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					AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/31/2005 12:35:00 PM
TITLE: Babel Too
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Hey <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/">LlamaButchers</a>! This is Fun!

Or <a
href="http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/queensryche/empire.html#6">this</a
>:

Evening came yesterday to the bottom, 10 dead the word in Chinatown.
Innocently, its only crime too was in the false place, with the forgery
bad weather, statement of the people, which is false today with the kids,
you declare itself that at the present time, they do not have anything to
lose are to you buildings KINGDOM! Johnny used, after school in
Kinoerscheinen to work. One received oneself to push, if it wishes a
formation which it has a long manner. It is now outside on the road all
the day to which the jump sells to the people who pay. A AK-47 for its
business of the best friend the American manner received. Eastside meets
of Westside downtown area. No don't times, the walls fall can to the
bottom you believe him to come? RICHLY! Can't you intend it to name? The
black man, included to again hold its chain in its hand. The brother of
setting with died of brother for the profit of others, not of play,
anybody gains. Acceptance, right in time. What did it arrive at the
sublime dream? break it that all the niederwerfen, we place him high of
still violently. Another KINGDOM? Eastside meets of Westside downtown
area. Time, no line, the walls fall downwards. Can't you believe him to
come? RICHLY! You cannot hear it next KINGDOM! Somebody cannot stop it
here...??!!<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/31/2005 12:32:00 PM
TITLE: Babel Indeed
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Meme from <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/084818.php">LlamaButchers</a>:

1. Take the lyrics to a favorite song.
 2. Go to <a href="http://babelfish.altavista.com/">Babelfish</a>,
translate the lyrics into German, then from German to French, and finally
from French back into English.
 3. Post the results verbatim.
 4. Invite friends to guess the song based on the interesting new lyrics.


This is probably not the <a
href="http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nickelback/neveragain.html">whole
song</a>, by the way.
_ it must fight not still, him time, something have make distort some
this night the be drink which it sector alive become a ring of box, him
time must be run, if it him see, its hand press it a woman be still right
me hear its Scream, of hall which it can all same parlerelle me go, it go
to the bottom surpamment with bed terrified me which it dead its hand
roll up, be of return a woman have be again just ahead, however not thus
which be however not considering so ahead him, not, I which indeed him
this one Nurse, you slipped and drops some start to him in the passing,
as it starts, to inflate it consider, it wish the truth, him in the
sector of discussion with these hands Lookin are outside there precisely
as gently right, as him still can considering him ahead, however not if
which to have been, ahead never, but before I which is actually seen to
him this bad, it a woman is not so still precisely to bring a name that
you did not acquire, but you are not a child with one reheat have
intended yourself "one injury to precisely only strike? Kickin ' your ass
would not be a pleasure still, these are to him a time which even old
Scheisse to precisely fight over another night which him those rifle
seizes, it rather drinkable have, evening it still discovers this can
considering it ahead, however not if which A is been, ahead, however not
if, as fucking durable this one man of trains excursions thus quickly is,
as it before I which is actually seen to him this bad which is yet just
never it a woman<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/31/2005 12:26:00 PM
TITLE: LlamaButchers vs Wonkette
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/084789.php">This post</a> from
LlamaButchers explains all. Yip Yip!<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/31/2005 07:15:00 AM
TITLE: Memorial Day
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lots of posts around,<a
href="http://www.steynonline.com/index2.cfm?edit_id=69"> this article</a>
by Mark Steyn may be the best.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2005_05_29.PHP#003911">R
ight Wing News.</a>

What did I do to observe the day? Not much, truthfully. Raining off and
on, cool weather when it wasn't raining though. Made walking around the
Strand pleasant.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/29/2005 03:52:00 PM
TITLE: The Risen Empire
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just finished<span style="font-style:
italic;"> The Risen Empire</span> by Scott Westerfeld. Interesting hard
SciFi space opera. One of it's basic themes is transhumanism; the people
of The Risen Empire work to become posthuman by becoming undead [more or
less], the Rix are all cyborgs and work to create planetary scale AIs.
Other races are mentioned, one working towards biological solutions, one
towards informational immortality [videotaping every second of your life,
keeping a weblog, etc.]

The author has recently started a <a
href="http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/blog/">blog</a>. I think I need a
category in my sidebar for authors' blogs.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/29/2005 12:36:00 PM
TITLE: Media
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via Fark comes <a
href="http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20050527-090415-8402r.htm">this
editorial</a> from the Washington Times. The fun section, discussing
Rathergate and Newsweek:

<blockquote>Three now-common themes appeared in each controversy:
    (1) The misinformation erred predictably against the current American
government. In CBS' case, anchorman Dan Rather impugned the president's
past military service. The Newsweek article questioned the ethics and
sense of the U.S. military.
    (2) These were not minor slips. The counterfeit documents Mr. Rather
circulated undercut a sitting commander-in-chief in the midst of a
national election. The fraud had the potential to alter the very
governance of the United States. Newsweek's wrong information incited the
Middle East's lunatic elements. Rioting and death followed, complicating
the U.S. military effort.
    (3) Neither organization was markedly contrite when exposed. The
culpable Mr. Rather refashioned himself as the maligned target of the
blogosphere. Newsweek spokesmen whined that a vindictive administration
was hounding their management.
    In response, the public assumed haughty news organizations were
caught exhibiting the usual partiality -- and then on spec retreated to
victim status when challenged. </blockquote>Nothing new to people who are
watching, but still.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/29/2005 07:41:00 AM
TITLE: Movies
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>In response to <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/05/communication.html">Ti
me's 100 Greatest Movies</a> List, <a
href="http://asmallvictory.net/archives/009103.html">A Small Victory</a>
has made her list. From my Standpoint, a much better list too.

So, movies I've seen <span style="font-weight: bold;">in bold</span>,
movies I plan to see in <span style="font-style: italic;">italics</span>.

<ol> <li style="font-weight: bold;">Empire Strikes Back</li><li>The Big
Lebowski</li><li>Spirited Away</li><li style="font-style: italic;">Shaun
of the Dead</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Fantasia</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">The Phantom Tollbooth</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">Army of Darkness</li><li>Cemetery Man</li><li>Battle
Royale</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">12
Monkeys</li><li>Se7en</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Fifth
Element</li><li>True Romance</li><li>Suicide Kings</li><li>Leon</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Monty Python and the Holy Grail</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">The Sting</li><li>River's Edge</li><li>Legend
of Billie Jean</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Star Wars</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">The Godfather</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">The Fly (original!)</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Road
Warrior</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Aladdin</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">West Side Story</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Airplane!</li><li>Slapshot</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Apocalypse Now</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Back to the
Future</li><li>Winged Migration</li><li>Fog of War</li><li>Lost in
LaMancha</li><li>Serpico</li><li>Akira</li><li>Guys and Dolls</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Snoopy, Come Home</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">Bad News Bears</li><li>Interstate 60</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">Jaws</li><li>Boondock Saints</li><li>The Last
Waltz</li><li>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Super Troopers</li><li>Ghost Dog</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Raising Arizona</li><li> Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The
Movie</li><li style="font-weight: bold;"> Toy Story</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">A Christmas Story</li> </ol>

<ol> <li style="font-weight: bold;">Nightmare Before Christmas</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Edward Scissorhands</li><li>Dog Day
Afternoon</li><li>And Justice For All</li><li style="font-style:
italic;">Spider-Man 2</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">The
Untouchables</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Real Genius</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory</li><li>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas</li><li>Chocolat</li><li
style="font-style: italic;">Three Kings</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Dawn of the Dead</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">From Dusk til
Dawn</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">National Lampoon's Christmas
Vacation</li><li>Prophecy</li><li>Nothing to Lose</li><li>The Last Boy
Scout</li><li>Happy Gilmore</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Ghostbusters</li><li>Sixteen Candles</li><li>The Longest
Yard</li><li>Legends of the Fall</li><li>The Outsiders</li><li>Office
Space</li><li>Napoleon Dynamite</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Blazing Saddles</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Young
Frankenstein</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">The Muppet
Movie</li><li>Quick Change</li><li>Dead
Alive</li><li>Mallrats</li><li>Session 9</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Heathers</li><li>My Life as a Dog</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Clerks</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">X-Men</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Princess Bride</li><li>The Sandlot</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Breakfast Club</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Close Encounters of the Third Kind</li><li>Boiler Room</li><li>The
Hills Have Eyes</li><li>Evil Dead</li><li>Heavenly
Creatures</li><li>Spartacus</li><li>Titus</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Mary Poppins</li><li>The Omen</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Smokey and the Bandit</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Revenge
of the Sith</li> </ol> Extras:


<ul> <li style="font-weight: bold;">The Good, The Bad and the
Ugly</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">Lost Boys</li><li style="font-
weight: bold;">This is Spinal Tap</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Strange Brew</li><li style="font-weight: bold;">South Park,
Bigger, Longer and Uncut</li><li>Dead Again</li><li>The Ref</li><li
style="font-weight: bold;">Goonies</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Better off Dead</li><li>Good Burger</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Starship Troopers</li><li style="font-weight:
bold;">Bladerunner</li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Fast
Times</span> </li><li>Say Anything</li><li>Crowhaven Farm</li> </ul><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/29/2005 07:10:00 AM
TITLE: Movie Meme
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/084227.php">JohnL </a>at
TexasBestGrok asked for volunteers on this meme, so ok. Other people who
have done it include <a
href="http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/05/now_im_it.html">Blackfive</a>
, and a zillion other blogs that I read, that I can't find right now.

<b>1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:

</b>24 DVDs, about 32 VHS. That counts various DVDs of anime which aren't
movies.
<b>
</b><b>2) The last film I bought:
</b>I'm not completely sure, but I think it was the extended edition
of<span style="font-style: italic;"> Lord of the Rings: Return of the
King</span> I bought as a Christmas present.<b>
</b><b>

</b><b>3) The last film I watched:

</b><span style="font-style: italic;">Star Wars: Revenge of the
Sith</span><b>

</b><b>4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no
particular order):
</b><span style="font-style: italic;">Animal House</span>
<span style="font-style: italic;">The Lost Boys</span>
<span style="font-style: italic;">Star Wars: A New Hope</span>
<span style="font-style: italic;">The Princess Bride</span>
<span style="font-style: italic;">Beauty and the Beast [Disney]</span><b>

</b><b>5) Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal:


</b>Nah.<b>
</b><b>

</b><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/28/2005 09:55:00 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, what's really going on? At least
partially, I was thinking of going to <a
href="http://www.scarboroughrenfest.com/">Scarbourough Faire</a>, [this
is the last weekend], but with the forecast for rain, rain, rain, it
didn't seem reasonable.

So, I've got a mix of being pissed at the weather [always useful] and
pissed at myself for being a procrastinating wuss.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/28/2005 09:53:00 PM
TITLE: Fingerprints
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This is kinda cool. Need to frame someone?
<a
href="http://www.ccc.de/biometrie/fingerabdruck_kopieren.xml?language=en"
>Just make a copy of their fingerprints.
</a>
Do not try this at home.
Also from <a
href="http://www.geekpress.com/2005_05_27_daily.html#111688296404927705">
Geekpress</a>.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/28/2005 09:49:00 PM
TITLE: Advertising
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>You know essentially all advertising is
sexual in nature, right? <a
href="http://www.b3ta.com/features/phalliclogoawards/">This </a>is a good
selection of logos that feature hidden male genetalia.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.geekpress.com/2005_05_27_daily.html#111715286268847002">
Geek Press.
</a>
God, I'm a nerd.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/28/2005 09:33:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>is up at<a
href="http://freshasadaisy.us/index.php?p=300"> Fresh as a Daisy.
</a>
Mmm. Sun Comprehending Glass has a recipe for <a
href="http://freshasadaisy.us/index.php?p=300">flan</a>.

<a href="http://freshasadaisy.us/index.php?p=300">Shrimp and Grits?</a>
My dad would love it.

Me, on the other hand - <a
href="http://earlyonemorning.com/archives/2005/05/got_them_chicke_1.html"
>Chicken Breasts with portabella and blue cheese</a> sounds tasty to
me.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/28/2005 09:28:00 PM
TITLE: Hangin out
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The bar across the street has a band,
playing 70's tunes. Pink Floyd, "Play that funky music white boy," and
now "Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight." Yippee.
Shake your booty, everyone.

Update: now the damn "Piano Man." Crowd's loving it, though.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/27/2005 09:02:00 PM
TITLE: Movies
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://digitalwarfighter.com/?p=151">Stryker's</a> got a post on
watching movies in this day and age. Basically, lots of commercials, rude
patrons, and high prices.

I went to see Revenge of the Sith this afternoon, [at a MOVIE MEGAPLEX]
with two friends who rarely go to movie theatres. They were not impressed
with the whole experience. About 10 minutes of video ads [at a volume
louder than most rock concerts], 20 minutes of previews, an audience that
didn't really detract from the experience but didn't add to it either.
Oh, and of course they wanted to get to the theatre 20 minutes early to
get a good seat.

With regard to the movie, she liked Episode 1 better, he liked Episode 2
better, I liked Episode 3. We all watched Episode 2 last night, she
watched Episode 1 the night before.

Fanboy thoughts: (1) As cool as Yoda is in a lightsaber battle, it just
doesn't fit. He's much smaller than a human, he usually hobbles around,
and yet he can catch a full on strike [which takes strength and
leverage]. He should be a badass in other ways. (2) Wookies get a tiny
amount of time in RotS, compared to Ewoks in RotJ. And why are they
fighting water battles on their jungle planet? (3) I just don't care
about any of these characters. Blah blah, I want to be a Master, blah,
illegal love, blah, I'm pregnant, blah, Jedi Masters get taken out like
paraplegic gnats [and shouldn't some survive, so Vader can spend the next
few years hunting them down and killing them?], blah, volcano fight. (4)
The political crap is too complicated to be useful as a comment on
present day politics. If President Bush = Dark Jedi Master, then he not
only wanted a war and pushed for it, he was directly responsible for 9/11
and the creation of the Islamic "army." (5) If we're following the rules
of the universe, people don't just die because they lose the will to
live. I can accept the Dark Side having something to do with Padme's
death, but it isn't telegraphed. Is the Emperor doing it long distance?
Is Vader sucking out her life force, to heal himself as he crawls out of
the lava? Or due to his previous force choke? (6) So, basically the
morals of the movie are "Love is Evil" and " Don't Give a Whiney Angst-
Ridden Teenager Ultimate Power." Yippee. How the fuck did Anakin
Skywalker grow up, first as a slave on a desert planet that makes Arakis
look like WaterWorld, then as a Jedi trainee where he would presumably
see a large slice of life, and then suddenly come to the amazing
conclusion that life isn't fair? If life were fair he would still be a
slave, probably repairing droids and landspeeders. Instead, he's the
right-hand-man to the most important person in a government spanning
thousands of worlds, and doin' the dirty with the beautiful Senator and
ex [Democratically elected] Queen. (7) Uncle Lars, watching the sunset.
How heavy-handed with the visuals can you get?

So, on the positive side, it's a movie in a cool scifi universe, with
amazing special effects. And ultimately I like the "Anankin turns to the
Dark Side to save his beloved wife" concept. But, even when I [as <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/083598.php">TexasBestGrok
</a>puts it] check my cynical, 30-something ass at the door, I tend to
think about what a great movie it could have been, rather than how much
better it was than episode 1. Maybe that's because I went with 2 other
cynical 30-somethings rather than an 8 year old, I don't know.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/27/2005 07:41:00 AM
TITLE: Tortilla Soup
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, continuing my search for the <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/04/tortilla-
soup_27.html">perfect tortilla soup</a> recipe, I made a batch for some
friends yesterday.

Used the recipe, but: used pork loin instead of chicken [held up well,
added it about halfway through the cooking]; no corn [will add it next
time, unless I'm avoiding corn due to Adkin's]; no celery [fine]; didn't
have cilantro or epazote on hand during cooking, so added some fresh
cilantro on top of the soup at the end, which worked ok, but not great;
figured out why the last batch didn't have enough heat - I didn't use any
peppers from the can of chipolte peppers, so chopped up 3 peppers and
used that and most of their seeds, which was a little too hot [not too
hot for my friends, since they'll eat thai soup that hot, but hotter than
any tortilla soup I've eaten in a restaurant].<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/25/2005 07:38:00 PM
TITLE: Lightsaber
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>From<a
href="http://impenetrableprose.blogspot.com/2005/05/am-i-blue.html">
Impenetrable Prose and Poetry:</a>

<img src="http://images.quizilla.com/A/AfroBurdie/1099000533_shroud-
basic-dblue.JPG" border="0" alt="HASH(0x89a7438)" /><br />Your Lightsaber
is Blue
Blue is often associated with depth and stability.<br />It symbolizes
trust, loyalty, wisdom,<br />confidence, and truth.
<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/AfroBurdie/quizzes/What%20Colored%20Light
saber%20Would%20You%20Have%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">What Colored
Lightsaber Would You Have?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-
3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/25/2005 03:43:00 PM
TITLE: Han Shot First
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Going through Mu.Nu, ran into <a
href="http://shoes.mu.nu/">Shoes, Ships, and Sealing Wax.</a>

She's got a <a href="http://shoes.mu.nu/archives/083183.php">post asking
about Star Wars,</a> and the Han Shot First scene came up, so I answered
this: [I watched the movie last week, and thought I have got to get me
one of <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/pvp/swag/712c/">these
shirts.]</a>

The Han Shot First thing: there's a scene in the original movie that's
involved, right after we're first introduced to Han Solo. He's leaving
the bar, and runs into a bounty hunter, who will get paid for Han, dead
or alive, preferably dead. The bounty hunter's got a blaster pointed,
point blank, at Han. They sit back down, chat, the bounty hunter offers
to forget he saw Han for a large enough bribe. Han doesn't have the
money, is slowly preparing his blaster under the table. The bounty hunter
says something like "I've been looking forward to this for a long time,"
Han counters "I bet you have," and shoots him. The Han goes to the
barkeep, flips him a coin, and says "Sorry about the mess."

This scene establishes Han as a "does what he needs to do to save his own
skin" guy.

With the release of the Special Edition, though, the scene was changed.
In it, the bounty hunter fires, hits the wall to the side of Han's head,
and only then does Han fire. Now, the bounty hunter was close enough that
a blind quadraplegic couldn't have missed, and Han, knowing that this guy
was going to kill him in the next few seconds, had a reason to fire.

So, yes, it's a small point, but it's a good example of Lucas' seeming
mistakes/ overwhelming ego.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/25/2005 03:10:00 PM
TITLE: That's fookin Smurftabulous!
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A fun <a
href="http://www.psyclops.com/translator/">webtranslator</a>, in case you
need something translated into smurf, pimp, redneck, or other useful
languages.

The hAcK3r one seems to change the coding of the webpage, I'm not sure if
that's a bug or feature.

H/T: <a href="http://www.rishon-
rishon.com/archives/2005_05.php#083283">Rishon Rishon</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/25/2005 08:33:00 AM
TITLE: Movies
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><span style="font-size:130%;">So, <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/083820.php#more">JohnL </a>saw
<a
href="http://www.time.com/time/2005/100movies/the_complete_list.html">thi
s list</a> of the 100 best movies of all time from 2 movie critics at
Time. He did his usual <span style="font-weight: bold;">bold
</span>movies he has seen, <span style="font-style: italic;">italics
</span>for ones he intends to see. Rob the Wonder Llama does the same
thing <a href="http://curmudgeonry.mu.nu/archives/083886.php">here</a>.

To me, it's a fairly strange list, with a bunch of movies that are
unfamiliar to me. So, <span style="font-weight: bold;">bold </span>for
ones I've seen, <span style="font-style: italic;">italics</span> for ones
I intend to see,<span style="font-size:85%;"> small print </span>for ones
that have no name recognition at all.


</span> <p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-
size:85%;">Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)

 The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)

 The Awful Truth (1937)
</span>
 Baby Face (1933)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Bande à part (1964)

 Barry Lyndon (1975)

 Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)</span>

<b>Blade Runner (1982)</b>
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

<b>Brazil (1985)</b>

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Bride of Frankenstein (1935)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Camille (1936)</span>

<span style="font-style: italic;">Casablanca (1942)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Charade (1963)

 Children of Paradise (1945)</span>

Chinatown (1974)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Chungking Express (1994)</span>

Citizen Kane (1941)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> City Lights (1931)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> City of God (2002)

 Closely Watched Trains (1966)

 The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

 The Crowd (1928) </span></span>
</p>   <p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Day
for Night (1973)

 The Decalogue (1989)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Detour (1945)

 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

 Dodsworth (1936)
</span>
<span style="font-size:85%;">Double Indemnity (1944)</span>

<b>Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964)</b>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Drunken Master II (1994)</span>

<b>E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)</b>

 8 1/2 (1963)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> The 400 Blows (1959)</span>

 Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Finding Nemo (2003)

<b>The Fly (1986)</b></span>                                </p>
<p><span style="font-size:130%;"><b>The Godfather, Parts I and II (1972,
1974)</b>

<b>The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)</b>

<b>Goodfellas (1990)</b>

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

 His Girl Friday (1940)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Ikiru (1952)

 In A Lonely Place (1950)</span>

<span style="font-style: italic;"> Invasion of the Body Snatchers
(1956)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> It's A Gift (1934)</span>

<b>It's A Wonderful Life (1946)</b></span>                      </p>
<p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Kandahar
(2001)

 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)</span>

<b>King Kong (1933)</b>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> The Lady Eve (1941)

 The Last Command (1928)</span>

<b>Lawrence of Arabia (1962)</b>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Léolo (1992)</span>

<b>The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)</b>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> The Man With a Camera (1929)</span>

<b style="font-weight: bold;">The Manchurian Candidate (1962)</b>

 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

<b>Metropolis (1927) <span style="font-size:100%;">I've seen the version
re-released in the 80's, assuming that counts.</span></b><span
style="font-size:100%;">
 </span>
 Miller's Crossing (1990)
<span style="font-size:85%;"> Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)

 Mouchette (1967)</span></span>                                 </p>
<p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Nayakan
(1987)

 Ninotchka (1939)

 Notorious (1946)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)

On the Waterfront (1954)

 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

 Out of the Past (1947)

 Persona (1966)
</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Pinocchio (1940)</span>

<span style="font-style: italic;">Psycho (1960)</span>

<b>Pulp Fiction (1994)</b>

 The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Pyaasa (1957)</span></span>
</p>   <p><span style="font-size:130%;">Raging Bull (1980)


<i>Schindler's List (1993)</i>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> The Searchers (1956)

 Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

 The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Singin' in the Rain (1952)</span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"> The Singing Detective (1986)

 Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
</span>
Some Like It Hot (1959)

<b>Star Wars (1977)</b>

 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) <span style="font-size:100%;">Although I
tend to think of this in terms of a play, rather than the movie.
</span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"> Sunrise (1927)
 Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

 Swing Time (1936)</span></span>                              </p> <span
style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:85%;">   Talk to Her
(2002)</span>

Taxi Driver (1976)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> Tokyo Story (1953)

 A Touch of Zen (1971)

 Ugetsu (1953)

 Ulysses' Gaze (1995)

 Umberto D (1952)</span>

Unforgiven (1992)

<span style="font-size:85%;"> White Heat (1949)

Wings of Desire (1987)

 Yojimbo (1961)</span>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/25/2005 08:28:00 AM
TITLE: Communication
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I was in a he said/ she said triangle
kinda thing, but it's all better now. So, the plan is to see RotS this
Friday afternoon, with my friends. Looks like he never formally asked his
parents to babysit. Or... who knows.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/24/2005 05:05:00 PM
TITLE: Alien Loves Predator
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://alienlovespredator.com/index.php?id=1">One </a>of the
wackiest web comics I've seen in a while. H/T: <a
href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/archives/083757.php">Rocket Jones.</a>

And no, it isn't Aliens-Predator slash fiction. More or less work
safe.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/24/2005 12:16:00 PM
TITLE: My Banjo is Wet
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://deskmerc.com/?p=235">Deskmerc</a>:


<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/A/AutumnSong123/1070289651_ffKermit_s.jpg
" border="0" alt="kermit.jpeg" />
You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about
maniacally.

FAVORITE EXPRESSIONS:
"Hi ho!" "Yaaay!" and
"Sheesh!"
FAVORITE MOVIE:
"How Green Was My Mother"

LAST BOOK READ:
"Surfin' the Webfoot: A Frog's Guide to the
Internet"

HOBBIES:
Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

QUOTE:
"Hmm, my banjo is wet."


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/AutumnSong123/quizzes/What%20Muppet%20are
%20you%3F/"> <span style="">What Muppet are you?</span></a>
<span style="">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/24/2005 11:51:00 AM
TITLE: Cold Fury
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looks like wedding bells are in the
future. <a href="http://coldfury.com/index.php/?p=5534">Getting a wife
and a co-blogger</a> at the same time, impressive.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/24/2005 10:51:00 AM
TITLE: My animal nature
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2005/05/amazingly-enough-this-one-
came-from.html">Anarchangel</a>:

<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/EmrysWolf/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20Anim
al%20Personality%3F/"><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/E/EmrysWolf/1043110147_zstuffwolf.gif"
border="0" alt="Wolf" />
<span style="font-size:-1;">What Is Your Animal Personality?</span></a>
<span style="font-size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/24/2005 10:46:00 AM
TITLE: Photoshop
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://deskmerc.com/?p=319">Deskmerc </a>has a chuckle worthy
photoshop, Bush as dungeon master, with Advanced D&amp;D books. Cool.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/23/2005 09:56:00 PM
TITLE: Book Meme
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I've been tagged by <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/083591.php">JohnL </a>for this
book meme. [And this afternoon I followed it back as far as it would go,
where it's bouncing around a bunch of Jesuits. Some interesting lists
there].


<b>1. Total Number of Books I've Owned:</b> My best estimate is that I
currently own 700-750 books, without counting each one.

<b>2. Last Book I Bought:</b> The<a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/140005446X/qid=1116910986/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-6071134-
5766414?v=glance&s=books&amp;n=507846"> Queer Eye for the Straight
Guy</a> book. Hey, it was cheap.<b>
</b><b>3. Last Book I Read: </b><a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0451459393/qid=1116912834/sr=8-3/ref=pd_csp_3/002-6071134-
5766414?v=glance&s=books&amp;n=507846">Way of the Wolf</a>, by E. E.
Knight. Fun stuff to read while eating dinner.
<b>
</b><b>4. Five Books That Mean A lot to Me:

</b> 1) The Bible. Yes, everyone is mentioning it. Yes, I don't believe
it's the verbatim word of God. But, it has had a profound effect on my
life and my civilization.
 2) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0060199687/qid=1116912404/sr=8-11/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i11_xgl14/002-6071134-
5766414?v=glance&s=books&amp;n=507846">In The Moment</a>, Harvey L. Rich,
MD. A book written by a psychoanalyst, discussing his cases and a way to
approach life. Big impact: when I first read it, I could barely get
through a page without crying. Wouldn't affect everyone the same way, but
it was helpful for me.
3) A book of poetry by Keats. Not so much because I love the poetry, but
because the book itself has meaning for me. A gift from a long time ago.
 4) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0452281768/qid=1116912313/sr=8-5/ref=pd_csp_5/002-6071134-
5766414?v=glance&s=books&amp;n=507846">The Kid, Dan Savage</a>. If you
have to ask why, I'm not going to tell you.
5) The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis. For a while I was reading one
or another of these almost constantly. When I understood they were a
metaphorical retelling of various bits of Christianity, it pissed me off,
sort of like when your mother tries to get you to eat a vegetable you
hate by hiding it in a casserole. But still, they were probably the first
fantasy that I read [maybe LoTR or The Hobbit came before].

No books that I've read have had a huge philosophical impact on me.
Classes in college, yes; specific books, no. I have a zillion SciFi books
with varying levels of impact, but no one stands out.

<b>5. Tag five people and have them do this on their blog.
</b>
It's late, let me sleep on this. If anyone reads this and wants to be
tagged, comment.<b>
</b><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/23/2005 09:07:00 PM
TITLE: Blogging
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, looks like this blog is going to be
moving to mu.nu sometime in the future. That's partially why I haven't
bothered to put back up my sitemeter [I removed it accidentally when I
changed templates], nor to add stuff to my blogroll.

I've been doing a survey of mu.nu blogs, going down TexasBestGrok's list.
It's interesting. A fair number [5-10%] exist but haven't really started,
some on hiatus. A higher proportion than I was expecting tend to be more
diaries than anything else.

And today was the first time I was reading a blog and unknowingly came
upon a <a href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/083479.php">link
</a>to me. Kinda cool.

And I'm coming up on my first blogaversary. More cool.

Anyway, I think I need at least an owl picture or drawing as a symbol.
I've looked around some, nothing has hit me yet. I could use the drawing
I have for a planned owl tattoo, but since I didn't like it enough to get
it inked, I don't know if I want it here either. Anyone got a way to scan
a 5ftx5ft cloth panel? Hmm. Time to play with my digital camera, maybe go
to the zoo.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/23/2005 08:46:00 PM
TITLE: The Keys to my Heart
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>This is a fairly odd quiz, based entirely
on animal questions. Hat tip: <a
href="http://lawrenkmills.mu.nu/archives/083404.php">Martinis,
Persistence, and a Smile.</a>

<table style="font-family: serif; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"
width="350" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="8" cellpadding="5">
<tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#FF99CC">
<h3 style="margin: 0; border: 0;">The Keys to Your Heart</h3>
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FF9FD2">
You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and
free.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFA6D9">
In love, you feel the most alive when everything is uncertain, one moment
heaven... the next moment hell.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFACDF">
You'd like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful... that
you'll never change.</td></tr>

<tr><td bgcolor="#FFB3E6">
You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-
blooded, and sarcastic.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFB9EC">
Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to
the future... one you can grow with.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFBFF2">
Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You
would never break a commitment.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFC6F9">
You think of marriage pessimistically. You don't think happy marriages
exist anymore.</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFCCFF">
In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when
both people are totally devoted.</td></tr>
</table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/keystoyourheartquiz/">What Are The
Keys To Your Heart?</a>
</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/23/2005 03:58:00 PM
TITLE: How to Cure the Star Wars Blues
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Heartbroken that the movies are finally
done? Fear not, for <a
href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/050518&amp;nu
m=0">ESPN </a>[H/T: <a
href="http://physicsgeek.mu.nu/archives/082713.php">Physics Geek</a>] has
the script for Star Wars VII: Lucas Strikes Back.

Chewbacca, radio psychologist? It could happen.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/23/2005 12:29:00 PM
TITLE: Your Inner Dragon?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around, saw this quiz on <a
href="http://idlemendacity.blogspot.com/2005/05/i-am-tan-
dragon.html">Idle Mendacity.</a>


<a href="http://www.geocities.com/teo592/quiz/dragon.html" target="_new">
<h3>A SILVER Dragon Lies Beneath!</h3>
<img src="http://www.abednarz.net/dragons/drsilver.jpg" border="1"
alt="My inner dragon color is SILVER. Click here to try the Quiz!" /><br
/>
</a>
My inner dragon is to dragons what the Ranger is to humans. I possess
considerable intelligence and self-confidence. I live by my own code of
ethics and I stick to it at all times. Click the image to try the Inner
Dragon Online Quiz for yourself.<br /><br /><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/22/2005 07:30:00 PM
TITLE: Blogs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The fun things you can find with google.

<a href="http://blog.skpnet.org/">confabulation </a>has blogrolled me,
thanks!
As has <a href="http://blog.skpnet.org/">Reflections in d minor</a> -
quite a cool blogroll, with some scifi links.
As has <a href="http://monkeywatch.blogspot.com/">Monkeywatch</a>.

And I've outed myself in signing <a
href="http://www.onlinecoalition.com/node/view/1?from=2900">The Online
Coalition petition</a>. Oh well. Anyone who knows me in real life, who
knows I blog, can probably find this.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/22/2005 05:22:00 PM
TITLE: HotMuscleGeek
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">Another
cool gay <a href="http://hotmusclegeek.typepad.com/">NYC blog,</a> ER
physician who likes tortilla soup. Fairly irregular posting though.
</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/22/2005 02:16:00 PM
TITLE: Food
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so, I couldn't start an Adkins diet
before getting all the carbs out of the apartment, right? So, for lunch I
wanted to eat the last package of Ramen. And since <a
href="http://caltechgirlsworld.mu.nu">CalTechGirl </a>has the crazy idea
that I'm sort of a cook, I thought I would do something a bit more than
the usual dumping in a can of tuna.

So, chopped half an onion, and cooked it with some pepperoni, in the non-
stick pot. Worked pretty well. Cooked till the onion was transparent but
still a little crunchy. Added some water, noodles, flavor packet [in
theory, roast beef flavor]. Cooked, ate as a soup type thing.

Worked fairly well, tasted pretty good, except... boiled pepperoni has
the flavor and texture of cardboard.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/22/2005 11:02:00 AM
TITLE: Rails Across the Galaxy & Sanctuary
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If you haven't read Sanctuary yet, go do
so. <a href="http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000125.html">Part
1</a>, <a href="http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000126.html">Part
2.</a>

As the saying goes, rich bloggy goodness. 3 thoughts come immediately to
mind:
1) Maybe my high school wasn't so dumb, insisting these spoiled rich
kids go camping.

2) One of my favorite stories in <a
href="http://www.analogsf.com/0507/issue_07.shtml">Analog </a>was Rails
Across the Galaxy, printed as a serial, ending in the mid-September 1982
issue. Written by<a
href="http://www.geocities.com/jillari1/authors/offutta.htm"> Andrew
Offutt</a> and <a
href="http://www.pulpanddagger.com/pulpmag/dark/bio_lyon.html">Richard
Lyon</a>.

It deals with a first contact situation, present day Earth, with the
aliens making the contact. The earthlings have something the aliens want;
the earthlings don't know what to ask for it:

<blockquote> "But what then,?" Angel demanded, his arms writhing like a
pair of cobras in heat. "What you are telling me is that although the
Railroad has desperate need of your services, there is nothing you and
your people need from us!"
...
 "We have a custom," I said mercifully. "When one is in need and cannot
pay, one says ... Please."
 The Star Trader's hands became steady. "Other races have similar
customs, Trader Quinan. It is <span style="font-style: italic;">absolute
</span>Railroad Policy that I may not practice such a custom; for if I
did, your race would forever after have the right to say Please to the
Railroad."
</blockquote>
The moonbat who asked the security agent to say please wasn't making a
point of politeness, he was making a point of power - who had it in their
interaction. The security agent was absolutely right in not giving up his
power.

Now, on the other hand, I disagree with so-called security measures that
call for me to give up my power, yet don't offer me any more security in
exchange. Strip frisking grannies, confiscating fingernail clippers, and
forcing a woman to drink her own breast milk do nothing to improve my
safety. But the proper place to debate this is in Congress, not in the
airport.

3) There was a short story I read a while back in a <a
href="http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=387479">Dragon</a>. In
it, Merlin comforted a dying King Arthur, by telling him what the future
would be like. He talked about the poorest children having more clothes
than current kings, and he discussed vanilla ice cream, with vanilla and
sugar being from places that were currently unreachable, on an
undiscovered continent.

The highest technology is indistinguishable from magic.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/21/2005 08:19:00 PM
TITLE: Star Wars costumes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw this link on <a
href="http://www.g4tv.com/filter/episodes/4116/Best_Star_Wars_Characters.
html">TechTv.</a>

<a href="http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/index.html">Studio
Creations</a> has a lot of info on how to make your own costume. Looks
like making your own stormtrooper suit would take quite a bit of time,
but maybe a tusken raider outfit isn't impossible.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/21/2005 10:42:00 AM
TITLE: Weight and Diets
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>When I got back from my parents, I
expected to have lost some weight, since I had been more active than
usual [although not really aerobically] and eating roughly the same. No
change.

For the past week I've been much more of a slug than usual, and not
particularly focused on eating well, but I've lost 4 pounds. I don't get
it.

So, maybe, I can get back into a diet. To avoid cheating, I'm going
Adkins, walk at least 40 minutes a day, try to figure out some sort of
weight training pattern I can keep going.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/20/2005 02:22:00 PM
TITLE: It's a strange world, mark 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Got that craving for human flesh, try some
<a
href="http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2005051201020">hufu</a>
.

I don't think it's a joke, but who knows.

Hat tip: <a href="http://northshorepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/05/for-
those-times-that-you-absolutely.html">Northshore Politics,</a> via <a
href="http://www.imao.us/archives/003209.html">Carnival of Comedy.</a>

Update: No, it's not a joke. <a
href="http://eathufu.com/">Homepage</a>.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/20/2005 10:26:00 AM
TITLE: Fun quiz
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A very well done quiz [well, at least the
questions were clever].

H/T: <a href="http://pewview.mu.nu/archives/082717.html">View from the
Pew</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/20/2005 06:44:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of recipes #40
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://curmudgeonry.mu.nu/archives/082958.php">Carnival's up.</a>

<a href="http://mountaineermusings.com/index.php?p=1914">Another chili
recipe.</a> I need to develop my own.

<a href="http://baboonpirates.blogspot.com/2005/05/panang-
beef.html">Panang Beef</a>, a Thai recipe. Somewhat complicated, but not
impossible, assuming you can find red thai curry paste.

<a
href="http://merrimusings.typepad.com/merri_musings/2005/05/stuffed_steak
_r.html">Stuffed steak</a> - round steak wrapped around stuffing, sounds
good.

<a href="http://boudicca.mu.nu/archives/082565.html">Brisket </a>- easy,
crockpot meat.

<a href="http://booklore.blog-city.com/read/1291505.htm">Chocolate dipped
strawberries. </a>Mmmm.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/19/2005 10:24:00 PM
TITLE: Star Wars
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, I know this couple who see maybe 2
movies in theatres a year, who are planning on seeing the latest movie. I
would like to go with them, for camaraderie. They're trying to get his
parents to babysit his kid, and won't go opening weekend anyway to avoid
crowds.

Being the martyr, I offered to babysit if his parents can't/won't do it.

So, I'd kind of like to go this weekend, partially because IT'S STAR WARS
and partially because I've read so many reviews which are all over the
map that I'd like to go and form my own opinion. If I knew I was going to
babysit, I'd go ahead and go. Not knowing, I'm not sure I will want to
see it twice [I've seen very few movies in theatres more than once.
Disney's <span style="font-style: italic;">Beauty and the Beast</span> is
the last one that comes to mind].<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/19/2005 10:20:00 PM
TITLE: Sullivan Pile-on
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.dailypundit.com/newarchives/001703.php#001703">The Daily
Pundit</a> has a great post on Andrew Sullivan's stances.

It's always fun to see something that pretty much directly mirrors my own
thinking.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001763.php">INDC</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/19/2005 08:40:00 AM
TITLE: Script?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/L/lizbet/1115873336_indus.jpg" border="0"
alt="Indus Script" />
Indus, (Pakistan 2500 B.C.E.)
You are INDUS. One of the most famous undeciphered
scripts, however, modern scholars have no text
any longer than 17 symbols. You might be
concealing a dark, mysterious heritage -- or
you could have been used to mark whose beer was
whose.


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href="http://quizilla.com/users/lizbet/quizzes/Which%20Indecipherable%20S
cript%20Are%20You%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">Which Indecipherable
Script Are You?</span></a>

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H/T: <a
href="http://ambientirony.mu.nu/archives/2005/05/which_indeciphe.php">Pix
y Misa.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/19/2005 08:26:00 AM
TITLE: Women in the Military
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.sgtstryker.com/index.php/archives/memo-not-the-ladies-
auxiliary/">Sgt. Mom</a> has a fun yet serious post on women in the
military. My favorite section:
<blockquote>
2. Alas, only one country that we have fought since 1941 has given more
than lip service for the Geneva Convention, the forces of militant Islam
would appear to have about as much use for traditional chivalry as Orky
the Killer Whale has for a stair step machine, and it is abundantly clear
that in this war, there is no front line, there is no safe area. When an
enemy can take a clear shot at the Pentagon, and kill civil servants
sitting quietly at their desk jobs— well, that should make it pretty
clear that there is no rear in which to park the gear and the ladies’
auxiliary safely out of harms’ way… even of going back to the old way
were still even possible.</blockquote>As they say, read the whole
thing.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/19/2005 07:58:00 AM
TITLE: It's a strange world
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Need some <a
href="http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050513/2005-05-
13T151017Z_01_L13637417_RTRIDST_0_ODD-SKINNINGS-DC.html">human
leather</a> for making charms? Only 18$

Man, life is cheap sometimes.

H/T: <a href="http://www.fark.com/">Fark</a><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 09:28:00 PM
TITLE: Things that make you go hmm
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I wandered into some posts on the
GayPatriot brouhaha from a couple of months ago, and it occurred to me
that I know a guy who's gay and named Michael Rogers. It's a fairly
common name, so it's probably not the same guy involved, but maybe.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 09:14:00 PM
TITLE: Lyrics 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Or, there's the <a
href="http://tevp.net/music/jedi_drinking.php3">Jedi Drinking
song.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 09:04:00 PM
TITLE: Lyrics
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just because I've got the tune in my head,
a silly [traditional?] drinking song:

<span style="font-family:Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b>The Scotsman</b>

Oh, a Scotsman clad in a kilt
left a bar one evenin' fair.
And one could tell by the way he walked
he'd drunk more than his share.
He fumbled 'round until he could
no longer keep his feet.
Then he stumbled off onto the grass
to sleep beside the street.

Ring-ding, diddle-iddle, la-di-oh!
Ring-dye, diddle-lye oh!
He stumbled off onto the grass
to sleep beside the street.

About that time two young
and lovely girls just happened by.
And one said to the other
with a twinkle in her eye.
"See yon sleepin' Scotsman
so strong and handsome built.
I wonder if it's true what
they don't wear beneath their kilt."

Ring-ding, diddle-iddle, la-di-oh!
Ring-dye, diddle-lye oh!
I wonder if it's true what
they don't wear beneath their kilt.

So, they crept up on that sleepin' Scotsman
quiet as they could be.
They lifted up his kilt
about an inch so they could see.
And there, behold, for them to view
beneath his Scottish skirt,
was nothing more than God
had graced him with upon his birth.

Ring-ding, diddle-iddle, la-di-oh!
Ring-dye, diddle-lye oh!
was nothing more than God
had graced him with upon his birth.

Well, they marveled for a moment
then one said, "We must be gone.
Let's leave a present for our friend
before we move along."
As a gift they left a blue silk ribbon
tied into a bow
around the bonney star Scot's
kilt did lift and show!

Ring-ding, diddle-iddle, la-di-oh!
Ring-dye, diddle-lye oh!
around the bonney star Scot's
kilt did lift and show!

Oh! The Scotsman woke to nature's call
and he stumbled towards the trees.
Behind a bush he lifts his kilt
and gawks at what he sees.
And in a startled voice he says
to what's before his eyes,
"Oh Laddy, don't know where ya been,
but I see ya won first prize!"

Ring-ding, diddle-iddle, la-di-oh!
Ring-dye, diddle-lye oh!
"Oh Laddy, don't know where ya been,
but I see ya won first prize!"</span><div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 08:25:00 PM
TITLE: Star Wars
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Much anticipation for the upcoming movie.
I've been watching the first three, and it must have been a while since
I've seen them, since when Luke was first shown, my thought was "hey,
he's kinda hot." I'm pretty sure that's new.

And in a true fanboy geeky kinda way, I'm identifying most of the aliens,
and some of the robots.

For more fun, I recommend Three Dead Trolls' <a
href="http://www.ampcast.com/music/22488/artist.php">Vaders Employee
Evaluation. </a>Scroll down about halfway.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 01:09:00 PM
TITLE: Blogs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around on the <a
href="http://vaconservative.com/archives/2005/05/18/the-139th-carnival-
of-the-vanities/">Carnival of vanities,</a> we come upon <a
href="http://badexample.mu.nu/archives/082326.php">Bad Example</a>,
talking about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/">Arianna
Huffington's group blog.

</a>In general I agree with what is said, but this bit is different:


<blockquote>Good blogging IS good writing. You don't just toss off a
steaming pile of unfinished thought-crap, call it good, and wait for Lady
Fortune to kick in your door toting buckets full of gold coins. Bloggers
CARE about what they write, which is why they write it. Even on
<i>tiny</i> posts, it's the blogger's best efforts that get published.
They know it's not Hemmingway, but they do the best they can with what
they have. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Anyone who's struggled for
half an hour tweaking a 3-line throwaway post knows what I'm talking
about.</span>
</blockquote>Emphasis mine. Dude, is spending 30 minutes writing a 3 line
post that useful? If you're trying to write great literature, maybe it
is. Of the blogs I read regularly, only <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/">Lileks' Bleat</a> and <a
href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/">Joe.My.God</a> seem to be working
towards that kind of writing.

Especially when your most recent post was on <a
href="http://badexample.mu.nu/archives/082536.php">Glenn Reynolds and
Porn for Penguins.</a>

Update: On the other hand, I could understand if <a
href="http://www.proteinwisdom.com/">Protein Wisdom</a> takes that long
to write.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/18/2005 06:42:00 AM
TITLE: 3 Dead Trolls in a Baggie
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.deadtroll.com/index2.html">Musical comedy for geeks.</a>
Good stuff.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/17/2005 09:31:00 PM
TITLE: Andrew Sullivan
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>There was a time when I was reading him
daily. Around the presidential election I was checking him over a couple
of times a week, and recently not at all. Yesterday, after his semi-
defense of Newsweek, I delinked him.
Now, given the readership of this blog it's fairly unlikely I've sent him
any hits at all, so who cares.

<a href="http://instapundit.com/archives/023062.php">Glenn Reynolds</a>,
on the other hand, is a big deal.

See also <a
href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001763.php">INDC</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/17/2005 10:40:00 AM
TITLE: 50 Foodie things
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://downtownlad.blogspot.com/2005/05/50-food-things-to-
do.html">Downtown Lad</a> comes this <a
href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,9950,1481375,00.
html">list of 50 food related things to do</a> before you die.

Things I've done:

<span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>13) Learn how to make a dry martini
</b></b></span><span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>18) Shuck an oyster </b></b></span>
<span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>20) Wolf down a hotdog on Coney Island
</b></b></span><span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>29) Pod fresh peas
</b></b></span><span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>30) Queue for fish and chips
</b></b></span><span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>35) Grill a steak [although their version requires aged
organic Guernsey beef, cooked with foie gras]
</b></b></span><span style=";font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;"><b><b>40) Bake a loaf of bread </b></b></span>

Ok, my tastes are not into 2000$ bottles of wine.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/17/2005 07:04:00 AM
TITLE: Media, News, and Information
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/05/press.html">post
here</a> has gotten some attention, so I thought I'd expand a little on
what I believe, rather than on what seened like some other interesting
posts.
(1) Local news sucks. The only marginally useful information for me is
the weather report. I don't care that a house burned down, that someone
got into a fight, or that a local restaurant had some problems on its
health inspection. And sports generally don't interest me, although
watching a close game can be fun, so watching a summary of various sports
is pointless. I don't watch local news unless I'm with someone else who
is watching.
(2) The same kinds of problems apply to national news coverage, to a less
extent. In general I prefer to get information through reading rather
than being lectured to; I prefer reading a newspaper to watching TV to
get info.
(3) Most of my friends are more liberal than I am, especially
economically and politically. And, OK, they don't trust the media either.
Basically, they're generation Xers. The post on Dean's World was
primarily, though not exclusively, talking about baby boomers losing
trust in the government and the military and reinvesting that trust in
the institution that brought those institutions down, the media.
(4) The media errors that have had the greatest impact seem to have been
anti-Republican, anti-current-government and anti-military. There was a
short-lived meme that Senator Kerry had an affair [if I remember right]
[maybe from Drudge?]; compare that to Rathergate and Newsweek. I'm
ignoring Jeff Gannon; that whole affair is something different.
(5) Readership in newspapers is down; viewers of CBS, ABC, NBC news are
down. That is probably evidence that everyone has less trust for the
media, rather than just conservatives or just liberals.

Oh, and <a href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/082262.php">this Ace of Spades
post</a>? I agree.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/16/2005 05:06:00 PM
TITLE: Star Wars
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yup, this week various people will be
talking about Star Wars, like <a
href="http://asmallvictory.net/archives/009049.html">A Small Victory</a>
or <a href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007824.php">Vodkapundit</a>.

Then there's a factsheet on the <a
href="http://www.theforce.net/swtc/holocaust.html">Endor Holocaust</a>,
explaining what would happen as the debris fragments from the second
Death Star rained down on Endor. [H/T: <a
href="http://www.classicalvalues.com/archives/002340.html">Classical
Values</a>]

Then of course there's<a href="http://darthside.blogspot.com/"> Darth
Vader's blog.</a>

And my Star Wars Personality:
<a href="http://www.liquidgeneration.com" target="_blank"><img
src="http://www.liquidgeneration.com/quiz/images//Card_Qui-Gon.jpg"
border="0" /></a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/16/2005 04:26:00 PM
TITLE: Swineberries
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>James Alan Gardner has a website <a
href="http://www.thinkage.ca/%7Ejim/">here</a>.

He apparently wrote a Planescape novel in '95, not adhering to whatever
absurd history existed soon after he wrote it.

It wasn't picked up, and is published on the web <a
href="http://www.deathstar.org/%7Ekrlipka/ps/fiction/archive/fireview.pdf
">here</a>.

Fun quote:
<blockquote>
You have to hold the berry lightly in your fingertips, testing the weight
and texture in the fruit. Then you lift it to your nose and smell its
bouquet-a light, sugary fragrance, with a teasing hint of musk. Then, and
only then, do you slip it between your teeth and bite down gently...
whereupon, you discover the sodding berry tastes like pure rock
salt.</blockquote><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/16/2005 03:44:00 PM
TITLE: Red and Blue States
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>When did Blackfive turn into a group blog?
Anyway, Grim's got <a
href="http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/05/red_state_blue_.html#more">a
post </a>about Red State economics that every Democrat should read.

Update: <a
href="http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/05/blackfive_invad.html">Guest
bloggers</a>, not a group blog.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/16/2005 10:21:00 AM
TITLE: The Press
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A <a
href="http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1116252208.shtml">post on Dean's
World</a> [H/T: <a
href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001756.php">INDC Journal</a>]
argues that:

<blockquote>Yes, that does seem to be the defining trait of today's
"liberals"--they trust the press, they don't believe there's any bias in
the press, and they share the working press corps' cheap and shallow
cynicism about the government, the military, and everyone else.
</blockquote>
Compare with this <a
href="http://liesandstatistics.blogspot.com/2005/05/liberal-
msm.html">post on Lies and Statistics:</a>


<blockquote>I do not dispute the bias in the Media, I do not dispute that
the media has been doing a crappy job, but I do not think that any of
these things have to do with how liberal the media is. (I think some of
the bias has to do with our own personal biases and) I think that they
have to do with how lazy and or corrupt the media is. It is easier to
talk about things that you agree with than it is to really question what
is going on from an objective point of view.

</blockquote>My question is, what if the MSM suddenly flipped? They
automatically publish anything presented by the White House, and take
with a huge grain of salt anything said by the other side. Would (1) the
War on Terror be helped? (2) sites like Instapundit take as strong a
stance on poorly reported subjects?(3) today's "liberals" still trust
the press?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/16/2005 09:42:00 AM
TITLE: Enterprise
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/05/0505/051605.html">Lileks
geeks out</a>, discusses the ending of the show and the history/social
impact/power of Star Trek.

He description of Worf and Troi's relationship is classic.
<blockquote>
 <span style="font-family:Trebuchet MS;font-size:85%;">Bad romance: Worf
and Troi? The big mean feral warrior and the ship’s shrink? I NEED TO
MATE. IT IS MY TIME. <i>Worf, I sense you are feeling stress.</i> I HAVE
MANIFESTED THE SWORD OF KAHLISS IN MY LOWER UNIFORM. I AM . . . CONFINED.
<i>Let’s have some tea and discuss this.</i></span></blockquote><span
style="font-family:Trebuchet MS;font-size:85%;"><i></i></span><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 11:20:00 PM
TITLE: Political quiz
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://typology.people-
press.org/typology/">Somewhat interesting quiz,</a> I come out as an
Enterpriser, which could be described as a small government conservative.
I don't like some of the questions, which are set up as 2 opposites,
agree or strongly agree.

#15 Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work
and talents <span style="font-style: italic;">vs </span>Immigrants today
are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and
health care.

Anyone want to make a point about the difference between legal and
illegal immigrants?

#20 Books that contain dangerous ideas should be banned from public
school libraries <span style="font-style: italic;">vs </span>Public
school libraries should be allowed to carry any books they want.

What the heck is a dangerous idea? A murderous free-floating meme?

Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/001020.html">Diggers
Realm</a>, although I've seen it elsewhere.d<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 03:10:00 PM
TITLE: Pirates
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And from <a href="http://www.pirate-
king.com/">Pirates</a>, comes this quiz:

<div style="border: 1px solid rgb(51, 34, 0); margin: 25px 0pt 25px -
200px; padding: 0pt 10px; position: relative; background-color: rgb(201,
179, 144); width: 400px; text-align: center; font-family: serif; left:
50%; color: rgb(51, 34, 0);">
 <div>
   My pirate name is:
   </div>
 <div style="font-size: 32px;">
   Iron John Flint
   </div>
 <img src="http://www.blogger.com/flag.gif" style="top: 5px; position:
relative; display: block; width: 100px; background-color: rgb(51, 34,
0);" />
 <div style="left: 110px; top: -60px; width: 290px; position: relative;
text-align: justify;">
A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with
you, though, since you a tough person. Like the rock flint, you're hard
and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
   </div>
 <a href="http://www.fidius.org/quiz/pirate/" style="position: absolute;
width: 100%; left: 0px; bottom: 20px; color: rgb(248, 238, 204);">Get
your own pirate name from fidius.org.</a>
 </div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 02:55:00 PM
TITLE: More fun blogs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://www.pirate-
king.com/">Pirates! Man your Women!</a>

Looks like posting has been a little slow recently, but it's a cool blog.
<a href="http://www.pirate-king.com/episode/742">IT professional</a>, has
<a href="http://www.pirate-king.com/episode/743">LARPed</a>, likes ren
fairs and The Food Network's <a href="http://www.pirate-
king.com/episode/744">Alton Brown</a>.


Pointer from <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TexasBestGrok</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 01:46:00 PM
TITLE: Weirdos
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>2blowhards has a long post on his
experiences in "<a
href="http://www.2blowhards.com/archives/001988.html#001988">Weirdos and
Culture</a>." [Hat tip:<a
href="http://www.aeternam626.com/b2/index.php?m=200505#1747"> Reflections
in d minor</a>] Huge number of comments, a couple of which got me
thinking.

1) I've met some of my sister's gay friends, and while they're
considerably more left wing than I am, they aren't "weird." Own a house,
have retail jobs, not particularly flamboyant although significantly more
interested in clothes and skin care products than I am. My sister may be
in the category of too weird to function well in the "real world."
although I'm not sure.
2) Weirdos in medicine: that would be a fun thesis subject. At least in
academic medicine, the only really successful oddballs are the extremely
obsessive, low socialization type in obscure disciplines. The ones who
are able to diagnose diseases that no one else has ever seen. Those types
are much more useful in a tertiary care center. By the way, I'm ignoring
the stereotypical surgical god complex, since it seemed to be an artifact
of some old training - the attendings I came in contact with who acted as
if they walked on water were much more likely to be older than average.
3) Weirdos in psychiatry: yeah, ok, there are some whose interest in
psychiatry is partially due to a desire for increased self-knowledge, me
included. Anyone who gets through American med school has some ability to
work in our real world; foreign grads vary greatly by country. Residents
who have significant emotional problems will have problems in residency.
4) The other part is, anyone in medicine doesn't have time or energy to
get too extreme, and they have to be able to interact with the state and
federal government, which also limits things.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 01:41:00 PM
TITLE: Music
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, I'm puttering around with RealPlayer,
had it search my harddrive, and listening to various gaming bits. I have
more random sounds than I know what to do with.

The amusing thing: the Star Wars Christmas album, which I listened to at
some point, and apparently downloaded at the same time, is classified
Genre: Terror. :)<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/15/2005 08:57:00 AM
TITLE: I'm a cow
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Really fun, bizarre, not safe for work,
animation.

<a href="http://gprime.net/flash.php/imacow">I'm a cow.</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 07:46:00 PM
TITLE: Lightsabers
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ever wonder how a lightsaber is
constructed, or whether or not you can use one to reheat coffee? <a
href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/lightsaber.htm/printable">This
article</a> tells all.

Thanks Suzi.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 06:05:00 PM
TITLE: Conservative/Liberal
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This quiz shows why conservative/liberal
labels don't mean much anymore.

<table style="font-family: serif; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"
align="center" border="1" bordercolor="black" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="5">
<tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#CBE5FE">
<h3 style="margin: 0; border: 0;">Your Political Profile</h3>
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#CCE2FE">
<strong>Overall</strong>: 65% Conservative, 35% Liberal
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#CDDFFE">
<strong>Social Issues</strong>: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#CFDCFF">
<strong>Personal Responsibility</strong>: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#D0D8FF">
<strong>Fiscal Issues</strong>: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#D1D5FF">
<strong>Ethics</strong>: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#D2D2FF">
<strong>Defense and Crime</strong>: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
</td></tr>
</table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/liborconquiz/">How Liberal /
Conservative Are You?</a>

</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 06:02:00 PM
TITLE: Dreams
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><table width="400" align="center"
border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" style="color:black;">
<tbody><tr><td bg="" align="center" style="color: rgb(102, 204, 255);">
<span style="">
<b>What Your Dreams Mean...</b></span></td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff">
<center>
<img src="http://www.quizdiva.net/dreams/good.jpg" />
</center>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">

Your dreams seem to show that you're a very well adjusted and happy
person.

Overall, you are very content in your life.

You tend to be a very productive thinker.

You have a very vivid imagination and a rich creative mind.

</span></td></tr></tbody></table>

<div align="center">

<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/whatdoyourdreamsmeanquiz/">What Do
Your Dreams Mean?</a>
</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 05:59:00 PM
TITLE: Geeking
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><table style="font-family: sans-serif;
color: black; font-size: 11pt;" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="5">
<tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#FFCCFF">
<h3>Your Geek Profile:</h3>
</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#F4D2F9">
SciFi Geekiness: High</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#E8D7F4">
Academic Geekiness: Moderate</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#DDDDEE">
Gamer Geekiness: Moderate</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#D2E3E8">

Internet Geekiness: Moderate</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#C6E8E3">
Music Geekiness: Moderate</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#BBEEDD">
Fashion Geekiness: Low</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#B0F4D7">
Geekiness in Love: Low</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#A4F9D2">
Movie Geekiness: Low</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#99FFCC">
General Geekiness: None</td></tr>

</table>
<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/howgeekyareyouquiz/">How Geeky Are
You?</a>
</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 09:20:00 AM
TITLE: Tax Reform
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In the category of it'll never happen
because it makes too much sense we have <a
href="http://tigerhawk.blogspot.com/2005/05/tax-journalism-and-official-
tigerhawk.html">Tigerhawk</a>'s plan for tax reform.

H/T: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022929.php">Instapundit</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/14/2005 08:56:00 AM
TITLE: Gay Gun-Nut Demographic
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022943.php">Instapundit </a>points
to this <a
href="http://www.alphecca.com/mt_alphecca_archives/001227.html">post
</a>on Alphecca noting Condi Rice's comments about the Second Amendment,
that got edited out of CNN.

Rice '08 works for me.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/13/2005 10:21:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a
href="http://boudicca.mu.nu/archives/081700.html">39 </a>is up.

<a href="http://armywifetoddlermom.blogspot.com/2005/05/tonight-is-make-
your-wife-or.html">Chicken enchiladas. Yum.</a>

One of these days, I'm going to make <a
href="http://eatyourhistory.blogspot.com/2005/05/first-advertised-ice-
cream-in-america.html">Baked Alaska.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/13/2005 08:22:00 PM
TITLE: Geekery
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/080677.php">JohnL </a>thinks
he's a geek merely because he's describing his reallife stats in D&D
terms [1st edition, by the way]. [and get well soon]. Oh how wrong he is.

A true geek translates him into various, more complicated RPGs. Here he
is as a GURPs character [I think about 120 character points is
reasonable].

ST 12 [20 points] [weekend athlete]
DX 11 [10]
IQ   15 [60] [genius-minus]
HT   7 [-20] [weak] [much lower than this and you're paralysed]

Appearance: attractive [5]
Wealth: comfortable [10]
Status: 1 [5]

Advantages: common sense [10]
language talent 2 [4]
musical ability 3 [3]
ally [ 100 points, 5; appears almost all the time x3, 15] [wife]

Disadvantages:
Bad sight, nearsighted, bought off during play, [0]
honesty [-10]
dependents [ 2 25 point dependents [and one 50 point dependent that
doesn't count] [-24], loved ones x2, appears almost all the time x3]
[let's limit this to -40 points, no wonder he doesn't go adventuring
much]

72 points so far.

Skills:
Musical instrument: piano [2 pts, 14], electronic keyboard [2pts, 14],
pipe organ [1,13 ], bass [1, 13]; singing [1, 7], writing [4, 16];
running [1, 5], skiing[1, 9], swimming [1, 11]; cooking [1, 15]; hobby:
rock music [2,15], science fiction[1, 14]; languages: English [5, native
language, 22], Latin [1, 17] German [2, 18]; hypnotism [1, 14]; computer
operation/ TL 7 [1, 15], law [10, 18]; computer programming/7 [2, 14],
history [1, 13], literature [1, 13], mathematics [1, 13], physics [1,
13], research[2, 15], theology [1, 13], carousing[1, 6], diplomacy[1,
13], fast-talk [2, 15]; driving (car) 7 [1]

52 points in skills instead of the planned 48. Cut out a few more, or add
4 points worth of quirks.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/13/2005 07:29:00 PM
TITLE: I'm back
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm back; I survived. The floor is almost
done - 3 panels left, each of which will require a little cutting. I left
it for my dad mostly because he is much more anal about it than I am.
He'll measure a cut that I know isn't physically possible to fit, then
cut it several more times until it just barely fits. Me, if the crack
around the border of the room is slightly larger, who cares? The molding
will cover it anyway.

So, I'm being anti-social this weekend, avoiding personal interaction
that would lead to much babysitting. Tough. My temper's not the best
right now, and I don't want to say some things I might regret later.

On the other hand, why in the world are there fireworks going off over
the harbor?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/10/2005 12:46:00 PM
TITLE: Time Travelers Cash Only
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022865.php">Instapundit </a>comes
<a
href="http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_paleojudaica_archive.ht
ml#111553786710353307">this review/ analysis </a>of MIT's time traveler
convention.

Cool.

And yes, Instapundit can post a huge amount when you lack internet access
for 4 days.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/10/2005 12:36:00 PM
TITLE: Stuff
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Doing various random things in the Tiny
Texas Town, basically fixing whatever emergency popped up in the last 24
hours. Broken toilet on the second floor flooding everything? Check. A
guy has a painful enough elbow that he needs an emergency visit to his
doc? Check. The place that we're planning on putting in flooring is
cleaned out now, but may need more work before we start putting flooring
down.
Saw perhaps the most obnoxious family in America 2 days ago. 2 couples,
husband and wife around mid 50s, husband and wife around mid 20s. Younger
woman is pregnant, younger husband is black, all others white. We were in
a Subway waiting for sandwiches. The older woman started making various
comments. The most ridiculous was "You're a pig" when the guy ordered a
footlong sandwich, and she kept making snorting noises for the rest of
the time.

I don't know how much longer I can take this.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 06:52:00 PM
TITLE: Blog
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Posting may be light for the next week or
so. I'm going to my parents' house for Mother's Day and to lay down some
more laminate flooring. Whee.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 06:49:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a
href="http://www.technogypsy.net/May2005.htm#cor38">38 </a>is up at
Techno-Gypsy. No contributions from me.

A <a href="http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2005/04/recipes-for-real-men-
volume-6.html">chili recipe</a> for Real Men.


<a
href="http://songstress7.typepad.com/beyond/2005/05/refried_bean_so.html"
>Refried bean soup?</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 05:56:00 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>How can I put this. I've got a friend,
that I'm getting to the point that I disagree with almost everything she
does or believes. Everything - from her politics to how she treats her
dog to what cookie recipe she decided to use for an event at her kid's
school - makes no sense to me.
I read Timothy Zahn's <a
href="http://www.ffbooks.co.uk/n21/n107932.htm">The Green and the
Gray</a> a couple of days ago. Not a bad book, but not one of his better
works either. There is something of an overriding theme of "If we can
just talk things out, and understand each other, everything will be
better." This applies both to the hero's marriage and to the conflict
between the Greens and the Grays.

Sometimes communication is helpful, sometimes it isn't. The more I
communicate my actual beliefs, sometimes more conflict arises.

On the other hand, growing up, my family's tendency was to have no
conflict whatsoever. So I'm not sure all my instincts are useful or
common. So, I've gotten into the habit of disagreeing with /bringing up
with little things that bother me, but not the big things.

This isn't getting anywhere, let me give a concrete example. Their family
was asked to bring about 4 dozen bite sized cookies for a party given on
Saturday in celebration of Mother's day. Kids ages range from about 1-6,
maybe a little older. Growing up, she has some fond memories of making
cookies at home with her mother [I think], and so she at times makes
homemade cookies. For the party she decided to make some fairly
complicated cookies, requiring making the batter the night before, then
making tiny balls, rolling them in sugar, and then putting a chocolate
chip in the middle of each one. Now, she wanted a recipe in which her 3
year old son could contribute - he could put the chip down. And, it
wouldn't have been so bad if we were making bigger cookies. But if I
hadn't been there it would have been fairly late for them to finish the
cookies, which would have just gotten the kid angry [ok, more angry]. [Is
she specifically having projects around for me to do when I'm at their
house? I don't think so, but maybe].

Hmm, I'm feeling taken for granted again. A recurring theme. bleh.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 04:56:00 PM
TITLE: Crooked Cops
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Holy crap. <a
href="http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleid.18526/article_detail.asp">Th
is</a> is insane.

My college had a very good campus police force. A small number for the
number of people on campus, all of them at least with masters in criminal
justice.

A small number of dedicated people seems like a better idea than a large
number of cops who were and still are gang members.
Hat tip: <a href="http://www.rightrainbow.com/archives/000789.html">Right
side of the rainbow.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 04:44:00 PM
TITLE: Insanity and Historical Revisionism
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>LGF has 2 fun posts today, the <a
href="http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=4467">first
</a>on the crusades and the <a
href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/5/6/04211/23788">second </a>on a
post by Daily Kos which tries to prove Rondal Reagun had more to do with
causing 9/11 than bin Ladin.

Come on, we all believe "the <u>single most critical moment in American
political history"</u> was Reagun taking solar panels off the White
house, don't we? [underlining his].<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 02:33:00 PM
TITLE: Kitty Cannon
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And for those cat haters out there, we
have <a href="http://addictinggames.com/kittencannon.html">this </a>game.
My high score is 853 ft.

Hat tip :<a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/079967.php">LlamaButchers</a>[8
99 ft]<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/06/2005 09:18:00 AM
TITLE: Star Wars
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>2 different reviews, one from <a
href="http://www.bigfanboy.com/pages/reviews/filmreviews/2005/sw3/ep3.htm
l">BigFanboy,</a> [hat tip: <a href="http://www.pvponline.com/">PvP</a>],
one from <a href="http://www.variety.com/VE1117927015.html">Variety</a>,
[hat tip: <a href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2005_05_01-
2005_05_07.shtml#1115387736">Volokh Conspiracy]. </a>

And if you're still in the mood, <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/079630.php">TexasBestGrok has a
post</a> of various Star Wars links, including the script.
Pete from <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/008021.html">A
Perfectly Cromulent Blog </a>has seen it, but his review isn't up yet.
His comments:


<blockquote>That's kind of an extremist view. Parts ruled. Parts kind of
sucked. I was wishing I had a fast forward button during the early
Anakin-Padme scenes, but once Obi-Wan goes to Utapau to "arrest" General
Grievous, it's essentially wall-wo-wall evil and lightsaber-fu, sprinkled
with the requisite wooden dialogue and goofy made-for-videogame action
sequences.

One Jar Jar scene, and he doesn't talk.</blockquote><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/04/2005 08:10:00 PM
TITLE: Blog
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If I ever put up a military section on my
blogroll, <a
href="http://scottishtankerhooligans.typepad.com/scottishtankerhooligans/
">Scottish Tanker Hooligans</a> will probably be on it.

Why exactly he wanted to get a second <a
href="http://scottishtankerhooligans.typepad.com/scottishtankerhooligans/
2005/04/flaming_walenza.html">flaming walenza</a> is not clear.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/04/2005 08:57:00 AM
TITLE: Knights of the Old Republic
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Finished the game, using a light side
fighter type. I'm heading to my parents over the weekend; the perfect
time to go to the dark side.

On the other hand, I'm now having dreams in which I'm walking into the/a
villan's lair, which was a posh library [bookcases, leather bound
volumes] that had been taken over by a jungle, with streams running
everywhere. Looked kinda cool, though.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/04/2005 08:48:00 AM
TITLE: Homosexual Blog
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/008002.html">A
Perfectly Cromulent Blog</a> was briefly rated #6 on the Google search
for "homosexual blog." Why, I have no clue.

On the other hand, a fair number of the results look like discussions on
conservative blogs about homosexuality. Plus, there's a note on <a
href="http://www.blogjam.com/2003/10/06/homosexual-rape-necrophilia-
mallard/">Duck Homosexual Necrophilia.</a><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/03/2005 09:17:00 PM
TITLE: Spork Films
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/050420">Thi
s article</a> starts out as a review of a supposed combination
sports/chick flick - a spork flick - Fever Pitch, a movie I would never,
ever consider watching.

It goes on to suggest the 10 rules to a chick flick. As I don't really
watch a lot of movies, and when I do, it's almost never a chick flick, I
can't comment on the accuracy of his rules. However, I've seen a fair
number of real life couples acting as if rule #6 were true:

<blockquote>
  <b>6.</b> Your boyfriend's friends only get in the way. The sooner you
can destroy them, the better.</blockquote>Hat Tip: <a
href="http://blog.kir.com/archives/2005_04.asp#001937">Houston's Clear
Thinkers.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/02/2005 04:01:00 PM
TITLE: Runaway Bride
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In honor of the wacky woman, <a
href="http://www.imao.us/archives/003116.html">RightWingDuck </a>has some
runaway bride jokes. My favs:

<p></p> <blockquote>   <p>I'm a very traditional person. I believe the
key to a good marriage is trust, honesty, and not faking your own
disappearance. </p>     <p>
So she disappears the day before the wedding and wakes up in another
state penniless, tired, and with bad hair. Which reminds me, it's been
<i>ages </i>since I've been to a good bachelor party. </p>
</blockquote><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/02/2005 03:04:00 PM
TITLE: Protein Wisdom
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>By the way, his URL has changed. New one
up in blogroll.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 5/02/2005 02:57:00 PM
TITLE: English
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The<a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/079134.php"> LlamaButchers</a>
do significantly better on this little quiz:

<span style="font-weight: bold;"><table style="font-family: sans-serif;
font-size: 12pt;" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="5">
<tbody><tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffcc00">
<h3>Your English Skills:</h3>
</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#ffd91a">
Vocabulary: 100%</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#ffe633">
Grammar: 80%</td></tr>

<tr><td bgcolor="#fff24d">
Punctuation: 80%</td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#ffff66">
Spelling: 40%</td></tr>
</tbody></table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/englishcutthemustardquiz/">Does Your
English Cut the Mustard?</a>
</div>

Update: And <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/079401.php">TexasBestGrok
</a>nails it. And have I mentioned lately how much I like spellcheckers?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/30/2005 02:24:00 PM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://caltechgirlsworld.mu.nu/archives/078663.php">#37 </a>is up.

If you're looking to impress that special someone, <a
href="http://boxingalcibiades.blogspot.com/2005/04/ranch-dressing-my-
ass.html">this salad</a> including rose petals is just the ticket.

A <a href="http://frazzleddad.blogspot.com/2005/04/recipe-blogging-
pepper-vodka-chicken.html">tasty chicken recipe</a> - sear and bake.

<a href="http://countertop-chronicles.blogspot.com/2005/04/avgolemono-
soup.html">Avgolmado soup?
</a>
And <a
href="http://everythingandnothing.typepad.com/mississippi/2005/04/we_can_
make_thi.html">another recipe for crawfish etouffe.</a><div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/30/2005 01:35:00 PM
TITLE: Housesitting/dogsitting
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm housesitting for some friends this
weekend, which is why blogging has been reduced. It's kind of annoying -
I feel somewhat taken for granted - but I don't really mind doing this.

I knew I was going to be fairly bored, so I bought the first Knights of
the Old Republic, and have been playing that. It's fun, but light
side/dark side decisions are heavy-handed -> do you give beggers some
money [light side], or kill them [dark side]. I didn't know it's D20
based, either.

Cool, though.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 07:33:00 PM
TITLE: 100 gay things
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Crazy Tracy has a <a
href="http://www.crazytracy.com/blog/archives/000459.php">list of 100
things about her and her homosexuality.</a>

I may try to make such a list, but I don't think I can hit 100 things
without getting <span style="font-style: italic;">way</span> too personal
to blog.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 07:10:00 PM
TITLE: Wil Wheaton
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I don't usually read his stuff, but I
headed over there today.

Turns out he's getting big into poker, and <a
href="http://www.wilwheaton.net/mt/archives/003253.php#003253">his cat
died. </a>
Sorry.

If he's ever on Bravo's celebrity poker show, I think I'll watch it.

He's bound to do better than some of the idiots on it.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 03:06:00 PM
TITLE: Mockery
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Go <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/04/mockery.html">here
</a>for my previous post. Probity Rules made a comment on it and a post
on his blog <a href="http://probityrules.blogspot.com/2005/04/on-april-
8th-2005-i-gave-two-examples.html">here</a>.

I misunderstood what he meant originally. And since part of my post did
mention mockery ["5) Science and Religion are not enemies. People trying
to claim anti-science points of view as scientific [intelligent design]
will be mocked."] I apologize.

From my standpoint, an all-powerful God is by definition able to have
created the Earth whenever He wanted. He could have created us all
yesterday, a year ago, 38 years ago [at my birth, of course], 6000 years
ago or whenever. But to me that feels like cheating, like being amazed by
a magician who made a woman disappear on stage an then reappears
instantly across the auditorium, and then finding out he used identical
twins. To me, a God that created a universe 4 billion years ago, knowing
that after a certain length of time humanity would exist, is so much more
awesome than a God that created a world 6000 years ago, with all species
existing already, or than a God who had to continually tinker with life
to create eyeballs, and legs, and hair, and...

Anyway. To me that's one of the main purposes of blogs: read a post, see
what strikes a cord with you, and write about it. The fact that when I
reread my post I didn't notice anything mocking about it, doesn't mean it
can't strike someone else differently. And obviously, it did.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 02:40:00 PM
TITLE: Movies to live in
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Sheila Variations has a post on <a
href="http://www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/004130.html">Movies She Would
Like to Live in</a>, [Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.trulybadfilms.com/blog/archives/000292.html">Truly Bad
Films</a>] and includes several, including Only Angels Have Wings. The
comments have some choices that are closer to what I would want [and have
heard of!], like <span style="font-style: italic;">Star Trek2: WoK, Star
Wars, Lord of the Rings,</span> and <span style="font-style:
italic;">Buckaroo Banzai. </span>

There are some other choices that are pretty much suicidal, like <span
style="font-style: italic;">Aliens </span>and <span style="font-style:
italic;">Blade Runner</span>. Trust me on this one, even if you never see
an alien [or a predator], the <span style="font-style: italic;">Aliens
</span>universe is not a friendly place.

Star Trek would be kinda cool to live in, even if they have moved beyond
capitalism. And I would have at least a chance of a useful job there [I
could be a much better ship's counselor than Troi, even without psychic
abilities]. LotR and Star Wars are neat universes, but unless you're a
main character you're cannon fodder. Pretty much the same for Bond.

Buckaroo Banzai seems like a happy place to be. And even if you're not a
member of the group, you could watch them play, read the comics, join the
extended group [whatever they were called], and help out if the World
Crime Syndicate had its hooks in your backyard.

For the non-scifi list, might I recommend <a
href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085919/">Max Dugan Returns</a>? People
who try hard, catch a break, and then succeed?<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 11:54:00 AM
TITLE: Interesting
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The fun of some of these quizzes isn't so
much the outcome, it's what the quiz says the outcome means:

<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/D/deadword/1082609946_topGorilla.gif"
border="0" alt="QBASIC screenshot" />
You are 'programming in QBASIC'. This programming
language (of which the acronym stands for
'Quick Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic
Instruction Code'), which is so primitive that
it cannot easily be used for any purpose
involving the Internet nor even sound, was
current more than a decade ago.

You are independent, in a good way. When something
which you need cannot be found, you make it
yourself. In writing and in talking with
people, you value clarity and precision; your
friends may not realize how important that is.
When necessary, you are prepared to be a
mediator in conflicts between your friends.
You are very rational, and you think of things
in terms of logic and common sense.
Unfortunately, your emotionally unstable
friends may be put off by your devotion to
logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and
insensitivity. Your problem is that
programming in QBASIC has been obsolete for a
long time.


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/deadword/quizzes/What%20obsolete%20skill%
20are%20you%3F/"> <span style="">What obsolete skill are you?</span></a>

<span style="">brought to you by <a
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Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/078085.php">LlamaButchers</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 09:34:00 AM
TITLE: Tortilla Soup
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I am on a <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/04/tex-mex-
soup_111409833386468012.html">quest for the perfect Tortilla Soup
recipe</a>. Found a couple in cookbooks I own, one which looks like it
has less taste than the recipe I tried last week, one which I've made
before and made a huge mess. [it required pureeing some ingredients, then
the soup itself, before being poured over chicken and stuff].

On to Google. This <a
href="http://www.texascooking.com/recipes/tortillasoup.htm">recipe
</a>from <a href="http://www.texascooking.com/">texascooking</a>.com,
looks very similar to another recipe I have. Or, there's <a
href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/234/0.shtml">this list</a> at
cdkitchen.

Compared to my last try, lots of these recipes use fresh cilantro. Seems
reasonable to add. I am not adding kidney beans, black beans, or the
bizarre vegetable mix found in the <a
href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/514/EL_Toritos_Sopa_de_Tortil
la34912.shtml">copycat recipe</a> for El Torito.

I'll go buy some ingredients, and post what I finally do.

Update:

~2 cups chicken breast
~2 cups chicken broth
2 beef bullion cubes
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 14 oz can corn
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with peppers
3 pieces celery, chopped [more because they were in the fridge and going
bad than anything else]
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
~1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp epazote
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro [maybe a cup?]
1 tsp chipolte peppers in adobo sauce
1 tsp Worcester sauce

Throw into the slow cooker, let it cook overnight [and remember to make
sure it's plugged in!]. Presumably more taste than the previous attempt,
but I may have to add more chipolte peppers or some Tabasco depending on
how hot it is.

Update: It ended up having just a hint of a bite to it, so I added a
couple of drops of Tabasco sauce to each bowl. Served with tortilla
chips.

Overall, pretty tasty, although the chicken disintegrated and turned the
whole thing into more of a stew than a soup. Either the chipolte peppers
or the cilantro added something that was needed, though. Note that I had
prepared the chicken breast and broth from a fryer I cooked in the slow
cooker overnight, with a little salt and pepper for seasoning.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/27/2005 07:45:00 AM
TITLE: Homosexuality and AIDS
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>2 thoughts this morning, brought on
primarily by <a href="http://www.geekslut.org/">GeekSlut.</a>

1) How much of the "If you're gay, then you must be a Democrat" thought
was brought on by the AIDS crisis? Specifically, if several people you
know are dying of AIDS [say, back in the 90's] and it's your duty to help
them, you're doomed, but if it's the duty of the state, then you're off
the hook. I wonder if most of the conservative gays blogging are younger
than 30.

2) The first guy I knew who was fully out was in a committed [at least,
as far as I know] relationship, and had been for almost 20 years. Which
is probably why they were both still alive, and not dead of AIDS.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/26/2005 05:45:00 PM
TITLE: His life, my life, I dunno
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, doing a random walk through peoples'
blogrolls this afternoon, and I come upon <a
href="http://www.geekslut.org/">GeekSlut.</a> Warning: no X-rated pics,
lots o X-rated content.

So, he's similar to me in several demographic areas, completely opposite
in others. He contracted HIV in a time that it was usually an inexorable
death sentence. [I'm neg, in case you wondered]. He has partied hard, has
an automatic reflex to check how much illegal stuff he's carrying when he
meets a cop, etc. He delays sex to play World of Warcraft. Conservative
christian family. Bodybuilding tips, recommends lots of fiber for rather
specific reasons. Likes Justice League, Stargate, and gay porn. He has
some video and audio blogging. He seems to have stopped recently.

Could my life have been similar to his? Maybe. I haven't found much on
his formative years. If I had the chance to trade lives with him, would
I?

More realistically, should I try to aim my life to be more like his?<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/26/2005 05:41:00 PM
TITLE: Firefly
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From<a href="http://www.penny-
arcade.com/"> Penny Arcade</a> comes the <a
href="http://www.apple.com/trailers/universal/serenity/">link </a>to the
trailer:

"This is going to get pretty interesting."
"Define interesting."
"Oh God, oh God, we're all gonna die."

Sweet.

I've seen maybe half the shows, now I must get the DVDs.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/25/2005 01:10:00 PM
TITLE: Politics
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A political quiz, from <a
href="http://grumbles.mu.nu/archives/077668.php">Eric's Grumbles:</a>

<table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
width="600"><tbody><tr><td>
</td><td> You scored as <b>Anarchism</b>. <a
href="http://imunimaginative.deviantart.com"><'Imunimaginative's
Deviantart Page'></a>

<table border="0" width="300" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Anarchism</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="67"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">67%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Republican</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="50"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>

</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">50%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Fascism</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="42"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">42%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Democrat</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="42"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">42%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Communism</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="25"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">25%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Green</span></p></td><td><table border="1" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="0" width="25" bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">25%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Socialist</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="25"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">25%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Nazi</span></p></td><td><table border="1" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="0" width="17" bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>

</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">17%</span></td></tr></tbody></table>
<a href="http://www.blogger.com/%27http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id="
6916="">What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/24/2005 04:54:00 PM
TITLE: Third time's the charm?
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style="color:'#DDDD88';">Karen_Walker</span></a></span></th></tr><tr><td
bgcolor="'#333333'" style="'border:"><span
style="'color:">username</span></td><td bgcolor="'#DDDDAA'"
style="'border:"><span style="'color:"><input type="'text'"
name="'armored_username'" value="'LDH'"
size="'20'"></span></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="'#333333'"
style="'border:"><span style="'color:">reason for being
famous</span></td><td bgcolor="'#DDDDAA'" style="'border:"><span
style="'color:"><select name="'reason"><option>star of a reality
show<option>talk show host<option>game show
host<option>actor<option>actress<option>pop star<option>rock
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style="'color:">shoplifting</span></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="'#333333'"
style="'border:"><span style="'color:">your stalker</span></td><td
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style="'color:"></span></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="'#333333'"
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/24/2005 04:28:00 PM
TITLE: Try, try again
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looks like my answers got erased. This one
looks like more fun anyway.

It's not working right. So,

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/24/2005 02:04:00 PM
TITLE: Life and Death
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://impenetrableprose.blogspot.com/2005/04/live-like-you-were-
dying-in-denver.html">This meme</a> and the <a
href="http://impenetrableprose.blogspot.com/2005/04/not-chris-farley-
version.html">previous meme</a> come from Impenetrable Prose and Poesy:

<blockquote>Copy the list, bold the ones you've already done, italics the
ones you want to do, and add some left-off items that should be on the
list in a separate section.</blockquote>   Watch whales migrate
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Go white water rafting </span>
  See wild game on an African safari
  Find a long-lost friend
  <b>Learn to dance</b>

  Fly a plane
  Drive a NASCAR race car
  Appear on Broadway
  Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  Skydive
  Golf on a world famous course
  Travel the Nile in Egypt
  Be serenaded by a Venetian gondolier
  Swim with the dolphins
  Play with an orchestra
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Paint the Big Apple red </span>
  Float in a hot air balloon
  Sip a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby
  <b>Visit the Oval Office</b>
  Trace your roots
  Helicopter over a Hawaiian volcano
  Ride a mule down the Grand Canyon
<span style="font-style: italic;"> Stroll along the Great Wall of China
</span>
  Cruise in a Ferrari
  See the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  Walk the Inca trail at Macchu Picchu
  Ride a Harley down an open road
  Feed sharks
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Scale a famous peak </span>[depending
on how famous you want]
  Explore a Rain Forest
  Learn to be a cowboy [partially done] [not a huge wish, though]
  Play ball in a Major League park

<span style="font-style: italic;"> Prepare the world's finest
meal</span> [or at least a meal that a really picky friend likes]
  Be an extra in a movie
  <b>Gaze upon a magnificent waterfall</b>
  Horseback ride along a beach
  Conquer a fear
  Ride a steamboat down the Mississippi
  Dive in a submarine
  Taste the finest wine
  Run a marathon
  <span style="font-style: italic;">Write a song or poem for someone you
love </span>
  Volunteer overseas
<span style="font-style: italic;"> Visit a nudist colony</span>
  Explore the Alaskan wilderness
  Hover in a blimp
  Eat a cheeseburger in paradise
  Run with the bulls in Pamplona
  Say a special thank you
  <i>Experience weightlessness</i>

Record and sell a CD of my own original music
  Vanity-publish a book of my own poetry
  Be the opening act for Tori Amos
  Decipher the Voynich Manuscript once and for all
  Finally take that darnded course on Principles Of Concrete - [I have a
friend who took a course on Soil Mechanics in college, does that count?]

My additions:
<span style="font-style: italic;">Attend </span><a
href="http://www.gencon.com/" style="font-style: italic;">GenCon</a>
 <span style="font-style: italic;">Get a tattoo</span>
 <span style="font-style: italic;">Using all of my previously learned
skills, get a job as a bartender</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">See a Space Shuttle launch

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/24/2005 01:50:00 PM
TITLE: More Fun Memes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A somewhat strange quiz. I have no idea
who these people pictured are, including my secret lover, except the guy
from<span style="font-style: italic;"> Will and Grace</span>:


<table style="border: 1px solid black; font-family:
Arial,Verdana,Helvetica,sans-serif; border-collapse: collapse;"
cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" align="center"><form
action="http://memegen.net/viewmeme.pl?meme=1074760846"
method="post"><tbody><tr><th colspan="2" bg style="color:#000000;"><span
style="color:#dddd88;">Your Life as a Celebrity by <a
href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/karen_walker"><span
style="color:#dddd88;">Karen_Walker</span></a></span>
</th></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">username</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><input type="text" name="armored_username"
value="LDH" size="20"></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">reason for being famous</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><select name="reason for being
famous"><option>star of a reality show</option><option>talk show
host</option><option>game show
host</option><option>actor</option><option>actress</option><option>pop
star</option><option selected="selected">rock
star</option><option>rapper</option><option>model</option><option>screen
writer</option><option>director</option><option>producer</option><option>
celebutante</option><option>heiress</option><option>fashion
designer</option></select></span>

</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">plastic surgery you've had done</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><select name="plastic surgery you've had
done"><option>botox</option><option>chin implant</option><option>boob
job</option><option>liposuction</option><option>eye
lift</option><option>new butt</option><option>nose
job</option></select></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your tabloid scandal</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">rigged game show or reality show</span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your stalker</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"></span>

</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your best friend</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Random/seanhayes.
jpg" /></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your nemesis</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Random/jlo.jpg"
/></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">the tabloids think you're
dating</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Random/wilmervald
errama.jpg" /></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">you're really dating</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Misc/LindsayLohan
.jpg" /></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your secret lover</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Misc/chadface.jpg
" /></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">your bitter ex</span>

</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><img
src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/ms_wednesday/Misc/britney.jpg"
/></span>
</td></tr><tr><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#333333;"><span
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">how long you stay in the
spotlight</span>
</td><td bg style="border: 1px solid black;color:#ddddaa;"><span
style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">a few years</span>
</td></tr><input type="hidden" name="un" value="Karen_Walker"><input
type="hidden" name="meme" value="1074760846"><tr><td colspan="2"
align="center" bg style="color:#000000;"><input type="submit" value="Fill
Out Your Answers and Try it!">
</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><span
style="font-size:-1;color:#ffffff;"><a href="http://memegen.net/"><span
style="color:#dddd88;">Quiz created with MemeGen</span></a>!</span>
</td></tr></tbody></form></table><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/24/2005 11:11:00 AM
TITLE: Phil Foglio, Super Genius
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Thanks to <a href="http://www.penny-
arcade.com/">Penny Arcade</a>, I now know <a
href="http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/index.php">Girl Genius</a> is now a
webcomic.

If you don't know who Phil Foglio is, you have no gamer street cred.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/23/2005 11:49:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://bebere.blogspot.com/2005/04/carnival-of-recipes-what-
week.html">The new one is up</a>.

Sometimes there are some really fun recipes, like this one for a <a
href="http://ogresview.blogspot.com/2005/04/cat-litter-cake.html">cake
that looks like a cat's used litter box.

</a>There's a <a
href="http://cindyswanslife.blogspot.com/2005/04/incredibly-delicious-
fiesta-chicken.html">recipe for Fiesta Chicken</a> which uses cheddar
crackers as part of the breading. Kinda cool.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/23/2005 10:39:00 AM
TITLE: 5 Questions, Part 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/04/5-questions-part-
1.html">Part 1</a>, including the rules for the meme. JohnL at <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/076630.php">TexasBestGrok
</a>has asked me 6 questions. I can ignore one if I want. [nah]. [In
other words, I'm ending up doing the same meme from 2 different people,
which fortunately had completely different questions.]
I'm going to stick this at the top of the blog for a while. If anyone
wants to play along, simply comment "Interview me" and I'll come up with
6 questions for you.

<p><b>1. OK. First, the obvious one. I know you've mentioned it before,
perhaps in a posting that has long since been archived, but please
explain for first-time readers your handle and blogname.
</b></p>   <p>First, the blogname. "Mutterings," because I envision this
as me sitting off in my corner of the blogosphere muttering to myself,
and if someone happens to hear that's fine. "Owlish" because I like owls
in a totemic kind of way, and have a collection of various artistic owls.
I wanted to blog anonymously so I avoided words that might have provided
more clues to who I am, like Doc.

</p> <p>Second, the handle: "It's a floor topping and a dessert wax! No,
wait... It's an online diary and a linkfest; one man's thoughts about
life, liberty, and the pursuit of a boyfriend." I basically wanted a
mission statement, something a new visitor could see and get a general
idea of what he was going to get. I had a different one earlier, saying
basically I was more essayist than linker. I decided that wasn't where
the blog was going, thought of the Saturday Night Live skit with "It's a
floor wax and a dessert topping" and randomly flipped them.
</p> <p>I like the name. I am less pleased with the handle, but have no
obvious alternative.
</p>      <p><b>2. Since you live in Galveston (i.e., Hurricane alley),
do you have a Bugout box? If so, what's in it? If not, what would you put
in one?
</b></p>   <p>Galveston is very overdo for a hurricane. The closest thing
to a Bugout box I have is a leather cosmetics bag my grandfather gave me
more than a decade ago. I keep it stocked with usual things like shampoo
and antiperspirant, as well as some simple over-the -counter symptom
treatments [ibuprophen, immodium, diphenhydramine, vitamins]. Since I'm a
single guy, with that bag ready I can pack very quickly [I packed for
about 3 days and was out the door in 10 minutes recently].
</p>   <p>Part of the reason I don't have anything more formal was for a
while I was considered part of UTMB's emergency response, and part of my
job was not to bug out.<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span>The other
part is I'm up on the 5th floor, so if I get flooded out everyone else is
dead.
</p>   <p>If I knew a class 5 hurricane was likely to hit, had a short
amount of time to pack the car, and expected to lose everything I didn't
take, I'd get some more clothes, my laptop, and 2 cloth wall hangings.
Then the music box from my great-grandmother and an antique stool. After
that, a couple of the more expensive owls, and a couple of pieces of gold
and silver [a necklace, a bolo tie, some rings, a plate]. Some prints.
Dump the CD collection into a storage container, dump DVDs, computer
games, and some VHS into another. Take a couple of minutes, grab ready-
to-eat food, can opener. My SCIFI and fantasy books are heavy and
relatively easy to replace, they're gone. Comics and RPGs are less easy
to replace, some have value, but still heavy; depending on the time
they're gone or in the back of the truck. Keyboard and stand might come.
My dad has copies of all important papers, besides my CV, which I think
is on my laptop.
</p>   <p>I don't have a trauma kit [would want my stethoscope, it's
pretty nice and could be handy]. The only way I'm doing any lifesaving
beyond CPR is if the entire US medical and legal system has broken down.
[I haven't had ACLS since med school; if your life depends on my ability
to intubate you, pray for a miracle].
</p>   <p>Unlike <a
href="http://www.kimdutoit.com/ee/index.php/rant/single/shtf_guns/">Kim
du Toit</a>, I don't have a gun [at home anyway, my dad keeps the rifle
that is mine]. On a pure risk/benefit level, I suspect the chance of me
using a pistol for suicide is greater than the chance I would need it to
defend my life [both very low]. I've thought about getting one for
recreation and to join the <a
href="http://www.houston.pinkpistols.org/">Houston Pink Pistols</a>,
though.

</p>   <p><b>3. One of my daily reads, Timothy Sandefur, <a
href="http://sandefur.typepad.com/freespace/2005/04/what_atheists_s.html"
>recently wrote</a> that atheism is the Last Closet: <i>"We come up with
clever ways of avoiding the issue or rationalizing things, or we just
stay quiet, because it would upset the family and scare away friends if
you admitted that you’re an atheist. You call yourself an agnostic or a
deist or a freethinker—anything but the A word. You keep going to church.
You say all the right words. The family can go on politely thinking
you’re still in the fold."</i> What do you think about that statement?
</b></p>   <p>At one point I told my therapist that it would bother my
parents more if I told them I was an atheist than it did when I told them
I was gay. He responded with "Are you an atheist?" to which I said I
wasn't sure. I still don't know. So, I think there is some truth to that
statement in my life.
</p>        <p><b>4. I have noted that many people of the medical and
related biological persuasions are atheist, while most equivalently-
educated engineers, accountants, programmers, and lawyers remain
adherents to some faith system. What was your experience in medical
school -- were few/some/many/most of your fellow medical students
atheists?
</b></p>   <p>3 separate populations: college students, medical students,
and psychiatry residents. The only people I know who proclaimed
themselves to be atheists are from college. 3 guys: one remains an
atheist, one I've lost contact with, one is dead [suicide or LSD
flashback related]. Medical school had fairly low rates of weekly church
attendance [mostly Catholic or evangelical Christian, a few Islamic, a
few more obscure]. I've heard of surveys showing very low incidence of
religious beliefs in psychiatrists compared to the general population,
but that wasn't really my experience of the residents, and I haven't
heard of that applying to all doctors.
</p> <p>On the other hand, it somewhat applies to me. My main crisis of
faith comes from my experiences in psychiatry. I can imagine that
hyperreligious, manic patients could have been very influential in the
development of faith in prehistory, and could have been called prophets
or seers.
</p>      <p><b>5. What is the last piece of music you listened to?

</b></p>   <p><span style="font-family:times new roman;">The self titled
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Hoobastank</span> [assuming computer
game music doesn't count]. Before that was Amy Grant's <span style="font-
weight: bold;">Lead Me On.</span></span><b>
</b></p>     <p><b>6. What is the last movie you saw to which you had a
strong emotional reaction (positive or negative) and why?
</b></p> Hmm. The last movie I saw was <span style="font-weight: bold;
font-style: italic;">Sin City</span>, which caused me to flinch in a
couple of places, but really didn't qualify for a strong emotional
reaction. Saw <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The
Incredibles</span> on DVD with some friends a while back, which was
probably the most recent one that counts. I laughed hysterically at the
scene in which the wife is getting the rundown on the new suits; teared
up in a couple of places. Good flick.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 10:52:00 PM
TITLE: Mockery?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I was puttering around on Technocrati and
found <a href="http://probityrules.blogspot.com/2005/04/treatise-on-
mockeryi-have-noticed-that.html">this </a>post on Probity Rules, linking
to my <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_owlishmutterings_ar
chive.html">post </a>on what I would do if elected pope.

The specific sentence:

<blockquote>I have noticed that there is a great deal of mocking on the
Internet, generally by people who believe other people's belief systems
are irrational.</blockquote>

He then defines mocking:

<blockquote>A mocker is someone being overly proud and arrogant (Proverbs
21:24). </blockquote>

I guess my saying "I want and deserve to be pope" would be overly proud
and arrogant. But that wasn't the point. I was thinking more of a scene
in this <a
href="http://www.mercedeslackey.com/books/storm1.shtml">book</a>, in
which a god's church has been slowly getting more and more corrupt, and
his chosen people would be destroyed if they didn't get their act
together. So the god manifests on the holiest day of the year, destroys
the high priest, and appoints someone who normally could not have been
the successor as high priest.

As I'm not even baptized in the Catholic faith, much less a priest, I
assumed it would need the direct intervention of God for me to be
appointed pope. And if so it would not be because I was especially holy,
but because his church would need a metaphorical kick in the pants. And,
yeah, probably a woman would perform that function better, but maybe a
gay man would do.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 10:32:00 PM
TITLE: Foster care continued
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/05/legislature/314
5627">The Chronicle</a> had another article about the bill. They estimate
between 2000 and 2500 kids would have to be taken out of their current
homes and placed somewhere else. Sounds like a disaster to me.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 10:18:00 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, while I've had this stupid cold a
friend has been passing kidney stones. He wins.

At some point I'm going to have to knuckle under and get some anti-
biotics.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 10:16:00 PM
TITLE: Growing up Catholic and Gay
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.gryphmon.com/2005/04/ratzinger_must_.html">Gryphmon
</a>has a thoughtful post about some of his life experiences, and the
influence the new pope had on his life.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.indepundit.com/archive2/2005/04/losing_his_reli.html#">S
mash</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 12:40:00 PM
TITLE: Template Change
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm getting tired of the old version,
making a few changes. Now I just have to figure out how to add my
blogroll.
Update: Hmm. Better now. Still may need a little tweaking.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/22/2005 09:38:00 AM
TITLE: What Die are you
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just because all the<a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/077312.php"> cool blogs</a> are
doing it:

<div class="code"><p><a
href="http://dicepool.com/catalog/quiz.php"></a></p><p><a
href="http://dicepool.com/catalog/quiz.php"><img
src="http://dicepool.com/catalog/images/splats/sarcastic.jpg"
height="200" width="400" alt="I am a d8" /></a></p><p></p><p><a
href="http://dicepool.com/catalog/quiz.php">Take the quiz at
dicepool.com</a></p><p></p></div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/21/2005 08:55:00 PM
TITLE: Signature Weapon
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yeah, this sounds about right.


  <table align="center" cellpadding="20"> <tbody><tr> <td align="center">
<span style="font-size:180%;"><b>Desert Eagle</b></span><br /> You
preferred a weapon with 45% power over speed and 61% range over melee.
</td> </tr> <tr> <td> You use a <b>Desert Eagle</b>.<p>One
of the most powerful handguns in production, the Desert Eagle is a
heavy punch in a small package. Its reliability and speed are
remarkable for a gun with such high caliber. Your enemies won't stand a
chance as you fell them bullet by bullet. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center"> <img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/users/100/498/1004999222958243423/mt111201297
9.jpg" /> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <br /><br /><br /> <table
cellpadding="20"> <tbody><tr> <td> <span id="comparisonarea">My test
tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people <i>your age and
gender</i>:<blockquote><table cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"
border="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="1" border="0" bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20"
bgcolor="#b2cfff" width="80"><a href="http://www.okcupid.com"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" border="0" alt="free online
dating" /></a></td><td width="70" bgcolor="white"><a
href="http://www.okcupid.com"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" border="0" alt="free online
dating" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You
scored higher than <b>53%</b> on <b>power</b></td></tr><tr><td
valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="0"
bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20" bgcolor="#b2cfff"
width="102"><a href="http://www.okcupid.com"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" border="0" alt="free online
dating" /></a></td><td width="48" bgcolor="white"><a
href="http://www.okcupid.com"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" border="0" alt="free online
dating" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You
scored higher than <b>68%</b> on
<b>range</b></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></span> </td> </tr>
</tbody></table> <table cellpadding="20"><tr><td>Link: <a
href="'http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid="8835205699760878591'></a
> The What's Your Signature Weapon Test<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/21/2005 08:36:00 PM
TITLE: Reason #1487 to Ignore the MSM
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Fun with <a
href="http://www.paulgraham.com/submarine.html">PR firms.</a>

Hat tip: <a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007800.php">Vodkapundit</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/21/2005 12:39:00 PM
TITLE: Bizarre Japanese Fashion
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2807">Something
Awful</a> broadens my horizons again, with a selection of pictures from
the latest Japanese Fashion, <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro">ganguro</a>.

One wonders what <a href="http://men.shoeblogs.com/">The Manolo</a> would
say.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/21/2005 08:45:00 AM
TITLE: Tex-Mex Soup
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I've been wanting to make some <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/04/tortilla-
soup.html">tortilla soup</a>, looked though my various books of recipes,
and decided on a variation of this recipe from <span style="font-weight:
bold; font-style: italic;">All-Time Favorites Slow-Cooker</span>, a [one-
shot?] magazine from <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style:
italic;">Better Homes and Gardens</span>, dated 2003.

 Initial recipe first, the changes I made afterwards.

 Tex-Mex Soup

 1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
 1 14 oz can beef broth
 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
 1/2 cup chopped onions
 1 4 oz can diced green chile peppers
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
 1/2 tsp garlic powder
 1 9 oz package frozen cooked Southwestern-flavor chicken breast strips,
thawed
 8 to 10 corn tortillas, torn into 1 to 2 inch pieces
 3 oz cheese, either chedder or Monterey Jack with jalapenos, shredded

 In slow cooker combine 2 cups water plus ingredients up to and including
garlic powder.
 Cover, cook low 8-10 hours or 4-5 hours high.
 Adjust to high. Stir in chicken, cook for 15 more minutes. Stir in
tortillas and serve. Garnish each serving with cheese.

 I followed the recipe fairly closely. Substituted 2 beef bullion cubes
plus water for the beef broth, 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped for
garlic powder, chicken I had cooked for the prepared chicken, ro-tel
tomatos instead of diced tomatos. Added an extra tsp cumin. Added one can
whole corn. Ignored the corn tortillas [uncooked corn tortillas are not
particularly tasty], sometimes served the recipe over rice instead.

 Turned out fairly well, and was good for this cold I've got. It had less
taste than I really wanted. It had a fair amount of burn, but that faded
quickly. Overall, a decent recipe for a base, now I need to find some
more things to add.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/20/2005 07:34:00 PM
TITLE: When is 4% a large number?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>When it's the <a
href="http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-
1462_1490456,00.html">number </a>of US Roman Catholic priests who were
accused of molesting minors.
And yeah, some of those may be false accusations, but still. Imagine
you're the CEO of a very large company. A report comes across your desk
that in your US branch, 400 of 10,000 employees have been accused of only
sexually provocative speech in the workplace. How worried would you be?
Or 4% of doctors had sex with their adult clients?

I'm not a member of the Catholic church, and I think of it with slightly
less disdain than I have for the "Church" of Scientology. And the last
pope may have been a holy guy, but it seems to me all of the changes in
the church during his rule were aimed at increasing the power of church
and the church bureaucracy.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/20/2005 02:58:00 PM
TITLE:
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Texas House of Representatives has <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3143746">passed
</a>a bill banning homosexuals or bisexuals from adopting kids or from
becoming foster parents. I cry bullshit.

In a perfect world every kid should have a mommy and a daddy, as well as
supportive extended family, a positive environment, enough food to eat,
should never get bullied or beaten up, etc. In case you didn't notice,
this is not a perfect world. I've worked with some foster families, and
while they were good intentioned, they were not perfect. If you think I
couldn't raise a kid better, just because of my sexual preference, then
fuck you and the horse you rode in on.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/20/2005 09:26:00 AM
TITLE: Man, I needed that
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Beautiful Atrocities has a post on "<a
href="http://beautifulatrocities.com/archives/2005/04/great_moments_i_5.h
tml">Great Moments in Turkish Cinema,</a> " AKA the Turkish version of
The Wizard of Oz. He links to 5 different reviews as well as some other
stuff, but the reviews from <a
href="http://beautifulatrocities.com/archives/2005/04/great_moments_i_5.h
tml">Film Threat</a> and<a
href="http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&amp;articlei
d=22477"> Wave Magazine </a>were so hilarious I laughed so hard I started
crying.

I have a group of friends that like really bad movies. We have to see
this sometime.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/19/2005 08:41:00 AM
TITLE: Inner European?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><table width="400" align="center"
border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" style="color:black;">
<tbody><tr><td bg="" align="center" style="color: rgb(102, 204, 255);">
<span style="">
<b>Your Inner European is Irish!</b></span></td></tr>

<tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff">

<center>
<img src="http://www.quizdiva.net/bt/european/irish.jpg" />
</center>

<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">


Sprited and boisterous!

You drink everyone under the table.</span></td></tr></tbody></table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/whosyourinnereuropeanquiz/">Who's Your
Inner European?</a>

<div style="text-align: left;">What the heck is that a picture of,
anyway?

</div> </div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/18/2005 03:33:00 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just in case anyone wonders, being sick
sucks. Slept 2 hours late yesterday, up 3 hours early today. Bleh.

Got a sore throat, some stuffy nose.

On the good side, Instapundit is <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022507.php">Owlblogging</a>!<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/16/2005 07:54:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a href="http://countertop-
chronicles.blogspot.com/2005/04/carnival-of-recipies.html">35 </a>(36?)
is up, but a fair number of links don't work. I'll check back in
later.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/16/2005 07:51:00 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Woke up with a sore throat, likely some
silly virus. I've got a large amount of tortilla soup [sans tortillas],
I'll have to see if that is as efficacious as chicken and noodle soup for
a cold. It'll clear out your sinuses in a hurry, anyway.

This is Beach party weekend, a decent time to be stuck indoors.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/16/2005 07:39:00 AM
TITLE: Sandy Berger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The ultimate <a
href="http://www.dailypundit.com/newarchives/2005/04/its_all_about_t.php#
001050">post </a>is at the Daily Pundit.

Hat Tip: <a
href="http://docrampage.blogspot.com/2005_04_10_docrampage_archive.html#1
11358577748681055">Doc Rampage.</a>

Cool blog name, by the way.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/13/2005 09:22:00 AM
TITLE: Tortilla Soup
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>For some reason, I've been wanting to make
a good tortilla soup for a while. Hmm, possibly related to unconscious
thoughts about a person who raved about the tortilla soup at this
restaurant we went to. Anyway...

Various recipes from past carnivals:

<a
href="http://pajamapundits.powerblogs.com/posts/1108429469.shtml">Spicy
chicken tortilla soup
</a>
Thought there were more, but going through my posts for 6 months I
haven't found any. I've got a bunch of recipe books, time to go through
them.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/12/2005 05:16:00 PM
TITLE: More Crazyness
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My Official Unitarian Jihad name is:


<pre><code><p>My <a href="http://tinyurl.com/6valr">Unitarian Jihad
Name</a> is: <strong><span id="genderfinal">Brother</span> <span
id="namefinal">Cattle Prod of Mild Reason</span></strong>.</p>

<p><a href="http://homepage.mac.com/whump/ujname.html">Get
yours</a>.</p></code></pre> Yips to the <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/075431.php">LlamaButchers</a>.<
div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/12/2005 08:59:00 AM
TITLE: A good dog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Let's try this as an obituary.

He was a 15 year old golden retriever. He had been found as a stray when
he was 3-4 years old, and at that point only had 3 legs. He was a very
calm dog...

Sorry, this isn't working. The problem is that his story is linked to my
friend, and how when he was growing up he had an indoor dog, while my
dogs always stayed outside. This meant that my concept of how a dog ought
to be treated and his [and his family's] concept were often different,
yet when they needed a dog-sitter I was usually the one.

And the dog's story is linked to his huge need to be petted, which meant
that he did very well when my friend's wife took the dog to the
children's hospital, where the fact that he was missing a limb yet could
get around sometimes was an inspiration to a child.

And the dog's story is linked to the fact that there's another dog in the
family, that they got as a puppy, and has been much more active than the
other. And that dog was diagnosed with diabetes, and is currently getting
insulin shots, and will be lucky to live another year.

And the dog's story is linked to the fact that my friend cried more in
the 24 hours surrounding his death than I ever have, for anything,
including the death of grandparents and classmates in high school. And I
couldn't do anything to help, besides be there and distract his kid
sometimes.

And coming back after a grocery shopping trip the house was so quiet that
I wondered if my friend had suicided. And he hadn't, and that wasn't the
sort of thing he would do anyway, but... I wondered.

He was a good dog, and will be missed.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/12/2005 08:35:00 AM
TITLE: 13 things that don't make sense
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From the New Scientist comes <a
href="http://www.newscientist.com/channel/space/mg18524911.600">this
</a>kinda cool article.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.trulybadfilms.com/blog/archives/000263.html">Truly Bad
Films.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/11/2005 08:44:00 PM
TITLE: Life and Death
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>A friend had to put his dog to sleep this
morning, and I've been helping him last night and today. I'm trying for
some profound thoughts on the whole ordeal, but it just ain't happening.

Maybe tomorrow....<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/09/2005 09:13:00 PM
TITLE: Life and email
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A mailing list from my college fraternity
has suddenly become very active. Everyone is giving a short history of
what's going on in their lives [nearly everyone, it seems, is married and
has wonderful kids].

One guy sold his soul and is medical director for an insurance company. I
felt like emailing some snide remark but he wouldn't know me from Adam,
so, what's the point.

No one from my year has posted yet. A couple of people I remember posted
[seniors while I was a freshman or vice versa]. One guy who I almost
expected to become a pastor didn't, but specifically mentions being
heavily involved in his local church.

The question is, should I post anything, and if so, should I mention my
homosexuality, at least as a reason for not being married. I'm going to
wait a while, see who else posts.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 08:54:00 PM
TITLE: Ms Smash
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>By the way, Citizen Smash's wife was <a
href="http://www.indepundit.com/archive2/2005/04/trauma.html#">thrown
from a horse</a> and broke some bones, including a compression fracture
in a vertebra. No neurological damage, but <a
href="http://www.indepundit.com/archive2/2005/04/thursday_mornin_1.html#"
>won't be able to do contact sports</a>. She's back from the hospital <a
href="http://www.indepundit.com/archive2/2005/04/were_home.html#">today</
a>.

Good luck, could have been much worse.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 07:31:00 PM
TITLE: Piano Bar
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, the guy in the bar across the played
Bowie's Major Tom, and now is doing some Pink Floyd, accompanying himself
poorly on the guitar.

Where the heck to they find these people. A little practice and I could
do better. A bad sign.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 07:28:00 PM
TITLE: Sin City
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw it on Wednesday. Liked it, say a 4 out
of 5. It's been compared to Pulp Fiction; the movie it reminded me more
of was Natural Born Killers. The stark black and white style works well,
and it keeps the gore from being the focus, but the plot didn't quite
mesh.I've seen quite a few reviews.
Doc Russia loved it, "<a href="http://bloodletting.blog-
city.com/read/1182486.htm">outstanding</a>." <a
href="http://www.dynamist.com/weblog/archives/001671.html">Virginia
Postrel </a>wasn't as fond of it. She points to <a
href="http://www.sunnews.com/entertain/movies2005/movies033105.htm">this
</a>review done as a B&W comic page. The dude at APCB <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/007823.html">missed
</a>his screening, and was bummed. He points to <a
href="http://www.filmthreat.com/Reviews.asp?Id=7309">this </a>review.

No gay hookers: no horrible stereotypes, no eye candy for me.

A female friend had the same reaction to the name Sin City that doc
Russia's wife did: that some femanist groups were angry about it.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 03:40:00 PM
TITLE: How not to influence children
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>We have <a
href="http://deletedbytomorrow.blogspot.com/2005/04/author-of-this-blog-
would-like-to.html">this </a>post on PETA attempting to convince 8th
graders that Fish are Friends[hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/074965.php">LlamaButchers</a>],
and this <a
href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/07/tv.cookie.lessmonster.ap/i
ndex.html">article </a>on Sesame Street revamping Cookie Monster into a
more positive message for kids - "A Cookies is a Sometimes food." [hat
tip: <a href="http://www.pvponline.com/">Scott Kurtz]</a>.

Fortunately, sounds like the 8th graders ignored the idiot dressed in a
fish suit.

Cookie monster? I dunno. It's clear Sesame Street can have an effect on
kids, but I tend to think of it as an educational effect [the letter c,
the number 6, this is what we do when there is a fire]. I don't think a
healthier cookie monster would have had any effect on my weight growing
up, and the whole talking vegetables thing is odd.

But after all, children's obesity is the crisis of the month, so we must
do whatever we can to fix it.

Update: Scott Kurtz's <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20050408">PvP
</a>gets it right:


<blockquote>How about instead, we have Big Bird sing that "Parenting
isn't a sometimes job."</blockquote><div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 03:13:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of the Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://aussiewife.blogspot.com/2005/04/carnival-of-recipes-
34_09.html">#34 </a>is up.

<a href="http://dead-in-the-water.blogspot.com/2005/04/check-blogs-title-
dude.html">Dead Dough</a> isn't for eating.

<a href="http://triticale.mu.nu/archives/074789.php">The Devil's
spaghetti. </a>

<a href="http://elisson1.blogspot.com/2005/04/see-no-weevil-
chili.html">See no Weevil Chili</a>. Read the backstory, too.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 09:48:00 AM
TITLE: Netscape vs Blogger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Bizzare things are happening when I try to
log in to Blogger with Netscape. Everything works with Explorer, though.

Bleh.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/08/2005 08:59:00 AM
TITLE: 5 Questions Part 1
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This is a meme that's been bouncing around
the blogosphere.

This is a chain interviewing game for blogs. Here are its rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying ―interview me.‖ The first five commenters
will be the participants.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions.
3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone
else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five
questions. (Write your own questions or borrow some.)

Stryker at <a href="http://digitalwarfighter.com/">The Digital Warfighter
</a>has <a href="http://digitalwarfighter.com/?p=79">5 questions </a>for
me. And JohnL at <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TexasBestGrok
</a>may have 5 more coming at some point. So:

<strong>1. I don’t know you too well. How about you tell me a little bit
about yourself that you already haven’t mentioned on your site?
</strong>I bought a notepad, and have been writing a huge, detailed, life
story. Way too much info. I'm assuming you've read the <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/06/mission-
statement.html">mission</a> <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/06/mission-statement-
resources.html">statment</a> posts; they mostly still apply. Let's
summarize: I'm a 38 year old single, gay, white male. I've had 2 semi-
serious relationships with women, none with men. I'm out to my family and
some friends. I'm a geek but not much of a techonophile - my most
advanced platformer is a Playstation 1, my stereo system is at least 10
years old, and my laptop is at least 3. I consider myself a Christian but
I'm not particularly religious - if I join a church [and I've been
considering it recently] it would be for the social aspects and to join a
choir. I'm trained as a psychiatrist but am currently unemployed and not
looking for work.
I consider my blog most useful as an online journal when I have something
to say. Otherwise, I just am pointing out stuff I think is cool or
interesting. I blog anonymously to keep my family or friends from reading
what I'm writing about them. I've been reading military blogs since I
personally haven't had any contact with the military, but have had
several friends and relatives associated with the military in various
ways. I had relatives fight on both sides of the civil war.
I like owls, and have a collection of various ones [one stuffed, others
ceramic, glass, paintings, a quilt, and a huge tie-dye one I made
myself]. I'm not a birder.

<strong>2. From which part of Texas do you hail: Southern Texas or
Northern Oklahoma?</strong>

Born and raised in Dallas, but spent most of my summers and some school
vacations in the Tiny NorthEast Texas Town [where my father was raised
and where my parents now live].

<strong>3. What brand/model razor do you prefer and do you like shaving
cream or gel?</strong>

I usually shave in the shower, and don't use soap or shaving cream
[shaving by touch, not by sight]. I usually buy the not quite bottom-of-
the-barrel disposable razor. Multiple blades seem to do better than just
one, but otherwise I don't care.

<strong>4. If you were to play Star Wars Galaxies, which race would you
want to be and profession would you pursue? Why?</strong>

A wookie scout sounds cool, but I have no idea how well it would work.
Using City of Heroes teminology, I tend to prefer blaster type characters
to bricks, and a well rounded character to a highly specialized one.

<strong>5. Who is your favorite superhero (comic)?</strong>
3 answers. Among the most famous ones, Batman. Among less famous titles
but still DC/Marvel, <a
href="http://www.newkadia.com/NK.php?ipg=3658">Strikeforce Morituri</a>.
Among independents, Kevin Matchstick [<a
href="http://higherlove.com/mage/">Mage</a>]. Holy crap, Hollywood is
working on a <a
href="http://www.comics2film.com/ProjectFrame.php?f_id=50">movie
adaptation.

</a>
Good questions. Anyone want to be interviewed?<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/06/2005 09:20:00 AM
TITLE: What I would do as Pope
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Silent Running has a <a
href="http://silentrunning.tv/archives/005679.php">post </a>on what he
[she?] would do as Pope. Unlikely to happen for several reasons, such as
being Jewish, but hey, got to have a dream, right?

So, God comes down to the cardinals as a talking burning bush, and
recommends me. What to do?

1) Bring the church into the 20th century, if not the 21th. Masturbation
isn't a sin. Women can be priests. Homosexual relationships, in the
context of a committed, married relationship, aren't sinful. So they need
to be able to marry within the church. Priests can marry. Priests can't
be pedophiles, and will be thrown out of the church, and the church will
cooperate fully with any law enforcement, rather than blocking law
enforcement.

2) Work towards bringing Islam into the 16th century, if not later. If
you say you want to destroy us, we will believe you and take necessary
action.

3) Work towards the UN and various NGOs being forces for good, rather
than complacent in genocide and active in raping children.

4) Improve my 7th and 8th grade Latin.

5) Science and Religion are not enemies. People trying to claim anti-
science points of view as scientific [intelligent design] will be mocked.

6) As much fun as it would be to infallibly declare that I am fallible, I
probably wouldn't.

7) We need to improve our ability to explore space, with the ultimate
purpose of exploring other solar systems to proselytize aliens.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/06/2005 06:44:00 AM
TITLE: Tangled Bank
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022258.php">Instapundit</a>, a
carnival of scientists is up, named <a
href="http://oracknows.blogspot.com/2005/04/tangled-bank-xxv-dear-
journal-editor.html">Tangled Bank. </a>

Quite possibly the cleverest format I've seen; done as a re-re-submitted
scientific paper.

Evolutionblog has a quite righteous <a
href="http://evolutionblog.blogspot.com/2005/03/litmus-
tests.html">fisking </a>of an anti-evolution article in <span
style="font-style: italic;">The Standard.</span><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/04/2005 08:32:00 PM
TITLE: Moon landings the MSM denies
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The mainstream media was able to suppress
the story, until now: the story of the <a
href="http://www.negrospaceprogram.com/">NASSA</a>.

Thanks to <a href="http://kenwheaton.blogspot.com/2005/04/might-as-
well.html">As I Please., </a>

Via <a href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/073826.php">Ace of Spades.</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/04/2005 06:56:00 PM
TITLE: Popeish thoughts
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022220.php">Instapundit</a>,
Jackson't Junction points to <a
href="http://treyjackson.typepad.com/junction/2005/04/video_connected.htm
l">MSNBC</a>, which says blogs love the deceased Pope, and <a
href="http://treyjackson.typepad.com/junction/2005/04/video_cnn_blog_.htm
l">CNN</a>, which says they hate him.
I've been looking around, and while I've found a few like <a
href="http://paxnortona.notfrisco2.com/index.php?p=3179">Paz Nortona</a>
or <a href="http://boifromtroy.com/archives/003824.php">BoiFromTroi
</a>who arn't overjoyed with him, but I have yet to come across anyone
who hates him.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/02/2005 07:45:00 PM
TITLE: Sin City
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Christian based <a
href="http://www.movieguide.org/index.php?s=reviews&amp;id=6830">Movie
Guide</a> recommends not seeing <a
href="http://www.sincitythemovie.com/">Sin City</a>. I think this means I
need to see it tomorrow.

Via <a
href="http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=1427678">Fark</a
>.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/02/2005 09:46:00 AM
TITLE: Gay dogs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Downtown Lad is turning into the go-to guy
for <a href="http://downtownlad.blogspot.com/2005/04/gay-dogs.html">gay
dogs.
</a>
I haven't been looking at my search logs. Maybe I should.

Although he'll never catch up to <a
href="http://boozhy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/03/boozhy_cute_gay_2.html"
>Boozhy</a>.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/01/2005 07:11:00 PM
TITLE: Blogroll
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Adding people on the side, but I keep
forgetting to copy the links before I save to blogger, and it keeps
eating my changes.

And with Protein Wisdom being <a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/18221/">wise </a>and apparently
avoiding further flame wars, it seems less important. Lileks is taking a
break for a similar reason.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/01/2005 07:51:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/073493.php#more">33 </a>is up
at <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TexasBestGrok</a>.

The <a href="http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/">AnarchAngel </a>has
another <a href="http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2005/02/recipes-for-
real-men-volume-2.html">recipe for Real Men</a>, that just viewing could
double your LDL count. Yum.

Kraft mac and cheese is usually good enough, but <a
href="http://booklore.blog-city.com/">Booklore </a>has a <a
href="http://booklore.blog-city.com/read/1168547.htm">recipe </a>that
looks interesting - cottage cheese? Maybe I could make this for my 3 year
old godson.

And <a href="http://feistyrepartee.blogspot.com/">Feisty Repartee</a> has
a recipe for <a href="http://feistyrepartee.blogspot.com/2005/03/easy-
shrimp-etouffee.html">Shrimp Etouffee</a> that looks tasty and easy.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 4/01/2005 12:07:00 AM
TITLE: Evil but Tasty
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Dark side, dark chocolate M&amp;Ms. The <a
href="http://us.mms.com/us/mpire/">adventure </a>begins....<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/31/2005 11:38:00 PM
TITLE: It's 100% Bloggerific!
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://jlgolson.blogspot.com/2005/03/waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
html">Cheese and Crackers</a> does an excellent job of collecting
responses to Delinkgate.

Just for fun, I will blogroll anyone who jumps on the Delinkgate
bandwagon. Starting tomorrow, it's way late now.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/31/2005 09:48:00 PM
TITLE: The last word
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A very well done faq on Terri Schiavo is
at <a
href="http://www.footballfansfortruth.us/archives/000872.html">Football
Fans for Truth.
</a>This is the first time I've known that the reason she hasn't had an
MRI is because she has metal implants in her head, that would require
surgery to take out.

H/t: <a href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001645.php">INDC
Journal.</a>


Let's see: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/022155.php">Instapundit </a>is
refusing a radio interview because he isn't sure he can avoid certain
banned words on the case, <a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/18216/#comments">Protein Wisdom</a>
is in a full scale flame war with some rightwing fuckwit, and <a
href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001645.php">INDC </a>seems to
think this could be an issue that pushes certain moderates to '08
Hillary.

Interesting times.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/30/2005 06:31:00 PM
TITLE: Caviar Dip
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Straight guys take note: every time I've
made this for a party at work, several women have been extremely
impressed.

The Caviar Dip
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 hard boiled eggs
3-4 green onions [scallions]
1 tsp. Worchester sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 oz. <a href="http://www.foodsubs.com/Caviar.html">caviar </a>[lumpfish
roe works fine]

Warm cream cheese to about room temperature. Separate whites from yolks
of eggs. Finely chop whites; crush yolks. Discard tips of green onions.
Chop green onions into small pieces, separating the white part.
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, whites of eggs, white section of green
onions, garlic, Worcester sauce. Put the mixture in your serving dish,
cover, and throw in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

Prior to serving, layer on top the egg yolks, the remainder of the green
onions, and then the caviar. Serve with relatively bland crackers.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/30/2005 11:36:00 AM
TITLE: Welcome back to Junior High
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.hundredpercenter.com/LinkDump_001.html">Hundred
Percenter </a>[who is this guy, anyway?], is delinking various blogs that
in his view have " a naked disregard or milquetoast standing for Terri's
life." In what may be the most overblown statement of all time, he
"consider[s] Terri's fight for life a seminal moment in
American history."

Look. Terri isn't fighting for anything. Her family and her husband are
legally fighting about what Terri's wishes would be in this situation, as
far as I can tell, without any hard evidence. In general, it would not
surprise me if more people are able to have a true conversation about
this topic with their spouse, rather than their parents.

Reasonable people can disagree on whether or not they would want to be
kept alive in her state. I certainly would not want to be. My parents
may have a problem with that. [or maybe not, this isn't a topic that
comes up often].

Hundred Percenter has a perfect right to delink anyone he wants. And I
have a perfect right to laugh at him. So, ha.

H/T:<a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/18211/"> Protein Wisdom</a>. Who
is clearly quivering in fear. Or amusment. Or delerium tremens.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/29/2005 11:19:00 PM
TITLE: A google words of crap
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Texas Best Grok's dystopian vision of the
future begins <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/072481.php">here</a>.
The ACLU's vision is <a
href="http://www.adcritic.com/interactive/view.php?id=5927">here</a>.

Great minds think alike.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://dpm.blogspot.com/2005_02_01_dpm_archive.html#110874091589029
924">DPM </a>again.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/29/2005 11:13:00 PM
TITLE: Cthullu wants to be your DJ
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A somewhat, unusual, <a
href="http://miskatonic.americanentropy.com/">movie </a>being filmed.

H/T:<a
href="http://www.boingboing.net/2005/03/09/lovecraftian_mockume.html">
Boing Boing</a>, <a
href="http://dpm.blogspot.com/2005_03_01_dpm_archive.html#111045813674999
925">Dreaded Purple Master.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/28/2005 07:38:00 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If I ever come out to some friends as a
blogger, I'm going to have to delete this. Anyway...

So, a family   I know: the wife works full time, the husband occasionally
gets outside   contracts, and their 3 1/2 year old son goes to day care.
The day care   was closed Thursday, Friday, Monday for spring break/Easter.
Grandparents   took the kid Thursday and Friday; I volunteered to take him
today.

The babysitting itself went relatively smoothly. Some fake crying when he
wanted to watch a movie, and I probably could have done without the kicks
to the abdominal region that came along with him using me as a jungle
gym. Vaguely fun, and got me some exercise, but not a rip-roaring good
time. The issue is, I got about the same amount of verbal thanks that I
get after I give him a bath, or play with him while his dad is fixing
dinner. Now, cash would be right out - either it would be small enough I
would be offended, or large enough I would feel that I would have to
refuse it. And maybe the guy going out drinking on Friday counts as
payback. But at this point, I just feel like I'm being used.
So, either I stop allowing myself to be used, in which case I might as
well move to a different city. Or I continue this pattern, knowing
they'll continue to accept whatever help I provide. Or I let them know
how I feel, in which case I create some resentment with little possible
positive change.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/28/2005 07:38:00 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If I ever come out to some friends as a
blogger, I'm going to have to delete this. Anyway...

So, a family   I know: the wife works full time, the husband occasionally
gets outside   contracts, and their 3 1/2 year old son goes to day care.
The day care   was closed Thursday, Friday, Monday for spring break/Easter.
Grandparents   took the kid Thursday and Friday; I volunteered to take him
today.

The babysitting itself went relatively smoothly. Some fake crying when he
wanted to watch a movie, and I probably could have done without the kicks
to the abdominal region that came along with him using me as a jungle
gym. Vaguely fun, and got me some exercise, but not a rip-roaring good
time. The issue is, I got about the same amount of verbal thanks that I
get after I give him a bath, or play with him while his dad is fixing
dinner. Now, cash would be right out - either it would be small enough I
would be offended, or large enough I would feel that I would have to
refuse it. And maybe the guy going out drinking on Friday counts as
payback. But at this point, I just feel like I'm being used.

So, either I stop allowing myself to be used, in which case I might as
well move to a different city. Or I continue this pattern, knowing
they'll continue to accept whatever help I provide. Or I let them know
how I feel, in which case I create some resentment with little possible
positive change.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/26/2005 06:00:00 PM
TITLE: Smallville
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>It's been a while since I've seen any
episodes. I came across this spoiler site, and am going huh? Hmm, so Lois
showed up, Chloe is dead, Lex may be split into good Lex/ bad Lex, and
Kryptonians are wandering around.

Yeah.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/26/2005 04:32:00 PM
TITLE: GayPatriot
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>GayPatriot is <a
href="http://www.gaypatriot.net/blog/archives/000158.php">stopping
</a>blogging. GayPatriotWest will continue to blog on the blog
GayPatriot. Got it?

Why? Not clear. I just hope it's nothing major.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 10:51:00 PM
TITLE: Beer
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Went on the St Arnold's pub crawl this
evening, a good time was had by all. I think I came out to a couple of
guys, at least one of which is an acquaintance. Or at least I said things
that I think expressed that I'm gay; whether the other person understood
that is another question entirely. And, fortunately, not a question that
I really care about, since it's clear everyone else is straight.

And, yes, I may still be slightly intoxicated. We took the light rail to
my friend's house; no driving under the influence was involved.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 12:28:00 PM
TITLE: Zoacodes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Spacy, cool <a
href="http://www.nervepool.net/">site</a>. Very little clue what it all
means. Bionic ethics?

Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.fishbucket.net/weblog.php?id=P428">Fishbucket</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 11:13:00 AM
TITLE:
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a
href="http://pajamapundits.powerblogs.com/posts/1111756861.shtml">32
</a>is up.
 I may try this <a
href="http://pajamapundits.powerblogs.com/posts/1108429469.shtml">Spicy
Chicken Tortilla Soup </a>this weekend, I've been wanting to make
something like this for a while.
 <a href="http://everythingandbutnothing.blogspot.com/2005/03/crockpot-
shrimp-creole.html">
Crockpot shrimp creole</a>.

 And finally, recipes for real men: "<a
href="http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2005/02/recipes-for-real-men-
volume-1.html">More Beef than Stew</a>." How cool is that?

 And by the way, <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TexasBestGrok
</a>is hosting next week.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 09:47:00 AM
TITLE: Christian Witnessing, part 3
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Mutter, mutter, stupid computer doing what
I tell it to do instead of what I mentally commanded it to do.

<a href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/03/christian-
witnessing.html">Part 1</a>. <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/03/christian-witnessing-
part-2.html">Part 2.</a>

Probity Rules comes back, and leaves a comment on Part 2. He has a blog
named <a href="http://probityrules.blogspot.com/">Yellow.</a> Tagline:
You. Eternity. Life. Love. Obedience. Wisdom. Mostly scripture, comments
on scripture, and a link to an article on Civ II. [Which is a great game,
by the way.] 3 months of posts in 2003, one post this march. An
interesting post on control <a
href="http://probityrules.blogspot.com/2003/12/control-there-are-only-
few-places-i.html">here</a>. Is there an explicitly Christian gaming
subgroup, similar to Christian rock?

Anyway. His thoughts on his second comment:

<blockquote> Since we both believe that God inspired the Bible, I assume
we can also both agree that in its very basic essence, it is Truth. As
such, I wanted to share truth in a manner where the truth could be seen
without the reader immediately becoming distracted and defensive because
it is quoted from the Bible. It appears that once again I am in the
wrong: this is clearly a type of deception. You have also clearly
mentioned that you want scripture with references to the passages.
I am aggravated that I am doing such a poor job in witnessing for faith
in God, so as you have better ideas, feel free to let me
know.</blockquote>
I am clearly no expert on Christian witnessing. I can only talk about
things I know and experience. As such, when I was reading his previous
comments what I felt was that the person commenting wasn't trying to
understand what I was saying, just noticing a few keywords [axiom, gay
marriage] and going from there. Which is about how I feel about <a
href="http://www.chick.com/default.asp">Jack Chick</a> publications.

I believe such an approach might convince a few people to accept Jesus,
but will turn off many more people. Especially in the Western world, in
which most adults have at least an idea of what Christianity is about.

If you're concerned that directly and clearly quoting the Bible might
turn someone off [and it could, I agree], make the argument in your own
words. Basically, either make the argument using the authority of the
Bible to make your claim, or use the logic behind the Truth. Directly
quoting Paul, in a way that only partially made sense, without using the
authority of the Bible did neither.

I have yet to directly experience useful witnessing, even though I've
been around several people who were trying. For example, one woman at
work made her religion known fairly often, and it affected her actions at
times [when presenting a patient's history would normally require her to
say a four letter word, she would look at me and I'd say it]. She asked
me once if I was saved. It wasn't bad, at that point we were at least
acquaintances and it fit in the conversation. But it wasn't great, since
we really didn't use the same axioms, to go back to the first point.

And I suspect Probity Rules and I don't use the same axioms, either. At
least to some extent.

So, should you argue from my point of view, or try to change my point of
view to yours? I don't know the answer. I do suspect that changing my
point of view will require something [trust? openness?] on my part,
although you can always pray for a miracle.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 08:27:00 AM
TITLE: Thoughts
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My other thoughts on the Terri Schiavo
case:

Back when I was in my second month of intern year, a lady came into the
ER who had just had a massive stroke. She stopped breathing on her own,
so she was put on a vent, but her heart was still beating. Being on call,
I ended up spending the entire night in the ICU, essentially waiting for
her heart to stop so I could start a code, get the doc from the ER to
finish the code [small private hospital, we were the only ones around],
and then pronounce her death. Her heart beat all that night. It was a
damn long night.
The next day, waiting for my attending physician to arrive, I made the
mistake of doing my physical examination in front of some of the family.
I did the various reflexes, and the lady's granddaughter thought that her
moving that way meant she was alive and conscious. EEG showed she was
completely brain dead, and she was taken off the respirator that morning,
after a meeting with various family members [I think eldest son and 2
grandchildren].

Yesterday, on the news, I saw the tapes that make people think Terri
Schiavo is still conscious. I don't believe it. If you went into the room
and she was always acting that way, maybe; if these tapes are 5 sec
intervals gleaned from hours of video, no way.<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/25/2005 08:00:00 AM
TITLE: Fashion
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yes, <a
href="http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2755">here </a>we have
proof fashion in the 70's really was that bad.

Making today's <a href="http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/">Fugly </a>look
good.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/24/2005 06:45:00 PM
TITLE: Why
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.extremeironing.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&amp;
file=article&sid=125&amp;mode=thread&order=0&amp;thold=0&amp;POSTNUKESID=
921aa3f68fce5cb164675cfcb7dd33f5">EXTREME UNDERWATER IRONING</a>? I guess
if you're going for a world record now, it's better to go for an obscure
one. And money was raised for charity.

HT: <a href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2005_03_20-
2005_03_26.shtml#1111702498">The Volokh Conspiracy.</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/24/2005 06:04:00 PM
TITLE: Offended
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I am rather offended, watching CNN's
Headline Prime now. Huge amount of stuff on Schiavo, Senator saying she
is "clearly conscious." Around 5 minutes, say. Wondering how much is
going to be on the explosion in Texas City.

The explosion was rather loud by the way.

Crap. They just had 30 seconds on it, leading the story with how will it
impact gas prices.

Now I know why I never watch news on TV.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/23/2005 08:39:00 AM
TITLE: Too much fun
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of people with too
much time on their hands, we have <a
href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/zestyping/97476.html">this
</a>sideways room.

H/T: Fark<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/23/2005 08:12:00 AM
TITLE: 10 bucks a gallon
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Timmer is <a
href="http://www.sgtstryker.com/index.php/archives/the-gas-thingthree-
questions-and-a-prediction/#comments">posting </a>on The Daily Brief,
wondering about the price of gas.

Quite a few people talking in the comments about hydrogen fuel, and it's
problems, including yours truly.

My question is, say in the next 5 years gas hits 10 bucks a gallon.
[probably unlikely, but hypothetically]. Or 20. Then what? 3 bucks a
gallon seems unlikely to make changes in the population, 10 bucks might.

Let's see.

Smaller, more fuel efficient cars.
Long commutes become hideously expensive, so people either move closer to
work [reducing the desirability of suburbs] or constantly telecommute
[meaning you could live anywhere].
Prices for most goods go up. The cost involved in moving things around
becomes a significant portion of the total cost.
Free shipping on Amazon becomes a thing of the past. It's book section
goes nearly all electronic download. Same thing for newspapers, probably.

Other thoughts?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/23/2005 07:57:01 AM
TITLE: Mardi Gras Galveston
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Houston Chronicle has a short article
about this year's Mardi Gras. Basically, it lost 170, 000$, which wasn't
the hoped for event, but was better than losing 500 K like the year
before.

One quote:

<blockquote>As in the two previous years, marginal weather conditions
played a major role in losses this year, causing paid attendance to fall
more than $250,000 below projected ticket sales of about $1.1 million,
board accountant Mike Moser said.
</blockquote>

My thought is: farming is somewhat dependent on weather as well. But if
the only way you can make money is if the weather is perfect, you're
screwed. This year, the weather wasn't perfect, but it was far from
horrible.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/22/2005 08:35:00 AM
TITLE: VodkaPundit
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.vodkapundit.com/">He'</a>s back, and photoblogging up a
storm. Nice.

Time to do more with my digital camera.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/22/2005 06:56:00 AM
TITLE: Grand Rounds
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Instapundit linked to the <a
href="http://thewelltimedperiod.blogspot.com/2005/03/grand-rounds-
xxvi.html">Grand Rounds</a>. On the lighter side we have the heroic
efforts to separate<a
href="http://www.peepresearch.org/surgery.html#results"> conjoined
quintuplets</a>. [ie, Peeps].
On the more serious side we have several people writing about Terri. <a
href="http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/">Bioethics Discussion
Blo</a>g notes the ethical dimensions, on several posts.

<a
href="http://codeblueblog.blogs.com/codeblueblog/2005/03/csi_medblogs_co.
html">CodeBlueBlog </a>looks at the CT scan I saw earlier, notes that
there is some cortex left, and has some questions:

<p dir="ltr"></p> <blockquote>   <p dir="ltr">I HAVE SEEN MANY WALKING,
TALKING, FAIRLY COHERENT PEOPLE WITH WORSE CEREBRAL/CORTICAL ATROPHY.
THEREFORE, THIS IS IN NO WAY PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE THAT TERRI SCHIAVO'S
MENTAL ABILITIES OR/OR CAPABILITIES ARE COMPLETELY ERADICATED. I CANNOT
BELIEVE SUCH TESTIMONY HAS BEEN GIVEN ON THE BASIS OF
<strong><em>THIS</em></strong> SCAN.</p>     <p dir="ltr">The worrisome,
no <em><strong>alarming</strong></em> thing, for me, was that I heard a
bioethicist and several important figures on the major media describe
Terri's brain as MUCH WORSE. One "expert" said that she had a "bag of
water" in her head. Several experts described her as a "brain stem
preparation"</p>     <p dir="ltr">These statements are wholly inaccurate.
This is an atrophied brain, yes, but there is cortex remaining, and
<em>where there's cortex (?life) there's hope</em>.</p>   <p dir="ltr">


  </p> </blockquote><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/21/2005 08:56:00 PM
TITLE: Terri Schiavo
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Because damn near every blog in existence
has posted on this case, I thought I should add my 2 cents. I suspect
this has gotten so politicized, it is difficult to get reasonable medical
information. Lots of stuff floating around fourth or fifthhand, but
mostly worthless. Therefore, I'm not going to guess what the patient's
intentions were, or her husband's, or her parents'. I strongly suspect if
I knew I was going to be in a similar situation I would not want to live
through it.

 What it does make clear though, is the need for essentially everyone in
the US to have a living will. When I was working at the hospital, every
single patient, as part of their admission paperwork, was asked if they
had a living will, and if they didn't and wanted to make one, help was
provided.

 By the way, <a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7220497/">this </a>MSNBC
article claims 85% of americans don't have one. Wouldn't surprise me at
all.

Update: <a href="http://downtownlad.blogspot.com/2005/03/terris-
brain.html">Downtown Lad</a> posted a picture of the lady's CT scan -
just one cut of the full scan, but it got a spontaneous "holy shit" from
me. If that is the real deal [the <a
href="http://www.amptoons.com/blog/archives/2005/03/20/regarding-the-cat-
scan-of-terri-schiavos-brain/">blog </a>doesn't say where it got the x-
ray] I want to know what doctor thinks there can be any sort of recovery,
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 10:05:00 PM
TITLE: Ok, one more
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<div style="clear:both;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="20">
<tbody><tr> <td align="center"> <span style="font-size:180%;"><b>Official
Survivor</b></span>

Congratulations! You scored 72%! </td> </tr> <tr> <td>
Whether through ferocity or quickness, you made it out. You made the
right choice most of the time, but you probably screwed up somewhere.
Nobody's perfect, at least you're alive. </td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center"> <img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/mt_pics/773/773812361575599080/53499898217476
60792-3.jpg" /> </td> </tr> </tbody></table>


<table cellpadding="20"> <tbody><tr> <td> <span id="comparisonarea">My
test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people <i>your age and
gender</i>:<blockquote><table cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"
border="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="1" border="0" bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20"
bgcolor="#b2cfff" width="141"><img
src="http://is0.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" /></td><td width="9"
bgcolor="white"><img src="http://is0.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif"
/></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You scored higher
than <b>94%</b> on
<b>survivalpoints</b></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></span> </td>
</tr> </tbody></table> <table cellpadding="20"><tbody><tr><td>Link: <a
href="http://www.blogger.com/%27http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=
" 5349989821747660792="">The Zombie Scenario Survivor Test</a> written by
<a href="http://www.blogger.com/%27http://www.okcupid.com/profile?tuid="
773812361575599080="">ci8db4uok</a> on <a
href="http://www.okcupid.com">Ok Cupid</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:44:00 PM
TITLE: Last one
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The most random thing I've seen in a long
time:


<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/S/SnapersTheCat/1073701182_gslouisaqb.jpg
" border="0" alt="alttag" /><br />... you got THIS result? brad? you
are BRAD?!<br />*runs screaming in horror* NOOOOOOOO! NOT<br />LATIN
CLASS AGAIN!!!
<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/SnapersTheCat/quizzes/hamsters%20driving%
20cream%20coloured%20lamburginis/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">hamsters
driving cream coloured lamburginis</span></a><br /> <span style="font-
size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:31:00 PM
TITLE: Whee
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/S/SaixLightning/1111365964_erPlanesF2.jpg
" border="0" alt="raptor" /><br />Jet Pilot

You're perfect to jump into a high speed jet<br />aircraft and scout the
skies for enemys that<br />challenge your skills. You like speed,<br
/>adventure and the adrenaline pumping through<br />your veins. You can
fly aircraft such as the<br />F-15, F-22, F-16 or F-14... Some of the
most<br />superior aircraft in the skies.

<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/SaixLightning/quizzes/What%20aircraft%20s
hould%20you%20pilot%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">What aircraft
should you pilot?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought to
you by <a href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:22:00 PM
TITLE: Hmm
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/S/serogi/1051339392_esquitram2.jpg"
border="0" alt="Parking Lot Tram" /><br />The Parking Lot Tram: The
uncredited workhorse of<br />the Disneyland resort. You take visitors
from<br />the largest parking lot on earth to the front<br />door of
Disneyland and back again. You aren't<br />the picture of glamour and
most wouldn't even<br />think you provide any sort of excitment, but<br
/>without you no fun could be had at all. You<br />don't mean to, but
you seem often sour. You<br />get little respect and sometimes get losts
of<br />scorn, but yet you are faithful and eager to<br />please. People
need you and you need them.<br />Your simpleness is the perfect backdrop
to<br />showcase the eager smiles of children riding<br />you for their
first time to the Happiest Place<br />on Earth.

<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/serogi/quizzes/What%20Disneyland%20attrac
tion%20are%20you%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">What Disneyland
attraction are you?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought
to you by <a href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:17:00 PM
TITLE: What, me bored?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/T/truly-dippy/1061401756_topdreams2.jpg"
border="0" alt="Morpheus" /><br />Morpheus
<br /><br /><a href="http://quizilla.com/users/truly-
dippy/quizzes/%3F%3F%20Which%20Of%20The%20Greek%20Gods%20Are%20You%20%3F%
3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You
??</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:14:00 PM
TITLE: Quiz 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/T/truly-dippy/1061401756_topdreams2.jpg"
border="0" alt="Morpheus" /><br />Morpheus
<br /><br /><a href="http://quizilla.com/users/truly-
dippy/quizzes/%3F%3F%20Which%20Of%20The%20Greek%20Gods%20Are%20You%20%3F%
3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You
??</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 07:07:00 PM
TITLE: No comment
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/L/londonbelow/1038911340_dergaybear.jpg"
border="0" alt="Gay Bear" /><br />Gay Bear
<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/londonbelow/quizzes/Which%20Dysfunctional
%20Care%20Bear%20Are%20You%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">Which
Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-
size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span><div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/20/2005 02:51:00 PM
TITLE: Book Meme
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<div style="clear:both;"></div>I've seen this meme on several different
blogs, including <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/071907.php">TexasBestGrok</a>,
<a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/071839.php">LlamaButchers</a>,
and <a href="http://downtownlad.blogspot.com/2005/03/book-
meme.html">Downtown Lad</a>.

So.

<i>You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?


</i>I<i><span style="font-style: italic;"> </span></i>still don't
understand the question, and I couldn't find the ... Never mind, <a
href="http://www.sheilaomalley.com/">Shiela</a>'s explanation was in the
yips of the Llamabutchers post. Basically, what book would you memorize,
to save for posterity.

<a
href="http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/David_R_Palmer.htm">Emerg
ence</a>, David R. Palmer

<i>Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?</i>

Not really. I can imagine various fun scenarios, though.

<i>The last book you bought was...?</i>

<a href="http://www.yetanotherbookreview.com/galveston.htm">Galveston,
Sean Stewart</a> and <a
href="http://www.yetanotherbookreview.com/galveston.htm">Singularity Sky,
Charles Stross</a>.


<i>The last book you read was...?
<a href="http://www.kschroeder.com/1010175996/index_html">Permanence,
</a></i><a href="http://www.kschroeder.com/1010175996/index_html">Karl
Schroeder</a>

<i>What are you currently reading?

</i><a href="http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/Uplift/">GURPS
UPLIFT</a><i>

</i><i>Five books you would take to a desert island...

</i>I'm asssuming (1) I don't need How To books and (2) trilogies are ok,
intermnible series [cough, Robert Jordan, cough] are not.

1) The Bible. Given a huge amount of time I might read the whole thing.
2) The Collected works of Shakespeare.
3)<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><a
href="http://www.mercedeslackey.com/books/owl1.shtml" style="font-style:
italic;">Owlflight</a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a
href="http://www.mercedeslackey.com/books/owl2.shtml" style="font-style:
italic;">Owlsight</a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a
href="http://www.mercedeslackey.com/books/owl3.shtml"><span style="font-
style: italic;">Owlknight</span> </a>by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon.
<i>

</i>4)<i> The Door into Fire, The Door into Shadow, and The Door into
Sunset.</i> Diane Duane.
5) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0380809060/qid=1111192775/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-8166837-
8417425?v=glance&s=books&amp;n=507846">The Great Book of Amber.</a> Roger
Zelazny. Yeah, ok, so it was originally published as 10 separate books.
I've got them in one volume.
<i>Who are you passing this stick on to and why?

</i>No one, very few people would I consider tagging with this, and
they've already done it.

Update: slightly clarified, one answer added that I forgot.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/19/2005 09:38:00 PM
TITLE: Time Machine
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<div style="clear:both;"></div>And for less than 700$, you can have your
very own non-functioning <a
href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&amp;item=5563490518#e
bayphotohosting">time machine.</a>

I can't decide if this is more or less silly than the Jesus' face in a
piece of toast auction.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/19/2005 01:40:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://flyingspacemonkey.mu.nu/archives/071978.php">#31</a> is up,
and only a day late. Go and make fun of <a
href="http://flyingspacemonkey.mu.nu/">The Flying Space Monkey</a> for
having a real job.

 Go make <a href="http://elisson1.blogspot.com/2005/03/salade-mort-de-
vampyr.html">SALADE MORT DE VAMPYR</a>, but don't make the little
carbonized Pellets O' Death.

 <a
href="http://gullyborg.typepad.com/weblog_archive/2005/03/onion_ale_soup.
html">Onion Ale soup</a>. Mmmm, beer. And it uses the slow cooker!<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/19/2005 07:38:00 AM
TITLE: Secret identity
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw some friends on Thursday. Had a short
discussion, in which the guy claimed that Spiderman was Peter Parker's
secret identity, rather than the other way around. I don't think he was
trying to make a philosophical point [of the two identities, the person's
emotional energy goes into Peter Parker, so Spiderman should be
considered the secondary, secret identity]. I think it was just a
definition: when there's a civilian life and a superhero life, the
superhero life is the secret identity. Which might be interesting from a
psychological point of view, but that's not the point.

Anyway, by chance we watched The Incredibles that evening [good flick,
check it out], and some of the first scenes involved Mr Incredible and
Elastigirl talking about their "secret identities." Thought about
specifically pointing that out, but decided not to. Basically, with him,
I can't win arguments.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/19/2005 07:36:00 AM
TITLE: Photo essay
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<div style="clear:both;"></div>A fairly cool photoessay Bush vs Kerry is
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/zete_tic/329.html">here</a>.
How revelant it is now, who knows.

H/T: <a
href="http://timblair.net/ee/index.php/weblog/comments/news_brieflets19/"
>Tim Blair</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/18/2005 06:46:00 PM
TITLE: Machine
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This was dated Nov. 26, 2004, and is a
pointer to a person's blog. Somewhat philosophically based? No clue.


<a href="http://www.godofthemachine.com/">This </a>is interesting.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/18/2005 06:45:00 PM
TITLE: The Ultimate Fighter
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around, I found several posts I
had writen that apparently got saved as drafts instead of being
published. This one was dated Feb. 16, 2005; some comments added at the
end.


Pne of the fun things about staying with family was watching tv shows I
never see. Around my mother it's various mysteries. Around my dad it's
usually sports. Around my grandfather it's Wheel of Fortune.

Around my brother this week, it was <a
href="http://www.spiketv.com/shows/series/ultimatefighter/">The Ultimate
Fighter.</a> It seemed like a take on Tough Enough, ie, a reality show
showing just how hard it is to do professional wrestling, but working
with UFC.

So, they are apparently several episodes into the program, and they end
up relaxing a little and having a few or more drinks. Which is when the
fireworks start. One of the contestants calls another a "fatherless
bastard," knowing that the guy's father left his family when he was 2.
The red headed guy takes this badly [duh], some male bonding goes on
within the team, and the other guys keep picking at him. The red headed
guy puts his fist through a window and a door.

So, the next day, the coaches have to figure out what to do. The red
headed guy [who went to the ER, was ok] had to pay for damages, and the
guys involved will end up fighting next week. Which, by the way, is the
normal way for eliminations from the reality show to take place.

Calling someone a bastard, usually not a big problem. Specifically
insulting someone with "a fatherless bastard," in college, at least some
property damage would have been done. Which makes me want to tune in next
week, and see the shit beaten out of this snot nosed brat. Of course, it
may not be that simple, the red headed guy might get beaten up instead.
Trial by combat, yippee.


Update: and in what was not a big surprise, the guy I was rooting for
lost. Haven't watched any episodes since.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/18/2005 02:53:00 PM
TITLE: Christian Witnessing, part 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In case it's not clear, part 1 <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/03/christian-
witnessing.html">is here</a>.

Ok, so I've got this guy who's posted some comments. I find I'm
responding to these comments as a <span style="font-weight:
bold;">blogger</span>, as a <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Christian</span>, and as a <span style="font-weight:
bold;">homosexual</span>. Let's take them in that order, shall we?

As a blogger, I'm a tiny part of the long tail. As such anyone bothering
to look at this is welcome, and anyone taking the time to send me email
or post a comment is doubly welcome. On the other hand, Probity Rules
isn't so much engaging me in a conversation, he's flinging religious
memes, presumably hoping some will stick. He used a humorous mention of
gay marriage to quote Leviticus; he used my noting an atheist's post to
quote 1 Corinthians in a concealed way, calling Paul "a former Jew" and
using a version of the Bible that I would consider simplified for the
modern man, seemingly trying to hide the fact he's quoting the Bible.
Probity Rules is welcome to engage in a conversation; he is welcome to
start his own blog, assuming he doesn't have one already. More trollish
comments will be laughed at unmercifully.

As a Christian, I think he's doing a horrible job witnessing for his
faith. If you're going to quote the Bible, then quote the Bible, give
chapter and verse, and give some context for how it applies in the
present circumstance. As a starting point for where I'm coming from, I
believe the Bible was inspired by God, not dictated verbatim by God, and
I know personally that my being a homosexual was as directed by God as my
being right-handed.

As a homosexual, I'm pissed. The "God Hates Fags" meme that has invaded
the Christian right is why I'm afraid for my family if I'm publicly out
around them. The so-called ex-gay therapy is harmful and ineffective
enough, in my opinion, that if it was being practiced by doctors there
would be constant malpractice suits. And this weasel refers me to
Leviticus, specifically because Jesus never said a word about
homosexuality.

So, I'm going to stop there, since I'm getting into Justly Angry mode,
which is never a pretty sight. Comments? Go for it.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/18/2005 07:49:00 AM
TITLE: Christian Witnessing
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Back in high school, the local Methodist
Church was the focus for a fair amount of my socialization. In other
words, I spent a fair amount of time there, and am quite conversant with
the theology of various Christian subgroups.

During college, I attempted to continue that, and joined Campus Crusade
for Christ. I became more comfortable with group prayer, and memorized
some Bible passages. It became clearer and clearer that my beliefs and
the group's beliefs were not the same, and I dropped out after a year or
two. Part of the problem was, I felt the pure obnoxiousness of some of
the proselytizing was significantly more likely to drive off unbelievers
than help them to become Christian. Much later, Steven den Beste helped
me understand why things worked like that, in an <a
href="http://denbeste.nu/cd_log_entries/2002/04/Beliefanddogma.shtml">ess
ay </a>in which he mentions that the Mormon mission year might help
convert some people, but more importantly helps the missionary understand
and strengthen his belief.

Someone has posted a couple of comments under the name Probity Rules. No
email tag, no web site. [If I've done something to my comments to make
this not possible, please let me know]. The first time it happened, I
thought it was kind of odd, googled the name [in case it was the name of
a blog], and didn't get anywhere.

My first <a href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/03/evil-
overlords-take-note.html#comments">post </a>was a mention of a humorous
web essay describing how to destroy the earth, for those over-ambitious
evil overlords [basically, taking over the earth, or even wiping out all
life on earth, is significantly easier than destroying the planet
completely]. The essay also has a listing of methods that won't destroy
the earth, and specifically mentions the Biblical Armageddon - not only
is the earth not destroyed, but a remnant of the human population lives,
so it's not even close. The last method mentioned is 2 words : Gay
Marriage. This made me chuckle, since it is ridiculous compared to the
scholarly nature of the rest of the article.

But Probity Rules manages to take it seriously, saying:
<blockquote>Although gay marriage might cause a Biblical Armageddon:
Leviticus 18:22, 28. Well not quite. But land vomiting up people won't be
a pretty sight either.</blockquote>For those of us who don't have the
Bible completely memorized, <a href="http://www.biblegateway.com/">The
Bible Gateway</a> seems to be a reasonable site, including 7 slightly
different English translations. Leviticus 18 is mostly getting the laws
about who a man cannot have sex with, and includes his mother, cousin,
niece, daughter-in-law, brother's wife, wife's sister, and neighbor's
wife. It includes some more general prohibitions: don't have sex with an
animal, don't have sex with a woman while she's menstruating, and don't
sacrifice your child to Molech. And it includes Leviticus 18:22: "Do not
lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." [New
International Version].

One might note other passages in Leviticus: Chapter 19: <sup id="en-NIV-
3308">26</sup> Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. Do not
practice divination or sorcery. 27 Do not cut the hair at the sides of
your head or clip off the edges of your beard.<sup id="en-NIV-3310">
28</sup> Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on
yourselves. I am the LORD . Leviticus chapter 20: <sup id="en-NIV-
3328"></sup><sup id="en-NIV-3328">9</sup> If anyone curses his father or
mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother,
and his blood will be on his own head. <sup id="en-NIV-3329">10</sup> If
a man commits adultery with another man's wife-with the wife of his
neighbor-both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. ...
<sup id="en-NIV-3332">13</sup> If a man lies with a man as one lies with
a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to
death; their blood will be on their own heads.

My second <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/03/pirate.html">post
</a>links to Corsair the Rational Pirate, a proclaimed atheist. He <a
href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/03/ever-notice-how-convenient-
religion-is.html">often</a> <a
href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/03/im-sorry-which-book-which-book-
is-this.html">points</a> out <a
href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/03/church-sitrep-2-another-sunday-
spent.html">people</a> <a href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/02/yeah-
that-jefferson-guy-was-stupid.html">making</a> <a
href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/02/just-saying-i-am-putting-this-
here-so.html">public</a> religious statements.

Probity Rules' comment is this:


<blockquote>Here is a small excerpt of what a former Jew said about the
differing axioms: "God's message to men does not make sense to those who
are dying, but his message is his power for those of us who are being
rescued from death. God already said, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the
wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.' Where is the
intelligent man, the scholar, the philosopher of this era? Hasn't God
made the world's wisdom into nonsense? By God's wisdom, those who are
dying cannot find life through intelligence. Rather, this is how God
decided to do it: what seems to be nonsense to the dying is what will
bring them life if they simply believe that it is true. Jews thought
miracles would bring life. The Greeks thought it to be wisdom. But here
is life - the crucifixion of Christ. This trips up the Jews and it sounds
like pure nonsense to the rest of the world. But for us -- the living,
Jews or otherwise -- it is God's power and wisdom. This is the reason:
God's foolishness is more intelligent than humanity's intelligence and
his weakness is stronger than our strength."</blockquote>
The quote comes from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 1,
verse 18-25, although I don't know which translation. For example, the
King James version:

<sup id="en-KJV-28382">18</sup>For the preaching of the cross is to them
that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of
God.   <sup id="en-KJV-28383">19</sup>For it is written, I will destroy
the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of
the prudent.   <sup id="en-KJV-28384">20</sup>Where is the wise? where is
the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made
foolish the wisdom of this world? <sup id="en-KJV-28385">21</sup>For
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
<sup id="en-KJV-28386">22</sup>For the Jews require a sign, and the
Greeks seek after wisdom:   <sup id="en-KJV-28387">23</sup>But we preach
Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks
foolishness;   <sup id="en-KJV-28388">24</sup>But unto them which are
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of
God.   <sup id="en-KJV-28389">25</sup>Because the foolishness of God is
wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

This is getting too long, and I want to think about it some more.
Continued in second post.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/17/2005 10:20:00 PM
TITLE: Andre Norton
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3091414">She has
passed away today,</a> at the age of 93. I have a fair number of her
books, including some rather, well, kooky ones. She was rather prolific,
and has writen some pretty good ones, too. The original<span style="font-
style: italic;"> Witch World</span> is a classic.

H/T: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/021840.php">Instapundit</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/16/2005 10:36:00 PM
TITLE: Pirate
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I used to read <a
href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/">Corsair the Rational Pirate</a> when
I was killing time at work. Ran into his blog again.

He <a href="http://corsair.blogspot.com/2005/03/religious-windbag-alert-
local-county.html">quotes </a>a guy in his local paper:


<blockquote>Proper behavior is only reliably defined by the Judeo-
Christian worldview. Even those who will not believe in God borrow from
the the Christian intellectual capital every day. They will agree that
stealing, lying, incest or other behavior are wrong and that concepts
like free elections, private ownership and equality are good, but natural
law (evolution), humanism, socialism, atheism and other worldviews offer
no foundation for these beliefs. It is only be appealing to God of the
Bible that we can make sense out of what behaviors are right or wrong or
which concepts are virtuous.</blockquote>

I don't think, as the pirate does, that this guy is necessarily
unintelligent. I do think the chances of us having an intelligent
conversation is pretty low - our basic axioms conflict.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/16/2005 07:31:00 PM
TITLE: 46$
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>2 guys <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3087683">repo
rtedly </a>agreed to kill a high school seinor for 450 bucks, did the
job, ended up with 46$.

Man, life is cheap.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/16/2005 05:44:00 PM
TITLE: Beer
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Gee, what a surprise. I know a fair amount
about beer, essentially nothing about mixed drinks.

  <table align="center" cellpadding="20"> <tbody><tr> <td align="center">
<span style="font-size:180%;"><b>Bourbon</b></span><br />
Congratulations! You're 104 proof, with specific scores in beer (140) ,
wine (83), and liquor (52). </td> </tr> <tr> <td>
Screw all that namby-pamby chick stuff, you're going straight for the
bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild
Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know
how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties. </td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center"> <img
src="http://is2.okcupid.com/mt_pics/146/14674075597740859281/163362350466
33759176-6.jpg" /> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <br /><br /><br /> <table
cellpadding="20"> <tbody><tr> <td> <span id="comparisonarea">My test
tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people <i>your age and
gender</i>:<blockquote><table cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"
border="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="1" border="0" bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20"
bgcolor="#b2cfff" width="12"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" /></td><td width="138"
bgcolor="white"><img src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif"
/></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You scored higher
than <b>8%</b> on <b>proof</b></td></tr><tr><td valign="middle"><table
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="0" bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td
height="20" bgcolor="#b2cfff" width="149"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" /></td><td width="1"
bgcolor="white"><img src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif"
/></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You scored higher
than <b>99%</b> on <b>beer index</b></td></tr><tr><td
valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="0"
bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20" bgcolor="#b2cfff"
width="134"><img src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" /></td><td
width="16" bgcolor="white"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif"
/></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You scored higher
than <b>89%</b> on <b>wine index</b></td></tr><tr><td
valign="middle"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="0"
bgcolor="black"><tbody><tr><td height="20" bgcolor="#b2cfff"
width="126"><img src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif" /></td><td
width="24" bgcolor="white"><img
src="http://is1.okcupid.com/graphics/0.gif"
/></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="middle">You scored higher
than <b>84%</b> on <b>liquor
index</b></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></span> </td> </tr>
</tbody></table> <table cellpadding="20"><tr><td>Link: written by <a
href="'http://www.okcupid.com/profile?tuid="14674075597740859281'>hoppers
plit</a> on <a href="'http://www.okcupid.com'">Ok
Cupid</a></td></tr></table>

H/T: <a
href="http://boifromtroy.com/archives/003750.php">BoiFromTroy</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/16/2005 01:26:00 PM
TITLE: Pedernales River Chili
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In celebration of <a
href="http://www.yourish.com/archives/2005/mar13-
19_2005.html#2005031405">IEAPD</a>, I made a crockpot full of chili.
Tasty, but boring to write about, since I used a couple of seasoning
packets to make it easier.

My grandmother had quite a few recipe books put together as fund raising
activities: a group of people would get together, submit recipes [often
including family secret recipes], and then sell them as a fund raiser.

One is <span style="font-style: italic;">Favorite Recipes of Texas</span>
[subheading: contains 900 recipes from Women's Club Leaders in Texas].
Date: 1964.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Pedernales River Chili</span>
4 lb. ground beef
1 lge. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. ground oregano
1 t. comino seed
6 t. chili powder, or to taste
2 cans Ro-tel tomatoes
2 c. hot water
salt to taste

Sear meat, onions and garlic in large heavy bioler or skillet until
lightly browned. Add seasonings, tomatoes and hot water. Bring to a boil.
Lower heat; simmer about 1 hour. As chili cooks, skim off fat.

<div style="text-align: right;">Ms Lyndon B. Johnson
The White House
Washington, D. C.
</div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/15/2005 07:11:00 PM
TITLE: MMORPGs- Star Wars
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in completely useless <a
href="http://swg.warcry.com/scripts/columns/view_section.phtml?site=13&am
p;id=25">news</a>, Darth Vader visited what appears to be a guild of
obsessive stormtroopers. Cool.

I haven't been playing Star Wars Galaxies, partially due to some not too
impressive reviews. Still thinking about World of Warcraft.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.boingboing.net/2005/03/14/obsessive_gamer_stor.html">Boi
ng Boing</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/15/2005 07:01:00 PM
TITLE: Linear or Exponential growth
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Take a look at <a
href="http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000299.html">this </a>article,
and the picture. Looks like posts per day total in the blogosphere has
increased 5 fold over the past year. Interesting.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.boingboing.net/2005/03/15/state_of_the_blogosp.html">Boi
ng Boing</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/15/2005 06:54:00 PM
TITLE: Gaming insanity
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Now, <a
href="http://wordmunger.com/?p=229">here</a>'s a real father-son
activity: 24 hours straight videogaming.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/15/2005 06:45:00 PM
TITLE: Diplomat speak
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>This quote from the <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-china-taiwan-
usa.html?oref=login">NYT</a>:

<blockquote>White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the <location
source="nyt-geo"
code="top/features/travel/destinations/unitedstates/">United
States</location> opposed ``any attempts to determine the future of
Taiwan by anything other than peaceful means.''
</blockquote>

Says anything and everything. After med school, any writing I do is as
specific as possible. I don't think I could come up with a sentence like
that, at least not without a lot of effort.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/14/2005 07:52:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.pamibe.com/index.php?p=110">#30</a> has been up for a
while. I made a post that was eaten.

Thoughts on eggs <a href="http://booklore.blog-
city.com/read/1123960.htm">here</a>.

Also, pizza options with <a
href="http://www.blogoram.com/001233.php#001233">dough </a>and <a
href="http://infrequent.blogspot.com/2005/03/sauce-for-thick-
pizza.html">sauce</a>.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/14/2005 07:29:00 AM
TITLE: RatherGate
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Instapundit linked to <a
href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17871">this </a>New York Review of
Books article on the review panel's report, which essentially takes the
true, but flawed standpoint. For Example:

<blockquote>Moreover, if lawyers know how to hire appropriate experts
even if journalists don't, why didn't the panel, which was backed by a
huge law firm, hire its own experts to determine the authenticity of the
documents? One suspects that if the panel had done so, it would have
ended up with some experts saying the documents were reliable, others not
sure. And that would have put the panel back where CBS was.</blockquote>

I guess I don't get it. I used to use a typewriter in high school [my
handwriting was bad] for a fair number of papers. A letter written with a
typewriter looks different compared to a letter written with a word
processor. The only people who should not intuitively understand this are
20somethings and technological luddites who still use typewriters.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/14/2005 07:02:00 AM
TITLE: Breakout redone
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.plasticmartians.com/play.php?gameID=118">Here</a>'s a
clever version of Breakout.

Thanks, <a
href="http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2005/03/the_internet_de.html"
>Coyote Blog.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/13/2005 08:15:00 PM
TITLE: Star Wars
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If you haven't seen the <a
href="http://www.taintedwings.com/episode3trailer.mov">trailer </a>yet,
what are you waiting for?

Can this make up for the evil that is Jar-Jar?

Thanks, Suzi.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/13/2005 09:59:00 AM
TITLE: Gay Marriage
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Post with a huge number of comments <a
href="You%20are%20in%20the%20sci-
fi%20set%20most%20likely%20to%20be%20into%20soap%20operas,%20even%20occas
ionally.%20Melodrama%20is%20a%20big%20part%20of%20youe%20life.%20%28Tim%2
0has%20just%20woken%20up.%20There%27s%20enough%20hot%20water%20left%20for
%20maybe%20one%20shower.%20Will%20he%20have%20time%20to%20rinse?%20Stay%2
0tuned%20next%20week...%29">here</a>.

Whether anything new is there remains to be seen.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.mikesilverman.com/2005/03/light-instead-of-
heat-gay-marriage_09.html">Mike Silverman.</a><div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/13/2005 09:21:00 AM
TITLE: SciFi Projection
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So <a
href="http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/2/17/201046/841">what's your
favorite scifi</a> and what does it mean about you?

<a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">Ms. Lanius</a> ought to be worried.


Talking about the current Battlestar Galactica:

<span style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-
size:85%;">You are in the sci-fi set most likely to be into soap operas,
even occasionally. Melodrama is a big part of youe life. (Tim has just
woken up. There's enough hot water left for maybe one shower. Will he
have time to rinse? Stay tuned next week...)
</span>The wackiest description is in the comments, on Larry Niven:

<span style=";font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-
size:85%;">You've worked out, in detail, the sex lives of most aliens.
Even the non-humanoid ones like Jabba the Hutt. You pride yourself on
knowing what rishathra means, you envy people who are anally probed by
aliens, and there's a good chance you're a closet furry. Despite spending
most of your waking life dwelling on deviant sexual practices, or perhaps
because of, you're 36 years old and still a virgin.


Hat Tip:<a
href="http://www.geekpress.com/2005_03_03_daily.html#110952841209375407">
GeekPress</a>


</span><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/12/2005 07:23:00 PM
TITLE: Joy
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Back in town, blogger losing posts again
[maybe it will reappear].

Thanks to the <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/071119.php">Llamabutchers
</a>for reminding me about <a
href="http://www.yourish.com/archives/2005/mar6-
12_2005.html#2005030803">Third Annual International Eat an Animal for
PETA Day.</a> Fortunately, I've got various steer pieces sitting in my
freezer.

So, steak or chili? Or a roast? This is going to require some
planning.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/10/2005 12:01:00 PM
TITLE: Blogger
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Weird things are happening again.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/10/2005 09:17:00 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, what does it mean when you're singing
in a dream?

The Tiny Texas Town is fun. I overheard a conversation, in which one
woman was telling another about the reason presumably for a couple's
divorce - the guy's gay. The other woman went "no," "really," and "no
way" for about 5 minutes. I thought about asking if the guy's cute, but
decided that would be bad.

I don't really care about whether people know I'm gay out here for my
sake, but I suspect it could impact my mother's and father's business, so
I'm not out here. Undoubtedly there are people who would disagree with
that.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/10/2005 09:10:00 AM
TITLE: Airline Security
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Any chance that <a
href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1896&amp;ncid=1896&
e=3&amp;u=/nm/20050310/us_nm/security_airlines_dc">this report </a>will
encourage some changes? In other words, things that might actually make
us safer, instead of making sure passengers can't carry nail clippers
onto the plane?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/10/2005 09:10:00 AM
TITLE: Airline Security
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Any chance that this report will encourage
some changes? In other words, things that might actually make us safer,
instead of making sure passengers can't carry nail clippers onto the
plane?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/09/2005 07:19:00 AM
TITLE: Roleplaying News
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles//0,7340,L-
3052074,00.html">Apparently</a>, the Israeli Defense Force believes
people who play <a
href="http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/welcome">Dungeons and
Dragons </a>are "detached from reality and suscepitble to influence."
Obviously, they should play <a href="http://www.atlas-games.com/">Ars
Magica </a>instead.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/08/2005 10:25:00 AM
TITLE: Update
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, I'm likely to be in the Tiny Texas
Town all week. Using a computer at my dad's place of work to post.

I was looking around, seeing if I wanted to keep various blogs on my
blogroll, when I came upon <a href="http://bloodletting.blog-
city.com/read/1112911.htm">this</a>. Basically, in the category of life
sucks, then you die.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/06/2005 07:29:00 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, yeah, the sidebar is kinda screwed
currently. I did a fair number of changes and then blogspot lost it.
Maybe it's time to move.

I'm going to my parents' in the Tiny Texas Town this morning, so I don't
have a lot of time to fool with it. Should be better tomorrow.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/05/2005 05:32:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/archives/069986.html">#29 </a>is up at <a
href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/">Rocket Jones</a>.

The host has a recipe for "<a
href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/archives/010629.html">California
Chili</a>," which if I made for company it would be my duty as a Texan to
immediately commit ritual suicide. However, as it looks fairly simple, it
may be added to my solitary bachelor recipe list.

Unlike <a
href="http://www.dailypundit.com/newarchives/2005/03/this_weeks_carn.php#
000463">Tacos al Pastor</a>, which looks tasty but too much work, unless
I was making it for company.
Some recipes for <a
href="http://triticale.mu.nu/archives/070009.php">Crockpot
Breakfasts.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/05/2005 05:19:00 PM
TITLE: Blogroll update
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ann Althouse names yesterday <a
href="http://althouse.blogspot.com/2005/03/check-your-blogroll-
day.html">Check Your Blogroll Day</a>, since the date was 03-04-05.

Mine hasn't had any failed links, but The Diplomad stopped posting and
GayPatriot moved off of blogspot. I'll also be adding some more links
over the next 24 hours.

The real question is what do I do with some of the blogs I never read
anymore? Not that most of them would notice.<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/04/2005 07:16:00 PM
TITLE: Mainstream Media
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Instapundit links to a <a
href="http://www.blogger.com/De-
certifying%20the%20press%20is%20a%20means%20to%20a%20much%20larger%20and%
20scarier%20end.%20Boehlert%27s%20formulation%20of%20it:%20%22If%20the%20
press%20loses%20its%20credibility,%20that%20eliminates%20agreed-
upon%20facts%20--
%20the%20commonly%20accepted%20information%20that%20is%20central%20to%20p
ublic%20debate.%22">posting </a>by Jay Rosen, who [in case you're
wondering, I know I was] is a journalist in a big way - former chairman
of New York University's Dept. of Journalism.

The post is fairly long; basically he's arguing that Bush is trying to
destroy the "fourth estate" as a policy.

The quote that jumped out at me:

<blockquote>De-certifying the press is a means   to a much larger and
scarier end. Boehlert's formulation of it: "If   the press loses its
credibility, that eliminates agreed-upon facts   -- the commonly accepted
information that is central to public debate."   </blockquote>

You know, those agreed-upon facts, like Bush didn't fulfill his military
requirements.
Update: and <a href="http://www.sgtstryker.com/index.php/archives/the-
country-sized-concentration-camp/">The Daily Brief</a> points to a true
<a href="http://iraqnow.blogspot.com/2005/03/vomitous-piece-of-
pseudojournalismthe.html">screed </a>at Countercolumn about the LA Times'
lovely story on North Korea [sexually explicit language used, if you
care].<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/04/2005 07:36:00 AM
TITLE: Good vs Evil
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.sgtstryker.com/index.php/archives/now-its-officialwere-
72-good/">The Daily Brief</a>, who got it from a long string of other
people:

<a href="http://homokaasu.org/gematriculator/?referer"
target="_blank"><img src="http://homokaasu.org/pics/g/g70.jpg"
width="175" height="80" alt="This site is certified 70% GOOD by the
Gematriculator" /></a>

<a href="http://homokaasu.org/gematriculator/?referer"
target="_blank"><img src="http://homokaasu.org/pics/g/e30.jpg"
width="175" height="80" alt="This site is certified 30% EVIL by the
Gematriculator" /></a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/03/2005 07:35:00 AM
TITLE: Buggy Whip Makers, Unite
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Houston Chronicle has a short <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3065992">article
</a>on a bill to, among other things, ban "Texas cities from
participating in wireless information networks." [quote from article, not
bill].

I'm not libertarian enough that I think all roads should be privately
owned. Likewise, government may or may not be able to provide low cost
internet services to everyone. Either way, the cable company is getting a
large chunk o change from me every month now; it would be nice if there
was some competition for my dollar.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/03/2005 07:10:00 AM
TITLE: Evil Overlords, take note
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/021522.php">Instapundit </a>pointed
to <a href="http://polyscifi.blogspot.com/">PoliSciFi</a>, which pointed
to this scientific study on <a
href="http://ned.ucam.org/%7Esdh31/misc/destroy.html">How to Destroy the
Earth. </a>

In addition to noting various ways to Destroy the Earth, [smashing it
with an asteroid 1/2 the size of the moon, depositing a huge amount of
anti-matter in the Earth's core, and causing the Sun to go supernova,
among others], it notes various methods which will not destroy the Earth,
including Biblical Armageddon, detonating all nukes ever created
simultaneously, and gay marriage.

Heh.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 3/01/2005 08:41:00 PM
TITLE: Interview
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>After reading the <a
href="http://www.lifelikepundits.com/archives/000318.php">interview
</a>with Jeff Gannon, Protien Wisdom decided to be a CITIZEN JOURNALIST
and <a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/18039/#comments">interview </a>Jeff
Gannon's GAY PORN COCK OF LIES.


Because JEFF GANNON'S GAY PORN COCK is clearly the biggest news of the
year, except maybe<a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/18022/"> MARTHA STEWART'S HOT
LESBIAN PRISON SEX.</a>

I gotta start checking my referrer logs. :)<div style="clear:both;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/28/2005 10:59:00 PM
TITLE: Constantine
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Still haven't seen the movie yet. Ran into
this <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/entertainment/306
1086">interview </a>with the actress that plays Gabriel, which makes me
wonder just what on earth they were thinking.


<strong> </strong>"I loved the idea of a blockbuster film that talks
about good and evil at a time when everyone is talking about good and
evil and the "axis" thereof, and the rest of us are expected to just sort
of swallow it. It felt like it had the capacity to be a radical political
film."
...
"Gabriel is not a baddy. He becomes insane because he starts to think
that if you wrap yourself in God's clothes you can do anything you want,
and it ain't true. There is something insane about a lack of doubt.
Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the
righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity.
The idea that Gabriel takes things into his own hands, decides that the
way to get the most souls into heaven is to torch the place, is extremely
modern."

I have some of the early Hellblazer comics. Haven't read the series in
quite a while. I think there are some things there that are echoed in the
comic, sort of. An archangel like Gabe wouldn't be doing that, but I seem
to remember Constantine saying something like "Angels scare the shit out
of me."

Hmm. <a href="http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/boxoffice/weekend/">50 mil
</a>so far? Not great, not horrible.<div style="clear:both; padding-
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/28/2005 10:42:00 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Been doing a couple of useful things.
However, I've also been playing <a
href="http://www.elderscrolls.com/home/home.htm">Morrowind</a>, which has
got to be the largest time sink I've ever seen in a role-playing computer
game. You're always trying to complete quests, and trying to figure out
which ones will be the most useful for you to do. It has a tendency to
crash on my laptop, but a few changes has helped a lot. So, I'm maybe 1/3
to 1/2 way through the main quest, I've done essentially nothing with the
expansion packs, and I can imagine at least 2 other character types that
would significantly change the story.

And Oblivion, the sequel, is scheduled to appear this year.

So, I've been a little lax in noting the small, teensy changes going on
in the world that have nothing to do with our excursion into Iraq. <a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007529.php">Vodkapundit </a>hasn't
been, though.

....
Ok. Why is my neighbor watching the tv at 1245 in the morning? And why am
I up, anyway?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/26/2005 04:08:00 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Went to a friend's birthday dinner last
night. Small, fun gathering.

Random thoughts about it:
1) It came out that an acquaintance's wife may have been cheating on him.
Probably not presently.
2) The only political statement was a random anti-Bush comment. Now,
after the Iraqi election. Give up the hate!
3) I still am stuck in the sit quietly, make occasional comments mode.
Partially since my chiming in on my political beliefs would not have been
well accepted.
4) A person was noted as having said, after spending a weekend with his
daughter, that he had now spent more time with her than his father ever
did with him. Which is interesting. I clearly would have liked more
contact with my dad growing up, but he certainly did more than that.
Raised expectations, from being a firstborn? Maybe.

Spellchecker wanted to change firstborn to frostbite. :P<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/25/2005 07:37:00 AM
TITLE: Project Runway
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I saw the final show for this season's
Project Runway, [they were advertising for contestants for next season]
and I have to say I just don't get the fashion world. I could understand
something of a trend in Kara's clothes - some open backs, generally solid
colors, etc. But, if I was looking at them as ART, trying for an
emotional response, didn't get much from any of them.

Jay won. He looked flabbergasted. I think the deciding factor was what
the male judge said; something along the lines of: When I go to one of
these shows, I want to be so involved I wonder what they'll do next
season.

I agree, Jay had that. I would say, to me, Wendy had at least some of
that. Kara didn't, to me.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/25/2005 07:13:00 AM
TITLE: Food Questions
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Following a link from the Carnival of
Recipes, Blog o'Rama has 4 questions.
Questions first, my answers after.
<p style="font-weight: bold;">1. Name one thing that is always in your
pantry and tell why.
2. What one gadget would you most like to throw out the window? On whom
would you like it to land?
3. What is the last thing you cooked in your microwave?
4. If you could go to a grocery store right now what would you buy?
</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">
</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;">
<span style="font-weight: normal;">1) Either canned tuna or chicken, so
I can make a dinner salad or rice dish easily.</span>
 </p>
2) The bread machine. No other device promises so much and is used so
little.

3) Warmed up a bar-b-q pork sandwich. Yum.

4) It's been a while, so I need some staples - eggs, more Diet Mountain
Dew, veggies.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/25/2005 07:01:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#<a
href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/archives/068342.html">28 </a>is up, over
at <a href="http://rocketjones.mu.nu/">Rocket Jones</a>.

Quite Early One Morning has a <a
href="http://earlyonemorning.com/archives/2005/02/wecipe_wednesda.html">C
aesar Salad</a> that looks tasty.

I may have to try this recipe for <a
href="http://www.theglitteringeye.com/archives/000784.html">Jerk
Chicken.</a>

And lots of desserty goodness.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/25/2005 06:44:00 AM
TITLE: Lebanon
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, how much <a
href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20050223-093517-
1834r.htm">good news</a> coming out of the Middle East will be necessary
for a strongly anti-war Democrat [like, say, Howard Dean] to admit that
the Iraq war, deposing Saddam, and starting a domino effect was a good
thing?
I don't think Syria leaving Lebanon would do it. I don't think coming to
some sort of conclusion on the Palestinian vs Israel question would do
it. Might reforms in Saudi Arabia and Egypt do it? Or maybe Iran.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/021383.php">Instapundit</a>.

Oh yeah, and isn't it interesting that the Washington Times article
thinks the protest is entirely inspired by the Orange Revolution, while
Rajan Rishyakaran thinks Iraq's elections had something to do with
it.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/24/2005 09:59:00 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Things going ok down here, although I
might head up to the Tiny Texas Town to see my folks this weekend.

Here's hoping <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/068824.php">JohnL </a>feels
better soon.

So, is it a good thing or a bad thing that I'm watching more Bravo than
SciFi Network?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/21/2005 09:51:00 AM
TITLE: SciFi
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://scifiranter.blogspot.com/2005/02/other-interesting-scifi-
blogs.html">SciFi Ranter Girl points</a> to <a
href="http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0502/onthenet.shtml">this </a>list of
40 blogs that have something to do with scifi, from the Asimov's Science
Fiction site. Only a few have I ever heard of before.

Reading ahead.

She also notes a <a href="http://blog.scifi.com/battlestar">blog
</a>writen by Ronald Moore, creator of Battlestar Galactica [current
one]. More of a site where he makes announcements and answers questions,
but still.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/20/2005 11:01:00 PM
TITLE: Names
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html">The Baby Name
Wizard</a> is here. Fun.

Unfortunately, Chewbacca is not in the top 1000 names in any decade.

Huh, a huge spike of Adam's in the 1980s. Dick spiked in the 30's,
vanished in the 70's. Richard has fallen but still present.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.dummocrats.com/archives/000748.php">Dummocrats</a>.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/20/2005 10:37:00 PM
TITLE: A Candle in the Dark
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://candle_in_the_dark.blogspot.com/">Someone</a> recently
returning from Iraq, showing his memorabilia.

Including a 5.56 bullet for emergencies.

Ok, suicide [in the event one is kidnapped by the enemy, and doesn't want
one's death video to be a best seller]. Needs to be quick, can't be
stopped by the enemy, preferably painless.

Bullet: advantages
Relatively sure, as long as you're using a handgun and pointing in the
correct direction [I've seen a couple of failed suicide attempts where
the person shot up instead of back, thus taking out some forebrain and
the optic nerves [and a good chunk of face]].
disadvantages
If you've got a gun and a bullet, why not take one of the bastards
instead of you?

Knife: advantages
Somewhat sure, assuming you know your anatomy and can go through with
STABBING YOURSELF IN THE HEART.
disadvantages
This might be somewhat difficult, likely to be at least briefly painful.
If the sight of blood makes you queasy, the sight of your heart's blood
gushing on the floor is likely to make for a bad couple of minutes.

Poison: advantages
Depends on the poison. Could be quick, sure, painless [or at least
brief].
disadvantages
Getting your hands on the right poison could be difficult. Likely to be
uncertain.
There are likely to be some possibilities I'm missing in a combat zone.
Grenade? [I suspect uncertain]. The equivalent to suicide by cop?

Hmm. This is not likely to get my blog out of the "weird" section.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://beautifulatrocities.com/archives/2005/02/_from_combat_do.htm
l">Beatiful Atrocities.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/18/2005 06:34:00 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>#27 is here at <a
href="http://allanthinks.typepad.com/allanthinks/2005/02/carnival_of_the.
html">Inside Allan's Mind.</a>

We've been dared to make <a
href="http://letsplayrestaurant.blogspot.com/2005/02/spam-
pie_17.html">Spam Pie</a>. Nothing else I have a burning need to
make.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/18/2005 06:16:00 AM
TITLE: Blog
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I told a college friend about this blog.
After he looked at it, his comment was that it's a little weird.

Hmm. My last 3 posts were about porn spam, dorky activities and their
effect on one's sex life, and a stick figure animation in which the guy
talks to various women and they kill him in various ways.

Yup. Weird.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/17/2005 05:13:00 PM
TITLE: Love, Women, and Death
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>As they say, <a
href="http://gorillamask.net/lamour.shtml">this </a>guy's got issues.

Hat tip: <a href="http://coldfury.com/?p=5315">Cold Fury</a><div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/17/2005 02:49:00 PM
TITLE: Dorkstorm: The Annihilation
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Wave Magazine has a <a
href="http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&amp;articlei
d=24184">list </a>of the top 10 dorkiest activities known to man, and the
chance they will interfere with your sex life.

So, basically, I should focus my dorkiness into a hobby that will improve
my sex life. Which apparently means I should take up vampirism or become
a furry.

I'm screwed.

H/T: <a
href="http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/004883.html#004883">Transt
errestial Musings.</a><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/16/2005 09:37:00 PM
TITLE: Porn Spam
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Vodkapundit <a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007424.php">notes </a>our new
Attorney General's Brave War on ... porn.

<a href="http://ambientirony.mu.nu">Pixy Misa</a> comments he should go
for a War on Porn Spam, and <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu">John
L</a> agrees.

My question is, am I doing something wrong? I get a huge amount of spam
to my hotmail account, probably 80% of which is advertising various ways
to improve the functioning of my penis. The only porn spam I get is
hetero, and unlikely to be interesting even if I swung that way.

Am I likely to like anything that will distract the AG from pointless and
possibly liberty reducing prosecutions? Oh yeah. Is there something that
might possibly be more important than reducing the number of times I hit
the empty junk mail folder? Hmm, Could be...<div style="clear:both;
padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/15/2005 09:41:00 AM
TITLE: The Adversary
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>First, go read <a
href="http://www.websnark.com/archives/2004/10/because_i_keep.html">this
</a>Websnark post on PvP. Basically, the concept is Max Powers is a guy
that Cole considers his arch-enemy, but he really isn't that bad, and
clearly doesn't consider Cole his arch-enemy.

I've got a Max Powers, or at least I had one growing up. He probably was
my best friend in 7th and 8th grade, we were a debate team in 9th grade,
then things fell apart. Looking back on it, I suspect the onset of
puberty had something to do with it, possibly - maybe he became
interested in girls and I wasn't, our interests became less aligned, and
boom. Either that or [the evil version] he essentially had a choice
between being friends with me or another kid, the other kid had more
money/ influence/ neat shit, and I lost.

The point of all of this is, since the summer after high school
graduation I don't think I've seen him. I knew he had done very well for
himself, had been a venture capitalist in California before [and I think
after] the dot com crash. About a week ago I got a note from my high
school [the joy of having gone to a private institution] inviting me to a
ceremony in April celebrating him as a distinguished alumnus, which
undoubtedly means he has donated a large chunk o change to the school.

Or maybe I'm just cynical, since the award states it is given for
"[A]chievement of exceptional nature in any field, vocational or
voluntary, covering an entire career. " But I doubt it.

So, I'm considering going to this thing, outing myself as a gay male as
appropriate, and maybe getting a little perspective on life. Or I may be
nuts, and it will be the most painful thing I've done in awhile. No one
from school knows I'm gay, although several years ago I got a call from
an old friend telling me he's gay. [and in a committed relationship, at
least then].

Update: hmm. Googled the name of his investment firm and some other
stuff. He has been <strong>very</strong> successful, and did well in
school, graduating first in his class in 2.5 years, getting masters and
MBA after. Looks like a strong influence for nanotech.<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/15/2005 09:17:00 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My parents are back, I'm still in the Tiny
Texas Town, but probably going back tonight. Being vaguely useful now.

I need a concealed handgun license.<div style="clear:both; padding-
bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/15/2005 08:21:00 AM
TITLE: Eason Jordan
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I havn't commented on this story,
partially because I was surprised to find out that apparently the grunts
on the ground weren't killing MSM reporters every chance they got.<a
href="http://www.imao.us/archives/002674.html"> Frank J's</a> top 10 list
bears this out.

Vodkapundit, however, has a nice <a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007385.php">post </a>that brings it
all together, [person from Columbia Journalism Review makes some relevant
points in comments, another commenter makes some points, person from CJR
goes off the deep end]. Also, Ace of Spades makes a good <a
href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/067458.php">point</a>:


<blockquote><p>Finally, I think Eason Jordan's career died for the
mainstream media's
sins. The mainstream media is 1) liberal and 2) unwilling to admit this,
so when
someone like Eason Jordan puts lie to their claims of objectivity, that
man is
forced to resign in order to continue the charade of media objectivity.
</p><p> </p></blockquote><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/13/2005 07:42:00 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I still hate dialup. I may be driving back
Monday or Tuesday; my parents are coming back into town tomorrow.

I don't get a newspaper at home, so reading my grandfather's was
enlightening. Have there been any pro-blogs MSM articles anyone has
seen?<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/12/2005 08:12:00 PM
TITLE: Constantine
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around on the message board,
there's a post on which actor would be worse than Keanu.

My fav: Colin Farrel<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/12/2005 06:51:00 PM
TITLE: SciFi Beefcake
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>TexasBestGrok <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/067216.php">links </a>to a
survey of SciFi guys, in the manner of his World Famous <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/066774.php">Sci Fi Babes</a>.

So, the choices are <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000206/">Keanu
Reaves</a>, Brad Pitt, [both instantly recognizible to me from several
films], Joaquin Phoenix [my initial impression: who? my impression after
googling him and going to the <a href="http://www.joaquin-
phoenix.net/index2.html">fansite</a>: "his stance as a committed vegan
and his support for animal rights continue to have an effect both in
Hollywood and amongst his fans" AAARRGGHH], and Michael Biehn [instantly
recognizible from the pic, his <a
href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000299/">IMBD </a>listing shows quite a
few other movies I havn't seen, excluding The Abyss and Aliens].

Sorry, committed vegan and animal rights supporter, I don't care what you
look like, you loose. I don't understand the Brad Pitt attraction, and
Keanu Reaves is just too weird [although I will try to see <a
href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360486/">Constantine </a>on opening
night [this Friday!]][hmm, horrible reviews on IMBD, maybe not]. So
Michael Biehn gets my vote, Joaquin Phoenix gets kicked out of bed.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/12/2005 06:34:00 PM
TITLE: Battlestar Galactica
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw last night's episode [I've missed one,
at least]. If they wanted to improve safety while not causing a
witchhunt, why not just publish the photos they have saying these people
should be reported to the authorities? The fact that the robots are now
mimicing humans would have to be told to some security types, but not
others.

There is, by the way, a TCS article on Battlestar <a
href="http://www.techcentralstation.com/021105C.html">here</a>. I think I
agree with everything said.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/12/2005 06:19:00 PM
TITLE: Forbes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Reading Jan 31st Forbes while waiting for
pages to load. Now, it strikes me as the People Magazine for business
people - articles seem to focus on people [ie, CEOs], rather than
companies or stratagies. There's usually some sort of comments on the
economy, but nearly always with other articles or editorials taking the
opposite position.

I have to wonder if more useful information is on the net.<div
style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/12/2005 06:08:00 PM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Is <a
href="http://gradualdazzle.blogspot.com/2005/02/carnival-of-recipes-
26.html">out</a>. # 26. I don't have a recipe in it this time, but some
look tasty.

One of the things I've been doing this week is cooking for my
grandfather, who has some gourmet tastes [kind of hard to do in the Tiny
Texas Town, although the superWalmart about 15 miles away helps]. He had
been talking about a shrimp and scallops dish a restaurant made in years
past, so when I saw this recipe for <a
href="http://feistyrepartee.blogspot.com/2005/02/shrimp-
newburg.html">Shrimp Newburg </a>from <a
href="http://feistyrepartee.blogspot.com/">Feisty Repartee </a>I decided
to make it. It worked pretty well, although the cheese sauce ended up
being really thick [ I might have used more cheese than the recipe
recommended, I just eyeballed it.] Somewhat subtle flavor, I added salt
and black pepper at the table.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/10/2005 09:41:26 AM
TITLE: Dialup
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Have I mentioned recently that dialup is
annoying? Just trying to read Instapundit takes forever. I think part of
the problem is I'm using a computer old enough that the chipmunks
powering it have fallen into senility.

The real problem is that I'm afraid if I go back to Galveston some
disaster will happen up here and I'll have to come back. Maybe I can make
some headway cleaning out my parents' garage.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/07/2005 09:29:00 AM
TITLE: Truth or Dare!
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Beth from <a
href="http://bamapachyderm.com/archives/2005/02/05/three-questions/">My
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy</a> asked questions in response to <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/02/meme-games.html">Meme
Games</a>, so here they are:


<span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">1) Who do you think would be the ideal
President (no saying yourself!)</span>

It would take someone smart, broadly read, able to work politically and
compromise, yet hold firm various principles congruent with mine. It
would also take someone who really didn't want the job - a political
outsider who could shake up everyone inside the loop.

Arnold for prez.

<span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">2) What's your pet peeve that is an
instant friendship or relationship killer? In other words, name something
a person can do/does that guarantees you will not like them.</span>

Someone who laughs at me or my hobbies is going to piss me off. Someone
who tore up and threw away my books would <span style="FONT-STYLE:
italic">really </span>piss me off.

<span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">3) If you had to give up one of your five
senses, which would you choose and why?

</span>A bit of a no brainer, I'd give up taste. It would decrease my
enjoyment of life only somewhat, might help decrease my appetite which
would be a good thing, and only in extremely rare cases could it endanger
my life.

A much tougher question would be if I had to choose between losing my
sight and losing my hearing. Go blind, and suddenly day to day activities
become much more difficult. Go deaf, and difficulties communicating with
ordinary people skyrocket. Right now I'd prefer to go deaf, but I'm not
sure I'd always choose that.

Update: For #2, another relationship killer is a hardcore vegan or animal
rights activist. My dad raises cattle and chickens for food, I think
protests against animal experimentation have made medicines more
expensive and less likely to appear on the market, I like leather...<div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/06/2005 10:02:08 PM
TITLE: Quiz
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>More fun quizes:

<table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
width="600"><tbody><tr><td><img
src="http://images.quizfarm.com/1101511429Heman.jpg" /></td><td> You
scored as <b>Heman</b>. By the power of GraySkull. . . you're the
toughest guy to ever wear a loin cloth. Rock on Heman.

<table border="0" width="300" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Heman</span></p></td><td><table border="1" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="0" width="75" bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">75%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Shera</span></p></td><td><table border="1" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="0" width="75" bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>

</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">75%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Strawberry Shortcake</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="58"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">58%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Voltron</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="58"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">58%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Transformers</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="50"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">50%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Thundercats</span></p></td><td><table border="1"
cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="50"
bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">50%</span></td></tr><tr><td><p><span style="font-
family:Arial;">Smurf</span></p></td><td><table border="1" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing="0" width="25" bgcolor="#dddddd"><tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td><span style="font-
family:Arial;">25%</span></td></tr></tbody></table>

<a
href="http://www.blogger.com/app/%27http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id="
194="">Which 1980's Cartoon Character are you?</a>
<span style="font-family:Arial;">created with <a
href="http://quizfarm.com">QuizFarm.com</a></span></td></tr></tbody></tab
le>

Hat tip: <a
href="http://curmudgeonry.mu.nu/archives/066299.php">Curmudgeonry</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/06/2005 09:29:48 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm heading up to the Tiny Texas Town
tomorrow, to make sure my grandfather and brother are all right, and to
do some odd jobs. I'll only have a dialup connection at times, so posting
may be spotty.

I've been having/remembering a lot more dreams than usual. Why, I don't
know. I hope I'm not becoming prophetic, though, since I had a dream that
would seem to indicate that a friend from medical school is dead. [I
don't think that's it; his family has moved since I last had contact with
them 2 years ago and he's in the military]

Wandered around some, decided not to watch the Super Bowl in a bar.

What did I find out this weekend? A person I know may have/have had
breast cancer. Mainland Center has closed [at least its inpt psych unit],
and UTMB's adult beds, instead of shrinking as I had read a couple of
months ago, has increased, with 6 attendings and they are trying for 2
more residents to cope.

I almost wonder if I've got Asperger's, since dealing with really fucked
up people seems easy and dealing with "normal" people seems hard. I don't
think that's it, I think it's more a confused upbringing and maybe some
slightly off personality traits. But still. It gets annoying.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/06/2005 08:28:57 PM
TITLE: Meme games
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://bamapachyderm.com/archives/2005/02/05/three-questions/">My
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy:
</a>

Everyone reading this must leave recommendations for a movie, a book, and
a musical artist. Then ask exactly 3 questions, which I will answer.
Supposedly.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/06/2005 05:33:12 PM
TITLE: Halftime show
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Wow, that really sucked. Paul McCartney
singing 3 Beatles tunes and Live and Let Die, a few fireworks, and a cool
looking lighted stage. I think the plan this year was to be completely
inoffensive to anyone at all.

I enjoyed some of the Mardi Gras bands better than that.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/06/2005 04:27:06 PM
TITLE: Patriotism
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Is there a nationwide resurgence?
Galveston Mardi Gras theme was patriotism, with Texas National Guards
doing some of the crowd control in camo, and with armed forces leading
all the parades [including the pet parade today].

Then we have the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Sung by choirs from
the various academys, and a Blue Angels flyover.

There were more flags everywhere after 9/11, but this seems different,
maybe more concrete and specific. Or maybe it's just because I'm in
Texas.

Yes, the game is on in the background. No, I don't really care. I'm
probably going to head out to a bar, try to be sociable, and watch the
game.

Touchdown. Don't know who.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/05/2005 09:44:29 PM
TITLE: Mardi Gras, Jr.
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, the crowd is much younger tonight.

And more music that I really don't care about.

Gave the rent-a-cops some bbq and veggies, which seemed to go over well.
Had a whole 2 people from UTMB show up, no one else. Included in the no-
shows is the person who was excited about coming on Jan10, told me she
was coming on the 24, and I learned yesterday through someone else she
wasn't coming.

Ok, why the fuck is the guy in the piano bar across the street singing
"Ding, Dong, the witch is dead?"
Bleh. I was reasonably happy yesterday, Eric Johnson was cool, and now
I'm [pissed?] [upset?] [I dunno, more apathetic than anything]. Mardi
Gras was poorly timed for some people this year, but still today was more
trouble than it was worth.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/05/2005 08:33:35 AM
TITLE: Mardi Gras Galveston
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw Mid-Life Crisis [note: I know one of
the band members]. They had quite the turnout; someone had some fun and
got some panties for various people to throw during a Jimmy Buffet cover.
Overall, I think they did a good job. One original song, the rest covers.
Most of the band sang at one point or another. The lead guitarist
probably did the best job imitating the song, followed by the
keyboardist. A little too much time between songs probably.

Saw a short bit of <a
href="http://www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil/">BeauSoleil</a>. Zydeco, sung
in Creole. No thanks. [hmm, these guys are Grammy winners?]

Saw <a href="http://www.ericjohnson.com/">Eric Johnson</a>. Man, what a
great guitarist. His stage presence is closer to a classical concert than
a rock band - no jumping, the only time he was looking at the crowd was
when he was singing. The bass player did some, but not enough to
distract. I'm going to have to get the rest of his albums, I think. He
did two acoustic songs.

Seemed like a low turnout, and a much older turnout than last year.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/05/2005 08:29:46 AM
TITLE: The Diplomad
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2005/02/risk-taker-george-w-
bush.html">Reports </a>they're going to stop posting. Bummer.

Not as much of a bummer as the USS Clueless going down, but still.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/04/2005 08:03:55 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes is up
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>At <a
href="http://www.theglitteringeye.com/">The Glittering Eye </a>we have
yummies for you whether you're going to a Super Bowl Party or Mardi Gras.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/03/2005 07:08:26 PM
TITLE: Ars Magica
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Useful info on starting an Ars Magica
campaign <a
href="http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=159349&page=1&amp;pp=10">here
</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/03/2005 02:01:32 PM
TITLE: Fooba
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And for those who don't know basic
etiquette for your superbowl party, <a
href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/3347706?GT1=6083">Chicks on
Football</a> has the info for you.

Ie, don't come dressed like Paris Hilton. Come to think of it, that's
pretty good advice any time.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/03/2005 08:25:49 AM
TITLE: Chocolate Fondue
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so it's not ordinary Superbowl food.
It can still be fun and eaten while watching the game.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Chocolate Fondue
</span>Base
12 oz chocolate, either semisweet, sweet, or milk chocolate
1/2 cup half and half [I usually use whole milk instead. Also, 1/2 cup
makes a somewhat runny fondue. If you've got small children running
around, you might try somewhat less - you can always add more liquid.]

Basically, melt the chocolate, either in the microwave [not in a metal
bowl], in a double boiler, or directly on the stove [the riskiest method;
if the chocolate burns, you're screwed]. Mix in the milk or cream.

Taste options
Now the fun part, deciding what to add to "kick it up a notch."
Possibilities include: 2-3 tablespoons orange liquor, Kirsch, Brandy, or
white creme de menthe; 2 tsp instant coffee; <span style="font-weight:
bold;">or </span>1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Dippers
Basically, either finger food or things that can be skewered.
Fruit: strawberries are classic, bananas are cheap. Also good are
pineapple, small orange slices, maybe grapes, apple slices, pear slices.
Cakes: angel food cake, pound cake - you want something that won't leave
lots of crumbs in the fondue. Various small cookies might work too.
In terms of salty things, pretzels or pretzel sticks probably work best.
Nuts are generally too small [maybe almonds held in hand?]; potato chips
probably have too many other flavors.

Good luck, let me know how it turns out.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/03/2005 08:09:22 AM
TITLE: Religion of Peace
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This <a
href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/105/22.0.html">interview
</a>is interesting, because <span class="artdeck">"Islamist Sheikh Omar
Bakri Muhammad" isn't sugarcoating anything for Western audiences.

Fun statements include "</span>9/11 was undoubtedly an unpleasant moment
for its targets or their relatives (Muslims and non-Muslim), but those
committing it acted as a result of the predestined divine decree
(although God does give man free will)."

Also his description of what Sharia would look like in the US.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14563_Interview_with_
the_Enemy&amp;only=yes">LGF</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/01/2005 08:16:25 PM
TITLE: MirrorMask
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Cool site for an upcoming <a
href="http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/mirrormask/main.html">movie
here</a>.

Neil Gaimon involved.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/01/2005 06:54:04 PM
TITLE: More Battlestar Galactica
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Dirk Benedict, the actor who played the
original Starbuck, wrote a column for the May 2004 Dreamwatch
[supposedly], presented <a
href="http://www.dirkbenedictcentral.com/home/articles-
readarticle.php?nid=1">here</a>.

He has some thoughts, both on the character of Starbuck in the new series
and on the series itself.

<blockquote>There was a time – I know I was there – when men were men,
women were
women and sometimes a cigar was just a good smoke. But 40 years of
feminism have taken their toll. The war against masculinity has been
won. Everything has turned into its opposite, so that what was once
flirting and smoking is now sexual harassment and criminal. And
everyone is more lonely and miserable as a result.

Witness the "re-imagined" Battlestar Galactica. It's bleak,
miserable, despairing, angry and confused. Which is to say, it
reflects, in microcosm, the complete change in the politics and mores
of today's world as opposed to the world of yesterday.
</blockquote>
And yeah, maybe there's something of a point there. But, even in the
original the basic plot was that the Cylons had killed off most of
humanity, and was trying to get the rest. I think under those
circumstances most people would be miserable and despairing. Some might
get caught up in trying to ignore life by losing themselves in sex or
drugs or alcohol or whatever, so I think the original Starbuck could have
fit.

The other point is this. The most testosterone driven careers I know of
are fighter pilots and orthopaedic surgeons. Women in such fields have to
be bigger and badder in ways that are respected in the fields, or they
get ignored or worse. So a brawling, cigar smoking, I'm in charge in bed
female fighter pilot makes sense to me.

Not very PC, but who cares.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_02.php#065733">LlamaButche
r
</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 2/01/2005 06:36:20 PM
TITLE: Chia Pets Taken Hostage
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Exclusive news from <a
href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/065783.php">Ace of Spades.

</a>
What kind of a fool tries to pass off a picture of a GI Joe action figure
as a kidnapped soldier? Everyone knows the WWE action figures are much
more realistic.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/31/2005 08:23:49 PM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Going well, going poorly? No idea.

Angry at random crap in the world. Angry at people wanting me to do
things for them, that if they were living their lives differently I
wouldn't have to do.

Just bleh.

This would be more ... something ... if I could get more specific, but I
suspect it might be read by people involved one day.

So, an anonymous blog that is cutting back on what he says in case it
isn't anonymous. Makes sense, right?

So anybody see the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/30/2005 04:01:55 PM
TITLE: Protein Wisdom
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>He's been on a roll recently, with <a
href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/17828/">Not The Boondocks</a> and
a long Shakespearean post on the Iraqi election and <a
href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/17830/">Oliver f'n Willis.
</a>
And for Ted Kennedy, the completely tasteless song we sang in college:

Oh,   your   mother is sick
and   your   father is dead
and   your   brother is dead
and   your   brother is dead
and   your   brother is dead
and   your   wife is insane
and   your   kid has no legs
and   your   car doesn't float.

It may need updating, but the sentiment remains the same.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/30/2005 09:22:39 AM
TITLE: Mardi Gras Saturday
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So my friends came down just in time to
see the tail end of the Z Krewe procession and get some beads. We saw
pretty much the entire shows of <a
href="http://www.trishmurphy.com/">Trish Murphy</a>, <a
href="http://sharkattacktx.com/">Shark Attack</a>, and <a
href="http://www.hamiltonloomis.com/">Hamilton Loomis.</a> Trish Murphy I
guess would be described as alt country, and was pretty good. Shark
Attack I would have to describe as deep East Texas Reggae. Unusual,
interesting, but not something I would normally listen to. Hamilton
Loomis was fun and had lots of energy, at one point getting a miniature
guitar and walking into the crowd.

Listened to Survivor for 1-2 songs and bailed. No energy whatsoever.

Many margaritas were imbibed. Tasty food was eaten.

The Houston Chronicle has a <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3015431">arti
cle </a>about low sales. It looked to me like the crowd was fairly small,
and I expected more stalls to be set up. Maybe more next week.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/29/2005 08:18:36 AM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, I can clean up the apartment some or
google and see who's posting on Galveston Mardi Gras. Guess which I
picked?

<a href="http://www.chrisdoelle.com/2005/01/mardi-gras-season-kicks-
off.htm">Riding with the Window Down</a> has a short note here.
Notes from 2003 on <a
href="http://lu.notacorp.com/archives/000861.shtml">Lu's Brews</a> here.
<a href="http://djshane.blogspot.com/">Here?</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/28/2005 09:28:29 PM
TITLE: Take 4
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>7 Mary 3 just finished. Good concert,
rocked the house. Crowd favorites clearly off the American Standard <a
href="http://browse.lyrics.astraweb.com:2882/browse/bands/29/7mary3.html"
>album</a>; specifically Cumbersome, Water's Edge, and Devil Boy. They
had some equipment trouble in the beginning - couple of strings broken -
but settled into the groove after that.

My favorite was probably the incredibly twisted version of Elanor Rigby.

Band members older than the other bands [not surprising, they've been
around longer]. All attractive.

One chick got up on her boyfriend's shoulders, took off her coat, and
flashed her breasts after getting some beads. No cop interfered. Expect
some more of that tomorrow.

2 friends are supposedly coming down tomorrow. Big music fans, one's in a
band that has been together for a while, but has had trouble keeping a
lead singer. Should be fun. The question of course is should I come out
as a blogger to them. They know I'm gay. They are in theory straight,
although I don't think they're actively practicing their heterosexuality.
Maybe they''ll get a chance tomorrow.

I forgot to get crushed ice today, I'll have to get it tomorrow.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/28/2005 07:33:37 PM
TITLE: Liveblogging step 3
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Oh yeah. Silverleaf dedicated a song to
the guys in the american military. Specifically, a remake of "Stop, hey,
what's that sound."

Whatever the actual title is.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/28/2005 07:23:37 PM
TITLE: Livebloging, take 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Silverleaf just finished [even though they
could have played for 15 more minutes]. Liked em. I think the guy's a
better singer than Faceplant's, but that could just be my preference for
rock over hiphop.

The tobacco, alcohol, firearm guys are out carding people who look like
they're underage and drinking. Including the cute bassist. Unfortunately,
I think he's straight, as he and another guy went off with two chicks and
haven't been back.

Somewhat cold, to the point my drink of choice is going to be hot [cocoa
and kaluha, i think]. No rain though.Not a whole lot of people, easy to
get up to the stage, not enough to lower inhibitions enough for the
chicks to be flashing for beads.

Ears still ringing.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/28/2005 05:42:07 PM
TITLE: Mardi Gras Galveston
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Liveblogging the event. <a
href="http://www.silver-dragon-
records.com/houston_band_faceplant.htm">Faceplant </a>just finished their
set, <a href="http://www.silverleafband.com/">Silverleaf </a>is setting
up, <a href="http://www.rockpark.com/7mary3/">Seven Mary Three</a> is on
after them.

<a href="http://www.faceplantmusic.com/">Faceplant </a>was decent, is
from Houston, doin the 2 lead singers thing [or one lead and one
boisterous, short backup]. I'm not sure what it is, but the <a
href="http://www.faceplantmusic.com/photos.html">guy </a>playing bass is
hot [#40]. Ears still ringing.

When I say Jaeger you say Meister, Jaeger Meister Jaeger Meister.

:)

So, beer or margaritas?

Beer.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/27/2005 09:02:03 AM
TITLE: UNhelpful
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2005/01/more-unhonesty.html">The
Diplomad</a> has a post on the UN's press releases.

Best line: "Between them the United States and Mexico have 12 aircraft
carrier battlegroups."

Basically, we do the work, they take the credit.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/26/2005 07:10:32 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, I've got 2 aunts, both divorced, both
with children [my cousins] who are somewhat younger than me. The eldest
of my cousins lives on the north side of Houston. This weekend both aunts
and at least 2 other cousins are coming into town just to hang out, as
far as I can tell.

I wouldn't mind hanging out with them, but they picked the freakin first
weekend of <a href="http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/">Mardi Gras</a> to
come down. Makes it unlikely I'll be able to or want to head up to the
north side of Houston, which takes about 1 1/2 hours on a normal day and
all bets are off that weekend. The second weekend is bigger, but traffic
still sucks the first.

Bleh. Maybe 10% of the weekends of the year at most I wouldn't be able to
join them, and they pick this weekend.

It may end up being awkward in other ways, it may end up fun. It's
unlikely to end up in a drunken orgy. Oh well.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/26/2005 10:38:14 AM
TITLE: Personality test
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, puttering around I came across this <a
href="http://hokev.brinkster.net/quiz/default.asp?quiz=Better+Personality
&page=1">test </a>on <a
href="http://allanthinks.typepad.com/allanthinks/2005/01/a_politician_ye.
html">Inside Allen's Mind</a>. The results were interesting:

       Wackiness: 38/100
       Rationality: 52/100
       Constructiveness: 40/100
       Leadership: 56/100
       You are a <b>SEDL</b>--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This
makes you a <b>Dictator</b>.

You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you
physically sick. [Don't get physically sick, but I can remember getting
angry at work when things were out of my control, so maybe.] [That
usually involved residents, not patients] You feel have responsibility
for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong.
[Yes]Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should. [Yes]

                                        You rely on the validation and
support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste
for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from
them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. [Yes] Still,
a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced. [Maybe]

                                        Despite your fierce temper and
general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a
surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live
by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books
and your sketchbook. [Sketchbook, no. Laptop, yes.]

                                        You also have a strange,
undeniable sexiness to you. [Dunno] You may go insane.[WTF?]

Of the <b>81186</b> people who have taken this quiz since tracking began
(8/17/2004), <b>5.4 %</b> are this type.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/26/2005 07:54:14 AM
TITLE: Joe.My.God
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, finished reading <a
href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/">his </a>archives. Sounds like he was
hit by a hacker a couple of months ago, which may be why there are some
reposts.

Thinking of the gestalt of his site, I think of the time I and some
fellow med students went out looking for a hooker to get a self-
proclaimed virgin laid. We ended up with 2, for 20$ apiece. They were
escorted to the guy's room. He ended up showing them pictures of his
family.

One was white and quite pregnant, one was black.

At the time I was a virgin as well, but not a self-proclaimed one. It was
a wee bit awkward.
Ok, so it isn't as literary as his discussion of non-smoking preferences
of scat pigs. I've never been good at telling stories, and I think med
school made my tendency to just get to the heart of the matter worse.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/25/2005 09:51:48 PM
TITLE: Blog blog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm still not sure what I think about <a
href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2004/12/step-not-
taken.html#comments">this </a>story. Quick summary: Writer is the adult
child of an alcoholic, stops talking to father after he just doesn't show
up one Christmas. Father later goes into AA, [for umpteen millionth
time], works steps, videotapes apology to writer, dies unexpectedly soon
after, writer hasn't watched the vid.

I'm reading his archives, and this is the second [at least] time he
posted the story. The first time he got a couple of comments, the second
time 26. I don't know if I believe what he's writing. If I believe him,
I'm not sure what I would advise him, although if he doesn't feel he can
handle watching the tape he might have a close friend watch it for him.
Maybe. It would be rather personal and I'm not sure there's someone who
could do it.

With regard to me, it emphasizes that my life ain't that bad.
I don't have dreams of being 10 years old and being chased by my father
with a knife.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/25/2005 06:39:11 PM
TITLE: Prom Night
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, I thought they were joking on <a
href="http://www.tvtome.com/SouthPark/season8.html#ep123">South Park</a>
with the "Who's the bigger whore?" bit. But no, truth is stranger than
fiction. <a href="http://www.nypost.com/style/39213.htm">This </a>prom
dress doesn't do anything for me, but I can see how it might affect a
crowd of straight male teenagers.

I love the quote:" <span id="a10bl">Other students expressed aesthetic
concerns. "I don't think anyone would wear this to the prom. The dress
looks kind of whore-ish," says junior Emma Herr."

Hatt tip: <a
href="http://wizbangblog.com/archives/004888.php">Wizbang</a>. [It turns
out the Post may have photographed the model wearing the dress backwards.
But who cares?}
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/24/2005 01:41:24 PM
TITLE: Blog blog blog blog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Interesting blog <a
href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/">here</a>. Interesting story <a
href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2004/12/step-not-
taken.html#comments">here</a>.

I need to think about this for a while.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/24/2005 11:13:52 AM
TITLE: Nerds
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Hmm, I'm not that much of a nerd. At least
according to this:

<p align="center"><span style="font-size:85%;"><a
href="http://www.wxplotter.com/ft_nq.php?im">
<img src="http://www.wxplotter.com/images/ft/nq.php?val=1696" alt="I am
nerdier than 65% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!"
/> </a>
</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Hat
tip: <a
href="http://www.thedonovan.com/beth/archives/cat_bloggers.html#003474">S
he
</a></span></p>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/24/2005 10:42:51 AM
TITLE: Geekiness
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Damn. I knew I was a geek, but I didn't
know it went this far:

<table width="400" align="center" border="1" cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="2" style="color:black;">
<tbody><tr><td bg="" align="center" style="color: rgb(102, 204, 255);">
<span style="">
<b>Your Famous Blogger Twin is <a href="http://www.wilwheaton.net">Wil
Wheaton</a></b></span></td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff">
<center>
<img src="http://www.quizdiva.net/bt/wil-wheaton.jpg" />
</center>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">
You're a friendly, funny guy (or girl) next door
With more than a touch of geekiness
</span></td></tr></tbody></table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/famousbloggerquiz/">Who's Your Famous
Blogger Twin?</a>
</div>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">

</span>Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#064491">Llama
Butchers</a>

Oh and by the way,

<table align="center" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2"
style="color:black;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" bg="" style="color:
rgb(246, 229, 206);"><span style="">Your Penis Name is: <b>Darth
Vader</b>
</span></td></tr></tbody></table>
<div align="center"><a
href="http://www.blogthings.com/penisname.html"><b>Get your own Penis
Name</b></a></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/24/2005 07:35:24 AM
TITLE: More Webcomics
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Fimoculous made a huge <a
href="http://www.fimoculous.com/archive/post-747.cfm">list of lists</a>
here. The best Webcomics <a
href="http://webcomicsreview.com/examiner/issue041213/top2004.html">list
</a>looks interesting. <a
href="http://www.deadmouse.net/ballad/bd1.htm">Ballad </a>is a horror
comic, seems to be well drawn. <a href="http://www.felaxx.com/">Reman
</a>Mythology? A lot of these are subscription only, no thanks.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/24/2005 07:15:18 AM
TITLE: Ninja Gear
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I read Instapundit's post about being
nominated for an award from <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-
bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/01-18-
2005/0002859395&amp;EDATE=">Wired</a>. Looked at their list of
influential bloggers, and my immediate thought was who the hell are these
people. Ok, Wonkette I know [but don't bother with]. <a
href="http://www.fimoculous.com/">Fimoculous </a>at least has a current
post [and showed me that Amazon has <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/B0002GSLJO/ref=pd_sbs_sg_5/104-9255788-
2432751?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance">some </a>really <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/B00027UI3K/ref=pd_sbs_sg_3/104-9255788-
2432751?%5Fencoding=UTF8&amp;v=glance">cool </a>looking <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/080652569X/ref=pd_sbs_sg_6/104-9255788-
2432751?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance">ninja </a>gear]. Although his <a
href="http://www.fimoculous.com/archive/post-748.cfm">list </a>of the 26
blogs of the year is not one I would agree even remotely with, I'm going
to visit some of them. The others I have no clue why they're on there.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/23/2005 01:34:02 PM
TITLE: Worst Movies of all time
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>On <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/007443.html">A
Perfectly Cromulent Blog</a>, we have a link to the<a
href="http://us.imdb.com/chart/bottom"> IMBD Bottom 100 movies</a>.

I've seen very few of these all the way through, which says something
about just how bad they are. I think the complete list would include:
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Leonard Part 6, Battlefield Earth,
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Double Dragon</span>. A few more I've
probably seen half or more, usually on late night cable: <span
style="font-weight: bold;">Santa Claus Conquers the Maritans, Hercules in
New York, Captain America, and Iron Eagle II.</span>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/23/2005 01:24:56 PM
TITLE: Ribbon Campaigns
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.sondrak.com/archive/004946.php">Knowledge is Power</a>,
we have a listing of various ribbon campaigns, some serious, some not.
The <a
href="http://org.utu.fi/tyyala/tieteiskulttuurikabinetti/campaign/">Purpl
e Ribbon</a> Campaign [Kindred awareness?]

<a href="http://www.norml.org/">Green </a>[Hemp for all]
<a href="http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Club/6405/pdep.html">Plaid
</a>[Page Designers for Environmental Protection]
<a href="http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/8143/index2.html">Pale
Brown </a>[Defeat Chain Letters]

And best of all, the <a
href="http://www.twmacinta.com/tricks/protest.html">Protest Everthing
</a>ribbon.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/23/2005 07:55:38 AM
TITLE: Death
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Anchoress writes eloquently about <a
href="http://theanchoress.blogspot.com/2005/01/whatever-he-
smiled.html">events </a>after the death of her brother. Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.estatevaults.com/lm/archives/000445.html">Legacy
Matters.</a>

I have not ever had such an intense emotional reaction. I don't know if I
can.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/22/2005 11:33:07 AM
TITLE: Life and Gaming
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm an idiot. Did a google search in this
window while writing this post. Anyway.

The local game shop had a sort of mini-con Friday [2000-0800, 10-15
people showed, youngest I think was 14, oldest was either me or the shop
owner, much Halo 2 and a Dragon Ball Z fighter was being played]. I
ended up playing a game of <a
href="http://www.sjgames.com/illuminati/">Illuminati</a>, which got
silly, we tried to play <a href="http://www.specialist-
games.com/mordheim/livingrule.asp">Mordheim</a>, which only sort of
worked, [only 1 guy had played it before, it was late, and the printer
only spewed out part of the rules before dying], although we may try it
again, and I watched some people kill each other with Halo 2. It's been
a while since I pulled an allnighter, but 3-4 cokes pulled me through.
Fun, but, god, I've got little in common with these guys. I think.
"Gay" seems to be the word of choice to describe the action in which you
just got fragged.

Weather's still really nice, although there's a cloudbank that could lead
to some rain. Quite a few tourists. A gaggle of women won the use of one
of my neighbor's apartment in a charity auction, and they're fairly loud.
Not a significant problem for me, but it might be for the medical
students.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/21/2005 04:46:34 PM
TITLE: Men's Clothing
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In my attempt to create an identity as a
gay man, I have at times looked at various fashion mags / blogs /
thingees. However, nothing prepared me for the horror involved in <a
href="http://www.villainouscompany.com/vcblog/archives/2005/01/another_fr
iday.html#comments">this </a>picture.

Captions given include:
 Be honest, does the belt buckle make we look wierd?

Tad Terrific was crushed when the other superheroes just giggled at his
new secret identity.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/21/2005 04:15:27 PM
TITLE: Essay
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://paulgraham.com/hs.html">This </a>essay, writen for a bunch
of highschoolers, makes much more sense than lots of other speeches I've
heard. [Hat Tip: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/020652.php">Instapundit</a>]

Which brings to mind a couple of points. One of my problems is that
essentially every dream I had around that time, I've decided is
impossible. And I've known too many wealthy people to use the
accumulation of wealth as my primary goal. So, I'm screwed.

The other point is that for college prep schools, I had a significantly
better education than nearly all of my peers in college [most of whom
went to public schools], and I had enough AP credits that I could
graduate in 3 1/2 years instead of 4, which none of my peers did.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/21/2005 09:26:26 AM
TITLE: Tsunami
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2005/01/on-blogging-un-and-
personal.html">The Diplomad</a> points to this <a
href="http://www.sftt.org/cgi-
bin/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=DefenseWatch.db&command=viewone&amp;op=t&i
d=762&amp;rnd=573.4574367016919">article </a>by a guy on an aircraft
carrier that is trying to help. UN and NGO officials' requests mean that
they can do less for the actual victims. Not to mention the requirements
of the affected country's government.

Why are we paying big bucks for the UN again?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/21/2005 08:01:16 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Carnival is up, and today's theme is
<a href="http://caltechgirlsworld.blogspot.com/2005/01/carnival-of-
recipes-23rd-edition.html">the alphabet</a>.

I keep thinking some of these recipes look good, and never make them.
<a href="http://onehappydogspeaks.blogspot.com/2005/01/easy-feta-chicken-
bake.html">Easy Feta Chicken Bake</a> looks simple enough, and tasty.
Inside Allan's Mind there's this <a
href="http://allanthinks.typepad.com/allanthinks/2005/01/my_recipe_for_t.
html">chicken</a> recipe, but also a yummy <a
href="http://allanthinks.typepad.com/allanthinks/2005/01/i_heart_foodie_.
html">crock pot beef curry.</a>

A chili <a href="http://thirdworldcounty.blogspot.com/2005/01/just-
regular-ole-chili.html">concept </a>[not really a recipe].
And finally <a href="http://feistyrepartee.blogspot.com/2005/01/pepper-
steak-and-rice.html">Pepper steak with rice.</a>

Time to get cooking.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/20/2005 06:04:28 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Beautiful weather today, clear, cool
enough to keep from sweating but warm enough that some people were in
shorts and a tshirt. Low waves so no one surfing.
Read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0345461258/104-9255788-2432751?v=glance">Lost and Found</a> today, by
Alan Dean Foster.
Puttering around on Google, <a
href="http://www.clarkesworldbooks.com/book_0345461258.html">this
</a>description seems closest to how I would summarize it.




Not bad, not amazing. It will be interesting to see how it turns into a
trilogy.
Sheesh, all of a sudden I can't spell.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/20/2005 04:08:44 PM
TITLE: Screaming Blue Death
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>And this week's drink is named Screaming
Blue Death, AKA the remnants of the bar at the end of the term mixed
together in a drink good enough that people wanted more.

<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Screaming Blue Death</span>
 [makes 5 cup blender full]
 1 shot (1.5 oz) light rum
 1 shot (1.5 oz) spiced rum
 1 shot (1.5 oz) 151 rum
 1 shot (1.5 oz) tequila
 1 shot (1.5 oz) peach schnapps
 2 shots (3 oz) blue curacao
 6-8 oz pineapple juice
 fill with ice and blend

Drink responsibly, <span style="font-size:85%;">don't drink and
drive,</span><span style="font-size:78%;"> do not allow beer goggles to
influence your sexual tastes, don't blame me if you wake up Sunday
morning in bed with three other people, none of which is your
spouse.</span>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/20/2005 05:52:58 AM
TITLE: Battlestar Galactica
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://andrewolmstead.com/andrewolmsted/archives/000960.html#more">
Andrew Olmsted</a> has a few questions about the new series:
<span style="font-size:85%;">The idea of a machine race developing
religion seems rather implausible to me; the Cylons don't need an origin
myth: they already have one. That was one of my problems with the
miniseries, and it doesn't appear to have gotten any better in the
series: the Cylons seem to be decidedly irrational. ...The Cylons had to
know they were on the verge of eliminating the last remnants of humans in
their part of the galaxy after a week of chasing them, so why not just
resume that until the humans break down? Obviously that would make for a
lousy series, but it's the kind of question I think should be answered to
maintain suspension of disbelief. Perhaps the creators have a longer-term
plan that will explain all this, but right now the Cylons' motivations
seem to be highly incongruent with their actions.
</span>

An explanation would be: when Number Six is talking about God, I don't
think she's talking about a Judeo-Christian omnipotent, omnipresent God;
I think the Cylons have developed the equivalent of a hive mind. She gets
instructions from God, she knows directly whether he's angry or happy.

The other part is, I don't think the Cylon's main goal is the
extermination of the human race. I think they want to find out what makes
humans tick, and are doing it like a child disassembling a toaster
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/19/2005 09:50:55 PM
TITLE: Emergency Preparedness
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ran into this set of posts on<a
href="http://laughingwolf.net/archives/001128.html"> The Laughing
Wolf</a> via <a
href="http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/005071.php">Winds of
Change</a>. Reasonable information, not a lot of highly specific lists.
If this place gets hit by a hurricane, I'm bugging out.

In the case of man-made disasters, who knows. During the Gulf War I
attended a lecture essentially on what to do as a health care worker in
the event of a nuclear attack. What I remember was: [and I have no idea
if my memory is correct, or if this info is current; take it with a large
grain of salt]

1) the basic immediate problem is burns, not rads. Anyone with >60% body
surface area burns is going to die [assuming the nations' burn units are
completely overwhelmed]. Anyone 30-60% is likely to die, to the point
that you shouldn't waste antibiotics on them. Someone with <30% BSA burns
try to treat, mostly requiring large amounts of oral fluids.
2) the fluids you want should have sodium and potassium chloride [ie,
gatorade or a mix of salt and light salt].
3) radioactive iodine is a problem with certain types of bombs, but it's
biologic halflife is short if you can get the person some non-radioactive
iodine orally.
After 9/11 my family made some basic plans, to get together at my
parents' place. We haven't really mentioned it since then.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/19/2005 09:10:05 AM
TITLE: Crap
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lilek's points to a comic strip from <a
href="http://www.ucomics.com/boondocks/2005/01/15/">The Boondocks</a>
that to me goes beyond offensive.

Since I think the archive doesn't last forever, here's the fun part- the
kid is watching a news report on President Bush, which has him telling a
black congregation "On the one hand, Colin Powell supports affirmative
action. On the other hand, Condolezza Rice was pushing for the death
penalty for anyone who teaches a black person how to read."

Give me a fuckin break. Get rid of this crap and publish PvP instead.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/17/2005 11:33:57 AM
TITLE: Owlish Mutterings
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just in case anyone cares, the name of my
blog is something that I took a while to think about. Owlish because I
like owls and have several [non-living] in my apartment [pictures,
pottery, a quilt a friend made, a tie-dye wall hanging I made, etc.]
Mutterings because I envisioned this blog as being me sitting by myself
off in a corner, muttering to myself, not caring if anyone was listening
or not.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/17/2005 09:19:12 AM
TITLE: Feral Cities
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>An interesting <a
href="http://www.nwc.navy.mil/press/Review/2003/Autumn/art6-
a03.htm">scenario</a>, aimed at the near future.

An <a
href="http://www.newhumanist.org.uk/volume120issue1_more.php?id=1217_0_34
_0_C">essay </a>describing the Hindu/India version of US creationism
science.
A <a href="http://www.mts.net/%7Earphaxad/history.html">collection </a>of
timelines.

The <a href="http://www.zapatopi.net/bsa.html">Bureau of Sasquach
Affairs.</a>

<a href="http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com/index.html">Modern
Drunkard</a> magazine, with it's list of <a
href="http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com/issues/01-04/01-04-40-
things.htm">40 Things Every Drunkard Should Do.</a>

All thanks to <a
href="http://www.baddaystudio.com/gravityblog.html">Gravity Lens.</a>
'
Who, me bored?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/17/2005 08:59:03 AM
TITLE: The Nerd Workout
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of the completely
insane, we have the complete<a
href="http://www.meatcity.co.uk/nerdgym/gym.swf"> Nerd Workout.</a>

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.baddaystudio.com/gravityblog.html">Gravity
Lens</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/16/2005 07:29:20 PM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Sorry, the <a
href="http://onehappydogspeaks.blogspot.com/2005/01/carnival-of-recipes-
number-22.html">Carnival </a>was posted on Friday over at<a
href="http://onehappydogspeaks.blogspot.com/"> One Happy Dog Speaks</a>.

Next weeks will be at <a
href="http://caltechgirlsworld.blogspot.com/">Not Exactly Rocket
Science</a>.


This <a href="http://gradualdazzle.blogspot.com/2005/01/haitian-citrus-
soup.html">Haitian Citrus soup</a> looks interesting.
A slightly more upscale version of cheese dip <a
href="http://snoozebuttondreams.com/archives/061364.html">here</a>.
A <a href="http://snoozebuttondreams.com/archives/061364.html">meatless
enchilada cassarole</a>, with instructions on making your own red sauce.
A yummy Fried Seafood Salad <a
href="http://theredneckgormet.blogspot.com/2005/01/fried-seafood-
salad.html">here </a>[with blue cheese and raspberries, what could be
better?]
A chili cookoff <a href="http://trub.blogspot.com/2005/01/burning-ring-o-
fire-or-championship.html">recipe</a>. [ie, HOT].

And a lot of desserts that would totally destroy any diet.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/16/2005 06:27:59 PM
TITLE: Battlestar Galactica
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw the first two episodes, <span
style="font-style: italic;">33</span> and <span style="font-style:
italic;">Water</span>, tonight. Was planning on taping them Friday, but
other stuff got in the way.

Nice. Still fairly dark, but the mood seemed more tense than "Oh my God,
they're going to kill us this minute."

Now I want to go back and watch the miniseries again [and I saw it just
last week]. Is it my imagination, or are the Cylons more interested in
mindfucking the humans than exterminating them? Constant pressure - in
<span style="font-style: italic;">33</span>, the crew was up for 5 days
straight; in <span style="font-style: italic;">Water</span>, they were
almost out of water due to sabotage. Plus the mind games [literally] with
Baltar and with the pilot stranded on Caprica. Fewer but at least one of
the "save a few at the risk of losing everyone" decisions.

And Will on <a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/007260.php">Vodkapundit </a>likes
it.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/16/2005 06:22:31 PM
TITLE: I love you, You love me...
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#063475">One </a>of
the greatest Barney take-offs of all time. From the Llama Butchers.

Better than Animaniacs? Maybe. Different.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/14/2005 10:11:31 PM
TITLE: Good vs Evil
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A while back I mentioned a simplistic
version of who's good and who's evil - a good person considers how his
action will affect the group, an evil person considers how his action
will affect only him. I've decided that thinking that way my problem at
work was everyone who considered me to be in their "group" left, but I
still considered everyone to be in my group. Makes things unbalanced.

So, went to visit a friend this evening. We played with his kid for 30-45
min [1 year old], he got put to bed, then we talked some and played Magic
the Gathering. His wife got back from a trip to the mall and immediately
called us losers a couple of times, in a not particularly joking way.

Thinking about it I feel like I should get mad, but my reaction is more
"whatever." I'll accept the label "geek," and maybe "nerd" or "fag," but
I'm not impressed with "loser" from someone with no job and few job
skills.

By the way, she apparently crushed my friend in Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
recently. I think ...

Hmm. Random thought - she's fairly strongly Christian, sings in the choir
at the local yuppie Methodist church, couple of crosses around the house,
large wooden board with theoretical Bible quote in kitchen. I wonder if
she thinks homosexuality is a sin. She was somewhat more curt with me
today than in the handful of other times I've met her, but she may be
under some stress.


Their kid is cute though. I made him laugh a lot playing with a ball.
Man, he's got a lot of toys.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/14/2005 06:09:07 AM
TITLE: Comic Shop
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So it's my <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20050113">destiny
</a>to open a comic shop. Who knew?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/13/2005 08:40:30 PM
TITLE: Battlecloud Galactica
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>LlamaButchers <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#063246">hates
</a>the new Battlestar Galactica <a
href="http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/">series</a>. I posted this
comment:

<blockquote>Sorry, I've got to agree with Bill. The new miniseries was
different in tone than the old series, and to some extent it works. The
viper pilots being idiots [or at least overconfident] led to their
complete destruction, which seems different than overconfident political
leaders being destroyed in the original. Balthazar seems more possible,
more human, and in spite of what #6 says seems to care about people at
least sometimes.

Ok, so they don't have a cute robot dog. I'm still going to watch the
series.</blockquote>I have to wonder if the times are more serious,
leading to a more serious show. A little girl gets blown to bits [all we
see is a white screen indicating a nuke]. There's a strong military
leader vs political leader tension which was present in the first but was
quickly won by the military. There's a "dangers of technology" theme
which could have been helped by showing ordinary people benefiting from
high tech. The crowd of civilians around the vipers in the first show
immediately after the bombing which ended in a hopeful everyone crowding
into every ship they could find was changed to a violent confrontation
ending in a lottery in which the few winners got to live and the losers
presumably died. The President and the XO both had to make choices
involving the sacrifice of some to avoid risking the many. And the
President chose correctly - if she had waited longer everyone would have
died.

I like the more serious mood. The first show always bugged me, when they
found humans on other planets why didn't they immediately evacuate them?

On the other hand SciFi was showing some reruns this afternoon. What the
heck was <span style="font-weight: bold;">Galactica 1980</span> and how
were vipers involved in WW2?

Update: oops, the name is Baltar.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/13/2005 06:19:04 AM
TITLE: Order of the Stick
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I had mentioned this webcomic a while ago,
but hadn't been reading it recently. However, the dwarf <a
href="http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/GiantITP/ootscript?SK=140">riding
</a>a weiner dog is just cool. That's wacky, it went invisible.
I was reminded of it when Tycho mentioned it in this paragraph:
<span style=";font-family:courier new;font-size:100%;">
</span> <p style="font-family:courier new;"> <span style="color:
rgb(255, 255, 255);font-size:100%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">I'm
absolutely surrounded by Mikes pretty much all the time, they're closing
in, and one of them asked me if I was familiar with </span><a
href="http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/GiantITP/ootscript" style="font-
weight: bold;">The Order of the Stick</a><span style="font-weight:
bold;">. </span><i style="font-weight: bold;">Me</i><span style="font-
weight: bold;">. Asked </span><i style="font-weight: bold;">me</i><span
style="font-weight: bold;"> if I knew about it. Motherfucker, my
</span><i style="font-weight: bold;">balls</i> have twenty sides. Nothing
escapes my gaze. Don't get in my face with your tabletop trivia unless
you want to save for half. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(255,
255, 255);font-family:verdana;font-size:85%;">(CW)TB

</span></p>That's wacky, it went invisible.
I must study this phenomenon further.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/13/2005 06:13:23 AM
TITLE: Random Quiz of the Day
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And yet another quiz from<a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#063164">
LlamaButchers.
</a>
Although I'm not so sure about the outcome.

<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/S/shanachie/1050031372_topplayboy.jpg"
border="0" alt="playboy" /><br />You are a Playboy. You perv.
<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/shanachie/quizzes/What%20kind%20of%20Sixt
ies%20Person%20are%20you%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">What kind of
Sixties Person are you?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-
3;">brought to you by <a href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/12/2005 09:21:23 PM
TITLE: Random Quiz of the Day
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Which literature classic am I? Of course I
am:
<img src="http://images.quizilla.com/F/firelite/1091196233_lotr.jpg"
border="0" alt="Lord of the rings" />
J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings. You are
entertaining and imaginative, creating whole
new worlds around yourself. Well loved, you
have a whole league of imitators, none of which
is quite as profound as you are. Stories and
songs give a spark of joy in the middle of your
eternal battle with the forces of evil.


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/firelite/quizzes/Which%20literature%20cla
ssic%20are%20you%3F/"> <span style="">Which literature classic are
you?</span></a>
<span style="">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span>


What on Earth is <span style="font-weight: bold;">Charles Baudelaire: The
Flowers of Evil.

</span>I may have to go look for it.

Hat Tip: <a href="http://www.mountaineermusing.com/2005/01/now-available-
in-mountaineermusing.html">Me the Mountaineer.</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 10:22:29 PM
TITLE: Drink Recipe
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Given Mardi Gras is coming soon, I thought
I would share what I'll be drinking for at least part of the time. This
is from college days, sitting around, wondering what to do. One guy
wanted to make a drink with tequila, one with Wild Turkey.

The Orangutan

One shot Wild Turkey
One shot tequila [not a place for your top shelf brand]
Orange soda

Put some ice into a tall glass, pour in the shots, fill with orange soda.

Note: it doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. It does take getting used to,
though.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 08:23:48 PM
TITLE: David F'n Hasselhoff
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>As noted by <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#062935">Llama
Butchers</a>, <a href="http://www.sheilaomalley.com/">The Sheila
Variations</a> has posted a truly overwhelming assortment of David
Hasselhoff pictures. The range of pictures is, um... Indescribable.

I'm not quite sure what it is. <span style="font-style: italic;">Knight
Rider</span> was a fun show [original incarnation at least; <a
href="http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-
1169/Team_Knight_Rider/">Team Knight Rider</a> was an abomination] and
maybe there are times when Hasselhoff looks pretty sexy wearing the black
leather jacket. And some of the poses in the pictures could be pretty
seductive. But he looks silly in all of them.


<a href="http://www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/003356.html">Especially
</a>with the eagle sitting on his arm.

<a href="http://www.curlymcdimple.com/2005/01/boobwatch-indeed-excerpts-
from-my.html">And</a> it gets <a
href="http://www.curlymcdimple.com/images/dh/April.jpg">worse</a>.
Leading to the horror that is<a
href="http://www.davidhasselhoffonline.com/"> David Hasselhoff
Online.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 02:03:07 PM
TITLE: Houston rodeo
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Coming to town in March, and <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/007394.html#more">A
Perfectly Cromulent Blog</a> has all you need to know about the acts.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 01:45:32 PM
TITLE: I'd like to build a petting zoo
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Might I recommend <a
href="http://amishdonkey.com/petting-zoo.php">this</a>?

Verbally not safe for work, do not imbibe liquids while viewing, do not
view if illegal in your area.
Hat tip: <a href="http://www.nakedvillainy.com/2005/01/petting-
zoo.html">NakedVillany</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 06:10:48 AM
TITLE: Evil Pat Boone
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I was wondering exactly why <a
href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/protein_wisdom_offers_advice_on_how
_to_overcome_your_outrage_over_the_cbs_m/">Protein Wisdom</a> had
accepted <a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/17634/">Pat Boone</a> as his
master. So I googled Pat Boone leather, thinking Protein Wisdom would
probably be high in the rankings. Nope.

<a href="http://www.rossetta.com/patboone.htm">This </a>site is first,
and I think it's a parody, but I'm not sure.


<a
href="http://www.theonionavclub.com/feature/index.php?issue=3830&f=1">The
Onion A.V club</a> interviewed Pat Boone about this issue.

Then we have the <a href="http://hubris.typepad.com/">comment </a>in the
second post: Why’d you have to cut off the pic just above Pat’s nipples?
Cocktease.

:}
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/11/2005 06:08:22 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looks like some people are more interested
in Mardi Gras than I was expecting. We'll see how it turns out.

Also, one person from my former place of work has lost 113 pounds.
Impressive.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/10/2005 07:15:10 PM
TITLE: Rather
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The 200+ report on RatherGate has been
released; <a href="http://instapundit.com/archives/020359.php">various
</a><a href="http://instapundit.com/archives/020367.php">people</a> <a
href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2005_01_07.shtml#1105396389">are
</a> <a
href="http://themoderatevoice.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/cbs_memogate_re.ht
ml">commenting</a> <a
href="http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001426.php">on</a> <a
href="http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/complete_report/CBS_Report.p
df">it</a>.

The Houston Chronicle's report is <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2985661">here</a>.
Again, what it does and doesn't say is interesting.

What it does mention that I didn't know was that Mary Mapes was the
producer on the first <span style="font-style: italic;">60 Minutes</span>
segment on the Abu Ghraib prison.

What it doesn't mention is anything about blogs at all.


<blockquote>Questions were quickly raised about the typed memos, with
some document experts saying it appeared they contained a computer
character inconsistent with typewriters at the time.</blockquote>When it
would be more accurate to say the documents are obviously fakes, to the
point that even a group of blind howler monkeys wouldn't accept them as
authentic.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/10/2005 07:06:16 PM
TITLE: Another Quiz
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And with another Yip to <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#062767">Llama
Butchers,</a> we have:

<table width="400" align="center" border="1" border cellspacing="0"
cellpadding="2" style="color:black;">
<tr><td bg align="center" style="color:#66CCFF;">
<span style="'color:black;font-family:Georgia, Times New Roman, Times,
serif;">
<b>You Are a Retrospective Soul</b></span></td></tr>
<tr><td bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<center>
<img src="http://www.quizdiva.net/bt/retrospective-soul.jpg" />
</center>

<span style="color:#000000;">
The most misunderstood of all the soul signs.
Sometimes you even have difficulty seeing yourself as who you are.
You are intense and desire perfection in every facet of your life.
You're best described as extremely idealistic, hardworking, and a
survivor.

Great moments of insight and sensitivity come to you easily.
But if you aren't careful, you'll ignore these moments and repeat past
mistakes.
For you, it is difficult to seperate the past from the present.
You will suceed once you overcome the disappoinments in life.

Souls you are most compatible with: <a
href="http://www.blogthings.com/travelersoul.html">Traveler Soul</a> and
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/prophetsoul.html">Prophet Soul</a>
</span></td></tr></table>

<div align="center">
<a href="http://www.blogthings.com/kindsoulquiz.html">What Kind of Soul
Are You?</a>
</div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/10/2005 06:57:37 PM
TITLE: Quiz for the older crowd
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This <a href="http://www.barking-
moonbat.com/index.php/weblog/history_exam/">quiz </a>claims it should be
a breeze for anyone over 40. My score: 14 out of 20. Had a few guesses.

I agree with <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#062750">Llama
Butchers</a>, 40 isn't quite old enough.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/10/2005 06:52:33 PM
TITLE: Lord of the Rings
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yips to Llama Butchers for <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#062720">this
</a>quiz.

            You are most like <center><span style="font-
size:+1;"><b>Frodo Baggins, Son of Drogo</b></span></center>
<b>With many acquaitenances, Frodo is deeply attached to a few people,
like Bilbo, Aragorn, Gandalf, and Sam. His high ethics come out in his
treatment of Gollum and Saruman. Frodo has pity on Gollum and believes
that change can occur.</b> <p>You have a strong personal morality. You
are committed to relationships and their growth. You tend to be an
idealist, believing the best of the world around you. Time alone is
important and solitary activities refresh you. You have a tendency to
introspection. While providing compassion and being considerate, you may
have the tendency of being soft-hearted or even "too emotional" You like
keeping your options open. Closure is probably not one of your strong
suits. </p> <p> The Orcs display the evil side of this personality with
their lengthy torture methods.</p> <p>Traits: Empathic, benevolent,
looking to the future. On the dark side you could be sadistic.
</p> <p>Not too far off.

</p>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/10/2005 01:12:27 PM
TITLE: Dreams
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>For some reason I've been having a lot of
dreams, mostly odd, disjointed, difficult to remember the next day. I've
also had another episode of what seems to be a recurring dream [4th or
5th time so far]. I've gone back to college, it's finals week, and
there's a class I'm taking that I haven't been to a single class, nor
read the text. Usually it's something math related, this time it was
Spanish [probably my least favorite class in high school].
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/08/2005 04:08:06 PM
TITLE: Kid Rock
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://right-
thoughts.us/index.php/weblog/malkin_vs_kid_rock_the_slog_in_the_blog/"
style="font-family: arial;">Right Thoughts</a><span style="font-family:
arial;"> has a post on the whole Kid Rock controversy. He does a good job
of explaining why this is important, and explains what Kid Rock is about
by explaining one of his songs.</span>

 <span style="font-family: arial;">I would expand on one somewhat
incidental point, though:</span>

<span style="font-family:verdana;font-
size:85%;color:#000000;"><blockquote>I hate to break it to conservatives,
but the pimp culture was seen for a long time as a legitimate way to earn
major money and get your ass out of the ghetto. It featured prominently
in the burgeoning days of rap, and over time has come to take on a whole
new meaning.
</blockquote>
<span style="font-size:100%;">Specifically, a male kid living on the
streets, homeless, no support, usually has two possible ways to make some
money - dealing drugs [or working as a mule for a dealer] or selling his
body. Being a pimp would be a significant step up.</span>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/08/2005 01:31:41 PM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Playing with the book meme thing, <a
href="http://themonkeyboylovescheese.mu.nu/">The Cheese Stands Alone</a>
mentions several other authors, only one of which do I instantly
recognize [Larry Niven, of course, of which I know I have at least 4
books he has writen or co-authored without looking].

Others mentioned include <a
href="http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/tommaddox.html">Tom Maddox</a>,
<font><font><font><font> <a
href="http://www.thanatosoft.freeserve.co.uk/">Mick Farren</a>, <a
href="http://www.philip-pullman.com/">Philip Pullman</a>, and <a
href="http://www.marthagrimes.com/">Martha Grimes.</a>


Mick Farren has a <a href="http://doc40.blogspot.com/">weblog</a>, and
seems currently focused on a possible omen of a black hound.

I've read at least the first book of Pullman's His Dark Materials
trilogy. It's been a while, and I have no firm memory.


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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 08:28:03 PM
TITLE: I'm pissed
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Just random crap has been getting me
steamed all day. First the torture stuff, then The Houston Press has an
<a href="http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/2005-01-06/news.html">article
</a>on the Houston chapter of the Pink Pistols that makes them look like
complete wackjobs [one member's reaction on hearing her dog bark at night
is to react as if to an attack], then some random crap about "socially
conservative" Republicans protesting Kid Rock playing at Bush's
inauguration party.

So, is it (1) my life sucks? (2) my friends and family suck? (3) I'm
sticking to the diet enough for it to have psychological effects?

Or (4) all of the above?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 01:56:09 PM
TITLE: Life, Madri Gras, and the Tsunami
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This afternoon, I was really pissed. My
apartment complex is now within the cordoned off area for mardi gras this
year, which I thought was going to be a good thing. Now I'm told I'll get
2 tickets per day for guests, and guests walking out of my apartment
building will have to buy a ticket.

This means that odds are I'll be able to get even fewer people to come to
any sort of mardi gras party. Which sucks.

Basically, I'm getting tired of local government trying to milk every
penny out of these events, in order to pay for things I don't think they
need, like a strong enough police presence that every other person is a
cop.

Then I read <a href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2005/01/turd-world-
and-high-priest-vulture.html">the Diplomad</a>, and my life doesn't seem
that bad. Basically, local governments don't have nearly the ability to
waste money that the UN does.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 09:42:37 AM
TITLE: Blogger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Does anyone know why I keep getting error
messages from blogger, while it still posts my post? This thing is
possessed.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 09:41:50 AM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Carnival of Recipes <a
href="http://physicsgeek.mu.nu/archives/061920.php">#21</a> is posted on
<a href="http://physicsgeek.mu.nu/">Physics Geek</a>. I sent in my <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2005/01/what-
crock.html">experiment </a>with black-eyed peas and slow cookery, and it
seems to have been well received. Yay.
I still have lots of black-eyed peas left over, some as hoppin john and
some just as peas. Other experiments may occur; recommendations are
welcome.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 08:58:23 AM
TITLE: Torture
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lots of posts on the topic on Instapundit.

<a href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/062426.php">Ace of Spades </a>seems to
me to make the most sense. Those who are arguing that torture is useless
seem clueless. It may be that there are interrogation techniques that
are not torture [and I don't know if a useful operational definition of
torture can be made that everyone will agree on] that work as well. I
don't know. But it seems to me that if we deliver someone into another
country's custody so that he can be interrogated in a particular way
we're still morally responsible.

It would be better to have a clear discussion on this before a city gets
nuked or some other serious terrorist attack occurs rather than after.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/07/2005 08:13:20 AM
TITLE: Book Meme
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Well, I saw this first on <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2005_01.php#062307">Llamabutche
rs</a>, but <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/062346.php">TexasBestGrok
</a>beat me to the link. I have more books in common with him anyway.

<b>

</b>1. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Roger Zelazney</span>
2. <a href="http://www.davidbrin.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">David
Brin   </a>[He has started a blog <a
href="http://www.davidbrin.com/">here</a>. Sort of.]
3. <a href="http://www.skippingtowardsgomorrah.com/" style="font-weight:
bold;">Dan Savage</a>
4. <font>Robert Heinlein
5. <font>CS Lewis
6. <font>JRR Tolkien
7. <span style="font-weight: bold;">William Gibson</span>

8. <font>Larry Niven
9. <a href="http://www.owlsprings.com/bookman.html" style="font-weight:
bold;">Diane Duane</a>
10. <span style="font-weight: bold;">William Shakespeare</span>

Update: sorry, I screwed up and bolded the ones in common instead of the
ones I added. Also, the meme from <a
href="http://themonkeyboylovescheese.mu.nu/archives/062521.html">The
Cheese Stands Alone</a> is much more congruent:

1.   J.K. Rowling
2.   William Gibson
3.   Neil Gaiman
4.   <span style="font-weight: bold;">David Brin</span>
5.   <span style="font-weight: bold;">Roger Zelazny</span>

6. JRR Tolkien
7. Stephen Brust
8. Dave Barry
9. Stephen King
10. William Shakespeare

So, <span style="font-weight: bold;">bold </span>names are the added
ones.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/06/2005 01:12:00 PM
TITLE: WIKIPEDIA
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/020302.php">Instapundit </a>links
to the article currently posted in WIKIPEDIA about his site. Copied
completely here, since I bet it will change soon:
<blockquote>
  <p><b>Instapundit</b> is a <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" title="United
States">U.S.</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics"
title="Politics">political</a> <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog" title="Weblog">weblog</a>
produced by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Reynolds"
title="Glenn Reynolds">Glenn Reynolds</a>, a wingnut law professor at the
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Tennessee"
title="University of Tennessee">University of Tennessee</a>. It is one of
the most widely-read blogs in the world. Because he has inspired
countless imitators, Reynolds is sometimes called the BlogFather.</p>
<p>The content on InstaPundit reflects the interests and biases of its
editor. It is sometimes considered a <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Blog" title="War Blog">War
Blog</a> because of its frequent sympathetic coverage of <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America" title="America">America</a>'s
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_terrorism" title="War on
terrorism">war on terrorism</a> and <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Iraq_War" title="2003 Iraq
War">war in Iraq</a>. Other common topics are <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology"
title="Technology">technology</a> (such as <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology"
title="Nanotechnology">nanotechnology</a> and <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_exploration" title="Space
exploration">space exploration</a>), individual liberty, domestic
politics, the media, and the <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere"
title="Blogosphere">blogosphere</a> as a social phenomenon.</p>
<p>Most of the content consists of links to other sites, often with brief
comments. Reynolds often displays a <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian"
title="Libertarian">libertarian</a> slant which tends to favor <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_market" title="Free market">free
markets</a> and to distrust bureaucratic action in both <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics"
title="Economics">economic</a> and personal affairs. Critics charge that
the site has become increasingly partisan, with a tendency to provide
positive coverage of <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Repuglicans&action=edit"
class="new" title="Repuglicans">Repuglicans</a> and negative coverage of
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party"
title="United States Democratic Party">Demoncrats</a>, although Reynolds
supports such Democratic platforms as civil unions, abortion rights, and
stem cell research.</p>    <p>Because of its popularity, an Instapundit
link to another site can cause the <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_traffic" title="Web
traffic">traffic</a> of that site to spike. Such an increase is often
referred to as an <a
href="http://www.samizdata.net/blog/glossary_archives/002000.html"
class="external" title="http://www.samizdata.net/blog/glossary
archives/002000.html">"instalanche"</a><span class="urlexpansion">
(<i>http://www.samizdata.net/blog/glossary_archives/002000.html</i>)</spa
n>, an Instapundit avalanche.</p>     <p>

Reynolds runs Instapundit with less personal investment than most
bloggers, and thus encourages readers to explore the blogosphere at depth
— for both impartiality and a richer array of content.</p> </blockquote>
<p>
</p> <p>
Glenn is shown in the "I had an abortion" T-shirt.
</p> <p>I wonder if the problem with Wikipedia is that there is no
history or accountability, at least to the casual user. There have been
other times I've wondered what other people had posted on Wikipedia, that
was then redone by someone else.
</p>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/05/2005 01:35:23 PM
TITLE: Anagram generator
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/index.html">This </a>is kind of
cool.

<pre>A NINJA BY HRS VOL
A BANJO HRS VINYL
A SNARL BY JOHN VI
A SNARL BY JOHN IV
A SYLVAN JIB HORN
ANVILS JAR BY HON
NINJA VARY LBS OH
JAIL VAN BY HORNS
RASH NINJA BY VOL
RAH SLAV BOY JINN
NASH RYAN JIB VOL
BANJO RASH VINYL
JAB VARNISH ONLY
LIBRA NAVY JOHNS
LAVA RIBS JOHNNY
JAVA LBS HORNY IN
JAVA BLINN HORSY
ARAB JOHNS VINYL
A NAVYS BIRL JOHN

Or

HIRELINGS MUST TOW
HIRELINGS SMUT TWO
RELISHING TUM STOW
SLITHERING MUST OW
MIGHTIER OWLS STUN
MIGHTIER OWLS NUTS
MIGHTIER LUSTS NOW
TIGERISH LUST MOWN
ENGLISH I MUST TROW
ENGLISH SWIM TUTOR
ENGLISH SWIM TROUT
GERSHWIN LITMUS TO
HUNGERS LIMIT TOWS
GREMLINS SHOW I TUT
WRESTLING HO I MUST


Hat tip: <a href="http://althouse.blogspot.com/2005/01/nuns-oath-
ale.html">Althouse</a>.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/05/2005 01:19:27 PM
TITLE: What a Crock
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>After my New Years Day celebration I had a
lot of leftover black-eyed peas, in the form of some hoppin john made
somewhat like <a href="http://gradualdazzle.blogspot.com/2004/12/hoppin-
john-new-years-day-traditional.html">this </a>recipe from <a
href="http://gradualdazzle.blogspot.com/">Anywhere but Here</a>'s
contribution to last week's carnival. Not my favorite food.

So I puttered around, tried them in a corn tortilla like a burrito, and
ended up making this, a sort of enchilada lasagna. Based on <a
href="http://recipes.allinfoabout.com/main_dishes/lunch_dinner/mexican/cr
ockpotenchiladacasserole.html">this </a>recipe.

Unless you too have leftover hoppin' john, you could use cooked pinto
beans, refried beans, or just increase the amount of meat.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">What a Crock!</span>
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
about 3 cups hoppin' john [slightly less amount by volume than the cooked
beef]
12 corn tortillas
2 cans rotel tomatos
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Brown beef, drain fat. Add taco seasoning, water as indicated on the
packet. Mix for a couple of minutes, then add hoppin' john. Mix together.

Lay 3 tortillas to cover the bottom of the crock pot. Add about 1/3 beef
mixture, then 2/3 can tomatos, then 1/3 cheese. Repeat twice, cover with
the last of the tortillas. Cook on low 3-4 hours. [the original recipe
recommends 6-8 hours, which might have cooked the tortillas differently,
but I wasn't going to wait that long]. Take off lid and turn to high to
evaporate some of the water if it looks too soupy near the end of
cooking.

Serve with picante sauce, guacamole, and/or sour cream.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/05/2005 07:10:31 AM
TITLE: Orange Bowl
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>USC stomped Oklahoma. <a
href="http://boifromtroy.com/archives/003406.php">BoiFromTroy </a>was
there, has pictures.

Congrats!

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/04/2005 04:31:52 PM
TITLE: Movies
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around, found <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/archives/007326.html">A
Perfectly Comulent 's list</a> of upcoming movies for the next six
months. He thinks Electra could be good, the previews have been kinda
cool, I'll probably catch a matinee.

Scrolling down, a couple of others look cool,... holy cow, there's a <a
href="http://hitchhikers.movies.go.com/index.html">Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy</a> movie coming out? Oh yeah.

Don't Panic.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/03/2005 07:07:23 PM
TITLE: A Wish for Fionavar
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.brightweavings.com/books/arbonne.htm">this </a>book,
comes this song/poem:

<span style="font-style: italic;">Thy table set with rarest wine,
Choice meats, sweet ripened fruit
And candlelight when we dine
In Fiovarre.

On we two the high stars will shine
And the holy moon lend her light.
If not here you will be mine
In Fionvarre.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/03/2005 08:31:23 AM
TITLE: Star wars
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>I was looking for <a
href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2004-09-
22&amp;res=l">this </a>penny arcade strip a while back. Now I've found
it.

Or it found me....
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/02/2005 10:00:36 AM
TITLE: ScrappleFace does it again
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><p>(<a
href="http://www.scrappleface.com/MT/archives/002005.html">2004-12-
31</a>) -- A <a
href="http://nytimes.com/2004/12/30/technology/30internet.html"
target="_blank">new survey</a> from the Stanford Institute for the
Quantitative Study of Society shows that relationships with family and
friends may reduce both the quantity and quality of time spent surfing
the internet.</p>   <p>Researchers say the new data show that Americans
enjoy the internet less, and use it less frequently when burdened by
"outdated relational protocols and so-called family responsibilities."
</p> <p>
</p> <p><span style="font-size:130%;">This man's got a twisted
mind.</span>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/02/2005 08:21:50 AM
TITLE: Life and PvP
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>You gotta wonder how much <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20050101">this </a>is
autobiographical.

Yay Diet Coke with Lime and Diet Mountain Dew.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/02/2005 08:01:37 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The original plan was for my sister and 2
of her friends to come down to Galveston and play as part of an annual
wake party for <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townes_Van_Zandt">Townes Van
Zandt</a>, and then spend the night in my apartment. What ended up
happening was that only my sister came down, I made dinner [something
close to Hoppin John, green salad, and pork chops with some lemon
pepper], she went over while I watched the end of the Rose Bowl, and then
I went over [to <a href="http://www.galvestontexas.com/oldquarter/">The
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe</a>] for about an hour.
Not the sort of music I ever voluntarily listen to, but it wasn't too
bad, and parts were good. My sister's violin music added quite a bit to
the guitar playing singers, as long as she didn't overwhelm the song.
Then a 4 piece acoustic band with a singer with a voice like he had just
chain smoked 3 packs of camels came on, and I bailed.

Chomps would have been going crazy. The liberal, long-haired, beards that
had never been cut contingent was high.

One joke: "When I was first going out with my wife, she told me she
wanted to do it doggie-style, so I peed on her carpet and humped her leg.
I didn't do it again after she rubbed my nose in it. Now we always do it
doggie style, I beg and she rolls over and plays dead."
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/02/2005 07:57:55 AM
TITLE: Chili
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Houston Chronicle has an article about
one guy's quest for the perfect chili <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/features/2972652"
>here</a>. Sounds pretty good and pretty easy. Recipe copied here in case
the article expires:


<span style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-
size:-2;">Chronicle kitchen-tested recipe. </span> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;">Freezes
well. Can be thinned to use as enchilada gravy. Also good on tamales, or
in an omelet with grated cheese. </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2
large onions, chopped</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 3
garlic cloves</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,
arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• Canola oil (just
enough to coat pan)</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,
arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2 pounds lean chili-
grind beef</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana, arial,
helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2 packets Williams Original
Chili Seasoning</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,
arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 1 Wick Fowler's 2-
Alarm Chili Kit (omit salt packet; reserve masa packet)</b> </span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-
serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2 tablespoons ground cumin</b> </span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-
serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2 tablespoons each: mild, medium and hot ground
red chili powder</b> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,
arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 2 (28-ounce) cans
Hunt's crushed tomatoes</b> </span></p> <b>• 1 small (6-ounce) can
tomato paste</b> <p><span style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica,
ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>• 56
ounces water (use 2 tomato cans to measure)</b> </span></p> <p><span
style="font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-
2;">Roughly chop onion or pulse briefly in food processor. Peel and mince
garlic cloves. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana, arial,
helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;">Coat the bottom of a heavy, 6-
quart (or larger) pot with canola oil. Sauté onion and garlic until
translucent; do not burn. </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;">Add beef,
stirring to brown on all sides. Add Williams seasoning packets and Wick
Fowler's seasonings, omitting salt packet and reserving masa packet. Stir
in cumin and the three ground red chili powders, blending well. Add
tomatoes, tomato paste and water, stirring to blend. Bring to a boil;
reduce heat and simmer with the lid on. </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;">After 30
minutes, add warm water to the reserved masa packet to make a smooth
paste; stir into chili and simmer at least an hour more. The longer it
simmers, the better it gets. </span></p> <p><span style="font-
family:verdana, arial, helvetica, ms sans-serif;font-size:-2;"><b>Makes 6
or more servings.</b> </span></p> <div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 1/01/2005 01:57:25 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Happy New Year!
 I'm waiting for my sister to come by, her cell phone isn't working and
god knows when she'll get here. Black eyed peas cooking.

Last night was kind of fun, sampled a few odd beers. It would be nice to
have a few close friends that didn't randomly bring up MSM talking points
-"Yeah, the tsunami was really bad. Bush missed a big oportunity to make
a leadership speech." Ok, it wasn't quite that bad but almost.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/31/2004 10:16:20 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>is <a href="http://procheinamy.blog-
city.com/read/980520.htm">up</a>.

Tasty.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/31/2004 09:27:59 AM
TITLE: New Year's
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Roughly 6 months ago I had a <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/07/diet.html#comments">pl
an</a>: 1500-1800 cal diet, walk at least 2 miles/day, weight training 3
times/week. I was trying to lose 10% body weight. I did it somewhere
around October, and have slacked off since then.

So New Year's resolution: follow the same plan, lose another 10%.
Possible, should take another 3-4 months. This means essentially I need
to prepare my own food. Annoying, but necessary. The weight training I
can do much better and more consistently than I did.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/30/2004 01:38:00 PM
TITLE: More UN political fallout
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, first a UN official says that the US
should send more money [later retracted]. <a
href="http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3944374">Now</a>, a UN
official complains because the UN isn't the pointman for spending the
money.

<blockquote>
<div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span
class="article"> ―I think this initiative from America to set up four
countries claiming to coordinate sounds like yet another attempt to
undermine the UN when it is the best system we have got and the one that
needs building up,‖ she said.</span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article">   </span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article"> ―Only really the UN
can do that job,‖ she told BBC Radio Four’s PM programme.</span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article">   </span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article"> ―It is the only body
that has the moral authority. But it can only do it well if it is backed
up by the authority of the great powers.‖</span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article">   </span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article"> Ms Short said the
coalition countries did not have good records on responding to
international disasters.</span></span>

<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article">   </span></span>
<span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article"> She said the US was
―very bad at coordinating with anyone‖ and India had its own problems to
deal with.</span></span></div> </blockquote> <div style="text-align:
left;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span class="article">

<span style="font-size:100%;">
So, when can we agree that the UN is a group of fucking useless
bureaucrats who are interested only in their own fame and money? If it
had any "moral authority" at some point in history, it is rapidly losing
such.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14143_Anti-
American_Tsunami_Riders">LGF</a>

Update:<a href="http://WWW.nicedoggie.net/archives/004853.html#004853">
The Emperor </a>also posts on this.

Update2: as does <a href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2004/12/flash-
clare-short-is-idiot.html">The Diplomad</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/30/2004 07:25:57 AM
TITLE: Would you like to take a survey?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of really odd surveys,
we have:

<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/D/DonRodrigo/1086417650_zartMFlute.JPG"
border="0" alt="The Magic Flute" />
Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute). For a complete
synopsis, see
http://www.firstcoastopera.com/Magic%20Flute%20synopsis.htm.


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/DonRodrigo/quizzes/Which%20Mozart%20Opera
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I especially liked "Is your life closer to comedy or tragedy?"

Comedy, except that considered from the central character's point of
view, it ends in Hell.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_12.php#061301">LlamaButche
rs</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/29/2004 07:42:14 AM
TITLE: Disaster
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I haven't posted on the earthquake/tsunami
partially because I didn't have internet access when it happened,
partially because I have little to add. A Small Victory has a roundup of
people accepting donations <a
href="http://asmallvictory.net/archives/007917.html">here</a>, gets
pissed at idiots <a
href="http://asmallvictory.net/archives/007920.html">here</a>, and tries
to comprehend the numbers <a
href="http://asmallvictory.net/archives/007922.html">here</a>. <a
href="http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041228-122330-7268r.htm">Here
</a>we have the report on the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian
Affairs saying the US should raise taxes so it can give more aid. <a
href="http://timblair.net/weblog.php?id=P95">Here </a>we have Tim Blair
noting the unbelievable generosity of the French. Hat tips to Instapundit
and <a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/17563/">Protein Wisdom</a>.

<a href="http://www.celluloid-
wisdom.com/pw/index.php?/weblog/entry/17563/">TexasBestGrok </a>may be
having the blogospheric [is that a word? it should be] version of
survivor guilt, the feeling that bad things are happening in the world so
I should do something. Or he may be getting hate mail, who knows.

Once he gets to superstar fame, he might have a point. [And I'm anxiously
awaiting that day too. When "Yeah, I was reading TexasBestGrok before he
was a Munuvian" becomes a useful pickup line, I am so in.] But for now,
hey, you've got to take care of the personal before you let the rest of
the world overwhelm you.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/29/2004 07:12:07 AM
TITLE: Disaster part2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, I've got to remember to save posts
before publishing them.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/28/2004 02:45:36 PM
TITLE: Tigers, cool weapons, and the EU
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>That's a fun combination, isn't it? The
Diplomad is on a tear, talking about that and being Jewish during
Christmas too.
By the way, possible suggestions for <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/060886.php">Sunday Aircraft
cheescake</a> <a
href="http://diplomadic.blogspot.com/2004/12/reflections-on-weapon-
cool.html">here</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 09:59:16 PM
TITLE: Comments
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Another First!
2 comments on posts in one day!
Look out, Instapundit.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 08:27:40 PM
TITLE: Retry
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.imao.us/archives/002529.html">IMAO </a>good.

<a href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20041224">Ice
</a>evil.

Lileks lives in the 9th level of hell.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 08:26:46 PM
TITLE: Surviving the Cold
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around the net, not much I want
to link to. Until I hit this: <a
href="http://www.imao.us/archives/002529.html">Surviving the Cold.</a>

Best part:
Tip #12. Booze is good. Just don’t drink too much or you’ll wake up
hungover lying next to a yellow snowman.

Looks like <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20041224">Scott
Kutz</a> needs to work on his winter survival skills. And, of course, <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/04/1204/122404.html">Lileks
</a>is wandering around when it's BELOW -20 DEGREES. Eek.
Update: Blogger lost this, then it was found. Halleluia!
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 08:26:04 PM
TITLE: Blogger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, what's up, anyway? I've <a
href="http://www.blogger.com/error.pyra?msg=body+not+sent">gotten this
</a>message twice today.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 07:51:33 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My sister is coming down New Year's day,
to jam at a club. She and some friends [hers, not mine] may be staying at
my apartment. I may end up decorating my apartment more for Christmas,
taking advantage of post-Christmas sales.

Yeah, it's kind of silly. So sue me.


I was quite sleepy over the last couple of days, to the point that I took
a nap Christmas day afternoon. Pretty unusual for me. Not particularly
stuffed. My parents are drinking 1/4 leaded, 3/4 unleaded coffee though,
so caffeine withdrawal might have been the reason.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 07:50:18 PM
TITLE: Rants, continued
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>First part <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/12/rant.html">here</a>.

I may have to take some of it back. The problem is that I got 2 books for
Christmas, or rather the holiday season, that if bought at full price
would be reasonably expensive. But I know they weren't bought at full
price. So... I don't know.

I was fairly worried that my dad was going to buy me an expensive,
useless gift. Instead they got me a digital camera. Photoblogging, here I
come. Lots of pictures of the family llama, to start.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/27/2004 06:26:17 PM
TITLE: I'm Back
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And I missed the snow in Galveston.
Bummer.

Time to jack into the net and see what's happening.

One thing that's happening is that somehow I ended up with 5-10 times my
usual visits on December 17. Why? Downtown Lad left a comment on my site
then, but as far as I can tell, he didn't link to me. No clue. I guess I
have to figure out this trackback stuff.

Update: Hmm. It was probably around the time Carnival of Recipes posted.
Time for more drink recipes.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/22/2004 07:00:59 PM
TITLE: Weather
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Man, it's cold. Walked over to dinner. Saw
one idiot wearing shorts outside.

There's a christmas tree [or as we used to say in college, non-
denominational holiday shrub] in the Strand district, with a plaque
saying it was donated by the Galveston Historical Foundation and the
Texas Christmas tree growers association, or some such thing. That tree
is the best ad for artifical trees I've seen - it's completely dead,
although the brown needles haven't significantly started falling off yet.

I'm hoping the weather won't interfere with my travel plans. Guess I'll
find out tomorrow.

Blogging is likely to be sporadic [well, even more so] over the next 4-5
days.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/22/2004 06:39:34 PM
TITLE: Europe's future
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.nationalinterest.org/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&amp;type=Pu
blishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&amp;amp;mid=1ABA92EFCD8348688A4EBE
B3D69D33EF&tier=4&amp;id=D8E67244726B44C681B0BD7298F5C49A">Here </a>is a
relatively long essay examining several recently published books. Some
basic concepts: (1) First world, second world, third world divisions are
becoming fluid and complex. (2) A global economic experiment is taking
place, between basic concepts inherent in the Anglosphere, the EU, and
Japan. (3) The EU has problems stemming from lack of connection to the
people. (4) Most problematic, the EU could push longterm problems out
longer by forming an alliance with Middle Eastern states, trading
political influence, technology, and continuing to allow Islamic
immigration in exchange for money in the form of oil, possibly including
China.

My summary, of course, is incomplete. Read the whole thing.

To me, it seems this is already happening. My question would be, is this
a conscious decision one or several people have made, or has it just
worked out that way?


Hat tip: <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/020001.php">Instapundit</a>.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/22/2004 09:20:35 AM
TITLE: Christmas in the Stars
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://www.i-
mockery.com/shorts/starwars-xmas/">Eek</a>. And you thought JarJar was
the root of evil.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.scrawlville.com/archives/001851.html">scrawlville</a>.


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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/21/2004 06:41:49 PM
TITLE: Stuff
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>There's the old story about the wise man
setling a dispute among two thieves, about how to divide up a pile of
stuff: one guy makes two piles, one guy gets to pick. Works reasonably
well, assuming neither wants to get cheated and neither has information
the other doesn't have about the worth of the stuff.

So, imagine a loaf of bread. Not your nicely packaged wonderbread, but a
loaf of bread, solid, wide on one end and tapering down to a point on the
other end. This loaf of bread is cut into 4 pieces. These 4 pieces would
make 2 reasonable sandwiches, each with one piece slightly smaller than
the other. Since the 2 sandwiches would be slightly different sizes, the
offer is made for the other person to choose what slices of bread he
wants. Unexpectedly, he picks the 2 middle pieces, leaving 1 huge piece
and one tiny piece for a sandwich. [still a tasty sandwich, anyway]

An onlooker quotes the old story.

If a tree in the middle of a forest falls on your head, does it still
hurt even if no one else sees it happen?

Oh well. Merry/Happy/Joyous HanukSaturinChrisKawanzNewYear.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/21/2004 11:47:29 AM
TITLE: Santa
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of some people have
waaaay too much time on their hands:

<a href="http://techcentralstation.com/122104C.html">Santa Claus:
Democrat or Republican</a>

Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_12.php#060310">Llama</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/20/2004 09:46:08 PM
TITLE: Mead
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Fun quick review article on mead <a
href="http://sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/19/WIGPE52MJA1.DTL">here</a>, noted by
a commenter on Protein Wisdom.

Had a friend who was into homebrewing beer for a while, until he got
married and got a kid. He also claims St. Arnold's is good enough that he
doesn't have as much motivation to brew. We brewed a mead once, a dry,
non-sparkling mead. AKA rocket fuel. We need to try again some day. Or I
need to try alone, except he's the one with the equipment.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/20/2004 06:31:32 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Went to church two weeks in a row. Nice,
mildly pointless sermon. Afterwards, the lady in front of me told me "I
enjoyed listening to you sing."

I would probably enjoy being in a choir again.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/20/2004 05:56:22 AM
TITLE: Rant
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Having a weblog means I am able to rant
about random crap without pissing off friends. So...

Growing up, Christmas presents, especially after elementary school or so,
were either fun things you wanted or stuff your parents gave you that was
for your own good. The most expensive gifts I got were all supposed to
make me a better person [at least unconsciously, I don't know for certain
growing up that was the idea]. [Now, of course, I have gotten to the
point that I don't really need any more Christ centered self help books.
Thanks, though.] The perfect gift would be the thing you opened on
Christmas that you didn't know existed anywhere in the world but you very
much wanted.

I exchange gifts with a family, 2 parents, one 3 year old kid. I am the
kid's godfather, or "uncle," or whatever. Odds are, I will never have
kids of my own.

Man, that was a lot harder to write than I would have thought. That's
probably why I've been grumpy recently. Anyway.

The female friend is Jewish, the guy is at most agnostic, the kid is
being raised Jewish. So, what Christmas traditions [as opposed to holiday
traditions] they have come from his family. Their gift giving at
Christmas involves sending out a list of everything they want or need, to
make it easier to shop for everyone. Now, this family has a reasonable
amount of disposable income, so when something one of them wants is
priced cheaply they will buy it. This means things that make it onto the
list are either expensive enough that it's more than they would spend for
a spontaneous purchase [like a kayak, or jewelry] or it's something they
didn't really strongly want.

The last couple of years at least I've been making a Christmas wish list
to give to them. It's hard because it just feels wrong. The other side is
that I've been tending to spend a lot more on gifts for them than they've
been spending on gifts for me. [especially last year- lots of time to go
shopping, lots of cash in bank account]. In the kid's case, that's fine,
that's right, that's expected. In their case I can't figure out if there
is some hidden rule under which they're operating [the guy without kids
must have more discretionary income, so he should spend more], or what.
Or if there were years in which he gave me more expensive presents than I
gave him, and this gets the balance even.

It does seem unfair that they are giving me presents that are less
expensive than anything on their list. And, Christmas shouldn't involve
fairness, I should be happy to give things with no expectations of
getting anything back.

Anyway. End rant.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/17/2004 08:40:38 PM
TITLE: Why people blog part 2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So that when I run into something like <a
href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/12/14/25238/046">this</a>, and I
don't have anybody to rant to at 10 o'clock at night on a Friday, I can
just type here and maybe think through this.

Annoying things:
1) It strikes too close to home. I went to a private school, although not
a conservative christian academy, which is probably what is involved.
2) It's way out of line. The only person I can think of that was
summarily expelled was caught dealing drugs on campus. Not the guys that
were using, not the idiots caught shoplifting at Six Flags.
3) There have undoubtedly been other gay or lesbian kids there. The kid's
real crime in the eyes of the people running the school would have been
the website - they would consider it to be proselytizing for the
"homosexual lifestyle." From my standpoint it probably was a noble and
useful thing to do.

It's a good thing I'm not a vengeful, omnipotent god. The principal would
be struck down by a meteor, preferably just after making the announcement
about the kid being expelled. The principal might be a good guy, but he
would be worm food, as a warning to other people cliaming to worship me.
Immediately afterwards, Pat Robertson would be squashed by a grand piano
that appeared out of nowhere.

I need serenity. Failing that, a good buzz.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/17/2004 09:15:20 AM
TITLE: Christmas
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And so, if you want to learn the true
meaning of Christmas, read <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/pvp4/">this</a>.
Update: nope, the true meaning of Christmas is apparently <a
href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2004-12-
16&amp;res=l">being eaten by Cthullu.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/17/2004 08:41:53 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Doing some Christmas shopping, most of it
is done partially because I've decided not to get get gifts for a couple
of people this year. I'm going to get my mother a red hat since she's a
member of her local <a href="http://www.redhatsociety.com/">red hat
society</a> [good god, they've got trading cards!]. Anyway.

On the back of the map and schedule for Dickens on the Strand was an ad
for a <a
href="http://www.thestrand.com/business_detail.php?merchant_id=127">local
shop</a>, with a picture of some of their merchandise [including a couple
of red hats] and a coupon for 10$ off a 25$ or more purchase. No
expiration date. I didn't go there during Dickens, I had better things to
do and thought it would be too crowded anyway. I went Wednesday. The
salesperson said she would have to ask her manager about the coupon, and
since the manager was at a funeral I said I would come back a couple of
hours later. When I did the salesperson said she could not honor the
coupon, that it was only for during Dickens. She said the store had run a
coupon for 20% off any purchase in the local paper a few weeks back, and
if I could get one they would honor that. So I left angry.

I went to Palais Royal yesterday. They had the same kinds of hats, at 50%
off [the original prices seemed about the same]. Score!
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/17/2004 08:25:50 AM
TITLE: Why people blog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Instapundit <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/019889.php">points </a>to an <a
href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/SiliconInsider/story?id=88655&page=1
">article </a>by Michael S Malone about blogging, saying basically it's
the next big internet bubble, that people are doing it in order to make
money or fame [which then translates into money]:


<span style="font-style: italic;">You may argue that since most bloggers
simply volunteer their energies to run their blogs, they could
theoretically go on forever. And some will. But most, I suspect, want
some sort of payback over time for their efforts — whether it is an
income or merely the kind of fame that can be converted (speeches, books,
jobs) into income.

</span>Glenn makes the comparison to music - many people play instruments
and make music, making no or very little money. From my standpoint, I'm
doing this because it's fun and silly and serious and intellectually
stimulating. I have no desire to turn this into a book or a career, and
it could impact my career in bizarre ways if it became widely known. So,
I'm going to putter along in my tiny corner of the web, being amused by
the one or two comments a month.<span style="font-style: italic;">
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/15/2004 07:50:01 AM
TITLE: Records
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, <a
href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6646524/site/newsweek/">here </a>we
have Newsweek's concept of 2004's "true top ten." Albums, CDs, records,
whatever the current word is.

None of which do I have any desire to own, might listen to parts of each
if given to me as a gift then quite likely would take them immediately
and sell them to a place that does 2nd hand CDs.

Can someone explain reasonably why I can buy a cheap DVD for 5.99, quite
a few DVDs I would want for 7.99-9.99, yet am expected to pay 8-10 bucks
for nearly any CD? Or 99 cents for a single song that I don't even own
but am just licensing?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/15/2004 07:37:04 AM
TITLE: Earthsea
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I watched some of the SciFi channel's
miniseries over the past 2 days. I had some difficulty watching it
because several portions didn't jive with what I remembered. And yup, the
script seems to have taken a few liberties: in Ursula K Le Guin's <a
href="http://www.ursulakleguin.com/UKL_info.html">words
</a><span style="font-family: arial;font-size:85%;">
</span> <p style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-
size:85%;">Earlier in the article, Robert Halmi is quoted as saying that
Earthsea "has people who believe and people who do not believe." I can
only admire Mr Halmi's imagination, but I wish he'd left mine alone.
</span></p> <p style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-
size:85%;">In the books, the wizardry of the Archipelago and the
ritualism of the Kargs are opposed and united, like the yang and yin.
The rejoining of the broken arm-ring is a symbol of the restoration of
an unresting, active balance, offering a risky chance of peace.
</span></p> <p style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-
size:85%;">This has absolutely nothing to do with "people who believe
and people who do not believe." That terrible division into Believers
and Unbelievers (itself a matter not of reason but of belief) is one
which bedevils Christianity and Islam and drives their wars. </span></p>
<p style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size:85%;">But the
wizards of Earthsea would look on such wars as madness, and the dragons
of Earthsea would laugh at them and fly away... </span></p> <p
style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Toto, something
tells me Earthsea isn't Iraq. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:
arial;font-size:85%;">I wonder if the people who made the film of <i>The
Lord of the Rings</i> had ended it with Frodo putting on the Ring and
ruling happily ever after, and then claimed that that was what Tolkien
"intended..." would people think they'd been "very, very honest to the
books"?</span>

</p> <p>
Thank God LOTR was just about as faithful to the books as possible.
</p> <p>Hat tip:S [let me know if you read this and want a link
somewhere].
</p>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/15/2004 07:22:07 AM
TITLE: Drink recipe
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>During college, one of the places that was
somewhat popular was the Hong Kong in Harvard Square, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. They wouldn't give out the recipe for their scorpion
bowls, but this is fairly close.

I think it is so named because it sneaks up on you and then gets you with
a deadly sting.

Scorpion Bowl
[makes 6-8 cup 2-3 person bowl]


1 shot (1.5 oz) Dark Rum
1 shot (1.5 oz) Brandy
2 shots (3 oz) Light Rum
2 shots (3 oz) 151 Rum
2 shots (3 oz) Triple Sec
18 oz Guava Punch
2 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
2 oz Papaya Juice
5 oz Orange Juice
mix with cracked ice
drink through big long straws
preferably served in a fun communal bowl, possibly coconut shells
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Update: </span>By the way, this is
obviously more than a single drink-equivalent. It is strong, but it
doesn't taste that strong. It is specifically designed to be drunk by
more than one person- the restaurant wouldn't serve one to just one
person. Use with extreme caution, don't drink and drive, drink
responsibly. Etc. :)
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/14/2004 10:19:40 PM
TITLE: Penny Arcade-G4Tech TV
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>There was a pretty good segment about
their <a href="http://www.childsplaycharity.org/">charity </a>on XPlay
tonight. They got 250K last year, looks like they're at 175K so far this
year. That seems like an enormous amount of cash, for a relatively small
charity. The power of the internet, a few big donations?

Basic impressions. Young, funny geeks. In tuxedos.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/14/2004 09:48:20 PM
TITLE: Christmas
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Christmas is closing in way too fast. I
would like to send out cards [I haven't sent any for the past few years],
and I've only slightly decorated. Got some shopping done, know what and
where for most other presents. Nothing wrapped.

Some of my friends make wish lists. One of them has a book on it that I
don't think she's going to like. I'm getting it for her anyway, partially
to see if I'm correct.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/14/2004 05:47:56 PM
TITLE: Beer Pong
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Good grief, there's a <a
href="http://www.nbpl.net/">National Beer Pong League</a>. Why didn't we
know about this in college? We had a pair of guys who could have been
national champions.

Hat Tip: <a href="http://rawyouth.blogspot.com/2004/12/you-know-like-
real-gilligans-island.html">Raw Youth</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/12/2004 09:01:45 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>It's been a fairly busy weekend. St.
Arnold's pub crawl Friday, I babysat my godson Saturday, then went to
church this morning. The service was closer to the 9 Lessons and Carols;
no sermon.

I went back for caroling this afternoon, but it looked like it was aimed
at little kids, so I bailed.

Considering this was the first service I went to, not in the presence of
family, in almost a decade, my parents would be happy. I'm not going to
tell them because if I join the church I want to do it for me, not
because they are nagging me to do it.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/12/2004 08:58:59 PM
TITLE: Cow Emoticons
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Huge numbers of pictures of cows made with
ascii characters <a href="http://www.aryeh.net/cows.php">here</a>. Why, I
have no idea.

Hat Tip:<a
href="http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/004671.html#004671">Musing
s </a>again.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/12/2004 08:36:15 PM
TITLE: Stupid Obsessive-Compulsive bureaucrat
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of idiotic bureaucrat
with a stick up his ass so far it's given him a lobotomy, we have Thomas
Quinn, director of the Federal Air Marshall Service. <a
href="http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041208-122555-
6114r.htm">Suspending air marshals</a> because they're not wearing a suit
or sports coat. Boy, that makes me feel safe.

Hat tip:<a
href="http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/004681.html#004681">Transt
errestrial Musings.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/09/2004 08:53:37 AM
TITLE: modafanil
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>John had a <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/057151.php">post </a>discussing
how he would like more time in the day [who wouldn't?]; bouncing back and
forth in his comments was a direction to this <a
href="http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-
041502sleep.story">article </a>in the LA Times, essentially bringing up
the concept of performance enhancing meds. The original post has <a
href="http://www.modafinil.com/">this </a>link, which then leads here -
<a href="http://www.biopsychiatry.com/">The Good Drug Guide.</a>

Please note that what follows isn't medical advice, it's just me
blathering on.

Anyway.

The company's drug site is <a
href="http://www.provigil.com/physician/home.aspx">here</a>; the
prescribing information is <a
href="JavaScript:openPDF('/pdf_docs/track_pdf.aspx?type=Physician&pdf=pre
scribing_info.pdf')">here</a>.

The drug is approved by the FDA essentially for clinical conditions
involving sleepyness when you want to be awake, for example narcolepsy.
One of the conditions is Shift Work Sleep Disorder.

There is clearly some abuse potential. I bet [and this is only a bet, I
don't <span style="font-style: italic;">know</span>] that it's abuse
potential is significantly less than speed mainly because of it's
halflife of 40 hours. Ie, when you're jonesing for your drug of choice
you don't want something that's going to hit you a couple of hours after
you take it, and then will last for a long time. The most addictive
substances tend to be fast on, fast off, so you want more, more, more.

So, given that I am in favor of legalizing [and regulating and taxing] at
least marijuana and probably other street drugs, do I have a significant
problem with people occasionally using Provigil even if they don't have
narcolepsy? No. Here and now, given the medico-legal climate, would I be
comfortable with prescribing the drug for someone who wanted to fit an
extra day in their schedule once in a while? No.

The other point I was making is after 36 hours awake, 8-9 hours of sleep
just doesn't do it for me. I never pulled an all-nighter during college,
even though it was fairly common - my ability to be creative and
intelligent drops significantly around 4AM. I knew one guy however who's
sleep cycle was roughly 3 days awake, 1 day asleep.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/08/2004 08:39:01 PM
TITLE: The ultimate computer game
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Everything you need to know is <a
href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/058045.php">here</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/08/2004 06:03:51 PM
TITLE: Dan Rather - Drug Experimenter?
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From the Houston Press comes <a
href="http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/2004-12-02/hairballs.html">this
</a>report of Dan "Queen of the Space Unicorns" Rather's LSD use and
heroin experiments, reportedly from the Ladies' Home Journal 24 years
ago. That would explain a few things.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/07/2004 10:07:55 AM
TITLE: Cruelty
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Putting <a
href="http://www.instapunk.com/archives/InstaPunkArchive.php3?a=122">tort
ure </a>into historical context.

From my point of view, as far as I understand, the problem with Abu
Ghraib was that it wasn't torture with a purpose, it was some guards
getting their jollies playing with prisoners.

As soon as Islamic terrorists start complying with the <a
href="http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/06/1102182221713.html?oneclick=t
rue">Geneva Conventions</a>, so will we.

Hat tip for second link: <a
href="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=13859_When_Rules_Go_O
ut_the_Window">LGF</a>

Update: That doesn't sound like I want it to. The Geneva Conventions
specifies how a signatory country promises to act in relation to enemy
soldiers who are also operating under the Geneva Convention. Things like
using hospitals and churches as defensive structures, not wearing a
uniform and hiding in the civilian population, playing dead so you can
get a American soldier closer so you can set off a grenade; the people we
are fighting are not fighting under the Convention. Of course, they can't
- they would be squashed like a bug if they tried to use conventional
military tactics, which is what the Conventions are set up for. So,
we'll try to do our best to treat everything and everyone humanely, at
the risk of out servicemen's [and women's] lives, and still get bitched
at by every NGO under the sun.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/07/2004 07:34:44 AM
TITLE: Theme song
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My new theme song: <a
href="http://www.madman.com.au/tism/bunny/">Everyone Else Has Had More
Sex Than Me</a>. Sung by an unhappy bunny.

Hat Tip: <a href="http://www.swirlspice.com/oldstuff/003829.php">Swirl
Spice.</a> Who got it from <a
href="http://kneedeepinit.blogspot.com/2004/12/new-obsession.html">Knee
Deep in it.</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/06/2004 08:24:53 PM
TITLE: Christmas Decorations
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The LlamaButchers also have some <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_12.php#057961">commentary
</a>on Christmas Decorations. Some of it I agree with, some of it doesn't
really doesn't apply to me up on the 5th floor, and some of it I strongly
disagree with. He's going to get my grandmother's snowman off my
bookshelf over my dead body, then he's going to have to destroy the
zombie me, and probably lay to rest a ghost.

No interior Santas or snowmen, indeed.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/06/2004 08:12:04 PM
TITLE: More movies
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Another list of movies found by <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_12.php#057901">LlamaButche
rs,</a> from <a
href="http://impenetrableprose.blogspot.com/2004/12/continuing-story-of-
quack-whos-gone-to.html">Impeneterable Prose and Ponderings</a>. You know
how it goes, movies I've seen in bold, movies I intend to see in the
future in italics.

<b style="text-decoration: underline;">MY TOP 102 FIVE-STAR FILMS</b>

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">2001: A Space
Odyssey (1968)</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Adventures of
Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Airplane! (1980)</span>
All That Jazz (1979)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Amadeus (1984)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Animal House
(1978)</span>
Annie Hall (1977)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">As Good As It Gets
(1997)</span>
Awakenings (1990)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Back to the Future
(1985)</span>
Barbarella (1968)
Basic Instinct (1992)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Batman (1989)
</span>Own in VHS
Benny & Joon (1993)
The Big Chill (1983)

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Blazing Saddles (1974)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Blues Brothers
(1980)</span>
Body Heat (1981)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes
(1970) </span>How did this get on this list?
Creepshow (1982)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Crow
(1994)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Die Hard
(1988)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Dirty Dozen
(1967)</span>
Doctor Doolittle (1967)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Dogma (1999)</span>
The Doors (1991)
Ed Wood (1994)
Fargo (1996)

<span style="font-style: italic;">Fast Times at Ridgemont High
(1982)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Fatal Attraction (1987)</span>
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Field of Dreams (1989)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">A Fish Called Wanda
(1988)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Fisher King (1991)</span>
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Forrest Gump (1994)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ghost (1990)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Ghostbusters
(1984)</span>
Gods and Monsters (1998)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Great Escape (1963)</span>

<span style="font-style: italic;">Groundhog Day (1993)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Heaven Can Wait (1978)</span>
Help! (1965)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Highlander (1986)
</span>I've also seen all the movies and most of the TV series, including
the knockoff TV series.
The House of Yes (1997)
The January Man (1989)
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Man on the Moon (1999)
Manhattan (1979)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">M*A*S*H
(1970)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Mask
(1994)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Matrix (1999)
</span>Own DVD
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Miracle on 34th
Street (1947)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Monty Python and the
Holy Grail (1974)</span>

Night Shift (1982)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Nutty Professor (1963)</span>
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Police Academy (1984)</span>
Poltergeist (1982)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Princess Bride
(1987) </span>Own VHS
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Raiders of the Lost
Ark (1981)</span>
Rain Man (1988)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Raising Arizona
(1987)</span>
The Rapture (1991)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Repo Man
(1984)</span>

Rio Bravo (1959)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Rocky Horror
Picture Show (1975)</span>
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Scream (1996)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Shine (1996)
The Shootist (1976)
Sliver (1993)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">South Park: Bigger,
Longer and Uncut (1999)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Star Trek II: The
Wrath of Khan (1982)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Star Trek IV: The
Voyage Home (1986)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Star Wars: Episode
IV – A New Hope (1977)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Star Wars: Episode
VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Starship Troopers
(1997)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Sting (1973)</span>

Striptease (1996)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Superman III (1983)</span>
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Tombstone (1993)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Top Secret!
(1984)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Total Recall
(1990)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Twelve Monkeys (1995)</span>
Up in Smoke (1978)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Walkabout (1971)
Westworld (1973)
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Who Framed Roger
Rabbit? (1988)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory (1971)</span>
<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Wizard of Oz
(1939)</span>

The World According to Garp (1982)
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Yellow Submarine (1968)</span>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/05/2004 07:42:59 PM
TITLE: Religion
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>TexasBestGrok has a <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/057685.php">questionnaire
here</a>.

His questions in <span style="font-weight: bold;">bold</span>, my answers
beneath:
<span style="font-weight: bold;">1. Do you believe in God/gods? </span>
Part of me does, part of me doesn't. This may be further explained, if
germane.
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 2. What religion/philosophy/tradition,
if any, were you raised in? (If your answer to question 1 was "no," you
can now skip to question 8).</span>
Methodist.

<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 3. What religion, if any, do you
currently observe/practice?</span>
None. Attend Christian, usually Methodist, church services irregularly
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 4. If your answer to 3 differs from 2,
please explain why you changed.</span>
I guess these do differ. Various things lead me to doubt the existence of
God, or at least as He is interpreted by the major religions. One of the
things is, a not insignificant number of clinically insane people will
have increasing religiosity [which I hope is a word] as a symptom,
especially bipolar patients in a manic phase. It seems quite possible to
me that the Old Testament Prophets were such people. Not every
hyperreligious manic would have been interpreted as being closer to God,
but if some were, it would explain the basic underpinnings of organized
religion.
I also have a friend who is an atheist [or maybe agnostic], who believes
that the various religions are scams specifically for the accumulation of
power and money. [Scientology, anyone?]
On the other hand, there are times that I felt like I prayed and got an
answer.
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 5. How frequently do you pray?</span>
Probably weekly
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 6. How frequently do you attend
church/temple/synagogue/mosque?</span>
Once every 2-3 months
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 7. What is the object of your religion
(i.e., why do you believe what you do, what do you hope to get out of
your belief)?</span>

To help the world fulfill God's plan for it. My reward would be in the
afterlife.
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 8. What do you think is the purpose of
religion (broadly defined as an organized faith in the supernatural), in
general?</span>
Divided answer: to help humanity get closer to God/ to fulfill a basic
need to give an explanation for the crap that goes on in the world
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 9. Describe your understanding of the
basic principles of Christianity.</span>
God created everything. Man screwed everything up. God gave some laws to
a group of people. That failed. God sent his Son, to bridge the gap
between humanity and Him.
<span style="font-weight: bold;"> 10. Describe your understanding of the
basic principles of Judaism.</span>
God created everything. Man screwed everything up. God gave us laws to
live by. We try to live by those laws, and try to understand those laws,
so that we don't accidentally break others. The most important of the
laws emphasize the importance of human life.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">11. </span><b style="font-weight:
bold;">Optional</b><span style="font-weight: bold;">: Describe your
understanding of the basic principles of your religion (if neither
Christianity nor Judaism) or of any other religion that you would like to
comment upon.
</span>Scientology: scam. See <a href="http://xenu.net/">here </a>for
details.

Man, my spelling was horrible. Hooray for spell check. Answers can be
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/05/2004 03:47:48 PM
TITLE: More silly tests
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/homosexual/"><img
src="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/images/homosexual/c.jpg"
title="A repressed gay blockbuster star. Don't get many of those these
days, do we, Tom?" alt="A repressed gay blockbuster star. Don't get many
of those these days, do we, Tom?" border="0" /></a><br /><a
href="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/homosexual/">Which Famous
Homosexual Are You?</a><br /><small><a
href="http://rumandmonkey.com/">Brought to you by Rum and
Monkey</a></small><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/05/2004 03:44:43 PM
TITLE: Survivor
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/apocalypse/"><img
src="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/images/apocalypse/a.jpg"
title="Ironic, isn't it?" alt="Ironic, isn't it?" border="0" /></a><br
/><a href="http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/apocalypse/">Which
Survivor of the Impending Nuclear Apocalypse Are You?</a><br /><small><a
href="http://rumandmonkey.com/">A Rum and Monkey joint.</a></small><div
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/05/2004 09:38:29 AM
TITLE: Dickens on the Strand, continued
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>4:45, every act is done, some of the
stalls are beginning to put stuff away. Why are there still cops at the
entrances screening for tickets?

Wandering around, there were a couple of guys from <a
href="http://www.utilikilts.com/">Utilikilt </a>around. Holy shit,
there's a guy wearing one of them with a <a
href="http://www.sexuality.org/l/bdsm/hanky.html">grey hankey</a> in his
left pocket. I didn't say anything, and I really don't want to get
involved in a bondage scene with a total stranger, but...
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/05/2004 05:15:46 AM
TITLE: Dickens on the Strand, part 2
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lots of random thoughts:
1) The performers got better as the day went on. I know my middle school
choir was better than some of these acts because I have a few recordings.
Of course I am purely objective about this.
2) Men in drag don't do much for me. Men in kilts, on the other hand...
3) I still think there are fewer stalls than last year.
4) If you wear a Victorian costume, you can go in for free. Since when is
Batman a Victorian character? There was also a guy who was a wizard from
the Harry Potter universe, probably going for the headmaster.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/04/2004 08:43:49 AM
TITLE: Dickens on the Strand
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This weekend is the 31st <a
href="http://www.dickensonthestrand.org/index1.htm">Dickens on the
Strand. </a>


Walking around, it looks like there are fewer stalls this year. I suspect
they raised the prices again. The acts first thing in the morning were
pretty pitiful - handbells that weren't quite in sync, a high school
choir that was too quiet, a youth band with an off pitch tuba.

I'm getting some more coffee, and going back out in a bit.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/04/2004 07:34:53 AM
TITLE: Carnival of Recipes
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The <a
href="http://freshasadaisy.us/index.php?p=190">Carnival </a>is up.
Blogger is doing funny things again.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/04/2004 07:34:34 AM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The <a
href="http://freshasadaisy.us/index.php?p=190">Carnival of Recipes</a> is
up. I submitted my tasty <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/11/modified-wilsons-
cornbread-stuffing.html">Modified Wilson's Cornbread Stuffing</a> recipe.

I may try the <a href="http://bebere.blogspot.com/2004/12/im-proud-of-
these-as-my-dinner-guest.html">Stuffed Mushrooms</a> or <a
href="http://gullyborg.typepad.com/weblog_archive/2004/12/another_recipe_
.html">Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.</a>

Mmmm, Butter Cake.

I'll try to get my mother's recipe for Yankee Layer Cake for next week's
carnival.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/03/2004 11:15:50 AM
TITLE: War on Drugs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://www.cato.org/dailys/12-02-
04.html">Message </a>from the Cato Institute: The Drug War has failed.

Well, yeah.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.fark.com/">Fark</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/03/2004 08:51:47 AM
TITLE: Life vs me
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Life owes me nuthin -> I owe life nuthin
I owe life nuthin -> Life owes me nuthin

There's a RPG named <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torg">Torg
</a>in which a certain group of people is aligned to Good or Evil. It is
intentionally simplistic: a good person acts mostly in ways that benefit
a group, an evil person acts mostly in ways that benefit himself [or
herself, or itself, or veself... English needs better pronouns].

My parents are clearly aligned to good. I think I was aligned to good,
but over the past couple of years switched to evil. Maybe.

If all of these people are good, how come I rarely benefit from things
that benefit the group? If all of these people are evil, do I have to be
evil to be happy?

Does any of this make any sense in the real world?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/03/2004 08:14:05 AM
TITLE: Cheese eating nuke requesting monkeys
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The Belmont Club is on a <a
href="http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/nimitz-in-un-service-1998-
november.html">roll </a>with various <a
href="http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/some-are-more-equal-than-
others-james.html">posts </a>about the France-US relationship over the
past 50 years, as well as the Oil-for-Nukes program.


<a href="http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/little-air-cover-some-
readers-have.html">Nukes </a>to bail out the French in Vietnam? That
would be an interesting alternate future. I just wonder how likely it
was.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/02/2004 07:25:25 AM
TITLE: Abstinence Programs
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>, comes this lovely report
that some abstinence programs may teach things that aren't quite reality
based:

<p style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">       <nitf> Among the misconceptions
cited by Waxman's investigators:</nitf> </p> <p style="color: rgb(255,
0, 0);">       <nitf>• A 43-day-old fetus is a "thinking person."</nitf>
</p> <p style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">        <nitf>• HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS, can be spread via sweat and tears.</nitf> </p> <p
style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">       <nitf>• Condoms fail to prevent HIV
transmission as often as 31 percent of the time in heterosexual
intercourse.</nitf> </p> <p class="lastPar" style="color: rgb(255, 0,
0);">       <nitf>One curriculum, called "Me, My World, My Future,"
teaches that women who have an abortion "are more prone to suicide" and
that as many as 10 percent of them become sterile. This contradicts the
2001 edition of a standard obstetrics textbook that says fertility is not
affected by elective abortion, the Waxman report said.

</nitf></p> <p class="lastPar" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><nitf>They
looked at the 13 most common programs; 11 "</nitf>contain unproved
claims, subjective conclusions or outright falsehoods regarding
reproductive health, gender traits and when life begins."
</p> <p class="lastPar" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why is this crap
publicly funded, again?
 </p>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/02/2004 07:14:27 AM
TITLE: Scooby Doo!
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Remember when the gang used to meet all
sorts of interesting people, like Batman and Don Knotts? Well, now they
get <a
href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_12_00.shtml#1101884249">to
meet </a>the Queen of the Space Unicorns, Dan Rather!
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/01/2004 08:11:43 PM
TITLE: Harvard sucks
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>They even <a
href="http://www.discourse.net/archives/2004/12/yale_outsmarts_harvard.ht
ml">admit </a>it in public.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_12_00.shtml#1101884249">Vol
okh Consiracy.</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 12/01/2004 02:47:15 PM
TITLE:
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I was using Google to try to find this
blog, using various key words. Man, there's a lot of crap out there. But
there is also <a
href="http://www.columbia.edu/%7Eblb28/tamgrossa.htm">Medieval Latin Yo
Mama jokes!</a>

It's interesting though. Finding this required very specific words.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/30/2004 07:23:41 AM
TITLE: Blogger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>All right, blogger lost 2 posts in as many
days. What's the deal.

Update: and now, magically, they're back.

You just know there are people out there who believe that the GOVERNMENT
is censoring their post every time blogger has a hiccup.

Actually, that might be an interesting research subject. How many
paranoid schizophrenics are using blogger?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/30/2004 07:23:34 AM
TITLE: Walmart
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Instapundit's got some <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/019505.php">comments </a>about
Walmart vs Target vs internet vs no one ever buying anything. Several
thoughts:

1) The super Walmart near my parents' Tiny Texas Town is <span
style="font-style: italic;">the </span>place to go. The area isn't big
enough to support a Target, but the Walmart is clean, well lit, and
reasonably well liked. I don't know if it has driven other places out of
business.
2) The super Walmart opening in Galveston led to the shutdown of a couple
of smaller grocery stores, and the Kroger building a new, bigger store. I
shop at a variety of grocery stores. I usually go to Kroger because
overall it tends to be cheaper than Walmart [my grocery purchases are
rather price dependent - I buy coke or pepsi brands depending on what's
on sale that week], I think the produce looks better, and the lines are
shorter and the self checkout works [I've had a couple of problems doing
self checkout in Walmart]. I don't shop at Randalls just because I don't
want to have to get another preferred shopper card. Finally, I go to
Central Market in Houston when I visit some friends in Houston and want
something special or unusual. They shop exclusively at Central Market and
Costco because they think the quality is better, and are willing to pay
for it.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/30/2004 07:11:41 AM
TITLE: Airlines
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>My airline travel ended up being much
smoother than I had expected. I don't know how the final numbers will
come out, but I overheard the pilot on Sunday talking about how he had
expected a fuller airplane [at around noon].

I was "selected" for further security inspection on the way back. The guy
was quite professional, clearly telling me every time he had to touch me.
I still think it would be reasonably easy to get a non-metallic weapon on
a plane, simple to get the equivalent of brass knuckles, and can think of
a way to obtain a gun. The equivalent of 9/11 wouldn't happen due to the
Instapundit "pack, not a herd" meme, not due to the security guys
confiscating fingernail clippers. Unless terrorists specifically targeted
a plane with few passengers. Hmm.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/30/2004 07:00:35 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so Thanksgiving was a success. I made
the turkey, stuffing, [by the way, we don't stuff the turkey], jello,
[man, that stuff can get rubbery when you forget to add the extra 2 cups
cold water], and cranberries [one bag with sugar, one with Splenda]. Mom
made a couple of other things, and various people brought various
desserts [one from a bake sale, one from a bakery in Dallas, etc.]

My grandfather is now officially moved to the Tiny Texas Town. I flew to
Memphis, helped pack some, helped him not go crazy while the movers
packed stuff and moved stuff, drove him in his car, then later got a ride
with an aunt to Dallas to fly to Hobby. In between I got 2 cavities
filled, which is irritating since they're still cold sensitive. I don't
recall local anaethetics having mood instability effects, but the night
after they were done was bad.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/29/2004 05:55:31 AM
TITLE:
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I don't understand. Isreali soldiers make
a Palestinian man play his violin, seemingly to make sure he wasn't
carrying a bomb, the scene gets videotaped, and now the Guardian has <a
href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1361755,00.html">this
</a>quote:

<span style="font-family:Geneva,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:85%;">Yoram
Kaniuk, author of a book about a Jewish violinist forced to play for a
concentration camp commander, wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that
the soldiers responsible should be put on trial "not for abusing Arabs
but for disgracing the Holocaust

</span>Disgracing the Holocaust? Have we completely lost the ability to
differentiate between the victim and the victimizer?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/28/2004 04:19:33 PM
TITLE: Modified Wilson's Cornbread Stuffing
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Go <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/11/thanksgiving.html">her
e </a>for the unmodified version.

Modified Wilson's Cornbread Stuffing

1 whole chicken
2 bags cornbread mix [used Martha White]
2 bags stuffing mix [used Kellog's herb dressing]
3 medium eggs
2 medium onions
3 slices of stale, not moldy, wheat bread
about 1 tsp. sage

1) Boil chicken. Reserve chicken stock for later use.
2) Make cornbread.
3) Debone chicken, shredding meat into bite sized or smaller pieces.
4) Coarsely chop onion.
5) Mix all ingredients [with your hands]. Add enough chicken stock
[and/or water, if necessary] to gain a consistency such that the bready
ingredients are starting to turn to mush.
6) Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. The edges of the stuffing
should be beginning to turn golden.

The taste is relatively subtle. I might recommend adding more sage,
thyme, poultry seasoning, or black pepper depending on what you like. My
dad, who doesn't particularly spicy food, thought this was great, and the
closest to his grandmother's stuffing he's tasted. We added the chicken
meat because that was what she always did. Not a huge amount of prep
time, but cooking the chicken and cornbread the day before is
recommended.
By the way, this recipe makes a pan of stuffing large enough that 8
people at Thanksgiving ate about half of it. Leftovers, yum!

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/24/2004 10:40:41 AM
TITLE: SciFi vs Science
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Scored an 80% on <a
href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6567839/">this </a>quiz, and I disagree
with one of their answers. Yay me!

Hat tip: <a href="http://tig.mu.nu/archives/056182.html">Read My Lips</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/24/2004 08:14:34 AM
TITLE: PvP
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Today's <a
href="http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20041123">strip
</a>sets up many possibilities for tomorrow. Heh.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/24/2004 07:37:22 AM
TITLE: Religion of Peace
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in Iran, we have a 14 year old
teenager <a
href="http://www.iranpressnews.com/english/source/001327.html">dying
</a>after being sentenced to 85 lashes due to the crime of breaking his
Ramadan fast.

Yesterday, a guy at the bank was speechless/ pissed/ frustrated after
hearing the 911 tape of the mother that cut off her baby's arms. That
story bothers me much less than this one, because (1) she's been charged
with capitol murder (2) I suspect she's quite ill. On the other hand, no
one will be punished for this kid's death, who was young enough to still
be impulsive yet old enough to know what was happening to him.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.patriot-
paradox.com/archives/055350.php">Patriot Paradox</a>, via <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_11.php#056126">Llama
Butchers.</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 01:11:22 PM
TITLE: Movies
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via TexasBestGrok and LlamaButchers:

A list of 61 top cult movies. Ones I've seen in <strong>bold</strong>,
ones I would see again or plan to see in the future in <em>italics</em>.

<strong>1 This Is Spinal Tap</strong>
<strong><em>2 The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em></strong>
3 Freaks
<strong><em>4 Harold And Maude</em></strong> [would see it again just to
see how my memory of it matches the movie]
5 Pink Flamingos [long story about this film. Will never see it]
6 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
<strong><em>7 Repo Man</em></strong>

<em>8 Scarface</em>
<strong><em>9 Blade Runner</em></strong>
10 The Shawshank Redemption
11 Five Deadly Venoms
<strong>12 Plan 9 From Outer Space</strong>
<strong><em>13 Brazil</em>
<em>14 Eraserhead
</em></strong>15 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
16 The Warriors
17 Dazed And Confused
18 Hard-Boiled
19 Evil Dead II
20 The Mack
<strong>21 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure</strong>
22 Un Chien Andalou
23 Akira
<strong>24 The Toxic Avenger</strong>
<strong><em>25 Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

</em></strong>26 Stranger Than Paradise
27 Dawn Of The Dead
<strong><em>28 The Wiz
29 Clerks
</em></strong>30 The Harder They Come
31 Slap Shot
<strong>32 Re-Animator</strong>
33 Grey Gardens
34 The Big Lebowski
35 Withnail and I
36 Showgirls
37 A Bucket Of Blood
38 They Live
39 The Best Of Everything
40 Barbarella
41 Heathers
42 Rushmore
<strong><em>43 The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th
Dimension</em></strong>
44 Love Streams
45 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
46 Aguirre, The Wrath of God
47 Walking And Talking Nicole Holofcener
48 The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years
49 Friday
50 Faces of Death, Vol. 1
<strong><em>51 Monty Python and the Holy Grail</em></strong>
<em>52 A Clockwork Orange</em>
53 Mommie Dearest
<strong><em>54 The Princess Bride</em></strong>
55 Swingers

<strong><em>56 UHF </em></strong>
57 Valley of the Dolls
<em>58 Fight Club</em>
59 Dead Alive (aka Braindead)
<em>60 Better Off Dead </em>
61 Donnie Darko
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 10:46:39 AM
TITLE: Fun answers
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lol:

10. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK?The Anarchist Cookbook


: 24. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM JOB?i'd like to get a job answering email
surveys about me
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 10:14:08 AM
TITLE: Getting to know your friends
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, got a meme email from a friend, the
idea being to answer the questions and then send it to everyone you know.
So instead of emailing it back, I'm posting it here.

1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?How
about a first house, first?
2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING? A bolo tie. 3 semiprecious
stones on top of each other.

3. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT? Full price: <strong>Evanesence</strong>
Fallen. Half price or less: <strong>98 Degrees</strong> 98 Degrees and
rising and some christmas albums [not by 98 degrees]. Hey, I was bored,
it was only a buck.

4.WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?7:30 or 8:00

5. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? No obvious choice, probably <strong>Lost
Boys</strong>

<strong></strong>
6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Piano/Keyboards

7. FAVORITE COLOR?Brown

8. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR OR SUV Sports Car

9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN AFTERLIFE?Yes

10. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK? The Chronicles of Narnia

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?Fall

12. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Telepathy

13. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT? AND IF YOU DON'T, WHAT WOULD U
GET?Not currently, but thought about getting a somewhat abstract, tribal
owl. <a href="http://www.owlpages.com/art/tattoos/annee.html">This </a>is
the closest I've seen; I would want it rotated to be facing out, and the
claws need to be different.

14. CAN YOU JUGGLE? No

15. THE ONE PERSON FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO?
Probably a high school science teacher

16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK? Tuesday

17. WHAT'S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR? An empty can of Skoal [not mine].

18. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER? Eh, an apples or oranges
question. Like both. Been planning on making some sushi at home for the
last month or so.

19. FROM THE PEOPLE YOU WILL EMAIL THIS TO, WHO'S MOST LIKELY TO
RESPONDFIRST? N/A

20. WHO'S LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? N/A

21. WHO DID YOU RECEIVE THIS FROM? DL
22. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Roses

23. DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Yes

24. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM JOB? Haven't found it yet.

25. YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? Steak, salad, baked potato. Iced tea. Maybe
dessert.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 10:01:24 AM
TITLE: Rather "stepping down"
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>He's still going to be <a
href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=276466&page=1">working </a>for
cBS News, just not as anchor and managing editor.

Way to go, Queen of the Space Unicorns!
Hat Tip: <a href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/056097.php">Ace of Spades</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 09:23:32 AM
TITLE: Blog, blog, blog, blog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Over at The <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_11.php#056009">Llamabutche
rs </a>is a fun listing of rules to live by when starting a blog. I
haven't needed the "OMG, I've been Instanlanched" section yet, though.

Still on blogger, still don't know much HTML. Oh well.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 09:01:17 AM
TITLE: Thanksgiving
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm going to do my best to do most or all
of the cooking this year. 8 people, not a big deal.

My dad really likes cornbread dressing, and he got a recipe off of Fox
news:
"Wilson's cornbread dressing:"
Basically: 1 package cornbread [make it, then crumple it [I think]], 1
package Pepperidge Farms herb dressing, 1 medium onion, 3 eggs, 1 large
can chicken stock.
Mix it all together, should be the consistency of oatmeal. Bake 375 for
about an hour.

The change I'm going to make if I have time is to boil a chicken ahead of
time and add the meat as well as the stock.

And of course, there's Thanksgiving food bloggage everywhere. Like <a
href="http://cakeeaterchronicles.blogspot.com/2004/11/my-thanksgiving-
gift-to-you-first-in.html">Cake Eater Chronicles</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/23/2004 08:49:19 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, I'm back in the Tiny Texas Town, after
driving my grandfather down. My, one can accumulate a lot of stuff after
living in the same house for 45 years.

Such fun.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/17/2004 07:14:06 PM
TITLE: Dog Toys
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And here comes <a
href="http://dogtoyormaritalaid.com/">a quiz </a>for the dog-loving adult
in your life: Dog Toy or Marital Aid.

9/14 on the first quiz, 8/14 on the second. Ie, slightly better than
chance.

Battlenet is slow, and I feel like a prisoner waiting on his last meal,
only to find they didn't have steak so they gave him a hamburger patty
instead.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/17/2004 10:33:57 AM
TITLE: CodeBlueBlog
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I don't read a bunch of medical blogs
usually. However, <a
href="http://codeblueblog.blogs.com/codeblueblog/2004/11/dress_down_frid.
html">here </a>he reviews Halo2 [less than impressed] and there are a
bunch of posts on Arafat's death and what we don't know.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/17/2004 09:05:23 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Well, I was going to head up to my
parents' today, then my grandfather's tomorrow, but I think with a
tornado warning I'm going to delay a little. Maybe tonight, if things
calm down some.

I will likely have dialup access only until after Thanksgiving, so
posting will be spotty, if at all.

Have fun.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/14/2004 01:30:42 PM
TITLE: Team America still rocks
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Hey, <a
href="http://www.andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2004_11_0
7_dish_archive.html#110023476536361005">Andrew Sullivan</a> likes Team
America. I may have to think more kindly of him.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/14/2004 05:30:05 AM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, this weekend went rather well. Went to
the <a href="http://www.texrenfest.com/">Texas Renaissance Festival</a>
yesterday, met up with a friend, his wife, and other friends of theirs,
and hung out. Fun. Got a Christmas gift for my sister.

Various revelations, including the fact that the friend of a friend was a
pot smoking Eagle scout. More talk which led me to think about how my
life could have turned out differently. Who knows.

Somehow got stuck in psychiatrist mode, thinking about how the choices
people made for "garb" involved projection. Had to wonder about various
barbarian costumes, guy in red and black leather armor with metal spikes
everywhere. Freud would have had a field day.
Friend's wife was strongly anti-Kerry, very glad he lost. Her son
[friend's stepson] is in the Marines, this week working on being
certified to land on an aircraft carrier. Good luck.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/12/2004 10:00:44 PM
TITLE: St. Arnolds Pub crawl
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BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, one of the <a
href="http://www.saintarnold.com/">local </a>microbrewerys sponsors a pub
crawl, well, okay, several pub crawls during the year. Tonight was one
held in celebration of their Christmas Ale. A Good Time was had by all,
as far as I know.

One of the guys was doing a fairly ridiculous projective test, that he
had gotten from watching the local community college's psychology class
at 2 AM. I started doing things that would have concerned a psychologist
interpreting it. Whee.

Ok, so the Christmas ale has quite a kick. Good Stuff.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/12/2004 02:04:55 PM
TITLE: Arafat
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Dead, buried, rotting. Still no official
word as far as I can tell about cause of death.

The Chronicle [print version, not in online version as far as I can tell]
reports he was buried in a cement coffin, so that he can be buried in
Jerusalem when possible. Ie, when the Jews are in death camps and Israel
is replaced with "Palestine."

Cynical, me?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/10/2004 06:10:40 PM
TITLE: Kilts
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And in the category of things <a
href="http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/14606176">not to do</a>
when you're having your picture taken with the Queen... Or maybe it is
the thing to do.
Some guys had a booth during Mardi Gras, selling various kilts [non-
plaid; leather, camo, etc...]. Somehow they weren't here for the biker
rally.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/10/2004 06:05:36 AM
TITLE: Argh
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>We have <a
href="http://www.nynewsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/sns-ap-child-
sex,0,1408989,print.story?coll=ny-leadnationalnews-headlines">this
</a>wonderful story about a 3rd grader being sexually abused by a female
neighbor. Yeah, it's bad, but statements like "I just feel justice needs
to be served and it's going to be," the boy's mother said. "She ruined my
child." make me want to slap the mother.

1) Your son was going to this woman's house almost daily for a year. (In
theory, to play with the 7 year old daughter of the alleged abuser.) What
did you do to make sure this was a good idea, safe, useful, etc...
2) Your son isn't ruined, unless his self esteem is completely shattered
when he finds out his mother thinks he is ruined. He may have problems,
but these can be helped.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/10/2004 05:47:43 AM
TITLE: Fisking
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Eric Ernberg's column on why he thinks
bloggers are parasites <a
href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/08/opinion/main654285.shtml"
>here</a>; response <a
href="http://www.techcentralstation.com/111004B.html">here</a>.

Whee.

You just can't go wrong with phrases like: <span style="font-
family:Arial;">"Why, journalism without expert gatekeepers is like ice
cream without Worcestershire sauce."
</span>

And speaking of expert gatekeepers, the evening of the election my
parents went to bed sure that Kerry was going to win the election. Which
of the incredibly nuanced mainstream media channels they were watching is
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/09/2004 08:56:35 PM
TITLE: Halo 2
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yes, today is the first day it is
officially available. And in celebration, G4TechTv has <a
href="http://www.g4techtv.com/halo2day/features/50266/Exclusive_Red_vs_Bl
ue_videos.html">Red vs Blue</a> [as well as a huge amount of other hype.]

Sorry, just not my style of game. On the other hand, <a
href="http://www.blizzard.com/wow/">World of Warcraft</a> is coming soon.
I'm not sure I'll get it mostly because I am afraid it would turn into my
only contact with humanity.

Update: and now <a
href="http://www.blackfive.net/main/2004/11/my_wonderful_wi.html#more">Bl
ackfive </a>is out killing aliens too.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/08/2004 06:58:04 AM
TITLE: Lileks
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Once again we have the master showing why
he's the greatest:

1)<span style="font-family:Gill Sans;font-size:85%;"><i>God-Fearing
Freedom Eggs Baked in a Bacon-studded circular fashion</i></span>
2)Gnat at the piano concert
3)<span style="font-family:Gill Sans;font-size:85%;"> I’m a live & let-
live sort of guy when it comes to this; I’m in favor of civil
partnerships, legal protection in the workplace, hospital visitation
rights, societal-wide acceptance of the utterly NO DUH notion that gay
relationships have the same essential emotional qualities of straight
relationships. I support gay adoption - unless there’s a M/F couple in
line, in which they should get preference. That has nothing to do with
sexual identity or heterosexual chauvinism. I think a kid does best
growing up exposed on an elemental level to both male and female
characteristics; does that make me a raging bigot? Can we not even
<i>talk</i> about that?</span>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/07/2004 07:18:50 AM
TITLE: Dan Rather
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Tony Pierce has a <a
href="http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/2004/11/dan-rather-quotes-from-
tuesday-night_04.htm">list </a>of Dan Ratherisms from election night. Way
to go, Queen of the Space Unicorns!

My favorite: "We used to say if a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a
handgun."

Does that mean it was a favorite saying of his growning up? If so, did he
get beaten up a lot during grade school?

Hat tip: <a
href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/2004_11_05.html#008412">Jeff
Jarvis</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/07/2004 06:59:36 AM
TITLE: Team America
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Saw <span style="font-weight: bold;">Team
America</span> last night. Spent the whole way back singing "America,
Fuck Yeah!"

What did they have to edit out of the sex scene to get an R rating?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/06/2004 08:49:51 AM
TITLE: Letter
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/019073.php">Instapundit </a>comes
this <a href="http://fromasadamerican.blogspot.com/2004/11/how-you-could-
have-had-my-vote.html">letter </a>from a reluctant Bush voter. Now, will
the Democrats listen or will they become increasingly irrelevant?

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/05/2004 07:58:12 AM
TITLE: Politics
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yay, I think.
I just hope this gets taken as a referendum on the war on terror.

Various random thoughts that I don't really want in the public domain. Oh
well.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/05/2004 07:42:52 AM
TITLE: Arafat
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so he is in theory "between life and
death," but they don't quite know what's wrong with him, so they do some
nice simple diagnostic tests like a colonoscopy and a BIOPSY OF THE
SPINAL CORD??

One of the "teaching tools" we had in medical school was a computer
program that gave you a case in the ER and had you select various things
to do. They have such things now as well, but better. Anyway, one of the
choices selectable was a brain biopsy. Why, exactly, I have no idea,
since if you have to do a brain biopsy in the ER you are really
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/03/2004 02:45:52 PM
TITLE: Christians vs Lions
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via <a
href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>, the <a
href="http://www.local6.com/news/3887764/detail.html">attempt </a>to get
lions to convert didn't help in the past, and doesn't help today.

Darwin didn't quite win.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/03/2004 07:55:30 AM
TITLE: Groovy
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Lileks has Interior type pictures up!
Cool.<div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div>

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 09:18:12 PM
TITLE: Joke
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://lostnomad.blogs.com/the_lost_nomad/2004/11/hilarious.html">t
he lost nomad</a>, via <a href="http://www.largeamericanpenis.com/">the
primary main objective.</a>

Lol :)


:P
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 09:01:09 PM
TITLE: Change
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>During the last 1-2 years I have met up
with a fair number of people that I had pretty much lost contact with the
previous 5-10 years.

I don't know if this is true, or if it makes sense, but...

It initially seemed some people hadn't changed at all. Instead various
people have changed in various ways.

Categories included: what a person has [including wife, kids]; what
activities a person does [racing, dog shows]; job.

The problem is that I haven't changed significantly in those. My category
is maybe best described as: changes in how I categorize myself. Which is
a completely internal, mental masturbation kind of category.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 03:49:21 PM
TITLE: Nerd Test
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>There's the geek test, then there's the <a
href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/20/1518217">Nerd Test.</a>

32%-Nerd wannabee

Probably slightly higher in college; I can't remember all the constants.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 03:11:55 PM
TITLE: Neal Stephenson
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>He answers questions on slashdot, in <a
href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/20/1518217">this
</a>interview.

His thoughts on types of writers are interesting; his description of his
<span style="font-style: italic;">ki </span>battle with William Gibson is
great. Bet you didn't know Gibson has telescoping Carbonite stilettos in
his arms.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 10:15:03 AM
TITLE: Eek
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Puttering around reading the Houston
Chronicle led to this <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/features/2878528"
>link</a>: Doctor urges diet free of beef, dairy products.

The article adds an important word to the headline: Vegetarian doctor
urges diet free of beef, dairy products.

But he's a doctor, so he must know what he's talking about, right?: "He
explains why in his book: "More life-threatening illnesses have been
linked to meat-based diets than to just about any other factor in our
lifestyle or environment." "

What bullshit.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 10:10:57 AM
TITLE: Caminiti
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Did lack of cruelty kill him? <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2878895">Cause of
death</a>: "acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine and
opiates."

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 09:39:52 AM
TITLE: Cruelty
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>The other thought is that while watching
<em>Kill Bill</em> my friends noted that another friend probably wouldn't
watch it, because of the "cruelty."

Initially, that seemed silly. The world is cruel. Life is cruel. Forcing
a little boy to stick himself with an insulin needle is cruel. I almost
think that's one of the most important lessons of medical school - you
can't save everyone, so you do your best and you can help some of them.

Yet. Driving back home I started thinking. "Cruelty free" cosmetics.
People who are vegetarians because they can't bear to think of the animal
that went into the meat. Conversations I've had about theoretically cruel
things the food industry does, which prevent more pain. People concerned
about "sweat shops," which turn out to be thought of as good jobs, which
then vanish after US public outcry.

Man, I can't spell today. Hooray for spell checkers.

Anyway, was I too cruel? Not cruel enough? [jobwise] Too concerned about
others lack of cruelty? Wanting management to be less cruel?

Don't know.

Anyway, vote. Seems like turnout is going to be big.

Line from a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-
/0345421434/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/002-2314499-
5537611?v=glance&amp;s=books">book </a>I finished today: "A liberal is a
conservative that has been arrested."
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 11/02/2004 09:25:44 AM
TITLE: Fun weekend
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, watched several movies over the
weekend, hung out with friends, ate sushi - what could be better?

Movies included the oh so bad <a
href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071994/"><em>Phantom of the
Paradise</em> </a>as well as the violent but fun <em>Kill Bill vols 1 and
2.</em>
<em></em>

The amusing thing about <em>Phantom</em> was a stereotypically gay
character named "Beef" [Lisp, used glittery makeup, etc] that I think the
people watching it with me were concerned would offend me. He didn't, of
course.

What else can I say? An attempt at a rock opera combining plot from
<em>Phantom of the Opera</em> and Faust. Failed. Miserably.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/31/2004 10:58:04 AM
TITLE: DL's reading list
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, basic idea. I've got a friend who used
to read fantasy, now reads mystery stuff, interested in suggestions for
books.

Current suggestions, probably in order of reading:
1)The entire <a href="http://www.dreamcafe.com/main.cgi">Steven Brust
</a>Jhereg series.
2) The sequels to Dream Park, <a
href="http://books.fantasticfiction.co.uk/n1/n6609.htm?authorid=2141">The
Barsoom Project </a>and <a
href="http://books.fantasticfiction.co.uk/n1/n6610.htm?authorid=2141">Cal
ifornia Voodoo Game</a>.
3)The <a
href="http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/James_Alan_Gardner.htm">s
eries </a>by James Alan Gardner, starting with Expendable, currently
ending with Trapped, not necessarily including Committment Hour.

That should do for a start.

Update: oh yeah, <a
href="http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/David_Brin.htm">David
Brin's </a>Uplift series, not necessarily including Sundiver, plus at
least The Practice Effect.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/31/2004 09:26:22 AM
TITLE: Futbol!
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I've spent probably 30 min looking for <a
href="http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/35/">this </a>thing. Originally
from Lileks.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/28/2004 08:56:36 PM
TITLE: More Gay Conservatives
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looks like <a
href="http://downtownlad.blogspot.com/">Downtown Lad </a>is starting an
addiction, er, a blog.
Could be interesting.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/28/2004 08:47:45 PM
TITLE: Elf Sex
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A way scholarly <a
href="http://ansereg.com/what_tolkien_officially_said_abo.htm">discussion
</a>of elven sex in Tolkien's world.

Dang! No recorded gay elf sex. Bummer.

Hat tip: <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_10.php#052098">llamaman</a
>.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/25/2004 04:35:19 PM
TITLE: Hey, dark cabal
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Memo:

To: Dark Cabal working on the next evolution of humanity

From: ME

While you're working on the super-smart, super-strong, super-sexy human,
don't forget to make it possible for human adults to grow new teeth.
Sharks can do it, why can't we? Sure, teething's a pain, but so is life.


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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/20/2004 02:33:18 PM
TITLE: Geek test
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Anyway, John posted a geek test on <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/050968.php">TexasBestGrok</a>.

I forgot my actual numbers, but my adjusted score was 845, making me a
level4 ubergeek.

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
[I've had some problems posting this. Hopefully sorted out now.]
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/18/2004 08:15:33 PM
TITLE: Morrowind
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, knowing I would be in the tiny Texas
town for more than a week, I bought Morrowind [RPG, PC]. Fun stuff. The
temptation is to read a walkthrough, but I havn't yet.

Anyone know anything about installing laminate flooring?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/18/2004 08:06:59 PM
TITLE: At the Parents'
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I hate dialup, I hate dialup, I hate
dialup.

Tried to post this on TexasBestGrok, but couldn't due to problems with
screen size [don't ask].

So, here, commenting on his 80's Playlists:

I thought of some others while driving to my parents, but now I'm not
sure which playlist to add them to.
Asia, maybe Don't CryJethro Tull, The Broadsword and the Beast
Heresy, but it was in the 80's:Emerson, Lake, and Powell, Touch and Go [I
think it's the name]
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/14/2004 07:45:03 AM
TITLE: Pop Culture
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/050220.php#more">TexasBestGrok<
/a>, who won't say how many he scored, comes <a
href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/049958.php">this </a>80's quiz.

2 problems for me: [1] I can never remember names (songs, actors,
whatever, who cares?) [2] I never saw <span style="font-style:
italic;">Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
</span>In spite of that, though, I think I can answer 3, I can visualize
a couple of others even if I don't know the names, and I know the bonus
question on 12.

I don't know about 39. The first movie [not The Road Warrior] [which by
the way was the first or second R rated movie I ever saw] I think said it
was due to an oil collapse.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/14/2004 07:16:56 AM
TITLE: Manhunt
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So I taped the first episode of <a
href="http://www.bravotv.com/Manhunt/">Manhunt </a>[reviews <a
href="http://theedge.bostonherald.com/tvNews/view.bg?articleid=48582">her
e </a>and <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/entertainment/284
2215">here</a>]. Watched it.

It seems like the male model's version of Tough Enough, the MTV WWF get a
contract with the WWF reality show from a couple of years back. The
"we'll show you being a model isn't just fun and games" kind of thing. It
worked somewhat on Tough Enough, because they were doing things you would
actually do in the wrestling biz. Jumping out of a plane in underwear and
having a photoshoot 5 minutes after being woken up at 2:30 AM are more
problematic.

And yeah, there's eye candy, but they're all twinks - young, thin,
somewhat muscular but not too much, no body hair, no facial hair. Not my
favorite.

And the guy with "good eyes" - they're noticeable because they're set
farther apart than normal.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/13/2004 07:44:55 PM
TITLE: Bleh
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'ts been raining all afternoon and night.

Bleh.

I've got to go back to my parents' this weekend. I have no desire to do
so.

Bleh.
Some of my friends may be moving within the next year, leaving me no
really close friends in the area.

Bleh.

Watched maybe 3 minutes of the debate.

Double bleh.

On the other hand, I had a really tasty lunch. :)
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/11/2004 07:22:41 AM
TITLE: Death
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Two headlines today on Houston Chronicle:

<h2>Former Astro Ken Caminiti dead at 41 of apparent heart attack</h2>

and
<h2>'Superman' star Christopher Reeve dies at 52</h2>

Reading both articles, I feel much sadder about Ken Caminiti. Christopher
Reeve had a tragic accident while doing something he wanted to do. In
spite of an injury that would have killed him in another time, and a
disability that is about as complete as it gets, he was able to continue
to live, work, and be a political advocate. The newspaper says "In the
last week Reeve had developed a serious systemic infection from a
pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis."
What it doesn't say is how it developed and how it got so serious.

Ken Caminiti, on the other hand, seems to have had a significant
substance abuse problem. He got out of prison last Tuesday. The smart
money would be on he had been on a huge binge since then, with a heart
attack likely from cocaine.

There's got to be a better way.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/10/2004 06:27:08 PM
TITLE: Friends and Family
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://potomacponderings.blogspot.com/2004_10_01_potomacponderings_
archive.html#109743769792645339">Potomac Ponderings</a> is in a quandry
because she wants to tell her parents she's going to be on the radio, but
doesn't want to tell them she blogs. <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/">Llamabutchers </a>reports not wanting
to tell family: "Long story short: it would cramp the humor (or attempts
thereunto)."

From my standpoint, there are 3 groups I have concerns about knowing I
blog: family, some friends, and people I would come into professional
contact with. I have been writing as if my family will eventually read
all of this, following the ethical plan of <span style="font-weight:
bold;">never do anything you wouldn't want to be on the front page of the
newspaper.</span> They might be shocked, they might be offended at my use
of 4 letter words, but they wouldn't be horrified [I hope]. Several old
friends know that <a href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">John </a>has a
blog, and they might end up finding me through him. Not a problem,
although I haven't been trumpeting this blog either. A certain couple I
know have significant concerns with any of their private information
getting on the internet, so I have been careful not to talk about them
and have specifically not mentioned this to them.

With other people, in the future I can easily imagine people reading this
would lead to complications. For example, I had come out to several
people at work, but that didn't seem to be spreading as a rumor. Coming
out as a Bush and War on Terror supporter might have been more
problematic. With clients, it gets even messier.

So. Basically, I'm trying to be a little bit open, which is sort of like
being a little bit pregnant.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/10/2004 07:11:16 AM
TITLE: Okay
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ever had one of <a
href="http://img.4chan.org/f/src/195918_dad_s_home_2.swf">those </a>days,
when your hair caught on fire and lasers shot from your eyes?

Didn't think so.

From <a href="http://www.asmallvictory.net/">A Small Victory.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 05:17:59 PM
TITLE: Films
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, one more - man, I like cable modems.

Spittake inducing political film <a
href="http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/content/this_land_af">here</a>,
cool scifi fishing expedition <a
href="http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/content/rockfish">here</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 03:55:34 PM
TITLE: War and Death
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://cowboyblob.blogspot.com/2004/10/darth-vader-in-white-
house.html">Cowboy Blob</a>, we have an essay from <a
href="http://silentrunning.tv/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/4818">Silent Running</a>
and and essay from <a href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/48900">The
Jawa Report</a>.

The Jawa Report makes the case for nuking Mecca proactively:

Today we are told by Muslims that the true meaning of jihad is
<i>internal struggle</i>. Unfortunately, the actions of too many Muslims
shows that they believe jihad means <i>armed struggle against the
infidels</i>. Destroying Mecca may have the long-term affect of
convincing radical Muslims that Allah really doesn't want sharia law
around the world. That all that stuff about killing the infidels in the
Quran--that's all metaphor.

Silent Running describes what he wants in order to avoid having a US city
nuked:


<p>4) I want a President who will outline what sort of victory we
require, and what we will need to do to achieve it. And then I want him
to do whatever is needed to achive it, and if anyone feels like
sabotaging it in any way because it offends their delicate post-modernist
sensibilities I want him to personally sign their execution warrants.
Think I'm extreme? Take a look at how Abraham Lincoln tossed the
constitution into the shredder for the duration of the Civil War and then
tell me I'm extreme. He suspended free speech and had people who
encouraged young men not to enlist shot, and he was right to do it. </p>
<p>This is not a game. We are not playing. The survival of human
civilisation is at stake here. This isn't a war like all the others
though. It will be fought militarily, economically, politically,
culturally, ideologically and most important of all, religiously. A front
in this war can be a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, an
airliner in the skies of Europe, a skyscraper in Sydney, a crowded market
in Yemen, a synagogue in Haifa, a TV channel in Dubai, an internet
chatroom in cyberspace...almost any setting in fact. The combatants are
you and me.
</p> <p>
From my standpoint, I don't think an American city being nuked would
destroy human civilization. It would be bad. It would probably lead to
retalitory strikes, the US economy being put on a war footing like we had
for WWII, and police action the likes of which people who think their
speech is being suppressed now can't imagine, but not the end of human
civilization.
</p> <p>On the other hand, I think it would be possible for biologic
agents and maybe chemical agents to lead to the end of human
civilization. And I think the terrorists are fanatical enough to use
them. And I think when it comes down to him or me, I choose me.
</p> <a href="http://www.alandeanfoster.com/version2.0/frameset.htm">Alan
Dean Foster</a> has a trilogy of SciFi books titled The Damned.
Especially in the first, A Call to Arms, <span style="font-style:
italic;">homo sapiens</span> saves a bunch of alien races because we are
primitive enough that we can still fight. [more complicated than that,
but it'll do for a blurb].

Hmm. Makes me want to write scifi describing a world in which the <span
style="font-style: italic;">jihadiis </span>win.

Enough. Time to kick demon butt.


<a href="http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000108.html">Update</a>:
also see, of course, Deterence.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 03:53:35 PM
TITLE: Debate
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, Lileks was not just a debater, but
considering he made <a
href="http://www.startribune.com/stories/804/5021008.html">second </a>in
state, he was a master debater.

Funny how jokes that were amusing when you were in high school just seem
stupid now.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 03:52:26 PM
TITLE: Crap
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I stupidly erased a post. Crap.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 03:01:02 PM
TITLE: Music
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>JohnL discusses his musical imprinting <a
href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/48933">here</a>; Llamabutchers
discusses his <a href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/48970">here</a>.

Ok, this gets messy.

1) What music my parents played in the house was usually done so for a
specific reason. For example, Christmas music in December. Including the
cringe inducing Chipmunks Christmas album. The only pop album I know they
had was Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.

Hmm. Googled to make sure I had the name right. Lyrics <a
href="http://www.paulsimon.com/lyrics/bridge_over_troubled_water.html">he
re</a>. WTF? Is it just me, or is the meaning of the song "If you're
feeling bad, I'll have sex with you."

2) The music I have permanently stuck in memory is Suzuki Violin music my
sister played. To this day when I hear Twinkle Twinkle little star I
instantly hear sung :A A E E 1 1 3, ... These are the fingerings
necessary to play it.

3) Fortunately, my parents abhor country and western music.

4) Some pop songs bring back specific memories: throwing a ball with Ken
and Hit me with your Best Shot; Hotel California and an 8th grade dance;
the soundtrack to Footloose. Nothing I can think of brings back much in
the form of emotional memories.

5) After spending a fair amount of time learning classical music and
going to concerts at various symphonies, most classical music for me
induces [or at least aids] a meditative state. Basically, I zone out.
This is not conducive to enjoying the music itself.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 02:34:35 PM
TITLE: Murderer
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via <a
href="http://stlbrianj.blogspot.com/archives/2004_09_26_archive.html#1096
73121658830286">Musings</a>, Boots &amp; Sabers discusses a parole board
<a
href="http://www.bootsandsabers.com/index.php/trackback/3318/">hearing</a
>. Basically, the convicted murderer threw away her one day old infant,
killing her. More details, including some that he thinks contradicts her
claim that she was psychotic.

Maybe, maybe not.

My issues:
1) This kind of thing happens not infrequently. Yeah, it's bad but it's
not unique.
2) If the infant was only one day old, did the mother deliver in a
hospital? Did she know she was pregnant before she delivered?
3) While I want someone likely to be a serial killer either killed or
locked away forever, I suspect this person is unlikely to do something
like this again.

This may not be the silliest example of someone in prison, but I don't
think the punishment fits the crime.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/08/2004 02:09:35 PM
TITLE: League of Mean Girls
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Beautiful Atrocities has an <a
href="http://haloscan.com/tb/anglosaxon/109712387635211618">exclusive</a>
! Your favorite bloggers are really clueless teenage girls!

I knew there was something not quite right with Andrew Sullivan.

Hattip:<a href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/49030">Llamabutchers</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/05/2004 01:26:42 PM
TITLE: Air Force
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, a friend of mine will soon be a Lt.
Colonel.

Unfortunately, if he was working on <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/04/MNGM393GPK1.DTL">Antimatt
er Weapons </a>, he couldn't tell me.

So, being an ignorant civilian, and trying to figure out what this
actually <a href="http://explanation-guide.info/meaning/Lieutenant-
colonel.html">means</a>, I ran into <a
href="http://www.theforce.net/swtc/order.html">ranks </a>in a galaxy far,
far away.


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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/05/2004 10:53:49 AM
TITLE: Hastings
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>By the way, does the Hastings in the small
[not tiny] Texas town get more gay themed magazines than the one in
Galveston, or are they bought too quickly from the one in Galveston for
me to see them?

The world may never know.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/05/2004 10:49:17 AM
TITLE: Cold Fury - his case for Bush
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>He has a fairly long <a
href="http://coldfury.com/wp-trackback.php/4933">post </a>describing his
current political thinking. Pretty damn similar to mine.

Update: while we're at it, add <a
href="http://www.hayekcenter.org/prestopunditarchive/004534.html">this
</a>post from PrestoPundit.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/03/2004 08:15:24 AM
TITLE: Thoughts
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Random thoughts of the straight-acting gay
man in a tiny Texas town:

1) Ok, this guy just told me not to rush off and have kids. I'm 37 years
old, how old do I have to be?
2) This person just introduced herself as the mother of the lady my
mother is trying to set me up on a date with. I am willing to bet any
amount my mom hasn't tried that in at least a year.
3) People watching at a bar: ok, are the 2 40ish guys, not drinking
Miller, one wearing a Tommy Hillfinger shirt a couple? What about the guy
wearing a cutoff black shirt and earrings?

Whee.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/02/2004 01:45:07 PM
TITLE: Life
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I'm hanging out at my parents' place-
helped them last week, going to help them next week, but now they're
going to Dallas to get my sister her car and to go to the symphony.

So, slightly irritated because:
1) using dialup sucks
2) puttering around and I don't know what I want to do

Time to go kill something in Fallout:Tactics.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 10/01/2004 10:23:21 AM
TITLE: Debate
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Watched it last night with my parents.

Kerry was slicker, Bush made better points.

<a href="http://www.allahpundit.com/archives/001037.html">Allah </a>has
the ultimate roundup.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/30/2004 02:32:42 PM
TITLE: Order of the Stick
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In the category of more geeky things, we
have the <a href="http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-
bin/GiantITP/ootscript?SK=1">Order of the Stick.</a>

Much amusement.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/27/2004 09:28:51 PM
TITLE: Diablo vs Klingons
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, to counteract Kerry's clear <a
href="http://www.wweek.com/story.php?story=5539">lead </a>among the
insanely geeky category, I was part of a straw poll this evening while
playing Diablo II. 3 of 8 players said they were going to vote for
President Bush, no one said they would vote for Senator Kerry. How many
others were of voting age is not known.

Spontaneous comments about Kerry included "I don't trust him" and "his
speeches are boring."
Hat tip for the Klingon story I thought needed to go to Instapundit, but
I can't find the link.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/26/2004 09:41:42 PM
TITLE: Tarot survey
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/K/Koshari/1072669023_tTheHermit.jpg"
border="0" alt="The Hermit Card" /><br />You are the Hermit card. The
Hermit has chosen a<br />solitary spiritual path. He shines light on
his<br />inner self and, by this means, gains wisdom.<br />The Hermit's
home is the natural world and it<br />is by being in tune with that world
that he<br />learns the laws of nature and learn how they<br />operate
within himself. His path is a lonely<br />one as he lives in silence and
has for<br />companionship only his own internal rhythms.<br />But those
crossing his path are touched by his<br />light and wisdom. Though often
alone, he<br />manages nevertheless to instruct those who meet<br />him
and guides those who chose to follow him on<br />a path towards
enlightenment. Image from The<br />Aleister Crowley Tarot deck.<br
/>http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/thoth/

<br /><br /><a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/Koshari/quizzes/Which%20Tarot%20Card%20Ar
e%20You%3F/"> <span style="font-size:-1;">Which Tarot Card Are
You?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span>


Certainly on target now.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/26/2004 09:29:02 PM
TITLE: Tattoos
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I have no clue who the person doing <a
href="http://www.newcriterion.com/archive/18/jun00/tattoo.htm">this
</a>book review is.

I've thought about getting a tattoo at times, but I haven't done it yet.
Pretty much every friend I've mentioned the thought to has been either
passively or strongly against it.

Lots of people with tattoos at the bike rally, none of them close to what
I wanted.
hat tip:<a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_09.php#047262">llamabutche
rs</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/26/2004 02:27:44 PM
TITLE: American
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>And, the latest quiz:

<a href="http://www.liquidgeneration.com" target="_blank"><img
src="http://www.liquidgeneration.com/quiz/images/american_05.jpg"
border="0" /></a>

I don't know about the missing my mother's funeral part, but what the
heck.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/25/2004 10:51:02 PM
TITLE: Lone Star Rally
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, this weekend has been a <a
href="http://www.lonestarrally.com/">motorcycle </a>rally. Loud. Mostly
Texas license plates, some Louisiana. Mostly white at least middle aged
guys, although there is some mix. There's a clear difference between the
tourists here to watch and the riders. Thursday afternoon there were
almost no tourists, many more Saturday.

Is it a bad thing that I can blend in fairly well into the crowd? I had
the random thought that this was what a mass murderer does: breaks off
most personal ties, then goes to a public place and scopes out the crowd.
When I had that thought, I saw another guy wandering around and kinda
freaked.

Music's not as good as during Mardi Gras - mostly cover bands, it seems.
Pretty big crowd though, and without the ridiculous police presence
during Mardi Gras.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/25/2004 10:40:07 PM
TITLE: NYT
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>An interesting article <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/magazine/26BLOGS.html?pagewanted=
all&amp;position=">here</a>, titled Fear and Laptops on the Campaign
Trail. I now know intimate family details on 3 liberal bloggers I never
read.

If I read only mainstream media, I would think there were no conservative
[or at least non-liberal] blogs. Except of course for the ones involved
in the "coordinated assault against CBS News and its memos."

If I were <a
href="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12824_They_Smile_In_Y
our_Face">little green footballs</a>, who apparently was interviewed for
the article then ignored, I'd be pissed.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/24/2004 06:05:10 PM
TITLE: Mary Poppins
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If you ever wondered about the author of
Mary Poppins, <a
href="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/features/story.jsp?story=5
63937">this </a>article will tell you everything you need to know.

From <a
href="http://gnosticalturpitude.org/archives/000281.html#comments">Gnosti
cal Turpitude</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/24/2004 10:50:55 AM
TITLE: Mutterings
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, LunaNina's free association list, <a
href="http://subliminal.lunanina.com/">week 85:</a>

<ol>
<li>Pointless::paperwork</li><li>Sadistic::leather</li><li>Bunny::rabbit<
/li><li>Betrayal::_____[blank]</li><li>Oliver::Cromwell</li><li>Star
Wars::sucks</li><li>Let it ride::cards</li><li>Ray of light::sunshine

</li><li>Tight::ass</li><li>Gadget::iPod</li> </ol> Of course, it's more
George Lukas sucks, but hey.

From <a
href="http://songstress7.typepad.com/beyond/2004/09/freely_associat_1.htm
l">News from the Great Beyond</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/23/2004 11:51:41 AM
TITLE: 150 monkeys
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I've heard this before, but it looks like
<a href="http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/002721.html">this </a>is where
the concept started: a human can know about 150 people at the same time,
which affects how small groups differ from larger ones. Although I've
heard 30 people is about the point at which corporations need to start
working on rules for interactions.

From <a href="http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/002721.html">Gene
Expression</a>, from the <a
href="http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/09/dark-networks-vladis-krebs-
has-case.html">Belmont Club</a>'s discussion of terror cell size, from <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/017995.php">Instapundit</a>.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/22/2004 07:07:14 PM
TITLE: Swaggart
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2004_09_21.shtml#1095887652">The
Volokh Conspiracy</a> comes several posts about Jimmy Swaggart's
comments.

2 comments:
 <p>1)"And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like
that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart said to
laughter and applause from the congregation.
</p> <p>Tell me why I should attend church again?
</p> <p>2)In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay
marriage when he said "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to
marry."
</p> <p>Well, I've never seen a woman I wanted to marry, so I guess that
makes us even.
</p> <p>Update: as usual <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/04/0904/092304.html">Lileks
</a>has the best word.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/22/2004 06:38:16 PM
TITLE: Iowahawk
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/">He</a>'s on a roll, both
with Rather's Acme Rocket skates and Rather's stint as a hardboiled
detective, err, dick.

hat tip <a
href="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12764_My_Teleprompter
_is_Deadly">to LGF</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/22/2004 06:30:38 PM
TITLE: Food
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I wrote down a recipe from one of the
blogs referred to in this <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/09/recipes.html#comments"
>carnival</a>, but now I can't figure out where I got it.

So anyway, it turned into a chicken soup kind of thing.

The basic concept was boneless chicken breasts, 1 can corn, 2 cans black
beans, 2 cans rotel tomatoes, 1/2 packet taco seasoning, 2 cans chicken
stock. Simmer in crock pot all day, boom, food.

So, I came close. I had a package of non-boneless chicken breasts I
wanted to use up. So, the actual recipe used the full packet of taco
seasoning [what do you do with half a leftover packet of seasoning,
anyway], and a beef bullion cube instead of chicken stock. Close enough.

Drained all the cans except one can of black beans. Cooked on high for
about 2 hours, then I pulled the chicken apart with 2 forks, cooked it
for 2 hours more on low. And added maybe an extra teaspoon of cumin.

Not bad. Some tortilla chips and chedder cheese would help, though.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/22/2004 06:28:41 AM
TITLE: Life
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, this is now officially the summer of
moving. I've helped move 3 different people's stuff already, and we're
working on moving my grandfather from Memphis to near my parents. I hope
it works.

Unfortunately, this means I <a
href="http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html">missed Speak like a
pirate day. Aarrrgh.
</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/16/2004 10:24:46 PM
TITLE: Surveys
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>With a hat tip to <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TexasBestGrok </a>comes 2 surveys:

<a href="http://www.mutedfaith.com/quiz/q1.htm" target="new">
<img src="http://www.mutedfaith.com/images/geek.jpg" />
</a>

Take the <a href="http://www.mutedfaith.com/quiz/q1.htm"
target="new">What High School
Stereotype Are You?</a> quiz.

and

<p><a href="http://www.tk421.net/character/"><img
src="http://www.tk421.net/character/elrond.jpg" width="182" height="288"
style="border-color: rgb(248, 248, 255);" border="2" alt="Which
Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?" /></a></p>

I would like to point out that Elrond is way cooler than Wesley Crusher.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/16/2004 09:29:14 PM
TITLE: Rathergate explained
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://wienerlog.blogspot.com/2004_09_01_wienerlog_archive.html#109
537089066731980">Here </a>is a description of the possible actions and
thoughts leading to Rathergate. Sounds humanly possible.

Hat tip: <a href="http://instapundit.com/">Instapundit</a> and <a
href="http://www.rogerlsimon.com/mt-
archives/2004/09/i_take_of_my_cr.php">Roger Simon.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 05:36:11 PM
TITLE: Tarot
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>GayWired has an <a
href="http://www.gaywired.com/article.cfm?section=15&amp;id=4155">article
</a>about <a href="http://www.oakgroveoracle.com/home.htm">a guy
</a>making a gay themed tarot deck. Looks interesting, but the digital
photos may be distracting [no, it's not Xrated. I think]. Not for sale
quite yet.

Many moons ago I joined a group of guys with a football pool. Every week
you would get a list of the NFL games that week and the spread. So,
basically, a list of 12 yes/no questions. I used a tarot deck to pick
teams, and pissed a couple of people off because I did better than they
did.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 04:37:21 PM
TITLE: BlogShares
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looking at <a
href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/45890">this </a>post at
TexasBestGrok, I searched Owlish Mutterings.

What do you know, this shows up in <a
href="http://www.blogshares.com/blogs.php?blog=http://owlishmutterings.bl
ogspot.com%2F">BlogShares</a>. Hmm. I'm a penny stock.

So, start some link whoring?

Although, I think John has the better name. Some early search results for
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Texas Best Grok</span> that are not on
his blog gets a <a
href="http://www.wifi411.com/search/index.php?country=0&category=0&amp;pr
oviderId=29&roaming=true">listing </a>of WiFi hotspots and Top 10
Motorcyclists pet <a
href="http://uplink.space.com/showflat.php?Cat=&amp;Board=freespace&Numbe
r=28131&amp;page=12&view=collapsed&amp;sb=9&o=0&amp;fpart=">peeves </a>on
Space.com. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Owlish Mutterings</span>, on
the other hand, gets an odd <a
href="http://www.geocities.com/gwobsession3000/Fics/Jay/mistletoe.html">C
hristmas </a>story, an article on <a
href="http://middleeastinfo.org/article4554.html">Seymour Hersh</a> on
the Middle East Information Center and a group of <a
href="http://www.sonnets.org/mckay.htm">sonnets </a>from 1922.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 03:53:20 PM
TITLE: Carnival
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>As usual, looking at random lists of
things can be fun. I'm probably going to add Texas Blogs to my blogroll,
including <a href="http://blog.kir.com/">Houston's Clear Thinkers</a> and
<a href="http:/http://texthepontificator.blogspot.com/">Tex the
Pontificator</a>. Good stuff.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 01:57:16 PM
TITLE: Mindcontrol lasers
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Gaypatriot has a conspiracy theory
explaining the timing of the Rathergate memos. Basically, the theory
goes, the Kerry campaign had been sitting on these memos for a while,
planning to spring them at the end of the campaign. With the polls and
maybe management shakeup, they used them ahead of time.

My comment: It's a simple, believable conspiracy theory, which makes it
not ready for prime time. Come on, this story is big enough and nutty
enough that it needs aliens, vampires, the Illuminati, and spacebased
mind control lasters.

So, my conspiracy theory: Dan Rather, hero, and recently elected Queen of
the Space Unicorns, was getting ready to come out as a conservative on
live TV. To keep this from happening, the Illuminati kidnapped him and
replaced him with a clone. The Dan Rather clone, of course, has a bomb
surgically implanted, and ..... um yeah.

[cue music]

That's all, folks.

Update: News flash! It wasn't a clone, it was an <a
href="http://grahamlester.typepad.com/point2point/2004/09/cbs_bombshell_r
.html">android</a>!
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 01:37:57 PM
TITLE: Rather must go
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Doing the random walk through blogs, I
ended up going <a href="http://civilization-
calls.mu.nu/archives/045971.html">here </a>then <a
href="http://beldar.blogs.com/beldarblog/2004/09/dan_rather_was_.html">he
re</a>. Strongly worded, but I agree, Dan Rather should be let go. As to
whether he gets retirement, that is a subject to which I don't have a
strong opinion.
Update: Hey Dan, if you need a resignation speech, <a
href="http://dumbidity.typepad.com/bnn/2004/09/dan_rasupthsupe.html">here
</a>'s one.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/15/2004 01:33:06 PM
TITLE: States
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, thanks to the coming hurricane
presumably, on my afternoon walk there were license plates from Louisiana
(x7, at least), Mississippix3, Florida, as well as Indiana and
Pennsylvania. This compared to last Saturday, with only one Louisiana
plate.

Lots of guys (and a couple of girls) surfing as well. It turns out I now
have the requisite vehicle if I ever get into surfing.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/14/2004 03:45:34 PM
TITLE: New proof that Bush is evil
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Startling new evidence! <a
href="http://www.mudvillegazette.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/1178">Bush
kicks puppies!</a>

Read the comments section.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/14/2004 01:44:31 PM
TITLE: Hamlet, updated
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://www.americandigest.org/mt-
archives/002164.php">Good stuff</a>. So, Hamlet kills father -> Kerry
kills Clinton? JFK?

Have to think about that one.

Via <a href="http://instapundit.com/archives/017810.php">Instapundit</a>.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/14/2004 07:17:50 AM
TITLE: Guns
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Regarding Mike Silverman's <a
href="http://www.mikesilverman.com/2004/09/load-1994-ban-on-certain-
styles-of.html">thoughts </a>on the whole gun issue:

When I came out to a buddy from college, one of his reactions was along
the lines of: since college he knew a gay couple that feared for their
physical safety at times, because they were gay. My reaction was:I live
in Texas. If I was afraid that I would be bashed, I would get a gun.

Guns are the great equalizer. You don't need a feudal lord if you can
protect yourself from bandits. Or, to use a more contemporary example, if
the people being dragged off to Hitler's death camps had guns, and had a
1:1 exchange instead [you will kill me, but I'll kill you first], you
have to wonder if it could have changed things.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/13/2004 04:52:36 PM
TITLE: I'd Rather Not
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Surprising new claims, first documented by
<a href="http://jimtreacher.com/archives/000958.html">Mother, May I Sleep
with Treacher?</a>:

"For the fourth time in as many days, <i>CBS Evening News</i> anchor Dan
Rather has interrupted his nightly telecast to reiterate his claim that
he has been crowned Queen of the Space Unicorns."

:)

Ok, CBS News needs a new motto. I suggest:
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Kerry: If we can't get him elected, no
one can.</span>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/13/2004 03:24:18 PM
TITLE: Gabe at the Hot Dog Stand
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If you haven't read it, read <a
href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/">Gabe</a>'s description of his wife
being induced, having a C section, and his kid being born.<span
style="font-weight: bold;">

</span>Classic.
Somehow, during my pediatrics rotation 3rd year, I ended up spending more
time at the Hot Dog Stand [yeah, there's probably a name for it like
Newborn Examination Table, but it looks like a hot dog warmer] than the
other students. Kind of fun, kind of scary when the kid isn't breathing
quite as well as you want him to.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/12/2004 09:28:03 AM
TITLE: Kerry - screwed beyond belief
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, when Maureen Dowd writes an <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/12/opinion/12dowd.html?ei=5006&en=16
ce05d43ce33feb&amp;ex=1095566400&partner=ALTAVISTA1&amp;amp;pagewanted=pr
int&amp;position=">editorial</a> insulting Kerry [and Bush, of course]
can we call Kerry's lame attempt to become president officially over?

Then there's Kerry's interview with <a
href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040920-695825-
3,00.html">Time</a>:

<p> <b>TIME</b>
Are you surprised at the bounce Bush got out of his convention? </p> <p>
<b>KERRY</b>

I don't know what you're talking about in terms of the Bush bounce. This
is a very close race, and I'm not somebody that runs around worried about
polls. If I did, I wouldn't have gotten up last December. Polls don't
mean anything to me right now. </p>


Me: in other words, right now, now that Bush is ahead.

Hat tip: <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/12/2004 06:20:30 AM
TITLE: Scientology
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2368">Something
Awful</a> has fun information about the world's religions.

The crazy thing is, the section on Scientologists is entirely true. I've
heard that they really can read the magnetic strips on credit cards with
their teeth.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 09:45:50 PM
TITLE: So true
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://hatlessinhattiesburg.blogspot.com/2004/09/you-might-be-
blogger.html#comments">You might be a blogger</a> if...

You know more about the <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/index.html">State Fair of
Minnesota</a> than you know about your own state's fair.

You don't need to click any of these links to get the jokes.

It's way too true. Go look at the other ones.

Via <a href="http://www.donaldsensing.com/">One Hand Clapping</a>.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 09:38:59 PM
TITLE: Drug War idiocy
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/12/national/12sentence.html">NYT</a>
, via <a href="http://www.rightrainbow.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/637">Right
Side of the Rainbow:</a>

A man selling several hundred dollars worth of marijuana, while in
possession of a firearm, faces a minimum of 63 years.

Argh.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 04:08:45 PM
TITLE: Diablo 2
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>So, I went into a game made by a guy
wanting 2 perfect diamonds. In what may be the best trade I have ever
done [for me], I ended up trading 2 p diamonds and 1 p topaz for 3 shael
and 1 io.

I would have traded 2 p diamonds for 1 shael, and thought I got the
better of the deal. And the other guy seemed to think he got a decent
deal.
The economy of the game seems weird since the second ladder season
started. Oh well, not my heartache.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 03:03:45 PM
TITLE: 9/11
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/017737.php">Instapundit </a>has a
summary of various blogs.

I like <a href="http://gaypatriot.blogspot.com/2004/09/what-911-taught-
me-about-dancing.html">GayPatriot</a>'s - he knew 3 people who were
affected in various ways.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 09:30:31 AM
TITLE: Brains
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://allanthinks.typepad.com/allanthinks/">Inside Allan's
Mind</a> comes this quiz:


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/kstarbuck/quizzes/What%20Color%20is%20You
r%20Brain%3F/"><img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/K/kstarbuck/1083637316_RandomBlue.jpg"
border="0" alt="Blue" /><br /> <span style="font-size:-1;">What Color is
Your Brain?</span></a><br /> <span style="font-size:-3;">brought to you
by <a href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span>


He also has a recipe for what looks like a crock pot tortilla soup
[without the tortilla] that I'm going to try.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/11/2004 09:19:03 AM
TITLE: Recipes
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>The <a
href="http://www.theglitteringeye.com/archives/000250.html">Carnival of
recipes</a> is up.
They've got a recipe for chili that is theoretically Texas authentic, and
a recipe for sloppy joes that sounds intriguing.

I think I'll contribute my chicken enchiladas recipe one of these days.
Which means I'll have to make it to make sure I remember the ingredients.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/10/2004 06:08:58 PM
TITLE: Media stocks
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/017727.php">Note to self</a>: sell
any big media stocks in my portfolio immediately.

Just how stupid is Dan Rather, anyway?

I guess it's been so long since they've been challenged, besides tiny,
ignorable things in the letters to the editor column, that attacks on a
story are interpreted as attacks on them, leading to more stupid
statements on TV.

Remember, it's not the crime that gets you, it's the coverup.

6:30 CNN headline news mentioned that independent experts thought the
documents were not genuine, but that was a tiny part of the blurb. If I
was only watching CNN I could reasonably interpret this as a defensive
move by Bush.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/10/2004 07:53:39 AM
TITLE: Hurricanes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://1-2-
baked.blogspot.com/2004/08/hurricane-is-coming.html">This </a>version of
hurricane coverage is so true. The last tropical storm we had, the local
news channels were sending their reporters out, specifically where they
were telling the public not to go. One had the reporter standing in waist
high swift flowing water, which is a good way to die stupidly.

Galveston is overdue for a hurricane [on average, once every 8-10 years].
If you don't know about the 1900 storm, <a
href="http://www.techcentralstation.com/090904F.html">this </a>is a
pretty good description of events leading to the natural disaster with
the largest loss of life in the history of the US.

My question is, in the <a href="http://www.white-
wolf.com/worldofdarkness/index.php?line=intro">World of Darkness</a> such
an event would have to have been due to the intervention of various
beings, so who caused it? The TechCentralStation article makes it sound
like some technomage was working on weather prediction and probably
control, and either paradox caused the storm, or a nature loving tree
hugger type caused it, like Werewolves or Verbeena mages.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/10/2004 07:40:06 AM
TITLE: Gamer reproduces!
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yes, Gabe, one of the <a
href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/">Penny Arcade</a> guys, just had a
son. Congratulations.

Cute little guy, too.

Hope you weren't doing anything for the next 18 years.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/09/2004 08:08:14 AM
TITLE: Burn him!
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.llamabutchers.mu.nu/">Llamabutchers</a>:

Which English Civil War Political Faction are you:


<img
src="http://images.quizilla.com/D/daddylewis/1093596821_esaaawitch.jpg"
border="0" alt="witch" />
You are a... WITCH!!
Not really a political faction, but the second most
widely reviled class of people (after the
French). You can expect no quarter from
anybody, and will probably die in agony. Of
course the question we all want to know is: if
you really are so dangerous and powerful, why
don't you just use your magical powers to
escape??


<a
href="http://quizilla.com/users/daddylewis/quizzes/What%20English%20Civil
%20War%20Political%20Faction%20would%20I%20have%20supported%3F/"> <span
style="">What English Civil War Political Faction would I have
supported?</span></a>
<span style="">brought to you by <a
href="http://quizilla.com">Quizilla</a></span>


What this means, who knows.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/08/2004 05:23:09 PM
TITLE: Diet update
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so on <a
href="http://owlishmutterings.blogspot.com/2004/07/diet.html#comments">Ju
ly 26</a> I had this plan: caloric intake 1500-1800 cal, walk 2m/day,
weight train 3/week, maybe flexibility training.

So, how am I doing? Eh.

Walking pretty much daily, when I'm at home, which over the last month
has been less than usual.

Calorie counting some days, pigging out other days.

Used the apartment's gym equipment twice.

Taped some yoga/tai chi sessions off the fitness channell.

Lost about 5 pounds.

Grade: C+

I think I need to renew my gym membership.l
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/07/2004 06:20:40 PM
TITLE: Hamster Death
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>World got you down? <a
href="http://www.newgrounds.com/assassin/hamster/">Just kill </a>some
hamsters.

Or join the <a href="http://www.corg.org/main.htm">Church </a>of the
Gerbil.

Man, the internet is silly sometimes.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/06/2004 02:45:15 PM
TITLE: Media Bias
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>HatTip: <a
href="http://realclearpolitics.com/">RealClearPolitics</a>

I have some small problems with <a
href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/9592078.htm">this
</a>editorial. Last two paragraphs:
<span class="body-content">
"</span><span class="body-content">The performance of this country's
finest news organizations in the run-up to the Iraq invasion of March
2003 will be remembered as a disgrace. To be sure, it was an angry,
fearful time, and independent-minded reporting might not have been heard
above the drumbeats of patriotism and war. But it's hard to read the
hand-wringing confessionals from news organizations that now realize that
they got the prewar story wrong without concluding that the real problem
was they were afraid to tell the truth.</span>
<span class="body-content">
Resisting undue outside influence is part of what news professionals do,
even when that influence comes from the public they're honor-bound to
serve. It's hard enough to get the story right, without holding it
hostage to an open-ended negotiation with zealots who believe they
already know what the story is."

So, the main problem with mainstream media is that it is giving too much
[credibility, voice, something along those lines] to the right wing lies.
Um, no. The main problem with mainstream media is that it has believed
itself to be apolitical and balanced when it is not.

If you don't believe this, I don't know how to convince you.

Besides, think of these key words from the entire story: cadre, warriors,
hostile, corrupted, extortion, hostage, zealots. Especially after a
large number of Russian children were killed by Islamic terrorists, those
words don't bring first to mind right wing bloggers.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/06/2004 07:44:44 AM
TITLE: The Wheel of Time
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ran across a <a
href="http://www.diabloii.net/columnists/ninth-circle37.shtml">couple
</a>of <a
href="http://www.lancearthur.com/archives/000575.html#more">references
</a>to Robert Jordan's <a
href="http://www.tor.com/jordan/series.html">The Wheel of Time</a>
series, so I thought I should throw my two cents in. I have read books
1,2,3,4, and 6. The problem is, I like the general theme [young people
with unknown gifts must learn to use those gifts to defeat Ultimate Evil,
which was previously responsible for bringing down a great civilization],
but the books seem to get slower and slower. Maybe because he's following
5-6 story lines at a time, maybe not. Maybe because his characters
constantly fight against being heros. Maybe because the various rulers
seem just f'kn stupid.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/04/2004 09:57:36 PM
TITLE: Penny Arcade quiz
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, pop <a
href="http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=2497969916637496312">quiz<
/a>. I scored a 14 [Charles]. It also claimed "Of the users who took the
test and are male and in your age group 100% scored lower than you." I
don't know if that is a good thing.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/03/2004 07:23:27 AM
TITLE: Culture of death
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>If you haven't read <a
href="http://www.techcentralstation.com/090304C.html">this </a>article in
Tech Central Station, go give it a try. Then tell me why it's a bad thing
for us to send people seeking martyrdom off to it. Bleh.

And then we have the deaths of the Russian kids.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/03/2004 07:12:21 AM
TITLE: Two great tastes
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>First taste: I was going through the
Sunday newspaper from 3-4 weeks ago, and saw an Ask Marilyn column asking
her readers to send in a paragraph of exactly 100 words, with no
duplicates, and all of only one syllable. The results are <a
href="http://archive.parade.com/askmarilyn_archive/2004/0822.html">here</
a>.

Second taste: I saw Aliens vs Predator over the weekend [short review:
not as bad as I was expecting, a few small points could have brought it
closer to the continuity of both lines, what idiot thought they needed to
fight in an ancient pyramid under antartica instead of just an alien <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553565559/103-
3721457-2179841?v=glance">planet</a>, did they specifically weaken the
female hero to not remind people of Ripley?]. At some point this week,
the thought came to me: what the world needs is Aliens vs Predator slash
fiction.

The mind boggles. I may try to write this thing - I keep going over
sentences in my head.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/02/2004 08:58:26 AM
TITLE: Chomps, the world's angriest dog
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yup, <a
href="http://imao.us/img/chomps_rev11.jpg">this </a>is one angry dog.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/02/2004 08:42:32 AM
TITLE: Pocky
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Hey, now I know what <a
href="http://www.alde.com/anime/pocky1.html">Pocky     packages
</a>actually <a href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/docs/FrameSet.htm">look
</a>like[follow the like, the pick with the snack foods]. A few years
back I haunted the messages associated with <a
href="http://www.brunching.com/">The Brunching Shuttlecocks</a>; pocky
was a frequent theme, but not even Central Market carries it.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/02/2004 08:30:54 AM
TITLE: Public Libraries
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>I left my computer at a friend's house, so
I'm using the internet from the closest library. The interesting thing is
seeing who else is here. Right now there are 2 guys, who are trying to
get into their yahoo mail account, and failing. English may not be their
primary language, so that might be the problem, or a simple forgetting of
the password. Got to wonder.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 9/02/2004 08:16:25 AM
TITLE: Sister
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Well, an update. She had an operation on
her foot early this week, which went well. There is a friend from Dallas
staying with her now, and my parents will go up to help her some time
soon [this weekend or next, depending on how things are going.] The
doctors predicted a 2-3 month recovery period.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/29/2004 12:05:40 PM
TITLE: Comment
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Wow, comments not from a <a
href="http://mschase2u.blogspot.com/">person</a> I know or linked to. A
First!

I see why she likes "That which doesn't kill me, makes me stranger"
instead of stronger. Unfortunately, if I got much stranger I would have
difficulty passing for normal just in my usual day-to-day activities. Not
a huge problem, but not a direction I need right now.

The mass murderer plaque text [on the Bender Family] can be seen <a
href="http://www.lasr.net/pages/city.php?City_ID=KS0611035&VA=Y&amp;Attra
ction_ID=KS0611035a008">here</a>. Unfortunately, you can't see the actual
plaque, which is taller than I am. Which still begs the question of why
this thing is there, anyway.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/29/2004 11:57:09 AM
TITLE: Attack rodent
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://www.fark.com/">Fark</a>, we have the <a
href="http://cuagain.manilasites.com/discuss/msgReader$287">story </a>of
the evil attack squirrel of death.

Isn't that a sign of End Times?

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/27/2004 09:57:26 PM
TITLE: 50 questions part 2
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>50 things part 2:
26. <span style="font-style: italic;">Orange juice or apple?</span>
Orange
27. <span style="font-style: italic;">Who was the last person you went
out to dinner with and where did you dine?</span> Assuming eating takeout
Italian food with my sister doesn't count, eating pizza with the guys
after helping move their mother's stuff.
28. <span style="font-style: italic;">Favorite type chocolate bar</span>:
Probably Hershey's special dark [although Lindt raspberry filled is quite
tasty]
30<span style="font-style: italic;">. Last time you ate a homegrown
tomato?</span> this spring; my parents arn't growing them any more, but
they know plenty of people who do.
31. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever won a trophy?
</span>Several for high school debate, one in 6th grade (?) for
sportsmanship from a summer camp.
32. <span style="font-style: italic;">Are you a good cook</span>? yes
33. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do you know how to pump your own
gas</span>? yes [where did that question come from, anyway?]
34. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ever order an article from an
infomercial?</span> no
35. <span style="font-style: italic;">Sprite or 7-up?</span> sprite
36. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever had to wear a uniform
to work?</span> yes [assuming the lab coat counts]
37. <span style="font-style: italic;">Last thing you bought at a
pharmacy?</span> map of Kansas City streets
38. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ever throw up in public?</span> If
the kitchen of the fraternity house counts as public, then yes
39. <span style="font-style: italic;">Would you prefer being a
millionaire or finding true love?</span> wuv, tru wuv
40. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do you believe in love at first
sight?</span> no
41. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ever call a 900 number?</span> no
42.<span style="font-style: italic;"> Can ex's be friends?</span>
sometimes
43. <span style="font-style: italic;">Who was the last person you visited
in a hospital?</span> I think my grandmother after she fell; maybe a
friend after delivering her kid
44. <span style="font-style: italic;">Did you have a lot of hair when you
were a baby?</span> yes
45. <span style="font-style: italic;">What message is on your answering
machine? </span>something like "you've called 555-9999. Please leave a
message."
46. <span style="font-style: italic;">What's your all-time favorite SNL
character?</span> Samuri ___
47. <span style="font-style: italic;">Name of first pet?</span> Captain
48. <span style="font-style: italic;">What is in your purse?</span> N/A
49. <span style="font-style: italic;">Favorite thing to do before
bedtime?</span> usually read
50. <span style="font-style: italic;">What is one thing you are grateful
for today?</span> That I live in Texas.


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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/27/2004 08:18:51 PM
TITLE: Angry Aliens
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yes, the bunnies doing versions of movies
are amusing, but the <a
href="http://www.angryalien.com/0304/blocked.html">Cartoonist's Block</a>
made me giggle.

Seen before, but directed from <a
href="http://www.whiterose.org/pete/blog/">APCB</a>. Which has Star Wars
rumors.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/27/2004 07:53:45 PM
TITLE: Spyware
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, from<a href="http://www.inter-
alia.net/"> Inter Alia</a>, recommendations for <a
href="http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/report-200408.html">this </a>article
on spyware, malware, and some blockers.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/26/2004 08:55:34 PM
TITLE: 50 things
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/042929.php#more">TexasBestGrok<
/a>, via <a
href="http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/2004_08.php#042840">Llamabutche
rs </a>[as usual]:

A fair number of these don't apply well, but what the hell.
1.<span style="font-style: italic;">Name spelled backwards</span>:
sgnirettum hsilwo
2.<span style="font-style: italic;">Where were your parents
born:</span>Father: small town in Texas, Mother: Missouri
3. <span style="font-style: italic;">Last thing downloaded</span>: a
sound file from Lilek's bleat
4. <span style="font-style: italic;">Fave restaurant</span>: probably
Salsas, a good TexMex restaurant
5. <span style="font-style: italic;">Last time you swam in a pool</span>:
not sure, probably last fall at my friend's parents' house [swam in Gulf
much more recently]
6. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever been in a school
play?</span> Yeah, I was Santa Claus in the 2nd grade Christmas play. I
played a black housekeeper in resident's follies a while back [~10
years]. I tried out for a part during college, at the urging of a
brother; I didn't get the part [probably a good thing]
7. <span style="font-style: italic;">How many kids do you want?</span> 2;
at this point extremely unlikely to happen
8. <span style="font-style: italic;">Type of music you dislike the
most:</span> gangsta rap, probably
9. <span style="font-style: italic;">Registered to vote:</span> yes
10. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do you have cable?</span> yes
11. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever ridden on a
moped?</span> no
12. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ever prank call anyone?</span> not
that I can remember
13. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ever get a parking ticket?</span>
yes
14. <span style="font-style: italic;">Would you go bungee jumping or sky
diving?</span> maybe: going to a summer camp during junior high, one of
the activities was jumping from fairly high up onto this huge float -
jumping off the first time was always hard, but then it was fun. If I
started doing a face your fears kind of thing sky diving would probably
be on the list.
15. <span style="font-style: italic;">Farthest place traveled:</span>
Europe
16. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do you have a garden?</span> no.
Doing occasional weeding for family and friends always nips any such
instincts in the bud [so to speak].
17. <span style="font-style: italic;">What's your favorite comic
strip</span>: Dilbert
18. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do you really know all the words to
your national anthem?</span> yes
19. <span style="font-style: italic;">Bath or shower, morning or
night?</span> a morning shower is pretty much mandatory for me to be
alive before 10; a long hot bath later sometimes after a workout
20. <span style="font-style: italic;">Best movie you've seen in the past
month?</span> N/A
21. <span style="font-style: italic;">Favorite pizza topping?</span>
depends - just one on a normal pizza would be pepperoni; more would add
mushrooms, black olives, and various meat; a nearby restaurant makes a
mean chorizo and goat cheese pizza
22. <span style="font-style: italic;">Chips or popcorn?</span> depends -
with a sandwich- chips, usually fritos or doritos; as a stand alone snack
popcorn
23. <span style="font-style: italic;">What color lipstick do you usually
wear?</span> N/A
24. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever smoked peanut
shells?</span> no, why?
25. <span style="font-style: italic;">Have you ever been in a beauty
pagent?</span> no.

Next 25 tomorrow.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/26/2004 06:17:09 PM
TITLE: Trip
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so here's the story. My sister was in
a wreck about 10 days ago, and broke her foot. Some other scrapes and
scratches, but nothing else serious. She was coming back to her apartment
in Lawrence, Kansas, to which she had moved about 2 months ago and then
spent 6 weeks in Utah. She asked for help, both because she had been
planning on moving again anyway, and not being able to drive made it more
urgent, and because essentially the only food in the house was a bag of
chicken sandwiches she picked up from Burger King on the way back from
the ER.

Most of her furniture is still in storage [in Kansas], otherwise we would
have hired movers.

Anyway, so I was mover, chauffeur, grocery shopper, and entertainer for 5
days, while sleeping on a mattress on the floor and bathing in a tub that
made me feel dirtier after the bath than before. Not to mention all the
little nervous habits she has, which irritated me in high school, now
just piss me off.

And to go I had to break a promise I made to my friends about 3 months
ago.

Basically, I'm glad I'm not in Kansas any more. [The whole walk into
Walmart and everyone is Caucasian experience, the rest area with a
historic plaque recognizing a mass murderer, the spice is evil attitude
just add to that feeling].

So, last night I considered getting completely shitfaced, but didn't have
the energy, or the heart, or something, so I just killed stuff in Diablo
2. Whee.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/25/2004 07:43:05 PM
TITLE: Eeekk
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Back from Kansas, land of bland TexMex: <a
href="http://www.tacojohns.com/">Taco John</a>'s and <a
href="http://www.carlosokellys.com/">Carlos O'Kelleys</a> heading the
list.

This is rapidly turning into the summer of moving.

I survived.
That which doesn't kill me makes me stronger.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/17/2004 06:49:30 PM
TITLE: Life keeps catching up with me
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so my sister called me, telling me she
has broken her leg, doesn't know how long it will take for her leg to get
good enough that she can drive, and she wants me to come up to help her.

Basically, for various reasons, I don't want to go, but feel that I have
to. Bleh.

An extended absense is likely.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/13/2004 02:32:32 PM
TITLE: Bomb
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Quoting the Weekly World News, we have <a
href="http://www.gawker.com/topic/terror-alert-al-qaeda-gay-dirty-bomb-
019446.php">Gawker </a>from <a
href="http://haloscan.com/tb/kwheaton/109232808962371639">Ken Wheaton
</a> that I saw from IMAO:

Extremist Muslims are developing an estrogen bomb!
Horrors.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/13/2004 02:32:26 PM
TITLE: Bomb
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Quoting the Weekly World News, we have <a
href="http://www.gawker.com/topic/terror-alert-al-qaeda-gay-dirty-bomb-
019446.php">Gawker </a>from <a
href="http://haloscan.com/tb/kwheaton/109232808962371639">Ken Wheaton
</a> that I saw from <a href="http://imao.us/">IMAO</a>:

Extremist Muslims are developing an estrogen bomb!
Horrors.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/12/2004 02:51:02 PM
TITLE: FDA
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so <a
href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2732325">this
</a>device isn't some amazing thing that would revolutionize the
treatment of depression. On the other hand, it's already approved for
epilepsy, and what data I've seen showed some effects on major depression
[although I am positive I havn't seen all the data].

What use is the FDA, anyway?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/10/2004 05:22:47 PM
TITLE: Blog, blog, blog, blog
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div><a href="http://bloodletting.blog-
city.com/read/763694.htm">This </a>looks like a fun blog to watch. The
interesting thing is, I can remember watching the beginning of Desert
Storm and wondering whether my classmates and I would be given an
abbreviated trauma course and drafted. Didn't come close, but....
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/10/2004 04:42:05 PM
TITLE: Game Plan
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://vodkapundit.com/archives/006406.php">Vodkapundit </a>has a
posting well worth reading - not quite the length of a den Beste novella,
but close. Besides, you've got time since the USS Clueless is on hiatus.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/09/2004 11:42:25 AM
TITLE: Sex
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>This may be more information than some
people need. If so, you are excused.

I have never had a masturbation fantasy involving a woman   alone, or
several women for that matter. I was able to explain that   to myself by
thinking that would be "dirty," to the point I remember a   guy showing a
Playboy centerfold during 9th grade English, and I turned   away. Not much
after that I can remember seeing a female friend's Playgirl, and being
impressed and probably turned on.

Sexuality does probably follow a continuum - after all, according to Lady
Sally monosexuality is the primary hangup of the 20th century. [sorry,
couldn't find the book for the exact quote]. If I had a choice between
getting married to a woman [having ejaculations caused by the physical
act of sex rather than desire] and being stoned to death, I would get
married.

What all this leads to is that while the "reparative" therapy might be
able to take someone who is bisexual and make him so guiltridden that he
never wants to have sex with a man, I don't think there is anything that
could happen that could make me have sexual desires towards women rather
than men.

By the way, I don't think 10% of the male population is gay, either.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/09/2004 11:29:26 AM
TITLE: Weekend
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so I headed up to Dallas to see John
Lanius and his family. We hung out, and he made the stereotypical
straight male contribution to dinner - he grilled. The fajitas were good
although to my taste could have used more cumin - although given how much
difficulty they had getting the kids to eat anything but the tortillas,
more spice might have been a bad thing. We talked - me about coming to
the conscious realization I am gay changed my life, him about having kids
changed his life, me giving anecdotes about my friends' childraising
travails, him about various gay issues.

Northpark has changed from when I last was there, though - the
metrosexual's dream. No bookstores [although there's one across the
street], no toystore, one electronic games store. Halfprice Books still
rocks.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/07/2004 07:44:37 AM
TITLE: Books
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Books have been an important part of my
life, but I usually read to escape, not to learn something. So, following
<a href="http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/39472">this </a>definition, I
would only count one book:

In the Moment by Harvey L. Rich.
On the other hand, Books that I read over and over include:
Expendable; James Alan Gardner
The Fionavar Tapestry series by Guy Gavriel Kay
Little Myth Marker; Robert Asprin
The Last Hot Time; John M. Ford
Door into Sunset;Diane Duane
Dark of the Moon; P.C. Hodgell

And almost anything by Steven Brust, Roger Zelazney, Mercedes Lackey, and
L.E. Modsitt, Jr.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/07/2004 07:39:57 AM
TITLE: weird week
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, let's see. A friend's mother died
recently; memorial service was held Monday [which I missed], wake on that
night [more or less], moved stuff out of her apartment yesterday. Which
means my truck got some use. Not too bad.

Headed off to Dallas more or less now. My computer is still infected.
Bleh.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/02/2004 11:27:13 AM
TITLE: The fight
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so we've had the Democratic
convention; Republican to come. Some <a
href="http://coldfury.com/index.php?p=4696">people </a>are predicting a
Bush win already. I am less sure - lots can still happen.

So, the fight - Democrats vs Republicans, or Americans vs Islamists. I
know which I think is more important.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 8/02/2004 11:22:51 AM
TITLE: States
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>A couple of days ago: Colorado, Minnesota.

Yesterday:none.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/29/2004 06:27:53 PM
TITLE: Amish/Convention
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Via <a
href="http://instapundit.com/archives/016868.php">Instapundit</a>: <a
href="http://althouse.blogspot.com/">Ann Althouse</a> seems to have been
watching the same tv as me recently. You've got your basic Democratic
convention, your takeoff on the convention via The Daily Show, and Amish
in the City, to get away from the craziness.

 Amish in the City may end up being a reality show I will watch - a
rarity. I was expecting the group to form us vs them cliques, which
didn't happen in the first episode. I have some problem with the basic
concept, but the show may be better than I would expect. Maybe.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/27/2004 09:54:20 AM
TITLE: Tom Swift
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Cool: Lilek's latest <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/institute/jetsam/23/index.html">Jetsam Cove
</a>offerings are Tom Swift covers. The scary thing is, I've probably
read most of those books.

On the other hand, I don't remember any Tom and the extraterrestrials
stuff.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/27/2004 09:29:41 AM
TITLE: Democratic convention
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Tried to watch it. Couldn't stand more
than a few seconds at a time.&nbsp;

Heh. Acording to <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>, it
got horrible ratings.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/27/2004 09:18:29 AM
TITLE: Yeah!
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Looks like Happy Fun Pundit is at it
again, with a <a
href="http://www.happyfunpundit.com/hfp/archives/2004_07.html#000566">pic
ture </a>of Kerry's space place visit.

Man, he looks stupid.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/26/2004 12:23:32 PM
TITLE: Diet
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, now I know why it's called a beer gut.

The current plan (1) 1500-1800 cal/day (2) walk at least 2 miles/day (3)
weight training 3 times /week (4) consider some sort of flexibility
training. No particular high protein plans, although low simple sugars is
the basic idea.

Is it physically possible for me to do? Hell yes. How long can I keep
with it? No idea.

I am going to stick with this plan until I've lost 20 lbs, though. Enough
is enough.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/26/2004 12:13:47 PM
TITLE: Lileks and panhandler
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Today's <a
href="http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/04/0704/072604.html">bleat
</a>involves&nbsp; a person asking for cash at the mall [as well as the
hunt for the elusive duvet]. I've gotten into the habit of not even
listening to panhandlers' speil, just saying "Thanks, no," and walking
away.

The basic concept is (1) I've given money in relatively large amounts
through work as a last resort kind of thing (2) Given the right spot, it
is possible for someone to make a pretty good hourly wage through begging
(3) I tend to be a sucker for a sob story, and was getting tired of
giving money and knowing it wasn't going to be used for a useful purpose.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/26/2004 12:05:59 PM
TITLE: Catwoman
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://haloscan.com/tb/lanallama/109084895074835675">The Llama
Butchers </a>has a review, which coincides with other stuff I've heard.
Oh well, maybe Hollywood will get the message: good movies based on
comics are good, bad movies based on comics are bad.

Either that, or Catwoman 2 will have her beating up Michael Moore. The
Blob, Juggernaut? Hmm. Any appropriate DC characters?&nbsp;
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/25/2004 08:39:37 AM
TITLE: Blogger
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>All right, now I feel official: blogger
lost 2 posts. [then found them again. hmm.]

 Which brings up a point: there is little point in my making a political
blog, since I agree with nearly everything Glenn Reynolds writes. Plus,
politics has never been a huge hobby of mine. So, do I keep an online
diary, trusting anonymity to keep me out of trouble, or do I keep making
seemingly pointless comments.

 Oh well.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/25/2004 08:22:56 AM
TITLE: Sandy Berger
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>In spite of what the <a
href="http://www.dynamist.com/weblog/archives/001215.html">Dynamist
</a>says, I have an extremely hard time believing someone could
inadvertently take Top Secret plus documents, unless he was possessed by
demons or something. When you have to go to a specific room to read
documents, how can you inadvertently take them?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/25/2004 07:47:52 AM
TITLE: Beer2
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, so I've had about 2 months worth of
beer in the last 2 days. On the list of more beers I never have to buy
again, <a href="http://www.newbelgium.com/beer_sunshine.shtml">Sunshine
Wheat </a>had very little wheat beer taste. As opposed to the <a
href="http://www.flyingdogales.com/02_litter_brews/litter_home.html">Flyi
ng Dog In Heat Wheat</a>, which I liked.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/24/2004 07:10:19 AM
TITLE: Beer
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Went drinking last night with a friend,
had a bunch of beers. Shiner Summer Stock left much to be desired, the
others were forgettable.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/22/2004 09:27:02 AM
TITLE: States
-----
BODY:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>Walking down the beach: Lousianax3,
Oklahoma x2, Minnesota, Florida. The real question is did the guy from
Florida come for Texas' beaches?
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/19/2004 10:45:02 AM
TITLE: Martians and the NAACP
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div><a
href="http://www.palaceofreason.com/Curmudgeon/tdm_1.html">This
</a>strikes a cord, that I think harmonizes with something else. Got to
think about it for a while, brb.
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/19/2004 10:15:46 AM
TITLE: War
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Yeah, den Beste wrote some similar things
quite a few months ago. But now, maybe, some <a
href="http://www.nwc.navy.mil/newrulesets/ThePentagonsNewMap.htm">things
</a>are making their way into the mainstream.
&nbsp;
From <a href="http://instapundit.com/">instapundit.</a>
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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/19/2004 10:00:02 AM
TITLE: Library
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>Ok, What kind of person decides that their
ultimate career move is to be a library computer room monitor?

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/15/2004 02:59:12 PM
TITLE: More fun
-----
BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From today's Bleat from Lileks, <a
href="http://zvbxrpl.blogspot.com/">this </a>looks interesting.
Overeducated, underemployed. Oh yeah.

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AUTHOR: owlish
DATE: 7/14/2004 01:19:49 PM
TITLE: roadsign
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BODY:
<div style="clear:both;"></div>From <a
href="http://llamabutchers.blogspot.com/2004_07_01_llamabutchers_archive.
html#108974463987585426">llama</a>, via <a
href="http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/">TBG </a>

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align="middle"><span style="font-family:Arial
Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-size:14;color:#ffffcc;">owlish mutterings
Highway <table cellpadding="2" width="100%" align="center"><tbody><tr><td
align="left"><span style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">Contentment Meadows</span></td><td
align="right"><span style="font-family:Arial
Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">8</span></td></tr><tr><td align="left"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">Mt. Happiness</span></td><td align="right"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">15</span></td></tr><tr><td align="left"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">Loony-Bin Lane</span></td><td align="right"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">57</span></td></tr><tr><td align="left"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">Confusion Lane</span></td><td align="right"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">100</span></td></tr><tr><td align="left"><span
style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">Childbirth Hospital</span></td><td
align="right"><span style="font-family:Arial
Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:11;color:#ffffcc;">574</span></td></tr><tr><td align="middle"
colspan="2"><span style="font-family:Arial Black,Helvetica,Verdana;font-
size:9;color:#ffffcc;">Please Drive
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