The Answer

Jul. 25th, 2007 09:38 pm
zonewombat: (iClaudius)
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who asks this question.
zonewombat: (family)
Advice?  Mal pretty much can't sit still and eat.  We force him to sit with us at the table for dinner, but because he gets antsy the minute his ass hits the chair, we don't make him sit long.  This means he doesn't get dinner.  On weekends, he won't sit to eat lunch, and he never sits to eat breakfast.

I've taken to setting a plate of finger food on the floor of his room, which he can graze off of all day while playing.

When that's not an option (breakfast, workdays, dinners out), any ideas how to get a kid to stop playing and eat?
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Now that life has somewhat stabilized, I wanted to come back to LJ. I will still do my major news-release posts on MalAdventures, but I missed reading my flist.

Not that I have much to say, except that the LOLcats were in Time Magazine. With them getting that mainstream, and with the continuing fascination with all things 80s, how long can it be until the movie ThunderLOLcats!!!
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And what better way to do so than wishing
noisedesign a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Dress Oost

Jan. 2nd, 2007 09:39 am
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I think I need to get married (again) so that I can wear this. Or maybe this.
zonewombat: (blueshift)

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Find Bin-Laden.

Get your resolution here.

Sweet. I oughta get a promotion for that.

So, just watched the pilot episode of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." R and I kept looking at each other going, "Where have we heard that theme music before? Did they use music from somewhere else?" Then later, when I wasn't thinking about it, I said, "It's something with televised sports, like Monday Night Football." Finally the penny dropped: The Olympics TV broadcasts used the TAoBCJ theme music. Weird.

I'd never heard of this show until I read Bruce Campbell's book "If Chins Could Kill." I couldn't figure out WHY I'd never heard of it, as it seems right up my alley (Bruce Campbell, genre mashup, cancelled by Fox). Turns out it first aired the week after we moved to Romania. Ah well, this is why God gave us DVDs.
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(Actually, I guess this isn't really a FWP, but it indicates a certain degree of FW Parenting, so it stands.) I may have mentioned that Mal would prefer to spend his entire life outside. However, some days, like today, I just don't feel like getting all presentable and standing in the park for several hours. So I try to compromise by letting him go out on the balcony while I either work inside or take my work out with him. However, because of the Feral Cat Colony that lives on our porch, the entire balcony smells like cat urine/spray, and after Mallory's been out there for a bit,
i he
smells like cat urine. I already can't let him play in the yard anymore because of the cat diarrhea all over it.

So I decided I would scrub the balcony to try and get rid of the smell. I had the door open and was going in and out with cleaning gear. I heard a cat yowl. Again. Really close. I went to check, and the Crack Ho cat (currently pregnant) AND her Mac Daddy had COME INSIDE!!! Legion was standing them off, but he has no claws or teeth and the tom was all muscle.

So it's back to living in prison with no doors/windows open.

Also, in the FWP column, I got a $20 gift cert to the Noble Collection for Xmas, and I can't find anything I want. You'd think with all the LOTR stuff...alas.
zonewombat: (iClaudius)
...normally I'm an ENFP.


Nov. 19th, 2006 09:08 pm
zonewombat: (iClaudius)
I'm never sure about posting the results of quizmemes where I didn't feel like any of the answers fit. I'm even less sure about posting quizmemes where the choice of tarot decks was "Winged, Dragon, Fantasical."

You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real." You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What's most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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So here's a question for you...

In 1975, Greece was being ruled by a fairly brutal regime referred to as the Junta. In the best Cold War fashion, dissidents were tortured, and it was generally a pretty ugly time. The US backed this government because they promised to be on our side against the USSR. The name of the CIA station chief in Greece was revealed, and one night, a group of three men and one woman surrounded him in front of his house and shot him at close range, with his wife standing right there. These assailants went on to become 17 November, a terror group that would kill Americans, Turks, Brits, and many Greeks, long after the Junta fell.

In 2002, an accident led to the arrest of many members of 17 November. Many confessed immediately upon being arrested. One man in particular confessed to membership in 17N and to participating in the murder of the CIA chief. He recanted his confession later on the advice of his attorney, and spent about 18 months in prison.

Once released, he sued Greece for imprisoning him. Last week, the European Union's Court of Human Rights determined that keeping him in prison prevented him from receiving treatment for his MS and was tantamount to torture. They directed Greece to pay him 15,000 euros in fines.

What are the ethics of this judgment? And how do they apply to the EU's stated commitment to fight terrorism?
zonewombat: (head ass)
You really should check out this article on ArsTechnica (I found it via Slashdot) on how voting machines can be easily hacked.

Excerpt: Our national election infrastructure is now largely an information technology infrastructure, so the problem of keeping our elections free of vote fraud is now an information security problem. If you've been keeping track of the news in the past few years, with its weekly litany of high-profile breeches in public- and private-sector networks, then you know how well we're (not) doing on the infosec front.

Over the course of almost eight years of reporting for Ars Technica, I've followed the merging of the areas of election security and information security, a merging that was accelerated much too rapidly in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. In all this time, I've yet to find a good way to convey to the non-technical public how well and truly screwed up we presently are, six years after the Florida recount. So now it's time to hit the panic button: In this article, I'm going to show you how to steal an election.
zonewombat: (rpg)
So Congress is looking at how to tax money made inside World of Warcraft and Second Life. Between $300,000 and $500,000 changes hands daily in SL, so yeah, taxing that sure makes a lot of sense. Maybe if Congress applied the same tax rules to CEOs and corporations, who are worth FAR more, they wouldn't need to shake down kids on the playground.

And then there's the issue that a lot of WoW players (I don't know about SL) are not American. I think there might be a way to sort out which players are USians and thus subject to tax, but that's not particularly fair inside the game, and probably fairly easy to defeat. So does Congress plan on declaring WoW and SL American territories? Planting the virtual flag in cyberspace?

But the REAL question is: Much of the economy of Second Life is from the red light district inside SL. To tax that, will Congress make prostitution legal?
zonewombat: (Default)
Maiden name:
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Married name: 12
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OK, I give up.  My google-fu is apparently not strong.  Can someone hook me up with a tutorial or instructions for customizing my LJ?  I actually like the Poe theme pretty well, but it needs a black page bg.
zonewombat: (bitch)
New request for play-testing another Halloween game.

The schtick is that you are a Fearless Vampire Hunter or Monster Slayer or whatever, and you have to defeat each of these monsters.

To do so, you have to pick the best "weapon" from here

There are more "weapons" than monsters, so you won't use all of them. Each monster has one best answer/downfall/enemy.

Feedback, as always, welcomed.
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For those of you subscribed to, or interested in subscribing to Mallory's blog, I've moved it from Blogger to WordPress.  [profile] maladventures feed is the new black.  If you'd rather subscribe to the RSS feed in a way that isn't your LJ flist, the feed is

I'll also be posting my and R's news there, as a general purpose blog for us.  I plan to use my LJ for silly stuff, memes, and things I need to flock.  And the userpics.
zonewombat: (bird of paradise)
A bit ago I alluded to my friend K– hauling my half-naked and unconscious self up out of a pool while berating some Muslim men.

At this point, we all took stock and decided to leave while we still could.  And that is how we came to call Sunway Lagoon “Tortway Lagoon.”

Go As

Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:20 pm
zonewombat: (batman)
Ack!  Normally I'm well into making my Halloween costume by now, but since we just now decided to have a party, I'm a teensy bit behind the curve.  And every shred of creatvity seems to have fled sometime between conception and delivery. 

I think I have the ingredients for my Nurse Feratu costume here, but I do that costume so much, and only about 5 people have ever gotten it.  I could throw together a costume to go as a Freudian Slip, but nah.  I don't think we brought Robert's statue costume, but I bet I could come up with a good Medusa costume here...sadly I no longer have the hair for it.

So I went to Flickr for inspiration.  There is no way in hell I could get away with this costume at an embassy party, but I applaud the originator.  And the tag list is hysterical.  And I don't think it's in fact a woman wearing it.

This pic has a great title.
zonewombat: (tomb raider)
Currently there are two bills in Pennsylvania, HB352 and SB440 that if passed, would add language to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to make it illegal for employers to ask job candidates questions regarding their marital/familial status.

In PA, and 28 other states, interviewers can ask female applicants

#1 - Do you have kids? How many do you have?
#2 - Are you married?

and base their hiring decision on the answers.  This law was established in 1955, and has not been changed.  Employers like it because they don't want to pay health coverage for kids, which they have to do if they hire a single mother.  (But I guess they are OK with providing family health coverage to working fathers).

SIGN THE PETITION: Help make history first in Pennsylvania, and then across the nation, by building momentum to end discrimination against mothers! (No matter where you live, your petition signature is very helpful--it puts the Pennsylvania legislators on notice that the nation is watching). And if you have friends, or family, in Pennsylvania, please ask them to sign on too!

In order to get this legislation passed, your help is urgently needed as these bills will die at the end of the legislative session in November 2006.

- Step One – The bills need to move out of the committees that they have been assigned. Even if you don't live in Pennsylvania, to show support and encourage movement of this legislation, telephone calls or e-mails need to be made to the following chairmen asking that they move these bills to the floors for a vote:

*PA State Senator John R. Gordner, chairman Labor & Industry Committee
Phone: 717-787-8928; e-mail:

*PA State Representative Dennis O’Brien, chairman of Judiciary Committee
Phone: 717-787-5689; e-mail:

- Step Two – Once the bills get to the floor for a vote, they must be passed by the members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is very important that if you live in Pennsylvania, you contact the senator and representative from your individual district. Ask them to please vote yes on these bills. (If you need to find contact information on your senator and representative, you can get this at:



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