August 27, 2007

I Forgot!!

[sounds of smacking forehead]

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

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

A must watch!

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July 20, 2007

Uncle Sam Needs You... To Keep Your Mouth Shut

Awesome idea here. The DNC "Kill the John Doe Bill" Poster Campaign.

I don't have a poster though, just the slogan. Maybe when I get home tonight!

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June 7, 2007

She's Back!

I had no idea Rachel had started blogging again!! I'm thrilled to pieces! Best news I've had all day. I've missed her, and every morning I'd open the cupboard to see her smiling face on her mug and wonder what the heck happened to her. But she's back now! Wheee!

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June 2, 2007

Crossing My Fingers

Yes, I know the comments have been pretty much broken for a lot of you for awhile. and it's been hard for me to balance spam against letting people comment at will. I think I've managed to get a bit of a working compromise. I won't know for a dew days, of course, till I actually have comments to judge.

What I think it's going to now is: if you're registered with Typekey, MT sees you as a 'trusted commenter' (It's a bummer I can't decide who is trusted myself, but I can't) and will publish for comment. If you comment and aren't logged into Typekey, your comment will be held in moderation till I can approve it.

Let's see if this works, okay? So please, if you would leave comments, both signed into Typekey and not, and see how it all works. Thanks.

And thanks so much for all your patience! I know it's been frustrating.

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May 24, 2007

Don't Eat & Read.

This made me choke on my pizza:

Mark Steyn screaming from my nether regions...

You want context? Well, here you go then.

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Watch Out, World...

... CrankyBeach hath been given permission to cross-post here at Ith's place.

(I did promise there would be no lizard soap operas over here, so if you enjoy that sort of thing, you'll have to go to my place.)

For your consideration and perusal, here is my most recent political rant. Such as it was. Enjoy. :)

For Once, I Had The Camera Handy...

... and without a picture, this bumper sticker can't be done descriptive justice.

How can you coexist with people who would just as soon chop off your head as look at you, because you're an infidel?

How about we start demanding that others coexist with US? How about for once the onus is on somebody besides us?

I am just so bloody sick and tired of always being told that I have to understand and respect and accommodate other people's beliefs and feelings. Nobody ever suggests that perhaps they (whoever "they" are in any instance) could meet me halfway.

Reminds me of my ex-husbands somehow.

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May 23, 2007

Help Wanted

I'm thinking I need a co-blogger here at A&C. Despite my best efforts, I only seem to post a few days a week. That might change in the future, but right now, I seem to be in a funk. If you think you and I might be a good fit, please drop me an email with your particulars.

edithna AT

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April 30, 2007

Thank You!

Many thanks to my lovely guest bloggers for keeping the lights on while I was away!

Thank you, ladies!

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Just In Time...

... Ith invited me to help guest-blog during her absence. I discovered too late that my user ID had vanished, probably during the upgrade.

And here I had such brilliance lined up to unleash on Ith's unsuspecting readership. Heh.

Now that Ith's back, I have my user ID and password back. So I'm just in time to welcome back our fearless blogmistress. Hope you had a great time out there, girlfriend. :)

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April 20, 2007

Ready For Company?

I'm going on vacation, and while I'm gone, A&C will be graced with several lovely guest bloggers.

Thanks, ladies!

See you in a week.

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February 12, 2007

Happy Anniversary To Me

Missed it with all the blog problems I was having -- my fifth blogiversary! A month late, but there you go.

[passes around champagne]

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February 5, 2007

Just Because Most Kids Believe In Santa...

doesn't make him real.

Go read CTG's most excellent post on the 'global warming' hype.

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January 31, 2007

Help Me Out If You Would

I'm tinkering with the comments settings. I think I have it set to only the comments of trusted commenters will go straight through. Everything else will be in queue till I approve it.

So if I know you, sign in with typekey, and leave a comment here, I'll add you to the trusted list. Well, I will if I figure out how to do it [g] So you can help me experiment!

[tells Russ to breathe] promise I'll try not and blow up the blog!

A bit later: because things are still a bit wonky template wise, you may have to sign in to typekey and then come back to the blog's main page, then click on the comment link. That's what I had to do to be able to comment. Otherwise you get trapped in a never ending circle [g]

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January 30, 2007


Typekey authentication for commenting has now been enabled. If you don't already have a Typekey login, I recommend you go here and sign up. It's free, and it's safe.

I still see one small problem with the functionality: when you submit a comment, it might not appear until you reload the page. Please let me know if you notice the same thing.

There are also a few stylesheet/template problems I need to resolve, but I think things are just about the way Ith wants them. And what Ith wants, Ith gets, barring violations of the laws of physics.

Please let me know if you see any problems.

(And if commenting doesn't work for you, go here and click the "Email Me" link on the right side of the page.)

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Is this thing working?

We'll have it looking/working correct Real Soon Now. Really.

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November 5, 2006

Local Blogger

Check out Steven Givler Online, another fine Monterey Peninsula blog.

Posted by Ith at 10:20 PM


Mickey has a gigantinormous Carnival of the Dogs up this week.

Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM

October 31, 2006

Guest Blogger

I'm still looking for a guest blogger for the month of November. All the details here. Still having comment problems, so email me if you would.

In related news, Bob the Tech Guy, who was a guest blogger here last year, is going to be the official A&C guest tech blogger. He'll be posting occasionally about all that's hot, fresh, and new in the tech world. I think he's going to be a great addition to the blog!

Posted by Ith at 9:55 AM

October 28, 2006

Guest Blogger for a Month

Since I don't seem to blog as much as I used to, and I enjoy reading what my guest bloggers come up with while I'm away, I thought I might try an experiment. So, if you'd like to be a guest blogger for the month of October November!, then let me know. You don't have to have a blog already, and you don't have to agree with me on every issue, just try and keep to the tone of the blog, which is pretty much just no profanity. If you're interested, email me -- still having comment issues -- edithna AT yahoo DOT com, and tell me a bit about yourself (if I don't already 'know' you) and why you should be the one. If this works out, I may have another guest blogger in November December. We'll see how it goes.

Posted by Ith at 1:31 PM

September 7, 2006

I'm Reminded

Robert reminds us that today is the birthday of Elizabeth I. She's long been a personal heroine of mine, and if I could meet one historical figure, she would be it. What a remarkable woman, and Queen, she was.

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm. - Elizabeth (speech to her soldiers at Tilbury, on the approach of the Spanish Armada, July 1588)

(still no working comments, so ( email is it right now)

Posted by Ith at 11:26 AM

September 1, 2006


Sorry, folks, I haven't yet been able to get comments working. This may take the intervention of the folks at SixApart to resolve.

Posted by Russ at 12:29 PM

August 29, 2006


Thanks to the amzing tech skills of !!Russ!!, the blog is now updated to the newest version of MT. What does that mean? Not a clue :) It looks really different behind the scenes, so I guess I have a lot of new stuff to learn.

Russ adds: my skills are not so amazing - comments are not yet functional. I'll be working on them until I get the problem resolved.

Posted by Ith at 5:01 PM

August 7, 2006

Joined The Ranks

I've joined the ranks of paid advertisers! You'll notice five text links over on the sidebar now, and those are the ads. No popups, or whirling animation, just simple old text.

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July 18, 2006

New Blog Find

I discovered this blog through sitemeter: The Harriet Tubman Agenda. Lots of thoughtful posts on education and home schooling.

Posted by Ith at 7:03 PM

BBQ Reminder

Just a reminder about the Summer Blog Virtual BBQ.

Posted by Ith at 8:32 AM | Comments (1)

July 17, 2006

Check It Out

One of the Cotillion gals has a brand new blog: God Divas

Posted by Ith at 10:29 AM | Comments (1)

July 14, 2006

Summer BBQ

I've decided to try something different here. Every weekend this summer, I'd like to throw a virtual summer BBQ party, with a variety of guest bloggers posting here to spice things up. This is open to anyone who has guest blogged for me in the past, and to a few new folks as well. You don't need to have a blog to participate, but if I don't know you, you'll have to tell me a bit about yourself first, or provide references :)

If you're interested shoot me an (edithna at yahoo dot com)email or leave contact info in the comments.

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July 7, 2006

Ith's Amazing POTC Weekend

Everyone thinks they know what "POTC" stands for.

I say no, it's something else entirely.

What do you think the acronym "POTC" stands for?

My guess? "Pimping out the car."

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June 19, 2006


How true:

Your Bumper Sticker Should Be
Even if the voices aren't real - they've got some great ideas
What Bumper Sticker Should Be On Your Car?

Snitched from Fugitive Jen.

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June 14, 2006

Thank You

I wanted to thank Francis for including me in his Women Of The Blogosphere list. It was very kind of him.

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June 13, 2006

Social Dancing

The latest Cotillion is a collection of "30 Things" from many of our members. You can find it here at Cassandra's.

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June 9, 2006

30 CotillionThings

Our Cotillion progect is to answer the following questions and post them to our blog. so here's my list.

1. What time did you get up this morning?


2. Diamonds or pearls?


3. What was the last film you saw at the movie house?

Narnia -- I think. I'm not sure I remember actually.

4. What is your favorite TV show?

Just one? How about five six!
Alive: Stargate, House, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, 24, Grey's Anatomy (there's more, but I'll stop there)
Dead: Forever Knight, Highlander, Blake's 7, Firefly

5. What did you have for breakfast?

Yogurt Drink

6. What is your middle name?


7. What is your favorite cuisine?

Greek or Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike?

Most vegetables.

9. What kind of car do you drive?

1986 GMC Jimmy

10. Favorite Sandwich?

Errr.... Roast Beef, I guess

11. What characteristic do you despise?

I don't like people who are patronizing.

12. Favorite item of clothing?

Nothing in particular.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday where would you go?

Back to Orkney.

14. What color is your bathroom?


15. Favorite brand of clothing?

Nothing in particular, though if pressed, I'd say Chicos

16. Where would you like to retire?

Retire? I doubt I'll be able to retire.

17. Favorite time of the day?


18. What was your most memorable birthday?

The one I fell down the stairs when I was 6, and the my 20th when I almost fell onto rebar. Missed that, just hit the jagged chunks of cement instead. Gotta love Washington beaches.

19. Where were you born?


20. Favorite sport to watch?


21. What are you wearing right now?

Jeans, shirt

22. What star sign are you?


23. What fabric detergent do you use?

Whatever's on sale.

24. Pepsi or Coke?


25. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl

26. What is your shoe size?

6 1/2

27. Do you have any pets?


28. Any new exciting news you'd like to share with your readers?

Not a thing

29. What did you want to be when you were little?

An astronaut and an archeologist

30. What are you meant to be doing today?


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June 6, 2006

Standard Raised

The latest Red Ensign Standard is up right here. Since this will probably be the last one I'm included in before they kick me out when the rules change in the near future, it's extra special! LOL. It has a fascinating genealogy theme I think you'll enjoy. So go read!

Posted by Ith at 9:39 AM

May 19, 2006

Standard 42

The latest Red Ensign Standard is right here.

Bring your towel, and don't panic!

Posted by Ith at 4:02 PM

May 12, 2006

United 93

There's a Cotillion roundup of the movie United 93 up at the Cotillion blog.

Posted by Ith at 11:01 AM

May 3, 2006

Red Ensign

The latest Red Ensign Standard is up right here.

Posted by Ith at 10:45 PM

May 2, 2006

When I Grow Up

Via TeaJen, list the things you wanted to be when you grew up.

Go read her list, and check back later today for mine :)

Now it's later, so here's my list!

* Like Jen, I wanted to be a nurse. I read so many nurse books!

* A nun. Seriously

* A history teacher

* An Egyptologist

* An astronomer

* A spy

* An authour

Posted by Ith at 10:48 AM

April 29, 2006

Oh, One More Thing...

join the revolution!

Now I'm really leaving!

Posted by Ith at 2:04 PM

April 27, 2006

Alphabet Soup

Okay, this one is going around on Live Journal, and I thought it might make a good blog meme. And god knows, I need to actually post more, so hey!

In the comments, ask for a letter, and I'll give you one. Write ten words beginning with that letter on your blog, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why, link back to this post, or leave the link to your list in the comments, and then pass out letters to those from your blog who want to play too.

Check out Viv's place for an example.

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April 26, 2006

The Blessings of Sephora

Radio Vixen explains in this post.

Posted by Ith at 10:01 PM


You Are a Visionary Soul
You are a curious person, always in a state of awareness. Connected to all things spiritual, you are very connected to your soul. You are wise and bright: able to reason and be reasonable. Occasionally, you get quite depressed and have dark feelings.

You have great vision and can be very insightful.
In fact, you are often profound in a way that surprises yourself.
Visionary souls like you can be the best type of friend.
You are intuitive, understanding, sympathetic, and a good healer.

Souls you are most compatible with: Old Soul and Peacemaker Soul

What Kind of Soul Are You?

via the Jedi-Solos

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April 25, 2006

Highlander Discussion

Since I fanpired a friend into the show, I'm starting a Methos episode discussion series on my Live Journal for her. So if you're a Methos fan, you may want to check it out!

Posted by Ith at 10:18 AM | Comments (1)

April 11, 2006

He's Crazy!

But in a good way!

Miller's Time did a roundup of the entire freakin' Bear Flag League! The mind boggles.

Go read!

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April 8, 2006

3, 2, 1

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three events, two births and one death, including the year.

July 16

(boy, is there a list!)

1945 - Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

1918 - Russian Revolution: At Ekaterinburg, Bolsheviks execute Czar Nicholas II of Russia and his family.

622 - The Prophet Mohammed begins his Hijra from Mecca to Medina. This marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar.


1907 - Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman (d. 1995)
1907 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)
1911 - Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)


1557 - Anne of Cleves, queen of Henry VIII of England (b. 1515)

Seen several places, but last right here.

Posted by Ith at 1:03 AM | Comments (2)

April 3, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Jay!

Via, well, Jay! (I even did a double link a a BD pressie)

Update: and Happy Birthday to Mickey!

Posted by Ith at 9:10 AM | Comments (1)

April 2, 2006

Standard Raised

The latest Red Ensign Standard is up here.

Posted by Ith at 2:11 PM

Parade Of Pups

Overe here.

Posted by Ith at 12:49 PM

April 1, 2006

Moving Day

My darling Liv has moved web domiciles, so update your bookmarks! And if you've never visited before, then here's your chance!

Posted by Ith at 12:39 PM

March 30, 2006

I'm Not Poetry Gal...

... but I love this idea.

Reminds me of my childhood favourite:

Your eyes are like pools... cess pools

Your teeth are like stars ... they come out at night.

Posted by Ith at 1:23 PM

Odd, But Fairly Right On

I was up for an odd test, so thanks to CTG for this one.

the Perfectionist
Test finished!
you chose CZ - your Enneagram type is ONE.

"I do everything the right way"

Perfectionists are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive
to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Take your share of the responsibility so I don't end up with all the work.
  • Acknowledge my achievements.
  • I'm hard on myself. Reassure me that I'm fine the way I am.
  • Tell me that you value my advice.
  • Be fair and considerate, as I am.
  • Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.
  • Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get
    uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a One

  • being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal
  • working hard to make the world a better place
  • having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself
  • being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do
  • being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and
    figuring out wise solutions
  • being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What's Hard About Being a One

  • being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met
  • feeling burdened by too much responsibility
  • thinking that what I do is never good enough
  • not being appreciated for what I do for people
  • being upset because others aren't trying as hard as I am
  • obsessing about what I did or what I should do
  • being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Ones as Children Often

  • criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others
  • refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect
  • focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers
  • are very responsible; may assume the role of parent
  • hold back negative emotions ("good children aren't angry")

Ones as Parents

  • teach their children responsibility and strong moral values
  • are consistent and fair
  • discipline firmly

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You liked the test? so please RATE it...

but remember! it had only two questions!!! ;-)

You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose CZ

Would you rather have chosen:

  • AZ (THREE)
  • BZ (FIVE)
  • CX (TWO)
  • CY (SIX)

  • My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 0% on ABC
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 0% on XYZ
    Link: The Quick and Painless ENNEAGRAM Test written by felk on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

    Posted by Ith at 12:46 PM

    March 28, 2006


    The Hillbilly Ecosystem

    Posted by Ith at 3:24 PM | Comments (2)

    March 24, 2006


    I didn't know there was a Carnival of Bauer! I would have submitted my Lynnwise post from last week.

    Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM | Comments (2)

    March 23, 2006

    Blog Rec

    If you've never visited Blog al-Muslihoon then click over today and take a look. I always find great stuff to read whenever I visit -- and you will too.

    Posted by Ith at 9:30 AM

    March 21, 2006

    I Totally Missed It

    So here, better late than never, is the latest issue of the Red Ensign Standard

    Posted by Ith at 11:24 AM

    March 1, 2006

    Was It Something I Said?

    I try to make it through my entire blogroll every so often, and this was one of those times. I came to discover I'd been delinked by lots and lots of people! Who knew I was such an obnoxious bitch? Well, maybe they did :) (I'm trying not to take it personally in several cases) The up side, my blog roll is now much shorter as a result. While I was at it I did some moving around, and I added some new folk. However, if during the slash and burn, I accidently removed your link in error, let me know. And if you've linked to me in the past, and I haven't linked to you, let me know that too. I don't always know I've been linked and I try -- in most cases -- to reciprocate.

    Posted by Ith at 4:45 PM | Comments (9)

    February 22, 2006

    'That's Why They Call it "Fur"niture'

    Your giggle for the day.

    (and boy did I need it) (all alone in the office for the second day in a row) (just verbally cursed out someone who shall remain nameless since there's no one here to hear me)

    Posted by Ith at 2:41 PM | Comments (3)

    February 15, 2006

    Gathering of the Blogs 2006


    The third annual, no less! Yes, I will be organizing a Tartan Day, Gathering of the Blogs again this year. Just make a note of it if you think you might want to participate. More announcements to follow as we get a little closer to April.

    You can see a blogroll of the participants last year on my sidebar.

    In other news, there's an official website for Tartan Day this year that you may want to check out.

    2.17.06 Update: Since there seems to be a lot of advance interest, you can sign yourself up early by either using this email address -- -- or following this link. This is an announcement list only, I swear to god. You will only get emails from me with related Gathering information. For example, last April I sent a total of 6 emails to the list. That was it. Honest. If you're totally Yahoo phobic, then send me an email and I'll do all the work of subbing you. My email is edithna AT yahoo (.) com

    Posted by Ith at 12:03 PM | Comments (5)

    February 14, 2006

    Be My Bloggy Valentine

    You know I don't do Valentine's Day, but I was inspired by this, so I thought I'd send a Valentine to some of my fave blog guys who have been amazing friends to me over the last year :)


    This is for Jay, LW, Peter Sean, Russ, & Dave J.. Thanks for the emails, the help, and for just being there.

    And best wishes of the day to all my other favourite bloggers, both male, female, and other. And to all my wonderful commenters as well.

    Posted by Ith at 11:42 AM | Comments (3)

    Dance Card

    The latest Cotillion is up and ready for your dancing pleasure.

    Posted by Ith at 9:51 AM

    February 6, 2006

    Standard Raised

    the 36th edition of the Red Ensign Standard can be found here.

    Posted by Ith at 8:42 AM

    February 3, 2006

    Let Me Hibernate!

    Your Five Factor Personality Profile

    You have medium extroversion.
    You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
    Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
    But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


    You have high conscientiousness.
    Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
    Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
    But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


    You have medium agreeableness.
    You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
    But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
    You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


    You have medium neuroticism.
    You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
    Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
    Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

    Openness to experience:

    Your openness to new experiences is medium.
    You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
    But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
    You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

    The Five Factor Personality Test

    Via CTG (Who I'm practically a twin of) and Deb

    Posted by Ith at 11:06 AM

    February 1, 2006

    My Jumble


    Seen at Ilyka's. Make yours here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:42 PM | Comments (3)

    January 31, 2006

    Bring Your Dancing Shoes

    The latest Cotillion can be found right here.

    Posted by Ith at 4:18 PM

    January 28, 2006

    Pretty Much Sums It Up

    Your 2005 Song Is
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day

    "My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
    My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating"

    In 2005, you bummed everyone out. Like you care.

    What Hit Song of 2005 Are You?

    Never heard the song -- that I'm aware of -- willl have to try and listen to it.

    Via Jay

    Posted by Ith at 2:40 PM | Comments (4)

    January 27, 2006

    If They Were Going For Truly Edgy...

    Robert has a great post up called, "That's My Church!" on the reality of ECUSA as opposed to the version dished up on the canceled TV show, "Book of Daniel" -- or as he calls it "Desperate Housewives Go To Seminary".

    Posted by Ith at 11:52 AM

    It's Friday!

    Err, okay.

    If you have a post you'd like to flog, leave a link in the comments. Please make it a hyperlink though. And if you'd just like some people to come visit your blog, you can leave a link for that too, but you need to sell us on why. Be creative! Keep me entertained!

    Posted by Ith at 8:44 AM

    January 26, 2006

    A Little Jack, A Little Cameron

    What's not to love?

    You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely
    and accept it with a bit of humor.

    Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

    SG-1 (Stargate)


    Moya (Farscape)


    Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


    Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


    Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


    Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


    Serenity (Firefly)


    Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


    Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


    Enterprise D (Star Trek)


    Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


    FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


    Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew
    would you best fit in? (pics)

    created with

    Via Jenna

    Posted by Ith at 11:38 AM | Comments (4)

    January 25, 2006

    Blog Check

    Discovered this new blog tonight.

    I like this:

    .... obtaining a bachelor's degree in the unofficial major of indiana jones...

    Posted by Ith at 11:11 PM | Comments (1)

    January 23, 2006


    Jen, formerly of "What's Brewing" is back blogging and in a whole new home. Go welcome her back!

    Posted by Ith at 5:14 PM | Comments (1)

    Pass It On

    Accidental Verbosity can be found at this link for the time being.

    Posted by Ith at 11:57 AM | Comments (1)

    January 22, 2006

    Four Years of New Friends

    Another in my series of blogiversary posts.

    Friends, that's been the highlight. In four years, I've met a lot of my sidebar in RL.

    Jay & Deb
    Peter Sean
    And an assortment of other Bear Flaggers.

    Here's to meeting many more!

    Posted by Ith at 12:16 PM | Comments (3)

    January 21, 2006

    Blogging & Life

    On the occasion of my belated fourth blogiversary, I got to thinking of all the great people I've gotten to 'meet'. And what a small world it really is once you toss in the internet. Take Temujin for example. I met him through the Red Ensign Brigade, and come to discover he lives in the same small town in northern B.C. that my mum is from! A place most people have never even heard of, but I met him blogging. (if you look at this photo on the website, that's right up the block from my late grandparent's house.) And on this page they talk a bit about my great grandparents, Fred and Annie Heal:

    Gabriel Lacroix became the first non-aboriginal man in the area, arriving about 1900 to farm on the east side of the Bulkley River. Then, in 1903, the Fred Heal family settled on the east side of Tyhee Lake. In a few years, settlement began in earnest. The now-vanished village of Aldermere was staked in 1904, followed by Telkwa three years later.

    If I'm feeling motivated while avoiding finishing the story I'm working on, I'll do some more "blogging and life" posts :)

    Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM

    January 20, 2006

    I Can't Believe I Did That

    I missed my own freakin' blogiversary! Number FOUR!, if you're keeping track. (It was on Jan. 13)

    Happy birthday to meeeeee!

    Thanks to all of you who read and comment :) Here's to the next four.

    Posted by Ith at 3:05 PM | Comments (13)

    Oh So Pretty Pictures

    Fugitive Jen was the lovliest of brides!

    Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM | Comments (2)

    January 19, 2006

    It's A Tie

    You scored as Linguistics. You should be a Linguistics major!





























    What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
    created with

    Seen all over, but I'll say Jay and CTG off the top of my head :)

    Posted by Ith at 11:13 AM | Comments (3)

    January 18, 2006

    Err, Okay

    Here you go!

    (I do sometimes follow instruction)

    Posted by Ith at 9:35 AM

    January 11, 2006

    Put the Blog Post Down & Move Into the Light!

    CTG tells us it "National Delurking Week". Also stole her stolen nifty graphic (which she stole from here)


    Posted by Ith at 3:12 PM | Comments (9)

    While I Was Away

    The latest Cotillion was published. Go check it out.

    Posted by Ith at 12:00 PM

    January 10, 2006

    Blog Of The Day

    Apparently, A & C was chosen as a "Blog of the Day" at this site. Found the email in the vacation pile.


    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM

    January 6, 2006

    Some Day....

    No offense to my fellow guest posters... but don't y'all wish Ith would hurry up and get back?

    No pressure, Ith, no pressure. Really.

    Enjoy your trip, take your time. Seriously.

    We'll all still be here when you get back. That's a guarantee.

    (But... hurry. Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry. Hurry! :-) )

    Posted by Russ at 9:17 PM | Comments (3)

    December 31, 2005

    Welcome Back Kelley Plus

    Hey everyone, Jay checking in here, with some exciting news.

    Kelley is back and she's expecting! How wild is that?

    But hey, at least she's not 40.

    I thought it would be fun to spread the news in guest blogger capacity, and oh by the way, say happy new year everyone. Happy New Year everyone!

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

    December 29, 2005

    Guest Hosts

    I wanted to thank Jami and Ilyka for volunteering for guest blogging duties while I'm gone! Thanks to both of you!

    And former guest bloggers, if you have your login info still, feel free to make a surprise guest appearence.

    Posted by Ith at 9:54 AM | Comments (2)

    December 24, 2005

    No One Tells Me Anything

    Ilyka's been back for something like two weeks, and I hadn't a clue. Well, better late than never, I suppose. What a great blogging type Xmas pressie :)

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

    December 16, 2005

    Dog Day

    The latest Carnival of the Dogs.

    Posted by Ith at 8:34 AM

    December 13, 2005


    The latest Cotillion is here for your investigation.

    Posted by Ith at 8:22 AM

    December 12, 2005

    Standard Raised

    The latest issue of the Red Ensign Standard is up here for your reading pleasure.

    Posted by Ith at 9:02 AM

    December 8, 2005


    If you're a fan of snark and House and General Hospital you must go read the lovely Captain Anne's semi new blog! The good Captain is one of the dearest members of my House list and she has a keen wit, not to mention, is a great writer.

    Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM

    December 5, 2005

    For Something Different

    This blog I discovered via an email from the blog's owner. A lot of interesting stuff on depression and stress. So if you're looking to read something a little different, give it a shot. I found this entry on nature deficit disorder particularly interesting

    Posted by Ith at 3:46 PM


    Congratulations to all my fellow Cotillion members who were nominated for blog awards this year!

    Posted by Ith at 11:41 AM

    November 29, 2005

    Drum Roll!!

    Visitor number 200,000 was from 'State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies' in Bloomington. Huge congratulations on this vast honour to whoever you might be Contagion!

    Later: Stop the presses! After a recount, it appears we do not yet have a declared winner. Until such time as the International Olympic Committee makes a determination, the gold medal has regretfully been withdrawn from Contagion. However, his Wheaties endorsement stands!

    Posted by Ith at 1:07 PM | Comments (4)

    November 28, 2005

    Another One

    I recently discovered that frequent commenter Daniel has a blog now. Go say, "hi"!

    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM | Comments (1)

    A New Blog Toy

    Moved it down to the extended entry since it tends to hang.

    And it's down near the bottom of the sidebar.

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

    November 23, 2005

    Open "Mic" Day

    If you're one of the few poor souls, who like me, is at work today, then this post is for you! The comments are open for you to discuss whatever catches your fancy. And if you aren't at work, I'll let you play too, cus I'm such a giver :)

    A few possible topics:

    What you're doing for the holiday.

    Do you watch any of the parades/sporting events?

    Going to any movies?

    Are you one of the insane 'day after Thanksgiving' shoppers?

    And anything else you feel a burning desire to share.

    So go for it!

    Posted by Ith at 9:48 AM | Comments (7)

    November 22, 2005

    Cotillion Time!

    At the Gray Tie. Dance on over!

    Posted by Ith at 8:55 AM

    November 21, 2005

    Almost Missed It!

    It being the latest Red Ensign Standard.

    Posted by Ith at 9:09 AM

    November 19, 2005

    That's Different

    Mickey's been absent from her blog for a while, but today's she's back with an explanation and piccies. She's been refitting a boat!

    Posted by Ith at 3:55 PM | Comments (1)

    November 18, 2005


    The Warrior Princess

    You are strong, courageous, and dynamic, a woman of
    action. You have an iron will and a sharp
    tongue. Indecisive, weak, or wishy-washy people
    test your patience. You tend to grow bored
    quickly and yearn for excitement.

    Role Models: Brunhilde/The Valkyries, Xena

    You are most likely to: Lead your people to victory
    against an army of orcs.

    What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork (Original Music is BACK!!!)
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Also via Gennie!

    Posted by Ith at 8:32 AM | Comments (1)

    November 16, 2005

    Call Me Spock


    You are 'programming in QBASIC'. This programming
    language (of which the acronym stands for
    'Quick Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic
    Instruction Code'), which is so primitive that
    it cannot easily be used for any purpose
    involving the Internet nor even sound, was
    current more than a decade ago.

    You are independent, in a good way. When something
    which you need cannot be found, you make it
    yourself. In writing and in talking with
    people, you value clarity and precision; your
    friends may not realize how important that is.
    When necessary, you are prepared to be a
    mediator in conflicts between your friends.
    You are very rational, and you think of things
    in terms of logic and common sense.
    Unfortunately, your emotionally unstable
    friends may be put off by your devotion to
    logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and
    insensitivity. Your problem is that
    programming in QBASIC has been obsolete for a
    long time.

    What obsolete skill are you?
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Via Second Breakfast

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

    November 15, 2005


    The latest Cotillion is up for your reading pleasure!

    Posted by Ith at 9:17 AM

    November 14, 2005

    It's In The Cards

    Hey, I just really wanted to use that post title.

    So far, so good. I'm not dead last! That's all I ask, not to come in last. Flashbacks of school PE class and always being the last one after teams were picked [shudder]

    Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM

    November 10, 2005

    Do The Birthday Dance!

    It's CTG's birthday! Go wish her a good one!

    Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM | Comments (1)

    November 8, 2005

    Cotillion Time!

    Check out all the dancing right here!

    Posted by Ith at 1:01 PM

    Green Like An Apple?

    No, green like an avacado!

    Ooops, wrong Zorro.

    You scored as El Zorro. Zorro is the bane of the corrupt officials of Old California, a Spanish Robin Hood, a cavalier caballero who robs from the rich, gives to the poor, and always leaves his trademark "Z" behind as a reminder that when the people need him, he will always appear on his black stallion.

    El Zorro


    Captain Jack Sparrow


    William Wallace


    Lara Croft


    Batman, the Dark Knight


    Indiana Jones




    James Bond, Agent 007


    The Amazing Spider-Man


    The Terminator


    Neo, the "One"


    Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
    created with

    Seen all over, but first, I think, at Kathy's

    Posted by Ith at 11:56 AM | Comments (5)

    Of Hamsters and Elderberries

    I've been hoping for a good Monty Python moment in relation to the protesting, oppressed insurgents in France, and Robert is on it!

    Posted by Ith at 11:29 AM

    A Little Theft

    First off, I stole this from Fugitive Jen:


    In repayment, I offer this article: Losing The Amazing Race. Sometimes families just ruin family TV.

    Posted by Ith at 9:59 AM | Comments (2)

    November 5, 2005

    Creativity Abounds

    Aaron has another extravaganza going on. I promised CTG I'd vote for her, now I just need to figure out how... (I'm sleepy)

    Posted by Ith at 8:40 PM

    November 1, 2005

    It's Cotillion Time!

    Right here.

    Posted by Ith at 1:08 PM

    October 31, 2005

    Boo! It's Absinthe Ith's All Souls Night Quiz

    This is not a competition -- please, no wagering.

    What's the first Halloween costume you remember wearing?

    What was your favourite treat in your goodie bag?

    What's your best Halloween memory?

    What's your worst?

    Have you ever bobbed for apples?

    Have you ever been to a grownup Halloween party? (costumes, dancing, drinks/dinner -- that sort of thing.)

    If you were going to such a party, and money was no object, what would your ideal costume be?

    Ever been to sea, Billy? Oops, wrong quiz!

    Ever had a paranormal experience? If yes, tell us all about it.

    What's your favourite scary movie?

    Have you ever played a Halloween "trick" on anyone?

    Did you you carve a pumpkin this year?

    Do you think we had more fun at Halloween then kids do today?

    What candy are you giving out tonight?

    Will you be in costume?

    Decorated at all?

    That should keep you busy! Answer in the comments, or on your own blog.

    A Few Hours Later: For Jami, and anyone else wondering (I didn't really think anyone was going to 'get' my joke, I was just feeling whimsical) There used to be a brand of fish sticks when we lived in Canada, I think it was Van De Kamps. Anyway, they used to run this advert with a sea captain decked out in heavy weather gear, and a kid, and the captain asks, "Have you ever been to sea, Billy?" (I think it was supposed to make you think their fish sticks were really fresh) I have no idea why, but it used to send me and my brother off into fits of giggles. All these years later, I can still look at him dead serious, say that line, and bust him up.

    There you have it.

    Posted by Ith at 7:19 AM | Comments (6)

    October 29, 2005

    Playful Primate?

    Hey, I'm a Playful Primate! My traffic tanks, and I move up a step? how odd is that? I'm right at 100, so I'm sure it will be over tomorrow.

    Posted by Ith at 1:34 PM | Comments (3)

    October 28, 2005

    Play It Again, Sam

    "You must remember this, a kiss is still a
    kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
    classic story of love in trying times, chock
    full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
    believe in true love, but you're also
    constantly aware of practicality and societal
    expectations. That's not always fun, but at
    least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
    get you down too much.

    What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Via the Pocusy one!

    Posted by Ith at 11:18 PM | Comments (5)

    October 26, 2005

    Must Read For the TV Addict

    I've linked to articles by the terrific Maureen Ryan -- the Chicago Tribune's "Watcher" -- before, but I've been meaning to mention that she now has an honest to goodness blog with comments and everything. If you haven't been reading her take on TV, check it out!

    Posted by Ith at 12:48 PM

    October 18, 2005


    This week's can be found here.

    Posted by Ith at 11:07 AM | Comments (2)

    Let's Try Ith

    Same as the post below, except with Ith.

    1: ... ITH Needs a Slogan

    2: ... Deb and I have decided Ith needs a good man ... (This is actually about me! Posted by Jay)

    3: DEFECTED ITH Needs You!!! supporter of the finest black grooves

    4: Failure. I was going to write this really great post (to my mind at least) and then I got horribly sidetracked. ... I can only say, our absent hostess Ith needs a new category here, and that would be narcissistic blithering fools! ... (again, about me)

    5: all around mouse. Ith NEEDS a Bluetooth version though.

    6: Wand of Ith needs a 'reveal it' also, but Paul & I are taking care of that in protoOracle.

    7: .. within the range of the people beyond the law. But ith needs a mandate of the law to make an article or a penal

    8: ... Let's see . . . Ith needs 172 more visitors by the 26th to reach her goal of 50K ... (also me, by Pinwheels)

    Posted by Ith at 10:17 AM

    Stolen From Fugitive Jen

    Jen just did this little oddity. I figured I'd be a copy cat :)

    Type “[your first name] needs” into Google’s search engine and list the first ten results. Nearly all will be amusing, but you’re supposed to underline the ones that are actually true about you.

    1: We all know that Denise needs help. What's new.LOL (Duh!)

    2:Denise,needs prayers!

    3: George!!! Irgent, Denise needs you.

    4: ...there are still skills Denise needs to work on so that she will pass the entrance examinations to schools ...

    5: Denise should clean her damn room! Denise needs to work at Yogen Fruz...

    6: ... Rhonda tells Denise it is about herself and how Denise needs to choose her own words and she needs to stay on course ...

    7: First Denise needs to know how you truly feel about her so she may see just how serious you are ...

    8: Denise needs the report analysis back from Dawn ...

    9: Denise needs to meet with Joanne to go over some animations ... NSTA meeting in November. Denise needs the material from Dave and Hank ...

    10: Denise needs a firm footing or she'll topple forward...

    Posted by Ith at 10:02 AM

    October 13, 2005

    It's a Tie

    I got an even percentage of both Zoe and Book

    You scored as Zoe Alleyne Washburne. The Soldier. You are the second in command, and that is fine. You like a chain of command, but only when the one in charge has earnt your respect. Those who earn your love or loyalty will find no one better to guard their back.

    Shepherd Derrial Book


    Zoe Alleyne Washburne


    Inara Serra


    Capt. Mal Reynolds


    Simon Tam


    River Tam


    Kaylee Frye


    The Operative


    Jayne Cobb


    Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


    Which Serenity character are you?
    created with
    You scored as Shepherd Derrial Book. The Preacher. Out here, folks need a minister, if only to remind them that God hasn't forgotten them. It isn't about making them worship, it is teaching them to do right by themselves and other people. Why is that so hard for some to understand?

    Shepherd Derrial Book


    Zoe Alleyne Washburne


    Inara Serra


    Capt. Mal Reynolds


    Simon Tam


    River Tam


    Kaylee Frye


    The Operative


    Jayne Cobb


    Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


    Which Serenity character are you?
    created with

    Via Jay

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

    October 12, 2005

    Fluffy Filler

    Via the Jedi-Solos

    Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)

    October 11, 2005

    Yahoo Adds Blogs to Its News Section

    Yahoo Inc.'s online news search tool on Monday added Internet journal entries as a supplement to professional media offerings — an experiment that figures to test the public's appetite for information from alternative sources.

    Under Yahoo's new approach, a keyword search for online news will include a list of relevant Web logs, or "blogs," displayed in a box to the right of the results collected from mainstream journalism.


    Yahoo's inclusion of blogs in its news section represents another validation for a growing group of people that are bypassing newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets to report and comment on topical events.

    Although many top bloggers lack formal journalism training, it hasn't stopped them from building loyal readerships or breaking news that the mainstream media either missed or ignored.

    Those scoops have helped rally more support for "citizen journalism" — a cause that Yahoo wanted to recognize by spotlighting some of the news appearing in blogs.

    "The traditional media doesn't have the time or resources to cover all the stories going on," said Joff Redfern, a Yahoo product director.

    But the blogging community, or "blogosphere," also is filled with rumors and inaccuracies. While the traditional media still faces the same problems, professional newsrooms ostensibly have more checks and balances to guard against incorrect or unsubstantiated information from being published.

    That distinction is one of the reasons Yahoo is listing its blog results in a box separated from the roughly 6,500 "trusted" news sources tracked by its search engine, Redfern said.

    The entire story here.

    Posted by Ith at 12:00 PM

    All Things Cotillion

    Two 'tillion type things to note today.

    First up, the Reader's Digest Condensed version of the Cotillion right here. And then we have the first ever "King of the Cotillion" contest, being run by the lovely, and just slightly odd (but it's a good odd!), Beth of MVRWC. Vote early! Vote often!

    Posted by Ith at 9:46 AM | Comments (1)

    October 10, 2005

    5 of 23

    No, it's not about the Borg!

    Found this over at Rae's

    1. Search your blog archive.

    2. Find your 23rd post.

    3. Find the fifth sentence (this is meant to say something about you).

    4. Post that sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

    5. Tag five people to do the same.

    And mine -- from February 2002 -- is: But rules are made to be broken, I guess.

    As for the tagging, since I suck at being a taggee, I'm just going to let y'all self-tag on this one.

    Posted by Ith at 4:05 PM | Comments (2)

    October 5, 2005

    Nice Duds

    You are Lili St. Cyr!
    You're Lili St. Cyr!

    What Classic Pin-Up Are You?
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Via Kelley

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

    First Birthday

    It's C's first blog birthday! She's been an excellent tenant!

    Posted by Ith at 9:24 AM

    October 4, 2005


    A complete Cotillion is all at one link this week. Check out The Gray Tie for all your dance blog needs.

    Posted by Ith at 4:38 PM

    September 29, 2005

    And the Reviews Pour In!

    Err.. trickle in :)

    Here's Jami's review of Serenity.

    As promised, I'll post a link to your reviews of Serenity, or you can trackback to this post.

    Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (8)

    September 27, 2005

    Isn't He Cute?

    I love hedgehogs! Look, he follows the curser around -- isn't he well trained?

    adopt your own virtual pet!

    A hearty AVAST! to phin for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 10:45 AM | Comments (4)


    Two blog happenings to note:

    The Red Ensign Standard

    Carnival of the Recipes

    Posted by Ith at 9:19 AM

    September 23, 2005

    Don't Laugh!

    You are a

    Social Moderate
    (55% permissive)

    and an...

    Economic Conservative
    (60% permissive)

    You are best described as a:


    Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

    I swear I'm not a centrist! It was rigged, I tell you!

    Via Jay

    Posted by Ith at 4:24 PM | Comments (7)

    Google Ads?

    Anyone have any input on Google Ads? I'm pondering signing up for them and was curious.

    Posted by Ith at 4:10 PM | Comments (4)

    September 22, 2005

    So De-Lurk Already

    According to CTG, it's National De-Lurker Day. So drop your cloaking device and leave a comment, k?

    Posted by Ith at 12:38 PM | Comments (5)

    September 20, 2005

    Dancing Queens

    The latest Cotillion, for your dancing pleasure.

    Fistful of Fortnights

    Knoweldge is Power

    Soldiers' Angel

    A few days later: And a late addition here

    Posted by Ith at 3:29 PM

    September 16, 2005

    Doggy Day

    The latest Carnival of the Dogs, or as I like to call it, the Parade of Pooches :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM | Comments (2)

    A Modern Take on Lord of the Rings

    Most excellent! Go read, go!

    Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (3)

    September 15, 2005

    Tag, You're It!

    You click on the wall, add your own message, and if you reload it here, you'll see it appear.

    Lil update: doesn't seem like the grafitti font is a full one. No exclamations or questions.

    Via Michele at ASV.

    Posted by Ith at 9:19 AM | Comments (4)

    September 13, 2005

    Gotta Dance

    The latest Cotillion can be found at:

    Portia Rediscovered


    TFS Magnum

    Mary Katharine Ham

    Posted by Ith at 12:40 PM

    September 8, 2005

    ... A Refreshing Iced Tea

    This made me spit my soothing hot tea.

    Posted by Ith at 4:04 PM | Comments (2)

    September 6, 2005

    This Week's Dance

    All your Cotillion needs can be met here, here, here, and here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:38 PM

    August 31, 2005

    Shameless Self Promotion Day

    Still not back into blogging, so it's "Shameless Self Promotion Day" here at A&C. Got a post you you want to flog? Just want people to come read your blog? Then you know the drill -- leave a link in the comments, or trackback to this post.

    Please use [a href="url"] my link [/a] for your links in the comments. Replace the [ with carrots -- but you knew that.

    Posted by Ith at 8:13 AM | Comments (8)

    August 29, 2005

    Is this thing on?

    So, it's Monday, and no doubt everyone is busy. Ith hasn't been heard from yet, but I'm going to post this for her to act on upon her return.

    The meme of the week.

    You know what to do.

    Posted by Russ at 9:23 PM

    August 27, 2005


    OK, OK... so I've been utterly useless as a guest blogger this week. I have an excuse (a new job, working the swing shift, with plenty of study on the side) but that's just, well, an excuse. So perhaps, rather than "utterly useless as a guest blogger," I'm simply utterly useless.

    But then I reflect on the delight with which Mycah greets me when I get home, and I think perhaps I'm not entirely useless.

    I can, after all, open the can of cat food.

    Posted by Russ at 11:37 PM | Comments (1)

    August 26, 2005

    Yummy Food!

    This week's Back-to-School edition of the Carnival of the Recipes is up, at my place.

    Posted by Caltechgirl at 12:47 AM

    August 25, 2005

    To Smiley or not to Smiley....

    So everyone by now should know what an emoticon is. You know, those little smileys. They laugh, cry, even vomit, if you want. Some people love 'em. Some people hate them.

    I myself am an emoticon junkie. I come from old-school unix email where all you got was :-), no pictures, no animation. And I still prefer the little ASCII guys, although some of the animated ones are pretty cute. I think emoticons are great for casual trext conversation, and they help convey tone. As a common user of sarcasm, the ;-) smiley lets me tell people I'm just joking with them, rather than being angry.

    Poliblogger Steven Taylor posts an interesting discussion of the role of emoticons in modern (that is electronic) discourse.

    So what do you think? Are smileys good or evil?

    Posted by Caltechgirl at 2:22 PM | Comments (7)

    August 23, 2005


    Yeah, I know, I know. But I just have to post this one link to a post of Cassandra's. I read the article yesterday, and never got time to post one it. It's one of those things that mirrors recent RL discussions. And as per usual, Cassandra's take is worth reading.

    Posted by Ith at 10:19 AM

    One Last Dance...

    before I leave.

    It's Cotillion time!

    The American Princess

    Villainous Company

    Soldiers' Angel

    Bad Hair Blog

    Posted by Ith at 10:06 AM

    Call me Princess Christelle, thank you.

    Your French Name Is
    Christelle Gendron
    What's Your French Name?
    Posted by Princess Jami at 9:51 AM | Comments (2)

    August 22, 2005

    Manning The Fort

    While I'm in the wilds of Utah, visiting the family units, some kick ass guest bloggers will be here, starting tomorrow, to entertain you in various time increments.

    The lovely CTG, the perilous Ilyka, the royal Jami, the caffeinated CB, tech guru Russ, and the scoundrel Pirate.

    What a cast!

    Thanks to all of you!

    Posted by Ith at 9:54 AM | Comments (7)

    August 21, 2005


    Nin has started her own blog group! If you're a 'slacker blogger' like she is, it may be for you!

    Posted by Ith at 10:27 AM | Comments (4)

    August 19, 2005


    Look at what Nin gets up to when I'm not home! Stuffed animal bondage.

    Posted by Ith at 4:47 PM | Comments (2)

    Me? Quirks?

    Ilyka has quirks. Really! I know, me too. Anyway, I've been pondering my quirks, and am finally getting around to putting it in a post.

    1) I like my food/drinks to be either really hot or really cold. Don't give me anything lukewarm! If we say, get pizza delivered, or have McDonald's or something, into the microwave it goes to be hot enough. I love poached eggs, but the yolks have to be hot through. It's disgusting to eat them when the yolk is body temperature. Yuck!! Again, the microwave is my friend. Just enough to be hot, not enough to harden the yolk.

    2) I don't like using the phone. I will email, write, whatever, rather than use the phone. Being a hotel reservationist was hell.

    3) I turn the volume down when people call into QVC or similar. Also turn down the volume when listening to talk radio and there's yelling and screaming. And debates make me cringe. I have to force myself to watch them come election season.

    4) I hate bright light. I leave a bulb burned out in my bathroom, and I've removed the florescent tubes from the fixture above my desk at work. And woe to anyone who walks into a room and just switches on all the lights with no warning!

    5) I'm not good at vacationing with a group. People just annoy me too much. I need my space! Now I just say "no", but it took many miserable, frustrating trips to get me there. There is a select group of people I will deign to travel with. They know who they are.

    Posted by Ith at 10:49 AM | Comments (2)

    August 18, 2005

    Calling All Guest Bloggers

    If you've ever guest blogged for me, and would like to do so again, lemme know! I'll be gone starting next Tuesday afternoon till Sunday evening. If you've never guest blogged for me before, but have a burning desire to do so, I might be persauded to let you have a go at it :)

    Posted by Ith at 12:27 PM | Comments (13)

    August 17, 2005

    The Wolf Park Freezer

    Read all about it at Laughing Wolf.

    Posted by Ith at 11:37 AM | Comments (1)

    August 16, 2005

    Dance Card

    The latest Cotillion can be found in all its zing and pizzaz at these very fine blogging establishments!

    Posted by Ith at 1:44 PM

    Someone's Been Posting

    Nin actually has several new blog posts up! It's a miracle!

    Posted by Ith at 8:30 AM | Comments (1)

    August 12, 2005

    A "Novel" Quiz

    The Pride and Prejudice type: Truly an Austenite,
    this type is a Romantic at heart, but they
    always keep their head and are wary of
    melodrama. Lively, clever, and independent.
    These people are easily amused by their own
    foibles and the quirkly foibles of others. They
    lament society today, and dream of the time
    when guys were gentlemen and girls were ladies.

    Jane Austen novel quiz
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Though I think the Mansfield Park type is more me.

    A hearty AVAST! to puppy mom, Mickey, for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 10:48 AM | Comments (1)

    Pirate Crashers

    Nin has been Piratizing the Wedding Crashers trailer with amusing results.

    Posted by Ith at 9:14 AM

    Food & Pups & Entertainment

    Carnival of the Recipes

    Carnival of the Dogs

    And our usual Friday entertainment post: if you've blogged about a movie, TV show, book, or CD, then trackback to this post, or leave a link in the comments. If you don't have a blog, leave your rec in the comments.


    Posted by Ith at 7:26 AM

    August 11, 2005

    Firepower Forward

    Very good blog I discovered a few weeks back. Written by an Army officer serving in Afghanistan.

    Posted by Ith at 10:25 AM

    When Guest Bloggers Go Wild

    Kathy has been up to no good over at the Llamas' place. The results are snorfle inducing. Go read!

    Posted by Ith at 10:13 AM

    Fave Right People

    John Hawkins has posted Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Favorite People On The Right. Once again, he was kind enough to include me as one of the bloggers that participated.

    Posted by Ith at 9:45 AM

    August 10, 2005

    August 9, 2005

    Grab Bag

    Sisu has lots and lots of good bloggy stuff going on. Start at the top and work your way down.

    Posted by Ith at 12:40 PM

    Dance Day

    The latest Cotillion is up at these fine blogs.

    Posted by Ith at 10:29 AM

    August 6, 2005

    And She Isn't Sharing!

    Jen has some Pirate Booty!

    No fair!


    Posted by Ith at 8:49 PM | Comments (3)


    Fugitive Jen is blogathonning! So head over to her place and see what's up!




    Posted by Ith at 11:58 AM | Comments (1)

    August 4, 2005

    Good Stuff

    Check out Taylor & Company for lots of good stuff. More than I can link to.

    Posted by Ith at 6:44 PM | Comments (1)

    Crunchy Crustaceans Have Feelings Too

    Yes, I'm linking to Kathy again. People are going to start to talk, I swear. Anywho...

    Her whole post is worth reading, but I'm particularly interested in the bit about whether the opinions of those low in the Ecosystem have as much validity as those who are "big dogs". Yes, I know, I'm paraphrasing her terribly here, so you should probably read her words, not mine.

    Posted by Ith at 2:40 PM | Comments (4)

    August 3, 2005

    New Stuff

    Check out a relativley new blog called Echo9er. He has excellent taste in links!

    Posted by Ith at 11:08 AM | Comments (1)

    August 2, 2005

    Get Out Your Dance Shoes

    The latest Cotillion can be found at these fine establishments:


    Portia Rediscovered

    Ilyka Damen


    Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM

    August 1, 2005

    Make It So!

    Take the Star Trek Quiz

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Always in control, you are a great leader, deligator, and diplomat. These qualities attract people to you, and this sometimes annoys you.

    Aloof, introspective, and philosophical; you enjoy quiet time in solitude.

    A hearty AVAST! to the lovely & ever delightful Kelley for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM | Comments (2)

    July 30, 2005


    Check out the latest Carnival of the Dogs.

    Posted by Ith at 12:13 PM

    July 29, 2005

    That's Entertainment

    It's Friday! Yay! And that means pointless, but fun, weekend type blogging.

    If you have a movie, book, TV, or music related post you'd like to share, trackback or put the URL in the comments. Maybe you can help some of us decide what movie to see this weekend, or what book to pick up.

    And if you're a fanfic writer/reader, feel free to share those links as well.

    Posted by Ith at 9:38 AM | Comments (4)

    July 27, 2005

    Funny Stuff

    the Prankster (47% dark, 21% spontaneous, 11% vulgar) your humor style: CLEAN | COMPLEX | LIGHT

    Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You're not pretentious, but neither are you into what some would call 'low humor'. You'd laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer something clever to something moist.

    You probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways, yours is the most entertaining type of humor.

    PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Conan O'Brian - Ashton Kutcher

    Take the test yourself.

    A hearty AVAST! to CTG for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM | Comments (1)

    July 26, 2005

    Dance Party

    The latest Cotillion is up. Check out all four parts here, here, here, and here.

    Posted by Ith at 10:28 AM

    July 19, 2005

    Dance Party

    This week's Cotillion:

    Dr. Sanity

    My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    Annika's Journal

    Girl on the Right

    Posted by Ith at 10:55 AM

    July 15, 2005

    Blowing It Out Of The Water

    Russ hasn't posted in a few days, but he made the wait worth it. He's written up a superb review on the movie, "Master & Commander" that you should scuttle off and read right now!.

    Posted by Ith at 3:26 PM

    July 13, 2005


    Sometimes I wonder if my gender is in question too! Glad it's not just me...

    Posted by Ith at 8:49 AM | Comments (14)

    July 12, 2005

    Morning Dance

    The latest Cotillion is up for your reading pleasure!

    ~ Feisty Repartee

    ~ Villainous Company

    ~ Sisu

    Posted by Ith at 8:15 AM | Comments (1)

    July 9, 2005

    Boiling Kettles

    Apparently, there are people who are scolding bloggers who didn't react in what they consider an appropriate way to the 7/7 bombings in London. So go read what Emily at Second Breakfast (where most favoured commenter Dave J blogs) has to say on the matter. What she said.

    Posted by Ith at 12:54 PM

    July 6, 2005


    This weeks Cotillion can be found at Little Miss Atilla, The Anchoress, and Reasoned Audacity.

    Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM


    The latest edition of the Red Ensign Standard can be found here.

    And in related Canadian content, Girl on the Right is organizing a letter writing project for Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan.

    She says:

    So what of our Canadian soldiers, stuck in Afghanistan with nothing but a rusted Korea-era tank and a potato gun? Nothing. No blogs that I could find, and worse still - no letter-writing organizations. They've been forgotten. By our government, by our media, by our citizens, and by our charitable Christian women's hearts. They fight shoulder to shoulder with their American brothers and sisters, who receive care packages from perfect strangers, and the Canadians remain unthanked.
    Posted by Ith at 9:01 AM

    June 29, 2005


    Lori passes on freakin' kewl news!

    (Link fixed -- thanks, Jay)

    Posted by Ith at 10:21 PM | Comments (1)

    Gold Star for Creativity

    CB was so creative in her attempt to finangle a link, that I just have to do it.

    And this a good time to remind folks that if they're shopping at Amazon, and click through my page, it garners the blog a few quatloos to keep the lights on. It's always greatly appreciated!

    Posted by Ith at 3:21 PM | Comments (2)

    June 27, 2005

    Dance Card

    The first dance of the evening is being held at MaxedOutMama, the next dance is at Rightwingsparkle. Come morning, there will most certainly be a final waltz -- or two! Stay tuned!

    Posted by Ith at 10:19 PM | Comments (1)

    Most Hated Thing

    I HATED shopping for a car from a dealership, so much so, I bought mine from a private individual from the Auto Shopper. Here is a tale of new car buying that reminded me how much I hated it!

    Posted by Ith at 11:59 AM | Comments (1)

    June 24, 2005

    Helping Out A Friend

    Jay's been having weaponized banana problems at his place. Because I'm a pal, I pass this on in an effort to aid him in his struggle:

    .... Sgt.: We haven't done them, have we? Right. Bananas. How to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. Now you, come at me with this banana. Catch! Now, it's quite simple to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. First of all you force him to drop the banana; then, second, you eat the banana, thus disarming him. You have now rendered him 'elpless.

    Palin: Suppose he's got a bunch.

    Sgt.: Shut up.

    Idle: Suppose he's got a pointed stick.

    Sgt.: Shut up. Right now you, Mr Apricot.

    Chapman: 'Arrison.

    Sgt.: Sorry, Mr. 'Arrison. Come at me with that banana. Hold it like that,
    that's it. Now attack me with it. Come on! Come on! Come at me!
    Come at me then! (Shoots him.)

    Chapman: Aaagh! (dies.)

    Sgt.: Now, I eat the banana. (Does so.)

    Palin: You shot him!

    Jones: He's dead!

    Idle: He's completely dead!

    Sgt.: I have now eaten the banana. The deceased, Mr Apricot, is now 'elpless.

    Palin: You shot him. You shot him dead.

    Sgt.: Well, he was attacking me with a banana.

    Jones: But you told him to.

    Sgt.: Look, I'm only doing me job. I have to show you how to defend
    yourselves against fresh fruit.

    Idle: And pointed sticks.

    Sgt.: Shut up.

    Palin: Suppose I'm attacked by a man with a banana and I haven't got a gun?

    Sgt.: Run for it.

    The entire sketch can be found here.

    Posted by Ith at 11:58 AM | Comments (2)

    June 21, 2005

    Joining The Dance

    Over the weekend, I received an invitation to join the Cotillion, and you'll see their blogroll over on the sidebar now. Many of the members were old favourites of mine, so I very much appreciated the invitation.

    So today is my first link to a Cotillion Ball. Lots of good reading to be found!

    (I wonder how they feel about jigs, strathspeys and reels?)

    Posted by Ith at 10:40 AM | Comments (9)

    Raising the Standard

    The latest Red Ensign Standard for your perusal.

    Posted by Ith at 8:52 AM

    Screwing It Up

    John Hawkins asked me to participate in his latest survey: Who's Screwing Up America. You can see the results here.

    Posted by Ith at 7:33 AM

    June 20, 2005

    Jingle Entries

    Here are the entries in the jingle contest. Vote for your favourite in the comments. I'll keep voting open till about the same time tomorrow. Please, no wagering!

    1: Tacjammer (to the tune of "Rock Lobster")

    Military blogger Barbecue über geek Has a stray thought and blogs it It is the TacJammer

    (Ahhh... ahhh... ahhh... ahhh...)
    (Ahhh... ahhh... ahhh... ahhh...)

    2: Willow Tree:

    Come sit under the Willow Tree and have a nice chat with me. I can talk about lots of stuff Sometimes I'm kind, sometimes I'm rough. But what really makes my day If you've left a word about my say.

    3: Pirate's Blog

    And now it's... Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Red State is happy and gay! We're marching to a faster pace Look out, here comes the master race! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Southland's a fine land once more! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Watch out, Blue State We're going on tour! Springtime for Pirate and Bear Flag League Winter for Durbin and Kos.... or: Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Pirate's party!

    4: Triticale

    A crossbreed of wheat grain and rye Provided the name for the guy He's called triticale And if he'd write daily his blog would no doubt catch your eye.

    Thanks to all the talented participants!

    Posted by Ith at 4:10 PM | Comments (1)



    The Bear Flag League Summer Conference is fast approaching. Have you signed up yet?

    Posted by Ith at 3:17 PM


    And don't forget: the Jingle contest! You have till tomorrow!

    Update Monday: I'm going to accept entries till 12pm my time (PDT) and then I'll put all the entries in one post and let the readership vote.

    Posted by Ith at 11:35 AM | Comments (1)

    Two Party Thoughts

    Some interesting thoughts here on our two party system, and why it's a good thing when it's healthy.

    Posted by Ith at 10:12 AM | Comments (1)

    June 18, 2005

    Things I Love Right At This Moment

    I'm on a blogging roll that can't be stopped!

    Ilyka is safely in NM and is blogging again.

    Into the West. This is an awesome series and I can't recommend it enough. I cried through a great deal of last night's. It reminds me how much I owe my great-great grandparents for what they endured to come West to California.

    Cowboy Junkies! How I love their music.

    Oooh! Open trackback post!

    Sadie stories.

    My giant pot of tea.

    Having the computer all to myself since Nin works this weekend. (but I swear I miss her!) (I do!)

    My Launch music station. I'm chair dancing!

    Posted by Ith at 3:22 PM | Comments (2)

    Programming Note

    The big MT upgrade will be happening around here sometime in the near future. So you've been warned. I purchased the new software, and now we're all set.

    Posted by Ith at 2:08 PM | Comments (2)

    June 17, 2005


    Remember the jingle contest! I'm going to leave it open over the weekend. Russ's entry is the one (the only one!) to beat. He was so thorough, he even sent me an MP3 of the tune he set his to. Now that's dedication (or something)!

    Posted by Ith at 8:38 AM | Comments (1)

    June 16, 2005

    Give Me A Jingle

    Want to flog your blog? Then give me a jingle! An advertising jingle, that is. Be creative and create a jingle for your blog. Leave it in the comments, or track back to this post so I can find it. Tomorrow Monday, I'll pick a winner (and maybe I can wrassle up some judges) and the oh so fortunate blog will get an award post announcing their victory and the extreme satisfaction in knowing they pummled the competition! Who could ask for more?

    So go now and create a poem/song/ditty/limmerick about your own precious blog. We'll be waiting!

    (and if you'd like to help me judge the results (assuming there are any) let me know)

    Posted by Ith at 8:29 AM | Comments (3)

    June 15, 2005

    She's Annoyed

    CB is ticked off and will tell you all about it. Since it's a subject that annoys me as well, I think you should all go see.

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

    June 13, 2005

    Blog Find

    New to me blog I discovered today: American Lady.

    18, just out of high school and Republican. Go take a look.

    Posted by Ith at 12:31 PM | Comments (1)

    June 12, 2005

    Carnival of the Dogs

    The latest edition is up right now.

    Posted by Ith at 2:13 PM

    June 10, 2005

    Bear Flag Dinner

    Peter Sean is in town today, so we're getting together later for dinner. I'll let you know who the first one is to bring up the Pope, the Virgin Mary, or priests marrying!

    Posted by Ith at 6:15 PM | Comments (2)

    June 9, 2005

    Funny Strange, & Funny Amusing

    I always think that when perusing the Llamas. And here's another example: BLOGISTAN HIGH 1984 Yearbook. You have to go take a look at this one, honest.

    Posted by Ith at 9:01 AM

    June 7, 2005


    A certain someone went a bit nuts and did a BFL Roundup. Five hours, it took him!!

    Posted by Ith at 8:56 AM

    June 6, 2005

    Red Ensign Review

    The newest edition is here.

    Posted by Ith at 9:12 AM

    June 5, 2005

    Riding Sun

    I found this blog via my site meter referrer logs. Good stuff!

    Posted by Ith at 12:49 PM

    June 3, 2005

    Too Funny

    This is a hoot and a half.

    Posted by Ith at 6:51 PM

    June 1, 2005

    Meet Jim

    One of the members of my current events email list finally succumbed to the blogging bug. Go welcome him to the neighborhood!

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

    Look Who's Back In The Blogging Fold!

    No, I'm not going to tell you, you have to go look.

    Posted by Ith at 4:23 PM

    New Conservative News Site

    Conservative Grapevine

    Posted by Ith at 8:25 AM

    May 29, 2005

    And Something Else I Missed..

    The latest Red Ensign Standard.

    Posted by Ith at 12:48 PM

    May 27, 2005


    It's Star Wars Friday!

    (this post will stay at the top for most of the day)

    Posted by Ith at 8:14 PM

    It's That Time

    Check out Mickey's for the latest Carnival of the Dogs!

    Posted by Ith at 4:52 PM

    Best Post Of The Week

    This has to be one of the best posts I've read this week. It's both laugh out loud funny and incredibly "awwwwww" inducing all at the same time.

    Posted by Ith at 12:19 PM

    Star Wars Friday

    Since we're heading into a quiet holiday weekend, I thought I'd try something different. Pretend you're a Senator of the Republic and want to say your piece. Well, today, you can say it here. I've set up three guest logins. Pick one, log in, and make a post. It doesn't have to be Star Wars related, you may post on any subject you choose -- I just thought a theme would be nice.

    A few "guidelines":

    Keep profanity to a minimum, puleese.

    Title your post and put your name in brackets next to it. Like this: Why Rebels Are Scum (Wanda) or Why Rebels Are Scum (Grand Moff Wanda)

    Use the category Voices from the Empire

    Make your links hyperlinks. In IE there's a button, in Firefox/Mozilla you will need to hand code.

    Feel free to flog your blog, but you can't post just for flogging purposes. You have to at least give us a song -- metaphorically speaking :)

    Okay, here's the log in info:

    log in: Imperial Governor
    password: nubnub

    log in: Senator of the Republic
    password: nubnub

    log in: Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder
    password: nubnub

    These are case sensitive! I'm going to be keeping a weather eye out, so no monkey business, please. Other than that, have fun!

    Later that night.. I've closed it down for now. Thanks to those who paticipated!

    Posted by Ith at 7:42 AM

    May 25, 2005


    The secret's out.

    I'm sure the difficulties at the meeting had nothing to do with me and Peter Sean bickering discussing the Virgin Mary. Nuh uh!

    via Beautiful Atrocities

    Posted by Ith at 2:57 PM | Comments (1)

    May 23, 2005

    Do Me A Favour

    This bright young woman is on my House M.D. list and she has an online journal for her communications class. If you have a moment, go over and say, "hi", if you would.

    Hey, it's all for America'a children, people!

    Posted by Ith at 7:28 PM

    May 22, 2005

    Talking It Out On Dr. Phil

    If you thought I was a big old meanie about Revenge of the Sith, then you ain't read nothing yet. And she very much captures my feeling if disappointment now that all the prequels are done. A very amusing and bittersweet review.

    A few minutes later: the link to the post takes you to the comments, but seemingly not the actual post (I may be missing something obvious). So here's the link to the main page, and just scroll down a bit.

    Posted by Ith at 1:55 PM

    May 20, 2005

    Monster Task

    KG went a little nuts today and decided to do a round up of the entire Bear Flag League. Perhaps I should send over a nice cool cloth?


    Posted by Ith at 3:15 PM

    May 19, 2005

    You're Invited

    The BFL is holding its first ever conference: Preparing for 2006: Bloggers Gaining Access

    I wish I could go!

    Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM

    May 18, 2005


    DaGoddes is celebrating her blogiversary!

    Posted by Ith at 5:08 PM

    A Jilted Lover

    Here's a guy after my own heart.

    And a hearty AVAST! to Deb for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 11:30 AM

    May 17, 2005

    Now This...

    goes nicely with my post of yesterday on George Lucas. Excellent commentary on George's Jawa Jumping tendancies and a great review of the movie.

    (yes, I admit I'm being sucked in, but I'm still resisting)

    Posted by Ith at 8:55 AM

    May 15, 2005

    Check It Out

    The latest Carnival of the Dogs.

    Posted by Ith at 12:38 PM

    May 10, 2005

    Check It Out

    The latest Red Ensign Standard that is.

    Posted by Ith at 9:04 AM

    May 9, 2005

    Another Blog To Check Out

    I just discovered today that one of my favourite authours, David Brin, has a blog -- on blogspot no less. Should make for interesting reading.

    Posted by Ith at 4:43 PM | Comments (2)

    May 6, 2005

    I Never Liked That Line In ET Either

    Aaron has some thoughts on movie filtering technology and why he supports it. Go check it out.

    Posted by Ith at 9:29 AM | Comments (1)

    Heavenly Roundup

    Top notch roundup of reviews on Kingdom of Heaven here at Beautiful Atrocities.

    At this point, I'm relatively sure that my initial misgivings on this movie were not misplaced.

    (Take heart, gentle readers. I'm sure I'll stop posting about KoH real soon now)

    Posted by Ith at 9:25 AM | Comments (4)

    May 3, 2005

    Geek Wars

    The lovely Kathy has the last of her Star Wars Trivia Contests up. Go embarrass yourself like I did!

    Posted by Ith at 12:01 PM

    May 2, 2005


    Old timer commenter, Dave J has finally started blogging!


    Posted by Ith at 4:59 PM | Comments (6)

    A Carnival & A Question

    The latest round of Woofs! is up at Mickey's and she has a question.

    Posted by Ith at 11:25 AM

    May 1, 2005

    Ta Da!!

    Two days of work, and it's done! I'm very happy with it and I'm keeping this one for a while. I've kept the other two top choices I had, and maybe I'll figure out how to do skins one of these days so I can use them all!

    Okay, now I need to actually do housework and other boring stuff.

    Posted by Ith at 1:05 PM | Comments (13)

    April 29, 2005


    CTG is hosting the latest Recipe Extravaganza!

    Posted by Ith at 9:40 AM | Comments (1)

    Disappointing, But Not At All Surprising

    Justin at Calblog has a teriffic post up on one of my favourite topics, the Crusades. This one deals with the upcoming movie, "Kingdom of Heaven". I've been leery of this movie since I first learned of it -- even though Orlando Bloom was in it and I really wanted to see it -- but held out a dim hope that it might not be the whitewash I was expecting. Looks like I probably should have quashed that hope from the get go:

    The fact that a sue-happy, terror-apologist group like CAIR actually put its seal of approval on the film should be quite damning. (Do you suppose that the filmmakers bothered to show Christian/Catholic leaders an advance screening of the film to get their input and seal of approval? Not likely. That should speak volumes about the cynical nature of this film.)


    And the interent exclusive trailer was just awesome too. Oh well.

    Posted by Ith at 9:38 AM | Comments (1)

    Visual Wonders

    I love wolves, and since Blake volunteers at a wolf center, he always has great posts and photos on the subject. Nwo, while all his photos are wonderful, these ones just blew me away. Go look!

    Posted by Ith at 8:16 AM

    April 26, 2005

    Carnival of the Recipes = Awesome

    The "topsy-turvy" Carnival of the Recipes (hosted by bebere) is serving dessert, first, this week. /drool..

    Posted by Princess Jami at 7:47 AM

    April 20, 2005


    Lintefugitive Jen has lovely news. :D

    From her announcement on the website: "Remember when I mentioned that my mother got a phone call from a family friend who said she had a guy she wanted me to meet? Looking back at that post, I see it was from January 24. Wow, January.

    Anyway, my mother gave our friend my blog address and she passed it on to him. He lurked for a bit (and somehow wasn’t scared away) and then emailed me and we’ve been corresponding ever since. Turns out he is not a pastor, but teaches college poli-sci. He is a devoted follower of Jesus and one of the sweetest men I’ve met in a long time."

    Go read the rest and get all happy tingly and then go wish her congratulations! Of course, nothing's final, here, but I'm just pleased she's decided to court "The Beau" (who sounds swell) and see where it leads...

    Posted by Princess Jami at 10:20 AM | Comments (1)

    April 16, 2005

    Cookies but no Absinthe

    The 35th weekly Carnival of the Recipes is up at Countertop Chronicles .

    Drop by and check out all of the yumminess!

    Posted by Caltechgirl at 1:35 PM

    April 15, 2005

    Guest Blogger: Russ

    Howdy, folks. Russ of TacJammer here, and while Ith is away — slacking on vacation while the rest of the nation carries her share of the load — I'll be one of the folks filling in here.

    My goals are three-fold:

    1. Posting of random items of interest (interesting to me, that is.)

    2. Creation of insane lies about what Ith is doing while she's away.

    3. Shameless self-promotion.

    I expect to succeed only on #3. I think I've made a good start.

    Posted by Russ at 2:14 PM | Comments (3)

    Be My Guest

    Well, I'm in almost vacation mode, so any of my wonderful guest bloggers out there who'd like to dip their toes in today,feel free! And make sure you shamelessly promote your own blogs while you're filling in for me!

    Posted by Ith at 9:37 AM | Comments (1)

    April 14, 2005

    Fickle Fate

    Ninja plays with dolls.

    Posted by Ith at 6:09 PM

    April 11, 2005

    Check It Out

    The latest Red Ensign Standard, that is.

    Posted by Ith at 9:04 AM

    April 7, 2005

    He's Been Holding Out!

    I've just come to discover that Thomas, long time commenter, has a blog! Go visit him!

    Just to note: if anyone who comments here goes and gets themselves a blog, I expect to hear about it! :) How else can I shamelessly promote you if you don't tell me about it?

    Posted by Ith at 3:00 PM | Comments (7)

    Many Thanks

    I wanted to thank everyone who participated in the Gathering of the Blogs 2005. Thanks to you, it was a lot of fun, and a rousing success!

    Oh, yeah! If you'd like to get an advance reminder of the 2006 Gathering, then please sign up for the announcement list. I'm trying to a little more clever than last year when I didn't keep any of the contact info for the participants!

    Posted by Ith at 8:32 AM | Comments (1)

    April 1, 2005

    Fashion Of The Scots

    It's April 1st and that means -- no, not April Fool's Day -- it's Scottish Fashion Show Day! So trackback, or leave your links in the comments, to your post with Scottish fashion from you, your family, friends, or pets!

    The only pic I have on my computer is of me heading off to a wake, about 12 years ago in my Modern Dress Fraser Kilt.


    So there's mine, let's see yours!

    And if you want to join us for the Gathering of the Blogs 2005, everything you need to know is right here.

    Posted by Ith at 1:11 AM | Comments (6)

    March 31, 2005

    Comment, Damn You!

    Hey, it's "National Blog Comment Week" according to ASV! That means y'all need to comment like it's 1999! Well, no that won't work 'cus there were no comments in 1999, were there? Whatever. Just comment!

    Posted by Ith at 9:22 AM | Comments (19)

    March 30, 2005

    General Tartan Day Reminders

    First off, I wanted to clarify something. You do not need a Yahoo account/profile to participate. If you don't have one, and don't want one, email me directly, or leave your email address in the comments, and I will sub you manually. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion than last time. The list is set to announce only. The only email you will get will be from me . You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. As an example: I set up the Tartan Blogs list at the beginning of March and a total of 3 emails have been sent. That's it, 3. Honest :) The other thing I'm using Yahoo for is to store the blogroll codes and the banners and buttons so all you need is in one place. I hope this clears up any confusion there may have been.

    Okay, now the reminder: Friday is Scottish Fashion Show Day! So get those pics ready to go.

    Next week is Tartan Day itself, April 6.

    I have put up the Gathering 2005 blogroll. This has everyone on it that I know is participating up to today. If you don't see your blog listed, and you thought you'd told me so, let me know.

    All you need to know is here.

    Posted by Ith at 12:46 PM | Comments (3)

    March 29, 2005


    The latest Red Ensign Standard has been raised.

    Posted by Ith at 9:27 AM

    March 26, 2005

    Coolest Blogroll

    I've always admired folks who have their blogrolls divided up in clever categories. Today, through Sitemeter, I discovered Fistful of Fortnights (a kewl blog name) and the very nifty Quentin Tarantino themed blogroll.

    (this is probably where I should admit I've never seen one of his movies) (but I did like him on Alias!) (one of these days I'll catagorize my blogroll, but I have yet to think of anything clever enough to make it worth doing)

    Posted by Ith at 3:44 PM | Comments (5)

    March 24, 2005

    Gnome, Gnome On The Range...

    Look what I got meself!


    Stolen from Contagion with much zeal!

    Posted by Ith at 3:30 PM | Comments (1)

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Next Friday, the 1st of April, is our "Scottish Web Fashion Show". So get those photos of you, or your pets, friends, family, in your best plaid duds ready to go!

    Then, fast after that is Tartan Day itself, on April 6th. It's going to be a lot of fun, so I hope you'll participate. Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to discover blogs you might not already know about, and to bring a little extra traffic to your blog. All the information you need is here. Feel free to email me if you you have any questions.

    Posted by Ith at 9:18 AM

    March 23, 2005

    Better Late Than Never

    I almost missed the Carnival of the Dogs!

    Posted by Ith at 9:48 AM

    March 17, 2005

    In Honour of St. Patrick's Day...

    a reminder to join in on the Tartan Day blogging festivities!

    Posted by Ith at 9:22 AM | Comments (1)

    March 16, 2005

    Gathering of the Blogs 2005

    Everything you need to know is right here. Hope you will join the rest of us in what I'm hoping will be a lot of fun!

    Posted by Ith at 3:03 PM

    March 15, 2005

    The Latest

    The new Red Ensign Standard is up at Rue's.

    Oh, and I made a "Canadian Content" post this weekend that may be of interest if you're a Canadian living here in the States.

    Posted by Ith at 9:51 AM

    March 14, 2005


    My answers to CTG's questions are here.

    Posted by Ith at 4:43 PM

    March 11, 2005

    String On Finger

    The 2005 Gathering of the Blogs, April 6th! Everything you need to know here.

    We had 37 entrants last year, so let's aim for 57 this time around!

    Posted by Ith at 6:39 PM

    Friday Grab Bag

    In email, the owner of this site, passed on a link to a post she thought I'd like - and she was right! Very amusing.

    My House M.D. list is going so well, I had to create a fiction list to go along with it!

    Don't forget to add your bit to the Round Robin in the post right under this one.

    For those of you that watch Stargate, it's on for 90 minutes tonight, so adjust your recording devices accordingly! And after you've watched, if you want to discuss, check out my latest email list.

    Posted by Ith at 12:32 PM

    Nebulous Dreams - Week II

    By kinda popular demand, I bring you the second week of the Friday Round Robin. Here's the last snippets from last week's outing:

    .... Once armed, he'll need to finish stocking for his expedition to retrieve the long lost Nebulus Crystal, which holds the secret of eternal life, (or is it the worlds best spaghetti recipe?) in its core. Only those pure of heart can retrieve the secret, which leaves out Dan Rather, so he will have to seek out one of the few that he knows fits the description, someone named Owen Lucas, no relation to George or to the Oracle of Virginia. But where was Owen to be found?

    No one knew except Owen, of course. Turns out he was being held by Customs agents who mistook him for the Oracle of Virginia, who is a wanted man.

    Now, in the comments, continue the story. It can be a sentence, it can be a couple of paragraphs. On Sunday, I'll put the entire thing in one post, along with the links of those that contributed.

    Knock yourselves out!

    Posted by Ith at 8:41 AM | Comments (4)

    March 9, 2005

    Gathering of the Blogs 2005

    Get used to it, guys! This is the first of what will be many reminders about Tartan Day and the Gathering 2005 (not the Immortal kind) All you need to know is right here.

    Posted by Ith at 4:56 PM

    March 8, 2005

    That's Kinda Cool

    I discovered you can add blogs to your My Yahoo! page via RSS. So to test it out, I added mine, and now I can read myself via Yahoo. Now to pick which blogs I want to add....

    Posted by Ith at 12:17 PM | Comments (6)

    March 7, 2005

    Gathering of the Blogs 2005

    After some gentle prodding from Jen, I've decided to do a "Gathering of the Blogs" for 2005. If you missed it last year, you can check out the final product here. This year, I'm starting a lot earlier -- a month compared to the week last year -- so I'm hoping I'll be a bit better organized this time! So, here's how it'll work:

    First off, if you want to participate, subscribe yourself here(or, I can subscribe you directly. Leave your email address in the comments of this post) (Update 3.30.05:You DO NOT NEED a Yahoo account. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion than last time. If you email me directly I will subscribe you manually. It is set to announce only. You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. There has been some confusion on this, and I just wanted to clarify) Last year, the number of email addresses and URLs to track became a little bit unwieldy, so I'm getting a little help from Yahoo this time around. Just a note -- this isn't an email list for people to post to. So if you're worried about getting a ton of unwanted email, please don't. It's set to announce only. The only email you'll get will be from me with what you need come Tartan Day.

    There will also be a blogrolling blog roll this time in addition to the hand coded roll of last time. A week before Tartan Day participants are encouraged (but not required) to start making Scottish related posts on their blogs, and put up the Tartan Day blog roll. On Tartan Day itself (April 6), all participants should have a Tartan Day/Scottish related post up, and I will send everyone the final list of participants for posting on their individual blogs.

    We had a lot of fun last time, and I hope we will double the fun this year!

    A few days later: your contribution on Tartan Day can be anything from a photo, a recipe, a bit about your Scots ancestry, or some Scottish activity or food you're fond of. It can even be a link to an article about Scottish history, travel, or culture. Basically anything that somehow has some Scottish content is cool. And if you do post your favourite Scottish recipe, don't forget the Carnival of the Recipes! Sort of killing two birds with one post :)

    Later still: 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, or your friends, family, pets, 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.

    Posted by Ith at 11:25 AM | Comments (16)

    Nebulous Dreams

    Here's the completed Round Robin from Friday. Thanks to everyone who participated!

    It was a dark and rainy afternoon, and Mitzie was just sitting down to her computer, getting ready to do a little blogging. Unexpectedly, the doorbell rang. Mitzie went to the door, wondering who could possibly be visiting her today of all days. She opened the door, gasping in shock at seeing who it was.

    "Omigosh!" she exclaimed, "The escort!"

    The entertainer was 6 hours early for the party. The guests hadn't even arrived yet and the chicken wings were just put in the oven. However, the beer keg was tapped and a couple of frosty mugs were ready in the freezer.

    Her ex-husband stood like a ghost in the doorway, seaweed sticking to his blanched wet skin. She really should have made sure he was dead before dumping his body in the river, she thought just before he shot her dead.

    He then heard a sound. Someone else was in the house!

    Otto, Mitzie's pet monkey, leapt off the loft ledge onto the ex-husband's gun, inadvertently shooting the remaining bullets into the wall before running under the computer desk. Otto sat by Mitzie's cold knees, gibbering and clasping the still-warm weapon in his monkey grip. Startled, the ex dropped...

    Suddenly, Otto awakened from the strangest dream, in which he had been a monkey. It felt like something right out of Dallas, yet here he was, still here in his old life, holding Michael Jackson's umbrella. There had to be more than this, there had to be! Maybe if he took a chance, if he finally had the nerve to tell those damn mice glaring at him from the rafters to find another patsy to annoy.

    He wasn't taking it anymore. Soon, his gun license will be approved and he'll be able to exercise his natural right to self-defense. Not to mention show Michael Moore exactly what he thinks, he jokes to himself.

    Once armed, he'll need to finish stocking for his expedition to retrieve the long lost Nebulus Crystal, which holds the secret of eternal life, (or is it the worlds best spaghetti recipe?) in its core. Only those pure of heart can retrieve the secret, which leaves out Dan Rather, so he will have to seek out one of the few that he knows fits the description, someone named Owen Lucas, no relation to George or to the Oracle of Virginia. But where was Owen to be found?

    No one knew except Owen, of course. Turns out he was being held by Customs agents who mistook him for the Oracle of Virginia, who is a wanted man.

    For the answer, and much much more, tune in next week for the continuing saga.


    Original concept - Me!

    Authours - deb, Jaboobie, Rue, Jami, Jay, Ninjababe, & Jen.

    Marketing & Promotion - Jay

    Posted by Ith at 10:13 AM | Comments (1)

    March 5, 2005

    It Has A Monkey!

    If you haven't checked out the Round Robin, you're missing the monkey and murder. Agatha ain't got nothing on us, babe! There's still time to contribute, and I'm looking forward to what you all come up with!

    Posted by Ith at 12:40 PM | Comments (1)

    March 4, 2005

    Don't Forget!

    Add your snippet to the Friday Round Robin. It'll be up all weekend, so plenty of time for it to grow. Feel free to add another section if you've already played today.

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM | Comments (2)

    It Wouldn't Be Friday..

    .. without a Carnival of the Recipes!

    Posted by Ith at 8:40 AM

    March 1, 2005

    I Should Be Making Dinner

    But instead, I'm reading this. And that would be Ilyka's fault (isn't it always?) (but I can't hate you, even hysterically). Speaking of Ilyka, I got an email today from an "Ilya". No, no point, just saying is all. But to get back to the point (if there is one) (I may have lost it) of this post, the above link. You must go read it. Really. It's a two glasses of wine and I'm late making dinner because of it sorta thang. And now I've said my piece, I really am going to make dinner since you know what's on tonight!

    Later! It's bruschetta making time.

    Posted by Ith at 6:14 PM | Comments (2)

    Around & About My Blogging World

    By all that's holy, comment for gosh darn's sake! I'm with Lori, I love getting comments. They make me all warm and fuzzy -- like a tribble. Or maybe a dust bunny by the heat vent....

    And Fugitive Jen realllllllllllly wants you to watch "Amazing Race". Me? I want you to watch "House", and tape AR!

    And here's the latest Red Ensign Standard for your reading enjoyment.

    Kathy has much food for thought on the topic of casual sex and the old double standard.

    Then there's dating and blogging. Lori has a question.

    Nin has BIG music news. (I know, believe me. I live with her)

    Posted by Ith at 1:57 PM | Comments (11)

    February 27, 2005


    Check out the canine carnival over at Mickey's

    Posted by Ith at 11:55 AM

    February 25, 2005

    Just Too Funny

    Who the Hell Do You Think You Are?

    I saw it at IMAO earlier in the week, and Margi so does it justice. "There was this keg party...."

    Posted by Ith at 2:37 PM


    The latest Recipe Extravaganza is up!

    Posted by Ith at 9:40 AM | Comments (1)

    February 24, 2005

    Yips & Orgles, Oh My!

    Ithy got a Llama-link! Though that sounds like some sort of sausage, no? "Coming soon to your grocer's freezer section: Jimmy Dean Llama Links! It's what's for breakfast."

    Posted by Ith at 2:49 PM | Comments (1)

    February 23, 2005

    A Kindred Spirit

    Thanks to SiteMeter via Ilyka, I discovered a kindred House spirit. We're everyhwere!

    Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)

    Delicate Female Posting

    If you didn't know, it's "Estrogen Week" over at Ilyka's and there is much good stuff. Just start at the top and keep scrolling.

    Posted by Ith at 11:02 AM | Comments (3)

    February 22, 2005

    C-3PO Speaks!

    Err, types. Or does he have to actually type? He is a droid after all, and he probably just beams his thoughts to the computer. Or maybe R2 does it for him....?

    Posted by Ith at 11:07 AM

    February 19, 2005

    Touchy Feely Prayers For Today's World


    Our Friend, in your Happy Place,
    We're really comfortable with who you are.
    May you realize your vision and find closure,
    in our delicate eco-system, as within your own personal environment.

    Read the whole thing here. Make sure no beverages are passing your lips at the time.

    Posted by Ith at 1:53 PM

    Crash & Burn!

    I knew I was going to be back to Mammal status in a few days, but geez!! I dropped from 94 to 277 in one night!

    Posted by Ith at 1:08 PM | Comments (3)

    February 18, 2005

    A Bit Longer Than Expected

    Well, I'm still a Playful Primate! I figured it would be a day or two sort of thang :) But I'm pretty sure by next week I'll be back to Mammal status. I was in the 80s, and now I'm dropping into the 90s.

    Posted by Ith at 10:47 AM | Comments (2)


    Just in time for lunch!

    Posted by Ith at 8:47 AM

    February 15, 2005

    The Standard

    The latest Red Ensign Standard can be found here.

    Posted by Ith at 10:19 AM

    February 14, 2005

    "Talking Smack"

    Sharon pointed out this excellent blog, and while perusing it, I came across this post on the Ward Churchill/Eason Jordan situations. You should pop on over and read it for yourself.

    Posted by Ith at 3:53 PM | Comments (1)


    I've been a Playful Primate for two days now. Usually it's a hiccup that rectifies itself in a day. Well, I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

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

    February 11, 2005

    Food Alert

    The latest recipe fest is up!

    Posted by Ith at 3:28 PM

    Nothing Says Happiness...

    like Margarita blogging.


    My booze photoblogging entry.

    (Yes, it's a teeny pic, but it's all I have access to at work. When I get home, I can peruse my photo files for something better)

    (And the timing of this is quite ironic considering my first post today!)

    (Come get me U.N.!! Neener Neener)

    Posted by Ith at 11:07 AM | Comments (9)

    February 10, 2005


    In an attempt to be a better guest blogger for Juliette, I actually posted this morning!

    For your reading pleasure: Tales From The Workplace.

    Posted by Ith at 11:12 AM

    February 1, 2005

    Behind The Scenes

    Internet Guru, Kathy Kinsley, has been installing some new spam countermeasures here, and on other blogs living on the domain. So over the next couple of days, you'll notice a change or two. Probably most noticeably will be having to hit "preview" before being able to hit "post" on comments. The extra step does wonders for stopping spam, I'm informed. I'm also going to be able to close old comments, so if you've been wanting to make a comment, don't wait! :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM

    January 31, 2005

    Yes, You Should

    Check out The Meatriarchy in its new home! Why? Because linky love is returned unto you :) (that, and there's a pretty puppy picture!)

    Posted by Ith at 6:00 PM

    Guest Blogging

    Juliette has asked me to be a guest blogger over at her place. And while I'm honoured, I'm also rather intimidated! Now I just need to be brave enough to post!

    Posted by Ith at 5:35 PM | Comments (3)

    January 28, 2005

    Lend Me Your Links Friday Returns!

    It's been a long time since we've done this, so how about it?

    Quick overview: In the comments, post a link to a blog post or blog you particularly enjoyed this week. As the day progresses, I'll put the links in the body of this post, along with the link to your blog (if you have one). Here's your chance to do something nice for another blogger. Remember, the link has to be to someone elses blog or blog post!

    So lend me your links!

    Posted by Ith at 8:40 AM | Comments (3)

    January 21, 2005

    Good Scents

    Rue has a smelly discussion going on over at her place. Go add your two scents! (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Posted by Ith at 10:34 AM | Comments (1)

    Eat, Drink, And Be Bloggy

    The latest Recipe Extravaganza is up at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

    Posted by Ith at 9:27 AM

    January 20, 2005

    Oh, This Is A Good One

    In her inimitable style, Andrea hits another home run.

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

    Holding My Head High

    For those of us who aren't ashamed, Michele has started this.

    Posted by Ith at 10:45 AM

    January 17, 2005

    Other Galactica Thoughts

    Continuing with the BG related posts, Digger's Realm has a good post up with his thoughts, and the thoughts of a few other bloggers, on the new Battlestar Galactica.

    Posted by Ith at 10:49 AM | Comments (2)

    Check It Out

    The latest Red Ensign Standard is up.

    Posted by Ith at 9:17 AM

    January 16, 2005

    Speaking Of

    Nin recently had her third blogiversary as well!

    Posted by Ith at 12:24 PM

    January 14, 2005

    Reading Material

    Check out Accidental Nomad, a new to me blog I discovered just this afternoon.

    Posted by Ith at 4:01 PM

    January 13, 2005


    [ahem] [is this thing on?]

    On the occasion of my third blogiversary, I'd like to thank all my wonderful readers, most all my commenters, my posse (you know who you are) and I'd just like to buy the world a coke!

    I'd also like to thank Dreaded Purple Master and Paul of SSDB for being the very first two who linked to me way back when. And of course, many many thanks to everyone who has linked to me since. And last, but not least, thanks to Rachel for getting me off Blogger and onto MT back in those early days, lost in the mists of time and for being a great friend.

    Thank you one and all for making my day to day so much better.

    Here's to three more years! Cheers!

    Posted by Ith at 12:19 AM | Comments (12)

    January 12, 2005

    Surfing Hobbiton

    Just because it made me laugh. And damnit, that's reason enough!

    Posted by Ith at 12:36 PM

    January 11, 2005


    Good news in the Pinwheel household.

    Posted by Ith at 1:05 PM | Comments (1)

    My Sweet Crush

    Sharon is talking fictional crushes (Rimmer????). Who are yours?

    Posted by Ith at 1:01 PM | Comments (7)

    She's A Witch!

    Terrific blog discovery here, and this post: We still need witches to burn, hang and drown.....

    Via the happenin' Peter Sean.

    Posted by Ith at 11:49 AM | Comments (3)

    January 10, 2005

    Lori Is Good People

    I love all my kitties, and my dog, but I've always had a special fondness for pugs, though I've never owned one. Lori is doing good things for the little guys.

    Posted by Ith at 3:48 PM

    For The Dogs

    Mickey has a new Carnival of the Dogs up here, and she has a post on military dogs in Iraq who need help.

    Posted by Ith at 10:05 AM | Comments (2)

    January 7, 2005

    A Whole Year!

    LemurGirl just hit her first blog birthday!

    Posted by Ith at 6:51 PM

    Farther Down The Stream

    She's a moving fool!

    Off to change her bookmark yet again!

    Posted by Ith at 6:19 PM | Comments (1)

    Vote, Scurvy Landlubbers!

    What kind of pirate am I? You decide!
    You can also view a breakdown of results or put one of these on your own page!
    Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

    Seen today both at LeeAnn's & Nerwen's (who needs votes!)

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM | Comments (3)

    A Work Of Art

    Everything you ever wanted to know about trackbacks, but were afraid to ask.

    Posted by Ith at 11:35 AM | Comments (1)

    January 6, 2005

    Works For Me

    Catching up on some favourites after being away, and came across this post of Juliette's on being single. She pretty much echoes my feelings on the subject, so go read since she's done all the heavy lifting. And she has a followup here, which is also chockfull of of good stuff.

    Posted by Ith at 4:16 PM | Comments (2)

    Third & Counting

    A week from today, the 13th to be exact, it will be my third blogiversary! Hard to believe you've been putting up with me that long, huh? So, gentle readers, what should I do to celebrate? Should there be a week long festival of contests, songs, and drinking? Should I do a posting retrospective? Should I just ignore the whole thing? Lend me your thoughts and I shall do my best to please one and all -- or not.

    Posted by Ith at 10:32 AM | Comments (2)

    December 29, 2004

    Hey, Kids!

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

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

    Someone's Been Naughty!

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

    Glad you're back, sweetie!!

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

    December 27, 2004


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

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

    Posted by Ith at 1:29 PM

    December 24, 2004


    Carnival of the Recipes is up!

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

    Posted by Ith at 12:43 PM

    December 20, 2004

    Red Ensign Review

    Newest one can be found here.

    Posted by Ith at 9:22 AM

    December 17, 2004

    Words Of Wisdom

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

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

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

    Posted by Ith at 6:34 PM

    December 16, 2004

    I'm A Guest

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

    Posted by Ith at 10:23 AM

    December 15, 2004

    God Rest Ye Merry Street Urchins

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

    Posted by Ith at 9:10 AM

    December 14, 2004

    New Digs

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

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

    Speaking My Language

    Beautiful Atrocities discusses absinthe.

    Posted by Ith at 11:41 AM | Comments (8)

    December 9, 2004

    It's In The Air

    The first signs of a California Christmas.

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

    Things To Love

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

    Posted by Ith at 5:01 PM

    December 6, 2004

    The Results Are In

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

    Posted by Ith at 12:12 PM

    December 5, 2004


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

    Posted by Ith at 12:38 PM

    December 3, 2004


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

    Posted by Ith at 1:06 PM

    December 2, 2004

    Because I Amuse Myself

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

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

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

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

    A Theme For The Ages

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

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

    November 29, 2004

    Christmas Is All Around Us...

    CTG wants to know what our fave Xmas movies are. However, blogger is beeing a boob and the comment link is just a hangin'. So, my answer here:

    My favourite Xmas movie is.... [insert drumroll]....


    Posted by Ith at 4:36 PM | Comments (8)

    November 24, 2004


    I'm a Dolce & Gabanna Girl!
    Dolce & Gabanna: Classy with an edge. You take
    traditional ideas and give them a kick in the
    ass! Always stylish and appropriate for

    What fashion designer fits you
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Via Jami!

    Posted by Ith at 4:51 PM | Comments (1)

    A Little Levity

    Canada's illegal immigration problems.

    Posted by Ith at 4:41 PM

    November 21, 2004

    Check Out

    the latest Red Ensign Standard at Dust My Broom..

    Posted by Ith at 11:26 AM | Comments (1)

    November 20, 2004


    There hasn't been much ecosystem movement the last few months, but today I broke into the top 200! I'm at 199 now! It's probably due to my traffic hit for the Last Starfighter yesterday, but it's nice to see.

    Oh, the actual search that's bringing the visitors is: What is the name of the last starfighter in the 1984 movie, The Last Starfighter?

    Nin thinks it must be some sort of contest.

    Posted by Ith at 11:46 AM | Comments (6)

    November 19, 2004


    Dogs, puppies, links, here.

    Posted by Ith at 9:37 AM

    November 18, 2004

    Of Ninjas & Pirates

    I found the link to this comic over here, and I thought of Nin -- my favourite Ninja Pirate (or would that be Pirate Ninja?)

    Posted by Ith at 11:51 AM | Comments (4)

    November 15, 2004

    Gone To The Dogs

    Mickey has another Canine Carnival up at her place. Check it out, and pass it along.

    Posted by Ith at 4:49 PM

    Ninja In The House

    Hey, this is why I live with a Ninja!

    Posted by Ith at 9:57 AM | Comments (1)

    November 11, 2004

    Someone Who's Not, You Know . . . Fascist

    Ilyka has been a roll this week, and this post had me in stitches. You must go read this one. Really!

    Posted by Ith at 9:26 AM | Comments (2)

    November 8, 2004

    New Standard

    The latest edition of the Red Ensign Standard is up.

    Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM

    November 5, 2004

    The Underground

    Found this great blog via Instapundit. Well worth checking out.

    Posted by Ith at 6:03 PM

    November 2, 2004

    Look Who's Blogging!

    I discovered, quite by accident, that frequent commenter, CalTechGirl has a new blog! Go visit!

    Posted by Ith at 11:31 AM | Comments (2)

    October 21, 2004


    Check out Myrick for the latest Red Ensign Roundup.

    Posted by Ith at 11:28 AM

    October 20, 2004

    Accepting Applications

    Since I will be incommunicado from Sat on, I'm accepting applications for one, maybe two, guest bloggers. Email me at edithna AT yahoo DOT com telling me why you should be guest blogger for a week, and my people will get back to your people.

    Posted by Ith at 5:53 PM | Comments (1)

    Hero Speak

    Now this sounds like fun. I'm too pooped to participate, but reading other folks' entries is good too.

    Posted by Ith at 5:04 PM

    October 14, 2004

    100,000 Thanks!

    Tuesday, I passed the 100,000 visitors mark, and I wanted to thank each and everyone of you who reads, links, and comments here.


    Posted by Ith at 9:31 AM | Comments (6)

    October 13, 2004

    An Epic

    Miller's Time took on the gargangtuan task of doing a complete BFL roundup.

    Posted by Ith at 5:21 PM

    October 12, 2004


    Hey, I almost missed it -- I'm nearly at 100,000 on SiteMeter!

    (and it only took me close to three years)

    Update: Went over the mark last night about 11pm.

    Posted by Ith at 9:47 PM | Comments (7)


    Via (Fugitive) Jen, comes the "Nuisance Advisory System".

    Posted by Ith at 12:35 PM

    October 10, 2004

    Lost Souls

    Two lost souls have returned to us. Welcome "home", Debbye and LeeAnn!

    Posted by Ith at 2:41 PM

    October 8, 2004

    At Least A Microorganism!

    Let's get this girl up to at least a Multicellular Microorganism! Maybe even a Wiggly Worm!

    Posted by Ith at 12:56 PM | Comments (3)

    Two Kewl Things

    The latest Red Ensign Standard, and a yummy Recipe Carnival (cheese stuffing!)!

    Posted by Ith at 11:01 AM | Comments (1)

    October 4, 2004

    Drum Roll Please!

    We have a new member of the OnDragonsWing blog family. Please welcome my lovley guest blogger, Cranky Beach to the wonderful world of having your own blog.

    Posted by Ith at 10:06 AM | Comments (1)

    October 3, 2004

    Good Advice

    From LW.

    Posted by Ith at 5:16 PM

    September 23, 2004

    Red Ensign Review

    The latest edition is at "The Tiger in Winter".

    Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM

    September 22, 2004

    Eleven Rules

    John Hawkins has "11 Rules Of Basic Blogger Etiquette" that I think are well worth checking out. This one in particular is a pet peeve of mine:

    Don't do a trackback to someone's blog if you're not actually linking to the post. That's called trackback spamming and it's about as welcome as viagra spam.


    Posted by Ith at 6:41 PM | Comments (1)

    Hot, Fresh, New!

    An email list mate of mine just started up a blog. Check it out!

    Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM

    Wiping The Tears From My Eyes

    If you follow but one link today, make it this one: George Lucas Almost Ate My Soul.

    Posted by Ith at 8:38 AM

    September 21, 2004

    The Eternal Question

    Well, it's my eternal question.

    Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM

    September 16, 2004

    What Say You, Ladies?

    Never mind, I think I know the answer!

    Later: For the record, the above was posted in a spirit of fun. It didn't occur to me that anyone would think I'm voting for the President based solely on his looks. (rumours to the contrary aside I'm not (quite) that shallow) But I tend to forget that not everyone knows me as well as others do, so....

    Later, later: Ilyka is the bestest :) And on the subject of women and voting and stuff, you should go read this post of hers -- it's a goodun.

    Posted by Ith at 12:49 PM | Comments (7)

    September 15, 2004

    Chicks for Bush Blogroll

    And Chicks for Bush gear.

    Posted by Ith at 1:11 PM | Comments (4)

    September 14, 2004

    I Love To Write In My Pajamas, Newsman Dan!

    You must go see this, readers dear, either in your house or using your mouse.

    Posted by Ith at 2:18 PM | Comments (1)

    September 11, 2004

    Pajamas, Bathrobes...

    But we "Chicks for Bush" prefer a little lace and a little silk for our official blogging attire.

    Maybe we need to have an official line of CfB lingerie....

    And speaking of the Chicks, the Irish Lass provides a veritable Chick Bacchanal over at her blog.

    Later the next day.... it occured to me that our bits of silk would have to be brown. Digital Brown Teddies, anyone?

    Posted by Ith at 5:00 PM | Comments (2)

    September 10, 2004

    Canada Via California

    Perfect Red Ensign post over at Q & O.

    Posted by Ith at 4:27 PM | Comments (2)

    September 9, 2004

    Red Ensign Roundup

    The newest edition here.

    Posted by Ith at 11:23 AM

    September 7, 2004

    It's Where The Cool Girls Are

    Fellow Bear Flag chick, Irish Lass, is looking for a few good women who love our Prez. I'm in -- how 'bout you?

    (I've always wanted to be in a clique)

    Posted by Ith at 6:02 PM | Comments (2)


    My "Bushalanche" of yesterday has now turned into a second hand Instalanche!

    Sitemeter is spinning.

    Dang! And welcome!

    This is kinda fun.

    Posted by Ith at 12:58 PM

    September 6, 2004

    A "Bushalanche"?

    Great traffic numbers today! I was linked on "Blogs For Bush" and the visitors are streaming in. Welcome!

    And thanks, Russ, for ther link!

    Posted by Ith at 11:53 AM | Comments (4)

    September 4, 2004

    Weekend Reading

    I'm going to link posts and articles that catch my interest, and that I think my readers would find of interest, here this weekend. Enjoy!

    First up: The Butcher's Bill

    John of Arghhhh! has "The Limits of Soft Power".

    From the BBC, "Bush's Tactical Victory".

    Random Jottings on "Hate Speech".

    Byron goes on a "Blog Fact-Finding Mission".

    Later in the day....

    An Open Letter To a Left-Wing Jerk

    And Now, Think

    Posted by Ith at 12:12 PM | Comments (3)

    August 31, 2004


    Hey, Helen's back! No, not the "Bah!". The "bah!" is that I can't seem to comment on her blog -- I get "Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content: home.*\.com" [pout]

    So here was my comment:

    Welcome home!

    Posted by Ith at 6:17 PM | Comments (1)

    August 20, 2004


    Look who has a blog now! Welcome to the fold, "Mrs. Pinwheels" :) Everyone go say, "hi" to Ian's lovely wife.

    Posted by Ith at 4:05 PM | Comments (1)

    August 19, 2004

    Be My Guest

    Cranky Beach will be guestblogging for me again while I'm in UT. Helping her out this time is our Meetup buddy, Eclectra. She's never blogged before, so she'll be dipping her toes in the water tomorrow while I'm still around to help out.

    Posted by Ith at 11:12 PM | Comments (1)

    John Kerry & The Order Of The Magic Hat

    Katie is a hoot! John Kerry as Gilderoy Lockhart

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

    August 13, 2004

    She's From The Government

    And she's here to help.

    Posted by Ith at 11:39 AM

    August 12, 2004

    Cool Beans!

    Director Mitch made me a blog stamp!

    And another cool bean: the Raging Kraut has a Red Ensign Roundup

    Posted by Ith at 2:58 PM | Comments (2)

    August 11, 2004

    Hey Look!

    I am actually going to post today.

    Just wanted to pass on this link to that I saw over on the Corner.

    Very interesting site. You can find out how everything is Rummy's fault and how to host a Kerry For President Tithe Party.

    Posted by Ith at 4:08 PM

    August 9, 2004


    Via ASV, I came upon this post at Faithiepoo!. You should go read it all, but the money quote for me....

    The Democrats, rather than moderating their whackos, give them the keys to the store.

    Exactly! Whatever "taking the words right out of my mouth" would be in blogging speak, it's that.

    Posted by Ith at 11:22 AM | Comments (1)

    August 6, 2004

    Life Soundtrack

    Patricks asks, "What's the soundtrack of your life?"

    My answer(s): Either Fumbling Towards Ecstasy or Surfacing by Sarah McLachlan. Or maybe Wishing Well by Connie Dover.

    Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM | Comments (2)

    A Few New Finds

    Pugsley's Journal (I love this one! I so want a pug, so until then, I'll just have to visit Pugsley!)

    Boudicca's Voice. (I was pulled in by the name of one of my fave historical figures.)

    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (2)

    The Back Of The Phonebook...

    will never be the same.

    Posted by Ith at 12:20 PM

    August 4, 2004

    Because Good Manners Are Always In Style

    Via Mr. "I Love Adrian Paul" aka Nick, comes this link to "Gothic Miss Manners' Finishing School". This Miss Manners has excellent advice even if you don't happen to be Goth. As I always say, "There's no excuse for bad manners."

    So go get a nice cuppa and settle in for some wise etiquette essays.

    Posted by Ith at 6:20 PM | Comments (1)

    Let The Wookie Win?

    John Hawkins, writing on how to increase your blog traffic, includes this interesting tidbit:

    ..... Ok, Drew didn't actually say you should donate money to RWN, but he was probably thinking it. Even if he wasn't, he should have been, and besides, I must mention the Chewbacca Defense at this point...

    Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now, think about that. That does not make sense!

    Why would a Wookiee — an eight foot tall Wookiee — want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!

    But more importantly, you have to ask yourself: what does that have to do with what we're talking about?

    If it does not make sense, you should contribute money to RWN, and think about it later. I rest my case.

    No, I have no idea what it means, but it sounds very wise and existential.

    (And if you don't know what it means either, you should actually give money to me!)

    Posted by Ith at 2:06 PM | Comments (1)


    I was looking through the "Wriggly Worms" in the Ecosystem, and came across this blog: Harry Potter Prognostications.

    Posted by Ith at 1:13 PM

    August 3, 2004

    Smoke Me A Kipper, I'll Be Back For Breakfast

    So Nin and I weren't the only ones thinking "Rimmer!" when Kerry was giving his speech.

    Posted by Ith at 9:29 AM | Comments (2)

    July 31, 2004


    Mickey has a new dog fest up at her place!

    Posted by Ith at 11:05 AM

    July 28, 2004


    Carnival of the Vanities is up, and I actually contributed this time!

    Posted by Ith at 10:45 AM

    Thank You

    Thanks to everyone who has nominated A&C as an "Anyone But Andrew Sullivan" blog. (I feel like a PBS program: "Funding Provided by the Anyone But Andrew Sullivan Foundation and Viewers Like You"!). I really appreciate the love and concern, I really do. A friend suggested I set up a Target wedding registry thing for household goods, so I'm pondering the idea, though I think I'd feel kinda silly.

    Anywho, thanks again! My stress level is going to be going through the roof these next weeks and months, so it's nice to know there are folks out there in the ether pulling for me.

    Later: I'm reminded that you can but Target stuff via Amazon now, so I can just do an Amazon Wishlist.

    Posted by Ith at 9:11 AM | Comments (5)

    July 23, 2004


    Since Alaska is on "the list" (a potential relocation state), I decided to search out some Alaskan blogs. I found two wonderful ones that are in the personal journal vein, well written, evocative, all that good stuff.

    Bad Behavior & Perspicacious. Well worth your time to check out.

    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (7)

    July 21, 2004

    Pardon Me While I Zone Out


    Like I needed yet more news beamed into my brain. But this is very cool, so go check it out!

    (Seen at ASV & DaGoddess' place)

    Posted by Ith at 4:00 PM

    July 15, 2004

    It's The Real Thing

    Coke is, that's the way it should be... ooops, sorry, 70s FB there...

    Anyway, turns out Francis has a "real blog" now. (as opposed to a faux one?) (heck if I know) (but there you go)

    Posted by Ith at 10:20 AM

    July 9, 2004

    "Lend Me Your Links Friday"!

    It's Friday and I've missed a few weeks, so let's play!

    Quick recap: if there's a post you read on a blog (other than your own) this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    And this week's bonus question: what book are you reading right now?

    Posted by Ith at 9:00 AM | Comments (8)

    July 8, 2004

    Best Blog Post Title Ever

    And the post is pretty dang good too.

    Yellowcake, Yellowcake, Baker's Man

    Posted by Ith at 1:41 PM

    July 7, 2004


    Saavik was half-Romulan, it's a fact!

    End of story.

    Posted by Ith at 5:44 PM | Comments (3)

    July 2, 2004

    The Dogs Are coming, The Dogs Are Coming!

    One if by land, two if by blog.

    Posted by Ith at 3:10 PM | Comments (1)

    July 1, 2004


    Mickey has developed a rather unique strategy to get submissions for Carnival of the Dogs.

    Posted by Ith at 4:05 PM

    June 24, 2004


    Michelle Malkin now has comments enabled on some of her blog posts. Now that's what I call brave! And very cool.

    If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you should. She's very funny!

    Posted by Ith at 10:12 AM

    June 23, 2004

    You Drink What You Are

    Or would that be are what you drink?

    How to make a Ith
    1 part anger
    5 parts self-sufficiency
    5 parts leadership
    Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Add sadness to taste! Do not overindulge!


    Personality cocktail

    Via the warm and fuzzy, LemurGirl!

    Posted by Ith at 4:36 PM

    June 22, 2004

    Of Hookers & Vino

    Paul explains in "Today In History".

    Posted by Ith at 10:29 AM | Comments (1)

    June 21, 2004

    One Of Those Minions

    Claire delivers a rootin tootin fisking of a letter by "he who shall not be named". (no, not Voldemort)

    (upon reflection, especially after seeing PoA last night, he bears a striking resemblance to Peter Pettigrew)

    (in both his forms, needless to say)

    Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (2)

    June 20, 2004

    You Gotta Love It

    What? Why, a deity who can work my favourite Twilight Zone episode into a post about the Disney At War DVDs, of course.

    I've been wanting to buy the DVDs, and Allah's review just helps confirm that.

    The best part of the set is a feature called "Victory Through Air Power," which you can and should read about here. Imagine, if you will, 65 minutes of Walt Disney animation dedicated to the proposition that we need to be bombing a lot more people a lot more often.
    Posted by Ith at 4:31 PM


    Jeb and Day have been posting up a storm. I feel compelled to post now. I should tell you about the altercation Nin and I were in last night. Maybe later.

    Posted by Ith at 11:56 AM | Comments (3)

    June 15, 2004

    A Nifty New Blog

    Did you all know Michelle Malkin has a blog now, or am I the last to know as usual? She's long been a favourite of mine, so this is nifty! And perusing her blogroll, I see she has excellent taste in reading material too.

    Posted by Ith at 10:26 AM | Comments (2)

    June 14, 2004

    Fave Fics

    I participated in the "Bloggers Select Their Favorite Fictional Characters" poll over at RWN. Very few of my picks made it, not that is too surprising, but a couple did. As always there's a few I forgot, but here's my list in no particular order:

    Methos: TV Show "Highlander" LaCroix: TV Show "Forever Knight" Capt. Jack Sparrow: Movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" Colonel Jack O'Neill: TV Show "Stargate SG1" Master Robinton: Book: Pern Series Sarak: TV Show Star Trek Lessa: Book Pern Series Anita Blake: Book Anita Blake Series Avon: TV Show "Blake's 7" Han Solo: Movie "Star Wars" Indiana Jones: Movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Stitch: Movie "Lilo & Stitch" Thomas Magnum: TV Show "Magnum P.I." Hannibal Smith: TV Show "A Team" Elrond: Book "Lord of the Rings" Galadriel: Book "Lord of the Rings" Captain Greg: Movie "Ghost and Mrs. Muir" Lucy Muir: Movie "Ghost and Mrs. Muir" Buffy Summers: TV Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Dr. Who: TV Show "Dr. Who" Adam Dalgliesh: Books and TV "P.D. James Adam Dalgliesh series" Neil Burnside: TV Show "Sandbaggers"

    In bold, those from my list that made the final tally.

    Posted by Ith at 10:20 AM | Comments (9)

    I'm Back!

    Thanks to all my wonderful guests for keeping the place humming while I was gone. Let's give them all a big round of applause :) And thanks to Paul for keeping a keen troll eye out while I was absent.

    Thanks, all!

    Posted by Ith at 8:14 AM | Comments (4)

    June 9, 2004

    The Roster

    Wild has already introduced himself, and joining him will be Deb, who has been a doll and volunteered again, and my friend Carolyn aka CrankyBeach. She's never blogged before, so y'all be nice!

    I've known Carolyn for something like 15 years?!?!!? Yikes! and I think she's going to take to this blogging thing like an otter to water :)

    Posted by Ith at 9:09 AM

    June 8, 2004

    Snippity Snip

    Via Jay, this illuminating post on a Tom Brokaw interview of the President comparing the transcript with what actually aired.

    Posted by Ith at 5:54 PM

    Be My Guest

    Anyone interested in guest blogging the rest of this week through the weekend? I'll be out of town beginning Friday, but you'd be welcome to pitch in the few days prior if you'd like.

    Drop me an email at edithna AT yahoo DOT com if you'd be interested.

    Later: Wild from Bleeding Brain has been the first victim, but he'd love some company! So if you were thinking of volunteering there's still a few prized openings left.

    Posted by Ith at 11:52 AM | Comments (1)

    June 6, 2004

    Kilroy Was Here

    Check this out. I love it! Brings back memories of summers spent at my grandparent's place in Victoria where I stayed in what had been my father's basement room and went through his old stuff. He had put Kilroy all over his various belongings. He had been a blackout warden as a teenager during the war, and all his old gear was still in a box in the basement.

    Posted by Ith at 3:53 PM

    June 5, 2004

    Dogs & Cats

    Check out Carnival of the Dogs today, and Carnival of the Cats on Sunday.

    Posted by Ith at 2:55 PM

    June 4, 2004

    Another Edition Of "Lend Me Your Links Friday"!

    It's Friday and its been a looong week. So let's play!

    Quick recap: if there's a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    And this week's twist: are you seeing a movie this weekend? If yes, what are going to see?

    The List

    * First link of the day goes to the Debster who points us in the direction of this post on "The Dangers of Harry Potter" by Jen. (or as I call her, "Fugitive Jen" because between RL Jens and blogging Jens, I need a code!)

    * Cobby suggests reading, "Don't mess with the Internal MS Biache!" & she'd like you to buy a cookbook.

    * J.T.'s link is this post of Baldilock's on unwed mothers. And he's going to see "Shipwrecked in OH" this weekend.

    * Graham directs us to a photo gallery called "Birmingham Pride"

    * Kshatriya has two offerings: dorsalives & Big Sknaky Blog.

    * Bleedingbrain chooses "Interesting Odds & Ends From Winthrop's Journal".

    Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM | Comments (7)

    June 3, 2004

    Vampires Have Feelings Too!

    And yet Nin mocks this poor vampire with no pity. Tsk!!

    Posted by Ith at 6:55 PM | Comments (1)

    June 2, 2004

    It's A Poll!!

    One, I wanted to play around with some of the kewl toys the hosting company offers, and two, I was pondering earlier. so killing two birds and all that...

    As you may have noticed, the male, female blogger thing is going around again. some of the comments I've read today have stated that men don't read blogs written by women. Now, I'm not sure, but I think that most of the blogs that link to me are written by guys, and I know a lot of my commenters are men, so viola! a poll! Two actually. Now lets see if these puppies work:

    Later: Okay, that was a bust. Not sure why it's not working, but I'll see if I can figure it out.

    Posted by Ith at 6:07 PM | Comments (6)


    I'm making a dizzying descent down the ranks of the Ecosystem! With nothing but sheer talent, I've plummeted 63 places in one day! From 176 to 239.

    Go me!

    (I know I've been quiet, but it's been kind of nuts RL wise lately)

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

    May 21, 2004

    [insert roar of power]

    Okay, for the first, and probably the last, time I had a 1000 visit day! Thank you, Bill Cosby!

    Yes, I know it was just search hits, but it says 1000, and I'm enjoying every last drop of it :)

    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM | Comments (3)

    "Lend Me Your Links"

    That's right, it's Friday! And you know what that means!

    Quick recap: if there's a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    And this week, I'm keeping the twist from last week: along with your link, tell me what your current favourite song is.

    And to start things off, I'm starting the list with a late entry from last week:

    The List

    This is Russ's contribution, and his current fave song is, "Beer For My Horses" by Toby Keith w/Willie Nelson.

    J.T. offers up this link, "Loosing The War and The Press", and his musical selection is "The Sound of Guns" by Colt 45.

    David offers "The OTHER Court-Martial".

    And here we have Debbye's link, "Now where's my ballpee'n hammer?" & her song choice is, "Thunderstruck (any live version)" by AC/DC.

    Posted by Ith at 9:19 AM | Comments (6)

    May 19, 2004

    So Much Good Stuff

    I've read some really great stuff today, I hardly know where to start.

    So I won't. You can just follow the links.

    Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM | Comments (10)


    I found this "BlogMaze" thingie over at LemurGirl whose blog I discovered through a comment she left sometime in the wee hours (for me).

    Posted by Ith at 8:33 AM | Comments (2)

    May 18, 2004


    Just a reminder to send Mickey your doggy links for the next big Dog House Roundup -- aka Carnival of the Dogs.

    Posted by Ith at 6:12 PM

    May 16, 2004

    Kittycat Fair

    Check it out

    Posted by Ith at 5:20 PM

    Most Creative Blog Name

    My most recent choice would have to be, "Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry".

    Found via Nin who comments on a post about "Love Hotels" with editorial comment from me. All done while watching Iron Chef, I might add.

    Posted by Ith at 12:25 PM

    May 15, 2004

    Raining Cats & Dogs!

    How's that? Heh.

    Remember, it's Carnival time for the puppies and the kitties!

    Posted by Ith at 1:24 PM | Comments (7)

    May 14, 2004

    "Lend Me Your Links" Friday

    It's that time again, so lend me your links!

    Quick recap: if there's a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    And this week, a twist! (Hey, if Survivor can do it...) Along with your link, tell me what your current favourite song is. Why? Do I really need a reason to be odd?

    On To The List:

    Bowl of Tradition from Ocean Guy whose song choice is: Third World ~ Committed

    Cobby goes for a threesome: One Two & Three and the song is "Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam

    From the Flea, we have this offering along with a song choice of "Irish Blood, English Heart" by Morrissey

    Posted by Ith at 11:09 AM | Comments (6)

    Oh My! II

    Yesterday, I commented on the pricey MT release, so today I'm linking to this post of Russ's. He has a bit of a different take on the whole thing.

    Posted by Ith at 10:12 AM

    May 13, 2004

    Mapquest To Iraq

    I don't know how I missed this one. Very amusing!

    A hearty AVAST! to Jen for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 6:40 PM

    May 11, 2004

    Flee To The Flea..

    and read this.

    Posted by Ith at 6:07 PM | Comments (2)

    A Family Plug

    Nin is plugging my brothers photography, and while I could do that too, it's easier to just link to her post on the subject!

    The pic she has up is my current work wallpaper.

    Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM | Comments (2)

    May 9, 2004

    Thar' Be Cats!

    Equal time for our furry friends. Today, it's Carnival of the Cats and it's full of kitty goodness.

    Posted by Ith at 4:40 PM


    Michael Williams reports on MECHA finally being denied funding on a CA campus. Here's hoping it's just the beginning. Long time readers know that MECHA is one of my hot button issues, so any bad news for them is a cause for celebration.

    Posted by Ith at 1:24 PM

    May 8, 2004

    The Secret Ingredient Is...

    This cracks me up. As an Iron Chef fan, all I can say is "Allez Cuisine!!"

    A hearty AVAST! to Deb for the link!

    Posted by Ith at 4:32 PM

    Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!

    Check out the very first ever "Carnival of the Dogs"!

    And an added bonus Carnivalette here.

    And while you're visiting, check Mickey's site for how you can adopt a needy pet.

    Posted by Ith at 12:16 PM | Comments (2)

    May 7, 2004


    To boogy down to the Doggy Carnival tomorrow!

    Posted by Ith at 5:12 PM

    "Lend Me Your Links" Friday

    I've missed a few weeks, so I think today is a good day to start this up again!

    Quick recap: if there's a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    And now the list:

    Justene reccomends this post at Master of None.

    Russ would like you to go read this post at Serenity's Journal.

    Posted by Ith at 12:35 PM | Comments (3)

    My Blogroll

    So, is it a sign you've made it in the blogging world when you suddenly start getting emails from folks wanting you to blogroll them? The last few weeks, I've been having that happen. For me, it's odd since I've never asked someone to link to me, and now I'm getting emails asking me to link to them. Why haven't I ever asked? I dunno, it makes me uncomfortable I guess. Like I'm being vain or immodest. I'm still boggled at how many people do link to me.

    Anyway, this was supposed to be about my blogroll. My blogroll is like my bookmark list, only public. The blogs I link to are blogs I read *regularly. And I'm always adding and subtracting depending on my time and mood any given month. These days, I usually (though not always) discover new blogs either through following a link from a commenter, or a commenter on someone else's blog. If I'm not reading your blog, it isn't because I think you suck, honest. There's just so much time in day is all.

    So I guess the upshot is: comment, participate, and if I find myself going over to your blog a lot, I'll end up adding you to my blogroll. The most recent example of that is Whomping Willow. She comments a lot on a couple of blogs I read regularly, and I kept finding myself clicking through to her blog from those comments pretty much every time. So on the blogroll she went.

    I guess that about covers it.

    * "regularly" being anywhere from every few hours to every week to ten days.

    Posted by Ith at 8:34 AM | Comments (2)

    May 6, 2004

    Smile Worthy

    I could never quite bring myself to take down Rachel's link from my blogroll. I just couldn't do it. She was one of my best blog buddies, and though I missed her blog, I missed being in touch with her when her email address stopped working even more. You can't imagine how stoked I was when I saw referrals in Site Meter from her blog a few hours back! As down as I've been today, Rachel being back is the one bright light in the day.

    Dang, sweetie, it's good to see you again!

    Posted by Ith at 1:43 PM | Comments (3)

    May 4, 2004

    Puppy Blogging Reprise

    Mickey is going to be carnivalizing puppy blogging, so if you'd like to get in on the action, check it out!

    Posted by Ith at 5:36 PM | Comments (1)

    Insight Requested

    Dave has landed in yet another new blog home and is looking for some insight from those of the Roman Catholic persuasion.

    Go say, "hi" and see if you can help him out. And go visit even if you have no thoughts on this particular matter. (pretty please?)

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

    May 3, 2004

    It's Snickerdoodle Time!

    Once again, it's time to award the "temporally indeterminate" Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence! This time stream's winner is the fresh and snappy "A Likely Story". I only discovered Rae's blog a month or so back, and its become one of my favourite reads.

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM | Comments (1)

    Pass It On

    If you're a BFL member, and you haven't been to Calblog recently, then you may want to check out this post on BFL housekeeping. (just so you don't miss out)

    Posted by Ith at 3:12 PM

    May 1, 2004


    After a long dry spell, we have another new Girl!. This time it's Maura from Besmirched.

    Posted by Ith at 12:43 PM

    April 30, 2004

    Third Song

    Via the Debster:

    1. Grab the nearest CD
    2. Put it in your CD-Player
    3. Skip to Song 3
    4. Post the first verse along with these instructions. Don’t name the band, nor the album-title

    No one in sight for fifty miles, sleeping fields sigh as I glide across their spines. If I can just reach the crest of that hill this whole day will tumble, out the night will spill.

    Hey, you're lucky it wasn't in Gaelic!

    Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM

    April 29, 2004

    New Girl!

    My last shameless plug garnered a new Girl! The lovley Lachlan decided to take the plunge and join our merry little group of gals. This is of the good!

    Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM | Comments (1)

    $50,000 Or Bust

    You still have time to get in on the Spirit of America drive. Check out this post at Wizbang! for the latest details.

    Posted by Ith at 10:36 AM

    First Link Of The Day

    I've been following this subject from the sidelines for the most part, and Debbye's post this morning made me laugh. And if you ever wanted to know all the important details about me, check out the comments.

    Posted by Ith at 8:50 AM | Comments (5)

    April 27, 2004

    Puppy Blogging

    Another plug for Mickey and the work she does trying to place homeless dogs. If you're looking for a dog, or would like to help out, check out her blog.

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

    April 26, 2004


    Nin and I got to meet up with some BFLers yesterday for lunch. We got to see folks we'd met before, and some new faces as well.

    Citizen Smash & his lovely wife
    Patterico and Mrs. Patterico

    If I missed anyone, give me a clue in the comments :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:53 PM

    April 20, 2004

    Three Questions

    I know something like this went around a while back, but it was fun then, so....

    You can ask me three questions, and I'll do my best to answer them.(eventually) (I don't promise to answer them if they're too personal though)

    Then you offer to do the same thing, linking back to me, and so on and so forth.

    BTW: you don't have to have a blog to participate

    Posted by Ith at 12:19 PM | Comments (5)

    April 19, 2004


    I made the font for the posts larger, but I'm not sure it isn't too big. Opinions?

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

    April 18, 2004

    New For Spring

    This is what I spent my day doing -- restyling ye olde blog. Now I need a drink!

    I'm sure there are things that will need tweaking, but now I need to go make dinner.

    Posted by Ith at 6:54 PM

    April 17, 2004

    Not On My Island

    Do I really seem like the kind of person who wants a bunch of people on a desert island with her? Helloooo! I want to be alone!

    But fine. If you think you'd add something vital, that I need you on my island, then state your case, and I'll decide if you make the cut.

    Are you worthy?

    (My own choice would be Jack Sparrow, but he doesn't have a blog, so I guess he doesn't count)

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

    Follow The Leader

    'cus Andrea did it, and I decided what the hell?

    "'And I heard she pushed him in, and he pulled her in after him,' said Sandyman, the Hobbiton Miller."

    Do I even need to identify the book?

    Posted by Ith at 1:46 PM | Comments (5)

    April 16, 2004

    Lutefisk Or Die

    Paul lets Canadian Prime Minister and history maven, Paul Martin, explain that pivotal battle of WWII: The Invasion of Norway. You remember the one don't you? All about liberating Lutefisk or something.

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

    Opportunity Knocks

    We're heading down to Dland after work on Wednesday so Nin and Jen can go to the Hollywood Tower of Terror preview party. While in nutty ol' SoCal, dinner with the ever luscious D.G. on Friday, and lunch with a few BFLers on Sunday is in the works, so it should be much fun! Usually, I just let the blog sit all by its lonesome when I'm away, but I'm pondering letting a few guests take over the premises for the duration of my trip. If you're interested, let me know, and then I'll let you know! No prior blogging experience necessary. If you already have a blog, you're more than welcome to use the opportunity for as much shameless self promotion as you can muster. What an offer!

    Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM | Comments (3)

    April 15, 2004

    Laughing With A Sore Throat Hurts

    But it was worth the pain. GWB as Han Solo and Condi in the X Wing made me very glad I wasn't consuming a hot beverage at that particular moment.

    Allah is indeed strange and twisted.

    (not that that's a bad thing)

    Posted by Ith at 1:50 PM | Comments (1)

    April 14, 2004

    My Mission

    One of my "following" [snerk] is Mark at BabyTrollBlog and despite his excellence, he's only a slithery lil reptile. [sniff] Now, if you aren't reading this excellent bit of the blogiverse, you should be! My mission is to help Mark evolve from Slithering Reptile to Flappy Bird. So spread those wings, people, and help me out here.

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


    So what do you do when two of your favourite bloggers have declared 'war' and you have to choose a side?

    I guess there's always the French option [g]

    (seriously, it's a good cause, so both sides win in the end)

    Posted by Ith at 3:01 PM | Comments (4)

    April 9, 2004


    Here are the blogs that my gentle readers offered up as unsung and underappreciated.

    Two Nervous Dogs
    Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit Of Happiness

    Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM


    (you know you blog too much when)

    you see this headline: Avril Lavigne's Stalker Boi, and the first thing you think of is BoiFromTroy.

    "Now if she can just ditch the stalker boi, all will be mad chill, eh?"

    Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM

    A Different Friday Thing

    Usually, Friday is "Lend Me Your Links" day, but I'm all linked out from Tartan Day. So for something a little different, I want to know what some of your favourite unsung blogs are. Is there a blog you really enjoy reading, but doesn't get the attention you think it should? Then leave your suggestion in the comments!

    Posted by Ith at 9:55 AM | Comments (6)

    April 7, 2004

    Herding Blogs

    That "God Amongst Bloggers", the divine Xrlq, has got a spicy ol' BFL Roundup for your reading pleasure.

    Posted by Ith at 6:36 PM

    Chance Of A Lifetime, Ladies

    Frank J. is looking for an IMAO T Shirt Babe.

    This could be your chance for fame and fortune. Well, for at least a few bucks :)

    Posted by Ith at 10:44 AM | Comments (5)

    April 6, 2004

    The Royal Scots

    Feste has a great post entitled, "Scotland the Brave". A good read for this Tartan Day.

    Posted by Ith at 11:11 AM

    I Raise My Glass

    Thank you to every single one of you who has joined in on this year's Tartan Day blog event. You're making it a memorable day!

    Posted by Ith at 8:47 AM

    April 5, 2004


    It's but 1030pm and I've had my best day ever, nearly double my normal traffic. It stands at 207 right now!


    Posted by Ith at 10:31 PM | Comments (3)

    "Must Read" Of The Day

    Michael Williams has written a wonderful post entitled, "Men, Women, and Civilization". As I said in his comments, I wish there had been a few guys like Michael around when I was of "marriageable age".

    Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM | Comments (4)

    And You Thought It Was Bad When Your Mom Came To School

    I can't even imagine how this soldier must have felt.

    Posted by Ith at 12:30 PM

    April 4, 2004

    Tartan Day Update

    So far, we have 8 bloggers make that 13 15 bloggers participating in the "Gathering of the Blogs". If you want to join us, leave a comment, trackback, or drop me an email.

    You can check out these links for the posts on Tartan Day.

    For those of you gathering, on Monday evening I'll email everyone (who I have an email address for) a list of the blogs participating.

    Thanks to everyone who has publicized this on their blogs and thanks to everyone who's participating.

    I'll leave you with a poem from Robbie Burns:

    Yon wild mossy mountains sae lofty and wide,
    That nurse in their bosom the youth o' the Clyde,
    Where the grouse lead their coveys thro' the heather to feed,
    And the shepherd tends his flock as he pipes on his reed.

    Not Gowrie's rich valley, nor Forth's sunny shores,
    To me hae the charms o'yon wild, mossy moors;
    For there, by a lanely, sequestered stream,
    Besides a sweet lassie, my thought and my dream.

    Amang thae wild mountains shall still be my path,
    Ilk stream foaming down its ain green, narrow strath;
    For there, wi' my lassie, the day lang I rove,
    While o'er us unheeded flie the swift hours o'love.

    She is not the fairest, altho' she is fair;
    O' nice education but sma' is her share;
    Her parentage humble as humble can be;
    But I lo'e the dear lassie because she lo'es me.

    To Beauty what man but maun yield him a prize,
    In her armour of glances, and blushes, and sighs?
    And when wit and refinement hae polish'd her darts,
    They dazzle our een, as they flie to our hearts.

    But kindness, sweet kindness, in the fond-sparkling e'e,
    Has lustre outshining the diamond to me;
    And the heart beating love as I'm clasp'd in her arms,
    O, these are my lassie's all-conquering charms!

    Posted by Ith at 2:04 PM

    April 3, 2004


    Thanks to Xlrq, who is a God amongst men and bloggers, A&C can now be read on your PDA and other such devices.

    The permanent link is over on the sidebar, in the "attic".

    Posted by Ith at 6:29 PM

    More Tartan Day x 1

    Or, "ask and ye shall receive" :)

    Here's two more banners in different colours:

    (hope this one works better, Jen!)



    The original one is here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:03 PM | Comments (2)

    I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

    I finally have colour boxed blockquotes!

    Thanks to the divine Miss Emma, I found Mandarin Design which has a wagonload of nifty CSS tricks and tips.

    Thanks, Em!

    Posted by Ith at 3:23 PM | Comments (5)

    April 2, 2004

    Tartan Day Banner

    Here's the promised banner for Tartan Day:


    Feel free to save it to your own computer and use it for the Tartan Day blog goings on.

    Posted by Ith at 8:37 PM | Comments (3)

    Tartan Day

    Tuesday, in case you didn't know, is Tartan Day. I thought it might be kind of nice to celebrate with fellow bloggers of Scottish descent, or bloggers who have Scottish souls (or just like single malt)!

    So let's do this (and other ideas will be more than welcome, cus I'm making this up as I go along!): If you'd like to participate, email me, or leave your email in the comments. I'll share the list with everyone who wants to participate, and come Tuesday, we can all do a related Tartan Day post, along with the links to the Tartan Day blogs.

    Let's celebrate our Scottish heritage blogstyle!

    (I'm going to create a banner too. So check back in a few hours for that)

    Oh yeah! If you'd be willing to pre-advertise on your blog, I'd appreciate it!

    Posted by Ith at 4:31 PM | Comments (35)

    Linky Love

    Because I've been picking on Jay this week, he gets extra special linky love, and lots and lots of it. Plus extra helpings for Deb, and the littlest Jedi. Not to mention a few for the donuts.

    Posted by Ith at 3:44 PM | Comments (2)

    But Will Gopher Be There?

    Via Infinite Monkeys comes your chance to see Capt. Stubing's liitle girl get married this afternoon.

    Posted by Ith at 10:44 AM

    A Sign

    This blog is one I keep visiting everytime I notice a comment from the authour on another blog. I figure that's a sign I should probably cut to the chase and blogroll the puppy!

    (yes, I'm slow, but I eventually get there)

    Posted by Ith at 10:21 AM

    Lend Me Your Links Friday

    It's Friday again, and that means it's time to lend me your links!

    If there's some great article or blog post you read this week that you think others should read, then leave a link to it in the comments. Leave a link to your blog too, if you have one. Then, later today, I'll add your reading suggestions and your link to the post.

    Everyone can play, so lend me those links!

    The List

    * point2point offers up: Sowell Quotes

    Posted by Ith at 8:30 AM | Comments (1)

    April 1, 2004

    Follow The Link

    This blog grabbed me today: "Oriental Redneck". Love the banner, love swing dancing, and he's practically a neighbor. What's not to like?

    Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM

    It's Back

    Yay, my blogroll is back! Though I'm always surprised how many URLs I remember off hand when blogrolling does go down.

    Posted by Ith at 3:29 PM

    When Ninja Berries Attack

    The results over at Nin's.

    Posted by Ith at 8:42 AM

    March 29, 2004

    Cha Cha Changes

    Real soon now, I hope to make this a three column affair, so I don't have to worry as much about a sidebar to China. In anticipation of that event, I added the BFL Feed -- it's not us eating, it's like instant headlines -- this weekend, and tonight I added the BFL auto blogroll thingie. So sidebar to China for a little while, then only to say, Chile after that :)

    Update: Oh yeah! I added a link on the sidebar to the "Bittersweet Patisserie & Chat Room", so you can now find the chat link whenever you visit.

    Posted by Ith at 7:17 PM | Comments (1)

    I Wonder

    Do generic posts work as well as the name brand ones?


    Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM | Comments (2)

    Thank You

    There have been a lot of new readers & commenters here over the last ten days, and I wanted to thank all of you spending time from your day here.

    And, as always, thanks to all our long time readers. You're the best!

    And last, but not least, thank to Kathy Kinsley for all her hard work in getting us all set up with the new hosting company and repairing all the stuff we'd broken. If you have problems that need fixing on your website/blog, I can most wholeheartedly recommend Kathy as your solution.

    Posted by Ith at 5:31 PM

    March 28, 2004


    One of the new things with the new hosting company is the ability to have chat room. So, I've set one up here. Feel free to experiment with it and we'll see if it's an option anyone wants to use.

    Posted by Ith at 3:06 PM | Comments (3)

    Good Stuff

    I found two new (to me) blogs this weekend you may want to check out:

    La Shawn Barber , which I found from a mention over at Juliette's & A Likely Story from a comment I followed at Dean's.

    Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM

    March 27, 2004

    A Little More On The Subject

    Earlier in the week I said:

    .... Of course, the same thing happens in RL social situations these days. You're having a perfectly nice time, then someone decides to share with the whole room. Again, it stuns them to discover someone may actually disagree with them.

    Today, I was reading this blog, and a post on the anti-war protests last weekeend:

    We were engaged by occasional anti-war protesters. Many of whom told us we didn’t belong there and we should leave. Some looked at our signs and said “Are kidding?”, or “Are you for real? These are people who are so extreme they literally cannot believe that people could possibly think differently than them.

    It's everywhere, folks. Does anyone think it will ever get better, or will our society keep sliding farther into rudeness and intolerance? A honestly, maybe this isn't the exception, but the rule, and we have to just deal with it. Is the world just a cold and cruel place where we can do nothing more than to stand together around our fires in the dark and ward off the barbarians? Hasn't it always been so?

    Update: I have to link to this post of Michele's. It very much expresses a lot of what I've been feeling lately.

    A snippet (but go read it all):

    I'm at the point where I no longer care to spend my strength fighting the urge to despise these people. If you want to paint all Bush supporters with the same broad strokes, don't be surprised when you're lumped in with the Indymedia gang. In just a few months this country will no longer be divided into groups with prefixes like far or moderate. It will be left and right only because we will be forced to take a side. And yes, I am placing the blame for this solely on the left, because they are the ones on the constant attack, they are the ones who are walking around with signs and banners that put swastikas on the lapel of every Republican, they are the ones who bemoan the death of a terrorist, they are the ones out there cheering on strong-armed protesters as they beat on the right.

    What are we supposed to do? Just sit here and not respond to the catcalls and lies? How do we fight back without becoming the thing we hate?

    Posted by Ith at 3:53 PM

    March 26, 2004

    I Am Pine!

    Via Michele comes this really odd test.

    What Flavour Are You? I am a subtle taste, like Pine.I am a subtle taste, like Pine.

    I am a quiet, fresh taste, almost more of a scent than a flavour. You will be aware of me, but not quite remember me without being reminded. Not that I'm boring; on the contrary, I'm just a little outside the ordinary. What Flavour Are You?

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM | Comments (2)

    Like I Have Anything Better To Do

    So it's Friday night, I'm still at work, but have no plans for a rollicking Friday night. What better than to link to other posts about Friday night? Well? Can you think of anything more, ummm... never mind.

    Friday Night

    The Weekly Unappreciated Friday Night Post

    My big plan for Friday night

    So go amuse yourselves with the cornucopia of entertainment I've provided out of the goodness of my heart.

    Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM | Comments (1)

    Musical Nightmare

    Paul's having one.

    (and yet again this morning, all my pings to are timing out. I can't even ping them from blogrolling)

    Posted by Ith at 10:49 AM | Comments (4)

    Rocket Science Rule To Blog Traffic, #3

    Yesterday, I demonstrated rules 1 and 2 of the patented and guaranteed "Michael Williams' Rocket Science Rules to Increasing Blog Traffic". Today, let us move on to rule 3: make stuff up.

    Observe carefully...

    I have it on good authority that Goldie does not actually live in Australia. The clues are all there, especially her obsession with astrology. Dear readers, her nickname isn't even really Goldie! (but that's another post). Where does she really live? Where the stars live of course: Hollywood, CA.

    There you have it. Now take this lesson to heart, young locusts, and soon you too will be making up wonderful stories to post on your blog.

    Posted by Ith at 10:35 AM | Comments (2)

    Lend Me Your Links Friday

    It's that time again and everyone can play. Check out this post for the details, then come back here and "lend me your links"!

    And this week, just to add a twist, you can lend a link from your own blog, if you're into shameless self promotion (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

    The List

    Cobby gives us -=- Hell Yes, She's Worth It

    My offering -=- The Comment That Ate Tokyo

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

    March 25, 2004

    A Professional Rocket Scientist

    So you should listen to him. I do. Religiously.

    (see how well I follow instruction?)

    (watching the hits roll in)


    Posted by Ith at 5:47 PM | Comments (4)


    I went through every single link on my blogroll and found a lot of folks had given up the ghost. So I went ahead and removed those links for now. Hopefully at least a few of them will come back to blogging at some point or another.

    Posted by Ith at 5:09 PM | Comments (1)

    Oh, Canada, I Stab The Guard For Thee


    The Patriette points out this little gem from Canada:

    Corrections Canada won't let guards at maximum-security prisons wear stab-proof vests because it sends a confrontational "signal" to prisoners, says a department spokesman. "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person," said Tim Krause.

    "It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing."

    Posted by Ith at 1:02 PM | Comments (7)

    Bad Boys, Bad Boys

    Excellent post over at Baldilocks on the culture of male bashing.

    Posted by Ith at 9:25 AM | Comments (1)

    March 24, 2004

    It's All The Rage

    Moving that is. (though I didn't move for some kewl reason like getting married) What am I saying? Deb and Jay have monogrammed their blogs and the result is "Accidental Verbosity"! (they're so cute, you could just hug them both to itty bitty pieces)

    Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM | Comments (1)

    March 23, 2004

    Oh, By The By

    Jen tells me that since the move to the new hosting company, the monitoring software where she works will now let her visit here.

    So for those of you who've told me in the past you couldn't get here at work, now's your chance!

    (hope it's not just temporary)

    Posted by Ith at 12:48 PM | Comments (3)

    March 22, 2004

    Sitting On A Beach Drinking Rum

    Over in the new guest cabanas, we have Paul settling in on the beach, and Mickey setting up with a lovely view of the waterfall. And here at Wing central, Ninjababe has moved a little closer to the pool, and the Girls! have opted for better access to the bar. And where are my new digs? Take a look!


    So update those bookmarks!

    Posted by Ith at 3:14 PM | Comments (4)

    March 20, 2004

    One More Moving Reminder

    Yes, yes, soon it wil be over.

    Tomorrow, we switch hosting companies, which probably means the blog will be unavailable for a period of time. When al is said and done, the new address for A&C will be: . Hope to see you there!

    Posted by Ith at 4:30 PM | Comments (1)

    March 19, 2004


    Just a reminder that we're switching hosting companies on Sunday, so A&C may be unavailable while things happen. When we come back, the new URL will be:

    Thanks for your support over the last two years and we look forward to seeing you on the new homestead!

    Posted by Ith at 2:46 PM

    Lend Me Your Links Friday

    It's time again for "Lend Me your Links". For details, check out this post.

    Time to share, y'all.

    Posted by Ith at 2:00 PM

    March 18, 2004


    That's what we must seem like to John Kerry. Why, you ask? Well, check out this over at blogoSFERICS.

    (I thought the 500-year-old English barn was a nice genteel touch)

    Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM

    Moving Day

    Sunday will be moving day to the new hosting company, so expect travel delays. A&C -- should all go well - will be at a new URL once the move is complete. And that will be -- so you know where to bring the casserole :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM

    March 17, 2004

    On The "To Read" List

    Two blog posts I read today that I'm passing on. First up, this post by Donald Sensing on the aftermath of what happened in Spain that just happens to use one of my favourite Tolkien quotes. (in fact, it's one of my commonly used sig quotes). And Ocean Guy posts on Arab civilization, then and now.

    Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM

    March 16, 2004

    The New Sears

    Glenn Reynolds has a post up about how Amazon sells a lot more than books these days. I had a similar discussion with Nin a few months back, and compared Amazon to what the Sears catalog was back in the last century, and the one before that. Heck, you could buy house kits back in the early 1900s. Not to mention just about anything else you could think of:

    The Sears catalog in 1897 contained 786 carefully indexed pages of a seemingly endless variety of food, apparel, hardware, machinery, household, and other items. Farmers could order a hammer, harness, wagon, or plow, and their wives could buy a corset, hat, sewing machine, or cook stove. In 1900 Sears was selling about $10 million worth of merchandise by mail a year....

    Maybe Jeff Bezos is the reincarnation of Richard Sears?

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM | Comments (9)

    Happy Day

    Miss Atilla is celebrating her Blogiversary. Congrats!

    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (3)


    This was a well timed post for me to read last night. I'd just finished watching Special Report on FNC, and that, and just the last few days had me nearly in tears from sheer frustration. There are times when I want to just explode all in CAPS. for all the good it would do, I know. But still, that feeling is there. Sometimes. it's like beating your head against a brick wall with no end in sight.

    Posted by Ith at 11:30 AM | Comments (2)

    March 15, 2004

    I Swear I Didn't Try For This!

    Via the Jenly one, this Harry Potter personality test.

    Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
    Harry Potter Personality Quiz
    by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

    Posted by Ith at 6:51 PM | Comments (3)

    Lost & Found

    Melissa has been found in the mists of the ether that is cyberspace. Geez, girlfriend! I missed you and hoped you'd reappear at some point.

    Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM

    March 9, 2004

    It's Delovely

    Happiness is looking at your activity log and seeing all the spam that MT Blacklist has already nuked, and it's only been installed for a few hours!

    It's Delightful!

    Posted by Ith at 10:33 PM


    Mickey is involved in a wonderful project that transports shelter puppies to no-kill shelters and new homes. You can see her newest cargo here, plus information on what you can do to help.

    Posted by Ith at 6:02 PM


    VDH has a new website!

    A hearty "Avast!!" to Debbye for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

    Crossing Fingers

    Kathy worked her mojo, and it looks like the comment posting problem has been solved. While she was at it, she installed MT Blacklist, so we should be ready to rock and roll!

    And a further note.... the entire OnDragonsWing domain will be moving to a new hosting company this week or the next, so be advised.

    Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM

    The "S" Word

    Plugging some thought inducing posts over on my other blog. These are by two of our Girls! authours, and deal with the subject of, you guessed it, s-e-x.

    And don't forget, if you'd like to be one of the "Girls!", drop me a line. No blogging background required even :)

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

    March 8, 2004

    While I Was Out

    Juliette did a Bear Flag Review!

    Posted by Ith at 12:45 PM

    March 5, 2004

    A Drink Is In Your Stars

    Helen tells us all about our astrological drinking styles.

    Is it "you"?

    Posted by Ith at 7:07 PM | Comments (5)


    Mickey wants to know when it's okay to change your mind.

    Maybe you can help her out.

    Posted by Ith at 12:16 PM

    Lend Me Your Links - Vol II

    This was moderatly popular last week, so let's do it again, shall we?

    Quick recap: if there's a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to read, put a link to it in the comments. Later, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    The List

    My link -=- Nin shares pics of Junior

    Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

    Even Me

    I don't even like the Beatles and I loved this.

    Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM

    March 4, 2004


    We all got upgraded to the newest version of MT. Not sure what it means, but we did.

    So here's a question for those of you that have been using this version for awhile: do you have a system for keeping up with closing comments on old posts? Until today, hearing about the closing comments option, I thought you could set MT to close them after a set time. I didn't realize you have to close each post's comments individually. It's not important -- I'm just curious.

    Any other goodies in this version I should be aware of?

    Posted by Ith at 5:35 PM

    March 3, 2004

    And This One Too

    XRLQ weighs in on pseudonymous bloggers, and it's something I've meant to comment on from time to time, but have never gotten around to it. But this time... I really don't get what the big deal is. So I blog under a nickname, but I could just as easily blog under something that seems like a real name, like, oh I don't know... How about "Ginny Tompkins"? So I blog under Ginny Tompkins and no one's the wiser that it's not my real name, because it sounds real. To me, "Ith" is as real as my "real" name (which is Denise, no big secret there). Most of my friends call me Ith now -- it wasn't on purpose, it just sort of happened. Or I could blog under "Dee" -- like two people call me that regularly, but it's still a nickname, even if it is derived from my full name.

    I'm not sure my "taking me seriously quotient" would change much whether I blogged under my full legal name, "Dee", or "Ginny Tompkins". I mean, how seriously are you going to take a blog like this anyway?

    I'm to the rambling portion of tonight's posting, so let's stop for now.

    (splitting headache. making me feel queasy)

    Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM | Comments (1)

    February 27, 2004

    Round 'em Up!

    Check out Slings & Arrows for a two part Bear Flag roundup.

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

    Lend Me Your Links

    It's Friday! YAY!!! Let's do something, shall we?

    So here's the deal: is there a blog post you read this week that you'd like the rest of us to go read? Then put a link to it in the comments. Later, if I get time, I'll add the links to the body of this post. If you have a blog, I'll add your link along with your reccomended reading link, so you get something out of it too :)

    So many blogs, so little time. Here's a chance to point us in the direction of some good reading we may have missed.

    The List

    * Easycure: Big Sky Dave & the restaurant chain

    * Mark: Jean Seok

    * Goldie aka Helen: Just One Bite & *Bleep* me in the *bleep*

    Posted by Ith at 7:47 AM | Comments (3)

    February 26, 2004

    Doing The Double

    Kevin illustrates the Democrat double standard as it relates to gay marriage.

    Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM

    On The Scent

    Debbye is still keeping track of the Iraqi oil vouchers scandal, so I suggest you head over to her place for all the scoop.

    Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM | Comments (1)

    February 25, 2004


    Go wish Jay a happy first blogiversary!

    Posted by Ith at 5:35 PM

    February 24, 2004

    Drool Worthy

    This post makes me want to head to Vegas. What a wonderful description of a stellar dinner. And a cheese course!! (I had one of those this weekend -- mmmm!) I'm going to Vegas in July, and now I'm really looking forward to the trip. Sounds like the food is worth the trip.

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM

    In The Cards

    David has been doing tarot card readings for people, and he very kindly did one for me this afternoon. I have to say, it was an interesting experience being on the other end of the process. I used to read runes for other people, and seemed to have a talent for it -- or so I was told -- but the runes never worked for me.

    David zoned right in on my money worries and how they keep me from taking chances, and that I'm a worrier in general, to the point it affects my health. There's also a chance that the guy who smashed my heart into a million pieces might be making a comeback at some point. Now that is something I'm not sure I'm ready for! I think my destiny is that of hermit spinster. :)

    Thanks, David!

    Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM


    Way back when, I used to read "Sketches of Strain", then I thought David stopped blogging, so I lost track of him for awhile. Now I realize he's back -- or I finally remembered I realized! -- so we're doing the relinking.

    Yes, I'm easily confuzzled. So what else is new?

    Posted by Ith at 11:22 AM

    February 18, 2004

    Not Too Bad

    While readng Allah's pearls of wisdom, I discovered there's a traffic ranking thingie on the Ecosystem. Out of 2291 blogs listed, I'm 604. That's not too shabby! Maybe one day, I'll break the top 500.

    A dream for another day.

    Posted by Ith at 5:44 PM | Comments (5)

    February 17, 2004

    Original Content

    If you want to read something quite original, then head over to Laughing Wolf. I can honestly say I've never read a blog post on this particular subject.

    This is an example of Silver Snickerdoodle goodness!

    Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM

    February 16, 2004


    He's bad, he's moved -- and brought a few friends along while he was at it.

    (think of it as blog rap)

    Posted by Ith at 4:50 PM

    February 14, 2004


    You should go read Paul's offerings today. He's on a roll and shows no sign of stopping.

    Posted by Ith at 4:39 PM | Comments (1)


    Michele is afflicted with the "movie quote for any occasion" disease -- something I can relate to! Now she has a question.

    Posted by Ith at 4:29 PM

    February 12, 2004

    Heh, Heh, Heh

    Rover envy? Chuckle all about it here.

    And as an added bonus, tips on staying healthy.

    Posted by Ith at 6:09 PM

    February 9, 2004

    Use Him Well

    Via Molly Ringwraith comes the Owner's Guide to Legolas.

    Don't be drinking while you're reading this one!

    Posted by Ith at 6:55 AM

    February 6, 2004

    Let's Play A Game

    If you could only watch three TV shows -- currently in production -- what would they be? I'll let you keep all news related shows too!

    (I said it would be a game, not that it would be a good one)

    Posted by Ith at 5:20 PM | Comments (17)

    February 5, 2004

    Playing The Cards

    Debbye has some of the best blogging out there. This post in particular jumped out at me today. It was facinating, and on top of being a good read, I leanred something. I didn't know about Britain standing by us with the Barbary Pirates, or how they protected our shipping interests. Now I want to leanr more about it.

    Thanks, Debbye!

    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (1)

    Actors In Space

    I don't read "The Bleat" very often (yes, I know, it's heresy) (I'm very bad) (please, no fatwas -- I'm giving them up for Lent), but wanted to share this one on Patrick Stewart and his latest anti-space remarks. I know PS has been saying things like this for years, but this time around he seems to be getting more attention for it. Maybe it's just the internet. Anyway, I very much liked Mr. Lileks' take on it all:

    Making movies takes up many resources which could be directed at our own planet. For that matter, millions of pounds are spent in England annually for theater productions ­ I propose a ten-year moratorium on all stage shows, with the money distributed directly to our own planet. And after we have gotten things right on this planet we can get back to such frivolous luxuries as theater. What’s that, you say ­ theater employs many people? Theater inspires imaginations, adds to our store of knowledge, helps us define what it means to be human?

    And exploring other words doesn’t, eh. Noted: the future of humanity shall consist not in getting this place right but watching angry Pinter screeds about that wretched meat we know as our own flawed species. And when we leave the theater we can look up and behold an infinite world we must never pollute.

    (and since I'm probably the last person to read it anyway, you probably don't need the link.)

    (but here it is) (read it all)

    (punchy lunchtime posting is us)

    (I have a list called "Celts In Space" -- wonder if there's a connection?)

    Update: Here's what Steven has to say about it all.

    Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)

    Say It Isn't So!

    I missed Nin's second blogiversary! Okay, I'm not really blaming myself since she didn't remind me :)

    So go wish her a belated one!

    Posted by Ith at 7:11 AM


    Just a random plug for the newish book list Rothy and I started.

    And I should plug the group girl blog I run, Girls! Girls! Girls! -- we're looking for new members, so drop me a line if you'd be interested. ( edithna AT yahoo DOT com )

    Posted by Ith at 6:59 AM

    February 3, 2004

    January 29, 2004

    Chatting On Reading

    Don't forget, if you like to read, and want a place to chat about your favourite books, we'd love to welcome you here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM

    Button, Button

    I have the button.

    Really! I finally knocked off a button/logo thing for A&C. I was creating a blog ad (yes, I'm giving it a whirl thanks to the very generous fellow Bear Flagger, Citizen Smash) and realized it would serve as a button. So for those that have wanted one, here you be.


    Right clicking -- of course -- to save to your own server!

    Posted by Ith at 5:36 PM | Comments (2)

    January 28, 2004

    New Digs

    BFT has a bright and shiny new domain and MT blog! Go play welcome wagon :)

    Posted by Ith at 7:15 PM | Comments (1)

    January 26, 2004


    It's my second Blogiversary!

    Thanks to all who read, comment and link. Wouldn't still be here without you.

    Posted by Ith at 7:23 AM | Comments (15)

    January 25, 2004

    Of Fanfic & Authours

    Kel, who used to blog here when it was a group blog, wrote a very interesting post on writing fanfic and playing in someone else's world on an email list we're both on. I told her it would make a great blog post, so she's put it up on her blog. You can find it here.

    Posted by Ith at 12:21 PM

    January 24, 2004

    Dating Made Simple

    Posts like this are the reason that Michele's blog is one of my first stops of the day. She took the President Match test, and well, you'll have to go read what the reuslts were.

    Whether I agree or disagree with her, there's never any debate that the woman can write!

    Posted by Ith at 12:44 PM | Comments (3)

    January 23, 2004

    Victory Lap!

    With days to spare, I hit the 50,000 mark! The lucky winner was using AOL and clicked through from Lead & Gold.


    And thank you to each and every visitor over the last two years. And to everyone who sent traffic this way trying to help me reach my goal. Y'all are kewl!

    Posted by Ith at 6:26 PM | Comments (8)

    Round 'em Up!

    A post I'll be adding to over the next few hours...

    Check out the latest BFL roundup.

    Go answer Julie's North Dakota survey.

    And I'm 12 hits away from 50,000!!

    Go me!

    Lawren has post graduation job! Way to go, girlfriend!

    Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM

    January 20, 2004

    Oh. Lord!

    Michele is suffering temporary insanity and letting just anyone post to her blog.

    I have one thing to say for myself : saki (and lots of it)

    Posted by Ith at 8:36 PM

    January 18, 2004

    It's That Time!

    I've been remiss in awarding the coveted "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence", so I'm going to give out two this time as a sort of New Year's bonus!


    and the winners are....

    Baby Troll Blog

    Drama Queen

    Congratulations and please, no auctioning off your award on Ebay!

    (I know, I still haven't created a button for the award)

    Posted by Ith at 2:03 PM | Comments (6)

    Blog Notes

    Dave has finally moved off Blogspot, and has a new name too. (It's a really awesome one, if I do say so my self [g]). And, Slings & Arrows has also moved to a new MT driven site.

    Go say, "hi"!

    And here's my vote for this week's blog showcase.

    Posted by Ith at 1:43 PM

    January 14, 2004


    I wanted to thank everyone who has given my "50,000 by Two" goal a plug. I'm amazed at how many of you have, so thank you!

    Here's the list so far (and if I've missed you, it's not intentional, I just haven't found you yet)

    My very own posse member, Jay
    The Wolf
    CA Yankee
    The Ninja Piglet

    Adding to the list:

    Boi From Troy

    Posted by Ith at 6:45 AM | Comments (5)

    January 9, 2004

    Number Two

    We're fast approaching the second aniversary of the blog -- Jan. 26 in fact! And I'm moving ever closer to my goal of 50,000 visits by that time. I've got 2197 to go, and I think if I keep my daily average up where it is now, I should make it.

    Hey, everyone has to have a dream!

    Posted by Ith at 7:05 AM | Comments (3)

    Cat PAC?

    Some lighthearted blogger predictions for the New Year from Don Quixote. (who was my Secret Santa giftee)

    Posted by Ith at 6:30 AM

    January 7, 2004


    ... a sweetie.

    Posted by Ith at 6:09 PM

    In The Cards

    Found this over at Drama Queen.

    I am The Lovers

    The Lovers often refers to a relationship that is based on deep love - the strongest force of all. The relationship may not be sexual, although it often is or could be. More generally, the Lovers can represent the attractive force that draws any two entities together in a relationship - whether people, ideas, events, movements or groups.

    For a full description of your card and other goodies, please visit

    What tarot card are you? Enter your birthdate.

    Month: Day: Year:

    Posted by Ith at 5:21 PM | Comments (7)

    January 5, 2004


    Kel, who used to blog here when we were Gaggle of Gals (you can still find her many great posts in the archive) has a blog of her own! You'll never guess what it's called [g].

    Posted by Ith at 6:06 PM

    January 3, 2004


    New Year, new stuff.

    I changed my picture, and I figured I'd had the new blog name long enough to delete the name change explanation. I also added a verse from a song in the LotR.

    Here's the whole song:

    I sit beside the fire and think
    of all that I have seen,
    of meadow-flowers and butterflies
    in summers that have been;

    Of yellow leaves and gossamer
    in autumns that there were,
    with morning mist and silver sun
    and wind upon my hair.

    I sit beside the fire and think
    of how the world will be
    when winter comes without a spring
    that I shall ever see.

    For still there are so many things
    that I have never seen:
    in every wood and every spring
    there is adifferent green.

    I sit beside the fire and think
    of people long ago,
    and people who will see a world
    that I shall never know.

    But all the while I sit and think
    of times there were before,
    I listen for returning feet
    and voices at the door.

    I still like my Royo layout, so I'm not changing that right now. so litte changes, no big ones!

    Posted by Ith at 3:24 PM | Comments (4)

    Guilty Pleasures 2003

    I want to know what your guilty pleasure of 2003 was. This can be a TV show, a movie, a book, or something I haven't thought of. Oh, hey, it could be a blog too!


    So step up to the confessional and tell us all about your guilty pleasure.

    Posted by Ith at 1:15 PM | Comments (19)

    January 2, 2004

    If I Were Giving Out Prizes

    I'd have to give out two to this blog. One for a very kewl domain name, and another for blog name.

    Tolkien Geeks of Blogland unite!

    Posted by Ith at 11:21 PM

    January 1, 2004

    Pining No More

    Somebody started the New Year off with some changes.

    Posted by Ith at 5:43 PM

    December 31, 2003


    Been messing with my sidebar as it's getting long enough to reach China, so I've made some changes. One of those is the Bear Flag League listing. As a member of the League, you need to at least link to the League listing, and if you want, you can list the entire league as well. Well, that's what I've always done, but as the BFL keeps growing, so does my aforementioned sidebar! So, I've decided to try out a modified version and see how it goes. What I've got now is a list of my daily reads in the BFL. I try and get through the entire list at least once a week, but I can't hit every one every single day. Wish I could, since there is much good stuff to be had! So just because you're not a daily read doesn't mean I don't love you all. It's just a matter of not enough time in the day.

    Anyway, the list will probably vary, as time and fancy allow. But I do encourage my readers to check out the full list over at Bear Flag central. You'll be glad you did!

    Oh, and while it probably won't come as a surprise to anyone that I'm supporting Bush/Cheney in 2004, I made it official and added a button!

    Posted by Ith at 3:23 PM | Comments (1)

    December 30, 2003

    Maybe "The"?

    A few weeks ago I thanked my Secret Santa for the Ebay gift certificate they gave me. However, it turns out that it while it might have been "a" Secret Santa gift, it might not have been "the" Secret Santa gift. If you take my meaning.

    I think "the" gift was the "Uppity Women" books that were waiting for me from Amazon yesterday.

    So, dear Secret Santa, thank you for my gift(s) they/it were very much appreciated! And if I have a stalker, well, thank you too!

    (and if you think I'm confused....)

    Posted by Ith at 2:44 PM

    December 22, 2003


    Here's some new -- to me -- blogs to check out.

    Drama Queen


    Grim's Hall (hey, Eldar Edda snippets in the sidebar. what's not to like?)

    And a very special mention for this one. ez-cure has been one of the most prolific commenters here, and he has a brand new blog. (not that he actually told me about it!)

    And while we're talking about new blogs, I've discovered lots of what are now fave reads because of a comment left here. So don't be shy! Leave a comment some day so I can find you :)

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

    December 21, 2003

    Up & Running

    The latest Bear Flag Review, that is.

    Posted by Ith at 2:04 PM

    This Just Confirms It

    I always knew there was something just a wee bit squirrely about Kevin. Now I know what it is.

    Is there a blog version of shunning like the Amish do?

    Hey, I'm just asking!

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

    In The Spirit

    You'll notice a new button replacing Santa over on the sidebar. If you click, you'll be taken to a website where you can help bring a little holiday cheer to the IDF. Many more details here at Michele's.

    I can heartily recommend this, having done it a few times myself. And who doesn't like pizza and donuts? Separately of course. Not talking donut topping on the pizza. Ewww!

    Posted by Ith at 1:17 PM

    An Easy One

    My New Blog vote goes for a Lord of the Rings post. A big surprise, I know!

    Posted by Ith at 12:45 PM | Comments (2)

    December 19, 2003

    Thank You

    Just wanted to thank my Blogland Secret Santa for the eBay gift certificate.

    My Secret Santa gift was mailed off today, so here's hoping it makes if by Xmas!

    Anyone else gotten their pressie yet?

    Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM

    I Have A Quote!

    You know how some blogs have quotes from readers? I finally have one too. This from "Bad Money": "It's got a certain edgy charm to the atmosphere that I find appealing."

    Thanks for the kind words, Harvey. I'll find a place to display it proudly next time I mess with the template.

    Posted by Ith at 6:20 PM | Comments (1)

    As A Matter Of Fact...

    This blog has me linked as Tequila & Biscuits, which is funny because tequila was one of my potential blog titles when I was thinking of a new one. But absinthe won due to my fascination with it, and it seeming a little more exotic and mysterious!

    I also have to say I'm impressed with the company my lil blog is keeping in the blogroll too!

    Posted by Ith at 5:44 PM | Comments (2)

    Almost Two Years

    Next month will be my two year blogiversary! I know you're thrilled. Looking at my stats, I'm nearing the 45,000 mark for visits. Think I can make it an even 50,000 by next month? I think it's a fairly reasonable goal myself. But we'll see!

    Posted by Ith at 11:40 AM

    December 15, 2003

    Out Of The Mouths Of Deities

    Allah asks a question for the ages.

    Posted by Ith at 11:08 PM | Comments (1)

    Blog Meet

    Nin and I are going to have dinner with Justene -- who's in town on business -- tonight. This will be the first blogger I've met in RL!

    Posted by Ith at 5:22 PM | Comments (2)

    December 14, 2003

    Be A Conspiracy Theorist

    Kevin is inviting one and all to come up with your best Indymedia style post and beat them to the punch so to speak.

    Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM | Comments (1)

    December 12, 2003

    No Tears

    Remember don't want to see a lil mole cry, so go vote for me! I don't need to make the top three, I'm just aiming for the top ten. That's not too much to ask, is it?

    Anyone have a tissue?

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


    Debbye writes about -- amongst other things -- women here in North America when we wore hats, and wonders when that changed.

    My inner historian yearns to speak! Until the 20th century, "decent" women in Western countries always covered their heads when they were out. In fact, the failure to cover her head was a clear signal that the woman was a prostitute. Unfortunately, none of my history books chronicles how that came to change, although I have to think that as hemlines grew shorter, culminating in the 20's, mandatory head coverings were also dropped.

    I'm just old enough (40) to remember women wearing hats (and gloves too). I think the "sexual revolution" was where that all ended. I do remember my mum wearing a hat out most times when I was very little, but by the time I was 5-6, she didn't. I love hats, but even I don't wear them that often. I think Easter church service is about the only time I do. (other than for winter warmth of course)

    And does anyone remember when a man was supposed to take his hat off inside? I can't tell you how many times I've been in a nice restaurant and several men are invariably wearing ball caps.

    Times do change, don't they?

    Posted by Ith at 7:40 AM | Comments (4)

    Girl Power

    I was going to mention last night's Survivor because I was stoked that the women finally got it together. The look on Jon's face!! [chortle] But, Nin already has, so go read her post!

    Posted by Ith at 6:55 AM

    December 10, 2003

    We Want You!

    We're looking for a few more gals for the group blog, "Girls! Girls! Girls!". No blogging experience required. Just a passion for.. umm... I don't know what you need a passion for, so pick something. Anyway, email me -- edithna AT yahoo DOT com -- if you'd like to join us. We'd love to have you.

    Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM | Comments (3)

    Secret Santa Reminder

    Just a reminder of Secret Santa in Blogland.

    Check out the original post for links and info.

    Posted by Ith at 7:49 AM

    December 9, 2003

    Putting On A Show

    Steve's starting a band. Not just any band, but a very special one:

    If I had a seal pup, I'd club it in the morning. I'd club it in the evening, all over this land.

    I'd club out fur muffs.
    I'd club out nice hats.
    I'd club out blood between the whiskers and the flippers...
    a-a-all over this la-a-and...

    See what I mean? You don't want to miss this cutting edge group, folks! You really don't. Buy the concert t-shirt before there actually is a concert, and you can wear it at the tribute show in 25 years, knowing that you were there when!

    Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM

    I Remembered!

    I always seem to forget to post a link to the BFL roundup, but today I didn't.

    Posted by Ith at 7:44 AM

    December 8, 2003

    The Forgotten Mammal

    That's me. I'm not a cool mammal like a Tiger, or a Bear, but one of the slow and dinky mammals, like a Mole or something. So if you feel sorry for me now, then go vote for me! This sad lil mole needs your vote [sniff].

    It's hard for a mole to cry, so keep it from happening. You'll be glad you did!

    Posted by Ith at 6:57 PM | Comments (3)

    Secret Santa In Blogland

    Thanks to Justene, there's a Secret Santa group for bloggers. You can check out her post here for all the scoop.

    I can't be a Santa this year, but I am an Elf, so I made up some logos for you to put on your blog if you're Santaing. (Save them to your server, PLEASE!)

    Sounds like it will be fun, so Ho Ho Ho!! And pass it on!

    Update! Overwhlemed by self-imposed guilt, I am now a Santa! So join up and gift me, Santa Baby! :)



    Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM | Comments (2)

    December 6, 2003

    Very Nice

    I've been informed that Absinthe & Cookies is in the Large Mammal catagory of the Weblog Awards. I'm in some heady company with so many great blogs I read everyday, I have no idea who to vote for!

    Thanks for nominating me.

    Posted by Ith at 12:24 PM | Comments (2)

    December 5, 2003

    And To Think...

    ...I was in trouble for "chicks"!!

    Catch a load of this.


    Posted by Ith at 6:26 PM

    Blog The Vote

    The 2003 Weblog Awards are now open for voting.

    Posted by Ith at 6:14 PM

    And The Title Is...

    I really have a hard time coming up with titles for every single blog post, so I admire a good one when I see it. This week's keeper is from one of Peter's posts: What was this skirt smoking?

    And it's a good post too, so you should go read it.

    Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM

    I'll Play Too

    Miserable Failure

    (For Nathan)

    Posted by Ith at 5:39 PM

    See To Believe

    Some (just some?) of my fellow BearFlaggers are a little scary: case in point.

    Nothing like this happens at my house when I have too much tequila.

    (well, there were those singing socks)

    Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM

    December 4, 2003


    Party at Paul's place in 8 days!

    Be there!

    There will be ham, that's a given [g]

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

    December 3, 2003

    Of Tolkien & Friendship

    Peter emailed me the link to this very interesting post. Be sure to take a look at the comments for some substantial food for thought.

    And if you're looking for more brain food, you should always take time to pop over to Peter's blog. Always much good stuff to be found there!

    (Thanks for the link!)

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM

    Had To Take This One

    No, not a Snickerdoodle:

    You are a turtle cookie.
    What Kind of Cookie Are You?

    brought to you by Quizilla

    I saw this test all over today, so I'm not sure where I saw it first.

    Posted by Ith at 6:03 PM | Comments (3)

    Good News!

    Jen's done the last of her chemo, and as promised, she's participating in the Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk. she's looking for sponsers, so help her out if you're willing!

    Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

    Kevin has gone to a great deal of work to set up a blog award competition. But he's getting grief from all sides. Some people need to get a grip.

    Oh, and what is the "A List"? And does it matter? And who decides who's on the "A List"? I mean, is there a board or cabal? My own personal "A's" are on my blogroll.

    Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM | Comments (3)

    November 26, 2003


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

    Well, there's still haggis!

    (how about some haggis sushi?)

    Posted by Ith at 4:19 PM

    Just Like Radio Shack

    Except it's Michele.

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

    Posted by Ith at 2:41 PM

    Who Would?

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

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

    Posted by Ith at 2:37 PM | Comments (4)

    November 22, 2003

    If You Speak Tech

    Please go read this post of Kevin's.

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

    Posted by Ith at 1:27 PM | Comments (7)

    November 19, 2003

    Another "Food For Thought" Post

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

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


    BoiFromTroy has a thoughtful post on matrimony and monogamy:

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

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

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

    November 15, 2003


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

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

    November 14, 2003


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

    Confused? Don't be.

    Posted by Ith at 5:54 PM

    90's Music

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

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

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

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

    Posted by Ith at 3:10 PM | Comments (1)

    November 12, 2003

    A Bit Of A Move

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

    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM

    November 4, 2003

    Jaw Dropper

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

    Freakishly scary stuff!

    Posted by Ith at 6:08 PM

    Around & About

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM | Comments (1)

    November 3, 2003

    Nobody Does It Better

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

    The latest chapter is here.

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

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

    A Real Doll!

    Gennie is a doll!

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

    Thanks, sweetie :)

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

    October 30, 2003

    Stopping To Think

    Sometimes you read a post that just makes you stop and really think. That happened today while reading Brett Roger's wonderful, "Opinion Paper". He has some thoughts on the WWJD phenomena.

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


    Deb made me feel all warm and fuzzy this morning. And it was love, not like! Group hug!

    Posted by Ith at 7:16 AM | Comments (2)

    Discrimination Is An Ugly Thing

    I thinks it's about time to start a charitable organization for those of us who are aurorally challenged. I'm sick and tired of other states getting to see the Aurora Borealis, while decent, hardworking Americans like me, and Michele, are constantly discriminated against! I want my Aurora, I want it now, and I demand justice! (And charitable donations to send me, and others like me, to Alaska!)

    Posted by Ith at 6:55 AM | Comments (3)

    October 29, 2003

    Alert The Welcome Wagon

    Allah has moved to a bright and cheerful new residence with a nice view, home theater, sauna, and 2 1/2 baths. I'm sure there will be a house warming party soon!

    Posted by Ith at 7:17 PM

    You're Only As Old As You Feel

    Michael Williams has a great post up that takes to task a guy who thinks that adults enjoying Halloween is a "bad thing". Had me mentally raising my fist and shouting "YEAH!!!"

    (and since when was Star Wars supposed to be a kids movie?) (it was rated PG and I remember my mum wouldn't let me go see it because I was only 14) (back when PG actually meant something)

    Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM | Comments (2)

    A Matter Of Degree

    When chocolates are more appropriate than diamonds, you might consider sharing "linky-like" instead of "linky-love".

    And a new term is born!

    Posted by Ith at 5:15 PM | Comments (1)

    October 28, 2003


    Sometime's Nin's workplace stories scare me silly.

    For example:

    The Accident

    The Thong & The Cow

    The Eye Patch

    Do I really want to go to their Xmas party....?

    Posted by Ith at 6:17 PM | Comments (2)

    For My Beloved Male Readers

    According to Kevin, there's a blog listing pics of chick bloggers. So you may want to go check it out. And if anyone hears about an equivalent sort of thing for da guys, let me know! Because my female readers are just as beloved.

    Now lets have a big group hug!

    Or not.

    Entirely up to my totally beloved readership.

    Posted by Ith at 6:00 PM | Comments (2)

    October 25, 2003


    Should I put a picture of myself on the blog? I had one on my personal journal when this was a group blog.

    I think I'm going to take a nap.

    Posted by Ith at 3:45 PM | Comments (6)


    Had the 38,000 visitor some time this morning. It was somone who came in on this search.

    Posted by Ith at 3:33 PM | Comments (2)

    October 24, 2003

    Uh Oh

    Does this mean me, Margi, & Deb, are triplets?

    What Irrational Number Are You?
    You are e

    Of all the irrational numbers, you are the most intense. By nature you are powerful, although sometimes you can spiral out of control. You are good with money; the interest seems to just compound whenever you are near. When someone uses the word "exponential" they are probably talking about you.

    In some ways you and φ are a nearly perfect match. Not to mention how attractive φ is. But then, there is the remarkable π...

    Your lucky number is approximately 2.71828183

    Shiny Lemur
    Straif's Blog
    Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (5)

    October 22, 2003

    Search Your Heart

    Do You Have "Pent-Up Spending Desires"?

    Hell yeah!

    (and I'm going to drown them in buying those boots)

    (but you know what I've always wanted to do? have a shopping spree in my wish list!)

    (now that would be kewl!)

    Posted by Ith at 6:26 PM

    I Heartily Recommend...

    You should go to Jay's today, just because he's on some sort of roll, and I can't just pick one post to link to. It's a whole thematic thing.

    You should also forgo the insecticide and visit the Flea's place for much the same reason as above.

    Just go with it.

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

    October 21, 2003

    Just Remember This... time you're in line at the grocery store! At least you got to touch your food.

    Posted by Ith at 7:35 AM

    Remembered I Forgot

    I meant to post about this yesterday. First off, the subject is an interesting one, as is the discussion. But it's also one of those detailed comprehensive posts that I so admire, and never seem to be able to compose. It has visual aids and everything!

    Dean really has some of the best reading on his blog.

    Posted by Ith at 6:55 AM | Comments (2)

    October 19, 2003


    According to this test, I'm a Spatial Thinker:

    Spatial Thinkers:

    * Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of the physical world.
    * Think well in three dimensions
    * Have a flair for working with objects

    Other Spatial Thinkers include Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    Like other spatial thinkers, Leonardo had a talent for designing buildings and machinery. He also invented a new style of map making

    Careers which suit Spatial Thinkers include
    Mechanic, Photographer, Artist, Architect, Engineer, Builder, Set designer

    The Renaissance ideal

    The leading thinkers of the Renaissance were not just experts in their own field. The renaissance scholar was expected to master all branches of knowledge.

    With his insatiable desire to know everything, Leonardo da Vinci is often held up as the ideal Renaissance man.

    A hearty AVAST! to Mickey for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM | Comments (6)


    This weeks choice is about the mall.

    Posted by Ith at 1:58 PM

    Confession Is Good For The soul

    Guess who voted for Arnold? And actually admitted it!

    Wizbang has the answer.

    Posted by Ith at 1:52 PM

    October 17, 2003


    Juliette is writing up some dang good stuff, and I really liked this one. So scurry off and go read it all.

    Posted by Ith at 5:38 PM

    Rest Up, Girlfriend

    Rachel is taking a wee break from blogging. I hope her, and her thumb, are feeling a 100% soon!

    Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM

    October 15, 2003


    So fans will buy you laptops? Nifty kewl! So where's mine? Well?

    I don't think I'm in the laptop league -- more like the notepad and pencil league [g]

    Posted by Ith at 2:08 PM | Comments (14)

    October 13, 2003

    My Sides Hurt!

    Go look at "Flat Frodo" right this very second!

    Posted by Ith at 6:19 PM | Comments (1)

    October 12, 2003

    Is CA Crazy?

    Go read this over at PrestoPundit.

    Posted by Ith at 1:41 PM | Comments (1)

    Happy Day!

    Jay Allen is creating a plug-in for MT what will deal with "Lolita" and all her ilk.

    I got totally confuzzled at how it works, but I'm sure I can find someone who can explain it to technically deficient me :)

    Posted by Ith at 1:27 PM | Comments (3)

    October 10, 2003


    A&C is number 12 on Google for "Absinthe".

    I really got to try some one day!

    Posted by Ith at 6:15 PM | Comments (4)

    Well Said!

    Debbye said:

    .... His only "identity politics" are with the Hollywood crowd, and even they don't support him! So after a relentless parade of Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, the Dixie Chicks, et alia, expressing their views on President Bush and the war in Iraq, the media are now claiming that people in the entertainment industry aren't politically competent unless they're Democrats? Pull the other one.

    Now that was very well put! Go read the rest, why don't you?

    Posted by Ith at 6:12 PM

    A Little Friday Roundup

    * This made me laugh.

    * I may have to delink der Angstman for this one! Tsk tsk.

    * This book on Amazon had a rather odd companion link: Muslim Dating Center - Date muslim singles in your city. Free registration. Okay, I thought it was odd. Your mileage may vary!

    And I had a few other things for the roundup, but I can't find the email I pasted the links into. If I find them, or remember them, I shall let you know!

    Update! Here's one I remembered from The Corner:


    From the Hotline:
    Making An Ass-umption? In answering a question from Spanish-speaking Ernestina Escobar, who was introduced as "someone in our audience who has experienced the American dream." Dean responded: "You would have prescription benefits if you moved to Vermont, because a third of all our people, especially at your income level, are eligible for prescription benefits without help from the federal government." She never mentioned her financial situation.

    Imagine if a white, preppy Park Avenue Republican had made this gaffe?

    Update to the Update: Jonah has put up a correction to the above. Apparently it was a multipart question from two different people.

    Posted by Ith at 5:43 PM | Comments (2)

    October 8, 2003

    Better Late Than Never

    Jay's started something called, "Carnival of the Capitalists" and I forgot to mention it earlier.

    Posted by Ith at 5:32 PM | Comments (1)

    October 6, 2003

    A Head Of CA Garlic

    And here are the nice smelly cloves!

    * Fresh Potatoes says, "This will offend you." And it is pretty offensive, not to mention stinky. (and not in a nice garlic sort of way)

    * Miller's Time compares how the candidates treat the help. Whew! Another smelly whiff there!

    * Here's an article by Jill Stewart. She's the reporter who couldn't get the L.A. Times to give the time of day to her piece on Gray Davis's violent rages aimed at female staffers. Breath mint anyone?

    * And last, but not the least, in the stinky competition, we have this from Tim Graham in The Corner today:

    Tom Brokaw to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the spouse of a long-time colleague, last night on Dateline NBC (and again on Today this morning, and let's safely assume, NBC Nightly News this evening): "Part of the problem for a lot of people is that a lot of these women have made very specific accusations about grabbing them sexually and making lewd suggestions. You've described it as playful and rowdy, and the kind of mischief that you engaged in when you were a younger man. But based on their descriptions, in many states, what you did would be criminal, it would be a sexual assault of some kind."


    Tom Brokaw on why the Paula Jones allegations, which became a very large legal problem for Bill Clinton: "Why didn't we put it on earlier? It didn't seem, I think to most people, entirely relevant to what was going on at the time. These are the kinds of charges raised about the President before. They had been played out in the Gennifer Flowers episode. The American public had made a kind of decision about his personal conduct and whether it had relevance in his personal life. And it seemed at that time it didn't have the news weight." That's Brokaw on the CNBC show "Tim Russert," May 9, 1994, on avoiding the Jones allegations for three months.

    Anyone have Lysol?

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

    It's Here!

    The official "Operation Give" aka "Toys for Iraq" site is up and running, so please do go take a look.

    You can read all about it here.

    Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM

    October 5, 2003

    And The Winner Is...

    Jen Speaks!

    I realized it's been a while since I awarded the much coveted "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence", and decided it was time to rectify it. So this time, the metallic cookie goes to Jen of Jen Speaks for being amusing, silly, and informative. All good things!

    Posted by Ith at 7:13 PM | Comments (9)

    Strange But Kewl!

    I'd like to thank whoever it was that donated $25 to A&C through Amazon on Sept. 28. I didn't even know about the donation till I got the transfer notice email from Amazon today.

    Thank you, whoever you are!

    Posted by Ith at 5:07 PM

    October 4, 2003


    Slings & Arrows has a sleek new look. Very nice indeed!

    Posted by Ith at 7:41 PM

    I Agree

    I saw this entry in the New Blog Showcase, and since I agree with the sentiment, I'm making this blog my choice this week.

    For the record, I always watch the credits. And sometimes there's a nice surprise at the end. Most recent examples would be the end of PotC, and OUaTIM.

    Posted by Ith at 4:01 PM | Comments (1)

    October 2, 2003

    Seeing Is Believing

    I found Exit Zero through comments on Andrea's blog. It's a nice blog, and Mary has the pictures to prove she used to be a lefty (the political kind, not the handed kind) (like me) (left handed, that is)

    Posted by Ith at 5:53 PM

    Pick One

    The luscious gals at Right We Are are sponsoring a naming contest for the studly Dave's blog reincarnation. They need votes, so go vote why don't you? Don't let the fact that #5 is my contribution affect how you vote at all.


    I mean it.


    Okay, not really.

    (I really want that date with Lori [weg])

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


    Nancy shares some wisdom from her Uncle John.

    Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM

    Prepare To Be Scared

    If you've ever wondered how we pass the time on long car trips, wonder no more!

    Nin has the scoop.

    Posted by Ith at 7:56 AM

    October 1, 2003

    It's On

    Frontline Voices is up and running!

    Go check it out.

    Posted by Ith at 6:15 AM

    September 30, 2003

    Have To Think About this One

    Blackfive has a list of Bloggers He'd Like To Drink With.

    I have to say, it's a nifty idea for a blog post. And drinking is something I take quite seriously as my regular readers know! So which bloggers would I want to drink with? I'll have to think on it.

    A heart AVAST! to Misha for the link.

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

    Super Snorfle

    Okay, I can't just pick one, so go read all of them.

    (still snickering)

    Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM

    Corner Pickings

    Found lots of good stuff on The Corner today.

    THE MONGOLS ARE BACK... in Iraq. After only 745 years. And they want meat!! Mmmm... meat!

    UNHOLY MOTHER: THE FACE OF REFORM IN SAUDI ARABIA: If you are about to give birth in Saudi Arabia, you better head to the hospital with the responsible male. The Saudis have announced that women entering a hospital to give birth will be held prisoner until a man arrives on the scene

    DIVERSITY ON PARADE: This story almost sounds like it came out of The Onion ... but it's all too true. Seems that a high school band from Paris, Texas, came to Dallas last weekend to put on a "Salute to World War II" halftime show. The program included flags and national anthems of major combatants in the war ... which meant that some students marched and waved the Nazi Germany standard, while the band played "Deutschland Uber Alles." And all this happened on -- wait for it -- Rosh Hoshana. The ignoramus band director has apologized, and the Dallas ADL chief has said the matter is closed. But sheesh, can you imagine the stupidity that went into that programming decision? Did it occur to no one at that high school that it might not be a good idea to celebrate Nazi Germany in song and dance?

    See? Lots of good reading!

    Meat, it's what's for dinner!

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

    September 29, 2003

    Who's Isolated?

    John Weidner comments on Jacques Chirac's growing isolation in Europe.

    It takes a cowboy to get the job done.

    Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM

    A Burning Question

    Peter asks me this very important question:

    ....But the real question I want answered is what she thought about Underworld. I thought it was a confusing farrago of half-thought out plots and easily forgettable, except for the whole "death-dealer in tight latex outfit" motif, which kind of worked for me.

    That's easy! I didn't see it. I'm not a big fan of horror movies -- too icky and gross. :) I try to avoid movies where I'll have to keep my eyes closed through more than a 1/3 of the film.

    Posted by Ith at 5:10 PM | Comments (2)

    September 24, 2003

    Blog Notes

    First off, a big thanks to Maripat for her donation of support! And also thanks to Martin for hitting the tip jar. Seems he lost some sort of wager with Paul, and a monetary offering was the price of losing. Hey, whatever works!

    I pruned the blog roll again today, removing blogs that haven't been updated in ages. And a few days ago, I moved some links from my personal blog over to here. Back when this was a group blog, I also had a personal webjournal, but since this one's became solo, nothing much has happened over there. So, I figured I should start consolidating things.

    Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM | Comments (1)

    Harbinger Of Fury

    Posting this just because I really liked it. From MoodVertigo and a post on hurricane Isabel

    "Harbinger of fury, the grey man be near rising as a spirit of water and wind, lean to yon ear windswept waves, aye the angry ocean will arise in silent premonition, he sees without eyes

    So secure ye sloop and brigand, bow and stern
    lash hearth and home 'gainst the tide that does churn
    praise the saints round, grey man will save me
    as death knocks nigh, from the storm that would take me"

    - source unknown, translated from gaelic and believed to be from a regional North Carolina folk song - from the book "Outer Banks Tales to Remember by Judge Henry Whedbee, 1967

    Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM

    September 22, 2003


    Nin's average is up to SEVENTEEN!!!

    This has been a Ninjababe's Ramble Traffic Update

    Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM | Comments (4)

    The Other Half

    Deb has a spot on post about "The Other Half". I live in that half. What about you?

    Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM | Comments (1)

    September 21, 2003

    Won't You Be My Friend?

    If Americans have one overriding flaw, it is this puppy-doggish need to be liked. Our national lack of self-esteem is one of the few American products that people in most other countries, especially what I call the Thug World Nations, have not snatched up. On the contrary, I think that you will find that one thing our enemies do have is plenty of self-esteem -- they lack esteem for others.

    Want more? Then head over to Andrea's for the rest of the story.

    Posted by Ith at 12:18 PM | Comments (1)

    September 20, 2003

    Are You A Tortilla Chip?

    Via Emily, comes this quiz.

    Posted by Ith at 2:35 PM

    Good Stuff

    GoaF blogs about one of my favourite shows, "Robin of Sherwood".

    Posted by Ith at 2:01 PM | Comments (1)


    I've been told to put a link to this blog, Ilyka Damen
    "Accidental Punditry"
    , in a post. So there you be! (I'm getting really confused let me tell you!)

    Oh, and also the InstaGuy's favourite book. That's easy! The Hobbit. Because of the furry feet don't you know.

    Posted by Ith at 12:54 PM

    September 19, 2003

    Clark Bar

    Check out SSDB for the Clark Bar, and this first excellent post on the subject.

    Posted by Ith at 5:37 PM


    I'm still looking for a few good Girls! for my group blog, Girls! Girls! Girls!. If you'd be interested in joining us, please let me know.

    Posted by Ith at 11:51 AM | Comments (5)

    Negative Instalanche

    A few days ago, Kevin had a post on how to get an Instalanche. Last night, I woke up and had trouble getting back to sleep, so to while the time away, I started thinking of ways not to get an Instalanche. Presented to my gentle readers for what it's worth!

    Ways to Guarantee You'll Never Have An Instalanche:

    01] Sign Glenn up for the "cheap box wine of the month" club.

    02] Mock the State of Tennessee

    03] Have the majority of your posts be about your shoes.

    04] Include lots of pictures of your shoes.

    05] Have your background and your text in black.

    06] Use lots of Valley Girl speak. Like, gag me with a spoon, and grody to the max.

    07] Include audio clips of such talk.

    08] Refer to Glenn as "Smurf Boy".

    09] Always use lots of !!!!!! and TYPE IN CAPS!!!!!!

    10] Tell all the people who comment on your blog that their fathers were hamsters and only losers read blogs.

    11] Leave obnoxious comments about Instapundit on all the blogs you read.

    12] Every time you buy groceries, write a blog post with a list of what you bought.

    13] Notify Glenn via email immediately about your grocery post! Then leave a comment on every blog you can notifying them of the post and the fact that you emailed Instapundit about it.

    14] Talk like a pirate as often as possible.

    15] Frequently point out that J-Lo stole Ben from you. (or the reverse depending on your sexual persuasion and/or gender)

    Feel free to add to my list!

    Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (13)

    September 18, 2003


    I'm not sure if she's noticed, but Nin's hit average is up to 13 a day! I think we should help her aim for 20, myself. What do you say?

    Posted by Ith at 6:20 PM | Comments (4)

    Blog Notes

    Lawren, who used to be a frequent commenter here, as started her own blog! So go say, "hi!". (though she's getting more traffic than me, so I'm feeling conflicted [grin])

    Michael, of the always scintillating "Master of None", is running a short fiction contest. If you've always had the urge to pen a tale, and share it, this is your chance!

    Update: I'm not sure why I wrote 'contest', other than I have a cold and its been a long day I guess, but as Michael points out, it's a SYMPOSIUM!

    Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM | Comments (4)

    September 15, 2003


    Rothy asks the eternal blogging question.

    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM | Comments (4)

    September 5, 2003

    Of Men and Sauce

    I is goin' to introdooce my own self. First off, I is a man. Not just a man, a man among men. A Real Man(TM). A helluvaguy. A big feller.

    Good lookin', too.

    Now, if they is one thing that everbody knows, it's that they is certain things what men can do that women can not do. For example, men have the ability to spit watermelon seeds into a pitcher of iced-tea from a distance of five lawn chairs, to find our way from a minor-league stadium in Albuquerque to a bar in downtown Hoboken without once stopping at a filling station for directions, and to cook cheese omelets, chili and Bar-B-Q sauce. Only men can make Bar-B-Q sauce. Don't ask me why. I think there was a study done once that proved that it's a genetic thing.

    Anyway, I am here to regale you with the method of making my very own, nearly-famous Jack Dan'l's Hot Stone Cojones Bar-B-Q sauce. Get a pencil and click on that lil' linky-dink below for the whole recipe, and you're welcome:

    First things first: Prepare your environment. Wait until a time when The Little Woman has washed and put away the maximum amount of dishes, so that you have a clear working area. You'll need lots of room for slicing, dicing, mixing and whisking. Put a Grass Roots CD into the closest CD player, and make sure you have plenty of Budweiser within easy reach. Making the perfect Jack Dan'l's Bar-B-Q sauce takes time and focus.

    Now, it's time to gently coax The Little Woman out of the kitchen. This isn't always easy, as the kitchen is The Little Woman's domain, and she may be reluctant to turn it over completely. It's a control thing, don't you know. You have to let her know that you're doing her a kindness: "Now, there, Little Woman, love of my life. You jus' set your sweet little tush down in the basement and relax. You done enough for one day. You jus' let ol' Splooge take over these here kitchen dooties, an' don't you worry your purdy little head over it none. There's a good little filly." That ought to do it. Nothing beats sweet-talking the ladies to get what you need.

    Now that the coast is clear, get out a mess of pots, measuring spoons, and some of them little sharp kives. You'll need a lot of molassas, ketchup, onions, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, fresh jalep peppers and hot sauce. Some cidar vinegar and tomato paste, too. And some worchestershire sauce. Liquid smoke and whorchestershire sauce.

    Now, for the main ingredient you'll need a fith of Jack Dan'l's whiskey. You'll be using the whiskey to saute' the onions and garlic and jaleps, so make sure it's at room temperature. Take a taste, then, if it's right, pour a couple of fist-fulls into a pot. Now, dice up your onions, garlic and jalaps. About two onions, four cloves and four jaleps should do the trick. Put 'em into the pot with the whiskey and bring that mother to a simmer, until the onions is transparent.

    While you is waiting, take a nip of from the whiskey bottle, and chase it with your beer to make sure The Little Woman don't catch on.

    When the veggies is done you got to ingite them bastards to burn off that nasty alcohol. Light a match an' throw it into the pot. Let the summbitch burn for, oh, 20 seconds or a few minutes or whatever. Now, call down to The Little Woman, who, you may remember, is in the basement: "Sugar-Plum! Oh, sweetum's! Could you please bring me up that fire extinguisher, my little schnukle-bunnie?"

    "Oh, My God! What in the hell are you doing?!," is likely to be the response when The Little Woman sees the burning kitchen curtains. Don't let it throw you off your game.

    "Never mind, little pumpkin. You jus' let me take care of everything."

    "Take care of everything, my butt! Are you trying to burn the house down?"

    (Oh, shut up. Would you for once just please shut up.)

    When the fire is out, tell the bitch to get her fat ass back downstairs, take a swig from the whiskey bottle, chase it with a bud and put all the rest of the ingredients into the pot. Take another swig and chase.

    Now. Your gon to meed about 2 cups of katchup, a quarter cup of woorshesersauce, and splach some ot that liquid somke into the pot. bring it all to a big boil and make sue you stirr it all tiem so it son't burn. If it brns the woman is gone run up again and piss ou off. "what in the fuch you doing you sommof abitch get out of my kichun...." But don't listen just turn up the grassroots an take s aswig of Jack danls beer an stirr the pot good then when she starts hitting yuou on the nead you thros the pot one the floor OH MY GOD YOU SUMMBITCH ahh shuttup yuou whore leve me alone "whoy dont yo GET A JOB ouo u PIG ahh shut up or ill kill ou you bitch I HATE YOU YOU BASTARD n jus nok the bithc out an take a swig of whishy an wate util the cops cmm then git your gun....

    Posted by at 3:39 PM | Comments (2)

    Thanks All Around

    I've noticed in the last ten days that there's been a veritable explosion of linkage to A&C. So much so, I quickly lost the ability to keep up with them all. I'm sure I've missed some in the onslaught :)

    So I just wanted to say "thank you" to everyone who has linked recently, and in the past. When I started this, I never, ever dreamed so many blogs would link to this blog. It's blown me away!

    Posted by Ith at 7:19 AM | Comments (4)

    September 4, 2003

    My "Quote"

    As ordered, here's my "quote":

    "I really wish they'd make a three hour Smurf movie" ~ Glenn Reynolds

    Posted by Ith at 5:49 PM | Comments (3)

    September 3, 2003

    Taking It For Granted

    This post over on Sophia Sideshow is a must read. We're so lucky to live here, and most of the time, we take that for granted. So go read and then give the American next to you a hug :)

    Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM

    A Thank You

    Just to be serious for a moment in regards to the Alliance and such. Back when Frank started the blog war, I joined up because it seemed fun. I had no expectations of increased traffic from it, it was just fun. And then Frank linked to the Alliance members on his front page. It wasn't something I ever expected him to do, but he did, and I wanted to thank him for that. It was a nice thing to do, and I appreciate it. Not that we didn't know Frank was kewl, but it doesn't hurt to say it every once in a while :)

    Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (1)

    September 1, 2003

    Cool Nonetheless

    I come back home to find I'm a Mortal Human on the Ecosystem! I know it's a bug in the gears that's causing it, but I shall enjoy my rarified status while it lasts!

    Posted by Ith at 2:44 PM | Comments (4)

    August 29, 2003

    Everyone Is Doing It

    Blogging that is. Now even Allah has a blog!

    (and very amusing it is too!)

    Link via Amish Tech Support

    Posted by Ith at 6:18 PM

    Your Orders...

    are to go wish Juliette a happy birthday!


    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM

    Blog Learnin'!

    Blog-buddyette, Rachel has been made the subject of a college English assignment. So, I followed the links on her blog to the student's blogs, and checked out a few of them. I was very happy to discover that America's youth is much brighter than they're usually given credit for.

    I also wanted to single out this blog, since Sean is a big "Stargate: SG1" fan. We fans need to stick together!

    Posted by Ith at 5:37 PM

    This Is Nifty

    I've discovered A&C is on Technorati's "Top 50 Interesting Recent Blogs", and that the blog comes in at #12!

    Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM

    Frightening Fairy Tales

    Don tells a story. Save this one for bedtime reading to the kiddies!

    Posted by Ith at 7:14 AM

    August 27, 2003

    Isn't It Nice?

    You know what's nice? Finding a fairly new blog and seeing you're one of a handful of blogs on their blogroll. It's incredibly flattering! That's happened a few times this week, and I felt like mentioning it.

    Posted by Ith at 5:16 PM | Comments (2)


    I hit the 30,000 mark at 8:28 this morning. The winning visitor was from FRB.GOV. I know, it's an honour :)

    Your million dollars isn't in the mail, nor will it ever be, but you can have that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from winning! Paul will send you a ham on my behalf.

    Posted by Ith at 10:23 AM | Comments (4)

    August 26, 2003

    Always Loved The A-Team!

    Did you know there were A-Team novels? And, as an aside, George Peppard rocked!

    Anyway, onto the point of the post, if it even has one, which I'm beginning to doubt...

    I'd hire them, but I don't think they'd work for booze and cookies!

    A merry band of buccaneers we'd have though!

    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM | Comments (3)

    Kewl Beans!

    A member of my posse (everyone should have a posse) got his much coveted Instalanche!!

    Way to go, Jay! And happy blogiversary!

    (Don't forget us little folk on your meteoric rise to the top.)

    Posted by Ith at 5:11 PM | Comments (1)

    Hot Fresh Cookies!

    Thanks to leaving a comment here, I just discovered a fairly new blog called
    "The Patriette". It's nifty, and you should go visit!



    Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM

    August 25, 2003

    Did You Know...

    that there is a statue of Lenin in a park in Seattle? Neither did I! Go read about it over at Master of None.

    Posted by Ith at 6:05 PM | Comments (4)


    Two interesting posts over at the Angry Clam:




    Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM

    August 24, 2003

    A Hearty Avast!

    So Andrea wants "hat tip" to die. I tried using "link fodder" for a bit, but went back to "link via". But, from now on, I'm going to use "a hearty avast!", or perhaps "ARRR!"

    What say you, me hearties?

    Posted by Ith at 4:27 PM | Comments (5)

    August 23, 2003

    Shameless Capitalism

    Last weekend, I added a link to Amazon here on the blog. So if you're feeling inclined to buy a little something for yourself, and if you click through here, I'll get a few cents towards upkeep of all the blogs here on the Wing.

    Your patronage is greatly appreciated, and I know I speak for all of the inhabitants here. Thanks to everyone who has given in the past. I really do mean that. Blows me away that folks would care enough to donate.

    Posted by Ith at 2:01 PM


    In an odd GMTA moment, I read over at Juliette's blog, Baldilocks, that Jimmy J.J. Walker has a blog! And we were just talking about him at work earlier this week and wondering what ever happened to him.

    No permalinks, but he has several interesting posts on things like the police and the death penalty, and reparations.

    Posted by Ith at 12:09 PM

    August 22, 2003

    Pass It On

    Thanks to Jay, I found a great blog today. Go and take a look at "Baldilocks" -- you'll be glad you did!

    Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM | Comments (1)

    Be My Guest

    Wayne from The Tocq has graciously volunteered to guest blog for me here at A&C while I'm on holiday. But we don't want him to be lonely, so if you'd like to give guest blogging a shot, by all means email me and let me know! (edithna AT yahoo DOT com)

    Posted by Ith at 5:05 PM | Comments (1)

    August 20, 2003

    Swing Your Wing

    Just because it made me laugh at the end of a sucky day:

    Humorous aside: Sometimes the patterns the eye makes in the brain can be astounding. For the longest time, I couldn't make sense of Ith's URL (On Dragon's Wing) which I kept seing as Ondragon Swing, which sounded like a really hip animé sound track. ::grin::

    Mark, I see it that way every once in a while myself :) Oh, and gas here is $2.09 -- and that's at the cheap place!

    (btw, y'all should use this as a nudge to go visit Mark's blog. There be some fine bloggage there, mates!)

    (I'm going to be now. Hopefully, tonight, I'll get some sleep)

    Posted by Ith at 10:30 PM | Comments (3)

    About & Around

    Since I'm feeling a little out of it today and not feeling much like real blogging, I thought I'd share the links of things that have caught my eye over the last few days.


    * Humans could be living on the Moon within 20 years, says a leading lunar scientist.

    * NASA support up after tragedy 3 out of 4 find fatal missions acceptable

    * The cosmopolitan Edward Said was ideally placed to explain East to West and West to East. What went wrong?

    Blog Posts:

    * Most of Us Should Be Covered...

    * Britain's seedy underworld

    * Bitches with guns

    * Terrorism Is What Our Opponents Do

    Feel free to comment at will :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM | Comments (2)

    August 19, 2003

    5 Questions

    These are questions from Nin, along with my answers. If you'd like me to interview you with five questions let me know in the comments of this post and I'll email you a set to answer on your blog.

    1) Would you rather be a werewolf or vampire?

    A vampire. A Forever Knight type vampire if we're being specific.

    2) If you could travel to any world from book, TV, movie, or game, which would you choose?

    Middle Earth

    3) Chocolate or cheese?


    4) Humidity or Frost?


    5) If you had to choose one job to do for the next thirty years of your life (and, it can be only that job) would you choose something monotonous but pays well, or varied and pays not-so-well?

    At this point in my life, I'm going for the cash!

    Update! Dave answered my 5 questions here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM | Comments (5)

    Jen Asks

    How secret is your blog?

    Posted by Ith at 12:26 PM


    I found this over at aimelss:


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

    August 16, 2003


    This is so adorable!

    Ummm.. I mean, this is just DREADFUL!! Yeah, that's the ticket....

    Posted by Ith at 9:24 PM | Comments (2)


    Yet again, Frank makes me weep. But I'm loyal despite his disdain for me -- his cause is a just one. So I will overlook his continued hurtful actions for the good of our most mighty Crusade!

    (sekrit message to Jay: maybe I should have put up those pics of me poolside!)

    (and the rest of my loyal posse should go vote for ME!!)

    Update! for those that still say they haven't seen any pics of me, here's the link to the photo essay that the ever so classy Jay composed.

    Posted by Ith at 2:20 PM | Comments (8)

    August 15, 2003


    Here's the latest on our glorious crusade.

    And Frank's right -- he does look sexy in black!

    (as I'm typing this, I'm listening to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" soundtrack, and boy is it inspirational! I only wish I had a sword to swash!)

    (to war!!)

    Update! I think a good motto would be, "Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back"

    Another Update! Check out Jay's very kewl ode to the blog roll.

    Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM | Comments (3)

    A Rip In The Space Time Continuum

    Steven at PoliBlog has my favourite solution for the power outage back east.

    I canna do it Cap'n!!

    Posted by Ith at 7:39 AM

    August 14, 2003

    A Few Good Gals

    If you're of the female persuasion, and you'd like to participate in a group blog that really isn't about anything, drop me a line and I'll sign you up!

    edithna AT yahoo DOT com

    Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM

    Love It

    CBP pointed me to one of his archived posts. It's all about being the lonliest Republican.

    Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM

    A Fine Crusade

    I am now officially a part of Frank's war against the Dark Lord Puppy Blender. However, we participants require a speciality to bring to Frank's noble cause.

    I was think maybe my specialty should be "Creator of exotic liqueurs, poisons, & objects of Elven magic".

    You think?

    Posted by Ith at 5:21 PM

    A Call To Arms

    Frank's making a declaration, which means we all have to go read it. It's the rules or something. Really, it is!

    Posted by Ith at 7:38 AM

    August 13, 2003

    A Shared Dream

    The internet is kewl in many ways, but one of the nicest kewl bits is when you find somone that shares a similar oddball goal. Turns out you're not quite as odd as you thought!

    Here's to seeing the Aurora Borealis in our lifetime!

    (okay, in my case, I suppose I am as odd as previously thought)

    Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM | Comments (5)

    Se*iest Female Blogger?

    Another contest, this time for the se*xiest female blogger.

    Hopefully it's a contest that will run longer than my contest of yesterday!

    (via Wizbang)

    Update: Jay, the very brave, has produced my very own internet photo spread. (he must really be bored today [grin])

    Posted by Ith at 7:54 AM | Comments (6)

    August 12, 2003

    Kewl Beans!

    I'm being talked about! (hope it isn't anything bad...)

    At least, according to this "Momentum Blogroll" and A&C is a lofty #3 on the list! Way to go, me!

    Thanks :)

    Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM | Comments (2)

    Just Because

    Steven seems like a nice guy, so I've decided to try and help him with his noble goal of reaching the magic 100 by Friday for his blog anniversary!

    So link to Steven, just because :) He only has 12 to go! Go on! It's fun!

    (and maybe one day, I'll reach 100!)

    (it could happen)

    Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM


    As a native Californian, I got a kick out of this column: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love California

    Posted by Ith at 12:14 PM

    August 11, 2003


    Because this made me laugh out loud, it's getting its own post.

    Andrea's response to this: Build a fort

    Was: Only if I can have a moat filled with alligators, and real artillery emplacements.


    Posted by Ith at 6:48 PM | Comments (3)

    Ooooh! A Blogroll Discussion!

    According to Kevin, it's because it's August. He linked to this post where the topic is blogrolls. Some folks have kewl categories, like Jay, other people have one long list, and others have two or three categories.

    As you can see, I have one long list. But the blogs in bold at the top, are blogs that are linked to A&C. I used to have two lists, one for those linked here, and one for everything else. Then people started linking to me with abandon, and I never seemed to be able to keep both rolls current. So I gave up.

    My basic policy is I link to blogs I read. I don't read every blog on the roll every single day, but I do read them. I've actually found a lot of my favourite reads from following a link back. That probably explains, in part, the rapidly expanding blogroll! On occasion, I'll weed through the roll and remove a blog if it hasn't been updated in months, or if I'm just not reading it anymore. Not much of a policy, but it's all I got.

    Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM | Comments (8)

    August 10, 2003

    Thanks, Men Folk

    .... for everything you've done.

    Posted by Ith at 4:11 PM | Comments (3)

    August 9, 2003

    The More The Merrier!

    Pathetic Earthling has a post about one of my favourite alcoholic beverages -- tequila! Apparently the South Africans are getting into the agave game.

    Posted by Ith at 5:08 PM | Comments (1)

    When Superheros Go Bad

    Aaron has a very intersting post on the latest incarnation of a beloved American comic superhero: Superman for Terror, Injustice and the Iraqi Way

    Posted by Ith at 4:38 PM | Comments (1)

    Man Oh Man!

    Never mind my long and maudlin post on the subject! Andrea's latest has me ready to storm my Bishop's office, full of fire and brimstone and totally energized!

    No more Miss Nice Episcopalian! I'm now the new and improved Spleenville Episcopalian! GRRRRR!

    (yes, the medication is making me punchy. could you tell?)

    Update: Gospel of Inclusion?


    Mark Steyn has some things to say:

    In older times, he and his partner would have set up their own church founded on the principle thereof. But back then the Anglican Church still understood itself to be part of the Kingdom of God, not a federation of self-esteeming cantons where a sacrament is whatever turns you on. Bishop Robinson got the Church to endorse not just his gayness but his narcissism.


    And this from Peter Sean Bradley is well worth a read.

    Posted by Ith at 1:44 PM | Comments (4)

    August 8, 2003

    Of Sexy Historians

    I originally came across this yesterday on Instapundit, and I followed the link becasue I too had been watching "The Spartans" and wondered why some studly male historian couldn't host one of these series! Especially as the last such program I saw was hosted by Alec Baldwin [holds nose].

    So to catch you up, you can go here, and here, oh and here too.

    While I'd have no objection to VDH in the role, I'm pretty sure he'd be horrified at the prospect!

    (And for those of you keeping track, I made it through work yesterday, but I'm home again today. It's the germs that won't die!)

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

    A Reader Sends...

    this link to One Hand Clapping. The authour of the blog is a Methodist minister, and he has a very definite take on the Robinson nomination.

    Update: Laughing Wolf weighs in on the subject.

    'nother Update: Midwest Conservative Journal has many good posts. Start at the top and work down.

    Also: via the Ben File, this link to "What Do I D Now?"

    Posted by Ith at 1:30 PM

    August 7, 2003

    Good Question

    Craig asks a very interesting question over at Lead & Gold.

    Posted by Ith at 6:59 PM | Comments (1)

    August 6, 2003

    New Digs

    The very cool John Weidner and his blog, "Random Jottings" has made the move off Blogger to bright shiny new digs.

    So go and visit!

    Posted by Ith at 11:06 AM

    August 5, 2003

    I Would Have Baked A Cake

    So Cam is sending folks over here to "Bathe in the estrogen. Wallow in the femininity. Drink from the cup of enlightenment."

    And here I am still in my slippers! So a feminine sort of post... I've found that people tend to be surprised I'm a Conservative. The reasons given are usually along the lines of: you're so sweet, kind, nice, feminine, insert warm fuzzy adjective. How can someone like you be a Conservative?

    Has anyone else had this sort of experience?

    Posted by Ith at 1:21 PM | Comments (7)

    August 4, 2003


    I discovered this blog today, and along with it, a very thoughtful discussion on what's happening in the Episcopal Church. It couldn't come at a better time, as I'm a very confused and conflicted Episcopalian right now.

    Update: More on this here.

    Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (4)

    August 3, 2003

    Still Here

    I had to post this before I go.

    This is the quote of the month, if not the year:

    These days, Americans think "romance" means "sex" and "passion" means "really good sex." Why culture pearls when you can hear the swine grunting behind the door?

    Steve has this uncanny knack of writing down things that make me shout (in my head) "That's exactly it!!".

    (I'll actually shout out loud to pester April when we're watching a movie or a show on TV.) (You should hear the things I say!) (I'm hopelessly old-fashioned)

    Posted by Ith at 10:48 AM | Comments (3)

    August 2, 2003


    I heard about w.bloggar over at Digital Hamster, and it sounded nifty. I downloaded and installed it, and can't get it to work for the life of me.

    Oh well. Cool idea though.

    Maybe it will make more sense when I feel better.

    Posted by Ith at 12:57 PM | Comments (4)

    Long Past Time

    I've finally gotten my brain in gear and added "Cynthia Speaks" to ye olde blog roll. She's been a long time commenter here, and has a great journal.

    Update: also added "Digital Hamster", "MoodVertigo", "Angst du Jour", and "The Speculist".

    Update: just found another kewl blog! Yes, I know it's Saturday. But I'm sickly today and have no life, so I'm spending the day staring hypnotically into my 'puter screen.

    Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM

    July 31, 2003

    Cha.. cha.. changes

    I've made a few changes over in the sidebar. Nothing major though. I finally made some entries under "Fave Posts" and would like to ask if anyone has a particular favourite post here, to let me know.

    I added a link to my Wish List, not in any expectation of pressies, but just because I like looking at other people's wish lists. I think it's a way to get some insight into a person. You're insight into me will be that I'm really odd!

    Just a note that the email address for contacting me is different. The Gaggle address was a group address, and now there's no group, I'm just using my own addie: edithna AT Yahoo DOT com.

    Added another Bear Flagger -- Aaron's Rantblog.

    And it occurs to me that it's time to award another "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence"! Stay tuned for that!

    Still a Large Mammal on the Ecosystem, but expect to fall fast once the individual links I've gotten over the last few days fall of people's front pages. Of course, if you really care, you'll link to me! I mean, Paul is ahead of me! Where's the justice?

    Posted by Ith at 6:24 PM | Comments (6)

    Fresh Cookies!

    Via Daily Pundit, the link to this new blog: The Speculist.

    Looks like it's going to be nifty!

    Oh, and while you're there, check out "Seven Questions About The Future".

    Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM | Comments (1)

    Bring The Popcorn

    Check out "Bloggers Select The 15 Greatest Movies Of All-Time". I think three of my choices made it onto the list.

    I was asked to participate, and I did (honest!) but the email I sent with my list was lost in the black hole of the internet :)

    Update! Steve has already said he's going to shoot me in the knees (for my lowbrow taste, I believe) so I have nothing to lose by sharing my list.

    I'm no student of film history, so "best" was pretty much "favourite" for me. So here's my list, in no particular order:

    Local Hero
    Ghost & Mrs. Muir
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
    Young Frankenstein
    South Pacific
    Fellowship of the Ring
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Wuthering Heights
    Lion in Winter
    The Fugitive
    Schindler's List

    Whenever I try and do a list, I tend to draw a big mental blank. So this was "favourite movies I remember right now while I'm typing"!

    Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM

    July 30, 2003

    Blog Notes!

    First off, I have what I think constitutes a "Blog Child"! Bryce emailed me to say I'd inspired him to try his own hand at blogging. So go check out his brand new blog, Mood Vertigo (kewl name, no?)

    Next up, I noticed a refferal in Site Meter from this blog, and it's also new! I popped over and discovered I'm one of 5 links on his blogroll, so such refined taste deserves a plug, don't you think? So go visit Digital Hamster!

    And one last thing: If you have a new blog, by all means drop me a line and tell me about it! I love finding new stuff :)

    Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM

    Tip Top

    Dean has a tip top post and roundup: Iraq Situation Continues To Improve

    Get thee yonder and read!

    Posted by Ith at 7:25 AM

    July 27, 2003


    I finally got around to adding inline trackbacks, and actually got it to work! Thank to Kevin for an easy explanation on how to get it to function! But boy, does the site take a whole lot of tme to rebuild as it gets bigger and bigger... I wonder if I should remove some older posts to slim things down?

    Posted by Ith at 5:42 PM | Comments (4)

    July 26, 2003

    It's On!

    The Blogathon has started, and the charity I'm supporting is Magen David Adom. Visit any of the three blogs below for more information.




    They all have information at the top of their blogs. Help buy a new ambulance for Magen David Adom.

    Other blogs on my blogroll that are blogathonning (that I know of) are:

    Julie at Lone Prarie

    Kevin at Wizbang

    Keith at Aphoristic

    Feel free to leave information in the comments if you're in the Blogathon.

    Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM


    Nin has redone her blog theme -- again (Geez, you'd think she was Andrea, or something!) -- and this time, it's based on her latest passion. One guess...

    She's at work today, dispensing drugs to the masses, so go say "hi" in her comments so she has something nice to come home to.

    Posted by Ith at 11:26 AM

    July 25, 2003

    Almost Here

    The Blogathon is almost upon us, so if you haven't pledged, get cracking! :)

    Where the action is:




    They all have information at the top of their blogs. Help buy a new ambulance for Magen David Adom.

    Posted by Ith at 7:52 AM

    July 24, 2003

    No Kidding

    Andrea posts on the reaction of some on the Left to the death of Saddam's "kids":

    I also got to miss the apparent fact that many antiwar folks, anti-Bush fellows, or just plain antis are actually a bit down in the dumps about the demise of these two. (Just look around the blogs. I'm too tired to link.) Incredible. What, did Uday owe you guys money or something? Was Qusay really that much of an asset to the world? Don't they even deserve the sneering sendoff that Strom Thurmond got? I mean gee, Thurmond was no angel, that much is true, but AFAIK he never fed anyone alive into an industrial plastic shredder and sat around to watch and enjoy the screams. Whatever.

    A very good point, and one I can really relate to right now. A few weeks ago, I was at a birthday party where Strom bashing was the party game de jour. These people literally thought he was some evil monster. It would be interesting to see how they feel about the boys, no?

    Posted by Ith at 7:28 AM

    July 23, 2003

    So Many Good Causes!

    While I'm already monetarily supporting Michele in the Blogathon, there's so many other very worthy bloggers /causes out there! So, while I can't put my bucks into everything, I figured the least I could do is do some advertising!

    So, here's one! Kevin at Wizbang is a cool guy with a great cause to support. Check out who he's blogging for this blogathon. You'll be glad you did!

    Posted by Ith at 8:24 PM | Comments (2)

    Blogging Around Town

    Ghost of a flea has a post on American forbearance.

    American caution, forbearance and restraint in the face of the horrors of September 11 are almost as remarkable as another fact. Nobody in American political power even hinted at the sort of reprisals which would have been automatic at any point in history and from any other people. Churchill sank the French navy at Oran rather than see it fall into Nazi hands. A more recent French government sank the Rainbow Warrior, murdering a photographer in the process, because this NGO had the temerity to inconvenience French nuclear testing.


    Via e-Claire, this article on Muslim rules for going potty.

    All I can say is how do they ever get anything done if it takes all that to answer a call of nature? ? Can you imagine what it would be like to have a gastrointestinal ailment? A rock or wood if there's no water!?!?! YOW! I guess they don't go camping much. And what about changing diapers? So many questions....


    At Slings & Arrows is a post about Bustamante's end run to try and be governor here in the loopy state I call home. And I say, "SEE?!?!?!" I knew he'd try and pull something.


    Oceanguy talks about this latest Arafat gem:

    "This is a big crime which cannot be ignored. Before this they (the Jews) entered the Ibrahimi mosque (Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron) and tried to pray there..."

    … At the meeting with the summer camp children from St Georges' School in Jerusalem, Arafat praised them as a generation "representing sacrifices and steadfastness" and urged them to learn from the example of Fares Odeh, a 13-year-old boy from Gaza who was photographed throwing stones at an IDF tank before he was shot dead. "I tell you that we will march together towards Jerusalem," he said. "You represent the strong will and determination of this people."

    Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM

    C of the V

    Carnival of the Vanities is up at Da Goddess' place.

    Check it out!

    Posted by Ith at 7:24 AM


    I see that A&C is RWN's "site of the day". I know I'm always saying, "Thanks, John!", but I'm saying it again.... Thanks, John! You're a sweetheart.

    (I'm still not used to referring to the blog/me as "I" as oppsed to "we") (if that makes sense)

    And on a related RWN note: great post on stopping the "catch & release" of illegals. About bloody time!

    Posted by Ith at 7:02 AM

    July 22, 2003

    Link Love

    Two good posts I read today:

    First up, Julie comments on an article about Americans who are 'fleeing' to Canada.

    Second, SDB has a great post/essay on being a State and 'getting over it'.

    Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM

    July 19, 2003

    The Art

    Wanted to mention the art I'm using. It's by an artist called Luis Royo, and I've always loved his work. Okay, most of hiw work! Some of his stuff is a little, uh, X rated :) But the stuff that isn't, I love.

    There's a great online gallery here. you have to register, but it's free, and they have the best collection I've found.

    Posted by Ith at 11:04 AM | Comments (5)

    July 18, 2003

    You Still Have Time!

    If you go here, you can find out about pledging for the Blogathon and Michele, Meryl, and Laurence's great cause to buy an ambulance.

    There's more links and information at the top of Michele's page as well.

    So give the end of the workweek a bang, and make a pledge. For the cost of a few margaritas, you can contribute to maybe saving a life someday. Kewl, no?

    Posted by Ith at 7:56 AM | Comments (1)

    A Little Humour

    Check out Wizbang for all the latest on "The Blog War" & "link whoring". If it's not fun, why bother?

    Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM

    Take A Gander...

    at Steve's latest post. It's a doozey! It brought back lots of memories of my own trials with 'the relatives'.

    ( I read it yesterday, then got so engrossed in working on the project, I never got around to posting about it here. But better late than never, I guess. )

    Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (2)

    July 15, 2003


    I have some ideas on a new blog theme to go along with the name change, and I'm itching to work on it after work. So blogging may be a wee bit light while I'm being all arty and creative!

    So much to do, so little time!

    Posted by Ith at 7:47 AM

    July 14, 2003

    Have You Pledged?

    If not, find out all about it here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM | Comments (2)

    July 11, 2003

    In Great Company

    John Hawkins has put Gaggle on his list of "favourite women bloggers". I'm so tickled by this, I can't tell you! And the company this blog is in on the list is primo!

    John's been very supportive of this blog, and I'd just like to thank him for all he's done for us. Thank you, John!

    Posted by Ith at 10:20 AM | Comments (5)

    July 10, 2003

    The Party Of Big Labour

    Terrific post over at Random Jottings (which is one of the best blogs out there, and if you aren't reading it, you should be!) on the teachers union in wonderful Sacratomato doing their best to keep kids from succeeding.

    Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM

    Yes, Them Again

    Great post at Lead & Gold on the Dixie Chicks, at it again.

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

    July 9, 2003

    California Dreaming

    Just joined a group that's putting the "cool" back into being a Californian -- The Bear Flag League. It's a group of right-of-center CA bloggers, and soonish, you'll see it listed over on the sidebar.

    Posted by Ith at 1:32 PM

    The Many, The Proud, The Unlinked

    Check out Maripat and Lori's place for today's cleverness.

    And while I'm at it, I've heard somewhere (can't imagine where) that it's some guy named Frank's blogiversary. Go wish him a happy one.

    And I just discovered that he was one of Rachel's MT converts as well! So we have a warm fuzzy sort of almost family connection going. Awwwwww!

    Posted by Ith at 1:21 PM

    July 8, 2003


    Still looking for votes and/or thoughts on the rename, and we're still in the market for a few good guest bloggers.

    Just thought I'd mention it :)

    Posted by Ith at 2:17 PM

    July 3, 2003

    Don't Tell Me To Get Over It

    Apparently, there's a guy who's starting some photo project to take place on 9/11. Okay, sounds like an idea. Except his goal is to make us "get over it" .You see he's all worried about "death and hate". Oh, not ours, but the poor misunderstood souls who hate America.

    Thankfully, Michele takes on his "project" with satisfying results!

    Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM | Comments (21)

    July 2, 2003


    Head on over to Common Sense & Wonder to find out about LARK (Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers)


    Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM | Comments (2)

    July 1, 2003

    New Stuff

    Added some fresh cookies to the ever expandng blogroll this evening.

    So enjoy!

    What? I'm supposed to actually tell you what's new?

    Oh, very well....

    Lone Prairie

    Not Quite Tea & Crumpets

    On The Third Hand

    Manifest Border

    Ambient Irony

    Smug Canadian

    Now go forth and click!

    Posted by Ith at 6:13 PM

    June 24, 2003

    Kewl Blog Finds

    Lone Prairie

    Smug Canadian

    Ambient Irony

    Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM | Comments (3)

    My Kind Of Blog

    Manifest Border


    Posted by Ith at 5:22 PM

    All Jonah

    Our regular readers know how much I love Jonah Goldberg, and now, some of his best quotes have been compiled by the very cool John Hawkins over at RWN.

    Go, read, laugh, enjoy!

    Posted by Ith at 7:22 AM

    June 18, 2003

    Very Kewl!

    I love the name of this blog: Thimbleful of Thorns, and it looks kewl too. Most importantly though its a great read, so go check it out!

    Oh, and while I'm here, I changed all the links of the blogspot exodous members. I hope I got everyone!

    Posted by Ith at 7:22 PM | Comments (3)

    June 17, 2003

    Tree/Forest Thing

    Words of wisdom from Laurence Simon:

    Without the author, there are no readers.
    Without the readers, there is still an author.

    Don't fail to exist. Be an author.

    Of course, there's more here.

    Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM

    June 12, 2003


    If you're wondering where I've been, I've been crafting a response to the comments left by David Sims of Clubbeaux about the posting that dealt with his article on the KKK for the past few hours.

    Go read if you have enough energy for it, it's even longer than the first post.

    Posted by at 10:38 PM | Comments (3)

    June 11, 2003

    HEH HEH.

    Let's lighten the mood a tad...

    Go visit Lee Ann, where you will be able to read all about a really surreal phone conversation...

    Posted by at 2:26 PM

    June 10, 2003

    Controversy In The Blogosphere

    I have a massive posting over at my place about the Clubbeaux - KKK controversy, a very brief excerpt follows:

    A blogger that I respect and admire a great deal (but who shall remain nameless) pointed me towards this posting by David Sims over at Clubbeaux earlier on today, and asked me what I thought about it.

    Let me summarise the posting for you: a day earlier, David posted the story of how he interviewed three members of the Ku Klux Klan sixteen years ago, and, amongst other things posited that, due to the responses that he obtained during that interview, not all members of the KKK are racists, and that some have just joined up because they're disenfranchised and trying to defend their rights as economically-disadvantaged white people. This drew a response from Susanna over at Cut on the Bias, which begat this posting, which is his response to hers.

    Go read the whole thing if you're interested.

    Posted by at 9:24 PM


    Steve H. has fired up the Fict-U-Lizer again, and paid a visit to Saddam, Uday, and the remnants of Qusay Hussein in prison, where they share a cell with Martha Stewart. You shouldn't need an excerpt to whet your apetite, but here's one anyway:

    Warden: [sitting] You wanted to meet with me. What seems to be the problem?

    Uday: Infidel cow make us crazy. Papa demand you shoot her. Right, Papa?

    Saddam: Hurry up, Uday. Mama missing "Oprah."

    Uday: You not Mama. Mama in Paris with fake I.D., buying plus-size Chanel.

    Now go read.

    Posted by at 11:04 AM

    June 2, 2003

    Haiku Of The Day

    I originally blogged this over at my place, but thought that it would be nice to share it with an audience wider than my five regulars, so here goes...

    Courtesy of Jaboobie, whom you should go visit if you don't already do so regularly.

    "The Workout"

    A Haiku by Jaboobie:

    missed week of workouts,
    lifts and squats like I missed none.
    can't sit on toilet.

    Look, I never claimed to have a normal sense of humour.

    Posted by at 7:34 PM | Comments (3)

    June 1, 2003

    Da Da Daaaa!

    It's time to award yet another "Silver Snickerdoodle Of Excellence"! This time, the metallic cookie goes to "The Laughing Wolf"! A blogger who likes Loreena McKennitt and Garbage, wolves, Farscape, has some great dogs, and attends Highland Games, not to mention, writes some awesome posts, is a winner in my book.


    Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (4)

    She Moved!

    I discovered through sitemeter that Melissa has moved her blog to blogspot due to a problem with her ISP. So you can visit her at her new address here.

    Melissa has a great little blog, and I love the way it looks too. If you have a moment, drop in and say, "Hi"!

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

    May 30, 2003

    And The Hits Roll In

    Jay pointed me in the direction of this post that has some very important information on how to bring traffic to your blog.

    So, if I follow these steps, I should say that Jay is a ratty asshat, and that Instapundit follows these rules, which is why he's so cool, and that you can RSS and XML me (even if I have no idea what that means). I'm going to have think about posting the nude pics though. Would wearing a formal count? Oh, and Nin has cleavage cam!

    (waiting for those hits to come rolling in now!)

    Posted by Ith at 6:20 PM | Comments (7)

    Jay's So Sweet!

    He's trying to get us some "pity links"! [g]

    Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM

    May 28, 2003

    Important Update!

    Nin's daily average is up to, wait for it... 10!!! That's right, ladies and gentlemen! 10 average daily readers! With just a little more click love, you can get her up to 12!!.

    So go on, click! It'll give you something to do while waitng for the fire sidelined blogs to come back up!

    Posted by Ith at 12:33 PM | Comments (3)

    Amen, Sister!

    Go read Michele's post on emailing bloggers, and then come back and I'll tell you what I think! I know, you can hardly wait.

    Click for the rest! (you know you want to!)

    What she said! See? Isn't that deep? I don't get many emails, but I appreciate every single one because it says to me that someone cared enough to take time from their life to send me an email. I was very nervous about sending emails to big bloggers too (once I realized there were Big Name Bloggers) (Initially, I had no klew!), in the beginning, because I'd gotten the impression from some blogs that the big guys thought you were only looking for a link if you emailed them. So when I finally bit the bullet, and sent an email -- I went for the big time and emailed Steven DenBeste -- I made sure there was no link to my blog. (Yes, I know, I'm silly, but we've established that.) And you know what? He replied! And he was very polite and not at all scary. I don't always get replies from emails I send, but I've never had anyone yell at me either, so we're good.

    I love comments, I love email, gimme!

    Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM

    May 27, 2003

    More Amusing Bloggage

    John has a very amusing post over at RWN on "The Real 'Dynamics Of A Blogosphere Story'"

    Go check it out! You can thank me later.

    Posted by Ith at 6:37 PM | Comments (2)

    I Lied

    I said I was going to be Switzerland in the knock out drag out fight between RWA, and Jay Solo, but this is too good not to link to! I'll make it up to Jay somehow. Maybe I could give him another award...?


    Top 10 Things Maripat & Lori Are Considering In Order To Drive Up Linkage...

    Here are a few of my favourite ones:

    07) Maripat's pet rats go on a rampage to gun down Michael Moore and later plead the Matrix made them do it.

    04) Maripat and Lori offer sexual favors to this man in exchange for daily linkage

    02) Changing our blog theme to "Girls Gone Wild - The Republican Volume"

    01) Posting pictures of our boobies

    Jay Solo ~~ Jay Solo ~~ Jay Solo AND RWA <---new!

    There, all even now, so damn whinging from the peanut gallery! [g]

    Oh, and one more lil item: since this is all about links, go read Nin's Blog!! We're trying to get her more than 9 readers! Gals, and Jay, her blog is virgin link territory. I bet you could cut a deal with her -- she's always very open to bribery [weg] (she's going to kill me when she reads this!) (bwahahahahaha!!!)

    Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (6)

    Stay Tuned

    If things work out, there should be some guest blogging happening here today. [hint hint]

    Me, I have to get to work.


    Posted by Ith at 7:28 AM

    May 25, 2003

    Burns The Fingers

    Thanks to the wonders of Sitemeter, I discovered a really fresh blog! This one is so fresh, it's like a cookie you eat too soon after it's out of the oven. all gooey and it burns your fingers!

    Me, hungry? Nahhhhhhhh.

    Posted by Ith at 1:29 PM | Comments (2)

    May 22, 2003

    More On Reno (Not Janet)

    If anyone is interested in reading my incoherent rambles on the Old West, you can take a look here.

    Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM

    The Dean Esmay Post

    As I read things of interest, I paste the link into an email for later blogging. When I looked over the latest such email, I found most of them were from Dean Esmay's blog. So here you have "The Dean Esmay Post"!

    First up, an utterly cool spaceship link: White Knight & Spaceship One

    This is of personal interest to me, as I remember listening to Dr. Pournelle talk about this back in 1996 at Worldcon. I came away totally psyched over all the possibilities.

    Next, an American Idol post. (and this one is dedicated to Paul J.)

    And last, but not least, a very interesting post on Republican fund raising.

    All good stuff, so go read!

    Now I need to go find some sex related bloggage for Michele.... (we're nothing if not accomodating here at Gaggle!)

    Posted by Ith at 5:31 PM | Comments (8)

    A Real Fresh Cookie!

    Check out "Repatriate".

    (discovered via Geoffrey)

    Posted by Ith at 11:31 AM | Comments (2)

    May 16, 2003

    Do You Like Being Scared?

    Then check out this post over at FiM

    Permalinks seem to be working, but if they stop, you can turn it into a game -- guess the post!

    Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM | Comments (2)

    Oddness In The Blog Zone

    Two interesting posts over at Andrea's place on people who have blogs and are "celebrities". This one, I'd never even heard of till Andrea mentioned her, but it certainly qualifies as bizarre. The other is about the guy that blogs from Bahgdad.

    Posted by Ith at 7:48 AM

    More Good Posts

    Misha has a very good post on CPS and how it could happen to you.

    Posted by Ith at 7:42 AM

    Long Time

    It's been a while since Rachel has done one of her "interviews", but the wait is over!

    Check out the interview between Barbara Walters and Hillary.

    Posted by Ith at 7:33 AM | Comments (1)

    May 13, 2003

    Chat Room

    I've added a permanent link to the Gaggle Chat Room over on the sidebar under "How Cool Is That?" So feel free to pop in whenever. You never know who's going to be there.

    Posted by Ith at 2:12 PM

    May 10, 2003

    It's A Contest!

    Michele is running a sign contest, and you can see my attempts here, and here. and I'll probably do a few more during the day :)

    update: One, Two, oh and this one

    Posted by Ith at 2:04 PM | Comments (5)

    May 9, 2003

    Oh No!

    Frank has exposed the Ninjaphobia of President Bush to the entire nation! Nin's never going to trust that guy again! And I worked so hard to turn her from the Dark Dem side of the force.

    Update: I was wondering why we were getting so many referrals from Frank's post, seemed like way too many for a trackback, and now I see it's Jay's fault. (It's always Jay's fault!)

    Posted by Ith at 7:43 AM | Comments (2)

    May 8, 2003

    New Digs!

    Looks like The Dissident Frogman has moved to a new abode. Update those bookmarks, and I'll go update mine.

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

    The Rest Of The Story

    Sparkey at SSDB has the facts about GWB and his Natl. Guard service.

    Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM

    Remember To Wash Your Hands!

    Michele discusses the dreaded LARS disease.

    Posted by Ith at 7:44 AM | Comments (2)

    May 7, 2003

    For The Men Folk

    Go take a look at some Republican Babes!

    Someone let me know when somone finds pics of hot Conservative men, okay?

    We're an equal opportunity blog here!

    Posted by Ith at 6:02 PM | Comments (4)


    Found this blog, called I'll click on anything I find with "spinster" in the title, being one myself, and this click leads to a very enjoyable read.

    Posted by Ith at 7:40 AM | Comments (5)

    May 6, 2003

    A Little Slack

    Laurence Simon has a fine post on, I guess you'd call it, "blog commenting etiquette".

    I remember when I first realized there were "big name" bloggers out there, I got a little nervous about emailing them after reading some comments that some big bloggers thought complimentary email was just a way to publicize your blog to them. So I'd email them from my Yahoo address with no link, even one to my domain. Then I got more confident and sent email like they were normal people!

    Ahhhh, the old days....

    Anyway, it's a great post, so you should go read it. :)

    Posted by Ith at 12:12 PM

    May 5, 2003

    Well Worth A Click

    Kewl blog finds:

    Brain Fertilizer

    Margie Lowry

    Lead & Gold

    The Country Store

    Work In Progress

    Between The Coasts

    The Laughing Wolf

    Update: And let me add Cam Edwards to the list!

    Go say, "hi"!

    Posted by Ith at 11:57 AM | Comments (6)

    Our Winner Is!

    Melissa won the "name the quote" contest, and her very special prize -- other than the contentment of knowing she was right -- is being The Smart Cookie Site of the Day!!

    Yay!! [throws streamers] [hands out adult beverages]


    Party at Melissa's!

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

    May 4, 2003

    Snickerdoodle Site Of The Week (month/season/whatever)

    Just because I've found Jay's blog to be one of the most fun the last few weeks, I'm awarding the first ever "Silver Snickerdoodle of Excellence" to "Jay Solo's Verbosity". There's always lots of content of all sorts, and the comments are quite interactive too. And I'm not even jealous that his blog is more evolved ecosystem wise after only a few months than we are here at Gaggle after a year and a half. Doesn't bother me at all. Really, it doesn't.

    Please go congratulate Jay on this heady honour!

    And don't despair! Everyone has an equal chance to win this prestigious award. Excellence and quality are always appreciated (as are bribes and sincere flattery).

    Posted by Ith at 3:43 PM | Comments (14)

    May 3, 2003

    Lots Of Laughs

    Bill Whittle and Frank J interviewed each other, and the results could be harmful to your health!

    Frank interviews Bill

    Bill interviews Frank

    Posted by Ith at 1:20 PM

    May 1, 2003

    The Weapon Factor

    Paul has a great post up on SARS and the possible bioweapon connection.

    Posted by Ith at 5:05 PM | Comments (2)

    April 29, 2003

    In Keeping With Today's Mood

    Since I have a sombrero on the back seat of my truck (you don't want to know) (well, maybe you do, but I don't care) (so there!) I'm linking to this.

    You can never have too many links to IMAO, IMHO, so go read and FOOTCL!

    (there's monkeys!)

    (if you want Ninjas, go over here)

    Posted by Ith at 5:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Angel In The Whirlwind

    Wonderful post here.

    Back in a time that seems so very long ago now, I remember watching the President's inauguration, and the quote: "We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?" really resonated with me at the time. Now, in hindsight, it's come to be even more meaningful.

    Thanks for reminding me of that in a very lovely post.

    Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

    April 27, 2003

    Out Of Hand

    Okay, the puppies were one thing, but hobos?? Should the death of Boxcar Willie be reinvestigated? Are there hobo CSI teams? Where will it all end?

    (this would be where I tell everyone that Rachel likes Air Supply, but she already confessed, so back to the drawing board!)

    Posted by Ith at 1:23 PM | Comments (18)

    April 25, 2003

    Help! I'm Being Repressed!

    RWN on more dopey Dem whinging.

    Go forth and read!

    Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM | Comments (2)

    Good Reading

    Since I seem to still be 'blogblocked', why not check out "Random Jottings"? There was so much good stuff I read there today that I can't just pick one thing to link to. Go read it all!

    Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM

    April 18, 2003

    A New FAQ

    Andrea has a new FAQ and I admire it no end! My favorite bits:

    Banning policy: unpredictable, and totally arbitrary. There is no one else to appeal to: I am the sole proprietor and absolute ruler of this website. What I say here goes. Don't like it? That's just Too. Fucking. Bad.


    I am female. I am not: nurturing, your mother, kind and loving, patient, ready to listen to your troubles, your psychiatrist, your priest, your grandma, your girlfriend, your muse. If this disappoints you, get an electron microscope and look through it -- you may be able to see the tiny violin I am playing for you.

    See? This is the edge I lack and why I admire Rachel, Andrea, & Michele so much. There are times when I wish I were capable of such expression of feeling. But at least I have some wonderful examples even if I can't quite get the hang of it myself!

    Posted by Ith at 7:41 AM | Comments (2)

    April 15, 2003

    Blog Find Of The Day

    Check out "Right We Are". Nice to find more blogging gals out there that lean to the right :)

    And their logo art is awesome!

    Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM | Comments (6)

    April 5, 2003

    Blogged Out

    Kinda blogged out today, so you probably won't be hearing much from me. Watching FOX News and being boggled by the progress we're making. Reading the news too, and checking out different blogs. Both Little Green Footballs, and SSDB have some great posts today, so go check them out if you're looking for stuff to read.

    My right eye is starting to hurt, which is a sure sign I've spent too much time in front of the computer, so I should take that as a hint and go do something exciting, like laundry!


    Posted by Ith at 3:09 PM

    March 29, 2003

    Blog Alert

    Check out 'Frozen In Montreal"

    Posted by Ith at 2:43 PM | Comments (2)


    Followed a referrer link to here. and there we are along with SSDB as an example of a war blog. There's a bunch of other blogs that I think would make a better example than us, but I'm flattered at the company we were placed in :)

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

    March 26, 2003

    Mystery Solved

    We have had a tidal wave of traffic to the site today -- over 700 visits and still counting. On a normal day, we get maybe 90-120 visits. According to Site Meter, the lion's share of the traffic was coming from Sgt. Stryker, but it still didn't make sense that so many people were all of a sudden coming from the sidebar over there. We get a nice steady number of visits from SSDB normally, but 700??? Then I found out about the CNN link and article! Talk about trickle down economics!

    Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM | Comments (2)

    March 21, 2003

    Lone Dissenter

    I discovered this blog through a link on the Corner today.

    The blog is written by a Bay Area high school student who has quite a different POV than that of her fellow students.

    Great reading!

    Posted by Ith at 9:49 AM

    March 20, 2003

    It's Only A Scratch

    In a morning news conference, Saddam vowed to fight on, saying "What? It's only a scratch! I will defeat you. Oh, running away? Come back and fight!" John Cleese was not available for comment.

    Link via Jonah on The Corner

    Posted by Ith at 10:37 AM

    March 18, 2003

    Going, Going, Gone!... the woman in the red dress!

    Goodness knows we all need a laugh. So go check out the "UN Going Out Of Business Sale".

    Posted by Ith at 7:15 AM

    March 14, 2003

    Very Kewl

    I found this link on Dreaded Purple Master. Trust me, you need to go take a look to fully appreciate this one.

    Posted by Ith at 7:15 AM

    March 11, 2003

    Nice Find

    I found "DaghtatorBlog" today because of SiteMeter. Turns out Dagh had quoted one of my posts on his blog. The best thing was that I discovered a great new blog!

    Thanks, Dagh!

    Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM

    March 7, 2003

    And Another "YAY!"

    Rachel's back too!!

    [does the Ninjababe dance of glee and destruction]

    Posted by Ith at 7:38 AM | Comments (2)

    March 6, 2003


    Gary's back!

    Posted by Ith at 7:14 PM

    Real Women & War

    There has been a very spirited discussion going around the blogosphere
    about women and war and the Lysistrata project. This has pushed all my
    buttons Just ask Nin how often I rant at the TV when some woman -- naked for peace -- is on a news chat show and claims to be speaking for me
    because I'm a woman!

    This post was mentioned on Wall Street Journal Best of the Web and I thought I'd share it becuase it really hit me where I live.

    What also galls me is that these women are claiming not only sex, but femininity itself as a uniformly passive, gentle, loving, pacifist attribute. What rubbish. I shouldn't support waging war on a mass-killing dictator because as a woman, my place is to elevate discourse and consensus and eschew "manly", messy action? They're even implying that if I am not a peaceful, good-mannered, right-thinking woman like them, a woman for peace, then perhaps I am not really a woman at all? And these are the women who are telling me this?

    There is so much in this post that is awesome, so go read all of it.

    Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (1)

    February 28, 2003

    Friday Reads

    Two excellent posts from two of my favorite blogs.

    First up, Andrea on "human shields" and treason.

    Oops: there are things the "human shields" apparently didn't think of, such as the possibility that what they are doing really is treason. Sure, that charge has been thrown around many blogs concerning these folks, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously. I can only suppose that to the people running off to Baghdad to "protect" the wimmin 'n' kiddies from Big Bad US Bombs the notion of "treason" was either something quaint, belonging to the days of tri-cornered hats when people were "less sophisticated," or that they are so deluded by their utopian, we-are-the-world fantasies that they actually don't know what the words "foreign country" or "enemy" mean anymore.

    And Michele on the same subject: Someone Beat them With A Reality Stick, Pleae.

    The men and women that are in Iraq right now, posing as human shields, have no idea what it means to be just that. They are walking around Iraq like tourists, staying in hotels and signing up to guard hospitals, schools and homes of senior citizens; places least likely to be bombed.

    Who will be surprised when these naive sympathizers of Saddam are taken by Iraqi guards and forced to stand by oil refineries and army bases? Who will be shocked when the first "human shield" dies at the hands of the Iraqi army?

    No one should be shocked or surprised, and the only people who will claim to be horrified at this turn of events will be the human shields themselves, who refused to acknowledge that Saddam is a ruthless human being who cares little about the lives of others, especially westerners.

    Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM

    February 27, 2003


    Found this post, and the blog it's on, via Misha.

    From the blog:
    L.T. Smash is a reserve officer in the United States Military who has been recalled to active duty and deployed overseas in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

    Posted by Ith at 7:46 AM

    February 23, 2003

    I Was Death, Death On A Horse

    For the full details, you can take a look here, but the short version is that four of the big name male bloggers got labeled "The Four Horseman of the Ablogalypse". All I want to know is if Glenn Reynolds -- Death -- looks good in blue face paint and sounds anything like Methos. Hey, it could happen!

    (apologies to our readers who have never seen "Highlander" and have no frelling idea of what I'm babbling about)

    Update: here's a few pics of Bronze Age Methos aka Death.

    Another Update: Andrea does "The Furies" (always had a fondness for those gals. I usually get them when I take on of those 'what kind of mythical creature are you' tests)

    Posted by Ith at 12:57 PM

    February 22, 2003


    I found this link somewhere yesterday, but I can't remember where. Anyway, it's a terrific post about "why Iraq" with all the arguments neatly put together in a way I could never get out of brain and onto the computer screen.

    Posted by Ith at 2:12 PM

    February 21, 2003

    Recipe Sharing

    A little humour for a Friday morning

    Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (2)

    February 20, 2003

    An Alternate View

    Some sign slogans from a few brave souls who dared attend a "Peace Protest" to present an alternate view.

    One depicted a Muslim woman wearing a burqa with a leash around her neck and tied to a pole with the slogan "Protect Islamic Property Rights Against Western Imperialism! Say No to War!"

    Other slogans included: "Except for Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, War Has Never Solved Anything," and "Communism has Only Killed 100 Million People. Let's Give it Another Chance."

    For pictures and more on the protest, go here.

    Posted by Ith at 7:48 AM | Comments (2)

    It's All In The Numbers

    I meant to post this yesterday, but better late than never! (Link via Cold Fury)

    From Ken Layne

    Anyway, the central theme of all protests is, "Look how many of us there are! We've gotta be right!"

    So I'm going to be mean now. Here's the sort of "Perspective Buddy" I'd let loose on people who called the newspaper Monday morning, demanding to know why their "Dogs Are People Too" rally at the Glenwood Mall didn't make the front page:

    The numbers are always hazy, of course. Organizers say 375,000 protested in New York City. The police say 100,000. Let’s split the difference and say 262,500. In San Francisco, the second-biggest gathering (maybe), organizers say 250,000 and non-organizers say 150,000. Fine: 200,000. Numbers are much smaller for the rest of the country. Some good-sized cities had 500 protesters. Los Angeles had “thousands.” Let’s be generous and say a million people - hell, let’s make it 1.5 million - protested this weekend across the United States. (And maybe 100,000 total marched in favor of action in Iraq, but we’ll leave them out of it for now.)

    * Without any publicity at all, about 50 million Americans showed up on Sunday to support the Christian god, Jesus, at church services across the nation.

    * An estimated 30 million bought something to eat at McDonald’s. (The global total is 46 million customers per day.)

    * Meanwhile, some 6 million showed up to support a blind lawyer superhero - and they paid about $8 each! The Top 12 weekend movies attracted around 15 million paying souls.

    * Some 4 million went to the mountains to ski or snowboard.

    * More than 200,000 people showed up for the Daytona race on Sunday, despite the rain. (29 million watched it on teevee.)

    The car race and the war protest in New York had about the same turnout. I’d say the protest got more news coverage than Daytona, but that’s okay. If nobody went to the car race, that would be big news. If 1.5 million people protest the U.S. position on Iraq, that’s more worthy of coverage than 50 million people going to church, because the latter happens every week. But still, we’re talking about half a percent of the U.S. population - and that’s using the very generous numbers - attending rallies around the country. Impressive, sure, but “Daredevil” beat that by nearly 5 million people.

    Or, to be a bit cruel, the protests attracted about as many people this weekend as the movie “Kangaroo Jack.” I’m sorry, but it’s true.

    Posted by Ith at 7:23 AM

    January 29, 2003

    New Toy!

    We have a new toy on Gaggle! [g]

    Thanks to Scriptygoddess, via Too Much To Dream, we now have drop down comments. So, if you don't want the comments to pop up in a new window, you just click on the 'show comments »' link at the end of the post, and they'll drop down. To hide them, click on the '« hide comments' that shows at the top of the comments list to hide.

    Cool, eh?

    Posted by Ninjababe at 9:03 PM

    January 28, 2003

    Many Thanks

    I wanted to thank Laurence Simon for putting us on the tour. It was fun, and I enjoyed the post. I know next to nothing about techie things, so it was informative.

    Also wanted to thank everyone for their good wishes on our first anniversary. Y'all are sweet!

    Posted by Ith at 1:57 PM

    January 26, 2003

    It's That Simple

    Forget trying to write thoughtful articles on world events and getting linked on other blogs. I've discovered the secret to getting traffic to your blog -- mention A*vli*mil, a new drug for female sexual dysfunction.

    I participate in a group blog with a bunch of gal friends of mine. Normally, we average 10-12 hits a day, most of them the members of the blog. Today, I checked site meter and just about fell off my chair when I saw 586 on the summary!! I have never, ever, had that kind of traffic on this blog. Lordy!!

    Posted by Ith at 7:49 PM | Comments (2)

    January 25, 2003

    Better Than Ever

    Keith's been a busy bee, and GI Party has a whole new look. Go and check it out!

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

    Valentine Cards For The Troops

    From Misha, a great idea for showing your support for our troops -- send them a Valentine!

    Update: SALTS Here you can send email to any deployed ship in the USN. I just sent a bunch to different ships.

    Posted by Ith at 2:25 PM | Comments (1)

    January 24, 2003


    As you might have noticed, we now have categories. I wanted to thank my best-blog-buddyette, Rachel for being the kind techie goddess she is and walking me through the process.

    Thanks, Rachel!

    Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM | Comments (2)

    January 19, 2003

    Las Vegas Hotels

    The President of Mongolia has a website, which is kewl and all. What hit my funny bone was the links page. Along with links to the White House and the Kremlin is one for Las Vegas hotels!

    Posted by Ith at 11:28 AM

    October 31, 2002

    The New Look

    Looks very nice!


    Posted by at 7:02 AM

    October 30, 2002


    Thanks to Redwood Dragon for the link! I really do appreciate it!

    Posted by Ith at 3:02 PM | Comments (2)

    October 27, 2002

    Worth a Look

    You need to go check out "Bitchpundit"

    Not only is it a great blog, but what makes it special is the art. Especially, "Patriots Never Forget". I'm not very good at explaining how certain pieces of art affect me, but this one made me fight back tears.

    Posted by Ith at 12:07 PM

    October 26, 2002

    For Your Reading Pleasure

    This is copied from the old site cus I need some stuff to keep all the tables in place.

    TO READ:

    * Michael Moore, You Are Such An Idiot

    * America In The Dock

    * U.S. Unprepared For Another Attack

    * And, as usual, Victor Davis Hanson hits it out of the ballpark. "North Korea as metaphor of the times"

    A few excerpts: (but go read the whole thing)

    Apparently a privileged class of men and women in the West, the beneficiaries of higher education and of ample means, share a tendency to believe that the world works according to their own Enlightenment logic — or at least that its reasoned judgment can appeal even to the uninitiated like Kim Il-Sung. And the ego of these new missionaries of wisdom is mighty.

    Thus Mr. Carter once gushed that the Korean dictators, who had executed thousands of their own citizens, had suddenly on his arrival been transmogrified into "intelligent and well informed" statesmen and thus worthy partners in his own Cartesian dialectics. Since his 1994 visit, he has boasted that he never ordered a single military attack during his term, that he was the first American to go to Pyongyang in 43 years, that he wished to begin his Habitat for Humanity project in the North, and that the United States had no business building a missile-defense system since North Korea had no nuclear capability.

    So let us beware of personable but smug men like Mr. Carter and Mr. Clinton, the prizewinners who assure us that either their ostentatious morality or their self-righteous glibness is equivalent to wisdom. It is not. I'd prefer a less nuanced and less conceited Truman or Reagan, who sensed something evil about the Sung dynasty that our present generation in its missionary pride has forgotten.

    Posted by Ith at 4:21 PM | Comments (1)