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Love Lounge Piano Bar with Tarot Readings [Nov. 15th, 2005|01:44 pm]
This Thursday I will be reading cards - $10 a pop - at the Love Lounge.

Andrew Lockwood and friends create a fabulous evening at the Mardi Gras Bar and Grill - 8040 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, 85257 - (480) 970-5707.

It starts at 9 PM and goes until closing - and it's free! Drinks are cheap and will be prepared by bartender Evil Brian...

Come and hang out - the possiblities are amazing!
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For the word geeks - the root of meme [Sep. 18th, 2005|10:24 am]
[mood |geekygeeky]
[music |NPR]

meme \MEEM\ noun

: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture

Example sentence:
"Blogs are an interesting way... of seeing which ideas, memes, trends and news events are getting the most comment." (Clive Thompson, quoted in the Sunday Tribune, February 6, 2005)

Did you know?
In 1976, British scientist Richard Dawkins wrote The Selfish Gene, and in his book he defended his new creation, the word "meme." Having first considered, then rejected, "mimeme," he wrote: "'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene.' I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate 'mimeme' to 'meme.'" The suitable Greek root was "mim-," meaning "mime" or "mimic." Dawkins's "mimeme" was formed from "mim-" plus "-eme," an English noun suffix that indicates a distinctive unit of language structure (as in "grapheme," "lexeme," and "phoneme"). "Meme" itself, like a good meme, caught on pretty quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language.
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United States of Shame [Sep. 3rd, 2005|11:21 am]
[mood |enragedenraged]
[music |NPR]

New Yor Times Editoral today:

September 3, 2005
United States of Shame
Stuff happens.

And when you combine limited government with incompetent government, lethal stuff happens.

America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America.

W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," he told Diane Sawyer.

Shirt-sleeves rolled up, W. finally landed in Hell yesterday and chuckled about his wild boozing days in "the great city" of N'Awlins. He was clearly moved. "You know, I'm going to fly out of here in a minute," he said on the runway at the New Orleans International Airport, "but I want you to know that I'm not going to forget what I've seen." Out of the cameras' range, and avoided by W., was a convoy of thousands of sick and dying people, some sprawled on the floor or dumped on baggage carousels at a makeshift M*A*S*H unit inside the terminal.

Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses.

Who on earth could have known that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack us by flying planes into buildings? Any official who bothered to read the trellis of pre-9/11 intelligence briefs.

Who on earth could have known that an American invasion of Iraq would spawn a brutal insurgency, terrorist recruiting boom and possible civil war? Any official who bothered to read the C.I.A.'s prewar reports.

Who on earth could have known that New Orleans's sinking levees were at risk from a strong hurricane? Anybody who bothered to read the endless warnings over the years about the Big Easy's uneasy fishbowl.

In June 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, fretted to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

Not only was the money depleted by the Bush folly in Iraq; 30 percent of the National Guard and about half its equipment are in Iraq.

Ron Fournier of The Associated Press reported that the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $105 million for hurricane and flood programs in New Orleans last year. The White House carved it to about $40 million. But President Bush and Congress agreed to a $286.4 billion pork-filled highway bill with 6,000 pet projects, including a $231 million bridge for a small, uninhabited Alaskan island.

Just last year, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials practiced how they would respond to a fake hurricane that caused floods and stranded New Orleans residents. Imagine the feeble FEMA's response to Katrina if they had not prepared.

Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA - a job he trained for by running something called the International Arabian Horse Association - admitted he didn't know until Thursday that there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.

Was he sacked instantly? No, our tone-deaf president hailed him in Mobile, Ala., yesterday: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

It would be one thing if President Bush and his inner circle - Dick Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming; Condi Rice was shoe shopping at Ferragamo's on Fifth Avenue and attended "Spamalot" before bloggers chased her back to Washington; and Andy Card was off in Maine - lacked empathy but could get the job done. But it is a chilling lack of empathy combined with a stunning lack of efficiency that could make this administration implode.

When the president and vice president rashly shook off our allies and our respect for international law to pursue a war built on lies, when they sanctioned torture, they shook the faith of the world in American ideals.

When they were deaf for so long to the horrific misery and cries for help of the victims in New Orleans - most of them poor and black, like those stuck at the back of the evacuation line yesterday while 700 guests and employees of the Hyatt Hotel were bused out first - they shook the faith of all Americans in American ideals. And made us ashamed.

Who are we if we can't take care of our own?

E-mail: liberties@nytimes.com

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company
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I'm so fucking cool :op [Aug. 14th, 2005|04:18 pm]
[mood |predatorypredatory]


?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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London Burning [Jul. 7th, 2005|11:01 am]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |news]

This is horrible. When I found out what happened in London, it was no wonder that I tossed and turned all night. The British are so composed: I see interviews with people covered in blood, and they are just as proper as can be. But man - what a freak show.

There is this big Yod happening - Merc/Venus 10 Leo in sextile to Jupiter 10 Libra - both in inconjunct to Uranus at 10 Pisces. Anyone with something at 10 Virgo is going to be hugely affected. The event chart for the first explosion has a 7 Virgo ASC... In any case, a Yod like that is bound to bring some upheaval, which apparently it did.

In any case, I am not amused. Seeing my shrink on Monday - hopefully she'll have some wise ideas about how to get me out of this funk, because I certainly can't come up with anything.
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(no subject) [Jul. 5th, 2005|09:48 am]
A huge, muddy stream. It goes all the way up to the building. And while I was asleep, they built an amphitheatre type structure right next to my window. The girls next door are excited. I cannot imagine where all this water is coming from. It wasn't there earlier! And while I was asleep, the girl next door came back from far away and is now going to stay. She started sticking her foot and her hand into our window. I thought it was a prank, but it was just her announcing herself. I was happy she was back. But where did this water come from? The whole landscape is different now. Then suddenly I remember. It had been overgrown with trees and shrubbery. They cleared it away! And apparently, that water had been there all along, except it was obscured by the overgrowth. What an epiphany. All those emotions now flowing freely, clear up to the building. Good thing I'm on the second floor, I think. But in reality I'm not. I'm drowning.

And then I thought everone in Sam's family had died, but it turns out that they are fine. Her mom, dad and brother are there. I am so overjoyed that I go up to each one of them and give them these big, sobby hugs. When it comes time to hug the brother, he pulls me on top of himself and whispers in my ear: do you play with yourself a lot? I'm not sure how to react, but it's comfortable there so I stay a while. I can feel him underneath me and am wondering what this is about. The brother - such a dick, usually - and now so attentive. And in such a strange way. I bite him. And then I wake up to discover that there is a huge, muddy stream outside my building. And they have built an amphitheatre type structure while I was asleep. I have to tell my friend about this dream. But where did all this water come from....
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Word Geeks [Apr. 3rd, 2005|09:43 am]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |NPR]

On NPR I just heard the word 'eucalegon', which means, a man whose neighbor's house is on fire. It is my goal to use it in a sentence one of these days.

Of course I had to google it and found following site -
The Archive of Endangered, Special, or Fun Words:


Word Geeks Unite!
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(no subject) [Feb. 18th, 2005|10:40 am]
[mood |bah]
[music |NPR]

What is it with the money? I have none. I'm screwed.

In December and January I was doing fine, and now I'm not doing fine at ALL. As much as I enjoy all this diversity, I wish for some continuity in the monetary flow - like lotsa flow. More than enough flow.

Really, I just want to curl up in the fetal position and read. With this bouquet of irons I have in the fire, you'd think one of them would take, no?

I spit on you, life.
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What's your WQ? [Feb. 17th, 2005|05:34 pm]

What is your weird quotient? Click to find out!
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Lenten Fish Combo (now at Sonic) [Feb. 9th, 2005|02:17 pm]
[mood |bright]

Just now, I was commenting on theklute
giving up cigarettes for Lent. Though I am faaar from embracing the one-sided, limiting concepts of dogmatic religion, I like the thought of giving up something for the furthering of our development.

As soon as you give something up, you have to add something back in, in order to maintain a balance and not to create a big ol' void.

So, I am giving up suffering. Suffering is so Piscean Age. And I am introducing Bright Side - which is the ability to always look on the bright side of any situation I encounter.
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