Published on May 15 2006

TEPPANYAKI STAINLESS STEEL HOT-TABLE COOKING AT HOME @Cook-N-Dine Always wanted my own teppanyaki grill!! I'm afraid to look to see what they cost, though.

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Published on May 15 2006

CNN.com - BBC interviews wrong man - May 15, 2006
In a reaction story to the verdict that is now circulating widely on the Internet, consumer affairs correspondent Karen Bowerman welcomed who the BBC thought was computer expert Guy Kewney. As Bowerman introduced him, there's a moment when the still unidentified driver realized the mistake. He scrunched his face into a grimace, and in panic tried to open his mouth as if to explain. "Were you surprised by this verdict today?" Bowerman asked. "I'm very surprised to see the verdict come on me because I was not expecting that," he said in a heavy French accent, blinking in the studio lights. "When I came, they told me something else." Growing more confident, he gamely went on to deliver his opinion on the future of music downloads following the landmark verdict.
Hilarious story. I wonder if the video is available on youtube yet?

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Published on May 14 2006

Help with Homework!!! I spent the afternoon cleaning up the last of this @#($)% essay (Toni Morrison, I'm hoping that one day I will again be able to read your work without screaming), and decided on a whim to send it off to kid#1 the English geek/ college daughter. Just wanted to see how much of a giggle she'd get out of Old Mom's babbling. Just wanted to see if anybody else could understand wth I was trying to say--I could no longer step back far enough to see if I made any sense. I was trying to cram my size ten feet into size six shoes. Ten minutes later, the phone rang. "Mom, happy Mother's Day. Your citations are no good." Apparently in the centuries since I was last in school, colleges have switched over to something called MLA style citations. No more roman numerals, footnotes, endnotes, or ibids. None of the stuff I SPENT TWO HOURS on yesterday! x-( Thankfully, it didn't take too long to convert my incorrectly-done citations to the new format. I still can't get over the idea that the MLA format looks weird, though. The essay is DONE, though. Turned in. Out of my hands. Thank God I have a smart, ex-writing lab kid willing to take a bit out of her day to put her mom on the road to (maybe--keep fingers crossed) a "B"!!! I think this means I buy the next sushi dinner.

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Published on May 13 2006

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Went on a little roadtrip yesterday afternoon with my mother--I just had to escape Toni Morrison for awhile, and Mom is usually ready to go anywhere if she doesn't have to do the driving. We don't get to hang out enough, so sometimes these little trips are in order. We made a stop at Herrschners, which is always a slightly dangerous place for me. Especially if I have money. I managed to get out of there with only minor damage to the checking account, only picking up three skeins of yarn for a shawl-in-progress. I can browse in there for hours if left alone, fondling the merchandise. :-D The real danger came on the trip back, when we swung off the highway to this place. They must have known I was coming, because as we walked in the door a woman walked out from the back room carrying bags of cheese curds. Fresh curds. Warm cheese curds. Oh my god, WHITE cheese curds. 'Scuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin. Ok, better now. Carrying my two precious bags of warm, squeaky cheese curds (I swear, they were squeaking in the bag!), I wandered around the rest of the retail store, looking at various offerings of cheeses and sausages shaped like beer bottles. And then I found it. Lemon curd. Lime curd. Oh my. This was one of my favorite treats back in England. I think the English used it in every dessert they made, from tarts to trifles. It was on everything. It's sorta like a custard, sorta like a jam--and tart and sweet as a lemon drop candy. Mom asked what you do with it, would you put it on toast?-- but I had to honestly tell her that I never bothered with spreading it on anything. The only way I remembered eating it was right out of the jar with a spoon. Good thing I didn't have a spoon in the car.

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Published on May 12 2006

I agree with his conclusions on the effect of this years' mid-terms, but I still don't think Hillary could take Minnewisowa. Love that name, by the way! The 'cluster states' and 2008 - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
The 2008 presidential election will likely be determined by five cluster superstates.Political strategists, consultants and candidates might want to take note because the conventional model of red and blues states is very old news. I have been calling attention for some time now to one of these superstates, "Minnewisowa" (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa) but there are, in fact, at least four more of these state clusters located in other sections of the country. In order of their electoral vote size, they are: "West Pennsylhio" (West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania: 50 votes), "Florgia" (Florida and Georgia: 38 votes), "Washegonada (Washington, Oregon and Nevada: 22 votes) and "New Arizado" (New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado: 21 votes). "Minnewisowa" has 28 electoral votes. (I'm not trying to rewrite the political dictionary, but they need to have names.) All of these cluster superstates have critically important similarities, that is, each of their component states share a border (overlapping media markets, similar demographics), and most important, all of the individual states are likely "swing" states or competitive in 2008. If the race is between the current frontrunners, Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, I suspect that the biggest beneficiary is the Republican Party. Mr. McCain would appear to have the advantage in "Florgia," "Washegonada" and "New Arizado" (81 electoral votes). Mrs. Clinton would have the advantage in "West Pennsylhio," (51 electoral votes), and "Minnewisowa" (28 electoral votes) would be a toss-up. Democrats seem ahead in states with 202 electoral votes, not counting the superstates, and the Republicans seem ahead for 176 electoral votes. (One caveat: Any of these states could shift for a variety of reasons over the next two years.) If the race is between Mr. McCain and former Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia, however, there is likely to be a shift toward the Democrats because "Florgia" (with its 38 electoral votes) would now be up for grabs, if not leaning to the Democrats, and "Minnewisowa" might lean Democratic. One final observation: The midterm elections could alter the political chemistry of 2008 more than now imagined. If a wave against President Bush and Republicans actually develops, as some are now predicting it will, and it results in the loss of control of one or both houses of Congress, the political mood of the country could develop into a 2008 landslide election in which the swing status of individual states and superstates would be swept aside. On the other hand, if this Democratic tide fails to appear, the advantage would shift back to the Republicans, who appear to have the only presidential candidate (Mr. McCain) with electoral appeal across party lines. The cluster superstates would then determine the outcome.

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Published on May 11 2006

Here I am, parked at the dining room table, working on Toni Morrison. I took a break to refill the coffee cup, and looked at a couple of favorite sites. One of them contained a link to the Eagle Cam, which is a webcam focused on an eagle's nest in British Columbia. The chicks are fuzzy little things, and ugly as hell right now. But I could see them moving around, so I turned up the volume on the laptop to see if I could hear them as well. Absolute dead silence from the birdcage on the other side of the room. The cockatiels fell silent for the first time in the dozen years we've had them. Apparently they don't like the sound of eagle peeps! Can't wait till Momma Eagle comes back to the nest! I gotta record this, to play back when Bart and Crybaby take off on one of their "extended squawks". K. 'Nuff torturing the 'tiels. Back to Morrison.

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Published on May 11 2006

Yesterday...temps in the 70's and sunshine after a bit of rain in the morning. I wore shorts and a tank top for my bike ride. Got a little (welcome) sun on the legs. :-) Today....the temp is 32 degrees and we are in the midst of an ice-and-sleet storm. I am outfitted in full sweats and my sheepskin slippers over wool sox, and if you think I am setting foot out in that mess, think again! :-( I'm buried in an English Lit paper, anyway. UPDATE: I absolutely refused to take any photos of the stuff that fell out of the sky, but local photog Tom was braver than I!!

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Published on May 10 2006

I just know I am going to screw up the explanation of this, but here goes: There's this Dutch guy who teaches himself to sing LedZep's "Stairway to Heaven" backwards phonetically. This is the link to that video on YouTube. Now, for the confusing part. This link leads to the same video, played backwards so that the song comes out forwards. I just know I pasted those links in bass-ackwards, but oh well...go watch..it's hilarious.

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Published on May 9 2006

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