Friday, March 31, 2006

Cowboy Alan and Chavs

a link from Liana.

And this one from James.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Just forwarded to me by the lovely Stephasaurus

Franz Ferdinand Frontman Shot By Gavrilo Princip Bassist

March 17th- The Onion

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—Lead singer and guitarist for pop band Franz Ferdinand, Alexander Kapranos, is in critical condition today after being shot by a man identified as the bassist for rock group Gavrilo Princip. "We ask fans to cooperate with Interpol to find the assailant, and call upon British Sea Power, Snow Patrol, and The Postal Service for help," drummer Paul Thompson told music magazine NME Monday. "The suspect had links to The Decemberists and The Libertines, and we are following up on all leads." It is unclear whether the shooting was linked to The Polyphonic Spree's invasion of Belgium earlier this week.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Intl' Potter Scavenger Hunt

A list of items was posted, with rules-

Here is the list:

3 Broomsticks (all in the same photo)
A Goblet
1 Wand (Prefer HP Issue)
1 Hogwarts Crest
1 Cauldron
1 Locket
1 Wizard or Witch Hat
A Copy of ALL the HP Books including "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." (Must all be in the same Photo)
1 Dragon
1 Toad
1 Orange Tabby Cat
1 Owl
1 Bumble Bee
A Girl with Pink Hair
1 Quill
1 HP Action Figure
A Copy of ALL the DVD's (Same as the Books)
Tea Leaves
1 Golden Snitch
1 Chess Set
1 Big Black Dog
1 Rat
1 Crystal Ball
1 Full Moon (and not your ass LOL)

**Bonus Items**

Eye of Newt
Godrics Sword (Offical Issue or near/close Replica)
Lucius's Cane (Offical Issue or near/close Replica)
A Photo of you with Male red-headed Twins
A Train Station

If you have 4 of the 5 bonus items, you get an extra 100 points added to your final score.

Started on Friday-around noonish PST.

Finished Saturday night just before 9 p.m. PST.

I don't think I won :)

I think a gal in Louisiana won.
Though if she did, after seeing some of her items, I'll challenge them!

If you're at all interested in seeing my entry, click here for the picture goodness (posted and hosted by Ryan).

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Hello South Dakota

Representing for the Arctic

Friday, March 17, 2006

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

A link from Colin-

I no longer believe his supposed embarrassment at my "glee with anthropomorphism."


He really said that instead of animals doing funny human stuff.
(as I would have)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

"No man is ever old enough to know better."

Michael: I brought you a magazine with that old man you like in it.

Me: Woo Hoo! Is it about Harry Potter?

Michael: He's not in Harry Potter!

Me: oh....NOT Alan Rickman?

Michael: No-is he old?

Me: Oh Yeah-he just turned 60.

Michael: No it's not him-it's the other old guy.

Me: Ian McShane?

Michael: Who the fuck is that?

Me: He's on Deadwood.

Michael: How old is he?

Me: umm I think 62 or 63.

Michael: No. It's not him....... 63!?!?........ Anyway. He was in a movie with that woman who fucks Warren Beaty.

Me: *blank stare*

Michael: YOU know! She tried to kill that gimp in The Usual Suspects and there were roses!

Me: I have no idea what you are you talking about.

Michael: Annette Benning!

Me: OH! Jeremy Irons! Oh yes please!

Michael: How old is he?

Me: 58? 57?

Michael: Oh My GOD! You're an OLDLITA!!!!

Me: I'm ignoring you.

Michael: Whatever Bitch! You're just mad you can't turn down MY hearing aid!

Friday, March 10, 2006

"This train is for Cockfosters"

Geoff gave me a renewed love for the London tube system.

He's a fan of this wonderful public transport, and even holds the world record for completing the entire tube system in the shortest amount of time.

Honestly, if it were not for the distractions and entertainment provided by his page of tube map recreations, I'd be lost each time I'm in London and they decide to shut down lines without giving me enough warning.

All that said, Geoff (see? some of us here in the states know how to spell it) has been contacted by the TFL to cease using their logo on his site.

It's very frustrating, because in addition to all the press he's brought them, he led a charity drive for the train victims of the July bombings, raised funds for them, and was given permission to use the logo at that time.

And now he has been given till Monday to remove the logo-and it fucks me off.

So go visit his map site, and take a look before you lose your chance.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Things I've learned while traveling, Part 8

Welsh mothers are worse at taking no for an answer than Irish ones.

Male immigration officers are much nicer about letting you into the country than female ones.

High heels and cobblestones are not fast friends.

If you sit at the same table every time, it’s easier to remember your table number for the barman.

Even if you promise yourself you’re going to taste everything before passing judgement, eel pie with lemon still makes you think of this.

Expect a hint of concern when you tell your fiance you'll be going to lunch and sitting in on a lecture being given by a particular one of his colleagues.

Always charge your iPod.
You may find yourself on a bus from Oxford to London with a local cricket club and lose your travel partner and their charming conversation.

Be willing to check a bag if it means next time you’d be able to buy the large book from the Gothic Nightmares exhibit at The Tate.

Celebrate new discoveries. The Nightmare has been my favorite painting for ages.
Fuseli must now be my favorite painter as Titania and Bottom is now my second favorite.

Accept offered sweets from strangers hanging about your friend’s music shop.
You’ll find yourself included in the best trash talking.

Attack plans used for Shoe Frenzy are completely lost on boys you convince to go to London Fashion Weekend with you.
In fact, even the thrill of the hunt is lost on them.

When waiting to be let in to the Life Galleries Restaurant for lunch, no staff seem to be of any help, and your date says, “You’re American, go say something,” don’t be offended when those in line around you seem to perk up and think it’s a great idea.

If someone thinks they might want kids, take them to see the T Rex on a Saturday.
If the wait in line, the mayhem of crowds, and the frustration evident on all the parents faces don’t do it, the shrill screams of terror from every child in the room are sure to get to them.

Always prepare for the tube to be shut down.
Don’t worry-they have replacement busses and you WILL make it to your walk on time.
Calm Down.

When you challenge Alan to show you something Wilde in London, he will most definitely come through for you.

D.R. Harris chemists’ product, ‘Pick Me Up’ may be the most vile tasting thing you’ll ever taste, but within 20 minutes you’re tip top.
Trust me.
My night before was filled with a rich cake, much champagne, cider, cider with red bull, and Stella.
On no sleep, and severly hung over, Alan took us to D.R. Harris' because he himself was in need of its restoritive powers.
It tasted horrible, but it worked.
Gentlemen have drank this next morning cure to late nights of drink and debauchery for over 100 years, but with England’s entry into the EU, they are being forced to stop producing and selling the product.
Order some while you can.
Also try here for ordering in the U.S.

Don't think you must look like a local when everyone starts asking your help when finding their way around without full tube service.
The moment you get through security at the airport a child of little English language ability will run up to you and say, "We go Los help?" confirming that even dressed in wool and wearing wellies, people all over the planet know what Los Angeles looks like.

When booking your seats with British Airways for your return, always check availability for the back of the plane.
The last few rows on the sides have just 2 seats, instead of 3.
Not only do you have more space, only one person to bother when getting up, and early boarding, most people don't travel single, so you end up with both seats to yourself.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Will do my trip write up later...

In the mean time, what if President Lincoln had followed through with that rumored taste for boys?

Electric 6's video for 'The Gay Bar'