Speaking of not updating for a couple of days: you "nudge" me and I will smite you. Granted, I don't think I'll ever go a whole week without some kind of entry--I don't know that I've ever done that in the history of my keeping a Livejournal--but how rude can you get? If you're "concerned" about my wellbeing, leave me a comment or frickin' email me, don't poke me between the e-shoulderblades and demand new content.
Socialist Bachelet to be first woman to lead Chile after electoral triumph.
Student Shot by Police Pronounced Dead. Let me clarify, because this otherwise-inflammatory headline assumes you've been keeping up with the story: an eighth-grader brought a pellet gun to school that had been painted black so as to disguise the "Hey, this is just a toy" markings. When the gun was set side by side with a Beretta, no one could tell the difference. He then took out the gun and menaced several students, claiming that he wanted to kill himself or die trying, and was in fact shot in an attempt to disarm him. Other students reported that he had frequently said that he was unhappy and wanted to kill himself and/or die; you have to figure that he was trying to get shot because he didn't have a real gun. It's sad, but the multiple headlines making it look like the police shot him unprovoked have been pissing me off. The boy was kept on life support after he was brain dead so his organs could be harvested, which is at least something.
Also in Florida: Fla. Teens Surrender in Homeless Beatings.
New N.J. Slogan: "Come See for Yourself." Am I the only one who finds that sort of... ominous?
Legal TV Dramas Influence Real Jurors.
Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them.
Man Solves Rubik's Cube in 11.13 Seconds.
Susie Bright recounts her strange pseudo-relationship with JT Leroy: "Then, that peculiar day in October, JT wrote and asked me to help fundraise for his son’s private French immersion school, Lycee Francaise La Perouse— the most prestigious and expensive secondary school in San Francisco.... All the money from JT’s work has gone to Emily’s family, a corporation in her mother’s name. Emily certainly does have a son in private school, which explains why 'JT' acted more conventionally bourgeois and maternal about “his kid” than any teenage homeless runaway I ever met."
More lulz from eBaumsgate, including this delightful YTMND. (The sound is from that dramatic reading of the C&D ("LOL!") that I mentioned the other day.) Roll, Lindsay, roll! (Also: Catch it before it's legalesed out of existence.)
corkdorkdan: "Umm, did you know a vampire is running for governor of Minnesota (replacing wrestler Jesse Ventura)? He announced his candidacy today." This one is a vampire and a former wrestler, actually.
I may switch to Library Thing instead of BookCrossing, because I think LT is what I wanted in the first place--a way to catalogue/flaunt my books (I'm kidding on that second part. Mostly), not give them away or "loose them into the wild" or whatever.
Release date of the last Lemony Snicket book (according to the lemonysnicket.com newsletter): Friday, October 13.
Superuberawesome 12" Aragorn figure from Sideshow Toys. Okay, I cracked. I do already have the Toy Biz 12" Aragorn, but he's Fugagorn, the Fug of Men. I got advance emails from Sideshow, as one of their longtime
More Harry Potter Tonner dolls. Oh my Lord, the Ron doll. And the Hermione is hugely off--Emma Watson's face is much thinner and pointier. The Harry doll head without hair or glasses, though? Terrifyingly like Daniel Radcliffe. (Wait, are these dolls anatomically correct?)
doroc_sabah on JournalFen: "[This icon] redeems everyone in the wank or who has ever seen it from all sin." It's true, y'all.
And, since I already have this journal *and* my linkspams are getting a little overlong: the movie spam!
- Cleolinda can smell some things up to six miles away.
- The international dialling code for Cleolinda is 672.
- Cleolinda has 118 ridges around the edge.
- Cleolinda was first grown in America by the grandmother Maria Ann Smith, from whom her name comes!
- Cleolinda can pollinate up to six times more efficiently than the honeybee!
- Cleolinda can last longer without water than a camel can!
- Cleolinda can drink over 25 gallons of water at a time.
- According to the story, Pinocchio was made of Cleolinda.
- The air around Cleolinda is superheated to about five times the temperature of the sun.
- Cleolinda became extinct in England in 1486.