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Hope they get the hanger too! [Feb. 20th, 2006|06:03 pm]
[mood |shockedshocked]

Well the Brokeback Mountain shirts sold on eBay for 101,100.51!!!! Bought by Hlywdstar
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Bringing Families Together [Jan. 18th, 2006|04:37 pm]
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[mood |naughtynaughty]

listening to: Brokeback Mountain (Unabridged) by Annie Proulx

There's an interesting story over at the conservative Weekly Standard by Mark Tooley. Seems that Soulforce is planning to have LGBT families out in force at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 17th. So how will the conservatives react? Or more to the point how will they manage to exclude these families from participating. I have no doubt that they will, just wonder how they'll rationalize it…

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Giving in [Dec. 8th, 2005|05:03 pm]

vishanti xmas

This holiday season is the first we've gotten an artificial tree. The deal at Costco was just too good to pass up: 9 feet tall, 1800 lights pre-installed, and the deluxe 'tips' that look like real fir needles. Now that the tree is all up I have to say I like it, it really does look like a real tree when all decked out. It comes with a 5 year warranty and if it actually lasts that long it will be much cheaper than that many years of live trees.

Some other noted benefits:
  • the pets are much less interested in it, both dogs and cats.
  • don't have to water it
  • far more lights on it than I was ever motivated to put on.

I used LED C7s outside this year that supposedly only use 8% the power of incandescent C7 bulbs and so holiday decoration is complete. Now back to baking snowball cookies...
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Tis the Season [Dec. 7th, 2005|12:07 pm]

Oh Great Cthulhu!

I have been an extremely industrious devotee this year.

In March, I made a burnt offering to the Dead Dreamer (100 points). In January, I defiled the grave of that traitor, Lovecraft (90 points). In November, I rescued [info]ciddyguy from being sacrificed (-200 points). In July, I prepared an ocean voyage to R'lyeh (200 points). In October, I bombed a cultist gathering (-100 points). In June, I sacrificed [info]redbearmark to Cthulhu (500 points).

In short, I have been very good (590 points) and deserve to be eaten first.

Your humble and obedient servant,

Submit your own plea to Cthulhu!
and for those REALLY into the Cthulhu holidays don't miss getting your copy of 'A Very Scary Solstice' CD and Songbook collection with such tunes as 'The Carol of the Olde Ones'.(Got their 'Call of Cthulhu' DVD and its of amazing quality for an amateur production. And the production short is a hoot.Stage hand about the filming of the cultists scenes:"I haven't seen so much dick since... college."

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Thanksgiving: T minus 3 [Nov. 21st, 2005|03:02 pm]
Oh no! I don't have enough cloth napkins! I've sent my partner on a mission to find some and today the actual cooking starts. I've already completed the cranberry-apple chutney which turned out tasting pretty good. Then came two batches of Cream of Butternut Bisque, one with chicken broth, one with vegetarian broth. Both taste great with just a bit more complexity to the vegetarian version. One pie shell made and it has turned out better with the butter particles a wee bit smaller, so 2 more to make.

We've found additional chairs so no one will have to sit on the piano bench. Its all coming together though I look at the kitchen and realize I need to get more cooked so I can get things put away for T day itself. This kitchen needs more storage space!
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Thanksgiving: T minus 4 [Nov. 20th, 2005|12:36 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

Well I did a pre-bake of one of the 2 pie shells; maybe Sara Lee has had more practice - the too huge of butter particles make it uneven and holy (not in the good way). So I will do another set tonight to refine my technique.

But the rest of today is getting all the physical dining ready - clean the dining room, add the leaves to the table, check out the 'company dishes' for cleanliness, get the silver polished and the crystal clean. Oh and the run to Costco to get the perishables - half and half, whipping cream, celery and whatever else strikes my fancy 'Oh look shiny things'.

Also trying an experiment with this post. I post using the offline blog editor Ecto but when you do you lose some of the little lj niceties like the mood icon. So at the beginning of this one is one of the email header lines that let you set such things via an email post - I want to see if they work via Ecto.
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Thanksgiving: T minus 5 [Nov. 19th, 2005|11:57 am]
[mood |determineddetermined]

Its my turn to hold the group Thanksgiving dinner this year and its the first year I've been in charge of the cooking. I am also going to try and make as much from scratch as I can. Today is 'pie shell day' and I am making them for the very first time. Fortunately the people at America's Test Kitchen have detailed instructions; and not only instructions but WHY you are preparing it the way you do.

America's Test Kitchen is probably the reason I am the cook (usually its my partner steve). But since I've started watching that show I have been attempting bigger cooking projects. What I like about this cooking show is they don't just tell you what to do, they tell you WHY you should do it that way. They will make mash potatoes 128 different ways and then let people test them telling you the style that people actually like, not just the cook's personal opinion. I know that the key to my pie shell project is keeping the butter and Crisco™ from melting during the entire rolling and creation project, only letting it bake after having been frozen in the deepest part of the freezer (I now know that flaky crusts depend on the dough starting to cook before the butter and Crisco™ have been able to fully melt).

Well upstairs to get the dough rolling area and food processor chilled. Once that's done its on to a lifetime first - my first pie shell (I'm sorry Sara Lee, but we knew it couldn't last)
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Google takes aim at AIM [Aug. 24th, 2005|08:48 am]
Google Talk beta debuts today and its obvious that Google wants to take on AIM as the defacto IM standard. Using the open source Jabber protocol anyone with a gmail account can sign up either by using the Google Talk PC application or just about any other IM agent that supports Jabber protocol, including Apple's iChat.

Its easy to set up in iChat - just create a Jabber account with your gmail account name and password and point it at the talk.google.com Jabber server. That's it though you probably will want to turn off the 'insecure' password sending warning in the newly created account's server settings.

You can be signed on to AIM/.Mac and Jabber/Google Talk at the same time, so you can ease into using it as you get more of your friends to signup. If you have friends that don't have Google gmail accounts, everyone who has one as a minimum of 50 invitations they can pass out.

What can I say - shiny new online toy to play with.
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Anyone with a Costco Membership tell me... [Aug. 18th, 2005|04:03 pm]
Why would you NOT be getting this week's special of 'buy 1 stack of 100 PrintOn 8x DVD-R or DVD+R, get 1 free? I RAN down on Monday to make sure I got them before they were gone - and I've been to Costco twice since and the only time I saw them in anyone's cart was that Monday morning. I mean 200 DVD blanks for basically 22¢ each? That's CD prices - shoot I think its less than what I paid for my printable CD stack.

Only one stack free per Costco account but considering how many they have left I just don't think people are realizing what a good deal this is - do they even make computers without DVD burners anymore?
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I just KNOW its there! [Aug. 8th, 2005|10:53 pm]
[mood |confusedconfused]

Ok. Went to the Cheescake Factory after seeing Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp is typically disturbing and amusing). There's a 15 minute wait. My partner and I go to the bar and have a drink. The line pager goes off, he goes to check on the table. The young female bartender comes up and says "Did he stick you with the bill? Men!!" confirming my deeply held belief that I have an invisible-to-me pink triangle tattooed on my forehead. I mean what is it - the company, the hand movements, the voice inflection, or the fact I ordered a Lemon Drop? ;)
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