Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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Linkspam while I debate whether I really want to go through the trouble of washing my hair for class or not:

I'm not sure what hi5 is, but... I have one now.

Why Nice Guys Suck. Let me clarify that we're talking about self-proclaimed "Nice Guys" here, not actual nice guys who are independent and grounded and "nice" in the purest sense of the word.

The wit and wisdom of Tallulah Bankhead.

Canadian pulp fiction. Delightfully sleazy, eh?

Livejournal FINALLY makes the Yahoo Picks link archive... via Poppy Z. Brite.

An old favorite: bubblewrap!

The Worst Album Covers Ever. No, seriously.

Kidman: Psychiatry Is Worthwhile Field; Oh, Snap.

Vampire names: Depending on which name I usw, I get either Marion Darling, Bast of the Crows ("Intelligent, knowing, wise and shrewd. This winged one was cast from the firmament") or Persephone Saint Clair, Artemis of the Howling Wolves ("Hot of blood and running wild with the hungry wolves").

Time: The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth.

Just ask two of the ringleaders of this bloodless, prom-dateless coup: archgeek Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the science-fiction movie Serenity, which opens this Friday; and Neil Gaiman, creator of the classic comic book Sandman and author of the fantasy novel Anansi Boys, which comes out this month. Gaiman also has a movie opening this Friday, the Dark Crystal--flavored fantasy Mirrormask. "It will be national geek day!" he says.
Plus, the full text of a group interview with Gaiman and Whedon. Gaiman on blogging: "These days there are 1.2 million people reading it. It's very, very weird. We have this enormous readership, as a result of which now I feel absolutely far too terrified and guilty to stop. I'd love to stop my blog at this point, but there's this idea that there will be 1.2 million people's worth of pissed-off-ness that I hadn't written anything today." Keep reading for Gaiman's experience with a human Klingon shield. 

Katrina links:

Ex-FEMA Director Brown Blames Others. Absolute best part:
His efforts to shift blame drew sharp criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

"I'm happy you left," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. "That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren't capable of doing that job."

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., told Brown: "The disconnect was, people thought there was some federal expertise out there. There wasn't. Not from you."
Brown Rehired At FEMA. "CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Former FEMA director Michael Brown told congressional staffers on Monday that he has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to help evaluate how FEMA responded to the Katrina disaster." I'm going to look at this as optimistically as possible and assume they want to study his dumbassitude for posterity.

Leader of New Orleans Police Resigns.

Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina. (Thanks, eve_the_just.)

Miscellaneous notes:

Cooking: I have been craving salsa from that burrito place in New Orleans for more than a year now, so I've finally decided to try making my own fresh salsa. I dug up several recipes from a site and I'm looking over them for ratios and common denominators, but here's the thing: I don't really like the bitterish flavor of jalapenos and green bell peppers, which you get in salsa a lot, apparently. (Actually, I don't mind the jalapenos in Green Mountain Gringo Salsa, but still.) Usually I use a taco sauce instead of salsa--Ortega? I can't remember--because I really like the sweet/savory taste, and I finally went, HEY! I can just look at the ingredients and translate this to an actual salsa and stop hoarding bottles of this hard-to-get sauce like a loser! The flavor seems to come mostly from green chiles and paprika, which is interesting. So I'm looking at making a fresh salsa from plum/Roma tomatoes, red and possibly yellow bell peppers (which I really like), sweet onions, fresh cilantro, green chiles, fresh garlic, lime juice, kosher salt, and... well, here are the "maybe" ingredients: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, banana peppers, Tabasco, and the aforementioned paprika. Oh, and tomatillos. Not sure if I'm going to bother roasting any of the ingredients, although several recipes mentioned roasting, broiling, or grilling various items. But it's starting to turn into such a laundry list that I'm not sure if it's overcrowded. 

Meanwhile, my sister is wandering around the house muttering, "I must have SAUSAGE." I think she's doing something with a jar of spaghetti sauce, I'm not sure.

New shots from Narnia: BEAVERS! Also: the White Witch will EAT YOUR SOUL. ETA: AIEEE.

The Incredible Edible Syncophantic Horoscope:

Quickie: Your luck is about to change -- get ready for some outlandish dreams to come true.

Overview: Everyone wants to hitch their wagon to a star like you, especially when your powers of persuasion get going. Go ahead and use liberal amounts of your playful charm to grease the wheels and a good time will be had by all.

Daily extended (by
Cast aside any self-doubts -- or better yet, recast them as positive statements. So instead of beating yourself up by saying, 'I make terrible choices,' tell yourself, 'I remain open-minded to all possibilities.' It's amazing how spinning things the right way can give you a new sense of perspective on circumstances that previously had you in the pit of despair. You can see your true potential if you try -- really.

That's deep, yo.

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