November 28, 2006
Boy, Did This Quiz Nail Me
Ha! I am from Baltimore. Or as we Baltimorons like to say, Bawlmer.
|What American accent do you have? |
Your Result: Philadelphia
|The Inland North|
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Y'Almost Got Me
I saw this post at Slashdot which said that the MPAA was trying to control in-home theatres, and I almost took it seriously. The post said that the MPAA defined a home movie theatre as any home with a TV screen more than 29", a kick-ass sound system, and two chairs, a couch, or a futon. Cheetos in the couch not mentioned.
My brain said, this is stupid. It's a satire. Turns out my brain was right.
It was funny, though. Our home theatre system would have been fined out the wazoo. You should see our DVD collection. It's gigantic. We do love our movies.
Talk About Giving Good Buzz
Now I've seen everything.
For those who don't know, Sebastien Izambard is a French operatic tenor who is part of a group of four singers called Il Divo. It's operatic pop, if you can wrap your head around that. He's quite good looking as well. A frisky fan asked Izambard to sign her vibrator. He wasn't sure what she wanted him to sign at first. She said that seeing his face made her "frisky", and she wanted him to sign it. He didn't know what it was until it started buzzing.
He didn't sign it. I don't blame him. That thing has had some personal use. I wouldn't want to touch someone else's vibrator.
Male Birth Control Pill In The Works
British scientists have created a male birth control pill. It's still in the testing stages, and should be available in a few years.
Men would take the pill a couple of hours before sex. The pill prevents ejaculation, but not orgasm. The man's ability to ejaculate returns in a few hours, as does his fertility. Men could also take the pill daily, much the same way women do. However, once they stop taking it, fertility and the ability to ejaculate will return in a few hours.
This pill is being touted over other pills in formation because the other pills alter hormone levels. This one doesn't affect hormones at all.
It was discovered by accident, as many medications are. Researchers noticed that some drugs used to treat schizophrenia and high blood pressure also prevent ejaculation. The problem was that there were side effects. Once the side effects were eliminated, the new male birth control pill was born.
November 27, 2006
Death Popcorn - The Best Kind There Is
I am a sucker for good food and drink, as anyone who reads my blog knows. I baked two Amish pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, and they are DEEE-lish!! The unusual ingredients included molasses, brown sugar, and scalded milk as well as the usual cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. This pie seriously rocks. Of course, I make fresh whipped cream to go with it. It's not going to last another day.
I also love the way movie popcorn used to taste before the theatres stopped using coconut oil. Well, I found coconut oil online for a very reasonable price. It just arrived in the mail. I also bought gourmet popping corn from Munchie Gifts. I've wanted to try gourmet popping corn for years, but I've been too lazy to look for it.
My lazy days are over. The popcorn arrived in the mail about a week ago. I tried all three. I can't decide which one I like best. I have a white corn called Wisconsin White Birch, a red corn called Starshell Red, and a blue corn called High Mountain Midnight. No, the corn does not pop in multicolors. The unpopped kernels are in color.
These popcorns rock like you wouldn't believe.
I'll let everyone know what they taste like with coconut oil when I make a batch very soon.
Remember the Dalkon Shield? It's an IUD that was banned about thirty years ago because it caused infections, perfurated uteruses, and led to all kinds of other serious health problems for women. Bet you though that since it was banned it had gone the way of the Dodo bird.
You are wrong.
In a practice called "contraceptive dumping", the Dalkon Shield has made its way to Third World countries. Pharmaceutical companies that make birth control that in the end is declared substandard in the U. S. are sold wholesale to Third World countries as a means of population control. Barbara Ehrenreich has written an article for Mother Jones about this horrendous practice. Poor women are dying, becoming very ill, and becoming sterile due to the use of these substandard products.
The article focuses on three types of birth control - the Dalkon Shield IUD, high-dose birth control pills, and Depo-Provera. Women around the world have been protesting contraceptive dumping - both women in developed countries and women in Third World countries who are the targets of companies that make money from these dangerous products. U. S. women have better access to information about these products as well as the companies that sell them. They send that information to women in Third World countries so that those women are able to protest against them. Women around the world need available and safe contraception. Dangerous, substandard contraception should not be dumped on women in Third World countries. On top of the obvious eugenics quality of contraceptive dumping, these products are dangerous and shouldn't be used on anyone. Contraceptive dumping must stop. Now.
November 21, 2006
New Blog Roll - Erotica
I have added a new blog roll to my blog. It's Erotica Blogs/Web Sites. I have listed a few of the erotica sites that I visit. All of my writing now is about relationships, sexuality, erotica, and pop culture. I'm enjoying myself very much. I've been thinking of getting out of the family law business anyway, and this is a good time to say as much. My writing is now full time erotica/pop culture. It's very rewarding, and I like it. A lot.
Some of the links in that category might not be safe for work. I thought I'd announce that here.
Once I get more articles up and running, I'll probably include links to them. I haven't decided on how to handle that yet. I must admit I have never been so happy and content in my life than I have been over the past year in my new line of work. It's a blast and a half.
November 16, 2006
Would Like Reader Input For A Story I'm Writing
I'm working on a short story that includes time in a rave. I haven't been to a club in years. I plan to go to a few soon to get some story experience. The last bar I've been to was a hotel bar, which isn't quite the same thing.
I'd like input from my readers. Please tell me about the clubs and raves you've been to recently. If you heard about cool things at clubs or raves that you liked but you hadn't experienced it yourself, feel free to add that to comments, too. I'm going to go to a few good clubs in Boston soon for story ideas. This is going to be fun.
Gee, I sure like the research I have to do to write a good story.
November 14, 2006
That Great Song On Friday's "The Ghost Whisperer"
I normally don't look for songs on this show, but that song at the end of last Friday's "The Ghost Whisperer" was beautiful. I had to find out what it was, and I've found it.
It was "Since You've Been Around", by Rosie Thomas.
This was the song that played when Melinda Gordon and her husband first met. What a beautiful and romantic song!
November 13, 2006
Welcome To Bawlmer, Hon!
My best friend from childhood sent me this in e-mail. It is so unbelievably right. I might have moved to Massachusetts, but there is a lot about Maryland that I miss, especially steamed blue crabs.
* You know more than 10 people who own boats, all at the same marina.
* You can pronounce and spell "Pocomoke," "Accokeek," "Havre De Grace" (rhymes with 'fois gras') and "Annapolis"
* You pronounce "Bowie" BOO-ee. Not BOW-ee. Or BAUW-ee.
* You know how to pronounce 'Towson' and 'Viers Mill Road'
* Someone asks you what school you went to - you automatically name your High School.
* You remember Harbor place as the horrible place with polluted water.
* You know what the "Dundalk/Seagirt Terminal" means
* You ate at Haussner's
* You remember BWI Airport as Friendship airport
* You remember driving over the old Kent Narrows bridge that everyone fishes off of now--it used to be a
draw-bridge that snarled weekend traffic coming home from downy ocean, hon!
* You love the Domino Sugar sign you can see across the harbor
* You know Annapolis and Hopkins are national treasures and get a kick out of hearing them named in movies or TV
* You know B&O is not body odor, but Baltimore & Ohio railroad
* One hour is a good commute to work.
* You have more than three recipes for crab cakes.
* Every kitchen has Old Bay and french fries just don't taste right without it. (Trish's note - Boy is this one right on the money! I still like french fries with Old Bay on them.)
* There are more than two crab places in your town.
* You got your first fishing rod or lacrosse stick before you were six years old.
* You call all turtles "terrapins."
* You refer to your state as "Merlin." (Trish's note - And the city you grew up in as "Bawlmer".)
* You think the president lives in "Warshenton."
* Your mother shopped at Hecht's, Garfinckle's, or Woodie's
* You have fond memories of concerts at the Capital Centre
* You remember the Civic Center, too (now the Baltimore Arena).
* Peabody isn't just a name, but a haven for artists of all types
* You know Pam Shriver is from Maryland
* You have attended at least one game at Memorial Stadium and
wish you had just one brick
* You know DC isn't the only place with a Beltway
* You can tell the difference between the smells of septic and marsh. [Trish's note - Definitely, considering where I lived.]
* You not only know how to eat hard crabs, but also know how to catch them, cook them and tell the males from the females. [Trish's note - I know how to eat them. I kinda know how to catch them. My cousins used to catch them. I know how to cook them, and I can tell the males from the females. I don't care - they taste good.]
* You know what a "chicken necker" is
* You don't think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name for a body of water.
* M R Ducks makes perfect sense. So does C M Wags & I C Deer.
* You think of dumplings as wet slippery squares of boiled dough.
* You and your boss take off of work when the fish are running, the ducks are flying in, or the deer are in rut.
* You still root for the Orioles even when they stink.
* You'll never understand why tourists come to DC.
* When anywhere else, you can only laugh when you see signs saying "Real Maryland Blue Crab Cakes!"
* You say "Blare Road" for Bel Air Road
* You don't consider Maryland a "southern state" -- we are a Mid-Atlantic State
* You know what a Nor Easter is and can do
* You remember when I-270 was a two lane highway called 70 S, and Gaithersburg was considered the boonies.
* Your entire family lives within a 200 mile radius of your town.
* You plan for "The Fair" a year in advance.
* You remember Jerry Turner and Al Sanders
* You remember Oprah and Richard Sher in the mornings on Ch-13 [Trish's note: I saw Oprah on TV before she became Oprah.]
* Vince Bagli was "the" sports announcer on TV.
* You remember Schaeffer swimming with the seals at the Aquarium and when Marty Bass wore a wig
* You get a John Waters' movie
* You know where Perdue chicken comes from.
* When someone says "The bridge traffic is bad," you know which bridge.
* You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Maryland!