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So I ended up doing a bit of offline Christmas shopping today. (A word about the online kind: Amazon is now on my shitlist, because we put in a large order--remember, Christmas and two birthdays--and chose the free shipping, because it was November 24th at the time and we weren't in any particular hurry. One week, two weeks, they can take their time. Well, Amazon then said nothing would arrive until JANUARY 15TH. We changed to standard shipping, and I've already gotten "Your order has shipped" notices. So: free shipping, six weeks; paid shipping, four days. Cheap corporate bastards.) The part I really want to tell you about is the Macy's jewelry department, which had a 50%-off clearance section (I got a pair of 2028 earrings at 50% plus 10% off, for a total of nine dollars). They also had two or three turntable racks (I'm totally making this term up) of Lucky Brand jewelry, which I'd never heard of before, but is apparently under the Lucky Brand Jeans label. Don't bother clicking on that link, by the way, because none of the jewelry is even on the site, but the stuff I saw was fantastic. You can see some of it at the Dillard's site, but the pictures don't really do it justice. There was kind of a pirate theme to what I saw--a few actual skull-and-crossbones charms, but mostly big chunky brass and silver pieces: bracelets, charms, pendants, layered necklaces, some wooden beads here and there, and some giant rings. It was piratey without being obnoxiously so, if that makes any sense--a general style, rather than an actual theme. Of the things you can see online, I loved the charm bracelet, the key earrings, and the red stone earrings. There was also a chunky turquoise bracelet that I absolutely loved, and I may get that and the charm bracelet for Christmas, but who knows. I'm just saying, if you find yourself at a mall, keep an eye open.

(Speaking of pirates, I was in Books and Company and saw a kids' book called Vampirates: Demons of the Sea, and immediately started kicking myself for not thinking of it first.)

Re: Bond theme songs: agentsculder has uploaded all of them--that's right, all twenty-something--over at her journal. Hell, I didn't even know a-ha did a Bond song. I must particularly recommend Garbage's "The World Is Not Enough," which I've always liked as a song unto itself. I kind of like "Tomorrow Never Dies" as well--I think it's a pretty good song, but Sheryl Crow is a bit shrill in the chorus. Maybe it would have been better if someone else had sung it, but I don't know who.

Angry crowd rallies after groom killing. "An angry crowd demanded Sunday to know why police officers killed an unarmed man on the day of his wedding, firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of the man's friends. Some called for the ouster of the city's police commissioner. At a vigil and rally the day after 23-year-old Sean Bell was supposed to have married the mother of his two young children, a crowd led by the Rev. Al Sharpton shouted 'No justice, no peace.' At one point, the crowd of a few hundred counted off to 50, the number of rounds fired."

Rio thieves armed with grenades rob tourists.

CIA applicants can take personality quiz: "The CIA has scrapped its ho-hum test that steered job applicants toward mysterious careers and devised one that's cloaked in jest. Invisibility or ESP? Jet pack or amphibious sports car? Walk the Great Wall of China or sip Champagne at a New York gala? The results from the CIA's personality quiz are just a few clicks away, diagnosing test takers as daring thrill-seekers, thoughtful observers, curious adventurers, innovative pioneers or impressive masterminds. The CIA wants to hire them all. The agency's online personality test is the equivalent of a help-wanted sign, posted on the closest thing the agency has to a front door — its Web site. The frivolous quiz is designed to encourage job applications while dispelling myths about the agency, some of them born of the James Bond stereotype. 'Some of the old-timers grumbled, "Where's the mystique? Where is the aura of mystery around what we do?" ' McCluskey said in an interview. 'The good news is that we are not seeking to hire those people.' " Snap. I'm an impressive mastermind, apparently. You can tell the CIA is new at this whole quiz thing because 1) there's no explanation of what an "impressive mastermind" is, exactly, and 2) no option to post a twee little graphic on your blog.

All My Children to feature transgender character. "The show wasn't interested in doing something just to be sensational, she said. GLAAD and some transgenders were brought in as consultants in shaping the character, teaching the producers when it is appropriate to call a character 'she' even before surgery, she said. Damon Romine, a spokesman for GLAAD, said he hasn't seen the show yet but feels people involved were genuinely interested in telling the story with dignity. Emotions are so close to the surface in soap operas, and this story can serve a purpose by showing what transgenders go through, he said. 'I think it's groundbreaking and breakthrough television for daytime to put a spotlight on transgender people and tell their story,' he said."

Movie on Jesus' birth debuts at Vatican. Notably, pregnant young Keisha Castle-Hughes did not attend.

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Online shopping can be tricky. :-/

Somebody somewhere linked me to the Vampirates site. Just the opening flash made me giggle until I cried a little.

The conversation about vampire pirates went something like this:

"Vampire pirates? What could possibly be cooler than vampire pirates?"
"Vampire pirate faeries?"
"::faints with joy::"

Amazon did that exact same thing to me last year! And it was Dec. 23 when I got the notice it would arrive in Jan., and they wouldn't let me cancel my order even though it wasn't shipping for nearly another month. I ended up driving all over town and re-buying all the presents, then doing an Amazon return.

I'll never buy from them again (between this and HBP being delivered at 5 pm instead of waiting on my doorstep as promised--lost nearly an entire day of reading). They could have at least let me know it wouldn't be in by Christmas--well, let me know earlier than three days before Christmas. Ordering a month ahead of time seemed like plenty of time, to me.

- This does explain why more people were at the flea market Saturday. Okay, maybe not but...

- Shipping companies just seem to be doing worse and worse and worse. My brother actually paid extra money so an important package would be left alone on the porch. (We agreed to this)

Guess what did not happen?

I've got to say that I much prefer the k.d. lang song from TND. Much less shrill, very retro.

...and that k.d. lang song was meant originally to be the TND theme song; David Arnold took the scoring assignment with the understanding that he'd be involved in writing the theme song, and of course he incorporated it into his score. Sheryl Crow doing another song was, if I understand correctly, a studio decision and not a producers' decision.

Is the 2028 link a typo, or is that like the Arthur C. Clarke vision of the future of jewelry?

It's a second line under the 1928 label.

Sheryl Crow is always shrill. :P

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The moment I realized that the two POTC sequels would be less than a year apart, I knew that pirate chic was going to be the big thing next year. Hee.

Amazon.com used to be pretty reasonable about the free shipping. In the past, I would get things in about a week using the free shipping, but here lately I ordered some stuff in the middle of October and just got it about two weeks ago, so it took about a month to get. I was pretty pissed about that, and I don't think I'll be using them for Christmas shopping as originally planned. :(

for books, www.powells.com

Trust me, I totally had plans to write a Vampirates movie script. I thought I'd be the next Snakes on a Plane. But someone beat me to the punch, :(

One of the many confusing array of 'Tales Of the Slayers' short stories had a Slayer who was also a pirate. It gets pretty complicated from there. It rocked the house down but no sea-going vampires and a little more research about ships would have helped.

In the end, all "Tales Of The Slayers" volumes are worth it.

Apparently free shipping comes by mule....How else can they account for it taking THAT long?

Keisha Castle-What-Her-Name-Whale-Rider is pregnant? Isn't she seven?

I still buy from Amazon, but only books and not during the holidays. Learned that painful lessons a couple of years ago. However, there is a helpful site that lists the contact phone numbers of Amazon.com, as well as Ebay, Paypal, Netflix, etc.