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January 30, 2004

I've lost my youthful idealism too, Milo

Ever wonder which of the Sunday Bloom County strips Berkeley Breathed liked best? They are posted here.

(Hairy fishnuts was always one of my favorites too)

via Making Light

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should I be disturbed by this?

Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21

Try taking a leap forward in time to the point two weeks from now when some sort of fresh start will be required at work. Think now about how you would handle such an eventuality and try and establish your priorities. After all, it is time for a change, isn't it?

Or maybe excited. I am on the path, my feet are moving, gonna get there soon.

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Friday "Kat" blogging

Today, something a little different. I have loved George Harriman's work for years, along with Windsor McKay (Little Nemo in Slumberland). So without further ado, Krazy Kat is my picture for today.


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January 29, 2004

et cetera

from Soulless, thanks! Another 5 questions. These I have put as an extended post since I wrote A LOT.

1. What is the title of your biography and what are the highlights on the dustjacket?
This was the hardest of all the questions. I have this hang up on naming things and will fret for hours over "the perfect name." Since I would like to post this sometime before the next milennium, I will go ahead with my first choices. A) Possessed by Demons (or Daemons) - because I have been told I am for many years now. B) Would you sit still? - because I don't spend much time on any given thing. C) What the Hell Are You Doing? - another thing I have heard a lot in the past few years. I would love to come up with a punny play on a song title or book but nothing comes to mind. D) Where do I go from here? is another one that works for me. I will probably revise this several times before settling on something. As to what hightlights would be on the dust jacket? I would avoid the CBS Afterschool Special descriptions like "One woman's journey through life and how she made good...blahblahblah." I want something funny. "From the time she was born, Ms. Holston was destined for mediocrity" or something. This was a really, really hard question for me. More later.

2. What book (or books) had a profound effect on you? No matter if you were an adult at the time or a child, why was the book so powerful?
--The Shining-taught or enhanced my fear. I still look behind shower curtains, even in my own house. I do not like to be surprised by monsters.
--Alice in Wonderland- here was a girl alone in her world and getting by by being clever. But it also gave me a DEEP love of puzzles and solving them. I believe this book affected me on as many layers as there are in the story. 1) I am alone. It is me and my wits against everyone and everything. No one is really on my side. 2) Things won't always make sense. Do whatever you want/think is right anyway. No one is really paying attention. 3) Be creative in your solutions. What is normal won't work. 4) It is everyone else who is crazy.
--An old college psychology textbook I found when I was 6 or so. It had a chapter on genetics, with a lovely explanation on dominant and recessive genes. I wanted to do work in genetics from that age on.

3. Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. How would you rank those cities? What are your criteria and what puts one higher in the list than another?
I had to decide if this was counting them as places to live or visit. The criteria is what is there to do there that will hold my attention for any length of time. Here goes.
1) Washington, D.C. Plusses-The Smithsonian! There's a lifetime's worth of stuff to look at there. Good restaurants. You can walk or do public transport everywhere. Minuses-politicians, high prices, and they aren't represented in the government so "no taxation without representation." Isn't that one of the reasons we broke from England in the first place???
2) New Orleans. Plusses- marvelous history and architecture. Magic. Voodoo. The tomb of Marie LaVeau. Crawfish. Other food. Darkly mysterious. Minuses-below sea level and falling. humidity. decay. It is a vampire town that feeds on the blood of the tourists. Otherwise it is truly a decaying shell.
3) Las Vegas. Plusses- Lots of good shows (Penn & Telller!), lots of things to do. You can do something at any time of night. In Nevada, so not too far from the Burning Man Festival. Not too far from California and Washington, or Peuget Sound. Minuses-tourists. gambling (I don't care if others do it, but I don't think it is too fun).

4. One of my most irrational fears is that this whole computer industry and internet thing will just go away. Assuming there were no more computers, what would you do for a living?
Good question! The short list: sculptor. geneticist. forensic pathologist. crime scene investigator. comic book/strip author-artist. librarian(!). teacher. antique book seller. curio shop owner (think Needful Things). Metaphysical shop owner. massage therapist. counselor. detective. something creative.

5. Why is evening your favorite time of day?
Evening is my favorite time because it is the most magical and tingly time. Bright daylight is for work and sports, picnics, family. Deep night, 3 am or so, is for allnight movies, bars, drinking, basically abusing the body. Twilight into darkness is when I (in theory) have no responsibility to anyone but myself and can do whatever I want. Twilight, when the first star is visible for the night, is meaningful in Judaism as the end and beginning of the day. Holiday begin at this time for them. Plus-Halloween in an evening thing. Shadows come out and fun happens. So in a nutshell-magic and unlimited possibilities. My mind opens up then.

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[insert sci-fi tv quote here]

Thanks to Snowball, I now know I am:

You are 66% geek
You are a geek. Good for you! Considering the endless complexity of the universe, as well as whatever discipline you happen to be most interested in, you'll never be bored as long as you have a good book store, a net connection, and thousands of dollars worth of expensive equipment. Assuming you're a technical geek, you'll be able to afford it, too. If you're not a technical geek, you're geek enough to mate with a technical geek and thereby get the needed dough. Dating tip: Don't date a geek of the same persuasion as you. You'll constantly try to out-geek the other.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

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January 28, 2004

I want one of these

I found this at Rose's site, QueerlyCreative :)

NEW Barbie Dolls
At long last, here are some NEW Barbie dolls to coincide with her and OUR aging gracefully. These are a bit more realistic...

1. Bifocals Barbie
Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too!), neck chain, and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.

2. Hot Flash Barbie
Press Barbie's bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with handheld fan and tiny tissues.

3. Facial Hair Barbie
As Barbie's hormone levels shift, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.

4. Flabby Arms Barbie
Hide Barbie's droopy triceps with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Good news on the tummy front, two-MuMus with tummy-support panels are included.

5. Bunion Barbie
Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie's dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.

6. No More Wrinkles Barbie
Erase those pesky crow's-feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin Sparkle-Spackle, from Barbie's own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.

7. Soccer Mom Barbie
All that experience as a cheerleader is really paying off as Barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and Ken, Jr. Comes with minivan in robin-egg blue or white and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.

8. Mid-life Crisis Barbie
It's time to ditch Ken. Barbie needs a change, and Alonzo (her personal trainer) is just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac. They're hopping in her new red Miata and heading for the Napa Valley to open a B&B. Includes a real tape of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."

9. Divorced Barbie
Sells for$ 199.99. Comes with Ken's house, Ken's car, and Ken's boat.

10. Recovery Barbie
Too many parties have finally caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does Twelve Steps instead of dance steps. Clean and sober, she's going to meetings religiously. Comes with a little copy of The Big Book and a six-pack of Diet Coke.

11. Post-Menopausal Barbie
This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things, and cries a lot. She is sick and tired of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex. As a bonus this year, the book "Getting In Touch with Your Inner Self" is included.

Author Unknown

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January 27, 2004

did I miss something?

I recently got a letter from Eli Parser of the MoveOn.org organization. As you know, MoveOn.org had a contest to come up with a 30 second ad to inform America about why we should not re-elect GW. I saw some of these ads, and some of them were well made and had a solid message. Agree with the message or not, the winner did a good job getting it across.

Now CBS is refusing to play the ad. MoveOn is crying "Censorship!" I liked the ad, I really did. But this is not censorship. CBS is a company, and it sells ad space for its shows. It doesn't have to buy every ad that is presented to it. If it doesn't buy an ad, it certainly doesn't have to play it. Does anyone know if CBS sold ad space to MoveOn.org?

In my letter, Eli Parser says this:

Columnists and editorial pages are writing about it. And on Monday, FCC commissioner Michael Copps issued a statement on it. These folks understand that this issue isn't just about our Voter Fund's ad -- an ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was censored as well. At heart, it's about free speech. Huge companies like CBS that control access to the publicly owned airwaves have to air opposing points of view.

First of all, guys, DO NOT associate yourselves with PETA if you want any credibility with me. Secondly, CBS doesn't control publicly owned airwaves. Can anyone broadcast on the same channels as CBS? No? Doesn't CBS own that airspace? It was my understanding that airwaves went commercial in the 20's and are not public. I am still hunting this one down and not finding much to the contrary yet. Anyone with any information, send it in!

So...CBS is a business and my tax dolllars don't go to help run it as far as I know. They sell ad space at their own discretion, and can refuse to sell ad space to anyone they choose. How is this censorship any more than their not showing an Exxon commercial? And if the tables were turned, would we be as up in arms if CBS refused to show pro-war commercials?

Where MoveOn.org *does* have a leg to stand on is that CBS claims they don't run issues based commercials during the Super Bowl. Yet they are apparently running one of the White House "drugs pay for terrorists" ads. That is issue based. There you have a case of discrimination, but not of the denial of our freedom of speech.

I am not a Republican. I don't intend at this point to vote for Bush. However, stunts like this really just make our side look bad. I really don't want us to look like children crying "no fair!" but that is what this looks like to me.

Someone tell me I missed something. Please.

addendum: Kara at The Coffee Achiever posted about this before I did and we think alike on this issue. She has a commenter who is a lawyer, and he also isn't impressed with the way MoveOn is playing their cards.

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which character are you?

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Galadriel is a character in the Middle-Earth universe. You can read more about her at the Galadriel Worshippers Army.

via billy

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The Creatures

It only hurts now & then
From sunrise to sunset
It's a long time since I saw you last
Thank you for your kindness

Sleepwalking barefoot
Dangerous thought
In a looking glass ghost story
I wonder if for the first time
At the looking glass welcome party

It only hurts now & then
From sunrise to sunset
It's a long time since I saw you last
I know it can't be helped

About this time


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pull me off the ceiling

Hai is here!

Budgie's beat is incredible, and Siouxie's vocals are still all that. I got the import that has two CDs, the first with vocals and the second is all the songs on the first, sans vocals. Just awesome drumming, drumming, drumming with some melodic lines in there too.

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