Also: wow, painting one's nails in close quarters is a bad, bad, headachy idea.
Here's what I've been doing this weekend. And speaking of internet research, going back to Madame Talbot's somehow started me on a daisy chain of internet wandering that let me to some excellent research on absinthe, during which I discovered that, as of June--i.e., last month--you can get legal, authentic absinthe in the U.S. ("Wormwood is not illegal as long as the finished product meets applicable standards for content. We found that by adhering to the strict techniques used over a century ago, the result was not only a genuine, historically accurate product, but a product that also happens to meet US requirements relating to alcoholic beverages.") It seems to be sold in New York, mostly, but I imagine you could order it in. Note: Absinthe is not, and never was, hallucinatory in and of itself.
(Idiot drinks straight wormwood oil; website that he may not even have consulted catches hell for it.)
Bush spares Libby from prison term; Bush won't rule out Libby pardon. OH, FFS. By the way, here's the opener to that first MSNBC article as it appeared on my Google Reader:
President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2½-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in a highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh. [!]That "[!]"? That ain't mine, guys. And it's not in the article as posted now. Also from MSNBC: "Any outlet for outrage over Libby?"
London police foil major terror plot; Terror police probe al Qaeda links; Doctors at heart of UK terror probe.
NY movie critic Joel Siegel dies at 63.
Beverly Sills, America's Queen of Opera, dead at 78.
Jefferson County, AL: $1.5 million software can't add. *headdesk*
Also how we do it in the JC: Sewer scandal cost: $336,800,000. Yes, million. That's why our sewer bill is more than three times the amount of our water bill. Bastards.
More from the 209: Siegelman, Scrushy get about 7 years; Siegelman, Scrushy go straight to jail. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
(Primer for you non-Alabamians: Richard M. Scrushy, pronounced SCROO-shee, as you'll discover if you're ever in Birmingham because half the buildings are named after him, was not found guilty in the $2.7 billion (BILLION) HealthSouth fraud scandal, in which a lot of people who do not have buildings named after them lost everything they had. This time, he was convicted of bribing Siegelman--our former governor. Who I voted for once, the bastard.)
Spector's lawyer skips trial to tape TV show.
Heir puts 'Dracula's Castle' for sale. "Legend has it that the ruthless Vlad — who earned his nickname because of the way he tortured his enemies — spent one night in the 1400s at the castle." God, it's the Gothic Horror version of "George Washington slept here!" Still pretty awesome, though.
WP: Yahoo unveils personalized ads. You know what? I could actually live with that. I know we worry about advertising being too invasive, but you know what? Advertising is why a lot of things are free, and if I have to look at it, at least I'd be looking at things that interest me. Kind of the way I keep wishing spammers would stop promising to enlarge my pen1s, you know?
Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works.
Knut bb y u so sad?
Man attacks unlucky peacock at Burger King. "A peacock that roamed into a fast-food restaurant parking lot was attacked by man who vilified the bird as a vampire, animal-control authorities said. [...] Beaten so fiercely that most of his tail feathers fell out, the bird was euthanized, said Richard Gentles, a spokesman for the city’s Center for Animal Care and Control. [...] The peacock, a male several years old, wandered into a Staten Island Burger King parking lot and perched on a car hood Thursday morning. Charmed employees had been feeding him bread when the man appeared. He seized the iridescent bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started kicking and stomping the creature, said worker Felicia Finnegan, 19. [...] Asked what he was doing, she said, the attacker explained, 'I’m killing a vampire!' "
Okay, there are several thoughts that may occur to you the way they occurred to me:
1. That poor bird, that's awful.
2. Damn, he crazy.
3. Vampire... peacock?
One-eyed gator pulls golfer into pond.
Stardust and Good Omens scents at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!
Veggie Booty snack food recalled. Wait, what?
A little J. Alfred Lolfrock. Check the comments for more.
Would sir desire an eating utensil?
7-Elevens become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts.'
Marvel Comics buries Captain America.
Isaiah Washington Explains Why He Used Slur. Note the poster comments at the end: "But I thought that YOU never used the F WORD! I just thought you got fired because your black! ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU SAID?!" Both of which he did say, by the way.
Criss Angel's wife wants to make marriage disappear; Diaz Named in Magician Split.
Daniel Radcliffe Says He Hasn't Agreed To Star in 'Harry Potter 7.' Mmmm, salary negotiations.
Dan Radcliffe Newest Addition to Madame Tussauds. Mmmm, creepy.
J.K. Rowling attends London Potter premiere; Time Magazine Feature on Scholastic Effort to Keep "Deathly Hallows" Secret and Special for Fans; Potter star's nerves at first kiss; Potter V Is True To The Dark; Keith Olbermann Speculates on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; Kreacher Comfort: MTV Solves A ‘Harry Potter’ Mystery.
Get yer girl-faced Draco Malfoy doll here!
Aaaaaaand this is why I don't want to get my Harry Potter book at midnight. Skip to the last thirty seconds or so, which is when the guy starts yelling (hey, yellow belly, why don't you get out of the car and say it? Oh, that's right, because your ass would get BEAT).
A Keira Knightley twofer: Atonement and Silk stills.
Invasion stills with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
Oh, Eva... never change.
You neither, Helena.
(Eva Green's new perfume, which actually sounds yum.)
"Helen Mirren Attends 3rd Annual Helen Mirren Is Awesome Festival."
Meet The Wolf Man.
Christian Bale Talks a Bit About Justice League Movie; Christian Bale on a Third Batman Movie; New Joker Will Be More Realistic, Says Bale.
Anne of Green Gables is Back -- With an Open Casting Call.
'Pirates' Now Claims More Than $900 Million in Booty. And my mother's finally going to get to see it on Thursday!
Ethan Hawke Gets Ready To Suck As Vampire Researcher.
Sophia Myles Bites Into CBS Drama Moonlight.
Emily Browning to star in American A Tale of Two Sisters remake. Aww, yay! I'd been hoping she wouldn't fall off the planet after the Snicket movie. Now where is Liam Aiken?
Kylie Minogue to be in Doctor Who Christmas Special.
J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield Coming Into Focus.
Borat emboldened Moore to visit Guantanamo.
Winslet in Watchmen ?; Exclusive: Thomas Jane on Watchmen.
"Viral marketing" for Watchmen traced back to theonering.net. Oh, lamesauce.
Enter Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.
Cameron Diaz to Star in Richard Kelly's 'The Box.' Kelly, of course, being the writer/director of Donnie Darko.
Gosling Signs On Lovely Bones.
National Lampoon to Spoof '300.' Yeah, I've been saying for a long time now that the Proud Warrior Underdogs Epic is a mini-genre that deserves its own godawful spoof movie.
trailer_spot: Bourne Ultimatum, Lions for Lambs, Sunshine, Vitus, Golden Age, Hitman, Rescue Dawn; Golden Age, Hitman, Water Horse, Harry Potter, Transformers, This Is England.
And now I get to desperately try to think of something to eat for dinner.