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Well. I was planning on posting a YouTube video as my second post today, but not this one, and not so soon.

Except I just read that Andy Hallet has passed away of heart failure at the age of 33. He played Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan (Lorne) on Angel.

I can think of no better fitting tribute than this.

Numfar, do the dance of mourning. )
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So I've heard that there's a new NBC show coming this fall, called "My Own Worst Enemy".

Pluses: It stars Christian Slater and Alfre Woodard. I love them both.

BIG minus: the premise. I am going to quote the press release in full, because it's quoted all over the net so I don't think it's a copyright issue to do so:

EVERYTHING ABOUT HENRY SPIVEY IS NORMAL... EXCEPT EDWARD.
SERIES PREMIERE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 10/9c

Henry Spivey is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the burbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks thirteen languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth.

Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common: the same body.

When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element.

My Own Worst Enemy explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. Which raises the question: who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?


And about Alfre Woodard's character:

Emmy winner Alfre Woodard will star opposite Christian Slater in NBC's new drama series My Own Worst Enemy. She joins a cast that includes Mike O'Malley, Yara Martinez and Saffron Burrows.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series centers on Henry (Slater), a mild-mannered suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy.

Woodard will play Mavis Heller, Edward's tough and astute boss at Janus HQ. She also has an alter ego, Helen, who gets to interact with Henry.

The project, created by Jason Smilovic, was picked up straight to series and is slated to air in the fall at Mondays 10 p.m.


...yeah. To use an overquoted line: I have a bad feeling about this. Yeah, they might get it right, but chances are they're going to get it very, very wrong.

I am very tempted to watch it, out of morbid curiosity to see how well they handle it. Also--Christian Slater! <3! But yeah, I am cringing at the thought of how bad this show might turn out to be.
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Congressman Dennis Kucinich took the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush. 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush.

It'll be interesting to see if anything comes of this. If I find a list of the 35 articles anywhere, I'll update this post with a link.
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This is both hilarious and awesome.

(Direct link to article, for when it falls off the syndicated account.)
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Can't believe I haven't seen this on my Friends list yet.
Harry Potter™ to Cast Spell on Universal Orlando Resort

ORLANDO, FL- Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Envisioned as a “theme park within a theme park” and titled “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the new environment will become part of the experience within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort.

[snip]

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the films – “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the magical world of Harry and his friends. The fully immersive, themed land will enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself.

“The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” said J.K. Rowling.

(Source: Webwire. Longer article there.)


The official website (opening page looks pretty, but I haven't had time to look at the rest yet) is here: http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/index.html

Lots of rumors flying around right now. Biggest rumor, which may be official but I can't recall offhand if I've seen an official cite for it and I don't have time to look right now, is that the "island" will be 20 acres big, and that portions of the current Lost Continent island will be retrofitted for the Harry Potter one. Speculation is that the Dueling Dragons coaster will be rethemed for the new island. This is a RUMOR only and has not been confirmed.

More links:
News
  • Official Artist's Renderings at ABC News. Looks pretty cool so far, but I'm not holding my breath that it will actually end up like this.
  • Estimated cost is $265 million

    Discussion
  • Theme Park Insider
  • Theme Park Review
  • Disney was in discussion with J.K. Rowling to bring Harry to their parks, but decided it wasn't worth the cost. Here's an analysis from Disney blogger Jim Hill as to why this might not have been a bad move on Disney's part.

    I've never been to Universal Studios, but have been thinking for a while that I really should go at least once. Yeah, this new island will urge me to get there. :) Hopefully they'll do a good job. And sure, I would have liked to see it at Disney as that would mean less money and traveling, but honestly I think this is probably a better fit at Universal than at Disney. As much as I love both Disney and HP, they just didn't feel right together. I think it's because Disney's already such a special place that it really doesn't need HP, and in fact, I think adding HP to the parks would distract from some of the Disney magic.
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    This is SO cool. I've been interested in Bookcrossing for several years, but haven't managed to catch any books in the wild yet. I loooooove the idea of there being wild books at my local Panera. Therefore I am passing this email on to you in hopes that others think this is just as cool and vote for their local stores.


    Dear xnera:

    Exciting news! Select Panera Bread® bakery-cafes have caught the BookCrossing bug. Coming this Spring, there will be Official BookCrossing Zones (OBCZs) in Panera locations in your area. Better still, some of these locations are also eager to host BookCrossing Gatherings and we invite you to consider choosing Panera Bread when planning your future BookCrossing events.

    We need you to make these BookCrossing events a smashing success! Please let us know which Panera Bread® bakery-cafes are the most convenient meeting locations for you. Please list up to 3 locations using the instructions below.

    Select from this list of Panera Bread locations:

    1. Open the attached spreadsheet (or go to http://www.panera.com/cafes/find.php), which includes all the Panera Bread store locations in your city and select the 3 locations most convenient for you.
    2. Send an email to panerabread@bookcrossing.com, and list your top 3 choices on separate lines in the email body. Please make sure your city or metropolitan area is in the subject line of your email (i.e., Chicago, San Diego, Jacksonville).
    3. Plan on attending those locations for your weekly/monthly BookCrossing get-togethers after we make the official announcement.


    Panera Bread's warm and welcoming environment is perfect for reading and sharing books, and the free WiFi Internet access helps connect you to the BookCrossing community. You can find the Panera Bread location nearest to you (and maps & directions) by visiting the "Our Bakery-Cafes" section on www.panerabread.com.

    Are you the coordinator for BookCrossing events in your area? If so, when you respond, please let us know where and when (city/town, state) your usual event happens so that we can work with you to help your group have the best time ever!

    More information on this upcoming BookCrossing partnership is coming soon. You'll hear from us with more details on the Panera Bread kick-off this Spring.

    Please vote now for your 3 preferred Panera Bread gathering locations. Thanks so much for your time and thoughts,

    The Folks at BookCrossing
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    Got this from [livejournal.com profile] mhw, and had to pass it on, if only because I know [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle would be interested:

    "V" goes to Washington, DC.

    How cool is that? It'll be interesting to see what happens on the 14th.

    ugh

    Jul. 26th, 2006 05:55 pm
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    Appalling. Simply appalling.
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    Having a pretty good day so far. Yay! :)

    I've been thinking of upgrading my Netflix membership. I'm in a "let's watch DVDs!" phase, and while Netflix is usually very speedy with getting DVDs to me, sometimes the USPS does have a problem, leaving me without anything to watch for several days. I also seem to watch/return things in clumps, so that my DVDs aren't spaced out evenly.

    So I toodled off to the Account Upgrade page, to see how much it would be to upgrade from 3-out to 5-out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Netflix has added more membership options. You now can get as little as 1-out at a time to as many as 8-out:


    8 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $47.99 a month
    7 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $41.99 a month
    6 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $35.99 a month
    5 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $29.99 a month
    4 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $23.99 a month
    3 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $17.99 a month
    2 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $14.99 a month
    2 at-a-time (4 a month) - just $11.99 a month
    1 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $9.99 a month


    Nice! And it's about $6 between each level. So maybe I will just bump up to 4-out. This will allow me to dedicate three slots to TV/anime, which I tend to watch quickly, but still have a slot for the movies. And it's not terribly more money.

    In other Netflix news, there's a class action lawsuit. If you are a current Netflix member (or previously were a member during a certain period) you can get a free one-month account upgrade. I thought about opting in, since I was going to upgrade anyway, but then [livejournal.com profile] goody_scrivener pointed out that it's not such a good deal.

    Now, I don't really have a problem with Netflix not automatically returning your account to its original state. Yeah, it's kind of sneaky and likely a marketing ploy, but they ARE a business, and most businesses do require you to contact them if you want to discontinue or change your membership levels. So yeah, I can understand people being upset about this, but I don't think Netflix is really doing anything wrong here.

    However, I got to thinking about it, and you know? I wouldn't really be getting much from this lawsuit. We're talking $6. Yeah, those $6 add up if a lot of people opt-in, but to me personally, $6 is not that much. One of the reasons I'm likely going to upgrade is because it's only $6. So is it really worth it to me to opt-in? Not really.

    What really bothers me about this settlement, though, is that the lawyers would get two MILLION dollars. Now, that's just wrong. I love Netflix. I really, really do. And while I've sometimes had some grumbles about their service, I know that it's usually been the fault of the USPS, and not them. I really don't want to see Netflix pay two MILLION dollars to a bunch of lawyers. I'd rather they use that money to better their already terrific services. Buy more DVDs, or build more shipping centers, or make a new deal with the USPS or something. Don't waste all that money on lawyers.

    [livejournal.com profile] jiggery_pokery pointed me to netflixsettlementsucks.com, which is preparing a formal objection to the settlement. I think that's a good idea. One thing I hate about U.S. culture is that it's so lawsuit-happy. I've never opted in to a class-action lawsuit before, and the only reason I was thinking of doing so this time is because I was going to upgrade anyway. But the more I think about it, the more I think this is a bad idea, because it's throwing money away for a token benefit that will only appease customers in the short term. Like I said, I'd rather Netflix spend the money on long-term solutions that will benefit both the customers AND the company.
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    Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr. Please spread around.


    Air America Radio's Public Voicemai
    1-866-217-6255

    Air America Radio's Public Voicemail is a way for disconnected people to communicate in the wake of Katrina.

    Here's how it works:

    Call the toll-free number above, enter your everyday phone number, and then record a message. Other people who know your everyday phone number (even if it doesn't work anymore) can call Emergency Voicemail, enter the phone number they associate with you, and hear your message.

    You can also search for messages left by people whose phone numbers you know.

    Air America Radio will leave Public Voicemail in service for as long as this crisis continues. You can call it whenever you are trying to locate someone, or if you are trying to be found.


    ETA: And from [livejournal.com profile] thebratqueen: Oxygen is donating $1 a click. Join! BTW, [livejournal.com profile] thebratqueen has been posting a lot of NOLA links and info this week, so if you're looking for info, consider friending her. Heck, consider friending her anyone--she's one of the people who I nearly always read instead of skim. I even like to read her political posts, and I hate politics!
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    Images of Katrina, by Flickr members. )

    There's a Katrina Photo Auction on Flickr. Donate a photo; people bid on it; winner pays money directly to the Red Cross; photographer sends winner a print of the photo on receipt of proof of donation. I am thinking of donating one, but I don't know if I have any really good shots uploaded at the moment. The one photo that I think is kick-ass and would get lots of money hasn't been properly scanned. Perhaps I will bring the negative to Ritz at the mall tomorrow or on Sunday (after I get the car) and have them scan it for me so I can upload it.

    You can see my uloaded photos here, in case you want to help me pick one for the auction.

    And one last photo:


    Happy Furry Friday!
    Originally uploaded by Buntekuh.
    Because everyone can use a kitty or three!
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    From my village's Freecycle Yahoo! group:


  • Next Friday, September 9, WGCI-FM is indeed sponsoring a daylong
    food and water drive at the Operation PUSH office on 50th Street.
    More information is available here:
    http://www.wgci.com/pages/fooddrive.html

  • The Chicago area Red Cross office, found at
    http://www.chicagoredcross.org, does need volunteers. Orientation
    sessions are full (!) over the weekend, but there are more
    information sessions scheduled for the weeks ahead.

  • A wiki page has been developed over the last few days by
    concerned "techies", both in the affected areas and from around the
    world. The page includes links to updated information, some blogs
    from people affected by Katrina, and information for those who need to
    find lost family and friends. The wiki is reputable and found at
    http://katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/Main_Page


  • The city's website has a website listing charities that Chicagoans can donate to. I've send them an email via the website, thanking them for putting up the list and asking if there are any plans for city-wide events to raise donations for the hurricane victims.

    Helping Out

    Sep. 1st, 2005 12:19 pm
    xnera: Icon captioned "a woman bracing herself." (hard times)
    I am so completed saddened by the devastation caused by Katrina. I wish I could go down there and help out, but I'd just be in the way because I lack the necessary training.

    I don't feel that sending a donation to the Red Cross is adequate enough, here. I'm going to, because they can use the money, but I feel like doing something more. Something that requires a little more personal involvement than just a donation made via a website.

    So I was happy to see the following posting on Hatrack:


    the UMCOR (United Methodist Commision on Relief) depot in Baldwin, (about 50 miles NW of New Orleans) is taking in kind donations. They have space to sort and distribute from there. They especially are asking for cleaning supplies, but also towels and washcloths, combs, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes, band-aids, diapers, and baby gowns and sleepers.

    They ship disaster relief supplies all over the world, so they don’t guarentee that donations go to a particular place, but the local need because of Katrina is wiping out their supply of emergency “kits,” containing the above items. As long as there’s need, they’ll be distributing them there.

    Ship to: UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, P.O. Box 850, 131 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, LA 70514-0850.


    Tonight I will stop at a dollar store and pick up as much as I can so I can send out care package tomorrow.

    ZOOM!!!

    Aug. 17th, 2005 02:34 pm
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    The Air & Water show is this weekend! They're practicing right now, so we're hearing jets zooming by. Fun! But the REALLY cool thing is that we're on the lake side of the building right now, so we can actually SEE then, too. We raised the blinds up all the way so we can gawk at them. ^_^

    Otherwise... meh, tired. Feeling a bit more bouncy now that I have entertainment, but still, tired. Might take a nap when I get home.

    There they go again! *squees!*

    edit: Poking around the Chicago events website, and saw this. Hmm. If I start training now, I bet I'd be able to do this next year.

    oh no :(

    Jul. 21st, 2005 09:12 am
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    More bombs in London :(

    In other news, I think I have revised my vacation itinerary about ten times now. Hoping to get it finalized today.

    London :(

    Jul. 7th, 2005 07:55 am
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    OMG NO! *cries*

    :( :( :(

    *hugs all of the UK*

    There's a check-in community at [livejournal.com profile] london_070705.

    thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr for the heads up and to Hatrack for the link

    Tragedy

    Feb. 1st, 2003 10:01 am
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    Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes over Texas

    I'm a big supporter of the space program. I worry that this may cause a setback in the amount of financial support the program gets.

    *reads article* Oh no... Israel's first astronaut was on the shuttle...

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