May 30, 2003

Submarine Sandwich

Hungry polar bear samples new kind of sub sandwich

TASTY? Bruin chews on the rudder of the U.S. submarine Connecticut.

Anchorage Daily News

(Published: May 30, 2003)

A polar bear gnawed on the rudder of a U.S. submarine and then attacked it after the sub surfaced in the ice pack during maneuvers between the North Pole and Alaska this spring, the U.S. Navy reported last week.

The submarine Connecticut, a new Seawolf-class sub, had partly surfaced with its sail and rudder sticking through the ice on April 27.

"When an officer looked around outside via the periscope, he noted that his sub was being stalked by a hostile polar bear," the Navy reported on its news Web site.

In a series of pictures captured on the periscope's camera, the bear apparently chewed on the rudder, then batted it around. The Navy reported the damage was minor. "It wasn't designed as a polar bear snack, but that's how life is sometimes," the story said.

Polar bears are federally protected marine mammals, but biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage hadn't heard about this encounter, said spokeswoman Catherine Pearson. "It would be very unusual for polar bears to be north of the 80th parallel, as there are very few places with open water."

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May 28, 2003


Every so often, you run across a post that really speaks to you. Today, I found one of those over at Steve's. It literally brought tears to my eyes. These days, it seems the idea of a "virtuous woman" is something that is mocked and considered hopelessly old fashioned. I know I've written posts here in the past, and long emails to friends, that had I had Steve's words, may not have been quite so bewildered and angry at feeling out of step with the "modern" world. I know none of this makes much sense, but I'm not as good at putting it all out there as Steve is :) Just know that words can make a difference.

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May 27, 2003

All Is Well!

Simon isn't leaving American Idol! Whatever would I have done without my weekly dose of cute snarky English guy??

Let me tell you right now, lest anyone worry: Simon will be back. How do I know this? He's a part owner of the show!

Just three weeks ago a little-seen press release was issued by the very tony, white-shoe Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr. To whit: they advised Bertelsmann Music Group UK on its "acquisition of Simon Cowell's 50 percent stake in Ronagold Limited, their joint venture record company." Ronagold had been set up in 2000 so Cowell and BMG could put out records by their original UK Pop Idol stars Will Young and Gareth Gates.

Cowell, thanks to the firm, also set up a new company through BMG called SimCow, for new music, TV and film ventures. Of course, Cowell is still partnered in Simon Fuller's firm, 19 Entertainment and 19 Management, which controls all things American Idol. And I mean, all things.

There's also a great deal of information in the article that attempts to explain the intricacies and machinations of the music business. Interesting stuff if you're so inclined.

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May 26, 2003

Oh So Pretty

I just got my most recent PEI travel newsletter (that's Prince Edward Island to those who don't know) and everytime I get one, I want to go visit.

Isn't it pretty?


And more pretty?


And yet more...


And one last one:


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May 25, 2003

Oddly Enough

Over on Gaggle, I had a commenter who was upset with a post I did on the Dixie Chicks. It was the usual leftie stuff where freedom of speech is for them alone. Anyway, she was doing the usual stereotyping of country music fans, and I pointed out to her I have more Sarah McLachlan CDs, than Dixie Chicks. I actually have every CD of Sarah's, including some imports, and a CD that you could have made for you when you ordered a CD of hers online. So, yeah, I'm a fan!

Yes, I'm getting to the odd part! Right after I finished my reply to Mssss. Left, "Possession" played on the radio. I really love that song. so much of her music hits emotional chords with me, and I have strong associations with many of her songs to certain times in my life. In fact, Nin won't let me listen to her music when I'm depressed because I'll get really dark and angsty! "Possession", I love, also "Full of Grace", "Angel", "Sweet Surrender", and "On a Winter's Night".

Time to dig out the CDs and listen all over again! I wish she'd come out of retirement!

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Ever notice how much warmer you feel if you put a pair of socks on around the house?

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Looks like Pixar/Disney has another winner! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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May 24, 2003


I don't watch it, but Nigel Bennett is going to be in the season opener. Another show I'll watch to see Nigel and have no klew as to what's going on!

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Just got this in the mail. It's a great CD!

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Not only am I hunting for guest guy bloggers for Gaggle, I'm part of an all girl blog that needs some more participants. If you're a gal, and don't have a blog (or even if you do) and would like to participate in a totally non-serious blog with other female type persons, drop me a line: edithna AT yahoo DOT com.

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JAZ Update!

We've added some items to the JAZ store!

What am I talking about? Well, a while back, Nin and I decided our friend Jayne needed a fanclub her own, since she spends so much time running LCA. So JAZ was born! Then, we decided there was more jazz needed, so we created her a line of merchandise.

Every so often, Cafe Press adds items, so I added a few to the shop.

So now you know!

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Go wish Andrea a happy hobbit birthday! There will be mathoms, food, and drink. Think 'A Long Expected Party'! [beam]

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May 22, 2003


Blood & Sand

1 1/2 parts Chivas
1 1/2 parts Cherry Liquor
1 part Orange Juice

Shake all the ingredients in a mixing glass, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange peel.

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Legends of the West

We went to Reno last weekend (trip report here, photos here and here) and, in Virginia City, a shopkeeper recommended a CD to me: Legends of the West, by the Comstock Cowboys. (It's a great CD) I've always had a fondness for songs of the Old West, like "Streets of Laredo", the "Wayward Wind", and "Cool Water". This album has them all, and as I'm sitting here listening to it, I'm reminded of my enduring love of the West. Not the West Coast necessarily, but the "West". The pioneers and their covered wagons, leaving everything they knew behind for a dream -- the "see the Elephant". The cowboys, the miners, the fortune seekers, and those people that were here before them. In places like Virginia City NV, that spirit is still at the surface. You can feel it, and if you're very still, sometimes you can see it. If you find a section of the Oregon Trail, the wagon ruts still visible all this time later, you can feel it too. You wonder what had to be left off the wagons in that spot, did they leave a loved one who died on the journey, buried somewhere near by?

I finally got to see Grass Valley, where my great-grandmother was born in 1865, and I wondered what her parents felt as they cleared the great Sierras, and in the more gentle foothills, decided to settle. And what made them pull up stakes less than a decade later, to brave the wilds of Northern British Columbia. I've been over Donner Pass so many times, being a native of California, and I've always wondered what it must have been like, hauling wagons over the treacherous passes of the Sierras. It seems so impossible, yet thousands upon thousands did it. But it's only been in the last year that I discovered I had a connection to those people in those wagon trains. Maybe some genetic memory knew what I consciously did not. In some ways, that knowledge has made me feel more at home here than I did before. I feel like I have roots that go deeper than just the surface of this nutty state. There's more here than just the shallow surface, there's a spirit here in the West that delves as deep as the roots of the Sierras. A spirit that's forged in tears, sorrow, hope, and faith.

There's a song on the CD that inspired the above (for good or ill!)

"But the sun shines in San Luis Obispo. In the valley where the gentle breezes blow. California where we start our lives over. If we make it through the high Sierra snow.

The deadly winds did blow in all its fury. You couldn't see your hand before your face. We knew we had to dig in for winter. Or die here in this God forsaking place.

All night long we heard the children crying. As the mothers tried their best to keep them warm. In the morning, the cattle they were scattered. As we prayed to go and braced for another storm.

But the sun shines in San Luis Obispo. In the valley where the gentle breezes blow. California where we start our lives over. If we make it through the high Sierra snow."

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May 16, 2003

Quote For The Day

Laurence has the best kitty stories, and this post had the best quote:

As long as there's to limit to goodness in a cat's heart, there's no limits to the treats he deserves.

My kitties will be waiting for treats when I get home, guaranteed! But they love me even with no treats. I love 'em all.

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Oh Yeah

This post of Margi's brought back a lot of memories and feelings.

But I have to say, for all the less stable individuals that have upturned my life, I wouldn't trade that if it meant missing the real and special relationships I've formed over the years right here on the net.

To old friends, and new!

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May 13, 2003

Star Trek Lives!

If you haven't read "Ten Things I Hate About Star Trek", then whoooosh over there right now.

Here's my list of ten random things about Star Trek:

1: What was with the Universal Translator? I never understood how that thing was supposed to work.

2: I performed in a group that did a Scottish country Dance called "Fizzbin", done to ST movie music and created by fellow dancer Carolyn. Dang, that was fun!

3: Does anyone else find they see STNG a lot differently now than when they first watched it?

4: I have a cat named "Kang".

5: I could listen to Patrick Stewart read the phone book!

6: Anyone else ever read that fanfic from way back when that was Dr. Who (Tom Baker's) on the Enterprise (Classic)? (then there was Dr Who meets the Hobbits, but that's a whole other list!)

7: My favourite ST novel: Ishmael

8: Favourite TimeCon memory: George Takei leading us in singing "Waltzing Matilda".

Okay, I said 10, but I'm stuck at 8.

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May 12, 2003


New Lord of the Rings pretties from the Noble Collection!

I'm particularly fond of this (what does it say? My Elvish skills aren't that good!), and this, and this and this, not to mention this!

However, Nin got me the Fellowship pendant for Xmas, and though I've only worn it a few times, it broke when I had it on last week. Not terribly well made, but darn, it's pretty!

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May 11, 2003


My favourite movie -- "The Ghost & Mrs Muir" -- is finally out on DVD!

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More Music

I found a CD -- KPRI Live Tracks -- being offered by a San Diego radio station that has live perfromances by a variety of artists. I had to get it because one of the tracks is Cowboy Junkies doing "Misguided Angel" (you can listen to a sample of it here) which is one of my favourite songs by them. Awesome version which I keep playing over and over!

I really need to go through my CJ CDs and figure out what ones I still need to complete my collection. I do know my next purchase will be their concert DVD since I still haven't been able to see them live.

Posted by Ith at 1:28 PM

Ennis Sisters Update

I was over at Amazon and was pleased to see that the Ennis Sisters new CD is now available here in the US. So, I wrote a review, though they haven't put it up yet. I had another idea, and I thought I'd pass it on here. If you go to any CD, say, Dixie Chicks "Home", there's a place for customers to recommend another CD in addition to "Home". I thought if enough of us recommended "It's Not About You", it might bring a little more attention to the CD. Right now the ranking is down at 26000.

To recommend a CD you need the ASIN number: B00008K9Z9 The CD's I've
recommended "It's Not About You" to be linked with so far are: Dixie Chicks
"Home", Alison Krause "New Favourite", and SheDaisy "Knock On The Sky"

It's not much, but I'd love to get the CD a little more attention if I can.

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May 10, 2003

Hobbit Crossing


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On a Star Trek Jag


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Contest in a Contest!

Obscure sign ahead. Tell me what the heck this sign is about, and you too will be as geeky as me!


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Another Try


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For The Trolls

Here's my first try. It's dedicated to all my trolls!


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It's a Contest!

Michele is running a warped sign contest.

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It's never a good thing when you wake up with a headache.

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May 8, 2003

Just A Nice Story

Savoring the Chemistry of Southern Cooking By ALEX WITCHEL

IT was in 1990 that Scott Peacock, the 27-year-old chef at the governor's mansion in Georgia, went to meet Edna Lewis, the 74-year-old doyenne of Southern cuisine, at an Atlanta train station. She was to cook at a fund-raising dinner for the American Institute of Food and Wine, and he was assigned to help her. There she was, on the platform, dragging a huge cardboard box by a rope. She knew she wouldn't have time to do things properly, so she had brought what she needed: 100 pounds of pie dough, packed in ice.

As they began their work together, neither realized that they were embarking on one of the most unusual, yet enduring relationships ever forged in a kitchen. On the professional side is their new cookbook, "The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations From Two Great American Cooks" (Alfred A. Knopf, $29.95). But it is the personal side that is most compelling. During the seven years in which they wrote the book, their friendship deepened and they moved in together here four years ago, to a quiet garden apartment.

During the last year, however, Miss Lewis, now 87, has become increasingly forgetful and confused. After living a bohemian life married briefly, she had no children, traveled extensively, never lived in one place for too long she had no home base. Mr. Peacock, now 40, single, and the acclaimed chef at Watershed, a restaurant in Decatur, an Atlanta suburb, has assumed responsibility for her care. This gay white man and this elderly African-American woman have forged a genuine family, with a devotion too rarely seen among blood relations.

The rest of the article here.

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On This Mother's Day

A post from Steve on not taking Mother's Day, and our Moms, for granted.

There's a tissue alert on this.

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May 6, 2003

For the "Odd Files"

Elton Does Singing Vampires

No! Not that kind of does!

Now that Buffy is heading into retirement, the time is right for some singing vampires to hit the stage.

At least that's what Elton John seems to be thinking, announcing Tuesday that he has decided to sink his teeth into a new blood-sucking Broadway musical.

The singer and his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, will pen music and lyrics for The Vampire Lestat, a brand-new musical based on the bestselling Anne Rice novels about the undead prince turned rock star slated for a 2005 Broadway debut.

The musical will chronicle the adventures of Lestat and will draw on characters and events from all three of Rice's bestselling novels: Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat.

Read it all -- if you dare!

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From SciFi Wire: A teaser trailer has gone live for the upcoming supernatural thriller film Underworld, starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman in a story about a war between vampires and werewolves. Underworld opens Sept. 19.

It sounds like an interesting concept, but it'll probably be awful. But maybe awful in a good way!

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The radio is on, and that song by Sheryl Crow [shiver] and Kid Rock is on. This song makes me crazy! And not just because Sheryl "I can't hold a tune" Crow sings it. If you listen to the lyrics, it's about a couple who've been apart all of three days. They're so broken up about this, that they can't bear to look at the person they're in bed with while looking at the photo of their ex. It's been THREE days, and they're both already having sex with new people! But at the same time, they're whining about missing each other!! I mean, please!

I could go into a full blown rant about commitment, and modern morality (or lack of), and just plain STUPIDITY!!, but I'll restrain myself.

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Idle Thought

I was correcting an error over on a Gaggle post (grip was sposed to be gripe) and all of a sudden I remembered my grandmother used to call her purse a "grip". Anyone else ever hear that term used?

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Cat's Meow

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

LONDON Tinker really is the cat that got the cream.

Thanks to his late owner, a wealthy widow, the former stray now lives in some splendor in his own house, valued at $560,000, and dines on fish bought from his $160,000 trust fund.

The will of Margaret Layne, 89, published in The Times newspaper on Tuesday, named Tinker as the beneficiary of a large chunk of her estate, including her house in Harrow, northwest London.

When he dies, the estate will pass to the trustees, Layne's former neighbors, Ann and Eugene Wheatley, who deliver Tinker's food and milk each day.

The good life is proving attractive to other cats.

In an interview with The Times, Wheatley, 75, said Tinker now shares the house with Lucy, "who was our pussy but decided to move there after she had a litter.

"And there's Stardust, a white cat who came to us from a friend who couldn't look after him any more but chose to go and live there," he said.

Wheatley said recent stock market falls had hit Tinker's trust fund but "there's a limit to what you can spend it on."

He said he had used some of the money to maintain the house "and Tinker is fond of coley (fish), so we bought him some."

Layne, who had no children, died last year, leaving an estate worth nearly $937,000.

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May 5, 2003

Circle Of Hell Test

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Extreme
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Very Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Test

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Bored, Bored, Bored

That is all.

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Forever Knight On DVD

Yeah, I'm cynical, and I'll believe it when I see it on the shelves, and I know we've been down this dead end road before, and when it comes to FK, I wouldn't trust a TriStar exec as far as I could throw one, but........

They say Forever Knight is finally coming out on DVD.

Columbia Tristar has revealed some new TV properties coming to DVD. The titles included in this advertisement include Soap: The Complete First Season, The Tick: The Complete Series, Designing Women, Forever Knight, and The Best of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
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May 4, 2003

What Norse Goddess?

Took this test that I found at Andrea's, and I got Freya. However, the pics with the test are not my style, so no pic, just the results!

I did find a picture here. Not as pretty as the one Andrea found for her result, but it will do!


Freya is considered to be the goddess of Love and Beauty, but is also a warrior goddess and one of great wisdom and magick. She and her twin brother Freyr are of a different "race" of gods known as the Vanir. Many of the tribes venerated her higher than the Aesir, calling her "the Frowe" or "The Lady." She is known as Queen of the Valkyries, choosers of those slain in battle to bear them to Valhalla (the Norse heaven). She, therefore, is a psychopomp like Odhinn and it is said that she gets the "first pick" of the battle slain. She wears the sacred necklace Brisingamen, which she paid for by spending the night with the dwarves who wrought it from the bowels of the earth. The cat is her sacred symbol. There seems to be some confusion between herself and Fricka, Odin's wife, as they share similar functions; but Fricka seems to be strictly of the Aesir, while Freya is of the Vanic race. The day Friday (Frejyasdaeg) was named for her (some claim it was for Fricka).
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The Way I Wasted My Day

I got the gallery up for our Bloodties Universe. Art for wjay we think our charcters look like, and pics for the charcters that appear from Forever Knight, Highlander, & Star Trek.

Posted by Ith at 8:14 PM

What To Read If You Have SARS

According to the Chinese government. the Lord of the Rings may be one choice.

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May 3, 2003

For Friends Everywhere

Check out a very special thought at Maripat & Lori's. (No permalinks, so look for "Friendship Poem")

Here's a snippet to wet your whistle:

When you are sad... I will get you drunk and help you plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.

When you are blue... I'll try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

When you smile... I'll know you finally got layed!

Now go read the rest!

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May 2, 2003

Wine & Laughs

Wine & Laughs

There was a wine discussion going on over at Andrea's (I know, when is there not?) and I mentioned one of my favorite wines is "Cardinal Zin" by Bonny Doon vineyards. Then I thought to myself, "self, why don't you find their website and see if you can buy some of that good wine?" So, listening to myself, I did.

You have got to check out their website. These guys are twisted and strange! The newsletters are a hoot, and every page of the website seems to have some funny bit of content. When I clicked on the Cardinal Zin link, I got this popup:

You have chosen to learn about a wine that requires a particular mental predisposition for full comprehension. Bonny Doon Vineyard is currently upgrading your cortex with the necessary patches. This will not cause pain or long-term damage, but may temporarily affect your equilibirum.

Oh, and check out the "Syrah Macho Nacho".

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Today's pic on my LotR Daily Calendar: Aragorn.

Just thought I'd share!

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May 1, 2003

Blog World

Very Kewl!

I found this over on Road Sassy (Which is an awesome blog by the way. It's a feast for the eyes.)

It's like... I don't know what it's like! It's called "The World As A Blog" and real time blog snippets appear and disappear off the page from all over the world. I don't know enough code type stuff to sign myself up with it, but it's fun watching!

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