Archive for November 2008

Blog Notes: November Contents Now Up!

November 30, 2008

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One month left til this blog goes dead!

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Blog Notes: Eh.

November 30, 2008

I have a bunch of Doom dispatches that I should be posting.

Instead, I’m closing the blog early for today.

I shouldn’t eat in the evening while blogging. I lose my motivation.

Up next will be the post linking to November’s Contents.

Tomorrow begins the final month of this blog!

Cagney & Lacey

November 30, 2008

One of the hottest shows on CBS Monday night at 10PM was Cagney & Lacey.

It turns out it has an official website.

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And producer Barney Rosenzweig has written a book.

(I must go off on a tangent here. He originally did it POD with iUniverse and there’s a frank discussion of what that was like. I’m hoping Rosenzweig will investigate the possibly of an eBook edition — for people like me who can’t deal with paper any longer.)

I’m pretty sure I watched the entire Daly/Gless series when it aired — or at least once it was parked in that Monday at 10PM spot. Some TV series become “appointment TV” — and Cagney & Lacey was one of those for me.

And now, the great opening titles:

No Frogs, No Bees … And No Acorns?

November 30, 2008

Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop

The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn’t find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head.

Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill.

But Simmons really got spooked when he was teaching a class on identifying oak and hickory trees late last month. For 2 1/2 miles, Simmons and other naturalists hiked through Northern Virginia oak and hickory forests. They sifted through leaves on the ground, dug in the dirt and peered into the tree canopies. Nothing.

Too early to tell what this means.

Have the frogs gotten better?

Have the bees returned?

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #444: UnFood

November 30, 2008

Yuk – the sausage rolls with just 6% pork
Big supermarkets’ budget food is selling well but its quality is poor

SOME of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains are compromising on quality by selling budget items such as sausage rolls with as little as 6% pork.

Sainsbury’s and Tesco are working hard to market their low-cost lines as they compete with discount chains to attract cash-strapped shoppers.

This is often coming at the expense of quality, however. An analysis of low-cost foods at the two chains has found, in addition to the sausage rolls, fisherman’s pies with 9% fish and square cheese slices with 11% cheese. The products have been bulked out with ingredients such as water, animal fat and sugar.

Emphasis added by me.

Ew.

But what this reporter missed is something very important in a Comment:

As a retired Chemist I read the labels with some interest. Lists of ingredients now tend to include margarine. It seems that “hydrogenated vegetable oil” is a no no. However margarine IS by definition hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Cynical manipulation of the public by big business as usual.

Emphasis added by me.

Be careful what you stock up on. With some of these items, it’d be healthier to starve.

Another Excerpt From Writer Tito Perdue

November 30, 2008

The hallucinogenic and mysterious novel he’s writing, The Node, continues with Excerpt Five.

Previously here:

See Writer Tito Perdue In Person!
Writer Tito Perdue: A Second Novel Excerpt
Writer Tito Perdue: Excerpt Of New Novel
Writer Tito Perdue: New Novel!
Writer Tito Perdue: New Website

Advice That Is Still Good

November 29, 2008

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