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Tue, Jan. 5th, 2010, 07:40 am

First of all, THIS! This is AWESOME! Make your own chai tea mix at home for a delicious win.

Second, New Year's and the surrounding time period has been amazing!

Kelly and I spent Dec 31 - Jan 2 up at the Cottonwoods Hot Spring in Buena Vista, CO. Fan-freakin-tastic! I'm a big fan of hot springs anyway, and to spend three days (two nights) soaking up the warmth and relaxing, I can't even describe how nice it was.

Then, on the evening of the 2nd, we came back and I got to go to my very first Cowboy Mouth show with a group of friends! I've liked CM music since I lived in Athens, but just liking the music in no way prepared me for seeing them live. Sweet nun-dressed penguins! If you ever have the chance to see a Cowboy Mouth show live, I highly recommend it! They spent as much time getting the crowd pumped up as they did playing. Everyone I know that went came home hoarse and sore and grinning from ear to ear.

Plus, we were close enough to the stage, one of the ladies I went with was able to fist-bump the lead guitarist. I think she had a fan-girl-gasm right then and there over it. :D

Then on the 3rd, I had a quiet evening with friends. There was a bonfire and a huge pot-luck dinner and a ton of fantastic conversation. I had a few minor epiphanies about my life, which is to the good, a few glasses of really amazing mead, which is all to the better, and all in all, life if really, really good.

FYI, if you ever have the chance to taste  Great Catherines' Spiced Mead, do it. It's sweet and light and goes great with sitting by a fire with friends, telling stories, singing songs, and what have you.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009, 11:09 pm
QotD

"You used to be able to tell the difference between hipsters and homeless people. Now, it's between hipsters and retards. I mean, either that guy in the corner in orange safety pants holding a protest sign and wearing a top hat is mentally disabled or he is the coolest fucking guy you will ever know."
Chuck Klosterman

This was a close second place to the Quote of the Day:

"What is going to happen in the course of my day that will be an improvement over lying on something very soft, underneath something very warm, wearing only underwear, doing absolutely nothing, all by myself?"
Chuck Klosterman (Downtown Owl: A Novel)

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009, 08:50 pm
The KKK tried to crash an Asatru blot

Sadly, this sounds too good to be true, however, according to the story...

Seems there was a group of Ku Klux Klansmen in Texas who heard that some Pagans were holding a ritual out in the woods somewhere. Having run out of other minorities to harass, they decided to get back to their roots and practice some religious bigotry in addition to the usual racial intolerance and break up the party with a good ol' cross-burning.

So anyway, these fellows loaded up some lumber and a couple of cans of gasoline and went out hunting for these tree-huggin', hippie Pagans they'd heard about, hoping to catch them dancing naked around a fire or something.

They found the spot where the other vehicles were parked and donned their hoods. Grabbing the lumber and gasoline, they assembled a cross and strode off into the woods, confident that they'd scare any remaining pants off the fluffybunny Pagans.

They were a little disconcerted to find themselves looking at the business end of at least 2 spears, a couple of swords, and several assorted knives. They'd crashed an Asatru blot and didn't realize that not all Pagans are pacifists.

From somewhere behind the hardware, a voice called out "If that cross goes up, you're getting nailed to it.."

Sun, Dec. 27th, 2009, 06:40 pm
Sleep deprevation

I have a strong craving for ice cream and rum. A clear sign that I'm not in a healthy state of mind. :)

Mon, Dec. 21st, 2009, 07:51 pm
Solstice

Everyone have a joyous longest night!

Fri, Dec. 18th, 2009, 06:13 pm

Tue, Dec. 15th, 2009, 11:00 pm
Motherfucking Cthulhu

Sun, Dec. 13th, 2009, 08:42 pm
Why so serious?

Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian


10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."


3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.

From here.

Sun, Dec. 13th, 2009, 08:17 pm

A fascinating read:

http://www.ediblegeography.com/

A discussion on how the tastes and scents of the soil effects the flavor of the food that is grown in it, plus, the effects of quarantines and borders on ecologies.

Here is an interesting letter on light pollution:

"Unfortunately, bluish light produces high levels of light pollution with significant environmental impact. These lights are known to increase glare and compromise human vision, especially in the aging eye. Short wavelength light also increases sky glow disproportionately. In addition, blue light has a greater tendency to affect living organisms through disruption of their biological processes that rely upon natural cycles of daylight and darkness, such as the circadian rhythm. For only a modest improvement in outdoor lighting efficiency, these new sources dramatically escalate the environmental damage caused by artificial lighting."

http://docs.darksky.org/PR/PR_Blue_White_Light.pdf

Also, Exposure to too much light at night may cause depression, suggests a new study.

Of interest:

The origins of apples.

And finally, an interesting article from the BBC:

"I keep telling people, let us not cut trees irresponsibly... especially the forested mountains," she says.

"Because if you destroy the forests, the rivers will stop flowing and the rains will become irregular and the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation.

"Now the problem is, people don't make those linkages.

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