a beautiful afternoon, and on the way back, as the sun went down, Monterey Bay was like glass and the sky was orange and red and pink. And I, of course, forgot my camera. I saw jelly fish too! I love jelly fish, but have only seen them at the aqaurium, or dead on the beach, so seeing them in the water below the boat was kewl. Has a nice conversation with the purser about seafaring and the Jack Aubrey books. Turns out that's what made him sign up. He saw the movie, Master & Commander, got a few of the books, read about the Lady Washington, and signed up for the the standard two week volunteer stint. He liked it so much, he applied for the purser's position, and has been there about two months now. They're going to be down at various ports in SoCal over the next couple of months, so check out the schedule on thier website and take the opportunity to visit her. You won't be sorry.

Posted by Ith at 10:32 AM | Comments (4)

December 5, 2005

Santa Came Early

Another thank you to my own personal Santas, Jim and Kim, for the Into the West DVDs! Now I can finally see the last episode! I really loved the mini series, and was seriously bummed when my VCR pooped out while I was out of town.

Posted by Ith at 9:58 AM

December 4, 2005

Happy Birthday...

to my favourite NinjaPiglet!!!

Posted by Ith at 11:10 AM | Comments (1)

December 2, 2005


I wanted to buy a 3 qt Calphalon Tri-Ply saucepan from Amazon. Now, I can't afford the stuff full price, but I keep my eyes out for the occasional 50% sales. There is such a sale currently. It was ten dollars more from Amazon than buying at Macy's through Amazon, but if you bought the Amazon one, you got free shipping, so I chose Amazon since I was also getting a set of Abbott & Costello DVDs for my father's Xmas gift. I went to buy it this morning, but when I got to the checkout stand, their gift certificate redemption function wasn't working, so I quit it. I just went back, and now the pot from Amazon is now the same price as the cheaper Macy's one, but still with free shipping! Woo! Even better, I'm at the last page of checking out, and they offer me a free three month trial of Amazon Prime. So now, I get my pot in two days, instead of nine the free super saver shipping takes! And the rest of my Christmas shopping will be that much cheaper!

I'm easily pleased.

Posted by Ith at 12:08 PM | Comments (1)

November 29, 2005


I may break the 200,000 visitor mark!

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November 28, 2005

Keeping Those Fingers Warm

CTG passed this link on to me in regards to my post earlier today. And another friend told me about these.

Posted by Ith at 12:52 PM | Comments (1)

November 22, 2005

For The Tea Drinker With Everything

There's this little gadget.

Posted by Ith at 12:03 PM | Comments (2)

November 18, 2005

Thank You!!

Many thanks to Jim and Kim for the Rosemary and Thyme DVDs! A very pleasant surprise indeed :) I'm taking them with me in the New Year to UT to watch with my mum. She loves Brit mysteries with a passion!

Posted by Ith at 3:54 PM

November 14, 2005

Fellow Elizabeth I Fans

Keep an eye out for Masterpiece Theatre and "The Virgin Queen". It's already aired in some markets, but not here yet. Review here.

Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM | Comments (1)

November 10, 2005

Kimba The White Lion Is The One!

I don't believe it! My all time favourite cartoon as a kid, is out on DVD. I used to sing the theme song at the top of my lungs. That, and the song from "Here Come The Brides" :)

Posted by Ith at 8:26 AM | Comments (4)

November 6, 2005

"Live" Debate

I've never seen a live TV show done -- at least, not since I was a wee one -- so this West Wing episode is quite odd. and what's kewl, is that they're doing a brand new one for the West Coast. Usually we get the shoort end of the stick in these sorts of things.

Later: I don't like live fake debates any more than I like real live dabates! They make me cringe.

Posted by Ith at 8:37 PM | Comments (2)

Two Takes

Two nice interviews with Keira Knightly about stardom, and her new movie, "Pride and Prejudice". Not sure when it opens in the States, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Posted by Ith at 8:05 PM | Comments (2)

November 5, 2005

A Special Announcement

It's Deb's birthday!

Happy Birthday, girlfriend! [HUGS]

(p.s. your blog comments are rejecting me again [pout])

Posted by Ith at 11:04 AM | Comments (2)

November 4, 2005

The Things You See

I was reading the copy of National Review that came in the mail yesterday, and who do I see mentioned in a Mark Steyn column? None other than Dean Esmay! Very kewl.

Posted by Ith at 1:15 PM

October 30, 2005

And My Pumpkin After Dark


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Look At My Pumpkin!


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The Slingbox

I saw this being reviewed on FNC this morning, and it looks nifty.

The things they come up with!

Posted by Ith at 11:23 AM

October 28, 2005

Oh Yeah

How'd you like to take a cruise on one of these?


[insert wistful sigh] maybe some decade when I have actual money.

Posted by Ith at 11:51 PM | Comments (3)

Unsolicited Rec

Econo Heat panels are an amazing invention! I installed one a few weeks back, and it's pretty much replaced my furnace. And it's removed the perpetual dampness.

Posted by Ith at 6:15 PM | Comments (3)

October 27, 2005

Did I Mention?

That my extremely noisy upstairs neighbours are moving out? This is kewl for two reasons:

1) less noise

2) other tenants warned me about them when I moved in a year ago (yes, it's been a year!) that they had gotten the previous tenants in my apartment evicted. And the land lord had made a point of what wonderful 20 year tenants they were. So now, if I need to, I can actualy complain about the noise with the new tenants without fear. Hopefully, they'll be quiet!

Posted by Ith at 6:25 PM | Comments (2)

October 25, 2005


New 'Social' Web Browser Based on Firefox

....Analysts estimate there are 10 million to 15 million sophisticated Internet users writing Internet journalsthe number is growing dailyand Flock believes this is a prime target market.

For example, when a user discovers a Web site about which he or she wants to post a comment in a blog, the user just right-clicks on the mouse, which then brings up the Flock blogging wizard (Blog Manager).

The browser software then automatically opens a blank blog entry and adds citations and links for the site that originally caught the user's attention.

Flock also has a built-in RSS (search) integration option, so that users can easily scan news headlines and click through to those pages for more information.

Through a partnership with Vancouver, B.C.-based Flickr, Flock offers the Flickr Topbar, which allow users to drag and drop pictures into a blog post.

Flock also a sort of scrapbook for interesting Web content called The Shelf.

Users can drag interesting URLs, pictures or text snippets from any Web page onto it. From there, these items can be inserted into a blogpost.

Posted by Ith at 4:37 PM | Comments (1)

October 8, 2005


The Firefly DVDs are ranked number #4 in sales on Amazon. If you haven't seen Firefly yet, what are you waiting for? Go! Shoo!

Posted by Ith at 3:11 PM

September 22, 2005

I Like!

I love watches and I collect them. These are very nice indeed -- they appeal to my sense of whimsy and oddness.

Posted by Ith at 12:01 PM | Comments (4)

September 14, 2005

Afternoon Chuckle

This got a laugh from my more conservative than me coworker and my leftist coworker:

Q: What is George W. Bush's position on Roe vs. Wade?

A: He really doesn't care how people got out of New Orleans.

Via The Corner

Posted by Ith at 12:30 PM | Comments (5)

September 13, 2005


Jema sent me a link to this artist's site. Lots of great Absinthe and Art Nouveau themed things. I love Art Nouveau!

Posted by Ith at 6:42 PM | Comments (1)

Thank You For The Music

I knew there was something I liked about her.

Posted by Ith at 3:05 PM

September 12, 2005


I've been meaning to plug "Stranded with Cash Peters" for a while now, but keep forgetting. Anyway, it's on the Travel Channel on Monday nights and it's a hoot! I don't think there's anything else quite like it on TV -- which is probably a good thing. The premise is he is dropped off in some foreign local with no money, no luggage, and he has to convince the locals to feed and water him. He finds the humour in the places he visits without being mean spirited -- not an easy balance to strike, but he manages.

You can check out his website (designed by clowns even) here.

Posted by Ith at 4:33 PM

Random Weekend List

* Watched "The Pacifier". Not bad, worth the rental. Didn't know Lauren Graham was in it, so that was an added bonus.

* Why is it when you go to Circuit City and want to buy something, you can't get the time of day, but when you're just looking around, you get bugged constantly?

* Went to Target and got some containers for the herbs I've been drying for the last three weeks. I now have fresh dried oregeno, basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsely.

* Friday's SciFi was good, especially Battlestar Galactica. I'm totally hooked.

* Watched "Return of the King"

* Used the Borders gift card I got on my birthday and bought lots of books! First up was "Island in the Sea of Time", and I got a few chapters into the sequel, "Against the Tide of Years".

* Managed to avoid any real house cleaning, but did do muchos laundry

Posted by Ith at 10:06 AM | Comments (2)

September 7, 2005

Secret VRWC Meeting Tonight

Tonight is our monthly Townhall Monterey/Salinas chapter meeting. If you're in the neighbourhood, you're more than welcome to join us.

Posted by Ith at 12:57 PM | Comments (2)

August 23, 2005

Well, since MY page is evidently down.....

....I thought I'd post over here today.

Just wanted to pop in, say Howdy and wish Ith a safe and speedy trip. Although not TOO speedy. Those Smokey Bears are out in force :)

Also, just wanted to remind everyone about Project Valour-IT. Your spare cash can help a wounded soldier communicate with their family. These laptops are by no means top-of-the-line, but they get the job done for a total cost of about $750 each (including Dragon Naturally Speaking), so even a few bucks makes a difference! Here's what one of these computers can do (that's CPT Chuck Ziegenfuss, the inspiration for this project!)

You can read more about PV-IT on its own blog here, or in this post at Techography, or here at Thoughts by Seawitch.

Update: MuNu is back. We had a bad confluence of DNS attacks and Spam floods.....

Posted by Caltechgirl at 10:53 AM | Comments (1)

August 22, 2005


Nin passed her National Certification test!!

Posted by Ith at 1:08 PM | Comments (4)

August 18, 2005


To celebrate Nin's new job, we went out to dinner tonight as a treat. We decided on California Pizza Kitchen at the mall. They had a Raspberry Mojito on the menu, and I'd always wanted to try one, so I got one without the mint -- Ithy no likely mint (unless it's on lamb) -- and it was quite yummy, and went well with the Gorgonzola Pear Pizza and the Artichoke Cheese Dip.

Then we went to GAP (of which there's none in Rohan) to get her some dress pants for work. On the way, we discovered a Cold Stone Creamery had opened, and there was much rejoicing in Nin Land. Of course half of the Peninsula was there too. Being the boonies, there is a mad rush to try any new chain type eatery that we happen to get. We don't get many, so it's a two month sensation.

All in all, an exciting rare night out on the town.

Posted by Ith at 9:32 PM | Comments (2)

August 17, 2005

Thank You!!

I received a lovely surprise gift from reader Jim in the mail: Labryinth and Henry V on DVD! Thank you so much, Jim! Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Ith at 9:37 AM

August 16, 2005


Nin got a job! Nin got a job!

And there was much rejoicing!

Posted by Ith at 12:30 PM | Comments (5)

August 15, 2005

Georgia Rain

by Trisha Yearwood. My current favourite song on the radio.

Posted by Ith at 4:49 PM

August 14, 2005

Cool 24 Casting

According to this German website, Peter Wingfield will be in the new seaosn of 24!

Posted by Ith at 1:38 PM

August 12, 2005

It's Wonderful!

I have to thank Russ one more time for what he did for the blog. One of the most infuriating things about blogging had been the ever increasing amounts of spam. Since Russ did the upgrade, and added Conversation Killer along with the new MT Blacklist, and I tweaked it to my needs, I haven't had one single piece of spam to deal with. Not one! Before, I would deal with hundreds, sometimes ever day. It's been wonderful! He can do the same for you, and I can't reccomend him enough.

Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM | Comments (1)

August 7, 2005

Molly Ringwraith Strikes Again

If you loved her condensed versions of Lord of the Rings, you'll love the condensed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!

Part One

Part Two

[still wiping the tears from my eyes]

Posted by Ith at 3:20 PM

August 5, 2005

Let's Do It Again

That's Entertainment -- Friday, the weekend's almost here edition.

If you've posted a movie/book/TV/DVD review on your blog, leave a link in the comments, or trackback to this post. If you don't have a blog, leave your review in the comments as well.

Posted by Ith at 8:50 AM | Comments (2)

August 1, 2005

Lori's Famous!

Look who's in USA Today!

Posted by Ith at 3:34 PM | Comments (2)

July 29, 2005

From The Balcony

Statler & Waldorf review the movies.

How kewl is that, I ask you?

Via K-Lo

Posted by Ith at 3:29 PM | Comments (1)

July 27, 2005


I love watches, and have a nice collection of them. I got an ad from Fossil for a Lord of the Rings Elven watch. It's so pretty!


Of course, in my current dismal financial state, I can't afford it. Such is life.

Posted by Ith at 8:41 AM | Comments (1)

July 26, 2005

Wouldn't This Be Great To See?

I saw the Tattoo once about 15 years ago, and it was a highlight of my first trip to Scotland. This year's looks to be a humdinger!

DRAMATIC scenes to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will be beamed on to the walls of the Castle in one of the highlights of next month's Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The celebration of Admiral Lord Nelson's famous victory, which saw the Royal Navy overcome the combined might of the Spanish and French fleets, will be staged towards the end of this year's sell-out run of shows.

All 217,000 tickets for the three weeks of the annual event were snapped up months ago. Even seats for next Thursday's dress rehearsal were in high demand - selling out in just over an hour yesterday.

The same technology used to beam huge images on to Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations will be deployed to transform the Castle during this year's event, which will pay special tribute to the Royal Navy.

The Massed Military Bands, which will include the combined Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, will feature classics including Hearts of Oak, Rule Britannia and Jack the Lad.

A crack commando unit from the Royal Marines will perform dramatic "Indiana Jones-style" action sequences, including abseiling and death-sliding down on to the Esplanade from the Castle.


This year's Tattoo will also feature a poignant tribute marking 60 years since the end of the Second World War, when the entire 1000-strong cast perform the theme tune to the TV series Band of Brothers. The lone piper will also perform a specially composed piece, Lest We Forget.

It is also expected to be the first and last time all the Scottish regiments will perform at the event together.

The country's six infantry regiments are set to be merged into a single Scottish super-regiment later this year.

The Massed Pipes and Drums will feature all the bands from Scotland's infantry regiments, along with special guests from Australia's Rats of Tobruk, from Melbourne, the City of Wellington Band, from New Zealand, and the South African Irish Band, from Johannesburg.

Posted by Ith at 11:12 AM | Comments (3)

July 25, 2005

Weekend Bits

* Utterly awesome to come home after three days and find no spam on the blog! All the safeguards Russ implemented when he did my upgrade worked like a charm!

* Nin aced her first test, but she won't know on the second one for a month. She came back to Jen's about 1/2 hour after she left, and I thought something had gone wrong. She said, no, she'd just finished the test. It was supposed to be a 2 hour test!

* Dave took me and Nin on a date while Jen was at her riding lesson. We had a wonderful Malaysian dinner with a twenty-something Malaysian waiter who only had eyes for Nin and was so attentive, it was hilarious!

* Went swimming two days in a row, and for once, no sunburn!!

* LIFE/Pirates of the Caribbean edition, the tequila version!

The break was very nice, and I did my best to put my worries to the side, figuring they'd still be there when I came home Monday. And they are!

Posted by Ith at 4:33 PM | Comments (1)

July 24, 2005

I Should Go Away More Often!

I come home after three days away to see a trackback from Michelle Malkin! Kewl beans!

Posted by Ith at 9:57 PM | Comments (6)

July 12, 2005


Anyone want to go in on a Scottish castle timeshare with me? Huh? Huh?

Posted by Ith at 12:57 PM | Comments (5)

July 11, 2005

Eagle & Child

My boss flew to London yesterday and will be working in Oxford all this week. His first morning out, he sent me a piccie!

Click for larger image

This is the Eagle & Child pub, where Tolkien, Lewis, and gang, hung out. My boss has instructions to take pics of anything Tolkien related, but I wasn't expecting a photo so soon!

Posted by Ith at 9:30 AM | Comments (2)

July 9, 2005

Unsolicited Advert

Tearing your hair out over your MT blog? Need an upgrade? A tweak? Troubleshooting? Exorcism? Then Russ is your guy, your hero, your "god-like man".

Neat, clean, and punctual. What more could you ask? Oh, and reasonable rates and attention to customer satisfaction!

Call RUSS! That's his name, so that's why you call him that.

Posted by Ith at 7:37 PM | Comments (5)

July 6, 2005


Russ put this link in the comments of my last post. I love it!

Posted by Ith at 3:25 PM | Comments (1)

Jurassic Alaska

Dinosaur Track Found in Alaskan Park (photo at link)

A track from a three-toed dinosaur believed to be about 70 million years old has been discovered in Denali National Park, the first evidence that the animals roamed there, scientists said.

The footprint was found June 27 by a University of Alaska Fairbanks student taking a geology field course.

The fossil is 9 inches long and 6 inches wide, officials said.

The discovery's importance was its location in Interior Alaska, far from the coastline where other tracks have been found, said Anthony Fiorillo, curator of earth sciences at the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

"It's not necessarily the track itself that's significant," he said. "It's where it is that's got us all excited."

Posted by Ith at 12:40 PM

June 22, 2005

Yes, Me

I'm a "Fabulous Sci-Con Babe". Ilyka says so, so it must be true. Goes perfectly with this pic, or this one. And since I'm strolling down memory lane, two posts from my old personal blog about ConJose, Larry Niven, and my brush with greatness. Post one (you may have to scroll down a wee bit), and post two.

Tomorrow, if I remember, I'll post one of my favourite stories about Larry Niven, his mom, and "A Boy and His Dog".

Posted by Ith at 10:21 PM | Comments (3)

I'm Running Out Of Booties!

As I suspected...

Many hugs and congratulations!

A few moments later: Wait! How could I forget? [ahem] YAY!!

K, I'm done now.

Posted by Ith at 12:24 PM | Comments (1)

June 20, 2005

AFI Tribute to George Lucas

It's just started a repeat run on USA, and it's well worth watching! Even if only for William Shatner's opening bit. Nin and I were laughing so hard we were crying.

"Live long! You've already prospered enough!!

Posted by Ith at 11:09 PM | Comments (2)

June 16, 2005

Virtual Booties

Margi takes digital pics on a blog to a whole new level.

Congratulations!! (and lots of hugs, of course)

Posted by Ith at 1:20 PM | Comments (2)

June 15, 2005


Found this over on the Corner. You have to guess the movie with only the costumes and sets visible. The actors have been rendered invisible.

Posted by Ith at 6:14 PM | Comments (1)

Ith Radio

I've been wasting my time with this. It's my Launch radio station, or what I like to call, "Ith Radio"! I even put a link in the sidebar. Though it only works in IE, more's the pity. But I still have found it to be a lot of fun and a great way to waste time fiddling with it.

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM

June 14, 2005

Yahoo 360

Thanks to Gennie, I have a Yahoo 360 page. It's in beta, so if you'd like an invite, let me know. Mine is a little sparse right now, so Gennie's will give you a better idea of what it's supposed to look like.

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

What To Say?

So I'm officially a pen pal for a service member in Iraq. But here's where I need your help! I don't know who this person will be. The letter I write will be given to someone once it arrives. So what should I say, what information should I include, what do you think a soldier in Iraq wants to read when they get a mystery letter from the USA? I've never written a 'blind' letter before, so any advice would be appreciated!

Posted by Ith at 12:27 PM | Comments (5)

June 12, 2005

Good Old Days

Michele's latest, "100 Words" brings back all sorts of great early teenage memories.

I think I should call my brother today. All this remebering reminds me I miss him not being around anymore. My little brother, and he turns 40 this birthday.

Thanks, Michele!

Posted by Ith at 2:16 PM

May 26, 2005

Come On Get Happy!

That's "Doctor CalTechGirl" to you!

Posted by Ith at 10:52 AM | Comments (1)

[Hugs the Blog]

We're back!!

The hosting company had a hard drive die at some point late last night, so we all went 'poof'. I was having withdrawal! [pets the blog]

Posted by Ith at 10:37 AM | Comments (2)

May 24, 2005


Emeril is always telling his viewers to contact their cable company and ask for "smell-o-vision". Well, it looks like you may be able to actually do that soon!

Posted by Ith at 4:12 PM | Comments (1)

Good News On The Wolf Front

Marlin Perkins' Legacy: Wild Wolves Bred at Facility

Two artificially inseminated Mexican gray wolves recently birthed a combined eight living pups at a research site founded by late naturalist Marlin Perkins, marking perhaps the first time the non-surgical technique has worked with endangered wolves.

Wildlife officials cheered word of the newcomers to the St. Louis-area Wild Canid Survival and Research Center -- the world's largest holder and breeder of Mexican gray wolves -- as proof of the technology's usefulness in rebuilding the population of the animals.

Among other things, the "phenomenal'' breakthrough someday may enable noninvasive fertilization of female wolves in the wild, no longer requiring them to be caged or disruptively brought in for insemination, said Kim Scott, the center's assistant director.

"This could have huge implications for future genetic management of Mexican wolves,'' said Colleen Buchanan of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Surgical inseminations have been done previously with endangered red wolves, though the noninvasive technique now appears to work with the Mexican wolves.

Of the nine pups born -- six on May 4, three on April 30 -- eight still were alive Monday and "are all doing wonderful, doing great,'' growing and increasingly vocalizing, Scott said.

Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM

May 16, 2005

It Get's Better!

It's "National Sea Monkey Day"!

(I refuse to accept they're actually only brine shrimp)

Posted by Ith at 8:56 AM | Comments (1)

Now For The Important News Of The Day

Forget about George and his Jawa Jumping, this is what I'm celebrating this morning: Court Lets Wine Lovers to Buy Out-Of-State

Wine lovers may buy directly from out-of-state vineyards, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, striking down laws banning a practice that has flourished because of the Internet and growing popularity of winery tours.

The 5-4 decision overturns laws in New York and Michigan, which supporters said were aimed at protecting local wineries and limiting underage drinkers from purchasing wine without showing proof of age. In all, 24 states have laws barring interstate shipments.

The court said the state bans are discriminatory and anticompetitive.

Via The Corner

Posted by Ith at 8:48 AM | Comments (1)

May 10, 2005

Wedding Bells

V just told me that Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger just got married! Wow, that's a surprise. Didn't even know they were a couple. And what an interesting combo. A singelton no more :)

Oh, yeah... I wonder if she thinks his tractor's sexy?

Later: a picture of the wedding couple.

Posted by Ith at 8:43 AM | Comments (3)

May 1, 2005

This Makes Me Happy

I don't know if any of my readers are Bay Area natives dating as far back as me, but when I was a little girl, I adored "Children's Fairyland" at Lake Merritt in Oakland. I was reading this wonderful retrospective on Disneyland's 50th anniversary and discovered this :

7. Children's Fairyland in Oakland was one of the major inspirations for Disneyland. Walt Disney even hired Fairyland's first director, Dorothy Manes, to work at his park.

One of my earliest memories is of visiting Fairyland -- lost a shoe there once with my great-aunt -- so it's nice to know it still lives on at my favourite place: Disneyland.

Posted by Ith at 8:21 PM | Comments (2)

April 29, 2005

Thank You!!

I'd like to thank whoever clicked through the Absinthe store link and bought such a large amount! First off, enjoy! And second, thank you! I've never made so much money from the blog before. Thanks to you, I'm about 1/2 way to being able to buy the newest version of MT!


Posted by Ith at 9:47 AM | Comments (8)

April 26, 2005

Ith Comes Back, Today

I am not trying to make up for lost time by posting like a mad-woman before Ith takes away my power. Nope! ;-)

TV News:

Tonight is a Fresh Episode of Gilmore Girls:

"But I'm a Gilmore!
The reaction of Logan's parents' to Rory and Logan's relationship shocks Rory; when Sookie is placed on bed rest, Lorelai calls on Luke to serve as the interim chef at the Dragonfly Inn."

Watch for Ith...she's the one playing the role of Lorelai's long-lost red-headed cousin.

In fact, Ith is quite the movie star, tonight. She'll be on The Amazing Race, standing thisclose to Phil at the mat.

All in all, it should be an interesting evening of TV.

Posted by Princess Jami at 8:50 AM | Comments (1)

April 22, 2005

Ith's Vacation - IV

Today being Earth Day, and having enough free time to do some serious thinking, Ith has decided to celebrate in a somewhat unusual way. Since she has a perfectly natural Terran superiority complex, she's decided to blow up all the other planets.

In aid of which, it occurs to me that all her loyal readers could help her defray the costs of the program (tenatively named "Operation Blow Up All The Other Planets," pending further review) by hitting her tip jar or even by relieving her of the need to buy stuff out of her own Amazon wishlist.

So go there and lend a hand.

That'll show those other planets who's boss!

[If I may be allowed a moment of shameless self promotion, here's a link to my own Earth Day post.]

Posted by Russ at 2:27 PM | Comments (1)

April 21, 2005

Ith's Vacation - III

On her travels, Ith stopped by Niagara Falls yesterday.

She reports that the amusement park there is mostly unexciting... except that they have a killer Log Ride.

Posted by Russ at 10:10 AM

April 19, 2005

Ith's Vacation - II

Having wrought only very minor havoc in Rome, Ith has winged her way back stateside.

But not before a brief layover in the UK, where she could engage in a bit of sausage flinging.

Posted by Russ at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)

April 18, 2005

Ith's Vacation

Ith's travels so far have been fairly interesting. Last night and today she was visiting Vatican City.

Now, I'm not saying it was her, but word on the street is that someone rigged a fire suppression system to the Papal Selection Indicator Smokestack.

Posted by Russ at 4:20 PM

Shameless Self Promotion

Here are a couple of entries I posted today for your reading pleasure...

If you're interested in Brit politics, check out this post.

If you want to see some pictures from my recent trip to Savannah, check here.

Posted by Caltechgirl at 3:35 PM

Dining In

Yesterday, in an effort to harken back to my Army linguist days (I went to language school right there in Ith's home turf), I made an attempt to prepare the Korean dish called chap chae (잡채).

For the record: apart from being an über-geek and a shameless self-promoter, I am apparently also an amazing cook (or just the beneficiary of a massive dose of beginner's luck.)

Look on my 잡채, ye hungry, and drool.

Posted by Russ at 1:04 PM | Comments (5)

Free Cone Day!

Just a reminder that the Ben & Jerry's "Free Cone Day" is tomorrow, April 19th. Take the day off work to go get you some free ice cream! Is there a Scoop Shop near you?*

*if not, I apologize. Go to work as usual, pay for your own darn ice cream, and we'll pretend I never said a thing... ;-)

Posted by Princess Jami at 7:47 AM | Comments (1)

April 15, 2005

Taking a Packing Break

It's kind of fun to open your blog and be surprised at what you see posted!

I am going to be doing something blog related while I'm away -- Wed. Nin and I are having lunch with Rae, who lives a few towns up from my parents.

Posted by Ith at 6:54 PM | Comments (1)

April 14, 2005

More Cool Stuff

At dinner with friends a few weeks back, I was talking about somthing similar to this. The project I was talking about was specific to Scotland, but this one is world wide. I'd love to be involved with this!

Via the Llama Dudes.

Posted by Ith at 8:57 AM

March 18, 2005


Jen's arrived for a girl's weekend, and she and nin have gone to pick up sushi while I test out the sake. Haircut tomorrow and shopping, then home for cheese grits and shrimp and some sort of chocolate dessert. Movies and random DVDs in between with our usual three hours of Scifi channel tonight.

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March 13, 2005

Fashion Show

Margi and Russ gave me an idea!

As an addition to the planned Tartan Day festivities, let's also have a fashion show of sorts. Friday, April 1st, I'm going to put up a photo post, and if you have a pic of yourself in some sort of Scottish attire, post it on your blog and link back, or leave your URL in the comments. So you have plenty of time to dig up that photo of you in a kilt, or plaid of some sort, to put up on your blog.

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March 4, 2005

It's Friday!

Which is kewl in and of itself of course, but then there's a whole night of SF in store. when Nin gets home, I'll make dinner, watch my tape of General Hospital and settle down at 8pm for Stargate.

Talk at y'all later!

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March 2, 2005

I'm Booze!

What Flavour Are You? I tashte like Alcohol.I tashte like Alcohol.

Heh. Heh. I taste like beer. I like beer. Buy me a beer. I'm not drunk, I can drink plenty without... What was I saying? Beer. What Flavour Are You?

Blame this one on the Livster.

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February 25, 2005

It's All About The Tea

Fugitive Jen turned me onto a promotion that Adagio Tea is running. Basically, you put a link to them on your webapge, and based on your google ranking, they send you a thank you gift. Nifty, huh? So I put two links on the sidebar -- one for tea and one for teaware.

Will blog for tea! (and for tequila) (duh!) (wine even)

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February 16, 2005

Survivor On Ice

Hey, the suits must have been listening to me! I've been wanting a cold weather version for a while now.

.... Here's another possible first: a cold edition of "Survivor" set in Canada.

"One day we were gonna run out of beaches," said Probst. "It would be a lot more bleaker. You're not gonna have any sexy water challenges. I think we'll have to seriously think about it. Creatively, it offers something totally new. Our audience is loyal so I think our audience would stay with us."

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February 12, 2005

Name Gizmo

Found this over at Jay & Deb's. It's very nifty and very time wasting :)

It's interesting to compare a name like "Ruby" which was very popular in the early part of the lasy century, to a name like Rhiannon which only starts to register in the last decade or so.

Posted by Ith at 12:06 PM | Comments (4)

February 10, 2005

Best Wishes

All the best to Prince Charles and Camilla for a happy marriage. I'm glad to see them finally being able to "make it legal". After 30 years, more or less, it was time. And when a lot of powerful men of his age are chasing women young enough to be their daughters, it's nice to see Charles staying with somone he's known for so long, and in the same age bracket!

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February 9, 2005


Found a nice pic of Johnny Depp at the SAG's here. Looks like he's growing in his Jack Sparrow hair and beard.

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February 1, 2005

Programming Reminder

If you haven't caught "House" yet, might I suggest tuning in tonight? By all accounts, it's going to be an excellent episode.

And afterwards, here's a place to discuss the show.

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January 27, 2005


A new fragrance that sounds right up my alley -- though without the heart shaped bottle, please!

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January 26, 2005

Queasy, Yeah!

I love Bonny Doon wines, as I've mentioned before, and I love their unique sense of humour too. For example:

The LOVES ME NOT! Kit $25.99 If you know someone who feels Valentines Day is nauseating, who grows queasy at the site of icky-sweet candies and cuddly stuffed animals, then our Loves Me Not kit makes the perfect gift. Includes a bottle of our rich and unforgiving Heart of Darkness, a voodoo doll, bittersweet chocolate, purifying soap, and an eraser all the ingredients to purge oneself of the ghosts of loves lost, of Valentines past.

What's not to love? An anti-Valentine's gift! Perfection!

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Tues. TV Part II

Gilmore Girls was great last night. If only for Kirk as the town whore! I'm still finding it kind of odd having Luke and Loreili as a couple. That might be because while the show was in repeats we watched season one, and part of two, on DVD. It's hard getting used to again! But Luke making her an ice rink? Awwww!! He really loves her, and I will be more than ticked off if the producers do a "Max" on him.

Later: Spoilers in the extended entry....

From Zap2it

.... You know Emily is going to get very involved in breaking up Luke and Lorelai and bringing Christopher and Lorelai back together on "Gilmore Girls." Lorelai, Luke and Christopher will catch Rory and Logan in a compromising position and Luke and Christopher to have a big showdown. And even though Luke declared himself to be "all in," he will be the one to decide that he and Lorelai need a break. For those of you who have thought Lorelai was taking Luke for granted look for her to be the one trying to save the relationship. Poor Marty will tell Rory he likes her but we all know who Rory likes.
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January 22, 2005


All the best to Rosemary and Dean on the birth of their son.

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January 21, 2005

Please Let It Be Clear Tonight!!

Yes, yes, yes, yes!! [fingers crosssed]

Posted by Ith at 4:41 PM

January 20, 2005

"24" Phone Line

This is from a good friend of mine, and she said it was okay to pass on.

Last week on "24" they showed some ones cell phone. On the phone was a number. Not a fake 555 one either. Some fans picked up on it and dialed. You can call the number and get some one on set with that cell. Yes, it is while they are working and they will talk to you. Just start asking questions.

Crew members are passing the phone around and answering calls all day. It really has generated a huge number of calls from all around the world.

If any of you want to try, the number is: 310-597-3781

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

January 19, 2005


I had no idea it was out! Add another item to the wishlist...

Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM

January 11, 2005

Email Therapy

For those interested, I started an email list for the TV show "House", starring Hugh Laurie, which as you know, I adore :)

Posted by Ith at 10:37 AM | Comments (2)

January 6, 2005

I Always Wondered

I got my SiteMeter report today, and the day Jonah Goldberg linked to Eclectra's post, the blog got nearly 4000 hits. WHOA!! That's a pretty unimaginable number to lil ol' me who's lucky to break 200 in a day after nearly three years of blogging! So now I know what it must be like to get a 'lanche of any sort. Pretty nifty, I have to say.

Posted by Ith at 4:31 PM | Comments (2)

January 5, 2005

Google Groups

Google Groups is now in beta, so I decided to try them out with this new group. If you're interested in SF & F TV, books, and movies, you may be interested in joining up.

Posted by Ith at 3:57 PM

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 :)

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December 24, 2004

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"?)

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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 Ith at 1:29 PM

December 23, 2004


'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 Ith 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 Ith at 1:50 PM

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 Ith at 8:27 AM | Comments (2)

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 Ith at 5:18 PM

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 Ith at 5:10 PM

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?

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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 Ith at 12:04 PM | Comments (4)

December 9, 2004

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 Ith at 4:30 PM | Comments (3)

December 8, 2004


A very Happy Hannukah!

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December 5, 2004

Give Me Another Banana!

Day TWO as a Playful Primate!

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December 4, 2004

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

Now For Some Cheery News

Look who's back!

Posted by Ith at 3:10 PM

December 1, 2004

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 Ith at 11:16 AM | Comments (5)

November 29, 2004

Pilgrim On The Beach

I created a new drink last night. Even my brother liked it!

3-4 shots spiced rum
1/2 shot cinnamon schnapps
2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup plain tinned pumpkin
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 dashes of nutmeg

Place all ingredients in blender and blend (duh!)

Pour into glasses, garnish with cinnamon sugar. If you want to be really fancy you could rim martini glasses with the cinnamon sugar.

All amounts are approximate since I was sorta tossing things in to taste. Ice cream can be optional since it tasted pretty good before I added it.

Posted by Ith at 3:46 PM | Comments (3)

November 28, 2004

Music Map

This is a nifty little timewaster.

Posted by Ith at 12:33 PM

November 26, 2004


The owner called from the head office, and since I'm "the boss" today, he told me to use my discretion and close up early and send folks home. So we're outta here!

Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM | Comments (2)

November 19, 2004

Birthday Girl

It's C's birthday! She's 29 (and a few) [g]

Posted by Ith at 9:35 AM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2004

Shiver Me Timbers!

I'm now the Jack o' Coins! I like this pirate thing! Arrr! Where's me rum, wench? (what's the male version of wench anyway?)

And this is for the Captain...


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November 11, 2004

A Sure Sign Of Impending Winter

The hills are turning green!

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Snacks Of Yesteryear

This new site got me to reminiscing, and I was trying to remember something that was my favourite snack way back when I was a kid. I knew it was a NASA food, and it had a funky chocolate flavour, but not the name. So on a whim I did a search for "NASA energy sticks snack", and lo and behold, I found it! And coincidentally, they were called, "Space Food Sticks"! How 'bout that?


Scarily, there is an actual domain for the preservation of Space Food Sticks, and you can buy them again too. I may have to buy some and see if they taste like I remember.

Space Food Sticks and TANG.... What more could a kid want?

Posted by Ith at 11:39 AM | Comments (2)

November 4, 2004

New Canada

Blue States Secede (via Fred who emailed me this)


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November 3, 2004

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

That's the tune running through my head right now :)

Oh, what a beautiful mornin',

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin'

Ev'rything's goin' my way.

Oh, what a beautiful mornin',

Oh, what a beautiful day,

I got a beautiful feelin'

Ev'rything's goin' my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day.

Posted by Ith at 8:25 AM | Comments (9)

October 13, 2004

Bouteille Call

Bouteille Call.jpg

I love Bonny Doon!

Posted by Ith at 5:37 PM

Atari Goes Retro

Atari is bringing back some of its classic early video games from the 1980s in the upcoming release Atari Anthology for the Playstation2 and Xbox systems, the company announced. The anthology includes 80 games originally produced for the Atari 2600 and 7800 systems, plus five new bonus games.

Among the games in the collection are the arcade classics Asteroids and Missile Command, the castle-and-dragon game Adventure and the space-themed games Yar's Revenge and Space War. Atari Anthology will be available in November for a retail price of $19.99.

Via SciFi Wire

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October 12, 2004


Thank you, Debbie for the great crepe pan! I will use it frequently :)

Getting unexpected gifts is just the coolest!

Posted by Ith at 11:01 PM

September 23, 2004

Star Wars In Its Original Glory


Via my boss who said, "While you're waiting to (not) buy the DVD's" comes this

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September 21, 2004


Gilmore Girls starts up again tonight!

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September 14, 2004

If Only I'd Known!

Who knew I could get so much attention by just posting a few pics of scantily clad models? Maybe I need to make this a regular feature!

Posted by Ith at 12:11 PM | Comments (4)

September 10, 2004

Go Look

Drudge's headline banner right now is priceless!

Posted by Ith at 10:28 AM | Comments (1)

September 9, 2004

The People You Meet

As I mentioned before, Tuesday was our monthly Towhall Meetup. We actually had a whole 7 people show up this time -- a record! One of the new faces was a gentleman who teaches Nuclear Nonproliferation at MIIS. What he had to say was fascinating and we probably would have pestered him with questions for hours given half the chance!

His department has a great website that you might like to check out. And he tells us they have something new coming soon that's going to be pretty amazing. When it's up and running, I'll let you all know.

Posted by Ith at 9:55 AM | Comments (4)

September 6, 2004


North Shore starts up again tonight!

My guilty pleasure :)

Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM

September 2, 2004

We Went, We Saw, We Boogied

Okay, not really:

Very glad I went! And I even volunteered. It was fun watching it with a group, and the food and the company were good too. Very enthusiastic group, and not at all the stereotype of the Republican Party: as many women as men, lots of college age volunteers and attendees, and very multi-ethnic. I'd say we all came away energized and wanting to support the President.

After, they played that video I've been hearing about, and what I'd heard is right: it's pretty devastating and all it does is show Kerry in his own words. You can see it on the web. I'm going to try and watch it again when there aren't a bunch of people in from of me. If you haven't seen it yet, I reccomend a viewing.

Later: What she said!

Posted by Ith at 9:25 PM

August 10, 2004


Many years ago, several IRC/email buddies -- myself included -- started a group called "Anti-Gooshers". It was much fun, and we even had an email list. Well, the list was lost in the blackhole that Yahoo! Groups sometimes is, and I never got around to reinstating it -- till now.

It's a lot of fun, and a nice balance in talking about your fave actor or character without the "gooshing" aka "I want him to have my baby!!" sort of thing. Since we're sort of starting over here, new blood would be more than welcome!

Posted by Ith at 1:07 PM | Comments (1)

August 9, 2004

Many Thanks!

Thank you, Susan, for the lovely book! Now I have no excuse in not learning enough CSS to create my own template, huh?

Posted by Ith at 9:11 AM

July 30, 2004

Bond, Dubya Bond

From one of the multitude of email lists I'm on:


Posted by Ith at 11:42 AM

July 26, 2004

Twice In A Weekend

I actually left the house on Saturday and Sunday! Yesterday, we took mum out to play pool for a few hours in the afternoon, and I had a Strongbow for me, and I had one for Paul. (I'm just caring and giving that way). When we got home. I grilled steaks on the BBQ, which were lovely if I do say so myself. I also opened the bottle of wine I bought at the Bonny Doon weekend, and it was yummy!

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM | Comments (1)

July 22, 2004

Power To The People Indeed

Open Arms for Open-Source News

A small California newspaper has undertaken a first-of-its-kind experiment in participatory journalism in which nearly all the content published in a regularly updated online edition and a weekly print edition is submitted by community members. It's all free.

Following in the footsteps of past community journalism projects that sought to give individuals a voice in local news, as well as the growing trend in news-like blogs, The Northwest Voice is giving residents of Bakersfield's northwest neighborhoods near-total control of content. An editor is on hand largely to ensure that articles, letters and photographs submitted through the publication's Web-based content-management system adhere to a minimal set of standards, and to choose the best submissions for inclusion in the print edition.

Posted by Ith at 3:51 PM

July 20, 2004

Many Thanks

Thanks to everyone who left and sent birthday greetings! And thanks to Russ for the package I got from Amazon yesterday! Can't wait to start reading it, thank you!!!

Posted by Ith at 10:56 AM | Comments (2)

July 16, 2004

A Whole Day

Well, almost. All happy!


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July 13, 2004


If you're a "Pirates of the Caribbean" fan, I command you to go watch this. You will get serious amusment from this, me hearties!

(go to videos, click on "Girls Lie Too")

Posted by Ith at 7:07 PM | Comments (1)

July 9, 2004

July 8, 2004

You Know You've Been Watching Too Much Sci-Fi When....

It squats on my bottom shelf, looking for all the world like an alien spaceship hunkered on the tarmac, angling slightly skyward, ready to blast off at a moment's notice, firing death lasers from its forward cannons. The glowing red panels on the bow only add to the illusion.

What is it, you may ask?

Why, it's my brand-new boom-box!

Who designs these things, anyway? Darth Vader?

Actually... the thing sounds very good, and it has a wonderful "sleep" function, so I can put on my "River" CD, hit "sleep" and drop off to the sounds of the babbling brook. Those glowing red panels even turn off when "sleep" is invoked, and the machine turns itself off completely when the CD is done playing.

You can view this paragon of design virtue here. And be aware, it's actually a good bit larger than the "specifications" state. (See? You can't believe everything you read on the internet! They lied!)

Posted by CrankyBeach at 2:15 PM

July 7, 2004

It Was A Good Year

In 1963 (the year you were born)
Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president of the US

The atomic powered submarine, Thresher, sinks in the North Atlantic killing 129

A civil rights rally held by 200,000 blacks and whites, features Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated as he rides in a motorcade through downtown Dallas

Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique, launching a middle-class feminist movement

Michael Jordan, Quentin Tarantino, Conan O'Brien, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt are born

Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series

Chicago Bears win the NFL championship

Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup

The Beatles receive their first #1 hit single, when "Please Please Me" tops the charts in the UK

Astroboy (known as Mighty Atom in Japanese) Japan's first ever anime was launched

NBC expands its evening network news program to 30 minutes

The television remote control is authorized by the FCC

What Happened the Year You Were Born?
More cool things for your blog at Blogthings

Stolen shamelessly from the Jayster aka Day.

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July 3, 2004


Put on your own display.

Posted by Ith at 3:31 PM

July 1, 2004

Whose Line

Looks like new eps of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" start tonight on ABC.


Posted by Ith at 11:17 AM | Comments (4)

Baby Day

It's baby bird day here. All the Chinese House Sparrows, and the Blackbirds, have brought down their babies for a stroll. There's nothing like the noise of a dozen or so halfgrown chicks peeping their little hearts out. And they're very cute!

Posted by Ith at 10:48 AM

June 29, 2004

Personal Proof The Economy Is Good

We all just got bonuses! Considering I work in a hospitality based business and we were hit hard after 9/11, this is great. I don't ever remember getting a bonus mid-year like this before -- and since I've been here 13 years, I have a bit of history to base that on.

Posted by Ith at 9:48 AM | Comments (2)

June 25, 2004

Endless Hours Of Fun

I signed up for internet service on my cell phone and it is hours of fun and amusement! Ring tones, graphics, games, setting up my portal! The best thing is being able to access email from my phone -- both my new cingular addie and from my existing Yahoo! account. So when I travel, lack of a laptop is no longer a problem.

Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM

June 23, 2004

If You Loved Me...

you'd get me one of these pretties, precious:

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Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM

Frank & Louie

Budweiser has brought back the Frank & Louie radio ads! An, as usual, they're a hoot. This time around they're lampooning the Miller TV spots where the guy debates the horse. The second one I heard has the ferret.


(yes, I'm easily amused)

Posted by Ith at 3:51 PM

June 18, 2004

Fair & Balanced

Remember the donut story? Well, the same guy went out this morning without telling me and got me Starbucks just because he thought I'd like it.


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June 17, 2004

Thank You!

I just got one of those surprise boxes from Amazon full of goodies! This has to be one of the nicer perks of blogging :)

Thank you, CrankyBeach! And the perfect day to be getting something to make me smile too.

Posted by Ith at 5:58 PM | Comments (4)

June 15, 2004

Watashi No Namae...

My Japanese name is Chitose Endoso.
Take The Kawaii Japanese Name Generator by Shuichigami today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

And my Chinese name is -- acording to this website -- Yu Tan Ning which means "smooth; self-possessed, repose, serenity, peace; peaceful.

Via Nin

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June 7, 2004

A Quest

Just a nice story.

One man's quest to find Aberdeen - all 34 of them


IT WAS a throwaway line by a television reporter in Hong Kong, there to witness Britain handing over the colony to China, that crystallised a thought in Aberdeen-born Fred Bulls mind.

The reporter said: "I am in Aberdeen, Hong Kong!"

Mr Bull, now 67, said: "Home was occupying my mind and it made me wonder how many places bore the name."

The thought became a ten-year mission to locate and visit each place that had the North-east port as its namesake.

The result, a DVD documentary and a book Aberdeens Around the World, is to be published in June. It records a 96,000-mile odyssey predicated on an idea, the legacy of which will last far longer than Mr Bull. From his home near Aboyne, Mr Bull said: "It has taken on its own life."

A decade ago, Mr Bull began with eight Aberdeens and after research compiled a list of 34, only two of which he has not visited. The Aberdeens of Guyana, in South America, and Sierra Leone, in Africa, remain out of bounds because of unrest and war.

In the United States alone, Mr Bull visited 12 Aberdeens and one in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The most remote Aberdeen is on the South Andaman island, 1,000 miles off the east coast of India, and founded by the Earl of Aberdeen in Victorias reign. The oldest, outside Scotland, is in New Jersey, founded in 1685.

One Aberdeen Mr Bull finds poignant is a suburb of Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital.

"It was named by a North-east skipper who was returning freed slaves to their home."

In Kentucky, Mr Bull met a man who asked him where he was from. "I said Aberdeen, and he replied, No, you dont, I know everyone, there.

"I said I was from Aberdeen, Scotland, and he said, Theres another Aberdeen?"

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June 3, 2004

There Were No Badgers At Helm's Deep

While perusing the latest in "badger entertainment", we came across this one.

Nin laughed so hard, she cried.

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May 28, 2004


Nin got off early, which means I don't have to sit here till quarter to seven! So, going home, freshening up, then going to have Japanese food with the maternal unit, the sibling, and the NinjaPiglet. Sake here I come! If I have enough, I may treat you all to tipsy blogging when I get home.

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May 26, 2004

LCA Seven

It's now open for registration. Great event that I can personally recommend :)

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May 21, 2004


Blogging will be light to nonexistent this weekend since my friend Roberta is flying in from Boston tonight. There will be much mirth, revelry, and painting the town red! Well, at least pink :)

Should I take pictures?

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May 20, 2004

Well Deserved

Found out via email yesterday that Nigel Bennett has been named artistic director of the Exodus Theater in Halifax. He's one of the nicest men I know, not to mention talented -- definitely a well deserved appointment. I'm very happy for him.

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Origins Of Man's Best Friend

This is just another one of those things, like my Scots gene post earlier, that I find fascinating. (yes, I'm beginning to sound like Mr. Spock)

Scientists have completed the first comprehensive comparison of the genes of domesticated dog breeds.

The analysis of 85 common typesincluding the Pekingese, Great Dane, Border collie, and dachshundfound fascinating clues about how dog breeds are related to one another, and how they may have descended from ancestral dogs in different parts of the globe. Those clues, in turn, could increase understanding about early human migration.


The distinction found between breeds is much higher than the distinction between human populations on different continents, Kruglyak said. The variation is large enough that an individual dog's breed can be distinguished using its genetic sequence alone, he added.


The results revealed that an unexpected and geographically diverse cluster of breedsincluding the Siberian husky, the Afghan hound, Africa's basenji, China's chow chow, Japan's akita, and Egypt's salukiare most closely related to dog's ancient wolflike ancestors. "Dogs from these breeds may be the best living representatives of the ancestral dog gene pool," the researchers wrote.

The finding may back up claims by some experts that dogs originated in Asia and migrated with nomadic humans both south to Africa and north to the Arctic.

The ability to link these diverse African and Asian breeds to a common ancestor reveals an interesting correlation with patterns of human movement, commented Melinda Zeder. Zeder is curator of Old World archaeology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and expert on animal domestication. "In this way, these modern breeds provide a map of human migration," she said.

Well worth reading all of it.

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Campaign Desk

Ahh, the joys of Site Meter. Perusing my referrers and I come across a link to the Columbia Journalism Review's "Campaign Desk". Turns out they linked to my post of yesterday with the letter from Iraq that was in the Pine Cone. That's pretty cool -- IMHO at least.

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May 18, 2004

Donations Accepted

Anyone want to send me away for a few weeks?

It wouldn't hurt my feelings, I swear!

(my dream trip)

(one day)

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May 17, 2004


It's Melissa's 21st birthday today, so go wish her a happy one!

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May 16, 2004

Travel Planning

The internet is a wonderful thing when you're planning a jaunt! I've spent a fruitful afternoon going over selections for July, when my mum and I go on our birthday weekend trip -- this time to Shasta, and for October when Nin and I go on vacation just prior to LCA. We're going to go to the Tucson area this time before heading to L.A. for the auction.

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May 9, 2004

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

Hollywood Rediscovers Grown-Ups

.... To woo the older audience, Jerry Pokorski, executive vice president and head film buyer for Pacific Theatres and the ArcLight Cinemas, is programming a slate of 60% mainstream movies and 40% "independent" films at the ArcLight and the Grove. And, starting this week, people will be able to watch movies, drink in hand, at the Grove's "over-21 auditorium" the first in the state licensed to serve hard liquor. No kids allowed.

"In the summer, it always seemed [the over-40s] were taking a vacation a huge disservice to the audience and a missed opportunity for the business," Pokorski said. "This is probably the first year we can say we've hit the adult audience as well."

The multiplex in Laughlin, NV is like this. My brother and I saw a movie there one vacation, and it was a nice change.

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May 8, 2004

Grand Slam Brunch

We decided to treat ourselves today and have a family brunch. Mum's making the biscuits and gravy, I'm making my cream scrambled eggs and cooking up the applewood smoked bacon I got last week from the smokehouse, add some mimosas and we're good to go. (not to mention pots of tea) (and my able assistant, Nin)


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May 5, 2004

Meetup Report

I finally got to go to a Meetup! I'm signed up for nearly a dozen, but there's never been enough people or one geographically close enough to attend. This one was the Townhall one, and seven people RSVPed, though only four showed up -- though it just may be we never found them at the venue. We had a good time, it was Swing Night at the venue, Blue Fin, so that was kewl. (Didn't get to play pool though.) I went with Carolyn and Nin tagged along as my guest. Once there we tried to keep an eye out for anyone that looked like a "Right Wing Nut", but we ended up finding Margaret because I was shamelessly eavesdropping. The other member that we finally hooked up with was a very nice gentlemen who is an economist and a libertarian. We all seemed to get along well enough that we'd like to meet again, so it was a very fruitful meetup.

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May 4, 2004

Look! A Pirate Post!

Yeah, its been awhile, but I had to share this link to a Pirate Fashion store. They have some very nifty stuff.

A hearty AVAST! to Kel for the link.

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May 2, 2004

Tonight's Dinner

Homemade guacamole, homemade salsa, chicken quesadillas, and Nin's speciality margaritas.


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May 1, 2004


So we met up with Peter last night, and went bar hopping in an effort to find someplace quiet enough to actually have a conversation. A good time was had by all (I think) and we got home in the wee hours of this morning.

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April 27, 2004

Dressing The Middle Ages

I may be officially middle aged, but I'm only 40 for Pete's sake! So it was nice to see that clothing makers are finally starting to cater women in my age group. When I was a teenager, we were poor, and I mostly wore nasty clothes (yellow elastic waisted polyester pants) from K Mart & Zellars that my grandmother bought me. In my twenties I had no money, or confidence, to wear anything stylish -- I was shy, baggy clothes girl. Long hair to hide behind, tunic tops to hide under. Somewhere in my mid thirties, I turned a new page, and now I want to make up for all those tunics and yellow polyester pants! I don't want to hide under baggy 'middle aged' clothes, I want to wear stylish attractive garb, but I don't want to look like a teenager. I want to look like me, for want of a better description. And it seems like I'll have an easier time accomplishing that feat very soon now.

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April 21, 2004

Happy Birthday

Rachel, if you're still out there, happy birthday!

Hope you have a wonderful year.

(her email address no longer works, I discovered)

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April 14, 2004

Grand Announcement

Henceforth, my readers shall be known as [insert drumroll] my following!

Doesn't that sound lovely?

Now your job is to go find me more followers.

(the whys and wherefores are here)

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Double Duh

I just realized I never did the post that I was going to on Cam's new job!

Well, I guess I just did.

Congratulations on your new venture, Cam. I'm sure you will be a huge success!

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April 10, 2004



Nin sent me this link, and we wants it, precious!! It's so pretty and gleaming and bright. Just think, we could blog anywhere, anytime. We could surf, we could play games!

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April 7, 2004

Thank You, One & All

I just want to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you who made Tartan Day so much fun! Thanks for joining in on my rather off the cuff idea and making it fly. I was totally overwhelmed by the response! One of the best things is I've discovered a bunch of great new blogs to read, and some new friends.

Thanks for your hospitality! Let's do it again next year :)

An Additional Note: Traves has created a "Gathering" blog roll for those that are interested.

Additional Note Two: I run an email list for discussion of all things Celtic. So if your appetite for such talk has only been whetted by Tartan Day, I invite you to check it out.

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April 6, 2004

Gathering Of The Blogs 2004

Welcome to Tartan Day 2004

Hark, when the night is falling
Hear, hear the pipes are calling
Loudly and proudly calling
Down through the Glen

There where the hills are sleeping
Now feel the blood a-leaping
High as the spirits of the old highland men.

The Bonnie Bloggers

Absinthe & Cookies
Ninjababe's Ramble
Jen Speaks
Frozen In Montreal
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love
Grim's Hall
Miss Apropos
Jackalope Pursuivant
Accidental Verbosity
Right Wingin-It
Drowning at 2 Feet Sea Level
Straight White Guy
Hard Times
Laughing Wolf
Da Goddess
Mudville Gazette
I Love Jet Noise

And because there's always room for a few more, here's the gang that turned up just before last call (better late than never!) - Live Blog
Swanky Conservative
Arguing With Signposts
G'day Mate
Sketches of Strain

And as the party carries on into the night, this wee lass is going to bed!

If I missed anyone, please trackback to this post, or leave a comment, and I'll add you upon the morrow!

Those That Came In With The Dawn
Physics Geek
A Collection Of Thoughts
Hugin and Munin
Flitting Here & There

Afternoon Tea
Ininite Monkeys
Fools Blog
Being American In T.O.

A Wee Dram Before Supper
Redsugar Muse
The Country Pundit
The Fall of Jericho
Aaron's Rantblog

Looking forward to reading everyone's Tartan Day posts!

Calling in gallant fame
Scotland my mountain hav'n
High may your proud standards
Gloriously wave

Land o' my high endeavor
Land o' the shining river
Land o' my heart forever
Scotland the brave

High in the misty highlands
Out by the purple islands
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies

Wild are the winds to meet you
(Such) are the friends that greet you
Kind as the light that shines
From fair maiden's eyes.

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April 4, 2004

B5 Guy On The Airwaves

Jerry Doyle has a talk show.

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April 3, 2004

Birthdays Galore

Everyone go wish Jay a happy birthday! And after that, head over to Kevin's and offer your congratulations on a new arrival.


It's Mickey's birthday as well. So go wish her a happy one.

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April 2, 2004

What The Tip Jar Is For

Anyone want to donate money towards my purchase of this?

We wants it, precious!

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March 27, 2004

Red Neck Woman

Heard -- and saw the video -- for the first time tonight on CMT: Gretchen Wilson's "Red Neck Woman". Awesome song!

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CMT, tonight, one hour from now, Keith Urban in concert at Daytona Beach.


He is fine, he is! And if you've ever seen his video for "Raining On Sunday", you know what I'm talking about.

(saw him in person when he was just starting out and he autographed his CD for me)

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March 26, 2004

Speaking Of The 80s

The radio station that brings, via me, the "80s Lunchtime Music Moment" is having an all 80s weekend. They do this every few months, and this weekend is the latest.

What song from the era is the one that takes you back?

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March 24, 2004

Lone Prairie Moment

I was reading Travel + Leisure magazine last night, and there was a little piece that called Fargo, "The Seattle of the Plains". I instantly thought of Julie, who should be getting money from ND Tourism for her untiring promotion of the state.

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March 20, 2004


Via Miller's Time....

You are a Dubliner.

What's your Inner European?
brought to you by Quizilla

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March 18, 2004

Campaign Song

What would be a good theme song for the Kerry campaign? Puff the Magic Dragon? Imagine?

Put your suggestions in the comments!

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March 16, 2004

Sitting On A Beach

Let's take a little breather and go on a lunch hour trip.

But in a place like Hana, you hardly need an activities desk. You'll find swimming nearby at a red-sand beach, a black-sand beach, and a salt-and-pepper one. Hana has more pools than you can count. One of themWaioka or the "Venus Pool"sits right next to the sea.

Then there are the waterfalls. My favorites were at Haleakala National Park at Oheo Gulch. Most people experience this park by driving through open fields to the eerily barren summit that Hawaiians call "the House of the Sun." But Oheo Gulch is the volcano's backside and its lush alter ego. Here, streams cascade along a natural staircase of two dozen waterfalls on their way from mountain to sea. I headed uphill on a two-mile trail that passed Makahiku Falls, then meandered along pastureland, under a tentacled banyan and through a tunnel of bamboo and ginger before ending up at the base of the 400-foot cliffs of Waimoku Falls. A fine mist made me forget my sweat.

Doesn't it look pretty?


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March 15, 2004

And There Was Brinching

We saw, we ate, we talked. And talked, and talked, and talked! What am I talking about? Why the BFL Brunch on Saturday, of course. First off, thanks to Jeff for the ride over. It was much appreciated! There was quite a group of us, and despite any rumours to the contrary, our group did not start a bar fight! Oh, you hadn't heard that rumour? Never mind then.

We (Nin and I)had a great time, and it was great to see Justene again, and to meet my blogchild, Breaker, along with Jeff, Juliette, Patterico, Michael, Little Miss Attila, BoiFromTroy, and Justin. And let's not forget the effervescent Maddy! What a fine young woman she is. Follow the links and you'll find reports and some pictures at Michael's.

Oh, did I mention there was champagne? It was in orange juice, and I'm sure that means it doesn't count. Just ask anyone! And is it proper for me to note that the BFL has some mighty fetching menfolk? Well, I just noted it, so deal. The upshot of all this is that we need to do it again.

Thanks for all the fun!

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March 4, 2004

Knowing Your Alphabet

See how well you know your movie letter learning.

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February 27, 2004

Awesome Possum!

Just found out that Josh Turner, an up and coming country artist with an amazing voice (not to mention, incredibly cute) is doing a concert here next week!


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February 15, 2004

Letting You Go

I love the new Priceline advert where they fire William Shatner and replace him with Leonard Nimoy. Cracks me up everytime.

Just saying.

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February 12, 2004


For the properly rigged out pirate bathroom, you have only to look here, and here.

A hearty "Avast!" to Ealasaid for the links.

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February 9, 2004

Some More Owners Guides

The Aragorn and Will Turner ones particularly tickled me.

And as an added bonus, I discovered that the FotR parody is up!

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February 8, 2004


Watching "Crossroads" on CMT, and this time around, it's Martina McBride and Pat Benatar. What a great mix their voices are!

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February 7, 2004

How's The World Treating You?

As I mentioned in my last post, I really like the Alison Krauss/James Taylor duet, "How's Life Treating You?". So I went over to Amazon to take a look at the CD and found thta you can download the entire song right now! so if you haven't heard it, now's your chance!

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January 30, 2004

Orkney Snow

Some wonderful pics here and here of snow covered Orkney.

Really want to go back there some day.

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January 23, 2004

It's Good Being Evil

So right now, Nin hates me. She even was thinking the "B" word (Brabara Streisand) at me!!


Because I told her, while we were discussing Quidditch, that the "Golden Snitch" always maske me think "Lilo & Stitich". Then I added that, wouldn't it make a great crossover if it turned out Lilo was a witch and went to Hogwarts? Bringing Stitch with her as her "pet", of course. And that Cobra Bubbles was a wizard? (I mean, what a perfect Wizarding name!) And of course, Lilo would be sorted into Slytherin, just to make Snape's life hell.

So now she's feeling compelled to write the story, and she hates me for it.


Update: she informs me she's written 4 pages so far, and that she still hates me.

Call for Aid!: Nin thinks she can weasel out of posting the story because she doesn't have a last name for Lilo. I know one of you can reccomend a suitable last name for her!

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December 11, 2003

Love Actually

Behold, the 10 sec. movie review!

This is a great holiday movie! It's by turns laugh out loud funny, and dab your eyes weepy, and by the end, you come out of the theater in a pretty good mood. Excellent cast, not every story has a happy ending, and much to relate to -- for me at least. Your mileage may vary. Definitely going to be a DVD purchase when it comes out. It also reminded me of my wanting to be in London over the holidays one day. Go, enjoy, it's Christmas after all!

Update: This is for Jay actually :) Jay, your gal, Keira is radiant in this movie. Dang, she's pretty!

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December 9, 2003

True Love

For the GWB fan on your Christmas list.

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November 25, 2003

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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November 18, 2003


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

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November 14, 2003

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!

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November 4, 2003


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.

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October 30, 2003

Let's Go Shopping!

So the GDP is up 7.3% -- the best numbers in 19 years. I heard on the radio that 19 years ago was the second year of the Reagan tax cuts. Fascinating, no?

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October 21, 2003

Getting The Boot

I wants these boots, precious!


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October 19, 2003


From my latest PEI newsletter:

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg (beaten)
2/3 cup mashed pumpkin
1/3 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pecan halves

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cream first three ingredients together. Add next three ingredients and blend well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. beat dry ingredients into moist mixture. Fold in pecans. Fill well greased muffin tins 3/4 full. bake about 25 minutes or until firm.

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October 8, 2003

Just A Nice Story

Special-Ed Student Voted Homecoming King

The ranks of homecoming kings have classically be filled by jocks or student government officers, but the students at a Tempe high school decided to go a different route this year.

Marcos de Niza High School's landslide winner for homecoming king was a 21-year-old student with Down syndrome.

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October 4, 2003

Kirk versus Picard

Check it out!

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September 26, 2003


Just checked in one last time before bed and the counter just hit 34,000. Someone doing a Google search for Absinthe :)

But Jay was 33,999, so he gets the (non existant) prize!

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September 25, 2003


Long-Gone Microchipped Cat Finds Owner

SAN CARLOS, Calif. - Call it Ted's excellent adventure, with a high-tech twist: A cat with an ID microchip implanted under his skin was returned to his owner 10 years after he jumped out a window and vanished.

Chris Inglis' sleek, black feline, Ted, was fitted with the chip back when the technology was still new in the early 1990s. But he was gone without a trace for a full decade before someone found him this week.

Ted named for Keanu Reeves' character in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" was brought to the Peninsula Humane Society's animal shelter, which tracked down Inglis despite outdated information on the chip. The cat was found about 13 miles south of where Inglis used to live in Burlingame.

When the pair reunited Wednesday, the cat "rubbed his face on my hand, climbed right up and started purring," Inglis said. "It's pretty monumental. It's almost surreal."

Where Ted spent all those years remains a mystery, but it appeared someone had been taking care of him.

Inglis remembers that one of the things he and Ted liked to do was cruise around in his car. On their way home from the shelter, Inglis said Ted "put his front paws on the dashboard," just like in the old days.

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September 19, 2003

Avast! Ahoy! ARRRR!

Don't forget that today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day"! I know I posted a link to the website here a few months back, but I can't find it now.

I'm expecting the Pres to make a speech in pirate talk, something along the lines of keelhauling Saddam and using his gizzards for garters!

Speaking of pirates, anyone else see the Survivor premiere last night? One of the best first eps of that series I've seen.

Duh! Update: it's here. The link that is.

Update! Michele has a post with some links to honour the day.

Frank has some Fun Facts About Pirates that you should go read. Why? Because Frank wrote it, of course!

Via Frank, the "ergonomic pirate keyboard".

(if you have a Pirate Day post, let me know and I'll add it here.)

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September 18, 2003

The Other Half

Here's an interesting article on how the other half (the rich one) gets to do Disney World. Not that I'll ever get to experience the Disney Yacht! However, if any millionaires out there would like to sponser a research trip to DWorld, I'm all over it!

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September 7, 2003


This afternoon was Internet and media free. I did not see the President's speech. Instead I cooked. I tried to reproduce a salad that the Breakerwife and I had at Cafe Sbisa in New Orleans. If you get there, then have the Cafe Sbisa courtbouillion - a bouillabaise cajun style.

The salad that I made overpowered the main dish because - due to home cooking timing - I served both together.

For the main course, I grilled top sirloin marinated in olive oil, vinegar and herbs and cajun corn - corn on the cob, grilled in the husk with a spicy butter spread inside - outstanding.

On Sundays, it's my day to grill for the Breakerfamily. The best grilling book around is the Webber Big Book of Grilling. I shamelessly hawk it.

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September 6, 2003

Neat-O Keen

I, The Editor, have just installed a neat-o keen new feature on my magazine. (The proprietress of this blog gave me permission to mention my magazine. So there.)

It's a for-real interactive cryptogram. We paid good magazine-funds for this program, so you are required to go and play with it to make it worth the investment.

Just go to the front page of The Tocquevillian and click on the cryptogram link under the news headlines. First one to solve the cryptogram and post the answer here (without using the cheat button) wins my hearty approval and undying devotion.

While you're there, and if you haven't been there recently, check out the op-ed by my Close Personal Friend, Mr. Charlie Daniels. Charlie and me, we go way back - at least two weeks. We're like that.

And if you're into fishing for bottom-feeders, feast on the little piece near the bottom of the left-hand "op-ed" column, called "Editorial Duo Decimate Bottom-Feeders." It's a true story.

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September 1, 2003

For The Ultimate LotR FAN

Buy your own Barrow! You too could have the ultimate Hobbit Party with your very own barrow!


" The barrow was built some 4-5000 years ago, at about the same time as the first pyramids in Egypt. Roughly circular in shape, it consists of a double ring of stones enclosing an elevated area about 1 metre above ground level. Some of the larger stones are up to 2 metres (6ft) wide and 1.22 meters (4ft) high, with a further metre underground. Over the millennia some of these stones have fallen or are missing but many remain in situ clearly showing sections of the original wall.

It is one of the largest prehistoric barrows in Cornwall (with a diameter of approx 11.31 metres, 37 feet). There are also two pits in the central mound, believed to be possible entrances to below."

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August 29, 2003


Ancient stone circle discovered

This is very kewl! The circle was discovered right near the Callanish circle on the Isle of Lewis. I've actually been there -- in November -- and when I was at Callanish, for the first 15 minutes or so, my brother and I were the only two people there. The sun would peek out from between the storm clouds every now and then, hitting the stones and bringing out the pink colour and striking the crystals in the rock and making them almost glitter. All you could hear was the wind. I looked away from the car park and shop, out towards the loch, and you could almost forget you were in the 20th century. There was no sing of civilization from that vantage point. It was an amazing experience. Then a bus pulled up, and spell was broken. But I still hold that memory close.

This picture isn't the greatest. My boss scanned it for me back in 1997, but it gives you a bit of an idea.


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August 26, 2003

A Visual Aid

I may never have to explain the whole "milk goes first" thing ever again!

A hearty avast to Ambient Irony for the link!

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Remember I told you about that singles conservative club in the Bay Area Nin and I joined? Well, I got an email with this link to a comic Chris Muir of Day By Day did for the group.


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August 25, 2003

Nifty Archeology Bit

7,000-Year-Old Clay Found in Germany

An ancient clay figure of the lower half of a male body believed to date back to the Stone Age has been discovered in eastern Germany, archeologists said Thursday.

Workers digging on Monday for a new gas pipeline outside of Dresden came across the figure, which measures eight centimeters (three inches), said Judith Oexle, an archaeologist for the state of Saxony.

The figure, which details a male body from the waist to the calves, is the first such representation of a man to be found in the area, believed to date from 5,000 B.C., Oexle said. Previous finds have been representations of women.

"We believe that the entire figure originally measured 25 centimeters (10 inches) long," Oexle told reporters in Dresden Thursday, adding she believed it symbolized fertility and was created by farmers who settled middle Europe during the Stone Age.

Posted by Ith at 5:37 PM | Comments (1)

August 23, 2003


The ladies at LCA have scored the big (on screen I better add!) kahuna of 24 to the LCA guest roster! Way to go!

I'm still bummed I can't go this year [sniff]

Posted by Ith at 12:22 PM

August 13, 2003

More Aurora

Related to the comments I made over at Michele's in this post, here's where my mum is from: Smithers, B.C.

Pretty, isn't it?


And here's a pic from the Smither's Aurora information page.


Posted by Ith at 6:32 PM | Comments (1)

A Must Attend Meeting!

The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference

Like most Nigerians, you're probably finding that it's increasingly difficult to earn a decent living from email. That's why you need to attend the 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference.

"This conference is an investment in your future. Learn to take advantage of modern technology, and make a great deal of money with very little effort. If you have any question, please contact me and I will send you a proposal that may be of interest to you. I await your response by return while assuring you that the transaction is absolutely risk free."

- Dr. Collins Mbadiwe

Posted by Ith at 7:59 AM | Comments (2)

August 12, 2003

Works For Me

Finally took this quiz!

Now, I have to admit I'd rather have Aragorn than be him, but I can deal.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Posted by Ith at 12:41 PM | Comments (4)


In the comments of this post, Paul wanted to know what FOOTCL meant. So I thought this would make a fine competition! The winner -- which will either be a correct guess, or barring that, the most amusing guess -- will be designated the next recipient of the coveted "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence"!!

UPDATE! Well, Graham made that the shortest contest ever! So I've decided that there will be two prizes. One for the correct guess, and the other for the funniest. So put your funny caps on!

Posted by Ith at 7:39 AM | Comments (3)


Thanks to Margi for the link to this!

Click if you dare, fool!

Posted by Ith at 7:25 AM

August 11, 2003

LCA Update!

They've added all sorts of kewl new items to this year's auction over at MPICA.

Posted by Ith at 7:48 AM

August 10, 2003

Height Of Fashion

Check out a "Viking Fashion Show"


Posted by Ith at 4:36 PM


The 3,600-year-old bronze Nebra disc is considered the oldest-known image of the cosmos.

.... On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a "milestone in archaeological research" as details of the find were made public. State archaeologist Harald Meller said the site, which is believed to be a monument of ancient cult worship, provided the first insights into the spiritual and religious world of Europes earliest farmers. Francois Bertemes of the university of Halle-Wittenberg estimated the site to be around 7,000 years old. He described its significance as "one of the oldest holy sites" discovered in Central Europe.

Through carbon dating of two arrow heads and animal bones found within the sites circular compounds, archaeologists have been able to determine the date of the sites origins. They say that with all likelihood it can be traced back to the period between 5000 and 4800 B.C. If that is the case, it would make the Goseck site the oldest-dated astronomical observatory in Europe.

Posted by Ith at 4:26 PM

Forever Amber

Presented merely because I love this sort of thing.

Prehistoric spider web strand found

Posted by Ith at 4:22 PM

July 30, 2003

RotK Trailer Is Here!!

From an email: brings you this exclusive first look at THE RETURN OF THE
! This file was sent to us by person or persons unknown, it shows 1:35
minutes in GLORIOUS quicktime a TON of shots from ROTK. Sam and Frodo in
Moria, Pippin and Merry, Gandalf at Minas Tirith, fell beats, Plennor
Fields, Orcs and Men fighting, Aragorn and MORE! !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

Update: It's gone :( New Line asked them to pull it, and I never even got to see it!

UPDATE!! A little bird emailed me and said you can find it here.

Posted by Ith at 7:31 AM | Comments (3)

July 29, 2003

Firefly Movie?

From this website:

According to a news article published on SCIFI.COM, Joss Whedon is close to a deal to write and direct a big screen version of 'Firefly.'

"What's happening with that is that I'm writing a script. And I have some interest. But I won't know really until I finish a draft whether or not it's genuine," said Whedon. "We have a pretty decent shot. It's not a crased pipe dream."

For the movie to happen, though, depends on whether the original cast from the series can get back together for another outing on the Serenity. "Well, I can't just keep putting them on [The WB's] Angel," Whedon joked. "So I have to make a Firefly movie so I can hang out with them more. Yes, the deal is contingent upon the cast. I couldn't go so far as to jinx [the deal] and say it's in the bag. It's not. I still have to write it really well [groans]. But there's no pressure."

Posted by Ith at 6:30 PM

July 28, 2003


Apparently, A&C is number 25 out of 50 on Technorati's Top 50 Interesting Newcomers. After nearly two years, I'm not sure if I qualify as a newcomer, but heck, I'll take all the accolades I can get!

Posted by Ith at 7:48 PM | Comments (4)

July 24, 2003

Your Bit Of Pirate For The Day


But why is the rum gone??

Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM | Comments (4)

July 18, 2003

Hot! Fresh! New!!

Welcome to the brand new "Absinthe & Cookies"!

Thanks to all of you who put up with my mutterings over changing the name and the look. I appreciate each and every one of you :)

For those that don't know, Gaggle started out as a group blog of 5 people a year and a half ago. But as time went on, people dropped out. That left, well, me! So it seemed that I should change the name to better reflect the new reality.

I'll be doing the majority of the blogging, but you can expect occasional visits from Ninjababe, and posts from the roster of guest bloggers.

Thanks for reading and your continued support!

Posted by Ith at 11:51 PM | Comments (13)

July 15, 2003


Thanks to the kind soul who donated through the Amazon Honour System! Amazon doesn't tell you who gave money, so that's why I'm thanking you here instead of sending a personal note :) If you'd like me to know who you are, drop me an email!

It was our first ever donation, so it's extra cool!

Posted by Ith at 7:42 AM

July 12, 2003

We Have A Winner!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl is awesome!! Big thumbs up, A++! Going to go see it again! Arghhh & avast! Yo ho yo ho, a pirates life for me!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen could have been a rental. I give it a C+.

Posted by Ith at 10:09 PM

July 2, 2003

Site Of The Day

Despair, Inc.

Be sure to check out the Frownies, Customer Disservice, & the Company.

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM

July 1, 2003

In Case You Were Wondering...

Kenny Chesney's album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" rocks!! Other than the "dumb, young" song, I like the whole thing. Especially the title track. I could listen to that one over and over...oh, wait, I do! The video for it is terrific as well!

Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM

June 28, 2003

Bird Watching

I've read some of Steve's hilarious replies to those Nigerian scam letter people, and now I find a whole website devoted to the same thing.

"Adventures with Birds" had me ROTFL.

(link via the Corner)

Posted by Ith at 12:07 PM | Comments (1)

June 22, 2003

Hee hee!

Found this while browsing the 'net:

The Deck of Weasels

You've probably seen it, but had to share...

Posted by Ninjababe at 2:49 PM

June 21, 2003

Back In Business

The little lemonade girl is back in business.

It was only nine days ago that Avigayil was known to passers-by as the cute girl who sells plastic cups of lemonade for 50 cents in front of her Old Naples house. Today, she's known as the Naples lemonade gal who has the whole country rooting for her and her ambitious little lemonade stand.

It turns out not many folks knew someone needs a city permit to operate a lemonade stand. Even Naples Mayor Bonnie MacKenzie bought lemonade from the small setup before Avigayil was forced to close it.

"I've been a customer of hers more than once," MacKenzie said. "That means I've aided and abetted. You know what, I'm not one bit sorry. It's good lemonade."

On June 13, Naples police responded to a complaint from an anonymous neighbor who grumbled about the permit-less lemonade stand on the corner of Sixth Street and 11th Avenue South.

Although the Naples police officer who answered the call was only doing his job, he felt so bad he bought a cup of lemonade. City officials shook their heads in shame. So they waived the permit fee, which was $35.

After a temporary shutdown, the city allowed the business entrepreneur to reopen.

Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM | Comments (3)

June 18, 2003

Condi versus Hillary

Condi in 2008!

The line starts here :)

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (1)

June 4, 2003


We're nearing the 20,000 mark! Well, we probably already technically passed it since I only started using SiteMeter in Oct of 2002, and started the blog in Jan. of 2002, but who cares, right? Any excuse for a party!

Posted by Ith at 7:22 AM | Comments (4)

June 2, 2003

It Occurs To Me...

that since Nin and I are going to Tulsa next week, we should be able to catch Cam's show when we're in OK City!

Posted by Ith at 5:35 PM | Comments (5)

June 1, 2003

Figuring It Out

A few things got figured out last night. Never underestimate the power of tequila! What did we figure out? Well, Jen came down from Fremont, and we all went out to dinner to a new Mexican place on the wharf. A coworker told me it was on the business wharf, so we walked all the way down to as far as where the fish packing places are -- no restaurant! So we walk all the way back, and the over to the tourist wharf, and find the place. We sat by the window, got to see the sun set, watched the harbour seals play in the water. It was nice.

We got home around 10pm to an email from Jay telling us there was a Gaggle chat happening. (Ummm, there is?) So I get on AIM, no one is around, but like magic [insert Tinkerbell sound] people start appearing! At some point we began talking about our vacation, which was off, but now is on again. (Nin and I are driving to Tulsa) This is where we get to the "figuring out" thing -- Paul, of Frozen in Montreal (a great blog, that if you haven't visited, you should), is going to fill in for me while I'm away. It'll give him a chance to turn this blog into North Korea posting all the time, and to leave many gratuitous links to his blog! I'm really grateful to him for doing this, so three cheers for Paul! So, starting on Friday, Paul, along with our wonderful "Guest Guy" bloggers, will be turning this into a "Gaggle of Guys" for a week. They've promised not to overdo the remodeling, and are going to put in a hot tub! Nin and I will make guest appearances as internet access permits with scintillating trip reports! Be ready to read posts on Nin's patented rest stop grading system, and other thrills from the road!

All this and more will be coming to you Friday, so stay tuned!!

Posted by Ith at 1:02 PM | Comments (2)

May 30, 2003

Bush Tax Cuts

President Bush has done brilliant work here. As several pundits have said, noone's going to be able to say, "I want to raise your taxes by not renewing this bill!" and survive.

Every time you think POTUS has done about as much as he can, that he can't accomplish much more except resting on his laurels until 2004 campaign, he pulls something new out of his hat.

Like the AIDS bill. The AIDS bill that he can then take to the G8 summit and say, 'See? We're willing to do this much. Can you not give in proportion? Where is your compassion? Where is your honor? Frenchie, you don't have to answer that.'

For a slightly different speech from me, look at Right We Are!, okay?

Posted by at 7:23 PM

May 15, 2003

Here Writes Visigodred...

the guest blogger for May...

First, to clear the basic questions up...

Who am I? I'm an SF geek in his 30s, formerly from the province of Newfoundland, now in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Why the pseudonym? Working in a government job requires avoiding public statements, even when you're so far down the totem pole that its obvious your opinion isn't policy. The veneer of a pseudonym makes it most obvious that these opinions are personal only, which IMO suffices, though I won't comment on anything I learn exclusively via work.

Why Visigodred? I wanted a name that wasn't in use, and Visigodred is a secondary wizard from a series of novels. Bonus points for spotting the reference, since Google won't help you.

Why blog? The ratio of resident Newf bloggers to expatriate Newf bloggers was getting too high. Next thing you knew, people would start thinking there was actually an economy there to keep people at home *grin*.

Why here? There was a guest blogger spot open, and the fit seemed possible. The general mood, with other SF fans, and with a relaxed non-hit and non-link obsessed attitude, all seems interesting. Besides, as a guest blogger, if we find it doesn't work, we're out little.

What are my politics? In a word, complicated. It's somewhat similar to the quiver of arrows theory advanced by Roger Simon here. If an idea is good, then I don't care if it comes from an otherwise bankrupt ideology or from someone I otherwise disagree with intensely. I'm more than willing to try and cherry-pick the best of a dozen ideologies or a hundred thinkers rather than try to rely on one ideology for all problems.

That being said, I tend to favour solutions that advance individual liberty and personal freedoms; that generally expect people to be (and act like) competent responsible adults; and that treat people as individuals as opposed to merely fractions of a group. I'm also inclined towards judging things based on what is, and what has gone before, and not some future model of what the ideal world might be. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important to have purists to point the way to ideals... but if you judge anyone against the ideal, you will find them wanting.

Posted by at 6:32 PM | Comments (2)

Guest Guy Blogger For May

Since Paul, our designated male blogger here at Gaggle, has been on a sabbatical, I decided, rather by accident, to add a guest blogger to our roster. Everyone say "hi" to Visigodred, because he's our victim... errrr... welcome guest! This is new for all parties involved, so we have no idea how this will work. (great, I'm sure!)

So here we go!

Posted by Ith at 6:28 PM | Comments (1)

I Have The Answer!

On Drudge, there's a blurb about Georgie Porgie Stephanopoulos, and his low ratings:

Former White House adviser turned network host George Stephanopoulos pulled the lowest ratings in the history of ABC's THIS WEEK on Sunday, barely attracting 2 million viewers, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned...

Right below that is this:


Well, worry no more, folks! I have the solution to all ABC's problems: replace George with the delightfully snarky -- and fine looking -- Simon Cowell! Can you imagine Simon grilling the guests and brutally critiquing their performance? For that, I'd tune in ABC!

a little pic for the ladies (he sprawls so nicely)

Just remember, you heard it here first!

A little lighthearted lunchtime posting.

Posted by Ith at 12:14 PM | Comments (6)

May 10, 2003


We had fun last night! Maripat dropped by and told us stories about her rats drinking her coffee. Maripat also wanted an Elvish name like the rest of us, so I created one for her: Thaurnaaar. You don't want to know! We got to meet Gennie as well, and she showed off her blog to the room. Melissa and Jay were there too, and we had quite a chat going. But the East coasters had to get to bed, so that left me and Nin. Just as we were abut to shut down, Paul appeared. He finally put a pic up of himself on his blog, so go take a look. (permalinks are fried, so scroll down) And last, but not least, we met Dave. He found us via IMAO comments and he doesn't have a blog, but we had a great time talking about online and computer gaming.

Hopefully we'll do it again sometime!

Posted by Ith at 12:39 PM | Comments (2)

May 8, 2003

A Bit Of Humour

This was a humour forward on an email list I'm on:

The Newfies take on Sadaam

Sadamm was sitting in his cave wondering which country to invade next,
when his telephone rang. "Hallo, Mr. Hussein" a heavily accented voice
said. "This is Archie, down 'ere at the Harp Seal Pub in Badger's Cove,
Newfoundland, Canada eh? I am callin' to tells ya dat we are officially
declaring war on you eh!" "Well Archie,"

Sadaam replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"

"Right now," said Archie, after a moments calculation "there is myself,
me cousin Harold, me nex door neighbor Mick, and the whole dart team from
the pub. That makes eight!"

Sadaam paused. "I must tell you Archie, that I have one million men in
my army waiting to move on my command."

"Holy jeez," said Archie. "I'll have ta call ya back!"

Sure enough, the next day, Archie called again. "Mr. Hussein, the war is
still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!"

"And what equipment would that be Archie?", Sadaam asked.

"Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Harry's farm tractor."

Sadaam sighed. "I must tell you Archie, that I have 16,000 tanks and
14,000 armoured personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one
and a half million since we last spoke."

"Lard T'underin' Jaysus, bye", said Archie, "I'll be getting back to

Sure enough, Archie rang again the next day. "Mr. Hussein, the war is
still on! We have managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified
Harrigan's ultra_light wit a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four
byes from the Legion have joined us as well!"

Sadaam was silent for a minute then cleared his throat. "I must tell you
Archie that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes. My military
complex is surrounded by laser_guided, surface_to_air missile sites. And
since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"

"Jeysus, Mary and Joseph," said Archie, "I'll have ta call youse back."

Sure enough, Archie called again the next day. "Mr. Hussein! I am sorry
to have to tell you dat we have had to call off dis 'ere war."

"I'm sorry to hear that" said Sadaam. "Why the sudden change of heart?"

"Well, sir," said Archie, "we've all sat ourselves down and had a long
chat over a bunch of pints, and come to realize dat dere's no way we can
feed two million prisoners."

Posted by Ith at 5:14 PM

May 3, 2003


I was over at RWA about an hour ago, and commented on Maripat's post about how cool it was to be on John Hawkin's vacation blog list, and how I remembered us being on that list on his last vacation. Well, duh! I guess I should have checked the list first, because he's very kindly added us again.

Thank you! We really do appreciate it.

Posted by Ith at 1:35 PM | Comments (4)

May 2, 2003

Friday Fun

If you liked "Elf Bowling" (and if you didn't, shame on you!!), you'll love "French Toast"!

Posted by Ith at 3:23 PM

May 1, 2003

All The World's A Blog

Very Kewl!

I found this over on Road Sassy (Which is an awesome blog by the way. It's a feast for the eyes.)

It's like... I don't know what it's like! It's called "The World As A Blog" and real time blog snippets appear and disappear off the page from all over the world. I don't know enough code type stuff to sign myself up with it, but it's fun watching!

Posted by Ith at 5:12 PM

April 29, 2003

April 18, 2003

There Will Be Shock, There Will Be Awe

Nin and I are heading to Disneyland tomorrow one last time before our passes run out and to check out the new Winnie the Pooh ride. So, while we're gone, the inimitable Rachel Lucas, Mistress of Shock & Awe, will be overseeing Coalition forces here on Gaggle. Everyone be good and Rachel won't hurt you! (much) [g]

Thanks, Rachel! You're the best.

Posted by Ith at 5:19 PM | Comments (2)

April 14, 2003

Get Down With Our Bad Selves

My friend Jen has dubbed me, her, and a few of our gal friends as "Pacifist-eating Bitches". I told her it sounded like a good name for a band! And I like it!

I can think of a few other women who deserve such a title too. Maybe I should make a banner/button thingie....

Must think!

Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM | Comments (2)

April 6, 2003

A Little Humour

This was forwarded to me in email:

This was allegedly posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas Website by an employee there who obviously has a sense of humour. The company, of course, does not have a sense of humour, and made the web department take it down immediately (for once, the 'IMPORTANT' note at the end is worth a read too)

Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. In order to protect your new investment, please take a few moments to fill out the warranty registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not required, but the information will help us to develop new products that best meet your needs and desires.

(it's quite a long one, so you'll find the rest after you click "more")

1. [_] Mr. [_] Mrs. [_] Miss [_] Lt. [_] Gen. [_] Comrade [_] Classified [_] Other First Name: ................................................... Initial:........ Last Name ................................................... Password: .............................. (max. 8 char) Code Name: .................................................... Latitude-Longitude-Altitude: ........... ...........

2. Which model of aircraft did you purchase?
[_] F-14 Tomcat
[_] F-15 Eagle
[_] F-16 Falcon
[_] F-117A Stealth
[_] Classified

3. Date of purchase (Year/Month/Day): 20....... /....... /......

4. Serial Number:...............................................

5. Please indicate where this product was purchased:
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[_] Catalogue / showroom
[_] Independent arms broker
[_] Mail order
[_] Discount store
[_] Government surplus
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6. Please indicate how you became aware of the McDonnell Douglas
product you have just purchased:
[_] Heard loud noise, looked up
[_] Store display
[_] Espionage
[_] Recommended by friend / relative / ally
[_] Political lobbying by manufacturer
[_] Was attacked by one

7. Please indicate the three (3) factors that most influenced your
decision to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product:
[_] Style / appearance
[_] Speed / manoeuvrability
[_] Price / value
[_] Comfort / convenience
[_] Kickback / bribe
[_] Recommended by salesperson
[_] McDonnell Douglas reputation
[_] Advanced Weapons Systems
[_] Backroom politics
[_] Negative experience opposing one in combat

8. Please indicate the location(s) where this product will be used:
[_] North America
[_] Iraq
[_] Iraq
[_] Aircraft carrier
[_] Iraq
[_] Europe
[_] Iraq
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[_] Iraq
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9. Please indicate the products that you currently own or intend to
purchase in the near future:
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[_] ICBM
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all that apply:)
[_] Communist / Socialist
[_] Terrorist
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11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product?
[_] Deficit spending
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12. Your occupation:
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interests and activities in which you and your spouse enjoy
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[_] Mutually Assured Destruction

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your answers will be used in market studies that will help McDonnell Douglas serve you better in the future - as well as allowing you to receive mailings and special offers from other companies, governments, extremist groups, and mysterious consortia. As a bonus for responding to this survey, you will be registered to win a brand new F-117A in our Desert Thunder Sweepstakes!

Comments or suggestions about our fighter planes? Please write to: McDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION Marketing Department Military, Aerospace Division

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No animals were harmed in the transmission of this email, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you. Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft. However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this email in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites, whisk and place in a warm oven for 40 minutes.

Posted by Ith at 6:10 PM | Comments (1)

March 31, 2003

Check This Out

Keeping The Home Fires Burning

Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM

March 27, 2003

A Huge THANK YOU To The Hackers--

whom were gracious enough to put the US flag on the Al Jazeera site. *g*

A big, huge, glompy tackle hug to you all! *g*

Kel, who really didn't have anything to do with that

Posted by at 5:43 PM

March 25, 2003

How Cool Is This?

Golly gee whiz! The tv station is hosed up over in Iraq. Can't imagine why that is. I find it amusing.

I find it amusing that the Al Jazeehra sites are hosed up. (A big thank you and huge glomps to the hackers who took care of that--I don't care if you're legit or not! *G*)

It's utterly amazing and awesome that the Seals are having Flippers assis them in their duties! How nifty is that! Pretty much so, I think!

Happy Tuesday evening!


Posted by at 7:35 PM

More For Your Reading Pleasure This Fine Morning

From, I read that the so called Syrian bus hit Monday by a US missile that killed five people JUST HAPPENED TO BE toting Palestinian volunteers to Baghdad. Aw damn. And just what the frap does everyone think that these volunteers were gonna be doing? Looking for us to come in there and help them? I think not. They were going to help KILL our troops! Doesn't that suck? No--cuz they're dead.

A missile thingy shot from a helicopter is a beautiful thing.

Kel, keeping a candle lit each day until everyone comes home

Posted by at 8:02 AM | Comments (2)

March 22, 2003

Just Had To Share This!


I know, I said I wouldn't post anymore links cuz I suck at posting them, but this is just awesome! *g*


Update: Fixed link - even on vacation! - Nin
Posted by at 2:16 PM

March 14, 2003

Squish Osama

Carolyn passed this link on to me. Nice, violent fun for a Friday.

Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM | Comments (2)

March 8, 2003

This Is Us

If you've had the burning desire to see pics of some of the bloggers here, you can check out my personal journal, where you'll see pics of me and Ninjababe.

Posted by Ith at 2:33 PM

February 24, 2003

Knock Me Over With A Feather!

I took a quick glance at Site Meter, and was astounded to see so much traffic so early in the morning. I then find out Right Wing News has us listed as "Site of the Day". Wow! I'm flattered and on behalf of all of us here, thank you! And welcome to all the visitors we're getting today. I appreciate you stopping by.

Now, I need to get to work!

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM

February 14, 2003

Banner Day!

First, the link from Right Wing News and then a very special Valentine from RWT! As I said over on my web journal, I got a Valentine from a married man!

Thanks, Gary!

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


Thanks to John Hawkins of Right Wing News for putting Gaggle on his vacation blog list. I'm totally blown away by it -- and all the traffic. Wow! So this is how the other half lives! When I told a coworker about it, I said if I weren't already sitting down, I'd have to.

Thanks so much!

Posted by Ith at 7:54 AM

February 4, 2003


A follow up on my post from last week on the SALTS program. I sent a bunch of emails, and I've gotten quite a few replies. Some just wanting to thank me, and others looking for pen pals. And on a related note, we sent out a big envelope of Valentines cards to the troops. I'm hoping they'll get where they're going!

Posted by Ith at 12:40 PM