Friday, November 28, 2003

friday five, questions courtesy of Marvin

This is Thanksgiving week in the US of A, the holiday on which immigrant Americans celebrate the poor foresight of the Native Americans who kept their Puritan forebears from starving to death. Which normally means that I could cop out and ask a question like, "Name five things you're thankful for." However, several people on this list are within driving distance of my home and are rumored to have poor impulse control, not to mention the alleged secret stockpiles of explosives and furry porn, so I'll go for something a little different: five separate questions, loosely related (just how loosely depends on how much scotch I manage to drink before I finish thinking them up).

You've just sat down for you favorite holiday meal and you hear a knock on the door. It's Freddie Mercury in a tight white T-shirt and a gold lame halo—he offers to sing for his supper. What song(s) do you request and why? (Not necessarily Queen songs—since Freddie joined the heavenly choir he's been expanding his repertoire.)

wow. i think my first choice would have to be "bicycle race," and then perhaps a stirring rendition of "fat bottomed girls." after that, up for grabs. probably "smile (come up and see me)," since that's been stuck in my head since my vaguely drunken viewing of velvet goldmine the other night.

after that, we'd sit down over tea and pie for a chat.

A certain relative or in-law so-and-so—the black sheep of the family, the one who drinks all the beer but never bothers to pay for any—shows up later in the evening. You know the one (assuming it isn't you, of course). What is his (or her, let's be fair) special talent that you secretly envy?

unfortunately, i'm the black sheep of my immediate family. so obviously i'm not envious of any of my own talents...but i probably ought to work harder at the whole rock star thing, i think.

You've been feeding the family dog beneath the table. Fido's digestive tract isn't what it used to be. Which tasty morsel was it that stank up the joint?

oh the cornbread sage stuffing, definitely. especially if i'd forgotten to sautee the onions sufficiently before adding them! nora's belly and vegetable things, they don't get along so well.

Between dinner and desert one needs a pause for digestion and reflection. In what special aid to this process do you like to indulge? Madeira, port, ye olde Sheep Dip, Longbottom Leaf, or something else?

mmmmm. probably a hot chocolate with hot damn! in, accompanied by a good smoke.

It's time for dessert. You've pudding and hard sauce but no brandy to set the former on fire. But there must be fire. You search the house for a substitute: what will you find and use?

well, first i'd give the hot damn! a shot at flammability. if that didn't work, i've got some horrid crap mezcal that a long-ago ex-roommate left in my liquor cabinet. if THAT stuff won't burn, then nothing will!


here's the tragic story of a little monkey who bought the wrong bananas.

it's just sad.

Thursday, November 27, 2003

it's thanksgiving day, y'all! and there's plenty to be thankful for. i'm thankful for an awful lot, my family, my friends, my band, the fact that i live in austin, my job, the country i live in, the era into which i was born, my femalehood, all sortsa stuff i don't have time to write about right now

coz i gotta go COOK! THANKSGIVING! i love this day! day of food, wine, friends, the start of a 4-day weekend full of all of the above!

sweet. thank you, the powers that be, fate, life, my lucky stars, god, the great earth mother goddess, anyone who made this all possible.

i'll leave you with two links that i greatly enjoyed.

the first is morford's thanksgiving day column: what have we got to be thankful for?

and the second, from a surprising source, but full of wisdom in this day and age for all americans: was the US founded as a christian nation? uh, nope.

happy turkey day, y'all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

AHHHHHHH it's finally holiday! mandatory afternoon off this afternoon, cooking for thanksgiving, nice and warm inside with hot cocoa while it's blustery and cold outside, could life BE any better?

(well, okay, fine, so it's 67 degrees out there...but this is AUSTIN! that's BBRRRRRfreezing!)

how 'bout a nice evolution story/link?! would you like that?

coevolution in people and cows!

this is VERY interesting, as previously, the only human coevolution known was the usual ho-hum parasite/host interactions. here, we've got evidence that dairy cows actually evolved diversity in their milky genes along with humans (in the right parts of the world, natch) evolving diversity in their lactose-tolerance genes! better yet, this coevolution is driven by selection via heavily dairy-dependent cultures raising dairy cows. this is big news! more pieces of the puzzle falling together...

and here, since i suspect i registered with nature.com, and you may not want to:

Published online: 23 November 2003, doi:10.1038/ng1263
volume 35 no. 4 pp 311 - 313

Gene-culture coevolution between cattle milk protein genes and human lactase genes

Milk from domestic cows has been a valuable food source for over 8,000 years, especially in lactose-tolerant human societies that exploit dairy breeds. We studied geographic patterns of variation in genes encoding the six most important milk proteins in 70 native European cattle breeds. We found substantial geographic coincidence between high diversity in cattle milk genes, locations of the European Neolithic cattle farming sites (>5,000 years ago) and present-day lactose tolerance in Europeans. This suggests a gene-culture coevolution between cattle and humans.

Albano Beja-Pereira, Gordon Luikart, Phillip R England, Daniel G Bradley, Oliver C Jann, Giorgio Bertorelle, Andrew T Chamberlain, Telmo P Nunes, Stoitcho Metodiev, Nuno Ferrand, & Georg Erhardt

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

which johnny depp movie character are YOU!?!?!

You Are Edward From "Edward Scissorhands."

You are very shy and often misunderstood. Innocent, sweet, and artistic, you like to pass your days by daydreaming and expressing yourself through the arts. You are a truly unique individual. Unfortunately, you are quite lonely, and few people truly understand you.

Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

"very shy." i do not think this word means what they think it means.

thanks to the forgotten zinger for this one!

how 'bout a little linky linky?

so, check out all the new links i've added lately! music links! ("the best bands in the world") new blogs! easy-ref austin chronicle music listings! "berch on food!"

see, told ya. lots of links.

Monday, November 24, 2003

a thanksgiving feast! for 100!

sick of the same ol' TurDucKen every year at holiday time? need a little something more this year with which to feed the maddening crowd?

try this simple stuffed camel recipe! you'll find that it's tasty, and adds just the right lil' something to your thanksgiving feast.

Skin, trim and clean camel (once you get over the hump), lamb and chicken. Boil until tender. ... Stuff the camel with the stuffed lamb and add rest of rice. Broil over large charcoal pit until brown. Spread any remaining rice on large tray and place camel on top of rice. Decorate with boiled eggs and nuts. Serves friendly crowd of 80-100.

thank you, noel

another pointless bit o' trivia

To drink my weight, I would have to chug 88 pints of beer!
How big is your beer belly?
Powered by the mighty Rum and Monkey.

man. that's not as much as i figured. but still! 88!!! i can barely walk after four. no, i don't think i can walk at all after four. but i get really charming after only 2!

stolen directly from pip's papa

Saturday, November 22, 2003

a link of limited interest...

...i'm sure, but here ya go: ukulelia, the ukulele blog!

(and then of course there's the accordion guy, don't forget about him!)

a dollar short and a day late...

Friday Five! on Saturday!

Nanette's Topic: "I work in the music business. Glamorous as this may sound, we are actually just two women in a home office in South Austin. Hipness, youth and cool factor are a common topic of conversation between me and my boss, i'm 35 and she's 39. We often remenisce about our cool groovy old days when we actually went out to see the kind of bands we work with and go to the clubs we talk to everyday and it dawns on us that we are sooo way out of the cool scenes we envision ourselves part of still.
soooo, the topic is - what 5 ages would you like to be and why., either to re-live or that you imgine would be ideal in the future. Hey, if you are so inclined and have a moment to spare, what about throwing in 5 ages you would NEVER want to be again, and why"

five ages, huh? okay, lessee...

1. years 7-10 were pretty darned good. i ruled the earth, my power knew no bounds, i could catch a snake with my bare hands, lizards when i could find 'em, even once a tarantula! and then there was charlie, my horny toad who i kept for an entire summer until i accidentally kilt him (RIP charlie). i read voraciously, i was going to be a geologist-veterinarian-spy who lived in england and hung out with paddington bear and the pevensie kids, fighting for The Greater Good the world over. i loved and adored my second, third and fourth grade teachers, my friends were into the same stuff i was (and we weren't yet thought to be a bunch of weirdos). i was on top of my game in a way i never have been since.

2. grades 10-12. man, after the hell that was middle school, and then the bewildering year of 9th grade, which i spent in bel air, maryland, it was nice to come back to los alamos. the best part? i went from my horribly geeky awkward rather mean middle-school self to sudden celebrity ("is that really YOU!?"), part of which was just knowing how to be human and happy with myself. i'm SOOO glad the family moved to MD for a year, there's no way i'd be the same person if i'd had to STAY in los alamos and continue with the self i'd been in middle school. i was [thought to be] gifted, talented, [actually] popular with everyone, the geeks, the band fags, the drama dorks, and the footballers alike...man, high school was fun.

3. summer 1994. i had an NSF fellowship to study botany at Pepperdine, got to live in malibu and clamber around the santa monica mountains all summer. on top of that, i was borrowing my brother's lil' CRX, had a best friend at UCLA who knew all the cool shit to do in los angeles. i saw famous people, like, every day (saw david silver twice! TWICE!). the beach was 30 seconds away. i really took advantage of that summer, probably to the slight detriment of the research, but y'know, i got a publication out of it. not bad at all.

4. most of 1995. oh, life was good! after graduation from college, i up and moved to upstate new york to be an environmental education intern on a state-run "living" farm. i lived in the 300-year old farmhouse, got to teach all sorts of people about various and sundry things: bird calls, bugs, farming methods, cows, chickens, pigs, trees, flowers; all the good stuff. i'd ALWAYS wanted to live on a farm...and here i was! i got paid $100 a week, a free place to live, and all the farm-fresh eggs i could gather.

and yknow what? those brown eggs, they're not any different from the white ones. it just depends on what breed of chicken laid 'em. so don't go spending more just coz they look more "natural." it's a crock.

5. most of the time i've been in austin. with the exception of my Year of Horrible Pointless Depression, i've had a great time here! grad school was rather stressful, but i ended that as soon as i realized how to end the constant panic attacks: i quit grad school! simple solution, really. anyhow, for three years, i lived with my bestest friend (bethany, natch) and another friend from college, had a superb boyfriend, drove the cutest cars EVER (my '86 VW golf, RIP, but my lil' red impreza wagon's still goin' strong), met melissa and adam, acquired some of the best friends i'll ever have, it was great! nowadays i've accumulated even more amazing friends whom i love and who love me, i've gotten my big old doofus dog (whom i love and who adores me, of whom the cats are not overly fond, but she sure loves THEM!), i'm having an amazing musical experience what with the band and the bass and the accordion, generally, life's pretty durned good.

ages i'd not prefer to be ever again:

1. middle school. i see from other 'fivers that this is fairly universal. i've blocked out large parts of it, showing you how bad it really was. this is also the age at which i read the exorcist and plunged myself into a major depression for the next year or so, being scared to death that satan was going to pop up any minute and take me home with him for some eternal torture kinda stuff. i can laugh about it now, but at the time: it was terrible!

2. college. i felt so incredibly gypped by my college experience. here i was, fresh new high school graduate, with stories from all of the adults i knew about how wonderful college would be...and i get to my parentally-chosen institution of higher learning...only to discover that i'm some sort of weird freak that coudln't fit in even if she tried (and i did. there was the semester of wearing rockies and ropers (please, someone kill me) and listening to top-40 country and y'know what? THAT didn't work, either!!!).

even the other freaks weren't super-supportive, as we all had some sort of defense mechanism in place to keep anyone from getting too close. i did manage to get a few of my life's best friends out of the deal, but i certainly lucked out meeting peter, mercy, and kristen at just the right times.

during college, my best friend was killed in a car accident, my little brother entered a course of study in ministry (just as i was falling out from the faith completely), i was dumped horribly, rejected left and right, and basically withdrew completely into myself, living as a hermit the last year or so, with only a few friends. i was SOOOO ready to get out of there. hence: the wonderfulness of "most of 1995," up above.

no i don't know why i didn't just transfer. Fear of Parents, partially, abject depression, partially.

i'm not sure why i took it all so badly. i did just fine academically. i was in constant demand for my piano-playing skills, making plenty of side cash doing accompanist jobs. some of it, i'm sure, was just the "feel" of abilene, the ugliest town in the universe, more horribly depressing than anywhere i'd ever lived before or have lived since. perhaps i'm too influenced by my surroundings, but i'm not sure it would be possible for me to EVER be happy there (austin gets like that, too, in the winter...but then there's the lush jungle that this city becomes, after the rainy season. green everywhere. more than makes up for the drab brown winters.), no matter how good my life had otherwise become (no offense meant, jennie!!).

for the record, i'm now quite close to a number of college folk (fellow freaks all) whom i didn't know so well back then... and i am quite thankful for them. jeff, lisa, laura, jennie, nate, you know who you are. :)

Other F5 participants are: Melissa, Adam, Merideth, Will, Chris, Gina, Dave, Craig, Gord, Adrienne, Nanette, Marvin, Rob, Laura, Jon, and Ritu.

Morgaine - Eclectic Waves
Rik - Grey Area's Journal
Fionna - Fionna's Journal

Friday, November 21, 2003


[AP-Austin 11:17CST] The call just came, I'm jumping for joy, I'd like to announce the arrival into the world of Dr. Bethany Gabbard, Ph.D.!! Having successfully JUST completed defending her dissertation, Dr. Gabbard had only one thing to say, "IT'S OVER!!"

what would the victorians have made of the internet?

hoo boy, you get to see this one in its full glory here at b3ta.com in their Victorian Internet Challenge!

some of my favorite examples:

seriously, there are pages and PAGES of this great stuff! got time to kill? go check it out!
thanks to various folks via b3ta, the accordion guy, boing boing, and maggie!

Thursday, November 20, 2003


yay oh yay! one of my favorite comic strips of all time is coming back with a vengeance! berkeley breathed and the austin american-statesman have promised! ooooh, i'm happy about this. very.

rave review!

what one reviewer has to say about Trouble Down South...

Hmm, you've got me there. I've never heard of "trouble down south" ...

... but I'm sure it's like a pre-teen dry heaving into their parent's hedge after discovering the joys of alcohol for the first time.

great. at least he agreed with me on U2, however. "...I'm unable to understand how people can pay money to be tortured in this way." hee!

(okay, so it's a bot-reviewer. but it's funny for, like 10 minutes!)

thanks to yeahwhatever for the link!

brief thoughts on angel:

SPOILERS!! don't read if you don't wanna know...

i begin to wonder if eve and lindsey (ooooh! lindsey! yay! lindsey!) are actually good, what with their attempts to take down the senior partners...and if they've perhaps decided that angel & co. have gone over to the side of evil in fact, rather than just in appearance (which i hope isn't true, kinda). i also wonder if there's anything to the whole "two ensouled vampires causing this instability in the fabric of this dimension" thing. i mean, i assume there's instability, but does it have anything to do with the spike/angel coexistence? that's a big fat red herring, i think. planted by the wondertwins.

we won't find out for a while, anyhow. no angel next week. hmph.

loved TONER in blood on the wall.

WHY, exactly, didn't they tell fred that spike was now tangible? or at least think to examine the box from whence flashy-spiky came?

and, as folks over at PF have wondered...are the runes all over lindsey and the bedroom walls related to the tattoos that both giles and ethan have?

oooh, one more.

researchers realize that the dodo was around for about 30 years longer than was previously thought. the last dodo died around 1690, not 1662, as was presumed before. poor lil' bugger.

this article doesn't explain how they figured this out, and the american reporters didn't either. math, somehow. if you're in academia, you can find it in the latest voume of Nature.

i once read a short story about a family who brought dodos to the new world (virginia colony, i think), and who managed to butcher the last of the species about 100 years after they went extinct in the wild. sound familiar to anyone? if so, let me know, i'm curious. would love to re-read...

(geeky again)

a new meson? they can't explain it! the interesting case of particle X(3872).

(i'm naming my first-born X(3872). what a great name!)

thanks to rob, father of the pip, for the link!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

geeky yet cool links!

and i KNOW you've all been waiting breathlessly for me to come up with some!

well, this is your big chance!

check it out:

* botanical illustrations from the voyage of the HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) , straight from the Museum of Natural History, London, UK. The HMS Endeavor set out from England to travel around the world under the command of Captain James Cook (tall ships obsession, anyone?) to boldly go where noone had gone before...all in the name of scientific discovery. The ship and crew managed a few voyages, but on this particular 3-year stint around the world, they had along Mr. Sydney Parkinson who illustrated the astounding things they saw along the way. Check out his botanical engravings here. they pretty cool. (if nothing else, check out this gorgeous passionflower from australia!)

* the diary of Samuel Pepys. when i was in london this summer, everyone was all "peeps this" and "peeps that," and i finally realized that they were referring to this Pepys guy who'd had such an influence on England, for some reason (actually, i think laura told me all this). anyhow, upon my return to the states, i found this site, which is just. perfect.

so who is Samuel Pepys? some guy who lived in London back in the 17th century who kept an amazingly detailed diary, writing in his journal every single day for ten years, recording not only his responses to a turbulent time in England's history, but also the mundanities of everyday life for a young Londoner working for family members, working his way up in the world. the man recorded not just great historical events (there was that big plague in 1665...and the execution of a king! not to mention a pesky fire) but the everyday details of his social circle, his daily life, his dealing with servants and businessmen.

ANYHOW, the diary itself is presented day-by-day; he started the diary on january 1st, 1660, so the people at peepsdiary dot com began with page one on january 1st, 2003. i (and the website) presume it will run for the next 10 years. it's a good quick daily peek into a completely different world. even if you live in london.

* and a news item: don't get too excited, face transplants are possible, but not yet feasible, really.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

sort of in response to some of the comments on the Massachusetts court ruling on gay marriage...

driving home from work this evening i heard a bit on NPR about how one of the biggest potential effects this ruling will have is economic, not just social. The actual benefits that would be extended to gay/lesbian couples include a host of rights that the majority of married heterosexuals simply take for granted; probate, wills, power of attorney, insurance coverage, and a number of similar rights that i just can't think of right now. this is the real problem with any sort of ban on marriage for any class of people in this country - equal rights. not "special" rights, but equal rights. "separate but equal" rights were found to be unconstitutional quite a while ago.

the funny thing is, the NPR article went, more and more businesses today (something like 40%, i believe) are granting rights as far as insurance coverage goes, without asking questions, to "domestic partnerships" and the like. americans ARE getting inured to this sort of thing. heck, i work for the state of texas, not exactly a center for progressive thought, and our insurance benefits are enjoyed by hetero- and homosexual couples alike. this stuff is sneaking up on people, truly.

it's gotta be the right-wing's "special rights" label and "erosion of marriage as we know it" and crap like that which is stirring people into thinking that this is somehow a bad thing. soon, very soon, the economic side won't even be an issue to most (if not already), and the entire gay marriage question will become moot.

are the leaders of the free world buggin' ya?

heh. the british public takes matters into their own cellphones, er, hands.

Massachusetts high court rules ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

BOSTON — Massachusetts' highest court ruled today that same-sex couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution, but stopped short of allowing marriage licenses to be issued to the couples who challenged the law.
The Supreme Judicial Court's 4-3 ruling ordered the Legislature to come up with a solution within 180 days.

sweet! a rather BIG baby step...still not full equality, but this last couple of years has seen quite a bit of this sorta action. the "erosion" of the society that them socially conservative right-wing freakazoids want to set in place. good.

this just doesn't go far enough, not at all. but it's lightyears ahead of where it would have been had it happened 10 years ago (hell, it woudln't have been an issue, 10 years ago). slow, but sturdy progress. at least that's what my fundamentally optimistic mind is cheering along.

The U.S. House is currently considering a constitutional ban on gay marriage. President Bush, although he believes marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman, recently said that a constitutional amendment is not yet necessary.

we've still got a ways to go, though...


Monday, November 17, 2003


but then again, looks like, no.

and again, no.

ah well.

buffy star to play dr. who?


except prolly not actual-in-fact.

me, i'm all about ASH, but would so totally and utterly dig eddie izzard in the role. he's scrumdiddlyumptious! and, funny!

thanks to von d for the link! and to matthew for the eddie izzard-love!


except for the dying young part. my one hope is that i think it's slightly too late for that. right? i'm old!

marc bolan
You're Marc Bolan, the man behind T. Rex.
You are a glam machine, original as all hell.
You really know how to flaunt your eccentricities,
and you write funny nonsensical, mystical
lyrics. Sometimes you can seem like a parody of
yourself, but hey, no one can do you better
than yourself. (?). You have a distinctive
style, and you are skilled at combining many
influences to create something new and fresh.
You are a sensation, a striking phenomenon. Too
bad you'll die tragically, and young.

Which rad old school 70's glam icon are you? (with pics)
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(thanks to maggie!)

holy cow, scott von doviak actually posted on his blog. that's it, i'm a-linkin' to it!

oooh, it occurs to me, if wes is apparently the only one (besides, obviously, angel) who is remembering events contemporaneous with the whole conner storyline, is he going to be the weak spot in the dam?? the proverbial hole in the dyke? the ostensible weakest link? the first one to figure out that some time and events have gone missing? should be interesting, when/if this happens, whoever it is. it's SOOO going to happen. and soon, i think. they're dropping anvils all over the place (well, relative to previous episodes. 'course, this could just end up like the whole early-season-seven-buffy "giles doesn't TOUCH anything...is he EEEEvil???" red herring. or i'm not sure that even counts as a red herring. just a stupid and perhaps accidental misdirect.

and is it conner or connOr? am i misspelling his name because of jeremy?

am i going to go to the angel site and check it out? nope. too lazy. y'all know what i mean.

okay, i FINALLY saw last week's angel, and i have just a few things to say here.

man, this was SUCH a good episode! finally, dealing with some continuity here! wesley and his daddy issues! wes and his chopped up ex-girlfriend! angel and conner actually mentioned aloud! spike and the robo-sex! drusilla in the promo for next week! well, okay, maybe i'm overly excited about drusilla...loves me some drusilla!

so, exactly how much does everyone remember from last season? how does wesley remember the whole lilah bit? does he remember his rivalry with gunn over fred? for that matter, do gunn and fred remember? thus far this season, it would seem not. but who knows? i do wish they'd clarify matters...although hopefully now that the slow drip has begun, the deluge will closely follow. (see? TOLD ya i'm not a writer!)

although...if wes' adoration of fred continues unabated, memories or not, then i'm a little offended that gunn seems to have completely forgotten his passionate fred-love. i dunno, maybe it's just wesley being the hopeless romantic, but it does seem like gunn could at least bat an eyelid at fred once in a while. and what about her missing feelings? were emotions erased along with conner memories? i do think they're building towards a crescendo this season that will include everyone dealing with the lost (stolen?) memories, and i wouldn't be at all surprised to hear that Vincent Kartheiser (or however you spell it) will be making a guest appearance later on. they've got to deal with this stuff. and they're planting nice little seeds which oughta be sprouting anytime soon (another hideous metaphor, sorry).

the continuity of wesley's angst towards his indifferent father was nicely done. and i was utterly astounded when wes was so quick to defend fred from his own father, the manner in which he did. damn. that boy BAD. but in a good way, kinda. but scary, too.

at the same time, i'm glad we got the phonecall at the end. awwww. except, again, ouch! on wes' behalf. that hurt. the whole father-son sequence really got to me, in much the same way a lot of the awkward realism of the office does. on that show, the close-to-home bit is more related to interpersonal relationships outside of family, but tonight's episode really hit very close to home in a more intimate way, for me (even though i'm not a son, i have vaguely similar issues with, if not identical feelings towards, my own mother - hopefully wes and i will grow out of it sometime soon. perhaps this episode will help.).

Sunday, November 16, 2003

i can deal with this, i think. and even though it's a cheesy picture, it's a fairly cool quotation. anyone know where that's from? i was thinking beagle's the last unicorn, but i kinda think not. anyhow...

You are Form 3, Unicorn: The Innocent.

"And The Unicorn knew she wasn't meant to
go into the Dark Wood. Disregarding the advice
given to her by the spirits, Unicorn went
inside and bled silver blood.. For her
misdeed, the world knew evil."

Some examples of the Unicorn Form are Eve
(Christian) and Pandora (Greek).
The Unicorn is associated with the concept of
innocence, the number 3, and the element of
Her sign is the twilight sun.

As a member of Form 3, you are a curious
individual. You are drawn to new things and
become fascinated with ideas you've never come
in contact with before. Some people may say
you are too nosey, but it's only because you
like getting to the bottom of things and
solving them. Unicorns are the best friends to
have because they are inquisitive.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Saturday, November 15, 2003

one last thing before i quit for the day (it's addictive! don't do it! you'll get sucked in, too!), be sure and check out melissa's november column for austinmama.com, called "scenes from a funeral." man, it made me cry. melissa's good. i'm putting in a permalink over in the sidebar that (i think) will just take the clicker to the latest Domestic Disturbance column. i suppose that will be put to the test come December, when she's got a new column up.

because i had to.

John Constantine Pic
You are John Constantine.
John has a strong knowledge of the occult and at
times he appears to wield strong magical powers
but he has also become known as something of a
con-man, more likely to talk himself out of
trouble than pull a rabbit out of a hat.

What Gritty No Nonsense Comic Book Character are You?
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*now off to look up who the hell this "john constantine" fella is*

also, thanks to adam for the quiz itself!


a couple of weeks ago, TDS got to play at Hole in the Wall, i know, prolly not that exciting, except that we'd never played there before! yes, i have played somewhere that Johnny Cash has played! sweet.

anyhow, my good friend Dutcher surprised me by bootlegging our show, and man, i just gotta say, he got some good recording equipment!

there are currently three songs from his recording up on our website, and you can go listen to them from here, if'n ya want to:

tulsa nightlife

little johnny jewel

brand new cadillac

(ayup, that's me bellowing out "cadillac." oh, and of course, me on bass. hayden's singing on the other two, and listen for the THREE-PART HARMONY on "tulsa nightlife!" we so awesome! wooo!)

NIIIICE...i just learnt from salon.com that there are now Lemony Snicket audiobooks out...with Tim Curry doing the reading! Tim Curry being da man, da character actor extraorinaire, see, i may just have to go buy this.

yes, if you like harry potter and have at least a passing familiarity with the chronicles of narnia, you'll love Lemony Snicket. go check it out!

hmmmm. i'm not sure i want to delve into what this says about me...

Darling, it seems that you belong in Gone with the
Wind; the proper place for a romantic. You
belong in a tumultous world of changes and
opportunities, where your independence paves
the road for your survival. It is trying being
both a cynic and a dreamer, no?

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(from melissa)

Friday, November 14, 2003

which reminds me, i oughta live up to my "site description" and have links to other folks' blogs. well, LEONARD, you get the treatment!

leonard is, like, the funniest, most creative person i know! read his blog! at any rate, read this one, which absolutely cracked me up the other day...

"Mr. Washington responds no, not like that at all, he wasn't even trying to bring that up, but since Mr. Adams mentioned it you have to admit that Washington is a much better name that Americatown. "


ooooh, comments! comment, dammit!

my first friday five! the reason i started a blog! coz i love talking about food. heh. okay, here goes...

adrienne sez:

Lately, I've been thinking about food. It's something I think about a lot, granted, but this is more about food and place. For me, these conenctions are intense and evocative. The question: if you could travel back to any place you've lived (or, in a pinch, visited) and have just one meal in each location that reminded you of the time you spent there, what would your top five stops and dishes be?

1. a chicken, leek and ham pie from the Square Pie Company, spitalfields, london, uk. late one night, months before i even knew i was heading to london, i was drunkenly surfing the internet and stumbled upon their website. hungry anyway, i perused their site for what felt like hours, reading about the pie, how to make your own, what sorta fillings they had to offer...i was hooked! i emailed the site, and the owner sent back a polite email informing me that sadly, no, there were no plans to franchise in Austin, Texas, but that i was more than welcome to inquire into doing so myself. heh. flash forward to july 2003, when i FINALLY made it to london...i had let them know i was coming beforehand, and they very nicely sent me an email granting me a free pie! laura and i tubed up to spitalfields market, i presented my email coupon, and we sat down with our piping hot pies (with peas and mash on the side). i don't know when the last time my tummy has been so happy!

2. the vegetarian plate with green chile, changing posole for the spanish rice, and all green chile at Tomasita's, santa fe, new mexico. every time i go home to visit, a stop at this best of all new mexican restaurants is required, they have the best durned chili rellenos on the entire planet, not to mention some of the best green chili sauce. and then the posole is just heavenly. plus, this restaurant/dish has been a favorite of my family's ever since i can remember, it feels homey just to THINK about the food there!

3. tuna salad with chopped apples and canned peas in. yeah, ew, gross. but whenever my family would travel to fort worth to visit grandmother, she'd have an enormous bowl of this concoction to feed us, the starving masses, with. it wasn't until i was nearing adulthood that one of us (i forget who) meekly admitted to the others that we'd always hated that stuff - it was like a dam breaking! we ALL had ALWAYS hated the vile salad! well. you'd think we would have then politely asked grandmother to quit serving that stuff...no. the meek consumption of tuna salad with apples and peas went on for a few more years, until we stopped arriving en masse.

4. black beans and rice from Les Amis (RIP). during my brief two-year stint in a PhD program at UT, every Friday bethany and I would hit Les Amis (there on 24th, where now there is a starbucks. Oh, the despairing irony!) and order their super-cheap perfect-for-starving grad students black beans and rice. this wasn’t just any black beans and rice, no, it came with sour cream on top and fresh spinach leaves underneath! we’d sit there of a Friday afternoon and read each other our horoscopes out of the Chronicle, peoplewatch, or just plain freak out about graduate school.

5. thanksgiving dinner. my bestest friend in the world and i have been preparing thanksgiving dinner together for ourselves and gathered loved ones for what, about to be our eighth year, and the memories evoked by the faintest hint of baking-turkey-aroma are indeed wonderful. the first few years we spent the entirety of thanksgiving morning on the phone with our mothers, various guests’ mothers, various mothers’ mothers, trying to figure out how best to prepare a turkey, make the stuffing, get the cranberry-apple pie just right...we’ve by now got it down to a science, just about...although we keep it from being just a hard, cold, scientific experiment by liberal dosing with red wine and hard cider. the way it feels to be surrounded by friends in a toasty-warm kitchen drinking a glass of good shiraz while waiting for the turkey to brown, the stuffing to toast, putting together the piecrust lattice on just one more pie (and sneaking out into the chill every now and again for a brrrshivery smoke on the back porch) is one of my favorite feelings in the world.

oh, here's how. i think. trying:

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awright! i've jumped on the blogwagon! mostly because i wanted to join in this week's friday 5 (and i'll add a link to others once i figure out how, promise). mostly right now i'm just gonna post this, to see if it shows up and looks beautyful.

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