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I'm not a big pie person, so I made Mashed Potato Cupcakes and brought them to dinner on Thursday.

The idea is not an original, but stolen from the fine volume of cupcake ideas, Hello, Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

If you enjoy making cupcakes I highly recommend this book. It's a great resource of how to hints for making adorable and quirky cupcakes.

It's a basic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting for the mashed potato. The gravy is warmed caramel sauce and the pat of butter is a Pina Colada Starburst candy.

I expected this to be a case of "It's pretty but tastes awful". Not at all. The warm caramel sauce seeps into the butter cake cupcake and you end up with a Tres Leches cake taste. So yummy!
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Not going to lie, I am pretty proud of this softie. She's not much to look at, but considering my sewing skills are squat and I am terrified of sewing machines I think she is pretty decent for a prototype.

This time next week, I will be at Dragon*Con. Add 4 hours and I will be dressed up as a Dharma Initiative member at the LOST meetup photo shoot with my equally obsessed fan brothers and sisters.

I don't know why I thought designing and sewing by hand a four foot fish biscuit softie would be a good idea.

Oh wait, I think it went a little something like this:

Ooh, I could cosplay as a giant Dharma Fish Biscuit. Nah, that's too much work. I know! I will sew a four foot long Dharma Fish Biscuit softie!

I made the body using fleece, the letters using felt, and she's stuffed with an uber light poly-fil stuffing.
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So all I need to do is eat heaps of soy and contract German measles when I first conceive and I have a fighting chance of conceiving that gay deaf son I have always wanted? Sweet!
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I like to think this little slug strolls the streets of the sea with the below 7 minutes and 49 seconds of music as his theme: Phish & Jay Z - "Big Problems" & "Big Pimpin'"

That's right PHISH & JAY Z, making sweet, sweet pimptastic music together.

I think I just had a musicgasm.

Go ahead, play the video and look at the picture of the slug. Happy mental images will follow, I guarantee.

Source of picture:
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As of 10:00am EST Friday, February 29, 2008, my mobile phone of three years has died.

I hope it is just the battery. I don't want to deal with getting a new telephone. (It's the original battery from the original purchase three years ago. It had become a piss poor excuse of a battery anyway. So here is to crossing our fingers for that scenario and not an entirely dead phone.)

Sigh. In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal. I hate mobile phones anyway, but if ever there was a poor time for mine to die, eight days before my wedding would be that time.

If you really need me, leave a comment here. If you know me in brick and mortar life as opposed to the binary world alone, email my main account.

I will be tethered to the computer doing wedding chores anyway for the rest of the day.
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2008 presidential preference
primary Election Report:
Voters Approve Amendment #1

As of 10:10pm on January 29, the Florida Department of
State, Division of Elections' unofficial election night returns
indicate Florida voters have approved Amendment #1.
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An all Japanese cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"
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Every month I receive a copy of the Everything Jewish catalog. I'm not certain how I ended up on their mailer, for I didn't order anything. Still every month, no matter how many times I move, there is a new copy of the catalog in my mailbox.

Since I can't afford the items they offer ($600 menorahs and the like.) the catalog spends a month on the "Catch All" table by the front door and then gets recycled.

This month, I decided to flip through it.

Me: Me

J: Jonathan

Me: (flipping through the catalog, stops suddenly.) Wow, that's just...wow.

J: (playing a video game) What?

M: Um, the Everything Jewish magazine has a Disney* endorsed menorah for sale.

J: Wow....wow!

M: Yea, is that real irony or just Alanis** irony?

*Walt Disney hated the Jews. Every awful, ridiculous, negative stereotype about Jews, he just knew was truth. The man's prejudice was so ridiculous. He probably protested the States involvement in WWII secretly.

(Remember that Robot Chicken sketch where Disney wakes up from his cryogenic sleep asks if the Jews are still around, finds out yes and seals himself back up? Yea, the humor isn't in the idea of the dude who invented family time and the world's favorite cartoon rodent hating a group of people. The humor is in the fact that he actually does hate the Jews and if the cryogenic rumors are true, would probably reseal himself up.)

**Alanis references Alanis Morrisette, known for a pop song in the mid 1990s titled "Ironic". However the incidents she refers to in the song are not examples of irony, just rotten situations. Still, there is a generation of people in the States who received their one major grammar lesson on what irony*** is from a pop song.

***Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history).
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(courtesy of an email sent to me by quantum_zen)

Ok, this went from surreal to scary in 24 hours.

"The Sudanese legal system has to take its course but common sense has to prevail," Mr Miliband said...
"Like all legal systems the judge can decide to dismiss the whole thing or that the case goes on anyway...
"Mrs Gibbons has consular support, the British embassy has one of the best solicitors in the country whom I know personally...
"There is no worry on that front at all. She will be very well represented and well treated." ...
Mr al Mubarak dismissed any suggestion that diplomatic relations had become strained, instead saying there had been "sensationalist" reporting.

She was sentenced to 15 days for insulting religion, and she will then be deported...
The marchers took to the streets after Friday prayers to denounce the sentence as too lenient.
The protesters gathered in Martyrs Square, outside the presidential palace in the capital, many of them carrying knives and sticks.
Marchers chanted "Shame, shame on the UK", "No tolerance - execution" and "Kill her, kill her by firing squad".

WTF! How did this start summary:

Basically a UK teacher assigned to teach in Sudan was arrested after complaints were filed that her primary students named the class teddy bear Muhammad.

And it has pretty much snowballed since.
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Remember Hazel, the injured butterfly that Jonathan and I were taking care of hospice style?

Her right wing came off while she was flexing her wings the other day. Just flex, flex, plop. It was rather nasty.

She wasn't looking good, although the fact that she has been with us for over a week and a half when the average healthy butterfly tends to live a week, two tops, shows that she lived a long butterfly life.

This afternoon, at one in the afternoon, I had to euthanize a butterfly.

(How does one euthanize a butterfly you might ask? Well, by placing them in the freezer, allowing their systems to shut down. I have been told this isn't a painful process.)

I spent from one until three crying. I feel rather pathetic. It was for the best, she was very badly hurt and in pain and I was just being selfish by wanting to have more time with her.

Hazel Methuselah, I will miss how you got cranky if you didn't have a good spot on the table to watch Degrassi: Next Generation.
I will miss your preference for Jonathan to feed you honey water.
It was a surreal week and a half. You shall be missed.
G-d speed, little dude.
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...I am now three degrees away from Chris Crocker. Hmm.
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Meet Hazel. World, Hazel. Hazel, World.

I found Hazel during my walk to pick up the post. She was on the sidewalk, attempting to fly, but unable to due to her right wing being ripped in two.

I picked her up, named her Hazel, and brought her back to the apartment. I assumed she would die within the hour, because that is my luck.

(No, truly, it is. I tend to find hurt insects and worms on my walk. I then name them and they die within an hour. Like the earthworm I found that I named Jim.)

Jonathan, introducing honey water to Hazel.

I decided to take a guess at what local butterflies eat and made a honey water using local honey for her to drink in case she was hungry. I was pessimistic, seeing my history of injured beings. But lo and behold, she started to eat!

Hazel, eating honey water. (That long dark string sticking into the honey water is her proboscis.

Sad Panda me, holding Hazel outside.

That was on Sunday. Today is Thursday and we are still acting as a strange butterfly hospice. Hazel is set up in the Super Happy Fun Room. She tends to enjoy television, especially the following:

"Steel Magnolias";

"How I met your mother";

"The Big Bang Theory"; and

"Degrassi:Next Generation".

So, that's been my week thus far.
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Excerpts from an e-mail from Dale Alexander, a key grip on NBC's "The Office":

"Our show was shut down and we were all laid off this week. I've been watching the news since the WGA strike was announced and I have yet to see any coverage dedicated to the effect that this strike will have on the below the line employees.

"I respect the WGA's position. They probably do deserve a larger percentage of profit participation, but a lengthy strike will affect more than just the writers and studios. On my show we had 14 writers. There were also 2 cameramen, 2 camera assistants, 4 hair stylists, 4 makeup artists, 7 wardrobe people, 4 grips, 4 electricians, 2 craft service, 4 props people, 6 construction, 1 medic, 3 art department, 5 set dressers, 3 sound men, 3 stand-ins, 2 set PAs, 4 assistant directors, 1 DGA trainee, 1 unit manager, 6 production office personnel, 3 casting people, 4 writers assistants, 1 script supervisor, 2 editors, 2 editors assistants, 3 post production personnel, 1 facilities manager, 8 drivers, 2 location managers, 3 accountants, 4 caterers and a producer who's not a writer. All 102 of us are now out of work.

"I have been in the motion picture business for 33 years and have survived three major strikes. None of which have been by any of the below the line unions. During the 1988 WGA strike many of my friends lost their homes, cars and even spouses. Many actors are publicly backing the writers, some have even said that they would find a way to help pay bills for the striking writers. When the networks run out of new shows and they air repeats the writers will be paid residuals. The lowest paid writer in television makes roughly twice the salary than the below the line crewmember makes. Everyone should be paid their fair share, but does it have to be at the expense of the other 90% of the crewmembers. Nobody ever recoups from a strike, lost wages are just that, lost.

"We all know that the strike will be resolved. Eventually both sides will return to the bargaining table and make a deal. The only uncertainty is how many of our houses, livelihoods, college educations and retirement funds will pay for it."

--Maria Elena Fernandez


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People suggesting I go into teaching because I have a degree in English.

Also, people assuming I am a teacher because I have a degree in English.

Why is it annoying?

1. If I wanted to be a teacher, I would have majored in something like EDUCATION!

2. It's insulting to the Education majors who are working their collective asses off training to become the educators of our future.

3. Why not ask the Physics major if he is going to teach or the Engineering major or the Math major too? Yeah, sounds silly doesn't it? Well that is how English majors or English degree holders feel when you ask them.


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(Three mothers with jog strollers push their children around Lake Ella. I follow since the path is my way home.)

Mommy #1: (Nods towards Muscovy ducks and their ducklings) It seems like they are just breeding more and more.

Mommy #2: Yeah, people keep feeding them and they keep breeding, it's really bad the impact those ducks have on the environment.

Me: Well, humans keep breeding and their impact on the environment is far more detrimental.

(pause as the mothers slow down and turn to look at me.)

Me: What?


A couple of years ago, I learned about a web comic called Something Positive based on my friend, Shaun's comment that my personality was like the Something Positive character, Aubrey.

I have never felt more like a strip from Something Positive until that moment on Lake Ella this morning.

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Granny's gonna have a new pair of kicks!

ROFLMAO. Man, I totally needed to see that video. :)
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For those of us with lives, apparently the hot topic for the next four hours is Britney Spears' performance at the VMAs. It has been called, lackluster, apathetic, pathetic and weak.

Personally, I think there are bigger things in the world to focus on.

But for the sake of showing my support as a good American, I will voice my oh so important opinion on the situation.

Britney has many things going on right now that she needs to sort out. Sure, I have seen my friend belismakr dance with more enthusiasm half asleep at a slumber party, but that is besides the point. Watch the video if you wish and form your own opinion.

It is the American way.
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