Friday, January 30, 2004


THIS one's goin' on the sidebar.


another game. this one is HARD! i can't last longer than 3 seconds!



need more to keep you occupied until 5?

yeah, me too.

lookit this:

cheap space documentary.

HOURS of entertainment!

okay, fine, MINUTES. but still. not bad.


from those nice boys at b3ta.

a dollar short and, uh, a week late...

last week's friday five was, er, my idea:

while thinking about what to introduce as a topic for this week's Friday 5, i got stuck on two ideas: sex and cars. The first, because it's such a huge part of human existence, as well as being something that everyone thinks about at least a few times per day. Cars are much the same way, in that there's no one who's never been in one at least, no one who has not been dependent on the gas-guzzling machines at some point in their lives.

and i think there's something to my train of thought.

so i didn't want to ask people to write about their 5 favorite sexual positions, or ask people who have maybe never even owned a car to describe their five favorite vehicles.

instead, i want to know what your five best vehicular experiences have been. this encompasses every aspect of automotive existence, not just the sexual. :)

here goes, anyhow:

1. camping out at Fort Phantom Hill reservoir whilst in my freshman year at college. First of all, i got to borrow a friend’s giganto-buick and take it 4-wheeling out by the lake. The activities that evening were also quite excellent...the swimming! The roughing-it! And the best part? The sleeping in the trunk of that enormous vehicle with my boyfriend! No, nothing untoward went on, unless you count a lot of cursing after accidentally poking each other in the side with errant limbs. All in all, it was fun. A heck of a lot more fun than I think I just made it all sound...

2. Speaking of college, I went to school in Abilene, Texas, and surely one of the best aspects of Abilene, Texas (maybe the only good aspect), was the fact that the 500-mile drive between Los Alamos, NM and Abilene, Texas is absolutely fascinating! The geology and ecology of the landscape change dramatically between the two areas, and I loved keeping an eye out for the occasional kestrel, herd of antelope, or solitary tarantula that could be spotted along the side of the road. The drive from here (austin) to los alamos follows the exact same path, once I get as far west as abilene, but I haven’t made the drive in a couple of years. Plan to this summer, if only to check up on my favorite landmarks along the way.

3. Pretty much every car trip I’ve ever taken. I love car trips. ‘S in my blood. My father and I have driven across this continent at least twice, all in all, and I’ve accompanied friends on numerous trips to places quite far from texas/nm, at least a few times just coz we wanted a car trip. Mmmmm....car trips.

4. Riding in the rental car across the vastness that is central australia. We’d flown to alice springs, and had exactly 24 hours before we had to catch a bus to melbourne, so we rented a car and drove to uluru and back. My friend peter, who had spent quality time in the uk (presumably some of that driving a car) was used to the “drive on the left” mentality, and so took over most of the driving. I, of course, claimed the front passenger seat. At the risk of sounding like a total provincial rube, what an experience! Left turns scared the crap outta me! And I won’t even go into detail on what it was like when nathan was driving. At any rate, I loved every second of it, even the boring parts, just coz of the novelty of the situation.

5. And to answer everyone’s unasked question, yes, I have. Once. A long time ago. In was a white 1986 honda crx (no, not comfortable, and yes, spectacularly exciting).

Why? because it was there.

Thursday, January 29, 2004


so they're making the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy into a movie, see, and they've decided to cast martin freeman as arthur dent!!! sweet!!

the surprising thing? mos def as ford prefect!!!

should be interesting.

yes, one of my personal icons being portrayed by another personal icon. i am happy with this. we'll see about the rest of it.

thanks, scott, for the info!!

from whence life?

okay. this. i have no words. i still haven't recovered from entering my LAST blog item. in short: the Georgia State Superintendent of Schools has decided that the word "evolution" should be struck from all biology courses in their public schools.

i'm still dumbstruck, i'll let y'all stew on that one for a while. NOW i'm going out for a smoke.

thanks to omnium, via phaedrus, for the link.

okay, so it's been a bad day at work in the first place...

but holy shit. can the bush administration be any more evasive and dishonest?!?!?

during the press briefing, when asked (by helen thomas, i presume, by the snippy "helen, i think i've addressed this question before...) about WMD and their ongoing nonexistence, or even their assumed existence as a justification for war, scott mclellan surely goes out of his way to avoid answering direct questions.

some favorite bits:

Q ... Do you think the idea of an independent commission is incompatible with letting the Iraq Survey Group complete its work?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I think our position at this point is we want the Iraq Survey Group to complete the important work that it has undertaken. That work is still a work in progress. There is a new head, Charles Duelfer, of the Iraq Survey Group. We need to let him get in there and complete the work that Dr. Kay started. Dr. Kay --

Q Are you saying weapons can still --

MR. McCLELLAN: Dr. Kay did a great job working on the Iraq Survey Group. We very much appreciate his service. It's difficult work. But he has pointed out that they need to complete their work.

Q Are you saying that still -- you still expect weapons to be found, when the President, the Vice President, Powell and so forth have basically written that off?

MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, I think I've addressed this question over the last couple of days. What we know is that Saddam Hussein's regime was a gathering threat. And in a post --

Q I didn't ask you that --

MR. McCLELLAN: I understand, but I'm coming to your question. In a post-September 11th world, it's important that we confront those threats before it's too late --

Q What were his threats? Has he ever threatened us?

MR. McCLELLAN: And before -- before -- well, we -- and Dr. Kay, himself, has stated that it was a very dangerous place. The President talked about, you had a dangerous man in a dangerous part of the world. And after September 11th, this President is acting decisively to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect the American people, because we want to do everything we can to prevent something like that from ever happening again.

Q Do you still expect to find weapons?

MR. McCLELLAN: The work of the Iraq Survey Group is ongoing. And they've already found that he was in material breach of Security Council Resolution 1441. I would remind you that that was a unanimous --

Q That's not answering the question.

MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, that was a unanimous resolution that said, Saddam Hussein, you have one final opportunity to comply, or face serious consequences.

Q I'm asking you if you found the weapons.

MR. McCLELLAN: And as I pointed out yesterday, if the inspectors had found even half of what Dr. Kay's team, through the Iraq Survey Group, has already uncovered, they would have had to have found his regime in clear violation of 1441. So we're going to let their work continue. I'm not going to get into prejudging the outcome of their work; it's ongoing. But we already know that they have reconfirmed --

Q You're doing a beautiful job of filibustering. (Laughter.)

MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you, Helen. We have already reconfirmed that it was the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Q Who said so?

MR. McCLELLAN: The world -- I think a lot of people say so. The world is a safer and better place --

Q Well, the jury is still out.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- the world is a safer and better place because Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. America is more secure. It was the right decision then, and we know that it was the right decision today.

*repeatedly banging head on desk*

*going out for a smoke. or 6.*

You are

Willow Rosenberg

"I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz."

What "Buffy" Character Are You?

from adam. thanks!

y'all're in TROUBLE...

salon.com reports on Lord Hutton's scathing report on the missteps and fumbles at the BBC.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Member Countries of the Commonwealth, as illustrated on this map:

create your own randomly marked map
or write about it on the open travel guide

yes, it's been a VERY slow day in the office.

Spirit's back in business!

mars rover spirit appears to be fix-able! scientists getting to work on problems now identified, hoping to be ready for more crazy researchin' any minute now.

big rock proves to be big find...

fossil found by Scotland bus driver appears to be remnants of the oldest known land-dwelling creature. "The fossil is believed to be some 20 million years older than what had previously been thought of as the oldest breathing animal - a peculiar spider-like creature in Aberdeenshire [Scotland - evidently the place is just chock-full of fossils].

"The millipede had spiracles, or primitive breathing structures on the outside of its body, making it the oldest air-breathing creature to have been discovered."

ancient history

Neanderthals not that closely related to modern humans, really, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

i BEEN places!

but not enough places.

create your own visited country map
or write about it on the open travel guide

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

rhymes with spinach?

seems that Kucinich is my presidential candidate soulmate, 100 percent, according to the president match survey. maybe since i know next-to-nothin’ about him, i oughta go check him out.

Wait, he can’t possibly win.

Ferget it. I’m stickin’ with Kerry. THIS week.

Here’s how everyone under 100% fell out...

Sharpton – 96%
Kerry – 93%
Dean – 91%
Clark – 88%
Edwards – 82%
Leiberman – 76%
Bush – 3%

so it’s true...I DO have a bit of evil in me, 3 percent, to be exact. Hahahahah!

and thanks to phaedrus for linky linky!

hey, i like phaedrus' blog, too. he's wayyyy smarter than me, and i still agree with him! okay, see sidebar for permalink.

what does the GOP really want for this country?

two chilling articles, one from salon, "The No Jobs President" ("Don't believe the Bush administration's hand-wringing over its pathetic record on employment. The president's backers want a stagnant job market -- it keeps the help from getting uppity"), and one from the american prospect, "America as a One-Party State "("Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself.").

both from greg t. thanks, greg t.!

man, i like greg's blog. i'm a-linkin' to it. ayup. see sidebar.

women: don't assume that your rights are safe

The problem with feminism is that one generation pushes forward, and the next allows freedom to ebb away, writes erica jong.

"The assumption is that the feminist movement is out of fashion and can be safely ignored, and that women of child-bearing years don't really understand what's at stake. I think this is true. Young women seem to think their rights are safe. ... [discussion of dissolution of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution] ... All this seems as far-fetched as the realm of dystopian novels such as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. But the Christian right is way ahead of us. Their desire to undo the notion of women as human beings rather than wombs knows no bounds. If we underestimate their cunning and tenacity, we risk the very notion of women as individuals."


What Famous Leader Are You?

danke, adam, for the link!

...and i've flown directly over hawaii...

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide

link due to von d. thanks!

reporters aren't naming sources to the judge presiding over wen ho lee's lawsuit against the US Government. (the gov't sorta apologized, but not really at all.)

(dr. wen ho lee gets his photo headlining salon.com's article on press accountability - a look at "unnamed officials," leaks to the press, and ethics in journalism. )

read my lips...

krugman, on the deficit and taxes.

(requires NYT login...use "tabletalk" and "salon" as login and password. all will be well.)

meanwhile, in the same vein, salon on conservatives' growing unease with bush, the deficit, and taxes.

Friday, January 23, 2004

roll over beethoven

some things must be seen to be believed, even if only for as long as you can stand it. (and heard. turn up your sound!)

(and wait for the strauss. it's worth it. sorta.)

thanks to b3ta for this one. or maybe not. it's stuck in my head, now.

screw science! let's go sci-fi!!

of course, W's moon colony/mars exploration initiative has already started taking toll: the Hubble Space Telescope is coming down, long before its time.

link courtesy of dutcher.

will wonders never cease?

well, even though the UK lost the beagle, the USA is having trouble with spirit, and our president wants to live on the moon, the europeans managed to find water on mars!!

Thursday, January 22, 2004

hmmmm...thought provoking...

digby over at the american street presents a well-reasoned, carefully-thought-out, eloquently-presented argument as to "preserving the sanctity of marriage."

hell, he's got *me* convinced! i've dreamed of being chattel all my life! (wish my parents had saved a better dowry, though. i'm not sure i'll EVER catch a man with only the one smallish goat and limping, half-blind, elderly pea-hen to my name. doh!)

just a little something...

to keep you occupied for just a short while. i have no idea what its significance might be, if it's got any at all...

in WHAT country do i live?

holy shit. ohio lawmakers not only ban gay marriage, they go ahead and prohibit state employees from getting benefits for domestic partners!

that's just fucking MEAN. what the hell is this country doing with itself?

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

nancy drew grows up!

this is just tidily cool: a little site on Library Career Romances. these are all quaint and dated, but as the site points out, bad writing and all, they document an important era in history when women were entering the workplace...not least of all, as librarians!

slow death by numbers

did i listen to the state of the union address last night? nope. went for sushi. was much better than listening to That Man fervently spew gibberish for an hour.

rachael was nice enough to send me this list of stats that the independent [uk] put together in response to the address, however. it's online here, or i've pasted it below:

George W Bush and the real state of the Union

Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up?

20 January 2004

232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and January 2004

501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war - so far

0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany after the Nazi surrender to the Allies in May 1945

0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the Bush administration has allowed to be photographed

0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq

100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003

13: Number of meetings between Bush and Tony Blair since he became President

10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for simultaneous protest

2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House

9.2: Average number of American soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion in March last year

1.6: Average number of American soldiers killed in Iraq per day since hostilities began

16,000: Approximate number of Iraqis killed since the start of war

10,000: Approximate number of Iraqi civilians killed since the beginning of the conflict

$100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the end of 2003

$13 billion: Amount other countries have committed towards rebuilding Iraq (much of it in loans) as of 24 October

36%: Increase in the number of desertions from the US army since 1999

92%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that had access to drinkable water a year ago

60%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that have access to drinkable water today

32%: Percentage of the bombs dropped on Iraq this year that were not precision-guided

1983: The year in which Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein a pair of golden spurs

45%: Percentage of Americans who believed in early March 2003 that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September attacks on the US

$127 billion: Amount of US budget surplus in the year that Bush became President in 2001

$374 billion: Amount of US budget deficit in the fiscal year for 2003

1st: This year's deficit is on course to be the biggest in United States history

$1.58 billion: Average amount by which the US national debt increases each day

$23,920: Amount of each US citizen's share of the national debt as of 19 January 2004

1st: The record for the most bankruptcies filed in a single year (1.57 million) was set in 2002

10: Number of solo press conferences that Bush has held since beginning his term. His father had managed 61 at this point in his administration, and Bill Clinton 33

1st: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita

$113 million: Total sum raised by the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, setting a record in American electoral history

$130 million: Amount raised for Bush's re-election campaign so far

$200m: Amount that the Bush-Cheney campaign is expected to raise in 2004

$40m: Amount that Howard Dean, the top fund-raiser among the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, amassed in 2003

28: Number of days holiday that Bush took last August, the second longest holiday of any president in US history (Recordholder: Richard Nixon)

13: Number of vacation days the average American worker receives each year

3: Number of children convicted of capital offences executed in the US in 2002. America is only country openly to acknowledge executing children

1st: As Governor of Texas, George Bush executed more prisoners (152) than any governor in modern US history

2.4 million: Number of Americans who have lost their jobs during the three years of the Bush administration

221,000: Number of jobs per month created since Bush's tax cuts took effect. He promised the measure would add 306,000

1,000: Number of new jobs created in the entire country in December. Analysts had expected a gain of 130,000

1st: This administration is on its way to becoming the first since 1929 (Herbert Hoover) to preside over an overall loss of jobs during its complete term in office

9 million: Number of US workers unemployed in September 2003

80%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce now unemployed

55%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce unemployed before the war

43.6 million: Number of Americans without health insurance in 2002

130: Number of countries (out of total of 191 recognised by the United Nations) with an American military presence

40%: Percentage of the world's military spending for which the US is responsible

$10.9 million: Average wealth of the members of Bush's original 16-person cabinet

88%: Percentage of American citizens who will save less than $100 on their 2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends taxes

$42,000: Average savings members of Bush's cabinet are expected to enjoy this year as a result in the cuts in capital gains and dividends taxes

$42,228: Median household income in the US in 2001

$116,000: Amount Vice-President Cheney is expected to save each year in taxes

44%: Percentage of Americans who believe the President's economic growth plan will mostly benefit the wealthy

700: Number of people from around the world the US has incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

1st: George W Bush became the first American president to ignore the Geneva Conventions by refusing to allow inspectors access to US-held prisoners of war

+6%: Percentage change since 2001 in the number of US families in poverty

1951: Last year in which a quarterly rise in US military spending was greater than the one the previous spring

54%: Percentage of US citizens who believe Bush was legitimately elected to his post

1st: First president to execute a federal prisoner in the past 40 years. Executions are typically ordered by separate states and not at federal level

9: Number of members of Bush's defence policy board who also sit on the corporate board of, or advise, at least one defence contractor

35: Number of countries to which US has suspended military assistance after they failed to sign agreements giving Americans immunity from prosecution before the International Criminal Court

$300 million: Amount cut from the federal programme that provides subsidies to poor families so they can heat their homes

$1 billion: Amount of new US military aid promised Israel in April 2003 to offset the "burdens" of the US war on Iraq

58 million: Number of acres of public lands Bush has opened to road building, logging and drilling

200: Number of public-health and environmental laws Bush has attempted to downgrade or weaken

29,000: Number of American troops - which is close to the total of a whole army division - to have either been killed, wounded, injured or become so ill as to require evacuation from Iraq, according to the Pentagon

90%: Percentage of American citizens who said they approved of the way George Bush was handling his job as president when asked on 26 September, 2001

53%: Percentage of American citizens who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president when asked on 16 January, 2004

Sources: Vanity Fair magazine, Harper's Index, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, US Army (Washington), US Department of Defence, Iraqbodycount.net, Citizens for Tax Justice, Bureau of Economic Analysis (Washington), New York Times/CBS News Poll (NYC), US Department of Commerce, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (NYC), Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad), World Health Organisation (Geneva), Office of Management and Budget (Washington), Centre for Responsive Politics (Washington), Bush-Cheney '04, Inc (Arlington, Va), Election Systems & Software (Omaha), United States Central Command (Tampa)

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


this will either crack you up or bore you to death. me? i am titillated, yes, i am! but that's because i'm the nerdy child of nerdy fundamentalist christians or the spawn of satan, your choice.

the IRC Bible

* Adam has joined #Eden
< Adam> w00t
< Jehova> quite
< Jehova> erm, Adam
< Jehova> You're not supposed to do that with a chicken
< Jehova> nm, I'll create another companion for you
< Jehova> You go to sleep now
* Adam is now known as Adam|zZz
* Jehova takes Adam|zZz's rib and builds a woman
< Jehova> there
* Eve has joined #Eden
< Adam|zZz> w00t!!1
* Adam|zZz is now known as Adam
< Adam> ASL?
< Eve> newborn, female, eden!
< Adam> omg! me too, but male
< Eve> omfg! you're nekkid!
< Adam> so what! your too!
< Eve> lol
* Jehova sighs

and now, from the department of "fascinating but fairly pointless," comes:


yes, now you can see, in all their full-color glory, the photojournalistic depictions of hundreds of meals as the airlines serve 'em up!

and there's not only the photos, but full-blown reviews! let's see what one reviewer has to say about the quality meal served on Southwest's Kansas City-to-Phoenix flight:

"Snack mix was good with beer. Traveling companion complained about strong soy sauce-tamarind smell and taste which did not go good with soft drink. Peanuts were rather bland, but fresh. Friends that flew morning flight the next day got animal crackers instead of snack mix. "

mmmm...mmmmm....i'm getting ALL hungry just reading about it!

special thanx to b3ta for the linky!

everyone's doing it nowadays...

recent web searches that have led people to this blog:

"to ever be happy" short
"height jokes"
john gabbanelli
Teas Colorado Supreme Court redistricting
"i spit on your groove"
"elliott smith" "coroner's report"
"was the u.s founded as a christian nation"
aquatint chine colle
colin firth slash
ill never pull it off
stomachache cures
square pie franchise

yes! this blog is obviously QUITE ill-sorted, although not quite so ephemeral as i'd hoped. yes, i do feel eclectic. quite a few typos produced this site as a result. dunno what that says.

also i feel a bit prudish, as the closest thing to an internet porn search i garnered was "colin firth slash."

dammit. i feel so squeaky-clean. and short, evidently.

I am Nothing!

Which Enemy of the Christian Church Are You?

Take More of Robert & Tim's Quizzes
Watch Robert & Tim's Cartoons

this one came from the father of pip! thanks, rob!

I am an Intellectual

Which America Hating Minority Are You?

Take More Robert & Tim Quizzes
Watch Robert & Tim Cartoons

Sunday, January 18, 2004

go melissa!

melissa's got a new column up at austinmama.com!

it's a good one, too, about raising children to appreciate yet not define themselves solely by gender differences.

damn. it made me think. when i was very small, before i had a baby brother, even (so i wasn't older than 4), i ALREADY knew that it was somehow better to be a boy than to be a girl. my mother, of course, has always wished i were girlier...but somewhere in-between the neighbor kids excluding me from their football games coz i was a girl and my getting in HORRIBLE trouble the time i took my shirt off while playing outside (it was HOT!), i knew i didn't want to be a girl anymore. boys had it so much better! in fact, i remember the minute i realized that i couldn't POSSIBLY be a boy (i thought perhaps my parents were pulling the wool over my eyes), the day i watched my mom changing paul's diaper and noticed, y'know, the whole BOYNESS of him. i was crushed.

my poor mother, i spent the majority of my childhood rebelling against femaleness, even while she was doing her best to make a little lady of me, dressing me in frilly dresses and socks, teaching me that "ladies don't [insert undesireable/fun behavior here, such as "play soccer," or "go on hiking trips with the boys from church and their dads," etc.]." i spent a lot of time catching snakes and lizards, playing "fearless interplanetary explorer," "intrepid geologist," or "international spy," tearing off/up dresses every chance i got, refusing to enjoy the "dolls of the world" i seemed to receive, in increasing numbers, every christmas/birthday, building enormous elaborate snowforts for my brother's GI Joe and Star Wars action figures. anything i could do to be boyish, i'd do it. if it involved girliness, i eschewed it completely.

good thing i grew into myself, eventually. i'm much happier now. i don't think it was until college sometime that i became comfortable in my female body. not that i ever perceived myself as NOT!female, i just didn't WANT to be female. seemed that the rougher sex had it better, by all accounts.

as much as i can see this might be true in some ways, these days i revel in my girlhood, trying to make up for lost time.

and, when in the mood, i try to delight in my extensive tomboy tendencies, they haven't exactly left me.

it's just that now i can love all of me.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

holy shit. i just finished morvern callar by alan warner, and man. it's existential as all get-out. i feel so...blank. this will definitely haunt me for a long while.

there's NO psychological analysis, no "inner voice" in this first-person-POV story, nothing. just sensual experience and perhaps one or two physical reactions to others' actions.


just yesterday i was thinking it remind me of the stranger, but now i've gotta say, i think this goes even farther. the ending was so stark and beautiful and ... absolutely nothing.

(negatives: weak plot, obvious "shocker" plot points, reactions a bit predictable at times)

plus, it's evidently been made into a beautifully-constructed movie. which i will now have to rent soon.

plunging ahead to the next warner i've got on my shelf, "the sopranos." which i started, got frustrated on (by the phonetically-spelled brogue), and gave up on. which i will now not do.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

with what have they threatened poor paul o'neill?

Paul O'Neill backpedalling on Bush administration's plans for Iraq...one can only imagine why O'Neill would suddenly start contradicting what he'd said earlier, or at least claiming that he was misconstrued.

of course, there's that, or the unnamed official corroborating O'Neill's original assertions that they'd been planning to invade Iraq "since day one.".

considering the wilson/plame affiar, i'd be a little nervous.

can Dean cock it up? enough?

the nation's Richard Goldstein on whether or not Dean can out-butch (but not out-macho) the Shrub, "Butching up for Victory."

great minds...

mark morford has much the same thing to say on the matter, only he's much funnier than i.

great idea, bad timing

BBC: Bush to unveil plans for martian landing, lunar colony.

yeesh. and right when he's cutting funding for domestic spending left and right. veterans' health care? cut! pointless moonwalk 30 years after the LAST time we went up? yee-haaaaawww!

(don't get me wrong, i love the idea of increasing NASA's budget, of space exploration, etc. but NOW? i spent four months being frighteningly unemployed, i can't even procure a calculator from my state job that's less than 20 years old, people in our own country are out of work, things aren't looking too good, economically, for the US right now....and we're going to start spending HOW much on a lunar colony?!?!)

and just to make sure that we have no money left over for domestic programs such as, y'know, education, medicare, medicaid, social security, etc., our illustrious president is also pushing for $1.5 billion funding for a "marriage-promotion" program which will ostensibly train couples to "develop interpersonal skills that sustain 'healthy marriages,'" (let the coercion begin!) and will quite possibly include the push for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

maybe those libertarians are on to something...

panoramic mars

also from jon, NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, has sent back a full panoramic vista of the landing spot on the Red Planet. sweet.

more...zoom zoom?

check it out....the mazda rx-8 transformer kicks some serious butt!

thanks to jon for the butt-kicking link!

Tuesday, January 13, 2004


Once More, With Hobbits!

rather wacky sometimes brilliant sometimes stupid plot slash between Joss Whedon's "Once More With Feeling" BtVS musical episode and LotR.

i don't know what i think of it. this jury's still out anyway.

thanks to adam for the link. or no thanks. i can't decide.

Interview with a Wizard

Sir Ian McKellen on Tolkien, Gandalf, acting, knighthood, and disguises.

Monday, January 12, 2004


sweet!!! maybe i'm just behind the times, but i didn't know about this...and it makes me rather happy!

and i really thought i'd rather have my fingernails ground off with a dremel tool than see jim carrey in anything ever again...but ya know. he's PERFECT for count olaf!

here's hopin' this comes true (and after the success of the harry potter movies, i'm sure it will).

more on elliott smith...

Elliott Smith coroner's report posted online; details of circumstances, possible suicide note revealed.

Smith's girlfriend, present at the time of stabbing/death, is lookin' a little suspicious. hmmmmm....

"...attempts to question Smith's San Fernando Valley psychiatrist have all "met with negative results" and that "the girlfriend's reported removal of the knife and subsequent refusal to speak with detectives are all of concern.""

and, of course, the actual coroner's report, courtesy of the smoking gun.

another addition to my sidebar...especially of interest to you music freaks and oregonians: the Oregon Music Guide. go check it out!

Sunday, January 11, 2004

from squeezeland...

i'm adding the accordion weekly news to the sidebar. just a reference tool for all you accordion afficionados out there.

(try typing "accordion afficionados" five times fast...it's hard!)

more quiz!

heh. and, heh.


?? Which Country Are You From ??
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You Are Pride !
You're competitive about most things. And feel
to constantly assure yourself of your greatness.
But hey,
It's not all bad - maybe you are that good! You
look presentable, and are well educated because you
wouldn't let
yourself be any other way. People are intimidated
of you though,
so try and tone it down a bit - after all nobody is

Congratulations ... You are the 'Best Kept' of the
7 deadly sins!

?? Which Of The Seven Deadly Sins Are You ??
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(of COURSE i'm "that good." hmpf!)

thanks to gord, via adam for the links!


ex-treasury secretary Paul O'Neill and his doubts about the Bush administration's reasons for going to war with Iraq. seems the whole thing's been planned since Bush took office, and evidently was not handled in the most forthright of ways (to make a gross understatement) (and a world press take on the matter).

truthout.org has much the same story to tell, from the point of view of an insider, as well as citing a report by experts on weapons proliferation from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace titled "WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications."

will this ever become an issue to the average American?

doubt it.


What Is Your Animal Personality?

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Friday, January 09, 2004

happy birthday!

scott walker, happy birthday today!

bringer of light

vermeer, his life and art, the girl with a pearl earring, and colin firth.

(well, colin firth is only mentioned once. but he really SHOULD be mentioned once per day, at least.)

thanks, rob!!

Thursday, January 08, 2004

not-a hara kiri?

elliot smith autopsy inconclusive; police investigation remains open.

oh oh OH!

alyson hannigan works on her o-face for the london stage.

thanks to maury for the link!

Herbal medicine boom threatens plants
Natural remedies have become so popular that many wild plants are now being harvested to the point of extinction, say botanists

more reason to be wary of herbal medicines.

no, i didn't say "avoid completely because herbals are worthless," i said be careful. think about what you're doing. for many reasons.


from rob:

cute flirt
Cute Flirt

What Kind of FLIRT are you?
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My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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and from merideth:


?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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last, but not least, and this isn't too off, from me:


Which Personality Disorder Do You Have?
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let us run screaming and naked into the ice-cold lake of imminent change...

morford, on resolution(s).

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

entertaining article about the bush brats.

poor, poor barb and jenna. such horridly downtrodden lives they lead.


don't forget, "what would jenna drink?"

and another...

coz i don't quite feel up to blogging just yet....

you are lavenderblush

Your dominant hues are red and magenta. You love doing your own thing and going on your own adventures, but there are close friends you know you just can't leave behind. You can influence others on days when you're patient, but most times you just want to go out, have fun, and do your own thing.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Are you damned?
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You're coming back! And if you are a Hindu you are going to have very specific characteristics:

"The slayer of a woman and the destroyer of embryos becomes a savage full of diseases; who commits illicit intercourse, a eunuch; who goes with his teacher’s wife, disease-skinned. The eater of flesh becomes very red; the drinker of intoxicants, one with discolored teeth...." (Garuda Purana)

Friday, January 02, 2004

apologies for the silence

man, sorry i haven't posted in over a week...not to mention neglecting my Friday Five duties so horribly (yes, it was my week to pick a topic!). first i was out of town visiting family in Fayetteville, AR, and then upon arriving home i found out my beloved Grandmother has passed away. leaving in the morning for funeral/family time in Fort Worth.

so i've been very sad and basically useless these past few days, although i did manage to have a good new year surrounded by good friends and lots and lots of champagne! today mostly busy running errands, cleaning before i leave AGAIN for 5 days, preparing mentally for dealing with my poor mother when i get to FW (she lost her mommy!).

anyhow, happy new year to you, my dearest reader, and best wishes for the coming year to you and yours! and i'll see y'all again in a few days, hopefully in top form!

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