October 2006

Manga du Jour

Check out Monster, by Naoki Urasawa.* What can I say without giving away the plot? It’s, uh, about a serial killer. And a doctor, accused of murder, who dedicates himself to tracking down the real murderer and killing the killer himself. About two mysterious kids. Neo-Nazis. Hospital politcs. Psychology. It goes on. For those who …

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Smut & Politics

Hm…be upset about the fiction of James Webb, the Democratic challenger to Virginia Republican Senator George Allen’s seat, which supposedly demeans women, or be upset that Webb’s fiction is being taken for his personal treatment of women? Wait! Wait! I need to know whether Webb’s books support gay marriage before I can decide! Here’s my …

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Battlestar Galactica

I watched a little bit of the first season with Lee the other day. I don’t think I can watch too much more of it…good stuff, but too dang painful. I just wondered, does this remind anybody else of the Phil K. Dick story, “The Second Variety“?

More Snow Day…?

The base was still closed until 10 a.m. and remains closed to non-Mission-Essential personnel. My boss is still trying to determine whether we’re essential or not. You hate me now, don’t you? The utility co. reports about 15,000-20,000 customers in Colorado Springs were without power yesterday. Update: Non-Essential!

Nevar!

Coincedence. This arrived in my mailbox this morning: Word of the day:………..’nevar’ [neh-BAR] English translation:…….to snow Other meanings: ‘poner blanca una cosa’ – to whiten Phrase: Las nubes cubren el cielo y empieza a nevar.The clouds cover the sky and it begins to snow. (via Spanish Word-A-Day.)

Wintersmith

Lee took pity on me and finished Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith this morning. I swear I read more books in a month than he does in an entire year… Wintersmith is part of the Tiffany Aching JV series. Tiffany is a young witch, living on the Chalk Hills (nowhere near Lancre). The first book, Hat Full …

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Power Innage!

The power went out…nine-ish, came back on about…three-ish? We watched tree branches fall down at the house across the backyard. Crunch! I lay down in front of the fireplace for a nap, woke up with the sunshine in my face…woke up again when the fishtank started splashing… A day off just isn’t the same when …

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Woot!

New Jersey court recognizes right to same-sex unions Fair’s fair. Holiday for interracial couples–“Loving Day” Interracial marriages were made legal across the U.S. in 1967. I remember arguing with a guy during college about it, though. He said it was wrong to have interracial kids, because they’d be treated like freaks. I got treated like …

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Well?

If death holds no fear for the true Buddhist, why be vegetarian? (Be vegetarian if you like: I often eat that way myself. It’s lighter on resources, cheaper, healthier if managed well, and delicious. But eating vegetarian doesn’t guarantee that you’re not harming animals (encroached habitat, pesticides) or saving the environment (pollution caused by shipping, …

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