October 31, 2005
Update: Ah, never mind. Respond to the trolls to your heart's content. It's too much fun yanking their chains. I figure I must be doing something right if I get such a rise out of them.
First, a reminder for my commenters: PLEASE DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!!! That only eggs them on, and makes me waste more time deleting their drivel.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I know it has pagan roots, but I think it's also about having fun. We're going to have lots of fun today. The Count and I are going to prepare this week's menu, and go food shopping in a few hours.
I finished preparing an order for soap a couple of days ago. I'm preparing another one that will go out this week. I'm also getting into making chocolates to sell. I found some great web sites that sell bulk chocolate. I found a great price for Lindt and Guittard chocolate. Guittard is a high-end American chocolatiere that is surprising not as expensive as I had feared it would be. I would love to buy Michel Cluizel chocolate from France and Valhrona from Italy, but they would burst my pocketbook. Valhrona does carry a nicely priced starter kit for bakers. I'll probably buy that one in November, and use most of it for my family.
Chocolate can be as snobbish as wine. That doesn't surprise me.
There are a few good movies on TV today. I just finished watching "Carrie". "An American Werewolf in London" is on now. It just started. I love that movie. When I was in college, a guy I was dating was dying to see it. I wasn't thrilled, because I recently saw "Alien". I had never seen anything like that before, and I had not yet recovered from it. I didn't think I'd be able to stomach another horror movie. I went anyway. I was surprised at how well I handled "Werewolf". It was gory, but it was also funny. Turned out my date couldn't stomach it, and we left early. I was proud of myself. I could have sat through that entire movie, and not lost my popcorn and Milk Duds. I did see it in its entirety a few years later. It remains one of my favorite horror movies. "Alien" is at the top of my favorites list too, even though I nearly puked when I saw it in theatres. I was used to Hammer Films. "Alien" was much scarier, claustrophobic, and nerve-wracking. It took me a few days to get over it.
Now, I could probably watch Herschel Gordon Lewis's "Blood Sucking Freaks", and not bat an eye. I've come a long way!
October 30, 2005
Since The Countess Is Doing It...
... I figured I'd try this quiz too.
You are a Grassroots Activist. Anti-capitalist,
anti-patrist, anti-authoritarian, whatever,
you're just fuckin' anti. You probably tell
people you hate postmodernism, but that
assertion elides the complex interdependencies
among academic poststructuralism and
street-level activism. You don't bathe
regularly, and know at least one person who has
Since Everyone Else Is Doing It...
... I figured I'd try this quiz too.
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.
What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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October 29, 2005
Halloween Movie Recommendations
I'm watching a great American horror classic - Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining". Since Halloween is in two days, I thought I'd repost a post I just made at Blogcritics.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time for some good horror movies. If the only movies you can think of are Halloween and A Nightmare On Elm Street, below are lesser-known horror movies of quality that may interest you.
The Devil's Backbone - A Spanish movie about a haunting at an orphanage during a war. This movie was directed by the same director who did "Mimic".
Dark Water - The Japanese original, not the American remake. This movie delves into a rather popular theme in Japanese movies - the breakdown of the family. It is about a divorcing woman and her young daughter who move into a rundown apartment complex that has spooky problems with leaking water.
Kwaidan - Another Japanese horror film, this one from the 1960s. It is comprised of four ghost stories. I especially liked "The Snow Woman". All four stories are very good.
Dead Birds - This little-known movie deserves more widespread attention. It takes place during the Civil War. A group of bank robbers hide out in an old abandoned farmhouse, and find out that they are far from alone. There is one particular scene that will make you jump out of your skin. I won't say what it is and ruin it for you.
The Haunting - The original, not that abyssmal remake. Directed by Robert Wise. This classic horror film was based on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. After you watch the movie, read the novel.
The Changeling - This classic horror film stars George C. Scott as a musician who moves into an old house after the deaths of his wife and daughter. The story behind the haunting is so good you would suspect the movie was based on a novel. This movie won several awards.
Cat People - The original, not the remake. Very atmospheric and creepy. Perfect for a dark, stormy night.
If you are into games, one you will definitely want to play during the Halloween season is Dark Fall. You play the brother of a man who is an architect. Your brother is restoring an old 1930s train station hotel. You receive a letter from your brother that is in such a panicked tone that you race to the hotel to check up on him. You are alone in the hotel as you search for clues as to your brother's whereabouts, but you are not really alone. Play this game in the dark while wearing headphones. You need to hear the sounds as they emerge around you. This is one very creepy game.
And finally, a very creepy Internet flash game. The Hospital. This one will warp your mind.
Enjoy your Halloween!
I Don't Believe It
It's not even Halloween yet, and it's snowing.
This is going to be a cold winter, I just know it. I'm not looking forward to it.
I am so moving to Hawaii once The Royal Spawn is in college...
October 28, 2005
This one's for you, PZ Myers
Found this on Fark and it's NSFW, but man oh man, is this funny. Let's see how the IDers explain that this is either intelligent or by design!!! Yeah, only a "mystical force" would allow letting this guy spawn more of his ilk.
Friday Cat Blogging
This Friday Cat Blogging is dedicated to Kiri, Clare's kitty. Clare is at the food blog eat stuff. Kiri is having a birthday! Lucky is going to bring shrimp and lots of little jingly ball toys for Kiri to play with.
Cute Kitten Alert! This is Lucky when he was only a couple of weeks old. He just opened his eyes. Look at that adorable little tummy!!!
October 27, 2005
Working On More Erotic Fiction
I like to send my erotic short stories to Scarlet in pairs. I'm about halfway through one right now. The other is in my head, and it will take no time at all to get it down on paper. I need to write to Scarlet anyway and thank them for sending me my check. I also would like copies of the issues in which my latest stories have appeared.
I've written a couple of fathers' rights posts at Blogcritics that are getting a lot of heated comments. I'd like to ask anyone reading that if they go over there to jump in, to please be polite and courteous. The comments have already devolved into bedlam, and I don't want it to get worse.
I've also written a post about some lesser-known horror movies that would be perfect for Halloween viewing. I covered bird flu in another post. There are a few posts up now about bird flu, and all are interesting.
Head on over to Blogcritics, and enjoy yourself. The link to Blogcritics is in my sidebar. Remember, if you post in comments to my fathers' rights posts, don't flame anyone. Discuss the issue at hand in a calm and reasoned manner, please.
Success At Last!!!
I finally made pinwheel cookies that turned out right! Anyone who has been reading my blog regularly knows that I have been having the damnest time making these !@#$% cookies. I figured out an easy way to do it. Rather than roll out the plain and chocolate layers separately, and then dump one on top of the other, which always resulted in a mess, I rolled out the plain layer first, and then rolled out the chocolate layer directly on top of it. No breakage. No muss. No fuss.
The roll is in the refrigerator now, chilling for a few hours. I'll cut up the cookies later tonight, and we'll eat them for dessert after dinner. Even though they ended up looking like fractal cookies the other times I've made them, they were still tasty. These cookies will be perfect.
I'm so happy that I have finally conquered pinwheel cookies. The Countess rules!
October 26, 2005
Halloween Season Keeps Plumbers In Business
The Holiday Season is starting, and that doesn't mean only carved pumpkins, turkey dinner, and Christmas trees.
It means plumbers are going to find lots of work.
Thanksgiving is one season where plumbers get lots of calls because of people stuffing too many coffee grinds down the Insinkerator. Coffee grinds expand, and block water flow down the drain. I also read last year about a case where a plumber was called on Thanksgiving because a kid flushed his underpants down the toilet.
Halloween is also peak time for plumbers, mainly because people who should know better shove pumpkin guts down the Insinkerator and clog it up. Pumpkin guts don't grind up, and they get caught around the blades. The article about plumbers and Halloween included a story of one woman who on Thanksgiving dropped "a 16-pound frozen turkey down into the sink and busted her basket open."
Gee, I could have told you that. How she fit a 16-pound frozen turkey down the sink is beyond me.
Maybe that's why the last show of the season for "Ghost Hunters" was last week. Jason and Grant also work for Roto-Rooter. They're going to be too busy getting pumpkin guts out of people's drains to film the show. Hah!
Plumbers are going to be very busy starting now and through the Christmas season. I will be nice to my sink and toilet this season.