30 June 2006
I set the VCR for the Germany-Argentina game today. It's at 10 a.m. and I won't get home until about 4 p.m. I'm going to try to stay in an information-free zone so I don't find out who won before I watch the game. Unfortunately, it's not too hard to do here in St. Paul!
Man pulls TV from house fire to watch soccer
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France and Spain.
A fire broke out in a hutong in the center of the Chinese capital at 3am local time Wednesday -- kickoff time in Hanover -- and gutted the traditional courtyard dwelling, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.
"When the neighbors shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper.
"My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm.
"After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game." (Rest of story.)
29 June 2006
The other day I heard the band Klee, also German on The Current. I really like their song Tausendfach. (Click here and then on one of the links under "'Das Video zu 'Tausendfach.'") The singer's voice is kind of ethereal, and the music has a good beat.
Court declares Guantanamo tribunals illegal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sharp rebuke of President George W. Bush's tactics in the war on terrorism, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as illegal the military tribunal system set up to try Guantanamo prisoners.
By a 5-3 vote, the nation's highest court declared that the tribunals, which Bush created right after the September 11 attacks, violated the Geneva Conventions and U.S. military rules.
More about the Geneva Conventions
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He is the deadline poet for The Nation. He makes fun of politicans and their foibles in a most clever way. For example, he called to Steve Forbes, when Forbes was running for president, as a dork robot. He also referred to Al Gore as a man-like object.
Here's one of his poems from a recent edition of The Nation.
We're making progress in
. Bush sings, "Tra-la-la-la, we Iraq
Have killed Al Qaeda in
's most vicious thug, Zarqawi." Iraq
Some skeptics, though, insist on giving this a different twist:
Before this war, Al Qaeda in
did not exist. Iraq
"The book is a 75th anniversary event for Twinkies. Among other joys it guides sophisticated cooks to Twinkie Sushi, and comfort-food devotees to Pumpkin Twinkie Bread Pudding."It's published by Ten Speed Press, just in case you're wondering.
26 June 2006
Baboons steal England flags
A safari park is warning visitors to remove England flags from their cars after a group of baboons began stealing them.
The animals have built up a huge collection of flags in the monkey enclosure at Knowsley safari park in Merseyside.
Keepers at the park say the 120-strong troop of baboons have been known to help themselves to windscreen wipers but have now turned their attentions to the World Cup flags.
23 June 2006
As far back as I can remember I haven't been able to see the Big Dipper in the night sky. I remember my Dad trying to point it out to me. He'd point out several things in the sky, then, "Can you see it?" "Nope."
Last night on the second outing I was impatiently waiting for Sophie. In order to amuse myself while she took her sweet time, I looked up at the clear, night sky. There was the Big Dipper, as big as life. I couldn't believe it! I'd never been able to pick it out of the sky. I looked down, then up again. I could still spot it, in all its starry loveliness.
This morning I found a bottle of Estee Lauder Pleasures in my closet. I've loved this perfume for years. Thankfully I would not have to start my day sans smell! I sprayed it on and almost immediately got a headache. It smelled sweet and syrupy, like an adult version of Love's Baby Soft. It is supposed to be floral but is like the difference between the flavor of an actual peach and artificially flavored peach candy.
22 June 2006
Every time I hear "special paper" I yell, "You mean Ralph Wiggum paper." In an episode of the Simpsons, the football coach, Flanders, is assigning kids to teams. Ralph has no skill or focus so to spare his feelings, Flanders puts him on special teams. Ralphie then yells repeatedly, "I'm special!"
- Eww, Daddy, this tastes like Gramma!
- I found a moonrock in my nose!
- Your toys are fun to touch. Mine are all sticky.
- Principal Skinner, I got car sick in your office.
- This snowflake tastes like fish sticks.
- I glued my head to my shoulder, now i have two owies.
- (To a wolf) Will you be my mommy? You smell like dead bunnies.
- That's where I saw the Leprchaun. He tells me to burn things!
Last night one of her guests was Amy Sedaris. It was a great interview. Like her brother, writer David Sedaris* (Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day), she is strange and hilarious. Her movie "Strangers with Candy," opens soon. Here are a few interesting bits from Amy Sedaris' interview on Fresh Air.
- She gave the wardrobe person on "Strangers with Candy" a lot of latitude with her character's look. "For wardrobe I just told Vicky Farrell, who did the wardrobe, that I owned a snake. That's all I ever told her."
- She loves disguises. "I get a wig every Christmas, still."
- "I always sell stuff at my parties." When she has people over she sets up a kind of tag sale on a table in her apartment. She'll sell things like almost used-up lotion, sponges, books she's already read, etc. Everything is 25 cents and guests must pay with a quarter (not two dimes and a nickel, no change from a dollar).
A newborn Egyptian Tortoise sits on the finger of its keeper at Chester Zoo in north west England May 23, 2006. The zoo has hatched six of the Testudo Kleinmanni tortoises which are currently on the critically endangered list. REUTERS/Phil Noble
21 June 2006
The items at shown are some of the many fine anti-Bush products at Cafe Press. Northern Sun also has a very fine assortment!
The best office supply store I've been in was W.H. Smith in the UK. It was like a candy store. We don't have W.H. Smith here -- except for lame attempts at airports and hotels. Office Depot, you are no W.H. Smith. But you'll do, for now.
"In its adulthood, the U.S. displays all the classic tendencies of a nation that was repeatedly mistreated in its infancy—difficulty forming lasting foreign relationships, viewing everyone as a potential enemy, and employing a pattern of assault and intimidation to assert its power," said Dr. Howard Drexel, the report's lead author. "Because of trust issues stemming from the abuse, America has become withdrawn, has not made an ally in years, and often resents the few nations that are willing to lend support—most countries outgrow this kind of behavior after 230 years." More.
20 June 2006
Germany and Ecuador advanced to the achtenfinale earlier today. Go Germany!
Found this info on the Welcome to Optimism site. It's a great site if you're interested in advertising and marketing.
19 June 2006
Blueberry muffins -- makes about 8
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1/4 c. oil
1/2 c. milk
1 c. blueberries
Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients separately and then add to the dry. Fold in the blueberries. Put in muffin cups or greased muffin tins. Bake at 425F for about 20 minutes (check them after 18 minutes). Happy baking and eating!
18 June 2006
Sophie is horribly afraid of thunder so she was a bit of a wreck (see photo at right). I tried to capture the awesomeness of the rain but as it was raining so hard and the wind was blowing like crazy, I didn't venture outdoors. I took these photos from inside, through the window screen. (I think that's how the professionals do it.) The rain running off the roof was quite amazing. Luckily all my plants were out of the way. A couple of years ago I had some flowers under the roofline and an entire pot just washed away during a big storm.
16 June 2006
So what I do on my day off? Spent 3 1/2 hours walking around Ikea getting really overstimulated. But it was fun! The photos are, left to right, Jude's meatball manager's special and my Asian salad with teriyaki green beans. Yum! I took a picture of our cart but it didn't turn out. The spycam isn't always so reliable. Too bad. It was really the most odd assortment of things. I said that it look a bit like someone had had some sort of mental incident and then went shopping. A couple of rugs, curtain and curtain rods, a dog bowl, a couple of small shelves, a strainer, sets of baskets, etc. I think it was the arrangement of said items that made it look particularly crazy.
You've earned the title of wonderful eccentric, and while you're not a wild, gun slinging maverick, you certainly like to follow your own way. Of course, you probably don't think of yourself as eccentric. As Einstein might say, "It's all relative."
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15 June 2006
14 June 2006
EUREKA, MO—Pope Benedict XVI returned to Rome today following a historic, three-day trip to Six Flags St. Louis, the first official papal visit to a major American theme park since Pope Paul VI's Thanksgiving Mass at Wet 'n Wild in August 1966.
Read more at the Onion.
Fan on field exposes flaws in security net
By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer June 14, 2006 BERLIN (AP) -- World Cup organizers will upgrade security at Berlin's Olympic Stadium after fans set off flares and one man ran onto the field during Brazil's opening win over Croatia.
Security staff confiscated 823 flares from spectators before Tuesday night's match and stopped three fans trying to get onto the field. But it was the two flares and one man that slipped through the security net that attracted all the attention.
I found this phrase on a German site. It's so nasty. I love it! Betrachten sie mich nicht als ihren Chef, sondern als guten Freund, der immer recht hat. Don't think of me as your boss, but as a good friend who's always right.
13 June 2006
There are many beautiful things about being an American fan of men's World Cup soccer—foremost among them is ignorance. The community in which you were raised did not gather around the television set every four years for a solid, breathless month. Your country has never won. You can pick whatever team you like best and root for it without shame or fear of reprisal... So with the World Cup taking place this month in Germany—and the World Cup is the only truly international sporting event on the planet (no, the Olympics, with their overwhelming clutter of boutique athletics, do not matter in the same way)—you can expect to spend the month in paradise.
12 June 2006
- Holding a work meeting outside by a fountain.
- Driving home with all the car windows open, singing all the way (Herbert Groenemeyer songs)
- Making egg salad while dancing around the kitchen to the Chemical Brothers on the Current. (Sorry to say it's the first time I've heard them. I love the Middle Eastern interludes on "Galvanize"!)
- Listening to Mary Lucia on the Current rant about buying bad produce. Something like "You get a cantaloupe that looks perfect; you get it home, cut into it and it's bad. I want to bring it back to the store and throw it through the window."
- Taking Sophzilla for a lovely walk.
11 June 2006
The game, particularly the first half, was fabulous! I was on the edge of my seat. It was such fun to watch such great athletes play so skillfully (although what was with the gaping hole in the German defense?).
There were an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world tuned into the openiong game. Everyone in Costa Rica had the day off so they could watch. Miroslav Klose, Germany, scored two goals and it was also his birthday. It will be a brithday hard to top, I think.
There was a very cute Adidas commercial on several times during the game. In it two Italian boys are choosing up their dream soccer team for a game in a vacant lot. All the players were current, famous players. Then the littler boy said, "Beckenbauer." The older kid said the name and laughed like 'Who's that?' Then out trots a video image of Franz Beckenbauer from the '70s. It was very cute.
08 June 2006
- A cartoon outline of a little boy peeing on the words "anti-hunters"
- "I'll fight for freedom" (sticker was partially peeling off)
- An advert for a local elementary school
06 June 2006
- Sat on my bed by the window to put on make up.
- Wet down the weird spikes in my hair and arranged as best as possible. (No electricity means no hair dryer and no curling iron).
- Ate breakfast like a baby -- dry cereal out of a bowl. (Can't open the refrigerator/freezer so no access to milk, juice, toast, jam.)
- Used flashlight to find clothes, shoes and jewelry in closet.
- Used flashlight to find the garage door manual pull thingy.
- Fed Sophie only her dry food (canned food in refrigerator) to which she, with body language, said, "I'll pass."