Relax. Life's too stressed out.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

When Geography Influences Treatment Options

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the past decade, the rate of back surgery among Medicare patients has increased by more than half, driven by factors including new technology to fuse damaged vertebrae, more advanced imaging to diagnose injury, generous federal reimbursements and greater demand.

You know you're using the computer too much when:
You dream of Tetris strategies.
-- shash

This is the NASA Operator: Paging Mr. MacGyver

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 10:25:38 -0800

Source:

NASA's administrator isn't giving up on the idea of launching the Space Shuttle again before the year is out.

Still, for now the fleet is grounded after a piece of foam insulation came off Discovery during launch (it doesn't appear to have caused any damage)

While the NASA administrator assembles a "Tiger Team" to look into it, Mad Dog at Doggy Style knows just who should be on that squad:

Come on folks, go to Home Depot. Call Bob Villa. Get MacGyver out of retirement. Do something for our hard earned tax dollars. Hey, it's not rocket science. On second thought...

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:08:18 GMT

Source: I still don't think I can afford to buy the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday :[ So I am trying to sell my big Harry Potter posterboard... not had much luck so far. But click the cut if you're interested!

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Front and back are exactly the same.

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A side view.

As you can see, it's very pretty. Chris used to work in HMV around the time of the PoA DVD release and he brought this home for me. So it is a bit scuffed as it was outside a shop for a while. But it still looks pretty good.

Height: 57.5 inches (146cm)
Width: 32 inches (81cm)

BUYER MUST COLLECT because its far too big to post. I live in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (ENGLAND!).

Price: £15
OR
Trade: for a copy of HP & the Half-Blood Prince

If loads of people want it, I might give it to the highest bidder. But I'm not that optimistic anybody will want it, cuz most people round here aren't that obsessive :[


And if you're too far away but know anyone in my area who might like it, please point them in this direction! :]

Early Deals Set the Stage for Today's Problems

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In many ways, Medicare is one of the federal government's enduring successes. Without it, many of the 42 million elderly and disabled Americans it insures would have no health coverage.

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
- Voltaire

How Simple is Really Simple Syndication?

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 09:53:39 -0800

Source:

Well, if you're "are you there god? it's me, margaret", not simple enough at least in the Yahoo 360 world.

First Margaret finds it funny that many of her friends didn't know about the upgrades to the Yahoo news site until it was posted on Flickr.

But then check out what she had to go through to syndicate her site:

i resorted to the too-much-trouble-for-such-a-simple-thing method of getting the feed. i convinced a friend to sign up for myweb (all my friends/immediate coworkers ignore the cool stuff i send them) and had him join my community. he then navigated to my myweb page and sent me the link location to the “My Yahoo” rss subscription button. trimming the url gave me my rss feed that should have been easily available from the get go. thanks thad!

Wow, I'm worn out just thinking about it! Hello Sunnyvale... anyone there working to make this easier?

Posted: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:49:54 GMT

Source: 5 IMPORTANT THINGS INSIDE YOUR BAG/PURSE:
01. knitting
02. plasters
03. purse
04. mobile
05. keys

5 THINGS YOU WEAR EVERYDAY:
01. glasses
02. bra
03. socks
04. t-shirt
05. knickers

5 OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:
01. tortelloni
02. pasta salad
03. roasted vegetables and pasta
04. chilli
05. spaghetti bolagnese

5 OF YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS:
(alphabetically)
01. Jo
02. Lucy
03. Nicky
04. Sonia
05. Tara

5 OF YOUR FAVE MOVIES:
01. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (well, it will be)
02. The Virgin Suicide
03. I Capture the Castle
04. Star Wars
05. The Railway Children

5 THINGS IN YOUR ROOM:
01. bed
02. bookcase
03. bookshelves
04. phone
05. wardrobe

5 THINGS YOU ATE TODAY:
01. weetabix
02. a chcolate hobnob
03. that's all, it's only 4pm

5 THINGS YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
01. the internet
02. my favourite books
03. my favourite people
04. my favourite food
05. lots of sleep

TAG 5 PEOPLE IN YOUR USERINFO TO DO THIS: 01. [info]_girlwholived 02. [info]rocknrollpixie 03. [info]lipstick_letter 04. [info]wolfylady 05. [info]mister_tee

This makes me happy.

Cats' Sweet Tooth Long Gone

Posted: Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: Curiosity about the cat has finally paid off with a scientific explanation for felines' enigmatic indifference to sweets.

Stewie Griffin: What the hell is this?
Lois Griffin: Stewie that's tuna salad.
Stewie Griffin: Really? I could have sworn it was cat food.

Who You Callin a Grand Prix?

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 09:37:21 -0800

Source:

src="http://www.kronnews.com/img/bait/vassar.jpg" width="200" height="150" vspace="0" hspace="6" />"It's going to be like a video game"

That's how racer Jimmy Vassar is describing the course of the Grand Prix of San Jose going on starting today. Jimmy told us that's because the racers have to zoom over some railroad tracks. How high tech is that?

So it sounds like if you're a race fan, downtown San Jose is the place to be... and if you're not.. it's the place you don't want to be.

Personally, I'm not much for watching people driving around in circles, but I will grant that the Grand Prix style racing where you have to turn BOTH right and left seems to me to require more skill and athletic ability than the NASCAR four left turns thing.

I know, I'm living dangerously... first the anarchists now I'm inviting the wrath of the NASCAR crowd.

Posted: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 12:29:45 GMT

Source: Look at my new layout! :D Isn't it beautiful? [info]wastedfriday posted yesterday saying she was bored and that she'd make layouts for the first three people who commented, and I got there first :D Guess there are some advantages to mindlessly refreshing your friends page at 2.30am.

I actually paid for my last one but didn't end up keeping it that long. I realised that the customised Boxer wasn't as great as I thought it was, and also that maybe I was a bit bored of MKA. Plus a lot of people hate them and I wasn't sure how much the layout really said about me. But a Narnia layout is perfect, because it says a lot about me and I'm pretty sure nobody really hates it and even if people haven't heard of Narnia I think the picture is still pretty. And my default icon is very nice too, the text was Chris' idea.

Chris has almost finished the Half-Blood Prince. I keep accidentally nearly saying spoilers to him because I keep forgetting that I'm not talking to myself.

Lack of Funds Reduces Frequency of Health Inspections

Posted: Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: To understand the gaps in public health inspections in America, consider the taco trucks parked along Harrison Street in San Francisco's Mission District. City inspectors check them at least twice a year.

"That's the whole problem with science. You've got a bunch of
empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder."
--- Calvin

You People Are Too Smart for Me

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:56:04 -0800

Source:

At least some of the time.

For instance.. Hikaru at Darkest Blue finds a rather profound relationship between the way people look at the world and the way they look at the resolutions on computer screens.

Why do most people still view the wide world at 1024 by 768?

The majority of PC’s out there support higher resolutions, yet people prefer to big jaggy text and graphics. Some people complain the screen text is too small with high resolutions, yet don’t realize those can be scaled up as well.

At what resolution do most people view the flesh world, I wonder. (Frame rate, color depth, aspect ratio as well…) Seeing the big picture – having on blinders – tunnel vision – viewing from ten thousand feet – only seeing in black and white. I think it’s clear that culturally, we have distinguished that individuals indeed see the world differently.

(snip)

In real life, I normally focus on the big picture: themes, motifs, generalizations over specifics; starting from broad and tunneling down into more detail. I really believe life is fractal: small patterns always repeat, and you can see those patterns in the big picture, if you know what to look for. I say I could never work micro-level projects, like picking out the tiny nuances in a subroutine and optimizing it for minimal iota of improvement. Then again, I started my current job doing just that, and doing it well. Five years later, I’m overseeing the big picture, and don’t have to sweat the nitty gritty.

It seems counterintuitive, but I think “looking at the big picture” means focusing on broad strokes and not sweating the details. In essence, lower resolution. So why 1920x1200? I think because it gives me the ability to be selective, allowing me to focus on the details if I wanted.

1024x768 is simpler. Only a handful of information at once. I believe like in real life, most people prefer to focus on only a handful of things at a time. The current task at hand. The events around them. Their immediate life.

The problem with this is that there’s so much more of the world than what can be held within 1024x768.

Indeed

Posted: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 20:48:45 GMT

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Cosmo Kramer is the next door neighbor of Jerry Seinfeld that just somehow wiggled his way into Jerry's life. Kramer borrows everything from Jerry, and returns nothing. He has many zany stories and ideas. He is very outgoing and loves to make a big entrance.

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At California Hospital, Red Flags and an FBI Raid

Posted: Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: REDDING, Calif. -- Don Frank, a California lumber salesman with broad shoulders and a modest demeanor, had no reason to question his doctor's diagnosis of a serious heart problem.

klieber: yuck, looks like my poor little box is just dead :(
* klieber sends ciaranm his condolences
* ciaranm cries and blames wesolows
strange it gave no error
even up to the end, it refused to complain.

Justice is Blind or Is It?

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:43:56 -0800

Source:

John at The Legal Reader finds this gem from Pocatello, Idaho

It was just after Pocatello attorney Curtis Holmes finished his opening argument in a child sex abuse case that the trial judge learned Holmes had lost his lawyer's license.
The Idaho State Bar suspended Holmes' law license this week for eleven months. An investigation determined he asked a female client to pose for nude photographs in exchange for his fee for her divorce.

John adds:

It never occurred to me to try this in my own practice. But given that my clients were giant corporations, I don't think "nude" photos of them would have been particularly valuable

Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 23:38:09 GMT

Source: When me and Lucy came back from town yesterday, we saw a man kneeling down in the middle of the road to say hello to Holly. We didn't want to embarrass her in front of her friend, haha so we carried on walking and just watched discreetly. First he held out his hand and she kissed it, then he patted her on the head and stood up, blew her some kisses, and walked away. People really love her.

I was saying to Chris yesterday it'd be cute if we give her a little charity box round her neck for people to put change in, because I bet she'd seduce anybody into donating. But then we thought she'd probably get mugged, so I stopped thinking about that silly idea.

I love the fact that the "amused" pic in my moodtheme has a cat in, because I nearly always use it on my posts about Holly!

Leadership Challenge Could Rend AFL-CIO

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: A battle over the future of the labor movement that will play out this week pits a 54-year-old iconoclast willing to break rules and tradition against two labor chieftains in their seventies who are deeply committed to union solidarity.

Spring is here, spring is here,
Life is skittles and life is beer.

With a Name Like Klosky, It's Got to Be Good!

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:27:30 -0800

Source:

Oh we think we're going to like the newest blogger at Chris Nolan's Politics from Left to Right.

As her birthday present to us (how thoughtful) Chris is bringing us two new writers to enjoy at PFLTR. One of them is Deborah Klosky (Chris says Deborah's debuting today, but her page shows four articles already. The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned.)

In her "first" post, Deborah tells us she used to work as a financial wire service reporter. Now she's happily a full-time mom and blogger. So here's how Deborah deconstructs all of the complicated implications of China's decision to devalue its currency:

I tell you folks, “Nosiree, Bob.” China’s yuan change will have a major impact on one area: architecture, specifically the design of the tract mansions that have spread throughout the overpriced suburbs.

Architecture? Yes, architecture. The tract mansions I sometimes visit with my kids when we're on the child-schlep circuit around town all have a space I call the Toy Cave. See, on the main level architects design the houses with a dining room and a living room and a family room and a kitchen and a breakfast nook and an office nook and a diddle-the-nanny nook and they’re mostly open and flowing into each other and it’s enough space to park your 18-wheeler carrying a load of bargain priced plastic toys from China guaranteed to break or lose three key parts within hours of being pried out of the hard-as-steel plastic package designed to cut your thumb any way you open it. But few suburban families own an 18-wheeler, or drive it enough to need to worry about parking places, so they have no idea what to do with all the space.

Check out the column for what all this really means... you'll never guess.

I would note: Go back and read the exquisite sentence that begins "See, on the main level..." My guess is wire service business reporters aren't allowed to get away with language quite that elegant.

Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 22:49:59 GMT

Source: From href="http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=blob">[info]blob:

Met
Spoken to on the phone

6farahjayden9, 77words, ___tsukiyomi, __beetlejuice, _astralis, _coquettish, _elektra, _eyeofthestorm_, _girlwholived, _joepublic, _lola_, _phoe, _rapturous, adrianaslyth, aesthetikmuse, allsorts46, andthatisthat, bedsitmartyr, blackl0ve, blob, bombayicons, born_confused_, brankani, danaelove, diamondsnguns, dishwaterblue, duncanjwh, elfinessy, emerald_embers, fivil, flibble_2000ad, foxysquid, frightful_elk, girlchild, girlflesh, giruff, godonthewater, hannah_on_toast, heavenxsent, hereinmyhead_, hjhuff, hyzenflay, iharthdarth, imonlythisfar41, jeff_fire, judyhazeleyes, julieruingrrl, kat99999, katstevens, killrockstar, kinkers_, kiss_my_kitty, kitty_liek_whoa, kittyrockcity, kuenzi, lalolita__, leplushicons, lipgloss_bitch, lipstick_letter, littleleaf, m_bibliophile, madebymi, maechi, malcharl, maribethanne, mister_tee, mkewfanfic, mkstyle, mr_writer, nancyblackett, nefarious_imp, nest_freemark, newwaysofliving, niuserre*, nmkac, ny_fucked_me, obliviant, ohpaintbrush, paintme__blue, park_towers, passionfilled, pastaqueen, pausedsilence, pekoe_dreams, poisoned_flower, princess_loser, purplelucrezia, reclusivity, reggaechicken, reve_toujours, riot_grill, rocknrollpixie, rudiesuniiite, septemberrains, sharkygal, shyfansofkate, slutina, smoothoperetta, squirmy, stickywicket, storme, tabimendou, teh_indy, tenebrous, thaliachaunacy, thebestmarkever, thecoalbunker, tuatha_sidhe, violentsmile, visualrelevancy, waltzingalong, withpaperwings_, wolfylady, write_and_bleed

* Does it count that she once left me an answerphone message? XD

I suppose that's quite a few people considering most of them are icon journals. I suppose you can also tell I don't like phones XD

NATION IN BRIEF

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: SALT LAKE CITY -- Fire crews on Saturday quelled a 17,000-acre fire that had threatened a town in southwestern Utah while authorities lifted evacuation orders in a nearby community that had been nearly surrounded by a separate blaze.

The beauty of a pun is in the "Oy!" of the beholder.

Democracy Transition Plans

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:13:21 -0800

Source:

It appears American diplomats may soon have a new mandate... to draw up Democracy Transition Plans for "unfree" governments around the world.

Fiat Lux calls our attention to a New York Sun article about language in a new bill called the "Advance Democracy Act"

The act would require American diplomats abroad to "draw up democracy transition plans for unfree regimes, with input from nonviolent opposition movements in the various countries."

Fiat Lux is skeptical:

This is one of those ideas that, if it were implemented by a competent government, is not objectionable. Promoting democracy and working with local organizations to help peacefully implement democracy in less-than-fully-democratic countries is a laudable goal. But a mandate like that in the hands of a self-serving bunch of incompetents who care more about the preservation of their own power and the interests of their buddies than about anything else -- in other words, BushCo -- it instead engenders feelings of concern and cynicism.

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 18:08:17 GMT

Source: Liam Neeson is going to be the voice of Aslan. The only thing I've ever seen him in is Star Wars but he was good in that and I think he could play Aslan quite nicely. The rumours about Sean Bean playing Aslan alarmed me because I'm sure Aslan doesn't have a Yorkshire accent.

I'm on the fourth disc of Charmed now and I love it still. I am very sad that Prue and Andy are going to die, they're so nice. I can't wait for them to get back together and for him to find out about her being a witch, Lucy can't remember if it's this season or the next.

So this month Lucy has introduced me to Charmed and I have introduced her to Tegan and Sara. It's nice that we share the same tastes in most things, it saves on money. We used to be the same size which was very handy but sadly not anymore.

Why is it that you can only get Time Outs in bags of little snack-size ones? Why can't you get them as normal chocolate bars anymore? I got some yesterday, and they were very nice. But one of them only has one finger in it, not two! I haven't opened it, otherwise I won't be able to prove it, but you can definitly tell that a big mistake has been made. Chris says his brother once wrote to Shreddies and said he didn't feel his "hunger was locked up til lunch" like the adverts claim so they gave him loads of free stuff. So I am going to write to Cadbury's about my poor lonely Time Out finger.

Bad Practices Net Hospitals More Money

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In Medicare's upside-down reimbursement system, hospitals and doctors who order unnecessary tests, provide poor care or even injure patients often receive higher payments than those who provide efficient, high-quality medicine.

Friday, July 29, 2005

In caring for others and serving heaven,
There is nothing like using restraint.
Restraint begins with giving up one's own ideas.
This depends on Virtue gathered in the past.
If there is a good store of Virtue, then nothing is impossible.
If nothing is impossible, then there are no limits.
If a man knows no limits, then he is fit to be a ruler.
The mother principle of ruling holds good for a long time.
This is called having deep roots and a firm foundation,
The Tao of long life and eternal vision.

Look for Me at One Bush

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 14:26:30 -0800

Source:

src="http://www.kronnews.com/img/bait/onebush.jpg" width="200" height="117" vspace="0" hspace="6" />TBAiT "pal" Jackson West at SFist points us in the direction of an interesting story in downtown San Francisco. It seems photographer and photoblogger Thomas Hawk ran into problems with a security guard at One Bush street in the City.

Yesterday I was shooting some photos of One Bush St. (the building where Bush and Market Streets intersect) when their security guard came out of his little glass jewelbox lobby hut to ask me to stop taking photos of the building. He said it was illegal. I moved to the sidewalk and continued taking photos and he again asked me to stop. When I told him I was on a public street sidewalk he said that actually they owned the sidewalk and that I was going to have to stop taking photographs.

At this point I told the little guy to call the police and have me arrested which he said he did. He then proceeded to follow me around the building, from Bush St. to Battery St. to Market St. to Sansome St. and try to physically put his hand in front of the lens of my camera as I shot the building. Fortunately I was taller than he was so I was able to hold the camera out of his range. It was kind of comedic actually.

It's just about my lunchtime, so I'm going to mosey down to One Bush Street with my camera and take some pics. I will update you with my experience in an hour or so...

Also, there's now a photocontest and a Saturday meet-up planned at the building. (I will be at Blogher or I would check it out)

So if you don't hear from me soon, check with Homeland Security. Maybe they'll tell you if I'm on my way to Gitmo for shooting One Bush Plaza.

UPDATE: Do not call Donald Rumsfeld at 1-800-CALL-GITMO and ask for me. I was not detained or harassed anyway while taking photos outside One Bush Street. (pictures now in the digital percolator) I stood on the curb for most of my shots just to be safe (yeah I'm a wuss) I did go inside and speak with a security guard named Mr. Floyd who told me there was no policy against members of the public taking pictures of the building from the sidewalk or the curb but that he does not allow people to take pictures of the building from on their property (which after all is their right)

Saw Matt of SFist there, I don't think you've ever met two guys more disappointed that they WEREN'T in trouble than the two of us.

UPDATE2: My Pictures from One Bush Street.

UPDATE4: This is now officially a BBS "Big Blogger Story" since the denizens of "Boingboing" have taken note.

Posted: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 16:52:17 GMT

Source: Only on chapter ten, but... a theory about something I think is going to happen later... you probably won't want to click unless you've finished it! I certainly don't want to see anybody's theories, even if they haven't read as far as I have.

I have a horrible feeling that Sirius will be one of these Inferius things. I'm not sure how it works, but I am still afraid. That would be AWFUL. A very similar thing happened in Antrax by Terry Brooks and it broke my heart and gave me a horrible nightmare. I'd hate to see that happen again. Although that incident was probably worse because he became conscious and could see himself killing all his friends. This inferius thing sounds more like zombies. But it still sounds awful.

Disabled comments because I don't want anybody to tell me if I'm right or wrong!

Few Have Felt Beat of Roberts's Political Heart

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: The public record and personal history of the Bush administration's Supreme Court pick suggest he may not be quite the "staunch conservative" he is presumed to be.

What's good for Standard Oil is good for Microsoft.

He Said I Don't Get to Blog

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 13:16:51 -0800

Source:

There's a section about TBAiT in the new Bob Cauthorn post on Rebuilding Media called "Memo to Maintstream Media: You don't get to Blog"

I don't? Well, actually Bob seems to think I'm doing an okay job at it.

A smart media company should become a hub for allowing outside blogs to get attention and an audience.

In my hometown, San Francisco, there's a good example of someone smart behind the wheel at KRON television's web site. Dubbed The Bay Area Is Talking (tagline: You Blog, We Listen) the blog contains some (apparently) staff content.

However, it also provides a daily directory of updated content from several of the Bay Area's better blogs, such as the very tasty sfist.com. These are not just static links. Someone at KRON is looking around the Bay Area and picking the best blogged contributions of the day. Those outside links – a guide to other voices – is what matters here. KRON is taking the bold step of reaching out to other fresh ideas.

The LA Times too, has gone about blogging in way that is not entirely stupid. Its Op-Ed blog invites outside experts to discuss topics of the day.

OK, that's not as as refreshing as the KRON approach and it has a “round up the usual authorities” gestalt, but it does have more gravitas than KRON's efforts. On the same day that KRON was linking to a blog discussing cool birdhouses, the LA Times was blogging Roe V. Wade with some of the deepest legal minds in the country. Their comments were quite interesting.

Of course, gravitas is a tricky thing: you sure as hell want it some of the time, but you run away screaming if you get it all of the time. The way today's “serious” newspapers wield gravitas is about as pleasurable as taking a 16-ounce ball peen hammer upside the head.

Read the comments section of Bob's post for my detailed reply. But at least it appears I get to keep blogging for now!

UPDATE: TBAiT friend J.D. Lasica comments on Bob's post with a nice mention of this blog.

I agree with Bob (whom I've met a few times and moderated a journalism ethics panel he was on) that the mass media are riddled with mediocre leadership and like to follow fads while shunning innovation. I agree that aggregating off-site content, as The Bay Area Is Talking, is one of the most valuable services a news site can perform. I agree that mass media very often do blogs poorly, believing them to be simply a new channel or format for delivering content.

As Bob correctly notes, "distributing the conversation is one of the most important forces alive in media today" (emphasis added).

That's our goal.. to be a part of your conversation... not to make you a part of ours.

Posted: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 23:46:13 GMT

Source: So, the landlady's coming tomorrow. At ten. That's far too early! The house is looking pretty tidy, hopefully she won't find anything to complain about. And hopefully Holly will fall asleep on the pavement outside rather than our windowsill. But I bet she'll come running over to introduce herself, as always.

Then at 2pm, Bill comes to collect the poster board and to give me my copy of the Half-Blood Prince :D I just watched the midnight reading thing, I was excited Ginny was in it. I hope Ginny has important things to do in this book. I'm going to start reading it straight away and then I'll read it a bit more on Sunday morning but then Sonia will be here and we'll have Final Fantasy to play. I will probably have finished it by Sunday night though. I heard it's a little bit shorter than Order of the Phoenix, and that only took me two days to read. So I won't have to avoid livejournal too much. I will be sure to lj-cut all my spoiler information, of course :]

The tidying took so much effort. Chris and I argued a lot cuz we were tired and grumpy but now its all done and it looks nice. I took some photos of our nice tidy house, I'll probaly post them on Sunday.

I have a whole pile of books waiting to be read. I finished the Wishsong of Shannara last night, though all the cliches kind of annoy me so I don't know why I am reading this whole series. There must be something I like about them, but I've no idea what. Anyway,I've got to order the next few from the library. Then there's Tipping the Velvet which I got out of the library, I want to read that soon. And I'm reading a Star Wars novel that's set between Episodes II and III, it's a bit boring though. Lucy's lending me £11 to pay off enough of the library fine so that I can pick those reserved books up - the novelisations of Episodes III and IV (I have turned into such a Star Wars geek). And then of course there's the Half-Blood Prince! But now that my bedroom is nice and tidy I shall go and sit and read in there when it's hot, cuz it's the coolest room in the house.

I'm sleepy after all this tidying, nightnight.

Job Market in W.Va. Defies Efforts to Reform Welfare

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: DELBARTON, W.Va. -- Sophia Diamond was born poor and does not doubt that she will die the same way.

And he climbed with the lad up the Eiffelberg Tower. "This," cried the Mayor,
"is your town's darkest hour! The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
to come to the aid of their country!" he said. "We've GOT to make noises in
greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!" Thus he
spoke as he climbed. When they got to the top, the lad cleared his throat and
he shouted out, "YOPP!"
And that Yopp... That one last small, extra Yopp put it over!
Finally, at last! From the speck on that clover their voices were heard!
They rang out clear and clean. And they elephant smiled. "Do you see what
I mean?" They've proved they ARE persons, no matter how small. And their
whole world was saved by the smallest of All!"
"How true! Yes, how true," said the big kangaroo. "And, from now
on, you know what I'm planning to do? From now on, I'm going to protect
them with you!" And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, "ME TOO! From
the sun in the summer. From rain when it's fall-ish, I'm going to protect
them. No matter how small-ish!"
-- Dr. Seuss "Horton Hears a Who"

The Jessica Simpson Iraq War Scandal

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 12:01:30 -0800

Source:

src="http://www.kronnews.com/img/bait/jessica.jpg" width="150" height="150" vspace="0" hspace="6" />America is at war in Iraq and Jessica Simpson wants to make sure you know about it.

Mags at "You Forgot Poland" notes Simpson's most harrowing moments while visiting the war-torn country mysteriously disappeared from an ABC special on the concerts.

Must. Not. Make. Joke.

The footage that didn't fit into ABC's squeaky-clean-kumbaya image it was trying to project with its variety special (Jessica as the new Bob Hope?) got "mysteriously misplaced."

Now, I wouldn't jump to brand Jessica as the newest conspiracy theorist, but I gotta hand it to her when she says:

It was unbelievable. They didn't show a lot of what really went on with the enemy attacks and the shelling. There was so much stuff that went on and somehow the tapes got mysteriously misplaced. It put everything in perspective for me. It really did teach me the definition of sacrifice. I can't even fathom being out there right now. I was ready to come home.

So are they, Jess. So are they.

Maybe Jessica should go out on the Jane Fonda anti-war bus tour.

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 18:08:37 GMT

Source: I have tidied the whole of the upstairs. It looks good. I listened to the Princess Diaries, whatshername isn't that bad, even if she isn't Anne Hathaway. And she's clearly a proper grown-up and has to make her voice all squeaky in order to sound like a teenager, which just makes her sound whiney. And she does Grandmere's voice all wrong. But never mind.

I heard today that Michael is not in the Princess Diaries 2! :O I can forgive them changing the story from the book, cuz they always have to do that in book adaptations but Michael was such a big thing in the first movie, and the whole ending was about their True Love.... they can't just pretend he wasn't a big deal after all and miss him out of the second one! I've completely gone off the movies anyway now that I've read the books. I am noticing all these little digs at the movies in the books though, it's funny.

Now I just have this room to do. And this is the room that was always going to take the longest. I'm giving myself a bit of a break from it. I guess I could always do it tomorrow and then I could get Chris to help me.

Yesterday when Chris got in from work we went out to the shop to get something nice to eat and we were two streets away before we heard this really really loud yowling and we turned around and it was Holly! She'd followed us all the way because we'd forgotten to feed her. Aww. She's always shouting at us - when she was a kitten and was being spayed, the vets had to put the anaesthetic down her throat and it hurt her vocal chords, so unless she miaows really really hard, no sound comes out.

I'm not sure where we will put Holly while the landlady is here on Saturday. Even if we put her outside, she'll only spread herself out across the doorstep sunbathing. Maybe if I don't have to be here I could go and sit on the street corner with her and read the Half-Blood Prince and just pretend we're both strays.

Well, I think I'm going to go and watch more Charmed and knit. I'm half way through the Charmed set now though, and season 2 isn't out til October or something so perhaps I shouldn't rush myself. But then Chris isn't back from work til tomorrow, I've got to find something to occupy my time. I might rewatch some of it, I've already watched the first episode twice and it was just as good the second time.

You know that parcel the post office lost? It STILL hasn't arrived. I wonder what I should do about it. I can just imagine going all the way to the parcel office to enquire about it only to find they don't know what I'm talking about because the postman I spoke to isn't there. Aren't I entitled to some free stamps or something?

Nominee Excelled as an Advocate Before Court

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: On a Friday in October 1990, the Justice Department got some bad news from the clerk of the Supreme Court: The justices had disqualified a young assistant solicitor general scheduled to argue a highly technical bankruptcy case the next Monday.

Obscenity is a crutch of the inarticulate motherfuckers.

If You Can't Party in Santa Cruz, Where Can You?

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:31:30 -0800

Source:

Santa Cruz is legendary for its parties. But starting today, "loud or unruly gatherings" can cost you a thousand bucks...

What is the world coming to?

In fending off criticism from U-C Santa Cruz students over the new rules, Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin said the law is aimed at what he called "party houses."

He also pointed to numbers from the police department showing that on an average Friday or Saturday night Santa Cruz police respond to several parties attended by up to 200 to 300 youths.

Is that all?

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:52:12 GMT

Source: I have two days to get the whole house tidy. So far the living room is the only room to look even remotely tidy. First I have to go out and buy myself some dinner though. And it's still so hot outside. I'm only wearing a t-shirt and I have all the windows wide open but I'm still sticking to the chair. Maybe I'll wait til evening when its cooler but I just want to get it out of the way.

I wish that I'd got the right Princess Diaries CD. I'd feel so much more motivated if i was listening to that! I wish I had more audio books of my own. I have The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Ballet Shoes but over the years half the tapes have got lost :[

I have to buy the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday. Even if it means taking the money out of the shopping budget and living off 15p pasta for the next week. Hopefully somebody will buy my poster board, and that'll make things a lot easier, but I'll cope if they don't.

On Saturday night I should feel much better. The house will be tidy, the landlady will be gone, and I'll be reading HBP. *crosses fingers*

Dust Cloud From Sahara Is Expected Over Florida

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: MIAMI, July 23 -- An enormous, hazy cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing toward the southern United States, but meteorologists do not expect much effect beyond colorful sunsets.

Ten thousand years since Leto II began his metamorphosis from human into the
sandworm of Rakis and historians still argue over his motives. Was he
driven by the desire for long life? He lived more than ten times the normal
span of three hundred SY, but consider the price he paid. Was it the lure
of power? He is called the Tyrant for good reason but what did power bring
him that a human might want? Was he driven to save humankind from itself?
We have only his own words about his Golden Path to answer this and I cannot
accept the self-serving records of Dar-es-Balat. Might there have been
other gratifications, which only his experiences would illuminate? Without
better evidence the question is moot. We are reduced to saying only that
"He did it!" The physical fact alone is undeniable.

-- The Metamorphosis of Leto II, 10,000th Anniversary Peroration by Gaus Andaud

Bad Writing

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:18:14 -0800

Source:

This may surprise you, but I did not win this year's San Jose State contest for bad writing. I didn't enter of course but some of you might have entered my work for me.

Instead the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest goes to Dan McKay of Fargo North Dakota:

As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.

Mmm Chapter Seven...

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:08:18 GMT

Source: I still don't think I can afford to buy the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday :[ So I am trying to sell my big Harry Potter posterboard... not had much luck so far. But click the cut if you're interested!

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Front and back are exactly the same.

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A side view.

As you can see, it's very pretty. Chris used to work in HMV around the time of the PoA DVD release and he brought this home for me. So it is a bit scuffed as it was outside a shop for a while. But it still looks pretty good.

Height: 57.5 inches (146cm)
Width: 32 inches (81cm)

BUYER MUST COLLECT because its far too big to post. I live in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (ENGLAND!).

Price: £15
OR
Trade: for a copy of HP & the Half-Blood Prince

If loads of people want it, I might give it to the highest bidder. But I'm not that optimistic anybody will want it, cuz most people round here aren't that obsessive :[


And if you're too far away but know anyone in my area who might like it, please point them in this direction! :]

When Geography Influences Treatment Options

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the past decade, the rate of back surgery among Medicare patients has increased by more than half, driven by factors including new technology to fuse damaged vertebrae, more advanced imaging to diagnose injury, generous federal reimbursements and greater demand.

I can't decide which WRONG TURN to make first!! I wonder if BOB
GUCCIONE has these problems!

We're Listening

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 09:54:10 -0800

Source:

We're sure listening to Susan Mernit after yesterday's scoop on Feedster.

So when Susan offers a "Quote of the Day" that has something directly to do with why TBAiT exists... we're listening.

"There has been and there is a power shift going on: from the producers of media to the people formerly known as the audience. That's what I like to call them, because they're not really an audience anymore. And terms like "audience" and "consumer" and "viewer" and "reader"--which have become threaded into journalism--aren't really that accurate for the people on the other end of the process. So there has been a power shift from producers to users, mostly because of the Internet.

"Increasingly, because of the Internet, because of blogging, some of the press is actually shifting into public hands. So whereas the press and the media once overlapped almost completely, now the press has shifted. The nonprofit world owns a piece of it, activists and people involved in politics own a piece of it and the public owns a piece of it.

"Bloggers are developing this platform that journalists will one day occupy, and that is the reason why people in the mainstream press should pay attention to them."

----Jay Rosen, The Nation

As we say around here.. "You're Blogging, We're Listening"

Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 17:17:40 GMT

Source: I am such a bad mood. There was obviously a reason for being lazy today, I was obviously trying to warn myself not to go out or I'd come back really fucking pissed off.

Its really really hot outside which doesn't help. And I have no suntan lotion. So I have gone pink instead of my usual nice pale colour. Plus I am all sticky. And this stupid house has no shower.

You know last week I said I had a £6 library fine? Well, now it's gone up to £16. I'm not sure what all the charges are from but its pointless arguing with them especially when I brought back FIFTEEN library books today. Which I had to carry in three bags all the way to the library, in this heat. They have now switched their fines system from 20p a week to 15p A DAY which probably accounts for some of the charges. I had three books that I had ordered waiting for me, but I couldn't pick them up without paying at least £11 of the fine. Which I can't afford to do. If I don't collect them by Saturday, they go back to where they came from. But I will still have to pay for them, even if I don't get to read them. And then I shall have to order them again and end up paying for them TWICE.

But that was Chris' ticket (albeit my books). Mine only had a £2 fine so I paid that and decided I might as well get something to cheer myself up. For once they actually had something I really wanted - Tipping the Velvet. So I got that, and I got also got the fifth Princess Diaries on CD. It was only when i left the library that I realised it was NOT ANNE HATHAWAY!!! It's somebody called Clea Lewis who I have never heard of and who is not going to be half as good as Anne Hathaway, who is the ONLY person who could EVER be Mia Thermopolis. And so now I have wasted 90p!!! I should have been cheap and got the book, this is my punishment, obviously.

I think I may have to give up the library. I said that back in January when I had a £50 library fine (I'm still not sure how that happened), but I get so bored without books to read. Even if I pay this off, I'll still build up another fine I'm sure. Its annoying cuz every time I go in they said "shall I renew your other books that you left at home?" and I say yes but then of course the dates on the books are meaningless and I have no idea when things are due back. I won't be able to give it up, there's no point saying that, but I suppose i will have to be strict with myself. No more than three books out at a time... and if I get them renewed at the library I must come back and write it down on the calendar. But doesn't that take all the fun out of everything?

I'm going to have go to the bank and get my savings out. I'm going to wait for a cooler day to do that though, even if it means sacrificing those ordered books I have. The bank is always so hot and there's always such a queue. And its always so difficult trying to explain things to them, they're always so bewildered by the fact I don't have a bank card, even though its because they took it away from me.

Today I wore my nice new top that Lucy got me. It made me realise that when I wear crap clothes, I'm afraid that everyone will take my quietness for sulleness, but when I wear nice clothes I'm afraid everyone will think my quietness is snobbishness. I think I'd rather be sullen because then at least I'd fit in with the rest of Morrisons, including half the cashiers.

So I was in a bad mood when I went to Morrisons and couldn't work out what i wanted for dinner, besides chocolate milk. In the end I got pasta because that's what I always get. But the thing is, whenever I am on my own and cooking pasta, I do something very stupid. When the timer goes for the pasta, I go into the kitchen and switch it off and come back to the computer WITHOUT NOTICING. A bit like how when you're really asleep and turn the alarm clock off without noticing. Only I'm actually awake, just daydreaming, so I have no excuse. It has taken me a long time to realise that this is what I'm doing. At first I thought I just forgot to turn the timer on, but the last few times I definitly remember turning it on and its only afterwards when I think about it very hard, that I have vague recollections of turning it off. Its fucking annoying. Aside from the fact I always end up with over-cooked pasta, it's pathetic that I daydream so much. How am I supposed to get a job if I have no attention-span?

I'm in such a bad mood that I think I can't tidy tonight. Which is very inconvient of me but I don't care right now. I am going to knit, watch Charmed, and drink chocolate milk until I calm down. I think I'd better have a cold bath first.

Early Deals Set the Stage for Today's Problems

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In many ways, Medicare is one of the federal government's enduring successes. Without it, many of the 42 million elderly and disabled Americans it insures would have no health coverage.

Re-vamped the color scheme. I've been using a mostly-broken monitor, so I didn't realize just how ugly the old scheme was.

Robert Redford rules!

Posted: 2005-07-16T01:44:24Z

Source:
An upbeat account of a meeting of small-town mayors on climate change ... at Sundance, all expenses paid. That's the way to reel 'em in!

Though I have to confess, anyone who lives in ANCHORAGE, ALASKA and still believes that global warming is a "wacko radical idea" has entirely abandoned the reality-based community. Hello, people? What do you think is happening to your roads? Your forests? The foundations of your houses?

The man on tops walks a lonely street; the "chain" of command is often a noose.

I Just Got the Keys to the Hot Rod!

Posted: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 01:04:49 -0800

Source:

Anyone know that Violent Femmes song "Gimme the Car"? I feel kind of like the lead character in that piece this morning since I just received the keys to drive the TBAiT "Blogroll" page.

So, if you don't see your name in the Blogroll list, e-mail me with BOTH your Blog title and your RSS feed. I hope to have the page current by the end of the week.

In the meantime, that will be me speeding down the TBAiT highway in my new Blogroll hot rod.

Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 17:17:40 GMT

Source: I am such a bad mood. There was obviously a reason for being lazy today, I was obviously trying to warn myself not to go out or I'd come back really fucking pissed off.

Its really really hot outside which doesn't help. And I have no suntan lotion. So I have gone pink instead of my usual nice pale colour. Plus I am all sticky. And this stupid house has no shower.

You know last week I said I had a £6 library fine? Well, now it's gone up to £16. I'm not sure what all the charges are from but its pointless arguing with them especially when I brought back FIFTEEN library books today. Which I had to carry in three bags all the way to the library, in this heat. They have now switched their fines system from 20p a week to 15p A DAY which probably accounts for some of the charges. I had three books that I had ordered waiting for me, but I couldn't pick them up without paying at least £11 of the fine. Which I can't afford to do. If I don't collect them by Saturday, they go back to where they came from. But I will still have to pay for them, even if I don't get to read them. And then I shall have to order them again and end up paying for them TWICE.

But that was Chris' ticket (albeit my books). Mine only had a £2 fine so I paid that and decided I might as well get something to cheer myself up. For once they actually had something I really wanted - Tipping the Velvet. So I got that, and I got also got the fifth Princess Diaries on CD. It was only when i left the library that I realised it was NOT ANNE HATHAWAY!!! It's somebody called Clea Lewis who I have never heard of and who is not going to be half as good as Anne Hathaway, who is the ONLY person who could EVER be Mia Thermopolis. And so now I have wasted 90p!!! I should have been cheap and got the book, this is my punishment, obviously.

I think I may have to give up the library. I said that back in January when I had a £50 library fine (I'm still not sure how that happened), but I get so bored without books to read. Even if I pay this off, I'll still build up another fine I'm sure. Its annoying cuz every time I go in they said "shall I renew your other books that you left at home?" and I say yes but then of course the dates on the books are meaningless and I have no idea when things are due back. I won't be able to give it up, there's no point saying that, but I suppose i will have to be strict with myself. No more than three books out at a time... and if I get them renewed at the library I must come back and write it down on the calendar. But doesn't that take all the fun out of everything?

I'm going to have go to the bank and get my savings out. I'm going to wait for a cooler day to do that though, even if it means sacrificing those ordered books I have. The bank is always so hot and there's always such a queue. And its always so difficult trying to explain things to them, they're always so bewildered by the fact I don't have a bank card, even though its because they took it away from me.

Today I wore my nice new top that Lucy got me. It made me realise that when I wear crap clothes, I'm afraid that everyone will take my quietness for sulleness, but when I wear nice clothes I'm afraid everyone will think my quietness is snobbishness. I think I'd rather be sullen because then at least I'd fit in with the rest of Morrisons, including half the cashiers.

So I was in a bad mood when I went to Morrisons and couldn't work out what i wanted for dinner, besides chocolate milk. In the end I got pasta because that's what I always get. But the thing is, whenever I am on my own and cooking pasta, I do something very stupid. When the timer goes for the pasta, I go into the kitchen and switch it off and come back to the computer WITHOUT NOTICING. A bit like how when you're really asleep and turn the alarm clock off without noticing. Only I'm actually awake, just daydreaming, so I have no excuse. It has taken me a long time to realise that this is what I'm doing. At first I thought I just forgot to turn the timer on, but the last few times I definitly remember turning it on and its only afterwards when I think about it very hard, that I have vague recollections of turning it off. Its fucking annoying. Aside from the fact I always end up with over-cooked pasta, it's pathetic that I daydream so much. How am I supposed to get a job if I have no attention-span?

I'm in such a bad mood that I think I can't tidy tonight. Which is very inconvient of me but I don't care right now. I am going to knit, watch Charmed, and drink chocolate milk until I calm down. I think I'd better have a cold bath first.

Early Deals Set the Stage for Today's Problems

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In many ways, Medicare is one of the federal government's enduring successes. Without it, many of the 42 million elderly and disabled Americans it insures would have no health coverage.

Yes, Virginia, industrial agriculture sucks.

Posted: 2005-07-16T01:23:15Z

Source:
Not only is it killing the planet, it isn't even feeding the world.

And the author of the article was in my class at Williams!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lack of Funds Reduces Frequency of Health Inspections

Posted: Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: To understand the gaps in public health inspections in America, consider the taco trucks parked along Harrison Street in San Francisco's Mission District. City inspectors check them at least twice a year.

The ripest fruit falls first.
-- William Shakespeare, "Richard II"

Maybe They Should Hire Joycelyn Elders Instead?

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 15:30:08 -0800

Source:

src="http://www.kronnews.com/img/bait/reich.jpg" width="200" height="221" vspace="0" hspace="6" /> What must it be like to be a college student sitting in a lecture by a famous former Labor Secretary on the Berkeley Campus?

This is how Cal Stuff describes listening to Robert Reich talk about activism.

(blah blah blah) I grew up in Pennsylvania, the son of a shopowner. We went from middle to lower class. (10 minutes of droning) I met Bill Clinton on a boat to England. We were both Rhodes Scholars. (10 minutes of droning) We raised the Minimum Wage! Yay! Any questions on grassroots activism? (applause)

Ben also warns potential students of Mr. Reich to be prepared for the fact that the teacher is a liberal activist.

Posted: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 23:46:13 GMT

Source: So, the landlady's coming tomorrow. At ten. That's far too early! The house is looking pretty tidy, hopefully she won't find anything to complain about. And hopefully Holly will fall asleep on the pavement outside rather than our windowsill. But I bet she'll come running over to introduce herself, as always.

Then at 2pm, Bill comes to collect the poster board and to give me my copy of the Half-Blood Prince :D I just watched the midnight reading thing, I was excited Ginny was in it. I hope Ginny has important things to do in this book. I'm going to start reading it straight away and then I'll read it a bit more on Sunday morning but then Sonia will be here and we'll have Final Fantasy to play. I will probably have finished it by Sunday night though. I heard it's a little bit shorter than Order of the Phoenix, and that only took me two days to read. So I won't have to avoid livejournal too much. I will be sure to lj-cut all my spoiler information, of course :]

The tidying took so much effort. Chris and I argued a lot cuz we were tired and grumpy but now its all done and it looks nice. I took some photos of our nice tidy house, I'll probaly post them on Sunday.

I have a whole pile of books waiting to be read. I finished the Wishsong of Shannara last night, though all the cliches kind of annoy me so I don't know why I am reading this whole series. There must be something I like about them, but I've no idea what. Anyway,I've got to order the next few from the library. Then there's Tipping the Velvet which I got out of the library, I want to read that soon. And I'm reading a Star Wars novel that's set between Episodes II and III, it's a bit boring though. Lucy's lending me £11 to pay off enough of the library fine so that I can pick those reserved books up - the novelisations of Episodes III and IV (I have turned into such a Star Wars geek). And then of course there's the Half-Blood Prince! But now that my bedroom is nice and tidy I shall go and sit and read in there when it's hot, cuz it's the coolest room in the house.

I'm sleepy after all this tidying, nightnight.

At California Hospital, Red Flags and an FBI Raid

Posted: Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: REDDING, Calif. -- Don Frank, a California lumber salesman with broad shoulders and a modest demeanor, had no reason to question his doctor's diagnosis of a serious heart problem.

Thrift store shopping spree!

Posted: 2005-07-26T01:59:19Z

Source: Whee!

For
$29 and change, we acquired the following:

Josh:

1 black T-shirt that will enable him to masquerade as production staff for the Arts & Ideas Festival
1 green T-shirt that, appropriately enough, features a moose and the word "Maine"
1 slightly shiny purple button-down shirt that has already been irrevocably nicknamed "the metrosexual shirt"
1 pair Dockers khakis, fit great, like new! (Which is good, given that the cuffs are fraying on both his trusty old pairs)

Grace:

1 knee-length navy linen sheath dress, just begging for pearls and heels on occasions when I have to be taken seriously and it's hot
1 ankle-length sleeveless flowered dress, to take some of the burden off my blue Freeport Studio dress

Failed to get: flirty evening skirt and/or dress (I'm getting sick of my black miniskirt). I tried on a few, but one (100% silk for $6!!) didn't fit, two were very badly cut and constructed, and one would require both hemming and drycleaning. Oh well.

Meanwhile, I'm typing notes like mad and trying to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome. And trying to figure out why my left hand always seems to take more of a beating than my right from extended typing.

I didn't believe in reincarnation in any of my other lives. I don't see why
I should have to believe in it in this one.
-- Strange de Jim

Taking Responsibility for a Bag of Groceries

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 14:17:31 -0800

Source:

Angie makes note of a story that's both in the Chronicle and on KRON4.com. It's about possible hate crimes charges against the people accused of assaulting a pregnant woman who confronted them over some groceries they had run over.

Angie says:

All because they didn't want to take responsibility for running over her bag of groceries.

First I have to emphasize in the strongest possible terms, NOTHING justifies this or any level of violence against anyone, particularly against a pregnant woman and most particularly after she allegedly told them she was pregnant.

I do have a slightly different question based on Ang's remark. The confrontation began when the victim demanded that the two pay for the groceries she had left lying in the parking lot and which they ran over. Is that a reasonable demand? Would you pay in that case? Frankly I don't think I would.

Ang says the people that ran them over "didn't want to take responsibility..." but to me it's not their problem in the first place. She left the bag of groceries lying in the parking lot and to me it's her responsbility if something happens to them. I wouldn't deliberately run them over but I don't think I would volunteer to pay either. Does that make me a bad guy?

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 18:08:37 GMT

Source: I have tidied the whole of the upstairs. It looks good. I listened to the Princess Diaries, whatshername isn't that bad, even if she isn't Anne Hathaway. And she's clearly a proper grown-up and has to make her voice all squeaky in order to sound like a teenager, which just makes her sound whiney. And she does Grandmere's voice all wrong. But never mind.

I heard today that Michael is not in the Princess Diaries 2! :O I can forgive them changing the story from the book, cuz they always have to do that in book adaptations but Michael was such a big thing in the first movie, and the whole ending was about their True Love.... they can't just pretend he wasn't a big deal after all and miss him out of the second one! I've completely gone off the movies anyway now that I've read the books. I am noticing all these little digs at the movies in the books though, it's funny.

Now I just have this room to do. And this is the room that was always going to take the longest. I'm giving myself a bit of a break from it. I guess I could always do it tomorrow and then I could get Chris to help me.

Yesterday when Chris got in from work we went out to the shop to get something nice to eat and we were two streets away before we heard this really really loud yowling and we turned around and it was Holly! She'd followed us all the way because we'd forgotten to feed her. Aww. She's always shouting at us - when she was a kitten and was being spayed, the vets had to put the anaesthetic down her throat and it hurt her vocal chords, so unless she miaows really really hard, no sound comes out.

I'm not sure where we will put Holly while the landlady is here on Saturday. Even if we put her outside, she'll only spread herself out across the doorstep sunbathing. Maybe if I don't have to be here I could go and sit on the street corner with her and read the Half-Blood Prince and just pretend we're both strays.

Well, I think I'm going to go and watch more Charmed and knit. I'm half way through the Charmed set now though, and season 2 isn't out til October or something so perhaps I shouldn't rush myself. But then Chris isn't back from work til tomorrow, I've got to find something to occupy my time. I might rewatch some of it, I've already watched the first episode twice and it was just as good the second time.

You know that parcel the post office lost? It STILL hasn't arrived. I wonder what I should do about it. I can just imagine going all the way to the parcel office to enquire about it only to find they don't know what I'm talking about because the postman I spoke to isn't there. Aren't I entitled to some free stamps or something?

Leadership Challenge Could Rend AFL-CIO

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: A battle over the future of the labor movement that will play out this week pits a 54-year-old iconoclast willing to break rules and tradition against two labor chieftains in their seventies who are deeply committed to union solidarity.

Pretty pictures

Posted: 2005-07-25T16:31:22Z

Source:
Since Blogger won't allow me to put a picture in my profile that's more than 50 K, I am just going to post the way-cool images from the Barberini Exsultet Roll that Sovay put on Josh's blog.

Incidentally, I manage to put Margaret's icon in my profile, but it's still not appearing on the actual blog homepage. Any clues?!?!

Anyway, cool pix.

Bees! (Apparently the old Exsultet text contained a long excursus praising the bees for making wax for the Paschal candle.)



Mater Ecclesia (Mother Church) rejoicing. Who says we have no strong female images?



The Harrowing of Hell. You can't have too many of those.

This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute,
a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that
things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Paul Muad'Dib taught
this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have
yet to learn the lesson for themselves.

-- The Preacher at Arrakeen

Sharpening Their Needles

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 14:09:49 -0800

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So how should governments and local transit agencies respond to this months terror attacks on London?

In New York, they're now searching the handbags of people going onto the subway and train systems.

That has some New Yorkers fuming and others trying to find humor in the situation. The folks at Metroblogging San Francisco point us to this image from their cohorts in the Big Apple. (not the one in Cupertino)

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:52:12 GMT

Source: I have two days to get the whole house tidy. So far the living room is the only room to look even remotely tidy. First I have to go out and buy myself some dinner though. And it's still so hot outside. I'm only wearing a t-shirt and I have all the windows wide open but I'm still sticking to the chair. Maybe I'll wait til evening when its cooler but I just want to get it out of the way.

I wish that I'd got the right Princess Diaries CD. I'd feel so much more motivated if i was listening to that! I wish I had more audio books of my own. I have The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Ballet Shoes but over the years half the tapes have got lost :[

I have to buy the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday. Even if it means taking the money out of the shopping budget and living off 15p pasta for the next week. Hopefully somebody will buy my poster board, and that'll make things a lot easier, but I'll cope if they don't.

On Saturday night I should feel much better. The house will be tidy, the landlady will be gone, and I'll be reading HBP. *crosses fingers*

NATION IN BRIEF

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: SALT LAKE CITY -- Fire crews on Saturday quelled a 17,000-acre fire that had threatened a town in southwestern Utah while authorities lifted evacuation orders in a nearby community that had been nearly surrounded by a separate blaze.

Random links and an update on my life

Posted: 2005-07-26T02:05:50Z

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Interesting/surprising/cool stuff stumbled across in my daily surf:

John Roberts' wife, Jane, is a member of Feminists for Life, an anti-abortion group that actually - gasp! - focuses on preventing unwanted pregnancy!

Wish there were more of those.

Meanwhile, I stumbled across Big Mama's Church of Christ the Girlie-Man, which is worth a look. She transcribed an article from the SF Gate giving mad props to Episcopalians (in fact, madder props than we deserve in these fractured times; see my comment).

And, in the Just Your Basic Way Cool Stuff department, organic campus farms are sweeping the nation. No mention of Yale, though I spent an hour yesterday afternoon hanging out with Yale Sustainable Food Project summer farm interns eating Newman-O's and watermelon. One of them was dressed exactly like Huck Finn and was making Chinese fermented tea.

I had the time to find all this stuff because I'm bored at work. Yeah, me of the ridiculously exhausting driving-a-truck-shoveling-mulch-planting-trees-can't-keep-up-with-my-phone-calls job. There's an inexplicable low point right now and I'm waiting for two people to call me back who probably won't and I'll have to knock on their doors tomorrow. So I'm occupying the better of the two office computers (the one that doesn't constantly vomit up porn pop-ups despite having Google Toolbar) and fielding Nextel calls from my coworkers who are driving trucks and asking me to call their community contacts and tell them they'll be late.

I got home at 9 last night after two fun and successful plantings and devoured a giant plate of homemade sweet-and-sour pork (I love my house slave, ahem, sorry, husband; what am I going to do when he leaves on August 10 and I have to cook my own dinner?!) and listened to the cliffhanger ending of the Sox game. And cleaned the kitchen; I swear, I clean in this weather and 15 minutes later everything is disgusting again. It doesn't help that the entire front room is buried in boxes and books that have been pulled off the shelves. I'm trying to type all my seminary notes into my computer, and fretting that I have enormous gaps in my knowledge of New Testament criticism, Anglican moral theology, and "studies in contemporary society including racial and minority groups" - 2 1/2 of the GOE subject areas. And that I'm going to pay more arms and legs than I actually own to ship all the books over to Germany to study for them. And I'm dealing with the subletter, the landlord, the person taking over the car, Continental Airlines (I can bring two huge bags, my backpack and my laptop case, but I have to stuff my purse inside my backpack ...), and ...

Fun stuff on the horizon:

Monday: Thrift store shopping spree. Whee!
Next Friday: Singin' in the Rain, free, on the big screen, on the Green. Josh has never seen it (!).
Aug. 19-21. Grandma's house, with crazy aunt, uncle and cousins.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.

He's Back!

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 13:49:44 -0800

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After nearly four exciting hours on the road, I'm back in SF and ready for a late launch of a day of blogging. I know I should have waited to skip town until after I had my laptop so I could mobileblog...

Anyway, here are a few shots from my weekend in the mountains. The first three are from along Hwy 89 between Hwy 4 and US 395




The final one is from Pope Beach on South Shore.

UPDATE:

Apparently I wasn't the only one hanging in the mountains this weekend.

My Myopia was wearing a cool hat near Mt. Shasta.

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:08:18 GMT

Source: I still don't think I can afford to buy the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday :[ So I am trying to sell my big Harry Potter posterboard... not had much luck so far. But click the cut if you're interested!

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Front and back are exactly the same.

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A side view.

As you can see, it's very pretty. Chris used to work in HMV around the time of the PoA DVD release and he brought this home for me. So it is a bit scuffed as it was outside a shop for a while. But it still looks pretty good.

Height: 57.5 inches (146cm)
Width: 32 inches (81cm)

BUYER MUST COLLECT because its far too big to post. I live in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (ENGLAND!).

Price: £15
OR
Trade: for a copy of HP & the Half-Blood Prince

If loads of people want it, I might give it to the highest bidder. But I'm not that optimistic anybody will want it, cuz most people round here aren't that obsessive :[


And if you're too far away but know anyone in my area who might like it, please point them in this direction! :]

Bad Practices Net Hospitals More Money

Posted: Sun Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In Medicare's upside-down reimbursement system, hospitals and doctors who order unnecessary tests, provide poor care or even injure patients often receive higher payments than those who provide efficient, high-quality medicine.

All you really need to know about the Roberts nomination

Posted: 2005-07-21T14:03:27Z

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I love Tom Toles ... especially his sneaky little double-punch lines in the bottom right corner.

See Ya Monday

Posted: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 20:48:57 -0800

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Christiana at Metroblogging San Francisco is trying to pull a fast one on the local Blogosphere by claiming all of Lake Tahoe for her blog.

Exercising my discretion as captain of this here ship-of-blog, and seeing no other metblog which could claim this territory, I hereby claim Lake Tahoe in the name of Metroblogging San Francisco.

Nice try but not so fast. So, I'm now getting ready to leave my slice of sky over San Francisco for a day or so in the mountains... poaching on Christiana's territory. I hope to hit my favorite spots near Markleeville... and maybe if I have time a stop at Loon Lake on the way back. Expect some decent pictures.

Until then, blog away!

Brian


Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 17:17:40 GMT

Source: I am such a bad mood. There was obviously a reason for being lazy today, I was obviously trying to warn myself not to go out or I'd come back really fucking pissed off.

Its really really hot outside which doesn't help. And I have no suntan lotion. So I have gone pink instead of my usual nice pale colour. Plus I am all sticky. And this stupid house has no shower.

You know last week I said I had a £6 library fine? Well, now it's gone up to £16. I'm not sure what all the charges are from but its pointless arguing with them especially when I brought back FIFTEEN library books today. Which I had to carry in three bags all the way to the library, in this heat. They have now switched their fines system from 20p a week to 15p A DAY which probably accounts for some of the charges. I had three books that I had ordered waiting for me, but I couldn't pick them up without paying at least £11 of the fine. Which I can't afford to do. If I don't collect them by Saturday, they go back to where they came from. But I will still have to pay for them, even if I don't get to read them. And then I shall have to order them again and end up paying for them TWICE.

But that was Chris' ticket (albeit my books). Mine only had a £2 fine so I paid that and decided I might as well get something to cheer myself up. For once they actually had something I really wanted - Tipping the Velvet. So I got that, and I got also got the fifth Princess Diaries on CD. It was only when i left the library that I realised it was NOT ANNE HATHAWAY!!! It's somebody called Clea Lewis who I have never heard of and who is not going to be half as good as Anne Hathaway, who is the ONLY person who could EVER be Mia Thermopolis. And so now I have wasted 90p!!! I should have been cheap and got the book, this is my punishment, obviously.

I think I may have to give up the library. I said that back in January when I had a £50 library fine (I'm still not sure how that happened), but I get so bored without books to read. Even if I pay this off, I'll still build up another fine I'm sure. Its annoying cuz every time I go in they said "shall I renew your other books that you left at home?" and I say yes but then of course the dates on the books are meaningless and I have no idea when things are due back. I won't be able to give it up, there's no point saying that, but I suppose i will have to be strict with myself. No more than three books out at a time... and if I get them renewed at the library I must come back and write it down on the calendar. But doesn't that take all the fun out of everything?

I'm going to have go to the bank and get my savings out. I'm going to wait for a cooler day to do that though, even if it means sacrificing those ordered books I have. The bank is always so hot and there's always such a queue. And its always so difficult trying to explain things to them, they're always so bewildered by the fact I don't have a bank card, even though its because they took it away from me.

Today I wore my nice new top that Lucy got me. It made me realise that when I wear crap clothes, I'm afraid that everyone will take my quietness for sulleness, but when I wear nice clothes I'm afraid everyone will think my quietness is snobbishness. I think I'd rather be sullen because then at least I'd fit in with the rest of Morrisons, including half the cashiers.

So I was in a bad mood when I went to Morrisons and couldn't work out what i wanted for dinner, besides chocolate milk. In the end I got pasta because that's what I always get. But the thing is, whenever I am on my own and cooking pasta, I do something very stupid. When the timer goes for the pasta, I go into the kitchen and switch it off and come back to the computer WITHOUT NOTICING. A bit like how when you're really asleep and turn the alarm clock off without noticing. Only I'm actually awake, just daydreaming, so I have no excuse. It has taken me a long time to realise that this is what I'm doing. At first I thought I just forgot to turn the timer on, but the last few times I definitly remember turning it on and its only afterwards when I think about it very hard, that I have vague recollections of turning it off. Its fucking annoying. Aside from the fact I always end up with over-cooked pasta, it's pathetic that I daydream so much. How am I supposed to get a job if I have no attention-span?

I'm in such a bad mood that I think I can't tidy tonight. Which is very inconvient of me but I don't care right now. I am going to knit, watch Charmed, and drink chocolate milk until I calm down. I think I'd better have a cold bath first.