Just in case anyone was wondering, the Rally, planned for this weekend, has been rescheduled to Nov. 3-6.
Which means I might go this year.
We give it five out of five Imperial Stars and it is our fondest hope that it becomes such a huge, smashing success that the networks beat down a path to Jossí door begging him to bring the show back and that the suited simpering suckweasels at FOX end up feeling like the moron that turned down The Beatles.
Donít miss it.
And since we're doing politics, I might as well do this quiz [snagged from JohnL]
|You are a |
You are best described as a:
Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
I'm having an email discussion with a friend, started by this article. A couple of people said they agreed with nearly everything, I said I disagreed with nearly everything.
Anyway, since I'm writing anyway, might as well post it here too.
I currently call myself a pro-war small L libertarian, a
label I stole from John Lanius.
I believe we are currently in the middle of WWIV, WWIII being the Cold
War. It is a war between militant islam on one side, and the rest of
the world on the other, as that is how they've defined the battle.
I want government completely out of declaring anyone married or not.
I think of abortion as a medical procedure. It isn't a good substitute
for birth control because of side effects.
I want marijuana legal, and regulated like cigarettes. I want the
so-called War on Drugs stopped.
Environmental issues: messy. Some of the stuff coming from the left is from watermelons: "green on the outside, red on the inside." Ie, Kyoto would have done nothing for global warming; it's intent was to reign in the economies of various first world countries. On the other hand, libertarianism has some difficulties on establishing a practical way to pay for air pollution, for instance.
Gun control: how well you can control where your bullets hit the target. I believe the Second Amendment speaks to an individual right to own guns. And if you really believe it speaks towards a state army, there is a fair amount of federal legislation that is unconstitutional.
And by the way, a well armed populace is the best way to prevent genocide.
Current administration: I prefered Bush to Kerry. Bush didn't steal the election from Gore, he won it under the rules previously agreed to. Kerry was a horrible candidate who ran for president because it was thought he would steal some of the pro-war voters, while being, practically, anti-war. The only reason it was as close as is was is that the mainstream media still had some control over the debate. The reason Kerry lost is that it didn't have complete control: RatherGate and other stories would never have come out 20 years ago.
Bush has done a pretty bad to horrible job of communicating his plans, and the reasons for those plans. He and the Republican controlled Congress have been for big government, although perhaps less so than a Democrat would have been. This is a bad thing. Social Security is headed in a negative direction, although not nearly so much as the EU states. I don't like his official position on gays, although it isn't much different from Kerry's; I'll pick a country in which the main discussion is whether I can marry over a country in which the main discussion is how I should be executed. His position on stem cells is looking more and more reactionary, as is the makeup of the council he appointed to oversee such things.
And one last statement -two large, corrupt, child abusing, genocide abetting, anti-semitic dictatorships: the Catholic Church and the UN.
Still at my parents', will be going to my high school reunion in Dallas this weekend, then back to Galveston. I can't get into my hotmail account for some reason, sorry guys.
And I now have a better understanding of just how useless TV news is for actually finding out anything. Why do people put up with it?
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose. You are a
mystery novel dealing with theology, especially
with catholic vs liberal issues. You search
wisdom and knowledge endlessly, feeling that
learning is essential in life.
Which literature classic are you?
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When Rita was just a category 1 hurricane, I wasn't sure what to do. When it went to category 4, it was time to grab everything valuable, stuff it in the truck, and drive to my parents' place in NE Texas.
What was normally a 6 hour trip took 22 hours. Even worse, the last 3-4 hours were reasonable to drive. So, normal 3 hour drive took about 18 hours. Not fun. And if this was a reasonably orderly evacuation, I would hate to see a chaotic one.
Now, I'll wait and see if I have an apartment to go back to. Not the end of the world if I don't, but not good. And I live on the 5th floor of a reasonably solid apartment, so a 20 foot storm surge won't bother me. 175 mph winds on the other hand...
Time to sleep. Posting is going to be spotty.
Oh yeah. There was one couple on my floor who were planning on staying, when I was leaving. Prayers would be welcome, Darwin Awards may be forthcoming [although when it hit category 5 they may have changed their minds].
Oh yeah #2: The one nice thing that has happened: several friends and family have called, making sure I was all right. I really appreciate it.
One day closer. Galveston has called for voluntary evacuations, is expected to call for mandatory evacuations tomorrow at 5 PM. I ran to the WalMart to pick up a few things, lots of people there, buying supplies, seeming to plan to stay [bottled water, canned fruit, ramen, beer].
I'm bailing, probably tomorrow morning. The problem is, I've planned for 15 min to an hour and BOOM, I'm gone. I didn't have some supplies for prepping over 2 days.
Wish me luck.
The city of Galveston has called for a voluntary evacuation, starting tomorrow. [FOC has excerpts from the Houston Chronicle] With landfall expected Saturday, this is pretty far out from the event. Clearly, Katrina is playing a part in people's thinking.
Which is ok, we're due for a hurricane.
So, doing some laundry now, will fill up the gastank tonight. I'm not sure where I want to go though, assuming I leave. Cousin's got the new kid, friend's got the dead dog. Dallas? Parents? Dunno.
Damien's Spot also has a cool meme, similar to a book meme that was going around earlier.
1. Go into your LJís (or blog's) archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
Hmmm. I counted twice.
Not much after that I can remember seeing a female friend's Playgirl, and being impressed and probably turned on.
The Catholic Church has been working towards banning gays from joining the preisthood [possibly just in the US, possibly not]. I have not commented on this because to me the Catholic Church lost all moral authority before Christopher Columbus made a certain ocean voyage.
However, Damien Scott is much more interested, and has a very good post.
In a kind of weird coincidence with the PETA survey, a friends' dog was just put to sleep. If I get a call, I'll head up into Houston. Probably unlikely.
Anyway, if I'm absent the next couple of days, that's why.
Rachel Ann has a survey she has posted, on your thoughts on PETA.
1.PETA--what is the first image that comes to your mind hearing the name? Some sort of advertisement on a billboard.
2.How do you react emotionally?
3.Do you agree or disagree with PETA's overall message?
4.Do you agree or disagree with how PETA presents that message?
Not sure quite what you mean. I have yet to be impressed by any of their advertising.
5.Are (or were) you a vegetarian?
Heh. Nope, nohow, noway.
6.Do you own any pets?
7.What rights over animals do you think humans should have?
8.Is experimentation on animals always wrong? Sometimes wrong? And if permissable when, what types of experiments, and how should they be conducted?
It's only wrong [if ever] when it has effects on humans - for example, cruelty to animals for cruelty's sake does bad things to people.
9. To what uses can we put animals? (Pets only, aide animals etc.)
Pretty much anything. Fur, food, pets, medical experiments...
10. Including PETA, what animal rights groups (if any) do you support?
Also, North Korea has in theory agreed to halt work on nuclear weapons. A mere coincidence? I think not.
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And I'm NOT going to mention the Freudian implications.
And rar'in for action. And I've got 110 emails in my box. Eek.
Not too bad of a trip, not too great. I went up to the Tiny Texas Town with my parents, and stayed a couple of days. Hung out with my grandfather most of one day, saw my brother for a couple of hours one evening [he wasn't feeling too hot].
NE Texas really needs some rain. We were hoping for some on Thursday and Friday, ended up with 0.04 inches [officially, maybe a little more around my parents' house, but not enough]. The grass is brown, we're starting to feed hay to the cattle [a bad sign]. The people old enough are comparing it to a drought in '54 and '55, which was bad enough my dad's family had to sell all their cattle and rent out the land for other uses.
The next time some tree-hugging vegetarian tells you we should stop raising cattle and just eat soybeans, think of now. No food crops could possibly survive without huge amounts of irrigation up there. The cows ain't too happy, but they're alive.
Oh yeah, and driving back it looks like there's a forest fire or something around Texas City. If I were a true CITIZEN JOURNALIST, or if I had a passenger, I would have taken a picture [lots o flames], but I didn't.
In high school, a group of friends had the custom of using "mooo" whenever a four letter word was called for.
I'm heading up to Dallas tomorrow, to meet my parents and grandfather at a day long conference on Wednesday. It could be fun, but probably won't be. I may go back to the Tiny Texas Town with them, or not; no real reason to go, no huge reason not to. I had thought the conference was in the afternoon, so the plan was to drive to Houston, spend the night with friends on Tuesday, then drive up Wednesday. But no.
So, I'm feeling grumpy. Is it because (1) Hurricane Katrina still is a big mess? (2) 9/11/05 just happened and I barely noticed? (3) My friends will likely either put their dog to sleep, or have a huge fight, or both? (4) I went up to see my niece, and my cousin seemed happy to see me. So why didn't he return any of my gorram phone calls? And yeah, the combination of lots of family wanting to see the kid plus lack of sleep didn't help matters, but still. [he's already gone back to work, she's hoping to stay with the kid until Jan 1.] (5) I liked skyblue72 on Saturday, wasn't wild about any of the other bands, but it was fun and different. Talked to one guy some, don't know if he was trying to pick me up or was just a bored clueless geek. And I don't know what I would have wanted. (6) The LLP group keeps having discussions which are somewhat interesting but for which I have little to contribute. (7) I am sure I have skills which would be damn useful for dealing with the evacuees, but which would require me to be licensed to be useful. (8) The only thing my dad can think of that I would want to do in the Tiny Texas Town is drive their four wheeler. So every time the subject of me coming up there comes up, he mentions the four wheeler.
I'm not pissed enough for anything stronger, so Mooo.
By the way: this quiz refers to the Legion of Superheros, a DC superhero comic set in the future.
4th Anniversary of 9/11. Stayed overnight with friends in Houston and was oblivious. Went to visit my cousin [cute 1 week old kid, parents are rather tired] and he was flying his flag [the only person on the block to be doing so].
Instapundit has lots of appropriate posts. Most of all, I guess, I agree with Bill Quick: we need a National Day of Rage.
Update: Even Better: Emperor Misha wants a ďDays of Righteous Anger and Renewed Commitment to Killing Islamofascist Cavemen with Extreme Prejudice Until Every Last Motherfucking ONE of them is Dead, Dead, DEAD.Ē
Works for me.
Putting a beloved pet to sleep when it becomes inconvenient [specifically, a dog with weakness leading to difficulty standing or remaining standing while eliminating waste] seems different than the state [or whoever] putting hoards of unadoptable dogs and cats to sleep.
It isn't my dog, it's my friends'. And it may get ugly - the woman seems to want to put the dog to sleep, and I suspect the guy at least will have issues with that, if not absolutely refuse.
Doing my best to stay completely out of it.
So, I'm heading to the Last Concert Cafe tonight, to hear Skyblue72, ZWEE, and some other bands. Hopefully, it'll be fun.
#56 is up.
Interesting recipes include this baked brie thing.
A flourless chocolate combard cake.
I may have to try this black-eyed pea salad for New Years.
And Richmond is working on the ultimate Chicken Tortilla soup.
Bet you didn't know that. See? It just goes to show how well concealed the facts are!
Let's hear it for conspiracy theories weird enough to fit in Illuminati.
Hat Tip: LlamaButchers.
In case you haven't read it yet, the Carnival of Liberty #10 is up. I started a post like this a couple of days ago, but started reading articles and got distracted. There's some good stuff there, with several posts on Katrina and the aftermath.
Possibly more importantly, there are posts like this one on Egypt's elections. We'll get through the various problems caused by Katrina; if we don't keep our eye on the ball we might not get though other problems.
And the Lousiana Libertarian survived Katrina, with his home largely intact.
Ok, so it may not be authentically cajun. But it should have at least some kick.
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. Black pepper
1 t. White pepper
2 t. thyme
1 T garlic powder
1 t. salt
2 T vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups apricot preserves
6 T dijon mustard
5 chicken breast halves
2 T butter
Mix seasonings together. Sprinkle chicken pieces with spice mix and let stand about 30 minutes. Heat butter and oil in pan over medium high heat, add chicken pieces, and saute until just done, about 5 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels. Serve with apricot sauce. [In small saucepan combine preserves and mustard over low heat. Stir to mix and heat gently until melted and blended.]
This is just way too cool. The ship Serenity in LEGOs.
I'm getting more and more excited about the movie.
Funny, that never happens to me.
And, no, I have no idea if Daryl Hall is gay. He's had some recent problems with Lyme disease, though.
"Is the desert setting in Raising Arizona metaphorical?" What did humans do before the internet existed, to answer such burning questions?
This is either a sign we're too focused on sex, or too hung up on sex, or something: a guy spent almost a month designing the groin of the costume for Superman Returns.
Be the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Convert joggers into pastafarians, who apparently stand still, holding a sword or something.
5650, 15 converts. First try.
Warning: noisy music.
Come survive the apocolypse. Urban Dead, the MMRPG of zombie survival horror.
Hat tip: Boing Boing.
Via Fark, fun stuff from Cycling News:
The seven-times Tour de France winner has also been contemplating a possible come-back at the French Grand Tour 2006 although the Texan retired from the sport just a few weeks ago. "I'm thinking about it," Armstrong told The American Statesman's Suzanne Halliburton. "I'm thinking it's the best way to piss (the French) off," he added, in response to French newspaper L'Equipe, which reported on August 23 that it had proof that Armstrong used the banned drug EPO in the Tour 1999, the first Tour the American won.
Armstrong, who denies the allegation firmly, said he entertained the idea for the past two weeks, since the publication of the paper initialising the controversy. When asked how serious he was about another Tour, Armstrong said, "I'm exercising every day." Armstrong is still in good shape and will participate in the Tour Of Hope from September 29 to October 8, 2005. He will also be part of the Discovery Channel's first team training camp for next season in early December in Austin, Texas.
An amazing athlete, without a doubt. We'll see.
It's always such a pleasure to have Germans enlighten us on the best way to move large groups of sick, downtrodden people by rail.
Bill Whittle divides the world into Pink and Grey Tribes. Read the whole thing, but the quick summary would be: Pink-"EVERYBODY IS SPECIAL." Grey- "THINGS BREAK SOMETIMES AND PLEASE DONíT LET IT BE MY BRIDGE."
I am a gay psychiatrist, a relatively pink category. I went to probably the greyist university in the world. I am grey but am not a builder - most of my closest friends are engineers of one stripe or another but I'm not - sometimes I maintain things, sometimes destroy things, to try to create space for something else.
Anyway, the other random thought I had was about slasher films. Sheep get mowed down, sheepdogs get killed fighting, and one anointed one might stop the wolf briefly, but the wolf always comes back. So one's main way of survival is not to be in the movie at all. But I'm grey, so I want to try to fix the scenario within the movie: "No, no, pick up the gun!" "Why are you trying to run from the zombie in high heels?" "Look, Painful Death Lake is not a romantic getaway!"
Via Fark, an amusing flowchart to use on the next telemarketer to call. I usually just say "no" and hang up.
Yes! This is the wonderfully exciting Carnival of Music!
Unfortunately, with the somber mood of the nation after Hurricane Katrina caused so much destruction, we only had one submission.
So, I thought I would do a survey of people who have submitted posts in the past, and see what people are discussing.
The Bookish Gardener takes on a music meme, examining the popular songs during your high school years. Lots of other people have done this meme, including your humble host, the LlamaButchers, Memento Moron, and The Republic of T.
So, that's a wrapup of people from the first 5 Carnivals. As usual, make your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and thanks to John Lanius at TexasBestGrok for organizing this thing.
Finally, for people in the Houston area, I would note that HandStamp has several posts on various events, either at a reduced rate or free for Katrina refugees, or benefit concerts. I would especially like to note SkyBlue72 and Zwee's concert at the Last Concert Cafe, Sept 10, 5-10 PM.
MoveOn.org has a page working to get housing for people who need it, after the hurricane.
I'm making the offer as well. Iíve got a sleeper sofa available for a gay male or a couple [although it may get way cramped with a couple]. Contact me at email@example.com. No drugs, please. I'm in Galveston, Tx.
A friend is starting a blog called Magical Missives. Let him know what you think.
Pixy Misa has offered Mu.Nu hosting for the winners as well, so they may be migrating to Our Fair Shores.
Well done, all!
Ok, who the heck was searching for X-rated cookbooks?
Update: Great. I'm #1 on Google for "bob the builder smoking marijuana."
If you're looking for advice on shaving your head, Timmer has a complete guide.
I don't have male pattern baldness, so that's not a reason, but I generally dislike, or at best ignore, my hair. Maybe going bald would be interesting. Or maybe I'd look like a chemotherapy patient. Hard to know.
#55 is up. Seems a little short today, maybe people were not in the mood to submit recipes [I know I wasn't].
Texas Chili [as made by a Hungarian, but it looks ok]
A rather complicated filet recipe [most of the complication is in the sauce, although I don't have the necessary pan].
Fark has a thread on tasty things to do to ramen noodles. Main suggestions have been adding an egg while the liquid is boiling, or adding "hot cock" sauce. Mmm. And I think kimchi goes in the category of food I never have to eat in this life.
Perhaps the most interesting suggestion: Put a chamomile tea bag in the water while you're boiling it. Its fantastic.
Ninjas reveal their ancient secrets of cooking ramen noodles here. I may try this, I just need hosin sauce.
And then we have a Ramen recipe blog.
Other interesting facts: Save it [packet], beef flavor packets are great when added to ground beef when making hamburgers.
Random suggestion: Avoid Ramen. It's packed with trans fats.
Eat oats instead. Just as cheap, better for you. Come on, oatmeal is not a reasonable substitution for pasta.
Generally, I eat Ramen as a soup, with canned tuna or chicken, with black pepper for added spice.
Ok, so it's not that exciting, but I survived a week of dogsitting. More to the point, perhaps, the dog survived as well. He's not doing well though, with insulin dependent diabetes, hypothyroidism, and being treated for a second cancer, I'm going to be surprised if he's alive by Christmas.
It was more stressful than I was expecting, though. I would have felt awful and my friend probably never would have forgiven me if I went off for 6 hours doing stuff and came back to find the dog dead. So, at most I was gone for 1 1/2 hours at a time.
I need to get back on a better diet and regular exercise. Tomorrow.
doc Russia has a great post talking about the fun and excitement post Katrina. The fun part:
[clears throat, does best Jeff Foxworthy impression]
If you count on the government to provide a safe, clean and confortable shelter from a category 5 hurricane (which the rest of us call internment camps)....
.....You are going to be disappointed.
If you count on the government to provide you with prescription drugs,
.....You are going to be disappointed.
If you count on the government to keep it's mitts off your inheritence,
.....You are going to be disappointed.
If you count on the government to keep the borders secure,
.....You are going to be disappointed.
Go read the rest.
I've been avoiding this one, but I guess if North Dallas Fourty [Jimmy Stewart] can do it, so can I:
You scored 23% Tough, 9% Roguish, 47% Friendly, and 23% Charming!
You are the fun and friendly boy next door, the classic nice guy who
still manages to get the girl most of the time. You're every nice
girl's dreamboat, open and kind, nutty and charming, even a little
mischievous at times, but always a real stand up guy. You're dependable
and forthright, and women are drawn to your reliability, even as
they're dazzled by your sense of adventure and fun. You try to be tough
when you need to be, and will gladly stand up for any damsel in
distress, but you'd rather catch a girl with a little bit of flair.
Your leading ladies include Jean Arthur and Donna Reed, those sweet
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on Ok Cupid|
Puttering around, I ran into this blog. Looks kinda cool.
I agree with essentially everything Vic says here.
According to this site, Owlish's ideal job is a teasmaid, whatever the heck that is.
Worse, if I use my real name, my ideal job is a Bearded Lady in a circus. :(
H/T: My innermost sanctum
I've been watching the Firefly DVD, finished them tonight. Oh wow, this is good stuff. The movie site is here, some info and flash games.
I watched the series out of order, in the disk order 1,3,2,4. This changed some things.
Specifically, it changes Jayne. His selling them out occurs earlier, closer to the premier with its offer for him, and before seeing himself as a hero. I think all of that makes him into a more sympathetic person.
It screwed up Saffron somewhat [coming in the order 2, 1, it didn't have any major problems for 2, but watching 1 I thought the two women looked similar [stupid me, they arn't similar, they're the same person]].
Compared to the drek that was the most recent Star Wars, I have great hopes for the movie.