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Oct. 3rd, 2011

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Our shitty healthcare system

Wow, I just found out from a co-worker (after asking how much paternity leave he got) that in many European countries, fathers get 6 months of paternity leave, and mothers more than that in maternity leave. Apparently the NHS in Britian sends you home with a presumably free of charge nurse to help you get used to caring for your new baby, a nurse that stays with you for the first two weeks. REALLY? If so, then you really do get what you pay for. I continue to be astounded by our horrible, horrible healthcare system.

Aug. 23rd, 2011

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Fine after earthquake

We're fine after the earthquake. Pearl got scared and ran under the bed, probably not the safest place to go. Some stuff fell off the shelves, but that was it. Phew!

I'm really glad I took a sick day, because of course the DC traffic today is completely unhinged and crazy (even more than normal).

Jul. 24th, 2011

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Ham

Pearl now likes ham.

She doesn't like human food at all, except for the water from a can of tuna -- not the actual tuna, she hates that). We tried her with tuna in oil and she hated both the tuna and the oil. She will eat a shrimp, but doesn't like it as much as her sister did, nor does she like yogurt as much as Jasmine did.

Once we tried her with bacon and she HATED it. So the ham is a real surprise.

Jul. 13th, 2011

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Free ice cream, I will resist you

The building manager at work is giving out free ice cream in the lobby. I will resist.

Jun. 29th, 2011

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Fandom mashup

Via the twitter feeds of bunnyohare and rms2. Pretty much the funniest thing EVER. Who knew you could do a fandom mash-up of Minnesota Public Radio, Mythbusters, Neil Gaiman, Gollum, and disco?


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Jun. 25th, 2011

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Happy anniversary

Happy seventh wedding anniversary to my dear wife, bunnyohare.

I love you.
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May. 20th, 2011

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For the fans of Rapture jokes

UPS-style Rapture humour
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Mar. 30th, 2011

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Troy Davis and the death penalty

Europeans on my f-list will understand how staggeringly cruel the death penalty is. You folks have already gotten rid of it. There are a ton of cases in the US which are terrible miscarriages of justice, but this one is pretty much the poster child --

Troy Davis' case is a prime example of why the death penalty should be abolished. Please click on the link and sign the online petition.

All but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is the principle alternative suspect.

This week the Supreme Court declined to even hear Troy's appeals, which now makes his case extremely perilous.

What other countries still have capital punishment? China, Iran, Pakistan, & Saudi Arabia are the most prevalent examples. I don't think this is great company to keep.

Capital punishment is just wrong. Even in cases where the person in question is guilty, many times even the victims' family, like Matthew Shepard's family, have spoken out against the death penalty, realizing that two wrongs don't make a right, and that state-endorsed murder doesn't prevent other murders from happening, nor does it bring back your loved one. An eye for an eye just makes everyone blind.

Feb. 8th, 2011

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Black Swan

Cut for spoilers for both Black Swan and The Arrival.Collapse )
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Feb. 1st, 2011

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Annoying neighbors

The new neighbors across the way play a lot of loud music, which you can even hear over the loud trains that go by all the time. I knocked on the door for the second time in an hour to ask them to turn it down, and as I turned to go, heard the boyfriend (yell over the music) to his girlfriend, "I can't even hear it out here, I don't know what their problem is". Gee, maybe it's because you've gone deaf from all the loud music.

This cartoon pretty much covers all the possibilities, except for bowling balls, loud sex, and screaming babies.

Nov. 11th, 2010

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Quick! Give us a carrot!

Dinner:

Smoky haddock (substituted mackerel) corn chowder, crispy spiced prawns, watercress rainbow salad with homemade tarragon dressing, raspberry cordial slushies.

Yum.

Jamie Oliver's 30-minute meals:

http://tinyurl.com/3xtt33z

If anyone knows where to find smoked haddock or elderflower cordial in the DC area, please speak up! Apparently I could buy it lots of places online, so there's that, but why pay shipping? I just bought some raspberry cordial instead.

I got the smoked mackerel at Eastern Market. Also, FYI, I have refused to shop at Whole Foods for the last 15 months, and will continue this refusal.

We also used oyster crackers. Apparently you can't buy them in the U.K.

Finally, I have to say that professional chefs are wicked speedy. Never believe them when they say something takes 30 minutes. We had two of us cooking and it took 83 minutes. Those eighty-three minutes did not include the 27 minutes of vegetable washing, garlic clove prepping, and looking (in vain) for the proper disk thingy for the food processor.
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Oct. 29th, 2010

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Terrible Political Ads

Saw a clip of this on Jon Stewart last night. Oh, the poor animation, it burns.

Stargate fans, listen up, you'll hear a familiar voice doing narration after a bit.


Oct. 2nd, 2010

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Suncat


Suncat
Originally uploaded by chickenofeathers
She loves the autumn sun.

Lovely day, lovely cat.

Sep. 30th, 2010

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Fun new foods, Part Two !

From Andrew Wheeler at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/archives/399, via Kerri Hicks.

The Omnivore's Hundred

Here's a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don't worry if you haven't, mind you; neither have I, though I'll be sure to work on it. Don't worry if you don't recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here's what I want you to do:

  1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  2. Bold all the items you've eaten.
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
  4. Optional extra: Post a comment here and/or at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
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Fun new foods, Part One

I'm sorry I don't post much anymore. Here goes a sporadic attempt to fix this. :-)

Fun new foods that I have never tried before, until this month:

First: Scuppernongs. They were purple, not green, but the North Carolina grower labelled them as scuppernongs rather than muscadines anyway. They were absolutely delicious, including the skin! They were much sweeter than normal grapes.

Second: the fruit of the Monstera deliciosa which takes a whole year to ripen, and which causes "immediate and painful irritation, swelling, blistering and loss of voice" if eaten unripened. You have to stand it upright in a large glass, and wait for the peel to come off by itself, from the top down. This seems to take about three days after purchase, if the growers, distributors, and retailers have timed everything correctly. It was in fact quite delicious, and really did taste like a cross between a banana and a pineapple.

The Kiwi berry, which I saw in the store and assumed was just a baby kiwi that somehow just had no fuzzy skin. However, after reading about them, I realized they were actually a slightly different fruit. They taste almost the same, but are softer, and of course it's fun not to have to peel them. I actually liked them better than regular kiwis.
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May. 30th, 2010

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Mosquitoes

Those mosquitoes love me far, far too much.

Seven bites. No one else at the BBQ got bitten.

Apr. 16th, 2010

02. Pearl

Spring is here!



We planted a ton of porch plants again! It's so exciting. We also bought one of those door-hanger portable insect screens after getting several bees in the house through the open balcony door. Some will probably still get in, but hopefully a lot fewer. Meanwhile, other than the occasional smoker down below mucking it up, the air is fresh and wonderful.

Mar. 13th, 2010

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Angel the Series

Does anyone want Angel, the complete 5 seasons on DVD? I was thinking about selling them on eBay / Half.com, but that's a huge pain in the ass.

If you're on my friends list and are willing to pay all shipping costs, you get them for free.

Mar. 3rd, 2010

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Today marriage is legal in DC

There are some great pictures of happy couples. One picture shows a straight woman who waited to marry her husband until today, as a show of support.

I'm really glad we didn't attend one of these big, media-filled "first day" events in Massachusetts. Having to run the media and protester gauntlet just doesn't seem like my idea of a good time.

And yes, there is one picture of the usual Phelps-led protesters. Those people are almost a joke, except they're so freaking hateful, it's scary.

I'm struck by how normal it is that most of the couples pictures are mixed-race marriages and/or non-white couples. Mostly I feel all tearful and happy, at the same time the bitterness over the continuing federal non-recognition makes me all pissed off again.
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Feb. 18th, 2010

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Tegan & Sara!

We finally saw Tegan & Sara live! Our fears of being the oldest people in the room were unfounded. On our feet dancing and acting like lunatics for two hours. Don't ask what completely brilliant scheme my genius wife thought up as last-minute earplugs (yes, our seats were THAT GOOD). We haven't been to Warner Theater since k.d. lang. That's how old we are. OLD FOGIES. We haven't been to a live show that loud since Melissa Etheridge and Matthew Sweet at Lupo's.

And yes, the Bunny is correct, Sara is far cuter than Tegan.

Dec. 22nd, 2009

02. Pearl

Holiday Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Cranberry Almond Cookies

Cranberry Almond Cookies

These are some of the holiday cookies we made for our office friends. Not pictured but also included were two kinds of brownies, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and orange chocolate marzipan star-shaped cookies dipped in chocolate.

Cherry Almond Cookie recipe (obviously we swapped out cranberries for cherries); Thumbprint Cream Cheese Cookies recipe (swapped out orange peel and zest for the lemon).

Dec. 18th, 2009

02. Pearl

Thundersnow

Apparently tomorrow we're supposed to get something called thundersnow, along with a foot or two of snow.

In true East Coast fashion, the bread and milk sections of all local grocery stores have been raided and left empty. Trader Joe's bread section was especially ransacked.

I was home sick from work today, but dragged myself out to do a small amount of shopping anyway, because my eighteen years in Rhode Island rendered the reflexive "bread! milk!" panic almost completely automatic. If I were a zombie I'd probably lurch out just the same, regardless.

Tom Lenk, California native, currently residing in NYC during his run on Broadway, twittered today, I will never say the words "I'm freezing" in So. Cali now that I've experienced actual cold weather. Brrrrrrrr..

Thank you, Tom. I would like to relay this to all my Florida peeps who insist on calling anything below 55F "freezing".

Dec. 1st, 2009

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Holiday cards!

Hi everyone! We're sending out our infamous rabbit/chicken-themed holiday cards this year. Maybe there will be fewer bells and whistles than some years, but still ...!

If you want one, please let us know!

If you have been receiving them in past years and have decided you don't want one anymore, please let us know, no hard feelings.

If your address has changed in the last twelve months, do please also drop us a line.

Kisses,

Rabbit and Chicken

P.S. -- Comment screening is on, to protect your address and such.

Nov. 3rd, 2009

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Election Day

It's election day in a lot of places in the U.S. today. Please vote.

If you are a person who believes in actual equal rights for all, and are a Virginia resident, please, PLEASE vote for Creigh Deeds for governor. I know he's not as solid on gay rights as Brian Moran, but Moran lost the primary, and we can't have that utter homophobic, sexist Bob McDonnell as governor. I'm fearful we will, because Deeds has run quite a lackluster campaign, but we have to try.

Also, Maine residents? I hope I don't have to tell you all about the marriage question.

Sep. 8th, 2009

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Senator Al Franken, you rock

Here's a link to a YouTube video entitled Franken Talks Down Angry Mob (warning: this video is over nine minutes long -- about three hours shorter than the Town Hall meeting I experienced first-hand a couple of weeks ago, where Howard Dean was rudely interrupted by the infamous Randall Terry).

Says the videographer, "About a dozen tea party activists had staked out Sen. Al Franken's booth, and confronted him loudly when he arrived. But within minutes, he'd turned an unruly crowd into a productive conversation on health care."

Aug. 18th, 2009

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Oh, there is no hope for humanity

The Funniest Signs From Town Hall Protests. The first one is my favorite.

Really these things make me unsure whether to laugh, cry, or both.

Jul. 1st, 2009

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Student Loans: Income-based repayments

Income-based repayment plans begin today, July 1, 2009.

This will save us SO much money. I recommend this to anyone who feels their student loans have been an albatross!

Jun. 10th, 2009

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More gay marriage updates and actions

If you know anyone in New York state, send them here because this could be a very close vote. More details here.

Meanwhile, here at home in DC, there's a hearing today about gay marriage. Hopefully the board will find that the homophobic Bishop Jackson does not have the right to gather signatures, since he may be found not to be a legal resident of DC.

It's amazing to me the lengths to which these anti-gay folks will go. Why do they hate us so much?
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May. 7th, 2009

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Gay Marriage in Rhode Island

So what, exactly, is wrong with Rhode Island?

The simple answer: Donald Carcieri. The more complex answer: Catholics.

However, if you read down through the end, on page three you'll see an interesting example of a Catholic who changed his mind. There's definitely hope.
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Apr. 22nd, 2009

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I transcribe, because there are no other words

...creation-studies tests contain questions like "True or False: Noah's Ark was large enough to carry various kinds of dinosaurs." (If you're curious, the answer is True; according to my professor, since dinosaurs and humans cohabited the earth after the Flood, they would have had to find a way to squeeze onto the Ark. He suggested they might have been teenage dinosaurs so they'd have taken up less space.)

-- Kevin Roose, Brown '09, in his Brown Alumni Monthly article about his semester undercover at Liberty University (Falwell's so-called "Bible Boot Camp").

Apparently he actually found the students to be relatively "normal", but for my money, this professor is totally insane.

Note that I am usually very lazy and busy and thus don't actually have time or energy to read most of the articles in the BAM, I just skip to the Class Notes and skim for names I recognize. However, Yahoo had an abridged version of this same article, so I had to go read the whole original piece because it was the cover story this month.

My other favorite quote,

Even while interviewing Falwell, I remember thinking that complimenting the grandfathering skills of a guy who blamed 9/11 on feminists and homosexuals was a lot like complimenting the builders of the Death Star for their metalwork: even if true, it was sort of beside the point.

Apr. 10th, 2009

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One Rabbit or Many?

One rabbit or many? What do you believe? What do kids believe?

Does the Easter Bunny deliver all those eggs all by itself, in one time-space-continuum-defying night of herculean work, or is there a bevy of bunny helpers, a whole warren full of helpful little paws?

Similarly, is Santa also physics-defying, or does he just have lots of Elf helpers?

If the prevailing societal myth in both cases is actually the Lone Faster Than Light Rabbit/Santa, which of the two myths stays believable longer, for children? If one topples, does the other then automatically fall as well?

These are some thoughts I had today whilst hop-staggering down the hall to deliver only half a dozen small eggs. The bunny has some stamina! (I know I don't.)

Also, P.S., this is the perfect weekend (other than Halloween) for re-watching "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". I'm just saying.
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Apr. 9th, 2009

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It's that Rabbit-y time of year

Predictable but hilarious rabbit item, call Monty Python and tell them sorry about the plagiarism. :-)

Apr. 7th, 2009

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Vermont passes gay marriage! And D.C. moving along, too!

Gay marriage legalized in Vermont. The vote in the House was 100-49, which I thought meant some last-minute scrounging for a very few votes, and indeed, the story behind four of those five votes is quite fascinating. I love the guy who changed his vote from "I am a Catholic and have to vote against gay marriage" to "I am pissed off at being dissed by the governor so nyeh, diss ya back!"

And it's very moving to see how they got that very last vote, the good old-fashioned way, people calling their legislators. “Many supporters – mostly straight and many not historically political – have stepped up to the plate,” Robinson said. That just about makes me cry.

So soon after the Iowa victory, this is such good news.

And check it out, D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Other States' Gay Marriages. That's enough to make me want to move, in spite of the expense. WOW. That would mean our Massachusetts marriage license would be recognized. That's just amazing. With the District's relative disenfranchisement (not having Representation in Congress), and with the stupid federal DOMA still in effect, I wonder what the tangible benefits would be? Just not being in Virginia, which is so actively hateful toward gay people, would certainly be one tangible effect.

Now of course I'm wondering about Rhode Island, which I consider my home state. This New York Times article has some things to say about Rhode Island, including, Advocates of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island said they were aiming for legislative approval in 2011. That is when Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican who is against same-sex marriage, will leave office because of term limits.

Furthermore, the legislative landscape in Rhode Island has changed a lot since the last time around, and according to kerri9494, there are a lot of interesting candidates for governor in 2011, including Lincoln Chafee, who is so much more liberal than Carcieri, it's dizzying.

All of this definitely makes the whole Prop. 8 thing less horrifying.
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Mar. 27th, 2009

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Family Guy does ST:TNG

This will be just as funny as the Star Wars episode.

Mar. 16th, 2009

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Keep your promise, President Obama

Tell the President to allow same-sex partners of federal employees to receive health benefits.

The timing of this is really interesting, especially in light of the recently-launched GLAD case.

It's also possibly an opportunity to start moving on the DOMA issue a lot sooner than even Barney Frank estimated in this recent interview. Of course what that also means is increased and vociferous Bible-thumping on the part of the right wing.

Mar. 10th, 2009

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Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks

I am sure most of you have already seen This is Why You're Fat, but if not, well ... check out the Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburgers currently on page 11 (yes, the link will quickly break) and the Bacon Cheese Pizza Burger currently on page 5. The excesses are shocking.
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Right-wing media bias

In Another Angle on Media Bias, Shawn Zeller of the Congressional Quarterly writes about studies showing that the liberal media bias accusation is a myth, and that in fact the opposite is true.

This is about "image bytes" and body language and the relative merits of flattering or un-flattering camera angles. I'm not sure I buy all those as assumptions, but it's interesting food for thought.

Feb. 19th, 2009

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(no subject)

http://ping.fm/fFGxG -- The Agreeable Cat, via my boss

Feb. 14th, 2009

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Dollhouse 1x01 reactions

Yes, Eliza is always hot, but ...Collapse )
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Feb. 13th, 2009

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Dollhouse; Colbert; Anthony Stewart Head

Joss answers fan questions on Whedonesque. (I love that he loves Anne/Chantarelle. She's such an interesting character.) Also, "I might have accidentally shipped" -- hahaha. I'm looking forward to Dollhouse but mostly because I am shallow and enjoy looking at Eliza Dushku.

Also thanks to kerri9494 for this Stephen Colbert interview with professor of Oceanography Robert Ballard. Seriously cool, fascinating, educational, and funny all at the same time.

Also, Anthony Stewart Head's new show sounds VERY interesting.

Feb. 5th, 2009

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Rob a store with a bat'leth?

Via a plurk friend: Not honourable! And he didn't even steal any prune juice, the warrior's drink.

Jan. 16th, 2009

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Updates

1. Last night on the way from the office to the Metro, I walked past a brand new double row of port-a-potties. This makes me glad I've decided not to attend the inauguration.

2. Today is the coldest day so far this year. They said it was 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr.

3. Have you tried adding golden roasted flax seeds to food? Yum. The aroma alone is amazing.

4. Battlestar tonight. I miss Stargate already, but this should certainly be interesting.

5. I am so weak that cute overload slays me. Little tiny hands, little tiny carrot.

Dec. 8th, 2008

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Holiday cards

If you'd like a famous chicken and rabbit holiday card and you haven't already done so, please comment on my wife's entry:

http://bunnyohare.livejournal.com/160457.html?mode=reply&style=mine

Thank you very much!

Dec. 4th, 2008

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Prop8, the musical

You've seen Prop 8, the musical, right? If not, do! Thanks to kerri9494 for the link!

Nov. 22nd, 2008

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Twilight

A hilarious review of the Twilight movie.

Yes, I'm still going to go see it, with really low expectations. Snakes on a Plane, indeed.
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Nov. 19th, 2008

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39 forever

What a lovely birthday! My wife bunnyohare made the most delicious dinner for me!

The Perfect Peach Tart

That was the lovely peach tart she made for the dessert.

Here are the rest of the delicious pictures.

The tart was very peach melba-like, with raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a leftover square of chocolate from the Art Bar given to me by my extremely nice supervisor at work.

The mexican lasagna was unbelievably yummy, the best ever -- far more than just a vehicle for the lovely avocado creature. Vegetarian, to boot, and nice and spicy!

I have the best wife ever! I love you, darling.

Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes.

Nov. 5th, 2008

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Hope

I'm the most cynical person I know. Now this might not be true. I've even been extremely cynical about Obama's message of hope. But right now his speech has turned that around a bit. I think I actually cried tears of relief.

Nov. 1st, 2008

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For a Halloween treat...

For a Halloween treat, we saw a cute straight couple decked out head to toe in full Stargate Atlantis outfits, including helmets, flak jackets, P-90s, shoulder patches. HOLY COW. And incongruously wheeling their little baby along in a stroller.

Oct. 30th, 2008

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We have veg

Veg acquired at the Penn Quarter farmer's market:

Salad greens
watercress & arugula
basil
cilantro
green onions
broccoli x 3
spinach
green and red bell peppers
crimini mushrooms
3 varieties of apples
asian pears
seckel pears
red bartlett pears
turnips, 2 kinds
carrots, 2 bunches
savoy cabbage

Missing Veg, must acquire elsewhere:

Sweet potato/yam things
tomatoes
parsnips
rutabaga
onions
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Cameras and 'vote-flipping'

Some election-related articles of interest:

County bans cameras from polls.

Alleged vote flipping video false, defamitory, WVSOS says.
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