CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- A museum visitor shattered three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and brought the vases crashing to the floor, officials said Monday. The three vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, had been donated to The Fitzwilliam Museum in the university city of Cambridge in 1948, and were among its best-known artifacts. They had been sitting proudly on the window sill beside the staircase for 40 years.How embarassing. Sounds like something I, with my usual grace, would do. I wonder if anyone asked him if he "had a nice trip"?
CNN.com - Museum visitor trips, breaks Chinese vases - Jan 30, 2006
Anybody who wants the job this badly....... CNN.com - Berlusconi: No sex until election - Jan 29, 2006
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is famous for his ambitious promises, but he is unlikely to be called to task if he breaks his latest pledge: not to have sex before the April 9 general election. At a party rally in Sardinia on Saturday, the media tycoon received the blessing of television preacher Massimiliano Pusceddu, who thanked him for opposing gay marriage and defending family values. "Thank you dear Father Massimiliano, I'll try not to let you down and I promise you two and a half months of complete sexual abstinence until April 9," Berlusconi replied, in comments reported on Sunday by the daily Il Giornale.
Chavez joins activist Sheehan to bash Bush - Yahoo! News
"Enough of imperialist aggression. We must tell the world, down with the U.S. empire," Chavez said hugging Sheehan, whose son died in the Iraq war, and the widow of Puerto Rican independence activist Filiberto Ojeda Rios, who was killed in a gunfight with police last year. "We have to bury imperialism this century. Cindy, we are with you in your fight," he said on his regular Sunday television broadcast.Yeah, i'd feel real comfortable having him on my side. I wonder if she's thought about the company she keeps? Are her fifteen minutes up yet?
Vodkapundit - Late Night Rambling
I just don't know what to do with the Democrats. Look at me.* I'm pro-choice. I support gay marriage. I think porn is OK and that drugs (which aren't OK) ought to be legal. My tastes in music and movies and entertainers are a lot more New York and LA than they are Nashville or Branson. But with the exceptions of maybe Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman, there's not a Democrat today I'd vote for without first chewing through my own forehead. Democrats: I'm your target voter! Appeal to me! I'm sick of the Republicans already! Don't make me perform impossible physical acts! Please!Why is it this guy knows me better than I know myself, and expresses it ten times better than I ever could?!!! :-))
CNN.com - Remembering Challenger - Jan 28, 2006
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Twenty years ago, space shuttle Challenger blew apart in jets of fire and plumes of smoke, a terrifying sight witnessed by the families of the seven astronauts and by those who came to watch the historic launch of the first teacher in space.Do you remember where you were that day? If I'm not mistaken, it was a Saturday-- maybe a Sunday. It WAS a day off from work, though; and a very sunny and cold morning. I had the curtains open in the living room so that the room was brightly sunny, and had parked myself in the rocking chair with my 3 month old daughter, just snuggling with her and flipping through the three (!!) channels on TV. (This was the days before cable and 24-hour news. All we had up here was, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Public TV if the antenna was pointed just so). All three stations suddenly went to coverage in florida, although none of them had carried the liftoff live. Shuttle liftoffs were "commonplace" by that time, and not worth interrupting soap operas and game shows for. They interrupted them that morning. I spent the rest of that day with my daughter in that rocking chair, watching in horror and sadness the replays of the flight, over and over and over. Looking back, it was one of two days I did something like that--the other being 9/11 of course. I don't think I moved from that chair until after the President postponed the State of the Union speech to say this:
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."Twenty years ago. Sure doesn't seem that long.
Sex calms nerves before public speaking - study - Yahoo! News
LONDON (Reuters) - Forget pretending you are talking to one person or concentrating on a single point in the audience -- having sex is good way to calm nerves before giving a speech or presentation. But Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley in Scotland, said it has to be full sexual intercourse to get the best results.
Watched a vid of an interview with the lawyer of an Argentinian Playmate who has been deported after living illegally in Florida for the last five years. Never thought I could giggle so hard over a lawyer pleading for a client. Video and transcript at: Playmate deported
TUCKER CARLSON, HOST 'THE SITUATION': What exactly is Dorismar‘s extraordinary ability? MICHAEL FELDENKRAIS, DORISMAR‘S ATTORNEY: Well, the INS has already considered her as an extraordinary ability, and that‘s probably her looks, her singing abilities, and her looks, I guess. CARLSON: You can‘t see the screen, but we unfortunately have—we‘ve blotted out her extraordinary ability that you‘re talking about. And that‘s her rear end, of course. She was named by “Mirror” magazine as a woman who possessed one of the top 25 rear ends in all of entertainment. You‘re saying that because this girl has a cute butt, she should be a U.S. citizen? FELDENKRAIS: Well, not necessarily U.S. citizen. But she should be allowed to be able to work in this country. She should be allowed to come in and do her performances, do whatever it is that she needs to do to proceed with her continued dream of becoming a, quote unquote, supermodel and so on and so forth. Absolutely. She should have the right to work, come in, maybe even leave, go in and out of the country. Absolutely. CARLSON: So that—you think that that‘s a valid criterion for entry into the country, having an extraordinary body, having a cute butt. That‘s sort of—you know, all the girls with the dumpy butts don‘t get in. But the ones with the cute ones do.
There are times I really hate the night shift--not so much because of being awake (or at least trying to look like I'm awake) at all hours as much as I think too much on that shift. There are hours of quiet except for the rumbling of the machinery, and I tend to drift inside a bit. I can be out crawling around on equipment or taking heat readings on some part of the beast, but at the same time be a thousand miles away in my head. Makes it hard to take readings when you aren't even in the same state as the numbers you're writing down. "Inside" isn't always a safe place to go, I've found. I spend so much time on half-awake "what ifs" and "why didn't I's" that I can very easily work myself into a downward spiral. I can so easily start counting up all of things that are wrong in my life that I forget the things that are good. Why do I kick myself like that, I wonder? Do I somehow, deep down, believe that if I pile the guilt on myself that I will be better for it? Where does that come from? I need to remember that even though there are woes and travails (what the heck *is* a travail, anyway??) aplenty, lol--there are wonderful, wonderful things and people in my world. I can't fall into the trap of the "poor me's", since I have lived long enough with them to know what a danger they are. I can see the results of putting self-pity first any time I want. It ain't pretty.