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I've never been so grateful that my sister's kids don't ride the bus.

When I first read this last night, I freaked out. I called my sister and left her several messages (her cell phone had died, which is why she didn't call us back until today). This happened in the suburb they live in, but at a different school than the one her oldest daughter goes to.

Thank all the gods.
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This came up on a list I'm on. Enjoy!

NEW YORK -- Teacher arrested

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy
International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in
possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said
he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He
did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with
carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzalez said. "They desire solutions
by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of
absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer
to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a
common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.
As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to
every triangle'."

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had
wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have
given us more fingers and toes."
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This be for all me hearty knittin' mateys, [livejournal.com profile] sapphireone, [livejournal.com profile] pumaviking, and [livejournal.com profile] talyx: fer carryin' all yer booty, and fer keepin' yer noggin warm!


Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:51 pm
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Will I screw up my monitor if I clean the screen with window cleaner? It's a mess.
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I just finished watching Mike Mignola's "The Amazing Screw-On Head" for the second time. It was nice to be able to hear all the dialog this time, though I missed the comments from the peanut gallery. This has got to be one of the wierdest, most brilliant shows I have ever seen. What made it even more surreal this time (as if that were even possible!) was that during the commercial breaks I was switching over to the old "Dungeons and Dragons" cartoon.

I think I just broke my brain. Or fixed it, maybe.

"Head" was followed by the last episode of "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace," another spectacle of television entertainment. Sadly, I missed episodes 4 and 5 last week, and there are only 6. This one might be my favorite so far, if only for the fact that Dr. Lucien Sanchez sings a love song. Ouch.

I think I need a "Patience" icon, from "The Amazing Screw-On Head," but I can't find any pictures of her. Sigh. Maybe I'll just have to be her for Halloween...

"All reasonably intelligent people should be creamted for reasons of national security." - Head
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Reply and I'll give you a letter and you have to find ten songs that start with that letter and post them to your journal. Try to come up with a list without googling & looking through your collection first.

Miss Anne kindly gave unto me the letter P (for Purple!).

"Purple Rain" by Prince
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by the Smiths
"Pretty in Pink" by the Psychedellic Furs
"Putting on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire (or Falco)
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
"Planet Claire" by the B-52's
"Private Idaho" by the B-52's
"People Are People" by Depeche Mode
"Pictures of You" by the Cure
"Planet Earth" by Duran Duran

I didn't set out for this list to be almost all 80's songs, it just happened that way.

(I really wanted to make the song titles purple, but I don't know how to change font colors. Any suggestions?)
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] fritz_et_al

1. Elaborate on your default icon.
I used to have magenta and purple hair, I wear it up in a bun all the time (sometimes using pencils), and I have lots of friends with middle eastern personas and I am often the victim of a drive-by bindi-ing.

2. What's your current relationship status?
Dating [livejournal.com profile] flinx, if I have to put a term to it.

3. Ever have a near-death experience?

4. Name an obvious quality you have.

Where's #5?
Travelling in the Tardis with The Doctor (lucky!).

6. Name a celebrity you would marry:
I don't want to marry anyone.

7. Who will cut and paste this first?
No idea.

8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Someone once told me I looked like Edie Brickell.

9. Do you wear a watch? What kind?
My cheap Target watch just died.

10. Do you have anything pierced?
Just my ears.

11. Do you have any tattoos?
Duh. Check out the name of my lj.

12. Do you like pain?
Not really, but it's all relative.

13. Do you like to shop?
Way too much.

14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Dr. Pepper

15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
Probably gas, but it was a long time ago because I don't use my card any more.

16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
[livejournal.com profile] flinx

17. What is on your desktop background?
A picture of my sister's kids standing around a gargoyle.

18. What is the background on your cell phone?
My cheap emergency-only cell phone doesn't have any special background.

19. Do you like redheads?
Why do you think I make sure I am one?

20. Do you know any twins?
[livejournal.com profile] batsnbelfry has a fraternal twin brother.

21. Do you have any weird relatives?
Yes, but I'm definitely on the list of weird ones.

22. What was the last movie you watched?
Die Hard - late night cable rocks!

23. What was the last book you read?
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley (for the umpteenth time - she's such an incredible writer!)
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No, not that Mr. Burns!

If John Raymond Burns were alive today, he'd be 105 years old. He's my grandpa!

Here's a picture of him in his Cavalry uniform, circa 1932:
First Lieutenant J.R. Burns
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OK folks, my family really needs some help. The city has demanded that we make some (admittedly long overdue) repairs to our garage. We need some serious help cleaning it out. If, say, 2 0r 3 of you were interested in being paid and fed this weekend, let me know ASAP. Sunday would be better, but if more people are available on Saturday, we'll take all the help we can get!

Please please please!
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Whee! I'm off to spend a short time with [livejournal.com profile] batsnbelfry as her sewing slave. I'm leaving early Monday morning, and I'll be back very late on Thursday (with a little detour via dinner with my sweetie and Cynnabar dance practice Thursday night). I don't expect to have much computer access, and for those few of you who have my cell number, don't call it, it's only for emergencies (like last weekend!).


Oh, joy!

Jul. 22nd, 2006 11:59 pm
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Heads up, Michiganders: The US government is going to start requiring passports to travel to and from Canada. Yes, Canada. Passports will be required starting January 1, 2007, if you're travelling by sea or air. If you're driving across the border, the deadline is January 1, 2008. Here's an article in the Detroit Free Press. Aside from this making tourism and cross-border shopping more difficult, I wonder what they expect people who commute across the river to do? And passport prices have gone up since I got mine; renewal by mail is $67, but a first-time application is $97.

Learning about this caused me to go searching for my passport. I used it last August when Brian and I went to Stratford, so I knew it was around here somewhere. After much frustration, I found it, only to discover that it expired last Tuesday.


So, Ladies, we should probably try to squeeze in all our mad Lush-gathering trips to Windsor in the next 17 months!
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Via [livejournal.com profile] garrity: Star Trek Knights

I just love that there are geeks out there who not only thought of this, but put it together. And there are geeks who love it. I am proud to be one!
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I just watched an episode of "Queer Eye" where they made over a guy who's a "medieval re-enactor." They never came out and said "SCA," but that's definitely what it looked like this guy was doing. At first the Fab Five were making fun of him, but by the end the started to respect what he was doing. And he cleaned up nice.

I'll keep this episode on tape for a while if anyone wants to watch it.


Jul. 18th, 2006 04:11 pm
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See? Isn't it pretty? )
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Everybody, welcome [livejournal.com profile] batsnbelfry! AKA Zaynab, MKA Kate (the sewing goddess!).


Hi Andria!

Jul. 6th, 2006 11:24 am
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Everybody, welcome [livejournal.com profile] gatheringroses! Yay! It's about time she got here!

( [livejournal.com profile] galduric and [livejournal.com profile] borghalrantipol, you met her at the NIN/Bauhaus concert)
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In case you were wondering exactly how much fish a cat can carry, some Japanese scientists ran an experiment. I wish I spoke Japanese; the commentators sound hilarious.
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I've accomplished so much in such a short time today. Right after I got home from A2 I installed my parents' new wireless optical mouse. They hadn't installed it correctly because they hadn't read the instructions. Yay! We no longer have a squeaky mouse!

Then I finally managed to find a hardware store that had the right kind of blanks to make copies of my car key. The plastic part of my key, which goes through the key ring, has been splitting for a long time and is resistant to all forms of glue. Today the key finally came out of the plastic, which meant I could actually lose the darn thing. I've been trying to have copies made for ages; nobody ever had the right kind of blanks. So today I went to a little mom&pop hardware store on the off chance they could make copies, and they did! So now I finally have a spare car key for my parents, who lost the one I made them years ago. And I have a new favorite hardware store. All the employees there were hot, particularly the flock of cute, buff little emo boys. Cute, buff little emo boys who can fix things. Not that I'm at all dissatisfied with my cute, buff non-emo boy who can also fix things!

I know these are small, silly things to get so excited about, but hey, you should take your happiness where you can find it!


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