Get your Peter Beagle-approved, autographed new release of "The Last Unicorn" DVD here
. Because Beagle has been screwed over
, this is the ONLY way to make sure he receives anything from sales of the new DVD. Please don't buy this film anywhere else.
EDIT: I just ordered one, and I had a slight glitch in the order process. I used the contact e-mail address and wrote them to be sure my order was OK, and someone (actually, I believe it was the owner of Conlan Press) answered me back about 29 minutes later. On a Sunday, even. I'm very impressed!
I need to start reading fiction again. So I'm reading Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
in free daily chunks from Daily Lit
My eyes are SO ITCHY. I'm going to go have to ask for something stronger/different compared to what I'm currently taking (Deconamine + Flonase). I blame the acacia trees
. They're pretty, but I'm thinking that I'm allergic. Naturally, acacia trees are one of the main decorative elements at CSUEB. The specific pollen driving me nuts might be something else, but it's more than likely some kind of tree. As several people have said, why do the sex lives of trees have to be so public?
Does it seem odd to anyone else that Harry Potter is about to come to an end? (The series, I mean ... probably ...) It just seems like not that long ago that I thought it would be practically a lifetime before the series concluded. (NB: Youngsters for whom
we have always been at war with Oceania
there has always been Harry Potter need not reply!)
Speaking of HP--if you pre-order the final Harry Potter book from Borders, the clerk will ask you what you think about Snape. Depending on how you answer, you'll get a "trust SNAPE" or "SNAPE is a very bad man" sticker, or both if you're truly on the fence. I got both and I'm seriously considering putting them both on my car. Side by side, actually--the decorations in the corners line up nicely. I probably won't, since it'll all be resolved in a few short months.
Dear American Library Association, does it REALLY cost you $7 to mail a poster? Maybe it does, but Cambridge University Press, I do NOT think it costs you $6 to mail a fairly thin paperback from New York (not from England, mind)--and then they charge $1.75 for each additional book. Both organizations just lost sales from me; I'll do without the ALA poster rather than pay $21 for a poster, and I'll get the Cambridge book from Amazon. (Cambridge also wanted to charge me CA sales tax.) Cambridge sent me this great-looking end-of-year sale with 30% off all TESOL books, but by the time I calculated shipping and tax, it wasn't worth it at all. Boo.
The real story behind General Tso's Chicken
. I am something of a food snob, but there are a lot of
Chinese fusion dishes that I really like, and I love a good American-style General Tso's, because I love sweet+spicy together. (I guess that combination occurs more naturally in Sichuan food, like yuxiang qiezi/"fish"(garlic)-flavored eggplant.)
Also, here is an excellent article on easily making onigiri at home.
And it answers my question about making yaki-onigiri, which I LOVE even unfilled. I have some fish-free and MSG-free furikake (mostly dried vegetable bits and toasted sesame seeds) I want to try mixed in sometime.
I have another suggestion for people looking for prospective dates and new LJ friends: Check out the page of LJ-using authors at The White List
, add your favorite authors, check their userinfo to see who else has friended them, and then check out the userinfo for those people till you find some people who look interesting. Just leave 'em a note saying you saw they are also reading Famous Author's journal, and they look interesting themselves, and so you hope they don't mind if you add them. Yes, this is perfectly polite in the weird world of LJ.
There's Diane Duane, Pat Cadigan, Judith Tarr, Elizabeth Bear, Ellen Kushner, Kij Johnson, Scott McCloud, Pamela Dean, Steven Brust, Suzy McKee Charnas, Tamora Pierce, Roman Dirge, George R. R. Martin (I did NOT know he had an LJ), etc. (NB: For purposes of friends recruitment, you'll want the ones with the little person icon, as in kijjohnson
, because those are real LJs with userinfo, not the ones with the little broadcast RSS icon, like shetterly