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Manifesto [13 Jul 2029|07:25am]
[ mood | determined ]

My Personal ManifestoCollapse )

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Happy Day That Used to Mean Something [04 Jul 2010|07:28am]
[ mood | mixed ]

Independence Day is supposed to be about celebrating what our forefathers and foremothers dreamed this country should be.

Independence Day is currently nothing more than a reason to have parties, go to "giant blowout SALES!" and blow things up. Our country is currently everything that our forefathers and foremothers despised and tried to prevent happening. Our country is currently a place of unlimited taxation and a greedy oligarchy controlling the world.

"We the people...?" Not any more. "We the corporations and wealthy lobbied politicians..." would be more accurate.

I'm a patriot who believes it is our patriotic duty to dissent, to expose corruption, to blow whistles, to show that our country is no longer ours, and to make plans to take it back.

Today, I'm just going to play mah-jongg and blow things up. Not because I'm celebrating the holiday, but because this is one of the few days every year I can get away with it.

I'm a pyromaniac and I approve this message.

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Hockey [17 May 2010|08:55am]
[ mood | mischievous ]

All the way, San Jose!

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GMOs Could Equal Infertility--Go Organic! [27 Apr 2010|07:49am]
[ mood | scared ]

http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/04/16/6524765.html

Seriously, folks. When third-generation hamsters fed on GMO soy are not only incapable of reproducing but also start growing hair in their mouths, you KNOW this stuff is harmful and needs to be fully vetted before being declared safe for human consumption. This is really disturbing.

For the record again, I'm not against the technology of genetic manipulation, I am against its misuse. Declaring something safe for consumption that is inherently UNSAFE is not the work of sane people. It is the work of people who are only interested in making money, potentially at the expense of the human race.

You know how it will go...suddenly infertility will spike after a few generations (probably when we're all gone) and then Big Pharma will start coming up with more and more infertility treatments, most of which will be nothing but snake oil, until there's a population crash.

This is not the earth future generations should be inheriting. For the sake of future life on earth--GO ORGANIC!!!

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The Moody Blues [19 Apr 2010|05:25pm]
The Moody Blues are playing at Ravinia on Friday, June 25th. Lawn tickets are $27. Can I interest anybody in joining me?
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What Happened to Gum? [01 Feb 2010|08:16pm]
I do not, as a rule, chew gum. However, the other day I spotted a package of Wrigley's Doublemint on the checkout stand at Jewel and decided that I wanted some. I looked at the package and it didn't say "sugar free" anywhere--a good sign or so I thought. Then I hunted down the ingredients. MUCH to my surprise, it contained not only sugar but also aspartame and acesulfame-k.

Bogus, I thought. Why would you bother putting in both sugar AND artificial sweeteners? That combination has never made sense to me.

Since then, I've been checking out the candy stands at various locations and to my dismay, there appears to be NO brand of gum that doesn't contain artificial sweeteners. Even a chance meetup with a package of "Hubba Bubba," something I haven't seen in decades, resulted in an utter fail.

What's up, America? Bathing my teeth in the sugar from a stick of gum is no worse than bathing them in the sugar from a gummi bear, with the exception that the gum is probably chewed longer. However, that sugar leeches out pretty quickly and what strange freak ever eats just one gummi bear?

Why can I have candy made with full sugar, but I can't have gum that doesn't contain aspartame and acesulfame-k??? It's MY mouth, dammit. If I want to bathe it in sugar, I should have that option!
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Heritage Turkey [23 Nov 2009|02:41pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

If you're a turkey eater, you've probably eaten Broad Breasted Whites all of your life. This is the bog standard turkey that you get in any store or restaurant. I've never liked that variety of turkey and hence I never eat the stuff.

This year, I decided to try a heritage turkey. It arrived last Wednesday and is currently thawing in the 'fridge. A heritage bird is one of several domestic varieties that are NOT overly inbred and mass-produced for the turkey industry. They're grown in limited quantities on family farms for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. This one also happens to be free-range and organic for the trump.

Naturally, I'm going to brine it, per Alton Brown's recipe and slide some thyme butter under the skin before roasting. I haven't yet decided what I'm going to put on the outside of the skin just yet--lots of choices there.

What I'm really not certain about doing is roasting it. My favored method of roasting anything is Low and Slow, which is to say hours of cooking at a relatively low temperature. This bird has the unique advantage of not being heavy on the breast meat, which means the whole bird will cook uniformly and be done at the same time. The extraordinarily few recipes for heritage birds seem to conflict over whether or not you should do it Low and Slow or Fast and Fiery. I don't know whether to be concerned about it drying out or not. It's definitely not as fatty as BBWs are, but the brine and the butter should help significantly to offset that.

Anybody know anybody who has cooked a heritage bird before? And a proper cooking method? Also welcoming suggestions for skin seasoning. :)

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Radio Free Insanity [26 Oct 2009|07:57am]
I heard the most disturbing advertisement on the radio this morning. It started out pleasantly enough, saying that this country's family farms were our future and telling us to support family farmers. Then the jarring last line played...paid for on behalf of America's family farmers, by Monsanto.

...

This would be the SAME Monsanto that regularly sues those same family farmers when genetically modified seed blows onto their property from neighboring farms? The same Monsanto that is trying to pass "food safety" bills through congress that will effectively industrialize those family farms? The same Monsanto that effectively wants to control* the global food supply by making it illegal to save seed AT ALL, not just their so-called "patented" seed?

Yeah, that sounds like a corporation I'd expect to be inspiring people to support family farms.

And monkeys might fly out of my butt.

*(Note: Asterisked article is a 6.5MB PDF Report that does a lot of chattering.)
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ALERT--Sigg Water Bottles [02 Oct 2009|08:26am]
[ mood | angry ]

Do you own a Sigg stainless steel water bottle? If you bought it recently, you may be okay. If it's more than a year old, the lining may contain Bisphenol A, BPA. This is an endocrine disrupter as well as having a laundry list of other "potential" effects.

If you're like me and bought it from a reputable "green" company because it was advertised as BPA-free, you're probably angry right now. However, Sigg is (after much bullying) currently doing the right thing. You can return your bottles through the end of this month. You'll need to pay shipping to send it back to them but they'll send you a new bottle with a liner that is BPA-free.

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Mailing Lists [23 Sep 2009|01:52pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Somebody is slowly and methodically adding my name and e-mail addy to a bunch of mailing lists. I keep getting stuff I didn't sign up for. I suppose they could be springing off of each other, but it's sort of annoying and I wish it would stop.

Granted, the mailing lists have all been pretty benign but still I'd rather you suggest that I sign up for one than just add me to it without notification, thanks.

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I ♥ Blaine Capatch [19 Sep 2009|08:48am]
[ mood | happily naughty ]

Avast mateys! {/Pirate} Last night I went to the sexy slugfest that is Lucha VaVOOM and spent some quality time with my favorite comedian. The show was pretty fun, I had a ringside seat and nearly got clobbered by flying luchadores several times. Fortunately, I had the good sense to get out of the way when they popped out of the ring on my side. The buxoticas put on a good show too but burlesque dancing doesn't really turn me on.

Just after Blaine wandered by after the intermission, he realized I was sitting just about in front of him and stopped to give me a hug, then we chatted for a bit after the show. I was able to wish him a happy birthday and found out what he's up to at the moment. I promised to make it to one of his shows in LA or San Francisco one of these days (Road Trip, Graham?). He's also calling for the LA Derby Dolls and apparently he's putting together something for G4. I will have to check it out. Blaine is such a doll. I got about four hugs over the course of our chat as we both seem to have a bad habit of almost saying goodbye and then remembering something we wanted to chat about. He's one of those rare individuals with whom conversation just flows naturally, he's very easy to talk to.

I've had my dose of sweet comic, I'll be happy for awhile.

{Pirate} Arr, Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and happy birthday to me favoritest comic, Blaine Capatch, who be turnin' 44 today. I'll drink yer health in grog tonight, matey!

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Webdesigner Wanted [05 Sep 2009|02:48pm]
For a single one-time job of assistance with CSS and graphics.

Alasdair is looking to get something straight on his site and it's not working for him. He wants somebody who knows what they're doing to give him a hand.

Willing to barter his database development skillz or will pay a nominal fee.

E-mail me at atlanticat AT gmail DOT com with some basic info and I will pass on your interest.
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This Is Just Sick [04 Sep 2009|08:57am]
[ mood | angry ]

I don't read New Scientist but I find it rather telling that the moral objections to this article don't appear until the second page, which a majority of people won't actually bother reading because--hey, it's an extra click I have to make....

In essence, there are scientists who are taking the position that "well, if we can't do away with the atrocities of factory farms, we can at least genetically engineer the all ready horribly mistreated animals to have pain-free lives!"

That's as disturbing as saying "well, we can't do away with child abuse so we can just engineer children with no nerve endings!"

There is NO justification for factory-farmed meat. NONE. It's done for the sake of greed, period. We have enough farmland in the US that we could feed the world if it were all farmed, so that's not a valid objection. The fact that only a small fraction of that farmland is actually farmed is a large part of the problem. This sort of thing just disgusts me.

I want my organic vegetable and free-range animal farm. I want it now.

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Yo! Wanna Go? [13 Aug 2009|05:04pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

To a Benefit Featuring Local Bands and Cheap Booze?Collapse )

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Not a Good Year for Animals [24 Jul 2009|03:36pm]
[ mood | sad ]

For those of you who knew him, Harley, my parents' shaggy old Labrador, has passed. He is survived by his family and his dog-buddy Storm.

Goodbye old friend, I will miss you.

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! [05 Jul 2009|02:33pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

I've been having a good weekend, went to Ribfest Thursday night after work and royally pigged out on pork, fried onions, and corn. Went fishing on Friday morning, didn't catch much but had fun anyway. Yesterday I was a bit dismayed at the rain that hadn't been in the forecast but swamped much of the day then went to a bit of a party for awhile and returned to my parents' place to blow up the world. This morning I found out that Justin Wilson was in the second starting position for the Watkin's Glen race, and then....


JUSTIN WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still can hardly believe it. Racing for THE ride-buying backmarker-running team of the century, Justin Wilson proved he was the Class of the Field and kicked everyone's ass at Watkin's Glen. I am still floored. Talk about a perfect cap to the weekend! WHEEE!!!!

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Irreverence on a Monday [29 Jun 2009|07:38am]
[ mood | busy ]

Yeah, he just died last week, but still Two Lumps had something funny to say:

http://www.twolumps.net/comics/20090626.jpg

Sorry, can't post it at work, they don't allow me access to any sites where files can be saved and/or shared.

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Car [24 Jun 2009|05:45pm]
[ mood | hot ]

I had the bright idea this morning to turn the air conditioning in my car on full blast so I wouldn't be fiddling with knobs in a scorching car after work.

After work I got--a faceful of superheated air.

On the other paw, I would like to note the Honda's superiority to any Ford I've ever driven in the fact that when you put your foot down with the air conditioning running full blast, IT GOES. Fords do not go with application of said food to said pedal when the air condition is running AT ALL.

AtlantiCat Fail. Honda Win.

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Doctor! Doctor! [04 Jun 2009|01:14pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Can't you see I'm burnin' burnin'?

Is it just me or does somebody need to make a Doctor Who fanvid of this forgotten 80s tune by the Thompson Twins? The lyrics are all but perfect. I hardly have the patience to put together compilation CDs (the modern version of "mix tapes"), let alone sit around and edit video to suit music, but somebody needs to do this one if they haven't yet. I can't hunt YouTube at work so I'll have to check when I get home, but a preliminary google didn't reveal any treasure.

I got a rock.

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Indy 500 Semi-Liveblog--updated when there's a break. [24 May 2009|12:19pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

Getting too long to leave open.Collapse )

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