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Nov 26 2009
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday! I’m working tomorrow, so I’m cooking tonight. So far, it smells really good.
Am workin’ a 10-hour shift tomorrow, so: wishing you all a wonderful holiday. Tonight is my night to cook: no new schedule yet, so I’m cooking for the weekend: a baking dish of stuffing topped by chicken parts, with gravy on the side. I bought a stalk of brussels sprouts plus turnips (with the greens attached!) and a bunch of potatoes to mash up with the turnips.
On to the fun part:
Nov 04 2009
Something different this week. The NYT always has some interesting stories in its travel section, and I’m going to post quotes & links to some of the more…adventurous…of them.
For example, there’s whitewater rafting down the Nile:
WHEN I showed up to go white-water rafting in Uganda, Josh, the Canadian rafting guide who stood barefoot in board shorts and looked like a hardier, hairier version of Brad Pitt, greeted me with a simple question: Wild or mild?
My advice, if you’re ever going to do this, is to choose wisely. Because the next thing I knew, I was upside down in an infuriated patch of the Nile River, a ceiling of white water above me, all those tranquil birds and flowers along the banks a violently disappeared memory and Josh screaming, “Dude! Watch out for the rocks!”
We plunged. The curl of a wave lifted our boat straight out of the water and flipped us upside down like an egg in a skillet. But instead of immediately popping back up, a bunch of us got trapped under the raft, with the rapids pushing it down on top of us. It was terrifying, because there was no way out. I kicked. I thrashed. I felt as though I swallowed a gallon of river water. I started thinking of that scene at the end of “Titanic” in which Leonardo DiCaprio drowns. And then, pop, the raft shot away, and I broke through a fury of white water and feverishly gulped for air. That’s when I noticed everything was a little fuzzy, which leads me to casualty No. 2, my right contact lens. Gone. I spent the rest of the trip squinting through one eye.
The slide show: http://www.nytimes.com/slidesh…
Please note: everything I’m linking to here has a sidebar with extra pics & slide shows for more vivid photos. (Can’t post the photos here: they are proprietary of the NYT.)
Pony Party is an open thread. Please do not rec the party.
Oct 29 2009
Yes, that question is directed entirely at the RW “Christian Nation” cultists. But here’s what’s happening elsewhere:
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Under Islamic law, or Shariah, the religious police have administered public canings for such things as gambling, prostitution and illicit affairs. But under a new Islamic criminal code that goes into effect this month, the Shariah police will be wielding a new and more potent threat: death by stoning for adulterers.
Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam, and Islamist parties suffered heavy losses in this year’s national elections. But how Aceh went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally, by cowing political and religious moderates.
h/t NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10…