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i am beyond elated to know that our country has elected barack obama! this election has been a bit of a new experience for me. i have finally voted for a candidate that won the election! it was also a new experience for me to be excited to cast my ballot as a positive vote for a candidate that i believe in and not cast my ballot as a protest vote, or a defensive vote or a vote for the lesser of two evils.
we had a party last night and when they called the election it was utter pandemonium in our house - people cheering, hugging, crying, corks popping, dogs barking, phones ringing. it felt like new year's eve.
we really were ringing in a new era and i have hope that we can turn a new page in our country's history and start getting things on the right track. we need to heal the red state-blue state divide. let's stop wasting so much time and energy on hate and put that energy towards fixing some of the problems that our country faces. our president-elect is not going to be able to solve all the problems himself, but i truly believe that he can lead us to solutions that we, as a country, can implement.
the victory is bittersweet though, and my excitement is more than a bit dampened by the result on proposition 8. i am very disappointed that californians have voted against marriage equality. we'll get there eventually, though. in time, everyone will come to realize that it's wrong to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation just like it's wrong to discriminate against someone based on the color of their skin.
to end it on a happy note, here's a picture of the president elect, who, apparently, is also a bruin!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
support the no on prop 8 campaign.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
i very rarely talk about work here, but this is one of the most accurate and straightforward depictions of the down-the-rabbit-hole world that i inhabit during my working hours, so i thought i needed to share. follow this link to reason magazine's humorous yet remarkably straightforward and accurate chart explaining exactly how difficult and complicated it is to obtain a greencard in the u.s. i hate it when the restrictionists say that they resent the "illegals" flouting the immigration laws because they always seem to imply that these individuals could easily get a greencard but just choose not to. the reality is exactly the opposite. it is actually very difficult to obtain a greencard in the u.s. and almost impossible to obtain one for an unskilled labor position, even if you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you. moreover, there are very few nonimmigrant (temporary) visa options for unskilled laborers either. the reason we have such a high number of undocumented people living in this country is there are no available options for them to legally immigrate.
our current immigration system is just plain broken. among the many deficiencies that make it the complex, arcane rube goldberg-like contraption that is described in the flowchart linked above, it does not provide a legal option for the workers who are needed to fill gaps in our labor market. and if you tell me that these workers are coming to steal americans' jobs, i'll ask you how many americans you think are lining up to work in the fields or clean toilets for a living (and then i'll block your ip address so you can never visit my blog again).
Sunday, August 31, 2008
what a beautiful model
Originally uploaded by lornababy
and here's ella sue, modeling this fall's hottest baby haute couture - a raglan sweater in hot pink and lime green hand made by the fashion house of maltese parakeet paired with a stylish diaper by pampers. note the floral motif on the buttons and the front pocket for pacifier storage for babies on the go. hair styling by teri.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare - i've had beef sashimi and beef carpaccio, but never the full blown steak tartare with the egg and everything
5. Crocodile - does alligator count?
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
12. Pho - one of my favorites
13. PB&J sandwich - every day for breakfast!
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns - bao-i-licous!
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut - never again, though, yuk!
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea - on the orient express, thank you very much
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - have i ever!
40. Oxtail - one of my favorite dishes at versailles cuban restaurant
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu - consider this a strikethrough
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin - in kyoto, no less.
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - my favorite hangover meal
57. Dirty gin martini - many dirty, filthy vodka martinis, actually - this counts!
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
63. Kaolin - isn't this clay?!
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - fried dough? yes, please!
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
89. Horse - not knowingly
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa - i've had regular harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox - i've had a zillion bagels, but not with lox
97. Lobster Thermidor - also on the orient express
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
61/100. not bad. i've put some comments above. i didn't think there's anything i wouldn't eat at least once, so i didn't line anything out at first - but, on second reading, i'm not going to try fugu, i.e., puffer fish. i'm not that interested in possibly dying if the sushi chef was having an off night.
i've been thinking a lot about what it means to be an omnivore recently. while i am really enjoying eating more vegetarian meals recently, i just can't give up things like steak. i'm sorry militant vegans, i really like steak, and chicken, and pork, and fish, and eggs and milk. but i also really like vegetables, and tofu, and lentils and beans. so, while i can eat a little more responsibly (for my body and for the planet), i'm not going to give up meat completely, i'll just eat it less. just another example, i guess, of my slowly developing philosophy on life, which is to eschew extemes. buddhists may recognize it as the middle path.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
all my excitement about dmb week and davemas came to a grinding halt last night in the t-shirt line at the staples center. i was excitedly standing there with my mom and contemplating buying the event poster, when some random guy told me that i had better buy the poster because leroi died today. i told him to shut up and it’s not funny to start rumors like that. (sorry i was mean to you, random guy in the tshirt line.) i bought the poster. it was the last one.
so, when we got to our seats, i started looking on the internet for any news and saw it on tmz. i was not willing to believe it from tmz, so i went to the band’s site and saw the “in memory of” photo above. utter shock. we were close to the front with other warehouse members, so a lot of the people in our section already knew.
it was nothing short of amazing to be part of the band's celebration of leroi last night. when the guys came out with bartender, it just broke my heart. you could just see the pain etched on all of their faces. i knew from the start it was going to be a difficult show to get through, and it was, but after it’s all said and done, i can’t imagine any other place i’d rather have been. last night’s show was a fitting tribute to leroi – his fans gathered together to honor his life by enjoying his music played so lovingly and with such raw emotion by his closest friends. and yes, i danced and yelled – i wanted to be sure leroi could hear us, wherever he is now, and i wanted the rest of the guys to know that the crowd was out there, giving all the support and love we could.
if there is one message from dmb’s music that really speaks to me, it is to enjoy your life and let your favorite people know you love them every day, because you never know when it’s going to be over. i am certain leroi knew how much we all adored him.
so , leroi, here’s to you. thank you for sharing your gift with us. you will be missed.
Proudest Monkey *
So Damn Lucky *
Eh Hee *
Water Into Wine *
Burning Down The House *
Dancing Nancies *
Loving Wings *
The Maker *
Grey Street *
Dreaming Tree *
Crash Into Me *
Anyone Seen The Bridge *
Too Much Intro *
Ants Marching *
Corn Bread *
Two Step *
* Jeff Coffin
+ Dave, Tim, Carter and Rashawn
indicates a segue into next song
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
we're so excited to have a baby in the family. especially one as special as ella. we all love her to bits. i think we've all gone a little baby mad, dressing her up like a little doll. ella's half-birthday is coming up, and here are the little gifts i made for her:
a little raglan sweater with a pocket for her pacifier:
and a sugar skull dress:
by way of explanation, this is not morbid. ella's mom, her other aunt and i are fans of the mexican holiday, day of the dead. the holiday is not macabre or scary, it's about honoring and remembering relatives and friends that have passed on. the symbol of the skeleton is a principal feature of the day of the dead altar and the three of us collect skeleton items and display them all year long. so, i couldn't help but make a dress out of this material for our little darling.
Monday, August 04, 2008
see more dog pictures
i think my original one (see below) was better, but this still pretty funny and now my dog's butt is famous! yay, multy!
so, in the past few weeks, i've made it on to two of my three favorite sites on teh interwebs (see below for my cuteotters.com debut). sigh, if only meg would post my fat, happy seal picture on cuteoverload...
Friday, August 01, 2008
Mom: No. Do you have any idea how much I just spent on your new glasses? Wait, where are your new glasses!?
at which point I left the vicinity because I did not want to witness the beat down that kid was about to get.
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Monday, July 28, 2008
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i can't tell if this has been photoshopped or not, but it's f'ing funny.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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i've always been a big fan of otters since a trip to the monterrey bay aquarium oh-so-long-ago, so it goes without saying that i've been a big fan of the cuteotters.com website since it started up. when we went to seattle, i went to the aquarium just to see their otters and get pictures to send in to cuteotters.com. i sent them off to the site's creator and dedicated otter fan, peter, last week and he just posted them today. so, go check out my otter pics on cuteotters.com and enjoy the rest of peter's otter-riffic (see what i did there?) site! hooray for otters!
Friday, July 11, 2008
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Monday, July 07, 2008
note that the collective gasping and awwwwing at the cuteness is louder than the sound the whale just made.
Friday, July 04, 2008
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Monday, June 23, 2008
The big one, the word fuck that's the one that hangs them up the most. [']Cause in a lot of cases that's the very act that hangs them up the most. So, it's natural that the word would, uh, have the same effect. It's a great word, fuck, nice word, easy word, cute word, kind of. Easy word to say. One syllable, short u. (laughter) Fuck. (Murmur) You know, it's easy. Starts with a nice soft sound fuh ends with a kuh. Right? (laughter) A little something for everyone. Fuck (laughter) Good word. Kind of a proud word, too. Who are you? I am FUCK. (laughter) FUCK OF THE MOUNTAIN. (laughter) Tune in again next week to FUCK OF THE MOUNTAIN. (laughter) It's an interesting word too, [']cause it's got a double kind of a life - personality - dual, you know, whatever the right phrase is. It leads a double life, the word fuck. First of all, it means, sometimes, most of the time, fuck. What does it mean? It means to make love. Right? We're going to make love, yeh, we're going to fuck, yeh, we're going to fuck, yeh, we're going to make love. (laughter) we're really going to fuck, yeh, we're going to make love. Right? And it also means the beginning of life, it's the act that begins life, so there's the word hanging around with words like love, and life, and yet on the other hand, it's also a word that we really use to hurt each other with, man. It's a heavy. It's one that you have toward the end of the argument. (laughter) Right? (laughter) You finally can't make out. Oh, fuck you man. I said, fuck you. (laughter, murmur) Stupid fuck. (laughter) Fuck you and everybody that looks like you. (laughter) man. It would be nice to change the movies that we already have and substitute the word fuck for the word kill, wherever we could, and some of those movie cliches would change a little bit. Madfuckers still on the loose. Stop me before I fuck again. Fuck the ump, fuck the ump, fuck the ump, fuck the ump, fuck the ump. Easy on the clutch Bill, you'll fuck that engine again. (laughter)
the first time i heard this, i was a sophomore in college taking a class called freedom of communication. we studied the famous pacifica case and not only was the above passage required reading, but my professor, geoff cowan, actually read the filthy words bit verbatim in class. unfortunately, though, i took the class a year too late. prof. cowan did the bit every year in class and, the year before, unbeknownst to him, george carlin's daughter, kelly, was taking his class. well, kelly told her dad that her professor was stealing his bit, and george carlin came to the next session and did the bit for real for the whole class! when we were studying for the final for this class, my friend, taleen and i, traded off reading this to each other. to this day, all i have to do is say "i am fuck, fuck of the mountain" and i can hear tal laugh all the way from san francisco!
sorry for all the f-bombs on my blog lately, but sometimes it just needs to be said. and george couldn't have said it better. 'bye, george. we'll miss ya. hope you're in heaven eatin' pork chops with jesus.
Friday, June 20, 2008
see Obama pictures
really? obama's baby mama? are you saying that because you think that's something that black people say? do you even know what baby mama means? i bet you do. so, you're really going to insinuate that an ivy league educated, successful woman lawyer is somehow the same as an unwed mother? really? pander to racial stereotypes much? so, to fox news, i say, fuck you. no, really. just fuck right off.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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