megotelek: (mathnet)
echoes of the past )
Day 20 - A hobby of yours

Aah, I'm behind! Hmm, a hobby. I'm going to go with baking, because it fits with tomorrow's recipe, and because I really do like to bake. I entered a pie in the state fair two summers ago and won second place (cranberry-apple pie) and every Christmas I bake cookies and bars and shortbread for the family. Plus any and all other food holidays. Such as...

Day 21 - A recipe

Since the next major food holiday for me is St. Patrick's Day, my recipe for soda bread:

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.

In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

Day 22 - A website

Because I just discovered it: The Ironic Catholic. If only for this quote in their sidebar:

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up."

I enjoy the reminder that I can be both devoutly Catholic and not lose my sense of humor or quirky ways of looking at things. It's true!

moar )
megotelek: (liberal advisory)
Okay, these links have been piling up and I have to let them be free! Warning: the icon says it all - conservative content follows!

Memorial Day: A Contrast
What Kind of Justice Would President Obama Mete Out
What Obama Should Have Said
Top Seven Reasons Why Barack Obama is a Weaker Candidate Than People Think
The Obama Gaffe Machine

Global Warming/Environmentalism:
The Question of Global Warming - Rock on, Freeman Dyson (Mmmm...Dyson Sphere...)
Big-Government Environmentalism Wears Out Its Welcome
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less - What a shocking concept...
"An Inconvenient Truth" Gets The Operatic Treatment - I...don't even know what to say to this. Get out of my opera, Al Gore!

DNC Host Officials Short On Cash - Oh, the irony of the party of spending, needing to...cut spending. Ha! Yes, I know the Republicans have been doing more than their fair share of spending and yes, it ticks me off. But the Democrats have always been the 'tax and spend' party. Hopefully the GOP can give itself a kick in the pants and stop pandering to those who would have it do the same.
Mark Steyn vs the 'Sock Puppets' - The dangers of hate-speech laws run amok and excessive political correctness.
megotelek: (mathnet)
The latest from Google Reader...

Weird/fun/geeky stuff )

News/politics/science )

megotelek: (lorelaisnow)
This just in...I know I'm a little behind the times, but Google Reader is the most awesome thing ever.

Some samples... )

And that's just from what I went through and starred yesterday! Awesome.
megotelek: (Default)
Ex 'Grey's' Star Cites Racism for Firing - I...I have no words...

Racism? Seriously? No, it couldn't be because you used an anti-gay slur, denied you did, and then used it again in public backstage at the Emmys Golden Globes (Oh, come on, it's not like they mean anything anyway...of course I can't keep them straight!). Of course not. But any doubts I may have had about Isaiah Washington are completely gone now...I'm glad Burke won't be back on Grey's.
megotelek: (dumbo magic feather)
I was on MSN's homepage doing research for work, when this headline caught my eye. Fascinated, I read the whole article.

I wish more of these stories could be told...

ETA: Speaking of which, here's another story, this time from the other side.
megotelek: (jowriting)
I can't believe I forgot to link to this....the website is up for the movie of The Golden Compass, the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. And, Tom Stoppard wrote the script! If you don't know who Tom Stoppard is, hide in a deep dark hole read and learn: he wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, as well as the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. So exciting!
megotelek: (jackmuppet)
From Spoilerfix: Star Trek's George Takei will be joining Heroes as Hiro's father! Yay!! In a January episode. Boo. I don't know how much more I can take from Heroes....first Christopher Eccleston (my Doctor Who!) and now George Takei? Heroes is getting a little TV-boyfriend heavy, if I do say so myself....

Ohhh, speaking of which...Josh Holloway (Sawyer on Lost) being tipped to play Gambit in next X-Men movie. That's what I'm talkin' about!

Doctors perform 5-way kidney transplant. Way cool.

Ayn Rand's philosophies as applied to modern libertarianism. Huh. Brain-tweakingly interesting.

And if you're into that kind of thing, in honor of Black Friday, [ profile] christmasongs is posting one Christmas song a day until Christmas. Yes, Dad, I's not even Advent yet. I'm gonna have to come up with some good Advent carols! And also, I need to psych myself up for tomorrow....hitting the outlets. Thanksgiving weekend. *deep breathing*
megotelek: (potc savvy)
Yeah, yeah, it's been a while! So long, in fact, that I've now seen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest three times in the theater. Three! Once with John, once with Jessica, and once with Jessica and Lisa. So each time, I was with someone who hadn't seen it!

And before the movie, we were treated to two trailers for movies I must see when they come out: Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Owen Wilson. Yes, you read that right. Coming out this Christmas! And Transformers, a live action/CGI movie coming out 7/4/07 starring our very own Hasbro Transformers! Shut up, they were big when I was small!

Oh, speaking of things that were big when I was small...there's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out next year also...all CGI, from the look of it. Not sure how I feel about that one yet...

Anyway, on to the POTC review!

Spoilers ahoy! ) to listen to the music again!
megotelek: (black hole)
Really quickly....David Plotz blogs the Bible! (Found on [ profile] ravenclawed's blog) I'm working my way through the Genesis one now, so here's a teaser:

"Before God creates Eve, He brings all the animals to Adam, so that Adam can give all of them their names. This episode captures something fundamental about the male brain: our obsessive categorizing behavior. I once spent a whole spring looking at Washington, D.C., taxicabs to see if I could memorize every cab company—there are scores and scores of them—by the paint scheme on its cars. The bird-watcher, the stamp collector, the guy trying to visit every Starbucks in America—we are all re-enacting in a small way Adam's introduction to the animals."

megotelek: (smug abby)
This is for you, Eliza!  Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series is making its way to the big screen!

And the theme for this year's California State Fair has been announced: Superstars & Superheroes!  The first concert calendar is up too: Kenny Loggins, Loverboy, Rick Springfield and more!  Sigh...we may have to get a season pass this year!  Psst....Eliza...d'you and Scott want to come to any of these with us?

And, in the latest Lost news....Jimmy Kimmel interviews Hugh McIntyre of the Hanso Foundation on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
megotelek: (jackmuppet)
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! Lost is EVIL! Ok, if you didn't catch the Hanso Foundation's commercial during the broadcast, here's what you do: Call 1-877-HANSORG...if you can't get through, follow the instructions under the cut...

Enter the world of creepy monkeys...and DOS... )

The other creepy thing is when you click on the link to go to 'Joop's Corner' and try to send a personal message to Joop. Go ahead, do it! Now I have the heebie-jeebies and won't be able to sleep! (But that's just me. I'm a freak.)

Oh, and in regards to the episode itself, I'm still in the "What??? WHAT????" phase. I just CANNOT believe that Contents protected to save the unspoiled... )! Why, yes, it is lovely here in Denial this time of year! *gets sunshade*
megotelek: (doctor who)
So, it's the 100th anniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco. Here's a couple of links for the occasion:

SyzygyJob - Website of "maverick" geologist Jim Berkland, who allegedly predicted the 1989 Loma Prieta quake among others, he predicts earthquakes based on tidal forces - very interesting!

SFGate and the Great Quake - Info on the Great Quake itself.

California Geological Survey site - More info on the Great Quake as well as general earthquake preparedness...anybody remember "duck, cover and hold"? Ah, elementary school earthquake drills, how I remember you...
megotelek: (ireland)
Some history of St. Patrick himself

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today...Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

~The Prayer of St. Patrick

More detailed history/background of St. Patrick
megotelek: (black hole)
So, we went to see the midnight showing of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe the day it opened. And I was...trying to restrain myself from getting too excited. After all, I am usually disappointed in movies based on books. And this book was one I had read so many times starting in early childhood, and love so much, that it was hard to not get too excited.

And started. And it was incredible. I honestly don't have the words to describe it, except that it was the book! It was everything from the book, everything I loved! And done so beautifully, that I do believe I cried several times. When Lucy first stumbles into Narnia, when the children encounter Father Christmas, Aslan's sacrifice and the mice nibbling at the cords, the list goes on and on! Jim Broadbent was remarkable as Professor Kirke, and the children were just wonderful. I loved how their characters were fleshed out and they became more real. It was just...incredible. I can't wait to go see it again!! And the soundtrack comes out tomorrow...which I also desperately want!

And now, a little linkspam:

Stan 'Tookie' Williams was denied clemency by Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger. And I breathe a sigh of relief. Hmm, let's see...he murdered 4 people directly and caused the deaths of hundreds (if not thousands) more by co-founding the Crips (one of the most notorious LA street gangs), but he wrote a couple of children's books on death row so we should let him out of his lawful jury-decided punishment? Uh, no.

Want to win a Nobel Prize? Show the world how much you hate America. That's right, folks! That shiny Nobel can be yours for the right amount of venom against the greatest country on Earth. I have no words. But the author of this article does, and uses them beautifully.
megotelek: (serenity)
Some linkity links...

The official website of The Signal, a podcast devoted to Firefly and Serenity. The latest episode includes "Why We Love Wash", some Chinese translation, the history of the 'verse, and an interview with Orson Scott Card! Squee!

Spoiler Alert: Serenity in 2000 words or less. Hilarious. "Whedon, you bastard!" Yes...yes.

The site for the documentary coming out next month entitled Done The Impossible, a fan-made movie shot in HDTV about the rise, fall, and rebirth of Firefly/Serenity. Pre-order now! I find it absolutely fascinating that Orson Scott Card is prominently featured in the trailers and is as big a fan as he is. It's like all of my worlds are colliding!

Which Serenity character are you? )

Uhh...I tied between Zoe and The Operative. Little scared now.

And a very cool ad for Serenity on the ceiling of a British subway station.

Well, this turned out to be more Serenity-themed than I intended. Maybe that says something about me..? Although, we have now seen the movie three times. I think it's a sickness...
megotelek: (youngwizards)

Ok, some random stuff.

From Catholic Answers, why Catholic women are tired of being told that they are somehow "oppressed".

Sad news, Nipsey Russell dies at age 80. I don't know how other people remember him, but to me he was the Tin Man in The Wiz. We'll miss you, Nipsey!

How to tell if The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe will be a Christian movie. If these four sentences are in it, or not. My favorite being:

"The Witch knew the Deep Magic. But if she could have looked a little further back... she would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

Personally, I don't think it's even possible to make a faithful adaptation of the book and have it not be Christian. Oh, and did you know that the 'C.S.' in C.S. Lewis stands for Clive Stapes? (Yeah, Dad, I'm sure you do, I'm asking the rest of the class!)

Edited because his middle name is Stapes, not Staples. Hey, the little booklet inside my new Cinderella DVD says it's Staples! Must have been written by Michael Eisner. Heh.

In other news, I got my DVD of Disney's Cinderella, which comes with a free glass slipper necklace! The only problem is, it's more like a glass slipper bracelet for me. Apparently the only people who would be excited about it are twelve-year-old girls, judging by the length of the chain. And coming later this month, the Tarzan Special Edition DVD!

And, in baseball news, the Cardinals whip the Padres (sad!) and the White Sox beat the Red Sox (happy!) so they're definitely moving on, and the Angels and Astros are leading their respective series against the Yankees and the Braves. Huh. And next week will start the League Championships, followed by the World Series at the end of the month. Although, if neither the Cardinals or the Yankees are in the World Series, I don't think I'll watch. It's hard enough getting me to watch when the Giants aren't involved somehow, so we'll see.

I think that's it for now...see ya!

megotelek: (youngwizards)
Ok, this entry will basically be me pointing at stuff and saying, "Look! Pretty!" Ready? Here we go.

Orson Scott Card is launching a webzine entitled "Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show." It sounds very cool, thanks to this excerpt from ISN's Zocolo Now news:

The current production schedule is quarterly, with columnists writing monthly. Each issue will contain a story set within Card's popular Ender's Game universe, though Card himself may not write each one. Card said that he considers new writers to be the lifeblood of the magazine, and Medicine Show will be accepting submissions from authors after the first issue appears. "We're paying 6 cents a word, up to $500, in the ballpark for a professional publication," he said. The first issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show will debut Oct. 15.

Very excited and can't wait!! Eeee!

Thanks to Gilmore Girls, I've discovered a cool new (well, they're not new, per se, but new to me) band -- Pernice Brothers. Their stuff is very old/new, with Beach Boys-esque harmonies and lovely instrumentals, and great lyrics. I ordered their new CD, "Discover A Lovelier You", off Amazon. Reviews forthcoming!

Robert Iger takes over at Disney as Michael Eisner steps down unceremoniously today. Iger starts strong, trying to rebuild bridges that Eisner burned in his last months. Me, I'm crossing my fingers that this will be the first step to bringing back the Disney that I remember. Here's hoping, Mr. Iger!

And finally, the Supreme Court opens the new term with John Roberts leading the way. First up, Oregon's so-called "Death With Dignity" act and parental notification for minors seeking abortions. And, Bush's pick for Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement could come as early as next week. More finger-crossing from me.

Serenity? Was GREAT. I'll post a full review after the second viewing tonight, I think I need another one just to help me assimilate everything that happened. And I really want a sequel, or the return of the series. Please?

ETA: Here's Orson Scott Card's review of Serenity. No plot giveaways, just overall thoughts...and boy, am I impressed!

ETA (part 2): Behold a new, very addictive game. It's called Sudoku, and it's basically a magic square game. I've gotten my 'medium' average time to 9 minutes, 59 seconds to complete the puzzle, and still working on it! (Dad, this one's for you!)


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