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Sushi making kit

Wow, they really are correct. If your hands aren't the proper temperature, you really can taste yourself. And I taste terrible.


Found in a Dove chocolate today

"Chocolate won't let you down." That is sooo true.


BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

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Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.


“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

More odd dreams

Hetalia does D. Gray-man. Arthur as an Exorcist, with Matthew and Alfred being in a position similar to Komui (joined the Black Order to keep Arthur, their cousin, company after he had been drafted). Arthur's innocence was his wand. Alfred was a Finder, and Matthew got to worry his head off about both of them in the Research Division. Kiku was also an Exorcist; he had Mugen, but was much more polite than Kanda. Ivan was a General (a lot like Sokalo), with a parasitic Innocence in his heart. Alfred and Ivan had just met in the cafeteria, much the same way Kanda and Allen met, except with a lot more creepiness on Ivan's part.


Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

What's worse: a pit of snakes or a pit of spiders?
Spiders!  Definitely spiders!

Real Life Updates

Tried out some new restaurants. The Korean barbeque place was good, but I honestly wouldn't want to eat there again. I don't know if they had a gas leak or the ventilation was off that day, but the entire place smelled a bit off. It had a lot of good points though, reasonably priced, very good food, and not too much salt. I don't even know the name of it, but it was in Zagat's and on Route 3A.

I also went to Cake in Lexington. They mostly do cupcakes although you can buy regular cakes for special occasions. Very good, the cakes were moist and flavorful, and the icing wasn't too sweet. My only objection was there was too much icing, almost as much volume to the icing as there was cupcake. I like the icing, and I didn't mind them injecting some into the cupcake, but too much makes eating it a little messy, like a cone overfilled with ice cream. If anyone wants to visit me for lunch, I'll be happy to take you there, but they close at 5 PM, which is why we went to Rancatore's last time instead.

(By the way, are you a frosting or a cupcake person? And how much of each? Me, I like cupcakes with just a smear or a dab of frosting. But I know there are some of you out there who would feel that Cake had put on too little icing. Come on now, fess up.)

Indian summer has kicked in. It was down right chilly the week before, so it's good to feel warm again. I'm hoping the good weather will last all week, but I'd be satisfied with half.

I saw my first gas price below $3.50 in a long while. Let's keep hoping that they continue to go down. Of course, now that I've mentioned it, they're sure to go skyrocketing up again.

And I got a job. Or at least a paid internship. It's strange how much of my self-esteem was tied up in that. It's only until the end of the semester, and it's only been my first week there, but I'm still remarkably happy. Wish me luck!


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