March 7th, 2009


poor 'cus

Marcus had another sugar crash this morning. We caught it earlier this time, so it's not nearly as bad as the last one. Still, nothing like having a 14-pound cat bump up against your back while you're sleeping and yowling at the top of his lungs (which is pretty fucking loud, as Marcus is part Siamese) to start your day. Blorfle.
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supernatural, nevermore

In the Hunt reviewed!

Alice Jester has reviewed In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural over at BlogCritics.

Money quote:
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and find that it can be more than meta gold for those over-analytical fans that dream of that Comparative Literature degree. For any fan that wants to read about how heroism relates to Sam and Dean, how damaged they could be psychologically, how awesome the Impala is, how supernatural lore, traditional horror, or other shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer relate to two fictional brothers fighting evil on the road, or how this show relates to many elements of pop culture in general, then this book has plenty to offer.
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Schott's Miscellany 6 March 2009

Verdi's La Traviata premiered in Venice, Italy (1853)


Every woman has some chance to marry. It may be one to fifty, or it may be ten to one that she will. Representing her entire chance at one hundred as certain points of her progress in time, it is found to be in the following ratio:

Woman's agelikelihood of marriage
15-20 years14.5%
20-25 years52%
25-30 years18%
30-35 years15.5%
35-40 years3.75%
40-45 years2.5%
45-50 years3/4 of 1%
50-56 years1/8 of 1%
>60 years1/10 of 1% (or 1 in 1,000)

---The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing, Joseph Trienens, 1911

Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
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politics, Kerry Edwards


President Obama on Monday will sign an executive order reversing his predecessor's ban on stem-cell research.

There are many ways that President George W. Bush was responsible for the deaths of citizens of the country he swore an oath to lead. There's obvious ways, like the absurd war in Iraq that continues to claim lives by the hundreds. There's arguments to be made that he's at least partly responsible, through inaction or incompetence, for the deaths in New York and Washington in September 2001 and on the Gulf Coast in August 2005.

And he's also responsible for anyone whose life could have been saved by stem-cell research that he banned for no good reason in 2001.

Bravo to the president.
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