Happy birthday to jesshartley!
Hello to new reader pretendpeterpan!
I have been sleeping a lot this week. Catching up from the Wedding Weekend. Pain is up a tick, but not catastrophic. Fatigue can go away any day now, really.
Three Chances to Do Good!
* Every year, liamstliam does the Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year, he's come up with a new incentive - sponsor him with $25 and up in the next 24 hours, and "I will arrange a photo session with you -- at home, at an event, somewhere else -- and provide a disk with at least 100 pictures on it. Think about it: Photos of your household at an event, portraits of you and your family, photos of you fighting, fencing, etc., photos of your A&S work, a portfolio of photos of your house. The possibilities are endless."
Don't live near Liam (upstate NY?) Or are you one of the people who keeps needling me for more pictures? Donate to Liam and ask for pictures of me instead. You can even specify if you want me in jeans or a dress or whatever. No, I am not doing nudes. :P But if you always wanted glamour shots of me and my laptop, or me buries in stuffed animals, or whatever, now's your chance!
* Beautiful cat in Houston needs a home, urgently! Please pass this to your Houston-area friends, y'all.
* Single mom trying to finish school just got slapped with a $4500 out-of-state-fee that she cannot afford; is raising money, will crochet & misc. for donors.
Are you reading yendi's daily deals? If you click through those links to do your holiday shopping, we get amazon.com credit. Your clicks, to buy the book you were going to buy anyway, could help us get that video camera. Then you get video of Elayna's Backyard Shakespeare troupe, or my general misadventures. :)
Free Fiction Thursday!
* "City of Reason", by Matthew Jarpe.
* Rich Horton's best SF and fantasy of the year.
* The art of mutilation.
* Functioning as a freelancer.
* Adam is addicted to this weird-ass thing.
Oooh! New Class Of Anti-inflammatory Drugs Developed: In the treatment of pain, inflammation and fever, non-steroid anti-rheumatic drugs (NSAR) such as acetylsalicylic acid - more commonly known as Aspirin - or Ibuprofen have always been popular choices. However, had they been tested using today's stringent criteria, many of these drugs would not have passed the clinical trial stage, due to the potential risks and side effects they entail. This suggests the need for more innovative thinking in this area of drug therapy. One such new approach has been developed in Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz's laboratory at the Goethe University, using chemical substances belonging to the dual mPGES-1/5-LO-Inhibitors. Oliver Werz's group at Tübingen has characterized the substances at the molecular/pharmacological level. Their research results now form the basis of a joint patent application, and a publication in the renowned "Journal of Medicinal Chemistry" (Koeberle et al, J Med Chem (2008), Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print]).
I want my new meds with lower side-effect profile now please thank you.
Ganesh: Honor the generous and happy spirit of Sri Ganesha and he will bless you greatly. A large, joyous snoutful of coconut cake is snugly wrapped in honey, vanilla, Indonesian clove, green coconut, and a warm blend of spices.
In bottle: Warm cakey sweet with an afterscent of... tobacco?
On me: Yep. Warm sweet, slightly spicy.
Herne: Horned trickster, lord of the forest, god of the wild hunt. Cassia cinnamon, Atlas cedarwood, fir needle oil, and a whiff of Herne's holy oak tree.
In bottle: The cinnamon twines with the fir and cedar right away. Odd and very nice. Masculine, of course.
On me: Unfortunately, it shifts to head-shop on me. :( Very sharp. Fir takes over.
The Huntress: She is the goddess known by many names: Diana, Artemis, Artume, Frau Wode, and Nicevenn, yet her unbound spirit is eternal. Sweet clove, black pepper, aromatic mint, blood orange, and a whiff of her sacred oak groves.
In bottle: Mostly mint.
On me: Yep. Oh hai mint. It's a nice fresh mint, though.
Leaves Falling Like Rain: In honor of our beloved Pacific Northwest and the best time of the year. A comforting base of brown sugar, caramel, gingersnaps and cappuccino is sparked off with hints of vintage patchouli, hyssop, mullein and white pepper.
In bottle: Ginger sweet!
On me: Ginger sweet deepened by brown sugar. This is lovely.
Looks like my BARCC meeting's being rescheduled, and so has my lunch - which works, actually, because my brain is more online today, and I can jump on the Alanna thing. No playing with Facebook apps til I get that done. *determined nod* Also I have to get caught up on e-mail - some time-sensitive stuff in there. Tonight is a family night, as we're launching off into separate events and parties for much of the weekend.