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Hell with this. If you want me, I'll be on Dreamwidth.
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My paid account has expired, and since I hardly ever use LJ anymore, I'm just going to leave well enough alone. Food is a higher priority.

I posted this on my Facebook page, but it bears reposting here:

Sam Harris' New Year's Resolutions for the Rich

As you know, I've been struggling to survive in the lower 5% of the American economic spectrum for years. Sam Harris gives us an enlightened perspective from someone in the upper 5%. Here is an excerpt:

"...Americans have made a religious fetish of something called "self-reliance." Most seem to think that while a person may not be responsible for the opportunities he gets in life, each is entirely responsible for what he makes of these opportunities. This is, without question, a false view of the human condition. Consider the biography of any "self-made" American, from Benjamin Franklin on down, and you will find that his success was entirely dependent on background conditions that he did not make, and of which he was a mere beneficiary. There is not a person on earth who chose his genome, or the country of his birth, or the political and economic conditions that prevailed at moments crucial to his progress. Consequently, no one is responsible for his intelligence, range of talents, or ability to do productive work. If you have struggled to make the most of what Nature gave you, you must still admit that Nature also gave you the ability and inclination to struggle. How much credit do I deserve for not having Down syndrome or any other disorder that would make my current work impossible?"

...and with that said, I hope economic conditions and serendipity smile on each and every one of you in the coming year! May hard work, focus, determination, love and justice pay off for you the way they should in an ideal and well-balanced world.

And just once, I hope they do for me as well.
dragon_spirit: (dumbass)
I saw the best headline ever today. Whoever wrote it is my hero.

Story: Man denies crack in buttocks is his
dragon_spirit: (no fishing!)
Finally figured it out. PG&E stands for Profit Gaining and Excuses.

PG&E wants customers to foot the bill for blowing up a suburban neighborhood last week.
dragon_spirit: (pumpkin sickies)
This is me on doggy patrol at someone else's house, exploring the kitchen:

*tests knife for keenness with thumb*
*tests knife for keenness with tongue*
*saws knife up and down on tongue*
"These people have gotta sharpen their fucking knives."
dragon_spirit: (duck!)
I'm yomosexual. I like yo momma.
dragon_spirit: (queerios)
I give thanks to the higher human mind that logic and reason prevailed.

As I read in this article, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker (who's bound to be a household name by tomorrow morning) found that the notorious proposition "fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples."

The whole idea was repulsive to me from the beginning. Let's ask everyone, many of whom prefer to remain ignorant about you and hateful towards you, if they want to take away one of your basic unalienable rights. I knew it would end up in the supreme court, and I was hoping for an outcome like this.

But the Prop. 8 backers will appeal, and this may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And I hope it does. It's time we all asked ourselves honestly, do we want to be the sort of society that denies an entire class of citizens a basic right, based on a factor over which they have no control? And more abstractly, are we so overburdened with love in our society these days that we can afford to look down our collective nose at it?

Here's how strongly I feel about this. I will not marry a man in any state until I can marry a woman IN ANY STATE.

Iechyd da!

Jul. 25th, 2010 01:58 am
dragon_spirit: (Cymru!)
The ability to read Welsh has proved far more useful to me than Algebra ever has.
dragon_spirit: (titties & beer)
Is it just me, or is the Cathedral of Christ the Light really just the ultimate Sheela na Gig?
dragon_spirit: (candyfish)
Nicholas Cage's cat could break into the fridge to steal shrooms.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Did this "cat" have opposable thumbs? If so, one wonders why homeboy didn't keep his stash on a higher shelf, or in the freezer like everyone else.

Oops, the cat got into the shrooms again! Guess I'd better eat the remainder of them so he doesn't get lonely on his trip when he sees the GIANT OCTOPUS...
dragon_spirit: (goya)
There's just something about holding a big f'ing cleaver - no matter what you actually intended to do with it before you picked it up - that makes you just a leetle bit loco.
dragon_spirit: (bad baby)
Challenge for you:

The Omnivore’s Hundred
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

(I italicized the ones I'd try eagerly if someone put in front of me)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (very, very fresh venison, in fact. Wow!)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (really tasty, but I found it's bloodless counterpart disgusting)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush (eggplant, my long lost love...)
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (first thing I learned to say in Chinese: char siu bao)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (I actually liked this as a kid.)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Never smoked a cigar 'til 3 years ago, but see its appeal)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (someone please take me out for this stuff!)
44. Goat’s milk (fresh outta the goat, in fact!)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (for lack of funds, not lack of interest)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (never again)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Mmm barleywine...)
59. Poutine (it's actually really good, for about five minutes...)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (aww, HELL no! Tastes exactly like it smells.)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill Please never let me be that hungry.
76. Baijiu/Moutai (WARNING: the only way to get this taste out of your mouth is by eating durian.)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (really, there isn't much that I wouldn't try at a Chinese banquet.)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (little-known fact about me: I HATE egg yolks.)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (@ the French Laundry, no less!)
85. Kobe beef (see #46)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (P.S. if you've eaten an artichoke, this holds true for you too.)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab (nor will I ever, due to allergies.)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor (again, sounds good, but not worth anaphylactic shock)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Now when you look at this list, it helps if you think of it in terms of my being a very adventuresome eater, even as a small child. My reaction at chicken feet being brought to our table at dim sum when I was four years old: "You mean you can eat those? Can I have one?" Naturally, I loved them.
dragon_spirit: (swamp witch)
Through the simple application of time and sleep, I have discovered that the pot of curried pumpkin coconut soup I made last night has now transformed into a pot of birthday curried pumpkin coconut soup.
dragon_spirit: (crop circle)
Did I mention I'm learning to drive? Today was my second driving lesson - EVER - and I took the freeway into Walnut Creek. Totally fine. Driving is waaaay easier than I thought it was. It's still a lot to concentrate on at once, but I can hold a conversation while driving and not lose track of what I'm doing, and I have total confidence that it will become easier with practice.

There was a traffic jam on the way back. I wonder why people get so stressed out in traffic jams? Maybe when I get in enough of them I'll stress too, but I dunno. I don't see how getting all hypertensive would make you go any faster...

But maybe my attitude is because I'm used to taking public transportation, where so few aspects of the speed of the journey are under my control. I'm used to giving myself a two-hour pubtrans allotment for what would be a 35 minute car trip. Did traffic jams bother you less when you started driving? Had you been relying on public transit, or had you had access to rides when you needed them?
dragon_spirit: (duck!)
Which came first: The chicken or the egg?

Okay, I think I can put a final nail in the coffin of this whole question. And, frankly, I'm surprised it's still even under debate! Let me begin by stating that the scientists who came up with the answer in the article above are just plain wrong. Their science is sound, but they need to take a step back and look at the big picture.

Creationists may believe that at some point, God said, "Let there be chickens!" And there were, and they were good, and they laid eggs. That's a fun answer, but that's not good enough for science. What science does know about chickens is that they evolved from other egg-laying birds, which evolved from egg-laying reptiles, which evolved from egg-laying dinosaurs. There were eggs a long time before there were chickens. So there you go. The egg came first.

All you scientists and free-thinkers, please feel free to join the debate!

saphe mee!

Jul. 12th, 2010 11:15 am
dragon_spirit: (dumbass)
I just watched Cold Mountain again. How many Dei ex machina can you fit into one movie?
dragon_spirit: (opera)
I performed the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Novato yesterday. We had a surprisingly good turnout! The music was beautiful, and my duet with Christine on the Quando Corpus Morietur was as beautiful as it ever sounded. My solo went pretty well, but I still think I sound more like a countertenor than an actual woman when I sing alto.

Then I went straight to Bad Movie Night, where I had the dubious pleasure of ripping into the early Tom Cruise not-so-classic Taps, which was a 45-minute movie that was tortured out into a 2-hour fiasco. If you haven't seen it, don't!
dragon_spirit: (pumpkin sickies)
Just before I woke up, I dreamed that I was about to go on a tour of a cheap ripoff of the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory.

The dream version was called Barffin Sugar.
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