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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Sep. 25th, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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Under a cut and on LiveJournal so that those who don't want spoilers can avoid them.

It's a good show for the most part.  So far all we've seen is a pilot and usually Whedon's shows improve significantly after all the exposition gets out of the way.  That's also usually when they're cancelled, but we won't get into that rant here and now.

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Public post

  • Nov. 4th, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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There is a crowdsourcing project underway to assist FEMA and the CAP with image analysis in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  If you have any free time, even a few minutes, even while you're watching TV, reading facebook or doing anything else, go over there and help them out.  It's not difficult and it really does help out.

"I am a princess"

  • Oct. 10th, 2012 at 3:18 PM
Not sure exactly how I feel about this commercial. One one hand it's brilliant advertising that answers a very specific, targeted criticism. On the other our modern vernacular refers to calling someone a princess as a bad thing. And I'm not sure Disney, who has a major financial stake in the game, is the appropriate venue to "reclaim" the word. What do you all think?

Link, in case the embed fails:

Aug. 13th, 2012

  • 4:11 PM
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There was a shooting near campus today.  Me and mine are fine and were not involved in any way.  One was about 2 blocks away and is currently stuck in her house as emergency and investigation crews are going their thing. 

The town and community are in shock.  Three people are dead.  Others are injured.  The word is that this all started because of an eviction notice.

Aug. 11th, 2012

  • 5:45 PM
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Posting this here to maybe use later:

The title is Top 12 Things You Should Never Ask a Woman. #12 needs to be beaten into everyone's head, imo.

Deja vu all over again

  • Aug. 9th, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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I don't like any of the attack ads I've been seeing. Both candidates can do much, much better than just attack each other. 

Up until now I haven't considered posting about it, though.  But this one made me pause.  Link in case the embed doesn't work.  I can't help but notice it specifically targets Catholics.

We've seen this before.  And we all know how that turned out.

Link in case the embed doesn't work. Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea? 


Random Gymnastics Talk

  • Aug. 7th, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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Cut for "spoilers".... For those of you who don"t want to hear anything about the stuff that will be broadcast tonight.Collapse )

And about the hair talk: I don't have a twitter account so I didn't see what was said over there.  I do follow gymnastics blogs and news sites.  Over in the gym-sites people were talking about all of the women's gymnasts' hair.  Not just Douglas.  Specifically they were calling the half-bun messy and unkempt. 

For example, we've got Nastia Liukin at Olympic Trials (on the right - that's Martha Karolyi on the left).  Her hair really did look like this during the entire course of multi-day competition (she had a horrible meet, didn't qualify for the Olympic Team and was justifiably upset):

New York Mag even made a slideshow of the hair styles from the Olympics in their style section. 

The reason people are reacting to this, specifically gymnasts, is that there is something called an appearance deduction.  The rules state all gymnasts must have a "neat and proper athletic appearance" [I'm not sure how to link a pdf from my laptop to here].  The idea that any elite level gymnast would risk the duduction at The Olympics is astounding to those who are familiar with the sport.  If you notice they go through a lot of effort with makeup, clothing selections (each team dresses in the same clothes - even when they're not competing) and even leotard selection.  They know they're being watched by a billion people.  The notion that they prepped for the biggest meet of their lives and deliberately did so in a sloppy or careless manner is shocking.  If anyone called Douglas, specifically, out on this without including the others, that's unacceptable.  The slideshow above shows that she's hardly alone in this.

And while some might say that the women are being unfairly targeted, you should read what's being said about the Chilean men's gymnast.  And his mustache (the link contains a "spoiler" and lots of ads). There's the men's gymnast for Great Britain that's gotten press over his tattoos and unusual choice in hair style.  The US Men's Gymnastics team is being called the "hottest team on the planet", at the same time people are unfairly calling them "disappointments" for not achieving more medals. 

The point is that there are a lot of "different" people on twitter.  Spanny reports that a lot of them are talking about gymnastics as well.  She only covers women's gymnastics, but I've been seeing reports of similar weirdness about the men too.  Olympic athletes are on a worldwide stage so people will talk about every last little detail.  Why? Because they aren't training for an Olympics themselves and have the time and boredom to do it. The hair was trending because it was the most obvious thing and applied to a number of very high profile athletes.  The good news is that everyone will forget about this in a month. And the athletes involved will still be super-human, comic-book-hero-style bad asses who made history.
Box Dude
So with all the hubbub about a certain fast food chicken chain I got to thinking.  Why do I get sick when I eat there?  It's the same symptoms I have when I eat garlic and onions, but I always avoid the items which obviously have garlic and onions in them.  SO I checked their website and they list ingredients there.

Every. Fricking. Item. Contains. "Spices".  And some list the spices as garlic powder and onion powder. 

Now we know.

And, Eau. Em. Gee. Do they ever load up on preservatives. 

This is the list of ingredients from a "heathy" chicken wrap: "Flatbread (water, enriched wheat flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], wheat gluten, corn starch, oat fiber, isolated soy protein, soy flour, soy oil, salt, sesame flour, calcium sulfate, dextrose, whole wheat flour, monoglycerides, fumaric acid, canola oil, honey, salt, whole berries, barley flakes, rolled oats, cracked wheat, flaxseeds, yeast, calcium propionate, L-Cysteine [dough conditioner]), Chargrilled chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, water, seasoning [sugar, salt, dextrose, garlic powder, onion powder, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, spice, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, flavor, paprika {color}], seasoning [salt, sugar, spices, and paprika], butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color], rice starch and potassium phosphate), green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, red cabbage, carrots, Monterey/Jack cheddar cheese blend (cheddar cheese [cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, annatto {color}], Monterey Jack cheese [cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes], potato starch and powdered cellulose added to prevent caking, natamycin [a natural mold inhibitor])."

Along with 470 calories, 10 g fat, 1070 mg sodium and 50 g carbs.

This is a Chargrill Chicken Sandwich: "Chargrilled chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, water, contains less than 2% of sugar, butter flavored vegetable oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural & artificial butter flavor, TBHQ, beta carotene], yeast extract, seasoning [sugar, spice, paprika, soybean oil], modified food starch, salt, sea salt, natural flavors, dextrose, potassium phosphate, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, paprika), wheat bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], water, sugar, wheat bran, cracked wheat, yeast, sugar cane syrup, contains less than 2% of the following: wheat gluten, rolled whole wheat, soybean oil, salt, rye meal, dough conditioners [contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides and/or diglycerides, calcium peroxide, calcium iodate, DATEM, ethoxylated mono-and diglycerides, azodicarbonamide, enzymes], calcium sulfate, honey, molasses, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium sulfate, calcium propionate [to retard spoilage]), tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1)." 

That comes with 290 calories, 4 g fat, 780 mg sodium and 36 g carbs.

Nuggets: "100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika]), milk wash (water, egg, nonfat milk), peanut oil (fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added)."

These (8 count) come with 260 calories, 12 g fat, 990 mg sodium and 11 g carbs. 

Also from their website: "Lots of people wonder why our food tastes so good. The secret is simple: fresh ingredients."  LOL!  No.  Not with all those preservatives.  And their allergen page only lists the most common ones.  Their ingredient pages still list flavorings as "spices".