My parents hit up the local library book sale this morning, and brought home a hefty stack of new reads. My mother picked up another copy of her favorite house plant care book, and found within it two, old newspaper articles. One article was a guide to "recycling" poinsettias (rather than throwing them away at the end of the holidays), and, while interesting in its own right, it had a surprise on the back. Printed Sunday, February 8th, 1976 (nearly five years to the day before I was born): Don't even mention M*A*S*H to him: Wayne Rogers only interested in his new show )

Out of curiousity, I had to look up City of Angels, and found that it was cancelled after its first season. Funny how that works.

Anyway, I love MASH; I remember watching the reruns with my Grand Dad when I was in grade school. It ranks up there among my very favorite television shows... so I bought the series on DVD. :D I've watched the first four episodes, and with something like 250 episodes, it's going to take a loooong time before I've seen them all.

This evening marks the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust may have happened before even my parents were born, but it's no less relevant to learn everything about it today, as there are still governments, factions, and individuals out there who have clearly disregarded humanity's past actions against the sanctity of life. Imagine, if you will, not learning about what took place; such disrespect is galling. And since there's no need to bring up the cliche about history, let's concentrate on honoring those whose lives were taken from them, at the very least.

For those of the fannish persuasion, I highly recommend reading Gabrielle Lawson's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan novel Oswiecim. It's brutal and horrifying, and extraordinarily well-researched. It's been a long, long time since I have picked up anything that was so riveting that I could not put it down, not even to sleep.

(Ret.) Col. Jack Jacobs, you're an unfeeling, cold-hearted bastard. Your inability to control your ridiculous harping on those 15 British sailors is disgraceful. Had you been in charge of the sailors' group, no doubt you'd all be dead, and there would be war between the West and Iran. Of course the sailors had to cooperate; to think otherwise shows a complete lack of thinking about the consequences of one's actions. Your comments on this situation make me sick.


To be clear, the article linked to through his name is his most recent piece on MSNBC; it does not discuss the hostage situation. My reaction is to his comments presented on television this morning. I was so furious after hearing his tripe that my first response was to grab up my computer. Hey, it's better than grabbing up a rock or something, like a testosterone-laden, impulsive man.


By god, we need more women in power around the world. What is it that we do best? Discuss things, of course! We're so much better equipped to solve problems without violence. Negotiation and diplomacy are the tools of our lives.

Eritrea Bans Female Circumcision.

If you ever want to read an extraordinarily moving book, read Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. To hear from a real person what she went through as a member of her culture is horrifying, yet it's so necessary for us to become aware of these issues.


Mar. 7th, 2006 10:09 am

Spacecraft to Slam Into the Moon

"Scientists are plotting out a "crash course" in learning what happens when a European lunar probe slams into the Moon."

Um... what do you think will happen? It will hurtle toward the moon's surface and smash into bits after impact. And people spent money on this?

The name of the probe is "SMART-1". You know, just for added irony.


I've gotten an unexpected day off today. So, hmm. I'm at a loss as to what to do with my time. There are tons of things I can be doing - should be doing, as a matter of fact - but. Here I am. Quelle surprise, really.


I feel like sharing.

One of my all-time favorite albums is Cat Steven's Tea for the Tillerman. There's something about it - maybe because I grew up listening to it in the car on long trips as a child - that gives me warm fuzzies.

Here's Miles from Nowhere via Yousendit. It's an uplifting song, or so I've always thought. Anyway, the record is worth getting still, despite being from 1970 - ha!

I rented Lawrence of Arabia this evening, and I watched the entire film in one sitting. I don't really know what to say about it other than it has made me more interested in the time period, the life of T.E. Lawrence, and Middle Eastern culture. I figure that any movie which inspires a person to learn more and expand their horizons is definitely worth seeing.

One thing is for sure: both the imagery and the presence of the actors is breathtaking. There's nothing more that I can say about it for now as I'm still trying to process it all. It's kind of funny to be thinking of a movie in that way - like a major life event, or something - but there you go. Life's funny that way.

I did my civic duty and voted yesterday; it's somewhat masochistic of me, though, considering that the candidates I vote for rarely win, and, yet, each year I come crawling back for more. But every vote counts, etc., etc. At least I've taken a vote away from those I don't like - muhahaha.

My brother's in Boston now, apartment hunting. I'm really excited for him, though I'm going to miss him like crazy. Obviously, I'm just going to have to move up to New England sometime in the future. They've got great scenery up there, and it's beautiful in summer. I once went camping at Acadia National Park when I was eight or nine, and I loved it. I'm not sold on the miles of snow that falls each winter just yet, though. I'd have to make a date with the L.L. Bean catalog if it were to ever come about.

But all of that is projection into the distant future. I've got my immediate future set to doing dishes and listening to Revolution Soccer's In the Net. :-D

I logged on to check my mail in time to watch the shuttle launch on the internet. Oooh, it's going to start soon. This is so cool. :-)

ETA: Whoa, that was cooler than I thought it'd be. What a rush. I can't even imagine being on board. Towards the end of their ascent, they were accelerating at 13,000+ mph. Crazy.

I'm going to the zoo tomorrow! Yay!

Seriously, I haven't been to the Philadelphia Zoo since ... well, okay, since college... but, who cares! They have baby river otters this time around, and it's bear awareness week. :-)

In other words, I'll take whatever distractions I can get.

Here are a couple of recipe sites to add to my collection, pasted here so that I don't lose them...

Oneida Indian Nation - Three Sisters Cookbook - For recipes using the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash

NativeTech: Native American Food and Recipes by Type of Dish

I Love Cheese! - Recipes

And, finally, [ profile] bestrecipes. :^)


Apr. 7th, 2005 09:47 pm

So my family just got DSL today, and man, it's fast. We've had dial-up since... 1994. This is a huge change; I mean, we can be online and talk on the phone at the same time. Will wonders never cease?

But, as I was reveling in the speediness and portability of this wireless connection, I got to thinking. Is this whole wireless thing safe? Right now, as I type, there is digitized information being beamed about the house, just searching for something with which to connect. It's probably passing through my brain. That just...doesn't seem like a good thing. Have there ever been any tests conducted focusing on physiological changes due to prolonged exposure? Will I be able to have children after using this product? Will I remember where I put my shoes in the morning (before tripping on them and falling flat on my face?).

Seriously, though, the technological aspect of our society has changed so rapidly that I sincerely doubt the thoroughness of investigations that have been conducted concerning safety issues. Let's be honest here - in the face of the dollar (even as depreciated as it is in today's market), nothing is going to stand in the way of technological progress. Even if that means the health of millions is at stake.

Of course, when all of this is said and don- Ooo! This faster internet is so shiny...!

Pennsylvania declared a state of emergency a couple of days ago due to the flooding of the Delaware River - again. This time, about 3,500 people were evacuated. Flooding occurred in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, actually, though I don't know how New Jersey is doing at this point. My father, who works in Trenton, took some photos of Route 29 from the Jersey side of the river. Here are a few of them (the files are pretty large - about 250K each):

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The next two shots are from Bristol, PA; I've always wondered how they do repair work to the electrical wires that run to powerlines...

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Between the flooding, state testing for juniors, final exams for some students, the ending of the marking period, and beaucoup de teachers being out for various reasons, things have been really hectic around here and at work. And I filled my car up at $2.189/gallon today. I can't complain, though, considering that I have a job, and my parents' house is about three miles or so away from the river.

And, there is always something good to report - I saw a cabbage butterfly just before five o'clock this evening! First butterfly of the season! I imagine that it hatched today in response to the temperature of 78F (25C) and sunshine. I've got to focus on the positive! :^)

I just got back from dinner at a bar/tavern place with my family. It's not a bad place - we've been going there occasionally for years now - but it was mega crowded. So it was loud, and I spent most of the time entertaining my three ("I'm almost four!") year old cousin. We drew pictures with crayons. That part was fun. I ordered a three cheese grinder, even though for the life of me, I couldn't remember what a grinder was. Turns out it's just a toasted hoagie. Huh, learn something everyday. And now all I taste is onions. Yay.

Yeah, so it wasn't a bad evening, all in all, and it allowed us to forget about all of the sad things going on in the world for a short time. I think we've had enough crying for today.

ETA: I was just browsing Yahoo!'s front page where they have links about the Pope, and the last one reads, "Reactions to pope's death - Papacy highlights".

Papacy highlights? It sounds like an ad for a sports program. What is this, ESPN? :-P

You know when you're so tired you start to see things move out of the edges of your eyes, and you quick-look-stare at the spot in the corner where you could have sworn something darted past a second ago?

Yeah, I'm that tired. I can't seem to stay up beyond ten o'clock these days, even on the weekend. But! Tomorrow is a brand new, shiny day wherein there will be candy and coffee cake at breakfast, brunch-type food later on at my Uncle's house, and, last-but-not-least, the moment we've (I've) been waiting for....

1pm ET on ESPN2
World Cup Qualifying!

Well, I'm excited, anyway. :-P

And, I think a nice way to round out the day will be to hop online to see what [ profile] seraphtrevs has posted since she's been a mass of entertainment for me the past few days. :^D

Happy Easter!

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I have to say that it really irks me how students at the school I work at seem to be totally incapable of attending their classes without some kind of hardware attached to them. They look like cyborgs walking down the hall. It's really obvious, too, just who are the haves, the have-nots, and those who spend more time at their after-school job making money to pay for their camera-phones and mp3 players than at their school work (and if there's one thing that drives me up a wall, it's the students who are wasting their time at school - those who are more concerned about what's being worn by whom instead of taking advantage of their school programs and, I don't know, putting forth some effort in bettering themselves - but that's really a rant for another day).

It's a school policy that cell phones, walkmen/discmen/mp3 players, etc. are not to be used in classes, but teachers don't always enforce it. I realize that it's a difficult thing to do, what with there being over 1600 students in the 11th and 12th grades alone and a definite decline in the respectfulness of students overall, but still. It irks me.

And I can't always get the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman sound effects out of my head before a silly grin escapes at how totally ridiculous the students look when they're walking by with their earphones glued to their ears, mp3 players smacking them in the chest as they walk by, and their heads bent over their cellphone displays as they text message their classmates one hallway away.

There goes a student! Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch!

So I was tutoring a girl in chemistry at work the other day and found that I was absolutely, positively stumped as to how to approach the problem we were working on. The tutoring that I most often do these days is for students who are English-as-a-second-language speakers, which definitely raises the difficulty level for me. Not only that, but chemistry often involves working through word problems (never my favorite thing to do, which is probably why I dreaded the chem courses I took in college). So basically, by the end of class, I felt pretty useless and was only able to help out a little bit. I need to get my brain back in gear, apparently. A year out of college and I'm just coasting, man.

By third period, though, my spirits were lifted when one of the girls I sometimes tutor brought in more Russian candy. Hokey toot, I obviously can't read Russian (and therefore have no idea what's in it), but that is some good stuff - whatever it is. :^D

Yeah, that was random.

10 things I've done that you probably haven't:

1. Touched the Liberty Bell
2. Been within 50 yards of a wild grizzly bear
3. Spent three weeks in traction in a hospital
4. Had an ear infection which caused my eardrum to rupture
5. Spent the night at a Dunkin' Donuts in lieu of a motel room
6. Voluntarily eaten insects
7. Witnessed the autopsy of a victim of cardiac arrest and the partial autopsy of a homocide victim in the same morning ('s not as cool as television portrays it....the smell...ugh)
8. Was almost hit by a freight train
9. Camped for three weeks cross-country from Pennsylvania to Montana and back
10. Unwillingly witnessed a playing with himself while on public transit (argh! my eyes!)


Feb. 10th, 2005 03:17 pm

The meteorologists had forcasted rain showers turning to snow today.

I walked out of work and there was sunshine and fluffy clouds. Not bad for my first day of being 24.


And a Harry Potter quiz )

Been up since three this morning. Saw my parents off to the airport. I'm now wide awake. Do I just... stay up? It'd probably be less disruptive to my circadian rhythms...

Anyway, I saw Jupiter near the moon; the sky is so unbelievably clear, even in the city. And it didn't seem to be too cold out, though I just checked the weather, and it says that it's four degrees Fahrenheit. Whups. In spite of that, I'm really happy for my parents who get to go to Jamaica, etc. They've never been on a cruise before, and they really deserve it (and it's for their 25th anniversary. Awwww. :^D).

Plans for the weekend include getting out some cookbooks (I'll have the kitchen mostly to myself) and making something vegetarian. We eat so much meat when my family is here that I really get tired of it. Yay, cooking adventures!

Whoa, this was pointless. No more computer for me.

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