(Since people brought the issue up: my mother does drop checks off to be mailed at official USPS boxes, so they weren't poached from our mailbox.)
I'm starting to worry about my mother's health, actually--my grandmother's had shingles for nine weeks now, and while they're almost gone, this has necessitated my mother and my aunt taking turns to go by her house to fix each meal and help her with the ointments, and the strain of constant running-around is starting to get to both of them. So then we have the Great Check-Washing Scam of 2008 and all the crapfulness that's entailed, and today my mother had to stand in line on her lunch hour (after taking care of my grandmother) at the DMV to re-pay for the family car tags, since those checks had bounced. Since it's the first of the month (which was particularly galling, since she'd gone out of her way to pay for our tags early), there were about a hundred people in line. And then the presiding deputy told eight of the ten women working the counters to go on to lunch. All at once. 80% of them. With a hundred people in line. "You have another story to tell your people," she said grimly when she stopped by the house (she calls y'all "my people"). "I'm standing there with steam coming out of my ears afraid I'm going to sink down through the floor because it's melted underneath me." That's not really a story; it's more just "a thing that happened without any climax or comeuppance or dénouement," but I wasn't about to tell her that.
My point is, I'm really worried about her stress levels. I mean, she's always been a type A personality, but I think she's got an overload of fuckery on her plate at the moment. I'm really hoping that I can finish these annotations (which I originally thought, somewhat hilariously, would take me a weekend) a few days before Mother's Day, so that hopefully I can write her a check and wrap it up in a pretty box and give it to her as a surprise. Any little bit I can pull together would help at this point, I think.
Oh, and the police department here said they would need to go to Columbus, Georgia, to file a report. The bank's already dealing with it, obviously, but they'd suggested we go to the police as well. So my mother's going to talk to her people--the UAB police department, whose benefits she administers
Another massive linkspam--sorry about my spam management, you guys. : ( I've got some reader links, but I'm saving them for tomorrow so they're not completely lost in the tidal wave
Father of LSD takes final trip... at the age of 102. Not exactly a fact they want to put in the Just Say No booklet, I'm guessing.
DNA confirms IDs of czar's children.
Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet.
Absinthe's Mind-Altering Mystery Solved. "The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick. In comparison, most gins, vodkas and whiskeys are just 80- to 100-proof."
American Idol Finally Runs Aground On Paula Abdul-Shaped Sandbar [Disasters]; Paula Abdul hits a sour note on ailing 'Idol'; PaulaGate 2008: Ms. Abdul does some 'splaining on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. What happened, for those of you who want the short version, is that the contestants were going to sing two songs this time--one song each, and then a second round later in the show. Pressed for time, the producers decided to have the judges comment only after the first five songs were finished, not after each individual song. So Paula's turn comes around, and she starts talking about Jason Castro's second song while Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson stare at her. She covers it up by stammering that she meant the notes for David Cook, but since Cook's second song turned out to be awesome, the "It was blah and you need to step up" criticism in question obviously wasn't for him. What it looked like at first was that Paula was completely on drugs. What it turned out to be is that the judges actually get to watch rehearsals, which is why you'll sometimes be listening to the
Animal Idol! Low-profile singers of the wild.
David Blaine breaks world record for holding one's breath. How is he a magician, precisely?
New Zealand scientists thaw 1,000-pound squid corpse; Huge squid has soccer ball-sized eyes; You Fools, You'll Kill Us All!
Cosmic Log: Science swiftboated in 'Expelled.'
Owning 'Love Kitten' started book passion. "Love Kitten" is so the name of my next band.
Slate on the unexpected poetry of perfume reviews. (Via Bookslut.)
LOLVogue: Superhero Photo Shoot Gets Super Stoopid. Includes actual image macros!
James Frey's Last Interview? We Shall See; James Frey Lies A Couple More Times, Because Who's Still Counting?
Just what was this 'Scarlet' series?; 'Scarlet' is fake, still better than 'Cavemen.'
Langston, The Tortoise with Severe Time-Management Issues.
Johnny Depp Is Good For The Economy. This is something that Bush may want to look into.
Why The Church Of Scientology Won't Let Me Show You Their Propaganda Videos.
trailer_spot: Incredible Hulk, Towelhead, Wackness, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Iron Man; Swing Vote, Take, Wanted, Edge of Heaven, Accidental Husband, Spirit.
Harry Potter Theme Park Construction Continues with Hogsmeade and More; Yule Ball Cho Chang at FAO Schwarz. Also, the Lexicon updated its "alohomora" entry, but neglected to credit the information to JK Rowling's testimony on the stand in the civil suit against the Lexicon.
(Speaking of Tonner movie dolls, I got an email regarding a Golden Compass doll sale [to coincide with the DVD release] from Tonner Direct, and it's... well, read it for yourself. And make sure you read the fine print at the bottom.)
The Prince Caspian Interactive Map.
New images: Prince Caspian posters (scroll to others at the bottom); Another Poster From 'The Dark Knight'; Salma Hayek Has a Giant Beard (for 'Cirque du Freak'); Indiana Jones; X-Files: I Want to Believe; Incredible Hulk; the Sleestaks of 'Land of the Lost' remake; Burn After Reading; My Name Is Bruce; I Love You Philip Morris; Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor poster; Henry Poole Is Here poster; My Winnipeg poster; You Don't Mess with the Zohan poster, which I will never be able to unsee; High School Musical 3 poster; Murph poster; Monster Camp poster; 10 Cool (i.e. Crazy) Japanese Star Wars Posters.
Jokerized Version of the Dark Knight Trailer! I'm not watching it because I haven't seen the original trailer bootleg yet, because I'm keeping myself pure for a HD version. Also: Dark Knight Trailer Reveals New Bat-Villain.
Sir Ian McKellen on 'The Hobbit.'
'Quantum' Spy Shots Of Craig And Kurylenko; Photos And Video: Craig And Taubman In Austria For 'Quantum' Filming; Daniel Craig Reportedly Insured For Nearly $10 Million; 'Quantum of Solace' - Official Blog Report #6; Austria Prepped For James Bond Filming.
'Iron Man' Unscripted at Moviefone; Iron Man 2 in 2010?; Fight for bucks: 'Grand Theft Auto' vs 'Iron Man'; Is Jackson's Fury In Iron Man?
Cloverfield Destroys DVD Charts.
Abrams aims to reinvent 'Trek' world.
Hugh Jackman Looks Towards ‘Batman Begins’ For ‘Wolverine’ Inspiration, Talks Sequels.
More Mummy Updates.
America Ferrera is 'Invisible.'
'My Girl' Starring in New, Non-'My Girl' Movie.
Clive Owen looking unamused on the set of 'Duplicity.'
Kidman to star in Dusty Springfield biopic.
Philip Noyce Directing Counterfeiter Biopic.
Liz Friedlander Will Helm 'I Am Charlotte Simmons.'
Angarano Promises ‘Stink’ & ‘Thunder’ From Flick By ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Director.
'Transformers 2' Gets Another Babe; Jonah Hill Cast in Transformers 2 as Shia's Sidekick?! Note: these two headlines are completely unrelated.
'Lovely Bones' Shuts Down Over Creative Afterlife Differences.
First Look: Spider-Man's new (comic) foe.
Twilight Watch: More Set Photos, Jackson Rathbone Interview, and More!; ‘Twilight’ Fans Help Another MTV Staffer Get Hooked; Will ‘Twilight’ Make You Go, Go, Go To ‘Speed Racer’? In other words, there'll be a teaser for the former in front of the latter. Actually, I heard the new 'Dark Knight' trailer would also be in front of it, which is why I would go. Also: Twilight Moms are already a little... overinvolved; Time magazine explains the allure of the series. Also-also, I begin to sympathize with people who were sick of Harry Potter.
Is it Time for 'Mission: Impossible 4'!? Short answer: no. (Yes, Hollywood, I am available for paid consultation.)
The Gremlins Get Sucked Into the World of Advertising.
'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' Becomes a Small, Yapping Virus.
Coming Soon: Smell the Badness of Brett Ratner.
Uwe Boll, Marisa Miller, And Pudding? It’s The Most Bizarre Talk Show You Will Ever See; Uwe Boll Goes After Billy Zane. I think we should just start calling the last link in the spam "The Uwe Boll Slot."