drewbear: (skycolor)
A few months ago, one of my friends linked to a music video by this artist, Janelle Monae. I was (and still am) greatly impressed by the vision presented in her videos, especially considering that Ms. Monae apparently has a significant amount of control over what the videos look like and how well they conform to the concept of her albums

Cut for bandwidth )


ETA I had a lengthy post here with analysis of each video, but LJ ate everything after the "Many Moons" embedded video and I can't remember exactly what I wrote. Suffice it to say that I'm impressed by the many and subtle influences and references in the music and videos. Rather than try to recreate, I'll just present the videos for your edification. Please feel free to let me know what you think about them
drewbear: (Drew comtemplative)
My friend Ginmar talks about how Iraq broke her and the VA refuses to do anything about it and, in fact, is apparently actively trying to break her even worse.

Getting arrested for being disabled.

Terror suspect being sought for connection to Raleigh group

Sotomayor is confirmed by the Judiciary Committee without any surprises
drewbear: (skycolor)
The Zombie Reporting Center: the one-stop shop for all your zombie news.

(P.S. I really need a zombie icon...)

amusing :)

Jul. 25th, 2009 05:54 pm
drewbear: (kenya bear)
Awkward Animals Can Dance Too

Also? A perfect time to use this icon
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drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
So despite the fact that Raleigh is currently blanketed under a layer of snow with more coming down, my clinic manager has called and said that yes, we're opening. A whole hour late (YIPPEE!!! [/sarcasm]), but still opening. Let's put it like this... I'm leaving at my regular time so I can make sure that I make it there in time for our late opening because I have no idea which roads have already been salted, if any.

I am so very, very glad that I'm "going on vacation" in less than a month.

You know what really sucks, though? The satellite pickup at work is down (has been for about 2 weeks now because the manager is unwilling to pay to have it fixed), so unless I get another call telling us that we're completely closed, I'm going to miss watching the Inauguration. Fuck.

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In related, "Bye Bye Shrub" news, have some linkage: A Conservative Take on Bush's Mitigated Disaster of a Presidency & Harper's Index: A Retrospective of the Bush Era.
drewbear: (Drew wicked)
Well, it looks like I may be going to a street party in Chapel Hill tomorrow for Halloween. I hope it'll be fun. :)

In the meantime, here are some Halloween related things for y'all to enjoy!
Happy Halloween, everyone!
drewbear: (angry choochoo)
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

[...]

In the meantime, they’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control* or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.


Commentary on the above from Shakesville

Commentary on the above from The Brad Blog

Information on Posse Comitatus and why it may not even matter.

In other news:

Sarah Palin is the perfect pick for VP... for the reasons you don't want to think about.

Fearmongering 201: The Bailout Bill

ETA:


So. Yeah. That nagging feeling of oncoming unspecified doom that I'd been trying to prepare for? Kinda gone, replaced by a feeling of present, specific doom. Not a great trade-off. I went to my Congressional Representative's office today and lodged a concern regarding the "no oversight" clause in the bailout bill. I would've also discussed the Army thing, but didn't learn of it until this evening. Go! Talk to your congresspeople! Write letters, make phone calls, speak to someone in person! Spread the news that something is dreadfully wrong and we must speak out about it!

Info for service-members with injuries: know your rights and fight for them, because the current administration sure as hell won't.

7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable: A rather well-thought out article on the dearth of immediate human contact in current Western/American society. And it's from a HUMOR site, of all places!

Depression and Children's Fiction: An interesting discussion on how clinical depression is actually presented much more honestly in children's fiction than you might think. Also? A good read to help explain what major clinical depression is like "from the inside".

*emphasis mine
drewbear: (Default)
So by now most people who chose direct deposit for their IRS rebates have their money and the paper checks are being sent out soon. So let's get a little personal, hmm? Inspired by this site, I decided to run down how I used my rebate money:

1) Deposit just over 1/3 of it into my original savings account.
2) Use $100 to open a new, higher-yield but deposit-limited savings account.
3) $100 towards extant loans. Yay, extra payment this month!
4) 3 books from Barnes & Noble (including Nurk), a pair of jean shorts from Kmart, eBay, some pizza and some "personal items" whose exact nature I won't mention here.

Since I'm slightly ahead on my loan payments and I'm getting the PTO I cashed in for my birthday on this paycheck, I may send some money towards Kiva. It looks like a good organization.

*...yeah, I don't know where that title came from either.
drewbear: (Default)
Now, I know that everyone's all excited about the big game, so tell me who you're rooting for. Personally, I'm looking out for Read more... )
drewbear: (Dice)
drewbear: (With a twist...)
On a note totally unrelated to the previous post, today was finally cold enough that I had my first cup of hot tea for the season. A green tea with spearmint blend from Mighty Leaf Teas, unarguably my favorite tea company.

I'm also have some frozen chicken tenderloins in the fridge thawing and I'm going to cook them up either tomorrow evening, Friday or Saturday, depending on when they thaw out completely.

Thinking of food and drink, what are some of your favorite make-em-yourself meals? I'd like to hear about anything from as simple as a sandwich and soda to a home-cooked 7 course meal (though I'm likely to be quite intimidated in the later case).
drewbear: (kenya bear)
First, a couple of YouTube vids:

'Hey Ya' cover by Matt Weddle of Obadiah Parker )

'Drifting' by Andy McKee )

Next, some new (to me, anyway) Lemon Demon songs:4 song links )
Next, a treat for National Drunk Irishmen St. Patrick's Day: 7 song links )
Finally, some random songs: 5 song links )
Note that all YSI links are temporary and will likely expire after a week (around March 6).

Why yes, I do have odd musical tastes. Why do you ask?
drewbear: (Default)
So, I was busy hanging out with a new friend last night and didn't get a chance to watch Jericho. Thank goodness that CBS has the latest episodes online, available for viewing.

So, without further ado, here's the impressions: )

Interesting tidbit: the guy I was hanging out with last night works with the mother of the woman who plays Mrs. Hawkins. I think that this is the fewest degrees of separation I've ever been to a TV show I like. (We're not counting that time I met Summer Glau, since Firefly was off the air by that time)
drewbear: (genepool)
Linkspam time again, boys and girls. Let's start off with the fun & amusing bits, okay?

[livejournal.com profile] fandomhigh is a cracktastic online roleplaying game. For the full effect, be sure to check out all the ancillary communities listed in the userinfo.

Orneryboy engages in a little roleplaying

Let Jinx cater to your every geeky T-shirt need. Please.

And now for the not-so-fun links.

Former Powell aide links Cheney's office to abuse directives
Vice President Dick Cheney's office was responsible for directives that led to U.S. soldiers' abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former top State Department official said Thursday.

How to kill a website with one email
A Dutch advocacy group dedicated to online rights found that, of 10 prominent Dutch ISPs, 7 killed websites containing completely legal, public-domain information based on A SINGLE complaining email from someone claiming that the website was illegally displaying copyrighted information. The websites and emails were all generated by the group, who had specifically chosen content that was public-domain and correctly attributed to the original author, who had died in 1887. The emails were all sent from Hotmail accounts and in one case, the ISP provided, WITHOUT BEING ASKED, private information about the owner of the website!

Finally, rather than relinking it all, I refer you to this post in [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's journal. Specifically, note the links to more evidence of Mike Brown's incompetence and the debate over a nearly 100% effective cervical cancer vaccine.
drewbear: (dork)
"He's a deeply religious drug-addicted lava Jesus who's ridiculously paranoid about everything. She's a manipulative pseudointellectual fangirl from the wrong side of the tracks."

Now they ded from coke!
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"He's a world-famous overambitious paranormal investigator searching for his wife's true killer. She's a radical blonde queen of the dead trying to make a difference in a man's world. They fight crime!"
drewbear: (genepool)
Pop Stars for White Supremacy!! ::teehee::

As hateful and horrible as this is, the thing that I just can't get over is the t-shirt that they're wearing.
drewbear: (Default)
Well, today's been busy so far. The converted-for-evacuees rec center near my apartment is apparently housing 200 people. This morning, my parents, sister and I went over and found that they're in desperate need of hygeine supplies. So they went over to the Sam's/Wal-Mart to get diapers and feminine hygeine stuff and wet wipes and the like in bulk while I went to the office to get dental stuff. I don't know exactly how much stuff they got at Sam's, but I picked up and delivered 2 gross of adult toothbrushes, 1 gross of kids' brushes, around 300-400 tubes of toothpaste and I'm not sure how many things of floss. I also found out that, of the local evacuees, 250 have already been enrolled at my sister's high school alone, and the school district just north of here is going to start admitting evacuee students starting Tuesday.

After dropping stuff off, Katie and I went down to the Arlington Museum of Art to audition for the Texas Radio Theatre Company's next radio play. We think we did well, and should find out in the next day or two, since rehearsals start Tuesday evening.

While we were auditioning, my dad received a call from Mission Arlington, which is providing free emergency medical care for the local evacuees as well as coordinating food and clothing dispersal. They had a woman there who was having a dental emergency, so he picked her up and took her to the office for treatment. Well, just as Katie and I finished auditioning, Dad received another call from Mission Arlington about another emergency, so I picked up the patient and drove her up.

All in all, it's been a busy morning.

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