Monday, January 26, 2004

How often do you get to shout, "Parrots!"?

Remember that flock of green parrots I saw a few years ago in San Francisco? Now a book, and a film.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

I am a geek, because... (Reason #1252)

...the best thing that happened today was that Three Way Action's Princess Pornstar Sara Astruc loved the 3WA favicon I made.

Go see! Go join! Membership drive is on. 3WA is one of the best sites on the web; I've been reading/posting just about everyday since I discovered it about 3 years ago.


In others news, it's 2 degrees in Buffalo.

Fare thee well Whiskey Wallace, rest in peace.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Good on yer, guv!

I am 82.5% British, just like
Mr Bean
Shy to the point of ridicule, you've probably never been out of the UK.

Take the Brit Quiz at

Quiz written by Daz

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Sweet Memories...

Inspired by a thread at 3WA, I found this delightful site, Sweet Nostalgia, which features the candy of all of our youth. They still have Pop Rocks, candy cigarettes, Fun Dip, and a section for old games, too.

Since I grew up by the Canandian border, Coffee Crisp was a special treat for me, brought by my father, who also sometimes supplied Butter Rum Lifesavers and $100,000 bars.

When I was older, I loved Whatchamacallits (yes, what the hell were they thinking with that caramel? Bleah!), Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (though I think Reese's Pieces are vomitrocious) and Hershey's with Almonds. All of these still make me happy.

I miss Nanaimo bars, which are hard to find outside the norhernmost Pacific Northwest, though I did find one in Southern Ontario at a Tim Horton's last summer.

I vaguely remember a candy I thought of as "perfume balls", an almost glassy shell with fragrant liquid inside when it melted and cracked open. Anyone have a clue about these?


I went out today and bought beautiful blue batik fabric to cover the seats in my car. I made a Southwestern Corn Soup, too. Then I made a little collage. And now I'm on the couch in my robe making notes on the second draft of my novel (just getting back to it after a long pause) and just...feeling the happy, and the joy.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Happy New Year, everyone.

I just found the text of a speech given at the Hampshire College memorial for my old college hallmate and friend, Sander Thoenes. Its a good thing to read at the start of the year, despite the sadness of his passing, because he was so full of life, ambition, high ideals and journalistic fervor.

I had a mellow New Year's Eve with a few friends, playing Smoke* and eating "creamy foods": broiled salmon, tomato pie, cheesecake. We also watched some of Free To Be...You and Me.

CTP is back up.

* To play Smoke, one player thinks of a person likely to be known by the other players. The person can be real or fictional, living or dead. The game begins when the player says, "I'm thinking of a person, real and living" or whatever the particulars are. The other plays then commence to ask comparative questions, such as "If this person were a kind of weather, what kind of weather would s/he be?" (What kind of car, what kind of intoxicant, what genre of music, what time of year, etc.) (The name of the game comes from the question, "If this person were a kind of smoke, what kind would s/he be?")