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April 29, 2004

life imitating art

In The 6th Day, Ah-nuld's character meets a clone of himself. Cloning humans may be cutting edge in the movie, but cloning pets is common place. Now real life is catching up. Genetic Savings & Clone, a company name a sci-fi writer would love, has taken to cloning pets for those people who have TOO MUCH FRIGGIN' MONEY!

Don't get me wrong, I am not against researching and understanding cloning. But this...puh-leeze. Doesn't it trivialize the memory of your beloved pet if you could just get an exact replacement when Spot shuffles off this mortal coil? I dunno. I am really still deciding what I think about it. But I do find the fact that there is a company who provides this service, just like in the movies, amusing. I also happen to love the name.

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Why, I never! Okay, maybe I did. Just a little.

Here's another great meme from Pam, who got it from Jo. This is really fun :)

Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it's something that's never happened. Then post this in your journal so that people can invent memories for you.

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April 28, 2004

DFW dance news

Sad news, friends. The firedancers won't be performing at this month's hafla. They should be at the next one, in June. Meanwhile, the African dance troupe will be performing, as well as lots of other great acts.

Meanwhile, in class we work on backbends. Now, a backbend is a cool thing, and can be impressive onstage. Be impressed with anyone you see doing them gracefully, it isn't easy! My knees and thighs are sore tonight, but they will get better as I get better. Who says belly dance isn't a workout?!

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April 27, 2004

according to the prophet Neil Gaiman

Today was free cone day at Ben and Jerry's. Tomorrow, April 28, is free scoop night at Baskin Robbins. For every free scoop BR gives away, they will make a donation to First Book, an organization that provides free books to underprivileged kids.

Go have some ice cream and promote literacy!

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a note to anyone in the DFW area or who wants to make a trip

The next hafla will be May 1 in Carrollton. There will be fire-dancers (with real fire this time, they got permission from the fire department) and an African dance troupe highlighted. I am not dancing this time, maybe on the next one if our troupe can learn our dance in time. We are still midway through building the costumes anyway!

Anyone interested in going who hasn't been, email me and I'll get you directions. Anne, hope to see you there! Want to do dinner before the show?

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April 26, 2004

you kiss your mother with that mouth?

I am taking a breather and finally reading through your weblogs after having little focus and too much to do around here. This will be a surprise to some people I know, who think I spend all my time on the computer. I really don't. Really. :)

Anyway, I want to share with you the post from Matt at Correction. It is about treating ourselves as with the same care that we treat the people we love in our life. Do you talk to yourself this way? I know I have. Reading his take on our self-abuse really hit a nerve with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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April 25, 2004

new photo album

Pictures from San Antonio are up on the left for your amusement.

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April 23, 2004

more answers from the answer girl

Naomi and Ali jumped in with three questions each. Here are their questions and my answers. This is an ongoing thing, don't feel you have missed the bus and can't send your questions in :)

Ali:
1. What would be the one character flaw you would change about yourself?
A: I would change being too much of a people pleaser. There are limits to the reasonableness of being that way. In my attempt to please everyone, I often please no one, piss people off, and be untrue to myself and my true goals and desires. That has to go.

2. What positive character trait would you replace it with?
A: Confidence, or high/stable self-esteem. Mine waxes and wanes right now. I want my self esteem to be less dependent on what others think of me.

3. Warrior Princess, Ninja Princess, or Tracy Lords Who would you like to be?
A: Tracy Lords got to meet Johnny Depp, but I still have to pick Warrior Princess. When I confront someone, I want them to know I am doing so and have a chance to fight fairly.

Naomi:
1. If you were a criminal, what would be your crime?
A: My crime would be something like data retrieval, hacking for information or to change data in databases (like giving people/me more money). I am also fond of the good old con game, where you get things from people because they aren't smart enough to see what you are doing, but I don't have the nerve or straight face for it. I'd have to be buffered by technology, be a silent thief or something.
Of course, I don't really have the nerve for that, either...

2. What era would you like to have lived?
A: Wow, so many. I love Halloween and ren faires because I can dress up from other eras. If I worked someplace really cool and had the money, I would wear clothes from lots of others time periods. A small sampling: Edwardian/Victorian, 1920's-40's. Actually just about any time in the 20th century. Prior to that, I like the ren faire clothes, so renaissance time is good. Ancient Eqyptian times...hrm.
As for actual living, however, I realize that a lot of those times have not got the amenities I am used to. At least there was running water in Ancient Rome...hmm. I would really love to live in the past if I knew what I know now, about physics and biology and gunpowder....what a great question!

3. How many pillows on your bed?
A: Four. Sometimes 5.

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April 22, 2004

you asked for it

Pam and Lori were the first to venture forth with questions, so here are the answers.

Pam:
1. When you are alone at mealtime, are you able to go to a restaurant, and sit & eat, or are you the take-out only sort of person?
A: If given my druthers, I'd be cooking something simple at home. Barring that, the two are fairly equal in my estimation. It honestly depends on my mood, whether I need to get out of the house or whether I really want to stay in my pyjamas or boxers. It also depends on what I am hungry for. If I want pizza, I will order delivery. Any fast food? Take out. Otherwise I have no problem sitting in a restaurant alone with a book and some good food. Sorry, were these supposed to be short answers? :)

2. If you could be either a rich artist or a famous artist (any art form), which would you choose?
A: This was tough, because there is a lot of good you can do as a famous person. However, I generally dislike the scrutiny they are put under. If I have to choose one, then I choose rich. There is a lot more freedom with being rich than with being famous. I'd probably end up some eccentric artist who has a private community somewhere that other artists can gather and share ideas. I believe rich wins this debate.

3. Which "Rocky Horror Picture Show" character is most like you?
A: Hard one! Columbia, in having people do things "for your own good" or Magenta for the hair.... Frankenfurter for his idealism, even if it is misguided (maybe especially because it is misguided). Janet, maybe, for her curiousity and willingness to try new things :)
That's a really tough question!

Lori:
1. What whimsical thing would you like to do if you had the time and money?
A: 1. Rent Disneyworld and Epcot Center and have a huge party. 2. Buy an island and host a live-action murder mystery dinner theater/cthulu by gaslight rpg. 3. Recreate Wonderland and walk through it.

2. Have you had a paranormal or psychic experience, and if yes, what was it?
A: I have had some strange experiences, but none I would necessarily classify as paranormal or psychic by any proveable means. I have dreamed of my dead friend in such vividness that I would swear we are actually talking. I have had my house page me when the husband was home playing video games when he wasn't supposed to be, and I have had the electricity go out or just his computer crash when he was playing video games and I didn't want him to. All perfectly within the realm of normalcy, just possibly a high coincidence of strangeness.

3. What foods must you always have to make you feel happy?
A: Used to be Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, with mushrooms and greek seasoning and sometimes ground beef, or spaghetti with garlic/butter sauce drizzled over it, and parmesan cheese on top. Now? I don't know that there is a specific food I associate with feeling happiness or comfort. I have been working to break my emotional ties to food and I think so far I am doing well.

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Happy Earth Day!

Go outside, enjoy nature, the weather (whatever it's like), the sun on your face. Plant a tree or a flower, even in a pot that will stay inside your house. Play in the dirt!

Here are some earthday links:

EnviroLink-Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Information Center

Earth Day Grocery Bags Project

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