I should be in bed, but I wanted to tweak a few things!
A Gaggle of Gals (and one Guy) has been totally redone! I'm really, really happy with my creation this time! It actually turned out like the picture in my head -- which doesn't happen nearly often enough!
The banner base is the Blue Pool pic from Yellowstone, believe it or not :)
There's a few things I want to work on tomorrow, but my eyes are burning now, so I'm off to bed. (and happy!)
I was watching JAG last night. The premise was a female officer being accused of sexual harassment. During the course of the trial, her divorce and sexual history came up. She was asked how many sexual encounters she'd had in the three years since her divorce. Her answer was, "none". Everyone, from the Defense, to the Prosecution feigned amazed disbelief.
It bugged me last night, and it's bugging me now. Why is it so hard to believe that a woman might not be having sex? What is our preoccupation with sex, as if somehow, if you aren't playing the game, you're weird, strange, a freak? God, I haven't been on a date in so many years, you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you. I'm not a freak. I'm a normal woman who happens to not be very good at attracting the opposite sex. Never have been. I have lots of male friends, but I'm a buddy, or a sister to them. Men tend to not see me in a sexual way. As one of the guys at work said, "You're not a girl, you're a Denise." [shrug]
I'm not saying all this looking for pity or anything, merely to point out that not every woman in America defines herself by her sexual encounters. My reasons are a mixture of lack of opportunity and moral convictions. Other women I know don't partake for reasons and situations of their own. None of us are freaks. We have lives, friends, interests, jobs. All we don't have are men in our lives. Does that make me want to jump for joy? No, it doesn't. Yes, I get lonely -- we all do -- but I deal with my life as it is and try to take the occasional blue mood in stride as a part of my life.
I'm who I am, and I'm not ashamed of it!
* Crazy Faith -- Alison Krauss + Union Station
* Where Would You Be? -- Martina McBride
* I'm Not Breaking -- Steve Holy
New TV Shows
* John Doe
* Birds of Prey
* My Big Fat Greek Wedding
* Triple X
* (no third as I don't get out to the movies very often!)
Remember all, "24" starts tonight!
Be there, or be square!
I originally posted this as a comment to one of Rachel's blog posts. The subject was hate mail, and this seemed to fit in. (and if you pop over there, make sure to check out Rachel's splendid fiskings of that blowhard, Michael Moore. Absolutely delicious!)
The other thing is that I wasn't sure which blog to post this to. On the one hand, it's political, which would put it on Gaggle, but it's also a personal anecdote, which puts it on Muse. So I decided to post it on both. I guess there's always going to be occasions of overlap.
Way back when I was in 8th grade, our history class assignment was to do a report on the upcoming Ford/Carter election. I was going to school in Lafayette, CA at the time, but living in Berkeley. So, after school, I stopped by the Ford election headquarters in Lafayette. They gave me information, and I ended up helping out a few days after school because I thought it was great fun. (I was already a budding political junkie)
One afternoon, I got on the bus at the BART station in Berkeley on the last leg of my journey home. I was wearing a Ford for President button. This guy on the bus started haranguing me about my button. After being obnoxious to me for what seemed like hours, he finished with, "When you're older, you'll know better." Not one person on the bus told him to back off and stop verbally attacking a child. (I was 13, but I looked more like 10.)
That experience solidified my not so kind feeling towards Democrats. I would love to be able to tell that guy on the bus that I am older, and I know even better than I did when I was 13! And I'd probably throw in some seldom used bad words!
Worst thing that happened: channel surfing and accidentally coming across Susan Sarandon blathering at a rally this weekend. Enough to put me off my feed! [shudder] Could have been worse I suppose - it could have been old Babs.
Best thing that happened: I figured out how to use my background image in MT!! It took all evening, but I'm nothing if not stubborn! Doesn't it look perty?? And the other best thing; I got every single blog moved over to Moveable Type! I swear I'll be seeing code in my dreams!
(YIKES! Sam Farr ad! [double shudder]
Where was I? Oh, yeah... so they're all moved over, and here are the new URLs
And Nin moved hers over as well:
Update those bookmarks!
Here's a follow up on my post, "Them or Us", of yesterday.
Who knew that one of the scariest things about our country could be our universities? Remember back in the seventies, when parents would hire deprogrammers when their kids got mixed up in a cult? I think we need deprogrammers again -- but this time, to undo the damage done by attending an institution of "higher learning".
I posted yesterday that I felt, well, odd. I kind of know why, but at the same time, I don't. Or what I do know, I can't put into words.
This is from Peggy Noonan, one of the stellar writers of our time, and I think she captures some of what I feel.
We are suspended.
We are waiting to see if there is a war, waiting to see how the world reacts, waiting to see if the war is simple and clean or long and brutal, waiting to see if the war makes us safer or less safe in the long run or short.
Until then, until the war, one can't help but expect a continuance of suspension. That's how it looks to me today at any rate. Movement that brings stasis, action that maintains the status quo. It seems freaky. But it's a freaky time.
Blogger is down because it's been hacked.
In case you were wondering. (I was -- still have two blogs on Blogger)
I managed to add the day of the week, and change the date to bold all by myself! And I didn't blow up the blog :)
Aren't you proud?
A double header for me! Now, since the being ahead of the curve thing happened on my other blog, I should probably post about it there. But Blogger has been down for hours. So, since I'm on MT here at the Muse, I decided to ramble here instead!
I made two posts on Gaggle. One about racial profiling and the sniper yesterday afternoon, and one about the "undetermined relationship" between the sniper suspects, early this morning. Lo and behold, I go news reading this morning, and find that some of the "famous" folk are saying the same things! Go me!
One of these days, I really need to do a post on "fame" and blogs....
This is one of those things I read and wanted to share because I think it's important we realize what we're up against.
I have this feeling of dissatisfaction. Maybe it's being in a rut? Maybe it's a mix of things. Getting older, being alone, not having much to say for yourself, not really seeing any real change on the horizon. I'm not sure what it is. I know I'm very tired today, so maybe I'm being moodier than usual. The weather has been so dreary a damp too. I think that just adds to my feeling of irredeemable averageness.
Yeah, I'm in a mood, and it will pass. But right now, I feel like a real loser.
As you could probably tell, I got back from Reno yesterday [g] I'm just backwards is all! I should post a con report, but the last time I did that here, you all know what happened! All I need it to get an email from Peter Wingfield! On the other hand.... Of course, I didn't want to punch him out!
But I suck at con reports, so maybe I'll just leave it and just say I had a great time! It was a little different than I was expecting, based on other experiences I've had with small events like that, but it was still very enjoyable. I made a new friend, and we had an incredible dining experience due to a creation called "Coffee Diablo". WOW!!
So now I'm back and back to the same old, same old.
From today's SciFi Wire.
I can't wait!!
The upcoming special extended version DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings features a completely new edit of the hit movie that now clocks in at more than three and a half hours, according to a preview offered to SCI FI Wire. Director Peter Jackson significantly altered the theatrical-release version of the movie, which itself ran nearly three hours in length, extending most of the film's scenes and adding important new scenes, new visual effects and a new soundtrack with nearly 50 minutes of new score music by Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore. All told, Jackson inserted about 30 minutes of new footage into the movie.
The new version of the movie occupies two discs of the upcoming four-disc special-edition DVD, which will be available Nov. 12 with a suggested retail price of $39.99. A limited collector's edition of the special version will also come out with a price of $79.92.
Among the added scenes:
•The film opens with a new sequence of Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) writing a journal entry entitled "Concerning Hobbits" and features extended scenes of life in Hobbiton.
•Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) witness the exodus of the elves from Middle-earth to the Grey Havens.
•Aragorn talks more with Boromir (Sean Bean) about the fate of men.
•Gandalf (Ian McKellen) intones the Black Speech inscription from the One Ring during an extended Council of Elrond scene.
•Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) bestows gifts upon the Fellowship before they depart Lothlorien (and the new version restores Gimli's [John Rhys-Davies] crush on Galadriel).
•Extended scenes of the Fellowship with the elves in Lothlorien.
In addition to deepening the story and offering more insight into the characters, the restored footage also sets the viewer up for events to come in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the sequel that comes to movie theaters on Dec. 18.
As you can see, I've moved! Same blog, different corner of my domain. But what's really different is that I'm now powered by Moveable Type. So no more Blogger quirks and bugs to deal with! And even better, no more YACCS comments to slow down loading the page. I hope all this will make reading my blog a more pleasant experience!
About the only difference on the surface, is the black background. Turns out MT doesn't support background images, so my grey swirl has had to go into retirement.
For me, I need to memorize how to make a link in HTML since I no longer have Blogger to do it for me! Yikes!
None of this would have been possible without the Rachel. When I gave up, she persevered and got me all switched over without me having a nervous breakdown! Thank you so much, Rachel! You are one in a million!
Just making sure this puppy is functional now.