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Friday, April 29, 2005

It's all about smelling good.

"A portion of the profits will be donated to the following charities in an effort to boost our fundraising efforts: Safe Haven For Donkeys in the Holy Land, Bat Conservation International, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, and the Animal Assistance League of Orange County."
Springtime in Arkham, Available from April 1 til June 1, 2005. An olfactory tribute to the Cthulhu Mythos and the world of H.P. Lovecraft. (Goths) $15.00 per 5ml bottle.

Very cool stuff here and for such good causes (and only until June 1!):

A sinister, sinuous incense of summoning, a herald and paean to the Primordial Gods of Darkness, Chaos, Madness and Decay.

A shadowy, unapproachable forest of maple, birch, dogwood, cypress and pine softened by a garland of New England wildflowers: bergamot, columbine, rue anemone, blue violet, creeping phlox, bloodroot, toadflax, and pixie moss. Mmmmm, too bad my birthday isn't until July.

Azathoth is the blind, idiot god who sits on a black throne at the center of Chaos. His scent is high-pitched and screeching, both impenetrably dark and searingly bright with the clarity of madness: tangerine, saffron, vetiver, black amber and cedarwood.

A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters.

Dry, skeletal woods and moist marsh, dripping with the perfume of bog lilies.

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The scent of Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished oakwood halls.

The lust incense of a corrupted Astarte. A blend of ritual herbs and dark resins, shot through with three gingers and aphrodisiacal spices.

A crystalline, cold green fire: six mints with white pepper and cucumber.

A foreboding, tenebrific death rattle; the scent of a dying breath as it wafts into the marshland: Spanish moss, cedar, black pepper, oakmoss, juniper, bamboo reeds and cardamom.

The perfume of eternity in vast, unknowable space. A glittering oil, ephemeral, iridescent, and horrifying in its immeasurable emptiness. This is the scent of air and darkness."

God! This makes me want to read Lovecraft!

So, buy some for someone in your life, and if you need a reason to spend the money, well, it's because you can only get it until June 1 and part of the profits are going to really good causes. And it will impress people. Or something.

Maybe Comic-con could buy several gallons of one of these and pump it through the air conditioning system at San Diego this summer. Just a thought.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:49 PM PST [Link]

April 29: Jesus of the Week and Sisyphus Shrugged

April 30: Julianne Malveaux and K Chronicles

May 1: Pseudo-Adrienne and LHLS Reviews

May 2: Spacefem and Mad Kane

May 3: The Mahablog and WTF is it now?

May 4: Mayor Sam and The Map Room

May 5: Media Girl and memepool.com

This list is alphabetized by url.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:05 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, April 28, 2005

When Goths go commercial:

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL)

Some interesting stuff described in there and you can get samples! 6 for $16. Smart Goths, these Goths.

Oh well, I think I'll try to stay in the sunshine a while longer with Escential Oils. Their essential oil of rose absolute is lovely beyond words.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:50 PM PST [Link]

The Book Meme Thingy: Jan Adams sent me this and, although I hate these things and beg you all to please not send me anymore, I'm superstitious, so if this kind of thing bores you, here's some Star Trek women. Otherwise click on [Link].

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:51 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Kevin Drum is a man in a mineshaft wondering why it's so dark:

"The reason liberalism seems lackluster these days is that with the exception of the radical left, which is mostly ignored, garden variety liberals don't have all that much to complain about."

1) I don't know any garden variety liberals, do you? Should I complain about that?

2) I have Kevin Drum and his deformed vision of liberalism that he continues to present as the one true faith to complain about.

3) Outside of the Kevin Drum Mineshaft, here's a little of what some folks and I are complaining about:

Jessie at In Search of Telford has the scoop on how much prices have, mainly on food and oil during the Bush administration, and why that is. Chart freaks, take note!

Unemployment in March was 5.2%, with 480,000 discouraged workers who've given up looking for a job. I don't know what these people live on (certainly not blogging for the Washington Monthly), but it can't be good. Oh, and these numbers are an improvement over February.

The "war" in Iraq is costing more than the 160 BILLION DOLLARS calculated on April 3, 2005.

The boring old sky-high national debt.

Abortion on demand. Don't be confused; it's not about abortion, it's about controlling, dare I say oppressing, women.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 45 million Americans, or about 15 percent of the population, have no health coverage, either through private insurance or government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid.

AIDS, drug-resistant strains of staph and TB, Mad Cow, mercury emissions, etc.

Now, these issues might not have the glamour of Saddam Hussian in a hole in the ground, but this is what I'm worried and complaining about. And not just worrying and complaining, I'm writing checks, voting Democrat, and doing my best to stay in the lower middle class. Kevin, in his mineshaft, has the luxury of worrying that liberals won't or can't rise to the challenge of whatever he thinks the problem is. This makes him the guy at the forest fire critiquing the fire fighters' helmets. Furthermore, I don't know why Kevin devotes so much time to beating up on liberals when he claims to be one. Yes, it is like being savaged by a dead hamster, but still annoying. If Kevin's goal in all this is to make himself feel safe by making sure his readers know how cool he is because he claims to know how fucked up liberals are, that's very pathetic.

I don't link to Kevin, but here's where he's shooting his keyboard off: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_04/006197.php in response to Michael Walzer's All God's Children Got Values essay in the Spring 2005 issue of Dissent. I liked this essay until I read it through the Kevin Drum Mineshaft-o-lizer. I now see the Mr. Walzer misses the boat early on:

"In fact, ideology rules everywhere on the right, across the spectrum of issues in which right-wing intellectuals and activists take an interest (note the combination: it used to be only the left that had intellectuals and activists). Everywhere, we see radically coherent, single-causal analyses of social problems and radical proposals to deal with the problems once and for all: lower and lower taxes, privatized Social Security, tests and more tests in the public schools, torture for terrorists, war for Saddam, democracy for the Arabs. And everything will be wonderful, after the revolution. This is the first crossover: ideological certainty and zeal have migrated to the right."

It's been there all along. What would the John Birch Society and its ilk be with out it? (It's not online, but Dan Kelly has a wonderful essay on JBS in "Boob Jubilee" called Birchismo that's all about ideological certainty and zeal and suchlike.)

What we're seeing are the ideas of the super extreme right in America gaining lots of ground in mainstream politics. The Left hasn't wimped out; it just stayed sane in an insane political environment. (See David Neiwert's writing at Orcinus [I don't make this stuff up, you know])

Mr. Walzer would have us believe that prior to these Republicans we got now, that those Republicans were like Thurston Howell the Third and his wife, Lovey, of Gilligan's Island: clueless, mellow, boozy, arrogant, obtuse and, most importantly, harmless. The extreme right has never been harmless. And these new Southern Republicans; well, a lynch mob needs no politics.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:54 PM PST [Link]

I guess the A-list bloggers, who remain blissfully unaware of the Hackenblog 2+ years later (the hounds), are looking for a new slogan for the Democrats, so here's my contribution, if it's not already taken:

Democrats - Workin' for a Livin'

And remember, you saw it on the Hackenblog first!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:38 PM PST [Link]

Reagan's Presidential Diaries to Be Published

Words fail me, but I'll probably buy one off the remainder table.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:01 AM PST [Link]

"I'm going to see Kung Fu Hustle for the fourth time."

And people think I'm odd because I saw it twice over the weekend.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:23 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Ladies of Star Trek (TOS)

Well, that should cheer everyone up.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:30 PM PST [Link]

The Sponge... it's back! (Seriously good information in this post at The Well Timed Period.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:29 PM PST [Link]

Excuse me, I've become a Bloglines freak. Is there really no feed for the "hard" news in the LA Times? If there is, I'd be much obliged for it.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:28 AM PST [Link]

"Once you go down that road, it's truly the end of one kind of civilization or another. Either the country is changed into a society that is opposed to its founding. Or it's the death knell of the entire radical fundamentalist agenda, because the nation would be forced to ask itself if it wants to be a no abortion, prayer in school, gay bashing regency just bidin' its time until Jeeeezus comes back to fuck us all up, or if it wants to be America."
Dobson's Mad Justice, Rude Pundit, April 25, 2005

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:09 AM PST [Link]

Monday, April 25, 2005

"The Economic Benefits of 'Losers'

"The term makeinu in this context has become popular thanks to the book, and the essentially negative word has taken on a new meaning. Far from being true losers, the makeinu group possess strong purchasing power and have the potential to boost personal consumption. They have a general liking for name-brand products, gourmet food, and travel.

"Women of this profile are also likely to purchase condominiums. The number of makeinu women who have no plans to marry and prefer to buy their own homes than pay rent is rapidly rising, and to meet their demand the Government Housing Loan Corporation has eased its lending guidelines to accommodate for the purchase of condominiums with an area of 30 square meters or larger instead of the previous 50 square meters." WHO'S THE LOSER? Bestseller Illuminates Diversity of Women's Lifestyles, Trends in Japan, Lifestyle Section, Sometime last year

I keep saying single women over 30 are a force to be reckoned with, and now, even in Japan. More so those of us over 40; we're smart, employed, and know what we want, but are open to (reasonable) suggestion. And we look just as good walking away from you as we do walking toward you. Losers, my ass.

So get with it, fanboy publishers, "She-Hulk" is/was not a theme, it's a trend.

Thanks to Kanae, the fabulous Berlin pianist, for the link.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:12 PM PST [Link]

"As for Rice, she had a very tense meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this Wednesday in Moscow. She said there would be more orange revolutions in Russia's back yard, she told Putin not to try getting re-elected, and she stopped short of labeling Russia a terrorist state - according to Russian journalists from, among other sources, Kommersant and Pravda. Then she went for an interview at the popular radio Echo Moskvy. Rice - sold by the White House as a Russian expert and fluent Russian speaker, although she never lived in the country - couldn't understand her interviewer "even when discussing the only non-political question", according to Kommersant. She was asked whether she was going to run for US president in 2008. She answered da (yes) in Russian. Then a mental 'ooops!' intervened, she realized she didn't get it, and hastened to say nyet! (no) seven times. It's possible as well that Rice may not have really understood what the NTCT is trying to say."
It's terror when we say so - US, by Pepe Escobar, India Monitor (synd Asia Times), Monday, April 25, 2005

Well, maybe you don't have to be a fraud, a fool, and a jerk to succeed in bushco, but it sure seems to help. Fluent in Russian, eh? Ninnyhammer. Does Putin speak English, or does he make her use a translator?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:41 PM PST [Link]

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A collection of the odd curated by Tild~ Where does she find this stuff?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:22 AM PST [Link]

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