Happy birthday to the fabulous theferrett! Ferrett, I will have cheesecake photos taken in your honor.
Hello to new reader glib_dichotomy!
Blogathon registration was supposed to open yesterday, and is now supposed to open on the 5th. This annoys me, as I'd liked to've started the begging on the 1st. More time to fundraise, plus y'all've spent your July 1 checks by now. *laugh* Keep it in mind. Blogathon 2007. July 28. 24 hours of flash fiction inspired by your one-word prompts, every half hour on the dot. By midJuly, we should be done with last year's incentive (the Shayara Primer) and this year's incentive (though we don't know what it will be yet - any suggestions? And I say "we" because it'll include Mouse-Art.)
Remember - I'm accepting things to auction for my charity (BARCC, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center)! Spooky's donating a beautifully-decorated umbrella. Any other craftspeople want to donate? Authors? Musicians? Anyone?
* Pissed off that Libby's sentence got commuted? Go here to find out what to do about it.
* The ultimate coffee cup! That's how they bill it, anyway. Me, I just want the kind I can wrap my hands through. Warmth = good for early-morning hand-stiffness.
* Boston-area July 4th events!
Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced the results of work on genome transplantation methods allowing them to transform one type of bacteria into another type dictated by the transplanted chromosome. The work, published online in the journal Science, by JCVI’s Carole Lartigue, Ph.D. and colleagues, outlines the methods and techniques used to change one bacterial species, Mycoplasma capricolum into another, Mycoplasma mycoides Large Colony (LC), by replacing one organism’s genome with the other one’s genome.
“The successful completion of this research is important because it is one of the key proof of principles in synthetic genomics that will allow us to realize the ultimate goal of creating a synthetic organism,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., president and chairman, JCVI. “We are committed to this research as we believe that synthetic genomics holds great promise in helping to solve issues like climate change and in developing new sources of energy.”
Uruk: A city of mystery, wonder and majesty, said to have been built by order of Gilgamesh. Thick bitter almond and heady night-blooming jasmine with saffron, cinnamon leaf, red patchouli, river lilies, bergamot, fig leaf and the sacred incense of Inanna.
In bottle: Very almond-and-saffron.
On me: Very sweet almond. Something darker behind it - the patchouli?
Madrid: Swarthy and vibrant! An elegant, full-bodied scent that ignites all the darkest passions. Bold red wine, mimosa, and a trickle of clove.
In bottle: Aw yeah. That's red wine.
On me: The mimosa oddens it up a bit. I get the clove, too, though, and that's nice.
Santo Domingo: An exotic, sultry blend of tobacco leaf, bay rum and heady Caribbean blossoms.
In bottle: Tobacco leaf layered over bay rum soap.
On me: Very bay rum. The flowers sparkle it up.
Hollywood Babylon: The essence of innocence shattered: glittering Egyptian amber and heliotrope, infused with the sweetness of strawberry and vanilla - dragged into debauch by lusty red musk and a dribble of black cherry.
In bottle: Just the fruits.
On me: I like most of these ingredients separately. Together? What a mess. :( Things are actively clashing here.