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Some interesting bits from today's Press Enterprise --

First drug for obese dogs wins federal approval

"The government approved the first drug for obese canines on Friday. Called Slentrol, the Pfizer Inc. drug is aimed at helping dogs shed extra pounds.

"This is a welcome addition to animal therapies, because dog obesity appears to be increasing," said Stephen Sundolf, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration.

*blinkblink* This, my friends, is front-page news. America not only has the most obese humans in the world, but we've got the fattest dogs, too! What does that say?? Well, here's my first thought -- maybe MacDonald's isn't to blame. I mean, I can't imagine there's a large percentage of people feeding ol' Rex Big Macs every day, and the dog's probably not nabbing the keys and going himself when no one's looking. For that matter, the dog's probably not sneaking to the kitchen when everyone's asleep for midnight snacks, either. Seems to me this means it's less about what you eat, and more about how much... to say nothing of exercise. Dude, if you are so lazy busy that you can't take your dog for walks regularly, why do you have a dog???

This was an amusing blurb:

Former "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada got into an shouting match with a man who called him Emilio Estevez amid the filming of a reality television series.


Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said... "We talked about it last night with him, the fact that that's something we encounter all the time, that you have to get a little thicker skin."

First of all, I made no typos. The quote is word-for-word, letter-for-letter. Please don't tell me that this was such a hot story that it couldn't have been proofread.

And second, as for the incident itself... can you say "over-inflated ego"? Yep. Nice to know such a spoiled brat of a washed-up actor has made it to the has-been circuit of reality television, though. I can't even imagine what poor Chief Winkle went through... but growing up with a name like that, he probably knows a thing or two about the thick skin thing. XD

Army mistakenly urged dead officers to return to duty

The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.

... This is almost like a quote from a Bush speech. It just doesn't need any adornment.

Suspected tornado leaves two dead in Louisiana

Hold on, wait. A what tornado? What, did it get away before they could ask for its license and registration? Is the tornado pleading innocent of the slayings? What's next, will a suspected earthquake cause a tidal wave? A suspected avalanche gonna bury a mountain community? *headdesk*

And yes, part of the article includes the sad story of a man whose sole posession now is his hospital gown after his mobile home was shredded.

France: Inmate says he killed, cannibalized cellmate

... The head cook there graduated lowest in his class from culinary school, I suppose? And the snippet doesn't mention why he was in jail in the first place, either. That makes me curious... maybe there's even more irony in the story.

Anyway, speaking of cannibalism...

2007 will bring the attack of the sequels

28 Weeks Later (May 18) -
Judging by the damage British zombies were able to do in just four weeks back in 28 Days Later, there's no telling what they'll do in 28 weeks. My guess is they'll build an amusement park.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (May 25) -
Have we sailed to the series' end, as well? Johnny Depp says he's willing to star in fourth.

Live Free or Die Hard (June 29) -
Tough choice. Living free is OK, but I'll choose "Die Hard" as my answer as long as Bruce Willis is involved.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (March 23) -
After the awfulness of TMNT 3: Turtles in Time (1993), it was time to stop for a long, long while.

Hannibal Rising (Feb 9) -
If you count Manhunter, this prequel is the fifth appearance of Hannibal the Cannibal, who takes the phrase "eat your heart out" literally.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13) -
The trouble with Harry is that the films never live up to the source material, yet still make so much money that the producesr have no incentive to try harder.

... Anyone want to see Turtles with me? XD Gods... I already can't wait for next year's Oscars. That's gonna be embarassing.

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Furthermore, in case anyone someday is puttering around in a time machine and gets lost (and because I'm guilty of #10), you'll know you're in 2006 if you notice the followingCollapse )
24th-Jul-2006 10:10 pm - The man is his own punchline.
Whilst going through and trying to clean out some email earlier, I came upon this little nugget... in a message from June of 2001. XD Some classic Dubya quotes... Affix your palm securely to your forehead and enjoy.

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in this nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 9/15/95

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 5/22/98

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 12/6/93

"It isn't pollution that is harming our environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
- Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
- Greater Nahua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"Will the highways on the internet become more few?"
- Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"I am not a part of the problem. I am a Republican."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"A lower voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"When I have been asked who caused the riots and the killing in LA, my answer has been direct & simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."
- George W. Bush, Jr.

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr., 9/5/93

"I understand small business growth. I was one."
New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000

"I think we agree, the past is over."
- On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000.

"I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes."
- Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

"They misunderestimated me."
- Bentonville, Ark, Nov. 6, 2000

"Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work."
- 60 Minutes II, Dec. 5, 2000

"We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House - make no mistake about it."
- Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
- Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
20th-Jul-2006 11:48 pm - Jill the Ripper?
I stumbled across a theory a couple days ago that... well, that my brain kept going back to and mulling over.

We're all, I think, more or less acquainted with the story of Jack the Ripper, London's famous serial killer of 1888. Here's the Wikipedia article on him, for anyone who needs a refresher... there is still a list of more than two dozen suspects, from Prince Edward to Lewis Carrol.

D00d, c'mon... we all know Carrol was on acid, not a psychopath... geez...

My point? This article in the Sydney Morning Herald from May of this year, tells of DNA testing that was recently done -- the London police, at the time, received over 600 letters purportedly from Jack, most of which were obviously bull. But they held onto a few that they believed likely to be genuine, as well as the envelopes they came in. It seems forensic science has become adept at extracting DNA samples from the saliva of envelopes, so a professor in Brisbane decided to see if he could get anything usable from those 118-year-old envelopes.

Right, so... he's saying it's inconclusive, because the old DNA's not in great condition -- he wouldn't be able to match it to a person, even if we had blood samples of all the suspects -- but the results suggest that the notorious killer might have actually been a woman.

So, being t3h g33k that I am, after I'd gotten my jaw back in place I went to find some other sources. Didn't take too long to strike gold, either... Here's some more in-depth information: "Jill the Ripper".

I was most interested and surprised to find out the origins of the theory -- Inspector Abberline, who investigated at the time, apparently raised the possibility after the last of the five murders accepted as his handiwork (one of those is still more or less disputed, and Wiki lists thirteen other possible victims). He postulated that their assumption that the killer was a surgeon may have been slightly off, that the murder of the three-month pregnant Mary Kelly raised the possibility that the killer was a midwife. This, he felt, would make more sense inasmuch as a midwife could doubtlessly be walking through Whitehall at three or four in the morning with blood-stained clothing, and that she would also have the anatomical and... well, practical surgical knowledge to have killed and then mutilated the victims as they had been. Then, too, yes the women were prostitutes and having a man follow them around the corner meant earnings, but another woman might have been more likely to take them by surprise.

Like I said, my thoughts kept coming back and wondering... Mary Kelly was pregnant. The others? Well, why else might a woman consult a midwife? Mary Nichols was 43. Annie Chapman was 47. Elizabeth Stride was 45. And Catherine Eddowes was 46. Only 25-year-old Mary Kelly was not on the verge of menopause.

But wait! The favorite for the title of Jill hasn't been lost through the years...

Meet Mrs. Mary Pearcey.

... Would you buy a used car from this woman?

In 1890, she stabbed her lover's wife and child to death, cut their throats, and dumped the bodies out on a secluded street -- eerily similar to Jack the Ripper's regular MO two years before. She was hanged for the double murder later that year, and was described as being a very physically strong woman and having nerves "as ironcast as her body."

Now, the only problem I really have with pointing a finger at Pearcey here is... well damn. I don't care how sick I am, that's not a face to inspire confidence!!!

What sort of over-analytical nerd would I be without my own suggestion, though? Blame my reading habits, because I've been re-reading Sybil this last week -- a psychological history and case study of a woman with sixteen different personas.

And wouldn't you know, my brain actually did come up with an answer to how a man could have committed those crimes but whose DNA was that of a woman. o_O*;

I ramble, so I LJ-cut. Behind this is speculation on Victorian England, mental disorders, and crossdressing.Collapse )

... I warned you it was rambling. If you've reached this and read the whole thing, I'm astonished flattered. XD And... I really hope I haven't given myself a week's worth of nightmares or something with this -- or anyone else!
Inner Simpson
15th-May-2006 01:55 pm - Indigos
An interesting little list sent me recently by tsigane35; I believe this is her original source...

Indigo Adult Characteristics

  • Are intelligent, though may not have had top grades.

  • Are very creative and enjoy making things.

  • Always need to know WHY, especially why they are being asked to do something.

  • Had disgust and perhaps loathing for much of the required and repetitious work in school.

  • Were rebellious in school in that they refused to do homework and rejected authority of teachers, OR seriously wanted to rebel, but didn't DARE, usually due to parental pressure.

  • May have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These may have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult.

  • Have difficulty in service-oriented jobs. Indigos resist authority and caste system of employment.

  • Prefer leadership positions or working alone to team positions.

  • Have deep empathy for others, yet an intolerance of stupidity.

  • May be extremely emotionally sensitive including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding) Or may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding).

  • May have trouble with RAGE.

  • Have trouble with systems they consider broken or ineffective, ie. political, educational, medical, and legal.

  • Alienation from or anger with politics - feeling your voice won't count and/or that the outcome really doesn't mattter.

  • Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American dream -- 9-5 career, marriage, 2.5 children, house with white picket fence, etc.

  • Anger at rights being taken away, fear and/or fury at "Big Brother watching you."

  • Have a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world. May be stymied what to do. May have trouble identifying their path.

  • Have psychic or spiritual interest appear fairly young - in or before teen years.

  • Had few if any Indigo role models. Having had some doesn't mean you're not an indigo, though.

  • Have strong intuition.

  • Random behavior pattern or mind style - (symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder). May have trouble focusing on assigned tasks, may jump around in conversations.

  • Have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices.

  • May be electrically sensitive such as watches not working and street lights going out as you move under them, electrical equipment malfunctioning and lights blowing out.

  • May have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.

  • Sexually are very expressive and inventive OR may reject sexuality in boredom or with intention of achieving higher spiritual connection. May explore alternative types of sexuality.

  • Seek meaning to their life and understanding about the world May seek this through religion or spirituality, spiritual groups and books, self-help groups and books.

  • When they find balance they may become very strong, healthy, happy individuals.

* Please note, anyone could have a few of these traits, but Indigo Adults have most or all of these 25 characteristics.

I can't even tell you how much amusement this has afforded me in recent conversations with my mom.
Inner Simpson
10th-Apr-2006 02:20 pm - Layout/Userpics!
It must be a blue moon, I think -- I mean, here I am, posting in the public area. XD

First of all, the layout here's been fixed. It's purty, if you haven't seen it. And I've jumped on the new LJ feature, the navigation strip, and integrated it into the layout here. Handy thing, that.

Furthermore, I've customized the layout for my Scrapbook. I'll grant you that I'm an incurable nerd, but I really think it's pretty nifty.

I do want to make sure to mention that one of the sections up in that scrapbook contains userpics that I've made and am willing to share. All I ask is that you insert "by <lj user="chibi_faolan">" in the Comment field and that you drop me a line to let me know -- either comment here, in the guestbook, or send a message to chibi_faolan [at] livejournal [dot] com. ^^
Inner Simpson
4th-Feb-2006 09:34 am - On phoenetics in fics
A recent post in the Who fanfiction community, guitar_and_pen, brings up the subject of phoenetic spelling when characters have distinct -- and well known -- accents. [link]
Inner Simpson
31st-Jan-2006 07:18 pm - Should be common sense, eh?
From erised1810 and cross-posted in my own blog:

"Women should learn self-defense.
Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark.
Women shouldn't have long hair and women shouldn't wear short skirts.
Women shouldn't leave drinks unattended.
In fact, they shouldn't dare to get drunk at all."

Instead of that, how about:

If a woman is drunk, don't rape her.
If a woman is walking alone at night, don't rape her.
If a women is drugged and unconscious, don't rape her.
If a woman is wearing a short skirt, don't rape her.
If a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don't rape her.
If a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend that you're still hung up on, don't rape her.
If a woman is asleep in your bed, don't rape her.
If a woman is doing her laundry, don't rape her.
If a woman is in a coma, don't rape her.
If a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don't rape her.
If a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don't rape her.
If a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don't rape her.
If your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don't rape her.
If your step-daughter is watching TV, don't rape her.
If you break into a house and find a woman there, don't rape her.
If your friend thinks it's okay to rape someone, tell him it's not, and that he's not your friend.
If your "friend" tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.
If your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there's an unconscious woman upstairs and it's your turn, don't rape her, call the police and tell the guy he's a rapist.
Tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends that it's not okay to rape someone.
Don't tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
Don't imply that she could have avoided it if she'd only done/not done x.
Don't imply that it's in any way her fault.
Don't let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he "got some" with the drunk girl.

Don't perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.

If you agree, repost it.
Inner Simpson
1st-Jan-2006 07:42 pm - We'll take a cup o' kindness yet...
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintaince be forgot
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

And surely you'll be your pint stowp
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll drink a richt guid willy waught
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine,
But we've wandered monie a wearie fit'
Since auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas a'tween us braid hae roared
Since auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

And here's a hand my trusty fere
And gie's a hand o' thine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.
Inner Simpson
25th-Dec-2005 09:42 am - Lift your holiday spirits...
And have a long drink. ^^ Merry Christmas, everyone.

The Rebel Jesus
by Jackson Browne

The streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for all God's graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

They call him by the "Prince of Peace"
And they call him by "The Savior"
And they pray to him upon the sea
And in every bold endeavor
As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
And their faith in him increases
But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel Jesus

We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

But pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgment
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
We have need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus.
Inner Simpson
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