Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tim Tang online riddle game / Screen name by songs meme

Tim Tang riddle game... so frustrating! He's also on to people who post spoiler forums, yikes! Forget it. According to a site out there, he changes the answers all the time. I'm not going to get a Facebook account just so I can see hints!

Screen name by songs meme, taken from Jenn. (fate_envies_us) For a change of pace, I'll be doing this from the prank call CD that Corey sent me in 2005 for Christmas 2004... mainly because there were no songs starting with X on the music DVD!

* Have your music library ready.
* Choose one (1) song from your music library whose title starts with the first letter (or number) of your name. (or screen name)
* Repeat this process with each successive letter (or number) in your name until you run out of letters. (or numbers)
* Post your results.
* BONUS POINTS: Upload your mix.

I'm too lazy to do the Bonus Points.

L: MOJO in the Morning Phone Scams, Lost in the Depot
E: Phone Losers of America (Auto Parts), Email Address
S: Arnold Schwarzenegger Phone Pranks, Sunshine Hotel
L: Phantom Callers, Liquor Control #2
I: Redneck Pranksters, Idiot
E: Touch Tone Terrorists, Excuse Me 1

Or here's the screen name version:

F: Phone Losers of America, Fred Meyer Shoplifting Employee
L: Roy D. Mercer, Lawn Mower & Bird Feeder
A: Amery, Arnold Calls A Business
M: Seattle Phone Pranks, Musical Instrument
I: Blackout's Box, I've Never Had Coffee With You

B: The, Blockbuster
R: Redneck Pranksters, Roaches
O: Phone Losers of America (Auto Parts), One Spark Plug
L: The Phone Heads, Lumpy Logs
X: Mark Knofler, XL Bulls

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Shooting Iraqis with paintballs / Funeral realizations / Kiddy wisdom on love

From Corey: Shoot some idiot with paintballs! He's an Iraqi guy trying to make a statement about attacking people overseas or something.... he's in Chicago, and he's hardly ever in his room. It also looks like it's aimed to hit above everything in the room... if he's ever in there, he just ducks the whole time, and doesn't seem to get hit. You also can't even see the paintballs because they're the same color as everything in the room. He was in there a few minutes ago (as of 4:15), but it looks like he's gone again... there was a cameraman in there with him, too. Corey tried to shoot the cameraman. :P So his point is something about Americans being comfortable shooting an Iraqi from the safety of their homes.... yeah, he thinks you could put anyone in that room and they'd get shot as often as people could fire the thing. MAYBE if it was a very small child, people wouldn't shoot paintballs. He bets some people still would, though.)

I had a book like the below full of kids' quips a LONG time ago. Not sure where it went! Darn! Also, I just remembered that Henry's likely doing funeral stuff today, so he won't be calling me. Oh well, I showered anyhow. Plenty of time to finish my library book so maybe Jon can return it at the same time as those CDs on my card! (I threatened him with the usual yesterday afternoon if he didn't, and he said I was awesome... yeah, sure!)

Solid Advice on Marriage from Kids

"Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don't have to give her back to her parents." - Eric, Age 6

"When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, "I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me." Then she says, "Yes," but she's wondering what the thing is and whether it's naughty or not. She can't wait to find out. - Anita, Age 9

How Does a Person Decide Whom to Marry??

"You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one." - Kelly, Age 9

"My mother says to look for a man who is kind.... That's what I'll do.... I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." - Carolyn, Age 8

"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." - Alan, age 10

"No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." - Kirsten, age 10

Concerning the Proper Age to Get Married

"Eighty-four, because at that age, you don't have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom." -Carolyn, Age 8

"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." - Bert, Age 5

"Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then." - Camille, age 10

"No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married." - Freddie, age 6

How Did Your Mom and Dad Meet?

"They were at a dance party at a friend's house. Then they went for a drive, but their car broke down... It was a good thing, because it gave them a chance to find out about their values." - Lottie, Age 9

"My father was doing some strange chores for my mother. They won't tell me what kind." - Jeremy, Age 8

What Do Most People do on a Date?

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." - Martin, Age 10

"Many daters just eat pork chops and French fries and talk about love." - Craig, Age 9

"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. - Lynnette, age 8.

When is it OK to Kiss Someone?

"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a ring and her own VCR, cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding." - Allan, Age 10

"Never kiss in front of other people. It's a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you.... If nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." - Kally, Age 9

"It's never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you... that's why I stopped doing it." - Jean, Age 10

"When they're rich." - Pam, age 7

"The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that." - Curt, age 7

"The rule goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do." - Howard, age 8

The Great Debate: Is it Better to be Single or Married?

"You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan." - Kirsten, Age 10

"It's better for girls to be single, but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them." - Anita, Age 9

"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." - Will, Age 7

"Single is better, for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to change no diapers. If I did get married, I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing." - Kirsten, age 10

Concerning why Love Happens Between Two Particular People:

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." - Jan, Age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." - Harlen, Age 8

How Can a Stranger Tell If Two People are Married?

"Married people usually look happy to talk to other people." - Eddie, 6

"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." - Derrick, age 8

What Do You Think Your Mom and Dad Have in Common?

"Both don't want no more kids." - Lori, age 8

What Would You Do on a First Date That Was Turning Sour?

"I'd run home and play dead. The next day, I would call all the newspapers to make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns." - Craig, age 9

On What Falling in Love is Like:

"Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." - Roger, Age 9

"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." - Leo, Age 7

On the Role of Good Looks in Love:

"If you want to be loved by somebody who isn't already in your family, it doesn't hurt to be beautiful." - Jeanne, Age 8

"It isn't always just how you look. Look at me, I'm handsome like anything and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." - Gary, Age 7

"Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." - Christine, Age 9

Concerning Why Lovers Often Hold Hands:

"They want to make sure their rings don't fall off because they paid good money for them." - Dave, Age 8

Confidential Opinions About Love:

"I'm in favor of love as long as it doesn't happen when The Simpsons is on television." - Anita, Age 6

"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." - Bobby, Age 8

"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." - Regina, Age 10

The Personal Qualities Necessary to be a Good Lover:

"One of you should know how to write a check. Because even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." - Ava, Age 8

Some Surefire ways to Make a Person Fall in Love with You:

"Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores." - Del, Age 6

"Don't do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." - Alonzo, Age 9

"One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it's something she likes to eat. French fries usually work for me." - Bart, Age 9

How can You Tell if Two Adults Eating Dinner at a Restaurant are in Love?

"Just see if the man picks up the check. That's how you can tell if he's in love." - John, Age 9

"Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food." - Brad, Age 8

"It's love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it's just like how their hearts are on fire." - Christine, Age 9

What Most People Are Thinking When They Say "I Love You"

"The person is thinking, Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day." - Michelle, Age 9

How a Person Learns to Kiss:

"You learn it right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the best of you." - Doug, Age 7

"It might help to watch soap operas all day." - Carin, Age 9

How to Make Love Endure:

"Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck." - Ricky, age 10

"Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work." - Tom, Age 7

"Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash." - Randy, Age 8

How Would the World be Different if People Didn't Get Married?

"There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?" - Kelvin, age 8

"You can be sure of one thing - the boys would come chasing after us just the same as they do now." - Roberta, age 7

Other Bits of Kiddy Wisdom

Never trust a dog to watch your food. - Patrick, Age 10

When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents. - Matthew, Age 12

Never smart off to a teacher whose eyes and ears are twitching. - Andrew, Age 9

Wear a hat when feeding seagulls. - Rocky, Age 9

Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed in the morning. - Stephanie, Age 8

Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. - Rosemary, Age 7

Don't flush the john when you dad's in the shower. - Lamar, Age 10

Never ask for anything that costs more than five dollars when your parents are doing taxes. - Carrol, Age 9

Never bug a pregnant mom. - Nicholas, Age 11

Don't ever be too full for dessert. - Kelly, Age 10

When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don't answer him. - Heather, Age 16

Never tell your mom her diet's not working. - Michael, Age 14

Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat. - Joel, Age 12

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone. - Alyesha, Age 13

Never try to baptize a cat. - Laura, Age 13

Never spit when on a roller coaster. - Scott, Age 11

Never do pranks at a police station. - Sam, Age 10

Watch out for cafeteria food when it looks like it's moving. - Rob, Age 10

Never tell your little brother that you're not going to do what
your mom told you to do. - Hank, Age 12

Remember you're never too old to hold your father's hand. - Molly, Age 11

Listen to your brain. It has lots of information. - Chelsey, Age 7

Stay away from prunes. - Randy, Age 9

Never dare your little brother to paint the family car. - Phillip, Age 13

Forget the cake, go for the icing. - Cynthia, Age 8

Remember the two places you are always welcome - church and grandma's house. - Joanne, Age 11

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dream: Stealing church money and driving erratically with water

Well, I have experienced much frustration with the computer just this afternoon, but I have prevailed! Checked blogs: Dawn's roommate likes looking up odd ads with weird combinations of things on Craigslist, which sounds like what I'd get into. Put things together which have relevance... not "I like screws and bolts, performing surgery, and forging swords." It COULD be a nice guy who's a surgeon and who also just happens to be certified as a metalsmith, but it gives most people the Saw character vibe. Let's just say that if I saw a similar ad, I'd stay FAR away! Who knows what I'd be getting myself into with THAT description! Yikes!

I also looked over Randal's blog the other night (thanks, E), and the one thing I gotta say is that you need to have respect for your neighbors! Good thing I don't have a book written by my sister (I know that's not what he means), but then again maybe it is a good thing that my sibs don't have one written by ME! (this blog is NOT a book - but I can just imagine the material which would go into a book authored by me!) There have been many braver woman than I in past history: "Give me a life-threatening illness that I may know your pain and suffering, Lord!" Doesn't sound like what I would wish for, but then I've grown used to societal comforts and such. (but given our discussion of chicken pox last week, that might be the equivalent IF it ever finds its way into my system!) And he finally brings up the 24 finale, with its questionable commercial featuring this old topless guy driving a car. Not gynecomastia, but it is true that male breasts sag over time. Let's just say that if my sister moves to a neighborhood (since she is thinking of buying a place for herself) and there are all these old guys going around topless... she would move again posthaste no matter what! (I would, too... NASTY!)

I had a weird dream which involved my stealing offering money from my church - NOT something I'd do in real life, believe me! Though I managed to get away with the money, I still felt incredibly guilty afterwards. Then Eric picked me up in an orange / white car, and then made me do this awful three-point turn. It was SO awful that the orange part detached from the white part of the car, I hit a tree, and smashed into the sidewalk / another white car during the turn! (guess it's a good thing I don't drive in real life, hahaha) For some reason, Eric wasn't perturbed at all, but suggested we go to a grey parking garage. We saw Lacey (from the most recent cruise) there, who said that we could open up a snack bar across the street in an empty space. Maybe later, we told her. Then we went to a real snack bar, and bought a giant 1.5-litre bottle of Evian water which was packaged with some candy in shrink wrap stuff. Eric said that I could have his if I wanted - okay, sure! (you don't need to pee in dreams - if you do, watch out for real life!) Very interesting, as we both managed to get away with the money when the dream ended. No idea what triggered this - Eric did say I could have the remainder of his strawberries, which will be donated to the Sunday summer dinner cause tomorrow at Jeremy's. As for the rest of it, I dunno. But what the heck is with my subconscious generating "church money stealing" sequences?! UGH, SO NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO!

You Should Be With an Air Sign!

Your best match is a Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius

Why? You crave excitement and playful banter
Only an Air Sign can match your wit - and keep you on your toes
As for fun, an Air Sign guy will show you plenty with tons of surprises
Just be sure to introduce him to some new playful experiences as well!

You Are a White Cotton Bra!

Practical, comfortable, and classic
You want your man to feel relaxed and himself with you
Your perfect guy is low-maintenance and adaptable
And he makes you feel comfy and cozy too!

Note: This is different than the Shiny Blogthings quiz of the same name.

You Are Athena!

Wise beyond your years.
You're smart and have a great desire to succeed.
And with your determination, you'll get your wish.
Just make sure to fight your stubborn streak!

You Are a Champagne Woman

A true mystery, no one can quite figure you out...
That is, until you start drinking. Then you tend to let loose.
You're fun to drink with, but it definitely takes you a few drinks to loosen up.
You prefer to date a man who likes the finer things in life... like a five-star dinner with that champagne.

What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means

Your eating style is reserved. You are a bit of a fussy eater, and you have very specific ways you like your food prepared.

You have an average sweet tooth. While you enjoy desserts, they aren't exactly your downfall.

Your taste in food tends to be quite eclectic and wide. You are an adventurous eater, and you like many types of cuisines.

You are probably a fairly normal, upper middle class person. You don't rock the boat too often.

You never really grew up. While your childlike innocence is charming, you often just come across as a big baby.

You are laid back and extremely easygoing. You never make a fuss, and you try to enjoy every moment.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

$30 bills would be GREAT! / Popeye's Fried Chicken

When Eric picked me up to go to Fellowship, it was a good thing that I'd JUST finished eating dinner since there turned out to be a seven-car accident on the bridge! Good thing we weren't trying to get back since it was majorly backed up! We discussed craziness, Internet copyright, companions, Teunis, high-fives, legumes, my being honey-roasted peanuts, strawberry poop (bowls), chips, mishearing stuff, copying and pasting posts from another website, deleting blog posts, burning dumplings (my sister's like me!), wondering what it would be like to boil / burn to death, shiny / sparkly things (fake diamond watch of mine!). needing water because of the hot weather, and other subjects. It was all right, up until he started (jokingly) blaming me for the bad traffic. Not my fault a fire truck was blocking half our lane, for example! I told him that I only do certain things at night, and he seemed surprised - turns out we were thinking of different things, haha. (and grammar goes out my brain in the heat - Kieran had a sandwich, too)

Once we got to church late, I helped him carry some stuff in - his Subway sandwich, our fruit, and such. Of course we hadn't started yet, but it's still good to get there early! Talked to Kevin / Dianne / Vivian / Jen / Sheena / Karen C. about Dylan's typos (I could edit Sheena's papers!), my good dinner timing, the heat, that accident, Pastor Edward and Auntie Ruby's 30th anniversary coming up on Monday, chocolate / cranberry / oatmeal cookie balls, and how our weeks had been. Jeremy arrived a bit later... so we started talking about our weeks, whether we were allowed to eat the food, our weeks (three weeks' worth of work in ONE WEEK?!), weekend plans (brewing beer with Jon and buying stuff for Sunday dinner), Grouse Grind, hiking, etc. We were supposed to have small-group discussions during the talk (unremarkable), but Jeremy and I just exchanged various quips and laughs about our handout since we weren't really connected with anyone: parents are the ultimate loophole, hahaha. You can dig up dirt on anyone, even those you wish to emulate. THE CIRCLE SYSTEM RULES! He wondered if I was good with the lexicon, since he needed a word that meant both "fast-thinking" AND "full of thought" - I couldn't come up with one, unfortunately. Eric caught our discussion and wondered what THAT was all about - I know, it's so disappointing!

Later, there was a special presentation in honor of Pastor Edward and Auntie Ruby's 30th anniversary: yay for balloons, cake, apple juice toasts, and presents! (nice picture frame! Alan thought there should be more passion and tongue action in a kiss - not in this environment or Chinese weddings! Eric reimbursed me, Jen, and Jeremy: Jeremy thought a $30 bill would be a great invention, and Eric made a comment about how my purchase was $9.49 and Jeremy's was $9.99 - no extra penny! ("I'll be stealing!" "But I'm already off by five cents somehow!") He also paid me back $16 from last week, and asked if I knew what that was for: I may be losing my mind sometimes, but I definitely knew it was for last week's dinner at the California Café! Frances re-learned that Eric can't have sucrose, but I wasn't about to make sacrifices and drink apple juice / have cake for him! Jen and Jeremy were too full to have egg white cake, so instead they took a walk to Laura Secord for a while. (AKA excuse to smoke :P) Tried helping to clean up, but proved rather inefficient at that - I'll let the experts like Randal and Karen handle it! Said hi to Randal in passing, so he asked what I did on Monday - luckily, I had that hangout time with Chinese Eric! He just had beer while trying to figure what would happen next season: Jack Bauer is NOT going to jump onto the rocks! Maybe into the ocean in order to swim away from the Heller house, but other than that...

Some random dude was blocking my access to the stairs, but Karen was talking as if she knew him. The name "Peter" came up, and I struggled to remember that this was probably Stella's cousin. He's from Calgary, and is only here till September: no need to get TOO attached to him, hehe! (although losing the "ice queen" approach might be a good thing this summer...) Went downstairs for a bit, and said hi to Daniel / Cindy / Christon / Vanessa. Eric tried convincing me to go to the kitchen because my brother was there - he was, but I know his real motivation! Oh well, it was fine. I tried hurrying them up, but Eric thought I was in a rush. Loitering is fine in some cases, but I'd hit my "social limit." While listening to Cindy talk about all the babies (I gave Connie her niece Megan's birthday cards), I saw Justin Lam for the first time in a long time. Gave Jon some time to talk to Raymond, and mouthed to Eric that we kinda should LEAVE - Sam went with us, too. Randal decided to bid me goodnight - good idea to tap me on the shoulder, otherwise I wouldn't have heard a thing! (well, I would have... but it's better that way :P) We noticed Jeremy outside and Jon talked to him about tomorrow's plans: Sam really wants to see the brewing process, and wants it to be a Fellowship event, haha. (FACEBOOK PRIVATE EVENT - NO RANDOM INTERNET STRANGERS!)

Wondered if the cherries would keep till Sunday since I wanted to donate them to the summer dinner - I won't eat them all myself tomorrow! (I know the nuts will) Jeremy said I could "blanch" them by putting them in the microwave briefly - might do that. Jon wondered what happened to all the stuff in Eric's trunk: there used to be a time with his mom's car that there were multiple 12-packs of empty cans! Then there was the time that we had three guitars and some other stuff inside, too. Discussed combining Vietnamese coffee and a durian shake (eww!), Eric's Wednesday haircut, Pho Bich Nga (literally bloody soup that makes you feel sick the next day), Eric going out on Tuesday for a movie at Metropolis with REDEFINE people (OUTSIDERS!), and the current Blockbuster campaign (NO CANUCKS - RENT A MOVIE) ... what kind of campaign is THAT?!

We saw Chris Lam and Billy Wu at the gas station (bubble tea with the dudes, and no beer!), and discussed making sure that the Mandarin congregation knew about Jon's reputation as a beer-drinker (not an alcoholic!) ... my mom thinks differently, heh. Then we talked about worship songs, Eric going to Victoria this weekend (no Sunday dinner since he might be tired), prayer meeting, Nathan, buying food for Sunday (in Toronto, they'd just rush around Chinatown's cheaper grocery stores after church and lunch), and my probably having to go around with Jon on Sunday since Eric won't be there for ride purposes.

We discussed Harmony, Facebook (Eric thinks I'll eventually go there because of LJ and such), the great macaroni and cheese for Sunday with leeks / four different kinds of cheese (pepperjack, cheddar, asiago, and something else) / other stuff, Steph camping, how Jon hadn't had a dinner with Steph since last week sometime, Silvercity bubble tea, the Night Market, whether I'd remember Eric's parents' bowl next Friday (which is currently holding my peanuts which luckily didn't fall out of the bowl into its bag - of COURSE!), having his strawberries and my cherries, Sam / J-Mak / Lucas having only half of a HUGE drink at a movie place years ago (SO GROSS!), etc. I'm sure he'll buzz me on MSN sometime this week, haha. Now I'm just making Jamie jealous about Sakura (the anime store in Richmond Centre), and discussing the usual weird stuff with Corey. Good times to cap off the interesting night!

Popeye's Fried Chicken

Recipe By:
Serving Size: 1 Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Chicken, Meats, Cake Mix

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

3 cups Self-rising flour
1 cup Cornstarch
3 tablespoons Seasoned salt
2 tablespoons Paprika
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 package Italian Salad Dressing Mix -- Powder
1 package Onion Soup Mix -- (1 1/2 ounces)
1 package spaghetti sauce mix -- (1/2 ounce)
3 tablespoons Sugar
3 cups Corn flakes -- crush slightly
2 Eggs -- well beaten
1/4 cup Cold water
4 pounds Chicken -- cut up

Combine first 9 ingredients in large bowl. Put the cornflakes into another bowl. Put eggs and water in a 3rd bowl. Put enough corn oil into a heavy roomy skillet to fill it 1" deep. Get it HOT! Grease a 9x12x2 baking pan. Set it aside. Preheat oven to 350°. Dip chicken pieces 1 piece at a time as follows: 1 - Into dry coating mix. 2 - Into egg and water mix. 3 - Into corn flakes. 4 - Briskly but briefly back into dry mix. 5 - Drop into hot oil, skin-side-down and brown 3 to 4 minutes on medium high. Turn and brown other side of each piece. Don't crowd pieces during frying. Place in prepared pan in single layer, skin-side-up. Seal in foil, on 3 sides only, leaving 1 side loose for steam to escape. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes, removing foil then to test tenderness of chicken. Allow to bake uncovered 5 minutes longer to crisp the coating. Serves 4. Leftovers refrigerate well up to 4 days. Do not freeze these leftovers. Leftover coating mix (1st 9 ingredients) can be stored at room temp in covered container up to 2 months.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, June 01, 2007

Shoutcast online radio stations / Popeye's Dirty Rice

After getting too frustrated with the connection problems on the Audioscrobbler personalized radio, I decided to check out the online radio stations on Shoutcast. Thank goodness you can search via genre! 1.FM seems okay for now, but I'm really not into "alternative" these days. (Breaking Benjamin and Story of the Year?) 525 Power Tracks might be better...

There is NO way I'm doing Quizopolis' newest generator: leet speak is not something I'm willing to condone, heh. (I know I have icons with "OMFG" and "LOL" in them and chat using "OMG" rarely, but no thanks!)

I love the fact that it takes a 14-month-old bannination thread (covering chocolatey goodness) to get me to eat those Jelly Belly sweets that someone gave me a while ago! Hahaha! (I'd have eaten them eventually, no fear!)

Your Celebrity Sisters Are Jessica and Ashlee

Beautiful, feminine, and stylish.
Who cares if you're a bit of a daddy's girl?

EWWWWWW! *puke*

-[ Leslie ]-

Found buried treasure and took over the world

'What will you be remembered for?' at

Sweet stuff! :D

Popeye's Dirty Rice

Recipe By:
Serving Size: 4 Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Rice, Meats, Cake Mix

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

1 pound Spicy bulk breakfast sausage
1 Can clear chicken broth -- (14 ounces)
1/2 cup Long-grain rice
1 teaspoon Dry minced onion

Brown sausage in skillet until pink color disappears, crumbling with fork. Stir in broth, rice and minced onion. Simmer gently, covered, 18 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the broth is absorbed.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Aji Taro, 4.5 years later / Homestar Runner and fruit

As I requested, Teunis picked me up this afternoon: I have good shower timing, which Eric later thought was impossible. (I don't THINK so!) We went to Aji Taro, and had a good time talking about history / BBC feeds (Ideas!) / abandoned places / LJ friends and their doings (Breklor birthday mass?! Oh my...) / interesting stories / LJ DRAMA / GWAR / the stars / Slashdot / survivor journals / the fallout / recovery. I know about the boy / girl ratio in China, which he think might lead to something like the Viking invasions of long ago since that history was also prompted by similar things. Hope not, but you never know. Seems he's overdue on responding to stuff, but it's understandable - he likes that I linked someone to the bad baby names forum, haha. I don't know if "Jazmin" is a legit spelling for "Jasmine," but I guess it's a bit better than "Jazzmynne" or the other atrocities that could be out there. Then again, Semagic didn't flag it, so maybe it is - or not. Oh well, it's just the spelling and not the actual person - especially since I don't know her! The sushi was quite good, yay!

From there, we went to the mall because he got too tempted by the plates of sizzling beef that occasionally went by. He was going to hit the park, but maybe some other time! Got a surprise when I saw JOHN JUGOVIC of all people there! He asked if I remembered him - yup, even without the reminder that he used to deliver for the Richmond News and the Richmond Review. Says he lives in the Commercial Drive area, and introduced me to his five-year-old son (!) Jaden, who promptly hid behind a display at the pet store. Works at a fish plant in Ladner, but I guess that's not too bad. Interesting, hahaha. Wait till my sibs hear about that! After that encounter, we left and basically laughed over hilarious T-shirts for a while - shiny colorful distractions elsewhere, oh my! I told him about Jon / Fred joking about cougars, and about Jon's saying that Harmony is one... all in fun. (laughing at your own religion could be healthy? *shrug* )

I tried to keep Teunis focused and not so restless, but that went out the window as soon as we reached the new Sakura anime store that's replaced Grand and Toy. (Jamie - jaebird! Otaku! - but it was really OTTAWA on my shirt! Ranma 1/2! Cowboy Bebop! Gundam wing fighters! Lots of other stuff!) At least he bought some lo bak (daikon?!) from the farm market. (among other things) I remembered that I had to buy fruit for tomorrow, so settled on two bags of cherries - later, I bought some honey roasted peanuts from Shoppers (no Irish Spring body wash?!), so I fulfilled my obligations without having to rush about tomorrow afternoon. I'm quite pleased about that. *grin* He wanted to buy Pan's Labyrinth as well as wander around the mall, so we did that. HMV is overpriced, but we still had fun talking about his friend Jordan and his brother Matthew working on various movies and anime stuff. (when we hit Coles later to browse, he saw some Neil Gaiman graphic novels - funky, as well as Lemony Snicket / Bathroom Readers!) He's right, though - I just consulted my Bathroom Reader gift list (which is accurate), and I did not give him one of those for his birthday! Cannibalism, evil historical people, serial killers... ah, good times! Hehehe. Q.E. Park next? (we shall see!)

When I got home, Eric and I engaged in some mock-arguing about my MSN name: hey, don't deny me my love of good shower timing! (if I'd taken a shower just five or so minutes later, Teunis wouldn't have been able to reach me!) He also linked me to Homestar Runner One Two - and I thought he was trying to alert me to respond to some other message! ("if you must know, I was in the washroom for the past minute and a bit!") Then he alerted me to potential allergy concerns with those peanuts: yeah, I know. Says Jen's bringing drinks, and Jeremy's bringing grapes and cookies: this was confirmed when I looked at my email a bit later. Steph also responded to the Sunday dinner thing, saying she's going camping - one litre of gelato or a fudge bar would be cool. (pun intended :P) Now we're trying to see hidden meaning in someone else's blog - haha, it's what he does to bug me! He also figured out that "T" meant "Teunis" in the fruit email I sent out, haha. Good times.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Streaming audio solutions / Sunday dinner back again? / Pathetic criminals / Blogthings

Seems I've found a solution to my streaming audio inaction problem, because Rock 101 on the radio has encountered static again. I remembered that I had a radio station on Audioscrobbler / - definitely using that since it's made up of what I like, and it's been awesome so far! I know, I'm lazy if I can't click the "resume streaming" link on the Rock 101 audio player page... but this is an alternative. ;)

Jon emailed a bunch of us about Sunday dinners possibly being back again this weekend at Jeremy's. Summer fare is what they're going for - salads sound good! Nathan seconds that, Lesley can't make it (yay for non-confusion... Gmail notifier made me think it was Chung replying for a bit!), Andrea's going to Chuck's grad (CAPITALIZE!) in Toronto, and I am definitely there! Let's just say it's a good thing that certain people aren't on this email list because we reply to everyone on the list, no fooling! Also: I love these hot pepper rings. Too bad I can't open these jars by myself since I'm terrible at it!

Today's Pathetic Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Not only was convicted child rapist and murderer Arthur Goode disliked by the families of his victims and the community as a whole, but he couldn't even scrounge up an ounce of respect from his fellow inmates while in prison. His was the first Florida execution that wasn't protested by the other men on death row, and it's even been rumored that Ted Bundy once stole his cookies!

Goode was a life-long pedophile who would endlessly rant about having sex with young boys to anyone who would listen. He sent maniacal letters from prison to the parents of his victims, which included graphic retellings of the crimes, and he smugly announced to reporters that he would carry a picture of child actor Ricky Schroeder with him to the electric chair.

On the day of his execution (April 5, 1984), Goode finally began to lose his composure. His obsession for kiddie sex was replaced with incoherent worries such as whether or not he should eat his ice cream or his peanut butter cups first, and who would scratch his nose for him if it started to itch once he was strapped down in the electric chair. Eyewitness reports claim that Goode finally broke down minutes prior to the execution and claimed remorse for his crimes, then died while sobbing pathetically -- without the aforementioned Ricky Schroeder picture.

Culled from: Last Suppers: Famous Final Meals from Death Row


I'm generally quite staunchly anti-death penalty (see WM3.Org for a good reason why), but this guy? Oh, to have been a fly on the wall...


Wretched Recommendations!

Alastair writes to let us know about a fun-sounding bathroom reader:

5 People Who Died During Sex, and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists by Karl Shaw

Here's the description from Amazon:

Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.

Did you know...

... that Pope Benedict XII was such a hardened boozer that he inspired the expression "drunk as a pope"? (From "10 Historic Drunks")

...that as a special honeymoon treat, Prince Charles read Princess Diana passages from the works of Carl Jung and Laurens van der Post? (From "History's 10 Least Romantic Honeymoons")

... that the best-dressed gentlemen in medieval England exposed their genitals below a short-fitting tunic? (From "History's 10 Greatest Fashion Mistakes")

...that Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobia - fear of eggs? (From "10
Phobias of the Famous")

... that King Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime, each of them under protest?
(From "10 Great Unwashed")

... that in 1930, Sears customers became enraged when the catalog was first printed on glossy, non-absorbent paper?
(From "12 Magical Moments in Toilet Paper History")


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

You've heard of Tickle-Me Elmo - now there's Tickle-Me Emo! Complete with razor blades!

You Would Be a Pet Dog

You're friendly, loyal, and an all-around good sport. People love to be near you.
You are very open with your feelings, and you're quite vocal in expressing them.
You are sincere and kind. You love many people - without any sort of agenda.

Why you would make a great pet: You're content to chill out with your friends

Why you would make a bad pet: You always find yourself getting into trouble

What you would love about being a dog: Running around and playing

What you would hate about being a dog: Being left home alone while everyone else is out having fun

Your Power Element is Wood

Your power colors: green and brown

Your energy: generative

Your season: spring

Like a tree, you are always growing and changing.
And while your life is dynamic, you are firmly grounded.
You have high morals and great confidence in yourself and others.
You have a wide set of interests, and you make for interesting company.

I have the book mentioned above! Hahaha, I made my sibs get it for me as a birthday present one year from Chapters. :D

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I'm not in fandom, but I can support them anyhow! / PONDEROSA'S STEAK SAUCE

Links and such related to the recent LJ deletions:

If anyone looked at the 'Warriors of Innocence' website (the cocks responsible for the mass deletions and stuff), RUN AN AD-AWARE / SPYWARE SCAN. They download tracking cookies to your computer.

Sign the petition!
CNET article... only a dozen?! Yeah, right!
List of Suspended Communities and Such... a Lolita book discussion and rape survivors' journals?!
Fandom Counts
Anime News Network: LJ Accounts Suspended
JournalFen - another journal site which is apparently having troubles with the traffic surge
GreatestJournal - where a lot of people are / were migrating to!
Firefox article on how Six Apart (LJ's owner) deleted 500 journals, many of them fandom-related
LJ News: WE DEMAND A PROPER APOLOGETIC STATEMENT! (but it really starts on like Page 5, or even 4)
Well, we get one - but it's too little, too late for some people. Plus, there are still unanswered questions!
Journal Restoration Update
Innocence Jihad


Recipe By:
Serving Size: 1 Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Sauces, Meats, Copycat

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

1/3 cups Heinz 57 sauce
1/3 cups Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cups A-1 steak sauce
2 tablespoons Light corn syrup

Combine as listed and funnel into bottle with tight-fitting cap. Keep refrigerated to use in a few months. Shake well before using.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dream of green paper and Gmail / LJ deleting fandom pedo stuff / Murder

Well, I did get back to sleep and had a weird dream. I don't remember any of it, except that Corey sent me green paper in the mail. Oh, and that I was involved in a long Gmail conversation with Eric and my sibs. That reminds me: I need to tell him whether I'm going on Friday or not, even though he knows I probably will. (MUST BUY A DESSERT / SNACK ITEM!) Rock 101's audio streaming stops for inaction now, which is a pain because it didn't previously do this. Ugh, now I think I'll see if the actual radio station works, haha. Man, LOUD volume from Team 1040 when I listened to the playoff games... but the radio doesn't seem to have any static for now!

I was reading the latest LJ News post (which has EXPLODED due to LJ deleting a bunch of stuff without warning), and came across a recommendation for Killfile to get rid of trolls with a single click. I'd heard of it before, but didn't install it then. Decided to do it tonight, but it wouldn't work despite doing all sorts of stuff with it. Adding LJ as a whole to the "included sites" didn't work after I installed Greasemonkey, so I tried doing the name / namespace / description thing - that only worked temporarily, as did "Killfile" in the menu when I clicked on the monkey head. (no, not Julius and Paul Frank...) Eventually, I concluded that it didn't work, so I uninstalled it. Going on Userscripts to find another version, I discovered LJ_TotalOblivion / killfile. That definitely worked, since I could see "this installed successfully" in the bottom of the browser, and the "kill / hide / OBLITERATE" options next to icons in LJ comments. Phew! Now to see if I can get caught up reading the News post / comments and such - I don't think I'll get caught up on bad baby names, but we'll see. (it's a bad time to be a "good" daughter! :P) Oh yes, and I blocked a few people today on Trillian before deleting them... *demonic laughter*

Today's Grisly Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Italians were aghast when it emerged that a grisly murder that has gripped the country was perpetrated by an unremarkable middle-aged couple, who confessed to slaughtering four neighbours over a noise dispute. Olindo Romano and his wife Rosa Bazzi seemed to share the sense of national shock when they were interviewed on TV before Christmas about the murder of their upstairs neighbours. They echoed the suspicion of many Italians that their neighbour, Raffaella Castagna, 30, her two-year-old son, her mother, and a third woman had their throats cut on December 11 by Castagna's drug-dealing Tunisian husband. But now, in a twist that has gripped Italy and monopolised front pages, the couple have confessed to the crime after blood traces were found in their car, telling magistrates that they were angry about the noise made by Castagna and husband, Azouz Marzouk.

"We just could not stand them anymore," Bazzi, a petite housemaid obsessed with cleanliness, told investigators as she confessed to killing the two-year-old with a knife. "He was always screaming, my head was exploding," she said. In a well-prepared murder, apparently planned over months by Bazzi, the pair rang Castagna's doorbell at 8 PM, wearing gloves and armed with knives. Castagna was stabbed in the face by Romano, 43, as she opened the door. In all, she was stabbed 12 times. Romano then stabbed Castagna's mother, Paola Galli, while Bazzi moved to silence two-year-old Youssef. In her full and detailed confession, she told investigators that she cut the boy's throat.

The couple's well-laid plans then went awry. As they set fire to the apartment to destroy the evidence, a neighbour (Valeria Cherubini) arrived in the hall outside the front door, where she was also stabbed to death. Coming to her aid, Cherubini's husband (Mario Frigerio) was stabbed and left for dead, but survived and was able to describe some of the mayhem to police. But the key evidence that trapped the couple was the trace of Mr. Frigerio's blood, left in Romano's car as he and his wife drove rapidly from the scene of the crime to a nearby McDonalds to get a receipt they hoped would provide an alibi.

According to investigators who had bugged their home after the murders, Romano and Bazzi were heard to say to each other: "See how peaceful it is now? We can finally sleep well." Prosecutors in the nearby town of Como said that they would seek to try the couple for premeditated murder, while the couple's lawyer said a psychiatric examination would be carried out. Bazzi, 43, was unable to have children, which Italian media have suggested as a possible cause of her anger with the sound of the child's crying.

Culled from: The Guardian
Generously submitted by: Liz


From the Comtesse (ie. NOT ME): I find that last sentence VERY offensive! I can't stand noisy children either, and I also will never breed, but I don't hate noisy children *because* I will never breed: I will never breed because I hate noisy children! As Liz said, why is it everyone thinks that all women want to do is breed???? Personally, I think this murder is justifiable homicide. DO YOU HEAR THAT, UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS??????????? TAKE A HINT!!!!!!!


Wretched Recommendations!

Xhanatos has a book recommendation for us:

"I would like to suggest Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes, surprisingly found in the children's poetry section of Borders & other major book sellers. Grimly spices up old, dull nursery rhymes with his own twisted endings, and ghoulish art work. Within, you can enjoy his own delightful perversions of Jack and Jill in which Jack is revealed for the homicidal being that he is, as well as the carnivorous Little Bo Peep, and many others."

Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

The Tragic Artist is a poignant little film, of sorts.

Thanks to Desmodus for the link.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

24% city, 21% country

Stupid people doing work right outside my patio window... it's not like I can SLEEP with this drilling and racket and talking going on! They started at 8 AM, which (in my opinion) is too early - it'll still be sunny at 1 or 2 PM, most likely. Wish they'd do it then... hopefully, I can sleep later on! UGH!

City / country percentages, from Amy via Myspace bulletin:


[x] been to Starbucks more than once in my life
[] link arms when I walk with someone
[] shop at AE, A&F, AERO, or HCO
[x] own 2 or more polo shirts
[ ] will never be caught without my cell phone
[ ] blowdry my hair on a daily basis

Total: 2

[] wear flip-flops no matter what the weather
[] own an oversized pair of sunglasses
[] own one or more pairs of ripped jeans
[x] layer my shirts
[] will do anything to get the best Myspace pic
[] have / had a "Myspace mirror pic"

Total so far: 3

[x] when I'm not drinking Starbucks, I prefer water
[x] own an oversized bag or purse
[] have seen every episode of Laguna Beach
[] my new favorite is The Hills
[] I say "lol" in every sentence of every online conversation (NEVER! I HATE THAT!)
[] own tight jeans or really baggy ones

Total so far: 5

[] wear large necklaces
[] own an iPod / mp3 player
[x] Internet = survival
[] play Football, Baseball / Softball, Basketball, cheerleading
[] have more than one AIM screen name

Total so far: 6

[] said "lol" or "OMG!" in a real conversation (EWWW, YUCK!)
[x] love shopping
[x] shop whenever I have a chance
[] own / owned a bathing suit that cost 100 dollars or more
[] have watched The Simple Life

Total so far: 8

Add the x's up, multiply by 3, and put "I'm ___% city." (24% here)



[x] ridden a horse
[] owned a horse
[] owned land
[] been 4-wheeling
[x] said "ain't"
[] been cow-tipping
[] been deer hunting
[x] been swimming in a lake
[] caught a fish
[] seen a deer get skinned

Total so far: 2

[] have worked on a ranch or on land
[] have lived in a house in the middle of nowhere
[] have been duck hunting (I don't think the Nintendo game counts, haha!)
[] have gone swimming in a river
[] driven a truck
[] own a Rebel flag
[] like to fish
[] have a funny accent, or people have told you that
[] own / owned a pair of cowboy boots
[] own / owned a cowboy hat
[] own / have owned a big dog
[] say "y'all"
[] have gotten made fun of for saying "y'all"

Total so far: 2

[x] cuss when you're mad (I definitely have cut down on that!)
[] have dipped / dip snuff
[x] go to church on Sunday
[] owned / own a bird dog
[] have ridden a horse to somewhere in town
[x] have gone on a field trip to a farm / ranch
[x] have eaten deer meat
[] have shot a gun
[] own a gun
[] park your vehicles in the yard

Total so far: 6

[] have gone shopping... for a gun
[] get / got the kids in your family a toy gun for Christmas
[] wear long sleeves even in the summer
[x] know what stirrups are
[] have fed the deer

Total so far: 7

Add the x's up, multiply by 3, and put "I'm ___% country." (21% here)

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It's TO, not TOO! / Ponderosa's Steak Ager

Earlier tonight, I was talking to an online friend. Eric / Sleestak always asks me, "What are you up too?" and I always correct him. Tonight, I felt like correcting him even more so than usual. I even explained why that word was wrong, and asked if he understood. His response: "Nah, it's more fun this way." I told him it definitely was NOT fun because it wasn't CORRECT. His response before he signed off: "Yeah, and?" *rolleyes*

I don't think I'll talk to him anymore after that. Pity, since he seemed otherwise intelligent. I see enough of that mistake (and others) online without knowingly subjecting myself to it even MORE!


Recipe By:
Serving Size: 3 Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Marinades, Copycat

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

1/2 cup Ketchup
2 cups Water
1/4 cups Lemon juice
1/4 cups Dark vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Smoked salt
1 Onion, large, Wedge cut
1 cup Corn oil
3 tablespoons Soy sauce
2 tablespoons French's prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Garlic salt
1 tablespoon Coarse ground black pepper

Combine everything. Submerge steaks in it for 24 hours refrigerated and covered. Drain well and broil as usual.

When reading this latest recipe, I initially thought: "What in the heck is an AH-GER?" I just figured out now that I was reading the word wrong, and it should be "AGE-ER." Whoops. *blush*

Labels: , , , , ,

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Shannon and Michigan / Ponderosa Coleslaw

Note: Your LJ Friends' Futures / Your LJ Friends' Most Embarrassing Moments / Your LJ Friends' Celebrity Lives / Princess Tutu LJ Life blogquizzes. (by Tiff, M, and Tory)

Hey, today is Vancouver Giants Day - sweet! On to things which aren't so sweet: Shannon called me AGAIN this morning. Good thing I turned my phone off! She used to be a friend of mine, but isn't anymore. In case she or anyone else thinks to Google her name: SHANNON NORMAN, QUIT CALLING ME! She only calls very occasionally, and I can't pretend to be a friend anymore... losing patience is an indicator, especially if she thought that she had nothing to do with her mom's "bad mood" the time she left Alison's paintings out in the rain (under cover). She deserved her mom yelling at her in that case - I'm not saying anything about what happened to me a few weeks ago, but my similar incident was wholly undeserved. Other than that, I got another weird phone call from Michigan: 616-980-2388, anyone? Ugh. Now I'm kinda really bored - time to do some reading! (I also showed Chinese Eric my sparkly socks yesterday, along with the shiny Joe Cool sweater - he liked them, haha)


Recipe By:
Serving Size: 10 Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Salads, Copycat

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

1 cup Mild honey
1/2 cup Chopped onions
1 tablespoon Celery seed
1 cup Diced green pepper
1 cup Diced celery
1 cup Wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Salt
1 large Head cabbage, chopped fine

Combine honey, vinegar, onion, salt, and celery seed in small saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes; cool. Pour cooled dressing over prepared vegetables; toss lightly. Cover and chill several hours or overnight. Stir several times while chilling.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday, May 28, 2007

Hanging out with Chinese Eric at the Keg / Old Bailey online

Eric H. and I hung out tonight, and it was definitely cool. He called me about an hour beforehand, and I was kinda dead scared that he'd cancel again - it's happened before, although with nowhere near the same frequency as Elizabeth! He wanted to know where I desired to eat - the Keg, Boston Pizza, White Spot, etc. I had no idea, so told him that I'd decide when he got here. While I took a shower, the idea popped into my head that the Keg would be lovely since I hadn't been there for a while and it wasn't what I'd usually get if I were by myself. A while later, he got to my place and we were off to the Keg after he opened my stuck bedroom window / a hot pepper jar - of course, I gave him his cruise postcard and long-overdue Christmas card before we left! He noted that it wasn't as hot as it had been the last time he was here- good thing, too - no sweating!

At the Keg, we talked about relationships: him and Fay, Jon and Harmony, Phil and Grace, Citrus and Danielle, Melia and Angus (his trying to jokingly alienate Joey at Chung's wedding), his other friends' experiences, Nathan's advice, whether I liked white Eric (NO!), etc. We also discussed our other friends: his cousins (Aaron and elder brother), taste, his sister Erica, Randal, Steph, etc. I told him about upset and we shared some personal stuff too. He met Marc Crawford (former Canucks coach) at a Chinese restaurant recently (he was probably in town for the Memorial Cup), and has an autograph on a takeout menu as proof. His love for basketball star Yao Ming gets him in trouble with his girlfriend sometimes - "You're going to TWO games when I have a WEEK off work because the lady I take care of is gone visiting people?!" but he gets back at her subtly since he won't hit her or such. ("SURPRISE - I'm here since I really only went for ONE game!") Joked around about various things as we ate our crab and spinach dip... we ended up ordering the same entree: New York Peppercorn Steak with three-cheese butter sauce! Great meals with different sides: baked potato for him, mashed for me. We had a chocolate mint afterwards - he paid for the whole thing, which is part of our usual deal.

Once we got back to my place, we talked about how certain people just bored us - of course we see them more often than the cool uncles and aunties! (sigh...) We discussed the Richmond Night Market - it would be a fun activity, even if the police banned all illegal pirated stuff from the place a few years back when it was still at Lansdowne. Although the multicultural thing is all well and good, it's certainly no longer the CHINESE Night Market as it used to be! Eric decided to take away a bunch of bottles / cans I had for recycling, which was also nice of him. He collected his postcard and Christmas card while blogging, and confirmed that my toilet paper holder was no longer in my bathroom... no clue where it went, then! (I hope that's not something I'll be held accountable for if / when I move out!) Then he noticed my Jelly Belly boxes - we didn't eat those since we were way too full, but discussed Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and plane crashes instead. I forgot about the blue guestbook, but I'll remember for next time! Eric also borrowed a true crime book - I don't mind since I haven't really started it, and I have lots of other books on the go! His September will be busy for birthdays: white Eric's, mine, and Fay's! Of course he wants to do something special for Sept. 26 - maybe a cheap cruise or something! (first birthday he and Fay would celebrate together for her!)

Morbid Link Du Jour!

Oh, be still my morbid heart!! The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, from 1674 to 1834 are online! "A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court." As you can imagine, I can waste hours here!

Here's a splendid example of what you can find - a case of infanticide from 1757.

Thanks to Agnes for the link.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andrew and someone else are sweetly cool / Planet Hollywood's The Terminator

I've thought about things, and decided that a certain watch sticker interaction in the parking lot today was pretty cool. (thanks!) Definitely what I would like to apply in my life, but the only problem is that I have no skills that way! Oh well, I guess the birthday cards are my way of showing love to people, all things considered! Different skill sets / spiritual gifts (I almost typed "spiritual girls" :P) do make the world go round! (reminds me of a Biblical passage about the body of Christ, and another one about the different gifts people have) It was also cool that Andrew L. popped up on my screen earlier tonight to say hi - it's not like we talked much this weekend! (or maybe I'm just too easily impressed, haha) He's liked poker since Grade 6, and this conversation wasn't filled with a lot of Netspeak: another plus! (but I'd like him anyhow - same pass as Eric H., although Eric M. was pushing it last week...)

At first, I thought he called me "music" as his first messages were "what's up, what ya doing music." Interesting, heh. He was playing cards on and chilling at the same time - nice! Always a treat, haha... we chatted for a bit before he went to watch TV and bid goodnight to me. I'm cautiously optimistic about tomorrow as well, so we shall see. Now, it's time to get to bed, even if I'm not quite halfway through an OLD 63-page thread on the bad baby names forum about some troll and her friends defending STUPID names! (man, I'm getting old - even though I probably won't sleep for another hour, I go to bed at 1:40 instead of 3 AM like I sometimes do? or even 6 AM? oh well...)

Planet Hollywood's The Terminator

½ oz vodka
½ oz white rum
½ oz gin
½ oz Grand Marnier
½ oz Kahlua
2 oz sweet & sour mix
1 oz cranberry juice
1 splash beer

Combine crushed ice with all ingredients, except beer, in a tumbler. Shake. Pour a splash of beer on top and serve with a straw. Makes 1 serving.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Your birthday gift's already literally in the bag, so too late! :P

Hey, Tobias emailed me back some of his favorite Bob and Tom clips in exchange for the Seattle Phone Pranks Records For Sale. (Bob and Tom are from Indianapolis, I assume) The clips are Trucker Clock, Donnie Baker - Team Names, and Dickens Cider. Seems fair enough exchange to me!

Got to church (Steph will get her passport AFTER Mexico because of timing issues, no matter what Dad advises her to do with human drop boxes!), with my mom saying I should "look after Harmony because Jon's clueless" - there are some things she doesn't have to tell me, mainly because I was already thinking of that. She also thinks that Jen and Jeremy would be a good match - regardless of the fact that Jen has a relationship with a guy named Greg, I don't know if her logic would be good. (and I don't want to ask... matchmaking!) Chatted with Harmony, Jen, and Joey briefly before we all went into service AFTER my mom tried to direct us in (seriously, we don't need to be micromanaged!) - Jeremy followed close behind, and we wondered where his parents were: getting ready to leave! Since Harmony didn't care where we sat, we managed to find enough room for the three of us right by Randal and a few others. Discussed the Night Market and other things before service started, heh.

Shared a few laughs over the G8 symbol on this month's edition of the Church Construction Project newsletter - Jeremy joked that our church was certainly getting influential around us! Today, a bunch of architectural awards... tomorrow, the world! (haha...) Phil's sermon was on humility and submission (arguments! NO!)... interesting, and I can think of a few areas where I need work. Sigh... that's just how it goes! Heard that Henry's great-grandma finally (only because they expected it weeks ago) died a few days ago at the age of 104 - this weekend is the funeral, so I guess Awana remains to be seen!

Someone's cellphone / pager was making a noise when Jon prayed in the latter part of the service, so Randal wondered to me whether I'd heard the cows. Haha, what WAS up with the farm animals? First, we get human babies / toddlers (Benjamin, Hannah, Joshua, etc.)... then we get stuff that sounds like bovines. Wonder what's next... or perhaps I shouldn't, lest we have rampaging leopards / chimpanzees next week! Harmony immediately noticed Andrea's misspelling of "Senior" in the Powerpoint on the Sunday School open house, red underline or not... yup, that's pretty noticeable! After service and checking out Eric's hair, I confirmed with Randal that he did like shiny things (no wonder he likes my Angel hat!): he showed me that he was using the Holland America keychain. Even if I don't need visual confirmation, that was cool.

He joked that he'd have popcorn and beer while staring at an empty screen on Monday nights now - haha, you make your own fun, dude! Once we got out to the back parking lot (with my explaining to Harmony that this is what we do after service - her first Sunday here!), Jeremy's parents were waiting for him in a car, so he left right away. We joked about how shiny bling would be my next birthday present to Randal. Not quite, although I do have something planned! When he heard that, Randal went all "You don't have to..." on me - TOO LATE, SO DON'T SAY ANOTHER WORD! (I already bought the thing, and I ain't returning / regifting it! :P)

Harmony said something about diamonds on watches, so of course I had to show her my "bling" watch which I got from one of those kiosks in the mall. Randal wanted to see it (of course he's interested in shiny things :P), and I let him. Then he noted that the sticker was still on the back of it (too lazy / clumsy to take it off), so he cited possible irritation as the reason he wanted to remove it - fine by me! He suggested I wear it, so I left it on till later. Talked about a bunch of other stuff till he left to go to the open house - that encounter went reasonably well, haha. My dad came into the parking lot and wondered about a certain license plate number: since it was Sam's car, my brother joked that it had been nice knowing him! Jason, Cordia (who'd gotten my email - "morbidity rocks!"), Mike, Mark, Joey, Chris, Quan, Joyce, and others went with him to see what had happened.

Cindy came up and started talking to Harmony about the babies: Nathaniel's the oldest of them, and baby Hannah is so cute! While she was doing that, I went up to Hannah's dad Lee and gave him a birthday card. Should have asked Chrystal what the small group talked about yesterday, but maybe next week if I'm there! Sam and his friends got back as Jon was introducing Daniel to Harmony, and said that some random Caucasian guy had scratched Sam's car - at least he didn't do a hit and run! Daniel told us that Michelle was totally bored in Comox since everything closes at 5, and the bus stops running at 6: she didn't bring her car for the radiology thing, and her bus pass / bike wouldn't be very practical. At least she gets back this week, with Daniel taking a sick day! (yay for government and substitute teachers... too bad Harmony doesn't get that in her job at a book publishing place!)

Eric said he was going to the Memorial Cup game, so wanted me to let my mom know about keeping his order of Asian food for him - no carrying it around for HIM! Of course, and he'll be "leading" Spiritual Formation on Friday... he hopes he's not doing Resonate! I went to toddler Sunday School after saying hi to Jackie, and little Sean was actually pretty good today - he seems to like puzzles, and said "Z" when he saw one of my rainbow stickers! (it did look like a letter Z...) Rachel's grandma gave me a bunch of Chinese treats - little round dough balls with candy topping? ROCK ON! Afterwards, I listened to Lawrence trying to memorize Take It To Heart verses to his little brother Andrew - reminds me, I should at least try doing it! Saw Eric T., who I thought was GONE: turns out he leaves tonight, and will be gone till September - we wished each other a good summer, at least. Listened to Tony, Citrus, Christon, Sam, his brother Jeremy, and other guys talking about gaming - so boring to me. Talked to Jen and Karen about Greg, cosmic bowling, anniversary surprises, Resonate, food, the sanctuary, Eric, and Steph's bra story - so funny! ("Viv" in that context doesn't mean Vivian L., but Vivian S.)

Showed Mom my FINAL EXITS book (for Cordia) - she was appalled, haha. Said hi to Natalie, and asked Hannah whether she'd finished all the candy yet: nope! Good thing for her teeth... also, I don't have another stash at the ready, haha. Had lunch at Pho before going to Joshua's thing - he and his new wife Jessica (she's Mexican) just got married yesterday, and will be honeymooning in the Dominican Republic! We met a few people, heard Josh's love story, shook hands with his new father-in-law, and saw a series of pictures on a laptop / a DVD slideshow on the TV. Talked to Joshua's brother Caleb for a bit about construction / Regent / Trinity / theology / Catholic perspective / professors, and got a brief tour of his band room - the funky colors are still in evidence downstairs like they were in late 2005! Also saw Lucas, which was cool - COUSINS!

Later, we dropped Jon off at the church - I suggested that Harmony go shopping at Oakridge if she was that bored waiting for people, but she doesn't like shopping. He told the guys that she doesn't mind paying for his stuff - score from his point of view! Joey's working now because the money will all go bye-bye when he does have a girlfriend, haha. Told Jon about my plans for tomorrow, and why Eric H. couldn't hang out last weekend - certain things do have a more important priority, and I totally understand it. We thought that the Giants play-by-play announcer would definitely lose his voice since he seemed very excitable - especially when they won 3-1 against the Medicine Hat Tigers, with an empty-net goal at 19:17 of the third as insurance. (Mom thought I'd go with Jon - who was suggesting the Whip to Harmony - but NO! I needed to get home and do things such as this update - give them some time to themselves / others, too!) Haha, there are definitely some things about this day that I'll have to tell certain people! (Mom's thoughts on Jen and Jeremy, for example...)

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Taking a bath in toothpaste and ice cream?!

Here are some quizzes before I rush off to church and Joshua's thing! Yay for seeing people again!

Secret Fantasy Quiz

Secret Fantasy Quiz

Your secret fantasy is to take a bath in toothpaste and ice cream

Find out your secret fantasy at


I think not... o_O

80's Cartoon Quiz80's Cartoon Quiz

You scored 6 out of 10

Take the 80's Cartoon Quiz Quiz at

What were you in your past life?
You were ... the black plague.
'What were you in your past life?' at

Haha, that reminds me of that beer at the Whip which Jon / Jeremy / I had! Good times. :D

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Semagic crashing / Awana / Ug / Planet Hollywood's Cool Running

Semagic crashed on me yesterday, so I figured I'd work things out today. Same result, with "a sharing violation / can't save draft" error messages... so annoying! Then I thought I'd remove the program and keep the registry entry, to see what it did - the same thing. So then I thought I'd remove the registry entry this time - no luck. Turns out the Semagic program files were still on my computer, so I thought something went wrong with those in the past 24 hours or so. I removed everything and did another install, which went just fine - the way it's SUPPOSED to! Had a block with the dictionary, though - it saves to DESKTOP, not to the Semagic client. Once I double-clicked on it, it installed properly, so now everything's good. :D (got my font / draft options the way I want them - too bad I have to build the custom dictionary from scratch, but whatever :P)

Awana was all right today: apparently, I earned points with Andrew's aunt by remembering her kids' names. Betty and Rita still gave me a death glare and didn't talk to me, however. Oh well. Henry and I discussed the Richmond Night Market and the Hillsongs United concert last night - he says it was awesome! Got to help little Jordan out with some things, and Cindy came back to tell the story today! (Nehemiah building the wall with a bunch of tools AND God) Amos says he's taking Socials 11 and Math 12 in summer school: good luck on the two provincials! Said hi to Joey, and Henry said his sister would take me home since he had a Fellowship meeting - fine by me, especially since her daughters actually talked to me! (bubblegum, knowing Chinese, TV, ABC Bible stories, Christmas bear with songs, being silly, wet tissues, Boston Pizza, etc.)

At home, Corey decided to insult me in Mandarin - never mind that I know little of it, and those classes I took a few years ago don't help with insults like "idiot." (sigh) Tried calling Chinese Eric, but his phone went dead since there was an automated message about the caller not being available or out of the calling area. (he did say "hello," but nothing more - see what REAL dead phones are like, Stephen?! *not bitter, haha*) Later, I called Jon to see what was going on tomorrow - he still has to pick Harmony up, but we'll figure things out in the morning. (I know we will go to Joshua's thing, as old family friends and his godbrother) Still later, Eric called me back to explain about his phone: he says we'll hang out on Monday night, which is fine since a certain TV show isn't on anymore! Guess I'll see what happens with that - dinner and hangout time sounds GRAND, plus I can give him his stuff which is on top of the computer tower. (the list of things for him to do remains the same - oh, and I must buy Irish Spring body wash at Shoppers sometime... DARN YOU, ADVERTISING!)

A Robert Pickton movie?! Oh dear.

Planet Hollywood's Cool Running

Here are clones for two of Planet Hollywood's most popular drinks. And, take it from me, they really hit the spot on a hot summer night. But, if you don't wanna feel like you were hit by a truck the next day, go easy on these babies -- they pack quite a punch. Serve 'em with a 7-dollar cheeseburger, and crank up some clips of bad Stallone movies... it's almost like you're actually at a famous Hollywood-themed eatery.

½ oz Captain Morgan spiced rum
½ oz Malibu rum
½ oz Bacardi Limon
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
1 splash grenadine
1 splash Rose's lime juice
1 splash Bacardi 151

Combine crushed ice with all ingredients, except Bacardi 151, in a tumbler. Shake. Pour a splash of Bacardi 151 on top and serve with a straw. Makes 1 serving.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,