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"I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas"
Horoscope of Eerie Aptness: Whatever your luck has been lately, expect it to take a radical new course today. In other words, if you've been on a lucky streak, it's coming to an end today -- so don't take any major risks. However, if you've been stuck with the fuzzy end of the lollipop lately, get ready to enjoy some new sweetness in your life. This type of energy is cyclical, so keep in mind that whatever goes around must come around again -- eventually.

God, I hope this is true. It was a really rough weekend, let's put it that way. Sister Girl and her boyfriend may be breaking up, or not, and it was--rough. And I'm basically chalking 2006 up as an annus horribilis and leaving it at that.

Also, I've been having really long, involved, bizarre nightmares lately. The one I just woke up from involved learning the periodic table for a chemistry class, and I had to know what color each element was, and the whole class was in a tiny library trying to find a book that would tell us what all the colors were because Professor Snape (and this was not at Hogwarts, nor were any of us wizards, I might add) wouldn't tell us. And then the librarian called me into her office and congratulated me on being chosen editor of the school literary magazine, and there would be a meeting during lunch (the next period), and I was panicking because I couldn't go to a meeting instead of lunch because I had to study for my Norwegian language final, and then Snape came in and got mad at me for talking (TO THE LIBRARIAN!) and told me to stay after class, and I'm freaking out because I CAN'T STAY, I HAVE TO STUDY NORWEGIAN.

I did find out that Limbinium is a pale green, though.

Former Chilean dictator Pinochet dies at 91; clashes break out after Pinochet's death.

4 dead in Chicago skyscraper shooting; police: gunman angry over invention.

Infant kidnapped at knifepoint in Florida: "A missing month-old boy kidnapped at knifepoint was taken as payment because his parents failed to pay human smugglers, police said Saturday."

Police question Doherty on party death:
Blanco's sister, Emma, said the family wanted to know why Doherty and others reportedly left the scene before police arrived.

"We're finding it very difficult to do any grieving as we're so busy trying to find out the truth," she was quoted as saying by The Independent on Sunday newspaper.

"We want to know what happened that night. This is not about us assigning blame on a pseudo-celebrity. We just want the truth."

Venice's St Mark's Square under water with new 'acqua alta.'

`Truthiness' is named Word of the Year.
Colbert, who once derided the folks at Springfield-based Merriam-Webster as the "word police" and a bunch of "wordinistas," was pleased.

"Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas, I am a fan of anyone who chooses to honor me," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

"And what an honor," he said. "Truthiness now joins the lexicographical pantheon with words like 'squash,' 'merry,' 'crumpet,' 'the,' `xylophone,' 'circuitous,' 'others' and others."

Tenor walks off stage at La Scala. "Tenor Roberto Alagna marched off the stage at La Scala when the audience booed him during the second performance of Franco Zeffirelli's Aida. He was replaced seconds later by his understudy, who rushed on wearing jeans."

Eastwood film tops L.A. critics list.

Mel resurrects: 'Apocalypto' earns $14M.

12-year-old Fanning: I want to direct.

Velvet Underground rarity sells on eBay.

Nicolas Cage plans to cut back on acting; Cage helps develop Bahamas indie cinema.

Director Woo can't film on Yangtze.

Benjamin, Ferrell to star in 'Semi-Pro.'

Snopes: "Photographs purport to show the interior of a Boeing 737 airliner immediately after a mid-air collision, including one shot which shows a passenger being sucked from the plane." It's not so much that the story's fake, which it is-- it's the "photographs" the hoaxer chose to illustrate his mid-air catastrophe. Guess where they're from. No, guess.

Daily Puppy!

New movie stills: The Brave One (Terrence Howard and Jodie Foster, who must have an evil portrait in her attic); Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Hostel: Part II (sigh).

ladyhawke_wings: "I just heard the most spectacular indie artist I have in a long time! This girl deserves all the pimping she can get - I put my money where my mouth is and started in my own journal. I'd love it if you'd take amoment to check out my plug for her - and if you agree, perhaps add a plug in your linkspam for her - she's terrific!" I haven't had time to listen to any of the clips yet--what do y'all think?

wmetoile: "Could you mention that my friends have an awesome blog about TV, TiFaux, which is up for Best Culture Blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards and it would be really excellent if everyone would go Vote for TiFaux. Voting ends Dec. 15. Thanks so much!"

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In addition to being a horrible crime, the shooting in Chicago made news because the building it took place in also houses one of the big three commuter train stations downtown and it unfolded just before Friday afternoon Rush Hour. Usually 50,000 commuters go thru that station every afternoon, but the police SWAT teams had the building sealed off. I'll bet every bar in the neighborhood did a bang-up business as people waitied to see how and if they were going to get home.

Horoscope of Are You Mocking Me?: Listen to your internal timepiece today, because only you truly know what time it is. My internal timepiece has been telling me it's booze o' clock since eleven this morning. I'm thinking, no.

Nicolas Cage plans to cut back on acting

"Cut back"? (Okay, that was mean. I'll go stand in the corner, now.

I have rum, dear. You're welcome over to pilage it.

I dislike Dakota Fanning.

Props to Stephen Colbert.

Ok, I realize I live under a rock, but that's beside the point...

Is it sad to anyone else that the whole "fact-based agenda" thing made me think (with great disgust) that Colbert was a Bushite, until I realized he's a comedian?

Awww, hee. He started out on The Daily Show and now has a show that's basically a parody of Bill O'Reilly's. So... yeah, he's just really, really good at what he does. That, or some of the more blowhardy conservative pundits have just gotten that ridiculous, that it's hard to tell the difference.

(I think Colbert's crowning moment was taking his faux-Bushite schtick to the press correspondents' dinner and roasting Bush to his face.)

I will never forget Stephen Colbert at the Emmys.

"Good evening, godless Solomites."
"Stephen, this is about the Barry Manilo thing, isn't it?"
"I could have lost to Wolverine, but not Barry Manilo!"

(Pardon my spelling and non-verbatim quoting.)

From Gaiman's blog:
Create your own U.S. map, World map, etc.

(You click the states/countries you've visited, and it colors them on the map.)

snape is the ideal "bad school dream" teacher, wizard or no. and potions translates to chemistry in muggle school, i believe.

The Norwegian bit kills me.

I have no idea where it came from. I studied French and Spanish in high school. I don't even have any mental associations with Norway or Norwegian that I can think of.

must be the Golden Compass and polar bears

Plus it's a fun word to say.

Ahahahaha! LOST!
Where's Ben in the Fantastic Four movie still? :-(

I've heard that they're making improvements to the Thing costume since it looked awful in the first movie, so they might not be ready to reveal it just yet.

The problems with your sis made me think of this, since she is all cooky and stuff. My boyfriend is in to baking, and he works on software for submarines, so he and a coworker got together this weekend.

The result? A somewhat iffy representation of this scene in gingerbread. The really awesome part?


Re: Good for a smile


The first time I saw Dakota Fanning was in an ad for (I think) IFC, in which she played a temperamental, cutting-edge, five-year-old director of independent films. Her main instruction to her performers was, "DO IT BETTER!" And she encouraged the production designer to add more pink to everything.

That dream cracks me up! I love hearing people's random dreams. I once had a dream where someone hired N*Sync to kill me and my friends. There were car chases and everything, and I woke up at the point were J.C. was about to shoot me because he just does what he is told. I've also had one involving a crocodile stealing mashed potatoes. I swear, I've never done drugs.

your icon is spifftacular.

Kudos to Dakota for having some ambition in life, unlike some young starlets who only worry about where to flash their crotches next.

The recent pictures of Lindsay Lohen where she looks like the old lady from "There's Something About Mary" (you know the one I'm talking about!) just CREAPED me out, whereas Dakota, as unnerving as she can be, seems to be more interested in emmulating Jodi Foster, who as everyone knows, rules the world secretly by evil painting beauty and class alone.

In the Brazil Edition of Internet Lies: Lost I get a kick outta how the guy is Major Antonio Nelson... cause I dream of Jeannie Major Tony Nelson... ... ahem. *blush*

Norwegian? Bjikes. I have wierd dreams like that sometimes, but most of the time they end with me tripping and falling down the library stairs and all my papers and notes bursting in to flame or just disappearing or something like that.

Man, that Snape is a hardass.

The first two times I read the Woo headline, I thought it said "Doctor Who can't film on Yangtze." Need more coffee.

that's okay; for a while there, i thought nicholas cage was going to cut back on dating.

Hey, that shooting showed up on my friends' list before.

I know several people who actually do have Norwegian finals coming up, and they sound oddly similar to the way you did in your dream (luckily, Professor Snape doesn't teach here).

And I'm basically chalking 2006 up as an annus horribilis and leaving it at that.

Amen to that, sister.


My vocal chords can't seem to decide whether to giggle helplessly at the whole Norwegian bit...or yell mercilessly at this whole baby kidnapped at knife point, bit. What the hell is going on down in that state, anyway??

And thanks for posting the Skinny White Chick pimp - she's worth it!

I thought those photos were going to be from the episode of Mythbusters where they test the explosive decompression thing. But Lost photos are just as good.


...I love you.

*starts singing* this is the dawning of the age of aquarius... baby born with Apple Mac birthmark - http://www.channel4.com/blogs/page/newsroom?entry=take_a_bite_our_of

Talking of bands, that reminded me, I thought you might like this (if you've not already come across them)... a gothic/theatrical/cabaret-esque band called Rosin Coven randomly added me on MySpace, usually a bad sign, but actually, turns out they have some really great tunes - I recommend Dybbuk's Dirge, it's flipping mental, I love it. http://www.myspace.com/rosincoven

"Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas," Ahahahaha! Brilliant.

The La Scala thing gave me a good chuckle as well, thanks for that. :)

That reminds me - I have to sign up for my last Norwegian exam in January -.-

"I did find out that Limbinium is a pale green, though. "

Is that really true? Because that's really cool.

I once had a dream about real things that I didn't actually know, too. I dreamt all about Vince Lombardi, apparently a famous football coach, who I had never heard of before in my life.
I also one time dreamt about my cat have 7 kittens that looke exactly like her, which ended up true, and I dreamt it the night before/of when she had them. My mom pointed out that I may have been having the dream -while the kittens were being born.-
Freaky, I know.

Well, given that "Limbinium" isn't a real element...

I also did that where I dreampt the cat had babies, and next day her kittens were born (I can't remember if I knew what they'd look like). Unfortunately a few days later I dreampt that they were killed, and that day we found out that two had been killed by wild animals in the night. :(

Such is the sadness of the world...


First off, that plane-crash-picture-Lost thing is HILARIOUS beyond belief. Wow.


I just heard about this, and it seems like a good thing to post here, so that more people can see. Apparently this man made a 10,000 mile bike trip around the US for children with learning disabilities and dyslexia. He also has something going called 8 Wishes where he is trying to accomplish 8 things, among them to get 100,000,000 views on this video, in thirty days, and all for that cause. It seems like something that should be given a shot. The video is posted below, and a link to his website is on there as well. Thanks!


Hi Cleo! I know you like charity events, and since Sister Girl is in culinary school, I thought you might be interested in adding this little tidbit to your next linkspam:

"Every year, Food Bloggers from all over the world get together for a fundraising campaign. We call it 'Menu for Hope'. Last year, we raised $17,000 to help UNICEF.

This year, Menu for Hope III raises funds to support the UN World Food Programme, which provides hunger relief for needy people worldwide. To us Food Bloggers, food is a joy. On our blogs, we celebrate food as a delight or even an indulgence. Unfortunately, for many others who share our world do not share that privilege. For them, food is a matter of survival. This "Menu for Hope" is our small way to help.

On our Menu this year is a great list of amazing food related prizes. We hope that they will entice you to give whatever you can, and with some luck you can win unique and wonderful food gifts offered up by food bloggers from around the world.

The rule is pretty easy. For every US$10 you donate, you may claim one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. The more you give, the better your chance to win. The campaign is scheduled to run from now until Friday 22nd, 6PM PST. So get a move on!"

I think this is an awesome event. Food bloggers are offering everything from a beautiful new Kitchenaid stand mixer to fresh-baked Chilean bread to a weekend getaway in Singapore, and so many more amazing prizes. I'm going to have trouble picking which ones to bid on...

For more information, go here: http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2006/12/menu_for_hope_i.html

I had to know what color each element was

That's easy. Silver-grey. You go down a list of elements, and 99% of 'em start the description with "a silver-grey element..."

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