Podcasts?

Jan. 4th, 2011 01:15 am
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What's your favorite podcast? 

Ones I currently love: 

This American Life (always and forever),
The Moth,
Slate's Culture GabFest (really good),
Stuff Mom Never Told You,
Stuff You Missed in History Class,
Stuff You Should Know,
WNYC's RadioLab.

Always open to new suggestions! I just started the Slate Audio Book Club, so I can't say yet if I love it. But the Culture GabFest is REALLY good and I kind of want to marry Stephen Metcalf, just based on his sense of humor and how he says "Da-na" and "Ju-lia" (his frequent co-hosts' names).
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So, brilliant friends...

What is your favorite recipe to make at home?
The thing that is so delicious and reliably wonderful that you're always excited when you're planning to make it? The go-to recipe for company coming over, or a nice night in? Yummy delicious fall comfort foods? 

Tell me tell me now and please paste the actual recipe in the comments here (rather than a link). I need some new stuff to make and want this to be an awesome post full of great ideas.

Bonus points if it uses easy-to-find, reasonably priced ingredients.

More than one is okay. NOM.

I'll post my Broccoli Shrimp Pasta Alfredo and Cheesy Chicken Corn Chowder in the comments below because they're both easy to make and delicious. Also my easier knocked-down version of Mark Bittman's No-Knead Bread because it's always good with either of those.
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If you don't want comments to your posts showing up on FB and Twitter, and if you have an S2 journal style, you can get rid of the new cross-posting option for your journal. Just go here, find the big box for CSS customization, and paste in the code you'll find here.

No more Facebook/Twitter options visible in your Livejournal.

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HERE DEAD WE LIE

Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.

A. E. Housman





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Sonnet: On the Sale by Auction
of Keats’s Love Letters

by Oscar Wilde

These are the letters which Endymion wrote
To one he loved in secret and apart,
And now the brawlers of the auction-mart
Bargain and bid for each tear-blotted note,
Aye! for each separate pulse of passion quote
The merchant’s price! I think they love not art
Who break the crystal of a poet’s heart,
That small and sickly eyes may glare or gloat.

Is it not said, that many years ago,
In a far Eastern town some soldiers ran
With torches through the midnight, and began
To wrangle for mean raiment, and to throw
Dice for the garments of a wretched man,
Not knowing the God’s wonder, or His woe?

1886
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Yesterday I was lamenting how I don't own a cross-body bag large enough to hold my books, camera, etc. I looked online but everything I liked was expensive so I decided to try making one.

First stop: Thrift Store

Second stop: Craft Room

Before & After pics with minor explanation behind the cut )
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If I had to pick, for pure simplicity, mine would probably be: 


Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
- Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God



There's just something really pure and true and American about it to me.

What are yours? I'm studying for the Lit GRE and this kind of crap randomly appears -- help me out! 

PS - Here's a link to the American Book Review's top 100. The one I picked is #44.

**sniff**

Aug. 14th, 2009 10:42 pm
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Six Feet Under is the best American television show I've ever seen.

Just finished the last season (Season 5) tonight and I'm COMPLETELY in awe... I've never been so heartbroken to let go of characters, even though the finale was really great.
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When I heard about this movie, I sort of gasped. One of my top 5 favorite humans ever playing another one of them. WE ARE SO THERE. :) (Even though I heard the book was lame.) I don't even care.

Kiva!

Feb. 24th, 2009 10:45 pm
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If you have $25, go loan it to someone whose life makes our "economic crisis" seem like Scrooge McDuck's golden swimming pool.

Kiva.org

And if you regret it, you can withdraw your same $25 once your loan person pays it back. And they do! I've reloaned the same $25 three times now to three different people! :) :) :) 

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One of my students gave these out after her presentation and I thought it was good to pass on:

Free Printable CPR Reminder Wallet Card

Because I took the classes, etc, a few years ago for my job, but I worry that in an actual crisis I might forget what order to do things in. Also survival after cardiac arrest goes down by 12% for every minute the person goes without help, so this could, theoretically, be important even if 9-1-1 has already been called. Hope I never need it, but still.

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New York Times: 2008 Year in Pictures

The election section is especially great, but the whole thing is worth a look.

It's also a free lesson in photography composition. Gorgeous stuff.
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KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS
- if you are in line at the official closing of the polls, you are legally entitled to vote and the polling location must allow you to vote.
- bring your driver’s license/photo id with your local address or your driver’s license and college id with you to your polling location. you have the right to vote in the community where you live and go to school - whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- if your registration is in question or you’ve forgotten to bring a picture id, you have the right to request and complete a provisional ballot. a provisional ballot will be verified and counted in the case of a close election. do not leave without voting!
- if you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot.
- you have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run. and you have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
- if you experience any intimidation or problems voting at your polling location call the election protection project at their toll-free number, 1.866.OUR.VOTE. the hotline provides free, immediate and multi-lingual assistance to voters who encounter barriers to the ballot box.

and as a note, USE A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS A LAST RESORT. usually provisional ballots are THROWN AWAY WITHOUT BEING COUNTED. do everything you can to prove your voter registration is valid and get an official ballot - bring photo id, bring utility bills, bring a copy of your lease if you have to. DO NOT LEAVE without voting. if the lines are long, HOLD OUT. your vote counts, and it definitely won’t count if you don’t cast it. lines may be long, so bring something to read, bring a sandwich, bring something to drink. DO NOT WEAR OBAMA OR MCCAIN APPAREL as you will NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. it is considered campaigning on a voting site which is not allowed.

if you do not know where you are supposed to vote, search your state’s voter registration information database which lists your location and its times of operation.

PASS IT ON!!
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From Yes We Can Hold Babies, a cute WordPress collection of Obama/Biden/baby pictures. Some are very silly.


I am sure this will be spun by someone as "Obama wants to eat your baby! Obama pals around with cannibals!" but I just can't help it.
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As Obama has pulled ahead in the last few weeks, McCain/Palin strategy is now ALL NEGATIVE ALL THE TIME. I live in a swing state and I can vouch for this. All of Obama's commercials here are about Obama, or if they're about McCain they are clips of videos of him saying things. All McCain's ads here are voice overs with scary music and all-caps headlines saying Obama is evil. No mention of McCain at all until the message approval at the end.

www.fightthesmears.com


Today Palin said that Obama "is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Palin cited an article in Saturday's New York Times about Obama's relationship with Ayers, now 63. But that article concluded that "the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called 'somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.' "

It makes me sick they have a month left to make their case for why they'd make good leaders and THIS IS WHAT THEY COME UP WITH to prove it. Lies, smears, and slander. I hope this backfires so, so hard. I challeng you: next time you see a negative ad from EITHER party, mute the TV. Pull out your laptop. Check Politifact. Check FactCheck. Please pass the word along to anyone who tries to feed you this crap. We have a month left and this election is important.

TPM has this to say: There are two drawbacks for McCain in going all-negative as he is right now:
"First, while partisan Republicans will love it (as they loved Sarah Palin's convention speech), negative ads don't always work so well with independents, whose votes are now crucial to both sides. Second, there is a very real danger that either Obama, or more likely, Democratic 527s will start throwing mud right back at McCain. A few choice subjects for negative ads are (1) his taking bribes from convicted felon Charles Keating in the 1980s, (2) the fact that he is an old man who has had a very dangerous form of cancer four times, and (3) the way he divorced his crippled first wife to marry a beer heiress worth $100 million. Clearly Schmidt knows all this but apparently he feels he has to shake things up before it is too late. It is going to get real messy."


source: CNN
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http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_debate_no_1.html

FactCheck.org goes over the major statements from last night's debate, with research to back up what's true and what's not.

Pass it along.

PS - The Washington Post has a really good page up with the debate wrap up -- you can watch it or read it, and they even have a CLOUD of which words each person used most! :)
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Candid shot: Barack Obama with a supporter's kiddo at a rally in Farmington Hills, Michigan (near Detroit) this week.
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